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5 Arksansas students help save suicidal man

first_imgiStock(JONESBORO, Ark.) — Five young girls in Arkansas are being praised for springing into action after spotting a man who appeared to be trying to take his own life.Allannah Orsby, A’niah Graves, Diamonique Reynolds, Jimaria Jackson and McKinna Robinson, ages 12 to 14, were on their way to Annie Camp Junior High in Jonesboro for their basketball game when they crossed a bridge and saw a man with cables, according to Vicki Montgomery, the head coach of the girl’s basketball team.As they walked by, the man told them, “Y’all have a nice life,” Montgomery told ABC News in a telephone interview.“They turned around and he was placing rope and cable over his neck,” Montgomery said.The girls immediately called 911 and began talking to the man until help arrived.“They got really scared,” Montgomery said. “They told him not to do that.”Jonesboro police confirmed to ABC News that it was students who alerted officials to the man.“When we see something, we need to say something if it is out of the ordinary,” police spokeswoman Sally Smith told ABC News.Police said they could not say the status of the man at this time, but he was uninjured when they arrived and taken to a hospital.Montgomery said the girls hadn’t told her about the incident, which occurred on Dec. 5, after it happened. It was another coach who came up to Montgomery the next day and said, “your girls saved some guy’s life last night.”“They didn’t do it for publicity,” she said. “They did it because they genuinely cared about a person they didn’t know.”She said the ordeal was an experience that has greatly affected them.“Some of them struggle in life, as well. I think it opened their eyes to things that, at that age, most adults don’t even see,” Montgomery said. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

COVID-19 in the quad: Colleges crack down on student parties as virus spreads across campuses

