vice president – PC Lunwen http://pclunwen.com/ Mon, 11 Apr 2022 20:39:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://pclunwen.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/favicon.png vice president – PC Lunwen http://pclunwen.com/ 32 32 Julienne Empric, Ph.D., to begin her term as Acting Vice President of Academic Affairs at Eckerd College in July – News https://pclunwen.com/julienne-empric-ph-d-to-begin-her-term-as-acting-vice-president-of-academic-affairs-at-eckerd-college-in-july-news/ Thu, 17 Feb 2022 22:38:06 +0000 https://pclunwen.com/julienne-empric-ph-d-to-begin-her-term-as-acting-vice-president-of-academic-affairs-at-eckerd-college-in-july-news/ Empric succeeds Suzan Harrison, Ph.D., an alumnus of the Class of 1978, following Harrison’s 10-year service as dean of the faculty. “As someone who has served on almost every faculty committee over the years…I have had experience with the academic dean’s most important interfaces with the faculty,” Empric said in a memo to the faculty […]]]>

Empric succeeds Suzan Harrison, Ph.D., an alumnus of the Class of 1978, following Harrison’s 10-year service as dean of the faculty.

“As someone who has served on almost every faculty committee over the years…I have had experience with the academic dean’s most important interfaces with the faculty,” Empric said in a memo to the faculty on Thursday, February 17. “I am immensely grateful that Dean Harrison has graciously offered his assistance. I hope to build on the momentum she has created in many wonderful directions over her past 10 years as Dean. And I hope to hear, especially from all of you, what remains to be done as we move forward together.

President Damián J. Fernández, Ph.D., announced the appointment earlier Thursday.

“Julie is known as a strong College supporter and faculty champion; I am delighted that she accepted my invitation to fill this role,” said Fernández. “Julie is the right person to guide us through this transition and drive key priorities for the year ahead. We will continue to pursue the multi-year initiatives of our strategic plan that will strengthen our problem-focused, place-based and goal-oriented education, hand-built and practical for high impact.

Empric’s career at Eckerd College began in 1974. The graduate of Nazareth College in Rochester earned her Master of Arts from York University in Toronto and her Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. His main teaching responsibilities at Eckerd include Shakespeare, English Literature and Theater History. Her experience began as a teaching assistant and instructor at Notre Dame before being hired as seminar director of the Summer Shakespeare Institute Graduate Program at the University of Bridgeport.

Since joining the College, she has held several positions outside of the classroom: Eckerd College Teaching and Learning Conversations Coordinator; president of the College of Letters; several terms as Director of Eckerd College London Study Centre; and President of Foundations Collegium.

Empric plans to finish teaching its spring semester courses—Intro to Literature: Short Fiction; Children’s literature and the environment; and Shakespeare: Page, Stage, Film—before spending this summer as acting dean of the faculty. During his tenure, the College will conduct a national faculty-led search for the next Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty.

“I find myself increasingly excited to do all I can over the next year of transition to help continue our momentum,” Empric wrote, “and to capitalize on the hard work and resilience that everyone in this community has contributed, especially over the past two difficult and exhausting COVID years.

Harrison will return to his permanent position at the faculty after a sabbatical year beginning July 1.

As Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Harrison:

  • Oversaw the development of new academic programs – including animal studies, film studies, interdisciplinary arts and marketing – and the creation of three new BFA degrees in creative writingTheater and Musical
  • Support for the creation of seven new minors: Ancient Studies, Arabic, Data Science, Entrepreneurship, Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Latin American Studies and Sustainable Development
  • Successfully orchestrated two accreditation reaffirmations in 2010 and 2020
  • chaired the Eckerd College Strategic Plan 2016-2021
  • Supported faculty in countless ways, including improving the annual review and tenure process, supporting academic programming reviews, and strengthening academic support services
  • Overseeing renovations and new construction to support the academic program: the Sheen Complex, the Seibert Humanities Building, and the Nielsen Center for Visual Arts

“For 10 years, Suzan served as vice president of academic affairs and dean of the faculty,” Fernández said. “She has dedicated her professional life to the College, and we are grateful for her impressive accomplishments on behalf of Eckerd.”

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Multi-country African research reports high rates of COVID-19-related deaths among hospitalized children and adolescents https://pclunwen.com/multi-country-african-research-reports-high-rates-of-covid-19-related-deaths-among-hospitalized-children-and-adolescents/ Tue, 15 Feb 2022 16:55:00 +0000 https://pclunwen.com/multi-country-african-research-reports-high-rates-of-covid-19-related-deaths-among-hospitalized-children-and-adolescents/ Newswise – African children and adolescents hospitalized with COVID-19 are experiencing much higher death rates than Europeans or North Americans of the same age, according to a recently published study by researchers at the Institute of Human Virology (IHV ) from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) and the Institute of Human Virology […]]]>

Newswise – African children and adolescents hospitalized with COVID-19 are experiencing much higher death rates than Europeans or North Americans of the same age, according to a recently published study by researchers at the Institute of Human Virology (IHV ) from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) and the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN). Both organizations are members of the Global Virus Network (GVN).

