Physics at 2,500 feet

first_imgIn 1934, a group of enterprising young Turks pooled their money and bought construction plans for a glider. Pioneers in the infancy of aviation, they built it by hand, out of wood and fabric, and when the time came for its maiden flight, they drew straws.“My grandfather pulled the short stick, so he had to be the test pilot on that glider without much knowledge,” recalls T. Fettah Koşar, a principal scientist and facilities manager at Harvard’s Center for Nanoscale Systems. “He didn’t have a license — had been on planes, but I used to hear stories about how he was so nervous.”“But he flew and landed without any trouble.”That’s the story Koşar grew up with, first as an aspiring astronaut, then as a budding pilot, following in his grandfather’s footsteps. From the age of 5, he built model airplanes from balsa wood and read aviation magazines.“I never got my license,” Koşar’s role model would tell him, at home in Turkey. “I hope one day you’ll be able to do that — to do what I couldn’t do.”Today, in the United States, Koşar is a certified (licensed) pilot, sharing his passion for flight with the community around him, just as his grandfather did.Ismail Tursan (far right) stands in front of the Kleopatra, a glider he built with his friends and flew in 1934. Tursan’s grandson, T. Fettah Koşar, now works at Harvard’s Center for Nanoscale Systems. Photo courtesy of T. Fettah KoşarA course in flight takes offJanuary at Harvard is a time of intellectual excitement — of investment in personal interests and growth. In the weeks between semesters, students have the opportunity to participate in a vast range of optional workshops, mini-courses, field trips, training sessions, and seminars, all made possible by the passion and dedication of the University’s faculty and staff.Koşar, with the support of the Center for Nanoscale Systems, arranged and taught a three-day mini-course on the fundamentals of aerodynamics. Offering far more than just a classroom introduction to the physics of flight, however, Koşar treated students to one-on-one time in the cockpit of a rented plane, high above the snowy, coastal landscape of northeastern Massachusetts.“It was an amazing feeling to fly in a small plane where you can see what exactly is going on,” says Pakpong Chirarattananon, a graduate student in electrical engineering at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). Chirarattananon is a member of the Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory, where his research in control systems and robotics involves designing the flapping-wing mechanism of a micro-air vehicle.“We were even given a chance to take control of the plane for a brief period,” Chirarattananon adds. “In the meantime, the exercise was a brilliant demonstration of results we expected to see according to physical laws.”Before takeoff, the students taped strands of yarn onto the wings of the plane in order to visualize the airflow during a stall.“It’s like free fall,” Koşar explains, lifting a model airplane in the classroom. “You reach the point where the wing is not generating enough lift, and it goes down like this” — he drops his hand — “and all those strings start to do chaotic things instead of being nicely aligned with the air flow.”Several other in-flight exercises helped to bring theory to life. The students explored how the position of the wing flaps affected the stall speed and, with a kitchen scale, measured and calculated how the angle of a turn affected the G forces.Koşar also showed his students the facilities where enthusiasts can build their own planes — not with wood, these days, but with aluminum and fiberglass.“It was great fun,” says Matthias Lorenzen, a visiting graduate student in mechanical engineering at SEAS who went up in the plane. “It is a mixture of the feeling you have when you leave the ground and the great view that makes flying so interesting. Clouds suddenly become something three-dimensional; you can nearly touch them.”Two dreamsAn engineer by training, Koşar earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. He pursued graduate studies in the United States, receiving master’s degrees first in chemical engineering and materials science at the University of California, Davis, and then in bioengineering at the University of Washington.A career in engineering, however, was not his only goal, and in 2000 he began his first training as a pilot.“Flying over Seattle, over the sea, and seeing the mountains, it was really nice,” he recalls.But aviation is not a cheap hobby, and the demands of Koşar’s continuing graduate studies forced him to postpone his dream. He graduated from the University of Washington in 2005 with a Ph.D. in bioengineering and nanotechnology, as well as a certificate in technology entrepreneurship — but still no pilot’s license.In 2006, Koşar arrived at the Center for Nanoscale Systems, a research facility maintained by Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and supported by the National Science Foundation. While working as a specialist in soft lithography, and later as manager of the Material Synthesis and Characterization Facility, he became eligible for tuition assistance (TAP) benefits.That changed everything. Koşar enrolled in an online course in aerodynamics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, immediately thinking, “I should offer this at Harvard.”He restarted his flight training at Beverly Municipal Airport in Danvers, Mass., and in October 2011, he made his 98-year-old grandfather proud, finally earning his pilot’s certification.For Koşar, it is just a hobby, but it’s also a passion. On the weekends, when he’s not flying to Nashua “for a $100 omelet,” he’s flying radio-controlled model planes in a park in Burlington, Mass., with other enthusiasts and kids.And Koşar kindles that same excitement in his students, several of whom hope to become pilots.“It has always been my dream to operate a real airplane,” says Xiao Guo, a graduate student in computer science at SEAS who took the January mini-course. “When I flew in the sky, I forgot all the pressure in my life and just focused on the flight.”last_img read more

