Postdoctoral Fellow

first_imgSocial Media, Natural Language Processing and PublicHealthCollaborators: Mark Dredze ([email protected])Social media has been show to contain valuable insights into thehealth of populations. Mark Dredze’s research has exploredapplications of social media analysis to a wide range of publichealth domains. This project will investigate such applications bydeveloping new machine learning and NLP algorithms for miningsocial media data.Semantic Parsing / Event RecognitionCollaborators: Benjamin Van Durme ([email protected]), MarkDredze, Kyle RawlinsThere are multiple ongoing efforts at JHU led by Benjamin Van Durmedealing with semantic parsing / event recognition from texts.Targets of extraction include sentences, documents, images, audio,video, in both English and other languages. Applicants to thisposition must have some familiarity with models for Neural MachineTranslation, Information Extraction, and/or Semantic Parsing.Candidates must have a desire to assume a leadership role, and becomfortable working in groups.Analysis of Clinical Medical TextCollaborators: Mark Dredze ([email protected])Extracting information about patients from medical records can helpimprove treatments, and identify important trends in a patientpopulation. Much of this information is contained within clinicaltexts. This project will investigate information extraction toolsfor the extraction of structured information from clinical freetext.Broadly Multilingual Learning of Morphology and Low-ResourceMachine TranslationCollaborators: David Yarowsky, Jason Eisner, SanjeevKhudanpurThis project includes a wide range of problems in computationalmorphology and machine translation of over 800 low-resourcelanguages. We will address a very large and diverse set of worldlanguages using a broad spectrum of approaches, over largeannotated and unannotated datasets of both text and speech.Computational linguists, formal morphologists and specialists inmachine translation and machine learning of human language are allwelcome. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline and a strongresearch record. Applicants are not required to be to US citizensor permanent residents.Questions about specific projects should be directed to the contactinformation associated with the project.Application instructions : Applicants should apply at: consist of a CV and contact information for 3recommenders who can supply letters on request. You do not need tospecify a specific project of interest.Questions? [email protected] Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity forits faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university doesnot discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status,pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age,disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity orexpression, veteran status or other legally protectedcharacteristic. The university is committed to providing qualifiedindividuals access to all academic and employment programs,benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability,performance and merit without regard to personal factors that areirrelevant to the program involved.The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more: legal information The Center for Language and Speech Processing (CLSP) at the JohnsHopkins University seeks applicants for postdoctoral fellowshippositions in speech, natural language processing and machinelearning.CLSP is one of the world’s largest academic centers focused onspeech and language. CLSP is home to a dozen faculty members, halfa dozen postdocs, and over 60 graduate students. It has a historyof placing students in top academic and industry positions, with alarge network of alumni at Google, Amazon, Microsoft Research,Bloomberg, IBM Research, Facebook, Twitter, Nuance, BBN, andnumerous startups.Johns Hopkins University is a private university located inBaltimore, Maryland. With its cultural heritage, rich history, andunique neighborhoods, Baltimore is a city with something to offereveryone. Visit this site tolearn more about Baltimore.The center has a number of postdoctoral positions available. Asingle application will be considered for all open positions(except for one position as noted below). You need not indicate aspecific position, but you may include a strong preference in anoptional cover letter.last_img read more

