Edu links – Best Toplink http://besttoplink.info/ Sat, 21 May 2022 13:37:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://besttoplink.info/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-120x120.png Edu links – Best Toplink http://besttoplink.info/ 32 32 Edu can unlock £15m windfall to fuel Mikel Arteta transfer overhaul as Juventus eye raid on Arsenal https://besttoplink.info/edu-can-unlock-15m-windfall-to-fuel-mikel-arteta-transfer-overhaul-as-juventus-eye-raid-on-arsenal/ Sat, 21 May 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://besttoplink.info/edu-can-unlock-15m-windfall-to-fuel-mikel-arteta-transfer-overhaul-as-juventus-eye-raid-on-arsenal/ Juventus could be set to deliver a blow to Mikel Arteta in the next transfer window, according to reports. Italian outlet Calciomercato report that Gabriel Magalhaes has emerged as a prime target ahead of the summer for Massimiliano Allegri’s side. The 24-year-old has featured 34 times for Arsenal in the Premier League this season, guiding […]]]>

Juventus could be set to deliver a blow to Mikel Arteta in the next transfer window, according to reports. Italian outlet Calciomercato report that Gabriel Magalhaes has emerged as a prime target ahead of the summer for Massimiliano Allegri’s side.

The 24-year-old has featured 34 times for Arsenal in the Premier League this season, guiding the Gunners within touching distance of Champions League qualification. Gabriel, who sees his current contract at the Emirates Stadium expire in 2025, has impressed since joining from Lille for £27million and attracting interest from the Old Lady.

He quickly became a mainstay in Arteta’s backline, forging a promising bond with his centre-half partner Ben White. Although that link could be intercepted by the Italian giants, who are reportedly keen to sign the Brazil international as a replacement for departing Giorgio Chiellini.

READ MORE: Why Gabriel Martinelli can’t wear Arsenal’s No.11 shirt against Everton despite Cristiano Ronaldo deal

Earlier this week, the Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport newspapers reported that Juventus sporting director Federico Cherubini has traveled to London for talks with Arsenal over a deal for the defender. The Gunners are believed to be asking for at least €50m (around £42m) for Gabriel, clearing a profit of £15m.

However, earlier this week Arteta spoke about the importance of recruiting Arsenal this summer with European football on the cards. Thus, giving up Gabriel’s services would prove a bigger uphill battle.

Asked if he expected another busy summer in terms of player recruitment, the Gunners boss replied: “I expect that, yes. I think both competitions [the Champions League and Europa League] require a much larger team because the number of games you play is much larger in both of them, so I don’t think [which you qualify for] makes a big difference or changes a lot.

“If you can afford it financially and we don’t have to do the squad turnover that we had to do, if you ask me what I want is 22 outfield players and three goalkeepers.

“You have to come a long way in the aspects you see on the pitch, there are a lot of things that need to be put in place, and that takes time.”

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Six Cardinals Named IWLCA All-Region https://besttoplink.info/six-cardinals-named-iwlca-all-region/ Thu, 19 May 2022 18:04:58 +0000 https://besttoplink.info/six-cardinals-named-iwlca-all-region/ History links MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Six members of the Wesleyan women’s lacrosse team were honored by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) today when the organization announced its 2022 Division III All-Region teams. list was Berkshire area first team selections Indigo Pellegrini de Paur ’21, Erin Trotta ’23, Olivia Lai ’23, […]]]>

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Six members of the Wesleyan women’s lacrosse team were honored by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) today when the organization announced its 2022 Division III All-Region teams. list was Berkshire area first team selections Indigo Pellegrini de Paur ’21, Erin Trotta ’23, Olivia Lai ’23, Kate Balicki ’23 and Laura Baine ’24 while Gil Horst ’23 earned second-team honors. It’s the second time that Pellegrini de Paur, Baine and Horst have won All-Region selection while Trotta, Lai and Balicki earn this recognition for the first time in their respective careers. Wesleyan has now seen at least six All-Region nominees for four straight seasons, dating back to 2018.

Pellegrini de Paur is a first-team all-area winner for the second time in her career as the graduate defender leads the team in both draw checks (59) and ground balls (34) while occupying the second place in turnovers caused in 16 games played. Since draw checks were tracked individually at Wesleyan in 2007, Pellegrini de Paur’s 59 is the fourth-highest single-season total in program history.

After earning second-team all-region honors in 2021, Baine is a first-team selection in 2022 as she ranks second on the team in points (60) and assists (25) while she has the third most goals (35) coming in at the weekend. The 2021 NESCAC Rookie of the Year has amassed 76 career points (46 goals, 31 assists) in 24 career appearances.

Being part of the first team in all regions as a defenseman is Trotta who has been the catalyst for one of the best defenses in the country all season, leading the team with 34 turnovers while adding 29 balls on the ground ( third most on the team). His 34 turnovers are just a step away from a new program record in a season.

