Employers offer staff a better work-life balance

first_imgEmployers offer staff a better work-life balanceOn 30 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Howmuch has the world of work changed since 11 September? The terrorist attackcertainly cast a long shadow over last week’s annual CIPD conference asspeakers talked in almost apocalyptic terms about a profound shift in employeeattitudes. Keynote speaker Professor Robert Kaplan told delegates that thetragedy had made staff aware of the fragility of their lives and people werenow looking for more meaning in their jobs.Thisview was echoed by others, and it is worth noting that it was leaders from theknowledge based economy who had reached this conclusion, from companies such asMicrosoft or Citigroup. Employersare responding to this new mood by offering staff a better work-life balanceand examining how well they are communicating company values. However, the realtest will be how companies respond if the economy goes into recession andwhether they revert to the slash and burn approaches of the last downturn. AsCIPD leader Geoff Armstrong says in an exclusive interview with PersonnelToday, before wielding the axe companies need to reflect on the skills needs ofthe future and consider carefully the risk of any damage to the employer brandand the psychological contract. Sofor HR professionals, the present climate offers an opportunity to promoteprogressive HR approaches and to play a key role at the heart of companyrestructuring.  The next decade will bethe one that talented people want to work in. ByNoel O’Reilly Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

CHANNEL 44 NEWS: Auditions Begin for the Arc of Evansville’s Benefit

first_imgAuditions Begin for the Arc of Evansville’s BenefitNOVEMBER 12TH, 2016 BRI WILLIAMS EVANSVILLE, INDIANA Singers, dancers, beat boxers and more try out for this year’s “Really Big Show”“Tri-State’s Got Talent” was held at Eastland Mall in Evansville. The event is an audition for the Arc of Evansville’s benefit.The event accepted walk up auditions and performers had 90 seconds to complete their tryout.Denise Seibert says, “Big shows and events like this are really important to the Arc of Evansville. We serve children and adults here in our community so days like today and events like these not only help us raise awareness about that but also help us raise funding for our services for the Arc of Evansville.“The Really Big Show” is February 11TH at the Old National Events Plaza.Drumstick Dash Kicks off in Downtown EvansvilleNOVEMBER 12TH, 2016 BRI WILLIAMS EVANSVILLE, INDIANA It was a chilly morning for the Drumstick Dash in downtown Evansville. More than 100 runners laced up their shoes for the 4th annual walk and run.The event benefits the Evansville Rescue Mission’s Thanksgiving Gobbler Gathering happening in less than two weeks.The Gobbler Gathering distributes boxed Thanksgiving meals to more than 2,000 tri-state families.President and CEO says, “Today is our fourth annual Drumstick Dash and a great morning for this. This is a benefit for our Gobbler Gathering which is coming up, where we will distribute 2,201 food boxes and these are 70 LBS of food boxes to the people in our community that really need some assistance this time of year. We’re excited to be out here raising some money and raising some awareness of the Evansville Rescue Mission.”TheFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

