The FT-Raman spectra are described of green and red snow algae, Chlamydomona, involved in the colonization of exposed surfaces of the McLeod Glacier, Jane Col, Signy Island, situated at the northern edge of the Weddell Sea, Antarctica. The protective biochemicals produced by these extremophilic algae give rise to the so-called watermelon snow of Alpine regions. The red colour of the senescent algae is shown to derive from the accumulation of carotenoids and a deficiency of chlorophyll believed to arise from UV-radiation induced breakdown into phaecophytin. A comparison of the Raman spectra of young (green) and old (red) algae is effected and possible bio-markers for spectral detection on extraterrestrial icy moons and planets are identified.
The British Antarctic Survey is the custodian of more than 57,000 Antarctic fossils, of which some 2,500 are Type & Figured specimens. In addition to these, the geologicalcollections include over 100,000 rock and mineral specimens representing all the main lithologies. Gathered over the last 60 years, the collections form an invaluable taxonomic and lithographic resource for the study of biodiversity, environmental change and planetary evolution. Methods of analysis are constantly being refined and up-dated so the collection needs to be effectively managed, stored and recorded if it is to continue to function as an investigative resource. Good curation is especially important given the high cost, in both time and money,of collecting specimens from such a remote and hostile environment. For the most part, the material is well documented but more curatorial time needs to be spent onthe specimens if they are not to deteriorate through contamination or neglect.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLeah Nunez(WALNUT, Calif.) — He may not have a future in baseball, but he might have a bright future in comedy!Lennox Salcedo, 3, was playing a baseball game in the Walnut Pony Baseball League in Walnut, California, when a coach told him to run home as fast as he can.Young Lennox decided to have a little fun with the coach’s call, running from third base to home plate as slowly as he possibly could. The crowd roared with laughter as Lennox moved in “slow motion” toward team mom Leah Nunez, who captured the moment on video.At one point, Lennox’s father, who was on the field coaching, attempts to usher Lennox across home plate faster, but Lennox brushes his dad off and continues his triumphant home run trot.The video was posted to Twitter by Lennox’s cousin and has since been retweeted over 92,000 times.Congratulations, Lennox!Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written by April 30, 2018 /Sports News – National Adorable 3-year-old baseball player runs bases in slow motion in hilarious video
Tags: BYU Football Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Sunday, BYU football entered the national rankings at No. 21 in The Associated Press Top 25 and at No. 22 in the Amway Coaches poll.These polls are the first weekly regular season rankings released for the 2020 season.The last time the Cougars were ranked in the polls was in 2018. BYU was ranked as high as No. 20 after vanquishing Power 5 foes, Arizona at Tucson, Ariz. and No. 6 Wisconsin at Madison, Wis.Because of a small number of covid-19 test results and the resultant tracing exposures within the Cougars’ football program, a mutual decision was made after consultation with the BYU administration, state public health officials and medical advisors to postpone Saturday’s game at West Point, N.Y. against 2-0 Army.The Cougars and Black Knights are currently working together to reschedule this contest. Both squads have an open date November 28.For the time being, the Cougars’ next game is September 26 against Troy at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Written by September 14, 2020 /Coronavirus (COVID-19) related news and sports stories, Sports News – Local BYU Football Enters National Rankings; Has Army Game Postponed
Job DescriptionTwo postdoctoral research fellow positions are availableimmediately to participate in a NIH sponsored research project,developing nanoparticle based vaccines, in the department ofBiological Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech. This projectfocuses on assembling various nanoparticles as potential vaccines.Animal test of the vaccine candidate will be carried out. Thelength of appointment will be 1-5 years based on performance.Competitive salary will be commensurate with the experience.Required QualificationsA doctoral degree in biochemistry, virology, chemical engineering,biological systems engineering, or related scientific orengineering fieldSelf-motivated individual who shows initiative and creativityGood communication skillsPreferred QualificationsExperience with nanoparticle fabrications andcharacterizationsExperience with biomolecule (protein, lipids, etc.)processingExperience with chemical conjugationExperience with animal testsExcellent writing skillsReview DateOctober 15, 2019Required documents for application:Cover letter (please include an approximate starting date that youwish to begin)Curriculum vitaeNames and contact information for three references familiar withyour research workA brief summary of research and career objectives (no more than 2pages)The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminalconviction checkAbout Virginia TechVirginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed toteaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealthof Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of UtProsim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated toInclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, andexcellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice thePrinciples of Community, which are fundamental to our on-goingefforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a communitythat nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. VirginiaTech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join ourcommunity in preparing leaders for the world.Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, orapplicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (includingpregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, geneticinformation, national origin, political affiliation, race,religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwisediscriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about,discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation ofother employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected bylaw.If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodationplease contact the hiring department.Advertised: September 27, 2019Applications close:
