Pioneering AIDS researcher celebrated

first_img Read Full Story On Nov. 9, 2018, doctors, veterinarians, scientists, and politicians arrived at Boston’s Colonnade Hotel to celebrate trailblazing AIDS researcher Max Essex. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health along with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health AIDS Initiative, hosted the scientific symposium to honor Essex, the Mary Woodard Lasker Professor of Health Sciences, as he prepares for retirement.Essex’s career spans more than four decades and is punctuated by impressive achievements at every point along the way. In the early 1980s, he was among the first scientists to hypothesize that a retrovirus was the cause of AIDS. His research was instrumental in creating the first widely used HIV-blood screening test, and he helped establish both the Harvard AIDS Institute (HAI) and the Botswana–Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership.During welcoming remarks, Phyllis Kanki, professor of immunology and infectious diseases at Harvard Chan School, noted that Essex has been an influential educator and mentor who’s trained dozens of doctoral research students and many more postdoctoral fellows. In addition, he has authored or co-authored more than 600 peer-reviewed papers. “Don’t worry, we’re not going to go through each of them,” Kanki joked.The symposium did, however, trace the evolution of Essex’s scientific endeavors and showed how far his influence continues to reach. It featured sessions and presentations from Essex’s colleagues, mentees, and collaborators. Sue Cotter, distinguished professor emeritus at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, recalled Essex’s formative years, when they were working together on feline leukemia. Their work took them into homes with dozens of cats and revealed that feline leukemia was in fact contagious and associated with immunodeficiency — findings that would inform Essex’s early work on AIDS.Max Essex addressing the crowd at the reception. Photo by Dominic ChavezAmong the highlights of the symposium was discussion of the high-impact work of the Botswana–Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership, a collaboration between the Ministry of Health in Botswana and HAI that began in 1996. The program, which established a state-of-the-art laboratory in Botswana, has helped carry out critical epidemiologic work in the country and launched ongoing projects aimed at curbing mother-to-child transmission of HIV, understanding resistance and adherence to antiretroviral drugs, and conducting genomic analysis of HIV-1C, the viral subtype predominant in southern Africa.Festus Mogae, who was president of Botswana from 1998 to 2008, recalled the severity of the AIDS crisis in his country when he took office. “In the absence of assistance, we faced extinction,” he said. He commended Essex not only for his scientific accomplishments but also for his commitment to building local capacity by training health care workers and scientists from Botswana and surrounding countries. “I’m proud that there are so many Africans that now know as much about the science of HIV and AIDS as you do,” he said.last_img read more

Facebook group vs page: For credit union marketers

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Many credit union marketers have difficulty telling the difference between a Facebook group and a Facebook page. Is there a tradeoff between using a Facebook group vs page? How are they different and which way should I go? If we were to conduct a digital marketing audit of the average credit union, Facebook groups would probably be absent from the mix. To clear things up, here are six compelling differences between Facebook groups and Facebook pages along with a few solid reasons to add a Facebook group to your credit union’s digital transformation roadmap.#1: Facebook Pages Are Required for Facebook AdvertisingBusinesses are required to have a Facebook page to run an add on Facebook’s network. If paid Facebook advertising is a part of your lead generation strategy your business must have a Facebook page.#2: Facebook Groups Create Deeper Relationships With UsersFacebook groups engender a deeper connection with your members and prospects. A Facebook page’s potential strength in building awareness is more than offset by a reduction in engagement behavior. Human psychology suggests that we are less willing to bare our souls in public comments, but we are more likely to open up about challenges in a private community like a Facebook group. Once you understand your member’s problems more deeply, your credit union is in a better position to serve them. continue reading »last_img read more

