Students get colorful in local 5K

first_imgOn Saturday morning, many Notre Dame students participated in the self-proclaimed “happiest 5K on the planet” when the Color Run came to South Bend.  Senior Kelly Cronin said different colors of powder were thrown at runners at on every kilometer of the 5K route.  “That was a nice punctuation [because] it made it feel like I was going through it a lot faster than if it had just been every mile, or every now and then,” she said. “It was nice to keep track of where I was based on how many colors I had thrown at me.”  Because of the high humidity on Saturday morning, Cronin said the color stayed on the runners.   “I was told that the dye would come out of my clothes, and I’m sure with another shower or two, the dye will come out of my skin,” she said”  Cronin said she enjoyed the casual, non-competitive environment of the Color Rut.  “People were just there to have fun, so I felt like it was okay for me to not be a very serious runner,” she said. “It was a cool atmosphere – I’m not a very competitive person, so just having a loving, joyful running atmosphere was great.”  The lack of tracking devices for runners to time themselves added to the informal race set-up, she said.  “They didn’t even have a screen telling you how long it took you to run,” Cronin said. “The idea of not having a timing device at the beginning and the end made it a lot more casual … then you could just focus on having fun and getting as much color thrown at you as possible.” The run started at the Silver Hawks’ stadium, Cronin said, and went through downtown South Bend and several residential areas before returning to the stadium.  “The track took us through downtown, and that’s an area you don’t normally get to explore that often,” she said. “It was nice to run through it and see different areas. “This is Indiana, so there aren’t exactly large hills to climb up. There were some moments where there was an incline, but it was nothing that was very worrisome.” Freshman Kate Walsh said because the powder was difficult to run through, many people walked or jogged through the areas it was thrown.  “You couldn’t really see, and you would breathe in the powder,” she said. “Most people, through the zones where it was thrown, would just really slowly run and get covered in color.” Walsh said she heard about the Color Run through Runner’s World magazine’s website.  “I was looking up races in South Bend over the summer, when I was feeling motivated,” she said. “I figured if I signed up for races, then I would have to run them.” The entire run had a “party atmosphere,” Walsh said, in keeping with its goal as the “happiest 5K on the planet.”  According to the Color Run’s website, the unique paint race celebrates “healthiness, happiness and individuality” and  has grown from more than 50 events and 600,000 participants in 2001, to more than 100 events and a million participants in 2013. Contact Catherine Owers at cowers@nd.edulast_img read more

Galloway to keynote ‘Vermont Communities in a Digital Age’ February 16

first_imgAnne Galloway, award-winning journalist and founder/editor of VTDigger.org, will be the keynote speaker at Vermont Communities in a Digital Age. This all-day workshop, presented by the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project, takes place February 16 at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center. Galloway will discuss the importance of online journalism for reporting community news in Vermont.e-Vermont is working across the state to help communities solve local issues with 21st century tools. This workshop will highlight some of the projects taking place and bring leaders and learners together to share what they have discovered so far. Topics include mobilizing community resources during emergencies, a hands-on lab about digital tools for business, a showcase of how technology is expanding the classroom for 4-6th graders, and a preview of how town meetings can reach a wider audience.Registration is only $20 and includes course offerings, refreshments and lunch. For a complete schedule and to pre-register online visit the e-Vermont website at www.e4vt.org(link is external), call 802-859-3090, or e-mail joanna@snellingcenter.org(link sends e-mail). Follow e-Vermont on Facebook (e-Vermont) and Twitter (@eVermont). Galloway is the current executive director of Vermont Journalism Trust. She has worked as a reporter and editor in Vermont for 17 years. She served as the editor of the Sunday Rutland Herald and Times Argus and is a former a staff writer for the Hardwick Gazette and the Barton Chronicle. For many years, Anne was a contributing writer for Seven Days Newspaper. Her reporting has appeared in The New York Times, the New York Daily News, Vermont Life and City Pages (Minneapolis).e-Vermont partner The Snelling Center for Government is the lead organizer for Vermont Communities in a Digital Age.The e-Vermont Community Broadband Project is led by the Vermont Council on Rural Development, and is made up of the Vermont State Colleges, the Vermont Department of Libraries, the Vermont Department of Public Service, Vermont Small Business Development Center, the Snelling Center for Government, Front Porch Forum, Digital Wish, Evslin Family Foundation and Vermont Community Foundation.e-Vermont is funded through a federal program for Sustainable Broadband Adoption and the matching support of local funders.last_img read more

