Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Full Professor – Tenured

first_imgPosition OverviewSchool / Campus / College: University of Washington,BothellOrganization: Interdisciplinary Arts & SciencesTitle: Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts andSciences, Full Professor – TenuredPosition DetailsPosition DescriptionThe University of Washington Bothell (UW Bothell) is seeking acollaborative leader with a deep commitment to interdisciplinarityand experience in advancing institutional diversity to serve as itsDean of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (IAS).One of three campuses at the University of Washington, located 30miles outside of Seattle, UW Bothell is one of the most diversepublic university campuses in the state dedicated to teaching andengaged scholarship. A non-departmentalized school, IAS provides arigorous, cross disciplinary liberal arts education, in the contextof a public research university; the school is committed toinnovative pedagogy, integrated research and creative practice, anddeep community partnerships. The Dean of IAS will be joining apassionate and highly dedicated group of faculty, staff, andstudents, inspired to making the world a better, more just, andinclusive place.Founded in 1861, the University of Washington (UW) is one of theoldest state-supported institutions of higher education on thePacific coast. A member of the prestigious Association of AmericanUniversities (AAU), UW has the largest research budget of anypublic university in the country ($1.58 billion in sponsored grantsand contracts) and was recently ranked in the Top 10 GlobalUniversities byU.S. News & World Report, one of twopublic universities on that list. In 1990, the Washington Statelegislature established two new UW campuses, in the cities ofTacoma and Bothell, south and northeast of Seattle respectively, tobroaden access to higher education for the state’s residents.UW Bothell combines the intimacy of a small college with theresources and prestige of a major public research university. Thecampus currently enrolls nearly 6,000 students in undergraduate andgraduate programs on campus and at satellite locations in WesternWashington. More than half of incoming students at UW Bothell willbe the first in their family to earn a four-year degree. The campusis located in a beautiful natural setting and boasts award winningarchitecture and cutting-edge facilities overlooking naturalwetlands and the Cascade Mountains. Its size and co-location withCascadia College place UW Bothell in an excellent position forcontinued educational and regional impact. Access and opportunityare central to UW Bothell’s mission, as is its focus oncross-disciplinary research and creative practice, connectedlearning, and community engagement.The School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences is the academiccore of UW Bothell. As one of the largest schools at UW Bothell,IAS employs close to 100 full and part-time faculty members andeducates over 1,000 students each year. The incoming Dean willsucceed Bruce Burgett, the inaugural Dean of IAS, who is returningto the faculty after 14 years of service as Acting Director,Director, and then Dean. Moving forward, the Dean will build uponIAS’ strong foundation and work to address the following keyopportunities and challenges: The faculty rank of this full-time, 12- month appointment is atenured full professor.The anticipated start date of this position is July 1, 2021.QualificationsUW Bothell seeks a strategic and collaborative academic leadercapable of elevating IAS to greater academic heights.Qualifications:Qualified candidates must have an earned Ph.D. or other earneddoctorate in a field appropriate for the School ofInterdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Candidates must demonstratequalifications for rank at the level of professor with tenure, andacademic and administrative leadership experience in a universitysetting. The selected candidate must have the necessaryqualifications to be elected by the senior faculty as a tenuredfull professor in IAS.Positive factors for consideration include, but are not limitedto: Build upon and maintain a diverse workplace that successfullyserves and mirrors IAS’ diverse student population;Uphold and strengthen the student-centric, interdisciplinary,liberal arts culture;Strengthen IAS for the future by building cultural cohesion andintellectual community;Align resources and ensure transparent and equitable budgetmanagement and allocation;Build external partnerships to strengthen community engagementpractices and IAS’s fiscal sustainability. An exemplary record in teaching and research;A record of leadership and administrative experience in complexhigher-education settings;Core values and a leadership style that align with IAS’sculture of interdisciplinarity, community engagement, andinclusion;Demonstrated skill and experience promoting diversity, equity,and inclusion at all levels;Experience with shared governance and collaborative decisionmaking, and ability to work in a climate of integrity,transparency, and inclusiveness, across campus and theUniversity;Demonstrated ability to manage human, financial, andinformation resources strategically. Familiarity and experiencewith RCM and/or activity-based budget models a plus;Experience in strategic academic prioritization and resourceallocation, ideally within public comprehensive and/or liberal artsinstitutions;Demonstrated success in fundraising and new resourcegeneration;Demonstrated ability to build and sustain partnerships withindustry, government entities, nonprofit organizations and otheracademic institutions;Experience effectively supervising faculty and staff in a waythat enables professional growth and development;An understanding of complex human resources processes;Commitment to academic freedom and the University’s publicmission, and an appreciation for the value brought by diverseperspectives;Experience working with multiple constituencies in shaping avision for the future of an analogous institution of highereducation in the 21st century.InstructionsThe University of Washington Bothell has retained Isaacson, Miller,a national executive search firm, to assist in this search.Screening of complete applications will begin immediately andcontinue until the completion of the search process/until theposition is filled. For more details, including the full positionprofile and to submit inquiries, nominations, and referrals, pleasesee the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: . Tosubmit an application (including a CV, cover letter, statement ondiversity, application and contact information, and fiveprofessional references), visit Electronic submission of materials is required.The University of Washington Bothell is one ofthe most dynamic public universities in the state of Washington. Weoffer a participatory student experience grounded in hands-onlearning, close relationships with faculty members as teachers andmentors, and the personalized support of staff who are dedicated tostudent success. The academic work of the campus focuses oncross-disciplinary research and creative practice, connectedlearning, and community engagement. UW Bothell’s current enrollmentis approximately 5,500 students. More than 90 percent ofundergraduates are from Washington State, and approximately halfare first-generation college attendees or come fromunderrepresented groups. Located along wetlands and a river northof Seattle, UW Bothell builds vibrant regional partnerships,creates and disseminates new knowledge, and prepares students forleadership throughout Washington and beyondDiversity is a core value of University of Washington Bothell.We believe the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing usto a range of ways to understand and engage with the world,identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions.To learn more, read our DiversityStatementEqual Employment Opportunity StatementUniversity of Washington is an affirmative action and equalopportunity employer. Allqualified applicants will receive consideration for employmentwithout regard to race, color, creed,religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status,pregnancy, genetic information,gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protectedveteran status. UW Bothell seeks a strategic and collaborative academic leadercapable of elevating IAS to greater academic heights.Detailed position profile herelast_img read more

