USS Green Bay Hosts ERAT Members

first_img Share this article While transiting to Apra Harbor, Guam from Darwin, Australia on the 31st of July, the amphibious transport dock ship, USS Green Bay (LPD 20), welcomed aboard five members of the Engineering Readiness and Assistance Team (ERAT).These mechanical and electrical experts brought their knowledge and experience into the engineering department while providing and facilitating training and preparations for Green Bay’s future engineering operation certification, light-off assessment (LOA) and continued safe operations of the propulsion and auxiliary plants.ERAT assisted the ship’s crew with conducting material readiness checks of the ship’s auxiliary, electrical and propulsion systems. They also tested system alarms and equipment shutdown parameters as well as vital safety features within the equipment.After completing the propulsion system checks, while the plant was not in operation, the team also conducted assessments of the equipment while underway.[mappress mapid=”16721″]Image: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Green Bay Hosts ERAT Members View post tag: ERAT View post tag: News by topic USS Green Bay Hosts ERAT Members View post tag: members Authorities View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy August 20, 2015 View post tag: USS Green Bay View post tag: Asia-Pacificlast_img read more

Kings Can’t Put Out Flames

first_imgThe Oxford Kings threw away an early and commanding lead to lose narrowly to the Richmond Flames. After a win against the Enfield Sidewinders their chances of a playoff spot, the top spot in their division, was in jeopardy after this disappointing defeat. Baseball consists of nine innings; good fielding and pitching typified the first four of those. In each inning both teams bat, until three of the batters are declared out by either three strikes delivered by the pitcher, or a catch by a fielder. Only 30 minutes had elapsed in these opening innings, and a mere two points scored, points achieved by batters passing the four bases of the diamond shaped field. Both of these points were scored by the Kings, and in the fifth innings their advantage was increased. Richmond were dispatched easily from the batting, and Oxford doubled their lead when Masaharu blasted over the first Home Run of the game. However, in the seventh innings the Richmond Flames started their fightback. A home run brought the scores back to 4-2, and excellent fielding gave them renewed hope of completing the comeback. Possibly a pivotal moment in the game was when a Kings player Williams tried to be too clever. A desperate lunge back to first base was not enough to stop him being declared out, after the pitcher noticed him running to the next base before he had thrown the ball. In a sport which is complicated by terminology and statistics, Williams had been ‘picked’. During that innings the two other Oxford batters were caught . At the beginning of the eighth innings Masaharu, again displaying his superb abilities, made a great diving catch. However, the rest of the fielding during this inning was very sloppy indeed. Richmond capitalised on poor fielding to get two men ‘home’, and then the Flames took the lead. It was only good pitching by Williams which saved yet more damage. In the ninth innings Williams pitched a man out, but could not prevent conceding another run. A time out was called by the Oxford coach, and the duty of pitching was delegated to the gifted allrounder Masaharu. He successfully struck out the two Flames batsmen, leaving Oxford 6-4 behind with one last batting chance. It started well when Schauer’s hit let Frasher run home to decrease the deficit to one. However, Williams could not tie the scores and force the game into another inning, as his shot was weak and he was beaten to first base. This defeat was a setback for the Kings, a team of both university and non-university players. There is the Varsity match to look forward to though, and an opportunity to seek revenge after missing out on the playoff spot to the Cambridge Monarchs last year. On this fixture, to be held later this term, the Kings university president Joon-Jae Bahk said, “with a full strength side we should easily walk all over them.”ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2003last_img read more

