NHL, players approve deal to resume season Aug. 1, extend CBA

first_img July 10, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — NHL, players approve deal to resume season Aug. 1, extend CBA. NHL, players approve deal to resume season Aug. 1, extend CBAcenter_img Associated Press last_img

USC professors create educational DVD

first_imgWith the goal of teaching a wide array of students basic information about biology and genetics, two USC professors produced an educational DVD titled A Tale of Two MAO Genes: Exploring the Biology and Culture of Aggression and Anxiety.Marsha Kinder, a professor in the School of Cinematic Arts, and Jean Shih, a professor in the School of Pharmacy created the interactive DVD, which has also been translated into Mandarin for a students in Taiwan and Beijing.Shih began using the DVD in her classes this semester, but Kinder said that they are still waiting to hear what students think about the DVD.“USC should be a place where we have an institute of a collaboration of science and the arts,” Kinder said.The two professors are the only two female “University Professors” at USC, a title given to recognize faculty for doing innovative interdisciplinary research.Their goal was to teach students basic information about biology and genetics, as well as talk about Shih’s story and her career. Kinder and Shih wanted to make science education more compelling and more engaging to students, Kinder said.“It’s taken us a long time to make this,” Kinder said. “We saw this as a model, and indeed now USC is doing a lot of projects [similar to this.]”The pair proposed the project in 2005, and received funding from then-provost Lloyd Armstrong and started working on the project in 2006.The project focuses on Shih’s 30 years of research on an important pair of brain enzymes, the MAO A and MAO B (monoamine oxidase) genes, which help control aggression and anxiety in mice. Kinder said they not only wanted to focus on biological information, but cultural aspects of the target audience as well.“We like to present these findings artistically, at a level which students and the general public will understand and will be benefited from them,” Shih said.The DVD not only comes from a collaboration of Kinder and Shih, but also from The Labyrinth Project at the School of Cinematic Arts and The Shih Brain Research Laboratory at the School of Pharmacy. In 1997 Kinder founded the Labyrinth Project, a research initiative on database narrative and digital scholarship, which has produced 12 projects similar to this so far.Kinder and Shih wrote the content of the DVD together, and the animation was done by the students. According to Kinder, the two key artists in the group were Kristy Kang and Rosemary Comelia.The DVD, which contains six hours of content, was made to be interactive and simple to use. Kinder said that they wanted the DVD to be utilized at many different levels, including middle school, high school, undergraduate and graduate school.PDFs of articles related to the topics are also available.“[People are] absorbing the information in modular units, with a glossary, outline and video clips all in the same screen,” Kinder said. “There’s a glossary as the video clips are going. You can stop at any point and look at the glossary and definition [of a term related to the clip.]”The images in the DVD are presented in a variety of ways. There are live action shots, such as when Shih is in the lab with fighting mice, as well as 3D images and cartoon-like images. Kinder said the animator worked hard to understand what the images were supposed to look.“What people generally say about [the images] are that they are very beautiful and they are also very rigorously accurate,” Kinder said. “It’s the idea that the issues of representation are very important in science and in art.”One part of the DVD features the ethics of science, which is set up as a quiz in order to provoke classroom discussions. This area also features differing views on issues of religion and philosophy. Faculty in the departments of religion, philosophy and medical school are featured in the DVD.In 2007, the National Conference of China invited Kinder and Shih to present their DVD. After the presentation, they received a grant from the National Council of Taiwan to collaborate with a Taiwanese university to create a Mandarin version.“This innovative science education tool is powerful, it is more effective and interactive,” Shih said. “I hope it will stimulate students’ interest in science and will help them to make their career choice.”last_img read more

