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Grant to honor Jan Merrill-Oldham

first_img Read Full Story A new professional development grant named in honor of Jan Merrill-Oldham has recently been approved by the Association of Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) and Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) of the American Library Association (ALA) and will be awarded in 2012.For more than 30 years, Merrill-Oldham has been a recognized leader in the field of library and archives preservation. She has served on key committees within ALA, the Association of Research Libraries, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the National Information Standards Organization and many others. She has educated and mentored countless preservation librarians and conservators and her support for students and dedication to the field serves as a model to all of us. This award recognizes Merrill-Oldham’s wide ranging contributions, deep commitment to the field, and her undying support of young professionals by supporting participation in an ALA conference. In September of 2010, Merrill-Oldham announced her retirement after a long and notable career.Each year, the Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant will consist of $1,250 to support travel to the ALA Annual Conference for a librarian, para-professional or student new to the preservation field.  The intention is to provide the opportunity to attend an ALA conference and encourage professional development through active participation at the national level. The recipient will have the chance to work with a member of the jury to identify relevant programs and interest group sessions to attend, must attend the Preservation Administration Interest Group meeting, and must attend at least one PARS discussion group meeting.An announcement with more information on eligibility, application and selection will be made available in the coming months.  This information will also be on the ALCTS awards Web site in the near future.last_img read more


Trail Mix: Amy McCarley

first_imgOn the morning of April 14th, 1981, my third grade classmates and I packed on to buses and headed to the dry lake bed that was home to the flight line at Edwards Air Force Base, California, to witness history. AM  – I wrote it with my good friend Pat Algerup in Nashville. The song celebrates how that even though happiness tied to an external outcome is ultimately fleeting because wants and needs are always changing and nothing is ever lasting or certain, we still manage to justify our time setting goals and making plans. I feel like that is a funny thing about this experience we call life. BRO – Would you be impressed if I told I was on hand to see the shuttle landing  198B For this third grader, it was a damned cool experience. Being an Air Force brat definitely had its perks, and I got to see one more shuttle landing before my dad got reassigned to West Germany the next year. I can still vividly recall the excitement felt that morning as Columbia glided towards the ground. BRO – Last time you had a big ol’ belly laugh? BRO- We are featuring “Ain’t Life Funny” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song? AM – It wasn’t easy. Terrifying is a good word to describe it, actually. But it would have been hard and more painful to have stayed and retired from there never knowing what might have happened had I really tried to pursue the musical path more fully. BRO – How difficult was it walking away from NASA and a secure career to focus on music? BRO – How was it having Marty Stuart in the studio with you? AM – Amazing. I am a long time fan and couldn’t hardly believe he was there to play on my album. It was a surreal moment and such a tremendous honor. Plus, he’s just really easy to be around and we had a lot of fun hanging out that afternoon, laughing and trading stories. I will always look fondly on that opportunity with gratitude. AM – Yes! That’s awesome. I never did get to see a landing, although I must say that the launch I saw with my contract cohorts and then-deputy general manager, former astronaut Jan Davis, was nothing short of spectacular. For more information on Amy McCarley, to check on tour dates, or to find out where you can grab your copy of MECO, please check out her website. That morning, Columbia – the first Space Shuttle – landed in the Mojave Desert, marking the return to Earth of NASA’s first reusable space craft. And be sure to check out “Ain’t Life Funny,” along with new tracks from Galactic, Darlingside, Dale Watson, and many more on this month’s Trail Mix. AM  – This past weekend at my grandfather’s 90th birthday party, we were all reminded of the time when he had regained consciousness after what we believed to have been a stroke. I was there in the hospital room and his friend Bo stopped by to visit. When he opened his eyes to find his buddy standing at the foot of the bed, Pappaw’s first words were, “Oh no. I have died and gone to the wrong place.” I recently caught up with McCarley to chat about the new record, Space Shuttle memories, and how life really is funny. That emotion was rekindled in recent days while listening to Amy McCarley’s new record, MECO. McCarley, who left a career in NASA working as a contractor on Space Shuttle missions to hit the road as a musician, titled her recent record with the acronym (in the space world) meaning main engine cut off. The space jargon is meaningful, reflecting McCarley’s own disengagement from her main engines – the security of a nine-to-five – to maintain her own momentum as a musician. Amy McCarley heads to Montreal, Canada, next week for the Folk Alliance International conference before returning for a show in Nashville later in the month. OForce Base in California to witness a bit of history.last_img read more