Twitter – www.twitter.com/dwppressoffice Facebook – www.facebook.com/dwp LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/company/dwp YouTube – www.youtube.com/dwp adapted working practices additional HR support job coaches aides and adaptations extra supervision through the existing Work Choice Protected Places scheme BASE welcomes the announcement on future funding for individuals working in supported businesses. Along with the Supported Business Alliance, we welcome this increased certainty around funding so that these businesses can plan more sustainably for the future and continue to develop employment opportunities for people who have a disability. We look forward to working with DWP to ensure a long-term future for the businesses and their thousands of employees. Martin Davies, Supported Business Alliance, Chair of the Supported Business Steering Group, said: London Press Office (national media and London area enquiries only – not questions about personal claims) 020 3267 5144 Follow DWP on: In parallel, the government will work with the Supported Business Alliance (SBA) and The British Association for Supported Employment (BASE) to: help them develop a new quality mark for supported businesses to develop a new long term element of Access to Work to continue support for those already working for a supported business, and help more disabled people to join them Contact Press office I welcome today’s announcement which will secure the future of thousands of job for disabled employees. We have been working alongside the DWP for over 12 months on this and will continue to collaborate with them to develop a quality assurance ‘mark’ for supported employers and a long-term funding model. We’re committed to supporting the government getting more disabled people into sustainable employment and ensuring the supported business sector can flourish. Caxton HouseTothill StreetLondonSW1H 9NA The increased payment will not only be available for existing employees but also for businesses to employ more disabled people, enabling a total of over 2,000 disabled people across England, Scotland and Wales to access support.Disabled employees working for supported businesses can currently benefit from a mix of holistic support, including: England and Wales (local media enquiries) 029 20 586 then 097 or 098 or 099 Scotland (local media enquiries) 0131 310 1122 Press Office Today the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, has announced increased funding to support businesses that provide extra employment support for disabled people with the greatest barriers to work.When the Work Choice employment programme ends in March 2019, ongoing support will be offered to individuals working in “supported businesses” through specially designed new elements of the government’s Access to Work scheme.For 2 years from April 2019, supported businesses will receive increased funding of £5,000 a year from Access to Work for each individual in a Work Choice Protected Place.Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Esther McVey, said: Huw Davies, Chief Executive of the British Association for Supported Employment, said: We’re committed to ensuring that disabled people have the necessary support to thrive in the workplace and Protected Places plays a big part in helping thousands to reach their full potential. Access to Work already provides tailored, personalised support to people up and down the country and this announcement will ensure that many more will benefit in the years to come. Minister for Disabled People, Work and Health, Sarah Newton, said: Out-of-hours (journalists only) 07623 928 975 Supported businesses can provide employment opportunities for those disabled people who want to work but may otherwise find it difficult to secure a suitable role. That’s why we’re increasing the funding for each person working in a supported business, ensuring that disabled people who want to work have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits that work can bring.
The task of addressing global societal, economic, and environmental issues from the perspective of one university campus in any part of the world seems a daunting exercise in futility. But when multifaith voices from around the world gather to talk about the common challenges facing students and institutions of higher education, the planet becomes a smaller, more manageable place.The Rev. Dr. Lucy A. Forster-Smith, Harvard University’s Sedgwick Chaplain and Senior Minister in the Memorial Church, recently attended an international conference of college and university chaplains in Bendigo, Australia. The five-day event focused on the life and challenges of campus chaplaincy.Forster-Smith recently spoke with Memorial Church communications about the conference.Memorial Church: The theme of the conference was “Digging, Dialogue, and Diversity.” What was the focus of discussions this year?Forster-Smith: The conference took place at La Trobe University in Bendigo, Australia. It was an old gold mining town, established in the 1880s as a place where people came to dig for gold. But in reality, it was a conference looking at multi-faith engagement on campuses across the globe. So the notion of this conference (held every four years) was to try to understand how we can best serve universities in their diversity. Read Full Story
View Comments ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ The Jimmy Buffett musical is bringing Margaritaville to Chicago. The Broadway-aimed Escape to Margaritaville will play the Windy City’s Oriental Theatre next fall, with performances beginning on November 9. As previously announced, the Parrothead-infested musical is set to make its world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse in California in May.The new show will feature Buffett’s classic hits about cheeseburgers, paradise, et cetera, as well as new, original songs from the singer/songwriter. The story, crafted by book writers Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley, follows a part-time bartender and singer at a tropical island resort who questions his relaxed ways when he encounters (and falls in love with) a career-minded tourist.Christopher Ashley is set to direct the production, which will feature choreography by Kelly Devine. Casting will be announced at a later date.
