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Exec Dir Procurement

first_imgPosting Details Education Hiring RangeCommensurate with experience. Hours of Work8:00 AM – 5:00 PM M-F Posting NumberTSU202309 Required Licensing/Certification * Do you have a minimum seven (7) years related workexperience, and prior procurement progressive experience in aneducational/governmental setting?YesNo * Do you have a Master’s degree?YesNo Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university inBusiness, Finance, Supply chain management, or other disciplinesrelated to the work of the Procurement Office. Master’s degreepreferred. Essential Duties Summary Knowledge of all procurement process disciplines is critical.Demonstrated ability to provide effective leadership, strategicvision, supervision, professional development, and training toensure individual staff development and achievement oforganizational goals and training to department representatives.Excellent verbal and written communication, interpersonal,organizational and facilitation skills. Ability to identify complexproblems and review related information to develop and evaluateoptions and implement solutions. Must be skilled at using logic andreasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternativesolutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. Ability toencourage and build mutual trust, respect, and cooperation amongteam members. Must be skilled in management of one’s own time andadhere to deadlines.Superior customer service skills and dedication to detailed andtimely work. Proficient with the ability to use personal computersand Microsoft Office Suite, Access, analytical tools and ERPsystems (e.g. Banner) and other job related databases andsoftware. Close Date Official TSU TitleExec Dir Procurement Position Details Working/Environmental Conditions The Executive Director provides management and leadership of theProcurement Office throughout the university; develops and/orsupports the development of strategic and annual work plans;manages staff performance and attainment of all goals andobjectives set; has final authority to conduct and conclude alluniversity purchases in a manner that will ensure transparency,fairness and the wise expenditure of university funds in accordancewith the laws of the State of Texas and policies established by theBoard of Regents. * Do you have procurement process expertise and anunderstanding of various product and service commodities?YesNo UA EEO Statement Special Instructions to ApplicantsOpen to all applicants. Posting Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Minimum seven (7) years related work experience, prior procurementprogressive experience in educational/governmental settingpreferred. Experience with complex solicitations, contractnegotiation/management. Procurement process expertise andunderstanding of various product and service commodities aplus.center_img Oversees multiple departments managed by subordinate staff;develops and maintains policy and procedural knowledge in assignedfunctions; develops functional goals and objectives and strategies;monitors and reports on functional performance. Performs advisoryand support services to university leadership, all departmentalcustomers, current and prospective vendors and members of thepublic on all aspects of the university’s procurement activitiesincluding purchase orders, accounts payable, travel services,procurement cards, HUB program, delivery, source selectionprocesses, contract administration and contract monitoring.Develops compliance programs and procedures to ensure the integrityof the procurement process while ensuring adherence toinstitution-wide compliance with applicable laws and regulations aswell as campus policies and procedures. Serves in an advisory roleto university committees ( SACS, Strategic Planning, Finance, etc.)on subjects impacting the college system. Evaluates and implementsautomated procurement processes with advanced technology inapplicable purchasing functions. Oversees the accuracy andcompleteness of formal solicitations. Interfaces with UniversityPresident, System Administrators, state and federal agents, Boardof Trustees, and various external organizations as it relates toprocurement operations. Regularly monitors university spend reportsto ensure compliance with state required bidding thresholds.Participates in ensuring the university’s success in meeting stategoals and mandates related to purchasing. Assist in the preparationof procurement documentation submitted to the Board of Regents forapproval. Supervises and conducts performance appraisals onemployees, measuring such performance against established goals,and making necessary recommendations. Develops and monitorsdepartmental budget for all functional areas. Oversees vendorperformance evaluations and contract compliance. Responsible forthe administration of the Historically Underutilized Business ( HUB) program. Oversees the training sessions for users and departmentemployees. Serves as purchasing liaison to the state legislature,the Comptroller’s Statewide Procurement Division, TSUAdministration, vendors and users. Performs other job-relatedduties as required. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Work is performed within routine office environment with noexposure to hazardous or unpleasant conditions. Physical demandsare usually limited to sitting or standing in one location much ofthe time. Some stopping, lifting or carrying objects of lightweight may be required. Grant TitleN/A Position End Date (if temporary) Certified Texas Contract Manager ( CTCM ) and/or Certified PublicProcurement Officer ( CPPO ) Open Until Filled (overrides close field)Yes * Do you have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college oruniversity in Business, Finance, Supply chain management, or otherdisciplines related to the work of the Procurement Office?YesNo 100% * Are you proficient with the ability to use personal computersand Microsoft Office Suite, Access, analytical tools and ERPsystems (e.g. Banner) and other job related databases and software?YesNo Work Experience * Do you have the following certifications: 1. Certified TexasContract Manager (CTCM) 2. Certified Public Procurement Officer(CPPO)Certified Texas Contract Manager (CTCM)Certified Public Procurement Officer (CPPO)Both CTCM & CPPONone of the above It is the policy of Texas Southern University to provide a workenvironment that is free from discrimination for all personsregardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin,individuals with disability, sexual orientation, or protectedveteran status in its programs, activities, admissions oremployment policies. This policy of equal opportunity is strictlyobserved in all University employment-related activities such asadvertising, recruiting, interviewing, testing, employmenttraining, compensation, promotion, termination, and employmentbenefits. This policy expressly prohibits harassment anddiscrimination in employment based on race, color, religion,gender, gender identity, genetic history, national origin,individuals with disability, age, citizenship status, or protectedveteran status. This policy shall be adhered to in accordance withthe provisions of all applicable federal, state and local laws,including, but not limited to, Title VII of the Civil RightsAct.Manual of Administrative Policies andProcedures % FTE Security Sensitive Position?Yes Job Description Summary / TWC Summary Desired start date * Do you have experience with complex solicitations, contractnegotiation/management?YesNo Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsResumeCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationOfficial TranscriptsOptional DocumentsOther DocumentReference Letter 1Reference Letter 2Reference Letter 3last_img read more