MVC Announces 2016-17 Academic Honors

first_imgMVC Announces 2016-17 Academic HonorsAces Well-Represented On The ListST. LOUIS – Seventy-four student-athletes highlight more than 1,500 who earned selection to the 2016-17 Missouri Valley Conference Honor Roll, as announced by the league office.  Those 74 student-athletes earned the league’s highest academic achievement by capturing the Missouri Valley Conference President’s Council Academic Excellence AwardThe President’s Council Academic Excellence Award requires a minimum 3.8 cumulative grade point average (through Spring 2017 semester), participation in athletics a minimum of two years, and the student-athlete must be within 18 hours of graduation.  Also, hundreds of student-athletes received the league’s Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award, which requires a minimum grade point average of 3.5 for the previous two semesters, a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade point average, and participation in athletics.In addition, the Missouri Valley Conference has announced its 2016-17 Honor Roll, which recognizes academic achievement of student-athletes.  To qualify for the Valley Honor Roll, a student-athlete must have recorded a minimum 3.2 grade point average for a specified term (Fall 2016/Spring 2017), must have been a member of an athletics team, and must have a minimum of 12 hours of enrollment during the fall or spring semesters.Below Are The Honorees For Each Award From The University of Evansville.PRESIDENTS COUNCIL ACADEMIC AWARD RECIPIENTSBlake Simmons       MBB                  EvansvilleEverett Plocek         M Swimming        EvansvilleWhitney Biggs         Women’s Soccer   EvansvilleBronwyn Boswell      Women’s Soccer   EvansvilleColleen Dierkes       Women’s Soccer   EvansvilleCOMMISSIONER’S ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD RECIPIENTSBlake Simmons           Men’s BasketballBenjamin Woolems      Men’s Cross CountryZachary Blaydes          Men’s SoccerCameron Gilreath        Men’s SoccerBrian Hughes              Men’s SoccerMatthew Keller            Men’s SoccerAndrew Cotton            Men’s Swimming & DivingBrendan Ninneman      Men’s Swimming & DivingEverett Plocek             Men’s Swimming & DivingPeyton Langston          Women’s BasketballCamary Williams          Women’s BasketballAshton Bosler             Women’s Cross CountryKayla Katterhenry        Women’s GolfCarly Waggoner           Women’s GolfBailee Bostic              SoftballOlivia Cheatham          SoftballMickaela Fleming         SoftballSamantha Fleming       SoftballTess Hupe                 SoftballAshlee Kawall             SoftballKristin Koepke            SoftballMorgan Lambert          SoftballMichal Luckett            SoftballSusan Norris              SoftballBailee Porter               SoftballWhitney Biggs             Women’s SoccerBronwyn Boswell         Women’s SoccerColleen Dierkes           Women’s SoccerMontana Portenier       Women’s SoccerTaylor Davidson           Women’s Swimming & DivingKaylee Gubricky           Women’s Swimming & DivingJessica Hildebrand       Women’s Swimming & DivingMichaela Kent             Women’s Swimming & DivingSylvia McFadden          Women’s Swimming & DivingKasey Rein                 Women’s Swimming & DivingAndjela Brguljan          Women’s TennisRocio Fortuny              Women’s VolleyballOlivia Goldstein           Women’s VolleyballMontana Schafer         Women’s VolleyballHin Ching Rachel Tam   Women’s VolleyballHONOR ROLL LISTBASEBALL –Kenton CrewsNicholas EggemeyerTrey HairDalton HorstmeierMatthew JonesAdam LukasStewart NelsonNathan ReederJake SperryConnor StrainBlake SwangerAndrew TanousTravis TokarekJames WardMEN’S BASKETBALL –Silas AdhekeJaylon BrownSoloman HainnaDavid HowardBlake SimmonsDru SmithDalen TraoreMEN’S CROSS COUNTRYJordan CarpenterStanley ChepchiengPhilip DzienciolRoss FrondorfEnrique HendrixPaul SchwartzBenjamin WoolemsMEN’S GOLF –Tyler GrayMatthew LaddWilson PahudJon PickRobert WaggonerCameron WeyerMEN’S SOCCER –Zachary BlaydesKyle BrownCameron CoolHunter DeWeeseIan GammonCameron GilreathCesar Guitunga Jr.Brian HughesMatthew KellerNicky KoduaRyan KoenigEric McDougalIan McGrathGregory NivenArlick NtabanaChristopher ShuckThomas SkupienJesse Stafford-LaceySimon WeaverCaleb WilliamsMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING –Jacob BuaghMatthew ChildressAndrew CottonPaul CozzensIsaac DevaneyMatthew DukeWilliam GlasscockLuke HoffmanKeystone MarcyPrescott MarcyBrendan NinnemanDaniel O’BrienEverett PlocekZachary SaganJacob SampsonAndrew SchroderDavid StottardRobert SutphinWOMEN’S BASKETBALLKaylan CoffmanSara DickeyBrooke DossettPeyton LangstonMarley MillerSasha RobinsonCamary WilliamsWOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY –Katherine BeaberAshton BoslerSienna CrewsHayley ElliottKylie HasenourMichelle KarpAnna LoefAshley TorresHannah WelshWOMEN’S GOLF –Guilia Chaves MallmannKayla KatterhenryMaria PickensLexie SollmanCarly WaggonerWOMEN’S SOCCER –Nicole BahamWhitney BiggsBronwyn BoswellJordin CampbellColleen DierkesEmily GriebelMikayla HarveyMolly LearMargaret LeazerTess LombardLaura MinorJessica O’ShaughnessySara OsinskiSierra Selene PaganMontana PortenierJulie RabeEmily RichardsonEmily RickettJBess RubyKasey StefanSOFTBALL –Bailee BosticAmanda BlakenshipDanielle CassidyOlivia CheathamMickaela FlemingSamantha FlemingMorgan FloreyTess HupeMcKenzie JohnsonAshlee KawallKori KeyesKristin KoepkeMorgan LambertCourtney LandAlexandra LatoriaEmily LockhartMichal LuckettSusan NorrisChandra ParrBailee PorterHayli ScottDeja SheltonWOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING –Ashton AdamsKayla AitkenCourtney CoverdaleTaylor DavidsonDanielle FreemanAdrianne GamesterSamantha GowdyKaylee GubrickyEmma HennessyJessica HildebrandMichaela KentSylvia McFaddenKristen MyersKasey ReinAine ScholandAmy SmithAlaina SylvesterAlyssa Vonder HarrShaina WeisbergWOMEN’S TENNIS –Nicoli Attili PereiraAndjela BrguljanLeah HelpingstineAndrea Pascual LarrinagaDaria PentsovaTheodora SoldatouChieko YamadaVOLLEYBALL –Deja ClarkRocio FortunyOlivia GoldsteinJelena MerseliMildrelis Rodriguez CintronMontana SchaferCatherine SchreiberRachel TamFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Phil Lesh & Bob Weir Will Perform A Special Duo Set At LOCKN’, And You Probably Won’t See It

