3 May

Construction Management Technology Adjunct Assistant Professor

first_imgConditions Special Requirements Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsUnofficial Transcript 1Optional DocumentsResume/Curriculum VitaeLetter of InterestLetter of Recommendation 1Equivalency Determination Letter (P-38 or Equivalency RequestStatement)P-881 Report of Arrests Which Led To Convictions For CrimeDocumentLetter of Recommendation 2 Beginning and/or Ending Dates Posting Details LocationLos Rios Community College District (District Office) General Responsibilities:The adjunct faculty member shall be responsible for the following:teaching assigned classes under the supervision of the area dean;helping students fulfill their maximum potential in masteringcourse content; assessing student learning outcomes; maintaining athorough and up-to-date knowledge in his/her regular teachingfield; continuing professional development; utilizing currenttechnology in the performance of job duties; maintaining standardsof professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professionalposition; assisting with articulation and curriculum developmentand review; serving on college committees and participating infaculty governance including accreditation and studentco-curricular activities; assuming other responsibilities asassigned by the area dean; fulfilling other duties andresponsibilities of an adjunct faculty member as outlined in thecollege faculty handbook. Quicklinkhttps://jobs.losrios.edu/postings/2535 Part-time, Assistant Professor Position. Adjunct pools are opencontinuously and applicants are contacted/hired year round forassignments based on college needs. Work YearN/A * Considering this specific position that you are applying to –where/how did you learn about this position?College DepartmentCareerBuilderChronicle of Higher Ed (Vitea.com)Community College Registry Job Fair: OaklandCommunity College Registry Job Fair: Los AngelesCommunity College Registry Online Job BoardCommunity Outreach (ex. 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Have a bachelor’s degree AND two years of occupational and/orprofessional experience directly related to the assignment beingtaught OR have an associate’s degree AND six years of occupationaland/or professional experience directly related to the assignmentbeing taught OR the equivalent* OR hold a California CommunityCollege Instructor’s Credential in the discipline area.* Alldegrees must be from an accredited institution.2. Have sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academicsocioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexualorientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students,including those with physical or learning disabilities as itrelates to differences in learning styles.*NOTES:● Applicants applying under the “equivalent” provision must attachdetails and explain how their academic preparation and/orprofessional experience is the equivalent of the degrees listedabove.● If your degree title differs from the minimum qualificationslisted above, you are requested to submit this equivalencystatement. Total Hrs per Week/Day Open ContinuouslyYes The Los Rios Community College District is seeking a pool ofqualified applicants for possible temporary part-time facultyteaching assignments. These positions are filled on an as neededbasis and are on-going recruitment efforts.Adjunct pools are open continuously and applicants arecontacted/hired year round for assignments based on collegeneeds.Teaching assignments may include day, evening, on-line, hybrid,weekend, and/or off campus classes. Additional Salary InformationNo additional salary information to note Position Summary The Institution Applicants applying to this Los Rios Community College DistrictFaculty1. A completed Los Rios Community College District ClassifiedApplication (required).2. Resume (recommended).3. Unofficial transcripts of college/university work (indicatingcompleted or conferred date) (required if using education to meetthe Minimum Qualifications of this position). * (“graduate advisingdocuments and grade reports” will not be accepted as unofficialtranscripts) (Required). NOTE : Los Rios employees are alsorequired to submit unofficial copies of transcripts.4. Two (2) letters of recommendation (recommended).5. Letter of Interest (recommended).6. Certification and/or Licenses ( NOTE : list requirement withpositions with additional accreditation MQ)NOTES :● Applications submitted without all required documents, listedabove, will be disqualified. Applicants indicating “see resume” onthe online application will be disqualified.● Graduate advising documents and grade reports will not beaccepted as official transcripts.● It is the responsibility of Los Rios Community College Districtemployees to also provide official transcripts, if required in theminimum qualification for the position. (Within 60 days of the timeof hire, employees are required to submit official transcripts, ifrequired in the minimum qualification for the position).● Individuals who have completed college or university course workat an institution in a country other than the United States mustobtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees andother relevant documents.● A foreign transcript evaluation is required any time foreigncourse work is used to meet minimum qualifications and/or salaryplacement even if the foreign transcript has been accepted by acollege or university in the United States.