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‘A timeout from your regular life’

first_imgAs a molecular genetics professor, Benny Shilo has spent much of the past three decades in a lab. He heads his own research group at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and has had findings published in Nature, Science, Cell, and other scientific journals. He has been Weizmann’s dean of biochemistry and chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics.Despite those scientific credentials, Shilo traded his lab coat for a camera bag this year, which he is spending at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.Instead of peering through a microscope or reading the results of a genetic screen for the last year, Shilo has been peering through a camera lens, working on a project that uses scientific images and photographs of everyday people to explain concepts in developmental biology to the public.Shilo is pairing the images in a public outreach effort that seeks to better explain what he does. One set of images, for example, shows a protein gradient within the fruit fly embryo, which gives rise to expression of specific genes in distinct domains of the embryo, visualized as different color zones. That image is paired with a photo of people in a museum, gathered around a guide. The scientific image represents a gradually declining concentration of a key signaling molecule. In the museum image, people farther from the guide strain to hear her words, just as the concentration of the chemical is weaker farther from its source.Sheep guided by a Bedouin shepherd. Like the migrating cells, the sheep follow a directional cue in Rehovot, Israel. Rehovot is known as the “City of Science and Culture.” Photo by Benny ShiloThe concentration gradient explains an important concept in developmental biology: how cells get different development signals from the same molecule, causing them to develop into discrete body parts at varying distances from the molecule’s source.Shilo’s work, which includes dozens of images, has already been the subject of a show at Radcliffe and is being considered by some academic publishers as the subject of a book. Shilo is talking with Harvard’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology about using his work in science education and outreach. He said it is likely to be shown again when he returns to the Weizmann. He’s also exploring creating a Web page on the project and isconsidering other applications, such as having high school students engage in a similar project as a way to learn key concepts.Shilo first considered coming to Radcliffe two years ago, but said he didn’t want to spend the time writing a major review paper or doing some similar scientific activity. He understood that the fellowship’s gift of time is a rare commodity, so he took a year to think about a project that would use the time creatively and allow him to try new things.“I wanted something different that I could do on my own,” Shilo said. “I wanted to somehow evoke the same response from an audience with scientific pictures as with nonscientific pictures.”The paired images, Shilo said, are intended to make a viewer understand what it’s like to be a cell, by starting with key scientific concepts and then finding analogous circumstances in human life.“Because of my background, I’m coming at it from the scientific side, defining paradigms and thinking of metaphors, and then going out and photographing,” Shilo said.The process can be useful not just to the public, Shilo said, but to scientists as well. Working on the project forced him to narrow his focus to the concepts that are most important.“You have to crystallize a concept to its barest essentials, just the most important facts, in order to find analogies,” Shilo said.On a recent Sunday, Shilo grabbed a camera and headed to the Hi-Rise Bread Co. in Cambridge. He explained what he wanted to the baker and then shot images of the yeast, the starter dough, and the baked bread to help explain how stem cells provide a continuous source of differentiated cells in the body.The year at Radcliffe has been rejuvenating, and in a way has brought him full circle in life, Shilo said. It has returned him to a part of the world important in his own development as a scientist. After getting his doctorate from Hebrew University, he came to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a postdoctoral fellowship, during which he undertook early genetic work on cancer genes that serendipitously directed him toward developmental biology.“It’s a timeout from your regular life,” Shilo said of the Radcliffe Fellowship. “I got a chance to express my creativity in a different way.”last_img read more

