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The late Oligocene flora from the Río Leona Formation, Argentinian Patagonia

first_imgA late Oligocene plant macrofossil assemblage is described from the Río Leona Formation, Argentinian Patagonia. This includes a fern, “Blechnum turbioensis” Frenguelli, one species of conifer, and sixteen angiosperm taxa. Rosaceae, Myrtaceae, Proteaceae, Lauraceae, Anacardiaceae and Typhaceae are represented by one species in each family. Five species are considered to be members of the Fabales. Three leaf taxa together with Carpolithus seeds are placed in the Nothofagaceae. Palynomorphs and permineralized woods complete the floral record of the Río Leona Formation, which is considered early late Oligocene based on radiometric dating and palynofloras.last_img

The ultimate comeback story: From a coma to Paralympic athlete

first_img Written by March 9, 2020 /Sports News – National The ultimate comeback story: From a coma to Paralympic athlete FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailbedo/iStock(NEW YORK) — By all accounts, Ryan Boyle was like many typical 10-year-olds.Growing up in the suburbs of Monroe, Connecticut, he loved the outdoors and was a social butterfly in school. And for as long as he can remember, a bike was never too far out of his reach. But life as he knew it – and his love for cycling – came to a screeching halt on Oct. 13, 2003.Boyle was attending a friend’s birthday sleepover, and that morning he and his friends were outside taking turns riding on a Big Wheel truck. Rain from the night before had made the road surface slippery, and not too long after he got on the toy, Boyle slipped and was pulled down the steep driveway directly into oncoming traffic.A pickup truck speeding on the backroad collided with Boyle and the Big Wheel, dragging his body underneath the truck’s front tire over 55 feet before the driver came to a complete stop. That’s when, as Boyle described in his memoir, When the Lights Go Out, “everything went black.”“I don’t really remember anything after I fell backwards down the driveway,” said Boyle.   Boyle was airlifted to Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital where doctors performed emergency brain surgery that resulted in the removal of his cerebellum, the back portion of the brain responsible for coordinating voluntary movements like balance, coordination and speech. He would spend the next two months in a medically-induced coma. During this time, one or both of Boyle’s parents, Matthew and Nancy, would stay by his bedside.Boyle’s family had difficulty accepting the doctors’ grim prognosis and, instead, leaned heavily on their Christian-faith to help him pull through.“Because my dad was involved in our church, there were a sector of Mother Teresa’s order who would come to my ICU room, and the nuns would pray for me,” Boyle recalled. “They (the nuns) would put miraculous medals on each of my broken bones. And (as his dad later explained to him), they (Boyle’s parents) would notice my vital signs improve,” he said.The Boyle family received a Christmas miracle when Ryan woke up from his coma. He recalled the first conscious moment he had when he came to. “There were a bunch of monitors beeping, and I had no idea what was going on,” said Boyle. “There were three people, my parents and my neurologist, standing over me, and I remember only being able to move my right index finger.” Months of grueling rehab would ensue for Boyle, as he had to re-learn how to breathe, swallow, stand, sit, walk and talk all on his own.It was during his seven-month stay at Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla, New York where Boyle would make perhaps the biggest decision of his young life. “I wanted to enjoy life, and get as much out of it as I can,” Boyle said. “I couldn’t stop and feel sorry for myself. I thought, ‘if I put in the work, eventually, I could do what I wanted to do and what I am passionate about,’” he added.Boyle would make a remarkable recovery and would readjust to a “new normal.” He attended St. Joseph High School in Trumbull, Connecticut, where he started a car club, managed the boys’ varsity basketball team and served as a student ambassador. Despite all Boyle would go on to accomplish, there was still a noticeable void in his life: his first love for cycling. After doctors finally gave Boyle the all-clear, he immediately set his sights on another ambitious goal.  “Once I found out I could ride a bike again, I put everything into it and knew that I could become a world champion,” Boyle said. Boyle’s dedication and persistence would ultimately pay off in 2014 when he made the United States Paralympian cycling team at just 19 years old.After placing second at the World Championships, Boyle achieved his goal of qualifying for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio where he took home a silver medal in the time trial race, and placed fourth in the road race. Boyle now lives and trains as a full-time athlete at the U.S. Paralympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Through his entire journey, Boyle has continued to embrace stepping into the unknown and constantly pushing himself to achieve more. His sights are now set on getting over the plateau separating him from Paralympic gold at this year’s Games in Tokyo.“It’s important to never give up faith, and continually set the bar high,” said Boyle. “Life is truly a wild ride and you never really know what will come of it.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Post-doctoral fellowship in Psychiatric and Statistical Genetics