Why Syracuse can’t make a bowl game even with 5 wins

first_img Published on November 24, 2017 at 2:13 pm Contact: [email protected] | @jtbloss Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (4-7, 2-5 Atlantic Coast) will play Boston College (6-5, 3-4) in the Carrier Dome on Saturday with a chance to earn its fifth win. Five wins, sometimes, can be enough to get a team to a bowl game. For SU, it certainly won’t.Here’s why:There are 128 teams in the FBS and 78 available slots in 39 bowl games. For the first time in four years, it appears enough of those slots will be filled by teams that have met the standard requirement of six wins and a .500 record needed to earn a bowl bid. Seventy teams have met that threshold already, including eight from the ACC.That leaves eight spots still available, with 18 teams boasting five wins heading into the weekend. There are four head-to-head matchups between those 18 teams, meaning at least four more have to emerge with a sixth win, bringing the total to a minimum of 74 bowl-eligible teams. And that’s just the minimum — more can and likely will win to make five-win teams irrelevant.But let’s say the minimum happens and we only have 74 teams automatically eligible. Five-win teams would be considered next — a group SU can join by beating BC on Saturday. These teams would be selected in order of their Academic Progress Rating, or APR, a metric the NCAA defines as such:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEach student-athlete receiving athletically related financial aid earns one point for staying in school and one point for being academically eligible.A team’s total points are divided by points possible and then multiplied by 1,000 to equal the team’s Academic Progress Rate.In addition to a team’s current-year APR, its rolling four-year APR is also used to determine accountability.Here’s where SU’s hopes sink: of the five-win teams already sitting above SU, 11 have a better APR than SU’s 968. So unless some of them decline bowl invitations — a rare decision that also turns down both a financial and recruiting boost — SU will be watching bowl games from its collective couch for the fourth straight year. Commentslast_img read more

Three takeaways from Eagles’ win over Cowboys: Impact on NFL playoff picture, Jason Garrett’s future, more

first_imgThe Eagles are now just one win away from an NFC East title and the NFL playoff berth that comes with it. Then again, does anybody trust Philadelphia to handle its business and beat the Giants on the road in Week 17, as it should?What has been a frustrating season now comes down to the regular-season finale for the Eagles, who stayed alive in the NFL playoff picture with their 17-9 win over the Cowboys on Sunday. Dallas technically is still alive, as well, but it can’t feel good about its chances to reach the postseason in a year many (including us) expected the Cowboys to make a deep run. MORE: Updated NFL playoff pictureThose preseason expectations in Dallas are part of the reason Sunday’s loss in Philadelphia hurts so bad, and they’re why Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is back in the line of firing with “Black Monday” a little more than a week away.Including Garrett’s iffy job security, here are our takeaways from the Eagles’ season-saving win over the Cowboys in Week 16.Eagles looking good in NFL playoff pictureThe winner of the NFC East will earn the No. 4 seed in the playoffs and likely host the Seahawks or the 49ers in the wild-card round. Thanks to Sunday’s Eagles-Cowboys result, the loser of the NFC West race likely will have to travel to Philadelphia for its first playoff game.The Eagles simply need to beat the Giants in Week 17 in order to clinch the division and the No. 4 seed. The game is a rematch of Philadelphia’s 23-17 overtime win at home in Week 14.VIDEO: Cowboys-Eagles highlightsEven if the Eagles lose to the Giants, they could still win the NFC East if the Cowboys lose to the Redskins.Both Philadelphia and Dallas will be favored in their Week 17 games, but they are far from locks. The Eagles are on the road against a red-hot Giants team (the offense is, at least) that almost beat them in Week 14. The Cowboys are fortunate to be playing at home against a pesky Redskins team.Jason Garrett likely won’t return as Cowboys coachWe’ve figured for weeks that the Cowboys coach needed to lead his team to the NFC championship game (at least) to save his job, so if Dallas indeed misses the playoffs, and if this loss to a previously .500 division rival in Philadelphia is one of the biggest reasons, then Garrett should be considered as good as gone.Of course, the Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones won’t need to fire Garrett if he opts for a coaching change. That’s because Garrett’s contract is set to expire when Dallas’ season ends. The lack of an extension for the 53-year-old coach has been the biggest elephant in a room full of them. Jones’ frustration as the Cowboys have limped to a 7-8 record in Garrett’s 10th season as coach seems to be rising to the level of a fan base that appears eager to move on from Garrett.Sunday’s loss to the Eagles was inexcusable for Garrett’s Cowboys for multiple reasons, including the absurd amount of injuries still impacting Philadelphia. But Dallas should not have been in a position to lose the division in the first place.MORE: Ranking Garrett replacement candidates if Dallas fires coach Dallas has gone 1-4 in the five games it played without the rangy Vander Esch, struggling to cover running backs and tight ends in each loss. Sure enough, the Eagles picked on the Cowboys’ second coverage level throughout their win Sunday.The Cowboys can’t blame their failure on Vander Esch’s injury, of course. The multiple culprits include Dak Prescott’s off game against the Eagles, the disappearing act of wide receiver Amari Cooper and the often-baffling usage of star running back Ezekiel Elliott.But because the NFC East race is now down to the last week of the season, it’s not a stretch to say Vander Esch’s injury will have kept Dallas out of the playoffs. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/28/3/jason-garrett-041019-getty-ftrjpg_gemgt62ej3kw1gqkd07cbphoh.jpg?t=126458506&w=500&quality=80 The Cowboys, despite a collection of talent that led Sporting News to believe they could win Super Bowl 54, have defeated just one team with a winning record all season (the Rams last week). Now they’re an Eagles win over the Giants (or a loss to the Redskins) away from failing to reach the postseason.Keep in mind the Cowboys’ head coaching job is one of a few in the NFL that almost any coach would desire. BetOnline already has odds on who will be Dallas’ coach in 2020, and the list includes big-time names like Urban Meyer, Josh McDaniels, Lincoln Riley, Sean Payton, Nick Saban, Dabo Swinney, Jim Harbaugh, Chris Petersen and … Peyton Manning?Regardless of how many of those would be legitimate candidates for the Cowboys job, the point is Jones would have more than enough options in his search for a coach who can manage something better than a .565 regular-season win percentage and get Dallas to the Super Bowl for the first time since 1995.Garrett has been good, but good, as Jones has put it, is “not enough.”The Cowboys have missed Leighton Vander EschWe understand the irony. The Cowboys, who have been without their star linebacker since Week 12, just lost to an Eagles team that has been decimated by injuries. But the negative impact of Vander Esch’s absence can’t be understated.Vander Esch, who was a Pro Bowl selection as a rookie last season, last played in the Cowboys’ Week 11 win over the Lions. A neck injury has kept him out of the lineup and, depending on the results of an MRI on Monday, could keep him out for Week 17 and beyond.last_img read more

