Fight for coveted CRISPR patents gets knottier, as MilliporeSigma makes new claims

first_img GET STARTED Tags biotechnologyCRISPRlegalSTAT+ Exclusive By Sharon Begley July 22, 2019 Reprints Fight for coveted CRISPR patents gets knottier, as MilliporeSigma makes new claims Sharon Begley What’s included? What is it? STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Log In | Learn More center_img [email protected] @sxbegle About the Author Reprints Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Kristoffer Tripplaar /Sipa via AP Senior Writer, Science and Discovery (1956-2021) Sharon covered science and discovery. Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. After nearly seven years of failing to win fundamental patents on the genome-editing technology CRISPR, a unit of one of the world’s largest life sciences companies has thrown a Hail Mary: Late last Friday, MilliporeSigma petitioned the U.S. Patent and Trademark office to open an interference proceeding between CRISPR-Cas9 patents that it applied for way back in 2012 and patents that the University of California has applied for or been awarded.The unusual move — New York Law School patent expert Jacob Sherkow’s reaction was “holy s***,” and MilliporeSigma itself described the circumstances as “extraordinary” — seems to be the company’s last-ditch effort to pull out a CRISPR victory at the patent office, which it believes has treated its applications in a way that is inconsistent with how it has treated others.last_img read more

Sharp shooter Williams crushes Heywood’s North Leinster final dreams

first_img Twitter Sharp shooter Williams crushes Heywood’s North Leinster final dreams By Siun Lennon – 7th December 2018 Heywood 2-11 Colaiste Mhuire Mullingar 1-15Top Oil North Leinster Schools junior ‘B’ finalA freetaker with a range like TJ Reid’s, a controversial goal decision and going down to 14 men for much of the second half were just some of the factors contributing to the Heywood men’s heroic battle just coming short today.Lawson Obular and Brian Duggan were immense for Ger Glynn and Michael Lacey’s side, but Shane Williams had serious range on frees – scoring 1-12 of Colaiste Mhuire’s 1-15 to bring the North Leinster junior ‘B’ title to Westmeath.Colaiste Mhuire were first out of the stalls – with David Aughey, Williams and Seán Leech putting the first four points on the board.Calamity struck Heywood as Abbeyleix man Shaun Fitzpatrick needed to be taken off through injury at the seven minute mark.But the south Laois school composed themselves – as Brian Duggan struck his first over the black spot to get Heywood on the scoreboard.Williams continued to cause more upsets – striking three frees over in the space of five minutes.David Sheeran cleared his lines twice before Cathal Murphy brilliantly spotted out Duggan and passed the ball off to the Ballinakill man – who ripped the sliotar into the bottom right corner of the Colaiste Mhuire net for a goal.Captain Fionan Mahony did well under the high balls, as sent his free into corner forward Duggan who tapped it over.Each member of the full-forward line – Cian Doheny, Cathal Murphy and Duggan scored within the following five minutes, with Abbeyleix’s Sam Quinn making it 1-6 to 0-7 for Ger Glynn’s side.However Williams continued to cause havoc – adding three points before Doheny neatly slotted a Heywood free to leave the sides level – 1-7 to 0-10 – at half-time.Heywood’s defence became more disciplined in the second half as Duggan and Colaiste Mhuire’s Brian Farrell traded scores.The next Heywood goal came from corner-back Ryan Quinlan clearing the goal line and sending the sliotar up the field, where it eventually came to danger man Duggan for his second goal.However disaster struck the Heywood side as Cathal Murphy was sent to the line on a second yellow after 39 minutes.Doheny continued to slot over the frees and Obular made more trademark runs which cut the attack apart for Mullingar.Controversy arose as a shot at goals from Duggan was deemed to be a wide and not a goal and Williams cut the deficit on the resumption of play with an unstoppable goal in the Heywood net.Heywood goalkeeper Sheeran did just enough to stop Oisin Murray securing a second goal for Colaiste Mhuire but Williams leveled matters before grabbing a 33rd minute winner to see the ‘B’ title go to his school team.SCORERS – Colaiste Mhuire Mullingar: Shane Williams 1-12 (0-9) David Aughey 0-1, Sean Leech 0-1, Brian Farrell 0-1 Heywood: Brian Duggan 2-4, Cian Doheny 0-6 (0-6), Sam Quinn 0-1HEYWOOD: David Sheeran (Abbeyleix); Ryan Quinlan (Ballinakill), Daniel Dooley (The Harps), James Whelan (Clonad); James Hennessy (Ballypickas), Lawson Obular (Abbeyleix), Eamon Fitzpatrick (Abbeyleix); Shaun Fitzpatrick (Abbeyleix), Aaron O’Dea (Ballypickas), Darragh Kelly (The Harps), Fionan Mahony (Abbeyleix), Sam Quinn (Abbeyleix); Cian Doheny (Ballyraggett), Cathal Murphy (The Harps), Brian Duggan (Ballinakill). Subs:  Noel Duggan for S Fitzpatrick (7 minutes, inj.), Matthew Gibney for D Kelly (39 minutes) Shaun Fitzpatrick for S Quinn(55 minutes)COLAISTE MHUIRE MULLINGAR: David Williams; Danny McCartan, Cian McCathorn, Kevin Hogan; Seán Lynch, Warric Kirby, Evan Scally; Conor Gibney,Ben Harte; Colin Smith, Shane Williams, Ollie McChair; Jason Moran, David Aughey, Brian FarrellSEE ALSO – Managers Sugrue and Brennan provide injury updates ahead of O’Byrne and Walsh cups RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook TAGSHeywood CSTop Oil North Leinster Schools junior ‘B’ final Community Home Sport GAA Sharp shooter Williams crushes Heywood’s North Leinster final dreams SportGAAHurling WhatsApp Council Pinterest Previous articleAs Christmas approaches, here’s 20 of the best places to propose in LaoisNext articleWATCH: Joyous celebrations as Dillon’s Ireland side reach the Military World Cup in China 2019 Siun Lennonún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Community Facebook Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening last_img read more

