Post-Doctoral Research Position

first_imgA full time Post-Doctoral research position is available in thelaboratory of Dr. Charles Hong in the Division of Cardiology at theUniversity of Maryland-Baltimore as of June 1, 2018. MD, PhD orMD/PhD scientist is sought to join a laboratory at the forefront ofacademic drug discovery, cardiovascular biology and human inducedpluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs). The Hong laboratory has identifiedsmall molecules that enhance cardiac performance in humanIPSC-derived cardiomyocytes (iPSC-CMs). The first goal is toexamine the mechanism of action of these small molecules byidentifying their cellular targets using cell biological andbiochemical approaches. Second goal is to utilize CRISPR/Cas9genomic engineering technology to examine the impact of genomicablation of the candidate target genes on iPSC-CM and animalmodels.Qualifications :Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. or M.D. and expertise intechniques of cell and molecular biology. Depending on backgroundand interest, the post-doc will perform experiments involvingCRISPR/Cas9 genome editing, proteomics, biochemistry, hiPSCs andiPSC-CMs. Prior experience in these methodologies as well as drugtarget identification and cardiomyocyte physiology are highlyvalued.If interested, please email a CV, a short statement of researchinterests, and the names and contact information for threereferences to Charles Hong, MD, PhD atEmail: [email protected](after June 1, 2018; before that date,[email protected])University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer encouragingexcellence through diversity. Qualified woman and minoritycandidates are encouraged to apply.last_img read more

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Tedeschi Trucks Band Covers The Beatles, Welcomes Doyle Bramhall II At Beacon Finale

first_imgAfter five incredible shows, Tedeschi Trucks Band brought it all home last night with one grand finale at the Beacon Theatre in New York. The band wrapped up a six night run in style, riffing heavily on the music of The Beatles throughout the night.The show started on a high note with “Anyday,” and kept rolling with a number of TTB classics, as well as covers of Taj Mahal and Bobby “Blue” Bland. The band dove into the Beatles extended catalog during their second set, playing George Harrison’s “Wah Wah,” “I’ve Got A Feelin’,” Paul McCartney’s “Eleanor Rigby,” as well as the encore of “With A Little Help From My Friends.”The band also welcomed out guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, a regular collaborator during their Wheels of Soul tour this summer. Bramhall sat in for three songs, “Honest I Do,” “Simple Song” and “Higher.” Bramhall accompanied on vocals and harmonica for the first song, then picked up a guitar and traded licks with Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks to the delight of fans in attendance.Check out videos (courtesy of Sean Roche) and a setlist from the performance below!AnydayLeavin’ TrunkIdle WindCalling Out To YouWah WahHonest I Do ft. Doyle Bramhall IISimple Song > Higher ft. Doyle Bramhall IIAnyhowWith A Little Help From My FriendsSetlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band at The Beacon Theatre, New York, NY – 10/8/16Set One: Anyday, Laugh About It, It’s So Heavy, Don’t Know What > Leavin’ Trunk, I Pity The Fool, I Want More > Idle WindSet Two: Calling Out To You, Just As Strange, Wah Wah, Let Me Get By, I’ve Got A Feelin’, Eleanor Rigby, Cryin’ Over You, Honest I Do*, Simple Song* > Higher*Encore: Anyhow, With A Little Help From My Friends* = w/ Doyle Bramhall IIlast_img read more

