A leading researcher and writer has called on disa

first_imgA leading researcher and writer has called on disabled people and their organisations to build alliances with other groups hit by the “dysfunctional, unhealthy” economy.Jenny Morris, who helped write the Labour government’s Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People white paper, also said that disabled people should expose the “huge gap” between politicians’ rhetoric and the reality of people’s lives.She said the “real world” showed a contrast with “political rhetoric”, and pointed to the repeated attempts by politicians to cut the number of people on out-of-work sickness and disability benefits.Although both the coalition and Labour governments had failed to reduce significantly the number of people claiming incapacity benefits, they had ruined “many people’s lives in the process”, and had failed to focus on the behaviour of employers and the wider economy.Morris (pictured, at the conference) said the “magnificent fight” to save the Independent Living Fund had “brought into the spotlight” the question that needed to be continually asked of the government: whether ministers were saying that society cannot afford to allow disabled and older people to have the same opportunities as non-disabled people.She was speaking at a conference in Sheffield organised by the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance, to discuss the need for a new umbrella organisation of disabled people’s organisations in England to represent disabled people and fight for their rights.Morris said there was a “growing and energetic grassroots movement of disabled people, which had been aided by social media, which made involvement possible for those who were unable to take part in more formal campaigning”.But she said: “Our priority needs to be to make alliances with those more generally affected by this dysfunctional, unhealthy economy.“We need to make alliances with older people and also with family carers.”Morris said it was also worth looking at local authorities as possible allies, as they were “potentially on a collision course with central government”.She said: “Disabled people have won important fights before by making important alliances with local government, and there is that potential for doing this again.”And she said there was scope for both criticising other organisations – such as central and local government, and charities – and working with them on some issues.She said: “I think there is scope for pissing inside the tent as well as outside the tent. I believe that successful movements do both.“It is very frustrating trying to work with organisations and individuals who do not necessarily share our world view, but it has to be done.”Morris suggested that George Osborne’s budget cut to support for new claimants of out-of-work disability benefits [in the work-related activity group (WRAG) of employment and support allowance] “opens up a real campaigning opportunity”, because the change will not be introduced until April 2017.She said: “It gives us time to expose the huge gap between rhetoric and reality. People in WRAG are disabled, ill and assessed as not capable of work.”But she also said that disabled people “must not get drawn into using language that is diametrically opposed to disability rights and independent living”, such as the term “vulnerable”.She said: “It is the kind of language that undermines us… Our resistance has got to be based on arguments about social justice, equality, and disabled people aspiring to the same civil rights as everybody else.“It should not be based on separating out people with the most significant impairments… making them a special case.”There were some concerns raised at the conference about Morris’s call for the disability movement to develop wider alliances.Ruth Bashall, director of the Stay Safe East project, which supports Deaf and disabled survivors of domestic violence and hate crime in east London, told delegates: “We have to be clear about who we work with and when.“Maybe we work with people on one campaign and not another.”She pointed out that carers were often perpetrators of abuse and violence against disabled people.Steve Graby, of Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People, said that allying with organisations that were much closer to the government risked “disempowering” disabled people’s organisations.He said: “Carers, older people’s organisations, even charities. I am just wondering where do we want to draw the line?”He later tweeted: “Need 2b clear about boundaries of who2 work with – eg carers orgs when many carers perpetrate violence against disabled ppl.”When asked where the line should be drawn with allies, Morris told the conference: “I don’t think it is up to me to draw the line.“There are some organisations that are beyond the pale, but even within those organisations there are sometimes individuals that are allies that it is possible to work with.“Those of us previously pissing inside the tent needed those of you pissing outside to keep reminding us where we came from, what our principles are and what we should be holding true to.”Shaun Webster, from the self-advocacy organisation Change, said: “Like other organisations, we do know we have to work together to get things done. We have got to make alliances. If we don’t work together, the government will win.”Anne Rae, chair of Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People, warned that some “ambitious” disabled people had convinced themselves that “they and only they can get politicians to listen to them”, but had then been forced to “ameliorate” their views because they knew the government “will not listen to radical views”.During the conference, delegates discussed possible alliances with personal assistants, trade unions, the human rights movement, and other marginalised groups such as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups and black and minority ethnic organisations, as well as the women’s movement.last_img read more

Revolutionary Voices Preserved in SF Missions Freedom Archives

first_img Tags: cesar chavez • education • history • ListenLocal Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Did you know that there is a little piece of history stored away in a few rooms on Valencia Street? Well, it’s not a little piece actually. It’s hundreds of little pieces. Clips of recordings of freedom fighters, thinkers, and political movers and shakers are collected in the Freedom Archives, two rooms hidden away inside a building near 16th and Valencia streets. Here is your chance to have a listen – you might hear the voices corresponding to some names you recognize! 0%last_img