US Army Surgeons Foster Relationship With Medical Community In St. Marc, Haiti

first_imgBy Dialogo May 31, 2011 I think is great that health professionals from other countries came to work for the health of the Ecuadorian population. I am an Orthodonist and I would like to be part of your humanitarian work team. I wish you success and if you need a volunteer I am available. THANKS AND GOOG LUCK. That is the best way to help third world countries, instead of selling them more weapons. Two U.S. Army surgeons currently taking part in Task Force Bon Voizen, a New Horizons Haiti 2011 humanitarian engineer and medical training exercise under the command of the Louisiana National Guard, shared their skills with Haitian physicians at St. Nicolas Hospital, in St. Marc, Haiti. Both physicians, Col. Paul Phillips III, an orthopedic surgeon from Fredericksburg, Texas, and Col. Eric Romanucci a, colorectal surgeon from Niskayuna, N.Y. are members of the 94th Combat Support Hospital, an Army Reserve unit out of Seagoville, Texas. While at St. Nicolas, Romanucci and Phillips shared their highly specialized skill sets with local resident doctors, spending time in the emergency room and the orthopedic ward. “Compared to the civilian hospital that I visited in Afghanistan, this hospital is impressive,” Romanucci said upon the arrival of an ambulance to the door of the emergency room. “They have an ambulance, and the place is very clean. They’re really doing a lot with what is available.” Both surgeons commented on the scarcity of medical specialists. According to one Haitian doctor on hand, there are a total of three neurosurgeons in the entire country, all of whom practice in Port-au-Prince. The challenges that result from this shortage are exacerbated by Haiti’s lack of enforced traffic laws. According to one Haitian physician, severe car and motorcycle crashes occur frequently, generating untold numbers of brain injuries that are often beyond a Haitian hospital’s ability to properly treat. Despite this, the medical professionals at St. Nicolas are doing what they can. Pierre Woolley, a resident at the hospital, studied in the U.S. and France prior to returning to his native Haiti, and is acutely aware of the disparity between the resources available to Haitian doctors and those in the more developed world. “It’s a different way of practicing medicine, but it’s still medicine. On the orthopedic ward, we are always in need of lots of plates, lots of screws. We must be very creative with what we have here,” Woolley said. This pragmatic approach to medicine was not lost on the Army surgeons. Both Phillips and Romanucci have practiced medicine on the battlefield of Afghanistan, and are accustomed to working in austere conditions, with whatever is available. “It isn’t always about meeting standards as they exist in the U.S. It’s about doing what you can with what you have,” said Phillips. Task Force Bon Voizen, New Horizons Haiti 2011, is a Commander, U.S. Southern Command sponsored, U.S. Army South conducted, joint foreign military interaction/humanitarian exercise under the command of the Louisiana National Guard. Task Force Bon Voizen is deploying U.S. military engineers and medical professionals to Haiti for training and to provide humanitarian services. Task Force Bon Voizen will build a school, two medical clinics and a latrine facility, as well as staff three medical clinics and one dental clinic between April 28 and June 25 in the Artibonite Department.last_img read more