St. Mary’s Hospital for Women & Children Birth Records

first_img Janna Nickell and Chris Heriges, Mount Vernon, Ind., son, Lucian Christopher, Oct. 20Savannah Bailey and Aaron Ray, Norris City, Ill., son, Maveryk Levi, Oct. 17Mahryah Murphy and Ryan Arnold, Princeton, Ind., son, Brylen James Ray, Oct. 15Carrie and Jon Nguyen, Evansville, daughter, Haley Quyen Virginia, Oct. 18Hannah Lee and Matthew VanMatre, Evansville, daughter, Lexi Lee, Oct. 17Dezarae and Alan Sandleben, Evansville, daughter, Dakota Rose, Oct. 16Emma Jackson, Mount Carmel, Ill., daughter, Grace Marie, Oct. 17Reilly and Dennis Baumgart, Mount Carmel, Ill., son, Duke William, Oct. 18Robin and Grant Hasenour, Evansville, son, Bentley Joseph, Oct. 18Sandretta and Brady King, Henderson, Ky., daughter, Nyla Marie, Oct. 18Brandi and Matthew Elpers, Evansville, son, Alex Flavien, Oct. 17FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgIS IT TRUE that the polls for the United States are conflicted as conflicted can be?…as was predicted President Donald J. Trump has the lowest approval rating of any president at this point of his term in office?…President Trump only has an average approval rating of 44% with some polls under 40% and only one close to 50%?…in spite of the low approval rating for President Trump, the Real Clear Politics average for “is the country moving in the right direction” is at a four year high and rising?…it is truly mystifying to have a President who inspires disapproval while his actions are getting much higher approval ratings than the actions of the very popular Barack Obama?…it seems as though the American electorate likes the actions but doesn’t care for the guy who is driving the actions?…given the choice of a popular president who does things that people disapprove of or an unpopular president who does things people like, the smartest choice is to go with the latter?IS IT TRUE that ECHO Housing has plans to turn a vacant warehouse at 101 N. Garvin St. into 27 one-bedroom units of housing for the chronically homeless.  …the project is expected to cost $6.1 million?  ….that our hard earn tax dollars we send to the State of Indiana shall pay for this “Pork Barrel” project?  …ECHO Executive Director Stephanie TenBarge said “that her organization will also commission a “Mural” on the side of the building?  …we remember when Ms. TenBarge commissioned another “Mural” to be printed on the side of a building located just behind the McDonalds resturant located on North Main and the Lloyd Expressway?  …we recall when ECHO Executive Director Stephanie TenBarge declared that this “Mural” will enhance the opportunity of bringing economic development to the North Main Jacobsville area? …we were told that she hired an out of town artist to paint this abstract “Mural” costing many of thousands of dollars? …we urge you to drive to the North Main McDonalds and look at the building directly behind it so you can see if this “Mural” would motivate  you to locate a business on North main street?  …we wonder how many poor people could had used the many thousand of tax dollars spent on this less than attractive piece of exterior abstract art to pay electric bills and put food on the table?  …in our opinion putting a painted “Mural” on the side of apartment building for the homeless is a total waste of our hard earned tax dollars?IS IT TRUE we wonder how many two bedrooms Habitat type homes that ECHO could had been built with this $6 million dollars State grant earmarked for providing housing for the homeless and economically disadvantaged of this area? …the answer is around 100 homes?   … can anyone tell us who are the Evansville ECHO-Housing 2017 Board of Directors members because we tried to locate them but failed?IS IT TRUE it’s time for the City to find other locations to hold charitable fundraising activities events held on Riverside Drive because they  interfere with Tropicana-Evansville business activities?  …it’s guesstimated that that corporate citizen Tropicana-Evansville is losing around $50,000 a day when the city closes Riverside Drive for charitable events?  …in 2016 Tropicana-Evansville give the City of Evansville a $25 million dollar advancement from the projected gaming money profits from their 2017 budget to help fund the city  budget shortfalls?  … it’s obvious that Tropicana -Evasville is working with Evansville and it’s time we start working with them by keeping Riverside Drive open 24-7 so they can continue being a great corporate citizen?IS IT TRUE that the lawmakers of the State of Indiana have set the stage for all governments at the state and local level to start getting less of the casino tax known in and around Evansville as “boat money”?…back when casino gambling was approved it was going to be the “manna from heaven” that funded education?  … later on our elected officials declared that those dollars could be redirected to help pay for infrastructure?…here we are more than 20 plus years later our city officials are now borrowing $25 million against future “boat money” to pay for fun and games projects that will not impact the economy any more than Weinzapfel’s folly Ford Center did? …State sources say that the Indiana Division of Mental Health will lose $2 Million per year due to the changes in taxation?FOOTNOTE:  Todays ‘READERS POLL” question is: Do you think that the taxpayers should pay $225,000 per one bedroom apartment to house the homeless? FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Speech: Wealth of Diversity Conference: Economic Secretary’s speech

