Julios Musica Regalos Will Close Shop After 22 Years

first_img 0% Tags: Business • Music Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% In early 2015, he went months without paying the store’s rent. He just wasn’t making enough money. James Chow, the property manager, said the building’s owners were willing to hold out for a little while, but that before long, “it didn’t look like he’d be able to catch back up.”The owners decided to evict Villacorta for not paying his rent. And though Chow said that these factors didn’t affect that decision, he noted that recent roof construction had cost almost $60,000 and the building’s insurance had grown more expensive this year.Today, Villacorta said that he probably still owes eight months’ rent, though he couldn’t say for sure. Chow said that figure sounded right, adding, “The owners can’t survive without rent.” Both men described a series of difficult correspondences with each other. They sounded tired.Villacorta seemed as resigned to his fate as to the neighborhood’s shifting character, which he speculated was tied to his drop in sales. “Things are changing so fast in the Mission,” he said. After years spent converting regular customers into his good friends, he recently noticed that many of them were popping up less frequently. When some of them finally did surface, he learned the explanation. “They all moved out. It was just too expensive,” he said.And the people who had moved in? Villacorta said they have no interest in his shop. “They just go to the bar or the restaurants.”Today’s Mission District is nothing like the one where he grew into a man. In his late teens, he and his mother had moved to the neighborhood from their home in El Salvador. She worked at a restaurant called Grand Tacos at 16th and Valencia streets, and when he wasn’t in class at Mission High School he was working at Música Latina Records — the job taught him about music and let him practice his English.“I used to come out on the balcony and look at the low-riders,” he said, recalling his Mission Street apartment, which was within a block from where he’d later open his shop. “But that was in the eighties. The good old days.”Now, he said he might earn his living by driving for Uber, and his emotional ties to the community incline him toward volunteering at neighborhood organizations. He’d most like to help at-risk youths at Instituto Familiar de la Raza.“At some point, we all need help,” he said. center_img Yet another business in the Mission District is about to close its doors for good.The cash register at Julio’s Música * Regalos will ring up its final transaction sometime in early March, after the store’s 22-year stint in operation. Now, Julio Villacorta, 52, must start boxing up his many T-shirts, accessories, Latin American albums and other wares as he prepares to depart his store at 25th and Mission streets. It will be the end of a career that began when he was six years old, selling thread alongside his mother at a market in San Marcos, El Salvador.Villacorta saw this coming. When people started downloading their albums off the Internet at the turn of this century, it knocked down music stores one by one, eventually reaching those near Julio’s Música * Regalos. Villacorta was sad to see Música Latina Records and Discolandia Records both shut down, but he hoped that he would absorb some of their clientele, he said. That didn’t happen.About five years ago, he might have sold 10 CDs in a single day. “Now, I’ll sell one,” he said.last_img read more

SAINTS Superstore is open all week for your Christ

first_imgSAINTS Superstore is open all week for your Christmas gift needs.The cotton version of the 2014 Home Shirt is now in stock with the new replica shirts also in store and selling fast.We also have a full range of ISC Trainingwear, Leisurewear, Kids onesies, gifts and souvenirs too.You can pick up a whole host of Ladieswear as well including hoodies, home and away replica shirts, hats and t-shirts!And, we now stock Saints duvets too – great for the Saints fan in your life’s bedroom!Pop into the Saints Superstore at Langtree Park this week to see what’s in store or log on here.We are open from 9am to 5pm and late night Thursday until 7pm.last_img

Justin Holbrook will choose his 17 from1 Jonny L

first_imgJustin Holbrook will choose his 17 from:1. Jonny Lomax 2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Ryan Morgan, 4. Mark Percival, 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 16. Luke Thompson, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 20. Morgan Knowles, 24. Danny Richardson, 28. Regan Grace, 36. Zeb Taia, 37. Ben Barba.Ian Watson will choose his Salford 17 from:1. Gareth O’Brien, 3. Josh Jones, 4. Junior Sa’u, 5. Niall Evalds, 6. Robert Lui, 8. Craig Kopczak, 9. Logan Tomkins, 11. Ben Murdoch-Masila, 12. Weller Hauraki, 15. Ryan Lannon, 17. Adam Walne, 18. Jordan Walne, 19. Josh Wood, 20. Kris Brinning, 22. Kris Welham, 24. Jake Bibby, 26. Daniel Murray, 31. Manu Vatuvei, 32. Tyrone McCarthy.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee will be James Child.Tickets for the clash remain on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

