College of Science presents Fall Undergraduate Research Fair

first_imgHow does one find research opportunities?Many College of Science students ask this question. In fact, Dr. Sheryl Lu, director of undergraduate research for the College of Science, said this is the most common question undergraduate students ask her about research. Each year, the first Thursday after fall break, the College of Science answers this question with the Fall Undergraduate Research Fair.“For the students presenting, hopefully they can get feedback from their peers, really talk about their research,” Lu said. “I think everyone wants to share what they have learned, right? And for the students who just come here to learn what other students have done, I really want them to get some ideas about what does research look like and how do you approach the faculties or find the on-campus resources to look for those research opportunities and start early.”The fair, which runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 in the Jordan Hall of Science, is split into three hour-long events. The first, Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Chemistry, runs from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Jordan 101. Attendees then move to the Galleria from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for student poster presentations and information tables, and the last hour of the event is the Undergraduate Research Internship Information Night in Jordan 101.“What we do specifically, in contrast with the normal abstract where you just write about your research, we have asked three questions at the end of the abstract, like how did you find your research opportunity, how did you like your research and what did you learn,” Lu said. “So that’s to really answer the questions of the students who are trying to find research opportunities.”The poster presentations offer an opportunity for students to interact with peers who have done research and ask them questions. Information tables from campus organizations like ND Energy, the Harper Cancer Research Institute and more will also be in the room at that time.These information tables offer the opportunity to talk with representatives from around campus such as Robyn Centilli, the assistant director for the engage and explore teams at the Center for Career Development (CCD). She is the CCD’s liaison to the College of Science.“My hope is that with our presence there that they realize that one, we are very friendly and approachable, and two, that we have a lot of really wonderful services that can help them along their path, whatever direction they decide to go,” Centilli said about the CCD’s information table.Some resources Centilli can provide include discernment and career treks to places like Washington D.C., help with learning how to connect with professors or find research, help writing resumes and more. The fair provides a chance to network with her and others on campus who can provide opportunities.“Where do I find the opportunities, how do I reach out to professors and should I be talking to them about their research?” Centilli said, referencing student concerns about networking. “My answer to that is always, people love talking about what they’re passionate about, right? … It can only benefit you by talking to people about what they’re doing, which is another great aspect of the research fair.”Later in the evening, during the Undergraduate Research Internship Information Night, several students will give talks about their research and offer advice. Helen Streff, a junior biology major, will be the plenary speaker this year.“I decided to speak because I enjoy talking about my summer experience, and I think that I went through the same process freshman year, so I think that I can help students out in that way,” Streff said. “I hope that people get out of it that summer research is something that is fun and doable and also that we have resources here that can help you get that research.”For students who have already done research, Streff recommends presenting.“It is always good to get out there for the purposes of being able to explain your research better,” she said. “Also, for applications, it is good to have presentations on there.”For students that are new to the fair and the research process, Streff said that the number of posters can be overwhelming, but she has some advice.“Just choose a few posters that interest you and try to understand the content of the poster, and also talk with the person presenting on how they got interested in that research and things like that which might be relevant to your experience,” she said.No sign up is required for students to come explore the fair, and no dress code is required for the attendees. For a continuation of the research experience in the Spring, Lu said students may also be interested in the College of Science Joint Annual Meeting (COS JAM), which is a more formal conference setting for students to present their research.There is something for all science students at the fair. Students who have done research can learn how to present it, and students new to research can learn more about it. Both Lu and Centilli encourage students of all years to attend.“Whether it makes you realize you don’t want to do research or whether it really makes you realize you do, it’s not going to be a bad experience,” Centilli said. “So, if you’re sitting on the fence, just go.”Tags: academic research, College of Science, undergraduate research fairlast_img read more