Donegal angling organisations urged to apply for slice of €2M funding stream

first_imgMinister of State for Rural Affairs and Natural Resources Sean Kyne has announced €2 million in funding available for angling projects and conservation initiatives.Donegal TD Joe McHugh is encouraging local angling organisations to apply for the funding.An information evening will be hosted at Harvey’s Point Hotel on Tuesday, September 12th at 7pm, and all interested organisations should send a representative. The Inland Fisheries Ireland Funding Call 2017 is made up of the following funds:> Salmon Conservation Fund to a maximum of €500,000> Midland Fisheries Fund of €50,000> National Strategy for Angling Development Fund (NSAD) €1,500,000Minister Kyne, said: “As Minister with responsibility for Inland Fisheries, I have ensured that significant funding under the National Strategy for Angling Development was available from my Department in 2017 to help Inland Fisheries Ireland develop a wide ranging investment initiative.“I welcome the fact that the funding programme is rooted in Community led actions and I support Inland Fisheries Ireland in its enhancement plans. I also want to encourage Angling Bodies, Community Groups and local authorities to take up the funding opportunity and meet the development challenge at local, regional and National level”.Inland Fisheries Ireland is inviting applications from Sligo and nationwide for funding for projects across a number of areas from fisheries habitat enhancement and sustainable development works to marketing and promotional projects for angling. “Applications are invited from groups, associations, clubs, local authorities or other appropriate bodies looking to improve Ireland’s fisheries resource.”Dr Ciaran Byrne, CEO of Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “Today’s announcement sees Inland Fisheries Ireland make over €2 million available to communities in Sligo and nationwide, for projects which will help contribute to an accessible and sustainable world class inland fisheries and sea angling resource for all. We want to ensure that we continue to invest in conservation, while also developing our angling offering in Ireland.“While the National Strategy for Angling Development funding stream focuses on improving angling access with a view to attracting more domestic and overseas anglers to the pursuit, the Salmon Conservation Fund and Midland Fisheries Fund re-invest the contributions of anglers into valuable initiatives which a view to promoting the recovery of salmon stocks and habitats and supporting sustainable development works in the Midlands respectively.”Members of the public who will be attending the workshops are asked to RSVP to [email protected], indicating which workshop they will be going to along with their name and contact details.The closing date for applications to Inland Fisheries Ireland’s 2017 Funding Call is Friday, 13th of October 2017. For more information and to apply, visit www.fisheriesireland.ie/funding. Donegal angling organisations urged to apply for slice of €2M funding stream was last modified: August 9th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:anglingfundinglast_img read more