Sr. Research Specialist

first_img Sr. Research Specialist Salary Not Specified Faculty Positions Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Share Sr. Research Specialist Twitter LinkedIn Johns Hopkins University You need to sign in or create an account to save Save Sr. Research Specialist School of Medicine -East Baltimore Campus Save Sr. Research Specialist You need to sign in or create an account to save Biotechnology & Bioengineering Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Johns Hopkins University More searches like this Maryland, United States Maryland, United States Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Similar jobs Salary Not Specified Facebook Salary Not Specified Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) GeneralSummary/Purpose:The Sr. ResearchSpecialistwill join the researchprogram in our Laboratory focused on HMGA Chromatin Regulators inStem Cell and Cancer Biology at the Johns Hopkins Department ofMedicine to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying HMGAchromatin regulators in cancer and stem cells in a basic andtranslational laboratory. As part of the study team, he/she willcollaborate with the Principal Investigator (PI) to design anddevelop protocols, and oversee study-related activities on severalprojects. With limited supervision by the PI, he/she will designand perform laboratory experiments on independent researchprojects. He/she will: 1) be responsible for developing andorganizing data reports and writing scientific papers resultingfrom the research projects, 2) provide day-day supervision andtrain junior postdoctoral fellows and students on the techniquesand skills needed in the lab, 3) collaborate with the PI inoverseeing the administrative and scientific implementation of theresearch protocols for our research studies. With appropriatedirection by the PI, he/she will function as a leader inmaintaining and circulating research protocols among the programmembers, setting agendas and schedules for routine research-relatedmeetings and other activities, processing laboratory protocols forbasic and translational research projects of our HMGA researchprogram. With guidance from the PI orthe PI’s designee, he/she will also function in capacities requiredfor laboratory function, including ordering reagents or directingour technician to order reagents and conduct experiments. He/shewill assist the principal investigator in organization of thelaboratory and the completion of experiments, and will routinelycommunicate with lab members regarding scientific and otherissues.Specific Duties &Responsibilities:Participate in laboratoryresearch on a comprehensive HMGA research program and develop anddesign research protocols to investigate molecular mechanismsunderlying HMGA1 in cancer and stem cells as well as pursueclinical translation of the laboratoryfindings.With limited guidance by theprincipal investigator (PI), develop and define research projectsand strategies on the HMGA researchprogram.Independently design andperform laboratory experiments for specific HMGA research projectsin the labUse special skills andexpertise to prepare and apply cancer and stem cell, human biospecimens, and animal models to cancer and stem cellresearchUse a variety of laboratorytools, such as cell manipulations, cell inoculation to produceanimal models, molecular genetic tools, Western blotting, PCR,genetic analysis to conduct laboratory cancer and stem cell biologyresearchOrganize, analyze andsummarize the research data to prepare laboratory and scientificmeeting reports on HMGAresearch.Present data atmeetings.Write/draft scientificmanuscripts for publications from the researchprojectsParticipate as a member ofcollaborative group study team in study design and development ofHMGA researchprojects.Help train and supervisejunior postdoctoral fellows and students with the above skills andexpertise for HMGAresearchSuggest ideas for newresearchprojects.Conduct training sessions forjunior personnel and students on theprogram.Works with the PI to prepareand submit annual IRB renewal requests, amendments and adverseevent reports according to IRB requirements for human tissuecollection related to the clinical and translationalresearch.Maintains excellent workingknowledge of all assigned study protocols and reportingrequirements.Coordinates, organize andarrange regular scientific meetings for the team members as needed;prepares agendas, material for, and coordination of meetings withresearchers on the HMGA research program in thelab.Train research staff on jobfunctions and performs quality assurance reviews for the scientificdata.Maintains detailed workingknowledge ofprotocolsDesigns spreadsheets anddatabases for tracking and management of researchdataPerform statistical analyseson research data using standard statisticalsoftwarePerforms literature searchesfor presentations andpublicationsEnsures accuracy andtimeliness of datacollection.Interacts regularly withmembers of the research team regarding data management and thestatus and progress of ongoingstudies.Data entry and managementusing database and other computersoftwareTrack and assess quality ofdata entry andabstraction.Meets regularly with the PIand other senior members of the team to discuss study progress.Participates in all mandatory meetings of the research program andhelps to prepare material for thesemeetings.Prepares reports as requiredby the principal investigators and senior scientists on theprogram. Is highly experienced and knowledgeable and complies withall standard laboratory research protocols, regulations, andpolicies; may instruct introductory level research personnel inthese guidelines andpoliciesThe specialist should befamiliar with PC andMacintosh computersand standard computer software, including the Microsoft Officepackage and Adobe Acrobat and Photoshop. He or she will