Distance Learning PhD   
A distance learning PhD can be a way for someone to achieve personal enrichment in a career by reaching a higher level of education.

           "Organic Amendments for Enhancing Microbial Coalbed Methane Production" by Katie Davis, PhD Defense    

          Weech and Takazawa to present research at BAI 2017   

Associate Professor Terry Weech and doctoral candidate Aiko Takazawa will discuss their research on the economics of information at the International Conference on Business and Information (BAI), which will be held July 4-6 in Hiroshima, Japan. The conference is an annual meeting for scholars in the business and information disciplines.

Weech and Takazawa will present their paper, "iSchools and Business Schools, Potential to Collaborate on Business and Information Research." In their talk, they will examine the potential contributions of collaboration between schools of information and business schools that have an interest in the impact and utilization of information in the business context. They will also present their plan for establishing a basis for collaboration between business schools and schools in the iSchools organization.
 
Takazawa's doctoral research seeks to understand how information search and seeking activities facilitate spontaneous collaborative work. The topics in her research area lie at the intersection of information behavior, learning, and self-organization. Her dissertation examines the case of a humanitarian aid group that emerged on social media platforms in response to the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan.
 
Weech's research interests include the areas of reference services and sources, government information, library administration, library cooperation and networks, library use instruction, and economics of information. His teaching experience includes appointments at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Emporia State University (Kansas); University of Iowa, Iowa City; and Mississippi University for Women in Columbus. At the iSchool, Weech teaches the Economics of Information course (IS 549). He has been active in the American Library Association (ALA) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and he has been involved in the administration of the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award reception at the ALA Midwinter meeting for nearly twenty years. Weech received his MS and PhD degrees in library and information science from the iSchool at Illinois.


          On IIPM "Shutting Down"   
Recently a friend pointed out that next month would be 10 years since I made a post titled "The Fraud that is IIPM" on my little-read blog. He asked if I planned to make a 10 year anniversary post of sorts. I said I'd think about it. And now comes the news that IIPM is shutting down their campuses.
When I met Rashmi Bansal (who owned JAM whose post I linked to) in Manhattan earlier this year, she mentioned the possibility of something like this happening. She said the relentless bad press is taking its toll and some campuses were being closed even then.
It is difficult to put into words the full range of emotions I feel hearing this news. But the foremost is that this "victory", if you call it that, belongs primarily to people like Rashmi Bansal, Maheshwar Peri, and Anant Nath. They actually WERE sued by that odious company and they fought the legal battle without choosing to take the easy way out. They paid a lot, monetarily and emotionally, to expose the fraud.
I really didn't do too much. I wrote a post linking to a JAM story by Arjun Ravi on a blog that was read by maybe 2-300 people. When IIPM sent me a standard email they sent to threaten all bloggers who wrote against them, I ridiculed it on my blog. And when IIPM sleazily tried to drag my then employer IBM into it, I quit my job.
The "IIM dude quits IBM" factoid made for a catchy headline and the news went viral. Mainly because IIM and IBM are such huge brands. But the development didn't really "harm" me in the way a cursory reading of the headlines might suggest. Yeah, I quit that job, but within hours, I had two dozen interview calls and a few job offers, all of them unsolicited. Let's be honest. I was (am?) a privileged upper caste English speaking male in India with a prime resume painted as some sort of a hero by the media and the blogosphere. I was bound to land on my feet. And I did, really fast.
Eventually, as Arindam said last year to Shivam Vij on a news show, they chose NOT to follow through on their threat to sue me. If they had, I most certainly would've fought the case. Some reputed lawyers had offered their services pro bono if it came to that. And even if I had to do it on my own, I would've. As my mom and wife will tell you, I am very stubborn. smile emoticon
But it didn't happen. So other than the few hours of mild uncertainty after resigning from IBM, I came out of the experience unscathed and more or less smelling of roses. And with this "giant slayer" reputation that has continued since, and which has always made me very uncomfortable.
I took up a well-paying part-time job with IMS at an office 5 minutes from where I lived, making it clear to them that I'd be leaving for a PhD soon. The PhD plan is something I had made way back in my MBA days (in fact my IIML yearbook even mentions it). The IIPM threat just made me advance it to 2006 instead of 2008 when I had originally scheduled it for.
I got into a great PhD program at Penn State, and moved to the US, starting a new chapter of my life. IIPM became just a thing that I'd get emails and text messages about whenever they were in the news because of their latest PR disaster. Yes, I still got an occasional email threatening a lawsuit or an arrest (the last was in 2010 i think), but I just ignored them all and nothing really materialized.
Meanwhile, Rashmi, Maheshwar, Anant, and many wronged and cheated students fought on. They were made to navigate the complex and sometimes corrupt labyrinth of the Indian judicial system, responding to complaints from remote locations like Silchar! They kept the battle going.
So this news today of IIPM essentially shutting shop is their win. They deserve the credit, the kudos, the accolades, and everything else. In 2015, I'm as much of a bystander as the rest of you.

          What Jon Stewart Means To Me   
August 2006, I wrapped up my life in India and moved to the United States for a PhD in Marketing.

I left the country I really knew and moved to a strange new land, with its strange new customs, and strange people, and strange grocery aisles! I had a tough time fitting in!

Okay, no I didn't.

The thing is, I moved when I was 26 years old, as opposed to most other Indian grad students who move here right out of college, having not seen any of the "real world". Thanks to blogs and internet forums and American TV shows and second hand stories from close friends who moved there four years before, I more or less knew what to expect from America. To me, almost everything ranging from grocery aisles to the way the people talked and behaved to the local "customs" seemed familiar.

The one thing that wasn't as familiar was the news cycle. I have always been a huge news junkie, especially interested in politics. Although I followed the basics of American politics even when I lived in India, I did not really "know" the scene too well. Sure, I had followed the 2004 primaries, seen Howard Dean's howl, slept through John Kerry's speeches, and more or less knew why Florida or Ohio are so much more crucial in the Presidential race than Tennessee or Indiana.

And I knew America's comedy scene well enough, having been a big fan of Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, and of course, George Carlin.

And yes, I was vaguely aware of this funny guy called Jon Stewart who combined politics and comedy. When I was in India, CNN used to air a half hour compilation of the best bits of his show once a week. Not quite the "Daily" show but whenever I came across it on TV, I watched it and chuckled. To me, it seemed like a funny enough show with a political context.

And then in August 2006, I moved to America. I fit in quite easily in most ways, ranging from food to socializing to academics to day to day chores. One aspect where I felt lost was the politics. I realized that I knew about American politics only peripherally. So I started reading more blogs, watching the big three cable news channels, reading newspapers, etc.

The first time I watched The Daily Show was due to jet lag a couple of days after I arrived. I had slept through most of the afternoon and evening and in the wee hours of the night, I found myself as alert as a watchdog. While my roommates slept, I plonked myself in front of the TV and started flipping channels. And I came across the slightly familiar face of Jon Stewart. It was 1 or 2 AM so obviously, it was the repeat telecast.

As I watched, I found myself drawn in instantly, maybe because of the Indian connection. The segment was about how Republican senate candidate George Allen had referred to an Indian-American staffer of his opponent Jim Webb as "macaca". What I loved about that segment was that it combined facts, opinion, and humor perfectly without taking cheap shots at anyone. I made a mental note to watch the show again the next night.

And I loved the show again. And then I watched it again. And I kept watching every night. It taught me about aspects of the US "midterm" elections that I had never really fully understood sitting in India. It contextualized the red-v-blue battle in terms more nuanced and pithy than I had ever read on any blog. And of course, it made me laugh, especially with the hilariously quirky George W Bush impression.

I still remember that hilarious song about the midterms

"So just remember this November that your vote will count,
A very very very very very small amount!"

Jon Stewart helped me seamlessly blend into the American political discourse the way thousands of hours of reading blogs and news sites never had. He has that uncanny ability to zero in on the most consequential news items of the day and in 22 short minutes....14 if you omit the interview...present a perfect blend of analysis and irony.

Within a few days, the 11 PM time slot on my daily calendar....or at least Monday-Thursday calendar was earmarked for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He chuckled, he made faces, he did impressions, but above all, he managed to be that guy inside us all who is just utterly baffled with the absurdity and sometimes cruelty of the world around us, but tries to cope with it using humor.

Jon Stewart helped me through American political milestones from the 2006 midterms to the 2014 midterms, not ignoring other events worldwide. One of his and his show's greatest qualities has been the ability to strike the right balance in expressing resentment about something. Many comedians have gotten in trouble for crossing the "line" of tastefulness. Which is why many comedians steer clear of troublesome topics.

But Jon has somehow always been able to address tricky and even tragic topics with the right balance of sensitivity and respectful humor. And occasionally, just straight talk. His post 9/11 speech is the stuff of legend, so I won't talk about it here.

But as a former Bombayite now living in the US, my most memorable and personally relevant example of this uncanny knack of addressing tragedies tastefully is the segment he and John Oliver did after the 2008 Bombay attacks


It was just so perfect!

Watching Jon Stewart has been a part of my life from the very first week I moved to this country 9 years ago. He's been an integral part of my life.

I have attended two of his show's tapings in person and was blown away by how nice he was even off-camera. I went to DC with 250,000 other people for the Rally to Restore Sanity that he and Stephen Colbert organized.

And now he's announced that he's leaving The Daily Show. Given what a permanent fixture he's been in my life in this country, this is a BIG change. But I understand why he needs to do what he needs to do. Rosewater has shown that he's capable of much more and who can fault him for wanting to spread his wings?

I'll miss you Jon, and 11 PM Monday to Thursday just won't be the same after you leave.

          Advice for International Masters Students Cold-Call Emailing Business School Professors   
It is that time of the year again for me as an assistant professor in an American business school. August-September, the start of the academic year. When I get at least a handful of emails everyday from just-arrived international Masters students, typically from India and China, asking about Research Assistant (RA) or Teaching Assistant (TA) positions. I usually send a prompt reply telling them I have no positions available and wish them luck. Most other people in my place in business schools just ignore the mails and/or delete them.

This post is meant to explain why I almost always send summary rejections and why most others ignore or delete the emails.

The key to this explanation is the almost unique nature of the microcosm that are business schools. Specifically, research-oriented business schools that co-exist with prestigious engineering schools in the same university such as mine.

Research in business schools is very different from research in engineering schools. In engineering schools, research has a lot to do with winning 6-7 figure grants and patents. That is the nature of the engineering world. In business schools, the incentives for tenure-track research professors are different. The nature of our field is such that there are few, if any, opportunities for patents and big grants. In our field, research productivity is measured by publications in top level journals.  

The other aspect of business research is the cost element. The reason we don't care as much about grants is that our research is nowhere as expensive to conduct as engineering research. We don't need expensive equipment, months long experiments, and suchlike. Most business research is conducted using secondary data or individual behavioral experiments. The most expensive equipment we need is limited to powerful computers to do our analysis. 

We don't have as many conferences to go to. In each of the sub-fields of business (such as Finance, Marketing, Management etc), there are two, maybe three MUST-ATTEND conferences each year. Our conferences aren't as selective as engineering conferences in terms of who gets to present. Obviously, "conference proceedings" are a non-factor in tenuring decisions when it comes to business school faculty. What matter are publications.

Basically, our research doesn't cost that much. That's the cost side.

Now on to the revenue side. Most business schools have MBA programs that charge tuition way higher than the average program. Most MBA programs don't offer any funding. MBA programs earn business schools a lot of money. Then there are undergraduate programs. Undergrad business programs are very popular in most schools in the US. So business schools get a decent chunk of change from the universities for that. Then there are endowments, consulting fees, and other revenue opportunities.

So to summarize what I have said so far, business schools in the US have a higher revenue than other schools, and have lower research costs than other schools. And, to reiterate, faculty research is measured in terms of publications in top journals, not patents, conference proceedings, or grants. Not that there are that many business-centric grants anyway.

As a result, here is how the typical contract for a typical tenure-track faculty member in a research-oriented business school works. We get a salary. And we get a research budget from our business school that is roughly $10,000-50,000 per year. 

These amounts might be relatively paltry for engineering professors who need to buy expensive equipment and need to hire several grad students to take care of the equipment and run experiments. But in business schools, that amount is plenty. 

Then there's the unique nature of business school PhD programs. They are geared exclusively towards academia. Which means the program is designed only to send graduates into academic positions, NOT industry positions. 99.9% of marketing PhDs will become marketing professors, not work in marketing jobs in the industry. 99.9% of management PhDs will become management professors, not work in management jobs in the industry. And so on.

PhD programs in business schools will also have a tiny intake compared to engineering schools. In a typical top-50 or even top-100 research business school in the US, the total incoming PhD class size every year will be about 15, with 2-3 students dedicated to sub-fields such as finance, marketing, management, etc.

In business schools, these PhD students are fully funded and paid a stipend by the business school. In return, they have to work 20 hours a week each for tenure track professors.

(Sidebar: the most "privileged" international grad students in any school are business school PhDs. They are assured of tuition waivers and stipends for at least 4 years from the school itself, and not tied to any Professor like in engineering schools. They also get academic positions relatively easily without having to do postdocs.)

Now, each department will have a roughly 1:1 ratio between tenure track professors and PhD students. Part of each tenure track professor's contract is 10 hours or "free" RA work from an assigned PhD student. Free as in, the professor doesn't pay the student. The business school does. And the business school pays for the tuition.

So now we come to the main point. Most of us business school professors have a PhD student assigned to work with us without us paying anything. Our research budgets, given by the school not from grants, are in the 10-50K range to buy computers, buy data, go to conferences, etc....generous but not enough to fund a grad student, which including tuition and stipend, will use up the entire budget.

When a Masters student from engineering or quasi-engineering (Information Systems, Technology Management etc) fields sends a cold-call email to a typical business school professor, he is making a pitch to someone who has neither the requirement nor the budget to hire him.

That's maybe 99% of business school professor. The 1% who might have RA/TA positions for you are the rare minority of business school professors who got a grant or got an extra endowment for a research lab or something. They might just have positions that Masters students can fill. They tend to advertise their positions well in advance. But even if cold-calling works for them, it needs to be very specific.

Many international students make the mistake of composing one utterly general boilerplate email and sending it to all professors. See this for instance.


In this case, even if I was a professor with an opportunity for this student, I wouldn't contact him. Because the email is so general. If I want to hire a Masters student, I would like that student to be genuinely interested in what I am doing.

So even if you do send cold-call emails to business school professors, make sure they are individually customized and reflect their particular research interests. 

And of course, make sure you really are interested in the research of the professor you are pitching your services to. We professors do talk to each other, you know? If during a coffee chat, we discover that Masters Student XYZ sent an email to me saying "I am really passionate about Marketing and hope to make a career in it", and also to my Finance colleague saying, "I am really passionate about Finance and hope to make a career in it", it not only gives us something to chuckle about, but also destroys your credibility in our eyes forever.

I'll end by saying that in general, the strike rate for an engineering or quasi-engineering MS student getting RA/TA positions from individual professors in business schools are low. And I hope this post informs incoming Masters students about this and saves them some wasted effort. 

          Antu Barva by P. L. "PuLa" Deshpande   
Fourteen years ago today, Purushottam Laxman Deshpande, arguably the most influential and beloved person from Maharashtra, died at the age of 81. He left behind a gargantuan legacy in the form of his books, plays, songs, movies, essays, social work, but more than that, the lasting impact he has had on Maharashtra. Every couple of years, I translate one of his essays or short stories on this blog. This time, I have chosen Antu Barva, a fictionalized life sketch that he created as an amalgam of several people he knew in Konkan. It is not exactly LOL funny, but is light-hearted while still tugging at your heart-strings. It is meant as a depiction of the tough life in Konkan in the middle of the 20th century, and the sort of complex and poignant characters such a life spawns.

But as somber as the basic subject matter is, PuLa manages to inject humor into it, even if the humor is dark. When I first read Antu Barva, I just read it as a slightly humorous life sketch. As I have re-read it and re-heard its narration over the years, I have come to recognize it as something beyond just that. It is one of PuLa's best allegorical social commentaries in my opinion. He was duly recognized for Vyakti Aani Valli, the book that this sketch appears in, with a Sahitya Akademi Puraskaar. In that book, I think this is THE most impressive and multi-layered sketch.

For years, I considered translating Antu Barva here but was too intimidated given how nuanced it is. PuLa gave Antu a specific Konkani "voice" (in text form as well as when he narrated the sketch for TV) that is impossible to translate. No matter how well I tried, I thought I would end up doing injustice to the original work. This is in addition to the usual difficulties in translating PuLa's wordplay and nuanced observations. So it is with a great sense of trepidation that I am even attempting this today. A LOT will get lost in translation. But I hope PuLa's fans will forgive me any errors. Because I think this particular piece is one of the greatest literary achievements from an Indian and it deserves a wider audience.

Miss you, PuLa. Bhool-chook maaf kara.

Ratnagiri's middle lane has been home to some towering personalities over the years. God used a unique formula when creating these people. These people tend to be a metaphorical amalgam of Ratnagiri's most famous products - sweet mango, rough jackfruit, hard coconut, irritating colocasia leaves, and intense betel nuts whose one bite will make your heart jump up your throat.    

It is in this unique Ratnagiri soil that Antu Barva grew and ripened. Actually, Antu's age doesn't really justify people casually calling him just "Antu". When I first met him 12-14 years ago, not just his stubble, but even the hair on his ears and chest had turned white. His teeth had mostly gone "Annu Gogtya".

Going Annu Gogtya = falling.

This is an idomatic phrase that Antu Barva coined. A lawyer from Ratnagiri named Annu Gogte has been standing in the local elections for many years. Standing and then falling. Repeatedly, without even coming close to winning. So even if a bucket falls in a well, Antu asks "has the bucket gone Annu?"

When someone is talking about old Antu, they just refer to him in the singular casual "Antu". As it is, characters from Konkan are quite singular. But no one calls Antu just "Antu" to his face.  They call him Antu sheth!

True blue Brahmin Antu got this trader caste suffix "sheth" decades ago. After all Antu himself had committed a sin justifying this demotion. During the first world war, Antu started a shop near the docks. It failed spectacularly even before the Treaty of Versailles. But that short-lived stint as a shopkeeper was enough to turn Antu into Antu sheth.

After that, no one remembers Antu doing anything specific to make a living. He manages to somehow score at least two square meals a day from somewhere. He has a little plot of land with a garden that has a couple of dozen coconut and Alphonso mango trees, sprinkled with the odd jackfruit and tamarind tree. He has a little single-room shack on that land. He has the right to draw water from the nearby well. Antu sheth manages to get by on all this.

I first met Antu at Bapu Hegishte's store. I had gone there to buy some cigarettes when Antu's face peered out from behind a newspaper. He slid his reading glasses up his forehead and said,

"You're Lawyer saheb's son-in-law, right?"

"Yes" I replied.

"Ahha! I recognized you right away! Please, have a seat, please. Bapu, some tea for our jawaibapu (a respectful term for son-in-law)!"

I had no idea who this guy was, suddenly acting so familiar. Antu sheth himself explained,

"Your father-in-law is a good friend of mine. Tell him Antu Barva said hello."

"Sure."

"Hmmm....when did you come from Pune?"

"Two days ago."

"Of course....the first Diwali after you got married....haha...ask him for a Ford car!"

"He is your friend. Why don't you tell him?"

"Haha, you're from Pune after all. Can't get the last word with you." he laughed. "So...staying long or just a flying visit?"

"Just a short trip. I'm leaving in a couple of days."

"Excellent! It's always good to keep such visits short. Familiarity breeds contempt and all that. Don't end up like that Kasopkar's son-in-law. He set up camp for six months. Finally Kasopkar lost his patience and made him plow his land! When a son-in-law stays with you for too long, he starts feeling like a pain in the neck, right?"

"You're right." I nodded.

"Bapusheth, I hope you recognized our lawyer's son-in-law. We are both your father-in-law's clients, jawaibapu."

Bapu Hegishte smiled and folded his hands in greeting.

"Welcome. Would you like to have some tea?" he asked.

"No, it's okay. It's really hot right now."

"Of course, it's always going to be hot in Ratnagiri!" Antu jumped in. "You can't sleep in a cowshed and then complain about the stink of cow piss! If Ratnagiri had cool weather, they'd have called it Shimla, not Ratnagiri!"

Before I could say anything, Antu continued,

"But the heat is way worse in your neighborhood with all those houses next to each other. Come to my garden near the beach. My garden is...how do you say...."aircondition"!"

Antu sheth said the last words in English and laughed, and then added,

"That's our country joke, jawaibapu!"

Then he addressed Hegishte again.

"Bapusheth, did you know our jawaibapu here is a writer? Writes plays and movies and what not. Behave properly when he is around or he'll write a hilarious farce about you."

The pride I felt on my fame having spread even to someone like Antu Barva was dashed by Bapu Hegishte's next question. Bapusheth looked me up and down carefully for a few seconds and said,

"What do you do?"

"What the hell do you mean what does he do?" Antu thundered. "Are you insane, Hegishte? Take out that pile of raddi old newspapers and open them. You'll see his name and picture in dozens of places! He makes movies!"

"Movies!!?? Really??" Hegishte's expression changed to one of wonderment and he looked at me as if I was God.

"Jawaibapu, speaking of movies, can I ask you a question if you don't mind?"

I could see the naughty expression on Antusheth's face as he asked me this.

"Sure, go ahead."

"How much money do you make from one movie?"

This wasn't my first trip to Konkan. So by now, I had gotten used to dealing with such intensely personal questions.

"That really varies from movie to movie." I deflected.

"But still....I mean I have read that you get like a million or a million and a half."

"No way! There isn't nearly that kind of money in Marathi films."

"Yeah, but still. Even if you don't get fistfuls, you must be getting at least 2-3 pinchfulls?"

"You get it sometimes, and also lose it sometimes." I stuck to being vague.

"Well of course, it's a business after all. When it comes to business, you win some, you lose some. It's all part of the game."

Antu sheth got philosophical. But only for a moment.

"Can I ask you one more question? Only if you don't get angry."

"What's there to get angry about? Go ahead."

"Well..you know....whatever we read about these film actresses in magazines and all....is that real or is it fake like Gangadhar Basthe's "real" Belgaum butter?"

"What do you mean all this about film actresses?" I kept a straight face and pretended to not get what he was saying.

"Quite a skillful guy you are, jawaibapu. Skillful! You'll make a great witness in court!" Antu sheth was having none of it. "All this about film actresses as in...the whole index finger nostril thing."

I didn't immediately get what he meant by the whole index finger nostril thing. So Antu sheth gently tapped his index finger against his nostril and winked. Fortunately, before I had to say anything, a waiter arrived with the tea Hegishte had ordered.

"Looks like all the cows in Ratnagiri are still pregnant, Jhampya!" Antu made a sarcastic remark to the waiter on the color of the tea. And then he poured the tea in the saucer and started slurping it.

Actually, Antu sheth could have just said to the waiter in plain words that the tea was low on milk. But he preferred the "all the cows are still pregnant" phrasing. Why just Antu sheth? Almost everyone from that middle lane in Ratnagiri spoke in that sarcastic obtuse way.

By now, Antu sheth and I have become good friends. In the last decade or so, whenever I have gone to Ratnagiri, I have spent time with him. He always included me in his group of friends, taught me the ganjifa card games they played. And over the years, I heard a lot monologues on the odd philosophy of life that those men in their 60s had developed.

I even learned all the idiomatic phrases the group had come up with. They all dressed similar. A cotton loincloth from the waist below, a small cotton scarf on the shoulder, worn-out sandals, one hand holding a walking stick, and the other holding a jackfruit. Dressed like that, Antu sheth would roam around in the neighborhood calling his friends to join him every afternoon.

"Govindbhat! Wanna play a couple of hands?"

"Paranjape? Are you awake or have you turned into a python?"

I too became a part of their card game gang. If once in a while, the card game wasn't really panning out well, Antu would put the cards down and say to me,

"Jawaibapu, why don't you sing a Malkauns or something? Godbolya, bash a little tabla with our guest. Khaju sheth, open your decrepit harmonium."

And then we'd have an impromptu jam session for a bit at Antu sheth's orders.

"Jawaibapu, your pipes are kick-ass!" he'd compliment my singing in his unique way.

Every other year or so, I'd visit Ratnagiri and attend Antu sheth's court. But with each visit, the court seemed to be getting smaller.

"Antu sheth, haven't seen Damu kaka around." I asked once.

"Who? Damu Nene? He is living it up! I am told Rambha is rubbing oil on his bald head, and Urvashi is airing him with a fan!"

"What????"

"What do you mean what? Damu Nene got transferred from Ratnagiri!" and Antu Sheth pointed to the sky.

"Oh!" I finally understood what he meant. "I am so sorry. I had no idea."

"Why would you have any idea about it? Do you think that they're going to announce on the radio that Damu Nene has croaked? His family did pay for an obituary in the newspaper though. Heh, they wrote he was loving, caring, friendly, pious, and what not. What do the newspaper folks care? As long as you are paying, they will publish any nonsense."

Antu continued in his characteristic manner.

"Damu Nene and loving? Hmpf! Even when he was lying dead on the pyre, the furrow on his brow was intact! One day he decided to sleep outdoors because it was too hot. They found him dead the next morning. Lucky bugger. Died on Ashadhi Ekadashi too! So there were two processions from Ratnagiri that day. One for Lord Vithoba and another for Damu Nene. Damu died on Ashadhi. And then on Dussehra, Dattu Paranjape crossed the border and did seemolanghan. The first guy croaked, the second guy croaked.....now waiting for the third. They say things happen in three."

Antu looked at me mischievously and shrugged.

And that's the essence of Antu Barva for you. Standing at less than 5 feet, bronze-fair complexion, small pockmarks on his face, small gray eyes, creased skin belying his advanced age, half his teeth fallen....or "gone Annu"...leading to a new habit of poking his tongue through the gaps while talking.... and with all this, weighing in at barely 100 lbs.

Every aspect of Antu Barva's earthly existence was getting worn out with each passing year except for two - the nasal booming voice and the slick intelligence fed by decades of rubbing coconut oil on his head.

It wasn't just Antu sheth. Almost all the men his age from that part of Ratnagiri were of a similar bent....which was a crooked bent. Their language was unnecessarily complex and their attitude exceedingly cynical. They didn't feel happy if someone did well, and didn't feel sad if a tragedy befell someone. There was no joy for births, no mourning for deaths. Most of them apart from Antu didn't really like music, but didn't dislike it either. And when it came to food, the taste and flavors didn't matter, as long as their belly got filled. The engine of their life never really faltered when it ran out of steam, nor did it go fast when it did have some steam. But the road their lives took was like every road in Konkan- serpentine.

That's the hand life had dealt them. Even though their lives were full of the wholesome coconut tree, their fates and thus their tastes leaned less towards the sweet creamy inside of the coconut, and more towards its tough shell.


One summer, a second-rate theater company from Mumbai was touring Ratnagiri staging Ram Ganesh Gadkari's famous play Ekach Pyala. I went to watch it. The production was barely competent in the first act. At intermission, I walked outside to the hissing clinks of soda bottles being opened. Under a Kitson lamp, I saw Antu sheth's diminutive form. He was talking to the fur-cap clad manager of the theater company.

"So....how's the attendance?" Antu sheth asked.

"Not bad." the manager gruffly replied.

"Not bad? Most of the chairs seem empty. Why don't you let me in for half price?"

"No way!" the manager shook his head rudely.

"Why are you brushing me away like a lizard? I heard the first act from out here anyway. The guy playing Sindhu doesn't seem to be very good."

[aside - in the early-to-mid 20th century in orthodox Maharashtra, it was taboo for women to perform on stage. So much like in Shakespeare's days, female parts were usually played by men. The legendary Bal Gandharva excelled at this and one of his most famous roles was playing Sindhu in the first staging of Ekach Pyala.]

"The guy playing Sindhu doesn't seem to be very good." Antu sheth said. "He sang 'lage hridayi hurhur' like a squeaking mouse. Did you ever hear how Bal Gandharva sang it?"

The manager got pissed off.

"I'm not begging you to come watch it!" he thundered.

"But the town is full of your advertising boards begging us to come watch it." Antu sheth instantly replied. "And yesterday your people were going door to door with fliers. As it is, it's mainly empty chairs you are showing this play to. How about four annas?"

"Four annas? What is this? A monkey performing on the street?"

"That's better than this! They perform first and then circulate a plate for money. Why don't you try that? If the next act is better than the first one, I'll pay you an extra four annas!"

The people standing around them started laughing and the manager got even more upset. That's when Antu sheth noticed me.

"Namaskar, jawaibapu! How's it going? How's Ekach Pyala?"

"It's okay." I said.

"I'm sure you got a complimentary pass. You're from the same community. I have heard that barbers don't charge each other for shaves."

"No, nothing like that. See, I bought a ticket."

"Then why a wishy-washy response like "it's okay"? You've paid hard-earned money for this, haven't you? Assert your rights as a paying customer. Call it what it is. Utter crap. Especially that guy playing Sindhu is totally useless!"

"What do you mean the guy playing Sindhu? It's a woman playing the role." I told him.

"WHAT??" Antu sheth looked genuinely shocked. "You're kidding me! That voice and that built! If she decides, she can lift Sudhakar up like a baby! Sindhu indeed.......more like Sindhudurg!"

"So you watched the play after all?"

"For a few minutes. Moved the curtains from the window and had a peek. Hmpf! Even gypsy performers are better than these idiots."

Antu sheth spat out another unsolicited opinion and walked away.

But that's pretty much what his life was - spitting out unsolicited opinions. I knew Antu for so many years, but I never found out much about his family situation. Once Anna Sane from Antu's court had let slip a mention of his son.

"What? Antu sheth has a son?" I asked.

"Of course he has a son. Not only that, his son is a Collector!" Anna Sane nonchalantly said.

"Collector???"

"Yup. He's in charge of collecting tickets on Byculla station." he deadpanned without letting a single muscle move.

"Doesn't look like he helps out his father financially."

"He does sometimes. When he can. He has his own family. Besides, a Western Railway compartment has been attached to a Central Railway train."

A PhD student could do a dissertation on those guys' peculiar idioms and phrases. I was well-versed in the language by now but it took me a few moments to realize that this was code for an inter-religion marriage.

"So you see, Antu sheth has trouble with his post-bath rituals at his son's place. Plus apparently his son is also into some other Anglicized habits if you know what I mean. So how can Antu sheth spend too much time there? Still, once Antu sheth swallowed all the insults and went to Mumbai to see his grandson. Came back looking like he had messed up a math problem."

"Every Dussehra and Diwali, Antu gets his son's love in the form of a money order. Not much, maybe 5-10 rupees. For a few days after that, Antu acts like he's won the lottery and splurges as much as he can. Which isn't much."

"Understandable." I said. "After all, how much can a ticket collector's pay be?"

"Yeah, the pay is pretty meager. But one hears that a ticket collector can also make a little more on the side, especially in holiday season if you know what I mean." Anna said. "Nothing wrong with it of course. If he has an opportunity to make some money, why shouldn't he? You know how it is in this country. If you get caught taking a ten rupee bribe, they put a striped cap on your head and send you to prison. But if you get caught taking a million rupee bribe, they put a Gandhi cap on your head and send you to Parliament! Democraticaly elected people's representative!"

Politics was the most favorite topic for Antu sheth and his buddies to express their unique opinions on. They had profound thoughts on every politician and party. One year, there was a famine in Konkan. Konkan is always facing a famine as it is. But this particular one was so bad that in Antu sheth's words it had "been approved under the Famine Act".

Nehru was touring the famine-hit parts of Konkan. He visited Ratnagiri for a speech and the whole town was caught up in Nehru-mania. One evening, someone asked Antu sheth,

"Antu sheth, I didn't see you at the speech?"

"Whose speech? Nehru's? Hmpf!" Antu sheth's disdain was obvious. "What nonsense. There's a famine here. Stop giving speeches. Give us food! This is like seeing a man drowning and instead of saving him, reading from the Quran to ensure that he doesn't end up in hell. Utterly useless. But everyone else is stupid. Oh, Nehru is here? He is giving a speech? He gives great speeches! Let's go! Bloody lemmings!"

"And now that Nehru is in Ratnagiri, what did they do? Idiots took him to show the house, room, and bed where Lokmanya Tilak was born! Morons. Tell me, did god appear in Gangadhar Tilak's dreams and tell him that your wife is going to give birth to a great leader? How would anyone even remember what bed Tilak was born on? But who cares? They just showed Nehru some random room and bed and bluffed - this is where Tilak first went WAAAAAAAAAA."

"Morons! Where's the proof? Where's the proof? Did they get the midwife from Tilak's birth to certify the bed? Hmpf! Forget Tilak. It's been a 100 years since he was born. You tell me. Can your own mother confidently identify the room and the bed where she gave birth to you? Go ask her and then tell me about Nehru and Tilak."

And so ended the rant.

I always wondered if there was anything or anyone in the world that Antu sheth and his friends had respect for. If they ever had a polite dignified response for anything at all.      

Somebody's son became a Professor. And Antu's response,

"Professor? In a circus?There used to be this Professor Chhatre in circuses performing magic tricks."

Someone opened a new store. And Antu's response,

"Tell him to have a bankruptcy form ready. It'll save time when the inevitable happens."

Who knows what school of philosophy these guys followed. More than half of them survived on money orders from children and relatives. They saved money from that and file lawsuits for the strangest reasons. Every lawsuit is stuck in delayed hearing dates. These guys have a big beautiful sea coast, coconut trees, gardens, everything you could reasonably hope for to be happy. But that apparent prosperity gets punctured by an occasional bout of misfortune and all that remains is an impenetrable shield of gallows humor.

Somehow the topic of Gandhi came up. And Antu sheth got on his soap box.

"Gandhi? What Gandhi? Traveled all over the world, but never came to Ratnagiri! Because he was smart. He knew that here, no one gives a damn about his loincloth or his walking stick. We are all just as naked and just as skinny. And his obsession with spinning khadi. It's all useless. Our own Shambhu sheth. All his life, he followed Gandhi's teachings and spun khadi for his clothes. Forget the British government, even Ratnagiri's Collector Gilligan didn't fear his "civil disobedience". And you're talking about Gandhi."

"Then there are all his hunger strikes and fasts. Half of Konkan is hungry and fasting, and not by choice. Someone who is well-fed will find something remarkable about hunger strikes. What do we care? Don't get me wrong. I am not saying Gandhi wasn't a great man. He was. But in our books, under what column should we make an entry for his greatness? And if you are talking about independence, then that had nothing to do with Gandhi, or Tilak or Savarkar."

"So did independence just fall out of the sky?" I asked him.

"It's up to you to find out where it fell out of." Antu replied. "One thing I am sure of is that the Brits left because they got bored. What more was left for them to loot? Their Raj business started making a loss, so they effectively declared bankruptcy and went home. The potter left with his pottery, and we sit here cradling his leftover broken pieces. This is all just a cycle of life and bigger than anything we can comprehend. It's not British rule, nor is it Nehru's rule, nor people's rule, nor anyone's rule. It's the creator's rule."  

"So how did your creator end up siding with the British?" I asked.

"Don't be silly. The creator is sitting pretty on his throne. He just played a small game."

"A game that translated into 150 years of slavery?"

"It's 150 years for you and me." Antu sheth was steadfast. "The almighty's wrist watch doesn't move forward by even one second unless a thousand years go by for us. In his eyes and on his scale, all this is just a minor game that lasted barely a millisecond."

When these emaciated old men started spouting this philosophy on the front yards of that impoverished middle lane in Ratnagiri, with dark shadows formed by the dim light of their age-worn oil lamps dancing on their wrinkled faces, my heart couldn't help but shudder.

"Socialism? What socialism? All nonsense, I tell you. Not even two mango leaves are alike. And these guys want to pretend all men are equal. In the creator's eyes, each individual is unique. How are they going to have equal opportunities or equal outcomes? But everyone is just blabbering....socialism is coming. Just like that Ratnagiri's legislator is saying...Konkan Railway is coming, Konkan Railway is coming. Sure, Konkan Railway is coming. And it's tracks are going through where one-armed Pandu Gurav's toilet used to be. Even if it does, is it going to make Pandu's shoulder stump sprout an arm? What difference will it make?"

"And without an arm to plow his field or pick his crops, no matter what you do with that damn railway, what good is it going to do him? He is still the same. Just because India became independent, does not mean that Hari Sathe's lazy eye got fixed. Nor did Mahadev Godbole's paunch disappear.  Nothing really changed. Even in the fabled Ram Rajya, Ram didn't uproot Hanuman's tail and attach it to his own ass. No. Ram stayed a man, and Hanuman stayed a monkey."

At such times, it almost seem like the Goddess of Wisdom Saraswati is sitting on Antu sheth's tongue.

"You're right." I said.

"Don't just say I am right for the heck of it to be polite. If I am wrong, say that and correct me. You might be younger than me when it comes to age, but when it comes to education, you are my elder, jawaibapu!"

Once in a while, Antu sheth will say something genuinely from his heart, without any sarcasm. But there is always some burning issue close to his heart underlying what he says.

The last few years, I could not go to Ratnagiri as often as I used to. In the meanwhile, Ratnagiri finally got electricity, its own college, tar roads, and all other features of 20th century life. When I met him after that, I said,

"Antu sheth, your Ratnagiri has now become posh! Electric lights and everything. Did your house get an electric connection?"

"No, not yet. But it's good that it's dark. Tomorrow even if I do get electricity, what is there to look at in that bright light? A penniless life? Who needs electricity to look at chipped walls and leaking shingles? It's better that my poverty stays hidden in darkness."

And then he laughed loudly for a full minute like it was a joke.

This time I saw that his teeth had gone almost completely Annu Gogte. I also learned that a couple of more friends of his had passed on and that the card game court was emptier than ever. For a change, I spotted a sense of love, longing, and kindness in the way Antu sheth spoke. I guess the empty seats at his card games were starting to make a place in his heart.

"Joglekar's son got a big promotion and moved to Delhi!" Antu sheth voluntarily shared some pleasant news without his customary sarcastic rejoinder. "Took his old man to Kashi, Haridwar, Vishweshwar, Hrishikesh and all. Fed a 100 brahmins there. Old man Joglekar was thoughtful enough to get me a small sealed pot with water from the Ganga. When you come visit next time, jawaibapu, you'll probably see that the seal has been broken and the water was poured down my throat if you know what I mean."

The next time I visited Ratnagiri, fortunately Antu sheth's Ganga water pot was still sealed.

"Wow, jawaibapu, wow! Congratulations! I heard you're going to England! Congratulations! Have a great trip. Just one "request" for you. Now I have to speak with you in English. So a "request"."

"What request?"

"Go see the Kohinoor diamond once. For some reason, it's an obsession I have always had, the Kohinoor diamond. I can't go see it, but you do it on my behalf. And then come back and tell me how it looks. See all the sights in London and Paris and everything!"

For some reason, I was overcome with a desire to touch his feet, something I had never done before. Right there on the street, I bent down and touched his feet.

"Live a long life!" Antu sheth touched my head gently. "You are a good person, which is why you are so successful."

I said goodbye and started to leave. I had barely gone four steps when I suddenly heard the familiar

"Jawaibapu!!!"

"Yes, Antu sheth?" I turned around.
  
"Forgot to ask you one thing. Are you going alone or with your wife?"

"Both of us are going."

"That's good. Don't mind me, I just had a nagging doubt, so I asked. You are going far away to learn something new. So I was reminded of Devayani's tale from mythology. Hahaha. Convey my blessings to your wife too. I am telling you, your good fortune is all because of her. That's all life is eventually about - the right woman."

Antu sheth paused and continued.

"Let me tell you something. Just between us. My wife passed away 40 years ago. Since then, the alphonso mango tree near my door has stopped flowering. When she was around, the tree yielded hundreds of mangoes every year. But since she left.....you know....fate can take really strange turns. Sorry, I am rambling. Anyway, safe travels. So when are you leaving from Ratnagiri?"

"Tomorrow morning by bus."

"Direct Ratnagiri to Mumbai?"

"Yes."

"Good call. Once someone completes that journey, then even traveling around the world seems easy in comparison. The other day Tatya Jog made the trip. He is still trying to locate all his bones.  Told me some 7-8 bones are missing!"

And he started laughing hard with his mouth wide open. I noticed that there was only one tooth remaining that hadn't gone Annu Gogte.

The next morning at 5 AM at the bus stand, I again heard the familiar cry,

"JAWAIBAPU!"

Antu sheth approached me and gave me a small paper pouch.

"I know you don't believe in god, jawaibapu, but do me a favor and keep this in your pocket. It is holy ash. It will keep you safe. You are going to London by air, so this small pouch shouldn't add too much weight to your luggage."

I put the pouch in my pocket. As the bus got going, I saw Antu sheth lift his shirt and gently wipe tears from his small blinking gray eyes. In that dim dawn light, seeing his bony chest and his concave stomach which had all but touched his back suddenly tugged at my heart.

Just like Konkan's jackfruit, it's people taste sweet only when they ripen for a long time.

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          Halloween and Uncle Leo   
Seven years ago this day was my first Halloween in America. I was a fresh PhD student still struggling with how much tougher the coursework was than I had expected. I had been in the country for a little over two months. That evening, after I finished my Stats homework at school and got on the bus to go home, I saw people in costumes all around me.

Ah, it's Halloween, I realized. Until then, most of what I knew of this country came from TV shows, movies, and books. So I knew that this was the night when kids accompanied by their parents roam their neighborhoods, knock on doors, and demand candy by yelling "Trick or Treat!!!". Oh great! So I will be expected to buy candy and hand it out? What a scam! But when in Rome, right?

Not wanting to be seen as a rude or clueless foreigner, I decided to take the necessary steps. I got off the bus at the stop in front of the grocery store. Bought lots of candy. Took another bus home. When I say "home", I mean a 3 bedroom row house I shared with two other Indian grad students who were both out of town that night.

At home, I put the candy in a bowl, turned the TV on and waited. The hours ticked by. Not a single knock on my door! I looked out the window. There were groups of kids and their parents dressed up in costumes knocking on doors around my building complex. So I guessed it was just a matter of time before they came to my door. But another hour passed by and there was no knock on my door. Before I knew it, it was 11 PM, the streets were deserted, and not a single person had come to my door trick-or-treating! All the candy was sitting there in the bowl. Except for the dozen or so that I had polished of watching TV.

The next day, I felt a little hurt. The neighborhood trick or treaters had ignored me! And as is the instinctive reaction for many of us, my first thoughts went to racism. It was because I was brown, I decided. These racist white folks didn't want to take their kids to an Indian guy's house. How shallow they are. And how bad I have it! I spent several hours indulging myself in the victim routine when everything that does not fit your expectations is due to racism. I became the Indian version of Jerry's Uncle Leo!



In 1994, the Japanese American National Museum received a donation of several dozen 35mm film canisters and their contents from World War II veteran Susumu "Sus" Ito. While serving in the all-Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team's 552nd Field Artillery Battalion, Ito took thousands of photographs and carried them nearly five thousand miles across Italy, France, and Germany during his wartime service.

In part, Ito took these photos to send to his mother, who was incarcerated at the Rohwer War Relocation Center. The snapshots depict a previously unseen and close-up view of the Nisei soldiers and their everyday experiences. Through the lens of Ito's camera, these young men are just that–young men, away from home and family, serving their country in a time of war. While some of the images capture the soldiers' heroism, most of the photographs show the smaller, human moments of daily life.

Unseen for over seventy years, Sus Ito's thousands of photographs provide a rare window into one person's extraordinary experience of everyday life as a soldier during World War II.

Ito's collection captures the iconic moments often associated with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team–from the rescue of the Lost Battalion to the liberation of two Dachau subcamps.

But these intense moments of war are punctuated by long periods of boredom and waiting. From Ito reading a Superman comic to soldiers stomping on grapes to make wine, the photos notably depict the more routine activities of wartime life. Ito purposefully captured and sent these snapshots to his mother as a way [to] reassure her of his safety.

Today, the collection of photographs stands as a unique record of an important period in American history.

This exhibit was organized by the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, and is sponsored by the Harvard Medical School Office of Human Resources, the New England Japanese American Citizens League, Dr. James Adelstein, Atsuko Fish, and May & Tetsuo Takayanagi.

The original exhibit also contained artifacts and videos which due to space and equipment limitations are not included in the Transit Gallery's exhibit. Later this year the exhibit will travel to the Fullerton Arboretum in Fullerton, CA from September 11th to December 1st. If you are interested in booking the exhibit, please contact the Japanese American National Museum.


Hours
Open through Monday, June 26, 2017
Regular Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am - 5pm
Special hours: Saturday, June 3, 2017, 1pm - 5pm
Note: If you are not a member of the Harvard Medical School community, please contact Tania Rodriguez in advance to ensure access to Gordon Hall. 

Location
Transit Gallery at Gordon Hall, Harvard Medical School
25 Shattuck St., Boston, MA 02115

Admission
Free and open to the public.

Directions & Parking
Getting to Gordon Hall is a bit of a challenge. Taking the Green Line is your best option. The closest T stop is Brigham Circle on the E Line. You can access Shattuck St. by walking through the courtyard behind the Countway Library of Medicine (the entrance to the courtyard is between the Countway Library and Harvard School of Public Health).

There is some 2 hour metered parking along Huntington Ave. but not a lot. Most of the nearby parking garages are attached to hospitals and I'm not sure if they are open to the public. The closest garage that I believe is open to the public is the Longwood Galleria Garage at 350 Longwood Ave. See rates here.



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          Robert J. Maeda, 1932-2016   



6/16/16 Update: Robert Maeda's memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 3pm at Brandeis University in Rapaporte Treasure Hall in the Goldfarb Library, 415 South Street, Waltham, MA 02453. The service is open to the public.



I learned a couple of weeks ago that one of our local Japanese American community leaders passed away last month. Robert J. Maeda was Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at Brandeis University where he taught for 33 years before retiring in 2000. He was the first Asian American hired by Brandeis to teach Asian Art. The Brandeis Fine Arts Department described him as "an inspiring teacher for generations of Brandeis students, a cherished colleague and friend, and a warm, re-assuring presence to all who knew him." Robert was also former president and long-time member of the board of the New England Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League.

I never met Robert, but I did meet his daughter, theatre artist Kimi Maeda, when she performed a very moving play about her father's life and his struggle with dementia at Brandeis last year. Kimi is about to start a Northeastern tour of that show and will be performing Bend in Boston from Friday, February 19th to Saturday, February 27th. I encourage people to attend and support Kimi in her journey to keep her father's memory alive. The following essay was published in the New England JACL's mid-February newsletter.

A special message from Kimi Maeda

Robert Maeda’s daughter, Kimi, is undertaking a Northeastern tour of Bend, her one-woman stage production created to honor her father’s experiences during World War II. She sent us this message.

For the past few years my father has been slowly fading away. The illness that began as a wrong turn on a familiar drive home eventually reduced him to the shallow breathing that kept us on edge by his bedside. When he died, he left an emptiness in his wake.

People ask me if it is difficult to be doing a performance about his life so soon after his death. In some ways I think it is actually comforting. I created this show during his illness as a way to cope with everything that I was feeling. Rehearsing in preparation for the tour has been similarly therapeutic. I come into the studio every day and draw my dad over and over again while I listen to recordings of his voice. I am memorizing the shape of his face and the wrinkles on his brow. He feels very present, and that is filling the emptiness.

Bend is about forgetting, but it is also about memory. The New England Chapter of the JACL and I originally intended this Day of Remembrance Tour to commemorate Roosevelt signing Executive Order 9066 which led to the incarceration of Japanese American families on the West Coast after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Now I think it is actually a fitting memorial for my father, as well.

A friend of mine whose father died recently wrote that “After the initial flurry of burial, obituary, and funeral arrangements passed, I began to think more about my dad from when he was healthy. The years of sickness have faded more, and the memories of my dad through all the years of my childhood and beyond have become stronger. It was like when my dad passed, the years of illness did too, and I was left with the times of what really mattered.” In Bend I express my fear that my father’s memory will be forgotten. However, this tour is not only allowing me to keep his memory present, it is also giving me the opportunity to share his story with so many people.

The following tribute to Robert was included in the New England JACL's mid-February newsletter.
New England JACL has lost a wonderful friend, Robert Maeda. Robert passed away on Saturday, January 30, at the age of 83. He served as our JACL president in the 1980s and was active in the Japanese American community’s successful efforts to fight for reparations for families incarcerated in American’s concentration camps during World War II. He was a long-time member of our chapter’s Board and was always available to us as a speaker on any subject we required, especially on the arts. Robert was a professor of Asian Art at Brandeis University until his retirement in 2000. During his career he was a prolific scholar and his research centered around paintings from the Sung Dynasty as well as the Japanese American artist, Isamu Noguchi. Robert is survived by his wife Nobuko of Concord, MA; his daughter Kimi of Columbia, SC; and his sister Edith of Skokie, IL. A memorial service will be held later this year. For the Concord Journal obituary, go to: [Legacy.com].

Robert's official obituary, which was published in The Concord Journal, can also be seen at Legacy.com.
Robert J. Maeda passed away on Saturday, January 30 at age 83. Robert was the Robert B. and Beatrice C. Mayer Professor of Fine Arts, Emeritus at Brandeis University and was a longtime resident of Concord, MA. He is survived by his wife Nobuko, of Concord, MA, his daughter Kimi, of Columbia, SC and his sister, Edith, of Skokie, IL.

Robert was born in El Centro, CA in 1932, the seventh child of Junichi and Tetsue Maeda. In 1942, the family was sent to the Colorado River Relocation Center in Poston, AZ as one of the thousands of Japanese American families forced into incarceration during WWII. From Poston, Robert moved with his family to Chicago, IL, where he eventually graduated from Lane Tech High School in 1950. He received a B.A. in Western Art History from the University of Illinois in 1953. Beginning in 1954, he served a total of eight years in the US Army and Army Reserves achieving the rank of Specialist, 4th Class. In 1960, he received an M.A. in Asian Art History from the University of Michigan and in 1969 completed his PhD at Harvard University in Asian Art History.

In 1967, Robert was hired as the first Asian American professor to teach Asian Art at Brandeis University. He spent his entire teaching career at Brandeis, retiring in 2000. Throughout his career, Robert was the recipient of many fellowships and awards, including a Fulbright fellowship in 1964 that took him to Japan. In 1973 Robert was a member of the Chinese Archaeology Delegation, the first group of art historians from the US to visit China. A prolific scholar, Robert’s research centered around paintings from the Sung Dynasty as well as the Japanese American artist Isamu Noguchi. Among his best known works are Two Sung Texts on Chinese Painting and the Landscape Styles of the 11th and 12th Centuries, published by Garland Press and “The ‘Water” Theme in Chinese Painting,” published in Artibus Asiae, in 1971.

In addition to his scholarly work, Robert was a leader in the Japanese American community in Massachusetts, serving on the board of the New England Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and the Nisei Student Relocation Commemorative Fund. As president of the board of the regional JACL in the 1980s, Robert was active in the organization’s successful fight for reparations for families incarcerated in relocation centers during WWII.

Following his retirement, Robert continued to serve his community by teaching art history classes at Concord Village University and volunteering at Emerson Hospital in Concord.

A memorial service for Robert will be held later this year. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Robert’s honor to the Japanese American Citizens League, New England Chapter, P.O. Box 592, Lincoln, MA 01773 or Brandeis University, www.brandeis.edu. 

The above are reprinted with permission of the New England JACL and Kimi Maeda. Messages for the family can be left at the Dee Funeral Home website.
          2016 3.11 Events in Boston   
If you're aware of a 3.11 event that I haven't listed, please post a comment with a link to the event or details if the info isn't on a public webpage. This page will be updated if I find out about more events.

This year is the fifth anniversary of the tsunami, earthquake, and nuclear disaster that happened in Japan on March 11, 2011. Although the world's attention has moved on to other disasters, some groups in Boston continue to be involved in supporting Japan through this crisis and educating the public. If you're interested in learning more, please consider attending one of these events. Events are listed in chronological order.

3.11 Japan Memorial Charity 2016: Remembrance of Earthquake and Tsunami


MIT Japanese Tea Ceremony will hold their annual remembrance and fundraising event at the Sanzashi-An Tea House on Showa Boston's campus. Each session is about 75 minutes, includes Japanese Tea Ceremony performance with Japanese confectionery and green tea. Children are welcome to join and babysitter available upon request.

This charity event is to commemorate the North-Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster that happened on March 11, 2011. We hope to support the survivors to improve their living conditions, rebuild the area, and for each of us to remember the tragedy.

The major part of the areas where struck by the earthquake and Tsunami started to recover and rebuild little by little, but is still suffering from the long-existing damages. Even with all the donations and funds collected by countless organizations, groups, and individuals from all over the world, they are still experiencing difficulty making improvements from the destructions. With a great help of our supporters, we hope to become a part to help Japan's retrieval of the losses from the affects.

We believe that we learned something important from this incident. Please do not forget what happened on March 11, 2011, and how the struggles have been made. Take this opportunity for memorials and to support.

"Peacefulness through a Bowl of Tea" is phrased by Sen Genshitsu, the Great Grandmaster of Urasenke Japanese Tea Ceremony. He has always been flying around the world to spread the Japanese Tea Ceremony along with peacefulness; to share one bowl of tea together with all. We, as a part of his family clan, attempt to succeed his expression in the United States as well.
As a extent of our effort, we try our best to support Japan to come together to successfully overcome the tragedy.

Date & Time
Sunday, February 21, 2016
10am/11:30am/1pm
Registration form must be received by Friday, February 19, 2016

Location
Showa Boston, Sanzashi-An Tea House 420 Pond St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Admission
Free admission, with suggested donation from $20
*Donations without participation in Ceremony or at the door is also appreciated

All Proceeds from this event with be donated to Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, Japan Society of New York to support reconstruction of the disaster.


3/11: Five Years After the Triple Disaster in Northeastern Japan


Panelists Richard Samuels (MIT, Political Science), Tatsujiro Suzuki (Former Vice Chairman of Japan Atomic Energy Commission of the Cabinet Office), Kenneth Oye (MIT, Political Science & ESD), Miho Mazereeuw (MIT, Architecture) and Akinobu Murakami (University of Tsukuba) will speak on the current state of Northeastern Japan five years after the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown. This panel is part of the Starr Forum.

