Too Much Risk in Air Rescue

first_imgWASHINGTON — Like many Americans, I was deeply saddened by the crash of an emergency medical service sEurocopter Dauphin II helicopter last weekend in Prince George’s County that killed four people and left another person in critical condition. But as a former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), I was not shocked. Click here to read more.last_img

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University Board of Trustees announces new members

first_imgNotre Dame appointed Dorene Dominguez and James Parsons to its Board of Trustees during meetings Thursday and Friday, the University announced in a press release.Dominguez graduated from Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in finance and currently serves on the Institute for Latino Studies’ advisory council. She chairs the Vanir Group of Companies, an organization based in California focused on renewable energy, real estate, construction and finances. The release said Dominguez is the “first and only” Latina to have ownership of a team in the National Basketball Association, owning a partial share of the Sacramento Kings.Parsons also graduated from Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He went on to earn a master of business administration from Harvard University. Along with his wife and fellow Notre Dame alumnus Carrie Quinn, Parsons contributed to “the establishment of the Notre Dame Institute for Global Investing at the Mendoza College of Business,” the release said.In 2014, Parsons founded Junto Capital Management, a New York City hedge fund focusing on the technology industry, finances and business services. He now serves as portfolio manager for the company, after having previously served in this capacity at Viking Global Investors.The Board of Trustees also appointed Rev. Thomas J. O’Hara to emeritus status during its spring meetings, the release said. O’Hara joined in the Board of Trustees in 2010 and in 2012 began overseeing the Congregation of Holy Cross — United States Province of Priests and Brothers as provincial superior. He also served as president of King’s College, another Holy-Cross-founded school, from 1999 to 2011, the release said.Tags: Board of Trustees, Dorene Dominguez, James Parsonslast_img read more

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Giro TT Sees First Use of New Wilier TwinFoil TT Bike

first_imgThis past Saturday, at the 94th Giro d’Italia, Team Lampre ISD was aboard a completely new aero TT bike from their sponsor Wilier. Perhaps, in an indication that the UCI aero requirements are getting easier to understand, or simply that enough manufacturers have been penalized to show just what is and isn’t allowable, the Wilier TwinFoil TT bike passed UCI certification and was allowed to compete, propelling team Lampre ISD to an impressive 6th place finish in the TT.Wilier’s TwinFoil TT bike offers a few unique aero features, and yet seems to borrow a few already established ideas that some makes have been using for a year or two. What is different about the TwinFoil?Read on after the break!Possibly the most visually striking element of the TwinFoil, would be the way in which the rear stays attach to the seat tube. In an effort to keep the stays as far away from the spinning wheel as possible, the stays are incredibly wide which gives the bike a very unique look. The idea behind the wide stays is that the spinning wheel causes turbulence so by moving the stays farther away, the turbulence can be avoided. This is technically not a new concept as at least Trek for sure (most likely others as well) have claimed for years that spacing at least the fork legs widely apart will result in a reduction in drag. Velonews was on hand at the Giro to get a few pictures of the new bike, including the seat stay junction. Clearly, the seatstays attach to what looks to be a Kamm Tail designed seat post and seat tube, which is also currently in use by Trek for their Speed concepts.Continuing down from the seat tube, the rear brake is decidedly aero, as like many TT bikes the brake is tucked up and under the chainstays just behind the crankset. The brake itself appears to be a new model from TRP, as it is basically a Mini-V whose arms when at rest add to the aero profile of the frame. From a mechanic’s perspective, the Mini-V Aero is a huge improvement over the current crop of chainstay mounted brakes, as it offers easy access to all adjustment bolts without removing any covers or plates, along with a standard V-Brake release for easy wheel changes.While the front end of the TwinFoil lacks any kind of one piece headset cover/stem/aero bar combination (mostly what has gotten many teams in trouble with the UCI), it does offer a unique sort of hump on the top tube which stops just short of the steerer tube.In order to ensure ease of adjustment and to guarantee the adjustments stay that way, the TwinFoil offers both an integrated seat post clamp, and a 4 bolt dropout adjustment. The TwinFoil’s seat post clamp is an internal expansion wedge type affair, that appears to tighten with one bolt. Lampre’s bikes also featured a separate, slim aero shaped clamp around the seat post, but separate from the frame most likely to aid in adjusting seat post height, or keeping gunk out of the frame. Instead of going the route of an inline, threaded axle adjuster in order to precisely control wheelbase and frame/tire gap, the TwinFoil sports a 4 bolt sliding dropout system that looks more similar to a mountain bike than road. However, for anyone who has ever had the experience of an inline adjuster moving around on you, the additional security of the bolt on system will be welcomed. Yes, you can fix the inline type with proper LocTite or changing out hardware, but with Wilier’s set up, that shouldn’t be necessary.Overall, for Team Lampre ISD, the new Wilier TwinFoil was worth a 6th place finish in it’s first team trial, only 24 seconds down of the leader.last_img read more

