Anti-OUSU sentiment has excited calls for JCR disaffiliation, culminating in a botched St Peter’s referendum on the issue which could have seen a rejection of OUSU membership. St. Peter’s student Matt Richardson, a staunch supporter of a college breakaway from OUSU, maintains that the referendum was “a farce from the beginning”. An appeal was lodged against his system of proxy voting – previously validated by the JCR Executive – by the Returning Officer five minutes before the referendum was due to close, nullifying the vote. The ballot box remains with Master John Barron, uncounted. During the course of this dispute, the Master, who had been brought in as an arbitrator, declared that the JCR Constitution had in fact never been ratified, rendering the referendum void and the JCR without constitution.The JCR President, Rosalind Morgan, stated that, “A written complaint was brought by a member of the JCR and it was unanimously upheld.” Greg Stafford, a fellow anti-OUSU campaigner of Richardson’s, was “disappointed” at the JCR Executive’s behaviour, claiming that the vote would have been largely in their favour.Richardson and Stafford had sought to block the annual statutory reaffiliation motion – arguing that OUSU “is not representative of the needs and views of St Peter’s”. The referendum has been rescheduled for this term. Stafford is convinced that they can “win again”.Oriel is the only college JCR to have successfully disaffiliated from OUSU, back in 2001. There was “overcharging” said Marcus Little Johns, former JCR President. There have also been rumblings of dissension amongst Merton and Magdalen. Worcester threatened to quit OUSU in June of last year following proposals to increase subscriptions. The student union later backed down to explore other means of making savings.Archive: 0th week HT 2004
The 11 hospitals that have been named as Genomic Medicine Centres have been designated as such following evaluation by NHS England. The evaluation found that these hospitals have a track record of providing excellence in genomic services, and meet the requirements needed to deliver the project.Around 75,000 people will be involved, including some patients with life threatening and debilitating disease. Recruitment to the project will begin from February 2nd 2015, when doctors will offer suitable patients the opportunity to take part in the scheme.Patients that volunteer for involvement in the 100,000 Genomes Project will have to agree to allow drugs companies and researchers access to their genetic code and medical records, after any identifying elements have been removed.After samples are collected, they will be securely sent to Illumina, an American biotechnology company, who have been procured by Genomics England to sequence the whole genome and to analyse it. Results will be sent back to the NHS for validation and clinical action.The 11 Genomic Medicine Centres (GMCs) are based across the country, covering Cambridge, London, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Exeter and the South West Peninsula, Southampton and Birmingham, in addition to Oxford. Throughout the project, NHS England’s ambition is to secure over 100 participating NHS trusts. Consequently, a second wave of GMCs will be obtained to ensure a more comprehensive coverage across the NHS in England.Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are not taking part in the Project. Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust has been designated as one of 11 Genomic Medicine Centres across the country, NHS England announced earlier today.A government scheme implemented by the NHS is setting up Genomics Medicine Centres in 11 English hospitals. The aim of these Centres is to collect DNA samples to be used to help devise more tailored treatments for a wide range of diseases, focusing primarily on cancer and rare genetic diseases.Overall, the target of the initiative is to collect and decode 100,000 human genomes (complete sets of people’s genes) in three years, allowing doctors a greater understanding of specific conditions. The aim is for this to lead to greater specificity in diagnosis and treatment.The project has the potential to transform the future of healthcare, by improving how diseases are predicted and prevented, enabling new and more precise diagnostic tests, and allowing personalisation of drugs and other treatments to specific genetic variants within the population.Anna Schuh, Oxford University Hospital (OUH) Consultant Haematologist and Director for Molecular Diagnostics in the University’s Department of Oncology and Head of the Oxford Molecular Diagnostics Centre, told Cherwell, “We have a long history of genome sequencing in Oxford. This presents us with a great opportunity to be part of a wider programme through Genomics England which is unique in terms of its scale and ambition. We are pleased to receive this designation so that we can continue to contribute to improving clinical outcomes for patients with cancer and rare diseases by innovating diagnostics for precision medicine. This programme will transform NHS diagnostic services and will help train a new generation of diagnosticians and researchers.”Life Sciences Minister George Freeman added, “Our understanding of genomics is transforming the landscape for disease diagnosis and medicines research. We want to make the UK the best place in the world to design and discover 21st century medicines which is why we have invested in the 100,000 Genomes Project. We also want to ensure NHS patients benefit, which is why we have now selected NHS hospitals to help us sequence genomes on an unprecedented scale and bring better treatments to people with cancers and rare diseases for generations to come”.
