Geochemical provenance studies of glacial-marine sediments provide a powerful approach to describe subglacial geology, sediment transport pathways, and past ice sheet dynamics. The marine-based West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) is considered highly vulnerable to ocean warming and sea level rise that is likely to cause its rapid and irreversible retreat. Studies of its past response to climate change are hence essential for projecting its future behaviour. The application of radiogenic and trace element provenance studies for past ice sheet reconstructions requires surveying the geographic variability of geochemical compositions of glaciomarine sediments. In this study, we characterize the provenance of the detrital fraction of 67 Late Holocene marine sediment samples collected off the Pacific margin of West Antarctica (60°W to 160°W), including 40Ar/39Ar ages of individual hornblende and biotite grains (>150 μm), as well as Sr and Nd isotope and trace element composition of the fine-grained (<63 μm) sediment fraction. Overall, this approach allows differentiating West Antarctica into five source regions: the Antarctic Peninsula, Bellingshausen Sea, Amundsen Sea, Wrigley Gulf-Hobbs Coast and Sulzberger Bay. Minor geochemical variability is found within each individual sector due to local variability in onland geology. 40Ar/39Ar ages of iceberg-rafted hornblende and biotite grains record primarily Carboniferous to Lates Quaternary ages (~0 to 380 Ma), with a notable age peak of ~100 Ma, associated with plutonic intrusions or deformation events during the mid-Cretaceous. Permian-Jurassic 40Ar/39Ar ages are widespread in the Amundsen Sea sector, marking episodes of large-volume magmatism along the long-lived continental margin. Metasedimentary rocks and Late Cenozoic alkali basalts in West Antarctica cannot be detected using detrital hornblende and biotite 40Ar/39Ar ages due to the absence or small grain-size (i.e. <150 μm) of these minerals in such rocks. These sources can however be readily recognized by their fine-grained geochemical composition. In addition, geographic trends in the provenance from proximal to distal sites provide insights into major sediment transport pathways. While the transport of fine-grained detritus follows bathymetric cross-shelf troughs, the distribution of iceberg-rafted grains shows influence by transport in the Antarctic Coastal Current. Our study provides the first systematic geochemical characterisation of sediment provenance off West Antarctica, and highlights the importance of combining multiple provenance approaches in different size fractions of glacial-marine sediments, and paves the way to investigate past WAIS dynamics.
Quick Linkhttps://jobs.nku.edu/postings/8193 Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Job Close Date Northern Kentucky University ( NKU ) seeks excellence by enrichingits educational environment and culture through the diversity ofits administration, faculty and staff and by embracinginclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions ofits work. NKU is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/AffirmativeAction institution. We encourage applications by members of diversegroups and by persons with a demonstrated commitment to issues ofdiversity and experience in achieving goals relative to inclusiveexcellence. Primary Responsibilities Job Open Date05/10/2019 Compensation Title Monday through Friday. Hours per Week19 Is this an internal only posting? Qualifications Duties include performing organic synthesis to make potentialbioactive moleculesAssist research students with lab technique training, experimentsand troubleshootingCompile analyzed NMR spectroscopic data in the requiredformatArrange and submit samples for HRMS testing etc Purpose of Position Working TitleResearch Assistant Commitment to Inclusive Excellence * What is your highest level of education?Bachelor’s degreeMaster’s degree or higher Posting DetailsTo create a Posting, first complete the information on this screen,then click the ‘Next’ button or select the page in the left handnavigation menu. Proceed through all sections completing allnecessary information. To submit the Posting to Human Resources,you must go to the ‘Posting Summary Page’ by clicking on the ‘Next’button until you reach the Posting Summary Page or select PostingSummary Page from the left navigation menu. Once a summary pageappears, hover your mouse over the orange Action button for a listof possible approval step options. Bachelor’s degree in chemistry requiredMust have the ability to create and follow protocols, keep a labnotebook etcMust have basic organic chemistry skills and work with standard labequipment. Minimum EducationBachelor’s Degree Preferred EducationBachelor’s Degree DepartmentChemistry and Biochemistry Months per Year12 Pay GradeN/A Position Number30021750 Salarytbd Minimum ExperienceAcceptable Equivalency Requisition Number2019S1058 Documents Needed to ApplyRequired DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationResume/CVReferencesOptional Documents * Do you have research and lab experience?(Open Ended Question) Work Schedule This position is responsible with assisting in research activitiesin the lab, general lab management and equipmenttroubleshooting. Open Until FilledYes Position StatusTemporary
