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Dancers train for ballroom competition

first_imgThrough its involvement of both Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s students, the Ballroom Dance Club proves it takes two to tango. Members will compete this Saturday at the Irish Dancesport Gala at Century Center starting at 7:30 a.m. and running to 9 p.m.Renee Reyes, Saint Mary’s sophomore and ballroom dance club member, said learning various dance styles, such as jive, foxtrot and swing, has helped her step outside her comfort zone.“Dancing is a way to let loose and be myself,” Reyes said. “It’s a way to escape from the world and really appreciate the art form that it is.”Reyes said she enjoys the performance aspect of ballroom dance and the way it allows people to show off their personalities.“When you’re on the competition floor, no one cares, and the more authentic you are, the better scores you’re going to get,” Reyes said. “You’ll be able to show your true colors.”The relationships she has formed with fellow dancers has been invaluable, Reyes said, and it has created a support system for her on and off the dance floor.“I love every single person in that club, and we have become such a family,” Reyes said. “We hang out outside of the ballroom, too.”Reyes said her involvement with the club has enhanced her college experience and shaped her as a person.“It’s made me a lot happier and more outgoing,” Reyes said. “It’s made me be more open. I’ve been able to expand my friend group.”Ballroom Dance Club has made her a more confident and skilled performer, Reyes said.“In the beginning, I was very scared to compete,” Reyes said. “I didn’t really know what I was doing. Now that I’m more experienced, I have more of a competitive edge.”Reyes said her passion for dancing motivates her to give her best effort during rehearsals, which take place three times a week.“Working on technique can be very drilling, but it’s also fun to get better,” Reyes said. “I love learning new moves and styles.”Reyes looks forward to home competitions, especially this weekend’s, because they make it possible for her loved ones to see her perform.“I like my family and friends to see what I’ve done,” Reyes said. “I think that’s really special. It’s such a bonding experience.”Jonathan Unger, Notre Dame sophomore and club member, said in an email dancers must act with precision and adaptability to compete successfully.“A common misconception is that you’re performing a rehearsed routine by yourselves under a spotlight,” Unger said. “Actually, you’re on the floor with as many as 40 other couples trying to get the judges, who are walking around the floor, to look at you while trying not to run into anyone else.”According to Unger, competitors have to multitask, as they try to recall steps, execute movements and keep smiles on their faces all at once.“You’re challenging yourself to actually remember the dances you learn,” Unger said. “At competitions, the social and performance aspects of ballroom dance come together.”Unger said he has refined his dancing ability and improved his coordination since he first joined the club.“I had no previous dance experience and, though musically inclined, was using a part of my brain that I had never used before,” Unger said. “Although it was frustrating, and still can be after almost two years, I was dancing with my friends and I knew they were having fun no matter how many times I stepped on their feet.”Unger said he enjoys opportunities to apply skills he learned from the club in his everyday life.“I really enjoy dancing now, and whenever I hear music, I think about dancing,” Unger said. “You can impress your friends at formals and SYRs, and go to Salsa Nights at Legends and actually know what you’re doing.”Darya Bondarenko, Saint Mary’s sophomore and incoming club president, said she enjoys ballroom dance because it allows her to exercise while learning something new.“Dance incorporates everything from art and studies,” Bondarenko said. “You have to think about how and where you’re moving. It’s also a good distractor from classes and stress, but at the same time we incorporate physics into how we move. We study how our body is supposed to move, why it works that way and why it’s natural.”Bondarenko said she encourages dancers to focus on doing their best and supporting one another, rather than on earning a certain place.“Competition is more about learning how others dance, seeing those who are better than you and seeing how far you’ve progressed over time,” Bondarenko said. “It builds a healthy competition. It’s a way to motivate yourself to do better.”Tags: ballroom dance, Notre Dame ballroom dance, Saint Mary’s ballroom clublast_img read more

