Giving to the next generation

first_img Cellular atlas of brain region leads to discoveries Related ‘We now understand several behaviors in ways that we never did before’ Dulac’s mouse study shows role of neural projections in behaviors Being able to spend time on research, said Vaughn, ultimately made it possible for her to write a thesis. It may also have launched her into a career. “This fall, I’ll be starting at UC San Diego to get a Ph.D. in neuroscience,” said the graduating senior. “I’m really excited about that, but honestly without this fellowship I can’t see a way that I would’ve been able to continue to do the quality and the level of work that I really wanted to be able to do. That really opened that door for me.”But Dulac said she got much more from Vaughn through the experience.“This is the role of a teaching scientist,” said Dulac. “Science and research are people working together to exchange ideas. It’s a human community.” Research sheds light on how parents operate When Catherine Dulac was named the Lee and Ezpeleta Professor of Arts and Sciences last year, she wanted to make a difference. She had learned that donors Kewsong Lee ’86, M.B.A. ’90, and Zita Ezpeleta ’88, J.D. ’91, had created the endowed position, which lasts for five years and comes with a monetary award, because Harvard had changed their lives.“I thought, what is it we do that makes a difference?” Dulac recalled asking herself, during a conversation in her office in the BioLabs.The answer, she realized, was to use the award not to fund her lab, but to create a fellowship for a deserving undergraduate and pay the experience forward.The timing was perfect for then-rising junior Melonie Vaughn ’19. That summer, the neuroscience concentrator had received a Weissman International Internship, which had made it possible for her to do neurobiological and psychopharmacological research at the Universidad Miguel Hernandez de Elche in Alicante, Spain. The experience was transformative. “I knew after the short time I spent working in a lab that it was something really exciting for me and possibly what I wanted to do with my career,” said Vaughn, who came to Harvard from Lathrop, Calif.Dulac understood.“There’s something you learn when you’re actually experiencing research that is more powerful than just reading it out of a book or listening in lecture,” she said.Because she had taught Vaughn, Dulac — the Higgins Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator whose lab uses molecular, genetic, and optical techniques to explore the molecular and neuronal basis of innate social behaviors in the mouse — was already aware of the undergrad’s interest and promise. The challenge for Vaughn was finding the time required to continue her research.,“When I first started working in Dulac’s lab, I was working two jobs on campus,” said Vaughn, who is financially independent from her parents. The daughter of a single mother with a chronic health condition, she has not only supported herself, but has sent money home to help her family by working as an assistant building manager and at Cambridge Queen’s Head pub, among other part-time positions. “I was working maybe 25 hours a week at one point on top of trying to go to classes, and I was having difficulty managing,” recalled Vaughn, who was supported by Harvard’s Financial Aid Initiative. “It was becoming increasingly hard for me to put hours into the lab, especially working with mice, where experiment hours were really, really long.”Knowing the time and attention that research required, Dulac believed such dedication ought to be compensated. Giving Vaughn the fledgling fellowship was a way of “enabling somebody who has the eagerness to do research to have this as what she does to get an income,” said Dulac.Vaughn’s project grew naturally out of the molecular and cellular biology focus of Dulac’s lab as well as her personal experience. “My brother has an autism diagnosis,” she said, “and I’m interested in studying neurodevelopmental disorders.” In particular, she focused on a phenomenon called “the fever effect,” in which various symptoms associated with autism — such as language deficits and self-harming repetitive behaviors — are lessened while the subject has a fever. They reassert themselves when the fever is gone.“We wanted to see if we could replicate this phenomenon in a model organism,” Vaughn said. Under the supervision of Dulac and postdoctoral fellow Jessica Osterhout, she designed a series of experiments that involved injecting mice with bacterial liposaccharides, “basically to give them fever in the same way a bacterial infection would,” she explained, and then seeing if their behaviors changed and how long the effects lasted.Vaughn’s contributions will eventually become part of published research, said Dulac. Although the work is not finished, it is on its way. “We have some very promising leads that were developed by Melonie,” said Dulac. “What Melonie has done is really significant.”last_img read more