A REAL HERO – Simon Pereira Shorey was honored by the City Council at the Oct. 18 meeting for aid he brought to a shooting victim on Bergen Avenue in September. Shorey, an organizer for Jersey City’s Community Emergency Response Team, saw a man stumble and fall as the result of a shooting and ran to the man’s aid. The victim would have died had Shorey not provided assistance. Municipal elections are Nov. 7Jersey City voters will go to the polls on Nov. 7 to choose between two candidates for mayor and a wide range of candidates for City Council. There are 34 people are running for council seats, seven seeking the three at-large seats and 27 seeking ward seats.Polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m.Even if your name is not on the voter list at the polling place, you have the right to vote with a provisional ballot. Your provisional ballot will be counted only after the elections official has confirmed you are a registered voter and you did not vote anywhere else in that election.Mayor Steven Fulop is seeking his second four-year term, and is opposed by Bill Matsikoudis, who served as corporation counsel (city attorney) to Fulop’s predecessor, Jerramiah Healy.Fulop was elected mayor in 2013 after serving for two terms as the city’s Ward E councilman. He has announced that he will not seek a third term if he wins this year.Fulop currently has six allies on the nine-member City Council. This could change with the election, since even the at-large seats currently are in his camp face serious opposition.Councilman Frank Gajewski, who represents Ward A, is not seeking re-election, but Ward C Councilman Michael Boggiano and Ward D Councilman Michael Yun are seeking new terms.Running with Matsikoudis is a partial slate of council candidates. This includes Esther Wintner, who is running at large. Wintner has served as president of Civic JC, a group often critical of Fulop. Also running at large on this ticket is Dr. Michael A. Winds, an administrator with the Jersey City public schools. Esmeralda Trinidad, who is also running at large, is a former vice chairperson of the Jersey City Democratic Organization. This team also has Rick Johnson, a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church who helped re-establish the Linden Avenue Block Association, running in Ward A.Councilman Chris Gadsen, a vice principal at Lincoln High School, is running for reelection in Ward B. Carmen Vega, who is running in Ward D, works at Meadowview Psychiatric Hospital in Secaucus. Jake Hudnut, who is running in Ward E, is a recent city public defender. Yolanda Dortch-Amiker, who is running in Ward F, is a retired Army staff sergeant and combat veteran and founder of multiple non-profits helping veterans, ex-cons and victims of abuse.Mayor Fulop has also fielded a partial ticket of running mates.His three at-large candidates include Council President Rolando Lavarro, Councilwoman and pastor Joyce Watterman, and Councilman Daniel Rivera, an emergency medical technician.First-time candidate Moriah ‘Mo’ Kinberg , a former campaign manager for the NJ Work Environment Council ,will be running on this ticket in Ward D. Also running on this ticket are Ward F Councilman Jermaine Robinson and Ward A council candidate Denise Ridley, a marketing professional. Mira Prinz-Arey, a community activist, will run in Ward B.Running as independents for at large seats are Brian Lane, who ran for council in 2011, and former Assemblyman Sean Connors. In Ward A, Joe Conte, former Democratic chair in Jersey City is running for council as an independent. Jessica Hellinger, a real estate professional, is running in Ward B. Rekha Nandwani, a grass roots activist, is running in Ward C, as is John Hanussak, a member of the city’s Rapid Response team, and A. Janet Chevres, a business analyst.In Ward D, Rafael Torres, retired firefighter, and Carmen Vega, a former Jersey City Puerto Rican Day Parade president, are running for council.In Ward E, the candidates are: Rebecca Symes, formerly general counsel for real-estate investment firm Dixon Advisory, who worked for U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand; James