Lawsuit filed against Rock of Ages, et al, over proposed acquisition by Swenson

first_imgRock of Ages Corporation,BARRE, Vermont — (BUSINESS WIRE)–Rock of Ages Corporation (NASDAQ:ROAC) today announced that a purported shareholder of Rock of Ages has commenced a purported class action lawsuit against Rock of Ages, all of the members of its Board of Directors and certain officers, and Swenson Granite Company, LLC (“Swenson”), in connection with the previously announced acquisition proposal submitted by Swenson on May 6, 2010 to Rock of Ages’ Board of Directors. The plaintiff alleges, among other things, that the directors and named officer defendants of Rock of Ages breached their fiduciary duties in connection with the Swenson proposal, that Swenson’s proposed offer is inadequate, and that the persons constituting a group with Swenson with respect to the Swenson proposal, including Rock of Ages’ controlling shareholders, would benefit from the proposed transaction to the detriment of Rock of Ages’ other shareholders. The plaintiff seeks, among other things, damages and injunctive relief against the consummation of the transaction proposed by Swenson. Rock of Ages believes the complaint is without merit and plans a vigorous defense.As previously reported, a Special Committee of independent directors has determined to commence a process to explore possible strategic alternatives for Rock of Ages while it continues to evaluate the Swenson proposal. The Special Committee has retained legal counsel and Covington Associates LLC as its financial advisor to assist and advise the Special Committee in connection with these matters. There can be no assurance that the Swenson proposal will lead to a definitive acquisition agreement, or that a transaction contemplated by the Swenson proposal or any other transaction will be approved or completed.About Rock of AgesRock of Ages ( is external)) is the largest integrated granite quarrier and manufacturer of finished granite memorials and granite blocks for memorial use in North America.Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release contains statements that are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations about future events. These statements are not guarantees of future events and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual events may differ materially from what is expressed in such forward-looking statements due to numerous factors. These include the uncertainties which are attendant with litigation. Although Rock of Ages plans to vigorously defend against the allegations asserted by the plaintiff, there can be no assurances that it will be successful. Litigation is often expensive and distracting to management. A ruling adverse to Rock of Ages in this litigation may prevent Rock of Ages from further considering, pursuing, entering into or consummating any transaction contemplated by the Swenson Granite Company, LLC (“Swenson”) proposal or similar transactions even if the Special Committee and the Board believe such a transaction would be in the best interests of Rock of Ages’ shareholders. Additional uncertainties include whether the acquisition price proposed by Swenson will be reduced, whether financing for the acquisition can be obtained and whether an acquisition of Rock of Ages will be consummated upon the terms proposed by Swenson, or at all. In addition, the Special Committee’s determination to commence a process to explore and consider possible strategic alternatives may not lead to any other proposals being pursued, agreed to or consummated, and the Special Committee may determine to cease that process at any time. Rock of Ages will be responsible for payment of the fees and expenses of the Special Committee’s financial advisor and counsel, as well as of its own counsel; such fees and expenses could be significant and adversely impact Rock of Ages’ results of operations. In addition, to the extent Rock of Ages incurs expenses or liabilities in connection with the purported shareholder litigation that are not reimbursed by its insurance carriers, such amounts could significantly impact Rock of Ages’ results of operations and cash flows from operations. Further information and risks regarding factors that could affect Rock of Ages’ business, operations, financial results or financial positions are discussed from time to time in Rock of Ages’ Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and Rock of Ages does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release, except as may be required under the federal securities laws.Source: Rock of Ages 5.25.2010. BARRE, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–last_img read more

