Umphrey’s McGee Announces Webcasts From Red Rocks

first_imgJam rockers Umphrey’s McGee will hit Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO this weekend, spending July 2nd and 3rd at the famed venue over the holiday weekend. With support from a host of great artists, including Dweezil Zappa and Sinkane on night one and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead and The Main Squeeze on night two, fans are in for two incredible nights of music.For those who can’t make it out to Red Rocks, UM has you covered. The band is teaming with TourGigs to present live streams for both nights, offering single show and two-show bundles here. There will also be looping playbacks for each stream, so you can get your UM fill for hours after each show, as well as On Demand viewings for 14 days after the shows.“We like to pull out the stops in Colorado,” writes Umphrey’s in a statement, “and these two nights will be no different.” We can’t wait.last_img read more

Kovac makes a ‘Big Bang’ on Time’s list

first_imgWide speculation spread in March when the Center for Astrophysics announced it was holding a press conference. What news would the announcement bring about space, or possibly about the origins of life?News spread, with many predictions centering on the discovery of gravitational waves, or ripples in space-time. It was believed the waves had been created by the enormous forces at work during cosmic inflation, which scientists say occurred in a fraction of the first second of the universe’s existence, when it expanded billions of times over.  The process was first proposed by MIT scientist Alan Guth in 1981.Those predictions were right.John Kovac, Harvard associate professor of astronomy and the project leader of the BICEP2 telescope at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, had identified the effects of gravitational waves for the first time. Now, Time magazine has named Kovac to the 2014 Time 100, its list of the 100 most influential people in the world.The discovery of the waves had been “one of the most important goals in cosmology,” said Kovac. At the news conference, he credited the work of the dozen people in his laboratory and those at the collaborating labs.Kovac had spent the past 12 years trying to confirm gravitational waves. When he saw them revealed in the data, he said he felt a “mixture of awe and elation,” quickly followed by a determination to ensure they hadn’t been produced by an error somewhere.“We are extremely cautious scientists, and detecting this signal, honestly, produced a mixture of … awe and elation, and intense stress. We want to get this right,” Kovac said. “And that’s been our state for quite a long time. We’ve been extremely cautious in our approach to analyzing this data.”Marc Kamionkowski, a professor of physics and astronomy at Johns Hopkins who was not part of BICEP2 but who attended the news conference, said the discovery was “cosmology’s missing link” that has been sought for 20 years. The findings, he said, will require “new physics” beyond the currently understood Standard Model.Time’s list of its 100 most influential people will be in its May 1 issue, which appears on newsstands Friday. Kovac also joins American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) Artistic Director Diane Paulus on the list.last_img read more

Weekend Poll Results! Fans Want to Get Sloshed With Mrs. Wormwood on St. Paddy’s Day

first_img 1. Mrs. Wormwood (Matilda) This mean momma is always the life of the party, whether she’s drinking or not—she has the energy to dance all night, she has no kids to take care of (oh, except Matilda and Michael, but whatever) and she really knows how to stand out from the crowd. Buy her some green Jell-O shots and an evening of hilarity and hijinks is guaranteed. 3. Glinda (Wicked) Need a St. Paddy’s Day makeover? Just call your pal Glinda! This expert hair and makeup stylist will give you a new, all-green look (she has experience with this) while you both sip appletinis (what, you think Glinda would drink beer?! Yeah, right). Before you grab a pint of green beer and get completely obliterated on this lovely St. Patrick’s Day, check out the results of the Weekend Poll! (Wait, you’re already hammered? We should have known.) Broadway is full of kooky characters, and some of them would make fantastic drinking buddies. Who do our readers want to hit the bar and drink shots with? Find out below! View Comments 2. Lola (Kinky Boots) This Kinky Boots queen really knows how to make an entrance, so heads will certainly turn when you walk in with this St. Patrick’s Day date on your arm. Lola surely has some glittery green boots in her arsenal, and maybe even a pair for you, if you’re lucky!last_img read more

