Za4etka Tue, 14 Jun 2022 13:20:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Za4etka 32 32 AI startup Cohere launches non-profit research lab Tue, 14 Jun 2022 13:20:30 +0000

Joina startup creating great language models to rival those of Open AI, today announced the launch of a non-profit research lab: Cohere For AI. Led by Google alumnus Sara Hooker, Cohere says Cohere Labs will strive to solve some of the industry’s toughest challenges by contributing “fundamental research” to the open source community.

We are truly excited to lead a new non-profit AI research lab as we continue to expand how and where research is done. There’s so much to discover, and our goal will be to openly collaborate and contribute to basic research,” Hooker told TechCrunch via email. “At the same time, a key part of our work will be to expand the community and help train the next generation of talent, creating new entry points for working on basic research. “

The AI ​​community has long been concerned about the lack of funding earmarked for AI research outside of wealthy corporations. A study found that corporate connections – whether funding or affiliation – in AI research increased significantly from 2008 to 2019. Another study showed that Google’s parent company Alphabet, along with Amazon and Microsoft, hired 52 tenure-track AI teachers between 2004 and 2018, removing these future teachers from academic and nonprofit work.

The concentration of power within corporations has a number of obvious drawbacks, but one of the most alarming is that it tends to underestimate values ​​such as beneficence, justice and inclusion on the research side. A number of experts, Speaking to Wired for a 2020 article, point out that corporate AI projects have led to an “unscientific fixation” on projects only possible for people with access to powerful data centers. Regardless of the field, work within companies is often tightly guarded and takes years to see the light of day, if at all.

Our program is centered on advancing progress on machine learning issues alongside community-driven research,” Hooker said.We also want to have a proactive research program so that we can identify key challenges before they become problems that we need to fix retroactively. We focus on a variety of different disciplines to work on bias mitigation, for example, and a very central piece of research is around the safety of AI and the robust use of models. »

Another core element that Cohere For AI hopes to develop is access to computational resources, Hooker said — specifically helping researchers make better use of “cutting edge” models to help grow their work.” access to computing is evolving, as illustrated by the language model trends (i.e. AI systems that understand and generate text). Only a few years ago, creating a highly sophisticated language model required massive computational resources. But now, thanks to academic breakthroughs and the work of the open source community, the barriers to entry are much lower than before.

Road to non-profit

Backed by AI luminaries, including UC Berkeley AI Lab Co-Director Pieter Abbeel, Cohere was founded in 2019 by a top team including Aidan Gomez, Ivan Zhang, and Nick Frosst. Gomez co-authored the academic paper “Attention is all you need” which introduced the world to a foundational AI model architecture called Transformer. (Among other high-level systems, OpenAI’s GPT-3 and Manuscript are based on the Transformer architecture.) Zhang, alongside Gomez, is a contributor to, an open AI research collective involving data scientists and engineers.

“ was designed to help early-career enthusiasts interact better with more experienced researchers,” Hooker said. “Many of the founding members have pursued doctoral studies or worked in university or industrial laboratories. At the time, was one of the first community research groups to support independent researchers around the world. Now the Cohere team and its supporters are excited to reintroduce the original concept but with more resources built from Cohere.”

According to Hooker, Cohere For AI will provide ways for data scientists to “meet and collaborate” through mentorship research opportunities, engagement with traditional conferences, and contributions to research journals. This will in part involve promoting the management of open source scientific practices and the “responsible” publication of code, as well as the support efforts that encourage “science communication” through different mediums, such as blog posts.

“WWe really want to make Cohere For AI an ambitious research lab that contributes to the research community, but also seeks to better engage a diverse set of voices. We want to help change where, how and by whom research is done,” Hooker said.

Despite its ambitious goals, Cohere For AI — which Cohere itself will fund — is likely to invite skepticism from researchers wary of Cohere’s commercial ties. Cohere has raised $170 million to date from institutional venture capital firms, including Tiger Global Management and Index Ventures, and has several associations with Google. Fei-Fei Li, chief scientist of Google Cloud AI, and Geoffrey Hinton, a colleague at Google, were early supporters of Cohere, and Gomez and Frosst previously worked at Google Brain, one of the research divisions on the Google AI. Cohere also has a Partnership with Google to train large language models on the company’s dedicated hardware infrastructure.

infamous google dissolved an AI advisory board in 2019, just a week after it was formed. And in 2020, the company fired Timnit Gebru, a leading artificial intelligence researcher, in what she said was retaliation for sending colleagues an email criticizing Google’s management practices. Google then fired another ethicist, Margaret Mitchell, who had publicly denounced the company’s handling of the situation, and a third, Satrajit Chatterjee, after she co-wrote an article questioning Google’s work in security systems. AI-powered chip design.

Paved with good intentions

Generally speaking, nonprofit initiatives to fund AI research have been mixed.

Among the success stories is the Allen Institute for AI (AI2), founded by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, which seeks to achieve scientific breakthroughs by building AI systems with reasoning capabilities. Although not strictly nonprofit, Anthropic, started by former OpenAI execs, has raised more than half a billion dollars researching “trustworthy, interpretable, and steerable” AI systems. .