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ND ranks among top 20

first_imgNotre Dame moved up one spot in U.S. News & World Report’s recent list of best universities, passing Emory University to claim No. 19. Rice University and Vanderbilt University were just ahead of Notre Dame at No. 17, and Harvard University reclaimed the top spot in the rankings. University spokesman Dennis Brown said while the ranking serves a purpose, the University is publicly skeptical about its evaluation system. “While we recognize that the U.S. News & World Report survey serves a useful function for some prospective students and their parents, we are on record for more than 15 years as having reservations about its methodology,” Brown said in a statement. “That said, we believe that by any measure Notre Dame is among the nation’s top 25 undergraduate institutions.” The U.S. News & World Report website said a college education is one of the most important and costly investments that prospective students will make. “For this reason, the editors of U.S. News believe that students and their families should have as much information as possible about the comparative merits of the educational programs at America’s colleges and universities,” the website stated. Each school is ranked in 16 areas of academic excellence, the website said. These scores are combined into a “composite weighted score,” which is used to determine rankings. “Regardless of rankings, we also are confident that Notre Dame is second to none in providing an extraordinary undergraduate experience, engaging in research that improves the human condition and serving the Church and society,” Brown said. U.S. News & World Report also recently released a list of the top 10 universities where applying early can increase a prospective student’s chance of acceptance. Notre Dame was listed fifth, behind Cornell University. “This may cause some to think that it’s easier to get admitted by applying early,” Brown said. “The reality is that we do have a higher acceptance rate for early action applicants, although that alone does not tell the whole story.” In Fall 2009, there was a 42 percent acceptance rate during early action, while the regular action applicant pool had a 23 percent acceptance rate, a U.S. News & World Report press release stated. Brown said this discrepancy occurred because of a difference in the quality of the applicant pools. “The academic quality of the early-action admitted students is considerably stronger. That’s why we encourage students to apply early if, and we emphasize if, they have a superior academic record,” Brown said. “Otherwise, it’s best to get the best possible test scores and grades into your file before applying in the regular action cycle at the end of December.” Also published is a list of national universities as ranked by high school counselors from high school’s on U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best High Schools” list. Notre Dame was ranked No. 13 by this group of counselors, tied with five other schools. Notre Dame also sits among the top five schools with the highest four-year graduation rates, according to U.S. News & World Report.last_img read more

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Do CUSOs really make a difference?

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Guy Messick Guy A. Messick is General Counsel to the National Association of Credit Union Service Organizations (NACUSO) and principal in Messick & Lauer P.C. in Media, PA. www.CUSOLaw.com Web: www.cusolaw.com Details Forming and operating a CUSO takes time and effort. CUSOs tend to help credit unions reduce costs and make revenue from other sources but are CUSOs really worth the effort?  It is a legitimate question. How can we measure the effectiveness of CUSOs? Jay Johnson, Vice-President of Callahan & Associates and a NACUSO Director, Jack Antonini, NACUSO President and I wanted to measure a subset of credit unions that use CUSOs extensively and compare their performance to credit unions that tend not to use CUSOs extensively.For the CUSO user group, we turned to the credit unions that use the services of the CUSO, CU*Answers. CU*Answers, Inc. was formed in 1970 as a core IT provider. It is structured as a cooperative non-profit corporation. There are 128 credit union owners serving 182 credit unions.  Xtend is an affiliate CUSO that is owned by CU*Answers and 82 credit unions. Xtend provides services to credit unions that include bookkeeping, mortgage loan support, disaster recovery, business continuity, strategic planning, call center (both incoming and outgoing), shared branching, forms exchange, member texting communications, core conversion support, call report preparation, and cooperative liquidity through loan participations and certificate of deposit sales. Vendor management is also provided through partnership with a third party. While some credit union owner/customers are over a billion dollars in assets, most customers are small and mid-sized credit unions, the very size that should derive the most benefit from collaboration.CU*Answers pays dividends to the owners. As a Michigan cooperative, CU*Answers pays a stock dividend each year (averaging between 4% and 8% of the investment for each credit union). There is a patronage dividend which is proportionate to the amount of business a credit union does with the CUSO. If CU*Answers has a special project and needs capital, it will issue debentures which have a return slightly above market.  The debentures are often over- subscribed.The control group consists of credit unions that are the same asset size as the CU*Answers group and do not have a CUSO investment. While the available data does not indicate how many CUSOs a credit union may use for services, it is possible to see from the call reports whether a credit union has a CUSO investment. If a credit union does not have any CUSO investment, it is more likely than not that the credit union does not use CUSOs extensively for services. It is certain that the group does not derive any benefits from CUSO ownership.Sam Taft of Callahan worked with Jim Vilker and Bob Frizzle of CU*Answers to compare the performance of the CU*Answers credit unions with the control group credit unions from 2013 to 2019 in ten metrics: Fee Income, Other Operating Income, Share Draft Penetration, Accounts Per Member, Size of Average Member Relationship, Operating Expense Ratio, Efficiency Ratio, Return on Assets, Net Worth Growth, and Asset Growth. In every metric but one, the CU*Answers credit unions outperformed the control group credit unions and, in most cases,  the difference was significant. The Operating Expense Ratio was higher for the CU*Answers credit unions but the Efficiency Ratio (the effectiveness of the spending to earn income) was higher in the CU*Answers credit unions, indicating that they are spending more but they are reaping the benefits of that spending.I note that the CUSOs do not help credit unions, the credit union owners use CUSOs to help themselves. The CUSO is but the means for credit unions to collaboratively create options and opportunity for themselves and their members.The data shows a strong correlation of extensive CUSO use with high credit union performance. Is the effort of forming and operating CUSOs worth it? You bet it is. If you had any doubt about using a CUSO, just do it.last_img read more