Trump Tweets on Abortion Ban Exemptions

first_imgPresident Trump is chiming in on the abortion debate, as more states pass laws prohibiting the procedures.Trump tweeted on Saturday evening that he favors certain exemptions in abortion bans.….for Life in 2020. If we are foolish and do not stay UNITED as one, all of our hard fought gains for Life can, and will, rapidly disappear!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2019 Georgia Governor Brian Kemp this month also signed into law the so-called “fetal heartbeat” bill. It bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen as early as six weeks, before most women know they are pregnant. As most people know, and for those who would like to know, I am strongly Pro-Life, with the three exceptions – Rape, Incest and protecting the Life of the mother – the same position taken by Ronald Reagan. We have come very far in the last two years with 105 wonderful new…..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2019 ….Federal Judges (many more to come), two great new Supreme Court Justices, the Mexico City Policy, and a whole new & positive attitude about the Right to Life. The Radical Left, with late term abortion (and worse), is imploding on this issue. We must stick together and Win….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2019 Trump’s position differs from the one taken by Alabama Republicans, who last week passed a near-total ban on abortions. That ban allows exceptions only “to avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother,” in cases of ectopic pregnancy and if the “unborn child has a lethal anomaly.”An attempt by Democrats to exempt rape and incest victims failed.As most people know, and for those who would like to know, I am strongly Pro-Life, with the three exceptions – Rape, Incest and protecting the Life of the mother – the same position taken by Ronald Reagan. We have come very far in the last two years with 105 wonderful new…..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 19, 2019last_img read more


Darwinism Confirmed!  How?  Finch Beaks Got Smaller!

