Jennifer Balch talks wildfire and data synthesis in new podcast episode

first_imgPublished: April 28, 2021 The first season of Buff Innovator Insights, a weekly podcast from the Research & Innovation Office (RIO), wraps up with upcoming episodes about the use of artificial intelligence in education, and how data synthesis could change the way we live with wildfires.The Buff Innovator Insights podcast offers a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most ground-breaking innovations in the world–all emanating from the CU Boulder campus–through the lens of the personal journeys that made those discoveries possible.  Terri Fiez, Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation, hosts this up-close and personal look at how researchers, scholars and artists become global pioneers, why they are so dedicated to discovery, and their visions of the future in the wide range of fields they explore. New episodes air each Thursday through May 6. Visit the Buff Innovator Insights podcast website to learn more, listen and subscribe.Upcoming EpisodesAiring Thursday, April 29: Sidney D’Mello—Psychology; Computer Science; Institute of Cognitive Science; Institute for Student-AI Teaming ListenIn this episode of Buff Innovator Insights, we meet Dr. Sidney D’Mello, associate professor at the Institute of Cognitive Science and the Department of Computer Science at CU Boulder. Dr. D’Mello describes how his unique combination of education and research experiences led to his leading-edge work at the Institute for Student-AI Teaming, which is reimagining the role of artificial intelligence in the classroom to better serve both students and teachers. Airing Thursday, May 6: Jennifer Balch—Geography; Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences; Earth Lab ListenIn this episode, we meet Dr. Jennifer Balch, associate professor of geography and director of Earth Lab­–a project at CU Boulder and CIRES. We’ll learn about how her work in places like Kenya and Amazon rainforests shaped her interests in the relationships between fire, Earth systems and people, and how she’s working to transform data into insights to help solve some of the world’s most challenging problems.Categories:Research & Innovation Newslast_img read more

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Rev. Thwaites Hails UWI Student Athletes

first_imgEducation Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, has commended University of the West Indies’ (UWI) student athletes for their success in the 2015 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Beijing, China.He said the students stand as powerful examples that students can effectively balance academics and athletics and excel at both disciplines.“There are so many young people, who are pleased and enthused and would want to follow behind you to ensure that their careers in sports can be augmented by attendance and excellence in university,” he said.He was addressing a function held at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge to honour the three student athletes. They are Fredrick Dacres and Hansle Parchment, who are pursuing studies in Sociology and Psychology respectively, and Shanieka Thomas, who has completed studies in Economics.Principal of the Mona campus, Professor Archibald McDonald, said the UWI intends to build on the successes of the athletes and use them as beacons of inspiration for other students.“These are the giants of sports, who will help to shape the hearts and minds of the next generation of UWI matriculants and as such, the UWI believes it’s our duty to recognise their achievements and hard work in order to inspire others,” he said.He echoed the sentiments expressed by the Education Minister that the three student athletes have demonstrated to others that it is possible to successfully juggle a career in sports along with their studies.Professor McDonald also committed the university’s full support to the further development of the athletes.At 15th IAAF World Championships, held late August, saw 25-year-old Hansle Parchment winning a silver medal in the 110-metre hurdles, 21-year-old Fredrick Dacres finishing seventh in the discus throw and 23-year-old Shanieka Thomas finishing 11th  in the final of the triple jump.They received special awards in recognition of their performances. Photo: JIS PhotographerEducation Minister, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites (3rd right), applauds University of the West Indies’ (UWI) student athletes (from left): Hansle Parchment, Shanieka Thomas and Fredrick Dacres, for their performance at the 2015 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championship in Beijing, China. Jamaica Olympic Association President, Hon. Mike Fennell (centre); Principal of the Mona Campus, Professor Archibald McDonald (2nd right); and Director of Sports at UWI, Dalton Myers, also hailed the athletes at the Principal’s Special Reception held in their honour at the Mona Visitor’s Lodge on October 20. Story HighlightsEducation Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, has commended University of the West Indies’ (UWI) student athletes for their success in the 2015 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Beijing, China.He said the students stand as powerful examples that students can effectively balance academics and athletics and excel at both disciplines.Principal of the Mona campus, Professor Archibald McDonald, said the UWI intends to build on the successes of the athletes and use them as beacons of inspiration for other students. RelatedEducation Minister Pledges Assistance to Denham Town High School Related51 Maths and Science Students Receive Scholarships Rev. Thwaites Hails UWI Student Athletes EducationOctober 22, 2015Written by: Chad Bryan center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisements RelatedJamaican Student Excels in Regional Science Programme Rev. Thwaites Hails UWI Student AthletesJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaylast_img read more