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8 things to know about SUNY Broome’s reopening plan

first_imgTOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — On Wednesday, SUNY Broome Community College announced the state government has approved its plan for reopening for the fall 2020 semester. The following are the steps the campus will take to deal with the virus: The school plans to have courses online and in-person when classes resume on Aug. 31.center_img All classrooms, labs, and lecture halls have been assessed to determine the maximum capacity while adhering to social distancing guidelinesLabs that require face-to-face, hands-on learning could be separated into multiple sections allowing for personalized instruction while reducing classroom densityDepending on the course, some classes will be conducted in a hybrid environment with a combination of in-person and onlineSome courses will be delivered entirely remotely, either through blackboard or other social distance learning formatsAll residence hall bedrooms will be converted to singles, one student per room. All of SUNY Broome’s students living arrangements are “suite style”, so students will share common spaces within those suitesMove-in day for the residence halls will be conducted in a staggered, four-day period starting in mid-August. Each student will be screened upon arrivalCurrently, all college staff and students must wear face coverings campus when there is potential for breaching social distance, such as hallways, going across campus and classrooms. Employees must conduct daily self-screening. Contracted employees are to be screened by their employers before coming to campus. Campus visitors are required to comply with the State Executive Order for masks as well.All classrooms, labs, campus common areas, and the residence hall will be cleaned and disinfected daily.last_img read more

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More than 300 foreigners infected with COVID-19 in Indonesia with 26 deaths

first_imgFurthermore, at least 7,299 Indonesians have returned home via self-repatriation from 43 countries, an increase of 490 compared to last week.“The Foreign Ministry also continues to extend assistance to Indonesians abroad who are in need. Between March 18 and June 10, in Malaysia alone, our embassies and consulate generals have distributed 298,007 packages of basic needs,” Retno said.She also explained that with the help of the Indonesian diaspora abroad, the ministry managed to provide 407,175 packages in total in Malaysia.“This brings our assistance globally to a total of 474,947 packages including in the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Europe, America and Africa,” she added.Topics : Retno did not provide details on the nationalities of the foreign nationals.However, she ensured that the Foreign Ministry was consistently communicating with their respective embassies in Jakarta.In the briefing, Retno also gave an update on the status of Indonesian returnees amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She said that, as of Wednesday, 110,457 Indonesians had returned home, an increase of 2,807 within a week.Meanwhile, 21,733 Indonesian crewmembers had also returned from 29 countries. They arrived in Indonesia through dedicated entry points in Jakarta and Bali. This was an increase of 1,096 compared to last week. Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi announced on Thursday that there were at least 311 foreign nationals infected with COVID-19 in Indonesia, of whom 26 have died.“As of Wednesday, there are 311 foreigners who have tested positive for COVID-19, 26 have died and 204 others have recovered,” she said in a virtual press briefing.The ministry also recorded as many as 485 foreigners currently classified as people under surveillance (ODP). Of the figure, 265 foreigners have been repatriated to their home countries.last_img read more

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Converted Hamilton penthouse the perfect match for Brisbane couple

first_img14/41 Racecourse Rd, HamiltonRedeveloped in 1999 into Warraby Apartments, apartment 14 is the largest of the complex with its grand proportions and beautiful features such as original VJs, timber flooring, ornate stamped ceilings and classic stained-glass leadlights. Mr Wortley said many neighbours had wandered about the property over time.“It is a bit of a local icon,” he said. 14/41 Racecourse Rd, HamiltonMore from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019 14/41 Racecourse Rd, HamiltonThey bought the property for $885,000 at auction on Saturday in front of a crowd of more than 80 people.Mr Wortley said the starting bid was $780,000 and three registered bidders were keen on the property.“They (the couple) fell in love with it when they inspected it,” Mr Wortley said.Originally built in the early 1900s, Bogarella Villa, at 14/41 Racecourse Rd, was one of the original Racecourse Rd homes and still retains its original character and kerbside appeal.center_img 14/41 Racecourse Rd, HamiltonA historic penthouse at Hamilton has been snapped up by a Brisbane couple who fell in love with it at first sight.Ray White New Farm agent Brandon Wortley said the couple were not actively looking but were in the early days of house hunting.last_img read more