help topurchase new laboratory computers and interact with our ITdepartment to ensure that computers and printers arefunctioning.Although not a requirement, familiarity with HTML andiWeb to keep up the lab website is aplus.The specialist will help toorder or oversee orderingreagents;experiencewith the HopkinsOne system and ordering from the JHU CORE store,JHU Supply Store, and external vendors is a plus. This will requiremonitoring inventory levels of materials and supplies, as well ascommunication with and knowledge of relevant vendors. In addition,he or she will process invoices for services received. Properhandling and organization of paperwork is required to ensure thatlaboratory spending is constrained to budgetarylimits.Will be responsible for the composition of standardlaboratory protocols andhe or she will assist in thecompletion and submission of grants, IRB and ISCROapplications.The specialist will beresponsible for completing renewal of registrations pertaining torecombinant DNA, human tissue and pathogens, and for amending andrenewing the animal care and use agreements. He/she will alsoparticipate in data interpretation, training staff and fellows,training researchers from collaborating laboratories, and proofingscientific papers and grant applications. He or she will alsoensure that new staff and students have completed all relevantHIPAA, biosafety and animaltraining.The Sr. Research Specialistwill monitor equipment performance and maintenance, and beresponsible for scheduling repairs and renewing service contractswhen necessary. He/she will be responsible for maintenance ofequipment shared across several laboratories. Duties includemanaging and developing an appropriate invoicing and billingprocess related to use of equipment, if applicable. The specialistwill also train new users, and assist with usage when needed.He/she will be responsible for scheduling preventative maintenanceand keeping the systems in working order, as well as addressing andtroubleshooting anyproblems.Assist the principalinvestigator and other investigators in our group with laboratoryorganization and completion ofexperimentsCommunicate laboratory issueswith personnel in a timelymanner.Help with experimentsinvolving the shared flow cytometer and cell imagingsystems.Train new users for theshared FACS and cell imagingsystem.Help to invoice for theshared system usage, maintain a database of spending and budgetinformation, process and pay invoices for outside laboratoryservices.Direct our technician toschedule maintenance, repairand certification of laboratoryequipment.Compose protocols forlaboratoryprocesses.Renew and amend animal careand useprotocols.Renew biosafetyregistrations.Keep the laboratory preparedfor safetyinspections.Assist in the completion ofgrants, IRB and ISCROapplications.Minimum Qualifications(mandatory):Bachelor’s degree in biology,chemistry, or other related sciencerequired.Minimum of four years ofexperience in a comparable laboratory, performing relevanttechniques.Master’s degree, with relatedgraduate research, may substitute for experience to the extentpermitted by the JHU equivalencyformula***.PreferredQualifications:Master’s degree and/or 2-10years of experience in a comparable laboratory performing relevanttechniques, coupled with knowledge of biological sciences,molecular biology, orchemistry.Special Knowledge, Skills,andAbilities:Able to perform scientificresearch through conducing laboratory experiments using a varietyof techniques, such as cell culture, microscopy, DNA extraction,PCR, Western blotting, tumor animal procedures, andothers.Knowledge of basic andtranslational research and principles required, particularly incancer and stem cellresearch.Proficiency in the use ofsoftware applications, databases, spreadsheets, and word processingrequired.Excellent organizational,attention to detail, and time management skillsrequired.Actual strong researchexperience isrequired.Able to manage multiple andcompetingpriorities.Have excellent communicationskills.Skills and expertise inhandling special pulmonary hypertension cell lines and developingpulmonary hypertension animalmodels.Any Specific PhysicalRequirements for theJob:Sitting in a normal seatedposition for extended periods oftimeReaching by extending hand(s)or arm(s) in anydirectionFinger dexterity tomanipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm,for example, using akeyboard.Communication skills usingthe spokenword.Ability to see within normalparametersAbility to hear within normalrangesAbility to moveabout***JHU EquivalencyFormula: 18 graduate degree creditsmay substitute for one year of experience. For jobs whereequivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related collegecourse work may be applied towards the total minimumeducation/experience required for the respectivejob.Classified Title:Sr. ResearchSpecialistWorking Title: Sr. ResearchSpecialist ​​​​​Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MC Starting Salary Range:$45,195-$62,225 (commensuratewith experience)Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday-Friday/8:30am-5:00pm Exempt Status: ExemptLocation: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus Department name: 10002811-SOM DOM Hematology Personnel area: School of MedicineThe successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject toa pre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply dependingon which campus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf Johns Hopkins University Science, Technology & Mathematics Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Maryland, United States Save Sr. Research Specialist II The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm Sr. Research Specialist II You need to sign in or create an account to save Academic Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimorelast_img read more