first_img Could this job be done by someone working part-time, or someone working flexibly, or someone who is returning to work after taking time out? Are you using skills-based assessment or structured interviews, so that your decisions are driven by what candidates can really do, rather than a sense of whether they will ‘fit’? Have you included more than one woman on your shortlist? Does your organisation know that you are committed to improving diversity? How are you communicating this, and how are you holding your team accountable? Are you treating this like any other business priority? Look at who you mentor and sponsor – does this reflect the widest pool of talent in your organisation? Charles Babbage, the computer pioneer asked the following question in 1864: “if you put into the machine the wrong figures, will the right answers come out?”.Nearly 150 years later, this question is still being answered.By companies and industries of all shapes and sizes.Take the next frontier of commerce: Artificial Intelligence, the next innovation set to transform financial services.I was interested to learn that sophisticated programmes which employ AI operate much as we do as humans.For example, AI is increasingly being shown to produce similar biases to those in the workplace.A 2015 study showed that in a Google images search for “CEO”, just 11% of the people it displayed were women – even though 27% of the chief executives in the US are female.The world’s major technology companies are starting to recognise that machines learn from the input they receive – and the results that this input generates.Despite great intentions, seemingly subtle actions and moments can really entrenchtoxic or biased cultures.And in this vein, I want to extend a huge thank you to PIMFA – Liz and her team are doing a lot of work to push the need for diversity to the top of commercial agenda.Today I wish to speak to you about the business case for diversity and inclusion……and give my two cents on the best way to get there.And the first step is welcoming diversity…as a matter of principle – and profit.We need an inclusive workforce for many reasons – and ethics is but one of those reasons.It is simply the right thing to do and to expect.And it is a hallmark of a civilised society.Ethics aside, there is more than anything, a strong commercial case for real diversity.Diversity of thought leads to better outcomes……a happier workforce……reflects shareholder values……and is increasingly attractive to investors.A report by the CBI in 2016 concluded that diverse workplaces generate innovation and greater employee engagement……employees said that they’re 84% more likely to innovate and more than twice as engaged in workplaces that are diverse and inclusive.And research by Forbes in 2017 found that inclusive teams make better business decisions than less diverse teams up to 87% of the time.McKinsey, the management consultant, has released research showing that closing the UK’s gender gap could create an additional £150 billion on top of business-as-usual GDP forecasts for 2025.Diversity – and inclusion – challenges group think, it strengthens an organisation from within – and, it gives you competitive advantage.The business case is irrefutable. And I know that you know that. That’s why you’re all here today. So I don’t want to spend my time here today convincing you why this matters – I want to focus on what needs to be done.Despite the strong commercial argument, Jayne-Anne Gadhia’s [the former CEO of Virgin Money] 2016 review into the representation of women in senior managerial roles in the financial services industry was revealing.One of the key findings from the report was that women make up just 14% of Executive Committees……25% of the firms included in the review had no women at all on their Executive Committee……and 17% had no women on their board.The Treasury decided to take action and in 2016 launched the Women in Finance Charter.And I’m pleased to say that the Charter has been an enormous success – I am delighted with the impact it has had……both in terms of driving the debate……and in giving firms a framework to set targets, and then develop and implement a plan.300 financial services firms have signed the Charter who together employ over 780,000 people……close to 60% of the sector.It includes everyone from global banks to FinTech firms with just a few employees.We have also inspired other countries, like Brazil and China, to take action on improving gender balance, through their own Women in Finance Charters.The Financial Reporting Council’s review of board diversity reporting, published in September 2018, found that Charter signatories had a higher diversity reporting score than other FTSE 350 companies.And I’ve seen the impact the Charter can have within my own department. HM Treasury has set a target to increase the representation of women in the Senior Civil Service to 50% by 2020. In 2017 39 out of the 87 people in the Senior Civil Service were women, equating to 43%. This has now risen to 48.2%, and we are committed to building on this progress.As we have now generated a large amount of industry support for the Charter, the focus has shifted to maximising its impact……by pushing ourselves to set and achieve more stretching targets through the use of evidence-based interventions.I’m delighted that so many organisations have signed up to the Charter, which demonstrates the enthusiasm across the industry to solve this issue.But for me the real measure of success is not just the number of organisations who sign up – I want to see firms taking this seriously and taking meaningful action, so we see a real shift towards gender parity.The second Women in Finance Charter Annual Review will be published in March this year, where signatories to the Charter will provide updates on their progress. I will be looking at these updates closely, to assess whether firms have made sufficient progress and are taking appropriately ambitious action. And I will be using this to inform Government action going forward.To have a real impact, it is important that we focus on what works, delivering interventions collaboratively and with a collective voice that promotes the progression of women.Across the whole spectrum of the debate, it is clear that evidence-based interventions to bring about the step change is needed, as progress is slow.Firms should make a habit of learning from one another, measuring their impact, and self-evaluating.I am pleased that when I talk to senior leaders in the finance world, diversity and inclusion is increasingly an important issue for them.Everyone has a role to play in creating a more equal working culture. And so I challenge everyone in this room to think about what you can do to drive change in your own organisation.If you are responsible for recruiting or promoting people, ask yourself – And whatever your role, ask yourself: If you are a senior leader, ask yourself – Do you support and encourage difference in your team? Can you be a role model for someone else? And I put to everyone the same question I put to senior leaders – does your organisation know you care about this and how are you holding them accountable? On that note, let me wrap up my remarks this morning.Ladies and gentlemen – simply, a wealth of diversity will lead to a wealth of outcomes.The business case is irrefutable……getting there is the hard part.Which is why I want us all, government and industry alike, to focus on action which will drive change – I don’t want us to be having this same discussion in five years.I hope that you can put the sessions today to good use……and that they can be a starting point for pushing the agenda across the industry.Because although it is a tough discussion……it is one that we need to have……and it is an issue worthy of no less than national attention.Thank you very much.last_img read more