Lai, the 2022 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, has led the Cardinal offense all season, posting 60 goals and 68 points heading into this weekend. She is only the second Cardinal in program history (Abby Manning ’20 in 2019 – 69 goals) to reach the 60-goal milestone in a single season. She has scored at least four goals in 11 out of 18 games this season.

Balicki has provided plenty of offense in a new role this season as she ranks second on the team with 39 goals while adding 13 assists for 52 points in 18 games. She is second among all NESCAC midfielders in goals and points while she is third in assists.

The third two-time Cardinal selection for all regions is Horst, as the junior midfielder was a first-team selection in 2021 and a second-team selection this season. A true two-way midfielder, Horst has contributed 18 goals as she is an impressive 7-for-8 on shots from the free position this season. Horst also has 25 draft checks, 14 ground balls and seven forced turnovers in 18 games.

Wesleyan heads for big weekend as Cardinals travel to Gettysburg for NCAA 3 neutral siterd round robin match against No. 5 ranked Washington & Lee Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The winner of this match will advance to the quarter-final round on Sunday.

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Can artificial intelligence overcome health system challenges? | MIT News https://besttoplink.info/can-artificial-intelligence-overcome-health-system-challenges-mit-news/ Tue, 17 May 2022 18:55:00 +0000 https://besttoplink.info/can-artificial-intelligence-overcome-health-system-challenges-mit-news/ Even though rapid improvements in artificial intelligence have led to speculation of significant changes in the healthcare landscape, the adoption of AI in healthcare has been minimal. A 2020 survey by Brookings, for example, found that less than 1% of healthcare job openings required AI-related skills. the Abdul Latif Jameel Clinic for Machine Learning in […]]]>

Even though rapid improvements in artificial intelligence have led to speculation of significant changes in the healthcare landscape, the adoption of AI in healthcare has been minimal. A 2020 survey by Brookings, for example, found that less than 1% of healthcare job openings required AI-related skills.

the Abdul Latif Jameel Clinic for Machine Learning in Health (Clinique Jameel), a research center within the MIT Schwarzman College of Computingrecently hosted the MITxMGB Conference on AI Treatments with the goal of accelerating the adoption of clinical AI tools by creating new opportunities for collaboration between researchers and physicians focused on improving care for diverse patient populations.

Once virtual, the AI ​​Cures conference returned to in-person attendance at MIT’s Samberg Conference Center on the morning of April 25, welcoming more than 300 attendees consisting primarily of researchers and physicians from MIT and Mass General Brigham (MGB).

MIT President L. Rafael Reif opened the event by welcoming attendees and talking about the “transformative capacity of artificial intelligence and its ability to detect, in a dark river of swirling data, the brilliant patterns of meaning that we could never see otherwise”. MGB President and CEO Anne Klibanski went on to praise the joint partnership between the two institutions and noting that the collaboration could “have a real impact on patients’ lives” and “help break down some of the barriers information sharing”.

Nationally, approximately $20 million of contract work currently takes place between MIT and MGB. MGB Academic Director and AI Cures Co-Chair Ravi Thadhani believes five times that amount would be needed to do more transformative work. “We could definitely do more,” Thadhani said. “The conference… only scratched the surface of a relationship between a leading university and a leading health care system.”

Regina Barzilay, an MIT professor and co-chair of AI Cures, echoed similar sentiments at the conference. “If we’re going to take 30 years to take all the algorithms and translate them into patient care, we’re going to lose patient lives,” she said. “I hope the main impact of this conference is finding a way to translate it into a clinical setting for the benefit of patients.”

This year’s event featured 25 speakers and two panels, most of them addressing barriers facing the mainstream deployment of AI in clinical settings, from fairness and clinical validation to regulatory hurdles. and translation issues using AI tools.

On the list of speakers, it is worth noting the appearance of Amir Khan, a principal investigator of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), who answered a number of questions from curious researchers and clinicians. on the FDA’s ongoing efforts and challenges in regulating AI in healthcare.

The conference also covered many impressive advances made by AI in recent years: Lecia Sequist, an MGB lung cancer oncologist, spoke about her collaborative work with MGB radiologist Florian Fintelmann and Barzilay to develop a AI algorithm that could detect lung cancer up to six years in advance. MIT professor Dina Katabi showed MGB doctors Ipsit Vahia and Aleksandar Videnovic an AI device that could detect the presence of Parkinson’s simply by monitoring a person’s breathing patterns while they sleep. “It is an honor to collaborate with Professor Katabi,” Videnovic said during the presentation.

MIT Assistant Professor Marzyeh Ghassemi, whose presentation focused on designing machine learning processes for more equitable health systems, found the longer-term perspectives shared by speakers in the first panel on evolution compelling. of clinical science by AI.

