The College of Arts and Sciences at American University is pleasedto announce two Postdoctoral Fellowships for Academic Diversity tobegin in Fall 2021. These positions are designed to support thedevelopment of early-career scholars who show promise ofdistinguished research careers and who are from sectors of thepopulation historically underrepresented on the professorialfaculties of U.S. colleges and universities.The initial appointment is a 12-month term position and willcommence on August 1, 2021, with the possibility of a one-yearextension. The position will require the incumbent to conductresearch with an AU faculty mentor or mentors, teach one course perAcademic Year in their field and participate in School andUniversity activities. Optionally, there will be zero courses inthe second Academic Year for lab science fellows.Salary is competitive and includes full health benefits. Fellowswill also receive up to $3,000 in one-time start-up expenses andreimbursement for up to $2,000 per academic year in eligibleresearch expenses.Applicants should hold a PhD or other terminal degree in theirdiscipline by their proposed start date. The position is open toall disciplines with priority given to STEM fields.Review of applications will begin immediately and will continueuntil the position is filled. Include a letter of applicationoutlining the candidate’s research and teaching interests, adescription of how the candidate proposes to work with one or morespecific College faculty mentors(s) and/or research center(s), acurrent curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation fromscholars who know the candidate’s work well, recent teachingevaluations (when possible), and electronic copies of recentlypublished papers or working papers. Candidates are not required tocontact potential AU mentors in advance. The materials ofcompetitive applicants will be forwarded to those collaboratorsfollowing an initial review. Questions should be directed to HaelyJardas, Special Assistant to the Dean, at 202-885-2446 or [email protected] .
Here’s how hot trainer Ian Wilkes’ Kentucky operation is these days: He won with a first-time starter, as Lothenbach Stables’ Datt Town held off Missingdixie by a neck in a 5 1/2-furlong turf maiden race for 2-year-old fillies Sunday at Ellis Park.Wilkes, as with his mentor, Carl Nafzger, is famous for not having his young horses all cranked up to win their first start. In fact, he’s the first to joke about his poor record with “firsters,” so his staff doesn’t hesitate to poke fun either.“I just told Brian he made history,” said Bob Tucker, the assistant trainer who oversees Wilkes’ Skylight training center operation in Oldham County as well as running the horses at Ellis while the boss is at Saratoga. “He won on two first-time starters for Ian. I don’t think any other jock has ever done that. I don’t think anyone else will ever do it.”Hernandez also won first time out at Churchill Downs aboard 16-1 Fun on June 24. This is how good she is: She finished second in Saratoga’s opening day Schuylerville Stakes at 22-1 and will run back in the Grade 1 Spinaway.“All these years I’ve ridden for Ian, these are the first two I’ve ever won first time out,” Hernandez said. “This filly today, I don’t think I’ve ever been on her in the morning. But her works were pretty quick for his program. Even with the instruction, he told us to kind of get her in the race a little and see where she put us. She ran a big race. He must have thought pretty highly of her going into today.”Hernandez won with his only two mounts Sunday, taking the fourth race on the Kim Hammond-trained Proven Warrior. Hernandez’ 19 victories, out of only 73 mounts, has him tied for third in the standings behind Corey Lanerie’s 22 wins and James Graham’s 20. Also at 19 is Miguel Mena with four racing days remaining: Sept. 1 (a special Thursday card), 2, 4 and 5th. There is no racing at Ellis on Saturday, Sept. 3, as that is opening day at Kentucky Downs.“That’s a good meet. We haven’t ridden many but the percentage is good,” Hernandez said, adding of his agent, Frank Bernis, “I guess that means Frank is doing a pretty good job.”Wilkes’ stable now has 11 wins out of 37 starts at the meet, trailing only Steve Asmussen’s 14 out of 66 starters.Graham, who has heated up the last half of the meet, also won two races — the seventh aboard Rhythm Park ($5.60) for Don Campbell and the ninth on Grey Cape ($20) for Steve Margolis.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market (Photo supplied/Indiana Department of Workforce Development) Indiana’s Department of Workforce Development has launched a website to provide resources for Hoosiers who may have lost — or will lose — their jobs due to the coronavirus.To be eligible for Unemployment Insurance you have to be able, available and actively looking for work. If you become ill from the virus or are quarantined from contact with a sick person, you cannot collect U-I.You can learn more by clicking here. WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Facebook Google+ Pinterest Google+ Indiana DWD creates coronavirus unemployment resource website By Tommie Lee – March 16, 2020 5 1175 Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleIndiana announces first coronavirus death in the stateNext articlePair of shootings in South Bend under investigation Tommie Lee
The visit gave the committee the chance to observe progress on decommissioning progress first hand. Sellafield Ltd currently manages roughly 60% of the UK’s waste inventory by volume and will be a key stakeholder for any potential UK Geological Disposal Facility.The committee received updates on Sellafield Ltd projects and organisational structure. Committee members visited the site, observing ongoing decommissioning projects such as the First-Generation Magnox Storage Ponds (FGMSP), the Windscale Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor (WAGR) boxes, and the Highly Active Liquor Evaporation and Storage (HALES).The Committee observed significant progress in decommissioning and remediation since their last visit on 5 October 2017.