Solomon, at teacher at New Jersey City University and Hudson County Community College; Michael Billy Bisogno, a community activist; Madeleine Giansanti Cag, an attorney, and Nickolas Grillo, a community activist.In Ward F, Tyrone Ballon, a terminal supervisor/dispatcher for the PATH system, Dennis Burgess, who runs a boot camp as Master Sup, and Michael Griffin, a café owner, are running. Grand jury indicts four cops over June 4 pursuitOn Nov. 2 a Hudson County grand jury returned an indictment against four Jersey City police officers related to the events surrounding a vehicular police pursuit on June 4.Lt. Keith Ludwig has been charged with aggravated assault and official misconduct. Police officers MD Khan and Eric Kosinski face weapons charges as well as charges for attempted murder, aggravated assault and other charges related to the alleged beating of an innocent bystander.Officer Francisco Rodriguez faces charges of aggravated assault, weapons charges, and official misconduct.On June 4, shortly after 11 p.m., Jersey City police officers attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of Ocean and Cator avenues in Jersey City. The driver allegedly fled the area in the vehicle and was pursued by police officers. The fleeing driver, Leo C. Pinkston, 48, of Jersey City, was involved in several automobile crashes. The first crash occurred as he attempted to drive between two lanes of traffic on Tonnelle Avenue. During the pursuit, multiple shots were fired at the suspect by Jersey City police officers.Several blocks later, Pinkston crashed his vehicle into another vehicle being driven on Tonnelle Avenue. This led to a collision with a utility pole causing a fire and injuring the male driver of the second vehicle. A video showed an innocent bystander apparently being assaulted.A Hudson County Grand Jury previously returned an indictment against Pinkston on Aug. 23. Local officials say Trump tax plan will hurt NJ homeowners and othersDonald Trump issued a release this week applauding the House Ways and Means Committee for introducing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which the Trump says is an important step toward providing massive tax relief for the American people.“My tax reform priorities have been the same since day one: bringing tax cuts for hardworking, middle-income Americans; eliminating unfair loopholes and deductions; and slashing business taxes so employers can create jobs, raise wages, and dominate their competition around the world. The policies of my administration have already helped to drive the stock market to all-time highs and the unemployment rate to a 16-year low. Economic confidence is skyrocketing and our GDP grew 3 percent yet again this quarter,” Trump said.Representatives Albio Sires and Bill Pascrell, who represent different portions of Hudson County, blasted the plan.“As I’ve said before, this Republican tax plan prioritizes the wealthy and corporations over working American families while adding $1.5 trillion to our national deficit over the next decade,” Sires said.” Tax reform should be a bipartisan effort to simplify the tax code in a way that is fair and stimulating for the economy, not a one-sided plan crafted behind closed doors. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminates numerous deductions that millions of middle class families use every year to pay for cuts in the corporate tax rate, massive tax breaks for the wealthy and the delayed repeal of the estate tax. Particularly devastating for New Jersey is the partial repeal of the state and local tax deduction which has been part of the tax code for over 100 years and is used by many New Jersey families. The local property tax would be capped at $10,000 and the deduction of state incomes would be eliminated. On top of this, mortgage interest deductions for new homebuyers would be cut in half, capping the deductible interest to the first $500,000 worth of home loans.”The bill also does away with a standard deduction for the elderly as well as deductions for student-loan interest, medical expenses, and property losses.“Republicans are so fixated on rigging the tax code to benefit corporations and the top one percent, and they are perfectly content to sacrifice middle-class families in that endeavor,” Pascrell said. “And that’s exactly what their tax bill does. There is nothing in this tax bill that will boost wages, economic growth, or bring jobs back from overseas. Drafted behind closed doors by Republican leaders, this bill is being rushed through with no hearings and no input from Democrats…eliminating most of the state and local tax deduction for individuals is a terrible idea and will hit New Jersey like a ton of bricks.”