New biosafety level 4 lab breaks ground at UTMB, Galveston

first_img An educational symposium titled “Facing the Future: Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases” was held in conjunction with the opening. Presenters included Fauci; Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, University of Minnesota; Robert Webster, PhD, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis; Heinz Feldman, MD, PhD, Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health; and George Poste, DVM, PhD, Arizona State University. The NIH provided $110 million in grants for the facility. BSL-4 space is secure for work with “dangerous and exotic agents that pose a high individual risk of aerosol-transmitted laboratory infections and life-threatening disease,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Among BSL-4 safeguards are special air seals and air ducts to and from the lab, individual air supplies for researchers, required personal protection suits for workers, and numerous levels of security for entry. Such labs study diseases including anthrax, Ebola, SARS, and others. See also: The laboratory, expected to open in the summer of 2008, will be one of the most secure and sophisticated in the world, according to Texas Congressman Tom DeLay, who was on hand for the opening. Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health (NIH), was quoted in today’s Galveston County Daily News as saying, “There are many, many threats, and we would not be able to respond to them without the kind of research that will take place in this laboratory.” Aug 11, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Government officials and scientists yesterday recognized the formal opening of construction on a laboratory that will house research on the most dangerous emerging infectious diseases and potential bioterrorism agents. UTMB Web site information on new labhttp://www.utmb.edu/gnl/ The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston is the site of the $167 million facility. Of the total 83,000-square-foot building, 12,362 square feet will be devoted to biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) research. Stanley Lemon, director of UTMB’s Institute for Human Infections and Immunity, said in a UTMB press release,. “The Galveston National Laboratory is the first complex of its size and scope undertaken in the United States on an academic campus.” CDC/NIH information on BSL-4 laboratory standardshttp://www.cdc.gov/od/ohs/biosfty/bmbl4/bmbl4toc.htm (see especially Section III)last_img read more

Where is ‘College GameDay’ this week? Location, schedule, guest picker for Week 14 on ESPN

first_imgThis game should unfold in typical Big Ten fashion as each team gets a feel for the other. Look for Wisconsin to rely on big plays from running back Jonathan Taylor while Minnesota looks to quarterback Tanner Morgan and running backs Rodney Smith and Mohamed Ibrahim.With that, here’s everything you need to know about “College GameDay” as it visits TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.MORE: College Football Playoff updated rankingsWhere is ‘College GameDay’ location for Week 14?Location: MinneapolisMatchup: No. 13 Wisconsin at No. 9 MinnesotaThis will be not only the first time “GameDay” visits Minneapolis, but also Minnesota’s first appearance on the show. Conversely, Wisconsin has made 17 appearances, going 6-11 overall, 1-3 on the road and 3-9 when ranked lower than its opponent.’College GameDay’ schedule on ESPNTV channel: ESPNStart time: 9 a.m. ETThe “College GameDay” crew of Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Rece Davis and Desmond Howard will preview Week 14’s college football action live from Minneapolis. The game will be broadcast on ABC with kickoff set for 3:30 p.m. ET. The question of who will represent the Big Ten West in the conference title game will be answered on Saturday when No. 13 Wisconsin visits No. 9 Minnesota for the “College GameDay” game of the week.By claiming Paul Bunyan’s Axe, Minnesota (10-1) can seal its first-ever trip to Indianapolis for the Big Ten championship. Wisconsin (9-2), is already out of the College Football Playoff race, but would love nothing more than to spoil Minnesota’s season to get another crack at Ohio State, who beat the Badgers 38-7 earlier this season. ESPN typically announces its next “College GameDay” location every Monday. As of now, the only Power 5 conference championship game that has already been decided is No. 1 LSU vs. No. 4 Georgia in Atlanta. Depending on what teams win during Rivalry Week, other potential locations include Indianapolis (Big Ten championship between No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 13 Wisconsin/No. 9 Minnesota) and Arlington, Texas (Big 12 championship between No. 7 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 Baylor).WeekMatchupLocationGuest PickerCorso’s HeadgearOutcome0Miami at No. 8 FloridaOrlando, Fla.Michael IrvinGators24-20 Florida1No. 11 Oregon vs. No. 16 AuburnArlington, TexasBo JacksonDucks27-21 Auburn2No. 6 LSU at No. 9 TexasAustin, TexasMatthew McConaugheyTigers45-38 LSU3No. 20 Iowa at Iowa StateAmes, IowaEric ChurchCyclones18-17 Iowa4No. 7 Notre Dame at No. 3 GeorgiaAthens, Ga.JeezyBulldogs23-17 Georgia5No. 5 Ohio State at NebraskaLincoln, Neb.Gabrielle UnionBuckeyes48-7 Ohio State6No. 7 Auburn at No. 10 FloridaGainesville, Fla.Emmitt SmithGators24-13 Florida7No. 7 Florida at No. 5 LSUBaton Rouge, La.John GoodmanTigers42-28 LSU8No. 16 Michigan at No. 7 Penn StateUniversity Park, Pa.Lara SpencerNittany Lions28-21 Penn State9No. 1 NDSU at No. 3 SDSU (FCS)Brookings, S.D.Pat McAfeeBison23-16 NDSU10No. 15 SMU at No. 24 MemphisMemphis, Tenn.Jerry LawlerMustangs54-48 Memphis11No. 1 LSU at No. 2 AlabamaTuscaloosa, Ala.Justin ThomasTigers46-41 LSU12No. 10 Oklahoma at No. 12 BaylorWaco, TexasChip and Joanna GainesBears34-31 Oklahoma13No. 9 Penn State at No. 2 Ohio StateColumbus, OhioEddie GeorgeBuckeyes28-17 Ohio StateWho is the guest picker on ‘College GameDay’ for Week 14?”GameDay” has announced former Gophers receiver Eric Decker as its guest picker. Decker was a first-team All-Big Ten selection for the Gophers in 2008 and eventually enjoyed a nine-year NFL career.Oklahoma at Baylor oddsSportsbook Review has Wisconsin listed a 2.5-point favorite over Minnesota. Both of SN’s Bill Bender and Zac Al-Khateeb predicted a 28-24 outcome, though Bender chose a win for Wisconsin, while Al-Khateeb picked Minnesota.last_img read more

