Evidence for chorus-driven electron acceleration to relativistic energies from a survey of geomagnetically disturbed periods

first_img[1] We perform a survey of the plasma wave and particle data from the CRRES satellite during 26 geomagnetically disturbed periods to investigate the viability of a local stochastic electron acceleration mechanism to relativistic energies driven by Doppler-shifted cyclotron resonant interactions with whistler mode chorus. Relativistic electron flux enhancements associated with moderate or strong storms may be seen over the whole outer zone (3 < L < 7), typically peaking in the range 4 < L < 5, whereas those associated with weak storms and intervals of prolonged substorm activity lacking a magnetic storm signature (PSALMSS) are typically observed further out in the regions 4 < L < 7 and 4.5 < L < 7, respectively. The most significant relativistic electron flux enhancements are seen outside of the plasmapause and are associated with periods of prolonged substorm activity with AE greater than 100 nT for a total integrated time greater than 2 days or greater than 300 nT for a total integrated time greater than 0.7 days. These events are also associated with enhanced fluxes of seed electrons and enhanced lower-band chorus wave power with integrated lower-band chorus wave intensities of greater than 500 pT(2) day. No significant flux enhancements are seen unless the level of substorm activity is sufficiently high. These results are consistent with a local, stochastic, chorus-driven electron acceleration mechanism involving the energization of a seed population of electrons with energies of a few hundred keV to relativistic energies operating on a timescale of the order of days.last_img read more

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Mackerel icefish size and age differences and long-term change at South Georgia and Shag Rocks

first_imgThis study analysed the total length (LT)-frequency distribution of mackerel icefish Champsocephalus gunnari at South Georgia and Shag Rocks from nine bottom trawl surveys at South Georgia and eight at Shag Rocks between 1987 and 2002. The estimated mean LT of age-classes 1+, 2+, 3+ and 4+ years during January were, respectively, 14·7, 23·5, 29·8 and 35·1 cm at South Georgia. Age-classes 1+, 2+ and 3+ years were 18·3, 26·2 and 33·8 cm at Shag Rocks. The derived Bertalanffy growth parameters for South Georgia were: L∞ = 51·7 cm, k = 0·27 and t0 = −0·26. The mean LT of each age-class of C. gunnari at Shag Rocks was significantly larger than at South Georgia, equivalent to c. 5 months growth, although the annual growth in LT was similar. This is further evidence that C. gunnari hatched earlier at Shag Rocks. At South Georgia, the mean LT of age-classes 1+ and 3+ years were correlated, and significantly decreased between 1987 and 2002, and were smaller following warmer summers. This decrease in the size of C. gunnari may be the result of reduced food availability linked to climate warming.last_img read more

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ATSU – Research Project Coordinator II

first_imgA.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU) is seekingapplications for a Research Project Coordinator II on the Mesa,Arizona campus. The Research Project Coordinator II is responsiblefor the successful planning and implementation for multiple ATSUsclinical and academic Research Support projects. Research Supportprojects and associated phases must be planned, monitored, andcontrolled, whereby they are delivered on time and following therespective research protocols. The Research Project Coordinator IIis responsible for constant communications to all ATSU and externalstakeholders. This includes but not limited to, senior leadership,professors, physicians, students, research participants,biostatisticians, etc.Job Duties:The Research Project Coordinator II is responsible toeffectively operate and troubleshoot research specific equipment,software, and hardware. This position must be very technologysavvy.The Research Project Coordinator II is responsible for knowing,following, and update research project standard operatingprocedures.The Research Project Coordinator II is responsible for ensuringresearch project activities, contracts, and agreements executeaccordance with ATSU, state and, federal laws, policies, andguidelines.Evening and weekend work will be required infrequently.Lead, plan, implement, and execute research projects tosuccessfully meet research study objectives.Lead and assist with a variety of research program events.Effectively learn, operate, train, and troubleshoot researchlab equipment, software, and hardware.Organize and lead research project status meetings with timelyfollow up to ensure deadlines are achieved.Effective written and oral communications with research projectstakeholders.Provide consultation to principal investigator(s) and other keystakeholders (e.g., research team members, funders, regulatorybodies) on study-specific research processes Research study datacollection planning, including data management and data qualitymanagement.Processing collected data using project-specific procedures andtechnology.Recruit, screen, and enroll research participants.Ensure compliance with all regulatory activities and duties, atinstitutional, local, and/or national levels, including creatingand submitting IRB applications and maintaining IRB approvals,communicating adverse events, maintaining procedural documentation,preparing for audits and monitoring visits from regulatorybodies.Ensure all contractual and legally binding agreements executeper ATSU, state, and federal (FDA, NIH, OHRP) policies.Effectively manage fiscal and physical research resources,including preparation and submission of required statusreports.Effectively manage study finances including invoicing andresolving study subject compensation issues.Train, educate, mentor, and supervise research studypersonnel.Act as a liaison for research subjects, investigators, IRB,sponsors, funders, collaborators, and healthcare professionals,ensuring effective communication with all stakeholders.Coordinate academic research tests and testing protocol withthe curriculum department and course instructors.Evening and weekend work will be required infrequently.Writing semi-annual and annual reports to regulatory bodies andfunding agencies.Evaluating the feasibility of industry-sponsored pharmaceuticaland device clinical trials.Develop study/project advertisement materials.Update Research Support intra-net (ATSU internal) website.Skills/Requirements:Bachelor’s degree (Science or health-related field preferred)plus postgraduate studies required; MA or MS preferred.ACRP or SOCRA certification preferred.Strong Information Technology (IT) understanding.Relevant experiences in clinical/academic researchrequired.Experience in screening and consenting patients for researchparticipation.Experience in grant implementation and monitoring budgetarycosts.last_img read more