‘Great War’ documentary will screen Saturday, Nov. 4 in WNYIn commemoration of Veterans Day and the centennial year of America’s entry into World War 1, The West New York Free Public Library and the West New York Museum at 425 W. 60th St. will present a screening of the PBS documentary “The Great War” on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 10 a.m.This feature length documentary explores how, where, when, and why World War I began, and concludes with President Wilson’s historic April 2, 1917 address to Congress, asking for a declaration of war.Also part of the presentation will be multiple displays and light refreshments.NJ Transit looks to expand light rail capacityWith the platform expansion at Exchange Place in Jersey City now complete, NJ Transit is ready to operate the longer “extended’’ cars on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) trains during the busy peak periods.The platforms at Exchange Place are now 190 feet in length, an increase of 25 feet from the previous length.Work began last spring and finished in September and cost approximately $2.7 million.The extended cars contain 102 seats, providing a 50-percent increase in seating capacity from the 68 seats in a traditional light rail vehicle. The extended cars also allow for additional customer standing room.As more extended cars are delivered, they will be used during morning and afternoon peak periods, improving the service, comfort and quality for the 50,000-55,000 average weekday riders.The roll out of extended vehicles was completed on Newark Light Rail in September 2017 and is now being introduced during the peak periods on the HBLR. St. John’s Lutheran holds Christmas bazaarA Christmas bazaar and flea market will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 155 North St. in Jersey City in the upstairs gym. Vendors interested in renting a table please call or text (201) 214-5300. ×A REAL HERO – Simon Pereira Shorey was honored by the City Council at the Oct. 18 meeting for aid he brought to a shooting victim on Bergen Avenue in September. Shorey, an organizer for Jersey City’s Community Emergency Response Team, saw a man stumble and fall as the result of a shooting and ran to the man’s aid. The victim would have died had Shorey not provided assistance.
× 100 CUP CHALLENGE — Horace Mann Community School fifth graders in Ms. Donohue’s Science class celebrated by completing the 100 Cup Challenge. Teams competed to build the tallest structure possible using exactly 100 cups, compared heights using measuring tape, and then found the mean height of all towers.
City Hall in Ocean CityCity Council got an in-depth look Thursday at the $72,017,647 draft budget announced last week by Mayor Jay Gillian.Ocean City proposes an overall 1.32 percent tax rate increase, amounting to an additional $26.40 in municipal taxes for a home assessed at $500,000 in 2015.Ocean City Finance Director Frank Donato made a presentation on details of the proposed budget during a public workshop Feb. 19 at City Hall.Among the largest appropriations are:Salaries and wages: $29,562,600, covering 258 full-time employees — two more than Ocean City employed in 2014. This figure represents a $914,000 increase over 2014, mostly due to scheduled increases within contracts.Debt service: $10.5 million, up $661,543 over 2014, to pay back loans for various capital improvement projects on roads, drainage, dredging, beaches, the boardwalk and other public facilities.Other expenses: $22,417,512 for various operating expenses, including $4,153,334 in pensions, an increase of $349,652 due to the current employee base and the number of retirees in the system.For the first time since 2011, however, these costs will be offset by an increase in Ocean City’s ratable base — the total combined value of taxable real estate on the island.__________See complete presentation on appropriations and revenues.__________According to the draft budget, that figure has climbed 1.03 percent to $11.3 billion, which Donato largely attributed to stabilization in the real estate and construction markets as well as a recently completed in-house reassessment of 17,000 Ocean City properties.