New Entomologist

first_imgShimat Joseph, an entomologist based on the University of Georgia Griffin campus, will research turfgrass and ornamental plant pests as the newest member of the UGA Turfgrass Team.“There are a lot of pests in turfgrasses: chinch bugs in Saint Augustine grass, two-lined spittlebugs, fall armyworms, white grubs, hunting bugs and weevils,” he said. “And in ornamentals, there is one known mite that vectors diseases like rose rosette disease. Then there are, of course, azalea lace bugs.”In addition to his research duties, Joseph will work with UGA Cooperative Extension agents and will teach an entomology laboratory course for UGA students enrolled in the plant protection and pest management master’s degree program.“Dr. Joseph’s broad training and experience in IPM (integrated pest management) in a diversity of agricultural systems will benefit our urban agriculture growers and allied industries,” said Kris Braman, head of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Entomology. “He brings enthusiasm and a new perspective to addressing urban agricultural issues through his assignment in research, Extension and instruction.”A native of India, Joseph came to the U.S. after graduating from Kerala Agricultural University in Thrissur, India, and operating his own consulting company. “I stayed connected to the university while running my business and then I decided I wanted to know more about agriculture so I could better help growers,” he said. In 2004, he began working on his master’s degree at CAES, conducting research under Braman. Joseph studied host plant pest resistance in zoysia, Paspalum and Bermuda grasses. He also surveyed 13 residential turfgrass lawns for pests. Joseph worked with Jim Hanula, then a UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources professor, while pursuing his doctorate. With Hanula’s guidance, Joseph studied the hemlock woolly adelgid, a forest pest of hemlock trees. Joseph monitored the use of predator beetles to control the insect. He also studied host plant resistance in Chinese and Carolina hemlocks. In 2010, Joseph began a postdoctoral assignment working alongside CAES Professor David Riley on the UGA Tifton campus. There, he studied thrips damage to tomatoes and peppers. He then left Georgia to begin another postdoctoral assignment on the brown marmorated stink bug, this time at the Virginia Technical Institute. At the time, the pest caused $37 million in losses to the apple industry along the East Coast, where it is a major pest of fruiting crops, including apples, peaches and nectarines.“I worked closely with the tree fruit growers and used integrated pest management methods,” Joseph said. “At the time, growers needed to spray 15 times a season. At that rate, they would practically have to sleep in their orchards.”He developed management strategies and monitoring procedures, and he determined the timing schedule for application of fruit protection in the orchards. He then spent what he refers to as “five really busy years” at University of California Cooperative Extension where served as an IPM advisor, a position similar to that of a county Extension agent. He worked closely with growers in the state’s Central Coast region. “I helped with pest issues in brassicas, lettuce, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and artichokes,” he said.Over the years, while he gained more knowledge and experience in the field of entomology, Joseph kept in contact with his UGA colleagues through the Entomological Society of America.He heard about a UGA position opening at a society meeting and pursued the opportunity.“I like it here in Georgia because it’s like coming back home. My first child was born here,” he said. “Drs. Braman, Hanula and Riley all exposed me to their areas of research and they guided me early on in my career.”last_img read more

Leadership Matters: Traits of a successful CEO

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CEO, CFO, president, vice president. These are all just titles. Yes, the job responsibilities may be more far-reaching than others, but no one person in an organization is better than another. All team members can contribute and positively affect the credit union’s goals or bottom line. What is more important than a title is accepting accountability, giving back, interacting with and empowering your teams, and leading with humility. Those are traits of a successful leader who earns the title and role they are in.In 2000, when I became CEO of Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, my motivation was the people who work here and our members. I wanted to help create an organization that gave back and truly supported the Phoenix community while encouraging employees to grow and build on their strengths. I didn’t set out initially to pursue a career in the financial services industry, but I got hooked when I began working at Bethpage Federal Credit Union and realized that a credit union’s focus is often different from large banks. When I joined Desert Schools FCU, I wanted to build on and strengthen the sense of community and culture—one that is rooted in philanthropic efforts and places high value on employees.I have a personal responsibility—and the way I see it, Desert Schools FCU has a corporate obligation—to give back, and this gives me purpose. Thankfully, I have the opportunity both individually and through my work to help our members, my team and the community every day. For me, philanthropy is a building block of leadership, and investing in what I value and care about has proven to be an asset to my career and Desert Schools FCU’s overall success. continue reading »last_img read more