Sponsored by the MIT-Japan Program and the MIT Center for International Studies.

Update 3/10/16: Video will be available on the CIS website in 5 days.

Date & Time
Thursday, March 10, 2016
5:30 - 7:30pm

Location
MIT
Stata Center, 32 Vassar St., 32-123, Cambridge, MA 02139


3/11 Five Years After: Recovery and Resilience


Five years have passed since the devastating events of March 11, 2011, when the triple disaster of a magnitude 9.0 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown in Fukushima hit northeastern Japan. Nearly 16,000 lives were lost, and around 2,500 remain missing. Indeed, beyond the physical damage, emotional grief, and the immediate humanitarian response to these, the Great East Japan Earthquake has had an immeasurable impact on the country’s security relations, business and economic environment, energy policy, and domestic politics and institutions.

How has this disaster changed Japan's political and economic spheres? What policy-making lessons has Japan learned, and what lessons can other countries learn from it? Within five years, has Japan returned to how it was before 3/11, or has it even improved?

The Japan Club at The Fletcher School invites you to an interdisciplinary panel to assess reconstruction, recovery, and resilience since 3/11. The panel will examine closely developments in the U.S.-Japan security alliance, sustainable economic growth, challenges in energy policy, and reactions of domestic politics and institutions.

Opening Remarks: Fumi Tataki (MIB 2016)
Moderator: Prof. Shinsuke Tanaka (Fletcher School)
Panelists: Prof. Keiko Hirao (Harvard University/Sophia University) and Yoshikazu Watanabe (Eastern Army Commanding General, Ret., Japan Ground Self Defense Force)


Date & Time
Friday, March 11, 2016
12:30 - 2:00pm

Location
The Fletcher School at Tufts University
160 Packard Ave., Cabot 206, Medford, MA 02155


Panel: Five Years Later: Research and Fieldwork Borne from the March 2011 Disasters in Japan


Coastal Fisheries and Industrial Development in Fukushima
Satsuki Takahashi, Toyota Visiting Professor, Center for Japanese Studies, Univ. of Michigan and Assistant Professor of Anthropology, George Mason University

Network Crisis Archiving: From First Response to Remembrance
Kyle Parry, Postdoctoral Fellow, Visual and Cultural Studies and Digital Humanities Center, University of Rochester

Community Reconstruction in the Tohoku Region
Andrew Littlejohn, PhD candidate in Social Anthropology, Harvard University

Moderator: Theodore C. Bestor, Reischauer Institute Professor of Social Anthropology and Director, Reischauer Institute, Harvard University

This panel is part of the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies Forum and the Weatherhead Center Program on U.S.-Japan Relations Special Series on Post-Disaster Japan.

Date & Time
Friday, March 11, 2016
4:00 - 5:45pm

Location
Harvard University
Belfer Case Study Room S020, Japan Friends of Harvard Concourse, CGIS South Bldg., 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Harvard has been doing a great job of hosting talks year-round about the problems Japan is still facing after 3.11 as part of their Reischauer Institute Japan Forum and Weatherhead Center Program on U.S.-Japan Relations Special Series on Post-Disaster Japan. There are other talks scheduled from February to April. Talks are open to the public, though inconveniently scheduled for people with 9-5 jobs. Some past talks are archived on the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations Vimeo page.

"Natural and Unnatural Disasters: 3/11, Asbestos, and the Unmaking of Japan's Modern World," the talk given by Brett L. Walker on January 29th will be given again at MIT on Friday, February 19th. The talk was very interesting and Professor Walker also talked a little about his research on 9/11 as an environmental disaster.


Trees Make Happiness


This will be the fourth year that Boston Children's Museum welcomes students from Tohoku University of Art and Design to mark the anniversary of 3.11. For the second year the students will have an art and friendship exhibit. The public is invited to attend the exhibit opening. Children can meet the artists from Japan and engage in a hands-on activity. See photos from last year (here and here) when they had fun making monsters. The exhibit is brought to the museum by artist Minatsu Ariga and her “ART THINKING” project team at the university.

Enjoy the special opening event of Art Exhibition in the Japanese House Gallery: Art as Ecology – Building the future by exploring the trees that make happiness grow!

Meet the artists from Tohoku, Japan.
This special art show and programs are brought to you by the members of the “ART THINKING” project team at Tohoku University of Art & Design in Japan. After the devastating earthquake and tsunami in their hometown in March 2011, they decided to use the special power of ART to make the world a better place and connect with many friends like you. Please stop by and say hi to the student artists from Tohoku, Japan and enjoy hands-on activities!


Date & Time
Friday, March 11, 2016
6:00 - 8:00pm

Saturday, March 12, 2016
12:00 - 3:00pm

Location
Boston Children's Museum, The Common and Japanese House Gallery 
308 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210

Admission
Please see the museum's website for admission details.
Please note that "Adults unaccompanied by children must leave proper photo identification at the Admissions Desk. Examples: State Driver’s License or Passport."


3.11 Memorial Event


Tewassa, a Cambridge-based volunteer group that produces "message quilts" for schools and organizations in the Tōhoku region, will be holding a memorial event.

"It has passed almost five years since Great East Japan Earthquake. However, it is still important to “never forget” about the incident. On the day, we will share information from Japan, introduce our activities, and an activity for those attending. We will also prepare free coffee and snacks, feel free to come and join us!"

Date & Time
Saturday, March 12, 2016
2:00 - 6:00pm

Location
GrayMist Studio & Shop
364 Huron Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

Public Transit & Parking
GrayMist is accessible by the 72 and 75 buses from Harvard Square. There is free on-street parking along Huron Ave. and neighboring streets.



Cranes on the Square 2015
Photo courtesy of Timothy Nagaoka

Cranes on the Square


This year is the fourth annual Cranes on the Square event organized by local Japanese language teacher Timothy Nagaoka with support from the Boston Parks & Recreation Department, the Japanese Consulate, and the Japan Society of Boston. Volunteers will teach people how to fold origami cranes which will form a temporary public art piece in Copley Square then be collected and delivered to people in the disaster area.

Date & Time
Sunday, March 13, 2016
11:30am - 4:30pm

Location
Copley Square, Boston, MA 02116


5th Anniversary Commemoration for Tohoku: ~ Tohoku, 5 Years After ~ :: 東北は今 :: 


Date & Time
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
6:00 - 8:30pm

6:00 - 6:15pm: Registration & Opening Remarks
6:15 - 6:30pm: Keynote Speech by Mayor of Ofunato Kimiaki Toda
6:30 - 8:00pm: Speakers Presentations & Performance by TOMODACHI Suntory scholars at Berklee College of Music

Speakers:
  •  Ken Buesseler, Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Andrew Gordon, Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History, Harvard University
8:00 - 8:30pm: Reception

Location
Christian Science Center, Reflection Hall
235 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115

Admission
Free - tickets must be reserved


The Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta at Symphony Hall ~ American Debut


The Japan Society of Boston is soliciting donors to help fund the Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta's Boston trip. Please see their website for details. You can also donate to the trip on Kickstarter. Rewards start at £10 ($14).

This performance is a collaboration between The Japan Society of Boston, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Keys of Change, the U.S.-Japan Council's TOMODACHI Fund for Exchanges, the Embassy of the United States in Tokyo, and the Consulate General of Japan in Boston.


Born out of the natural disasters that devastated northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011, the FYS has quickly developed into one of Japan's finest youth orchestras. Led by conductor Tetsuji Honna, and featuring soloists Panos Karan (piano) and Zach Tarpagos (flute), the FYS will perform a program including concertos by Mozart and Rachmaninoff, as well as orchestral works by Glinka and Barber. This concert is part of a unique cultural exchange program, supported by the governments of Japan and the United States, and by the Tomodachi Program's Fund for Exchanges of the U.S.-Japan Council, in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the disasters of 2011.
The Fukushima Youth Sinfonietta was created by students from four Fukushima high schools in the immediate aftermath of the earthquakes/tsunami/nuclear disasters of 2011. Determined to aid in the recovery of their devastated communities, the students found solace in music. They asked pianist Panos Karan and flute virtuoso Zach Tarpagos, two professional musicians visiting from Greece, to help them form an orchestra. Since 2011, Karan and Tarpagos have returned nearly twenty times to Fukushima to coach the orchestra and have invited other international musicians from Europe, the U.S., and India to join in working with the FYS. The orchestra has contributed significantly to the Japanese recovery, bringing confidence and hope to the devastated area, and it has been widely recognized as a leading symbol of communal cohesion during the period of rebuilding. In April 2014, the British charity Keys of Change invited the FYS to London for a highly successful performance at Queen Elizabeth Hall. In August 2015, the FYS made its Tokyo debut in a major concert at Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, in the presence of the Empress of Japan.

Date & Time
Sunday, April 3, 2016
8:00pm

Location
Boston Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

Admission
Tickets: $10, $25, $40 (+ fees) available on the BSO website
          Statement on Passing of Longtime AAI Friend and Ally Fred Rotondaro   

Fred_Rotondaro_2.4.56b69ab401cfaad619ad5fb1b7b8bf49.jpgFred Rotondaro, an Italian American leader, died on June 26th. He was, by every measure, a remarkable man. What many may not realize is that he was also responsible with providing Arab Americans political access at a time, in the 1970s and 1980s, when many in Washington refused to work with our community. Fred always led by example and took the time to teach Arab American leaders the nuts and bolts of ethnic politics. He gave our community a boost when others would not. He was there for the launch of AAI and continued to be a supporter of the Institute throughout the years.

His leadership, friendship and guidance will be sorely missed but never forgotten.

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Founded in 1985, the Arab American Institute (AAI) is a nonprofit organization committed to the civic and political empowerment of Americans of Arab descent.  AAI provides policy, research and public affairs services to support a broad range of community activities. For more information please visit aaiusa.org

 

Obituary for Alfred Rotondaro

Died on Monday, June 26, 2017 in Shady Side, MD due to a brain tumor. Born in Pittston, PA, on June 26, 1939 to the late Rose and Angelo Rotondaro, Fred was the beloved husband of Kathleen Mullan Rotondaro; devoted father of Vinnie (Audrey Neff) Rotondaro and Cara (Justin) McDonough; proud nonno of Nora, Gabriel and Adriana McDonough; loving brother of Mary Thomas and fond uncle to many nieces and nephews. After receiving his Master’s Degree at Creighton University, Fred was a professor at his alma mater, the University of Scranton, and earned a PhD in American Studies from New York University. Fred went on to serve as Executive Director of the Community Progress Council in York, PA where he met his wife. Moving to Washington, DC, Fred became the Communications Director of the National Center for Urban Ethnic Affairs. He then served as the Executive Director of the National Italian American Foundation for 22 years. Following his retirement, Fred was a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, the chair of Catholics In Alliance for the Common Good and the treasurer of the Italian American Democratic Leadership Council. He was a friend and mentor to many, and was fiercely devoted to his family, who were his pride and joy and greatest source of strength. Friends are invited to celebrate Fred's life on Thursday from 6 to 8 pm at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, June 30 at 12 noon at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 101 Owensville Rd., West River, MD. Condolences and tributes may be made by clicking here.


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          Review: Ethnos:: Ethnos is one for the collection   

by damcree

Executive Summary:
This game is really solid game. I didn't expect this game to grab me like it did but the simplicity of the game play along with the strategy and tension really create a great experience for the players. If you enjoy set collection, area majority, and variable powers, then you need to play this game.

Game play

Not going to go into depth on the game play since Rodney Smith has created a how to play video on this game, and others have actually done a great job explaining just how simple this game is to play. But to give you an idea, you are collecting cards so you can place a control markers in a region so at the end of an age, you will score victory points. Whoever has the most victory points at the end of three ages is the winner. While simple, there are some really solid decisions that must be made in this game.

Pros for me
There are twelve factions in this game and during setup, you will randomly draw six of those factions to play with. After requesting the assistance of a gentleman who is getting his PHD in Stats, he reminded me that there will be 924 possible combinations that you could play. Not sure about you, but that is plenty of replay options for me. Then again, you could find the combo that you like best and just stick to it.

This is an area majority versus an area control. Whenever I introduce a game that has a certain look to it, my friends always ask if this is Small World and they asked it with this game. It isn't that they dislike Small World, but it isn't a favorite for them. They are not big fans of the area control, so when this had no battles and it was just who had the most markers, they really liked that mechanic. Also, whoever has the most markers will score the points that are shown for that age. These points are determined randomly at the start of the game which brings us to another really nice aspect of the game.

At the end of each of the three ages, players will score the indicated points for that age. Because these points are placed randomly in the areas, then sorted in ascending order, can make certain areas on the board more valuable than others. This might not agree with everyone, but this element adds more decision on the sets you play and the strategy you implore as you play. Do you forgo control in this one area and let others fight it out or do you try to be the one to gain the points each round and sacrifice other areas. Very simple decisions, but they impact the sets that you are collecting.

As you know from the Watch It Played video, in order to place a marker in a location, you must exceed the current count of markers you have it that area. In other words, you have one marker there, you must play a set of two cards and so on. New players to the game will often find themselves just playing enough cards to place a marker and forgetting that at the end of an age, sets that you played are worth points. This element of scoring brings another enjoyable aspect to Ethnos.

Unlike other set collection games, Ethnos doesn't allow you to keep cards in your hand once you play a set, they must go back to the inventory where the other players will have access to them. That is right, they aren't discarded, they are now part of the inventory pool that people may pick from. There is some hard decisions to make here in how you build the sets because you want to deny the other players, but then it might not be the most strategic play for you. That balance makes this more than just a collect and play cards game. You really need to think about the sets your are building, especially with a hand size limit of 10.

Final pro is on the tension. The end of an age is marked when the third dragon is revealed from the draw deck which at the start of the game, the lower half was seeded with three copies. I mentioned that the players can draw from the inventory or the draw deck. When the inventory is gone, players must pick from the draw deck. As each dragon is revealed, the tension builds for players wonder if they will get their chance to play their last set. Players can also try and rush to the third dragon in hopes of scoring the areas before other players can gain control. This can easily come into play when certain races are being used in the game. Anyway you look at it, this is a great timing mechanism that adds the level of tension to a game that I enjoy.

Cons
Didn't really have any for this game. The artwork didn't jump off the board at you, but as long as it works, then it works for me. I will say that in a six player game, tokens were easily spilled, so more space in the areas would have been nice, but hey, you just added dexterity to the game mechanics.

Conclusion
As stated at the beginning, Ethnos is a game that I will keep in the collection and use along with other entry level games to teach new gamers the basic mechanisms of set collection, card powers, and area management.

          Fall Software Engineering Intern (2017) - Slack - San Francisco, CA   
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          Applying to PhD Programs   
It is that time of year when many of you are preparing to apply to doctoral programs in the sciences.  You may be asking yourself: Where do I apply? What strategies will I use to decide between programs? What are the best programs for me? Here are several suggestions to simplify the process provided by […]
          Dries Buytaert: Acquia's first decade: the founding story   

This week marked Acquia's 10th anniversary. In 2007, Jay Batson and I set out to build a software company based on open source and Drupal that we would come to call Acquia. In honor of our tenth anniversary this week, I wanted to share some of the milestones and lessons that have helped shape Acquia into the company it is today. I hope that my record of Acquia's history not only pays homage to our incredible colleagues, customers and partners that have made this journey worthwhile, but that it offers honest insight into the challenges and rewards of building a company from the ground up.

A Red Hat for Drupal

In 2007, I was attending the University of Ghent working on my PhD dissertation. At the same time, Drupal was gaining momentum; I will never forget when MTV called me seeking support for their new Drupal site. I remember being amazed that a brand like MTV, an institution I had grown up with, had selected Drupal for their website. I was determined to make Drupal successful and helped MTV free of charge.

It became clear that for Drupal to grow, it needed a company focused on helping large organizations like MTV be successful with the software. A "Red Hat for Drupal", as it were. I also noticed that other open source projects, such as Linux had benefitted from well-capitalized backers like Red Hat and IBM. While I knew I wanted to start such a company, I had not yet figured out how. I wanted to complete my PhD first before pursuing business. Due to the limited time and resources afforded to a graduate student, Drupal remained a hobby.

Little did I know that at the same time, over 3,000 miles away, Jay Batson was skimming through a WWII Navajo Code Talker Dictionary. Jay was stationed as an Entrepreneur in Residence at North Bridge Venture Partners, a venture capital firm based in Boston. Passionate about open source, Jay realized there was an opportunity to build a company that provided customers with the services necessary to scale and succeed with open source software. We were fortunate that Michael Skok, a Venture Partner at North Bridge and Jay's sponsor, was working closely with Jay to evaluate hundreds of open source software projects. In the end, Jay narrowed his efforts to Drupal and Apache Solr.

If you're curious as to how the Navajo Code Talker Dictionary fits into all of this, it's how Jay stumbled upon the name Acquia. Roughly translating as "to spot or locate", Acquia was the closest concept in the dictionary that reinforced the ideals of information and content that are intrinsic to Drupal (it also didn't hurt that the letter A would rank first in alphabetical listings). Finally, the similarity to the world "Aqua" paid homage to the Drupal Drop; this would eventually provide direction for Acquia's logo.

Breakfast in Sunnyvale

In March of 2007, I flew from Belgium to California to attend Yahoo's Open Source CMS Summit, where I also helped host DrupalCon Sunnyvale. It was at DrupalCon Sunnyvale where Jay first introduced himself to me. He explained that he was interested in building a company that could provide enterprise organizations supplementary services and support for a number of open source projects, including Drupal and Apache Solr. Initially, I was hesitant to meet with Jay. I was focused on getting Drupal 5 released, and I wasn't ready to start a company until I finished my PhD. Eventually I agreed to breakfast.

Over a baguette and jelly, I discovered that there was overlap between Jay's ideas and my desire to start a "RedHat for Drupal". While I wasn't convinced that it made sense to bring Apache Solr into the equation, I liked that Jay believed in open source and that he recognized that open source projects were more likely to make a big impact when they were supported by companies that had strong commercial backing.

We spent the next few months talking about a vision for the business, eliminated Apache Solr from the plan, talked about how we could elevate the Drupal community, and how we would make money. In many ways, finding a business partner is like dating. You have to get to know each other, build trust, and see if there is a match; it's a process that doesn't happen overnight.

On June 25th, 2007, Jay filed the paperwork to incorporate Acquia and officially register the company name. We had no prospective customers, no employees, and no formal product to sell. In the summer of 2007, we received a convertible note from North Bridge. This initial seed investment gave us the capital to create a business plan, travel to pitch to other investors, and hire our first employees. Since meeting Jay in Sunnyvale, I had gotten to know Michael Skok who also became an influential mentor for me.

Wired interview
Jay and me on one of our early fundraising trips to San Francisco.

Throughout this period, I remained hesitant about committing to Acquia as I was devoted to completing my PhD. Eventually, Jay and Michael convinced me to get on board while finishing my PhD, rather than doing things sequentially.

Acquia, my Drupal startup

Soon thereafter, Acquia received a Series A term sheet from North Bridge, with Michael Skok leading the investment. We also selected Sigma Partners and Tim O'Reilly's OATV from all of the interested funds as co-investors with North Bridge; Tim had become both a friend and an advisor to me.

In many ways we were an unusual startup. Acquia itself didn't have a product to sell when we received our Series A funding. We knew our product would likely be support for Drupal, and evolve into an Acquia-equivalent of the RedHat Network. However, neither of those things existed, and we were raising money purely on a PowerPoint deck. North Bridge, Sigma and OATV mostly invested in Jay and I, and the belief that Drupal could become a billion dollar company that would disrupt the web content management market. I'm incredibly thankful for Jay, North Bridge, Sigma and OATV for making a huge bet on me.

Receiving our Series A funding was an incredible vote of confidence in Drupal, but it was also a milestone with lots of mixed emotions. We had raised $7 million, which is not a trivial amount. While I was excited, it was also a big step into the unknown. I was convinced that Acquia would be good for Drupal and open source, but I also understood that this would have a transformative impact on my life. In the end, I felt comfortable making the jump because I found strong mentors to help translate my vision for Drupal into a business plan; Jay and Michael's tenure as entrepreneurs and business builders complimented my technical strength and enabled me to fine-tune my own business building skills.

In November 2017, we officially announced Acquia to the world. We weren't ready but a reporter had caught wind of our stealth startup, and forced us to unveil Acquia's existence to the Drupal community with only 24 hours notice. We scrambled and worked through the night on a blog post. Reactions were mixed, but generally very supportive. I shared in that first post my hopes that Acquia would accomplish two things: (i) form a company that supported me in providing leadership to the Drupal community and achieving my vision for Drupal and (ii) establish a company that would be to Drupal what Ubuntu or RedHat were to Linux.

Acquia com march
An early version of Acquia.com, with our original logo and tagline. March 2008.

The importance of enduring values

It was at an offsite in late 2007 where we determined our corporate values. I'm proud to say that we've held true to those values that were scribbled onto our whiteboard 10 years ago. The leading tenant of our mission was to build a company that would "empower everyone to rapidly assemble killer websites".

Acquia vision

In January 2008, we had six people on staff: Gábor Hojtsy (Principal Acquia engineer, Drupal 6 branch maintainer), Kieran Lal (Acquia product manager, key Drupal contributor), Barry Jaspan (Principal Acquia engineer, Drupal core developer) and Jeff Whatcott (Vice President of Marketing). Because I was still living in Belgium at the time, many of our meetings took place screen-to-screen:

Typical work day

Opening our doors for business

We spent a majority of the first year building our first products. Finally, in September of 2008, we officially opened our doors for business. We publicly announced commercial availability of the Acquia Drupal distribution and the Acquia Network. The Acquia Network would offer subscription-based access to commercial support for all of the modules in Acquia Drupal, our free distribution of Drupal. This first product launched closely mirrored the Red Hat business model by prioritizing enterprise support.

We quickly learned that in order to truly embrace Drupal, customers would need support for far more than just Acquia Drupal. In the first week of January 2009, we relaunched our support offering and announced that we would support all things related to Drupal 6, including all modules and themes available on drupal.org as well as custom code.

This was our first major turning point; supporting "everything Drupal" was a big shift at the time. Selling support for Acquia Drupal exclusively was not appealing to customers, however, we were unsure that we could financially sustain support for every Drupal module. As a startup, you have to be open to modifying and revising your plans, and to failing fast. It was a scary transition, but we knew it was the right thing to do.

Building a new business model for open source

Exiting 2008, we had launched Acquia Drupal, the Acquia Network, and had committed to supporting all things Drupal. While we had generated a respectable pipeline for Acquia Network subscriptions, we were not addressing Drupal's biggest adoption challenges; usability and scalability.

In October of 2008, our team gathered for a strategic offsite. Tom Erickson, who was on our board of directors, facilitated the offsite. Red Hat's operational model, which primarily offered support, had laid the foundation for how companies could monetize open source, but were convinced that the emergence of the cloud gave us a bigger opportunity and helped us address Drupal's adoption challenges. Coming out of that seminal offsite we formalized the ambitious decision to build Drupal Gardens and Acquia Hosting. Here's why these two products were so important:

Solving for scalability: In 2008, scaling Drupal was a challenge for many organizations. Drupal scaled well, but the infrastructure companies required to make Drupal scale well was expensive and hard to find. We determined that the best way to help enterprise companies scale was by shifting the paradigm for web hosting from traditional rack models to the then emerging promise of the "cloud".

Solving for usability: In 2008, CMSs like Wordpress and Ning made it really easy for people to start blogging or to set up a social network. At the time, Drupal didn't encourage this same level of adoption for non-technical audiences. Drupal Gardens was created to offer an easy on-ramp for people to experience the power of Drupal, without worrying about installation, hosting, and upgrading. It was one of the first times we developed an operational model that would offer "Drupal-as-a-service".

Acquia roadmap

Fast forward to today, and Acquia Hosting evolved into Acquia Cloud. Drupal Gardens evolved into Acquia Cloud Site Factory. In 2008, this product roadmap to move Drupal into the cloud was a bold move. Today, the Cloud is the starting point for any modern digital architecture. By adopting the Cloud into our product offering, I believe Acquia helped establish a new business model to commercialize open source. Today, I can't think of many open source companies that don't have a cloud offering.

Tom Erickson takes a chance on Acquia

Tom joined Acquia as an advisor and a member of our Board of Directors when Acquia was founded. Since the first time I met Tom, I always wanted him to be an integral part of Acquia. It took some convincing, but Tom eventually agreed to join us full time as our CEO in 2009. Jay Batson, Acquia's founding CEO, continued on as the Vice President at Acquia responsible for incubating new products and partnerships.

Moving from Europe to the United States

In 2010, after spending my entire life in Antwerp, I decided to move to Boston. The move would allow me to be closer to the team. A majority of the company was in Massachusetts, and at the pace we were growing, it was getting harder to help execute our vision all the way from Belgium. I was also hoping to cut down on travel time; in 2009 flew 100,000 miles in just one year (little did I know that come 2016, I'd be flying 250,00 miles!).

This is a challenge that many entrepreneurs face when they commit to starting their own company. Initially, I was only planning on staying on the East Coast for two years. Moving 3,500 miles away from your home town, most of your relatives, and many of your best friends is not an easy choice. However, it was important to increase our chances of success, and relocating to Boston felt essential. My experience of moving to the US had a big impact on my life.

Building the universal platform for the world's greatest digital experiences

Entering 2010, I remember feeling that Acquia was really 3 startups in one; our support business (Acquia Network, which was very similar to Red Hat's business model), our managed cloud hosting business (Acquia Hosting) and Drupal Gardens (a WordPress.com based on Drupal). Welcoming Tom as our CEO would allow us to best execute on this offering, and moving to Boston enabled me to partner with Tom directly. It was during this transformational time that I think we truly transitioned out of our "founding period" and began to emulate the company I know today.

The decisions we made early in the company's life, have proven to be correct. The world has embraced open source and cloud without reservation, and our long-term commitment to this disruptive combination has put us at the right place at the right time. Acquia has grown into a company with over 800 employees around the world; in total, we have 14 offices around the globe, including our headquarters in Boston. We also support an incredible roster of customers, including 16 of the Fortune 100 companies. Our work continues to be endorsed by industry analysts, as we have emerged as a true leader in our market. Over the past ten years I've had the privilege of watching Acquia grow from a small startup to a company that has crossed the chasm.

With a decade behind us, and many lessons learned, we are on the cusp of yet another big shift that is as important as the decision we made to launch Acquia Field and Gardens in 2008. In 2016, I led the project to update Acquia's mission to "build the universal platform for the world's greatest digital experiences". This means expanding our focus, and becoming the leader in building digital customer experiences. Just like I openly shared our roadmap and strategy in 2009, I plan to share our next 10 year plan in the near future. It's time for Acquia to lay down the ambitious foundation that will enable us to be at the forefront of innovation and digital experience in 2027.

A big thank you

Of course, none of these results and milestones would be possible without the hard work of the Acquia team, our customers, partners, the Drupal community, and our many friends. Thank you for all your hard work. After 10 years, I continue to love the work I do at Acquia each day — and that is because of you.


          TDOT projects in budget   
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          The Pinay First Lady of East Timor   

She was called Jackie S. in the Inquirer report, which made me chuckle for the name clearly refers to Jackie O., as in Jacqueline Onassis, who, as Jackie Kennedy was one of the most glamorous First Ladies in United States history.

Of course, in the eyes of most politicians and other members of the Philippine elite, there was nothing glamorous about what Jacqueline Siapno did. What on earth was Siapno, the first lady of neighboring East Timor, thinking taking a public bus and then a tricycle from Manila to Pangasinan?

The Inquirer was right to contrast Siapno with the rich and powerful in the Philippines for whom political power means extensive protocol and traveling with an army of servants and assistants. But the attention Jackie Siapno attracted for her low-key homecoming should also extend to her own standing as one of the most accomplished Filipina intellectuals in the world, and an expert on a part of the world that Filipinos and the Philippines should really be paying more attention to.

I got to know her in the early 1990s when we were students at University of California Berkeley, where she eventually got a PhD in Political Science and we both got involved in a conference on the Philippines. She had moved to the US as a teenager and eventually pursued a career in academe, earning degrees from prestigious Wellesley College and the University of London before going to Berkeley. She speaks, writes, or reads eight languages: Pangasinan, Tagalog, English, Indonesian, Portuguese, and Acehnese.

And she has written a book on Aceh, “Gender, Islam, Nationalism, and the State in Aceh: The Paradox of Power, Co-optation and Resistance.”

These credentials may make Jackie sound like a highly-intelligent but boring egghead. But Jackie Siapno is anything but boring. The attention she attracted with the unusual bus rise to Pangasinan proves that. And one thing I’ll always remember from our days in Berkeley was her passion whenever she tackled a subject she felt strongly about, whether it’s the plight of the Timorese people, Indonesian culture, Philippine politics, or women’s issues.

During the Berkeley conference, she told the Malay folk tale of Putri Babi, the Pig Princess, who married a rajah who fell madly in love with her despite her being different. But the rajah wanted to change Putri Babi so he burned her skin and called a healer to turn her into his ideal wife. “In burning her skin,” Jackie relates, “she is transformed into a princess, identified with the aristocratic ruling class and hence no longer able to represent the Bangsa which she was supposedly to continue. In becoming identified with the aristocratic class, the representation of their own Bangsa is foreclosed.”

She continued, “The rajah saw an imperfection in her body, a sign that marks her difference and he wants to burn it to make her body more normal and to make it conform. The treatment of Putri Babi is symbolic control, symbolic of male control of a female body which he does not understand, so he kills her.”

I remembered her telling this story when I heard about the stir Jackie caused in taking a bus from the airport to Pangasinan. She’s had an unusual journey—from young Pinay from Pangasinan to US immigrant to academic to activist to Indonesia expert to first lady of East Timor. But while we haven’t talked in years, I have a strong feeling that her own transformations did not involve any skin burning. I suspect Jackie took on, absorbed, and incorporated the knowledge and cultures of the places where she has traveled and lived, and eventually built on all these without having to shed her past as a Filipino woman from Pangasinan.

Before telling the story of Pig Princess, she explained that “Bangsa” in Malay could mean race, sex, class, or group, but is now commonly means as nation. Jackie pointed out how the story was originally told in a language similar to Maranao. “Any of you who speak Maranao or Tausug, Indonesian or Malay will probably understand it,” she told the audience.

I can’t help but think of how much someone with her background and passion can contribute at a time when the Philippines is still wrestling with unrest in the southern part of the archipelago involving Muslims who have suffered for generations under Christian rule from Manila.

We last communicated via email a few years ago and by then we were both parents. Jackie spoke fondly for her son Hadomi. Hadomi, Jackie explained to me, means “love” in the East Timorese language of Tetum.


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          Gait Retraining: 4 Red Flags to Look Out For In Your Running Form   

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          #DominionDay2017   
 Its is the 150th anniversary of the founding of our Great Dominion. I arrived in Canada in 1963 from Kerala India with my Mom Dr Rachel Eappen. My father came to Canada to complete his PhD in Physics.
 I am extraordinarily grateful to this wonderful land. My family and I have  prospered here. I have made many friends here and have enjoyed the beauty and generosity of the Canadian people. My loyalty to the Monarchy is part of my love for tithe Great Dominion. I was taught that The Sovereign is the living embodiment of Canada. I used to sing God Save the Queen daily in the first few years of  primary school.




 I remember the 100th anniversary of Confederation. I was 6 in 1967. I remember expo 1967 and the wonders of that great year.



 The celebrations this year seem a little muted. They shouldn't be. We are a great Dominion. WE are prosperous , welcoming  and have been a major force for good in the world.  I see more greatness coming , especially if he increase our ties with the Commonwealth starting with the senior Realms ( #Canzuk) and then the wider Commonwealth.




 I wish all of my fellow Canadians a wonderful Dominion day. We will prosper and succeed together. We are all brothers and sisters.




God Save the Queen, 
Our loved Dominion bless, 
With peace and happiness,
From shore to shore;
And let our Nation be Loyal, united, free
True to herself and Thee
God save the Queen.

          INTRODUCTION TO THE PRAXIS OF CHRISTIAN PSYCHOLOGY CONTINUES CHAPTER 3   
INTRODUCTION TO THE PRAXIS OF CHRISTIAN PSYCHOLOGY CONTINUES CHAPTER 3

Because my expertise was the praxis of psychology, the task became, how to introduce a Christian health-giving theoretical model into the curriculum without violating rules against proselytizing in the university. How I answered that dilemma, I will now share.

My intellectual mentor was Joseph Rhylak PhD of Loyola University. To me his textbooks on personality were always the best in the field. Rhylak had taught me that those doing praxis needed to be able to answer the following seven questions: 1) How to describe the essential structure of personality (Freud’s id, ego, and superego are examples.) 2) How to describe what moves that structure? (Motivation). 3) Does the personality change over time, and if so, in what way? (Growth and Development.) 4) How does one account for the variety of differences among individuals? 5) What does it mean to be ill, and how does illness happen? 6) How does the personality get cured? 7) What unique procedures does the theorist utilize to create cures?

Praxis was my work.

Having taught Rhylak’s approach all my academic life, I immediately saw that Pentecostal/Charismatic healers were doing psychological praxis. They were healing the sick while simultaneously theorizing as they went along. So, all I had to do was to apply Rychlak’s seven requirements to the writings of the prominent schools of healing in the Charismatic/Pentecostal movements and the personality theory of praxis would be evident.

Three of these Charismatic/Pentecostal movements that had most satisfactorily addressed at least most of these seven essentials, were the Word of Faith movement, the Inner Healing movement and Jessie Penn Lewis of the great Welch revival. In extracting the praxis from these movements and then publishing the results in scholarly journals, I could then introduce these models legitimately into my classes. That is what I did.

That I did an acceptable job of describing the systems can be seen in the following: Kenneth Hagin the leading proponent of the Word of Faith Movement, after reading my manuscript, wrote giving me permission to use his material and called my work “interesting.” The Sandford’s of the Inner Healing Movement, wrote me a personal note that my work was one of the best analyses of their writings to date. The present minister who carries on the work of Jessie Penn-Lewis invited me to come to Wales where I stayed in his home for several days. Topping it off, after showing my work to his classes, my mentor Joseph Rychlak, came from Chicago to speak at my university in North Carolina. The day was one of those Carolina blue autumn days and we strolled about the campus. To my surprised joy, our conversation was mostly about the Lord.




          I am Annelies Van de Ven and This is How I Work   
Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing Annelies Van de Ven in the "How I Work" series. Annelies started out her academic career studying classical archaeology at the University of St Andrews, but soon found her way into reception and museum studies. Though her MA is in Ancient History and Archaeology, and she is currently doing a degree within the archaeology department at the University of Melbourne, she considers herself a proud interdisciplinary researcher and is currently doing a video project that focuses on possible interdisciplinary futures within the Faculty of Arts at her institution.

Current Job: I am doing PhD full time as well as working as a university tutor, trench supervisor, research and curatorial assistant on a casual basis.
Current Location: Istanbul, trying to get permissions to go excavate our site.
Current mobile device: An iPhone 6 that was given to me as a combined birthday and graduation present.
Current computer: A slightly dented HP Laptop, the sticker on the keyboard tells me it is an intel CORE i5.

Can you briefly explain your current situation and research to us?

I am currently a full time international PhD student on a university funded scholarship at the University of Melbourne. I just passed the 3rd year review hurdle, so I am nearing the end. I am currently set to submit in mid-September, and at this moment in March, have about 90% of my thesis written. The main issue at the moment is cutting words, editing my spelling/grammar, and finessing my appendixes and bibliography, which is going rather slowly.

My research focuses on how museums can better present archaeological objects, for a more engaging visitor experience. I am looking specifically at the Cyrus Cylinder, analysing how people perceive it, and whether these perceptions have been addressed in its past and present display strategies.
I live with my partner who completed his PhD in bio-chemical engineering last year and is currently working as a researcher at the university while I finish my thesis.

What tools, apps and software are essential to your workflow?

Well, Dropbox, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and Powerpoint are pretty essential. I also have a fantastic app called Camera Scan, that means I can scan books in my office rather than having to spend hours hogging the printer.

When I am teaching LMS, and Turnitin are the main tools I use, I don’t print out student essays unless I have to, I think I use up enough paper already.

When I am in the field I use filemaker for databases, GIS or CartoDB for mapping, as well as Illustrator, Photoshop or Coreldraw for illustrations. There are a number of other individualised software packages for archaeologists that we use for our surveying, artefact processing and data analysis, but they are not in my field of expertise.

For communicating I mainly use g-mail, but lately as more and more academics create social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter, I find more of my communication is going through those channels.

What does your workspace setup look like?
I am lucky in that my department guarantees us international research students a space throughout our candidature. However, I have changed office five times over the past 3 and a half years. I started on a part-time desk in an open plan area called the ‘research corner’. This was a communal space where early degree history, philosophy, classics and archaeology postgraduates were placed. There were no computers provided, but most of us had laptops and the library was not far off. The next year I was moved to a corridor in the attic. There were only 8 of us in the office, all classicists or archaeologists, and we were all given computers. However, the space was possum infested, and though they couldn’t get into our office space, others on our corridor were not so lucky, and we all suffered from the smell. The year after that I was moved to a different office on the floor below, which seemed far too large and grand for 2 grad students, we even had our own bookshelves. I was only able to stay there for 1 semester before the entire department was moved to a new building, Arts West. Here I was given a desk in an open plan space on the top floor right across from the printer, as shown in the photograph below. The views were fantastic, and the height of the desk could be re-adjusted but the number of people coming in and out was not particularly conducive to work.



The latest move brought me to an office 2 floors below the open plan area, as shown in the photograph below. I now share this office with 2 other archaeologists, who are both wonderful to work with.



After moving so many times I have learned to keep less stuff in my office, however this means that my desk at home has become increasingly cluttered and I have started working at the dining table rather than sitting at my desk when at home, see below. I also regularly try to switch it up and go work at a colleague’s house, in a café, or in one of the communal reading rooms on campus.



What is your best advice for productive academic work?

Erm… don’t listen to other people’s advice? Find what works for you.
I have found over the years that the advice given by university staff and supervisors, doesn’t always match up with my personal experience. I don’t necessarily work better in silence, I do not write out full references while writing, I like working in a group setting, and I don’t work to a fixed schedule. These things work for me, but not for everyone. So try things out and see what works for you.

How do you keep an overview of projects and tasks?
I used to literally just have a piece of paper with a list of things I needed to do organised into rough themes. I loved crossing things off the list. However, I soon realised this was not the most efficient way of doing things, as I ended up having to re-write the list every few days, and ended up with about 5 different versions of it, so I now have a digital to do list that is organised based on deadline, priority and effort needed to complete them.

Besides phone and computer, do you use other technological tools in work and daily life?
I have a kindle, that I love. I moved around a lot as a kid, and the worst thing about moving was always that I had to throw out books. The kindle means I can take my books with me and it doesn’t take up all my luggage space. I still prefer physical copies, but the kindle gets a close second, especially as mine lets me annotate my books, making it useful for academic reading as well.

Which skill makes you stand out as an academic?
I tend to say yes, and I am good with deadlines. I have been told these are not necessarily common traits amongst academics. I have a lot on my plate, but I actually like it that way, it makes me feel like I am accomplishing things and contributing to a wider community of research, teaching and outreach. Sometimes this can be stressful, and I often get advised to only do projects that are directly related to my research or to some kind of monetary/position gain. However, I think that all these project enrich my research, they give me skills and contacts I would not have otherwise, and they give me more tangible outcomes than my long term thesis research, which helps motivate me to continue. They have also taught me the value of doing things to a strict deadline. If you are juggling a lot of projects, it is important to get the high priority ones out of the way fast, so you don’t end up eating into the time you are meant to spend on other things.

What do you listen to when you work?
It really depends on my mood and on what I am working on. While I am reading I tend to not listen to anything. While writing it can be anything from instrumental movie soundtracks, to rap or even country music. Lately I have been listening to a lot of Broadway musical soundtracks. Often I just need something to get me going and then to keep me motivated. I tend to get bored easily, so music actually makes me more likely to keep at it when I am not feeling particularly inspired.

What are you currently reading? How do you find time for reading?

I just finished an amazing book by Joseph Assaf called ‘In Someone Else’s Shoes’. It tells the story of a Lebanese Australian man who built a successful career around the advocating for the significance of cross-cultural empathy in the business world. It is a fantastic read.

The next book on my list is Ken Robinson’s ‘Creative Schools’. It has been described to me as a manifesto for engaged educational programs.

I find it very difficult to find time to read during a regular work week. It is not that I don’t have any spare time, but I tend to want to fill it with other things, after a full day of sitting in my office reading and typing. When I do make time for reading I often end up feeling guilty about reading non-thesis related things.

Are you more of an introvert or extrovert? How does this influence your working habits?
I am definitely more of an extrovert. I get very frustrated when alone with my own thoughts. I have less of an issue with having leisure time on my own, I can watch a movie, read, go for a run, but when I am doing work, I find being alone to be difficult. Research is already such an isolating experience, particularly at PhD level. In order to avoid daily meltdowns, I try to work with others, and allocate time to discussing my work in a group. The danger with this is that these discussion sessions can sometimes go on far longer than expected, but I’d prefer to lose a day of work to exchanging ideas with colleagues, than to lose one to a burn out.

What's your sleep routine like?
When I am alone at home, which happens for about 1 to 2 months a year nowadays, I tend to wake up around 10am and work until about 2 or 3am. I am definitely not a morning person and I find night times to be oddly productive, particularly for writing. Unfortunately, this schedule doesn’t really line up with normal university working hours, and my partner has a 9-5 university job, so when he is around I try to adapt to his schedule and sleep from about 11pm to 7am. It still feels slightly wrong to me, though I seem to be in the minority on this one.

What's your work routine like?
This varies so much depending on what projects I am working on and whether or not I am teaching. I tend to do administrative work in the morning, as I don’t feel I am at my full research capacity, and I always seem to have more than enough forms and emails to keep me busy for a few hours every day. Then around lunch (11 to about 3) is when most of my meetings, social or work related, happen, so there is a lot of flitting around across campus and the city. Once I get back to the office I then get into reading and writing, until around 5:30 when I take a short break to go for a run or walk followed by dinner. Then if I have nothing else planned for the evening I continue to do writing, reading, or if I am feeling really out of it referencing or editing until around 10. If I am working on an exhibition, or a class, I am much more focused, as there tends to be a tighter deadline involved, particularly when there is marking to do.

What's the best advice you ever received?
If you have something that you want to or need to do, don’t just leave it until tomorrow, tomorrow there will be new things to do, new opportunities and new hindrances.
          Introducing Mr. Brad Gibson   

Mr. Gibson will be new to Spanish Fork Junior High next year and will be teaching math and art. We asked Mr. Gibson to introduce himself and this is what he had to say:

"I was born in Salt Lake City and lived the majority of my life in Utah! I went to Timpview High School in Provo, Utah and spent a few years in Southern California where I graduated from Newport Harbor High School in Newport Beach, California. I received my Associate's Degree from Utah Valley University, my Bachelor's Degree from Utah State University, and my Master's Degree from the University of Phoenix. I am celebrating 25 blissful years of marriage with my wife, Amy, and we have 3 adorable children. The oldest is working on his PhD in Physics at Utah State University. The middle child is halfway through a Physics degree at Utah Valley University and just celebrated his first anniversary being married. Our youngest is at the Utah County Academy of Sciences and is working on an Associate's Degree in Math. I have been teaching 17 years and am excited about joining the team at Spanish Fork Junior High School! I love Art and Math and that is exactly what I get to do here. I will be teaching one 7th Grade Art Class and 5 sections of 7th Grade Math. My wife is finishing her Master's Degree in School Counseling and will be interning in the Counseling Office. Super excited about working with my wife! I love the outdoors ... swimming and enjoying the beauty of Utah! We visited Bear Lake this year and went out on a boat ... one of the highlights of this Summer with my family! I love to draw and have been teaching Summer drawing classes for the last three years for Nebo School District. The last book I read was "Visible Learning for Mathematics". I love the author, John Hattie, and his passion for improving education. I like to take my family to Discount Tuesday Movie Nights and we watch pretty much everything! My favorite game is PSYCH by Ellen Degeneres. You can play on your phone and its super fun! My best find this Summer was the restaurant by Bear Lake that is on a golf course and overlooks the lake. It was awesome to have family dinner there a few nights (Cooper's Restaurant). I believe strongly that every child can succeed. The student needs to believe in themselves and I will do everything in my power to support you!"


          Hear It from a Girl Scout: I Would Rather Be the Researcher Than the Enthusiast   
Since 2013, in collaboration with Arconic Foundation, Girl Scouts of the USA has awarded ten Girl Scouts the Chuck McLane Scholarship, which is available to Gold Award recipients who complete projects related to science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). Earlier this month, we announced that Ashley Martin of Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama was a recipient of the Chuck McLane Scholarship for 2017. She will attend the University of Georgia as a Bernard Ramsey Scholar majoring in genetics. Check out her story and what she has to say about her experience at Girl Scouts.

Tell us about your STEM-related Gold Award project and your experience at Girl Scouts.

My project is a curriculum that gives a mostly unbiased overview of genetic engineering and genetically modified foods and encourages people to develop their own opinions. The curriculum is a three-day unit study, including materials to cover the scientific, economic, social, and environmental impacts of GMO crops. It also provides an overview of basic genetics to facilitate understanding of more advanced material. The target audience is a high school–level biology class, advanced middle school students, and homeschoolers. Before making the materials available freely on the Internet, I conducted a small pilot class of 14 people and administered pre- and post-course quizzes to measure the program’s impact. The pilot class went well, with a 43 percent increase between an initial background quiz and the final quiz. This curriculum is available at www.BetterLesson.com and www.TeachersPayTeachers.com.

For me, this was a perfect capstone to an incredible experience in Girl Scouts. I started ten years ago, joining a Brownie troop in Pittsburgh before moving to my new home in Huntsville, Alabama. Girl Scouts has given me opportunities to volunteer and try things I would never be able to do on my own, like spending the night in a science museum. My favorite part was making signs and selling cookies every year. As I got older, I started taking on more of a leadership and mentor role, helping my little sister’s troop whenever I could. Being a Girl Scout taught me a lot about the type of person I want to be.


What advice would you give to other girls who are in the process of earning their Gold Award?

Don’t give up! I will confess that at various times my Gold Award project felt overwhelming or impossible. But rather than focus on the whole thing, I learned to break it up into smaller pieces, and then lay out a plan for completing each piece. After that, it was much easier to just focus on and follow the plan. I didn’t need to have a solution for everything at the same time; I just had to tackle the next step in front of me.


How do you take the lead?

The Girl Scouts, my Journeys, and the Gold Award have been great opportunities to take on a leadership role in the more traditional sense. While those were amazing experiences that taught me a lot about myself and the type of person I want to be, I also think leadership doesn’t just happen in those big moments. I also work hard to lead by example in my daily life, often in simple ways. I treat others with respect and compassion. I try to be a good listener, and a good friend, for everyone I know. When someone needs help, I’m the first to jump in and the last to leave. I think this type of leadership on a small scale is just as important as the more traditional examples.


Was there a particular event or moment in your childhood that sparked your interest in STEM?

Ever since I read about an experiment where scientists created cats that glow in the dark, I have been fascinated by biology research. I loved to learn about advancements in genetic engineering and how it has the potential to solve problems affecting both food and medicine. In ninth grade, I realized that I would rather be the researcher making these advancements than the enthusiast reading about them. Ever since then, it has been my goal to be a scientist.


What does the Chuck McLane Scholarship mean to you?

I was incredibly honored to learn I had won the scholarship. Before I applied, I looked over the online descriptions of the previous winners and was blown away by their passion for STEM and the scope of their Gold Award projects. To be considered an equal to these amazing and talented women is humbling. I only hope that I can inspire someone the way that they inspired me!


Where are you going to college, and what STEM studies are you interested in focusing on?

I will be attending the University of Georgia in the fall, majoring in genetics. I have already completed a lot of the freshman biology and chemistry courses through dual enrollment in high school, so I’m excited to jump right in to higher level biology and genetics classes. Ideally, I also want to start conducting research as a freshman, so that I can augment classroom learning with practical experience in a working laboratory setting. I hope to minor in computer science or bioinformatics, as genetics serves as an incredibly complex “big data” problem that will require novel computational analysis methodologies. This will give me the most solid foundation possible for future education and careers.

In the long term, I intend to earn my PhD in genetics and become a researcher in academia or private industry. I would love to work at a cutting-edge biotechnology start-up that uses genetic engineering to improve medicine, agriculture, or pharmaceuticals.


Do you have any female heroes in STEM?

I have always admired the work and life of Marie Curie. She did groundbreaking work in chemistry and physics related to radioactivity during an age when higher education for women was very rare. That work led to a Nobel Prize (twice!) and the discovery of two atomic elements. She then took that science and developed mobile X-ray units used to treat soldiers on the front in World War I. That, to me, is the ultimate goal for any scientist: to not only advance human understanding, but also have a positive impact on society.


What advice would you give to other girls who want to pursue STEM careers?


Just do it! I’m lucky to have had a lot of supportive people in my life who believed in me and taught me I could do anything I put my mind to. But even if you don’t have people in your corner, believe in yourself. I always struggled with math, but made it through college-level Calculus I and II in high school with a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. It was hard work, but incredibly rewarding once I realized I really could do it. Now I know the sky is the limit.


From 2013 through 2017, the Arconic Chuck McLane Scholarship Program has provided a $10,000 scholarship to two girls a year. Learn more about these young women and the other Arconic Chuck McLane Scholarship recipients.

          Congratulations to the 2017 Arconic Chuck McLane Scholarship Winners   
Girl Scouts of the USA is proud to announce that Ashley Martin from Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama and Nishita Sinha from Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey are the 2017 recipients of the Chuck McLane Scholarship, made possible by Arconic Foundation. This scholarship recognizes exceptional Girl Scouts who complete a Girl Scout Gold Award project related to science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) and who plan to pursue a STEM-related college degree and career. We’re thrilled to see Ashley and Nishita recognized as the forward-thinking leaders of tomorrow—which is what Girl Scouts is all about!





Through her Gold Award project, GMO Unit Study, Ashley created an unbiased curriculum to educate high school students about genetic engineering and genetically modified foods. Including scientific, economic, social, and environmental factors, the curriculum is designed to encourage students to develop their own opinions. Ashley will attend the University of Georgia in the fall and ultimately plans to pursue a PhD in genetics.






After visiting where her ancestors lived in northern India, Nishita was inspired to develop an effective and inexpensive sanitary improvement to composting toilets for her Gold Award project. Her enhancements, such as upgrading filtration capabilities and increasing filter lifespan,  will improve the health of people in the developing world who rely on composting toilets. Nishita will attend Harvard University in the fall to study physics and computer science.

Look for guest blog posts from Ashley and Nishita later this month. They’ll share more details about their projects, their experiences at Girl Scouts, and their lives as leaders in STEM.
  
From 2013 through 2017, Arconic Foundation’s Chuck McLane Scholarship Program has awarded two girls per year a $10,000 scholarship. Learn more about these amazing young women and the other Chuck McLane Scholarship recipients.



          Comment on The New Speculative Music, Part 1 by Listening for the Voice of Fire | Larkfall   
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          The future of array-oriented computing in Haskell — The Result!   

I recently posted a survey concerning The future of array-oriented computing in Haskell. Here is a summary of the responses.

It is not surprising that basically everybody (of the respondents — who surely suffer from grave selection bias) is interested in multicore CPUs, but I’m somewhat surprised to see about 2/3 to be interested in GPGPU. The most popular application areas are data analytics, machine learning, and scientific computing with optimisation problems and physical simulations following close up.

The most important algorithmic patterns are iterative numeric algorithms, matrix operations, and —the most popular— standard aggregate operations, such as maps, folds, and scans. (This result most surely suffers from selection bias!)

I am very happy to see that most people who tried Repa or Accelerate got at least some mileage out of them. The most requested backend feature for Repa are SIMD instructions (aka vector instructions) and the most requested feature for Accelerate is support for high-performance CPU execution. I did suspect that and we really like to provide that functionality, but it is quite a bit of work (so will take a little while). The other major request for Accelerate is OpenCL support — we really need some outside help to realise that, as it is a major undertaking.

As far as extending the expressiveness of Accelerate goes, there is strong demand for nested data parallelism and sparse data structures. This also requires quite a bit of work (and is conceptual very hard!), but the good news is that PLS has got a PhD student working on just that!

NB: In the multiple choice questions permitting multiple answers, the percentages given by the Google Docs summary is somewhat misleading.


          The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing Launches DNP/PhD Dual Degree   
Newswise imageThe Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) announces a new Doctor of Nursing Practice/Doctor of Philosophy (DNP/PhD) dual degree program that combines the competencies and practice opportunities of the DNP degree with the clinical research and scientific rigor of the PhD. The program is the first in the country where students can receive both degrees simultaneously from one school, and graduates will be prepared at the highest level to conduct clinical research, teach, mentor, and implement innovations to enhance patient outcomes.
          Cybersecurity Scholarships for UMBC students   

Applications sought for major UMBC cybersecurity scholarships

NSF CyberCorps: Scholarship For Service (SFS)

Scholarships for careers in cybersecurity. Earn full tuition, fees, stipends ($22,500 – $34,000), and more ($2000 books, up to $3000 health benefits, $4000 professional expenses).  For BS, MS, MPS, or PhD in CS, CE, IS, Cyber or related fields. USA citizenship or permanent residency required. Contact Dr. Alan Sherman, *protected email* who will send you an application.

In academic year 2017-2018, UMBC will support a total of about six additional SFS Scholars at the BS, MS, MPS, and PhD levels in CS and related fields. Each scholarship is potentially for up to the final two years (three years for PhD and combined BS/MS). Interested full-time degree students should contact *protected email* and visit the CISA scholarship page.

Each scholarship covers full tuition, fees, travel, books, and academic year stipend of $34,000 for MS/MPS/PhD, and $22,500 for BS. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents capable of obtaining a SECRET or TOP SECRET clearance. Each scholar must work for the federal, state, local, or tribal government (for pay) for one year for each year of award.

