How UK banks’ bonus rounds stacked up in 2016

Friday 24 February 2017 11:57 am Meanwhile, figures from Emolument showed Wall Street lenders are putting their UK rivals to shame, with bonuses for relatively junior staff rising as much as 16 per cent this year. whatsapp Emma Haslett whatsapp How UK banks’ bonus rounds stacked up in 2016 Bad news if you’re a UK-based banker: your bonus probably dropped this year.As bank results season came to a close, it turned out three out of the four major UK lenders shrank the size of their bonus pools this year – Lloyds was the only exception. Share RBS employees suffered the most, with their bonus pool shrinking eight per cent to £343m, from £373m the year before.Meanwhile, HSBC workers’ bonuses shrank 2.8 per cent, to £3.4bn, while Barclays’ bonuses edged down one per cent, to £1.5bn.But with runaway results showing a whopping £4.2bn pre-tax profit, Lloyds increased the size of its bonus pool by 11 per cent, to £392.9m. The average bonus awarded to UK-based analysts at the likes of Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley rose to £16,250 this year, from £15,000 last year. “The results in the bank sector this week are significant, not just for the sector, but as an indication that the UK economy is starting to normalise,” said Jane Sydenham, investment director at Rathbone Investment Management.“While higher inflation and rising interest rates are a mixed blessing for consumers, they are generally good news for the banking sector… More than that, they bode well for the wider economy and we can all take some solace from this.”Read more: How to invest your yearly bonus by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeLearn It WiseWhat The Harry Potter Stars Look Like Out Of CostumeLearn It WiseRich HousesHere Are The Rankings For The World’s Most Beautiful WomenRich Housesweniix.comLook The Future of Carsweniix.comMortgage BenefitsArizona Will Pay Up To $271/Month Off Your Mortgage If You Have No Missed Payments And If You QualifyMortgage BenefitsWordsaTake A Deep Breath Before You See How Lisa Rinna Looks At HomeWordsatibgez10 Things You Should Know about Lewy Body Dementiatibgezgeasbest2Top 18 Reasons Why Cats Follow Us to The Bathroomgeasbest2anymuscle.com15 Symptoms of Diabetes You Shouldn’t Ignoreanymuscle.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirror read more

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News / More confusion ahead for lithium battery shippers

first_img By Nicholas Mohr of Peter East Associates 16/12/2019 Shippers of lithium batteries will face a new hurdle from 1 January, thanks to new transport regulations.The United Nations’ Committee of Experts, which creates the framework for dangerous goods regulations,  has introduced a requirement which obliges manufacturers, and distributors of cells or batteries, to make available the test summary for their products.To date, lithium cells and batteries have to be tested in accordance with the UN Manual of Test and Criteria Part III, Section 38.3. If satisfied, the test facility provides a summary certificate for the manufacturer that confirms that the cells or batteries meet an international standard and can be shipped around the world in accordance with relevant regulations.The innovation is that this document must, from the new year, be made available throughout the distribution network, and this additional hurdle is causing some disquiet among lithium battery shippers. © Janaka Dharmasena center_img The regulation appeared in the 2019/2020 editions of ADR (the road regulations) and the ICAO Technical Instructions and, therefore, the 60th edition of the IATA Regulations (air) as well as in Amendment 38/18 of the IMDG Code (sea). However, the regulators provided a derogation until the end of 2019, so the implications of the rule have been largely ignored – until a few weeks ago.Already there are stories circulating of freight forwarders refusing to accept shipments of lithium batteries if they are not supplied with a copy of the test certificate.Of course, this is not what the regulation states; it just says that “manufacturers and subsequent distributors ….must make it available,” and this wording is vague enough to be open to different interpretations. It can just mean the shipper has to confirm in writing that they have a copy of the test certificate, while some carriers might insist on seeing a copy. Crucially, there is no requirement in the legislation for the certificate to accompany the shipment.Obliging shippers to present a copy of the test certificate has the potential to slow down the movement of lithium batteries around the world. Manufacturers sell their batteries to a vast number of users in the IT, motor, entertainment, medical and other sectors. There is hardly a device that is not powered by a lithium ion or lithium metal battery, and once installed in a unit (for example a laptop), this can be sold through several distributors before, perhaps, ending up being sold from a shop or a website.All these distributors might be required to show their logistics partner the test certificate, and it is going to be challenging to ensure that this document accompanies every item as it makes its way through the supply chain to the final customer. In addition, as batteries become larger and more sophisticated, some manufacturers could be reluctant to provide a test certificate as it could end up in the hands of their competitors.It is generally recognised that the lithium battery transport regulations are far too complex. Many batteries are airfreighted, where typically the packing instructions stretch to more than three pages of tightly written text, and there are also a lot of special provisions to comprehend. The reason is that the regulators have had to keep up with rapid technical developments, which is also why there are changes to the regulations almost every year – with more to come in 2021!The result is that shippers and distributors that want to comply, struggle with the complexity of the regulations, while others choose, either deliberately or through lack of knowledge, to ignore them. There are a lot of incidents worldwide related to the shipment of undeclared lithium batteries, which pose a danger to the public as well as to the trucks, vessels and aircraft that transport millions of batteries each day.Whether this latest amendment to the regulations will provide a further degree of safety, or just a hindrance and delay for legitimate shippers and distributors, will become clearer in the new year.Nicholas Mohr is managing director of Peter East Associates which specialises in training and consultancy in the transport of lithium batteries.last_img read more