NCDOT urging drivers not to return to Wilmington area for now

first_img National Guard members stand watch by a barricade blocking drivers from crossing the Moore’s Creek Bridge on NC Highway 210. Patriot’s Hall is used for a number of events at Moore’s Creek National Battlefield and now contains about 4 feet of water. Heavy rainfall from Hurricane Florence resulted in flooding at Moore’s Creek National Battlefield. A building at Moore’s Creek National Battlefield is nearly covered with floodwater. Heavy rainfall from Hurricane Florence resulted in flooding at the picnic shelter at Moore’s Creek National Battlefield. Nearly 75 percent of Moore’s Creek National Battlefield is covered with floodwater. Heavy rainfall from Hurricane Florence resulted in flooding at Moore’s Creek National Battlefield.Heavy rainfall from Hurricane Florence resulted in flooding at Moore’s Creek National Battlefield. National Guard members stand watch by a barricade blocking drivers from crossing the Moore’s Creek Bridge on NC Highway 210. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Nearly a week after Hurricane Florence came ashore dumping massive amounts of rain, most primary roads leading to Wilmington remain flooded or severely weakened. That’s why neither the chamber nor anyone else is throwing out the welcome mat to visitors or locals who scrambled out of town before the hurricane made landfall. Instead, officials are advising folks to stay away.Around 3 a.m. Thursday, rising floodwaters along the Northeast Cape Fear River prompted the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to block both the northbound and southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 421 at the Pender and New Hanover County line.- Advertisement – “We don’t know when it will reopen,” said NCDOT Spokesman Steve Abbott.Once a road or bridge is deemed unsafe and closed following a major weather event, Abbott says staff engineers must thoroughly inspect each incident to ensure its safe before allowing drivers to use it again. With so many roads in southeastern North Carolina under water or compromised, it may take a very long time for all these inspections to be done.When asked if the NCDOT has a recommended route for evacuees who may be in Raleigh or Charlotte and want to return home, Abbott said the NCDOT is not going to recommend a route.Related Article: Expect road work on Kerr Avenue to continue into fall“We prefer folks not to come to the coast yet,” Abbott said.The reason? In a word — congestion.He says officials are concerned too many drivers on a single road or series of roads will cause congestion and make it difficult for fuel trucks, heavy-duty military and other emergency vehicles to transport critical supplies to the region for rescue and recovery efforts which are still going on.Furthermore, Abbott says hundreds of NCDOT workers are coming from other parts of the state to assist with road repairs throughout the areas impacted by Florence.You can check on roads conditions at NCDOT’s website. Beware, what may indicate as an open road now, could quickly change as the water rises in an area leaving you stranded along the road someplace you may not want to be.While some roads will be open for drivers once floodwaters recede, that’s not the case for many.Some of these roads may require weeks, if not months, to repair. There are a number of reasons. One, the areas impacted must completely dry out, and secondly, some repairs Abbott says are only done by private contractors before NCDOT workers can start the process of laying asphalt, etc. 1 of 8 Floodwaters cover a monument at Moore’s Creek National Battlefield. Floodwaters surround a monument at Moore’s Creek National Battlefield. Moore’s Creek National Battlefield Flooding One of those complicated repairs is in Pender County.A ramp leading to the Moore’s Creek Bridge on N.C. Highway 210 washed out during the storm and the National Guard is blocking the road to prevent anyone from driving over the bridge. Abbott said rumors about the bridge being completely washed away were not true, at least not as of Thursday morning, he said.About a half mile from the bridge is the entrance to Moore’s Creek National Battleground in Currie.Currently, 75 percent of the park remains under water. The visitor center, built on a raised portion of land, was above ground Thursday morning. However, the park’s Patriot Hall which recently underwent a pricey renovation, now has a minimum of four feet of water inside.“The flooding has exceeded what we got during hurricanes Matthew and Floyd,” said Chief Ranger Matt Woods.last_img read more

