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CUSE workshops aim to broaden undergraduate research opportunities

first_imgIn an effort to promote intellectual development, the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) hosts workshops across campus that cater to undergraduates interested in research, scholarly engagement, creative endeavors and fellowships.Assistant director of undergraduate research, Yvonne Mikuljan, said the CUSE workshops introduce students to various kinds of research and learning experiences while offering advice about how to pursue those opportunities.“CUSE workshops and advising are designed to encourage undergraduates to think about their own unique interests and goals and assist students in developing meaningful research projects and experiences,” Mikuljan said.The two workshops CUSE regularly offer are “Getting Started in Undergraduate Research,” which explores different kinds of research and scholarly engagement opportunities, strategies for finding a faculty mentor and developing a plan for pursuit of such interests and goals, and “Crafting a Strong Grant Proposal,” which walks students through funding sources at Notre Dame, the components of a grant application and a composing an effective grant proposal, Mikuljan said.Student programming coordinator for CUSE, Kati Schuler, said the workshops welcome students from all majors and grade levels every week.“If you’re not quite sure where to begin exploring research and engagement opportunities at Notre Dame, ‘Getting Started in Undergraduate Research’ is the right workshop for you,” Schuler said. “If you have a specific project planned and would like to start the process of securing funding, ‘How to Write a Strong Grant Proposal’ would be the best.”Since 2012, CUSE has offered about 35 workshops annually that are open to all undergraduate students, Schuler said. The workshops are typically held in Brownson Hall.“We also bring our workshops into classes if a professor requests it,” Schuler said. “For example, in 2016–2017, 130 students attended the workshops held in the CUSE office, but we saw another 245 students during in-class workshops.”Outside of workshops, Schuler said CUSE offers individual mentoring and advising to students pursuing scholarly engagement outside of class. Students can make an appointment with an advisor to discuss their project plans and get help on drafting a proposal, she said.“CUSE can also help students connect to all of the various centers, institutes and resources on campus,” Schuler said. “We work like a compass, helping to guide you through all of the different opportunities at Notre Dame.”Mikuljan said CUSE is currently in the process of developing a grant writing series to provide more hands-on assistance during the grant writing process.“CUSE is always working to create new and better workshops and resources to help students be successful in their research and scholarly endeavors,” Mikuljan said. “Undergraduate students of every level and every college and discipline participate in a range for research activities at Notre Dame, around the country and abroad.”Sophomore anthropology major Dayonni Phillips said she attended CUSE workshops to learn how to write a grant after being invited to do research in Ireland and attend a field school in Poland.“I would definitely recommend students attend CUSE workshops or get involved with CUSE even if they do not have research plans,” Phillips said. “Although the CUSE workshop was meant to teach students how to organize a general grant proposal, I felt like the instructor was interested in specific questions that students had pertaining to their personal grants, and he would then address those questions as well.”Tags: CUSE, Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, grant proposal, grant writinglast_img read more

