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Database promotes undergraduate research

first_imgKeri O’Mara The University of Notre Dame is currently in its trial phase of integrating a new undergraduate research database, Project Lever, as part of an effort to increase undergraduate research.Developed by Harvard graduate Svetlana Dotsenko, Project Lever is a database that matches students’ research interests with professors, courses, grants and other resources based on their search topicsAlex Sun, student government representative, said Project Lever aims to “increase the quality and quantity of senior theses.”“Project Lever is an online database that is meant to connect students with the resources that are available on their campus,” Sun said. “If we see a large increase in quality and quantity, we’re hoping to expand it to other departments.”Sun said the project is implemented through the College of Arts and Letters, although student government helps promote the initiative among the student body. Dean Joseph Stanfiel of the College of Arts and Letters said he serves as coordinator for the project. “It really has enhanced the educational experience of students in the college,” Stanfiel said. “It makes the connection with someone’s raw interests in research.”According to Stanfiel, representatives from Project Lever approached him on the possibility of implementing the project at the University several weeks ago. Stanfiel said he chose the political science and economics departments to first sample the program due to their overlapping fields of research. He said he felt students in both departments would benefit most from the trial period.“Dean McGreevy has made a very conscious effort to push undergraduate research and thesis writing,” Stanfiel said. “It struck me that this would contribute to that effort.”Although Notre Dame is still in its testing phase, Harvard, MIT, Columbia and Tufts are among a list of other universities already using the project.“The neat thing about Project Lever is that it is continuously updated,” said Sun. “It’s always searching for new resources throughout campus.”Members of the Project Lever initiative include Notre Dame economics professor Mary Flannery and political science director of undergraduate studies Josh Kaplan and associate director Carolina Arroyo. Flannery said Project Lever has a broad research focus and serves as a good introductory resource for sophomores and juniors as they investigate possibilities in undergraduate research.“Anything that gets students thinking about doing research and looking at what kind of research professors are doing is a good step,” Flannery said. “I see this ultimately as a resource for sophomores and juniors when they try to figure out what to do.”Both Stanfiel and Sun said they hope the trial phase proves successful enough to allow the initiative to expand to other departments and colleges across the University. “If the results are strong, I think [Project Lever] could help everybody,” Stanfiel said. Tags: Project Lever, Research Databaselast_img read more

Saint Mary’s announces policies and procedures for fall semester

first_imgIn an email to the student body Thursday, College President Katie Conboy outlined policies and protocols for a safe return of students to campus this fall, including COVID-19 testing and mandatory mask wearing.Prior to their arrival on campus, all students will be required to complete an online training course which covers the newly established health and safety guidelines. In addition, all students attending in-person classes, including those living off-campus, will be required to complete a COVID-19 test. Any student who does not report their test results prior to their arrival will be tested upon arrival and placed in quarantine until the results are known.Once on campus students will partake in a daily wellness check and will be required to “have a mask on their person at all times, that they wear a mask in indoor public spaces and that they wear masks outdoors when physical distancing is not possible,” according to the email.Regarding physical distancing, all interactions with any persons outside a roommate group must take place from six feet apart.The Health and Counseling Center will continue to operate Monday through Friday, in addition to a new COVID testing center which has been established on campus. A 24-hour telehealth service will also become available to students starting this fall.“We have partnered with LabCorp to provide the gold standard in COVID testing, and we will pursue contact tracing to protect community members who may have been exposed to someone with an active COVID infection,” Conboy said in the email.In an effort to promote wellness, the Angela Athletic Facility will continue to operate with normal hours with the implementation of capacity restrictions to ensure the health and safety of community members.Tags: COVID testing, fall 2020, Katie Conboylast_img read more

