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Oxford to divulge finalists’ personal data to pollsters


first_imgOxford University is considering passing finalists’ information on to pollsters in a bid to improve feedback on student satisfaction.The news comes as the Conservatives announce their proposals to improve student feedback nationally with the creation of a central online service in which students will be able to rate their tutors.At present, Oxford is the only institution in the UK that does not publish its student satisfaction results online, as it does not receive enough feedback on the issue.A spokesperson for the University said the NSS “allows us to benchmark student responses against other Russell Group universities. The lower the response rate to a survey, the less reliable it is perceived, and the less we can be sure about the accuracy of the feedback in the survey.”OUSU have passed a motion suggesting the University be permitted to give the phone numbers of finalists to polling companies three to four weeks after the survey has been sent to students. Plans are not yet finalised and contact details would only be passed on in the event that less than 45% of students respond to the survey.Richard Holland, St. Anne’s JCR VP for Access and Academic Affairs believes “if it’s done well, it shouldn’t be a problem”, stressing the importance of allowing students to opt out of the scheme. He claimed it is a good idea, provided there are enough “safeguards”.Sarah Reder, a second year student at St. Hilda’s commented, “I don’t like the idea of my details being given out to organisations, but if I can opt out, I’m happy for the plan to go ahead.”Students sharing their experiences of courses will also be key to Tory plans for improving information on Universities available to the public.Speaking at the CBI’s Higher education summit in London this week, David Willetts, shadow Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, has outlined his plan for the service. Mr Willetts insisted there was a need for such a service, “We are expecting [students] to make important choices about courses and institutions without enabling them to be as well informed as they could be.”The website would also contain information about employment prospects for graduates from particular courses and institutions, and feedback from current students.Willets said, “We already collect quite a lot of data about, for example, employment after 6 months and after 3 years, but it is not currently available in a detailed or usable form that is easily accessible for potential students. This has to change.”Sites that already provide a similar service have attracted criticism in the past. Ratemyprofessor.com allows students to rate their lecturers on “easiness”, “helpfulness”, “clarity” and “hotness”,and allows students to post comments. Sally Hunt, the general secretary of the University and College Union, said such sites could lead to “serious online and offline bullying. If students have real concerns about their lecturers, they should go through the proper channels and try to resolve the issue.”Jonny Medland, OUSU VP for Access and Academic Affairs, says such a public feedback system could be avoided, “If universities take action now then hopefully we can avoid students resorting to posting feedback online to try and get their universities to take notice of their views.”Will Sentance, a PPEist at St John’s, was concerned the proposed website would require too much regulation to prevent bullying to be effective, “If it is being regulated you won’t get any comments of any use, so I don’t think it is necessarily a good idea.”last_img read more