SDVoE to Debut Live ProAV Edutainment Program

first_imgThe SDVoE Alliance today announced the Dec. 1 debut of “SDVoE LIVE! Tuesday Talk with AV Pros”, a new edutainment program featuring ProAV news commentary, training on a variety of important ProAV concepts, illuminating case studies, panel discussions and more.The 30-minute shows are scheduled for every other Tuesday and will be hosted by SDVoE Alliance President Justin Kennington from Cape Cod, Massachusetts and SDVoE Alliance Head of Education Matt Dodd from Tiverton, U.K. Special guests will take part in many episodes.“You’ll have a know-it-all Brit and an opinionated Texan facing off on controversial topics in ProAV,” said Dodd. “There are bound to be sparks and that will be part of the fun.”“Yes, we’ll have fun, but we will also provide the high-quality education that system designers, integrators and tech managers have come to expect from the SDVoE Academy,” said Kennington. “No one else in ProAV is doing this and it’s about time. Different to other prominent Americans, I am leveraging my presidency into reality TV stardom.”Upcoming SDVoE LIVE! showsThe first six episodes have already been scheduled on Tuesdays at 1 PM ET (New York). More will be added soon. Additional information is available at sdvoe.org/live/.Dec. 1 — “A New Architecture for Network Convergence”Dec. 15 — “What is a Network, Anyway?”Dec. 29 — “Leveraging Fiber Optics for Video Distribution” with guest Gary Vlaeminck, Cleerline Technology GroupJan. 12 — “HDR Explained” with guest Stéphane Tremblay, SemtechJan. 26 — “The 8K Revolution in Pro AV” with guest Chris Chinook, 8K AssociationFeb. 9 — “Why Samsung Doesn’t Use AMX” with guest Charlie Sullivan, ZeeVeelast_img read more

Lawyer-mom creates a new networking group

first_img November 1, 2006 Regular News Lawyer-mom creates a new networking group St. Petersburg attorney Becky Hamilton recently learned firsthand how isolating an experience becoming a mother in her professional world could be. Her priorities shifted with the birth of her son, and she wanted to continue working, but she wasn’t happy leaving her baby with someone else.Searching for options, Hamilton said she found only frustration.“Having a support system in place would have been great,” said Hamilton, who has since decided to form an alliance of mothers who can reach out to one another“Just as watching other lawyers helps us strategize our own cases, knowing how other lawyers have maneuvered motherhood while working can be powerful a tool for those of us raising children,” she said.Unfortunately, no leather-bound archives detailing the intricacies of working while raising a child line the shelves of the conference room. As a consequence, lawyer-moms need to rely on one another for both insight and support, Hamilton said.Hamilton stresses that mothers at all stages of life will enhance the alliance.“All mothers, whether they work full-time or choose not to work at all would be an integral part of the network,” she said. “And mothers who have full-grown children are very important. Seeing what other lawyer moms are doing can really open doors and benefit families.“I want to see a network of lawyer-moms who mentor and support one another. If referrals result, even better”For more information about networking lawyer-moms (NLM) contact Hamilton by e-mail at becky@hamiltonlawservices.com or by telephone at 727-420-8630.center_img Lawyer-mom creates a new networking grouplast_img read more

Alkohol ist sozialer Schmierstoff für Männer (Alcohol is a social lubricant for men)

first_imgDer Spiegel:Der Mensch ist ein soziales Wesen. Er trifft sich gern mit Freunden, freut sich mit anderen und leidet mit ihnen. Mitunter lockert ein Bier oder auch ein Glas Wein die Zunge und bringt Menschen schneller einander näher. Psychologen der University of Pittsburgh haben die Wirkung von Drinks auf die soziale Interaktion nun in einer Studie mit 720 Probanden untersucht. Ihre Beobachtungen klingen zunächst wenig überraschend: Wer Alkohol trinkt, auf den wirkt das Lächeln anderer Menschen ansteckender.Allerdings gab es diesen Effekt kurioserweise nur in Männergruppen, berichten Catharine Fairbairn und ihre Kollegen im Fachblatt “Clinical Psychological Science”. Sobald eine Frau mit am Tisch saß, verstärkte Alkohol die ansteckende Wirkung eines Lächelns kaum.Read the whole story: Der Spiegel More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Cholera update, Rift Valley fever, obesity and dengue, flu on Manitoba reserve, 16th-century flu

