Eddy Gonzalez* Incarnate Word OF Sr. Laredo, Texas Jerry Maddox* Northwestern State P Sr. Dayton, Texas Shane Selman McNeese OF Sr. Lake Charles, La. Kyle Bergeron* Incarnate Word 2B Jr. Bridge City, Texas Tyler Smith* Central Arkanas 1B Sr. Deer Park, Texas Hunter Hearn* Sam Houston State OF Sr. Crosby, Texas Jake Georgiades* Stephen F. Austin 3B Sr. College Station, Texas Cole Coker* Lamar U Jr. Huffman, Texas Beau Bratton* New Orleans C Jr. Biloxi, Miss. Hayden Wesneski* Sam Houston State P Jr. Cyrpess, Texas Enrique Sanchez Jr. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3B Sr. Houston, Texas Ethan Valdez Nicholls SS Sr. San Antonio, Texas Carlisle Koestler* Southeastern Louisiana P Sr. Vicksburg, Miss. * – Member of 2018 All-Southland Conference Teams Pearce Howard New Orleans OF So. Silver Springs, Md. Corey Gaconi* Southeastern Louisiana P Sr. Metairie, La. J.P. Lagreco* Northwestern State DH Sr. Pearl River, La. Dalon Farkas* Abilene Christian DH Sr. Milton, Ga. Clayton Harp Sam Houston State OF Sr. El Campo, Texas Ryan Flores* Incarnate Word 1B So. Corpus Christi, Texas Itchy Burts* Texas A&M-Corpus Christi OF Sr. League City, Texas FRISCO, Texas – Reigning Newcomer of the Year and Northwestern State senior pitcher Jerry Maddox headlines the 2019 Southland Conference Preseason All-Conference baseball teams, announced by the league Tuesday.Incarnate Word, Northwestern State, Sam Houston State, Southeastern Louisiana, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi all earned a trio of selections while Abilene Christian, McNeese, New Orleans and Stephen F. Austin each earned two picks. Central Arkansas, Lamar and Nicholls each garnered one spot.The Cardinals and Lions lead the first team with a pair of their selections being named to the top list, including Southeastern Louisiana pitcher and two-time all-conference honoree Corey Gaconi. The Metairie, La., native went 7-1 as a member of the Lions’ 2018 rotation and issued just 1.8 walks per nine innings.A San Jacinto Junior College transfer, Maddox worked his way from mid-week starter to weekend rotation staple and posted the Southland’s lowest ERA (1.88) among pitchers with at least 50 innings pitched. He recorded a league-high eight wins, struck out 99 batters over 86 innings and registered a .182 opposing batting average.Among the second-teamers are 2017 Southland Conference Hitter of the Year Shane Selman of McNeese, and 2017 Freshman of the Year and SHSU hurler Hayden Wesneski. A year after being one of the league’s most explosive hitters, Selman still managed to club the third-most home runs in the league (10), despite his average dipping 40 points.A third-team All-Southland pick in 2018, Wesneski finished the year with a 7-3 mark and went at least six innings in 10 of his 15 starts, including each of his last eight, and posted nine quality starts.The 2018 Southland Baseball Preseason Poll will be announced Thursday. The season begins Friday, Feb. 15, with 13 games, starting when Nicholls welcomes Southern Illinois at 1 p.m. CT.Southland preseason all-conference teams are nominated and voted upon by the league’s head coaches. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. Returning all-conference selections from the previous season are automatically named to the preseason teams and may be elevated to higher teams based on available positions.2019 Southland Conference Preseason All-Conference Baseball TeamsFirst Team Second Team Ridge Heisler* Northwestern State P Sr. Mangham, La. Drake Osborn* Texas A&M-Corpus Christi C Jr. Sandia, Texas Name School Pos. Class Hometown Aidan Anderson McNeese P Sr. Beaumont, Texas Cody Grosse* Southeastern Louisiana 2B Sr. Plainfield, Ill. Name School Pos. Class Hometown Manny Vasquez Stephen F. Austin SS Sr. Naco, Ariz. Derek Scott* Abilene Christian U Sr. Abilene, Texas
Taxes are a bummer. But they could help us fight climate change. Within the Department of Energy, every program will see at least a 10 percent increase in their budget. And advanced computing and fusion power research—a long-promised and oft-overhyped form of nuclear energy—get an extra raise. At this moment, 35 countries are collaborating on ITER, an experimental magnetic fusion device in southern France, and with this bill the US increased its investment to $122 million.ARPA-E, though, will continue to use its allocation to give smaller grants to scientists like Chernow. Her cutting-edge e-waste annihilation plan is a typical investment for the organization. ARPA-E funds relatively small energy projects that are too risky for other government organizations or the research and development departments of corporations to justify. “These offices were really slated for sharp declines, and Congress has made sure to make this critical investment in maturing ideas and exploring how they might be applied to energy technology,” says Schwartz. Computers and iPhones don’t go to heaven. Instead, 80 percent of US electronic waste ends up in landfills or