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Union President Results

first_imgJames Langman has been elected President of the Oxford Union for Hilary Term 2011.Langman gathered 712 votes, while runner-up Will Chamberlain gained 408. Zara McGlone gathered 142 votes and Ben Lewy gathered 132 votes.Ash Sangha has been voted into the position of Librarian, Hasan Ali was elected Secretary and Jack Sennett is the Treasurer-Elect.Standing Committee for Michaelmas Term will consist of Cyrus Nasseri, Izzy Westbury, Ben Woolgar, Anthony Boutall and Lauren Pringle.last_img

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St Hilda’s choose architect for extension project

first_imgLondon architectural studio Gort Scott has been selected to design a new £10 million riverside extension to St Hilda’s College, planned to begin in July 2017.Gort Scott’s design was selected by St Hilda’s from four other shortlisted designs from competing studios: DRDH, 6A Architects, Tim Ronalds Architects and Hall McKnight in a contest run by Malcom Reading Consultants. The extension is planned as part of the college’s 125th anniversary celebrations in 2018, and the candidates in the competition were asked to interpret the concept ‘redefining St Hilda’s’ in their designs. In a press release, competition organiser Malcom Reading praised the success of Gort Scott in handling their given brief, “the five finalists each produced wonderful proposals and models – we would like to thank them all for their hard work and application.“We were impressed that Gort Scott really engaged with the challenge and the wider site. It is an ambitious brief and it was a pleasure to see the dedication shown by the team in resolving some complex issues.”[mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%13213%%[/mm-hide-text] The project will create a new entrance to the college from Cowley Place and includes a slender tower, conference spaces, academic and teaching rooms, rooftop gardens, a riverside pavilion, a common room as well as accommodation for students and fellows.Claire Harvey, communications manager at St Hilda’s said that the way in which Gort Scott’s project addressed practical problems, combined with the aesthetic of their design made their entry stand out. She told Cherwell, “having considered five very strong designs from the short-listed architectural firms in our invited design competition, the Governing Body felt that Gort Scott’s concept design most suited St Hilda’s riverside location and the ‘feel’ of the College.“The project is part of our long-term strategy to improve our students’ experience, by increasing the quantity and quality of accommodation. We are aware that we offer a lower provision of undergraduate accommodation than some of the other Oxford colleges and we wanted our students to have the option of living in College for the duration of their time here. This also responds to student feedback we have received over a number of years. In addition, the project will enhance the look and feel of the College, starting with the new entrance on Cowley Place. It will also improve our conference facilities.”[mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%13214%%[/mm-hide-text] Jay Gort, the director of the winning Gort Scott studio told Cherwell, “this project is an exciting opportunity for us as it is quite rare to have a commission that offers this level of engagement with the river. I would say what stood out about our design in the competition was the use of materials, use of light and importantly the use of structure.”He added that the design “fills the void” and “pulls the two halves of the college together, addressing the existing lack of identity and clarity we saw in the college.”A meeting with the architectural firm and St Hilda’s college management will take place this week, with the following few weeks scheduled for refinement in the existing design.last_img read more

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Nappanee Mayor pulls ordinance establishing fines for business from council agenda

first_img Nappanee Mayor pulls ordinance establishing fines for business from council agenda Pinterest By Jon Zimney – December 7, 2020 2 380 WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook (Photo supplied) The ordinance establishing civil fines for businesses caught violating COVID-19 protections was pulled from the Nappanee city council agenda before the meeting on Monday, Dec. 7.This, after the mayors of Nappanee, Goshen and Elkhart pledged support, last week, for the county order.Nappanee Mayor Phil Jenkins issued a statement, saying the purpose for pulling the item from meeting was to allow more time for review and to give an opportunity to work with the Nappanee business community on a plan that properly balances responsibility to public health and their role as government.Below is Jenkins complete statement:I have made the decision to pull Ordinance 1583 – an Ordinance establishing incremental civil fines for violations of the COVID-19 mitigation directives, from the December 7, 2020 Common Council Agenda. The purpose for pulling it from this meeting is to allow more time for review and to give an opportunity to work with the Nappanee business community on a plan that properly balances our responsibility to public health and our role as government.We can all agree that COVID has driven a wedge between all of us. This is no time to assign blame, tear each other down, or continue the division. We need understanding and compassion in order to work through this present healthcare crisis. That means laying aside some of our rights for the greater good of the community. That means humbly admitting that we don’t have all the answers. Nappanee has overcome challenges before, and I am convinced that we can do it again in this situation. I hope that through all of this, that we can remain civil and work collectively on a path forward for our community.Phil Jenkins Facebook Google+ Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocal Previous articleICU at Goshen Hospital is fullNext articleGov. Whitmer will serve as a co-chair of the Biden Inauguration Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Twitterlast_img read more

