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Notre Dame ranked among top Fulbright producers

Notre Dame ranked among top Fulbright producers

first_imgFor the second consecutive year, Notre Dame has been on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Fulbright U.S. Student Program Top Producing List. Fourteen students have received Fulbright grants for the 2015-2016 program and have been given chances to pursue their academic passions and inquiries in countries such as Brazil, Senegal, Italy and more.Mae Kilker, a Medieval Institute graduate student and native of South Bend, is a Fulbright recipient currently studying and conducting research in Sweden.“My research explores how people from the Medieval Ages understood the physical environment — and not only the way that they experience that, but also how they told stories about it,” Kilker said. “The reason I’m in Sweden is my particular field is looking at Anglo-Saxon England, but the current scholarship is to understand the North Atlantic cultural sphere as a whole because England was settled by Scandinavian-Germanic tribes.”Kilker said she has always had a passion for the Middle Ages because of its language and poetry, and it was this passion that inspired her to apply for the Fulbright program. She said she hopes that completion of the program will bring her closer to a career in academia.“In addition to just being able to have a year in Sweden and do my research and connect with scholars in my field, it has actually brought me to other opportunities such as postdocs and publication,” Kilker said.Mike Westrate, associate program director for the Office of Grants and Fellowships, works in the graduate school to help graduate and undergraduate students distill their research into written form in order to apply for grants and fellowships.“I have always said that there are two sort of gateway fellowships and that you can use your application materials to apply,” he said. “The first of those is the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the second is the Fulbright Program.”Westrate, a Fulbright recipient himself, went to Ukraine in 2010 and 2011 for the program. He was the only graduate student to go on the Fulbright that year.“Having been a Fulbrighter myself, I can tell you that a year of research or study abroad is a life changing experience,” Westrate said. “Furthermore, doing that year abroad as a Fulbrighter is even more rewarding. You get to tap into the world’s largest international network of scholars.”Westrate said this year Notre Dame has an award rate exactly equal to Harvard, which is the top-producing Fulbright award university in the country.“Notre Dame students are some of the best students in the world, and when properly assisted they’re also some of the most successful students in the world,” Westrate said. “Other schools have much higher student populations and not only does it say that our students are successful, but that our students apply at a much higher rate.”He said aside from the academic opportunities that the Fulbright program offers its scholars, the professional and scholarly alumni network is yet another benefit. Westrate said since the mid-1940s, the Fulbright program has brought between 10,000 and 12,000 students to the United States from all over the world.The instant students decide they might want to apply for a Fulbright, they should meet with the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE), Westrate said.Kilker said the application process was writing intensive and having ties to the community worked in the applicant’s favor.“The more you can do ahead of time to create those relationships and create that project idea, the sooner you can hit the ground running,” Kilker said. “Getting help from other people to read your materials and give you feedback makes your applications so much better. Be prepared to write and rewrite, five, six and seven times — it will be better each time.”Tags: Fulbright, fulbright program, The Chronicle of Higher Educationlast_img read more

Watch Broadway Alum Darlene Love Bring Holiday Cheer to David Letterman One Final Time

Watch Broadway Alum Darlene Love Bring Holiday Cheer to David Letterman One Final Time

first_img View Comments Broadway vet Darlene Love has made a Christmas tradition of performing on David Letterman’s show since 1986. With Letterman signing off on Late Show in May 2015, December 19 marked his last holiday special, and thus, the last time Love sang “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” for him and his audience. And what a swansong it was! The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who has performed on the Great White Way in Hairspray, Grease, Carrie and Leader of the Pack, JUMPS on top of Paul Shaffer’s piano to belt out the last verse. Take a look below!last_img