“What I really liked about this panel was the focus on the relevance of technology and AI in clinical science,” says Ghassemi. “You heard some panel members [Eliezer Van Allen, Najat Khan, Isaac Kohane, Peter Szolovits] say they were the only person at a conference at their university that was focused on AI and ML [machine learning]and now we’re in a space where we have a miniature poster-only conference with people from MIT.

The 88 posters accepted for AI Cures were on display for attendees to peruse during the lunch break. The research presented covered different areas of interest, from clinical AI and AI for biology to AI-powered systems and others.

“I’ve been really impressed with the amount of work going on in this space,” said MIT professor Collin Stultz. Stultz also spoke at AI Cures, focusing primarily on interpretability and explainability risks when using AI tools in a clinical setting, using cardiovascular care as an example to show how algorithms could potentially mislead clinicians with serious consequences for patients.

“There is a growing number of failures in this space where companies or algorithms strive to be the most accurate, but do not consider how the clinician perceives the algorithm and their likelihood of failure. ‘use,” Stultz said. “It’s about what the patient deserves and how well the clinician is able to explain and justify their decision-making to the patient.”

Phil Sharp, a professor at the MIT Institute and chairman of the Jameel Clinic Advisory Board, found the conference energizing and thought the in-person interactions were crucial to gaining knowledge and motivation, unmatched by many conferences that are always hosted virtually.

“The broad participation of students, leaders and community members indicates that there is a realization that this is a tremendous opportunity and a huge need,” says Sharp. He pointed out that AI and machine learning are used to predict the structures of “almost everything,” from protein structures to drug efficacy. “He says to young people, be careful, there could be a machine revolution coming.”

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Finland, Sweden and the future of NATO https://besttoplink.info/finland-sweden-and-the-future-of-nato/ Mon, 16 May 2022 06:03:02 +0000 https://besttoplink.info/finland-sweden-and-the-future-of-nato/ Long committed to neutral foreign and security policies, the Nordic countries of Finland and Sweden have fundamentally reassessed their positions following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Both countries are expected to apply for NATO membership and accelerated membership is likely. What effects might Finland’s and Sweden’s NATO membership have on the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and […]]]>

Long committed to neutral foreign and security policies, the Nordic countries of Finland and Sweden have fundamentally reassessed their positions following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Both countries are expected to apply for NATO membership and accelerated membership is likely.

What effects might Finland’s and Sweden’s NATO membership have on the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and on future NATO-Russia relations? How soon could accession come into force, and whether interim measures should be considered to strengthen the security of Finland and Sweden in the meantime? How might NATO adjust its forward military posture to support Article V mutual defense guarantees to these potential new members?

On May 23, Brookings will host an event featuring Finnish Ambassador to the United States Mikko Hautala and Swedish Ambassador to the United States Karin Olofsdotter to discuss the implications of such a course of action for their two countries and for NATO. The conversation will be moderated by Brookings Senior Fellows Michael E. O’Hanlon and Constanze Stelzenmüller.

After the discussion, the ambassadors will answer questions from the audience. Online viewers can submit questions via email to events@brookings.edu or via Twitter to #NATOMembership.

Brookings requires all staff and visitors to prove they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 via vaccines approved by the FDA or WHO. After submitting your registration, please click on the link provided on the confirmation page to complete the registration process by verifying your vaccination information.

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Review of US-ASEAN relations as Biden convenes special summit https://besttoplink.info/review-of-us-asean-relations-as-biden-convenes-special-summit/ Wed, 11 May 2022 21:18:55 +0000 https://besttoplink.info/review-of-us-asean-relations-as-biden-convenes-special-summit/ This week, eight Southeast Asian leaders are traveling to Washington for a special summit hosted by President Joe Biden. They represent the bulk of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a diverse group ranging from the city-state of Singapore to the sprawling archipelago of Indonesia. Taken together, the 10 ASEAN countries have a population […]]]>

This week, eight Southeast Asian leaders are traveling to Washington for a special summit hosted by President Joe Biden. They represent the bulk of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), a diverse group ranging from the city-state of Singapore to the sprawling archipelago of Indonesia. Taken together, the 10 ASEAN countries have a population of over 680 million – more than Latin America, the Middle East or the European Union – forming the fifth largest economy in the world with a GDP of $3.2 trillion.

In recent years, Southeast Asia has become a hotbed of strategic rivalry between China and the United States. Along with aggressive efforts to assert its territorial claims in the South China Sea, Beijing is increasingly achieving its strategic goals through economic policy. Its signature infrastructure-focused Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and new regional trade deals like the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) are expected to accelerate intra-Asian integration around China.

The summit will focus heavily on economic issues, reflecting US efforts to address the China challenge and expand economic engagement with the region. Biden is also should push ASEAN leaders must adopt more critical positions towards Russia following its invasion of Ukraine. On the first day of the summit, they will meet with Congressional leaders Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Trade Representative Katherine Tai, followed by a White House dinner hosted by President Biden. The summit will move to the State Department on day two, with discussions focusing on infrastructure, supply chain resilience, climate change and sustainability, culminating in a plenary session with Biden. Climate challenges resonate strongly in Southeast Asia, a maritime region particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels and severe weather events.

