The role of female cephalopod researchers: past and present

first_imgThis paper explores the contribution that women past and present have made to cephalopod research. It includes short biographies of eight female cephalopod researchers who are now deceased: Jeanne Villepreux-Power, Anne Massy, Grace Watkinson, Grace Pickford, Anna Bidder, Zulma Castellanos, Katharina Mangold and Martina Roeleveld. In addition, biographies are provided for six female cephalopod researchers who are now retired but who have made an enormous contribution to cephalopod knowledge during their lifetimes: Nancy Voss, Marion Nixon, Joyce Wells, Julia Filippova, Eve Boucaud-Camou, and Renata Boucher-Rodoni. Online supplementary information provides a bibliography of the research outputs of these 14 researchers, who between them, since 1837 have published more than 800 scientific papers making an in-depth contribution to the field of cephalopod research.last_img read more

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SMC writing center hosts workshops for students

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Writing Center will be presenting four workshops over the next four weeks to help students improve their writing skills.Director of the Writing Center Aaron Bremyer said the hour-long workshops will be led entirely by student tutors who work in the Center. He said each workshop will follow students through the writing process.“There was a need,” he said. “In speaking with professors across campus, we felt like there were a lot of professors who were really happy to have this sort of conversation from experienced tutors.”Bremyer said he hopes that through the workshops, students will not only learn more about the process itself but also in the resources the Writing Center has to offer.“I think a lot of people misunderstand what the Writing Center is about,” he said. “A lot of people think you come to the Center and you sit with a tutor and she fixes [your paper]. That’s not at all what we do. In fact, that would be an unethical approach to collaborating with students. I thought this sort of discussion could help more students understand that some of our very best tutorials occur before anyone has written a word.”He said he wants students to think of writing as a gradual process rather than something that happens in one sitting.“I think [the workshops] are important because many students misunderstand the writing process or have developed bad habits,” he said. “We all have them. But this shows that the process should be spread out to avoid the last minute adrenaline-driven composition of a paper. … If we can get to people earlier, they’ve begun the writing process, and sometimes that first step is incredibly powerful because it allows people to be better prepared.”Because the workshops are peer-led, Bremyer said they will provide students with a role model for their writing.“It’s more powerful to have a peer whom [students] respect, a peer who has demonstrated that she is a successful writer on this campus,” he said. “I think it’s more powerful for students to see those types of women presenting these ideas.”Senior Nellie Petlick, one of the tutors at the Center who led Monday’s workshop, said despite the low turnout for the first workshop of the series, she believes the students who attended benefitted from the personal attention. She said students should continue to attend the workshops because they offer multiple perspectives on the writing process.“It’s good to get different perspectives sometimes, to hear from students who have been through who struggle with writing every day,” Petlick said. “[Tutors from the Writing Center] are not presenting ourselves as the authority on writing. … They can get a perspective that’s not just their professors, and we can talk about it in a different way that might be useful to them.”Petlick said she hopes through the workshops, students will learn to have more confidence in their writing abilities.“There’s no such thing as perfect writing,” she said. “It’s different for everybody. Even people who have been writing for decades are not perfect writers. We have a lot of women who come into the Center who want to apologize for their writing. … They shouldn’t think like that. Everyone is a good writer, and everyone can get better.“It’s always just trying to improve your own style and trying to make yourself the best writer you can be, but there’s no standard to which you should compare yourself.”The next three workshops are open to all students and will take place in 210 Madeleva Hall next Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.Tags: Saint Mary’s Writing Centerlast_img read more