Awards made for 2017-2018 will be for one year only, with the potential of renewal if funding permits (we should know by August 31, 2017).  The number of awards to be made will be determined by available funds, since there are differences in costs depending on level and in-state status (we have approximately $352,000 to award in 2017-2018).

All applications must be submitted in paper form with official transcripts and signed original letters on letterhead—no staples, folders, or binders.

Application Deadline: 12noon, Friday, July 14, 2017.   If positions remain open after the deadline, we will continue to accept applications until classes start.

See https://www.sfs.opm.gov/  and http://www.cisa.umbc.edu for more details.

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          Vice President, Translational Medicine – Regulus Therapeutics Inc – San Diego, CA   

MD or MD/PhD (or equivalent) with 10+ years of biotechnology or pharmaceutical drug development experience. Regulus Therapeutics Inc....From Regulus Therapeutics Inc - Fri, 30 Jun 2017 20:30:49 GMT - View all San Diego, CA jobs

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          HansRey on "What are your regrets in life ?"   

1) declining a dutch, ballet-dancing, surfing goddess for an unreliable and bland english girl
2) declining a safe phd with rolls royce for a wildcard phd. I'm 2 years into the wildcard phd and i'm having doubts about whether it was the best choice
3) moving away from grandparents as they're getting old. It's shocking how quickly they have aged in the past 3 years
4) quitting saxophone, i used to be OK

#1 and #2 were big regrets at the time, but I'm happier now for doing so. Plus, I now appreciate what I now have and what may come as a result of those choices.
Regret #3 is still tough and i don't think that will change.


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Zimbabwean in China Finds Strength to Battle Stereotypes of the Continent
By Claudine Housen
Global Times
2017/6/29 23:20:14
 
Samantha Sibanda (right) presents Zimbabwean Ambassador to China Paul Chikawa with the 2017 Pride of Africa Asia Award for African Man of the Year. Photo: Courtesy of Samantha Sibanda

Zimbabwean Samantha Sibanda wants to alter perceptions of Africa in Asia by first inspiring the members of its diaspora.

For two days before the 2017 Pride of Africa Asia Awards in Beijing, Sibanda, its organizer, did not sleep. She was so committed to finalizing the finishing touches on the June 24 event that sleep became unimportant. But listening to her passionate welcome speech to the audience gathered that night, no one would have had any inkling of her fatigue.

"If I am saying to people to appreciate Africa, where does it start? You have to start with Africans; it has to start with us. We have to appreciate ourselves for the world to start to appreciate us," said Sibanda, 39, to rousing applause.

The event, and many others like it, which Sibanda hosts under the banner of her Appreciate Africa Network, is a labor of love fueled by a desire to change negative stereotypes of Africans.

"The reason we are appreciating Africa today is so many times when you walk around in Asia, people when they see us, they either think we are teachers, or they think we are drug dealers," Sibanda explained to the audience. "No one believes that we are capable of doing something good [other than being a teacher]. So, in this forum today, I just want to tell each and every one of you to try and showcase the talent that Africa has - the talent that people are not talking about."

The early years

The only girl among eight children born to Elizabeth and Benjamin Sibanda in Bulawayo, the second-largest city in Zimbabwe, Sibanda, a mother of two, started learning Chinese to communicate better with the Chinese staff at a restaurant she frequented back home.

Later, as one of the first set of students to take language classes at the Confucius Institute at the University of Zimbabwe, she was invited to participate in its first cultural exchange trip about a decade ago.

While touring Guangzhou with the program, Sibanda was exposed to the many business opportunities and decided to create a plus-size clothing brand for her boutique back home. Two years later, in 2009, she decided to settle in China and moved to Beijing to work as a teacher. But the difference in the way she was treated compared to her white colleagues left a bad taste in her mouth.

"At my first job here in China they offered me 5,000 yuan ($737) and the white teachers were getting 10 [thousand] and above," Sibanda said. "Teachers talk, and I felt bad."

The school would also deliberately leave her out of photo shoots for its marketing materials, and when summer came, they would make her prepare a curriculum and give it to a white teacher because she did not have the "right face" to teach summer camp students. Some parents would also object to a black woman teaching their kids.

It was hard, but Sibanda remained quiet. She channeled her hurt into earning a master's degree in psychology while working full-time as a teacher.

A fire is lit

After graduating, Sibanda still found it difficult to get a suitable job, so she applied for an MBA through North China University of Technology and the Esuene Business School in Spain. But the racism from her classmates and teachers was worse. This time the people with the prejudices were foreigners.

"I was the only African and only black student in that class. From day one, no one wanted to sit with me. No one wanted to work with me," said Sibanda. "We only had two Chinese in my class. It was that bad."

Initially silent, Sibanda focused on the fact that she was getting the same quality education as her classmates, until one day a Spanish teacher went too far, and she erupted.

The topic of the class was stereotypes. The teacher went around the room asking about stereotypes and had prepared videos of the different countries. But when it came to Sibanda's country, instead of images of Zimbabwe, the teacher used images of the Maasai people in Kenya to represent all of Africa.

"She said 'imagine if you take this African man and put him in a car. He is more likely to die of a heart attack than if you put him in a den of lions,'" Sibanda recalled.

"I completely lost it. I won't lie. I walked out of the classroom and stayed away from school for a week."

It was like the entire world saw Africa as a dumping ground, Sibanda said, and it angered and disturbed her.

"That was when I decided that I would teach them. During an MBA, you have to register a company, so I registered the Appreciate Africa Network. I launched it on June 29, 2013. The reason I launched it was because of the stereotypes that people have of Africa."

Challenges

Four years later, Sibanda still has that fire in her belly. Since then, she has staged an Africa Night Speech Contest in which students tell the audience and judges about their country, a Miss Plus Size event to address body shaming, and a Discover Africa Academy in addition to the Pride of Africa Asia Awards on a near annual basis.

She holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Zimbabwe, a master's and a PhD in educational psychology from the University of East London, an MBA from the Esuene Business School in Spain, and a post graduate diploma in education from the University of Nottingham in the UK. But even with all this, she still faces many obstacles in bringing her projects to fruition, even from her fellow Africans.

She said getting support from members of the African community is often a challenge as some of them have disassociated themselves from the continent in order to get a better social footing. Some have even lied and said they are American or Caribbean to get jobs, she said.

"I blame the media. The only thing that they report on is disease and poverty. But Africa is 56 countries, and in the 56, there is a small area where people live in poverty. There are houses, infrastructure, wealth and minerals, but people don't want to talk about that," she said.

"It is important to clear up these stereotypes and misconceptions because it is not true. Also, the more people think lowly of Africa, the more they will never appreciate us because to them we are like slaves. They don't feel we deserve. Like I was saying about pay, to them it's like you are an African, [so whatever they give you] is enough because back home you have nothing."

During the event, Sibanda handed out 38 Pride of Africa Asia Awards to African students and embassies as well as non-Africans who are debunking stereotypes of the continent. More than a quarter of the audience was Chinese.

When asked what keeps her going, Sibanda said her kids and her love for her country suffice.

She said living in a foreign country has opened her eyes to some of the negative stereotypes of Africa and has forced her to dig deep to change the narrative.

"China made me love my country, maybe even more than I would have back home," she said. "China has given me that strength to stand up and be brave and tell people where I come from."

          Exciting times, folks … exciting times!   
Holy heck … what a busy time it’s been! In April, I attended my formal graduation ceremony at the University of New England, where I was one of only ten PhD graduates who got to wear a flowing red gown and black beret. We certainly stood out in the crowd, and it all felt very […]
          Junior Research Fellow, and PhD - Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad - Hyderabad, Telangana   
Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering. Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad....
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           Heterocyclic compounds for the treatment of cancer: a mechanistic rationale    
Chuckowree, Irina S. (2010) Heterocyclic compounds for the treatment of cancer: a mechanistic rationale. PhD thesis, University of Greenwich.
          Vehicle Simulation Engineer munkakörbe keresünk munkatársat. | Feladatok: Investigation of vehi...   
Vehicle Simulation Engineer munkakörbe keresünk munkatársat. | Feladatok: Investigation of vehicle and powertrain concepts and vehicle controls by mean of simulation • Simulation of linked mechatronic, electric and thermal systems in a vehicle • Evaluation, layout and optimization of new powertrain concepts • Continuous improvement of required analysis tools and methods • Analysis of the the simulation results and offer recommendations for the product development team • Development of simulation models and templates • Technical collaboration with different technical units as member of an international team • Creating documentation and present the results for multidisciplinary teams. | Mit ajánlunk: Flexible worktime options, benefits and services, childcare offers, medical services, employee discounts, various sports and health opportunities, on-site parking, catering facilities, access to local public transport, room for creativity, urban infrastructures | Elvárások: MSc or PhD in Mechanical Engineering or Physics or comparable • German and/or English language knowledge • Ability to work within a technical team effectively and represent the simulation field in the product team • Experience with powertrain solutions, control technology and thermodynamics • Prior experience with simulation related tasks/projects is an asset • Systematical and logical thinking | További infó és jelentkezés itt: www.profession.hu/allas/1033400
          Simulation Teamleader munkakörbe keresünk munkatársat. | Feladatok: Technical lead of a simulat...   
Simulation Teamleader munkakörbe keresünk munkatársat. | Feladatok: Technical lead of a simulation and MEMS design team of 8-10 engineers • Definition and coordination of tasks, capacity planning, and cost estimations • Check and discussion of work results • Active participation in MEMS design and simulation work focusing on FEA of mechanical, thermal, electrical and fluid dynamics aspects in sensors and sensor packages • Promotion of information exchange within the team and beyond • Contribution to the strategic development of the team • Participation in job interviews and support in the selection of suitable associates • Participation in yearly goal and performance discussions at the discretion of the superior. | Mit ajánlunk: Flexible worktime options, benefits and services, childcare offers, medical services, employee discounts, various sports and health opportunities, on-site parking, catering facilities, access to local public transport, room for creativity, urban infrastructures | Elvárások: MSc or PhD degree or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Electric Engineering or a related MEMS-relevant field • Strong soft skills that enable you to successfully lead a team of professional simulation engineers. Previous leading experience is an advantage • Excellent general technical understanding of physical phenomena relevant for sensors and sensor packages e.g. solid mechanics, electrodynamics, material science • Strong problem solving skills. Systematic, analytic way of thinking • Cooperative, goal-oriented, accurate work style and high flexibility • Experience to work in international teams and/or companies • Strong presentation skills • Experience in one of the FEA system e.g. ANSYS and/or MEMS technology or development is desirable • Fluent knowledge of English and Hungarian OR German languages | További infó és jelentkezés itt: www.profession.hu/allas/1033409
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          6/30/2017: FRONT PAGE: Leg amputees sought for test   
LEG amputees are being sought for a university study to improve prosthetics. The project will use software that can check the distribution of force during everyday activity on prosthetics fitted under the knee. Giulia Zedda, a PhD student at Dundee...
          Post-Doctoral Scientist - George Washington University - Foggy Bottom, MD   
PhD in biomedical informatics, computer science, mathematics, engineering or a related field. Experience working in research setting, especially in biomedical...
From George Washington University - Tue, 13 Jun 2017 23:11:29 GMT - View all Foggy Bottom, MD jobs
          UNIPORT 2017/2018 [INRES] Postgraduate Admission Form On Sale   

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the following Post-Graduate Programmes of the Institute of Natural Resources, Environment and Sustainable Development into the University Of Port-Harcourt for the 2017/2018 academic session.

INTRODUCTION

The Institute of Natural Resources, Environment and Sustainable Development (INRES) is a multidisciplinary Centre of Excellence established in 2011 with a grant by the MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, USA. INRES also collaborates with Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa (DTCA) which provides support through the Nigerian Technical Cooperation Fund (NTCF) and African Development Bank (AfDB) for capacity building of African
Students.


Career opportunities exist for graduates of all the programmes in the environment and natural resources related Ministries, Agencies and Departments in the public and private sectors. INRES graduates are industry-ready and can also establish their own consultancy services in the relevant sector.

OBJECTIVE

The objective of the Graduate Degree Programmes is to produce competent Manpower with interdisciplinary/ multidisciplinary training in natural resources and environmental management.
The emphasis of the training programme is the development of research and analytical skills.


AVAILABLE PROGRAMMES

1. Post-Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Natural Resources and Environmental Management
2. Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Natural Resources and Environmental Management
3. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Natural Resources and Environmental Management


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Admission into the programme is open to first degree graduates in Science,Geography/Environmental Science, Engineering, Health Sciences and related disciplines who possess minimum of
Second Class Honours, Lower Division (with minimum CGPA of 3.00 on a 5-point
scale and 2.40 on a 4-point scale).

Candidates for the PhD Programme should have M.Sc Degree with minimum CGPA of 4.00 on a 5-point scale. The PGD candidates should possess Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) Degree with at least Third Class Honours. HND candidates with at least Upper Credit are also eligible to apply.


MODE OF STUDY AND DURATION OF PROGRAMME

The duration of the PGD and MSc Programmes for fulltime students is 12 calendar months. All programmes are modular and full time. In certain exceptional instances arrangement for Part-Time may be considered.

METHOD OF APPLICATION

Application Forms can be obtained from INRES Office (Delta Park, University of Port Harcourt) on submission of a bank draft of non-refundable application fee of twentyfive thousand naira for applicants within Nigeria and USD 200 for oversea applicants, payable to the Institute of
Natural Resources, Environment & Sustainable Development (INRES).
Payment can also be made directly into INRES Account (No 5280026885), Fidelity Bank Ltd, University of Port Harcourt, Choba, Rivers State.

Closing date for submission of completed Application Forms is 30th September, 2017.

Screening Test and Interview will hold on Tuesday, 24th October 2017.

For further inquiry, contact: 08036186282 or e-mail: director.inres@uniport.edu.ng


Mrs. Dorcas D. Otto
Registrar

          Mehdi Bagherzadeh: Honored by the 2017 EDAMABA   
Dr. Brunswicker’s former student, Mehdi Bagherzadeh is being recognized for his PhD thesis: “I am pleased and honoured that my PhD thesis has been distinguished in the Top 10 theses for the 2017 EDAMBA Thesis Competition. I would like to thank the EDAMBA for recognizing the importance of studying of open innovation governance dynamics at […]
          Assistant Professor - CNCB academy of Science and Technology - Cuttack, Orissa   
EQ: MSc in Physics, Geology, Botany with NET or MPhil. PhD preferred. Research interests is required with teaching and personal care to students. Candidates ₹2,40,000 a year
From Indeed - Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:48:48 GMT - View all Cuttack, Orissa jobs
          Professor/ Associate Professor - Indus International University - Una, Himachal Pradesh   
Required PhD in Civil Engineering Job Type: Full-time Required education: *...
From Indeed - Thu, 08 Jun 2017 05:18:33 GMT - View all Una, Himachal Pradesh jobs
          Assistant Professor - Indus International University - Una, Himachal Pradesh   
Required Qualified Faculty in Mathematics M.Phil and PhD candidates are preferred. Job Type: Full-time Required education: * Master
From Indeed - Mon, 22 May 2017 08:28:28 GMT - View all Una, Himachal Pradesh jobs
          Associate Professor in Engineering - Indus International University - Una, Himachal Pradesh   
PhD Preferred in Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering Job Type: Full-time Required education: *
From Indeed - Mon, 22 May 2017 08:27:20 GMT - View all Una, Himachal Pradesh jobs
          Associate Professors - BITS Pilani - India   
At least 6 years post PhD experience in teaching and/or research, of which at least 3 years at the level of an Assistant Professor, or equivalent....
From BITS Pilani - Sun, 16 Apr 2017 06:11:25 GMT - View all India jobs
          Professors - BITS Pilani - India   
At least 10 years post‐PhD experience in teaching and/or research, of which at least 4 years at the level of an Associate Professor, or equivalent....
From BITS Pilani - Sun, 16 Apr 2017 06:11:25 GMT - View all India jobs
          Assistant Professors - BITS Pilani - India   
Assistant Professors PhD in a relevant discipline from an institution of high repute (with 1st Div. or 60% at ME/MPhil/MPharm/ MBA/Pre Ph.D. qualification
From BITS Pilani - Sun, 16 Apr 2017 06:11:24 GMT - View all India jobs
          How Others Can Help When You’re First Starting Your Entrepreneurial Journey   
http://www.tropicalmba.com/how-others-can-help-when-youre-first-starting-out/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/how-others-can-help-when-youre-first-starting-out/ I was on the phone with a friend this week who aspires to get his PhD in the next few years. They are notoriously difficult to complete — with deadlines sometimes years away and distant advisors, it’s easy to procrastinate and feel isolated in the task. Despite the challenge, if you can push through the years of...
          Could You Replicate Your Education For Free – PhD or Podcast?   
http://www.tropicalmba.com/the-end-of-jobs/ http://www.tropicalmba.com/the-end-of-jobs/ It’s been well over a year since Taylor Pearson’s book, The End of Jobs, was published. I thought of it this morning as I was replying to an email from a student seeking career advice. The End of Jobs is not a guidebook, it’s more ‘a brief history of contemporary careers.’ Although Taylor doesn’t come right...
          Applications of the spin networks and spin foam models in quantum gravity   

by: Jacek Puchta
Abstract:
The Spin Foam models are a path integral picture of Loop Quantum Gravity approach to quantisation of gravitational field. This PhD thesis presents a study of four issues of Spin Foam models. The first problem addressed is the question of the class of 2-complexes, that ensure that Spin Foam models are compatible with the kinematic sector of Loop Quantum Gravity. A framework of diagrammatic representation of spin foams was developed while researching this issue. This diagramatic representation is called Operator Spin-network Diagrams (OSDs). The OSDs allow to express a spin foam as a collection of graphs, connected by certain relations. Each graph captures the local structure of one of spin foam vertices, i.e. nodes of a graph correspond to edges and links of a graph correspond to faces incident to a spin foam vertex. The relations between graphs in OSDs represent the way, in which edges and faces connect vertices. It is proven, that for each OSD there is an unambiguous way to construct a 2-complex with cells labelled by a spin foam coloring, so that one can calculate the spin foam transition amplitude. A clear procedure to glue OSDs along their boundaries was developed. Such gluing is an equivalent of composing quantum processes. All possible OSDs are characterised in terms of gluing of basic diagrams representing zero or one interaction vertex each. The proposition of the answer to the first question is that the appropriate class of 2-complexes for Spin Foam models is given by all the 2-complexes that can be obtained out of OSDs. The OSDs was applied to find a solution of so called boundary problem: to find all spin foams which have boundary given by certain initial and final states of Loop Quantum Gravity. An algorithm finding a series of all OSDs with a given fixed boundary is presented. The series is ordered by the number of internal edges of the corresponding spin foam. The algorithm is tested by applying it to Dipole Cosmology model (introduced in 2010 by E. Bianchi, C. Rovelli and F. Vidotto). All the diagrams contributing to Dipole Cosmology amplitude, which have the minimal number of internal edges, are found. The contribution to transition amplitude coming from these diagrams is studied. It appears that in this order of expansion all the diagrams except from one gives amplitudes that are exponentially suppressed in the semiclassical limit, thus their presence does not spoil the result of authors of Dipole Cosmology model. The third issue addressed in this thesis were the divergent amplitudes in Spin Foam models caused by bubbles in spin foam 2-complexes (i.e. subcomplexes forming closed surfaces). Within the framework of 2-complexes it is relatively hard to find the bubble part of a spin foam, whereas the framework of OSDs provides a simple procedure that unambiguously identifies the bubble subdiagram. A notion of the rank of a bubble is introduced. The rank counts the number of elementary bubbles that the considered bubble consist of. A method to calculate the rank for each given OSD is presented. Several simple cases of diagrams containing bubbles, that illustrate the algorithms, are presented and studied. The fourth question posed and answered within this thesis is related to detailed study of one particular case of a spin foam bubble, called melonic bubble. The melonic bubble is a spin foam analogue of self-energy renormalization in Quantum Field Theory. Recent research led to a conclusion, that in the first order the self-energy correction is proportional to some operator T, however the operator T was not known. In the thesis this operator is studied in semiclassical limit. After some elaborate calculations the exact form of the leading order of T is found: for fixed eigenvalues of the area operators it is proportional to the identity operator, with the proportionality constant dependent on the eigenvalues.
          Darna! Every Filipino child's super hero   

Darna! Known to every Filipino child as the young woman who turns into a super hero with the help of her magical stone.

 

We ask Australia Asia Perfomrnace Community Inc's Reagan Maiquez PhD, what is Drana's siginificance to F...

(Ding, ang bato! Darna!   Bawat batang Pilipino ay lumaki ng may nakikilalang Darna, isang pangakaranwiang babae na nagkakaroon ng lakas at natatanging kapangyarihan sa tuwing lulunukin niya ang mahiwagang bato.   Sino nga ba at ano nga ba ang kahulugan ni Darna para sa ating mga Pilipino? Naka-usap natin si Reagan Maiquez PhD ng Australia Asia Perfomrnace Community Inc   Larawan: Darna ( Wikipedia/Ryan Orosco)  )

          Data Scientist   
Specializes in data science, analytics and architecture. Strong experience/knowledge on framing and conducting complex analyses and experiments using large volumes of complex (not always well-structured, highly variable) data. Ability to source, scrub, and join varied data sets from public, commercial, and proprietary sources and review relevant academic and industry research to identify useful algorithms, techniques, libraries, etc. Assists in efforts to centralize data collection and develop an analytics platform that drives data science and analytics capabilities. Deep domain experience in Apache Hadoop, data analysis, machine learning and scientific programming. Understands how to integrate multiple systems and data sets. Able to link and mash up distinctive data sets to discover new insights. Designing and developing statistical procedures and algorithms around data sources, recommending and building models for various data studies, data discovery and predictive analytics tasks, implementing any software required for accessing and handling data appropriately, working with developers to integrate and preprocess data for inputs into models and recommending tools and libraries for data science that are appropriate for the project Required Qualifications: 5-10 years of platform software development experience ? 3-5 years of experience with, understanding and knowledge of the Hadoop ecosystem and building analytic jobs in MapReduce, Pig, Hive, etc. ? 5 years of experience in SAS, R, Perl, Python, Java, or other languages appropriate for large scale analysis of numerical and textual data ? Experience developing static and interactive data visualizations. ? Strong knowledge of technical design and architecture principles. ? Creating large scale data processing systems. ? Driving design and code review process. ? Ability to develop and program databases, query databases and perform statistical analysis. ? Working with large scale warehouse and databases, sound knowledge of tuning and query processing. ? Excellent understanding of entire development process, including specification, documentation, quality assurance, debugging practices and source control systems. ? Ability to understand business issues as they impact the software development project. ? Solves complex, critical problems related to significant and unique issues. ? Ability to delve into large data sets to identify useful trends in business and develop methods to leverage that knowledge. ? Strong skills in predictive analytics, conceptual modeling, planning, statistics, visualization capabilities, identification of best data sources, hypothesis testing and data analysis. ? Familiar with disciplines such as natural language processing (the interactions between computers and humans) and machine learning (using computers to improve as well as develop algorithms). ? Writing data extraction, transformation, munging etc. algorithms. ? Developing end-to-end data flow from data consumption, organization and making it available via dashboard and/or APIs. ? Bachelor's degree in software engineering, computer science, information systems or equivalent. ? 5 years of related experience; 10 years of overall experience. ? Ability to perform activities, tasks and responsibilities described in the Position Description above. ? Demonstrated track record of architecting and delivering solutions with enterprise customers. ? Excellent people and communication skills. ? Processing complex, large scale data sets used for modeling, data mining, and research ? Designing and implementing statistical data quality procedures for new data sources ? Understanding the principles of experimental testing and design, including population selection and sampling ? Performing statistical analyses in tools such as SAS, SPSS, R or Weka ? Visualizing and reporting data findings creatively to provide insights to the organization ? Agile Methodology Experience ? Masters Degree or PhD We are an equal employment opportunity employer and will consider all qualified candidates without regard to disability or protected veteran status.
          Data Scientist / Machine Learning   
<span>Our client is ready to pay for an awesome Machine Learning person. &nbsp;My client is in San Francisco and is growing quickly. &nbsp;This is an opportunity for you to join a team of crazy smart experienced founders who have exited a total of 7 companies. &nbsp;Now is the time for you to be a part of something exciting!<br>&nbsp;<br>As a software engineer in Machine Intelligence you will be part of building a small team (3-4) collaborating closely with an experienced team in San Francisco. &nbsp;Their mission is to unlock the data and simplify the processes that are buried in legacy and SaaS enterprise software.<br>&nbsp;<br><B>Responsibilities</B><br><ul>
<li>Participate in cutting edge research in machine learning applications.</li><li>Develop solutions for B2B applications</li><li>Work on hierarchical rule system</li><li>Use graph theory </li></ul>
&nbsp;<br><B>Minimum qualifications</B><br><ul>
<li>BA/BS in Computer Science, related technical field or equivalent practical experience.</li></ul>
&nbsp;<br><B>Preferred qualifications</B><br><ul>
<li>MS or PhD degree in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, or related technical field.</li><li>Strong background in Natural Language Processing or Computer Vision.</li><li>Experience coding in C, C++, Java, or Python.</li><li>Strong background in Machine Learning</li></ul>
&nbsp;<br>Apply now for immediate consideration!<br></span>
          Here's Exactly How You Can Eat More Without Gaining Weight   

You may have noticed across Instagram several women are talking about their increased caloric intake, claiming they're eating more (a lot more) but looking lean, toned, svelte, and strong. HOW.

Quick answer? They're strength training. Weightlifting. Trading tons of cardio for dumbbells and kettlebells and barbells. Here's how it works.

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Strength training builds muscles; the more muscles you have, the more food you need to eat; and more muscle means a faster metabolism. In short, strength training means you can eat more, and that food won't get converted to fat. "Muscle uses more energy and thus burns more calories than fat," said Nicole Aurigemma, physiologist at the Penn State Muscle Biology Lab. She told POPSUGAR that this also means you'll have "a slightly higher resting metabolic rate, meaning that your metabolism is increasing with training."

You don't want to drastically increase your food right away, but rather start slow. Add little by little as you start your strength and resistance training regimen. You may end up needing a significant amount more calories to fuel your body (like Emma, above, for instance, who increased her intake by 1,000 calories a day).

We conferred with personal trainer and injury prevention specialist Liz Letchford, MS, ATC, PhD candidate about the process of strength training coupled with adding calories to the body in a healthy way that doesn't contribute to fat gain. She noted that many women limit their calories so much (or for so long) that they hit a plateau. "If the body has stopped responding to a calorie deficit [read: you're dieting but you're not losing weight], this can be attributed to two major things: hormones or survival," she told POPSUGAR. "Dieting for extended periods of time puts the body into a state of extreme stress, so it slows down all processes related to metabolism and digestion. You can increase your metabolism through a process called reverse dieting."

However, if you've been dieting in extreme ways and "dealing with symptoms of severe malnutrition," Liz warned that "refeeding on your own can be dangerous and should be conducted under medical supervision." You need to be especially careful with the amount of food you add as well as the speed. "Essentially, you are slowly increasing your caloric intake week by week to coach your body out of survival mode and allow your body time to increase its metabolism. It is not a quick fix - it happens over a period of months in order to heal any metabolic damage."


          Juricide: Businessmen Killing a Profession   
Book Review: Douglas Litowitz, The Destruction of Young Lawyers: Beyond One L. Akron, Ohio: U of Akron P, 2006.

Read the comments to my blog and you’ll see that one commentator recommends this book by Dr. Douglas Litowitz. I bought it and, seven chapters and 144 pages later, I’m ready to discuss it in the form of a book review, even though I hope this is not too pretentious and following too closely my old profession of writing for newspapers.

As a lawyer, Litowitz is more discontented than disgruntled. Law was a lucrative career for him for five years of his life and, even though he suddenly quit his job in a huff at a large Chicago law firm to earn a PhD in philosophy, law appears to be the thing that most defines him as a thinker and, dare I say, even as a human being. He once taught at Ohio Northern University College of Law, but apparently not any more.

What then does his book, The Destruction of Young Lawyers, mean? Let’s be very careful here, splitting hairs if we have to: Litowitz’s point of view stems not from the dysfunction of trying to enter into the legal profession, although chapters two and three do touch upon law school and the bar exam, but the dystopia of what happens once you enter it. For those of us more concerned with getting through law school or getting a job, this book offers a sort of trickle-down theory, if not a vivid description of our own sour grapes.

As such, it’s also fair to first suspect a kiss-and-tell book. After all, what on earth is he complaining about if he made it through an elite law school and into a job in the legal profession? But as the story unfolds, we see someone trying to reach for more than what he has, realizing that once his goals have been achieved, they didn’t turn out to be what he wanted in the first place. Taken from this point of view, we might even see him as a 21st-century Henry David Thoreau, if not a much more articulate and voluminous version of Melville’s Bartleby, the Scrivener.

Granted, he is isolating himself from the impersonal professional environment he once belonged to and waxing philosophic about it. But to give Litowitz a fair shake, the reader needs to delve even deeper than this. There is a central, more timely issue to his thesis: the lawyer profession used to be noble, but now it has evolved into something sinister and immoral. To swallow this, we have to accept his own parody of Dickens: “It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times.”

He most admirably tries to put his finger on the problem by blaming money and the trend in America over the past few decades of putting wealth into the hands of only a few. Some of his statistics are very dramatic, pointing out that law firms of over 1,000 lawyers never even existed until only recently. The tricky tactic of law firms designating some lawyers as “associates” versus others as “junior partners” or something else, creates a money flow that goes only to the tippy top of an elaborate money pyramid. In light of our recent financial meltdown in America, this ought to be nothing new, but I suppose it unfortunately probably is.

Nonetheless, some of Litowitz’s examples do hit the mark. For example, his law firm defended an insurance company that insisted that a properly insured motorcycle victim couldn’t collect. The law firm was called upon to wholeheartedly and without reservation defend this insurance company’s despicably sneaky tactic of policy restructuring involving keeping clients informed of changes in their policies via junk mail with clauses embedded in it too tiny and verbose to notice.

Litowitz even supports these depictions by citing the very abstract legal theories by some influential scholars. He blames them for numbing the consciences of lawyers. For example, he reminds us of Duncan Kennedy, who has no qualms about dividing cases into categories of “cold” (i.e., a routine decision that states rules) and “hot” (i.e., a decision with a clear injustice that might distract law students from more important legal rules--like bait for a trap).

He even includes a penultimate chapter about the irony of technology: what is supposed to make life easier has made it far more complex. This seems like a bonus chapter that is slightly off topic, since technology certainly can’t really be part of a larger decay of the legal profession due to a lack of conscience. Then again, it shows that the decay does make lawyers unable to adapt to the new technology with common sense--instead of allowing computers to make brief-writing an easier task, lawyers simply use computers to over-edit.

As “morosely unhappy” as Litowitz depicts lawyers, I personally wanted him to go further. It’s interesting that he brings up the late Arthur Liman as his pick for a lawyer who led an ideal, productive career. He doesn’t mention that Liman was the lawyer who stared down Lt. Col. Oliver North in what turned out to be the most crucial legal moment of questioning in the Iran-Contra Affair--a moment that the far right in America would hold up as a shining example of the triumph of good (North) over evil (Liman, representing the liberal Senate). Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe the Rev. Jerry Falwell even sold video tapes of this exchange as an “inspirational” message to his followers.

Litowitz’s book came out before the financial meltdown of 2008 and before the reinvention of the American liberal movement that elected Barack Obama. It is not entirely in synch with these events, but does march tentatively to their rather slow but steady drum beat. (In contrast, I’m more the type that would rather hear the drum solo to “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” at this point in history.) I figure I’m about five years older than Litowitz, which gives me a slightly more mature outlook on the Reagan years, although it does leave me wondering how he can miss what I think is the biggest piece to his puzzle.

Litowitz even quotes Karl Marx extensively, as perhaps any good philosophy scholar should, but boy oh boy does that beg a big question here. He even mentions “socialism and libertarianism” at one point as extreme postures that law schools somehow filter out of their faculties’ political postures. I would take the biggest issue with Litowitz here, reminding him that there was a perceived victory in 1989 of America in the Cold War. America, with its pop culture quips and simplifications, went on to declare the victory of Capitalism over Communism--not just on some terrestrial battlefield, but in the universal battle of abstract ideas.

This version of events has declared Marx a quack once and for all, even though you’ll find Marx’s picture pinned up in classrooms throughout the vast expanse we call China. Come on. Isn’t it a bit too chic for Litowitz to now unapologetically turn to Marx? Maybe it is not.

An analysis of what has happened to our legal system, its decadence and even moral depravity, cannot be completely examined without linking it to the end of the Cold War and the subtle but distinct message that Capitalism is now the wave of the future. Perhaps Marx is Litowitz’s ultimately cryptic way of linking the decadence of the American legal system to the decadence of this Capitalism. But if so, he should never have mentioned Libertarianism as an extreme posture left out of law school--Libertarianism has been the formulaic voice of this new version of brutal Capitalism. Meanwhile, Socialism is still a bogeyman, not only in law school, but in just about every nook and cranny of the American media--currently trying to underscore a defeat of Obama’s health care reform movement.

Our legal system stems from English law, an often discombobulated collection of ritual, esoteric rules, and very flexible concepts and theories. Nonetheless, the English were also the first to implement laws for the poor and other victims of industrialization, long before Marx ever penned his Communist Manifesto. Somehow English law, even more than the Bible’s rigid laws and morality parables, has kept Western civilization from imploding upon itself. That’s what we should be learning in law school and implementing as lawyers.

Litowitz has stated a problem and briefly attempted to articulate a solution. He promised to do that at the beginning of The Destruction of Young Lawyers, and he delivers. What he doesn’t address and needs to address is the ongoing Reagan chimera. It was Reagan that swung the Supreme Court radically to the right in the late 1980s and turned the American legal system into the back-stabbing business that has become the prototype for all American businesses in this new “Capitalism.” He doesn't need to include Marx in his solution, but he does need to state the problem with a bigger scope and, yes, even a bigger urgency.
          Heck, Go For Broke: Sue The Department of Education!   
Law students should feel betrayed by a system that seemed to promise them so much and then pulled the rug out from under when jobs never materialized. The fact is, this is the American education system now catching up with law students.

Go back a couple of decades and you’ll find all sorts of dismayed young people fresh out of graduate school working at Xerox shops, tearing tickets at multiplexes, or driving delivery trucks. These were the kids that didn’t go into a “reliable” course of study such as law, business, engineering, or medicine. These were the history majors, philosophy majors, art majors, and anything else left over in what suddenly became the big bad pedagogical wasteland called the humanities.

Our American education system did not start out to be a trap for the young and idealistic, stripping them of their dreams and dignity. Ever since the 1980s, the effect has been a gradual metamorphosis, tempered by a new era of hardball business practices and the tail end of the Cold War--it wasn’t a victory for America, after all, it was a victory for Capitalism!

Along the way there were signs that this runaway Capitalism wasn’t quite the ticket to utopia the new age economists were predicting: the Savings and Loan debacle at the end of the 1980s, the dot.com bubble bursting in the 1990s, and now the meltdown of practically the entire financial system, thanks to a few bold speculators trying out Ponzi schemes and writing bogus mortgages.

Take it from one of these grumbling grads of yester-decade: you haven’t even seen the best of it yet. When I started law school in 2008 at the age of 50, the first order of business was to pay off a defaulted student loan before I could start borrowing the bigger student loans law school required. The student loan I had to pay off was from my masters degree in 1982, for which I had borrowed up to $12,000. The balance I had defaulted on was about $5,000. I defaulted on this $5,000 back in 1996 when I finished my PhD and couldn’t get any more deferments.

For 15 years of my life, I kept the Department of Education’s collection agencies on the run. If you ever default on your student loans, you’ll find quickly that the worst thing you can do is talk to them, try to reason with them. By the way, these agencies believe they are staying within the laws of debt collection but they are not: they will use abusive language, profanity, and deception to try to get you to hand over anything you might have lying around the house to make a payment. They will tell you that the Department of Education should not be “messed with” (sounds like a threat to me, however weird). When I somehow let slip that I did have a position as an adjunct professor, they found out where and tried to garnish wages. Because the school that had hired me was laundering my status improperly, with the unions by the way doing absolutely nothing on my behalf to correct the impropriety, I lost that “position.” It seemed the debt collection agency would rather I have no money coming in than enough money to pay them.

There is plenty of blame to go around for the state of affairs we live in today. The more you complain about it, the more you’ll get average Americans stepping forward to tell you that you should blame yourself. And guess what? You will start blaming yourself. The last thing you ever thought you’d be when you picked up that masters degree diploma was some sort of Horatio Alger story. Don’t the rags-to-riches stories always start out with the rags being worn by children (i.e., who were born into poverty)? Now we have well-fed, even bratty educated young adults who got straight As in graduate school slipping into poverty. But guess what, there are no riches at the end of the rainbow. They slip into poverty and stay there.

And do I really have to illustrate this for all those new-age economists who believe I’m unfairly engaging in some sort of class warfare? In 2001, I got a “job” at Barnes & Noble as a clerk. It was a minimum wage job, which meant that an 8-hour day earned you $40. Even if you could put in a 40-hour week, which they won’t let you do because then you’ll be full-time and eligible for benefits, you’d make $160 per week, $640 per month, $7,680 per year. The average rent in the area of this Barnes & Noble on Manhattan was $1800 per month. I also found out the hard way that this Barnes & Noble was engaging in a Wal Mart technique of changing your work schedule every week so you were supposed to keep your private, personal schedule free--they were trying to keep you from getting a second job. Most of the fellow workers at Barnes & Noble, a few of them with graduate degrees, couldn’t even get bank accounts: they would line up at the cash register to cash their paychecks every week. Better get used to this situation, young JDs, because this is what the powers that be in America have in store for you.

I take that back. Don’t get used to it. Above all, don’t blame yourself.

Let’s sue the Department of Education in a big class action suit. Above all, there is no reason why these student loan debts should be different than any other debts: if you can’t pay them back in seven years, they should be taken off the books. Here’s another interesting piece of information: in Germany and other European nations, there is no tuition. Money is actually seen as a corruption to the system. I'll drink to that!

The American education system is set up so that a young adult with no debt to his or her name, signs a piece of paper, and a seven-figure amount immediately goes from the Government into the coffers of a law school--a shiny building filled with air-conditioned offices. Remember the pages of material your financial aid office had you read before you signed the promissory note? They made you also sign a statement that if you are not satisfied with the education you get, you can’t claim your money back. What kind of legal issue does that raise?

The truth is, the Department of Education knows that the student loan system is improper and unethical. Why else would they have you sign all those documents and create a special class of loan that can never be written off the books? This is a special class of consumerism where in order to go to school, you have to sign away your rights. I can also speak from the experiences of a close member of my family that even though the Department of Education promises that the loans will be forgiven if you become disabled and unable to work, forget about them keeping this promise. It doesn’t matter how carefully you gather your doctors’ notes and put all your ducks in a row, the matter goes before an entirely anonymous “panel” of sorts that rejects your claim and sends it back to you on an unsigned form letter.

Used car dealers and snake oil salesmen have nothing on the Department of Education. Young idealistic students fresh out of undergraduate programs are not just keeping the buildings at law school shiny and the air-conditioning running. Their life blood is being tapped to pay for the families and comfortable life styles of their law professors. If this isn’t class warfare, what is?
          Let's Get Things Straight   
I would like to introduce myself as someone who extended much time and effort to get through my first year of law school. Now I have been culled, that is, my grade point average is about 1.8, which is well under the 2.2 requirement of this law school to prevent "academic disqualification." The law school took my money, then told me "so sorry." I would like to speak to all the problems that law students go through, especially finding jobs after receiving the JD, but there are even more issues to those of us who have been "culled," thereby tainting our law school record forever.

I won't reveal which law school I atteneded, but will say that it is now in the top 100 rankings of law schools in America (although not in the top 25). I will also say that I have a PhD in a humanities field and, as a professional writer, have over 300 publications, mostly from major newspapers.

That the money you are expected to pay for law school is outrageous and, yes, brings to mind a new era of sharecropping, skirts around another major issue: what exactly is being taught in these schools? Must we assume that the content of these legal theories is sound? Must we assume that law teachers are competent if they have JDs from schools like Harvard or Stanford?

My answers to the last two questions at least is a resounding "no"! Not only are these law schools acting as confidence men in stroking our vanities and pumping us up with false claims of jobs and graduates' passage of the bar, but these teachers are incompetent to begin with.

My favorite story turns out to be in my legal writing class, where I used the word "charlatan," and the teacher not only didn't know what that meant, but scolded me for several minutes for using such an obscure word (which I found 20 minutes later in my Contracts assignment: Sullivan v. O'Connor, 363 Mass. 579, 296 N.E.2d 183 (Mass.1973)). The same writing teacher couldn't even do her own assignments teaching us the ALWD manual (which I understood better than anyone else in the class, thanks to my experience with my PhD and editing for newspapers, even though I also got the worst grade in the class).

I had fancy Criminal Law professor from Harvard who took after John Houseman on "the Paper Chase." On his final exam about the insanity defense, his reasoning was made all too clear on his model answer: if a paranoid schizophrenic commits a crime based on specific instructions from the voices in his or her head, they can use an insanity defense, but if the voices are not specific, the insanity defense won't work. As someone with a family member who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, and just as someone who still has some common sense left, I find this absurd. Anyone out there ready to take down transcripts of the voices inside a paranoid schizophrenic's head and submit them as evidence in a court of law?

In addition to my work as a journalist, I have also been in court probably more than many of these teachers who don't even know the procedures involved. My Civil Procedure professor didn't know that non-American citizens can sue and be sued in American courts (I even sued my landlady once in Germany). My Criminal Procedure teacher didn't know how to pronounced "petit jury" (and wondered aloud if there were any French scholars among us who might be able to pronounce it).

We must also take pot luck as to simply the character of some of these professors, although I think there are limits. I wouldn't be surprised if some of these professors suffered from some serious personality disorders that kept them from more lucrative positions in law firms or corporations. My Contracts professor had a serious snarling problem that manifested itself similar to some sort of sinister, dark possession. My Torts professor skirted with anorexia. The chairman of the legal writing department was so crazy that I almost called 911 after the first 10 mintutes of his first lecture to us.

I believe my finals were graded poorly, and the only problem was that my writing style was unusual to these professors. I did not lack legal knowledge. There are some serious issues here, and law schools are also embracing bizarre popular interpretations of history and what modern economics is. They try to be a Mensa society, but don't know the first thing about measuring IQs. They are not a meritocracy, but a dysfunctional utopian wannabee system motivated at its root by the corruption of getting your money every year for tuition. Being culled is their way of manipulating the "first pass of bar exam" statistic, although I would challenge if it even does that.

Please weigh in, even if you haven't been culled. Don't let incompetent professors taint your law career before it even begins!
           Dying Nobel Peace Prize laureate seeks freedom, treatment in U.S.   
Liu Xiaobo
ChinaAid

(Shenyang, Liaoning—June 28, 2017) ChinaAid calls for the full, immediate, and unconditional release of Chinese writer, democracy advocate, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo in order to honor his wish to seek medical treatment abroad.

Liu’s lawyers and doctors confirmed on Monday that he had been
permitted medical parole for his stage four liver cancer and is receiving treatment in China’s northeastern Liaoning province. After the prison extensively denied him adequate medical attention, Liu received his diagnosis on May 23.

As a result of his illness, Liu has requested to travel abroad and consult prominent specialists in the United States.

Last year, Shang Baojun, one of Liu’s lawyers, told Radio Free Asia that his client’s medical condition qualified him for medical parole, which China grants to patients whose illnesses have become critical. However, China demanded that Liu first confess his guilt, which he refused to do. Now, Liu’s wife Liu Xia says that his cancer is terminal, making it critical that he receive emergency medical attention from world-renowned specialists and providing only a narrow window of time through which to secure his freedom.

Today, the Chinese Communist Party released a propaganda video purporting to show Liu Xiaobo performing various activities, including exercising and visiting the doctor. In it, he repeatedly says the detention center is taking good care of his health. However, his current condition testifies that this is simply a ruse to cover up the government’s abuses and that he was coerced into making such claims.

Additionally, they said that he would not be allowed to travel abroad for treatment.

During the mid-1980s, Liu Xiaobo garnered attention for his sharp and unique literary critiques and received a PhD in literature from Beijing Normal University in 1988. In the student democracy protests that swept China and culminated in the Tiananmen Square Massacre, Beijing Normal University became a political hotbed, and Liu Xiaobo served as a leader who pioneered a hunger strike and delivered charismatic speeches. As a result, he was jailed for nearly two years.

Upon his release, he continued to write, concentrating his works on human rights and politics.

Years later, Liu Xiaobo launched a petition for the government to re-examine its treatment of the massacre, for which authorities arrested him again in 1995. In 1996, he was extra-judicially sentenced to three years of forced labor for supporting Taiwan’s independence.

From 2003-2007, Liu Xiaobo was president of the Independent Chinese PEN Center and has served as an editor of a pro-democracy magazine since the 1990s.

The police took him into custody again in 2008 after he penned Charter 08, a petition signed by 303 Chinese intellectuals and dissidents that called for reform of China’s human rights. It was released on Dec. 10, 2008, in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the U.N.’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Two days beforehand, the police seized Liu Xiaobo and charged him with “inciting subversion of state power,” of which the Beijing Municipal No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court found him guilty. He was handed an 11-year prison sentence with two years’ deprivation of political rights.

Because of his stalwart, non-violent defense of human rights, the Nobel Committee awarded him the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. China barred him from attending the ceremony in Oslo, where he was honored with an empty chair. Liu Xia has been under house arrest ever since the news of her husband’s award reached China and is only allowed to visit her husband once a month.

Out of concern for his continued safety and health, ChinaAid urges the U.S. Congress, Senate, President Donald Trump, and other international politicians to continue to pressure China for the unconditional release Liu Xiaobo in order to save his life, respect his right to seek top-notch medical treatment, and allow him the opportunity to live in freedom.

ChinaAid exposes abuses, such as those suffered by Liu Xiaobo and his wife, in order to mobilize politicians and individuals to take effective action to help the persecuted and promote religious freedom, human rights, and rule of law.


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【精彩回顾】WCTF世界黑客大师赛赛后分享会,战斗吧少年团!

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活动简介

WCTF 世界黑客大师赛始办于2016年,立足于高水平的安全技术对抗和交流的国际CTF挑战赛,通过邀请国内外顶尖的安全团队来华比赛,将顶级的安全比赛带到中国,为网络安全的交流提供平台。WCTF 2016是中国首次举办顶级水平的大师级安全大赛,赢得了与会者及业内的一致好评。

WCTF 2017是由世界知名安全团队360Vulcan主办的网络安全挑战赛,邀请到了来自包括美国、法国、瑞士、日本和中国在内的多个国家的CTF战队,汇集国内外多位知名安全专家同场竞技。


分享会精彩回顾

大赛结果颁布


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冠军:中国(台湾)HITCON217战队


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亚军:日本Tokyowesterns战队


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季军:美国Shellphish战队

SyScan 主席Thomas Lim致辞


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360 Vulcan 团队负责人郑文彬致辞

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战队题目分享

波兰P4战队 分享题目《Crypto》、《Ransomware》


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P4来自波兰,组建于2013年,是一支由安全研究人员、软件工程师以及学生组成的战队。他们在gitclub上发表过一系列writeups(https://github.com/p4-team/ctf),在本地的报刊杂志上也多有发稿,受邀参加了多个安全会议和议题分享,同时他们还为CTF初学者举办过小型CTF比赛。


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波兰P4战队在本次的CTF比赛中的成绩是第5名。


法国&瑞士0daysober战队

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0daysober是一支成员来自法国和瑞士的联合战队,曾连续几年举办了Insomni'hack CTF。正如他们的队名一样,战队成员说他们对酒的喜爱丝毫不亚于pwning。


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现在他们正带来关于本次题目的分享,法国&瑞士0daysober战队在本次的CTF比赛中的成绩是第11名。


乌克兰Dcua战队 分享题目《A Long Journey to Unicode》


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Dcua是来自乌克兰基辅的CTF团队,获得过包括VolgaCTF在内的多个国际CTF比赛的冠军。


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正在为大家带来关于sqlite注入绕过关键词封锁办法的分享。乌克兰Dcua战队在本次的CTF比赛中的成绩是第8名。


美国Shellphish战队 分享题目《srvm;PwnDB》


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Shellphish是来自美国的战队,Shellphish 部分成员参加了美国国防部高级研究计划局(DARPA)主办的Cyber Grand 挑战赛的决赛,并从中获得了75万美元的奖金。


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现在他们正带来关于本次题目的分享,美国Shellphish战队在本次的CTF比赛中的成绩是第3名。


日本Tokyowesterns战队 分享题目《backpacker's cipher hard mode; “7days” C Sharp》


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战队成员均在东京西部生活或是上学,战队名称因此得来;即将到来的第三届Tokyo Westerns CTF 2017就由该战队举办。


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现在他们正带来关于本次题目的分享,关于在没有私钥的时候讲加解密,具体的有生成私钥的方式、公钥的生成。日本Tokyowesterns战队在本次的CTF比赛中的成绩是第1名。


匈牙利!SpamAndHex战队 分享题目《FUTUREGADGET 1337;LAMATRADER》


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该战队是来自匈牙利布达佩斯技术经济大学的CrySyS实验室的战队,曾获得多项国际CTF比赛冠军。


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现在他们正带来关于本次题目的分享。匈牙利!SpamAndHex战队在本次的CTF比赛中的成绩是第13名。


日本Binja战队 分析题目《wanna make wannacry cry》


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Binja战队是藉由参加DEFCON 2014 Final的契机成立的一支日本战队,团队成员原本分别归属于多只不同的战队,如sutegoma2、 EpsilonDelta、and katagaitai、0x0、scryptos、 dodododo等,其中有10名成员经常出战各类CTF比赛。


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现在他们正在讲解关于malloc和realloc的一些行为,日本Binja战队在本次的CTF比赛中的成绩是第9名。


波兰Dragon Sector战队 分享题目《dragonium;Protected crypto》


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Dragon Sector战队是来自波兰Google安全团队的战队,获得多年Hack.lu CTF的冠军。


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他们出的这道Protected crypto,在大赛中共有7支队伍解出来。波兰Dragon Sector战队在本次的CTF比赛中的成绩是第6名。


伊朗ASIS战队 分享题目《Why Gastapo?;GWoC(Great Wall of China)》


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ASIS是来自伊朗的战队,由安全研究员以及CTF选手组成。2013年开始参加各类CTF比赛,曾创办了ASIS CTF比赛。


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伊朗ASIS战队是本次参赛队伍中,可以说是非常特别的一支队伍了。参赛的3名成员由甜蜜夫妻二人+灯泡韩国小哥哥组成。分享会的演讲PPT是妻子做的,分享会的演讲让丈夫来讲,隔着屏幕都感受到了浓浓的甜蜜!

虽然本次出的两道题目,几乎被所有的队伍成功破解。但是已然是人生赢家的夫妻二人,潇洒的把这次比赛看成是一个各国沟通交流的机会,为自己举办的ASIS CTF比赛吸取更多的经验。伊朗ASIS战队在本次的CTF比赛中的成绩是第12名。


俄罗斯LCBC战队 分享题目《WeCry;Classic》《PWN for Win:what to do?》


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LCBC是来自俄罗斯的战队,在2015年他们获得过EKOPARTY CTF,PHD CTF Finals,CONFidence CTF及Belluminar Seoul等国际CTF比赛的冠军,团队曾经主办了QIWI CTF 2014和Olympic CTF 2014比赛。


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俄罗斯LCBC是唯一一支参赛队伍的女生比例高达50%的战队,在本次的CTF比赛中的成绩是第4名。


中国Tea Deliverers战队 分享题目《Babyescape》


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Tea Deliverers成立于2017年4月,是一支来自中国大陆的战队,战队成员来自于国内各个高校及企业。曾获得2017年的PlaidCTF 第三名和DEF CON CTF资格赛第二名。


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中国Tea Deliverers战队在本次的CTF比赛中的成绩是第10名。


中国(台湾)HITCON217战队 分享题目《Pumper》


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HITCON 217是由217和HITCON组成的联合战队,该战队来自台湾,曾在DEFCON 22 CTF大赛中夺得第二名,2016和2017连续两年勇夺Boston Key Party CTF的冠军,同时还连获了Plaid CTF 2016和 2017的冠军。


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在本次比赛的最后18分钟成功解出UnderDebuggingRevenge,获得150分,反超日本Tokyowesterns战队跃居第一。不仅如此HITCON217战队在本次比赛中出的两道题目没有被任何队伍破解。中国(台湾)HITCON217战队在本次的CTF比赛中的成绩是第1名!


中国flappypig战队 分享题目《foolenc》、《water》


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FlappyPig是通过激烈比拼获得了唯一外卡席位的中国高校战队。出于猪和飞这一矛盾的现象,象征着勤能补拙之意,我们不聪明,但是我们坚信坚持下去终能获取成功的果实,以笨猪先飞的姿态诠释FlappyPig的含义。


【精彩回顾】WCTF世界黑客大师赛赛后分享会,战斗吧少年团!

来自中国flappypig战队是通过激烈比拼获得了唯一外卡席位的中国高校战队,目前的ctftime排名为第72名,第一次参加WCTF,就取得了第7名的好成绩。


第二日精彩回顾

战况概述

开机捷报频传,3分钟9个战队连破16道题

截止6月28日09:33,开机的3分钟内,连续有9个战队,提交了昨晚的成果,破解了16道题,看来队员们可能都度过了一个抓耳挠腮又激动美妙的夜晚哇!

目前日本Tokyowesterns战队依然位列榜首,黑马中国flappypig战队以微弱差距并列第三!