The archaeology of plaque (yes, plaque)

first_img By precisely gauging the age of juvenile fossils, researchers show how early human ancestors were unique She also investigates paleofeces, and another project in her lab focuses on understanding recent evolution in the gut microbiome. “A number of studies have shown that the gut microbiome of traditional societies around the world is very differently structured than that of industrialized populations. We can tell that it is the industrialized gut microbiome that has changed, but the question is: Over what time scale? Is it 100 years? A thousand years? Ten thousand years? What caused it to shift? Was it agriculture? Was it industrialization?”Answering those questions, Warinner said, is important from a public health perspective as well as a historical one.“The thing that characterizes, more than anything else, the industrialized gut microbiome is a lack of diversity,” she said. “Microbial loss may lead to reduced resiliency and a higher susceptibility to disease. Conditions like Crohn’s disease, IBD [inflammatory bowel disease], and many gastrointestinal disorders share, as a common feature, reduced or altered microbial diversity, and it may be that there’s something about our current, industrialized diet that is driving this pattern.”In addition to modern ailments, Warinner’s work has also shed light on one of the most mysterious puzzles in medical history — the cause of a 16th-century epidemic that decimated the indigenous populations of colonial Mexico and Central America, and that was known only as cocoliztli, the Aztec word for “pestilence.”“Most people know that when the Spanish came to the Americas they introduced a number of diseases,” she said. “In the 16th century alone, there were 11 documented epidemics, including an outbreak of smallpox in 1520 that contributed to the fall of the Aztec Empire. However, the worst epidemic — the one considered to be the single greatest killer in terms of loss of life — occurred two decades later in 1545, and neither the Spanish nor the Aztecs knew what it was.”Though researchers had debated the exact nature of the epidemic for more than four centuries, with hypotheses ranging from influenza to plague to hemorrhagic fever, there was scant evidence to support any one theory.In 2006, Warinner, then a grad student, was part of a team of archaeologists who stumbled onto a mass burial site for cocoliztli victims, but it wasn’t until 2018 that she and colleagues at the Max Planck Institute finally were able to identify a rare strain of Salmonella enterica that they believe was responsible for the epidemic.Warinner has also used the study of dental calculus to shed light on cultural practices, including the production of medieval books.“Several years ago, we started a study on periodontal disease and as part of that study we analyzed the teeth of individuals buried at a small medieval monastery in Germany. Quite unexpectedly, we found that one woman’s dental calculus was full of blue crystals we later determined to be pigment from lapis lazuli,” she said. “At the time, that was one of the rarest and most expensive mineral pigments in Europe, and the only explanation that made sense was that she must have used the pigment, likely as an illustrator. Only a very skilled artist would have been entrusted with such a valuable substance, and here it was on the teeth of a woman buried at a rural women’s religious community. So this discovery revealed new information about trade routes and the more extensive use of this pigment during this early time period, as well as the involvement of women in art.”,Warinner has also been using dental calculus to investigate the origins of dairying and how and when it spread across Europe and Asia.“By looking at when and where animal milk proteins first appear in people’s dental calculus, we are able to reconstruct the prehistory of dairying across the world — where it started, how it moved, where it spread,” she said. “That was hard to do before. It’s a really crucial part of human history for more reasons than people realize.”Warinner’s work on dairying, however, is about more than tracing the spread of a key cultural practice — it is also revealing new insights into lactose intolerance.Virtually all mammals can digest the milk sugar lactose as infants, and they do this by producing the enzyme lactase. However, they stop producing this enzyme as they get older, which is part of the weaning process. This is also true for most humans. For some time, researchers have known that the ability to digest lactose into adulthood is the result of genetic mutations that arose independently in European, Middle Eastern, and East African populations, and each time in cultures long associated with dairying. Thus, “lactose intolerance” is not really a disease, but rather the ancestral condition of humans. The ability to produce lactase into adulthood, known as lactase persistence, is a relatively recent adaptation.