SAI names 2007 grant, internship recipients

first_imgSAI Study GrantsNasser Hussain ’08, Islamic religious revival among young British Muslims, exploring the generation gap and political participationAditi Mallick ’06, an exploration of primary health-care policy and delivery in NepalAstha Thapa ’08, summer thesis research in Nepal on its political history and prospects of democratic consolidation in the futureRajiv Venkataramanan ’08, the effects of ethnic chauvinism and ethnic nationalism on orphaned children in Sri Lankan conflictThe following students have received internships through SAI.Victor and Tara Menezes Service in India interns:Mary Allison ’09, BASIX microfinance, HyderabadJessamin Birdsall ’10, Kachhwa Hospital, Uttar PradeshMichael Codini ’08, South Asia Human Rights Documentation Center, New DelhiPamela Freed ’09, Ujjivan, BangalorePaayal Gupta ’08, Indicorps preventive health, RajasthanYingying Huang ’09, Indicorps India service initiative, GujaratAnjuli Kannan ’09, Indicorps relevant rural technology, RajasthanAnna Kendrick ’09, Indicorps India service initiative, GujaratKatherine Prescott ’09, BASIX microfinance, HyderabadDillshoda Yergasheva ’09, Mann Deshi microfinance, Maharashtra The South Asia Initiative (SAI) recently announced its study grants for Harvard graduate and undergraduate students. Sixteen students have also received SAI internships.The graduate student grant recipients, including their research projects, are as follows:Tata Study GrantsSana Aiyar, South Asian diaspora in colonial Kenya and postcolonial BritainTariq Ali, the professionalization of economics in Indian universitiesMichael Allen, intensive summer Sanskrit study in PuneMary Anderson, religious representation in Ajanta and Ellora cavesRita Banerjee, post-WWII poetry and ideas of aestheticsGarga Chatterjee, documentation and analysis of post-1975 student political activismAlison Comfort, impact of community-based health insurance schemesAntara Datta, war, violence, and displacement during the 1971 Bangladesh warUjala Dhaka, spaces of multireligious engagement in the city of MumbaiVictoria Fan, sustainability evaluation of SEWA Health Cooperative’s primary income-generating activitiesAliya Iqbal-Naqvi, an intellectual biography of Abu’l Fazl Mari Jyvasjarvi, Buddhist and Jain nuns in premodern IndiaMana Kia, negotiations of affiliation and difference within Persianate culture Kris Manjapra, Indian modernity, 1920-1960Arthur McKeown, the life of the 15th century abbot of Bodhgaya, SariputraVipin Narang, comparative study of the sources and consequences of “middle power” nuclear doctrines, with India and Pakistan as critical case studiesPaul Niehaus, developing new financial products to improve access for the rural poor and testing economic theoryKetaki Pant, an archival and ethnographic study of the East Africa diaspora in western IndiaSandhya Polu, public health policy formation in British India from 1892 to 1939, emphasizing the interplay between the international public health arena and the decision-making process in IndiaSemil Shah, a comparative analysis in the advancement of two economic enterprises — the new special economic zones in India and the township and village enterprises in ChinaNico Slate, connections between African-American and South Asian freedom strugglesFabrice Smieliauskus, field experiment in rural India on selecting and motivating volunteers to improve community nutritionGitanjali Surendran, Nangiar Koothu, a women’s dance/drama form in Kerala, India SAI Film Internship recipients:Lillian Erlinger ’10, Naseem Makiya ’08, and Andrew Wesman ’10 Study in India Grants recipients:Catherine Bevilacqua ’09 and Nan Ransohoff ’09center_img SAA.-SAI Ghungroo Internship recipient:Neel Butala ’09, SEWA, Ahmedabad SAI-Asia Center Study GrantStephanie Spray, an ethnographic research and video project with a cast of itinerant musicians in NepalThe undergraduate student grant recipients, including their research projects, are as follows:Tata Study GrantsNitesh Banta ’08, investigation of the barriers faced when integrating a noncorporeal punishment approach to classroom management in BhagadKristijonas Bartkus ’08 senior honors thesis research into rural well finance and strategies to overcome suboptimal investment outcomesSimi Bhat ’08, thesis on environmental identity in internally displaced persons of Kashmiri originCaroline Gogolak ’08, Indian textile industryNeha Gupta ’09, human rights law internship; public interest casework regarding gender, caste, and religious minorities, people living with HIV/AIDSAneesh Kulkarni ’09, study business plan and expansion proposals with nongovernmental organization (NGO) providing emergency medical services infrastructure in suburban IndiaAria Laskin ’08, the implications of Indian nationalist publications produced by British and Indian feministsDaniel Littlejohn-Carillo ’08, a comparative study of revolutionary movements’ adaptation to government in Nepal and CubaIrina Mladanova ’08, socioeconomic impacts of the IT industry in Bangalore Joshua Neff ’08, study of the impact of tourism on local development in Arunachal Pradesh, IndiaFrancisco Perese ’09, franchising microfinance banks in India: a study of sustainability and implementationAlexandra Perkins ’10, study at a language school for two weeks; volunteer with an NGO to promote environmental sustainability and women’s rights Neesha Rao ’08, American Christian missionaries in Indialast_img read more

