Diversity awards given

first_imgBy April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaA University of Georgia instructor, a federal communications specialist, a UGA Cooperative Extension team and a national student organization were honored for their work and commitments to the improvement of diversity in Georgia at the D.W. Brooks Awards for Excellence ceremony Oct. 7 in Athens, Ga. Presented by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the award program honors Gold Kist Inc. founder D.W. Brooks. A CAES alumnus, Brooks advised seven U.S. presidents on agriculture and trade issues. Although he died in 1999, his promotion of agriculture lives on through the awards.Maria Navarro was given the faculty award for her work in diversity education. She is an assistant professor in the CAES department of agricultural leadership, education and communication. She teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in international agriculture and development, hunger issues and program planning and evaluation. Navarro works closely with UGA student organizations to eliminate worldwide hunger and poverty. Her research addresses student learning and curriculum change in higher education, communication and extension issues for agricultural and human development around the world. While at UGA, she has participated in development and outreach programs in Mexico, Argentina and Armenia. For building bridges of unity and understanding between UGA and Athens-Clarke County communities, she was given the 2007 UGA president’s Fulfilling the Dream Award.Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences won the diversity award for a student organization. MANRRS is a national society that promotes academic and professional advancement by empowering minorities. It welcomes the participation of people from all backgrounds and recruits minority students into agricultural and related science fields.The UGA MANRRS chapter conducts local food drives and an annual event focused on cleaning the Oconee River.A family and consumer science team from Colquitt County in south Georgia won the unit diversity award for their work in addressing issues related to poverty and changing demographics in its area. Led by UGA Extension specialists with the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, the team provides programs that contribute to greater economic stability, safer neighborhoods and affordable housing, as well as leadership development among diverse, ethnic, racial and socioeconomic populations. For the county’s growing Latino population, the team works closely with local community organizations to provide bilingual education in nutrition, food safety, child development, parenting, home ownership, financial education and leadership development. The diversity staff award went to Gwen Roland, a communications specialist for the Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program housed at the UGA Griffin campus. SARE is a grant program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Roland established and maintains a volunteer organization on the campus to encourage understanding and friendship across racial and cultural barriers. The Racial Appreciation Cultural Enrichment lunch group is a monthly brown-bag gathering that allows members to make observations about their own backgrounds, ask questions of others and share information from their different cultural perspectives. The newfound friendships grew into home visits, a folk dance group and a farmers’ market. (April Sorrow is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

You’re right: The Astros’ sign-stealing is against the rules, so I shouldn’t celebrate it

first_imgI need to clear something up: I don’t endorse cheating. But I understand why you think that I do. That’s because I wrote something silly that ended up hijacking a greater point that I was trying to make. In other words, I screwed up.During the ALCS, I wrote about the accusation that the Astros steal signs, and posited that sign-stealing is fine, even if a team uses technology to do it. In the column, I acknowledged that tech-assisted sign-stealing is against baseball’s rules, but argued that it shouldn’t be. I said the same in a tweet re-sharing the column Tuesday, after a report from The Athletic revealed compelling evidence that the Astros engaged in high-tech sign-stealing in their 2017 world championship season. And that’s when things went a little haywire at Twitter dot com. Most people who threw tweet bombs my way didn’t mind that I want the sign-stealing rules changed, which is the point I was trying to make. Judging by the engagement on Tuesday’s tweet, I’m not alone in the thought. There has to be room for spirited debate on something like this. We don’t all have to agree. But if I’m going to persuade you, if I want to be taken seriously, then I shouldn’t do anything to distract from my argument. Unfortunately, that’s what happened here. And you’re right: I needed to be better.Some might say I’m giving in to the Twitter trolls. Not really. I believe in righting mistakes, big or small. When I mess up, I try to own it. I’ll never apologize for an opinion, but if the presentation hurts the argument, regardless of whether it was unintentional, then I need to reassess. I always hope to be thoughtful when I offer a take on anything, especially on something that might be controversial. But, unfortunately, I don’t bat 1.000. I’ll be more discriminating in my language and my execution next time, and hopefully avoid another whiff. In the tweet, I said high-tech sign-stealing “shouldn’t be considered illegal or unethical.” That was riffing off a line from the original column, where I said that using technology to gain every advantage shouldn’t be considered dishonest or unethical, but smart and savvy. I praised the Astros for doing that, basically because I disagree with the rule against using technology to steal signs. But, obviously, it is illegal in baseball’s eyes and, therefore, unethical. I should’ve thought more carefully about my wording — in the column, yes, but especially in Tuesday’s tweet — as the takeaway for many was, essentially, “Breaking the rules is OK as long as you disagree with the rules.” FAGAN: Kudos to Mike Fiers for going on-record about Astros’ cheatingI admit that such a takeaway is accurate, but that was not my intent. Yes, as a professional writer, I should be able to get my point across clearly and without confusion. But in this case, I didn’t. I was a less-than-stellar communicator. Twitter seized on it and, as Twitter does, dragged me with all of the platform’s favorite insults.So here’s a brief clarification/mea culpa: I still think using technology to steal signs should be legal, with limits. My position remains that if the Astros or any other team is stealing your signs, then you need better signs. Technology use is only going to increase across baseball — it already has, with the use of iPads in the dugout as one example — and technology should be used to gain every edge possible. That includes using it to steal signs, and using it to prevent your signs from being stolen. The concept itself doesn’t strike me as morally wrong, especially in the context of an increasingly tech-driven world.However, as long as tech-driven sign-stealing is against the rules in all forms, I won’t encourage it or celebrate it. I don’t celebrate when people blatantly break rules in other parts of life, so I won’t do it here either. I’m guilty of hypocrisy, and even though sports are entertainment and not ultimately all that important, consistency is important. I’m sorry for being inconsistent. last_img read more