● Foreign transcript evaluations are ONLY accepted from AICE(Association of International Credential Evaluations, Inc.) orNACES (The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services)agencies or evaluators. Foreign Degree Transcript Evaluations click hereDo not submit additional materials that are not requested.. Physical Demandscenter_img SalaryPlease See LRCCD Salary Schedules Assignment Responsibilities How and where to apply Department Location Posting NumberF00044P Job Posting TitleConstruction Management Technology Adjunct AssistantProfessor Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Work Schedule Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for completeinformation on how to apply online with our District. If you needassistance with any phase of the application process, please call(916) 568-3112 during regular business hours Monday through Friday8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.After hours inquiries should be emailed to [email protected] of applications are by 11:59 p.m. of the posting closingdate. Closing Date Application Instructions * Please indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications forthis position. Select the appropriate answer.I possess the minimum qualifications for this discipline aslisted on the job announcement. (Attach unofficial transcripts froman accredited college/university and/or evidence of jobexperience.)I possess a valid California Community College Credential forthis discipline. (Attach a copy of appropriate credential withapplication.)I possess qualifications equivalent to those listed and haveattached evidence. (To review Equivalency Process.)I have previously been granted equivalency to teach thisdiscipline by the Los Rios Community College District. (Attach theEquivalency Determination Form P-38 and transcripts.) Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful clearancefrom a criminal background check, freedom from tuberculosis, andproof of identity and eligibility to work in the United Statesprior to the first day of work. The District may select additionalqualified candidates should unexpected vacancies or needs occurduring this recruitment/selection process. When education is arequirement for the position, official academic transcripts fromthe accredited college/university must be submitted within 60 daysof hire. * Criminal History Verification and Release: I acknowledge andagree that I understand that by answering the question below, Icertify that the information provided by me is true, correct andcomplete to the best of my knowledge and belief. I authorizeinvestigation of all statements contained herein, and on the P-881(if applicable and submitted), and I release from liability allpersons and organizations furnishing such information. I understandthat any misstatements, omissions or misrepresentation of facts onthis form, my application, and, if applicable, the P-881 orattachment(s) may be cause for disqualification or dismissal. Ifyou have ever been convicted of an offense other than a minortraffic violation you are required to complete the form ‘ArrestsWhich Led to Convictions for Crime’, P-881 (you must discloseconvictions that have been dismissed pursuant to Penal Code Section1203.4; Ed. Code 87008). Please copy and paste the provided URL forthe form -https://losrios.edu/docs/lrccd/employees/hr/forms/p-881.pdf – andattach the completed form to your application.Yes, I acknowledge and agreeNo, I do not acknowledge or agree AboutThe Los Rios Community College District is the second largest,two-year public college district in California, servingapproximately 75,000 students in the greater Sacramento region. Thedistrict’s 2,400 square mile service area includes Sacramento andEl Dorado counties and parts of Yolo, Placer, and Solano countiesand is comprised of four uniquely diverse colleges – AmericanRiver, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake and Sacramento City colleges. Inaddition to each college’s main campus, the district offerseducational centers in Placerville, Davis, West Sacramento, ElkGrove, Natomas and Rancho Cordova.The Los Rios district office is centrally located in the heart ofthe Sacramento valley. The growing Capital Region has strongcommunities and emergent arts and dining scenes, and is nearby someof the most celebrated tourist destinations in the country – LakeTahoe, Napa Valley and San Francisco. The Sacramento area is agreat place to live and work!StrengthsThe district has approximately 6,000 employees throughout our fourcolleges and district office complex. The District office iscentrally located between all four colleges and provides welcoming,inclusive, and equitable environments for Los Rios students,employees and our community partners. Our departments strive forthe highest quality in all programs, services, and activities, andare focused on advancing the learning of our diverse studentpopulation through improved academic and social outcomes.Our VisionOur colleges offer equity-minded, academically rigorous, studentsuccess centered education. Our objective is to help our studentssuccessfully achieve their academic goals, whether they want totransfer to a four-year college or university, earn an associate’sdegree, or obtain one of more than 100 certificates in high demandcareer fields. Minimum Qualifications * Can you perform the essential functions of this position?YesNo Posting Date12/19/2016last_img read more