LOOK the part this season New ISC Trainingwear an

first_imgLOOK the part this season! New ISC Trainingwear and 2014 Home and Away shirts are now in store and are the ideal present for the Saints fan in your life.Available from the Saints Superstore at Langtree Park and online here, the home shirt features the traditional red vee in a modern slant.The away version has that red vee too as well as being predominately royal blue and white.Made from a cut and sew design, using Vector Polyester material, the replica shirt is a fans’ version of the Players Jersey allowing fans to look like their Saints heroes in or out of the Stadium.For 2014, we have also included a ‘Cotton Version’ as well as a Home and Away ‘Players’ Version’ of the shirt (available early Jan).Season ticket holders can also save £15 off the 2014 Home & Away shirts when both are purchased together!*The trainingwear is selling well too with t-shirts, jackets, vests and hoodies proving very popular!For more information either pop into the Saints Superstore or click here.To ensure delivery by Christmas, you need to order by the end of Thursday December 19. You can order and collect up until Christmas Eve.Christmas Opening: Monday to Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 9am – 5pmThursday: 9am – 7pmSunday 10am-4pm*This is £15 off the total price of both the home and away shirt combined, ‘T&Cs apply, while stocks last. Not in conjunction with any other offer.last_img read more

Businesses upset with bank closure

first_img Mayor Doug Medlin, who also owns East Coast Sports, can not imagine the island without a bank. He believes Bank of America is no longer interested in operating in a seasonal location. The nearest bank is off the island, 15 miles away.“Basically, if you don’t use a carrier system, then you’re talking about taking at least 45 minutes to an hour out just to go to the bank,” Medlin said.In March, Bank of America announced it would be closing several financial centers, because of an increase in online transactions. A Bank of America spokeswoman says an ATM will remain in Surf City for transactional needs.Related Article: China, US start trade talks ahead of March tariff deadlineMedlin drops off deposits at the bank around three times a week. Now, if he and others want to keep their business at Bank of America, they’ll have quite a drive.“Of course the closest bank of America is either Jacksonville or Wilmington. Nothing in between. So I have all ideas, probably a big percentage of them, majority of them are probably going to move their accounts,” Medlin said.According to Medlin and Howard, more than 150 businesses will be impacted by the closure. TOPSAIL ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — The Bank of America on Roland Avenue is the only bank on Topsail Island. It served some businesses for more than 20 years, but soon will be a thing of the past. “I’m not mad with them, but I don’t understand what they’re thinking. They’re closing it down and there’s more people here now then they’ve ever been,” George Howard, On Shore Surf Shop owner, said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Chuck E Cheeses will offer autismfriendly days

first_img(On the first Sunday of every month, Chuck E. Cheese will open two hours early to provide reduced lighting and noise, with food and games and trained caring staff. Photo: Mike Mozart / CC BY 2.0) Chuck E. Cheese’s will soon offer sensory-friendly playtimes for kids with autism and special needs.On the first Sunday of every month, Chuck E. Cheese’s will open two hours early to provide reduced lighting and noise, with food and games and trained caring staff.- Advertisement – “We are excited to provide a special opportunity every month for sensory sensitive families to enjoy their favorite pizza and games in a safe and friendly environment of tolerance and understanding,” Chuck E. Cheese’s said in a press release.Chuck E. Cheese’s in Wilmington will be participating in the sensory-friendly days including as well as some other NC locations. Here’s full list:GREENSBORO – 702-A Pembroke RoadCHARLOTTE – 7701 Pineville-Mathews RoadCONCORD – 7970 Lyles Lane NWFAYETTEVILLE – 511 N. McPherson RoadJACKSONVILLE – 2005 N. Marine BlvdRALEIGH – 3501-131 Capitol Blvd.WILMINGTON – 4389 Oleander DriveClick here for a full list of participating stores. For more information, visit http://www.centerforautism.com or call (855) 345-2273.last_img read more

Superintendent SitDown Pender County Schools

first_img “We decided that the better thing to do was make it an optional work day,” Hill said. “We wanted to give the teachers the opportunity to advocate”.At Topsail High School, the Varsity Baseball team was recently unable to play in the state playoffs because of a player’s ineligibility. When it comes to the situation that left both parents and players upset, Hill explained the district’s first concern is the students. He said the first thing officials did was see if there was anything they could do to help them. Hill also explained they are still in the middle of the investigation and he couldn’t say much about it; however, in the next 10 days or so, they hope to have more information. He said officials do sympathize with the students in the situation.He also answered multiple questions sent to WWAY from viewers.Related Article: North Carolina teachers plan new rally to press demandsOne viewer asked how Pender County Schools plans to compete with surrounding counties with more resources and incentives for teachers. Hill’s response was although Pender is a coastal county and draws teachers that way, their turnover rate is the issue. With a turnover rate of about 18%, Hill said the district is second highest in the region. He explained the county commissioners are working with school officials to find a supplement rate on top of base pay. The district is working on creating an environment where teachers want to come to the area and stay.Another wanted to know why there were not more arts positions funded when opening the new Surf City schools. Hill explained there is legislation that includes staged in funding for those teachers and the school has tried to ensure there is an art, band and chorus position for those schools.Over the next few days, we are sitting down with the other superintendents from our area on Good Morning Carolina.New Hanover Co. Schools Superintendent Tim Markley is scheduled for Thursday, May 17. Columbus Co. Schools Superintendent Alan Faulk is scheduled for Friday, May 18. Whiteville City Schools Superintendent Kenny Garland is scheduled for Monday, May 21.We want to ask them about the questions that matter to you. E-mail your questions to newsroom@wwaytv3.com. PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Pender County Schools Superintendent Steven Hill sat down Wednesday for an interview on Good Morning Carolina to discuss current issues in the school district.Dozens of teachers took off school today to rally at the state capitol. As a result, Pender County Schools, along with New Hanover and Brunswick Counties, closed school for the day. Hill said once 25% of the teaching staff decided to take the day off, it became a safety issue because the school district could not provide enough substitutes to cover all of the classes.- Advertisement – last_img read more

