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first_imgFacebook certainly “likes” Gregory Malecha, a Ph.D. candidate in computer science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).The social media giant awarded Malecha a 2012-13 Facebook Fellowship. As a fellow, he will enjoy fully paid tuition and fees for the academic year. He will also receive a $30,000 stipend, money towards conference travel and a personal computer, and have an opportunity to apply for a paid summer internship at Facebook.Malecha, who is advised by Greg Morrisett, Allen B. Cutting Professor of Computer Science at SEAS, works on program verification and topics in high-level programming languages.He became interested in compiler and programming language technology while an undergraduate at Rice University, where he worked on multistage programming.He believes that programming language technology has the potential to radically improve both the efficiency and the trustworthiness of modern software.“The core of my research is addressing the trustworthiness of software,” Malecha wrote in his fellowship application. “The complexity of systems like Linux and language run-times like Java has dwarfed even the substantial complexity of physical projects like bridges, skyscrapers and utility systems. Understanding even small parts of these software (and hardware) systems is becoming increasingly difficult. This makes bugs the norm, exposing users and companies to bad experiences and security breaches.”last_img read more

first_img Read Full Story Health experts should focus on messages to build public trust around a COVID-19 vaccine and tamp down the hype around the innovative and sophisticated technologies that are being leveraged to rapidly develop such a vaccine, according to a New England Journal of Medicine Perspective article co-authored by Barry Bloom, Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson Research Professor of Public Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.The Sept. 8  article suggested that more emphasis should be put on the fact that recently released guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for testing and approving a vaccine are scientifically sound and that the agency will not make any compromises when it comes to evaluating the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. The article also suggested that more efforts should be made to highlight to the public that the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have plans for a robust long-term vaccine safety and monitoring system.“There is already a flood of misinformation on social media and from anti-vaccine activists about new vaccines that could be licensed for Covid-19,” the authors wrote. “If recent surveys suggesting that about half of Americans would accept a Covid-19 vaccine are accurate, it will take substantial resources and active, bipartisan political support to achieve the uptake levels needed to reach herd immunity thresholds.”last_img read more

‘To enjoy the occasional cigar’

January 26, 2021 | pelzfibj | No Comments

first_imgObserver File Photo In his 97 years, Fr. Theodore Hesburgh oversaw the Civil Rights Commission, the International Federation of Catholic Universities, several Vatican and United States delegations and the University of Notre Dame.The rest of the world took care of the cigars.“Just when I think I’m getting low,” he told The Observer in 2013, “someone will come in out of nowhere and say, ‘hey, by the way, I was in Central America and I picked up something for you,’ and they come up with a box of cigars.”Junior Tommy Schneeman said the president emeritus was smoking the first time he met him.“He was over 90, and it was like, alright, interesting,” Schneeman said. “[He] never had any health problems, which is like a miracle in itself.“… He was like, in his gravelly voice, ‘they’ve been trying to get me to quit smoking in here forever, but I told ‘em, if you don’t let me smoke in here, you’re going to have to take my name off the building.’”So Hesburgh kept smoking cigars — and people kept sending them — until his death Thursday.“He continued, in his final days, to visit with family, friends and fellow Holy Cross religious and to enjoy the occasional cigar,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in an email to the Notre Dame community Thursday night.That evening, among the Grotto candles lit in his memory, someone left a cigar in a candle holder for him.On Friday, Schneeman and juniors Brian Cimons and Andrew Glover gathered to light cigars under Hesburgh’s statue in front of the library named for him.“I always kind of wanted to smoke one with him but never got to,” Schneeman said.“So this is the best we can do,” Glover said.Tags: cigars, Remembering Father Hesburghlast_img read more

The Apomixis Mystery.

