Town halls bring campus updates to University employees

first_imgIn a series of town halls over the past two weeks, representatives from the University administration discussed updates to the construction schedule and results from the NDVoice survey — the survey that Notre Dame employees take to show their satisfaction with working at the University. Most notably, the administration discussed the survey result revealing women feel less comfortable working at the University than men. “Anytime we get a disparity like this, it makes me uncomfortable, because we shouldn’t have one division where people feel their work experience is less than people in another division,” John Affleck-Graves, executive vice president of the University, said. The NDVoice survey, a confidential survey that measures employee satisfaction and allows employees to answer questions on a variety of topics, showed generally good results for Notre Dame, Affleck-Graves said. Notre Dame scored a score of 3.95, out of five points, across all categories in all departments, he said. “So 3.95 is a really good score, and so I don’t want to play down that we’re [doing] really well,” Affleck-Graves said. “I still think we can do better. We’re Notre Dame, and we can push up that 3.95. But I do want you to know that’s doing pretty well.”The survey results revealed that, on average, women are less positive about their Notre Dame experience than men, Affleck Graves said. “OK, so there was some level of dissatisfaction, but do you know what, we were equally dissatisfied, and that’s a goal we should have,” he said. “And as we’ve gone over time, we’ve drifted up, but we can see that men have become more positive about the work experience and women have not increased at the same rate. And that’s a concern. Now there is a gap. There’s a gap of .14, which I think is a big gap. It’s growing, getting bigger over time and I am not comfortable with the fact that a woman feels less positive about her experience at work than a man feels about his experience.”Affleck-Graves said that this disparity in work experience was an issue that the University would be looking into both understanding and combating in coming months.  “This is the single issue that’s going to be the major focus for me,” Affleck-Graves said. “And I’ve spoken to Fr. John [Jenkins, University President], we’ve put together a group, we’re gonna meet with you, we’re gonna hear from you, we’re gonna try to understand what’s driving this difference. … I’m very concerned about the difference, so that’s something we’ll be working on.”Affleck-Graves also said that while scores within departments are good, survey questions on the topic of inter-department collaboration got lower marks. “We get this in almost every division: people feel very comfortable about their immediate work environment,” he said. “We’ve got great results on immediate manager, we’ve got great results on coworkers, we’ve got great results on ‘we know how our work helps … the University.’ What we get a bad score on is working across departments and working across divisions.”At the one of the town halls, Affleck-Graves also discussed the timelines for various construction projects on campus, including the newly named Baumer Hall. The hall is set to open in August 2019 and will house the men from Dillon Hall while their hall is renovated. A new women’s residence hall is also being constructed on the east side of campus and is scheduled to open in August of 2020. “We have to do this residence hall because we are now requiring all undergraduate students … to stay on campus for six semesters, so we’ll have more students on campus,” Affleck-Graves said. Affleck-Graves also said the University plans to renovate Brownson Hall to create more space for the Alliance for Catholic Education, and to renovate McKenna Hall. The administration also discussed plans to add to the second phase of the Eddy Street project and to renovate married student housing off of Douglas Road, though these projects will be completed through an outside contractor. The renovation of Corby is scheduled to be completed next spring, Affleck-Graves said, and the renovation of Rolf’s as the new men’s and women’s basketball facility is currently underway. “[Rolfs has] wonderful spaces for where the team can meet, students can sit and do some work, and talk about their practice or their game,” Affleck-Graves said.These town halls were the last for Affleck-Graves, who will be retiring in June, ending his 15-year tenure as executive vice president. He said he felt he had seen the University change for the better and he addressed the staff of Notre Dame and thanked them for their role in the University’s success. “I think back this year on when I came in [1986], and where Notre Dame is today and what’s changed the most in my view is just the tremendous opportunities we now offer the young men and women … and the tremendous step up we’ve made in research,” he said. “I hope as you look across it, you get an enormous sense of pride in the role you’ve played in making all of that happen.”Tags: baumer hall, Campus Construction, EVP, John Affleck-Graves, ND Town Hallslast_img read more

