Kleckner receives Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal

first_imgNancy Kleckner, the Herchel Smith Professor of Molecular Biology, has been awarded the Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal by the Genetics Society of America in recognition of her many significant contributions to understanding chromosomes and the mechanisms of inheritance.“I am delighted to have received the Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal because it is a special honor to be recognized by one’s peers,” Kleckner said. “I wish to acknowledge the members of my laboratory and our collaborators, and the training into how to do science provided by Matthew Meselson at Harvard and Ethan Signer and David Botstein at MIT.”Established in 1981 and named in honor of Thomas Hunt Morgan, who won the Nobel Prize in 1933 for his studies of Drosophila chromosomes and their role in heredity, the medal is awarded to an individual GSA member to recognize the full body of work of an exceptional geneticist.Widely recognized as a leader in bringing meiosis research into the modern era, Kleckner pioneered efforts to combine traditional genetic approaches with molecular biology, microscopy, physics, and modeling, techniques that have now become commonplace.Kleckner’s lab has played a key role in elucidating the mechanism that initiates meiotic recombination, helped decipher the “strand gymnastics” of recombination, and now is beginning to provide insight into the enigmatic phenomenon of crossover interference. She has also led significant achievements in other areas, including bacterial transposition and chromosome organization.“Nancy has made major contributions both to understanding how chromosomes work and to developing transformative methodology that has changed the way that others do science and the types of molecular and cellular events that can be observed and measured,” said Anne Villeneuve, professor of developmental biology and genetics at Stanford University.In addition to her many scientific achievements, Kleckner is also recognized as a mentor to many graduate students and postdocs who have themselves become research leaders in their fields.“[Her] trademark features are exceptional insight into complex biological problems; incisive and often highly innovative approaches; fearless attack on intellectual challenges few if any others could tackle; and rigorous experimentation,” said Scott Keeney, a former postdoc with Kleckner who is now a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and member of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.Kleckner has also provided leadership within the community, including service on the GSA board of directors and on the editorial boards of various scientific journals, including the GSA journal Genetics. She helped establish the Gordon Research Conference on Meiosis, the Woods Hole Workshop on Site-Specific Recombination and Transposition, and the Keystone Symposium on Bacterial Chromosomes. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Microbiology. In 1990, she received the GSA Medal for her early contributions to the field.last_img read more

Chile Quake Moved Earth’s Axis, Shortened Days: Scientist

first_imgBy Dialogo March 04, 2010 I believe these continuous earthquakes will increase until the Earth can’t stand it anymore because we aren’t taking care of our planet. Instead we are destroying it more and more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The powerful earthquake that shook Chile on Saturday probably shifted the Earth’s axis and made days slightly shorter, a NASA scientist said. Richard Gross, a research scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, calculated that the planet’s axis would have shifted by eight centimeters (three inches) during the 8.8 magnitude quake, NASA said in a statement. Earth days are 24 hours long because that’s the amount of time it takes the planet to make one full rotation on its axis, so shifting the axis would affect rotation. If, indeed, the planet’s axis did shift by eight centimeters during the Chilean quake, days would have shortened by 1.26 microseconds, Gross calculated. A microsecond is one-millionth of a second, so no need to adjust watches just yet. The Chilean quake shifted the Earth’s axis by even more than the 9.1-magnitude temblor off Indonesia that set off the deadly tsunami in Asia in 2004, Gross worked out. That’s partly because the faultline responsible for the earthquake in Chile “dips into Earth at a slightly steeper angle than does the fault responsible for the 2004 Sumatran earthquake” and is more effective at moving Earth’s mass vertically and shifting the planet’s axis. The 2004 quake in Asia caused the Earth to move by around seven centimeters and chopped an estimated 6.8 microseconds off the length of a day, NASA said.last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, May 16