first_imgRandolph E. Schmid of Associated Press (see ABC News) seems hardly able to contain his excitement.  “Finches on the Galapagos Islands that inspired Charles Darwin to develop the concept of evolution,” he wrote, “are now helping confirm it by evolving.”  This sounds like big news.  How, exactly, are they evolving?  “A medium sized species of Darwin’s finch has evolved a smaller beak to take advantage of different seeds just two decades after the arrival of a larger rival for its original food source.”    There is no question that Darwin’s finches on the Galapagos Islands have achieved iconic status.  Charles Darwin believed that the 13 species (although the term species is loosely applied, since many are interfertile) originated from one ancestral species on the mainland.  All the species are quite similar except for the size and shape of their beaks.  Books have been written on this group of birds, often called the best example of natural selection at work in the wild.  Now, according to the Associated Press story, we have witnessed the action of selection in just 24 years.    A Princeton husband-and-wife team has devoted 33 years of study to documenting the evolution of Darwin’s finches.  Peter and Rosemary Grant published their latest paper this week in Science1 (see earlier work in 08/24/2005, 09/03/2004, 04/26/2002 entries).  In 1982, the large ground finch (Geospiza magnirostris) invaded Daphne island, posing competition to the medium ground finch (G. fortis) that ruled the roost there.  The competitor ate them out of house and home.  Because of the new food fight, G. fortis beaks shrunk so that they could adapt to eating alternate food, the seeds of cacti and other plants.    A specific morphological change caused by competition is termed character displacement – in the Grants’ words, “an evolutionary divergence in resource-exploiting traits such as jaws and beaks that is caused by interspecific competition.”  They judged this change of beak size in G. fortis, due to the competition from G. magnirostris, “the strongest evolutionary change seen in the 33 years of the study.”  Sounds like a Q.E.D. in the bag.  The mean change in beak size was about 0.7 standard deviations, “exceptionally large” in their view (actually, it represents a shrinkage of less than a millimeter on average, or 5%).  Nevertheless, they hedged, the “evolutionary changes that we observed are more complex than those envisaged by [D.] Lack” who had published a book on Darwin’s finches in 1947 on the role of competition in selection.  That’s because other factors were implicated in the population dynamics of the birds.    Surprisingly, they said no one ever studied this before, here or anywhere else.  “The process of character displacement occurring in nature, from the initial encounter of competitors to the evolutionary change in one or more of them as a result of directional natural selection,” they began the paper, “has not previously been investigated.”  That seems very surprising, almost shocking, given the fame of these finches and how they are used to support Darwin’s theory, to say nothing of the wide acceptance of Darwin’s theory itself and the number of evolutionary research studies performed around the world since 1859.    Yet even with this apparent success, the Grants cautioned that “Replicated experiments with suitable organisms are needed to demonstrate definitively the causal role of competition, not only as an ingredient of natural selection of resource-exploiting traits but as a factor in their evolution.”  That seems to suggest that this 33-year experiment did not establish a definitive cause-and-effect relationship between competition and natural selection, or clear evidence for evolution, either.     Nevertheless, Elizabeth Pennisi in the same issue of Science2 summarized the work in glowing terms:Evolutionary biologists consider the paper important because it demonstrates the interplay between population numbers and environmental factors: The shift in beak size occurred only when there were enough large ground finches and large seeds were scarce enough to cause a problem, says [David] Pfennig [evolutionary biologist at U. of North Carolina].  “This study,” he adds, “will motivate researchers to go into the field and see if they can document other examples of character displacement in action.”Pennisi also quoted a biologist who feels this study “will be an instant textbook classic.”1Peter R. Grant and B. Rosemary Grant, “Evolution of Character Displacement in Darwin’s Finches,” Science, 14 July 2006: Vol. 313. no. 5784, pp. 224 – 226, DOI: 10.1126/science.1128374.2Elizabeth Pennisi, “Competition Drives Big Beaks Out of Business,” Science, 14 July 2006: Vol. 313. no. 5784, p. 156, DOI: 10.1126/science.313.5784.156Folks, ignore the hype and look at the data.  There were already specimens of medium ground finches on Daphne with beak sizes in the final range.  The shrinkage was less than a millimeter, on average!  The only evolution was in the relative numbers of birds with an average length of 10.6 millimeters instead of 11.2 millimeters, and an average depth of 8.6 millimeters instead of the 9.4 millimeters before.  That’s it!  This is what evolutionary biologists are proclaiming as a textbook classic?  If this is all the textbooks can point to as actual field evidence for Darwinian evolution, our students need alternatives.    Any fair-minded reader of the Grant paper would have to ask some very serious questions about the methodology used and the empirical quality of the research, and especially what it signifies.  The Grants are very good at measuring beaks down to the submillimeter range, but think of the problems.  The numbers of birds counted varied drastically from one year to the next.  How did they know they were getting an adequate sample?  Were they taking into account the age of the birds, assuming that beak size could vary in individuals throughout their lifetimes?  Think how much your beak has changed since you grew up.  How much did their presence and picking up the birds to measure them influence the poor critters’ fitness?  Peter and Rosemarie claimed to have ruled out all factors other than natural selection, but remember, this is their life work to shore up evidence for Charlie darling.  How much does their need for success and fame play into their findings?  Their dedication to this work is admirable, but human nature strongly influences the NSF grant money (if you’ll pardon the expression) and desire to bring back the goods when you want to honor your alma mater and go down in history as the best researchers on the most famous icon of evolution.  Even assuming their honesty, they couched their conclusions with safety valves and downplayed the significance of the study, saying more work is needed.    Yet the news media, as usual, chirped up a storm over any hint of a suggestion of a possibility that Charlie has (finally) been vindicated.  “Darwin’s finches evolve before scientists’ eyes,” writes Sara Goudarzi triumphantly in LiveScience, echoed on MSNBC.  The only glimmer of hope in this media circus is that it somehow seems less bombastic than before.  Some of the other usual Darwin trumpets (New Scientist, BBC, National Geographic) chose not to sound off on this song for some reason.  Maybe they knew they would get a thrashing on the blog.  Update 07/15/2006: well, we spoke too soon.  National Geographic, naturally, fell for this story hook, line and sinker.  In a stupidly gullible report, Mason Inman wrote about “instant evolution” and won Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week with this groaner:David Pfennig at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill agrees that the study has important implications.    For Pfennig, the study’s greatest surprise was “the apparent speed with which the character displacement occurs—within a single year!”    Usually we think [sic] of evolution as being a slow grind, he says.    But, Pfennig added, the study suggests that evolution due to competition between closely related species “paradoxically may often occur so rapidly that we may actually miss the process taking place.”So, evolution is usually so slow we can’t see it, but then it happens so fast we may miss it.  In no other avenue of life where truth claims are debated would such flimsy evidence get any respect.  Beaks shrink, and thus prove natural selection can create scientist brains from a chemical soup.  This is plain silly.  What will our grandchildren think?  We document this stuff to show that at least some people in 2006 still had their heads screwed on, otherwise historians may wonder what caused the mass imbecility back then.    In their lists of references and quotations, the Grants (and the media) did not even pay one ounce of attention to the long and loud disputations by creationists and intelligent-design leaders about the finch beak problem.  From Duane Gish to Jonathan Wells and beyond, reputable scientists not polluted with Darwin addiction have argued that this is not evolution!  David Berlinski (no Christian fundamentalist) said that this evidence doesn’t even rise to the level of anecdote.  If Darwin gave us the great theory to which we are all supposed to give our allegiance, the best idea anyone ever had, the only theory worth mentioning in the science classroom, then we are going to need a lot better evidence than finch beaks varying by less than a millimeter in response to climate and food supply.  Neo-Darwinism by mutation and natural selection is supposed to explain all the complexity of life from ameba to man, and they get excited about beak size?  Come on!    Lest someone at Panda’s Thumb or Pharyngula get self-righteously indignant about our picking on Darwin’s finches without mentioning the “mountains and mountains of evidence” throughout biology, remember, that numerous evolutionists have pointed to Darwin’s finches as the best example of natural selection ever found.  This means that all the other examples are weaker and less convincing.  Not only that, the other studies on these same finches have produced nothing more than oscillating changes around a mean, certainly dubious as evidence that birds evolved from pre-bird ancestors.    Weak evidences do not add up.  A thousand buckets of sand do not provide a strong foundation.  This is especially true when other interpretations of the evidence are available.  Only a commitment bordering on religious zeal would look at this evidence as confirming of evolution over the common-sense interpretation that these birds look designed.  They fly, they digest food, they reproduce, they have eyes and ears and whole systems of complex, interrelated parts.  Under the most favorable light, the Darwinists might be able to claim that existing small beaks became more predominant when the food was gone.  OK, even creationists buy that.  Now tell us about the rest of the bird, please.    This nonsense continues because the gurus of the Cult of Darwin have safely ensconced themselves in the castle of academia, renamed it Daphe, and have barred entry to all who will not swear the oath of allegiance to King Charles the Usurper.  But now we have the internet.  It’s going to take an army of persistent Visigoths to storm the walls (cartoon and 05/09/2006 entry) and restore truth and justice.  From outside the castle, the evidence is accumulating for Darwin’s flinches.  We’ll Grant them that.  Once inside, we shall see if a little competition forces their beaks to shrink.(Visited 61 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Make Room, Software – Mobile Content is Eating the World