North West Hauliers hail success of pilot trainee programme

first_imgLocal members of the Irish Road Haulage Association have heralded the success of a new pilot traineeship for HGV driving.A delegation from the North West Branch visited Leinster House recently, where they were hosted by Donegal Minister Joe McHugh.“The Irish Road Haulage Association have shown great initiative in creating a traineeship programme for HGV driving,” Minister McHugh said. “I am was delighted to see the team so engaged in the idea, including John Hegarty, from the association’s North West Branch, and Ivor Reilly from Ballybofey.“The results of the pilot show a big plus for anyone who is considering a new career path or a new training programme.”Mr McHugh, Minister for Education and Skills, said: “The need for qualified and skilled long distance HGV drivers has to be understood in the context of Brexit and also the growing European market and where Irish businesses will be marketing, selling and delivering the products too in the coming years.“I am delighted the pilot project was so successful and offered a new line of work for trainees. I look forward to hearing about the potential for the programme to be developed in the future.” North West Hauliers hail success of pilot trainee programme was last modified: July 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:HGVIrish Road Haulage AssociationMinister Joe McHughlast_img read more

Ancient glue points to intelligence

first_imgA stone tool with adhesive, from SibuduCave. (Image: Wits University) Excavations at Sibudu Cave.(Image: Asapa) One of the two inscribed pieces of redochre discovered in Blombos Cave.(Image: National Science Foundation,courtesy of Chris Henshilwood.) A stone tool attached to a wooden shaftwith adhesive made from red ochre no.15 and A. karroo gum.(Image: Wits University)Janine ErasmusFind out more about using materialThe Middle Stone Age site of Sibudu Cave, situated about 40km north of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, has once again yielded important archaeological information. Researchers have identified a compound adhesive that was manufactured about 70 000 years ago and used to make hunting weapons.In 2008 the cave was the site of the discovery of three bone implements that were subsequently dated to about 60 000 years ago. The discovery was significant in that it would likely establish the origin of bow and bone arrow technology as occurring at least 20 000 years earlier than originally thought.Researchers from Wits University’s archaeology department have now revealed the discovery of a form of glue used by previous inhabitants of the cave, which was first excavated in 1983 and continues to be excavated under the current direction of Professor Lyn Wadley.Two of Wadley’s colleagues, residue analysts Bonny Williamson and Marlize Lombard, found traces of acacia gum, and an accompanying red ochre pigment initially suspected to be merely decorative, on stone tools found inside Sibudu Cave. The ochre was only present on tools fastened to wooden shafts to make composite tools.Acacia gum, also known as gum arabic, is a natural product exuded from acacia trees to seal holes in the bark. It is harvested from various acacia species using different methods, either by deliberately cutting holes in the trunk to stimulate gum production, or collecting from natural cracks in the bark.The team’s findings were published in May 2009 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The article is titled Implications for complex cognition from the hafting of tools with compound adhesives in the Middle Stone Age, South Africa and is authored by Lyn Wadley, Tamaryn Hodgskiss and Michael Grant of Wits University.In the paper the researchers described the ancient cave dwellers as “competent chemists, alchemists and pyrotechnologists” who knew exactly how to manipulate their ingredients and deliberately bring about the physical changes necessary to produce an effective adhesive.A significant achievementWhile symbolic art is the internationally accepted anthropological criterion for mental capability, the team says the manufacture of the glue was as significant an achievement and shows that Stone Age people possessed much greater cognition and intelligence than originally thought.They propose that the result of their research is a fresh way of recognising and measuring cognitive ability.The Sibudu tools were constructed around the same time as the oldest known examples of abstract art, found in Middle Stone Age