first_imgToday, LOCKN’ Festival announced their “Super VIP” lineup and, as usual, it’s pretty damn exciting. The Super VIP sets are extremely intimate, exclusive performances held during the festival that are open only to those with Super VIP passes (which also get you access to special viewing areas for Main Stage shows, a separate campground, air-conditioned bathrooms and showers, catered meals, and more). LOCKN’s Super VIP program offers a fortunate few the opportunity for once-in-a-lifetime experiences–the chance to see huge artists up-close-and-personal, on a small stage, in a small crowd, tucked away alongside tens of thousands of GA attendees.The announcement press release describes the LOCKN’ Super VIP sets as “a culmination of creativity, inspiration, and imaginative collaboration.” This is no exaggeration. On Friday, August 25th, Keller Williams & Friends will play the Super VIP stage. Sunday will see Jorma Kaukonen play a solo performance, and Friday and Saturday late-night, Super VIPs will be able to enjoy dance parties with DJ Logic. But the clear highlight of the LOCKN’ Super VIP schedule is “A Very Special Hour w/ Phil Lesh & Bob Weir on Saturday, August 26th.The two founding Grateful Dead members will also be performing an exciting set for the main festival crowd with the Terrapin Family Band (a one-time tribute to the Dead’s seminal 1977 album Terrapin Station), so the LOCKN’ masses will surely get their fair share of Phil and Bobby. And, of course, LOCKN’ is one of the year’s biggest festivals for a reason: With a ridiculous schedule of some of the best artists in the scene (that Thursday String Cheese > Umphrey’s > String Cheese > Umphrey’s > Biscuits lineup is almost too good to be true) and a host of other exciting artists and collaborations on the docket (Gov’t Mule, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Widespread Panic, John Butler Trio, Greensky Bluegrass, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, moe., The Marcus King Band, etc.), nobody is getting shorted on incredible music at this event. It’s a slam dunk.But the fact remains that on LOCKN’ Saturday, Phil Lesh & Bob Weir will play together on a piece of land that’s simultaneously occupied with thousands upon thousands of people who gladly would travel halfway across the world–let alone hike across Infinity Downs Farm–to see these two guys play together, and that majority won’t see the performance. It’s a topic on which people tend to have strong and differing opinions.That’s an inherent part of the increasingly prevalent market for high-end, super VIP, exclusive perks at music festivals. To provide an incredible, singular experience for some you have to, by definition, exclude the many. And that makes sense. Exclusive access is a marketable commodity. We’ve started to see it everywhere to varying degrees, and a few new events have even popped up that cater exclusively to the exclusive crowd charging outrageous sums to “party like rock stars.”They’ve been decidedly hit-or-miss. Last year’s inaugural Desert Trip capitalized successfully on the high-end live music market, selling tickets that ranged from roughly $450 – upwards of $1700 for 3-day tickets. Fans shelled out, and the event was a success, because the event lived up to the high-end experience it offered, with a ridiculous lineup of a generation’s greatest artists, amenities, and curated experiences that matched the ticket prices.But we’ve also seen the pay-to-play model backfire in disastrous fashion. Last weekend’s royally botched Fyre Festival sold extravagantly priced tickets to a purportedly extravagant event, but when attendees arrived at the event’s island locale they were met with no accommodations, lack of water and sewage systems, partially built infrastructure, feral dogs, and other general chaos. All flights to and from the island were cancelled. The event was cancelled before it started, and the organizers had been promptly hit with a $100M class action suit by Monday morning.Whether or not you like it, we live in a free economy, and any business in any industry in this country is driven by the golden rule: supply and demand. As long as the market for exclusive experiences exists, there will always be a vast majority that gets excluded–the proverbial “Phil-and-Bobby-are-playing-right-behind-that-fence-right-there-and-you’re-not-allowed-in,” if you will. And people will always have strong and differing opinions on the matter: “Pay-to-play” vs. “Equality for all.” Just watch…Whatever your thoughts on the high-end live music market, we’ll be in Arrington, VA from August 24th – 27th to join in one of the best parties of the summer. And if you’re heading to LOCKN’ but you’re not Super VIP–don’t fret, friend. We guarantee you’ll see more great music than you know what to do with that weekend. Enjoy it!For more information on LOCKN’, or to purchase tickets, head to the festival’s website. [Cover photo via Getty Images]last_img read more