Court amends probate rules to conform with new laws

first_imgCourt amends probate rules to conform with new laws Court amends probate rules to conform with new laws July 15, 2003 Regular Newscenter_img Changes to bring probate rules into conformance with new state laws and minor amendments to the small claims court rules have been approved by the Florida Supreme Court.The probate rules were recommended by the Probate Rules Committee, and endorsed by the Bar Board of Governors.“The amendments primarily follow statutory revisions to the Probate Code, other statutory changes, or implement procedures for addressing issues in the probate code,” the court said.Amended rules are: 5.122, 5.205, 5.240, 5.342, 5.385, 5.407, 5.430, 5.496, 5.552, 5.555, and 5.680. Comments also have been changed on several dozen rules. Changes that were made pursuant to the 2001 Probate Code are effective immediately and apply retroactively to anyone dying after December 31, 2001. The remaining amendments are effective January 1, 2004.On the Florida Small Claim Rules, the court accepted amendments from the Bar Small Claims Rules Committee, which were also endorsed by the Board of Governors.The changes, which the court characterized as minor, include requiring a corporation to authorize in writing when a nonlawyer employee represents it in small claims court and that the authorization be included in form summons used in small claims. Another change extends from 35 to 50 days the time for the clerk of court to set the pretrial conference in small claim cases.Full text of the decisions and the amended rules and comments can be found on the court’s Web site at The cases are Amendments to the Florida Small Claims Rules (2-Year Cycle Rules), case no. SC03-159, and Amendments to the Florida Probate Rules, case no. SC03-106.last_img read more

How to attract those millennial hires

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kedran Whitten Kedran Whitten is CSI’s chief marketing officer, a role in which she leads brand development, marketing strategy, and public relations initiatives. Kedran has more than 20 years of marketing … Web: Details Recent Pew research indicates that millennials are the largest generation in the American workforce today—and, of course—their numbers will only increase in the coming years as younger millennials graduate college and look for employment. This begs two questions: how can the banking industry attract and retain them career-wise, and what are their major motivations when choosing a career.With these and other pressing questions in mind, CSI, in partnership with The Center for Generational Kinetics, conducted a national study of 1,008 U.S. adults ages 21-65. The purpose of the study was to not only illustrate a clear picture of banking trends as they relate to all generations—but also uncover millennials’ thoughts about pursuing a career in the banking industry. Through this research, CSI has revealed many details—some expected and some rather surprising—for financial institutions seeking to hire these millennials. For instance, according to the study, 91% of millennials perceive a job at a financial institution as a respectable career choice. But, despite this fact, the bulk of millennials are not preparing themselves for a career in banking. Only One in Three The millennial generation perceives banking to be a noble profession, which of course means they would eagerly accept a position in banking, right? Not necessarily. According to the research, only one-third of millennial respondents said they would take a banking job if offered to them, leaving doubts as to the industry’s ability to recruit young talent. Attracting the Millennial EmployeeSo how can financial institutions hope to attract millennials in the wake of these findings? The answer is, surprisingly, rather traditional. According to study data, 42% of millennials stated that traditional benefits like health insurance and retirement savings plans were their top priority when choosing an employer—after salary, of course. Further, millennials want to learn about prospective employer expectations—and have a clearly defined career path—sooner rather than later. For instance, 30% of millennials in CSI’s study named the ability to build a long-term career as important in their willingness to pursue a banking job. Here are a few other important attributes millennials seek in the workplace: Paid time off. Through competitive market research, learn what other organizations in the industry, and in your region, offer in terms of vacation time and sick leave. Be prepared to match, or exceed, what your competition provides.Consistent hours. While credity unions only have so much flexibility here, consider a scheduling plan that ensures each employee has at least some Saturdays/weekends free to promote a work-life balance. Also, determine whether offering flextime or working remote are options for your institution.Interesting work. Popular media has hardly depicted banking as a thrilling career, which only contributes to millennials’ perception of the industry. So, when working with millennials, ensure they have the opportunity and flexibility to build on their natural strengths. Their idea of personally fulfilling work also includes plenty of opportunities to collaborate on projects.As we know, a career in the banking industry can be very rewarding. And as the millennial generation as a whole matures, traditional benefits and incentives will continue to be their main draw toward a banking career. Articulate these in your hiring efforts and you will reap the benefits of this young and talented generation. Check out this white paper for even more exclusive insight from CSI’s generational research. last_img read more

Housing pays at Taywood

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Oil plummets to 17-year low as broken market drowns in crude