Join The Heritage for an evening of bubbles, pampering and skincare treats

first_img TAGSHeritage Killenard GAA Pinterest Facebook Twitter Previous articlePortarlington Further Education information evening on Thursday, June 27Next articleRenowned psychologist speaks about UCC courses available in Portlaoise LaoisToday Reporter By LaoisToday Reporter – 17th June 2019 Twitter Home Sponsored Join The Heritage for an evening of bubbles, pampering and skincare treats Sponsored RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Join The Heritage for an evening of bubbles, pampering and skincare treats Pinterest Facebook Join The Heritage for an evening of bubbles, pampering and skincare treats with the VOYA Summer Spa Evening on Thursday, June 27.Bright and balmy evenings are the perfect opportunity to raise a glass of bubbles with friends while enjoying some pampering treats and learning everything that you need to know about the gorgeous new treatments from organic Irish skincare brand, VOYA, in the gorgeous spa at The Heritage.This month, join the expert team at The Heritage Spa to celebrate the beginning of summer and learn about all things skincare with the VOYA Summer Spa Evening on Thursday, June 27, taking place from 6pm to 9pm at The Heritage Spa.Starting as all soirées should, with a glass of bubbles and a canapé reception at 6pm in the tranquil surroundings of the hotel’s beautiful spa, guests of the event can look forward to an evening filled with skincare tips with a VOYA representative present on the night, ready to answer any questions for anyone looking to give their skin some extra love over the summer months.At the event, guests will be treated to exclusive discounts on the night, amazing raffle prizes and a gorgeous goodie bag filled with VOYA products with the purchase of two or more products at the event.Guests can also arrange a complimentary personal skin consultation or VOYA Taster Facial.Admission is free to the VOYA Summer Spa Evening at The Heritage so why not get your friends together for a fun night out with a difference.Embrace the start of summer with glasses of chilled bubbles, skin care tips, goodie bags and special offers at The Heritage Spa, the perfect way to take some time out.The VOYA Summer Spa Evening takes place from 6pm to 9pm on Thursday 27th June at The Heritage Hotel & Spa. For more information contact The Heritage +353 (0)57 8645500 or visit ALSO – Life’s a picnic filled with culture, heritage and history at The Heritage this summer Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results WhatsApp Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory WhatsApp GAA GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Dr Holohan issues important message as 14 day run in to Christmas begins