WPD investigating deadly shooting in downtown Wilmington

first_imgPolice respond to a shooting at 5th and Harnett Streets on July 30, 2018 (Photo: Andrew James/WWAY). WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man died from his injures after police say he was shot Monday morning in Wilmington.According to Wilmington Police, it happened just before 1 a.m. at Harnett and 5th streets.- Advertisement – Police responded after receiving a ShotSpotter notification for shots fired in the area. The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and EMS also responded.When they arrived, police say they found Reubin Irvin, 31, shot.He was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he later died.Related Article: New Hanover man facing new charge after second dog shotThe investigation is ongoing.If you know any information, please contact WPD at (910) 343-3609 or using Text A Tip.last_img read more

Mega Millions These North Carolina stores have the most big wins

first_img These stores have the most wins over $600 since the state joined the Mega Millions in 2010:Buffalo Shoals Supermarket, 2887 Buffalo Shoals Road, Newton 9 winsRose Mart # 14, 1701 W Raleigh Rd, Wilson 9 winsTime Saver Food Store # 1, 270 Washington St, Whiteville 9 winsBuy And Go #7, 9413 Ploof Road, Leland 8 winsHandy Mart # 56, 3495 Western Blvd, Jacksonville 8 winsJay’s Food Mart, 200 W. Morganton Rd, Southern Pines 7 winsRead more here. Lottery (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — The Mega Millions drawing is Tuesday and the jackpot is at a whopping $1.6 billion.Haven’t bought a ticket yet? You could check out one of these North Carolina retailers that have a track record of big wins.- Advertisement – last_img

German Nazi camp guard 92 charged as accessory to thousands of murders

first_imgWhatsApp FILE PHOTO: A guard tower is seen at the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau near Oswiecim January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: A guard tower is seen at the former German Nazi concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau near Oswiecim January 26, 2015. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh/File Photo German prosecutors have charged a 92-year-old former concentration camp guard with being an accessory to murder, in what will be one of the last ever cases against Nazi-era war crimes.Hamburg prosecutors accused the man, identified only as Bruno D., of aiding and abetting 5,230 cases of murder during the almost nine months he spent on duty at a concentration camp watch-tower at the end of World War Two.According to Die Welt newspaper, which first reported the charges, the man admitted to prosecutors during a voluntary interrogation last year that he had seen people being taken to gas chambers to be murdered.“What good would it have done for me to leave? They’d just have found somebody else,” he told prosecutors, according to the newspaper.“I felt bad for the people there. I didn’t know why they were there. I knew that they were Jews who had committed no crime.”D., who was 17 when he began serving at Stutthof concentration camp near Gdansk in present-day Poland, said he had only joined the SS, the paramilitary wing of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party, because a heart weakness meant he was only suited for “garrison service”.He said he had not been a Nazi sympathiser.With only a handful of people involved in Nazi Germany’s genocidal crimes still alive, all in extreme old age, prosecutors are racing against time to ensure at least some justice is done by the victims, including the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.The case against another nonagenarian former guard at Stutthof, where more than 60,000 people died, was halted last year because the suspect was too infirm to stand trial.Another, Oskar Groening, known as the “Bookkeeper of Auschwitz” for his job counting cash stolen from people sent to the most notorious of all the regime’s death camps, died last year aged 96 as he waited to begin his sentence. SharePrintcenter_img <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