The study, titled “Evaluation of Clinical Outcomes in Children and Adolescents Hospitalized with COVID-19 in Six Sub-Saharan African Countries,” was conducted by a collaboration under AFREhealth (the African Forum for Research and Education in health), a consortium of interdisciplinary health personnel across Africa. The research was published on January 19 in JAMA Pediatricsthe highest ranked pediatric journal in the world.

“This study provides important insights into COVID-19 in African children that were not previously available at this scale. We now have evidence from multiple countries to show that African children are also suffering from severe COVID-19; they suffer from a multisystem inflammatory syndrome; some require intensive care; some are also dying, and at much higher rates than outside of Africa,” said Nadia Sam-Agudu, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at UMSOM’s Institute of Human Virology and senior technical advisor for pediatric and adolescent HIV at the Institute of Human Virology in Nigeria. Dr. Sam-Agudu is co-first author with lead researcher Dr. Jean Nachega from the University of Pittsburgh and Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa.

The AFREhealth study collected data from 25 health facilities in Nigeria, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda. The study included 469 African children and adolescents aged three months to 19 years hospitalized with COVID-19 between March and December 2020. The team reported a high overall mortality rate of 8.3%, compared to 1% or less for Europe and North America. Additionally, African children under one year of age and with pre-existing non-communicable diseases were more likely to have poorer outcomes, such as needing intensive care and death.

Eighteen participants had suspected or confirmed multisystem inflammatory syndrome (also known as MIS-C), and four of those children died.

Dr Sam-Agudu, who led the West Africa team for the study, urged health authorities and policy makers in Nigeria and other African countries to act on the results of the study. the study “to protect children by expanding vaccine approvals and purchases specifically for children, as variants that have emerged since our study ended have either caused more severe disease and/or more cases overall. We cannot leave children behind in the pandemic response.”

Dr. Sam-Agudu recently received a 2022 award from Dr. Thomas Hall-Dr. Nelson Sewankambo Mid-Career Leadership Award from the Consortium of Universities for Global Health. The award recognizes outstanding individuals for their achievements and commitment to contributing to the advancement of global health around the world.

According to Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at UMSOM’s Institute of Human Virology and IHVN Director General Patrick Dakum, MBBS, MPH, “These data from Dr. Sam-Agudu and collaborators from “AFREhealth is placing science from Nigeria and the rest of Africa clearly on the map for pandemic-responsive research, especially for young populations. We will continually work to contribute to research findings in Nigeria, West Africa, and Africa. the West and beyond,” he said.

Alash’le Abimiku, PhD, Professor of Medicine at the Institute of Human Virology at UMSOM and Executive Director of the International Research Center of Excellence at the Institute of Human Virology in Nigeria, also noted that “pediatric findings This collaboration’s high COVID-19 impact research underscores the value of sustained investments in strong research institutions, collaborations and leadership in Nigeria and across Africa. We can generate rigorous local data to guide local, regional and international health policies and practices.

The Director General of the Nigerian Center for Disease Control, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa said, “The results of the AFREhealth study show that COVID-19 affects children and can have serious consequences. Thus, we need to seriously consider children in age-disaggregated COVID-19 disease surveillance and reporting, and consider COVID-19 disease when presenting to hospital. In addition, the high reported hospital mortality rate indicates a need for investment in intensive care for children in African settings. We need more such rigorous multicentre studies to inform evidence-based policymaking in Nigeria and other African countries.

Robert Gallo, MD, Homer & Martha Gudelsky Professor Emeritus of Medicine, Co-Founder and Director of the University of Maryland Medical School Institute of Human Virology, a GVN Center of Excellence, and Co-Founder and International Scientific Advisor of the GVN, said, “I am delighted to see our team of researchers continue to build on the Institute’s eighteen years of work in African countries, particularly Nigeria, and successfully advance a study in different countries to gather much needed data as this pandemic continues to spread. to evolve. Africa is the epicenter of many epidemics and an important partner in research on viral threats. “Pan” means everything, and we must all work together to fight viral threats against humanity. »

Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland Baltimore, and John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Professor Emeritus at UMSOM, added, “Studies like these are essential to ensure that no country or region suffers unnecessary hardship. As a result, policymakers and world leaders can better allocate resources to the people and places that need them most. »

The research is based on the presence of the international program of the Institute of Human Virology of the UMSOM and on the network of international experts who work with local actors to fight against infectious diseases throughout the world.

This study was funded by the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health (1R25TW011217-01).