layers in Blombos Cave on the southern coast of South Africa, about 290km east of Cape Town.The 70 000-year-old artwork is inscribed on two pieces of ochre. Blombos is also famous for the discovery of 75 000-year-old shell beads and bone tools made 80 000 years ago.Opinions differ as to the significance of the artwork, with some experts saying that it may have been merely meaningless engravings, and others now arguing that the manufacture of a rather complex glue is a more convincing display of intelligence.Skilled artisansThe Wits research team believes that ancient Stone Age artisans were remarkably skilled and thoroughly understood the properties of their ingredients. They used acacia gum to bond stone and wood but the method of attachment showed considerable ingenuity, as the team were unable to successfully duplicate the process using just acacia gum. They had to dig deeper for the answer.In Stone Age times it was crucial to have effective hunting weapons, as lives were at stake. Although Wadley and her colleagues used the same methods and natural ingredients that would have been available to Stone Age dwellers, their versions of composite tools were not always as successful in stringent physical tests such as wood-chopping.The team found that the addition of the ochre pigment produced a more robust glue that held the tools together for longer, but the manufacturing process was intricate and required careful attention.It took some experimentation to hit on the right formulation. For instance, the fire had to be kept at the correct temperature, the control of which depended on the type of wood used. The glue could not be mixed too close to the flames or it would boil, resulting in trapped air bubbles that weakened it.Laboratory tests established that the use of ochre causes a rise in the pH of the glue, making it less acidic. It also affects the electrostatic forces present and results in a physical change in the malleability of the substance.A mixed particle size was important to the success of the compound adhesive. The greatest success was achieved using red ochre number 15, as this resulted in bigger grains which were comparable to stone chips in concrete. However, ancient artisans may also have added an aggregate in the form of grains of sand to ensure a more consistent product.The team’s own experimentation showed that in contrast with other living creatures, such as some birds or wasps, that make composite glues out of instinct, the process of constructing a finished hunting weapon required the ability to multi-task in order to keep track of the various steps.“Some of the steps required for making compound adhesive seem impossible without abstract thought and the ability to multi-task,” they wrote. “This suggests overlap between the mental abilities of modern people and people in the Middle Stone Age.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesAncient arrows a clue to the pastUnearthing our human ancestorsTracing the origins of humankindUseful linksWits University School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental StudiesSibudu – Association of Southern African Professional ArchaeologistsProceedings of the National Academy of Scienceslast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: France win it 2-0 to make it through to the quarterfinals, Nigeria is out

first_imgFrance’s Paul Pogba scored the opening goal. (AP Photo)Paul Pogba scored with a late header to finally break Nigeria’s stubborn resistance and Joseph Yobo scored an own-goal as France won 2-0 to reach the World Cup quarterfinals on Monday. Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama had just made a superb save to tip over Karim Benzema’s header, but he flapped at the ball from the ensuing corner and Pogba pounced in the 79th minute to nod in his first goal of the tournament. Yobo turned the ball into his own net in stoppage time under pressure from France substitute Antoine Griezmann. France started slowly and finished strongly in the second round match. African champion Nigeria had a goal ruled out for offside in the 19th minute after Emmanuel Emenike poked home Ahmed Musa’s cross. Lineups: France: Hugo Lloris; Mathieu Debuchy, Raphael Varane, Laurent Koscielny, Patrice Evra; Paul Pogba, Yohan Cabaye, Blaise Matuidi; Mathieu Valbuena, Olivier Giroud, Karim Benzema. Nigeria: Vincent Enyeama; Efe Ambrose, Kenneth Omeruo, Joseph Yobo, Juwon Oshaniwa; Ogenyi Onazi, John Obi Mikel; Ahmed Musa, Peter Odemwingie, Victor Moses; Emmanuel Emenike.last_img read more

