Brazilian ‘Science Without Borders’ undergraduates study at CU-Boulder

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Contact: Carol Drake, Continuing Education, [email protected] Hannah Fletcher, Continuing Education media relations, [email protected] The University of Colorado Boulder welcomed 19 students from Brazil this semester as part of the new Science Without Borders Program and Brazil’s initiative to place and fully fund outstanding students abroad to supplement their studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.The students are among approximately 650 Brazilian undergraduates who have been selected to study on U.S. campuses with funding for their tuition, fees and housing from the Brazilian government’s Science Without Borders Program. The program, announced last year, provides scholarships to Brazilian undergraduate students for one year of study at one of more than 100 host colleges and universities, including CU-Boulder. Scholarships are given primarily to students in the STEM fields. After two semesters and an on- or off-campus internship, the students will return to Brazil to complete their degrees.“Science Without Borders interested me because I wanted to know what it was like to study and live on campus and to learn in a different environment,” said Victor Sabioni, an aerospace engineering student from the Universidade de Federal de minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte. “I am taking two classes that are not offered at home, and everything is great so far.“The campus is amazingly beautiful and everyone has been so welcoming and polite. CU couldn’t be better. It’s like heaven with homework.”The Science Without Borders Program at CU-Boulder is offered through a partnership between the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the Division of Continuing Education.“The students are studying with their peers, living in university housing and experiencing life in Colorado and the U.S.,” said Anne Heinz, dean of Continuing Education and associate vice chancellor for outreach and engagement. “Several of the students already have indicated an interest in returning to CU-Boulder for graduate school.“CU-Boulder students, whether they’re from the San Luis Valley, San Francisco or São Paulo, will benefit from the enriched classroom conversations and experiences enabled by these programs,” she said. “These collaborations foster our future as a global society, and we look forward to CU-Boulder’s continued participation in this program.”An additional cohort of students is scheduled to arrive later this year for programs beginning in the summer and fall.The Science Without Borders Program is part of a larger Brazilian government initiative to grant 100,000 scholarships to Brazil’s best students to study abroad at the world’s best universities. The program is sponsored by the scholarship foundation of Brazil’s Ministry of Education, Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior. The program is administered by the Institute of International Education, an independent nonprofit specializing in international exchange. The institute has been working closely with the ministry and with CU-Boulder and other U.S. universities to place the students in study programs that best meet their academic needs.“We are pleased to be partnering with the government of Brazil and with the U.S. host campuses to implement this important program,” said Allan E. Goodman, Institute of International Education president and CEO. “At a time when Brazil’s economy is expanding rapidly, and Brazil and the United States are forging unprecedented ties in trade, energy and scientific development, we look to higher education as another area where our two countries should seek much stronger cooperation.” Published: Feb. 15, 2012 center_img “Science Without Borders interested me because I wanted to know what it was like to study and live on campus and to learn in a different environment,” said Victor Sabioni, an aerospace engineering student from the Universidade de Federal de minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte. “I am taking two classes that are not offered at home, and everything is great so far.“The campus is amazingly beautiful and everyone has been so welcoming and polite. CU couldn’t be better. It’s like heaven with homework.” Categories:AcademicsScience & TechnologyEducation & OutreachGetting InvolvedCampus CommunityNews Headlineslast_img read more

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BusyBus launches TravSafe package for passengers

first_imgCheshire-based minicoach operator BusyBus has developed TravSafe. It is a package that contains everything needed by passengers to maximise protection against airborne and surface infection where social distancing measures are impractical or impossible.TravSafe’s purpose is to enable passengers to return to coaches and minicoaches without those vehicles being subject to capacity constraints. Each heat-sealed pack is designed for single use, over either a journey or a day. It contains:COVID-aware statementFace maskFace shieldGlovesHand wipesTissues.Instructions are provided and the packaging acts as a safe disposal ‘bin’. Every part of TravSafe is made from recyclable materials.BusyBus has now handed over the concept to a start-up trading brand, also called TravSafe. It is wholly owned by the operator and operates from BusyBus’s depot near Chester. TravSafe aims to redeploy BusyBus’s workforce until they can take up their usual roles once again.BusyBus Managing Director Peter Rosenfeld says that the operator does not intend to profit from TravSafe. Instead, its motivation centres on helping its industry peers and ensuring that its own employees remain working.Adds Mr Rosenfeld: “Doing this is not something that I envisaged 10 weeks ago, and it has tested every entrepreneurial skillset we have.“The product needed to be practical, sustainable and commercially viable for high-usage coach and transport operators. So many businesses are cashing in on the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis by selling items contained in this pack for over 25 times their value. We do not want to exploit the situation.”Packs can be purchased online via the TravSafe website for as little as £5.“That is an unwanted £5 ‘tax’ per passenger, but it is no different to a commission paid to a reseller for delivering clients. It is also the difference between a passenger selecting an operator over a competitor when they feel thought about, safe and secure.”last_img read more

