Lockn’ Releases Revised Three-Day Lineup After Today’s Cancellation

first_imgAfter some significant weather patterns forced Lockn’ Festival to close their campgrounds and cancel the first day of festival performances, the organizers have been working tirelessly to ensure that the show will go on! As such, they’ve released a three-day schedule that has enabled some of the Thursday night performers to play throughout the remainder of the weekend. The festival has also announced that the campgrounds will officially open at 6 AM tomorrow morning.Check out the revised schedule below:Among the notable reschedules are Mickey Hart & EOTO and the Doobie Incident (a crossover between Doobie Brothers and String Cheese Incident), both of whom were scheduled to play on Thursday night. Billy & The Kids were scheduled for Thursday night, but they were also scheduled to perform on Saturday, and have announced a make-up show for tonight at a nearby venue. Make-up shows were also scheduled for Moogatu and The Southern Belles, and a separate free show for Strangefolk as well.Unfortunately, it seems fans eager to see Soulive, Little Feat, Deer Tick and Galactic are out of luck. Most importantly, however, we’re particularly grateful that no one was severely injured by the inclement weather.last_img read more

Clubs host career panel featuring alumnae

first_imgNotre Dames Club and ND Women Connect will co-host a Campus to Career panel discussion and networking event featuring six Notre Dame alumnae in the Morris Inn Ballroom on Friday afternoon.Senior Alison Leddy, founder and president of Notre Dames, said the event will help the club promote its mission by providing women on campus with opportunities that could prove beneficial to their future careers.“The mission of Notre Dames is to strengthen the female voice on campus and to bring awareness to issues that affect women at Notre Dame, across the country and around the world,” Leddy said.According to its website, ND Women Connect works to create alumnae outreach programs and increase graduate involvement among the female population at Notre Dame.“We are really excited to co-sponsor this event with ND Women Connect,” Leddy said. “They are an affinity group within the alumni association that is inclusive of everyone, but female-focused, very similar to the Notre Dames.“[ND Connect is] trying to increase its visibility and presence on campus, so that you don’t have to wait until after you graduate to hear about them. They’re a really great way to connect Notre Dame women in all different cities.”The Campus to Career event aims to encourage networking among Notre Dame women, both here on campus and throughout the country, Leddy said. It will consist of a panel and an informal networking session with alumnae.According to the Campus to Career event page, six Notre Dame alumnae will attend the event: Joya De Foor (’77), Elizabeth Tavitas (’85), Eleanor Kuhns (’88), Sheila Delaney (’99), Monica Zigman (’06) and Kaitlin Sullivan (’10).Leddy said both Notre Dames and ND Women Connect recognize there is power in bringing women together.“You can find inspiration in a lot of places, and I think inspiration can be incredibly meaningful if it’s from someone who comes from a similar background to you,” Leddy said. “That’s why I love having strong, female role models, and I think the Notre Dame alumnae are a perfect example of that.”Leddy said she hopes both the alumnae and current students form natural and organic relationships based around experiences they share.“It can be something as informal as ‘Let’s talk about our mutual experience of living in Cavanaugh,’ for example,” Leddy said. “I hope that these initial conversations will foster more long lasting mentoring relationships.”The event is a good opportunity for older students starting to think about what steps to take after college, Leddy said.“We’re going to touch on each panelist’s professional experience, but we’re also going to be able to ask questions and to talk about how they balance work and family life and if they have suggestions and reassurance for graduating seniors who might be panicked about the job search,” she said.Leddy also said she highly encourages underclassmen to attend the networking event.“I think it’s especially perfect for underclassmen who might have been intimidated to go to the internship fair,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity for them to work on those skills needed to talk to potential recruiters … and to get very tangible advice about pursuing your professional goals.”Leddy said she hopes the Campus to Career event will give students the opportunity to ask alumnae questions relevant to their own futures.“What’s great about Notre Dame alumni, in general, is that they’re always interested in what’s going on on campus, they really care and they want to get to know students. So this is a great way to make that connection,” Leddy said.Tags: Campus to Career, ND women connect, Notre Dameslast_img read more

