Postdoctoral Associate – Department of Chemical Engineering (CHE) – Magnetic Particle Imaging

first_imgPostdoctoral Associate Position in Magnetic ParticleImagingA 12-month postdoc position is available immediately in thelaboratory of Dr. Carlos Rinaldi, who is the Chair in theDepartment of Chemical Engineering and Professor in the J. CraytonPruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering at theUniversity of Florida. The position is for an initial one-yearappointment, and has the potential to be renewed for an additional1-2 years. The minimum salary is $47,476 annually.Research in the Rinaldi lab spans synthesis and characterizationof magnetic nanoparticles for biomedical applications andevaluation of nanoparticle transport and diffusion in biologicalfluids. Current efforts focus on developing tracers formagnetic particle imaging, spurred by the recent acquisition of aMagnetic Insight MomentumTM magnetic particle imaging (MPI) scannerat UF. Magnetic particle imaging is an exciting new biomedicalimaging modality that allows for non-invasive, unambiguous, andquantitative imaging of the in vivo distribution ofsuperparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticle tracers.Professional Development Opportunities: The selectedcandidate will have access to a wide variety of professionaldevelopment activities at the University of Florida. Postdoctoralseminars and career development seminars are put on by both theOffice of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Career Resource Center atthe University of Florida. These seminars will enable the selectedcandidate to learn critical skills for navigating the academiccareer path. Previous seminars included: The Academic Job Search,Developing a Teaching and Research Statement, The AcademicInterview, Keys to Successful Grant Writing, and Team-BasedLearning: An Exciting & Interactive Alternative toLecture-Based Teaching.Attributes of UF and Gainesville : The University of Floridais one of only a few comprehensive universities, having medical,veterinary, dental, nursing, public health, and engineeringdisciplines all co-localized on the same, contiguous campus. UF isa highly collaborative environment that provides researchers withmany opportunities for learning (e.g., top seminar programs,excellent core research facilities) and research collaborations.Gainesville is located in the northern region of Florida, within1-1.5 hours of each coast, and just 1.5-2 hours to Orlando andTampa. It is a small to medium-sized city with a low cost ofliving, excellent public and private schools, and southernhospitality. While Gainesville is widely recognized as the home ofthe Gators, it is quickly becoming known as a center for innovationand a place with a lifestyle that’s comfortable for families, yetattractive for young professionals. In 2013 the financial websiteNerdWallet deemed Gainesville the #1 fastest growing US city (http://www.eng.ufl.edu/careers/why-gainesville).The applicant will have the freedom to choose a project applyingmagnetic particle imaging to track immune responses andimmunotherapies. Applicant will also be expected to assist currentPh.D. students in the lab, contribute to lab management, and assistin writing proposals to secure research funding. The candidate musthave a Ph.D. degree in a related science/engineering field andsolid background in nanomaterials for biomedical imaging.Please send a letter of interest highlighting research andlong-term goals, curriculum vitae, and the names and emailaddresses of three or more references to [email protected] or viaInterfolio http://apply.interfolio.com/66258.Selected candidate will be required to provide an officialtranscript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript willnot be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued toStudent” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institutionoutside of the United States are required to be evaluated by aprofessional credentialing service provider approved by NationalAssociation of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for thisposition, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to workin the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’sSunshine Law.Category=69The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.last_img read more

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Adjunct Faculty for Associate Degree Nursing Program: Foundations, Medical /Surgical, Pediatrics