“We knew dairying began in the Neolithic,” Warinner said. “So we thought we would find lactase persistence in the first farmers. Once ancient DNA technology came along, people began testing Neolithic farmers by the hundreds, and none of them had it. We now know there’s a time gap of about 4,000 years between when people first started dairying and when the first lactase persistence adaptations appear, so for 4,000 years people who should be lactose intolerant were dairying.” Digging up the past Not many people can get excited about plaque, but Christina Warinner loves the stuff.The recently appointed assistant professor of anthropology in FAS and Sally Starling Seaver Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute, Warinner was among the first researchers to realize that calcified plaque, otherwise known as dental calculus, could shed new light on everything from ancient diet and disease to the spread of dairying and the roles of women in society.“It’s like a time capsule,” she said. “It’s the single richest source of ancient DNA in the archaeological record. There are so many things we can learn from it — everything from pollution in the environment to people’s occupations to aspects of health. It’s all in there.”And it was a discovery, Warinner said, that happened almost entirely by accident.After receiving her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in the Anthropology Department’s archaeology program, the Kansas native took a postdoc at the University of Zurich in what was then the new Center for Evolutionary Medicine. There she set out to investigate whether it would be possible to identify pathogens in the archaeological record to study the evolution of diseases. She chose dental caries, or cavities, as a case study, because they are visible amid skeletal remains and abundant in the archaeological record. She set out to examine whether the bacteria that caused caries in ancient teeth could be identified genetically.“I started to notice all this dental calculus, which is very common on teeth, and was always getting in the way,” she said. “Most people would just take it off and throw it away, but I thought it could be interesting, so I turned that thought around and looked at it from a different angle.“As a side project, I started applying genomic and proteomic techniques to it, which hadn’t been done before,” she continued. “It’s not perfect, and not everything preserves … but it turns out we can say an awful lot about the past through calculus.”Applying genomic tools has allowed Warinner to get the clearest picture yet of not only ancient genomes, but ancient microbiomes as well.“We have a project running now on the evolution of the oral microbiome where we are comparing looking at New World monkeys, gorillas, chimpanzees, Neanderthals, and a diverse range of humans,” she said. “We’re looking to see if there are shifts in oral microbial communities through time, and whether functional shifts might indicate changes in diet or other adaptations.” “[Plaque is] like a time capsule. It’s the single richest source of ancient DNA in the archaeological record. There are so many things we can learn from it — everything from pollution in the environment to people’s occupations to aspects of health. It’s all in there.” — Christina Warinner Related Reading teeth The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Study uses rings in teeth to understand the environment Neanderthals faced Warinner suspects that the right community of gut microbes may help protect people from lactose intolerance. She explains that the work raises a host of important questions about how changes in diet affect the microbiome, and how that may cause or protect against certain conditions that can’t be explained by genetics alone.“This is a case where we thought we really understood how a disorder — lactose intolerance — worked, and now we’re realizing it is so much more complex and different than we thought,” she said. “But this also suggests that our bodies can adapt to changes in many different ways.”Ultimately, Warinner said, her goal is to illuminate some of the largest questions in human history using some of the humblest of materials.“We’re taking a whole new look at the past, and instead of only focusing on big, obvious artifacts, we’re looking at all the dust and debris — all the things people have ignored,” she said. “One of the ways I describe this work is that it is the archaeology of the invisible. And dental calculus, this stuff most people pay a lot of money to get rid of, it turns out it’s really valuable.” Archaeologist works with tribe to explore its history and to repair historic injustices The teeth tell a talelast_img read more

