ND utilizes the iPad

first_imgAs the academic year kicks into high gear, many students have heard of the buzz surrounding the “iPad class.” Inside of Corey Angst’s project management class, the use of Apple’s popular gadget allows students to take advantage of the iPad’s capabilities in a unique way. Crutchfield said that after Angst’s class concludes, another pilot class from either First Year of Studies, the Law School or the CSLC will begin using iPads in their instruction.  These classes are the result of Notre Dame’s e-publishing working group, which formed in March as a partnership between the Office of Information Technologies’ Academic Technologies, Hesburgh Libraries, the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore, the Office of Institutional Equity, the Office of Sustainability, the Mendoza College of Business (MCOB), the Law School and the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC).  In contrast with those failed pilots, Angst has received virtually no complaints about the iPads and their role in the class. “Students work on real-world projects in this team-based course,” Angst said. “Besides using the iPad as an e-reader, they are probably using shared calendars to coordinate their schedules and about half the students type notes on their iPads during class.” Angst is heading a research project that will assess the effectiveness of e-readers as classroom resources and incorporate data from his class and future pilot courses. “You can make educated guesses about how the technology will work out, but until you get it in the hands of real people, in real courses you don’t know the full capabilities and limitations of it,” Crutchfield said. The $499 iPads were funded by OIT, Hesburgh Libraries, MCOB, the Law School and the CSLC, allowing students to use them at no personal cost.  Angst and Crutchfield said the iPad’s color display, multimedia capabilities and Internet accessibility give it an advantage over other black-and-white e-readers that have been unsuccessfully piloted at other universities. “This is still a project management course,” Angst said. “But it’s the first part of a project that we’ll continue to study as iPads are distributed to different students.” “All these groups had seen the transition from printed text to digital texts for years,” Crutchfield said. “We knew the iPad was coming out last April which would help increase acceptance of e-readers and e-books, and the iPad is multifunctional enough to justify its cost.” Academic technologies consultant Jon Crutchfield said the group’s main goal is to determine what an “e-publishing ecosystem” would look like at Notre Dame. “I’m actually surprised how much I like reading our textbook from the iPad,” senior Jordan Rockwell said. “Another awesome feature is an app called ‘Dropbox’ that syncs your files added from any computer to the iPad so you can instantly access your own files or Professor Angst’s.” The seven-week course is the first of several pilot classes that will use 50 University-owned iPads as means to determine the role e-publishing technology should play in the classroom, Angst, assistant professor of management, said.  “The other courses will try to replicate Professor Angst’s research methodology in order to provide him with a rich data set from a diverse group of students of different majors and age groups,” Crutchfield said. The iPads may be tested in the future in different settings at Notre Dame, such as making iPads available in the library for class-related videos, Crutchfield said.  “We are interested in finding out how e-publishing technology will impact how people create, distribute, read and share content in terms of courses, library loans and the bookstore,” Crutchfield said. Crutchfield said the sustainability of e-reader technology would be assessed in terms of savings from e-books, energy efficiency and the recyclability of iPads. Angst’s students also responded positively to the transition to a paperless, iPad-based course.last_img read more

