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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

University appoints information technology vice president, chief information officer

University appoints information technology vice president, chief information officer

first_imgJohn Gohsman, vice chancellor for information technology (IT) and chief information officer (CIO) at Washington University in St. Louis, will serve as Notre Dame’s new vice president for IT and as its CIO, the University announced in a press release Wednesday. Gohsman will take over the position from Ron Kraemer, who announced in February he will be retiring.“John has a long and distinguished career in information technology at major research universities, and we look forward to him bringing his knowledge and expertise to Notre Dame,” John Affleck-Graves, the University’s executive vice president, said in the release. “Ron Kraemer has developed an exceptional team and culture, and I have every confidence that John will carry on in that tradition.”With a bachelor’s degree in business data processing from Ferris State University, Gohsman spent 30 years leading the University of Michigan in adopting academic and administrative analytics and managing various innovative IT projects before joining Washington University’s faculty as its first CIO in 2013, the release said.As an expert in “strategic planning, IT governance, program, project and change management, and administrative, academic and business intelligence systems,” Gohsman will be responsible for overseeing IT infrastructure and developing enterprise systems, the release said.“[My wife] Mary and I are looking forward to joining the Notre Dame family,” Gohsman said. “Notre Dame has a strong reputation in academics, research and information technology. I look forward to building on the solid foundation, continuing the strong collaborative approach Ron has established, and working with an excellent and innovative OIT organization to further the mission of the University.”Tags: chief information officer, information technology, John Gohsman, Ron Kraemer, vice president for information technologylast_img read more

A Number of Power Outages around Fort St. John

A Number of Power Outages around Fort St. John

first_imgEast of Old Fort Road, South of 82a Ave – Shoud be restored by 11pmNorth of Shayne Road, South-East-West of Alaska Highway – Should be restored by 11pmFor more details visit www.bchydro.com/outages There are a number of power outages affecting over 700 customers in the Fort St. John area.The outages started anywhere from 2:50pm this afternoon to about 3:50pm.  The outages are as followsWest of the 273 Road – Shoud be Restored by 8pm- Advertisement -West of Golf Course Road – Shoud be Restored at 6:30pmEast of the 137 Road – Shoud be Restored at 7pmWest of the 259 Road, North of Stampede Road, East of 72nd Street and South of 87a Ave – Shoud be restored by 8:30pmAdvertisementlast_img

Warriors expected to make a determination on Stephen Curry’s return Wednesday

Warriors expected to make a determination on Stephen Curry’s return Wednesday

first_imgOAKLAND – The Golden State Warriors will make a determination Wednesday on whether Stephen Curry (groin) will return to action during the team’s upcoming three-game road trip, according to a team spokesman.Curry, who injured his groin in a 134-111 loss to the Bucks last week, has missed the team’s last three games. During Curry’s absence, the Warriors have gone 2-1. Curry’s return would come at an opportune time as the Warriors are set to face the Houston Rockets Thursday and then have …last_img