The Great Society Completes Casting for Broadway Premiere

first_imgDavid Garrison(Photo provided by Polk & Co.) View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 30, 2019 Related Showscenter_img Full casting has been announced for The Great Society, the sequel to Robert Schenkkan’s Tony-winning play All the Way, set to arrive on Broadway this fall. The previously announced production, directed by Bill Rauch, will play a 12-week limited run from September 6 through November 30, with an official opening night set for October 1 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.Newly announced cast members include David Garrison (Wicked) as Richard Nixon, Barbara Garrick (A Thousand Clowns) as Ladybird Johnson, Marchánt Davis (The Day Shall Come) as Stokely Carmichael, Brian Dykstra (Lucky Guy) as Adam Walinsky, Ty Jones (Henry IV) as Reverend Ralph Abernathy, Christopher Livingston (Something Clean) as James Bevel, Angela Pierce (The Deuce) as Pat Nixon, Matthew Rauch (Junk) as Robert McNamara, Nikkole Salter (In the Continuum) as Coretta Scott King and Tramell Tillman (Carmen Jones) as Bob Moses, with Ted Deasy (Days to Come) and Robyn Kerr (Pride and Prejudice) comprising the ensemble.They join a previously announced cast that includes Brian Cox as President Lyndon Baines Johnson, Marc Kudisch as Richard J. Daley, Richard Thomas as Hubert Humphrey, Grantham Coleman as Martin Luther King Jr., Bryce Pinkham as Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Gordon Clapp as J. Edgar Hoover and Frank Wood as Senator Everett Dirksen.Capturing Johnson’s passionate and aggressive attempts to build a great society for all, the new play follows his epic triumph in a landslide election to the agonizing decision not to run for re-election just three years later. It was an era that would define history forever: the rise of the Civil Rights Movement, the deaths of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the destruction of Vietnam and the creation of some of the greatest social programs America has ever known—with one man at the center of it all: LBJ.The Great Society will feature scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Linda Cho, lighting design by David Weiner, projection design by Victoria Sagady and sound design/original music by Paul James Prendergast. The Great Societylast_img read more