first_imgPosition End Date (if temporary) Preferred Qualifications Open Until FilledNo Open Date07/15/2020 Desired Start Date08/14/2020 Required Qualifications Job TitleAdjunct Faculty for Associate Degree Nursing Program:Foundations, Medical /Surgical, Pediatrics and Maternal ChildNursing Job Summary Close Date * How did you learn about this employment opportunity?Morton ‘careers’ websiteInternal postingMonsterCareerbuilderInside Higher EdHigher Ed jobsHACUnewspaper/trade journalLinkedIn Instruct small student groups at affiliated clinical sitesthroughout Chicago and nearby suburbs, or occasional didacticinstruction as faculty substitute. Classes meet at various timesand days. Position Details Requirements include: Master’s degree in nursing; Illinois RNlicensure; 2 years clinical experience. Provide student instruction and supervision for selected group ofclients using the nursing process, current patient safety standardsand institutional policies/procedures• Utilize course syllabus, approved textbooks and supplementalmaterials• Adhere to course meeting times and location, includingorientation(s) and simulation laboratory on campus• Maintain grade book• Take and submit attendance, as required• Facilitate electronic and other communication between students,staff, program director Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Reports To and Evaluated byDean of Nursing and Health Science Minimum 1 year previous teaching experience in either didactic orclinical setting Specific Job Duties Posting NumberADJ00092PU Posting Details Special Instructions to Applicants Salary RangePer CBA * What is the highest degree completed?H.S. DiplomaAssociatesBachelorsMastersPhD * Do you have, or will you have on the day of employment, acurrent Illinois Registered Nurse (RN) Licensure?YesNo Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsResumeOptional DocumentsCover LetterTranscriptsCurriculum VitaeEvaluations (for Faculty)OtherSpecialized Certificationslast_img read more

