Fostering multidisciplinary research on interactions between chemistry, biology, and physics within the coupled cryosphere-atmosphere system

first_imgThe cryosphere, which comprises a large portion of Earth’s surface, is rapidly changing as a consequence of global climate change. Ice, snow, and frozen ground in the polar and alpine regions of the planet are known to directly impact atmospheric composition, which for example is observed in the large influence of ice and snow on polar boundary layer chemistry. Atmospheric inputs to the cryosphere, including aerosols, nutrients, and contaminants, are also changing in the anthropocene thus driving cryosphere-atmosphere feedbacks whose understanding is crucial for understanding future climate. Here, we present the Cryosphere and ATmospheric Chemistry initiative (CATCH) which is focused on developing new multidisciplinary research approaches studying interactions of chemistry, biology, and physics within the coupled cryosphere – atmosphere system and their sensitivity to environmental change. We identify four key science areas: (1) micro-scale processes in snow and ice, (2) the coupled cryosphere-atmosphere system, (3) cryospheric change and feedbacks, and (4) improved decisions and stakeholder engagement. To pursue these goals CATCH will foster an international, multidisciplinary research community, shed light on new research needs, support the acquisition of new knowledge, train the next generation of leading scientists, and establish interactions between the science community and society.last_img read more

Browns to release Josh Gordon on Monday

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail2018 Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Cleveland Browns will release wide receiver Josh Gordon on Monday.The news came the same day the team ruled the former pro-bowler out for Sunday’s game against the Saints.Gordon had been suspended for most of the past four seasons for repeated drug offenses.In a statement, team general manager John Dorsey said, “”For the past six years, the Browns have fully supported and invested in Josh, both personally and professionally and wanted the best for him, but unfortunately we’ve reached a point where we feel it’s best to part ways and move forward. We wish Josh well.”Sources tell ESPN’s Chris Mortenson that Gordon broke the team’s trust after coming to the facility with a hamstring injury after being a full participant all week during practice.In week one, Gordon caught a 17 yard touchdown pass against the Steelers.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. September 15, 2018 /Sports News – National Browns to release Josh Gordon on Monday Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Associate Professor – Geriatrics

first_imgSummaryBaylor College of Medicine/ Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center(BSMLC) seeks a BC/BE Physician to serve in the role of Chief ofPalliative Care at BSLMC with an academic title at Baylor Collegeof Medicine and an appointment in the Section of Geriatrics andPalliative Medicine, Department of Medicine. We are seeking aPalliative Care trained physician with experience building apalliative care program. The leader will have sufficient dedicatednon-clinical effort for administrative, quality improvement andeducation activities.Their task is to develop inpatient and ICU consult services withfocus on 1) cardiovascular disease, 2) oncology, and 3)general/serious advanced illnesses (COPD, liver disease, dementia).Rank and salary commensurate with experience.Interested individuals should submit CV and references to thedocument uploads.Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction/Equal Access Employer.4399CA; CHlast_img read more

Oxford to maintain links with Murdoch

first_img‘Whatever happens subsequently at News International has nothing whatever to do with me or with the chair’s current holder. The application for this year’s placement with News International reads, “The News International Benefaction includes a scheme which allows some students to have a short period of work experience with newspapers in the News International Group, which includes The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun, and The News of the World. When asked whether the Faculty would reconsider its relationship with News International in light of recent developments, a spokesperson declined to comment. ‘I’m simply grateful for (Murdoch’s) generosity to Worcester and Oxford University, and whatever is happening at News International is of course of interest to me, but only as a newspaper reader.’ A university spokesperson stated, “In 1990 Oxford received an endowment from News International with three strands: one that funds the Rupert Murdoch professor of language and communication; one that provides for a Times Lectureship endowment that funds three lecturers; and the News International Fund that provides various small grants, an annual News International visiting professor of media and a work experience scheme for current students who are interested in journalism.’ As a part of Murdoch’s endowment, the English Faculty runs a summer internship scheme to encourage aspiring journalists to work for the newspapers owned by News International. Many companies withdrew their advertising from The News of the World before it was closed and there is currently market speculation that News International will be sold by its American parent, News Corporation.  Jean Aitchison, who holds the position of emeritus Rupert Murdoch professor of language and communication at Worcester, told the Times Higher Education supplement, ‘At Oxford, the chair is simply regarded as a generous gift from an ex-student. When asked if the university would sever its ties with Murdoch in light of the phone hacking scandal, the spokesperson commented, ‘Our full processes of scrutiny were carried out at the time of the endowment.’ “The scheme is open to second- and third-year undergraduates and postgraduates within the first three years of their studies. The selected students will be known as Rupert Murdoch Scholars and will receive a bursary of £200 if living outside London, £120 if resident in London.” One source informed Cherwell that students who were offered placements with News of the World this summer were likely to be relocated to another News International publication after the newspaper was forced to close down last week after 168 years due to allegations of phone hacking. Oxford will maintain its links with Rupert Murdoch, embattled tycoon and founder of News Corporation, despite allegations of the company’s involvement in illegal phone hacking. Murdoch studied PPE at Worcester and contributed to Cherwell as a business manager during his time at Oxford.last_img read more