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Dr. Bucshon Supports Landmark VA Accountability Bill

first_imgCongress Sends Legislation To President Trump Granting The VA Secretary Authority To Fire Employees For Misconduct And Protecting Whistleblowers From Retaliation. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare center_img (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – On Tuesday, the House passed S. 1094, the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, landmark legislation to implement necessary reforms at the Department of Veterans Affairs that hold bad actors accountable and protect whistleblowers. Eighth District Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. released the following statement after voting to send S. 1094 to President Trump for his signature:“The VA is failing to live up to the commitment made to our veterans and that should be unacceptable to every American,” said Bucshon. “To turn things around, the Secretary of the VA should be able to hold bad employees accountable, which is made nearly impossible under current law. The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act is landmark legislation that ensures bad actors are terminated or held accountable and whistleblowers who bring forward misconduct are protected. This legislation builds off our work to provide robust funding and badly needed reforms that improve the care delivered to veterans after several scandals involving VA-provided care came to light, like the atrocities we saw at the Phoenix VA. Our previous work combined with the legislation we passed today go a long way to ensuring veterans receive the timely and quality care that they have earned through their service.  I’m happy President Trump supports this common-sense measure and intends to sign it into law.”After the U.S. Senate passed S. 1094 on June 6, 2017, President Donald Trump called on the House to expeditiously approve the legislation tweeting, “Senate passed the VA Accountability Act. The House should get this bill to my desk ASAP! We can’t tolerate substandard care for our vets.”last_img read more

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LoBiondo Honored for Animal Welfare Leadership in 2017

first_imgU.S. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) was honored by the Humane Society of the United States for his continued support of legislation to protect animals from suffering and abuse throughout 2017. LoBiondo again received the “Legislative Leader Award” for his leadership and scored a 91 on their annual scorecard.“I have long admired the outstanding work done by the Humane Society of the United States and its local chapters across South Jersey and the country. Their tireless efforts and advocacy on behalf of animals has served as a model for me and, as a true lover of animals and proud owner of two Weimaraners, I am honored to receive this award,” said LoBiondo. “We have formed a positive partnership on a number of animal welfare bills throughout my time in Congress and I look forward to continuing to be an advocate for animals upon my retirement from Congress.”The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization, rated the most effective by its peers. Since 1954, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy and educational programs. They rescue and care for tens of thousands of animals each year, but its primary mission is to prevent cruelty before it occurs. More information available at: humanesociety.org.Fellow New Jersey Representative Chris Smith (NJ-04) was honored with the “Humane Legislator of the Year.” In total, 10 New Jersey Representatives as well as Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker received awards for their work in 2017. The Humane Society Legislative Fund scorecard is available at: http://www.hslf.org/assets/pdfs/humane-scorecard/humane_scorecard_2017_final.pdf“The animal protection community is grateful to all of these Members of Congress who are helping to forge a path to a more humane future through their demonstrated leadership,” wrote Michael Markarian, President of the Humane Society Legislative Fund.The “Legislative Leader Award” was presented to Members of Congress at a Capitol Hill ceremony this week. A photo of the award is available on Instagram.LoBiondo and his wife Tina have two Weimaraners – Lex & Lucia. Congressman LoBiondo, pictured with Lex and Lucialast_img read more

