New lungs could help my patient live. She also needed people to surround her

first_img [email protected] Daniela Lamas @danielalamasmd By Daniela Lamas March 26, 2018 Reprints Trending Now: I stand and pull out my stethoscope. As if on cue, you start to unbutton your cardigan. What a silly outfit to have worn, your expression says, all these buttons to undo. I place my stethoscope on your chest and hear the Velcro noise of air moving in and out of your scarred lungs. I notice the way that years of low oxygen have left your fingernails curved and misshapen.“Do you have any other questions?” I ask as I sit back down. You re-button your sweater.There is so much that I want you to know. I want to tell you about the patients in the ICU who might never really make it out of the limbo of recurrent hospitalizations and ventilator dependence. I also want to tell you about the woman who’s back to riding her motorcycle and the man whose transplanted lungs allowed him to meet his grandson. I want to show you all the other ones too, the people in the middle, fighting infections or the slow progression of rejection, navigating their way toward a new normal. I want to ask you if you are willing to risk what you have now to grasp at the good.But you shake your head. “No,” you say, thumbing through your fresh new binder of information. “No more questions right now.”I think I can understand. You’re not there yet. You are still counting your three people and there is a limit to what you can take in today. Maybe your family will rally behind you and you’ll get lungs and make it back home in weeks. Maybe it will take months and more procedures, and though it won’t be exactly as you’d hoped, the transplant will give you the time to find new things in the world to enjoy. Or maybe none of that will come to pass. Maybe you’ll decide against transplant altogether. I can’t know any of that in this visit.All I can do, in this moment, is to be present. I can answer your questions. I can tell you what you will need in order to move forward. And then I can gather my papers and pause for a moment, before the next patient, to watch as you leave.Daniela Lamas, M.D., is a pulmonary and critical care doctor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Ariadne Labs, and the author of “You Can Stop Humming Now: A Doctor’s Stories of Life, Death, and In Between,” published this week by Little, Brown and Company. Newsletters Sign up for First Opinion A weekly digest of our opinion column, with insight from industry experts. Please enter a valid email address. Privacy Policy You don’t think of yourself as alone. You have an adult son and daughter, but they live out of state. And then there is your sister, but her husband’s been sick, too. Three people. You should probably talk with the doctor about this, about what you’ll need to ask of these people, and how much they will have to commit.center_img Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson About the Author Reprints When you were diagnosed with lung scarring called pulmonary fibrosis nearly three years ago, the doctor said you might be dead by now. When the weeks and months passed and you did not die, you tried to think he was wrong. But then the cough worsened, you couldn’t catch your breath, and your doctor gave you the oxygen and a referral here, to talk about a lung transplant.The video ends. It was nearly an hour long and a blur of facts and faces. All you can remember was the part when they said you would need three people to make up your “support team.” Three people.advertisement Adobe This is how it begins.Before we can talk about how your body will be cut open to make way for new lungs, you must sit in a meeting room and watch an informational video.You settle in next to a woman who carries an oxygen tank like you do, plastic prongs in her nose. She gives you a half-smile. Her son — you assume it is her son — is sitting with her and taking notes, and you feel a little jolt that you are alone here.advertisement Tags patients Leave this field empty if you’re human: The young woman at the front desk startles you when she calls your name. It’s just a few steps to the exam room but it all feels so slow with the oxygen. This is where you’ll see the doctor.You readjust your sweater. You don’t get dressed up much these days, but you chose a cardigan this morning, real shoes instead of sneakers. Though you tell yourself that what you wear won’t affect the decision of whether you are a good candidate for a transplant, it’s better to be safe.I’m running a few minutes behind, scanning your chart. You’re already waiting in the exam room when I arrive, and you move to stand, but the oxygen tubing is all tangled in the legs of the chair, so I tell you not to worry.I explain that my role is to learn some more about you, answer questions, and help you begin to decide if a transplant is the right path. You nod. I encourage you to tell me everything, from the start. Whatever I record in your note today will travel with you from visit to visit, in the electronic record’s version of forever, so I want to get it right.We begin. You tell me about the misdiagnoses of asthma and allergies, referrals from specialist to specialist, and then, finally, a diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis.I ask you about what your life is like now. As you think about your days, you realize — for what feels like the first time — how small your world has become. You have not taken a walk outside for years. Just doing your laundry steals a day’s energy.I tell you that you’re a good candidate for lungs, if this is something that you want. You’re relatively young and otherwise healthy. Your weight is not too high and not too low. You do not take high-dose steroids or narcotics. I feel comfortable scheduling you for the next step, which is an overnight in the hospital. But you are alone here, and so I have to ask you about your people. Those three people.This part always feels hard, as being alone is so wrapped up in shame, yet I have to ask. No one can survive a lung transplant’s physical and emotional toll without support. Being loved is a kind of a prerequisite.You say you have people, adult children and a sister. But here’s the truth: You’re not sure that there are three. So I encourage you to talk to your children, to talk to your sister, to tell them the stakes. People step up, I say, though I also know that fear can just as easily make people back away. I hope this isn’t what happens for you. You nod again. First OpinionNew lungs could help my patient live. She also needed people to surround her last_img read more