The upper-class tool kit

first_imgUpper-class parents have a variety of tools to help their children succeed in a changing world and improve their social status, advantages not readily available to poorer families, according to a panel at a Harvard conference.Living in wealthy neighborhoods, choosing among good schools, and engaging in cultural activities with children are all ways that affluent parents around the world can extend their social position into the next generation, the scholars said Friday at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs conference on “Changing Middle Classes: Comparative and Global Perspectives.”The upper middle class is “attempting to produce particular effective social boundaries which could separate them from … the lower middle classes in an unfortunately irreversible way,” said María Luisa Méndez, director of the School of Sociology, Universidad Diego Portales, in Chile, in a joint presentation with Modesto Gayo, a professor at the same school.Higher-income parents, though, are hardly unified in their child-rearing strategies, according to the panel participants, who also cited ways that less-affluent parents can help their children overcome obstacles to social advancement.Modesto Gayo and Marìa Luisa Mèndez share an aside. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe panel “Class Consolidation: Identity, Distinction, and Cultural Practices” came on the opening day of the two-day event presented by the Weatherhead Research Cluster on Comparative Inequality and Inclusion.Matthias Koenig, a professor of sociology at Göttingen University in Germany and a visiting scholar at Weatherhead, chaired the session on class consolidation, while Natasha Warikoo, an associate professor of education at Harvard Graduate School of Education, led discussion after the presentations.Jürgen Gerhards, chair of macrosociology at the Institute for Sociology at Freie Universitat in Berlin, discussed his research into how upper-middle-class Germans prepare their children for globalization. Gerhards said that “transnational human capital” — such qualifications as the ability to speak another language, familiarity with other nations, and cosmopolitan attitudes — is becoming increasingly important, citing the growing demands for bilingual speakers.He said German upper-middle-class parents have high transnational human capital themselves and actively seek to endow their children with it through such means as enrolling them in bilingual kindergartens and, later, high school study-abroad programs.“The transmission of transnational human capital is part of a general child-rearing approach, and on average parents are the ones who are the drivers of this,” he said.Lower-middle-class families see the importance of transnational human capital but, in part due to financial constraints, do not pursue it for their children, Gerhards said, though some “ambitious ones … manage to overcome the class restrictions” and send their children abroad to study.Agnès van Zanten, senior researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Observatoire Sociologique du Changement, Sciences Po, in Paris, argued that scholars such as Annette Lareau, who coined the term “concerted cultivation” when referring to middle-class child-raising, overstate the homogeneity of those practices, particularly within affluent families.Agnës van Zanten (from left), Jürgen Gerhards, and Natasha Warikoo listen during an address. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerVan Zanten said that her research has found that upper-middle-class parents in France fall into categories of technocrats and intellectuals.Technocrats, who focus on knowledge for its practical use and live in upper-class neighborhoods, maintain tight control over a child’s environment and activities, van Zanten said, reflecting the parents’ desire to “reproduce their way of life.”Intellectuals, who value knowledge for itself and often reside in socially mixed neighborhoods, emphasize “cultural co-optation of children,” van Zanten said, sharing activities with them that range from going to the theater to cooking.Van Zanten suggested that those differences within the upper middle class are more pronounced in France than in the U.S., reflecting how social boundaries in general are sharper in France.“In the U.S. … the representation of a classless society seems to reproduce a unified vision of what it is to be middle class,” she said. But in France, “The status differences are more strictly marked between and within classes, and so participation into each status group requires early and long-lasting socialization into the values and practices.”Mendez and Gayo traced their survey studies on the child-rearing practices of upper-middle- class parents in Santiago.Gayo said parents in the wealthiest areas of the city are the most demanding when it comes to choosing where to live and selecting schools, while upper-middle-class parents are more inclined to engage with their children in school and cultural activities, and to participate in cultural events.last_img read more

Weekend Poll: Which Summer Movie Star Would You Like to See on Broadway?

first_imgThings get a little quiet around the Great White Way during the summer—so instead of seeing a new play or musical every night, the staff is catching up on movies! From Transformers: Age of Extinction to The Fault in Our Stars to Guardians of the Galaxy, this summer has been packed with awesome blockbusters led by some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. So we want to know: Which summer movie star would you like to see make his or her Broadway debut? Cast your vote below! View Commentslast_img read more

Equinor expands into solar, opens Brazil PV plant

first_imgEquinor expands into solar, opens Brazil PV plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNBC:The 162-megawatt Apodi Solar Plant, in Ceara State, Brazil, is expected to produce around 340,000 megawatt-hours of electricity annually, Equinor said Wednesday. This is enough to provide energy for over 170,000 homes.Pal Eitrheim, Equinor’s executive vice president for New Energy Solutions, described the news as a “strategic milestone” for the business.In October 2017, the firm – formerly known as Statoil – set up a joint venture with Norwegian solar power company Scatec Solar to construct, own and operate “large-scale solar plants in Brazil.” Earlier this month, Equinor acquired a minority shareholding in Scatec Solar.Equinor and Scatec each own 43.75 percent of the Apodi facility, with the remainder owned by holding company Apodi Participacoes.“The Apodi project was our first step into the solar industry,” Eitrheim added. “With the plant now in operation and through our excellent collaboration with Scatec Solar, we are complementing Equinor’s portfolio with profitable solar energy.”More: Equinor’s first solar plant starts commercial operationlast_img read more

