Saint Mary’s completes greenhouse reconstruction

first_imgWith the addition of a new and improved greenhouse facility, complete with state-of-the-art environmental control systems, the Saint Mary’s Science Hall now provides further opportunities for students to research and learn, assistant professor of biology Cassie Majetic said.“[It] has a new airflow system, heating and cooling, a curtain system … vents that pop open and closed … and all of it’s automated,” Majetic said. “You can actually go into a computer program and set the parameters that you want, and the greenhouse will automatically do those things to control the environment within.”Christina Russo | The Observer To maintain climate stability, the greenhouse has to account for external changes in weather that could impact internal conditions, director of facilities Benjamin Bowman said.“There is a weather station mounted above the greenhouse to track outside conditions and control the way the greenhouse reacts based on the humidity and temperature outside,” Bowman said. “The greenhouse controls can notify via telephone message any conditions outside of the predetermined set points.”Majetic said she can manually adjust the settings and run the greenhouse directly from her office, using a computer program connected to the controls.In addition to the updated environmental system, the new greenhouse has larger facilities, including partitioned climate zones.“The new space has … rolling benches so that we can accommodate more plant material and now we have three separate zones in the greenhouse, so that you can carry out multiple experiments under different environmental conditions,” Majetic said.Additional plans for the space include adding grow lights at a later date, Bowman said.Majetic said updates to the facility, which was originally built in 1956, were highly necessary because the old air conditioner “had not worked since the ’90s.”With no temperature control, the biology department could not use the old greenhouse during the winter. Bowman said the Grounds Department utilized the old facility to prepare plant life to be placed around campus.Majetic said the old greenhouse had a highly inefficient layout and no drains in the floors, which made it very difficult for the senior biology majors to conduct their experiments. The entire previous structure had to be torn down to make way for the new one.“The biggest challenge [was] identifying and reacting to unforeseen conditions,” Bowman said. “We had to make changes to the sanitary sewer that left the new greenhouse because the existing sewer was not located where indicated on the existing drawings.”The Science Steering Committee began the conceptual design for the new greenhouse in December 2012 and completed construction documents in February 2014, Bowman said.In May 2014, a press release about the College’s “Faith Always, Action Now” fundraising campaign announced renovations to the Science Hall. Updating to a new greenhouse was the first of many projects to come for the Science Hall, with greenhouse construction beginning in May 2014 and ending by August.To document the construction process over the summer, the College set up live camera overlooking the site. Throughout its construction, students, staff and faculty could access the feed to monitor the progress of the new greenhouse, Bowman said.Faculty and student interest in the greenhouse is peaking as it grows closer to opening for use.“I’m hoping, now that I have more space, to actually use [the greenhouse] to conduct experiments with classes,” Majetic said.“I feel it will provide a better learning environment for our biology students,” Bowman said.Tags: Greenhouse, Saint Mary’s Science Halllast_img read more

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Live updates: Warriors vs. Jazz, Wednesday at 6 p.m.

first_imgJoin us for live news and analysis Wednesday at 6 p.m. as the Warriors hit the road to face the slumping Utah Jazz.The Warriors (21-10) have won six of their last seven games, including a convincing 110-93 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies at Oracle on Monday. Kevin Durant scored 23 points and Stephen Curry added 20 points while passing the 15,000-point plateau in his career.The last time the Warriors faced the Jazz was Oct. 19, their second game of the season, when former Utah …last_img read more