Research Collaboration

first_imgIt might not seem like engineering and horticulture have much in common, but engineer WenZhan Song and horticulturist Marc Van Iersel are finding new ways to intertwine their respective fields thanks to the President’s Interdisciplinary Seed Grant Program at the University of Georgia.Song and Van Iersel’s project, called “Smart cyber-physical systems for controlled-environment agriculture,” lies at the intersection of food security, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, and includes faculty in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), College of Engineering, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and Terry College of Business.“When the call for interdisciplinary seed grants came out, it was a perfect fit for this group, so we decided to apply. Getting the grant allowed us to formalize our collaboration and really start doing joint research,” said Van Iersel, a professor of horticulture at CAES. “The hope of the joint work is that we can tackle the issue of energy efficiency in controlled-environment agriculture by integrating our respective knowledge in horticulture, engineering, energy informatics and computer science.”The grant allowed the researchers to purchase and install sensors within a greenhouse to collect environmental and crop-health data. The findings could have implications for improving food safety and for growing plants in space, as part of disaster relief efforts and for military applications. The team subsequently received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for $5 million over four years and has a pending proposal with the NSF to continue this line of research.“Sometimes you have different languages, and sometimes you have different interests, but it’s about everyone stepping forward to find common ground,” said Song, Georgia Power Mickey A. Brown Professor in Engineering in the College of Engineering. The 11 other faculty teams that received the President’s Interdisciplinary Seed Grant awards last year are also working to find common ground and expand their research. Their projects were selected from more than 150 research proposals.The university’s investment of $1.37 million in the program has generated $12.9 million in awarded grants, with the potential for more in the future.“A primary goal of the president’s seed grant program was to help teams demonstrate a history of working together to develop preliminary data that would make them competitive for major external grants,” said David Lee, UGA’s vice president for research. “A return on investment of nearly 10-to-1 is thrilling.”   The Interdisciplinary Seed Grant Program represents a strategic investment by the University of Georgia in its faculty and research enterprise.“I am pleased that the Interdisciplinary Seed Grant Program has achieved such impressive results in the short time since it was established,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “The success of this initiative demonstrates the value of supporting trailblazing research that combines the strengths of UGA faculty members across campus.”Interdisciplinary Seed Grant proposals were reviewed by a team of UGA faculty and administrators assembled by Lee and Jennifer Frum, UGA’s vice president for public service and outreach. The review team selected winning proposals based on demonstrated potential to address grand challenges and to generate new external funding in the future. Among other criteria, the review team also considered the inclusion of public service and outreach components.“All of Georgia benefits from a secure food supply and energy efficiency,” Frum said. “This project exemplifies the positive impact that Georgia’s land-grant and sea-grant institution can have on the state.”More information about the collaborative projects being pursued by researchers at CAES can be found at research.caes.uga.edu.Additional principal investigators and topics of the winning proposals include:Marin Brewer, associate professor of mycology at CAES, “Investigating microbial resistance to antifungal treatments used for plants and people”;Clark Alexander, director of the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography and professor of marine sciences in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, “Studying the UGA Marine Science campus on Skidaway Island as a model for achieving coastal resiliency in the face of extreme weather”;John Drake, Distinguished Research Professor and associate dean for academic affairs in the Odum School of Ecology, “Mapping the global risk of emerging infectious disease threats”;Changying “Charlie” Li, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering, “Using robotic systems to accelerate the application of genome information in the improvement of food crops”;Rebecca Matthew, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, “Building a network of cultural liaisons to improve the health and well-being of Athens-area Latinos”;Amanda Murdie, Dean Rusk Scholar of International Relations and professor of international affairs in the School of Public and International Affairs, “Forecasting the threat of cyber attacks, nation by nation”;Li Tan, assistant research scientist in the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, “Developing sustainable materials for biomedical and environmental applications from waste plant biomass”; andDavid Tanner, associate director of state services and decision support in the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, “Enlisting the help of businesses in the expansion of America’s STEM workforce.”last_img read more

Visitor ban continues as flu outbreak grips Letterkenny Hospital

first_imgLetterkenny University Hospital is again asking the public to stay away and prevent the spread of infection from the flu.The North West is dealing with a significant number of flu cases and LUH has implemented a visitor ban to minimise the chances of it being brought into the hospital.Visiting restrictions remain in place and the public is being reminded that they should not visit the hospital. Seán Murphy General Manager Letterkenny University Hospital said, “We are appealing to people to co-operate with the visiting restrictions so that we can protect the many very sick patients in the hospital.“In exceptional cases only, family members may arrange an appointment with the ward manager to visit critically ill patients. To arrange an appointment, please call the hospital on 074 9125888 and ask to be put through to the manager on the ward who will decide if an appointment to visit can be facilitated without compromising the welfare of the patients on the ward or the welfare of the visitors.“We understand that it is difficult for people not to visit family and friends particularly as the visiting restrictions have been in place for more than 2 weeks now. However, anyone carrying the flu virus can spread it for 1-2 days before developing symptoms and up to 5 days after symptoms develop. You may be spreading the flu and not even know it.“Our staff are working very hard to care for the many seriously ill patients in the hospital and we need to do everything we can to support them and protect our patients from additional risks of the flu virus. “We are appealing to people to co-operate with hospital staff. Visitors who arrive without prior agreement from the ward manager will be asked to leave. This is necessary to protect the many very sick patients in the hospital who are vulnerable to infection. It is critical that their care and treatment is not further complicated by the flu.”Visitor ban continues as flu outbreak grips Letterkenny Hospital was last modified: December 19th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