The genetics of regeneration


first_img Drawing inspiration from plants, animals to restore skin tissue Harvard researchers find mature cells revert back to stem cells to boost tissue regeneration and repair in mouse intestines Understanding how the intestine replaces and repairs itself Nanofiber dressings heal wounds, promote regenerationcenter_img When it comes to regeneration, some animals are capable of amazing feats. If you cut off a salamander’s leg, it will grow back. When threatened, some geckos drop their tails to distract their predator, only to regrow them later.Other animals take the process even further. Planarian worms, jellyfish, and sea anemones can actually regenerate their bodies after being cut in half.Led by Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Mansi Srivastava, a team of researchers is shedding new light on how animals pull off the feat, along the way uncovering a number of DNA switches that appear to control genes for whole-body regeneration. The study is described in a March 15 paper in Science. Using three-banded panther worms to test the process, Srivastava and Andrew Gehrke, a postdoctoral fellow working in her lab, found that a section of noncoding DNA controls the activation of a “master control gene” called early growth response, or EGR. Once active, EGR controls a number of other processes by switching other genes on or off.“What we found is that this one master gene comes on [and activates] genes that are turning on during regeneration,” Gehrke said. “Basically, what’s going on is the noncoding regions are telling the coding regions to turn on or off, so a good way to think of it is as though they are switches.”For that process to work, Gehrke said, the DNA in the worms’ cells, which normally is tightly folded and compacted, has to change, making new areas available for activation.“A lot of those very tightly packed portions of the genome actually physically become more open,” he said, “because there are regulatory switches in there that have to turn genes on or off. So one of the big findings in this paper is that the genome is very dynamic and really changes during regeneration as different parts are opening and closing.”Before Gehrke and Srivastava could understand the dynamic nature of the worm’s genome, they had to assemble its sequence — no simple feat in itself.“That’s a big part of this paper,” Srivastava said. “We’re releasing the genome of this species, which is important because it’s the first from this phylum. Until now there had been no full genome sequence available.”,It’s also noteworthy, she added, because the three-banded panther worm represents a new model system for studying regeneration.“Previous work on other species helped us learn many things about regeneration,” she said. “But there are some reasons to work with these new worms.” For one thing, they’re in an important phylogenetic position. “So the way they’re related to other animals … allows us to make statements about evolution.” The other reason, she said, is, “They’re really great lab rats. I collected them in the field in Bermuda a number of years ago during my postdoc, and since we’ve brought them into the lab they’re amenable to a lot more tools than some other systems.”While those tools can demonstrate the dynamic nature of the genome during regeneration — Gehrke was able to identify as many as 18,000 regions that change — what’s important, Srivastava said, is how much meaning he was able to derive from studying them. She said the results show that EGR acts like a power switch for regeneration — once it is turned on, other processes can take place, but without it, nothing happens.“We were able to decrease the activity of this gene and we found that if you don’t have EGR, nothing happens,” Srivastava said. “The animals just can’t regenerate. All those downstream genes won’t turn on, so the other switches don’t work, and the whole house goes dark, basically.”While the study reveals new information about how the process works in worms, it also may help explain why it doesn’t work in humans.“It turns out that EGR, the master gene, and the other genes that are being turned on and off downstream are present in other species, including humans,” Gehrke said.“The reason we called this gene in the worms EGR is because when you look at its sequence, it’s similar to a gene that’s already been studied in humans and other animals,” Srivastava said. “If you have human cells in a dish and stress them, whether it’s mechanically or you put toxins on them, they’ll express EGR right away.”The question is, Srivastava said, “If humans can turn on EGR, and not only turn it on, but do it when our cells are injured, why can’t we regenerate? The answer may be that if EGR is the power switch, we think the wiring is different. What EGR is talking to in human cells may be different than what it is talking to in the three-banded panther worm, and what Andrew has done with this study is come up with a way to get at this wiring. So we want to figure out what those connections are, and then apply that to other animals, including vertebrates that can only do more limited regeneration.”Going forward, Srivastava and Gehrke said they hope to investigate whether the genetic switches activated during regeneration are the same as those used during development, and to continue working to better understand the dynamic nature of the genome.,“Now that we know what the switches are for regeneration, we are looking at the switches involved in development, and whether they are the same,” Srivastava said. “Do you just do development over again, or is a different process involved?”The team is also working on understanding the precise ways that EGR and other genes activate the regeneration process, both for three-banded panther worms and for other species as well.In the end, Srivastava and Gehrke said, the study highlights the value of understanding not only the genome, but all of the genome — the noncoding as well as the coding portions.“Only about 2 percent of the genome makes things like proteins,” Gehrke said. “We wanted to know: What is the other 98 percent of the genome doing during whole-body regeneration? People have known for some time that many DNA changes that cause disease are in noncoding regions … but it has been underappreciated for a process like whole-body regeneration.“I think we’ve only just scratched the surface,” he continued. “We’ve looked at some of these switches, but there’s a whole other aspect of how the genome is interacting on a larger scale, not just how pieces open and close. And all of that is important for turning genes on and off, so I think there are multiple layers of this regulatory nature.”“It’s a very natural question to look at the natural world and think, if a gecko can do this, why can’t I?” Srivastava said. “There are many species that can regenerate, and others that can’t, but it turns out if you compare genomes across all animals, most of the genes that we have are also in the three-banded panther worm … so we think that some of these answers are probably not going to come from whether or not certain genes are present, but from how they are wired or networked together, and that answer can only come from the noncoding portion of the genome.”This research was supported with funding from the Milton Fund of Harvard University, the Searle Scholars Program, the Smith Family Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation, the Human Frontier Science Program, the National Institutes of Health, the Biomedical Big Training Program at UC Berkeley, the Marthella Foskett Brown Chair in Biological Sciences, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. 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Advancing the (Technological) Boundaries of Creativity at SIGGRAPH 2019