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Scholarships

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaWhen Ron Walcott talked to high school students at a recent Georgia Daze breakfast, he had five new ways to entice them to come to the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences – five, full-ride scholarships for minority students.The scholarships, funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture multicultural scholars grant, are welcome news as the college and the agricultural industries they support work to recruit more minorities into agriculture-related careers.“There are all these jobs over here through our college, and all these people who need jobs who are not in our college. There’s a big disconnect,” said Walcott, who is the CAES assistant dean for diversity and multiculturalism and an associate professor of plant pathology. “The jobs that are here are very fruitful and rewarding.”CAES graduates are in jobs from Chick-fil-A corporate offices to Capitol Hill. They’ve gone on to work at top-level jobs in horticulture, poultry science, food science and engineering. They now work for various government agencies, in forensic pathology and as environmental advocates.When Walcott is talking to highly qualified minority students through various CAES programs like the Georgia Daze breakfast and the Young Scholars Program, a full ride from other universities is often what pulls them away from UGA. The summer-long Young Scholars Program allows high school students who show a high aptitude in math and science to intern in CAES labs. “We have to have something to offer them,” said Jean Bertrand, CAES assistant dean of academic affairs. “They’re going because of such good scholarships. Receiving these scholarships is the only way we could compete.”CAES has slightly higher minority numbers than other UGA colleges.“CAES is fortunate to have many talented faculty dedicated to diversity,” said Louise Wicker, a CAES professor of food science and technology. In the past year, CAES received two USDA grants – the $150,000 multicultural scholars grant and a $142,000 higher education challenge grant. The HEC grant, directed by Wicker, helps undergraduate minority students gain research and job experience in UGA labs at the Athens, Tifton and Griffin campuses. It also provides funds for faculty, staff and students to improve their mentorship skills in science, technology, engineering and math.Walcott is developing a network of high school teachers who serve underrepresented populations in Georgia’s metro areas. He wants to show them what agricultural careers really entail so they will send students his direction.In the past few years, CAES has seen a slight increase in minority populations. In 2007, CAES had 55 Asian students, or 3.9 percent of the population, up from 33 students in 2003. In 2007, the college had 62 African-American students, or 4.3 percent of the population, up from 35 students in 2003.In fall 2008, CAES had 1,588 undergraduate and 414 graduate students, a record enrollment. “We need a more diverse pool of students to serve the more diverse industry,” Bertrand said. “And we need our industry to become more diverse to serve our even more diverse society.”Walcott said one way to entice students into ag-related majors is to get agriculture on their radars. Most don’t know about agriculture or what they know is wrong. Whether they make it a career or are simply advocate for agriculture, he wants them to think, “Oh, ag. Oh, that’s so cool.”He sees education as the “only real way you can change your class, your chance to earn money and your outlook on life in your lifetime,” he said.Walcott grew up in Barbados. Instead of making basketball a career or becoming a medical doctor, he moved to Iowa State University and went into plant pathology.(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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Dževad Poturak Is Ending His Career

first_imgOne of the best K-1 fighters Dževad Poturak, known by the nickname ‘BH Machine’, bid farewell to his career in front of the public in KSC Ilidža. At the competition ‘No Limit’, he fought with Belgian Mamadou Keteo. After 50 wins, Poturak took off the glove on his left hand and at the center of the ring officially confirmed that he put an end to his career. The public chanted his name along the way.‘’I am very happy with the fact that I put an end to my career. Regarding the last match, I would point out that it was not serious. Everything was fun for me, my friends and people who came to see me fight one last time. Simply, I decided to give my fans and friends three minutes of fun. I think that I repaid my fans and B&H many times’’, said Poturak.Poturak decided to end his career due to health problems, and he is expected to undergo heart surgery soon.‘’There were a lot of problems at the same time. I have health problems, and I am expected to have heart surgery soon. This is something that awaits me’’, added Poturak.In his career, Dževad Poturak had 75 matches. Out of that, 50 were wins (31 knockouts) and 22 defeats and three draws.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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Onions Cause Salmonella Outbreak in Florida, 42 Other States

first_imgA salmonella outbreak said to be caused by onions is reportedly expanding and has infected 640 people from 43 states, including Florida.At least 85 of those infected have been hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “If you don’t know where your onions are from, don’t eat, serve, or sell them or any food prepared with them,” the CDC said Friday.The Food and Drug Administration has warned consumers not to eat onions from Thomson International Inc.That advisory applies to red, white, yellow, and sweet onions.Some of the onions were sold at stores including Walmart, Kroger, Fred Meyer, Publix, Giant Eagle, Food Lion, and H-E-B, under various brand names.Several companies have recalled onions and foods made with the recalled onions, including chicken salad, macaroni salad, fajita stir-fry, pizza and diced raw onions, including Taylor Farms and Giant Eagle. The CDC went on to explain that people should check their homes for the recalled products and throw away the affected items.“Do not eat them or try to cook the onions or other food to make it safe,” the agency added.Signs of salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps lasting between six hours and six days after exposure to the bacteria.Those under the age of 5, those over 65 and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to experience severe illness.In some cases, the infection can also spread from the intestines to other parts of the body and require hospitalization.The CDC is asking anyone with symptoms of salmonella poisoning to contact a doctor, write down what they ate the week before they became sick, report the illness to the health department and communicate with health investigators about their illness.Infections have been reported in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.last_img read more

