Students create app for Day of the Dead

first_imgIn honor of Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, a group of Notre Dame students created an education application for iPads and iPhones. The students were working with Tracy Grimm, head of the Institute for Latino Studies Library and Archives, and visiting professor Joseph Segura. The app, called “Day of the Dead — Experience the Tradition,” is the first internally produced app at Notre Dame made available to the general public, Grimm said. Segura said while the app is designed as a tool for teachers, it also represents Notre Dame’s involvement in the Day of the Dead. “It will help teachers present the Day of the Dead in a more logical way, especially in primary and secondary schools,” Segura said. “The app also gives another view of Notre Dame and shows the significant number of people here with an interest in Latino art.” Junior Stephanie Aguilera, a student who worked on the app, said the app provides a new way to learn about the holiday’s impact in the United States. “The Latino population is the largest, fastest growing minority group in the nation so it’s important to share its culture in order to create a society that is more understanding and appreciative of the many cultures that come together at Notre Dame and in the United States,” Aguilera said. Segura said the application features images and information compiled by the Institute for Latino Studies during 10 years of Day of the Dead celebrations at Notre Dame since 2001. Student involvement was vital to the collaborative effort of developing the app, Segura said. “They put the passion on the table to drive it,” Segura said. Grimm said 2011 graduate Kevin Li, senior Stephanie Pedicini, IUSB senior Maclovio Cantu and Aguilera worked on video production, programming and graphics for the app. “Working on the app was more interesting and rewarding than any class project because all the students involved contributed our own areas of interest,” Aguilera said. Aguilera said she had the most difficult part of the process was organizing information and narrowing the material included in the app. “We interviewed various scholars who have a passion for Latino culture, like Rev. Virgil Elizondo, so there was more information that I would have liked to include,” Aguilera said. Li served as Information Technology manager for the Institute for Latino Studies from spring semester of his senior year until the end of summer in 2011. Li said he enjoyed the creative freedom students were given in creating the app. “My favorite part of working on the app was seeing how far we could push the envelope. One of the most promoted features of the app is a sugar skull. You can actually turn the skull around to view it from any angle by moving it with your hand,” Li said. Li also said the app’s creative and entertaining elements each serve an educational purpose. “We didn’t just do the skull thing because it was cool. [The skulls] tend to be 3D physical art pieces and it made sense to depict the skull in a way that let users experience that these artifacts exist in a physical space versus being on a canvas or a screen,” he said. Grimm said her favorite part of the project is its collaborative and interdisciplinary nature. “We were able to work across campus with the Snite Museum, FTT students, Fine Arts students and students in Latino Studies. It was like a real world project,” Grimm said. Grimm said the most challenging part of the process for her was understanding the technological possibilities. “The most difficult part was orienting myself to understand the potential of the technology — I’m not a computer person. Kevin Li … translated his technical knowledge into something we non-technical people could understand,” Grimm said. Grimm said there are plans to create new apps similar to this one. “The Julian Samora Library would like to produce another app to display our collection of original documents,” Grimm said. Aguilera said the app is important to her personally due to her heritage. “Dia de los Muertos is a day to honor those who have come before us in a celebratory manner,” she said. “It’s also important to me because it’s a tradition shared by both sides of the border, it began in Mexico but has traveled to the United States. In a way, it’s a union between my Mexican and American roots.”last_img read more