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The Science of Thanksgiving

first_imgShould science tread into areas of virtue?  Here’s how a science news entry begins: “Rather than rolling your eyes when it’s your turn to bow your head and give thanks, try being grateful. The result just might be good for you. From boosting your mood to improving your relationships, research shows that being thankful is good for your health.”Right off the bat, an unusual article on Live Science assumes most people will roll their eyes at a thanksgiving prayer (meaning, this is stupid).  That reveals a strong reporter bias.  But then, the editors at Live Science assume science can turn a virtue into a self-serving goal: improving one’s own health.  If you pretend to be thankful just to improve your own health, are you really being thankful?Live Science is only echoing what Steve Toepfer of Kent State University thinks about the pragmatic benefits of gratitude.  The self-serving end of his prescription is clear in the if-then statement: “If you are looking to increase your well-being through intentional activities, take 15 minutes three times over three weeks and write letters of gratitude to someone,” he said.  But even if this activity results in measurable improvements in health and happiness by a scientist, it still begs the question of whether it is really thankfulness.  And what if the opening paragraph really advised praying thankfully instead of rolling one’s eyes at the blessing before the feast?Suggested prayer for the secular self-serving follower of Toepfer: “Dear whatever is out there, I know you don’t exist, and this activity is dumb, but a scientist says it is good for my health, so I’m going to pretend to be thankful just to improve my well-being.  So thank me, thank me, thank me, I really appreciate me.”Suggested letter for the same: “Dear grandma, I really care about me, so I’m doing this exercise for my benefit.  Dr. Toepfer, a scientist at Kent State, said my gratitude letter can’t be trivial, so I’m trying real hard to be honest here, but honestly, I can’t think of anything I’m thankful for except myself.  Sorry to take up your time, but I’ll let you know if this 15-minute-a-week plan makes me feel better.”Being thankful means getting your mind off yourself.  Don’t let a scientist trick you with vain words.  True thankfulness can only come from a heart that acknowledges its Creator.  The reason God is angry is that his creatures do not acknowledge Him as God, and are not thankful (Romans 1:21).  So to even start being thankful, you have to acknowledge your Maker as God.  If you haven’t yet done that, Thanksgiving Day is a great time to enter the narrow gate.  Drop your selfish baggage, admit your sin, acknowledge your Creator, and accept the sacrifice of his Son on the cross for your guilt.  Once you appreciate the depth of love your God has displayed for you (Romans 5:1-11), it’s guaranteed to make you thankful (2 Cor 9:15).  Any joy you will feel in your own heart, and any improvements to your health and well-being, will be mere by-products of a far greater goal: blessing God and others by your real, true, thankfulness.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Obvious Things Scientists Are “Discovering”

first_imgDo we really need scientists to tell us the obvious?On the one hand, but on the other:  Medical Xpress wrote in a bold headline, “Some see work as a calling, others say it’s just a job.”  Maybe a team at University of Michigan was bored with nothing to do when they decided to research that.  Perhaps some on the team saw it as a calling.  Maybe to others on the team it was just a job.  Hypothesis proved!Good workers work better:  “Conscientious people more likely to provide good customer service.”  That’s the headline on Medical Xpress.  Psychologists figured this out.  The body of the article doesn’t add any surprises.Gamblers like money:  With all the authority of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Science Now tells us, “Gamblers More Attracted to Money Than Sex.”  Maybe that’s true if a scientist measures the amount of time spent on each.  In the study by Netherlands psychologists, participants were asked the technical question, “Do you gamble a lot?”  Unsurprisingly, the psychiatrist’s bible, the DSM-5, came into the story (see 5/10/13).Illegitimacy is illegitimate:  Stephanie Pappas was apparently rushing to press with a hot news scoop when she informed Live Science readers that “Bisexuality Seen by Some As Illegitimate, Study Finds.”  Actually, that article and another on Science Daily, “Who Counts as a Man, Who Counts as a Woman” were worded in ways that put traditional heterosexual monogamous couples on the defensive, as if some mental disorder prohibits them from understanding the normalcy of promiscuity and gender confusion.  Why else would they get uptight when a man enters a women’s bathroom?  Since conservatives (advocates of traditional values) obviously suffer from hoarding “stigmas,” maybe they need a little re-education.  Pappas said, “Even though science has made strides in finally accepting bisexuality, public opinion still hasn’t entirely caught up.”  This wording appropriates the authority of “science” to immorality, and visualizes the race to the bottom of the slippery slope as progress.  Another Live Science article presented “pansexuality” – sex with anybody, regardless of sex or gender identity – as a new category of “sexual orientation.”  Elizabeth Palermo wrote very matter-of-factly about this phenomenon.  A photo of happy-looking whatevers opens the article.  Mustn’t be judgmental; after all, this is live science.  Can necrophilia and bestiality be far behind?  Will Live “Science” draw the line at polygamy?  or at pedophilia?  On what evolutionary basis?Don’t wag your head too hard as you read these articles.  You might hit something. (Visited 31 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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SA pharma expands global presence