first_img Twitter By Alan Hartnett – 11th December 2020 Dr Holohan issues important message as 14 day run in to Christmas begins Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Friday, December 11, 2020Next articleLaois GAA PRO issues warning over ‘bogus streaming sites’ as matches return Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival “To ensure the safest possible interaction with your family over Christmas, consider restricting your movements now.“Risk assess the environments you plan to be in over the next two weeks; are they compliant with public health measures? Can you keep a two metre distance? Are people wearing face coverings?“Now is the time to make decisions about what interactions are necessary and pose the lowest risk to you, your family and friends over Christmas.”SEE ALSO – Laois primary school announce closure until after Christmas due to Covid-19 cases RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook Nobody wants to have to spend Christmas day alone in their room and that was the gist of the message that Dr Tony Holohan gave at last night’s briefing at the Department of Health.He urged members of society to their own “risk assessment” before deciding to come into contact with others.He said: “Tomorrow marks 14 days to Christmas Day. Electric Picnic Facebook TAGSChristmasCoronavirusDr Tony Holohan Pinterest Electric Picnic Home News Dr Holohan issues important message as 14 day run in to Christmas… News This day two weeks will be Christmas Day.Christmas is an important time for a lot of people. And this year, it is probably the first time that many of us will get to meet family members for a long time.And after the year we have all endured due to the Covid-19 pandemic, having Christmas this year is probably more important than ever.And that is why today’s date, December 11, significant because from this day onwards, the risk of having to self isolate over Christmas increases.If a person either contracts Covid-19 or is designated as a close contact of a confirmed case, they will have to enter a 14-day period of self isolation. Twitter Electric Picnic Pinterest Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApp Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festivallast_img read more

What you need to know as the Laois footballers continue their 2021 campaign at home to Cork