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Using CRISPR to edit eggs, sperm, or embryos does not save lives

first_img As calls mount to ban embryo editing with CRISPR, families hit by inherited diseases say, not so fast The startling announcement by He Jiankui almost one year ago that he had created the first genetically modified human beings unleashed a torrent of criticism. It also brought to the surface common misunderstandings — even among scientists and ethicists — that reproductive uses of this genome-modifying tool have therapeutic value, will treat people with genetic disorders, will save lives, and will eradicate disease. None of those are true.The twin girls that He helped create are publicly known as Lulu and Nana. Their father is HIV-positive. The scientist said he used CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology to disable a gene called CCR5 to mimic a naturally occurring gene deletion that appears to confer immunity against HIV.A major criticism from the scientific community, which has otherwise been generally supportive of advancing gene technologies, was that He did not use the technology to address a serious medical need. That criterion stems from a 2017 report by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine recommending that, once the technology is ready and safe, genetic modification of embryos could be allowed when there is a “serious disease or condition” to be addressed and no “reasonable alternatives” exist.advertisement Major error undermines study suggesting change introduced in the CRISPR babies experiment shortens lives [email protected] Leave this field empty if you’re human: Prospective parents could also create genetically related children using pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. In this process, an individual’s eggs or sperm are used in conjunction with a partner or donor’s gametes to create several embryos that are then genetically screened for the disease in question. Only healthy embryos are implanted for pregnancy. Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis is a safe technology that is being used today.Reproductive applications of CRISPR simply cannot meet the criteria laid out by the U.S. national academies. They will not address a serious condition, because rCRISPR is used in the creation of a person who does not have to exist at all. Nonexistence is no condition, and thus not a serious one.The real value of rCRISPR is not to the individual who is created but to the people who choose to use it to create a child. It helps individuals achieve their reproductive preferences by having genetically related children free of genetic diseases. But this preference, although perhaps deeply held by many, is not a medical need or an urgent one. And pre-implantation genetic diagnosis already enables people to meet this preference.We should object to the investment of precious medical resources in bringing rCRISPR to market when there are serious and urgent medical needs that could be met elsewhere, including investing in somatic gene therapies that actually treat diseases.Tina Rulli, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of California, Davis, and a member of the UC Davis Ethics Commons. NewslettersSign up for The Readout Your daily guide to what’s happening in biotech. Tina Rulli Please enter a valid email address. As I argued recently in the journal Bioethics, that claim for rCRISPR is mistaken and misleading. rCRISPR does not save lives or cure diseases that would otherwise exist. It merely aids in creating a person without a particular genetic disease who would otherwise not exist. The value here in creating healthy people — as opposed to healing people who would otherwise be sick — is nominal to none. If you are a genetically healthy person, you have a high chance of creating a healthy person right now. But nobody thinks you have an urgent moral reason to do so.Let me be clear: I believe there are applications of CRISPR that do correctly purport to cure diseases in people who would otherwise have them. CRISPR-based gene therapies known as somatic applications, which are used in the bodies of people who have genetic diseases, have great curative potential. These aren’t the target of my critique. In fact, it would be much better if we invested the money spent on reproductive CRISPR applications on somatic ones instead.Here’s why I say that using rCRISPR to modify eggs, sperm, and embryos does not cure disease.Imagine an individual or couple at high risk for creating a child with a serious genetic disease. They have the following simplified range of options:Create a genetically related child in the time-honored fashion who will be at high risk for the genetic disease.Create a genetically related child using CRISPR who will be at very low risk for the genetic disease.Create no genetically related child.The existence of option C undermines the claim that rCRISPR applications are lifesaving or curative. If the prospective parent did not have option B available to them, option A would not inevitably happen, meaning they would not inevitably have a sick child. Individuals have a choice in the matter of creating children at high risk of genetic disease: They can choose option C. Related: First OpinionUsing CRISPR to edit eggs, sperm, or embryos does not save lives center_img Here is a different way of seeing the point that rCRISPR is not morally urgent because it does not involve a child whose existence, or illness, is inevitable. Compare the following scenarios: A doctor creates a cure for a serious and debilitating disease and administers it to a seriously sick child, thus healing her. This doctor saved a life, a morally commendable action. Now imagine that the doctor first injected the disease into the child that he cured. Now his action in its totality could hardly be called curative, for he first created the harm. His seemingly heroic act of healing now has dubious moral value.This is similar to what occurs with rCRISPR. A clinician first creates an embryo with genetic defects, and then “rescues” it using rCRISPR. Calling this a cure or a therapy is a nonstandard use of those concepts, one that warrants a distinction from standard cures that save lives and prevent otherwise probable harms.The analogy shows that an otherwise good act or cure can have its moral value undermined if it is part of a greater act that caused the disease in the first place.Saying that people at risk for passing on serious genetic disease to their offspring can simply not have genetic children at all may seem harsh. But there are several options available to such individuals for becoming parents. They could adopt a child, an often-overlooked opportunity to become a parent that also helps an existing child in need of a family. They could use the egg or sperm of a healthy donor to create a child. Both of these options are expensive, but not more so than rCRISPR. IVF with pre-implantation genetic diagnosis is an existing alternative to CRISPR for preventing the transmission of genetic disease. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP via Getty Images This scientific criticism of He’s experiment was on target: Although HIV infection is a serious disease, there are proven ways to prevent transmission of the virus from an infected father to his offspring, and later in life to prevent or treat the infection. Privacy Policy Related: By Tina Rulli Oct. 15, 2019 Reprints About the Author Reprints That said, scientists criticizing He on the grounds that he did not treat a serious condition with no alternatives imply that other applications of CRISPR to modify eggs, sperm, or embryos could meet this standard. Indeed, many scientists hail reproductive applications of CRISPR (what I call rCRISPR) as potentially lifesaving and curative.advertisement Tags CRISPRethicslast_img read more

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Snacks zum Feiertag so „hart wie Stein“