China US start latest trade talks after nice working dinner

first_img SharePrint China and the United States began their latest talks in Beijing on Wednesday aimed at ending a bitter trade war, after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he had a “nice” working dinner the night before with China Vice Premier Liu He.Mnuchin, along with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, are holding a full day of discussions, before Liu goes to Washington next week for another round of talks in what could be the end game for negotiations.Liu greeted Mnuchin and Lighthizer as they arrived at a state guest house in Beijing and the three men exchanged pleasantries, but did not make comments directly to reporters.“Nice to see you, it’s good to be back here,” Mnuchin told Liu. They then all went straight into the meeting room.Liu had entertained his U.S. guests on Tuesday night just after they arrived.“We did. We had a nice working dinner, thank you,” Mnuchin told reporters at his Beijing hotel, when asked if he had met with Liu on Tuesday. He did not elaborate.Beijing and Washington have cited progress on issues including intellectual property and forced technology transfer to help end a conflict marked by tit-for-tat tariffs that have cost both sides billions of dollars, disrupted supply chains and roiled financial markets.But U.S. officials say privately that an enforcement mechanism for a deal and timelines for lifting tariffs are sticking points.Chinese officials have also acknowledged that they view the enforcement mechanism as crucial, but say that it must work two ways and cannot put restraints only on China.In Washington, people familiar with the talks say that the question of whether and when U.S. tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods will be removed will probably be among the last issues to be resolved. U.S. President Donald Trump has said that he may keep some tariffs on Chinese goods for a “substantial period”.The United States has also been pressing China to further open up its market to U.S. firms. China has repeatedly pledged to continue reforms and make it easier for foreign companies to operate in the country.In comments published in Wednesday, China’s top banking and insurance regulator said the government will further open up its banking and insurance sectors.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Keith Camilleri of Camilleri Racing Team wins the Enemed National Hillclimb Championship

first_img SharePrint At Mtaħleb, probably the most popular road for Hillclimb in Malta, Thursday 13th and Sunday 16th December the Island Car Club organized the sixth and seventh round of the Maltese Enemed National Hillclimb Championship, with the seventh round being the final of the championship.The sixth round on Thursday was won by Fabio Baldacchino with this being the first round he won in this championship but still earned a chance to win the final with the number of points he earned in the previous rounds when regularly ended in second and third place.Thus the championship remained open until the end of the seventh and the final round when Keith Camilleri, one of the racing drivers of Camilleri Racing Team, emerged winner with a seven points advantage on Baldacchino. During this championship Keith Camilleri won four rounds and this is the third national championship he won. Thus in the end result we found Keith Camilleri with fifty points, Fabio Baldacchino with forty three points and in the third place Kurt Camilleri, another racing driver of Camilleri Racing Team, with 19 points.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

A New Report Claims Preorders for Samsung Galaxy S8 Hit 1 Million

first_imgAdvertisement According to a new Investor report from South Korea, the Samsung Galaxy S8 phablets pre-orders have hit a 1-million unit milestone in the last 10 days, as pre-orders for the phone started from April 7th in South Korea with the official launch set for April 21st.According to the report, the 1 million pre-orders is the highest ever for a new smartphone in the country citing industry data collected from local telecom carriers.The report further stated that the company has set a sales target of over 60 million units for the Samsung Galaxy S8 which is more than what was expected for the Galaxy S7 that sold over 52 million units. – Advertisement – Earlier on last week, Reuters reported that the pre-orders for Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone had exceeded those of the S7, quoting the company’s Chief of Mobile Business; Koh Dong-jin. However, no exact number was mentioned.Analysts expect Samsung to record its best-ever quarterly profit in April-June, buoyed by strong S8 sales and a memory chip market boom that is widely expected to deliver record revenue for the industry this year.The Samsung Galaxy S8 is also said to be going on sale in the U.S. and Canada effective April 21st.[related-posts]last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Monday

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STARTERS ORDERS Sunday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Sunday 1 FebruaryRACING1.00 MuseelburghEl Nammoose 6/5 > 5/61.50 ChelmsfordBow And Arrow 5/4 > evens4.40 PunchestownGeneral Principle 7/4 > 11/10LIVE PREMIER LEAGUE1.30pm SKY2/7 Arsenal 11/1 Aston Villa 9/2 DRAW4pm SKY8/13 Southampton 5/1 Swansea 14/5 DRAWWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321last_img

STARTERS ORDERS Thursday

first_imgHORSE RACING1.50 WincantonPersian Delight 2/1 > 11/82.50 TowcesterTry It Sometime 14/1 > 7/14.00 TowcesterDaveron 8/1 > 4/14.15 MeydanD’Bai 9/4 > 13/8ANTEPOSTSamcro (Supreme Novice Hurdle) 12/1 > 7/1COPA DEL REY1/5 Barcelona 12/1 Valencia 15/2 DRAW Welcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Thursday 1 February BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img

