Adjuncts-Physics/Astronomy and Chemistry

first_imgWashburn University’s College of Arts and Sciences invitesapplications for the following adjunct faculty positions needed forSpring 2021.Physics and AstronomyThe Physics and Astronomy Department needs someone to teach two labsections of General Physics 1 that will meet on Tuesdays.Required Qualifications: Master’s degree with no less than18 graduate credit hours in physics or related field.ChemistryThe Chemistry Department needs someone for daytimeinstruction.Required Qualifications: Master’s degree with no less than18 graduate credit hours in chemistry.Application Procedures: Please email your cover letter,CV/Resume, and unofficial transcript to Christine Rhoads, SeniorAdministrative Assistant, CAS Dean’s Office at [email protected] may contact Ms. Rhoads with any questions you have. Thesuccessful candidate will be required to submit to a backgroundcheck prior to hire. Official transcripts are required oncehired.Washburn is dedicated to providing a student-centered and teachingfocused academic environment and a curriculum that engages thediversity of human experience across the globe. We seek candidateswho are committed to Washburn’s efforts to create a climate thatfosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, andwe encourage applications from members of groups that have beenhistorically underrepresented in higher education. Applicationmaterials should clearly articulate how the candidate willcontribute to the University’s commitment to diversity andinclusion through their teaching, research, and/or service.Washburn University is an EOE. Washburn University provides equalaccess to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, andemployment without regard to race, color, religion, age, nationalorigin, ancestry, disability, sex, sexual orientation, genderidentity, genetic information, veteran status, or marital orparental status.last_img read more

Press release: James Brokenshire removes commissioners from Rotherham council after 3-year intervention

first_img Mary Ney (Lead Commissioner) Patricia Bradwell (Children’s Social Care Commissioner) Julie Kenny CBE, DL (Supporting Commissioner) General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 Media enquiries Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclg Further informationThe then-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and the then-Secretary of State for Education exercised their intervention powers on 26 February 2015 as Rotherham metropolitan borough council was failing to comply with its best value duty. These Directions expire on 31 March 2019.Three commissioners have been working with Rotherham council. They are: Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 There were originally 5 commissioners sent to Rotherham council, led by Sir Derek Meyers, who was also supported by Stella Manzie CBE and Malcolm Newsam with Mary Ney and Julie Kenney CBE acting as supporting Commissioners. Patricia Bradwell replaced Malcolm Newsam in May 2016 and Stella Manzie CBE left the council in February 2016. Mary Ney was appointed Lead Commissioner in place of Sir Derek Myers in March 2017.Selected functions were returned to the council on 11 February 2016, 12 December 2016, 21 March 2017 and 12 September 2017.The Secretary of State considered representations on his ‘minded to’ decision, which was announced on 23 July, until 16 August before a final decision.As part of the decision-making process on the announcement, Mr Brokenshire and Mr Zahawi met with Rotherham’s MPs on Monday, July 16 who indicated their support to conclude the intervention. Office address and general enquiries Vulnerable young people who should have been protected were repeatedly failed by Rotherham council, which is why the government stepped in to ensure these errors can never occur again. I am pleased that strong progress has now been made at the council with the support of the commissioners. The return of all powers to Rotherham council is not a decision that I take lightly, but I am satisfied that the council has learnt the lessons of the past and is now able to provide the services its residents deserve and expect. 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Every child, wherever they live, needs to have access to the right care and support so they can flourish in life. For too long the people of Rotherham were let down by the authorities in charge of protecting them. The handing back of local children’s services to the council marks an important step for this town. I am pleased that vulnerable children in Rotherham are now getting the help they need when they need it, and I hope to see continuing improvements through the independent review next year. If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. Contact form https://forms.communit… Social media – MHCLG Minister for Children and Families, Nadhim Zahawi MP said: Communities Secretary, the Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, has today (18 September 2018) confirmed that he is concluding the government’s intervention in Rotherham metropolitan borough council and returning all powers to the authority.The intervention, which was jointly undertaken by the Ministry and the Department for Education, began in February 2015 following critical reports by Baroness Alexis Jay and Dame Louise Casey which uncovered significant failings at the council that contributed to child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.Mr Brokenshire confirmed that following strong progress by the council he will return control of all services to them on Monday 24 September, including children’s social care, and withdraw all 3 commissioners.He added that this was on condition that the council commissions an independent progress review of delivery of services to be completed by 18 February 2019, before the directions expire on 31 March 2019.The action follows the gradual return of selected functions to the council on 4 separate occasions since the intervention began in February 2015.Communities Secretary, The Rt Honorable James Brokenshire MP said: Email [email protected]last_img read more