“It’s a great number,” Donato said.Because Ocean City has more real estate value to tax than other nearby municipalities and because it brings in substantial revenue from sources such as beach tag and parking fees, it is able to keep its municipal tax rate comparatively low.Ocean City will collect $45,894,838 from local taxpayers under the draft budget — $1,101,635 million, or 2.46, percent, more than it collected in 2014. Its general tax rate of 0.867 in 2014 was less than the general tax rates in neighboring Somers Point (2.7) and Upper Township (1.408), but greater than the general tax rates collected in coastal communities such as Sea Isle City (0.584) and Avalon (0.535), according to figures provided by the state.Other projected sources of revenue identified Thursday include:Local revenues: $15,364,830, reflecting — among other items — projected beach tag revenue of $4 million, parking fees of $2,785,000 and $1,035,000 from the Aquatic and Fitness Center, which exceeded expectations in 2014 by $23,472. “They just keep outdoing themselves from one year to the next,” Donato said.Library tax levy: $3,837,662, a $20,877 increase over what was collected in 2014. The library tax is set by state law and based on a small percentage of a town’s ratable base.In addition, Ocean City’s fund balance has reached an all-time high of $6,283,131, Donato said. Ocean City will contribute $3,350,000 of that amount to offset municipal taxes, while keeping the remaining 46.68 percent — or $2,933,131 — in reserves. Citing Ocean City’s vulnerability to big storms and dependency on tourism, Gillian said he agreed with the decision.“If we get a hurricane, or have a bad year with weather … you just don’t know,” Gillian added.Councilman Keith Hartzell praised the Mayor’s budget as “very lean” and “responsible,” as well as for its apparent transparency over previous administrations.“It’s important to be up front and honest for every item and every line that’s in this budget,” Gillian said.A final version of the budget will be voted on by City Council this spring.
After much speculation, the new mega festival that was rumored to feature the top classic rock acts, including Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Who, Roger Waters, and The Rolling Stones, has been confirmed! Titled Desert Trip, the festival will run from October 7-9, taking place at the Empire Polo Grounds in Indio, CA, notably the same grounds as Coachella. The event is being organized by Goldenvoice, the company behind Coachella.In fact, those six artists will be the only ones performing, with the Stones and Dylan on night one, McCartney and Neil Young on night two, and Roger Waters and The Who on night three. The Desert Trip is sure to feature some of the most iconic music of a generation, with anthemic rock music performed by each and every band on this billing.You can watch a brief promotional video for the festival below:Tickets will go on sale next Monday, May 9th at 10 AM Pacific, and more information can be found here.
After 21 fantastic nights of music in 16 different states across the country, Tedeschi Trucks Band’s third annual “Wheels of Soul” tour is now in the rearview. The summer 2017 iteration of Tedeschi Trucks Band’s multi-band tour proved to be the biggest and most successful “Wheels of Soul” voyage to date. With support from “masters of soulful folk” The Wood Brothers and “psychedelic-blues institution” Hot Tuna, husband-and-wife bandleaders Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi and their well-oiled 12-piece outfit consistently shattered personal records throughout the tour.Over the course of their month-long run, TTB sold out shows in 10 of the 20 cities visited, brought in thousands of fans to large outdoor venues like Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center, and performed more than 70 different songs—from time-tested originals to covers of classics by the likes of the Derek & Eric Clapton, Miles Davis, Jefferson Airplane and beyond—continuing to affirm their stature as one of the most exciting, soulful live bands on the road today.In addition to Tedeschi Trucks Band’s ever-increasing abilities as a cohesive unit, the outfit’s third “Wheels of Soul” outing further cemented the annual tour’s reputation as a unique and unmatched collaborative summer musical experience. On multiple occasions throughout the tour, Derek and Susan welcomed their supporting bands onstage to team up on songs by everyone from B.B. King to Paul McCartney to Jefferson Airplane.The collaborations came to a peak at the band’s sold-out two-night run at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. In addition to The Wood Brothers and Hot Tuna, Tedeschi Trucks band was joined over the course of the weekend by renowned jam scene elder statesmen like John Medeski of Medeski Martin & Wood and John Bell of Widespread Panic. You can check out never-before-seen pro-shot footage of collaborations from Tedeschi Trucks Band’s two-night Red Rocks run below:Tedeschi Trucks Band’s backstage rehearsal of Bob Dylan’s “Down Along The Cove” with Widespread Panic’s John Bell at Red Rocks:Pro-shot footage of Tedeschi Trucks Band covering The Rolling Stones’ “Sweet Virginia” at Red Rocks with help from The Wood Brothers:Along with the litany of exciting