UW to close spring in Columbus

first_imgThe No. 33 Wisconsin women’s tennis team will venture to Columbus, Ohio, Sunday for a showdown with the Buckeyes. In what will be the squad’s final regular-season match, the Badgers hope to crash Ohio State’s senior day and finish the spring campaign with a winning conference record (a loss would leave the team at .500).“We have to be ready for Ohio State — they are [ready for us],” head coach Patti Henderson said. “They are a feisty team. It’s going to be intense like it was against Michigan State. It’s going to be that kind of intensity, that kind of energy — it could be a little bit volatile.”For seniors Katie McGaffigan and Lindsay Martin, the OSU showdown will mark their final regular-season bows in Badger uniforms.“It will be our last match, so hopefully we’ll end the year on a good note — before we head into [the Big Ten tournament] — with a win and feeling good,” Martin said.Wisconsin will enter Ohio State on the heels of a duo of split weekends, coming off of three consecutive matches determined by a 4-3 margin with emphasis on the doubles point. Henderson has made a series of lineup fluctuations throughout the season to combat problems garnering that point — the team’s apparent Achilles’ heel — but the starting trio of pairings seemed to fall in sync last weekend as the Badgers handled Purdue 4-3 on senior day, claiming the doubles point en route to victory.The other notable lineup fluctuation of late has been a shift at the No. 5 and 6 singles spots. Freshman Chelsea Nusslock has moved up from the sixth spot to the fifth while Lexi Goldin filled the final roster position for the first time this season last Sunday when Nicole Beck sat out of singles (she was, however, active in doubles competition).Rank and fileNew rankings came out Tuesday, and for the third consecutive evaluation period, the Badgers held firm at No. 33. This represents the squad’s peak position on a season in which they debuted at No. 48 and found themselves at No. 45 less than a month ago.On the individual front, however, the rankings were not as kind to the Badgers. Senior Katie McGaffigan slipped from No. 91 to No. 100 after a duo of weekend losses to the No. 99 and No. 41 players nationally.The bigger surprise came in Caitlin Burke’s drop from No. 81 to No. 106. Burke had moved up significantly in the previous rating period as the numbers emerged after she enjoyed a brief stint playing top-flight doubles (having swapped out of the No. 2 spot with McGaffigan for a road trip). But this fall comes on the heels of two convincing straight-set victories last weekend and a perfect record since the last batch of rankings was released April 5.Four more batches of rankings for both teams and individuals are due before the season formally comes to an end with final numbers due out May 30.last_img read more

MBB : Return fire: Hazell bounces back from injury, gunshot wound to lead Seton Hall

