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first_imgThe exceptional sea-ice retreat and advance that occurred in the Bellingshausen Sea, Antarctica during August 1993 was the largest such winter event in this sector of the Antarctic during the satellite era. The reasons for this fluctuation of ice are investigated using passive microwave satellite imagery, ice motion vectors derived from the satellite data, in-situ meteorological reports and near-surface winds and temperatures from the European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) numerical weather prediction model. The ice edge retreat of more than 400 km took place near 80degreesW from approximately 1-15 August, although the southward migration of the ice edge was not continuous and short periods of advance were also recorded. Between 16 August and 2 September there was almost continuous sea-ice recovery. The rate of change of the ice edge location during both the retreat and advance phases significantly exceeded the southward and northward velocity components of ice within the pack, pointing to the importance of ice production and melting during this event. During the month, markedly different air masses affected the area, resulting in temperature changes from +2degreesC to -21degreesC at the nearby Rothera station. ‘Bulk’ movement of the pack, and compaction and divergence of the sea ice, made a secondary, but still significant, contribution to the observed advance and retreat. The ice extent fluctuations were so extreme because strong meridional atmospheric flow was experienced in a sector of the Southern Ocean where relatively low ice concentrations were occurring. The very rapid ice retreat/advance was associated with pronounced low-high surface pressure anomaly couplets on either side of the Antarctic Peninsula.last_img read more

first_imgAfter conducting a national search, the University of Evansville has named Michael Austin as the University’s executive vice president of academic affairs. He will begin his new duties on July 1.The search process was extensive. Four finalists were chosen from a large pool of candidates. Each finalist visited campus and interacted with a faculty, staff, administrators, and a group of University of Evansville trustees. The search committee surveyed those who had met with the candidates and then made the recommendation to offer the position to Austin.“The University of Evansville is an excellent school with the reputation of having outstanding academic programs and a strong liberal arts foundation,” said Austin. “I’m looking forward to becoming part of that tradition.”Austin earned his PhD in English literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He earned his MA and BA degrees in English from Brigham Young University.Austin has 15 years of experience in higher education administration at both public and private liberal arts institutions. He comes to UE from Newman University, where he was provost and vice president of academic affairs and a professor of English. During his career, Austin has also served as dean of graduate studies at Shepherd University, and chair of that school’s English and modern languages department.He has written several books, including Useful Fictions: Evolution, Anxiety, and the Origins of Literature, That’s Not What They Meant! Reclaiming the Founding Fathers from America’s Right Wing, and Re-Reading Job: Understanding the Ancient World’s Greatest Poem.“We are very excited that Michael has agreed to become our new executive vice president of academic affairs” said UE President Thomas A. Kazee. “He brings with him a strong background in liberal arts education and collaborative team building. He has a passion for education, and a proven ability to bridge the gap between liberal arts and professional programs.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgBy Maddy VitaleOcean City’s After Prom Committee is celebrating a milestone – 2019 is the 25th year that it will host an event for teens to enjoy a safe, entertaining, drug and alcohol free alternative to post-prom partying.And it is all thanks to the work of volunteers, including parents, school faculty and staff and students, who have worked tirelessly to offer the special night for Ocean City High School students, organizers said.While many school districts have similar events after high school graduations, few have them after the prom.The free event is May 18 from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. Each year it is organized by Amy Holmes, of Upper Township, and her husband Bill, and Jennifer Bowman, of Ocean City, and her husband Charles, all OCHS grads.Each year more than 600 students attend After Prom. Food, music, games, photo booths, and inflatables transform the high school into a theme park. Students have the opportunity to win prizes throughout the night.The theme last year was “Aloha.” This year the theme is “A Magical Celebration.”