first_imgEine Quelle aus der Yangkang-Provinz erklärteDaily NK am Dienstag: „Früher wurden Alkohol, Öl und andere Sonderrationenwegen diesen Feiertages verteilt. Aber dies ist schon seit Jahren nicht mehrder Fall […] Die Süßigkeiten die den Kindern trotzdem gegeben wurden, warenhart wie Stein und keineswegs adäquat zubereitet. Es hat sich sicherlich nichtwie ein Feiertag angefühlt.“ Die meisten bemerkten, dass die Qualität derSonderrationen erheblich schlechter war im Vergleich zum Vorjahr, sodass vieleohne diese Rationen besser dran gewesen wären. „Viele denken sich nichts mehrdabei, wenn sie keine Rationen während der Feiertage bekommen. Sie sind esgewohnt nichts zu bekommen,“ sagte er. „Auch wenn sie ‚Gesangsveranstaltungenzu Loyalität’ halten, bei dem die Menschen dazu aufgefordert werden hinzugehen,konzentrieren sich die meisten doch auf ihre Geschäfte und ihre Privatleben.“ Nordkorea verwendet Feiertagsrationennormalerweise, um der Großzügigkeit der Kim-Familie zu gedenken und um dieLoyalität im Land anzuspornen. Aber in den letzten Jahren, so zum Beispielwährend ‚Taeyangjoel’ [Tag der Sonne]bei dem der Geburtstag von StaatsgründerKim Il Sung gefeiert wird, waren Rationen nichtverfügbar. News News Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store Nordkorea bestimmte den 16. Februar im Jahre 1975zum ersten Mal als einen gesetzlichen Feiertag. Am 50. Geburtstag [1992] desehemaligen Staatsvorsitzenden ernannte Pjöngjang es zu einem der größtennationalen Feste. 2012, ein Jahr nach dem Tod von Kim Jong Il, wurde der 16.Februar zum „Tag des leuchtenden Sterns“ umbenannt und Rationen verteilt. SHARE „Der Staat weiß anscheinend, dass die Menschenkeine besonderen Erwartungen bezüglich der Sonderrationen haben,“ erklärte einhochrangiger nordkoreanischer Überläufer Daily NK unter der Bedingung anonym zubleiben. Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April News center_img Dieses Jahr wurden zum Geburtstag Kim Jong Ils[16. Februar] keine Sonderrationen in Nordkorea verteilt. Trotzdem haben Kekseund andere Süßigkeiten, trotz ihrer schlechten Qualität, als „Geschenke desMarschalls“ ihren Weg zu den Kindern gefunden. Snacks zum Feiertag so „hart wie Stein“ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Facebook Twitter By Daily NK – 2015.02.21 12:28pm Er fügte hinzu, dass während Kim Jong UnsGeburtstag ebenfalls Kekse und Süßigkeiten verteilt wurden. Aber die Keksewaren so stark mit Maismehl zugepackt, dass die Menschen „nicht unterscheidenkonnten, ob diese nun Maismehlkekse oder Reisgebäcke waren,“ so die Quelle.„Die Kekse beinhalteten so viel „Yeot“ [eine Toffe ähnliche Substanz ausGetreiden], dass die Menschen Witze darüber machten und sie „Yeot-Klumpen“ [diekoreanische Bezeichnung hierfür kommt einer Bezeichnung für bestimmteAbfallprodukte sehr nahe] nannten.“last_img read more

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GTA home sales, average prices, climb higher vs Vancouver drop