The gathering provides an opportunity to take stock of U.S.-ASEAN relations during the second year of the Biden administration. What has emerged, it seems, is a convergence of unrealistic expectations, with both sides wanting what the other is unable to deliver. For ASEAN, which wants to reduce its economic dependence on China, the hope is that Washington will commit to a regional economic strategy that includes binding trade commitments and, eventually, a return to what is now the 11-member Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Agreement. Partnership (CPTPP). But expanding market access is a political no-go for Biden, with Trump-era protectionist sentiment still high among key segments of the U.S. electorate. For Washington, the hope is that ASEAN will resist Chinese aggression or at least voice support for a rules-based order that limits Chinese behavior. But he is a non-starter for ASEAN, which is internally divided and does not want to take sides between Washington and Beijing.

the Biden administration’s engagement with ASEAN

Last year, the Biden team got off to a slow start with ASEAN, but engagement picked up in the second half with a series of high-level visits to the region by the Secretary of Defense. Lloyd Austinvice president Kamala Harrisand Secretary of State Antoine Blinken. President Biden virtually attended the annual U.S.-ASEAN Summit, which takes place each fall alongside the ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit. “I want you all to hear directly from me the importance the United States places on our relationship with ASEAN,” he said. told the group. Biden also underscored the United States’ commitment to ASEAN “centrality,” the notion that ASEAN provides the central platform in which regional institutions are anchored.

During this period, a key theme of the administration’s message to ASEAN was that Washington was not asking the region to choose between the United States and China, but rather trying to get countries to Southeast Asia have a choice. This theme was evident when Blinken preview the administration’s emerging Indo-Pacific strategy in a speech in Jakarta. He was sharply critical of China, decrying “aggressive actions” in the South China Sea and economic practices “opening up markets through subsidies to its state-owned enterprises”. However, he also said the goal is “not to hold a country down”, but to “protect the right of all countries to choose their own path, without coercion, without intimidation”.

The new message and increased engagement were appreciated in the region. However, as “strategic competition” clearly hardened as a new paradigm for US-China relations, concern over the inevitability and perils of a binary choice seemed to increase among Southeast Asians.

The basic content of Blinken’s speech was formalized as policy when the White House issued its “Indo-Pacific Strategyin February 2022. A key theme is that the goal of creating a free and open, connected, prosperous, secure and resilient Indo-Pacific cannot be achieved if Washington acts alone. On the contrary, historical challenges and the changing strategic landscape “demand unprecedented cooperation with those who share this vision”. To that end, the United States will “deepen its longstanding cooperation with ASEAN” and engage on climate and other pressing issues, while exploring “opportunities for the Quad to work with ASEAN.” .

This reference to the Australia-India-Japan-US Quadrilateral grouping is tied to the administration’s parallel efforts to expand the Quad’s focus beyond security to include a new vaccine partnership as well as task forces. on climate change and emerging technologies. Southeast Asia has been wary of the Quad, seeing it as a challenge to ASEAN’s centrality. In this new framework, however, the Quad could become a source of public goods for Southeast Asia rather than a competitor in Asia’s dense patchwork of regional institutions.

Thailand as part of the Quad Vaccine Partnership (April 21, 2022). Source: US Embassy and Consulate in Thailand website.

In October, Biden also announced plans for a US-led project. Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF). The framework, which could be launched this monthwill allow countries to enroll in “different modules covering Fair and Resilient Trade, Supply Chain Resilience, Infrastructure and Decarbonization, and Tax and Anti-Corruption”.

The regional response

The administration’s approach to Southeast Asia appears to have produced short-term dividends. In a regional survey conducted in November and December among ASEAN policy experts, the level of confidence in the United States rose to 52.8% against 47.0% the previous year. 58.5% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that strengthening the Quad, including through practical cooperation, would be constructive for the region.

On the other hand, only 45.8% of respondents perceived that U.S. engagement with Southeast Asia had increased under Biden, a decline from expectations a year earlier. On the latest news from the Lowy Institute Asian Power Index, the United States recorded a 10.7 point drop in economic relations, even though it gained considerable diplomatic influence. Meanwhile, there has been little reaction from ASEAN to the Indo-Pacific strategy. While this may be due to the timing of its release just before Russia invaded Ukraine, it is also because ASEAN countries prioritize economic issues. They have largely focused on the IPEF, but regional reception of the framework has been lukewarm due to its emphasis on setting standards rather than liberalizing the market.