“This lasting event is a true testimony to what Ocean City is founded on as a dry town that embraces family, friends, and fabulous memories made together,” Amy Holmes noted. “In this current age of teen parties, we feel this night draws hundreds of our students to attend a night free of the temptations of underage drinking.”A mechanical bull is just one of the many fun rides at After Prom in 2017.To make the night a success, the organizers look to volunteers for setup, the event itself, and cleanup. They also rely on donations of food and supplies from local businesses and organizations.Jennifer Bowman, co-chair of the event with Amy Holmes, said the community has always been so supportive of the event.“It’s just so humbling every year how the community comes together to feed and entertain over 600 OCHS students,” she said. “Our local businesses, organizations and individuals continue to give year after year, showing how much they care for our OCHS students.”This week begins their fundraising efforts.“It could not happen without the support of our local community. We are extremely grateful to the many businesses, non-profits, and people who donate money, prizes and food each year,” Holmes said.There are 16 committed volunteers so far. More are always welcomed, organizers said.Holmes said that the After Prom committee is grateful to the 150-plus “sleepless adult volunteers” who chaperone the event.Planning for this year’s After Prom began a month after last year’s celebration.Volunteers meet throughout the year and from this month, leading up to the event, they will meet weekly so that everything is ready for the big night.Hundreds of prizes and financial gifts are donated to After Prom each year. Donations from the Miss Night in Venice Committee each July help make the event possible, Holmes said.Other notable contributors include the Ocean City Board of Education and Sea Isle City Board of Education, Gillian’s Wonderland Pier and Playland’s Castaway Cove.Other local businesses, restaurants, and families give gift cards, prizes, and donate food.“We simply cannot provide the celebration without the generosity of the OCHS community,” Holmes said.This week the After Prom Committee will mail out about 250 letters in hopes of getting support. The committee needs to raise about $20,000 to make the event a success, Holmes said.Here are some of the prizes at the 2018 After Prom.In addition to raising funds to offer activities, a $1,000 prize is given to a senior. Other prizes include TVs, bikes, standup paddle boards and luggage.“We gave away thousands of dollars in cash while playing ‘Minute to Win It’ games,” Holmes said of last year’s After Prom.Laser Tag, karaoke and a new Escape Room are also planned for this year.“The teenagers truly tap into their inner child as they bounce from game to game, snacking, dancing, and laughing the whole night long,” Holmes said.Volunteers stuff about 250 envelopes with gift cards for the attendees. They call it a treasure chest. Each envelope holds gift cards for things such as miniature golf tickets, free slices of pizza, ice cream, coffee, car washes and surf shops.“We owe it all to the people who recognize how important it is to show our students how much we care about their lives,” Holmes said of the donations and financial support. “The Ocean City After Prom is a fun, safe environment filled with friends creating memories that will last a lifetime.”For more information about Ocean City High School’s After Prom to learn about the mission, volunteer or donate, visit www.ochsafterprom.orgAfter Prom Committee members in 2018 from left, Sarah Lee (Games Coordinator) and Co-Chairs Jennifer Bowman and Amy Holmes get ready for a huge family friendly night. Bianca Brasslett, Jake Lamonaca and Kaitlyn Healey enjoy Ocean City High School’s After Prom in 2018, complete with its Aloha theme.last_img read more

first_imgUPDATE: This news has been confirmed, thanks to a huge story that just ran in Rolling Stone. The Cornell ’77 release is one part of Get Shown The Light, an 11-disc set that includes shows on May 5th, 7th, and 9th, as well as the famed 5/8/77 performance.In the article, archivist David Lemieux says, “Since the moment that the board tape of Cornell began circulating in the late 1980s, its legend was instantly created. Although plenty of Grateful Dead shows have been called their ‘best ever,’ in the case of Cornell this statement is rarely contested. It’s long been a dream of everyone in the Grateful Dead organization to release the definitive version of Cornell, drawn from the master tapes, and we’re as thrilled as the fans are that this show is finally being released.”Why Is 5/8/77 Considered The Grateful Dead’s Best Performance?Listen to the “Morning Dew” from this release below, and head to the Dead’s website for more information. It seems as though the Grateful Dead‘s May 8, 1977 performance will be available soon on vinyl! In celebration of the 40th anniversary of their legendary performance at Barton Hall on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Bull Moose lists the 5LP set available for pre-order, with the artwork matching the new look of The 5/8/77 performance has been noteworthy since the recordings started circulating years ago, but it’s been said that the source tape has been missing since the date of performance.In 2013, Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux told Relix, “I do not know specifically but I have heard from many