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Gregory Crawford named new president of Miami (Ohio)

first_imgGregory Crawford, vice president, associate provost and former dean of the College of Science, was elected president of Miami University (Ohio) on Friday, according to a Notre Dame press release.Over the past year, Crawford led an effort to increase the University’s presence in California, initially in the Bay Area. According to the release, he focused on expanding internship and employment opportunities for Notre Dame undergraduates and recruiting students from leading California high schools.“For six years, [Crawford] was a dynamic leader of the College of Science and, for the past year, he has taken the lead in developing our California initiative,” University provost Thomas Burish said in the press release. “We remain committed to that initiative and, between now and Greg’s departure in July, I will work with him and others on how best to build upon the foundation he has helped to lay.”Crawford served as the William K. Warren Foundation Dean of the College of Science from 2008 to July 2015, according the press release. As dean, he helped found the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics and launch four new master’s programs. Crawford also led fundraising initiatives for the Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery and the Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases.Crawford, a native of Elyria, Ohio, will assume his new position on July 1, according to the release. He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from Kent State University.“News of Greg’s election as the next president of Miami University is bittersweet,” Burish said in the release. “While we are tremendously pleased that he has this wonderful opportunity to lead a first-rate university, we also are sorry to see him go.”Crawford came to Notre Dame in 2008, leaving his post as dean of engineering at Brown University, where he was a professor of physics and engineering since 1996, according to the release. During his time at Notre Dame, he worked to raise money and awareness for cancer and rare disease research, biking more than 11,000 miles across the country in support of research for Niemann-Pick Type C disease.Tags: College of Science, Dr. Thomas G. Burish, Gregory Crawford, Miami University (Ohio)last_img read more

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SNAP! Govt agencies inventing numbers to meet targets on social issues

first_imgStuff co.nz 17 February 2016Family First Comment: Snap! This is what our report on child abuse and the failure of the smacking law last week said also: “The report cites Child Youth and Family’s statistics for child abuse and neglect as an example of particular concern, with a large gap between its recorded cases of abuse in 2014-15 and those recorded by police.”Government agencies are “inventing” new numbers and changing the definitions of targets to make their performance seem better, a damning report says.The Salvation Army says the organisations feel under pressure from the Government to come up with favourable results, creating an attitude where they “find any reason to celebrate success or progress”, regardless of their original goals.The charitable organisation’s State of the Nation report attacks the ways in which government agencies appear to be using targets, and the numbers behind them, in a “less than straightforward and reliable manner”.The report says agencies have been using a number of “subtle and ingenious approaches” to improve their performance against targets.They include changing the definitions behind indicators to make results appear better, “inventing new numbers” that are difficult to verify, and changing the way figures are reported without improving the reliability of information provided.“This can cause us to slip into a ‘moveable feast’ mentality, where we find any reason to celebrate success or progress, even though we have lost our sense of the purpose behind it all.”READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/76957685/government-agencies-inventing-numbers-to-meet-targets-says-reportlast_img read more

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Hummingbird Tongue More Clever Than Thought

first_imgHumans sip their nectar by tipping a glass and slurping, but how can a hummingbird pull liquid out of flowers with a tongue alone?  Up until now, scientists thought that hummingbird tongues acted like capillary tubes.  New research with high-speed cameras show that the action is much more clever – so clever it might lead to advances in human machinery.    PhysOrg posted a summary of a paper on PNAS,1 where scientists from the University of Connecticut decided to check out how hummingbirds do it.  Using high-speed cameras on 30 hummingbirds from 10 species, Rico-Guevara and Rubega discovered that the hummingbird tongue acts as a fluid trap, not a capillary tube.     The tongue splits into two parts, lined with hair-like extensions called lamellae.  As the bird pulls the tongue out from the nectar, the two parts come together automatically and trap the nectar, pulling the food into the mouth.  The PhysOrg article includes four video clips showing the action in slow motion.    The researchers further discovered that the same action occurs when the tongue of dead birds is pulled through simulated nectar, showing it is an automatic action, “therefore highly efficient because no energy expenditure by the bird is required to drive the opening and closing of the trap.”  According to the article, hummingbirds flick their tongues in and out of the nectar as fast as 20 times per second.    The abstract from the paper ended with a tantalizing hint of where this research can lead: “We propose a conceptual mechanical explanation for this unique fluid-trapping capacity, with far-reaching practical applications (e.g., biomimetics).”    Bird lovers will want to watch the entertaining performance on Science Nation of Griffin, an African gray parrot, posted on Live Science.  Is this bird really smart enough to understand shapes and colors, or is it responding to subconscious cues from its trainers?  Whether or not you believe Irene Pepperberg’s claim that they controlled for such cues, everyone will agree that “bird brains” are “smarter than you think.”    David Catchpoole at Creation.com wrote about the brilliant colors of parrots and commented in a sidebar about Dr. Pepperberg’s work on parrot intelligence.  Meanwhile, PhysOrg wrote about how physicists at Yale University have found a way to improve lasers by imitating the techniques birds use to flash bright colors.1.  Rico-Guevara and Rubega, “The hummingbird tongue is a fluid trap, not a capillary tube,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online before print May 2, 2011, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1016944108.Hummingbirds and parrots are not only beautiful, they are well designed and intelligent.  We hope this Amazing Facts entry will grant you even more appreciation as you watch the hummingbird feeder.  If you don’t have one, go get one; the performances will delight and astonish the family.  For a good film sequence about the design of hummingbirds, get the beautiful film God of Wonders at RPI, where you can buy copies in bulk to share with friends and acquaintances.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Luis Suarez has Barcelona on course to win 2 titles in Spain

