Top surgeon Atul Gawande urges doctors to use ‘The Checklist’

first_imgTelevision shows such as House promote the idea that, to be great, a doctor simply needs to be brilliant.But surgeon Atul Gawande, who teaches at Harvard Medical School, says medicine today is so complex that even the sharpest doctors can no longer keep everything they need to know in their heads.As a result, patients don’t always get the care they need…Read more here (USA Today)last_img

Jenkins discusses misconduct, cost of education, leadership changes in faculty address

first_imgUniversity President Fr. John Jenkins discussed clergy and institutional misconduct, the cost of a Notre Dame education, new facilities on campus and changes in the University’s staff and leadership in his annual faculty address Tuesday evening in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.Jenkins dedicated part of his address to the importance of reporting wrongdoings, mentioning the Pennsylvania grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse and “the finding regarding Cardinal Theodore McCarrick” as examples. Kelli Smith | The Observer University President Fr. John Jenkins speaks to staff and leadership at annual faculty address Tuesday evening in the Debartolo Performing Arts Center.“Our gaze, however, must not simply be on the evil acts but on the work of attending to victims, protecting the vulnerable and healing the Church,” Jenkins said. “These will be tasks of coming months and years, and the University will look for ways to assist in these tasks.”It is not only the Catholic Church that has had to deal with problematic behavior extending over long periods of time, Jenkins said. He cited the University of Southern California, Michigan State, Ohio State and the University of Maryland as examples of institutional misconduct.“You only need to look at the tragic aftermath for individuals and institutions mentioned above to see why this is important at Notre Dame to report and address misconduct,” Jenkins said. “Yet the most important reason you should report is because it is the right thing to do, and that is what we do at Notre Dame. That is what we at Notre Dame should always aspire to.”Jenkins also discussed the country’s “negative public perceptions” on higher education, criticizing Congress for taxing the endowments of certain private universities like Notre Dame. “I agree with those who suggest the tax was politically motivated, as the Republican majority targeted a relatively small group of private institutions, mainly in Democratic states,” he said. “These institutions were viewed by some as liberal strongholds routinely critical of Republican administrations, and left-leaning on social values.”The endowment excise tax is estimated to cost Notre Dame $8 million to $10 million annually, Jenkins said, an enactment made possible by a negative public perception of universities.“[Higher education’s] reputation — deserved or not — for elitism, political bias, expense and even irrelevance did real damage to Notre Dame and a select group of other universities last year as the tax reform legislation unfolded,” Jenkins said. “ … [The excise tax] succeeded only in diverting to the federal government money that would have otherwise been available for financial aid.”To counter such perceptions, Jenkins said, a broad range of views must be expressed on campus and the case must be made for the value of a Notre Dame education.“I am proud of the fact that while Notre Dame has hosted controversial speakers, left and right, I know of no case where someone has been prevented from speaking at the University, nor of any invitation to speak that has been withdrawn,” Jenkins said. “I hear regularly from some that Notre Dame is too liberal, and from others that it is too conservative. These are indications, I believe, that we maintain a healthy openness in the marketplace of ideas.”Jenkins argued the current financial investment in Notre Dame “makes sense” because of the returns of such an investment, pointing to the University’s graduation rate as an example. Even so, he said the University must do all it can to keep costs down while remaining committed to excellence.“We must make it a priority to make attendance affordable for qualified students and relieve the burdens on students and families who are making such great sacrifices to receive a Notre Dame education,” he said.An area of concern in remaining financially sound and affordable for students is the “steady growth” of Notre Dame employees, Jenkins asserted, as their salary and benefits make up the greatest percentage of University costs at 60 percent.Jenkins said Notre Dame’s staff is growing 16 percent faster than faculty, which can be attributed to a number of “good reasons,” such as the University’s expansions and research expenditures. Even so, he said the rate of growth must be controlled to make education accessible for students and families.“While we understand the pressure to grow staff in various areas, the rate of growth is unsustainable and we must find ways to control it,” he said. “ … We do not foresee layoffs. Our focus will be on restraining growth and, when possible, reallocating to the highest and best use of resources.”Jenkins pointed out the University’s new facilities and improvements in physical space on campus, including the formation of an arts corridor at the south end of campus with the construction of the Raclin Murphy Museum of Art. “Central to the Catholic tradition is the encounter with spiritual realities through the sensible media of color, form, sound and movement. Through the literary arts and dramatic performance; and through the built environment,” he said. “Such facilities would be welcome on any campus, but they have for us a deep and close connection with our distinctive Catholic mission.”Along with a number of other faculty members whose positions have been filled as either a temporary or permanent fixture, University Executive Vice President John Affleck-Graves will be stepping down June 2019. His position will be appointed by the University’s Board of Trustees, Jenkins said, after hearing recommendations by a search committee of trustees chosen by Jack Brennan, Chairman of the Board.“His are big shoes to fill, but we begin a search to do so,” Jenkins said of Affleck-Graves. “ … Our goal will be to conduct the search in coming months and bring to the full Board of Trustees a recommendation early in the new year.”In closing, Jenkins thanked faculty members for their “hard work and dedication” in building the University.“While remaining faithful to its mission, Notre Dame has evolved dramatically over the course of its history,” he said. “That evolution continues today in many new facilities, a new school and many new programs, and in the many initiatives to which you, Notre Dame’s faculty, have contributed to making the University better and stronger.”Tags: faculty address, Fr. John Jenkins, University Presidentlast_img read more