About the Institute of Human Virology

Formed in 1996 as a partnership between the State of Maryland, the City of Baltimore, the University System of Maryland, and the University of Maryland Medical System, IHV is an institute of the College of Medicine in the University of Maryland and is home to some of the most recognized and globally recognized experts in all of virology. IHV combines the disciplines of basic research, epidemiology and clinical research in a concerted effort to accelerate the discovery of diagnostics and therapies for a wide variety of chronic and life-threatening viral and immune disorders, including HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. For more information, visit ihv.org and follow us on Twitter @IHVmaryland.

About University of Maryland Medical School

Now in its third century, the University of Maryland Medical School was incorporated in 1807 as the first public medical school in the United States. It continues today to be one of the world’s fastest growing leading biomedical research enterprises – with 46 academic departments, centers, institutes and programs, and a faculty of more than 3,000 physicians, scientists and allied health professionals, including members of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, and a two-time distinguished recipient of the Albert E. Lasker Award in Medical Research. With an operating budget of over $1.2 billion, the School of Medicine works closely with the University of Maryland Medical Center and Medical System to provide intensive research, academic, and clinical care to nearly 2 million patients each year. The School of Medicine has nearly $600 million in extramural funding, with most of its academic departments ranking highly among all medical schools in the nation for research funding. As one of seven professional schools that make up the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus, the School of Medicine has a total population of nearly 9,000 faculty and staff, including 2,500 students, trainees, residents and fellows. The combined medical school and medical system (“University of Maryland Medicine”) has an annual budget of more than $6 billion and an economic impact of nearly $20 billion on the state and local community. The School of Medicine, which ranks 8th among public medical schools in terms of research productivity (according to the Association of American Medical Colleges profile) is an innovator in translational medicine, with 606 active patents and 52 start-up companies. In the last US News and World Report ranking of best medical schools, released in 2021, UM School of Medicine is ranked #9 among 92 public medical schools in the United States and among the top 15% (#27) of 192 public and private medical schools in the United States. The School of Medicine works locally, nationally and globally, with research and treatment facilities in 36 countries around the world. Visit medschool.umaryland.edu

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SINTX Technologies (SINT) announces the transition of its Scientific Director https://pclunwen.com/sintx-technologies-sint-announces-the-transition-of-its-scientific-director/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 14:05:47 +0000 https://pclunwen.com/sintx-technologies-sint-announces-the-transition-of-its-scientific-director/ [ad_1] Receive instant alerts for news on your actions. Claim your 1-week free trial for Street Insider Premium here. SINTX Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SINT), an original equipment manufacturer of advanced ceramics, today announced that its Scientific Director, Dr. Bryan J. McEntire, will retire at the end of 2021 after 17 years with the company. Dr […]]]>


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SINTX Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SINT), an original equipment manufacturer of advanced ceramics, today announced that its Scientific Director, Dr. Bryan J. McEntire, will retire at the end of 2021 after 17 years with the company. Dr Ryan Bock will serve as Vice President of Research and Development (R&D) to lead SINTX’s R&D activities. After his retirement, Dr McEntire will continue to support SINTX Technologies in the role of Chief Scientist Emeritus.

Dr McEntire has worked in the advanced ceramic industry for 46 years and has co-authored over 130 technical papers and presentations on ceramic materials, their processing and characterization. While at SINTX, he was responsible for research and development, product development, testing and validation, manufacturing and quality control of orthopedic implants made from silicon nitride. Prior to joining SINTX, McEntire held various executive positions at notable ceramics and materials companies including Applied Materials, Saint-Gobain Industrial Ceramics Corporation, Norton / TRW Ceramics and Ceramatec. He was elected a Fellow of the American Society in 2012 and was a guest speaker on ceramic training at the American Ceramic Society Annual Meeting from 1986 to 1995.

“Dr. McEntire has been a tremendous asset and a friend of SINTX for almost two decades,” said Dr. Sonny Bal, President and CEO of SINTX Technologies. “While we are sad to see him go, we are delighted that he continues to be involved through an advisory role. “

“It has been both a privilege and a pleasure to work with and for the great men and women of SINTX in the development of advanced ceramic solutions for the biomedical, industrial, aerospace and armor markets,” said Dr. Bryan J. McEntire. “I could not have ended my career with a more admirable organization, endowed with strong management leadership and exceptional technical and manufacturing talent. I wish them all the best in their future endeavors, and hope to be of assistance to them in my new role as advisor.

Currently Director of R&D, Dr Bock will continue his biomaterial development efforts in addition to expanding application-oriented research to antipathogenic and technical ceramic products as he assumes the role of Vice President of R&D when Dr McEntire will retire. Dr Bock has supported SINTX through a variety of roles for 13 years and has extensive experience in advanced ceramics, colloid and surface science, and biomaterials.