‘Moving in the right direction’

first_imgClose to 2,000 faculty and staff from the FAS Division of Science and the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) returned to their labs after nearly three months this week, marking a new phase in a gradual effort to resume scientific research in everything from the laws of physics and quantum science to using gene regulation to find therapeutics for cancers like leukemia.The reopening from the COVID-19 scale-down started June 8.“It’s brought a lot of optimism,” said Conor Walsh, the Paul A. Maeder Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences and principal investigator at the Harvard Biodesign Lab. “People feel good that we’ve put together conservative plans that have allowed them to limit interactions, limit the risk of transmission of COVID-19, and get back into their work. Even if it’s not going back to normal, that still brings a lot of positivity.”Walsh, who’s also a core faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and a member of the University’s Laboratory Reopening Planning Committee, felt that optimism himself when he walked through the fourth-floor lab on Oxford Street as a few researchers marked off walkways and work spaces with tape and posted room-occupancy limits to help enforce social distancing guidelines and meet safety measures set by the University. Everyone wore a Harvard-issued mask.“Everyone wants to show that we can do this safely and set a good example for others to follow,” Walsh said.Neuroscientist Catherine Dulac feels the same way. In her lab on Divinity Avenue, the moment was met with excitement as her researchers picked up their work studying social behaviors in the brain.,“We are all elated,” said the FAS Higgins Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and the Lee and Ezpeleta Professor of Arts and Sciences. “We’ve been very antsy over the last few weeks, in particular, because it was clear we were going to go back quite soon. … We had plenty of time to think about what we were going to do now that we could back so it’s a very polished list of experiments.”Postdoctoral fellow Fabiana Duarte, who researches gene regulation in the Buenrostro Lab, spent her first day back getting through her own to-do list.From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., the evening shift, Duarte took inventory of what reagents she had, ordered new ones, and started thawing some of her cell lines so they could be cultured and analyzed. As the lab’s safety officer, she also spent some of the day making sure everyone was following the new protocols. They take some getting used to and detract from the typical level of collaboration in the lab, but it’s absolutely necessary, Duarte said. She is happy to be back“When we were shutting it down, we didn’t really know what was going to happen. It was very uncertain times,” Duarte said. “Now — and I can’t speak for everybody but for me and the people that I’ve been talking to — it feels good because even though it is very limited and we’re not back to normal, you do get that sense that we are moving in the right direction.” “Everyone wants to show that we can do this safely and set a good example for others to follow.” — Conor Walsh, the Paul A. Maeder Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences and principal investigator at the Harvard Biodesign Lab Related Getting to this point involved around-the-clock logistical magic across FAS and SEAS.“There are huge supply-chain issues where some materials needed to reopen are still hard to get, so how do we coordinate and ensure labs have the resources they need to reopen?” said Sarah Lyn Elwell, the FAS director of research operations for science. “Other logistical concerns were on bringing back our core facilities [like our DNA-sequencing core or our Center for Nanoscale Systems]. … These are shared resources that our faculty and researchers heavily depend upon for their research. … [We also did] HVAC surveys of the buildings to understand airflow and air changes and how many people we can have in different spaces. It’s been a whole myriad of components.”The return has also involved a steady rollout of new protocols and safety measures. These include guidance on density (which must remain at 25 percent or less), proper use of lab space to maintain