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Georgia Guard trains at UGA

first_img“Assalamu alaikum,” or “peace be upon you,” will soon be a common greeting for a team of Georgia National Guardsmen as they learn to speak Pashto. The group will deploy to Afghanistan this May on a special mission to revitalize the war-torn country’s agriculture industry. University of Georgia agricultural experts helped arm them with the knowledge to do it. In February, 21 members of the National Guard’s 201st Agribusiness Development Team visited the UGA campus in Athens to get hands-on training from specialists with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. The guardsmen learned about irrigation, crop production, pest management, soils assessment, livestock management and food storage. “This not a typical training session for us, but when the Georgia National Guard asked for help, we wanted to do all we could,” said Steve Brown, assistant dean for UGA Cooperative Extension. “While our scientists may not be experts in Afghan agriculture, the basics are the same worldwide.”Essential SkillsExperts also taught the guardsmen how to hold and care for chickens, care for a beehive, prune fruit trees and milk cows. These are essential skills for a country whose agriculture industry is decades behind those of developed countries. “Milk is a big carrier of diseases like salmonella, tuberculosis, listeria and E. coli,” said Steve Nickerson, UGA dairy scientist. “We are teaching them how to collect the milk in sanitary ways to limit the transmission of disease. They use open systems in Afghanistan to collect milk; if you handle it wrong, you could be killing kids.” The handpicked guard unit is based at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Ga., but members hail from across the state. The team consists of engineers, teachers, pesticide applicators, veterinarians, marketing experts and farmers. It also includes four UGA grads: Gary Church, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources; Carmen Benson, CAES; George McCommon, CAES and College of Veterinary Medicine; and Catherine Tait, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. “UGA provides the technical expertise and the experience for this education,” said Lt. Col. Ken Baldowski, media relations officer for the Georgia National Guard. “Afghans are using farming methods that are hundreds of years old in a soil that is depleted of all nutrients. The talent, expertise and knowledge shared with us at UGA will help us to perform this important mission.”The Mission“This is a very different mission for us,” Baldowski said. “While Georgia Guardsmen have been deployed to Afghanistan for more than 10 years, now we are arriving with technology and agricultural know-how to share with the Afghan farmers. We hope these methods and insights will help them to produce crops to feed their families and possibly to create a viable agricultural export product.” More than 80 percent of Afghanistan residents are farmers but lack the knowledge to produce viable crops and productive yields. “Afghanistan may be a high-tech battlefield,” said Col. Williams, who commands Augusta’s 201st Regional Support Group, “but its agricultural practices are like those of America’s during the 1900s, or in some cases the 1800s. And the income of its people, especially the farmers, is in terrible shape.” Thirty years of war and prolonged drought have set Afghan farmers way back, said Williams, who will lead the first of three ADT teams to Afghanistan this spring. Georgia is the 13th state to send a specialized ADT team to Afghanistan. The 201st will replace a group from Nevada when they arrive in May. “Our job will be to help the Afghans change their practices through education, mentorship and ‘easy-to-train, easy-to-sustain’ crop, livestock, water and land-management projects that fit their culture and environment,” Williams said. RebuildingPotatoes, apples, apricots, wheat and eggplant are staples for Afghan farmers. Obstacles like watershed management, lack of refrigeration, limited access to markets and quality seed sources, and transportation hurdles make rebuilding the Afghanistan agriculture industry difficult. “Our goal is to assist the government in administering these programs by mentoring them so that the government can run them,” Williams said. “Assisting the farmers and villages in creating markets for their food so they can be more self-sufficient and not dependent on foreign imports is a key component to our mission.” “Assalamu alaikum” is usually uttered with one hand over the heart to show sincerity. Although the National Guard team is being deployed, they all volunteered to be a part of this team. A sincere desire to help the Afghan people improve their farming practices and better their lives – and the future of their country – is at the heart of their mission.“Even though we are in some dangerous territory, they are good people and that is what is rewarding,” Williams said. “They are no different than us. The way things get done is through relationships. Loyalty and commitment is very important to them, as it is to us.”last_img read more

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Long Islanders Rally as Thousands Protest Police Killings in NYC, D.C.