Don McLean to perform at the Wilson Center

first_img Don McLean released his first album, Tapestry, in 1969, to good reviews and some commercial success, but his transition to internationally known artist came with the release of “American Pie,” in 1971. The song became a No. 1 single in the United States, and was voted one of the Top 5 Songs of the Century in a poll by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Recording Industry Association of America.An in-demand touring artist since the 1970s, McLean has shared his talent with audiences worldwide, with a record-breaking European tour in 2015. His songs have been recorded by other artists, including Elvis Presley, Glen Campbell, Perry Como, George Michael and Madonna. He even played to an audience of 500,000 — as a special guest at the Garth Brooks Concert in Central Park in 1997.The new millennium has seen a number of new honors for McLean and his music. Iona College conferred an honorary doctorate on him in 2001 and, in February 2002, “American Pie” was finally inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2004, Don McLean was inaugurated into the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.Related Article: Water Street slated to reopen to two-way traffic in early MayTickets for Don McLean will be on sale on Friday online, beginning at 10 a.m., at capefearstage.com and wilsoncentertickets.com, and in-person or by phone at Ticket Central at the Wilson Center, 910-362-7999, beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets prices start at $32 plus taxes and fees.For more information about upcoming Wilson Center performances, visit www.capefearstage.com. Don McLean an American singer-songwriter (Photo: SolarScott / CC BY 2.0) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilson Center has announced renowned singer and Hall of Fame songwriter Don McLean is coming to Wilmington.A true troubadour of the American Folk scene, Don McLean and his band will take the stage at the Wilson Center at 7:30 p.m. on June 29, 2019.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons concert in Wilmington canceled

first_imgRock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted pop singer Frankie Valli performs with The Four Seasons during opening night of their Broadway debut at the Broadway Theater in New York. (Photo by Chad Batka) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It looks like fans won’t be singing “Oh, what a night!” after all. The Wilson Center has announced Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons will not be performing in Wilmington.After nearly five months of trying to find a suitable date to reschedule the group’s concert that was canceled due to Hurricane Florence, the Wilson Center has decided to canceled it all together.- Advertisement – Everyone who has already bought a ticket will be refunded.The Ticket Central box office has begun contacting ticket holders via telephone, email and via US Mail with further details, and has started to process refunds for this event.The world renowned group was originally scheduled to take the stage on September 28, 2018.last_img read more

Carolina Beach gelato shop scoops up wine and spirit infused treats

first_img Some flavors offered include banana daiquiri, mudslide, mango mimosa, raspberry plum sake, black raspberry Merlot, red peach sangria and more.They do also offer non-alcoholic flavors like butter pecan bacon.Latella is at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk and open year round. Wine-infused gelato (Photo: Latella Gelato) PLEASURE ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — This may be your new summer treat. Would you like a little wine with that gelato? That’s exactly what one shop in Carolina Beach is offering.Latella Gelato Smoothies and Coffee is serving wine and spirit infused gelato for those 21 and over.- Advertisement – last_img

Dance the weekend away at Port City Salsa Splash

first_img Advance ticket sales end Saturday, May 25. Prices range from $10 for ala carte events to $190 for passes, kids ages 12 and under are free.Attend one of the many workshops to learn salsa dancing or dance the night away at one of four parties happening each night.Here’s more information. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Have fun with some Latin flair next weekend at the 8th Annual Port City Salsa Splash!The fun starts Thursday at 9:00 p.m. and goes through Sunday night.- Advertisement – last_img