Rice rolls out new nanocars

first_imgAddThis Share CONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728E-MAIL: mikewilliams@rice.edu Rice rolls out new nanocarsFluorescent imaging shows models operate at room temperatureThis year’s model isn’t your father’s nanocar. It runs cool.The drivers of Rice University’s nanocars were surprised to find modified versions of their creation have the ability to roll at room temperature. While practical applications for the tiny machines may be years away, the breakthrough suggests they’ll be easier to adapt to a wider range of uses than the originals, which had to be heated to 200 degrees Celsius before they could move across a surface.The nanocar was a sensation when introduced in 2005 by the lab of James Tour, Rice’s Chao Professor of Chemistry and a professor of mechanical engineering and materials science and computer science. Tour’s original single-molecule car had buckyball wheels and flexible axles, and it served as a proof-of-concept for the manufacture of machines at the nanoscale. A light-activated paddlewheel motor was later attached to propel it, and the wheels were changed from buckyballs to carboranes. These were easier to synthesize and permitted the motor to move, because the buckyball wheels trapped the light energy that served as fuel before the motor could turn. Since then, nanotrucks, nanobackhoes and other models have been added to the Rice showroom.A large-scale representation of the nanocar made its public debut in Houston’s famous Art Car Parade last year.Rice’s Stephan Link, an assistant professor of chemistry who specializes in plasmonics, took the wheel for a new series of experiments that built upon Tour’s pioneering work. Link’s primary achievement was using single-molecule fluorescence imaging to track the tiny vehicles, as opposed to the scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) used in earlier experiments. STM imaging can capture matter at an atomic scale, but the technique requires the target to be on a conductive substrate. Not so with fluorescent imaging.A paper on the new research published this month in ACS Nano was authored by Link; Tour; Anatoly Kolomeisky, associate professor of chemistry and chemical and biomolecular engineering; postdoc Guillaume Vives; graduate students Saumyakanti Khatua and Jason M. Guerrero; and undergraduate Kevin Claytor.“We thought, ‘We’re just going to take an image, and nothing’s going to happen,’” said Link of the team’s initial success in attaching fluorescent dye trailers to the nanocars. “We were worrying about how to build a temperature stage around it and how to heat it and how to make it move.“To my surprise, my students came back and said, ‘They moved!’”Sure enough, time-lapsed films monitoring an area 10-by-10 microns square showed the cars, which appear as fluorescing dots, zigging and zagging on a standard glass slide. Link said the cars moved an average 4.1 nanometers (or two nanocar lengths) per second.“It took us another year to quantify it,” said Link, noting as key the development of a new tracking algorithm by Claytor that will be the subject of a future paper.The simplest technique for finding moving nanocars was precisely the way astronomers find distant cosmic bodies: Look at a series of images, and the dots that move are winners. The ones that don’t are either fluorescing molecules sitting by themselves or nanocars stuck in park. The dye – tetramethylrhodamine isothiocyanate – had the added attraction of emitting a polarized signal. Since dye molecules tended to line up with the chassis, the researchers could always tell which way the cars were pointed. Link hoped cars with dye embedded into the chassis could be built that would eliminate the drag created by the fluorescent trailer. He speculated that putting six wheels instead of four on a nanocar could also help keep it moving in one direction, much like a tank with treads.“Now that we see movement, the challenge is to take it to the next level and make it go from point A to point B. That’s not going to be easy.” Creating nanotracks or roads may be part of the solution, Link said.All the research is directed at the ultimate goal of building machines from the bottom up in much the same way proteins are built to carry out tasks in nature. “In terms of computing, having these single molecules be addressable is a goal everybody wants to reach,” said Link. “And to understand and emulate biophysics and biomechanics, to build a device based on what nature gives us, is of course one of the dreams of nanotechnology.”The paper can be found at http://www.pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/nn800798a?prevSearch=stephan+link&searchHistoryKey Time-lapsed films can be seen at www.owlnet.rice.edu/~slink/nanocar.htmlast_img read more

