December is often the best time of the year to spread cheer and gratitude. That’s exactly what Geoff Haines, the athletic director for the Ocean City School District, did recently when he personally delivered Ocean City goodies to representatives of Delta Airlines in Philadelphia to return the company’s goodwill.Gifts including school memorabilia, T-shirts, a hand-painted personalized rock from the ‘WE ROCK’ kindness initiative and a message of thanks, were included in the package to thank the airline for the pivotal role it played in getting the high school’s boys and girls cross country teams to Orlando, Fla., for Disney’s invitational race at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in October.“We were blown away by Delta’s generosity,” Haines said in a press release. “The kindness shown by the airline directly ties in with the message of our WE ROCK initiative, and we wanted to honor that with some visual reminders they can place behind the Delta desk in remembrance.”After the cross country teams’ Frontier Airlines flight from Philadelphia to Orlando was canceled because of bad weather, Delta stepped in to provide a charter flight to Florida. Members of the cross country teams turned to social media when they were stranded by the canceled flight, which got the attention of Delta.The airline’s willingness to act resulted in the boys varsity and junior varsity teams both winning first place out of the 78 competing high schools, the girls varsity team taking second place, and girls junior varsity taking fourth. The school contacted Delta’s headquarters directly to thank the airline. In response, the school received a letter of thanks and congratulations from Delta CEO Ed Bastian. “Delta went above and beyond in helping these student athletes achieve their goals to compete,” Ocean City Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Taylor said. “If not for them, the students would have missed the opportunity, and this was a trip they had been fundraising to attend for two years. We are appreciative and so thankful to everyone who was involved – from the airline representatives to the crew.”Athletic Director Geoff Haines, third from left, with Delta officials. (Photo courtesy Laura Bishop Communications) Students will have virtual classes Monday.
Google+ Twitter Study: majority of Americans think COVID-19 will lead to better work environment IndianaLocalNews Previous articleIvy Tech enrollment begins next week during Virtual Express Enrollment DayNext articleElkhart County Commissioners back guidelines for face mask use Darrin Wright Facebook Facebook Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp (“170 – Typing” by Hillary, CC BY-SA 2.0) Almost 60% of Americans think that COVID-19 has changed the way we work for the better.That’s according to a new national study performed by personal finance website WalletHub, which reports that a third of Americans now think that we’ll see a “work from home” future sooner rather than later.It’s not all rosy, however: 61% of people who participated in the study don’t think their co-workers are more productive when working from home, and while a third of all Americans think businesses should fire employees who refuse to return to work, even more – about 53% – think businesses should also be held responsible if their employees end up getting sick.Read the full study here. Google+ WhatsApp By Darrin Wright – June 16, 2020 2 394 TAGScoronavirusCOVID-19studyWallethubwork from home Twitter
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Load remaining images Veteran rock outfit Wooden Shjips found themselves at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY on Wednesday night for just the third performance on their 2019 spring world tour. The psychedelic noise-rock band continues to promote the new material featured on their latest release, 2018’s V. At times, the band’s 90-minute headlining performance felt like an onslaught of high-powered audio with decibel levels reaching the max amount that the Williamsburg venue could allow. Even with earplugs, the level of “noise rock” which the four members relentlessly pumped out of the P.A. felt, at times, like sticking one’s head inside of a jet engine. Regardless of the show’s dangerously fun audio levels, the performance was everything a fan would want from the San Francisco rock band.Guitarist Erik “Ripley” Johnson wielded his powerful guitar rig the same way one might control an unlimited supply of electricity, sending shockwaves (metaphorical, thank goodness) throughout the audience every time he stepped on his overdrive/fuzz pedal. Johnson led the band in powering through tracks from V., in addition to other tunes from their catalog.While attendees managed to keep their footing against the power of the performance, the band took the experience even further into overdrive with the maybe the best use of projections seen by any band at “The Bowl” so far in 2019. The differently shaped light projections seemed to fill the entire venue with kaleidoscope-like images coming and going, circulating and exploding, completely encompassing the audience’s entire perspective. There were times when the levels of audio and visual stimulation seemed almost too much for the human body to handle, making for the perfect excuse to go refill one’s beer to allow the senses to re-calibrate, even if just for a few minutes.Their performance on Wednesday once again proved that Wooden Shjips still has the collective power to outplay any claim that psych-rock is a thing of the past.The band will head to Europe for the next stop on their 2019 spring tour with a performance at Tomavistas in Barcelona, Spain on Friday, May 24th. Fans can head to the band’s website for upcoming tour info and tickets.Scroll down for photos from Wednesday’s performance, courtesy of Tom Coyote.Wooden Shjips | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 5/22/2019 | Photos: Tom Coyote