VCLF lends over $900,000 in first quarter 2014

first_imgIn the first quarter of 2014, the Vermont Community Loan Fund (VCLF) loaned $907,500 to Vermont’s small businesses, developers of affordable housing and child care programs. The loans have resulted in the creation and preservation of local jobs, affordable homes, and quality early care and education for Vermont children.Commenting on the busy lending quarter, VCLF Executive Director Will Belongia said “The Loan Fund continues to reach out to borrowers in every corner of our state, with lending capital and other support for those whose hard work, energy and ideas are bringing jobs, homes, quality care and vital services to Vermont communities.”Projects financed include:Bella Farm, MonktonRachel Schattman (owner) and friends at Bella Farm, Monkton. VCLF photo.Bella Farm, an organic farmer and producer of dairy- and nut-free pesto, used VLCF financing to purchase seeds and cover miscellaneous expenses until product sales begin, post-winter. The farm was initially referred to VCLF by The Carrot Project, which conducts outreach and screens applicants that need farm business loan financing. The loan resulted in the preservation of two jobs. bellapesto.comBridport Creamery, Bridport  Owners Julie Danyew (L) and Nicole Foster (R) of Bridport Creamery, Bridport. VCLF photo.This start-up, artisanal cheese maker came to the Loan Fund via the Carrot Project. They used VCLF funding to purchase cheese making equipment and to cover other costs relating to the expansion of their product line. The loan resulted in the preservation of two jobs. bridportcreamery.comCedar Sawmill of Vermont, SwantonCSV buys cedar logs from local area loggers and custom mills them into rough cut lumber, panels, furniture, shavings and sawdust for businesses and consumers.  They used a VCLF loan to purchase logs to fulfill purchase orders where deposits are not received. The loan resulted in the preservation of one job. cedarsawmillofvt.comChester House Inn, ChesterThe Chester House Inn, a circa 1780 bed and breakfast in downtown Chester, is listed on the National Register of Historic places. Their VCLF loan was used to refinance their mortgage, resulting in the preservation of three jobs. chesterhouseinn.comD’s Market & Deli, Bennington D’s Market and Deli, a small market and delicatessen, used a VCLF loan to purchase thebuilding which the business has occupied since starting up two years ago. The loan resulted inthe preservation of four jobs.North Branch Vineyards, MontpelierNorth Branch Vineyards, an award-winning winery, used a VCLF loan to cover expenses during their slower sales period. The company buys grapes from several Vermont growers and has increased sales and production steadily since first borrowing from the Loan Fund in 2011. The loan led to the preservation of one full-time job. northbranchvineyards.com/(link is external)Schoolhouse Learning Center, South BurlingtonThe Schoolhouse Learning Center, a nonprofit, cooperative, licensed child care center and State of Vermont approved elementary school, used a VCLF loan for kitchen renovations which now enable them to serve hot meals through the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Additional renovations also allowed for an expansion of their preschool program. The loan resulted in 99 child care slots and 12 child care jobs created or preserved.W.R. Vilas, Burlington  W.R. Vilas, housing developers, used VCLF financing to acquire and renovate two blighted properties in Burlington’s Old North End, creating Silversmith Commons housing. Silversmith will include three permanently affordable rental apartments, as well as a large retail space – as part of the City of Burlington’s initiative to reinvigorate the area’s commercial corridor.  The loan also resulted in the creation of 24 construction jobs.The Vermont Community Loan Fund’s mission is to create opportunities that lead to healthy communities and financial stability for all Vermonters. Since our inception we’ve lent almost $85 million to small businesses, affordable housing developers and community-based organizations that has created or preserved over 3,600 jobs; built or rehabilitated more than 3,200 affordable homes for Vermont’s families, individuals and seniors; created or preserved quality care for over 2,800 children and their families and supported community organizations providing vital services to hundreds of thousands of Vermonters.last_img read more