“If the lantana in your landscape didn’t bloom this year, you probably had lantana lace bugs,” Braman said. “They’re normally on the plants, but this year they were there in much higher levels.” Lantana lace bugs are among the other landscape pests that survived and thrived during the drought. They feed on lantana and other landscape plants, causing the leaves to turn white. The drought reduced the population of another turfgrass pest, too: the two-lined spittlebug. “Young Japanese beetle larvae need moisture to tunnel and search for food,” Braman said. “If they survived in the drought to adulthood, then they needed wet areas to lay their eggs in, and there weren’t many wet areas to be found this summer.”Some need moisture, some don’t The tiny destroyers’ numbers are down this year because their life cycle relies on moisture. If it’s too dry, the larvae can’t complete their development. In the United States alone, controlling the beetles’ larval (grub) and adult stages cost more than $460 million a year. “They like it hot, but they need moisture, too,” Braman said. “So there aren’t as many around this year to harm centipede and zoysia grasses and holly bushes.” Not all landscape pests suffered from the drought. Some actually thrived. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia’s drought conditions may have the state’s farmers depressed, but it’s put a smile on the faces of crape myrtle and rose growers. While the drought withered many crops, it also drastically reduced the number of Japanese beetles munching on these and other landscape plants. “I consider Japanese beetles super bugs,” said Kris Braman, an entomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “But their numbers were really reduced this summer, because they just can’t take it when it’s dry.”Costly to controlGardeners and landscapers view Japanese beetles as pests, so no one complained when the drought knocked back their numbers. Japanese beetles destroy plants by feeding on their leaves. As grubs, they burrow underground and feed on plants’ roots. They especially like turfgrass roots. Chinch bug populations in Georgia exploded this year as a result of the drought. “They like it hot and dry, and it definitely was,” she said. The bugs suck the sap from turfgrass, their favorite being St. Augustine, and cause the grass to wither, turn yellow and become stunted.Bugs prevent lantanta blooms
Beyond pecans, a commodity originating in Georgia’s pecan orchards is exciting growers and chefs alike: truffles. “Thanks to Dr. (Tim) Brenneman, I’ve been able to find truffles and find a market for them,” said Eric Cohen, co-owner of Pecan Ridge Plantation in Decatur County, Georgia.Brenneman, a University of Georgia plant pathologist based in Tifton, Georgia, has researched pecan truffles since he discovered them in the late 1980s. His research involves inoculating trees with the fungus responsible for truffles. “Right now, the main limitation for truffles is lack of consistent availability,” Brenneman said. “They’re underground; they’re hard to find. We’re doing research on producing truffles more consistently by inoculating trees with the fungus, and then, when you plant the trees, it may take a while, but they will eventually start growing truffles on their roots.”Pecan growers can locate truffles, but the latest, perhaps more effective trend is to search for and find truffles using truffle dogs. “In the past, nearly all of the truffles we had in Georgia were just found by people going out with rakes during late summer at pecan harvest, when the truffles were being exposed, and picking them up,” Brenneman said. “Having dogs that are specifically trained for these truffles really helps find the truffles. It also improves the quality of truffles found because they’re locating the mature truffles. The dogs just go to the ones that have the strongest odor, and those are the most mature truffles and most desired by the chefs using them.” Truffle dogs have made it easier for farmers, like Cohen, to market truffles and net a profitable venture. He has always had pecan orchards, but only started marketing truffles two years ago. Cohen had no prior knowledge of truffles and wasn’t aware that there was a market for them.“I heard (Brenneman) say how valuable they were, and that’s what got me quizzing him about them, just the sheer amount of money a pound of truffles costs,” Cohen said. “I would not have done that if it had not been for Dr. Brenneman.” There is high demand for truffles, especially from chefs, but there are only a few people marketing truffles and not a large supply. Cohen said he developed his market by word of mouth among different chefs. While European truffles cost thousands of dollars a pound—they’re one of the most expensive foods in the world—one pound of truffles grown in Georgia can sell for $200 to $300, Brenneman said.For more information on pecan truffles and Brenneman’s research, visit timbrenneman.org.(Tatyana Phelps is an intern with the UGA Tifton Campus.)