3 May

Oxford University Press to reprint controversial essay

first_imgOxford University Press has decided to “immediately” reprint a controversial essay, after pressure from scholars and members of Oxford University.OUP’s decision in 2008 to stop printing two books containing A.J. Ramanujan’s essay ‘300 Ramayanas’ coincided with certain groups in India looking into legal proceedings based on the claim that the essay was offensive to Hindu sentiments, with OUP India as one of the potential respondents. Members of the academic community in Oxford and abroad criticised OUP’s decision, with many claiming that it was detrimental to OUP’s reputation, and to Oxford University’s by extension. This had been reported on by Cherwell this term.OUP claimed that its choice to stop printing the books was solely down to commercial factors, but this week changed their publishing decision, reprinting both books and a further book called Questioning Ramayanas, also on the topic. A spokesperson stated, “OUP has an important role to play in ensuring that the best scholarship is disseminated freely, and we hope the reprinting of these three important works will demonstrate our commitment in this regard.” The books will now be available in India and beyond.Campaigners at Oxford University said they were “extremely glad that OUP recognised the importance of reprinting these books”.  The three organisers of an international petition to reprint the books issued a joint statement, stating “We whole-heartedly support this affirmation of OUP’s longstanding commitment to excellence in scholarship, to the broadest possible dissemination of knowledge, and to the right of scholars, writers, and artists to freedom of thought and expression everywhere.”OUP also rejected allegations that they had “apologized” for publishing the essay and had not stood by their publishing decision. A letter sent in 2008 from OUP to the potential litigants apologized for offending the sentiments of Hindus, adding that OUP was not selling the book nor were there any plans to reissue it. OUP claims they have been “misinterpreted” and wish “to restate the fact that OUP does not and never has apologised for publishing any work by Ramanujan.”The essay in question looks at different versions of the ‘Ramayana,’ a Sanskrit epic poem which is also a sacred Hindu text. One issue for the potential litigants in India was that one published version has the protagonists Rama and Sita as siblings, whereas they are husband and wife in Hindu tradition. The narrative is celebrated in the Hindu festival Diwali, and is part of Buddhist tradition.The author of two of the books, A.J. Ramanujan was a distinguished historian who spent most of his career at the University of Chicago studying Indian culture and literature. He died in 1993.last_img read more

20 Apr

Press release: New campaign urges public to get tested twice a week

first_imgPublic will be urged to take the ‘next step safely’ and start regular testing, as part of new campaign across TV, print, outdoor and digital media Assets will be made available to workplaces and community spaces to encourage a new testing habit From today (Friday 9 April) everyone in England will be able to access free, regular, rapid COVID-19 testing.Alongside the roll-out of the vaccine, regular testing is an essential part of the easing of restrictions, helping identify variants and stopping individual cases from becoming outbreaks. Anyone can now access free, rapid lateral flow tests for themselves and their families to use twice a week, in line with clinical guidance.To encourage people to get into the habit of using lateral flow tests twice a week, a major public information campaign is launching which will run across TV, radio, press, digital, out-of-home advertising and social media, with the TV advert airing for the first time on ITV at around 7:15pm on Friday 9 April.The campaign explains that rapid lateral flow tests show results in under 30 minutes, and by taking them we can take the ‘next step safely’, protecting our loved ones, customers, workmates and friends as we continue to cautiously ease restrictions. It also demonstrates how people can fit these free, rapid tests into their morning routine to help create the new testing habit that will help to get us back to normal life.Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: Recent analysis from NHS Test and Trace shows that for every 1,000 rapid lateral flow tests carried out, there is fewer than one false positive result. Rapid lateral flow tests detect cases with high levels of virus and are very effective in finding people who do not have symptoms but are very likely to transmit the disease.Getting a rapid testGetting a rapid test is quick and convenient. Regular, rapid testing will be delivered through: Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not experience any symptoms and may be spreading the virus unwittingly. Rapid testing detects cases quickly, meaning positive cases can isolate immediately, and by making rapid tests available to everyone, more cases will be detected, breaking chains of transmission and saving lives.From Sunday 11 April, the ‘Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air’ campaign will update to remind the public of the need to use the NHS COVID-19 app to check in to premises, including outdoor hospitality, hairdressers and gyms. This will run across digital, social, radio and out-of-home channels.Improvements to the venue check-in journey mean all members of a party will either have to check in using the NHS COVID-19 app or leave manual contact details. Users who have been at a venue where multiple people tested positive will now be encouraged to book a test, as well as monitoring their symptoms to further prevent asymptomatic transmission.TV doctor and practising NHS GP Dr Zoe Williams said: Twice-weekly testing will be crucial in helping us manage the spread of the virus as society starts to reopen. The tests are quick and easy to do, and results come back in 30 minutes. Key workers such as myself and my colleagues have been carrying these out for the last few months, and it’s amazing how quickly they have become second nature to us. However, it’s important to remember that there is not one silver bullet in the fight against COVID-19, and even with a negative test result, we must still follow social distancing guidelines – hands, face, space, fresh air, and go for our vaccines when called. Around 1 in 3 people have coronavirus without any symptoms, so getting tested regularly is one of the simplest and easiest ways we can keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. I’d encourage everyone to take up the offer and test twice a week. Alongside the successful roll-out of the vaccination programme, rapid testing will be one of our most effective weapons in tackling this virus and ensuring we can cautiously reopen our economy and parts of society that we have all missed. The British people have made a tremendous effort throughout the pandemic and I am confident they will do the same now by taking up this offer of free, rapid tests. PCR testing of close contactsPeople who have been in contact with someone who has tested positive with COVID-19 can now get a PCR test during their 10-day self-isolation period, whether or not they have symptoms.Around 1 in 5 people who have been in close contact with a person with COVID-19 will go on to have COVID-19 themselves, and around 1 in 3 of those will have no symptoms but can still spread the virus.Getting a test when you’re a contact helps to find if you’re one of those people and, if so, to ensure your contacts are self-isolating. This is how we break the chains of transmission. Even if you test negative, you will still need to complete your 10-day self-isolation period, because the virus can incubate for that time. If testing at home, individuals will need to register their results online or by calling 119. They should self-isolate if they get a positive result and order a confirmatory PCR test.Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 – a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – should book a PCR test online or by calling 119. a home ordering service, which allows people to order lateral flow tests online to be delivered to their home workplace testing programmes, on-site or at home community testing, offered by all local authorities collection at a local polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test site during specific test collection time windows testing on-site at schools and colleges collection from participating pharmacieslast_img read more