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Liz Robert resigns from Fletcher Allen Board

first_imgRobert resigns position on hospitals boardElisabeth Robert, president and CEO of Vermont Teddy Bear, resigned her seat of the Fletcher Allen Health Care’s Board of Trustees today (February 9, 2005). Robert issued the following statement: “After discussing the matter with other board members at our meeting yesterday, I have decided to resign form the Fletcher Allen Board of Trustees, effective immediately, because I believe this will be in the best interest of the organization. I believed it was necessary to have a discussion with the entire board before reaching this decision and yesterdays meeting was our first opportunity.It has been an honor to service Fletcher Allen as a volunteer during a period of tremendous challenges. I am proud of my work as chair of the board Audit Committee and as a member fo the Finance Committee and Compensation Committee, and I am especially proud of the enormous progress Fletcher Allen has made since ai joined the board in the midst of a crisis two years ago. I brought enormous energy to this board and a persistent commitment to see it succeed. There is much work remaining to be done, but I recognize that the recent controversy surrounding one of my companys teddy bears will detract from my ability to serve effectively and I cannot allow this to occur. I leave Fletcher Allen with great respect for my follow board members, its skilled leaders and dedicated employees, and will continue to support the organization in any way I can, said Robert.The teddy bear in question was the Crazy For You Valentines bear that featured a teddy bear in a straightjacket; it also came with commitment papers. The bear was very popular and eventually sold out. However, it drew opposition from mental health advocates. Fletcher Allen already had drawn criticism from such groups because of its plan, now changed, that would have moved psychiatric services out of the main hospital in Burlington.She was appointed by the Vermont Health Foundation to the FAHC board in December 2002.At the board meeting on Tuesday, February 8, a professor of psychiatry from the University of Vermont said Robert should resign her position.last_img read more

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David Krupa joins Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont’s Management Team

first_imgDavid Krupa joins Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont’s Management TeamBerlin, VT — David Krupa, of South Burlington, VT, has been named the Vice President of Marketing at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) and will be accountable for Sales, Business Service and Retention, and Product Development functions. He is also responsible for the development and coordination of product advertising. Prior to joining BCBSVT, Mr. Krupa was employed at ConnectiCare, Connecticuts largest privately owned health plan serving over 250,000 members with nationally recognized service and quality. He has extensive experience in consumer and business-to-business marketing including brand management, business development, broker relations, marketing, communications, product management, and market research.Mr. Krupa is a graduate of the University of Connecticut. He is a licensed life and health producer and is a Certified Business Communicator. His volunteer work has included United Way and Junior Achievement.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.(End)last_img read more

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Alleghany Highlands, VA Outdoor Event Series

first_imgVisit our tourism website www.visitalleghanyhighlands.com for hotel and general information about the area!  All photo credit goes to Chuck Almarez. Visit the beautiful Alleghany Highlands of Virginia to ride in one of the most scenic Gran Fondo’s on the east coast! The event rightfully exemplifies it’s name “Agony in the Alleghanies” with our Gran Fondo course reaching nearly 10,000 feet of climbing!  The Alleghany Highlands is home to three of the most action-packed outdoor events in the Mid-Atlantic. Whether you run, bike, swim or all of the above or simply enjoy great competition, don’t miss out on the fun. It’s Uniquely Alleghany. May 9th – Alleghany Gran Fondo – Agony in the Alleghanies: The Jackson River Scenic Trail Marathon is a certified Boston Marathon qualifying race that also includes a Half Marathon, 10K & 5K. The event takes place on the Jackson River Scenic Trail, a beautiful, predominately flat trail composed of smooth crushed gravel that runs adjacent to the scenic Jackson River!  June 27th – Jackson River Scenic Trail Marathon: Gideon Wilson from Washburn, TN finishes the Jackson River Scenic Trail Marathon setting a new course record. Check out our website for more information: http://lakemoomawswim.com/ This event features a Gran Fondo: 103 Miles Medio Mountain: 64 miles including Hot Springs Mountain Climb Media Fondo: 69 Miles Piccolo Fondo: 30 Miles King and Queen of the Mountain races (Hot Springs Mountain) Visit our website for more information!: http://granfondoalleghany.com/ center_img Whether you come for the day’s event or make this your weekend destination, the Alleghany Highlands of Virginia offers visitors more than sights to see. Here you can step away from the hustle and bustle of a hectic life and step into our world where we embrace our rich heritage, celebrate the arts and have a passion for our beautiful outdoors. Perhaps most of all, we treasure our friends and neighbors and welcome visitors to our community with open arms. August 1st – Lake Moomaw Open Water One Mile Swim:  Check out our website for more information!: http://jacksonrivermarathon.com/ The Lake Moomaw One Mile Open Water Swim takes place amid the beautiful mountain landscape and breathtaking scenery of Lake Moomaw in the Alleghany Highlands. The Race begins at Cole’s Point Beach and follows a loop out to Gathright Dam and back to the beach to finish.  #UniquelyAlleghany  last_img read more