Previewed and Profiled: Contenders line up for a senior hurling championship like none before

first_img TAGSLaois SHC Previewed and Profiled: Contenders line up for a senior hurling championship like none before The changes to the championship, enforced because of the shorter season, means only two teams instead of three will go through to the knockout stages. There will be no semi-finals.That should mean there is no safety net for the stronger teams; it should mean that there will be more cut and thrust to the group games; there should be no meaningless games.It could see teams go through on scoring difference. But it could be an opportunity for the outsiders to cause a shock and possibly knock out one of the bigger names.Every championship since 2006 has been won by one of the four big clubs. It’s hard to see anyone from outside that top four doing so either.The two groups are evenly balanced in every way: two recent championship winners and two outsiders in each; the favourites meeting in the first round.Champions Rathdowney-Errill have never successfully defended their title. Indeed they’ve never even got back to a final as defending champions.The margins are slim but Rathdowney-Errill do deserve to start as favourites.Group ARathdowney-ErrillManager: John DelaneySelectors: Enda Meagher, Liam Wynne, Kevin Galvin and Niall DelaneyMain Man: Mark KavanaghLast year: Went unbeaten throughout the championship to win the Bob O’Keeffe Cup for the sixth time in their short history. Eased through the group stages with big wins over Ballinakill, Portlaoise and Castletown before just scraping by champions Camross in the semi-final. Then had too much for Borris-Kilcotton in the final before losing the Leinster club semi-final to Carlow champions St Mullin’s by a point.Prospects: They have been installed as favourites and are undoubtedly the team to beat. Had things been different in that final against Camross in 2018, they could well be going for three-in-a-row this year. Instead they’ll be keen to put titles back-to-back for the first time in their short history.With the exception of the semi-final against Camross last year they were relatively comfortable in all of last year’s games and their subsequent showing in Leinster when they could have reached the provincial final was the best showing by a Laois club since Castletown were at their peak.If the word on Brian Campion not playing senior is true, he’ll be a big loss in defence though the likes of Brandon McGinley and Paddy McCane should be more central again this year and Darren King and Damien Bowe are back from their travels.Deserve to start as favourites.Odds: 7/4Clough-BallacollaManager: Declan LaffanSelectors: Pad McEvoy, Shane Maher, Ollie Hally and Pat CleereMain Man: Willie HylandLast year: Came through a tough group unbeaten with impressive wins over Camross and Borris-Kilcotton. But an injury to Stephen ‘Picky’ Maher and illness to Lee Cleere derailed their season and they were beaten by Borris-Kilcotton in the semi-final.Prospects: Declan Laffan from Loughmore-Castleiney has come in as manager, replacing Canice Coonan, which makes it another change at the helm, just as it has been almost every season over the past decade.Were desperately unlucky last year having topped the toughest group only to lose two of  their top players prior to the semi-final. While some of their older players have plenty of miles on the clock, they have a good spread of talent, no shortage of scoring power and some young players like Diarmuid Conway, Mark Hennessy and Jordan Walshe developing nicely.At 5/1, they would appear to offer a bit of value but if they lose to Rathdowney-Errill in their opening game, they would have to be careful against Abbeyleix or Castletown.Should make the semi-final but by no means a dead cert.Odds: 5/1AbbeyleixManager: Lorcan MahonySelectors: Tom Carroll, Brian Bergin, PJ Corby and Chris MurrayMain Man: Enda RowlandLast year: Found themselves in a very tough group and suffered losses to Camross, Clough-Ballacolla and Borris-Kilcotton. Maintained their senior status by beating Portlaoise in the relegation final.Prospects: Lorcan Mahony has taken over as manager and as always they’ll teeter between challenging for a semi-final place and holding on to their senior status. Ryan Peacock returning is a big boost but injuries to Rory McEvoy and Alan Lynch, as well as the Daniel Coffey and Mark Cahill are abroad and will be a loss.The first game against Castletown could make or break their season.Odds: 25/1CastletownManager: Martin CareySelectors: Robbie Delaney, Brian O’Conor and Patrick CuddyMain Man: Ryan MullaneyLast year: Group wins over Ballinakill and Portlaoise meant they finished second in their group behind Rathdowney-Errill and they gave Camross a good game in the quarter-final before running out of steam in the final quarter.Prospects: They played well for long stages against Camross in last year’s quarter-final and a bit more composure could have seen them record a shock in that one.To reach the last four this year, they will more than likely have to win two games, and at least one against Rathdowney-Errill or Clough-Ballacolla.Kilkenny’s Martin Carey has stayed in charge for a second season and while they don’t have the same depth as some of the stronger teams, they have a nice smattering of quality.Odds: 14/1Group A Fixtures Round 1 – Castletown v Abbeyleix; Rathdowney-Errill v Clough-BallacollaRound 2 – Clough-Ballacolla v Abbeyleix; Rathdowney-Errill v CastletownRound 3 – Clough-Ballacolla v Castletown; Rathdowney-Errill v AbbeyleixGroup BCamrossManager: Tommy DelaneySelectors: Damien Keenan, Fran Hogan and Paul KavanaghMain Man: Zane KeenanLast year: Beaten by a last-minute goal in the semi-final by Rathdowney-Errill. Had