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first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans will be forced to go on the record defending or rebuking congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene.,The Georgia Republican has drawn bipartisan condemnation over her embrace of far-right conspiracy theories, as well as her past endorsement of calls for violence against Democrats.,A vote Thursday will determine whether Greene is stripped of her committee assignments.,Democrats issued an ultimatum earlier in the week, telling House Republicans to strip Greene of her committee assignments — or they would.,But House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy ruled out taking action and instead accused Democrats of a “partisan power grab.”last_img

first_imgThe use of Paper Analytic Devices (PADs) as low-cost, low-technology tests for screening counterfeit and substandard pharmaceuticals resulted from collaborative efforts between the science departments of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College, and now Notre Dame students are in the process of taking this new technology to the market through the entrepreneurial business venture, Imani Health.Notre Dame senior Sean McGee began research with the PADs project two and a half years ago. This past year, fellow senior Luke Smith joined the project along with ESTEEM student Amanda Miller, who graduated from Saint Mary’s in 2013, and MBA students Chase Lane and Valeriano Lima to create Imani Health.“On average, I believe the WHO and Interpol estimate that 30 percent of drugs are counterfeit that are sold, and it causes pretty significant problems with human health,” McGee said.Notre Dame associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry Marya Lieberman and professor of chemistry and physics at Saint Mary’s Toni Barstis continuously work to combat this problem, McGee said, through the creation and improvement of these cheap paper-based devices.“Hundreds of thousands of people every year are at risk for something like this and also from a monetary perspective, the pharmaceutical industry loses 75 billion dollars in revenue as a result of counterfeiting,” he said.McGee said the Imani Health business plan began when Smith approached him and suggested submitting the PADs project to the McCloskey Business Plan Competition.“Imani Health focuses on taking the PAD project and essentially transferring it out of the lab and maturing it into a product that we can get out to the world,” he said. “We’re looking at maturing the PAD itself and also the accompanying software package that would allow it to develop a worldwide database that would basically paint a real-time map of where counterfeiting is happening.”According to McGee, the software package is currently in development in the lab of professor of computer science and engineering Patrick Flynn.“He estimates that with one dedicated person it would probably take somewhere close to a year [to develop the software],” he said.Although certain aspects of the project are still undergoing work, McGee said that in addition to entering the McCloskey Business Plan Competition, Imani Health also entered the OneStart Competition for science entrepreneurs.“We just applied to get to the final round,” he said. “We submitted our stuff and we’re waiting to hear back if we’ve made it.“If we do, we will be going to San Francisco on May 22 to compete in the final round, which will entail us trying to win $150,000 in start up money and free lab space for a year at the [GlaxoSmithKline] laboratories in the Bay Area.”McGee said the results of the OneStart Competition would be released within the next few weeks.Results of the McCloskey competition were, however, released last week. Although Imani Health made it to the semifinals, which consisted of the top 12 teams from a field of more than 150 applicants, McGee said the team did not win.McGee said although the loss was unfortunate, there was still room for improvement for the business plan, the most crucial dealing with patent approval.“The intellectual property doesn’t exist yet because the patents are pending at the USPTO,” McGee said. “The problem is that they have a back log of about three years.”Although McGee will not see the project completed firsthand due to his graduation at the end of the semester, he said Lieberman and Barstis would continue working on the PADs project. Although the patent is the main missing component at the moment, progress can still occur.“Right now we’re going to focus on product maturation,” he said.McGee said quick and easy drug testing might significantly aid certain fields such as work in customs, border patrol and airports.“They can seize drugs and take them and test them on the spot rather than having to send them to a lab where they have to continue to test it,” he said.Right now, the facilities that conduct drug testing do not have the resources to keep up with workload.“Even here, domestically, we can see it being used by various dieticians and urologists because there’s becoming an increasing prevalence of people buying their medications online,” he said.With such a large counterfeit-drug industry, McGee said an efficient and low-cost method of detecting drug quality is essential. Tags: Medicinelast_img read more