“I wanted to explore issues beyond the boundaries of health and health care,” says Elorm Avakame, M.P.P./M.D. ’18.Avakame chose to pursue a concurrent M.P.P./M.D. degree at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and Harvard Medical School because “in Medical School, we are all training to be doctors, but here at the Kennedy School, people are training for so many different walks of life,” he said. “From anti-poverty policy to transportation and criminal justice, the Kennedy School has been a fertile environment for this exploration.“At HKS, I’ve had the opportunity to take courses in areas I’ve never studied before, such as safety net policy and behavioral economics.”During his time at HKS, Avakame was a Sheila C. Johnson Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership. “This fellowship has been what I had hoped it would be: a group of like-minded peers working on the issues I’m passionate about. It’s been really great to be around a group of smart, passionate African-American students who share not only my identity but also my aspirations and sense of obligation to our community.”It’s an obligation Avakame doesn’t take lightly.“My story is the story of what it means to have a community to lean on,” he says. “My parents were immigrants from rural Ghana, and now my dad is a tenured professor at Rutgers and my mom is a certified public accountant.”The family’s journey began when Avakame’s father, a subsistence farmer in his home country, went off to university with just two pairs of pants and one bar of soap. He later earned a scholarship to study in Canada for his Ph.D. but didn’t have the funds for the plane ride from West Africa. His family and community pooled their money so he could pursue his dream. “I don’t think about my work as creating solutions to other people’s problems. Instead, I think of empowering people to solve their own problems.” — Elorm Avakame, M.P.P./M.D. ’18 “My parents taught me and my brother that we are who we are not just because of our own efforts but because of the people who invested in us,” he says. “And the only way to pay these people back is to pay it forward. We owe it to them to invest in others.”Avakame wants to invest in underserved communities, particularly in black children.“I know that black children have worse outcomes across so many measures of health,” he says. “Beyond that, as a black person in America, I understand that the opportunities I have were won for me by the black people who came before me. Black people were once murdered for assembling to learn to read; they have died fighting for the right to earn an education and to vote. I am obligated to continue fighting for a better life for my people.”Racism is a fundamental public problem that, he says, should be more central to the curriculum at Harvard Kennedy School. While he is grateful to his black professors whose courses addressed racism as a deep-seated challenge affecting people’s health, well-being, and prosperity, he says the School must add to their ranks. Similarly, he is thankful for his fellow black students but says, “There aren’t enough of us to bear the burden of everything from the Journal of African American Public Policy to the Black Policy Conference. If the Kennedy School wants these things to continue, we need more African-American students to come.”As he prepares to move to Washington, D.C., to begin a residency program in pediatrics at Children’s National Medical Center, Avakame says, “I don’t think about my work as creating solutions to other people’s problems. Instead, I think of empowering people to solve their own problems. It’s very easy to go into communities and impose what we think is the right answer. Over and over again at the Kennedy School, I’ve been reminded that public leadership is public service, and that this notion of service means assuming a position of humility relative to the people you’re trying to serve.“It’s clear to me that what makes people sick and unhealthy are things that happen far before they get to a doctor’s office,” he says.With his degrees from Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Medical School, Avakame is poised to influence the upstream factors that cause ill health among at-risk populations.This article was originally published on Harvard Kennedy School’s Student Life web page in May. It has been lightly edited.
