Publication features student’s chemistry findings

first_imgMany scientists spend their careers dreaming of the day their work gets published. For Saint Mary’s senior Kate McMahon, that dream became a reality.McMahon was published in the “Acta Crystallographica Section E: Crystallographic Communications” in July for studies completed in her Advanced Lab Course, where she worked towards synthesizing a new chemical. Earlier this year, she succeeded. “The compound can be used in a variety of reactions,” she said. “It is one more piece to a bigger puzzle.” McMahon credits her success to the professors who helped her along the way.“The chemistry department as a whole is really good about advocating for us students and giving us the opportunities we need to do well,” she said. “Dr. Dominic Babbini worked with me directly on my research, but I can’t pick one that has helped me the most. They have all helped in different ways.”Two other students — fifth-year student Madison Sendzik and junior Erica Slogar — also had their undergraduate research published this year, and all three women presented their findings in Washington D.C. at the American Chemistry Society (ACS) National Meet and Exposition, which took place from Aug. 20 to 24.Slogar said in an email her Saint Mary’s education empowered her to make the most of this opportunity.“I was nervous about presenting at first, but the atmosphere of poster presentations at the conference is very informal,” Slogar said. “It is more of a time to discuss what you learned to other scientists. I got to learn new ideas from chemists who knew different ways to analyze the data I collected.” Sendzik explained that presenting her research introduced her to the field of professional chemistry. “It was an excellent opportunity for networking and meeting other students and professionals who are interested in the same type of research as I am,” she said. “I’m really grateful that I could attend what will hopefully be my first ACS conference of many.”McMahon said Saint Mary’s has helped develop her love of chemistry, which she discovered during high school.“I took it because the class was required, but I fell in love with it,” she said. “I thought it was cool to be able to take the small parts of our reality and turn them into something meaningful. I love how I can apply chemistry to my everyday life.” McMahon said she will continue to work with various faculty members and the administration to expand research opportunities on campus. She is in the midst of applying for fellowships but hopes to study abroad for a year after graduating. Following that, she will pursue graduate school.Tags: American Chemistry Society, chemistry, researchlast_img read more

The Chilean and Argentine Armies Conduct the Land SAR 2011 Joint Exercise in Antarctica

first_imgBy Dialogo September 30, 2011 These are the things that are nice seeing, brother countries working together for a common purpose, I await the day when my beloved Latin America can be a single country, without greedy interests, without divisions… The Chilean and Argentine Armies held 11 days of training in the white continent as part of the ‘Land SAR 2011’ joint exercise. Activities such as survival in the Antarctic and travel over glaciers were performed by troops from both countries as part of the training program known as PARACACH, a Spanish acronym for “Argentina-Chile Combined Antarctic Rescue Patrol”. The participants in the exercise belong to the exploration group at the Argentine Army’s Esperanza Antarctic Base and its counterpart at the Chilean Army’s General Bernardo O’Higgins Antarctic Base. The exercise encompassed a 173-miles trip in frigid temperatures, approximately -11.2 º F, with winds of up to 99 miles per hour. The Chilean Soldiers were divided into two groups. The first was made up of three explorers, a radio operations technician, a mechanic, and a nurse, who were combined with Argentine Soldiers. The second group was made up of a rescue patrol of three explorers, ready to intervene in the event of any unforeseen occurrence. The command post for the exercise was installed at O’Higgins Base, by way of a module using satellite communications and Barrett radios and a tracking module, a prototype in its class, with Canatec beacons. The German Space Agency collaborated with the exercise, providing satellite images. Prior to the exercise, a Chilean exploration group set up an emergency logistics post in the Mackenna Pass, around 21 miles south of the Antarctic peninsula, consisting of an easy-to-assemble Weatherhaven-type hut designed for environments with temperatures as low as -58º F and winds of over 93 miles per hour. The post includes radio and satellite communications systems. last_img read more