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Ten days after a Staten Island grand jury declined to indict a white police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man, thousands took to the streets across the country demanding justice for Eric Garner as well as others killed by police. In Washington D.C., demonstrators marched down historic Pennsylvania Avenue, holding signs that read “Black Lives Matter” while pleading for change in America’s justice system. Tens of thousands were also expected to descend on New York City for what could turn out to be the largest demonstration in Manhattan since the Staten Island grand jury voted against indicting the NYPD officer involved in Garner’s death. Long Islanders were also eager to let their voices be heard. About a dozen people marched peacefully in Islip from Brookwood Hall Park to Town Hall as Suffolk County police cruisers followed along. A separate rally was also held in Hempstead. “We need more peace!” chanted the Islip demonstrators, led by Rev. Bryan Greaves of Holy Church of Christ in Central Islip. “Increase the peace.” Standing on the steps of town hall, Greaves said, “today we are here for tomorrow.” The rally, he said, was meant to instill respect and peace in the community. Speaking of future generations, Greaves said, “We have a responsibility to do something to ensure their safety.” Bishop Donald Hudson of Common Ground Church in Central Islip called for federal investigators to bring charges against the officers involved in the deaths of Garner and 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., so “we can see justice and peace.” Hudson echoed comments made by Greaves, saying, “let’s make sure that we join hand-in-hand with peace. “It’s about right versus wrong,” he said, not race. Marching in Islip was Rochelle Allen, who said she came out to “show the community, law enforcement, everyone in our community that we stand together.” She also wanted to show her support for families of those who died in recent confrontations with police. “It’s important that we raise awareness and show people that we can spread peace,” Allen said, “and we can spread love and things don’t have to be the way they are.”Her mother Shirley Bennett-Allen called for change. “It’s time for us to stop all this foolishness, on both sides; as far as the cops are concerned, as far as the young men are concerned,” she said. “And when you see people acting out, we have to understand that these children know that we’re not going to try to glorify them…like there’s no fault in anything they’ve done,” she added. “But nobody deserved to die, especially if the child didn’t have a gun.”The non-indictment in the Garner case came just days after a grand jury in Ferguson decided against charging police officer Darren Wilson in Brown’s death. The decision in the Garner case was even more surprising, demonstrators have said, because the entire confrontation was caught on cell phone video. While Missouri laws allowed the prosecutor in that case to release details of the grand jury proceedings, which are secret, New York State law largely prevents the release of grand jury information. The New York Civil Liberties union on Friday sent a formal request to the judge who oversaw the Garner grand jury case asking for the public release of transcripts from the proceedings. The group also asked that any information that could lead to the identification of jurors or witnesses be redacted. “The failure to indict the officer responsible for the death of Eric Garner after the incident was clearly recorded on video has severely damaged the ability of much of the public to trust the criminal justice system and has left many wondering if black lives even matter,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said in a statement. NYPD supporters plan to hold their own rally Friday at 5 p.m., according to a Facebook page called “Thank you NYPD.”last_img read more

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MasterCard provides EMV credit and debit cards to First Tech Credit Union

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr First Tech Federal Credit Union announced yesterday that it has entered a new agreement with MasterCard as its payment solution provider, according to a company release. MasterCard will offer “convenience, control and security” for First Tech’s more than 380,000 members, enabling the credit union to issue new credit and debit cards that contain EMV Chip and PIN technology.“Through this transition, we plan to be there every step of the way for our members by offering clear and concise communications while keeping them informed of the benefits MasterCard offers,” said Greg Mitchell, CEO of First Tech Federal Credit, in the release. Mitchell said that MasterCard provides First Tech’s members with card payment solutions that allow them to better manage their financial transactions, while also providing additional security.“Consumers are looking for solutions that are secure and simple. Working with MasterCard, First Tech can better provide peace of mind for members,” said John Ainsworth, Group Head, Independent Banks and Credit Unions, U.S. Markets, MasterCard, in the release.First Tech said that it plans to assist members in transitioning reoccurring payments from the previous payment solutions provider to MasterCard through its automatic billing update service. The credit union will begin distributing new cards this summer. continue reading »last_img read more

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Can you compete against a Google bank?

first_imgGoogle has officially become your competitor by getting a mortgage broker’s license and teaming up with Zillow to offer a mortgage comparison service for residents of the Golden State. This is important enough as the latest example of how technology companies are blurring the line between themselves and financial institutions.The news is of course also important because you don’t have to be Nostradamus to realize that this service is coming East real soon or that the ultimate aim of this partnership is to be a major player in the mortgage business.  Google has been low key about the announcement but Zillow’s press release is bubbling over with ambition: “This partnership allows us the unique opportunity to help borrowers by providing them with the industry’s most accurate, real-time information about home loans and mortgage lenders while simultaneously offering Zillow Group’s lenders increased reach for their businesses.”What really intrigues me is that Apple, Google and, more cautiously, Facebook are leveraging more than just their technological prowess; they are leveraging the goodwill and trust they have built up with consumers who have had nearly constant personal contact with their technology for most of their lives. Increasingly, credit unions can no longer compare themselves to banks and take comfort in the fact that they are more customer friendly. The real question is: are your members more likely to trust Apple with their money than your credit union? continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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The quickest way anywhere is a straight line