But for every AI2 and Anthropic, there is an OpenAI, which started as a non-profit before moving to capped profit and accepting $1 billion investment from Microsoft. Meanwhile, former Google chairman Eric Schmidt recently announced a $125 million fund for AI research sparked new controversy after Politico reported that Schmidt wields unusually heavy influence over the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. (One of the first recipients, Berkeley professor Rediet Abebe, asked to have his name removed from the review.)

However, some newer collectives have shown promise, including Gebru’s Distributed AI Research, a global nonprofit organization for AI research. Projects like Hugging Face’s BigScience and EleutherAI are other strong examples of what can be achieved in AI beyond the confines of corporate influence.

“Ultimately, it’s up to us to prove that Cohere For AI won’t venture over time,” Hooker said. “Although Cohere For AI will rely on Cohere for resources and funding, a separate separation has been created between the two to preserve its independence as a research laboratory. This separation is crucial for it to continue contributing and to serve the community at large as an independent entity. Cohere For AI is structured as a non-profit organization and was intentionally designed to collaborate openly with many different organizations. His work will be open source to allow better access to the wider community.”

First student to attend prison law school to attend Mitchell Hamline – News and Events Mon, 13 Jun 2022 14:33:40 +0000

Maureen Onyélobi

Mitchell Hamline School of Law and All Square partner with Pipeline from prison to law program

The Mitchell Hamline School of Law will welcome Maureen Onyelobi to its juris doctor program this fall, making Mitchell Hamline the first ABA-approved law school in the nation to educate those currently incarcerated.

It’s a moment that’s been in the works for nearly three years as a collective effort by the Prison to Law Pipeline., a program of All Square and its newly formed subsidiary, Legal Revolution. The effort aims to transform the law through initiatives centered on racial equity, the well-being and expertise of those most affected by the law.

Onyelobi was notified of her acceptance last Thursday (June 9) by President and Dean Anthony Niedwiecki and John Goeppinger, director and co-founder of Legal Revolution. They traveled to Shakopee State Prison to deliver the historic news. “We have a drive and a passion to learn the law that most have never seen before, because we know what it’s like to be here,” Onyelobi said. “We know what it’s like to be on this side of the law.”

“Learning about the law is a vital vehicle for freedom and lasting change in our community,” said Elizer Darris, Chairman of the Board of Legal Revolution. “Maureen’s acceptance is social proof that the time for change has come and the energy is there to change it.” Darris – who co-founded the legal revolution with Goeppinger and Emily Hunt Turner, CEO and founder of All Square – studied law in prison and developed the legal argument that ultimately led to his release when the Minnesota Supreme Court overturned his life sentence in 2016. .

The Prison to Law pipeline is an extension of an existing partnership between Mitchell Hamline and All Square, who have worked together to provide civil legal services to those returning from prison since 2018.

“Mitchell Hamline has a long history of finding ways to broaden the idea of ​​who can go to law school,” said Dean Niedwiecki. “It’s important that people in prison have a better understanding of the criminal justice system, and this is an important way to do that. Our students will also benefit from having Maureen in class with them.

Mitchell Hamline currently runs two clinics, led by Professors Brad Colbert and Jon Geffen, which work directly with those currently incarcerated and those recently released.

A series of factors made Onyelobi’s acceptance to law school possible. The American Bar Association recently granted a waiver to allow her to attend classes entirely online, which she will do from Shakopee. The waiver will allow Mitchell Hamline to admit up to two incarcerated students each academic year for five years. Onyelobi’s tuition will be paid for through private fundraising and the same scholarship available to all Mitchell Hamline students.

The Prison to Law pipeline also has the full support of Commissioner Paul Schnell of the Minnesota Department of Corrections, who endorsed the JD program as well as Legal Revolution’s undergraduate paralegal program, which successfully launched in August 2021 in partnership with North Hennepin Community College.

“The fact that those who have come through the system are helping to craft and challenge the law by accessing high-level legal education for their own well-being, as well as for the well-being and service of others, is a remarkable opportunity,” Schnell said. “It’s something I’m really proud to support.”

The Legal Revolution will celebrate the Prison to Law Pipeline and this historic event when it publicly launches on June 15, 2022.

The prison-to-law pipeline can transform the legal discipline
Dean Niedwiecki monitors LSAT exams at two Minnesota prisons

Lava Music CEO Louis Luk Talks Tech and Guitars on “China From Every Angle” Mon, 13 Jun 2022 05:39:38 +0000

In the latest episode of China from all angles, host Wes Chen interviews Louis Luk, CEO and founder of guitar company Lava Music. The creator of smart guitars develops instruments and provides educational services that merge software, hardware and humanity.

In 2013, Luk founded Lava Music on the Musicians Institute Hollywood campus with a few friends. At first, Lava mainly distributed guitars overseas in China, as the country had limited access to international guitar brands.

Later, Luk decided to combine technology and music to create new, cutting-edge instruments capable of producing innovative music.

In 2017, after years of development, Lava launched Lava Me, the world’s first monocoque carbon fiber guitar. In 2021, the company upgraded the product, turning it into the world’s first smart guitar. With a touchscreen and apps, this unrivaled instrument allows users to perfectly personalize their sound.