“I look forward to leading SINTX’s R&D efforts, which include rich collaborations with academic and industrial research groups around the world, as well as focused and application-oriented research carried out by our skilled and dedicated in-house team,” said Dr Ryan Bock, Director of R&D. , SINTX Technologies. “It has been my great honor to have Dr. McEntire as a mentor and colleague for many years of biomaterials development activities, including the discovery of new properties of silicon nitride that allow SINTX to deliver differentiated products in a ever increasing variety of market spaces. His expertise and advice will be greatly appreciated as we continue to find new applications for advanced ceramic materials. “

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Biden’s inaugural poet Amanda Gorman publishes New Year’s poem https://pclunwen.com/bidens-inaugural-poet-amanda-gorman-publishes-new-years-poem/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 18:42:09 +0000 https://pclunwen.com/bidens-inaugural-poet-amanda-gorman-publishes-new-years-poem/ [ad_1] President BidenJoe BidenBiden Lawmakers Mourn Harry Reid 29% of GOP Support Efforts to Indict Jan 6 Rioters Charged: Poll Congress Must Meet Time to Hold Big Pharma to Account MOREAmanda Gorman’s inaugural poet published a poem based on the New Year. In collaboration with Instagram, Gorman released her new poem “New Day’s Lyric” on […]]]>


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President BidenJoe BidenBiden Lawmakers Mourn Harry Reid 29% of GOP Support Efforts to Indict Jan 6 Rioters Charged: Poll Congress Must Meet Time to Hold Big Pharma to Account MOREAmanda Gorman’s inaugural poet published a poem based on the New Year.

In collaboration with Instagram, Gorman released her new poem “New Day’s Lyric” on Wednesday, in which she reflects on the year 2021 and looks to 2022.

“Come on, look with kindness, for even comfort can come from grief,” Gorman wrote. “We remember, not just for the sake of yesterday, but to face tomorrow.”

“We listen to this old spirit, In the words of a new day, In our hearts we hear it: For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne,” Gorman said. “Be bold, sing the time this year, be bold, sing the time, for when you honor yesterday you will find tomorrow. Know what we have fought Is not to be forgotten or for anyone.

“It defines us, binds us as one, come on, join this day that has just started. For wherever we meet, we will overcome forever,” concluded Gorman.

Gorman, from Los Angeles, became a household name earlier this year, being the youngest person to recite a poem during a U.S. presidential inauguration, reciting his poem “The Hill We Climb” after Biden and the vice-president President Harris were sworn in.

In an interview with Vanity Fair published wednesday, the 23-year-old poet said she felt “lucky” to partner with Instagram on a project like this.

“I can’t wait to work with Instagram because part of what inspired me to write this New Year’s poem was thinking about the stories and stories I have seen shared over the past two years, which he it’s about coming to terms with grief, loss, social change, climate change, ”Gorman told Vanity Fair. “And so, a lot of these stories, I think, we interact or meet on social media.”


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Raj Bhavan to host state-level essay contests to mark Tamil poet Bharathi’s birthday https://pclunwen.com/raj-bhavan-to-host-state-level-essay-contests-to-mark-tamil-poet-bharathis-birthday/ Sun, 12 Dec 2021 09:18:00 +0000 https://pclunwen.com/raj-bhavan-to-host-state-level-essay-contests-to-mark-tamil-poet-bharathis-birthday/ [ad_1] No more news Dec 12 2021 | 6:29 p.m. Madurai, Dec 12 (UNI) A few hours after issuing an order thatonly those who received their two COVID vaccinesbe allowed to enter for darshan from tomorrow, the famousThe authorities of the Arulmigu Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple on Sunday withdrew the order. see more.. Dec 12 2021 […]]]>


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Hyderabad, December 12 (UNI) UNI Vice-President Mr. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday opened an exhibition on “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat” (EBSB) at Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University (PSTU).

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Biden exposes EU bluff: UK CAN join £ 80bn research project even if Article 16 is triggered | Sciences | New https://pclunwen.com/biden-exposes-eu-bluff-uk-can-join-80bn-research-project-even-if-article-16-is-triggered-sciences-new/ https://pclunwen.com/biden-exposes-eu-bluff-uk-can-join-80bn-research-project-even-if-article-16-is-triggered-sciences-new/#respond Fri, 12 Nov 2021 08:27:00 +0000 https://pclunwen.com/biden-exposes-eu-bluff-uk-can-join-80bn-research-project-even-if-article-16-is-triggered-sciences-new/ [ad_1] This could mean that due to the proposed conditions for Horizon Europe grants, Britain may be able to join the program even if it triggers Article 16 today. The UK had been excluded from the EU’s £ 80 billion research and development (R&D) project after tensions over Brexit fishing disputes and the Northern Ireland […]]]>


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This could mean that due to the proposed conditions for Horizon Europe grants, Britain may be able to join the program even if it triggers Article 16 today. The UK had been excluded from the EU’s £ 80 billion research and development (R&D) project after tensions over Brexit fishing disputes and the Northern Ireland Protocol reached their boiling point.