News story: Independent Review of the Co-operative Bank Launched

first_imgA new independent review into the prudential supervision of the Co-operative Bank between 2008 and 2013 has been announced by the Economic Secretary to the Treasury John Glen today (6 March 2018).The new independent review follows today’s (6 March 2018) announcement by the Financial Conduct Authority that it has now concluded its enforcement investigations into the Co-op Bank and related individuals.The independent review will look into the supervision of the Co-operative Bank during a significant period for the firm, including its withdrawal from the bidding process to purchase 632 bank branches from Lloyds Banking Group (known as “Project Verde”) in 2013, to understand what lessons can be learned.The Economic Secretary to the Treasury has approved the Prudential Regulation Authority’s (PRA) appointment of Mark Zelmer to carry out the Independent review. Mr Zelmer has over 30 years’ experience in financial services regulation and policy. He is a former Deputy Superintendent of the Office of Superintendent of Financial Institutions, Canada, and previously a senior official at the Bank of Canada, International Monetary Fund, and representative on the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and Financial Stability Board.Economic Secretary to the Treasury John Glen said: We are committed to creating a stronger and safer banking system. A vital part of this is ensuring that our regulatory system can learn from past events. The launch of this independent review is a further demonstration of this commitment. The government committed to undertake an independent investigation in 2013, once the Financial Conduct Authority’s regulatory action concluded. That regulatory action has now come to an end. The Review will look at the actions, policies and approach of the Financial Services Authority, and latterly the PRA, as the institutions with statutory responsibility for the prudential supervision of the Co-op Bank during the period in question. It will focus on the outstanding questions identified by the House of Commons Treasury Committee (TSC) in its 2014 report on Project Verde.As recommended by the TSC, the review will have full access to all relevant documents and correspondence, including the record of government contacts concerning the Lloyds “Verde” bidding process. A detailed Direction has been laid in Parliament to initiate the Review and set out its scope and parameters.last_img read more

New bakery says ‘Hej!’ in Cardiff

first_imgA new bakery with a focus on traditional Danish recipes has opened in Cardiff.Run by Danish-born Betina Skovbro, Brød opened on 4 November and sells a range breads and pastries as well as offering café facilities.Baking duties are mostly in the hands of Simon Stokholm, who moved from his home in north Denmark to take up the position, though Skovbro helps out when she is able. Meanwhile, ex-Starbucks supervisor Ben Davies has been placed in charge of coffee after being recommended to Skovbro by a friend.Skovbro said she was motivated to open the bakery partly because her grandfather was a baker, primarily making bread but also sweet bakes, and also because she wanted to bring authentic Danish baking to the area.She said of the opening: “It has been very good. We’ve been absolutely overwhelmed with the interest we’ve had.”last_img read more