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At The Finish Line…Where Only the Truth Matters

first_imgBILL NEALOkay, for all the do-gooders out there who want to suggest that the Steelers made the bed they have to lie in, I will tell you they’re just as wrong as the no call in the S.D./K.C. game. Regardless of your record and how good it should be, the rules say if you win you’re in. The Steelers are not in the playoffs because the refs blew not one, but two calls, not because of the same record they had with six other teams that qualified!Hey Chuck, John, Gary and the rest of the Savoy basket weaving . . . I mean basketball team, Myron Brown just had knee surgery and he said, and I quote, “Neal, I put it on them with one leg. Just think if I had both legs how bad it would have been!”Do yourself a favor and find the DVD “Ali” Through the Eyes of the World and be reminded of his greatness. I’ve got them all and this is “the greatest” one of all.Go see American Hustle. Just go see it! One of the top five movies of the year. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.The wind chill in Green Bay is going to be 17 below zero Sunday. I wouldn’t go to that game if Vince Lombardi himself was coaching and I am a football man . . . man!A big shout out to good brother Will Anderson for stepping up with his donation for our Toys for Tots program. Could not have done it without you. Everybody reading this vote for him.  He’s a good man!YOU HAVE NOW CROSSED OVER THE FINISH LINElast_img read more

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Polar Bear Plunge – A Chilly New Year’s Tradition at Long…

first_imgBy Gail WoodOn January 1, 1984, Dave Sederberg wanted to do something different to kick off a new year.So, he convinced his good buddy, Loren Smith, to hop into a car and drive up to Vancouver, B.C., to take part in an annual tradition there – the Polar Bear Plunge, a wade into the ocean.“It was fun,” Sederberg said. “Something different.”He enjoyed the plunge but not the drive. So, Sederberg figured he’d start his own chilly dip in Olympia. The next year, Sederberg, Smith, and Smith’s brother, Greg, jumped into a chilly Capitol Lake on New Year’s Day. Just the three of them.For most plungers, it’s an “in and out” swim.And a tradition – the Polar Bear Plunge – began locally.The second year, 17 friends took the plunge. The numbers, with Sederberg and the Smiths making their sales pitch to come, continued to grow, bumping to 43 the third year. Eventually, turnout peaked at about 200 brave souls, lining up on the shore of Capitol Lake to take a chilly dip.Now, 30 years after Sederberg and Smith made that drive and dip to Vancouver, the Polar Bear Plunge still lives. Except in 2008 it moved from Capitol Lake to Long Lake in Lacey. And, with the Lacey Parks and Recreation organizing and advertising the chilly plunge, it’s grown, peaking in 2010 with a crowd of 733 brave plungers and 633 last year.“I think most people do it because it’s an interesting and unique way to bring in the new year,” said Jenny Wilson, Lacey’s Parks and Recreation Supervisor. “Maybe it’s a freezing cold way for them to remember their resolutions and have it stick with them.”Costumes are encouraged at the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge at Long Lake.Almost from the start, there’s been a carnival atmosphere to the event. With Sederberg’s encouragement, fellow plungers came dressed in a variety of costumes. Most just came in swim suits. But there’s also been people dressed in a variety of costumes. There’s been the Smurfs, Dorthy and the Cowardly Lion from the Wizard of Oz, Superman, Super Mario Brothers, Alice from Alice in Wonderland, and, of course, Santa Claus.For a couple of years Smith wore a dress shirt, tie and sports jacket with his swim trunks.“Yeah, we encouraged people to come in costumes,” Smith said. “It was kind of a party type atmosphere. For a lot of people, they felt more alive that day than the rest of the year. It really just kind of jump started them and gave them a good vibe for the rest of the year.”Over the years, there’s also been an emphasis on “plunge.” It’s a get in and get out event. With the water temperature ranging between 38 and 44 degrees, there’s the risk of hypothermia.“You wouldn’t want to encourage anyone to go too deep,” Sederberg said.A chilly Long Lake hosts a 30-year tradition of Polar Bear Plunges.For 23 straight years, Sederberg, Smith and Shaun Rhodes rarely missed a plunge. Sederberg, a 1977 graduate from Timberline High School, missed one because he felt he was coming down with a cold. Smith and Rhodes showed up every year. But when Lacey took over and moved the chilly event to Long Lake, Sederberg said adios to the event he started after doing it once in Lacey. That was enough for him.“After being tied to it for over 20 years and having no other options to do on that day, it was liberating to finally let it go,” Sederberg said.This New Year’s Day, Sederberg will be with his wife and daughter in upstate New York to visit relatives.While most everyone rushes in and out of the water and race to a warm car, Smith, a 1975 graduate from Olympia High School, had been known to stick it out and swim. One year, Smith got in a wait-it-out challenge from another swimmer.“After about 15 minutes, I said lets call it a truce because we were both numb,” Smith said. “Of course the ego in me wanted to keep on swimming.”Dave Sederberg (in center) partnered with Loren Smith (right) and Shan Rhodes (left) to start the Polar Bear Plunge.  This photo, snapped in 1985, shows the trio after their New Year’s dip into Capitol Lake.Sederberg was accustomed to the cold. He used to water ski on Capitol Lake on New Year’s Day without a wet suit.Other than chills and being shivering cold, there’s been no serious injuries or problems over 30 years of chilly plunges on New Year’s Day. But just in case, there’s always a medic ambulance on site.Each year, there are repeat plungers, people who come back year after year. Wilson said the oldest New Year’s dipper has been an 85-year-old man. The youngest has been a 3-year-old boy. Much of the attraction is the chance to be part of a large crowd that is going to jump into the lake. Then there’s the saner 1,500 or so people on shore who cheer them on.“There’s definitely some camaraderie that forms on the shore as people are freezing, waiting for the countdown,” Wilson said. “It’s unique.”People will start showing up for the New Year’s dip and dash at noon. The plunge is at 1 p.m.“I’d say this is our fastest event ever,” Wilson said. “Seriously. The park is empty in about 30 seconds after the plunge. It’s a mass exodus. People are running up the hill to get to their warm cars.”It’s an invigorating way to start a new year.For more information on the New Year’s Polar Plunge, click here. Facebook77Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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BURGLARY VICTIM WANTS COUNCIL TO HOLD MEETING ON BREAK-INS