When Harvard senior Brandon Liu got the call, he could hardly believe what the person on the other end of the line was saying. He was one of 36 students nationwide to win a prestigious Marshall Scholarship, which will allow him to study for two years at a university of his choice in the United Kingdom.“I was overwhelmed. It was very exciting,” said Liu, a computer science concentrator who lives in Quincy House. “Once I got some emails, that’s when I knew it actually happened.”While his interests began in science and technology, Liu said his time at Harvard — and his extensive studies in global health and public health — led him to begin exploring the ways that technology can be used to combat disease in the developing world.To that end, Liu helped to build Remindavax, an electronic medical records system for maternal health in Karnataka, India. He also founded Tech in the World, a global health fellowship for computer science students.“I’m very interested in global health, specifically, and it’s very clear that technology has a huge role to play in global health,” said Liu. “By the end of this year, there will be as many cellphones as people in the world, and there are going to be more and more applications that will be harnessing this ability to reach people in rural areas that we couldn’t reach before. We have only just begun to explore the ways that technology can make things more effective, can allow us to reach more people and prevent disease and suffering to a much greater extent.”To continue his goal of finding new ways to use technology to tackle global health problems, Liu plans to spend a year in London, working on development studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, and a year in Cambridge, studying the history and philosophy of science. He will represent the University as its sole Marshall winner this year.“Part of the reason I want to take those courses is because I’ve learned that solving a problem is not just about knowing how to build a technology, but about knowing what to build, and how to integrate it into someone’s culture and life,” he said. “To think critically about what sort of impact my technology will have on society, that’s a really important question that, as a computer scientist, you’re not really trained to think about.”While he is excited to begin his studies in the United Kingdom, Liu said his time at Harvard has been incredibly valuable, for the friends he made and the experiences he had, and also for the opportunities it afforded him.“Harvard is such a vibrant environment, and there are so many people doing such incredible work in very diverse areas,” he said. “The fact that Harvard has a School of Public Health and a Medical School and a School of Business and a School of Public Policy — I’ve had the chance to take classes with professors from each of those Schools, and those interactions exposed me to different ways of thinking that I wouldn’t have developed otherwise.“There is so much room for interdisciplinary work here, and that’s really pushed me to think differently,” Liu added. “That has been very influential in me wanting to pursue this coursework.”Going forward, Liu hopes that the development experience he will gain from studying in Britain will allow him to become a leader in using digital tools to combat the problems associated with public health and poverty around the world.“In 10 to 15 years, I hope to become a thought leader in the field, providing guidance and perspective internationally to cities and nations,” he said. “The path is long and the problems are complex, but the opportunities are endless.”
Plans for Dunster House — the first undergraduate residence to undergo full House renewal — reveal significantly expanded social and program spaces and new horizontal corridors that will complement the traditional vertical entryways. According to administrators helping to guide the project, the updates will help transform the building to better support the living and learning needs of today’s students, while preserving the character of the neo-Georgian river House.Work will begin in June, immediately following Commencement. Dunster’s renewal follows two “test projects” — Stone Hall (the neo-Georgian portion of Quincy House formerly known as Old Quincy), which reopened to students last summer, and Leverett House’s McKinlock Hall, whose upgrade is set to be unveiled this summer. It was announced in the fall that Winthrop House is scheduled to be the next undergraduate residence to be renewed after Dunster.The plans for Dunster reimagine the earliest of Harvard’s undergraduate river Houses. New learning, music, art, and social spaces will dominate the lower levels, now occupied by several squash courts.On the west side of the lower level, a high-tech “smart classroom” will give faculty the opportunity to teach classes in the building. As students move past the classroom and along the horizontal corridor, they will find new lounge spaces and a game room. Along the north corridor will be an art studio that will include a kiln, as well as a music practice room, one of three such new spaces. On the east side, the House grille will connect to a large common room with a television.“With Dunster, for the first time we’re dealing with the whole House, both the living and all of the public and common spaces, and that means the opportunities are different and expansive compared to Quincy and Leverett,” said project architect Stephen Kieran of KieranTimberlake. “When taking on a whole House you have all the pieces of the puzzle and you can take a holistic approach and reallocate spaces more comprehensively. In the lower level, it will all be open and interconnected, so what we’ve been able to do is actually create a center for all of those activities.”The new lower-level activities center will offer views of the fitness and exercise rooms and a multiuse recreation room.