Vermont Research News: Who wears a mask and who doesn’t, voter fraud in 1844

first_imgHopeful Approach to Climate ChangeTown officials hosted an interdisciplinary climate change planning workshop in Londonderry, Vermont to explore emotionally-conscious climate change planning methods. This small town has struggled to recover from Tropical Storm Irene and continued unprecedented flooding and rainfall. The climate change planning workshop utilized an open-ended, hopeful dialogue rather than a crisis approach.(link is external) The shift in dialogue can generate positive feelings, and responsibility, care and solidarity. Public health framing of gun violenceFollowing a potential school shooting incident in  2018, Governor Phil Scott supported a series of gun control laws. A new study looks at how the issue(link is external) was framed in public health terms, drawing from data and strategies used in public health campaigns in early childhood development, mental health and substance abuse. Sex Education in Vermont Public SchoolsAlthough sex education is mandated in Vermont schools — including information about contraceptives and effective condom use —  the topic is challenging to some educators.  A 2019 study examined the characteristics of public high school teachers and how those characteristics influenced their sex ed teaching approaches.(link is external)  The Association of E-cigarette Use and Suicidal IdeationA study conducted by UVM graduate students explored the association between e-cigarette usage and suicidal ideation among more than 15,000 Vermont high school respondents. E-cigarette use was found to be related to suicidal ideation, yet more research is needed to understand the relationship.(link is external)  Barriers to Early Lung Cancer Detection in VermontLung cancer persists as the leading cause of cancer death among men and women  with mortality rates in rural populations much higher than urban counterparts. Estimates show that rural areas have nearly twice the lung cancer incidence of the largest metropolitan areas.(link is external)  Screening programs in counties of Vermont with lower levels of education provide local citizens with access, the study finds. Best Methods to Encourage Mask-Wearing During the PandemicA recent study examined people’s motivations for and against wearing masks during the COVID-19 pandemic in Franklin County, Vermont.(link is external) People for mask-wearing had motivations like keeping their family members and immuno-compromised friends safe. People who sometimes or never wore masks generally did so for reasons like glasses fogging up, difficulty being heard and COVID skepticism. The August 1 mask mandate increased mask-wearing from 84.6% of survey respondents prior to 97.3% after. Vermont Flood ProtectionThe National Flood Insurance Program provides subsidized flood insurance to communities across the U.S. However, local governments must enforce certain standards such as zoning requirements and building codes to qualify. Rural governments often struggle to have the authority and budget to meet these demands. A recent study of Vermont, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, looked at how these states have responded.(link is external) In Vermont, individual municipalities have the authority to regulate development to meet the requirements of the NFIP. Voter fraud!In the election of 1844 that is (!) See —  “As In Your Conscience:” Voting in Vermont(link is external) — a new virtual exhibit sponsored by the Vermont Historical Society illustrating how much has changed, with examples of early paper ballots and instructions to voters. It also showcases how much has not changed. center_img Fish Foraging in Vermont WintersA recent study observed the feeding habits of various species of fish in Lake Champlain during winter. They found that sunfish (left image), which are more adapted to warmer environments, foraged significantly less than yellow perch (right image), which are adapted to cooler environments. Population balances are expected to change as climate change causes warmer winters going forward. Have an opinion on any of this? Post it here!(link is external) Erosion from Dirt Roads Affecting Water QualityPast research has indicated that erosion from unpaved roads in Vermont has impacted water quality through the discharge of stormwater, sediment, and other pollutants into nearby waters. A recent study has shown that gullies from concentrated road discharge points, which lead to receiving waters, are increasing in volume.(link is external) Data gathering will continue through June 2021. Heavy Rainfall Impacting Invertebrate PopulationsOver the past few years, Vermont has seen increasingly frequent and heavy rainfall, which has led to occasional minor flooding. High stream flow causes many types of macroinvertebrates to be crushed by water levels. A recent study looked at macroinvertebrate response to rainfall and floods.(link is external) Results indicate these invertebrates are capable of repopulating after single significant storms, such as tropical storm Irene back in 2011. Cases involving sustained frequent rainfall, however, are harder to recover from. Vermont Dept of Health(link is external)Weekly Data Summaries(link is external)COVID Testing(link is external) Celebrating the First Female Governor of VermontWith women poised to lead the offices of Lt. Governor and both branches of the legislature,  a new exhibit(link is external) looks at Vermont’s first women governor, Madeleine Kunin. Elected in 1984, Gov. Kunin focused on education, healthcare, and the environment, starting programs like Dr. Dynasaur — which provided low-income children with access to healthcare — and championing  more women to seek public office.last_img read more

Ninth Circuit JNC accepting judicial applications

first_img August 15, 2010 Regular News Ninth Circuit JNC accepting judicial applications Ninth Circuit JNC accepting judicial applications The Ninth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Circuit Judge R. James Stroker. < p>Applicants must have been a member of The Florida Bar for the preceding five years, a registered voter and must be a resident of the territorial jurisdiction of the court at the time he or she assumes office. < p>Applications can be down loaded from The Florida Bar’s web site at www.floridabar.org and are also available from Michael J. Snure, JNC Chair, 1150 Louisiana Ave., Suite One, Winter Park 32789, or Post Office Box 2728, Winter Park 32790, phone (407) 644-7600. < p>An original and nine copies of the completed application and attachments must be delivered to Snure no later than 1 p.m., September 3. The submission of a photograph is encouraged. Incomplete applications and applications received after the deadline may not be considered.last_img read more