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A movie as a mirror

first_imgDamien Chazelle ’07 says he believes in “somewhat unrealistic plans.” After all, they’ve served him well.The onetime Visual and Environmental Studies (VES) concentrator drove to Los Angeles after his graduation, and made his filmmaking debut with the warmly received “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench.” He took gigs writing pithy horror scripts and, unable to launch another project he’d been working on, turned to his own experiences.In New Jersey, Chazelle had attended Princeton High School, where he was a jazz drummer, was involved with the school band, and came under the direction of a harsh music teacher who’d eventually become the inspiration for J.K. Simmons’ portrayal of a blistering, abusive music teacher named Fletcher in Chazelle’s critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated film “Whiplash.”“It will always be a fresh memory, a somewhat traumatic memory,” Chazelle said of his days drumming.Making “Whiplash” was both serendipitous and stressful. Chazelle earned the backing of two other Harvard grads, co-producers Helen Estabrook ’03 and Nicholas Britell ’03, who believed in his script and talent. But they needed money, and to get it Chazelle took a scene from his script and made an 18-minute short, which screened at Sundance. It won second place — and investors. With a still-meager budget, the cast and crew worked long hours, with only 19 days to film the movie.Oscar Wilde famously said that “life imitates art far more than art imitates life,” and that could be said of “Whiplash.” The film draws on Chazelle’s biography. Much like the film’s character Andrew, who is in a car crash en route to a performance and crawls from the wreckage to make it to the stage in time, Chazelle was in a serious car accident during the final week of shooting. He was hospitalized — but he turned up on set the next day to make the film’s deadline.Some things you can’t make up.The alumni were introduced by President Drew Faust, who said the film “raises questions about art and performance, about learning and teaching, about the pursuit of perfection and the mania that pursuit can engender.” Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerChazelle returned to Harvard Wednesday afternoon alongside Estabrook and Britell for a talk at Farkas Hall moderated by his former teacher Robb Moss, professor of visual and environmental studies and chair of the VES Department. They were introduced by Harvard President Drew Faust.“‘Whiplash’ provokes,” said Faust, a strong supporter of the arts in learning. “It raises questions about art and performance, about learning and teaching, about the pursuit of perfection and the mania that pursuit can engender.”While the film was the key topic of discussion, Moss also quizzed the trio about how they ended up in Hollywood. After graduation, Estabrook had headed to New York, where she continued working in theater, but she always knew she wanted to produce. Los Angeles beckoned.“I ended up getting a job trading currencies by day while writing music for short films at night,” said Britell. “But I realized that I really wanted to be doing music, and music for film.”Moss praised the craftsmanship behind “Whiplash” — not only Chazelle’s direction, but the lighting, the camera work, and the sound.“I knew the music world firsthand,” explained Chazelle. “When it came to putting these things on screen — more so than if I’d been doing anything that didn’t directly reflect experiences of my own — I had a barometer of what was right. I knew I would be as harsh on how to make those things seem accurate as anyone else.”The result is a cacophony of sound mirroring the intensity of Andrew’s struggle to please Fletcher, who abuses him both mentally and physically. And at the 2014 Academy Awards, the film won three Oscars — for best sound mixing, best film editing, and best supporting actor for Simmons.“It was vindicating to us,” said Chazelle, “because the entire idea behind the approach to this — within our narrow budget, and the location, and within the insularity of the music — was to make something that felt like a big populace action movie, or war movie.”Estabrook called the film a “parking lot movie,” something people would argue about while exiting the cinema.“One of the greatest joys in my life over the past two years,” said Estabrook, “is sitting with my friends arguing about the ending of this movie.”last_img read more