first_imgDenisTangneyJr./iStockBy ARIELLE MITROPOULOS, ABC News(WORCESTER, Mass.) — Classes have not even started at the College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Massachusetts, but there are growing concerns over the students’ disregard of coronavirus safety protocols. Over the weekend, campus police busted a large party at an off-campus apartment renter by Holy Cross students, eliciting growing concerns that such gatherings could turn into coronavirus super-spreader events.“Not only did the number of people in attendance exceed the state limit on the number of people at a gathering, but attendees were not wearing masks or adhering to physical distancing guidelines,” said college administrators in a letter to the community, calling the behavior “highly irresponsible.”According to the school, the party has led to a potential cluster of infections, and if such behavior continues, the rest of the student body may be unable to return to campus, later this year.Similarly, only eight days into the semester, Notre Dame was forced to cancel in-person classes for two weeks, after seeing a “dramatic increase” in positive coronavirus, with 336 students infected as of Friday. Most infections have stemmed from off-campus gatherings, according to the University’s contact tracing analysis.“Students infected at those gatherings pass it on to others, who in turn, pass the virus on to a further group, resulting in the positive cases we have seen,” stated Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins on Tuesday, in a stern message to the community.Although the university had initially begun crafting plans to send undergraduate students home, for the time being, he said, he would allow students to remain on campus, and move all undergraduate classes to remote instruction for two weeks. However, Rev. Jenkins warned failure to comply with health protocols could result in sending students home.Such scenes are far from isolated incidents, and are examples of the many challenges confronting universities and colleges as they reopen.Numerous videos of packed parties on campuses across the country have been widely shared on social media, often with no social distancing or face masks, much to the dismay of school administrators and public officials alike.Syracuse University Vice Chancellor J. Michael Haynie severely admonished first-year students who had gathered on the school’s quad, calling their behavior “selfish and unsettling,” and stating, “Make no mistake, there was not a single student who gathered on the Quad last night who did not know and understand that it was wrong to do so.”At least three dozen states, so far, have reported coronavirus cases on college campuses.At Oklahoma State University, over 20 cases have been confirmed in a single sorority house.Iowa State University administrators issued a stern warning that a failure to abide by the school’s rules and continuing partying could lead to remote instruction, after over 175 students tested positive for the virus.Some schools are already acting swiftly, and threatening disciplinary actions against students who do abide by the set protocols.Purdue University has suspended 36 students, including those who had hosted a party and those who had attended the gathering in violation of social distancing policies.Duke University is investigating seven cases of “flagrant misconduct and persistent non-compliance” with COVID-19 rules by students or groups of students, and if found responsible, students and organizations could face a range of possible sanctions, including disciplinary probation, suspension, or permanent dismissal.23 students from Syracuse received interim suspensions following their on-campus party.Drake University in Iowa barred 14 students from campus for two weeks for partying, and several University of Connecticut students were evicted from on-campus student housing after videos of dorm-room parties emerged Monday night. On Wednesday, the university announced eight on-campus students, and three commuter students, had tested positive for COVID-19.Colleges and universities that have opted either to reopen, or allow students to live on the premises, are relying heavily on students to abide by the precautions and behavioral expectations outlined by the school.But some experts question whether it is possible to expect 18 to 23 years-old to study, eat, and live in close quarters, all while acting responsibly and maturely enough to sacrifice most of the social interactions and traditions associated with college life.“They’re going to want to party, they’re going to want to drink, they’re going to want to hang out either on-campus or off-campus dorms or in private residences. They’re at an age where they consider themselves to be invulnerable,” Dr. Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, told ABC News.“I think you’re asking for something, that’s not going to happen,” he said, adding it will be incredibly difficult to get students to understand that this is a life and death situation.Angry University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students agreed, calling the situation a “clusterf—” after in-person classes barely lasted a week into the fall semester before being halted when four COVID-19 clusters surfaced, with 130 students testing positive and the positivity rate on campus surging from 2.8% to nearly 13.6%.In a scorching editorial in the student newspaper The Daily Tar Heel, students wrote, “We all saw this coming … University leadership should have expected students, many of whom are now living on their own for the first time, to be reckless. Reports of parties throughout the weekend come as no surprise.”Watching the carefully crafted COVID-19 reopening plans by top universities rapidly unravel, some schools are already reassessing their own fall plans. Dozens of schools that had previously committed to a hybrid system for the fall, have now reversed course and decided to conduct classes remotely.Ithaca College, in upstate New York, informed its 5,500 students on Tuesday that it would not be welcoming them back to campus this fall. “We have learned from watching other communities how delicate this equilibrium is, and how quickly it can be disrupted,” wrote President Shirley M. Collado in a message to the community.Similarly, at Michigan State University, which planned to reopen on Sept. 2, classes are now going to be remote, asking students who planned to live on campus, to stay home.In a letter to students, Michigan State president, Dr. Samuel Stanley, underscored, in particular, the challenges seen “at other institutions as they re-populate their campus communities,” writing further that “it has become evident to me that, despite our best efforts and strong planning, it is unlikely we can prevent widespread transmission of COVID-19 between students if our undergraduates return to campus.”Just last week, big-name universities such as Stanford, Brown and the University of Pennsylvania all announced their decision to keep students at home.The enormous challenges of welcoming students back to campus during the pandemic are becoming increasingly apparent to school officials and public health experts.“I think it’s too much to ask right now,” Dr. Offit told ABC News. Campuses are just “another breeding ground for easy transmission.”The students’ behavior is also a source of great concern to the communities around the universities and colleges, fearing that it will put them at risk for coronavirus. In Massachusetts, local residents expressed their alarm after the Holy Cross party, while Somerville and Medford residents held a protest outside the Tufts University president’s house Wednesday, over plans to bring students back to campus.Boston College is hiring a police detail to break up weekend parties that grow too large.In Alabama, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox tweeted a picture of a large crowd of mostly unmasked University of Alabama students, gathered downtown, saying that “we are desperately trying to protect” the city.Students too are anxious and frustrated about the chaos, with some feeling that school officials have failed them.“We’re angry — and we’re scared,” wrote the UNC students. “We’re tired of the gaslighting, tired of the secrecy, tired of being treated like cash cows by a University with such blatant disregard for our lives.”But ultimately, it all boils down to personal choices, according to Penn State President Eric Barron. “I ask students flaunting the university’s health and safety expectations a simple question: Do you want to be the person responsible for sending everyone home?”“I want you to understand right now and very clearly that we have one shot to make this happen. The world is watching, and they expect you to fail. Prove them wrong. Be better. Be adults,” concluded Syracuse’s Vice Chancellor Haynie.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Chick metabolic rate and growth in three species of albatross: a comparative study