first_imgBrent crude for May declined $1.27, or 5.1 percent, to $23.66 a barrel on the ICE Futures Europe exchange as of 9 a.m. Singapore time after falling to $23.03 earlier. The contract is also set for the worst month on record, down 53 percent in April, and 64 percent lower this quarter.Read also: Jokowi orders ministries to crunch numbers on plunging oil pricesWest Texas Intermediate slid 80 cents, or 3.7 percent, to $20.71 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange after falling to $19.92 in early trading. The contract is down 54 percent this month and 66 percent this quarter.Global oil demand is in freefall and consumption may decline by as much as 20 million barrels a day, according to the International Energy Administration. That is forcing producers worldwide to slash output, while independent trader Trafigura Group expects as much as 1 billion barrels to be sent into storage tanks in the coming months.Topics : Oil slumped to a 17-year low as coronavirus lockdowns cascaded through the world’s largest economies, leaving the market overwhelmed by cratering demand and a ballooning surplus of crude.Futures in London fell as much as 7.6 percent to the lowest since November 2002, while New York crude briefly dipped below US$20 a barrel. Physical oil markets are struggling to store fuel, hit by a double whammy of virus restrictions eroding demand and a damaging war for market share between Saudi Arabia and Russia that has prices on track for the worst quarter on record.The kingdom said on Friday that it hadn’t had any contact with Moscow about output cuts or enlarging the OPEC+ alliance of producers. Russia also doubled down, with Deputy Energy Minister Pavel Sorokin saying oil at $25 a barrel is unpleasant, but not a catastrophe for the nation’s producers. Read also: Medco cuts capex and production over oil price crash“Demand concerns are critical but well known, what really took the market down were the signals we got from Saudi Arabia and Russia that they intend to continue their current path,” said Vivek Dhar, a commodities analyst at Commonwealth Bank of Australia. “Market hopes of a deal have come undone.”OPEC nations aren’t giving support to a request from the group’s president for emergency consultations over tanking prices, according to a delegate. Algeria, which holds the cartel’s rotating presidency, has urged the secretariat to convene a panel but the call has failed to gather the majority backing necessary to go ahead. Riyadh is among those opposing the idea.The world normally uses 100 million barrels of oil day, but forecasters predict as much as a quarter of that has disappeared in just a few weeks. The plunge in consumption is without precedent since a steady flow of oil became essential to the global economy more than a century ago. The great crash of 1929, the twin oil shocks of the 1970s and the global financial crisis don’t come close.last_img read more

Police investigate death of unborn baby after home abortion (UK)

first_imgDaily Mall 23 May 2020Family First Comment: Similar to NZ’s approach“Abortion laws were relaxed due to the coronavirus pandemic, allowing women to take both pills at home. The measures were put in place so women didn’t have to go to a hospital or a clinic. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (Bpas) runs the ‘pills by the post’ service.”Read more about NZ’s radical new law – LoveThemBoth.nzPolice are investigating after an unborn baby died after its mother took abortion drugs at home while 28 weeks pregnant.The woman was four weeks past the legal termination limit in England and 18 weeks past the ten-week limit for taking the abortion pills at home under new measures.  The baby was stillborn.Abortion laws were relaxed due to the coronavirus pandemic, allowing women to take both pills at home.The measures were put in place so women didn’t have to go to a hospital or a clinic.A Midlands coroner is investigating the 28-week death and police have also been informed, The Sun reported.Women can use these pills up to the 10th week of their pregnancy. The termination limit in the UK is 24 weeks.READ MORE: read more

Over $250,000 awarded from RSRF

first_imgRising Sun, IN—The Rising Sun Regional Foundation (RSRF) awarded a total of $250,191 in 21 new grants in the second quarter of 2019.$20,000 to the City of Aurora toward playground equipment for its Powerscape Extra Innings Playground Replacement project at the Aurora ball fields;$1,000 to the Aurora Riverfront Beautification toward the 2019 Red, White & Boom festival;$9,640 to the Batesville Community School Corporation toward its Leveled Literacy Intervention system;$16,500 to the Batesville Fire & Rescue toward the purchase of a mechanical CPR device;$2,678 to the Batesville Youth Football League to seed and aerate a practice field;$18,754 to the Bear Branch Volunteer Fire Department toward the purchase of Self Contained Breathing Apparatus with attached thermal imaging cameras;$27,000 to the Milan Community School Corporation toward upgrades to classroom locks;$5,600 to the Town of Napoleon toward the purchase, installation, and calibration of an ultrasonic flow meter;$20,000 to Ohio County Emergency Management for computers and devices for Ohio County Sheriffs’ and Rising Sun Police Department’s vehicles;$6,000 to the Ohio County Public Library for new public computers;$2,000 to the Ripley County Humane Society toward the purchase of a lawn mower;$11,337 to the City of Rising Sun for the purchase of safety equipment for the police department;$7,000 to Rising Sun Family Medicine toward the replacement of flooring;$23,000 to the Rising Sun Ohio County Community School Corporation for security equipment;2,000 to the Rock Solid Families for incentives for its parenting series, Families Rock;$6,896 to the South Dearborn Community School Corporation toward its Campus Security Initiative;$40,000 to the Sunman Area Life Squad for a manual monitor/defibrillator and auto pulse system;$10,000 to the Tyson Community Advancement Foundation for renovations to the stage area at Tyson Activity Center;$2,400 to the Tyson Library Association toward the installation of an automatic door for the handicap entrance;$9,000 to the Town of Versailles for Pangburn Park improvements; and$9,386 to the Versailles Volunteer Fire Department for a six-position headset.Grant applications for the next grants cycle are due Monday, July 15, 2019, by 4:00 pm. Applications can be downloaded from the RSRF website by clicking here and can be emailed to Jascia Redwine at read more