January 17, 2021 | pelzfibj | No Comments

first_imgA tool that could potentially improve the efficiency, yields and quality of agriculture around the world has remained elusive to commercial farming. But a University of Georgia researcher in Tifton, Ga., is trying to change that.In her lab at the Coastal Plain Experiment Station, Peggy Ozias-Akins searches for the genetic information that causes apomixis, a strange trait that allows a plant to produce a seed identical to itself: a natural clone.The trait occurs naturally in many plants. But it’s rare in domesticated plants. It doesn’t happen in any major food crops, said Ozias-Akins, a horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”Apomixis is not a common trait but is more frequently observed in the grass and sunflower families,” she said.Faster, Better Crop VarietiesBut if this asexual trait can be introduced to the genetic makeup of crops, she said, scientists could develop better, higher-yielding varieties faster.Conventional breeding practices develop hybrids with desirable crop traits. But because these hybrids reproduce sexually, the good traits can change or disappear over time. Through apomixis, a high-yielding corn plant could reproduce unchanged for many generations and never compromise the yield.Ozias-Akins hopes to get to the root of apomixis by looking at the genetic makeup of a close wild relative of pearl millet.Pearl millet is grown mainly for cattle feed. But the grain is used in human diets in parts of the world. Pearl millet doesn’t have the apomixis trait itself. But its wild cousin does.Hard to FindExploring the genome is painstakingly hard, she said. The area believed to contain the information for apomixis is especially tough.”That particular area is a complicated region,” she said. “And we’re still not sure if it’s one or more genes that cause this trait.”Technology is helping solve the problem. Normal breeding could result in the quicker development of the apomixis trait in certain crops, such as pearl millet. But gene-mapping and sequencing will allow a more widespread adaptation to agriculture, she said.If she can find the exact gene or genes, the technology could then be transferred into other crops much quicker than with conventional breeding.More QuestionsThere is concern that using technology to spread apomixis around could cause unnatural uniformity in the variety of plants. Some argue this could allow a disease or insect to wipe out entire crop populations.Ozias-Akins understands the concern. But she said apomixis, because of the ease in creating hybrids, could actually increase the number of varieties available for planting.Exactly when apomixis technology would be available for farmers is not certain. “It seems like with every question we answer, 10 more come up,” she said.The National Science Foundation recently awarded Ozias-Akins a grant for $1.1 million to support her research into apomixis.The equipment and techniques for looking into the genome have evolved since she began her research in the mid-1980s. Ozias-Akins believes time is on her side. Every day she hones the search for this genetic trait.last_img read more

They Put Me on the Prayer List

December 30, 2020 | pelzfibj | No Comments

first_imgPrintAs a teacher, the repeated question weeks before spring break is, “Where are you going to spend your vacation?” Nervous but proud I responded, “I’m going hiking for a week on the Appalachian Trail.” This statement elicited a number of responses from, “Why are you doing that?” to “You aren’t really going out there alone, are you?” Many felt impassioned to begin a public safety lecture about how I should have someone or at least a weapon with me. I had been reading idiot guides, gear guides, and how-to books since Christmas, eager to learn all that I could. I had collected lightweight gear and practiced with it for weeks. As I left work Friday evening, eager to get home and begin packing, my boss turned to me and said, “I put you on the prayer list at my church. You be safe out there.” With this additional insurance policy, I smiled and headed home.Did You Bring Any Condoms?My friend Ron picked me up Monday morning. He looked over my gear and, being a lightweight guru, asked how much my pack weighed. I proudly stated, “24 pounds.” He looked displeased with this number, and after a few changes to my gear, drove me to the trailhead near the Cove Mountain Shelter. Along the way, we saw eight hikers, including two tall men, tan and gorgeous despite their obvious rugged beards and coatings of dirt. Ron asked if I had brought along any condoms.At the trailhead, he advised me to “get a running start.” And so I did. I don’t remember much of my first five miles alone other than wanting to shake a hiker named Just Mike whose dog Hicks kept trying to hump my leg. I hoped I could catch the two hot guys whom I learned from shelter journals called themselves The Southern Miss. Boys.I reached an area that just screamed “bear habitat” and became very alert. I stopped at a small stream to wet my face and neck to offset the heat. I soon reached a beautiful two-story shelter where the log stated that the Southern Miss. Boys had just seen a bear and her cub cross the path. “No interaction and no picture” the entry stated. A few minutes later, Just Mike and Hicks came into the shelter for the night. I enjoyed the company, but he had been out hiking for only one day and was already asking me to drive him north to his car and telling me how he needed a hot shower.Insights from LoraxAfter literally jogging out of camp the next morning, I had a new set of goals: stay well ahead of Just Mike and attempt to catch The Southern Miss. Boys. No luck. The next two days were cold and rainy, even snowing on me twice on high summits. I spent the next two nights freezing privately in my tent in make-shift campsites between shelters. I was too fast to stop at one but not moving fast enough to catch the next before nightfall. I jogged to keep warm and kept summit overlooks to an “Okay, I’ve seen it, now keep moving” technique. On my final day on the trail, I heard bounding steps coming up behind me. I turned and met Lorax, a thru-hiker. He quickly asked if I was Blacksheep and that Mike had sent an “I’m only fifteen minutes behind” message. What?! I hadn’t seen him for two days and he was still hoping I’ll drive him into town? I felt guilty leaving Just Mike, but we each need to have our own A.T. experience; he needed to have his. I gave Lorax every bit of food I had left in my bag and twenty dollars. I was grateful to have been a trail angel for a thru-hiker.Sounds of NatureAfter reaching my car at the James River Bridge, I just sat there, not wanting to leave the trail, but also not wanting to see Just Mike. Fortunately, I knew he would be able to catch a ride with one of the almost 50 women picking weeds near the James River Bridge.I drove home to Roanoke and stayed out front of my house and found a home for the rock I removed from the trail as a token. On the trail I set camp at dark. At home I noticed myself very tired around eight. It dawned on me how I missed the owls, coyotes, and woodpeckers that seemed to follow me for three nights. So I changed my sound machine to the rainforest setting to drown out the sounds of the city.last_img read more