“House renewal brings with it great potential in two important respects,” Dunster House Masters Roger and Ann Porter wrote in an email. “First, it permits elevating fresh priorities, including how space will be used. The exterior footprint of a venerable and beautiful set of buildings will remain the same. Inside, however, we can create more public spaces and make much better use of the area below where our student living suites reside.“Second, renewal permits us to introduce the technologies characteristic of the 21st century to facilitate learning and communication in fresh and exciting ways. We are confident that it is possible to retain the tradition and beauty associated with rooms like our dining hall and library while at the same time to create the reality that House life has moved into a new era full of promise and innovation. As is obvious, we are full of optimism about the future and grateful for the commitment of the College to this exciting development.”Common spaces throughout the House will be repurposed to support undergraduate living and learning.“There will be about a 33 percent increase in program space,” said Merle Bicknell, assistant dean for FAS physical resources. “One of the other benefits to House renewal is getting the faculty back into the Houses. As we’re seeing with Stone Hall, they are coming in to teach, and then they’re staying and having lunch with the students and continuing their discussion.”While the interior space will be reconfigured and reinvigorated, the historical feel and character of the House will be preserved.“One of the great benefits of House renewal is that while we cannot change the footprint, we can reconfigure and reuse the space in very exciting ways. We will have a lot more common and classroom space and it will feel a lot more open,” said Roger Porter, who is also the IBM Professor of Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School. “We have a lovely library, dining hall, and junior common room, and while those will be freshened up, they will retain their beauty and their character.”New horizontal corridors will better connect the tutor communities and improve flow and access, allowing students to move across the building without having to exit into the courtyard and then re-enter the building.On the first floor, there will be a new seminar room. Also, an 80-person lounge connected to the courtyard will serve as a site for student-faculty dinners and other functions.Renewal will prioritize energy-efficient technology and water conservation, with the plan for Dunster to be a LEED Gold certified building, similar to Stone Hall. A water retention system will be installed, while better-insulated walls and windows will have the dual benefit of reducing energy use and improving student comfort.“House renewal is a top priority for the College, the FAS, and the University, and I am pleased by the tremendous progress,” said Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith. “The students, tutors, and House Masters Roger and Ann Porter helped to shape the plans for Dunster, creating spaces that will better support 21st century living and learning. We have received an incredible amount of positive feedback regarding the renewal of Stone and McKinlock Halls, and I am excited to take the next step with the renewal of Dunster.”
BALTIMORE (AP) — Authorities say a U.S. Marshals Service deputy has been shot and wounded and a suspect has been killed while law enforcement officers served an arrest warrant in Baltimore. Baltimore police spokeswoman Lindsey Eldridge said in an email that the suspect was shot by return fire and died after Thursday morning’s shooting. The Marshals Service tweeted that the deputy was taken to a hospital with serious injuries and was recovering from surgery. The shooting occurred while members of the U.S. Marshals Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force were serving an arrest warrant on a suspect wanted for armed robbery and attempted murder.
Students submitted their ballots online Wednesday for student body president and vice president, but the results of this year’s race will not be made public until 9 a.m. today due to allegations of campaign rule violations, Judicial Council vice president of elections Katie Hennessy said. In the past, election results have been released shortly after student voting closes at 8 p.m. “We had decided a few days ago that we were going to wait until [Thursday] morning,” Hennessy said. “The way the Constitution reads is that people have until 11:59 p.m. [on election day] to submit allegations [of campaign misconduct].” The Judicial Council, which is responsible for overseeing the fair processing of student government elections, did receive two allegations of rule violations regarding two different tickets Wednesday, Hennessy said. Per the Constitution, the specifics of allegations remain confidential to prevent swaying voters. Hennessy said the allegations jeopardized the Council’s ability to release results promptly. “Whenever allegations arise we have to hold them until they’re done, appeals and everything,” she said. “Neither ticket was found in violation, so the announcement will still be made at 9 a.m.” While neither ticket was found to have broken campaign rules, Hennessy said she found enough merit in the allegations to bring the cases to the Council’s election committee. “When we receive an allegation, it comes to me and I read through it and determine if it has merit and whether they should go to the election committee,” she said. “I decided they both had reason enough to be heard, so the election committee met this evening and heard the allegations.” The Council contacted both tickets and invited the candidates to attend the hearing. “The tickets always have the opportunity to come in and give their side of the story, and the election committee can ask them questions if anything is unclear,” she said. Results will be released outside the Notre Dame Room of the LaFortune Student Center today at 9 a.m. Check The Observer online today at www.ndsmcobserver.com for election results. If no ticket earned a majority in Wednesday’s election, the two tickets with the highest number of votes will compete in a run-off election. The candidates would participate in a debate Sunday night, with the final election to take place Monday.