Photo:UGA Food Science A technician cooks another batch of peanut chips at the UGA Food Processing Research and Development Laboratory. Photo: UGA Food Science Fresh from the oven, these peanut chips add value to a common Georgia by-product. Georgia produces almost half of the peanuts grown in the UnitedStates. The nuts are primarily used to produce peanut butter androasted nuts. But they’re also crushed to make oil.Manufacturers in the state use a cold pressing process, with lowtemperatures and hydraulic pressure, to crush and extract theoil from the peanut. The by-product from this process is a largevolume of high-protein, low-fat pellets currently used as animalfeed.In hopes of increasing the value of the cold-pressed peanut pellets,Huang developed the peanut chip.The peanut pellets are ground into a powder, then combined witheither soybean or wheat flour to soften the texture of the finishedchips. The mixture is made into a dough, which is cut into squaresand placed on sheets and baked.The process sounds basic, but finding the magic formula that willcapture consumer taste buds is a little harder. “We’ve donea plain, basic kind. We’ve sprinkled sugar on them and made otherversions,” he said.So far, he said, the Cajun-flavored chip has the most potential.Huang said the new chip could easily become part of the snackindustry. The chip doesn’t disrupt the market for current peanutproducts, and there is no need for different machinery to makeit.But it may be a while before peanut chips make their way to yournext party platter. To mass produce such a product, other technologiesmust be involved. And other aspects, such as food safety, shelflife and packaging, have to be considered. A University of Georgia researcher has found a way to combinetwo of the most recognizable figures of the snack world into onetasty treat. And chances are, you can’t eat just one.Yao-wen Huang, a food scientist with the UGA College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences, has developed the “peanut chip.” “We’re just adding value to a product that was not beingused like this at the time,” Huang said. The next step will be testing the chip with consumer taste panelsand see if it can become a viable product, Huang said. “We’re not just making chips,” he said. “We’redeveloping healthy chips which incorporate the soybean into peanutchips.”Soybeans have recently been recognized as a health food. However,American consumers aren’t used to the soybean flavor. Using peanutchips as a vehicle to bring the health benefit of soybeans intoAmerican diets will be an innovative approach, Huang said. So far, the peanut chip prototype was tested at the Georgia Capitolduring the Peanut Butter and Jelly Day Fair last year. Responsesfrom lawmakers and interested public were positive, Huang said.”But the final judgment with any product depends on the consumer,”he said. As the name implies, the chip is a baked product made from peanutsinstead of the more commonly used potato or corn, Huang says.”It has the peanut flavor and is like the corn chip form,”Huang said. The chip was developed at the UGA Food ProcessingResearch and Development Laboratory in Athens, Ga.By-product into New Product
Laurel, In. — The Laurel police Department canine officer made a drug arrest on his first shift Monday.The police report says canine Blade gave a positive indication to narcotics during a traffic stop around 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of Kokomo Hill Road and Clay Street. A search uncovered methamphetamine, scales and paraphernalia.Charles Courtney, of Laurel, and Tiffany Johnson, of Connersville, were bot taken to the Franklin County Security Center.Blade and his handler completed their certification on August 25, 2017.
The EC Volleyball team had our awards banquet last night. The awards were presented after dinner and followed by a video of the season. During the awards ceremony, we also presented a check for almost $1400 that was raised during our Pass the Hope night against Lawrenceburg. The check was given to someone in our community battling breast cancer who wishes to remain anonymous.It was an incredible season. Varsity finished 31-3 (school best record) and 13-1 in the EIAC (1st place). We won the Southport, Ben Davis (first time), and Union County tournaments. We had our best showing at Bloomington South’s tournament, and beat Columbus East for the first time in school history. This year’s senior class is the winningest class in school history with a 4 year varsity record of 105-31 overall and 53-3 in the EIAC. It was one of the best seasons I’ve had as a coach and one I will never forget. Pictures are attached for those that want them.The award winners are as follows:VarsityServing- Junior Alex DisbroMost Improved- Sophomore Emma ErtelDefensive MVP- Junior Molly GreggOffensive MVP- Senior Mack EwingTrojan Award- Senior Bailey Grunkemeyer & Junior Molly GreggEIAC All Conference MVP- Senior Mack EwingEIAC All Conference Team- Seniors