first_img24 July 2008Aspen Pharmacare, Africa’s largest pharmaceutical company, has acquired four pharmaceutical products from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for £170-million (approximately R2.7-billion), in a deal that substantially expands the company’s international business.The JSE-listed company has used its offshore subsidiary, Aspen Global, to acquire the intellectual property rights to the branded Eltroxin, Imuran, Lanoxin and Zyloric – which together presently generate sales of more than R1-billion annually – for all major markets worldwide with the exception of the USA and Zyloric in Japan.“This landmark transaction accelerates our strategy of global expansion, while simultaneously adding specialist and differentiated products to complement our existing vast product portfolio,” Aspen Group CEO Stephen Saad said in a statement this week.“We are confident that Aspen’s global distribution network will continue to supply these important products to patients across the world and we look forward to further expanding on the range of Aspen products marketed internationally through this network.”The transaction strengthens the company’s global ambitions, building on their recent investments in Latin America and East Africa, giving the company a foothold in major European and Japanese markets.“This is a really exciting deal for Aspen which fits perfectly with our international expansion plans and should provide manufacturing opportunities for the group in the future,” Saad said.“The transaction has been made possible by the mutually beneficial and valued relationship which the Aspen Group has enjoyed with GSK over a number of years.”Worldwide brand presenceThe four products enjoy strong brand presence across more than 100 countries.Eltroxin is indicated for the treatment of hypothyroidism; Imuran is an immunosuppressant indicated for the survival of organ transplants; Lanoxin is indicated for certain heart conditions including heart failure; and Zyloric is administered for the treatment of gout.GSK will continue to manufacture these complex products for Aspen under terms of an initial supply agreement, as the transaction also makes provision for a transitional distribution arrangement with GSK.Aspen currently markets a number of GSK prescription products into the South African market, while Aspen Australia also holds the licence to market and distribute a portfolio of GSK products into the Australian over-the-counter market.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Play Your Part TV series episode 14: get involved

first_imgEpisode 14 of the Play Your Part TV series features the Nosipho Community Foundation, the New Jerusalem Home for Children and the El Theos organisation. Tune in this evening, find out what they’re about and how you can play a part in their initiatives.The Nosipho Community Foundation, New Jerusalem Home for Children and the El Theos organisation, featured in episode 14 of the PYP TV Series, all welcome your involvement.There are numerous opportunities to get involved in improving the lives of those around you, be it through funding or offering your time and expertise helping organisations make a difference.On Episode 14 of the Play Your Part TV series, airing on Saturday 13 January 2018 at 6pm on SABC 2, we take a look at three organisations who have helped improve the lives of people living with difficult circumstances.Here’s more on two of the organisations featured, with ideas on how you can play your part:Nosipho Community FoundationEstablished in 2014 by Nosipho Ngcobo, the Nosipho Community Foundation serves as a sanctuary to homeless and destitute living in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.The foundation works with volunteers from across the country to help take care of the needs of vulnerable people in and around the city.Ngcobo and the rest of her team welcome anybody looking to make a difference and call on you to get involved.Those interested can have a look at the organisation’s website to get in touch or have a look at their Facebook page.New Jerusalem Home for ChildrenNot far from Tembisa, Gauteng, is the New Jerusalem Home for Children, a faith-based non-profit organisation that has been home to more than 1 000 children since September 2000.The home not only offers shelter and nourishment, it also aims to develop the children into well-rounded adults through education, social and emotional support.Find out more about the organisation on its website or via its Facebook page.Join usPlay Your Part is broadcast at 6pm on Saturdays on SABC2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA;Like us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.last_img read more