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Jeremy Hazell never stopped running. The thought to slow down never crossed his mind.It wasn’t as if he really had a choice, though. The Seton Hall star shooting guard was walking home in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood in the early morning hours of Dec. 26 when he was approached by four men who attempted to rob him. Resistant, Hazell didn’t allow it to happen.‘I wouldn’t let them,’ Hazell said, ‘so I tried to run, and they started shooting.’Hazell ran from the gunshots. The bullet that penetrated Hazell’s side didn’t even stop him. He just kept running until he saw an ambulance and flagged it down.The thought of Hazell — Seton Hall’s leading scorer before the injury — returning to the court this season seemed bleak at first. Even more so considering the fact that the SHU (8-12, 2-6 Big East) senior was already rehabbing a broken bone in his left wrist, suffered in a game against Alabama on Nov. 19.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut a little more than two weeks after that fateful Sunday morning, Hazell was running again. Only this time, he was with his teammates during Seton Hall’s game at DePaul. Seventeen days after getting shot in the side, Hazell scored 23 points in a Pirates win against the Blue Demons, snapping a three-game losing streak in the process. And with that performance, Hazell achieved the most improbable of returns. The senior made a speedy recovery from the broken bone in his wrist — only six weeks — despite dealing with the gunshot wound as well.Hazell missed 13 games between the Alabama and DePaul games, including a 61-56 loss to Syracuse (18-2, 5-2) on Jan. 8. But Hazell will be playing for SHU in its rematch against the Orange as the two teams square off at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Carrier Dome.The senior has averaged 15.5 points per game in four games since returning to the court.‘It feels great coming back, playing with the team,’ Hazell said. ‘I really miss playing with these guys, and they miss me.’Prior to the doctor’s decision that cleared Hazell to play almost three weeks ago, the 24-year-old was considering a medical redshirt that would allow him to play for the Pirates next season. And there were plenty of incentives for Hazell to take the rest of this season off to prepare for next year.Hazell would have had more time to heal from his broken wrist. He wouldn’t have to worry about getting back on the court too soon for a Pirates team mired at the bottom of the Big East standings. He could have come back next season to a team with a clean slate, as well as a clean slate for himself.He also would have likely broken the Seton Hall all-time scoring record with another full season. He would have needed to score 633 points to do so next season, a total he surpassed in both his sophomore and junior years.But Hazell decided to get back on the court this season.‘It was a family decision,’ he said. ‘Once the doctor told me I had a chance to come back, I took the opportunity to come back.’Hazell also turns 25 in March, so staying an extra year could have had negative effects on his potential professional career. Ultimately, though, this season has put a dent into his NBA prospects.‘It’s going to make it a lot tougher for him to get drafted, no question,’ said Aran Smith, president of ‘The real turmoil that he has gone through, I think he’s seen as an undrafted guy.’Hazell said his time on the bench was sobering. The Pirates were 5-8 with him out. It was tough to sit and watch his team’s season go downhill, he said.Herb Pope was there to help Hazell cope with both his injury and time on the bench. He was the perfect candidate to help Hazell get by because Pope, Seton Hall’s junior forward, has dealt with his share of adversity in life as well.Pope averaged a double-double last season, but in April the junior suddenly collapsed on Seton Hall’s weight room floor. He was found to have a heart defect that disrupts regular blood flow.And Pope, like Hazell, beat the odds by making it back onto the court. So Pope was there for Hazell, especially after the attempted robbery and shooting.Because Pope, too, has been shot. Four times. All during his high school career in Aliquippa, Pa.‘I just called him, asked him how he’s doing and told him I’ve been through worse,’ Pope said. ‘He chuckled and laughed.‘I just kept telling him he’s going to be all right.’Under first-year head coach Kevin Willard, Seton Hall has not had as successful a season as anyone around the school would have hoped for. But it is not for a lack of effort. Hazell was SHU’s leading scorer in each of the past two seasons. His injury was a backbreaker to the team.Seton Hall was 2-1 under Willard with Hazell in the lineup early in the season. The Pirates are just 1-3 since the senior has returned, but Willard already sees the effects of having his leading scorer back.‘Having Jeremy Hazell back has obviously been huge,’ Willard said in the Big East coaches’ teleconference Thursday. ‘Now it’s just a matter of getting everybody working together for the last half of the season.’Of the Pirates’ 12 losses, nine are by single digits — including the first matchup with Syracuse, a game in which Seton Hall shot 3-of-26 from 3-point range but lost by only five. Hazell is back to sure up that dismal outside shooting.The senior isn’t a great percentage shooter — just 35.4 percent from beyond the arc this season — but he isn’t afraid to shoot from anywhere on the court.Not being afraid. That’s something both Hazell and Pope can attest to. So much has happened to these two Seton Hall players off the court that any controversy on the court isn’t all that controversial to them.‘We’re the only two guys in America on the same team that have been shot,’ Pope said. ‘And that’s (affected) how we play. Trying to stay calm, it’s not taken as seriously.’Hazell agreed with Pope’s sentiments that his off-the-court problems have yielded a different mindset. It isn’t that basketball is no longer important, but perhaps it has been given a greater value.The senior’s near-death experience has obviously affected his values. And the game is a safe haven. A place where he can run free.‘I’m a humble kid right now because of the two things I went through,’ Hazell said. ‘It was probably life threatening. I wouldn’t be here right now. I’m just happy right now that I was blessed and rooting for Seton Hall.’[email protected]center_img Published on January 24, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: [email protected] | @mark_cooperjrlast_img read more