U.S. Middle District public defender seeks reappointment

first_imgU.S. Middle District public defender seeks reappointment November 15, 2015 Regular News U.S. Middle District public defender seeks reappointment The current four-year term of Donna Lee Elm, federal public defender for the Middle District of Florida at Tampa, expires September 8, 2016. A review committee has been established to evaluate Elm’s performance in consideration of her request to be reappointed to a new four-year term. The committee is soliciting written comments from members of the bar and concerned citizens about the performance of Elm and her staff. If requested, the identity of a respondent to this solicitation will not be divulged without prior consent. However, Elm will be provided with a general description of the source and nature of any comments. Comments should be submitted to James P. Gerstenlauer, Circuit Executive, United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, 56 Forsyth Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30303, and must be received no later than December 21. Although Elm does seek reappointment, there is no presumptive right to reappointment. Accordingly, the court is soliciting applications for this position from qualified persons. All applications, including the application of the incumbent, will be subjected to the same standard of review. The approximate salary range is $142,740 to $158,600, depending on experience and qualifications. Federal public defenders may not engage in the private practice of law and are subject to judiciary financial disclosure requirements. To qualify applicants must: Be members in good standing of at least one state bar or the District of Columbia or the Virgin Islands bar, and members in good standing of every other bar of which they are members; Have been engaged in the active practice of criminal law for a period of at least five years, preferably with significant federal criminal trial and appellate experience; not be related by blood or marriage to a judge of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals or to a judge of the district court to be served, within the degrees specified in Title 28, United States Code, Section 458 at the time of the initial appointment. Applications are available at www.ca11.uscourts.gov; from any federal clerk of court in the states of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia; and from the circuit executive, James P. Gerstenlauer, 56 Forsyth Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Applications must be received in the Circuit Executive’s Office no later than December 21. Email and fax copies of applications will not be accepted.last_img read more