And now, as Brexit Minister Lord Frost and European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic still fail to come to an agreement in talks, today marks the day when the government can trigger Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Lord Frost has said he wants Northern Ireland to be treated as part of the UK and therefore remove the role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ), but if the EU does not, the article 16 could be triggered.

While Mr Sefcovic warned the move could have “serious consequences”, Britain could still be part of Horizon Europe.

The Brexit Minister has previously demanded that the UK urgently be included in the £ 80bn project if it wishes to receive a share of the UK’s £ 15bn contribution to three science projects, including Horizon Europe.

He also pointed out in a speech to the House of Lords that Britain had not violated any clause of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (ACT) as part of the Brexit deal, an agreement which included UK participation in Horizon Europe.

But with the United States’ renewed commitment to more transatlantic R&D cooperation by joining Horizon Europe, the United Kingdom could also regain its place in the project.

It comes after the European Commission quietly released draft terms for its Horizon Europe grants that allow non-European researchers to be part of the project.

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He told the House of Lords: “It is neither in our interest nor in the interest of the EU to get there and the best way forward is for the EU to finalize our participation instead. [in Horizon Europe] emergency.”

But it appears that Lord Frost and Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng are setting up a “discovery fund” to compete with Horizon Europe.

This involves plans for a 2022 start date target for national schemes that would be funded by money that would otherwise have been involved in EU programs.

But Lord Frost is still adamant that the EU should let the UK join us.
He said: “We have agreed that we will participate in this in the ATT and we have agreed to pay a contribution of £ 15bn over seven years.

“The ATT is clear, the UK will participate and the relevant protocol will be adopted … it is an obligation.

“If it becomes clear that the EU will not comply with this obligation – and it has so far not done so – we will consider them a violation of Article 710 ATT.”

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IHV researchers awarded $ 6.5 million to create African big data hub designed to address public health and pandemic preparedness https://pclunwen.com/ihv-researchers-awarded-6-5-million-to-create-african-big-data-hub-designed-to-address-public-health-and-pandemic-preparedness/ https://pclunwen.com/ihv-researchers-awarded-6-5-million-to-create-african-big-data-hub-designed-to-address-public-health-and-pandemic-preparedness/#respond Thu, 04 Nov 2021 16:20:00 +0000 https://pclunwen.com/ihv-researchers-awarded-6-5-million-to-create-african-big-data-hub-designed-to-address-public-health-and-pandemic-preparedness/ [ad_1] Newswise – Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Institute of Human Virology (IHV), a Global Virus Network (GVN) center of excellence, received $ 6.5 million from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to streamline big data collection in Nigeria and South Africa to meet the public health needs of […]]]>


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Newswise – Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Institute of Human Virology (IHV), a Global Virus Network (GVN) center of excellence, received $ 6.5 million from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to streamline big data collection in Nigeria and South Africa to meet the public health needs of COVID-19 and HIV pandemics.

The U54 scholarship, named INFORM Africa, was awarded in September 2021. As one of the seven research poles in Africa, INFORM Africa will serve as the NIH (DS-I Africa) Data and Innovation Research Center to support data science and innovation training programs in Africa, promote research on the ethical, legal and social implications at the heart of health research and innovation in Africa, and establish an open data science platform and coordination center. The funds also establish a data management and analysis core to collect and evaluate existing and new data gathered for the research hub. The researchers of the INFORM Africa The grant will work with the public and private sectors led by the Nigerian Institute of Human Virology (IHVN), to collect information to better understand the many variables impacting the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Using large datasets on HIV and SARS-CoV-2 from two of Africa’s largest and most affected countries, INFORM Africa will be able to provide new and unique insights into the relationships regarding the mobility of the two viruses, as well as their impact on each other, so that governments across Africa can better respond to these current epidemics and future threats, ”said the grant co-recipient. Alash’le Abimiku, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Executive Director of the International Research Center of Excellence, IHVN. “We look forward to meeting the long-standing challenge in Africa of not having the capacity to secure, store and analyze large, high-quality data sets. “

INFORM Africa will focus on three research projects. A project will study the impact of the spread of SARS-CoV-2 by studying human movements. The second project will focus on where the virus is distributed and how it can mutate to form new strains that can change its behavior. The final project will examine the interplay between factors such as location, spread and population demographics, as to its effect on twin pandemics (SARS-CoV-2 and HIV).

“Faced with a new, highly infectious agent and poor health infrastructure, IHV and UMSOM have hired colleagues from the Maryland Transportation Institute and the Center for Advanced Transportation Technology Laboratory at the University of Maryland at College Park, headed by Dr. Xiong, to facilitate the proposed data. research-oriented research, ”said the other grant co-recipient Man Charurat, PhD, MHS, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention, Research and Global Director of Ciheb, Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine. “This partnership will ensure optimal management of data flows and the development of appropriate tools and workflows for innovative data analysis that will transform biomedical and behavioral research and improve health across Africa. “

Dr Abimiku and Dr Charurat will work alongside Kristen Stafford, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health and Deputy Director of Ciheb, Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Mohammad Sajadi, MD, professor of medicine, Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Patrick Dakum, MBBS, MPH, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Meagan Fitzpatrick, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine and Fellow of the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine; investigators from the Maryland Transportation Institute; CAPRISA and the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa; and Akros in Zambia.