Rival rallies held over S.D. abortion law

first_img Barb Frick of Sioux Falls said she became remorseful about six years after an abortion she had in 1978. “We regret our abortions, that’s it. That’s our message. We all have dead babies,” she said. The rival demonstrations went off without incident, as did similar rallies in Rapid City, where several hundred people on both sides of the issue turned out, chanting, carrying banners and waving flags. Abortion-rights supporters circled the federal building while a roughly equal number of abortion opponents looked on. The South Dakota rallies were among more than 30 scheduled by Planned Parenthood as a nationwide protest against the ban. The organization said about 80 people turned out in Bradenton, Fla., 90 in Philadelphia and 75 at the Supreme Court building in Washington. In other developments: The Tennessee Senate passed a proposal to amend the state constitution so it doesn’t guarantee a woman’s right to an abortion. The 24-9 vote was the first step of many toward officially amending the constitution; the measure would go before voters if the General Assembly approves it twice over the next two years. Abortion-rights supporters attacked the measure as a stepping stone to prohibiting all abortions in Tennessee if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. In Atlanta, abortion-rights supporters rallied at the state Capitol to protest legislation that they say could enable pharmacists to refuse to provide customers with birth control. The measure, expected to be voted on in the House on Monday, permits a pharmacist to decline to fill a prescription for a drug he or she believes would terminate a pregnancy. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Backers of the new law – signed by Gov. Mike Rounds on Monday – anticipated a legal challenge and are raising funds to help defend it. The law would allow abortions only when the mother’s life was at risk. Ban supporters hope the case eventually leads to the U.S. Supreme Court, and provides the nine justices with an opportunity to reverse the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision establishing a woman’s right to abortion. However, some anti-abortion activists worry the strategy could backfire, with the high court upholding Roe. Across the street from the Sioux Falls courthouse, about three dozen abortion opponents prayed and held up signs of their own. Dawn Whaler of Sioux Falls was among them, along with eight of her 10 children. “I think it’s great that South Dakota is leading this for the unborn, not only our own children in the state but for all unborn Americans,” Whaler said. Down the block were six women dressed in black who carried signs such as “Abortion: 1 Dead, 1 Wounded” and “I Regret My Abortion.” SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Demonstrators on both sides of the abortion debate rallied in two South Dakota cities Thursday, responding to their state’s enactment of a law that would ban nearly all abortions. Protests against the law also took place in several other states, organized by Planned Parenthood. In Sioux Falls, where Planned Parenthood operates South Dakota’s only abortion clinic, more than 200 abortion-rights supporters gathered in front of the federal courthouse. The speeches at times were hard to hear, in part because of motorists responding to signs that urged, “Honk for Choice.” Kate Looby, state director of Planned Parenthood, told the crowd that their time and money would be needed to defeat the ban. Her organization has said it will either challenge the law in court or gather signatures to try to get it rescinded in the November general election. “If the law is referred to the voters of South Dakota, we will need every single one of you for the next eight months to help us be victorious,” Looby said. “We are not going to allow a small group of radical politicians to make this decision for us.” last_img read more

Cardinal Newman uses big first half to beat Fortuna in 2016 season opener

first_imgFORTUNA >> It didn’t take long for the new-look Fortuna High football team to find out why Cardinal Newman is so highly touted.Led by senior quarterback Jordon Brookeshire and his four first-half touchdown passes, Newman led from start to finish in a 45-12 win over Fortuna, the reigning Big 5 champions, on Friday night in the first game of the 2016 season for both schools.“We knew, I knew, scheduling this game that it was going to be a tough one. We weren’t going to back down from that,” said …last_img read more

Kevin Durant on joining, leaving the Warriors: ‘I’ll never be one of those guys’

first_imgThe Kevin Durant we knew and loved was typically not a volume shooter. But there were times when he got so piping hot, when the opposition was so helpless, or when there was no other way the Warriors were going to win.On those occasions he filled it up, and it was a sight to behold.Recently Durant sat down with the Wall Street Journal Magazine, and in just as rare of a display, filled it up — more than 4,700 words … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile devicelast_img read more

