LIGHTS donates to high schools

first_imgUsed science equipment has found new life in needy high schools thanks to the year-old Notre Dame Laboratory Instrumentation Giving Hope to Students (ND LIGHTS) initiative. The program has successfully donated 12 pieces of campus equipment valued at more than $275,000 to six schools participating in the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program, ND LIGHTS Director Dr. Michelle Viglietta Joyce said. “This program has evolved into a place for a second life for equipment,” she said. “We take care of all of the paperwork. All the professor has to do is say, ‘I have this machine and want it to be donated.’ All the schools have to do is pay for the transportation … It’s a win-win for everyone.” The program finds high schools in need across the country and prepares the donation, Joyce said. “Everyone is very supportive of this project,” she said. “I’m so appreciative of the department, the dean of the College of Science and the Office of Sustainability. They helped me turn this idea into a reality.” The origin of ND LIGHTS lies in West Virginia, Joyce said. Joyce’s father, a retired principal at a West Virginia high school, spent 40 years encouraging students to grow and explore with education, she said. Joyce, an assistant professional specialist in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, took these teachings to heart when she founded ND LIGHTS last year to give old scientific equipment from Notre Dame science labs to resource-limited schools across the United States. “I always watched him provide the best for his students, especially in the sciences,” she said. “It was my high school chemistry lab that got me interested in chemistry. That’s where you can get kids interested in making this into a career.” Joyce creates experiments for teachers to perform with their students at the recipient schools. “What sets this program apart is the fact that we develop these experiments,” she said. “VWR, the preferred campus supplier of lab supplies, has partnered with us to donate all of the accessories and chemicals. They’re donating cases and cases so whole classes can do the experiment.” Joyce said she used journal articles to develop the experiments during the program’s first year, which she then taught to ACE teachers over the summer to use in their curriculum this fall. Next year, she will look to local schools as possible recipients for program equipment. In the future, Joyce said she hopes more Notre Dame students can get involved with the project. One way they can do so is enrolling in a class this spring semester to assist with donations. The class, called “Instrumentation in Scientific Education,” will have two to three students working with the equipment to create experiments for high school classes. Beyond the instruments donated to needy high schools, four highly specialized machines were also donated to Saint Mary’s, Joyce said. The machines are already being used in Saint Mary’s science curriculum. Contact Joyce at mjoyce@nd.edu if you would like to donate or learn more about the spring semester class.last_img read more

ND ranks fifth in study abroad participation

first_imgThe opportunity to spend a semester of college taking classes in a foreign country, visiting new places and forming strong relationships with other students to many seems too good to pass up, and Notre Dame students are taking advantage of study abroad opportunities at higher rates than ever before. According to the Open Doors report released by the Institute of International Education (IIE), Notre Dame ranks fifth nationwide in percentage of undergraduate students participating in study abroad programs among U.S. doctoral and research institutions. The story focused on the 2011 to 2012 academic year. The United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France and China ranked as the top five destinations for American students, and the IIE reported a steady increase in students pursuing academic semesters in foreign countries over the past decade. According to the report, 65.9 percent of Notre Dame students participate in study abroad, a 6.2 percent increase from 2012. Last year, the University ranked ninth in the survey. The Notre Dame International website states that the mission of International Studies is “to enable international learning and research experiences that enhance the academic, intercultural and spiritual formation of our students; enrich their global and cultural awareness and help to develop engaged citizens in our increasingly interconnected and interdependent world.” Junior Kate Friedli said she chose to study abroad in the United Kingdom during the past summer for a variety of reasons. “I think more and more people are going abroad for two reasons,” she said. “First, it’s incredibly fun. Second, you have the opportunity to learn things you wouldn’t in a normal, domestic class.” Friedli said her favorite part of the experience was forming friendships with the other Notre Dame students in her program. “What I found most rewarding about studying abroad was the people,” Friedli said. “The people from Notre Dame who I went abroad to London with will be my lifelong friends, and my interactions with true Londoners were very rewarding and fun.” Junior Sara Reyes also said studying abroad offered an opportunity to branch out and meet Notre Dame students she has yet to interact with on campus. “Studying abroad is the perfect medium to get out of your comfort zone,” Reyes said. “It was a great experience for me because I met a lot of Notre Dame students that I may never have had the pleasure of being friends with had I not met them during my time abroad.” Junior Katharine Maheras said she valued the opportunity to experience new cultures with other Notre Dame students who share a similar background to hers. “I not only got to have a new cultural experience but also was able to strengthen friendships with Notre Dame students through doing so,” Maheras said. Junior Kevin McMannis said by offering study abroad programs over the summer, Notre Dame International allows even more students to take advantage of the opportunity to study in a foreign country. “The summer abroad let me experience new and different parts of my Notre Dame and college career without missing a semester on this amazing campus,” he said. “I got to branch out of my dorm, live with six guys I didn’t know before and meet other amazing people.” Living in a metropolitan city and absorbing the culture were highlights of the summer program, McMannis said. “London’s city life and culture was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had so far, and I am super blessed to have been able to spend it with my college friends, new and old,” he said.  Notre Dame boasts more than 40 international study programs in more than 20 nations, including Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Russia, Senegal, South Korea, Singapore, Switzerland, Uganda and the U.K., along with a domestic program in Washington, D.C. Contact Meg Handelman at mhandelm@nd.edulast_img read more