最后的6小时,期待更多惊喜

截止6月28日12:00整,10个战队已经成功破解21道题,比赛还剩下最后6小时。日本Tokyowesterns战队一直领跑全程,并以较多优势稳居第一位。赛场上出现并不多见的,第二和第三名均有两支队伍分数并列,战况一度胶着。所有的队员们都在全神贯注的盯着电脑屏幕,昏暗的赛场上,血红色的LED映照全场,不断循环的电子音乐萦绕耳畔,超高水平的黑客对抗正在继续,谁也不知道下一秒会发生什么。

日本Tokyowesterns战队会一直领跑全程吗?一直未解出题目的匈牙利!SpamAndHex战队是发生了什么状况么?黑马中国flappypig战队会不会给本次比赛带来更多惊喜?敢不敢说出谁是你心中的第一名?

冲刺!最后的1800秒

距离比赛结束还有最后30分钟,赛场上各战队的排名却停留在了14时25分,已经持续有3个小时没有新的赛题被攻破。这场持续两天的CTF大赛,相信很多选手昨晚为了解出更多的题目牺牲了睡眠的时间。是后面的题目太难还是选手的体力脑力精神状态都已经接近透支边缘?答案兴许在明天的分享会上会得到选手们的解答。

不管是什么原因,狗子心里都暗暗为选手们加油,就剩半小时了,说啥也要克服万难坚持到最后,能多拿下一道是一道哇!另外匈牙利!SpamAndHex战队的五只帅气的小伙子,你们是肿么了?明天分享会,不知能不能了解一下你们的心路历程。

最后时刻的精彩反超

17时42分中国(台湾)HITCON217战队第一个解出UnderDebuggingRevenge,获得150分,反超日本Tokyowesterns战队跃居第一!

得知自己的队伍反超成功的名次后,HITCON217站队的选手们兴奋的结伴去了厕所,狗子坐在旁边听到选手们开心的交流经验,有位帅帅的小伙子选手激动又窃喜的连说了两次“太难了,太难了”(脑补心理活动——虽然难,但是哥哥我解出来了!)。


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中国(台湾)HITCON217战队

17时56分美国Shellphish战队第五个解出Dr.Drevil,获得134分,连续反超三支队伍,拿下第三名!

此时距离结束还有4分钟,Shellphish战队的五位壮壮的大哥不再埋头解题,纷纷起身对着大屏幕上的名次开始拍照。有一位发型和胡子都很炸裂的大哥边喝咖啡边和队友开心的聊天,抑制不住的小兴奋和小激动争先恐后涌上心头!就是这个feel倍儿爽!


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右数第二个发型和胡子都炸裂的Shellphish战队选手

战况总结

此次WCTF2017共有来自10个国家13支参赛队伍,共解出12道战队自己出的题目,还有14道题目暂无队伍解开。

中国(台湾)HITCON217战队在本次比赛中解出了8道题目,是此次大赛中解题数量最多、分数最高的战队。目前在ctftime的排名是第二名。在本次具有最高难度之称的WCTF2017的大赛中,不负众望,依然保持了强队的魄力,在比赛的最后最后时刻,一举反超,拿下第一名!

一直领跑比赛的日本Tokyowesterns战队在最后时候被反超,惜列第二。俗话说的好,先胖不算胖,后胖压断床,领跑第一不容易,Tokyowesterns战队的实力也是杠杠的。

被誉为本次比赛黑马的中国flappypig战队,位列第七。第一次参加WCTF,就取得如此不俗的成绩,也是棒棒哒!

不得不说本次大赛着实精彩,期待明天的分享会,各支参赛队会和参会小伙伴们的深度技术交流哟。


战况解说

1、日本Binja战队第一个解出ransomware,获得150分;

2、俄罗斯LCBC战队第二个解出ransomware,获得140分;

3、乌克兰Dcua战队第七个解出gwoc,获得130分;

4、俄罗斯LCBC第八个解出gwoc,获得128分;

5、日本Tokyowesterns战队第一个解出srvm,获得150分;

6、俄罗斯LCBC战队第七个解出gestapo,获得130分;

7、美国Shellphish战队第三个解出crypto,获得138分;

8、法国&瑞士0daysober战队第九个解出gwoc,获得126分;

9、法国&瑞士0daysober战队第一个解出Dr.Drevil,获得150分;

10、波兰Dragon Sector战队第八个解出gestapo,获得128分;

11、波兰P4战队第二个解出srvm,获得140分;

12、中国flappypig战队第二个解出Dr.Drevil,获得140分;

13、波兰Dragon Sector战队第三个解出srvm,获得138分;

14、中国flappypig战队第四个解出srvm,获得136分;

15、中国(台湾)HITCON217战队第五个解出srvm,获得134分;

16、美国Shellphish战队第一个解出babyescape,获得150分;

17、日本Tokyowesterns战队第二个解出wannacry,获得140分;

18、乌克兰Dcua战队第四个解出crypto,获得136分;

19、伊朗ASIS战队第五个解出crypto,获得134分;

20、中国(台湾)HITCON217战队第一个解出babyrust,获得150分;

21、中国Tea Deliverers战队第九个解出gestapo,获得126分;

22、中国(台湾)HITCON217战队第三个解出wannacry,获得138分;

23、日本Tokyowesterns战队第三个解出ransomware,获得138分;

24、波兰Dragon Sector战队第一个解出wecry,获得150分;

25、中国(台湾)HITCON217战队第一个解出backpacker,获得150分;

26、俄罗斯LCBC战队第三个解出Dr.Drevil,获得138分;

27、美国Shellphish战队第四个解出wannacry,获得136分;

28、日本Tokyowesterns战队第四个解出Dr.Drevil,获得136分;

29、中国(台湾)HITCON217战队第一个解出UnderDebuggingRevenge,获得150分;

30、美国Shellphish战队第五个解出Dr.Drevil,获得134分;

注:每道题解出得120分,第一位解出题目战队获得30分,第二位获得20分,之后依次获得分数为(18,16,14,12,10,8,6,4),最后三位解出题目的战队没有额外加分


最终战况排名


【精彩回顾】WCTF世界黑客大师赛赛后分享会,战斗吧少年团!

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首日战况总结

日本Tokyowesterns战队位列榜首

WCTF2017首日比赛结束,日本Tokyowesterns战队暂居榜首,中国的三支战队均有收获,伊朗的ASIS战队、匈牙利的!SpamAndHex战队、法国&瑞士的0daysober战队以及日本binjia战队暂未解出题目。

黑马中国flappypig战队暂居第四

其中来自中国flappypig战队是通过激烈比拼获得了唯一外卡席位的中国高校战队,目前的ctftime排名为第72名,在今天的比赛中连续斩获两题,获得272分,暂居第四,可以说是本次比赛的黑马了!明天是否可以保持势头,在本次大赛中取得佳绩呢?一起期待吧!


首日战况解说

1、日本Tokyowesterns战队用时1小时18分率先解出第一道题Gestapo,
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Adrenal Fatigue and How to Beat It



By: Valerie Balandra ARNP, BC



Your adrenal glands are two tiny pyramid-shaped pieces of tissue situated right above each kidney. Their job is to produce and release, when appropriate, certain regulatory hormones and chemical messengers.



Adrenaline is manufactured in the interior of the adrenal gland, called the adrenal medulla. Cortisol, the other chemical from the adrenal gland, is made in the exterior portion of the gland, called the adrenal cortex. The cortex also secretes androgens, estrogens, and progestins. Cortisol, commonly called hydrocortisone, is the most abundant -- and one of the most important -- of many adrenal cortex hormones. Cortisol helps you handle longer-term stress situations.



In addition to helping you handle stress, these two primary adrenal hormones, adrenaline and cortisol, along with others similarly produced, help control body fluid balance, blood pressure, blood sugar, and other central metabolic functions.



Find out more about the Adrenal Stress Index Test for Adrenal Fatigue!



In the heightened nervous state of adrenal burnout, the body overproduces adrenaline, cortisol and other stress hormones. Constant stress and poor nutrition can weaken the adrenal glands. Eventually, this causes the adrenal glands, the front line in the stress reaction, to show wear and tear and become depleted. This frequently leads to impairment in the thyroid gland, which can cause a further decline in energy level and mood and is one of the reasons why many people have thyroid glands that don't work well.



When stress continues over prolonged periods of time, the adrenal glands can deplete the body's hormonal and energy reserves, and the glands may either shrink in size or hypertrophy (enlarge). The overproduction of adrenal hormones caused by prolonged stress can weaken the immune system and inhibit the production of white blood cells that protect the body against foreign invaders (in particular lymphocytes and lymph node function). Adrenal dysfunction can disrupt the body's blood sugar metabolism, causing weakness, fatigue, and a feeling of being run down. It can also interfere with normal sleep rhythms and produce a wakeful, unrelaxing sleep state, making a person feel worn out even after a full night's sleep.





Common Causes of Adrenal Stress



* Anger

* Fear / Worry /Anxiety

* Depression

* Guilt

* Overwork/ physical or mental strain

* Excessive exercise

* Sleep deprivation

* Light-cycle disruption

* Going to sleep late

* Surgery

* Trauma/injury

* Chronic inflammation

* Chronic infection

* Chronic pain

* Temperature extremes

* Toxic exposure

* Malabsorption

* Maldigestion

* Chronic illness

* Chronic-severe allergies

* Hypogycemia

* Nutritional deficiencies





Testing for Adrenal Health



In order to determine the health of your adrenal glands you need to have a simple blood, urine, or saliva test such as the Adrenal Stress Index performed by your practitioner. Cortisol levels can be checked throughout the day by saliva or in the am by blood. DHEA, and Epinephrine, are some other indicators of adrenal function. The information provided by testing can help to determine the most appropriate type of treatment.



Associated Symptoms and Consequences of Impaired Adrenal Functioning



* Low body temperature

* Weakness

* Unexplained hair loss

* Nervousness/Panic Attacks

* Difficulty building muscle

* Irritability

* Mental depression

* Difficulty gaining weight

* Apprehension

* Hypoglycemia

* Inability to concentrate

* Excessive hunger

* Tendency towards inflammation

* Moments of confusion

* Indigestion

* Poor memory

* Feelings of frustration

* Alternating diarrhea and constipation

* Osteoporosis

* Auto-immune diseases/hepatitis

* Lightheadedness

* Palpitations [heart fluttering]

* Dizziness that occurs upon standing

* Poor resistance to infections

* Low blood pressure

* Insomnia

* Food and/or inhalant allergies

* PMS

* Craving for sweets

* Dry and thin skin

* Headaches

* Scanty perspiration

* Alcohol intolerance



Treatment



Lifestyle changes such as:



Eating steadily, all day long. Skipping meals is one of the worst things you can do for your body. When you're hungry, your blood sugar drops, stressing your adrenal glands and triggering your sympathetic nervous system. That causes light-headedness, cravings, anxiety and fatigue. Another drawback to skipping meals: The resulting low blood sugar can affect your ability to think clearly and shorten your attention span.



Skipping breakfast is particularly bad, as it is a sure fire way to gain, not lose, weight. If you start each morning with a good breakfast and "graze" healthfully every two to four hours, your blood sugar will remain steady throughout the day. You'll feel more rested and energetic. Eat protein with every meal. Eat Complex carbohydrates such as brown rice. Avoid sugar, junk food, white pasta, white rice, white bread.



Absolutely NO Caffeine. Coffee/Sodas over stimulates your adrenals and they deplete important B vitamins.

Coffee does not give you energy; coffee gives you the illusion of energy. Coffee actually drains the body of energy and makes you more tired, because of vitamin and adrenal depletion.



Exercise to relax. Walking, Yoga, deep breathing, meditation, or stretching. No vigorous or aerobic exercise, which depletes the adrenals.



Avoid alcohol, processed foods, and tobacco. Nicotine in tobacco initially raises cortisol levels, but chronic use results in low DHEA, testosterone, and progesterone levels.



Reduce stress; learn relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, visualization, progressive muscle relaxation.



Helpful Supplements



The use of small amounts of natural adrenal hormone such as Isocort to bring slightly low adrenal function up to its proper normal daily range is often helpful. Adrenal Support supplements can nourish and strengthen your adrenals.



* Take a daily multivitamin to provide nutritional support to the adrenal gland.

* Vitamin C 1,000-3,000 mg a day

* L-Theanine 100-400 mg a day

* Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) 300 mg a day

* Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), no more than 1000 mg of glycyrrhizin



THEOPHYLLINE (Bronkodyl??, Elixophyllin??, Theo-Dur??)

Theophylline is used to treat asthma by preventing the contraction of the airway muscles, slowing the release of asthma-causing chemicals, and inhibiting inflammation.



Which Nutrients Are Robbed

Taking this medicine may deplete your supply of, increase your need for, or interfere with the activity of:



* thiamin

* vitamin B6

* phosphorus

* Restoring the Nutrient Balance



To compensate for the nutrient loss caused by this drug, speak to your physician about taking 25-200 mg of thiamin, 100 mg of vitamin B6, and 700 mg of phosphorus. You can also eat foods that contain the depleted nutrients.





Drugs Are Helpful, But . . .

Pharmaceutical drugs perform many miracles every day, from controlling diabetes to containing virulent infections. However, it is important to remember that all drugs"?"every single one of them, even the simple and ubiquitous aspirin"?"have side effects, and that some of these side effects can be ameliorated or even eliminated by restoring the missing nutrients.



Information on other drugs and the nutrients they deplete is available in The Side Effects Bible: the Dietary Solution to Unwanted Side Effects of Common Medications by Frederic Vagnini, MD, and Barry Fox, PhD (Broadway Books, 2005).



For more information please visit the Adrenal Fatigue section at Health Remedies


Health Remedies is a worldwide supplier of pharmaceutical grade nutritional supplements proven to safely treat various health conditions such as menopause, asthma, obesity, diabetes, insomnia, and many other illnesses. You can take control of your body and improve your health by using natural alternatives as opposed to chemical medicines. Visit www.healthremedies.com and improve your outlook on life.

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          TUC Radio: Dr. Aaron Thierry: The Brutal Logic of Climate Change (ONE of TWO), Segment 1   
Dr. Aaron Thierry says that "recent events in the US illustrate just how widespread and influential climate denial has become; ... with potentially catastrophic implications for all of us." Aaron Thierry asks what we can do to better promote scientific understanding of this crucial issue. And this talk is his contribution. The title card of Thierry's presentation is a quote by Martin Luther King Jr.: "There is such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action". Aaron Thierry received his PhD in Ecology from the University of Sheffield and researched the impacts of global warming on the carbon cycle in Arctic ecosystems. He teaches at Sheffield's Department of Animal and Plant Sciences. Thanks to CNU, that's Carbon Neutral University, at Sheffield for organizing and recording this talk. The date was March 26, 2017.

          TUC Radio: Dr. Aaron Thierry: The Brutal Logic of Climate Change (ONE of TWO), Segment 2   
Dr. Aaron Thierry says that "recent events in the US illustrate just how widespread and influential climate denial has become; ... with potentially catastrophic implications for all of us." Aaron Thierry asks what we can do to better promote scientific understanding of this crucial issue. And this talk is his contribution. The title card of Thierry's presentation is a quote by Martin Luther King Jr.: "There is such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action". Aaron Thierry received his PhD in Ecology from the University of Sheffield and researched the impacts of global warming on the carbon cycle in Arctic ecosystems. He teaches at Sheffield's Department of Animal and Plant Sciences. Thanks to CNU, that's Carbon Neutral University, at Sheffield for organizing and recording this talk. The date was March 26, 2017.

          Trinity Graduate Becomes Second-Ever Irish Awardee of World Chemistry Congress   
Dr Fergus Poynton, a recent PhD graduate from Trinity, has become the second-ever Irish person to be awarded by the prestigious World Chemistry Congress. In a ceremony in Brazil in July, Poynton will be given the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry-Solvay International Award for Young Chemists, becoming the second Irish chemist to be recognised by the congress. The only other Irish winner was Dr Emile Banide in 2008. Poynton was one of five winners of the international award from the congress, which comes with a $1,000 prize. Poynton has previously won the Royal Irish Academy award for the most outstanding Irish PhD thesis... Read more »
          Jom Kita Berkenalan....   


Salam,

Bukan apa, blog ni saya bina pada bulan jun 2008. Tapi tak pernah bercerita pasal peribadi. Malu kot! He he he....

Saya ni manusia biasa je... tak ada apa-apa kelebihan cuma ada semangat untuk meneruskan hidup di bawah payung keredhaan Allah. Selagi nafas belum terhenti, saya akan terus berjuang untuk mencari erti sebuah kehidupan yang bermakna untuk kehidupan seterusnya di akhirat nanti... ya lah kehidupan di sini hanya persinggahan yg sebentar..

InsyaAllah 20 mac ni genaplah umurku 40 tahun! Alamak.... bila sebut angka 40, terasa benar dah lama sebenarnya aku mendiami bumi Allah ni.. Dah berapa banyak nikmat Allah yang telah aku kecapi... Subhanallah. Anak-anak pun dah besar-besar. Ada yg dah jadi remaja. Ya Allah besarnya tanggungjawab aku. Nak besarkan anak2 mungkin senang, tapi nak mendidik mereka menjadi manusia yg berguna dalam saat dunia yg mencabar sekarang bukan sesenang yg kita sangkakan. Anak-anak ni amanah Allah. Janganlah kerana salah mendidik mereka, kita tidak mencium bau syurga pula, wanauzubillah!

Anak saya 4 org. Semua perempuan. Kat rumah ada seorang je lelaki... Itulah suami ku yg tersayang...

Suami saya masih belajar lagi. buat PHD kat UITM Shah Alam dalam bidang genetik... tahun ni insyaAllah tahun akhir.Kalau tak ada aral melintang, akhir tahun ni kami akan balik kenegeri tanah tumpah darahku KELATE! Yahooooooo...

Biasa la mesti happy nak balik kampung kan.. Tu la bila difikirkan tak terasa pula umur dah 40..

Ok la ... Untuk kali ni setakat ni dulu cerita saya... nanti kita sambung pula lain kali insyaAllah...

I'm sorry.....

Kak Rohani
          Photos: U.S-Based Nigerian Drone Expert, Osato Osemwengie, Bags His 7th Masters Degree   
I was in Garland, Texas yesterday, June 23rd, 2017 for my 7th master degree graduation. Yes as the fingers count in the picture shows 7, as in 7 master degree. I can now focus on my 4th PhD due to begin September 7th, 2017 and on competing two books and two articles due to be published within the next four weeks. Here are the titles and International Standard Book Number (ISBN) that have been issued for the books:

Osemwengie, O. (2017). Drone Construction: Step by Step Guide to Designing, Building and Flying Your Own Drone. Marques Aviation Ltd. Southport, United Kingdom. ISBN: 978-1-907980-16-9 Osemwengie, O. (2016). Theory and Practice in Developing Advanced Small Multi Rotor Aircraft. Marques Aviation Ltd. Southport, United Kingdom. 

ISBN: 978-1-907980-13-8 Osemwengie, O. et al. (2017). High-power fiber lasers for power beaming to UAVs and low-orbit satellites. International Journal of Unmanned Systems Engineering. 5(2S): 51-60.

Osemwengie, O. et al. (2017). Implementation of free space optics to send DC power to quadcopters. International Journal of Unmanned Systems Engineering. 5(2S): 41-50.



          Loma Linda University Researchers Launch First Global Sea Turtle Sightings Smartphone App   

PhD student and his advisor develop app available on Google Play and in the iPhone app store

(PRWeb April 04, 2016)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2016/04/prweb13311415.htm


          Comment on About by Sheena Sood   
Alexis! This is great...you probably don't remember me, I worked at Charis when you were doing some of your dissertation research there, back when I wasn't considering phd programs....alas, i ended up in a doctoral program at Temple's Sociology and am def facing all of the symptoms you described above. i am so so so grateful that a sis pointed me in this direction...you're amazing! Cannot wait to browse all its spectacular resources, thank you thank you thank you!
          Comment on About by The Ignant Intellectual   
This post intensely speaks to a position that I found myself in about 3 years ago. I was an African-American female 1st year Sociology PhD student at UW-Madison. I was excited. I was passionate. Unfortunately i was application-minded and Wisconsin Sociology is highly theoretical. But beyond that, I found myself having emotions and having to explain myself in ways that were vexing to my spirit. The theory of the damaging effects of racism, race, patriarchy, imperialism, and hegemony all mollewhopped me in a very pragmatic and hand-on way. It resulted in me losing weight which was good, but it also left me confused and not knowing where to turn. As a result, I did what i do best--I left. Initially I took a 2 year leave of absence but I never went back. Sometimes I regret it, but most times I don't. It was where I was supposed to be, but not where I was supposed to remain. Thank you so much for this article.
          Never too old to map your future   
You may have noticed I'm no longer in my 20s and therefore might think that I'm your typical mature age student - the one who does all the readings, sits at the front of the lecture and asks heaps of questions. BORING!

Being a PhD student makes things a little different. I work on my research alone and have spent time during my research situated within organisations interviewing and surveying staff.

I bring life and work experience to my student experience, having worked as a manager in the Federal Government for eight years before a change of pace to start a family. I lecture part time to fund my studies and in my daughter's first 18 months, I managed to complete a Masters degree whilst looking after her full time.

Now I have two children and am ready to MAP MY FUTURE with anticipation. Bring on the next phase!!

Oh and I'm not THAT old, just old enough NOT to jump with joy at the idea Justin Beiber is coming to town. Also old enough to know how to use money wisely, to invest, save and also how to use it to help others.

It's also a coincidence that one of my roles working with the Federal Government was as the state coordinator for Harmony Day, which coincides with the United Nation's (and UNICEF's) International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. On March 21 each year, Australians are encouraged to wear Orange to signify cultural diversity and racial tolerance.

The colour orange was selected for Harmony Day because it is an active colour that implies celebration.


          Erin DeCarlo (CE) - Dissertation Defense   

"Uncertainty Quantification and Confidence Assessment in Time-Dependent Multidisciplinary Simulations"

Erin DeCarlo - Prof. Sankaran Mahadevan, Adviser/Chair of the PhD Committee


          Lillian Juttukonda (M&IM) - Dissertation Defense   

"Manganese Homeostasis in Bacterial-Host Interactions"

Lillian Juttukonda - Prof. Eric Skaar, Adviser; Prof. David Aronoff, Chair of the PhD Committee


          SR Scientist II - Ext Analytical Development - Alvogen - Pine Brook, NJ   
MS in Chemistry, Biochemistry or related discipline with 9+ years of experience or PhD with 6+ years of experience in generic pharmaceutical industry....
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          To Pay or Not to Pay   
A very interesting piece came out today on Babble.

Essentially, the author (who has five children) says that she will not pay for her childrens' education largely because she knows she will not be able to afford it, but also because she believes in some kind of bootstrap mentality where children appreciate it more if they earn it.

After reading the piece I have a lot of thoughts. Probably the first is gratitude. Because honestly, it never even occurred to me that there WAS another option beyond paying for my kids' education. So just the opportunity to consider this has opened my eyes quite a bit. for instance, my friend A said that her parents made her and her brother pay for the first year and then they covered the rest. Seems like that offers the best of both worlds.

R paid for his own school (almost) entirely. I will not speak for him, but let's just say that his philosophy is that he wants his children to have what he did not. He wants to pay for their education entirely. It has been hard for him to start life with so much debt.

My parents paid for my school and then they paid for grad school. During the time, I will absolutely admit I was not grateful at all. All of my friends were in the same boat, so the idea that I would thank my dad for all the hours he logged that paid my 160k*** "little Ivy" education was preposterous. It is only now, a decade later, that I am grateful for what his generosity afforded me: a debt free start to my life, the room to explore my interests and find my niche without the burden of debt and yes, a massive sense of entitlement.

I could not be honest without admitting that I was and have been spoiled by my upbringing. It is good for me to open my eyes to other thoughts and listen. This is one of the reasons R and I are so good for eachother. He challenges my expectations.

All that said, I expect my kids to go to college. And then grad school. I expect them to be lawyers/doctors/PhD academics/successful writers, etc. I don't even think I realized how pushy/upper middle class my expectations were until today. The idea that they would do anything other than college/gradschool seemed insane. I can't say that I have been awakened and now hope they will learn a trade and skip college, but I am considering some of my expectations of a toddler and a baby and wondering if they are too pushy.

Could I have created the life I have and love--the job, the family--by bootstrapping it? Maybe. R certainly did. But where I have an idealistic, "our kids can major in whatever strikes their fancy b/c they will go to grad school anyway" philosophy, he is much more, "what can they do to maximize their earning potential?"

Two schools of thought, both equally valid.

I have no answers today. I will say I want kids who are grateful and know what they have, not spoiled like I was. But I also want children who feel they can do anything they want, attend Ivy League schools and not have the pressure of finances holding back their dreams and ambitions. In the end, I am not sure what to think, but I am grateful for the opportunity to ponder it. So, thanks Babble and Meagan Francis.
          Asst Professor (tenure-track) - University of British Columbia - Okanagan, BC   
Candidates must have a PhD in Sociology, a strong record of research productivity, and proven ability to attract external funding....
From University of British Columbia - Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:56:03 GMT - View all Okanagan, BC jobs
          Lecturer - University of British Columbia - Okanagan, BC   
We seek applicants with a completed, or nearly completed, PhD in Psychology by the time of appointment, relevant university teaching experience, and evidence of...
From University of British Columbia - Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:51:32 GMT - View all Okanagan, BC jobs
          Academic part-time RELG 3701 - Islam - Mount Allison University - Sackville, NB   
Preference will be given to applicants with, or nearing completion of, a PhD in Religious Studies. The Department of Religious Studies at Mount Allison...
From Mount Allison University - Tue, 11 Apr 2017 17:10:19 GMT - View all Sackville, NB jobs
          Software Engineers - Algorithms - Intel - Toronto, ON   
The candidate must be pursuing a BS, MS or PhD degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Engineering Science or a related discipline....
From Intel - Sat, 17 Jun 2017 10:23:09 GMT - View all Toronto, ON jobs
          Regional Medical Liaison, Inflammation & Immunology Western Canada - Celgene Corporation - British Columbia   
MD, Pharm D, PhD highly desirable; Celgene is a global biopharmaceutical company leading the way in medical innovation to help patients live longer, better...
From Celgene Corporation - Sat, 15 Apr 2017 10:17:43 GMT - View all British Columbia jobs
          Regional Medical Liaison, Inflammation & Immunology Western Canada - Celgene - British Columbia   
MD, Pharm D, PhD highly desirable; Celgene is a global biopharmaceutical company leading the way in medical innovation to help patients live longer, better...
From Celgene - Fri, 14 Apr 2017 18:14:04 GMT - View all British Columbia jobs
          Sales Representative, Inorganic Mass Spectrometry - Thermo Fisher Scientific - British Columbia   
MS or PhD preferred. New PhD candidates would be considered if educational achievements fulfill knowledge based requirements. Sr....
From Thermo Fisher Scientific - Thu, 13 Apr 2017 10:24:47 GMT - View all British Columbia jobs
          Principal / Senior Statistician - GCE Solutions - Home Based   
MS or PhD in Statistics or Biostatistics. We are looking for good clinical statistical programmers (all Phases) to support our large pharmaceutical...
From GCE Solutions - Sat, 27 May 2017 10:39:33 GMT - View all Home Based jobs
          Associate Director Clinical Programming - GCE Solutions - Home Based   
MS or PhD in any stream. Responsible for overseeing programmers in both full service and internal projects....
From GCE Solutions - Sat, 27 May 2017 10:38:37 GMT - View all Home Based jobs
          Biostatistician - GCE Solutions - Home Based   
Must have an MS or PhD in statistics or Biostatistics. Statistician will be supporting the autoimmune TA....
From GCE Solutions - Sat, 27 May 2017 10:38:37 GMT - View all Home Based jobs
          Director of Clinical Services - GCE Solutions - Home Based   
MS or PhD in any stream. Lead development and improvement of internal processes for statistical programming....
From GCE Solutions - Sat, 27 May 2017 10:38:34 GMT - View all Home Based jobs
          Senior AI Solution Architect - Innodata Labs - Remote   
Master’s or PhD degree, or proven workplace experience in machine learning/artificial intelligence. Are you a born entrepreneur who finds satisfaction in...
From Innodata Labs - Fri, 05 May 2017 23:23:37 GMT - View all Remote jobs
          Faculty Member, Computer Science (Scientific Data Visualization) - University of Saskatchewan - Canada   
Have a PhD in Computer Science. The Department of Computer Science in the College of Arts and Science at the University of Saskatchewan invite applications for...
From University of Saskatchewan - Fri, 30 Jun 2017 22:54:48 GMT - View all Canada jobs
          ASCIT and GSC Honor Excellence in Teaching   
The annual awards celebrate outstanding professors and TAs
Rob Phillips giving a Bi 1 lecture.
Rob Phillips giving a Bi 1 lecture.
Credit: Caltech

The Associated Students of Caltech (ASCIT) and Caltech's Graduate Student Council (GSC) on June 14 announced the honorees of their annual teaching awards, celebrating professors, TAs, and mentors for outstanding teaching in the 2016–17 academic year.

Based on voting by undergraduates, the ASCIT Teaching Awards honored professors Paul Asimow (MS '93, PhD '97), the Eleanor and John R. McMillan Professor of Geology and Geochemistry; Rob Phillips, the Fred and Nancy Morris Professor of Biophysics and Biology; Adam Wierman, professor of computing and mathematical sciences; and Evan Kirby, assistant professor of astronomy. The TAs honored were Chinmay Nirkhe (BS '17) and graduate students Dylan Freas (CCE), Eugene Tang (PMA), and Todd Norton (PMA).

The GSC's Teaching and Mentoring Awards, which honor those who have "made an extraordinary impact on graduate students," went to a professor, a TA, and a mentor; two honorable mentions were named as well.

Xie Chen, assistant professor of theoretical physics, won the teaching award; Michael Wong (MS '14), a graduate student in GPS, won the TA award; and Beverley McKeon, the Theodore von Karman Professor of Aeronautics, won the mentoring award. The two honorable mentions went to Heather Knutson, professor of planetary science; and Laura Flower Kim, associate director of International Student Programs.


          Canada: Happy 150th anniversary!   
There’s a bit of fun in the title for Jennifer Pascoe’s June 27, 2017 University of Alberta news release, (assuming you’re familiar with the opening words for Canada’s national anthem: “O Canada!”), Nan-Oh-Canada At just 32 atoms and visible only through a million-dollar scanning tunneling microscope, a tiny maple leaf created by UAlberta PhD student […]
          Which of these is a better grad school for animation in CS...   
Does Ohio State University (http://www.cse.ohio-state.edu/research/graphics/) or the University of Pennsylvania (http://cg.cis.upenn.edu) have a better reputation for animation in computer science now?

The University of Pennsylvania seems to have more professors that study topics in animation now, but Ohio State University seems to have had more of a historical influence in years gone by and has more professors in graphics in general now (many of them study applications of graphics to science).

I received an offer to do a masters at UPenn and an offer to do a PhD with tuition waived for a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at Ohio State.



          Floating Points - Reflections: Mojave Desert   
'Reflections: Mojave Desert'
A striking experiment in re-casting electronic isolation...

Nominally, the desert is a ‘waterless, desolate land’, a ‘situation or place considered dull and uninteresting’. Verbally, it speaks of abandonment. Hardly a place for creative inspiration or experimentation then. Yet, Sam Shepherd, aka Floating Points, is never one to shy away from a challenge. With a string of EPs to his name, including his stand-out 2011 ‘Shadows’ offering, as well as 2015’s acclaimed debut LP ‘Elaenia’, and a PhD in neuroscience to boot, Shepherd seems like the perfect choice to find stimulus in the static desert-space.

Having spent the last two years touring the globe with a live band in support of the orchestral scope of ‘Elaenia’, Shepherd’s latest project brings this newfound live element inside the studio, and simultaneously brings the studio outside into the desert.

The first in a series of forthcoming environmental recordings, ‘Reflections – Mojave Desert’, is an ambitious audio-visual project. Conceived in the Mojave Desert while Shepherd was rehearsing with his band in-between US tour dates, Shepherd was so struck by the acoustic interplay with the surrounding rock formations that rather than use the setting as a backdrop for his compositions, the Floating Points band wrote and recorded new works to capture this unique setting, and their place within it.

The result is the five-track EP, accompanied by a short film directed by Anna Diaz Ortuño. The film acts as a luscious visual accompaniment and context to the record, showing Shepherd climbing rock formations with field recording equipment while shots of wiry vegetation and acrid surroundings are cut with footage of the band playing. Somehow, the incongruousness of their presence is negated and they are absorbed into the elemental backdrop.

The record is structured around three short works, ‘Mojave Desert’, ‘Kites’, and ‘Lucerne Valley’, with the two longer pieces, ‘Silurian Blue’ and ‘Kelso Dunes’ interspersed between. Opening with the ambient, spatial ‘Mojave Desert’, Shepherd’s plaintive Rhodes notes atonally vibrate, soon transitioning into the sprawl of ‘Silurian Blue’. ‘Silurian’ is redolent of earlier Floating Points work, such as the ‘Silhouettes’ suite on ‘Elaenia’, building from top-line melody into a gentle groove marked by well-placed guitar riffs and wailing synths.

As the sun starts to set on the band in the film, ‘Silurian Blue’ lives up to its colour and takes on a melancholy tone before the soft synth modulations of ‘Kites’ appear, having been recorded via rock formation reverberations. Similarly, ‘Lucerne Valley’ incorporates the desert’s sparsity in the reverb-filled space between its Rhodes notes and interweaving synth tones.

It is ‘Kelso Dunes’, though, that sets the record truly apart from Shepherd’s previous work. Comprising an ambient arpeggio opening with streaking guitars, rock-steady drumming, and a euphoric crescendo, the twelve-minute track takes Floating Points into darker compositional territory. Gone are the overt electronics and instead the driving force of a live band prevails, supplemented by brief moments of calm. In these break-downs and build-ups Shepherd replicates the classic structure of club tracks, except this time injecting the number with improvisatory energy, rather than the compressed precision of computer production.

Ending bathed in flashing lasers and the Stygian, starry black of the night sky in the film, ‘Reflections – Mojave Desert’ makes for a striking film soundtrack. Without the visuals and context, the record can become excessively meditative at times, yet at its finest moments it re-forms the uninhabitable vastness of the desert-space as a blank canvas in the listener’s imagination, to be filled with inspiration of their own.

8/10

Words: Ammar Kalia

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          Professor/Associate/Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences at The American University of Nigeria   
&nbsp;The American University of Nigeria was founded in response to the need for a world-class university in sub-Saharan Africa. The University&rsquo;s mission is to provide quality education to Nigeria and Africa&rsquo;s future leaders in order to equip them with the skills needed to solve development issues on the continent, and give them the knowledge needed to create solutions that will benefit their community, their country and, ultimately, the world.We are seeking suitable and qualified candidates to fill the vacant position below:Job Title: Professor/Associate/Assistant Professor of Environmental SciencesLocation:&nbsp;Yola, AdamawaDepartment: School of Arts and SciencesSummary of PositionAUN is seeking a motivated Assistant/Associate/full Professor of Environmental Sciences in the Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences.The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching, research and community service as may be requested by the Dean.The candidate will contribute to preparing students to be applied and practical, critical thinkers and problem solvers through innovative teaching and research.S/he will work closely with the Chair of the Natural and Environmental Sciences Program and the Dean of the school of Arts &amp; Science to deliver effective teaching and learning in line with the program philosophy and the development philosophy of the American University of Nigeria.Asides the teaching responsibilities, the successful candidate is also expected to mentor students and to contribute to the department&rsquo;s administration and scholarly work by carrying out and disseminating high quality research.The post holder will be required to instruct environmental science courses, both introductory and advanced levels, including advanced courses related to his or her area of expertise.The successful candidate will have a PhD in Environmental Sciences or a related discipline and an established, or potential to establish, record of excellence in teaching, research, and service.Candidates should possess a strong record of academic publications in reputable peer-reviewed journals, commensurate with career stage. International experience is preferred.Strong written and verbal communication, and, interpersonal skills are required. The right candidate must also have a strong command of English.&nbsp;

Apply at https://ngcareers.com/job/2017-06/professor-associate-assistant-professor-of-environmental-sciences-at-the-american-university-of-nigeria-23/


          Professor/Associate/Assistant Professor of Bio-medical Sciences at The American University of Nigeria (AUN)   
The American University of Nigeria (AUN) was established in 2003. The institution was conceived as Africa&#39;s first Development University. Its mission is to pioneer service learning and build leaders who will be prepared to tackle societal concerns. Located in Yola, Adamawa State, the University is a world-class career-oriented institution missioned to be an agent of change in the development of the region. AUN has a strong commitment to providing the skills and the leadership essential to solving the continent&#39;s critical social and economic problems.This position is a local one open to indigenous and/or legal residents of Nigeria and expatriate. We are seeking for a suitable and qualified candidate to fill the vacant position below:Job Title: Professor/Associate/Assistant Professor of Bio-medical SciencesLocation:&nbsp;Yola, AdamawaStarting Date: Starting date for the position is August 2017.&nbsp;Department: School of Arts and SciencesSummary of PositionAUN is seeking a motivated Assistant/Associate/full Professor of Biomedical Sciences in the Department of Natural and Environmental Sciences.The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching, research and community service as may be requested by the Dean.The candidate will contribute to preparing students to be applied and practical, critical thinkers and problem solvers through innovative teaching and research.S/he will work closely with the Chair of the Natural and Environmental Sciences Program and the Dean of the school of Arts &amp; Science to deliver effective teaching and learning in line with the program philosophy and the development philosophy of the American University of Nigeria. Asides the teaching responsibilities, the successful candidate is also expected to mentor students and to contribute to the department&rsquo;s administration and scholarly work by carrying out and disseminating high quality research.The post holder will be required to instruct biomedical science courses, both introductory and advanced levels, including advanced courses related to his or her area of expertise. The successful candidate will have a PhD in Molecular Biology or a related discipline and an established, or potential to establish, record of excellence in teaching, research, and service.Candidates should possess a strong record of academic publications in reputable peer-reviewed journals, commensurate with career stage. International experience is preferred.Strong written and verbal communication, and, interpersonal skills are required. The right candidate must also have a strong command of English.&nbsp;

Apply at https://ngcareers.com/job/2017-06/professor-associate-assistant-professor-of-bio-medical-sciences-at-the-american-university-of-nigeria-aun-767/


          Scholar GN Devy's Life's Work Is The Best Reply To Those Rallying For One National Language   

DHARWAD — "I'm not a cynic, I'm an optimist," says GN Devy, settling down in the drawing room of the charming house he shares with his wife Surekha in the sleepy town of Dharwad in Karnataka.

It's early on a Friday morning and a sun-kissed air, after a shower, blows in through the windows. I'm here to discuss Devy's latest book, The Crisis Within: On Knowledge and Education in India (Aleph, ₹399), but this remark resonates with his life's work, the essence of which is distilled into the short monograph.

Until a year ago, Devy — internationally renowned scholar, literary critic, linguist, writer, crusader for tribal rights and teacher — was based in Vadodara, Gujarat, where he held academic positions for over three decades. In 2016, in his mid-60s and retired from full-time teaching, he decided to uproot himself from his home of many years, moved by a horrific tragedy.

On 30 August 2015, 77-year-old academic MM Kalburgi, who had attained notoriety among religious conservatives for his uncompromising rationalist views, was shot at point-blank range by two assassins, purporting to be his students, at his home in Dharwad. By the time he was taken to the district hospital, Kalburgi was dead.

"After Kalburgi's murder, I couldn't sit back any longer," says Devy. "The idea of India was being destroyed at its root, it was necessary to act."

Devy, who had met him only a few days ago, was profoundly shaken by his murder. It had come in the wake of two similar killings of intellectuals in Maharashtra — of 69-year-old Narendra Dhabolkar's (on 20 August 2013) in Pune and 81-year-old Govind Pansare's (on 16 February 2015) in Mumbai — both similarly reviled by the Right for their spirited opposition to organised religion and the caste system.

"After Kalburgi's murder, I couldn't sit back any longer," says Devy. "The idea of India was being destroyed at its root, it was necessary to act."

Shortly after Kalburgi's death, Devy returned the Sahitya Akademi award, conferred on him in 1993 for his book After Amnesia, in a gesture of solidarity with several other intellectuals, who did the same. But the more appropriate action for him, under the circumstances, meant transplanting his life to Dharwad, where the dastardly killing had taken place, which is also a site of immense cultural richness, from where writers like Girish Karnad and musicians such as Bhimsen Joshi have emerged.

Where the mind is without fear

At the heart of the theory of education that Devy expounds in his book is a profound sense of conviction — a call to fearlessly confront the structures of power, namely colonialism and the caste system, which have shaped India's knowledge systems for 200 years.

"Every historical figure I've been influenced by — be it Guru Govind Singh, Mahatma Gandhi, Jesus Christ or Aurobindo Ghosh — urged the people to lose fear from their hearts," he says. "Being able to live without fear is a basic human right, it is the foundation of being civilised." By choosing to live in Dharwad, which had proved fatal to another thinker of similar persuasions, Devy had set an example of his belief in living an intrepid existence. All his life, he has believed in ushering in change at the grassroots.

"Being able to live without fear is a basic human right, it is the foundation of being civilised."

"Be united, but don't be organised," is his motto for our troubled times, as India reels from the "deadly combination" of "cultural conservatism" and "economic liberalism". "The socialists, Marxists, seva dals, Gandhians are all in a disarray today," Devy says. But still, there are individuals with visions — editing magazines, running literary clubs, organising trade unions, making movies — who still haven't lost hope.

"About 31.8% of India's population voted the current government to power," he says, working out a complex math step by step. "That means, about 112 crore people of the 130 crore who live in this country didn't want the Bharatiya Janata Party." Such a vast number, Devy adds, cannot be dismissed as "a mindless mass". The real challenge is to ignite a feeling of solidarity among these scattered individuals.

"In my experience, people start speaking freely when one opens up to them," Devy says. He mentions, as an illustration, the participation of nearly 10,000 students (a huge number for a place the size of Dharwad) in an emotionally charged public march to commemorate the first anniversary of Kalburgi's murder.

On this uneventful morning, Devy's gentle confidence feels almost infectious. The phone rings frequently, a group of men drop by to see him about an address to a trade union ("I'm going to talk to them about Marx," Devy threatens playfully, but the proposal is received with delight) — he has time for everyone, ever ready to offer a patient hearing, no detail too small for him to overlook.

INDIA-RELIGION-CRIME

What we chose to forget

Born in 1950, Devy grew up speaking Marathi and Gujarati, becoming fluent in English only in his late teens and going on to do a PhD in English Literature years later. By the time he reached college, in the 1960s, all the local values and traditions he had absorbed in his acquaintance with Marathi and Gujarati writings were turned into "non-knowledge", he found to his dismay.

"For my MA, I took a paper on epic, in which I studied Homer, Dante, Milton and Sri Aurobindo's Savitri — because it was written in English," says Devy. "There was no mention of the Mahabharat, probably because it was considered theology or folklore."

In 1992, Devy wrote about the processes that push ancient but living traditions of knowledge into areas of "non-knowledge" in his iconic book, After Amnesia. "It seemed to me as though Gujarati and Marathi critics almost felt shy of asserting their insights," he says. "They relied too heavily on the West than employing the traditions of aesthetics in their own cultures."

Taking a cue from Freud's theory of the mind, he concluded that amnesia did not pertain as much to the loss of memory as to its ritual suppression through age-old tools of oppression and the assertion of cultural hegemony by certain entities. In the case of India, centuries of British and European colonialism, together with the all-pervasive grip of the caste system, privileged some forms of knowledge over others, leading to the gradual extinction or neglect of the latter.

In his years as a teacher, Devy introduced the writings of BR Ambedkar, MK Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, MN Roy and J Krishnamurti to students of literature in India. To this day, not many classrooms in colleges and universities venture into aesthetic and critical thought beyond Western theories.

"Knowledge has to be relevant to one's own reality," as Devy says, "though it may not necessarily be useful."

Identity politics

Devy's preoccupation with retrieving and preserving "lost cultures" found its most abiding expression in his work with tribal communities, especially with the Denotified Tribes (DNTs), which were once listed under the Criminal Tribes Act of 1871, thanks the whim of an idle British officer. The work brought him close to activists like Mahasweta Devi, who became a lifelong friend, about whom Devy has many reminiscences.

Founded two decades ago in Tejgadh, Gujarat, Devy's Adivasi Academy is one of its kind. It started with his interest in the work that the Adivasi tribes did with their hands. "I was always fascinated by their making, more than what they made," Devy says, "how they lived, grew crops, interacted with nature."

Over time, he began to decipher patterns in their activities, though there were still not enough means of codifying these practices, mostly preserved in oral histories, reliant on a solid foundation of memory.

Devy mentions the inscriptions on boats he saw on Minicoy Islands in Lakshadweep ("at par with those you may find in any great library"), the peculiar style of the Rathwa painters that straddle language and image, as examples of living traditions of knowledge that suffer from neglect, at worse disdain, from the world at large. "As we become digitally empowered, there's a real danger of a section of people becoming digitally marginalised," he says. "We have to guard against this from happening."

But Devy is also careful not to encourage any misconceptions about his beliefs, especially those that could be seized upon by provincial bigots missing the nuances of his argument.

"My attempt is not to go back to the past to glorify it but to make ourselves alert to the ways in which we are unable to relate to the past from our present."

"I'm not saying ancient or medieval India had everything good we have lost," he clarifies. "My attempt is not to go back to the past to glorify it but to make ourselves alert to the ways in which we are unable to relate to the past from our present."

Ancient Indian traditions, he says, can never be fully recovered, just as Western structures of thought can never be fully imported to India, for their own sakes, losing sight of their relevance to our contemporary realities.

At the Adivasi Academy, a multiplicity of media — theatre, film, paintings, photographs — is used to keep vanishing systems of knowledge alive. Teachers employed there are expected to first learn the languages spoken by their students before they get down to imparting any knowledge to the latter. It is a practice that ensures equitable exchange and encourages the tribals to appreciate and value their cultures deeply.

Many voices

Devy's most unique contribution perhaps remains launching the People's Linguistic Survey of India (PLSI) in 2010, an extraordinary project to document the languages (and dialects) spoken across the country. PLSI identified around 780 languages in India, though there could be another 100. It also found that around 220 languages have gone extinct in the last five decades. Those who are rallying for one rashtra bhasha would do well to reckon with this overwhelming evidence of heterogeneity and loss.

Those who are rallying for one rashtra bhasha would do well to reckon with this overwhelming evidence of heterogeneity and loss.

Executed by a team of over 3,000 volunteers, over 20 volumes of this mammoth undertaking are already out — written in the original languages, a few translated into English — while more are in the pipeline. Already Devy is working on an Global Language Status Report (GLSR). As the name implies, it involves the documentation of the tribal languages from across the world.

Another 100-odd volumes on different subjects, edited by Devy and in various stages of completion, are also in the works, including 10 books on Indian thought commissioned from across the country, compiling philosophical and political texts in languages from specific regions. The Dakshinayan Indian Thought Series, as Devy calls this project, serves several purposes, apart from showcasing the diversity of India's social and political traditions.

"These days it's easy to get booked for sedition if you write something," he says, "But when you reprint an existing text, chances of such troubles are lesser."

Referring to the Global South and its revolutionary history, as well as to the land beyond the Vindhyas, the Dakshinayan series aims to collate the plurality of discourse from languages as diverse as Konkani to Bengali, Hindi to Malayalam, debunking the argument for one rashtrabhasha and one way of life.

To those crying lustily for one "national language", the very existence of these audaciously imagined volumes should serve as a fitting reminder of India's linguistic diversity and cultural plurality.

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The Ralph Johnson Bunche Distinguished Graduate Scholarship is available to full-time entering students at Rutgers University, School of Law, Newark.

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D.J. Lovell Scholarship


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Award Amount: $11,000

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Fields of study may include optics, photonics, imaging, optoelectronics and other related disciplines.

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Award Amount: $10,000

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          Virtual Reality Is Being Used to Help Burn Victims in Seattle, but Could It Be Dangerously Addictive?   
Caleb Springer credits VR with helping his pain, but others have gone to reSTART, a rehab center for gaming and VR addiction. by Katie Herzog

In 2010, Caleb Springer, then 23, was riding a friend's scooter in his home state of Alaska. He didn't realize that the gas cap was missing, and after he tipped the bike over, gasoline spilled onto his pants. An errant cigarette spark hit the gas, and Springer was quickly engulfed in flames from the bottom up. More than half of his body was burned.

Springer was airlifted from Valdez to Seattle's Harborview Burn Center, more than 1,000 miles away. He would stay there for two months.

Third-degree burns are one of the most painful injuries a person can go through and survive. With other traumas—childbirth or surgery or breaking a limb—there's a one-time event and then, if all goes well, the pain begins to ebb. In the aftermath of a severe burn, nurses are tasked with scrubbing away dead, damaged, and infected tissue to improve the odds that the living tissue survives. Physical therapy can be even worse. Other than knocking out patients entirely, there's little dulling of the pain.

Springer is Alaskan: He fells trees, rides snowmobiles, drinks Pabst, shoots guns, and works on a dock. He's tattooed and bearded, and he's been in plenty of fights. But this recovery was "excruciatingly bad," he said. This was especially true during wound care, when nurses peeled off old dressings that had dried to the skin grafts covering his legs, back, and arm. Later, during physical therapy, his new skin had to be stretched out. "I could barely handle it even with all the pain meds they were giving me," he said.

Even on drugs like morphine and fentanyl, 86 percent of burn patients report "severe to excruciating" levels of pain during this process, just like Springer. But unlike most burn patients, Springer's doctors at Harborview were working with a novel way to manage pain: virtual reality.

Virtual reality (VR) may seem like an expensive, silly-looking toy—something that spoiled teens and bored yuppies buy for playing video games or watching porn. But Springer's doctors were on the front side of the burgeoning trend of using virtual reality as therapy.

Today, seven years after Springer's accident, the virtual-reality industry is booming and Seattle is its nexus. In 2016, the Washington Interactive Network estimated that 40 virtual- or augmented-reality companies are headquartered in the region, in addition to outside corporations with VR teams based here. This includes monoliths like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft, as well as gaming giant Valve.

There are also small game developers like Endeavor One, a five-person team building a virtual-reality game set in a 1980s-era arcade. The world they've created is both familiar and surreal, with neon lights, dotted carpet, Street Fighter, and a ceiling that opens into a brilliant night sky. Independent and self-funded, cofounder Tom Doyle called his start-up the "punk" of the gaming world as we sat at a glass table in his immaculate town house on Capitol Hill. He and his team all came from big corporations, and now they work out of his garage downstairs. Doyle said he'd love to see more VR start-ups in the neighborhood.

Seattle also has software and hardware developers, content creators, and other companies working in logistics, commerce, education, social media, and more. And where VR goes, VC goes as well: Local venture capitalists like Maveron, Madrona Venture Group, and Trilogy Equity Partners have all begun investing in virtual, augmented, and mixed reality (an emerging technology that superimposes graphics onto your view of the world). With mixed reality, you could be walking through Seattle on a gloomy winter day, but inside your headset it looks like summer.

Some of these groups are investing locally. Pixvana, a Fremont start-up making software that will let anyone with a headset edit VR videos, raised $6 million from Madrona and Vulcan, Paul Allen's investment group. Ballard-based Pluto VR, which is developing an app to help users communicate within virtual reality, recently secured nearly $14 million in funding. And Magic Leap, a notoriously secretive augmented-reality start-up with offices in Georgetown, was valued at $4.5 billion last December, and they still haven't released a single product. Venture capital is still easier to come by in Silicon Valley, according to many local start-ups, but there's plenty of incentive to base in Seattle: There is no income, corporate, or capital gains tax in Washington State. From a start-up's perspective, this could be a benefit worth billions. For everyone else, the upside is less clear.

But before Seattle became a hub for virtual reality, before there were Oculus Rifts or HTC Vives or thousands of developers moving into shiny new high-rises, there was the Harborview Burn Center and SnowWorld.


Hunter Hoffman, an experimental psychologist and the founder of the University of Washington's Human Interaction Center, pioneered the use of virtual reality in medicine 25 years ago, back when VR headsets were as heavy as a human head and cost tens of thousands of dollars apiece.

Hoffman first started using VR to treat arachnophobia, and then, in collaboration with Harborview Burn Center psychologist David Patterson, he turned his attention to pain. The two have now treated hundreds of patients, as well as healthy volunteers, using a VR program Hoffman developed called SnowWorld in clinical trials—the same trial Caleb Springer participated in.

During wound care and physical therapy, patients like Springer used Hoffman's VR program to lob snowballs at slightly menacing snowmen as Paul Simon's "You Can Call Me Al" played in their headphones. (Simon apparently granted his permission during a visit to the burn center.) When you hit the snowmen twice, they shatter like ice. When you hit a wooly mammoth instead, they trumpet back.

And this works: Before SnowWorld, said Springer, "my pain level was at an 8 or a 9 out of 10. When I used the VR, the levels dropped to around a 3 or a 4 because my mind was focusing on that instead of on the pain all the time."

In addition to burns, VR has been used to treat phantom limb pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, Parkinson's disease, brain damage, autism, dementia, schizophrenia, the side effects of chemotherapy, as well as an array of anxieties. Brenda Wiederhold, a psychiatrist in San Diego, uses VR-based cognitive behavioral therapy to help people work through phobias, including the fear of driving and flying. After seven years of using VR, Wiederhold said, her success rate is 92 percent.


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It's easy to see how VR would be useful in treating fear. My first experience with VR was at Portal, a virtual-reality arcade and bar that opened in Ballard in April, one of just a handful of such businesses in the world. Owner Tim Harader strapped a headset on me and placed two controllers in my hands. All of a sudden, I was in an elevator, moving up. The world in my headset didn't quite look like ours: It was too cartoonish to be photorealistic, and yet, when the elevator doors opened and I saw a narrow wooden plank stretching into sky, my palms began to sweat and my heart started to race. I knew, cognitively, that I was safely on the ground in Ballard, and yet I felt like I was about to walk off a skyscraper. I could even hear the wind in my headphones. I grabbed Harader's arm, and he tried to guide me out onto the plank—but there was no way. I slunk back into the elevator and pressed the down button. But, I thought, if I had any desire to conquer my fear of heights, this might be able do it.