Regional opinions are also mixed on the Russian-Ukrainian war. Only Singapore has sanctioned Russia. Indonesia, Bruneiand the Philippines condemned the invasion without identifying Russia as the aggressor; Vietnam and Laos abstained the March 2 vote of the United Nations General Assembly condemning Russian aggression; and military leaders of Myanmar vocally supported the invasion. Singapore’s Goodwill Ambassador, Chan Heng Chee, said the varied response shows that ASEAN countries are looking for a “third spacein their diplomacy as they strive to avoid taking sides between the US-led critics of the invasion and the pro-Russia camp exemplified by China. This response can be seen in Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s decision to invite Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will attend the G-20 summit in Bali in November while resisting Western pressure to exclude Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russian arms exports undoubtedly shape the interests of some states. As shown in the figure below, taken from the Lowy Institute’s Asian Power Index, Russia is the main arms supplier to Vietnam and Laos, as well as India.

Source: “Asia Power Index”, Lowy Institute, 2021, https://power.lowyinstitute.org/
Source: “Asia Power Index”, Lowy Institute, 2021, https://power.lowyinstitute.org/

Mindful of these divisions and sensitivities about the Quad, the Biden administration has responded to ASEAN demands to respect the “centrality of ASEAN,” in part in the hope that the group can effectively address difficult regional issues. such as the deterioration of the political and humanitarian situation in Myanmar. Divergent strategic perspectives among ASEAN members, which have grown from five countries to its creation in 1967 to 10 in the late 1990s, are understandable. Yet ASEAN’s constant assertions of its “centrality” seem increasingly defensive to those outside the region, exposing insecurity rather than a sense of community and trust. Southeast Asian foreign policy experts themselves have expressed growing concern, saying ASEAN is facing the most serious institutional crisis in its history. ASEAN centrality cannot simply be claimed, they argue; It must be earned.

The summit and beyond

It is in this context that the special summit is meeting, no doubt determining what is included (or not) in the outcome document on issues such as Myanmar, Ukraine and trade. Regional observers will be watching to see if the document sets out a firm timetable for transforming ASEAN’s relationship with the United States into a “comprehensive strategic partnership”, as with China and Australia last year. In the meantime, the administration plans to to go out a number of initiatives at the top. He could also inspire confidence by announcing new diplomatic appointments in the region, particularly for the long-vacant post of ambassador to ASEAN itself.

In the longer term, it is incumbent on the United States and ASEAN to approach their relationship through a prism of creative realism, understanding the constraints on both sides but also the opportunities – including a shared concern for climate change and sustainable development in the years to come. Double on the US-ASEAN Climate Futures initiative, announced in October 2021, would be a good starting point.

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Citations for the four 2022 honorary degree recipients https://besttoplink.info/citations-for-the-four-2022-honorary-degree-recipients/ Sun, 08 May 2022 14:30:40 +0000 https://besttoplink.info/citations-for-the-four-2022-honorary-degree-recipients/ One of the highlights of the opening ceremony is the presentation of honorary degrees to individuals for their outstanding achievements and service to the world. This year, President Vincent Price conferred degrees on a medical missionary, a scientist turned entrepreneur, a former NASA engineer who led the Girl Scouts and a Nigerian economist who works […]]]>

One of the highlights of the opening ceremony is the presentation of honorary degrees to individuals for their outstanding achievements and service to the world. This year, President Vincent Price conferred degrees on a medical missionary, a scientist turned entrepreneur, a former NASA engineer who led the Girl Scouts and a Nigerian economist who works to improve lives across Africa.

Below are the quotes Price read about the recipients at the start.

Sylvia Acevedo

Rocket scientist and nonprofit leader Sylvia Acevedo has been a tireless advocate for women and girls in STEM fields.

Ms. Acevedo began her career as an engineer at IBM and NASA, where she worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory on the Solar Probe and Voyager 2 space missions. She later held leadership positions at Dell, Autodesk and Apple, where she oversaw the Asia/Pacific region.

In 2016, Ms. Acevedo assumed the role of CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, where she championed initiatives to close the gender gap in STEM and train girls in skills such as cybersecurity, literacy automotive engineering, entrepreneurship, coding, robotics and leadership. More than 1.5 million girls have earned Associate Scout badges, inspiring them to explore new interests and activities.

In 2010, President Barack Obama named her Chair of the White House Initiative for Excellence in Hispanic Early Childhood Education. For her efforts to increase the involvement of Hispanic and underserved families in education, the Mexican government awarded Ms. Acevedo its highest civil rights honor, the Ohtli.

Sylvia, for your extraordinary leadership and service, I am delighted to award you the honorary degree of Doctor of Science.

Akinwumi Adesina

A world-renowned development economist, Akinwumi Adesina is currently the 8th elected President of the African Development Bank Group, Africa’s multilateral financial institution.

As President, Dr. Adesina launched High 5s, an initiative that has impacted the lives of over 350 million Africans by improving access to energy, industrialization and food security. He is commissioner of the World Climate Commission on Adaptation, leading international efforts to help prepare countries to respond to the current and future impacts of climate change. He is also one of 23 world leaders leading a United Nations initiative to help end world hunger and malnutrition.

