Saint Michael’s College,Principal Investigator, Professor Ellis-Monaghan of Grand Isle, and co-principal investigator Dr. Greta Pangborn, SMC assistant professor of computer science, of Winooski, have been awarded a three-year National Science Foundation grant of $200,000 for the period from September 1, 2010 through August 31, 2013.‘With this support, we’ll be able to explore math questions that have never been raised before,’ said Dr. Joanna Ellis-Monaghan, Saint Michael’s College associate professor of mathematics, ‘and those are the interesting questions.’‘This NSF grant allows us to continue the collaborative work between math and computer science of designing nanoconstructs, with student assistants, that has the potential for wide practical application,’ Dr. Ellis-Monaghan said.The professors, who have been collaborating for several years now, will involve four, funded, research assistants, who are Saint Michael’s students: Mary Spuches, a junior math major from North Syracuse, N.Y., Thomas Dickerson, a sophomore computer science major from Bristol, Vt., Christopher Lessard, a sophomore mathematics major from Stoneham, Mass., and Kelsey King, a sophomore mathematics and education double major from Lyndonville, Vt. These, and other students, will work on the project over the course of the three-year project.Awarding of this grant was enhanced by the strong track record these professors and others at Saint Michael’s have in propelling their students into post-graduate studies. Professors Ellis-Monaghan and Pangborn have co-authored a number of journal articles with students, and they have now or have had former students pursuing advanced math- and CS-related degrees at RPI, UNH, Colorado State, UVM, Notre Dame, NC State, Dartmouth, WPI, Johns Hopkins, the University of Chicago and elsewhere.The NSF funded project titled, ‘Collaborative Research: New Graph Theory from and for Nanoconstruct Design Strategies,’ focuses on using mathematics and computers to design nanoconstructs to carry out practical jobs in the future. These could be applied to such tasks as directing medicines within the body to precisely the right location for effective drug delivery, or any number of other challenges in chemistry, biology and other areas.Nano (tiny) technology has great promise for biosensors, nanoelectronics (inside high tech equipment), biomolecular computer activity, as well as drug delivery.DNA self-assembly of nanostructures‘Recent research has focused on DNA self-assembly of nanoscale geometric constructs,’Professor Ellis-Monaghan said, because DNA replicates itself. Working with biologists, the mathematicians and computer scientists have developed a variety of three-D structures from self-assembling DNA, including cubes, octahedrals, buckyballs, and even tiny boxes with opening lids.One essential element in the process is designing the molecules needed for the nanostructure, the fewer needed the better the design. The NSF grant specifically supports the professors and their students in developing the tools needed to minimize the number of molecules to be created for a given nanoconstruct. Professor Ellis-Monaghan says the potential for putting these constructs to practical use are boundless. In the meantime, she and Professor Pangborn and their student assistants will forge ahead in developing the necessary tools.Source: Saint Michael’s College. 9.8.2010Photo: Saint Michael’s College Professors Joanna Ellis-Monaghan and Greta Pangborn. Photo credit: Andy Duback Learn What Matters at Saint Michael’s College, The Edmundite Catholic liberal arts college, www.smcvt.edu(link is external) . Saint Michael’s provides education with a social conscience, producing graduates with the intellectual tools to lead successful, purposeful lives that will contribute to peace and justice in our world. Founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, Saint Michael’s College is located three miles from Burlington, Vermont, one of America’s top college towns. It is identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nations Best 371 Colleges, and is included in the 2011 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Saint Michael’s is one of only 280 colleges and universities nationwide, one of only 20 Catholic colleges, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Saint Michael’s has 1,900 undergraduate students, some 500 graduate students and 100 international students. Saint Michael’s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Pickering, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and other grants. The college is one of the nation’s top-100, Best Liberal Arts Colleges as listed in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report rankings.-30-
