Non – Credit Instructor – Heavy Equipment Operator

first_imgPosting Job TitleNon-Credit Instructor – Heavy Equipment OperatorDepartmentContinuing Education and Organizational DevelopmentPosition TypeNon-Credit InstructorNumber of openings1Job SummaryJohnson County Community College is seeking a Heavy EquipmentOperator Instructor. This part-time position will assist increating, updating and teach non-credit students how to safelyoperate various pieces of heavy construction equipment. Trainingwill be delivered through actual hands-on equipment in a fieldsituation and/or in a classroom. Heavy equipment will consist ofthe following:• Skid Steer/Forklift• Excavator/Backhoe/Mini-Excavator• Wheel (Front End) Loader• Motor (Road) Grader• Snowplow (Pusher) as auxiliary equipment on a truckRequired Qualifications-High School graduate or equivalent-5 years of relevant work experience-Knowledgeable and productive in core competencies of heavyequipment operations. Must possess a thorough understanding ofequipment, settings, etc.-Must be able to operate heavy equipment in a safe and appropriatemanner. Heavy equipment may include the above listed machinery andother pieces of equipment as needed.Preferred Qualifications-AAS or Bachelor’s degree-Ability to work day, evenings, and/or weekend hours-Ability to efficiently use Microsoft office products, especiallyPowerPointRequired application documentsPlease submit a resume with the application.Hours per WeekVariesWork Hours/DaysHours and days will vary.Salary Grade LevelNONCRSalaryCompetitive rate of payLocationOverland Park Main CampusDisclosuresEvery employee of the college is expected to treat all members ofthe college community with dignity and respect demonstratingprofessional, courteous and respectful behavior and engage inconstructive conflict resolution, when needed.In accordance with the college policy, finalists for this positionwill be subject to criminal background investigations. Individualhiring departments at JCCC may elect to administer pre-employmenttests, which are relevant to essential job functions as part of theapplicant selection/hiring process. Many departments require thoseselected for hire to submit a certified transcript for all degreesobtained. For full consideration, applicants are encouraged toapply prior to the review date listed in posting.Johnson County Community College welcomes the application of anyqualified candidate and does not discriminate on the basis of race,color, age, sex, religion, marital status, national origin,disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity,genetic information or other factors which cannot be lawfullyconsidered, to the extent specified by applicable federal and statelaws.If you are an applicant requesting assistance or a reasonableaccommodation in the application process, please contact the Officeof Human Resources at 913-469-3877, or email [email protected] a summary of all disclosures (Background check, Clery Act, ADA,EOE, etc.) refer to the links on our Career page.Advertised: 30 Mar 2021 Central Daylight TimeApplications close: 31 May 2021 Central Daylight Timelast_img read more

