Advancing science and technology

first_imgThe National Science Foundation (NSF) is awarding grants to create three new science and technology centers this year, and it is no accident that two of them will be based in Cambridge.Harvard University will lead a new project called the Center for Integrated Quantum Materials and, as announced earlier this month, will play a prominent role in a second project, the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines. The two multi-institutional grants total $45 million over five years.The NSF’s Science and Technology Centers (STCs) program supports integrative partnerships that require large-scale, long-term funding to produce research and education of the highest quality. Existing STCs study a wide range of complex scientific topics, such as multiscale atmospheric modeling, life beneath the seafloor, energy-efficient electronics, and biophotonics.The two new centers promise to advance the science and engineering of quantum information technology and intelligent machines, in new directions that have yet to be explored.Center for Integrated Quantum MaterialsThe Center for Integrated Quantum Materials, based at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), will receive up to $20 million over five years to fund research and education programs that explore the unique electronic behavior of quantum materials, including graphene, topological insulators, and nitrogen-vacancy (NV) center diamond, with the goal of achieving new breakthroughs in electronics, photonics, and computing.“As we move into a post-silicon age, quantum materials are an emerging technology with enormous promise for science and engineering, and for our country’s overall economy in the form of new products and business opportunities,” says Robert M. Westervelt, Mallinckrodt Professor of Applied Physics and of Physics at Harvard, who will lead this center. “The scientists collaborating on this project have a vision of future quantum materials and quantum devices — new devices and systems that were not conceived to be possible 10 years ago. This line of research promises an impressive trajectory over the coming decades.”Drawing on expertise in materials synthesis, nanofabrication, characterization, and device physics, Harvard’s new initiative will be a center for collaboration across diverse disciplines and institutions, including Howard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the Museum of Science, Boston. The center will also encourage young students to pursue careers in science and engineering through an affiliated college network including Bunker Hill Community College, Gallaudet University, Mount Holyoke College, Olin College, Prince George’s Community College, and Wellesley College.The center will integrate three areas of research. The first will involve synthesizing new materials based on graphene, the one-atom-thick carbon material that has proven extremely well suited for carrying electrons coherently and rapidly. The researchers hope to use these materials to fabricate new types of ultra-high-speed, atomic-scale devices.The second area of research will explore a class of materials called topological insulators — materials that conduct only at their surface. Topological insulators preserve the direction of an electron spin as it travels along the surface, allowing a spin to carry bits of information in a future quantum network.The third area of research involves the use of a single atom to store a bit of information. When a nitrogen atom replaces a carbon atom in the crystal structure of diamond, it creates a nitrogen-vacancy (NV) center, which can store information that is written and read out using light. The Center for Integrated Quantum Materials aims to integrate NV center diamond storage sites with the atomic-layer devices and topological insulator data channels to create transformative new devices and systems for storing, manipulating, and transmitting information.“Research in integrated quantum materials crosses traditional disciplines and is precisely the type of science that a consortium like this can excel at,” says Cherry A. Murray, dean of Harvard SEAS, John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and professor of physics. “Like other nascent technologies that have benefited from government support in the past, the work of the Center for Integrated Quantum Materials has the potential to be industry-shaping in ways we cannot predict.”Center for Brains, Minds, and MachinesThe NSF also announced this month that a new, multi-institutional science and technology center will be based at MIT with Harvard faculty member L. Mahadevan as associate director.The Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines, established by a five-year grant of up to $25 million, will investigate how intelligent beings interact with, and learn from, their environments. The lines of scientific inquiry will range from vision, language, and child development to neural circuitry and social intelligence.Mahadevan is the Lola England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics at Harvard SEAS, professor of organismic and evolutionary biology, and professor of physics. He is also a core faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard and a member of the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science and Technology, which is based at SEAS. Leslie Valiant, T. Jefferson Coolidge Professor of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at SEAS will also contribute to the center’s work, along with Elizabeth Spelke, Marshall L. Berkman Professor of Psychology, Ken Nakayama, Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology, and Kenneth I Blum, executive director of the Harvard Center for Brain Science.“Our quest for the basis of intelligence is an ancient one, bolstered in recent years by our ability to create machines that have extraordinary abilities, but in narrow domains,” says Mahadevan, citing as examples IBM’s Watson, Apple’s Siri, and self-driving cars. “We are still some way from understanding the broad basis for human intelligence, which has a remarkable ability to learn from a few examples, while generalizing, adapting, and creating solutions to all manner of problems. This new center will refocus our collective efforts at trying to solve this question from multiple perspectives.”The tremendous complementary strengths at Harvard and MIT in psychology, artificial intelligence, vision science, computational and statistical learning theory, and brain imaging will provide the center with an unprecedented ability to delve into the roots of intelligence and apply that new understanding to engineered systems.“The selection of Harvard as a leader of these new multi-institutional centers will leverage the University’s broad expertise in emerging, vitally important new fields,” says Richard McCullough, vice provost for research at Harvard University and professor of materials science and engineering at SEAS. “In addition to advancing the state of science, the science and technology centers will serve an equally important purpose: to encourage a broad cross-section of students at various types of institutions to explore careers in science, engineering, and technology.”last_img read more