Grocery stores say prepare for heavy lines ahead of Super Bowl weekend

first_imgCustomers like Judy Smith says she was prepared for the long lines. Nearly every register was open at Wegman’s Friday afternoon filled with customers shopping for their Super Bowl parties and Wegman’s service manager Rusty Dewing says it will only get busier throughout the weekend. Customers say the key to Super Bowl shopping is having a grocery list and patience. While workers at the store made sure Super Bowl food essentials such as chips and dip, veggie trays, and chicken wings were front and center. “Normally I would be out earlier than today but normally it’s great. It’s fine and you put up with the crowds anytime it’s a holiday weekend or something else is going on. You just have to expect it,” said Smith. With kickoff approaching, Wegmans says Saturday might be your best bet to get that last minute party food. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) – All eyes will be on the TV Sunday for Super Bowl 54, but before game day comes a lot of preparation. “It is, I believe, the second biggest food holiday of the year… and with that being said we are very busy,” said Dewing. “You can come anytime from Saturday until Saturday evening. It’s going to be busy no matter what. But the thing is… Sunday morning is going to be the craziest and it’s going to be the busiest until about 3:00 P.M. …because that’s around the time people will start concentrating on their parties,” said Patty Darrow, the head of knowledge based service at Wegmans. “We got our Monster Wing Bar. That’s a huge variety of wings that people can mix and match throughout the day. That’s on Sunday morning,” said Dewing. “If you follow your list, you’ll be fine. If you start veering off that, you’ll end up spending more. It happens all the time,” said Smith.last_img read more

Ivana Herceg, CNTB Hungary: Croatia is in the first place the wish of Hungarians who want to travel abroad

first_imgThe survey was conducted between April 8 and 15 on a sample of more than two thousand people, and respondents were asked if they were planning a trip after the coronavirus epidemic, and if so, where. Ivana Herceg, Director of the CNTB Representation in Hungary: In contact with partners from the tourism sector, but also according to the interest of the media, we can conclude that there is interest in Croatia There is interest in Croatia in Hungary, both according to the above survey and according to Herceg. “In contact with partners from the tourism sector, but also according to the interest of the media, we can conclude that there is interest in Croatia, as shown by a survey commissioned by the Hungarian Tourist Organization (MTÜ). According to the results of that survey, 51 percent of Hungarians will travel after the pandemic within Hungary, and 12 percent of respondents will travel abroad. Among foreign destinations, Croatia was the most common answer, along with Greece. The results of some other research show even greater interest in Croatian destinations, which is expected because Hungarians love Croatia, which is easily accessible by car, and we should take into account the fact that a large number of Hungarians in our country own real estate and ships.” Ivana Herceg, director of the CNTB office in Hungary / Photo: CNTB “This is supported by the proximity, the possibility of going on vacation by their own transport, the possibility of a quick return in case of any problems, but also the fact that Hungarians know our country well, consider it safe and feel welcome. The fact that a large number of Hungarians stay in private accommodation during their stay is also positive in this situation, compared to competing countries that mainly offer hotel accommodation. We are also supported by the information received from individual partners who informed us that the guests are asking for a change of destination, and that instead of the Greece they paid for, they are asking for a change for Croatia. ”Concludes Herceg. At the end of last year and the beginning of this year, the interest of Hungarians in Croatia increased, which is certainly a good indicator of the positioning of our beautiful country in Hungary. Currently, according to currently available data, the situation in Hungary (2942 colored and 335 dead) is slightly worse than in Croatia. When asked about the current epidemiological situation in Hungary “from within” and what are the announcements and the situation regarding the easing of measures in Hungary, Herceg points out that the situation in Hungary is below the European average in terms of the number of patients. Research data found that once the virus disappeared, 51 percent of Hungarians plan to travel home, and 12 percent of respondents plan to travel abroad. The fact that Hungarians know our country well and that many of them are “regular guests” of certain accommodation providers, will certainly play an important role in choosing this year’s destination for their vacation, Herceg points out and adds that the Hungarian media monitors the situation in neighboring countries. “Croatia is always mentioned as a positive example and in case travel is possible, we believe that part of the Hungarians will traditionally choose Croatia.” Hungarians ask for change of reservations – instead of the Greece they paid for, they are asking for a change for Croatiacenter_img “Given the number of inhabitants, which is more than twice as high in Hungary than in Croatia, it is expected that there will be a larger number of infected people. Hungary has tested more than 70.000 people and at the moment the number of deaths is 31 per million inhabitants. This number is higher than in Croatia, and compared to the rest of the world, it is an average number of deaths. According to the map of Hungary with the number of infected people, most of them are in Budapest, but the western and southern part of Hungary, along the border with Croatia, are below average in terms of the number of patients. Contrary to the situation in other European countries, in Hungary the measures are still in force, they have even been tightened, so from Monday 27 April it is mandatory to wear a mask in public transport and shops, markets and when visiting institutions. The Prime Minister announced the announcement of a new situation regarding security measures on May 3, until that date leaving the homes is possible only for shopping and personal needs and going to work, but it is not allowed to leave the place of residence” As far as travel is concerned, the entire tourism sector is looking forward to new information, especially after the first inscriptions about the possibilities of the so-called “Tourist corridors”. It is not yet known when the borders will open and which protocol will be used to enter another country, but we are working on a travel protocol at the level of the European Union, but certainly how each country will independently negotiate with neighboring countries through bilateral relations. So is Croatia, and talks have already been opened with Slovenia, the Czech Republic and other countries. When it comes to traveling abroad, the most popular destinations are Croatia and Greece, while in Hungary, Hungarians would travel an average of 227 kilometers and would like an active vacation. “At the beginning of the year, it seemed that this would be another record year for Croatian tourism. In January and February, we achieved growth from the Hungarian market, after a number of years Croatia and Hungary were to be connected by airlines and new itineraries of the largest Hungarian tour operators were being prepared. During April and May, we planned to implement a number of prepared activities, which we had to cancel, and which were to promote different products and different parts of Croatia. Travel agencies are still mainly concerned with cancellations and refunds, but according to some partners, reservations for Croatia are canceled less than in other countries.” Although it is difficult to overlook anything, in case the crisis subsides and the borders open in the next two months, Herceg believes that Croatia could still be the first choice of the majority of Hungarians. Precisely on this topic as well as expectations for this summer season with the Hungarian market, I spoke with Ivana Herceg, director of the CNTB office in Hungary, which points out that Croatia, in the eyes of Hungarians, is justifiably one of the safest destinations, and in these special circumstances, our advantages are even more prominent compared to the competition. More than half of Hungarians are preparing for the trip, according to a survey commissioned by the Hungarian Tourist Agency and sent to us by the CNTB Representation in Budapest. Two-thirds of respondents currently plan to avoid organized travel after the epidemic. Also, what can benefit Croatia, both due to the fact that we are a car destination and positive perceptions of a safe country (reactions to the whole situation in the fight against coronavirus in Croatia), is that according to the survey 61% of respondents will consider which countries are more were affected by the virus in a future trip.last_img read more