Love Your Body Week connects SMC, ND

first_img“Love Your Body Week” at Saint Mary’s College begins next week and aims to help women critically analyze the negative media stereotypes about their bodies. Laura Glaub, a senior and founder of “Love Your Body Week” said the ultimate goal of the week is to foster self-confidence. Glaub said this year the week will include a wide range of events, from speakers from the community to physical exercise. Christina Grasso, a 2011 graduate from Saint Mary’s, will speak again this year about her struggle with anorexia. After coming forth last year to speak about eating disorders, Grasso saw an enormous response from students. “Talking about it is so important. Whilst in the throes of anorexia, I was very, very private. Had I not eventually spoken up, the disease would have killed me very shortly,” Grasso said. “I see a desperate need for resources and awareness, and I am fully committed to seeing that it happens.” Communication Studies professor Terri Russ, who has done research on gender and the effect of the media on women, will also speak at an event during the week. “Basically, I am going to focus on how Barbie is a doll, but a doll that comes with a lot of baggage,” Russ said. “I want to talk about the connections between Barbie and beauty and the ideals that we think people want to see.” Russ said “Love Your Body Week” is important in combating the hyper awareness society has on image. “This is played out through potentially harmful practices like excessive exercising, eating disorders and many more extremities,” Russ said. Glaub said this year’s “Love Your Body Week” will also feature a collaboration with Notre Dame’s Gender Issues Department. Katie Rose, director of the Notre Dame Gender Issues Department, said the teamwork has allowed the two campuses to coordinate events more efficiently. “Our week is called ‘Body Image Week’ this year. Although our names are different, our mission will be the same as Saint Mary’s,” Rose said. “We have many events that overlap between the campuses.” Glaub said the rich tradition between the schools allows the two to focus on issues encountered on both campuses. “We are constantly in contact and share many of the same problems since our cultures are very similar,” Glaub said. Rose said each school’s week has gender specific events as well as community events. She said she hopes this year’s body image weeks will have an impact on both campuses. “I hope that through these programs we can work to change the culture on campus so that people can feel comfortable getting fro-yo when they have a sweet tooth, or skipping a day at the gym if they really need a nap instead,” Rose said.last_img read more