Support the rule of law, Constitution

October 20, 2020 | pelzfibj | No Comments

first_imgThere is an old adage that happens to be biblical that states: “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” This statement is predominant in our very First Amendment to the Constitution; freedom of religion and freedom of the press. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Consider this fact: If truth sets us free, how can there be a “free” press that is full of lies and innuendo? How can “religion” be free if also filled with lies? To go further, how can our country be free if liars rule us? The truth must be upheld by the rule of law and the willing hearts of those involved in it. It was written, near our founding as a nation, that the Constitution was written for a God-fearing people who would “regulate” themselves — not for those who would not. How can that be?  If truth is not adhered to by the heart of the people, we get the chaos and law breaking that we see predominant in the Unites States today. Men are falling just by accusation and you have wicked women, unmarried but “living with a man” (or even another woman), passing judgment on sexual improprieties of others causing their fall without even a trial. “People are to be considered innocent until proven guilty” is another bedrock of our Constitution. The truth is being trampled just as it was in the time of the crucifixion of Christ who, before Pilate, was found not guilty. But the mob mentality called for his death and was appeased. There are evil people who are destroying the foundation of our nation by disavowing the rule of law (our leaders here in New York amongst them). Do not be as they are. Support the police, and I can vouch especially for the Schenectady Police Department, and support the rule of law.Barry GroatSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashlast_img read more

first_img Share 14 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Flag of Cuba. Photo credit: flags.netHAVANA, Cuba — US administrations since 1997 have earmarked more than $200 million for subversion activities against the Cuban government, the Cubadebate.cu website reported on Tuesday. The figure was released after a study was carried out by Just the Facts, a civilian guide to the US government’s spending for defence and security assistance in Latin America and the Caribbean.The research took place between 2009 and 2010 and it came after critics questioned the efficiency of the Cuba programs, most of which are managed by the US Agency for International Development (USAID).The article by Cubadebate added that, over the past few years, USAID paid a Washington D.C. firm at least $1.47 million to audit the agency’s Cuba programs.In March 2011, journalist Tracey Eaton, who manages the blog Cuba Money Project, requested a copy of the audit results through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and USAID replied earlier this month, providing a 10-page report that omits most of the findings, recommendations and other key information.“I find it impossible to believe that a $1.47 million audit didn’t leave more of a paper trail,” Eaton wrote after USAID said it could not find any other reports or paperwork related to the audit.“That would mean that the 10 pages posted above cost taxpayers nearly $150,000 each,” the journalist noted.Meanwhile, an article published by The Miami Herald under the title “Time to clean up US regime-change programs in Cuba,” authored by former Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s lead investigator Fulton Armstrong, claimed that the US State Department’s programs to provoke a regime change in Cuba “have all the markings of an intelligence covert operation.”Armstrong added that “like the other millions of dollars we have spent to topple the Cuban government, these programs have failed… It’s time to clean up the regime-change programs…”Armstrong worked on the Cuba issue on the National Security Council during the Clinton administration and later as National Intelligence Officer for Latin America and senior advisor on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.By Caribbean News Now contributorcenter_img Share NewsRegional US government spent over $200 million for subversion activities against Cuba since 1997 by: – December 28, 2011 Tweetlast_img read more