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President Morehead Tour

first_imgUniversity of Georgia President Jere Morehead assumed his presidential post on July 1. Long before, however, President Morehead expressed a desire to learn more about agriculture, the state’s No. 1 industry. Last Wednesday and Thursday, he was immersed into the agricultural world, thanks to a guided tour by Georgia Agricultural Commissioner Gary Black and UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean and Director Scott Angle. The group was joined by state representatives Terry England, chairman of the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee, and Tom McCall, chairman of the House of Representatives Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee. Also joining a portion of the two-day tour were Georgia Senators John Wilkinson and Jack Hill. Wilkinson is chairman of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, while Hill serves as chairman of Appropriations.The agriculture contingent visited farms and UGA CAES research facilities and talked with farmers and Ag consultants across the state. It was an educational two-day trip down agricultural lane.“(President Morehead’s) shown a strong desire to learn about agriculture,” Angle said. “Several months before he assumed office, he was already meeting with Commissioner Black and myself and others in the Ag industry to learn more. At that time he promised one of the first things he’d do once he got into office is tour farms and Ag businesses around the state. (Wednesday’s) the product of that promise.”During the two-day tour, President Morehead made stops at the UGA Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center in Lyons, Lewis Taylor Farms in Tifton, Sunbelt Expo in Moultrie, Southeastern Minerals in Bainbridge, the UGA’s Bull Test Station in Rome, Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge and Field Farms in Cornelia. Through the tour, the new president learned about peanut, cotton, beef, poultry, fruit and vegetable production in Georgia and challenges Ag operations face like labor and limited water use.“Georgia has a unique position with our climate, water, land, people, research capabilities, market and transportation system that agriculture should be a part of the mainstream economic development strategy in this state,” Black said. “We’re the local bread-basket for the whole east coast. The American consumers want their products produced locally. They want to be engaged with good, strong family farms. We’re trying to make that connection between the importance of the university system, with its research and Cooperative Extension. We’ve got people who we are employing that are offering advice that farmers like Bill Brim are relying on, and that advice has multi-billion dollar economic consequences.“Putting all that together, that’s why we’re on this tour and President Morehead gets that. I believe we’re going to see some wonderful results from it.”At the Vidalia onion center, onion growers like Chris Hopkins told the president how the university and the center benefit their industry directly. “You can mimic growing onions in other parts of the state, but you can’t put a price on real time research data that’s conducted at your back door,” he said. Hopkins, who holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the UGA CAES, farms land that adjoins the research center property. On the second day of the tour, Phil Worley explained the benefit of the UGA Bull Test Station to the president and others on the tour. “A lot of what we do here is test what the scientists think will work in a practical setting,” said Worley, superintendent of the Northwest Georgia Research and Education Center, as the delegation toured the experimental pastures and viewed the university’s 225 head of cattle. “It doesn’t always work on the farm the way it works in the computer. We get most our funding from selling cows, and I think that keeps us focused on what’s practical and cost effective.” A big reason for that economic success has been the research and improvements made by UGA scientists, like Stanley Culpepper in his study of palmer amaranth, and John Beasley and Glen Harris, crop agronomists who contributed in a study about the potential use of unmanned aerial vehicles. The trio discussed their research during the tour’s stop at the Sunbelt Expo in Moultrie on Wednesday afternoon.“This is the most important industry in the state of Georgia,” President Morehead said. “The University of Georgia has always been supportive of the state of Georgia, so I thought it was very important that I get out across the state and do this farm tour.“I appreciate Commissioner Black giving up his valuable time to put this tour together. We have so many of the state’s leaders with me on this tour. It’s a terrific opportunity for me to learn more about how the University of Georgia interacts with the agricultural community and what we can do to support agriculture more in this state.”In the UGA 2011 Farm Gate Value Report reports agriculture commodities around the state generated more than $12 billion in farm gate value. According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, the total economic impact of agriculture in 2011 was $71.1 billion.last_img read more

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Paraguay to Host Fuerzas Comando 2017