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Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont files application to be Medicare prescription drug plan sponsor

first_imgBLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF VERMONT FILES JOINT APPLICATION TO ADMINISTER MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG BENEFITBerlin, VT, Together with several of its sister Blue Plans, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont has filed an application to become a Medicare prescription drug plan sponsor. The Plan will co-sponsor the program with other Blue plans in the region designated by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to serve Vermont. Region 2 includes Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, in addition to Vermont, so BCBSVT has teamed with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI). The organizations expect to hear from CMS by June of this year if the application is approved, and will announce the details of the plan when CMS completes its review.Through their arrangement Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont and its sister plans will provide Part D prescription drug coverage, which will be available to Medicare beneficiaries in 2006 as provided by the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003. Unlike this years prescription drug discount cards, Part D will offer prescription drug insurance coverage. Additionally, government subsidies will be available to eligible Medicare beneficiaries who meet certain income requirements.As independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, the Plans have extensive collective experience with the Medicare population. Each of the four Blues plans has served the Medicare population since the inception of the Medicare program in 1966. Today, nearly 450,000 Medicare beneficiaries across Region 2 have selected the Blue Cross and Blue Shield brand by enrolling in either a Medicare supplemental or Medicare Advantage plan. The plans see the new prescription drug benefit as a logical extension of the health plans they currently offer to meet the needs of seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is committed to expanding access and options to all Vermont seniors, said Leigh Tofferi, BCBSVTs Director of Public Relations. We look forward to bringing this valuable coverage to Vermonters and, through our sister Blue Plans in Region 2, to other eligible Medicare beneficiaries in Region 2.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.(End)last_img read more

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Baltimore riots close MECU offices

first_imgby: Peter StrozniakMaryland’s largest credit union, the $1.2 billion Municipal Employees Credit Union, closed two of its branches and a call center in Baltimore Monday afternoon after demonstrations over the death of a black man in police custody turned violent.On its website, MECU announced the 4 p.m. closing of its Elmer Bernhardt Headquarters Branch located at 7 E. Redwood Street, which is also the location listed as its headquarters on the NCUA website. It was unclear if the entire headquarters building was closed, or just a branch located in the building. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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The Jetsons house of tomorrow, here today

first_img‘Dome house’ which is finished with ROCKCOTE render.Welcome to the future.While it may look like something straight from The Jetsons, it’s not an artist’s impression. This house is right here, right now and was doable thanks to a Sunshine Coast-based national company’s product and their highly trained tradespeople.The products used included Rockcote’s cement, polymer-modified powder blend render externally, and water-based, acrylic compound render inside.Rockcote, based in Yandina, worked in conjunction with renderers and fully qualified Rockcote master artisans Render X’s Matt Jamieson and Gold Coast Render Technologies’ Chris Porpep.The products used included Rockcote’s cement, polymer-modified powder blend render externally, and water-based, acrylic compound render inside.>>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK< read more