‘Adventuring with purpose’

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. Liz Roux lives by the codes of optimism and resiliency. They have guided her through childhood tragedies and toward a career in medicine, helped her build new communities, and inspired her to reimagine her idea of home.Roux was born in China and abandoned as an infant. She was adopted from an orphanage and her family of two — she and her American mother — was tight-knit and adventurous from the start. Growing up in southwest Florida near the Gulf of Mexico, Ten Thousand Islands, and Everglades National Park, they spent their days exploring the region’s natural beauty and feeding Roux’s endless curiosity.“Whenever we went somewhere, I was always asking, ‘why are we walking? Why don’t we run?’” said Roux. “She definitely wanted me to channel my energy into something directed.”Roux found that direction in seventh grade, when she started running competitively, eventually becoming captain of her high school cross-country and track teams. Her mother was diagnosed with cancer and passed away when Roux was 16. Her teammates and running club rallied to support her, emotionally and financially, after Roux organized a running fundraiser to pay her mother’s medical bills. Her cross-country coach unofficially adopted her two years later and Roux joined his family of five. Roux’s running community showed up again when her coach’s youngest son, David, passed away from cancer during her sophomore year at Harvard. Roux’s family formed Team David, which runs the annual St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s Memphis Marathon and has raised more than $100,000 for the hospital in the past two years.These terrible losses — and the support she received in their wake — further defined Roux. “Taking care of my mom and brother when they were sick and eventually passed away helped solidify the idea that I wanted to help people,” Roux said.After her mother’s death, Roux decided to become a doctor and applied to Harvard on a pre-med track. When she got into Harvard and was offered a full financial aid package, Roux, who a few months earlier hadn’t truly considered leaving Florida for college, saw an opportunity for new adventures in academia and beyond.  Once she arrived on campus, she found a new calling in marine biology research. Deciding between the two paths was difficult, but Roux’s love of caregiving was solidified in the wake of her brother’s death. In her junior year, she reaffirmed her career goals in medicine and continued to pursue her fascination with the natural world as a concentrator in integrative biology, finding another home in the close-knit Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB).“Folks in the OEB Department are down to earth and love nature like I do,” said Roux. “It’s a place where pre-med and zoology people can come together and do research that they are all interested in.”Andrew Berry, a lecturer and undergraduate adviser for integrative biology concentrators in the department, was impressed by Roux’s dedication to field research. “Field biology is hard, and you have to be independent, think on your feet, and make your own decisions when you can’t ask for help,” said Berry. “Liz is already an accomplished field biologist, which is very impressive.“Liz is also a consummate community builder,” Berry added, “and as one of the two seniors responsible for the OEB undergraduate group, she has done a wonderful job in helping to foster vertical integration between classes of students from sophomores to seniors.”In another community building project, Roux worked with other integrative biology concentrators to propose a new undergraduate course that focused on field research and methodology and was first offered to sophomores in January.“Liz was willing to make this course happen even when it wasn’t going to be available to her as a senior, which was very generous to the other students,” said Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Harvard College Professor Gonzalo Giribet, who advised Roux’s senior thesis. “She does things for others and puts in the work for things that will benefit future students.”Roux’s sense of adventure didn’t waver at Harvard, despite her intensive pre-med curriculum and the culture shock of New England and its winters. But as she had with running, Roux directed herself toward opportunities: a study abroad summer program in Tanzania after her first year; a spring break trip to Panama to do field research with Giribet’s “Biology and Evolution of Invertebrate Animals” course; and last summer, a return to the shores of Florida for her senior thesis research.Roux’s thesis, “Phylogeographic differentiation of B. candida, ectocommensal flatworm of the Atlantic horseshoe crab,” was her contribution to understanding how the worm’s environment and location shape its symbiotic relationship to the crab that is its host. As she talked her way onto fishing boats and conducted solo kayaking trips around the Florida peninsula, she also learned a few things about her own identity and sense of belonging.“Doing field research in Florida was a way for me to see the state almost in its entirety,” said Roux. “I had an idyllic childhood, but I didn’t have a romanticized idea of home anymore. It was a place with good and bad things like any other. Doing my research there taught me to think more deeply about what makes a community.”Outside the classroom, Roux also worked diligently to experience life with intention. After a chance dining hall encounter with a participant, she joined Alzheimer’s Buddies, a Phillips Brooks House Association program that pairs College students with residents at long-term care homes in the Cambridge area. As a trip leader in the First-Year Outdoor Program (FOP) and the Outing Club, she helped students develop a love of nature on hikes and climbs around New England. Roux served as the women’s captain of the Harvard College Running Club for three years and led community runs at her on-campus job with Harvard on the Move. In the fall, she gave a TED talk at [email protected] titled “Run for, not from,” on the role of running in her life. Even jogging along the Charles River, Roux adds to her cohort.“I see strangers on my runs and we all wave to each other and say hello, like we’re all in it together,” she said. “There are many extraordinary people here, and when I take time to get to know and understand them, I feel more connected.”Through Harvard and into the future, Roux remains focused on the values and issues close to her heart. She plans to apply to medical school in 2020, and looks forward to new experiences in the interim.“People at Harvard are really passionate, and it’s very invigorating,” said Roux. “It took some time to narrow down my focus to a few key things that I love and enjoy, and I didn’t want to jump through hoops because I felt like I had to. Now, I’m adventuring with purpose.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