Before becoming president, Dr. Adesina served as Nigeria’s agriculture minister, where he led efforts to end corruption, attract billions in private investment and helped tackle food insecurity. For his efforts, Dr. Adesina was the recipient of the 2017 World Food Prize.

Akinwumi, for your international leadership and accomplishments, I am delighted to award you the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

PATRICK BROWN

Patrick Brown is the founder and visionary director of Impossible Foods, which creates nutritious foods with the goal of protecting the environment and feeding a growing world population. While on sabbatical from a professorship at Stanford University, Dr. Brown came up with the idea of ​​creating plant-based meat, and the company he founded has since produced the burger. Impossible and other innovative foods that have won fans around the world.

Before founding Impossible Foods, Dr. Brown was a professor of biochemistry at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he and his colleagues developed microarrays, a new technology that can monitor the activity of all the genes in a genome. He also pioneered the use of gene expression models to better classify cancers and improve the prediction of their clinical course.

In recognition of his life-saving scholarship, Dr. Brown is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine, and he was awarded the American Cancer Society Medal of Honor .

Pat, for your ingenuity and for leading the way into the future of sustainable food, I am delighted to award you the honorary degree of Doctor of Science.

TOM CATENA

Tom Catena is the medical director and sole surgeon at Mother of Mercy Hospital in the Nuba Mountains of central Sudan, the only referral surgical hospital in an area the size of Austria with a population of over one million inhabitants.

When civil war broke out in Sudan in 2011 and the hospital was bombed, Dr Catena refused to leave, arguing it would mean his life was more important than the lives of his patients. Despite an active confrontation, he continues to treat hundreds of patients a day for everything from disease, cancer, malnutrition, wounds and wounds from the civil war.

Dr. Catena began his medical career in the United States Navy, serving four years as a flight surgeon. After his residency, he spent six years in hospitals in Kenya, before moving to Sudan in 2007 to co-found the hospital he runs today. For his courageous efforts, he was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.

I am extremely proud that Tom graduated from Duke University School of Medicine in 1992 and has already received the school’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

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May 2022 Employee Wellness Newsletter – Albuquerque Public Schools https://besttoplink.info/may-2022-employee-wellness-newsletter-albuquerque-public-schools/ Fri, 06 May 2022 22:39:25 +0000 https://besttoplink.info/may-2022-employee-wellness-newsletter-albuquerque-public-schools/ Post : May 6, 2022 May 2022 Employee Wellness Newsletter Fixing our mental health, APS employee resources, and more wellness trends in the news! Wellness Wire – Fixing Our Sanity Let’s face it, none of us go through this life without a few cracks. But when something else is cracked or broken in our lives, […]]]>

Post : May 6, 2022

May 2022 Employee Wellness Newsletter

Fixing our mental health, APS employee resources, and more wellness trends in the news!

Wellness Wire – Fixing Our Sanity

Let’s face it, none of us go through this life without a few cracks.

But when something else is cracked or broken in our lives, we fix it. To the right? Injured – call the doctor. Car trouble – take it to a mechanic. High blood pressure – take medication. Either way, we do what we have to do without question or embarrassment.

When we feel fractured by stress, loss, overwhelm, marital, caring, or financial constraints, we tend to question ourselves, feel ashamed, find it hard to talk about it, hide it, and wait. to get help.

Did you know that one in four people will suffer from some form of mental illness in the United States this year? With statistics like these, I think it’s time to treat mental and emotional well-being like any other illness, because not all pain is physical and not all injury is visible. Yet they exist.

We do this by normalizing the conversation. It’s okay to be authentic and admit when we’re struggling. Because we all do. When we talk about our own experiences and listen to others with compassion, it opens the door to the possibility of reducing stigma so that others feel empowered to get the help they need.

A person once told me that the “the cracks are an opportunity to let the light through.”

I believe we can fix our sanity and keep transparency in our conversations that let the light in for others to find their way out of the dark. We can all be that beacon.

These life situations that we face are not easy. APS Employee Wellness has resources to help you and your family members fix those cracks. Click on this mental health resource page for information on:

1. EAP – Free and confidential advice for all APS employees and their immediate family members

2. Mental/behavioral health services and programs covered by APS benefits and specific health plan resources.

3. Virtual and in-person stress and anxiety support for all employees

4. NAMI and ARCCC free community resources for advice and support

APS Employee Wellness Programs and Events

Graphic that shows all benefits for employees, full/part time and employees covered by APS benefits

APS Employee Wellness offers many free programs to help all employees (regardless of benefits coverage or full/part-time status) reduce their risk of illness, achieve their lifestyle and weight loss goals as well as managing stress and mental health issues.