proper social distancing at all times, scheduling to keep density low, cleaning procedures for shared surfaces and equipment, self-evaluation on COVID symptoms, and guidelines on when to get tested.For instance, to enter any research buildings, faculty and staff have to complete daily COVID-19 screening on Harvard’s health-reporting website, Crimson Clear. Within two weeks of returning to the labs, they also must be tested for the virus by Harvard University Health Services.,Researchers will continue doing whatever work they can from home, like analysis and computation, and save lab time for experiments. Protocols also exist on eating meals and bathroom use.Each lab developed its own plan for how to meet overarching guidelines, and FAS and SEAS administration then approved them. Details vary by lab. Some have implemented morning and evening shifts to keep density low, and others are rotating the personnel allowed to go into the labs every few weeks.“The idea is that if any one person shows symptoms or gets sick, only their shift and rotation has to isolate, and not the whole lab,” said Matthew Volpe, a fourth-year graduate student who works in the Balskus Lab in the FAS Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology.Among the researchers themselves, the return has many levels of meaning. It’s about getting back into the scientific setting, returning to work they are passionate about, and getting closer to the next steps in their education and career.“Being displaced from the lab is not a natural thing for experimentalists,” said John Doyle, the Henry B. Silsbee Professor of Physics. “This return is getting back to doing the work that they want to do. It’s what their profession is.”Doyle’s team, which works with high-precision optics, spent the first few days getting temperature, humidity, and dust levels in the lab to precise levels so their experiments can get clean results. They also spent time tinkering with the lab’s lasers to make sure they were all still working.“I’ve been missing doing experiments with my hands,” said Dhananjay Bambah-Mukku, a postdoctoral fellow in the Dulac Lab. “I relied on baking to be doing some sort of experiments at home, but I’m very glad to be back in the lab and doing [scientific] experiments, which is really what I love doing.”Megan He, a graduate student in the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology’s Hsu Lab, missed working with her hands, too. There’s only so much that wet lab biologists can do sitting in front of a computer, she said, but admits the time away was useful.“It really was good to take some time and read some papers and think a little bit more about my projects,” said He, who studies the stem cells that determine skin and hair color. “All this is very important to generating new hypotheses and thinking about what are the most urgent experiments you need to address.”Other graduate students who are just getting their feet in the research world, like He, described what getting back means toward their degree.“To progress through my program, I need to go back to the lab to make progress on my project,” said Ally Freedy, a graduate student in Harvard MIT M.D.-Ph.D. Program working in the Liau Lab, where she studies how epigenetics intersects with cancer therapy. “It’s especially important for me to progress through my program because I have two years of medical school left after I finish my Ph.D. [in the chemical biology program at Harvard].”Volpe, from the Balskus Lab, expressed similar sentiments, including mixed feelings on going back in the middle of a pandemic. But, like many others, he feels safe with the return plans. In fact, when he gets back into the lab in two weeks as part of the second rotation, he’s looking forward to seeing some of his co-workers — from a safe distance.“It will be nice to see physically see them and not through a Zoom screen,” he said. “It’s funny. As a graduate student, you spend a lot of time complaining about the lab and then when you’re told you can’t go into the lab, it seems like a much nicer place that you want to be in.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.center_img Harvard scientists put research on hold for safety, saw chance to help hospitals with precious gear Scaled-down labs felt ‘this special responsibility’last_img read more

