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OAKLAND, Calif.—Before Hellen Walter graduated from high school in her native England, she was accepted to some of the most prestigious colleges in the United Kingdom. But she chose to enroll at Coventry University.

Why? Because it required undergraduates to spend a full year working in the industry of their choice before graduating.

“Looking back, that was Northeastern’s model of success,” says Walter, comparing Coventry’s program two decades ago to Northeastern’s century-old cooperative experiential learning program.

Helen Walter, Visiting Associate Professor of Biology at Mills College, poses for a portrait. Photo by Ruby Wallau for Northeastern University

Walter’s decision paid off when she applied for her first job after graduation. “I was against someone who went to a much more prestigious university,” she says. “They had a much higher grade point average and a first-class honors degree, but they hired me because I had that experience.”

Fast forward to today and Walter is now a visiting associate professor of biology at Mills College, which is set to officially merge with Northeastern on July 1.

Starting a cooperative learning program at Mills had been on the agenda for decades, but that’s where it stopped, says Walter.

“I’ve always wanted to do something like this here at Mills,” says Walter, who arrived on the Oakland campus as an adjunct professor in 2005. “We talked about it many times, but we didn’t. just don’t have the resources to be able to do it.

Kate Karniouchina, dean of the Lokey School of Business and Public Policy at Mills College, poses for a portrait. Photo by Ruby Wallau for Northeastern University

Walter knows that it takes industry connections – and lots of them – to make experiential learning successful. And Northeastern has built those relationships over the past century, she says.

“It’s not something you can just do, ‘boom,’ and it’s going to happen,” Walter says. “So this part of the northeast is so exciting to finally have the opportunity to get my students through.”

Experiential learning is not common at West Coast colleges, according to Walter, who believes the promise of Northeastern’s co-op program will draw students from California and beyond to Mills.

“That’s something that’s not really a strength here in the Bay Area,” Walter says. “And yet we are in this place where we have many research labs that are always looking for people. We have so many biotech companies and other companies that are really looking for people to mentor. »

The Betty Irene Moore Natural Sciences Building on the Mills Campus is an impressive 26,000 square foot facility built with sustainable design strategies. The first LEED platinum building in Oakland, it features an inviting lobby, exhibit space, spacious outdoor courtyard, and modern classrooms and labs.

It is here that Walter conducts research on topics such as vaccines, cerebrospinal injury and alcohol addiction. It is also home to the Hellman Summer Science and Math program, led by Walter.

But she believes her students deserve better. And all of this is not on the Mills campus.

“We see the benefit of placing students in our own research labs and working with them individually,” says Walter. “But having these opportunities in a different lab than ours. It’s going to be really powerful.

Walter admits that she didn’t fully enjoy her experience in the industry as an undergrad, until that first job offer.

“I don’t think they’ll necessarily appreciate it when they first get into it. I’m sure not,” says Walter. “But when you come out of that experience, you’re like, ‘Oh, yeah. That’s why we do it!”

Kate Karniouchina is associate professor of business at Mills and dean of the Lokey School of Business and Public Policy. She loves the Oakland campus, its diverse student body, and its research. Karniouchina hopes the Mills-Northeastern merger will allow it to do more of the latter. So far, so good.

“I’ve been blown away by the research support I’ve already received from Northeastern,” she says. “We haven’t even officially merged yet, but we have already applied for a few grants. And we are exploring all kinds of collaborations.

In the past, Karniouchina typically teamed up with professors at top schools, such as Rutgers and the University of Utah, just to gain access to resources like databases and fast computers. Those days are over, she says.

“I’m excited about the expansion of the group of colleagues we’ll have,” says Karniouchina, who described the atmosphere on the Oakland campus as “forward-thinking.”

“There is a certain nervousness, but also a lot of excitement,” she says.

You can add Kellie Kendrick to the list of Mills faculty and staff who are excited about the merger. She was born and raised in East Bay, came to Mills as a wide-eyed 18-year-old freshman and never left. Seventeen years later, she is Director of Technology Support Services and Technology Training.

At the forefront of the college’s infrastructure needs, Kendrick watched firsthand as a curious employee and proud alumnus the realization of the Mills-Northeastern partnership. Prior to that, she participated in conversations Mills had with other colleges, but it wasn’t the same, she says.

“It was very different from the first day of discussions with Northeastern,” Kendrick explains. “We have never been an acquisition. I never felt like they were just going to replace you and do their own thing.

Kendrick’s colleague, Diana Martinez, has been Mills’ assistant director of admissions for three years. She is originally from Southern California, grew up in Oregon and attended Mount Holyoke, a historically women-only college in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

She was raised by a single mother, a college sociology professor, and has lived in Oakland for three years. She is a champion of diversity and was thrilled when Northeastern chose her to serve on the selection committee for its Torch Scholars program, which benefits first-generation students from diverse backgrounds.