first_img Twitter Home Sport GAA What you need to know as the Laois footballers continue their 2021… SportGAAGaelic FootballLaois Senior Football Team RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date By Alan Hartnett – 22nd May 2021 Twitter Electric Picnic Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Indeed, the only change to the squad comes on the bench with Portlaoise’s Benny Carroll coming in for Shane Bolger who misses out through injury.LAOIS: Niall Corbet; Robbie Pigott, Mark Timmons, Gareth Dillon; Trevor Collins, Colm Begley, Patrick O’Sullivan; John O’Loughlin, Kieran Lillis; Eoin Lowry, Paul Kingston, Danny O’Reilly; Mark Barry, Donie Kingston, Evan O’Carroll.Subs: Matthew Byron, Brian Daly, Gary Walsh, Brian Byrne, Alan Farrell, Eoin Buggie, Seamus Lacey, Michael Keogh, Ross Munnelly, Sean O’Flynn, Benny CarrollMeanwhile, Cork named their team on Thursday and it shows three changes to the side that lost to Kildare.Kevin O’Donovan, Ciaran Sheehan and Luke Connolly come in for Colm O’Callghan, Brian Hurley and Cathail O’Mahony.CORK: Micheal Martin; Sean Powter, Daniel O’Mahoney, Kevin Flahive; Kevin O’Donovan, Sean Meehan, Mattie Taylor; Ian Maguire, Paul Walsh; Sean White, Ruairi Deane, Kevin O’Driscoll; John O’Rourke, Ciaran Sheehan, Luke Connolly.What have Cork been like for the last number of seasons?Cork were All-Ireland champions as recently as 2010 when they defeated Down by 0-16 to 0-15.The Rebels won a Division 1 league title in 2012 and were defeated in the final by Dublin in 2015.They won Division 3 last year and knocked Kerry out of the Munster championship before losing to Tipperary in the final.Who’s managing Cork and what players should we watch out for?Douglas man Ronan McCarthy is in charge of the Cork senior footballers. His league and championship career with the Cork senior team lasted six seasons from 1997 to 2002.In retirement from playing, McCarthy became involved in team management and coaching. As manager of Douglas, he guided the senior team to the championship decider in 2008.In 2016 he guided Carbery Rangers to the county senior championship title. McCarthy also served as a selector and coach with the Cork senior team before becoming manager.Luke Connelly, Ian Maguire and Ruairi Deane are dangerous while Mark Collins is back on the bench and is another skilful forward.What’s Laois’s recent history like against Cork?This evening’s game will be the 13th meeting of Laois and Cork in the National Football League with Cork leading the way with eight wins to Laois’s four.They last met in the league in 2012 when Cork were 2-14 to 0-10 winners in their Division 1 clash in O’Moore Park.Laois’s last win in the fixture was in November 1993 when they recorded a 1-9 to 1-8 win in Division 2.Laois have only met Cork once in the championship in their history – and that came in Round 4 of the All-Ireland Qualifiers in 2019.Cork won 4-20 to 1-15 in what was John Sugrue’s final game in charge. Laois clashed with Cork at minor and U-21 on five occasions between 2004 and 2007 – and we have looked back on those games below. Who’s the referee?Sligo man Barry Judge will be the man in the middle this evening.His most recent game involving Laois was back in 2018 when they defeated Leitrim by 3-16 to 3-10 in Division 4.What other Division 2 games are on this weekend?In Division 2 North, Westmeath must defeat Mayo when they clash at 3pm on Saturday in Mullingar if they are to have a chance of avoiding the relegation playoff.In the South, Kildare host Clare on Sunday while the remaining game in the North on Sunday sees Down host Meath.What are the odds?Cork are 1/7 favourites with Laois 11/2. The draw is 14/1.What happens after this game?If Laois lose, they will almost certainly be in the relegation playoff in three weeks time.If they win, then a victory over Kildare next weekend would most likely put Laois into a league semi final.Where can I follow the action?The game is live on the GAA Go App (€5 for one game; €25 for a season pass) while we will be providing minute-by-minute updates on our Live Blogs