Read guidance on how to spot and report an Asian hornet from the GB Non-Native Species Secretariat.Current situationDuring 2020, there was one confirmed sighting of Asian hornet in the UK.This page will be updated with details of any confirmed sightings.From 2016 to date, in total there have been 19 confirmed sightings of Asian hornet in England. This figure includes a total of 10 nests, all of which were destroyed.
Press release: NHS Test and Trace reaches one million people over new year, as record numbers test positive
Interim Executive Chair of the National Institute for Health Protection Baroness Dido Harding said: A record one million people were reached by NHS Test and Trace contact tracers during the reporting week A record 683,124 contacts of people who tested positive were reached by NHS Test and Trace during the reporting week The Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme is extended until 31 March The number of mobile testing units will double to 500, with new and improved vehicles able to store twice the number of tests As cases rise across the country, so the demands on NHS Test and Trace increase. It gives me great pride to see our teams rising to meet that challenge. We are making tests available to anyone who needs one, and reaching a large proportion of those that test positive and their contacts – more than a million this reporting week. Everyone working in NHS Test and Trace and using the service can feel confident that what they are doing is contributing to saving lives and protecting the NHS. We’re not stopping there. We are continually seeking to make the system quicker and easier to use. A fleet of 500 new and improved mobile testing units will be deployed to areas of greatest need, adding to our already extensive network of test sites, while testing capacity in our labs continues to increase, with capacity now at more than 790,000 tests per day. NHS Test and Trace is delivering an essential and impressive service. It is truly extraordinary that a service that was only established last spring could now have contacted more than one million people in a single week, telling them to self-isolate and protect those around them. Although the rates of infection are continuing to rise, there can be no doubt that the rates would have increased by much more if NHS Test and Trace had not tested the 2.6 million people it provided tests to, or contacted such a large proportion of those who tested positive. I want to pay thanks to the efforts and dedication of everybody involved. While our testing capacity continues to grow as part of the government’s winter plan, NHS Test and Trace is also deploying hundreds of thousands of rapid tests to identify asymptomatic cases. Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 don’t display symptoms, meaning you can infect others unknowingly. It is therefore crucial that we continue to follow public health guidance, and all play our part by following the rules and reducing our social contact to slow the spread of the virus. More than one million people were contacted and told to self-isolate during the first week of 2021 – people who might otherwise have gone on to infect others. This means that 92.7% of contacts, and 86.6% of those who tested positive, were reached over the new year week. This is an increase of 48% (331,758 more) compared with the previous week.As many more people are being reached and told to self-isolate, the government is extending the Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme until the end of March 2021. The scheme provides £500 payments to people who are told to self-isolate but are on a low income, cannot work from home and risk losing earnings, making it easier for people to adhere to self-isolation requirements.People can also have confidence that if they have symptoms and need a test, they can get one. NHS Test and Trace’s vastly expanded test site network now has more than 800 test sites in operation, including 432 local test sites. The median distance travelled for a test is just 2.4 miles, compared with 5.1 miles as recently as September.To add to this, a fleet of 500 new and improved mobile testing units (MTUs) will be hitting the streets this week. MTUs were first introduced in April 2020 and they have carried out over 4.3 million tests to date. Over the past 9 months, MTUs have been the first at the scene at a significant number of outbreaks and critical moments, including testing hauliers in Dover and supporting the mass testing pilot in Liverpool.The new vehicles offer twice the daily testing capacity of the original model, with the ability to store 1,000 test kits compared with the original’s capacity of 500. This, combined with the doubling of the fleet’s numbers overall from around 250 to 500, will significantly increase the testing capacity offered by the UK’s mobile testing capability.Alongside the existing symptomatic testing service, NHS Test and Trace has stood up a significant programme to pilot new testing technologies to proactively test individuals without symptoms and to improve the service’s detection of positive cases.This follows last week’s announcement that the community testing offer is being expanded across all local authorities in England to test people without symptoms.Health Minister Lord Bethell said: In total during the week of 31 December to 6 January, 1,019,253 people who had either tested positive or were a recent close contact of someone who had tested positive were reached and told to