Tiger felt ‘nervousness and anxiousness’ during golf return at Memorial Tournament

first_imgThe 15-time major champion said he felt the nerves on his return to the PGA Tour.”I was certainly feeling the edginess and nervousness and anxiousness of playing, and getting out there and feeling something I hadn’t felt in a while,” Woods said at a news conference. “It felt good.”Woods made four birdies and three bogeys during his round, admitting to being “a little bit rusty”.Round 1 is in the books for @TigerWoods.The best from his Return to Golf. pic.twitter.com/rOZ3Vj0w2p— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 17, 2020The 44-year-old lamented his inability to take his chances at a tournament he has won a record five times. “It’s been a while since I’ve played. Got off to almost an ideal start and got a feel for the round early,” Woods said.”I just didn’t make anything today. I had looks at birdies, but I really didn’t make much.”He added: “I was very pleased the way I drove it, my feel for my irons. I just didn’t quite hit the putts hard enough. Most of my putts were dying, didn’t quite have enough oomph to it.” Tiger Woods admitted to feeling “nervousness and anxiousness” during his golf return at the Memorial Tournament on Thursday.Playing for the first time since February, Woods carded a one-under 71 at Muirfield Village to enter a tie for 18th place. He’s five shots behind leader Tony Finau.last_img read more

Troika talks to start amid rising political tensions

first_imgThe fifth, and probably final, review of Greece’s economic reform progress by the troika is set to begin with Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis to meet foreign envoys this week while Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and his coalition partner Evangelos Venizelos will meet later to discuss strategy in an increasingly tense political climate.According to a high-ranking source at the Finance Ministry, “all issues will be broached” in the meeting between Hardouvelis and the troika mission chiefs. Troika sources indicated that the agenda of this review would be “heavier” than previous ones, with reports of at least 700 pending actions.Troika envoys are also due to meet with several other key cabinet members including Health Minister Makis Voridis and Environment and Energy Minister Yiannis Maniatis. Talks with Development Minister Nikos Dendias are scheduled for Wednesday, with Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis to meet the auditors on Thursday.The first issue on the agenda of Hardouvelis’s talks with the troika is the draft budget, with the two sides expected to disagree about the size of Greece’s primary surplus, and discussions about possible measures to plug the gap likely to take place. A consensus will be needed before October 6, when the draft budget is to go to Parliament.Mitsotakis’s meeting will focus on the 6,500 civil servants who must be dismissed by the end of this year, while Dendias is expected to present the foreign auditors with a proposal for corporate debt arrangement.Ahead of his talks with the troika, Vroutsis is due to visit the headquarters of the International Labour Organisation in Geneva. Vroutsis has asked the ILO to assess the effectiveness of potential changes to current laws governing layoffs in the private sector. He is also to seek a compromise with labour unions and employers’ associations for proposed changes to Greek laws governing trade unions, and he is expected to come under pressure by the troika for a second reform of the pension system.As troika envoys hold talks with the various ministers today, Samaras and Venizelos are to meet in the afternoon in a bid to finalise the government’s strategy and their so-called “red lines” in negotiations.The talks come as political tensions peak amid mounting speculation about early elections as the ruling coalition appears unable to garner the necessary 180 votes in the 300-seat Parliament to back its candidate for president in February when the term of incumbent Karolos Papoulias ends.Yesterday government spokesperson Sofia Voultepsi once again rebuffed rumors about snap polls in November while Voridis noted that failure to resolve the issue with the 180 seats would simply perpetuate a pre-election climate.Another prominent conservative, Central Macedonia Governor Apostolos Tzitzicostas, caused waves meanwhile by proposing the creation of an emergency unity government, without Samaras at its helm, in a bid to solve the 180 MP conundrum.Source: Ekathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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