first_imgDell Precision is embedded within the creative industry. We’re honored that our workstations have powered visual effects in award-winning shows and blockbusters and we are committed to supporting industry partnerships and key events.To showcase our wide range of solutions for the media and entertainment industry, this year we are also bringing specialists from across Dell Technologies to SIGGRAPH 2019. Many of our workstations customers also use Dell UltraSharp displays and Dell EMC server and storage solutions to power render farms and help keep studios’ IP secure. Once creations are ready, Alienware and Dell consumer devices are also the perfect platform to enjoy or test movies, games and much more.As SIGGRAPH 2019 sponsors, this week you’ll see our solutions and specialists around the show:Dell industry and technical experts will be available on the Dell booth (#727). Visit to learn more about how Dell can support your workflow65+ Alienware systems and Dell monitors will power the Immersive Pavilion & VR TheaterCreator workflow demonstrations and portfolio showcases will be featured on the Dell booth. You can also check out Dell products at TechViz, NVIDIA, Blender, Boris FX, Blackmagic design, and Foundry locationsVisitors will also get an opportunity to hear from Dell customers such as DNEG, Animal Logic and Cinesite who are featuring across the showCreators wanna createWe work closely with the creative community to understand user workflows and needs. Something that has not changed in the last two decades is that customers simply want to create in real time. Creators want to bring their ideas to life instantly and expect technology to keep up. Dell’s broad workstation portfolio can be configured to support all levels of users. From animators working on 2D projects to the powerhouse creators who need 52 cores of power and VR Ready capabilities at their fingertips. Yet most of our customers don’t want to have to worry about speeds and feeds or software compatibility – they want a smooth experience and a worry-free creative environment.For this reason, Dell has built strong relationships with professional ISV partners. We carry out thorough tests to ensure that the creative applications our customers use every day are certified and optimized to work on Dell workstations. We’ve also created unique tools like the Dell Precision Optimizer which automatically customizes your system settings for the best application performance. It’s a dance of technology and creativity.Beyond #SIGGRAPH2019: Helping creators “thrive”The creative landscape has changed significantly in the 22 years since we launched Dell Precision. Visual effects have drastically improved, and photo-realistic rendering is now common place.Visual effects studios are constantly raising the bar when it comes to graphics. That’s why we were particularly excited about this month’s launch of the Dell Precision 7540 and Dell Precision 7740 mobile workstations featuring up to NVIDIA RTX GPU options.Dell’s most powerful mobile workstations went on sale on Dell.com on July 9 and feature the latest Intel® Xeon® E or 9th Gen Intel® Core™ processors. These NVIDIA RTX Studio mobile workstations use NVIDIA Turing architecture to provide GPU acceleration for real-time ray tracing, 8K Red Raw playback and artificial intelligence and machine learning functions. These features, captured in stunning, sleek 15” and 17” designs mean that customers can create on-the-go like never before.We’re happy that our partners also recognize the importance of the creative community. And we’ll continue to drive technology innovations to support the industry.We urge our customers to continue to push the boundaries of creativity. And if you’re in LA this week we look forward to seeing you at the Dell booth!last_img read more