How big data analysis can make a big impact on credit unions

first_imgIf it seems like the whole world is talking about “big data,” it’s because everyone is. The rapid advancements in technology and data analysis afford us more and more actionable information every single day. This is true across all industries, and banking is no exception. How you access your core data and what you do with all of it can help set you apart from your competition.How Big is Big Data?It’s huge. It can help you get to know your member on a whole new level. From information on the members themselves, to the products and services they use, you can analyze this data to determine the value your institution derives from them.Start by dividing your members into demographic groups. At the most basic level, that’s age and gender. Then, move on to differentiators like household income, credit rating and the products and services they use. Finally, include statistics that help determine account value. These can include information like total and monthly number of swipes and their value, numbers on non-interest income and income from the customer’s deposit accounts, loans and services.Now What?Now that you have all of this information, what do you do with it? You use it to take action. For example, you might segment your auto loan portfolio by age group, looking to see which group buys the most cars and in what price ranges. You can include interest rates in this calculation and see which group is the most profitable and target them specifically in your next promotion.Another solution would be to analyze whether the loan recipient was an existing account holder or a new member. Which demographic group is most responsive to cross-selling? You could also look at which branches or employees are most successful at cross-selling.Location, Location, Location!Are you considering opening a new branch? Where should you put your new ATM machine or promotional billboard? The data to help you make these important decisions is there, you just need to access it! Look at where your cardholders are spending their money. Is it close to home? Close to where they work? If many cardholders shop at the same local grocery store, putting your next ATM machine there is a no-brainer.Rewards Can Help TooIf you have a rewards program, it can provide even more valuable information. Look at the demographics of the enrollees and the rewards they are choosing. This can point you in the direction of strategic partnerships with local businesses. Perhaps that partnership could even lead to opening a business account or loan applications . . . the sky really is the limit!Bottom LineCurrent customer information can be extremely valuable and can help you understand which member groups are most profitable, or present greater opportunity. The costs of ignoring this data can be considerable either in actual wasted resources or missed opportunities, since the lack of analysis can lead to strategic missteps. Though it will likely take an investment in time and resources up front, the results can prove well worth the investment. 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tylee Suarez A graduate of the University of Texas, Tylee Suarez brings more than 10 years of B2B marketing experience to the Buzz Points marketing team. When she’s not helping businesses grow … Web: Detailslast_img read more

ConAgra recalls pot pies as Salmonella cases rise

first_imgOct 12, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – ConAgra yesterday recalled all of its pot pie varieties, including beef, as the number of people sickened in a Salmonella outbreak that health officials say may be linked to some of the products rose to 165 in 31 states.Investigators have not found the outbreak strain at the company’s Marshall, Mo., factory or in any product samples, but ConAgra, in a statement yesterday, said it recalled the products to make it more clear to consumers that they should not eat them. On Oct 9, when ConAgra issued its first consumer advisory, it advised retail stores not to sell its chicken or turkey pot pies and recommended that consumers refrain from eating them while federal officials investigated.The outbreak is believed to be linked to chicken and turkey pot pies, but the company said the beef variety was included in the recall to simplify the message for consumers.Affected products have the establishment code “P9” or “Est. 1059” printed on the side of the package, according to a statement yesterday from the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). They include Banquet pot pies and the following brands: Albertson’s, Hill Country Fare, Food Lion, Great Value, Kirkwood, Kroger, Meijer, and Western Family. The products were distributed throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean islands.Health officials recently approached ConAgra with their suspicions that several clusters of Salmonella infections were linked to the company’s chicken and turkey pot pies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is coordinating a case-control study that has associated Banquet pot pies with the Salmonella cases.The CDC has said that the outbreak involves Salmonella enterica serotype I,4,[5],12:i:-, and as of yesterday it had collected at least 165 matching isolates from case-patients. The outbreak began in January and appears to be ongoing, the agency reported.The CDC said at least 30 people have been hospitalized. Salmonellosis typically causes fever and nonbloody diarrhea that resolves within a week.ConAgra, in its initial public health advisory, said it believed the illnesses were probably due to consumer undercooking of the products. Microwave ovens vary in strength and can cook products unevenly.The company said that before returning the product to the market, it will revise cooking directions on packages to clarify safe preparation steps.Two other Salmonella outbreaks in recent years were also linked to undercooked frozen chicken products, one in 2005 and one in 2006. Both involved breaded, prebrowned, individually wrapped chicken entrees. During those outbreaks, health officials pointed out that Salmonella was not considered an adulterant in such products and that raw poultry products must be cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F to kill the pathogen.See also:Oct 11 ConAgra press releaseOct 11 FSIS recall noticeOct 11 CDC Salmonella update 10 CIDRAP News story “Pot pies suspected in 30-state Salmonella outbreak”last_img read more

