first_imgSTS9 will be hitting the road and embarking on their “Enceladus” tour in the fall, supported by Opiuo, SunSquabi, and Jade Cicada. Today, the group announced eighteen dates that will be a part of their fall tour, though a number of the scheduled performances on have been previously announced, such as a handful of festival appearances and their three-night run at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado.The Enceladus tour opens on August 4th at The Gorge with a performance at Pretty Light’s episodic festival at the legendary West Coast venue. From there, STS9 hits Oregon Eclipse in Big Summit Prairie, Oregon, falling from August 17th through 23rd, which is a few weeks out from their next scheduled performance, a set at North Coast Music Festival in Chicago on September 2nd.In celebration of their 20th anniversary, Tribe will play at Red Rocks for a special three-night stand at the famed venue. On Friday, the group will play the entirety of Artifact, their 2005 release that was recorded across 2001 through 2004. The first night of the run will also see performances by Nightmares on Wax, El Ten Eleven, and Moon Boots. Saturday night, SUB-ID and Richard Devine will serve as support before Tribe puts on a more traditional show. To close out their Red Rocks run on Sunday, STS9 will play a special “Axe The Cables” acoustic set to end their celebratory weekend, along with Troyboi, LTJ Bukem featuring Armanni Reign, and Soul Clap.On September 21st, STS9 returns to the road with a show at Washington D.C.’s Echo Stage. The group will also perform at The Ritz in Raleigh, North Carolina, on September 23rd in between two festival performances at Resonance Festival in Thornville, Ohio, and Imagine Music Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. A few days later, Tribe kicks off their East Coast run of the tour, with dates in Portland, Maine; Worchester, Massachusetts; Port Chester, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Norfolk, Virginia falling across September 27th through October 1st. The final two club shows of the tour will take place at The Mill And Mine in Knoxville, Tennessee on October 3rd and 4th. For their final show of the tour, the band will perform at St. Augustine Amphitheatre in Florida on October 7th.Pre-sale and VIP tickets for STS9’s fall Enceladus tour go on-sale tomorrow, Tuesday, July 18th, and more information and ticket links can be found here.[Photo: Dave Vann]last_img read more

first_img His fourth book, “The Art and Science of Student Aid Administration in the 21st Century,” is the book he said he hopes will be his legacy in the profession to which he has devoted his life.  This is Russo’s 46th year working in financial aid administration, and the majority of his career has been with Notre Dame. He began working at Notre Dame in 1978 after working at two other institutions in up-state New York.  Joe Russo, director of student financial strategies, recently published his fourth book, and has found that a lot of people want to hear from him, he said.  He has seen interest from college students, families of college students, school administrators, high school guidance counselors, young financial aid officers, education policy makers and even researchers at Oxford. According to Russo, the cost of attendance is being placed more and more on the individual rather than the government. Russo explained that tuition is increasing more quickly for state schools, but is increasing for private institutions as well. Russo said he is proud that through the efforts of his department, a Notre Dame education remains reasonably affordable for all students.  “The single biggest challenge of my career has been getting out good, timely, accurate information,” Russo said. According to Russo, the University provided approximately $98 million this year, which is up from $89 million last year.  “The more experience you have doing something, the more confident you become,” Russo said. “So, I combined my knowledge and confidence with my writing skills … to write this book. The science is the impersonal but necessary budgets, formulas, numbers and structure.  “We are conservative with our finances, and we’re blessed with resources,” Russo said. “I believe you can know more about where we are today, if you know where we came from,” Russo said. Each year Russo works to dispel the myths and fallacies that prospective students and their families harbor about financial aid, he said. At the same time, he said he informs them of the many truths and demonstrates why a Notre Dame education is a good investment in a student’s future. “The art is the common sense, compassion and knowledge of when to make exceptions that must supplement the science. A successful administrator needs both art and science.” He said while other high profile institutions are going through layoffs, budget cuts and construction freezes, Notre Dame’s “belt-tightening” has been less drastic. Russo attributes this to the University’s large endowment, conservative investing, diversified revenue streams, improved efficiency and an athletic program that pays for itself. Notre Dame is not exempt from this trend, but Russo said compared to similar institutions, Notre Dame has been successful at managing the situation. “I was a student aid recipient, and I think that makes me a better administrator,” Russo said. According to Russo, this latest book is  his most scholarly. The book was published by the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), and Russo said he will not make any money from sales of this book, but the proceeds will instead go toward a NASFAA scholarship fund. He said his book examines the history that led to the modern financial aid landscape. Russo said he systematically analyzes the policies and practices that have altered student financial aid programs over the course of his career.  He said all of this keeps him and the others in his department busy year-round. However, Russo said the feeling of pride that comes with helping to shape each new freshman class validates the work. last_img read more

first_imgSaint Mary’s junior Brianna Kozemzak and assistant professor of math and computer science Dr. Beth Wolf presented their Student Independent Study Research (SISTAR) project titled “Analyzing the Effect of Delay in Discrete Stochastic Models and an Application to mumps Epidemics” to faculty and students Thursday.The pair started their research in May 2015, studying recent mumps outbreaks in the National Hockey League (NHL) as well as a variety of outbreaks in the Indianapolis area, Kozemzak said.“The [Indiana State Department of Health] is publishing weekly updates of confirmed cases,” Kozemzak said. “As of now there are 81 confirmed cases.”Kozemzak said the mumps are a single-stranded RNA virus which can be spread through respiratory secretions. Also known as parotitis, systems include inflammation of the parotid gland located in the cheeks, headaches, fatigue and body aches.According to Kozemzak, due to modern medical practices, the mumps are no longer fatal. Symptom onsets typically last 17 days on average, after being infected, Kozemzak said. However, about one third of the population can be asymptomatic.“The rate from which someone gets sick depends on the number of exposed and infected,” Kozemzak said.In order to do their research, the pair used mathematical modeling to make predictions regarding people infected by the mumps.“We’d like to be able to say, on average, how many people are going to get sick, what the probability of one sick person starting an epidemic, and if there is an epidemic, how long it is going to last,” Wolf said.Before they could start, Wolf taught Kozemzak the necessary background information.“Once she worked through the background material, by the time we got to the summer, it wasn’t like working with a student, it’s just working with someone else who knows the material,” Wolf said.Wolf and Kozemzak focused their research on smaller populations.“Right now what we’re really seeing is the transmission of the disease in close-knit communities,” Kozemzak said.“Because we’re modeling small populations, we want a discrete model that keeps track of the whole number population counts over time,” Wolf said. “The numbers of people are whole numbers but time is a continuous variable.”They are also using a stochastic model, meaning a random model of people susceptible to, infected by and recovered from the mumps.  Kozemzak said this is viable whether someone is vaccinated for the mumps or not.“Vaccinations didn’t really affect the probability of getting the disease,” Kozemzak said. “There’s also a question of whether or not there are vaccine failures or not.”Although their research was only over the summer, they were able to collect an abundant amount of data by entering an algorithm into the computer so they were able to attain a numerical average. According to Kozemzak, this is termed the Monte Carlo simulation.Kozemzak said most models do not include the 2-4 week period of delay before symptom onsets into their predictions. This is what sets their research apart from others.“We want to delay it because there is that two to four week period,” Kozemzak said. “This means the process is no longer satisfying the Markov property when we include delay.”According to Wolf, the Markov property is typically used for predictions of mumps epidemics using a continuous time as a continuous variable. They solved the problem by creating their own model using a fixed period delay of 17 days.The pair found that in a 15 person population there was a 20 percent increase in the probability of outbreak when they added the delay. In a population of 30 people there was was a 40 percent increase.First year Sierra Wu said the presentation was impressive and informative.