Congress convenes


first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaWhen the National 4-H Congress convenes in Atlanta Nov. 25-29, participants will represent 46 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. This year’s congress, the 83rd annual national meeting for the 103-year-old organization, will also welcome international visitors from Ghana and Liberia.”Having international participants is a first for National 4-H Congress,” said Susan Stewart, executive director of National 4-H Congress. “We routinely have participants from the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories, but never from other countries. This year, we got a letter from these two countries, asking if they could come and observe. And we were delighted to have them.”National 4-H Congress brings together representatives from states across the nation to participate in leadership, service learning and educational programs. Each state sets different criteria for being selected to attend the event.”Georgia’s representatives are the winners from our State 4-H Congress project achievement process,” said Bo Ryles, state leader for Georgia 4-H, a unit of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “This year we will send 66 Georgia students to National Congress to represent our 198,000 Georgia 4-H’ers and to host the visiting 4-H’ers.”Living wellDuring their five days in Atlanta, the 1,100 delegates will hear from a variety of speakers, including Miss America Deidre Downs. They will attend educational workshops, too, on living healthy lifestyles.”The workshops will include leadership skills, facing eating disorders, teenage depression and how to avoid it, healthy foods with preventative properties, and sport nutrition,” Stewart said. “We will also have an Alpharetta, Ga., policeman on hand to teach a class on personal safety. And instructors will take the delegates through classes in Pilates and yoga.”Giving backService learning is a major part of what 4-H is all about. During this conference, the delegates will take a class in baking as a gift and learn how it can be used for community service. They will also get out and help Atlanta.”During the week, each teen participates in a community service activity,” Stewart said. “Some will assist at the Festival of Trees set up. Others will help record oral histories from senior citizens. Some will help clean up local parks and Zoo Atlanta as a part of the second-largest day of community service for Hands on Atlanta.”Since 4-H celebrated its centennial in 2003, the students began bringing a dime for each year 4-H has been in existence. “This year, each 4-H’er will bring 103 dimes,” Stewart explained. “The money goes to a savings account. And when we have enough, we will partner with Habitat for Humanity to build Clover House in Atlanta.”4-H is a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It’s administered in every state by the land-grant university. The organization has more than 7 million members nationwide. It’s offered in every county in Georgia through the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office. To find a 4-H program near you, call 1-800-ASK-UGA1, or visit on-line at ugaextension.com.last_img read more


Champlain College creates a study-abroad campus in Montreal


first_imgChamplain College has leased property on Rue Sherbrooke in Montreal, Quebec, to operate a study-abroad campus in the heart of the city. Starting in Fall 2007, students can choose to spend a full academic semester in Montreal taking Champlain College courses.Champlain’s campus is believed to be the first American campus in Montreal. Ten Champlain College courses will be offered there this fall–the same courses that are offered on campus in Burlington. Students will pay the same tuition and residence hall rates as they would in Vermont.Study-abroad applications for fall have been streaming in and the College is now working with an architect to renovate the brownstone building that will house Champlain’s academic center. The College also contracted with L’Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM) to offer student housing in a UQAM residence hall on Rue St. Urbain. This is a francophone university that offers Champlain students the opportunity to live with students from Quebec and Canada, as well as a variety of other countries.”With our new campus in Montreal, Champlain students can make the most of the many international business, multicultural and learning opportunities that are available in that major metropolitan center,” said Champlain College president David F. Finney. “The Montreal campus is another way for our students to internationalize their educational experience.” In addition to study-abroad programs at partner colleges in Europe and a host of international internship offerings, Champlain also operates a satellite campus in Mumbai, India.Home to 1.5 million people, Montreal is one of the largest French-speaking metropolitan areas in the world. It is the second largest city in Canada and the largest city in the province of Quebec.Champlain College courses offered in Montreal include: Modern Canadian Social History, Creativity and Conceptual Development, Critical Thinking, Practical Game Design, Animating Characters in 3-D, Game Development Senior Team Project, Social Responsibility in Media, Conversational French, and a required Quebec cultural immersion course.Nearly 30 students are expected to spend the fall 2007 semester in Montreal. In the future, students from other colleges will be able to apply to study at Champlain College in Montreal.The Montreal campus is open to students in all academic programs. Students in Champlain’s Electronic Game and Interactive Development and Multimedia and Graphic Design programs may be particularly attracted to the experience since Montreal is one of “gaming’s global hot spots,” according to WIRED Magazine. Quebec is home to more than 50 electronic game-related companies and development studios, including Ubisoft, A2M and Electronic Arts.Students in Champlain’s Business programs can study in a province that is among Vermont’s most important trading partners. In 2005, Vermont exported nearly $1.7 billion in goods and services to Quebec, accounting for roughly 80 percent of all the state’s exports to Canada – Vermont’s largest trading partner. In addition, Vermont was the eighth largest exporter of goods worldwide into Québec in 2005.last_img read more