Google Adds 3 New Ways to Check In to Places, Including Automatically

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google Latitude, the search giant’s mobile location service, has announced this morning that it is adding the ability to check in to specific places to its Android and iPhone apps. Android users will be able to check in automatically, using two brand new, different and very interesting methods. Latitude has now been live for 2 years and Google says it has 10 million monthly users, making it much more popular than the more high-profile startups in this space.Why is Google working on mobile location tracking and sharing? It’s all about search and relevance. “Our idea is to organize the world’s information and part of that is location,” Latitude’s Ken Norton told us. “Location is a vector against which all factors and metrics will be considered.”New Ways to Check In on LatitudeLatitude users to date have shared their literal location on a map with a select group of family and friends. Just because friends knew where on a map you were, though, doesn’t mean they knew what “place” you were at. (Coffee shop or hospital emergency room?)All latitude users will now be able to check-in with their phones to specific Google Places locations. When Latitude for the iPhone launched in December, I called it a big disappointment. These new developments are an improvement for sure.Will Latitude allow users to publish check-ins out to other services like Foursquare, Gowalla or Facebook? “We are currently looking at ways to publish to other services,” Google’s Norton says. “It’s an incremental feature to adress the needs of Latitude users.” The ability to read check-ins from other services, like Gowalla now allows, seems even further out in the future. Despite what they say about interoperability, most of these location services would still like to be the only game in town.Two new methods that other location services don’t offer yet: Android Latitude users can now opt-in to receive a push notification when they have stopped moving for a period of time at a place that Google recognizes. “We see you’re hanging out at Hot Pot City on 2nd avenue,” the notification might say. “Would you like to check in there?” Hallelujah! The next method beyond clicking to check-in as is standard across location apps is a new “geofencing” method. Latitude users on Android can designate certain places they visit frequently and be checked-in there automatically whenever their phone detects that they’ve returned to that spot. Both of these are very smart features that will greatly reduce the overhead on checking in and thus greatly increase the frequency with which people declare their location to the web. That’s great news.Norton says that his team is working hard to get the iPhone app for Latitude caught up with Android. I hope these automated check-ins will come to the iPhone app soon. Eventually all location services will likely offer features exactly like these.Geo-organized Web Content?Will Google make my dreams come true and help surface news and web content relevant to the Places I visit, automatically? Norton said that Latitude and Google Places would do some of that, but said that Google Goggles was more focused on that kind of search.I check-in at the park down the street, and there’s a beautiful PDF walking tour of the trees in that park available online, but it’s on page 3 of Google search results. It ought to be shown to me much more accessibly.“Rather than building what users ask for, ” Norton says, “ask what the problems are that you could solve. With Latitude, I want my spouse to know where I am. I don’t think people would have known to ask for that.”That makes sense, but the mark of truly great innovation is creating things that people don’t even know they want yet. I’m worried that Latitude, for all its innovation, is going to remain mundane in the long-term. Maybe even get into mobile coupons. Boring!Give me something I don’t even know I want yet, Google. But first, give me automatic check-ins on iPhone and read/write interoperability with diverse location services. Those sound great. Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#Location#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment ‘THE HANDMAID’S TALE’ RENEWED FOR SEASON 4 AT HULUOffred and co. are coming back for more. Hulu has renewed “The Handmaid’s Tale” for a fourth outing. The news comes with three episodes of the third season still to air. “Handmaid’s” has become a signature original series for Hulu, which claims that it is the most watched show, original or acquired, on the streaming service.The series picked up a hatful of Emmys in its opening season, including one for drama series, one for lead actress Elisabeth Moss and one for supporting actress Ann Dowd. At last year’s ceremony, the series came home with three Emmys. A trio of episodes from season 2 are eligible at this year’s Emmys and picked up nominations in 10 different categories, while the entirety of season 3 will compete at the 2020 edition.  READ MORE Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more