MERS sickens 3 in Saudi Arabia as Korean patient relapses

first_imgAfter going 8 days with no MERS-CoV cases, Saudi Arabia reported three cases in the past 3 days, all in Riyadh, and the World Health Organization (WHO) today provided more details about Jordan’s latest case, as well as a recent one in Saudi Arabia.Also today, South Korea reported a relapse in one of its previous MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) cases, which has triggered the isolation of the patient and nearly 130 contacts.At least 1 Riyadh case involved MERS contactAll three of the new cases involve young foreign women in Riyadh, though none are healthcare workers. One is 27 years old, and two are 26. All are hospitalized in stable condition. Their illnesses were reported in separate Ministry of Health (MOH) announcements on Oct 10, yesterday, and today.It’s not clear if their illnesses are linked to a large hospital MERS outbreak that has been under way in Riyadh since the end of July. So far Riyadh has reported 175 MERS cases since Jul 21. Exposures are still under review for two of the women, and the third is a household contact of an earlier case.Over the past 3 days Saudi Arabia also reported three more deaths from the disease in earlier announced case-patients. All are women ages 58 to 71, and all had preexisting medical conditions. Two were from Riyadh and one was from Al-Quway’iyah, located in central Saudi Arabia southwest of Riyadh.One more person has recovered from MERS-CoV, and 12 patients are still in treatment, the MOH said.The latest developments lift Saudi Arabia’s total from the disease to 1,254, including 539 deaths. So far 703 people have recovered from their infections.In its latest breakdown on the source of infections, the MOH said 33% of patients were exposed to the virus in healthcare settings and 12% are healthcare workers who were infected at their workplace.In related developments, the MOH is taking tougher measures to ensure that patients suspected or confirmed to have MERS-CoV illnesses get treated and remain in the hospital, Arab News reported today. Officials are urging health providers to impress upon patients the importance of isolation and treatment, and have signaled that they may take harsher measures if patients don’t comply.WHO adds details on earlier casesThe WHO today shared new details about a MERS-CoV infection in a 38-year-old male expatriate in Riyadh whose illness was first announced by the MOH on Oct 1. It said the man got sick on Sep 21 and was hospitalized 7 days later.So far the source of his infection isn’t known. He doesn’t have underlying medical conditions and is hospitalized in stable condition.The WHO also said Saudi officials informed it of three additional deaths in earlier reported cases.The WHO in a separate statement fleshed out more details on Jordan’s most recently reported case, involving a 53-year-old man from Amman whose illness was first reported by news services on Oct 7. The WHO said the man had his first symptoms on Sep 26 and sought care at a hospital but was sent home after treatment for his symptoms.When his condition worsened on Sep 29, the man went back to the hospital and was admitted and isolated. He was discharged on Oct 1 but visited a second health facility when his health didn’t improve. That hospital also treated his symptoms and sent him home. On Oct 3, when his symptoms worsened again, he sought care at a third hospital, which admitted him and tested him for MERS-CoV.The man doesn’t have underlying medical conditions but is a smoker. He is in stable condition in the intensive care unit. He is a contact of an earlier lab-confirmed patient, a 60-year-old man from Amman who got sick after visiting a hospital that had cared for a MERS patient.The two new cases lift the number of MERS-CoV cases reported to the WHO to 1,595, which includes at least 571 deaths, the agency said.Korean patient relapsesSouth Korea’s health ministry said today that the last patient in the country diagnosed as having MERS-CoV has been hospitalized again after experiencing symptoms such as fever and has tested positive for the virus, the Korea Herald reported.The patient is a 35-year-old who was initially sickened by the virus while suffering from MERS-CoV, according to the report. The patient left the hospital earlier this month after tests were negative. The Herald said 129 of the people who were in contact with the patient, including medical workers, have been placed in isolation.The latest detection delays the country’s plans to announce on Oct 29 that is free of the virus.In May and June a hospital-based MERS-CoV outbreak in South Korea sickened 186 people, killing 36.See also:Oct 10 Saudi MOH statementOct 11 Saudi MOH statementOct 12 Saudi MOH statementOct 10 Arab News storyOct 12 WHO statement on Saudi caseOct 12 WHO statement on Jordan caseOct 12 Korea Herald storylast_img read more