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Take up your cross

first_img Share 36 Views   no discussions FaithLifestyleLocalNews Take up your cross by: – June 27, 2011 Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Photo credit: rockrunner.blogs.comJesus says that every disciple must take up his or her cross daily and follow him. How this has been understood, however, has always been a cause of some confusion. The cross has been equated with all and every kind of suffering, with the implication that it all has to be “taken up.” The simplicity, however, is won at too great a price, because forms of suffering are not all the same.   You have, first of all, voluntary suffering, the highest form of which is martyrdom. This is the  story of countless men and women of all ages and cultures who have followed Jesus at the cost of their lives. They have said in a variety of voices and ways that their obedience was more important than life, and that taking up the cross was a cost they were glad to bear.Then there’s involuntary suffering, the sort of suffering implied in child and domestic abuse, for instance. You can’t speak of this as a cross that victims must take up. This is suffering that destroys, that must therefore be fought against. We must remember that the same Lord who said we must take up our cross also said ‘I have come that that they may have life and have it to the full.’In an imperfect world with imperfect people, however, there will always be room for cross-bearing. Anyone who works to not only to alleviate suffering but to improve and better less than human situations encounters disappointment, or feels discouraged at how difficult it is to change anything,  and how intractable obstacles often seem.We don’t have to pretend to be unaffected by this. By definition a cross is not lightweight; it’s  something one struggles under. Jesus fell three times under the weight of his.  Simon Tugwell, the Dominican spiritual writer, once remarked that the grace we receive to bear our crosses is the grace to bear them weakly.Another thing to think about is that a cross need not be an external or an exterior burden. The cross we may have to bear most routinely is ourselves. How so?  It’s when we see how deeply ingrained some of our habits are, how slow we are to become better, how progress often seems only to amount to contending with the same dreary faults and sins. At such times, bearing the cross simply means bearing with ourselves, and doing so courageously and without self-pity.Finally we don’t have to carry our crosses alone.  Bearing the cross is not a matter of independence and stoic endurance. It involves consenting to be helped, and being thankful for the encouragement and gestures of solidarity we receive from others. Our crosses also put us in solidarity with all suffering Christians throughout the world. It is an essential part of our eucharistic communion, part too of our solidarity in the communion of saints.By: Father Henry Charles Ph.dlast_img read more

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ROBERT B. BRADLEY age 89

first_imgRobert Byron Bradley, age 89 of Brookville, Indiana died Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Covered Bridge Health Campus in Seymour, Indiana.Born March 6, 1928 in Whitewater Township, Franklin County, Indiana he was the son of the late Reas & Caroline (Mueller) Bradley. On April 22, 1946 he and the former Harriett R. Flack were united in marriage and she preceded him in death on September 16, 2014.As a young man he became interested in airplanes & aviation, and acquired his private Pilot’s License before his drivers license. In high school he was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, and also worked at the Hamilton Airport until which time he joined the U.S. Navy near the end of World War II. After his Honorable Discharge he returned home and began a 33 year career at General Electric in Evendale where he was manager of the jet engine instrumentation lab. He was also a graduate of Watchmakers School and a Certified Master Watchmaker. Upon retirement from GE he and his wife purchased Ritzi Jewelers in Brookville and operated it until 2012.He was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church; the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion; the Disabled American Veterans; as well as being an active member of the American Watchmakers Institute. He was a founding Board Member of the Franklin County Water Association. He was able to participate in the Honor Flight to Washington, DC., for the WWII Veterans. The things he treasured most in life were his family and flying.Survivors include three sons & daughters-in-law, Robert J. (Joyce) Bradley and Howard A. (Colleen) Bradley all of Cedar Grove, Indiana, Donald H. (Kathleen) Bradley of Seymour, Indiana; a sister Marlene Skeoch of Dunkirk, Indiana; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces & nephews.In addition to his parents and wife, Harriett, he was preceded in death by a sister Kathryn Thalheimer.Family & friends may visit from 4 until 7:00 P.M. on Monday, April 24, 2017 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Ave., Brookville.The Very Rev. Sean R. Danda will officicate the Mass of Christian burial on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 10:30 A.M., at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 145 St. Michaels Blvd., Brookville. Burial with full military graveside honors by the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion will follow in St. Michael Catholic Cemetery in Brookville.Memorial contributions may be directed to the Brookville Foundation. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to once again serve the Bradley family. To sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.comlast_img read more

