Spectral UV measurements over Europe within the Second European Stratospheric Arctic and Midlatitude Experiment activities

first_imgIn the frame of the Second European Stratospheric Arctic and Midlatitude Experiment an intensive program of spectral measurements of global solar UV radiation was organized at several European sites, extending from middle latitudes to the Arctic Circle, in March 1995. Before starting the intensive measurements, a 2-day intercomparison was performed at each site with a traveling spectrophotometer to ensure consistency and comparability between the instruments and their measurements during the period of the study. The collected data were used to investigate the variability of solar ultraviolet irradiances at high and middle latitudes during a period of considerably varying ozone levels. The ratio of the UV erythemal irradiance to UVA irradiance was used to exclude the interference of clouds and other wavelength independent factors. Finally, a simple statistical analysis of the data showed that the variability of UV erythemal dose due to clouds can be at least of similar importance to that induced by the variability of total ozone.last_img read more

What’s the ceiling for UC, BYU, Marshall, Coastal & Liberty?

first_imgNovember 19, 2020 /Sports News – Local What’s the ceiling for UC, BYU, Marshall, Coastal & Liberty? Tags: BYU Cougars Football/College Football Playoff Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailThe current AP Top 25 features five unbeaten teams from outside the Power Five conferences: No. 7 Cincinnati, No. 8 BYU, No. 15 Coastal Carolina, co-No. 15 Marshall and No. 21 Liberty.This unusual season has created an opportunity for those teams to climb the rankings. But many of their toughest games were canceled, providing fewer opportunities to prove skeptics wrong.The postseason bowl system tends to favor big-name schools from wealthy conferences. Next week’s College Football Playoff rankings will mean a lot to some of these overlooked unbeaten teams. Written bylast_img read more

Rhodes Trust announces largest and most diverse cohort

first_imgThe 2019 cohort of 101 Rhodes scholars will be the most geographically diverse in the Trust’s 116-year history.For the first time, the class of scholars will include two Global Rhodes Scholars. The new scholarship was announced in February, and the first offered by the Trust to be open to applicants from all over the world.This year’s Global Scholars are Olga Romanova from Russia and Adam Abebe from Ethiopia. Applications for this year’s scholarships came from 32 countries.Romanova, a current Harvard student, specialises in bio-engineering and is working on developing a temperature correlation model, which she intends to implement in a wearable device for paediatric cancer patients. Abebe studies at the University of Pennsylvania, focusing on international development through research into the Malawi population affected by HIV and AIDS and the impact of Chinese investment on Ethiopian infrastructure.The 2019 cohort includes scholars from two new Rhodes constituencies, East Africa (Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Burundi) and Saudi Arabia.This class will also be the largest, having grown from 83 scholars in 2013. A spokesperson for the Trust told Cherwell that they anticipate the number of scholars expanding further over the coming years.CEO and Warden of the Rhodes Trust, Dr Elizabeth Kiss said:“It enables us to create a community of friendship and shared discovery that brings together young people from all over the world, ensuring that our Scholars are equipped to approach the world’s most complex questions with curiosity, a cooperative spirit and the ability to cross boundaries, challenge stereotypes and break down walls.“I am extremely grateful to all the generous donors who have supported the launch of these expansion Scholarships and look forward to continuing our efforts to secure funding for additional Scholarships.”In February, a spokesperson for the University told Cherwell: “The Rhodes Scholarships have been important to the University of Oxford since they started in 1903. They have led to many international postgraduate students being able to study here, and we are delighted that the new Global Scholarships allow for their reach to be even greater in terms of where Scholars can come from around the world.”last_img read more