Man pleads guilty to robbery drug and firearm charges

first_imgMatthew Adam Lancaster pleaded guilty to multiple charges on July 24, 2019. (Photo: District Attorney Ben David) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — According to a press release from the district attorney’s office, a validated gang member will serve up to 11 years in prison for crimes committed between 2017 and 2019.Matthew Adam Lancaster, 34, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to common-law robbery, selling methamphetamine, and possession of a firearm by a felon in New Hanover County Superior Court.- Advertisement – Lancaster also admitted to being a habitual felon. He will serve between 101 to 134 months in the NC Department of Corrections.On December 6, 2017, Lancaster and several others allegedly robbed and beat a man on Murrayville Road. The press release says the group took a safe, television, and video gaming system from the victim.Detectives later recovered the items at the place where the victim said he had been attacked.Related Article: Standing naked in window draws charges of indecent exposureLancaster also pleaded guilty to selling methamphetamine to an informant on January 3, 2019 at the Extended Stay Hotel on Eastwood Road.Four months later, detectives were called to Brittany Lakes Drive after a bullet hole was found in Lancaster’s neighbor’s home.Law enforcement investigated then got a search warrant. In their search, investigators found three guns, drugs, and paraphernalia inside Lancaster’s home.last_img read more

117 people caught redhanded taking out domestic waste

first_img SharePrint 117 people were caught red-handed taking out domestic waste on wrong days or well before collection time by the Environment and Resources Authority.In a statement ERA said that largest amount of offenders were in Qawra and Buġibba, where 55 individuals were caught, followed by Marsascala were 26 individuals were caught.ERA officials do rounds around Malta and Gozo at least twice a week. Anyone caught red-handed is fined €150. The officials, which around 14 do the rounds both at day and at night. The rounds started as of last October, during which they spent the first three months educating the public rather than issuing fines. The officials would explain to those individuals who they caught red-handed the importance of taking out the correct waste bin, on the right dates and timing as stipulated by law.READ: Government’s lacklustre enforcement on littering, hindering our work – GreenpakERA also intervenes when people dispose of their waste outside of the containers provided in Bring-In sites.If one takes out their rubbish more than four hours before waste collection, the individual is also fined. This applies to everyone including restaurant waste, waste generated from shops, unless other arrangements are in place with private waste collectors.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

PSG to enter contract talks with Areola

first_imgFrench goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, who became the first player in 36 years to win a World Cup despite never being capped, is expected to renew his contract at Paris Saint Germain.Speculation surrounded France’s third-choice goalkeeper as Roma considered Areola as a potential replacement for Alisson who signed for Liverpool. However the move did not materialize and now the 25-year-old, former Lens, Bastia and Villarreal goalkeeper is likely to stay at the Parc des Princes so as to challenge Gianluigi Buffon for a place in the starting eleven.Areola made his international debut last Thursday as France were held to a 0-0 draw by Germany.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Facebook longawaited iPad app discovered by a blogger

first_imgAdvertisement However, a blogger for technology site, TechCrunch, claims to have found Facebook’s iPad app hidden within the current iPhone app.“Hidden in the code of Facebook’s iPhone app is the code for something else. Something everyone has been waiting over a year for. The iPad app,” TechCrunch’s MG Siegler writes.“Yes, it’s real, and it’s spectacular… And yes, it really is right there within the code…For the past couple hours, I’ve been using Facebook’s iPad app. Well, I should qualify this. I can’t be sure if this is the version they’ll actually ship, but based on everything I’ve seen, I’m going to assume it’s at least very close to the version they’re going to ship.” – Advertisement – Facebook was unavailable for comment.Only people who have jailbreaked their iPad will be able to see Facebook’s supposed iPad app. This means the iPad owner needs to have run a programme in order to disable Apple’s control of the device, so the user can circumvent the technology company’s rules and see apps and content which have not been approved.Siegler has posted photos of the app believed to be Facebook’ highly-anticipated app here.“In particular, the navigation system is great. Unlike the iPhone app…the Facebook iPad app uses a left-side menu system that can be accessed by the touch of a button or the flick of the iPad screen,” says Siegler.“The app also makes great use of the pop-overs (overlay menus) found in other iPad apps. When you flip the iPad horizontally, the list of your online friends appears and you can chat with them as you do other things on Facebook. The photo-viewer aspect looks great — similar to the iPad’s own native Photos app. Places exists with a nice big map to show you all your friends around you.”Source: Telegraph Newslast_img read more