first_imgYoav Vilner How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … “Marketer to Watch” (Forbes). “Industry leader” (SAP). “Top 100 FinTech Influencer” . Tech blogger with exposure to millions. Advising startups across Europe, NYC, and Tel Aviv. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#content on mobile#mobile apps Related Posts Follow the Puck It may seem obvious that mobile-driven content is becoming the primary mainstream preference of content consumption, but the pace and implications of such a shift are often overlooked. Despite the absurd amount of time Generation Z spends on their phones or how the youth is redefining content consumption with mobile social media, many content platforms and companies still don’t take a mobile-first approach. “Like it or not, today’s content companies must come to terms with the fact that mobile-first thinking isn’t just the way of the future—it’s essential for any brand that wants to become or remain successful in the present,” details JAKK Media Co-Founder, Kenny Kline. Kline’s perception of a future landscape dominated by mobile consumption reflects what statistics tell us about content consumption trends. Up to 85 percent of Americans use mobile devices to consume content at least sometimes, and that number is amplified with younger generations like Millennials and Generation Z. So you won’t have your audience keep up with your content without mobile tech.Consuming news, social media, and messaging on mobile devices is simply more convenient. Push notifications and personalized news feeds keep people more connected (and distracted) than ever before, and the early stages of integrating more advanced marketing, e-commerce, and specialized content into the mobile ecosystem are rapidly snowballing. The Integration of Social Media, E-Commerce, and Mobile Devices Initiatives like the rumored Instagram Shop are indicative of the dynamic transition of e-commerce into a predominantly mobile medium. The success and influence of social media — which is consumed vastly more on mobile devices — on e-commerce is evident. Roughly 87 percent of e-commerce shoppers believe that social media helps them make shopping decisions, and 40 percent of merchants use social media for sales. With Instagram consisting of more than 1 billion active monthly users, there really is no better or more popular medium to promote content or drive sales. China has already set the standard in the integration of e-commerce and social media. Currently in China, nearly 55 percent of social app users cited purchasing goods directly through a social application. That trend is likely to rapidly gain traction in the U.S. too, where a 55 percent increase in mobile e-commerce sales in 2018 fueled North American e-commerce growth to over $500 billion — a 16 percent increase over the previous year. “It’s not enough to simply provide readers with the information they’re looking for,” cites Kline. “Content brands that want to remain successful as the digital landscape evolves must also provide this information in a consistently engaging and unique way if they want people to keep paying attention to their brand.”How do brands stay relevant in an evolving age of social media and content delivery? Cater to young people. E-Commerce brands are competing with entertainment for the attention of younger mobile users, particularly Generation Z, who is projected to account for 40 percent of the consumer population by 2020. Similarly, 85 percent of Gen Z learns about new products from social media. Combine younger preferences for mobile social media and e-commerce with the meteoric rise of PWAs and it seems inevitable that brands will need to take a mobile-first approach to their content and business strategy if they wish to remain relevant.  PWAs, which stands for ‘progressive web apps,’ are hybrid websites and mobile applications that blur the line between a website and mobile apps. They are ideal for e-commerce integration with social media and are rapidly emerging as a darling of marketing initiatives for their faster load times and much more fluid designs.PWAs offload the work to the device itself rather than a web server, and their ability to still send push notifications also leads into one of the cardinal drivers of increasing mobile content consumption — niche and personalized content.  Personalized and Niche Content Suites A Mobile Era Push notifications can become overwhelming if you don’t temper the number of applications and news sites you receive them from. That being said, the often subtle influence of push notifications is overlooked — they are completely shifting how content is consumed. Rather than exploring various sources for the information that you want, it is filtered and sent directly to your phone. People are bombarded with tailored content throughout the day from multiple sources. That content comes in all forms too, from short-form videos to editorial pieces of major publications. Leveraging push notifications effectively is also a ripe opportunity for smaller brands and niche content audiences. “Niche audiences are inherently passionate about their interests, so they won’t be intrigued by or loyal to brands that offer only superficial, basic content on the topic,” Kline continues. From the brand and marketing perspective, push notifications are the optimal way to distribute content to users in an effective way. Personalized content open rates can increase by 4X using push notifications, indicating that brands lacking in mobile content delivery will inevitably fall behind mobile-first brands.Personalization of new feeds.Personalization of news feeds, linked data accounts, faster delivery, and more familiar designs all make the mobile experience much more appealing to the everyday user. People want convenience, and audiences seeking niche content prefer it directly delivered to the device that’s in their pocket for the entire day. The flexibility of mobile devices will continue to expedite the transition towards an increasingly mobile-driven content paradigm. Companies that adjust appropriately will be well-suited for the new content archetype while those who let mobile content take a back seat will be left behind. last_img read more