Lava is now one of the largest carbon fiber guitar manufacturers in the world, with over 100 patents and seven international design awards to its credit.

In this episode of CFAA, Luk takes us back to the early days of Lava Music and reveals some of the struggles he faced along the way. He also reflects on the term “Made in China” and the impact of its negative connotations on Chinese entrepreneurs.

Get to know Luk, who represents a new generation of Chinese entrepreneurs who are revolutionizing the music industry through technology.

“China From All Angles” is brought to you by East-West Bank, the premier financial bridge between the United States and China. Listen to the first episode of the new podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Podcasts, SoundCloud and 小宇宙.

]]> Pro-choice states should protect the right to travel for abortion Sun, 12 Jun 2022 22:18:58 +0000
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Suppose Roe v. Wade be cancelled. A recent fanfare of concern is that a state would then be able to punish its citizens for traveling to other states to seek medical assistance to terminate their pregnancies. Missouri is considering legislation that would do just that, and activists in Texas are pushing a similar proposal. Other states may follow.

Would such a law be constitutional? It’s hard to be sure. The doctrine is a confusing hodgepodge, and the Supreme Court has declined to offer definitive guidance. Although legal scholars have been advocating for a right to travel for abortions since the 1990s, the last time judges directly addressed the issue of a state’s power to punish crimes beyond its borders, it was… uh… 1941.

In short, we cannot predict how a court would deal with an effort by one state to ban its citizens from having abortions in another. But you don’t have to be pro-choice to see the strength of the argument against such a law.

Let’s start with a fundamental question: can a state punish its citizens for breaking state laws while they are beyond its borders? It would seem that the answer is yes. In 1941, the Supreme Court ruled that Florida could punish its residents for breaking Florida law on the high seas. In the decades since, other states have successfully prosecuted crimes committed at sea.

It also seems that the answer is no. In the days of human slavery, the general rule was that a state could not enforce its own laws in this matter outside its borders. In Lemmon v. The People (1860), for example, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that the legal status of slaves brought to New York would be determined only by New York law; so they were released.

The process also worked the other way around. I recently came across an 1831 ruling that Indiana’s slavery prohibition could not prevent Indiana residents from owning slaves held in other states.

Here is a way to harmonize the cases. In the Florida case (as in many others involving conduct on the high seas), the crime is committed outside a state’s jurisdiction. There is no conflicting interest. The 1831 case, however, arose when the laws of two separate states were in conflict. Kentucky allowed slavery; Indiana did not; the court held that a legal act in Kentucky could not be prevented because the person who did it could not have done it at home.

I’m not saying that the pro-choice side should rely on cases from when human beings were property. But it should be noted that the pre-war cases arose because different states had different laws on the subject. So there is good reason to follow the advice of my Yale colleague, Lea Brilmayer, who argued that the right of a state to punish its citizens for doing what its own law prohibits should give way to the right of another State to adopt a strong political position in its favour.

The political point matters. As Brilmayer notes, there is no conflict “if the first state wished to prohibit certain types of conduct, while the second was simply indifferent”. The problem only arises when two states are actively promoting different answers to the question. If this argument is correct – and I believe it is – then in a country where Roe v. Wade is no longer constitutional law, pro-choice states would do well to pass laws explicitly recognizing the right to abortion. By enshrining their preferences in politics, they would create enough conflict to prevent the pro-life state from applying its law beyond its territory.

Even if all of this is unconvincing, there are still prudential reasons that states considering strict restrictions on abortion should not try to punish their residents for obtaining abortions in the neighboring state.

The most obvious reason is reciprocity. Consider two neighboring states, like Missouri and Illinois. Missouri is likely to ban all or most abortions. Illinois not only allows abortion, but in 2019 it enacted a law stating that women have a “fundamental right” to access abortion and that a “fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus is not no independent rights”. If abortion law crosses the border, why couldn’t Illinois law apply to Missouri if an Illinois travels there? (A similar caveat could apply if a state prohibits employers from paying the expenses of employees who travel for abortions, though the legal issues are somewhat different.)

There is another prudential concern, which has nothing to do with abortion. In March, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to a California law restricting the sale of pork products unless farms meet certain standards, even though nearly all of the farms in question are in out of state. The challenge builds on previous rulings, such as the 1996 case in which a majority of justices warned that “a state may not impose economic sanctions on violators of its laws for the purpose of altering the lawful conduct of perpetrators in other states”.

No, the problem is not the same at all. But this series of cases reminds us that we live in an age where states are trying all sorts of devices to regulate behavior beyond their borders, even when the behavior is legal elsewhere. We should take the time to ask ourselves if this is the direction we want to go.

More from Bloomberg Opinion:

• The Supreme Court has a bad surprise for companies: Noah Feldman

• 6 January. The panel argued against Trump: Jonathan Bernstein

• Democrats need Stacey Abrams’ playbook for the Roe fight: Julianna Goldman

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Editorial Board or of Bloomberg LP and its owners.

Stephen L. Carter is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist. A law professor at Yale University, he is the author, most recently, of “Invisible: the story of the black lawyer who shot down America’s most powerful gangster”.