Smith gives address to the Board of Governors

first_img April 1, 2006 Regular News Smith gives address to the Board of Governors Smith gives address to the Board of Governors Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Being considered a long-shot candidate for Florida governor is no reason to lose your sense of humor.At least that was the view of state Sen. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville, as related to the Bar Board of Governors at its February 17 meeting.The Bar had invited all four major gubernatorial candidates — Smith and U.S. Rep. Jim Davis of Tampa for the Democrats and Attorney General Charlie Crist and Comptroller Tom Gallagher for the Republicans — to speak at the meeting, but only Smith’s schedule allowed him to attend.Smith began by recounting how the first major poll of the campaign put his support at 4 percent. “That was the good news,” he said. “The margin of error on the poll was 5 percent.”Smith went on to deliver what best could be described as an old-fashioned stump speech. He touched on his personal history and experiences, issues important to him, and how the Democrats can take back Florida. His ending was a fervent defense of an independent judiciary and legal system that received a standing ovation from the board.The son of farmers, Smith said he was the first in his family to go to college, much less law school. After 17 years in practice, he was approached to run for Eighth Circuit state attorney in 1992, and he defeated a two-term Republican incumbent. In 2000, he ran for the state Senate, winning a vacant seat that had been held by a Republican — a rarity in a state that has seen growing Republican majorities in the legislature.Smith said his approach is simple.“When we stay on the subjects that people talk about at their breakfast table, we do very well. Schools, affordable health care, affordable housing,” he said. “One of my opponents said, ‘I believe the next election should be about family values.’ I believe the next election should be about valuing families.”One way to show that is by education. Smith said Florida has the highest rate of ninth-graders who drop out before graduation. His solution is to fully fund the class-size constitutional amendment and boost the pay of teachers.“Not so long ago, we knew the secret was recruiting the best teachers and keeping them in the classroom,” Smith said. He told of one teacher who taught in Florida for 21 years, but then left to teach in Georgia where she earns $9,000 more.Schools and universities must also do better teaching math and science, as the U.S. is falling behind other countries in the region and around the world, Smith said. He added there is little good to have the Kennedy Space Center and the Scripps biomedical research facility in Florida if the state can’t produce scientists and engineers to work for those employers.Smith predicted the recently enacted state Medicaid overhaul that will have HMOs running the program will fail. He said the program might work in some urban areas where there are many health facilities, but it won’t work in rural areas where there may be only one doctor or clinic in a county.“We need to drive down the cost of pharmaceuticals through bulk buying and looking at re-importation [of drugs] for what it is — a way to drive down costs,” he said.Smith questioned why the state is talking about $1 billion of tax refunds when residents face paying more than that in increases on their property insurance. The money could be better used for the state’s disaster fund and last-resort insurance company, he said, adding private insurance companies are unlikely to help much.“When you’ve lost $32 billion, you can talk refunds ’til the cows come home and that’s not going to happen,” Smith said.He closed by defending the legal system and an independent judiciary, citing the Terry Schiavo case as an example. He noted he put together a coalition of 12 Democrats and nine Republicans to oppose the state getting involved in that case, and that he also requested the record from the trial court. Despite the intensity of debate, Smith said he was told that he was the only legislator to request that information.“Nineteen courts reviewed that record and the legislature should have stayed out of it,” Smith said. “The independence of the judiciary was at the heart of it. To me, it is the critical part of our system.”If elected, he vowed to push to return to the old way of appointing members to judicial nominating commissions, a system in which the governor appoints three members, the Bar appoints three, and those six choose three public members. Currently, the governor names all nine members, although four are chosen from a slate of nominees proposed by the Bar.“I will do nothing as governor, and I will not allow the legislature while I’m governor, to do anything that weakens the judiciary or use the budget to do that,” Smith said. “I do not think we should do anything that weakens the right of the little guy to go into court and have a shot at justice.. . . “Americans believe in their heart of hearts somebody wins and somebody loses [in court] and they’ll live with the results. And our democracy will be stabilized. People want the ability to turn to their peers and get a shot at justice that nobody owns and nobody buys.”last_img read more

COVID-19: Tensions arise between residents, officials over burials in Depok, Medan