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SICKIE v WORK

first_imgForty per cent of employers believe major sporting events cause unwarranted absence, the latest annual sickness survey from the Confederation of British Industry and insurance company Axa shows. This is bad news for this summer, when some of the World Cup football matches will be played during working hours. Yet workplace absence has fallen to its lowest level since the survey began in 1987. That said, almost 75% of employers said staff were inclined to take Mondays and Fridays off and 64% said absenteeism was used to extend holidays. The Forum of Private Business’s (FPB) most recent survey on the issue found that 71.4% of respondents had suffered through workers’ absence. The most common tools for managing “sickies”, it added, were restricting paid absences, return-to-work interviews and incentives for good attendance.This is precisely what Potts Bakers, the five-strong Barnsley-based chain, does to prevent malingerers bringing all the other staff members down. Joint managing director Roger Potts, recalls: “We had one person who had three grandmas who died in three months.”A few years ago, after estimating that the reasons for 50-60% of “sickies” were fake, the business introduced attendance benefits which add a bonus of £20-£50 per week. It also conducts back-to-work interviews and insists on absenteeism reports, which make it even harder for employees to pull a fast one. As a result, the proportion of fake “sickies” has dropped to an estimated 30-40%, says Potts.Tough on other staffAndover independent baker Burbidge’s had a member of staff absent on the morning British Baker telephoned, equating to a third of its full-time workforce. Steve Burbidge, owner, described it as “soul destroying” and said that this made it tough on the other staff.He, too, has had the granny excuse. “Just how many grannies can one person have? You are trying to build a team of people and one of them is not playing the game. It makes me want to phone Poland.”Burbidge says he needs his staff to be dedicated if he is to expand and be creative. The fact that he only pays the legally mandatory standard statutory sick pay (SSP) of £70.05 a week from the fourth day of absence should be enough to discourage those who are not genuinely sick, but it does not always work that way.Burbidge adds that he does not have a problem if someone is genuinely sick, but he has called staff at home to hear them cheerfully answer the phone, only to change the tone of their voice when they realise it is the boss calling. He says it is obvious they are trying it on.Peter Herd of Wilmslow, based in Wilmslow, Cheshire, has been tackling absenteeism for two years and is just beginning to reap the benefits.The three-strong group uses detailed contracts of employment in which it includes what will happen in case of drug or alcohol abuse.Carol Gatto-Hall, managing director, says: “If we feel that we’ve had people coming into work not ready or unfit to do the job, we’ve sent them home. That has had quite an impact.” Everyone else has to work that much harder when someone is off and, when they come back, they incur the wrath of their work colleagues if absent unnecessarily. Gatto-Hall says: “The usual excuse is ‘Mummy’s forgotten to take the overalls out of the washing machine’. A 19-year-old told me that.”Another time, an employee said she had run out of petrol. Gatto-Hall asked her where she was, offering to pick her up. “She didn’t know what to say because she was still in bed.”The company now moves sales assistants between its three branches, which are all within a 10-mile radius. Gatto-Hall says this has helped with absenteeism, because staff feel they are contributing more to the whole business and understand they are not just in an isolated shop. “They feel they are putting more into the business – putting ideas into other branches – and it maintains their interest,” she explains.Salford-based Employment Law Advisory Services says a quarter of small businesses are so scared about being sued that they are refusing to tackle their own lazy staff. But Gatto-Hall is not easily scared off. She has fired three staff in the last six months – one of them due to absenteeism. “They seem to think the employment laws are made to protect them… it’s not true.”The company pays sales staff the basic SSP, but tops it up for staff in the bakery “because it’s a difficult job. They do an awful lot of hours and they are all salaried. If they abuse it, we have to put them back on to SSP.”Gatto-Hall says the secret is to make staff feel part of the business and give them as much information as possible. “If you don’t, they are just going through the motions,” she says.Mike Petrook, spokesman for the Chartered Management Institute, says the key issue is that, while employers are continually looking for ways to stay “lean and mean”, they also need to ensure that genuinely ill staff are not penalised and sick people are not encouraged to work when they are not fully fit. “After all, a culture of confidence needs to be created in which employers should be able to trust their staff when they phone in unwell. Positive approaches to managing absenteeism are more likely to reduce its occurrence,” he says. How to tackle absenteeismWhenever staff phone in sick, ask what is wrong, when they expect to be better and to keep you informed.Hold a back-to-work interview when they return. This will act as a deterrent to people who may not want to be questioned over their fake illness, and will allow you to uncover any underlying factors for those who are regularly genuinely ill.Monitor the number of occasions of sickness and discipline staff upon a trigger. Seeing that action is taken against people who overstep the mark should act as a deterrent.In the most extreme cases request permission to approach their GP for a medical report to uncover evidence of their dishonesty.Only pay SSP, rather than their full wage, but consider that punitive measures usually demotivates a workforce.Reward good attendance with extra holiday or a weekend break and reduce extra holiday for good attendance for each day off sick.Use a computer to analyse and tackle absence and for isolating sickness patterns.Keep channels of communication open with staff, so employees gain a sense of involvement in the direction of the business.Create a culture of trust in which employees have the confidence to make decisions. Encourage staff at all levels to learn new skills. Helping them to develop keeps them motivated.Identify employees’ career path and plan their progression.Introduce flexible working practices, so employees with families are less likely to take time off for personal reasons or when children are sick.Celebrate individual and company success, praising those responsible.Create an environment in which staff can socialise. This is good for team spirit.Source: Employment Law and Advisory Services; Cripps Harries Hall LLP, Bibby Financial Service What the law says: The Employment Rights Act 1996 sets out the employee’s right not to come into work when ill and the measures which employers must follow in such circumstances.Employees’ rights to Statutory Sick Pay are included within the Statutory Sick Pay (General) Regulations 1982, as amended.Employers’ rights with regards to staff who take time off sick for genuine reasons are included in the Employment Rights Act 1996. This sets out how employers should deal with workers who are ill.When employees give fake reasons, this becomes a contractual matter and depends on what contract, if any, the employee has. Most employers will be able to invoke disciplinary action for misconduct.If employees have been sacked for taking time off sick, but they were genuinely ill, they can pursue a case at an Employment Tribunal for unfair dismissal. The maximum penalty for employers is capped at £58,400. The average penalty is closer to £8,000.Source: Peter Mooney, head of consultancy at Employment Law and Advisory Services.last_img read more

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German specialist cartoning machine manufacturer Vepatec

first_imghas recently been bought out by Dienst Verpackungstechnik, located in Hochheim near Frankfurt, a German manufacturer of end-load cartoning systems and high-speed carton erectors.”This important marriage of skill bases and expertise enables the Dienst Group and UK agent Partners in Packaging to offer the most comprehensive range of packaging lines for either cartonboard or corrugated board, of any company within the industry,” says Duncan Macintyre, MD of Partners in Packaging.last_img

