Biodiversity and terrestrial ecology of a mid-Cretaceous, high-latitude floodplain, Alexander Island, Antarctica

first_imgThe biodiversity and terrestrial ecology of the Late Albian Triton Point Formation (Fossil Bluff Group), Alexander Island, Antarctica is analysed to improve our understanding of polar biomes during the mid-Cretaceous thermal optimum. This formation was deposited on a high-latitude (75°S) floodplain and consists of two facies associations, a lower braided alluvial plain unit and an upper coastal meander-belt unit. Analysis of fossil plants in well exposed palaeosols reveals the existence of spatially complex plant communities. Braidplains supported patchy, low-density (91 trees/ha) stands of podocarp and taxodioid conifers on floodbasin substrates, and conifer–cycadophyte–fern–angiosperm thickets in riparian settings. Coastal meander-belts supported medium density (568 trees/ha) podocarp–araucarian conifer forests on mature floodbasin soils, and fern–angiosperm–ginkgo thickets in riparian settings. Growth-ring analysis indicates plants experienced stressful growing conditions on the braidplain characterized by high-frequency flood events, but more favourable growing conditions on the coastal plain. Additional vegetation disturbances were caused by arthropod–fungal attack, frost and wildfire. In terms of structure, composition, ecology and productivity these predominantly evergreen, broad-leafed conifer forests bear similarities to the extant temperate rainforests of New Zealand.last_img read more

Fluor awarded engineering services agreement by KPO in Kazakhstan

first_imgFluor booked the undisclosed contract value in the third quarter of 2019 Fluor awarded engineering services agreement by KPO in Kazakhstan. Photo: courtesy of skeeze from Pixabay. Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) announced today that its consortium with the Branch of KMG Engineering LLP KazNIPImunaigas was awarded a three-year engineering services agreement, plus two potential one-year extensions, by Karachaganak Petroleum Operating B.V. (KPO) for projects at its Karachaganak Field in Kazakhstan. Fluor booked the undisclosed contract value in the third quarter of 2019.“This important award will allow Fluor to build a long-term relationship with KPO and to expand our capabilities and presence in Kazakhstan,” said Mark Fields, group president of Fluor’s Energy & Chemicals business. “Our involvement in the early stages of the project means we can work with KPO across a range of work to optimize the Karachaganak field with a focus on achieving an outstanding safety performance and operational excellence.”Fluor’s scope of work includes feasibility studies, front-end engineering design and other engineering services. Fluor plans to open an office in Aksai for dedicated project personnel with scalable accommodation to meet all engineering requirements. An engineering team in Fluor’s Farnborough, UK office as well as global subject matter experts will also support project needs.To the maximum extent possible, Fluor will leverage local engineering talent to execute its scope of work. Fluor will also provide training and knowledge transfer to increase local talent on the project during execution as project needs dictate.KPO oversees the expansion and development of the Karachaganak field – one of the world’s largest oil and gas condensate fields – which is located in northwest Kazakhstan covering an area of more than 280 square kilometers.KPO is a joint venture with Shell (29.25%), Eni (29.25%), Chevron (18%), LUKOIL (13.5%) and KazMunaiGas (10%).Fluor has more than 30 years of experience working in Kazakhstan executing some of the most challenging and complex oil and gas projects. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Lecturer – Computer Information Systems – (ADJ000326)

first_imgThe outstanding candidate will primarily contribute to teaching anundergraduate course/courses. The preferred teaching areas includeenterprise information systems administration and architectureincluding virtualization, information systems development anddeployment, big data management and analytics, project management,database design, and information systems security.The application packet should include: (1) a curriculum vitae orresume, (2) any evidence of instructional delivery and coursedevelopment experience and (3) contact information for threeprofessional references.The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction Institution. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons withdisabilities are encouraged to apply.Qualifications : Notes to Applicant: Official transcripts are required for afaculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of finalcandidate. All positions at the University of Houston are securitysensitive and will require a criminal history check. Graduate degree in a Computer Information Systems Field orrelated discipline, minimum Master’s degree or higher isrequired.Demonstrated excellence in teaching.Preferred industry experience.center_img The College of Technology is the third largest college at theUniversity of Houston, a Carnegie-designated Tier One publicresearch university. We are looking for highly dedicated scholars,researchers, and teachers to help us prepare future technologists,scientists, and business leaders.The Computer Information Systems (CIS) program in the Informationand Logistics Technology (ILT) Department is seeking applicants fora part-time lecturer. The CIS program is ABET/CAC accredited and iscurrently the largest undergraduate major in the College ofTechnology with almost 1,000 students. More information about thedepartment, its programs, and faculty is online at read more