“Thanks to this team’s extensive experience in building the HIV care infrastructure in several countries in sub-Saharan Africa, they are poised to take a new step in the development of an infectious disease surveillance network. more integrated, ”said E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs at the University of Maryland Baltimore, and Distinguished Professor and Dean John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers, University of Maryland School of Medicine. “Rather than responding reactively, the team will be able to see trends as they emerge, allowing public health officials to intervene earlier and keep citizens safe. “

Robert C. Gallo, MD, Homer & Martha Gudelsky Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Co-Founder and Director, Institute of Human Virology (IHV), University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Co-Founder and International Scientific Director of GVN, said: “Drs. Abimiku and Charurat have been an integral part of the Institute’s seventeen years of work in countries funded by the Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), most notably and significantly in Nigeria. I am delighted to see this team build on their vast experience and develop their international portfolio with NIH to implement INFORM Africa and identify current public health needs and prepare for future epidemics. “

The NIH Common Fund encourages collaboration for innovative, high-impact research, such as Human Heredity and African-Led Health in Africa (H3Africa). NIH Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, created the DS-I Africa initiative through the Common Fund to support the vision to harness data science in Africa for rapid progress to improve health .

About the Institute of Human Virology

Formed in 1996 as a partnership between the State of Maryland, the City of Baltimore, the University of Maryland System and the University of Maryland Medical System, the IHV is an institute of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Maryland and is home to some of the most recognized and globally recognized experts in all of virology. The IHV combines the disciplines of basic research, epidemiology and clinical research in a concerted effort to accelerate the discovery of diagnoses and treatments for a wide variety of chronic and fatal viral and immune disorders, including HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. For more information, visit www.ihv.org and follow us on Twitter @IHVmaryland.

About the University of Maryland School of Medicine

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Three Latin American Presidents Among Dozens Of Executives And Celebrities Recognized By “Pandora Papers” Research – MercoPress https://pclunwen.com/three-latin-american-presidents-among-dozens-of-executives-and-celebrities-recognized-by-pandora-papers-research-mercopress/ https://pclunwen.com/three-latin-american-presidents-among-dozens-of-executives-and-celebrities-recognized-by-pandora-papers-research-mercopress/#respond Mon, 04 Oct 2021 09:36:50 +0000 https://pclunwen.com/three-latin-american-presidents-among-dozens-of-executives-and-celebrities-recognized-by-pandora-papers-research-mercopress/ [ad_1] Three Latin American presidents among dozens of leaders and celebrities honored by “Pandora Papers” research Monday, October 4, 2021 – 09:55 UTC Piñera (Chile), Lasso (Ecuador) and Abinader (Dominican Republic) have made investments through tax havens Current Presidents Sebastián Piñera of Chile, Guillermo Lasso of Ecuador and Luis Abinader of the Dominican Republic were […]]]>


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Three Latin American presidents among dozens of leaders and celebrities honored by “Pandora Papers” research

Monday, October 4, 2021 – 09:55 UTC

Piñera (Chile), Lasso (Ecuador) and Abinader (Dominican Republic) have made investments through tax havens

Current Presidents Sebastián Piñera of Chile, Guillermo Lasso of Ecuador and Luis Abinader of the Dominican Republic were on the so-called “Pandora Papers” among world leaders and celebrities who saved money in tax havens, according to the International Investigation Consortium. Journalists (ICIJ, for its acronym in English).

In addition to them, 11 other leaders who have already left power have been named by the study published on Sunday, which also mentions a total of 35 world leaders who have carried out similar operations. Many see this new investigation as a follow-up to the 2016 Panana Papers case, also undertaken by the ICIJ.

The Pandora Papers discovered how the global elite used a network of trusts and shell companies in places like the British Virgin Islands, Panama or the state of South Dakota in the United States to avoid paying taxes.

The survey is based on 11.9 million files from 14 companies that have created companies in tax havens. It is the biggest leak in history. It also surpasses the ?? Panama Papers, ?? which opened a global debate on corruption.

Among the 11 former Latin American heads of state were Pedro Pablo Kuczynski of Peru; Porfirio Lobo from Honduras; César Gaviria and Andrés Pastrana from Colombia; Horacio Cartes from Paraguay and the Panamanians Juan Carlos Varela, Ricardo Martinelli and Ernesto Pérez Balladares.

In Piñera’s case, it was revealed that he was doing business in the tax haven of the British Virgin Islands. These ventures included the sale of the Dominga mining project, an operation that involved businessman Carlos Alberto Délano, a childhood friend of his.