20 Apr

Bristol Loaf to open ethical supermarket and bakery

first_imgRedfield-based The Bristol Loaf is to open an ethical supermarket and bakery in Bedminster.The artisan sourdough bakery has teamed up with local businesses Hugo’s Greengrocer and Zero Green to open “Bristol’s first and greenest bakery, café and grocer” on Bedminster Parade.Founder Gary Derham has partnered with Lidia Rueda Losada and Stacey Fordham of zero waste shop Zero Green, as well as Hugo Sapsed of deli Hugo’s Greengrocers.The aim is to promote a more sustainable way to live and shop all under one roof, said the company. The one-stop ethical shop will allow the business to become more environmentally sound in process and practice.Its new premises will provide more space for bakers and chefs to broaden its bread, cake and pastry range, as well as its lunch offering.The new site is set to champion locally made products and produce, natural wines and plastic-free goods to facilitate its goal to become waste-free and reduce its carbon footprint.It has secured funding from the EU Sustainability for Growth Project (S4G), which is working to promote and support local job creation.Consumers are also encouraged to donate through fundraising platform Crowdfunder to support the build of the site.The project cannot be completed without help from consumers, Derham said. Pledges will help to pay for local tradespeople to complete the building works sustainably and to enable installation of more energy-efficient equipment and solar panels.Originally set to open in April, the site has been postponed to May or June this year.The Bristol Loaf opened in 2017 and serves breads, savouries, pastries and cakes, with vegetarian, vegan, gluten- and refined sugar-free items.last_img read more