Guidance: Vitamins and minerals in foods if there’s no EU Exit deal

first_imgThis guidance is no longer valid. See Nutrition legislation information sources for current information.,This UK register specifies which vitamins and minerals may be added to foods, and any substances that are banned or restricted, if there’s a no-deal Brexit.It includes: The register should be used with the following guidance: The Nutrition (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019: practical changes for industry. a list of vitamins and minerals that may be added to foods, and any restrictions on their use a list of the sources of vitamins and minerals that may be added to foods the maximum and minimum amounts of vitamins and minerals that may be added to foods information about vitamins and minerals that must be added to certain foods certain other substances that are prohibited or restricted for use in foodslast_img read more

Donna The Buffalo Invite The Herd “All Aboard” In New Interview

first_imgAfter nearly 3o years, Donna The Buffalo has seen an entire generation of fans grow up dancing to their music. Their mix of rock and roll, bluegrass and Americana has won them a nationwide fanbase of devoted followers, affectionately known as The Herd. Those same fans recently showed how quick they are to circle the wagons and help out their idols when needed.When DTB’s beloved tour bus gave up the ghost recently, a GoFundMe raised over $90,000 to help get the band a new one, in just three weeks! We caught up with the band in Orlando. FL to talk about the new bus, the upheaval in American politics and their record setting upcoming 41st appearance at the Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park.In the first half of our interview, we focused on their love of Suwannee and the artists and fans who make it a symbiotic love fest. Guitarist Jeb Puryear and multi-instrumentalist Tara Nevins tell tales of late night hijinks and the ways to plan jam sessions on the fly as they prepare for the upcoming Suwannee Family Reunion. Feel the love in the clip below.Even Donna The Buffalo could not escape the specter of the new president and the atmosphere of insanity that has surrounded the new administration. Musicians are just as dismayed as the rest of the nation, though they do manage to find some hope in the situation. Check out their thoughts in the video below:Donna The Buffalo didn’t manage to last nearly three decades without weathering some crazy storms, literal and metaphorical, along the way. While no one can say what the future will bring, it does seem that whatever life throws at the band, the will carry on. Lucky for them, when the road gets a little bumpy they have an army of supporters ready to make sure the band can keep riding into town to make the music that helps make even the scariest of times just a bit better.last_img read more

NARSAD awards $720,000 to Harvard researchers

first_imgTwelve from Harvard are among 214 researchers named NARSAD Young Investigators.Young Investigators represent a new generation of researchers who will pioneer breakthroughs in mental health research. Young Investigator grants are catalysts for additional funding, providing researchers with “proof of concept” for their work. On average, NARSAD Young Investigators have used their grants to leverage an additional 19 times their original grant amount and some have gone on to receive much more than that after proving initial hypotheses with the first NARSAD grant support. Receiving up to $60,000 over two years, Young Investigators pursue brain and behavior research related to schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder, autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and anxiety disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).Harvard researchers receiving grants include:Heather C. Brenhouse, instructor in psychiatry, aims to investigate a link between early life stress, inflammatory responses, and developmental effects in the cortex of the brain that may lead to schizophrenia and depression in genetically at-risk people.Joan A. Camprodon, clinical fellow in psychiatry, will explore the functional connectivity of mood and reward networks in the brain as they relate to major depressive disorder.Marilyn C. Cornelis, research associate in nutrition, will explore the complex interplay of multiple genetic and environmental factors in the development of depression and anxiety disorders.Atilla Gonenc, research fellow in psychiatry, will use advanced brain imaging techniques to detect abnormalities in children and adolescents with depression.C. Geoffrey Lau, postdoctoral fellow in molecular and cellular biology, is examining how the malfunction of PV+ interneurons may contribute to schizophrenia.Rhiannon J. Luyster, research fellow in pediatrics, will seek to clarify the relationship between visual attention to emotional faces and the brain’s response to them in people with autism spectrum disorder.Jessica J. Noggle, research fellow in medicine, will test yoga’s ability to reduce insomnia and improve sleep quality in PTSD patients and also reduce PTSD symptom severity.Ann K. Shinn, instructor in psychiatry, will study the pathophysiology underlying auditory hallucinations common in people with schizophrenia and mood disorders like bipolar disorder.Luke E. Stoeckel, clinical fellow in psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, will investigate how nicotine enhances reward mechanisms in the brains of people with schizophrenia, 74 to 92 percent of whom smoke as compared with 22 percent of the general population.Gordana D. Vitaliano, instructor in psychiatry, aims to develop new nanoprobes for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of microglial neuroinflammation in schizophrenia, leading to ways to better monitor progression of disease and recovery.Jennifer B. Wagner, research fellow in psychiatry, will apply state-of-the-art neuroimaging to study infants who may be at risk for autism spectrum disorder on the basis of an older sibling with a confirmed diagnosis.Tracy L. Young-Pearse, instructor in neurobiology, aims to understand normal and abnormal neuronal development through analyses of the mechanisms of a gene linked to schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease, both of which impair cognitive function.last_img read more