  • 30 ways to wellness is a new email-based program. Register and you’ll receive daily wellness emails with simple yet innovative practices to do every day. It will bring you new awareness around stress, sleep, movement, nutrition, connection and more! This is an ongoing program. Sign up and engage at your own pace. *Open to all APS employees.
  • Feed your green zone: What is your green zone and how can you cultivate it? Our ability to deal with stress and burnout in a healthier way can improve when weprovide our green zone! Sign up for this ongoing virtual program at your own pace. *Open to all APS employees.
  • It’s a game changer for your health! Do you feel like you need to lose weight, manage your diet and move more, but you don’t know where to start? The prediabetes prevention program may be for you! Join this national pilot program from the CDC and by NMSU. Online/virtual and continuous personal coaching options for a full year. *Open to all APS employees.
  • New! Pet therapy for APS employees. If you would like to provide your staff or department with a few hours of furry anti-stress therapy, complete this application form. Please note that accommodations must be made for any colleagues allergic to dogs.
  • Health Coaching: Open to all APS employees. If you want help managing a chronic illness or losing weight to improve your health, or just feel better, APS offers for free Health Coaching to all APS employees.
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Nebraska Engineering’s Senior Design Showcase is May 6 | Nebraska today https://besttoplink.info/nebraska-engineerings-senior-design-showcase-is-may-6-nebraska-today/ Thu, 05 May 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://besttoplink.info/nebraska-engineerings-senior-design-showcase-is-may-6-nebraska-today/ The University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering’s 2022 Senior Design Showcase, Nebraska’s premier undergraduate engineering student design event, will be held from 1-3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6 at the Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center. The event will feature new and innovative projects from 67 graduate student teams from across the college. Their projects reflect […]]]>

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Engineering’s 2022 Senior Design Showcase, Nebraska’s premier undergraduate engineering student design event, will be held from 1-3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6 at the Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center.

The event will feature new and innovative projects from 67 graduate student teams from across the college. Their projects reflect professional challenges, environments and, in some cases, collaborations with industry clients to develop products and devices that could have immediate impacts.

Among the projects on display are:

  • Four engineers reuse spent coffee grounds to create dimethyl ether – a sustainable and economically sound green fuel that reduces carbon emissions. NOPEx, hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide.
  • The design of a green and sustainable stormwater management system for the Douglas County Environmental Services building in Omaha, with natural filtration of pollutants using plants.
  • A redesign of a pneumatic leg press training machine used by multiple sclerosis patients to include an emergency pressure release system and an adjustable chair.
  • A cross-platform mobile and web application that functions as both a dual-channel function generator and an oscilloscope for use in a course on advanced embedded systems; and
  • A virtual reality app that allows prospective Husker students to tour Memorial Stadium and explore the School of Computer Science’s research and engineering principles.

Team members will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss their projects. Their stands will be in rooms A and B on the first floor and in the banquet hall on the second floor. Guests are encouraged to vote for their favorite project at the People’s Choice Award voting station in the banquet hall.

For more information on the Senior Design Showcase, Click herewhere there are brief descriptions of the projects and links to university parking lots and campus maps.

For more information, contact Emili Jones at emilijones@unl.edu or 402-554-3562 or Karl Vogel at kvogel2@unl.edu or 402-472-0451.

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Philanthropists Keith Behner and Cathy Stiefel Fund Brazil Sustainability Initiative | Information Center https://besttoplink.info/philanthropists-keith-behner-and-cathy-stiefel-fund-brazil-sustainability-initiative-information-center/ Mon, 02 May 2022 21:58:54 +0000 https://besttoplink.info/philanthropists-keith-behner-and-cathy-stiefel-fund-brazil-sustainability-initiative-information-center/ The donation supports essential research collaborations as well as research opportunities for students. By Leslie LJ Reilly J. Keith Behner (’71) and Cathy Stiefel (’92), who established the Behner Stiefel Center for Brazilian Studies at San Diego State University in 2014, made a new donation to the center to support the study of climate […]]]>


The donation supports essential research collaborations as well as research opportunities for students.

By Leslie LJ Reilly

J. Keith Behner (’71) and Cathy Stiefel (’92), who established the Behner Stiefel Center for Brazilian Studies at San Diego State University in 2014, made a new donation to the center to support the study of climate change and sustainability in the greater great country in South America.

The initiative will engage faculty from across SDSU with scholars from Brazil, a nation ravaged by decades of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. In a three-pronged approach, it aims to:

  • Advance research on environmental issues by funding visiting scholars from Brazil with expertise in sustainability and investing in SDSU faculty research on the subject;
  • Provide resources for research experiences of SDSU students in Brazil; and
  • Promote the exchange of critical knowledge through community engagement.

“We are thrilled that the center has become such a focal point for faculty collaboration across campus,” said Keith Behner. “Cathy and I want San Diego State University to have one of the best centers for Brazilian studies in the country, and we’re well on our way.”