Notre Dame students teach class on human, civil rights at local school

first_imgThe differences between human rights and civil rights can be subtle. Defining and identifying these concepts can be a difficult task.Investigating this difference was the central topic during a five-week community engagement project with seventh and eighth grade students at Marshall Intermediate Center in South Bend. Led by three Notre Dame seniors and associate professor of history Richard Pierce, the after-school program aimed to help students map their environment, an idea developed by Stuart Greene, associate professor of Africana Studies.“The idea is that they can claim their space and give credence to their space, their memories and realities based on that space,” Pierce said. “By mapping, they have an opportunity to say, ‘This is a safe space for me, this is a political space for me or this is a recreational space for me.’ So we thought we’d take that rubric to Marshall.”Meeting every Thursday evening from February until mid-March, seniors Promise Choice, Asha Barnes and Frederick Canteen helped both develop lesson plans and direct discussions with the six Marshall students.“We started thinking about things that I didn’t have in school and things that I would have wanted because my school was also predominantly black and Latino,” Choice said. “What we wanted to do was give the kids a place to talk about things that they don’t ordinarily get to talk about.”After the first session, Choice explained, the lessons shifted into defining and discussing human rights and civil rights, drawing from the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Supreme Court cases.“Clean water was one they threw out that should be a human right, but it is not,” Pierce said. “It depends on where you live. The right to go to school — they thought was a human right. Well, it’s a civil right. That took us a little longer than we thought, so instead of mapping we ended up with human rights and civil rights as our fulcrum.”For Pierce, trust is a vital component of a successful discussion. He said that young children have the potential to be critical, and winning them over was key to the program’s success.“They’re looking at us like, ‘Are you worth my time?’” he said. “And I think that was one thing that those kids did. They judged us. And in the second week, I think they thought, ‘Yeah, these guys are worth our time.’ That was a moment of breakthrough.”For Choice, this breakthrough was an empowering experience.“I realized that kids learn better when it comes from kids like me. I think that’s why Professor Greene chose to involve us,” Choice said. “If it’s a student of color that’s gone through that same system, then they’re more likely to listen and we’re better able to empathize.”By the end of the five weeks, the students were leading the discussions.“Once we found ways to explain it in things that were relevant to them, like clothes and food, they cared,” Choice said. “If we took it in terms of their community and what resources they saw in their community, then that was more relatable to them.”As with most projects in their initial year, there were some growing pains. From logistical issues or lack of resources to the snow days, there were several hurdles that prevented consistent planning and progress, Choice said. In addition, Marshall’s principal, who was the connection through which the program began, was stretched thin following the announcement of the school’s closing at the end of the school year.Despite these setbacks, Choice said it is important for the program to continue.“It’s such a small commitment, but it’s something that matters so much,” she said. “When I was in school, no one ever came in and took the time to volunteer and talk to us. Just to see someone making an effort is validating, and to give someone a platform to speak on what they think is important.”Whether the program continues to focus on human and civil rights or shifts to political rights and activism, Pierce said he would also like to see more engagement with local schools in the future.“Any kind of binary work that will allow students to see that they have an active voice in the world,” he said. “That’s what the overall goal of this program was — to see how students of every age have an opportunity to impact their community and how they can do that, whether it be through activism, information, education or using whatever means they have to educate their community to make it a more intimate community.”Tags: Civil Rights, community engagement, human rights, Marshall Intermediate Center, volunteeringlast_img read more