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Press release: Age-verification for online pornography to begin in July

first_imgPorn sites must check age of users or risk facing sanctions New approach is the first of its kind in the world, and puts in place the same protections that exist offline Stricter measures in place to protect users’ data and privacy We hope that the introduction of this age-verification will help in protecting children, making it harder for young people to accidentally come across online pornography, as well as bringing in the same protections that we use offline to protect children from age-restricted goods or services. Talking to children is vital and education has a major part to play here, and we need to ensure all young people are given a platform to discuss the pressures they face online and have the skills to spot and understand the gap between perception and reality. We are releasing a new extended PSHE toolkit later this month to address the issue of online pornography along with related topics of body image and healthy relationships. We know that conversations with young people, parents and carers and teachers are paramount to giving children the information, support and skills that they need. Adult content is currently far too easy for children to access online. The introduction of mandatory age-verification is a world-first, and we’ve taken the time to balance privacy concerns with the need to protect children from inappropriate content. We want the UK to be the safest place in the world to be online, and these new laws will help us achieve this. Childnet Chief Executive Will Gardner said: The introduction of age-verification to restrict access to commercial pornographic websites to adults is a ground breaking child protection measure. Age-verification will help prevent children from accessing pornographic content online and means the UK is leading the way in internet safety. On entry into force, consumers will be able to identify that an age-verification provider has met rigorous security and data checks if they carry the BBFC’s new green ‘AV’ symbol. We are delighted to see the government tackling the issue of online pornography – as children seeing content they’re not emotionally ready for can be very damaging, especially if they don’t speak out about it. While our research shows that parents overwhelmingly support age-verification and are confident it will make a difference, we must recognise that digital solutions aren’t the only answer and parents can’t become complacent about their child’s digital world. There is no substitute to having regular and honest conversations with your child about what they’re getting up to online, establishing an open dialogue about their digital life from a young age.center_img Government has listened carefully to privacy concerns and is clear that age-verification arrangements should only be concerned with verifying age, not identity. In addition to the requirement for all age-verification providers to comply with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) standards, the BBFC have created a voluntary certification scheme, the Age-verification Certificate (AVC), which will assess the data security standards of AV providers. The AVC has been developed in cooperation with industry, with input from government.Certified age-verification solutions which offer these robust data protection conditions will be certified following an independent assessment and will carry the BBFC’s new green ‘AV’ symbol. Details will also be published on the BBFC’s age-verification website, ageverificationregulator.com so consumers can make an informed choice between age-verification providers.BBFC Chief Executive David Austin said: The change in law is part of the Government’s commitment to making the UK the safest place in the world to be online, especially for children. It follows last week’s publication of the Online Harms White Paper which set out clear responsibilities for tech companies to keep UK citizens safe online, how these responsibilities should be met and what would happen if they are not.CEO of Internet Matters Carolyn Bunting said: The UK will become the first country in the world to bring in age-verification for online pornography when the measures come into force on 15 July 2019.It means that commercial providers of online pornography will be required by law to carry out robust age-verification checks on users, to ensure that they are 18 or over. The move is backed by 88% of UK parents with children aged 7-17, who agree there should be robust age-verification controls in place to stop children seeing pornography onlineWebsites that fail to implement age-verification technology face having payment services withdrawn or being blocked for UK users.The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) will be responsible for ensuring compliance with the new laws. They have confirmed that they will begin enforcement on 15 July, following an implementation period to allow websites time to comply with the new standards.Minister for Digital Margot James said: ENDSNotes to EditorsThe BBFC were designated in February 2018, public consultation on the guidance was held from March – April 2018, Guidance was laid in parliament in October 2018, and debated and approved in December 2018. More details on on how age-verification for online pornography arrangements will work can be found hereA large amount of pornography is available online with little or no protections to ensure that those accessing it are old enough to do so. In turn, this is changing the way young people understand healthy relationships, sex and consent. In response the Government brought forward legislation in the Digital Economy Act to combat these changing attitudes and ensure that what is unacceptable offline is unacceptable online.There will be a number of age-verification options available, so a user can choose what’s right for them. These checks will be rigorous – you won’t be able to just type in your date of birth or tick a box. Age-verification solutions range from the use of traditional ID documents online (for example, credit cards or passports) to mobile phones where the adult filters have been removed. Users can also use digital IDs or buy a card over the counter in a shop where the verification is face to face.Research carried out by YouGov for the BBFC found that 88% of parents with children aged 7-17 agree there should be robust age-verification controls in place to stop children seeing pornography online. YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 6339 adults, of which 996 are parents of 7 to 17 year olds. Fieldwork was undertaken between 6th – 11th December 2018. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).Today Internet Matters have published new research detailing parents concerns about their children viewing online pornography. Top concerns included a distorted view of healthy relationships, objectification of women and use of violence, the impact on self-esteem and body image – while a third of parents (33%) are concerned about their child becoming addicted to pornography. View the full researchWhat is the AVCThe Age-verification Certificate (AVC) is a voluntary, non-statutory certification scheme to ensure age-verification providers maintain high standards of privacy and data security.It has been developed by the BBFC and NCC Group in cooperation with industry and with the input of government. Under the AVC, age-verification providers may choose to be independently audited by NCC Group, who are experts in cyber security, and then certified by the BBFC. The third party audit by NCC Group will include an assessment of an age-verification provider’s compliance with strict privacy and data security requirements.The standard for the AVC can be found here. Certified providers will carry the BBFC’s new green ‘AV’ symbol to indicate that rigorous security checks have been met and the provider has a high standard of data protection. Certified providers will also be listed on the BBFC’s age-verification website, alongside details of their assessment. The new ‘AV’ symbol can be found here.About the BBFCThe BBFC is independent and not-for-profit, and here to help everyone in the UK – especially children and families – choose age-appropriate films, videos and websites, wherever and however they watch or use them. Now, as well as classifying films released in UK cinemas and on DVD and Blu-ray, it’s providing age-ratings for Video On Demand and music videos online, and helping mobile phone operators set parental controls at the right level. The BBFC is also setting the standards for how the adult industry will age-verify people accessing online pornography, helping give children protection online as well as offline.last_img read more