first_imgThe beginning of the academic year marked a significant change in the administrative operations at Saint Mary’s. Due to the retirement of Susan Vanek, associate dean of advising and director of first year studies, Saint Mary’s divided Vanek’s responsibilities into three new roles, all which fall under the Student Academic Services division.Philosophy professor Karen Chambers has been hired as dean of student academic services, which is one of the three new roles. The other two positions, director of academic advising and registrar and director of first year experience and retention, have yet to be filled.“My position is new, but only because the person that was sitting here before — Susan Vanek — she had served the College for a really long time, and she was doing so much that they didn’t feel like one person could legitimately do it,” Chambers said. “So we reorganized a lot of the tasks she did.”Chambers’s duties center around developing College policy, serving on committees and advising on high-level advising issues, she said.“We’re doing a little bit of revision at the College to try to serve students better, and so this division is trying to pull together some of the services that we offer to students so that we might be able to do work across groups,” Chambers said.Another of Chambers’s responsibilities, she said, is overseeing the processes of other departments and their leaders, including the new position of director of first year experience and retention. This will enable smooth communication between the various organizations across campus, she said.“That’s going to be somebody who dual-reports to Karen Johnson, vice president of student affairs, and myself,” Chambers said. “So, [with the director of first year experience and retention] we’re going to try as one of the key points of bridging student life and student academics together so that there’s a cohesive first year experience, but also first year students have different kinds of concerns and crises and to sort of work together in a concerted kind of way to serve those students.”The College decided to add the director of academic advising and registrar in order to assist in making the two offices more cohesive.“We’re going to try to integrate these two offices more … so there’s less walking a piece of paper back and forth between the two offices and we can again work together so students aren’t being run around as much,” Chambers said. “We are just down the hall, but still. Sometimes they send you to the registrar and then they send you back here, and you know if we’re together we might be able to streamline some of those tasks a little more.”Chambers said she hopes combining these offices and their services will make it easier for faculty to assist students throughout their academic journeys.“If we’re not chasing things down and reminding each other of things so much, if we’re working as a unit, then we should have more time to advise our students, to work with our students and those kinds of things,” she said.Handling the challenges that may accompany such close and frequent work with students is one of the aspects of being the dean of student academic services that appealed to Chambers, she said.“There’s something new to think about or something new to learn,” she said. “So personally, that’s what I like. But I also am interested in trying to work with the administration on student-centered policy. So coming from the faculty and being at that kind of level discussion I think gives a different view of how we’re thinking about students and student services. So I think that will be useful for Saint Mary’s and that service to Saint Mary’s is enriching to me.”Tags: student academic serviceslast_img read more