Ailing Kentucky Coal Companies Complain of ‘Too Many’ Mine-Safety Inspectors

Ailing Kentucky Coal Companies Complain of ‘Too Many’ Mine-Safety Inspectors

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Christopher Coats for SNL:The legislation would give companies operating in Kentucky the option to pursue their own training programs rather than relying on state requirements established by the state’s general assembly nine years ago.According to local news reports, the legislation would allow companies to pursue possibly cheaper and more efficient programs in-house, giving a financial boost to an industry that has seen significant decline in recent years.In early February, Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet reported that both production and employment had continued to fall to rates “worse than expected,” according to the Kentucky Coal Association.Kentucky coal production dropped 21% in 2015 to 61.4 million tons, according to a preliminary report from the state Energy and Environment Cabinet. Underground coal production in Kentucky fell 18% and surface production dropped 27%. That decline put Kentucky on the way to producing its lowest level in 62 years.Meanwhile, employment at Kentucky coal mines dropped 28% to 8,401 at year end.While coal industry leaders placed the blame for much of the downturn on actions taken by the Obama administration over the last several years, they have also targeted what they feel is the over-regulation of mine safety.That sentiment was echoed by newly elected Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, who reportedly said there are too many mine safety inspectors at coal mines as he discussed the appointment of former coal executive Charles Snavely as his Energy and Environment Cabinet secretary. Snavely was formerly president of eastern U.S. operations for Arch Coal Inc.According to local news reports, Snavely told the audience that it would be his responsibility to ensure that the state’s government was not a “hindrance to the industry.” In addition to Snavely, Bevin also appointed John Small as head of Kentucky’s Division of Mine Safety. Small formerly worked for Alliance Resource Partners LP subsidiary, Excel Mining LLC.Both Bevin’s comment and Smith’s legislation were explained as being opportunities to help the commonwealth’s mining industry when it needs it most by reducing costs and restrictive oversight.“We’re in a crisis mode, and over-regulation, in my opinion, is the cause of that,” Sen. Smith told local media.Full article ($): Kentucky targets current mine safety strategy in defense of ailing industry Ailing Kentucky Coal Companies Complain of ‘Too Many’ Mine-Safety Inspectors
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Blockchain: Your link to speed, security and growth

Blockchain: Your link to speed, security and growth

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Blockchain isn’t a secret. You’ve read about it, heard about it and, perhaps, found yourself in discussions about it. It is, after all, among the fastest-evolving areas of technology. Yet blockchain still is often misunderstood, leaving financial professionals wrestling with one major question: Why should I care?It’s a fair question that stems from understandable skepticism. You might suspect it’s simply the latest tech fad. Or maybe you think it applies only to the megabanks; not your department or financial institution.The answer goes straight to a financial institution’s bottom line: Blockchain matters because it holds the potential to fuel the growth of your business by improving the transparency, auditability, security and speed of financial transactions and applications.Those characteristics are fundamental reasons why Fiserv cares about blockchain. Along with leading institutions and industry participants, we are actively engaging to define practical applications of the technology that drive value for our clients and their customers. continue reading »last_img read more

Life insurance goes digital

Life insurance goes digital

first_img continue reading » A seismic shift has occurred since life insurance became viable over two centuries ago. Not so much in its core purpose, protecting an individual’s assets and loved ones, but in an individual’s expectations of application and delivery. Similar to financial services, the insurance industry is working to up its game to match the demand for digital.“Just like Amazon, today’s consumer expects digital ease and convenience when buying life insurance,” explains Tom Kazar, group vice president/sales and business development for CUES Supplier member Franklin Madison, Franklin, Tennessee. “And the industry has spent a lot of energy improving the customer experience, most notably, digitizing the process, the approval and the delivery.”While some things haven’t changed, such as the desire for a fully underwritten policy and the choice of coverage amount and lengths, Kazar notes that evolving consumer expectations and the promise of online enrollment are disrupting the industry. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Quintain buys Wembley warehouse

Quintain buys Wembley warehouse

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Ashtenne sells Swedish portfolio

Ashtenne sells Swedish portfolio

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13 US citizens at ‘high risk’ of coronavirus being treated in Nebraska

