National Endowment for the Humanities supports preservation of Qajar dynasty

first_imgThe National Endowment for the Humanities has made a $346,733 grant to a team of Qajar historians. The purpose of this grant, which lasts from May 2009 to June 2011, is to develop a comprehensive digital archive and Web site at Harvard University that will preserve, link, and render accessible primary source materials related to the social and cultural history of women’s worlds during the reign of the Qajar dynasty (1785-1925) in Iran.The Qajar dynasty is perhaps most notable for a series of intense interactions with Europe (Britain and Russia, in particular), many of which introduced cultural and political changes that still resonate in Iran today. The proposed archive will address a significant gap in the scholarship related to this important time in Iran’s history by making available personal documents, such as writings and photographs, created by and reflecting the lives of women during the Qajar era.The team is composed of Afsaneh Najmabadi, the Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and Professor of the Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard; Nahid Mozaffari, New York University; Naghmeh Sohrabi, Brandeis University; and Dominic Parviz Brookshaw, University of Manchester, U.K.Digitizing and archiving activities supported by this grant will focus primarily on materials from private family holdings and Iranian archival holdings. Harvard already houses other digital archives related to the history of modern Iran, such as the ‘Ali Khan Vali photograph album and the Iranian Oral History Project. The new project will make Harvard’s libraries a very rich depository of archival material for the study of modern Iranian history.For more information on Harvard’s Iranian Oral History Project, visit read more

TBI opens nominations for Best Triathlon Article, Photo of the Year,…

first_imgTriathlon Business International (TBI), the industry organization dedicated to promoting the sport and the business of triathlon, is now taking submissions for the best published triathlon article and photo of the year, and the Ron Smith Triathlete of the Year Awards.With nominations due by 18 December 2013, finalists and winners will be recognized at the Triathlon Business International Awards Celebration taking place at the 4th annual Triathlon Business International Conference in Marina del Rey, California, on 26-28 January 2014.Best Triathlon Article and Photo selection criteria:Triathlon article or photo must be published and have appeared in a print or online media outlet in the 2013 calendar year.Individual writers and photographers may self-submit as long as the article/photo was published. Publications may submit an article or photo on behalf of the author(s) or photographer(s). Proof of publication must be provided with the article. A PDF of the article must also be submitted. If the article has been published online, a link to the article must be included.Publications may enter multiple submissions, but only three submissions are allowed per author or photographer. If a writer is also a photographer (or vice versa), he/she may submit no more than three article and three photo.Submissions must include the name, email address and phone number of the author or photographer.Male and Female Ron Smith Triathlete of the Year Award nomination criteria:Named after Ron Smith, one of triathlon’s earliest pioneers, the award recognizes a male and female triathlete who best demonstrate a combination of strong moral character, athletic performance and professionalism in the sport of triathlon. TBI is looking for triathletes who are not only strong competitors, but also are a role model to all; and who help promote the sport and pave the way for future triathletes.Submissions should include: submitter’s name, phone number and email address; name of nominated male or female triathlete; and no more than 250 words about why he/she is a candidate for the Ron Smith Triathlete of the Year award.Submitters may nominate one female and one male.Nominations close on Wednesday 18 December 2013. The Best Article, Best Photo and the Ron Smith Triathlete of the Year will be selected from all nominations by the National Voting Panel consisting of Triathlon Business International founding members and additional members prominent within the industry.All submissions should be sent via e-mail to nicole[at] as ‘the only industry event devoted to the business and sport of triathlon’, the Triathlon Business International Conference will feature an impressive line-up of keynote speakers, valuable networking events, as well seminars and panels critical to the industry. One of the key tracks for 2014 will target Event Directors.The final night of the conference will be highlighted by the Triathlon Business International Awards Celebration. In addition to recognizing the best triathlon article and photograph, the Triathlon America Awards Celebration will honour the best retailers, manufacturers, products and athletes in the triathlon industry in 2013.Conference dates, location and costs:Date: 26-28 January 2014Location: Marina Del Rey Marriott – Marina del Rey, CaliforniaTri industry companies can register now for the Early Bird Special.Cost: Triathlon Business International Members –US$495 (until 25 November 2013)Non-members – US$695 (until 25 November 2013)Prices increase on 26 November. Registration includes all conference events, meals and one ticket to the Awards Celebration. Non-member registration includes a 1-year TBI Relatedlast_img read more