earlier lost group games to Borris-Kilcotton and Clough-Ballacolla but secured their quarter-final place thanks to a win over Abbeyleix – and then beat Castletown in the quarter-final.Team News: Zane Keenan is backing having missed most of last season due to a cruciate injury while Thomas Dunphy is available again after he missed the knockout stages due to sickness last year. Eoin Gaughan and Craig Carroll fully established themselves last year while the likes of Oisin Bennett, Liam Delaney and Eoin Dowling will be expected to step up this time around.Prospects: Will have been disappointed at how they performed throughout last year’s championship but only for an injury time goal from Ross King in the semi-final, they could well have won their third title in a row.For the fourth year running they have a new manager with last year’s intermediate-winning management team, headed by former multiple county final winner, Tommy Delaney, as he takes over from Brendan Lowry. The first game against Borris-Kilcotton is a big one and if they win it, they should go through to the semi-finals. Nobody will fancy them in the knockout stages.Odds: 5/2Borris-KilcottonManager: Ciaran ComerfordSelectors: Trevor Moore and Eoin BerginMain Man: PJ ScullyLast year: Beaten in the final by Rathdowney-Errill having beaten Clough-Ballacolla in the semi-final and Ballinakill in the quarter-final. In the group stages they beat Camross and Abbeyleix but lost to Ballacolla.Prospects: As with Camross, the first game is huge. Win and they have some breathing space, lose and they could be vulnerable. Also under new management, they’ll have been disappointed with their showing in last year’s final but in PJ Scully, Aaron Dunphy and Neil Foyle, they have plenty of scoring power up front. Brian Stapleton and Noel Delaney have been regraded to intermediate, hinting at a change of the guard in defence.Should make the knockout stages but have improving to do on last year’s showing if they’re to win their second title.Odds: 11/4BallinakillManager: Jimmy WalshSelectors: Brendan O’Mara, Eoin Delaney and Eimear BarryMain Man: Cha DwyerLast year: Came third in the group stage behind Rathdowney-Errill and Castletown but a win over Portlaoise was enough to get them through. Were badly beaten by Borris-Kilcotton in the quarter-final.Prospects: With a small panel and some of their key players getting older, they struggled last year with only a win over relegated Portlaoise to show for their season. Yet under the management of Jimmy Walsh, whose playing career has been cut short by injury, they’ll make the most of their resources again.The Coronavirus meant Cha Dwyer cut short his travels and is available while the arrival of the talented O’Shaughnessy brothers, who have played for the Laois minors in the past two seasons, gives them further options. John Walsh isn’t available. Their first game against Rosenallis could be seen as a de facto relegation play off but if they win it, they’ll have a cut at Camross and Borris-Kilcotton to get to the last four.RosenallisManager: Brian TroySelectors: James Dooley and Nicky DunneMain Man: John LennonLast year: The club enjoyed an excellent season in hurling and football, winning both second tier championships and will be the only dual senior club in 2020.Prospects: Playing both senior football and hurling will be a challenge for a club that largely draws on the same group of players. The transfer of John O’Loughlin will be a boost to a team that has no shortage of talent and with their best players at the right age to have a go at the senior grade.Only four years since they were playing in the third tier, this will be a step up but they have a great opportunity in the opening game against Ballinakill to set themselves up.Odds: 33/1Group B Fixtures Round 1 – Camross v Borris-Kilcotton; Ballinakill v RosenallisRound 2 – Ballinakill v Borris-Kilcotton; Camross v RosenallisRound 3 – Camross v Ballinakill; Rosenallis v Borris-KilcottonSEE ALSO – Previewed and Profiled: Wide open intermediate hurling championship set to commence RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest News WhatsApp Facebook Home Sport GAA Previewed and Profiled: Contenders line up for a senior hurling championship like… SportGAAHurlingLaois SHC Electric Picnic WhatsAppcenter_img Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Twitter Electric Picnic Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Wednesday, July 29, 2020Next article‘You’d freeze in them’ – Outrage as estates in Laois left off retrofitting list Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Brought to you in association with TelfordsThough the season is starting at more or less the same time as previous years, there is no doubting that this year’s Laois Shopping Centre SHC will be much different.There has been no league form to go off, no teams have players on J1s, the county season halted in March, meaning the clubs’ top players aren’t coming back after a draining campaign with Laois.It’s hard to tell who will benefit most. Last year’s championship, more than other recent season, had a clear enough divide: the top four of Rathdowney-Errill, Camross, Borris-Kilcotton and Clough-Ballacolla are much stronger than the next four.Will that continue, or can the likes of Castletown or Abbeyleix bridge the gap? Can Ballinakill recapture the competitiveness that made them so difficult to play against previously? Can newcomers Rosenallis manage the latest step up? It’s only four years since they were in the third tier in both hurling and football in Laois. This year they’ll be the county’s only dual senior club. Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role By Steven Miller – 29th July 2020 Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