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The Air Up There

first_imgEVERGREEN – The clients are bouncing off the walls at EZ Air Academy in Evergreen, and that’s just fine with the business’ owners.As a new, indoor trampoline gym in the Flathead, EZ Air Academy houses multiple trampoline surfaces to bounce, jump, flip and twist on, and has proven so popular that major expansions are already in the works.“It’s doing well,” Eric Matson, CEO and founder at the gym, said. “It’s a lot better than we anticipated.”Matson and his wife Louise Adamson, the CFO at EZ Air, said the inspiration to open a trampoline-based business came to them after visiting a similar facility in Whistler, British Columbia, while on a ski holiday. The family went to the trampoline gym instead of the ski hill one day, and found they really enjoyed themselves. Matson said they had such a good time that they skipped skiing the next day to jump again, which, as a self-professed ski bum, was a big deal. “It was so much fun,” he said. “We were sold.”The couple ran the numbers and figured they could open the gym, he said. EZ Air Academy opened in January, with a trampoline half pipe, an Olympic-style string trampoline and several regular trampolines.While the business caters to the everyday jumpers who need to burn some energy by bouncing all over the warehouse, there are also clients who use the space to sharpen their skills for other sports. For example, during the vicious cold snaps last winter, the slopestyle snowboard and ski teams stopped by the gym to practice their in-air moves, Matson said. Trampolining is popular with athletes who want to learn how to move their body while also working with gravity, such as volleyball players working on their hitting or soccer players needing practice on diving for a ball without smacking into the ground.“Any kind of sport that you’re doing any kind of jumping, or any kind of body manipulation in the air, this is a great activity,” Matson said. Every Wednesday, TJ Andrews, known for his snowboarding skills and for coaching the freestyle team on Big Mountain, teaches jumpers at EZ Air how to perform the tricks they’re hoping to master. It’s a safer way to learn these moves, Matson said, and having a coach of such caliber gives the students a better chance at achieving their goals. For example, one girl who started with the Wednesday classes about a month ago was having trouble with a backflip, he said, and now she’s able to pull off multiple flips in a row. Learning to perform tricks on a trampoline can also translate to wakeboarding, and EZ Air has a space set up with a wakeboard and a towrope to let the boarders get in the kind of repetitive, rebound jumping they couldn’t get on the water. Of course, much of academy’s business comes from groups looking to have a good time. Local school groups, as well as not-so-local groups like those from East Glacier, have made their way to the trampolines for a couple hours of fun. The demand is there, Matson said, and EZ Air plans on expanding this summer with a 17-by-14-foot foam pit, which will be 4 feet deep, for bouncers to jump into. There are plans to build a ramp leading into that pit, as well as rock-climbing handholds around the pit for safe bouldering. They also plan on adding three more performance trampolines, Matson said. With expansions already in the works, and the possibility of more classes for adults, EZ Air hopes to continue finding new ways to answer the valley’s jumping demands.“It’s been a really fun thing so far,” Matson said. EZ Air Academy is located three miles south of Glacier Park International Airport, next to Pierce RV Directly. For pricing information, visit www.ezairacademy.com or call 752-3114. Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

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Police reports

first_imgFollowing are some of the incidents reported to the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) for the week ending April 30. The official log is located at 1033 Massachusetts Ave., sixth floor, and is available online athttp://www.hupd.harvard.edu/.April 26: Unattended iPods were reported stolen from Hemenway Gym and the New Dental Research Building. Harassing phone calls were reported received at University Health Services. Suspicious e-mail was reported received at the Bureau of Study Council. At the Kennedy School, officers arrested four individuals for causing a disturbance during a public assembly. An ID card and keys were reported stolen from Canaday Hall. Graffiti was reported on a wall at Wigglesworth Hall.April 27: Officers assisted the Cambridge Police Department at Holmes Hall with an individual in need of medical assistance. The individual was transported to a medical facility via ambulance. A suspicious e-mail was received at the Office of Continuing Education. An annoying phone call was received at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.April 28: Four unattended wallets were reported stolen from Newell Boathouse.April 29: Officers were dispatched to Mather House to take a report of a cell phone, $50, and credit cards that were stolen. Five individuals later approached the officers to file additional reports of theft from the above location, including a total of two cell phones, a digital camera, gift cards, credit cards, an ID, keys, and $460. A mountain bike valued at $2,000 was reported stolen from Emerson Hall.April 30: Officers were dispatched to 10 DeWolfe St. on a report of a loud noise. Officers spoke with occupants of the building who stated that there had been an altercation. One individual stated that they had been struck in the nose by another individual who had left the room. The individual refused medical attention. A flag valued at $100 was reported stolen from Fay House. Unattended cash in the amount of $220 was reported stolen from 45 Shattuck St. An officer was dispatched to a parking lot at 168 Longwood Ave. on a theft report. The reporting individual stated that the side passenger window of their vehicle had been smashed and that their backpack, books, and laptop had been stolen from the vehicle. A laptop was reported stolen from Lowell House. An unattended ID card was reported stolen from Eliot House dining hall.last_img read more