Interim Dean

January 17, 2021 | mfhfzdun | No Comments

first_imgUniversity of Georgia Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Pamela Whitten has appointed a committee to begin a national search to fill the position of dean and director of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Josef M. Broder, who has served as associate dean for academic affairs for the past decade, has agreed to serve as interim dean beginning September 19.Sheila Allen, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, will chair the 23-member search committee, which includes faculty from UGA’s campuses in Athens, Griffin and Tifton, staff, students, and alumni, as well as government and agribusiness representatives. Additional search committee members are:• Gary Black, UGA alumnus and commissioner of the Georgia Department of Agriculture.• Cader Cox III, UGA alumnus, CEO of Riverview Plantation and UGA Research Foundation board member.• Griffin Doyle, vice president for government relations at UGA.• Michael Doyle, Regents’ Professor in the department of food science and technology and director of the Center for Food Safety at UGA-Griffin.• Zippy Duvall, president of Georgia Farm Bureau and a member of the Georgia 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees.• Haley Gilleland, a graduate student pursing a master’s degree in animal science who recently earned her bachelor’s degree from UGA and served as Collegiate 4-H vice president and lead camp counselor at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. • Stefani Hilley, administrative associate in the CAES Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and a UGA Staff Council representative.• Scott Jackson, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in the department of crop and soil sciences and director of UGA’s Center for Applied Genetic Technologies.• Laura Perry Johnson, associate dean for UGA Extension, who most recently served as Southwest District Extension Director in Tifton.• Jeffrey L. Jordan, professor of agricultural and applied economics at UGA-Griffin and director of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program.• Kay Kelsey, professor and head of the department of agricultural leadership, education and communication.• Zenglu Li, associate professor of crop and soil sciences and principal investigator in UGA’s Soybean Breeding and Molecular Genetics Laboratory.• Francis “Abit” Massey, former president of the UGA Alumni Association, emeritus trustee of the UGA Foundation, president emeritus of the Georgia Poultry Federation and member of the UGA Research Foundation and UGA Real Estate Foundation.• Laura Meadows, director of UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government.• Kristen Navara, associate professor of endocrinology in the department of poultry science.• Maria Navarro, associate professor of agricultural leadership, education and communication.• Peggy Ozias-Akins, professor of horticulture at the Tifton Coastal Plain Experiment Station and director of the Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics.• Anne Sapp, UGA alumna and chair of the Georgia 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees.• Steven Stice, GRA Eminent Scholar in the department of animal and diary science and director of UGA’s Regenerative Bioscience Center.• Michael Strand, Regents’ Professor in the department of entomology.• Ron Walcott, professor of plant pathology.• Franklin West, assistant professor of animal and dairy science.The committee will be assisted by the UGA Search Group in Human Resources.J. Scott Angle, who has served as dean of the college since 2005, recently announced that he will step down from his position to lead the International Fertilizer Development Center, a global organization that works to alleviate hunger.last_img read more

first_imgThe sounds of sirens and horns were heard throughout the west side of binghamton. Staff at the Boys and Girls Club decked out their cars with balloons and signs that read, “WE MISS YOU!” “Now more than ever, we need to be there for them, so we just knew it was vital to get it done and be able to have some face time with our kids even if it was from afar,” she said. “The kids at our club consider us a second family and we want to let them know we are their family and that we are there for them,” said Jocelyn Terranova the Resource Development Director at the Boys and Girls Club of Binghamton. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A parade led by the Binghamton Police Department left the Boys and Girls Club of Binghamton on Wednesday. This replaces their biggest fundraiser, an annual golf tournament, that unfortunately was canceled due to COVID-19. The parade was to let club kids know that the staff is missing them and thinking about them. The club is currently hosting a “Whatever it Takes – COVID-19 response fund” fundraiser campaign. If you would like to donate and help out the club for their reopening phase you can do so here.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Mikel Arteta has been active in the transfer market already this summer (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta has been impressed with the way new signings Gabriel Magalhaes and Willian have adapted ahead of their possible Arsenal debuts against Fulham on Saturday.The Gunners will begin their new Premier League campaign at Craven Cottage against Scott Parker’s newly promoted side amid something of a defensive injury crisis. Five of Arsenal’s senior central defenders have been ruled out of the London derby, which could force Arteta to select his £27million recruit from Lille at the earliest possible opportunity. Arsenal enjoyed success during last season’s run-in operating with a 3-4-3 formation, but with Gabriel, fellow new boy William Saliba and Rob Holding the only three fit recognised central defenders available, the Arsenal manager could be forced into switching systems. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAt the other end of the pitch, Gabriel’s compatriot Willian is likely to make his first competitive Arsenal appearance since his summer switch from Chelsea and Arteta believes both will prove to be hugely influential throughout the course of the new season. Advertisement Gabriel Magalhaes and William Saliba could make their Arsenal debuts against Fulham (Picture: Getty)‘They have been training really well,’ said Arteta when asked if Gabriel and Willian were in line to feature at Fulham. ‘They have adapted quickly. ‘They are really excited to be here with us, really good energy from both of them. Big talent, both in very different phases of their career. ‘One is already very established in the Premier League with incredible quality. And another one that has to adapt to this league but has huge potential to become a key player for us in the future.’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 ArsenalArteta will be without David Luiz, who would almost certainly have started tomorrow were it not for a neck injury, as well as the likes of Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Calum Chambers, Shkodran Mustafi and Pablo Mari.Asked about a possible change in formation, Arteta added: ‘We have a few issues around the squad. That’s something normal that we have to try to adapt to. ‘We’ve been trying with the players that we have fit at the moment. It’s not an ideal to start the season with some key players out but again, we have enough really good players and tomorrow we will have the best possible plan to try and win our first game.’MORE: Arsenal bad boy Matteo Guendouzi has rejected three offers to leaveMORE: Barcelona ready to include player in cash-plus-swap deal for Arsenal star Hector BellerinFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Mikel Arteta drops hint over possible Willian and Gabriel debuts against Fulham Metro Sport ReporterFriday 11 Sep 2020 1:36 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.5kShareslast_img read more