Microsoft has a brand new logo its first since 1987

first_imgAdvertisement It’s also the first time that Microsoft has included a symbol in its logo, expressing “the company’s diverse portfolio of products.”The Seattle Times says that the new logo will begin its rollout today, appearing on Microsoft.com and the company’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.It will also make an appearance in new TV adverts released by the company in the next few weeks and will likely be plastered all over Microsoft’s upcoming products and services coming later this year.last_img

Kim Dotcom starts new filesharing site

first_imgAdvertisement Kim Dotcom held a lavish launch party for Mega at his mansion in New ZealandMegaupload boss Kim Dotcom has set up a new cloud storage and file-sharing site.Mega, a web-based service that lets people upload and store files of any kind, is a sequel to the Megaupload system that was shut down last January.Police raids on the offices and home of Kim Dotcom led to the closure of Megaupload. – Advertisement – The Mega site went online on Sunday, followed by a lavish launch party held at Mr Dotcom’s New Zealand mansion.Mr Dotcom, who was born Kim Schmitz, has said the new site complies with the law and warned that attempts to take it down would be futile.“This is not some kind of finger to the US government or to Hollywood,” he said on Saturday.“Legally, there’s just nothing there that could be used to shut us down. This site is just as legitimate and has the right to exist as Dropbox, Boxnet and other competitors.”Extradition hearingHours after the site was launched, Mr Dotcom tweeted that it had received 250,000 user registrations, although limited server capacity meant Mega was unreachable to many.In a series of earlier tweets Mr Dotcom said every customer would have 50 gigabytes of free storage – far more than is offered by rival services such as Dropbox or Microsoft’s SkyDrive.Mega will be encrypted so only those who upload data have access to it.Data is also being held in the cloud to make it easy for users to get and share files.The 2012 raids on Megaupload were carried out because, said US law enforcement, many users of Megaupload were engaged in pirating content and illegally sharing it.They accused Mr Dotcom, and other managers at Megaupload of profiting from piracy.At the launch party for Mega, Mr Dotcom made light of the incident, re-enacting the raid on his mansion by New Zealand authorities with a helicopter and actors dressed as armed police.He has rebuffed the accusations of piracy and is fighting a legal battle to stay in New Zealand from where he ran Megaupload.A hearing on whether he can be extradited to the US has now been delayed until August.The case has generated controversy in New Zealand over the way the police and intelligence services gathered evidence before the raid and won an apology to Mr Dotcom from the country’s prime minister.Mr Dotcom has also won support from prominent computer pioneers such as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.The raid on Megaupload put 25 petabytes of data uploaded to it by its 50 million members into a legal limbo.In one message, Mr Dotcom said he was working with lawyers and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which campaigns on digital rights issues,to get access to that seized data and return it to users.Credit: BBClast_img read more

£50 FREE BET Croatia v England

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NSF Director Lane to Discuss Federal Research Funding

first_imgShareMedia AdvisoryNSF DIRECTOR LANE TO DISCUSS FEDERAL RESEARCH FUNDINGNeal Lane, director of the National Science Foundation(NSF), will be at Rice University on Wednesday, Nov. 13, and Thursday, Nov. 14,to deliver two lectures. He will address the crucial issues facing the federalfunding of university research.Wednesday’s lecture, “Secrets of Scientific Success,” will begin at 4 p.m. inthe Physics Amphitheater. A reception will immediately follow in the Founder’sRoom of Lovett Hall.Thursday’s speech, “The Dream of a Common Language: Making theScienceNonScience Bridge,” will begin at 4 p.m. in Room 301 of Sewall Hall. Lanewill leave time for questions and discussion.Lane is a former Rice provost and professor of physics. A two-time recipientof the George R. Brown Prize for excellence in teaching, Lane has authored orco-authored more than 90 scientific papers and publications, including atextbook on quantum physics.Reflecting on his position of NSF director, Lane said it is “a privilege. Itis a big job and totally consuming of my time and energy. I fully believe inwhat NSF does, and I’m doing what I can to ensure that as we get through theserocky political times, NSF comes out in good shape.”The Nov. 13 speech is part of the H.E. Rorschach, Jr. Memorial Lectureseries, which addresses issues related to the physical sciences as well as theirrelationships to the greater body of knowledge and culture.The Nov. 14 lecture is part of the Scientia colloquia. Scientia is aninstitute for the history of science and culture.For more information about Lane’s visit to Houston and Rice, or to schedulean interview with the NSF director, please contact David Kaplan in the RiceUniversity News Office at (713) 831-4791.### AddThislast_img read more