Alon Day celebrates Euro Series title after emotional season of ups and downs

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Alon Day says he’s not here to count points, he’s here to count wins. And count those wins he did during a season in which he had a career-high seven of them en route to his second consecutive championship in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series.Day, a native of Ashdod, Israel, celebrated that championship Friday evening in Charlotte at the NASCAR Regional, International and Local Awards Banquet, where he walked the red carpet, posed for pictures and later gave his championship acceptance speech in front of a packed ballroom.RELATED: In-depth Alon Day statsBefore that speech got underway, however, Day was trying to fit the championship ring on his finger, but it kept slipping. Day nearly let the ring slide completely off, but he made a quick save with his other hand.“It’s too big,” Day said with a smile, to which the audience chuckled.It was fitting because, as Day admitted earlier on the red carpet, he nearly let the championship slip away in the next-to-last race weekend at Hockenheimring (Germany). In his words, he tried to pass the leader on the last lap just like Jimmie Johnson tried to do against Martin Truex Jr. on the Charlotte road course and spun out. That led to a 15th-place finish and plenty of pressure entering the final weekend at Zolder (Belgium).“I knew coming to Zolder, I needed to be as sharp as I can to be there in the end,” Day said. “And that weekend went pretty much perfect.”Perfect indeed. Day made another great save by winning both races at Zolder, including leading from start to finish in the final race of the season, to capture his second title in a row. Overcoming the adversity made the championship even sweeter the second time around.“This is even better,” Day said of his second chance to walk the red carpet. “We had a crazy season. I won much more races than last year (seven to four), but I made a lot of mistakes that cost me a lot. And until the very, very last moment in the race at Zolder I didn’t know if I was going to win the championship until literally, I crossed the line.”In addition to winning the Euro title, Day made his second career start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018, this time wheeling the No. 23 on the oval at Richmond Raceway after making an appearance on the road course at Sonoma the previous season.Being able to race in both the Euro Series and in the United States has made Day a star back home in Israel, where he says there now exists a motorsports section in the sports pages. He says it’s weird to think that because of him there are people halfway around the world tuning in to watch NASCAR races on TV.Day hopes fans will continue to watch him in 2019, whether he’s going for a third title in a row in the Euro Series or in one of NASCAR’s national series. He says his focus is on road courses, though he knows he needs more seat time on ovals in order to be a complete racer.Whatever happens from here, Day says 2018 was an emotional season that he will never forget, and one in which he learned plenty, including how to bounce back from adversity and come out on top when things seemed like they were slipping away.last_img read more

Watch Formerly Homeless Boy Sob For Joy at Getting His Own Bed

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore8-year-old Daeyrs has spent much of his young life living in homeless shelters with other families after his mom lost her job.All he wanted for Christmas in 2017, when the pair was finally accepted into a Michigan housing program, was a bed, and a kitchen table where he and his mother Dionna could eat together.But, while they were finally in a home, Daeyrs slept and ate on the floor as there was no money to pay for furniture. That’s when the Detroit based non-profit Humble Design stepped in to decorate their home for free.When Daeyrs was told to cover his eyes before seeing his bedroom, he was overcome with emotion when he saw his very own bed and dresser inside the fully furnished home.The boy can be seen in the video below looking around his new room in awe before breaking down in sobs.“Seeing how much having a bed and his own room meant to Daeyrs, it really made me realize what’s important in life and grateful for everything I have,” Humble Design founder Tregar Strasberg said.“He was so excited to have his own room, but also so overwhelmed by what having this really means for him after all he’s been through.”In 2017, the organization aided more than 150 families in their transition out of homelessness and abuse shelters.(WATCH the moment, and an interview on CNN, below)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Man wounded in dispute over concealed weapon in Overland Park