String Cheese Incident Debuts Four Covers At Electric Forest

first_imgThe String Cheese Incident delivered a number of live debuts, including four cover debuts, during their two performances at the second weekend of Electric Forest 2018. The new material included songs by Tom Petty, Traffic, Peter Gabriel, and Johnny Nash, as well as two recently released tracks from the SCI Sound Lab.The first debut came during Friday night’s second set, which opened with the first-ever performance of “The Big Reveal”, a Grateful Dead-inspired tune that was penned by keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth (the band released a studio version of the tune last week). Toward the end of that same set, SCI treated fans to a rendition of Tom Petty’s Southern Accents classic “Don’t Come Around Here No More”. Other covers, such as Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish” and The Doors’ “Riders On The Storm”, also appeared during the show.Fans were treated to even more debuts on Saturday night, when SCI reconvened for their second show and its theatrical second set, an annual event known as the “Shebang” set. However, the first debut, a cover of Traffic’s John Barleycorn Must Die instrumental “Glad”, came before the second set’s theatrics got underway. The three debuts that followed came one-by-one during the Shebang set as the band worked through Peter Gabriel’s “Red Rain” and Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly Now” before welcoming singer Ruby Chase for the live debut of “Otherside” (the dance-pop track was released a few weeks ago in collaboration with Chase and L.A.-based electronic music trio TELYKast). “Rider on the Storm” also reappeared during the set, which featured a cover Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” as well.Recordings of borth Friday and Saturday night’s shows are available for purchase via LiveCheese.com.String Cheese Incident’s “Shebang Set”Setlist: String Cheese Incident | Electric Forest | Rothbury, MI | 6/29/2018Set One: Eye Know Why, One Step Closer, Get Tight, Way That It Goes, Lonesome Fiddle Blues, Best Feeling > CollidingSet Two: The Big Reveal^, Just One Story > Texas > Riders On The Storm > Texas, I Wish, Purple Strains (Earl’s Song), Way Back Home > Don’t Come Around Here No More*, Way Back HomeEncore: Hi Ho No Show > Just One Story^ = SCI original, debut* = Tom Petty cover (FTP)Setlist: String Cheese Incident | Electric Forest | Rothbury, MI | 6/30/2018Set One: Black Clouds, Nothing But Flowers, On The Road, Falling Through The Cracks, Looking Glass > Glad* > HowardSet Two: Stop Drop Roll, Sometimes A River, Bumpin Reel, Riders On The Storm > Immigrant Song > Red Rain^ > I Can See Clearly Now~ Otherside$, Tinder Box, Dirk > BollyMunster* = Traffic cover (FTP)^ = Peter Gabriel cover (FTP) w/ Ruby Chase~ = Johnny Nash cover (FTP)$ = SCI & TELYKast original, debut, w/ Ruby Chaselast_img read more

