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Synchronous timing of abrupt climate changes during the last glacial period

first_imgAbrupt climate changes during the last glacial period have been detected in a global array of palaeoclimate records, but our understanding of their absolute timing and regional synchrony is incomplete. Our compilation of 63 published, independently dated speleothem records shows that abrupt warmings in Greenland were associated with synchronous climate changes across the Asian Monsoon, South American Monsoon, and European-Mediterranean regions that occurred within decades. Together with the demonstration of bipolar synchrony in atmospheric response, this provides independent evidence of synchronous high-latitude–to-tropical coupling of climate changes during these abrupt warmings. Our results provide a globally coherent framework with which to validate model simulations of abrupt climate change and to constrain ice-core chronologies.last_img read more

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Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science – 2021-2022

first_imgHaverford College is a small, selective, liberal arts collegelocated 10 miles outside of the center of Philadelphia and on aregional train line.Questions about the Computer Science program should be directed toJohn Dougherty at [email protected] For technical questions, please contactlnterfoliodirectlyat 1-877-997-8807 or [email protected] .Haverford College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Actionemployer that does not discriminate on the basis of race,ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationalorigin, age, marital status, disability or veteran status.Haverford has a longstanding commitment to diversity rooted invalues of inclusion and social justice, a commitment reflected inthe curriculum, classrooms, and communal composition of theCollege. Haverford welcomes applications from candidates who sharethese values and who will foster their contribution to theCollege’s mission. The Department of Computer Science of Haverford College welcomesapplications for a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor for the2021-2022 academic year.The appointment is renewable for an additional year, contingentupon budgetary approval and completion of a successful performancereview during the first year. Responsibilities will includeteaching the equivalent of five courses over two semesters eachyear. Labs, discussion sections, and supervising undergraduatesenior thesis often count toward this teaching load. This positioncomes with support for research, especially involving undergraduatestudents, as well as a generous benefits package.Candidates in all areas of Computer Science or connected fields areencouraged to apply. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D.(ABD considered) in Computer Science or a closely relateddiscipline and excellent teaching skills and experience, with theability to teach courses from the introductory to the advancedundergraduate levels. The College and Department particularly seekthose well-prepared to engage students from diverse backgrounds,and equipped to use varied pedagogies in the classroom. These andother capacities as an instructor of undergraduate students shouldbe explained in a detailed statement of teaching experiences andinterests.The appointment officially begins July 1, 2021; applicationsreceived by January 15, 2021, will be given full consideration.Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a current curriculumvitae, a statement of teaching interests, a statement of researchinterests. Please also arrange to have three letters of referencesubmitted in support of the application (including name, title,affiliation, phone number, and email address of each reference). Atleast one of these letters of reference should focus on thecandidate’s teaching abilities. Please submit your applicationmaterials here: http://apply.interfolio.com/81757last_img read more

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O.C. Family Sees Green, Helps Environment

first_imgOcean City School District students and siblings, Nicholas Sardy, 12, and Emma, 16, stand next to a recyclable bin at the high school. The bins are part of a recycling challenge. (Photos courtesy Amy Sardy) Maddy VitaleEmma Sardy likes living at the ocean. She appreciates its beauty and wants to make sure the beaches and the waterways are free of plastics.She and her family moved to Ocean City from Ridgewood in Bergen County two years ago.Since then, Emma Sardy, 16, an Ocean City High School junior and her brother, Nicholas, 12, who goes to the Intermediate School, are showing their community their proven track record of success with collecting plastics.“Living in Ocean City allows me to see the impact that we have on our environment and enables me to work to lessen that impact,” Emma Sardy said.Emma is involved in the S.E.A., Student Environmental Association, and she runs a 400-gallon fish tank in the high school. She is also a student member of the Ocean City Environmental Commission.The Sardys became involved with collecting plastics partly because of the “Trex Challenge,” a recycling program by a deck company. The company gives out benches, bird feeders and other items to the top schools. For more information visit https://www.trex.com/recycling/recycling-programs/.“We really love the ocean and want to help maintain it. Not only is plastic a detriment to the animals, but it is decomposing and making the water not viable,” mother Amy Sardy said. “We are not perfect environmentalists in our house, but we started to realize when we had so much plastic in our life.”Mounds of plastic collected at the Sardys’ former school district in Bergen County.Amy Sardy said her children’s former school district in Bergen County participated in the challenge. It interested the family so much, especially Emma, that they decided when they moved to Ocean City they would present the same challenge at the Ocean City School District.District officials were very supportive of the idea and so far, the Intermediate School, with the help of Nick Sardy, and the high school believe in the challenge. Each school has bins set aside for people to drop off the plastics, Sardy explained.“It is an amazing program. It is something that became important to our family,” she added.She said the Intermediate School Trex Challenge has “taken off like gangbusters.”“They have really embraced the idea of collecting plastic,” Sardy added.Emma oversees the high school program.Amy Sardy said she is pleased with her children for taking the initiative.“I’m very proud of Emma for trying to do something outside the box. My kids have really taken this for their cause,” Sardy said. “Nick brought it to the Intermediate School, Emma to the high school.”She added that Ocean City has done a really good job promoting it.“Emma has been on morning announcements and emails are sent out detailing how it is going,” she said.The winning Trex Challenge schools are awarded benches and other items made from recycled materials.As a family, the Sardys, including Matt, the father, and sons Christopher, 13, and Brendan, 10, being environmentally conscious is an important part of their lives.“When you personally start collecting the plastic that could get into the oceans or damage the environment, you realize how much one household contributes to that,” Amy Sardy said. “There is no way to live plastic-free, but you could recycle and reuse it. That way it is put to good use.”last_img read more