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Get Inside the After-Party for the 2019 Drama Desk Awards

first_imgHats off to David Yazbek and Robert Horn, who garnered the Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Music and Lyrics and Outstanding Book for Tootsie. Oklahoma! Drama Desk nominee Damon Daunno poses with Jay O. Sanders, who won the Drama Desk Award for his performance in Uncle Vanya. The Prom producer Dori Berinstein and composer Matthew Sklar are all smiles after the show’s Drama Desk win for Outstanding Musical. Beetlejuice star Sophia Anne Caruso snaps a photo with set designer David Korins, who garnered a Drama Desk Award for the show’s imaginative set. The 64th Annual Drama Desk Awards, honoring the best in Broadway, off- and off-off-Broadway theater in the 2018-2019 season, took place on June 2 at New York City’s Town Hall. Drama Desk winner Michael Urie served as the evening’s host. Broadway.com was on the scene for the after-party at The Ribbon. Check out the fun photos from the big night, and check out at the full winners list here! The Cher Show star Stephanie J. Block received the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, and Charles G. LaPointe won for his Outstanding Wig and Hair Design for the musical about the four-letter icon. View Commentslast_img read more

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D-H members support Guard and Reserve

first_imgDartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center,Photo, front from left: Jeanne McLaughlin, Dr. Joe Perras, Dr. Susan Mooney, Bruce King, Dr. Don Caruso and Dr. Joanne Conroy. Back from left: Lee Cheshire, Employer Outreach Director for NH ESGR; David Quinn, NH State Chair Emeritus for ESGR; General Shawn O’Brien, Assistant Adjutant General State of NH; Bruce Thompson, State Chair NH ESGR; Vincent Benincasa, Area 4 Chair NH ESGR. ESGR photo.Vermont Business Magazine Dartmouth-Hitchcock and members (formerly known as affiliates) have committed to increasing diversity in their workforces by signing statements of support, the cornerstone for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR(link is external)) program. Five member CEOs gathered in March at a monthly system CEO meeting at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where all signed their Statement of Support. CEOs present at the meeting included Dr. Susan Mooney, Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital; Bruce King, New London Hospital; Dr. Don Caruso, Cheshire Medical Center;  Dr. Joe Perras, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center;  and Jeanne McLaughlin, Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire. Dr. Joanne Conroy, President and CEO, signed for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health.The intent of the program is to increase employer support by encouraging employers to act as advocates for employee participation in the military. Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units.The first statement of support was signed December 13, 1972, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense by the chairman of the board of General Motors. President Richard Nixon was the first president to sign a Statement of Support, and in 2005, every federal cabinet secretary and all federal agencies signed a Statement of Support to signify their continuing efforts to be model employers. Since its inception, thousands of employers have signed Statements of Support, pledging their support to Guard and Reserve employees.The statement of support says:We fully recognize, honor, and comply with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. (USERRA(link is external))We will provide our managers and supervisors with the tools they need to effectively manage employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.We appreciate the values, leadership, and unique skills Service members bring to the workforce and will encourage opportunities to hire Guardsmen, Reservists, and Veterans.We will continually recognize and support our country’s Service members and their families, in peace, in crises, and in war.DARTMOUTH-HITCHCOCK(link is external) (D-H) is a nonprofit academic health system serving communities in northern New England. D-H provides access to more than 1,000 primary care doctors and specialists in almost every area of medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; the Norris Cotton Cancer Center(link is external), the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock(link is external), four member hospitals, 24 ambulatory clinics and through the Visiting Nurse and Hospice for VT and NH. The D-H system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with the Audrey and Theodor Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth(link is external) and the White River Junction VA Medical Center(link is external).Source: LEBANON, NH – Dartmouth-Hitchcock 5.1.2018last_img read more

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Shawnee Mission restructures high school custodian jobs; current employees required to re-apply

first_imgSome high school custodians in the Shawnee Mission School District may be out of a job after a shuffling of positions and a reclassification of duties had custodians re-applying for positions.The restructuring is not reducing the number of employees in the custodial ranks and is only at the high school level. However, applications for the newly defined positions were accepted from more than just the current high school custodial ranks. Employees at the elementary level or people outside the district could apply for the high school jobs, as well.One high school custodian told shawneemissionpost.com that he had been given notice that he is no longer has a job with the district after re-applying. He had a number of years in his current job.District spokesperson Leigh Anne Neal gave the following description of the process:“The district is in the process of restructuring the operations and maintenance department including developing comprehensive district-wide plans for providing support in areas like grounds maintenance.  This restructuring has prompted a reclassification of duties and changes in job descriptions for high school building custodial personnel.  As these changes occur, the reclassified positions are posted, and everyone has an opportunity to apply for an open position. As these are personnel matters, I cannot speak to who may or may not have been selected for positions.”The district acknowledged that some current custodians may not be retained in custodial jobs.last_img read more