Water Summit.

first_imgThis is the second annual summit to address critical water quality and quantity issues in the region. Experts will talk about current and future water policies in Georgia.TMDL policies’ effectiveness in improving water quality has been the topic of debate over recent years. TMDLs are just one of many processes or practices that can improve water quality in Georgia.Improving Water QualityPeople who attend the summit will hear from state regulators, researchers and volunteer organizations about the principles behind TMDLs and their effectiveness on improving water quality in South Georgia rivers.Local, state and federal legislators have been invited to learn about the region’s water issues and how they can help plan the future of the watershed.Dan Thomas, who chairs the Upper Suwannee River Watershed Initiative, said addressing the issue of TMDLs is way overdue. “Implementation plans to meet TMDL goals could significantly impact land-management practices and alternatives within the Upper Suwannee basin,” he said.Vital to Gulf of MexicoThe USR watershed is the area drained by the Alapaha, Withlacoochee, Little and Suwannee rivers. The first three come together to form the Suwannee, which winds through Florida to the Gulf of Mexico.The watershed is vital to the Southeastern ecology. Because it has no impoundments large enough to alter the natural river flows, it is the largest free-flowing water source flowing into the Gulf.Registration for the summit begins at 8 a.m. at the Tifton Rural Development Center. The presentations start at 9. The program will end at 4 p.m.The $15 fee ($25 after Dec. 1) covers lunch and refreshment breaks. To sign up or get more information, call (229) 386-3914.Exhibitors interested in the USRW will provide displays and have information on their activities related to water quality. Explaining and understanding TMDLs will be the focus of the Upper Suwannee River Water Summit Dec. 10 in Tifton, Ga.TMDLs, or total maximum daily loads, are calculations of the most of a pollutant that a water body can receive and still be safe and healthy, meeting Georgia water quality standards.last_img read more