Rice University founds elearning center

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduRice University founds e-learning centerRice Center for Digital Learning and Scholarship embraces popular e-learning, textbook, K-12 initiativesHOUSTON – (Aug.23, 2012) – Rice University announced today the creation of the Rice Center for Digital Learning and Scholarship (RDLS) to bring its array of forward-thinking online education initiatives under one banner.Rice has been a leader in e-learning for more than a decade, since the 1999 foundation of Connexions, a platform that shares customizable classroom materials with more than a million visitors a month. The university extended its presence last year with the successful introduction of STEMscopes, an online science curriculum adopted by the Texas State Board of Education as a supplement to classroom textbooks in grades 5-8.And this summer, Rice embarked upon two new online initiatives. First, the university introduced OpenStax College and posted the first two of a planned set of college-level textbooks that are available free in digital form and at a nominal cost for printed texts. Second, Rice became one of 12 new partners with Coursera, a platform for world-renowned universities to provide online courses.“The rapidly evolving set of technologies around e-learning presents a great opportunity both to bring what we do at universities to a much larger set of learners and to enhance the quality of instruction on campus,” Rice President David Leebron said. “Our commitment to personalized instruction and engagement with our students on campus will remain at the core of our endeavors, and in some contexts new technologies will enable us to intensify that engagement.”“We have multiple disparate digital learning initiatives, and we realized that there were substantial potential synergies if we could pull these together in a reasonably thoughtful way,” said Provost George McLendon.Stronger links between Connexions and STEMscopes will help both bring great benefit to potentially millions of students from kindergarten through college, he said.STEMscopes hit the ground running last summer when Texas, with reduced funding for new textbooks, chose 12 vendors to provide supplemental online materials for the state’s grades 5-8 science classrooms. The Rice program, the only one to be developed by a nonprofit institution, captured nearly 50 percent of the state market, more than any other vendor.Now, STEMscopes is expanding not only in scope, with K-12 programs coming online this year, but also in range, with a national initiative that goes from kindergarten through high school biology, physics and chemistry classes. “There will soon be a new set of national science education standards, and we are working on a product that will focus specifically on those standards and will be rolled out in about a year,” said Reid Whitaker, RDLS executive director and leader of the STEMscopes program.STEMscopes has a natural ally in Connexions founder and OpenStax College director Richard Baraniuk, McLendon said. Baraniuk, Rice’s Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is developing machine algorithms for adaptive learning that will customize materials to the learning styles of individual students.“Rich is one of the world’s experts on the development and implementation of these algorithms,” said McLendon of Baraniuk, who will serve as RDLS faculty director. “By coupling his work with STEMscopes, it becomes more than theoretical: We can roll this out for free to school districts across the state – and across the country – and get massive data on the learning styles of millions of students.“Rice has a unique ability to move ahead on this project because we already have a huge, vertically integrated base of students across all of the grades,” he said.McLendon said he expects there will be opportunities to tie adaptive learning techniques to the range of college textbooks offered through OpenStax College.More than 13,000 copies of the first two – College Physics and Introduction to Sociology – have been downloaded or print copies ordered since they became available last month and have been adopted at 66 colleges and universities, Baraniuk said. “If you do a naïve calculation of how many students have adopted the physics book alone and how much a standard physics book costs, then we’ll save students well over $600,000 this fall,” he said. “That’s a magic number, because it equals the investment in the book by our funders. Within a few weeks of publication, the book has basically paid for itself in student savings.” With more than 9,000 downloads for the physics book and 4,000 for sociology, he estimates more than a $1 million total in student savings so far.Three additional textbooks will be introduced within six months, and funds are being raised for 20 more, Baraniuk said. “When we talk to faculty, especially at community colleges, it’s a really easy sell,” he said. “Students are under tremendous financial pressure and this is a way to save them a lot of money without giving up anything in terms of quality.”“We’ve worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the 20 Million Minds Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Maxfield Foundation to address a big unmet need for inexpensive or even free textbooks for students making the transition from high school to college, in particular for the junior college market,” McLendon said. “For many junior college students, their biggest expense is not their tuition, it’s their books, at a couple hundred dollars a pop. There’s no reason the books have to cost that much.”McLendon said there’s a clear advantage to having STEMscopes and OpenStax College under one roof. “There’s a lot of overlap between advanced-placement high school and junior college course material,” he said. “So as we develop these books, the expertise we gain feeds back into the development of the K-12 curricula.”The center will report to Caroline Levander, Rice’s vice provost for interdisciplinary initiatives, who will be responsible for developing its profile and initiatives both within the university and nationally. “A key piece of my role will be to ensure the center collaborates with other endeavors so that we are more than the sum of our parts,” said Levander, who is also interested in adding digital authoring tools for educators to the range of services offered by RDLS.The newest initiative is external, but Rice officials expect Coursera to help the university solidify its standing as an online educator of the first rank.Within the first week of online registration in July, more than 20,000 people enrolled in Rice courses via Coursera. By late August, more than 24,000 had signed up just for An Introduction to Interactive Computing with Python to be led by Computer Science Chair Joe Warren and Associate Professor Scott Rixner with assistance from lecturers John Greiner and Stephen Wong.“We’re excited and we’re a little scared,” said Warren, who is running an eight-week “shakedown cruise” of the course for Rice students before the Coursera version goes online in October. “I’ve been a professor for a long time and I like my job, but it’s been a long time since I’ve had this level of excitement. I’m learning a lot.“The idea of having 24,000 students or more looking at what you’re doing sharpens your focus,” he said.Another course, Chemistry: Concept Development and Application, is an extension of Rice Professor John Hutchinson’s popular Connexions collection. Hutchinson, who also serves as Rice’s dean of undergraduates, has the chops to lecture by webcam. He has taught a Nanotechnology for Teachers course for high school instructors live, through the Internet and via teleconference for a decade.Years of experience through Connexions, an award-winning series of educational games by the Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning (CTTL) and other initiatives with online components have prepared Rice well to fulfill a central tenet – engagement with the community – of Leebron’s Vision for the Second Century. But the impact of these programs could well last beyond a single century, McLendon said.“Rice has already made some important contributions to digital materials and digital education, but we need now to increase our level of engagement,” Leebron said. “Our centennial year, 2012, is also the year in which the elite research universities made it clear that they were going to be major participants in on-line education, both as developers of technology and providers of content. We are pleased to be an early participant with Coursera, and expect to broaden and deepen our commitment to e-learning as the landscape of higher education changes significantly over the next decades. The formation of the Center for Digital Learning and Scholarship is a reflection of that commitment.”-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated links:Rice Center for Digital Learning and Scholarship: http://rdls.rice.edu/Connexions: http://cnx.org/STEMscopes: http://www.stemscopes.com/OpenStax College: http://openstaxcollege.org/Coursera: https://www.coursera.org/Image for download: AddThis http://news.rice.edu/files/2012/08/Binary-Tree-with-Owl.jpglast_img read more