Two Charged After Allegedly Driving Snowmobiles Drunk

first_imgMGN Stock Image.MINA – Two Ohio residents are facing charges after allegedly driving their snowmobiles while intoxicated on Route 426 in the Town of Mina on Sunday.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says just before 12:30 a.m. Sunday deputies checked two snowmobiles stopped in the roadway on Route 426.Through investigation they alleged that Joseph Mcabier, 48, and Daniel Lostosk, 58, were snowmobiling while intoxicated.Deputies say Mcabier and Lostoski refused a breath test. Both were charged and released with an appearance ticket for the Town of Mina Court at a later date. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New Vermont bus to link Rutland and White River Junction

first_imgMarble Valley Regional Transit District (MVRTD),Marble Valley Regional Transit District (The Bus) and Stagecoach Transportation Services Inc. (STSI) of Randolph, Vermont are working in partnership to create a new public transportation route that will reestablish scheduled bus service between Rutland and White River Junction.  In 2008, Vermont Transit discontinued scheduled service between Rutland and White River Junction. The new route, if awarded funding by the State of Vermont Agency of Transportation, will begin in November and be named the Route 4 East Connection.  The Route 4 Each Connection will travel Vermont Route 4 picking up and discharging passengers in Rutland, Killington, Bridgewater, Quechee, Woodstock, and White River Junction with local connections in the White River Junction area and into the Lebanon, West Lebanon areas of New Hampshire. The Route 4 East Connection will offer connections to:Amtrak s The Vermonter with service from Springfield, Massachusetts to Essex, Vermont with stops in White River Junction, Randolph, Montpelier, Waterbury, Burlington, and St. Albans,Stagecoach Transportation Services Inc. between Randolph and Dartmouth College, Dartmouth Hospital Medical Center, and the VA Hospital,Vermont Transit daily service between Burlington and Brattleboro with a stop in White River Junction andDartmouth Coach routes stopping in White River Junction with service to Boston, and New York City through Stamford, Connecticut.    The Route 4 East Connection will operate four times daily midweek, with additional weekend service during the winter ski season.  The requested one-way fare will be $3.00 donation. If awarded funding by the State of Vermont Agency of Transportation, this will be a three-year grant.  Eighty percent of the funding will be federal/state dollars, with twenty percent required local match coming from businesses and communities that benefit from the operation of the service.   During an average week, The Bus travels 13,736 miles and transports 10,431 riders in Rutland City, Proctor, Middlebury, West Rutland, Castleton, Fair Haven, Poultney, Killington, Manchester, Ludlow and towns in between.  Marble Valley Regional Transit District has a fleet consisting of 62 vehicles and employs a staff of 69.             For information on routes and other services, call (802) 773-3244, ext. 117 or visit www.thebus.com(link is external).last_img read more