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The Night That Lasted A Lifetime: How Psychology Was Misused In Teen’s Murder Case

first_img… When Jeffrey stopped the cab, the three passengers made their real intentions clear. They pulled Jeffrey out of the car to rob him. After he begged for his life, one of the men raised his left arm and fired several shots into Jeffrey’s head. Over the next few days, police used now-discredited psychological techniques — including hypnosis — to get two eyewitnesses to identify the shooters. One of them, they claimed, was sixteen-year-old Fred Clay. On an autumn night in 1979, a young cab driver named Jeffrey Boyajian was sitting in his taxi, waiting for his next fare. It was around 4 a.m., and he was parked in downtown Boston’s red-light district, known then as the ‘Combat Zone.’ Additional Resources: Three men approached the curb and got into Jeffrey’s cab. He drove them across the city to a public housing complex called the Archdale Housing Development. “The Essence of Innocence: Consequences of Dehumanizing Black Children,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2014. Read the whole story: NPR Minutes later, the police arrived to find Jeffrey lying in a pool of his own blood near a dumpster. The robbers had fled. “Invisible Ink? What Rorschach Tests Really Tell Us,” Association for Psychological Science, 2009. “Wrongfully Jailed For 38 Years, Fred Clay Rebuilds His Life In Lowell,” by Chris Burrell, WGBH, 2018. “False witness: why is the US still using hypnosis to convict criminals?” by Ariel Ramchandani, The Guardian, 2019. “The Reasonable Black Child: Race, Adolescence, and the Fourth Amendment,” by Kristin Henning, American University Law Review, 2018. “Eyewitness testimony,” by Gary Wells, Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment, 2002.last_img read more

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Genetic tug of war in the brain influences behavior

first_imgEmail Share on Facebook Not every mom and dad agree on how their offspring should behave. But in genetics as in life, parenting is about knowing when your voice needs to be heard, and the best ways of doing so. Typically, compromise reigns, and one copy of each gene is inherited from each parent so that the two contribute equally to the traits who make us who we are. Occasionally, a mechanism called genomic imprinting, first described 30 years ago, allows just one parent to be heard by completely silencing the other.Now, researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine report on a version of genetic parental control in mice that is more targeted, and subtle. Published in Cell Reports, so-called noncanonical imprinting is particularly prevalent in the brain, and skews the genetic message in subpopulations of cells so that mom, or dad, has a stronger say. The mechanism can influence offspring behavior, and because it is observed more frequently than classic imprinting, appears to be preferred.“The field has traditionally thought of genetics at the level of the whole animal, and sometimes the tissue. We’re documenting it at the cellular level,” says senior author Christopher Gregg, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy. “Genetics is much more complicated than we thought.” A case in point is the impact of noncanonical signaling on motivated behaviors that prompt a timid mouse to leave its protective shelter when it needs to search for food. Five genes preferably controlled by mom, or dad, cluster within a biochemical pathway that creates serotonin and dopamine, neurochemicals that affect mood and behavior. The imprinting is further customized by being enriched in subregions of the brain known to control behavior (arcuate nucleus, and dorsal raphe nucleus). When the scientists remove the active, maternal copy of one of the genes, tyrosine hydroxylase (Th), they see a modest but consistent increase in the amount of time the mice spend out in the open, showing it controls the behavior. By contrast, mice with their silenced, paternal copy removed show no behavioral changes.“We speculate that a better strategy for imprinting is to do it in the cells that are needed to achieve the desired effect, rather than to do it in every tissue,” says Gregg.In total, 80 percent of 210 imprinted genes analyzed – the vast majority – were subject to noncanonical imprinting. 64 percent of those genes showed parental bias exclusively in the brain or subregions of the brain, and not in non-neural tissues, liver or muscle.A novel method that visualizes active copies of genes shows that the bias stems from differences within populations of cells. While canonically imprinted genes have just one active copy in nearly every cell examined, noncanonically imprinted genes have one active copy in subsets of cells, and two active copies in others.The results expand on previous work by another group who found a gene that imprints in specific neurons, and is reported to be associated with autism when mutated. This and the current study’s behavior experiments highlight that in addition to fine-tuning parental control, noncanonical imprinting may have a downside.Gregg speculates that the targeted form of imprinting gives rise to “high-risk” neurons that are especially vulnerable to mutations inherited from one parent because they don’t express a second, healthy back-up copy to compensate for the mistake. “We think that subpopulations of cells that preferentially express mutated genes could disproportionately contribute to brain disorders such as autism,” he says. Future research will test the hypothesis and novel therapies to overcome the deficits. Pinterestcenter_img LinkedIn Share on Twitter Sharelast_img read more

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Comet and Boots hit with doubled rents at Fosse Park

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