Growing fuel

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaWhen it comes to growing crops to make into biofuels, the talk usually centers on corn or switchgrass. But in the Southeast, the ornamental grass Miscanthus may outgrow them both.In published research comparing it to switchgrass, Miscanthus produces two times as much tonnage as switchgrass, said Andrew Paterson, director of the University of Georgia Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory, a facility jointly housed by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.West of the Mississippi River, he said, where rain is less plentiful, switchgrass is more competitive.Miscanthus is commonly planted at the end of driveways in Georgia and grows more than 12 feet tall with wispy white flowers that clump together to look like large feathers. “As an agricultural crop, it’s carbon neutral,” Paterson said, meaning that the plant absorbs as much carbon dioxide as it releases when converted to fuel.It is a perennial that only needs to be planted once every decade by farmers. Already used as a biofuel crop in Europe, it can also be combined with wood to burn to produce electricity.Using a $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Energy, Paterson will study the plant’s genes. It is closely related to sugarcane and sorghum, two plants he has extensively researched.Paterson first will figure out how the 19 chromosomes that make up Miscanthus relate to the 10 found in sorghum. Then, he hopes “to translate what we know about sorghum to accelerate Miscanthus improvement,” he said.For instance, he knows that six genes in sorghum influence flowering. He wants to find a matching set in Miscanthus and use the genes to slow down flowering in the plant. Less time spent making flowers means more time producing biomass, the stuff used to make biofuels. “We already know where the target genes are in sorghum,” he said. “If they are in the corresponding regions in Miscanthus, we can greatly accelerate the development of diagnostic tools for breeding Miscanthus.”He’s also looking for DNA markers that indicate stalk size and bud production. And he plans to explore the plant’s flooding tolerance based on comparative data from rice.Paterson is working with the private company Mendel Biotechnology, which has a leading Miscanthus breeding program. Its scientists are using their locations in Germany, China and Alabama to characterize and evaluate varieties of Miscanthus.So far, they’ve discovered four species of Miscanthus that can either be biofuel producers or gene contributors. One is completely sterile. “It tries to flower but it won’t produce any seed,” Paterson said. That’s good news when it comes time for farmers to harvest the crop. But because that variety of Miscanthus doesn’t produce any seed, plant breeders would have to sell the plant as rhizomes. And farmers would have to pay more to grow that type of Miscanthus. Seeds would be less expensive.“We’re trying to bring the cost down of planting Miscanthus,” he said. “The cost is not fatal by itself, but it is a factor. A grower would have to be willing to jump a certain amount of hurdles to be willing to try it. The lower the hurdle, the more you’re willing to try it.”There is always uncertainty when it comes to growing a new crop, especially a new one for biofuel production, Paterson said.“With each new plant we look at, we find something surprising,” he said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what those surprises are for Miscanthus.”(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Hamptons Man Charged With Torching $34M Mansion

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Sagaponack man has been accused of setting fire to a $34 million oceanfront Hamptons mansion reportedly belonging to a fellow developer over the weekend.David Osiecki was arrested and charged with two counts of arson—one for the Water Mill house fire, the other for an earlier brush fire in Bridgehampon, Southampton Town Police said.The 54-year-old suspect told a New York Post reporter outside Southampton Town Justice Court that he was “trying to save his best friend Ziel,” referring to Ziel Feldman, who owns the house on the eastern end of Dune Road that Osiecki allegedly torched, the newspaper reported.The 1,600-square-foot mansion has seven bedrooms, 8.5 bathrooms, fully retractable curved windows and a glass roof, according to a 2011 real estate feature.Bridgehampton, Southampton, East Hampton, Sag Harbor, Amagansett, North Sea and Hampton Bays firefighters responded to the blaze that was reported shortly before 6 a.m. Saturday.Osiecki was taken into custody later the same day. Suffolk County police Arson Squad detectives, fire marshals and Southampton Town Fire Marshals responded to the scene to investigate.Suffolk police had previously summonsed Osiecki for trespassing on April 3, court records show. He’s due back in court on May 29 on that case.Southampton police detectives ask anyone with information on the alleged arson to call them at 631-702-2230. All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

Do you do improv? Create a customer-centric experience

first_imgListen and focus like never before to engage members.by: Lora BrayBlue Man Group is a theatrical production “best known for its creative stage productions.” The show is part drumming and part acting. The three-man cast’s objective is to connect with each audience in a unique way, as each audience is unique.A recent interview with Isaac Eddy, former Blue Man, provides an interesting analogy for any entity that hopes to form meaningful connections.During auditions “you enter the room as a neutral character, just trying to be…as honest as possible, just taking in the people in the room,” Eddy says. The actor’s goal is to make an impactful connection.Improvisation is critical because “the audience itself is the fourth character of the show.”“The Blue Man is reflecting the audience itself and the Blue Man is summoned by the audience itself…to have this single moment of connection.” continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Saving India’s tigers from extinction

first_img– Advertisement – These reserves allowed the land to return to nature and the tigers to flourish, protected by wardens. Tiger expert Valmik Thapar tells the BBC how he saw tiger numbers grow substantially, reaching 4000 in the 1990s. But since then poaching has returned and he fears for the future of the tiger.- Advertisement – Witness Historycenter_img By the early 1970s Indian tigers had been hunted and poached to the edge of extinction – just 1800 were left, down from an estimated 40,000 in the 1930s. The Prime Minister at the time, Indira Gandhi, banned hunting and set up 15 reserves across the country to try to re-establish the tiger in its natural habitat. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Govt to secure staple food stocks as dry season approaches