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Democratic Committee Seeking Candidates For Jamestown’s Fall Elections

first_imgWNY News Now Image / Steven Braeger CC0JAMESTOWN – The City of Jamestown Democratic Committee will hold a virtual candidate recruitment meeting this week looking for the next city councilmember or county legislator.Mayor Eddie Sundquist, along with current council members Tamu Graham-Reinhardt and Tom Nelson, will host the virtual recruitment on Tuesday at 7 p.m. via Zoom.The virtual session will discuss how to run for office, successes and challenges, and fundraising for political campaigns.Those interested in attending are asked to email [email protected] for a link to the Zoom session, or to express interest in running for office. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Watch Jennifer Hudson on Doing ‘Justice’ to The Color Purple

first_img Related Shows View Comments Star Files The Color Purple Jennifer Hudson, who will soon headline the upcoming revival of The Color Purple, stopped by The Today Show on July 21 to talk about making her Great White Way debut. “Broadway is probably the hardest thing to do in entertainment,” the Oscar winner admitted. “You want to live up to the expectation…I just want to do it justice.” We are sure she will! Check out the interview below; Hudson will begin performances as Shug Avery, with Cynthia Erivo as Celie and OITNB’s Danielle Brooks as Sofia, on November 9 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 Jennifer Hudsonlast_img read more

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What is a credit union? The key to snagging a low-interest mortgage

first_img continue reading » When shopping for a mortgage, there’s one lender that home buyers often overlook: credit unions.So what is a credit union? It’s a cooperative financial institution owned and controlled by its members—all of the co-op’s account holders and borrowers. This setup comes with some distinct advantages if you’re shopping for a home loan, as well as some limitations.Here’s everything you need to know about credit unions so you can decide whether one would be the right lender for you.Credit union vs. bank: What’s the difference?While getting a mortgage through a credit union is fairly similar to a bank, credit unions differ from banks in several ways. For one, you have to be eligible for membership. Credit unions are not FDIC-insured and instead are overseen by the National Credit Union Administration, a federal agency. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Three avian flu cases, one fatal, reported in Vietnam

first_imgJan 28, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A 32-year-old man from northern Vietnam died of avian influenza yesterday, and two more confirmed human cases of the disease were reported today, according to news services and the World Health Organization (WHO).A doctor at Bach Mai hospital in Hanoi said the man, from Phu Tho province, had tested positive for the H5N1 flu strain, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.The WHO announced it had received reports of confirmed cases in two girls but was awaiting confirmation by the Vietnamese Ministry of Health.One patient is a 10-year-old girl from the southern province of Long An who fell ill on Jan 13. She was hospitalized on Jan 20 and remains in critical condition.The second girl may represent another family cluster of avian flu, the WHO said. She is the 13-year-old daughter of a 35-year-old woman from Dong Thap province who died of H5N1 on Jan 21. The girl became ill Jan 20 and was hospitalized Jan 22; she is critically ill.”In view of the six-day interval between dates of symptom onset in the mother and her child, limited human-to-human transmission, as seen during similar events in the past, cannot be ruled out at this stage,” the WHO said. “All such clusters of cases, closely related in place and time, require urgent investigation to determine whether the epidemiological behavior of the virus might be changing in ways that could favor the onset of a pandemic.”The WHO said that if these last two cases are confirmed, it will bring the number of cases in Vietnam since mid-December to 12, of which 9 have been fatal. The WHO count doesn’t include the 32-year-old man.If this family cluster is confirmed, it could be the third since last summer, including one in Thailand last September and another involving brothers in Vietnam earlier this month. Two cases of H5N1 have been confirmed in that cluster. A 46-year-old man died, but his 42-year-old brother, Nguyen Thanh Hung, survived and today left a Hanoi hospital, AFP reported. Whether their younger brother also contracted avian flu has been the subject of conflicting reports and remains under investigation.The latest outbreaks have taken a toll on Vietnam’s poultry population as well. More than 812,000 poultry have been culled this year, AFP reported. Despite those efforts, avian flu has spread to 274 communes in 25 provinces and cities, Voice of Vietnam (VOV) news online reported yesterday.Vietnam’s Veterinary Department on Jan 25 issued new instructions on the slaughter, transport, and trade of poultry, to be enforced nationwide, VOV said. Ho Chi Minh City has issued new regulations calling for the slaughter and freezing of about 300,000 chickens and further tightening of hygiene rules for raising the remaining 150,000 birds left in the city.Riot police were sent to poultry checkpoints around Ho Chi Minh City, ABC News reported online today. The riot officers were backing up traffic police and market monitors operating the 24-hour checkpoints meant to stop infected or uncertified birds from entering the city.Thousands of people are expected to travel widely in Vietnam next month for Tet, the new year celebration that traditionally involves meals with poultry.WHO was not expected to issue a travel advisory for visitors to Vietnam, although more than 200,000 Vietnamese living abroad may return to the country for the holiday, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. WHO officials are recommending that people avoid all contact with sick birds and eat only thoroughly cooked poultry products.Health officials have also recommended that people wear masks and gloves while slaughtering poultry, the AP reported.See also:Jan 28 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_01_28b/en/last_img read more