first_imgA burglary victim has demanded that Letterkenny Town Council hold an emergency meeting to discuss break-ins in the town.The young man spoke out after his home was broken into in recent days.It comes as another spate of burglaries in the town in the Glencar area on Friday night/Saturday morning. The man told Donegal Daily that councillors cannot just admit there are burglaries in their town but must do something about it.“I am sick and tired of hearing our councillors saying it is awful and terrible when someone has their home broken into.“We all know that but what is going to be done about it?“We need action. We need these councillors to sit down with Gardai and come up with a plan to stop this epidemic of burglaries that is taking place in our town,” he said. The man added that it is only a matter of time until an elderly person is seriously hurt or killed if they disturb one of these thieves.“It is only a matter of time but we have the chance now to stop that happening.“Our councillors need to lead the way on this and take action,” added the man.BURGLARY VICTIM WANTS COUNCIL TO HOLD MEETING ON BREAK-INS was last modified: September 30th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:burglariesLetterkenny Town Councillast_img read more

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Aston Villa v QPR line-ups: Rangers ring changes and alter shape, Villa duo return

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR have made five changes for the visit to Aston Villa, with Sean Goss making only his second start since joining from Manchester United.Massimo Luongo, Jamie Mackie, Yeni Ngbakoto and Idrissa Sylla all come into the starting line-up as boss Ian Holloway freshens the side up after Friday’s defeat at Derby.Ryan Manning, James Perch, Matt Smith, Conor Washington and Pawel Wszolek make way – all are named among the substitutes, alongside Matt Ingram and Michael Petrasso.Aston Villa bring midfielder Leandro Bacuna back into their side after a six-match ban for putting his head into a linesman’s face, while Jordan Amavi is also recalled.Former Brentford marksman Scott Hogan, though, is only on the bench after he limped out of Saturday’s win over Norwich with an ankle injury.Aston Villa: Johnstone; Hutton, Chester, Baker, Taylor; Bacuna, Jedinak, Lansbury, Amavi; Adomah, Kodjia.Subs: Bunn, Bree, Elphick, Hourihane, Green, Grealish, Hogan.QPR: Smithies; Furlong, Onuoha, Hall, Bidwell; Freeman, Goss, Luongo, Ngbakoto; Mackie, Sylla.Subs: Ingram, Perch, Manning, Petrasso, Wszolek, Washington.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Arcata gets up big early, then holds off late Granada rally to claim Logger Classic title