More than 800 Indonesian crew members evacuated from MV Eurodam in Jakarta

first_imgAs many as 878 Indonesian crew members have been evacuated from the MVEurodam cruise ship by an Indonesian Military team at Tanjung Priok Port, Jakarta.In the first phase on Wednesday, 434 crew members disembarked, while the remaining 444 crew members disembarked on Thursday.The Dutch-flagged cruise ship had departed from Singapore to Bali before heading to Jakarta. It anchored off about 2 to 3 nautical miles from the Jakarta International Container Terminal II (JICT II) at Tanjung Priok Port. Authorities have not confirmed whether any suspected COVID-19 cases had been reported on board, but the team sprayed disinfectant on the evacuees as soon they disembarked at the port.The crew members who disembarked on Wednesday were taken to a hotel in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, to undergo swab tests.Read also: COVID-19: Nearly 90,000 Indonesians return home after more than 700 infected abroad“They will follow the COVID-19 protocols, which include self-isolation and PCR [polymerase chain reaction] tests. If they test positive, they will be taken to the hospital. If they are negative, they will be allowed to go home,” said operation leader Brig. Gen. Hermanto, as quoted by on Wednesday. The crew members who disembarked Thursday were taken to two different hotels, Antara reported.The Eurodam was the 15th cruise ship the government has evacuated crew members from during the pandemic. Thousands of Indonesian crew members have returned home since the COVID-19 pandemic hit countries across the globe. Many of the cruise ships that employed them have halted operations because of the health crisis, some of which were hot spots for the virus.As of Wednesday, 23,297 Indonesian crew members had returned from 30 countries, arriving in Indonesia through five entry points in Jakarta and Bali.Topics :last_img read more

Gold Coast playground named Queensland’s best park

first_img MORE: One of Australia’s hottest homes sold in a week Clive Palmer snaps up RSL prize home pre-auction AILA Queensland President David Uhlmann said shared outdoor spaces have taken on even greater importance following the COVID-19 crisis.“With Gold Coast locals spending more time enjoying local parks, backyards, and green spaces, landscape architecture has been brought to the forefront,” he said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“We believe there has been a new-found realisation of the importance of green space and active travel opportunities that are complementary to essential infrastructure, not only in our city centres, but also in our neighbourhoods, and surrounding our homes.” The Urban Tree Canopy Cover Study by Arup won the Landscape Planning category.The landscape planning category award went to The Urban Tree Canopy, a Gold Coast study by global firm Arup.“With a growing population and increasing development on the Gold Coast region, this study makes rigorous analysis and judgment on the effects of both increased and decreased tree canopy,” said Ms Robbins.“The outcome is a plan for unprecedented climate changes and provides a baseline for understanding urban heat island effects on the Gold Coast.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:45Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhat is the new HomeBuilder scheme?00:46A playground on the northern Gold Coast has been recognised as the state’s best park after taking out a top industry gong.Two Gold Coast winners were among 17 projects to be honoured by the Queensland Landscape Architecture Awards last night. Bim’bimba Park in Pimpama won the Parks and Open Space category. Bim’bimba Park offers a range of spaces for active play and recreation.The impressive community play hub known as Bim’bimba Park in Pimpama, designed by Brisbane based Form Landscape Architects, won the Parks and Open Spaces category. “Bim’bimba Park tells a rich, exciting and detailed story and has been underpinned by simple design principles that respond carefully to its setting to deliver a range of spaces for active play and recreation,” said Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture (AILA) Queensland Jury Chair Deb Robbins.last_img read more

Safety Phone App For Outdoor Workers

first_imgThere is a tool to help employees and employers understand heat situations and risk levels. A Smartphone app is now available for outdoor workers to calculate the heat index for their work site and displays risk level based on the heat index.The free app is offered by the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).It is available for both Android and iPhones and can be accessed in both English and Spanish.The tool provides reminders about measures that should be taken at each risk level to protect workers. These reminders include: Drinking enough fluidsScheduling rest breaksPlanning for and knowing what to do in an emergencyAdjusting work operationsGradually building up to the workload for new workersTraining on heat illness signs and symptomsMonitoring each other for signs and symptomsDownload the app here: 2011, 61 workers died nationally from heat-related injuries and illnesses. The same year, Indiana workers experienced 100 cases of non-fatal injuries and illnesses related to heat exposure.last_img read more

Saka celebrates Arsenal’s new No7 shirt

first_imgNigerian-born British, Bukayo Saka, is celebrating his new Arsenal shirt number on social media. Arsenal whizkid is delighted to have taken the No7 shirt. Saka was awarded the number this week. read also:Arsenal wonderboy Saka to wear new number next seasonAdvertisement Loading… Saka will forego the No.77 he has been wearing since his breakthrough and has been challenged to follow in the footsteps of club icons like Liam Brady, David Rocastle and Robert Pires, by being handed the No.7 shirt. He posted to social media last night: FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content8 Most Expensive Mistakes The World Has Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?last_img read more