SA’s budding biotech industry

first_img5 January 2004By international standards, South Africa’s budding biotechnology industry is small. But a national audit has found that the industry has “enormous potential” for growth and investment.The audit, funded by the department of science and technology and the Egoli BIO Life Sciences Incubator, indicates that South Africa has a “pipeline of potential new products and processes in the research and development stage”.It identifies 106 companies participating in biotechnology activities, 47 of which are classified as “core” biotechnology companies solely involved in biotech enterprises.“The fact that there are already 47 biotech companies that have established themselves with very little support gives SA the basis on which to build a much bigger industry”, Bioventures chief executive Heather Sherwin told Business Day newspaper. Bioventures is South Africa’s only biotechnology venture capital fund.The audit found that total spending on biotechnology research and development exceeded R290-million during 2002, while revenues for 48% of products and services in the local biotechnology industry came to R368-million during the same period.A global audit by Ernst & Young found that there were about 600 publicly traded biotechnology companies worldwide at the end of 2002, with a research and development expenditure of US$22-billion. The firms reported revenues of $41.3-billion.Sherwin says it is likely to be some time before local biotech firms start listing on the AltX exchange – SA’s new parallel market for small- and medium-sized companies – let alone on the JSE Securities Exchange main board. According to Sherwin, biotech companies need to have an operating profit greater than R8-million before they can list on AltX. She says only 20% of SA biotech firms have revenue in excess of R10-million.One successful biotech venture is Cape Town-based Synexa Life Sciences. The company specialises in the production of complex “molecular tools that help elucidate the cellular mechanisms that cause disease, enabling the development of new therapeutics.”Synexa chief executive Justin Devine says the creation of a successful biotech company is driven by passion, planned convergence of a world-class team, and products/services that hold a sustainable competitive advantage. “In the right combination, these factors will attract funding at the right time”, he says.Paul Abrahams, chief executive of eGoli BIO, says early stage financing opportunities for local biotech companies are available but are extremely limited because biotechnology is “one of the most difficult industries to understand and therefore perhaps the riskiest”.South Africa also does not currently have a network of “angel investors” – like in the United States – who have deep pockets and are prepared for high-risk and potentially high returns.The challenge, according to the audit, is to take advantage of the opportunities for the development of niche markets in which South African stakeholders can compete on a global scale.This can be facilitated by creating an “enabling environment” that allows stakeholders to maximise the benefit derived from the potential of biotechnology, while minimising the possible risks to the environment and human health.Abrahams advises biotech start-ups to:Understand the perceptions of seed capitalists.Be prepared for scepticism – SA investors are conservative.Explain the biotechnology venture fully to potential investors.Have outstanding management capabilities within the company – not only as scientists.Secure a large and growing market.Have products/services that can be bought to market to generate some income.Have technological backup to give the project a sustainable competitive advantage.Protect intellectual property.BiopadSouth Africa’s bid to commercialise biotechnology recently received a shot in the arm when the government allocated R250-million over two years towards the Biotechnology Partnership for Africa’s Development (Biopad).In addition, the department of science and technology allocated R400-million for the establishment of three regional Biopad biotechnology innovation centres, in accordance with its national biotechnology strategy. The first centre was launched in Johannesburg in March this year. The others will be in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.Biopad was initiated earlier this year as a collective response, by a community of biotechnologists and other professionals, to the challenges posed by the varied needs of the region and the continent.According to the Biopad website, the aim of the initiative is to put South Africa among the world leaders in the application of biotechnology, in so doing “stimulating economic development, contributing to job creation, and building world-class skills and technology platforms to sustain and continue development”.Through a close relationship created between the eGoli BIO incubator, small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) are nurtured and prepared for commercialisation. External professionals with expertise in finances, marketing, management and business are used to assist the SMMEs.The centres will serve as nuclei for the development of biotechnology platforms, from which a range of businesses offering new products and services can be developed. The centres will promote research and development, entrepreneurial services, technology, intellectual property management and business incubation.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Happy Birthday! The Transistor Turns 65 This Week