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]]> Rotary emphasizes peace Sat, 11 Jun 2022 19:27:22 +0000

Written by Sharon Raffer

Pictured L-R: Coronado Rotary President Rob Taylor, President-Elect LuAnn Miller, Fellow of Rotary Nancy Nguyen; Sharon Raffer, Co-Chair of Peace Projects; and District 5340 Governor and Coronado Rotarian Dan Gensler.

The Rotary Club of Coronado proudly celebrated Rotary International’s announcement of Nancy Nguyen’s selection as a Rotary Peace Fellow. She will attend the University of Queensland in Australia for the Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies, a fully funded 18-month program.

The conflict in Ukraine highlights the need for motivated individuals to put their energy and expertise at the service of world peace.

“It’s a real honor for us as a club and as a district,” said Rotary 5340 District Governor Dan Gensler. The district includes 61 Rotary clubs with 2,790 members in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Dan is a member of the Rotary Club of Coronado where he was named Rotarian of the Year in 2004 and served as President of Rotary of Coronado in 2006-07.

The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for leaders with professional experience in peace and development. Rotary scholars are engaged in community and international service and in the pursuit of peace. Each year, The Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 scholarships for master’s degrees and 80 for certificate studies at top universities.

“Many Rotary Fellows go on to careers in government, military, law enforcement, NGOs, and international organizations like the United Nations and the World Bank. The opportunities are truly endless for these students. says Dan.

“The work of actively building peace and understanding has been a hallmark of Rotary since its inception. With the establishment of the Rotary Peace Centers in 1999, we opened a bold new chapter in that history,” said John Germ, chairman of the Rotary International Foundation Board of Trustees. “This year marks the 20th anniversary of the inaugural class of Peace Fellows; the innovative program continues to merge a solid academic understanding of the roots of conflict with practical tactics for solving real-world problems.

Connection with Coronado Rotary

Last year, Nancy contacted Coronado Rotary and reached out to Past President Tami Sandke via email to apply for a Rotary scholarship and possible club sponsorship. This was followed by further contact with Sharon Raffer, co-chair of the Peace Projects Committee, LuAnn Miller, president-elect of Coronado Rotary, and Rob Taylor, president.

Through telephone and in-person conversations, Nancy demonstrated her excellent communication skills and engaging personality. Her background includes high-profile international, national and local experiences, including the creation of programs and policies focused on refugees, youth and community peacebuilding. Initiatives like those described above are strongly linked to Rotary’s advocacy of “Serving Above Self” to advance human rights and promote peace and goodwill.

The combination of Nancy’s academic and field experiences, along with her passion and ideas for the future, give her a solid foundation to meet the challenges that await her in a career as a peacemaker. Coronado Rotary became Nancy’s club sponsor and recommended that she log on and be interviewed by representatives from District 5340 and apply to Rotary International.

Nancy’s journey to becoming a Fellow of Rotary

Nancy was chosen from a pool of international applicants for this highly competitive program. Her current role is as Community Civic Engagement Organizer at the Partnership for Advancement of New Americans (PANA) in San Diego. As California’s busiest resettlement region and a border town in the world’s largest binational region, Nancy’s work at PANA allows her to be on the front line of refugee advocacy. For her work “fostering relationships with coalitions and organizations that work to advance immigrant and refugee issues locally and statewide,” she was recognized as a Woman of Distinction. 2021 in Youth Empowerment by the San Diego Mayor’s Office. Nancy is a 2019 graduate of San Diego State University, Honors College.

Nancy and her family at her graduation from San Diego State in 2019.

Nancy’s longstanding commitment to peace and international development is reflected in her years of international and local politics, advocacy, civic engagement and direct service work. She assisted an emergency influx of Oceanic Congolese refugees into a Ugandan refugee camp and facilitated cross-cultural understanding among students of diverse ethnicities, particularly Burmese and Thai refugees as a Princeton Asia Scholar. She has also published and presented international policy proposals to American diplomats. Initiatives like these are strongly tied to Rotary’s advocacy of “Serving Above Self” in promoting human rights and fostering peace and goodwill.

“My parents are refugees from Vietnam. They emigrated to the United States after the Vietnam War, and we grew up in a low-income neighborhood in the Bay Area. Community members there often had my parents’ refugee backgrounds. I didn’t know it at the time, but growing up around these community members with this experience has really fueled my passion for justice, especially in refugee and migrant communities,” said Nancy.

Scholarships and grants provide opportunities for young professionals

“It is so important that young people today are made aware of the opportunities available for scholarships, internships and organizations that develop volunteer experiences that bring goodwill and benefit others.“, said Coronado president-elect Luann Miller. “Nancy will be visiting Coronado Rotary in the coming years as we follow her journey as a Rotary Scholar at the University of Queensland. She will also work with us to connect with other young professionals in Rotary’s Rotaract clubs, colleges, and voluntary organizations to share scholarships and grants available to further their careers and experiences.

“Peace is more than the absence of conflict. It brings freedom, security and happiness. He is at the heart of Rotary’s mission and a driving force in efforts such as the eradication of poliomyelitis in all cultures and in areas of conflict. Looking ahead, the future of our world must be filled with creative ideas and incredible leadership from today’s youth. Rotary’s worldwide support has been and can continue to be invaluable. Rotary believes that if concerned citizens work together to create peace locally, lasting change can happen globally. I am excited to focus on this in our club and to connect more with Rotary International with this goal.

