Ice core evidence for the extent of past atmospheric CO2 change due to iron fertilisation

first_imgAn extended high-resolution ice core record of dust deposition over the past 60 ka from Dome C, Antarctica, is presented. The data are in conflict with the idea that changes in aeolian iron input into the Southern Ocean were the major cause for the 80 ppm glacial-interglacial CO2 increase. During the deglaciation, the CO2 increase shows a linear relationship with the fall of the logarithm of the nss-Ca2+ flux, a proxy for dust deposition. However, the very large variations in the nss-Ca2+ flux related to the glacial Antarctic warm events A1 to A4 were accompanied by small CO2 variations only. Our data-based analysis suggests that decreased Southern Ocean dust deposition caused at most a 20 ppm increase in CO2 at the last glacial-interglacial transition. Rapid decreases in dust deposition to the northern Pacific could have been responsible for a maximum of 8 ppm in addition.last_img read more

Gail Riecken Comments About Ivy Tech Not Being Included In New IU Medical School…

first_imgCCO State House Editor Gail Riecken Writes About “Rest Of The Story”Senator Kenley, one of the most influential members on the Appropriations Committee officially retired from the State Senate on September 30,2017Recently Victoria Spartz, Noblesville, was formally sworn in as the new State Senator to replace him. From what I have read about Senator Spartz she will be a dedicated member of the Indiana State Senate.Allow me to take advantage of this opportunity to talk about one legislative decision that State Senator Kenley made during his final years in office.i will use this as an example of what can trigger a position with a legislator that is often not public and maybe not specific to the issue. We could call it “the rest of the story”.I am speaking of Senator Kenley’s decision that he made a few years ago that punished Ivy Tech statewide, for not resolving some internal leadership problems that he had with the school. As an influential member of the State Senate Appropriations Committee he decided to oppose any new funding for capital improvements for Ivy Tech during a two year budget cycle, until the issues of low graduation and poor job placement rates were resolved to his satisfaction.This decision not only hurt Ivy Tech statewide, but particularly hurt us in Evansville.  Ivy Tech-Evansville lost it’s funding to be an important part of the new IU Medical School-Evansville project, as originally proposed by the State legislator.  In fact, because Ivy Tech-Evansville was being touted as a crucial component to the approval of the newly proposed IU Medical School-Evansville it helped to justify the spending of $55 million dollars of local tax dollars to bring this project to shall always be interesting to me just how frustrated the Senator must have felt to let the failings of Ivy Tech statewide potentially hurt the future of so many Ivy Tech-Evansville  medical students. I will admit, though, I did see his frustration, when visiting with him to confirm his intentions.Maybe you have heard the saying that bill making is like sausage making. It is messy and often unappetizing to watch. But, understand, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t know what’s in the sausage.There were often reasons behind decisions that were made in the legislature, when I was there, that weren’t privy to all of us. As a legislator it served you well to find out what they were. And, the Ivy Tech matter, it is just one I was thinking of when reading about the State Senator Spartz appointment.Gail RieckenCCO State House EditorEditor Footnote:  Today’s “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that IVY TECH medical students should be allowed to be a part of the new IU Medical school-Evansville? Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily. EDITOR’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertisersFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]last_img read more

Holy Cross graduation postponed to September

first_img WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Pinterest Google+ Holy Cross graduation postponed to September Pinterest Google+ CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Facebook WhatsApp Holy Cross College (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) Holy Cross College is postponing their graduation ceremony.Wednesday, President The Reverend David Tyson announced that due to the coronavirus, all commencement activities have been moved to Labor Day Weekend in September.The school says they would rather wait and celebrate together instead of holding a virtual graduation online. Facebook Previous articleElkhart County reports second death; State death toll up to 65Next articleClosed medical facilities could reopen to help with anticipated surge of Indiana patients Tommie Lee By Tommie Lee – April 1, 2020 0 184 last_img read more

Tonight’s Broad City Episode Was Full Of Phish References

first_imgLyrics to “Run Like An Antelope,” “Cavern,” the album Rift, and more were featured throughout the program. Watch the “Antelope” clip below:Later in the episode, Abbi’s potential love interest quotes “Cavern”: The acclaimed Comedy Central series Broad City is back with their second episode of the season, and what an episode it was. If you’re reading this article and watched tonight’s episode, chances are you caught the many references to beloved jam band Phish. It turns out that one of the co-creators, Abbi Jacobson, has actually been a “phan” for quite some time, even referring to the group as “the boyz” in a tweet. In an interview with Relix she recalls, “I used to go to a lot of jam and Phish shows,” about growing up outside Philadelphia. “That’s what we did on the weekends— we’d see shows. It’s just such an amazing, rare thing to put yourself in that situation where you are improvising onstage.” Very happy to get to give “the boyz” (@phish ) a few shout outs on tonight’s ep.— Abbi Jacobson (@abbijacobson) February 25, 2016last_img read more