A new way to read

first_imgPoet Stephanie Burt wants to change the conversation about poetry’s place in the literary world.Her new book, “Don’t Read Poetry: A Book About How to Read Poems,” is a guide to understanding an art form that, for many readers, feels difficult to access. The professor and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of English explores the roles of lyric poetry, experimental language, character-driven poems, and other themes that can help skeptical readers engage with the field.In addition to teaching courses on 20th-century poets and poetry, science fiction, and graphic novels, Burt is also co-editor of poetry at The Nation magazine and the author of a forthcoming book of poems based on the work of the ancient Greek poet Callimachus.The Gazette spoke to Burt about the book, the poets she’s fallen out of love with, and creating a “travel guide” for poetry.Q&AStephanie BurtGAZETTE: How did you develop the idea for this book?BURT: My editor at Basic Books, Lara Heimert, asked me if I wanted to write a book on reading poetry, and I wanted to write an anti-“How to Read Poetry” book. So many of the existing guides to reading poetry were addressed to a previous generation, and for all the good they did, they were allied with schools and classrooms and tests in a way that’s counterproductive. If not that, they were really close to being anti-intellectual, saying, “Write poetry yourself and don’t bother to read critically.” Or they were just narrow [in scope] and would say, “Poetry is just a mystery that gives you access to the great framing of the world” or, “Poetry is a fun way to organize your friends and fight for social justice.” Those things are true for some poets, but only some, and I wanted to write a book that would not be anti-intellectual but would also not feel like it was designed to help you cram for a test.I had been frustrated for a long time by the way this particular art form gets treated, as if its presence in the academy were a necessary fact rather than a contingent fact. I want people to see poems the way we see music: There are a lot of different kinds that are related to other kinds, many people like some of it, some of it is really old, and some of it is new. If you get really into it, there’s a technical vocabulary that you may enjoy acquiring, but you don’t need it to enjoy the thing. The enjoyment can take place on different grounds or channels depending on the kind of music it is. I wanted to do all of that for poetry in this book.GAZETTE: What was your relationship with poetry like when you were growing up? Did you find yourself on one side of the academic-creative divide?BURT: I’ve always been a little baffled that there were sides, because when I encounter something that I really love, I want to find out how it works and take it apart in ways that let me put it back together and make friends who are also into the thing and talk about it all day. As far back as I can remember, I’ve been critical, or maybe nerdy, about poetry.I find the critic and poet William Empson very admirable for his commitment to this. In his book “Seven Types of Ambiguity,” Empson says he understood that there were people who thought scholarly or critical approaches to poems sucked the life out of them, but he didn’t see it that way. He found something he loved and wanted to know how it worked. That seemed like it was not a universal approach, but it doesn’t seem that weird to me. If you like cooking, you might want to know how a delicious dish gets made, or if you’re into figure skating, you might want to know what the skater is doing on the ice because you’ll appreciate it even more and maybe you’ll try to do something like it yourself.GAZETTE: Do you see this book as a guide for people who already like reading poems or for people who have never tried to read poetry?BURT: I see it as both. I used to work for Let’s Go, the Harvard-based travel guides. When you’re writing “Let’s Go Ireland,” your readers are people who have never been to Ireland, or people who have gone once and are curious about the place, or people who have to go for some reason and maybe they’re being dragged there. Poetry is like that too, and this book is in some ways a travel guide that is influenced from