first_img Canadian Press Keywords Housing Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Tougher stress tests won’t chill housing market: Scotia Home sales in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) climbed significantly in July in a divergence from the latest numbers in Vancouver.Residential home sales were up by 18.6% in the GTA for the month compared with last July, the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) reported on Friday. female homebuyer shakes hand with real estate agent in office seoterra/123RF Global housing prices rise amid pandemic: BIS The average selling price of the 6,961 homes that changed hands during the month rose by 4.8% on an annual basis to $782,129.July’s climb follows a 2.4% increase in June sales compared with a year earlier after a steep sales drop of 22.2% in May.“The positive results over the last two months are encouraging,” said TREB president Garry Bhaura.The results from Toronto show a trend toward stabilization and a more balanced market, said Rishi Sondhi, an economist with Toronto-Dominion Bank: “It’s improving. It still has a ways to go to get back to the levels it was at before, but overall the market appears to be healthy.”Results from Toronto are a contrast to Metro Vancouver, where the real estate board said Thursday that home sales tumbled to their lowest level in 18 years.The Greater Vancouver Real Estate Board said 2,070 properties changed hands in July in a 30% plunge compared with the same month last year.The divergence comes after the British Columbia government pushed forward with further measures to cool the housing market while Ontario has held off, said Sondhi: “The market’s still sort of contending with those measures as well, and that’s causing sort of a wedge, year to date.”Toronto’s housing market is stabilizing following the shock from the federal government’s tighter mortgage rules that came into force in January, said Bank of Nova Scotia’s economics vice president Derek Holt.“This fits our broad narrative that the second half of 2018 would begin to witness stronger housing figures as the transitory shock from tightened macroprudential rules ebbs,” he said in a note.TREB also reported 13,868 new listings during the month, including 4,511 in Toronto alone, but the overall GTA figure was down by 1.8% year-over-year.Toronto recorded 2,574 sales in July at an average price of $824,336, while in the rest of the GTA, the 4,387 properties sold last month fetched an average price of $757,365.Detached homes sold in Toronto were the most expensive, with an average price of $1.35 million. The average detached home price in the rest of the GTA was $907,347.TREB said that although the multiple listing service home price index composite benchmark during the month was down slightly compared with 2017, the annual growth rate “looks to be trending toward positive territory in the near future.”The Ottawa Real Estate Board reported on Friday that sales in the city were up 5.9% for July compared with last year with 1,614 homes sold, above the five-year average of 1,501 sales for July. GTA home sales down 13% between April and May: TRREB Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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6,000 Farmers Registered in Portland

