Arcata >> Finally back on the field after a three-week hiatus, the Jacks didn’t do anything to deter their lofty national standing.It was a holding pattern they don’t mind one bit.The Humboldt State softball team was voted as the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll, it was released on Wednesday. “Obviously it’s nice to be at the top, but we still have to go out and play our game,” said Humboldt State head …
“Objective origins” is against the law in Darby, Montana (see 02/27/2004 headline). A policy change proposed by a local minister would have encouraged students to “analyze scientific strengths and weaknesses of existing scientific theories, including the theory of evolution.” It didn’t lose because of a vote on the policy, or because of the threats of litigation by Americans United for Separation of Church and State. It lost because “evolution supporter Erik Abrahamsen handily defeated incumbent chair Gina Schallenberger in a 4 May election,” according to a news item in Science.1 The Missoulian said the election was driven by the origins debate, a “rancorous battle over a controversial science policy.”1ScienceScope, Science, Volume 304, Number 5673, Issue of 14 May 2004.Science took glee in the Darwin Party victory: “Creationism Loses in Montana Town – The residents of Darby, Montana, have doused one creationist brushfire by tipping the balance of its school board.” (This was nothing about creationism, you recall; it was about letting the students hear about teaching students critical thinking skills. There was nothing at all about creationism, church and state, or religion in this policy proposal – see 04/29/2004 headline.) This story underscores the fact that ministers have no standing in public policy debates. They are disqualified before they even open their mouths. If a minister suggests anything that affects public policy, no matter how innocently worded, no matter how lawful and logically sound, it can be completely disregarded because, everyone knows, he has a religious agenda. The ACLU and the secularists in the Darwin Party have no such handicap; they present themselves as scientific, value-free, religiously neutral and objective. Pastors and ministers have been confined inside the walls of their churches. They are forbidden to have a voice in their communities. Only in church can they speak their minds, but how long can even that last? It is conceivable on the horizon that ministers will feel intimidated to speak out against the Darwin Party even to their own congregations, just like teachers are at school. Would you have suspected such harassment in the Old West? This decision shows that Darwinian evolutionism does not just affect metropolitan academia, but touches every small town school district. It also shows that critical thinking and analytical skills are not valued when the reigning dogma of Darwin is threatened. Should the Darwin Party be proud? They won an election by wearying the public over non-issues, and intimidating the townspeople with threats. Like Islamic fundamentalists, they made it illegal to criticize or even analyze their theory. They didn’t win by a reasoned debate over the evidence. Losers, take courage. Truth and politics are not synonymous. Things are going better in Alabama, it’s not over in Roseville, and a majority of Californians still favor the students’ right to hear both sides, according to two new surveys, reports the Discovery Institute. It takes time to overcome authoritarian dogmatism, but it’s worth it.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Betty Jean Jennings Bartik, one of the first women in the IT industry, has passed away at the age of 86. Bartik was on the team that programmed and de-bugged the first general-purpose computer, the ENIAC, or Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer. She was one of the female mathematicians, known as “computers,” recruited by the United States military during World War II to test ballistics. They soon moved into the electronics program. Jean, leftJennings Bartik was born in December of 1924 and was raised on a farm near Stanberry in Missouri. After high school, she attended Northwest Missouri State Teachers College, now Northwest Missouri State University where she was the only female Math major at the time and which now has a computer museum named in her honor. She graduated in 1945.ENIAC began in July of 1943, in secret, at the University of Pennsylvania’s engineering school under the code name Project PX. Jennings Bartik was brought into the ENIAC project in the fall of 1945. The computer came on line in February of 1946, having cost $6 million in today’s currency. It weighed 27 tons and contained almost 18,000 vacuum tubes. Jennings Bartik later went on to program the BINAC and UNIVAC, Here’s the thing. The reason you can read this on your playing card-sized handheld goes straight back to ENIAC and women like Betty Jean Jennings Bartik. Your grandma invented the computer. Deal with it. Hrmmm. Says here women are not as good as men at mathematics. Well, there’s a head-scratcher for you. Bartik photo from Computer History Museum | ENIAC photo Wikimedia Commons | other sources: TechEye | Northwest Missouri State University Tags:#Dot Obits#news#NYT#web curt hopkins Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…
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Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 17 2019The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation has named four outstanding young scientists as recipients of the prestigious Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Fellowship Award, committing nearly $1 million to help address a critical shortage of funding for pediatric cancer research.The Fellowship Award provides funding to basic scientists and clinicians who conduct research with the potential to significantly impact the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of one or more pediatric cancers. Each recipient receives a four-year award totaling $231,000. Since 2012, this award has supported 31 innovative pediatric cancer researchers who were selected by a prestigious committee of leading pediatric oncologists in a highly competitive process.Related StoriesResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsUsing machine learning algorithm to accurately diagnose breast cancer”The program provides critically needed support for innovative young investigators working on high impact pediatric cancer research. We need their brilliant minds focused on curing childhood cancers,” says Andrew L. Kung, MD, PhD, Chair of the Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Fellowship Award Committee, and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.Because cancer occurs less frequently in children and young adults than in the adult population, pediatric cancer research does not receive significant funding from either the National Cancer Institute (only four percent of its budget) or the biopharmaceutical industry. To help fill this gap, The Sohn Conference Foundation, dedicated to curing pediatric cancers, partnered with the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, the leading charity supporting brave and bold young cancer researchers, to establish the award. The Sohn Conference Foundation has committed nearly $3.2 million to the program to date. The award program continues to receive additional funding and recognition within the philanthropic community. Our Damon Runyon-Sohn fellows are committed to making daring discoveries in pediatric cancer pathology. We place our bets on funding bold and innovative ideas from emerging scientists, as they hold the promise of advancing treatment and cures for children with cancer.”Evan Sohn, Sohn Conference Foundation Source:Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
Explore further Airbus took a new 1.3-billion-euro charge against its A400M four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft The European aircraft maker said in a statement that net profit nearly tripled to 2.87 billion euros ($3.6 billion) in 2017 from 995 million euros a year earlier.Full-year sales held steady at 66.8 billion euros.”We overachieved on all our 2017 key performance indicators thanks to a very good operational performance, especially in the last quarter,” said chief executive Tom Enders. “Despite persistent engine issues on the A320neo, we continued the production ramp-up and finally delivered a record number of aircraft,” he said.A net capital gain of 604 million euros resulting from the divestment of the defence electronics business and “a strong positive impact” from exchange rate developments also helped boost the group’s bottom line, it said.But Airbus booked a new one-off charge of 1.3 billion euros against its A400M turboprop military transport, plagued by delivery problems and technical problems. “On A400M, we made progress on the industrial and capabilities front and agreed a re-baselining with government customers which will significantly reduce the remaining programme risks. This is reflected in a substantial one-off charge,” Enders said. Airbus had already booked a charge of 2.2 billion euros on the A400M in 2016. Nonetheless, given the “strength of our 2017 achievements,” Airbus would propose lifting its dividend to 1.50 euros per share for last year from 1.35 euros a year earlier, Enders said. “This also endorses our earnings and cash growth story for the future,” he said. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Airbus said Thursday that increased deliveries, windfall gains from divestments and favourable exchange rates enabled profits to take off last year, even though it booked a “substantial” new charge on its A400M military transporter plane. © 2018 AFP Fiat Chrysler nearly doubles profits in 2017 Citation: Airbus profits soar despite new charge on A400M military plane (2018, February 15) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-airbus-profits-soar-a400m-military.html