when I wrote for Let’s Go.GAZETTE: How do you hold all those potential readers in your head while writing? “I have been a poetry critic for long enough that occasionally people write essays or articles about why I’m not a very good one and that I’m something of a fangirl. And I am a fangirl! I think it is not only possible but desirable to be a fan in certain ways, and to produce detailed analyses that are useful to others.” BURT: I think a lot about my audience when I’m writing criticism and scholarly articles. The real way to make sure to maximize the chances I’m reaching the audience I’m trying to reach is to trust my editors. The editorial team at Basic Books were very good at telling me about draft chapters they rejected, when something was pitched wrong. Something I had written could be thoughtful and fascinating, but it wasn’t right for the audience, so they would ask me to try again. Even poetry writing, at this point, I think of as collaborative. And I know not all critics and poets think of it that way, but I have imagined readers in my head and actual readers who read my drafts, whom I trust. I don’t know what I would do without them.GAZETTE: You write that a person doesn’t need to know everything about a poem in order to enjoy it or be moved by it. Is there anything we do need in order to read a poem?BURT: It depends on the poem. Sometimes you need to be interested in the poem’s subject, whether it’s the future of Singapore or botany. Sometimes you need to be patient with unfamiliar vocabulary, especially if the poem comes from a place or time different from your own. Sometimes you need to love puzzles and extremely complex language that takes a long time to untangle. Sometimes you need to be able to step outside your expectations about what is complex and what is artful, to imagine readers who aren’t you so that you can be the best reader that you can be. Only some poems require any of these capacities or decisions. I don’t think there’s anything besides basic literacy and a willingness to listen. And some poetry is oral and doesn’t reward literacy, so you really just need a willingness to listen.GAZETTE: One of the refrains in the book is that we should like what we like as readers, which is a simple statement but often not practiced. Why is that so hard to do, especially when it comes to literature?BURT: I would like to disentangle the business of studying and appreciating and being critical about poetry from the business of giving things numerical ranking or conferring prestige. Prestige has its uses, but it also gets in the way. I go back and forth between thinking about and loving Yeats or Dickinson or Chaucer, who have been dead for a while and who are famous and prestigious, and loving and advocating the work of mid-career poets who are not at all well-known or are well known in only in certain circles.I have been a poetry critic for long enough that occasionally people write essays or articles about why I’m not a very good one and that I’m something of a fangirl. And I am a fangirl! I think it is not only possible but desirable to be a fan in certain ways, and to produce detailed analyses that are useful to others. I do sometimes write negative reviews and I think it’s important that they exist, but in terms of where I want to put my time and energy, they are the exception, and such pieces should always be punching up and not punching down. Poetry with personages Related When discussing verse, Elisa New says, celebrity quickly drops away center_img For example, e.e cummings is a writer I used to admire and don’t anymore. Perhaps I’ve grown out of it — it’s more common for people to like cummings at a certain age and then stop as they grow up. But it’s a waste of everyone’s time to tell people who are less powerful than me that they’re not allowed to like cummings because I don’t.I would rather spend my time helping people like things and helping create a world in which you can take risks by liking something. It’s risky to say, “I really like this and it speaks to me,” and that’s the kind of risk that I want to help people take.This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity. Poetry unbound Professor enlists Nas, Gehry, and others to increase teachers’ reach last_img read more