The Florida Bar Foundation seeks director applicants

first_img The Florida Bar Foundation seeks director applicants The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancy to be filled during its April 19 meeting: The Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors:  One lawyer to serve the remainder of a three-year term, commencing immediately upon appointment and ending June 30, 2014 on this 33-member Board of Directors which administers Florida’s IOTA program. Directors shall be members of the Foundation during their term(s) as directors. Persons interested in applying for this vacancy may  click here to download the application  and review the “Expectations for Service of Board Members”  from the Bar’s website, or may call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5757, to obtain these documents. Completed applications must be submitted to the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, 32399-2300 no later than 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. The Florida Bar Foundation seeks director applicants April 1, 2013 Regular Newslast_img read more

Gophers win on golden goal to send team into Big Ten tournament

first_imgMinnesota’s last overtime win came on Sept. 3 against Providence. Maddie Gaffney scored the game-winning goal with 20 seconds remaining in the second overtime as Minnesota won 1-0.Gernes said she knew Minnesota was going to score and win the game when McGahn rushed down the field with the ball.“We all felt it. I felt it. I was like, ‘this one’s going in. This one’s going to be the one that we score on.’ It had been a long time coming,” Gernes said.Gernes said the crowd will be a huge factor in determining Minnesota’s fate and is excited that Minnesota will play Wisconsin. Minnesota has lost only two games at home this season.“The last time out, we weren’t happy with the way the game ended against them,” Gernes said. “I think it’ll be a good game.”Minnesota will be at home on the field at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium on Sunday against Wisconsin (12-4-2, 6-3-2 Big Ten) for its Big Ten quarterfinal game. The game’s start time has yet to be determined. Gophers win on golden goal to send team into Big Ten tournamentMinnesota won 1-0 over Nebraska Wednesday, clinching home-field advantage for the Big Ten quarterfinal.Chris DangSenior forward Julianna Gernes dribbles up the field on Nov. 4, 2016 at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium. Erik NelsonOctober 26, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintFor the fifth time this season, Minnesota (11-4-3, 7-3-1 Big Ten) took its opponent into overtime. This time around, the Gophers scored in 101st minute Wednesday night against Nebraska (9-5-5, 3-3-5 Big Ten) in Lincoln, Nebraska.Forward Julianna Gernes scored her ninth goal of the season with nine minutes left to play in the second overtime, giving Minnesota a 1-0 victory. Midfielder Molly Fiedler and forward Kellie McGahn earned assists. Gernes said she was frustrated that she couldn’t score in regulation.“I knew how much the team wanted to have one more home game,” Gernes said. “That was the biggest driving factor for our team.”With the win, Minnesota enters the Big Ten tournament as the third seed. The Gophers will play their first game on Sunday. Nebraska outshot Minnesota 10-7, but Minnesota had five shots on goal. Goalkeeper Kailee Sharp made two saves for her ninth victory and sixth shutout of the season.Minnesota played the game without one of its starting defenders, Tori Burnett, who was injured. Head coach Stefanie Golan said the team had to gut it out and adjust its defensive system.“It’s always great [to win], especially when you know you need it to get that home-field advantage. [Nebraska] is a tough team to find a rhythm against on a consistent basis,” Golan said. “We had a day to implement a new system. I thought [the team] did really well to lock in and trust us.”last_img read more

Basic scientists still feel pinch of new NIH clinical trial policy

first_imgBasic researchers who study the brain and human behavior thought lawmakers had come to their rescue in March by blocking the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, from redefining their studies as clinical trials. But NIH officials are still pushing ahead with new requirements that scientists say make no sense and will cripple their research.What some see as NIH’s narrow interpretation of a directive from lawmakers has researchers up in arms as they navigate confusing new rules and paperwork. The clinical trial policies “are not appropriate for fundamental research,” a group of societies wrote in an email to NIH this week.The issue goes back almost a year, when researchers became aware that a new NIH definition of clinical trials would encompass many basic studies involving human subjects. Since January 2018, these projects must now go through a new submission and review process and will need to be registered and have results reported on, a public database, among other requirements aimed at improving rigor and transparency in clinical research.Last summer, several scientific and university groups, individual scientists, and more than 3500 petition signers protested that filing studies that aren’t testing drugs or other treatments on would confuse the public. They were also worried that redefining their studies as clinical trials would make it harder to get funding. In response, NIH spent months tweaking a set of “case studies” that exempt some basic work, such as certain brain imaging studies, but still sweep up much fundamental research, says Sarah Brookhart, executive director for the Association for Psychological Science (APS) in Washington, D.C. Read the whole story: Science More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