Calls for more investment in statistics systems, focus on literacy

first_img On Caribbean Statistics Day, PM Mitchell Hails Unwavering… Special Topic Statistical Bulletin – COVID-19 Issue… Related Posts His was a position that resonated with PM Mitchell who told delegates that investment in training was critical, especially in the context of staffing and resource constraints in his country and in the Region. This leads to inability to produce enough data to inform the development agenda. “In other words, just as we train doctors… we train engineers; in our countries the scholarships are directed in specific areas of development, but I don’t think we have zeroed in on statistics in the same particular context. So it seems that we have to apply that same formula to statistics so that the young people coming up would know that there are specific scholarships available in this particular area of the science. So that is something that I think that we have somewhere to go and clearly should be one of the conclusions coming out” of the Forum, the Prime Minister said. During the interactive sessions that followed the opening ceremony, Mr. Abraham Andall, President of the Grenada Chamber of Industry and Commerce also spoke of the need for the infusion of statistics in the school system. He advocated for more than simply basic competence in data protection, usage, and manipulation as a requirement for graduation at the level of national colleges. Prior to graduating, a student must show proficiency in a “project of some kind on accessing, using and presenting data”. Meanwhile, in her video message to the Forum, Ms.  Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States acknowledged that the funding commitments to Small Island Developing States remained low,  and advised that domestic and external funding needed to be boosted. “This is critical so that funds for key statistical activities such as surveys to improve the information base about a country’s development can be undertaken in a timely way,” she said. PARIS21 Manager, Johannes Jutting, called on governments to “step in and ensure that funding is available for statistical operations”. Investment was also necessary for statistical literacy among the Region’s populace is data was to be used effectively. “By understanding the meaning of numbers, statistical concepts,tables and graphs, citizens will be able to make more appropriate use of the information and be more capable of using evidence to make informed decisions”,”he said. She urged governments in the Region to develop their statistical systems and elevate the status of statistical offices to ensure that National Statistics Offices (NSOs) could effectively support governments, the private sector and civil society in development activities. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… President of the UN Economic and Social Council, Her Excellency I. Rhonda King, said that more and better financing for data and statistics was needed and called on Member States to invest in their national statistics offices to strengthen their capacity to produce timely, high quality, relevant and dis-aggregated statistical evidence. She pointed to a recent study which called for the doubling of official development assistance for the sector. Oct 12, 2020 Pandemic highlights importance of statistics – CARICOM… Long way to go He said that while the Region had made strides in statistics, there was still “a very long way to go”. The Grenada Prime Minister held the view that the development of statistics had not been given the kind of attention that it deserved in the Region. “We could do a lot more. I strongly believe that regional economies could have been far more advanced in terms of sustainable development had we adequately invested in our statistical systems to obtain data required for more effective decision-making,” PM Mitchell said. In video messages to the opening, representatives of international development partners also weighed in on the matter of investment in statistics. Oct 14, 2020 Greater investment in statistics, and the infusion of statistics in the school system to help to demystify the science and attract younger minds, were among the rallying calls at the Third High Level Advocacy Forum on Statistics. The Forum got underway Friday morning at the Grenada Trade Centre in St. George’s under the theme ‘Investing in Statistics to Build Resilience and to Achieve Sustainable Economic Growth and Development in the Caribbean Community’. It followed a one-day High Level Seminar. The implementation of the Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics (RSDS) to build resilience and generate evidence-based policy decisions was at the core of both events. The Forum and Seminar were organised by the CARICOM Secretariat and the Central Statistics Office in Grenada with support from PARIS21, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Development Fund Support Services Unit, Grenada.   Ms. Philomena Robertson, Press Secretary to PM Mitchell, chairs the opening of the High Level Advocacy Forum Delegates at the opening ceremony at the Grenada Trade Centre Dr. Philomen Harrison, Project Director, Regional Statistics, CARICOM Secretariat, makes remarks at the opening of the Forum Delegates at the opening ceremony at the Grenada Trade Centre Mr. Halim Brizan, Director of Statistics, Grenada From left, PM Keith Mitchell, Dr Philomen Harrison and Mr. Halim Brizan in discussion before the opening of the 3rd High Level Advocacy Forum on Statistics Presentation Brothers’ College Choir in a sitting rendition of the Grenada National Anthem (Photo courtesy of Grenada Government Information Service Delegates at the opening ceremony at the Grenada Trade Centre Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell (File photo) Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell delivers the keynote address to statistics stakeholders in the Region Delegates at the opening ceremony at the Grenada Trade Centre  Delegates show keen interest in one of booths mounted on the sidelines of the Forum Students get a lesson in the benefits of Mount Pure water on the sidelines of the Forum Tech talk on the sidelines of the Forum Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, himself a statistician, led the charge on Friday,  pointing out that statistics were a vital tool for governance and improving lives. At the core of building resilience, he said, were timely and high quality statistics. He underlined the importance of statistics across sectors, and singled out agriculture, trade, health, tourism and sports. He referenced the current success of the West Indies cricket team as a practical example of data collection and data analysis in action we are witnessing England/West Indies series of matches and you know how far we have gone with data collection and analyzing the data. “You’ve heard the commentators over and over speak to how how bowlers attack a certain batsman because they do research on how many times that batsman gets out with a specific ball and what type of bowler that he has a certain weakness for and therefore they tend to attack that person in that particular context. Similarly, batsmen get to understand, through data collection … the strengths and weakness of certain bowlers. “So we’re not talking about something that is far removed because historically when we talk about these areas, we think of the intellectual and academic environments and not necessarily the practical. So it is extremely practical for us to invest in the area of statistics,” he said. Oct 15, 2020 Rich discussion, political commitment expected at Statistics High Level ForumCommitment from governments of the Region to strengthen national statistics systems is one of the key outcomes of the High Level Advocacy Meeting on Statistics that will be held on Friday, 22 February 2019 in St. George’s, Grenada. The Forum will be held under the theme ‘Investing in Statistics to…February 20, 2019In “Audio”Spotlight on Statistics Strategy – PM Mitchell to address High Level Forum in Grenada next weekA High Level Advocacy Forum on Statistics will be held next week as the Region continues to place more emphasis on the production and use of quality statistics. The Forum, the third of its kind in the Region, will be held in St. George’s, Grenada, on 22 February 2018 under…February 15, 2019In “CARICOM”Regional Seminar on Statistics focuses on 2020 Census, RSDSA Regional High Level Seminar on Statistics focusing on the 2020 Round of Population and Housing Census and the Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics (RSDS) got underway in St. George’s, Grenada, Thursday morning. The Seminar at the Grenada Trade Centre explores the role of the Census in the…February 21, 2019In “Associate Member States”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Widows bowls into Plymouth