Researchers think it's this immersive quality that makes VR so effective when used in medicine: It's the ultimate escape. While visiting VR start-ups in the area, I shot fireballs at robots and arrows at angels. I saw massive, terrifying spiders and an eclipse from outer space. I tried to find my way out of a locked room (I could not), and I attempted to pet a blue whale the size of a school bus (that didn't work, either). I stood on top of the Statue of Liberty and looked over at Manhattan. I flew a mile over Nevada's Black Rock Desert, as close as I'll ever get to Burning Man. An hour in VR went by in minutes. Each time I did VR, I'd later try to describe the experience, but there was no way to do it justice. It was like tripping without drugs.

But while this total immersion might be good for burn victims or gamers or anyone who can't leave the house, some experts say that's exactly what could make it such a threat.


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There's no sign for reSTART. Founder Hilarie Cash gave me directions over the phone—she's hard to reach on e-mail—and said to make sure I wrote them down. "Your GPS," she said, "might not work."

With the help of Cash's directions, I found it in a quiet neighborhood 17 miles east of Seattle. The neighborhood is on the woodsy side of suburban, and the house looks like a typical middle-class family home. And it is a home, albeit one with no internet, no cable, no cell phones, and very few women. Because reSTART is a treatment center for internet, video game, and VR addicts.

The center can house up to six clients—or "guys" as Cash calls them—and when I arrived, the four current residents were just getting back from their therapy appointments with staff counselors in town. One of the guys stretched out his hand. "Greetings," he said, "most pleased to make your acquaintance."

All of the current clients were there specifically for gaming addiction, and their in-town therapy sessions are a big part of their treatment. Clients also attend 12-step meetings—sometimes specifically for their addictions, but more often the only meetings available are Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous or even Alcoholics Anonymous.

It may seem incongruous, gamers going to AA, but Richard Ries, director of the addictions division at the University of Washington School of Medicine, said there are plenty of similarities between drinking and gaming. For one, both can clearly ruin your life. And like drugs and alcohol, gaming causes a flood of the pleasure chemical dopamine in the brain. Eventually, you may develop a tolerance and seek more and more of your desired stimulus—be it gaming, gambling, drinking, or drugs—with less and less reward. When you start to need a substance or a behavior instead of simply liking it, you may have a problem.

Still, there is some debate in psychological circles as to whether or not tech addiction even exists. The American Psychiatric Association declined to add it to the latest addition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 2013, but they did note in the appendix that "Internet Gaming Disorder" requires further study. Many in the field, like Cash, think it's only a matter of time before tech addiction is officially recognized in the DSM—at least, if the gaming industry doesn't interfere first. The worldwide gaming industry saw revenues of $91 billion in 2016, and the lobbying arm of the industry actively resists the idea that problem gaming can be an "addiction." The insurance industry, too, has reason to fight it: Right now, insurance companies won't touch reSTART, but if tech addiction were included in the DSM, they would have to.

Instead, reSTART's current four residents and the hundreds who have come before them pay out of pocket—and handsomely. The first phase alone, a seven-week stay at the reSTART house, is around $30,000. Completing all three phases can cost up to $75,000.

One current client, Mason (all reSTART clients' names have been changed), took a medical withdrawal the final semester of his senior year in college so he could get treatment. Most of the guys looked like the stereotype of gamers—a little awkward and ill at ease—but Mason, wearing a Duke Ultimate Frisbee shirt, was sociable and fit, and looked like he could have pledged a frat.

At his lowest point, Mason hid away in a campus library, ignoring his family and friends for three days and bingeing on Defense of the Ancients, a multiplayer game where teams battle to destroy each other's castles. Unable to find him, Mason's friends reported him to the police as a missing person, and his dad flew in to pick him up.

In the first phase, the inpatient portion, residents give up tech entirely—aside from movie night once a week. Cash called this the "detox" phase and said withdrawal typically lasts three weeks. Symptoms include anxiety, depression, agitation, and restlessness.

Instead of gaming, the guys go to groups, exercise, take hikes, play outside, read books (no fantasy allowed), and learn some of the skills they'll need to live on their own: cooking, laundry, taking care of the house therapy dog. That's Cash's goal: for her clients to live normal, independent lives where they have healthy relationships with both technology and other people.

"We are social animals," Cash said. "It is our birthright to be in intimate, safe, loving relationships, and if you don't have that in your life, you will become dysregulated, emotionally and physiologically. So many people are seeking connection online, but it's a paltry substitute."

Mason hopes to return to school, complete his last semester, and go on to get a PhD in biology, but other reSTART clients choose to stay in the area after they're done. One former client, Ryan, told me his gaming addiction caused him to drop out of college three times and cost him his job in real estate. After quitting gaming cold turkey and then relapsing twice, Ryan gave into his addiction and started playing nonstop. Eventually, hopeless and depressed, he decided to kill himself. "I was going to do it on the anniversary of my grandmother's death," he said. "That way, my mom wouldn't have to be sad twice a year."

Before that date came, Ryan's family unexpectedly visited and saw that something wasn't right. He'd gained weight, his house was a wreck, and he'd stopped bathing. His family convinced him to go to reSTART, and he went through all three phases in the course of a year. Each stage has less and less oversight by reSTART staff—in phase 2, the clients start to live independently and get jobs at places like Costco and Target—but even now, totally out of the program, Ryan lives in an apartment with friends he met in reSTART and is still deeply involved in the community. He started a 12-step meeting for gaming addiction on the east side of the county.

There have been no studies on the long-term efficacy of reSTART—or of most other treatment centers for either substances or behaviors—but when I asked Ryan if it was worth the cost, he said, "Yes. It saved my life."


Ryan and the other gamers purchased many of their games from Steam, a distribution platform owned by Bellevue-based gaming company Valve. Steam is essentially the gaming world's version of iTunes. It's huge. Valve doesn't disclose sales or earnings, but Steam took in an estimated 15 percent of global PC game sales in 2015, according to Spy Steam, a site that analyzes game sales based on public information. Valve's CEO, Gabe Newell, is worth an estimated $4.1 billion.

Valve became famous among gamers for blockbuster first-person shooter games like Half-Life and Counter-Strike, but last year, in partnership with manufacturer HTC, it released its first VR headset, the Vive. The HTC Vive now retails for about $800 and is a direct rival to the Oculus Rift, a VR system designed by a teenage libertarian now worth $730 million. (Oculus, which was acquired by Facebook for $2 billion in 2014, leases more than 50,000 square feet of office space in Sodo.)

Valve employees Nat Brown and Greg Coomer showed me around the Bellevue headquarters, which is scattered about with lasers and robots—real ones, not toys. The space takes up five stories in a glass tower right next door to Microsoft, and when I asked my tour guides what their job titles were, they shrugged and said they didn't really know. Except for Newell, there's no hierarchy at Valve, and employees don't have titles, bosses, or seating assignments. Their desks are on wheels.

Brown and Coomer—both dads in their 40s—were optimistic about the future of virtual reality and its impact on the world. In fact, all of the VR developers I interviewed were optimistic about tech. They see only the good. Facebook, to the optimist, isn't a place where people live-stream murders and suicides, and Twitter isn't the platform that led to President Donald Trump. It's a way for people to connect.

When I asked VR company founders and employees about the potential for addiction or abuse, more than one reminded me that people were wary of television when it first came out. The printing press, too. Instead, they believe in "better living through tech," as one founder told me—that technology won't usher in the demise of our planet, but that it could actually improve it. Forest Key, the founder of Pixvana, thinks that VR could cut out the need for air travel. Instead of flying to distant locations for meetings or vacations, we could just put on our headsets and stay home. "Think of the carbon emissions we'd save," he said.

Others say VR could even improve our species. Tom Doyle, cofounder of Endeavor One, told me that VR could make users care about racism or deforestation or wars happening far away by giving us the chance to experience the way other people live. Bill Gates, apparently, agrees: In April, he introduced his Samsung VR channel, which allows users to "visit" developing nations to learn about issues in public health.

"If you think about it," Doyle said, "it's actually an engine of empathy."

Hilarie Cash, from reSTART, on the other hand, imagines the worst: a future where we're all plugged in all the time, stuck in our headsets while the world falls apart around us. "Sure," she said, "there are some positive implications for VR. Maybe once in a while a burn victim won't feel them scrubbing their wounds. But that's not how it's going to be used. It's going to be used for gaming. All this stuff is commercially driven. People want to make billions," she said. "And they do."

As more and more people invest in virtual reality, Cash thinks we're facing an epidemic of addiction. And the best way to prevent any addiction, she said, is to stop it before it starts: Parents should limit their children's exposure, keep gadgets out of their rooms, and encourage kids to develop responsible tech habits before it's too late. Soon that could become more difficult: In May, Microsoft announced an initiative to bring its latest headset into schools.

As for Caleb Springer, he hasn't seen VR since SnowWorld, but he said he'd love to try it sometime. He's still in quite a bit of pain—seven years after the accident, there are staples in his legs and sometimes they hit a nerve. He plays a lot of video games these days, some of them made right here in Seattle. Springer laughed when I asked if he's worried about a dystopian future where we're all addicted to technology. He's not scared of virtual reality—he survived a fire. recommended

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          Special Olympics Training Event   
The Adventures of Flat Jenny at a Special Olympics Training Event
by Juanita

Both Flat Jenny and the real Jenny are fortunate in that both have a plethora of friends who love to run. One of Jenny’s real life acquaintances, Juanita (hereafter Nita, her online nickname) is not yet a runner. Just so those who read blog know, Nita doesn’t actually know Jenny too well. Nita has met Jenny at some singles events such as the local institute, a religion class for those who are single. And last year both Nita and Jenny were fortunate to attend a small group class in Thai cooking, thanks to a kind soul who invited a few people to attend the class! Other than that, Nita mostly knows Jenny via her blog which she discovered after Jenny’s diagnosis.

Last week, when Nita learned about the Flat Jenny project, she thought Flat Jenny might enjoy going on a Saturday morning outing to a Special Olympics training session for some local athletes. Nita had already signed up to attend and she thought Flat Jenny might enjoy attending as well! Thus on Friday, April 8, Nita downloaded the Flat Jenny Template and another Flat Jenny was created!

Since the event was to be Saturday morning, April 9th Flat Jenny would be quite busy! You see, Flat Jenny was already joining her amazingly extraordinary California friend Laurie in a 20 mile early AM run! On that day, in sunny California, Laurie and Flat Jenny got up at 4:30AM PST to RUN 20 miles to church to attend a baptism! Such a feat is truly fantabulous to the nth degree!!!

Flat Jenny realized there would be a time conflict, for the time Nita and Flat Jenny were going to need to leave was at the very same time! Remember, at 4:30 AM PST, Laurie would begin running 20 miles to a baptism! And that would be 7:30 AM EST when Nita needed to leave her place in Woodbridge, VA in order to arrive at the gathering location in Fairfax by 8:15AM.

Luckily Flat Jenny takes after real Jenny in multitasking. And due to her special powers she can add speed of light travel. So Flat Jenny had no worries, she knew it was totally possible for to accompany both Laurie and Nita on their respective daily adventure. Just like the Little Engine That Could, Flat Jenny knew she could do both! For remember, she is Flat Jenny, representing the real wonderful Jenny!

Flat Jenny wanted to know a little about the meeting place. Nita explained she used to work at the Northern Virginia Training Center (NVTC), a state residential facility for some of the most wonderful people in the world. They happen to have intellectual disabilities and most have severe physical challenges as well. The motto of that facility is helping people with intellectual disabilities to live life. Nita said she no longer works there but occasionally helps out at their events. NVTC is located in Fairfax, near GMU where Jenny is a PhD student.

In the training event, they would meet at NVTC and then get on the bus to drive to Flint Hill School, in Oakton, VA. Here it would be sort of a trial event for an upcoming Special Olympics, the objective was for the athletes to qualify for another event in a few weeks. The winners at that event get to go to the State Special Olympics event! At least that is Nita’s understanding.

So on with the Saturday AM adventure! Nita is absolutely not an early riser, this fact is one of her major lifetime weaknesses, and they had to be at the meeting place at NVTC at 8:15AM . However, having been up until 4AM, doing various night owl things such as coloring her Flat Jenny template and making a baked item for a potluck dinner at her church, Nita didn’t wake up until 7:28 AM. And she’d planned to leave at 7:30AM! Oops!

Nita wanted to do something "running related" for the Flat Jenny project. Thus, for her contribution, Nita jumped out of her bed and dashed to get ready. Luckily Nita had showered late in the night, thus she just had to hurry to dress and brush her teeth. Luckily, Flat Jenny was already to go!

They jumped in the car and headed north up 123, then turned right on Braddock Rd. During some of the traveling time, Flat Jenny actually hopped over to California to run with Laurie, but Flat Jenny did arrive back in Nita’s car as they passed GMU. Nita and Flat Jenny thought of Jenny as they passed GMU, for they know how much Jenny hopes to be back there, continuing her PhD studies. Nita and Flat Jenny hope that very soon Jenny will be able to resume her dream.

Soon they arrived at NVTC which is off of Braddock Rd. They were delighted to realize they had arrived on time! Notice the picture of Flat Jenny smiling as she displays the proof that they had indeed arrived EXACTLY on time!
Once in the parking lot, Flat Jenny was ready to go inside. However, Nita needed a moment to finish brushing her hair and donning her belt, as she had rushed to just get out the door. Nita shared that she sometimes didn’t like her hair and wished that it looked nicer, so often her hair made her feel like a Monster Woman. In saying this, Nita immediately felt bad for complaining. She felt sad for Jenny due to her struggles with chemo-induced hair loss. Flat Jenny joked Nita could borrow one of Jenny’s wigs. She said Jenny is generous and won’t mind! Nita would have taken her up on that offer but remember Flat Jenny was also running in California, so there was no time to borrow a wig. But Nita did say if given a choice, she would want to borrow Jenny’s awesome hot pink wig!
Finally, Flat Jenny and Nita went into the building. Luckily for Flat Jenny and Nita, sometimes things run late at NVTC, and that morning was no exception. There is so much for the dedicated staff to do on behalf of these amazing human beings who require so much care and attention. So after waiting a few moments, they were ready to go. They enjoyed meeting the staff, another volunteer and most importantly the athlete-clients that they would accompany! Their mode of transportation would be a Fast Tran.

Along with Carol, another volunteer, they helped load the Fast Tran. This meant that they had to use a little muscle power to pull wheelchair with its occupant onto the wheelchair lift that would elevate the athlete from the ground up to the Fast Tran. They discovered that some of the wheelchairs and their occupant were a tad hard to guide onto the wheelchair lift! But with Flat Jenny’s can do spirit, they did it! One of the fun parts was pushing the lift control button up/down. Such cool technology! Once the person was on the Fast Tran, the staff secured their wheelchair into a safe position for the trip to the training meet.

Here is a picture of Flat Jenn helping operate the control for the wheelchair lift. Please note that the black gloved fingers are those of Carol, one of the volunteers who was interested in the Flat Jenny project. She was supportive and enjoyed seeing the pictures Nita took of Flat Jenny!
On this event, there was a 1:1 ratio of assistant to athlete. Flat Jenny and Nita were privileged to hang out with a lovely gregarious friendly young woman, for purposes of this blog, Nita will call her “A” . Her name doesn’t even begin with an A but that is what they decided to call her.

They liked “A” a lot and know real Jenny would too. “A” was very excited to be in a wheelchair race. On ride over she said, “Here we go! It’s going to be fun!” She looked forward to her race. Her awesome attitude made Nita think she’d like to be that excited about the things she does in life!

En route to Flint Hill, one of the kind but busy harried staff shared that she had accidentally forgotten to bring a camera! Oops! This staff member had charged the camera but ended up forgetting it, something totally understandable as things can get so crazy busy in direct care work. Nita was hopeful to lend her camera, in fact the only reason it was there was due to the Flat Jenny project. Thus Flat Jenny and Nita were eager to share the camera they had brought. For a moment they were happy as they thought the camera could be used at the event. But they soon found out that unfortunately, the State of Virginia rules prevented using the camera that was not the property of the State of Virginia. In addition, they were unable to take pictures of any of the athlete-clients due to the rules of privacy. But they could take a few pictures with only Flat Jenny visible!
Within a short time, everyone arrived at Flint School in Oakton, VA. Upon their arrival at the school, they helped unload the Fast Tran. They were warmly greeted and directed to the track and field area. To get to the track, it was necessary to either go down a staircase or go down a somewhat intimidating hill for people either using a wheelchair or pushing one. Oh well! So to go down the hill, they worked in twos, sometimes in threes- one or two people in front of the wheelchair and one person behind the wheelchair. Everyone made it safely down the hill! Anything can be overcome w/teamwork! This experience made Nita and Flat Jenny happy that Jenny has so many people on her support team!

As several events were occurring simultaneously, they spent much of the time waiting while watching other events from the far side of the track. There were running races, walking races, racing via manual and electric wheelchair and throwing events (such as a tennis ball toss).

While waiting, Flat Jenny decided to explore the grassy area surrounding the track! There were a few trees in that area, and Flat Jenny decided it would be fun to climb one! So in a fascinating feat that elite gymnasts would envy, she hopped up the tree in a quick move and balanced perfectly as she posed for this picture:
While they waited some more, “A” again voiced her excitement to participate in her upcoming race!
Meanwhile, Nita and Flat Jenny decided it would be good to Flat Jenny’s picture taken near that steep hill mentioned earlier:

After taking that picture, while walking alongside the track en route to the waiting area, another group of runners sprinted past Nita and Flat Jenny. Nita thinks the runners may have been in the 800. Flat Jenny was eager to cheer for the runners, so Flat Jenny smiled her heartfelt well wishes as Nita waved Flat Jenny back and forth, side to side, sort of like a flag! It truly seemed like Flat Jenny was right there cheering for those runners! During this time of cheering and waving, one special moment occurred. While cheering a young teenage runner, who was passing Flat Jenny and Nita, the young runner turned and looked towards them and said “thank you” to them, he then continued on in his race.

Here is a picture of Flat Jenny cheering for that young man as he raced by:

Soon Nita and Flat Jenny were back at home base with the others they had accompanied. Flat Jenny was excited to know and cheer for everyone! Of course it was cold since Nita had not brought a coat for Flat Jenny, so Flat Jenny spent most of the time in Nita’s cloth bag as well as jumping back and forth to California to keep up with Laurie.

As runners participated in the various races, everyone would clap for them. As people went by, Flat Jenny and Nita both felt bad they didn’t know everyone’s names! Nita has heard marathoners find it helpful to hear named called out even from strangers. But today no one wore bib numbers or name tags! Flat Jenny emphasized it important to cheer anyway! Nita felt happy that in Jenny’s current race, Jenny’s friends know her and cheer, care, encourage and support her by name and in so many ways!

As the waiting continued, “A” practiced for her event with the help of her recreation therapist! For “A”, she has a unique method to pedal her wheelchair. The strategy that works best for her to propel her wheelchair is to use her feet and pedal backwards! An exciting moment occurred when “A” was practicing diligently: everyone who was practicing on the track suddenly had to hurry off the track because some more racers were just about to rush by.

Soon it would be “A”s race. It was touching to watch the assisted walker race, where the athletes participated in their race with the assistance of someone else. It made Nita think of how we all walk independently in life. But in reality, we all need “assisted walking”, in that we all must walk with the Savior. And as scripture and the Flat Jenny blog proclaims, we must walk and NOT be weary. Jesus Christ can walk with each of us; He wants to help us in our daily lives. We all need His help! The Savior loves Jenny and will help her in every step in her life as she battles this current challenge.

Finally it was “A’s” turn to race! There would be two others racing against her. As the race started, there was lots of enthusiastic cheering for each athlete. “A” raced exceedingly well; she was totally persistent and stayed her course while backwards pedaling! “A” actually ended up winning her race!!! One of the staff even dubbed her “SPEEDRACER A”! As this was a time trial event, there were actually no medals issued at this race- “A” had seemed excited in anticipating receiving a medal. But she understood. And Nita hoped that even more than a medal, “ A” knew she had good staff that supported her and cheered her. As she shared that sentiment with Flat Jenny, Nita didn’t wish to sound overly dorky, but she told Flat Jenny that Jenny deserved a medal for how she has endured her challenges.

Overall, what fun times!

Now it was time for everyone to return home! We learned there was an easier flatter path back to the Fast Tran in the parking lot. They would not have to push wheelchairs up the steep hill! Yeah! They wondered why their greeters hadn’t told them about the flatter path when they first arrived at the school. Oh well!
Nita and Flat Jenny began to push “A” back to the parking lot. While doing so, a young lady who also resides at the facility where “A” does, joined them in helping push “A’s” wheelchair. This new friend helped push “A’s” wheelchair with her left hand while using her right hand to hold onto Nita’s left forearm/upper arm. But in so doing, sometimes this young lady tried to hold onto Nita near her armpit, essentially poking Nita in her armpit. This was sort of tickly, not a fun feeling! So Nita gently encouraged the young lady to hold her on the forearm or upper arm, so as not poking in the arm pit. When Nita did this, Flat Jenny shook her head and smiled and said that is no reason to complain! She reminded Nita that Jenny has to be poked w/NEEDLES and suggested she should be grateful for gentle pokes!

Soon they departed and arrived back at NVTC. They helped unload folks off of the Fast Tran. They said good bye to “A” and thanked her for being so kind in allowing them to hang out with her. Nita left to go do some errands. And Flat Jenny needed to hurry back to check in with Laurie and all the happenings in California.

Flat Jenny did drop in for one final moment later that afternoon. Nita was going to spend part of the afternoon watching the daughter “C” of her friend. But first they stopped to get lunch, as due to the morning rush, Nita had not had a chance to eat.

While getting lunch in drive thru, Nita told “C” a little about Jenny and the Flat Jenny project. And “C” shared that she had been in a one mile fun run at her school for a terrible disease. “C” couldn’t remember the name of the disease- turns out it was for diabetes. “C” also shared that her school teacher had run in a running race and had told the class about the race. “C” shared some of the experiences of her teacher’s race with Nita.
They took this picture to remind Jenny and her friends of the many kids out there who care to help prevent- cancer and all horrible diseases.

In a moment Nita wishes she could have captured, “C” held Flat Jenny with both hands and looked at her. But as they were waiting in the drive through, Nita didn’t think it would be safe to snap a picture at that moment. So after picking up the food, they paused in the parking lot to snap a picture of Flat Jenny with “C”.

Figure 7 "C" & Flat Jenny
After taking the picture, “C” and Nita left to go watch the hilarious movie from Redbox, Beezus and Ramona. Flat Jenny was invited to stay and watch, but she kindly declined as Flat Jenny wanted to get back to her California friend Laurie and all those adventures such as attending the baptism and crashing a wedding!.
“C” and Nita said good bye to Flat Jenny and thanked her for the fun times!

The End

Nita’s life is not too overly exciting but said she does have a couple other adventures to plan for Flat Jenny. In particular, there is a statue at her workplace that she thinks Flat Jenny will really like! Stay tuned! Special thanks to “C’s Mother for allowing this picture to be posted!

          PhD Defense: Automated requirements-driven testing of embedded systems based on use case specifications and timed automata   
Kirchberg, Building JFK E004/E005 Ground floor JFK building
          PhD Defense: Active Learning in Cognitive Radio Networks   
Kirchberg Campus 3
          PhD Defense: Simulink Fault Localization   
Kirchberg Campus E004
          PhD Defense: Utilization of CRISPR/Cas9 technology to generate in vitro disease models for Parkinson's disease.   
Belval Campus, Maison de la Biomédecine II (BIOTECH II) Ground floor big meeting room, BT2
          PhD Defense: Projectional Editing of Software Product Lines - The PEoPL Approach   
Belval Campus, Maison du Savoir MSA 2.380
          PhD Defense: Damage detection in prestressed concrete bridges based on static load testing, sagging and modal parameters, using measurements and model-updating techniques   
Kirchberg Campus B02
          PhD Defense: Observation and Control of Anaerobic Digestion Processes for Improved Biogas Production   
Kirchberg, Building JFK JFK-004
          PhD Defense: Self-assembly of binary colloidal nanocrystals   
Limpertsberg Campus BSC 1.04
          First student research fair at Luxembourg University   

Marc Hansen, Minister Delegate for Higher Education and Research, officially inaugurated the event by emphasizing his support and eagerness for the creation and development of this sort of student driven event at the University of Luxembourg.

Then, Bert Boerman, CEO and Co-Founder of Governance.io, shared his viewpoint regarding the development of FinTech in Luxembourg while Pranjul Shah, Business Development and Innovation Expert at the University of Luxembourg, highlighted the entrepreneurial mindset of today's students and his proposal for a future incubator.

In parallel, attendees had the opportunity to visit 15 different booths run by students to showcase their ongoing research, semestrial coursework and case studies, accreditation projects, or entrepreneurship initiatives to the university community. EURAXESS was also present to give information about their pan-European initiative to deliver information and support services to professional researchers.

Minister Marc Hansen, Vice-President for academic affairs Romain Martin with speakers Bert Boerman and Pranjul Shahall toured each booth allowing students to present their research and answer further questions.

The event was concluded with the award ceremony for three projects, recognized in the categories of Best Overall Project, Most Creative Presentation, and Best Poster:

  • Best Overall Project: PhD student Patrick Glauner for his PhD project "Detecting Electricity Theft using Artificial Intelligence" 
  • Most Creative Presentation: Master student Agusmia Putri Haerani & Bachelor Student Nelson Dumas for their entrepreneurial initiative "CINDO - Indonesian Culinary Diplomacy Project in Luxembourg" 
  • Best Poster Award: Phd student Qixia Yuan for his thesis work on computational methods for analysing large biological networks

As main organisers of this first edition, JELux Team gave its feedback: “Our event was a great success! It was a good start for the first research fair of many to come “. A second edition is already planned for 2018.

More information: https://bridgingthegap.uni.lu  

(c) Tom Smith (tsmith.eu)


          PhD Defense: Entwicklung von Ladeausgleichssystemen unter Berücksichtigung der Zellalterung   
Kirchberg Campus Salle des Conseils
          PhD Defense: Parkinson’s disease: Evaluation of a neuroprotective target and identification of candidate biomarker signatures using murine models   
Belval Campus, Maison de la Biomédecine II (BIOTECH II) Conference Room 15 A, ground floor
          PhD Defense: Development and analysis of individual-based gut microbiome metabolic models   
Belval Campus, Maison du Savoir MSA 3.110
           The influence of e-participation as antecedent on behavioural intention to use among Sarawak e-filers    
Lim, Ai Ling (2015) The influence of e-participation as antecedent on behavioural intention to use among Sarawak e-filers. PhD thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Razak School of Engineering and Advanced Technology.
           A novel magnetorheological valve with meandering flow path structure    
Imaduddin, Fitrian (2015) A novel magnetorheological valve with meandering flow path structure. PhD thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology.
           Human values identification and assessment tool development for TQM context    
Malik, Muhammad Noman (2015) Human values identification and assessment tool development for TQM context. PhD thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Razak School of Engineering and Advanced Technology.
           Real-time water-in-diesel emulsion fuel production system for diesel electric generator    
Ithnin, Ahmad Muhsin (2015) Real-time water-in-diesel emulsion fuel production system for diesel electric generator. PhD thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology.
           Design and optimization of innovative magnetorheological damper with low temperature    
Zeinali, Mohammadjavad (2015) Design and optimization of innovative magnetorheological damper with low temperature. PhD thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology.
           Membrane distillation for textile wastewater treatment using polyvinylidene fluoride cloisite 15A hollow fiber composite membranes    
Mohd. Mokhtar, Nadzirah (2015) Membrane distillation for textile wastewater treatment using polyvinylidene fluoride cloisite 15A hollow fiber composite membranes. PhD thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Faculty of Petroleum and Renewable Energy Engineering.
           Gas explosion characteristics in confined straight and 90 degree bend pipes    
Sulaiman, Siti Zubaidah (2015) Gas explosion characteristics in confined straight and 90 degree bend pipes. PhD thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Faculty of Petroleum and Renewable Energy Engineering.
           A new analytical method for characterization of fractured reservoirs    
Movahed, Zohreh (2015) A new analytical method for characterization of fractured reservoirs. PhD thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Faculty of Petroleum and Renewable Energy Engineering.
           Submerged membrane photocatalytic reactor using polyvinylidene fluoride-polyvinylpyrrolidonetitanium dioxide for oily wastewater treatment    
Ong, Chi Siang (2015) Submerged membrane photocatalytic reactor using polyvinylidene fluoride-polyvinylpyrrolidonetitanium dioxide for oily wastewater treatment. PhD thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Faculty of Petroleum and Renewable Energy Engineering.
           Adsorption of carbon dioxide and methane on alkali metal exchanged silicoaluminophosphate zeolite    
Baba, Umar Muktar (2015) Adsorption of carbon dioxide and methane on alkali metal exchanged silicoaluminophosphate zeolite. PhD thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Faculty of Petroleum and Renewable Energy Engineering.
           Development of asymmetric polysulfone and zeolitic imidazole framework 8 mixed matrix membrane for carbon dioxide and methane separation    
Sapiaa Md. Nordin, Nik Abdul Hadi (2015) Development of asymmetric polysulfone and zeolitic imidazole framework 8 mixed matrix membrane for carbon dioxide and methane separation. PhD thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Faculty of Petroleum & Renewable Energy Engineering.
           Preparation and characterization of ternary blend polymer solar cells using solvent and thermal annealing treatment    
Aziz, Farhana (2015) Preparation and characterization of ternary blend polymer solar cells using solvent and thermal annealing treatment. PhD thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Faculty of Petroleum and Renewable Energy Engineering.
           A robust against rotation attack watermarking technique based on wavelet transform    
Aghabababaeyan, Reza (2015) A robust against rotation attack watermarking technique based on wavelet transform. PhD thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Advanced Informatics School.
           Exploring the potential of nanofillers for advanced thin film nanocomposite forward osmosis membranes fabrication    
Mohammad Ghanbari, Mohammad Ghanbari (2015) Exploring the potential of nanofillers for advanced thin film nanocomposite forward osmosis membranes fabrication. PhD thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Faculty of Petroleum & Renewable Energy Engineering.
           Local multipoint distribution services architecture based on rain profile extracted from meteorological radar    
Al-Tabatabaie, Kusay Faisal A. (2013) Local multipoint distribution services architecture based on rain profile extracted from meteorological radar. PhD thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Faculty of Electrical Engineering.
           An extended framework for implementing of enterprise resource planning for small and medium enterprises    
Aarabi, Majid (2013) An extended framework for implementing of enterprise resource planning for small and medium enterprises. PhD thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.
           Unsteady aerodynamic wake of helicopter main-rotor-hub assembly    
Ishak, Iskandar Shah (2012) Unsteady aerodynamic wake of helicopter main-rotor-hub assembly. PhD thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.
           A new optimal design approach for plate-fin heat exchangers by evolutionary computation    
Yousefi, Moslem (2013) A new optimal design approach for plate-fin heat exchangers by evolutionary computation. PhD thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.
           A single-step catalytic process for the conversion of methane to gasoline over tungsten zeolite catalysts    
Kusmiyati, Kusmiyati (2006) A single-step catalytic process for the conversion of methane to gasoline over tungsten zeolite catalysts. PhD thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Fakulti Kejuruteraan Kimia dan Kejuruteraan Sumber Asli.
           The mathematics of amputation and inscription in rasmi    
Nik, Reza Hashemi (2013) The mathematics of amputation and inscription in rasmi. PhD thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Faculty of Built Environment.
           Improved dynamic performance of direct torque control of induction machines    
Jidin, Auzani (2011) Improved dynamic performance of direct torque control of induction machines. PhD thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Faculty of Electrical Engineering.
           Turtle hearing classification for turtle excluder devices design    
Yudhana, Anton (2011) Turtle hearing classification for turtle excluder devices design. PhD thesis, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Faculty of Electrical Engineering.
          kakula: 1 июля родились...    
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Корнелис де Ман (нидерландское имя - Cornelis de Man)
голландский художник Золотого века, последователь Питера де Хоха. Основным источником о жизни художника является книга «De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen» Арнольда Хоубракена, вышедшая в 1718—1719 годах. Корнелис де Ман родился в Делфте, в семье ювелира. Среди его близких были видные представители духовенства. Корнелис не был удовлетворен жизнью в Делфте. Достигнув совершеннолетия и владея навыками живописи, он предпринял длительное путешествие по Европе. Прожив один год в Париже, он переехал в Лион. Два года Корнелис де Ман провёл во Флоренции, где у него был богатый покровитель, но затем поселился в Риме. На обратном пути в Голландию он остановился в Венеции. На путешествие ушло в общей сложности девять лет. Вернувшись в Делфт Корнелис стал членом гильдии Святого Луки в 1642 году, неоднократно избирался в её Правление, после чего снова совершил поездку в Италию. Художник вернулся в 1653 году в Делфт, где работал в манере школы Питера де Хоха. Умер в Делфте 1 сентября 1706 года. Корнелис де Ман писал пейзажи Италии и Голландии, в большом количестве — интерьеры протестантских церквей (наиболее известны интерьеры Oude Kerk в Делфте), с 1658 года создавал жанровые картины, наиболее известна среди них картина «Шахматисты» (1670, Музей изящных искусств, Будапешт), шахматная позиция, изображённая на которой, является своеобразной головоломкой, предназначенной для зрителя, портреты, часто групповые, среди которых наиболее известен его групповой портрет гильдии анатомов, среди изображённых находится известный ученый анатом Антони ван Левенгук. Художник создавал многие картины («Игроки в шахматы», «Меняла», «Интерьер с уборщицей»…) в одной и той же студии, которая благодаря этом может быть детально восстановлена. Слабые сторона художника — отсутствие умения передавать мимику, что он компенсировал выразительными жестами. Любил необычные сюжеты («Завод по плавке китового жира на Шпицбергене», картина написана по рассказам очевидцев, сам художник на острове не бывал). Галерея: Завод по плавке китового жира на Шпицбергене; Шахматисты, около 1670; Интерьер Oude Kerk в Делфте; Интерьер церкви Sint-Laurenskerk в Роттердаме; Групповой портрет химиков. Миниатюрную копию картины «Игроки в шахматы» Корнелиса де Мана для The Museum of Art Miniatures (замок Локет, Чехия) выполнила Виктория Морозова в масштабе 1:12. Копия была представлена на фестивале миниатюристов в Кенсингтоне, Великобритания. Литература: C. Brière-Misme. Un émule de Vermeer et de Pieter de Hooch: Cornelis de Man. Oud-Holland 52 (1935). Р. 1-26, 97-120, 281—282; H. van Asperen. Virtue and Alms. Charity as a Pauper in Cornelis de Man’s «Allegory of the Virtuous Life». Oud Holland 128 (2015). Р. 199—211; Laura Bassett. The Paintings and Career of Cornelis de Man: Art and Mercantile Culture in Seventeenth-Century Delft. PhD in voorbereiding: Michigan, C. Brusati. 2003.

Anna_Maria_of_Mecklenburg-Schwerin (483x700, 255Kb)
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Анна Мария Мекленбургская (немецкое имя - Anna Maria zu Mecklenburg)
принцесса Мекленбург-Шверинская, в замужестве герцогиня Саксен-Вейсенфельсская. Родилась в Шверине. Анна Мария — вторая дочь герцога Адольфа Фридриха I Мекленбургского и его первой супруги Анны Марии Ост-Фрисландской, дочери графа Энно III Ост-Фрисландского. В младенческом возрасте вместе со своими братьями Кристианом и Карлом Анна Мария была вывезена в Швецию из-за угрожавшей Мекленбургу войны, а затем оказалась в Дании у вдовствующей королевы Софии, урождённой герцогини Мекленбургской. С 1629 года Анна Мария воспитывалась вдовствующей курфюрстиной Гедвигой Датской во дворце Лихтенбург близ Преттина. После смерти Гедвиги Анна Мария вернулась в Шверин в 1642 году. Поскольку её мать умерла ещё в 1634 году, Анна Мария знала только отца. На смертном одре отец назвал её своим самым любимым ребёнком, что подтверждает сердечность их переписки. После замужества Анна Мария покинула Шверин и побывала в нём ещё только один раз в 1651 году, чтобы повидаться с отцом. Вместе с супругом Анна Мария проживала в резиденции Магдебургского архиепископства в Галле. После разрушения в войну прежней архиепископской резиденции Морицбург они переехали в возведённый при кардинале Альбрехте Бранденбургском под университет архитектурный комплекс рядом с собором, который с этого момента стал называть Новой резиденцией. Умерла в Галле 11 декабря 1669 года. Анна Мария была похоронена в церкви дворца Новый Августенбург в Вайсенфельсе. 23 ноября 1647 года в Шверине Анна Мария вышла замуж за герцога Саксен-Вейсенфельского Августа, сына курфюрста Иоганна Георга I и Магдалены Сибиллы Прусской. У них родились: Магдалена Сибилла (1648—1681), принцесса Саксен-Вейсенфельсская, замужем за герцогом Фридрихом I Саксен-Гота-Альтенбургским; Иоганн Адольф I (1649—1697), герцог Саксен-Вейсенфельс-Кверфуртский, женат на Иоганне Магдалене Саксен-Альтенбургской, затем на Кристине Вильгельмине Бюнауской; Август (1650—1674), принц Саксен-Вейсенфельсский, пастор Магдебургского собора, женат на Шарлотте Гессен-Эшвегской; Кристиан (1652—1689), принц Саксен-Вейсенфельсский и генерал-фельдмаршал саксонской армии; Анна Мария (1653—1671), принцесса Саксен-Вейсенфельсская; София (1654—1724), принцесса Саксен-Вейсенфельсская, замужем за Карлом Вильгельмом Ангальт-Цербстским; Катарина (1655—1663), принцесса Саксен-Вейсенфельсская; Кристина (1656—1698), принцесса Саксен-Вейсенфельсская, замужем за Августом Фридрихом Гольштейн-Готторпским; Генрих (1657—1728), герцог Саксен-Вейсенфельс-Барбиский, женат на Елизавете Альбертине Ангальт-Дессауской; Альбрехт (1659—1692), принц Саксен-Вейсенфельсский, женат на Кристиане Терезии Лёвенштейн-Вертгейм-Рошфор; Елизавета (1660—1663), принцесса Саксен-Вейсенфельсская; Доротея (1662—1663), принцесса Саксен-Вейсенфельсская. Литература: Dirk Schleinert: Anna Maria von Mecklenburg (1627—1669) und August von Sachsen (1614—1680) und die Begründung des Hauses Sachsen-Weißenfels; Dynastische Beziehungen zwischen Mecklenburg und Kursachsen im 17. Jahrhundert. In: Mecklenburgische Jahrbücher 123. Jg. (2008), S. 123—157; Klaus Gondermann: Die Mitglieder der Fruchtbringenden Gesellschaft 1617—1650: 527 Biographien. Leipzig 1985; 300 Jahre Schloß Neu-Augustusburg, 1660—1694 : Residenz der Herzöge von Sachsen-Weißenfels. Festschrift. Weißenfels 1994; Johann Christoph Dreyhaupt: Beschreibung des … Saal-Creyses, insonderheit der Städte Halle. Halle 1749/1751 (d.i. «Dreyhaupt-Chronik»).

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Готфрид Вильгельм фон Лейбниц (немецкое имя - Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz)
выдающийся немецкий философ и математик. Родился в Лейпциге. Его отец, профессор моральной философии Лейпцигского университета, умер, когда сыну было шесть лет. Лейбниц поступил в Лейпцигский университет в возрасте 15 лет, окончил обучение в 1663, защитив диссертацию на степень бакалавра О принципе индивидуации (Disputatio metaphysica de principio individui), в которой содержатся в зародыше многие позднейшие идеи философа. В 1663–1666 изучал юриспруденцию в Йене и опубликовал работу по вопросам юридического образования. Благодаря последней был замечен бароном Бойнебургом и курфюрстом архиепископом Майнцским, который принял его на службу. Архиепископа весьма занимало сохранение мира в границах Священной Римской империи, а также между Германией и ее соседями. Лейбниц всецело погрузился в планы архиепископа. Он также искал рациональное основание христианской религии, равно приемлемое для протестантов и католиков. Самой серьезной опасностью для мира в Европе того времени был Людовик XIV. Лейбниц представил королю план завоевания Египта, указав, что такое завоевание более приличествует величию христианского монарха, чем война с мелкими и незначительными европейскими странами. План был настолько хорошо продуман, что Наполеон, как полагают, ознакомился с ним в архивах перед тем, как отправить экспедицию в Египет. В 1672 Лейбница вызвали в Париж для объяснения плана, и он провел там четыре года. Ему не удалось увидеть Людовика, однако он познакомился с такими философами и учеными, как Н.Мальбранш, А.Арно, Х.Гюйгенс. Лейбниц также изобрел счетную машину, которая превзошла машину Паскаля, ибо могла извлекать корни, возводить в степень, умножать и делить. В 1673 он отправился в Лондон, встретился с Р.Бойлем и Г.Ольденбургом, продемонстрировал действие своей машины Королевскому обществу, которое после этого избрало его своим членом. В 1673 архиепископ Майнцский умер. В 1676, за неимением места, более соответствующего его вкусу и способностям, Лейбниц поступил на службу библиотекарем к герцогу Брауншвейгскому. По дороге в Ганновер Лейбниц остановился на месяц в Амстердаме, прочитав все написанное Б.Спинозой – все, что того убедили отдать в печать. В конце концов ему удалось встретиться со Спинозой и обсудить с ним его идеи. Это был последний непосредственный контакт Лейбница со своими собратьями по философскому цеху. С этого времени и до самой смерти он находился в Ганновере, выезжая за рубеж только в связи со своими исследованиями по истории династии Брауншвейгов. Он убедил короля Пруссии основать научную академию в Берлине и стал ее первым президентом; в 1700 ему были пожалованы должность императорского советника и титул барона. В более поздний период Лейбниц участвовал в печально известном диспуте с друзьями Ньютона о первенстве в изобретении исчисления бесконечно малых. Нет сомнения, что Лейбниц и Ньютон работали над этим исчислением параллельно и что в Лондоне Лейбниц встречал математиков, знакомых с работой и Ньютона, и И.Барроу. Чем обязан Лейбниц Ньютону и чем они оба обязаны Барроу – можно только догадываться. Достоверно известно, что Ньютон дал формулировку исчисления, метода «флюксий», не позднее 1665, хотя опубликовал свои результаты много лет спустя. Лейбниц, по-видимому, был прав, когда утверждал, что он и Барроу открыли исчисление одновременно. Тогда все математики работали над этим комплексом проблем и знали о результатах, полученных в сложении бесконечно малых. Нет ничего невероятного в одновременном и независимом открытии исчисления, и Лейбницу несомненно следует отдать должное как первому, кто применил бесконечно малые в качестве разностей и разработал символику, оказавшуюся настолько удобной, что ее используют и сегодня. Не повезло Лейбницу и в том, что касается признания его оригинальных логических идей, более всего ценимых сегодня. Только в 20 в. об этих идеях стало вообще известно; результаты Лейбница пришлось переоткрывать заново, а его собственный труд был похоронен в грудах рукописей королевской библиотеки в Ганновере. Под конец жизни Лейбница о нем забыли. Курфюрстина София и ее дочь королева Пруссии София-Шарлотта, которые очень ценили Лейбница и благодаря которым он написал многие сочинения, умерли соответственно в 1705 и 1714. К тому же в 1714 Георг Людовик, герцог Ганноверский, был призван на английский трон. По-видимому, он недолюбливал Лейбница и не позволил ему сопровождать его вместе с двором в Лондон, приказав продолжить работу в качестве библиотекаря. Ложное истолкование сочинений Лейбница принесло ему репутацию «Lovenix», человека, верующего в ничто, и его имя не пользовалось популярностью. Здоровье философа стало ухудшаться, хотя он продолжал работать; к этому периоду относится блестящая переписка с С.Кларком. Лейбниц умер в Ганновере 14 ноября 1716 года. Никто из свиты ганноверского герцога не проводил его в последний путь. Берлинская академия наук, основателем и первым президентом которой он был, не обратила внимания на его смерть, однако год спустя Б.Фонтенель произнес известную речь в его память перед членами Парижской академии. Позднейшие поколения английских философов и математиков воздали должное достижениям Лейбница, компенсировав сознательное пренебрежение его кончиной Королевским обществом. Среди наиболее важных работ Лейбница – Рассуждение о метафизике (Discours de métaphysique, 1686, опубликовано в 1846); Новая система природы и общения между субстанциями, а также о связи, существующей между душою и телом (Système nouveau de la nature et de la communication des substances, aussi bien que de l'union qu'il y a entre l'âme et le corps, 1695); Новые опыты о человеческом разуме (Nouveaux essais sur l'entendement humain par l'auteur du systme de l'harmonie préétablie, 1704, опубл. в 1765); Опыты теодицеи о благости Божией, свободе человека и начале зла (Essais de théodicée sur la bonté de Dieu, la liberté de l'homme et l'origine du mal, 1710); Монадология (La Monadologie, 1714). Лейбниц выдвинул столь полную и рационально построенную метафизическую систему, что, по оценкам современных философов, ее можно представить в виде системы логических принципов. Сегодня никто не может обойтись в анализе индивидуальности без знаменитого лейбницевского принципа тождества неразличимых; теперь ему придают статус логического принципа, однако сам Лейбниц считал его истиной о мире. Подобно этому, реляционная трактовка пространства и времени и анализ элементов субстанции как носителей энергии являются фундаментом для разработки понятий механики. Лейбниц ввел в механику понятие кинетической энергии; он также полагал, что понятие пассивной материи, существующей в абсолютном пространстве и состоящей из неделимых атомов, неудовлетворительно как с научной, так и с метафизической точки зрения. Инерция сама есть сила: наделение движением пассивной материи следовало бы отнести к разряду чудес. Более того, само представление об атомах вещества абсурдно: если они протяженны, то делимы, если не протяженны, то не могут быть атомами вещества. Единственной субстанцией должна быть активная единица, простая, нематериальная, не существующая ни в пространстве, ни во времени. Лейбниц называл эти простые субстанции монадами. Поскольку они не имеют частей, то могут получить существование только с помощью творения и разрушаться только через аннигиляцию. Монады не способны воздействовать друг на друга. Поскольку единственной существенной чертой монады является ее активность, все монады однотипны и отличаются только степенью активности. Существует бесконечный ряд монад, на его низших ступенях – монады, имеющие видимость вещества, хотя ни одна монада не может быть полностью инертной.
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На вершине лестницы находится Бог – наиболее активная из монад. Внутренне присущей монадам деятельностью является перцепция, или «зеркальное отражение», и любая монада есть отражение состояния всякой другой монады. Эти перцепции достоверны, поскольку монады так созданы, что их состояния находятся в гармонии друг с другом. Эта «предустановленная гармония» (harmonia praestabilita) доказывается невозможностью взаимодействия между монадами и одновременно актуальным характером перцепции. Отношение между душой и совокупностью монад, образующих тело, – просто один из случаев всеобщего отражения. История каждой из монад есть развертывание ее состояний согласно ее собственному внутреннему принципу. Пространство есть «проявление порядка возможных со-существований», а время – «порядка неустойчивых возможностей». Пространство и время, как их понимают математики, суть абстракции; их непрерывность есть проявление истинной непрерывности, принадлежащей ряду реальных существ и их разветывающихся состояний; их бесконечная делимость есть актуальная бесконечность числа реальных существ. Каждая монада уникальна тем, что ее «место» в мире является местом в бесконечном ряду монад, а ее свойства суть функции этого места. Монада отражает мир именно с данного места, так что невозможно, чтобы существовали два «неразличимых» существа, которые бы не совпадали. Отсюда – тождество неразличимых. В поддержку этих заключений, основанных на метафизических и научных соображениях, Лейбниц приводил аргументы, которые содержали апелляцию к природе суждений, их истинности и ложности. Подобно тому как не существует взаимодействия между монадами, не существует и относительных суждений; все суждения имеют субъектно-предикатную форму, и как всякая монада содержит все свои состояния, так всякое истинное суждение уже содержит предикат в субъекте. Логическое исчисление Лейбница предполагает, что в своей наиболее удовлетворительной формулировке всякое истинное суждение будет иметь сложное имя в качестве субъекта и один или больше элементов этого сложного имени в качестве предиката, например «ABC есть A», или «ABC есть AB», и т.д. Любое ложное суждение будет представлять собой очевидный абсурд: «ABC не есть A» или «ABC не есть AB» и.т.д. Этот взгляд тесно связан с делом всей жизни Лейбница – поиском языка, characteristica universalis, в котором можно было бы выразить все истины и в котором имена показывали бы «состав» обозначаемых ими объектов. Эти истины затем нашли бы свое место в энциклопедии всего знания, и все дискуссии стали бы ненужными – рассуждения уступили бы место вычислениям c помощью «универсального исчисления». Арно, возражая Лейбницу, утверждал, что если понятие всякого индивида содержит все, что когда-либо обретет бытие, то человеческая свобода превращается в миф, а Бог теряет всемогущество. Лейбниц отвечал, что Бог сделал свободный выбор, когда создавал Адама и тем самым все последующее, воплотив в этом фактическом состоянии все свободные и спонтанные человеческие действия и приспособив к этим действиям все другие условия существования во Вселенной. Таким образом, необходимость событий в мире имеет не абсолютный, а условный характер.
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Памятник Готфриду Вильгельму Лейбницу в Лейпциге.
Кроме того, поскольку монады естественно выбирают лучшее в соответствии с тем, насколько отчетливыми являются их перцепции, этот мир является наилучшим из всех возможных миров. В нем воплощено наибольшее количество разнообразия, совместимое с порядком, что является метафизическим совершенством, и поскольку он создан всеблагим, всемогущим и наимудрейшим существом, метафизическому совершенству соответствует и моральное совершенство мира. В системе Лейбница имеется фундаментальное противоречие, которое проявляется на всех ее уровнях. Лейбниц утверждал, что существует два рода истин: необходимые истины разума, проверить которые можно с помощью принципа противоречия; и случайные истины факта, проверка которых должна опираться на принцип достаточного основания. В то же время он считал, что всякая истина о мире является аналитической и из любого состояния любой монады, если мы способны в достаточной степени в него проникнуть, можно вывести состояние целой Вселенной. Верно, что только Бог обладает способностью такого постижения, и не возникало бы никакой проблемы, если бы Лейбниц хотел сказать, что случайность связана с неполным знанием. Однако он настаивал на фундаментальном различии случайных истин о действительном мире и необходимых истин, которые истинны во всех возможных мирах. Последние зависят от интеллекта Бога, но не от его воли; первые истинны, потому что такова была воля Божия. Истинные утверждения об этом мире образуют систему, так что ни одно из этих утверждений не может быть ложным, если остальные истинны; однако случайно истинно то, что это – система истинных утверждений о действительном мире. Существует только одно необходимо истинное утверждение существования – Бог, необходимое существо, существует.
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Предполагать обратное – значит предполагать заведомый абсурд – что существо, обладающее всеми совершенствами в наивысшей степени, лишено одного из совершенств, а именно существования. Лейбниц признает, что существование не является предикатом конечных существ, что ничто не прибавляется к понятию «Адам», когда мы говорим, что это понятие о реальном существе. То, что Бог существует, принадлежит только к понятию о Нем. Это априорное доказательство подкрепляется аргументом, что разум Бога является «местом», в котором пребывают необходимые истины. Этот мир «делает истинными» случайные истины, которым объективно противостоит знание Богом вечных истин. Кроме того, хотя Вселенная сама по себе является завершенной и все должно быть таким, каким оно есть в действительности, уже потому, что одна из частей Вселенной такова, какова она есть, ни одна из ее частей не содержит основания для своего существования. Вселенная предполагает наличие творящей и поддерживающей причины, т.е. необходимого существа, которое содержит в себе основание собственного существования. Именно в этом моменте современные мыслители расходятся с Лейбницем. Ч.Моррис в работе Научный эмпиризм так подытоживал их отношение: «Рационалистическая метафизика Лейбница, порожденная простым превращением формальной логики в метафизику без учета критерия эмпирической значимости, на современный взгляд не является необходимым космологическим следствием его логического учения». Иначе говоря, лейбницевская система понятий, сколь бы интересной она ни была, остается всего лишь системой понятий, и никакой анализ этих понятий не может дать нам знание о действительном мире.
1 июля 1646 года Лейбниц, Готфрид Вильгельм (700x329, 296Kb)
Биография: Погребысский И.Б. Готфрид Вильгельм Лейбниц. Москва, 1971; Джон Дж. О’Коннор и Эдмунд Ф.Робертсон. Лейбниц, Готфрид Вильгельм в архиве MacTutor; Герье В.И. Лейбниц и его век: Отношения Лейбница к России и Петру Великому. Санкт-Петербург, Наука, 2008 (Слово о сущем; Том 75). Философия Лейбница: Альманах «Философский век». «Лейбниц и Россия». Санкт-Петербург, 1996; Каринский Вл. Умозрительное знание в философской системе Лейбница. Санкт-Петербург, 1912; Нарский И.С. Готфрид Лейбниц. — Москва: Мысль, 1972. — 239 страниц. — (Мыслители прошлого). — 40000 экземпляров; Серебреников В. С. Лейбниц и его учение о душе человека. Санкт-Петербург, 1908.С.X + 366; Соловьев Н. «Теодицея» Лейбница, рассматриваемая в связи с его метафизическим учением. Харьков, 1904; Сретенский Н.Н. Лейбниц и Декарт. Критика Лейбницем общих начал философии Декарта: Очерк по истории философии./Послесл. Е.Малышкина,Д. Куницына. Санкт-Петербург: Наука, 2007.-183 страницы. - (Серия "Слово о сущем"). ISBN 5-02-026941-7; Фишер Куно. История новой философии. Т.III.Лейбниц, его жизнь, сочинения и учение. Санкт-Петербург, 1905; Фишер К. История новой философии: Готфрид Вильгельм Лейбниц: Его жизнь, сочинения и учение. — Москва: АСТ, Транзиткнига, 2005. — 734 страницы. — 3000 экземпляров. — ISBN 5-17-028917-0; Петрушенко Л.А. Философия Лейбница на фоне эпохи. - М.: Альфа-М, 2009. - 510 страниц; Ягодинский Ив.Ив. Философия Лейбница. Процесс образования системы. Первый период, 1659—1672. Казань, 1914 (репринт — Санкт-Петербург, 2007). Научная деятельность: Белл Э.Т. Творцы математики. Москва: Просвещение, 1979; История математики под редакцией А.П.Юшкевича в трёх томах, Москва: Наука. Том 2. Математика XVII столетия. (1970); Хал Хеллман Великие противостояния в науке. Десять самых захватывающих диспутов - Глава 3. Ньютон против Лейбница: Битва титанов = Great Feuds in Science: Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Ever. — Москва: «Диалектика», 2007. — Страница 320. — ISBN 0-471-35066-4; Политические и правовые воззрения: Кембаев Ж.М. «Египетский план» Готфрида Вильгельма Лейбница как один из этапов развития политических и правовых теорий объединения европейских государств // История государства и права. 2010. № 2. Cтраницы 42-45.