first_imgDescription of the Job Sensitive PositionNo Additional Information Position NumberP00001 Recruitment PoolAll Applicants VCU is located in Richmond, Virginia, a small city with a vibrantarts scene, nationally recognized museums, award-winningrestaurants, and abundant opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.Richmond’s location in the middle of the state allows for day orweekend trips to the beach, the Blue Ridge Mountains, andWashington, D.C. Furthermore, Richmond is TIME magazine’s No. 2city in the United States for attracting millennial talent, and isone of the fastest-growing tech hubs in the country. Anticipated Hiring Range$50,004 DepartmentPsychiatry The Department of Psychiatry, within the School of Medicine atVirginia Commonwealth University ( VCU ) in Richmond, Virginia,invites applications for three full-time postdoctoral researcherpositions, available immediately.The positions will be located at the Virginia Institute forPsychiatric and Behavioral Genetics ( VIPBG ) (www.vipbg.vcu.edu).VIPBG is world-renowned for its contributions to the geneticepidemiology of behavior and psychopathology. Its faculty andaffiliates represent diverse disciplines including moleculargenetics, psychology, epidemiology, and statistics. Accordingly,the successful candidates will have access to a range of trainingopportunities during the course of their postdoctoralresearch.Most postdoctoral training is expected to take two years, althoughin some instances one or two additional years may be available. Thesuccessful applicants will participate in a rich and diverseresearch environment to study the causes, consequences andcorrelates of psychiatric disorders. This research training programis funded through an NIMH T32, and has a primary focus onpsychiatric disorders, their etiology, co-morbidity andtreatment.Opportunities are available for travel to work with the Institute’smany national and international collaborators, to give conferencepresentations, and to attend workshops to further develop researchskills.Specific responsibilities will include:• To acquire and apply research skills consistent with the specificaims of funded T32.• To collaborate with their primary mentor and other members of theresearch education team.• Documentation of all analytic procedures through open scienceapplications.• Manuscript preparation and submission to peer reviewed academicjournals.• Contribution as a co-author to manuscripts led by other membersof the research team.• Presentation of findings at professional conferences. Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).Optional & Required DocumentsRequired DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationCurriculum Vitae (CV)Reference Letter – 1Reference Letter – 2Reference Letter – 3Other DocumentOptional Documents Special Instructions to Applicants Posting Details Normal work days Preferred Qualifications Hours/Week Required Qualifications Open Until FilledYes Is any portion of this position grant-funded?Yes – Continuation of this position depends on funding of thegrant. Position TypePost Doc A history of interest in and contributions to the scientificliterature concerning some aspect of statistical or psychiatricgenetics is desired. A track record of peer-reviewed publicationsis preferred. Job CategoryResearch Applicants should have a PhD or MD/PhD and a background in one ofthe following fields: psychiatric epidemiology, behavioralgenetics, psychology, mathematics, statistics, biology, orsimilar.Proficient written and oral communication skills are desired.Applicants must work well both independently and in collaborativeenvironments; strong interpersonal skills are also beneficial. Dueto government regulations, this position is only available to USCitizens and Permanent Residents. Job Open Date03/20/2020 Organizational Overview CampusMCV Campus Resource CriticalNo • Please be sure that the Cover letter (1-2 pages) includes astatement of your research interests and future career plans.• Required Other Documents- Transcripts Job Code/Title Normal work hours Remove from posting on or before Does this position provide patient or clinical services to theVCU Health System?No At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity,service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. Apremier, urban, public research university nationally recognized asone of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place towork. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supportedand your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leavepackage, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and anopportunity to do mission-driven work. Does this position require a pre-placement medicalassessment?No Working TitlePost-doctoral fellowship in Psychiatric and StatisticalGenetics Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/98199last_img read more