1 Mar

Spotlight on the international

first_imgCampus leaders from an array of internationally oriented organizations gathered to discuss challenges raised by the changing nature of global education, the increasing competition to train future leaders, and the best ways to coordinate Harvard’s involvements abroad.During a Feb. 4 workshop called “Strategic Decision-Making in International Affairs,” sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs at the Center for Government and International Studies, the deans of Harvard Law School (HLS) and Harvard Business School (HBS) laid out some of the challenges facing the University in this era of increasing globalization. They were joined by Jorge Dominguez, the vice provost for international affairs, who offered the University’s viewpoint, David Hunter, dean for academic affairs at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), and Beth Simmons, director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.HLS Dean Martha Minow said that although the School has always been active internationally, globalization demands a deeper commitment to sweeping legal education. Increasingly, markets are globalized, meaning that business litigation is as well. There are realignments both within and among nations, meaning that legal systems are changing. Climate change and pollution require global approaches even as the digital revolution binds people closer. The result of all this is that major law firms have overseas offices, Minow said, and topics that once might have been considered purely local often have a global aspect.That’s why Minow has made increasing the international focus of the Law School a priority. After a recent curricular review, the School now requires students to take an international law class in their first year, and many of the School’s courses have a global aspect to them. Half of the School’s 28 clinics where students gain hands-on experience have an international dimension. In addition, Minow said, HLS has 10 formal exchange programs with law schools abroad and 25 informal programs. International law, Minow said, used to be considered a separate field. Today, it is increasingly an aspect of many areas. Minow said law schools are being established in other countries and are competing with HLS for students.HBS Dean Nitin Nohria described a similar dynamic at work among business schools. Nohria said such schools are being established rapidly in China, India, and other nations. Although HBS has research centers in various countries, it shouldn’t try to compete with all of these new schools for students, most of whom will move into the local business community. HBS, he said, probably won’t be able to understand local business environments as well as the schools located there do. HBS’ strength, he said, will be to understand what’s going on around the world in business, to identify trends and provide analysis and leadership on a global basis.Nohria said the global environment for business schools is changing rapidly. In the past century, HBS focused on the American business model, which, because of U.S. strength in global markets, brought international students here to understand better how this system works. This century, however, will see a true globalization of business, Nohria said, so HBS must change to reflect that.Such shifts are already under way. In addition to having seven research centers that provide support for faculty efforts overseas, HBS’ teaching cases have become more international, with a third containing such a component. First-year students are required to have an international experience during the winter break. Half of HBS faculty say they spend a third of their time on global research.“Our edge is … that we can bring to anyplace in the world the best global thinking,” Nohria said. “If we can do that, I think the best and the brightest from around the world … will still choose to come to us.”For the last 20 years, international students have come to Harvard in increasing numbers, according to Jorge Dominguez. The enrollment of international students has risen from 1,600 to 4,300. Today China ties with Canada for having the most students from abroad at Harvard, both with 541. South Korea beats out the United Kingdom for third place, while India beats Germany for fifth. Other countries with many foreign students at the University include Singapore, Japan, Australia and Turkey, Dominguez said.Dominguez credited the work of faculty and students long before he took his post in 2006 for broadening the international student mix. Harvard hires the best and brightest to its faculty regardless of their nationalities, and faculty members conduct research in many nations on many topics. In addition, students have been increasingly encouraged to incorporate international experience into their studies.“A majority of seniors, on the eve of their commencement, say they’ve had significant international activity. That’s very different from even 10 years ago,” Dominguez said.But Minow said there still are questions about what are the appropriate relationships to have with other institutions, about whether the Law School should be figuring out its strategy alone or in collaboration with other Harvard Schools, and how important a study abroad component should be for law students.Though Nohria cautioned against imposing too many requirements on faculty members and students because that might blunt the energy and creativity of their international efforts, Dominguez said some type of coordination is needed. When he took office as vice provost for international affairs, Dominguez said, nobody knew exactly where faculty members and students were working overseas. Violence in Lebanon shortly afterward highlighted the danger of that ignorance and hampered the University’s efforts to get its affiliates out safely.Today, Dominguez’s office maintains a database on Harvard’s international activities, viewable on the Harvard Worldwide website, which is maintained by exhaustively combing faculty sites for information.“No professor wants to be told what to do, but we do need to figure out a way to be more effective,” Dominguez said.To that end, President Drew Faust has convened a working group on international strategy, chaired by Nohria and with representatives from each School, to examine what Harvard is doing today, how well that’s working, and what it should do in the future.last_img read more