“Click It or Ticket” for Memorial Day travel

September 23, 2020 | pelzfibj | No Comments

first_imgVersailles, In. — State traffic safety offices and law enforcement agencies across the nation are kicking off “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement ahead of the Memorial Day holiday and the unofficial start of summer vacation season.AAA predicts that 37.6 million Americans will travel by car this weekend to destinations including the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500, marking a 3.6 percent increase from last year.Highly visible police patrols are watching for unrestrained passengers in cars and trucks, both children and adults, the front seat and back, both day and night. Overtime enforcement is paid with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds administered by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI).Indiana law requires the driver and all passengers to buckle up. Children under age eight must be properly restrained in child car seat or booster seat.Don’t be a statisticThe share of Hoosiers not buckling up has dropped to 6.6 percent, below the national average of 10.4 percent. But new data from ICJI and the Indiana University Public Policy Institute show that unrestrained motorists still make up 53 percent of traffic deaths.Unrestrained motorists are more likely to die in crashes by 10 times in cars and SUVs, 14 times in pickup trucks and 15 times in vans.Male drivers, particularly those age 15-44, are the least likely to be buckled during a crash. Injury rates among unrestrained motorists are also higher:In rural counties,When a driver is speeding or impaired, andOn weekend nights between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m.More seat-belt statistics are in the first of several 2018 Crash Fact Sheets Make It ClickThe Governors Highway Safety Association is partnering with Uber and Volvo North America on a “Make It Click” campaign to promote rear seat belt use. According to the latest national data, nearly half of back-seat passengers who die in crashes would survive if they buckle up. Unrestrained passengers also become projectiles during crashes, and can injure or kill others in the car.Don’t buckle up just for yourselfTraffic crashes are the leading killer of children ages 1 to 13, and adults set the example. Parents and caregivers who do not buckle up are more likely to have kids who are improperly restrained. That means one ticket for the driver and one for each unrestrained child.Choose the safest car seat for your child’s height and weight here. Find a certified car-seat safety technician to assist with installation and proper usage here  or through the SaferCar app on the App Store or Google Play.Seat-belt tipsWhat is the best way to reduce your chances of injury or death? Buckle up! Below are tips for proper seat-belt use:Secure the lap belt across your hips and pelvis, below your stomach.Place the shoulder belt across the middle of your chest and rib cage, away from your neck.Never put the shoulder belt behind your back or under an arm.If your seat belt doesn’t fit you, or you have an older car with lap belts only, ask your dealer or vehicle manufacturer about seat-belt adjusters, extenders or retrofits.last_img read more

Cahir woman wins Tipp marathon

September 16, 2020 | pelzfibj | No Comments

first_imgThe Cahir native who is living in Moyglass completed in a time of 00:39: 43 and was followed closely by Linda Grogan of Dundrum Athletes club who completed the race in 00:40:20Up to 700 people participated in the marathon now in its 7th year with many raising funds for charity.Speaking to Tipp FM after winning Áine Roche said she was absolutely delighted as its been a long term goallast_img

Capleton’s bail extended

August 31, 2020 | pelzfibj | No Comments

first_imgPopular entertainer Capleton’s legal woes continue as his bail related to rape charges has been extended. The artiste was ordered to return to court on July 13 when his case was presented in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Thursday morning.Capleton, whose real name is Clifton Bailey, is out on J$250,000 bail.Related: Jamaican artiste Capleton arrested on rape chargesThe prosecution was also ordered to make disclosure to the defence by next Thursday, June 21.Capleton, 51, was charged on May 11 on allegations that he sexually assaulted a hairdresser that he hired at a hotel in New Kingston on April 28.last_img