Oxford Retain League Table Glory

first_imgOxford University has been named the best university in Britain for the second year running. The Times put Oxford top in their definitive annual league table and increased the University’s lead over rivals Cambridge. Oxford topped the poll for the first time last year after displacing their historic rivals who had held the first position since the survey began. This year the University scored a perfect 1000 but extended its lead from three to fourteen points over second-placed Cambridge. Sir Colin Lucas, the vice chancellor, said “I hope that this result will encourage more bright students, whatever their background, who want to aim for the top to apply.” It is hoped that evidence of Oxford’s high standard will result in more applications, especially in proving that the University does not conform to the Brideshead image with which it is often branded. However, despite its triumph, the University lags behind in a survey of graduate destinations receiving a score of only 83.6. This puts it slightly behind neighbour Brookes but significantly further behind the leader, Cambridge, which scored 90.5. Tony Butler, director of the Oxford University Careers Service, responded by saying employers are keen to recruit Oxford graduates but that the figures are distorted by the number of students delaying employment. “There’s evidence that the pressures of studying, which have increased by the introduction of fees, mean that many are putting off looking for a job until after their exams.” Researchers analysed the percentage of graduates who go into jobs that require or expect degree qualifications but only looked at the first 6 months of employment. The survey also revealed that Oxford spends more money on libraries and computers than any other University when analyzing expenditure per student. This follows reports that the University has the biggest financial surplus of any UK university, despite falling from £20.5 million to £16.5 million. Spending on facilities, though, such as for sport, recreation and housing, was much lower totaling only 283 compared to Bath, who topped spending, with 419. This lower figure though is in part due to the collegiate nature of the University. The survey assesses a range of criteria including teaching and research assessment, entry standards and the student to staff ratio. Oxford reached the top last year after the rankings system was reworked to take account for the balance of arts and science within the universities. Cambridge had always been placed above Oxford because of its higher number of scientists.ARCHIVE: 2nd Week TT 2003last_img read more

ICONIC FASHION: The Joy of Jeans

first_imgSo what’s it to be: baggy or bootcut, flared or straight-leg, high-waisted or low-rise, relaxed fit or slouch fit? Buying a new pair of jeans is no easy feat these days, what with the immountable piles of different styles, shades and fits which populate every clothes-shop. Choose from a £3 Tesco pair, or skip up through the high-street offers on Cornmarket, or perhaps even to the never – will – afford – on – this – student – loan – designer styles, from the old classics of Jordache and Calvin Klein to the new, rising brands VB and Sass & Bide. Screw the essay – this is a challenge. Boyfriend jeans? Just nick a pair from a Teddy Hall boy getting naked on a crew date. Skinny jeans? Honestly, how did a fashion that only serves to accentuate the hips and the thighs ever become so popular and, apparently, a wardrobe stable – now available in pink, turquoise or red.Gone are the days of old, when overalls made out of a strong, practical blue material called denim were made for factory workers in Western America. Supplied by a Mr Levi-Strauss, the men’s jeans would have the zipper, as it is now, down the front, whereas women’s had the zipper down the right-hand side. Flattering. In the 1930s, Western films took America by storm and as cinema-goers were enraptured by the hardened, authentic cowboys on screen, with them came their jeans. They henceforth became the symbol of all things rugged, virile and independent, moving away from association with labourers and obtaining, by the 1950s, a popular fashion status. The original Levian, John Wayne, was soon replaced by James Dean – rebellious, smouldering, and devastatingly sexy in denim. Fast forward several decades and every American, on average, owns seven pairs. Inspired to buy yourself some more now, in the hope of reaching a Rebel Without a Cause level of seduction? Button up that coat, and check out the myriad on offer. But be warned: thou shalt be careful in thy purchase, and thou must avoid anything which will transform your perfect denims into a devastating tragedy. No diamanté studding (so no River Island, then), no excessive bleaching which suggests you’ve had an accident in the Scout’s cupboard, and absolutely NO over-the-top, obviously-fake, perfectly-square ‘rips’ and ‘tears’. So with all these guidelines, it’s back to the changing-room…by Gini Sharvilllast_img read more

Staff homes put on hold

first_imgThe University’s plans for the Wolvercote site are still not known. Oxford University has put a £40 million plan to create new homes for staff on hold. A university spokeman commented, “The university is presently considering a number of options concerning the site of the old Wolvercote Paper Mill. But no decision will be taken for some weeks.” According to the Oxford Times, this could affect up to 200 staff members who would have been given accommodation at Wolvercote.center_img A scheme to extend the university’s property at the Wolvercote paper mill which could have provided housing and offices for hundreds of staff has been put back. The university is going ahead with the redevelopment of the Radcliffe Infirmary site, where it has invested £200 million.last_img