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7,738 degrees, certificates awarded at Harvard’s 365th Commencement

first_imgToday the University awarded a total of 7,727 degrees and 11 certificates. A breakdown of degrees and programs is listed below.Harvard College granted a total of 1,661 degrees. Degrees from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) were awarded by Harvard College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.All figures include degrees awarded in November 2015 and March and May 2016.Harvard College: 1,661 degrees. 1,623 Bachelor of Arts; 38 Bachelor of Science.Graduate School of Arts and Sciences: 988 degrees. 338 Master of Arts, 103 Master of Science, 9 Master of Engineering, 538 Doctor of Philosophy.Harvard Business School: 934 degrees. 922 Master of Business Administration, 12 Doctor of Business Administration.Harvard School of Dental Medicine: 61 degrees. 13 Master of Medical Sciences, 12 Doctor of Medical Sciences, 36 Doctor of Dental Medicine.Harvard Divinity School: 130 degrees. 42 Master of Divinity, 2 Master of Theology, 79 Master of Theological Studies, 7 Doctor of Theology.Harvard Extension School: 783 degrees. 8 Associate in Arts, 148 Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies, 627 Master of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies.Harvard Graduate School of Design: 310 degrees. 97 Master of Architecture, 33 Master of Architecture in Urban Design, 71 Master in Design Studies, 63 Master in Landscape Architecture, 2 Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design, 39 Master in Urban Planning, 5 Doctor of Design.Harvard Graduate School of Education: 746 degrees. 671 Master of Education, 11 Certificate of Advanced Study, 24 Doctor of Education Leadership, 40 Doctor of Education.Harvard Kennedy School: 584 degrees. 81 Master in Public Administration, 218 Master in Public Administration (Mid-Career), 68 Master in Public Administration in International Development, 207 Master in Public Policy, 10 Doctor of Philosophy.Harvard Law School: 769 degrees. 167 Master of Laws, 593 Doctor of Juridical Science, 9 Doctor of Law.Harvard Medical School: 226 degrees. 10 Master of Bioethics, 53 Master in Medical Science, 163 Doctor of Medicine.Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences: 365 degrees. 221 Bachelor of Arts, 36 Bachelor of Science, 8 Master of Engineering, 51 Master of Science, 49 Doctor of Philosophy.Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health: 546 degrees. 364 Master of Public Health, 121 Master of Science, 61 Doctor of Science.last_img read more

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Pack Back-to-School Lunches Safely

first_imgSwanson said it’s vital to keep any protein-rich food like beans, eggs and meats –processed or leftover muscle cuts such as roast beef or chicken — cold with chill packs.”Mayonnaise or margarine spreads, as long as they’re commercially prepared, aresafe to use in sandwiches,” she said. “They keep the bread moist and keep itfrom becoming soggy from the sandwich filling.”Parents can cut the fat content in their child’s lunch with a low- or reduced-fat mayonnaise, salad spread ormargarine.A good rule of thumb for lunch foods is if you buy it from a refrigerated case or itcame from the refrigerator at home, keep it cold.Hot foods require another type of container: a vacuum bottle. Swanson said a goodvacuum bottle will keep hot foods safe for four to six hours. Fill the bottle with boilingwater for two minutes, then empty it and immediately fill it with the food that has beenheated to boiling.”But you have to make sure your child can easily handle the bottle to empty itinto a bowl or plate without spilling the hot food onto themselves or others,” shesaid. “Hot foods may present more of a burn risk than a food safety risk.” Other safety factors to watch include pull-tops on food containers that may cutchildren’sfingers.Good lunches help your children get through their day and stay healthy. But lunch withfood safety risks can ruin their day and yours. While you’reincluding notebooks, pencils and backpacks on your list of supplies for school, don’t forget one of the mostimportant — a safe lunch box and cold source.”There are a lot of differences between a safe lunch box and one that will justcarry the lunch,” said Ruthann Swanson, a food specialist with the University ofGeorgia Extension Service. “Some boxes or bags don’t have enough insulation to keep foods safe,” Swanson said.”And even of those, some are too small to carry enough food to get a child through along school day.”Swanson is researching the types of lunch boxes that best keep foods out of the”danger zone” — between 40 and 140 degrees.”When perishable foods stay in the danger zone for two hours or more, their safetybecomes questionable,” she said.Insulated lunch boxes and bags with reusable cold packs are the best way to keep coldfoods below 40 degrees. Nontoxic chemical packs can keep foods cold without the mess orbother of ice.Swanson said the hard plastic cold packs stay colder than soft-bag packs. And they’reless likely to break or get punctured.”Many parents freeze drink boxes to keep sandwiches or other foods cold. And thatis another option,” she said. “But then you have to be sure it thaws enough foryour child to have a drink at lunchtime.”Boxed drinks can leak, though. Freezing makes the liquid expand and that may tear thebox seams. One option for a lunchtime drink is UHT milk your child can safely drink atroom temperature. Swanson said most children like cold drinks, though, so freezing orchilling makes them more appealing.Using a cold source gives parents and kids more variety for lunch, too. If your onlychoices are room-temperature foods, you don’t have a lot of choices.”But one food that does stay safe and is nutritious is peanut butter,”Swanson said.Many children will eat peanut butter on apples, bananas, crackers, celery or insandwiches.But what about sandwiches with meats or salad-type fillings?last_img read more