Saint Mary’s students reflect on Semester at Sea

first_imgSaint Mary’s seniors Madison Marshall and Clare Theisen, along with junior Maura Newell, made waves when they participated in the Semester at Sea program, which is not directly offered through Saint Mary’s, but which the students managed to incorporate into their experiences at the College.Semester at Sea is a 100-day program that allows students to experience the cultures of ten or more countries in only one semester of school. Students travel on a boat that is slightly smaller than a cruise ship to get from international destination to destination — the destinations change slightly each semester. Newell, who studied abroad last semester, said she attended classes with fellow students from around the world while on the boat. “We would have class every day we were at sea, so we didn’t really didn’t have weekends,” she said. “The longest we were sailing was 12 days when we went from Hawaii to Japan, and the shortest was two days when we went from Japan to China.”Newell said as long as students discuss their plans to study abroad with the Registrar Office, their classes can count toward Saint Mary’s credits. Classes cover a range of topics, such as economics, art history, world diplomacy, photography, literature, anthropology, oceanography and religion, she said.“When we’re on the ship, we study what country we’re going to,” she said. “So in my business economics class, we would talk about the economy of whichever country we were traveling to.”Students have the option to either pay extra to take classes once the boat docks in a country or to travel independently. However, even if the students opt to travel independently, they must attend at least one field lab while they’re visiting a country. Newell said her art history class met with an artist in Vietnam. Professors, like students, must also apply to teach for a semester on the ship. Marshall, a marketing major who studied abroad in the fall of 2015, said most of the professors were from the U.S., but some were from other countries. “All of the professors were from prestigious schools,” she said. “I had professors from Yale and Harvard, which is something I wouldn’t be able to experience anywhere else.”Newell said the community feeling on the ship was unique because of how close the students live to the faculty.“When you’re living in close quarters with everyone, you get to know everyone really well,”  Newell said. “You don’t just see your teachers in a professional setting. You see them all over the ship, even walking down the hall in their PJs.”The ship was equipped with a gym, pool, a theater where students could attend talks or performances and multiple dining halls. Marshall said the ship was similar to the one in the movie Titanic.“We were lucky that our boat was a new boat,” Marshall said. “It had a Titanic vibe. Everything was elegant and decorative and kind of old-fashioned.”The ship also had no phone service and no internet for the students. Theisen, who studied abroad with Marshall, said this aspect of the ship made the experience more authentic.“Because you couldn’t rely on your phone, you were forced to listen and learn.” Theisen said. “When we went abroad, it was around the time of the Paris attacks, so it was interesting to see people’s perspectives from around the world. I grew and learned so much from the people around me.”Marshall said she made some of her best friends on the ship. “The relationships I made with other students on the ship aren’t even comparable with any of my other relationships,” Marshall said. “You build this inseparable bond with the people you travel with, even though they start out to be complete strangers.”Newell was the only Saint Mary’s student on her voyage, but she said it was worth pushing herself outside of her comfort zone for the experience. One of the greatest experiences she had was on her trip to Myanmar, she said. “We took a hot air balloon and flew over a bunch of pagodas and temples at sunrise,” Newell said. “I went to a little town that most tourists don’t go to. We met a family while we were there, and we stayed with them over night. It was such a different experience.”Students are able to travel to places such as the United Kingdom, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Spain, Morocco, Senegal, Brazil, Panama, Costa Rica, Japan, Hawaii, Vietnam, Burma, India, Malaysia and Myanmar, Marshall said.Marshall said one of the highlights from her trip was riding on camels in the Sahara Desert and sleeping in hammocks on the Amazon River. “Semester at Sea offers you the option to explore so many different places,” Marshall said. “I would have never chosen to go to Senegal, but that was probably one of my favorite places to go to. Every country was so amazing.” Theisen said one of the biggest advantages of studying abroad on the ship was the personal growth it offered.“It was a huge learning experience,” Theisen said. “In some places, you were surrounded by poverty, and a lot of people chose not to get off the ship. “There were times when people would swarm you begging for money, and I had never experienced anything like that. Those situations can be uncomfortable, but that’s when you grow.”Marshall said she would recommend Semester at Sea to anyone. “It pushes you to go outside of your comfort zone by spending time on a boat with a bunch of strangers and traveling to different parts of the world I could have never imagined going to,” Marshall said. “It has definitely helped to shape me into the better person I am today.”Tags: center for women’s intercultural leadership, semester at sea, study abroadlast_img read more