Nobel laureate condemns God study funded by US Christian

first_imgGary Rosen, Chief External Affairs Officer for the Foundation denied that it only funded projects with a religious bias. “We take no interest in the religious beliefs of the researchers we support; we care only about the scientific quality of their work. Much of the research we fund is entirely unrelated to religious questions.”“The Foundation supports scientific research on religious belief as well as civil, open-minded dialogue between scientists and theologians. Both activities are invaluable in deepening our understanding of the human experience,” he continued.Professor Roger Trigg, senior research fellow at the Oxford Theology Faculty and Co-Principal investigator for the project also defended the proposal, saying that it had scientific validity.“The study of cognitive religion is a new area which has aroused interest over recent years. What is at issue is how far religious belief of various kinds is ‘natural’. That might make atheism ‘unnatural’ in that it is not people’s starting point – either as children or in ‘primitive’ cultures.”However American scientists who have previously criticised the Foundation questioned their attempt to combine scientific and religious research topics, saying that it could blur the line between the two. Sean Carroll, a Senior Research Associate at the California Institute of Technology Physics Department, said that they used their wealth to influence research agendas. “I think the Templeton Foundation is sincere but misguided.  They are not anti-science, nor do they pay people to say things that they don’t believe.  But they find people whose beliefs are already compatible with their own, and raise their profile by awarding large amounts of money. They are interested in promoting research into spiritual questions and the intersection of science and religion,” he said.Peter Woit, a mathematical physicist at Columbia University, said that it should not use its grants to encourage the joint study of religion and science, saying, “My problem has been that their agenda is to bring science and religion together, which in my view is not a good thing.”In a statement, the University said, “The research is rigorous and will ultimately be published in peer-reviewed journals, and donors and funders have no influence over how research is conducted and cannot influence the final result.”In 1984, Sir John Templeton endowed the graduate Oxford Centre for Management Studies enabling it to become a full college, which was renamed Templeton College. A row has erupted after a Nobel Prize winning scientist attacked new Oxford research funded by an institution that he claims is “attempting to drag us back into the Dark ages.”Sir Harold Kroto, winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, accused the American John Templeton Foundation of ‘corrupting’ science by funding pro-religious study.However, academics behind the research have defended its credientials, saying that investigation into the ‘naturalness’ of religion and the nature of belief was vital. The research, into why people believe in God, received a £1.9m grant from the Foundation, an  organisation which provides grants to a variety of theological and religious projects.The study is being conducted by the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, and asks questions such as ‘Does the naturalness of religious beliefs mean that they’ve been explained away and you shouldn’t believe in God?’The Foundation, which has an endowment of $1.1 billion, describes itself as a ‘philanthropic investor in research on concepts and realities such as love, gratitude, forgiveness and creativity’.It was founded in 1987 by lifelong Presbyterian and investor Sir John Templeton, a former Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College, who has said that “scientific revelations may be a goldmine for revitalizing religion in the 21st Century.”Kroto stated, “Their only mission is to undermine the ethical position of the scientific community. They could not care a f*** what the outcome is they will still go on funding this sort of innane crap in an attempt to drag us back into the Dark ages. Galileo is turning in his grave.”“They continue to throw money at this when there are massive problems around the world that really need action for example aids, malaria, TB, Darfur, and the fact that one quarter of all children are deficient in almost everything you can think of.”He claimed that the funding had been provided to gain associate the Foundation with “the reputation of Oxford University…to give their pathetic initiatives some apparent semblance of scientific credibility.”last_img read more

Masked protesters at Careers Fair

first_imgThe university’s annual Science and Engineering Fair was disrupted by students protesting against BAE Systems this Wednesday.BAE Systems, who had a stall at the fair, is the second largest global defence company.The protest was organised by the Oxford Anti-War Action.At around 6 pm five students entered the Town Hall, where the fair was taking place. Once inside, they put on “death masks” and held a large sign that read “BAE sells Israel kills.”One of the protesters stuck a red tear drop indicating a number of Gaza victims on a BAE Systems representative.The representative then grabbed him by his shirt and is alleged to have said, “If you don’t get out now I’m going to thump you.”The BAE employee, who refused to give his name, later explained to that “these are private premises, people have paid to be here.”He later told Cherwell “if they are trespassing then they are here for unlawful purposes.”One of the protesters was thrown out by a security guard but later managed to get successfully back into the fair.Police arrived at the scene and told the protesters that they would be liable for arrest if they did not leave the fair.A police officer stated there was a need “to balance their right to protest with those of a lawful company”.The reaction sparked criticism from students at the fair. One postgraduate Chemistry student, Liz Raiment, who attended the fair, commented that the reaction to the protesters was “not fair on students.”However, the police representative rejected the comments, saying, “If you’ve got a problem with that, speak to Prime Minister David Cameron.”The security guard who threw out one of the protesters told Cherwell that he was “‘just doing [his] job” and had “no opinion on the politics.”One of the protesters, Ben Hudson, a first year student at Regent’s Park, felt that “not only is BAE Systems’ business immoral and unacceptable, but it is also incompatible with the beliefs of the student body to have them advertise at careers fairs.“Their arms are not licensed for exports and they sell to countries like Israel, condemned by the UN for human rights violations.”Kate Halls, another protester, told Cherwell “they said we are obstructing a lawful business but unfortunately it is an unlawful business.“The university is not only willing us to do business with them but our fees are feeding directly to deaths of Palestinian children.”Oxford Anti- War Action describe themselves as a group of student activists who are “outraged by the wars being fought by the UK and its allies”.last_img read more