first_imgAdvertisements Related6,000 Farmers Registered in Portland 6,000 Farmers Registered in Portland UncategorizedSeptember 5, 2008 Related6,000 Farmers Registered in Portlandcenter_img Related6,000 Farmers Registered in Portland FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Approximately 6,000 farmers in St. Mary have been registered so far, under the Farmers Registration Programme.Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) Parish Manager for St. Mary, Victor Edwards, said that the number represented the vast majority of farmers in the parish.He pointed out that the farmers have overcome the initial apprehension they had about the registration programme, and are now co-operating with the exercise out of a recognition that it is being undertaken for their benefit and the country’s agricultural sector.Mr. Edwards said that RADA has been making every effort to encourage the farmers in the parish to become officially registered, emphasising that registration has now become an absolute necessity for farmers, if they are to enjoy the benefits and opportunities which are normally available to members of the farming community.He stressed that farmers have to be registered in order to qualify for assistance from the People’s Co-operative (P-C) Banks or to become members of Producers Marketing Organization, noting that registration is also a compulsory qualification requirement for banana farmers seeking compensation under the European Union Banana Support Programme for losses suffered as a result of the passage of hurricanes.The Parish Manager explained that the registration would provide information to facilitate the formulation of proper and effective planning for the agricultural sector, and that RADA is making a special effort to ensure that every farmer in St. Mary is registered, in collaboration with the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS).last_img read more

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BoJ to Stage Public Seminars on New Bank Note

first_imgBoJ to Stage Public Seminars on New Bank Note Finance & Public ServiceSeptember 14, 2009 RelatedBoJ to Stage Public Seminars on New Bank Note RelatedBoJ to Stage Public Seminars on New Bank Note Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) is set to issue the new $5,000 note into general circulation on September 24, and will be staging a series of seminars to assist in sensitising financial sector stakeholders and the wider public on the note’s new features.The seminars will be held in Kingston, Montego Bay and Mandeville, beginning Wednesday (September 16), ahead of the scheduled issue date.This note, which bears the image of late former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Hugh Lawson Shearer, will be the newest issued since the $1,000, which bears the image of another late former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Michael Manley, was released into circulation in April 2000.Head of the BoJ’s Currency Department, Norbert Bryan, told JIS News that the three seminars form part of a multi-pronged strategy to introduce the note.He explained that each seminar would be divided into two sessions, one private, targetting commercial banks, the police and customs officers, with the other focussing on the wider public.The seminars kick off on September 16 with two sessions at the BoJ auditorium in downtown Kingston, at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Montego Bay St. James will host the second round on September 18 at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort, also with two sessions, scheduled for the same times. The final seminar will be held on September 21 with one session at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville Manchester at 2:00 p.m.Mr. Bryan informed that admission to all three seminars is free. “We are specifically inviting large volume cash handlers. Bill payment (agencies), utility companies, anybody who believes that they handle a fair amount of cash, in addition to members of the general public,” he outlined.“We will be walking participants through the main security features of the note. We want to introduce to them and show them the critical features to look for (in distinguishing genuine notes). We want to show them how a simple device, like the UV (Ultra Violet) lamp can assist them in authenticating the note, as well as how to use your fingers, for example, to feel the note. So, it’s just to empower people… to protect themselves and their organisations,” Mr. Bryan pointed out.Mr. Bryan disclosed that several other initiatives to complement the seminars will be pursued. He pointed out that the BoJ will be staging special ongoing training and sensitisation sessions for institutions. While these have not yet commenced for the $5,000, they have been ongoing in the case of the other notes in circulation.He informed that the public and private seminars, and training sessions for the $5,000 would be complemented by posters and pamphlets to be circulated.“We will be able to give the public soft and hard copies, so persons will have reference material and you can check the Bank of Jamaica website as soon as we mount it with all the details. Companies with special needs can contact the Bank of Jamaica’s Currency Department or the Public Relations Department, and we will try to address the needs of the specific institutions,” he said.Following the seminars and the training sessions, Mr. Bryan said the BoJ expects that all stakeholders will be fully apprised of the features of the $5,000 note and will be better able to protect themselves against counterfeiters. RelatedBoJ to Stage Public Seminars on New Bank Notelast_img read more