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Bells Food Group revamps steak pie range packaging

first_imgBells Food Group is rolling out new-look packaging for its steak pies.Available from this month in supermarkets across Scotland, the new packaging features a window and has been designed to “confidently communicate the quality of the iconic range, the Scottish provenance and the Bell family heritage”. (Old packaging pictured below right)The business, which is based in Shotts, Lanarkshire, bakes more than a million steak pies a year.“Bells is the number one fresh pie brand in Scotland and is loved and enjoyed throughout the country,” said Gordon Smith, sales and marketing director at Bells Food Group. “Consumer research has informed us that the new packaging will appeal to existing and new customers alike.”Bells last year created a new division dedicated to the manufacture and supply of pastry. Called Bells Professional Pastry, the launch followed a £3.6m investment to double Bells’ pastry production capacity to 150 tonnes per week.Bells, which claims 10% of the Scottish population eats one of its pies every week, employs more than 200 people at its two manufacturing and one logistics sites.last_img read more

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BIG Something Plays Cover-Heavy Set Honoring Seven Musicians Lost In The Last Year [Full Audio]

first_imgA little over a week ago, BIG Something descended on Mebane, NC for their annual The BIG What? Festival. The up and coming jam rockers always know how to throw a good time, and this year was no exception. The band not only hosted great musicians like The Werks, Turkuaz, Zach Deputy, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and more, but they also brought a number of great performances to their own festival. The crowd could not have been happier!Among the many sets performed was a particularly moving Saturday night performance, where the band took a moment to honor a number of the musicians lost during the last year. The end of 2015 into 2016 has been a tough time for the music community, and BIG Something played the music of Prince, Merl Haggard, Lemmy Kilmister, Phife Dawg, Maurice White, David Bowie, and Bernie Worrell in their first set as a tribute to all of them. All of the covers, except Bowie’s “Fame,” were debuts for BIG Something.Thanks to taper Marty Loving, we can listen to the full performance below. There’s also a full setlist from the show printed below, provided by BIG Something’s Nick MacDaniels. Enjoy.Setlist: BIG Something at The BIG What? Festival, Mebane, NC – 7/23/16Sirens >Let’s Go Crazy* (Prince)My Volcano >I think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink* (Merle Haggard)Grey MatterAce of Spades* (Motorhead)WavesElectric Relaxation* (Tribe Called Quest)Song for UsShining Star* (Earth Wind and Fire)A Simple Vision Fame (David Bowie)Flashlight*^ (Parliament) In the Middle >Untitled** >Love GeneratorVibrations Al Al Jam***It Comes Around >EWI 4000Passenger >TumbleweedThe Curse of Julia BrownAmanda Lynn^^E1: What Is Love* (Haddaway) >Megalodon^^E2: The Devil Went Down to Georgia^^ (Charlie Daniels Band)Wake Up (Rage Against The Machine)Notes:1st set featured a tribute to musical icons Prince, Merle Haggard, Lemme, Phife Dawg, Maurice White, David Bowie, and Bernie Worrell who all passed away within the last year. Photos of each artist appeared on the visual screen throughout the set* first time played^ w/ Spiritual Rez members Quinn Carson (Trombone) & Mohamed Araki (Keytar)** foundation for a new unfinished song still in progress*** Improv Jam w/ Al Al Ingram (Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band) on bass^^ w/ Dani Jaye (Come Back Alice) on violin[Cover photo via Roger Gupta]last_img read more