and there will also be coverage on Midlands 103.SEE ALSO – Residents of Laois housing estate unhappy as 46 new social houses set to be constructed by Cluid Laois and Cork The Laois footballers take on Cork in the second round of the National Football League Division 2 South group.Here we look ahead to the action.When, where, what time?The game throws in at 7pm in O’Moore Park.Team newsLaois football manager Mike Quirke has resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes to his starting 15 for Saturday evening’s clash with Cork in O’Moore Park.Following last weekend’s bitterly disappointing loss to Clare, the manager has opted to give those who took to the field in Ennis the opportunity to redeem themselves. Facebook Pinterestcenter_img Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months Electric Picnic What you need to know as the Laois footballers continue their 2021 campaign at home to Cork Facebook Pinterest TAGSLaois senior footballersLaois v Cork WhatsApp Previous articleFr Paddy: A prayer for students during the pandemicNext articleStats Saturday: Laois’s ‘most capped’ footballers as O’Loughlin hits 150 Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Council WhatsApplast_img read more

Forge a new trail at Myponga Reservoir

first_imgForge a new trail at Myponga Reservoir More than three kilometres of new trails are now ready to be explored at the Myponga Reservoir Reserve as the Marshall Liberal Government continues to improve recreational access at South Australia’s reservoirs.Visitors can access an additional 140 hectares of the Myponga site for a range of land-based activities, taking the total network of trails to more than six kilometres for running, walking and bike riding.Keen anglers will also benefit from the improved access, with the reservoir reserve’s permitted fishing zone expanding to all shoreline areas where public access is available.Minister for the Environment and Water David Speirs said the upgrades will create an even better experience for people looking to enjoy and explore the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula site.“We’ve listened to community feedback on how to further improve the experience at Myponga, and these new trails form part of a walking loop which caters to both those looking for a leisurely stroll and fitness lovers seeking a challenge,” Minister Speirs said.“Fishing has also proved to be a hugely popular activity at our reservoir reserves open to the public across South Australia, and we’re providing more areas for fishers and families to drop a line and try their luck at hauling in a catch.“Excitingly the best is yet to come at Myponga, with on-water access for fishing and kayaking set to be introduced in the coming months.“We’ve already seen almost 70,000 people walk through the gates of Myponga since we opened this beautiful reservoir to the general public in 2019, delivering positive benefits to local business and the region’s tourism sector.“We anticipate these benefits will only grow further as we roll-out these exciting changes throughout 2021.”The Myponga Reservoir Reserve is currently open for a range of land-based activities such as walking, bike riding, picnicking, and shoreline fishing.There is keen interest from members of the community to be involved in volunteering to help improve the conservation and recreational offerings at the Myponga Reservoir Reserve, and a community volunteer program for Myponga reservoir will be launching soon. More information on how to take part is available at in 1962, the Myponga Reservoir holds a drinking water capacity in excess of 27 billion litres of drinking water. Water from the reservoir is treated at the nearby Myponga Water Treatment Plant before it is supplied to thousands of customers living on the Fleurieu Peninsula. /Public News. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, business, community, conservation, drinking water, environment, fishing, fitness, Government, Minister, Myponga, running, SA Government, South Australia, tourism, treatment, water treatmentlast_img read more