Professor discusses political communities

first_imgPolitical philosophy is in the bricks of Notre Dame, according to David Campbell, political science department chair, who opened the inaugural series of the Niemeyer Lectures in Political Philosophy on Tuesday. According to a University press release, the Niemeyer Lectures are presented by the political theory program to “honor the contributions and memory of the late Gerhart Niemeyer, professor of political philosophy at [Notre Dame] from 1955 to 1997.”Jeremy Waldron, professor of law at New York University, is the first speaker in the Niemeyer Lecture series. According to a University press release, Waldron will give four lectures over a period of two weeks titled “The Principle of Proximity.”His first lecture, “Two Models of Political Community,” tackled the topic of political association and the division of distinct political communities. Waldron said people should form political communities with those who are close to them in physical space, particularly those with whom they are most likely to fight.“We should divide ourselves into communities — of whatever size — that bring us to terms with people in our vicinity, whoever they are,” he said. “We need to come to terms with those people we are side-by-side with.”According to Waldron, typical political philosophy divides societies by ethnic groups or nationalist tendencies. Waldron first said the “affinity” models of political communities are inherently incorrect. He said those who submit to these theories enter a political community with others they are similar to and believe that the basis of a political community should be people with a shared sense of sympathy, friendship and cooperation — though that does not always have to be the case.“I wish to cast doubt on the principle that political communities should function as ethnical or national homelands,” Waldron said. “We should dispel the theories that the ethnic national model is the only one in town. You have a responsibility to join in a political community with those who you are most likely to fight. These people need to come to terms with each other, otherwise they will fight. They need to set up political and legal structures to create peace.”He said “conflict models” of political communities, popularized by Thomas Hobbes and Immanuel Kant, explicitly remove the idea of “choice” from the formation of political community. Kantian theory notes that those “quarreling” with one another have a moral obligation to enter into a political community with each other, and Waldron said he supports this theory.However, Waldron said he is not encouraging the dissolution of nationality or the eradication of culture. According to Waldron, culture should not dictate the foundation of a political community.“Instead of viewing [culture and national spirt] as a prerequisite for political community, instead of viewing it as the building block for a political community, we might see it instead as a very helpful artifact,” Waldron said.He said his theory does not require a state to enter a constant period of conflict, but he does believe that the state is born out of compromise, which stems from conflict.“Mine is not a theory of state minimalism, it is not a theory of the night watchman state, I am not saying that settling and reentering conflict is the sole function of political community and the sole task for the state, but it is necessary and indispensable,” he said.Waldron said the conflict model accounts for fighting between people, unlike the affinity model, which deals with fighting by simply separating people.“At least the conflict-based model, the Kantian model, the Hobbesian model, acknowledges up front that we have to come to terms with conflict over resources, rather than trying to wish that away with the formation of the state,” he said. “So I think [this model] is a safer bet for our modern, mixed up world.”Tags: Community, political philosophy, Politicslast_img read more

Vermont should lead on climate change adaptation plans, lawmakers and business people say