New Executive Director Named For Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau

first_imgTwitterFacebook New Executive Director Named For Evansville Convention & Visitors BureauAPRIL 18TH, 2018 BRITNEY TAYLOR EVANSVILLE, INDIANAThe Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau announces a new executive director. Joe Taylor will replace long-time executive director Bob Warren.Taylor comes from the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau where he served as President/CEO since May 1998. The Quad Cities CVB consisted of Davenport/Bettendorf, Iowa and Rock Island/Molina, Illinois.During his tenure, he was responsible for growing the two-state, multi-jurisdictional CVB with an annual budget of $1.3 million and multiple officers serving the metropolitan and rural areas with a regional population of 350,000.Taylor has also overseen the operations of the Quad Cities Sports Commission for several years.His extensive background in sporting events is complemented with a knowledge of hosting meetings and conventions, the riverboat cuisine industry and partnering in riverfront development and gaming.Taylor will begin as the new executive director on June 4th. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Featured Vacation Rental: Jan. 29th

first_imgAddress: 815 5th Street, Ocean City, NJ 08226VROCNJ Listing #150Not one other home in Ocean City or South Jersey provides the option for up to 40 guests to dine together. The one-of-a-kind courtyard has pretty flowers and seating for 40+ at stunning pewter-colored cast aluminum furniture with an oversized commercial gas grill. The dining room seats up to 26 at one extended table plus 4 at the bar and 12 to 14 in the adjacent kitchen.Located just one block to the beach and boardwalk, the Inn features 3 adjacent units {Listings 147 (Main House), Listing 148 (Condo A) and Listing 149 (Condo B)} with 14 pretty & comfortable bedrooms, 3 modern and fully stocked kitchens, 7 full updated baths, 2 half baths, and several stunning living areas. We have an additional 3 bedroom unit that sleeps 8 and is available for most of the year, including July through October 2021 (Listing 158, Condo C). Please visit the individual listings for more photos and info on the various units. For complete details about this rental, including more photos, rates, amenities, availability, interactive map of the exact location, and reviews from previous guests, visit VROCNJ Listing #150 and contact the owner direct to save on booking fees!Isn’t quite what you are looking for?Search hundreds of Ocean City Vacation Rentals at VROCNJ.comOwn a Vacation Rental in Ocean City, NJ? Advertise it on VROCNJ for as little as $249/year! NO Commissions or Booking Fees! List Your Property on Today!last_img read more

Warburtons is second in brand value charts

first_imgWarburtons’ “rare” growth has seen it extend its reach over Hovis as the second most valuable UK grocery brands, with a brand value of £583m. “It is rare for a brand to continue to grow from a large base at such a pace as Warburtons,” commented independent brand valuation consultancy, Intangible Business, which has just published its annual league table of the 100 most valuable UK grocery brands.Warburtons’ sales have increased 13% since last year and its brand value by 11%. Its distribution also continues to grow, taking the brand to an increasing number of customers. Intangible Business defines brand value as “the amount the brand owner would be willing to pay for its brand if it did not already own it”. It is calculated using a variety of factor including forecast sales and brand strength. Coca Cola is top of table with a brand value of £1,151m and Lucozade are third with a value of £457m. In terms of the snacks sector, Kettle Chips has taken the biggest lead up the ladder, moving up 20 places in the table to 74th position with an increased brand value of 28%. Its success is thought to be due, in part, to its move towards offering more single pack sizes. Innocent has also moved up the ranks, up 16 places to number 32.Of the top 100 brands 54 of these as UK brands, 30 are US and six are French. The most valuable sector is soft drinks with 16 brands in the top 100 and a total brand value of £3,868.5m, confectionery is second and bakery third with three brands in the top 100 and a total brand value of £1,149.8m. Hot beverages was 6th in the table and biscuits and snacks 8th.“The economic downturn has had a profound effect on the grocery market in 2008 and played straight into the hands of discount retailers,” commented Stuart Whitwell, joint managing director of Intangible Business. “If, as expected, major supermarkets bring in more lines of own label products to compete with discount retailers, 2009 will see a fierce battle of brand owners. We have seen examples of this in 2008 with Coke increasing market share over Pepsi and Warburtons firmly establishing itself as the number one provider of baked goods. This will only get worse.”The report predicts that brands able to segment their product offerings to attract value conscious shoppers while maintaining brand equity are likely to be best able to withstand the coming storm.last_img read more