first_imgHowever, the ministry acknowledged six provinces experienced rice supply shortages last month, including Riau, Riau Islands, Bangka Belitung Islands and North Maluku, whose stocks were over 25 percent less than demand.“If there is a province facing shortages, we have to be careful and pay utmost attention, reminding ourselves about the distribution amid the COVID-19 outbreak,” Syahrul, a Nasdem Party politician, said in an online briefing on Tuesday.The Agriculture Ministry and the State Logistics Agency (Bulog), the government body tasked with securing national staple food stocks, has since addressed the shortages by distributing products from provinces with excess supplies to those facing shortages.However, on top of the looming risk of drought, the country’s food supply chain currently faces logistical disruption caused by the social restrictions to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Some 30 percent of the country’s regions face a worse-than-usual dry season this year, said President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Tuesday, referring to data from the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).The President, therefore, instructed the government to store rainwater and start filling reservoirs, retention ponds and other artificial water-storage places.“Water supply in centers of agricultural production is key,” Jokowi said in an online briefing on Tuesday. “We have to make use of the remaining rain right now, ensure farmers continue harvesting while complying with the health protocols.”To ensure enough stocks of garlic, beef and sugar until June, the Food Security Agency reported that it would expedite imports.The Coordinating Economic Minister, Airlangga Hartarto, reported on Tuesday that firms had procured 94,000 tons of garlic from China in April and estimated they would import 78,000 tons more this month.As a result, the average price of garlic declined by 5 percent to Rp 42,650 (US$2.62) per kilogram last month compared with the price in March.In late April, the President also stated that 30 provinces faced shortages of sugar and 31 provinces faced shortages of garlic, which resulted in soaring prices.The average price of sugar rose by 9.6 percent to Rp 18,250 per kg between March and April, way above the government’s price ceiling of Rp 12,500 per kg, data from the Information Center for Strategic Food Prices (PIHPS) show.In response to the anticipated dry season, the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Indonesia office (FAO Indonesia) has discouraged people from stockpiling food at home and buying too much fresh food at one time as products may spoil.Topics : Facing the possibility of a prolonged dry season, the government has pledged to maintain the supply of staple foods and the stability of food prices.On Tuesday, Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo stated that the national stock of 11 key food products, including rice, would be sufficient to meet the nationwide demand until June.The rice stock is expected to stand at 14 million tons between April and June, exceeding the estimated consumption of 7.6 million tons within those three months.last_img read more

Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority Awards Funding to Support Business Expansion and Job Creation in Six Counties