Uriminzokkiri Strikes 6.15 Unity Note

first_img SHARE Uriminzokkiri Strikes 6.15 Unity Note News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Kang Mi Jin – 2011.06.15 3:34pm News Kang Mi JinKang Mi JinKang Mi Jin is a North Korean defector turned journalist who fled North Korea in 2009. She has a degree in economics and writes largely on marketization and economy-related issues for Daily NK. Questions about her articles can be directed to [email protected] In an effort to promote anti-Americanism and anti-Lee Myung Bak sentiment in South Korea, Uriminzokkiri, the propaganda website operated by North Korea’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, has grasped the 11th anniversary of the North-South Joint Declaration (6.15 Joint Declaration in Korean) to emphasize the solidarity of the peoples of North and South Korea. In an editorial entitled, ‘6.15 Joint Declaration: Doctrine for the Unity of the People, Outline for Independent Unification’, Uriminzokkiri today asserted, “The 6.15 Joint Declaration is a doctrine for popular unity, about combining the strength of our people, who love both the country and people; it is about denouncing foreign influence; and it is a commitment to an outline of independent unification to accomplish the independent, peaceful unification of the motherland by our people’s power.” It goes on to emphasize, “The unification of the motherland is an achievement of national independence, and the owners of that are the peoples of North and South. No other power can solve the unification problem instead of our people.”“Our nation’s people must constantly strengthen their national unity,” it continues. “That means it is important to eliminate the root causes which disrupt the unity and reconciliation of the people. Right now, the root causes which are disrupting the unity and reconciliation of the people are the flunkies who are spreading the seeds of hostility, confrontation and discord and their schemes dependant on foreign powers.” “The South Chosun people must hold even higher the banner of anti-American independence, which they have already raised,” it concludes, in a clear effort to incite an anti-American reaction.center_img News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News Facebook Twitter Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Fitch places Australia’s Macquarie Group on rating watch