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How the weather affects us

first_imgWired UK:The weather doesn’t just determine if we should be wearing a thick coat or not — it can have profound effects on the way we behave.You’re warmer and colder towards people depending on the weather. In studies, warmer conditions induced: greater social proximity; use of more concrete language; and a more relational focus. (1)People shop more on sunny days: as exposure to sunlight increases, negative effects decrease and consumer spending tends to increase… (2)…And work more when it pours: on rainy days, men shift on average 30 minutes from leisure to work. (3)The weather can affect which university you pick: an increase in cloud cover of one standard deviation on the day of the visit is associated with an increase in the probability of enrolment of nine percentage points. (4)Read the full story: Wired UK More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Impactful Distraction

first_imgScienceNews:“Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel.”The late rock and roll singer Jim Morrison was not a poster boy for public safety — and was no authority on safe driving. After all, later in “Roadhouse Blues,” he has beer for breakfast. But the opening line of that Doors’ song still resonates as sound guidance.…This distracted state should be familiar to everyone. “That’s why you can drive home and not remember having driven home,” says Daniel Simons, a psychologist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “Just because you look at something doesn’t mean you see it.”Read the whole story: ScienceNews More of our Members in the Media >last_img

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Corus wins Gautrain rail contract

first_imgSOUTH AFRICA: Steelmaker Corus announced on October 1 that it had won a €16·5m contract to supply the 20 000 tonnes of rail needed for the Gautrain project in South Africa.The first rails will be produced at the Corus steel works at Hayange in France this month, and shipped to Durban for delivery to the construction sites.The Gautrain Rapid Rail Link consists of an 80 km double-track standard gauge route connecting Johannesburg with Pretoria, including a branch to Johannesburg International Airport. Opening is planned for 2010, when South Africa is due to host the football World Cup.Dominique Chiesura, International Commercial Manager for Corus Rail, said ‘Despite strong international competition for the supply of heat treated rails, Corus Rail France SA was able to offer the best balance of high technicality, cost effective and added value logistic route for the Gautrain Project.’last_img read more

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Ukraine announces private freight haulage pilot project

first_imgUKRAINE: The cabinet has approved plans for a pilot project which would allow private sector companies to haul freight trains on selected sections of the national network.On December 4 Minister of Infrastructure Vladislav Krikli said this could help address a shortage of locomotives at national railway Ukrzaliznytsya, test how the freight market responds to the end of the state railway’s monopoly, and allow the technical impact on the network to be assessed.The Ministry of Infrastructure is to decide which routes will be made available and authorise new operators.Krikli said some companies had already submitted proposals, expressing their readiness to purchase rolling stock and recruit drivers.The Ministry said rail freight volumes had been declining and speeds falling in recent years, which it blamed this on a lack of competition on the network, sub-optimal technical policies and a deteriorating rolling stock fleet.last_img read more

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Penguins’ Murray out 3-6 weeks with broken hand

first_imgPittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) stops a shot by San Jose Sharks’ Joonas Donskoi (27) during the third period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals on Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Pittsburgh. Gene J. Puskar AP PhotoPITTSBURGH (AP) _ Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Matt Murray is out three-to-six weeks with a broken hand.Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford announced the injury Saturday on the second day of training camp.Murray broke his right hand while playing for Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey. Murray said he jammed his thumb in North America’s loss to Russia on Monday and was held out of its game on Wednesday.The 22-year-old went 15-6 with a 2.08 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in the playoffs last spring as the Penguins won the Stanley Cup. This injury makes it unlikely Murray will be available for opening night against the Washington Capitals on Oct. 13 when the Penguins raise the fourth Cup banner in franchise history.last_img read more

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Twitter reacts to Messi magic as Manchester United are battered at Nou Camp

first_imgAdvertisement 7guNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs44ryWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Edw5( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) awipttWould you ever consider trying this?😱b7Can your students do this? 🌚uaRoller skating! Powered by Firework A shambolic performance ensued from Manchester United against tournament favourites Barcelona. Poor tactics, individual errors from multiple players and simply an outclass from Lionel Messi and co. saw United crash out of the quarter-finals.Advertisement To add to the sweet taste of victory for Barcelona fans, nemesis Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus lost to a underdog Ajax side in Turin.Advertisement Messi proved yet again that he is a class apart , garnering plaudits from professionals around the globe. Even at this age, the GOAT has still got it in him and at the expense of Manchester United players. Oh Leo, defenders have families. Coutinho stepped up too in the big stage and silenced the United fans with his ultimatum goal.Manchester United’s misery seems to be piling up with 3 losses in the last 4 games. A top 4 spot to qualify for the next edition of CL looks bleak as Spurs and Arsenal have edged them out in the league table.Advertisement The look on Pogba’s face after Messi’s goal is priceless. He just witnessed greatness 💀😳 pic.twitter.com/pBbCy0TGA5— World Cup (@FlFAWC2018) April 17, 2019Sir Alex Ferguson: “The Messi I saw 10 years ago was on verge of being the best, the Messi I saw today is already the greatest ever” pic.twitter.com/LrvDBl00iv— FootballFunnys (@FootballFunnnys) April 17, 2019Ashley Young is having a separate fan base after the game :Ashley Young continues his brilliant form for Barcelona. What a player! 👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/M2lrVo6QOO— FootballFunnys (@FootballFunnnys) April 16, 2019The reason for the outrage is outrageous in itself , here you go :Just watch Ashley Young. #mufc pic.twitter.com/xzSoF1VNxD— Simply Utd (@SimplyUtd) April 16, 2019OGS to Ashley young during the breake pic.twitter.com/hY1UAJacM6— Veni vidi veci™ (@Emperor_Augu) April 16, 2019  Advertisementlast_img read more

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