Tony Ratings: Hugh Jackman vs. Beauty Queens

first_img The 68th Annual Tony Awards was the night’s third highest-rated program in the demographic, with ABC’s coverage of the NBA Finals and NBC’s Miss USA pageant coming ahead of the telecast. According to Variety and Nielsen’s preliminary estimates, the June 8 broadcast scored 7 million viewers, slightly down from 2013’s final 7.3 million. In the key 18-49 demographic, the show averaged a 1.2 rating, which basically matched last year’s result. Hugh Jackman’s fourth stint at hosting the Tony Awards garnered the second largest audience for the CBS telecast in the last five years.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Debugging House.

first_imgUGA CAES File Photo Walter Reeves Without even knowing it, you may be leading insect pests right into your house. On this week’s “Gardening in Georgia,” University of Georgia scientist Dan Suiter corrects host Walter Reeves’ practice of placing mulch close to his home foundation.”Gardening in Georgia” airs each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and is rebroadcast on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. on Georgia Public Television.Now in its third season, the show is produced specifically for Georgia gardeners by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and GPTV. To learn more, visit the show’s Web site.Chameleon Plant: Friend? Foe?On this week’s show, Reeves looks at the beautiful leaves and the invasive nature of the chameleon plant, Houttuynia cordata. He shows how quickly this plant can overwhelm a garden.Reeves also explains the benefits of gardening with raised beds, showing how to build a raised bed using pressure-treated lumber and wood screws.Guest Wayne McLaurin reveals the best varieties of Southern peas to plant in Georgia home gardens. And finally, guest Beverly Sparks describes the life cycle of the azalea lace bug, a major pest of one of the South’s favorite landscape plants.last_img read more

Goodbye potholes, hello smoother roads in 2020

first_img“I mean you’ve driven the roads, you see what needs to be done. You see a lot of temporary repair out there. This is actually going to allow us to do a full renewal of this section, and a lot of other sections across the region,” said Scott Cook, the public information specialist for NYSDOT Region 9. More than $14 million of that funding is coming to the Southern Tier to help patch up cracks and potholes created by severe weather. The DOT says these repairs could not have come at a better time. The DOT says instead of just temporary measures to repair the roads, this funding will make it possible for complete renewal projects to take place. HARPURSVILLE (WBNG) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week more than $151 million in funding to fix roads as part of the PAVE-NY initiative. The only rule is projects have to be started and completed in 2020. The Department of Transportation says when water gets underneath the surface of the road, it expands and contracts due to the changing temperatures, leading to the nasty cracks and potholes so common in the area. Cook said work will begin as soon as the last freeze is over, most likely early spring, and will have to be completed by the time winter rolls around again.last_img read more