Egypt reports 2 human cases of avian flu

first_imgMar 20, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Egyptian authorities have reported that a 30-year-old Egyptian woman died of H5N1 avian influenza and a young man is recovering from the same infection, signaling what may be the first known human cases in Africa.Both patients were exposed to sick poultry, and samples from both tested positive at a US Navy laboratory in Cairo, according to reports from Agence France-Presse (AFP).The woman fell ill in early March after close contact with sick chickens, ducks, and a turkey in her household flock, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today, citing information from the Egyptian government. She was hospitalized Mar 16 and died Mar 17.She was tested by the US Naval Medical Research Unit (NAMRU-3) in Cairo, the WHO said. Samples were being sent to a WHO collaborating lab outside Egypt for confirmatory testing, the statement said.An AFP report yesterday said the woman, named Amal Mohammed Ismail, was from Nawa village just north of Cairo and had kept poultry despite a ban on poultry raising since avian flu first broke out in Egypt in February.The woman’s village has been sealed off, and health officials were taking samples from people who might have had contact with her or her birds, AFP reported.The sick man was identified in a Mar 19 AFP report as Mohammed Bahaa Abdel Moneim, 28, who has a chicken farm north of Cairo where a number of birds died a week ago. The report cited Health Minister Hatem al-Gabali as the information source.The US Navy lab detected the H5N1 virus in samples from both patients, according to an AFP report today. It said samples from both were being sent to London for further tests.An Egyptian health official named Sayyid al-Abbasi said the man’s condition improved after he was treated with oseltamivir (Tamiflu), according to an IRIN News (United Nations Integrated Regional Information Networks) report today.”He’s well now, though he’s still under surveillance,” al-Abbasi was quoted as saying.Egypt confirmed its first H5N1 outbreak in poultry on Feb 17, and the virus has since turned up in 18 of the country’s 26 governorates, the WHO said. Elsewhere in Africa, the virus has infected birds in Nigeria, Niger, and Cameroon this year, but no human cases have been reported in those countries.In other developments, four children in Serbia have been hospitalized with suspected avian flu symptoms, according to an AFP report today. The Serbian health ministry said the children were placed in isolation, while another 24 people were being monitored. Serbia first detected H5N1 avian flu in a swan found dead earlier this month.See also:Mar 20 WHO statement on case in Egypt read more

Barry Geraghty expects ‘proper test’ at Cheltenham for More Of That

first_img Press Association Barry Geraghty has been pleased with what he has seen from More Of That ahead of his fencing debut in the Steel Plate And Sections Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham on Friday. A breathing problem was found, and subsequently operated on, and Geraghty, who partnered More Of That in the World Hurdle, again gets the ride in his new role as JP McManus’ retained rider. “I’m really looking forward to it,” he said. “I’ve been in to school him a few times and it’s been a case of so far, so good. “It looks a good race in its own right and Cheltenham is always a proper test for a novice, especially first time out. “We want to learn about him, though, especially after what happened last season, and this will be a proper test. “We’ve been pleased with him so far, anyway.” The race has a rich history as it has produced two Gold Cup winners in Denman and Imperial Commander in recent times, as well as classy types like Dynaste, Grands Crus and Time For Rupert. Ian Williams won the race in 2009 with Weird Al and runs Ballyalton, second to Faugheen at the Festival two season ago but off for all of last term. Jonjo O’Neill’s seven-year-old was one of the brightest stars in the National Hunt game when he maintained his unbeaten record in the 2014 World Hurdle at the Festival, inflicting a first defeat on Annie Power in the process. Since then, however, he has only been seen once, when he was never a factor on his return to action at Newbury last November. He unseated his rider on his chasing debut at Warwick recently. “We know what it takes to win this, having done so with Weird Al, but it does look a very hot renewal,” said Williams. “It was a little unfortunate what happened at Warwick but he came out of it well and we viewed this as a good opportunity to get some more experience into him. “He departed just before the business end of the race but was closing in. “What seemed obvious, though, was that his year off just seemed to have dented his speed a little. “The fizz he had over hurdles wasn’t quite the same, so this step up to two and a half miles should suit him perfectly. In time I expect him to be running over three (miles).” David Pipe runs Dell’ Arca, a second-season novice who finished fourth in this 12 months ago and who finally opened his account over fences at Uttoxeter in May. “He’s a good horse who always runs in the good races,” said Pipe. “We were happy with him at Uttoxeter and we’ve been happy with him since. “It’s a small but select field and if More Of That comes back to form he’s the one we’ve got to beat.” As De Mee, Might Bite, Double Shuffle and The Society Man complete the line-up. last_img read more