Biomimetics Frontier: The Wild Wet

Biomimetics Frontier: The Wild Wet

first_imgSome animals have figured out how to turn wetness into an ally instead of a nuisance, and some research teams are hard on their heels trying to learn how to settle that frontier.Wet feet:  Geckos cling to walls and ceilings even when their feet are wet.  How do they do it?  It would be nice to know, because human adhesives typically get gooey and slippery when wet.  Kellar Autumn, the one who figured out how their feet cling to surfaces using atomic van der Waals forces, has been studying the effects of moisture on gecko feet.  According to Science Daily, he and his team at Lewis and Clark College figured out via experiments on discarded gecko setae that the cling isn’t due to capillary action.  Composed of keratin, the setae become softer when moist.  This makes them deformable and creates more adhesion, giving the animals an even better grip than their remarkable cling on dry surfaces.Wet silk:  Another “completely counterintuitive” discovery was made about wet silk from silkworms.  Most man-made substances become more diffuse when wet, but silk becomes more concentrated.  Researchers at the Institut Laue-Langevin in Sweden, working with others from Oxford, first found that the silk proteins are hundreds of times more concentrated inside the silkworm than most proteins can be and remain stable.  “Even stranger, as the concentration drops the proteins begin to expand and flow, until they eventually clump together — this is the reverse of what we’d expected,” a team member said, according to Science Daily.     Silkworms exceed the capabilities of the scientists to control this substance.  The scientists lose control when the proteins get diluted.  “In the lab, the effect is a like a neat ball of string becoming unravelled into a big mess that ties itself in knots,” the article said.  “However, the silkworms are able to control this process so that the proteins are spun into highly ordered silk filaments as they unfold and begin to flow.  This surprising observation is a vital step towards understanding the liquid precursor, which is essential to synthesise silk and develop new materials with silk’s desirable mechanical properties.”Wet backs without sunburn:  Somehow little creatures called water fleas can live under UV radiation in their clear watery habitat without getting sunburn.  PhysOrg described how they manage without extra melanin – the dark protein that provides some UV protection in human skin.  The article did not explain how the water flea Daphnia does this trick in its Olympic Mountain pond environment.  Scientists at the University of Washington would like to know. Brooks Miner, who is using National Science Foundation funds to study the water flea, is learning his Darwin storytelling well.  Faced with no explanation for how the bugs shield themselves from ultraviolet light, he said, “It could be that they evolved to use other strategies because the ultraviolet isn’t as intense here.”  According to this notion, melanin slows down their growth, so “the water fleas in the Olympic Mountains apparently evolved less-costly means to deal with UV radiation.”  How they did that, he did not say.Miner’s little transgression illustrates how Darwinists take irrefutable evidence for design and subvert it into Darwinian storytelling, not because the evidence demands it (quite the contrary), but because the culture of storytelling Darwin created with his “one long argument” tall tale makes it a kind of expected tradition.  For more examples of this besetting sin of the Darwin Party, listen to Casey Luskin on an ID the Future podcast describe how several more of Nature’s list of “Evolutionary Gems” (see 01/02/2009) turn out to say, when the original sources are examined, almost nothing about evolution, but only add a “narrative gloss” to the explanation in spite of the evidence.  Meanwhile, the de-facto I.D. science of biomimetics marches on.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa takes part in International Day of Yoga

South Africa takes part in International Day of Yoga

first_imgTo mark International Day of Yoga, South Africans in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg gathered to stretch their muscles in yoga poses.The United Nations proclaimed today, 21 June, as International Day of Yoga. The draft resolution was proposed by India last year and endorsed by a record 175 member states.Yoga brings thought & action together in harmony. Tuesday is #YogaDay: https://t.co/UPUoR4OTDx #Yoga4SDGs pic.twitter.com/TrzsjIMA4g— United Nations (@UN) June 21, 2016“Yoga balances body and soul, physical health and mental well-being,” said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. “It promotes harmony among people, and between ourselves and the natural world. Recognising its universal appeal, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga.”What South Africa didSouth Africa’s main event, co-ordinated by the Indian High Commission and its consulates, together with community organisations, was held on 19 June at Zoo Lake in Johannesburg.Indian High Commissioner Ruchi Ghanashyam said while yoga was born in India, it was practised all over the world and that it belonged to everybody.See the event at Zoo Lake:“We are very blessed that in South Africa, there is already a very big culture of yoga with almost every major school from India being represented,” Ghanashyam told the news site, India Today. “They have been our very valuable partners in providing the guidance and support for these events.”Message from India“When I outlined a vision for an International Day of Yoga in September 2014 at the UN General Assembly, even I did not anticipate the enormous enthusiasm for the occasion from all corners of the world,” said Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.“Your support and participation last year, and once again now redeems our commitment to nurture and promote this ancient discipline, and reaffirms yoga as an exemplary manifestation of vasudhaiva kutumbakam – the world as one family.”Modi recalled the inaugural day last year and described it as momentous and iconic. “All the way from the Pacific Islands to Port of Spain, from Vladivostok to Vancouver and from Copenhagen to Cape Town, thousands gathered to unite the bodies and minds through the practice of yoga.”Holistic health benefitsOriginating in India, the word “yoga” is derived from Sanskrit and means to join or unite; it is symbolic of the union of the physical body and consciousness.Yoga embodied unity of thought and action, Modi said at the opening of the 69th session of the General Assembly. “Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature.”“Yoga means ‘to unite’. What better place to practice than at the United Nations!” – @UNOG_DG at #IDY2016 event. pic.twitter.com/QbXgQPA8c0— UN Geneva (@UNGeneva) June 19, 2016Watch:Noting its global benefits as a sport, Ban said yoga could contribute to development and peace. “Practising yoga can also help to raise awareness of our role as consumers of the planet’s resources and as individuals with a duty to respect and live in peace with our neighbours,” he said.“All these elements are essential to building a sustainable future of dignity and opportunity for all.”Ban urged people across the world to embrace healthier lives and commit to unity regardless of ethnicity, faith, age, gender identity or sexual orientation.“Let us celebrate this day – and every day – as members of one human family sharing onecommon, precious home.”South Africa.info reporterlast_img read more