Sokratis Papastathopoulos slams his red card decision after Arsenal’s defeat to Rennes

first_imgAdvertisement Sokratis Papastathopoulos slams his red card decision after Arsenal’s defeat to Rennes Sokratis was sent off before half-time as Arsenal crashed to a defeat against Rennes (BPI/REX)Sokratis Papastathopoulos is unhappy with his red card in Arsenal’s defeat to Rennes and has described the decision to send him off as ‘very bad’.The Gunners took an early lead through Alex Iwobi but were reduced to 10 men before half time as the Greek centre-back was dismissed for a second yellow card.Rennes managed to equalise before the break and struck twice in the second half to seal a 3-1 win in the first leg of their Europa League tie.But Sokratis believes referee Ivan Kruzliak would not have sent him off if he had been assisted by VAR.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Of course we are disappointed because the first half we started to play good, we had control of the game but after the decision of the referee changed the game,’ said Sokratis. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 8 Mar 2019 1:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment Sokratis says the decision was ‘very bad’ (AFP/Getty Images)‘It is difficult to play with 10 players. I think the referee gave me two easy yellow cards. Both were too easy.‘The first, I didn’t touch him and the second is too easy, you know? In the end, 3-1, we need to score two goals at home and I think we can do it.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He [Kruzliak] has to explain to us. For this, sometimes it is better if they put in VAR and this helps the referee a little bit more.‘The decision was very bad. Both of these two were not a yellow.‘Of course, with the VAR there, yes [I wouldn’t have been sent off]. I don’t criticise the referee but maybe if the VAR is coming, it can help. He can make mistakes, like we can.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

Repairs of MCR Jetty System Set for Mid-February

first_imgStarting from mid-February, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be conducting repairs to the North Jetty at the Mouth of the Columbia River.The jetty, North Jetty Road and nearby parking lots will be closed to public access from Feb. 12 – Oct. 30, 2018 and March 17 – Nov.1, 2019. Benson and Waikiki beaches are not affected by these repairs and will remain open during construction, reported the Corps.USACE constructed the MCR jetty system between 1885 and 1939. The system consists of three rubble-mound jetties: North Jetty, South Jetty and Jetty A. The jetties, which together total 9.7 miles in length, minimize navigation channel maintenance and make passage safer for vessels transiting between the Pacific Ocean and the Columbia River.The upcoming repairs are the second phase of the Corps’ overall effort to overhaul the three aging jetties at the mouth of the Columbia River. USACE completed two years of work on the mile-long “A” Jetty in 2017, at a cost of about $30 million, according to the Corps’ 2012 “Major Rehabilitation Evaluation Report.”During the third phase, scheduled to take place between 2019 and 2023, USACE will rehabilitate the six-mile-long South Jetty at an estimated cost of at least $147 million.last_img read more