Study Sees Almost $1 Trillion Being Wasted on Coal-Plant Overbuild

first_imgStudy Sees Almost $1 Trillion Being Wasted on Coal-Plant Overbuild FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Ewa Krukowska for Bloomberg News:Power companies worldwide risk wasting investment of $981 billion in the coal-fired electricity plants they are seeking to build even though nations have pledged to reduce pollution, a report by researchers from non-government environmental organizations showed.“While the amount of electricity generated from coal has declined for two years in a row, the industry has ignored this trend and continues to build new coal-fired generating plants at a rapid pace, creating an increasingly severe capacity bubble,” according to the report published by green groups including CoalSwarm, the Sierra Club and Greenpeace.The industry has 338 gigawatts of new coal capacity under construction and 1,086 gigawatts in various stages of planning, comparable to the equivalent of 1,500 coal plants, according to the report, according to the report based on the Global Coal Plant Tracker database.Since 2010, 473 gigawatts of coal power capacity gas been added, with China building 298 gigawatts and India 101 gigawatts, the study found. The average coal plant in the “massively overbuilt” Chinese market is now used less than 50 percent of time and the rate is still decreasing.Increasing the number of coal-fired power plants could undermine the global goal to cap temperature increases since pre-industrial times to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), according to the report.“Even with no further building of coal plants, emissions from current coal plants will still be 150 percent higher than what is consistent with scenarios limiting warming to 2 degrees Celsius — meaning that most operating and new coal-fired plants will have to be phased out well before the end of their planned lifetime,” it said.Utilities May Waste $981 Billion on Coal Plants, Study Findslast_img read more

Best Fests: River Festivals

first_imgWho says festivals have to be on dry land? Grab your paddle and head for the put-in at these river festivals:Gauley FestSeptember 20-21Summersville, W.Va.americanwhitewater.org Basics: Started back in 1983 as a victory dance to celebrate the derailment of a dam project that would have disrupted flows of the mighty Gauley, this bash has grown to become the largest paddling festival in the world. In addition to plenty of class V action, you can score some great gear deals and catch up with a who’s who of boat industry folks in the whitewater marketplace. By night, expect plenty of rowdy paddler hijinks in the campground, where moonshine drinking and late-night boxing have been known to occur.Bands: Not announced yet, but not typically the focus of this fest. Expect some local or regional acts that will keep the party going strong.Set Break Escape: Enjoy what you’ve come to celebrate and run the class V rapids of the Gauley. If you’re not a whitewater boater, jump in a raft with one of the area’s many outfitters.FIVE MORE…French Broad River FestivalMay 3-5Hot Springs, N.C.Many come for the stellar line-up of live music, which this year includes Langhorne Slim and the Law, Sol Driven Train, Yarn, and Col. Bruce Hampton. But this is also a great chance to enjoy the French Broad with a popular raft race, a Paddle with Pros clinic, and a river cleanup. Through the years, the good times at this fest have raised boatloads of cash for river access protector American Whitewater.frenchbroadriverfestival.com Cheat River FestivalMay 4Albright, W.Va.Friends of the Cheat hosts this annual bash, which features a downriver race, 5K, live tunes, and an art market. It’s a fun day, held to help protect one of the Mountain State’s most important waterways.cheat.orgNew River FestivalJune 7-8Fayetteville, W.Va.This two-day party is taking place to raise awareness for clean water initiatives in the New River watershed. Camp at the Old Rivers Resort and catch live tunes from Dangermuffin and Gangstagrass. You can also take part in kayaking clinics, mountain bikes rides, and whitewater rafting trips.newriverfestival.comFestival for the EnoJuly 4-6Durham, N.C.A staple summer event in the Triangle, this festival raises funds for river protection with a full slate of live roots music, art booths, sustainability workshops, and local food.enoriver.org Russell Fork RendezvousOctober TBDElkhorn City, Ky.See some of the region’s best paddlers run the rowdy whitewater of Russell Fork, while you also enjoy live music, local food, and bonfires on the banks of the river.russellfork.infoCheck out the rest of our Outdoor Festival Guide!last_img read more