Imagine tomorrow; Together, Rotarians make things happen

“When an organization like Rotary dreams of big things like ending polio and creating peace, it becomes our responsibility to make them happen,” said Rotary International President-elect Jennifer Jones. You don’t imagine yesterday, you imagine tomorrow.

The Rotary Club of Coronado, through its Club Foundation, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and one of more than 46,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary, which today has 1.4 million members, was founded in 1905; the local club was established in 1926. Rotary’s areas of interest include promoting peace; fight against diseases, especially poliomyelitis; providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene; supporting education; save and improve the lives of mothers and children; growing economies; and environmental protection.

Make a difference for the good of others and our world, and for more information about Coronado Rotary, please visit the website Rotary Club of Coronado (

13 local students compete for Laurel Queen | News, Sports, Jobs Sat, 11 Jun 2022 06:34:03 +0000

PROVIDED PHOTOS Students from 13 area schools are among the 27 candidates for Laurel Queen 2022.

The 80th annual Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival will take place in Wellsboro through June 19, culminating in the crowning of the 2022 Laurel Queen.

The 2021 Laurel Queen, Miss Central Mountain Jocelyn Renninger, will crown her successor, according to a press release.

The Laurel Festival Parade, themed “Music of America” will feature the 27 Laurel Queen contestants waving to the crowd from floats. The parade begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, with coronation ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. at the Coolidge Theater at Deane Center.

Students from 13 area schools are among the candidates for Laurel Queen:

Nicole Marie Embick represents Bucktail Area High School. She is the daughter of Tracy and Jeff Embick of Chapman Township, near North Bend.

Embick enjoys sports, hunting, fishing, cooking, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family.

This fall, Embick plans to attend the Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport to earn an associate’s degree in applied science in nursing and become a registered nurse.

Ashley Rich represents Central Mountain High School. She is the daughter of Tammy Rich of Bald Eagle Township.

Rich likes to hunt and play sports.

This fall, Rich plans to attend Penn State University at State College and major in kinesiology and exercise science and minor in coaching to become a pediatric sports medicine specialist.

Haley Marie Shadle represents Jersey Shore Area Senior High School. She is the daughter of Nichole and Sherman Shadle of Pine Creek Township.

Shadle enjoys traveling, competing in swimming and tennis, and spending time with friends, family, and French Bulldogs.

This fall, she plans to attend Pennsylvania State University at State College to earn a degree in biology. Her goal is to become a dentist. She hopes to one day travel to third world countries to provide dental care to underprivileged people.

Natalie St. James represents Montgomery Area Junior/Senior High School. She is the daughter of Tammy and Phil St. James of Clinton Township.

In grades 11 and 12, St. James was on the varsity track team, was a student council member, and volunteered at the food bank.

This fall, St. James plans to attend Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania to earn a degree in diagnostic medical sonography.

Ruby Anne Muse represents the secondary school in the Montoursville area. She is the daughter of Julia Muse of Montoursville and Dale Brion of Liberty.

Muse is a competitive target archer and was a student and volunteer at Epic Percussion, a percussion school and retail outlet in Williamsport.

After graduating in 2023, Muse plans to attend a four-year college and major in nursing, with a minor in Spanish. Muse hopes to study and/or volunteer abroad with a nursing program in a Spanish-speaking country.

Hayley Ridge represents North Penn-Liberty Junior/Senior High School. She is the daughter of Mandy and Christopher Ridge of Roaring Branch in Jackson Township.

Ridge will attend Mansfield University this fall. She received a presidential scholarship from Mansfield University and plans to major in business administration and minor in Spanish. His goal is to become a manager in a corporate chain such as Walmart.

Alison Davey represents North Penn-Mansfield High School. She is the daughter of Andrea and Craig Lee of Richmond Township and Todd Davey of Mansfield.

Davey snowboards, cooks, runs an Etsy business and loves to travel.

From September of this year to June 2023, Davey will attend and complete the cosmetology program at Cheeks Beauty Academy in Cheyenne, Wyoming, then plans to return to his hometown to work in a hair salon. Her goal is to open her own salon.

Gianna Marie Godfrey represents the South Williamsport area junior/senior high school. She is the daughter of Jessica Clark of Williamsport and Michael Godfrey of South Williamsport.

In 1998 Godfrey’s mother represented South Williamsport and was crowned Laurel Queen that year.

This fall, Godfrey plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh and major in exercise science.

Jaden Nixon represents St. John Neumann Regional Academy. She is the daughter of Alicia Faulkner of Williamsport and Cleavon Nixon of Nassau, Bahamas.

Nixon enjoys working out in the gym, drawing, and practicing Spanish.

After graduating in 2023, Nixon plans to major in criminal justice and minor in psychology and earn a master’s degree.

Zoe Pedro represents Sullivan County Junior/Senior High School. She is the daughter of Nichole and Christopher Pedro of Cherry Township.

Pedro loves art, travel, cosmetics and skiing.