first_imgIt’s a fact…the quickest way anywhere is a straight line. So, why do credit unions seemingly insist on charting winding paths for their members and their marketers?Many times we overthink strategies and plans. We get bogged down by the “that can’t be done that way” attitudes in the face of change. Even when the reality is that we should be removing obstacles and simplifying processes instead of settling into an outdated process.A client once started a meeting by asking, “what are you trying to achieve, and what is the quickest way to get there?” That simply stated question is how we should think about processes, targets, goals, experiences, and almost anything that has to be accomplished. The client had boiled down the information she wanted to know to its simplest form and we were able to move forward quickly from there.So, what does that mean for you? For your members? For your website? For your loan growth? Share growth? Email blasts? When is the last time you checked out what your website looks like on a cellphone? When is the last time you tried to find a “join now” link on your home page and where did the link take you when you found it? If members, or potential members, can’t find basic information within seconds, you are not communicating effectively. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Telkomsel records surge in data traffic, use over Idul Fitri

first_imgTelkomsel also noted unusually high data traffic in Greater Jakarta, which typically emptied during the holiday as people left for their hometowns on mudik. Instead, it recorded a 60.9 percent yoy surge in data traffic in the area.In correlation, annual mudik destinations recorded fewer arrivals among Telkomsel customers.The company’s customer tracking data showed a decline in arrivals of 77 percent in West Java, 83 percent in Central Java and 83 percent in East Java compared to 2019 figures. Setyanto added that Telkomsel would continue to expand its quality, capacity and coverage to provide better data services to customers.The statement said the company had expanded its network to 436 points of interest, focusing on improved coverage in residential areas, hospitals and transportation hubs.Topics : “As a connectivity enabler, Telkomsel has tried to ensure that each customer can still [reach out] in silaturahmi (spirit of kinship) and remain connected with loved ones, despite having to do so from home,” Setyanto said in a written statement released on Wednesday.As Telkomsel customers turned to digital means to connect with their loved ones during Idul Fitri, the company recorded a steep hike of 75.4 percent in mobile data use compared to normal days.Messaging service WhatsApp recorded the biggest increase during the holiday compared to other messaging apps, with usage up 49.2 percent.Social media platforms still dominated data use at 30.8 percent, showing an uptick of 3.6 percent from normal use.  Telkomsel saw its mobile data traffic soar during Idul Fitri on May 24 to 25, as customers nationwide used digital platforms to connect with family and friends over the Muslim holiday while adhering to the stay-at-home policy.The mobile network operator and subsidiary of state-owned telecommunications giant Telkom recorded a peak increase of 22.8 percent to 26.7 petabytes (PB) in mobile data traffic during Idul Fitri, and a year-on-year (yoy) increase of 42.1 percent compared to the same period in 2019.Telkomsel president director Setyanto Hantoro noted that many customers celebrated Idul Fitri differently this year because of the COVID-19 epidemic, which had prompted people to stay at home instead of traveling on the annual mudik (exodus).last_img read more

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Dominator Race Products delivers IMCA Deery, Modified, Stock, SportMod awards

first_imgLYONS, Ohio – Dominator Race Products delivers a wealth of awards again in 2015, its seventh season as an IMCA sponsor.The Lyons, Ohio, manufacturer gives nosepiece kits to 11th through 20th place finishers in the Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models.The same prizes go to ninth and 10th-place finishers in each of the five regions for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds and in national point standings for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods, and to 11th and 12th place finishers in both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car regions.“The Dominator nosepiece remains an approved option for five sanctioned divisions and really adds to the appearance and performance of those race cars,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “I’m excited to have Dominator back for another season of partnership and look forward to a great year.”Award certificates will be presented during the national IMCA awards banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.Information about Dominator products is available by calling 419 923-6970, on Facebook and at the www.dominatorraceproducts.com website.last_img read more