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Future of solar energy in agriculture is bright

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Three solar energy experts will discuss the use of this renewable energy application in the agriculture industry at the Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum, Thursday, Mar. 21, 2019 from 8 – 9:30 a.m. The event is hosted by the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation (AIF).Lee Andre of Harvest Energy Solutions, will be joined by colleague Ken Zabarah, territory manager for Ohio and Indiana, as well as Daryl Stockburger, assistant director of utilities, City of Bowling Green, as they explain the use of solar energy in the Midwest, grid management, review of northwest Ohio region solar usage, and what the future holds for the industry.Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst concluded that solar energy has tremendous benefits in agriculture. For example, on a dairy farm where up to 40% of the energy used is for water heating, a solar water heater can reduce heating costs up to 85% annually.This forum is part of the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership Pollution Prevention (P2) program, which utilizes the entire network of engineering resources, equipment manufacturers and suppliers at its disposal to provide complete and cost effective evaluations in power and lighting, water usage, utilities efficiency assessments, water and air discharge and sustainability.Arrive early, as breakfast and informal networking will start at 8 a.m., with the program to follow. The cost is just $10 per person when you RSVP in advance, or $12 per person at the door without RSVP (cash or check) which includes breakfast and networking opportunities.The Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum is an educational networking opportunity to provide information on current issues, trends and programs available to the agricultural community and those who support its advancement.The AIF is located at 13737 Middleton Pike (St. Rt. 582) in Bowling Green. Walk-ins are welcome, but guests are encouraged to reserve a seat in advance by visiting ciftinnovation.org.last_img read more

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Rugby World Cup group-stage deciders threatened by Super Typhoon Hagibis

first_imgEngland and Scotland’s pool deciders this weekend are under threat from one of the most violent super typhoons in recent history, potentially causing chaos for tens of thousands of travelling supporters.World Rugby may be forced into taking the unprecedented step of cancelling Saturday’s Pool C match between England and France as well as Scotland’s crucial fixture with Japan 24 hours later as the category five super typhoon heads for Yokohama. Both matches were among the most in-demand when tickets went on sale. On a day of disruptions for England, it emerged a sickness bug has swept through the squad, with the captain, Owen Farrell, among those affected, while there was further confusion over Billy Vunipola’s ankle injury.Farrell was unable to train due to the bug that has also affected the hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie. Joe Marler (back) and Jack Nowell (left leg) are potential doubts to face France after being unable to complete the full session .England have insisted they will not take any risks with Vunipola, who suffered a twisted ankle against Argentina last Saturday. They were due to issue an update but provided minimal details of his condition other than confirming that he did require a protective boot after a picture emerged on social media of the No 8 wearing one. The England coaching staff had, on Monday, denied that he needed one.England are still publicly claiming Vunipola, who has started all 12 of their Tests this year, could be involved against France but with qualification secured and Jones set to make a number of changes to his side it seems certain that he will be omitted with Mark Wilson standing by.They remain hopeful that Vunipola will still play some part in the tournament and with Jones opting against summoning a replacement, a decision on his availability for the knockout stages is likely to be made next week. “We are being overly cautious and if there is any risk that Billy is not going to be 100% we will rest him,” said England’s attack coach, Scott Wisemantel.Wisemantel also hit back at suggestions that teams such as Argentina and France can rely on passion more than England. This week, the France prop Emerick Setiano claimed “we want to kill them” as revenge for England’s 44-8 victory at Twickenham in the Six Nations.“I just don’t think anyone’s got a mortgage over passion,” Wisemantel said. “It is ridiculous. You hear all this stuff. You see last week, some of the Argentinians crying. Then the English stand there singing the national anthem with as much gusto, but just not with tears, so people say: ‘They’re passionate and we’re not.’ That’s absolute rubbish. Our guys would die for that jersey, for the badge.” England rugby union team … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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Since you’re here… “Public and team safety is our No 1 priority,” said World Rugby. “While we have robust contingency plans in place for pool matches, such plans, if required, will only be actioned if the safety of teams, fans and workforce can be guaranteed.“It would be inappropriate to comment on any contingency plans at this stage. We will continue to closely monitor this developing situation …fans are advised to monitor official Rugby World Cup channels for any updates.”Last month, England’s arrival into Tokyo was delayed by Typhoon Faxai, which left more than 900,000 homes without power, killed three people and injured 40. Share on Twitter The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Share on Messenger Are England or France happy to lose Pool C decider to avoid the All Blacks? Share via Email Rugby union Topics Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Any games cancelled due to weather problems are registered as scoreless draws, with both sides awarded two points. While England and France have already qualified for the quarter-finals, it could have huge consequences for Scotland’s Pool A game with the hosts, which also takes place at Yokohama’s 72,000-seater stadium. If that match is cancelled Scotland would be eliminated, assuming Ireland beat Samoa on Saturday.One of World Rugby’s contingency plans is to move both matches to other venues but that would cause havoc for more than 140,000 supporters across the weekend and prove a huge logistical headache for tournament organisers.Super Typhoon Hagibis had initially threatened Ireland’s key match in Fukuoka on Saturday, but has altered its course and is now zeroing in on Tokyo and Yokohama. It has escalated from a tropical storm into a super typhoon with wind speeds estimated at 160mph in one of the most dramatic intensifications of any tropical cyclone since records began.According to the Japanese Meteorological Agency it is on course to be the strongest to hit Japan this year. news Scotland rugby union team Read more Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Rugby World Cup Share on WhatsApp Rugby World Cup 2019 Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Sidney Crosby confirms hes bringing Stanley Cup back to Nova Scotia