By Marcos Ommati/Diálogo May 22, 2017 In early 2016, Nicaraguan Army General Julio César Avilés, commander-in-chief of the Army, and Honduran Army Major General Francisco Isaías Álvarez Urbina, chief of the Joint Staff of the Honduran Armed Forces, signed a working protocol creating the Sandino-Morazán Joint Task Force. This represented one more step in the fight against transnational organized crime by Central American countries. To discuss this and other matters, Diálogo spoke with Maj. Gen. Álvarez during the 2017 Central American Security Conference (CENTSEC) in Cozumel, Mexico, last April.Diálogo: What is your main challenge as chief of the Joint Staff of the Honduran Armed Forces?Major General Francisco Isaías Álvarez Urbina: One of the main challenges faced by any chief of staff is having a force that is capable of confronting threats. It’s having a force that is capable of efficiently completing its missions. That’s what we’re working on – guiding our forces so that they can confront threats. Of course, you have to study and understand the threat in order to develop forces and capabilities to be able to operate.Diálogo: Are you referring to transnational organized crime?Maj. Gen. Álvarez: Yes, and I think it’s not just in Honduras. It’s a very big threat, especially drug trafficking. Looking at drug trafficking in and of itself, it’s the head of the beast, very powerful, with lots of financial resources. It transcends the territory of any single state; it has no borders. Its financial resources enable it to influence the authorities, to buy people’s wills… So I think we’re facing a very strong opponent. It’s a force that must be fought with resolve. Soldiers confronting the drug-trafficking threat have to know what they are facing. They must also reject any temptation that might come from this monstrosity.Diálogo: And do you agree with Admiral Kurt Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command, and with other CENTSEC participants that this is a common challenge that all nations have and that they must work together to fight this scourge?Maj. Gen. Álvarez: Yes. I believe that we all share the same view, and we are also glad that there are nations interested in this joint struggle. The Northern Triangle, comprising Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, presented an initiative at the highest level, with our shared responsibility to face any threats. It is our people who are suffering. So they have a responsibility. So a concern was aroused at the highest level. We assume that concern, which is then conveyed to our institutions. We train ourselves to confront it, and indeed we are confronting it. We have mounted a united front, not only in Central America but there are also other countries with shared responsibilities on this issue of drug trafficking that are working with us. Colombia is a great help to Central America. The United States is a great help to Central America. Canada is a great help. Brazil is a great help to us. That’s why I think that it is precisely these meetings that allow us to see how big the threat we are facing is. [We must] be aware of the global perspective. It’s larger than what we can perceive as a state or as a country. And we can draw lessons from that to confront it in the best way possible.Diálogo: How is this struggle going in Honduras?Maj. Gen. Álvarez: In Honduras, we are doing this as a joint operation. We created an interagency task force in which we in the Armed Forces are just cooperating with those forces, with our soldiers, and with our resources. That’s where we are. But in reality, it’s not exactly the Armed Forces running this in Honduras. The struggle is being fought by a national interagency security force in which all state institutions associated with our justice officials are involved. What’s happening, I think, is that people see a visible and highly credible face in the Armed Forces. But we cannot underestimate the hard work that is being done by our justice officials, such as public prosecutors at the Office of the Attorney General, judges, the investigative bodies of the state, and the National Police.Diálogo: In 2016 you held bilateral meetings with Nicaraguan Army General Julio César Avilés Castillo, chief of the Army, in which you formalized compliance with the agreements for conducting coordinated operations in border zones. Can you talk a little about that?Maj. Gen. Álvarez: We have agreements with all of the nations with which we share a border, in order to confront that threat in all spheres, from the political sphere to the economic sphere and the national security sphere. Military forces are operating at the border, on the international frontier, in