Dani Ceballos admits Arsenal debut against Burnley was ‘special’ after man-of-the-match display

first_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 18 Aug 2019 12:17 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link702Shares Ceballos provided assists for both Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang against Burnley (Picture: Getty)He told Arsenal’s website: ‘The most important thing in football is to win. When you have a great game and can help the team to get the victory, you feel satisfaction to know that you’re going home calmly and with the work done.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The truth is that for me it has been one of the most special days of my life. I think that by starting at home with a win, and with this passion shown at the end of the match, I think it will be hard for me to forget this day.’Ceballos has long been considered one of Spanish football’s brightest young prospects but he found first-team football difficult to come by at Real Madrid following a big-money move from Real Betis in 2017.Although Ceballos reportedly intends to establish himself at Real Madrid long-term he insisted he is keen to reward Arsenal’s faith in his abilities by delivering further impressive performances for the club.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHe added: ‘I really want this year to truly demonstrate the football that I have inside.‘I have a lot of enthusiasm for this season and to be able to give a lot of joy to this club. The confidence they have in me, I want to return it to them with my performances.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Dani Ceballos impressed during his first start for Arsenal against Burnley (Picture: Getty)Dani Ceballos has claimed that Saturday was one of the ‘most special’ days of his life after he delivered a man-of-the-match performance during Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Burnley.The 23-year-old joined Arsenal on a season-long loan from Real Madrid in July and after featuring as a substitute in the opening day win over Newcastle was handed his first start against Burnley.Ceballos responded to Unai Emery’s decision to start him with an exceptional all-round display from central midfield, capped off by providing both assists for Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.It was a result that maintained Arsenal’s 100% start to the Premier League campaign and Ceballos admitted that it was an unforgettable experience for him.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Dani Ceballos admits Arsenal debut against Burnley was ‘special’ after man-of-the-match displaylast_img read more

Sirius Petroleum chief operating officer passes away

first_imgThe chief operating officer (COO) of Sirius Petroleum, a company focused on oil and gas exploration and development opportunities in Nigeria, has suddenly passed away.Sirius said on Thursday that the company’s COO Peter Gregory died suddenly while at home in the UK.Gregory was appointed as the COO of Sirius on April 12 and was given a primary responsibility to handle operations at the Ororo field. He was not a member of the main board but the company said it considered him as an important member of the operational management team.Chairman of Sirius, Jack Pryde, said: “Peter will be greatly missed by us all at Sirius as a work colleague and a personality with great energy and expertise who commanded much respect by each member of the team. Our very sincerest thoughts are with his family at this time.”“While the company does have depth in its operational management team and of course the considerable support of its group of operational partners, the board is taking immediate steps to put in place an experienced COO with the requisite skill set,” the company added.Gregory’s career spanned over 40 years of continuous service in drilling and operations in the oil and gas sector, holding senior operational drilling roles with several companies including Lasmo, Premier Oil, and BG Group.Over the last ten years, he held senior roles on projects around the world such as drilling engineering and management positions and as a head of drilling for three independent international oil companies.last_img read more