first_imgThe relative importance of genetic vs. environmental factors in determining the pattern of avian post-embryonic development is much debated. Previous cross-fostering of albatrosses suggested that although inter-specific variation in growth rate was determined primarily by differences in dietary energy content, species-specific constraints might have evolved that could limit maximal growth, even in chicks fed at similar rates and on similar diets. This study aimed to determine whether intrinsic differences in resting metabolic rate were apparent during the linear phase of growth in chicks of three species (black-browed, grey-headed and light-mantled sooty albatrosses). There was a gradual increase in absolute, and a reduction in mass-specific metabolic rate from 5.0 W kg−1 during the earliest part of linear growth, to 3.5 W kg−1 by the time chicks reached peak mass. These values are considerably higher than in resting adults of comparable or lower mass, presumably reflecting the large size and high metabolic demand of organs involved in rapid nutrient processing and tissue synthesis by chicks. The lack of any detectable inter-specific variation in the pattern of metabolic rate changes casts some doubt on the existence of fundamental differences in growth rate that cannot be attributed simply to differences in dietary energy or nutrient delivery rate.last_img read more

Long-Term Survival of Hydrated Resting Eggs from Brachionus plicatilis

first_imgSeveral organisms display dormancy and developmental arrest at embryonic stages. Long-term survival in the dormant form is usually associated with desiccation, orthodox plant seeds and Artemia cysts being well documented examples. Several aquatic invertebrates display dormancy during embryonic development and survive for tens or even hundreds of years in a hydrated form, raising the question of whether survival in the non-desiccated form of embryonic development depends on pathways similar to those occurring in desiccation tolerant forms.last_img

The PAC2MAN mission: a new tool to understand and predict solar energetic events

first_imgAn accurate forecast of flare and coronal mass ejection (CME) initiation requires precise measurements of the magnetic energy buildup and release in the active regions of the solar atmosphere. We designed a new space weather mission that performs such measurements using new optical instruments based on the Hanle and Zeeman effects. The mission consists of two satellites, one orbiting the L1 Lagrangian point (Spacecraft Earth, SCE) and the second in heliocentric orbit at 1AU trailing the Earth by 80° (Spacecraft 80, SC80). Optical instruments measure the vector magnetic field in multiple layers of the solar atmosphere. The orbits of the spacecraft allow for a continuous imaging of nearly 73% of the total solar surface. In-situ plasma instruments detect solar wind conditions at 1AU and ahead of our planet. Earth-directed CMEs can be tracked using the stereoscopic view of the spacecraft and the strategic placement of the SC80 satellite. Forecasting of geoeffective space weather events is possible thanks to an accurate surveillance of the magnetic energy buildup in the Sun, an optical tracking through the interplanetary space, and in-situ measurements of the near-Earth environment.last_img read more

Nicklaus Britt of Dixie State Men’s Golf Excelling at NCAA Division II Championships

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailDANIELS, W. Va.-As the NCAA Division II men’s golf championships continued Tuesday, Dixie State was bolstered by the efforts of a former Millard High star golfer at the Resort at Glade Springs. Tags: Dixie State Trailblazers/Florida Southern/NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships/Nicklaus Britt Brad James May 22, 2019 /Sports News – Local Nicklaus Britt of Dixie State Men’s Golf Excelling at NCAA Division II Championships Written bycenter_img The cutoff is the top eight overall teams. Trailblazers senior Nicklaus Britt led Dixie State on the second day of competition by firing a bogey free 3-under 69 to finish the day tied for 11th on the player leaderboard at minus-2 142. Stroke play concludes Wednesday as the Trailblazers, currently tied for eighth with Florida Southern, hope to advance to head-to-head match play.last_img read more