people that they know where it is and they know who has it and that’s fine. We’ve certainly made a note that we’d love to have it back as we would with any master Grateful Dead tape that we don’t have in the vault. But there’s really nothing we can do about it. We’re not going to pay for our own tape. That’s one thing I don’t think we’d ever do is to pay to buy them back and I don’t think they’ve been offered to the band in a long, long time. They know where we are, we’re easy to find and I think it has been made clear that we would love to have them back. Some people would just rather have the tapes in their closet than in the vault, but that’s fine. It is what it is. Again, there’s nothing we can do, we don’t lose sleep over it, but it is as it is.”It seems that the source tape has been recovered and restored by Rhino Records, according to a representative from the Bull Moose vendor. Though no formal announcement has come from the Dead, the detailed listing and matching artwork do seem to verify this exciting release! According to the sale page, the recording will release on 5/5/17.For now, listen to this recording, as uploaded by Jonathon Aizen, and reflect on why 5/8/77 is considered the Grateful Dead’s best with this essay.last_img read more

first_imgIn a recent IDC report IT decision makers believe 75% of enterprises applications will use AI by 2021. Artificial Intelligence is not a new solution in fact we have seen various cycles of excitement followed by lulls. What makes this cycle any different? Two words: Deep LearningWhat is deep learning?The early stages of World War II brought about many challenges. Aerial warfare left the historically safe areas vulnerable to attacks from the air. Building a bigger wall or using the ocean as a barrier strategy was quickly deemed useless. In Thomas Rid’s Rise of the Machine: A History of Cybernetics he walks through how learning machines were born out the necessity to create capable anti-aircraft machines. By combining man and machine the anti-aircraft guns were more dynamic at repealing aerial attacks thus the dawn of man and machine began. Over the years those learning machines have advanced from simple pattern recognition to neural networks allowing machines to self-drive automobiles, drones, and trains.Many of the advances in learning machines has been made possib le by Deep Learning. Think of Deep Learning as a subset in Machine Learning where algorithms learn much like the human brain. In Machine Learning, algorithms are programmed with a defined set of features. For example, trying to identify car types with Machine Learning require to predefined  features like size, spoiler, wheelbase, etc. However Deep Learning allows for the Neural Network to define the features from the data feed through the input layer.Why Deep Learning Now?The mathematics and research for Deep Learning may have been around for decades but only recently has the true potential begun to be realized. The key to the rise of Deep Learning is in the Data. Stanford Professor and one of the foremost experts on Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning Andrew Ng attributes the rise of deep learning to improved algorithms and rise in data. As Data Scientist and Machine Learning Engineers use better algorithms and larger data sets the accuracy of the models improve. Insights gleaned from Deep Learning still fall in the Big Data Maturity Model but are of a higher order of maturity.  Reporting like that seen with Descriptive Analytics don’t require complex deep learning algorithms or large varied data sets. However, as businesses move up the maturity model, like teaching an automobile to drive itself through the busy streets like Nashville or San Francisco, they require more complex algorithms, varying data types, and vast amounts of data.Data is Key to Better ModelsThe improved accuracy shows Data Scientist Teams that the key to creating the best model is using better algorithms and neural networks, but the technology is only part of the equation. In fact, I would argue the neural networks are the easy part. Look at the biggest implementors of Deep Learning like Google & Facebook. Both have been driving the open-source versions of their Deep Learning solutions to the public in the form of Tensorflow & Caffe.  Why would Facebook risk doing that? Couldn’t a rival or startup build models to predict what ads our friends and families maybe likely to click on? The problem for that challenger is they couldn’t come close to the accuracy because they wouldn’t have anything close to the Data Capital Facebook has. Data is the real differentiator not the algorithms which is why companies open-source their deep learning frameworks.Ready for Data Capital Data Capital has moved beyond a theory and it seen as a law for all industries disrupting the market. The data businesses hold is their accelerant to innovation and will decide who the winners and loser of tomorrow. Data is the great equalizer in deciding if the next application or project your business undertakes will be successful. No longer do we have to rely on gut decisions hoping we made the right call. We can now reduce our risk by letting the data tell us what to do. Now the challenge lies in how we are collecting, protecting, cleansing, and giving access to our data. Tomorrow’s disruptors understand the real risk is not having a strategy for managing Unstructured Data at Scale. To continue this conversation further, both Dell EMC and I will be at the O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence event next week in San Francisco.  Contact me on Twitter @Henson_TM or stop by the Dell EMC booth in the expo hall.last_img read more