Louis_joseph_duke_of_vendôme (575x700, 353Kb)
1654
Луи Жозеф де Бурбон-Вандом (французское имя - Louis Joseph de Bourbon, Duke of Vendôme; известен как Великий Вандом, le Grand Vendôme)
3-й герцог Вандом, французский военачальник периода правления Людовика XIV, особенно прославился в Войне за испанское наследство. Обладая несомненным талантом и опытом полководца, отличался и личной храбростью. За свои заслуги был приравнен к рангу законного принца крови во Франции и в Испании Филиппа V, трон которого он сохранил. Родился в Вандомском дворце в Париже, крещён 27 октября 1656 года в замке Версаль. Луи Жозеф был старшим сыном герцога Людовика де Вандома и Лауры Манчини. Его мать была сестрой Олимпии Манчини, которая была матерью принца Евгения Савойского — одного из главных противников Луи Жозефа в Войне за испанское наследство. По отцу он являлся правнуком короля Генриха IV Великого и Габриэль д'Эстре. Луи Жозеф де Бурбон-Вандом, тогда ещё герцог де Меркёр, начал военную службу под начальством Анри де Ла Тур д’Овернь, маршала Тюренна и по праву считается его учеником. С первых дней военной службы он с большим отличием участвует во всех походах и особенно отличается в 1693 году, когда содействует победе, одержанной маршалом Николя Катина при Марсалии. В 1696 году он, в звании главнокомандующего в Каталонии, предпринял осаду Барселоны, защищаемой принцем Гессен-Дармштадтским, разбил испанцев, спешивших на помощь ей, и принудил крепость к сдаче.
Duc_de_Vendome_1706 (514x700, 429Kb)
Портрет Луи-Жозефа, герцога Вандомского.
В начале войны за Испанское наследство, когда неспособный Франсуа, маршал Вильруа был взят в плен в Кремоне, Вандом принял главное начальство над французской армией в Италии. 15 августа 1702 года он дал принцу Евгению большое сражение при Луццаре, не имевшее решительного исхода, а весной 1703 года вторгся через Тироль в Германию, чтобы соединиться с курфюрстом Баварским. Мужественная оборона тирольцев задержала его движение и он дошёл только до Тренто. Осенью 1703 года он обезоружил войска отпавшего от Франции герцога Савойского, взял несколько укрепленных городов в Пьемонте и начал осаду Турина. Весной 1706 года, воспользовавшись отъездом принца Евгения в Вену, он напал на австрийцев и прогнал их за Эч. Среди этих успехов он был отозван в Нидерланды, где ему пришлось ещё раз загладить неудачу Вильруа, разбитого при Рамийи. Своими стратегическими движениями он долгое время задерживал английского полководца Джона Черчилля, герцога Мальборо. В 1708 году Людовик XIV допустил тактическую ошибку: вместо того, чтобы отдать армию в Нидерландах полностью под командование Вандома, он назначает его вторым командующим, а над ним ставит своего внука Людовика, герцога Бургундского. Между Вандомом и Бургундским возникают разногласия. В начале им сопутствует успех: занят Гент, Брюгге и Плассендаль, но 11 июля при Ауденарде армия, в результате неумелых действий Бургундского была разбита союзниками. Это поражение было преподнесено королю как вина Вандома (кто же будет обвинять внука короля). К тому же, Луи Жозеф имел сильного врага в лице второй жены короля маркизы Франсуазы де Ментенон. В результате, Вандом был уволен в отставку и два года оставался в бездействии, хотя Франция тогда остро нуждалась в полководцах. Однако, осенью 1710 года французские дела в Испании пришли в сильное расстройство и Людовик XIV послал Вандома со значительными подкреплениями за Пиренеи. Несмотря на старость и болезненное состояние, Вандом обнаружил необыкновенную деятельность. Он возвратил Филиппу V Мадрид, потом обратился против австрийцев и 10 декабря разбил генерала Штаремберга при Вилла-Вичиоза. Все завоевания, сделанные союзниками в Испании, были вследствие этой победы потеряны, а Филипп V смог окончательно утвердиться в Испании. Скончался Луи Жозеф де Вандом в Каталонии 11 июня 1712 года и был похоронен по повелению испанского короля Филиппа V в пантеоне Инфантов, в Эскориале. 15 мая 1710 года Луи Жозеф женился на Марии-Анне де Бурбон-Конде (1678—1718), Мадмуазель д’Энгиен, дочери Анри III Жюля де Бурбон-Конде, принца де Конде и принцессы Анны Пфальцской; внучке Великого Конде. Брак остался бездетным и Луи Жозефу наследовал его младший брат Филипп де Бурбон-Вандом, бывший аббатом и великим приором Мальтийского ордена во Франции. Со смертью Филиппа в 1727 году пресеклась Вандомская линия династии Бурбонов и герцогство окончательно отошло к французской короне. Титулы: До смерти отца носил титул герцога де Меркёра; Герцог де Вандом (Луи II, 1669—1712), герцог де Бофор (1669), герцог д’Этамп (1669), герцог де Пентьевр (1669); Граф де Дрё. Принц д’Ане и де Мартиг; Рыцарь (кавалер) орденов короля Франции (ордена Святого Духа и Святого Михаила) и ордена Золотого руна; Первый принц крови королевства Испании. Военная карьера: 1659 — Генерал галерного флота короля Франции; 1688 — Генерал-лейтенант армии короля Франции. Командующий испанской армии; 1697 — Завоевание Барселоны и назначение вице-королём Каталонии; 1710 — Главный маршал испанской армии.

Louise Françoise de Bourbon (594x700, 514Kb)
1673
Луиза Франсуаза де Бурбон (французское имя - Louise Françoise de Bourbon)
узаконенная дочь короля Франции Людовика XIV и его официальной фаворитки Франсуазы де Монтеспан. До своего замужества она была известна как Мадемуазель де Нант. Выйдя замуж за Людовика III Бурбон-Конде она стала герцогиней де Бурбон и принцессой Конде. Вела бурную любовную жизнь во время правления отца. При жизни она построила Бурбонский дворец, который в наше время является местом заседания Национальной ассамблеи Франции. Луиза Франсуаза де Бурбон родилась 1 июля 1673 года. 19 декабря 1673 года Людовик XIV узаконил своих детей от Франсуазы де Монтеспан, получив перед этим согласие французского парламента. После этого король даровал детям различные титулы, которые полагались отпрыскам короля. Её брат Луи Огюст получил титул герцога Менского, сестра Луиза Мария Анна стала Мадемуазель де Тур, Франсуаза-Мария — Мадемуазель де Блуа, а Луи Александр, её младший брат, получил титул графа Тулузского. Сама же Луизы получила титул Мадемуазель де Нант. В детстве Луиза сильно сблизилась с младшей сестрой Луизой Марией Анной, Мадемуазель де Тур. Её ранняя смерть в 1681 году сильно повлияла на Луизу. С другими своими сёстрами или сводными родственниками Луиза не сближалась. С детства братья и сёстры соперничали между собой за друзей, общество, титулы и богатства. С детства принцесса стала увлекаться музыкой и танцами. 25 мая 1685 года Луиза вышла замуж за дальнего родственника своего отца, Людовика, герцога де Бурбонского. Ей было одиннадцать лет, её супругу шестнадцать. Людовик был сыном Генриха III Бурбона. Он был представителем младшей ветви венценосного дома Бурбонов, носивших титул принцев Конде, впервые данный дяде Генриха Наваррского — Людовику Бурбонскому. Матерью принца была баварская принцесса Анна Генриетта. В приданое принцесса получила один миллион франков. В браке родилось девять детей. Все они дожили до взрослого возраста. Брак Луизы Франсуазы и принца Конде, 1685 год. В 1691 году её мать оставила двор и удалилась в монастырь Сен-Жозеф, основанный ею же и находившийся в домах 10 — 12 по улице Сен-Доменик в VII округе Парижа. Остаток жизни она провела, помогая бедным и участвуя в благотворительности. Луиза часто приезжала к матери. Её смерть в 1707 году сильно повлияла на Луизу. Людовик XIV запретил ей и её младшим братьям и сёстрам носить траур по матери. В 1692 году её сестра Франсуаза-Мария вышла замуж за Филиппа II Орлеанского. В приданое ей была дана сумма, в два раза превышавшая сумму, выданную при свадьбе Луизе. Это сильно возмутило её, и в дальнейшем она ненавидела сестру, критикуя её и её мужа, соперничала с ними за власть и влияние. Луизу считали очень красивой и живой девушкой. Примерно в 1695 году она завела романтические отношения с Франсуа-Луи де Бурбон-Конти. Когда супруг узнал о измене жены, то был в большой ярости. Луизе удалось уговорить супруга не рассказывать ничего её отцу-королю, из-за страха перед ним. После смерти в 1709 году её свёкра её муж получил титул принца Конде. В следующем году его не стало. В этом же году Луиза сблизилась со своим братом дофином Людовиком. Дружбу она завела с ним исключительно для того, чтобы сблизиться с королевской семьёй. Неожиданная смерть дофина в 1711 году разрушила эти планы. Дофином и дофиной Франции стали Людовик, герцог Бургундский, и его жена Мария Аделаида Савойская. Они также умерли в период правления деда, Людовика XIV. В 1715 году «король-солнце» умер. Королём стал малолетний правнук последнего, король Людовик XV. В малолетстве нужен был регент. Начался спор между братом Луизы герцогом Менским и супругом её сестры герцогом Орлеанским. Луиза всячески противилась назначению последнего, так как ненавидела свою сестру и не хотела, чтобы та занимала положение выше, чем она сама. В конце концов выиграл герцог Орлеанский. Его супруга, сестра Луизы, заняла самое высокое положение в семье. В 1714 году племянница Луизы Мадам Менская была названа в честь неё. В 1720-х годах Луиза стала любовницей герцога де Лессей. В 1737 году она стала крёстной матерью сына Людовика XV и Марии Лещинской, нового Дофина Франции. Скончалась дочь Людовика XIV 16 июля 1743 года. После себя она оставила роскошный Бурбонский дворец, который в настоящее время используется как место заседания Национальной ассамблеи Франции.

Dézallier_d’Argenville_Vanghelisty (472x700, 241Kb)
1680
Антуан-Жозеф Дезалльер д’Аргенвилль (Antoine-Joseph Dezallier d’Argenville)
французский учёный. Сын книготорговца Антуана Дезалльера. Изучал юриспруденцию и брал уроки рисования и гравюры у Жана Корнеля, Жана-Батиста Леблона и Бернара Пикара. Отец купил в 1696 году поместье Аргенвилль в муниципалитете Безон и передал его в 1711 году своему сыну, который добавил затем к своему имени д’Аргенвилль. Впоследствии Дезалльер д’Аргенвилль объехал Германию, Италию и Англию. В 1718 году он женился на Франсуа-Терезе Эмар, которая родила ему в 1723 году сына. В 1720 году Дезалльер д’Аргенвилль продал своё имение в Безоне и перебрался в Бьевр. В 1742 году его жена скончалась и позже он снова женился. Его книга «La théorie et la pratique du jardinage» была впервые анонимно опубликована в 1709 году и стала широко распространённым и значительным произведением по садоводству в XVIII веке. Второе издание было обозначено инициалами автора, следующие появились под именем архитектора Александра Леблона, который рисовал гравюры. С 1748 года Дезалльер д’Аргенвилль принимал участие в работе над «Энциклопедией» Дидро. Дезалльер д’Аргенвилль владел большой коллекцией раковин моллюсков, которую он также опубликовал, а также коллекцией гравюр на меди и рисунков. Умер в Париже 29 ноября 1765 года. Библиография: La théorie et la pratique du jardinage, où l'on traite à fond des beaux jardins appelés communément les jardins de plaisance et de propreté, composés de parterres, de bosquets.... Nouvelle ed. - Paris : Mariette, 1709, 1713, 1747. оцифрованное издание; Traité des vernis, où l'on donne la manière d'en composer un qui ressemble parfaitement à celui de la Chine, et plusieurs autres qui concernent la peinture, la dorure, la gravure à l'eau-forte, etc. 1723, Übersetzung aus dem Italienischen, Original von Filippo Buonanni; L'Histoire naturelle éclaircie dans deux de ses parties principales, la lithologie et la conchyliologie. 1742; Enumerationis fossilium, quae in omnibus Galliae provinciis reperiuntur, tentamina, 1751; La Conchyliologie, ou Histoire naturelle des coquilles de mer, d'eau douce, terrestres et fossiles, avec un traité de la zoomorphose, ou représentation des animaux qui les habitent. 2 Bde, 1752; 1757; 1780; Abrégé de la vie des plus fameux peintres, avec leurs portraits gravés en taille-douce, les indications de leurs principaux ouvrages, quelques réflexions sur leurs caractères, et la manière de connoître les desseins des grands maîtres. Par M de l'Académie royale des sciences de Montpellier. 3 Bde, 1745-1752. Nouvelle edition, revue, corrigée & augmentée de la Vie de plusieurs peintres. 4 Bde, 1762; L'Histoire naturelle éclaircie dans une de ses parties principales, l'oryctologie, qui traite des terres, des pierres, des métaux, des minéraux et autres fossiles. 1755. Die Seiten 387 bis 532 enthalten ein Kapitel unter der Überschrift Essai sur l'histoire naturelle des fossiles qui se trouvent dans toutes les provinces de France, das eine korrigierte und erweiterte Fassung des 1751 auf Lateinisch erschienen Titels Enumerationis fossilium, quae in omnibus Galliae provinciis reperiuntur, tentamina darstellt. Об Антуане-Жозефе д’Аргенвилле: Eloge de M. Desallier d’Argenville. In: La Conchyologie, ou Histoire Naturelle de Coquiolles. 3. Auflage. Paris 1780, S. IX-XXIV; Dictionnaire de Biographie francaise, vol. 6, Paris 1939; Ingrid Dennerlein: Die Gartenkunst der Régence und des Rokoko in Frankreich. Worms 1981; Detlef Karg: Antoine Joseph Dezallier d’Argenville. Anmerkungen zu seinem 300. Geburtstag. In: Architektur der DDR. Nr. 29, 1980, S. 506–508.

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физик, философ. Родился в Бреслау (ныне Вроцлав, Польша). Последователь немецкого ученого-энциклопедиста, философа, юриста и математика Христиана фон Вольфа, написал труд в его защиту. В 1724 г., когда Л.Блюментрост обратился к Вольфу с просьбой посоветовать учёных для приглаше
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Thesis: Interactions between plants and their biotic environments in the soil microbial community

I am an evolutionary biology PhD student interested in the interactions between plants and their biotic environments, especially soil microbial community. Using a combination of natural variation surveying and controlled artificial selection approach, I hope to understand how plants and their rhizospheric microbiome maintain a dynamic homeostasis, and respond to environmental stress (e.g. herbivory) and internal changes (e.g. host plant polyploidy) as a community.

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This post originates from the HWRG-blog. Please note that there are multiple authors of HWRG and that the most updated version of this blogpost can be found here: http://ift.tt/2ubG9BB.
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New Approaches to Ethno-Linguistic Maps

I’m excited to give a guest blog post here at humans who read grammars on new methods in language geography.  I’m a geographer by trade, and I am currently a PhD student at the University of Maryland.  I also work for an environmental nonprofit - Conservation International - doing data science on agriculture and environmental change in East Africa.  Before ending up where I am now, I lived for some time in West Africa and the Philippines.  During my time in both of those linguistically-rich areas, I became quite interested in language geographies and linguistics more generally.  Spurned on by curiosity and my disappointment in available resources, I’ve done some side projects mapping languages and language groups, which I’ll talk about here.

Problems with Current Language Maps

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A map of tonal languages from WALS.  Fascinating at a global scale, but unsatisfying if you zoom in to smaller regions.
One major issue with most modern maps of languages is that they often consist of just a single point for each language - this is the approach that WALS and glottolog take.  This works pretty well for global-scale analyses, but simple points are quite uninformative for region scale studies of languages.  Points also have a hard time spatially describing languages that have disjoint distributions, like English, or languages that overlap spatially. See here for a more in-depth discussion of these issues from Humans Who Read Grammars

One reason that most language geographers go for the one-point-per-language approach is that using a simple point is simple, while mapping languages across regions and areas is very difficult.  An expert must decide where exactly one language ends and another begins.  The problem with relying on experts, however, is that no expert has uniform experience across an entire region, and thus will have to rely on other accounts of which language is prevalent where.  This is how, for example, the Murdock Map of African ethno-linguistic groups was created.  As a continental scale map, it is rich and fascinating.  However, looking for closely at specific region, and the map seems to have problems - how did Murdock know exactly the shape of each little wiggle identifying the boundary between two groups?  What about areas where two different groups overlap?  Other issues can arise when trying to distinguish distinct groups when often the on-the-ground reality is that a language may exist as a dialect continuum, something that subjectively drawing polygons does not readily account for.

These maps can have real import when they form the foundation of other analyses. Researchers have examined whether ethnic diversity in developing countries, and in Africa in particular, can hamper economic development and lead to conflict. Scientists disagree, although many analyses use the Murdock map. See some of this research here, here and here. Another study, recently published in Science, looked at Internet penetration in areas where politically excluded ethnic groups live. They found that groups without political power were often marginalized in terms of internet service provision. However, their data for West Africa, which came from the Ethnic Power Relations database, was quite rough: all of southern Mali was one ethnic group labeled “blacks” while the north was labeled as “Tuaregs” or “Arabs”, while there was no data at all for Burkina Faso.  While their findings were important and they did the best that they could with available datasets, a less informed analysis from the same data could end up looking like linguistics done horribly wrong.  We need better ethno-linguistic maps simply to do good social science and address these critical questions.

New Methods and Datasets

I believe that, thanks to greater computational efficiency offered by modern computers and new datasets available from social media, it is increasingly possible to develop better maps of language distributions using geotagged text data rather than an expert’s opinion.  In this blog, I’ll cover two projects I’ve done to map languages - one using data from Twitter in the Philippines, and another using computationally-intensive algorithms to classify toponyms in West Africa.

I should note that for all its hype, big data can be pretty useless without real-world experience.  The Philippines and West Africa are two parts of the world where I have spent a good amount of time and have some on-the-ground familiarity with the languages.  Thus, I was able to use my local knowledge to inform how I conducted the analyses, as well as to evaluate their issues and shortcomings.

Case Study 1: Social Media From The Philippines

Many fascinating language maps from twitter have been created at global scales - see here, and here.  However, to explore the distribution of understudied languages that don’t show up in maps of global languages, one must use more bespoke methods.  This is especially true of austronesian languages like those found in the Philippines, which don’t have a lot of phonemic variability, and therefore aren’t easily classified using the methods that google translate uses.  These methods, which rely on slices of the sample text, often confuse austronesian languages like Tagolog and Bahasa - just look at the maps I mentioned above. Thus, I had to use a word-list method, and created word lists from corpora offered by SEAlang, and by scraping from local-language wikipedia articles.  The resulting maps show exactly where minority languages are used in comparison with English and Tagalog in the philippines, and likely underestimate the prevalence of minority languages because the corpora used (wikipedia and the bible) are quite different from the twitter data that was classified.

Languages of Tweets in the Philippines.
The resulting map shows about 125,000 tweets in English, Tagalog, Taglish (using Tagalog and English in the same tweet), and the local languages Cebuano, Ilocano, Hiligaynon, Kapampangan, Bikol, and Waray.  This map offers more nuance than traditional language maps of the Philippines.  For example, most maps would show Ilocano over the entire northern part of Luzon, but this map shows that the use of Ilocano is much more robust on the northwest coast than in the rest of the north.  This analysis also allowed me to test a hypothesis that I frequently heard locals assert when in the Philippines - that English is more common in the south, because southerners would rather use English than Tagalog, which is seen as a northern language.  I found that this was to be the case, and I was only able to confirm this because I had such a large sample size.  Without newer datasets like those offered by social media, this hypothesis would be untestable.

To see a more in-depth description of this analysis, you can see my original blog post here.

Case Study 2: West African Toponyms

Another project I did used toponyms, or place names, from West Africa.  Toponyms databases like geonames.org have relatively high spatial resolution - with a name for every populated place in an area.  And while a place name is not as long as a tweet or other linguistic dataset, toponyms do encode ethno-linguistic information.  It would be easy for someone familiar with Europe to distinguish whether a toponym is associated with the French or German linguistic group - a French name would likely begin with “Les” and end with “-elle”, while a German name could begin with “Der” and end with “-berg”.  Similar differences exist between toponyms from different ethnic groups all over the world, and are quite evident to locals.  What if you could train an algorithm to detect these differences, and then had it classify every single toponym throughout a region?  That is what I tried to do in this analysis.

I used toponyms for six countries in French West Africa. I decided to focus on French West Africa for several reasons. For one, I have worked there, and have some familiarity with the ethnic groups of the region and their distributions, and it is an area I am very curious about. For another thing, this is a relatively poorly documented part of the world as far as ethno-linguistic groups go, and it is an area with significant region-scale ethnic diversity. Finally, the countries I selected were colonized by one group, meaning that all of the toponyms were transliterated the same way and could be compared even across national borders. In all, I used 35,785 toponyms.

First, I got a list of every possible set of three letters (called a 3-gram) from the toponyms.   Then, I tested for spatial autocorrelation in the locations that contained each 3-gram using a Moran’s I test, and selected only those 3-grams that had significant clustering.

To give an illustration of why this was necessary, here are two examples of the spatial distribution 3-grams. One 3-gram - “ama” - occurs roughly evenly throughout the regions in this study. The other 3-gram - “kro” - is very common in toponyms in south-east Côte d'Ivoire, and virtually nonexistent in other areas. Thus, “kro” has significant spatial autocorrelation whereas “ama” does not.

Here are all of the toponyms that contain the 3-gram “kro" 


And here are all of the toponyms that contain the 3-gram “ama" 

Thus, the the 3-gram "ama” doesn’t tell us much about which ethnic group a toponym belongs to, because that 3-gram is found evenly distributed throughout West Africa - it is just noise. The 3-gram “kro”, on the other hand, carries information about which ethnic group a toponym belongs to, because it is clearly clustered in a group in Southeast Côte d'Ivoire.

I then calculated the lexical distance between all of the toponyms based on the number shared 3-grams that had significant spatial autocorrelation.  To add a spatial component, I also linked any two toponyms that were less than 25 kilometers apart. Thus, I had a graph where every toponym was a vertex, and undirected edges connected toponyms that had spatial or lexical affinity.  Finally, I used a fast greedy modularity-optimizing algorithm to detect communities, or clusters, in this graph.

Results
The algorithm found seven distinct communities, which definitely correspond to ethnic groups and ethnic macro-groups in West Africa.


The red cluster includes Wolof, Serer, and Fulfulde place names, which makes sense, as all of these groups are Senegambian languages. This group of languages is the primary group in Senegal and Mauritania, which my classification picked up on. It also caught the large Fulfulde presence in central Guinea, throughout an area known as the Fouta-Djallon. This cluster also has a significant presence throughout the Sahel, stretching into Burkina Faso and dotted throughout the rest of West Africa, much like the migrant Fulfulde people.

The green cluster captures most of the area where Mandé languages are spoken, including most of Mali, where the Bambara are found, as well as Eastern Guinea and Northern Côte d'Ivoire, where Malinké is found. Interestingly, most of the toponyms in Western Mali fell into the Senegambian/Fulfulde cluster, and were not in the Mandé cluster, even though there are Mandé groups like the Soninké and Khassonké in Western Mali. Southern Guinea is densely green, representing the presence of Mandé groups there, like the Kuranko. Surprisingly, much of central and southern Côte d'Ivoire also fell into the green cluster, even through there are a couple of different groups there which are not in any way related to the Mandé groups that were most represented in the green cluster. This is also true of areas in Western Burkina Faso and Eastern Mali, where there are many languages unrelated to the broader Mandé group, such as Dogon, Bobo, Minianka, and Senufo/Syempire. However, I know that Dyula, a Mandé language closely related to Bambara, is spoken as a trade language in both of these areas (Côte d'Ivoire and Western Burkina Faso). It could be that Dyula has had a long enough presence in these areas to leave an imprint on the toponyms there.

The purple group pretty clearly captured two different disjoint groups that are both in the broader Mandé group - the Susu, in far Western Guinea, and the Dan, in Western Côte d'Ivoire. These groups are normally classified as being on quite separate branches of the Mandé language family, with the Susu being Northern Mandé and Dan being Eastern Mandé. However, the fact that the algorithm put them in the same group, even though they were too far apart to have edges/connections based on spatial affinity, shows that Dan and Susu toponyms have several three-grams common.

The yellow cluster seems to have caught two sub-groups within the broader green/Mandé cluster. Many of the yellow toponyms in central Mali are in what you could call the Bambara homeland, between Bamako and Segou. However, a second cluster stands out quite distinctly in southern Guinea. It’s unclear to me what group this could represent and why it would have toponymic features distinct enough from its neighbors that the algorithm put it in a different cluster. Some maps say that a group called the Konyanka lives here and speaks a language closely related to Malinké.

The turquoise cluster quite clearly captures the Mossi people and their toponyms, as well as the Gurunsi, a related group (both Mossi and Gurunsi are classified as Gur languages).

The black cluster in southern Burkina Faso captured a group that most national ethno-linguistic maps call the Lobi, although this part of West Africa is known for its significant entho-linguistic heterogeneity. Another group of villages in Eastern Burkina Faso also fell into the black cluster, although I could not find any significant ethnic group found there.

Finally, the blue cluster captured both the Baoulé/Akan languages as well as the Senufo. It captured the Senufo especially in Côte d'Ivoire and somewhat in Burkina Faso, but not much in Mali, where I know the Senufo have a significant presence. This could represent a Bambarization of previously Senufo toponyms due to the fact that the government of Mali is predominantly Bambara, or it could pre-date the Malian state, as this area was part of Samori Toure’s Wassoulou Empire, in which the Malinké language was strongly enforced. The classification of the Senufo languages has always been controversial, but this toponymic analysis suggests that they are more related to Kwa toponyms to the south rather than to Gur toponyms to the northeast.

Caveats

Some caveats with this work and its interpretation. For one, this only shows toponymic affinities. Those affinities usually correspond to ethnic distributions, but not always. There is a lot of migration in West Africa today, and place names don’t usually change as quickly as the distributions of people. Thus, toponyms can sometimes encode historic ethnic distributions, for example many toponyms in the United States come from Native American languages, and there are many toponym suffixes in England that reflect a historic Nordic presence. Thus, this and similar maps are most informative when interpreted in combination with on-the-ground information and knowledge.

Another issue with classifying toponyms in West Africa in particular is that West African toponyms are transcribed using the Latin alphabet, which definitely does not capture all of the sounds that exist in West African languages. Different extensions of the Latin alphabet, as well as an indigenous alphabet, are often used to transcribe these languages, however these idiosyncratic methods of writing languages are not used in the geonames dataset. Thus, the Fulfulde bilabial implosive (/ɓ/ in IPA) is written the same way as a pulmonic bilabial plosive - as a “b”, so this distinction is lost in our dataset, even though it adds a lot of information about what ethnic group a given toponym belongs to. However, some other sounds and sound combinations, which are very indicative of specific languages are captured using a Latin alphabet- for example prenasalized consonants (/mb/) common in Senegambian languages, labial velars (/gb/ and /kp/) common in coastal languages, or the lack of a ‘v’ in Mandé languages. Issues also arise with how different colonizers transcribe sounds differently, for example ‘ny’ and 'kwa’ in English would be 'gn’ and 'coua’ in French. However, this didn’t apply in this analysis, which only used Francophone countries, and I believe it could be dealt with if I tried to do a larger analysis.

Conclusion


This is an exciting time to be at the intersection of geography and linguistics!  New datasets and computational methods are giving researchers the ability to ask newer and better questions about who belongs to what group, and where.  I hope new developments in this research can yields new linguistic results about phylogeny, migration, and the spread of linguistic phenomena.  Outside of the field of linguistics, better language maps could have broad applications, from improving disaster response planning to helping to answer critical questions about the origins of ethnic conflict.


          (USA-FL-Tampa) Forecasting Analyst   
Purpose of Job Salary Range: Minimum: $49,200 Maximum: $88,560 IMPORTANT: External Applicants – When filling out your name and other personal information below, DO NOT USE ALL CAPS or any special characters. Use only standard letters in the English alphabet. Including special characters or all uppercase letters will cause errors in your application. Defines problems, collects data, applies statistical and mathematical models to establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Develops, analyzes and models operational, economic, management, multi-channel or financial data to forecast the performance of business segments and evaluate potential operational changes. Proven ability to develop and communicate insights that consistently influence and drive action with business leaders by using fact-based, holistic and forward-looking perspectives. Applies innovative /quantitative analytical approaches to make recommendations to resolve business problems, drive solutions and process improvements. We are currently seeking talented Forecasting Analyst II, this position is open to ALL CAMPUS facilities. Job Requirements * Leverages business/analytical knowledge to participate in discussions with internal teams to understand, collaborate and influence solution strategies of business objectives. * Support implementation of emerging trends. * Applies innovative and quantitative analytical approaches, translates recommendations to business partners, provides reliable, consistent forecast/plan data and prepares written documentation. * Applies knowledge of various forecasting methodologies, system and tools. * Develops forecasting white papers for review. * Thoroughly documents assumptions, methodology, validation and testing for peer reviews and supports Governance, Risk and/or process work. * Other analysts should be able to rely on documentation to replicate and continue work. * Provides consultative guidance and effectively partners and influences appropriate business leaders and/or their representatives to integrate operational initiatives into the overall forecast/plan. * Succinctly delivers analysis/findings in a manner that conveys understanding, influences business leaders, garners support for recommendations, drives business decisions, and influences business strategy. *Minimum Experience* * Bachelor's degree in Economics, Finance, Statistics, Mathematics or related discipline. * Four years work experience in statistics, mathematics, forecasting or planning or related experience can be substituted in lieu of a degree in addition to the minimum years of work experience required. OR * A Master's Degree in Economics, Finance, Statistics, Mathematics or related discipline. OR * A PhD in Economics, Finance, Statistics, Mathematics or related discipline. * 2+ years experience forecasting and/or planning to include expert utilization of data analysis tools in support of market, workforce and/or contact center operations. Or * If Master's Degree, 0-2 years experience forecasting and/or planning to include expert utilization of data analysis tools in support of market, workforce and/or contact center operations. Or * If PhD, 0 years experience forecasting and/or planning to include expert utilization of data analysis tools in support of market, workforce and/or contact center operations. *Qualifications may warrant placement in a different job level* When you apply for this position, you will be required to answer some initial questions. This will take approximately 5 minutes. Once you begin the questions you will not be able to finish them at a later time and you will not able to change your responses. *Preferred Experience* * Working knowledge of call routing at call centers * Experience with both long-term and daily/interval level forecasting * Workforce Management experience in a call center * Experience working with NICE * Knowledge/Skills/Attributes * Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office tools (Word, Access, and Excel) * Business acumen, Collaboration, Communication, Demonstrate Adaptability, Drive for Result and Innovation The above description reflects the details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job and should not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be performed in the job. At USAA our employees enjoy one of the best benefits package in the business, including a flexible business casual or casual dress environment, comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans, along with wellness and wealth building programs. Additionally, our career path planning and continuing education will assist you with your professional goals. *Relocation* assistance is *not* *available* for this position. *For Internal Candidates:* Must complete 12 months in current position (from date of hire or date of placement), or must have manager’s approval prior to posting. *Last day for internal candidates to apply to the opening is 7/5/17 by 11:59 pm CST time. * *Forecasting Analyst* *FL-Tampa* *R0010036*
          (USA-FL-Tampa) Decision Science Analyst   
Purpose of Job IMPORTANT: External Applicants – When filling out your name and other personal information below, DO NOT USE ALL CAPS or any special characters. Use only standard letters in the English alphabet. Including special characters or all uppercase letters will cause errors in your application. We are currently seeking talented Decision Science Analyst I (AML) for our Phoenix, AZ or San Antonio, TX facility. The ideal candidate for this position will have experience using mathematical and statistical analysis to assist management in making risk based anti-money laundering decisions related to products, services and customers. This position requires the use of communication skills to convey the results of statistical analysis to various levels of management. Provide decision support for business areas across the enterprise. Staff in this area will be responsible for applying mathematical and statistical techniques and/or innovative /quantitative analytical approaches to draw conclusions and make 'insight to action' recommendations to answer business objectives and drive change. The essence of work performed by the Decision Science Analyst involves gathering, manipulating and synthesizing data (e.g., attributes, transactions, behaviors, etc.), models and other relevant information to draw conclusions and make recommendations resulting in implementable strategies. Job Requirements * Leverages business/analytical knowledge to participate in discussions with cross-functional teams to understand and collaborate on business objectives and influence solution strategies. The business problems analyzed are typically medium to large scale with impact to current and/or future business strategy. * Applies innovative and scientific/quantitative analytical approaches to draw conclusions and make 'insight to action' recommendations to answer the business objective and drive the appropriate change. Translates recommendation into communication materials to effectively present to colleagues for peer review and mid-to-upper level management. Incorporates visualization techniques to support the relevant points of the analysis and ease the understanding for less technical audiences. * Identifies and gathers the relevant and quality data sources required to fully answer and address the problem for the recommended strategy through testing or exploratory data analysis (EDA). Integrates/transforms disparate data sources and determines the appropriate data hygiene techniques to apply. * Thoroughly documents assumptions, methodology, validation and testing to facilitate peer reviews. Subsequent analysts should be able to rely on documentation to replicate and continue work. * Understands and adopts emerging technology that can affect the application of scientific methodologies and/or quantitative analytical approaches to problem resolutions. * Delivers analysis/findings in a manner that conveys understanding, influences mid to upper level management, garners support for recommendations, drives business decisions, and influences business strategy. Recommendations typically have an impact on business results. *Minimum Requirements* * If Bachelor's degree, 4+ years experience in a decision support analytic function Or If Master's Degree, 2+ years experience in a decision support analytic function Or If PhD, 1+ years experience in a decision support analytic function * Bachelor's degree in Economics, Finance, Statistics, Mathematics, Actuarial Sciences or other quantitative discipline. (Four years work experience in statistics, mathematics or quantitative analytics or related experience can be substituted in lieu of a degree in addition to the minimum years of work experience required. *8 years total) OR A Master's Degree in quantitative analytics or a related field OR A PhD in quantitative analytics or a related field *Qualifications may warrant placement in a different job level.* When you apply for this position, you will be required to answer some initial questions. This will take approximately 5 minutes. Once you begin the questions you will not be able to finish them at a later time and you will not be able to change your responses. *Preferred* * Experience in categorical data analysis * Experience in analyzing customer, transactional, and financial product data collectively * Ability to provide robust documentation that details full process leading to analytic findings * Experience partnering with IT to deploy results of analysis into production * Financial Services industry experience in machine learning, statistical modeling, optimization or data mining involving large data sets * Proficiency in data visualization and strong programming skills (VBA, SAS, SPSS, SQL, R or Python) * Experience with very large transactional systems or with relational databases such as Oracle, SQL Server *Knowledge/Skills/Attributes* - Demonstrates competency in mathematical and statistical techniques and approaches used to drive fact-based decision-making. - Experience presenting and communicating findings/recommendations to team members. - Advanced knowledge of data analysis tools; - Advanced knowledge in developing analysis queries and procedures in SQL, SAS, BI tools or other analysis software. - Advanced knowledge of relevant industry data & methods and demonstrated ability to connect external insights to business problems. - Demonstrated ability to influence business decisions. The above description reflects the details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job and should not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be performed in the job. At USAA our employees enjoy one of the best benefits packages in the business, including a flexible business casual or casual dress environment, comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans, along with wellness and wealth building programs. Additionally, our career path planning and continuing education will assist you with your professional goals. *Relocation* assistance is *not* *available* for this position. *For Internal Candidates:* Must complete 12 months in current position (from date of hire or date of placement), or must have manager’s approval prior to posting. *Last day for internal candidates* *to apply to the opening is 5/03/17 by 11:59 pm CST time.* *Decision Science Analyst* *FL-Tampa* *R0010013*
          (USA-FL-Tampa) Senior Modeling Analyst   
Purpose of Job IMPORTANT: Applicants – When filling out your name and other personal information below, DO NOT USE ALL CAPS or any special characters. Use only standard letters in the English alphabet. Including special characters or all uppercase letters will cause errors in your application. We are currently seeking talented Senior Modeling Analyst (AML) for our Phoenix, AZ or San Antonio, TX facility. The ideal candidate for this position has experience creating, tuning and monitoring models designed to monitor transactions and Anti-Money Laundering customer risk within mid to large size financial institutions. This position requires performing duties within a highly regulated anti-money laundering or financial crimes team and within the financial institutions model governance policy. Teamwork and communication with business partners are essential to team success. Develop and analyze data to predict business results or member behavior. Expert knowledge in statistics, mathematics, and tools used in predictive modeling. Partner cross-functionally with business to deliver breakthrough analytical solutions to support a winning strategy in a continually changing business environment. Job Requirements * Lead the development, enhancement and implementation of statistical and other quantitative models to support forecasting, member behavior-based scoring and other business applications. * Understand technical issues in econometric and statistical modeling and apply these skills toward solving business problems. Identify opportunities to apply quantitative methods to improve business performance. * Full ownership of the model development process and relationship with the business customer: from conceptualization through data exploration, model selection and validation, implementation, business user training and support. * Strong understanding of the model lifecycle management process with ability to identify gaps and opportunities for improvement in business applications. * Develop model monitoring plan, monitor statistical model performance, and provide technical guidance to business leadership. * Communicate technical subject matter clearly and concisely to individuals from various backgrounds. * Communicate technical subject matter clearly and concisely to individuals from various backgrounds. *Minimum Requirements* * 6+ years related work experience in statistical analysis and model development Or If a Master's Degree, 4+ years related experience in statistical model development Or If a Ph.D.,3+ years related experience in statistical model development * Advanced knowledge of data analysis tools and industry data sources * Expert knowledge in developing analysis queries and procedures in SQL, SAS, BI tools or other analysis software * Expert knowledge in several statistical techniques (Generalized linear modeling, Time Series, CART, Decision Trees, Neural Networks, Factor analysis experimental design, hypothesis testing, and/or advance techniques). * Bachelor's degree in Statistics, Economics, Engineering, Mathematics, Actuarial Sciences or related field OR A Master's Degree in Statistics, Economics, Engineering, Mathematics, Actuarial Sciences or related field OR A PhD in Statistics, Economics, Engineering, Mathematics, Actuarial Sciences or related field. *Preferred* * Direct modeling experience related to Anti-Money Laundering or Financial Crimes typologies * Experience managing model throughout the model’s lifecycle within a financial institutions model governance policy * Experience with models related to Actimize or comparable vendor risk monitoring tools * Experience in categorical data analysis * Direct experience analyzing and identifying patterns, trends, and insights within data * Experience in analyzing customer, transactional, and financial product data in databases such as Oracle, SQL Server * Experience partnering with IT to deploy results of analysis into production *Knowledge/Skills/Attributes* Business Acumen; Collaboration (Team Building); Communication; Demonstrate Adaptability (Agility); Drive for Results; Innovation. The above description reflects the details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job and should not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be performed in the job. At USAA our employees enjoy one of the best benefits packages in the business, including a flexible business casual or casual dress environment, comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans, along with wellness and wealth building programs. Additionally, our career path planning and continuing education will assist you with your professional goals. *Relocation* assistance is *not* *available* for this position. *Senior Modeling Analyst* *FL-Tampa* *R0010015*
          (USA-FL-Tampa) Lead Modeling Analyst   
Purpose of Job IMPORTANT: External Applicants – When filling out your name and other personal information below, DO NOT USE ALL CAPS or any special characters. Use only standard letters in the English alphabet. Including special characters or all uppercase letters will cause errors in your application. We are currently seeking talented Lead Modeling Analyst (AML) for our Phoenix, AZ or San Antonio, TX facility. The ideal candidate for this position has experience creating, tuning and monitoring models designed to monitor transactions and Anti-Money Laundering customer risk within mid to large size financial institutions. This position requires performing duties within a highly regulated anti-money laundering or financial crimes team and within the financial institutions model governance policy. Teamwork and communication with business partners are essential to team success. Develop and analyze data to predict business results or member behavior. Expert knowledge in statistics, mathematics, and tools used in predictive modeling. Partner cross-functionally with business to deliver breakthrough analytical solutions to support a winning strategy in a continually changing business environment. Job Requirements * Lead the development, enhancement and implementation of statistical and other quantitative models to support forecasting, member behavior-based scoring and other business applications. * Understand technical issues in econometric and statistical modeling and apply these skills toward solving business problems. Identify opportunities to apply quantitative methods to improve business performance. * Full ownership of the model development process and relationship with the business customer: from conceptualization through data exploration, model selection and validation, implementation, business user training and support. * Strong understanding of the model lifecycle management process with ability to identify gaps and opportunities for improvement in business applications. * Develop model monitoring plan, monitor statistical model performance, and provide technical guidance to business leadership. * Communicate technical subject matter clearly and concisely to individuals from various backgrounds. * Communicate technical subject matter clearly and concisely to individuals from various backgrounds. *Minimum Requirements* * 6+ years related work experience in statistical analysis and model development Or If a Master's Degree, 4+ years related experience in statistical model development Or If a Ph.D.,3+ years related experience in statistical model development * Advanced knowledge of data analysis tools and industry data sources * Expert knowledge in developing analysis queries and procedures in SQL, SAS, BI tools or other analysis software * Expert knowledge in several statistical techniques (Generalized linear modeling, Time Series, CART, Decision Trees, Neural Networks, Factor analysis experimental design, hypothesis testing, and/or advance techniques). * Bachelor's degree in Statistics, Economics, Engineering, Mathematics, Actuarial Sciences or related field OR A Master's Degree in Statistics, Economics, Engineering, Mathematics, Actuarial Sciences or related field OR A PhD in Statistics, Economics, Engineering, Mathematics, Actuarial Sciences or related field. *Qualifications may warrant placement in a different job level.* When you apply for this position, you will be required to answer some initial questions. This will take approximately 5 minutes. Once you begin the questions you will not be able to finish them at a later time and you will not be able to change your responses. *Preferred* * 2 or more years of modeling experience related to Anti-Money Laundering or Financial Crimes typologies * Deep experience managing model throughout the model’s lifecycle within a financial institutions model governance policy * Experience with models related to Actimize or comparable vendor risk monitoring tools * Direct Experience reviewing and validating the model development work of others * Experience presenting model methodologies to Executives, Auditors and Examiners * Experience in developing insights from data, and building dashboards for business to consume * Direct experience reviewing and validating statistical analysis performed by others to establish scenario or rules parameters. Communicate the implications of scenario parameter choices to the appropriate stakeholders * Experience in categorical data analysis * Experience in analyzing customer, transactional, and financial product data in databases such as Oracle, * SQL Server * Experience partnering with IT to deploy results of analysis into production *Knowledge/Skills/Attributes* Business Acumen; Collaboration (Team Building); Communication; Demonstrate Adaptability (Agility); Drive for Results; Innovation. The above description reflects the details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job and should not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be performed in the job. At USAA our employees enjoy one of the best benefits packages in the business, including a flexible business casual or casual dress environment, comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans, along with wellness and wealth building programs. Additionally, our career path planning and continuing education will assist you with your professional goals. *Relocation* assistance is *not* *available* for this position. *For Internal Candidates:* Must complete 12 months in current position (from date of hire or date of placement), or must have manager’s approval prior to posting. *Last day for internal candidates* *to apply to the opening is 5/03/17 by 11:59 pm CST time.* *Lead Modeling Analyst* *FL-Tampa* *R0010014*
          #Mextasy Coming to Salisbury University October 26, 2017 | More Info to Follow...    


Look out Salisbury University​, something "Mexican" your way cometh on October 26, 2017! #mextasy #textmex #circusofdesmadres

The details:

As part of SU’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, William "Memo" Nericcio, Professor of English & Comparative Literature at San Diego State University and director of their pathbreaking MALAS Program (the Master of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences), will deliver a lecture entitled “Cyborg Chicanos, Virtual Latinas, Smartphone Addiction, and Digital Culturas: Viral, Electric Mutations of Latinx Stereotypes in the Age of the Internet. ”

His talk is inspired by his American Library Association award-winning book Tex[t]-Mex: Seductive Hallucinations of the “Mexican” in America (2007) that explores representations of Latina/o identity in the popular media--in film, television, advertising, comic books, toys, literature, video games, graffiti, etc.

Before the talk, the public is invited to view his pop-up art exhibit Mextasy: Seductive Hallucinations of Latina/o Mannequins Prowling the American Unconscious, which further explores some of same themes as his talk, on display in the Wicomico Room from 4:00 PM until the end of the lecture. The talk and exhibit are sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs, the SU Department of English, SU Galleries, and the Fulton Public Humanities Program. Among his other roles at SDSU, Nericcio works as lead faculty the NEH-supported Digital Humanities Initiative and also directs SDSU Press. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Connecticut from 1988 to 1991. He holds an MA and PhD in Comparative Literature from Cornell University where he worked as Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes's Graduate Research Assistant, hung out at parties with Edward Said, Jurgen Habermas, Gayatri Spivak, and Jacques Derrida (and worked with them in seminar as well). A Mexican-Sicilian-American and an innovative troublemaker, Nericcio was born in Laredo, Texas, along the Rio Grande River in South Texas.

    Event: Lecture and Exhibit
    Date: Thursday, October 26
    Time - Lecture: 7:00-9:00 PM
    Time – Exhibit: 4:00-9:00 PM

    *Location: Academic Commons, Assembly Hall*
          Vice President, Translational Medicine – Regulus Therapeutics Inc – San Diego, CA   

MD or MD/PhD (or equivalent) with 10+ years of biotechnology or pharmaceutical drug development experience. Regulus Therapeutics Inc....From Regulus Therapeutics Inc - Fri, 30 Jun 2017 20:30:49 GMT - View all San Diego, CA jobs

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          Poste d’assistant professor en histoire environnementale à pouvoir à Georgetown (Washington DC)   
The Georgetown University History Department seeks applications for a full-time, tenure-line faculty position in environmental history at the assistant professor rank. Open to all regional specializations. Research with a transnational or global orientation is particularly welcome. A PhD is required by time of appointment. The successful candidate will teach courses on the undergraduate and graduate level in his/her specialty and in the department’s general education program. The teaching load is two courses per semester. The deadline for applications is November 15, 2014. Review of applications … Continuer la lecture de Poste d’assistant professor en histoire environnementale à pouvoir à Georgetown (Washington DC)
          'Can my niece do a PhD in any country'   
Education consultant NNS Chandra shares advice on entrance examinations, admission procedures at international universities.
          Elementary Introduction to Number Theory   
Elementary Introduction to Number Theory
author: Calvin T. Long
name: Hester
average rating: 4.00
book published: 1972
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I was assigned this book my freshman year of college. I now have a PhD in math. Coincidence?

          Phd Candidate - Public Administration With A Particular Focus On Data Science   
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          Lucid Planet Radio with Dr. Kelly: Encore: The Biology of Belief & How to Re-Program Your Mind, with Bruce Lipton PhD   
GuestDon't miss this epic show where Bruce Lipton PhD shares his groundbreaking research in epigenetics, the science of how our perception of our biology & environment effects our genes. He shares with us the differences between the conscious and unconscious mind, and details how to essentially 'hack your brain' to re-program your unconscious to CREATE THE LIFE YOU WANT! We also discuss spontaneous evolution & the state of the our current world, about which he has some very positive messa ...
          Lucid Planet Radio with Dr. Kelly: The Biology of Belief & How to Re-Program Your Mind, with Bruce Lipton PhD   
GuestDon't miss this epic show with Bruce Lipton PhD sharing his groundbreaking research in epigenetics, the science of how our perception of our biology & environment affects our genes. He shares with us the differences between the conscious and unconscious mind, and details how to essentially 'hack your brain' to re-program your unconscious to CREATE THE LIFE YOU WANT! We also discuss spontaneous evolution & the state of our current world, about which he has some very positive messages! ...
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EpisodeDon't miss this epic show where Bruce Lipton PhD shares his groundbreaking research in epigenetics, the science of how our perception of our biology & environment effects our genes. He shares with us the differences between the conscious and unconscious mind, and details how to essentially 'hack your brain' to re-program your unconscious to CREATE THE LIFE YOU WANT! We also discuss spontaneous evolution & the state of the our current world, about which he has some very positive messa ...
          Lucid Planet Radio with Dr. Kelly: Sugar Detox and Other Natural Health Hacks for SUMMER! Featuring Dr. Roni DeLuz    
EpisodeDon't miss this special natural health episode featuring Dr. Roni DeLuz, where will reveal some SUMMER HEALTH HACKS, including the all-important sugar detox, as well as how to deal with other summer health concerns candida, humidity, weight gain, inflammation and more! Dr. Roni will also be giving away recipes for the best summer smoothies, juices and wraps!   Dr. Roni DeLuz is a Naturopathic Doctor, has a PhD in Natural Health, Registered Nurse, Certified Colon Therapist and certifie ...
          Lucid Planet Radio with Dr. Kelly: Encore: The Psychedelic Renaissance: Healing People and Policies, with Rick Doblin PHD from MAPS    
GuestJoin Dr. Kelly this week as she interviews, Rick Doblin, the founder and director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). We will discuss how Rick ended up becoming a pioneer for psychedelic research, results and lessons from Phase 2 of MDMA/PTSD research MDMA/PTSD research, MDMA and couples therapy, Marijuana/PTSD research, Psychedelic Harm Reduction at Burning Man and more!Rick received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, ...
          Lucid Planet Radio with Dr. Kelly: The Psychedelic Renaissance: Healing People and Policies, with Rick Doblin PHD from MAPS    
EpisodeJoin Dr. Kelly this week as she interviews, Rick Doblin, the founder and director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). We will discuss how Rick ended up becoming a pioneer for psychedelic research, results and lessons from Phase 2 of MDMA/PTSD research MDMA/PTSD research, MDMA and couples therapy, Marijuana/PTSD research, Psychedelic Harm Reduction at Burning Man and more!Rick received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, ...
          PhD Students - Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics - Waterloo, ON   
These universities include the University of Waterloo, University of Guelph, University of Toronto, York University, McMaster University, and Western University...
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          Academic part-time RELG 3701 - Islam - Mount Allison University - Sackville, NB   
RELG 3701, Islam (3 credits), anticipated enrollment 20-25 students. Preference will be given to applicants with, or nearing completion of, a PhD in Religious...
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          PHD POSITIONS IN MEDICAL PHYSICS AND RADIOPHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES: GERMAN CANCER RESEARCH CENTER -DKFZ-   
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          Fyre Festival founder arrested, charged with wire fraud   

Matthew Assante, Waka Flocka, Billy McFarland and Ja Rule attend 'Whisper Wednesdays' at PHD Terrace Dream Midtown on December 14, 2016 in New York City. There has been one arrest following April's disastrous Fyre Festival event, as the Southern District of New York US Attorney's office announced the arrest of Fyre Media founder William McFarland .