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Andersen scores big win at Eagle

first_imgBy Greg SoukupEAGLE, Neb. (July 9) – Shelly Andersen was the NAPA IMCA Northern SportMod winner dur­ing the Freedom Fest program Saturday at Eagle Raceway.This is Andersen’s first season back in the car after taking two years off to give birth to her daugh­ter Lexi.“The car felt really good tonight. Roger Sluka and Bruce Haskell do wonders with it. My cousin Jessie passed away Tuesday and I talked to my aunt on the way out to the races tonight,” she said. “This win is dedicated to Jessie and my family.”Jack Dover made a fantastic run in the RaceSaver IMCA EMI Sprint Car main after coming through the B and moving from his 16th starting spot to take the checkers. Dover’s only previous Racesaver Sprint Car victory came two years previous when he took the crown for the Sprint Nation­als.Rik Gropp raced to his first Kaplan University IMCA Modified victory since he took home the tro­phy in the 2008 Icebreaker Challenge.Travis Albracht made his first visit to the winner’s circle at Eagle following the Valentino’s IMCA Hobby Stock feature while Cole Krichau raced from 11th starting to win the Mountain Dew Kick Start IMCA Sport Compact main event.last_img read more

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Why we signed Aruna Quadri – German Club

first_imgRelatedPosts Club’s server collapses over ticket demand for first Bundesliga game in 11 years Awoniyi joins Union Berlin on loan Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports The management of German Club, TTC RhönSprudel Maberzell Fulda, has said they signed up Aruna Quadri following his exploits across the globe, particularly with his performance against German sports hero, Timo Boll, at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. In a related development on Tuesday, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has hailed Quadri’s movement to Germany. “We celebrate Aruna Quadri, Africa’s number one tennis player on the signing with German Bundesliga Table Tennis league from next season. We congratulate him. All the Way,” declared Dare on his Twitter handle. Writing on its website on Wednesday after the unveiling of the Nigerian, the club said: “When looking for a suitable candidate to compensate for the departure of service provider Croatia’s Tomislav Pucar, the TTC has now found what it is looking for: Quadri Aruna (born August 9, 1988 in Oyo, Nigeria) will strengthen the TTC from next season!. “The 31-year-old Nigerian has repeatedly caused a sensation in the table tennis world in recent years that at the 2016 Olympic Games, he threw the world rankings seventh Chuang Chih-Yuan and Timo Boll out of the competition. Last year he beat top Japanese player Jun Mizutani at the Bulgarian Open. Aruna Quadri, who is currently playing for the Portuguese first division club “Sporting Lisbon”, also knows the Bundesliga players well. “He recently won against top Bundesliga players Kirill Gerassimenko (Bremen), Ricardo Walther (Düsseldorf) and Darko Jorgic (Saarbrücken) and scored in 2018 twice in the Champions League match against Borussia Düsseldorf. In future, the TTC will be ideally equipped to survive in the Bundesliga.” With an option of extending the contract, the club said: “Aruna Quadri receives a one-year contract with an option for the TTC to add another year. Incidentally, Aruna’s most important sporting goal is this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.” Quadri will team up with German international, Ruwen Filus, who is one of the best defender in the world, as the German has extended his contract by two years with the Central Germany-based club.Tags: aruna quadriBundesligaSunday DareTomislav PucarTTC RhonSprudel Maberzell Fuldalast_img read more