Camp Greensky Announces 2019 Lineup: Greensky Bluegrass, Del & Dawg, Billy Strings, More

first_imgGreensky Bluegrass announced the lineup of performers for the 2019 installment of their Camp Greensky Music Festival on Friday.  The multi-day festival will take place at the Hoxeyville Festival Grounds at Manistee National Forest in Wellston, Michigan for its second year on June 6th, 7th, and 8th, 2019.The 2019 edition of Greensky’s three-day music event will feature performances from Del & Dawg (Del McCoury and David Grisman), reggae artist Stephen Marley, frequent Greensky tourmate Billy Strings, Hiss Golden Messenger, Circles Around The Sun, and Ghost Light, just to name a few.Other artists listed on the event’s 2019 poster include the Rebirth Brass Band, Bombino, The Lil Smokies, Lindsay Lou, Joshua Davis, Domonic & Rachael Davis, and Seth Bernard. Greensky Bluegrass will also deliver headlining performances on all three nights of the event, along with the presumable addition of some special guests throughout the weekend. Last year’s event featured memorable sit-in performances from artists ranging from  Marco Benevento to Phish’s Mike Gordon, so attendees should be ready for more epic live collaborations when the festival returns later this year.Fans who didn’t make it to last year’s inaugural event can check out the video below for the visually-stimulating festival recap.Camp Greensky – 2018 Recap [Video: Greensky Bluegrass]Fans can click here for information on tickets, which are on sale now.last_img read more

Ebola outbreak: A system that failed

first_img Diagnosing Ebola in minutes Between 1976 and 2012, Ebola outbreaks claimed approximately 1,600 lives. But the most recent outbreak of 2013–14, which consumed the coast of West Africa and spread to the U.S. and Europe, claimed more than 11,000. Why was this Ebola outbreak so different?“If you look at what happened in this global catastrophe, it was completely preventable,” said Ashish Jha, M.D. ’97, M.P.H. ’04, the K.T. Li Professor of International Health, a practicing physician of internal medicine in the VA Boston Healthcare System, and director of the Harvard Global Health Institute. “We knew something like this was going to happen, we had systems in place to prevent it, and they all failed.”Jha spoke at the Harvard Ed Portal on Nov. 5 as part of the Faculty Speaker Series. The lecture featured material from Jha’s edX online course, PH557x, “Lessons from Ebola: Preventing the Next Pandemic,” which begins Dec. 3.To understand how the global health infrastructure failed, Jha said, it is important to first understand how the disease is spread.“Ebola is a disease you contract by caring for people with Ebola,” he said. “When a child gets sick, a parent’s instinct is to hold them; thus, parents get sick. Ebola is a caregivers’ disease and affects entire families.”The most recent outbreak is believed to have started with a 2-year-old child named Emile in Guinea, West Africa. Emile’s village, Meliandou, is located near the borders of Sierra Leone and Liberia, which allowed the virus to travel across borders and into cities quickly.Different parts of the world also had vastly different treatment options. Despite the best efforts of one of the only groups to treat the disease at the onset of the pandemic, Doctors Without Borders, Ebola killed 70 percent of those treated in Africa. Outside of Africa, in the same time period, Ebola killed 20 percent of those treated. The likelihood of death from Ebola was largely determined by where a person was infected and where they received treatment.In many ways, Jha said, “we got lucky. If this had been a different virus, it could have been dramatically worse.” For example, Jha noted, Ebola isn’t an airborne disease and it’s not that infectious. He argued that the death count could have been close to zero if the organizations involved had made different choices. “The countries didn’t have the proper resources,” Jha said. He highlighted that, while critical, it is not just about treating individual patients. “The World Health Organization [WHO] mostly downplayed the outbreak, and when the WHO said [Ebola] might be getting out of control, the leadership of the countries involved asked them not to do so. Why? Because of how it would look in the public eye.“It’s never just one entity that creates a situation like this, but multiple entities creating a terrible situation,” he said. “If the world had responded differently in June 2014, we would be talking about a thousand deaths rather than 11,000.”Last fall, it became clear to Jha and other leaders that the response had been a disaster. Julio Frenk, then dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, worked with Jha and Suerie Moon to pull together a task force. Their goal was to better understand what had happened and how to prevent it from happening again. The task force’s findings will be published in The Lancet on Nov. 23. (Moon is research director and co-chair of the Forum on Global Governance for Health at the Harvard Global Health Institute, among other positions. Frenk is currently the president of the University of Miami.)“It became clear to us that no one else was going to do it,” Jha said. “No one else was going to do an honest assessment of what went wrong.”An important insight for Jha, he said, was the realization that “the university is a voice for civil society. There is no other obvious choice. Institutions and universities like Harvard have to be the independent voice of the citizenry. What is clear to me is that containing the next epidemic will require getting in front of the policymakers and for universities to take a leadership role.”The report is made up of contributions from practitioners and experts in the field. This approach allowed Jha, and the task force, to pull together diverse insights on what actually happened and how we might do better next time.The event spoke to the world’s continuous global health challenges, said Rob Lue, the faculty director of the Harvard Ed Portal and of HarvardX, professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology, and the Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.“How the world responded to the most recent Ebola crisis obviously shapes how we’ll respond to other outbreaks and pandemics in the future,” Lue said.“Professor Jha has a unique insight into what we learned, and what we can — and should — do differently going forward,” Lue continued. “His ability to look at the epidemic through international, national, and local lenses will be invaluable to our hospitals, our policymakers, and anyone interested in safeguarding themselves.”Register for Jha’s HarvardX course by clicking here. The course, which is free, begins Dec. 3. New test, successful in field trial, may prove game-changer for treatment, containment Relatedlast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Kids Have a Shot to See Hamilton & More