Piñera and his family were the main shareholders of the Dominga project. However, months after arriving at the Palacio de La Moneda, Piñera sold the mining project to Délano with a signed deed in Chile for US $ 14 million and another in the British Virgin Islands for US $ 138 million.

Payment was to take place in three installments, although the last one depended on not creating an environmental protection zone for this mining project, as requested by environmental groups and something Piñera decided not to. respect, according to Cypher and LaBot.

Lasso was a banker who came to operate 14 companies registered in tax havens, according to the newspaper El Universo. He got rid of these entities in 2017 before running for office.

Abinader is believed to be linked to two secret societies in Panama, which were created before he came to power last year, according to Alicia Ortega of Noticias Sin.

According to this survey, Abinader appears to be a beneficiary of these entities since 2018, three years after the entry into force of a law requiring companies to disclose their owners.

An Armando.info investigation showed that a Panamanian law firm called Alcogal had helped Venezuelan officials set up 78 secret societies to hide some US $ 2,000 million from Petróleos de Venezuela (PdVSA) in Andorra.

The Pandora Papers also questioned the current Brazilian Minister of the Economy Paulo Guedes and the CEO of the Central Bank, Roberto Campos Neto.

According to El Pays.

former British Prime Minister Tony Blair; the former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Kahn; and singers Julio Iglesias and Shakira or Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola are also on the report, which also claims Jordan’s King Abdullah II allegedly spent US $ 100 million on luxury homes in California and elsewhere, in more shedding light on foreign donors to the British Conservative Party

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s unofficial propaganda minister ?? was also listed by ICIJ documents, which also implicate people close to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, including members of his cabinet and their relatives, who are believed to have millions of dollars in companies and entities outside from their country.

Ecuadorian publicist Jaime Durán Barba who orchestrated the presidential campaign of Mauricio Macri and the subsequent administration of Argentina was also honored by the Pandora Papers, as well as Macri’s younger brother, Mariano and Zulemita Menem, daughter of the former Argentine President Carlos Saúl Menem.

The Pandora Papers also mention the late Daniel Muñoz, a close associate of former President Néstor Kirchner.

Argentina is mentioned 57,307 times in the 11.9 million documents collected by the ICIJ to produce such an important report which also mentions Argentine soccer stars such as Paris Saint-Germain coach Ángel Di María Mauricio Pochettino and former captain of the now retired national team Javier Mascherano, as well as Humberto Grondona, eldest son of the former president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) and vice-president of the International Federation of football (FIFA) Julio Grondona.

Besides Muñoz, who stepped down as presidential secretary in 2009 and died in 2016, ICIJ documents also include financier Ernesto Clarens, who is closely related to the Kirchner family.

The ICIJ has warned that using an offshore company or opening a bank account in tax havens is not a crime in itself, but it can become one of the “end beneficiaries”. maneuvers use these tactics to evade taxes or launder money.

In the nearly 12 million documents, 2,521 Argentinian final beneficiaries are mentioned, placing the country in third place, behind Russia (4,437) and the United Kingdom (3,501).

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Duterte says he will retire rather than run for vice president https://pclunwen.com/duterte-says-he-will-retire-rather-than-run-for-vice-president/ https://pclunwen.com/duterte-says-he-will-retire-rather-than-run-for-vice-president/#respond Sun, 03 Oct 2021 04:09:00 +0000 https://pclunwen.com/duterte-says-he-will-retire-rather-than-run-for-vice-president/ [ad_1] MANILA – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday said he would retire rather than continue as vice president next year, a surprise reversal of a plan to keep him in government after his presidential term ends . It is still possible that Mr Duterte will retain a strong influence if his daughter or close […]]]>


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MANILA – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday said he would retire rather than continue as vice president next year, a surprise reversal of a plan to keep him in government after his presidential term ends .

It is still possible that Mr Duterte will retain a strong influence if his daughter or close ally, Senator Christopher Lawrence Go, wins the first place in the election.

The Philippine Constitution limits presidents to a single six-year term. But Mr Duterte had announced he would run for vice-president in the May election, and his former senior assistant, Mr Go, was due to run for president.

On Saturday, however, Mr. Go submitted documents declaring that he, and not Mr. Duterte, would be running for vice-president. Mr. Duterte then raised Mr. Go’s hand in unity.

Mr Duterte’s announcement appeared to leave the field of candidacy open to his popular daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, who had previously said she would not run for the post if her father ran for office.

Referring to opinion polls which indicated public opposition to his previous plan, Mr Duterte, 76, said that “out of obedience to the will of the people, who after all placed me in the presidency he many years ago I now tell my compatriots that I will follow your wishes.

“Today, I am announcing my retirement,” he said, adding “Thank you all”. He has given no indication that he plans to resign before his term ends next June.