Mack Ewing & Ashley Dudley and Juniors Molly Gregg & Alex DisbroSEI Local Sports EIAC Girls Senior Athlete of the Year- Mack EwingIHSVCA Academic All-State- Seniors Bailey Grunkemeyer, Ashley Dudley and Grace EgbersIHSVCA 4A South All-District Team- Senior Mack EwingSchool Records Set This YearSenior Bailey Grunkemeyer- #2 for number of aces in a single season with 69Senior Ashley Dudley- #8 for number of digs in a single season with 393Junior Alicia Rosemeyer- #7 for number of assist blocks in a single season with 75 & #4 & #5 for number of solo blocks in a single match with 4 against Batesville and 3 against GreensburgJunior Alex Disbro- #3 for number of aces in a single season with 68 & #8 for number of digs in a single match with 33 against Columbus East in sectionalsJunior Molly Gregg- #1 for number of assists in a single match with 35 against Franklin County; #1 for number of career service aces with 201; #1 for number of aces in a single season with 76; #2 for number of career assists with 1619 (only 182 being the leader); #2 for number of career digs with 867 (only 314 behind the leader)Mack Ewing- #1 for number of kills in a single season with 550; #1 for number of kills in a single match with 31 against Columbus East in sectionals; #1 for number of career kills with 1151; #1 for highest kill percentage in a single season at 50.7%; #1 for highest career average kills/set at 3.0; #1 for highest average kills/set in a single season at 5.0; #1 for highest hitting & kill percentage in a single match at .889 & 88.95 against South Dearborn; #2 for hitting percentage in a single season at .351; #2 for career kill percentage at 46.1%; #2 for kills in a single match with 30 against Columubus North in sectionals; #8 for number of career blocks with 183; and #10 for number of career solo blocks with 67.JVServing- Freshman Hope FoxMost Improved- Freshman Avery DanielsMVP- Sophomore Jessie StengerFreshmanServing- Mia KlemMost Improved- Michelle BattaMVP- Avery DanielsCourtesy of Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.
The voting members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America will be filing their end-of-season awards ballots over the next week. It’s the final round of voting this decade.Looking back on all the major award winners since 2010, a broad trend stands out: this was a strong decade for Rookies of the Year. The 2012 season gave us Bryce Harper and Mike Trout. Other winners include Buster Posey (2010), Craig Kimbrel (2011), Jose Fernandez (2013), Jacob deGrom and Jose Abreu (2014), Corey Seager (2016), Cody Bellinger and Aaron Judge (2017). We might need a bigger window to assess the talents of Ronald Acuña Jr. and Shohei Ohtani (2018), but their promise remains robust.Even the weakest rookies among this decade’s winners were hardly one-hit wonders. Neftali Feliz (2010) enjoyed a five-year run as one of baseball’s best closers. Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer (2016) missed the entire 2019 season recovering from Tommy John surgery but at 26, he is young enough to hope the majority of his career lies ahead. Wil Myers (2013) was ultimately miscast as a National League utility player but is a valuable hitter when healthy.This trend line has been expressed differently before. Ask any manager, and he will rattle off a list of reasons why the game is getting younger. Player development techniques are better refined. The skills that pay the bills – power at the plate, speed on the mound – are being expressed at younger ages. Yordan Alvarez will soon become the 30th player since 2010 to amass at least 4 WAR in his rookie season. How does that number compare to past decades? How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire It’s no wonder the Rookie of the Year award winners this decade have been so good. Voters have had an unusually great selection of candidates.This trend bodes well for Alvarez, a left fielder, and Mets first baseman Pete Alonso, my picks to win the 2019 Rookie of the Year award in each league. Each seems more likely to be a perennial All-Star than the next Bob Hamelin. Since I am not permitted to disclose the order on my one actual ballot (NL Most Valuable Player), I will withhold from offering a prediction in that category.Here are my selections for the other major awards:AL MVPThe debate between Trout and Astros third baseman Alex Bregman, while healthy, is a fairly short one.With 104 RBIs, Trout’s bat had accounted for 14.4 percent of the Angels’ runs through Tuesday. Bregman plays for a much more talented team in Houston. Had he not driven in 12.2 percent of the Astros’ runs, another talented teammate might have filled in capably. Trout was the more valuable player to his team at the plate by the oldest of old-school stats. He also played a premium defensive position (center field) capably.I personally loathe the idea of punishing an individual for his teammates’ attributes, positive or negative. If you believe the best player in his