SOUTHCOM Builds Family and Community Health Unit in El Salvador

first_imgBy Lorena Baires/Diálogo September 12, 2018 U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) handed over the keys of the new Family and Community Health Unit to the people of Zacatecoluca municipality in El Salvador, July 27, 2018. The new unit will expand maternal-child health services in the region. The facility is the latest project of the humanitarian aid military exercise Beyond the Horizon 2018. “We delivered a public health project earlier than scheduled. In the span of 90 days, service members of the United States, El Salvador, and Peru showed we can do great work [together],” said U.S. Army Colonel Israel Romero, commander of the humanitarian mission’s Combined Joint Task Force Hope in El Salvador. “We provided a service to the community; we are sowing seeds for the next generation.” On May 31st, construction of the new facility began next to the Dr. Carlos Alberto Galeano Peripheral Health Center. “We couldn’t expand the center since it was built, yet demand increases every year,” said Dr. Mauricio Linares, director of the center. “Now we have the opportunity to provide better preventive and curative care, thanks to SOUTHCOM.” The Salvadoran Ministry of Health estimates the project will benefit more than 23,000 patients from Zacatecoluca, San Juan Nonualco, San Rafael Obrajuelo, Santiago Nonualco, and Tecocula municipalities. “We needed to create this space, because it will allow us to sustain health reforms and increase services for the population,” said Dinora Virginia Chávez, coordinator of the Salvadoran Ministry of Health’s Basic System of Integrated Health. “We expect to see an average of 300 patients a day.” The health center is located above a gorge prone to floods. In 2016, the Ministry of Health carried out a series of renovations to prevent water currents from damaging the building: Workers made a vault, replaced the sewer system, set up toilets for patients, and installed new cubicles for the administrative staff. The new building has 10 modules for medical consultations, with a clinical lab and a pharmacy. “The benefit is certainly great,” Dr. Linares said. “For example, we can now treat patients with tuberculosis. We couldn’t do so in the past; we couldn’t provide full treatment.” United for health During Beyond the Horizon 2018, U.S. service members carried out five medical campaigns providing services in pediatrics, gynecology, dentistry, geriatrics, and ophthalmology. During each campaign, more than 1,000 people from the El Espino district and the Cosme Spessotto community received daily care in Zacatecoluca, San Luis Talpa, and Ocoluilta. “We had six medical rotations in two clinics and two ambulances for the four locations,” said U.S. Army Captain Sabrina King, officer in charge of the mission’s Task Force Med. “Our clinics provided treatment mostly for women and children. We also provided pharmacy and nursing services. We are proud to have helped so many people in need.” The arrival of military doctors was a relief for locals who suffer from illnesses and lack the financial means to access healthcare and medicine. “I had severe dental problems, and I thought I would lose all my teeth,” said Juan Antonio Flores of Zacatecoluca municipality. “Doctors saved my teeth and relieved the awful headaches I had for a long time. I have no way of thanking them for this change in my life.” “The health unit and schools built are projects that will benefit Salvadorans for years to come,” said Salvadoran Army Colonel Ricardo Rodríguez, commander of Task Force La Paz. “This is the largest legacy we can leave when two armies join to help people in need.” Beyond the Horizon provided healthcare to disadvantaged people in El Salvador, carrying out engineering works to strengthen local humanitarian aid response capabilities and disaster recovery. The three-month-long exercise, which started May 31st, counted with the participation of more than 2,000 Army South service members, rotating in groups of 500. “Our troops gained valuable experience from civil and military experts in El Salvador, ensuring quick responses from both nations to future humanitarian emergencies and civic relief efforts in the region,” said U.S. Army Brigadier General Ellen Clark, deputy commanding general and director of the Army Reserve Engagement Cell at U.S. Army South. “The exercise helped strengthen our relationships and our capability to work jointly and respond to disasters in the future.” Several U.S. and Salvadoran non-governmental organizations joined the exercise. Together, they donated medicines to supply the new maternal-child care unit and help improve services to be provided in the region from now on.last_img read more

MemberPass privacy technology helps credit unions build member trust

first_imgProtect against identity theft. This post is currently collecting data… Store, maintain and control their own digital identity credentials. It’s touchless, so health and safety concerns are avoided.Use their digital identity credentials easily and conveniently across all of your member contact channels.See how easy it is to use privacy technology to build greater digital trust between you and your members in the branchContact us to learn more about how you can use MemberPass in all your member contact channels, creating a seamless omnichannel experience.  You can request a demo, register for a webinar, or review our FAQ when you visit us at www.memberpass.com.MemberPass, powered by a credit union service organization, offers a simple and secure solution to verify member identities. It leverages touchless, privacy-enhancing technology to keep your members safe. Visit www.memberpass.com or email us at sales@memberpass.com. This is placeholder text Data is growing at an explosive rate. Billions of gigabytes are generated every day, and it’s getting worse. The sheer amount of it is staggering. Data comes from smartphone apps, the Internet of Things, public websites, social media, smart appliances and more. It’s projected that five years from now, data generation will skyrocket to about 460 billion gigabytes per day!Holy cow, that’s a lot of data! With all that data floating around, individual privacy is more at risk than ever. Personal concern is elevated, especially because of the frequent news of data breaches and irresponsible security practices. In today’s data-explosive world, it’s crucial for you to pay special attention to how you maintain your members’ data privacy.Your members routinely view your credit union as an organization they can trust to keep their personal financial data secure. They’re inclined to trust you far more than an average business in terms of your commitment to ensure the security of their personal information.This high degree of member trust is a big responsibility on you. Simply put, you need to reinforce member beliefs that you’re trustworthy, you follow rules and procedures and you protect the privacy of their personal data.So, what can a credit union do about this? Take the opportunity to show your members you’re worthy of greater trustIncreasing member awareness is a great place for you to start. Let them know what you’re doing to protect your members’ data. Right now, thanks to the impacts of COVID-19, it’s important to inform members about you how you collect, use and protect financial data.Then, demonstrate a tangible benefit to reinforce members’ view of your credit union as a safe, trustworthy institution. Remind your members that one of the best data privacy steps is a simple and secure digital way for them to positively identify themselves. Start to use MemberPass digital identity/privacy technology to show your members you’re applying solid technology to help keep their data private. In other words, you’re doing all you can to keep data secure by ensuring secure authentication and identity accuracy. MemberPass privacy technology gives members physical credentials like they already have. Except in this case, no one else can see them, change them or take them away.Members enjoy these great benefits with MemberPass privacy technology:Establish a secure and virtually hack-proof credit union connection. 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Rising public concern; next year’s wave; infected Canadian pigs; UK, France get vaccine; why separate flu vaccines