In praise of the Y chromosome

first_imgIn comparison to the X chromosome, says David Page, the Y chromosome is a “demure, rather shy little fellow” traditionally believed by scientists to be decaying or stagnating to the point where some researchers have predicted its eventual extinction.“I have spent the better part of the last 25 years defending the honor of this small, downtrodden chromosome in the face of numerous insults to its character,” said Page, director of the Whitehead Institute and a professor of biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, during a lively lecture Thursday (April 15) titled “The Evolutionary and Genetic Basis of Human Reproduction,” the final talk this semester in the “Evolution Matters” series sponsored by the Harvard Museum of Natural History.Talking as if he were teaching a class, Page dispensed with the traditional format of holding a question-and-answer session at the end of his lecture, and instead invited audience participation. He began with a “crash course” he called “Human Genome 101,” asking questions such as “How many cells do you have in your body?” (10 trillion); “How many genomes per cell?” (two, except for in gametes, which have one); and the trickier “How old is sex?” (that depends whether you’re talking about bacteria, yeast, turtles, or humans), before tackling gene recombination.During recombination, he explained, genes usually work in pairs, swapping material to lead to DNA repair and more robust genetic diversity. Every cell in the human body contains 23 pairs of chromosomes, and 22 of those pairs are matched. The 23rd in about 50 percent of people (that is, men) are not a matched pair but an XY pair. The Y chromosome is passed from father to son and contains the genes necessary for forming testicles, and therefore making sperm. Until Page’s laboratory learned differently, scientists believed that the Y chromosome, which has about 80 genes compared with the X’s 1,000 or so, did not pair-swap genetic material, and therefore was a weakened player.But Page and his colleagues discovered that the Y chromosome does swap genetic material. The twist is, it swaps with itself. The Y, Page’s lab learned, stores DNA as a palindrome that reads the same in either direction — like the name Otto, for example. “The palindromes on Y are spectacular,” Page said. “It has almost perfect left-arm-to-right-arm symmetry,” with only .06 percent divergence.One thing scientists knew was true was genes on the Y did not come in pairs, which would mean that Y chromosomes are very young, evolutionarily speaking, only about half a million years old. “Now all of a sudden we realized genes on Y come in pairs, just not from Mom and Dad, but on the arms of the palindrome.” The arms of the palindrome engage in “nonreciprocal recombination,” folding over on themselves to “overwrite” faulty genetic material.“This implies that the palindrome existed in the chimp/human ancestor 6 million years ago,” said Page, whose lab also sequenced the chimp Y chromosome and discovered that the Y has continued to evolve in the 6 million years since chimps and humans emerged from a common ancestor.Page and his colleagues also discovered that the Y chromosome may be linked to Turner syndrome in women, which is characterized by the lack of one sex chromosome, and can cause short stature, heart defects, and infertility due to ovarian malfunction. The syndrome may be the result of Y chromosome recombination gone awry, Page speculates, when the chromosome inadvertently becomes a palindrome with no gap in the center.Known as the centromere, the middle space between the two arms of the Y chromosome is key to its health. If two centromeres are inadvertently created, as they were on 18 of 60 patients studied who had low sperm production, there are anomalies of the Y chromosome, or discordance between chromosomal constitution and anatomy — that is, feminization. “It turns out these centromeres play a critical role in passing out one copy of each chromosome to each daughter cell,” said Page. “Ironically, the more Y you have, the more likely you’re a female.”last_img read more

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

Nathan Lane Performs Shaiman & Wittman Tune for David Letterman

first_img View Comments David Letterman bids farewell to the Late Show on May 20, but before he signed off, a certain song-and-dance man had a special message for him. Stage and screen favorite Nathan Lane took the stage on May 5 to perform a tune, with the help of songwriting duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Over the years, Lane has told Letterman that he feels “dead inside,” and he’s pretty sure Letterman knows the feeling. Take a listen as Lane performs the hilarious anthem, with Shaiman at the piano, then catch the two-time Tony winner in It’s Only a Play at the Schoenfeld Theatre. Star Filescenter_img Nathan Lanelast_img