“The nominations were so inspiring,” says Martinez. “I’m very happy that Northeastern is doing its part and I was able to participate in this program.”

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Saint Francis University named College of Distinction 2022-23 | New https://ticklekitchin.com/saint-francis-university-named-college-of-distinction-2022-23-new/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 09:00:00 +0000 https://ticklekitchin.com/saint-francis-university-named-college-of-distinction-2022-23-new/

Saint Francis University has been recognized for its long-term commitment to helping undergraduate students learn, grow, and succeed by Colleges of Distinction, a unique guide for college-bound students.

Based on SFU’s demonstrated excellence in four areas of distinction: “Engaged Students, Excellent Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes,” the university has been honored as both a “Catholic College of Distinction” and “ College of Distinction” for the 2022-2023 academic year. Saint Francis University is particularly proud to be considered a “Catholic College of Distinction,” reflecting its emphasis on integrating its Catholic-Franciscan mission into the framework of the institution guided by the university’s goals for Franciscan higher education.

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The University was further recognized by this resource for its excellent programming in four areas of academic study: business, education, engineering, and nursing. These programs have been awarded “Field of Study” badges to recognize their innovative leadership in higher education. Those who have received this honor have proven themselves after a thorough verification of qualities such as accreditation, program scope and track record of success.

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In addition, the University has been recognized for its exceptional “career development”. Career Services at Saint Francis excels at meeting the professional needs of students through one-on-one sessions, workshops, career fairs and networking events. The University also goes above and beyond other institutions in placing students on internships and connecting them with alumni mentors who can engage them more in their career development process.

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Since 2000, Colleges of Distinction has been a trusted resource for more than 40,000 guidance counselors across the United States, thousands of parents and students, and hundreds of colleges and universities. The organization’s mission is simple: to help parents and students find not just the “best college,” but the right college.

Amendment added to PA budget bill would force Pitt and other universities to halt fetal tissue research – WPXI https://ticklekitchin.com/amendment-added-to-pa-budget-bill-would-force-pitt-and-other-universities-to-halt-fetal-tissue-research-wpxi/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 22:55:07 +0000 https://ticklekitchin.com/amendment-added-to-pa-budget-bill-would-force-pitt-and-other-universities-to-halt-fetal-tissue-research-wpxi/ Amendment added to Pennsylvania budget bill would force Pitt and other universities to stop fetal tissue research

An amendment just added to the state budget bill would have the University of Pittsburgh promise to stop fetal tissue research.

Some politicians and doctors differ on the subject.

In the wake of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, State Rep. Jerry Knowles is calling on several universities to stop doing fetal cell research.

Pitt is one of those universities, along with Temple, Lincoln, and Penn State.

Pitt is set to receive $155 million next year in grants and is known for his research and work on fetal cells.

Rep Knowles told Channel 11: “I respect doctors. I do not claim to be a doctor or a scientist. I don’t think you need to be a doctor or a scientist to figure out what’s unethical, what’s wrong, and what’s barbaric.

This is something local infectious disease doctor Dr Amesh Adalja disagrees with.

“We have already seen the benefits of stem cell research and fetal cell-derived research. Even some of the covid vaccines have been developed. It is a technology that saves lives.

Pitt’s spokesperson Chuck Finder sent us a statement:

“The University of Pittsburgh is dedicating every General Support Appropriation dollar it receives from the state to help support a tuition reduction for Pennsylvania students and families. We are optimistic that the legislature will preserve this investment in our students.

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The Guilford Fund for Education awards its largest grant ever https://ticklekitchin.com/the-guilford-fund-for-education-awards-its-largest-grant-ever/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 18:44:24 +0000 https://ticklekitchin.com/the-guilford-fund-for-education-awards-its-largest-grant-ever/ By By Ben Rayner • 06/28/2022 2:20 PM EST

The Guilford Fund for Education (GFFE) has just awarded its largest grant in GFFE history: the Makerspace Grant. Totaling $80,000, the grant was proposed by Calvin Leete School Library Media Specialist Cheryl Monaco on behalf of Guilford’s four elementary schools.

The four Makerspaces will provide teachers with the materials and space to connect their curriculum learning with a hands-on, creative approach for their students at Cox, Jones, Lakes and Leete Schools. The goal is to expand and enhance students’ math, social studies, and science courses while developing life skills such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving.