VCE Heads to Cisco Live in San Francisco

first_imgNext week VCE will be sponsoring Cisco Live US 2014 in San Francisco. Cisco will be highlighting how its ecosystem helps customers realize the full potential of the Internet of Everything – and VCE has a big part to play!As the leader in converged infrastructure, VCE is pioneering the path to IT transformation, helping customers rapidly deploy new infrastructure and applications with the highest performance and availability and at the lowest total cost of ownership.VCE recently announced the next step in that transformation – new Vblock™ Systems will enable enterprise and service provider customers to rapidly adopt Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI) in their data centers. The new Vblock Systems include Cisco Nexus 9000-series switches, which serve as the building blocks for Cisco ACI. Combining the strength of VCE Vblock Systems with Cisco ACI will help customers further transform their IT infrastructure by delivering a holistic architecture with centralized automation and new policy-driven application profiles.VCE will be showcasing a Vblock System with Cisco Nexus 9000 in our booth (#1121) and describing the first proof of concept for Cisco ACI. Attendees should drop by the booth to discover how these “ACI-ready” Vblock Systems, combined with VCE Vision™ Intelligent Operations software, will help IT professionals manage the demands of new cloud applications by simplifying and scaling operations.VCE experts in the booth will also provide demos and presentations on VCE Vision Intelligent Operations, VCE policy management, and new VCE solutions with Cisco. Attendees can speak to our technology experts to walk through the demos and answer questions about how VCE is transforming IT through these new software and solution innovations.VCE will also be speaking at the show, with Ted Streete, Office of the CTO at VCE, presenting, “How the Cheetah Catches Dinner: The Importance of Agility in a World Defined by Speed” at the Solutions Theater on Wednesday, May 21 at 11:00 a.m. PT. Ted will describe how customers will use VCE Vblock Systems and the powerful network abstractions provided by Cisco ACI to enhance IT agility and accelerate business growth. In addition to Ted’s presentation, Steve Phillips will be moderating a Table Topic on Tuesday, May 20 from 11:30-12:30 on Vblock Systems and ACI.With five Vblock Systems spread out across the show floor (in the VCE, Cisco and VMware booths), attendees will have many opportunities to learn about VCE converged infrastructure at Cisco Live. Whether it’s a standard Vblock System 300 series or one of our Vblock Specialized Systems, stop by to let VCE show how it can transform IT.“If you are looking for in-depth coverage of VCE activities at Cisco Live, keep a close eye on our Vblog for live-blogs during the show, as well as our events page for full coverage. Hope to see you all there!Sharelast_img read more