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Chile, Argentina, And Brazil Propose That UN Troops Rebuild Haiti

first_imgBy Dialogo July 30, 2010 The defense ministers of Chile, Argentina, and Brazil proposed Wednesday that the troops of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) – to which the three countries contribute forces – participate in the reconstruction of that country, struck by an earthquake. For this purpose, Nilda Garré (Argentina), Nelson Jobim (Brazil), and Jaime Ravinet (Chile) submitted to their respective foreign ministries a request that they obtain from the United Nations “an expansion of MINUSTAH’s mandate in order that it become involved in reconstruction work,” Minister Ravinet announced in Santiago. “The ministers propose immediately to expand the use of military engineering units from the MINUSTAH countries so that they can participate in reconstruction tasks in Haiti,” the Chilean Defense Ministry specified in a statement. Ravinet’s proposal was well received by the Chilean foreign ministry. “If we can take advantage of MINUSTAH forces so that they can also collaborate in rebuilding, and not only in maintaining peace and security, it seems to me that this is a more efficient way to continue moving forward in this new stage,” the Chilean minister of foreign affairs, Alfredo Moreno, said. In the evaluation carried out by the military high commands of the three countries, it was determined that, as a result of the 12 January earthquake in Haiti, 230,000 people died, 300,000 were injured, and around 6,000 people lost limbs. “There is a precarious situation in infrastructure of all kinds, with 1.7 million Haitians homeless, and there are also serious difficulties in the functioning of the country’s economy and social organization,” the Chilean Defense Ministry said in a statement.last_img read more

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As retail stores reopen, parents and business owners focus on safety

first_img“As everything reopens everybody still has to remember that there is a virus out there any everybody has to be careful about what they do and how they expose themselves,” she said. “There are kids out there like Jeremiah who are high risk.” For Amanda Button, she says she misses trips to the store and dinners at Denny’s with her son, but for now they are continuing to be cautious. She says she hopes others will think of kids like her son, and do the same. “He misses shopping a lot. He used to go to the Walmart and pick out his toys but now everything has to be done online for him,” she says. “We don’t take Jeremiah out at all because we’re scared of the consequences if we do.” Nicole DeMilto of Conklin says while she occasional brings her baby out shopping, she has concerns when it comes to shoppers maintaining social distancing and wearing masks. “I think for a long time we’re going to stay home and just kind of ride it out and let it fizzle out a little bit,” she said. “As you can see when you walk into the store you can see we have a sign on the door that says face mask is required,” he said adding that customers aren’t allowed to try on clothing as a precaution. Amanda Button is a mother raising her son in Binghamton. Her son Jeremiah is living with cerebral palsy and she says bringing him to a store during the pandemic is not an option. For many parents like Jamie Brink of Endicott, she isn’t quite ready to bring her young children out to the store just yet. (WBNG) — While retail stores are beginning to open their doors across the Southern Tier as part of phase 2, some local parents still have concerns about bringing their kids out shopping during the pandemic. Right down the street at Dayseon’s Apparel, Jemini Gowdy says his store is also going out of their way to keep customers safe. “Unfortunately I have to bring the baby in with me I don’t have very many people to watch the baby and that’s concerning too,” she said. “It’s kind of like I have to put myself at risk and now you’re putting me at risk too cause you don’t want to wear a mask,” she said. Understanding such concerns, many local stores are taking steps to keep their customers safe. “When people enter the store they have to have a mask on,” said Tom Kelleher, owner of Tom’s Coffee, Cards, and Gifts. “We do have masks to give to people if they don’t have one, we also have a sanitizing station with free masks, disposable gloves and alcohol wipes.”last_img read more

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