first_imgLearn about the Ohio’s history and cultural contributions by visiting any one of the many local museums.Boonshoft Museum of Discovery2600 DeWeese ParkwayDayton, OH 45414 937-275-7431www.boonshoftmuseum.orgThe Boonshoft Museum of Discovery grew out of a collection gathered by prominent Dayton citizens on their trips around the world that were contributed to the Dayton Library and Museum. The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is a children’s museum, a science and technology center and an accredited zoo. It also houses a planetarium and an observatory.Carillon Historical Park1000 Carillon Blvd.Dayton, OH 45409 937-293-2841www.daytonhistory.orgThis 65-acre park and museum complex in Dayton features numerous historical buildings, including its Wright Brothers Aviation Center, the 151-foot-tall Deeds Carillon and the Kettering Family Education Center, which anchors the park and features changing exhibits in the National City Exhibit Gallery. Special events include carillon concerts, living history days, classic car shows, festive holiday celebrations and more. After stepping back in time on a learning adventure, you can sit down and relax with a bite or pint at the park’s cafe or brewery. Visit the website for hours, admission and more information about the various museums, grounds and gift shop at the park.Dayton Art Institute456 Belmonte Park N.Dayton, OH 45405 937-223-4278www.daytonartinstitute.orgOver the past several years, Dayton Art Institute’s collection has grown significantly through generous gifts of artwork by local donors, including important Oceanic art, Asian art, and American fine and decorative art collections. The collection spans 5,000 years of art history.Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House85 S. Greenmont Ave.Springfield, OH 45505 937-327-9291www.westcotthouse.orgThe Westcott House, the product of arguably the most important architect of the modern era, was designed in 1906 and built in 1908. The Westcott House not only embodies Frank Lloyd Wright’s innovative Prairie School architectural design but also extended Wright’s concept of relating the building to its site by means of a terrace, a lily pond, gardens and other landscape elements. Hours vary by season; visit the website for more information.Miami Valley Military History Museum120 Ohio Ave., Bldg. 120Dayton, OH 45428 937-267-7629www.mvmhm.comThe Miami Valley Military History Museum preserves the memory of the veterans of our armed forces — past, present and future. The exhibits begin with the Revolutionary War and continue through to more recent conflicts in Iraq and elsewhere. Hours are contingent on volunteer availability; check the museum’s website for more information.National Museum of the U.S. Air Force1100 Spaatz St.Wright-Patterson AFB, OH National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world. The museum collects, researches, conserves, interprets and presents the Air Force’s history, heritage and traditions in air, space and cyberspace to a global audience through exhibits, educational outreach, special programs and the stewardship of the national historic collection.Springfield Museum of Art107 Cliff Park RoadSpringfield, OH 45504 937-325-4673www.springfieldart.netThe Springfield Museum of Art was accepted into the Smithsonian Affiliates program in 2012, currently the only art museum in Ohio with that distinction. The museum has a rotating list of exhibits and collections. Visit the website for information on current and upcoming exhibitions.Wright “B” Flyer Inc.10550 Springboro PikeMiamisburg, OH 45342 937-885-2327www.wright-b-flyer.orgWright “B” Flyer Inc. is an all-volunteer, membership-based corporation on the Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport near Dayton. The corporation flies one Model B look-alike during the summer months, and the hangar doubles as a museum.last_img read more