GSD names Krzysztof Wodiczko professor in residence

first_imgThe Harvard Graduate School of Design has appointed Krzysztof Wodiczko as professor in residence of art, design, and the public domain, effective July 1, said Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, the Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design.Wodiczko is currently a professor and head of the Interrogative Design Group in the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Wodiczko is renowned for his large-scale slide and video projections on architectural façades and monuments. He has prepared more than 80 such public projections for Australia, Austria, Canada, England, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. Since the late 1980s, his projections have involved participation by marginalized and estranged city residents. Simultaneously, he has designed and helped to create a series of nomadic instruments and vehicles with homeless, immigrant, and war veteran operators, for their aid and communication.Since 1985, he has held major retrospectives at such institutions as the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Museum Sztuki, Lodz; Fundació Tàpies, Barcelona; Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford; La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Contemporary Art Center, Warsaw; de Appel, Amsterdam; and the Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw.His work has been exhibited in Documenta, Paris Biennale, Sydney Biennale, Lyon Biennale, Venice Biennale, Whitney Biennial, Kyoto Biennale, Yokohama Triennale, and in many other major international art festivals and exhibitions. He and architect Julian Bonder have designed the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery in Nantes, France, which is under construction.Wodiczko was awarded the Hiroshima Prize in 1998 for his contribution as an artist to world peace. He also has received the Skowhegan Medal for Sculpture, the Gyorgy Kepes Award, the Katarzyna Kobro Prize, and the “Gloria Artis” Golden Medal from the Polish Ministry of Culture. In 2009 he represented Poland in the Venice Biennale, developed the War Veteran Projection Vehicle in Liverpool, the Veterans’ Flame project at Governors Island in New York, and presented the “Veteran Project” (an interior video-projection installation) at the ICA in Boston. He is currently developing public art projects in Poland and France.The work of Wodiczko has been the subject of numerous publications, including “Critical Vehicles: Writings, Projects, Interviews” (1999), “Krzysztof Wodiczko: Guests” (2009), and “City of Refuge: A 9/11 Memorial” (2010).last_img read more

HMS appoints center director

first_imgHarvard Medical School Professor of Medicine Russell S. Phillips has been appointed inaugural director of HMS’s Center for Primary Care by Jeffrey S. Flier, dean of the faculty of medicine. Andrew L. Ellner, instructor in medicine, will assume the position of co-director. Both Phillips and Ellner, along with Professor of Medicine David Bates, co-led the center on an interim basis. Bates will continue to work with the center closely as an adviser.“As the national crisis in primary care looms, the need is as great as ever for leaders who will guide innovative solutions,” said Flier. “Drs. Phillips and Ellner clearly possess the leadership, expertise, and passion essential for effecting transformative, global impact in primary care.”Read the full announcement.last_img