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Panic buying hurts consumption growth in the long run, analysts say

first_imgExperts have warned that the waves of panic buying seen in many supermarkets in Jakarta in recent weeks may contribute to an increase in inflation and hurt the country’s consumption growth in the long run.“The danger of panic buying is that it can create inflation, especially for staple foods,” a senior economist at the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (INDEF), Aviliani, told The Jakarta Post over the phone on Wednesday.The first wave of panic buyers hit supermarkets at the start of the month, on March 2, after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the first two cases COVID-19 in Indonesia. Another wave of buyers purchasing in bulk was seen over the weekend as the number of cases in Indonesia grew rapidly. As of Thursday, there were 227 confirmed cases and 19 deaths.The prices of several staple goods have seen a drastic increase. According to the National Strategic Food Prices Information Center (PIHPSN), the average price for a kilogram of granulated sugar across all provinces in Indonesia reached Rp 17,050 (US$1.06) on Thursday, significantly higher than the highest retail price (HET), which is pegged at Rp 12,500 per kilogram.Aviliani urged the central government to work with regional governments to stabilize staple goods because if their prices became volatile, it would not only cause inflation but also “the growth of the economy will slow down”.The Indonesian economy depends, in large part, on household consumption. Household consumption accounted for 56.62 percent of the country’s total gross domestic product (GDP) in 2019, according to the fourth-quarter report on Indonesia’s economic growth by Statistics Indonesia (BPS). The Asian Development Bank (ADB) cited Indonesia’s “strong domestic consumption” as the backbone of the country’s economic growth in 2020, according to the Asian Development Outlook 2019 Update report.“Robust consumption should see Indonesia’s economic expansion continue at a healthy pace this year [2019] and next year [2020],” said ADB country director for Indonesia Winfried Wicklein as quoted in an ADB press release on Sept. 25, 2019.The paradox of panic buying is that it may seem to spur consumption, but, in the long run, it actually does not because people will buy less in the future. “Simply, the more you buy now, the less you will buy later,” an analyst at a major brokerage house told the Post on Thursday.The analyst said that “the impact on economic growth will be marginal if we stretch the time frame over the longer horizon” because consumers would not need more basic necessities than their usual spending patterns.He cautioned about the impact of the novel coronavirus on purchasing power. “If more jobs are lost than created, it will lead to reduced purchasing power and hamper demand,” the analyst explained.Transmart Carrefour vice president of corporate communications Satria Hamid told the Post on Wednesday that the supermarket chain had seen sales increase by 50 percent year-on-year within the last two weeks.“[…] mostly staple foods, followed by hand sanitizer, masks, gloves, hand soap and also goods such as fruits and health supplements,” Satria said, adding that in addition to the stockpiling that occurred on March 2, a significant increase in purchases had been seen over the weekend and had carried into Tuesday of this week.Satria mentioned that Transmart Carrefour was coordinating with the Trade Ministry and the Jakarta administration to ensure a steady supply of goods. Its coordination with the ministry sought to increase access to staple items, including sugar, whose prices have soared.The Indonesian Retailers Association (Aprindo) released a statement on March 2 urging “the Indonesian public not to carry out panic buying due to phobias”.“Panic buying happens when there is a perception formed in society without clear information,” Aviliani told the Post, explaining that the images of empty shelves circling on social media had caused fear in consumers that they would not be able to buy necessary goods when they needed to.  (ydp)Topics :last_img read more