Firefighters and EMS personnel get $1.9 million in federal grants

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Vermont’s congressional delegation announced Friday that firefighters and EMS personnel throughout Vermont are receiving $1.9 million through 15 federal grants. The awards are part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant program, which helps fire departments and EMS agencies train and purchase critically needed equipment. This year’s grants will help buy a range of equipment, including turnout gear, breathing apparatus, hoses and nozzles, radios and cardiac monitors.   “These federal grants will help our first-responders protect Vermonters. Our firefighters and EMS personnel play an invaluable role in our communities and we are pleased to be able to help provide the resources they need,” said Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vermont).The largest of the grant awards is for the Vermont Department of Public Safety’s Fire Academy, which is receiving $500,000 for a “burn building,” a training facility that provides opportunities to practice firefighting scenarios.“The Vermont Fire Academy is grateful to have received AFG funding that will allow us the opportunity to replace our live-fire training burn building. This is a real boost for the Vermont firefighting community. Thanks to all that continue to support this grant,” said Peter Lynch, the state’s chief of fire service training for the Vermont Division of Fire Safety in the Department of Public Safety.The federal grants were awarded to:•           Vermont Department of Public Safety (Vermont Fire Academy); $500,000•           Underhill-Jericho Fire Department, Inc.; $228,262•           Essex Fire Department; $180,000•           St. Johnsbury Fire Department;  $178,572•           Ascutney Volunteer Fire Association;  $156,762•           Bellows Falls Fire Department; $142,858•           Wardsboro Fire Department; $129,524•           West Windsor Fire Department; $90,667•           Cavendish Volunteer Fire Department; $85,715•           West Weathersfield Volunteer Fire Department; $83,810•           Pownal Rescue Squad; $43,610•           Springfield Fire Department; $36,427•           Montpelier Fire/Ambulance Department; $23,765•           Brookfield Volunteer Fire Department; $19,048•           Pownal Fire Department; $13,719Fire Service Job OpportunitiesBurlington Fire Department – Firefighter/EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic(link is external)Fire Instructor I Course AnnouncedLocation: Bristol Fire Department Orientation Date:  Tuesday, October 25, 2016Registration Deadline:  Friday, October 14, 2016Time:  Weeknight class time: 1830 – 2230 and weekend class time: 0800 – 1700Download the tentative course schedule(link is external)This program is designed to qualify fire service responders to deliver instruction from a prepared lesson plan. Upon successful completion, students are awarded nationally registered certifications in accordance with NFPA 1041, Fire Service Instructor Professional Qualifications, 2012 edition.   Prerequisites:Currently active in the Fire Service with a minimum of three years experienceHigh school diploma or equivalentCurrent Firefighter I or II Certification To register, download the General Admission Application(link is external), fill it out, and return it to the Vermont Fire Academy by the registration deadline.  Priority will go to Vermont Firefighters. The class maximum is 12 students.  Please note students will need a laptop/computer access for homework assignments.  Fire Service Instructor I certification is mandatory for Fire Officer certification and to be considered for employment as a Vermont Fire Academy Instructor.  Attendance at every class meeting is mandatory for successful completion of this course.2016 National Fire Academy Courses to be Held in VermontEach year, the Vermont Fire Academy hosts National Fire Academy direct delivery courses in an effort to bring fresh, new courses to our responders without the long travel to the National Fire Academy.  The following course offerings are being presented around Vermont.  All classes will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day and are available at no cost.  Apply by submitting aGeneral Admission Application(link is external) to the Vermont Fire Academy by the application deadlines listed below.Initial Fire Investigation for First Responders(link is external)Location:  Bennington Town Fire StationCourse Date:  December 3 & 4, 2016Application Deadline:  October 17, 2016Strategies and Tactics for Initial Company Operations(link is external)Location:  South Burlington Police DepartmentCourse Date:  January 9 & 10, 2017Application Deadline:  November 23, 2016Strategies and Tactics for Initial Company Operations(link is external)Location:  St. Johnsbury – exact location TBDCourse Date:  January 21 & 22, 2017Application Deadline:  December 5, 2016Leadership I for Fire and EMS: Strategies for Company Success(link is external)Location:  Brattleboro Fire StationCourse Date:  January 28 & 29, 2017Application Deadline:  December 12, 2016Residential Sprinkler Plan Review(link is external)Location:  Division of Fire Safety Central Office – BerlinCourse Date:  March 29 & 30, 2017Application Deadline:  February 10, 2017Training Operations in Small Departments(link is external)Location:  Vermont Fire Academy – PittsfordCourse Date:  June 24 & 25, 2017Application Deadline:  May 8, 2017Source: Congressional delegation 10.7.2016last_img read more

NAFCU, others set record straight on data security

first_imgIn joint letters sent to both the House and Senate yesterday, NAFCU and five other financial trades refuted “misleading and counterproductive” statements being made by retailers about data security breaches in hearings this week.The letters recognized and appreciated the acceptance of responsibility taken on behalf of Target and Neiman Marcus, whose executives have testified before Congress this week on their data breaches. The executives, in their testimony, accepted responsibility and agreed to work with lawmakers and the financial industry to better protect consumers.However, the industry trades also pointed out that many in the retail industry do not appear to share the views expressed by Target and Neiman Marcus and attempt to divert attention and duck responsibility. In an effort to set the record straight, NAFCU and the other financial trades noted the following:In 2013, 77 percent of data breaches occurred at healthcare facilities and other retailers and only 4 percent at financial institutions.Chip-and-pin technology is not a cure-all, as these recent breaches involved intrusions into computer networks of companies. The companies’ internal firewalls were breached, and new card technology could not have prevented that.Currently, it is up to financial institutions to make breach-affected consumers’ whole. They are the ones replacing cards and reimbursing consumers for fraudulent charges and often are not reimbursed themselves. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Soon 14 new products protected by marks of excellence and geographical origin at EU level