first_imgAug 28, 2009Poll suggests rising flu concern in US publicA new USA Today/Gallup poll suggests Americans are becoming more concerned about getting sick with the pandemic flu virus, USA Today reported yesterday. Of 1,007 adults who were polled, 1 in 3 believe they or a family member will get sick with the virus, up from 1 in 5 in May. Compared with the earlier poll, slightly more accept the government’s risk assessment, and 55%, up from 46%, now say they will get the vaccine. The poll’s margin of error is 4 percentage points.http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-08-27-swineflu_N.htmAug 27 USA Today storyExpert warns about next year’s pandemic flu waveThe fall wave of pandemic H1N1 flu in the northern hemisphere will likely resemble the spring spread of the virus, but a more deadly outbreak could strike next year because of natural selection pressure, virologist John Oxford told Agence France-Presse (AFP) yesterday. Once the virus infects a third of the population, it will find fewer susceptible individuals, which may give mutant viruses a selective advantage, he said. He urged governments not to let down their guard after the next wave.Manitoba finds novel flu virus on pig farmsManitoba’s chief veterinary officer recently announced that the novel H1N1 virus has been detected on various pig farms in the province, according to a post today on ProMED-mail, the Internet-based reporting system of the International Society for Infectious Diseases. No deaths were reported, but the animals showed mild flu-like symptoms. Movement of the pigs was limited to curb transmission, and veterinarians have been asked to help identify and report further outbreaks.http://www.promedmail.org/pls/otn/f?p=2400:1001:3074652114656689::NO::F2400_P1001_BACK_PAGE,F2400_P1001_PUB_MAIL_ID:1000,78977Aug 28 ProMED-mail postBritain, France get first H1N1 vaccine shipmentsBritain and France have received their first novel flu vaccine shipments, but they await regulatory approval and likely won’t be administered to patients until October, AFP reported today. British officials said they received 100,000 doses of a vaccine made by US-based Baxter, but French officials didn’t specify the number of doses they received or the manufacturer.http://www.smh.com.au/world/britain-france-get-first-batches-of-swine-flu-vaccine-20090828-f1i2.htmlAug 28 AFP storySeveral factors tipped US decision for 2 separate flu vaccinesIn response to reader questions about why US officials didn’t combine the novel flu vaccine with the seasonal flu vaccine, Columbia University virologist Vincent Rancaniello, who authors a virology blog, posed the question to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency responded that factors weighing against inclusion were lack of clinical trials for tetravalent vaccines, different high-risk populations for seasonal and pandemic flu, production timing, and ease of safety tracking.http://www.virology.ws/2009/08/26/no-tetravalent-influenza-vaccine/Aug 26 Virology Blog postlast_img read more