New IRA claims responsibility for Oxford bomb

first_imgMore details have emerged about the suspicious package sent to the Armed Forces Recruitment Office on St Giles last Thursday. The device was a “crude but viable” anti-personnel weapon containing with black powder, according to counter terrorism analysis.A spokesperson for the Oxford University Officers’ Training Corps (OUOTC) told Cherwell, “The devices in question represented crude but viable anti-personnel weapons, sent to recruitment offices at four locations around the country, including Oxford”.“They were sent to recruitment offices in A5 jiffy bags, and contained black powder. The effect of ignition would not have been an explosion, but a fireball targeted at whoever opened the package”.The news comes after Scotland Yard confirmed that a group believed to be the New IRA claimed responsibility for the devices sent to recruiting offices around the South of England on 12 and 13 February. The Irish News published a statement attributed to the New IRA reading, “The IRA claims responsibility for the explosive devices that were sent to British armed forces recruitment centres in England.It concluded, “Attacks will continue when and where the IRA see fit.”A spokesperson for Scotland Yard said, “We are aware of the claim of responsibility for the devices that were sent to Army recruitment centres in England last week.“The claim was received on Saturday February 15 by a Northern Irish media outlet using a recognised codeword. The claim was allegedly made on behalf of the ‘IRA’”.The OUOTC spokesperson clarified, “The packages aroused suspicion from the outset as they had Republic of Ireland postmarks, meaning detection was likely. The Army’s alert status is currently at ‘substantial’, meaning we are at a heightened alert, in anticipation of any further threats”.The Official IRA’s armed stockpile was decommissioned in 2010, but a number of splinter groups have persisted with dissident activities. It is understood that the current New IRA was formed after the merger of two such groups in 2012.The OUOTC spokesperson said, “All staff at Falklands House [where the Oxford University Officer Training Corps, Air Squadron and Royal Naval Unit conduct training] are aware of the relevant evacuation procedures should a similar package or device be discovered on site”.Scotland Yard urged the public to remain vigilant and report suspicious activity or behaviour to their Anti-Terrorist Hotline.last_img read more

Briefs

first_imgn The Worshipful Company of Bakers is offering bakers an opportunity to attend a two-day course at the Richemont School in Switzerland. The course includes dough technology, speciality breads, production of bakery products, tasting and sampling. The cost, including three nights’ accommodation, is £525. For details email [email protected] or call 020 7623 2223.n A woman provided inside information to help plan a robbery at a bakery where she was once employed and then lied to a court about working there. Vanessa Ponsford, 34, of Edinburgh Road, Norwich, had denied being involved with the robbery at Mr Bunn the Bakers, in Long Stratton, in April last year. The jury at Norwich Crown Court found her guilty of one charge of robbery and possessing a shotgun in the same incident. She is due to be sentenced on August 10.n The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced last week that Sara Lee Food & Beverage voluntarily recalled 27 bread products produced at the company’s Mississippi bakery. The affected products may contain small pieces of metal.n The latest firms to sign up for the Baking Industry Exhibition (BIE) are Autobake, Martins Conveyor Belts, Mono Equipment, Tromp Bakeries, Par Pak and Ziegra Ice Machines. BIE, organised by William Reed Events, will be located with the Convenience Retailing Show from April 6-9, 2008, at the NEC in Birmingham.n A woman recently trapped her hand between two conveyor belts while cleaning machinery at the Warburtons variety bakery in Bolton and was taken to hospital.last_img read more