first_imgThe administration said it previously faced similar opposition from locals near other public cemeteries, but Sidik refused to name the places.To prevent such incidents from repeating elsewhere, the administration has asked district heads to publicize the administration’s decisions related to COVID-19, including about the funerals of residents.Read also: Families, health workers face stigma over COVID-19Similar tensions between a city councilor and the local police chief over a funeral of a patient under close observation took place in Medan, North Sumatra on Monday.A member of the Medan Legislative Council, Edi Saputera, refused to comply with Medan Police chief Adj. Comr. Faidir Chan’s order to immediately bury the patient, who was the councilor’s relative, in line with the protocol for the funerals of persons with COVID-19.Edi reportedly insisted having a normal funeral ceremony, laying out the corpse in the home of another family member and allowing relatives view the deceased for a last time.The patient had been treated at the Madani General Hospital in Medan and was tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus, but the results had not been announced by the funeral, said Edi.”You [the police] are overreacting. Do not be like that. I am myself not afraid of death. What is wrong with death?” Edi, a National Awakening Party (PAN) politician told the police, as shown in a video circulating on the internet.”Let me swallow the coronavirus.”The North Sumatra administration had declared a state of emergency on Tuesday that would last through to May 29 following growing cases in the province. North Sumatra has been the hardest-hit province on Sumatra Island with 13 confirmed cases and one death. (dfr)Apriadi Gunawan from Medan contributed to this storyTopics : “The residents wish there had been an announcement at the neighborhood unit [RT] level. The RT head should have told them that there would be a funeral for a person with COVID-19 and they did not have to worry. This was what they were asking [about]: their safety,” Sidik told The Jakarta Post in a telephone interview on Tuesday.In compliance with safety protocols, the hospital that treated the patient had sprayed a disinfectant on the corpse, washed it, covered it in plastic and put it inside a coffin.The fast-spreading respiratory disease has so far infected 30 people in Depok. As a satellite city of Jakarta, the national epicenter of the outbreak, Depok’s number of confirmed cases was the highest in West Java.The residents’ opposition also related to the administration’s decision to bury a COVID-19 patient from Cimanggis district, also in Depok, at the Bedahan cemetery. Sidik said the administration chose to bury the patient at this cemetery because of the “emergency situation”, although there was an available cemetery in the district where the dead person used to live. Some nearby residents oppose the burial of a person with COVID-19 at the Bedahan Public Cemetery in Sawangan district in Depok, West Java claiming that the Depok administration had not been transparent over the condition of the deceased.The head of Depok’s Communication and Information Agency, Sidik Mulyono, went to the cemetery on Monday with the Health Agency head Novarita to mediate between the nearby residents and the administration.The residents expressed complaints about a lack of communication related to the decision to bury a COVID-19 patient in the cemetery.last_img read more

First US presidential debate fails to move investors

first_img“Right now it looks like an even split between Trump and Biden, so it is difficult for the markets to move,” said Ayako Sera, a market strategist at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank in Tokyo.”What people are most concerned about is the fairness of the election and how it will be carried out.”Biden, 77, has held a consistent lead over Trump, 74, in national opinion polls, although surveys in the battleground states that will decide the election show a closer contest.The dollar index against a basket of currencies was flat at 93.817. US stock futures fluctuated slightly but markets and investors were largely stoic as an acrimonious first debate between US presidential candidates ended on Tuesday.Republican President Donald Trump repeatedly interrupted Democratic rival Joe Biden in the Cleveland debate, the first ahead of the Nov. 3 US presidential election, that touched on Trump’s taxes, the economy, the coronavirus pandemic and election integrity.While betting odds makers showed little change in the odds as the debate progressed, US stock futures initially rose as much as 0.6% before turning to be flat. Topics :center_img With more than a million Americans already casting early ballots and time running out to change minds or influence the small sliver of undecided voters, the debate showed the men trading barbs rather than moving the needle on investor perception.The first of three scheduled debates came at a fraught moment on Wall Street.The S&P 500 tumbled around 10% from record highs this month before recently paring some of those losses as investors worried about a prolonged recovery from the coronavirus and uncertainty related to the presidential vote.Many investors view Biden as more likely to raise taxes, and see a second term for Trump, who favors tax cuts and deregulation, as better for the overall stock market. At the same time, a Trump win could spark concerns over ramped up tensions between Washington and Beijing.In the run-up to the 2016 election, investors widely predicted that a Trump victory would hurt stocks due to his unpredictability and trade-war threats against China and Mexico.However, the S&P 500 surged 5% in the month following his unexpected election win in what was dubbed the “Trump trade”, as investors bet Trump would cut taxes and regulation, and boost infrastructure spending.”The markets almost always think they favor a Republican but did just fine under Clinton and Obama. There is comfort in that hindsight perspective regardless of what happens,” said Jake Dollarhide, chief executive officer of Longbow Asset Management in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as he watched the debate.With expectations that the increased use of mail-in ballots by voters concerned about the coronavirus could mean no immediate winner is announced, S&P 500 options show investors are bracing for volatility in November and December.Trump declined last week to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses, and said he expected the election battle to end up before the Supreme Court.last_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sends message of unity amid Granit Xhaka controversy