Tractors 101

first_imgUniversity of Georgia Farm Again program instructors will host a workshop to introduce potential farmers to tractors and how to safely operate them. The Tractors 101 event will be held on Thursday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the UGA Tifton campus, beginning in the National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory (NESPAL) building. UGA Cooperative Extension, within the university’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), and the Institute on Human Development and Disability (IHDD), part of the university’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences, manage the Farm Again program. CAES agricultural engineer Glen Rains and IHDD Associate Director Rebecca Brightwell co-direct Farm Again.“This workshop is designed for socially disadvantaged and veteran persons interested in starting a farm,” Rains said. “We want to teach them how to safely operate a tractor and show them the potential dangers of operating powerful machinery.”In the morning, there will be a classroom session where the parts of a tractor will be laid out in detail. Hands-on training stations will be set up in the afternoon.Attendees will practice driving a tractor at one station, and they will learn how to connect equipment and study the maintenance of the system at another.“This is a really helpful workshop for those who don’t know anything about tractors,” Rains said. “We will discuss which model to buy and whether or not they need four-wheel drive.”At the end of the day, potential farmers will navigate a driving course to determine if they can steer and back up a tractor.“We just want to give them the basics of operation so they can incorporate these practices into their own farming,” Rains said. “Sometimes there’s a stigma around tractors because people think they are difficult to operate. This is a great opportunity to get familiar with the machine. They will find out that it is actually fairly simple to work.”This is the fourth workshop of a spring series aimed at small, beginning farmers or veterans who want to start their own farms. Due to the hands-on training, space is limited. Teenagers over 16 years old may attend with parental permission.To register, visit www.farmagain.com/register. Julie Jernigan is an intern at UGA-Tifton.last_img read more

Saint Michael’s College, Albany College of Pharmacy to offer dual degree program

first_imgSaint Michael’s College, a liberal arts college with an excellent track record of training science graduates, and Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS), which provides a professional doctoral program in the field of pharmacy, have signed an agreement establishing a Dual Degree Program. With both Saint Michael’s and ACPHS’ newly opened campus being in Colchester, Vermont, the ease of cooperation is enhanced.Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a bachelor’s degree in biology (or related field) from Saint Michael’s, and a doctor of pharmacy degree from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Students will normally complete the program in seven years, spending three years at Saint Michael’s and the remaining four years at ACPHS-Vermont.“This program expands opportunities available to Saint Michael’s students by leading them in a significant career direction, and one that well serves the community’s medical needs today,” said Dr. John J. Neuhauser, president of Saint Michael’s College.“Since announcing our plans for a Colchester campus, our objective has been, and continues to be, to encourage students to pursue a career in pharmacy in Vermont,” said Dr. James J. Gozzo, president of Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. “Our agreement with Saint Michael’s will serve to facilitate this effort.”Under the terms of the agreement, Albany will reserve up to ten positions in each admission cycle of the program for qualified Saint Michael’s students. Students will receive a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Michael’s once they have completed degree requirements at Saint Michael’s and the first year of the Doctor of Pharmacy program at ACPHS-Vermont. They will receive the Doctor of Pharmacy degree upon successful completion of three additional years at ACPHS-Vermont.The timeframe for the dual program will vary depending on a number of factors, including Advanced Placement and language preparation, but students may be able to complete the program in seven years, spending three years at Saint Michael’s and four at ACPHS-Vermont.  Interested students will need to plan and work carefully with academic advisers at Saint Michael’s.“I am very excited about this opportunity for our science students who are interested in pursuing this important career path.  I believe that the future of higher education will be enhanced through collaborative agreements such as this one.  We can no longer function in isolation; we need to work together to maximize opportunities for our students,” said Dr. Karen Talentino, Saint Michael’s College Vice President for Academic Affairs, who wrote the articulation agreement with Dr. Robert Hamilton, Associate Dean and Chief Administrative Officer, for the Vermont Campus, ACPHS-Vermont Campus.“One of the qualities that attracted ACPHS to the Colchester/Burlington area was the strength of the region’s colleges and universities and the opportunities to develop agreements such as the one we have signed with Saint Michael’s,” said Dr. Hamilton. “By working together, we can help expand the range of educational opportunities available to Vermont students.”Founded in 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a private, independent institution committed to the advancement of health. The College has academic programs and research activities spanning the full spectrum of pharmacy and health sciences – from drug discovery to patient care. ACPHS opened its satellite campus in Colchester, Vermont, in fall 2009. It is the only pharmacy program in the state and will eventually be home to nearly 300 students. For more information, please visit www.acphs.edu(link is external) .Learn What Matters at Saint Michael’s College, The Edmundite Catholic liberal arts college, www.smcvt.edu(link is external) . Saint Michael’s provides education with a social conscience, producing graduates with the intellectual tools to lead successful, purposeful lives that will contribute to peace and justice in our world. Founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, Saint Michael’s is identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s Best 371 Colleges. It is one of 270 colleges and universities nationwide, and one of only 20 Catholic colleges, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Saint Michael’s has 1,900 undergraduate students, some 500 graduate students and 100 international students. Saint Michael’s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Pickering, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and other grants. The college is one of the nation’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges as listed in the 2009 U.S. News & World Report rankings. Saint Michael’s is located just outside Burlington, Vermont, one of America’s top college towns.Source: St Michael’s 3.29.2010-30-last_img read more

