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Grad student wins award

By on January 26, 2021

first_imgAbigail Weaver, a chemistry graduate student at Notre Dame, received the 2014 Baxter Young Investigator Award for her work aimed at analyzing and identifying counterfeit drugs. Her winning research project was titled, “New Analytical Tools for Qualitative Pharmaceutical Analysis in Field Settings.”Weaver completed her undergraduate education at Anderson University and earned her master’s degree at Purdue University. She is currently in her fifth year as a graduate student at Notre Dame.“The aim of the Baxter Young Investigator Award is to reward research in the development of therapies and medical products,” Weaver said.The prestigious award is awarded by Baxter International Inc., a global healthcare company headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois. It is open to graduate and post-doctoral students in the Midwest and includes four different scientific categories, such as life sciences, medical device engineering and pharmaceutical sciences. Weaver won the prize in the company’s instrumental and analytical science division.The introduction of Weaver’s research project states statistical information regarding the pharmaceutical supply chain’s modern complexity. According to Weaver, the U.S. imports 40 percent of finished medications, as well as 80 percent of active ingredients.Weaver said her project was aimed at overcoming the problem imposed by the counterfeit pharmaceutical industry. She helped develop a chromatography paper that tests the contents of any pharmaceutical drug swiped across it.“The problem is poor quality drugs,” Weaver said. “The test card makes a profile and screens the pharmaceuticals, so that you can see if there’s a variation in the active ingredients.“You get a color bar code of the pharmaceutical that can be compared with the pattern of colors the authentic drug gives. We can identify differences between the two drugs based on the color bar code.”Weaver said the guidance of Marya Lieberman, Notre Dame associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry and the efforts of undergraduate students, helped make this project possible.“Marya Lieberman had started the project and was working with undergraduates,” Weaver said. “I’ve been working with her for four-and-a-half years.”Weaver said her paper-based test minimizes the gap between the scientist’s lab and the real world by acting as an inexpensive way to check for quality pharmaceuticals. Additionally, she has already completed some work with the FDA and has used the test in several developing countries, such as Haiti and Kenya.“I had done a little bit of research already with Lieberman,” Weaver said. “We were working with the Haiti program to find a low-tech method for quantifying medication in salt for lymphatic filariasis. That work was taken down to Haiti and was implemented in a salt plant [there].”Despite her extensive research and accomplishments, Weaver said she is not finished yet. She continues to work towards promoting scientific technologies that aim to improve the standard of living in developing countries.“I would like to see organizations using this test to screen pharmaceuticals,” Weaver said. “I would also like to see it inspire other people to develop technologies that work in developing countries.”Tags: 2014 baxter young investigator award, abigail weaver, chemistry graduate studentlast_img read more

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Sister John Miriam Jones, instrumental in making the University co-ed, dies at 95

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first_imgSister John Miriam Jones, a retired associate provost and professor, died Sunday, Nov. 3, the University said in a press release. Jones was instrumental in making Notre Dame co-educational.“Sister John Miriam was one of the pivotal figures in Notre Dame’s transition to co-education,” Rev. Edward A. Malloy said in the release. “She befriended the first generation of Notre Dame undergraduate women and made their transition easier. She was full of wisdom, kindness and enthusiasm. We will miss her deeply.”Jones was the first senior female official in the University’s administration, the release said. Additionally, she held master’s and doctoral degrees in biology and microbiology, respectively.She spent 17 years at Notre Dame, holding a variety of positions. She coordinated faculty appointments, supervised affirmative action activities, provided for the needs of students with disabilities and served as the liaison to the ROTC programs, in addition to integrating women into the University.On the topic of integrating the University in the fall of 1972, Jones once said: “Many men undergraduates found it hard to be welcoming. There was a nightly rating system in the dining hall; catcalls from the windows of the men’s halls; run-throughs in women’s halls; and something akin to non-inclusion in the classrooms.”Jones also planned the University’s first presidential inauguration and served as the executive chair of Notre Dame’s sesquicentennial celebration.She left Notre Dame in 1989 to become the provincial of the Central Province of the Sisters of Charity in Cincinnati.From 1997 to 2001, Jones served as academic dean at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati.In October 1999, Sister John was one of the first individuals inducted into Notre Dame’s Wall of Honor, located on the ground floor of the Main Building, for her work in the University’s transition to educating both males and females, the release said.According to the release, the Sisters of Charity and family members will allow guests to attend services at Motherhouse Chapel at Mount St. Joseph from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 12, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the chapel. Memorial contributions can be made to the Sisters of Charity Retirement Fund in Mount St. Joseph, Ohio.Tags: co-ed, Sister John Miriam Jones, Sisters of Charitylast_img read more