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Help Haiti Donation Drive

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding, accompanied by disaster managers including the Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) Ronald Jackson left for Haiti today with a view to assess the extent of damage and identify priority needs.ODPEM has implemented “Help Haiti” and advises the public that persons who wish to make donations can do so at its new location, 2-4 Haining Road Kingston 5 from Friday January 15 to Saturday January 16, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sunday January 17, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.See emergency relief items list below. In addition, cash donations can be made to any branch at the National Commercial Bank (NCB) account number- 21-2387304.“Help Haiti” is being co-ordinated by the ODPEM as directed by the Office of the Prime Minister as a response to the devastating effect of the earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010.Help Haiti Relief ItemsBottled WaterTarpaulinsTentsSemi-Folding Field Relief CotsMattressesPlastic SheetingBed SheetsWoolen Disaster Relief Blankets (Adult & Child) Collapsible Water ContainersWater Bladders (1000 gal, 5000 gal,) Water Purification TabletsWater containers including bucketsGeneratorsKerosene LanternsLanterns (flashlight) with batteriesBaby DiapersTowelsToiletriesBasic Food supplies – rice, sugar, flour, beans, oilTinned FoodsBath SoapDetergentHygiene kitsSanitisersCooking ContainersFirst Aid Kits – includingBandagesBand-aidsIodineRubbing AlcoholGauzeSurgical tapeLatex/non-latex surgical glovesPain relieverAntihistamine RelatedHelp Haiti Donation Drive RelatedHelp Haiti Donation Drive Help Haiti Donation Drive Office of the Prime MinisterJanuary 15, 2010center_img RelatedHelp Haiti Donation Drive Advertisementslast_img read more

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Experimental architectural design with visiting artist Jenny Sabin

first_img PolyThread project by Jenny Sabin Studio | Photo courtesy of jennysabin.com Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail On Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m., CU’s Visiting Artist Program will feature a lecture by architect Jenny Sabin, whose work is at the forefront of a new direction for 21st-century architectural practice, investigating the intersections of architecture and science and applying insights and theories from biology and mathematics to the design of material structures.If you goWho: Jenny SabinWhat: Visiting Artist ProgramWhen: Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6:30 p.m.Where: Visual Arts Complex (VAC), room 1B20Cost: Free and open to the publicSabin is the Arthur L. and Isabel B. Wiesenberger assistant professor of design and emerging technologies in the Department of Architecture at Cornell University. She is principal of Jenny Sabin Studio LLC, an experimental architectural design studio based in Philadelphia, and director of the Sabin Design Lab at Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning (AAP), a hybrid research and design unit with specialization in computational design, data visualization and digital fabrication.Sabin was awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in 2010 and was named a United States Artists (USA) Knight Fellow in Architecture—one of 50 artists and designers awarded nationally. She also recently was awarded the prestigious Architectural League Prize for Young Architects by The Architectural League of New York.The Visiting Artist Program has been a vital component of the Department of Art and Art History since 1972 and is one of the oldest programs of its kind. Each year, a diverse group of nationally- and internationally-recognized artists are invited to CU to present their work and ideas to a large audience of students, faculty and community members.During their stay, artists present a public lecture, join the faculty-led Visiting Artist Seminar to work closely with graduate and advanced undergraduate students, meet with students for individual critiques and contribute to the program’s long-running, professionally-produced artist interview series.For more information on Sabin’s talk, please call 303-492-2539. Published: Feb. 1, 2017 Categories:Lectures & PresentationsEvents & Exhibitslast_img read more