incineration furnaces. Materials scientist Victoria Chernow thinks that science will be able to change that. She says there might be a way to salvage the more than five pounds of gold, nearly 2,000 pounds of copper, and 55 pounds of silver hidden in a haul of 100,000 smart phones—using microbes. Basically, synthetic probiotics that act as tiny garbage collectors.Chernow is a fellow at the Advanced Research Projects-Energy, an agency created by the Bush administration in 2007 that got its inaugural $400 million budget during the stimulus package in 2009. Its mission is to incubate disruptive energy technologies—like Darpa, but for energy instead of the military. President Trump’s proposed budgets for 2018 defunded ARPA-E. But in the spending bill Trump signed on Friday afternoon, ARPA-E got a budget bump, up to $353.3 million up from $306 million in 2017.Which reflects a larger theme in the bill—energy and science did pretty well. The Energy Department’s budget increased to $34.5 billion, up $3.77 billion from last year, though it still only accounts for 0.03 percent of the total budget.To those in the field, this is the best news possible for energy research in the current administration. “I don’t think the politics allow for anything bold,” says David Hart, senior fellow at the Innovation Technology and Information Foundation and professor of public policy at George Mason University. “But if the baseline is cutbacks, we avoided that and even took a step forward.” Much of that money will go towards boring but necessary infrastructure improvements—building the labs, conference rooms, and robots that our country’s scientists and engineers need. Daniel Schwartz, director of the Clean Energy Institute at the University of Washington, says that he was beginning to grow concerned at the lack of US investment in this hardware, compared to other countries. Other than the 2009 stimulus package, there hasn’t been much money dedicated to this basic infrastructure. The president of the future needs new strategies to create jobs and overcome income inequality. Read more here Of course, Trump’s efforts to roll back clean energy programs are still having immediate consequences. While other countries (cough, China, cough) are investing billions in renewable energy programs and electric vehicles that will sink future utilities bills, Trump has distributed tax and regulation breaks to make fossil fuels great again. Policy decisions like the new 30 percent tariff on imported solar panels could have a much larger effect on how the US deploys the research that scientists have already done.Chernow says she is glad that she can continue her work, which rests somewhere between the basic science of universities and more commercial enterprises. “ARPA-E really likes to pinpoint research areas that are outside the purview of other government agencies, and help fund projects that will be transformational,” she says. The question is when the transformation will come.Sparks in Energy Policy A court case determines how sexy climate science can get.
Source = Gold Coast Tourism Gold Coast Tourism recently launched its Be My Guest Service Award to support, encourage and recognise excellence in customer service throughout the local tourism industry.Director Communications and Marketing Services Michelle Stone said sponsorship of the new award aimed to build on the Gold Coast’s growing reputation for outstanding and diverse offerings.“This initiative is to inspire industry staff to provide superior service to our visitors – particularly as the Gold Coast approaches the 2018 Commonwealth Games,” Michelle said.“Winners will be recognised for subscribing to the Be My Guest philosophy of going beyond standard customer service and providing a genuine one of a kind hospitality.”The Be My Guest Award is a new category within the Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards (GCBEA).“We are hoping positive experiences will inspire visitors to return here for their holidays or business – or recommend the Gold Coast to others,” Ms Stone said.Gold Coast Tourism has commenced promoting the award to local tourism businesses, visitors and residents. Businesses on the Gold Coast can also share the opportunity for the Award with their staff.Nomination cards will be available at businesses across the Gold Coast and nominations can also be made via the Gold Coast Tourism website.Any individual or business from the Gold Coast providing engaging, memorable and quality experiences can be nominated to win a Be My Guest Service Award. Nominations will be accepted from locals, visitors, peers and employers.A panel from Gold Coast Tourism, City of Gold Coast and Tourism and Events Queensland will assess the monthly nominations and an overall winner will be selected from the monthly winners for the annual awards in November.Every monthly award winner will receive a AU$400 voucher, a Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards trophy and certificate. Submit entries here