first_imgClick or tap here to register for the webinar Adam joined Alpro UK & Ireland as sales director in April 2019 and is responsible for managing Alpro’s long-term strategic relationships with customers across the multiple retail, wholesale and convenience, and foodservice channels – offering sales, category and shopper marketing support within the fast-growing plant-based & dairy-free sector. Adam has specialised in health and nutrition throughout his career, previously acting as head of consumer health care for Nestlé Health Science and head of pharmacy for Danone’s Early Life Nutrition business – working to bring health, through food, to as many people as possible in a sustainable way.Katharine Shipley, head of innovation, Delicious Food Team, Co-op Gill was appointed to the role of marketing director at Quorn Foods in May 2020 and is responsible for overseeing all marketing communications and innovation in the UK and Europe. She also has ownership of the overall brand positioning, strategy and design, globally. Gill previously worked as Quorn’s international marketing & innovation director for three years and prior to her career at Quorn Foods, Gill held senior marketing positions at Merlin Entertainments and Kellogg’s.Tesni Steele Jones, consumer insight director, Kantar Katharine Shipley joined Co-op’s Delicious Food Development team in 2015. Her current role as head of innovation sees Katharine lead a team of insight and culinary experts to shape and influence strategic direction using global trends, consumer behaviour and retail insight. Katharine also leads the Co-op Foodology Programme to bring food back to the heart of the business creating advocacy and supportive educational tools for colleagues.Gill Riley, marketing director, Quorn Foods UKcenter_img Part of Kantar’s FMCG team, Tesni is an expert in consumer trends and shopping habits and works with some of the UK’s largest manufacturers. She is a frequent commentator on all things grocery, including the ever-growing plant-based market. Her five years of experience working with Kantar’s impressive data resources means she has a unique view of what sells, when, and why. There’s now just a couple of weeks left to register for The Grocer Vision’s webinar on the next big growth driver of plant-based food.The webinar, hosted in partnership with Alpro, is due to broadcast on 22 October at 11am and will see a panel of expert speakers from grocery retail, dairy-free, meat-free and consumer insights explore the key trends set to shape the category over the next few years.Moderated by freelance writer and editor Julia Glotz, our panel will discuss where the next wave of growth is going to come from, where the gaps in the market are, how Covid-19 has changed shopper demand for plant-based and what the sector needs to do to safeguard the ongoing success of the category.You’ll also get a chance to submit a question to the panel when you register your interest here. So who are they?Adam Womersley, sales director, Alpro UK & Irelandlast_img read more

