4 Jun

€1.5million research project at UL

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsEducationHealth€1.5million research project at ULBy Guest Writer – November 7, 2013 947 University of Limerick research identifies secrets of Fantasy Premier League success TAGSHealth Economics ProfessorJohn ForbesMusic LimerickUniversity of Limerick Facebook Advertisement University of Limerick ceases funding for off-campus Garda COVID-patrols after sanctioning students following massive street party Previous articleShane figures to be removedNext articleFrom Brazil to Limerick Institute of Technology Guest Writerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie LEADING health economist, John Forbes has been appointed h as professor of health economics at the University of Limerick and will lead a €1.5 million programme of research into the economics of personalised health.A member of the American Economic Association and the Royal Economic Society, Prof Forbes’ appointment has been supported by the Health Research Board (HRB). According to Prof Forbes this research programme will develop and apply better ways of assessing the health and economic consequences of new and existing health technologies where personalised care is feasible and desirable.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Explaining the significance of an economic perspective on personalised health, Prof Forbes commented: “Advances in science have increased the prospect of diagnosing, treating and preventing illness in a more personal way. Improved understanding of how individuals may benefit from tailored therapies will permit a better match and more informed choice by users and health care professionals. Opportunities to design and deliver better services that are sensitive to the needs of particular groups are widespread.”“The economic and health issues are genuine and deserve the application of modern methods used by economists to determine ways of improving health and welfare in Ireland. This research will aim to strengthen public interest in personalised health so that the positive effects of investing in these innovative approaches will be shared more wisely and fairly for everyone,” he said.Vice President of Research at UL, Dr Mary Shire welcomed the announcement of Prof Forbes’ appointment. “Now more than ever as a society we appreciate the need for, but also the costs of, the provision of innovative health technologies. Prof Forbes brings a very relevant skill set that will enhance our understanding of the economics of making these innovate and potentially lifesaving technologies available to patients. His appointment will support the university’s commitment to enhancing the health service provision in Ireland.”Prof Michael Larvin, Head of the Graduate Entry Medical School at UL also welcomed Prof Forbes’ appointment; “Health Economics has recently taken on greater importance, given the rising trend towards more effective personalised healthcare as well as the planned reorganisation of Irish health services. I am certain that Professor Forbes will make a tremendous contribution to health service research across UL and our HSE partners, as well as more widely. We are extremely fortunate to have attracted a researcher of such calibre and experience to the University.” Limerick nurse helping the fight against COVID-19, calls for round the clock garda patrols near University of Limerick following “out of control” student parties center_img Twitter Decision on FIBA European Championships in Limerick to be made in May Print Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 44 | Immersive Software Engineering Linkedin Email Gardai make arrests following chaotic student party near University of Limerick WhatsApplast_img read more

1 Mar

How inviting!

first_imgTake a seat! Those colorful, inviting chairs that dotted Harvard Yard last spring have returned by way of the Common Spaces Chairs Project, a Harvard initiative designed to encourage community building in and around the Yard.Besides signaling spring, the chairs also kick off a series of events this month through April 28. On Friday (April 8), Sonia Carrion, an artist, musician, and producer, will perform a set of original music, mixing piano, synthesizers, laptops, and performance art outside of Dudley Hall/Lehman plaza.Harvard’s Center for Wellness has also collaborated with the project to bring tai chi and yoga to the Yard throughout the month of April.View a schedule of events and performances.last_img read more

17 Oct

BLOG: Making the Most of Opportunities in Agriculture

first_imgRead more agency year in review blog posts.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf January 28, 2016 BLOG: Making the Most of Opportunities in Agriculture SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Environment,  The Blog,  Year in Review When I returned to the department following Governor Tom Wolf’s inauguration, I said these are extraordinary times to be in the industry. There are a number of opportunities and challenges, but we are on a path to addressing those challenges and making the most of those opportunities.Over the past year, we have accomplished a great deal in areas central to our core mission of protecting consumers and safeguarding animal health, and of creating new market opportunities for producers. At the same time, we continue looking further down the road to how we can best position the industry for long-term viability and success.With the threat of highly pathogenic avian influenza, or HPAI, and the discovery of the spotted lanternfly, the departments’ established relationships with local government and industry proved critical to protecting producers and communities throughout the commonwealth.We also continued to help producers tap new markets, such as organics, and helped bring new people into production agriculture in 2015. This year, the department received $617,000 in federal Organic Cost Share Program funds, which reimburse operations up to 75 percent of their eligible organic certification costs and the department’s Center for Farm Transitions provided technical assistance to nearly 1,200 beginning farmers.Thinking about farm transitions is just one of the ways we focused on the future of agriculture in 2015. There will be nearly 75,000 job vacancies within the next decade in our agriculture and food industries, and we need trained workers to fill those positions. Working with our sister agencies, employers, schools, universities, career and technical education programs, and veterans’ organizations, among others, we have begun a dialogue about creating sustainable pathways, making the linkage from the classrooms to careers in the agriculture and food industries.We realize that while looking at the opportunities, we have to continue to work to aid those who need us most. Governor Wolf signed an Executive Order to coordinate Pennsylvania’s food and nutrition programs. According to Feeding America’s “Map the Meal Gap” data, more than 1.8 million Pennsylvanians – one out of seven – are at risk of hunger and may not know where their next meal is coming from. That number includes more than 564,000 children, or one in five. In his 2015-16 budget proposal, the governor made the largest investment in years to the commonwealth’s food security systems, proposing $3 million dollars to fund, for the first time, the Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System (PASS).Finally, what a tremendous way to cap off 2015 and ring in 2016 with the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show! Exhibitors and visitors from all corners of the Mid-Atlantic arrived to Harrisburg to experience the largest indoor agricultural event in the United States for its centennial year. More than 10,000 competitive exhibits and nearly 300 commercial exhibitors were on display within the 24 acres spread throughout the complex’s 11 halls and three arenas. With the unusual warm January weather, the family-oriented atmosphere and low prices continued to bring in spectators all week, with more than 62,000 vehicles parked from Saturday through Friday.Looking ahead, we will continue to focus on issues that have long-term implications for the future – two of which we have laid the groundwork for this year: improving water quality and developing a strategic plan for Pennsylvania agriculture. Additionally, we have begun facilitating the development of a 10-year strategic plan for Pennsylvania agriculture. By bringing together private sector stakeholders, we have held listening sessions to gather ideas on where we need to go as an industry to capitalize on emerging opportunities and avoid looming threats.Indeed, it is an exciting time to be in agriculture. People are more focused on the quality and origins of their food. Improving technology is creating tremendous prospects. We want to be sure Pennsylvania is at the forefront of this growth potential and that we have the tools, resources and knowledge we need to make the most of it. After 2015, I’m confident we are off to a great start. By: Russell Redding, Secretary of Agriculturelast_img read more