Cartilage regeneration 20000 Leagues Under the Sea

first_imgAddThis Cartilage regeneration ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’Engineers use high pressure to stimulate growth of new cartilageBioengineers at Rice University have discovered that intense pressure — similar to what someone would experience more than a half-mile beneath the ocean’s surface — stimulates cartilage cells to grow new tissue with nearly all of the properties of natural cartilage. The new method, which requires no stem cells, may eventually provide relief for thousands of arthritis sufferers. “This tissue-engineering method holds promise not only for cartilage but also for tissues to repair bladders, blood vessels, kidneys, heart valves, bones and more,” said lead researcher Kyriacos Athanasiou, Rice’s Karl F. Hasselmann Professor of Bioengineering. The findings appear this week in the journal PLoS ONE. They are the latest from the emerging field of tissue engineering, a new discipline that aims to capitalize on the body’s innate healing abilities to develop new ways of growing tissues that can be used to surgically repair wounds without risk of rejection. Cartilage, a tissue in the human body that cannot heal itself, has long been a target of tissue engineers. Cartilage is the skeleton’s shock absorber, and its stiffness, strength and other mechanical properties derive not from living cartilage cells but from the densely woven matrix of collagen and proteoglycan that surrounds them. This extracellular matrix, or ECM, is produced during cartilage development in children, but cannot be repaired following injury in adulthood. Injured cartilage often serves as the focal point for arthritis formation, so tissue engineers have long sought a means of growing new cartilage that can be transplanted into adults to repair damaged joints before arthritis can develop. Unfortunately, cartilage is difficult to engineer, in part because there are no natural healing processes to mimic. Athanasiou’s Musculoskeletal Bioengineering Laboratory has focused on cartilage for more than 10 years, and he said the new process is the first he has studied that produces cartilage that’s almost identical to the body’s own tissue. “The combination of hydrostatic pressure and growth factors used in this process result in an engineered cartilage ECM with properties nearly identical to that of native cartilage,” he said. “This research appears very promising for treating arthritis, as cartilage can now be produced in our lab that is almost identical in composition to native tissue.” So far, the process has been tried only with cells from cows and has yet to be tested in live animals. Athanasiou cautions that it will be several years before the process will be ready for clinical testing in humans. The new findings are based on three years of data collected by graduate student Benjamin Elder, who is simultaneously earning a doctorate in bioengineering at Rice and a medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine under Rice and Baylor’s Medical Scientist Training Program. In the study, Elder took small samples of cartilage from calves’ knees, dissolved the ECM and isolated the living cartilage cells, or chondrocytes. The calf chondrocytes were used to create tissue-engineered cartilage. The engineered cartilage was placed into a chemical bath of growth factors and sealed inside soft plastic containers that were placed inside a chamber connected to a hydraulic press. For one hour per day, the bags were squeezed at intense pressures. “Our knees are filled with fluid, and when we walk or run the hydrostatic pressure on the cartilage cells in the knee approaches the pressures we used in our experiments,” Elder said. “But in daily activities, these pressures are fleeting, just a second or so at a time.” Most of the prevailing strategies in tissue engineering attempt to reproduce the conditions that cells experience in the body. Athanasiou said the unconventional approach of using unnaturally high-pressure stemmed from insights gained during years of previous experiments. Elder said, “By combining high pressure and growth factors, we were able to more than triple the biomechanical properties of the cartilage. We’re not sure why they reinforce one another, but we do not get the same results when we apply them independently.” Elder, who earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Yale in four years, has a 4.2 grade point average at Rice and is on track to earn his bioengineering doctorate in just three years. He’s already finished two years of medical school and will resume his medical studies in the fall. “Ben’s an exceptional student and he embodies the future of this field,” Athanasiou said. “He plans to pursue a career in neurosurgery, where he will be able to conduct future work in tissue engineering and translate it from the laboratory bench to the patient’s bedside.” ShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.edulast_img read more