Nasarawa FA inaugurates committee to investigate COVID-19 protocol breach

first_imgRelatedPosts Electorate, observer commend conduct of election in Edo The Board of the Nasarawa State Football Association has set up a three-man Committee to investigate the rationale behind the hosting of a grassroots football tournament in Karu Local Government Area.Malam Halidu Akwashiki, Vice Chairman of the state FA, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lafia on Wednesday. Akwashiki said the committee will unravel why the football competition was organised despite the directives of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the Nigerian Football Federation to suspend all football-related activities in the country.He said: “You know with this pandemic, all football activities were suspended, but we discovered that a football competition held in Karu Local Government Area and the painful part is that the local FA of the area was aware of it.“So we set up a committee to investigate them and all those involved in the competition and the teams that participated in it.“The terms of reference also include to find out the nature of the competition, who gave approval for the competition, find out the number of affiliate clubs with the Karu FA and find out officials that officiated the matches.“They are also to know the number of participating clubs, teams that participated in the recently concluded competition and suggest and recommend disciplinary measures, if any, to be meted to the offenders. “I want to assure you that we in the Nasarawa FA, an affiliate of the NFF, are law abiding citizens of this country.“That is why we find it necessary to abide by the rules and regulations guiding the COVID-19 situation in the country.“The Nasarawa State FA gave early notice and warning to all clubs in the state since the inception of the pandemic that all football activities should be suspended.“We see no reason why some chose not to abide by the directive.”Akwashiki, who said Ahmed Bello-Mohammed will serve as Chairman of the committee, Auwal Adamu as member and Usman Ibrahim serving as the Secretary, added that the committee has been given one week to conclude the investigation. “We are expected to receive the report on September 8,” he said.NAN.Tags: COVID-19 protocolMalam Halidu AkwashikiNasarawa State FAlast_img read more

Sani, Kabir, Others Commend MTN for Supporting Abuja Unity Polo Tourney

first_imgWhile describing MTN’s support for the competition as one that will promote positive lifestyles of millions of Nigerian, he challenged other organisations in the country to support the growth and development of the game. .Speaking in the same vein, Dawule Baba also expressed satisfaction at MTN’s long term commitment towards the promotion of the noble game which according to him, has positively engaged the youth, while spreading the king of games across the country.“We Nigerians, polo administrators and players alike, must commend the company whose partnership has taken the popularity of the game to over twenty states across the country where polo is currently being played,” Dawule declared.In his remark on the opening day of the week-long polo fiesta, Chairman, Abuja Guard Polo Club, Senator Kabiru Jibril, commended MTN, other sponsors and partners for making the annual event, the biggest polo festival in the capital city of Abuja.The prestigious polo event is staged annually in honour of the country’s progressive growth as a democratic nation.The 2016 MTN Unity & Peace Polo Tournament Abuja is part of programmes lined up to mark the Democracy Day which is observed as a public holiday every May 29.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Diplomats, sport administrator, and polo enthusiasts have commended MTN Nigeria for its long term commitment and the sponsorship of polo tournaments in Nigeria.Former Nigerian envoy to Qatar, Ambassador Sani Saulawa Bala, Nigerian polo ambassador and national team coach, Dawule Baba and the President of the Guards Polo Club, Senator Mohammed Kabiru Jibril were unequivocal in their commendations for MTN as they described MTN’s support for the game as a special one that has touched the lives of polo enthusiasts.Ambassador Sani, who was a Special Guest of Honour at the polo tournament at the Guard Polo Ground in Abuja, singled out MTN as one of the few multinational firms in the country whose investment in the game had led to the advancement of the sports in the country.last_img read more

FIFA U-20 World Cup : Satellites face France in opener

first_imgThe Black Satellites of Ghana will begin its campaign at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey with an opening match against the Les Bleuets France.The Black Satellites will play Les Bleuets at the Ali Sami Yen Arena in Istanbul on 21 June before fixtures against Spain and USA, all in Group A.Sellas Tetteh’s side after their opening match will be in action three days later against Spain’s La Rojita.Ghana’s U20s will wrap up their group campaign in Kayseri against the USA on June 27.The Black Satellites, who won the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup reached the finals in Turkey after finishing second in the African Youth Championship last month.The tournament will be played June 21-July 13 in seven Turkish cities. FIFA U-20 World Cup 2013 group stage draw and fixtures:GROUP A (Istanbul, Kayseri):Istanbul: France v Ghana – June 21Istanbul: Spain v Ghana – June 24Kayseri: Ghana v USA – June 27last_img read more