This fall, Pedro plans to attend Georgia Southern University in Statesboro to earn a degree in radiological science with a minor in studio art. Her goal is to become a diagnostic ultrasound technician.

Alayna Wilkins represents Warrior Run High School. She is the daughter of Rachel and Bruce Wilkins of Delaware Township.

Wilkins enjoys playing team sports as well as hiking and other outdoor activities.

This fall, Wilkins will attend the honors program at Geneva College in Beaver Falls and major in communication disorders and minor in Spanish. She plans to become a bilingual speech therapist and would like to continue doing missionary work and traveling to Spanish-speaking countries.

Regan Laurel Regina represents Wellsboro Area High School. She is the daughter of Gretchen Regina and Chad Tennis of Wellsboro and Che Regina of Royersford.

Regina enjoys singing, painting and boating.

This fall, Regina plans to attend Penn State University at State College to earn a degree in aerospace engineering and physics. His goal is to work for NASA as an aerospace engineer.

Mia Isabella Birch represents Williamsport Area High School and her community as the Pennsylvania State Laurel Queen nominee. She is the daughter of Michelle Pulizzi of Williamsport and Tony Birch of South Williamsport.

Birch studied dance at the Milissa Augustine Dance Academy in Williamsport and enjoys drawing, writing, photography and modeling.

After graduating in 2023, Birch plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and major in environmental science with a minor in astronomy. His goal is to become a scientist and work for NASA.

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Marcus Partners inaugurates the Seaport Life Sciences project Fri, 10 Jun 2022 22:07:19 +0000

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Paul Marcus of Marcus Partners speaking at the groundbreaking.

Standing in front of an Airstream bus converted into a lab, Marcus Partners executives celebrated the start of construction on an adaptive life sciences reuse project in the booming Seaport neighborhood on Thursday.

The development, dubbed Foundry at Drydock, will transform a one-story manufacturing facility into an eight-story, 262K SF life sciences project. The building is fully leased to Ginkgo Bioworks, a Boston-based cellular programming platform headquartered nearby in the Innovation and Design building. It should be completed in 2024.

Located on Fid Kennedy Avenue, the project will be part of the Boston Planning & Development Agency’s Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park in the Seaport. The project team includes John Moriarty & Associates, SGA and DREAM collaborative. The developer secured a $200 million construction loan from Citizens Financial for the project.

“The Drydock smelter is Marcus Partners’ first project in this area,” Paul Marcus, CEO of Marcus Partners, said at the event. “Through very smart planning over the years, as it is known today, the Raymond L. Flynn Marine Park remains at the forefront of the city’s economic development and we are happy to be part of this ever-evolving ecosystem. evolution.

At the grand opening, the team announced a new partnership with BioBus, a New York-based nonprofit that works with underrepresented school children to teach them about science and technology. The team plans to donate $200,000 to Biobus, with the goal of expanding its educational services to Boston and the Greater New England area. The company uses converted Airstream buses that travel to various schools in the area.

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Marcus Partners celebrated the start of construction at the foundry site in Drydock, a new life sciences building in the seaport.

The smelter is also the first Seaport project to commit to the Boston Climate Resilience Infrastructure Fund, established to provide financial support to mitigate the impacts of sea level rise and climate change. climate change for all RLFMP tenants.

The project also met BPDA’s diversity, equity and inclusion requirements by partnering with Maven Construction, a women-owned construction management company BIPOC, and DREAM Collaborative, an architectural firm belonging to BIPOC.

Ginkgo Bioworks went public with a $17.5 billion SPAC deal in September, and the following month announced it had extended its lease to the Foundry project.

“We hope this expansion will provide us with the significant capability we need as we serve our growing ecosystem of developers using biology to address the world’s most pressing challenges,” said Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Ginkgo Bioworks, Barry Canton, in the press release. “The advanced technology deployed in the Foundry enables the innovative and meaningful work our teams do every day to innovate in industries as diverse as pharmaceuticals, agriculture, food, materials and more.”

The Seaport is the largest life sciences submarket in Boston with 2.4 million square feet of inventory, and it had 0.8% vacancy last quarter, according to Colliers. While some projects like the Foundry landed full tenants before starting construction, others started on spec, like 10 World Trade, a 555K SF project from Boston Global Investors that began in April.

Accomplished physicist Duncan Brown named next vice president for research at Syracuse University Fri, 10 Jun 2022 14:33:45 +0000

Gretchen Ritter, Vice Chancellor, Provost and Director of Academics, today announced that Duncan Brown, a Charles Brightman Endowed Professor of Physics and accomplished physicist, has been named the next Vice President for Research at Syracuse University. Brown’s appointment, which has been approved by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, is effective August 15, 2022.

Duncan Brown

“Duncan’s career here at Syracuse University is truly a model of leadership, scholarship, innovation, academic excellence, and mentorship,” says Ritter. “It has all the professional experience and personal qualities necessary to lead research, scholarship and creative enterprise and secure our position as a world-class research university. Duncan is highly respected among his peers, both on campus and at some of the world’s most prestigious institutions. Duncan is uniquely positioned to support Syracuse University faculty scholars in their efforts to seek and obtain external funding that advances their research, scholarship, and creative work.