Next big thing part three: Focus on technology integration


first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Greg Inman is convinced the “next big thing” for credit unions will be driven by changes in technology, or come from outside our industry.Inman, chief operations officer for $710 million asset Neighbors Federal Credit Union in Baton Rouge, La., and chair of CUNA Operations, Sales, & Service Council executive committee, and others share their insights in part three of this series from Credit Union Magazine (click here for parts one and two).Millennials and disruptionI read an article recently in which more than 10,000 millennials were surveyed regarding disruption and how this demographic feels about multiple companies in several different industries. They believe that of all industries that will be disrupted, banking is at the highest [risk].It was interesting that more than 70% of millennials said they would rather visit the dentist than listen to what banks are saying. This group believes innovation will come from outside the industry, and nearly 75% would be more excited about a new offering in financial services from Google, Amazon, Apple, PayPal, or Square. continue reading »last_img read more


Dutch government moves to middle path on new FTK after consultations


first_imgShe also acknowledged that the proposed contract in real terms offered only limited options for indexation.In a letter to Parliament, the state secretary added that two different arrangements would not lead to an unequivocal framework or clarity, and would also increase the costs of pension provision.Klijnsma suggested that, in her reviewed proposal, merging existing nominal pension rights into a real contract could be avoided.The state secretary indicated that, while fleshing out the new variant, she would focus on the smoothing method for financial shocks and clarity the rules for rights cuts during hard times.She also said she would look at the possibility of basing the contributions on the 10-year average of interest rates, in order to achieve stable and cost-covering contributions.The Pensions Federation responded positively to Klijnsma’s reviewed proposals.However, it argued that pension funds should be allowed to continue linking their contribution level to “prudent” returns.The large healthcare scheme PFZW, which had championed the real contract, said it regretted Klijnsma’s change of mind, but that it appreciated the new option of evening out rights cuts.However, it said it doubted whether the indexation target would still be achievable in the new scenario, or that the new contract would still allow pension funds to carry out a population-specific investment policy.In the opinion of Theo Kocken, risk-management professor at the Free University (VU), the best element of the new contract variant is that pension funds no longer have to implement significant rights cuts at the end of a recovery process.However, he also stressed that solutions still needed to be found for sufficient age differentiation, to address the different capacity of younger and older workers to absorb financial risks. The new Dutch financial assessment framework (FTK) is to accommodate a single pensions contract, rather than two, as had been envisaged initially.Responding to the outcome of the consultations on her concept proposals, Jetta Klijnsma, state secretary for Social Affairs, came up with a “middle way”, consisting of elements of both earlier proposed nominal and real contracts.She explained that limitations in these contracts had caused her to review her proposals.“The nominal contract lacked the option of properly smoothing out financial shocks, as well as a sufficient perspective for long-term investment policy for indexation,” Klijnsma said.last_img read more