first_imgby John Herrick July 31, 2013 vtdigger.org Business leaders and elected officials gathered outside Ben & Jerry’s corporate offices to call for a policy-driven charge to combat climate change, a task they say is vital to preserving the character of Vermont.At Wednesday’s news conference, business leaders said climate change is altering the landscape of the state and striking at the heart of Vermont’s brand and quality of life.State Senator Virginia ‘Ginny’Lyons, D-Chittenden, says the state should set a national example to adapt to what she is calling Vermont’s No. 1 economic peril.Climate change has and will affect health care costs due to increased occurrences in new diseases such as asthma and Lyme disease, the maple, agricultural and ski industry due to erratic weather patterns, and road damages due to flooding that threatens tourism, Lyons said.‘We will no longer be Vermont,’she said. ‘Without action, we face a slow, lingering death to our way of life in Vermont.’Vermont must be the first state to lead a national offense on climate change, setting an example for the rest of the country, said George Twigg, director of public affairs for the Vermont Energy Investment Corp.Twigg said Vermont has made gains on reducing energy costs, referring to Efficiency Vermont, a nonprofit organization operated by VEIC that is designed to help reduce the energy costs.The heating and transportation sectors are the two largest contributors to the state’s carbon footprint, he said.‘If Vermont can be a leader in those sectors, the way that we have been in the electricity sector, that can show the way for the rest of the nation,’Twigg said.The state has some policies in place that were designed to combat climate change, Lyons said. This includes diversifying energy sources by using thermal, wind and solar, divesting from carbon fuels, a net metering policy that compels utilities to credit customers for the renewable power they produce themselves, biomass management, and forestry guidelines, for example.In 2012, the Legislature passed Act 113, which called for the establishment of a ‘Genuine Progress Indicator’(GPI). The GPI looks at 25 factors, ranging from personal consumption to air pollution.The Legislature also established the Clean Energy Development Fund in 2005, Act 74, which is designed to increase the development of environmentally friendly energy.In May 2011, Gov. Peter Shumlin established a Climate Cabinet. One recent task of this cabinet was to help the Department of Public Service develop a Comprehensive Energy Plan. The plan’s overview states that Vermont’s energy consumption should be 90 percent renewable by 2050.While the state is making gains on addressing energy consumption, some business leaders from Vermont’s iconic industries, agriculture and maple syrup, said climate change is already forcing them to adapt.Sen. David Zuckerman, D/P-Chittenden, told how climate change is affecting his farm, Full Moon Farm in Hinesburg. Photo by John Herrick/VTDiggerSen. David Zuckerman, D/P-Chittenden, owner of Full Moon Farm in Hinesburg, said the recent increase in extreme weather patterns, including drought, flooding and damaging winds, have introduced new pests to kill crops.For example, spotted wing drosophila, drosophila suzukii, affects small-fruit and tree-fruit crops; swede midge, contarinia nasturtii, is a new pest that affects cold crop families, such as broccoli, Zuckerman said.In some instances, the only way to adapt is to stop growing, he said. His farm does not grow heirloom tomatoes anymore because late blight threatens their harvest.‘These impacts are real,’he said. ‘That’s why as policy makers and business leaders, we’re all standing together to say we need to start implementing policies and as individuals we need to start changing our habits so that we can slow this change down and eventually, hopefully, back it off.’Matt Gordon, executive director of the Vermont Maple Sugar Makers Association, said the industry is faced with shorter, erratic winter seasons, affecting the hundreds of Vermont families who depend on the product for their livelihoods.The sugaring season is now three to four days, or 10 percent, shorter on average, Gordon said. In 2012, the warm spell in March cut expected maple sugar production in half.‘We can’t plant a different type of maple tree for next year. We have to rely on the trees we have had for generations,’he said. ‘Vermont maple syrup, that’s something that can’t be grown anywhere else.’But new technology in the industry is adapting to the reality of changing weather patters. For example, many sugar producers use tubing to collect sap instead of buckets so they can collect sap throughout the season’s irregular weather conditions.In 2011, Vermont broke two heat records, 28 rainfall records and 10 snowfall records while experiencing extreme flooding and hurricanes that cost the state millions of dollars, a news release stated.last_img read more

Tomorrow’s leaders

first_imgI recently visited Crotonville’s 59-acre campus and sat in with a group of about 80 midlevel GE executives who were beginning a two-week session. The class included both men and women, of widely varying ethnicities and ages. They’d been sent here—on the recommendation of their superiors—from GE units all over the world. The only thing that united them was that the company felt they possessed superb managerial potential. Or, more simply put, as one Crotonviller said to me: “This is where you go to get promoted.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Anthony DemangoneOrganizations are funny things. Employees come in and move out, yet the organization remains. This applies to all employees, including the organization’s leadership.How do you develop and nurture the next generation of leaders?  If you’re looking for ideas, here’s a wonderful article from Slate, which highlights GE’s leadership program.So in 1956 GE bought a parcel of leafy land about an hour north of New York City and established its Crotonville management training center. GE claims it is the oldest corporate university in the country. The first seminar Crotonville offered was 13 weeks long, which sounds absurd today—no modern manager could spend a full quarter of the year solely on professional development. But that initial course paid dividends: Among its students was Reginald Jones, a future GE CEO.last_img read more