first_img January 08, 2020 Economy,  Government That Works,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Governor Tom Wolf announced seven new low-interest loan approvals through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) that will support the purchase of new technology and equipment, provide early intervention and adult care services to Pennsylvanians, create a new Commercial Driver License certification center, and support the creation of new full-time jobs across the commonwealth.“The funding awarded today will help businesses in six Pennsylvania counties — businesses that serve as a snapshot of the growth we are seeing across the commonwealth — better serve their customers and communities,” said Gov. Wolf. “My administration is committed to supporting businesses of all sizes as they grow and evolve, and this funding will help these companies launch new services, save money, and operate more efficiently.”In 2019, PIDA approved $52,906,326 in low interest loans that have resulted in $104,174,333 in private investment and supported the creation and retention of 1,977 full-time jobs.The following loans were approved:Cumberland CountyMy Therapy Tree, LLC and Growing in Motion, LLC, through the Capital Region Economic Development Corporation, were approved for a $102,000, 15-year PIDA loan at a 1.75 percent reset rate to acquire a 2,200-square-foot building located in Camp Hill Borough. The building will enable the two jointly owned companies to provide a professional, child friendly space specifically designed for the needs of their early intervention clients. The total project cost is $300,150, and the company will create one new full-time job and retain three jobs.Delaware CountyMadame Rx, LLC, d/b/a Chemistry Rx, a pharmaceutical manufacturer, was approved for a $600,000, 10-year PIDA loan at a 2.75 percent fixed interest rate. The company recently expanded, and funding will provide for the acquisition of three large machinery and equipment components that will be installed in the company’s new manufacturing and research facility in Folcroft Borough. Twenty-one full time jobs will be retained. The total project cost is $1,339,776.Luzerne CountyDental Associates of NEPA, PC was approved for a $19,166 PIDA loan at a 2 percent fixed interest rate for five years. The funding will be used to acquire an Intra-Oral Digital Dental Impression Scanner to be used at the company’s office located in Wilkes-Barre. The purchase of the scanner will allow the company to replace its conventional intra-oral dental impression techniques, substantially reduce municipal dental waste materials, generate savings, increase office productivity, and increase patient safety. The total project cost is $25,555.Northumberland CountySJR-JLC, LLC and Reis Holdings, LLC, were approved for a $164,000 PIDA loan, at a 2.75 percent interest rate for fifteen years to purchase the real estate of the Professional Driver’s Academy located in Milton Borough. The property includes a 20.25-acre area used for driver training and a 4,196-square-foot office building. The company offers professional driver training, focusing on training drivers for Commercial Driver License certification. The total project cost is $428,000.Custom Container Solutions, LLC, was approved for a $475,000, 10-year loan at a 2.75 percent fixed rate to provide for the purchase of machinery and equipment. The new equipment will allow the company to add additional product lines such as compactors, gondola trailers and hoists, and will include plasma tables, a small can production line system, welding equipment, crane modifications, and other equipment. This funding is part of a larger project coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team which will create 36 and retain 60 full-time jobs, toward which the company has pledged to invest $5.5 million in capital funding.Schuylkill CountyColumbia Street, LLC, through the Schuylkill Economic Development Corporation, was approved for a $778,292, 15-year PIDA loan at a 2.75 percent fixed interest rate to acquire and renovate a 14,128-square-foot single tenant facility located in Schuylkill Haven. The facility will be leased to one tenant, Evans Network of Companies, and will be used as an extension to the company’s national headquarters located less than a mile away. The total project cost is $1,556,584.Snyder CountyAlmond Tree Senior Solutions, LLC, was approved for a $29,000 PIDA loan at a 2.75 percent fixed interest rate for three years. The funding will assist in the expansion of the company’s services to allow for the startup of an adult day services center at a newly leased 20,000-square-foot facility located in Monroe Township, including leasehold improvements and operating costs. The total project cost is $122,390.PIDA provides low-interest loans and lines of credit to Pennsylvania businesses that commit to creating and retaining full-time jobs within the commonwealth, as well as for the development of industrial parks and multi-tenant facilities. Loan applications are packaged and underwritten by a network of certified economic development organizations (CEDOs) that partner with PIDA. PIDA is currently offering interest rates between 2 and 3 percent for applications received by March 31, 2020.For more information about the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority and other DCED initiatives, visit dced.pa.gov. Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority Awards Funding to Support Business Expansion and Job Creation in Six Countiescenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Swiss pension fund seeking private equity manager via IPE Quest

first_imgA Swiss pension fund has tendered out a $200m (€169m) private equity mandate via IPE Quest.According to search QN-2388, the pension fund is looking to commit to buyout general partners (GPs) in developed economies, with investment in mid to large caps but potentiallly also small cap companies.The benchmark is equity plus 4%.It said there would be an advisory role for private equity categories such as infrastructure, secondaries, co-investments, and venture capita, where the analysis would be carried out in-house. Interested managers should have at least $10bn of assets under management in this investment area. Ideally they would have a track record of at least 10 years, but five years is a minimum.The deadline for applications is 5 January at 17:00 UK time. Performance should be stated to 30 June, gross of fees. The Swiss pension fund’s mandate is one of six asset manager searches live on IPE Quest. Included in that batch, for example, are a €1bn liability-driven investment mandate (QN-2385) and a €200m large cap European equities search (QN-2393).The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest , please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email [email protected]last_img read more