first_imgABP, the €389bn Dutch civil service scheme, has directly invested €327m in the construction of the largest wind farm in mainland Sweden.The Åskalen project – comprising 80 turbines – would generate sufficient energy to power the equivalent of 300,000 Dutch households, the pension fund said.Åskalen is the first wind farm in which ABP has taken a 100% stake, cutting out external managers and their fees, according to Harmen Geers, spokesman for APG, ABP’s asset manager.He said that direct investment would give ABP increased control of the 288-megawatt project, which was crucial for getting the project into the construction phase. The pension fund intended to follow this approach in future projects as well, he added. Åskalen will be built in co-operation with Vasa Wind as operational manager, its owner Hg Capital, and Danish turbine manufacturer Vestas.ABP – which already has stakes in more than 100 wind farms worldwide – said the investment in Åskalen contributed to its target of reaching €5bn worth of investments in clean energy by 2020. This is to be achieved through infrastructure, private and public equity, and green bonds.ABP has also invested €250m in Norwegian hydropower operator Småkraft through a joint venture with German asset manager Aquila Capital. With the additional financial firepower of another €250m from debt financing loans, the joint venture has acquired or built approximately 100 small hydropower plants in Norway, annually generating 1 terawatt of clean energy.APG’s Geers said that Småkraft intended to double this capacity by 2020.With the investment in wind farm Åskalen, the civil service scheme has increased its entire clean energy portfolio to more than €3.1bn.Commenting on the investment, Corien Wortmann-Kool, ABP’s chair, emphasised that it was important to the fund to contribute to clean energy transition and the climate goals of the Paris Agreement, as one of the largest pension funds in the world.“ABP wants to provide its 2.9m participants with a decent pension in a sustainable way,” Wortmann saidlast_img read more

first_imgImage Source: E.ONE.ON has posted a photo showing Van Oord’s heavy lift vessel Svanen installing monopile foundations on the 385MW Arkona offshore wind farm in the German Baltic Sea.E.ON and Statoil have organised a ceremony at Mukran Port in Sassnitz to mark the start of offshore construction works.Christian Pegel, Minister for Energy, Infrastructure and Digitisation in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, said: “The Arkona offshore wind project is a key investment in the expansion of wind power off the coast of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and is a further step in ensuring the provision of renewable energies. Furthermore, the construction of a fourth wind farm off the coast of our state will create new secure jobs in the region.”The monopile foundations were delivered by EEW Special Pipe Constructions, while the transition pieces were produced by Bladt Industries.The first transition pieces arrived at the Mukran Port in August.The 385MW Arkona wind farm, a joint venture between E.ON and Statoil, is located 35 kilometres north-east of the island of Rügen. The wind farm will comprise 60 Siemens 6MW turbines scheduled for commissioning in 2019.last_img read more

Rigorous standards urged for medicinal cannabis

September 27, 2020 | mfhfzdun | No Comments

first_imgOtago Daily Times 3 May 2019Family First Comment: “Patients were vulnerable and often immune compromised, so active ingredients in any medicine prescribed to them needed to be controlled and carefully labelled….. The quality control rigours for classification as a medicine . . . are safeguards that should not be compromised or redefined without a careful consideration of the consequences, many of which could be unintended.”Exactly what we’ve been saying. the government finalises its medicinal cannabis scheme it needs to clearly define what “medicinal” cannabis is, University of Otago academics say.The Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill, passed by Parliament in December, introduced an exception and a statutory defence for terminally ill people to possess and use illicit cannabis.It also gave the Government a year to draft regulations for a medicinal cannabis scheme.In the latest edition of the New Zealand Medical Journal, Otago academics Prof Michelle Glass and Associate Prof John Ashton, of  the departments of pharmacology and toxicology, have argued for cannabis-based medicines to be subject to the same rigorous standards as other medicines.“Cannabis is not a single entity but a diverse range of related substances and products all referred to as ‘cannabis’ in popular usage,” they said.“Which of these may be considered a medicine depends on precisely how the product is constituted.”Medicines worked by delivering precisely measured combinations of chemicals to produce a therapeutic effect, the authors said.Cannabis, on the other hand, could be one of several plant species and the amount of its active ingredients cannabidiol (CB) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) could vary widely.“Uniformity is a central feature of medicines, but concentrations of CB and THC in cannabis plants vary widely.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more