Police Officers finally receive Overtime

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Christie admits to not wanting to pay Police Overtime Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 29th 2017 – Nassau – Police Officers entitled to overtime pay began receiving payments on Monday. The promise – which came from former Prime Minister Dr. Perry Christie one month ago – is now to be kept by the newly elected FNM government. This is according to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Peter Turnquest.The long-awaited overtime allowances have been two years in the making. However, officers of the Royal Bahamas Police Force – after being promised by Christie back in April – were concerned if they would ever receive the funds, since the 2017 election did not work in Christie’s favor. Yesterday, however, officers were be able to breathe with relief since it was reported that overtime cheques will be issued between Monday 29th  – Wednesday 31st May, from 9am to 4pm at the Police Training College.It is uncertain whether the Minnis-led administration would go about delivering the payments the same way Christie assured it would be done, since the Finance Minister recently admitted that the new government would have to borrow funds in order to pay the overtime. However, it is alleged that over $2M in overtime will be distributed to almost 1,800 officers from Monday. This does not include the deceased or reserved officers who were also promised overtime by Christie.However, leader of the opposition, Phillip Brave Davis recently said, “The PLP has left the instructions in place to pay it and the FNM has now carried out our commitment.”In July 2015, Supreme Court Justice Milton Evans ruled that the government will have to pay the outstanding overtime owed to officers who worked 12-hour shifts from July – December 2013 or give them the equivalent time off from work. Mere days before officers took to the polling station, Christie made the announcement at a PLP rally that overtime will be paid to the entitled officers, including those deceased and retired. Christie boldly stated that the payments would be issued in two trenches, one on May 29th and the other some time during the next budget cycle. Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews#PoliceOvertime Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #PoliceOvertimelast_img read more

Jury finds Jose Ines Garcia Zarate not guilty in 2015 death of

first_imgJury finds Jose Ines Garcia Zarate not guilty in 2015 death of Kate Steinle in San Francisco Updated: 3:30 PM November 30, 2017 , Posted: November 30, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN FRANCISCO (KUSI) — A jury reached a verdict Thursday in the trial of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, a Mexican citizen and undocumented immigrant charged in the 2015 killing of Kate Steinle in San Francisco. According to CNN, the jury found 54-year-old Garcia Zarate not guilty of homicide charges, but he was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.The handgun belonged to a Bureau of Land Management ranger who reported that it had been stolen from his parked car in San Francisco a week before Steinle was shot.Prosecutors called Steinle’s father as their first witness.Through tears, with a packed courtroom hanging on every word, Jim Steinle recounted the final moments of his daughter’s life after she was shot.He told the court that he and a family friend were visiting his daughter and they went for a walk on the popular waterfront.The elder Steinle said he heard a loud “bang” and his daughter collapsed in his arms, saying “’help me, Dad.’”Jim Steinle said her eyes were closed and she had trouble breathing.”I couldn’t figure out what was wrong,” he said, choking back tears. “She didn’t have any health problems.”He rolled her on her side and discovered a bullet hole with little blood. Paramedics arrived and she was later declared dead at a hospital.Garcia Zarate had acknowledged shooting Steinle in the back. He has said he was handling the handgun when it accidentally fired.Garcia Zarate had been deported five times and was homeless in San Francisco when he shot Steinle. He had recently completed a prison sentence for illegal re-entry to the U.S. when he was transferred to the San Francisco County jail to face a 20-year-old marijuana charge.The shooting touched off a political furor during last year’s presidential race, with President Donald Trump citing the killing of 32-year-old Steinle as a reason to toughen U.S. immigration policies.last_img read more