“I didn’t know that mathematical modeling was so useful,” Wu said. “I was impressed she could make a model from something so quantitative.”Kozemzak said the SISTAR project helped her decide she wanted to stick with doing research.“After doing the research, I just kind of want to do research now,” Kozemzak said. “I have another experience lined up for next summer already.”“I would encourage anyone with a chance to apply for a research grant to do it,” Wolf said.Kozemzak agreed with her mentor.“It was so much fun; I learned a lot. The stuff I learned over the summer was beyond my course work.”Tags: Faculty Research, Mumps, SISTAR, Student Researchlast_img read more

first_imgSteam locomotives and railroads conjure up images of a mostly bygone era. What was once the heartbeat of the Industrial Revolution, has now been reborn and repackaged, ironically enough, as an environmentally sustainable green space for outdoor recreation. Around the 1970s many railroads were abandoned leaving an industrial scar on the land and a vacant resource in desperate need of a renaissance. Stepping in to fill that void, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy was formed in 1986 and began to convert old railroad tracks into multi-use paths. It is in this storyline that the Virginia Creeper Trail (VCT) was born. Fall on the Creeper Trail.Fall on the Creeper Trail. JR PThe history of the VCT is as long and twisty as a railroad itself. Where the VCT lies today was once part of the Norfolk & Western Railway’s Abingdon Line. Starting in the 1800s, trains began transporting timber from old-growth forests located atop Whitetop Mountain to a lumber mill in Damascus, Virginia. The line earned the nickname of “The Virginia Creeper” due to the sluggish speed it traveled up and down the steep mountain grades. In fact, rail workers were able to walk beside the train and pick berries before hopping back on. By the late 1920s the local lumber industry had shut down, and for the next 50 years the line served as a passenger train helping to connect the isolated mountain towns in the region.By the late 1970s, Abingdon dentist Dr. French Moore Jr. began to champion the idea of converting the defunct rail line into a trail. He met fierce opposition from some of his neighbors and locals in other towns along the line who feared the change that this new resource might bring. Moore persevered. With help from his state senator, Rick Boucher, and the backing of the National Park Service, he was able to see his vision come to fruition in 1987 when the entire 34.3-mile Virginia Creeper Trail was opened to the public.Today the VCT is considered one of best rail trails in the eastern United States, regularly attracting thousands of visitors each year. That tourism traffic has turned the towns of Abingdon and Damascus into recreation hubs, providing a base of operations not just for the Creeper Trail but for Southwest Virginia’s other outdoor hidden gems. Areas like Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, Grayson Highlands State Park, and Iron Mountain Trail are all easily accessible from these towns and offer plenty of options for a multi-day trip to the region.The VCT is tucked into a sparsely populated corner of Virginia and runs from Abingdon to Whitetop Mountain on the Virginia/North Carolina border. Hikers, bikers, and equestrians share the crushed-limestone and hard-packed dirt trail. It’s extremely popular with families looking to have an all-day, or even overnight, bike trip. Kids will love the downhill, coasting friendly nature of the trail from Whitetop to Damascus. At times the trail parallels Whitetop Laurel Creek through a deep narrow gorge where there are both spectacular whitewater rapids and the occasional quiet swimming hole. At other times the trail crosses trestles, some of which are more than 500 feet high and afford insanely beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. White steeple churches and homes from an early era dot the landscape as you enter and exit towns.A perfect day for a ride.A perfect day for a ride. jmangum2Another draw of the VCT is the availability of rental bikes and shuttles. How does a 17-mile downhill ride sound? Several outfitters will rent you the bikes and shuttle you to Whitetop Station where you can cruise back to Damascus, aided significantly by gravity. Or take the full 34-mile ride all the way back to Abingdon to experience the entire trail. In Abingdon the Virginia Creeper Trail Bike Shop will provide everything you need. In Damascus, you’ll find a half dozen outfitters providing shuttle services and bikes to help you