History in the making

first_imgThe seeds of Mary Lewis’ fascination with France were planted early. Her father spent a few years there as a young man, working in the offices of the Marshall Plan, so she grew up hearing a steady stream of stories about that country.“I had never been out of North America,” said the newly tenured professor of history, “but when my father would talk about France’s history, it sparked an interest that is still with me.”The geopolitically tense Reagan administration years were her political coming-of-age, and the native Californian went to college wanting to understand the Cold War, studying international relations when she attended the University of California, Davis.  She spent her junior year abroad in France, becoming increasingly interested in the diversity of its society.The final seed that would eventually bear Lewis’ intellectual fruit was planted during a political science class she took upon her return from studying abroad. It was November 1989, the month the Berlin Wall fell.“We were discussing the theory of mutually assured destruction,” she said. “A young man raised his hand and asked the professor, ‘Can we talk about Berlin?’ The professor was completely thrown. The real world was confronting his theoretical model, and he didn’t know what to do.”Lewis remembers the professor dismissing the question by telling the student to read The New York Times. That, she said, was the moment she knew she wanted to study history.“At that point, history had suddenly caught up to political science,” she said. “I realized you really needed history to understand politics.”After graduating from the University of California, Davis, and before beginning a Ph.D. program in history at New York University, Lewis spent two years working for the U.S. Department of Education in its Office for Civil Rights, an experience she said greatly affected how she studies and thinks about history today.“I learned a lot about bureaucracy and the layers of bureaucracy,” she said. “If I wrote a letter, it would go through six different levels of editing and end up with someone else’s signature on it.”“I got a sense of how policy and decisions are layered. It helped me become the kind of historian that I am today.”Lewis’ improbable interest in bureaucracy informed her first book, “The Boundaries of the Republic: Migrant Rights and the Limits of Universalism in France, 1918-1940” (Stanford University Press, 2007), recently translated into French as “Les Frontières de la République” (Éditions Agone, 2010). The book demonstrates how local actions — far removed from Parisian edicts — redefined the boundaries between French citizens and outsiders in the early decades of the 20th century. By focusing on the limits of legislation in a pluralistic society, the book challenges the common vision of France as a highly centralized nation.“We tend to think of France as a centralized country with uniform rights decreed in Paris,” Lewis said. “But the actions of immigrants themselves in the provinces, by forcing officials to recognize that they were going to stay in the country, instigated an expansion of those rights. In a sense, today’s diverse French society is a product of that history.”Today, Lewis’ studies are intersecting anew with current events: She is working on a book about Tunisia, using the case of the little-studied French protectorate there to study how imperial rivalry affected French colonial governance from the 1880s to the 1930s. Pent-up public unrest in the North African country exploded and brought down its government last month.“Having researched my forthcoming book there, I was surprised that the protests would lead so suddenly to a change in regime,” she said of Tunisia’s overthrow of its president. “It’s a police state.  People have conditioned themselves to be very guarded in conversation when speaking about politics because they know they’re being watched, so the fact that they would have the nerve to protest as they did is remarkable.”Lewis is also planning a new research project on intercolonial movement by studying colonial passports.“We think of these societies as being hermetically sealed, because we tend to study them from an imperialist point of view, but in fact people were on the move, and we can see challenges to imperial control based on these varied movements.”One of Lewis’ favorite parts of working at Harvard is interacting with students.“They make you think,” she said. “Even if you’ve taught a class before, you’ll get something new out of it because of the student participation. This is positive feedback on a whole other level.”last_img read more