order to keep not-so-nice people from crossing over from one country to another. So that is the agreement that we have with these countries. With Nicaragua, we have reached some similar agreements within the framework of the Central American Armed Forces Conference (CFAC, per its Spanish acronym), which Nicaragua is also a party to so that we can conduct certain operations. We carried out Operation Sandino-Morazán in the first, second, third, and fourth phases. As needed, we exchange information. That’s something that we do within the framework of CFAC, not only with Nicaragua. We do it with Guatemala and El Salvador as well. I mean, that’s part of the trust-building effort –patrolling and conducting operations in border zones. Each on their own side, so that the people in the area can also feel that they are being supported by the security and defense agencies.Diálogo: What is the importance of Mexico co-hosting this security conference for the first time?Maj. Gen. Álvarez: Look, we see it as a very good thing. Just today Minister Díaz Celaya, the Honduran minister of defense, was saying that “we hope that Mexico will be an integral part of CFAC.” It’s extremely important when the government and the armed forces can join these regional bodies to fight these threats. So Mexico is always welcomed. We have always looked at Mexico, and also Brazil, as having tremendous potential for cooperation. We already have that in the area of education. Here, as I was saying, we must join forces to confront this common threat.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An ex-attorney from Baldwin was arrested for allegedly stealing more than $1 million from a disabled client whose property was condemned to make way for a community center in Westbury, authorities said.Janice Jessup pleaded not guilty Thursday at Nassau County to court to felony charges of grand larceny and scheme to defraud.“This former attorney has been arrested and charged with a high-dollar, elaborate larceny that targeted a severely disabled woman and defrauded the court system and taxpayers of Nassau County,” Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.Prosecutors said the 67-year-old suspect represented a mentally and physically disabled woman in an eminent domain proceeding in which her client was awarded $1.2 million for her property in 2008 to clear the way for construction of the Yes We Can Community Center.Instead of giving her client the money, Jessup allegedly spent it on personal, business and other expenses that included direct payments to herself and members of her family as well as payments to her other clients, authorities said.Jessup allegedly had arranged for another person to impersonate her client when a court-appointed referee twice visited her client’s home to verify the client’s physical and mental capacities while the client was actually living in a care facility, according to investigators.Jessup was disbarred in 2010 while facing unrelated allegations of professional misconduct. The alleged scheme came to light three years later. Jessup, who is also known by the married name Janice Jones, has since moved to North Carolina.Judge Jerald Carter set bail for Jessup at $150,000 bond or $100,000 cash. If convicted, she faces up to 8-1/3 to 25 years in prison. She is due back in court on Wednesday.
“Seek Out the Curious and the Fastidious,” says Soledad O’Brien in a recent article in The New York Times. This is her prescription for identifying promising talent.“There are two qualities you can’t teach people,” she notes. “I don’t think you can teach people to be curious… And I’m obsessed with attention to detail. I don’t know that you can teach that.”O’Brien’s article is part reflection on her own career path and part suggestion for new bosses who seek success in hiring and management. It is clear that her experiences in subordinate roles influence her supervisory approach.Hard work wins, she learned early on—through example of her parents. Know what you do well and ensure everything you do is “good and solid” are basics from her early employment years. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
82SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Scott Butterfield I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted. Our deepening economic and political divisions are toxic right now, slowly fracturing families, friendships, neighborhoods, and even the credit union space. It’s heartbreaking. I’ve found that most of the day-to-day arguments are old. But what’s new is that the divisions can be leveraged and then amplified on social media and many other influencers.It’s human nature to make judgments based on our experiences and long-held biases. Sometimes our experiences and biases are valid. Sometimes, our experiences and biases aren’t valid. It’s that simple. Who among us can claim to have all the answers? It’s obvious from heated debates witnessed on social media that there are a lot of people who say they want an open discussion, but the reality is they don’t. Their minds have been made up and they appear to be completely closed off to listening and learning.We live in a very challenging time. For me, it’s been a time of critical self-assessment and a reexamining of values and purpose. It’s a time of listening and empathy, finding ways to consider other people’s perspectives by walking a mile in their shoes.Miles in cruel shoesWalking in uncomfortable shoes is something I have experience with. During the early ’80s, I was a self-funded missionary for my church in Northern Ohio. I fell in love with Ohio, but in the beginning, northern Ohio was like a different planet compared to the small rural town in Utah where I was raised. For most of my two-year missionary experience, I had no car, bike, or public transportation in a “service area” of hundreds of square miles. I wore out multiple pairs of shoes. Some literally disintegrated off my feet.Midway through my missionary experience, when it became time to replace yet another worn-out pair of shoes, I thought it was time to invest in a better-looking pair. My previous pair was ugly but built for lots of walking. I wanted a pair that wouldn’t embarrass me when I knocked on someone’s door or taught a lesson. After some searching, I found what I believed to be the perfect shoes: sleek, shiny, cordovan with a classic tassel. The expense depleted all of my monthly disposable cash, but they looked great! Then I discovered they were awful to wear. They fit tight. The salesperson said the leather would stretch to fit my foot; being a 20-year-old country bumpkin, how was I to know the limits of leather inelasticity?Elder Vent, my missionary partner dubbed them the “cruel shoes.” I’m sure he grew weary (and irritated) of my hourly and daily complaints. I walked hundreds upon hundreds of long miles in the cruel shoes. It was very painful: my feet bled; the blisters were severe. It’s challenging enough for a young person to knock on stranger’s doors during the hot and humid summer in rural Ohio. The cruel shoes made it even worse.The lesson of the cruel shoes reminds me that we make decisions for a lot of reasons (including pride – I didn’t want to look like a country bumpkin). Those decisions are based on our life experiences. Some are relevant, some are not. We cannot begin to understand another person’s perspective until we have walked at least a mile in their shoes. And for many of the people in our lives, the shoes they wear or have worn were cruel. In most instances, we weren’t aware.The fact that I’ve publicly mentioned here that I was a missionary will elicit many judgments –some fair and some not – about my character, belief system, and world view. Let’s be honest, the idea of an LDS missionary triggered some kind of impression or judgment. It’s human nature. I continue to surprise people when they get to know me and find that we have so much in common. It’s time for all of us to carefully reexamine our biases. A time of thought and actionWe need to be very careful when we make judgments. It’s a time for serious reflection from all of us – every single one of us.Today, many of our families, friends, neighbors, and co-workers are trying to remove the cruel shoes of inequality (economic, racial, sexual, and others). Besides creating joy, these intentional actions are also creating discord and discomfort. Some are responding to discomfort by showing empathy and doing their best to learn from others’ experiences, while others are sowing discord by discounting people’s journeys, as they aren’t aligned with their own experiences and belief systems.Why it mattersEach of us has important choices to make. These choices will endear or alienate people who are close to us. These decisions must be aligned with our purpose and character to be meaningful and, in some cases, worth fighting for.Our best choices will be well-thought-out, carefully considering each person or group’s journey and experiences, and not influenced by biased peer pressure or emotional knee-jerk reactions. While it’s impossible to get everyone to agree on everything, if we pursue this course, more of us will find greater common ground. This will elevate the quality of life for all of us.As families, friends, coworkers, and even credit union leaders, we must come together and address the urgent issues of the day to find meaningful solutions, or we risk irreparable harm to important relationships and the quality of life of the teams, members, and communities we serve.Our team at Your Credit Union Partner is responding by committing our time, energy and resources to support the CU DEI Collective. We believe it is a great way to learn about different perspectives and experiences. It’s a great way to collaborate with credit union leaders that share our values and to act collectively to make progress towards a better tomorrow. Scott is the Principal of Your Credit Union Partner, PLLC.Your Credit Union Partner (YCUP) is a trusted advisor to the leaders of more than 100 credit unions located throughout … Web: www.yourcupartner.org Details