enjoy the trail.Hitting the trails.Hitting the trails. US Forest Service – Southern RegionAs much as the VCT is a tour through nature, you are never too far away from amenities. Every 8 miles or so there is a restaurant and restrooms. Damascus and Abingdon are the two biggest towns and offer a wide range of options. Creeper Trail Café, Mojo’s Trailside Café and Coffeehouse, and Damascus Old Mill are located in Damascus. Old Alvarado Station is located halfway between Damascus and Abingdon. These are popular spots and cover all the bases for food and drinks. In addition to the bike outfitters in the region, Sundog Outfitters in Damascus and Highland Ski and Outdoor Center in Abingdon offer a wide assortment of backcountry goods for those taking to the trail.Piggybacking on the popularity of the VCT, local fly fishing, rafting, and zipline outfitters have sprung up making the area even more vacation-worthy. If you are an avid mountain biker who seeks out backcountry adventure, you would be hard pressed to find a better area to ride. There are tons of gnarly ridgeline trails (Iron Mountain being the most popular, but only one of many) that are kept in great shape by motorbikes, but are just as fun on mountain bikes.Boulderers will find a few gems along the VCT and a lifetime’s worth of projects in Grayson Highland State Park. Sport climbers and trad climbers will be amazed at the quality of the sandstone found at the recently re-opened Hidden Valley, near Abingdon.Misty morning on the trail.Misty morning on the trail. JR PThe VCT is growing in popularity and every year more and more visitors discover what this region of Southwest Virginia has to offer. Folks like Lawrence “The Legend” Dye, who has spent the better part of 25 years advocating for the Virginia Creeper trail by riding it daily, logging nearly 200,000 miles on it. The trail has replaced the locomotive culture that once was the lifeline of the region. The famous steam locomotive photographer O. Winston Link chronicled the Norfolk and Western line, with his most famous photograph titled, “Maud Bows to the Virginia Creeper.” This photo documents the definitive end of the horse-drawn buggy era and showcases the new “steel horse” era. Coincidentally, I’d like to think if Link were still around today he would snap another photograph highlighting one of the many steam locomotive relics alongside the VCT, bowing to the human-powered transport found on the trail today.Originally written by RootsRated for AbingdonVA.Featured image provided by David Joycelast_img read more

first_imgI thought I’d have time.So I squeeze in one more errand before I give myself permission to play with my son in the forest. I pour over my retirement plan instead of meeting my friend to ride bikes. I put my work life over connecting with friends on a hike.Not because I don’t want to play with my son or ride bikes or hike. I tell myself a lie, that if I can just get through this next thing, cross one more line off my to-do list, that my schedule will open up and rays of sunshine stream down onto me, that I’ll have the abiding joy that comes from unaccounted time with the people I love. But life doesn’t play out that way.Mountain MamaOther moms confide the same fallacy of thinking. “I thought I’d have time,” they tell me. “If only I push harder and work more.” We commiserate, wondering when life became so abundant, when time evaporated.It happens to dads too, buying into the delayed gratification of focusing on career. They think they’ll have time, trading the present for a promise of a future with more freedom only to get the cancer diagnosis or a pink slip.I spend time with my own dad, folding up his wheelchair and put it in the backseat next to my son’s booster seat when I drive him to doctor’s appointments. I sit with him and listen as he recounts his own version of thinking he’d have time. He lists the places he meant to see, the boats he meant to sail and the dreams he meant to live.After a long visit, leaving him is bittersweet, not knowing if I will get another chance to visit with him, not knowing if there will be a next time. I drive home to the mountains with the reminder to pause and reconsider my priorities. Everywhere I look spring is revealing herself, flowers blooming, new buds on the trees. The leaves unfurl, revealing a piercing green. It’s a shade so vibrant and full of hope that it makes me burst with possibility. It’s a green that whispers. There’s only right now.last_img read more