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded fellowships to three Notre Dame professors. Stephen Dumont, Deborah Tor, and Sandra Gustafson received grants from NEH to work on personal research projects. Professor Stephen Dumont said the grant will provide for a year’s sabbatical from teaching, so honorees can dedicate time to their projects. “In the everyday life of teaching and administration it’s difficult to find a block of time to dedicate to research,” he said. “The opportunity to carry out extensive research and writing is, of course, vital to the intellectual life of faculty and students alike.” Dumont said fellows are expected to advance their initial proposals, ideally by publishing work completed on the topic. “The goal of the project is to either complete or substantially make progress on a book or perhaps publish several papers on a topic,” Dumont said. The NEH website said the organization supports the humanities in order to “convey the lessons of history to all Americans” and to “strengthen our republic.” The Endowment bestows its grants upon the researchers with the proposals rated highest by external reviewers. History professor Deborah Tor said receiving the fellowship allows for research time, but receiving the grant is itself an honor. “It is gratifying as a scholarly validation, it is nice to know that one’s peers on the review panel think highly of one’s work,” Tor said, “especially since this was the only fellowship awarded by the NEH in my field, medieval Islamic history.” Tor’s project will focus on the Great Seljuq Dynasty, which she says is “one of the most pivotal but under-researched [dynasties] in medieval Islamic history.” “The Seljuqs were the first of several successive waves of Central Asian nomadic confederations to invade and conquer the central Islamic lands, inaugurating a thousand years of foreign Turco-Mongol rule. They were also the first potentates since the political disintegration of the original unitary Caliphate to rule over the entire Middle East, and they instituted or presided over many fundamental transformations in Islamic civilization.” Dumont said his project is on the concept of free will, and the finished product will be a book. “It will be a historical and philosophical investigation on the origins and meaning of free will,” Dumont said. However, Tor said she also believes a good application is enhanced by earlier accomplishments. “The panel obviously takes into account one’s previous achievements, reputation, and prior publications. So, I guess the panel members appreciated my first monograph and my articles,” Tor said.
By April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaHalf of all the fruit grown in Georgia is never eaten by people or animals. It rots in the fields. A University of Georgia researcher says that spoiled fruit could fuel cars. That wasted fruit can be converted into bioethanol through a fermentation process, said Elliot Altman, program coordinator for the UGA Center for Molecular Bioengineering.“All fruits are 10 percent sugar, or potentially 5 percent ethanol,” said Altman, an engineer with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “It’s a real opportunity.”The fermentation process could create a high-protein byproduct, which can be used in animal feed, called dried distillers grain.The largest opportunity in Georgia lies in watermelons and peaches. Last year, the state harvested one billion pounds of watermelon and more than 61 million pounds of peaches. The same amount rotted in the fields. The fruit is left behind because it doesn’t make the grade for commercial sale. Consumers don’t want fruit that doesn’t look perfect, even though it is fine to eat in most cases. Some of the discarded fruit is used in preserves and juice, but 50 percent never leaves the field.Ethanol conversion is not possible on a small scale like biodiesel operations. Getting enough commodity groups excited about converting the waste to fuel is one battle Altman hopes legislation may help with. “One farmer isn’t big enough to set up operation,” he said. “If packers knew in advance the fruit would be used for something, they could gather it in a separate place for transport to the ethanol plant.” Government regulations mandate the blending of 5 percent ethanol into gasoline by 2009 and 10 percent by 2011. The Renewable Fuel Standard program will increase the volume of renewable fuel required to be blended into gasoline from 9 billion gallons in 2008 to 36 billion gallons by 2022. But, ethanol plants aren’t cheap. “You can’t build a small plant,” he said. “To be cost effective, most experts agree that a plant would need to produce at least 10 million gallons of ethanol a year.”Altman and his colleague Mark Eiteman, a biological and agricultural engineering professor, are working on techniques to simplify the commercial ethanol plant, making it cheaper to produce ethanol and DDG.For example, their group has researched adding expired table sugars to increase the ethanol yields that can be obtained. Access to waste fruit is not a year-round venture, he said.“Even with a couple of fruits, a fruit-ethanol plant would only be operational for half a year, and the infrastructure for an ethanol plant is a significant investment,” Altman said.Altman is currently researching several other products – like grain sorghum – that could be used when the fruit is not available. “It has silo storage capability and is able to grow in areas of Georgia not suitable for anything else,” he said. “It does not take away from other crops and would not hurt the food market.”Georgia also has potential to produce ethanol from bakery waste. “We have a unique niche in the Atlanta area with our bakeries.”(April Sorrow is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)