first_imgSen. Tedisco is a hero to abused animalsI’m really impressed with Sen. Jim Tedisco’s feelings on animal cruelty.My beautiful cat, Jack, was abandoned. One day, I went across the street to visit my neighbor. This beautiful tuxedo cat rushed out to see me. He just loved people. “He’s a bully,” my neighbor said. He chased away her stray cats that she fed. My neighbor didn’t want him either.There’s no end to animal cruelty. Dog’s ears are cut. Their tails are cut off, leaving them looking like they need underwear.Dairy cows’ tails are cut off; it’s easier than cleaning behind them. Their calves are put in a small cover, tied so short they can’t really move.Sen. Tedisco is a hero, helping to put Buster’s Law through.Eunice KilmerJohnstown Congress must step up to serve countryOur country is falling apart. We are in great need of legislation on education, immigration, health care, global weather, trade agreements and much more. However, our Congress is too busy either investigating, or protecting our lying, cheating, autocratic president. It’s time they did something constructive, starting with enacting laws limiting the powers of the president. Also, they should consider making the attorney general an elected office. Nominees should be non-partisan, federal judges or states’ attorneys general. If not elected, the president’s nominee should be approved by a two-thirds majority of the Senate. We cannot exist long if we ever have another president (even a Democrat) who would twist the Constitution to fit his or her needs.Louis BachScotia Trump shown to be an artist of losingDonald J. Trump promotes himself as the master-of-the-universe for his deal-making abilities and his wealth. The reality is that he’s the biggest loser; $1.17 billion lost from 1985-1995 alone. It’s obvious from his long record of many failed investments and bankruptcies that he spent all his time promoting himself as a business genius, but didn’t even do a cursory analysis of his investments.        For example, he opened The Trump Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino saddled with more than $800 million high interest debt. There was no way he would be able to make debt payments when Atlantic City turns into a ghost town after the summer.As president, he acts impulsively without analyzing the consequences of his policies. His tariff policies are damaging American farmers and manufacturing. American taxpayers were stuck with a $12 billion bailout of farmers when China turned to Argentina and Brazil to purchase soy beans.President Trump is leaving a trail of destruction and failures, as he did when he plunged into failed investments in casinos and everything else he invested in.The sequel to “Trump: The Art of the Deal” should be “Trump: The Art at Losing.”Mark MarkovitzNiskayuna Backus will meet the challenges in NiskyIn October 2017, I wrote a letter on behalf of Brian Backus, a candidate for an open seat on the Niskayuna school district’s Board of Education. I and so many others were very pleased that Brian won that seat.At a recent Board of Education meeting, the various bargaining groups addressed the board with their concerns about what the groups perceived as important issues that aren’t being addressed by the district administration and the board.I spoke with Brian after I read about the meeting in The Gazette. Brian was very concerned and troubled that no member of the represented groups had chosen to speak to him before the meeting about the issues that were brought up to the board. In my opinion, Brian would have much preferred to have had conversations with those employees versus the surprise meeting. He told me, “People know who I am, what I represent. They know where I live. They know my phone numbers, and they know of my availability.”My conversation with Brian captured for me one of his strongest attributes, that of meeting challenges head-on. Because of these attributes, I believe Brian needs to remain an integral part of the Board of Education. With that, I heartily endorse his candidacy.Edward A. CarangeloNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThank you to military, volunteer firefightersThank you to all our armed forces every day and not just on May 18, Armed Forces Day. They protect us every day 24/7. Pray for them and their families. Do something special for them.Also, happy anniversary to the Jonesville Fire Department for its 100th anniversary. To all the residents in these towns, your fire departments are all volunteers. You should look into them and do something for them and their families.Whenever there is a fire, day or night, they leave their families and are there to help you. They also have jobs to support their families. Many young people don’t even know they are volunteers. Do something year round for them, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. Gift cards are always great for their families.Carol Pingelski HotalingClifton Parklast_img read more

Eibach Springs marks decade of sponsorship with contingency awards in six IMCA divisions

first_imgCORONA, Calif. – Eibach Springs rewards drivers in six divisions this season, its 10th as an IMCA sponsor.The Corona, Calif., manufacturer gives a full set of springs to champions of each of five IMCA Modified regions, both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car regions and both IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock regions, and to national IMCA Late Model, Karl Chevrolet North­ern SportMod and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod champions.Each runner-up receives three springs while each third-place finisher is in line for two springs.“IMCA continues to be a leader and innovator in promoting short track races and Eibach has benefited from this relationship tremendously. Having a consistent rules packages that we as a manufacturer know won’t change overnight night gives us the confidence to push the development of our products to even higher levels,” said Sales Manager David Cardey. “Couple this with the ability that IMCA gives us to give back to not only the top teams but also to some of the middle of the pack teams makes it a great overall package for us.”“Our current weekly product certificate winner goes to the first non-qualifier each race to try and help them get the same new technology the front runners are using,” he added.All Eibach awards will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office. Information about Eibach products and services is available at the www.eibach.com website, by calling 800 507-2338 and on Facebook.“It is hard to believe it has been 10 years already, but we’ve enjoyed a great decade of partnership with Eibach,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “The program has evolved during that time and continues to recognize IMCA racers for their outstanding accomplishments throughout the season.”last_img read more

Avram Grant opens doors to suspended Muntari and KPB

first_imgNew Black Stars coach Avram Grant says his doors are not shut to suspended midfielders Sulley Ali Muntari and Kelvin Prince Boateng.The Coach said he will give equal opportunities to any Ghanaian player to be part of the Black Stars if only, the player is ready to sacrifice for the nation.The Israeli’s appointment will open a fresh page for the two foreign-based players to make a return if they so wish.The two have been suspended indefinitely from the Black Stars by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) for what the FA described as disruptive behaviour during Ghana’s participation at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.Meanwhile, an official apology is expected to be rendered to the Ghana FA by Muntari and Boateng for engaging in acts of indiscipline during the 2014 World Cup in July.Though many Ghanaians believe the door to the Black Stars is completely shut to these two players, the former Chelsea manager thinks otherwise. “The door is open but they need to show that they are willing to come and sacrifice for the national team.“A national team – everybody including you and I need to support the team to be successful.“The door is opened for all players who are ready to come and sacrifice, he added.Grant will lead the team to next month’s nations cup in Equatorial Guinea.last_img read more

