Vafa receives Ellis Island Medal of Honor

first_imgAnnual award recognizes scientific accomplishments and service to the nationCumrun Vafa, the Donner Professor of Science and world-renowned physicist, was among the recipients of the 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor earlier this month.Created in 1986 and today recognized by both the House and Senate as one of the nation’s most prestigious awards, the medals are presented each year on historic Ellis Island to a select group of individuals to recognize their accomplishments in their field and inspired service to the nation.The Ellis Island Medals of Honor embody the spirit of America in their celebration of patriotism, tolerance, brotherhood and diversity. They recognize individuals who have made it their mission to share with those less fortunate their wealth of knowledge, indomitable courage, boundless compassion, unique talents and selfless generosity; all while maintaining the traditions of their ethnic heritage as they uphold the ideals and spirit of America.Past winners of the medal include six Presidents of the United States; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as well as esteemed Americans such as Frank Sinatra, Lee Iacocca, Quincy Jones, Muhammad Ali, Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel,  Louis Zamperini and Rosa Parks, just to name a few.last_img read more

Highs and lows of Steelers’ 8-8 season

first_imgRunning back Le’Veon Bell (26) runs towards Cincinnati Bengals strong safety George Iloka (43) in the third quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Best Game: Their margin for error nonexistent, the Steelers drilled eventual AFC North-champion Cincinnati 30-20 on Dec. 15, racing to a quick 21-0 lead and cruising behind two touchdowns from wide receiver Antonio Brown.Worst Game: The Steelers have been playing football for 81 years and had never sustained the kind of whipping they endured in a 55-31 loss to New England on Nov. 3 that left them at 2-6. The Patriots set records for points and yards (610) by a Pittsburgh opponent, including 31 points over the final 18 minutes.New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) tries to break free from the grasp of Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay (22) in the first quarter Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Best Play: Troy Polamalu channeling 2009 in Green Bay on Dec. 22, stripping Packers quarterback Matt Flynn of the ball. Brett Keisel recovered at the Green Bay 19 to set up the winning touchdown in a 38-31 victory.Worst Play: A two-way tie. Mike Tomlin’s two-step onto the field in a loss to Baltimore on Thanksgiving night earned him a $100,000 fine and may cost the team a draft pick. A week later, Brown stepped out of bounds at the Miami 12 on the final play, negating what would have been a game-tying score.Antonio Brown (84) appears to step out of bounds as he gets past Miami Dolphins strong safety Chris Clemons (30) on the final play of the of thel game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 8. Brown made it into the end zone on the play, but it was ruled he stepped out of bounds. Miami won 34-28. (AP Photo/Don Wright)Biggest Surprise: Kelvin Beachum’s emergence as the left tackle of the future. The former seventh-round pick provided solid if not spectacular play after taking over for ineffective Mike Adams.Biggest Disappointment: Linebacker LaMarr Woodley struggled to stay healthy, spending much of the season’s second half dealing with a pair of calf injuries. Jason Worilds’ filled in brilliantly, leaving Woodley’s job status in jeopardy.What’s Next: Figuring out who to keep and who to let walk on a defense that is still in the midst of a makeover. Getting a No. 2 wide receiver to take some of the pressure off Brown.Oakland Raiders Quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) runs for a 93 yard touchdown past Pittsburgh Steelers free safety Ryan Clark, left, inside linebacker Vince Williams (98) and cornerback William Gay (22) during the first quarter in Oakland, Calif., Oct. 27. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)last_img read more

Earth as a Habitable Planet

first_imgWhen viewed as a planet among planets, Earth is surprisingly surprising, considering how close it is to scientists’ investigating eyes.No hell on Earth:  Astrobiology Magazine claims that the “Hadean Era” of the early Earth was not as “hellish” as previously thought.  Historical geologists at Vanderbilt have questioned the conventional wisdom, but the article admits there have been two schools of thought.  “Our conclusion is counterintuitive,” says Calvin Miller of Vanderbilt, defending his team’s new view. “Hadean zircons grew from magmas rather similar to those formed in modern subduction zones, but apparently even ‘cooler’ and ‘wetter’ than those being produced today.”Natural fracking:  A “strange” sandstone formation in Colorado along the Rocky Mountain’s front range has baffled geologists.  Live Science calls it a case of “natural fracking” that injected fluid sand into bedrock (usually, intrusions occur the other way, igneous into sedimentary).  Science Magazine says the dates (based on zirons) of this Tava Formation make it older than the Rockies themselves.  It will change geologists’ perspective on the hypothetical supercontinent of Rodinia.Gravity tectonics:  How did plate tectonics get started?  “How this gargantuan process got started on early Earth has been quite a mystery,” reporter Jesse Emspak wrote for Live Science.  The traditional theory has been that convection started spreading the continental plates around.  Now, a new computer model says that gravity was up to the job, the article says.  “There is still work to be done – it’s a computer model – but Rey thinks it goes some way to help explain the composition and structure of the current crust.”Shaking up the uplift:  A geologist from Tulane is “shaking things up” about the formation of steep mountains, PhysOrg says.  “Nicole Gasparini was going upstream against a major trend in geologic research,” the article begins.  “Many geologists ascribe to the popular hypothesis about the formation of very steep mountain ranges: that a wet climate and heavy rainfall on one side of a mountain range are needed to drive erosion and uplift the mountain to high elevations.”  The classic case has been the Andes.  When Gasparini tested the idea with models, she didn’t see climate being a factor (even though, ironically, she never has visited the Andes).  Her ideas put “rain on the parade” of the leading theory, the article saysGoing against the flow:  Models of river flow have been too simplistic, a group of geologists found on a 486-km raft trip down the Fraser River in Canada.  Nicole Gasparini described this paradigm-shifting work in Science Magazine about a paper by Venditti et al. in the same issue.  Rivers in steep-sided canyons don’t just cut straight down uniformly.  All kinds of turbulent effects, including swirling eddies, have significant effects on the walls of canyons and the shapes of riverbeds.  “The results call for a re-evaluation of how waterways carve through bedrock to form canyons,” Gasparini says.  See also PhysOrg and Science Daily.Jesus had some words about geology.  He warned those who build their lives on the shifting sands of man’s opinions instead of the solid rock of His word (Matthew 7:24-29). (Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