Indiana schools set to get face masks, hand sanitizer

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Facebook Indiana schools set to get face masks, hand sanitizer WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Twitter Pinterest (“old school” by alamosbasement, CC BY 2.0) Indiana schools start reopening next month, and the state is working on ways to get the message out to students to mask up.Indiana was already planning to reopen schools on schedule, even before President Trump threatened Wednesday to cut funding to states who don’t. The Indiana Department of Education issued a detailed list of recommended and required protocols to reduce the risk of infection, and state health commissioner Kris Box says the state will do all it can to enable students to return to school. She says it’s important for their education and mental health, and Governor Holcomb adds that it reduces pressure on parents trying to balance child care with work.But Box says health officials will be on alert for coronavirus surges that could close schools all over again. Hospitalizations for coronavirus are up 12-percent since June 27, four days before Holcomb delayed the final lifting of restrictions on mass gatherings. And the percentage of tests coming back positive, after staying at or below the five-percent comfort level throughout the second half of June, has ranged from six to nine percent.Box says there’s no hard and fast rule for what would send students home to study online again. She says superintendents, principals and health departments will need to confer and look at local circumstances: whether an outbreak is communitywide or centered at a single business or nursing home, and whether cases at a school are confined to a particular classroom or grade level.The state is shipping masks and sanitizer to nearly 500 schools that have requested them. Each school will get at least one mask for every student, plus 500 masks for adults. Box says the state is still brainstorming how best to communicate to teenagers and young adults that it’s important to wear them. The state’s already posted a video on social media of Holcomb, Box and other state agency heads wearing masks and encouraging Hoosiers to follow suit. Box says the department is looking at other ways to use social media or peer relationships to connect with students who probably aren’t watching Holcomb’s weekly updates.Purdue University is requiring masks for all students and staff and announced Wednesday it will require students to test negative for the virus before returning to campus.Box says there are current surges of the virus in northern, northwest, and southwest Indiana, particularly in Elkhart, Vanderburgh and Lake Counties. Those three counties had more than a third of Indiana’s newly reported cases on Wednesday.Indiana Senator Mike Braun reaffirmed plans Wednesday to attend next month’s Republican National Convention in Jacksonville, Florida, and Holcomb says he still plans to go as well. But the governor cautions that those plans can change, just as many states have paused reopening plans or reimposed restrictions after seeing virus numbers surge. He says he’ll continue to monitor the latest health data before booking his flight. Facebook By Network Indiana – July 12, 2020 0 425 Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleIndiana craft brew industry struggling due to pandemicNext articleSpeed, alcohol factors in separate crashes around Michiana Network Indianalast_img read more

Five ways social media can work for you

first_imgThe food industry is at the heart of the smart phone revolution, according a recent seminar on social media use at Foodex 2016.The presentation was made by PR agency Pelican and law firm Roythornes and was based around the company’s fifth Social Media at Work Survey.The recently-released survey quizzed a wide range of businesses in the food and drink sector about their policies and practices, along with offering support on how to improve performance.Here are five key points from the report:Have a social media policy:The survey found that 26% of businesses still did not have a social media policy, which could put business and reputations at risk. It recommended that policy guidelines should cover both employees’ personal profiles as well as official business pages.Roythornes said: “Employment tribunal case law states that employees may be liable for gross misconduct even where posts are published to private profile pages and outside of working hours. If you don’t already have a social media policy in place, then we advise that you make this a priority for your business.”Work with agencies:Pelican said using the same agency for digital and traditional communications helped ensure consistency in message and style. It added that any agency a business used should also be covered by its social media policy, due to the fact that the agency would be in part-control of its online presence.Michael Bennett, managing director at Pelican CommunicationsAdapt your content:At Foodex, Michael Bennett, managing director at Pelican said: “The food industry is really at the heart of the smart phone revolution.”Indeed, the survey found that most businesses had a social media presence. Twitter was the social media platform used most by businesses, although Facebook and LinkedIn were both used by over 60%.However, Pelican said businesses should tailor content to each platform, to suit different audience demographics. It pointed to a 2013 study, which showed that Facebook users responded better to text updates, whereas LinkedIn’s less-active users preferred whitepapers and blog posts.Pelican added that it was also vital to interact with users rather than simply posting content, in order to get the most from having an online presence.Adapt to change:The report pointed out that the social media landscape is ever changing and businesses should react accordingly. In 2015, Facebook and Twitter were both used less by companies than they were in 2012, down from 78% to 68% in the case of Facebook and down from 83% to 78% in the case of Twitter. However, the report said Instagram had seen huge growth in the last two years and offered a 4.2% per-follower brand engagement rate – 58 times that of Facebook and 120 times that of Twitter.At Foodex, Bennett pointed out that the potential of the platform was relatively untapped, saying: “Instagram is increasingly popular with consumers while hardly any food businesses are using it.”Maz Dannourah, associate at RoythornesDon’t rely on it:While acknowledging that social media was a great source of information to the traditional media, the report warned that journalists often do not see it as their primary source of news, and that there was no substitute for communicating directly with the media.last_img read more