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Healing Injuries with Acupuncture

first_imgAn injury can ruin your day on the trail in a split second and sideline you for weeks.  But before you wrap on a bandage and try to run through the pain, consider acupuncture.  Acupuncture is a tool of Chinese Medicine by which tiny, solid filament needles are inserted into the skin at strategic points to help the body heal naturally without drugs, surgery, or side effects.  Chinese medicine is a system of internal medicine treating everything from headaches to fibromyalgia to diabetes.  A branch of this, Die Da or “hit-fall” medicine, originated in Ancient China to treat injuries sustained from martial arts.  It quickly and effectively addresses trauma to any part of the body.Chinese medicine is based on the concept that “Qi” or vital energy flows through our bodies along with our blood.  Trauma can obstruct the flow of qi and blood, and if left untreated, or improperly treated, injury can become chronic, recurrent, or even debilitating.  Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as a safe and effective medical therapy.  Acupuncture, combined with Tui na, a kind of massage, Chinese herbal medicine, Qi Gong or Tai Chi, and dietary therapy, are the major components of Chinese medicine and have been practiced for over 5000 years.The approach to treating sports injuries with Chinese Medicine differs from that of Western medicine in a few ways.  You have probably heard of the acronym R.I.C.E. from your doctor: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.  Rest is obvious, and taking time to heal is essential.  Elevation is helpful as well.  Chinese medicine takes a different perspective on the ice and compression elements of this old adage, however.  Ice is rarely used in Chinese medicine.  The aphorism “Ice is for dead people,” explains the Chinese perspective.  In Chinese Medicine it is rarely used after the first 24 hours of an acute injury as it contracts blood vessels, stagnates and congeals blood and fluids which, in turn, slows healing and can lead to long term residual pain and eventually arthritis in the affected area.  It constricts the flow of blood and “qi” or vital energy in the area of the injury, further damaging the tissues.  Liniment or “herbal ice” is often used instead.Compression usually in the form of an elastic bandage wrapped snugly around an acute injury also stagnates blood and fluids, usually pushing them out to the outside edges of the bandage.  Here again, promoting the flow of blood and fluids by avoiding compression, helps the body heal faster.In more severe injuries, an x-ray or MRI is the best course to rule out fractures, ligament or tendon rupture.  In these cases Western diagnosis and treatment are important.  Acupuncture can be effective in speeding healing in these scenarios as well and in many cases can prevent the need for surgery.  When surgery is required, acupuncture is helpful in speeding recovery.  There are also topical and internal herbal remedies to stop bleeding immediately, ease pain and even knit broken bones.The most common sports injuries tend to be sprains.  This is especially common for trail runners.  Acupuncture can reduce pain and swelling in an acute sprain in a matter of minutes, reducing healing time dramatically.  Even for grade 2 and 3 sprains, where there is real ligament damage acupuncture is quite effective.  With sprains the earlier the treatment, the better.  Remember to only use ice for 10 minutes at a time for the first 24 hours.  See a practitioner of Chinese medicine as soon as possible.  Again, if severe, see your doctor to rule out tendon rupture or fracture.Tendonitis is also a very common sports injury caused by repetitive movement, and because it can rarely be traced back to an original injury, it is usually a late stage chronic pain by the time help is sought.  Tendonitis usually manifests in the rotator cuff, the Achilles tendon, wrist or even elbow.   A combination of acupuncture, massage, and liniment can make the biggest difference for this injury.  Carefully examining the movement that is causing this and retraining with amended position is essential.The type of pain, the aggravating factors, and the location are more important in diagnosing sports injuries than the severity of pain in Chinese medicine.  There are many types of pain indicating many types of injuries.  Pain that is shooting or refers down an extremity usually indicates nerve involvement.  Stabbing pain that gets better with exercise or dull pain that gets worse as the day goes on corresponds with different injuries. All can be treated equally well with Chinese Medicine.Whatever the injury, heal safely without drugs and reduce the need for surgery with Chinese Medicine, an inexpensive, holistic, benign therapy that works well independently or in conjunction with Western medicine.  Be sure to find a practitioner that is a licensed acupuncturist or diplomate of Oriental medicine with a four year degree.Dos and Don’ts:The sooner the better.The sooner the injury can be treated, the better the outcome.  Acupuncture frees the joint, the flow of blood and qi, vital energy, and facilitates healing.  However, if not treated, acute injuries can become chronic injuries.  Chronic injuries respond to acupuncture as well, though it may take longer to reach complete healing.How Long?Acute injury, depending on severity can be addressed in fewer treatments spaced closely together over a couple of weeks.  A more chronic injury tends to respond better to a weekly treatment over a longer period, depending on a variety of factors including severity, time of onset, and patient compliance.Ice is for dead peopleRemember to only use ice for 10 minutes at a time for the first 24 hours as it contracts blood vessels, stagnates and congeals blood and fluids which, in turn, slows healing and can lead to long term residual pain and eventually arthritis in the affected area.SurgerySeeking a Western diagnosis is important.  Seeking acupuncture soon after can help prevent the need for surgery by removing obstacles to healing.  When surgery is necessary, Chinese Medicine is indispensable to pre-op preparation and speeding recovery time.A Knowledgeable LiaisonA good acupuncturist will recommend an x-ray or MRI for a more serious injury to rule out rupture of tendon or bone fracture.  They will also advise when and what sort of movement is helpful, and when to rest.  Remember only to see a licensed acupuncturist with a four-year degree in Chinese Medicine.Be open to herbsYour acupuncturist can prescribe a topical liniment made from Chinese herbs to help penetrate the joint or muscle, stop pain, reduce swelling and inflammation, and disperse stagnant qi and blood.  Some topicals can stop bleeding, mend tendons, and even knit bone.Listen to your bodyChinese medicine is based on common sense.  Running or cycling through the pain may seem like a good idea, and sometimes, after the bulk of the healing has taken place, it is. Sometimes it truly slows healing.  Ask your acupuncturist.  She can also prescribe strengthening exercises and movements.Lara Ferguson Diaz, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M. (NCCAOM) is owner of Lutea Acupuncture & Herbs and practices at Integrative Family Medicine of Asheville: 828-582-5403.last_img read more