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Suit Accuses Nassau Police of Racketeering in Political Arrest

By on December 18, 2020

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police allegedly behaved like the mob when they arrested a Roosevelt man to try and coerce him into changing his testimony in an election case last year, a lawsuit claims.The 43-page federal suit claims that when ex-commissioner Thomas Dale ordered the arrest of Randy White, a campaign worker, at the request of campaign donor Gary Melius, they and others allegedly tried to use the criminal justice system to coerce him into changing his testimony, which was damaging to Melius’ candidate. That, the suit claims, constitutes racketeering—the civil version of a criminal charge prosecutors typically use against the mafia.“They treated him like John Dillinger…because politics played a role here,” Frederick Brewington, White’s attorney, told reporters Friday during a news conference at his Hempstead office. “They were trying to suborn perjury.”The civil rights lawsuit, which seeks $46 million in damages, also alleges that the 30-year-old man’s arrest involved abuse of process, unlawful search and seizure, selective enforcement, conspiracy to violate rights, negligence as well as assault and battery.Besides the ex-top cop and Melius—the Oheka Castle owner who survived being shot in the head in February—the suit also names the county, police department, sheriff’s department and two former police supervisors who were involved in the arrest: Ex-Chief of Detectives John Capece and Sgt. Sal Mistretta, who served White with a subpoena while in custody. At least nine others who were believed to be involved but have yet to be identified may be sued later.A spokesman for the sheriff’s department, which runs the county jail, where White was held, directed a request for comment to the county attorney’s office, which declined to comment, citing pending litigation—same as the police department. Dale, Capece and Mistretta could not be reached for comment.“It’s ridiculous,” Melius told the Press.Dale ordered White’s arrest in October at Melius’ request after White’s testimony in an election lawsuit effectively threatened the re-election campaign of Dale’s then-boss, Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano. Melius originally wanted White arrested for perjury after White testified in an elections lawsuit that he was paid per signature while petitioning for ex-Freeport mayor Andrew Hardwick—a third-party county executive candidate who Melius funded amd Nassau Democrats argued was trying to siphon votes away from their candidate, Tom Suozzi, who Mangano had unseated four years prior.Although police found insufficient evidence for the perjury charge, they stopped a county bus to arrest White for not paying a $250 unrelated fine for previously selling bootleg CDs. White was repeatedly strip searched and was taken to county jail before being taken to court—which, according to Brewington, is excessive. Typically, arrestees are held overnight at local precincts or police headquarters before facing a judge, he said.Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, a Democratic candidate for Congress, cleared Dale, other police officials and the Mangano administration of criminality. But, her office has said that the investigation into Mistretta, who has since retired, is continuing. Mangano fired Dale when presented with Rice’s findings.“I felt like I was public enemy No. 1, like I was a terrorist or something the way they were treating me,” said White, who noted that he was repeatedly asked about Hardwick while in custody. “I just felt violated.”last_img read more

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ICYMI: WBNG’s Morning Round-up (July 29)

By on December 8, 2020

first_imgClick here to see how tree farmers prepare for Christmas during the summer. Click here for more information about the Town of Chenango’s public hearing for the proposed cell tower. (WBNG) — Here are the top stories from this morning including information about the Town of Chenango’s public hearing for the proposed cell tower, how the Binghamton City School District is preparing for the school year and much more. Click here to see what this Endwell bar and restaurant did after an employee tests positive for the coronavirus. Click here for more information about Binghamton City School District’s reopening plans.last_img read more

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‘Doctors are not God’ says health minister (Sth Africa)