collaborations, this summer’s “Wheels of Soul” tour held a unique emotional significance for the band due the many legendary musicians who passed away earlier in the year. That list includes Dereks’ uncle Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman (both of whom Derek played for many years in the Allman Brothers Band) as well as “grandfather of the jam scene” Col. Bruce Hampton, who was sharing the stage with Trucks and scores of other musicians when he drew his final breath during the encore of his 70th birthday celebration in May. The band used the “Wheels of Soul” tour as a vehicle to cope with these losses, breaking out Allmans live staples like “Whipping Post,” “Ain’t Wastin No More Time,” and “Statesboro Blues” and dedicating a cover of Conway Twitty’s “Don’t Cry No More” to Col. Bruce during their performance at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, where Hampton gave his now-legendary final performance.“Performing is healing, for everyone on stage,” explains Trucks, “It’s important to get out and play; there is definitely something cathartic about it. You can feel it in the audience, too. People like Bruce and Butch and Gregg, they meant a lot to a lot of people. When you acknowledge those things and play that music, it helps a lot of people in a lot of ways.”In addition to paying their respects to the fallen greats, the band also dedicated a performance of “Song For You” to their keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Kofi Burbridge, who was on leave from the band for the extent of the tour after suffering a heart attack earlier this summer but is expected to make a full recovery.“Wheels of Soul” 2017 was also successful in its charitable efforts throughout the summer. As part of an initiative with the tour’s nonprofit partner, Craft for Causes, local craft brewers created a limited edition “Wheels of Soul”-themed beer in their taprooms for each of the tour’s stops. Proceeds from the sale of these local brews benefitted the Mr. Hollands Opus Foundation, a national nonprofit that works to promote and preserve music education and provide musical instruments to underprivileged youths. 40 different breweries hosted launch parties for their special “Wheels of Soul” brew in the month leading up to the performances, sporting clever names like “Butch’s Brown Ale,” “All That I Need,” and “Harmonious.” The Crafts for Causes van followed behind the tour busses throughout the run, driving 14,500 miles and covering 42 states, visiting 39 different breweries along the way.Tedeschi Trucks Band will now take a brief hiatus from the road before heading back out for their 2017 Fall Tour beginning on September 15th in Birmingham, AL. The tour encompasses the band’s annual residency at the Beacon Theatre, which will include their milestone 25th performance at the storied Manhattan venue on Wednesday, October 11th. The rest of the band’s remaining schedule for the year includes performances in L.A., San Diego, Phoenix, and Portland, as well as a 2-night run in Seattle and a 3-night stand in Susan’s native Boston to cap a busy 2017. The band is also currently in the studio working on material for their next studio album, the follow-up to their acclaimed 2016 studio release, Let Me Get By, which Live For Live Music ranked among the best albums of 2016 in a year-end poll.You can see a list of upcoming Tedeschi Trucks Band tour dates below. For more information, or to purchase tickets, head to the band’s website.Upcoming 2017 Tedeschi Trucks Band Tour Dates:9/15 Birmingham, AL Alabama Theatre +9/16 New Orleans, LA Saenger Theatre9/17 Little Rock, AR Robinson Center Music Hall +9/21 Houston, TX Hobby Center #9/22 Dallas, TX Music Hall at Fair Park #9/23 Austin, TX ACL Moody Theater # sold out10/6 New York, NY Beacon Theatre +10/7 New York, NY Beacon Theatre10/10 New York, NY Beacon Theatre %10/11 New York, NY Beacon Theatre @10/13 New York, NY Beacon Theatre10/14 New York, NY Beacon Theatre11/3 Portland, OR Keller Auditorium #11/4 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre #11/5 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater11/7 Santa Barbara, CA Arlington Theatre &11/9 San Diego, CA San Diego Civic Theatre #11/10 Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre #11/11 Los Angeles, CA Orpheum Theatre &11/14 Phoenix, AZ Orpheum Theatre +11/15 Phoenix, AZ Orpheum Theatre +11/17 Oakland, CA Fox Theater #11/18 Oakland, CA Fox Theater11/30 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre @12/1 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre12/2 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre+ with Greyhounds# with Hard Working Americans% with The Wood [email protected] with North Mississippi Allstars& with David Luning[Cover photo via Bill McAlaine]