Richard Javad Heydarian, political analyst and author of “The Rise of Duterte: A Populist Revolt Against Elite Democracy,” said polls suggested the president would face an “uphill battle” if he continued to serve as vice president. -presidence.

Boxer Manny Pacquiao has announced his candidacy for the presidency. Mr. Pacquiao, a Filipino senator, was once an ally of Mr. Duterte but recently criticized the president, accusing his government of corruption.

Last month, the International Criminal Court authorized a full investigation into Mr. Duterte’s bloody war on drugs, which has claimed thousands of lives since taking office in 2016. Critics of Mr. Duterte in the Philippines have seen his plan to run for vice-president – with Mr. Go as president – as a way to stay in power and protect himself from prosecution.

Mr. Go recently said he had promised to serve Mr. Duterte “as long as he lives”. On Saturday he said he was running for the vice-presidency “so that he can continue the programs of real change started by President Duterte”.

Mr. Go made no apologies for the war on drugs, in which thousands of Filipinos were shot dead by police and vigilantes, allegedly because they were involved in drugs. “Let the public judge whether their children feel safer now with less drug addiction and less crime on the streets,” Go said.

The International Criminal Court said last month that the war on drugs appeared to have been “a widespread and systematic attack against the civilian population. A lawyer for Mr Duterte said officials from the Hague-based tribunal would not be allowed to enter the Philippines.

Mr Heydarian, the analyst, said Mr Duterte’s handling of the pandemic and its economic fallout was at the heart of much of the president’s recent discontent. Mr Duterte’s government has been accused of bribery in purchasing substandard protective equipment for health workers as the Philippines battles an increase in COVID-19 infections. There was also a lot of public frustration with his insistence on buying vaccines made in China, rather than prioritizing purchases from Western pharmaceutical giants.

Mr. Heydarian added that in the past Mr. Duterte’s fear “may have prevented many Filipinos from expressing their disapproval.” But he said “as Duterte enters his final months in power and there is new hope for a new kind of governance, more and more Filipinos are expressing their discontent.”

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Freshman creates the first poetry club on campus https://pclunwen.com/freshman-creates-the-first-poetry-club-on-campus/ https://pclunwen.com/freshman-creates-the-first-poetry-club-on-campus/#respond Sat, 25 Sep 2021 08:27:04 +0000 https://pclunwen.com/freshman-creates-the-first-poetry-club-on-campus/ [ad_1] Rollins freshman Liam King (’25) founded the first poetry club on campus this semester. Fox Slam debuts under the supervision of English teacher Dr. Vidhu Aggarwal. King’s interest in poetry began during his freshman year of high school when he joined the poetry club there. Although the club was short of participants, he said […]]]>


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Rollins freshman Liam King (’25) founded the first poetry club on campus this semester. Fox Slam debuts under the supervision of English teacher Dr. Vidhu Aggarwal.

King’s interest in poetry began during his freshman year of high school when he joined the poetry club there. Although the club was short of participants, he said his love for poetry has grown steadily since.

The idea for Fox Slam started with King’s other Bonner students.

“When I got to Rollins, I wanted to do something bold like start a club,” King said, “and a lot of my friends from the Bonner program liked the idea of ​​a poetry club.”

King plans to major in Asian Studies with a minor in Creative Writing.

Aggarwal joined as an advisor after being recommended by Lord Family’s assistant vice president for student affairs and community Micki Meyer.

Aggarwal said she hopes “[the poetry club creates] opportunities for people to play. Poetry is ultimately community and social. The language game belongs to all of us and is not just an elite aspiration.

King said the goal of Fox Slam is to inspire a sense of community for literature-loving students, staff and faculty at Rollins. With the expectation of guest speakers, open mic parties, improvised poetry slams and more, King said he hopes Fox Slam will grow into a club that attracts not only members of the Rollins community, but also members of the Rollins community. other poets from the Winter Park area.

Fox Slam’s first reunion took place at Woolson House on September 21, and King described it as “free-form, open and conversational.” The group of over a dozen students and staff participated in icebreakers and group poetry activities.

“I was really happy that we had a wide range of points of view; some people were poets most of their lives, while others had spent their entire lives ignoring or even loathing poetry, ”King said.

The meeting ended with attendees writing an “impulsive poetry invite” and tossing them into a jar for random redistribution so members could arrive at the next meeting with a new poem to share.

King said everything turned out even better than he had hoped. He said the “energy” emanating from the participants was refreshing and vibrant, leaving him with high hopes for what is yet to come.

King plans to host the very first Rollins Poetry Slam, where members of all demographic groups in the Rollins community can enter a friendly poetry contest, meet new people and win prizes.

The next Fox Slam reunion will be held at Woolson House on October 5, and future reunions will now be every two weeks.

If you are interested in participating in Fox Slam, be sure to follow @rollinsfoxslam on Instagram for up-to-date information on events.

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