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Global smartphone sales plunge 20% in pandemic-hit quarter

first_imgTopics : Global smartphone sales saw their worst-ever slump in the first quarter as the coronavirus pandemic hit consumer spending, a market tracker said Monday.The Gartner survey found a 20.5 percent drop in the first three months of the year.The plunge came amid heightened economic uncertainty and government-ordered lockdowns in many parts of the world in March, Gartner noted. “Apple had a strong start to the year thanks to its new product line up that saw strong momentum globally,” said Annette Zimmermann, research vice president at Gartner.”Apple’s ability to serve clients via its online stores and its production returning to near normal levels at the end of March helped recover some of the early positive momentum.”Global sales amounted to 299 million units in the quarter compared with 375 million a year ago.center_img Another factor was the shutdown of factories, many in China, which produce the handsets for most of the major global smartphone makers, noted analysts at Gartner.The data showed Samsung keeping its leading position with 18.5 percent of the market even though sales were down more than 22 percent.Huawei remained at number two with a 14.2 percent market share, after a 27 percent drop in sales for the Chinese giant being hit with US sanctions.Apple held third place, seeing a more modest eight percent drop, giving the US firm a 13.7 percent share.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf: Trump Fuel Economy Rollback Betrays PA Consumers, Workers

first_img Energy,  Environment,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf issued the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Trump Administration’s rolling back of current fuel efficiency standards, which is projected to increase costs for Pennsylvanians on gasoline:“Once again, the Trump Administration is siding with big oil and gas companies over families in Pennsylvania. Today’s decision will mean small business owners paying more to transport their goods and get to job sites and families paying more to drive to work or their child’s school. This decision flies in the face of what’s best for consumers and the environment. The EPA’s action to weaken fuel economy standards hurts Pennsylvania’s consumers, workers, and everyone who wants to breathe cleaner air. Fuel economy standards are lowering gas bills, spurring innovation to create jobs, keeping air cleaner, and creating demand for cleaner domestic energy and renewable technology.“The current standards have led to the development of new technologies, manufacturing innovation, and new jobs throughout the U.S., while reducing consumer costs at the gas pump. These standards were developed with substantial public input and rely on scientific evidence to promote advanced vehicle technologies and reduce air pollution, while saving Pennsylvanians at the pump. Pure and simple, this is a betrayal of the same people the President claims he is fighting for.“Thanks to the Clean Car Standards, the 2018 Ford F-150 gets better gas mileage than a 2010 Taurus. At a time when advanced manufacturers are expanding in Pennsylvania and more than 7,500 workers in the state are employed in manufacturing the high-tech components of these vehicles and developing the next generation of vehicle technologies, we need to encourage innovation, not turn back the clock.” Governor Wolf: Trump Fuel Economy Rollback Betrays PA Consumers, Workers August 02, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Sonardyne Tech to Support DOF Subsea Ops in Brazil

first_imgDOF Subsea has chosen acoustic and inertial navigation technology from Sonardyne Brasil to support its deepwater operations from three vessels offshore Brazil.The three vessels will be equipped with Sonardyne’s SPRINT-Nav all-in-one subsea navigation instrument for underwater vehicles.A remote operated vehicle (ROV) on one of the vessels will also be fitted with a Sonardyne Syrinx Doppler Velocity Log (DVL), in place of its existing system. All three vessels are on long-term contract in Brazilian waters.DOF Subsea’s multiple SPRINT-Nav systems will be used to support ROV operations, as part of construction, inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) work in Brazil’s deepwater pre-salt oil fields, in depths down to 3,000 metres.Andre Moura, sales & applications manager for Sonardyne in Brasil, said: “To meet stringent specifications for subsea inertial navigation, operators are more and more looking for high-performance instruments and our SPRINT-Nav meets their needs. SPRINT-Nav offers unmatchable performance.”last_img read more

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