first_imgHALIFAX – Hockey superstar Sidney Crosby will mark his 30th birthday by once again parading the Stanley Cup in his home province of Nova Scotia.In tweets sent out by the Sidney Crosby Hockey School in Cole Harbour, N.S., residents were told Crosby would be hoisting the trophy in the streets of Halifax and Dartmouth as part of an annual civic parade.“Get ready, the Stanley cup is coming to town!” Crosby confirmed in the tweet sent late Tuesday night. “I will be taking Lord Stanley to the streets Monday August 7th in the Halifax—Dartmouth Natal Day parade.”The parade, part of annual events that celebrate Halifax’s birthday, also happens to fall on the Pittsburgh Penguins captain’s 30th birthday — Aug. 7.Natal Day chairman Greg Hayward said he expects another 25,000 people will be lining the parade route on top of the roughly 40,000 usual attendees.“It’s extremely exciting to think that we’re going to have Sid and the Cup in our Natal Day parade,” Hayward said in an interview Wednesday.Hayward said Crosby’s people had approached him roughly 10 days ago about his possible inclusion in the parade, but it wasn’t confirmed until he saw the tweet Tuesday night.“They had some certain requirements as far as Sidney and the Cup’s safety go and they talked to me about that, and we must have given them all the right answers, because they came out last night and said, ‘We’re in’,” said Hayward.The four-kilometre parade starts at 10 a.m. on Gottingen Street in Halifax’s north end and will travel across the Macdonald Bridge before ending up near Sullivan’s Pond in Dartmouth.Crosby has shown off professional hockey’s most prestigious trophy twice before in his hometown of Cole Harbour, just outside Dartmouth, in 2009 and 2016.Last July, Crosby carried the Cup in the back of a pickup that made its way to an arena in Cole Harbour as thousands of cheering fans looked on in sweltering heat.At a news conference last Wednesday, Crosby recalled hoisting the Cup above his head many times as the truck crawled along the Forest Hills Parkway for just over half a kilometre.“I had a little bit of a later night the night before, too, so it was tough,” he told reporters at his hockey school in Cole Harbour, where he had stopped by to help coach some young players.“But it was fun. To see everyone turn out, you see all the chairs and everyone camped out on the sides. It’s an experience. When you think about bringing the Cup home, that’s the snapshots you have, seeing the amount of people that are there.”Each player of the Cup-winning NHL team gets brief custody of the trophy.last_img read more

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