Mottas talk at Rices Baker Institute rescheduled for Oct 7

first_imgAddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruthdruth@rice.edu713-348-6327Jeff Falkjfalk@rice.edu713-348-6775 Motta’s talk at Rice’s Baker Institute rescheduled for Oct. 7HOUSTON – (Sept. 6, 2013) – The Sept. 11 talk by Eduardo Perez Motta, the outgoing president of the Mexican Federal Competition Commission, at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy has been rescheduled for Oct. 7. Motta will discuss the state of energy reforms in Mexico. The event is co-hosted by the institute’s Latin American Initiative and Center for Energy Studies.Who:               Eduardo Perez Motta, the outgoing president of the Mexican Federal Competition Commission.What:             Talk on “Opening Mexico’s Energy Sector to New International Competition.”When:             Monday, Oct. 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m.Where:           Rice University, Baker Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.According to event organizers, Motta’s talk comes at a time when Mexico’s energy sector is facing challenges as it struggles to meet the needs of the country’s rapidly growing economy. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto’s administration, like the preceding Felipe Calderon administration, is well aware that the sector must modernize and consider opening itself to new international competition to meet the country’s future energy needs, they said.To view the event description, visit http://bakerinstitute.org/events/opening-mexicos-energy-sector-to-new-international-competition. Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.-30-Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University in Houston ranks among the top 20 university-affiliated think tanks globally and top 30 think tanks in the United States. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows and Rice University scholars. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.last_img read more

This Notre Dame Professor Was Named The Worlds Leading Entrepreneur Expert

first_img regions: Chicago RelatedLeavey Assistant Professor Publishes Paper in Academy of Management JournalA paper by Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business professor Sanjay Jain, which was co-authored with A.Petkova, A.Wadhwa & X.Yao, titled “Reputation and decision making under ambiguity: A study of U.S. venture capital firm investments in the emerging clean energy sector” was published in the April 2014 issue of the…May 9, 2014In “Featured Home”Rutgers Business School Professors Among Winners of 2014 Faculty AwardsThree Rutgers Business School professors were among 35 faculty members across Rutgers University who received awards on May 7 honoring them for teaching, scholarly excellence and leadership. Professor Jeffrey Robinson, who is part of the Management and Global Business faculty, was chosen to receive the Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. The award provides…May 14, 2014In “Featured Home”George Washington School of Business Faculty Publishes New ResearchMany faculty members at the George Washington School of Business are also respected members of the academic and research communities. Aside from teaching the next batch of business leaders, many professors also dedicate their time to learning more about the concepts, sciences and principles they are so passionate about. Here…October 25, 2016In “Featured Region” Last Updated Dec 27, 2017 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business professor Dean Shepherd was recently recognized as the leading scholar in entrepreneurship research, according to a recent study published in Journal of Small Business Management.“Contributing Forces in Entrepreneurship Research: A Global Citation Analysis“—co-authored by Chang Xu of Renmin University, Yining Chen of Western Kentucky University, Ann Fung of University of Washington and Kam C. Chan of Western Kentucky University—concluded that Shepherd contributed to entrepreneurship research more than any other academic figure.The study used a sample of more than 2,000 entrepreneurship articles published in leading journals between 2002 and 2013. Shepherd was identified as both the most prolific author with 54 total articles and the most impactful, as measured by a weighted normalized citation count. Entrepreneurship is a relatively new field of research, and therefore presents “as a unique opportunity for a wider range of institutions and scholars to collaborate and develop expertise and leadership research,” according to the study.With that being said, Shepherd has had his work published in top entrepreneurship, general management, strategic management, operations management, and psychology journals and has written or edited more than 20 books.One of his more recent papers is titled “The Surprising Duality of Jugaad: Low Firm Growth and High Inclusive Growth” and explores entrepreneurship in resource-poor environments. According to a press release, “jugaad” is a Hindi word that means finding a low-cost, intelligent solution to a problem by thinking constructively and differently about innovation and strategy. The paper was published in the Journal of Management Studies.Shepherd is the Ray and Milann Siegfried Professor of Entrepreneurship at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. He received his doctorate and MBA from Bond University in Australia.Read “Contributing Forces in Entrepreneurship Research: A Global Citation Analysis” from the September edition of the Journal of Small Business Management and check out his 2014 Ted Talk “How Do We Learn From Failure?” below.center_img This Notre Dame Professor Was Named The World’s Leading Entrepreneur Expert About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini last_img read more