first_imgAn argument over a man carrying a concealed gun ended up being wounded with his own weapon during a dispute in downtown Overland Park Wednesday.Overland Park police report that a 59-year-old man had befriended two other men, but began arguing with one of them after learning he was carrying a concealed weapon.During the dispute at about 80th Street and Overland Park Drive, the 59-year-old suspect disarmed the man with the concealed weapon and pointed it at both of them. He then shot the man he was arguing with in the leg.Police responded at 5:30 p.m. and arrested the suspect. The other man was taken to the hospital for the non-life threatening wound.Anyone who might have witnessed the incident or has information regarding the matter are asked to call Overland Park police at 913-895-6300.last_img read more

Fraunhofer IIS Presents 8K Video-over-IP Transmission With JPEG XS at the Virtual IBC 2020

first_imgThe standardized JPEG XS codec was developed to handle media workflows from acquisition to the distribution encoder by using internet settings and Ethernet infrastructure only. The Fraunhofer IIS expert team for video coding successfully implemented a pilot project for streaming of 8K video-over-IP in cooperation with the Japanese public broadcaster NHK.JPEG XS — the new standardized low-latency codec for transfer of images up to 8K in production quality via IP. JPEG XS provides lowest latency for video-over-IP transmission. With the requirement for seamless media workflows, the handling of highest-quality images over internet protocol (IP) in local and wide area networks was required and JPEG XS is a codec enabling these requirements. The video coding expert team of the Fraunhofer-Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen developed a JPEG XS SDK in order to integrate JPEG XS in broadcast and movie production workflows to transfer high-quality images during the production and post-production process via IP in studio quality. The Fraunhofer JPEG XS SDK runs with CPU and GPU support.Production and broadcast studios are looking for new ways to manage video and image transmission by Ethernet to make their workflows easier and more cost-efficient. With JPEG XS as a new standardized video codec by ISO focusing these requirements, Fraunhofer IIS set up a system consisting of a PC-based real-time encoder with 4 by 12G SDI input and 10G Ethernet output and a PC-based real-time decoder with 10G Ethernet input and a 4 by 12G SDI output synchronized to the input of the encoder. The transmission of the data was operated on a 10G Ethernet link as SMPTE 2110 stream. The synchronization between input of the encoder and output of the decoder was realized over PTP IEEE1588 (Precision Time Protocol).Together with the Japanese broadcaster NHK and the team of Siegfried Foessel, head of the department moving picture technologies at Fraunhofer IIS, they carried out a pilot project to proof the capability of JPEG XS under real-time broadcast conditions. “In this pilot project the challenge was not only to use JPEG XS for transferring 8K video streams, but also to check the synchronization and the behavior of the system under real-time conditions,” said Foessel.“We verified the quality of JPEG XS during our evaluation phase with different compression ratios in order to use for our broadcast services. We will present all technical details about this evaluation and the excellent results in this pilot project at the virtual SMPTE ATC conference in November,” said Masayuki Miyazaki, deputy head of production engineering division at Engineering Development Center, NHK.For further information check out the virtual booth here: www.ibc2020.digitalmedia.fraunhofer.de.last_img read more