New study finds evidence that political ambition can be genetically inherited from one’s parent

first_imgShare Share on Facebook LinkedIn “A second reason why it is important to be better able to explain political behavior is of a more normative nature. It is often asserted that the essence of politics is power and power relationships. From this point of view, it is important to understand what explains why some citizens are more politically active than others. Put differently, a better understanding of the reasons for political participation is a precondition for creating a more equal society,” Oskarsson said.Statistics Sweden, a government agency, maintains a database called the Multi-Generation Register that contains information on the biological parents of individuals. The database includes 10,717,814 non-adopted individuals and 155,865 adopted individuals.The researchers analyzed this data, along with additional information regarding educational attainment, income, occupational status and political candidacy, to examine the intergenerational transmission of political behavior. Overall, the probability of being a political candidate was about 2.3%. But among adopted individuals whose biological parents were candidates, the probability of being a political candidate jumped up to about 5%.“A first take-home point is that there is a strong parent–child transmission in the tendency to run for office. If you have a parent that ran for office, there is a much higher likelihood that you will also stand as a political candidate as an adult,” Oskarsson told PsyPost.“Second, and more importantly, this intergenerational transmission in political candidacy status reflects both social and genetic factors. We used a sample of adopted children and their biological and adoptive parents to investigate this.”“The results clearly suggest that having a biological parent who ran for office is a good predictor of the adoptee’s probability of running for office as adults, despite the fact that these children were adopted away early in life and have had no contact with their birth parents ever since. However, the results also indicate that adoptive parents’ political activity is a major source of intergenerational resemblance,” Oskarsson said.All scientific research includes some limitations — and this study is no exception.“Like other recent studies on the heritability of complex human behaviors this study takes a first important step by showing that political candidacy is caused by both social and genetic factors. However, it is even more important to take further steps and investigate how social and political traits are shaped by the interplay between genes and environment,” Oskarsson explained.“They arise when the type or magnitude of the effect of a genetic factor depends on the environmental conditions in which it is expressed. In our case we can suspect, for example, that a predisposition toward political engagement may only matter under the right environmental circumstances. However, the knowledge of how these so called gene-by-environment interactions actually work is currently limited: what genetic factors interact with what social, economic and political factors, and how?”The findings indicate that political candidacy may be a genetically influenced trait. However, any genetic influence is just one factor among many that contribute to an individual’s decision to run for public office.“It is important to note that our results do not signal genetic determinism. Our finding that biological parents’ behavior is a strong predictor of political candidacy among adoptees does not mean that there is direct causal link between a set of genetic factors and an individual’s propensity to run for office. Any genetic effect on a complex behavior such as running for office will undoubtedly be mediated by a large set of factors, some of which are malleable,” Oskarsson added.“It is also important to stress that omitting the genetic part of intergenerational transmission – that is, failing to take into account that we are not only raised by our parents, but we also inherit a combination of their DNA – neglects an integral part of the explanation of social and political traits because genetic differences between individuals not only add to social and environmental influences but also co-vary and interact with them in complex ways.”“Consequently, considering genetic influences by no means negates social influences, but rather provides an additional layer of explanation that can substantially improve our understanding of how they work. As such, it can also aid in developing more effective policies that deal with the social roots and consequences of social and political inequality,” Oskarsson said.The study, “It Runs in the Family: A Study of Political Candidacy Among Swedish Adoptees“, was authored by Sven Oskarsson, Christopher T. Dawes, and Karl-Oskar Lindgren. A new study on Swedish adoptees suggests that political candidacy is a heritable trait. The research, which appears in the journal Political Behavior, found that the likelihood of standing as a political candidate doubled if one’s parent had been a candidate.“My research interest in general concerns how human behavior, especially political behavior, is formed by the interplay between social and genetic factors,” explained study author Sven Oskarsson of Uppsala University and the Uppsala Center for Labor Studies.“A better understanding of these basic causes of differences in political behavior is fundamental for at least two reasons. The first is that politics and political activity is something that in a deeper sense is a characteristic of us as a species. Humans are, to quote Aristotle, political animals by nature. This means that a deeper understanding of how we think and act in political contexts is an important part of our understanding of ourselves.”center_img Email Pinterest Share on Twitterlast_img read more