New Logo for France Energies Marines

first_imgAfter 8 years of activity, France Energies Marines, now the Institute for Energy Transition approved by the French State, has redesigned its visual identity.This overhaul aims to mark the new dynamic of the structure whose achievements are now carried by a simplified joint stock company.The new logo displays a simple, uncluttered and modern style, while making clear reference to the marine dimension which is at the heart of the Institute’s activities. The orange and blue colours have been retained as they symbolise energy, the sea and the wind, France Energies Marines explains.The movement of the stylised wave reflects the dynamism of the 45 employees of France Energies Marines as well as the support of its members and partners to always move forward and bring recognised know-how on cutting-edge subjects. The typography used is resolutely contemporary, as is the booming offshore renewable energy sector.last_img read more

Noble Energy sharply reducing capital expenditures

first_imgIn response to the current global macroeconomic and commodity outlook, the U.S.-based oil and gas company Noble Energy has announced its decision to reduce its 2020 expenditure guidance by $550 million. With this decision to cut its spending budget for 2020 as a result of oil market volatility, Noble Energy has joined its peers Apache and Murphy Oil.David L. Stover, Noble Energy’s Chairman, and CEO, commented, “In light of the recent commodity price downturn, we are sharply reducing capital expenditures. Deferring activity until commodity prices recover protects our investment returns, maintains free cash flow and strengthens the balance sheet.“While this is a challenging environment, Noble Energy is well-positioned to achieve attractive long-term returns for our shareholders. The impact of bringing a mega-project like Leviathan on production is evident today, as it provides greater certainty of cash flows, supports strong financial liquidity and improves our annual production decline profile.”As compared to its earlier announced guidance, the company is immediately acting to reduce its planned 2020 capital expenditures by approximately $500 million, or nearly 30%, to now range between $1.1 and $1.3 billion for the year.In addition, Noble Energy has also identified more than $50 million in reductions through operating and other cash costs. The company is monitoring the macroeconomic and commodity environments and will continue to act prudently to address the evolving business conditions.Approximately 80% of the capital reduction will occur in the U.S. onshore business where the company has significant flexibility in drilling and completion activity, with the majority of contractual arrangements on a well to well basis. More than half of these reductions will occur in the Delaware Basin.Internationally, the company has identified approximately $100 million in capital reductions coming from major project execution, deferral of non-critical spend into future years and the exploration program.Noble Energy is continuing to move forward the Alen gas monetization project in Equatorial Guinea for the first production in early 2021 and will complete pipeline expansion work in Israel.The company had $4.4 billion in financial liquidity at the end of February 2020. In addition, Noble Energy has no significant debt maturities before late 2024.For 2020, approximately 60 percent of the company’s revenue base is protected through hedging contracts (for oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids) or long-term contractual pricing arrangements (Israel production).last_img read more

Calls for change it attitude towards HIV patients in Dominica

first_imgLocalNews Calls for change it attitude towards HIV patients in Dominica by: – November 10, 2011 Share Share Share Dr. Jeffrey BlaizeActing Chief Education officer Dr. Jeffery Blaize says there must be a change in attitude towards persons living with HIV/Aids to facilitate effective treatment and care.Dr. Blaize who addressed the start of a four day HIV policy development workshop in Dominica Tuesday, says he believes that the workshop is timely in addressing some of the challenges facing persons living with the disease. “The Ministry of Education and Human resource development is elated to partner with CARICOM and the National HIV Response Unit for the development and implementation of an HIV/AIDS policy within the education sector. We would all agree that the activity is timely particularly in light of increasing access to education including lifelong education as well as the degree of diversity within our school system and within our communities,” he said.According to Blaize, the formulation and implementation of the HIV/AIDS policy represents a critical step towards addressing some of the underlying issues with reference to prevention and the care of persons living with the disease.“We acknowledge that in order to facilitate effective treatment and care of persons living with HIV/AIDS, both behavioral change and change in attitudes towards patients are required,” he said.Issues of discrimination in the workplace must also be addressed he told participants of the workshop which is expected to end here on Friday. Domincia Vibes Newscenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet 19 Views   no discussionslast_img read more