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) investigator and Harvard Medical School Professor Gary Ruvkun has been named a co-recipient of the 2014 Wolf Prize in Medicine, along with Victor Ambros of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Nahum Sonenberg of McGill University. Ruvkun and Ambros are being honored for discovering that tiny molecules of RNA,control the activity of other genes that encode proteins in animals — work previously recognized with the 2008 Lasker Award — while Sonenberg’s award recognizes his discovery of proteins that regulate protein synthesis.Presented by the Wolf Foundation of Israel since 1978, Wolf Prizes are awarded in agriculture, chemistry, mathematics, medicine, physics and the arts. Winners in each category share a $100,000 prize award, and around one-third of the recipients in chemistry, mathematics, and physics have gone on to receive the Nobel Prize. The announcement of the 2014 awards was made in Tel Aviv on Jan. 16, and the awards will be presented by Israeli president Shimon Peres at a ceremony in May.Ruvkun and Ambros began working together as Massachusetts Institute of Technology research fellows in the 1980s. In discoveries made both collaboratively and independently in their labs at Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, they identified the role of single-stranded microRNAs, the smallest known genes, in regulating gene expression. Instead of being translated into proteins, microRNAs block gene expression by binding to regulatory segments in their target messenger RNAs. Since the initial discoveries, it has become apparent that most animal and plant genomes, including the human genome, contain between 500 and 1,000 microRNAs, which control an even greater number of protein-coding messenger RNAs and may be involved in a broad range of normal and disease-related activitiesRuvkun is a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and an investigator at the MGH Department of Molecular Biology and Center for Computational and Integrative Biology. Read Full Story
The IDC Technology Spotlight, sponsored by Dell, found that the Dell UltraSharp Curved Ultrawide Monitor (U3415W) improves productivity and efficiency, especially for workers in financial or creative fields.While the Dell screen rated highly across industries, professionals in finance, accounting and creative work found the most benefit from the curved screen, thanks to the ability to display multiple windows without scrolling or task switching. (By the same token, Videomaker Magazine called the Dell U3415W a “video editor, colorist and VFX artist’s best friend.”) Across the board, respondents preferred the Dell product’s matte screen and commented on the monitor’s attractive industrial design and build quality.“IDC believes that once users become more educated and aware of the benefits (and as component prices fall), it is only a matter of time before 21:9 curved monitors become commonplace in the workplace,” the IDC Technology Spotlight states. “Companies and IT departments that get such displays earlier in the game also stand to benefit from the efficiencies in productivity that competitors won’t have.”The findings of both the InfoBrief and the Technology Spotlight support our approach to designing monitors for today’s workplace needs. Whether our customers need ultrawide, curved displays, a more compact profile or a mixture of both, we offer monitors that minimize eye strain and maximize the ease of establishing multi-monitor configurations. When we can set workers up with a comfortable, efficient workstation, their satisfaction increases, their productivity skyrockets, and the entire organization benefits. Pop quiz: What object do you spend the most time looking at, but the least time thinking about? You can’t do your job without it, but it’s only useful when you fill it. And it can affect the course of your entire day without you even knowing it.Many working professionals give very little consideration to the role their monitor plays in their daily work. But for jobs that require multitasking — which, let’s face it, is almost every working professional today — the style and configuration of monitors can either boost productivity and comfort levels dramatically or make them plummet.To gauge exactly how much of an effect monitors have on workers’ daily lives, Dell commissioned studies by premier global market intelligence firm IDC and SURL at Wichita State University, whose report was also written by IDC. What the studies discovered will serve as an eye-opener for companies that are still equipping workers with outdated displays. (Hint: They may be unintentionally