A founder of Los Zetas cartel pleads guilty to drug trafficking

first_imgBy Dialogo February 01, 2013 WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A. – Jesús Enrique Rejón Aguilar, one of the founders of the bloody Mexican cartel Los Zetas, pleaded guilty to narco-trafficking in the United States, according to the U.S. Justice Department. Rejón Aguilar was accused by a Federal Court in Washington of smuggling cocaine and marijuana into the United States since 2010. He faces between 10 years and life in prison, according to the U.S. Justice Department. Rejón Aguilar was arrested in July 2011 in Mexico, where he was considered one of the Los Zetas’ top leaders. He was extradited to the United States in September 2012. [AFP (Mexico), 31/01/2013; El Confidencial (Mexico), 31/01/2013; U.S Justice Department (United States (Mexico), 31/01/2013]last_img read more

Sayonara CEOs — D. Hilton’s David Hilton addresses today’s mountain of retiring CU execs

first_imgLast year we discussed the the credit union CEO mass exodus via retirement and the dearth of talent to replace them. We decided to revisit this issue with D. Hilton Associates’ David Hilton because it appears this issue is not waning in any way. Our assumptions were correct as David explained that we are only at the 3,000-ft. level of a 15,000-ft. mountain with this situation. In other words, we have a long haul over the next few years with the CU executive suite shake up. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Be Plex for your members

first_imgEven from this geek, at the end of the day, a great experience which fulfills my expectations is golden. Whether I want to watch an episode of my favorite show or check that last swipe on my card, tapping it and watching is all I need. I’m talking, of course, about Plex. Consider it a software platform made of pixie dust, magic, and a bit of alien technology. Or just years of dedicated effort from a small team of developers.“What is Plex?” you ask. Great question. Plex lets you access your digital library on any device, anywhere on Earth (or on the International Space Station, since they have internet now, too), at any time, with no additional effort. It also will add all appropriate information onto your movies, music, TV shows that help sort and access (like episode descriptions, air dates, ratings, etc.). As a long-time user, I’ve watched it grow from a buggy computer program into a must-have feature on any set-top accessory. Pulling up shows and movies within the home is neat enough, but the crowning achievement was when I was waiting for my flight in LAX. I pulled out my phone, opened the Plex app, and it immediately connected to my computer at home. Then, I proceeded to watch one of my movies, 2,000 miles away, as if it were saved within the device. Ask your IT person how many steps of awesome needed to occur for that to work.Be Plex for your members. No, I’m not suggesting hosting your credit union’s new reality TV series on it, rather, follow their mission: Empower your members to access all services no matter where they are or what device they use. Further, like Plex recognizes a movie and adds all pertinent information, consolidate and organize the member’s relationship as such. A list of transactions and services held is fine, but what about more? If a member doesn’t have a credit card with you, what does your system display? Imagine a dashboard that can adapt to all screen types/sizes and has all of your potential services included. However, it will highlight and feature only those the member holds, to keep the experience focused. Of course, this enables tailored marketing based on their activity. What would help them most based on their current habits?Before you go rushing out to replace your internal systems, remember, being Plex for your members isn’t about fad desires (they’ve been working on the software for many years). I could be wrong about the dashboard approach. The key is being adaptable. Just because Virtual Reality gear seems awesome doesn’t mean you need an Oculus Rift app for your credit union…yet. Feel free to swap VR for anything else your board or executives claim is essential today. Each time it works, I feel like Merlin.center_img 178SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joe Winn What do you get when you mix auto loan programs with a desire to help others? Well, approaches that make a difference, of course. So what do you get when … Web: credituniongeek.com Detailslast_img read more