EPIC – European Patient experience & Innovation Congress extended to a later date

first_imgUnfortunately, the whole situation around the spread of coronavirus, which changes from day to day, from hour to hour, negatively affects the entire global economy. Especially the tourism sector, let alone the organizers of various events and congresses that are planned just before the start of the summer season. Unfortunately, the situation is much broader than tourism itself, which is among the first to be hit, and what is worst, is beyond our influence. We are left with the hope that the spread of the coronavirus will calm down with the arrival of warmer weather, as scientists hope, so that the total direct damage to the tourism sector is as small as possible and so that the main season is not jeopardized. But perhaps the best message at the moment is exactly what Bagatin emphasized, that this is just an obstacle from which we must all emerge stronger. “I am sorry that this has happened, but the health and well-being of our partners, sponsors and speakers are our priority and we would rather wait for a later date when we can all travel peacefully, safely and without any fears or worries.”Pointed out Ognjen Bagatin from the Bagatin Polyclinic and added:”I would like to thank the whole EPIC team, all the health professionals, our speakers and partners for the goodwill and the great effort they have put in over the last few months – it will all pay off, with a little delay. This is just a small obstacle on our way, from which I am sure that we will emerge stronger and that in the very near future the first EPIC – European Patient Experience & Innovation Congress, will be a great success.”center_img Given the current situation in the world with the coronavirus epidemic, EPIC – European Patient experience & Innovation Congress, which was to be held in Dubrovnik 19 / 3-21 / 3 organized by Global Clinic Rating, Stackpole & Associates, Inc., Bagatin Polyclinic and Cleveland Clinic , is postponed to a later date.last_img read more

Be kind to Earth, pick up your trash

first_imgAs the snow melts, take a look around you, especially on I-890 coming into Schenectady, and try to count the papers and other items of garbage coming into view along the roadside.Isn’t there a $500 fine for littering? A lot could be accomplished if that law was only sometimes enforced.Earth Day (April 22) is one day, but should be practiced every day. It’s well worth the effort to take some time to respect and be kind to the Earth and to each other so this would be a nicer place to live.Gina SauterScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Ministry of Health Reminds Public Of Leptospirosis Outbreak.

first_img 17 Views   no discussions The Ministry of Health continues to urge the general public to be very vigilant in preventing the increase of leptospirosIs on the island.Brochures on Leptospirosis are available at the Health Promotion Resource Centre. LocalNews Ministry of Health Reminds Public Of Leptospirosis Outbreak. by: – May 17, 2011center_img The Ministry of Health in Dominica wishes to inform the general public that the outbreak of Leptospirosis announced by the Ministry last year has not yet subsided.While most of the cases have recovered completely there were two confirmed deaths from Leptospirosis. This is of much concern to the Ministry. Although a variety of mammals worldwide harbor the infection, in Dominica the most common carriers of Leptospirosis are rats, dogs and livestock. Humans do not transmit the infection to others.Humans become infected through contact with water, food or soil containing urine from infected animals.A person suffering from Leptospirosis usually present with fever chills, eye redness, headache and muscle ache.Severe cases of the illness can result in liver damage and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of eyes), kidney failure, damage to the lungs, bleeding in the brain and death. The non severe form of the disease can be easily confused with other diseases such as the common flu, and dengue fever. A laboratory test is needed to confirm a suspected case.The Ministry of Health urges clinicians to consider the diagnosis of Leptospirosis in patients who complain of flu-like symptoms and have been exposed to the urine of rats or other animals.People traditionally at highest risk for Leptospirosis have been those engaged in certain occupations such as farmers, veterinarians, sanitation and sewer workers. Persons involved in food preparation may be exposed to rat-contaminated surroundings when hygienic measures are unsatisfactory.  Campers and hikers exposed to rat contaminated water and soil are also at risk for developing the disease.The Rodent Reduction Program in Dominica is ongoing. Environmental Health Officials have commenced the Rodent Reduction Program in some Health Districts and the program will be extended to the other health districts in the near future.The Ministry of Health is continuing the implementation of an action plan developed to respond effectively to the situation and advises the public to take the following measures.Avoid contact with surfaces and water sources that may be contaminated with rat urineKeep your home and its surroundings clean and free of garbageAvoid leaving food where rats or rodents could get to it. Keep food in  covered containersPrevent access to rats by erecting rodent-proof fences and screens and ensure possible household entry places are blocked offFarmers should ensure that animal feeds are stored in rat-proof containersWear protective clothing, shoes and gloves to avoid coming into contactwith contaminated surfaces, water source or food.Seek medical attention if you suspect you have any symptoms of Leptospirosis.last_img read more