Strong voices

first_imgOn May 27, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study will celebrate its past, present, and future when hundreds of fellows, friends, and former students convene for Radcliffe Day. The commitment at the Radcliffe Institute to the pursuit of knowledge — and the application of that knowledge to issues that affect our world — will define a morning discussion about approaches to changing the world and a luncheon honoring one of the world’s foremost leaders of social change.Each year during Harvard Commencement week, the Radcliffe Institute honors an individual whose life and work have substantially and positively influenced society. This year — in which the developing world was a focus of many of the institute’s events — the Radcliffe Institute Medal recipient is Ela Bhatt, who, as the founder of the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) of India, has improved the self-sufficiency of more than a million women. SEWA began as a women’s trade union and has expanded to provide microloans, health and life insurance, and child care, all overseen by more than 100 women-run cooperatives. Last year, membership reached 1.2 million.“With gratitude, we bestow our highest honor on a woman who has worked tirelessly for social change for more than four decades. Her ideas have spread across the developing world, transforming theory and practice, and improving the lives of millions of women and their families,” said Radcliffe Dean Barbara J. Grosz. “Ela Bhatt epitomizes the institute’s commitment to advancing knowledge and applying it to improve the world.”After Grosz presents the Radcliffe Institute Medal, Ela Bhatt will address the Radcliffe community to share her ideas about moving toward a more equitable and just world.Also planned for Radcliffe Day is “Making a World of Difference,” a panel discussion with leading women scholars and authors who share a connection to the multidisciplinary community at the Radcliffe Institute:Panel moderator Swanee Hunt is the Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School; president of the Hunt Alternatives Fund; and chair of the Institute for Inclusive Security. She advances innovative approaches to social change — including inclusive peace and security processes, and inspiring women to political leadership — and will release her third book this fall, “Worlds Apart: Bosnian Lessons for Global Security.” Hunt participated in the institute’s “Driving Change, Shaping Lives” conference this year.As the director for the Center for Adolescent Health and the Law, Abigail English ’71, RI ’11, focuses on the needs of vulnerable young people, including health care access. This year, she is the Frieda L. Miller Fellow at Radcliffe Institute, where she researched the worldwide problem of sexual exploitation and trafficking of adolescents.Lani Guinier ’71 became the first woman of color appointed to a tenured professorship at Harvard Law School and is now Bennett Boskey Professor of Law. Through her work and books, Guinier addresses issues of race, gender, and democratic decision-making and seeks new ways of approaching affirmative action.Nancy E. Hill, RI ’11, is the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute and a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She researches cultural, economic, and community influences on family socialization patterns that shape child and adolescent development, helping to identify policy and program interventions that enhance children’s chances of reaching their potential.Radcliffe Day — which celebrates achievement, excellence, and innovation — upholds the defining values of the College and highlights the Institute’s commitment to multidisciplinary work and advanced study.last_img read more

From Amos Hart to Billy Flynn! Christopher Fitzgerald Returns to Chicago

first_img Chicago Related Shows View Comments Star Files Christopher Fitzgerald made Chicago history on August 5! The Broadway favorite returned to the long-running musical after performing the role of Amos Hart earlier this year…but this time, he’s playing slick lawyer Billy Flynn. This makes Fitzgerald the first male actor to take on two leading roles in the hit musical. After officially returning to his Chicago family, the star took a post-show photo with “merry murderesses” (from left) Donna Marie Asbury, Melissa Rae Mahon, Dani Spieler, Stephanie Pope, Jennifer Dunne and Tonya Wathen. Check out this Hot Shot of the Fitzgerald looking suave as Billy Flinn, then see him in Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre! from $49.50 Christopher Fitzgeraldlast_img read more