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo July 25, 2017 For the second time since its founding, the Paraguayan Armed Forces have hosted the top soldiers from across North and South America, who competed for one of the Western Hemisphere’s most prestigious military trophies: Fuerzas Comando. The special forces of North and South American partner nations have been participating in the military exercise every year since 2004. For 2017, the competition’s slogan was “The Force that Brings Us Together.” From July 17th-26th, around 500 personnel, including military, police, special agents, and civilian personnel from 20 countries gave it their all in tests at various Paraguayan Army units, including the Infantry Training School (in Vista Alegre), the Special Forces Facilities (in the department of Presidente Hayes), and the Artillery Command (in the department of Paraguarí). Paraguay organized Fuerzas Comando for the first time in 2006. The competition is sponsored by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and run by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH). It promotes relationships between military members, increases interoperability, and improves regional security. “Thanks to the excellent coordination and the joint work of our armed institutions and SOCSOUTH, partner armed forces are participating in a competition involving demanding military skills that strengthen the preparedness of special forces in the fight against transnational organized crime, terrorism, and all these crimes that have a connection to each other,” Paraguayan Army Brigadier General Héctor Alfredo Limenza Ríos, the general coordinator of Fuerzas Comando 2017, told Diálogo. “The competition allows the participating teams to obtain recognition as elite forces representing their country,” U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Ángel Martínez, the deputy director of training and exercises for SOCSOUTH, told Diálogo. He is in charge of the U.S. delegation participating in the competition. “Also, they acquire knowledge that benefits all members of the region so they can work in a more integrated manner to address regional security challenges.” On this occasion, commandos from Argentina, Belize, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, the United States Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay “are competing in ground and environmental conditions that they have never dealt with before, including obstacle courses that challenge members of each team with physical and mental tests and tests of teamwork, as well as tests that require a high level of technical skill,” Lt. Col. Martínez said. Brazil rejoined the competition after a two-year hiatus. Each command is composed of four troops of an assault group, two snipers, and an alternate. The combined assault groups compete in physical fitness tests, a confidence course, combat, a march, an aquatic event and an obstacle course. The sniper teams face each other in a series of events including marksmanship and mobility tests, transfers in hostile territory, hostage-rescue simulations, obtaining photos, stress tests, and obtaining distances based on data from the operations center. The most grueling military competition The premier special forces troops are getting ready mentally and physically for different tests established by SOCSOUTH. “The competitor goes to the competition prepared and ready to carry out tasks in events that simulate uncommon and unexpected situations in an unknown, risk-filled environment,” Lt. Col. Martínez said. “With the goal of obtaining the best results in our most strenuous military competition, we train in an intensive, progressive manner on techniques and procedures that should be followed in the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking, and guerrilla organizations,” First Lieutenant Joel Velázquez, Paraguayan Army Special Forces Course instructor, told Diálogo. This is his third time participating in the friendly event. The main challenge for the competing elite commandos is to react and obtain the highest level of proficiency, and the highest scores in the tasks assigned to them during events that are, for the most part, unknown to the competitor up until only a few seconds before the test begins. “The most stressful test is the 20-kilometer off-road march with a rucksack of approximately 30 kilograms, along with aquatic exercises, and an obstacle course,” 1st Lt. Velázquez said, vividly recalling experiences from previous competitions. “Because it doesn’t just put the soldiers’ [physical] resistance to the test but also their psychological resistance and spirit; it requires a lot of willpower to finish.” To ensure a fair competition, the assigned tasks are scored and evaluated by judges from each participating country. These judges competed in previous editions and subjected to the same tasks. The series of evaluations will conclude with an airborne operation test, also known as a friendship jump. Goals with a minimum of errors “In any competition, a winner emerges. The country that obtains the Fuerzas Comando trophy not only wins pride and prestige but also the responsibility to redouble their efforts and training for the next competition,” Brig. Gen. Limenza said. Colombia holds the record for having won the hemisphere’s military competitions eight times. “Competition is always healthy, we all win,” 1st Lt. Velázquez stressed. “The tests also allow the participants to identify how to improve their collaboration with each other and to reach their goals in a more effective way and with as few errors as possible, thus developing their internal methods for a more effective performance of their work,” Lt. Col. Martínez added. The force that brings us together While the teams measure their knowledge and skills, senior military commanders and government representatives from the competing countries simultaneously conducted a seminar called the “Distinguished Visitor Program” (DVP) in the capital city of Asunción. The special meeting was geared towards issues concerning how to counteract current transnational and transregional threats in the Americas, according to the website of the Paraguayan Ministry of Defense. The DVP program focused on improving military and political relations and multinational military cooperation. “In addition, and maybe much more valuable, are the relationships that are established and strengthened among participants from across the hemisphere, who share a common goal of being prepared to protect the stability and security of our hemisphere,” Lt. Col. Martínez said. “This is the force that brings us together to improve our cooperation, mutual trust, training, our recruitment levels, and the capability that the special forces across the Americas can have, since the crimes that plague us are transnational,” Brig. Gen. Limenza added. “What happens today in Paraguay or in another partner nation also has an influence in other places,” he concluded.last_img read more

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EC offers pension funds further two-year clearing exemption

first_imgThe European Commission has proposed a further two-year exemption, starting from August 2015, for pension funds having to clear their derivatives trades through central counterparty clearing houses (CCPs).In a report, the European executive said CCPs had failed to develop any infrastructure allowing pension funds to overcome the hurdles posed by clearing and that more time was required to devise solutions for the industry.It added that, ultimately, the objective was for pension scheme arrangements (PSAs) to use central clearing for their derivatives transactions, as was the case for other financial institutions – a matter, it argued, imperative for financial stability.However, the report accepted that the Gilt and Bund markets were unable to deal with demand, and that daily requirements would exceed the daily capacity of the UK Gilt repo market. Under current arrangements, PSAs – which encompass all categories of pension funds – would have to source cash for central clearing.Given that PSAs hold neither significant amounts of cash nor highly liquid assets, imposing such a requirement on them would require very far-reaching and costly changes to their business models, which could ultimately affect pensioners’ income, the document stated.It estimated that shifting to a system of posting cash collateral – one of the alternatives in the absence of using high-grade bonds – would reduce retirement income by 3.66% across member states, with the UK seeing a reduction of 3.1% and the Netherlands a loss of 3.2% over 40 years.Jonathan Hill, the financial services commissioner, said: “Today’s report sets out a number of potential ways to facilitate central clearing for pension funds. But none of them is straightforward, and it is sensible to take more time to develop a solution that is proportionate.”The European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), which entered into force on 16 August 2012, was designed to improve the stability of the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives markets throughout the EU.The Regulation allowed for a three-year exemption for pension funds, until August 2015, with a further three-year exemption possible.Pension funds told IPE last year they were of the view the Commission would continue to offer an exemption for the industry.Last year, Hill also indicated that he would seek to propose a resolution mechanism for CCPs, which he saw as falling in the same ‘too big to fail’ category as banks.Read more about the delays in confirming a further pension fund exemption from clearinglast_img read more

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