first_imgExtra virgin olive oil Cres, Krk ham, Neretva mandarin, Ogulin sauerkraut / Ogulin sauerkraut, Baranja kulen, Lika potatoes, Istrian prosciutto / Istrian prosciutto are listed in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications at the EU level. Dalmatian prosciutto, Poljički soparnik / Poljički zeljanik / Poljički uljenjak, Zagorje turkey, Krrčko olive oil, Korčula olive oil and Pag lambSoon, 14 new products will be on the list of pride, as well as Krk cheese with which the island of Krk with three protected products would be the leader of protected marks of excellence and geographical origin in Croatia.Namely, the Minister of Agriculture prof. dr. sc. At the beginning of September, Davor Romić signed agreements with representatives of producer associations on co-financing the development of a specification for an agricultural or food product for the protection of a designation of origin, geographical indication or guaranteed traditional specialty. The aid includes the allocation of earmarked grants to co-finance the costs of developing product specifications, laboratory tests required to develop product specifications and market surveys, and the amount of aid granted per beneficiary is a maximum of HRK 75,000 (including VAT).Out of the 18 applications received for the Tender for the award of grants under the Program, the Ministry of Agriculture accepted 14 applications in the total amount of co-financing of HRK 726.344,49. Funds have been allocated to develop specifications for the following product names:1. Rudarska greblica – designation of geographical origin 2. Kvargl – designation of geographical origin 3. Zagorje štrukli – designation of geographical origin 4. Zagorje acacia honey – designation of origin 5. Varaždinski klipić – designation of geographical origin 6. Novigrad mussel – designation of origin 7. Vrbovečka Pe – guaranteed traditional specialty 8. Brač olive oil – designation of origin 9. Krk cheese – designation of origin 10. Istrian sheep cheese – designation of origin 11. Međimurski krumpir / Međimurski kalamper – designation of geographical origin 12. Lički škripavac – designation of geographical origin13. Meat of Istrian cattle / Boškarin meat – mark of origin 14. Pag cheese – mark of originThe aim of this Program is to encourage producer groups to enter the process of protecting product names with a designation of origin, a geographical indication or a guaranteed traditional specialty. Do you also have local products that could be protected in various EU countries? Be proactive, get moving because if you stagnate you actually fall because the competition doesn’t sleep.last_img read more

Stimulating neurons could protect against brain damage, research shows

first_imgShare Email Share on Twitter Share on Facebook A breakthrough in understanding how brain damage spreads – and how it could potentially be limited – has been made through a collaboration between neuroscientists and engineers at the Universities of Dundee and Strathclyde.They have uncovered a previously unknown mechanism in the brain that allows networks of neurons to protect against the kind of spreading secondary damage seen in cases of strokes and traumatic brain injuries.“If this network activity could be triggered clinically as soon as possible then major brain damage could be minimised and recovery periods shortened,” said Dr Christopher Connolly, Reader in Neurobiology in the University of Dundee’s School of Medicine.center_img LinkedIn Pinterest “Although this is basic laboratory research, it does now re-open the door to the possibility of stopping ongoing brain damage.“Slow acting neuroprotection is well known but approaches to induce protection require at least 24 hours notice to be effective. This is of no practical use in a clinical emergency situation such as a stroke or traumatic brain injury, so current treatment options are limited to aiding the recovery processes.“We have identified that neuronal networks react to an insult by sending rapid – in minutes – warning signals in an attempt to protect against the toxicity that causes brain damage. If that could be recruited clinically then it would give us a tool to deploy quickly in cases where brain damage was a risk.“Where we can’t protect neurons quickly, we can recruit the help of surrounding neurons to do this for us. It is a case of `If you need a job done quickly, ask the expert’ and in this instance the experts are the neurons themselves.”Laboratory-based modelling also showed that the rapid use of benzodiazepines (Valium) appeared to mimic the protection offered by the neuron networks.“This is something we certainly need to test further but it does suggest the possibility of an effective and immediate pharmacological treatment for stroke,” said Dr Connolly.Dr Connolly worked on the project with Dr Michele Zagnoni, Senior Lecturer in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde.Dr Zagnoni said, “Using microfluidic technology, we were able to produce in-vitro neuronal networks to investigate spreading toxicity in the brain, which is the cause of brain damage even after an initial trauma.“Through this process we were able to demonstrate how the spread of this toxicity is driven. In doing that we also uncovered a previously unknown, fast acting, neuroprotective signalling mechanism.“This mechanism utilises the innate capacity of the surrounding neuronal networks (grown in the laboratory) to provide protection against the spreading toxicity. By stimulating that network, then theoretically we could limit the spread of brain damage. That requires further work, but it is an exciting and important possibility.”The results of the research are published in the journal Scientific Reports.The project examined the process known as acute secondary neuronal cell death, which is seen in neurodegenerative disease, cerebral ischemia (stroke) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) and drives spreading neurotoxicity into surrounding, undamaged, brain areas.last_img