College Graduation Speaker Pledges to Pay Off Students’ Debt

first_imgSmith, who was given an honorary doctorate during the ceremony, had already announced that he planned to give $1.5 million to the school.He is the founder and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, a private equity firm that invests in software, data, and technology-driven companies. A billionaire technology investor and philanthropist made a surprise announcement during his commencement speech to graduates of a Georgia college on Sunday morning.Robert F. Smith, this year’s commencement speaker at Morehouse College in Atlanta, says that he is going to provide grants that will wipe out the entire student debt – around $40 million – of this year’s graduating class at the school.The businessman told the nearly 400 graduating seniors at the all-male historically black college, “On behalf of the eight generations of my family that have been in this country, we’re gonna put a little fuel in your bus. This is my class, 2019. And my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans.”The caveat? Smith says that he expects the recipients to “pay it forward,” and he hopes that “every class has the same opportunity going forward.””My family is going to create a grant to eliminate your student loans!” -Robert F. Smith told the graduating Class of 2019 @RFS_Vista #MorehouseGrad2019— Morehouse College (@Morehouse) May 19, 2019last_img read more

Airbnb Sues PB County Over “Unconstitutional” Bed Tax Requirement

first_imgAirbnb executives and Palm Beach County leaders are clashing yet again.The popular vacation rental hosting platform just filed another lawsuit against the county and tax collector Anne Gannon.The suit, filed in the 15th Judicial Circuit Court on Monday, claims that the county’s new vacation rental ordinance violates the Local Option Tourist Development Act and the Florida Constitution. It also says the ordinance’s “unconstitutional and unlawful provisions” will cause Airbnb to “suffer irreparable harm, the extent of which is incalculable.”Palm Beach County’s revised rules for vacation rentals were approved on June 18.Airbnb is disputing a requirement that it provide bed tax information to hosts and collect a valid bed tax account number from them, before listing the property online.The ordinance also requires Airbnb to collect bed taxes and remit them to the vacation rental host, who then gives the bed taxes to the tax collector’s office. The lawsuit states, “Such [bed tax] obligations improperly transform Hosting Platforms and Booking Services into de facto enforcement arms of the Tax Collector.”An Airbnb spokesperson adds, “We are tired of fighting with Tax Collector [Anne] Gannon when we could be supporting her as we do for all of the surrounding counties. We will continue to try and work with the County to find a solution that allows Airbnb to help facilitate tax collection.”Airbnb currently has an agreement with Florida’s revenue department to collect and remit state sales tax. It also has agreements with Broward, Miami-Dade, and 38 other counties to collect and remit bed taxes on behalf of hosts.According to an email from Gannon, “We are constitutional officers and under our oath of office we are obligated to collect taxes under the contract we have with the county. [Airbnb] only want(s) to remit a bulk payment monthly.”The Local Option Act gives counties the ability to impose bed taxes on a “dealer” for vacation rentals or leases. Airbnb believes it should not be subject to those requirements because it is a platform for dealers, rather than an actual dealer of short-term vacation rentals.Five years ago, Gannon sued Airbnb, as well as three other companies, for failing to register dealers and collect or remit bed taxes. Last January, Circuit Judge James Nutt ruled in favor of Airbnb and the other companies. He wrote at the time, “In short, dealers are limited to those engaged in the business of renting, not the business of servicing those in the business of renting.[Airbnb’s and others’] extensive involvement remains confined to the latter.”Airbnb and HomeAway sued Palm Beach County last November, after commissioners approved the first version of vacation rental rules. The separate lawsuits, which have since been combined, state that the regulations violate state and federal law, and that requiring companies to comply with the county’s rules would violate customers’ rights. The case is currently in federal court.last_img read more