By on September 27, 2020

first_imgNews24 3 May 2015Giving doctors the right to end a life is dangerous and could lead to a situation in which unscrupulous families arrange the premature deaths of their terminally ill loved ones to cash in on insurance payments.That was Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s reaction to a landmark court ruling in favour of a man who wanted his doctors to be granted permission to help him die.“This judgment has the potential to give rise to fraud and unethical behaviour among doctors,” Motsoaledi said.<a href=”http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/jump?iu=/8900/24.com/Web/News24/SouthAfrica/Articles&sz=600×50&c=1536174622&t=artid%3d31ab3f2b-2a01-4ee9-866b-178b2dbbdc16%26posno%3d1″ target=”_blank”><img src=”http://pubads.g.doubleclick.net/gampad/ad?iu=/8900/24.com/Web/News24/SouthAfrica/Articles&sz=600×50&c=1536174622&t=artid%3d31ab3f2b-2a01-4ee9-866b-178b2dbbdc16%26posno%3d1″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>“Very soon we will start hearing stories of families colluding with doctors to end the life of their loved ones because they wanted to cash in on insurance policies. Some people may even start planning their deaths because they know that their policies are maturing.“We can’t have that situation in South Africa because it would be difficult to police and deal with. To prevent it, we must stop it before it goes any further,” he said.Motsoaledi said doctors should not be given the right to end a person’s life because they were not God.http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Doctors-are-not-God-20150503last_img read more

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VP Naidu holds talks with Costa Rica President, seeks investment from Costa Rican companies

By on October 12, 2019

first_imgSan Jose (Costa Rica): Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has met President of Costa Rica Carlos Alvarado Quesada and held “fruitful” discussions on a range of issues, including cross border terrorism, and new areas of collaboration that hold potential to boost the bilateral ties. Vice President Naidu, who became the first Indian on Friday to receive an honorary doctorate by the University of Peace founded by the United Nations, also invited the Costa Rican companies to invest in India and benefit from high returns. “President of Costa Rica Carlos Quesada and I have had fruitful and cordial exchanges covering a range of areas of mutual interest. Based on our fruitful exchanges, we are confident that our mutual efforts will open up new and innovative vistas for deepening ongoing engagement between both countries,” Naidu said. “India is a peace loving country but has been a target of terrorism from across our border for the last few decades. We discussed in detail the menace of terrorism and the need to fight in one voice against individuals & terrorist groups engaged in terrorist activities,” the Vice President’s office said in a tweet. Naidu, who met president Quesada at the Casa Presidenical in San Jose on Friday, said there were many new areas of cooperation for the two countries to take their bilateral relations to new heights. He said the Costa Rican strengths that India would want to take advantage of include eco tourism, clean transport, education and to have zero carbon emission economy by 2021. “Indian strengths that Costa Rica can benefit from include space and biotechnology, Renewable Energy including solar, pharmaceuticals, ICT particularly eGovernance, hydroelectric generators and power plant equipment, farm machinery & skill upgradation, railway construction,” Naidu said. “Costa Rica is the largest economy in Central America. Costa Rican companies are invited to invest in and benefit from the fastest growing large economy. Current bilateral trade volumes between both countries are to the tune of USD 200 million,” he said. Terming Costa Rica as an “important partner” of India, Naidu said the two countries shared “close and cordial” ties based on their shared commitment to the pursuit of democracy, pluralism, multiculturalism, freedom of Press and equitable human rights. The two countries also exchanged memorandum of understanding on waiving visa requirements for diplomatic and official passport holders and the signing of the Letter of Intent to collaborate in the field of Biotechnology. “India & Costa Rica could collaborate in various aspects of skill development such as Soft Skills, Entrepreneurship, Financial and Digital Literacy. 50 per cent of Costa Rican population is less than 25 years. We could share our experiences in skilling, training and capacity building,” Naidu said. Naidu is in Costa Rica as part of his two-nation trip to Paraguay and the Central American country.last_img read more

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Russell one of the most powerful hitters I have seen, says Kallis

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first_imgKolkata: Iconic all-rounder and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) head coach Jacques Kallis on Monday said that Andre Russell was one of the most powerful hitters he has seen. KKR rode on Russell’s whirlwind unbeaten 19-ball 49 to chase down a 182-run target to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in a thrilling Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. Russell walked in to bat when KKR had just lost the set Nitish Rana (68) and still needed 68 off 27 balls. The big-hitting Caribbean all-rounder first hit Siddharth Kaul for 19 runs in the 18th over and smashed 21 more off death-over specialist Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the 19th to steer KKR home with two balls to spare. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”In terms of finishing, he is one of the most powerful hitters that I have seen,” Kallis told reporters at the Jadavpur University second campus ground. AKKR had an optional training session on Monday which was attended by those who did not feature in Sunday’s game. A”It was a good knock. He timed it well. And there were issues, the light wasn’t incredible. But it was some of the best ball striking I have seen in a long time,” said the former South Africa all-rounder. KKR will next take on Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday, a team that boasts of Chris Gayle. Asked to compare Russell with Gayle, Kallis said: “He is certainly up there. It’s a very different role when you are batting down the order at No. 6, 7 or 8 as compared to to facing the new ball. So it’s difficult to compare new ball batters with old ball batsmen.” On Sunday, Sunil Narine picked up an injury on the field and could not open the batting, prompting Nitish Rana to come up the order.last_img read more