17 Sep

For sports fans, athletes alike, there’s always next year

first_imgThings change. Sports do not. Take comfort in that.In life, you can’t always say, “There’s always next year,” because next year, for better or worse, won’t be the same as this one. There is no guarantee that things will get better.Often times, the good things will be gone next year.Except when you’re talking about sports. That’s something that isn’t going anywhere.“The one constant through all the years,” James Earl Jones says in Field of Dreams, “has been baseball.”Coming from a character based on J.D. Salinger, it carries a lot of weight and truth to it.If there was a change to make to the quotation, though, it is that it’s been more than baseball. It’s baseball, it’s football, and it has been every other sport, too.One hundred years ago, Teddy Roosevelt was the president, the Internet could not have even been a contemplated thought and Cubs fans knew what it felt like to win a World Series.It was a different world, except that baseball was a part of it.There are no guarantees about what the world will look like in another 100 years, but you can bet that as long as people are still living in it, baseball, and the other sports, will be around.That longevity, in a world marked by change, is a comforting thought. And it helps to put things into perspective.It’s why a 40-loss season for the Wisconsin softball team doesn’t matter. It’s how to get over a Super Bowl defeat. It’s a way to deal with 20 consecutive seasons without going to the playoffs.There will be other seasons. There will be next years.And, not only is there always “next year,” but there’s always the year after that too. There’s an infinite amount of next years out there.That’s not to say change is always a good thing. Often it is, but a lack of it can be as well.Sports favor the latter.The idea of change has always been — and will continue to be — linked with the idea of hope.Sports take the opposite approach.The idea that things will never change means that there will be an eternal hope. As long as next year is out there, so too will there be hope.Alexander Pope might have been the one to say that “hope springs eternal in the human breast,” but it was the die-hard fans of the Mudville Nine that took the quotation as their own after its usage in “Casey at the Bat.”That’s because hope did spring eternal for the Mudville Nine when next year, in an even more dire situation than the one in which he famously struck out, Casey connected with a walk-off grand slam.Next year brought joy back to Mudville just as it can to Milwaukee, or Minnesota, or Miami. Losing seasons end; sports, and hope, don’t.All the talk of next year doesn’t mean some things should stay exactly the same, however. In fact, there are plenty of things that could use a little tweaking in sports.Sure, it would be better if athletes didn’t use steroids and if racism and sexism didn’t still play a role in sports, and so on. But those are problems with more clear and fixable solutions than terrorism or world hunger.And yes, some things do eventually come to an end. Brett Favre couldn’t play forever, but even though he retired, Green Bay will still send someone out to play quarterback next year.That’s why it’s fun to be passionate about sports. Even the toughest losses can be overcome pretty quickly.Even after Stephen Curry burned the Badgers in the Sweet 16, Wisconsin will once again field a team next year. Even though the Cubs haven’t won a title since 1908, the World Series is still going to be there for the taking next year.For every knockdown that sports has to offer, there are no knockouts. The fights continue, be it in the next game or the next season or the next year.Next year, I won’t write a weekly sports column. But that’s not because there won’t be sports to write about. In fact, you can bet that the things written next year will be some of the same that I wrote about this year, which were the same as was written 10 years before that. As different as next year might seem in some ways, in the sports world, it will be very much the same.At the end of the semester, it’s easy to think about what next year holds.Maybe the answer is uncertain. One thing isn’t, though: Sports will always be there.Mike is a sophomore majoring in political science. To quote Tupac, “I see no changes.” But if you do, he can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more