first_img Star Files Related Shows View Comments Hamilton from $149.00 Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Kids Have a Shot to See Hamilton20,000 NYC public school students will be in the room where it happens! The Rockefeller Foundation has donated $1.46 million to allow kids to see Wednesday matinees at Broadway hit Hamilton for just $10. Those attending through the scheme will even have a chance to interact with members of the cast! “It is a dream come true to have a program like this exist in connection to Hamilton,” said creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda in a statement. “I’m hopeful that the stories it will inspire in them will change our lives in ways we can’t even anticipate.”Boublil & Schönberg to Be Honored at Carnegie HallLegendary Les Miz and Miss Saigon scribes Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg will be celebrated on May 2, 2016 at a Carnegie Hall gala evening. A concert with the New York Pops is set to be followed by a dinner dance at the swanky Mandarin Oriental New York. No word yet on the event’s guest artists, but music director Steven Reineke assures us that they will be “incredible.”A Christmas Carol Heads Off-BroadwayChristmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a bah humbug or two! A new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol will play a limited holiday engagement December 16 through December 23 at the Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row. Co-directed by Adam (who will also play Scrooge) and Andrea Daveline, seven performers will bring 57 classic characters to life (or death) in the off-Broadway production.Laura Benanti Turns Evil in Supergirl’s Super StartSupergirl debuted to sky high ratings on October 26! The new CBS series, which stars Melissa Benoist in the title role, alongside Broadway faves Laura Benanti and Jeremy Jordan, landed a massive 12.94 million total viewers. It was this fall’s biggest premiere audience, both overall and in the all-important 18-49 demo. Check out a brand new trailer for the season below and—spoiler alert—turns out that Benanti will be tapping her dark side in future episodes… Laura Benantilast_img read more

Report: South Korean Police Seeking Arrest of Hanjin Group’s CEO

first_imgSouth Korean police are seeking an arrest warrant for the Chairman of Hanjin Group, Cho Yang-ho, Reuters reports citing police officials.Hanjin Group is a holding company comprising the defunct shipping company, Hanjin Shipping, and Korean Air airline.The arrest is being sought on the grounds of an alleged breach of trust.Namely, an investigation reportedly found that the funds of Korean Air have been used for private purposes by Cho, including renovation of his home. As informed, Cho denies the claims.Cho has presided over Hanjin Shipping during its demise, which has had a ripple effect on the container shipping business.To remind, the former South Korean shipping giant Hanjin Shipping was officially declared bankrupt by the Seoul Central District Court on February 17, less than six months after it first filed for court receivership, ending its 40-year history.A bankruptcy trustee was appointed to lead the sale of Hanjin’s remaining assets to pay off debts.Six of Hanjin’s former ships were sent to scrapyards, while the others were taken over by other carriers.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more