Technically speaking: officiating draws ire from both Ryan, Smith

first_imgAfter Tuesday night, you probably won’t see any members of the Wisconsin men’s basketball team asking you to use your indoor voice at the Kohl Center.In No. 15 Wisconsin’s (22-8, 11-6) 52-45 win over Minnesota (17-13, 5-12), both UW head coach Bo Ryan and his counterpart, Tubby Smith, were reprimanded by referees with technical fouls following questionable calls that took place during momentum-swinging moments.And it turns out the Badgers respond well to shouting.“I think that’s just more of an indirect way of him telling us to get it going and he got the crowd into it too,” guard Jordan Taylor said of Ryan’s technical. “It helped a little bit and helped jump-start us.”With 3:08 left in the first half, officials handed down the foul on Ryan as UW was amid a field goal drought that began at the 12:34 mark and would continue until a minute and half into the second period.Wisconsin shot 19 percent in the first half and committed five turnovers. Ryan, along with the Kohl Center audience, wasn’t particularly impressed with the performance on the floor and several decisions by the referees had already drawn the ire of both.Frequently, Minnesota had been running a full court press during the game and after Andre Hollins hit two free throws for the Gophers, it appeared the team wasn’t in position to run its game plan on the ensuing inbound.Thinking advantageously, Ryan wanted his team to quickly fire off an inbound pass, but a Minnesota player had picked up the ball and held on to it along the sideline. Intentional or not, it allowed the Gophers to arrange themselves, which infuriated Ryan.“How can you run your press break when the other team’s standing out-of-bounds with the basketball”? Ryan said.So he went to the ref: “I said ‘Isn’t that a technical?’ If we don’t get it in, they bring their guys down. Their guys were not ready to press at the time. My feeling was it altered the flow of the game. I had an opinion and evidently I was wrong.”The ruling energized the Badgers as well as the crowd, which poured out a crescendo of boos. Wisconsin didn’t allow Minnesota to score any more points in that half after Hollins hit the two free throws that came from the technical.About a minute after the ruling, and down 23-13, the Badgers picked things up and ended a 10-minute scoreless streak with two free throws by forward Ryan Evans, followed by one more by guard Ben Brust to pull within seven.After the break, Wisconsin continued to steadily chip away at the lead with Taylor and Evans combining for six early points, putting things at 25-22.Then, forward Mike Bruesewitz drove toward the basket and slipped in a layup despite contact near the rim. Bruesewitz was initially called for a charge, but after the three referees huddled at the top of the key, they reversed the decision and Hollins was called for having a foot in the restricted area instead.“I thought he was inside the circle; that’s kind of why I went up,” Bruesewitz said of his initial reaction. “I waited for them to hopefully overturn it. That was my third foul; I thought I was going to be sitting on the bench.”The reversal gave Bruesewitz a chance at a three-point play – which he fulfilled – and minutes later Smith was called for the technical.“I mean, who knows”? Smith said, when asked about what explanation he was given for the overturned call. “You don’t get one. You got a huddle like that and change the call. You kidding me?“It’s a joke. It really is.”Taylor went on to hit the two free throws, which gave UW a 29-27 lead and the Badgers were then given the ball back. Thirty seconds later, Taylor delivered a three-pointer that further leveled the Gophers.Minnesota failed to immediately answer, and when Wisconsin brought the ball back down the floor Evans hit a jumper that gave UW a 34-29 advantage with 10:42 remaining.The Badgers cruised from there, outscoring the Gophers 36-22 in the half on 44.4 percent shooting, compared to Minnesota’s 25 percent clip.As may be expected, Ryan wasn’t as exasperated by the referees’ decision to overturn Bruesewitz’s “charge” as Smith was.“We got a video at the beginning of the year that said the official that made the call – if he’s not sure – he can go ask another official,” he said.last_img read more

Empowering Rural Women Leaders to Promote Maternal Health in Cusco, Peru: Test of a New Teaching Method