Mr. Mature America Looks Back on Thrilling Reign

first_imgJack Merritt, Mr. Mature America 2019, at the Ocean City Block Party. (Photo courtesy Mr. Mature America 2019 Facebook page) By TIM KELLYBeing the type of guy who “never takes myself too seriously,” Jack Merritt answered a question about his year of holding the title of Mr. Mature America with a quip.“It’s been the most fun I’ve ever had with my clothes on,” Merrritt said.The reigning winner of the zany pageant-style competition for men 55 and older says his successor is in for a similar thrill-packed ride.“People stop me at events and chat, I get to come to Ocean City more often than I normally would, and I’ve made many new friends. It’s been great,” he said.For Merritt, a consultant and private pilot from West Grove, Pa., who owns a summer home in Ocean City, the ride will end on Saturday, April 18, at the conclusion of the 7 p.m. event at the Music Pier.Just as he took the honors from 2018 Mr. Mature America Bill Quain, Merritt will relinquish them to a successor to be crowned by former “Brady Bunch” star and emcee Barry Williams.Barry Williams, “Greg Brady” from the iconic 1970s TV show “The Brady Bunch,” is pictured then and more recently (Photos courtesy E!News online)Along with bragging rights, a trophy, crown, sash and a ham, comes the role as one of the most visible ambassadors of Ocean City during events in town.Prospective entrants should check out the online entry form available at www.ocnj.us/mrmature or call Michael Hartman at 609-525-9284 for more information. Deadline for sign-ups is March 15.“I would recommend for you to take part in it,” Merritt told a reporter of a contemporary age. “It’s something you’ll always remember.”Merritt, who is 70, said he entered at the gentle prodding of his wife, Julia Altman. Comparing their family to that of Williams’ TV fam, the couple are part of a blended group that includes six children from their previous marriages and dozens of friends.“During the show, (Merritt’s supporters) held up placards with my face on it, and made a lot of noise,” he said, laughing.The scene was typical of the event, which is held in the tongue-in-cheek tradition of its brainchild, former Ocean City public relations guru Mark Soifer.Like Merritt, the other contestants had large numbers of supporters on hand to lend moral and verbal support to their favorites, making for a rollicking evening of fun, music and laughs.Mr. Mature America 2019 Jack Merritt is crowned by 2018 titleholder Bill Quain. (Photo courtesy City of Ocean City)As much fun as it was performing on stage, answering emcee Barbara Eden’s interview questions and bonding with the fraternity of fellow MMA hopefuls and previous winners, Merritt says the best moment may have come afterward when he felt a tug on his sleeve. He looked over and the person trying to get his attention was none other than Eden, former ’60s TV star of “I Dream of Jeannie” fame.“I’m standing there like a deer in the headlights and here is an early fantasy woman of mine asking to have her picture taken – with me,” he said with a shocked tone that still hasn’t worn off.It was at that moment he realized what a big deal it was to be Mr. Mature America.Merritt said he survived the talent portion without winning, for his rendition of the Van Morrison classic “Brown Eyed Girl.”“I did all right with my guitar playing,” he allowed, “but not so well with my singing.”He scored big with the judges during the interview segment. Merritt used the pageant as a platform for his animal rescue program, Pilots and Paws, which he runs out of his small farm in in Pennsylvania.With the aid of about 80 volunteers, the program saves the lives of approximately 450 animals a year, he said.Mr. Mature America 2019 Jack Merritt, of West Grove, Pa., with his wife, Julia Altman, and their dog, Watson.Merritt said he never expected to win the contest, and a bigger shock came a few days later when a city official furnished him with a sheet listing the numerous events he would be asked to attend as Mr. Mature America.“I love a good parade,” he said, and Ocean City gave him the chance to appear in several. “It’s kind of neat when the car rolls by and you look at people and you feel they are thinking, ‘Who is this guy?’ and then they see the (sign) on the car door. They light up and start yelling out to me. It’s quite a feeling.”As for the busy schedule of events, it is a pleasure to give back to a town that he has enjoyed for decades, Merritt noted. He invited the public to check out his Facebook page that details many of his activities during the reign: https://www.facebook.com/MrMatureAmerica2019/?epa=SEARCH_BOX“My wife might be a little bit glad (the reign) is coming to an end,” he said. “For me, it has been an exciting and very rewarding experience.”last_img read more