          Computational Chemistry & Molecular Design - GlaxoSmithKline - Upper Providence, PA   
PhD or equivalent in Computational Chemistry, Cheminformatics, Computational Biology, Physics, Biophysics or Chemistry....
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          Urbandart – Startup Job Openings for Freshers in Bengaluru   

Company     Urbandart – Startup Website      https://www.urbandart.com Eligibility BE/B Tech/MCA Experience Freshers Location     Bengaluru Job Role     Software Engineer JOB Discribtion: Technology Rockstar: You have at least 2 years of experience in software/ computer engineering industry with a track record of building reliable, scalable and efficient systems. EDUCATION: BE/BTech/MS/MTech/MCA/Phd in Computer […]

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          IIFPT Recruitment 2017   
Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology ( IIFPT ) invites application for the post of Research Associate, Senior Research Fellow and various vacancies. IIFPT Recruitment 2017 Vacancy & Salary Details IIFPT Recruitment 2017 Eligibility Research Associate Educational Qualification : Candidate should have completed PhD in Agricultural Process Engineering / Food Process Engineering. Age Limit :
          (USA-IL-Chicago) Part-Time Faculty Member, Writing, Rhetoric, & Discourse (Part Time Faculty )   
This job was posted by https://illinoisjoblink.illinois.gov : For more information, please see: https://illinoisjoblink.illinois.gov/ada/r/jobs/5065351 DePaul University DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws. Part-Time Faculty Member, Writing, Rhetoric, & Discourse (Part Time Faculty ) Classification Information Rank Position / Posting Information This pool will close on the date specified in the Close Date field. You will be notified of the closing by email. If you would like to remain in the pool after that time, you will need to resubmit to the new pool posting at: https://facultyopportunities.depaul.edu/ College/SchoolCollege of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Responsibilities The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse (WRD) at DePaul University invites expressions of interest in part-time teaching opportunities in varied areas of writing studies / rhetoric and composition. Excellent, experienced teachers are sought for courses at the undergraduate level in the department's First-Year Writing program, minor, and major, and in our graduate programs in WRD, New Media Studies, and TESOL. Teaching areas of interest include first-year college writing; business and/or technical and professional writing; college-level instruction for multilingual writers; science writing, including writing for health care and medical contexts; writing about the arts in Chicago; new media studies and/or multimodal production, to include coding for digital environments; or other areas in writing studies, broadly conceived. We seek candidates with a clear commitment to excellent teaching; experience teaching writing successfully to students of varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds; and sensitivity to the educational goals of a diverse student population. Part-time teaching opportunities are available throughout the academic year. Applicants with expertise that matches course scheduling needs will be contacted for an interview. Academic course schedules fluctuate from quarter to quarter. Courses are not guaranteed; however, the department does its best to give ample notice about available courses and potential course cancellations. Required Qualifications M.A. in writing studies, rhetoric & composition, or a related field; at least one year of successful college teaching experience. Preferred Qualifications Terminal degree in writing studies, rhetoric & composition, or a related field; multiple years of successful college teaching experience; ongoing professional development in dedicated field. Posting NumberPart-time Faculty 249Posting Special Instructions to Applicants This posting is for the following specializations in Writing, Rhetoric, & Discourse: -First-year college writing -Business and/or technical and professional writing -College-level instruction for multilingual writers -Science writing, including writing for health care and medical contexts -Writing about the arts in Chicago -New media studies and/or multimodal production to include coding for digital environments Close Date06/30/2018 Supplemental Questions Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). 1.* Please specify your academic degree: oMA in writing studies or related field oPhD in writing studies or related field oBA in writing studies or related field onone 2.* Do you have at least one year's experience teaching university-level writing courses? oYes oNo 3.* Do you have teaching expertise in first-year college writing? oYes oNo 4.* Do you have teaching expertise in business nd/or technical and professional writing at the college level? oYes oNo 5.* Do you have teaching expertise in writing for multimodal/digital contexts or new media studies? oYes oNo 6.* Do you have a TESOL certificate and teaching expertise working with multilingual writing students? oYes oNo 7.* Do you have professional experience in science writing, including writing for health care and medical contexts? oYes oNo 8.* Do you have professional experience in writing broadly about the arts in Chicago? oYes oNo Applicant Documents Required Documents 1.CV 2.Cover Letter Optional Documents 1.Teaching Statement 2.Portfolio 3.Other Document Apply Here: http://www.Click2Apply.net/dp9ryctkjdqx5jp3 PI98464783
          the HAES® files: Healthcare Providers Get Our Marching Orders for the War on Fat People   
by Deb Burgard, PhD My brilliant friend Jessica Wilson has taught me so much. She is fond of asking, “What is the problem we are trying to solve?” The question is burning in my mind after reading a recently released Washington DC think tank publication called “Provider Competencies for the Prevention and Management of Obesity” […]
          Comment on GI Bill Transfer Update Fact Sheet: Questions Answered by Omayra   
I received my commission as PHS CCO IN 2911, and I have two boy to whom I have been planning to transfer the GI Bill benefits when the time comes. The oldest is a HS Junior student who will start college in 2017. The information you provided suggests that he will not be able to use the benefits. Is this correct? My second child is a HS Freshman student who will start college in 2021. The information provided suggest that he might be able to use it during that year. Is this correct? I amnwonderingbif I should keep the fund for my 2nd child or if I should pursue a PhD to position myself better within PHS. Your advise will be highly appreciated.
          Tangazo la Nafasi za Masomo ( Bachelor Degree, Masters na PHD ) Toka Chuo Kikuu cha SAUT- Mwanza    
Chuo Kikuu cha Mtakatifu Augustino Tanzania kampasi ya Mwanza, kinakutangazia nafasi za masomo katika ngazi ya:
• Shahada ya Kwanza (Bachelor Degree)
• Shahada ya Uzamili (Masters)
• Shahada ya Uzamivu (PhD)
 
Kwa mwaka wa masomo 2017/2018 utakaoanza mwezi wa 10 mwaka 2017
 
UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMMES:
1. Bachelor of Business Administration
2. Bachelor of Science in Procurement and Supply Chain Management
3. Bachelor of Science in Tourism
4. Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication
5. Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Marketing
6. Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
7. Bachelor of Arts in Economics
8. Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
9. Bachelor of Philosophy with Education
10. Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies
11. Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
12. Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
13. Bachelor of Laws
14. Bachelor of Arts with Education
 
POSTGRADUATES PROGRAMMES:
1. Master of Sociology, Master of Laws
2. Master of Education Management and Planning
3.Master of Higher Education Management and Development
4. Master of Arts in Linguistic
5. Master of History
6. Master of Business Administration
1. Postgraduate Diploma in Accountancy and Finance
2. Master of Arts in Economic
3. Master of Arts in Mass Communication
4. Doctor of Philosophy in Mass Communication
5. Doctor of Philosophy in Law
 
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          Krishna University Results 2017 – UG, PG & Other Exam Results @ www.krishnauniversity.ac.in   

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          Brendt Christensen: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know   
Brendt Christensen, a PhD researcher, is accused of kidnapping missing University of Illinois scholar Yingying Zhang, who is now believed dead.
          Deadline Extended till July 10, 2017 OVERSEAS SCHOLARSHIPS FOR PhD STUDIES   
Deadline Extended till July 10, 2017 OVERSEAS SCHOLARSHIPS FOR PhD STUDIES IMPORTANT NOTE: Batch-VI scholarships deadline has been extended from June 30, 2017 to July 10, 2017 for online applications submission Apply online at HRDI-(Batch-VI) on or before July 10, 2017: http://eportal.hec.gov.pk/ After submission of the application, keep and preserve a copy of application form and original deposit slip […]
          RAMR Deadly Maths: Adding Fractions   
The RAMR cycle originates from Chris Matthews, an indigenous man who has a PhD in maths.

RAMR is a new model for teaching maths, or at least, new to me. I've appended a link to a video at the bottom where Tom Cooper from the YuMi Deadly Centre at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) explains the RAMR cycle. I adapted his talk to a lesson I developed about adding fractions. YuMi is a Torres Strait Islander word meaning "you and me" and Deadly is an aboriginal word meaning smart.

The RAMR acronym stands for Reality, Abstraction, Mathematics, Reflection as illustrated by this graphic:

REALITY

Teach maths the way it is created or invented. Start with a problem. The problem I posed to the class was how do you add one half and two thirds.

The elements recommended in this Reality phase of the cycle are start with a real life problem, draw on local knowledge and construct kinesthenic activities.
PIZZA DIAGRAMS half and two-thirds

Present this problem as a real life exercise. John eats half a pizza. Jermain eats two thirds of a pizza. How much pizza have they eaten altogether?

Bring real pizza into the room and cut it up. It is a recommended part of the RAMR cycle that the teacher constructs such an activity, preferably kinaesthetic.

Prerequisites: The teacher needs to be aware of prerequisite knowledge required for the problem. In this case the denominator (bottom number) tells us how many equal parts the pizza is divided into. The numerator (top number) tells us how many part of each pizza are being eaten. This had been covered in a previous lesson.

ABSTRACTION

Abstraction means moving from the real world (a pizza cut into various pieces) to a representation of that reality in words, pictures and / or symbols.

We have already begun this above by using the words, symbols and pictures for half and two-thirds. In practice the various phases of the RAMR cycle overlap as well as having some distinctiveness.

One aspect I need to improve on is that of adding in creativity by inviting students to create their own representations of fractions. I didn't do this in the class but later when running the session for trainee teachers it did energise the session with some imagination.

Can you develop your own representation of fractions?

MATHEMATICS

In this phase of the cycle we stress the formal language and symbols of mathematics, practice the concepts a lot (most students need lots of practice) and connect to other maths ideas that have been taught earlier.

When asked how to add ½ plus 2/3 many students will add the numerators and denominators to get the answer 3/5ths. Explain why this is wrong. You don't add denominators because they don't represent something that ought to be added to solve this problem. Rather they represent how many pieces each pizza has been cut into.

The trick to solving this problem is to cut both pizzas in such a way that the parts are equal. This can be solved either
(a) visually or
(b) arithmetically by multiplying the denominators or
(c) by finding the lowest common number in the two times (2, 4, 6 ...) and three times tables (3, 6 …)

So, we divide both pizzas into 6 equal parts

Now we can add the fractions 3/6 + 4/6 = 7/6 = 1 and 1/6

The denominators are not added since they represent how many pieces the pizza was cut into. The numerators are added since they represent the parts of the pizza which are eaten.

Transforming ½ into 3/6

How do we get 6 from 2? Multiply by 3.

Now if we multiply the denominator by 3 we then have to multiply the numerator by 3. ½ x 3/3 = 3/6

This doesn't change the value of the fraction since 3/3 = 1 and multiplying by 1 doesn't change the value of the number. The technical name for this is compensation, the numerator 3 compensates for the denominator 3, etc. This technique is really valuable and can be used over and over again in the future, so it needs to be reinforced. Multiplying by 1 doesn't change the value of a number.

Repeat this process to transform 2/3 into 4/6 by multiplying by 2/2

More Prerequisites: (which were covered in earlier lessons) Equivalent fractions: ½ = 2/4 = 3/6 etc.

Improper fractions (7/6) and mixed numbers 1 and 1/6

REFLECTION

The goals here are to:
  • set problems that apply the new idea back to reality
  • enable students to validate and justify their own knowledge
The concepts being covered can be extended at any point throughout the cycle. It doesn't have to be confined to the end.
Extension: Represent 7/6 or 1 and 1/6 on a clock? Answer: 70 minutes or 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Inverse: How else could the pizza have been divided b/w John and Jermain to get the same answer? ie. What other two numbers (fractions) would add up to 7/6 or 1 and 1/6?

Generalise: How could you add any two fractions? Looking for answer here about achieving a common denominator.

For the class I was teaching I found that they struggled to understand what was required for the inverse section but with prompting they got it. Overall, I was happy about the response to the challenge posed by the Reflection section.

CONCLUSION:

Maths textbooks are notoriously dull. Direct Instruction as developed by Rhonda Farkota (link to her PhD thesis) is very useful. But how do we further develop maths curriculum in a rich way once the basics are established?

I found that the RAMR cycle challenged me as a teacher to develop my delivery further. There were some elements in the cycle which made me think hard before I could deliver them. I did find that students responded well to those elements of the cycle in which I harboured a hidden belief that they may not cope with. The cycle integrates real world, creative elements and traditional elements of maths in a manner which I found very satisfactory. I think it is a very good model.

Is this maths which incorporates indigenous culture or simply good maths teaching? Good question! I think both but mainly I lean to the latter view. But really good teaching adjusts itself to take the individual needs of all the current students in the class into account. This requires more analysis and thinking. LINKS
Tom Cooper explains the RAMR cycle here: Professor Tom Cooper - YuMi Deadly Maths
          Review of Massimo Pigliucci’s, Answers For Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to a More Meaningful Life   

I just finished Massimo Pigliucci’s wonderful book: Answers for Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to A More Meaningful Life. Pigliucci was born in Monrovia, Liberia and raised in Rome.[1] He has a PhD in genetics from the University of Ferrara, Italy, a PhD in biology from the University of Connecticut, and a PhD in philosophy of science from the University of Tennessee.[10] He is currently a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

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          Lightning, EMC and HIRF : Engineering Specialist Sr. - (toronto downsview, ontario)   
Lightning, EMC and HIRF : Engineering Specialist Sr.:TOR03290DescriptionBOMBARDIERthe evolution of mobilityAt Bombardier Aerospace, our employees work together to evolve mobility worldwide : one good idea at a time. If you have a good idea, we'll provide the environment where it will thrive and grow into a great product or customer experience. Your ideas are our fuel.In your role, you will:: Be the technical leader of a small team of EMC professionals: Review and approve design documents such as vendor drawings, test procedures, qualification reports and certification documents: Prepare / define system specifications and requirements: Prepare technical reports to show compliance to the applicable certification requirements: Coordinate investigation and corrective action of specific in:service problems involving various systems and components and any continuing airworthiness issues: Provide technical solutions to the field and production lines: Supervise / coordinate the work and mentoring of less experienced Engineers in the departmentQualificationsAs our ideal candidate,: You have a PhD or Masters degree in Physics or Electrical Engineering and you are a specialist in Electromagnetics.: You have a minimum of 15 years of relevant Aviation based HIRF/EMI Engineering experience.: You have working experience with design, qualification and certification test requirements of aircraft EMC /HIRF /Lightning.: You are knowledgeable with EMC/ HIRF / Lightning applicable TC, EASA and FAA certification requirements and advisory material.: You are familiar with regulatory working relationships with TC, EASA or FAA and you must be capable of obtaining DAD / DAR status.: You have strong integration skills, in both system partner management and system technical integration: You are familiar with Microsoft Office software tools: The position may require travel to Flight Test, Vendor or Operator sites.: Knowledge of Bombardier systems, business process and Achieving Excellence System (AES).
          Computational Chemistry & Molecular Design - GlaxoSmithKline - Upper Providence, PA   
• PhD or equivalent in Computational Chemistry, Cheminformatics, Computational Biology, Physics, Biophysics or Chemistry • Experience in molecular modeling,
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          (USA-KS-Stillwell) Research Scientist- Ectoxicology Team lead(763822)   
This job was posted by https://www.kansasworks.com : For more information, please see: https://www.kansasworks.com/ada/r/jobs/10405967 Description Job Title: Research Scientist- Ecotoxicology Team Lead Location: Stillwell, Kansas Opportunity: Direct Hire Job Purpose: To provide competitive, independent, investigative research and product development in: crop production; crop protection; food quality; environmental preservation, product stewardship, genetics and seeds. Duties and Responsibilities: Assist Team Lead and/or Manager in the design, planning, coordination, application, maintenance, evaluation and execution of laboratory and/or field studies in the area of Ecotoxicology. Ensure all required organisms, equipment, supplies, and related activities are in place so that all study activities, as specified in the SOPs, protocol, and performed under GLPs, are completed successfully. Demonstrated ability to perform study responsibilities with no direct supervision and ability to handle complex research based projects and/or projects to develop new services. Provide a high level communication with Ecotoxicology personnel, report problems to supervisor and/or Study Director in a timely manner, and recommend improvement of procedures where applicable. Routinely serves as a Study Director on complex or higher tier studies based upon demonstrated understanding and proficiency. Routinely communicates with Sponsors during studies ensuring timely study updates. Assists Scientists in ensuring that study reports for Sponsors are completed in a timely manner and they are complete and suitable for submission to the appropriate regulatory agency. Ensure all projects are performed in accordance with Sponsor requirements, applicable SOPs, and in accordance with appropriate regulatory guidelines and GLPs. Maintain awareness of new developments in the relevant sciences and of changes in regulatory guidelines and requirements related to agrochemical research and registration as well as participate in scientific and regulatory groups in the development and refinement of testing guidelines and in providing input to regulatory authorities on regulations. Communicate with regulatory staff and Sponsor technical staff to remain on the forefront of industry/regulatory needs and requirements. Will be assigned complex research based projects, regulatory efforts, and/or projects to develop new services. Schedule is determined based on business needs which may include week-ends and/or Holidays Perform other duties as assigned by Team Lead, Manager, Director or designee. Qualifications: Education: Bachelor's, Master's, and/or PhD in Biological or Environmental Sciences, or related field of study, required Work Experience Bachelor's Degree in Biological or Environmental Sciences, or related field of study + 8 years experience; and/or MS in Biological or Environmental Sciences, or related field of study + 5 years of relevant experience and/or PhD in Biological or Environmental Sciences, or related field of study, with 2 years of relevant experience, AND 5+ years direct experience as a Study Director on a variety of studies including higher tier studies Skills/Proficiencies Proficiency with complex analysis; Report writing; Principal Investigator and/or Study Director duties and responsibilities; Statistical analysis and interpretation of data; Customer services skills, required. Computer Skills Proficient computer skills with most current spreadsheet, database and word processing applications needed. Experience with statistical software application (i.e., CETIS), required. Physical Requirements Able to work in highly regulated, high pace environment. Must be able to walk, stand 20 to 40% of the time, squat, bend, kneel, climb, push, pull, use hands; reach with hands and arms overhead; speak and hear effectively in team and/or one-on-one conversations. For Terrestrial: Must be able to work outdoors in extreme onditions and at times perform strenuous labor including construction of test systems, field maintenance and working with bees. VEVRAA Federal Contractor We request Priority Protected Veteran & Disabled Referrals for all of our locations within the state. We are an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic. The EEO is the Law poster is available here. https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf
          (USA-MI-Ann Arbor) LEO Lecturer I   
How to Apply In addition to applying online, please combine into one document a cover letter explaining your qualifications and teaching philosophy, a current curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation and evidence of teaching experience (i.e., teaching evaluations). **Job Summary** The Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) and the Program in the Environment (PitE) in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts at the University of Michigan invites applications for a set of three Lecturer I positions to teach Literature and Environment-themed courses in the Fall 2017 (Sept 1, 2017--Dec 31, 2017) and the Winter 2018 (January 1, 2018 – April 30, 2018) terms. **Responsibilities*** The Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS), and the Program in the Environment (PitE) at the University of Michigan invites applications for a set of three Lecturer I positions, which the academic units intend to offer to a single successful candidate, to teach a series of course offerings in the two units (Fall ‘17, Winter ‘18 in DAAS; Winter ‘18 in PitE). The units expect that the effort for the 3 courses will be 33.33% in the fall semester with one course DAAS, and 66.67% in the winter semester with one course in DAAS, and one course in PitE. The duration of the appointments will be one academic year (i.e., September 1, 2017 – April 30, 2018). The courses will include a 100 and a 300 level course on 18 th Century African-American literature, and a 300 level course on Environmental Literature. This is a collaboration of course offerings by the two academic units. There will be an offering of three courses over the academic year. In the 2017 Fall term, this position will teach AAS 104, _Doing Time: 250 Years of Prison, Labor, and Race in America_ . There will be two courses in special topics/studies delivered in the Winter 2018 Term. The tentative Winter 2018 course in DAAS will be AAS 358, _Frontiers and Fugitives_ . The tentative Winter 2018 course in PitE will be a 300 level Environmental Humanities course. Reappointments are possible, and will be subject to budget, curricular need, and performance in each unit. In addition to classroom-teaching responsibilities, the instructor will hold office hours for students, provide appropriate syllabus and course materials electronically, attend regular course meetings, and handle routine course-related administrative matters. **Required Qualifications*** The candidate must hold a PhD in Afro-African American Literature or Environmental Literature or a closely related field. The candidate must have demonstrated excellence in college-level teaching of literature in the United States. **Desired Qualifications*** Preference will be given to candidates with a background in 19 th and 20 th Century African American literature and Studies in the Environment, and experience teaching in this field. **Union Affiliation** This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment. **Background Screening** The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. **Application Deadline** Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Deadline for applications is July 10, 2017. LEO job openings are posted for a minimum of ten calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended. The anticipated date by which an offer will be made is no later than Monday, July 31, 2017. Offers for this appointment are contingent on successful completion of a background screening. The appointment opportunities described in this posting are subject to final approval by the academic units. **U-M EEO/AA Statement** The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. **Job Detail** **Job Opening ID** 144170 **Working Title** LEO Lecturer I - Literature **Job Title** LEO Lecturer I **Work Location** Ann Arbor CampusAnn Arbor, MI **Full/Part Time** Part-Time **Regular/Temporary** Regular **FLSA Status** Exempt **Organizational Group** College Of Lsa **Department** LSA DAAS **Posting Begin/End Date** 6/30/2017 – 7/10/2017 **Career Interest** LEO - Lecturers Apply Now at http://careers.umich.edu/job_detail/apply/144170
          (USA-WA-Mukilteo) Future Production System Project Engineer   
This is an opportunity to become part of the BR&T Future Production Systems Team as FPS is hiring for a position within the Mfg Systems and Simulation skill set teams. The initial assignment will focus on executing a 737 DOE as an enabler for implementing process control on the Panel Assembly Line. Follow-on activity from DOE will include working with the applied math team to interpret data to draw a correlation between process parameters and output product quality. Assuming positive results, then integrate with the production team to develop and execute process control plan. The overarching goal is to demonstrate a repeatable process for systematically deploying Process Control throughout Boeing Production Systems. * Process Control is a critical element to our future production system, and it is included in the Enterprise initiative, Design and Manufacturing for Second Century (DM4SC). * Beyond the 737 DOE, this role will be instrumental in setting the equipment, process, and product specification requirements for the next generation of airplanes. * This will be done by partnering with Product Development on future airplane studies, such as the NMA, and integrating Process Control into their equipment procurement and qualification plans. * In addition, this role will aid in developing standards and training to replicate Process Control successes across the enterprise (both BCA and BDS), and become a subject matter expert to advise implementation teams when help is requested. You will also have a role as a project engineer on the FPS team. As a project engineer within the FPS Team, you will also provide engineering support to create value stream mapping, production data collection, conduct design of experiments with stakeholders, writing standard work practices, conduct Kaizen events, standardization of tasks and processes, waste reduction, and have an in depth understanding of world class lean manufacturing. * You will be required to develop a statement of work (SOW) to satisfy the FPS strategic vision focused on development of automation protocols that encompass the qualification of automated production systems and integration of statistical process control systems. * This position will focus on the acceleration and evaluation of key process variables that can lower airplane production cost and drive improvement into legacy production systems. Working within the FPS team, applicants will benefit from experience and knowledge of current and new production system technologies including robotics, material handling, drill/fill automation, systems installation, seal/paint, confined space, and metrology. Having a working knowledge of Boeing’s Airplane development method’s, and knowledge of BCA airplane programs will also be a benefit. Ideally having experience working on or with automation in a manufacturing development environment would be a plus. The role will require the individual to develop a SOW, obtain buy-in from senior leaders, and execute utilizing a multi skilled team from across the enterprise and supply base. They will provide program management and technical leadership to the projects they are leading. Role requires strong communication skills, excellent teaming abilities, and develops executive level presentations and program schedules. Candidate must provide technical ownership of the business plan and integration leadership for the development and execution of the project or team plans. Ensures team members use established processes, procedures, and best practices as appropriate. Assists with creating new FPS processes when required, and suggests improvements. Communicates and interacts with other Boeing organizations, suppliers, customers, and other stakeholders to ensure effective integration of the FPS plan. Presents project or team status to other Boeing teams, functions, management, and organizations, as well as customers, suppliers and other stakeholders to keep them informed of progress, help needed, and current changes. Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems. We are engineers and technicians. Skilled scientists and thinkers. Bold innovators and dreamers. Join us, and you can build something better for yourself, for our customers and for the world. Degree and typical experience in engineering classification: Bachelor's and 5 or more years' experience, Master's degree with 3 or more years' experience or PhD degree with experience. Bachelor, Master or Doctorate of Science degree from an accredited course of study, in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry. ABET is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard. Required Experience: * More than two years of experience working with automated manufacturing robotics. Desired Experience: * More than one year of experience in applied mathematics. * More than three years of experience in project management. * Knowledge of Failure Analysis. * Knowledge of Manufacturing Methods. This position must meet Export Control compliance requirements, therefore a “US Person” as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.15 is required. “US Person” includes US Citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, or asylee. **Job:** **MP&P Engineer* **Organization:** **Boeing Research & Technology* **Title:** *Future Production System Project Engineer* **Location:** *Washington-Mukilteo* **Requisition ID:** *1700009192*
          (USA-OH-Heath) Product Review Engineer   
The Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) organization is seeking an experienced Product Review Engineer (Level 4) to join the Boeing Guidance Repair Center (BGRC) located in Heath, Ohio. **Position is contingent upon program award** *Primary Responsibilities*: Your duties as an engineer will include (but are not limited to): * Applies broad knowledge of Boeing design and/or engineering principles * Assesses and resolves product/process issues through the product lifecycle * Leads research of technical, operational and quality issues that cannot be resolved by customer and designs interim and final engineering solutions * Leads others to analyze, conduct root cause analysis and develop dispositions for design non-conformances * Develops and implements product/process improvements * Uses innovative approaches and unique applications to address complex nonconforming conditions and to detect deviations * Analyzes reported problems for potential safety issues; recommends and manages complex resolution * Leads develop of interim and final solutions * Provides design phase subject matter expertise by supporting Integrated Product Teams (IPT) and participating in design reviews * Represents the engineering community in the build through post production environment * Ensures supplier and build partner compliance with Boeing standards * Develops customer correspondence for continued safe operation and maintenance of equipment * Leads activities for on-site disabled product repair teams and accident investigation or support teams * Designs appropriate jacking and shoring schemes * Leads the design of interim structural repairs and conducts static strength analysis * Develops and leads non-destructive test procedures, tools and standards * Ensures supplier and build partner compliance with Boeing standards * Develops and implements technical training curriculum for internal or external customers *Basic Qualifications*(*Required*): * Experience in MRB (Materials Review Board) and/or corrective action * Engineering experience * Experience applying Root Cause Corrective Action (RCCA), or other similar rigorous problem/analysis/resolution, processes to engineering development and manufacturing/production efforts *Desired Qualifications*: * Experience working with a Product Review Engineering team * Integration of technical impacts and plans across multiple functions or Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) *Work Authorization: This position requires the ability to obtain a U.S. Security Clearance for which the U.S. Government requires U.S. Citizenship.* *Relocation*: This position is based in Heath, OH and does not offer relocation assistance. Applicants must reside in area or be willing to relocate at their own expense. *Typical Education / Experience*: Degree and typical experience in engineering classification: Bachelor's and 9 or more years' experience, Master's with 7 or more years' experience or PhD with 4 or more years' experience. Bachelor, Master or Doctorate of Science degree from an accredited course of study, in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry. ABET is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard. Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems. We are engineers and technicians. Skilled scientists and thinkers. Bold innovators and dreamers. Join us, and you can build something better for yourself, for our customers and for the world. **Job:** **Product Review Engineer* **Organization:** **S&MS Engineering* **Title:** *Product Review Engineer* **Location:** *Ohio-Heath* **Requisition ID:** *1700007273*
          (USA-OH-Heath) Product Review Engineer   
The Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) organization is seeking an experienced Product Review Engineer (Level 4) to join the Boeing Guidance Repair Center (BGRC) located in Heath, Ohio. *Primary Responsibilities*: Your duties as an engineer will include (but are not limited to): * Applies broad knowledge of Boeing design and / or engineering principles * Assesses and resolves product / process issues through the product lifecycle * Leads research of technical, operational and quality issues that cannot be resolved by customer and designs interim and final engineering solutions * Leads others to analyze, conduct root cause analysis and develop dispositions for design non-conformances * Develops and implements product / process improvements * Uses innovative approaches and unique applications to address complex nonconforming conditions and to detect deviations * Analyzes reported problems for potential safety issues; recommends and manages complex resolution * Leads develop of interim and final solutions * Provides design phase subject matter expertise by supporting Integrated Product Teams (IPT) and participating in design reviews * Represents the engineering community in the build through post production environment * Ensures supplier and build partner compliance with Boeing standards * Develops customer correspondence for continued safe operation and maintenance of equipment * Leads activities for on-site disabled product repair teams and accident investigation or support teams * Designs appropriate jacking and shoring schemes * Leads the design of interim structural repairs and conducts static strength analysis * Develops and leads non-destructive test procedures, tools and standards * Ensures supplier and build partner compliance with Boeing standards * Develops and implements technical training curriculum for internal or external customers *Basic Qualifications*(*Required*): * Experience in root cause analysis and Corrective action * Experience testing and troubleshooting electronics and electrical systems * Experience with analyzing and/or troubleshooting circuit cards, electronic assemblies, gyroscopes and navigation systems * Experience performing with Failure Modes and Effects Criticality Analysis (FMECA) *Desired Qualifications*: * Coursework and/or work experience with any of the following: CATIA, MATLAB, AUTOCAD, LABVIEW * Experience with MIL-STD 810 environmental qualification testing *Work Authorization*: *This position requires the ability to obtain a U.S. Security Clearance for which the U.S. Government requires U.S. Citizenship.* *Relocation*: This position is based in Heath, OH and does not offer relocation assistance. Applicants must reside in area or be willing to relocate at their own expense. *Typical Education / Experience*: Degree and typical experience in engineering classification: Bachelor's and 9 or more years' experience, Master's with 7 or more years' experience or PhD with 4 or more years' experience. Bachelor, Master or Doctorate of Science degree from an accredited course of study, in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry. ABET is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard. Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems. We are engineers and technicians. Skilled scientists and thinkers. Bold innovators and dreamers. Join us, and you can build something better for yourself, for our customers and for the world. **Job:** **Product Review Engineer* **Organization:** **S&MS Engineering* **Title:** *Product Review Engineer* **Location:** *Ohio-Heath* **Requisition ID:** *1700007268*
          (USA-OH-Heath) Product Review Engineer   
The Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) organization is seeking an experienced Product Review Engineer (Level 3) to join the Boeing Guidance Repair Center (BGRC) located in Heath, Ohio. **Position is contingent upon program award** *Primary Responsibilities*: Your duties as an engineer will include (but are not limited to): * Applies knowledge of Boeing design principles to assess and resolve product / process issues through the product lifecycle * Analyzes, conducts root cause analysis and develops dispositions for design non-conformances * Applies engineering principles to research technical, operational and quality issues that cannot be resolved by customer and designs interim and final engineering solutions * Identifies documents, analyzes reported problems and communicates deviations that could impact design intent and safety; recommends and manages resolution * Develops and implements product/process improvements * Supports Integrated Product Teams (IPT) and participates in design reviews * Represents the engineering community in the build through post production environment * Ensures supplier and build partner compliance with Boeing standards * Develops customer correspondence for continued safe operation and maintenance of equipment * Participates in on-site disabled product repair teams and accident investigation or support team * Analyzes damage repair or structural modification to determine appropriate jacking and shoring, prevent collateral damage and assure a safe work environment * Designs interim structural repairs and conducts static strength analysis * Develops non-destructive test procedures, tools and standards * Conducts simple static strength analysis *Basic Qualifications*(*Required*): * Experience in root cause analysis and Corrective action * Experience testing and troubleshooting electronics and electrical systems * Experience with analyzing and/or troubleshooting circuit cards, electronic assemblies, gyroscopes and navigation systems * Experience performing with Failure Modes and Effects Criticality Analysis (FMECA) *Desired Qualifications*: * Coursework and/or work experience with any of the following: CATIA, MATLAB, AUTOCAD, LABVIEW *Work Authorization*: *This position requires the ability to obtain a U.S. Security Clearance for which the U.S. Government requires U.S. Citizenship.* *Relocation*: This position is based in Heath, OH and does not offer relocation assistance. Applicants must reside in area or be willing to relocate at their own expense. *Typical Education / Experience*: Degree and typical experience in engineering classification: Bachelor's and 5 or more years' experience, Master's degree with 3 or more years' experience or PhD degree with experience. Bachelor, Master or Doctorate of Science degree from an accredited course of study, in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry. ABET is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard. Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems. We are engineers and technicians. Skilled scientists and thinkers. Bold innovators and dreamers. Join us, and you can build something better for yourself, for our customers and for the world. **Job:** **Product Review Engineer* **Organization:** **S&MS Engineering* **Title:** *Product Review Engineer* **Location:** *Ohio-Heath* **Requisition ID:** *1700007267*
          (USA-OH-Heath) Product Review Engineer   
The Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) organization is seeking an experienced Product Review Engineer (Level 3) to join the Boeing Guidance Repair Center (BGRC) located in Heath, Ohio. **Position is contingent upon program award** *Primary Responsibilities*: Your duties as an engineer will include (but are not limited to): * Applies knowledge of Boeing design principles to assess and resolve product/process issues through the product lifecycle * Analyzes, conducts root cause analysis and develops dispositions for design non-conformances * Applies engineering principles to research technical, operational and quality issues that cannot be resolved by customer and designs interim and final engineering solutions * Identifies documents, analyzes reported problems and communicates deviations that could impact design intent and safety; recommends and manages resolution * Develops and implements product/process improvements * Supports Integrated Product Teams (IPT) and participates in design reviews * Represents the engineering community in the build through post production environment * Ensures supplier and build partner compliance with Boeing standards * Develops customer correspondence for continued safe operation and maintenance of equipment * Participates in on-site disabled product repair teams and accident investigation or support team * Analyzes damage repair or structural modification to determine appropriate jacking and shoring, prevent collateral damage and assure a safe work environment * Designs interim structural repairs and conducts static strength analysis * Develops non-destructive test procedures, tools and standards * Conducts simple static strength analysis *Basic Qualifications*(*Required*): * Experience in MRB (Materials Review Board) and/or corrective action * Engineering experience * Experience applying Root Cause Corrective Action (RCCA), or other similar rigorous problem/analysis/resolution, processes to engineering development and manufacturing/production efforts *Desired Qualifications*: * Integration of technical impacts and plans across multiple functions or Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) * Experience working with a Product Review Engineering team *Work Authorization: This position requires the ability to obtain a U.S. Security Clearance for which the U.S. Government requires U.S. Citizenship.* *Relocation:* This position is based in Heath, OH and does not offer relocation assistance. Applicants must reside in area or be willing to relocate at their own expense. *Typical Education / Experience*: Degree and typical experience in engineering classification: Bachelor's 5 or more years' experience, Master's with 3 or more years' experience or PhD degree with experience. Bachelor, Master or Doctorate of Science degree from an accredited course of study, in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry. ABET is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard. Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems. We are engineers and technicians. Skilled scientists and thinkers. Bold innovators and dreamers. Join us, and you can build something better for yourself, for our customers and for the world. **Job:** **Product Review Engineer* **Organization:** **S&MS Engineering* **Title:** *Product Review Engineer* **Location:** *Ohio-Heath* **Requisition ID:** *1700007272*
          (USA-OH-Heath) Product Review Engineer   
The Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) organization is seeking an experienced Product Review Engineer (Level 4) to join the Boeing Guidance Repair Center (BGRC) located in Heath, Ohio. **Position is contingent upon program award** *Primary Responsibilities*: Your duties as an engineer will include (but are not limited to): * Applies broad knowledge of Boeing design and/or engineering principles * Assesses and resolves product/process issues through the product lifecycle * Leads research of technical, operational and quality issues that cannot be resolved by customer and designs interim and final engineering solutions * Leads others to analyze, conduct root cause analysis and develop dispositions for design non-conformances * Develops and implements product/process improvements * Uses innovative approaches and unique applications to address complex nonconforming conditions and to detect deviations * Analyzes reported problems for potential safety issues; recommends and manages complex resolution * Leads develop of interim and final solutions * Provides design phase subject matter expertise by supporting Integrated Product Teams (IPT) and participating in design reviews * Represents the engineering community in the build through post production environment * Ensures supplier and build partner compliance with Boeing standards * Develops customer correspondence for continued safe operation and maintenance of equipment * Leads activities for on-site disabled product repair teams and accident investigation or support teams * Designs appropriate jacking and shoring schemes * Leads the design of interim structural repairs and conducts static strength analysis * Develops and leads non-destructive test procedures, tools and standards * Ensures supplier and build partner compliance with Boeing standards * Develops and implements technical training curriculum for internal or external customers *Basic Qualifications*(*Required*): * Experience in root cause analysis and Corrective action * Experience testing and troubleshooting electronics and electrical systems o Experience with analyzing and/or troubleshooting circuit cards, electronic assemblies, gyroscopes and navigation systems * Experience performing with Failure Modes and Effects Criticality Analysis (FMECA) *Desired Qualifications*: * Coursework and/or work experience with any of the following: CATIA, MATLAB, AUTOCAD, LABVIEW * Experience with MIL-STD 810 environmental qualification testing *Work Authorization*: *This position requires the ability to obtain a U.S. Security Clearance for which the U.S. Government requires U.S. Citizenship.* *Relocation*: This position is based in Heath, OH and does not offer relocation assistance. Applicants must reside in area or be willing to relocate at their own expense. *Typical Education / Experience*: Degree and typical experience in engineering classification: Bachelor's and 9 or more years' experience, Master's with 7 or more years' experience or PhD with 4 or more years' experience. Bachelor, Master or Doctorate of Science degree from an accredited course of study, in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry. ABET is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard. Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems. We are engineers and technicians. Skilled scientists and thinkers. Bold innovators and dreamers. Join us, and you can build something better for yourself, for our customers and for the world. **Job:** **Product Review Engineer* **Organization:** **S&MS Engineering* **Title:** *Product Review Engineer* **Location:** *Ohio-Heath* **Requisition ID:** *1700007269*
          (USA-OH-Heath) Product Review Engineer   
The Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) organization is seeking an experienced Product Review Engineer (Level 5) to join the Boeing Guidance Repair Center (BGRC) located in Heath, Ohio. **Position is contingent upon program award** *Primary Responsibilities*: Your duties as an engineer will include (but are not limited to): * Applies advanced knowledge of Boeing design and/or engineering principles * Assesses and resolves product/process issues through the product lifecycle * Leads research of technical, operational and quality issues that cannot be resolved by customer and designs interim and final engineering solutions * Directs cross-functional teams to analyze, conduct root cause analysis and develop dispositions for complex design non-conformances * Leads investigations into complex multidiscipline system related events * Uses innovative approaches and unique applications to address complex nonconforming conditions and to detect deviations * Assesses complex system events reports to determine potential safety issues * Analyzes reported problems for potential safety issues * Develops and implements product/process improvements * Leads development of interim and final solutions * Provides design phase subject matter expertise by supporting Integrated Product Teams (IPT) * Represents the engineering community in the build through post production environment * Oversees documentation of hardware problems * Identifies the need for technical training * Leads activities for on on-site disabled product repair teams and accident investigation or support team * Reviews and approves design and operational concepts for new designs * Designs complex jacking and shoring schemes * Leads the design of interim structural repairs and conducts static strength analysis * Develops and leads non-destructive test procedures, tools and standards *Basic Qualifications*(*Required*): * Experience in MRB (Materials Review Board) and/or corrective action * Experience applying Root Cause Corrective Action (RCCA), or other similar rigorous problem/analysis/resolution, processes to engineering development and manufacturing/production efforts * Experience working with a Product Review Engineering team * Experience leading a cross-functional team * Product Lifecycle experience (development, deployment, modification and support) * Integration of technical impacts and plans across multiple functions or Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) *Work Authorization*: *This position requires the ability to obtain a U.S. Security Clearance for which the U.S. Government requires U.S. Citizenship.* *Relocation*: This position is based in Heath, OH and does not offer relocation assistance. Applicants must reside in area or be willing to relocate at their own expense. *Typical Education / Experience*: Degree and typical experience in engineering classification: Bachelor's 14 or more years' experience, Master's with 12 or more years' experience or PhD with 9 or more years' experience. Bachelor, Master or Doctorate of Science degree from an accredited course of study, in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry. ABET is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard. Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems. We are engineers and technicians. Skilled scientists and thinkers. Bold innovators and dreamers. Join us, and you can build something better for yourself, for our customers and for the world. **Job:** **Product Review Engineer* **Organization:** **S&MS Engineering* **Title:** *Product Review Engineer* **Location:** *Ohio-Heath* **Requisition ID:** *1700007274*
          (USA-CA-El Segundo) Wire Design & Installation Engineer   
Wire Harness Design and Installation Engineers (Level P3) develop and maintain basic satellite product cable/wire harness detail and assembly designs for satellite product lines.Candidate will be supporting The Boeing Company's Satellite Capabilities organization and multiple satellite product lines based in Los Angeles. Responsibilities * Analyzes results and performs design reviews for satellite product lines. * Develops and maintains electrical product detail, assembly and installation designs (e.g., payloads, electronic products and power sources, cable routing and geometry, antennas). * Provides engineering design disposition on discrepancies (e.g., rejection tags, production action requests, shop revision requests). * Documents processes, specifications and procedures that support the design and manufacture of electrical commodities. * Develops basic statements of work. * Participates in technical review of supplier capabilities to facilitate source selection. * Analyzes functional and physical input to assure development of complete integrated design. * Works under general direction. * Develops and maintains satellite product cable/wire harness detail and assembly designs to meet system wiring requirements (e.g., wire size, wire separation, grounding) by performing sizing and derating calculations, selecting materials (e.g., wire types, sleeving, shielding) and parts (e.g., connectors, terminal blocks, splices), incorporating lessons learned, defining parts lists, and drafting wire diagrams. * Analyzes results and performs design reviews to ensure that design requirements are met. Investigates design precedents, documents and releases engineering design data for use by downstream organizations, Boeing customers, and third party or government certification authorities. * Provides engineering design disposition on discrepancies (e.g., rejection tags, production action requests, shop revision requests) by investigating manufacturing and test problems, researching and analyzing product data (e.g., drawings, parts standards, specifications), and coordinating with cross-functional groups (e.g., design, manufacturing engineering, manufacturing) to identify solutions. * Provides engineering support to diagnose and resolve customers' issues (e.g., fault indicators, failures, abnormal behavior) and responds to customers' inquiries using electrical design documentation, simulation, and test. * Documents processes, specifications, and procedures that support the design and manufacture of electrical commodities by providing electrical part qualification, testing, and tooling requirements for electrical parts. * Develops product and process improvements (e.g., standardization, producibility, reliability, maintainability, affordability) using electrical design/engineering principles (e.g., load analysis, fault isolation, materials compatibility, thermal analysis). * Analyzes functional and physical input to assure development of complete integrated design. * Provides feedback and communicates design implementations to suppliers (internal and external) and implements solutions to finalize the design integration. * Develops basic statements of work in response to customer requirements (e.g. reviewing change description, analyzing systems inputs), investigates design precedents, and identifies appropriate baseline to determine configuration requirements. * Participates in technical review of supplier capabilities to facilitate source selection. * Provides data, specifications, drawings and technical assistance to suppliers for production of drawings or parts. * Monitors supplier performance to requirements and schedule to ensure product quality. Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems. We are engineers and technicians. Skilled scientists and thinkers. Bold innovators and dreamers. Join us, and you can build something better for yourself, for our customers and for the world. Required Qualifications * Bachelor of Science degree * Experience with CREO and/or CEEDS Preferred Skills * Previous experience with wire harness, electrical and/or mechanical design Typical Education / Experience Degree and typical experience in engineering classification: Bachelor's and 5 or more years' experience, Master's degree with 3 or more years' experience or PhD degree with experience. Bachelor, Master or Doctorate of Science degree from an accredited course of study, in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry. ABET is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard. This position requires the ability to obtain a US Security Clearance for which the US Government requires US Citizenship. *This position is contingent upon program award.* **Job:** **Wire Design & Install Engr* **Organization:** **S&MS Engineering* **Title:** *Wire Design & Installation Engineer* **Location:** *California-El Segundo* **Requisition ID:** *1700008831*
          (USA-OH-Heath) Product Review Engineer   
The Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) organization is seeking an experienced Product Review Engineer (Level 5) to join the Boeing Guidance Repair Center (BGRC) located in Heath, OH. *Primary Responsibilities*: Your duties as an engineer will include (but are not limited to): * Serves as organization spokesperson on advanced projects and programs * Acts as advisor to management and customers on advanced technical research studies * Works on unusually complex technical problems and provides solutions which are highly innovative and ingenious * Leads investigations into complex multidiscipline system related events * Develops and leads non-destructive test procedures, tools and standards * Directs cross-functional teams to analyze, conduct root cause analysis and develop dispositions for complex design non-conformances * Applies an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to plan, design, develop and verify a lifecycle balanced system of systems and system solutions * Evaluates customer and operational needs to define and coordinate system performance requirements, integrate technical parameters and assure compatibility of all physical, functional and program interfaces * Perform worst case analysis, fault analysis, Failure mode and Effect Analysis of individual components and modules * Contributes to the development of new principles and concepts as well as advanced job practices, techniques, and standards * Recognized as a job expert within the company (as evidenced through STF, TF, BDE, etc. designation) * Conduct and document various Reliability, Maintainability, and Availability analysis *Typical Education / Experience*: Degree and typical experience in engineering classification: Bachelor’s and 14 or more years’ experience, Master’s degree with 12 or more years’ experience or PhD degree with 9 or more years’ experience. Bachelor, Master or Doctorate of Science degree from an accredited course of study, in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry. ABET is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard. *Work Authorization:* *This position requires an active (or ability to obtain) U.S. Security Clearance, for which the US Government requires US Citizenship.* *Basic Qualifications*(*Required*): * Experience in root cause analysis and Corrective action * Experience testing and troubleshooting electronics and electrical systems o Experience with analyzing and/or troubleshooting circuit cards, electronic assemblies, gyroscopes and navigation systems * Experience performing with Failure Modes and Effects Criticality Analysis (FMECA) * Experience with Reliability, Maintainability and System Health analysis and predictions * Experience with MIL-STD 810 environmental qualification testing *Desired Qualifications*: * Coursework and/or work experience with any of the following: CATIA, MATLAB, AUTOCAD, LABVIEW * Experience creating Reliability Block Diagrams (RBD) is a PLUS * Experience with reliability prediction per MIL-HDBK-217 and Derating analysis per MIL-STD-975 or equivalent is HIGHLY preferred * Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE) or equivalent is a PLUS This position is based in Heath, OH. Applicants must reside in area or be willing to relocate at their own expense. Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems. We are engineers and technicians. Skilled scientists and thinkers. Bold innovators and dreamers. Join us, and you can build something better for yourself, for our customers and for the world. **Job:** **Product Review Engineer* **Organization:** **S&MS Engineering* **Title:** *Product Review Engineer* **Location:** *Ohio-Heath* **Requisition ID:** *1700007184*
          (USA-CA-El Segundo) Communications Payload Systems Engineer   
As a Communications Systems Engineer (Level 4), you will design and develop state-of-the-art communication systems for space-based applications for commercial, civil and/or national security programs. You will be part of a highly-motivated team that works with domestic or international customers on their latest satellite systems. *Primary Responsibilities*: * Lead others to evaluate customer/operational needs to define system performance requirements, develop satellite communications system and payload architectures, integrate technical parameters and assure compatibility of physical, functional, and program interfaces. * Lead, develop, maintain and identify improvements for the planning, organization, implementation and monitoring of requirements management processes, tools, risk, issues, opportunity management and technology readiness assessment processes. * Mentor the program junior payload systems engineers and review their work for quality. * Perform system-level integration, system simulation, communication link and/or capacity modeling and analysis. * Apply an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to lead activities to plan, design, develop and verify complex lifecycle balanced system solutions. Project assignments typically span the complete program life cycle, from internal trades, concept studies and system definition, to satellite development, launch, and on-orbit operations and test. Candidates will belong to a systems engineering team interacting with customers, suppliers, program management, integration and test engineers, and senior technologists. *This position is contingent upon the award* Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems. We are engineers and technicians. Skilled scientists and thinkers. Bold innovators and dreamers. Join us, and you can build something better for yourself, for our customers and for the world. This position requires an active (or ability to obtain) U.S. Security Clearance,*for which the US Government requires US Citizenship*. *Typical Education & Experience*: Degree and typical experience in engineering classification: Bachelor's and 9 or more years' experience, Master's with 7 or more years' experience or PhD with 4 or more years' experience. Bachelor, Master or Doctorate of Science degree from an accredited course of study, in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry. ABET is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard. Qualified candidate should be able to demonstrate proficiency in analog and digital communication theory and systems, RF/microwave design and theory, digital signal processing (DSP), electromagnetics, waveform design, optical or networked communications, and antenna theory while applying their theoretical knowledge in resolving real world problems. Technical team leadership experience is also required. *Basic Skills*: Technical team leadership experience required. Experience with satellite communications. *Preferred Skills*: * Proficiency in Matlab and C is desirable * Experience with new business development or program execution for commercial and/or Milsatcom communications payload systems engineering. / / **Job:** **Systems Engineering Engineer* **Organization:** **S&MS Engineering* **Title:** *Communications Payload Systems Engineer* **Location:** *California-El Segundo* **Requisition ID:** *1700008148*
          (USA-OH-Heath) Product Review Engineer   
The Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) organization is seeking an experienced Product Review Engineer (Level 3) to join the Boeing Guidance Repair Center (BGRC) located in Heath, OH. *Primary Responsibilities*: Your duties as an engineer will include (but are not limited to): * Analyzes, conducts failure analysis, root cause analysis and troubleshoots to understand root cause * Applies an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to plan, design, develop and verify a lifecycle balanced system of systems and system solutions * Evaluates customer and operational needs to define and coordinate system performance requirements, integrate technical parameters and assure compatibility of all physical, functional and program interfaces * Recommends simple non-destructive test procedures, tools, standards * Perform worst case analysis, fault analysis, Failure mode and Effect Analysis of individual components and modules * Conduct and document various Reliability, Maintainability, and Availability analysis *Typical Education / Experience*: Degree and typical experience in engineering classification: Bachelor’s and 5 or more years’ experience, Master’s degree with 3 or more years’ experience or PhD degree with experience. Bachelor, Master or Doctorate of Science degree from an accredited course of study, in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry. ABET is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard. *Work Authorization:* *This position requires an active (or ability to obtain) U.S. Security Clearance, for which the US Government requires US Citizenship.* *Basic Qualifications*(*Required*): * Experience in root cause analysis and Corrective action * Experience testing and troubleshooting electronics and electrical systems o Experience with analyzing and/or troubleshooting circuit cards, electronic assemblies, gyroscopes and associated test equipment * Experience performing Failure Modes and Effects Criticality Analysis (FMECA) * Experience with Reliability, Maintainability and System Health analysis and predictions *Desired Qualifications*: * Coursework and/or work experience with any of the following: CATIA, MATLAB, AUTOCAD, LABVIEW * Experience creating Reliability Block Diagrams (RBD) is a PLUS * Familiarity with reliability prediction per MIL-HDBK-217 and Derating analysis per MIL-STD-975 or equivalent is preferred This position is based in Heath, OH. Applicants must reside in area or be willing to relocate at their own expense. Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems. We are engineers and technicians. Skilled scientists and thinkers. Bold innovators and dreamers. Join us, and you can build something better for yourself, for our customers and for the world. **Job:** **Product Review Engineer* **Organization:** **S&MS Engineering* **Title:** *Product Review Engineer* **Location:** *Ohio-Heath* **Requisition ID:** *1700007183*
          (USA-CA-El Segundo) Propulsion Systems Design Engineer   
Primary Overview: Propulsion System Design Engr (Career Experienced) supports definition of requirements for satellite electric propulsion systems. Candidate will be supporting Satellite Vehicle Engineering organization and multiple satellite product lines at the Boeing Satellite Development Center, based in Los Angeles. Candidate performs following additional activities: * Defines requirements for Electric propulsion systems. * Defines, coordinates and controls the functional and physical interfaces between the propulsion system and the vehicle. * Develops specifications and architectural and configuration concepts for associated vehicle systems to meet customer and regulatory requirements. * Configures or designs propulsion sub-systems and components to meet all vehicle design and performance criteria. * Uses various testing, analysis, modeling and simulation tools to estimate or calculate system performance. * Defines and performs certification tests for propulsion sub-systems and components. * Supports Mission Operations. * Works under general direction. Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems. We are engineers and technicians. Skilled scientists and thinkers. Bold innovators and dreamers. Join us, and you can build something better for yourself, for our customers and for the world. This position requires the ability to obtain a US Security Clearance, for which the US Government requires US Citizenship. Degree and typical experience in engineering classification: Bachelor's and 5 or more years' experience, Master's degree with 3 or more years' experience or PhD degree with experience. Bachelor, Master or Doctorate of Science degree from an accredited course of study, in engineering - aerospace, mechanical, systems; computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry. ABET is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard. Basic Qualifications: * Career experience, education, and technical knowledge related to space-based propulsion systems is required. * Skills with propulsion analysis/design tools, flow modeling plus experience with propulsion subcomponents (valves, regulators, etc.) required. * Commitment to translating tribal knowledge to documented processes/procedures and standards required. Preferred Qualifications: * Experience/skills with C coding, MATLAB scripting, and Excel a plus. **Job:** **Propulsion Engineer* **Organization:** **Satellite Capabilities* **Title:** *Propulsion Systems Design Engineer* **Location:** *California-El Segundo* **Requisition ID:** *1700009028*
          (USA-AL-Huntsville) Software Engineer   
_*Primary Overview:*_ This position is for the PAC-3 Program located in Huntsville, Alabama. Extensive travel is required to Huntington Beach, CA, during site transition of possibly up to 90 – 100% through approximately 2018. _*Primary Responsibilities:*_ * Leads activities to develop, document and maintain architectures, requirements, algorithms, interfaces and designs for software systems. * Leads development of code and integration of complex software components into a fully functional software system. * Develops software verification plans, test procedures and test environments, executing the test procedures and documenting test results to ensure software system requirements are met. * Provides technical leadership for software projects and leads software supplier management activities. * Leads development, selection, tailoring and deployment of processes, tools and metrics. * Plans, executes and documents software research and development projects. * Serves as a subject matter expert for software domains, system-specific issues, processes and regulations. * Tracks and evaluates software team and supplier performance to ensure product and process conformance to project plans and industry standards. * Works under minimal direction. Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems. We are engineers and technicians. Skilled scientists and thinkers. Bold innovators and dreamers. Join us, and you can build something better for yourself, for our customers and for the world. *This position requires the ability to obtain a US Security Clearance, for which the US Government requires US Citizenship.* _*Degree and typical experience in engineering classification:*_ Bachelor's and 9 or more years' experience, Master's with 7 or more years' experience or PhD with 4 or more years' experience. Bachelor, Master or Doctorate of Science degree from an accredited course of study, in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry. ABET is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard. _*Basic Qualifications:*_ * Experience or education to collect, organize, synthesize, and analyze data; summarize findings; develop conclusions and recommendations from appropriate data sources. * Basic familiarity with software programming languages. Programming languages encompass higher order languages, auto-coded languages and assembly languages. * Basic familiarity with real-time software architecture and design methodologies. Ability to synthesize real-time software architectures and designs that meet real-time requirements, characteristics and constraints. * Basic familiarity with digital processor design, memory mapping and external I/O implementations. Ability to assimilate hardware implementations and constraints from processor handbooks and device data sheets. _*Preferred Skills:*_ * Experience developing mathematical algorithms, especially for antenna array signal processing, including waveform selection, target search, detection and track under the direction of senior team members. * Experience in radar and signal processing, and an understanding of the physics of electro-magnetic propagation. * Able to isolate processor and external I/O problems with the use of with processor probes and digital analyzers. * Experience with Green Hills Development Environment, LabVIEW, ClearCase, ADA, C , tracker theory, sensor or signal processing. **Job:** **Software Engineer* **Organization:** **N&SS Business Chief Engineer* **Title:** *Software Engineer* **Location:** *Alabama-Huntsville* **Requisition ID:** *1700007964*
          (USA-CO-Colorado Springs) Software Quality Engineer   
The Boeing Company has an exciting opportunity for a Software Quality Engineer (Level 3). Our employees’ dreams go beyond Planet Earth. They are innovative, agile, creative, and challenge the status quo. They work well in teams while also having the ability to work assignments autonomously. Here at Satellite Systems, our employees collaborate with leaders in space innovation and pave the way in creating the world’s best satellite systems. We strive to grow our employees to be the most successful in the industry. *Position requires current Top Secret Clearance (TS/SSBI or SCI access) or higher level clearance.* This position is a Software Quality position on a fast pace, challenging and highly rewarding software development program for the United States Air Force. It offers the right person a key role in supporting a large scale software development program with over 70 developers and engineers applying their experience and knowledge to enterprise space system management, command and control. The successful candidate will be comfortable working in an agile development environment as part of a multi-discipline team and ready to have significant impact on the user experience for Boeing’s space system product line. *Primary Responsibilities will include*: * Developing, maintaining and implementing processes and procedures for software quality engineering processes * Preparing, analyzing and presenting information for formal program review * Planning and conducting audits of software engineering processes * Participating and supporting Configuration Management activities * Participating in software test process and verification of test results * Helping identify non-conformances and development of corrective actions *Position requires current Top Secret Clearance (TS/SSBI or SCI access) or higher level clearance.* Applicants MUST include their security clearance level, investigation type and investigation date clearly on their resume. Position requires a current Top Secret/SSBI or SCI clearance. *The position is contingent upon clearance verification and program/customer concurrence* Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems. We are engineers and technicians. Skilled scientists and thinkers. Bold innovators and dreamers. Join us, and you can build something better for yourself, for our customers and for the world. *Typical Education/Experience*: Degree and typical experience in engineering classification: Bachelor's and 5 or more years' experience, Master's degree with 3 or more years' experience or PhD degree with experience. Bachelor, Master or Doctorate of Science degree from an accredited course of study, in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry. ABET is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard. *Basic Qualifications:* * This position requires an active (or the ability to obtain) U.S. Security Clearance, for which the U.S. Government*requires U.S. Citizenship.* * Position*requires current Top Secret Clearance*(TS/SSBI or SCI access) or higher level clearance. * Bachelor's Degree (or higher) education. * Experience in software test procedure development, test execution, and test reporting. *Preferred Skills:* * Experience interfacing directly with the United States Air Force (USAF) * Experience on space programs **Job:** **Software Quality Engineer* **Organization:** **Satellite Capabilities* **Title:** *Software Quality Engineer* **Location:** *Colorado-Colorado Springs* **Requisition ID:** *1700006417*
          (USA-OH-Heath) Product Review Engineer   
The Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) organization is seeking an experienced Product Review Engineer (Level 4) to join the Boeing Guidance Repair Center (BGRC) located in Heath, OH. *Primary Responsibilities*: Your duties as an engineer will include (but are not limited to): * Analyzes, conducts failure analysis, root cause analysis and troubleshoots to understand root cause * Applies an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to plan, design, develop and verify a lifecycle balanced system of systems and system solutions * Evaluates customer and operational needs to define and coordinate system performance requirements, integrate technical parameters and assure compatibility of all physical, functional and program interfaces * Recommends simple non-destructive test procedures, tools, standards * Perform worst case analysis, fault analysis, Failure mode and Effect Analysis of individual components and modules * Conduct and document various Reliability, Maintainability, and Availability analysis *Basic Qualifications*(*Required*): * Experience in root cause analysis and Corrective action * Experience with analyzing and/or troubleshooting circuit cards, electronic assemblies, gyroscopes and associated test equipment * Familiarity with Failure Modes and Effects Criticality Analysis (FMECA) * Experience performing reliability predications *Desired Qualifications*: * Coursework and/or work experience with any of the following: CATIA, MATLAB, AUTOCAD, LABVIEW * Experience creating Reliability Block Diagrams (RBD) is a PLUS * Familiarity with reliability prediction per MIL-HDBK-217 and Derating analysis per MIL-STD-975 or equivalent is preferred *Work Authorization*: *This position requires the ability to obtain a U.S. Security Clearance for which the U.S. Government requires U.S. Citizenship.* *Relocation*: This position is based in Heath, OH and does not offer relocation assistance. Applicants must reside in area or be willing to relocate at their own expense. *Typical Education*/*Experience*: Degree and typical experience in engineering classification: Bachelor's and 9 or more years' experience, Master's with 7 or more years' experience or PhD with 4 or more years' experience. Bachelor, Master or Doctorate of Science degree from an accredited course of study, in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry. ABET is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard. Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems. We are engineers and technicians. Skilled scientists and thinkers. Bold innovators and dreamers. Join us, and you can build something better for yourself, for our customers and for the world. **Job:** **Product Review Engineer* **Organization:** **S&MS Engineering* **Title:** *Product Review Engineer* **Location:** *Ohio-Heath* **Requisition ID:** *1700008629*
          (USA-CA-Monterey) Project Manager   
**Project Manager** **Requisition ID: 17015321** **Location\(s\): United States\-California\-Monterey** **US Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes** **Relocation Assistance: No relocation assistance available** **Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time** Northrop Grumman seeks an experienced Project Manager to serve as a project lead in a Department of Defense research laboratory\. Successful candidates will lead and coordinate research into service member wellness across the DoD\. Applicants should be able to demonstrate experience strong project management skills, to include day to day management of highly technical experts, milestones, and deliverables\. Candidates should further have excellent communication skills, preferably with experience in conveying high level scientific concepts at the senior DoD leadership level, as well as substantive experience leading a team of PhD and MS level research scientists\. Basic Qualifications: + Bachelor's Degree + Demonstrable experience leading large scale projects + US Citizenship + Eligibility for TS/SCI clearance + A minimum of 15 years of experience with a Bachelor's degree; 13 years of relevant experience with a Master's, or 10 years of relevant experience with a PhD is required Preferred Qualifications: Active TS/SCI clearance, familiarity with statistical methodologies, understanding of DoD processes, strong background in DoD\. Demonstrable, quantifiable experience briefing senior levels of the DoD\. Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce\. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class\. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www\.northropgrumman\.com/EEO \. U\.S\. Citizenship is required for most positions\. **Title:** _Project Manager_ **Location:** _California\-Monterey_ **Requisition ID:** _17015321_
          (USA-VA-Herndon) Systems Architect 6, GLM Mature Technology Group   
**Systems Architect 6, GLM Mature Technology Group** **Requisition ID: 17015265** **Location\(s\): United States\-Virginia\-Herndon** **US Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes** **Relocation Assistance: No relocation assistance available** **Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time** Are you interested in the opportunity to work for an industry\-leading company whose work with cutting\-edge technology is driven by something human: the lives our technology protects? If so, Northrop Grumman may be the place for you\. It’s not the systems that drive us: it’s the soldier our systems bring home\. It’s not just the equipment that motivates us: it’s the people our equipment protects\. It’s not the innovation that gets us up in the morning: it’s whom those innovations serve\. We’re united by our work to help people and protect the world\. And that mission makes our team even stronger\. When you join Northrop Grumman, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with coworkers in an environment that’s uniquely caring, diverse, and respectful\. Employees share experiences, insights, perspectives, and creative solutions with some of the best minds in the industry\. We collaborate through integrated product teams, cross\-functional teams, and employee resource groups, while thriving through the support of training and development, mentors and every day coaching, along with extensive health and work/life benefits\. We’re committed to our employees’ professional and personal development and success\. Northrop Grumman recruits top talent with traditional and non\-traditional backgrounds in order to ensure our team is united, connected, skilled, focused and innovative\. An inclusive workplace of people with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives is the key to our performance\. At Northrop Grumman, we want our employees to bring their whole self to work\. All your different sides are welcome here, as we believe they make our team, our products and our services, that much better\. Job Description Northrop Grumman Technology Services is seeking a System Architect to join a mature technology evaluation group and to design and develop system architectures, and defines key capabilities and performance requirements\. Defines design and technology maturity constraints of the system in accordance with customer specifications\. Develops thorough definition of system external interfaces\. Defines system implementation approach and operational concept\. Ensures requirements are met and evaluates performance with customer\. Monitors and evaluates technology trends in disciplines relevant to sustainment and modernization of aviation, space and missile platforms and payloads\. Basic Qualifications: + BS Degree in Engineering or related technical discipline and 20 years of relevant experience\. + Systems engineering, research & development and business development experience\. + Experience devising, bidding and/or implementing services and/or product solutions\. + Experience with generating DoD Architecture Framework \(DoDAF\) views\. + Ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance with counter intelligence polygraph\. + Must be able to travel CONUS and OCONUS\. Preferred Qualifications: + MS Degree in engineering or related technical discipline 18 years of experience\. + PhD Degree in engineering or related technical discipline 15 years of experience\. + Experience within a $100M Aerospace & Defense \(A&D\) profit & loss \(P&L\) business\. + Experience with system\-of\-systems modeling & simulation\. + Experience with delivering performance based logistics \(PBL\) services\. + Experience with operations research, data science and/or systems analysis\. + Experience developing ISR sensors, processing electronics and RF technologies\. + Experience developing applied flight technologies\. + Experience developing airframe technologies\. + Experience developing air vehicle survivability technologies\. + Experience developing data analytics, cognitive and autonomy technologies\. + Experience developing cyber resilience and embedded software support technologies\. + Experience leading mature technology IR&D and CR&D projects \(TRL >6\)\. Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce\. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class\. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www\.northropgrumman\.com/EEO \. U\.S\. Citizenship is required for most positions\. **Title:** _Systems Architect 6, GLM Mature Technology Group_ **Location:** _Virginia\-Herndon_ **Requisition ID:** _17015265_
          (USA-OH-Wright) Cyber Intelligence Analyst 3 / 4   
**Cyber Intelligence Analyst 3 / 4** **Requisition ID: 17015200** **Location\(s\): United States\-Ohio\-Wright\-Patterson AFB** **US Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes** **Relocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available** **Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time** Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is actively recruiting mid/senior level Cyber Intelligence Analyst team members in support of an existing long\-term Government Program Office to work at Wright\-Patterson Air Force Base\. This position will entail working with our experienced Cyber Operations team developing solutions and analysis in support of emerging Department of Defense \(DoD\) Cyber efforts\. We're looking for a highly motivated, team oriented, individuals with the ability to communicate / coordinate highly technical analysis directly with the customer and distributed team members\. **Knowledge, Skills and Ability:** + Conducts research and evaluates technical and all\-source intelligence with specific emphasis on network operations and cyber warfare tactics, techniques, and procedures focused on the threat to networked weapons platforms and various information networks\. + Analyzes network events to determine the impact on current operations and conduct all\-source research to determine advisory capability and intent\. + Be able to conduct telecommunication and/or protocol analysis in order to analyze switching and signaling telecommunication protocols between different nodes in PSTN or Mobile telephone networks, such as 2G or 3G GSM networks, CDMA networks, WiMAX and so on\. + Prepares assessments and cyber threat profiles of current events based on the sophisticated collection, research and analysis of classified and open source information\. + Collects data using a combination of standard/non\-standard intelligence methods and business processes\. Produces high\-quality papers, presentations, recommendations, and findings for senior U\.S\. government intelligence and network operations officials\. + Applies extensive technical expertise, and has full knowledge of other related disciplines\. Must be able to communicate effectively and clearly present technical approaches and findings\. **Problem Solving:** + Develop technical solutions to complex problems which require the regular use of ingenuity and creativity\. + Must possess solid coordination abilities with existing Intelligence Community resources to develop full\-coordination Intelligence summaries\. + Work is performed with minimal direction\. Exercises considerable latitude in determining technical objectives of assignment\. Completed work is reviewed from a relatively long\- term perspective, for desired results\. **This requisition may be filled at a higher grade based on qualifications listed below\.** **This requisition may be filled at either a Level 3 or a Level 4 based on the qualifications below\.** **Basic Qualifications for a** **Level 3** + Bachelor of Science degree plus 5 years of relevant experience, Master of Science degree plus 3 years of relevant experience, or a PhD plus 0 years of experience\. Degree should be in systems engineering, computer science, software engineering, network engineering, information systems security or similar field\. 4 additional years of job experience may be substituted in lieu of a college degree\. + Active/Current Top Secret Clearance with the ability to obtain SCI Access\. + Must be willing to submit to Counter\-Intelligence Polygraph as needed\. **Basic Qualifications for a Level 4:** + Bachelor of Science degree plus 9 years of relevant experience, Master of Science degree plus 7 years of relevant experience, or a PhD plus 4 years of experience\. Degree should be in systems engineering, computer science, software engineering, network engineering, information systems security or similar field\. 4 additional years of job experience may be substituted in lieu of a college degree\. + Active/Current Top Secret Clearance with the ability to obtain SCI Access\. + Must be willing to submit to Counter\-Intelligence Polygraph as needed\. **Preferred Qualifications for both level 3 & 4:** + Experience with DoD Offensive Cyber Operations, virtual environments and cyber systems design is preferred\. + DODM 8570\.01 certifications at IAT/IAM/IASAE Level 2 or 3 are preferred \(examples: Security , Network , CEH, CCNA, MCSA, MCSE, CISSP, etc\)\. + Active Full\-Scope Polygraph\. Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce\. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class\. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www\.northropgrumman\.com/EEO \. U\.S\. Citizenship is required for most positions\. **Title:** _Cyber Intelligence Analyst 3 / 4_ **Location:** _Ohio\-Wright\-Patterson AFB_ **Requisition ID:** _17015200_
          (USA-VA-McLean) Cyber Intelligence Analyst 3/4   
**Cyber Intelligence Analyst 3/4** **Requisition ID: 17015196** **Location\(s\): United States\-Virginia\-McLean** **US Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes** **Relocation Assistance: No relocation assistance available** **Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time** Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is actively recruiting mid/senior level Cyber Intelligence Analyst team members in support of an existing long\-term Government Program Office\. This position will entail working with our experienced Cyber Operations team developing solutions and analysis in support of emerging DoD Cyber efforts\. We're looking for a highly motivated, team oriented, individual with the ability to communicate / coordinate highly technical analysis directly with the customer and distributed team members\. Knowledge, Skills and Ability: • Conducts research and evaluates technical and all\-source intelligence with specific emphasis on network operations and cyber warfare tactics, techniques, and procedures focused on the threat to networked weapons platforms and various information networks\. • Analyzes network events to determine the impact on current operations and conduct all\-source research to determine advisory capability and intent\. • Be able to conduct telecommunication and/or protocol analysis in order to analyze switching and signaling telecommunication protocols between different nodes in PSTN or Mobile telephone networks, such as 2G or 3G GSM networks, CDMA networks, WiMAX and so on\. • Prepares assessments and cyber threat profiles of current events based on the sophisticated collection, research and analysis of classified and open source information\. • Collects data using a combination of standard/non\-standard intelligence methods and business processes\. Produces high\-quality papers, presentations, recommendations, and findings for senior US government intelligence and network operations officials\. • Applies extensive technical expertise, and has full knowledge of other related disciplines\. Must be able to communicate effectively and clearly present technical approaches and findings\. Problem Solving: • Develop technical solutions to complex problems which require the regular use of ingenuity and creativity\. Must possess solid coordination abilities with existing Intelligence Community resources to develop full\-coordination Intelligence summaries\. • Work is performed minimal direction\. Exercises considerable latitude in determining technical objectives of assignment\. Completed work is reviewed from a relatively long\- term perspective, for desired results\. This requisition may be filled at a higher grade based on qualifications listed below\. CYBERINTEL NGMSNVMSTR This requisition may be filled at either a Level 3 or a Level 4 • **Basic Qualifications** for a Level 3 position: Bachelors degree with 5 years professional experience; or Masters degree with 3 years professional experience; or PhD\. degree with 0 years of experience\. Four \(4\) additional years of job experience may be substituted in lieu of college degree\. •Active/Current Top Secret Clearance with the ability to obtain SCI Access\. • Must be willing to obtain and maintain polygraph as needed\. • Must be willing to obtain and maintain polygraph as needed\. • **Basic Qualifications** for a Level 4 position: Bachelor's degree and 9 years professional experience; or Master's degree with 7 years experience; or PhD with \) years experience\. Four \(4\) additional years of job experience may be substituted in lieu of college degree\. • Active/Current Top Secret Clearance with the ability to obtain SCI Access\. • Must be willing to obtain and maintain polygraph as needed\. Preferred Qualifications: • Experience with DoD Offensive Cyber Operations, virtual environments and cyber systems design is preferred\. • DODM 8570\.01 certifications at IAT/IAM/IASAE Level 2 or 3 are preferred \(examples: Security , Network , CEH, CCNA, MCSA, MCSE, CISSP, etc\)\. • Active TS/SCI w/poly clearance • Technical degree insystems engineering, computer science, software engineering, network engineering, information systems security or similar field\. similar field\. Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce\. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class\. For our complete EEO/ AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www\.northropgrumman\.com/EEO\. U\.S\. Citizenship is required for most positions\. **Title:** _Cyber Intelligence Analyst 3/4_ **Location:** _Virginia\-McLean_ **Requisition ID:** _17015196_
          (USA-MD-Annapolis Junction) Cyber Software Engineer 4   
**Cyber Software Engineer 4** **Requisition ID: 17014951** **Location\(s\): United States\-Maryland\-Annapolis Junction** **US Citizenship Required for this Position: Yes** **Relocation Assistance: Relocation assistance may be available** **Travel: No** How do cyber terrorists get past the industry’s best? They don’t\. There are too many of us fighting virtual threats, protecting enterprises and entire countries from large\-scale attacks\. From creating a citywide wireless network for our first responders, to protecting our nation from cyber threats, to building software\-defined radios that change how our military communicates, our Mission Systems Division helps life run smoothly and safely\. If you are the sort of person who loves a challenge and likes to be involved in serious organizational and software change \-\- Then what is happening in the Mission Systems Division is the place for you\. This is without a doubt one of the most interesting and exciting times to join an organization like ours\. The culture is one of excellence; team work, learning, delivered value and people\. We are looking for people who love to learn and take initiative to really make this happen\. Northrop Grumman Mission Systems is seeking a Senior Cyber Software Engineer 4 to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals located at Annapolis Junction, MD\. Roles and Responsibilities: The project provides operations and engineering services, and software development related to the Life Cycle Support necessary to support a segment of intelligence operations\. The project is seeking a Software Engineer to perform the following tasks in a fast paced environment: + Define application objectives by analyzing user requirements; envisioning system features and functionality\. + Design and develop user interfaces and applications by setting expectations and features priorities throughout development life cycle, determining design methodologies and tool sets, completing programming using languages and software products, and designing and conducting tests + Integrate applications by designing database architecture and server scripting; studying and establishing connectivity with network systems and information servers + Perform application development by coordinating requirements, schedules, and activities; contributing to team meetings; troubleshooting development and production problems across multiple environments and operating platforms\. + Support users by developing documentation and assistance tools + Research new internet/intranet technologies and software products Basic Qualifications: + TS/SCI with Polygraph required + Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or related discipline from an accredited college or university and 10 years’ related experience, or a Master’s degree and 8 years’ related experience, or PhD and 6 years\. Four \(4\) years of additional software engineering experience on projects with similar software processes may be substituted for a bachelor's degree\. + Familiar with wireless technologies, Java and Linux\. + Experience with Java, Java Widget Toolkits, Java Persistence API, Subversion, Teamwork, User Interface Design, writing Software Requirements, Software Development Processes, and Software Debugging, + Experience in the Eclipse development environment + Experience designing and implementing object oriented solutions in Java Preferred Qualifications: + Basic understanding of modern telephony systems + Experience with basic networking \- Knowledge of SCRUM/AGILE processes + Experience with cellular technologies + Familiarity with various signals processing systems + Experience with tool and/or new technology investigations \(i\.e\. Cost/Benefit Analysis\)\. + Able to identify and anticipate needs of a user community, development staff, and integrated applications MSHOTJOBS NGCIMSMD ISCYBERDIV MSCYBERDIV Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce\. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class\. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www\.northropgrumman\.com/EEO \. U\.S\. Citizenship is required for most positions\. **Title:** _Cyber Software Engineer 4_ **Location:** _Maryland\-Annapolis Junction_ **Requisition ID:** _17014951_
          Back by popular demand: Government causes flus and epidemic   
The flu epidemic has finally reached America and already we have our first casualty, a toddler in Texas. The flu epidemic will no doubt have an effect on these and other vulnerable groups with weak immune systems including the elderly and Aids patients. I decided to write about this after listening to Michael Savage discuss it. His take was as you can very well imagine controversial as is some of his other remarks.