1 Mar

Flower power

first_imgIt’s a tight fit, so it’s tough to get in and out without getting covered with dust.That’s the point, of course, if not to the bees crawling in search of nectar, then at least to the Salvia blossoms seeking to dust the bees with pollen.The pollination of pale-purple Salvia flowers by a bee, rendered in glass and in exacting detail, is one of four pieces that are back on display at the Harvard Museum of Natural History’s Glass Flowers gallery after a long absence.The additions, part of the famed collection painstakingly created by glass artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka between 1887 and 1936, are being shown for the first time in a decade and provide visitors with a glimpse into the museum’s back rooms, which hold vast research collections as well as hundreds of additional pieces from the Glass Flowers collection.“Only four pieces went back on display, but they’re really spectacular models,” said Jennifer Brown, collection manager for the Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, as the set is formally known.Visitors to the gallery are often amazed by the accuracy and delicate detail of the specimens, 3,000 of which are on display in glass-topped wooden cases. But Harvard University Herbaria co-Director Donald Pfister, the Asa Gray Professor of Systematic Botany and interim dean of Harvard College, said that the life cycle and evolutionary story told in the pieces depicting the bee’s pollination of Salvia is one that is repeated — though not depicted — for the other plant models on display.The story, Pfister said, is not just about a plant’s life cycle and its relationship with pollinators, but also shows an evolutionary dance of pollinator and flower that has, over time, resulted in physical changes in the plant to accommodate the pollinator.A close look at the different pieces shows not just a bee climbing into a Salvia flower, but also how the blossom’s stamen comes into contact with the bee’s back, distributing pollen as the bee moves inward. When the bee moves to another flower, the pollen-accepting style, which leads to the ova that the pollen fertilize, is positioned to accept pollen from the bee’s back.That fit, Pfister said, is a result of co-evolution that has occurred over millions of years, as the flowers adapted to their ideal pollinators. The system also evolved to encourage out-crossing, the mixing of genetic material from generation to generation.“Flowers evolved for a specific set of pollinators,” Pfister said. “There is a strategy playing out here that enhances the chance for reproductive success.”Pfister encouraged visitors to think not just about the bee-Salvia connection as they view those models, but about the stories of other plants, and to envision how different flower types might be pollinated.“All of these fantastic forms in the rest of the gallery … You can make a story out of each of these models,” Pfister said.The other additions to the gallery include another from the collection’s pollination series, showing a bee pollinating a bright-yellow Oxalis flower, as well as two from the collection’s rotting-fruit series, which depicts diseases of fruits in the Rosaceae family.  The specimens from that series show a branch of an apricot tree with both healthy fruit and fruits shriveled from an attack by brown rot. The last piece is a branch of an apple tree similarly afflicted, but by the black splotches of apple scab.The pollination and diseased-fruit specimens are representations of entire series held behind closed doors. There are 25 other pieces in the pollination series and 61 in the rotting-fruit series. Most of those on display in the gallery are from a series illustrating systematics, or how plants are related to each other.The new exhibits were put together by Brown, who wanted to give visitors an idea of the collection’s scope, including items not on display. Since the gallery is full, she didn’t have much room to work with. She added two display cases, borrowed from the nearby Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, that match the simple wooden style of the gallery’s existing cases, and picked what she viewed as interesting, robust specimens that would catch the public’s eye.  She plans to use the cases to rotate specimens into the public exhibition.“I wanted to use the opportunity to showcase models from the insect-pollination series and rotten-fruit series,” Brown said. “People do ask where the ‘big insects’ or ‘rotting apples’ are.”Moving the specimens is a delicate process, Brown said. The specimens are made of glass, though some have internal wire reinforcements. Brown recalled slowly rolling a cart holding the apricot specimen to the gallery and watching cautiously as small vibrations from the moving cart made the leaves quiver.Brown, who has been on the job for about two years, came to the position from a glass artist’s studio and said she is accustomed to handling fragile, one-of-a-kind pieces.The four additions have been off display since a renovation 10 years ago. Two of them have been shown elsewhere: the apple model at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh in 2004, and the yellow Oxalis at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, N.Y., in 2007.The collection was created for educational purposes, to provide 19th-century students with specimens through which to understand plant form and function at a time when the main alternative, particularly during winter months, was textbook illustrations and the Harvard Herbaria’s dried, flattened specimens.Though students today also have photographs, color illustrations, digital representations, and other resources at their disposal, Pfister said he still uses the collection for teaching. Though the Glass Flowers are now considered as much artistic treasure as botanical teaching tool, one strength has always been their accuracy. To a botany instructor, Pfister said, the collection also has another attraction: The plants are always flowering.“It’s like going out into the field and finding everything in bloom all the time,” Pfister said.last_img read more

17 Jan

Drier Still.