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Online Music Festival To Stream Against Trump’s Inauguration Ceremony

first_imgUpdate 1/19/17: Thievery Corporation, Rob Garza, Dirtwire (ft. David Satori of Beats Antique), and Moondog Matinee have all been added to this festival lineup!This Friday, an online music and arts festival is scheduled for webcast as an alternative to the “Unpresidented” Trump Inauguration. Streamstock 2017 will see performances from Lettuce, Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies, Holly Bowling, San Geronimo, Hot Buttered Rum, David Gans, Eufórquestra, The Garcia Project, Acoustically Speaking, Thievery Corporation, Rob Garza, Dirtwire (ft. David Satori of Beats Antique), Moondog Matinee, and the debut performance of Bill Kreutzmann’s Rooster Conspiracy. These artists will use the opportunity to raise awareness for progressive causes and take on Trump’s Inaugural ceremony by webcasting at the same exact time.More artists are going to be announced in the coming days. Streamstock 2017 is of the people, by the people, and for the people, so we expect the concept to catch on to artists as big as the ones who turned down the actual Inauguration.As for Bill Kreutzmann’s Rooster Conspiracy, the band’s lineup is going to be revealed, in part, through a scavenger hunt of sorts through social media pages. An official announcement will be made on Thursday. Because this will run simultaneously as Inauguration coverage, it will start early AM, EST. A detailed schedule is forthcoming.The event is continuing to accept links from musicians/bands, and performers. All you need to do is provide a YouTube video link of your own performance, and let them know your cause . Include a link to your own music/artist webpage, and send everything to [email protected] The deadline for submissions is January 18.Anyone with Facebook Messenger can download the Streamstock 2017 App for free right here. All you have to do is go to this Facebook page and hit the Use App button, or look up Streamstock 2017 in Facebook Messenger.last_img read more

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Finding a link to the human in algorithms setting justice

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Most of us are at least casually familiar with the idea of due process. But technological due process? Ask Priscilla Guo ’18.The graduating senior and special concentrator in technology, policy, and society just wrapped up her thesis on machine learning algorithms in the criminal justice system. She learned that in 49 of the 50 states, predictive algorithms are used in bail, pretrial and sentencing hearings. In addition to focusing on the crime itself, these algorithms use characteristics like background, hometown, and family environment as predictive factors in rulings.“The judge receives it directly, and there’s no opportunity for the defendant to say, ‘Hey, this is not a score that reflects who I am,’” says Guo. “Even worse, there’s no consistency. Each state has either developed their own algorithm, or they’ve contracted out to a corporation, which means the defendant can’t see what’s in it because it’s the company’s proprietary software.”Enter technological due process. Guo suggests that all defendants should receive notice that these algorithms are being used, should be informed of their own score, and should be able to challenge the data on either side of the equation.“The government should also be testing these algorithms, to see if they’re discriminating against people or if there’s bias in the system,” she says. “And they’re not. Validity testing is done in less than 25 percent of cases. They do one test and say, ‘Oh, this algorithm works,’ which is not how algorithms work, especially in machine learning.”This use of technology to evaluate state and social systems has been a theme for Guo during her time at Harvard, taking her from the College, to the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at the Law School and the Institute of Politics (IOP) at the Kennedy School.At the IOP, Guo became involved with STEAM, an initiative that encourages students with concentrations in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics to understand how their areas of study might affect the world by bringing their particular perspectives and skills to political and societal challenges.“We need to innovate and reignite how we look at research, papers, tools, government, and think tanks through technology,” she says. “Tech has a place in politics, too, such as understanding political advertisements from candidates really speaking to people on an individual level.”She will carry all of these interests forward as a master’s student at Oxford’s Internet Institute next year after a summer internship with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. While at NASA, she will be working on software licensing, intellectual property, and open-source issues relating to her new lab’s strategic software projects. In the past, the lab collaborated on the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA’s) Memex initiative, a program that focuses on developing next generation online search software. Tools developed through the initiative are able to index incoming data from a variety of sources, from space probes to finding human trafficking cases on the deep web.“It’s so exciting to see how connected these things are,” says Guo. “It was the same search extraction tool. They just reapplied the method that they used to search for things in space to search for human trafficking denoters on Google.”While her interest in technology might be more recent (she jokes about being anti-technology in high school), her interest in the welfare of different groups in society is not. Groups such as her own: women.As a high school student, she was a National Teen Advisor for Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s effort to empower and support young women around the world, and Girls Write Now, a nonprofit that connects young women with mentors and encourages them to develop their writing skills.“Having female writers, writers who worked for The Wall Street Journal, or speechwriters for the Rockefeller Foundation telling me that I have a story to tell, that I have a voice, was incredibly important,” says Guo. “Feeling the encouragement from these women I admired to pursue greater achievement, working together to pull women up — that mentorship model really stuck.”It left a mark on her work in the tech world. She became involved with MIT’s Women in Technology program, attended her first Grace Hopper Celebration, and eventually became president of Harvard’s Women in Computer Science organization. Having had such positive interactions with her mentors, taking on mentees of her own was a no-brainer.“If you keep bringing more women in, it becomes a positive feedback loop,” says Guo. “One thing that we all have the capability of doing is lift each other up higher.”As excited as she is for the future, leaving campus this spring is bittersweet. Before she goes, Guo plans to check out all the hidden campus spaces and artifacts she hasn’t yet seen.“There’s a secret room in the Harvard Art Museums,” she says, referring to the Naumburg Room, which was donated to the Fogg Museum in the 1930s. “They don’t open it up very often, but they have a tea every year and a rotating set of Houses they invite to attend. It has all these secret doors and crevices. The curator knows exactly which buttons to push, like a magical novel, you push one shelf and another pops out!“Just recently, I had such a Narnia-esque moment. I randomly walked into this library and there was a suit of armor. I was, like, ‘This is so Harvard! Why have I not seen this all four years?’ ”last_img read more