2011 Comrades draws big names

first_imgThis year marks the 86th year of theComrades Marathon, and has attracted19 617 runners.(Image: CONTACTS• Peter ProctorComrades Marathon Association+27 33 897 8650RELATED ARTICLES• Search on for top thrill-seekers• Epic run to put smiles on faces• Sport in South Africa• SA women conquers the Seven SummitsNosimilo RamelaThe 2011 Comrades Marathon taking place on 29 May promises to be the most competitive edition yet. For the first time in the history of the race, top Ethiopian runners have entered and are set to pose a great threat to defending champions. The race has also seen an increase in entrants from the UK, US, Australia and Brazil.Now in its 86th year, the 89km ultra marathon – dubbed the Ultimate Human Race – has attracted an overwhelming number of entries from all around the world, resulting in a field of 19 617 competitors. This year’s entrants are 78% male and 22% female.Chairperson of the Comrades Marathon Association Peter Proctor said this year’s success is a result of the country’s successful hosting of the first African Fifa World Cup.“After the excitement of the Fifa World Soccer Cup last year, the Comrades Marathon also celebrated a great year.”Proctor said it is exciting to see that the 2011 race has attracted so many entrants. “The Comrades Marathon’s ability to attract runners from all walks of life firmly attests to its domination of the South African road-running calendar.”This year’s race will be run from Durban to Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal’s two major cities. This is known as the “up run” as it has more climbs from the coast inland. As this route is more challenging, it’s 2km shorter than the 89km “down run” from Pietermaritzburg to Durban – the route followed every alternate year.This year’s runners will face five major hills along the way, popularly known as the “Big Five”. Cowies Hill is the first one, about 14km from the start. It is a moderately difficult climb, rising about 137m in the space of 1.5km.Fields Hill is the second one, about 22km from Durban, and rises 213m over a distance of 3km.Botha’s Hill follows with a gentler altitude rise of about 150m and covering a distance of 2.4km. At the top of this hill there is a human landmark well-known to all veteran Comrades runners. Every year since the marathon began, boys from local high school Kearsney College have gathered in numbers outside the school gates on the hilltop to cheer on and hand out refreshments to the tired runners.In the 7km stretch from the top of Botha’s Hill, there is a steep but sharp descent known as Alverstone.Shortly after that, runners encounter the Wall of Honour on the right hand side of the road, overlooking the Valley of 1 000 Hills. This wall was created as a permanent landmark to honour the achievements of runners who have completed the epic journey between the two cities.A few 100m past this is the halfway mark, which is immediately followed by the fourth “Big Five” hill, Inchanga. Here runners are confronted by a tough 2.5km hill that rises to 150m in altitude.At 870m, Umlaas Road is the highest point on the route and situated about 19km from Pietermaritzburg. This point is largely unnoticed by most runners, as it is not a recognisable hill. The only landmark here is a concrete water tower.The ultimate hill is next, Polly Shorts. It lies in wait 80km away from Durban and is often the make-or-break point for even the top contenders. The climb is 1.8km in length with the peak at an altitude of 737m.Founded by First World War veteran Vic Clapham, the Comrades Marathon is one of the greatest ultra marathons in the world. It is one of South Africa’s enchanting national treasures and attracts thousands of runners, spectators and television viewers every year.Runners of all talents and ages come together on the day in a gruelling display of mind and body strength.last_img read more