Two 5-year-olds allegedly raped by school boys

first_imgThe Police have launched an investigation into the alleged rape of two five-year-old girls who attend a school along the Soesdyke/Linden Highway.Reports are the accusation surfaced on Wednesday afternoon after the two children cried out for abdominal pains. The parents of one of the girls thought it was just a normal tummy ache but upon a closer inspection, realised something was amiss.As such, the child was taken to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre where the girl was examined and proved that she was sexually molested.The Police were called in as well as the welfare department and upon enquiring, the child reportedly told the Police that boys from her school interfered with her and her friend. As such, the other child was taken for a medical examination and the results were the same.A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander Marlon Chapman confirmed that the matter was reported and an investigation is underway.Attempts to contact Head of the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA), Ann Greene proved futile. Only recently, two teenage girls were allegedly drugged and raped by two men at Number 64 Village, Corentyne.Reports are the girls left their school and travelled eight miles to Number 63 Beach, where they were followed by two boys who later invited them to go for a drink.Hours later, the two teenagers woke up and realised what had happened. Both of them were picked up while walking on the roadway.They were medically examined, and it confirmed that they were sexually active.last_img read more

Online Resources Impacting Parenting

first_imgReferences[1] Na, J., & Chia, S. (2008). Impact of online resources on informal learners: Parents’ perception of their parenting skills. Computers & Education, 51(1), 173-186. doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2007.05.006This post was written by Rachel Dorman, M.S. and Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFT.  Both are members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, Facebook, Twitter, and on YouTube. By Rachel Dorman, M.S. & Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFTToday’s blog looks at how online resources can impact the parenting of young children. Technology and the internet are common ways parents are finding educational resources. Internet searchers rendering results for blogs, electronic newsletters, etc. are helpful ways that expecting parents or parents with young children get information on hot topics such as childrearing strategies and child development. Na and Chia (2008) [1] conducted research to examine the impact of online resources available to informal learners, such as parents.[Flickr, Mom and baby by marki1983, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 23, 2015Researchers examined how parents’ informal learning about parenting skills and child development through online resources would impact their parenting confidence and skills. Participants included 821 Singaporean parents that had children between the ages of 0 – 6 years. The surveyed participants were divided into two groups, one group containing 411 participants received the online resources called KidzGrow (an online platform for parents to better understand child development and empower parents in their knowledge about child development) while the other group, containing 410 participants, received printed material on child development.Parents who had access to KidzGrow were more likely to do to educational age-appropriate development activities with their children. Parents who had access to KidzGrow were also significantly more likely to report having adequate knowledge on their childrens’ speech, communication skills, social skills, and intellectual development. Parents who had access to KidzGrow, as compared to those who did not, were significantly more likely to report that they were doing well at achieving their goals of being a successful parent. These parents were also significantly more likely to report an increase in their level of confidence as a parent. The study findings suggest that online parenting resources can impact a parent’s feeling of confidence and knowledge about their child’s speech, social, and intellectual skills. The researchers suggest future studies try to study not only different online programs but also programs targeting different regions of the world, such as North America or Europe.Do you like this topic? Find out more during out next Webinar!Presenters of this 2 hour webinar will highlight how parents today are less likely to attend traditional parenting programs, provide research showing that parents are increasingly seeking information online, through social media and mobile devices and promote the use of two FREE, effective and innovative resources that can meet the needs of parents with young children,  Just In Time Parenting & Text4Baby.Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014Time: 11a-1pm EasternLocation: Novel Communication Tools: Using Text4Baby & Just In Time Parenting to Meet the Needs of ParentsWe hope to see you there!last_img read more

Targeted Growth Applications Extended

first_imgPlease be advised that applications for the 2013/2014 Targeted Growth Program has been extended to 5pm AEST – Tuesday, 13 August 2013.The Targeted Growth Program (TGP) provides an opportunity for Touch Football members across Australia to apply for funding assistance in the area of targeted growth and participation.More information is available from the attachments.Related Files2013-14_targeted_growth_program_overview_01-pdf2013-14_targeted_growth_program_information_and_application_form_01-pdfRelated LinksTGP Extendedlast_img read more

12 days agoAston Villa midfielder McGinn nets hat-trick in Scotland victory

first_imgAston Villa midfielder McGinn nets hat-trick in Scotland victoryby Freddie Taylor12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa midfielder John McGinn scored a hat-trick as Scotland trounced San Marino 6-0 on Sunday.McGinn scored all three goals before the half-time whistle as the Tartan Army swept aside the world’s lowest ranked team.Lawrence Shankland scored his first international goal after 65 minutes, with Stuart Findlay and Stuart Armstrong rounding out the victory.”It’s not often a Scotland team score six goals,” Clarke told Sky Sports. “It’s a nice reward at the end of a difficult week.”They’ve got character and resilience. They were on a hiding to nothing tonight. They showed the character to come back from a bad blow.”We’re working towards an end target, which is the play-offs in March. We go to Cyprus one point behind with a chance to go above them.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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