Watch Aqueous Tear Up Tyrone’s Farm In Stunning Pro-Shot, Full-Length Video

first_imgBuffalo, NY-based groove-rock quartet Aqueous are one of today’s hottest up-and-coming bands in the jam scene. Earlier this month, the band played an intimate two-set show at Tyrone Farm in Pomfret, CT. Luckily, videographer mk devo was on the ground to record the ripping performance, so we can all enjoy it from our couches.Watch full video of both sets below: Aqueous fans have a lot to look forward to, as the band is set to release a brand new EP called Best In Show on October 13th. The group will celebrate the album release with a two-night hometown run at Buffalo Iron Works, bringing support from Natalie Cressman & Mike Bono on night one (10/13) and BIG Something on night two (10/14). For more information, be sure to check out the band’s official website.Setlist: Aqueous at Tyrone Farm, Pomfret, CT – 9/11/16SET 1: The Median, Don’t Do It, Underlyer > Undone (The Sweater Song), Kitty Chaser (Explosions), Aldehyde > Numbers and FactsSET 2: Random Company, Mosquito Valley Pt. I, Skyway > The Grobe, Complex Pt. II, Uncle Phil’s ParachuteENCORE: Strange TimesNOTES:Waves [Phish] teases in Median introJurassic Park theme tease at end of Aldehydelast_img read more

Students come together with Congregate

first_img How the Socratic method translates online Q&A on Harvard’s move to online learning Related Law School professor makes a case for Zoom Officials detail University’s battle plan to combat coronavirus while education continues As the U.S. COVID-19 crisis intensified in early March, Harvard Undergraduate Capital Partners (HUCP) was hit by a bevy of networking event cancellations.When Harvard President Larry Bacow announced that the University would transition to remote teaching after spring break, HUCP managing director Bryan Lee ’21, a computer science concentrator at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, wondered how networking events could continue with participants scattered around the world.He immediately reached out to some friends and began brainstorming solutions.“We started to think about the sorts of things that happen during networking events that aren’t well-facilitated through Zoom [the videoconferencing platform Harvard uses],” said Jacob Ajit ’21, an economics and computer science concentrator. “For instance, at networking events, you have conversations that self-segregate into little sub-groups, which we thought of as ‘rooms.’ The key point is that they are very dynamic. We wanted to create an interface where people can dynamically gauge the sense of a room and then jump in and out of conversations quite easily.”Feeling a sense of urgency, Lee and his friends quickly formed a team and collaborated over spring break to develop Congregate, a web platform that enables users to host events or gatherings that are broken into many dynamically generated conversation rooms.An event organizer sets up a series of rooms, which take the form of rectangles on a user’s screen. Individuals can see the topic of each room, as well as the number of people and the user names of those inside. Clicking into a room brings up a videoconference window with typical features, such as “raise hand,” a chat box, etc. While the event continues, users can create and delete additional rooms at will.This sample Congregate lobby shows a series of rooms that users can enter and leave during an event.Enabling users to break themselves into sub-groups with no friction is an important function that many videoconferencing tools lack, Ajit said.“While we originally thought about networking events, we quickly realized that this idea of having dynamic virtual social gatherings is applicable to many other use cases, like casual hangouts, common spaces, and even virtual office hours for courses,” Lee said. “We heard a lot of horror stories about Zoom office hours.”In technical classes, office hours are vital settings for collaboration between students, said Isabelle Zheng ’22, a computer science concentrator. Groups of students work together, typically in a large dining hall, while a teaching fellow circles the room to see who needs help.That is impossible to replicate in a Zoom format, she said.The system places burdens on the teaching fellows to keep track of which students request to be placed into which breakout rooms, while also visiting all the breakout rooms to answer questions.As they continue to roll out the platform, the Congregate team plans to add more features, which could include customized backgrounds, bubble-shaped rooms that pulse based on the number of people inside, and even subtle background noise.“One time, a friend of mine was trying to get into our Zoom breakout room to collaborate with us, but because the TF [teaching fellow] was busy, she had to wait for an hour before she could get into our room,” Zheng said. “Rather than having the impetus on the TF to manage everything, we wanted Congregate to be something where people could gather in their own rooms, discuss specific questions, and then allow TFs to jump from room to room in a way that is very similar to what they would do in a real dining hall.”The biggest challenge they faced as they developed Congregate was finding a videoconferencing platform that had the functionality they needed, but was inexpensive enough that they could scale up, Ajit explained. The team made a number of very fast pivots, relying on the feedback of friends as they added core features.They publicly launched Congregate on April 3 and have a set of about 10 TFs who have agreed to pilot the system for office hours. The team is also preparing to use Congregate to host several class of 2024 gatherings for the University of Pennsylvania, University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne, and Northwestern, Lee said. As they continue to refine the platform based on user feedback, they are excited about potential future features, such as customized backgrounds (host office hours in a replica of the Annenberg dining hall, for instance), bubble-shaped rooms that pulse based on the number of people inside, and even subtle background noise.“For a networking event, for instance, there are some cases where Congregate could offer more features than the physical world could allow,” Ajit said. “Instead of putting on a sticker that says ‘I want to talk about fintech,’ now you could see a bird’s-eye view of what everyone wants to talk about in these little groups. We have a lot of fun features in the works.”They are looking forward to working on those features, expanding the platform, and sharing Congregate with students around the world, who are all now coping with new challenges and opportunities afforded by remote instruction.“I really like building things that allow people to live an easier life,” Zheng said. “This makes a lot of applications much easier, especially since we’ll be in this remote environment for the foreseeable future. Being able to rapidly create something and see it come to fruition has been really rewarding.”last_img read more