US Navy awards contracts for additional two LCS

first_img View post tag: LCS View post tag: Lockheed Martin The US Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded shipbuilders Austal and Lockheed Martin contracts to build additional two littoral combat ships.Under the contracts, Austal is to deliver the 15th Independence-variant of the LCS, while Lockheed Martin and its partner Fincantieri Marinette Marine are to deliver a Freedom variant LCS.In an announcement on Oct. 6, the Pentagon said both contracts were under the US congressional cost cap of US$584 million per ship without revealing their exact value due to competition reasons.Both ships are expected to be delivered by October 2023.Austal has delivered six LCS and Lockheed five littoral combat ships to the US Navy so far. Odd-numbered hulls (LCS 1, LCS 3) are being stationed at Naval Station Mayport, and even-numbered hulls are homeported at San Diego. Share this article View post tag: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy awards contracts for additional two littoral combat ships center_img Authorities US Navy awards contracts for additional two littoral combat ships View post tag: Austal October 9, 2017last_img read more

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism – Assistant/Associate/Full Professor (59840)

first_imgThe University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville,Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetics andMetabolism seeks candidates for a faculty positions to join agrowing academic practice with a Fellowship Program.Responsibilities include teaching, patient care and research.Appointment will be at the non-tenure accruing level ofAssistant/Associate/Full Professor, based on qualifications.The University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville is thelargest of the three UF colleges – medicine, nursing and pharmacy -located on the approximately 110-acre UF HealthJacksonville campus. The college’s 17 clinicalscience departments house more than 400 faculty members and 360residents and fellows. The college offers 34 accredited graduatemedical education programs. In addition to graduate medicaleducation, clinical rotations in all the major disciplines areprovided for students from the UF College of Medicine inGainesville.Visit thislink to watch a video highlighting our college’s academic andmedical offerings.For practicing physicians, the college offers a continuing medicaleducation program that recruits national and international speakerswho are well known and respected in their fields. The campus’faculty, residents and fellows are active in clinical research.Residents and fellows regularly present their findings at locationsacross the country and publish their projects in well-knownpublications.University of Florida Health Jacksonville is a private,not-for-profit hospital affiliated with the University of FloridaHealth Science Center campuses in Jacksonville and Gainesville . With more than 5,000faculty and staff, the University of Florida Health ScienceCenter–Jacksonville and UF Health Jacksonville form the region’spremier academic health center–UF Health, a leader in the educationof health professionals, a hub for clinical research and a uniqueprovider of high-quality patient care.Located in North Jacksonville is UF Health North, the onlyfull-service hospital in North Jacksonville. The state-of-the-arthospital at UF Health North offers conveniently located,high-quality health care to patients across Northeast Florida andSoutheast Georgia. It offers a wide range of inpatient andoutpatient services unavailable anywhere else in NorthJacksonville, provided by UF Health and community physicians. Thehospital features all-private rooms, which studies show promotehealing and improve the patient experience. Patient engagementtechnology in patient suites allows for easy meal ordering, TVcontrol and access to nurses. The hospital is adjacent to theexisting medical office building, where UF Health providers offermore than 20 specialties, including pediatrics and women’s healthservices. The campus is located on Max Leggett Parkway close toJacksonville International Airport, approximately 15 minutes fromNassau County and less than 30 minutes from Georgia. For moreinformation, visit http://north.ufhealthjax.org/.Located on Florida’s First Coast, Jacksonville is one of thelargest cities in land area in the United States. The city providesan eclectic combination of southern hospitality, business andrecreational paradise. More than 1 million people live in thefive-county area known as Florida’s First Coast. The area offerssomething for everyone, with a temperate climate incorporatingseasonal changes, miles of beautiful waterways and beaches, and amyriad of public facilities for work and play.For more information about Jacksonville, visit http://hscj.ufl.edu/college-of-medicine/administrative-affairs/AboutJacksonville.aspx Candidates must have MD/DO and BC/BE in Endocrinology. Must also beable to obtain a license to practice medicine in the state ofFloridaReview of applications will start on March 5, 2020 and applicationswill be accepted until the positions is filled. Please upload CVand three letters of recommendations with application.The final candidate will be required to provide official transcriptto the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not beconsidered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” isvisible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside ofthe United States are required to be evaluated by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by National Association ofCredential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found athttp://www.naces.org/If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for thisposition, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to workin the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’sSunshine Law.#category=35The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.last_img read more