Louis Vuitton designs FIFA World Cup trophy case

Louis Vuitton designs FIFA World Cup trophy case

first_imgFrench fashion house Louis Vuitton has designed a travelling case for the 2014 FIFA World Cup trophy.The luxury brand has created a one-of-a-kind, custom-made trunk for the trophy to be transported in before it is awarded to the winning soccer team at the World Cup final to be held at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 13, reports femalefirst.co.uk.Louis Vuitton also created the travelling case for the 2010 World Cup trophyThe French leather goods company says that the case is wrapped in Louis Vuitton’s iconic monogram canvas and features the brand’s signature brass lock and corners.It also opens from the front and at the top to “allow the trophy to be easily removed when, at the final game on July 13, it will be presented to the captain of the winning team.”The current World Cup project marks Louis Vuitton’s second consecutive collaboration with the international governing body of soccer, FIFA, as they also created the travelling case for the 2010 World Cup trophy, which was awarded to Spain in South Africa.Louis Vuitton receives approximately 450 special orders such as this every year, meaning it represents a core section of the 150-year-old trunkmaker’s business.Under the guidance of creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere, Louis Vuitton also crafted the case for the America’s Cup, which is said to be the oldest sporting trophy and is awarded to the winner of an annual sailing yacht race.last_img read more

Lionel Richie To Perform At Rihannas Diamond Ball

Lionel Richie To Perform At Rihannas Diamond Ball

first_imgLionel Richie will perform at the second annual Diamond Ball, a black tie fundraising event benefitting Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) and presented by Samsung.Taking place on December 10th at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, Kevin Hart will serve as host for the unforgettable evening.Founded in 2012 by Rihanna in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Brathwaite, CLF works to improve the quality of life for communities globally in the areas of health, education, arts, and culture.
”I’m so proud of the work the Clara Lionel Foundation has done in its first year and can’t wait to celebrate with the iconic Lionel Richie and incredibly talented Kevin Hart at this year’s Diamond Ball,” said Rihanna.
During the 2nd Annual Diamond Ball, Rihanna will present Michael Rapino, CEO of Live Nation, with the inaugural Diamond Honors Award. Under Mr. Rapino’s leadership, commitment to service has become a hallmark of Live Nation. The company and its subsidiaries including Ticketmaster have supported the philanthropic efforts of countless Live Nation artists including (RED), From One Hand to AnOTHER, The Pies Delscazos Foundation and The Shawn Carter Foundation as well as local charities throughout the 40 US markets where it has operations. Mr. Rapino has ensured that he serves his 20,000 employees when in need through the establishment of a Live Nation fund called Taking Care of Our Own which provides financial support and resources to employees facing personal adversity.In addition, Mr. Rapino and his wife Jolene are the founders of The Rapino Foundation, an international development and relief organization with a focus on the world’s most vulnerable populations such as women and children in the developing world. The Diamond Honors Award will be presented each year to a recipient who, like Mr. Rapino, has demonstrated true leadership in the fields of philanthropy and entertainment and whose work furthers CLF’s mission of improving the quality of life for communities globally in the areas of health, education, arts, and culture.“This foundation is close to my heart and I am so grateful for Michael Rapino’s support and commitment to our cause,” said Rihanna. “No one is more deserving of the first Diamond Honors Award than him.”Last year’s inaugural Diamond Ball was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and featured an electrifying performance by Rihanna. In addition to special guest Brad Pitt, other celebrity attendees included Salma Hayek, Ellen Pompeo, Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Big Sean, Ne-Yo, Fabulous and others who all came to show their support for the Clara Lionel Foundation. The event raised over $2 million – funds that were used to purchase two new state-of-the-art pieces of equipment for the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in Barbados. The most significant addition was a cutting edge brachytherapy system, the first of its kind in North America and one of only three in the world. With this addition, the center is now one of the most modern in the Caribbean with neighboring islands/hospitals referring patients to the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine.
In addition to the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine, other current programs include the Barbados Micro Grants for Schools Program as well as the Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program which will be formerly launched during the Diamond Ball. This exciting new program will award full scholarships to youth globally giving them the opportunity to receive an education anywhere in the United States.
Paddle8, the auction house for 21st-century collectors, will serve as the auction partner for the event, with Paddle8 co-founder, Alexander Gilkes, leading the live auction. Highlights include a guitar signed by Bono and an original piece by Jeff Koons among many others. These items will be available online in the weeks leading up to the live auction via Paddle8.com/clf, beginning on November 25th.Samsung is the event’s presenting sponsor, with other sponsors including Live Nation and Puma. For table and ticket information, please contact Towalame Austin at [email protected] or 310-975-6878.last_img read more