Chancellor’s 2013 Employee of the Year Award recognizes staff excellence

first_img Published: Jan. 9, 2014 The annual Chancellor’s Employee of the Year Award is presented to University of Colorado Boulder staff in recognition of and appreciation for exceptional job performance and distinguished contributions to the campus community. The 2013 winners are George “Barney” Ballinger, Larry Drees, Dave Kalahar, Jennifer Law and Martha Shernick.CU-Boulder is filled with hard-working and passionate individuals, and these five exemplarily employees display the best the university has to offer. CU-Boulder’s national and international reputation as a top-notch research institution is evidence of an accomplished staff and student body.Each employee displays outstanding performance, inspired leadership, extraordinary service to the campus and community and exceptional interpersonal skills. These employees embody this criteria day in and day out, regardless of who, if anyone, is watching. They have spent hours working in the office after all others have left, often on weekends and holidays.The award winners will be celebrated on Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night with a special recognition during halftime at the Jan. 10 Women’s Basketball game.George “Barney” BallingerDirector of Parent Relations and Director of Veteran ServicesGeorge “Barney” Ballinger is the director of both parent relations and veteran services. He served for more than 27 years in the United States Air Force before bravely embracing a new set of troops – the parents and families of CU’s 30,000 students.Ballinger is known by many as the “parent’s parent.” Families often describe him as a lifeline, a fountain of encouragement and guidance. He coined the catchphrase: “That’s a tough problem, what are you going to do about it?” which he uses to help parents help their students navigate through college. He also takes his own advice wholeheartedly, as his entire job is one tough problem after another, and he always knows exactly what he’s going to do about it.Three years ago, he took on the daunting task of converting the CU Parents Association Board of Directors to a Parents Council. The Parents Council was successfully launched this year. Thanks in large part to Ballinger’s efforts, parent volunteerism has spiked, and parent giving has increased by over 50 percent.Ballinger also built an office and advocacy center for CU’s increasing number of veterans and active military. He’s a leader on the campus in advocating, organizing and coordinating support services for student veterans. The new G.I. Bill and the wind down of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan means an increasing numbers of student veterans, and Ballinger supports them as they transition from the military to the higher education environment.Larry DreesBuff OneCard Program Director and Assistant Director of Housing and Dining Services ITLarry Drees is the Buff OneCard program director and assistant director of housing and dining services IT, and oversees the IT support desk and the access services groups. He managed and implemented a project to wire residence hall rooms with a high-speed infrastructure that was a key factor in CU’s impressive rank as the 28th most wired campus in 2000.He often goes out of his way to help departments across the board and serve on committees of all kinds. He balances all his service with his day-today duties, which include leading an IT support team responsible for over 600 housing and dining services employees and their 150 laptops, as well as 100 plus mobile devices.Drees’ service to the university goes far beyond high-speed networks and IT support teams. For 27 years, he has been committed to improving and supporting the security of CU-Boulder students by working with room keys and Buff Cards. In 2006 he oversaw the transition from one card system to another, and this year, he implemented new smart-card technology. Part of this implementation included converting resident hall room locks – 5,300 of them. His dedication to the students sparked innovative changes and precautionary developments with locking and video monitoring.He also is an unsung hero for CU’s financial well-being. He chaired an initiative to improve the campus banking partnership, which resulted in a 10-year $5.2 million revenue contract for campus banking services. This nearly doubled the previous agreement’s revenues and provided better services for the campus community.Dave KalaharTAM Program Advisor Dave Kalahar is the adviser and logistics coordinator for CU’s Technological Arts and Media Program. He is the sole adviser for this quickly growing program, which began with only 200 students in 2006 and now is home to nearly 700 students with some of the most diverse majors and backgrounds on campus.Kalahar takes the time and energy to form relationships with all the students. His colleagues describe him as the heart of TAM. He is the face students see as they enter the program, he’s the attentive listener for any and all problems they encounter – educational or otherwise – and he’s the hand they shake as they walk across the stage during graduation.Aaron Bach, a former TAM student, thought of Kalahar as a friend and mentor. In his senior year, Bach said he often stopped by Kalahar’s office to talk about everything from post-graduation plans to childhood experiences, even their shared love for the Detroit Red Wings. While Kalahar is known by many as a friend and mentor, he has also earned a title as the go-to chef in TAM. On his own time and money, he cooks up pots of chili and batches of his famous meatballs for each student registration open house. It’s things like the bowls of chili and quick email responses that make a difference.Jennifer LawManager of Operations for the Department of Integrative PhysiologyJennifer Law is the manager of operations for the integrative physiology department, however, jack-of-all-trades may be a more appropriate title. She started with the department in 2000 as an accounting technician and worked with payroll and finance. Since then, she’s had her hand on a little bit of everything: numerous budget operations, faculty recruitment and hiring, new employee training, among other projects.In any project, be it financial, logistical, or personal, Law handles situations with grace. For instance, she played a vital role in the recent reorganization of the integrative physiology department. New faculty from evolutionary, population, and organismic biology were transferred into integrative physiology, and she made the transition seamless. In recent years, the department grew from 800 students to over 2,000, and Law managed this unprecedented growth and kept the entire department running smoothly, even through difficult financial times.She has a way of making sure everything works out. Whether it’s by creating purchasing mechanisms to save the university an average of 15 percent per year, or sifting through piles of paperwork to find funding for post-docs and faculty, Law has an unbelievable dedication to the research in her department.Martha ShernickSewall Residence Hall Program CoordinatorMartha Shernick is the program coordinator for the Sewall Residential Academic Program. The job of a program coordinator includes organizing new-student orientations, balancing student and faculty schedules, and organizing events, trips and conferences.Shernick takes her title to a whole new level. She isn’t merely an administrator; she’s become a sort of parent – a mother – to 400 nervous, new students. Her impact on the students at Sewall has been so profound, she remains a significant figure in their lives, even years after they move out. Alaina Metivier, a former Sewall student, still hangs a thank you card from Shernick on her bedroom wall. As a freshman, Metivier helped clean up a Sewall movie night, and Shernick surprised her the next morning with a gift basket full of homemade cookies and a personal thank you note.Shernick is committed to the staff and faculty members teaching at Sewall as well, going above and beyond, both inside and outside the classroom. When a teacher ran into difficulties with transporting students to a Denver museum for a field trip, she took the initiative and got training to allow her to drive the students to Denver.Her remarkable ability to connect with the Sewall community doesn’t stop with the students and staff. She also reached out to dining hall and custodial members. She enrolled in Spanish classes to better communicate with the Spanish-speaking custodial members and worked personally with immigrant staff to help them study for citizenship tests. On her own dime, she bought a “citizenship cake” for staff members who gained citizenship.Photo: Left to right: Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano, Jennifer Law, Martha Shernick, Larry Drees, George ‘Barney’ Ballinger. Not pictured Dave Kalahar. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Vodafone exec touts mobile’s potential for tackling the digital divide