league is the most valuable, Trout leads Bregman in every public version of WAR, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and good old home runs – despite playing 16 fewer games (and counting). Trout is the MVP, regardless of which stats or interpretation of “value” one prefers.AL CY YOUNGThe tete a tete between Astros teammates Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander has been a marvel. Their dual dominance echoes Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling, who combined to go 47-12 for the 2002 Diamondbacks and finished 1-2 in Cy Young voting. Johnson led the National League in ERA that year and was the unanimous winner. The vote between Cole and Verlander will be closer.Cole has the higher strikeout total. Verlander has thrown more innings with a lower WHIP. Their ERAs are separated by one-hundredth of a run, with one start remaining for each pitcher. Advanced pitching metrics are split, but generally agree that this is a close race. There is no bad choice here. I’m partial to Verlander, who has been slightly more durable, slightly more consistent, and no-hit the Toronto Blue Jays on Sept. 1.AL ROOKIEThe only flaw in Alvarez’s credentials? The Astros waited until June 9 to promote him to the major leagues, costing him more than two months in what has become an epic season.Measured by Weighted Runs Created plus (WRC+), which adjusts a hitter’s production to his park and era, Alvarez’s season is the best ever by a rookie in either league. At 22 years old, his walk rate is higher than that of Trout at the same age. Alvarez is an easy selection.AL MANAGERThe Yankees won 100 games despite sending 30 players to the injured list, a major league record. I am not convinced this alone should elevate Manager Aaron Boone to the forefront of this race – he did not personally draft, sign, or trade for the Yankees’ fill-in players – but history says it’s a good starting point.First-year manager Rocco Baldelli deserves credit for guiding the Twins to a division title after an underachieving 2018 season. Kevin Cash managed the Rays into wild-card contention with an unconventional approach to pitching and defense. A.J. Hinch might be the best manager in either league, though he receives relatively little credit for the Astros’ annual dominance. All are deserving of the award; Boone will certainly win.NL CY YOUNGThe case of Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu rests on his 2.45 earned-run average, which still led all of baseball through Tuesday despite gaining nearly a full run since Aug. 1. Advanced metrics like WAR and Deserved Run Average cannot fully extricate Ryu’s means of dominance – confusing hitters with pitch sequencing and location to induce weak contact – from his luck. Over a full season, that seems unfair; Ryu makes his 29th start on Saturday in San Francisco.Unless Ryu no-hits the Giants, the favorite is Jacob deGrom, the defending Cy Young winner and the preferred candidate of WAR. Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg leads the NL in wins and DRA. Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer is the league’s most dominant pitcher by strikeout rate. Those four – Ryu, deGrom, Strasburg and Scherzer – each have a valid case.Ryu’s minuscule 1.95 ERA at Dodger Stadium suggests his method works better in his pitcher-friendly home park. I’m slightly more sympathetic to deGrom or Strasburg, whose home/road splits are negligible. The final start by each pitcher might resolve this coin toss.NL ROOKIEWhen Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. suffered a serious back injury in August, we were denied a potential photo finish with Alonso. Tatis was hitting for power and average, and making elite plays at shortstop daily, when his season ended prematurely.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies 2000s: 231990s: 201980s: 221970s: 341960s: 26 Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Alonso is plenty deserving. He is the first National League rookie to hit 50 home runs in a single season, the most by any player in Mets history. Milwaukee second baseman Keston Hiura, Pittsburgh outfielder Bryan Reynolds, Dodgers outfielder Alex Verdugo and Nationals outfielder Victor Robles deserve down-ballot support, but Alonso’s win might be unanimous.NL MANAGERThe Brewers provided manager Craig Counsell with the narrative he needs to win: They overcame unreliable starting pitching and an injury to MVP candidate Christian Yelich to contend for a wild-card berth and a division title. Milwaukee had scored as many runs as it allowed (743) through Tuesday, yet was 17 games over .500.Don’t ignore Dave Roberts, particularly if the Dodgers are able to match or exceed the franchise record for wins (105) this week. Atlanta’s Brian Snitker, St. Louis’ Mike Shildt and Washington’s Dave Martinez could also siphon meaningful votes, but I imagine this award is Counsell’s to lose. Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error