In his new role, Brown will report directly to Provost Ritter; overseeing $100 million in extramural funding in the natural sciences, engineering, education, social sciences, and law; support and enhance Syracuse’s internationally recognized creative and scientific excellence among artists, architects, directors and writers; and advanced centers and institutes that lead the world in fields such as humanities, aging studies, autonomous systems politics, disability studies, environmental and energy systems, biological and intelligent materials, national security, veterans and military families, and quantum computing. Brown will also lead the Office of Research and its component units, including the Office of Sponsored Programs, Office of Research Integrity and Protections, Office of Technology Transfer, and Office of Undergraduate Research and of Syracuse’s creative commitment (SOURCE). Together, these departments form the backbone of Syracuse University’s research, scholarship, and creative support enterprise.

“The role of the vice president for research is to advance all areas of research, scholarship, and creative work at the University,” says Brown. “We have amazing faculty, staff, and students at Syracuse University, and we attract talented students from around the world who want to further their learning through innovation, creativity, and discovery. Our dynamic intellectual environment across a wide range of disciplines enables us to recruit world-class scholars. I am delighted to help all members of the university community obtain the resources they need to pursue their research, studies and artistic endeavours. Together, we can maintain and grow our Carnegie R1 designation, reach new heights as a leading research university, and change our community and our world for the better.

Brown is widely respected by faculty and staff at the University. He chairs the Senate Research Committee; played a critical role in the Hiring Cluster Review Task Force, established by Provost Ritter last year; and was a leader in establishing the university’s computer research group. He was the faculty representative on the university board (2017-19) and acts as a reviewer of proposals for funding agencies around the world. Brown has been actively involved in national searches for academic leaders. In fact, he was the chair of the search committee appointed to find the next vice president for research.

“We are fortunate to have an internal leader of Duncan’s caliber to take our research business to the next level,” says Ritter. “I look forward to working with him in his new role and have great confidence in his ability to inspire, empower and support our talented scholars.”

Brown earned a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, was a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech, and came to Syracuse University in 2007. He is an internationally recognized leader in astronomy and gravitational wave astrophysics, and has served on integral to the discovery of gravitational waves by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). A Fellow of the American Physical Society and Cottrell Fellow of the Research Corporation for Science Advancement, he has taught large and small graduate and undergraduate courses, including the popular undergraduate course “Introduction to Astronomy.” , and created a National Science Foundation-funded program that provides pathways for students from underrepresented groups to pursue a Ph.D. in physics at the University. Over the past five years, Brown has co-authored more than 50 publications. He was instrumental in securing more than $15 million in outside funding during his 15-year career at Syracuse.

Ritter thanked Ramesh Raina, professor and former chair of the biology department, for serving as acting vice chair for research since January 2020.

“Ramesh took on the interim leadership role just as the pandemic gripped our nation. He engineered a remarkable recovery of our research business after the pandemic. As a result, this year will be one of the most productive years on record for Syracuse University. This is largely thanks to the vision, operational prowess and careful management of Ramesh Raina,” says Ritter. “In addition, he played a critical role in managing the University’s COVID response strategy. He was a key member of the public health team and was responsible for initiating and maintaining our effective testing program. Internal Oversight I thank him for his leadership and service.

Ritter also credited Raina for increasing the professional development of research faculty and students and for effectively rolling out the CUSE Fellowship, Postdoctoral Fellowship, and Small Equipment Fellowship programs. Raina also led the execution of the faculty hiring strategy for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years. He is Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Major in Biotechnology and a faculty member of the Honors Program at Renée Crown University.

Research Associate, Academic Unit of Clinical and Health Sciences (ARAS) with UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA Fri, 10 Jun 2022 05:41:01 +0000

  • Based at UniSA Clinical & Health Sciences on the City West campus
  • Two full-time fixed-term contracts until December 22, 2023
  • Starting salary: $90,451 per year (plus 17% superannuation)

About the role

Reporting directly to the Lloyd Sansom Chair in Biomaterials Engineering and Nanomedicine, as a Research Associate, you will contribute to the research efforts of the Academic Clinical and Health Sciences Unit and be responsible for academic and industrial research in the proteomics and mass spectrometry group.

This project is funded by a grant from the South African government to support the expansion of services from the Bioplatforms Australia facility funded by the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) program.


The University of South Australia is Australia’s corporate university. Our culture of innovation is anchored around global and national connections with academic, research and industrial partners. Our graduates are the new urban professionals, global citizens comfortable with the world and ready to create and respond to change. Our research is inventive and adventurous, and we create new knowledge that is essential to global economic and social prosperity.

About UniSA Clinical and Health Sciences

At UniSA Clinical and Health Sciences, we meet society’s most critical and emerging health needs through quality teaching, learning and research. One of seven academic units, UniSA Clinical and Health Sciences offers a wide range of degrees and conducts world-class research in nursing, midwifery, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, medical sciences, of Laboratory Medicine and Food and Nutrition Sciences with a strong focus on creating positive health outcomes for communities.

UniSA’s headquarters is the center for quality medicine and pharmacy utilization research and with key research concentrations in the areas of mental health and suicide prevention, workforce development, nursing and midwifery, drug discovery, pharmaceutical innovation, health and disease biology and food nutrition and health. , we continue to meet community health needs and contribute to a healthier society.