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NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden Answers Questions From Public

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden fielded questions from the public Monday via a live Q&A session on The Guardian’s website. (Screen grab courtesy of The Guardian)Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor who blew the whistle on several of its most covert surveillance programs earlier this month, fielded questions from the public for about two hours Monday via a live Q&A chat on The Guardian‘s website.The 29-year-old, who’s been in Hong Kong since the end of May before being fired from consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, answered a range of inquiries spanning a host of topics, addressing remarks by US officials such as Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) and former Vice President Dick Cheney that he is a “traitor” and insinuations he’s spying for the Chinese, to skepticism regarding the full extent of the outed programs.To the former, Snowden responded:“…it’s important to bear in mind I’m being called a traitor by men like former Vice President Dick Cheney. This is a man who gave us the warrantless wiretapping scheme as a kind of atrocity warm-up on the way to deceitfully engineering a conflict that has killed over 4,400 and maimed nearly 32,000 Americans, as well as leaving over 100,000 Iraqis dead. Being called a traitor by Dick Cheney is the highest honor you can give an American, and the more panicked talk we hear from people like him, Feinstein, and King, the better off we all are. If they had taught a class on how to be the kind of citizen Dick Cheney worries about, I would have finished high school.”On the latter:“US Persons do enjoy limited policy protections (and again, it’s important to understand that policy protection is no protection – policy is a one-way ratchet that only loosens) and one very weak technical protection – a near-the-front-end filter at our ingestion points. The filter is constantly out of date, is set at what is euphemistically referred to as the ‘widest allowable aperture,’ and can be stripped out at any time. Even with the filter, US comms get ingested, and even more so as soon as they leave the border. Your protected communications shouldn’t stop being protected communications just because of the IP they’re tagged with.”“This country is worth dying for,” Snowden responded when asked what he’d “say to others who are in a position to leak classified information that could improve public understanding of the intelligence apparatus of the USA and its effect on civil liberties.”In response to whether he believed the treatment of other whistleblowers, such as former NSA crypto-mathematician William Binney and former NSA senior executive Thomas Drake, influenced his path and whether he felt the “system works,” Snowden warned:“Binney, Drake, [John] Kiriakou, and [Bradley] Manning are all examples of how overly-harsh responses to public-interest whistle-blowing only escalate the scale, scope, and skill involved in future disclosures. Citizens with a conscience are not going to ignore wrong-doing simply because they’ll be destroyed for it: the conscience forbids it. Instead, these draconian responses simply build better whistleblowers. If the Obama administration responds with an even harsher hand against me, they can be assured that they’ll soon find themselves facing an equally harsh public response.“This disclosure provides Obama an opportunity to appeal for a return to sanity, constitutional policy, and the rule of law rather than men. He still has plenty of time to go down in history as the President who looked into the abyss and stepped back, rather than leaping forward into it. I would advise he personally call for a special committee to review these interception programs, repudiate the dangerous ‘State Secrets’ privilege, and, upon preparing to leave office, begin a tradition for all Presidents forthwith to demonstrate their respect for the law by appointing a special investigator to review the policies of their years in office for any wrongdoing. There can be no faith in government if our highest offices are excused from scrutiny – they should be setting the example of transparency.”The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald, who broke the news June 5 about the NSA’s collection of “the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon,” citing a “top secret court order issued in April,” began and ended the 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. EST session. (Snowden revealed himself as the The Guardian‘s source in a video interview posted on its site June 9.)