self-isolate.Over the past months, the government has put in place the largest network of diagnostic testing facilities created in British history. More than 58 million tests have been conducted in the UK so far and more than 6 million cases and contacts have been reached and told to self-isolate by contact tracers.NHS Test and Trace now has the capacity to carry out more than 790,000 tests per day, compared with 2,000 just 9 months ago.Launched on 28 September 2020, the Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme is administered by lower-tier and unitary authorities in England, with an initial £50 million of government funding for local authorities to cover the cost of administering the scheme.To ensure people continue to have access to the support they need to stay at home, and reduce the transmission of COVID-19, the government is now providing an additional £20 million to local authorities to cover the cost of the scheme. This includes an additional £10 million to enable local authorities to continue making discretionary payments to people who fall outside the scope of the main scheme, but who will still face hardship if required to self-isolate.TestingAs of 6 January, more than 58 million tests have been processed in the UK in total since testing began, more than any other comparable European country.For this reporting period, turnaround times for test results have remained consistent with the previous week, with 62.9% of in-person test results returned the next day after the test was taken, compared with 63.0% the week before. 94.7% of pillar 1 test results were made available within 24 hours. This has remained broadly consistent since NHS Test and Trace began.The NHS Test and Trace laboratory network processed samples as normal with the same level of capacity, including on bank holidays, to ensure continuity of service.TracingTracing performance has remained high with 86.6% of cases and 92.7% of contacts reached last week. The proportion of contacts reached within 24 hours as a proportion of those reached is 97.3%.388,257 positive cases were transferred to contact tracers between 31 December and 6 January, 86.6% of whom were reached and told to self-isolate, compared with 85.8% the previous week.Between 31 December and 6 January, a record 736,939 people were identified as recent close contacts, with 95.9% of those with communication details provided reached and told to self-isolate. Since Test and Trace launched, 87.5% of close contacts for whom communication details were provided have been reached.Background informationThe weekly statistics from the 32nd week of NHS Test and Trace show in the most recent week of operations (31 December to 6 January): the proportion of contacts reached by tracing service remains consistent at 92.7% 86.6% of people who tested positive and were transferred to the contact-tracing system were reached and asked to provide information about their contacts, compared with 85.8% the previous week 95.9% of contacts where communication details were given were reached and told to self-isolate, compared with 96.0% the previous week 62.9% of in-person test results were received the next day after the test was taken, compared with 63.0% of tests the previous week (England only) 94.7% of pillar 1 test results were made available within 24 hours, compared with 93.6% the previous week 31.5% of in-person test results were received within 24 hours after the test was taken, compared with 33.0% the previous week 86.8% of satellite tests were received within 3 days, compared with 79.9% the previous week
Umphrey’s McGee returned for night two of their run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre last night, bringing with them a flurry of newer songs and huge jams. After last night’s epic rager with Dweezil Zappa, Umphrey’s had Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and The Main Squeeze on the bill tonight, making for an exciting, three-pronged lineup of uptempo funk, energetic Grateful Dead jams, and several progressive masterpieces from the host band.Opening the first set with “Attachments”, which debuted at this year’s Holidaze event, Umphrey’s quickly transitioned to older material with a rare “Kabump”, making only its fourth appearance on a setlist in 2016, and it was one to remember as Jake Cinninger teased Funkadelic‘s “One Nation Under A Groove” during the tune. 2015 UMBowl track “In The Black” was up next, followed by the older “Example 1”, a song that dates back to UM’s pre-Cinninger era in 1998. After a run through the older tune, Brendan Bayliss switched to an acoustic guitar, and Umphrey’s went right back to the new stuff by playing “Gone for Good”, the single they debuted at January’s Reel to Real show. Bayliss kept the acoustic on for a cover of Led Zeppelin‘s beautiful “That’s The Way”, which was played last night for only the second time since 2013. The band closed the set with a classic combination of “Out of Order” into “All in Time”.Set Two began with the orchestral “Preamble”, which led into its traditional partner in the multi-sectional epic “Mantis”, which in turn led into another UMBowl 2015 track in “Make it Right”. “The Triple Wide” was next, with its thumping beats echoing off the rocks and bringing a party vibe into the show. The dance-heavy number wound it’s way through an impressive improv section that landed on the epic rocker “Puppet String”.Following “Puppet String”, fans were treated to the improvisational highlight of the evening, as Umphrey’s took “Hindsight” from 2014’s Similar Skin out for a walk. The improv fireworks continued with a huge run through a jam classic in “August”, which contained a “Jimmy Stewart” segment; this one peppered with lyrics from Bayliss’ songbook. “August” went unfinished, as the “Jimmy Stewart” segment bled into an incredible “Hurt Bird Bath”, bringing the second set to a close.For the encore, Umphrey’s started up with “Much Obliged”, which its funky beat and impressive guitar play. The song transitioned into a performance of The Who‘s “Join Together”, which featured Cinninger on harmonica for the fun debut cover that finished the show.Umphrey’s continues their summer with tour dates up and down the East Coast over the next few weeks. You can check out the full setlist from last night’s show, below.