Savage noted also that the government has done nothing useful to prevent the spread of this new influenza strain despite the fact that it may have as much an impact as it did during the 1918 epidemic. It has gene segments never seen before. In fact there are those in the medical community that say that it will have an even greater impact than at first imagined.

Janet Napolitano, Barack Obama's communist homeland security tsar has done nothing about this at all. You would think that with illegal aliens from Canada and Mexico swarming in with this and other diseases they would finally shut down our borders. Instead the bottom line is more important. The needs of the multinational corporations to get a hold of cheap labor is more important. The drug lanes, the lanes for smuggling must remain open.

This shows just how corrupt our government is.

Biological weapon?



Michael Savage has pointed out that there is another possibility that this virus did not just come from some sewer pit in China or Mexico. Savage pointed out that the genetic traits points to a possibility that it was manufactured and that Islamic terrorists had been trying to make a new form of influenza virus to attack America. Though it might have come from a pig farm in Vera Cruz, it is still a possibility to consider.

Savage also pointed out that government scientists and officials have been inefficient in responding and educating the public. The Centers for Disease control, a trillion dollar tax funded organization had only this to say, wash your hands.

That's right! Just wash your hands! Nothing else! Michael Savage, a doctor with a PhD in epidemiology has pointed out the real threat to this infection is worse than we may think.

He also points out real solutions that must be done such as not patronize restaurants and businesses that hire or cater to illegal aliens and consume plenty of vitamin C.

Where is Homeland Security?



Savage in pointing out that this could be an attack points out once more the incompetence of liberals such as Janet Napolitano. Napolitano as you may know drafted a report stating that defenders of the constitution against the government and UN, opponents to socialism and the New world order and even veterans are a threat. Not illegal aliens, not radical islamists, right wing Christians are a threat to her. Face it folks, government doesn't care, government never will care about your needs and safety. This proves it.
          See how far things travel on the internet   
Three years ago I got involved in the PINK HIJAB DAY campaign and started the first campaign of its kind in Botswana.

There was an article written in the local paper at that time. Little did I know it was picked up in United Kingdom and published in The Muslim Weekly, a newspaper for Muslims in that area. Due to other obligations (such as this sportswear brand *guilty face*) I could no longer give enough time to PHD and tried to hand it over to more capable individuals. Surprise, surprise, no one wanted the job.. It's no longer held in Botswana. But that year we raised and donated over P22000 to the Cancer Association of Botswana.

I hope to do similar things with Muslim Women Sports Development insha Allah.
See it on their site: http://www.themuslimweekly.com/DetailView.aspx?NEWSID=TW00013880
I like how good news spreads around the world. I just wish good news would be reported more on the prime time news too.

The link to the article, click here.



          FALLING WALLS COMPETITION   
Attention Bachelors and Master students, PhD candidates, post-docs, junior faculty and young entrepreneurs, The Falling Walls Foundation, based in Berlin, organizes the Falling Walls Conference that serves as an international forum for science and innovation to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall by hosting young entrepreneurs and inventors and giving them the opportunity to […]
          Bladder control   
>be me, 13
>have a large penis
>girls see my bulge and become Niagra falls
Hailtotheking.jpeg
>even the guys think it's arousing
"Meh, I don't mind headbanging"
>have hot teacher
>she noticesand states that I'm larger than her husbando
Feelsgoodman.bdsm
>teacher wants to see me after
>she winks
>everyone knows what is up
Iamtheking.H2O
>teacher strips down to panties
>obvious cameltoe
>get massive erection
>teacher touches it, gets excited
Awyeahbaby.PhD
>teacher gets an erection
>cameltoe was actually a penis
>she has a penis and it's hard now
***********.ass
>teacher is overwhelmed
"I'm cumming Pepito!"
>squirts into my eyes
Wellthisisawkward.bj
>quit school
>run away
>become so traumatized my penis shrinks
>be sad
Mfw FML
          Comment on The winds of change! by Irena White   
Congratulations Judy - so many things to celebrate. Before starting my PhD in 2014 I was involved in some ground breaking work with the Flinders School of Nursing & Midwifery in developing integrated Moodle and video case studies for the new Bachelor of Nursing. I'd be delighted to meet up with you if you are in Sydney on 29 or 30 September to have a chat about this and matters eLearning in universites in general. I'll be in Sydney with Gerry. Send me an email at irena.white@flinders.edu.au if you're interested.
          and now for the rest of the story! First post of 2017   
I was posting the previous post and realized I hadn't posted about the last week of our Reunion Trip!
Shame on me!  I could upload hundreds of photos but...not going to happen.

In the last post I talked about the Temple of 10,000 Buddhas and we were just about half way through the trip then but most of the second half of the trip wasn't nearly as picturesque or fun as the the first half...not that it was bad it just was more business then pleasure.  Chuck had a meeting in Portland, Oregon that occupied his days and evenings that week and I was actually glad to have some down time just sitting and laying around the hotel room.  When you have chronic fatigue/fibro etc it takes recovery time to get back to form...I recovered in time to visit with friends!
My favorite picture heading north is of Mt Shasta, Mt Lassen and other volcanic peaks in northern California.  We didn't stop but I did manage to get a few good pictures on the run!
















Portland was an interesting city but I didn't get out and about much!  After the election on Tuesday and Trump's win there was rioting and things going on that I didn't want to be part of.  I spent some time doing some crafting and just laying about.  I walked a little bit in the day time over to the dispensary and Starbucks but that was about it!


Walking over the Starbucks was a challenge...There were roads to cross and traffic to contend with.  I really have issues understanding why people live in such huge cities.  I can see the enticement of having everything so close at hand but I like open spaces!

Portland City Skyline...one of many!






My "desk" at the hotel!  I actually got a lot done creating my gift for the 12 Days of Christmas Swap
Star Bucks was in the bottom of this building and I had to cross 3 different major highways to get there...only six blocks but...might have been miles!
Buses and trams were everywhere and getting around wasn't an issue if you wanted to go somewhere!
This park was a block from our hotel.  Very pretty place!
most of Portland is on a slope!
When leaving Portland we had to get some car repairs done!  The oil pressure disappeared so that and and the serpentine belt had to be replaced!  Our next stop was to Albany Oregon to visit with a friend of Chucks (and mine!) that served in Vietnam with him in 1970!  
Chuck and Max in Vietnam in 1970!

Chuck and Max on Veterans Day 2016 at Max and Kate's farm!
I borrowed those photos from Kate's Facebook page cause all mine have disappeared...

While in Albany we found out an old friend from Norman was living there near her daughter and granddaughter.  
Loretta, me and Chuck

Morgaine, Lili, and Chris
Loretta used to work with Chuck at NSSL in Norman and was known as the Mad Mac Queen because of her love and understanding of Mac computers.  Morgaine just finished her PhD in oceanography and they are moving to the San Francisco Bay area so I will be able to see them when we go visit Heather!
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After Albany it was a long drive home.  We went east out of Albany and across the mountains into Utah.  It is some beautiful country and diverse scenery was to be had...mountain passes to arid desert all the way in to Nebraska!  A few photos:
Mountain passes  in fog...







Reminds me of the movie a River Runs Through It!

Lots of beautiful scenery!
 Malheur Butte and other volcanic cones...


 Reminiscent of bygone days!
We had more car trouble after getting in to Nebraska and had our Alternator go out which necessitated a stay over to get it fixed!  One good thing was it made us have to stop in York NE for the night where we got to visit with Heather Rhoden a friend from Norman.  Heather grew up near York and was home for a visit.  Heather now lives in the Dallas metroplex working and an ER Vet!  We went out to supper at this awesome pub where Heather worked as a  young girl!  

We left Oklahoma on October 23 to start the Reunion Tour!  WOW!  We saw so many different and diverse things and visited with so many new and old friends along the way!  It was a once in a lifetime trip that came to an end on November 17, 2016 when we finally made it home!  

          Timing of mutation determines the outcome   
A single genetic mutation can lead to completely different diseases, depending on the time and location at which the mutation occurs. This finding emerged from the PhD study conducted by Rocio Acuña-Hidalgo of Radboudumc. For example, a mutation in the SETBP1 gene that occurs early in development leads to Schinzel-Giedion syndrome, but later in life it results in myeloid leukemia. "Determining the timing of mutation is crucial for its interpretation and for providing careful genetic counseling," explained Acuña-Hidalgo.
          Beasiswa PhD – University of Glasgow   

We are looking for a PhD candidate to work on a project Neuromodulation: Integrating rTMS with Neurofeedback in a Neurorehabilitation group at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK under supervision of Dr Aleksandra Vuckovic and Professor Gregor Thut. http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/engineering/research/divisions/biomedical/phd/#/ The project is a collaboration between School of Engineering and Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of […]

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          Beasiswa Computer Science – University of Nottingham   

10 Fully-Funded PhD Studentships at the School of Computer Science Applications are invited for up to ten fully-funded PhD studentships in the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham, starting on 1st October 2016. The topics for the studentships are open, but should relate to the interests of one of the School’s research […]

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          Beasiswa – PhD Bournemouth Univer   

Outstanding and successful candidates will undertake fully funded, defined research projects that will enhance our thriving research culture and offer even more potential for societal or cultural impact and commercial exploitation. What does the funded studentship include? Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £14,000 (unless otherwise specified) per annum, to cover their living […]

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          ワーキングメモリを鍛えれば賢くなる? エビデンスを再検証   
著:Giovanni Sala(リバプール大学 Cognitive Psychology PhD Candidate)、Fernand Gobet(リバプール大学 Professor of Decision Making [...]
          New ideas sprout from nanotechnology: Instagram takeover series showcases McMaster Engineering plant research project    
Michael Majcher, PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering and Kaylie Lau, undergraduate student in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering are researching innovations in nanotechnology in order to improve plant growth for crop-based farming.
          Comment on Apa Itu Sijil, Diploma, Ijazah, Sarjana dan PHD ? by fiziesss   
Waalaikumussalam, matrikulasi kini setaraf dengan diploma/ Asasi.
          Comment on Apa Itu Sijil, Diploma, Ijazah, Sarjana dan PHD ? by Nani   
Assalamualaikum, Kolej Matrikulasi tergolong dalam peringkat yang mana?
          Sedef -Μάνα Μαργαριταρίων (00:07:10)   
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big love, short moments short love, big moments μεγάλη αγάπη, σύντομες στιγμές σύντομη αγάπη μεγάλες στιγμές photo/φωτο: Sedef Kabas, PhD ( τurkish persona) http://www.sedefkabas.com τουρκάλα προσωπικότητα
          sleepless nights   
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saya tak merokok dan tak berapa suka minum kopi sebab kadang-kadang kopi buat saya mengantuk. haha


Another round of sleepless nights resumes today as i got THE CALL from my Supervisor's PA earlier today stating that HE WANTED to see me next week with my final chapter. Goyang lutut babe!. Ni pun baru habis betulkan results chapter. Nasib baik la final chapter tu ada la hasil dia sikit masa buat paper to publish haritu so apa yang ada dulu boleh la nak masukkan dalam draft thesis. Tapi serious goyang lutut. Puas dah nangis sebab rasa stress tahap dewa punya. Siap message Jason (rakan seperjuangan under SV yang sama) ngadu nasib. Thank god that Jason was really supportive. Bagus student PhD ni, optimistic sentiasa walaupun dia sendiri stress sebab sampai sekarang tak start buat data collection lagi. Anyway, after reading all his messages i felt calm sebab fikir balik tinggal last chapter je kan? U CAN DO IT FIRA!. Thanks jason for making me feel sane again. Haha. *dramatic*. Haih, kalau buat PhD tak tau la kan. Mmg tobat tak nak buat la kot research2 ni? Hmm, cakap je kan? Kekadang dalam hidup ni yang kita tak nak tu la yang kita akan buat yer tak?. Ok ok, cerita pasal nk buat PhD sangat tak relevent  buat masa ni. 

Disebabkan ini gak, i akan puasa FB kejap. Takde la sampai nak de-activate account sebab kekadang bila kawan2 post info on running ke ape kang tak tahu benda plak. Puasa FB tu maknanya adalah refrain diri dari  kusyuk skodeng page kawan2 sampai leka tak buat keje *kantoi disitu* hahah. So yea, i will stil get notifications on whatever is happening on fb thru my blackberry. So ok, nak meluahkan perasaan je sebenarnya. kalau citer kat my parents confirm la kena lecture and sgt tak sanggup nak dengar. 


Baiklah! Nak sambung menaip. Tapi kejap lagi la sambung. Rasa lapar plak. BYE!



          6/30/2017: VIEWS: Time to go fission, Steve   
I READ with interest the article by our learned PhD Steve Turton. He says wind and solar plus maybe a couple of other forms of renewable energy is our only hope for our future, our survival and the future of the reef. Being a PhD In his field does...
          Optical Scientist/ Engineer Technology Development | x-rite   
CHE - Zurich-Regensdorf, PhD in optics, physics, or micro-technology; or MS with equivalent experienceStrong technical background in optical science and engineering:Optical system and illumination designOptical design SW tool
          Faculty and Postdoctoral positions in Laser and Photonics Sciences | The Guo Photonics Laboratory   
US - NY - Rochester, PhD in relevant fields required Post-doc positions are available at University of Rochester AND Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics (CIOMP).Faculty-level positions are only
          Optical Physicist Wireless Communication Modeling and Simulation | Corning   
US - NY - Corning, Rich text editor, HRS_JO_PST_DSCR_DESCRLONG$2, press ALT 0 for help.Job Requirements:MS or PhD in physics, mathematics, electrical engineering, or related discipline is requiredMinimum of one year of
          Opto-electro Mechanical Modeling Engineer / Physicist | Corning   
US - NY - Corning, Rich text editor, HRS_JO_PST_DSCR_DESCRLONG$2, press ALT 0 for help.Job Requirements:Possess MS or PhD in physics, mathematics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or related disciplineWor
          Sr. Research Engineer- Fiber & Cables Mfg | Corning   
US - NY - Corning, Rich text editor, HRS_JO_PST_DSCR_DESCRLONG$2, press ALT 0 for help.Job Requirements:PhD in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering or a related disciplineAbility to travel domestically and internationally
          Optical Physicist / Engineer Modeling & Simulation | Corning   
US - NY - Corning, Rich text editor, HRS_JO_PST_DSCR_DESCRLONG$2, press ALT 0 for help.Job Requirement:MS or PhD in physics, mathematics, electrical engineering, or closely related disciplineMinimum of one year of exper
          Frequency Comb Scientist | TOPTICA Photonics   
US - NY - Rochester, This individual should have a hands-on background including frequency combs.Degree in physics, or applied physics or similar frequency comb experience, PhD required.Hands-on experience with frequency
          Sr. Design Engineer - Silicon Photonics | Common Agenda   
US - Nationwide, RequirementsMS or PhD in Electrical Engineering or Physics, with experience in silicon photonics in an academic or industrial settingSolid understanding of fiber optic components, test methods and too
          (USA-WA-Mukilteo) Future Production System Project Engineer   
This is an opportunity to become part of the BR&T Future Production Systems Team as FPS is hiring for a position within the Mfg Systems and Simulation skill set teams. The initial assignment will focus on executing a 737 DOE as an enabler for implementing process control on the Panel Assembly Line. Follow-on activity from DOE will include working with the applied math team to interpret data to draw a correlation between process parameters and output product quality. Assuming positive results, then integrate with the production team to develop and execute process control plan. The overarching goal is to demonstrate a repeatable process for systematically deploying Process Control throughout Boeing Production Systems. * Process Control is a critical element to our future production system, and it is included in the Enterprise initiative, Design and Manufacturing for Second Century (DM4SC). * Beyond the 737 DOE, this role will be instrumental in setting the equipment, process, and product specification requirements for the next generation of airplanes. * This will be done by partnering with Product Development on future airplane studies, such as the NMA, and integrating Process Control into their equipment procurement and qualification plans. * In addition, this role will aid in developing standards and training to replicate Process Control successes across the enterprise (both BCA and BDS), and become a subject matter expert to advise implementation teams when help is requested. You will also have a role as a project engineer on the FPS team. As a project engineer within the FPS Team, you will also provide engineering support to create value stream mapping, production data collection, conduct design of experiments with stakeholders, writing standard work practices, conduct Kaizen events, standardization of tasks and processes, waste reduction, and have an in depth understanding of world class lean manufacturing. * You will be required to develop a statement of work (SOW) to satisfy the FPS strategic vision focused on development of automation protocols that encompass the qualification of automated production systems and integration of statistical process control systems. * This position will focus on the acceleration and evaluation of key process variables that can lower airplane production cost and drive improvement into legacy production systems. Working within the FPS team, applicants will benefit from experience and knowledge of current and new production system technologies including robotics, material handling, drill/fill automation, systems installation, seal/paint, confined space, and metrology. Having a working knowledge of Boeing’s Airplane development method’s, and knowledge of BCA airplane programs will also be a benefit. Ideally having experience working on or with automation in a manufacturing development environment would be a plus. The role will require the individual to develop a SOW, obtain buy-in from senior leaders, and execute utilizing a multi skilled team from across the enterprise and supply base. They will provide program management and technical leadership to the projects they are leading. Role requires strong communication skills, excellent teaming abilities, and develops executive level presentations and program schedules. Candidate must provide technical ownership of the business plan and integration leadership for the development and execution of the project or team plans. Ensures team members use established processes, procedures, and best practices as appropriate. Assists with creating new FPS processes when required, and suggests improvements. Communicates and interacts with other Boeing organizations, suppliers, customers, and other stakeholders to ensure effective integration of the FPS plan. Presents project or team status to other Boeing teams, functions, management, and organizations, as well as customers, suppliers and other stakeholders to keep them informed of progress, help needed, and current changes. Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial airplanes and defense, space and security systems. We are engineers and technicians. Skilled scientists and thinkers. Bold innovators and dreamers. Join us, and you can build something better for yourself, for our customers and for the world. Degree and typical experience in engineering classification: Bachelor's and 5 or more years' experience, Master's degree with 3 or more years' experience or PhD degree with experience. Bachelor, Master or Doctorate of Science degree from an accredited course of study, in engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics or chemistry. ABET is the preferred, although not required, accreditation standard. Required Experience: * More than two years of experience working with automated manufacturing robotics. Desired Experience: * More than one year of experience in applied mathematics. * More than three years of experience in project management. * Knowledge of Failure Analysis. * Knowledge of Manufacturing Methods. This position must meet Export Control compliance requirements, therefore a “US Person” as defined by 22 C.F.R. § 120.15 is required. “US Person” includes US Citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, or asylee. **Job:** **MP&P Engineer* **Organization:** **Boeing Research & Technology* **Title:** *Future Production System Project Engineer* **Location:** *Washington-Mukilteo* **Requisition ID:** *1700009192*
          (USA-WA-Redmond) Optical Scientist   
**Summary:** Oculus is a world leader in the design of virtual reality systems. We are currently seeking innovative researchers with a passion for technology to develop next generation consumer electronics, including near to eye display and imaging systems, at our research location in Redmond WA. Primary responsibility is developing optical systems, including sensors and visual optics, and related technologies building blocks to enable next generation architectures. **Required Skills:** 1. Drive development of system requirements to create new virtual experiences, and advance technologies necessary to create product architectures that can deliver these requirements. 2. Support modeling and experimentation for next-generation optics and displays 3. Engage cross-functionally with other researchers and engineers to develop concepts that advance the entire product pipeline (hardware, software, integration, infrastructure and applications) **Minimum Qualifications:** 4. PhD and/or postdoctoral assignment in the field of Optical Sciences, Physics, Electrical Engineering or related degree (or Masters Degree with industry experience also accepted) 5. Knowledge of optics including systems design and integration, imaging, illumination, radiometry and photometry, physical and geometric optics, statistics, and polarization 6. Understanding of sources (lasers and LED’s), spatial light modulators, diffractive optics, optical materials, and thin films optics 7. Experience in one or more system optimization and analysis tools, such as Matlab, C++, or Java 8. Experience in one or more optical design tools such as Code V, Zemax, or FRED 9. Knowledge and experience with color science, colorimetry, and visual optics 10. Familiarity with optical metrology tools such as interferometry, image quality testing, etc. **Preferred Qualifications:** 11. 5+ years of industry experience in Optical Research or Design 12. Expertise in optical and sensor system design maturation, including requirement development from physical based modeling, and knowledge of fabrication / vendor processes 13. Background in development of test automation using Labview, Matlab, Mathamatica or another program which enables custom analysis and automation of metrology **Industry:** Internet **Equal Opportunity:** As part of our dedication to the diversity of our workforce, Facebook is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. We are also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at accommodations-ext@fb.com or you may call us at 1+650-308-7837.
          (USA-WA-Everett) Tech Aide   
B/E Aerospace, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rockwell Collins Inc., is a leading manufacturer of aircraft interior products and solutions. For more information, visit the B/E Aerospace website at www.beaerospace.com The Lavatories & Water Waste Systems division of Rockwell Collins is the sole source lavatory provider for the Boeing 737 MAX program. The Lavatories and Water Waste Systems Advanced Lavatory is a cutting edge product, offering a unique value proposition that allows airlines to increase revenue and lower operational cost. Our highly dedicated team is situated next to Paine Field in Everett, Washington. From this state of the art manufacturing and engineering facility, the Lavatories and Water Waste Systems supports its global airline customer base as well as the OEM. As a leader in the aerospace industry, we are growing rapidly and have a number of exciting positions available right now, including a *Part-Time Tech Aide* in our Lavatories & Water Waste Systems business located in *Everett, WA*. * _JOB SUMMARY_* Reporting to the Manufacturing Manager the *Part-Time Tech Aide* is responsible for learning technical functions in support of engineering activities. * _JOB RESPONSIBILITIES_* * Assist Engineers with factory layout * Some proficiency with AutoCAD or similar software to produce layouts of factory * Assist with the documentation of manufacturing equipment * Assist engineering with facilities and process flow documentation * Assist with process/cell layouts, process changes, and implement process improvement * Identify facility design requirements based on product flow and transportation methods * Produce documents for presentations (Power point) * Develop work instructions, process documentation, implement process controls & time studies * General assistance as required with direction from manufacturing and facilities engineers * _MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:_* * Enrollment in a Bachelors, Masters, or PhD program for the Fall 2017 semester in Mechanical, Aeronautical, Materials or Civil Engineering, Physics or a recent graduate in the past 6 months * Minimum GPA - 3.00 * Part-time, temporary position with a maximum of 29 hours per week * Duration 10-12 weeks * _PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:_* * Experience with analytical tools such as flow charts, Pareto charts, cause and effect diagrams, run charts. * Use of Microsoft Office products * AutoCAD experience is a must, 3D model software knowledge is a plus EOE/Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.
          Nutrition Services Manager (Animal Nutrition Business) - North - Jubilant Life Sciences Limited - Canada   
MVSc/PhD in Animal Nutrition or Poultry Science. Technical write up on product concepts, animal nutrition, farm management, etc....
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          (USA-WA) Computer Vision Researcher   
**General Description** Position Summary: The Samsung MPI Lab is currently looking to fill multiple positions in the Mobile Computer Vision team. As part of the vision team, you will be responsible for creating cutting-edge algorithms and technologies that can significantly enhance mobile platforms ability to understand visual environments and interact with users. You will also work on demonstrating efficient SW and HW implementations on current and/or upcoming Samsung mobile platforms. The works at MPI lab are part of Samsung Mobile’s global R&D; effort and have direct impact on future Samsung Mobile products reaching millions of users worldwide. **Necessary Skills / Attributes** Responsibilities: -Identify areas of differentiation and innovation around mobile camera vision by leveraging new and existing vision algorithms and vision-based user interfaces -Prototype algorithms in Matlab, C/C++ -Understand the constraints of mobile systems and use that understanding to deliver feasible and efficient algorithms -Demonstrate the feasibility and usability of the technologies in embedded SW and HW -Work with HW architects to define next generation HW IP and platforms to implement/run the algorithms in power/performance-efficient manners Qualifications: -MS/PhD in Computer Science/Electrical Engineering/Computer Engineering or similar technical degree. Ph.D. degree is preferred. -Hands-on experience in one or more of the following areas: object recognition, optical flow and tracking, multi-sensor fusion, 3d vision, augmented reality -Strong communication skills -Experience in 3d registration/reconstruction/modeling is desirable -Experience in hardware accelerators is a plus **Company Information** Founded in October 1988, Samsung Research America (SRA) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, South Korea. SRA is headquartered in Silicon Valley, CA. with offices across the US. SRA is engaged in researching emerging technologies to create new businesses, and developing core technologies to enhance the competitiveness of Samsung's products. SRA offers a competitive compensation package for R&D; achievements so that researchers can focus on developing cutting edge technology. The primary research areas of SRA include: advanced software, content/services, user experience as well as other new and emerging technologies. Samsung Research America (SRA) plays a pivotal role in developing the next generation of discovery in software, user experience and services for future products that can enrich your life. Our mission is to research and develop new technologies by partnering with the best and brightest and creating a collaborative environment between industry and academia. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, with locations in many technology centers in North America, SRA is driven to build a culture of innovation that rapidly translates research and new ideas into the unexpected. *Category:* System Engineering *Full-Time/Part-Time:* Regular Full-Time *Location:* , Richardson Texas, Bellevue Washington, Mountain View California, Mountain View California
          After Barring Geologist From Grand Canyon Because He’s A Christian, Park Service Relents   

Geologists love rocks. They collect rocks, study rocks, and buy hats that say “I Love Rocks.” I imagine a disproportionate number of geologists have purchased some sort of paraphernalia at the Hard Rock Café—you get the idea. So if you want to start a quarrel with a geologist, you take away his rocks. If you want to crush him, you take away his access to some of the best rocks in the world—the ones in the sizeable hole known as the Grand Canyon.

That’s what the U.S. National Park Service officials who oversee the Grand Canyon did. The geologist who had his world rocked: Dr. Andrew Snelling.

Snelling has a PhD in geology from the University of Sydney, which is not only one of the most prestigious universities in Australia, but among the most highly ranked in the world. For decades, Snelling has conducted field research on several continents; has won multiple awards for technical excellence; is affiliated with at least eight geological, mineralogical, or other scientific societies; has authored well more than 100 publications; and is a sought-after speaker. In short, his professional resume likely looks far better than yours or mine.

Snelling’s work has included three previous research projects within the Grand Canyon, all of which were completed successfully without complaint from any National Park Service official. His latest proposed project, however, firmly wedged park officials between a rock and federal court case.

No Rocks for Christians

In November 2013, Snelling requested permission to gather a total of 60 half-pound rocks at four locations within the Grand Canyon to study the folding of Paleozoic sedimentary structures at those locations. There was nothing unusual about the application. Park officials have routinely authorized similar requests, such as Dr. Brian Clark’s collection of “50 basketball-sized rock samples” or Dr. Karl Karlstrom’s “250-fist-sized rock samples, 12 basketball-sized rock samples, 20 (gallon-sized Ziploc bags) samples of sand or sandstone chunks.”

Nor was his application deficient. Snelling specified the relevant locations to the nearest one-tenth of a river mile, provided details on his planned method of access (commercial river trips for which he had already received permits), and—upon request—included more detailed sampling locations and specified the permitted river outfitters he would be using.

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          WAYK Summer Team Introduction: Talia London   

Aang! My name is Talia London and I grew up as a guest on Lummi territory, a Native nation in the Pacific Northwest. I am a descendent of the Aleut village of Nikolski. Currently I am a graduate student pursuing a PhD in Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. My experiences as... Read more »

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          Global Academy Jobs: PhD Project/Scholarship Chemical Engineering   
Global Academy Jobs: The School of Chemical Engineering The School of Chemical Engineering is an international leader in the chemical engineering field and has an excelle Australia
          Computational Chemistry & Molecular Design - GlaxoSmithKline - Upper Providence, PA   
• PhD or equivalent in Computational Chemistry, Cheminformatics, Computational Biology, Physics, Biophysics or Chemistry • Experience in molecular modeling,
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          Radio RF Hardware Developer (New Graduates   
Afficher un emploi - Ottawa, ON - This position is for new graduates. If you are graduating in 2017, or have graduated within the last two years from a bachelor's, masters or phd you are highly eligible for this position. Candidates who graduated prior to 2015 will be disqualified for this role. Ericsson Overvi...
          [NMR] Postdoctoral Position in DNP-NMR at Dartmouth   
Postdoctoral Position in DNP-NMR at Dartmouth 

A postdoctoral position is available in the group of Professor Chandrasekhar Ramanathan in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth College to investigate the spin physics of surfaces and low-dimensional spin systems using DNP-NMR. 

Our group works at the interface of quantum information processing and condensed matter and materials physics. We develop and use magnetic resonance methods (including NMR, DNP and EDMR) to control and characterize the spin dynamics of solid state spin systems. The lab currently houses a custom-built 94 GHz DNP system, a 7 T solid-state NMR system, a 9.4 T liquid state NMR system and zero- and low-field EDMR systems. Additional information, including recent publications, can be found at http://www.dartmouth.edu/~cramanathan

Application

The preferred applicant will have a PhD in Physics, Chemistry or a related field and strong experimental skills. Knowledge of RF, microwave and cryogenic techniques and magnetic resonance methods is strongly desired. Interested candidates are invited to submit an electronic application (CV, brief statement of research interests and list of references) to sekhar.ramanathan@dartmouth.edu

The anticipated start date is October 1, 2017 or soon after.

About Dartmouth

Founded in 1769, Dartmouth is a member of the Ivy League and has a deep commitment to combining outstanding undergraduate liberal arts and graduate education with distinguished research and scholarship. Dartmouth is located in the scenic Upper Valley region of New England, about a 2-hour drive from Boston and 3.5 hours from Montreal.

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Chandrasekhar Ramanathan
Department of Physics and Astronomy
6127 Wilder Laboratory
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755

Tel: +1 (603) 646-9780
sekhar.ramanathan@dartmouth.edu



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          Snapshot 2010: Gillian Polack   
Life in Cellophane cover

Gillian Polack's most recent publications are a novel (Life through Cellophane, Eneit Press, 2009), an anthology (Masques, CSfG Publishing, 2009, co-edited with Scott Hopkins), two short stories and a slew of articles. Her next anthology will be released soon (Baggage, Eneit Press, 2010).

One of her stories won a Victorian Ministry of the Arts award, one was runner-up in a Conflux short story competition and three have been listed as recommended reading in the international lists of world’s best fantasy and science fiction short stories by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link and Gavin Grant. She received a Macquarie Bank Fellowship and a Blue Mountains Fellowship to write at Varuna.

Gillian has a doctorate in Medieval history from the University of Sydney. She researches food history, designs the Conflux banquets etc. 'Etc' includes emotional cruelty to ants and being thrown off a morris dance side, the organisers citing 'incompetence at dance.' She is the proud owner of a violin, a disarticulated skull named Perceval, and 6,000 books.

1) You have recently completed editing an anthology, Baggage, coming out in April through Eneit Press. It has a fabulous line-up of Australian authors. (I for one cannot wait to read it!) Is the theme of cultural baggage in spec fic something you have had in mind for a while? Did the authors surprise you with their approaches to the subject?

Cultural baggage is something I know rather well. It's one of my (many) obsessions. My PhD was on time and history as Medieval cultural baggage, though I usually don't describe it using those words. I teach cultural baggage, I research cultural baggage, and all my fiction has cultural baggage as a sub-text one way or another.

Because issues relating to cultural baggage are with me all the time, every day, in one way the authors didn't surprise me. I pushed them to write something at the edge of their tolerances, in many cases, and wanted to see writing that didn't re-invent #racefail and other great non-debates. So when I received what I asked for, I merely gloated a little.

In another way, they all surprised me. Each and every one of them worked with their own understanding to produce fresh and interesting work. – that was something I had expected. Ask good writers, get fresh and interesting work: simple cause and effect. However, several of the contributors had sleepless nights and publicly discussed the difficulty of writing their stories. KJ Bishop blogged, just the other day "This was without doubt the hardest writing job I’ve ever had." That level of intensity brings its own special gift to a short story. There's so much in these tales that, even though I've read them a thousand times, I still love them.

This intensity is what surprised me, although it shouldn't have. It surprises me that I want to read and reread even when I know them almost by heart.

This is the wonder of working with such very good writers. Each one has a unique approach and knows how to articulate what they want to say. Even when I received an anguished cry for help from someone, I received the cry because the writer had a deep understanding of what they needed to achieve and was stumped at that moment on how to get there, not because they didn’t have either the vision or the capacity to achieve that vision.

I still can't believe I had the opportunity to edit Baggage. I shall take a monument to breathe a silent thankfulness that Sharyn Lilley proposed it and backed it and pushed me into doing what I wanted to do, not what I thought the community would tolerate.

2) You're well known for your enthusiasm for food history. What is the most interesting new-old recipe you have tried recently? How did it taste?

I tried using duck fat in a 19th century American pastry recipe. The result was not nearly as crisp as I thought it would be, and the flavour was ordinary. My mouth felt clumsy.

In March I'll be returning to Jane Austen's era, as I'm preparing for a talk. I intend to use up the rest of the duck fat in a much more appetising fashion. Clever flavours, perhaps, or deft ones. No-one needs a clumsy mouth.

3) Having Masques, Life Through Cellophane and Baggage come out in quick succession makes you look even more ridiculously productive than usual. What are you looking forward to getting on with next? More short fiction or long? Would you like to do more edit