first_imgSerena Williams returns, Fed Cup ‘start of a long process’ That scoring run has played a key part in Barcelona establishing a commanding nine-point lead in the Spanish league, and making the final of the Copa del Rey. In those semifinals against Valencia, Suarez scored the sole goal in the opening leg, and gave two assists in the second leg this week in an aggregate 3-0 win.Suarez said an injury to his right knee in August kept him from playing his best as Barcelona was adjusting to new coach Ernesto Valverde, and to Neymar’s record-breaking move to Paris Saint-Germain which broke up the formidable attack trio with Suarez and Lionel Messi.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I was very worried, not so much for not scoring, because I have been through these dips before. (But) my knee felt bad and I was afraid it would affect me psychologically. My attitude and level of intensity weren’t the same,” Suarez told Barcelona’s La Vanguardia newspaper this week. “Then in November I felt great. I could rest, recover and change my outlook psychologically.”Asked by Valverde to help out more in constructing than finishing attacks, the Uruguayan striker saw his production suffer and managed only five goals in his first 14 matches. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES FC Barcelona’s Luis Suarez looks on during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Espanyol and FC Barcelona at RCDE stadium in Cornella Llobregat, Spain, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain — Luis Suarez hitting his stride is a big reason why Barcelona is on course for two titles in Spain this season.Suarez has shaken off his troubles scoring during the first three months of the season and netted 14 in his last 15 matches.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Read Next But as Barcelona settled under Valverde and its players kept winning without Neymar, Suarez is once again flourishing as its No. 9.“Neymar’s exit was a blow to our morale,” Suarez said. “But we pulled through it because of the mentality and the confidence of our coaches, which has been fundamental, spectacular. . Tactically, we have also changed. Before, we had the problem that teams would hit us on counterattacks, but we solved that by strengthening our midfield and playing with our wing backs higher up the pitch.”Both of Suarez’s assists at Valencia came when he slid over to the left flank of the attack, a spot that once belonged to Neymar.He helped put Barcelona in charge shortly after halftime by passing for Philippe Coutinho to score his first goal for the side.Suarez used a sleek change of foot to breeze past Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay before he sliced a cross to the far post where his former Liverpool teammate hooked the ball back inside the other upright.ADVERTISEMENT Suarez next came close to also setting up Messi, only for goalkeeper Jaume Domenech to save his shot after Suarez found Messi near the penalty spot.Suarez did his part to make it 2-0 with eight minutes remaining when he pressured Valencia defender Gabriel Paulista and intercepted his pass. He then stayed upright when avoiding a tackle before he slid the ball over for Ivan Rakitic to fire home.Suarez said he has learned the value of being a team player, not just a scorer, while helping Barcelona win six major titles in the past three seasons.“When I arrived here I told myself that it would be difficult to adapt my way of playing,” Suarez said. “I needed more space, I was used to playing in the Premier League. But even though I have fewer spaces, I fulfill my role in the square meters that I do have. And I notice that when I pressure defenders to recover the ball it spreads to the whole team.”Second to Messi on the La Liga scoring list with 16 – plus three in the Copa del Rey – Suarez went scoreless through all six games of the Champions League group phase.Yet he has been on fire since Barcelona played its last European match on Dec. 5. Suarez found the net in 10 of his next 11 matches.After Spanish league matches against Getafe and Eibar, Suarez will get his chance to break his dry run in Europe on Feb. 20 when Barcelona starts its Champions League round-of-16 tie at Chelsea.Suarez’s career has been tarnished by his bad behavior, including three incidents of biting an opposing player. His last bite of an Italy defender in the 2014 World Cup spurred Liverpool to sell him to Barcelona.While maintaining his aggressive style, Suarez has avoided any serious outbursts or violent incidents in Spain.“You have to take advantage of every small detail,” Suarez said. “I can argue with a defender and I have more chances of getting him sent off. and the defender can do the same with me. There is a limit, of course, but squabbles form part of the essence of football.” MOST READcenter_img Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Suarez missed last year’s Copa del Rey final after being sent off in the semifinals, and he was at risk of missing another final if he picked up a yellow card on Thursday.His clean play means that, barring injury, Suarez will feature in Barcelona’s attack against Sevilla on April 21 when it will seek a fourth consecutive cup. 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Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo misses game with sore right knee

first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The Greek Freak is averaging 27.2 points and 12.7 rebounds per game, putting him among the league’s top 10 in both categories. Milwaukee visits Sacramento on Wednesday.The NBA-leading Bucks were also missing guards George Hill (strained left groin) and Sterling Brown (right wrist). Budenholzer says Hill likely will be out at least a few games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBulls guard Kris Dunn (migraine) and forward Otto Porter Jr. (strained lower left leg) also missed the game. LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations From left to right, Milwaukee Bucks forward Nikola Mirotic, center Brook Lopez, and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo sit on the bench late in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)CHICAGO— Milwaukee Bucks All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo sat out Monday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls because of a sore right knee.Coach Mike Budenholzer says Antetokounmpo worked out Monday and the Bucks are “hopeful” his absence is “very short term.”ADVERTISEMENT Karl-Anthony Towns returns to Wolves lineup after harrowing highway crash Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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