The growing brain

first_imgConventional wisdom suggests that the brain’s branches develop as a newborn begins to experience the world. With more experience, those connections are strengthened, and new branches emerge as the baby learns and grows.A new study conducted in a Harvard lab, however, signals that just the opposite is true.As reported June 7 in the journal Neuron, a team of researchers led by Jeff Lichtman, the Jeremy R. Knowles Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, found that just days before birth mice undergo an explosion of neuromuscular branching. At birth, some muscle fibers were contacted by as many as 10 nerve cells. Within days, however, all but one of those connections had been pruned away.“By the time mammals — and humans would certainly be included — are first coming into the world, when they can do almost nothing, the brain is probably very wired up,” Lichtman said. “Through experience, the brain works to select, out of this mass of possible circuits, a very small subset … and everything else that could have been there is gone.“I don’t think anyone suspected that this was taking place — I certainly didn’t,” he continued. “In some simple muscles, every nerve cell branches out and contacts every muscle fiber. That is, the wiring diagram is as diffuse as possible. But by the end, only two weeks later, every muscle fiber is the lifelong partner of a single nerve cell, and 90 percent of the wires have disappeared.”Though researchers, including Lichtman, had shown as early as the 1970s that mice undergo an early developmental period in which target cells including muscle fibers and some neurons are contacted by multiple nerve cells before being reduced to a single connection, those early studies and his recent work were hampered by the same problem — technological challenges make it difficult to identify individual nerve cells in early stages of life.And though the use of mice that have been genetically engineered to express fluorescent protein molecules in nerve cells has made it easier for researchers to identify nerve cells, it remains challenging to study early stages of development because the fluorescent labeling in the finest nerve cell wires often becomes so weak as to be invisible.“We typically begin studying these mice at about a week after birth, but as we began to look at earlier and earlier stages, the fluorescent color was coming up ever more weakly,” Lichtman said. “If you went from postnatal day seven to postnatal day four, there were very few labeled cells. And if you went to postnatal day zero, there were none.”Eventually, he said, J.D. Wylie, one of the lead authors, used a new idea — using antibodies to label nerve cells — and a bit of luck to deliver a payoff.“We were just very lucky that one of the first animals we looked at, we saw a labeled axon,” Lichtman said. “Once we saw it, I knew it was just a matter of time until we got another, but it wasn’t until J.D. did 50 more that we found it, so to get the 20 or so examples we have, thousands of mice had to be looked at. Had we not seen that first one, I think we might have given up on this. It took a lot of effort and work, but it showed something that we’ve never seen before, which is a remarkable amount of connectivity.”Simply identifying the axons, however, was only the first step.To fully understand how widely diffuse the branching becomes early on, researchers had to count how many different nerve cells were contacting muscle fibers. To accomplish that, Juan Carlos Tapia, the other lead author, turned to a new technique the lab had developed for serial electron microscopy, which allowed him to capture images of as many as 10 axons connecting to a single muscle fiber.After reaching its peak at birth, researchers found the branching was quickly pruned back, until just a single nerve axon remained connected to each muscle fiber. Though there isn’t a definitive answer to what drives that pruning process, strong evidence points to experience, Lichtman said.“We think that experience must be the engine that allows some branches to survive and the vast majority to disappear,” he said. “If this were a stereotypical developmental program, you might imagine that it might trim off whole parts of the arbor, but when you look at where the 10 percent of surviving branches are located, you see the arbor extends over the same area, it simply has fewer branches. It has chosen, at the terminal level, which branches to keep and which not to.”Lichtman plans to study how those decisions are made, work that could lead to insight into a number of disorders, including autism.“That is one theory people have talked about, whether autism could be a disorder where connections that should have been trimmed back weren’t, and as a result stimuli are much more intense than they should be,” he said. “There are stories about children with autism spectrum disorders who cannot run in their bare feet on grass, because it’s just too painful.”Ultimately, Lichtman said, the paper spotlights mammals’ unique developmental strategy.“This is a strategy to generate a nervous system that is tuned to the world it finds itself in,” Lichtman said. “Interestingly, this is not the predominant strategy of nervous systems on the planet. Most animals — insects, for example — come into the world knowing, based on their genetic heritage, exactly how to behave.“It seems like a paradox — why would the best brains seem to be the most backward, and take the longest to figure out how to do things?” he asked. “Rather than allowing our genes to tyrannize our behavior, we more than any other animal are under the tyranny of the environment we find ourselves in. If you start with a nervous system that allows for any wiring diagram, you need only choose the right option for a particular environment. That’s why humans today are behaving differently than our grandparents, and our grandparents are different from people 1,000 years ago, or 10,000 years ago. Whereas a fruit fly today and a fruit fly 1,000 years ago are probably behaving the same way.”last_img read more