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Regulators fine GMP for wind project noise violations

first_imgGreen Mountain Power Corp,by John Herrick vtdigger.org(link is external) Green Mountain Power will be required to constantly monitor sound coming from wind turbines, which could provide the most detailed assessment yet of a noise issue concerning some residents living near wind farms. The Vermont Public Service Board fined the utility $1,000 last week for exceeding sound limits it placed on the Kingdom Community Wind farm, which was approved in 2011. In place of a larger civil penalty, regulators asked the utility to implement a continuous sound-monitoring program for one year. Regulators said it will cost the utility approximately $109,000 to implement the department’s proposal. The board said GMP cannot recover these costs from ratepayers.The utility is required under its certificate of public good to keep the noise level at the 63-megawatt wind project on Lowell Mountain below 45 decibels on average over one hour outside nearby homes. Regulators determined the company violated the sound limits in winter of late 2012 and early 2013. GMP says the sound violations were caused by snow buildup on the turbine blades.Anti-GMP signs are outside a house at the foot of the access road leading to the turbine site. Photo by Andrew Stein/VTDiggerThe company has since installed cameras and weather-monitoring equipment to detect snow accumulation on the blades. Since GMP installed this equipment, no other violations have been reported.The Department of Public Service this spring drafted a continuous sound-monitoring proposal, which Green Mountain Power supports and has agreed to implement. Regulators determined it would be “more constructive” to require the utility to implement this plan rather than pay a larger monetary penalty.Vermonters for a Clean Environment, a group opposing the wind project, told the board the methodology of the sound monitoring proposal is flawed and the experts hired to assist its implementation have developed projects that have caused complaints from neighbors about noise.Public Service Commissioner Chris Recchia said the details of the proposal are still being worked out, but it would be “scientifically based and rigorous.” He said the department does not know when the plan will be implemented.The department is still evaluating the order and has the option to ask the board to reconsider it, he said.GMP spokesperson Dotty Schnure said the company has collected 10,934 total hours of sound monitoring data, and has exceeded the regulatory limit for four hours. She said GMP is committed to operating the wind project within its permit requirements.She said GMP shuts down the wind turbines when weather causes ice or snow accumulation. She said this has always been part of the company’s operating procedure.The utility again announced on Tuesday it had met noise standards for the latest reporting period from August 20 to Sept. 9. The utility hired the research firm(RSG) to conduct the report, and critics say the studies are not scientific because they discard data when wind speeds are high near recording microphones and during certain precipitation events.The department’s proposal requires noise sensitive receptors, or microphones, to be placed around residents homes with direct exposure to the turbine noise. A second microphone would be shielded from the turbines to measure background noise, which is used to control for other noises in the area.The data will be collected continuously and downloaded for review, according to the proposal. The data would then be summarized for monthly reports. The acoustical consulting firm hired by the department, Acentech Inc., drafted the proposal.Outgoing board member John Burke said in his dissent he would have preferred a substantial fine be imposed on GMP and would not have ordered the continuous monitoring.“While the only winner then would have been the State’s general fund, all the parties would begin to realize that working on noise issues is important and that more is gained by working together than by the “my way or the highway” attitude that appears to have prevailed here,” he said.Burke said no matter what data results from this monitoring, it will likely be criticized and its ultimate value will be diminished, in his opinion.Annette Smith, executive director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, does not support the methodology outlined in the department’s sound monitoring proposal. She also said the firms hired by the department have a history in designing wind projects that have caused harmful noise.Wind proponents say studies show wind turbine noise does not cause harm, but some residents in Vermont say turbines interfere with sleep and cause nausea.last_img read more