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO – 7/3/16Set 1: Attachments, Kabump, In The Black, Example 1, Gone for Good, That’s the Way, Out Of Order > All In TimeSet 2: Preamble > Mantis > Make It Right, The Triple Wide > Puppet String, Hindsight, August > Hurt Bird BathEncore: Much Obliged > Join Together with One Nation Under a Groove (Funkadelic) teases with Brendan on acoustic with Jake on keys; unfinished “Jimmy Stewart” with lyrics; unfinished debut, The Who; with Jake on harmonica
University President Fr. John Jenkins released a statement Thursday announcing the University will await the verdict of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s canonical trial before “taking action” on the honorary degree the University awarded McCarrick in 2008.Multiple claims of sexual abuse have been leveled against McCarrick following a June report received by the Archdiocese of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, alleging McCarrick sexually abused a teenager while he was a New York priest over 45 years ago. An Archdiocesan review board found the allegation to be “credible and substantiated” following an investigation.In the wake of the Church’s announcement, four additional individuals came forward with allegations of abuse, according to a Washington Post article from July 28. One of the individuals was a minor at the time of the alleged abuse, while the other three were adults. All four individuals were either young priests or seminarians at the time of the alleged abuse, the article said.At Pope Francis’s request, McCarrick sent a letter of resignation from the College of Cardinals to the Vatican on July 27. Pope Francis accepted the resignation the following day and “suspended [McCarrick] from public ministry,” the University release said. The former cardinal will “live a life of prayer and penance” until his trial.In the University statement, Jenkins said McCarrick, who “maintains his innocence,” has a “right to be heard” in the context of his trial. He referenced the University’s only other decision to rescind an honorary degree, in the case of Bill Cosby on April 27.“The only honorary degree that the University of Notre Dame has rescinded was that of Bill Cosby, and this action was taken only after judicial proceedings in criminal court concluded with a guilty verdict,” Jenkins said.Cosby — who received an honorary degree from Notre Dame in 1990 — was found guilty April 27 of penetration with lack of consent, penetration while unconscious and penetration after administering an intoxicant in a case brought forward by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand. Constand — in a story similar to those of many of Cosby’s other accusers — said the actor and comedian drugged her in order to sexually assault her in 2004. She is one of more than 50 women who accused Cosby of sexual assault.As with Cosby, Jenkins said, the University will await the case’s conclusion before making a final decision about McCarrick’s degree.“While the University finds the alleged actions reprehensible and has no reason to question the review board’s findings, it recognizes that McCarrick maintains his innocence and that a final decision in the case will come only after a canonical trial in Rome,” Jenkins said in the statement. “As in the case of Bill Cosby, we will wait until that trial is concluded to take action regarding McCarrick’s honorary degree. We strongly urge those involved in this trial to reach a conclusion as expeditiously as possible.”While noting the gravity of the charges against the now-former cardinal, Jenkins said the decision to await a verdict was made with the rights of all parties in mind and out of respect for the proceedings.“While the allegations in this case are most grave, as they were in the case of Bill Cosby, we believe it respects not only the rights of those involved but also the adjudicatory process itself to allow that process to reach a conclusion before taking action,” Jenkins said.Tags: Abuse allegations, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Fr. John Jenkins, Honorary degree
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 68-year-old North Amityville man was killed crossing the street in East Farmingdale Friday, Suffolk County police said. Wilfrid Bien-Aime was crossing Route 110 west to east just before 6 p.m. when he was struck by a 2011 Nissan traveling southbound, police said. Bien-Aime was pronounced dead at the scene by the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, police said. The driver of the Nissan, who stayed at the scene, was not injured, police said. The Nissan was impounded for a safety check, police said. The investigation is ongoing.