Ensuring Innovators Have the Latest Tech at Their Fingertips: Introducing the Updated Dell Precision 7000 Series Tower and Rack Workstations

first_imgWhen the most innovative and creative minds are looking to not only change their industry, but the world as we know it, they demand that their technology will deliver remarkable performance. So, it is no surprise that innovators across manufacturing, design, healthcare and media and entertainment turn to the powerful Dell Precision 7000 Series workstation portfolio as their tool of choice.Dell has been a leader in workstation technology for over two decades because we are driven by our customers’ insights and experiences, and we continue to purposefully design products with intelligent performance and mission-critical reliability for industry applications and emerging technologies like VR and AI. Inspired by our customers’ drive to push boundaries in their work, we have upgraded our Precision 7000 Series workstation towers and rack to deliver higher performance and massive scalability for the most demanding workloads.Next month, Dell’s flagship tower workstation, the Dell Precision 7920 tower, and the Dell Precision 7820 tower, will be updated to include the new 2nd Gen Intel® Xeon Scalable processors and NVIDIA® Quadro RTX™ graphic options to deliver outstanding performance for the most demanding applications and largest datasets, including enhancements for artificial intelligence and machine learning workloads. As always, the Dell Precision Optimizer is available on all Precision workstations, and both towers are “Ready for VR.” For a small cost, Dell Precision Optimizer Premium is also available. This is an innovative feature using AI-based technology to tune the workstation based on how it is being used.  The smart multichannel thermal design continues to deliver advanced cooling and acoustics. We are proud to be the only mainstream tower workstation family to offer an externally accessible tool-less power supply and FlexBays for lockable, hot-swappable drives for serviceability and security.For customers seeking the highest level of secure, remotely accessible 1:1 workstation performance, the refreshed Dell Precision 7920 rack workstation delivers all the performance and scalability of our flagship Dell Precision 7920 Tower in a flexible, convenient and secure 2U rack form factor. This rack workstation is ideal for OEMs and customers who need to locate their compute resources and valuable data in central environments. This option can also help reduce noise, heat and save space while providing secure remote access to external employees and contractors.What’s Inside MattersConfiguration options will include the recently announced 2nd Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, built for advanced workstation professionals, with up to 28 cores, 56 threads, and 3 TB DDR4 RDIMM, and support for ground-breaking technologies such as Intel® Deep Learning Boost, a new set of Intel® AVX-512 instructions. These industry-leading new Precision 7000 Series workstations will be available in May, with high-performance storage capacity options, including up to 120TB/96TB of Enterprise SATA HDD and up to 16TB of super-fast PCIe NVMe SSDs.Come say hello at NAB 2019 and COFES 2019They say that seeing is believing and when it comes to the power of our new Precision 7000 Series workstations, that could not be more true. Dell workstation specialists with be onsite at both NAB 2019 (Booth #SL8011) and COFES 2019 over the coming days, so be sure to stop by and check out the latest technology for intensive workloads. From media and entertainment to engineering, manufacturing and healthcare, Dell Precision continues to be a leader across industries by delivering next generation innovation today. We look forward to seeing many of you at these industry events in the coming months.last_img read more