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Hyperlocal = location, location, location

first_imgHyperlocal is the latest marketing buzzword, but it isn’t a new idea.  It essentially means a very specific area, very close to home.  Within the credit union world, it’s defined as your core target market living three to five miles from the branch.At Momentum, we’ve actually discovered that using a 2 mile radius provides a more strategic community-based approach that supports hyperlocalism.Credit unions located within urban centers are going to have to take a hyperlocal approach.  Why?Credit unions are established with community based charters to differentiate themselves in the market and attract and retain members.  By focusing on hyperlocalism, it’s much easier to create lasting connections with existing and potential members.A good example of hyperlocalism is Umpqua Bank’s downtown branch in Seattle.  They demonstrate their ties to the downtown neighborhood, but also to the very specific community of Pioneer Square.  Their in-branch marketing displays a historic pergola that is an iconic symbol of the Pioneer Square neighborhood in Seattle. They are active in local blogging and events.  They bring members and potential members from their neighborhood community into the branch for seminars, workshops, and even wine tastings.  Hyperlocalism has proven to be a very successful strategy for Umpqua.As I said earlier, being hyperlocal is not a new idea.  A hyperlocal option that serves only those that “live, work, worship, or attend school” in the central city, Northwest Resource Federal Credit Union has been serving Portlanders since 1935. Northwest Resource supports local business with “a complete line of business services,” according to Kim Faucher, vice president of marketing. “All of our lending decisions are made locally and loans are serviced locally.” Striving to build a better neighborhood, Faucher says, “We work well with many of Old Town’s social service agencies, including Central City Concern and Transition Projects, by helping their clients open savings accounts, obtain small loans, and build financial independence.” Also serving the artistic community, Northwest Resource displays local art in the lobby, selling it on behalf of the artist, and hosts the occasional First Thursday event.The credit union ideal of community and hyperlocal go hand-in-hand.  How can you decide if hyperlocal is the right approach for your credit union? If you’re in an urban center,  Hyperlocal = Your local community.Examples:Washington (State): Not hyperlocalKing County, WA: Semi-hyperlocalBallard, WA: Truly hyperlocalIs hyperlocal just a new trend or here to stay?  The concept of marketing to hyperlocal areas has been around since the inception of credit unions and is definitely here to stay. What is continually evolving is how you actually deliver hyperlocal marketing to members whether its through in-branch marketing, social media or local events.Is it time for your credit union to go hyperlocal? 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Heather Horrocks Heather is the Director of Marketing at Momentum, a national design-build firm. Heather and the Momentum team work with Credit Unions to facilitate strategic planning, evaluate facilities growth needs, and … Web: www.momentumbuilds.com Detailslast_img read more