November – December 2019: Top Adventure Towns

first_imgDepartments Features From gentle greens to thrilling black diamonds, check out our guide to the top resort runs in the Blue Ridge. Plus, a look at the South’s favorite cross-country skiing destinations. Don’t Drain the Swamp The Goods The Rundown: Best Southern Slopes Quick Hits Mining now threatens Georgia’s beloved scenic gem, the Okefenokee Swamp.  Winter Guide: Save the Date Mark your calendar for these special events happening in the Blue Ridge this winter! Marathon Illustration by Matt CarlsonPlaidMtn.com Top Cross-Country Skiing Destinations in the Southeast Hit the slopes this winter with our guide to the best resort runs in the region. Photo courtesy of Massanutten Resort. Our favorite spins: Best albums of 2019. center_img Gift Ideas for Gearheads. This year’s hottest products are here. Just in time for the holidays. Get in gear! Our top picks for the Best Winter Gear of the Year. Top Adventure Towns On the Cover A successful writer details his life-changing shift to becoming a runner.  For the ninth straight year, Blue Ridge Outdoors’ readers selected the best adventure hubs in the region.  Take a tour of three spots where art and nature are being brought together. Colorful Trails Trail Mix Fresh Tracks Protection for the A.T. – Reel Rock Film Tour Returns to the South – E-Bikes in National Parks – New Ski Minor at North Carolina College – Dispatch from the Great Alabama 650 – Organic Climbing Makes Gear in Pennsylvania GEAR UP: Top Picks for Great Gearlast_img read more

5 keys findings: Consumers and the digital age

first_imgTechnology often is cited as an agent of change today. Yet as many consumers adopt new ways to interact, they still use tried-and-true ways to connect.The same holds true for financial services: As the demand for digital and mobile engagement has grown, the branch experience has remained vital to many relationships.To gain an enhanced perspective on the impact of the digital transformation on financial services, Fiserv has partnered with Harris Poll to research shifting demand among consumers.For the recently released “Expectations & Experiences: Household Finances” quarterly consumer trends survey, Harris Poll surveyed more than 3,000 adults to gauge how people manage their finances in the digital age.Five key research findings:1. Service quality drives satisfaction. Three-fourths (76%) of those surveyed by Harris Poll say they are satisfied with their primary financial organization. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Old-school thinking

first_img continue reading » You’re not old, just maturing like a fine wine.We all do it, no matter our age. “Because it’s always been done that way.” How much sense does that make? Say it aloud. Would such a declaration inspire confidence in your team? It is tempting; humans are creatures of habit. Do you have a morning ritual? How about a specific way you tie your shoes? It’s very easy to switch from active thinkers to passive participants in our own lives.Good thing this has nothing to do with our work. What was that? We get into habits there too? Impossible, we’ve always done it this way and it has worke…oh boy, you got me! Is there refuge from a life of pre-set habits?Stop everything. Breathe, but differently than normal. Place your hand over your abdomen and feel it rise and fall with slow rhythm. In…and out. In…hold…and out. No chest breathing; keep your shoulders in a relaxed position.Now, were you focused? In the moment? Out of a habitual stupor? Wonderful, now it gets hard. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

How Union-Endicott CSD is creating a more inclusive learning environment

first_imgEducators say it’s an effort to create a more inclusive environment, where students can see themselves represented in the stories they are learning from. “Rapunzel, but with a character that maybe looks like [students], and not like the character we see in every story,” said Union-Endicott CSD Director of Pupil Services Jenn Kazmark. “When my daughter was in kindergarten, she was one of the only brown students in the class,” said Jenn Blackman, U-E CSE Chair. “When the other kids drew her, they only had five crayons in their hand, so when she came home with those pictures, it was not what she thought she looked like.” District officials say they also plan to expand beyond purchasing books, bringing a hollistic change to their curriculum. “Having the opportunity to see themselves, whether it’s in a mirror or a window into their life, having that opportunity to see whether it’s based on their race or background, they can connect,” said Erin Eckert, U-E director of elementary curriculum. (WBNG) — The Union-Endicott Central School District says they are working on a few changes to make their curriculum more diverse. center_img Educators say it is important for children to connect and understand characters in the books they read. However, for children of color, that can often be difficult when many characters are white. School officials say they want students to feel represented in the books they read and in the classes they take. Ahead of the upcoming school year, officials have started purchasing books with diverse characters. “We’re educators and that’s our job. To have those conversations and to do it in a kid-friendly language, and to build those cultures and communities that are inclusive for all,” said Eckert. The district says they will be receiving student input on possible new electives to introduce that would discuss topics surrounding racial education.last_img read more