“They were all drunk,” according toIloilo City Police Office (ICPO) spokesperson, Police Captain Shella MaeSangrines. “We respect businessmen andstoreowners who sell liquor. But the liquor ban is a really big help in reducingcrimes. Kapag lasing, ang tendency ay maghahanap ng gulo. Several hours pa lang na-lift ang liquor ban may lasing naat nagmura sa mga pulis natin at Army. Nawalanna sila ng control,” Dampal said./PN Making a bad call is one of thepitfalls in decision-making, according to the mayor. But the most importantthing is correcting the mistake right away, he stressed. ILOILO City – Lifting the ban on thesale and consumption of liquor was a mistake, acknowledged Mayor Jerry Treñas,thus he re-imposed the prohibition yesterday morning, less than 24 hours afterscrapping it. A few hours after Treñas liftedthe liquor ban on Tuesday, four persons were arrested for alarm andscandal and defaming soldiers and policemen in Jaro district. He also cited “the many otherimportant activities undertaken by our security personnel” and the “advicecoming from various sectors.” “Nakabatonako reports sang lain-lain nga insidente. Iban nagmaoy. Iban nagbatu sa pulis. Dawnatam-an gid,” said Treñas. ‘UNDERTHE INFLUENCE’ ICPO director Police Colonel EricDampal said he favored the re-imposition of the liquor ban. Alex Bugna was arrested in BarangayLanit at around 10 p.m. for creating disturbance. Erring establishments, on the otherhand, face appropriate penalties provided in the Iloilo City Tax Code,according to Treñas. Isidro Celestre was arrested at around9 p.m. in Barangay Balabago for trying to stab barangay tanod Jorbert Hinarios. At around 9:30 p.m. Judel Gulfo, 36,of Barangay Ungka 1, Pavia, Iloilo was arrested for refusing to stop at a quarantinecontrol point in Barangay Ungka, Jaro, and also for defaming cops and soldiers manningthe checkpoint. He ordered the Iloilo City PoliceOffice and the city government’s Public Safety and Transportation ManagementOffice to strictly enforce the liquor ban. BY IME SORNITO and RUBY SILUBRICO “There were several reported incidentsand complaints (of) abuse in (the) consumption of alcohol, and violations ofphysical distancing measures, hence the need to re-impose the prohibition onthe sale and consumption of liquor,” read part of Treñas’ Executive Order No.66-A, series of 2020 issued yesterday morning. Aside from being inebriated, the fourmen were also not wearing facemasks and did not bring home quarantine passeswhile outside, Sangrines added. “I am only human. I make wrong decisions. But I will try to make less of these wrong decisions,” says Mayor Jerry Treñas of Iloilo City, referring to his lifting of the liquor ban. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “Various incidents due to intoxicatedpersons” promoted him to backtrack, according to Treñas. At around 10:15 p.m. Romy Galida wasapprehended in Barangay San Isidro for alarm and scandal. “I would rather be attacked for comingout with an order re-imposing the ban of alcoholic beverages than compromisingthe city,” said Treñas. “Ang importantenga if we make wrong decisions, right away we come up with a betterdecision, ma-correct ta dayun.” “I am only human. I make wrongdecisions. But I will try to make less of these wrong decisions,” said Treñas. “Abi ko didto sila sa sulod sang balaymainum kag mapasiguro ang kalinong kag katawhay. Ti, nagwa pa sila. Ang ibanwaay facemask, nagdugang pa gid sang risksang (COVID-19) infection.” Covered by the ban are “any form ofliquor or alcohol, beverages, or any alcoholic drink containing a specificpercentage of alcohol by volume or weight which may be in the form of whisky,brandy, gin, rum, cordial, cocktail, wine, champagne, vermouth, basi, tuba, sake,beer, ale, stout, and the like.” He warned persons violating the liquorban they would be facing criminal and/or administrative charges. The mayor appeared not to haveanticipated the adverse effects of his lifting of the liquor ban. He admitted as much during a press conferenceyesterday morning. He said, “I’m very surprised kon ano ang natabo.”