“GFFE is thrilled to partner with Guilford Public Schools to introduce a space in every elementary school where children can build, create and produce ideas and projects in kinesthetic and creative ways,” said Veena Kapadia, co-chair of the GFFE. “Teachers in our district are trying to incorporate more hands-on learning opportunities across multiple subjects. Not only does this initiative help students develop their academic skills, but it fulfills their teachers’ desire to reach all students wherever they are.

Superintendent of Schools, Dr Paul Freeman, said: “Guilford Public Schools is grateful for our partnership with the GFFE. Creating creative spaces in each of our four elementary schools will impact all students by providing opportunities for exploration and creativity across all disciplines. I would like to thank the dedicated volunteers at GFFE, the generosity of our community for supporting their work, and Cheryl Monaco for writing this grant proposal. I hope his actions will inspire more GPS members to submit their own proposals.

To write the proposal, Monaco worked with various departments at Guilford Public Schools, including the four elementary school principals and the library’s media specialists.

“This initiative will have a positive impact on all current and future elementary students at Guilford,” said Cheryl Monaco, Calvin Leete School Library Media Specialist and Grants Writer. “I am extremely excited to see this moving forward and working with the GFFE to implement the makerspaces. This space will enrich the curriculum in all content areas and provide students with a different way to explore, experience and learn. »

Nicole Schlagheck, co-chair of the GFFE, is honored that Ms. Monaco presented her proposal to them. “Planning this extraordinary concept was a colossal undertaking and Ms. Monaco’s commitment to our young people is exceptional,” she says. “This grant benefits the entire district and transforms educational opportunities in our elementary schools. We look forward to hearing about the impact and watching enthusiastic students and educators next year. »

The Makerspace Grant is made possible through the generosity of the Guilford community, including attendance at GFFE events, donations from the GFFE STAR Awards for Educators, numerous family donations and corporate sponsorships. Most recently, the GFFE raised $1,980 through the distribution of 99 GFFE STAR awards on May 3, 2022. Fourteen awards were given to educators at Guilford High School, 13 at Adams Middle School, 19 at Baldwin Middle School, 18 at Calvin Leete School, 24 at AW Cox School, 10 at Guilford Lakes School and one at Melissa Jones School.

Schlagheck added, “We are honored that the Guilford community invests in us and wants to be part of the legacy that is Guilford Education. Special thanks to White Mountain Advisors and the Jerbi family for their support of this particular partnership grant.

Guilford Fund For Education (GFFE) is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that provides a way for Guilford educators and students to explore, experiment and contribute new ideas for educational experiences by funding proposals that do not not fall within an organization’s budget.

The GFFE is actively seeking volunteers for the upcoming school year to review upcoming grants, help with events, and support technology needs. If you would like to donate, volunteer, or know a teacher who would like to submit a proposal, visit GFFE.org.

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Stanford engineers’ optical concentrator could https://ticklekitchin.com/stanford-engineers-optical-concentrator-could/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 02:13:55 +0000 https://ticklekitchin.com/stanford-engineers-optical-concentrator-could/

image: Nina Vaidya measuring the experimental performance of optical concentrators under a solar simulator which acts as an artificial sun.
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Credit: Courtesy of Nina Vaidya

Even with the impressive and continuing advances in solar technologies, the question remains: how can we efficiently harvest sunlight energy from varying angles from sunrise to sunset?

Solar panels work best when sunlight hits them directly. To capture as much energy as possible, many solar panels actively rotate towards the sun as it moves across the sky. This makes them more efficient, but also more expensive and complicated to build and maintain than a stationary system.

These active systems may no longer be needed in the future. At Stanford University, engineering researcher Nina Vaidya has designed an elegant device that can effectively collect and focus light falling on it, regardless of the angle and frequency of that light. An article describing the performance of the system and the theory behind it is the cover story of the July issue of Microsystems & Nanoengineering, written by Vaidya and her thesis supervisor Olav Solgaard, professor of electrical engineering at Stanford.

“It’s a completely passive system – it doesn’t need power to track the source or have any moving parts,” said Vaidya, who is now an assistant professor at the University of Southampton, UK. “Without optical focus that shifts positions or the need for tracking systems, focusing light becomes much simpler.”

The device, which the researchers call AGILE — an acronym for Axially Graded Index Lens — is deceptively simple. It looks like an upside down pyramid with the tip cut off. Light enters the square top that can be tiled from any angle and is channeled downward to create a brighter spot as it exits.

In their prototypes, the researchers were able to capture more than 90% of the light that hits the surface and create spots at the exit three times brighter than the incoming light. Installed in a layer above the solar cells, they could make solar panels more efficient and capture not only direct sunlight, but also diffuse light that has been scattered by the atmosphere, weather conditions and seasons of Earth.