Researchers flag hundreds of new genes that could contribute to autism

first_imgLinkedIn Email Share on Twitter “Geneticists can now focus on the top-ranked autism-risk gene predictions from our machine-learning program, both to direct future genome sequencing studies and to prioritize individual genes for experimental studies,” said co-lead author Arjun Krishnan, an associate research scholar at Princeton’s Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics.“The method we developed can, for the first time, identify ASD-associated genes even if they have not been previously linked to autism in genetic studies,” said Olga Troyanskaya, senior author of the paper and a Princeton professor of computer science and genomics, as well as deputy director for genomics at the Simons Center for Data Analysis. “It is vitally important that we begin to explore underappreciated aspects of how autism arises and might someday be treated.”Autism has emerged in recent decades as one of the most common developmental disorders. The disorder, which has no cure, is characterized by difficulties in communicating, learning and socializing. Children often are not diagnosed until they are 3 or 4 years old. However, intervention services, such as physical and behavioral therapy, in a child’s first few years have been shown to improve development. Therefore, clinicians are keen on detecting autism as early as possible.“It is very important that we improve ways to diagnose kids with autism earlier so we can do earlier interventions,” Krishnan said. “Furthermore, getting a handle on where, when and how autism spectrum disorders arise during brain development will be absolutely critical for drug and treatment development in the decades ahead.”“This study is elegant, sophisticated and comprehensive,” said Daniel Geschwind, director of the Center for Autism Research and Treatment at the University of California-Los Angeles, who is familiar with the study but had no role in it. “It pulls together essentially all of the data out there on using network-based approaches to better understand autism.”Other Princeton researchers involved in the study are graduate student and co-lead author Ran Zhang, as well as graduate student Victoria Yao, lab manager Chandra Theesfeld and scientific software engineer Alicja Tadych. The other Simons Foundation authors are Aaron Wong, Natalia Volfovsky, Alan Packer and Alex Lash. Funding came primarily from the National Institutes of Health.The researchers began with a “functional interaction network” of the human brain they had originally constructed little more than a year ago. The network describes how genes in the human genome work together in the brain’s molecular circuits. While every cell in the human body contains a complete set of genetic instructions for the whole body, only a portion of these genes are “turned on” in any given cell at any given point in development or everyday life. Mutations to genes — when their orderly coding becomes scrambled — can prevent them from working in concert with other genes, leading to dysfunction and illness.“We have so many types of cells in our body, and though each cell has the same set of genes, or the same box of tools, each cell type can perform very different activities by wiring these tools in different ways,” Krishnan said. “We want to discover and understand the disruptions to the genetic toolkit in the brain of people with autism to learn about its origins.”The brain-specific network the researchers relied on pooled results from thousands of previous experiments, each of them revealing piece-by-piece how genes function together throughout the human body. Next, the team applied their machine-learning program to this network. The program quickly sifted through the entire network of more than 100 million gene interactions to draw out information, learning characteristics that indicate a connection to autism, and honing the quality of returns as they proceeded.Just as teachers offer students positive and negative feedback, the Princeton and Simons Foundation team trained the machine-learning program on the connectivity patterns of known ASD-associated genes, as well as human disease genes with no association to neurodevelopment. Based on those initial cues, the program then analyzed all 25,825 genes in the human genome, seeking any interaction patterns that resemble those of ASD-related genes.Encouragingly, within its top 10 percent of ranked predictions — around 2,500 genes — the program correctly identified numerous ASD-associated genes that were different from the known ones initially used to “train” the computer program. More importantly, the program highlighted several brand-new, compelling candidate genes with no prior genetic evidence tying them to autism. “These novel genes for autism risk are great candidates for further study,” Krishnan said.To gain context for their findings, the researchers considered their gene-prediction results alongside a map of gene expression in the developing brain compiled by neuroscientists at the Yale University School of Medicine. A distinct pattern of gene activity and inactivity popped up in babies’ brains while in utero. Through the prenatal into the late-fetal stages, altered development occurred broadly across neural regions related to autism by previous studies. These regions include the cerebellum, which coordinates and integrates muscle movement and sensory information, as well as the striatum, which is involved in motivation, planning and decision-making.“It is quite clear in our findings that the signal for autism is really there in early development,” Troyanskaya said. “The signal is regionally diffuse, implying autism is likely a disorder of general brain development, and not just one specific brain region.”A significant portion of the genes with a predicted link to autism have no known function in the brain, Troyanskaya said.“Although the human genome was mapped early last decade, we still don’t know what a majority of human genes do,” she said. “Our study underlines the fact that we have a great deal yet to learn about the operation of genes in the brains of neurotypical and autistic people.” Share on Facebookcenter_img Investigators eager to uncover the genetic basis of autism could now have hundreds of promising new leads thanks to a study by Princeton University and Simons Foundation researchers.In the first effort of its kind, the research team developed a machine-learning program that scoured the whole human genome to predict which genes may contribute to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The results of the program’s analyses — a rogue’s gallery of 2,500 candidate genes — vastly expand on the 65 autism-risk genes currently known. Researchers have recently estimated that 400 to 1,000 genes underpin the complex neurodevelopmental disorder.This newest research provides a manageable, “highly enriched” pool from which to pin down the full suite of ASD-related genes, the researchers said. Many of the newly implicated genes have never been studied for their possible roles in ASD. Following up on these leads will help scientists delve deeper into autism’s strong yet byzantine genetic basis, as well as possibly lead to new diagnostic and treatment techniques. The paper was published Aug. 1 in the journal Nature Neuroscience and the researchers have made their results available online. Pinterest Sharelast_img read more