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Help This Wheelchair-Confined Music Lover Continue His Passion For Travel

first_imgYou may recognize Drew Soule from his concert-going adventures throughout the Midwest. Drew, like the rest of us, loves to travel and see music; but unlike most of us, is physically unable to do so without extreme assistance. Drew is confined to a powerchair as a result of his spinal muscular atrophy. This rare genetic disease involves the loss of neuron cells in the spinal cord, resulting in the lack of muscular growth. The only way for him to pursue his passion for concert-going is through the aid of his 2005 wheelchair-accessible Chrysler Town and Country minivan, which is nearly extinct. Drew desperately needs a new car, and you can help him by donating right here.The 23-year-old St. Charles, IL native discovered his love for music and festivals after traveling cross country during his teenage years with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, a national group raising awareness for muscular dystrophy and atrophy and other neuromuscular diseases. This taste of wanderlust gave him the courage to travel beyond speaking tours and to make moves based on his passion for music and shared community.“Being able to travel for music allows me to immerse myself in other cultures, see new and unfamiliar land, and most importantly network with other humans,” Drew tells us. “By traveling, I am able to meet many people who are also inspired and motivated by the music that makes us dance. There’s something about shared musical experiences that unites us and connects people of vastly different backgrounds and we look past our differences and see each other for what we really are, human.”With these hardships, Soule is still as motivated as ever. He hopes to go to grad school and get into a human resources program, with the ultimate goal of working HR in a corporate setting on the west coast. However, his disabilities make it impossible for Soule to fly, given his powerchair and physical demands, making the application process that much more difficult to succeed in.In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, he explains, “For me, to go anywhere, I have to plan on driving,” explains Soule. “That kind of puts the dependability factor on the vehicle extremely high.”Beyond these realistic needs, like visiting his parents from school at the University of Illinois, where he majors in political science and minors in sociology and environmental studies, Soule depends on his current vehicle to do just about everything. Beyond a mode of transportation, this car is a vehicle to his freedom.Soule’s favorite artists are STS9, the String Cheese Incident, GRiZ, Lettuce, and Bassnectar, and he’s attended festivals like Wakarusa, Summer Camp, and Electric Forest. Understandably, the powerchair-confined young man says that these musical interactions are a boost in confidence that drive him to keep on going, show after show.“For me, traveling has helped me realize that no matter what I want to do in life, if I work at it, I know that I can make it happen, and I know I can do it,” he explains. “Before I started traveling, I know I wasn’t confident enough in setting out what I wanted to do.” Now, his goal is more clear than ever and there’s a chance for us to help.Donate Here to help Drew Soule reach his goal to buy a new wheelchair-accessible minivan.Road Life is a breeding environment for new experiences, and therefore, opportunities for a person to grow. Every element feeds into an adventurous merry-go-round of whimsical decisions and life lessons that, in the end, become cornerstones of your very own character. Read more about why you should always travel to go see music here.Here are some photos of Drew with some of his favorite artists and friends he’s made along the journey:last_img read more