“1) Why did you choose Hong Kong to go to and then tell them about US hacking on their research facilities and universities?” he wrote. “2) How many sets of the documents you disclosed did you make, and how many different people have them? If anything happens to you, do they still exist?”Snowden’s responses:“1) First, the US Government, just as they did with other whistleblowers, immediately and predictably destroyed any possibility of a fair trial at home, openly declaring me guilty of treason and that the disclosure of secret, criminal, and even unconstitutional acts is an unforgivable crime. That’s not justice, and it would be foolish to volunteer yourself to it if you can do more good outside of prison than in it.“Second, let’s be clear: I did not reveal any US operations against legitimate military targets. I pointed out where the NSA has hacked civilian infrastructure such as universities, hospitals, and private businesses because it is dangerous. These nakedly, aggressively criminal acts are wrong no matter the target. Not only that, when NSA makes a technical mistake during an exploitation operation, critical systems crash. Congress hasn’t declared war on the countries – the majority of them are our allies – but without asking for public permission, NSA is running network operations against them that affect millions of innocent people. And for what? So we can have secret access to a computer in a country we’re not even fighting? So we can potentially reveal a potential terrorist with the potential to kill fewer Americans than our own Police? No, the public needs to know the kinds of things a government does in its name, or the “consent of the governed” is meaningless.“2) All I can say right now is the US Government is not going to be able to cover this up by jailing or murdering me. Truth is coming, and it cannot be stopped,” he added.The Guardian‘s Q&A came a day after it published an expose based on “evidence…contained in documents – classified as top secret – which were uncovered by the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and seen by the Guardian,” it reads, revealing that the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and NSA spied on allies including Turkey, South Africa and Russia at G20 summits by intercepting foreign politicians’ communications via among other techniques, fake Internet cafes.To read a full transcript of The Guardian’s Q&A session with Edward Snowden CLICK HERE.last_img read more

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More companies turn to solar energy to reduce rising electricity costs

first_imgDemand for rooftop solar panels has increased sharply in recent years as more companies and households turn to solar energy to meet their electricity needs, an executive of a rooftop solar panel leasing and service company has said.The managing director of rooftop solar panel leasing company PT Xurya Daya Indonesia (Xurya), Eka Himawan, said in Jakarta on Wednesday that the number of companies that used solar energy had increased sharply because solar energy helped reduce electricity costs by up to 20 percent.“Demand for solar panels has increased significantly and we’re at a phase where it’s getting hard for supply to keep up with demand,” Eka said.  The total electricity produced from rooftop solar panels increased to around 4.92 megawatt as of December 2019.Meanwhile, the ministry’s renewable energy technical subdirectorate head, Martha Sibarani, said the government hoped the industrial sector could help boost the country’s renewable energy share toward the national energy mix.“Most solar panels have been installed on houses. If industries and businesses also use solar panels, then we’re sure that the share of renewable energy would spike,” she said.The increased use of the solar energy is expected to support the government’s efforts to achieve  23 percent renewable power production energy mix by 2025 as mandated by the General National Energy Planning road map. The country closed 2019 with a 12.36 percent renewable mix, far less than the 17.5 percent annual target on the road map.(mpr) Xurya, which was established in 2018, offers leasing and installment services for rooftop solar panels. The company has provided leasing and installation services to 20 companies engaged in the retail and manufacturing industries.Despite the rising growth rate, distrust over solar panel’s safety among manufacturing companies poses as a challenge for Xurya, he said.“Many companies think that electrical currents from solar panels could disrupt their electrical equipment It’s totally untrue,” he said.Users of solar panels in Indonesia increased from 351 users in January 2018 to 1,580 users in December 2019, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s data shows.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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