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Son of anti-Islam film “Fitna” distributor converts to Islam

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first_imgTaroudant, Morocco- Iskander Amien De Vrie, son of prominent Dutch politician Arnoud Van Doorn, who was behind the 2008 anti-Islam film Fitna (sedition), converted to Islam during the Dubai International Peace Convention, held there from April 17-19, 2014, according to Khaleej times.Arnoud Van Doorn, a former Islamophobe, confirmed the news on his official twitter account.  My eldest son just reverted to Islam at the Dubai Peace Concention. Great news pic.twitter.com/gu421BJ7Hn— Arnoud van Doorn (@ArnoudvDoorn) April 18, 2014“I saw my father become more peaceful after converting to Islam. That’s when I realised there is something good in this religion and it made me change my perception of Muslims. I started studying the Holy Quran and going through lectures of important scholars,” said Iskander in an interview with Khaleej Times.  “I bear witness that there is no God to be worshipped but Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is his worshipper and last messenger,” Iskander recited “A-Shahadah” before his father and other Muslim scholars in a video posted on YouTube on April 18.The Shahada is the basic statement of the Islamic faith that any person has to recite wholeheartedly in order to become a Muslim.The same source said that Iskander Amien De Vrie was one of “the 37 people who converted to Islam during the convention.”The formerly anti-Islamic film-distributer Arnoud Van Doorn converted to Islam in 2013 and performed the Hajj, the fifth and final pillar of Islam.The same source added that “Arnoud is now calling on people to support his Islamic Foundation, the European Dawah Foundation, which is fighting Islamophobia in Europe.”Roughly 17 minutes in length, the short film, produced in 2008, in which Quran verses are shown alongside images from terrorist attacks in an attempt to demonstrate that the Muslims’ holy book motivates its followers to hate none Muslims, caused uproar.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Football Ohio State down but not out evaluating playoff picture and tiebreakers