first_img Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 13 OCT 2014 Vodafone, Safaricom beat MTN to Ethiopia licence Las operadoras respaldan el papel de Qualcomm en la RAN abierta Author Previous ArticleSTC aims to be central player in digital servicesNext ArticleEgypt leans on mobile to drive development; outlines LTE goals Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter… More Read more Related Home Vodafone exec touts mobile’s potential for tackling the digital divide LIVE FROM MOBILE 360 MIDDLE EAST: Mobile is closing the digital divide in emerging markets in many ways, according to Hatem Dowidar (pictured), chairman of Vodafone Egypt and regional director for the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia region.Speaking in Dubai, Dowidar said that with the “fiction of a device that can connect a person to all the information in the world” now a reality, the constraints of an earlier fixed network world are becoming less of an issue.“We can see that there’s going to be leapfrogging of a generation right into the smartphone and internet era,” he said.Dowidar noted that Vodafone Group is working with government, regulators, infrastructure vendors and NGOs to bring the benefits of mobile to more people, including those in disaster zones.It provides mobile-enabled financial, education and healthcare services aimed at narrowing the digital divide. “We’re trying to have services and products that give people opportunity to be part of that connected world,” Dowidar said.One healthcare initiative undertaken by Vodafone in Tanzania is to tackle obstetric fistula, a condition afflicting some women after childbirth. Between 2009 and 2013, there was a 315 per cent increase in women treated for the condition, due to improved access to healthcare professionals via mobile.In the education sector, Vodafone Egypt offers an app that supports literacy programmes and can be accessed by both smartphones and feature phones. Tim Ferguson Operators back Qualcomm role in open RAN path digital divideServicesVodafonelast_img read more