Fitch Ratings has put Australian banking giant, Macquarie Group Ltd., and its Australian subsidiaries, on rating watch negative, citing the challenges facing banks generally. The rating agency says that the move stems from its broad review of the largest banking institutions in the world, and follows the announcement of a similar review of Australia’s four major banks. “The review of [Macquarie] has been prompted in part by challenges facing financial institutions globally, in particular those that are more exposed to market-oriented income,” Fitch says, adding that its action is not tied to any specific earnings or capital information about the firm. Canadian banks to focus on growth, spending and buybacks after strong second quarter James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Indeed, it notes that Macquarie maintains a liquid balance sheet, and its asset quality, capital and exposure to market risk continue to compare favourably with other large global trading and universal banks. Also, Macquarie’s focus is on facilitating client transactions rather than transacting on its own account, which reduces the group’s exposure to market risk. However, Fitch also points out that three of the firm’s six divisions (Macquarie Capital, Macquarie Securities, and fixed income, commodities and currencies) are market-oriented, which adds volatility to the group’s earnings not normally seen in more traditional commercial banks. Macquarie’s three other divisions (Macquarie Funds Group, corporate and asset finance, and banking and financial services) exhibit less earnings volatility and have grown in recent years, it adds. In addition to reviewing potential earnings volatility, Fitch will examine what, if any, impact the subdued environment for market-oriented businesses globally may have on investor sentiment towards Macquarie. The firm’s use of wholesale funding will also be taken into consideration. Fitch says it expects to resolve the rating watch within a short time, and that any downgrades are most likely to be limited to one notch. Fed plays limited role in assessing climate risks for banks Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Banking industry TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning read more

Richard Rodriguez To Discuss The “Browning Of America” At CU-Boulder, Denver April 19-20

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: April 7, 2002 Richard Rodriguez, award-winning author and regular essayist on the “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” will discuss what he calls the “browning of America” April 19 at 7 p.m. in room 100 of the Mathematics Building at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Rodriguez also will speak April 20 at 7 p.m. at the Denver Public Library conference center, 10 W. 14th Ave. Parkway. Both events are free and open to the public and both will be preceded by a reception and book signing at 6 p.m. Books will be available for purchase at both events. “When Rodriguez speaks, words carry an electric charge,” said CU-Boulder history Professor Patricia Nelson Limerick, chair of the Center of the American West. “You can disagree with him, but you cannot remain unmoved.” In his latest book, a memoir titled “Brown: The Last Discovery of America,” Rodriguez explores the idea that America, due to its long-enduring presence of Hispanics, is in the 21st century becoming Latinized, becoming brown. Rodriguez is an editor at the Pacific News Services in San Francisco and a contributing editor for Harper’s Magazine and the Sunday opinion section of the Los Angeles Times. He also is the author of “Hunger of Memory” and “Days of Obligation.” Rodriguez appears regularly as an essayist on the “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” on PBS. Rodriguez, a Catholic, gay, Republican Mexican-American, has examined the intersection of his private life with public issues, especially in matters of class and ethnicity. According to Rodriguez, America has been brown since its inception in that both color and country are the amalgam of European, African and Indian cultures and a product of the past. Yet modern American culture tries to classify its citizens as either black or white, he said. Both of the talks are sponsored by the CU-Boulder Center of the American West. The Denver event is co-sponsored by the Denver Public Library and the Tattered Cover Book Store.  For more information call the CU-Boulder Center of the American West at (303) 492-4879 or visit http://www.centerwest.org.last_img read more

How To Advance Diversity In School Choice Programs Is Focus Of CU Conference

first_img Published: Jan. 17, 2006 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Leaders of Colorado’s school choice community will join researchers, educators and educational policy-makers Jan. 23 for an all-day conference at the University of Colorado School of Law to discuss current and future potential effects of school choice policies on integration and segregation. Titled “Diverse Choices: Making School Choice Work for All Colorado Students,” the conference will be held in the Fleming Law Building courtroom from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and includes complimentary breakfast and lunch as well as conference materials. To register in advance, contact Tiffany Duncan at [email protected] Co-sponsored by CU-Boulder’s Education Public Interest Center, the Denver-based Piton Foundation and the Denver law firm of Holland and Hart, the conference will focus on the possibility of advancing diversity within school choice systems. School choice in Colorado has created a new era in the way parents and schools make enrollment decisions, said Kevin Welner, associate professor of education at CU-Boulder, adding that common types of schools include open enrollment, magnet schools and charter schools. According to Welner, during the morning session, leaders of Colorado’s school choice community will join educational researchers to discuss the effects of choice on integration and segregation. In the afternoon, panelists from around the United States will present concrete, practical options available to schools and districts in Colorado while local and national lawyers will summarize the legal implications of pursuing such options — particularly, race-conscious student assignment policies, said Welner. Panelists will include Ken Howe and Michele Moses from CU-Boulder’s School of Education; Nina Lopez, Colorado League of Charter Schools; Paul Teske, CU-Denver Graduate School of Public Affairs; Richard Cole, assistant attorney general of Massachusetts and Ken Roberge, school board member with the Boulder Valley School District, among others. For more information visit the conference Web page at http://education.colorado.edu/epic/index.asplast_img read more