first_img Related Shows The ensemble stars of ‘The Great Comet'(Photos: Matthew Murphy) Photos: Matthew Murphy | Photography Assistants: Evan Zimmerman & Turner Rouse | Styling: David Withrow | Hair & Makeup: KeLeen Snowgren & Nicolette Gold | Shot at The 1896 Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 3, 2017 Whether you’re a diehard The Great Comet fan or new to the stunning piece, one cannot deny how enchanting the musical is. Stars Denée Benton and Josh Groban are pitch perfect, the design team pulled out all the stops and creator Dave Malloy’s score is get-stuck-in-your-head good. However, it’s the show’s ensemble teamed with Sam Pinkleton’s choreography that truly makes the production an immersive party that transports audiences to the height of Russia’s aristocratic social scene—or to a Brooklyn warehouse party. Photographer Matthew Murphy captured The Great Comet’s ensemble is a stripped-down space that shows off their sweet moves. Take a look at the gorgeous shots!VIEW THE PHOTO GALLERY Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 View Commentslast_img read more

first_imgA tiny wasp — known as “Paratelenomus saccharalis” — is cutting down kudzu bug populations and Georgia soybean farmers’ need to treat for the pest, according to Michael Toews, a University of Georgia entomologist based on the UGA Tifton campus.The wasp, an egg parasitoid and natural enemy of the kudzu bug, is saving soybean farmers time and money.“Growers used to spray multiple times during the season, and sometimes it would do nothing to suppress the kudzu bug population,” Toews said. “Now, they just let the wasps maintain the natural balance.”During research trials, Toews and other UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences entomologists found that the insect recently appeared in commercial soybean fields.“There’s no manipulation or manual placement,” Toews said. “The wasps naturally find any place that is infested with kudzu bugs. We found this wasp in every field that we examined in south Georgia.”Kudzu bugs arrived in the U.S. in 2009 and quickly spread to more than 13 states across the Southeastern U.S., devastating soybean fields. The wasp was first detected in the U.S. in 2013, far from its origins in China, India and Japan.Toews said this natural enemy became Georgia soybean farmers’ saving grace. The kudzu bug is a major pest to commercial soybeans, causing yield losses as high as 60 percent. High populations of the pest can damage soybean’s growth, seed weight and seeds per pod.“Growers were really struggling, and yield losses were significantly cutting into profit margins,” Toews said. “There were some general natural enemies, but the wasp clearly evolved with the kudzu bug to manage this pest.”Growers were using insecticides to control the kudzu bug, but those proved to be destructive in many ways.“When growers spray an insecticide, the insecticide can have detrimental effects beyond the target insect population,” Toews said. “They affect the balance of a lot of other things that weren’t pests before and upset the natural balance.”Neither the kudzu bug nor the wasp were imported to the U.S. through formal efforts by the federal government or university scientists, Toews said. Both likely arrived through international commerce, he said.The wasp has now been reported in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Mississippi.According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, soybeans generated more than $112 million in farm gate value in 2016.For more information regarding soybeans, visit Jernigan is an intern at UGA-Tifton.last_img read more

first_imgIRENA: Renewables can provide 50% of Egypt’s electricity by 2030 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Arabian Industry:Egypt has the potential to generate up to 53 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).The Renewable Energy Outlook: Egypt report, released at a high-level conference in Cairo today in the presence of Egyptian government officials and regional decision makers, finds that pursuing higher shares of renewable energy could reduce the country’s energy bill by up to USD 900 million annually in 2030.Renewables could cost-effectively provide up to a quarter of Egypt’s total final energy supply in 2030, per the analysis. Achieving the higher targets would, however, require investment in renewables to grow from USD 2.5 billion per year based on today’s policies to USD 6.5 billion per year.Under current plans, Egypt aims to source 20 per cent of its electricity from renewables by 2022, rising to 42 per cent by 2035. Total installed capacity of renewables in the country today amounts to 3.7 gigawatts (GW).Egypt can draw on an abundance of renewable energy resources to achieve higher shares of hydropower, wind, solar and biomass. To capitalise on this, the report suggests that national policy makers may benefit from periodically re-evaluating the long-term energy strategy to reflect rapid advances in renewable energy technology and falling renewable power generation costs.“Remarkable cost reductions in renewable energy in recent years are encouraging governments all over the world to rethink energy strategies so as to better reflect the new economics of renewables,” said Mr. Adnan Z. Amin, IRENA Director-General.More: Egypt could meet more than 50% of its electricity demand with renewable energylast_img read more