first_imgRelated Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market michael kanellos On December 16, 1947, Bell Labs researchers William Shockley, John Bardeen and Walter Brattain created an amplifier from a germanium crystal that boosted an input signal by 100 times. Various researchers had tried to develop a solid-state alternative to electromechanical switches and delicate vacuum tubes during the war. The Bell Labs Trio demonstrated it for lab officials a week later on December 23: Shockley deemed it ”a magnificent Christmas present.”And only six months after the Roswell Incident. For the sake of argument, we’ll follow the official story.Bell Labs announced it six months later. The trade press was ecstatic: Electronics put the three men, who would share the Nobel Prize for physics in 1956, on the cover. (Bardeen became a laureate a second time in 1972 for his work on superconductivity.) The New York Times only gave it a few paragraphs on page 46.The transistor went on to become one of the signature scientific achievements of the 20th century, ranking up with splitting the atom, manned flight, and the discovery of DNA. One could argue, in fact, that the transistor was the most important breakthrough of the 20th century because subsequent advances in those other fields relied on the computing power made possible through integrated circuits and semiconductors. Information has become a science itself.Computing, otherwise, would have been a cottage industry. ENIAC, the machine that brought computing to the public consciousness, only debuted 22 months before the transistor breakthrough. It relied on vacuum tubes. If Google built a datacenter based around the same technology behind ENIAC, a single datacenter would need as much power as Manhattan.Sales and production skyrocketed. In 2003, Gordon Moore estimated that there were about 1018 transistors in the world, or about or about 100 times the number of ants in the word. Last year, the global semiconductor market came to $304 billion and an individual semiconductor device like an Intel Xeon can contain 2.5 billion transistors.Unintended ConsequencesThe invention had a number of unanticipated consequences too. California, for instance, became the center of the world. The center of the computing industry, by rights, should be King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. The transistor came out of Bell Labs in New Jersey, after all. (So did the silicon solar cell). ENIAC came out of the University of Pennsylvania and early computer powers like Sperry Rand were located nearby. TV manufacturers like Philco clustered there too.So how come parts of Philadelphia look more like a backdrop for a Frontline documentary on failed urban renewal than downtown Seoul on a Saturday night? Blame Fred Terman. The Stanford Provost wooed Shockley to come to Santa Clara County and others followed in his wake.Business also became dominated by youth. Besides being a brilliant scientist, Shockley also happened to be a raging egomaniac. Several of the young engineers he hired at Shockley—Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, Eugene Kleiner—left to form Fairchild. At the time, it was a radical departure: the traitorous eight were essentially they wouldn’t work for a micromanager. Investors trusted them. Authority by seniority was doomed forever.You can also see the development of the symbiotic relationship between marketing and computing. An internal Bell Labs committee concluded that “Semiconductor Triode” was probably the best option as a name for the invention, although they thought it could be a bit too long. “Solid Triode” had the advantage of brevity but the committee felt that it connoted “sturdy, massive, rugged or strong.” Small and minute were conveyed by “Iotatron” but some felt it could get confused with a vacuum component. John Pierce came up with the name “transistor” by combining “transconductance” and “varistor.”A Lasting ImpactBut ultimately, the biggest impact has been an unusual combination of rapid innovation and predictability. In electronics, things get cheaper, faster, and smaller simultaneously. You can’t say the same thing about designer cupcakes or industrial chemicals: bleach doesn’t get twice as caustic every two years. If the auto industry followed Moore’s Law for even a decade or two, a Rolls Royce would cost less than a dollar and be far faster than the models on the road. But it would also be less than a centimeter long.The dynamic is due to the fact that small chips perform better. A transistor is really just a freeway for electrons. Decreasing its size shortens the commute and hence boosts the speed. Smaller transistors also are cheaper to manufacturer because more can be manufactured in a single wafer of finite size simultaneously. If you can double the number of processors that can be harvested from a wafer, it’s like doubling your factory capacity without paying a dime.The End Of Moore’s LawWill Moore’s Law come to an end? As it is used now, yes. Transistor shrinkage will hit physical limits: you can split atoms in ordinary manufacturing. Intel scientists have predicted transistor shrinkage might top out around 2020. Scientists from Hitachi at the Flash Memory Summit earlier this year noted that there might be only seven or eight turns of the crank left to reduce the size of transistors.But that won’t be the end of creativity. Three dimensional transistors, which stack circuits vertically, are on the way from Toshiba, Intel, Samsung, Hitachi and others. This will let manufacturers get more powerful chips out of the same wafers. Thinner and wider wafers will further cut costs. Copper wires, which give off tremendous amounts of heat, will get replaced over time by fiber optic links.Sixty five years from now, you’ll be reading the same article.Image courtesy of Wikipedia. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Bell Labs#Fairchild#Intel#Shockley#Transistor Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Experts panel to map path to $ 1 trillion economy