Reducing cost of marine renewable energy in focus when experts meet in Grenada

first_img Oct 16, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 The Forum seeks to: CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… build and transfer knowledge, through the sharing of global, regional and national experiences, on marine renewable energy and the realistic opportunities on offshore options for grid and off-grid energy service generation;Develop a strategic research agenda to support continued improvement of understanding of the potential impacts of marine renewable energy projects on the sustainable development landscape in CARICOM SIDS; andDevelop a framework for businesses and communities of practice, as well as prospective developers and investors, to actively engage with governments to deepen the exploration of opportunities within the regional marine renewable energy sector. The forum is being held as the Region seeks ways of harnessing its vast marine resources towards energy efficiency and building resilience, even as there is recognition that marine renewable energy technologies are way behind their land-based counterparts. Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith Mitchell, will deliver the main address titled ‘Marine Energy at the Centre: The Pursuit of Blue Economic Development within Caribbean SIDS.’ Presentations will zero in on the technology outlook for Ocean Energy Thermal Conversion (OTEC) and Seawater Air Conditioning (SWAC), as well as priority actions for Ocean Energy within CARICOM. Global case examples will be drawn from Japan and Hawaii. The Forum includes interactive and working group sessions. In the interactive sessions, participants will focus on Caribbean experiences with project development, focusing on Martinique, the Cayman Islands, Montego Bay, Jamaica, and St. George’s, Grenada. Other interactive sessions will look at resource potential and project opportunities within CARICOM, as well as integrating marine energy into the Regional Strategy for Sustainable Energy. The working group sessions will seek to identify Research and Innovation priorities for ocean energy in CARICOM. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Related Posts CARICOM Energy Month beginsCARICOM Energy Month begins today under the theme ‘Empowering people, building resilience’. The Month will be launched in Grenada on 6 November during the opening of the Caribbean Marine Energy Technology (CariMET) Forum, at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort, Grande Anse, Grenada. Prime Minster of Grenada, Dr. the Rt. Hon. Keith…November 1, 2019In “CARICOM”Stakeholders to take stock of Region’s sustainable energy drive at CSEF in BelizeEnergy experts in the Caribbean and beyond, policymakers and the private sector representative, are among officials heading to Belize next week for the sixth edition of the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF). The Forum will be held in Placencia, 18-21 November, under the theme ‘Clean Energy, Good Governance & Regulations’. The…November 10, 2018In “Belize”Less talk, more action[su_pullquote align=”right”]”There is a serious mismatch between meetings and results in our region. My point here is two-fold: that dialogue is not an end to itself and that dialogue that does not lead to action and to results is meaningless.” – Ms. Kim Osborne[/su_pullquote]While the dialogue and interaction that engagements…January 24, 2017In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, in collaboration with a number of other organisations, will host the Caribbean Marine Energy Technology (CariMET) Forum, at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort, 6-7 November. The Forum will be co-hosted by the Government of Grenada and the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE). Other partners are the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), SIDS Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience Initiative (SIDS DOCK). About 50 experts in marine energy, representatives of international agencies, researchers and thought-leaders will be among those who will attend CariMET to explore a range of subjects. Among the topics are the development and deployment of Ocean Thermal Energy, including Seawater Air-conditioning, and Kinetic Marine Energy including Offshore-Wind, Tidal and Wave. Experts will also brainstorm cost-reduction strategies for cutting-edge marine renewable energy technologies within the Region, one of the primary purposes of the forum. Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Offshore wind is ready to go mainstream thanks to falling costs and tech advances. Our NEW report demonstrates the opportunity for developing countries to make #offshorewind work for them: #endenergypoverty— World Bank Energy (@WBG_Energy) October 31, 2019 Experts in technology exploration and project development in the marine energy sector of the Caribbean will gather in Grande Anse, Grenada in November for a marine technology forum. Oct 16, 2020 CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak last_img read more