Florida reporters win CU-Boulder’s Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Two Florida reporters have won the 2014 Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting from the University of Colorado Boulder’s Journalism and Mass Communication program and the Denver Press Club.The $2,000 Nakkula prize goes to reporters Megan O’Matz and database editor John Maines of the South Florida Sun Sentinel for their series, “Cops, Cash, Cocaine.” The piece uncovered a police department’s secret scheme to lure drug dealers to a small town, entangle them in a sting and pocket money from the operation.The award is named in honor of the late Al Nakkula, a 46-year veteran of the Rocky Mountain News whose tenacity made him a legendary police reporter, according to award organizers. The contest has existed since 1991 and this year drew more than two dozen entries from major publications around the country including the Los Angeles Times, the Seattle Times, the Boston Globe and Newsday.Five veteran reporters, who worked at the Rocky Mountain News before its closure in 2009, judged the contest. Most of the reporters worked with Nakkula.“The Sun Sentinel’s report stood out for the sheer doggedness of the reporting and the sheer audacity of the operation the newspaper exposed,” said Nakkula award judge Kevin Vaughan, an investigative reporter for Fox Sports.Reporters O’Matz and Maines found that the Sunrise, Fla., police department enticed drug buyers to come to town, arrested them, confiscated their cash and cars and kept millions in proceeds. The officers who participated also received hundreds of thousands of dollars in overtime pay.“ ‘Cops, Cash, Cocaine,’ was one of those stories that allowed Megan O’Matz and John Maines to deploy the skills they have become known for around here: piecing together bits of information, reviewing documents endlessly, talking to sources and checking things out in person. In other words: old-fashioned tenacity,” said Howard Saltz, Sun Sentinel editor.“The result of their investigation not only revealed something that still boggles the mind when you read it, but served the community by forcing a highly unusual — and arguably dangerous — police operation to shut down,” he said.O’Matz has received numerous state and national honors for previous work and was a 2006 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting.Series co-reporter Maines has been a database editor for the Sun Sentinel for 16 years. He and a Sun Sentinel colleague won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.Second place in this year’s competition was awarded to reporters John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for their series, “Backfire.”The judges also sent a special commendation to the staff of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for the depth and breadth of their work in 2013. The staff entered two major reporting projects in the contest.For more information about the Al Nakkula award visit http://journalism.colorado.edu/al-nakkula-award/. For more information about CU-Boulder’s Journalism and Mass Communication program visit http://journalism.colorado.edu/.Contact: Michelle Fulcher, Journalism and Mass Communication, [email protected] Elizabeth Lock, CU-Boulder media relations, [email protected] Megan O’Matz, reporter for the South Florida Sun Sentinel, is one of two recipients of the 2014 Al Nakkula Police Reporting Award bestowed by the University of Colorado Boulder and the Denver Press Club. (Photo courtesy Megan O’Matz) Categories:AcademicsCampus Community Published: March 4, 2014 last_img read more