first_imgEureka >> By simply looking at the lead Arcata had built through two-and-a-half quarters, one would have thought the final 12 minutes would have been a piece of cake for the Tigers.But it turned out to be anything like that.Leading by as many as a whopping 33 points early in the second half, the Arcata boys basketball team held off a furious fourth-quarter comeback attempt from Granada to claim a 65-55 victory in the championship game of the 40th annual Logger Classic at Jay Willard Gymnasium …last_img read more

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Skyfire Brings Flash & Social Browsing to the iPad (Review) Updated – Live Now!

first_imgRelated Posts Above: Skyfire loads a video in the bottom left corner. Once loaded it can be played full screen. Click for full size view.Audio PerformanceIt’s nice to be able to listen to the Flash audio player on Hype Machine, but that site’s native player’s ability to move from one song to another doesn’t work in Skyfire. The Yahoo Flash MP3 Player that many music blogs use does not appear in Skyfire. Grooveshark? MySpace music? Nothing. I guess that means it’s just Hype Machine that I was able to listen to Flash music on in Skyfire, and not that well there, either. The browser is really intended to support Flash video, not all Flash content.Biggest bummer: you can’t listen to Flash audio in the background using Skyfire, while running other apps. That’s a real shame, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the company changed that in future updates if at all possible.GamesNope. Not on AdictingGames or Kongregate.Social FeaturesThe best thing about Skyfire may be its social features at the bottom of your browser. They include a pop-up of your Facebook Newsfeed, a mobile Twitter client, a display of just links shared by Facebook contacts, a pop-up of the most recent and popular pages among your Facebook contacts and generally on the site that you’re on right now (this is great), a Google Reader pop-up, an instant Facebook “Like” button for every page you browse on and a menu to post a link to all kinds of other services, from Twitter to Instapaper.That’s a whole lot of cool options and they are displayed in a way that isn’t intrusive at all. Better yet, you can easily hide all the browser chrome with the full screen browsing button. marshall kirkpatrick Above: Skyfire will display links on the site you’re at that have been shared by your Facebook friends. Click for full size view.Overall PerformanceSkyfire loads pages reasonably fast. Its interface is reasonably responsive but with some clear bugs. It’s not as fast as Safari, but it does do things that Safari doesn’t do. Some of those things are very cool, too, like the Facebook integration.Hopefully Skyfire will be able to improve the browser’s performance in time. If it can do that and incorporate more support for more types of Flash content, like music sites, then it would be a clear winner. Those are tall orders, though. Hopefully Apple will approve this competing browser on the iPad. It’s probably the most full-featured competition the company has seen yet. I’ve got my fingers crossed. So far, Skyfire for iPad looks like a strong, interesting, enjoyable, if somewhat shaky and incomplete, way to browse the web on the iPad. Skyfire, the proxy browser that specializes in bringing Adobe Flash functionality to platforms it cannot live in naturally, has submitted its newest browser to the iTunes app store. I got to test it this morning and while it’s not perfect, I like it a lot already. If the company can continue to improve its handling of Flash, I can imagine using Skyfire instead of Safari on the iPad. I can almost imagine doing that now. The app’s release date is of course unknown, that will depend on when and if Apple approves it. Update: Skyfire says they just received approval and should appear in the App Store tonight.Skyfire sits on your iPad like any other app, but mimics many of the Safari interface elements. In addition to allowing you to watch Flash videos and listen to some Flash audio players, Skyfire adds some really cool social elements to the browser chrome. It does things that the ostensibly Facebook-centric browser RockMelt ought to do. Read on for screenshots and our initial review.Video PerformanceI watched almost a full episode of the Colbert Report right in my browser, with a minimal amount of loading that I had Skyfire perform in the background while I looked at another tab. Video quality wasn’t great but it worked well. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#Browsers#Product Reviews#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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