first_imgDec 3, 2010Mobs kill ‘witches’ as Haiti’s cholera cases mountHaiti’s cholera case count has risen to 84,391, which includes 39,010 hospitalizations and 1,882 deaths, according to the latest report from the country’s health ministry. In other developments, mobs of people in some towns in Haiti’s Grand Anse department, which so far has seen lower cholera levels than other parts of the country, have killed some people they accuse of spreading cholera in the area through witchcraft, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. Kesner Numa, a prosecutor in the area, told AFP that the first such killing occurred last week and that similar attacks have been occurring daily. About half of Haiti’s population practices a voodoo type religion. Elsewhere, public health officials in the Dominican Republic, Haiti’s neighbor, have received reports of three more cholera cases, raising the total so far to 12, Diario Libre, a newspaper based in Santo Domingo, reported yesterday.Nov 30 Haiti health ministry updateDec 3 AFP storyDec 2 Diario Libre storyRift Valley fever outbreak reported in MauritaniaAn outbreak of a disease believed to Rift Valley fever has killed 17 people in the West African country of Mauritania, according to an AFP report translated and posted by ProMED-mail, the disease reporting service of the International Society for Infectious Diseases. The disease, which has killed cattle as well as people, erupted in the town of Aoujeft, the report said. The country’s minister of health and interior has warned people in the Adrar region, which includes Aoujeft, not to consume meat or milk until the results of lab tests on infected animals are confirmed. Rift Valley fever, a viral disease for which there is no vaccine or specific treatment, previously struck in Mauritania in 2003, according to the ProMED editors. The disease is usually relatively mild in humans, but in a few cases it becomes severe. Humans usually contract the disease through contact with the blood, organs, and possibly the milk of infected animals or from mosquitoes.Dec 2 ProMED-mail noticeExpert predicts obesity epidemic will magnify dengue threatA tropical disease expert predicted today that treating dengue fever will become more difficult in the future as more people become overweight and obese, according to a Reuters report. The story said dengue patients suffer from blood leakage from capillaries, leading to breathing problems and complications in major organs such as the brain and liver. Jeremy Farrar, a professor of tropical medicine and director of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Vietnam, said obesity itself makes capillary leakage more likely, and dengue infection makes the condition worse. Farrar made the comments in an interview after speaking at a conference in Singapore. The story noted that the World Health Organization estimates there are 50 million cases of dengue each year, including 500,000 severe cases.Severe flu cases reported on Manitoba native reservePublic health officials in Manitoba are monitoring developments surrounding three severe flu cases, two of them fatal, that occurred recently on a native reserve in the northern part of the province, the Toronto-based Globe and Mail reported yesterday. David Harper, grand chief of the Keewatinowi Okimakanak, Manitoba’s northernmost First Nations group, told the Globe that the two who died were in their 30s and 40s and were healthy before they got sick with influenza. He said one more person is hospitalized and that other related illnesses are suspected. Dr Joel Kettner, Manitoba’s chief public health officer, said rapid tests on one of the fatal cases revealed an influenza A virus, and more tests are underway on other cases, the Globe reported. He added that certain factors put some First Nations members at risk for flu complications, including poor sanitation and underlying medical conditions.Dec 2 Globe and Mail storyInfluenza began to be recognized in 16th centuryContemporary accounts from the 16th century, which saw influenza pandemics in 1510, 1557, and 1580, suggest it was in that era that influenza began to be recognized as a distinct illness that caused recurrent epidemics, according to an article in the Dec 4 Lancet by three researchers from the National Institutes of Health. The article by David M. Morens, Michael North, and Jeffrey Taubenberger focuses mainly on accounts by seven European authors who wrote about the 1510 pandemic. One of them spoke of “an illness that lasts three days with a great fever, and headache and then they rise . . . but there remains a terrible cough that remains maybe eight days.” The NIH authors observe that the invention of the printing press in the 15th century served as an important catalyst for understanding of influenza. “We suggest that well before the end of the 16th century influenza was beginning to be conceptualised as a specific, clinically recognisable disease that appeared frequently in both epidemic and endemic form,” they write. “Indeed, it is striking how 16th-century chroniclers of this disease recorded how it caused moderate mortality in the very young, the elderly, in pregnant women, and in the infirm, which are the basic features by which we know influenza today.”Dec 4 Lancet articlelast_img read more