Instructor of the Humanities /Social Sciences, Bard Sequence Program (Washington DC)

first_imgThe Bard Early Colleges, tuition-free, satellite campuses of BardCollege operated through partnerships with public school systems,are founded on the belief that many high-school-age students areeager and ready for the intellectual challenges of a collegeeducation.Employer Website: http://apply.interfolio.com/75362About the Bard Early Colleges and the Bard SequenceThe Bard Early Colleges (BEC) are founded on the belief that manyhigh school–age students are eager and ready for the intellectualchallenges of a college education. The Bard Early Colleges act onthis belief by providing younger scholars with a tuition-free,credit-bearing college course of study in the liberal artsfollowing the 9th and 10th grades. Students are taught by collegefaculty in seminar classes and earn college credits up to anassociate in arts (A.A.) degree from Bard College, concurrentlywith a high school diploma. Now in its second decade, the BardEarly College network serves over 2,850 students in campuses in NewYork City, New York; Newark, New Jersey; New Orleans, Louisiana;Cleveland, Ohio; and Baltimore, Maryland.Bard invites applications on a rolling basis for a dynamicindividual who seeks to join a new initiative of the Bard EarlyColleges – the Bard Sequence – which was first piloted in SchoolYear (SY) 2019-2020. Through partnerships between Bard College andpublic high schools and school systems, the Bard Sequence allowsstudents in the 11th and 12th grades to take Bard College’ssignature interdisciplinary humanities “Great Books” SeminarSequence on site at their schools, taught by an instructor selectedand trained by Bard. The Bard Sequence offers students earlierexposure to college study and the opportunity to earn 12 BardCollege credits over four semesters.The Bard Sequence currently runs programs in Orange, NJ; Brooklyn,NY; the Bronx, NY; and also in the Washington D.C. area.Key responsibilities:The Bard Sequence is seeking an adjunct instructor to teach BardThe responsibility of a Bard Sequence faculty member is to teachBard College’s signature humanities seminar course (“The BardSequence”) to students enrolled in high school at a partner publicschool. Instructors will have access to curricular resources,professional development, and a community of instructors teachingthe course. Faculty will teach between one and four sections ofeither Freshman or Sophomore seminar, or a combination ofboth.Bard Sequence faculty are required to participate in pre-coursetraining and ongoing professional development to aid in theteaching of the dual enrollment courses. This professionaldevelopment is overseen by the Director of the Bard Sequence andthe Bard Early Colleges, Bard College’s early college division.Bard Sequence faculty report to the Director of the BardSequence.Expected Start Date:Start date is rolling, as we develop new sites for the BardSequence. We are currently looking for potential instructors forSchool Year (SY) 20-21 as well as for SY 21-22.Location:To Be Determined (TBD), as we develop new sites for the BardSequence in and around the Washington D.C. area.QualificationsPosition Requirements:The successful applicant for this position will have a passion forcollege access and expanding dual enrollment opportunities and beexcited to teach college classes to a diverse group of highschool-age students in Washington, D.C. A terminal degree in ahumanities or social sciences field is required (candidates who areABD will be considered)Candidates with high school and college teaching experience arepreferred. Above all, the successful candidate will have experiencewith and investment in working with first generation collegestudents or those otherwise at risk of not completing college. Thecandidate must be flexible and adaptable in working through thechallenges associated with scaffolding rigorous programs for thesestudents.Application InstructionsPlease submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, one-pageteaching statement, sample course syllabus, and the names andcontact information for three references through the Interfolio Jobapplication link provided: http://apply.interfolio.com/75362 Application ProcessThis institution is using Interfolio’s Faculty Search to conductthis search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossieraccount and can send all application materials, includingconfidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.Equal Employment Opportunity StatementBard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcomeapplications from those who contribute to our diversity. Allqualified applicants will receive consideration for employmentwithout regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physicaldisability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationalorigin, familial status, veteran status, or geneticinformation.Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, andreasonable accommodation for all individuals in employmentpractices, services, programs, and activities.AA/EOElast_img read more