first_img   < 10th Percentile Explanation   25th - 74th Percentile   10th - 24th Percentile Updated drought information can be found at www.georgiadrought.org and wwww.georgiaweather.net.   Not Recorded   Record Low for Day Streams LowStream flows are at or near record daily low flows statewide except the northwest corner, where flows are still very low. South of an Atlanta-to-Athens line, more than 80 percent of the minimally managed streams (those without large reservoirs) are setting daily low flow records.In the mountains, the Chattahoochee River near Cornelia is at a daily record low. Low flows are reported on the Chattoga and Tallulah Rivers near Clayton, the Chestatee River near Dahlonega, the Etowah River near Canton, the Coosawattee River near Ellijay, the Oostanaula River near Resaca and Rome and the Coosa River near Rome.In the piedmont, record daily records are being set on Peachtree Creek at Atlanta, Flint River near Griffin and Culloden, Upatoi Creek near Columbus, Ocmulgee River near Macon, Oconee River near Athens, Broad River near Bell and Little River near Washington.In the coastal plain, record daily low stream flows are on the Flint River at Montezuma, Albany and Newton, Ichawaynochaway Creek at Milford, Spring Creek at Iron City, Ochlockonee River near Thomasville, Satilla River near Waycross, Oconee River near Dublin, Ocumulgee River at Lumber City, Ohoopee River near Reidsville, Altamaha River near Baxley and at Doctortown and the Ogeechee River near Eden.Wildfire Risk HighMajor reservoirs across north and central Georgia remain well below late-February normal pool. Reservoirs at least 5 feet below normal pool include Hartwell at 9 feet low, Clarks Hill at 8 and Lanier at 6.Recent dry weather, low humidity and winds have heightened wildfire concerns. Most wildfires are caused by careless burning of debris such as leaves and household garbage.Georgia has about six weeks left to recharge topsoil moisture. March is historically Georgia's wettest month. It will have to be very wet to recharge the topsoil moisture.Hopes DimEven if a soggy March recharges the topsoil moisture, there will no reserve to carry plants through any extended hot, dry weather. It's doubtful that groundwater, streams and reservoirs can be recharged before the high water-use months.There's little hope that Georgia will be able to pull out of this drought before fall. With an El Niño event developing in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, there's some hope of long-term recovery during the winter of 2002-2003. The drought that started in May 1998 has worsened during the normal winter recharge period. Georgia depends on winter rains to replenish soil moisture, groundwater, rivers, streams and reservoirs. There is little hope for recovery until winter 2002-2003.At the end of climatological winter, December through February, Georgia hasn't had the needed rain to recharge these systems. The drought has added to wildfire concerns as the state's peak wildfire period begins.Soils DryWinter rainfall statewide has been very low. Only the northwest Georgia corner is near normal. Three-month rainfall in north Georgia include Athens at 62 percent of normal and Atlanta at 72 percent.In middle Georgia, Augusta is at 50 percent of normal, Columbus 57 percent and Macon 55. South Georgia had Savannah at 47 percent and Tifton at 46.Daily soil moisture levels are critically low across most of the state. Dry soils across the piedmont are at a level expected only once in 20 years for this time of year, according to the federal Climate Prediction Center.Soils across the northern coastal plain are at once-in-10-year levels. And southern coastal plain soils are at once-in-five-year levels.In the mountain counties, soil levels range from once in 20 years in Rabun County to once in four years in Dade. As with rainfall, the soils in Georgia's northwest corner are in better shape than in other areas.last_img read more

31 Dec

BP Unit Links Solar and Storage in Western U.S. Projects

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:The BP-backed solar developer Lightsource sees a very compelling case for deploying energy storage in the Western U.S.All major utility-scale solar developers have added storage development talent, and some have begun regularly bidding on combined projects. But few have actually won bids for, much less constructed, hybrid plants. That makes it hard to determine just how central that kind of project is to their business models. Not so with Lightsource, the largest European solar developer, which launched its U.S. branch last year and soon after it received $200 million from oil and gas giant BP in exchange for a 43 percent ownership stake.North America Chief Commercial Officer Katherine Ryzhaya affirmed the company’s view on storage in a keynote interview at GTM’s Solar Summit in San Diego last week. “For a utility-scale solar developer, we’re not putting forward any proposals without storage, currently, to anybody west of the Colorado,” she said. “Every utility process, every bilateral at this point, at least on the West Coast, is looking at solar-storage hybrids.”The aggressive use of energy storage follows from Lightsource’s strategy of customer-driven project development. Traditionally, solar developers would start by nabbing a site and securing interconnection, then look around for an offtaker, Ryzhaya said. “I don’t think that’s the world we’re dealing in today. Today, it’s entirely flipped: It’s a customer-led business.”The old way prioritized least-cost development; under the customer-driven mentality, Lightsource crafts projects tailored to specific customer needs. Such a perspective is more amenable to the higher cost inclusion of storage, provided that it solves a problem that standalone solar can’t.Lightsource tracks the retirement of conventional power plants, Ryzhaya said, and seeks opportunities to backfill that gap with solar and storage. This combination is particularly attractive when plants retire in dense urban load pockets, where permitting a new gas plant would be exceptionally difficult.More: Lightsource: No More Solar Bids Without Energy Storage West Of The Colorado BP Unit Links Solar and Storage in Western U.S. Projectslast_img read more