CDC sees little progress in HPV vaccine uptake

first_imgThe number of teens ages 13 to 17 receiving the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine remains disappointingly low, despite high coverage for two other vaccines regularly recommended for adolescents, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.An in-depth analysis of HPV vaccination patterns in recent years, however, revealed promising strategies for boosting levels, such as health providers routinely giving it alongside two other vaccines. That study and one on uptake of HPV and two other adolescent vaccines appeared today in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).At a media briefing today, Anne Schuchat, MD, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said a telephone survey showing only a tiny rise in HPV vaccination level doesn’t make for eye-grabbing headlines. “We don’t have big news, but no news is bad news for cancer prevention,” she said.The other study looked at HPV vaccine uptake for 2013, alongside two other recommended vaccines for adolescents: the tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) and the meningococcal conjugate (MenACWY). Both studies were based on National Immunization Survey-Teen (NIS-Teen) data.HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection, and most people who have it don’t know they are infected. The virus has been linked to several cancers, including cervical. For the best protection against future disease, the CDC recommends that girls and boys be vaccinated starting at age 11 or 12, so they can develop immunity before they are sexually active.Phone survey shows only slight riseThe phone survey, which used random-digit sampling, has been collecting information on adolescent vaccination since 2006. It started including cell phone numbers in 2011. For 2013, the survey included data for 18,000 adolescents.Researchers found a large gap between HPV uptake, which lags far behind that for Tdap and the meningococcal vaccine, and the CDC called the latest HPV findings “unacceptably low.”The investigators estimated that for 2013, 57% of girls and 35% of boys had received one of three doses of HPV vaccine. For comparison, the second MMWR study showed that nearly 86% received one Tdap dose.From 2012 to 2013, coverage increased for all three of the vaccines. Receipt of one or more HPV dose rose by 3.5 percentage points, to 57.3%, for girls and rose by 13.8 percentage points, to 34.6%, for boys.Over the same period, coverage rose to 86% for the Tdap vaccine (from 84.6%) and to 77.8% for the meningococcal vaccine (from 74%). The national target for the vaccines is 80%.Missed opportunitiesSchuchat said the coverage gaps reveal missed opportunities to vaccinate boys and girls with HPV vaccine at the same time routine Tdap and meningococcal vaccines are given.”The high coverage rate of Tdap vaccine shows us that it is certainly possible to reach our goal of vaccinating 80% of adolescents against cancers caused by HPV,” she said.The CDC estimates that if missed opportunities to vaccinate girls before their 13th birthday were eliminated, 91% of them would have some protection from HPV-related cancers.”Pediatricians and family physicians are uniquely situated to prevent missed opportunities by giving HPV vaccine during the same visit they give Tdap and meningococcal vaccines,” Schuchat said.Study findings also showed that a doctor’s recommendation influenced whether parents had their daughters or sons vaccinated against HPV. For parents of girls who were vaccinated, 74% had received a physician’s recommendation, compared with 52% who did not seek immunization. For boys, the doctor’s recommendation had an even stronger impact, with 72% of those vaccinated having received a recommendation, compared with 26% among those who were not immunized.Schuchat said survey data show that five states have had impressive rises in HPV coverage: Illinois, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and South Carolina. Though states varied in their strategies for boosting HPV vaccination levels, lessons can be learned from their successes, Schuchat said.For example, some worked closely with their state American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) or American Academy of Family Practice (AAFP) chapters, while others provided ongoing coverage feedback to physicians or used peer-to-peer office visits. She added that cancer organizations helped with HPV vaccination efforts in South Carolina.Good safety dataThe study that provided a more detailed look at HPV vaccine coverage from the phone survey also looked at safety data. Researchers reported that no serious safety concerns have been found in 8 years of postlicensure vaccine safety monitoring and after 67 million doses of vaccine administered.Today’s report said the most common symptoms following vaccination are injection-site pain, redness, and swelling. Other common ones include dizziness, fainting, nausea, and headache, according to the report.Parents are starting to think about steps they need to take to get kids ready to start a new school year, and making sure adolescents are up to date with the three vaccinations should be on their lists, Schuchat said.Stokley S, Jeyarajah J, Yankey D, et al. Human papillomavirus vaccination coverage among adolescents, 2007-2013, and postlicensure vaccine safety monitoring, 2006-2014 — United States. MMWR2014 Jul 25;63(29):620-4 [Full text]Elam-Evans L, Yankey D, Jeyarajah J, et al. National, regional, state, and selected local area vaccination coverage among adolescents aged 13-17 years — United States, 2013. MMWR 2014 Jul 25;63(29):625-33 [Full text]See also:Jul 24 CDC press releaselast_img read more

Smithfield’s Bloody Battle

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London house prices to reach nadir in 2009

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Ireland’s A-wear takes on UK high streets

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