13 US citizens at ‘high risk’ of coronavirus being treated in Nebraska

first_imgSome patients were also being treated at hospitals near the California base.The medical staff in Nebraska are re-testing the cases for themselves, after those patients were placed in isolated areas of the two planes for the journey home.”Until we’re done with testing they’ll be self-isolated to their room,” Shelly Schwedhelm, an official at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, said in a separate briefing.She added that 12 of the patients were in a quarantine unit while one was in a bio-containment facility — one of three selected in the country to care for US citizens evacuated from Africa with the Ebola virus.Forty other US citizens who had been on the ship and had previously tested positive were being treated in Japanese hospitals and were not allowed to fly.Beyond those brought out on the latest flights, Walters, the State Department official, added that the government was continuing to track the movements of 60 US nationals still in Japan.The government is also following 92 US citizens who remain on the Westerdam cruise ship off Cambodia as well as 260 more in hotels in Phnom Penh.”Roughly 300 American citizens have departed Cambodia but only after testing by the government of Cambodia’s ministry of health,” he added. Impoverished Cambodia is a staunch Chinese ally with a threadbare medical system.A US individual in a hospital in Kuala Lumpur is so far the only person to have tested positive for the virus from the Westerdam.There have so far been 15 confirmed cases in the US, according to the latest tally by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Topics : Thirteen US citizens deemed “high risk” for the deadly new coronavirus are being treated at a federally designated facility in the University of Nebraska following their evacuation from a cruise ship in Japan, officials said Monday.A total of 338 Americans were flown home from the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan’s Yokohama, touching down first at Travis Air Force Base in California shortly before midnight Sunday.The second flight arrived early Monday at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. “A select number of high risk patients were transported onward from both locations using those same aircraft to Omaha, Nebraska for care at the University of Nebraska,” Health and Human Services official Robert Kadlec told reporters.State Department official William Walters added these included six passengers from the base in California and seven from the base in Texas. Some of these included spouses and it was not clear how many had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.Shortly before the flights left Japan, US officials were informed that 14 of the passengers, tested days earlier, had received positive results.last_img read more

Trees relocated to Jakarta international stadium as construction continues

Trees relocated to Jakarta international stadium as construction continues

first_imgCity-owned developer PT Jakarta Propertindo (Jakpro), which oversees the development of Jakarta International Stadium (JIS) in North Jakarta, has started to relocate hundreds of trees from nearby BMW park as part of the construction process.At least 382 trees will be moved out into the stadium. Another 1,167 trees are also set to be planted in the 26-hectare area.”The relocation and the planting of trees in the facility will create more green area in North Jakarta,” JIS project director Iwan Takwin said Monday, adding that the process would be carried out in several stages. Jakpro, Iwan said, used the “earth-balling” method to relocate the trees by digging out the soil and the roots in a circular shape to make sure that most of the root system remained undisturbed and intact. This will make it easier for the trees to adjust to a new location.Read also: City continues Jakarta stadium construction amid unfinished legal matters”The sustainability of the ecosystem around the project, including trees, has become our priority,” he added.Jakpro corporate secretary Hani Sumarno said the process could take up to two months to complete. “It could take longer if the weather is bad,” Hani said as quoted by kompas.com.The planned modern stadium of international standard, which is expected to have a capacity of 82,000 people, will serve as the headquarters of Jakarta soccer club Persija, besides serving various other purposes.The project costs Rp 5 trillion (US$344 million), and is expected to be completed by the end of October 2021. (vny)Topics :last_img read more

BBB warns consumers on scams for coronavirus prevention

BBB warns consumers on scams for coronavirus prevention

first_imgConsumers need to be skeptical of emails and websites promoting coronavirus prevention products and tips. Phishing emails are unsolicited messages that request personal information or money from the intended victim and are expected to rise significantly as the virus spreads. They often are a precursor to identity theft. Media reports on the outbreak of coronavirus in the Wuhan region of China already have prompted a social media scam targeting Chinese-Australian citizens in Wuhan with a phony online evacuation form, according to a report by Australia’s ABC news outlet. During the 2009 swine flu epidemic, McAfee Avert Labs, an online security company, reported that messages promoting virus treatment and prevention, or otherwise sensationalizing the outbreak, accounted for 2 percent of all spam sent in the days following the first media reports of the outbreak. And various websites promoted “survival guides,” masks, prevention tips and treatments, most of them of little value in fighting flu. Free information on the virus, the outbreak, and preventive measures is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. BBB offers the following advice to avoid coronavirus-related scams: Avoid opening e-mail from an unknown source. Do not click on links in the body of the e-mail or open any attachments. Instead, delete the e-mail. If you suspect that it is a scam, report it to BBB Scam Tracker. Disregard online offers for vaccinations. Vaccinations against coronavirus do not exist. For more information on the virus and updates on progress in fighting the outbreak, go to the CDC’s website at cdc.gov. Make sure the antivirus and anti-malware programs on your computer are up to date and all operating system security patches have been installed. If your computer becomes infected as the result of a spam e-mail about coronavirus, you can report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.last_img read more