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“Discrimination Against Men” – Aust Doco

first_imgToday Tonight Adelaide 6 May 2013A woman takes photos by the kid’s pool and no one bats an eyelid — she’s harmless – but what happens when a man does the same thing? An airline passenger is asked to move away from children on a plane — he’s done nothing wrong, except, he’s a man. On planes, in classrooms, by pools, men are being typecast in a role no-one wants to be known for. MORE DETAILSlast_img

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Moffi gets second player of the Month award in Belgium

first_img The 20-year-old, who was on song in Kortrijks’s 2-2 away draw to Zulte-Waregem last weekend, polled 48 percent of the votes to beat Julien De Sart who polled 30 per cent and Lucas Tuta who polled 13 per cent. Besides the goals, Moffi’s speed and power have caught the eye of the fans, who have already warmed up to him. Read Also:Super-Sub Moffi  bags man-of-the-match in BelgiumMoffi joined Kortrijk, who are 10th on the Jupiler Pro League table, on a three and a half year deal in January after he fired 20 goals for FK Riteriai in the Lithuanian top league last season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The former FK Riteriai of Lithuania striker had earlier won the January gong after scoring two goals in four games and was named Man of the Match twice, including a memorable match where he helped KV Kortrijk’s come back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Club Brugge in his home debut.Advertisement Former Golden Eaglets striker Terem Moffi’s brilliant start to life in Belgium continued as he was voted Player for the month for the second straight month by fans of KV Kortrijk. Loading… Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging33 Celebs Photos From Their Childhood: Will You Recognize Them?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Best Car Manufacturers In The World7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The Worldlast_img read more

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DRUG-FREE WORK PLACE: PDEA pushes ‘holistic approach’ vs illegal drugs

first_imgThis project, according to Tablate, ispart of their campaign against illegal drugs and he wants establishment ownersand businessmen in the metro to implement a drug-free workplace policy. Philippine Drug Enforcement Region 6 director Alex Tablate. PN FILE PHOTO “To eradicate illegal drugs, we need aholistic approach. We need others to be more involved, especially businessestablishment owners because drug transactions are now being done in hotels,condominiums and even warehouses to keep their transactions from the police. Sowe need their support,” he said. Based on past PDEA operations,clandestine laboratories and storage facilities for illegal drugs weredismantled inside subdivisions and condominiums. Illegal drug transactions areactually happening discreetly inside hotel rooms, restaurants and bars. ILOILO City – The Philippine DrugEnforcement (PDEA) Region 6 has launched an advocacy program dubbed “OplanKalasag” to promote drug-free workplaces in this city. PDEA-6 director Alex Tablate, who ledthe launch on Friday at Jerry Treña’s Hall in Mulley Lonney here, said theadvocacy campaign engages the management of hotels, restaurants, bars,condominiums, subdivisions, and warehouses, including security agencies toenforce their own drug-free workplace program.center_img Tablate invited owners, managers,supervisors, and representatives from different establishments here for a seriesof information drive about the project and the topics being discussed were theimplementation of drug-free workplace program policy, identification ofclandestine laboratory and modus operandi, provisions of Republic Act 9165, orthe Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, and types of drugs and theireffects.    He added that they have chosen IloiloCity as the pilot area for this project and the same efforts will also beimplemented in different cities and municipalities all over Western Visayasstarting on the last quarter of 2019. The PDEA-6 head also urged theestablishment owners to be vigilant of drug transactions and maintain open andstrong coordination with the authorities relative to the antidrug efforts ofthe government. “In the campaign against illegal drugs, hindi lang operations or manghuli pero we need to have programsfor spreading information about illegal drugs. We need the help of everybodythat’s why we launched a region-wide program because this will bring abig impact in curbing illegal drugs,” Tablate said./PNlast_img read more

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It’s Primary Day in Indiana

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — It’s primary day in Indiana.Candidates made their final pitches around the state yesterday for what could be a make-it-or-break-it deal for the four.Donald Trump spoke to a packed house of supporters yesterday at the Palladium in Carmel, while Bernie Sanders spoke to a large and enthusiastic crowd in Monument Circle.Ted Cruz made his final appearance at the State Fairgrounds, while Hillary Clinton and family support team Bill and Chelsea, traveled throughout the state over the weekend, ending with one last rally in Indianapolis on Sunday.Polls are open until 6:00 PM Eastern Time.last_img read more