Office manages game day logistics

first_imgAnnie Smierciak | The Observer Fans watch the Notre Dame football game against the University of Michigan in the stadium on Sept. 1. The University employs a number of strategies to enhance the game day experience for visitors.Though on a technical level the office is in charge of running the logistics of game weekends, Seamon explained that its larger role is to help present the many faces of the University to visitors.“We know people are coming for the football game. We understand that. But what Fr. John and the trustees and the leadership want to do is let Notre Dame be the best it can be and open up the University so people can experience everything from the athletic tradition, to the academic elements of it, to the faith elements and then also the social elements,” he said. “We know people come here to see a game, but we want them to experience everything good about the University.”Game Day Operations is designed to coordinate all of the necessary logistics to make sure fans walk away having had a positive experience during their visit, Seamon said.“Game Day is this office that tries to help organize that in a way to make it easier for everybody,” he said. “I would say it’s this organizing element that works with all these different divisions. Game day is such a massive operation for the University. No one office can do it by itself. It’s all these entities: it’s the athletic department, it’s student affairs, it’s the alumni association, it’s food services, it’s campus safety, it’s landscaping, it’s parking. All these elements come underneath it. We just ensure we’re all rowing in the same direction.”Planning for the season begins long before opening kickoff of the first game, Seamon said. Game Day Operations will start developing plans for year in the preceding winter.“The planning for game weeks and the home season … actually starts in January and February,” he said. “The cycle is basically that we use December and January to get all the feedback from the previous season. We all think about different initiatives and how we would change it. We do a little bit with the Blue-Gold Game in April, but by the time we get to summer, we’re really finalizing details of our offerings and how do things.”For home game weeks, staffers from various campus offices and departments gather early in the week before the game to start implementing the plans for the weekend, Seamon said.“On a home game week, on Tuesday morning, there’s probably 125 people, all leaders across the University, everything from football operations to food services to landscaping to safety to police, medical fire, we all meet to talk about the week and what we want to do and how we want to do it. Our teams work throughout the week to get it ready and to implement it,” he said.Though there is a “backbone” of plans used throughout the season, Seamon explained that plans vary from game to game. For instance, kickoff time can affect planning, as can the opponent and where that team is traveling from. Seamon cited weather as “a consistent challenge because it is so inconsistent.” About 4,000 personnel works each game day.Alison Thigpen, director of game day operations noted the importance of guest services teams in ensuring a positive experience for fans.“That’s roughly 70 individuals and they’re the ones you see across campus in the green polos or green blazers. They’re stationed strategically across campus at various posts and they’re helping guests with everything from handing out maps, to directions, to game day shades for the kids, to answering general questions about Notre Dame and welcoming,” she said. “They also drive the courtesy carts around campus, helping guests get from one spot to the other. That’s Friday and Saturday. During the game, they’re also stationed throughout both levels of the concourse and guest services booth.”Other schools have taken notice at the success of Notre Dame’s Game Day Operations. For example, the University of Georgia recently launched a game day ambassador program, SilverDawgs modelled after what Georgia fans and officials encountered at Notre Dame during the Bulldogs’ visit to South Bend a year ago.Seamon said Notre Dame is unique in the college football world, and that fact imbues a lot of meaning into the office’s work.“We hear over and over again that coming to Notre Dame for a football game is a bucket list experience. If you’re a baseball fan, you want to go to a game at Wrigley or Fenway. If you’re a race car fan you want to go to Daytona. If you’re a golf fan you want to go to Augusta or Pebble Beach,” he said. “There’s these things that if you have something in your mind that there’s something unique about there. What we’re finding out more and more is it’s a bucket list. People, regardless of if they’re cheering for Notre Dame, if it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience or they come here every game, every week, or anything in between, we want them to understand that it’s different. We’re no better or worse than any other university game day experience in the country, but we think we are distinctly unique. And that’s what we are trying to work with all our colleagues on, across campus.”Tags: Campus Safety and Event Management, Game Day Operations, gameday In a given semester, Notre Dame’s campus consists of about 8,600 undergraduate students. Nevertheless, on six Saturdays throughout the fall semester, many thousands more fans descend on campus for Notre Dame home football games. Mike Seamon, the University’s vice president or campus safety and event management, estimated that about 100,000-120,000 come to Notre Dame on a given weekend. For last weekend’s game against the University of Michigan, that number was probably closer to 150,000, he said.Coordinating the logistics for these large events is Game Day Operations, the office responsible for ensuring home game weekends proceed as smoothly as possible. University President Fr. John Jenkins established the office, which began work ahead of the 2009 football season, Seamon said.“In 2008, [Jenkins] commissioned a task force … to look at the game day experience on campus,” Seamon said. “[It was] a 17-person task force. Student body, alumni association, athletics, student affairs — they used the 2008 season to look at the Notre Dame game day experience. Then, they provided a report to Fr. Jenkins on how the University could better manage the game day experience. So that’s when Game Day Operations was born.”last_img read more

New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards Announced

first_imgSarah Steele, Arian Moayed & Jayne Houdyshell in ‘The Humans'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Hot on the heels of their Tony nominations, there was more good news for Broadway’s The Humans and Shuffle Along on May 5. The New York Drama Critics’ Circle named the former best play of the 2015-16 season, while the latter picked up best musical. The selections were made at the organization’s 81st annual voting meeting. The awards will be presented at a private cocktail reception on May 17.The honor for best play carries a cash prize of $2,500, made possible by a grant from the Lucille Lortel Foundation. The Humans, by Stephen Karam, directed by Joe Mantello, opened at the Roundabout Theatre Company on October 25, 2015, and closed January 3. The production transferred to Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theatre on February 18, where it is currently playing.Shuffle Along, book by George C. Wolfe, music by Eubie Blake, lyrics by Noble Sissle, original book by F.E. Miller and Aubrey Lyles, directed by George C. Wolfe, currently plays at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre where it had its world premiere on April 28.Special citations were voted to Oskar Eustis of the Public Theater; Lois Smith who appeared in the off-Broadway productions of John and Marjorie Prime; and Ivo van Hove and Jan Versweyveld, who were represented on Broadway this season by A View from the Bridge and The Crucible.The New York Drama Critics’ Circle comprises 22 drama critics from daily newspapers, magazines, wire services and websites based in the New York metropolitan area. The New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, which has been awarded every year since 1936 to the best new play of the season (with optional awards for foreign or American plays, musicals and performers), is the nation’s second oldest theater award, after the Pulitzer Prize for drama. View Commentslast_img read more