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Only the nose knows: New international network explores how odors lead to actions

first_imgCategories:Science & TechnologyNews Headlines Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail “The chemical sensing process (i.e. smell) evolved in the very earliest life forms on Earth,” said John Crimaldi, lead principal investigator on the network and professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at CU. “The idea here is that all brain evolution has taken place in the presence of chemical sensing. And so it’s thought to be a primal portal from which to view brain function.”While Crimaldi and CU Boulder have previously received significant awards to research how animals find the source of an odor, this project is much broader and aims to understand the whole brain and the mechanism that goes into a behavioral response to smelling something.Crimaldi said smell is the least understood sense and that humans have struggled to replicate odor-based searches with machines. Doing so, however, would allow robots to take over treacherous duties instead of humans or dogs, unlocking a new area of advancement for autonomous systems. These robots could one day rescue a person buried in an avalanche, locate valuable natural resources, or find chemical weapons and explosives on their own, for example.Keith Molenaar, interim dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science, said the network was truly a special project and among the largest the college had ever been involved in. He said the work would result in transformational research around our understanding of the brain that could also lead to cures for diseases that connect to our sense of smell—or even understanding why loss of smell is a symptom of some diseases like COVID-19 among many other areas and across many different fields.“The fact that an engineer, Professor John Crimaldi, is leading a group of neuroscientists, mathematicians and biologists, speaks to the truly interdisciplinary nature of the research,” Molenaar said.The network is composed of three interdisciplinary research groups (IRGs) that form a loop in animal sensing and behavior. The first is focused on theoretical mathematics and mapping to better understand how the characteristics of smells are encoded in the brain. The second builds on this and will determine how the encoded odors produce a behavioral response. The third group will investigate how this behavioral response alters the animals’ perception of the odor it is sensing.As an engineer, Crimaldi said he never expected to end up working in neuroscience but it turns out there’s a lot of engineering involved in understanding what odors look like. He currently studies fluid mechanics from a theoretical perspective; using lasers in a non-intrusive way to measure flows—like odors—through air and liquids. He’s looked at everything from why coral reproduction underwater is successful to how animals can tell where a smell is coming from.“Life forms have evolved to take advantage of specific opportunities and constraints that are imposed by their physical environment,” Crimaldi said. “I like to say we don’t just use physics to understand biology or ecology, or the brain. We also use evolutionary processes that have evolved in animals to help us understand details of what’s going on in the physical world.”Partners include Caltech, Penn State University, Duke University, Salk Institute, University of Utah, University of Pittsburgh, NYU School of Medicine, McGill University, Scripps Research, Arizona State University, Francis Crick Institute, University of Hertfordshire, Yale University and Weill Cornell. This grant is part of the NSF/CIHR/DFG/FRQ/UKRI-MRC Next Generation Networks for Neuroscience Program; the award number is DBI 2014217. CU Boulder will lead a groundbreaking new international research network dubbed Odor2Action starting this fall. The work is aimed at understanding how animals use information from odors in their environment to guide behavior, with far-ranging implications for our understanding of the human brain.The network was announced Monday as part of the Next Generation Networks for Neuroscience (NeuroNex) Program. Over the next five years, CU Boulder will be leading 16 scientists from 16 prestigious institutions around the world to better understand the brain and its evolution by reverse-engineering how it interprets odors. The project is funded by a $20.2 million award from the National Science Foundation, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the UK Research and Innovation Medical Research Council.The network will examine all the steps involved in how an odor stimulus gets encoded by the brain and then activates the motor circuits to produce a behavioral response in an animal. The model species they will work with to do this, like fruit flies and mice, will make headway in understanding these same steps in humans. John Crimaldi in his lab at CU Boulder. (Credit: Glenn Asakawa, CU Boulder)  Published: Aug. 17, 2020 • By Kelsey Simpkins There’s a lot of engineering involved in understanding what odors look like. In John Crimaldi’s lab, he and his colleagues use lasers to track them. 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