20 Dec

Brazilian Armed Forces Respond to Mining Disaster

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo March 26, 2019 The Brazilian Armed Forces deployed about 190 service members to search-and-rescue missions for one of the greatest disasters in the country. A surge of toxic mud buried everything in its wake as a result of a collapsed dam at an iron ore mining complex, on January 25, 2019. The dam was part of the Córrego do Feijão Mine, in the city of Brumadinho, Minas Gerais. Employees of the mining company were the first victims. They were working in the mine’s administrative buildings when the dam broke. An estimated 12 million cubic meters of mud spread over 46 kilometers, destroying nearly everything in its path. The avalanche of mud also reached the Paraopeba River, which is part of the São Francisco River bay that runs across 48 Brazilian cities. “There’s no doubt that what happened in Brumadinho is the greatest tragedy I ever experienced in my military career,” said Brazilian Military Fire Brigade Lieutenant Raimundo Carlos Dias de Matos, who has 22 years of experience. He was one of 400 members of various Brazilian fire brigades working on the major operation. By February 25, a month into search-and-rescue missions, authorities found 192 persons alive and 176 dead. About 130 people are still missing. The incident also destroyed the local flora and fauna. The Animal Brigade—a team consisting of veterinarians, zoo technicians, volunteers, and local students—rescued more than 350 animals, including dogs, cats, cattle, birds, and reptiles. Team work In addition to service members from the Army, Navy, and Brazilian Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese), the operations in the Brumadinho area mobilized service members from the National Guard—a body of the Department of Justice and Public Safety—firefighters, Civil Defense teams, and volunteers. The Eastern Military Command coordinated service members’ work in support of Civil Defense and fire brigade teams. Aerial operations were critical, as the mud still hadn’t hardened 15 days after the disaster, challenging rescuers’ efforts. “During the first 30 days of operation, we had a daily average of 299 landings and takeoffs. It was the largest air traffic ever recorded in Minas Gerais,” said Lieutenant Pedro Aihara, spokesperson for the Military Fire Brigade of Minas Gerais. Authorities used a total of 31 aircraft, three from the Armed Forces, in addition to those from fire brigades of different states, Military, Civil and Federal Police, and the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Natural Resources. “This really shows the size of the operation: more than 1,400 aerial missions and the amount of personnel assigned to it,” Lt. Aihara said. Air traffic management in the region fell under the First Central Communications and Control Group, a unit of FAB’s Airspace Control Department. The group ensured that the various aircraft used in the operation operated in an orderly manner and avoided accidents. Authorities installed a radio station near the collapsed dam area to allow for airspace control. The need for aerial missions narrowed as the mud solidified. From then on, teams on land vehicles and excavators took over search-and-rescue efforts. In addition to contributing with air transportation, service members secured the area for forensic medical examiners and engineering inspections of facilities with possible explosive materials. Ongoing operation Search operations continue without end in sight. “The fire brigades only have two options. One: We locate all missing people. And the other is a total lack of realistic and biological conditions to recover those bodies,” said Lt. Aihara.last_img read more

18 Dec

The virtuous cycle: Supporting small businesses & building local communities

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Buzz Points is the only program of its kind to support the “bank local, buy local” movement. In conjunction with National Small Business Week, we’re proud to celebrate our partnerships with small businesses and local merchants around the country. We’ve placed a premium on helping our local business partners succeed and holding ourselves accountable toward that goal.By any measure, we generated new opportunity and increased customer loyalty for small businesses nationwide. In just the last year, we categorized 20,000 more merchants as locally-owned businesses, vastly expanding the number of locations where Buzz Points users can earn additional rewards for supporting local organizations. Throughout 2015, Buzz Points Preferred Local Business partners averaged three reward redemptions from users per month, increasing customer loyalty to the tune of 200% from 2014. And on the whole, cardholder reward redemptions at Preferred Local Businesses spiked 143% over 2014 levels.Beyond revenue and customer loyalty growth, our team and platform have provided local businesses with specific marketing insights to help them better serve their local communities. Since partnering with the Buzz Points program through Fort Community Credit Union, the owners of Wisconsin’s The Sweet Spot café and bakeshop have enjoyed increased visibility into their customers’ buying habits. “Buzz Points gives us the financial and marketing benefits for doing what we were already doing,” they explained.The owner of Wisconsin’s Crimson Salon and Spa has stated that Buzz Points “is the most successful marketing system for our business to date!” What The Fork, a food truck based in Scranton, PA, has even studied Buzz Points customer purchase behavior and regularly adjusts incentives and rewards, gamifying the loyalty experience for its customers.We appreciate the trust and partnership of our small business affiliates, spread across 17 states around the country. We salute your commitment to your communities, and we look forward to growing with you!To learn how the Buzz Points solution can create new opportunities for your small business, contact us! continue reading »last_img read more