Arteta on the verge of signing Flamengo defender


first_img Loading… Arsenal new boss Mikel Arteta is close to finalising the signing of Flamengo defender Pablo Mari his first signing since arriving the Emirates Stadium The 6ft 3ins centre back, who was formerly on Manchester City’s books, flew to London on Saturday with Arsenal technical director Edu for his medical after a £7.5million deal was put in place on Friday. The 26-year old had a series of loans while at City with Girona, NAC Breda and Alaves. Mari signed for Flamengo last year for just £1m, having failed to make a single appearance for City during his three years at the club. He impressed and had interest from other English clubs but was given the chance to move to Flamengo where he went on to win the Brazilian League and Copa Libertadores. The Spaniard played against Liverpool in the World Club Championships and is now poised to link up with former City coach Mikel Arteta at Arsenal.Advertisement FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Incredible Discoveries That Puzzled The Whole WorldThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On Earth10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Most Exciting Cities In The World To VisitA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There? Arteta joined City as Pep Guardiola’s assistant the same year as Mari joined the club and would have seen the player up close during their time together. Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta set to bring Pablo Mari in The Arsenal boss is desperate to bolster his defence this month with an injury crisis depleting his options and will be delighted the deal for Mari is almost over the line. Calum Chambers, Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac are all currently out injured, and Arteta is still hopeful of bringing in a full-back despite Bukayo Saka impressing as an emergency left-back. Read Also Martnelli set to treble Arsenal wages to ward of Real Madrid Paris Saint-Germain’s Layvin Kurzawa was an option but the Frenchman now appears set to join Juventus with Mattia De Sciglio going in the other direction.last_img read more


Indians Sports Results


first_imgVarsity Girls Soccer-Milan 5 – Lily Phelps with a hat trick    Southwestern (Hanover) 0Courtesy of Indians Coach Ethan Voss. Middle School Football7th Grade- Milan 20     Madison 08th Grade-Milan 8     Madison 6last_img


DURO’S RUSSIA NOTES…. BLUES FOR MY ARGENTINA FRIENDS


first_imgIn most hotels in St Petersburg for instance, the sky-blue and white colours of Argentina that used to be the dominant jerseys in sight have started to fade following the exit of the Albiceleste against France Sunday night.The boisterous fans of the South American nation were seen in solemn moods at most bars Sunday night, wondering why they have to leave at this stage.A group of five that have become close to this reporter failed to show up at our usual rendezvous. Franco, who appears as the top dog of the traveling Argentine party in St Petersburg was seen at breakfast table this morning not his usual self. “Amigo, I am not happy today,” he muttered in his heavily accented Spanish guttural intonation. “Why, Messi, Why?” he continued to stress over Argentina’s loss to a Kylian Mbappe inspired Les Bleus in that Round of 16 seven-goal thriller at the Kazan Arena.I could not hide my happiness that the Argentines were going home like the Super Eagles, not after that insulting, ‘f-ck you’ finger gesture from Maradona, when camera picked him out from the crowd during that last Group D game against Nigeria. Though I feel sad losing the company of these noisy, football crazy Argentine fans, I said in my heart that the injustice of Turkish centre referee, Neyt Cakir, not awarding a second penalty to Nigeria has been taken care of by my ‘African brothers’playing for France here at this Mundial.BAD MARKET FOR LATE ARRIVALSThe exit of African teams at the group stage is not only been felt by those of us that came here all the way from home but also turning out bad business for those selling jerseys of the five teams here. Our ‘Aso Ebi’ that was the ‘hottest cake’ here exchanging for as high as three hundred Dollars for the original stuff from Nike has dropped in value. Racketeers who were selling the ‘China-made’ for equivalent of between 50 and 30 Dollars are now at a loss. Customers have thinned out due to the loss. The same applies to jerseys of other African teams already gone home.Even in the face of bad business, one lady who came in early with her stuff from Nigeria is smiling away, having sold off her wares while the market was ‘hot.’ She certainly must have learnt her lesson from previous outings to make hay while the sun shines.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Now, the men have been separated from the boys. The real gladiators have taken over the battlefields here in Russia with majority of the pretenders either home already or on the way to their various destinations.Most cities where the group matches were played are now witnessing quiet moments, with rancorous atmospheres witnessed in pubs and eateries gradually simmering to their usually acceptable levels.But Moscow and St Petersburg, the two major bubbling cities of in Russia remain in top tempo as they are stiff full of actions with matches lined up till semi finals, Third Place and final in the two respective cities.last_img read more