‘Horned Frogs lead the way’: A look at TCU’s ROTC programs TCU 360 staff win awards at the Fall National College Media Convention Facebook printTCU aims to support all aspects of students’ lives, including their spiritual development, but members of Religious & Spiritual Life (RSL) have some limitations, especially when it comes to filling positions of leadership for represented denominations on campus, including the Catholic community.Catholic individuals make up 33 percent of the student population who claimed a religious preference, said the Rev. Angela Kaufman, TCU’s campus minister.According to the 2018 Fact Book, there are more than 2,300 Catholic students at TCU.Despite these statistics, there has not been a dedicated Catholic priest on campus since 2017.The previous Catholic priest who served TCU was Rev. James Wilcox. The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth reassigned him in 2017. Before Wilcox, the Rev. Charles Calabrese served as the Catholic campus chaplain, leaving in 2015.Originally on loan from a diocese in Ohio just for one year, Calabrese was permitted to stay on campus for 30 years.“Even the people that weren’t Catholic that I knew, they admired him and respected him just because he had been there for so long,” said Jake Harris, who graduated from TCU in 2014. “He was like an institution.”Harris said his relationship with Calabrese grew when they were working together to plan the Awakening retreats. Harris, who converted to Catholicism during his time at TCU, said he admired the priest’s ability to be committed to the task at hand while at the same time being available to talk with students.The Rev. Todd Boling, TCU’s senior associate chaplain, worked with Calabrese for four years and said he was dedicated to his work, sometimes staying on campus later than any other religious officials.“Father Charlie always did a great job of listening, of being present to what the person might be bringing to him and offering the simplest form of wisdom available — but it felt like the most profound thing you’d ever heard,” Boling said.Boling said the two priests had different styles of delivering mass; Calabrese had a more relaxed approach, and Wilcox had a more traditional method, something he said attracted different types of students.Wilcox also was passionate about helping students understand the Catholic doctrine and he played a role in making adoration more prevalent across campus, Kaufman said.The reasons why both Wilcox and Calabrese left TCU are private canonical matters only the bishop knows, said Marlon De La Torre, the department director of evangelization and catechesis for the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth. De La Torre is responsible for overseeing campus ministries, including coordinating with campus officials.While RSL has requested a Catholic campus minister, it is not responsible for finding a priest.De La Torre said the Rev. Michael Fors Olson, the bishop of the diocese, will decide whom to assign to TCU and whether that person would be a full-time or part-time chaplain.He added that positions at parishes are filled before positions at campus ministries and while he does not know when the bishop will decide which priest will be assigned to TCU, appointments for campus ministries are usually made in the spring and go into effect the following fall. He thinks it is unlikely a new priest will be assigned to TCU before next fall.Boling, who oversees the process of vetting campus ministers at TCU, said the process of adding a new religious minister to the TCU community includes background checks and Title IX training, among other steps.Kaufman added that not every denomination or faith group that approaches TCU with a new minister is accepted; it depends on the needs of the campus community.While there is not a dedicated clergy member, a couple of priests from local parishes come to campus to hear confession from students and fulfill other duties that can only be performed by ordained men.Catholics in the TCU community can still attend mass on campus. They also have access to the Newman Center, a place for prayer, fellowship, studying and taking the Eucharist. Tom Centarri, the director of campus ministry, said the Newman Center is open to all students, not just Catholics.Centarri, who is serving his fourth year on campus, said his job changed when Wilcox left. For example, Centarri had to start contacting local parishes when they needed food for events. Since this was one of Wilcox’s responsibilities, Centarri said he did not have the connections Wilcox did.Centarri added that learning to cope without a priest has been difficult but that the students have been successful at taking up leadership positions.Senior business information systems and supply chain management double major and co-president of TCU Catholic Ryan Lewright said he taught an apologetics class for two years.The purpose of the class is to instruct Catholics about how to defend their faith, Lewright said.Lewright said not having anyone to hear confessions is one of the hardest parts of the absence of a dedicated priest on campus.The co-president said if there were a priest, perhaps there could be more opportunities to go to mass; currently, mass is held once in the morning and once in the evening on Sundays, but students in Greek organizations often are unable to attend the later service.Junior entrepreneurial management major Adriana Facchina is another student involved in TCU Catholic and the local Catholic community. She taught an apologetics class for one year, serves as a mentor for high school students at Saint Andrew Catholic Church in Fort Worth and regularly attends mass and a Bible study.Facchina said they have four retreats every year, and although priests come for as long as they can, it would be better to have a priest who could stay throughout the retreat. 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*3 *2 By Digital AIM Web Support – February 4, 2021 Adiabatic Simulated Bifurcation (aSB): uses the adiabatic process in classical mechanics as a principle* 1. The adiabatic process is a phenomenon that continues to stay in a low-energy state when the parameters of the system change slowly in a dynamic system. A computer implementing an aSB is an adiabatic Simulated Bifurcation Machine (aSBM). WhatsApp Pinterest TAGS TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 4, 2021– Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) and Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation (collectively Toshiba), industry leaders in solutions for large-scale optimization problems, today announced the Ballistic Simulated Bifurcation Algorithm (bSB) and the Discrete Simulated Bifurcation Algorithm (dSB), new algorithms that far surpass the performance of Toshiba’s previous Simulated Bifurcation Algorithm (SB). The new algorithms will be applied to finding solutions to highly complex problems in areas as diverse as portfolio management, drug development and logistics management. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210204005362/en/ Fig. 1: The bSBM is approximately 10x faster than the aSBM in solving a 2000-bit problem(*2). (Graphic: Business Wire) Introduced in April 2019, the previous SB broke new ground as a platform for finding solutions to combinatorial optimization problems, surpassing other approaches by a factor of 10 *1. Toshiba has now extended this achievement with two new algorithms that apply innovative approaches, such as a quasi-quantum tunneling effect, to performance improvement, allowing them to acquire optimal solutions (exact solutions) for large-scale combinatorial optimization problems that challenge the capabilities of their predecessor. Implemented on a 16-GPU machine, dSB can find a nearly optimal solution of a one-million-bit problem, the world’s largest scale combinatorial problem yet reported in scientific papers, in 30 minutes—a computation that would take 14 months on a typical CPU-based computer. The research results were published in the online academic journal, Science Advances, on February 3 (EST) *2. The new algorithms have different characteristics. bSB is optimized and named for speed of operation, and finds good approximate solutions in a short time. It generates fewer errors than a previously reported Adiabatic Simulated Bifurcation Algorithm (aSB) *3, and so returns faster, more accurate results. Implemented on a field programmable gate array (FPGA), dubbed the ballistic simulated bifurcation machine (bSBM), it obtains a good solution to a 2,000-bit problem approximately 10 times faster than the previous aSB machine (aSBM) (Figure 1). dSB is a high-accuracy algorithm. Although implemented in a classical computer, it nonetheless arrives at optimal solutions faster than current quantum machines. Its name is derived from the replacement of continuous variables with discrete variables in equations of motion. This exhibits a quasi-quantum tunneling effect that breaks through the limits of approaches grounded in classical mechanics, reaching the optimal solution of the 2000-bit problem. Toshiba has implemented dSB on a FPGA and built a discrete simulated bifurcation machine (dSBM) that achieves a higher speed than other machines in terms of computation times required to obtain optimal solutions for various problems (Figure 2). Implemented on a 16-GPU machine, the dSBM solved a one-million-bit problem, the largest yet reported in scientific papers, and arrived at a nearly optimal solution in 30 minutes—20,000 times faster than a CPU-based simulated annealing machine, which would take 14 months to carry out the computation (Figure 3). In applying the two algorithms to real-world problems, Toshiba proposes bSB for applications that require an immediate response, and dSB for applications that require high accuracy, even if it takes a little longer time. Toshiba expects the new algorithms to bring higher efficiencies to industry, business and complex decision-making by addressing combinatorial optimization problems in fields including investment portfolios, drug development, and delivery route planning. Commenting on the algorithms, Hayato Goto, Chief Research Scientist at Toshiba Corporation’s Corporate Research & Development Center, said: “We face many real-world problems where we must find the optimal solution among a huge number of choices, and we must also deal with combinatorial explosion, where the number of combination patterns increases exponentially as a problem increases in scale. This is why research into special-purpose computers for combinatorial optimization is being carried out worldwide. Our aim is to develop a software solution—algorithms that can solve large-scale combinatorial optimization problems quickly and accurately, and contribute to the realization of higher efficiencies.” Toshiba will offer the newly developed simulated bifurcation algorithms as a GPU-based cloud service and as an on-premises version implemented on an FPGA within 2021. (Notes) Pinterest Twitter Local NewsBusiness H. Goto et al., Science Advances Vol. 7, no. 6, eabe7953 (2021) https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/7/6/eabe7953 H. Goto, K. Tatsumura, A. R. Dixon, Science Advances 5, eaav2372 (2019). https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/4/eaav2372 About Toshiba Corporation Toshiba Corporation leads a global group of companies that combines knowledge and capabilities from over 140 years of experience in a wide range of businesses—from energy and social infrastructure to electronic devices—with world-class capabilities in information processing, digital and AI technologies. These distinctive strengths support Toshiba’s continued evolution toward becoming an Infrastructure Services Company that promotes data utilization and digitization, and one of the world’s leading cyber-physical-systems technology companies. Guided by the Basic Commitment of the Toshiba Group, “Committed to People, Committed to the Future,” Toshiba contributes to society’s positive development with services and solutions that lead to a better world. The Group and its 130,000 employees worldwide secured annual sales surpassing 3.4 trillion yen (US$31.1 billion) in fiscal year 2019. www.toshiba.co.jp/worldwide/about/index.html About Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation As the driver of Toshiba Group’s digital solutions business, Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation delivers system integration and digital service solutions that support companies in accelerating their digital transformation, and also plays a central role in Toshiba’s transition to become one of the world’s leading cyber-physical technology companies, with advanced capabilities extending from manufacturing to AI. https://www.global.toshiba/ww/company/digitalsolution.html Business website of Toshiba Simulated Bifurcation Machine: https://www.toshiba-sol.co.jp/en/pro/sbm/index.htm View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210204005362/en/ CONTACT: Media Contact KOBAYASHI Itaru Corporate Communication Division, Toshiba Corporation [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES JAPAN NORTH AMERICA ASIA PACIFIC INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TECHNOLOGY OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES HEALTH FINANCE OTHER HEALTH PHARMACEUTICAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES OTHER SCIENCE OTHER TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH SOFTWARE HARDWARE SCIENCE DATA MANAGEMENT SOURCE: Toshiba Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/04/2021 08:00 AM/DISC: 02/04/2021 08:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210204005362/en Toshiba’s New Algorithms Quickly Deliver Highly Accurate Solutions to Complex Problems Twitter Facebook WhatsApp *1 Facebook Previous articleBrightSphere Reports Financial and Operating Results for the Fourth Quarter Ended December 31, 2020Next articleAP-NORC Poll: Americans open to Biden’s approach to crises Digital AIM Web Support