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Methods Machine Tools Engineer Brittany Speroni Honored As 30 Under 30 Recipient

first_imgMethods Machine Tools, a supplier of precision machine tools, automation and accessories, announced that one if its mechanical engineers, Brittany Speroni, was named as a 2015 recipient of Manufacturing Engineering Magazine’s 30 Under 30 awards in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). A total of 30 young manufacturing professionals from across the country were chosen for their exceptional talent and leadership in STEM. Speroni also was recently appointed to serve on the SME 2016 Member Council.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“Brittany is very deserving of this honor. We currently have 13 engineers who are under 30 at Methods facilities throughout the country. We are continuing to add young, talented new engineers to our team to build the future of Methods,” said Methods’ National Applications Manager Jim VanBuskirk.According to Speroni, her love of math has played a central role in her life, having drawn her inspiration from her mother, who is a math teacher. It was through her mother’s encouragement and a high school math teacher who helped her with real-world applications of physics that solidified her chosen career path in engineering. Speroni attended Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) in Boston and enrolled in the mechanical engineering (ME) technology degree program there.“While I was in college I had a professor who went above and beyond for me. He pushed me to be better than I was and he constantly encouraged me to learn more,” said Speroni.It was in the ME program at WIT that she took her first manufacturing class, which became the catalyst that led her to more manufacturing classes, hands-on labs and a co-op job in her home state of New Jersey, where she worked for a small machine shop. In addition, during her time at WIT she became involved with the local SME Student Chapter at Wentworth and was a committee officer and also chair.AdvertisementIt was through a student group visit to an open house at Methods prior to graduating that led Speroni to her first and current position at Methods in 2012, working in the automation department designing robot end of arm tools, in addition to quoting and managing projects.“As with all of the 30 Under 30 winners, Brittany Speroni is an inspiration to the future manufacturing workforce. Her work teaching problem-based learning through projects with Methods Machine Tools and the Wentworth Institute of Technology students helps the future workforce lessen the learning curve between college and working in industry,” said Dolores Nixon, industry professional from SME.Her love of engineering has inspired her to expose STEM to young women and she has spoken to a local Girl Scout chapter in her home state of New Jersey, and also at an event held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) called, “Geek is Glam,” which was for girls in grades 4-8. She not only spoke to the girls at the event, but also involved the girls in a small hands-on demonstration. One girl who she assisted at the event was so motivated she went on to enter a biotechnology program and joined a STEM club.Advertisement“It proved to me how important it is to talk to these girls at a young age because it can really make a difference in their future. They are also the ones who are going to impact our world and we need to make sure they realize how important their contribution will be to manufacturing,” said Speroni.last_img read more