Google Docs: Now for Storage as much as Collaboration

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Companies may use the Google Documents List API to sync files and provide additional backups.Google is partnering with three companies to provide additional services:Memeo Connect for Google Apps is a new desktop application that offers an easy way to access, migrate, and synchronize files to Google Docs across multiple computers. Syncplicity offers businesses automated back-up and file management with Google Docs.Manymoon is a project management platform that makes it simple to organize and share tasks and documents with coworkers and partners, including uploading files to Google Docs.Google Docs is emerging as the strongest player in the storage and collaboration space. Competitors like provide similar services but are far smaller than Google. This is a trend to watch as cloud computing becomes more predominant and the concept of collaborating online becomes more palatable. This will be especially true as it becomes apparent how documents can be accessed anywhere on any device with potentially significant cost savings. alex williams Tags:#enterprise#news#NYT#Products Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Google is extending Google Docs, allowing any kind of file to be uploaded up to 250 MB in size. The move signifies how Google Docs is now a storage service as much as a collaboration platform. Enterprise customers may now store large files on Google Docs for free or a small cost. Additionally, the documents may be backed up using third-party applications.Google is promoting the service as a way for enterprise customer to store files without the need for a thumb drive. That’s a clear sign of how traditional storage devices may be bypassed by online alternatives.Until recently, a thumb drive served as the best way to transport large files. But now, large files can be accessed from anywhere and can be used in a collaborative context. For example, Google Docs users may store files in a shared folder for group collaboration.The capability to upload large files will be ready within the next few weeks. Users receive 1 GB in storage. Enterprise customers will also have the capability to add additional storage for $3.50 per GB per year.last_img read more

The OMDC Film Fund

first_imgOMDC Film Fund – Development GuidelinesOMDC Film Fund – Development BudgetOMDC Film Fund – Production GuidelinesSchedule of Minimum Commitment of Ontario Expenditures OMDC Film Fund – Applicant Production Company StatementApplication Form/Online Application Portal Login/Register With: Funding AvailableDevelopment : provides funding in the form of an interest-free loan of up to $25,000 for the final development stage.Production : provides funding in the form of a repayable advance of up to $400,000 on a last-in basis to complete the financing of a feature film.NOTE: Full eligibility requirements can be found in OMDC Film Fund Production Guidelines and OMDC Film Fund Development Guidelines. Please read the guidelines completely before beginning your application. OMDC reserves the right to revise Guidelines and Application Forms. Please ensure that you have the current versions before preparing your documentation.Application Process All applications must be submitted via the OMDC Online Application Portal (OAP). Applications submitted by any other method will not be accepted.Prior to starting an application, your company’s corporate information must be registered with the OAP. If you do not have a user account on OAP, please go to and click on “Register”.If your company is registered, the OMDC Film Fund program deadline will appear in your dashboard. To start the application, click on “Start new application” and follow the onscreen directions to access the application form.Applicants are strongly encouraged to start the application process well in advance of the deadline in case technical support is required. There is flexibility for completing the application form – you may start at any time and save information as it is entered, and can go back to edit and/or add information up until the time the application is actually submitted.If you encounter problems setting up your company’s corporate information, you can email [email protected] for assistance. This email address can also be used for any technical questions you have about the OAP. Information sessions EnquiriesProgram Coordinator, Industry InitiativesPhone: [email protected] regarding the Online Application Portal (OAP) should be directed to [email protected] receive notification of upcoming deadlines and program updates, please email [email protected] with your complete contact information, including your full name, company name and telephone number, as well as the name of the program that you are interested in. Date:TBD LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Time:10:00 am – 12:00 pm Date:Wednesday, August 31, 2016 Information Session 2 – REGISTRATION REQUIRED Facebook Advertisement Location:Conference Centre, Main Floor, North Tower, 175 Bloor Street East, Toronto. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the upcoming OMDC Film Fund Information Sessions. Please complete the online registration form by 5:00 pm on the day prior to the Information Session. Unregistered guests will only be accepted if space permits.Information Session 1 – REGISTRATION REQUIRED Date:Thursday, August 18, 2016 Location:Conference Centre, Main Floor, North Tower, 175 Bloor Street East, Toronto. *Note: Access to this information session is limited. Priority will be given to persons with accessibility challenges, and registrants outside of the GTA. Online information session participants will receive an invitation via email with a link and password to login and will be able to call in via conference call during the session.If you are interested in attending an Ontario Media Development Corporation Information Session but require it be conducted in French please send a request to [email protected] by July 15, 2016 and arrangements will be made to schedule an additional session on an alternate date.If you are interested in attending an OMDC Information Session and have additional accessibility issues that need to be considered, please contact us as above.Guidelines and Application Forms: Webinar* REGISTRATION REQUIRED Advertisement Time:TBD Advertisement Time:2:00 pm – 4:00 pm The OMDC Film Fund is intended to increase the level of domestic feature film production in Ontario. It provides support to Ontario producers for feature film projects in the final stages of development and production financing.The OMDC Film Fund consists of two components: Development and ProductionDeadline:October 3, 2016 (by 5:00 pm) Twitterlast_img read more