Based at the College of Arts and Letters (CAL), the Behner Stiefel Center draws on faculty from multiple SDSU disciplines to study issues of global significance in Brazil in collaboration with Brazilian scholars, with an emphasis on the social and environmental justice. Its namesakes are both distinguished alumni of SDSU, Behner of the College of Arts and Letters and Stiefel of the then College of Business Administration.

Dedicated patio

SDSU Marshal Hector Ochoa led a reception on April 27 at which the sixth-floor patio of the College of Arts and Letters was dedicated in the name of the Behner Stiefel Center, honoring the couple’s three decades of support.

“As San Diego State University prepares to become an R1 institution, investments in faculty who conduct world-class research are critical,” Ochoa said. “With the most recent gift from Keith Behner and Cathy Stiefel, SDSU is uniquely positioned to pursue sustainability research opportunities and engage top researchers on campus.”

The initiative’s focus on sustainability responds to an SDSU priority, as reflected in the current five-year strategic plan, the university’s Office of Sustainability, its Center for Regional Sustainability, and the University’s Sustainability Program. CAL. The issue has also come to the fore in Brazil, plagued by deforestation, fires and an increase in illegal mining.

“This new gift will allow us to foster important cross-cultural connections for students and increase awareness throughout the campus community of global sustainability issues,” said Monica J. CasperDean of the College of Arts and Letters.

The initiative aims to strengthen the centre’s network of Brazilian academics. Expanding connections in Brazil and enhancing the presence of visiting Brazilian scholars at SDSU will strengthen existing ties and foster collaborations for joint publications, grant proposals, as well as partnerships in teaching opportunities. and learning for students, officials said.

Student research

The initiative also includes opportunities for fully-funded student research experiences in Brazil.

“I’m particularly excited about this part of the initiative,” said Erika Robb Larkins, director of the Behner Stiefel Center for Brazilian Studies. “Students often face economic barriers that prevent them from participating in international learning activities. With the support of the new initiative, we are able to improve access to this transformative experience. Additionally, working directly with professors on research will provide students with hands-on training they can bring to their future careers.

Initial activities will focus on exchanges with partners living and working in climate-affected (and particularly fire-affected) communities in the Amazon and Pantanal regions.

The new patio space is meant to celebrate the diverse perspectives, cultural understanding and scholarship of the Behner Stiefel Center. Brazilian graffiti artist and muralist Eder Muniz painted murals on patio walls to showcase the flora and fauna of Brazil’s rainforests and to explore climate change and sustainability.

“The patio symbolizes the importance we place on sustainability,” Ochoa said during the reception. “When I look at this space, it is absolutely stunning.”

Located a few doors down from the Behner Stiefel Center, the patio is a gathering place for students, faculty, and staff who use the space to study, meet, and socialize.

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Men’s athletics finishes third at NESCAC Championships https://besttoplink.info/mens-athletics-finishes-third-at-nescac-championships/ Sun, 01 May 2022 01:51:41 +0000 https://besttoplink.info/mens-athletics-finishes-third-at-nescac-championships/ Dave Filias finished second in the hammer throw. History links Middlebury’s men’s athletics team finished in third place at Saturday’s NESCAC Championships. Tufts won the tag team title with 177.5 points, while Williams was a close second with 164 points, followed by the Panthers (91.5 points). The meeting was organized by Hamilton, […]]]>

Dave Filias finished second in the hammer throw.

Middlebury’s men’s athletics team finished in third place at Saturday’s NESCAC Championships. Tufts won the tag team title with 177.5 points, while Williams was a close second with 164 points, followed by the Panthers (91.5 points). The meeting was organized by Hamilton, with the events taking place at the Pritchard Track. The top three and relay teams in each event earned All-NESCAC honors.

Max Clus and David Filias led the Panther men with second-place finishes. Cluss crossed the finish line with a time of 3:52.60 in the 1,500 meters. Filias posted a personal best 156’3″ in the hammer throw, surpassing his previous mark by nearly seven feet.

Peter Hansen, Alexander Kesler and Sam McGarrahan also won All-NESCAC laurels with third-place finishes. Hansen clocked 54.81 in the 400m hurdles, while Kessler crossed the line with a time of 14:45.44 in the 5,000m. McGarrahan cleared the bar in the high jump at a record height of 6’2.75″.

The 4x400m relay team of Alexandre SwannHansen, Colin Breen and Finn Warner stopped the clock with a third-place time of 3:23.12 to earn the all-conference laurels.

The Panthers had a record trio of top-four individuals. Ziggy Godard lowered his collegiate best time by 5.36 seconds in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 9:34.45. Quinlan McGaugh erased 1.02 seconds from his previous personal best in the 1,500m, crossing the line in 3:54.09. Daniel Brey also scored for Middlebury, posting a 151’0″ hammer distance.

The 4x800m relay team of Will Lavey, Peter Burke, Johnny LaFortune and Cluss earned a fourth-place finish with a combined time of 7:54.73.

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