THE upcoming Inter-Guiana ‘Goodwill’ Games will get started with the basketball competition at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH), while volleyball will be held simultaneously at the National Gymnasium, when that event begins here in Guyana on October 21 and runs until October 23. Both competitions start off at 13:00hrs, at their respective venues, while activities continue later the same day with the opening ceremony at the National Track and Field Centre in Leonora, starting at 18:00hrs.The athletics component will begin immediately after at 19:00hrs, according to the schedule that was announced by Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, at a press briefing held yesterday at the National Sports Commission (NSC) headquarters.The press conference also had in attendance representatives from each of the seven sporting disciplines that will be participating at this year’s Games, as well as representatives from the various sponsors on board for the event.As the schedule of the events continues badminton, which will also be at the National Gymnasium, gets underway, on Saturday, October 22 at 09:00hrs. This will be followed by the continuation of the male and female volleyball matches.Back at the CASH the futsal football begins at 13:00hrs, and will be followed by the continuation of the basketball competition. Swimming will commence and conclude on Sunday, October 23, at the National Aquatic Centre. Also set for Sunday is volleyball at the Gymnasium and futsal, table tennis, and basketball at CASH.The closing ceremony is set for 20:00hrs.Jones noted that all the disciplines have been busy putting together, and preparing, their teams for the Games, where they will compete against their counterparts from Suriname.Representatives from the different teams were also on hand to speak of how the preparations have been coming along.Speaking on behalf of the table tennis was national coach Linden Johnson, who declared that his team will not be taking the abilities of the Suriname team for granted, and will be working assiduously to groom the Guyana team.Johnson noted that the team is one that has shown much promise and several of the players recently performed at the regional level.Swimming team manager Leon Seaton described the team as a “vibrant” one, though the team suffered a blow as three of the selected swimmers had to be replaced. Swimmers Amy Grant, Philip DeNobrega and Nathan Hackett will no longer be on the team They are being replaced by Nikita Fiedtkou, Daniel Scott and Jamal Skeete.Athletics has already named a 28-member team, while Guyana Badminton Association (GBA) president Gokarn Ramdhani said training for the eight-member badminton team has been going excellently.Jones also took the opportunity at yesterday’s briefing to thank the corporate sponsors who have come on board to throw their support behind the event. Sponsors include Digicel, Banks DIH, Impressions, and E-Networks
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Swiss soccer club St. Gallen says a player tested positive for coronavirus after visiting family in Serbia. The Swiss league leaders say they allowed Boris Babić to make the two-week trip while recovering from a serious knee injury.The 22-year-old forward tested positive upon his return. The club says he does not have symptoms and is in self-quarantine.St. Gallen says Babić has not had contact with his teammates.Attention on Serbia’s rising number of coronavirus cases followed Novak Djokovic and three other tennis players testing positive at a tournament he organized in Serbia and Croatia last month.___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports July 2, 2020 The Latest: Swiss soccer player positive after Serbia visit Associated Press
GUYANA and West Indies cricketer, Keemo Paul, recently returned to his homeland in Saxacalli, on a mission to provide basic food and cleaning supplies for the livelihood of villagers.The community, which is located on the west bank of the Essequibo River, some 25 miles south of Parika, has taken it upon themselves to reduce travel to a minimum, in an effort to safeguard themselves from the novel coronavirus, commonly called COVID-19.With boat-service operation and fishing a key part of livelihood, both of which are reduced significantly now, accessing basic amenities has become difficult.The 22-year-old Paul took it upon himself to supply the community with face masks and sanitising products, along with numerous food supplies. It is understood the village has just over 60 residents currently, many of whom are elderly persons.Allan Wilson, one of the residents who collected the care hampers, stated he was overjoyed for such since it will help him and family tremendously.“I don’t work the boat as much as before so this will help us a lot. Most of our food comes from the land where we plant, but these supplies are stuff we would have to travel to Parika to get, and not going there will keep me safer”, Wilson stated.According to Paul, “Saxacalli is my home. I am not here currently, but I know that being in lockdown will be hard even for communities like these that live off the land. From time to time, we would have to travel to do business for other food supplies and I felt if I can give persons those needs, they will stay home more.”The all-rounder, who would have been in India playing the Indian Premier League had it not been for the pandemic, added “Prevention is better than a cure and I just want to see my family and close friends remain safe.”Keemo further asked for persons to act smart, follow the guidelines of the health authorities, and stay home unless it is necessary to leave home.
Martin O’Neill’s side require wins for Croatia and Cyprus tonight, while they also need Italy to prevent Norway from winning and for a draw between Turkey and Iceland.After the wins last night for Sweden, Slovakia and Slovenia, Ireland now look likely to be among the second seeds for the play-off draw, which takes place on Sunday.Wales are also among the teams in action tonight – despite having already qualified for next summer’s Championships, Chris Coleman’s side have a chance to top Group B if they win at home to Andorra and table-toppers Belgium slip-up at home to Israel. Kick-off in all of tonight’s qualifiers is at 7:45.