first_imgI’m a Knight.Well, I’ll come clean. I’m a Knight of Columbus.My father and grandfather were Knights.  Local Knight “Councils” reach out and help their local communities. It is a blend of fellowship and service that you see in other groups, such as the Elks, Moose, Rotary Clubs, and more.In one of my first meetings, the leader of our council was drumming up support for our annual Thanksgiving dinner. Our council does a lot of good, but the Thanksgiving dinner is our shining example of service each year.We provide Thanksgiving dinner for 600 people in our hall. No questions asked. And we take over Meals on Wheels for the day, delivering 1,500 meals on Thanksgiving. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgThe diversion of funds from checking accounts to such alternative accounts as PayPal, Amazon, Playstation, health savings accounts and robo-advisor tools is negatively impacting credit unions by diverting money away from checking accounts, according to Tony DeSanctis, senior director for CUES Supplier member and strategic provider Cornerstone Advisers, Scottsdale, Arizona. Cornerstone’s director of research, Ron Shevlin, calls this negative trend “deposit displacement.”“Growing deposits, tied with a strong payments strategy, should be a top priority,” DeSanctis says. “Our research shows that the median new checking accounts per branch is down 18 percent year over year. Paying attention to generational differences can help to inform strategy and ensure you are acquiring customers in the channels they chose to interact, he notes.Checking Deposits“Chime Bank, for example, has entirely reframed its onboarding approach for direct deposit with customers,” DeSanctis says. “Rather than a method of forwarding someone’s pay to the bank, a staid and frankly boring presentation, it approaches direct deposit as a way for the customer to get paid two days early.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgChina’s death toll from the coronavirus epidemic soared to 360 on Monday, with deepening global concern about the outbreak and governments closing their borders to people from China.The fresh toll came a day after China imposed a lockdown on a major city far from the epicentre and the first fatality outside the country was reported in the Philippines. Authorities in Hubei, the province at the epicentre of the outbreak, reported 56 new fatalities. That took the toll in China to 360, exceeding the 349 mainland fatalities from the 2002-3 SARS outbreak. Struggling to contain the virus, authorities took action in the eastern city of Wenzhou on Sunday, closing roads and confining people to their homes.Wenzhou is some 800 kilometres (500 miles) from Wuhan, the metropolis at the heart of the health emergency.Since emerging out of Wuhan late last year, the new coronavirus has infected more than 16,400 people across China and reached 24 nations.The G7 countries — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States — have all confirmed cases of the virus. They will discuss a joint response, Germany’s health minister Jens Spahn said on Sunday. In Thailand, which has 19 confirmed cases, doctors said Sunday an elderly Chinese patient treated with a cocktail of flu and HIV drugs had shown dramatic improvement and tested negative for the virus 48 hours later.Most of the infections overseas have been detected in people who travelled from Wuhan, an industrial hub of 11 million people, or surrounding areas of Hubei province.The man who died in the Philippines was a 44-year-old from Wuhan, according to the World Health Organization, which has declared the epidemic a global health emergency.China has embarked on unprecedented efforts to contain the virus, which is believed to have jumped to humans from a Wuhan animal market, and can be transmitted among people.- Wenzhou lockdown -China’s efforts have included extraordinary quarantines in Wuhan and surrounding cities, with all transport out banned, effectively sealing off more than 50 million people.But 10 days after locking down Wuhan, authorities imposed similar draconian measures on Wenzhou, a coastal city of nine million people in Zhejiang province, part of the eastern industrial heartland that has powered China’s economic rise over recent decades.Only one resident per household is allowed to go out every two days to buy necessities, and 46 highway toll stations have been closed, authorities announced.The city had previously closed public places such as cinemas and museums, and suspended public transport.Zhejiang has 661 confirmed infections, with 265 of those in Wenzhou, according to the government.This is the highest tally for any province in China after ground-zero Hubei.Closing borders The United States, Australia, New Zealand and Israel have banned foreign nationals from visiting if they have been in China recently, and they have also warned their own citizens against travelling there.Mongolia, Russia and Nepal have closed their land borders.The number of countries reporting infections rose to 24 after Britain, Russia and Sweden confirmed their first cases this weekend.There were 2,103 new confirmed