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BSO SRO Scot Peterson Still in Jail, Returns to Court

first_imgFormer Broward County SRO, Scot Peterson, accused of doing nothing during the Parkland school shooting, is still sitting in jail. He was arrested earlier this week and has not been able to post bond or surrender his passport which is still at his home in North Carolina.According to court documents, Peterson’s attorneys are expected to stand in front of a judge Thursday morning, arguing to reduce Peterson’s bond and the loosen the restrictions of his pre-trial release. On Tuesday, Peterson was arrested on 11 charges, including seven counts of child neglect for his role during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that killed 17 students and staff.Jeff Bell, the president of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association is questioning the child neglect charges because it would mean that the school resource officer would actually be a designated caregiver and not protector of students.During his first appearance Wednesday morning, Judge Jackie Powell upheld Peterson’s $102,000 bond and told Peterson’s attorneys he must turn in his passport before his release; his passport is at his home in Murphy, NC.Broward County Court Documents show Peterson’s attorney, Joseph DiRuzzo, will argue the charges, saying law enforcement officers are not child caregivers and could not be charged with child neglect. In a motion filed Wednesday, DiRuzzo also calls the bond and conditions of release “excessive” for a long time deputy with no criminal history, saying Peterson is not a threat to the public, nor a flight-risk.DiRuzzo will ask Judge Elizabeth Scherer to release Peterson on his own recognizance and modify the conditions of his release, which include eliminating an ankle monitor and giving Peterson a week from his release date to obtain and turn in his passport. Judge Scherer is the same judge presiding over the death penalty case of the confessed, accused school shooter.Thursday’s hearing will begin at 11 a.m. at the Broward County Courthouse.last_img read more

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Busta Champion of Champions Softball Tournament …

first_imgGrill Master, Spartan, Terry Grocery and Hard Knock advance to Semifinals.Grill Master, Spartan, Terry Grocery and Hard Knock have advanced to the Semifinals of this year’s Busta Champion of Champions Softball Tournament, organised by the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club.The tournament started on the 15th October, 2017, and would conclude with the Semifinals and Finals scheduled for this Sunday, October,29th, at the same venue.The Quarterfinals started with Grill Master defeating Toopoo by 27 runs. Batting first after losing the toss, Grill Master amassed 133- 2 off their allotted 10 overs, with Keith Fraser top-scoring with 51 runs inclusive of three boundaries and four massive sixes. Vishal Phillips, 23, and Fraser added 69 for the first wicket in five overs while Balram Samaroo supported with an attractive unbeaten 35. Needing to score 134 from 10 overs, Toopoo reached 106-8 when their overs ran out. S. De Freitas 15 and S. Ramdeo 20 were the only batsmen to reach double figures, as Kevon Sinclair and Vishal Phillips bowled well to take 2-12 and 19 respectively.Hard Knock advanced to the Semifinals by easily defeating Set Up by 46 runs. V. Sommersal 30, L. Mendonca 20, Paul Tyndall 26 and Michael Chase 16,not out, all batted well as Hard Knock amassed 113- 4. In response, Set Up was bundled out for 67 from 9.5 overs. Michael Fraser was the only batsman to offer resistance with 34 as E. Mendonca claimed 4 wickets for 12 runs. In the third Quarterfinals, Terry Grocery XI spearheaded by an aggressive innings of 46 from Khemraj Mahadeo and an unbeaten 21 from Delbert Hicks, defeated Toopoo by five wickets to advance. Toopoo led by 46 from Roy Lester, Naren Magalay (28) and Balchan Baldeo (42) reached 114-3 from their 10 overs. Michael Hicks 2 – 2 and Junior Sinclair 1 – 17 bowled well for Terry Grocery XI.In the last Quarterfinals, Spartan defeated Rising Stars of Port Mourant by 52 runs after blasting their way to 120 – 7 from 10 overs. David Luknauth top-scored with 30 and received support from K. Sankt (20) and J. Diaram (29). Bowling for Toopoo, Eon Hooper took 5 wickets for 18 runs. In response, Toopoo was restricted to 68 for 8 off their allotted overs as Spartan bowled and fielded well. Ganesh Garbaban top-scored with 20, while Chandar Arjune supported with 18. Gobin Gangaram, David Lucknauth and Sunil Madrimutoo each took two wickets for 11, 13 and 17 runs respectively.Club Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster stated that the Semifinals, 3rd Place Playoff and Finals would be played on Sunday starting at 11.00 hours. A Female 10/10 match between Rose Hall Town Metro and Trophy Stall would be played from 09.30 hours.The Winning Team would cart home $150 000.00, the Runner-up $75 000.00 and 3rd Place $50 000.00. Patrons attending the Finals would also be given the opportunity to win attractive Busta prizes while children games would also be available for kids.last_img read more

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