Stanford experiment results on how deactivating Facebook affects social welfare measures

first_imgStanford researchers have recently published a research paper, “The Welfare Effects of Social Media” where they conducted an experiment to understand how Facebook affects a range of individuals focusing on US users in the runup to the 2018 midterm election. Reducing screen time has been an important debating topic in recent times. Excess use of social media platforms hampers face-to-face social interactions. At a broader social level, social media platforms may increase political polarization and are also the primary source of spreading fake news and misinformation online. Per the research paper, “Stanford researchers evaluated the extent to which time on Facebook substitutes for alternative online and offline activities. They studied Facebook’s broader political externalities via measures of news knowledge, awareness of misinformation, political engagement, and political polarization. They also analyze the extent to which behavioral forces like addiction and misprediction may cause sub-optimal consumption choices, by looking at how usage and valuation of Facebook change after the experiment.” What was the experiment? In their experiment, Stanford researchers recruited a sample of 2,844 users using Facebook ads. The ad said, “Participate in an online research study about internet browsing and earn an easy $30 in electronic gift cards.” Next, they determined participants willingness-to-accept (WTA) to deactivate their Facebook accounts for a period of four weeks ending just after the election. 58 percent of these subjects with WTA less than $102 were randomly assigned to either a Treatment group that was paid to deactivate or a Control group that was not. Results of the experiment The results were divided into four patterns. Substitution patterns Deactivating Facebook freed up 60 minutes per day for the average person in the Treatment group for other offline activities such as watching television alone and spending time with friends and family. The Treatment group also reported spending 15 percent less time, consuming news. Political externalities Facebook deactivation significantly reduced news knowledge and attention to politics. The Treatment group was less likely to say they follow news about politics or the President, and less able to correctly answer factual questions about recent news events. The overall index of news knowledge fell by 0.19 standard deviations. The overall index of political polarization fell by 0.16 standard deviations. Subjective well-being Deactivation caused small but significant improvements in well-being and self-reported happiness, life satisfaction, depression, and anxiety. The overall index of subjective well-being improved by 0.09 standard deviations. Facebook’s role in society The Treatment group’s reported usage of the Facebook mobile app was about 12 minutes (23 percent) lower than in Control. The post-experiment Facebook use is 0.61 standard deviations lower in Treatment than in Control. The researchers concluded that deactivation caused people to appreciate Facebook’s both positive and negative impacts on their lives. Majority of the treatment group agreed deactivation was good for them, but they were also more likely to think that people would miss Facebook if they used it less. In conclusion, the opposing effects on these specific metrics cancel out, so the overall index of opinions about Facebook is unaffected, mentions the research paper. Read Next Facebook hires top EEF lawyer and Facebook critic as Whatsapp privacy policy manager Facebook has blocked 3rd party ad monitoring plugin tools from the likes of ProPublica and Mozilla that let users see how they’re being targeted by advertisers… Facebook pays users $20/month to install a ‘Facebook Research’ VPN that spies on their phone and web activities.last_img read more

The Erlang Ecosystem Foundation launched at the Code BEAM SF conference

first_imgYesterday, at the ongoing Code BEAM SF event, the formation of Erlang Ecosystem Foundation (EFF) was announced. Its founding members, Jose Valim, Peer Stritzinger, Fred Hebert, Miriam Pena, and Francesco Cesarini spoke about its journey, importance, and goals. The proposal for creating EEF was submitted last year in December to foster the Erlang and Elixir ecosystem. Code BEAM SF, formerly known as Erlang & Elixir Factory, is a two-day event commenced on Feb 28. This conference brings together the best minds in the Erlang and Elixir communities to discuss the future of these technologies. The purpose of the Erlang Ecosystem Foundation EEF is a non-profit organization for driving the further development and adoption of Erlang, Elixir, LFE, and other technologies based on BEAM, the Erlang virtual machine. Backed by companies like Cisco, Erlang solutions, Ericsson, and others, this foundation aims to grow and support a diverse community around the Erlang and Elixir Ecosystem. This foundation will encourage the development of technologies and open source projects based on BEAM languages. “Our goal is to increase the adoption of this sophisticated platform among forward-thinking organizations. With member-supported Working Groups actively contributing to libraries, tools, and documentation used regularly by individuals and companies relying on the stability and versatility of the ecosystem, we actively invest in critical pieces of technical infrastructure to support our users in their efforts to build the next generation of advanced, reliable, real-time applications,” says the official EEF website. EEF will also be responsible for sponsoring the working groups to help them solve the challenges users of BEAM technology might be facing, particularly in areas such as documentation, interoperability, and performance. To know more about Erlang Ecosystem Foundation in detail, visit its official website. Read Next Erlang turns 20: Tracing the journey from Ericsson to Whatsapp Elixir 1.7, the programming language for Erlang virtual machine, releases Introducing Mint, a new HTTP client for Elixirlast_img read more