By on September 28, 2019

OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) calls a play during the first half of the Buckeyes game against Penn State on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes lost 24-21. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State’s 24-21 loss to Penn State was shocking to many, including the team. The then-No. 2 Buckeyes played in a difficult atmosphere at Beaver Stadium in College Park, Pennsylvania, and suffered their first defeat of the season. While the Nittany Lions weren’t the team fans might have circled as a hiccup on the OSU schedule, nor was Virginia Tech in 2014.The offensive line had its worst game of the year, allowing 11 tackles for loss and six sacks. The wide receivers struggled to create separation downfield for redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett to deliver the ball. The special teams had several blunders that led to the game-winning score. The defense surrendered several chunk plays in crucial moments.All in all, OSU has things to learn from the debacle in Happy Valley.However, looking forward, the No. 6 Buckeyes remain in the hunt for the coveted College Football Playoff.“We got every goal still alive,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said after the game. “We’re not a great team right now. We got to regroup and get guys healthy and come back and keep swinging. I talked to the team and then Raekwon McMillan and some other players talked to the team like, ‘let’s go, it’s time to get to work.’”The 2014 Buckeyes lost to Virginia Tech in the second game of the year and looked to be on the fast track to a miserable season, for OSU standards. Then, the team regrouped and won 13 straight to capture the College Football Playoff National Championship.Each unit on that team showed progress each week. Barrett began to assert himself as one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in the country, the offensive line proclaimed themselves as “The Slobs” for their brutish play, and the defense capitalized on opponents’ mistakes, finishing ranked fifth in the nation in takeaways per game.Last season’s loss to Michigan State came late in the season and left no room for error. Even then, a Clemson loss in the ACC Championship Game might have put OSU in the playoff for a second consecutive season.The Penn State loss was the seventh game of the season, which is certainly no death sentence for the Buckeyes.“The crazy thing is we have only lost five games in five years. We sit here and, you know, the world is ending and … the sun came up and it’s incredible. It’s just like, wow,” redshirt junior guard Billy Price said on Monday. “We’ve been here before. This isn’t an occurrence that happens often, but we grow from this. We grow tighter together and we focus in on us and we don’t worry about anybody else.”For many Buckeyes this is the first time they are experiencing a loss at a significant contributor to the team. So this adversity is new to them. It’s not new as in the first time they have ever witnessed a loss being from the sidelines, but the gravity of defeat weighs a bit more as a starter.In the last two games following losses for OSU, the Buckeyes played Kent State at home in 2014 and at Michigan in 2015. OSU looked flawless on offense in each game, winning 66-0 against the Golden Flashes and demolishing their rival Wolverines 42-13. Barrett said it doesn’t matter who the opponent is following a loss, the approach is still the same, but there’s a smaller margin of error now.“I think we just have to go to work. Losing happens in football. We do the best we can to prevent it,” he said. “We try our best to succeed and not lose but losing happens and now you go back to what we are built on and that’s toughness and grinding. I think that’s what we’re going to go back to and make sure this doesn’t happen.”Currently sitting two spots out of the top four, based on the Associated Press ranking, OSU has enough chances on its remaining schedule to move up at least two spots. After this week’s matchup versus Northwestern, No. 7 Nebraska comes to Columbus for a primetime showdown. The Cornhuskers play No. 11 Wisconsin this week, so they could very well jump a few spots if they come away with a road win at Camp Randall.Then, obviously, OSU wraps up the season with current second-ranked Michigan. Win out, and OSU will be in the Big Ten championship against another ranked team with a strong shot at a play-in game for the College Football Playoff.Penn State currently sits with one loss in the Big Ten and does not have another ranked team on its schedule. Its lone loss was to Michigan.There remains a possibility for a three-way tie between OSU, Michigan and Penn State. Given OSU wins out, Michigan’s only loss is to the Buckeyes and Penn State wins out, the following Big Ten Conference guidelines would be the order in which to determine a tiebreaker with three or more teams.The records of the three tied teams will be compared against each other.The records of the three tied teams will be compared within their division.The records of the three teams will be compared against the next highest placed teams in their division in order of finish.The records of the three teams will be compared against all common conference opponents.The team with the best overall winning percentage (excluding exempted games) shall be the representative.The representative will be chosen by random draw.Through the first four guidelines, OSU, Michigan and Penn State would all still be tied. On the fifth tiebreaker, OSU and Michigan would own a higher winning percentage than Penn State, and the Buckeyes then have the head-to-head over Michigan, granting the berth to the Big Ten Championship Game.Price said that the team isn’t viewing its chances to reach the playoff, rather having a week-by-week approach.“Our goal is to go out and execute each game, every week and take care of things up front. With that, that comes the Big Ten championship, that comes the College Football Playoff,” he said. “All our goals are still obtainable. We control our fate and we’re just going to take care of each week and go from there.”The 2014 team was ranked 16th when the first College Football Playoff poll was released. The first poll of 2016 will be released on Nov. 1.With a win against Northwestern, OSU should be well in line to be in the playoff by the unveiling of the first rankings. read more

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Ohio State freshman golfer qualifies for 2014 US Womens Open

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Ohio State freshman golfer Jessica Porvasnik watches her ball at the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational April 20 in Columbus.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsOhio State freshman golfer Jessica Porvasnik is headed to the U.S. Women’s Open.Porvasnik, who was the 2014 Big Ten individual champion, qualified for the 2014 championship during a qualification tournament at the Butler Country Club in Butler, Pa., Monday.She qualified by shooting back-to-back rounds of 73 to become one of 156 golfers competing at the U.S. Open. Porvasnik forged her path to the tournament as one of the record-high 1,702 entries.Porvasnik, a Hinckley, Ohio, native, is the best on her team with a 73.33 scoring average in 36 rounds this season. She has fired off two rounds in the 60s, with a low of 65, and eight total rounds under par.She has been the only Buckeye to win a tournament this season, finishing first twice, including at the Big Ten Championships. She has finished in the top five four times and the top 10 on two additional occasions.The OSU women’s golf team tied for fifth at the NCAA Central Regional Saturday, before Porvasnik made her U.S. Open qualification run. The team qualified for the NCAA Championship, which is scheduled for May 20 to May 23 in Tulsa, Okla.Porvasnik won’t be the first Buckeye to take on the U.S. Open. OSU coach Therese Hession played in seven U.S. Women’s Opens during her time on the LPGA Tour, and former Buckeye golfer Meg Mallon won the tournament in 1991 and 2004, also winning the LPGA Championship in 1991 and the du Maurier Classic in 2000.The 2014 U.S. Women’s Open is scheduled to be played at Pinehurst No. 2 at the Pinehurst Resort & Country Club from June 19 to June 22 in Pinehurst, N.C., following the men’s tournament, set to be played at the same course June 12 to June 15. read more

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