Robinson, Blais reflect on year in office

first_imgTags: Becca Blais, Corey Robinson, Robinson-Blais, Student government, Transition Editor’s Note: A version of this story was published April 3.Though outgoing student body president Corey Robinson’s time in office has come to an end, he and outgoing vice president Becca Blais used their term to begin a number of enduring initiatives — ones that would not have been possible without the duo’s focus on teamwork, Robinson said.“Without the team, none of this would have happened at all,” he said. “We couldn’t have done half of the things we did without the team. When you have extraordinary people who are passionate and highly capable, you get a great, extraordinary product. That’s what I’m proudest of.”Blais said she was consistently impressed with the commitment every team member showcased in the past year.“We have this incredible team in here that is so dedicated to other people and making their goals reality,” Blais said. “It’s been really cool to see that in motion and the momentum that’s building for that.”One of their major successes this year was changing the way student government worked at Notre Dame, Blais said. “Student government is just different now, and I love that,” Blais said. “I get reached out to by a different student at least several times a week. Somebody will be like, ‘I’m really passionate about this. I really want to change this,’ and they really see student government as an avenue to make change, which is monumental.”Blais said she and her team understood the importance of contributing to sexual assault awareness on campus. “I think three, four years ago, [sexual assault] was definitely a discussed issue on campus,” Blais said. “But compared to now, I think you could walk up to any student on campus and ask them what the three biggest issues facing students are, and one of them would be sexual assault. To have people cognizant of that, and not only recognizing it but moving into the steps of making a change, and getting involved … the progress has been really cool.”Robinson said he was proud of his involvement in increasing conversations about diversity. “I mean that in the big sense of the word diversity,” Robinson said. “We started off in the summer with getting to work on talking about police brutality, then moved into race relations, then we talked about undocumented students … it’s diversity in a lot of different aspects, and it was a constant conversation for a year, and, personally, that’s what I’m proud of.”Reflecting on the year, Robinson said the team “left it all on the field.”“Like I said to the team, I’m just so proud of everything they’ve done, and I’m so thankful for being able to serve alongside them this year,” Robinson said. “We gave it everything we’ve got, and to be honest, when you’ve given it all that you’ve got, and you did something that was really worthwhile and matters, you can’t go wrong with that.”His only regret, Robinson said, is that he and Blais do not have more time in office. “I walk away feeling like I did everything I possibly could have, but of course there’s things I wish we would have done more of,” Robinson said. “I wish we could have gone to more club meetings, gone to the students, gotten more people involved in the process. I just wish we had more time.”Robinson said he hopes the legacy he leaves assures students that their voices are powerful.“You don’t have to wait until you graduate to make a difference,” Robinson said. “That can be in anything. You don’t have to wait. You can act now. There are resources now. If you have a will and a passion, there is a way.”The most important lesson Robinson learned, he said, was being able to “live what you say.”“I think trying to live that example, being intentional about what you do, is really important,” Robinson said. “It all comes down to one thing for me, and that’s integrity.”last_img read more