‘Purpose in life’ linked to lower mortality and cardiovascular risk

first_imgLinkedIn Share on Facebook Share on Twitter People who have a higher sense of purpose in life are at lower risk of death and cardiovascular disease, reports a pooled data analysis in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine, the official journal of the American Psychosomatic Society. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.“Possessing a high sense of purpose in life is associated with a reduced risk for mortality and cardiovascular events,” according to the study by Drs. Randy Cohen and Alan Rozanski and colleagues at Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, New York. While the mechanisms behind the association remain unclear, the findings suggest that approaches to strengthening a sense of purpose might lead to improved health outcomes.How Does Purpose in Life Affect Health and Mortality Risks? Emailcenter_img Pinterest Using a technique called meta-analysis, the researchers pooled data from previous studies evaluating the relationship between purpose in life and the risk of death or cardiovascular disease. The analysis included data on more than 136,000 participants from ten studies–mainly from the United States or Japan. The US studies evaluated a sense of purpose or meaning in life, or “usefulness to others.” The Japanese studies assessed the concept of ikigai, translated as “a life worth living.”The study participants, average age 67 years, were followed up for an average of seven years. During this time, more than 14,500 participants died from any cause while more than 4,000 suffered cardiovascular events (heart attack, stroke, etc).The analysis showed a lower risk of death for participants with a high sense of purpose in life. After adjusting for other factors, mortality was about one-fifth lower for participants reporting a strong sense of purpose, or ikigai.A high sense of purpose in life was also related to a lower risk of cardiovascular events. Both associations remained significant on analysis of various subgroups, including country, how purpose in life was measured, and whether the studies included participants with pre-existing cardiovascular disease..There is a well-documented link between “negative psychosocial risk factors” and adverse health outcomes, including heart attack, stroke, and overall mortality. “Conversely, more recent study provides evidence that positive psychosocial factors can promote healthy physiological functioning and greater longevity,” according to the authors.The new analysis assembles high-quality data from studies assessing the relationship between purpose life and various measures of health and adverse clinical outcomes. The researchers write, “Together, these findings indicate a robust relationship between purpose in life and mortality and/or adverse cardiovascular outcomes.”While further studies are needed to determine how purpose in life might promote health and deter disease, preliminary data suggest a few basic mechanisms. The association might be explained physiologically, such as by buffering of bodily responses to stress; or behaviorally, such as by a healthier lifestyle.“Of note, having a strong sense of life purpose has long been postulated to be an important dimension of life, providing people with a sense of vitality motivation and resilience,” Dr. Rozanski comments. “Nevertheless, the medical implications of living with a high or low sense of life purpose have only recently caught the attention of investigators. The current findings are important because they may open up new potential interventions for helping people to promote their health and sense of well-being.” Sharelast_img read more