Coverage of the NSW State Cup

first_imgTo view their stories and slideshows, please click on the following links:Port Macquarie News – http://www.portnews.com.au/multimedia/10009/state-cup-2009.aspxhttp://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/hornsby-claims-touch-honours/1697252.aspxhttp://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/port-macquarie-state-cup-results/1697253.aspxhttp://www.portnews.com.au/news/local/sport/general/champion-effort/1699348.aspxNBN News – http://www.nbntv.com.au/index.php/2009/12/06/ports-success-on-touch-footy-field/For more information and results of the State Cup, please visit the NSW Touch website:www.nswtouch.com.aulast_img read more


Touch Football Australia Membership Registration Procedure

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA), as part of our Strategic Plan 2011-2015, has been reviewing requirements related to the registration of individual participants. TFA has a particular Strategic objective to ‘Substantially Increase Participation to 500 000 verifiable and contactable members’ by 2015.As the constituted national organisation for Touch Football, TFA has subsequent requirements for affiliated members as stipulated in the TFA Constitution. Clause 15 of the constitution outlines details about how an affiliate remains recognised by TFA and simple requirements to remain compliant. A copy of the full Constitution and Strategic Plan can be found on the TFA website – www.austouch.com.au. Relevant to this communication affiliated associations are obligated to keep a registration of all participants within the area or under its representation. The information of participants must be provided to TFA in a recognised national format on a regular basis.The constitution deems participants as a person who regularly participates, including but not only officials, coaches, players or referees in a Touch Football competition controlled, organised or sanctioned by the Association.In addition to constitutional requirements, TFA needs this information as part of covering affiliates and individuals with insurance through the National Insurance Scheme.Recently TFA have updated the membership declaration of the Member Registration Forms, to be current with federal and state legislation.For more information, please click on the memo attached below. Related Files1-_touch_football_australia_membership_registration_procedure_2012-pdfRelated LinksMembership Registration Procedurelast_img read more