NextEra CEO says most U.S. coal generation could be closed by 2030

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:The head of NextEra Energy, the biggest and most successful utility in the United States says the energy industry is in the grip of massive change, with the cost of renewables and battery storage – without subsidies – beating gas, as well as existing coal and nuclear on costs.“We see renewables plus battery storage without incentives being cheaper than natural gas, and cheaper than existing coal and existing nuclear,” Jim Robo, the CEO, president and chairman of NextEra, told analysts last week at the Wolfe Utilities & Energy Conference. “And that is game changing,” Robo said. So much so, that renewables would likely replace coal generation in the US within a decade.Robo noted that the US government’s Energy Information Administration expects that the world’s biggest electricity market could reach 35 per cent renewables by 2030. Robo says it could be as high as 50 per cent by 2030, and could ultimately be 70-75 per cent by 2050.“I think that’s very doable, and that would take out an enormous amount of carbon out of the United States. And at the same time bring rates down across the country. And that’s the thing that I think people still haven’t grasped – that you can be green and low cost at the same time and that it’s terrific for customers, it’s terrific for the environment and it’s great for shareholders as well.”Robo’s comments are significant for a number of obvious reasons. Close watchers of the US energy market will already be aware that the cost of wind and solar has fallen dramatically, and recent auctions for “dispatchable” energy has seen renewables and battery storage projects beating out gas, which is significantly cheaper in the US than in Australia. And the fact that renewables and storage, without further incentives, can beat out existing coal and nuclear plants, most of which have been fully depreciated, is just as significant. As is Robo’s point that “you can be green and low cost” at the same time. And, as he also notes, can deliver reliable power as well.“When you look at wind and solar paired with a battery, new construction is cheaper than the operating cost of existing coal. So, there’s very little reason from an economic standpoint to continue to run those units and there’s very little reason from a reliability standpoint to run those units and there’s certainly no reason from an environmental standpoint to run them. So, we see a massive shift there in terms of much of the coal in the country being phased out by 2030.”More: U.S. energy giant says renewables and batteries beat coal, gas and nukes NextEra CEO says most U.S. coal generation could be closed by 2030last_img read more

Daily Dirt: Outdoor News for April 3, 2013

first_imgFormer Cop Cops Plea in Bike CrashJohn W. Diehl, 57 years of age and a former Washington, D.C. police officer, was offered a plea deal for his involvement in the hit-and-run of a cyclist in August, 2011. Evan Wilder was riding his bike and wearing a helmet cam when he was yelled at by Diehl from his truck to move over (see video above. Caution: Diehl and Wilder curse up a storm). Diehl then struck Wilder with the back right quarter of his car, sending Wilder to the pavement and damaging his bike. That was just the beginning as Diehl then lied to police, saying he wasn’t there, was never issued a court summons. He eventually turned himself in because of pressure from reporters on the incident. He will have to complete 25 hours of community service, anger management counseling, a driver safety course, and drug and alcohol treatment and the case will be dismissed.Verbally assault someone, hit them with your truck, flee the scene, then lie to police about it? Yeah, having to pick up trash for 25 hours seems fair. More info here.Hikers Rescued in Snowy SmokiesNeedless to say, the Smokies have been getting pounded with some late season snow and that became a problem for 10 hikers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park over the weekend. Rangers rescued three separate groups of hikers off Clingmans Dome Road on Sunday. The original call was for a man suffering from chest pains in the Mount Collins Shelter, but rangers found eight other hikers in need of assistance upon their return trip, saying none of the hikers they found were prepared to hike in the snow. The end of the report says the area has “about three inches of snowfall.” WHAT! Stranded on a mountain because of three inches of snow?!?!? C’mon, man. Chest pains gets a pass, but the rest should maybe find a new hobby.Fly Fishing Getting Bigger All the TimeA couple of interesting fly fishing new items came across the wires today, both involving the region and both provided by MidCurrent.Number one is that the Georgia Senate passed a bill to make the red drum, or redfish, Georgia’s first saltwater game fish.Number one is word that the Virginia Fly Fishing (& Wine) Festival is expanding in a major way. They will be screening Where the Yellowstone Goes, a feature-length documentary of a 600 mile fishing trip down the length of the Yellowstone River, as well as offering a bevy of new programs including health and wellness clinics and fly tying classes with Bob Clouser. There will also be a raffle to benefit the Virginia Rivers Defense Fund to help fight the Jackson River Lawsuit. This festival is the largest outdoor fly fishing festival in the country and is only getting bigger, which is great news for the industry in this part of the country. Most proceeds will go towards conservation work on the South River.The festival will be held April 20-21 in Waynesboro, Virginia. The BRO Roadshow will also be there, so swing by our tent and check out our raffle also. See you there!last_img read more