Andrea Martin Joins Hairspray Live!

first_img View Comments Andrea Martin(Photo: Caitlin McNaney) She isn’t done playing difficult yet. Andrea Martin is the latest name added to the starry roster for Hairspray Live!. The Tony and Emmy winner will take on the role of the appropriately prudish Prudy Pingleton, the mom of Penny (played by Ariana Grande in the NBC project). The live broadcast will air on December 7.The Broadway favorite joins a cast that will also include her longtime friend and collaborator Martin Short, who will play Wilbur, as well as Kristin Chenoweth as Velma Von Tussle and newcomer Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad.Martin earned a Tony nomination earlier this year for her performance in Noises Off. She won in 2013 and 1993 for Pippin and My Favorite Year, respectively. Her additional Broadway credits include Act One, Exit the King, Young Frankenstein, Oklahoma! and Candide. Martin received an Emmy for her work on the Canadian sketch show SCTV and can currently be seen on the Hulu series Difficult People.Rounding out the announced stars for the live telecast are Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad, Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle, Derek Hough as Corny Collins, Dove Cameron as Amber Von Tussle, Garrett Clayton as Link Larkin, Rosie O’Donnell as the Gym Teacher and Sean Hayes as Mr. Pinky.last_img read more

Dutch Utility Changes the Game by Showing Customers How to Buy Less Power

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享New York Times: When Eneco, a major Dutch utility, tested a promising energy monitor in several dozen homes, things could not have gone much worse. The company making the devices failed to deliver enough of them, and some of those provided did not work.But when Eneco sent workers to recover the monitors, something strange happened — a tenth of customers refused to open their doors. “They wanted to keep it,” said Tako in ’t Veld, a former Eneco executive who now leads the “smart energy” unit at Quby, the company that makes the energy meter. “They were so happy with the energy insight.”The test in 2010 was part of Eneco’s efforts to adapt to upheaval in the energy market. In recent years, large volumes of wind and solar-generated electricity have undermined the economics of traditional power plants and provided the outlines of a future in which conventional power plants no longer supply the bulk of a home’s electricity.Through acquisitions (including of Quby), by nurturing a cluster of start-ups and with other initiatives, Eneco has sought to provide new services to customers — and, in doing so, to enter new sectors, like the charging of electric vehicles and the repair of solar panels. “We said ‘we have to create an increasing customer loyalty by doing something different,’” said Hans Valk, chief executive of Quby and formerly the leader of Eneco’s consumer business. “What we are trying to do is switch from selling a pure commodity to selling energy as a service.”For instance, Eneco owns Jedlix, an electric vehicle charging unit, which has partnerships with Tesla and BMW and allows car owners to recharge their vehicles inexpensively when there are large supplies of renewable energy on the grid. Jedlix sometimes even pays them to do so.Eneco is also starting a business called CrowdNett which, unusually, pays customers for some of their power. Eneco looks for people who already have solar panels at home and tries to sell them a large home battery, like a Tesla Powerwall. Surplus power generated by the solar panels is stored in the battery and Eneco taps into a portion of that storage to help balance the electricity grid. Customers will receive 450 euros, or $530, a year for allowing use of their batteries.Eneco’s leaders concede that they are proceeding more by trial and error than following a grand plan. Still, these efforts may, over time, aid the company’s survival and contribute to creating ways to help consumers shift to cleaner energy.“They are very forward-looking in terms of strategy and mind-set,” said Roberta Bigliani, a vice president at IDC, a market research firm. If Eneco’s experiments flop, though, “they definitely will not be in operation in the future,” she said.So far, the experiment with its wall-mounted energy monitor, known as Toon, has been among its more successful.When Eneco first considered the test, the utility was locked in a profit-zapping battle with competitors, cutting prices for electric power and natural gas while giving customers gifts for signing up. Seeing the danger signs, Eneco’s management decided that a radical change was necessary.The Toon offered Eneco an opportunity to shift course and, despite early teething problems, Eneco expanded the rollout. The meters allow customers to control their domestic heating settings through a smartphone app, and they have displays that show electricity and natural gas consumption in detail, along with other information like weather forecasts.Full Story:  Dutch Utility Bets Its Future on an Unusual Strategy: Selling Less Power Dutch Utility Changes the Game by Showing Customers How to Buy Less Powerlast_img read more