first_imgMaharashtra Finance and Planning Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar on Thursday directed his department to set up a committee of experts for guidance to make Maharashtra a $1 trillion economy by 2025.“As a major contribution to the vision set by the Prime Minister to make India a $5 trillion economy, the State has decided to raise its own economy by $1 trillion by 2025, which is 20% of the country’s target. To achieve this goal we require guidance of national and international economists, experts and visionaries and need to listen to their ideas. Therefore a committee of these experts will be formed to achieve the same,” said Mr. Mungantiwar while directing the planning department to initiate steps.Mr. Mungantiwar, while presenting the State Budget had said that an independent platform would be set up to achieve the goal of $1 trillion or ₹70 lakh crore economy. The committee is expected to suggest plans, schemes and measures to achieve the goal.“For Maharashtra to accomplish 20% share of the target of $5 trillion economy, it is important that the State’s present growth rate is nearly doubled,” he said. The Minister added that industrialists, traders and common citizens have been the part of Maharashtra’s growth till now and it is expected that they would play a major part from now on to achieve the target.last_img read more

10 months agoWatford boss Gracia: Big Ben key to Bournemouth point

first_imgWatford boss Gracia: Big Ben key to Bournemouth pointby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Javi Gracia praised goalkeeper Ben Foster after their 3-3 draw with Bournemouth.Gracia believes his side should have won the game at the Vitality Stadium, but that ultimately their defending of set pieces cost them dearly.He said: “After scoring two goals I knew we needed to defend well because I was sure Bournemouth would create chances because they always do.“In that moment we conceded two goals from 2 free kicks and it was difficult to accept.“In the second half we tried to have more control, but first of all we have to defend the free kicks better because we conceded two goals from it.“We had the chance to kill the game with more control. We didn’t do it.”Watford came under heavy pressure in the second half and were saved a number of times by Foster, who received great praise from his head coach.Gracia said: “I think Ben Foster was very important in the second half for us.“I call him Big Ben. When I arrived in England, I thought it was in London but now I know it’s in Watford. He’s playing very well and is very important.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

23 days agoArsenal boss Emery reveals crunch Pepe, Ceballos talks

first_imgArsenal boss Emery reveals crunch Pepe, Ceballos talksby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery is urging Nicolas Pepe to embrace the pressure of being their record signing.Pepe, 24, has struggled to live up to his £72million price tag since his deadline day move from Lille.But Emery is certain that, just like former Gunners idols Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp, Pepe will be a sensation when he eventually comes to terms with the physical demands of the Premier League.He claimed: “Pepe is an amazing player and I am sure that he is going to have a big career here, but he needs time.“For a lot of great Arsenal players, the first month here was not easy, even the first year.“Every player needs time to adapt when they arrive in England but the process with Pepe is going in the direction we expected.“He still needs to get his confidence and to understand better with the other players. But his performances are getting better step by step.“The players are also human beings and they are all working under pressure because we are at a big club with very demanding objectives.“To be selected for Arsenal is a privilege and the pressure that brings is a positive.“I don’t think about how much the club has paid for a player or how much is his salary. For me, the money is not relevant and it is not important.“I was speaking with Pepe and with Dani Ceballos and they say that the intensity of the Premier League has been the biggest change for them.“The Premier League is the strongest competition in the world. Every match has quality players and physical players.“So I am going to work with Pepe and with Ceballos to help them with that adaptation.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Gallery Avic Dingheng Delivers Valts Asphalt Carrier

first_imgImage Courtesy: Avic DinghengChina’s shipbuilder Avic Dingheng has delivered Asphalt Synergy, a 37,000 dwt asphalt carrier, to US-based transportation company Valt.The delivery and naming ceremony for the newbuilding was held in Yangzhou on January 9, 2018.Asphalt Synergy is a sister vessel to Asphalt Splendor, which was built at the abovementioned shipyard in 2015.The 36,058 cbm vessel features a length of 179.9 meters and a width of 30.6 meters. Currently, its market value is USD 44.61 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.Avic Dingheng claims the 37,000 dwt ship is the world’s largest asphalt carrier, with “excellent” insulation effect, maximum storage capacity, energy saving optimization, green and other features.Apart from the newly delivered tanker, Valt, a joint venture between Vitol and Sargeant Marine, operates a fleet of eleven ships, according to the company’s website.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more