FairPoint surpasses broadband milestone of 80 percent coverage

first_imgConsolidated Communications,FairPoint Communications has met ‘ and surpassed ‘ another key broadband milestone in Vermont.FairPoint pledged to make broadband available to 80 percent of its customers by the end of 2010 and as of Oct. 31, the company has bested that commitment, said Michael K. Smith, FairPoint state president for Vermont.‘We’re at 80.5 percent and we still have two months to go in 2010,’ Smith said. ‘I don’t know of any other provider in Vermont who has done more to expand broadband for Vermonters than FairPoint. We’ve increased high-speed Internet from 66 percent in 2008 to now more than 80 percent.’In 2010, FairPoint has turned up more homes and businesses in Highgate, Thetford, Peru, Williston, Stockbridge, Westford and Marlboro, with additional communities scheduled to come online before year’s end, Smith said.FairPoint will be continuing to add broadband as it meets its commitment to provide total broadband coverage to half of its exchanges in 2011, with 95 percent completed by June 30 and the remaining 5 percent to be built on demand within 90 days.‘We’re building it as fast as we can and we won’t stop until we’ve reached all of our statewide commitments, which are aggressive, unprecedented and self-financed,’ said Smith.About FairPointFairPoint Communications, Inc. is an industry leading provider of communications services to communities across the country. Today, FairPoint owns and operates local exchange companies in 18 states offering advanced communications with a personal touch, including local and long distance voice, data, Internet, television and broadband services. Learn more at www.FairPoint.com(link is external). ### Source: SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (November 4, 2010) ‘ FairPoint Communicationslast_img read more

Amityville Man Charged With Hamptons Home Invasion

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York U.S. Marshals apprehended a suspect who was wanted for an armed home invasion in Bridgehampton last month in which a victim was pistol-whipped, Southampton Town Police said.Keriam Beauford was charged with burglary, assault, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.Police said the 27-year-old Amityville man broke into a residence on Sag Harbor/Bridgehampton Turnpike, attacked a victim inside and demanded money and drugs at 11:25 a.m. on Aug. 12.The suspect allegedly fled with a Playstation 4, X-Box One, an iPAD and a small amount of marijuana, police said.The victim was treated for injuries at Stony Brook University Hospital.Investigators took the suspect into custody on Thursday. He was arraigned Friday at Southampton Town Justice Court.last_img read more

Five myths of strategic execution

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit unions have thousands of guides about developing a strategy, but very few on how to execute one. And the difficulty of achieving executional excellence is a major obstacle at most companies, according to Kathy Pearson, Ph.D., who recently spoke at CUES Symposium: A CEO/Chairman Exchange.Leaders often attribute poor execution to a lack of alignment and a weak performance culture. However, it turns out that in most companies, activities line up well with strategic goals, and the people who meet their numbers are consistently rewarded, according to Pearson, founder and president of Enterprise Learning Solutions and a senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.Instead, for successful execution of strategy, companies must foster coordination across units and build the agility to adapt to changing market conditions.During her session, Pearson summarized research from “Why Strategy Execution Unravels–And What to Do About It” from the March 2015 Harvard Business Review, and shared five strategic execution myths and realities… continue reading »last_img read more