A top layer of AGILE could replace existing encapsulation that protects solar panels, eliminate the need to track the sun, create space for cooling and circuitry between the shrunken pyramids of individual devices, and most importantly, reduce the amount of solar energy. cellular surface needed to produce energy – and therefore reduce costs. And the uses are not limited to terrestrial solar installations: if applied to solar panels sent into space, an AGILE layer could both concentrate light without solar tracking and provide the necessary protection against radiation.

The basic principle behind AGILE is similar to using a magnifying glass to burn spots onto leaves on a sunny day. The magnifier lens concentrates the sun’s rays into a smaller, brighter spot. But with a magnifying glass, the focal point moves like the sun does. Vaidya and Solgaard found a way to create a lens that catches rays from all angles but still focuses the light at the same exit position.

“We wanted to create something that captures light and focuses it in the same place, even when the source changes direction,” Vaidya said. “We don’t want to have to constantly move our detector or our solar cell or move the system to face the source.”

Vaidya and Solgaard determined that, theoretically, it would be possible to collect and focus scattered light using an engineered material that gradually increases the index of refraction – a property that describes the speed at which light travels. through a material – causing light to bend and bend towards a focal point. On the surface of the material, the light would hardly bend. By the time it reached the other side, it would be nearly vertical and focused.

“The best solutions are often the simplest ideas. An ideal AGILE has, at the very front, the same refractive index as air and it gradually increases – the light bends into a perfectly smooth curve,” Solgaard said. “But in a practical situation, you’re not going to have that ideal AGILE.”

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For the prototypes, the researchers layered different glasses and polymers that bend light to different degrees, creating what’s called a graded-index material. The layers change the direction of the light in steps instead of a smooth curve, which the researchers found to be a good approximation of the AGILE ideal. The sides of the prototypes are mirrored, so any light going in the wrong direction is bounced back out.

One of the biggest challenges has been finding and creating the right materials, Vaidya says. The layers of material in the AGILE prototype allow a broad spectrum of light to pass through, from near ultraviolet to infrared, and bend that light increasingly outward with a wide range of refractive indices, which is not seen in nature or current optics. industry. These materials used also had to be compatible with each other – if one glass expanded in response to heat at a different rate than another, the whole device could crack – and strong enough to be machined into shape and remain sustainable.

“It’s one of those ‘moonshot’ engineering adventures, going from theory to actual prototypes,” Vaidya said. “There are many theoretical papers and good ideas, but it is difficult to bring them to life with real designs and real materials pushing the limits of what was considered impossible before.”

After exploring many materials, creating new manufacturing techniques, and testing several prototypes, the researchers came across AGILE designs that performed well using commercially available polymers and glasses. AGILE was also fabricated using 3D printing in the authors’ previous work that created lightweight, flexible polymer lenses with nanoscale surface roughness. Vaidya hopes AGILE designs can be used in the solar industry and other fields as well. AGILE has several potential applications in areas such as laser coupling, display technologies, and lighting – such as solid state lighting, which is more energy efficient than older lighting methods.

“Using our efforts and knowledge to create meaningful engineering systems has been my driving force, even when some trials didn’t work,” Vaidya said. “Being able to use these new materials, these new manufacturing techniques and this new AGILE concept to create better solar concentrators has been very rewarding. Abundant and affordable clean energy is a critical component to addressing pressing climate and sustainability challenges, and we must catalyze engineered solutions to make it a reality.

Solgaard is the director of the Edward L. Ginzton Laboratory; fellow of Stanford Bio-X, Stanford Cancer Institute and Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute; and an affiliate of the Precourt Institute for Energy and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.

This work was funded by the Global Climate and Energy Project and the Diversifying Academia Doctoral Fellowship Program, Recruiting Excellence. Thanks to Thomas E. Carver (Flexible Cleanroom) and Tim Brand (Ginzton Crystal Shop) for manufacturing support, and Reinhold Dauskardt, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, for advice on materials science. Thanks to Xuan Wu for the AGILE video and Alan Truong for his help with the graphic images.

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College Football World reacts to Paul Finebaum book announcement https://ticklekitchin.com/college-football-world-reacts-to-paul-finebaum-book-announcement/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 17:36:48 +0000 https://ticklekitchin.com/college-football-world-reacts-to-paul-finebaum-book-announcement/

ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 31: SEC Network television and radio personality Paul Finebaum speaks before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

The iconic Paul Finebaum always offers an inside look at all things SEC football, which is why college football fans will likely want to get their hands on his next book.

Finebaum announced on Monday that he is writing a book centered around the off-season feud between Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher. Georgia’s Kirby Smart will also be a central figure in the new publication.