Core Responsibilities

  • Actively engage with researchers and industry partners internationally, nationally and across the University to contribute to new research directions and outcomes
  • Move projects forward by applying project management, supervision and reporting skills to ensure project success
  • Experience in analyzing complex proteomes via tryptic peptides by MALDI TOF and LC-ESI mass spectrometry
  • Supervise, train and support postgraduate students, internship students and visiting students
  • Prepare publications in peer-reviewed journals, conference and seminar papers arising from research

Essential skills and experience

  • PhD in biochemistry, chemistry and/or analytical chemistry, mass spectrometry or related field.
  • Demonstrated laboratory experience in separation sciences, protein biochemistry, metabolomics, proteomics or environmental analysis
  • Registry of peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations based on opportunity
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including the ability to initiate, plan and manage projects ensuring milestones are met
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively within a research team with staff, students and external providers from diverse backgrounds


Getting a great job working with the best is just the start. UniSA rewards its staff with a wide variety of benefits such as:

  • Access to great personal development opportunities
  • Generous 17% pension contributions
  • Flexible working conditions
  • Employee assistance and development programs
  • A range of salary conditioning options, including vehicle hire, laptops and parking fees
  • Varied holidays


As a university of business, we offer a dynamic and agile work culture that rises to challenges and thrives by forging new paths. Our people are creative and innovative thinkers, communicating with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm. We embrace diversity and inclusion in a dynamic and engaging environment. Our people are authentic, resilient and influential, and we deliver results.

How to register

For a copy of the job description and to apply, please visit Work at UniSA. The online application form lists the specific selection criteria you must meet. Only applications submitted via the Working at UniSA portal will be accepted.

Please send your cover letter to Sara Heidrich, recruitment consultant. For further information about the position or the recruitment process, please contact UniSA Recruitment Central on +61 8 8302 1700 or email using the job reference number. 4183.

Closing of applications: 11:30 p.m. Monday July 18, 2022

How to register:

Applications must be submitted online, please note that UniSA does not accept applications by email.

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UniSA is committed to developing a diverse workforce and a constructive corporate culture in which everyone can thrive.

For further assistance contact Recruitment Central on +61 8 8302 1700 or email and you will receive a response within one working day.

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Elon University / Today at Elon / Callie Kelly named 2022 Bloomberg Fellow Thu, 09 Jun 2022 14:18:13 +0000

As a fellow, Kelly will work toward a master’s degree in public health through an initiative designed to tackle critical health issues.

Callie Kelly, Campus Recreation and Wellness Assistant Director for Student Wellness at Elon University, has been named a 2022 Bloomberg Fellow in the Bloomberg American Health Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Callie Kelly, Assistant Director of Campus Recreation and Wellness for Student Wellbeing

As a fellow, Kelly will be part of a cohort of 60 members who will receive world-class public health training to tackle critical health issues across the country. She received a full scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in public health at Johns Hopkins University.

The Bloomberg American Health Initiative was created in 2016 with a $300 million gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies in honor of the centennial of the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Through education, research, and practice, the Bloomberg American Health Initiative works to address critical 21st century health challenges in the United States, with the goal of improving health and saving lives across the country. Since its inception, the Initiative has focused on promoting equity, using evidence and changing policy.

“At this critical time for the health of our nation, we are thrilled to welcome this new class of Bloomberg Scholars to the school,” said Bloomberg School Dean Ellen J. MacKenzie. “Through the scholarship, we look forward to partnering with and strengthening great organizations across the country.”

The initiative selects fellows from organizations working on one of five critical health challenges facing the nation: substance abuse and overdoses, environmental challenges, obesity and the food system, adolescent health and violence. Kelly is one of 20 fellows who will work in the area of ​​addiction and overdose. Fellows come from 24 states and the District of Columbia.

“I believe my whole career has prepared me for this exact moment,” Kelly says. “Studying at the Bloomberg School of Public Health is the opportunity of a lifetime, and I’m incredibly humbled and grateful to be among the scholarship recipients.”

Kelly oversees a range of substance abuse education programs at Elon, including advising the ASHES Substance-Free Living and Learning Community and the Phoenix Free College Recovery Program. Prior to joining Elon in 2016, Kelly served as a prevention specialist at SouthLight Healthcare in Raleigh, NC, and at Alcohol and Drug Services of Guilford in Greensboro, NC. Kelly has also worked as a tobacco education specialist.

“Elon’s collaboration and partnership with the Bloomberg American Health Initiative will provide a unique opportunity to align our missions to have a meaningful impact on public health outcomes related to student mental health and substance use” , says Kelly.

Kelly is actively involved in various local and national organizations that address addiction and recovery in higher education. She is also a member of the Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE), Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), and Addiction Professionals of North Carolina (APNC).

In May, she received the Elon Student Life Division Innovation Award, an award given to a professional who has developed new, unique, or open new programs, services, or ways of working. new ways to support our division’s mission and goals.

Launched in 2017, the Bloomberg Fellows program offers full scholarships for full or part-time study. Fellows agree that upon completion of the program they will work for their collaborating organization for at least one additional year.