When Scientists Make Truth Claims Outside Science

first_imgRequesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Image: Carl Sagan lectures to school kids, in a scene from Cosmos (screen shot).Every once in a while evolutionists distill their thoughts into pithy statements that profoundly summarize what it’s all about for them. Carl Sagan’s 1980 Cosmos series is chock full of such statements, but as John Lennox notes, none is better than his classic opening line: “The Cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be.” Find the video here: Cornelius G. HunterFellow, Center for Science and CultureCornelius G. Hunter is a graduate of the University of Illinois where he earned a Ph.D. in Biophysics and Computational Biology. He is Adjunct Professor at Biola University and author of the award-winning Darwin’s God: Evolution and the Problem of Evil. Hunter’s other books include Darwin’s Proof, and his newest book Science’s Blind Spot (Baker/Brazos Press). Dr. Hunter’s interest in the theory of evolution involves the historical and theological, as well as scientific, aspects of the theory. His blog is Darwin’s God. Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Recommended Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man These claims are not from science, but they drive science. They determine what is acceptable and not acceptable. They inform science and constrain its “right” answers. As was said so long ago, theology is the queen of the sciences. Imagine for a moment that you believed these things. Then you would be an evolutionist. Here is a small, representative sampling of similar claims over the past three centuries. TagsAlexander OparinAlfred Russel WallaceBaden PowellCarl SaganCharles DarwinclockmakerCosmos: A Spacetime OdysseycreatorDavid HumeErasmus DarwinevolutionistsFrancisco AyalaGottfried LeibnizImmanuel KantIsaac NewtonJohn RayJoseph Le ConteKenneth MillermosquitosreligionRobert ChambersscientistsStephen Jay GouldtheologyThomas Burnetuniverse,Trending Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis “We think him a better Artist that makes a Clock that strikes regularly at every hour from the Springs and Wheels which he puts in the work, than he that hath so made his Clock that he must put his finger to it every hour to make it strike.” Thomas Burnet, 1681“Newton and his followers also have a very odd opinion regarding God’s workmanship. According to them, God’s watch — the universe — would stop working if he didn’t re-wind it from time to time! He didn’t have enough foresight to give it perpetual motion. This machine that he has made is so imperfect that from time to time he has to clean it by a miraculous intervention, and even has to mend it, as a clockmaker mends his work. The oftener a clockmaker has to adjust his machine and set it right, the clumsier he must be as a clockmaker!” Gottfried Leibniz, 1715God would not “set his own hand as it were to every work, and immediately do all the meanest and trifling’st things himself drudgingly, without making use of any inferior or subordinate Minister.” John Ray, 1717It is most appropriate to the wisdom of God that the cosmic structures “develop themselves in an unforced succession out of the universal laws.” Immanuel Kant, 1755“A perpetual war is kindled amongst all living creatures,” and nature is so arranged so as “to embitter the life of every living being.” David Hume, 1779“The world itself might have been generated, rather than created; that is, it might have been gradually produced from very small beginnings, increasing by the activity of its inherent principles, rather than by a sudden evolution by the whole by the Almighty fiat. What a magnificent idea of the infinite power of the great architect! The Cause of Causes! Parent of Parents! Ens Entium! For if we may compare infinities, it would seem to require a greater infinity of power to cause the causes of effects, than to cause the effects themselves.” Erasmus Darwin, 1794“How can we suppose an immediate exertion of this creative power at one time to produce the zoophytes, another time to add a few marine mollusks, another to bring in one or two crustacea, again to crustaceous fishes, again perfect fishes, and so on to the end. This would surely be to take a very mean view of the Creative Power.” Robert Chambers, 1844“No inductive inquirer can bring himself to believe in the existence of any real hiatus in the continuity of physical laws in past eras more than in the existing order of things; or to imagine that changes, however seemingly abrupt, can have been brought about except by the gradual agency of some regular causes. On such principles the whole superstructure of rational geology entirely reposes; to deny them in any instance would be to endanger all science. … The event [the introduction of new species] is part of a regularly ordained mechanism of the evolution of the existing world out of former conditions, and as much subject to regular laws as any changes now taking place.” Baden Powell, 1855“These analogies are utterly inexplicable if species are independent creations.” Charles Darwin, 1859“The strange springs and traps and pitfalls found in the flowers of Orchids cannot be necessary per se, since exactly the same end is gained in ten thousand other flowers which do not possess them. Is it not then an extraordinary idea to imagine the Creator of the Universe contriving the various complicated parts of these flowers as a mechanic might contrive an ingenious toy or a difficult puzzle? Is it not a more worthy conception that they are some of the results of those general laws which were so co-ordinated at the first introduction of life upon the earth as to result necessarily in the utmost possible development of varied forms?” Alfred Wallace, 1870“If whales were made at once out of hand as we now see them, is it conceivable that these useless teeth would have been given them?” Joseph Le Conte, 1891“What we do not know today we shall know tomorrow.” Alexander Oparin, 1924“Odd arrangements and funny solutions are the proof of evolution — paths that a sensible God would never tread but that a natural process, constrained by history.” Stephen Jay Gould, 1980“The Cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be.” Carl Sagan, 1980Would God “really want to take credit for the mosquito?” Kenneth Miller, 1999“There are too many deficiencies, too much cruelty in the world of life. To assume that they have been explicitly created by God amounts to blasphemy. I believe God to be omniscient and benevolent. The ‘design’ of organisms is not compatible with such beliefs.” Francisco Ayala, 2002 Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Evolution When Scientists Make Truth Claims Outside ScienceCornelius HunterOctober 27, 2020, 12:25 PM Obviously that is a truth claim, but it does not come from science. Truth claims that do not come from science are nothing new. What is new, however, is the presentation of such truth as science. And so while there is nothing wrong with evolutionists proclaiming what they believe, there is everything wrong with their insistence that it is what everyone else must believe as well: that their personal religious beliefs, not open to scientific scrutiny, are scientific facts. Evolutionists may be correct about origins, but they are not scientific. 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Jay Richards: A Look Back at Paley and Hume

first_imgOur Debt to the Scientific Atheists Image: William Paley, by George Romney, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.On a classic ID the Future episode, Logan Gage interviews fellow philosopher Jay Richards about William Paley, David Hume, and contemporary arguments for intelligent design. Richards begins with a description of William Paley’s 1802 book Natural Theology, in which the author infers from the natural world that there must be some intelligent agent (God) responsible for its design. This includes Paley’s famous watch analogy, which Richards also summarizes. Richards then addresses David Hume’s critique of analogical arguments like those used by Paley. Richards closes by differentiating between analogical arguments and arguments for intelligent design. Download the podcast or listen to it here. “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Intelligent Design Jay Richards: A Look Back at Paley and HumeEvolution News @DiscoveryCSCFebruary 28, 2021, 7:24 PM Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Tagsanalogical argumentsDavid Humeintelligent agentintelligent designLogan Gagenatural theologynatural worldphilosopherswatch analogyWilliam Paley,Trending Recommendedlast_img read more