Norway: Aviation authority grounds all EC225 helicopters after crash near Bergen

first_imgNorwegian Civil Aviation Authority has grounded all EC255 type helicopters in Norway following an incident that happened on Friday when a helicopter carrying workers from Statoil’s Gullfaks B platform crashed off Bergen.Eleven people have been confirmed dead, with search and rescue ongoing for the remaining two.The aviation authority issued a safety directive limiting operations of Airbus Helicopters EC225LP in Norway.“This Safety Directive contains mandatory action that is required to establish an acceptable level of safety,” said the authority in the document addressed to BlueWay Offshore Norge AS, Bristow Norway AS, CHC Helikopter Service AS.The order does not apply to any Search and Rescue flights for the purpose of saving life. The Safety Directive entered into force on April 29, 2916 at 14:00 hrs UTC and will remain in force until revoked by a new Safety Directive.Statoil had grounded all the helicopters of the type even before the safety directive was launched.In the meantime, Accidents Investigation Board Norway has located Flight Data Recorder and Cockpit Voice Recorder. AIBN said it would bring the recorders to England for reading as soon as possible. AIBN will get assistance from the French and the English investigation board in further investigation at the accident site. In addition, representatives of the CAA and EASA will participate.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

A spot of bovver

first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

Loco modernisation demonstrated

first_imgPOLAND: Electric locomotive repair works ZNLE has recently completed a thorough modernisation of an EU07 electric locomotive. There are more than 450 locos of this class in service in Poland, and the contractors hope to win significant volumes of work if they can offer PKP an affordable refurbishment programme.The locomotives were built by Pafawag in Wroclaw and H Cegielski in Poznan between 1963 and 1994. The design was licensed from English Electric, which supplied an initial 20 EU06 locomotives in 1962. ZNLE has changed the gear ratio to overcome a long-standing problem with overheating traction motors, and has used a patented system for adjusting brush shunts, to improve reliability and extend maintenance intervals. The cab has been fitted with modern cooling and heating systems and better soundproofing, while the driving desk has been redesigned. The previous pantograph has been replaced with a Stemmann-Technik design. Halogen headlights and LED marker lights have been installed at each end of the locomotive, along with LED passenger information displays.The first locomotive to be modernised is allocated to regional passenger business PKP PR, but it is expected to be transferred to PKP Intercity shortly. Following the rebuild the EU07 locomotive has been reclassified as EP07, reflecting the change from universal to passenger use.last_img read more

1950 tonne truss bridge span moved into place

first_imgUSA: A 120 m long bridge installed on August 25 is claimed by the Chicago Department of Transportation to be the largest truss bridge span ever to be moved into place following off-site assembly.General contractor Walsh Construction used four self-propelled mobile transporters to move the fully-assembled 1 950 tonne span from its nearby assembly site. The bridge is one of six road, rail and foot bridges being built as part of a $101m grade-separation project to improve road and rail traffic flows at the complicated intersection of 130th Street and Torrence Avenue under the ‘Building a New Chicago’ infrastructure programme. It also forms a part of the CREATE programme to improve the efficiency of rail operations in the Chicago region. CREATE is being undertaken through a partnership between the city of Chicago, state of Illinois, US Department of Transportation, freight railways and passenger operators Metra and Amtrak. The new bridge will carry South Shore Line commuter services and freight over Norfolk Southern tracks. In addition, 130th Street and Torrence Avenue are being lowered to pass under new rail bridges which will eliminate level crossings on the NS freight lines.last_img read more