Princeton Review ranks Rice No 1 for best quality of life

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: David RuthPHONE: 713-348-6327E-MAIL: druth@rice.eduPrinceton Review ranks Rice No. 1 for ‘best quality of life’Rice University ranks No. 1 nationally for “best quality of life” in the newly released 2010 edition of Princeton Review’s popular guidebook “The Best 371 Colleges.”Long DescriptionBased on its survey of 122,000 students attending the 371 colleges in the book, Rice also ranked:No. 8 for “happiest students”No. 11 for “lots of race/class interaction”No. 19 for “great financial aid”Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s vice president for publishing and author of “The Best 371 Colleges,” said, “We commend Rice University for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our choice of schools for the book. We make our choices based on institutional data we gather about schools, feedback from students attending them, and input from our staff who visit hundreds of colleges a year. We also value the opinions and suggestions of our 23-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, and independent college counselors we hear from yearlong.” The guide provides rankings for 62 categories and publishes the top 20 colleges in each category.The rankings for quality of life are based on students’ assessment of food on- and off-campus, dorm comfort, campus beauty, ease of getting around campus, relationship with the local community, campus safety, the surrounding area, interaction between students, friendliness and happiness of the student body and smoothness with which the school is administered. Rice has consistently ranked in the top 10 of this category over the past several years.In its 2010 profile of Rice, the Princeton Review quotes Rice students directly from their survey responses. Among them are some candid comments:“Rice University is dedicated to its students, whether in the classroom through providing top-notch professors who are approachable … or just around campus by catering to students’ professed real needs and desires” by an administration that is “extremely sensitive to students’ needs and concerns.”The residential college system “ensures a lot of mixing among different majors, races, interests and geographic origins. People are similar enough and smart enough and have enough converging interests to make good friends with each other.”Rice’s residential system is “great because it gives you another family and allows you to get to know everyone in your college.”Of the rankings, Rice President David Leebron said, ”We are a genuine community where every individual feels that theymatter, and they do. This is alsoabout the quality of our campus, and it’s about having a campus withall the trees and open, green space in the heart of a major city wherestudents can enjoy the best of urban living.  Mostly, though, Ricereceived that ranking from our students because they know that everystudent matters.”Student Association President Patrick McAnaney said the honor reflects Rice’s commitment to the undergraduate experience. ”This recognition is a strong testament to Rice’s continued commitment to the undergraduate experience, from the residential colleges to our unique relationships with faculty and staff members,” he said. ”The diverse factors considered in this ranking show how well-rounded the Rice experience is, a trend I expect will continue for many years.”To download Princeton Review’s “The Best 371 Colleges” seal, go to http://www.rice.edu/nationalmedia/images/371seal.To download Princeton Review’s “The Best 371 Colleges” guide cover, go to http://www.rice.edu/nationalmedia/images/371cover.To read Rice’s complete profile, visit www.princetonreview.com.last_img read more