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 30 Oct 2019 7:32 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Xhaka took part in training on Tuesday but will not play against Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Manager Unai Emery says Xhaka is ‘devastated’ by what happened, but he retains the support of his teammates – the majority of whom voted to give him the armband in the summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWhile there is a toxic mood around Arsenal at the moment, that does not appear to have seeped onto the training pitch with the squad in high spirits in the build-up to Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash with Liverpool.There was a real feeling of unity on Tuesday, with Shkodran Mustafi uploading an image to Instagram of himself helping Aubameyang up off the ground.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Gabon striker replied to the rather symbolic image with a message of his own, saying: ‘We come together, we leave together.’The post was liked by a host of Arsenal players, including Alexandre Lacazette and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, with the squad clearly keen to put the Xhaka controversy behind them.Mesut Ozil posted a similar message yesterday, writing: ‘No matter what – the only way is standing together as one.’Although Xhaka retuned to training he will not be in action on Wednesday night in the Carabao Cup, with Emery electing to rest a number of first-team players – including Aubameyang – as he looks to make use of his squad when they visit Anfield.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sends message of unity amid Granit Xhaka controversy Advertisement Advertisement The Gunners squad appear in high spirits despite Sunday’s incident with their skipper (Picture: Getty)The Arsenal squad are rallying around each other amid the controversy surrounding captain Granit Xhaka, with star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang calling for ‘togetherness’.Aubameyang was tossed the skipper’s armband in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace after Xhaka’s number was shown on the substitution board, with fans jeering him as he left the pitch.The Swiss midfielder sparked outrage by cupping his ear to supporters and telling them to ‘f*** off’, prompting calls for the 27-year-old to be stripped of the captaincy. Commentlast_img read more

Thanks to surrogacy, I’m now a mum at 57

first_imgNZ Herald 1 April 2015As a successful career woman in her thirties, the last thing on Caroline Griffiths’s mind was motherhood. But after falling in love at the age of 42, the desire for a baby became overwhelming. Persuaded by her husband Nigel that she did want a family after all, the couple spent the next decade or so trying, and failing, to become parents, spending in the process some pounds 80,000 on fertility treatments.Last year, still desperate for a baby, they decided to seek a surrogate: a woman willing to be implanted with a donated egg, fertilised by Nigel’s sperm, and carry the pregnancy to term. In June, at the age of 57, Caroline finally got her baby. The longed-for child was delivered by caesarean section to a surrogate mother at a clinic in the Republic of Georgia, as the Griffiths waited anxiously in the ward next door. The little girl was whisked away to her “intended parents” before Ekaterine, the 32-year-old surrogate and herself a mother of two, had a chance to see her.“I was devastated every time an attempt to have a baby failed, and my age was a shadow that hung over me,” says Caroline. “But now we have Grace a horrible weight has been lifted off my shoulders.”Thirty years after Kim Cotton became Britain’s first surrogate mother, the subject is rarely out of the news. Supermodel Elle Macpherson, already a mother of two, is reportedly set to have a third child at 51 via a surrogate, using her own previously frozen eggs. Actress Nicole Kidman, 47, had a daughter via a surrogate in 2010, and Sarah Jessica Parker, 50, had twins via a surrogate in 2009, conceived with her frozen eggs and her husband’s sperm.Sir Elton John, 68, and his husband David Furnish, 52, meanwhile, have two sons via a surrogate, whom clothes designers Dolce and Gabbana controversially described as “synthetic” earlier this month.But it’s not just celebrities who are making surrogacy fashionable. Recent figures from the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) show that record numbers of UK babies are being born to surrogate parents – 167 last year, up from 47 in 2007. Like the Griffiths, many couples go to countries where, unlike in the UK, commercial surrogacy is legal. Data released earlier this month show that in the past three years more than 1,000 hopeful couples have travelled to a total of 57 such countries.The process is not without controversy. Last month Thailand banned commercial surrogacy for foreign couples following the case of Baby Gammy, the twin boy an Australian couple allegedly left with his Thai surrogate mother following a diagnosis of Down’s syndrome. The Foreign Office warns couples about the lack of international regulation and the risk of commercial exploitation of surrogate mothers from poorer countries.Surrogacy procedures explainedEgg donationAn egg donor is given daily injections of stimulating hormones to encourage the growth of more eggs for 10 days until she ovulates. During egg collection a needle is introduced through the back of her vaginal wall into her ovaries. The eggs are removed with a gentle suction pump and fertilised with sperm in a laboratory dish through in vitro fertilisation (IVF).Egg freezingA woman can freeze her eggs for later use. Eggs are removed in the same way as they are for egg donation. They are dehydrated before freezing and can be stored for up to 10 years in liquid nitrogen at minus 196 degrees centigrade. When the woman wants to have a baby the egg is thawed slowly before being warmed up again and injected with sperm to fertilise.Traditional surrogacyThe surrogate mother acts as both the egg donor and the surrogate, so is also the biological mother. The biological father gives a sample of sperm that is transferred into the uterus of the surrogate with a process called intrauterine insemination (IUI) in the hope that fertilisation will take place naturally.Gestational surrogacyThe embryo is created using the biological father’s sperm and an egg donor through IVF, meaning the surrogate is not the biological mother. Resulting embryos are transferred into the surrogate mother’s uterus with a plastic catheter using a process called uterine embryo transfer (UET) around three days after fertilisation. read more