APS offers new bond proposal with no tax increase

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Last year, the Alpena Public School System proposed a bond to renovate old and deteriorating buildings in the district. Voters denied that bond last May, but now there’s a revised plan to fix the schools without increasing taxes.Superintendent of Alpena Public Schools, Dr. John VanWagoner, says this time around, conditions of the proposal will be more suitable for taxpayers.“The bond that we had last time was taking the 1.8 and adding an additional mil. It would’ve been an additional mil increase. This one does not do that. This one maintains that 1.8 mils. It’s currently being taxed now. You will not see your tax rate from Alpena Public Schools go up if this bond passes.”If you remember last year’s proposal, you’re acquainted with the rundown buildings and safety hazards the district is facing. Dr. VanWagoner said in 2019,“Boilers, some repairs that are needed of floors of some sinking settlement concrete, parking lots those kinds of things that are just in major disrepair that we don’t money from the state extra at all for.”This year’s bond addresses many of the same problems outlined in last year’s proposal, just on a smaller scale. VanWagoner says,“It’ll actually make sure that we have good, solid roofs, boilers and add some very basic security things to ensure somebody can’t just walk through the front door and walk down to a classroom.”And this time around updates are expected to be completed on a much tighter budget.“It’s half of what it was before. We’re talking going from $66 million to $33.9 million.Among the biggest issues to be addressed if the proposal is approved is security. The current setup of many school buildings has created scares in the past the superintendent doesn’t want to see repeated.“We’ve had instances of registered sex offenders, we’ve had people that are not supposed to be in our buildings that don’t have parent custody just walk in. They’re buzzed in or they grab the door when somebody else is walking out and they go right down to a classroom trying to grab a kid.”The district is now pleading for taxpayers to step in and help serve area students with basic needs so they can focus on what should matter most during school hours: getting a good education.“Really, that theme is keeping our kids safe, keeping our kids warm, and keeping our kids dry.”If you want to see all of the work that needs to be done across district, Dr. VanWagoner says he’s more than happy to set up tours with taxpayers. You can already apply for an absentee ballot if you chose to vote that way. The election is Tuesday, March 10.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Public Schools, APS, bond, Bond Proposal, mil, SchoolContinue ReadingPrevious State of the State addressNext Glennie senior charged with embezzlementlast_img read more

Chorney Calls it Like She Sees It

first_imgBy John BurtonFor those who ever wondered Who the f&*$ is Linda Chorney? the question has been answered by Chorney herself.Chorney, a veteran of the music scene for more than three decades – and a nominee for a 2012 Grammy Award that stirred some controversy at the time – has detailed her life and music career.She’s written about knocking around small clubs around the country, staying true to her artistic vision, working on independently produced albums and offers what she said is the backstory of the fallout she experienced following her Grammy nomination last year.The now 53-year-old singer-songwriter called her book a sort of Moneyball with the current music industry filling in for baseball.“It’s an adventure where you can experience what it was like to be in my shoes as a 51-year-old woman who played in bars for 30 years, trying to make it in this business,” she said.The book concentrates on Chorney’s experiences surrounding her Grammy nomination, her unconventional campaign to garner the nomination and the alleged backlash she experienced.She said she wrote the book “because the truth needs to come out. The real story was never told.”Chorney, who lived in Sea Bright for a number of years with husband Scott Fadynich and still owns a home there, was nominated but did not win in 2012 for Best Americana Album, for her sixth and most recent album, Emotional Jukebox. She was nominated in the category with Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris and others. As an independent artist, Chorney took an unconventional route to win the nomination by lobbying votes from young members of the Recording Academy, which awards the Grammys, using social media, asking them to vote by way of the Grammy website.Her methods were met by a resistance, she charged, by music industry insiders who felt Chorney had “gamed the system” to push her work. The real motivation, she alleged, was that some of “the suits” in the music business felt challenged by her strategy. Her work, she insisted, speaks for itself and that’s what won her the nomination, despite all the backbiting she said she experienced.“The story should have been a feel-good Cinderella story,” she said. “Unfortun­ately, the industry did not like that they were not profiting off of my nomination.”With the help of her husband and the financial support of friend Dr. Jonathan Schneider, Chorney said she was able to put out an album she felt was truly a quality product – with the necessary production finesse for the Grammys to take seriously.Following her nomination, Chorney was contacted by an industry insider, someone she has dubbed “Mr. Grammy­gate,” who called, “telling me the secrets of the AMA (Association of Americana Album),” she said.“I kept thinking this story is crazy and I have to write about it,” she said, documenting this in Who the F&*$ is Linda Chorney? “There’s a lot of dirty stuff that goes on there.”About that title, by the way? “It could be who the fork. It could be who funk or who the fish, or whoever you want,” she said, clearly having a little fun with it. She did warn, however, anyone offended by “f-bombs” might not want to read her book.For those who are struggling to make it in a very tough business, Chorney said, her work can offer some advice to avoid some of the pitfalls she’s experienced and to understand the need to keep playing.“If you’re good, you’re good,” she said, “and believe in yourself, believe in your art.”Chorney, now lives in Tucson, Ariz., where she and her husband moved to be near Chorney’s family as her mother battled – and beat – cancer. She is currently touring New England, promoting her book and work and is working on a new album, tentatively slated for a holiday release.She also is working on another book, that will chronicle her attempts to track down filmmaker Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous, Say Anything) to convince him to adopt the book for the movies.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Trafalgar Halloween 2013

first_imgThere was something a little out of the norm happening at Trafalgar Middle School Thursday as a bunch of scary characters showed up for class.It was a Halloween for the ages at the Uphill-based school.Mallard’s Source for sport would like to salute all the students who made Halloween 2013 at Trafalgar just a little more enjoyable with Team of the Week accolades.last_img