first_imgIt might still be April, but at Tuck Fest 2018 this past weekend, it was full-on summer. Each year the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina hosts the FREE (that’s right!) event that celebrates the outdoor lifestyle through competitions, exhibitions, demos, and live music.If you haven’t been to a Tuck Fest it’s a “must-add” to your yearly festival list. Tuck Fest began in 2013 with roughly 14,000 attendees and we’ve watched it grow throughout the years to host over 32,000 people in 2017. Despite the high number of attendees, the festival never feels too crowded. There’s plenty of space at the Whitewater Center for everyone.The U.S. National Whitewater Center literally has something for everyone no matter your age. Activities this year included trail running, mountain biking, yoga, deep water solo climbing, all things whitewater, clinics, a bicycle stunt show and much much more. This year the festival added a fourth day that featured live music on Thursday evening. As usual, we were hanging out in the Blueridge Outdoors Magazine tent, demoing gear, giving out awesome swag and making new friends. We had a true basecamp setup in vendor village this year. We wanted to have space for people to come hang out, have a seat in the shade and relax for a while. We nailed it. If you didn’t have a chance to swing by our camp, you missed out. We had some excellent gear raffles on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. We gave away huge prizes from Nite Ize, Crazy Creek, National Geographic, Sea to Summit, Mountain House, Lowe Alpine, Old Town, Leki, HydraPak, UCO Gear, and Wenzel. Sunday was Earth Day. In the spirit of taking care of the land we love, we hosted an Earth Day Trash Cleanup in the morning before we opened our booth. The USNWC has a beautiful trail system. The good people of Charlotte obviously cherish this place because the trails are trash-free. We had a family with a couple of young boys join us who absolutely loved to clean up trash. We decided to take a nice walk around the water and pick up whatever little trash we could find. No matter how big or small it’s always important to help give back when you can. The festival vendor community is small and it was nice to have some time to hang out with all of our old friends in the Southeast. We even made some new van friends. Shoutout to Aaron and Tyler with Off Grid Adventure Vans for helping us out when we needed it the most!last_img read more

first_imgVan Fossen emphasized the scenarios and numbers are just potential at this point. But despite the possible financial hardships, he and the district are dedicated to being there for students. “It’s all on the table when it comes to these types of reductions potentially, ” he said. To view the a statement by Van Fossen to the MECSD community, click here. “We would be looking at $5.6 million state aid loss for that period of time,” Van Fossen said. “You could argue it’s on the brink of significant devastation if we don’t figure out how to fund schools and try to mitigate this current issue that we are facing right now.” The district currently has reserve funds to use for the next month and a half, and Van Fossen is closely monitoring decisions made in congress to help public schools across the country who face a similar crisis. Van Fossen says the district relies on state aid to make up for half of its budget, and if the reduction becomes a reality, activities like extracurriculars, elective programming and even athletics could be some elements to go. ENDWELL (WBNG) — The Maine-Endwell Central School District could be facing financial devastation as the school may lose out on state funding this year.center_img Governor Andrew Cuomo announced back in March that because of the economic stress put on the state by the coronavirus pandemic, schools could see their state aid cut by 20 percent. “The problem is that it’s not just Maine-Endwell,’ Van Fossen said. “It’s 700 school districts across the state that are looking at the same issue.” While nothing is confirmed as of Aug. 31, MECSD says this possible reduction could mean quite the significant impact for the 2020-21 school year. “If we’re looking at what’s good for society, what’s good for kids, you need a public education system,” Van Fossen said. “Our goal will be to try and continue to provide the best education you can.” “I don’t want to be dramatic, but to use the word ‘catastrophic,’ I’m not saying that lightly,” said superintendent Jason Van Fossen.last_img read more