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Fuselier: Mike’s Love

first_imgMike FuselierBy ROBERT FUSELIERLos AlamosSusie, Jenny, Bobby, and I would like to thank everyone for the thoughts, prayers, pictures, stories, food and visits that you’ve shared with us over the last few weeks as we’ve tried to deal with the loss of Mike, our son/brother.Until I’m ready to write again for this column, I thought I’d steal a few essays written by Mike. Here’s one from August 8, 2016.THINGS I LEARNED WHILE FALLING IN LOVE1. It is always worth it, even if it ends. The myriad feelings that envelop you while you are in love teach you immensely about yourself. These feelings are ineffable in words, but viscerally known in your soul. A life lived in their absence is a life without.2. Be honest about who you were, are, and wish to become. A partnership only works if both sides know what the other wants and strive to help one another achieve that. Be honest about how you feel with yourself and be open with those feelings. True honesty cannot exist when you are closed off. Openness comes at a cost of vulnerability, and vulnerability can be extremely uncomfortable. Until you become comfortable with being uncomfortable then you will continue to fall short of how deep your connection can become, and you will continue to fall short of all the places you can go in this lifetime.3. Never let them feel that the way they FEEL is not valid. Their feelings are part of their reality, and transitively part of yours. They are as tangible as the occurrences that caused them. Your job is not to understand their feelings, fix them, or try and feel them yourself. Your job is to acknowledge the struggle they are experiencing, be empathic towards them, and support them through them. Feelings are part of every human. We need to feel them deeply and fully. Only through this can we become aware and understand why these feelings exist. Maybe they’re right, maybe they’re wrong, but they are always valid.4. Love yourself. The good, the bad, all of it. Always.5. Stand up for yourself and what you need. Sometimes it can feel that asking something of your partner is going to be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. This is especially true when they are experiencing their own challenges and struggles. But being in love is not about taking turns supporting each other, it is about supporting, and being supported, simultaneously. It may seem that adding one more thing to their life will make them feel resentment or anger towards you, and it might, but those feelings will be fleeting. The togetherness that is built through struggle will strengthen your relationship and will be what lasts.6. Find ways to show your love. Don’t let the words, “I Love You,” become an empty promise. Discover what your partner needs to grow and flourish in mind, body, and soul and strive towards actions to help them experience those things. I’m not talking about doing the dishes, or watering the plants, or walking the dogs. These things are helpful and kind but they are things that can make one’s life easier, but not better or more fulfilling; and these are not shared experiences. The point of love is to share it with someone. Continually find ways to share your love with them by doing things that nourish them and you will discover that it will be self-nourishing as well.7. Tell them that you love them, that you think they’re beautiful, that the way they live and love inspires you to become a better person. Whatever great and wonderful thought you have about them share it with them. Don’t wait for a better moment, because there isn’t one.So, there it is. These words are a summation of everything I have discovered being in love. I’m not sure if they will help anyone else out or not, but maybe they will.We grow as a society because of our shared experiences. I have learned a great deal about myself and life in the last few years, and one of the things that continues to stand out is that we are all in this together.We are a world community and what strengthens one of us strengthens all of us. Go out there and support, share, and love one another.Au revoir Facebook world, for now. I’m taking a hiatus (probably until November 8th). Take care of each other.last_img read more

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Seward Highway Water Spout Closed Due To Falling Rocks

first_imgDOT is advising individuals to stay in their vehicles at all times for the safety of themselves and other travelers. McCarthy: “We are cautioning people not to stop in that area, don’t collect water, and if you don’t have to travel don’t do it.”  FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The popular Seward Highway MP 109 water spout is currently barricaded off and will be unavailable as rock continues to fall in the area. A travel advisory is still in effect for the highway between milepost 104 and milepost 114 due to the danger of rockslides from aftershocks. Shannon McCarthy with the Department of Transportation: “I had a lady call me to tell me she had actually stopped at mile 109 to gather water at the water spout. While she was trying to get some water an aftershock hit, the rocks came down on her she had to retreat very quickly, and we are very lucky we didn’t lose her.”last_img read more

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Boss gives it his best shot

first_imgPattaya Golf Society at The LinksMonday, June 13 Mountain Shadow StablefordOn Monday, 13th June, the Pattaya Golf Society visited Mountain Shadow to play a Stableford competition from the blue tees. The recent rains have done the job at the course and fairways are now well covered and the greens are in good condition. There may be some small patches of worn turf off the fairways but off fairway destinations are not the places to be at the course.There was only one other four ball on the course for the whole morning so progress was excellent.In second place was Murray Edwards with 29 points in his penultimate round this trip and the winner’s place went to Mr Len with 34 points, which should have been better had he not four-putted two consecutive holes.No booby prize was awarded as all players had put in “good shift” and with an empty course millionaires’ golf had been the order of the day. All Square at Soggy EmeraldFriday, June 17 Emerald-StablefordOn Friday, 17th June the Pattaya Golf Society visited an empty Emerald golf club to play a Stableford competition on the rapidly improving course, after a few weeks of regular rain. Fairways are well grassed and the greens in a week or so will be excellent after some recent repairs.The moderately sized group found scoring tough as they followed a Gallic social four ball intent of playing like “escargots”, meaning that five hours on a humid course punctuated by a heavy storm would guarantee nothing more than moderate scoring.Sharing the win on 30 points were Toby Glass and Mike Davies, with Mike Wilsher coming in third with 29 points. Toby also recorded the only birdie two with a fine, if speedy effort on the short fifteenth.The week finished in the usual way with beers at The Links back in Soi Buakhao and another week of tough golf on excellent courses was anticipated.last_img read more

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Humble Redbacks break hoodoo

first_imgBy DAVID NAGEL “Oooohhh we’re from Spiderland, boom boom boom boom … ” THE Hampton Park theme-song had not been…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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