cases in hardest-hit Hubei province on Monday, bringing the total infected to more than 16,480.With hospitals in Wuhan overwhelmed, China will open a military-led field hospital Monday that was built in just 10 days to treat people stricken by the virus.And with the Chinese economy suffering, the central bank announced it would release 1.2 trillion yuan ($173 billion) on Monday to maintain liquidity in the banking system — the day markets re-open after the long holiday break.Holiday ending The emergence of the virus coincided with the Lunar New Year, when hundreds of millions travel across the country in planes, trains and buses for family reunions.The holiday, which was scheduled to end on Friday, was extended by three days to give authorities more time to deal with the crisis.With many due back at work on Monday, people were starting to return on planes and trains over the weekend, with almost everyone wearing face masks.Customs authorities had ordered temperature checks at all exit-entry points in Beijing, according to state media.Returning travellers were being checked and registered at residential compounds, while fever checks were in place in subway stations, offices and cafes.One 22-year-old arriving at a Beijing train station from northeastern China said her family had urged her to delay her return.”But I was worried it would affect my job,” she said.Security guard Du Guiliang, 47, said he would be starting back at work in Beijing on Sunday, after returning from northeast Liaoning province.”Many colleagues (from Hubei) couldn’t come back. Now, those who work the day shift at our company have to do the night shift as well,” he said.Many businesses were to remain closed for at least another week, however, while some major cities — including Shanghai — had also extended the holiday.Topics :last_img read more

first_imgThe technical and the economically attractive potential for deploying offshore wind in Europe is vast and we have only scratched the surface with the 13GW that we have today, according to WindEurope’s CEO Giles Dickson, who highlighted the key points from WindEurope’s latest report.Offshore wind could, theoretically, make for one quarter of Europe’s power in 2030 at a cost of EUR 54/MWh, including the costs of grid connection and system integration.Still, to reach the full potential of this renewable energy resource, two things are crucial: the right government policies which would set ambitious targets and regulatory frameworks that support the deployment of offshore wind; and planning and permitting systems and procedures that work.Offshore WIND spoke with Giles Dickson at our Expertise Hub set up during Offshore Wind Energy 2017 in London (6-8 June).Watch the interview above to find out more as Dickson discusses not only the European offshore wind industry, investment, employment and energy potential, but the offshore wind sector worldwide as well.During Offshore Energy 2017 the Offshore WIND Expertise hub will be back on the exhibition floor.Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference (OEEC) is one of Europe’s leading offshore energy events. It is unique in bringing together the oil & gas, offshore wind and marine energy industry. With the industry in transition, OEEC offers offshore energy professionals the ideal meeting place to network, discuss and learn about the future of energy. OEEC 2017 will be held at Amsterdam RAI on October 9, 10, 11, 2017.last_img read more

first_imgResearchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks have resumed survey activities in Alaska in support of the government-backed Yakutat Wave Energy Project.The principal investigator for the project and Alaska Hydrokinetic Energy Research Center (AHERC) Director Jeremy Kasper was set to board Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s research vessel Solstice last week together with the rest of the project research team.Headed for Yakutat, the team set out to conduct trawl and hydrographic survey work for the project that will assess the economic feasibility installing wave energy converters in the area, as well as their potential environmental implications.Yakutat is a community along the northeast coast of the Gulf of Alaska that is currently considering utilizing renewable, wave-based electricity generation in order to decrease their reliance on diesel fuel for electricity generation.Funded by the US Bureau of Energy Management (BOEM), the project will collect scientific and technical data sufficient for complete economic feasibility assessment, and establish firm scientific understanding of seabed dynamics, ambient underwater noise, and fish and marine mammal presence and habitat requirements in the offshore project area of Yakutat.The three-year project is expected to be completed in 2020.last_img read more