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Watch The Heavy Pets Trade Out Band Members With Brothers Gow One-By-One During This Awesome Band Transition

first_imgThe Heavy Pets and Brothers Gow just wrapped their combined two-week tour of the West coast, which hit eleven cities from San Deigo to Seattle in twelve days. Across the eleven nights, the performance at The Domino Room in Bend, OR, on January 20th stands out as a tour highlight. To transition from The Heavy Pets’ set to Brothers Gow, both bands coordinated an epic transition, which involved members of Brothers Gow coming out and switching with individual members of The Heavy Pets one at a time until the full line-up of Brothers Gow was on stage and ready to shred. Not holding anything back once their full band was on-stage, Brothers Gow then busted out “Squirrel Jam,” a track which hasn’t been seen live in over three years.You can check out video of the transition between the two bands and Brother Gow’s “Squirrel Jam” below, courtesy of Brothers Gow.If you like what you see, you can catch more of Brothers Gow as support for the West-Coast leg of The Werks’ recently announced tour, dates for which can be found below. Tickets are available via Brothers Gow’s website.last_img read more

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Self-assembly as a guide

first_imgImagine gently shaking a box of Lego building blocks, and then looking inside to find a series of complete structures.Self-assembly doesn’t happen in the playroom, but Vinothan Manoharan, an assistant professor of chemical engineering and physics at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), wants to make it happen in the laboratory to treat life-threatening diseases or manufacture useful objects.“It would be nice to make interesting stuff out of it,” Manoharan said. “It may also be useful to prevent self-assembly in diseases where it matters — and there are lots of diseases, like HIV, where it matters.”Manoharan explained the physics of self-assembly and its huge potential for the world of biology in a lecture — “The New Science of Self-Assembly: From Living Things to New Technology” — Friday night at the Science Center.The hourlong talk was aimed at the nonscientist and came with a humorous series of disclaimers that “everything was my own opinion” and not that of his colleagues, that there was a “lot of speculation,” and that “any resemblance to established theories was coincidental.”Self-assembly, Manoharan explained, is when particles interact with one another and spontaneously arrange themselves into organized structures.This happens in nature. Proteins self-assemble. So do viruses less lethal than HIV. Scientists such as Manoharan hope that by learning how self-assembly works they can stop deadly viruses in their tracks.But Manoharan said that despite years of research his team is nowhere near copying the process.“Nature is doing something we don’t and that is learned through billions of years of evolution,” Manoharan said. “We haven????t been doing it nearly that long.”Indeed, Manoharan has only been at it 15 years.His quest began accidentally in Santa Barbara, where his doctoral adviser at the University of California introduced the topic that is now his passion, asking him to create an opal from household paint.Paint is made up of colloidal particles. So is milk, for that matter. The particles are tiny — 1,000 nanometers. Manoharan said if a colloidal particle were a tennis ball, a person would be the size of the Greater Boston area.Under a microscope, they look like fat droplets and move in random directions — Brownian motion. That random motion is how self-assembly occurs, Manoharan said. Controlling that is key.What got him wondering about self-assembly as a way of making things was thinking about the way cellphones are made. The chips inside are about 30 nm in size. As they get even tinier, sprawling factories have to be built to manufacture microscopic silicone chips. That seemed silly.“Wouldn’t it be great if you could take some silicone and put it into a beaker and shake it for a while and it spontaneously forms a microchip,” Manoharan said. “It seems crazy but that’s what self-assembly means to me.”After arriving at Harvard seven years ago, Manoharan began working on the problem.A significant part of it was: Particles left alone crystallize, but they make mistakes and land in the wrong spot.The trick is getting entropy to work for them. Entropy is a measure of disorder — the higher entropy, the more likely something will be ordered.His team tried to introduce energy to increase entropy. Manoharan illustrated this by attaching Velcro (representing energy) to orange and yellow ping-pong balls in a clear box containing white balls and shaking it. The orange and yellow balls attached.Manoharan’s team also has shown that polytetrahedrons have far greater vibrational entropy — 24 times more — than octahedrons. Again, this sheds light on how to make things stick.“If you control the interactions, so you control which particles stick, you can beat entropy and get them to form,” Manoharan said. “We’ve yet to do this.”Right now, HIV is treated with medicine that interferes with the virus’ mutations. But that requires multiple rounds of drugs switched rapidly to stay ahead with the mutations. If scientists could unlock self-assembly, Manoharan said, they could get ahead of HIV without drugs.“If we understand it, we can treat HIV and get to the mutations,” Manoharan said.last_img read more

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