Barbarians too strong for Ireland

first_img The Leinster loosehead was sin-binned by referee Greg Garner after a video review in the first half of Ireland’s non-cap international clash at Thomond Park. Ireland slumped to defeat in Limerick with Alex Cuthbert claiming two tries and Leinster full-back Zane Kirchner landing the Barbarians’ killer blow over many of his club-mates. Craig Gilroy and the returning Chris Henry claimed scores for a scrappy Ireland outfit. Paddy Jackson’s late converted try handed Ireland a sniff of victory, but the BaaBaas held out. Fly-half Ian Madigan escaped censure for stamping on Georgia lock Mikautadze when a maul collapsed in the 32nd minute, but McGrath was handed a yellow card for his actions at the same breakdown. The 25-year-old front-rower could face further retrospective punishment, however, and any eventual sanction could threaten his World Cup participation. France lock Pascal Pape was handed a 10-week ban for kneeing Ireland number eight Jamie Heaslip in the back during this year’s RBS 6 Nations. Any suspension for McGrath would not start until Ireland’s World Cup warm-up games in August. There is no suggestion McGrath’s actions equate to those of Pape, but a ban of four or more weeks would leave his World Cup participation in doubt. Ireland boss Joe Schmidt showed his immediate feelings on the matter by choosing not to send McGrath back into the fray at the end of his 10-minute sin-bin. While the BaaBaas entertained, Ireland were meant to be experimenting, blooding the young and untested and ushering experienced men requiring matches back towards full steam. Jack McGrath could be facing a ban to jeopardise his World Cup participation after kneeing lock Konstantin Mikautadze in the back during Ireland’s 22-21 defeat to the Barbarians. Uncapped centre Colm O’Shea, with just four Leinster appearances to his name, struggled but never folded, while flanker Henry impressed in his first international outing since November. The Ulster openside scragged and scrapped at every breakdown, exhibiting all the tenacity that drove him into Ireland’s starting side before his mini-stroke in the autumn. The 30-year-old even claimed a second-half try, and must surely have done enough in Limerick to convince head coach Schmidt he is ready for the World Cup. The Barbarians launched into free-spirited custom from the off, Wales wing Cuthbert coasting home after Ireland debutant O’Shea drifted too far infield. Ireland levelled the scores through Craig Gilroy’s smart finish, the Ulster wing cutting a tight line off a five-metre scrum. Madigan’s conversion handed Schmidt’s men a two-point lead, but probe as they might, Ireland could not increase that advantage before the break. McGrath’s yellow card stymied solid build-up at the death of the half, allowing the BaaBaas some respite, though the world-famous invitational outfit did suffer a sin-binning of their own. Prop Roberto Tejerizo was given his short-term marching orders at the end of the half, for persistent scrum infringement. The Barbarians reclaimed the lead after the turnaround, former All Blacks wizard Joe Rokocoko always to the fore with a flick here and a trick there. Leinster’s Zane Kirchner outsmarted O’Shea before chipping the cover to slide home in style. Jimmy Gopperth converted before slotting a penalty – with the crowd booing the pragmatism – to set the BaaBaas 15-7 to the good. Ireland rallied through Henry’s driving-maul score, but even with Madigan’s conversion still trailed by a point. The Barbarians fired another riposte, Cuthbert burrowing home with a good flanker impression for his second score of the night. Ireland pulled a last-gasp try out of the hat thanks to replacement fly-half Paddy Jackson, and Madigan slotted the drop-goal conversion to allow the game to restart. Ireland again trailed by one point, with the game sliding into its final minute as the Barbarians restarted the action. The BaaBaas were able to run out the clock, however, and claim a victory as much morale-boosting for their part as galling for Ireland. Press Associationlast_img read more

NDDC Plans Big for Sports, Focuses on Facilities Devt

first_img“The whole idea he (the acting chairman) is coming up with is to lay a solid foundation for sports in the region. He wants to do it by putting in place sports infrastructures in all the nooks and crannies of the region. “Communities and neighborhoods would have recreational sports centres where the youths can go and train.“That way, the youths can engage in sports rather than idle away. This is a new direction that would see NDDC using sports to combat youth restiveness,” the source hinted.He stressed that NDDC has over the years been doing a good job in the area of road construction, provision of water and electricity to communities without paying much attention to sports.“Sports is going to receive good attention moving forward given the new blueprint the NDDC leadership is working on and they intend to get an expert who understands the sports terrain, especially in the area of sports facilities to partner it,” the informed source concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) is planning big for sports, if the vision of the commission’s acting Chairman Prof. Nelson Braimbraifa is anything to go by.A competent NDDC source disclosed early this week that Braimbraifa, a lover of sports has identified the need to use sports to woo Niger Delta youths and harness their sports potentials.According to sources within the commission, the NDDC boss is coming up with a blueprint for sports with special focus on putting in place state of the art sports facilities in most Niger Delta communities. Nelson Braimbraifalast_img read more