Work continues on policies for ‘gain of function’ research

first_imgNearly a year has passed since the Obama administration announced a moratorium on controversial “gain-of-function” (GOF) research, and the advisory board charged with coming up with guidance for how the government funds such projects and weighs the risks and benefits met this week to hear updates from working groups and receive more input on their deliberations.The National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) is playing the lead role in formulating policies for work on studies that enhance pathogenicity, transmissibility, or host range of a pathogen with the goals of better understanding disease and developing vaccines and drugs.The experiments have triggered “dual-use” worries—that methods could be used not only for beneficial purposes but also to engineer bioterror threats. Some experts have also raised concerns about an intentional or accidental release of the experimental pathogens, especially in light of recent safety lapses involving federal facilities.The Obama administration first announced the moratorium on Oct 17, and early indications were that it would take about a year for the NSABB to hammer out a federal funding policy and a risk-benefit assessment. However, the latest estimate is for the recommendations and risk assessment to be finalized in the spring of 2016.Last December the administration allowed a handful of GOF studies to resume, some involving Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and influenza. An NSABB working group is tackling the funding policy recommendations, and in March the government awarded a $1.1 million contract to Gryphon Scientific to formally assess the risks and benefits of GOF work.The NSABB’s meeting on Oct 28 was streamed live online and will soon be available in an online audio archive. Christopher Viggiani, PhD, the NSABB’s executive director at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), said the group was briefed on the progress of funding policy development and received an update on Gryphon’s work so far on the risk-benefit assessment. He said members also discussed a host of related ethical, legal, and policy issues and heard input from the public.Timeline for next stepsDuring the meeting the NSABB also aired a timeline for the next steps, Viggiani said. The working group is expected to start reviewing the preliminary risk-benefit assessment in November. And at its next meeting on Jan 7 and 8, the NSABB is expected to review the final version of the risk-benefit assessment and the working group’s draft funding policy recommendations.Viggiani said both items will also be discussed at a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) meeting on Mar 10 and 11, and the NSABB tentatively expects to present its final recommendation tentatively in the spring of 2016. The NAS meeting will be the second devoted to discussing GOF issues. The first debate was held in December 2014.In a blog post on the latest NSABB developments, Carrie Wolinetz, PhD, the NIH’s associate director for science policy, wrote that the GOF debate is about public trust in science. She added that new discoveries and technology are promising, but they test policy frameworks. “It is an exciting time, but also a sobering one for those in science policy. It is our job to help ensure that science can advance rapidly as well as safely, ethically, and responsibly.”Discussions in the medical literatureMeanwhile, scientists continue to weigh in on the GOF debate in two reports in the Sep 27 online edition of Journal of Infectious Diseases. One group of authors built a case for including clinicians in GOF discussions, while the others detailed six recommendations from an Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) working group.In the first report, two scientists with military labs and one from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Center for Health Security wrote that microbiologists and policy specialists have guided much of the GOF discussion, but more input is needed from medical and public health practitioners, because they are often the “end users” of the products of such research.In the debate that’s transpired so far, the ramifications for the research on practicing clinicians hasn’t been clarified, the group wrote.They said GOF research helps ensure that clinicians have the tools to respond to outbreaks, and that decisions affecting what type of research is allowed to continue directly affect clinicians’ work. They added, howver, that clinicians will also need to be acutely aware of the risks posed by the work.The second editorial is from the IDSA’s working group on dual-use research of concern and lists six key recommendations for the NSABB as it conduct its GOF work. The group first shared its recommendations with the NSABB in an Aug 10 letter.Their recommendations include focusing on experiments of special concern, and they worried that under the NSABB’s current framework, work to produce high-growth vaccine virus strains would likely be hampered. They also urged the group to address uncertainties and seek a wide array of expertise in weighing risks and benefits.Other recommendations included accounting for public perception of science during risk discussions, considering the framework’s impact on science in the face of potential GOF limits, and finding ways to improve the safety of GOF.See also:Sep 28 NSABB meeting agendaSep 25 Carrie Wolinetz blog postNSABB home pageSep 27 J Infect Dis abstractSep 27 J Infect Dis editoriallast_img read more

Stony Hill Road Rollover Leads To DWI Charge

first_imgA rollover accident on Stony Hill Road in Amagansett the evening of Friday, July 12, resulted in the arrest of the driver on a misdemeanor driving while intoxicated charge.According to his statement to police, Michael Gabriel Pina-Barros, 20, had just left a job worksite on Laurel Hill Lane when he turned the 2001 Honda he was driving onto Stony Hill Road. As he approached Accabonac Road, Pina-Barros told police he swerved to avoid a pothole, then swerved again to avoid hitting a tree. At this point, the vehicle went up an embankment and flipped over, ending up in the middle of Stony Hill Road.The East Hampton man did not report any injuries, police said. Allegedly failing sobriety tests, he was placed under arrest, and taken to headquarters, where he refused to take a breath test, the police reported. Besides the DWI charge, he also was charged with unlicensed driving, and was arraigned the morning of July 13.East Hampton Town Justice Lisa Rana told Pina-Barros that his license was suspended for the next year, pending a hearing at the Department of Motor Vehicles, for allegedly refusing the breath test. She released him without bail.Jose Rodezno, 52, of Riverhead was charged with misdemeanor aggravated DWI after being pulled over by East Hampton Town police a little before 7:30 in the morning, July 8. Police said he was behind the wheel of a 2002 Infiniti on Cedar Street near Hands Creek Road, moving at 54 miles per hour, where the speed limit is 30. The arresting officer said that Rodezno had an open 24-ounce can of beer in the car.He took a breath test at headquarters, police said, with a .18 of one percent reading, high enough to trigger the raised aggravated charge.Rafael Enrique Alvarez, 25, who splits the year living and working seasonally between Miami and Montauk, was pulled over on Industrial Road in Montauk a little after midnight July 11 for allegedly failing to turn on his headlights. Failing sobriety tests, he too was charged with misdemeanor DWI. He also was released the next day without bail. Jonathan Barros-Guevara, 25, of Springs was arrested Sunday morning, July 14, after being pulled over on Springs Fireplace Road. His arrest happened too late for him to be arraigned that morning, so he was held until the following day, when he was released without bail.t.e@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

Jim McCarthy named VP of Airgas Safety and Compliance

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IEA calls for action to scale up hydrogen

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