first_imgA cluster-randomized controlled trial was used to adapt and test the method in Peru. Women leaders in half of the selected communities were trained using the innovative method; for those in the other half of matched randomly-assigned communities, standard health promoter teaching methods were used. We first implemented a baseline survey of mothers of children under one year of age, and oriented communities with selection and designation of Women Leaders. Then we implemented a series of workshops on six topics (pregnancy, childbirth/postpartum, newborn, breastfeeding, infant diarrhea, infant pneumonia) conducted over a period of eight months with 75 women leaders divided into four training groups (two experimental groups and two control groups). In the latter half of the project, in-depth interviews and focus groups were conducted in communities with women leaders, mothers of children under age one, and community leaders by an anthropologist fluent in the local language of Quechua to assess community attitudes toward Women Leaders. Results of pre and post-tests for each training module showed greater improvements in experimental groups of Women Leaders. Results of qualitative community studies showed that, comparing experimental and control groups, rural women learned faster after sharing their experiences and learning from their previous actions. They acquired confidence hearing other women share their stories and difficulties, overcame nervousness, fear, and shame of speaking in public, and became more communicative and able to teach other women. They used the same method in their own communities to generate trust among women by telling their stories and asking mothers to tell theirs. Results of the quantitative household surveys conducted at baseline and at the end of project showed that experimental communities had greater changes in maternal behaviors including a significant decrease in the prevalence of child diarrhea, while control communities had more improvements in levels of maternal health knowledge. We conclude that methods used to train rural Women Leaders make a difference in their level of self-confidence, motivation and empowerment to become change agents in their communities. At the same time, any training at all of women leaders is effective to begin a change process for women in their communities. As a new method for training illiterate female health promoters, the “Sharing Pregnancy History” methodology is both effective and is easily learned by local health sector professionals who are usually in charge of training health promoters. This research was conducted by Future Generations with partial support through a subgrant from the Maternal Health Task Force with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Rural women need to be empowered to make better decisions about home health behaviors. Frequently, in poor communities where women’s health needs are greatest, they are the least empowered: so the question is — how to support the critical transition from disempowered to empowered? The hypothesis of Future Generations was tested with women leaders from rural Andean communities of Peru through an operations research project entitled “Between Us (Women): Sharing Pregnancy Histories as Part of Community Education for Maternal and Neonatal Health,” in which processes used to train women leaders were designed to empower them as change agents. Women selected as community health promoter volunteers (Women Leaders) by other women in their own community, are asked to share their experiences from each of their own pregnancies, births, postpartum periods, breastfeeding experiences, and other issues related to maternal and child health, in terms of what they did, what they felt, if they sought help, what was the outcome, and other aspects. These experiences are used as the basis of subsequent training, through identifying and analyzing local customs and practices, identifying positive and negative beliefs and behaviors, and learning from each other. A pilot project using this method implemented in Afghanistan by Future Generations found a significant decline in child mortality in communities where this method was implemented. Posted on March 14, 2012August 15, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The following is the final installment of a series of project updates from Future Generations. MHTF is supporting their project, Using Pregnancy Histories to Help Mothers, based in Peru. More information on MHTF supported projects can be found here. Facilitator manuals were produced on six key MCH topics for use in scaling-up the methodology: Introduction to Community Leadership and Empowerment; Pregnancy; Birth and Postpartum; Newborn; Breastfeeding; Infant Diarrhea; Infant Pneumonia. The “Sharing Pregnancy History” method is currently being further tested by Future Generations with women leaders in the Huánuco region of Peru in a cluster-randomized controlled trial as part of a larger integrated maternal neonatal child health and nutrition project, with support from USAID Child Survival and Health Grant Program during the period 2010-2014.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Written by: Future Generationslast_img read more

Stack Overflow has been helping developers solve a

first_imgStack Overflow has been helping developers solve all sorts of programming problems for over a decade. According to Global App Testing, millions of development questions have been asked on the website since its creation. The QA company released an analysis of 11 of the most popular languages on the website, which revealed that JavaScript is the language with the most questions asked, with 1.7 million total questions. Following behind are Java (1,511,813), C# (1,283,449), PHP (1,260,491), and Python (1,107,683).The company believes that JavaScript tops the list because it has such a wide range of use cases. “If you work in any way with the internet, chances are you’ll need to know a bit of JavaScript,” Global App Testing wrote. The JavaScript topic with the most questions was jQuery, a popular JavaScript framework.However, if you look at the data over time, Python is becoming the most questioned language. And as of this year, it has surpassed JavaScript in terms of questions asked. “Either Python is fast becoming the most popular programming language, or Python just has a bigger proportion of new coders compared to other languages,” the company wrote.Python is frequently used by data scientists, and some of its frequent questions are related to data processing libraries, such as “pandas” and “dataframe.”Python is also a fairly general-purpose language and is involved in many areas of development, which explains the popularity of searches around the Django web development framework, Global App Testing explained.“Each programming language has over time been geared toward — or was even designed for — a particular niche within tech. R is to data science as Swift is to iOS development as C++ is to video game development. This explains some of the differences in the types of problems that arise. This explains why we see “database” a commonly questioned concept in SQL but not, for example, Objective-C,” the company said.last_img read more