Rapid Toxicity Tests

first_imgThe methods used by the Regenerative Bioscience Center will expand the number of chemicals that can be tested each year, reducing process time, effort and cost while also minimizing animal use. “By better predicting whether chemicals have the potential to impact health and human development, these grants will not only advance the science necessary to improve chemical safety but protect the well-being and futures of children in this nation,” said Lek Kadeli of the EPA’s Office of Research and Development. “This is an opportunity to further foster interdisciplinary research that encompasses toxicology, neural development, stem cells and new imaging technology,” Stice said. Because of the damaging presence of these toxicants, early interruptions in brain development can lead to a broad range of lifelong problems. With one in six children in the U.S. diagnosed with a developmental or cognitive disorder, “it is more important than ever to understand the potential toxicity in the chemicals that we come in contact with every day,” Stice said. Multiyear testing methods have left the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a list of 80,000 household and industrial compounds that need to be assessed to determine potential health risks. Until now, determining the toxicity of each chemical could take almost two years. The UGA Regenerative Bioscience Center’s $799,938 share of the grant will allow researchers to modernize the current testing process using work they pioneered using undifferentiated cells. Stice presented the topic, “Human Neural Stem Cell Metabolomic, Cellular and Organ Level Adverse Outcome Pathway Relationships for Endocrine Active Compounds,” to 6,000-plus toxicologists from more than 50 countries on March 25 at the EPA Grants Kick-Off Meeting, part of the annual Society of Toxicology gathering in Phoenix, Ariz.center_img The funding for the Regenerative Bioscience Center’s study is provided by the EPA under grant No. R835551 on “Human Neural Stem Cell Metabolomic, Cellular and Organ Level Adverse Outcome Pathway Relationships for Endocrine Active Compounds.” For more information on the grant, see “This grant will span a wide range of disciplines to follow a toxin’s initial effects at the neural stem cells to how it affects people, potentially leading to uncovering environmental causes of autism. With EPA funding we can be a task force of a much-needed solution.” To help change the paradigm of how these chemicals are tested — and how rapidly the EPA receives results — the agency tapped researchers in the University of Georgia Regenerative Bioscience Center. The university is one of three institutions sharing a $3 million grant from the EPA to more quickly determine the physiological effects of environment chemicals on children and infants. The average American comes in contact with thousands of these chemicals each year. The biggest concern, though, is determining which of these compounds disrupt early fetal and infant brain development. “We hope to do a study in a dish that can be completed within a week so we’ll be able to speed up the process and make it less expensive and not have to use animals,” said center Director Steve Stice, a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Reproductive Physiology in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more

Fly Fish Haywood County, North Carolina

first_imgThere is nothing quite like the memory of the time you caught your very first fish.  Whether you were a child or just felt like a child at heart, there is something very special about the moment when you fought the flipping and flopping to eventually land your first fish.  You can re-live that same memory with a trip to the NC Smokies of Haywood to cast your line on the Mountain Heritage Trout Waters.The program was established by North Carolina in 2007 to encourage trout fishing as a heritage tourism offering and needless to say, it was a big hit! Every year, both novice and experienced anglers flock to the pristine rivers and streams of Haywood County to cast their lines.  The towns of Maggie Valley and Waynesville are the two access areas in Haywood County where you can fish on the Mountain Heritage Trout waters.Fishing 2Both residents and non-residents of North Carolina who want to fish the designated Mountain Heritage Trout Waters can purchase a 3-day license for only $5.00! Keep in mind the license is valid only for waters that have been designated as Mountain Heritage Trout Waters, but with multiple access points through Haywood County, you won’t have a problem finding the perfect fishing hole. This special 3-day license can be purchased online at or by telephone Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM at 888-248-6834. Don’t have a trusty rod and reel? No worries! Stop by the Haywood County Visitor Center at 1110 Soco Road and pick up a free tackle box filled with lures or flies and borrow either a fly rod or a spinner rod. It’s the perfect opportunity to brush up on your skills or share the joys of fishing our local streams and rivers with someone for the first time. If you’re not familiar with the access points of the Mountain Heritage Trout Waters, we’ve got you covered on that one as well.  Visit NC Smokies offers a free Mountain Heritage Trout Waters map that highlights the access points throughout Maggie Valley. On the map you’ll also find another unique trail – the Plott Dog Trail, which tells the story of the official state dog of North Carolina, the Plott Hound. These incredible dogs originated in Haywood County and have left their mark on the area’s history and heritage. The trail traces the history of the dog throughout Maggie Valley and includes some pretty incredible landmarks that are well worth the visit.76085_Trout Map001.pdf.pdfAnd don’t forget that Haywood’s five towns — Maggie Valley, Waynesville, Canton, Clyde and Lake Junaluska — are conveniently located within the county and serve as the perfect base camp to launch your adventures from. Make plans to stay the night in one of the five towns and enjoy local craft breweries, an eclectic culinary scene, live music venues, fun festivals, and much more. To plan your next excursion in Haywood County visit last_img read more