Nanomaterial safety a priority

first_imgShareCONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728EMAIL: mikewilliams@rice.eduNanomaterial safety a priorityOSHA bolsters Rice University-based safety program on eve of Buckyball Discovery ConferenceRice University researchers received a grant from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to develop training materials to help safety officers at small chemical companies that work with nanomaterials.Training materials developed through the federally funded program will target workers whose primary responsibility is safety within small-to-medium chemical companies that manufacture or process nanomaterials.OSHA’s Susan Harwood Training Grants program awarded Rice the largest of 16 new competitive grants to “develop and implement a variety of materials and training modules on the safe handling of nanomaterials.” “Many small companies have no dedicated occupational health professional on staff, relying instead on external consultants or a staff engineer or scientist for workplace safety training,” said Kristen Kulinowski, a senior faculty fellow in chemistry at Rice and director of the Rice-based International Council on Nanotechnology (ICON). “Our materials will equip the designated ‘safety person’ with the information and resources needed to promote safe handling of nanomaterials throughout the workplace.”ICON administers a Virtual Journal of Nanotechnology Environment, Health and Safety Papers, and also maintains the GoodNanoGuide, a collaborative forum to encourage best practices and keep professionals up-to-date on how to handle nanomaterials in an occupational setting.“The materials we develop with this new grant will be an extension of our work on developing and communicating information about potential nanomaterial health and safety impacts,” Kulinowski said. “We’ll incorporate the latest governmental guidance, toxicology and exposure-assessment research and collective wisdom of the broad international occupational health community into a set of free materials that can serve as the basis for a comprehensive workplace training program.”The grant was awarded on the eve of Rice’s Buckyball Discovery Conference, which begins Oct. 11. Kulinowski is organizing the nanomaterial safety component of the conference. Experts in the proper handling of nanomaterials will lead a session on the second day of the three-day conference, which is part of Rice’s Year of Nano, a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Nobel Prize-winning discovery of the carbon 60 molecule.The afternoon session will provide an overview of the nanotechnology landscape from the societal perspective, covering environmental health and safety, policy, regulation and the law.Participants include:Charles Geraci, coordinator of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Nanotechnology Research Center.Charles Gause, senior vice president of business development for Luna Innovations, which develops pharmaceuticals based on carbon nanotechnology.Larry Gibbs, associate vice provost for environmental health and safety at Stanford University and a fellow of the American Industrial Hygiene Association.Bruce Lippy, founder of The Lippy Group and a certified industrial hygienist and certified safety professional. He has recently completed a guidance document for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, co-authored with Kulinowski, on providing health and safety training to workers exposed to nanomaterials.Pam Rosett, an industrial toxicologist at Lockheed Martin Aerospace. Walt Trybula, director of the Trybula Foundation Inc., program faculty at the Ingram School of Engineering, Texas State University-San Marcos and a technology futurist who evaluates emerging trends and applications in nanotechnology and is currently focusing on nanotechnology safety needs. Kulinowski noted that Geraci, Lippy and Trybula will contribute to the creation of training materials under the Harwood grant.The afternoon session is co-organized by Rice’s Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology.Registration is open for Year of Nano events. The Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, the world’s first nanotechnology center when it opened in 1991, will bring top scientists to Rice for the conference, which will take a comprehensive look at the past, present and future of nanotechnology.The conference will incorporate the annual T.T. Chao Symposium on Innovation, which brings together established and emerging leaders in the technical, entrepreneurial and policy arenas to think about how Houston can address society’s needs in the 21st century. The Buckyball Discovery Conference is free, but participants must register and pay for meals and special events.The “Week of Nano” will also feature a Bucky “Ball” Celebration at Rice on the evening of Oct. 11. It will include the presentation of the National Historic Chemical Landmark designation, facility tours, nanotechnology demos and memorabilia, as well as food and drinks. On Oct. 10, friends and fans of nano research at Rice will celebrate at the Buckyball Discovery Gala.Lockheed Martin is the primary sponsor of the Year of Nano events. The company partners with the Smalley Institute in the Lockheed Martin Advanced Nanotechnology Center of Excellence at Rice, aka LANCER, through which researchers in academia tackle the high-tech industry’s toughest problems.For information about the Year of Nano, the conference and associated events, visit http://buckyball.smalley.rice.edu.To register, visit http://buckyball.smalley.rice.edu/registration/.For information about the Harwood Training Grants, visit http://www.osha.gov/dte/sharwood/index.html. FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more