All-woman engineering team heads to NASA Mars competition

first_imgPublished: April 18, 2019 • By Jeff Zehnder Watch the Competition Live 2019 BIG Idea Challenge StreamingTuesday, April 23, 20198:15 AM – 2:00 PM (MST)CU Boulder will present 12:05 PM – 12:55 PM (MST)Stream Live TuesdayTeam RosterIn addition to CU Boulder, the team includes students at Harvard and Cornell Universities, industry support, as well as a faculty advisor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.StudentsTeam Leader: Heather Hava (AeroEngr)CU Boulder: Sarah Aguasvivas Manzano (CompSci), Kaixin “Kai” Cui (MechEngr), Heeyeon “Sara” Joung (MechEngr), Abby King (ChemBioEngr), Hayley Kinlaw (ArchEngr)Harvard University: Larissa Zhou, John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied SciencesCornell University: Elizabeth M. Lombardi, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyFaculty AdvisorsKyri Baker, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado BoulderAndy Kaufman, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii at ManoaIndustry AdvisorsSteve Bailey, Deep Space SystemsAdam Burch, Deep Space SystemsFall Semester Team MembersMichelle Lin (AeroEngr), Emily Matula (AeroEngr)Fall Semester AdvisorChristine Fanchiang (AeroEngr MS’10, PhD’17)NASA has named a University of Colorado Boulder team a finalist in a competition to design a greenhouse for use on Mars.The annual NASA BIG Idea Challenge is set for April 23-24 in Hampton, Virginia; it calls on student groups at universities across the country to develop solutions to vexing space problems. The event changes each year, and the 2019 contest is seeking innovative ideas for the design and operation of a Mars greenhouse.Supplying reliable and effective food production on the Red Planet will be critical for long-term missions to ensure astronauts are well-fed and to avoid transporting massive amounts of ready-made food from Earth. The competition, however, is about more than just growing crops; student teams are essentially developing an entire ecosystem to operate and thrive on an otherwise dead planet.“It’s a huge integration challenge,” said Heather Hava, team leader and an aerospace PhD student whose research focuses on space agriculture. “Systems-level thinking for this kind of design is super important. We have to manage human and crop nutrients, water, waste, power, lighting, crew time and a lot of other things that you wouldn’t worry as much about on Earth. For example, tracking how much oxygen does this plant produce and how much CO2 does it absorb?”In addition, the team is also working to ensure the greenhouse avoids being a significant maintenance commitment for astronauts, who likely would rather focus on exploring the Martian environment.“There are lots of tasks astronauts don’t have time to do when they’re focusing on research, so automation is important. The greenhouse includes several types of automation to manage plant care tasks, among other unique features” said Kyri Baker, an assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering and the team faculty advisor.Hava sums it up simply: “They’re not there to be farmers. However, we still want them to have the joy of fresh food and access to nature in an otherwise sterile machine environment of the typical space habitat”The students are putting the finishing touches on their entry before the final competition, where their written research and physical prototypes will be evaluated by a group of NASA experts. Five universities advanced to the championship and CU Boulder is the only one sending an all-woman team.“We will be the only all-woman team this year, and I’m 99% sure in the history of the BIG Idea Competition,” said Hava. “It wasn’t intentional. In the beginning, I reached out to people I knew who would be good for the project, and one day we looked around the room and realized we were all women.”The team is also heavily interdisciplinary, drawing students with majors from across the college, including aerospace, computer science, architectural engineering, chemical and biological engineering, and mechanical engineering.“It’s been nice to see how the students look at the design problems from differing perspectives. My background is in power systems, and that was my first question: Where is the power coming from? For some of the students, their first thought was, ‘What are the astronauts going to eat?’”Food production capacity, equipment mass and power are all fully accounted for in the final plan, which outlines a litany of specific crops as part of the overall system and tracks electricity use down to the last watt, with room to spare, something Baker points out is an important consideration.“You can’t have power needs be too tight. What if equipment gets less efficient as it gets older and starts drawing more electricity? Rated power also has some uncertainty; something may say it uses 700 watts, but there’s a range,” Baker said.Details about the extensive living systems analysis, along with numerous other aspects of the facility, are being kept under wraps for now; they are among numerous features the team hopes will wow the judges. The goal of the competition is to bring fresh ideas to NASA, as students often tackle issues in ways that longer-tenured engineers would not necessarily consider. It is an issue Hava has seen first-hand in her PhD research.“The current architecture for space habitats keeps plant growth chambers and human living areas completely separate,” Hava said. “I think that’s a flawed approach. You lose a lot of the benefit to astronaut health and well-being by separating them from the plants; we’ve intentionally designed our system to integrate the human and plant living systems into a symbiotic ecosystem.”Categories:StudentsTags:Blog Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via E-maillast_img read more