What I learned on my summer vacation…

first_img continue reading » I just returned from 10 days traveling aboard an RV through Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons with my family. It was an off-the-grid trip that recharged my batteries and gave me enjoyable, quality time with my wife and kids. This time off also lead to several breakthrough business ideas and lessons that I thought I would share with you.1. Rip-off and Duplicate: “R&D” is a widely-used term in entrepreneurs’ organization. Instead of the traditional meaning of research and development, it stands for “rip-off and duplicate.” The idea is that, rather than trying to figure it all out on your own or reinvent the wheel (which many entrepreneurs are known to do), it’s better to find process and best practices that have proven successful (and unsuccessful) and then modify them to fit your needs and circumstances. This is exactly what my wife did in planning for our Wyoming trip. She collected itineraries from several friends who had taken the same trip before and learned what they liked and what they regretted doing/not doing. By adapting their experiences for our trip, we saved a lot of time and were able to pack in a lot of wonderful adventures in our 10 days together.Read six more insights from Robert Glazer’s summer vacation in the full version of this article on the myCUES app. Find it under “Spotlight.” 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Clean energy investment needs policy clarity on carbon price, say MPs

first_imgNick Stansbury, fund manager at Legal & General Investment Management, said a trajectory towards clear rising carbon prices was “exactly what investors need to see” in many countries around the world.“Ministers must urgently plug this policy gap and publish a delivery plan to secure the investment needed”Environmental Audit Committee“It would be much better if it could be global and coordinated,” he told IPE. “If it can’t be global and coordinated then let’s have it on a regional level, but we need to see that trajectory and that certainty around the end destination so that capital markets can start discounting carbon risk into the price of securities today.”The select committee, whose remit cuts across government, said the government’s ‘Clean Growth’ strategy would not allow the country to meet its carbon reduction goals.“Ministers must urgently plug this policy gap and publish a delivery plan to secure the investment needed to meet the fourth and fifth carbon budgets,” it said.A series of sudden changes to low-carbon energy policy in 2015 had undermined investor confidence and contributed to an apparent dip in investment since then, according to the EAC.The members of parliament urged the government to promptly respond to recommendations made by the Green Finance Taskforce and provide greater clarity on how it intended to deliver its strategy by the budget announcement in the autumn.The politicians also lent qualified support to green bonds, saying that if they made additional capital available for low-carbon or sustainable projects they could have “transformational public benefits”.“We can therefore see a case for incentives to encourage financial institutions and owners of UK assets to issue green bonds, but only once clearly defined standards are in place,” they said.It was crucial that investors and policy makers be able to have confidence in green bonds, the committee said. Government ministers should therefore set out a timetable for introducing “authoritative standards” on products such as green bonds.It would make sense for the UK’s efforts to “cohere” with steps being taken at the EU-level under the European Commission’s sustainable finance action plan, the MPs added.The UK issuing a sovereign green bond could also be beneficial and something the government should explore from the perspective of its Clean Growth Strategy, according to the committee.As part of its inquiry into green finance, the EAC has questioned the 25 largest UK pension funds about their approach to climate change and urged the government to use its powers to require the country’s pensions and financial regulators to produce climate adaptation reports in respect of their public functions. The UK government should consider extending carbon pricing to cover the whole economy, a group of parliamentarians has argued.Carbon pricing had been “extremely effective” at driving investment away from carbon-intensive forms of generating electricity, they said, and they had heard evidence that it could be effective in driving decarbonisation in other sectors of the economy.“Long-term clarity about the future level of that price would allow businesses and investors to plan for the transition to a low-carbon economy,” said the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) in a report, ‘Green finance: mobilising investment in clean energy and sustainable development’.Ministers should set out a trajectory to gradually increase the carbon price to continue driving investment away from fossil fuel-based electricity generation, the parliamentarians said.last_img read more

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