SFNF Recruiting Archaeology Site Stewards

first_imgSFNF News:SANTA FE — The Santa Fe National Forest is looking for site stewards to protect its wealth of archaeological sites rich with sherds, lithics and adobe pueblo remains. The selected stewards will receive comprehensive training in a full-day session Saturday, March 21. Because applicants must complete an application, which is then reviewed for eligibility, the Program must receive applications as early as possible.The training covers the topics of safety, proper preparation, national forest regulations, historic preservation acts, sensitivity to the cultures, both prehistoric and modern, identification of artifacts, code of conduct, chain of command, site monitoring procedures and documentation.By the end of the training, applicants are eligible to become volunteer site stewards. No previous archaeological experience is necessary.Stewards are assigned to a specific site that they visit on a regular basis (generally once every six weeks) with a partner. They monitor their site for evidence of any deterioration caused by natural causes or by vandalism and file a brief site visit report.As a result of their experiences, Site Stewards become more familiar with the Forest’s cultural resources as well as broaden their knowledge of ancient cultures in New Mexico. Occasional workshops on the archaeology of the area and its prehistoric peoples are offered to interested stewards to inform them about the types of ceramics, lithics and other cultural remains that they encounter. Stewards are also eligible for special VIP visits to some sites that are closed to the public.To apply, visit the “Become a Site Steward” page on the Santa Fe National Forest Site Stewards to complete an application and review the program’s criteria. Don’t delay; send in your application today.last_img read more

COVID-19 Update April 30: Barbados PM address to the nation

first_img St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Measures agreed upon to allow travel between Guyana, Suriname(Department of Public Information, Guyana, Press Release, Tuesday April 21, 2020) Some new ground rules have been agreed to by both Guyana and Suriname on travels between the two neighbours, in light of the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic. Officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Guyana and Suriname met…April 22, 2020In “Business”PAHO Director: COVID-19 Threatening Fight Against Infectious Diseases(Nation News) Director of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) Dr Carissa F. Etienne has warned that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is threatening to set the region back in its fight against diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis (TB) and mosquito-borne diseases. In a webinar media briefing Tuesday, Etienne…August 12, 2020In “CARICOM”Update St. Kitts and Nevis – Prime Minister Address to the Nation: April 24My Fellow Citizens and Residents:Last Friday, the 17th of April, after a long debate in the National Assembly, a Resolution was passed by a two-thirds majority as required by the Constitution, to extend for six (6) months the State of Emergency, which began on the 28th of March 2020. This was necessary…April 25, 2020In “General”Share this on WhatsApp CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak You may be interested in… Oct 16, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 Oct 15, 2020center_img Oct 15, 2020 More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley addressing the Nation on matters of national importance 29 April 2020 Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC last_img read more

LNG in Mozambique gets USD 30 bln push

first_imgMozambique’s natural gas sector will get a $30 billion investment to build the capacity for production of 20 million tonnes per year of LNG, with first exports planned to start in 2018.Reuters reports that the investment will be directed into the development of ports of Pemba and Palma where the LNG facilities are planned and where Rovuma Basin gas will be transferred to.Exports will start with a 5 million tonnes per year train in 2018 with plans to push the capacity to 20 million tonnes per year.The government of Mozambique recently approved a “special regime” for LNG development in the Rovuma Basin areas 1 and 4, that will cover construction, operation and all other LNG related activities. LNG World News Staff, August 22, 2014; Image: MZLNGlast_img

Quite a spread

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