Confessions of an Outdoor Dad

first_img by Jay Hardwig“I’m hot, sweaty, thirsty, and smelly, but I’m having a great time.”The pronouncement came from my eight-year-old son as we scrambled up a small summit on the Mountains-to-Sea trail late last summer. It was hardly the deep backwoods: we were a scant mile from the Folk Art Center, a fifteen-minute downhill stroll to flush toilets, station wagons, and soda pop machines. But it struck me with the force of revelation all the same. My boy loved it out here in the woods. He might grow up to run the ridges after all.I had worried it would not be so. It’s a common concern in this modern age, filled as it is with a long list of pixelated micro-diversions and other agreeable conveniences. You know the usual suspects: the Gameboys, the Leappads, the iPods, the cell phones, the boob tube, the Internet, Club Penguin, Webkinz, ToonTown. How is it possible to raise a true nature’s child in a world of instant entertainment?Easy enough, I’m starting to think. We imagine the seductions of our time to be stronger than they are. Give our kids a little credit: they know what is real and what is not. Their sturdy little souls are smart enough, even at a young age, to know that time spent staring at the sky can hatch more happiness than time spent staring at a screen; that a butterfly landing on one’s shoulder offers more enchantment than a plasticized pageant of Disney princesses; that a cold drink of water, well-earned, is more refreshing than the sugared siren call of yet another juice box.Pure bunk? Perhaps. But it is worth remembering that if my kids don’t grow up to love the trees and the dirt and the chirp of birds in spring, it is more my fault than Nickelodeon’s. When I glance out the window to spy my kids lying prone in the backyard, staring at the sky and inventing worlds of bravery, battle, and whimsy, it reminds me that any failure of imagination here is mine, not theirs.When it comes to living a more authentic outdoors existence—a life of hiking and biking, moleskin and granola—I talk a pretty good game. I keep my walking stick at the ready, trail maps in my glove box, a Whisperlite stove in good working order. I write these columns, dream of campfire nights, and speak of sore calves as a blessing and a gift. But truthfully? I don’t get around much anymore. My boots go unlaced for months at a time and my stove is (almost) always cool to the touch. I spend more time parsing online football scores than backcountry maps. My most memorable hiking experiences are a solid fifteen years in the past. My wife has told me for years that I really should be writing for Blue Ridge Indoors.What can I say? The kids are big and time is short. There’s soccer practice, PTO potlucks, and pizza palace birthday parties to navigate. Mom’s got book club, the dog needs shots, and we all know that Dad needs to hoist a few with the boys now and then. I ain’t complainin’: like Willie Dixon before me, I live the life I love and I love the life I live. But the calendar’s not quite as free as it was when I was a 25-year-old grad-school dropout bouncing around the Smokies with an ‘84 Toyota, more time than money, and a withering disdain for convention in all its forms. (My mom will hate that sentence, by the way. She’ll point out, quite correctly, that I was never quite the vagabond boho iconoclast I sometimes like to pretend I was. My pretensions in that vein have always exasperated her. But the essential point remains the same: I’ve got less free time, and perhaps less free spirit, than I once did.)Still, I know that if I put my mind to it, I could raise my kids as true lovers of the woods. If I put my mind to it, I could have them skinning rabbits right now, starting fires with flint, sniffing out rare truffles, and snapping off clean Eskimo rolls in their downtime. We could wake up each morning with grit in our teeth and bed down each night with sweat on our brow. (There are families out there like that, I know: I read about them sometimes on the Internet while sitting in my underwear and drinking canned beer.) But like so many things that I could do if I just put my mind to it–learning the accordion, flossing more thoroughly, composing dirty limericks for office dinner parties—the problem comes in putting my mind to it. I don’t put my mind to much these days, I’m afraid. My mind’s a stubborn and baleful thing, and doesn’t like to be put in places that require much in the way of effort or ambition. So it goes.But next summer, by gum, we’ll get our boots dirty. There will be more camping, more canoeing, more nights spent under the stars. It won’t be a hard sell. Eli loves to hike and ramble and talk about black holes, magicians, and time travel; Isabel could play in a mountain stream all day; they both can find the fairies in a rhododendron tangle. When we camp, they choose the primitive sites over the paved ones, and can’t wait for the campfire to start. We had a taste of the woods this summer, and the children want more. They deserve no less.And so it comes to this: after years spent thinking that I would have to push my children out of doors, I find instead they are pushing me. Keep pushing, kids. We’ll be hot, sweaty, thirsty, and smelly, and we’ll have a great time. •last_img read more