Transport Operators Continue to Push for Fare Increase

first_imgRelated9,000 Houses to be Provided for Low Income Earners Transport Operators Continue to Push for Fare Increase TransportJune 12, 2013Written by: Latonya Linton RelatedHousing Agency of Jamaica Provides 2,086 Solutions Transport Operators Continue to Push for Fare IncreaseJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedMortgage Balances of 50 Homeowners to be Written Offcenter_img Photo: JIS PhotographerManaging Director of the Transport Authority of Jamaica (TAJ), Donald Foster (centre) responds to a question raised at a public consultation held on June 11 at the Holy Cross Church on Half-Way-Tree Road in Kingston. Listening are Manager, Communication, and Customer Services, TAJ, Petra-Kene Williams (right); and President of the Route Taxi Association of Jamaica, Sophia Campbell. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Public passenger transport operators continued to press their case for an increase in fares, at a public consultation held on Monday, June 10, at the Holy Cross Church on Half-Way-Tree Road, Kingston.The session was the third in a series organised by the Transport Authority of Jamaica (TAJ), to provide the opportunity for transport operators to share with the public, their request for a fare raise, and allow for feedback from commuters and the general public.Managing Director of the TAJ, Donald Foster, noted that the transport operators have invested millions of dollars, and, to the extent that they provide a quality service, “like any other business, they deserve a return on their investment.”“Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Dr. Omar Davies, indeed, recognises that they deserve a return on their investment and that they deserve the consideration of a fare increase,” he said, noting that the last raise was granted in January 2010.President of the Route Taxi Association of Jamaica, Sophia Campbell, informed that her organisation is requesting a 40 per cent increase from the Government.She said at the existing rates, the operators cannot afford to maintain their vehicles, replace parts and carry out major repairs.Miss Campbell stated that operators have had to be crediting gas from service stations, as well as servicing their vehicles themselves. She further cited the high cost of insurance, with as much as $300,000 for certain vehicles.“We believe that any business should be in a position to retool itself such as replacing the old vehicles that we have. However, we cannot find the money to retool those vehicles and…we cannot walk into a bank and negotiate a loan to purchase a vehicle that is going to operate as a taxi because no bank will look at us; we are not qualified for such,” Miss Campbell said.Donovan Latibeaudiere, a member of the public, said he is not in agreement with a fare increase at this time, in light of the public sector wage freeze.“I want to ask where that extra money going to come from to pay that increase they are asking for,” while also citing the need for order in the system.In response, Miss Campbell, said stakeholders are benefiting under the public passenger vehicle driver and conductor training programme, being undertaken by the TAJ and HEART Trust/NTA.The initiative is part of strategies to address indiscipline in the transport sector and ensure safe and reliable public transportation. She said operators are also being equipped to better manage their business.The final consultation is scheduled to be held in Portmore, St. Catherine. The other regional public consultations were held in Montego Bay, St. James; and Ocho Rios, St. Ann.Contact: Latonya Linton Advertisementslast_img read more

Emergency Security Talks at KPH

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Health Minister the Honourable Dr. Fenton Ferguson called an emergency stakeholders meeting on Monday, December 30, to discuss security arrangements at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).Dr. Ferguson met with representatives of the Nurses Association (NAJ), the Medical Association of Jamaica and the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association along with representatives of the South East Regional Health Authority. The meeting was arranged in light of recent reports of robberies and concerns about a lack of security at the Caribbean’s largest hospital.Dr. Ferguson characterized the security situation as “totally untenable and in need of immediate attention”. He said he has already commenced discussions with Police Commissioner Owen Ellington and so far the response has been favourable. Dr. Ferguson saikd he hopes to get an on-the-spot assessment of the security situation and he wanted to hear from stakeholders, first-hand, the concerns and to chart a way forward.The KPH and its environs have seen an alarming rise in incidents of robbery of staff members particularly nurses. The NAJ has condemned the attacks while urging all well-thinking Jamaicans to join in the repudiation of that type of behaviour. RelatedMale And Female Wards At Savanna-La-Mar Hospital Refurbished Story HighlightsDr. Ferguson met with representatives of the NAJ, the Medical Association of Jamaica and the Jamaica Medical Doctors Association along with representatives of the South East Regional Health Authority.The meeting was arranged in light of recent reports of robberies and concerns about a lack of security at the Caribbean’s largest hospital.The KPH and its environs have seen an alarming rise in incidents of robbery of staff members particularly nurses. Emergency Security Talks at KPH Health & WellnessDecember 30, 2013Written by: Ministry of Health Public Relations & Communication Unit Emergency Security Talks at KPHJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaycenter_img Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson. (FILE) Advertisements RelatedHealth Centre Of Excellence Opens In Darliston RelatedGolden Spring Health Centre to be Upgradedlast_img read more