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Wenger unlikely to face push action

first_img Because the referee dealt with the matter as he saw it during the match, Press Association Sport understands the FA is unlikely to open a disciplinary case, unless the officials’ report highlights something extraordinary. The governing body are, however, expected to write to both clubs following the delayed kick-off by some 15 minutes after a flare was let off outside the entrance to the visiting end, which caused turnstiles to be closed so smoke could clear before allowing fans back into the corner of the Shed End. Arsenal lost the match 2-0, and suffered a first Premier League defeat of the season. The Gunners are eighth, but just four points behind second-placed Manchester City, although now nine adrift of leaders Chelsea. It is Arsenal’s second worst league start to a season under Wenger. However, centre-back Per Mertesacker – who was caught out of position as Diego Costa broke away for the late second goal – believes Arsenal can learn from the disappointments of Sunday to push on again after the international break. “We were much more competitive and we defended much better (than last season), so that is what we can take, but Chelsea were still better and we have to learn quickly,” he said. “At times we were good, but not good enough to score a goal. “Defensively we made two wrong decisions and we missed the final touch in the last third and the final ball – that was the difference. “We can take some positives out of this game but there’s still something to do. “We think so (we are in a better place than last season), but we have to prove it.” Arsenal had taken Galatasaray apart 4-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday night with a hat-trick from England forward Danny Welbeck, but did not really cause Chelsea’s resolute backline many problems. Midfielder Jack Wilshere took a heavy touch when played in on goal late in the first half as the ball ran through to the goalkeeper, on what he felt was just one of those days for the Gunners. Wilshere said on Arsenal Player: “We had periods of possession when it felt like we were on top and we had a few half-chances, but we didn’t create a clear-cut opportunity – maybe on another day we would score one of those half-chances and create a few more. “We had strong periods of possession against a strong defensive unit. “They play with magic, they brought (John Obi) Mikel on and they were obviously worried about our threat going forward. “I thought we controlled the game in the second half until the goal, and then once that goes in, we threw everyone forward. “It was obviously better than last year’s result (a 6-0 loss to Chelsea), but at the end of the day we still have the same outcome: no points and a disappointed team.” Press Association Wenger confronted Mourinho in the technical area just after a bad foul from Gary Cahill on Alexis Sanchez midway through the first half, the Frenchman afterwards accepting he gave the Chelsea boss a “little” push, which he defended. The managers had to be separated at the time by fourth official Jon Moss, before they were called over by referee Martin Atkinson, who gave them both a stern dressing down and warned any further transgressions would see them sent to the stands. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is unlikely to face any disciplinary action from the Football Association for pushing Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho during a heated touchline bust-up in Sunday’s Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge. last_img read more

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ACA holds social event for students

first_imgFrom brain teasers to major-specific challenges, students will have the opportunity to team up and compete for four free Disneyland tickets at “The Academic Race” today.The event, hosted by the Academic Culture Assembly, will take place on McCarthy Quad from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Chick-fil-A sandwiches will also be provided to all participants.“We really hope to mix up the student population because at school, you usually meet people in your major and not other majors,” said Frank Chen, director of the Academic Cultural Assembly. “We wanted to create an event that mixes people of different majors to get together and work toward a common goal.”The event is loosely based on the popular TV show The Amazing Race and will have a similar set of rules.Students are asked to form teams of four. Teams will start out at the first station with a problem. Upon solving the problem, they will receive a clue to the next station. The team that completes the problem at the last station with the fewest penalties will be the winner. There will be 10 stations total.“We want this to be a way for [students] to spark interests in other fields,” Chen said. “We want to get students talking about what they’ve learned in their majors and to share it with each other.”Although students are encouraged to RSVP before the event, it is not required.“We’re trying to get 150 students to attend,” Chen said. “Right now we have about 10 to 15 teams, but we’re hoping that more people will come.”Helen Yuan, campus relations director of the Academic Cultural Assembly, said they did not originally plan for many people to attend the event.“Our limit is 20 teams,” Yuan said. “It’s the first year, so I’m not expecting too much, but hopefully it will be great.”Although this is the first time the event has been held, Yuan, who came up with the event idea, hopes it will become an annual event.“I’m really excited to see if everything works out and if people like the event,” Yuan said. “I think it’s great to let people of different majors interact and to emphasize people’s strengths.”last_img read more

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