impacting their team’s productivity.)Dual monitors improve employee satisfaction and productivity.The first IDC InfoBrief, Improving Productivity with Dual Monitors, summarizes a 2015 Wichita State SURL Study to show that dual monitor users are 18 percent more efficient, completing tasks at hand quicker and with more accuracy than single monitor users. This is largely because dual monitor users can compare more information simultaneously, switching windows 15 percent less frequently than other workers. Perhaps most significantly, 91 percent of study participants said they were more satisfied with dual monitors than single monitors.The IDC InfoBrief goes so far as to say that, for office workers dealing with information as a large part of their workflow, dual monitor configurations are a must.Dell’s selection of thin bezel Dell UltraSharp monitors (U2415, U2515H, U2715H, U2417H and U2417HA, U2717D and U2717DA), especially lend themselves to a dual or multi-monitor setup with virtually borderless viewing between monitors. Like the curved ultra-wide monitors, our thin bezel displays are tuned for wide-angle viewing and maximum real estate.Curved, ultrawide monitors reduce eye strain, increase efficiencyOf course, a dual monitor setup isn’t the only option for increasing screen real estate thus boosting productivity. The ultra-wide, curved monitors can give workers some of the same productivity benefits.Almost half of all PCs being purchased by IT departments globally today are notebooks. This is fantastic for convenience and mobility, but the smaller screen size can be less than ideal for longer working sessions. When users have to constantly scroll or switch between applications, it can very quickly impact productivity and efficiency.To meet these needs, in April 2015 Dell introduced the Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved Ultrawide Monitor (U3415W) to great excitement from consumers and industry pros alike. With its 21:9 aspect ratio, the curved screen provides much more contiguous real estate to the user. PC Mag recognized the U3415W as the editor’s top pick for ultrawide monitors, saying, “You get a lot of monitor and great performance for your money. Dell’s UltraSharp monitors have always maintained a pleasing aesthetic, but the U3415W takes it to another level with a slick, (mostly) bezel-free design that makes the gigantic 34-inch panel look even larger than it already is.”Recently, IDC tested the Curved Dell U3415W alongside a flat 34-inch monitor, created by a Dell competitor, for its Technology Spotlight Curved Ultrawide Monitors: Seeing the Big Picture. Both monitors measured 34 inches with a 21:9 aspect ratio, and brand names were hidden to eliminate any bias from respondents, who represented over ten different industries ranging from finance to fashion design to software programming. The IDC Technology Spotlight found that, despite the identical size and resolution of the monitors, the flat panel caused more eye fatigue vs. the curved screen, as users strained to see information on the far left and right sides of the screen.
“Frostbite, frostnip, those affect the peripheral areas of the body, the tip of the nose, the ear lobes, maybe even the fingers and toes in certain circumstances,” said Serowik. If you do have to be outside though, emergency officials recommend having a second person with you to make sure you both are safe. “Probably the most important thing is to dress for the weather, even if you don’t plan on being outdoors for a long period of time. You don’t know if you’re going to get stuck out there, maybe your car breaks down,” said Raymond Serowik, emergency medical services coordinator for Broome County. If it’s severe enough, frostbite can cause you to lose limbs. If you’re in the cold for a long period of time, you can also experience hypothermia. This causes your internal body temperature to drop. If you don’t take the dropping temperatures seriously, experts say there could be some severe health affects associated with being outside unprotected from the elements. TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — If you’ve been outside lately, then you know the weather has been very cold. “Even if you’ve never had a problem before, your health conditions may have changed and put you at more risk for this. People really need to pay attention when we start getting extraordinarily cold weather,” said Serowik. “Hypothermia can actually kill you if conditions are just wrong,” said Serowik. As temperatures continue to drop, you’ll want to make sure your warm and healthy before heading outside. Serowik says layers are the way to go. By wearing multiple layers, you can remove some clothing if the weather is warmer than you thought.