DAR installs 86 ARBs in northern Negros Occidental

first_imgIn E.B. Magalona, 57 ARBs were installed on two properties in Barangay Nanca. sThe first covered 3.4493 hectares previously managed by the Oval Agricultural Corp. while the second was five hectares which Solitaire Agricultural Corp used to own. The lands were distributed by DAR through land acquisition and distribution process of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP)-CARP Extension with Reforms. “Make good use of it and make it productive. Remember to be responsible in paying the land tax and amortizations,” she added. Municipal Agrarian Reform Program officer Ma. Jade Sollesta, who led the installation rites, urged the farmer-beneficiaries to cultivate well the land given to them and to make it as instrument in improving their lives.“Also remember your responsibilities to pay the land tax and the amortization on time,” she added. Twenty-nine agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) are now the landowners of 34.3663 hectares of property in Barangay XIII, Victorias City formerly owned by Ben-Jam Agro Development Corp. and others. During the distribution rites, the DAR personnel and the farmer-beneficiaries observed minimum health protocols such as wearing of mask and physical distancing.(With a report from PNA/PN) Municipal Agrarian Reform Program officer Tessie Pedrosa told the ARBs to use the full potential of the land. BACOLOD City – A total of 86 farmers were installed by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in two areas in northern Negros Occidental during the first week of June.The DAR Negros Occidental I-North said in its report released on June 15 that the installation took place in Victorias City on June 2 and in neighboring E.B. Magalona town on June 5. Some of the 57 agrarian reform beneficiaries pose with Department of Agrarian Reform Negros Occidental I-North personnel during the installation ceremony in Barangay Nanca, E.B Magalona town on June 5. A total of 86 farmers in the province were installed by during the first week of June. DAR.GOV.PH VIA DAR NEGROS OCCIDENTAL-I NORTHlast_img read more

Broken Air Conditioner Temporarily Closes Vevay CVS

first_imgThe CVS Pharmacy in Vevay has reopened after a failed air conditioner was repaired.A CVS Pharmacy in Switzerland County has reopened after a failed air conditioner concerned health officials due to impact on prescriptions.The store is located at 703 E. Main St. in Vevay.Nick Goodwin, communications director for the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency noted that the refrigerating unit had also been compromised due to high, in-store temperatures, which resulted in drugs potentially being dispensed above the manufacturer recommended levels for safe, public consumption.A pharmacist at the store confirmed Monday that the air conditioning unit had been repaired and the location was evaluated by the pharmacy board. The CVS reopened Monday.last_img read more

Mildred “Midge” Mae Hylton

first_imgMildred “Midge” Mae Hylton, 91, of Dillsboro passed away Monday, January 21, 2019 at Ripley Crossing in Milan.  Midge was born Tuesday, March 29, 1927 in Smithboro, Kentucky the daughter of Joe and Dallie (Franklin) Wells.  She married Charles Hylton January 19, 1946 and he preceded her in death November 19, 1979.  She attended Dillsboro Baptist Church, worked at both the Dillsboro Manor and the Dillsboro American Legion as a cook.  She owned her own restaurant in Red Lion, Ohio back in the 1960’s-1970’s, enjoyed landscaping, gardening, flowers and auctions.Midge is survived by son Kenneth (Carol) Hylton of Sunman, daughter Judith (Gary) Baxter of Dillsboro, sisters Mary Jo Disney and Hilda Brashear, grandchildren Shannon Bogenrief, Danny Baxter, Bradley Baxter, Lisa Dingey, Brent Hylton and Matt Hylton, 14 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband and parents, brothers Samuel Wells, Norman Wells and Billy Wells.A service celebrating her life will be held 10 AM Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home in Dillsboro with Pastor Steve O’Brien officiating.  Burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery in Dillsboro.  Family and friends may gather to honor and remember her 5 – 7 PM Wednesday, January 23, 2019 also at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given in honor of Midge to the Dillsboro Baptist Church or the “IVETS” Dept. of Indiana.  Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 12887 Lenover Street, Box 146, Dillsboro, IN 47018, (812)432-5480.  You may go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more