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GFF to host CONCACAF Club Licensing workshop on Saturday

first_imgTHE Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), in collaboration with the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), will host a Club Licensing Workshop on Saturday May 20.The workshop, which is scheduled to begin at 09:30hrs, is expected to have a total of 40 persons from Regional Member Associations (RMA), national associations, elite league clubs and clubs which will be in contention for promotion to the elite league, that is, two top clubs in each RMA.According to Ian Alves, the GFF’s Competitions Director, the objective of the session is to ensure all senior clubs in Guyana have their club licence.Alves pointed out that “the efforts that club owners and administrators make in order to ensure our footballers both male and female have an opportunity to play football are recognised. It is with this in mind that club licensing procedure is geared to enable clubs to have proper infrastructure and the accompanying requisite regulations.”The session will be conducted by CONCACAF Development Coordinator, Cristhian Tonelli, and will adopt a Trainer-of-Trainers approach. This is necessary to continuously enable the transfer of knowledge to RMAs and build capacity among same for club licence. A club licence is necessary to enable participation in all CONCACAF tournaments.Prior to the workshop, Tonelli will meet with the Executive Committee of the GFF, Club Licensing Manager, the GFF First Instance Decision-Making Body and the GFF Appeals Instance Decision-Making Body tomorrow.last_img read more

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Shafer: ‘I see ISIS is out there cutting people’s heads off. The real world’s got some major problems.’

first_img Published on October 4, 2014 at 12:21 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse Facebook Twitter Google+ Scott Shafer took a wide look at Syracuse’s 28-6 loss to Louisville on Friday night. A really wide, retrospective look.  Here’s what SU’s head coach had to say when asked about the emotions experienced during the loss:“No despair. I’m the luckiest guy alive. I see ISIS is out there cutting people’s heads off. The real world’s got some major problems. Some major problems. And we’re just so doggone lucky to be coaching and playing a sport and being criticized for not getting a call made with a couple seconds left in the game, or being criticized for not catching a dead pig with air in it. To me, life’s pretty damn good. And I’m so lucky to be having to field these types of questions, and I feel so blessed to be a football coach. And I’m living the dream. Every once in a while it’s uncomfortable, but that’s what makes the highs so much better.”And when asked how the Orange will regroup in the eight days leading up to its game against No. 1 Florida State, Shafer continued:“… You beat yourself up when you watch the film and go through a little bit of depression until you turn on CNN and see what’s going on out there. Then you say you’re pretty lucky, because life is pretty damn good. We just go to work and fight our butts off and try to teach the kids to be tough. And if they start to look at each other and point a finger for a quick second, we grab their hand and put the thumb in their chest and tell them, ‘Don’t be a finger-pointer.’”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShafer’s postgame press conference was a deeper look at a loss where the Syracuse offense gave up four points on two safeties and only scored six. A loss where the touchdown horn behind the Syracuse end zone fired off two false alarms — one on a penalty and another on a dropped pass. A loss that left Shafer talking more about the game of football and the anatomy of “toughness” than the negative tally in the standings.“… I think there’s a huge misconception of what toughness is. Toughness isn’t just the physicality of it, toughness is the ability to get your mind in a very nice place where you can execute better and find that balance. That’s toughness.“Being soft is not having the fortitude to be able to say to yourself, ‘I’ve got to stop thinking about the negatives.’ Mental toughness is saying, ‘I’m going to get it done’ when someone asks why didn’t you catch the ball because you dropped it. You can’t be a smart-aleck about it, but you’ve got to get your mental toughness to get to the point where you believe what you’re saying. It’s a self-fulfilling philosophy. It takes ability and it takes heart.” Commentslast_img read more