STEM Startups Notre Dames New Masters and More – Chicago News

first_img Last Updated Sep 5, 2018 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Let’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Chicago business schools this week.Why a Choice Doesn’t Feel Like a Choice When Morality Enters the Picture – Kellogg InsightIn new research co-authored by Northwestern Kellogg Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations Maryam Kouchaki finds that “across cultures, when people view a particular decision as being moral in nature, they don’t feel like they are making a choice at all, and they pay less attention to alternative courses of action.”In other words, “people who viewed a particular issue as moral experienced a lower sense of choice when making a decision related to that issue, as compared to people who did not view the issue as moral.”Kouchaki notes, “Even though they did the most amazing thing, it wasn’t like they felt that they deliberated. They felt like they had no choice. Their sense of freedom has been constrained and it has a spillover effect for your actual behavior.” The study was co-authored by Cornell’s Isaac Smith and Nanyang Technological University’s Krishna Savani of Nanyang Technological University.You can read the full article here.Notre Dame launches New Graduate Degree in Business Analytics – Mendoza Ideas & NewsNotre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business just announced its new one-year, 31-credit-hour Master’s of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA), designed for “pre-professional students with little or no work experience.”In a recent release, John W. Berry, Sr. Professor of Business and Chair of the Information Technology, Analytics, and Operations Department, describes MSBA students:“They were either recent graduates that didn’t have the work experience, or international students interested in the STEM degree who wouldn’t be able to work while earning their degree.”According to the school, the program’s goal is to “provide a rigorous education in applying analytical techniques to massive data sets to solve business problems — knowledge that has become critically important due to revolutionary advances in information technology.”Katherine Spiess, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs at Mendoza adds, “In addition to learning about cutting-edge data analytics, our MSBA students have the opportunity to explore the ethical dimensions of collecting and analyzing data to promote business as a force for good in society.”You can find out more about the brand new Notre Dame Master’s of Science in Business Analytics here.MakerGirl Thrives and Expands to New Heights – Gies School of Business NewsMakerGirl, a nonprofit founded by Gies College of Business students to enable “college students to teach science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills to girls ages 7-10,” recently expanded its operations to include robotics and special coding classes at Northwestern University and announced plans to collaborate with DePaul University.The goal of MakerGirl’s founders is to “impact 10,000 girls by 2023, including half from underrepresented and rural communities.”The nonprofit MakerGirl startup is built to help introduce young women with leading STEM graduates / Photo via https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1501163298/makergirl-goes-mobile-midwest-editionJulia Haried (’15 ACCY, ’16 MAS) and full-time employee at Deloitte, recently spoke about how invaluable the support of the school has been to the launch and growth of MakerGirl.“In [my social entrepreneurship] class, the idea was born and incubated by myself and co-founder, Elizabeth Engele, and supported by course instructors. The idea was further launched in the iVenture Accelerator, a Gies-supported venture accelerator that gave us $10,000, mentorship, and a summer to grow MakerGirl’s impact at the Research Park. Because of these experiences, I was challenged and encouraged to solve a big social problem.”Co-founder Elizabeth Engele also adds, “It’s so much fun and fulfilling to build a program that creates a meaningful experience for girls right now that also impacts their future. We have witnessed girls self-identify as MakerGirls after the program, which is incredibly powerful for themselves, their families, and their communities.”She continues, “MakerGirl brings me the greatest joy when I see young girls get excited about science, technology, engineering, and math, and literally shift who they perceive themselves to be in the world.”You can read more from the interview here and visit MakerGirl’s official site for more information. regions: Chicago STEM Startups, Notre Dame’s New Master’s, and More – Chicago Newscenter_img RelatedWorking From Home, Maximizing Profits, and More – Chicago NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Chicago business schools this week. Are You a Different Person at Work Than at Home? Compartmentalizing Like This Can Lead to Unethical Decisions – Kellogg Insights Northwestern Kellogg Assistant Professor of Marketing Maferima Touré-Tillery and the University of…October 25, 2018In “Chicago”The Path to Better Negotiations May Start at the Dinner Table – Chicago NewsLet’s explore the most interesting stories to emerge from Chicago business schools this week. Which Gold Medalists Do We Tweet About? Liberals and Conservatives Differ – Kellogg Insight As cultural awareness about the often unrecognized contributions of historically disadvantaged groups continues to grow, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management professor…February 20, 2019In “Chicago”Empathy and Power, According to Northwestern Research – Chicago NewsLet’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Chicago business schools this week. How Much Empathy Do You Feel When Powerful People Suffer? – Kellogg Insight Northwestern Kellogg assistant professor of management and organizations Nour Kteily recently co-authored new research with Cornell University assistant professor Brian Lucas…June 26, 2018In “Chicago” About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer last_img read more