See the Magic Makers of The Illusionists Hit the Stage

first_img It’s a whole lot more than some hocus pocus! Broadway’s The Illusionists: Turn of the Century opened at the Palace Theatre on November 25 and has been enchanting audiences and prompting exclamations of “How did they do that?” ever since. The production showcases some of the most dazzling (and dangerous) illusions in the magician’s toolkit. America’s Got Talent runners up The Clairvoyants headline the engagement, which also features Dana Daniels, Charlie Frye, Jinger Leigh, Justo Thaus, Rick Thomas, Jonathan Goodwin and Mark Kalin (pictured below). recently got in on the magical mayhem. Take a peek at the epic shots of the cast taking the stage, and be sure to let The Illusionists cast a spell on you before the limited engagement disappears on January 1, 2017! The company of Broadway’s ‘The Illusionists: Turn of the Century’ View Comments The Illusionists – Turn of the Centurycenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Related Showslast_img read more

Summer nights

first_imgDay tempsBased on preliminary studies of locations with at least 60 years of climate data, only 9 locations had unusually high average daily maximum temperature, which typically means daytime temperature highs. These 9 included the urban stations of Atlanta, which had the fifth warmest average daily high, and Athens, which had its third warmest average daily high. Columbus had its warmest ever. Brunswick – McKinnon had its third warmest. And Savannah tied its third warmest ever.Only four rural locations had unusually high average daily maximum temperature. Waynesboro had its warmest average daily high in 75 years of records. Brooklet experienced its warmest in 84 years of records. It was the second warmest in Sunnyside/Waycross in 101 years of records. Alma experienced its third warmest in 62 years of records. AC upAir conditioning cooling demands for buildings were above normal statewide. Cooling demand was 28 percent above normal in Atlanta, 26 percent for Athens, 23 percent for Columbus, 21 percent for Macon, 23 percent for Augusta, 18 percent for Savannah, 16 percent for Alma, and 18 percent for Brunswick. Compared to last summer, cooling demand was 27 percent in Columbus, 23 percent higher in Atlanta, 19 percent in Macon, 17 percent in Augusta, 16 percent in Athens, 15 percent in Savannah, 13 percent in Brunswick, and 12 percent in Alma.There is a high probability that winter will be warmer and drier than average. The ocean-atmosphere system is expected to remain in a La Niña pattern, which normally brings a warm and dry winter to Georgia. The La Niña pattern is often the pattern that leads to a summertime drought. Thus, there is an increased probability that Georgia could experience a drought in 2011.Updated weather conditions can be found at This past summer was one of the warmest on record for Georgia. It wasn’t that the daytime high temperatures were that unusual; it was the warm nighttime temperatures that set records. Meteorologists and climatologists define summer as the months of June, July and August. Almost all locations in Georgia had record to near-record warm nights for this time period. Night tempsLocations with at least 60 years of climate data that experienced record-setting warm average daily minimum temperatures, which typically indicates nighttime temperatures, included Atlanta (132 years of climate data), Jasper (68 years), Gainesville (109 years), Toccoa (107 years), Athens (67 years), Augusta – Bush Field (67 years), Waynesboro (75 years), Louisville (98 years), Macon (80 years), Columbus (63 years), Camilla (70 years), Moultrie (83 years), Brooklet (84 years), and Alma (62 years). Locations with at least 60 years of climate data that experienced the second warmest average daily minimum temperatures included Cedartown (73 years of climate data), Tifton (89 years), Brunswick – McKinnon (62 years), and Sunnyside/Waycross (101 years). The third warmest average daily minimum temperatures were reported at Clayton (109 years), Lafayette (68 years), and Milledgeville (104 years). The fourth warmest average summer nights were recorded at Eastman (105 years) and Savannah (137 years).A month, season or year that is warm or cold tells us very little about global warming or climate change. Global warming is seen in long-term trends. However, warm nighttime temperatures are what we expect with human-induced global warming. If these abnormally warm nights continue over the next several years, then we have good evidence supporting human-induced global warming or climate change.last_img read more