It’s a different Gruden at Raiders’ weekly press conference

first_imgFor complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.ALAMEDA — A day after absorbing another demoralizing defeat and with a compacted schedule heading into Thursday night’s game against the 49ers, Raiders coach Jon Gruden was saving his energy for what’s most important.It’s as if Chucky was replaced by a low-key alter-ego named Charles. Gruden’s weekly press conferences have been must-see TV, a treasure trove of video clips and quotes to be parsed, skewed in terms of …last_img read more

Monkey See, Monkey Rationalize

first_imgIt’s a quirk of English that rational and rationalize have opposite meanings.  Be that as it may, the latter may have evolved into to the former, according to a story in the New York Times.  A monkey study using children as control subjects seems to indicate that Capuchin monkeys, like us, occasionally rationalize bad choices.    Expecting animals to exhibit subsets of human behaviors may be one thing, but the article transformed the monkeyshines into a tale of human evolution:For half a century, social psychologists have been trying to figure out the human gift for rationalizing irrational behavior.  Why did we evolve with brains that salute our shrewdness for buying the neon yellow car with bad gas mileage?The results of experiments with the monkeys were equivocal.  Nevertheless, reporter John Tierney chose the interpretation that rationalizing bad choices, also called cognitive dissonance, has positive evolutionary value; it conserves energy that would be spent second-guessing our bad decisions.  But then, how would we know this is not his own sour grapes for dismissing intelligent design? The compulsion to justify decisions may seem irrational, and maybe petty, too, like the fox in Aesop’s fable who stopped trying for the grapes and promptly told himself they were sour anyway.  But perhaps Aesop didn’t appreciate the evolutionary utility of this behavior for humans as well as animals.For assuming evolution, for promoting a monkey’s wisdom over Aesop’s, and for elevating cognitive dissonance as a Darwinian virtue, we award Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week to Mr. John Tierney.  Congratulations; enjoy your trip.No sour grapes here.  We love it when the Darwinists make fools of themselves.  As for us, we try to ration our rashness.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

NLEX signs up former Sixer Arnett Moultrie

first_imgCalisaan-less Che’Lu-San Sebastian holds off Gamboa-St. Clare Coach Yeng Guiao is excited of what the 27-year-old Moultrie can bring to the table for NLEX.“He’s not too young, nor too old, but at the peak of his abilities. He will blend easily to our team,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMoultrie spent two seasons with the 76ers, splitting time in the NBA and the NBA D-League with the Sioux Falls Skyforce and the Delaware 87ers.He soon took his act overseas, playing in China, Puerto Rico, Turkey, Iran, Korea, and his latest, in Bahrain with Al-Muharraq. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Moultrie posted 22 points, 18 rebounds, three assists, and two steals in his lone game with the club, a 95-87 victory against Al-Hala in the Bahrain Premier League.He previously suited up for Incheon ET Land Elephants in the Korean Basketball League, where he averaged 11.5 markers, 11.5 boards, 2.0 assists, and 2.0 steals. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Arnett Moultrie #5 of the Philadelphia 76ers drives to the basket in front of Jared Sullinger #7 of the Boston Celtics during the game on December 8, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Jared Wickerham/Getty Images/AFPNLEX is set to shore up its frontline with the signing of Arnett Moultrie as its reinforcement for the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.The Road Warriors announced the development on their social media accounts on Tuesday, with the former Philadelphia big man set to arrive in April.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img MOST READ Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Read Next Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Gameslast_img read more

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Not a good result but we gave our 100 percent, says captain Amarjit Singh

first_imgCaptain Amarjit Singh attributed India’s heartbreaking defeat against Colombia to  “bad luck” but was very proud of his first cousin, Jeakson, who scored the country’s first goal in any FIFA World Cup.India came agonisingly close to securing their first ever draw, if not a win, in a FIFA tournament when Jeakson Singh Thanoujam’s bullet header found the back of the net against Colombia in their second group game of the ongoing U-17 World Cup.But, the Colombians struck almost immediately on the counter to restore the lead, leaving the 46,000 turnout at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium teary-eyed.”It was a case of bad luck,” Amarjit said.Had India held on, it would have been one unforgettable moment for Amarjit too, as skipper of the team.”I am feeling very proud that he scored the country’s first goal in a World Cup,” Amarjit said of his first cousin who broke into the team just six months ago.Excitement, ecstasy and happiness #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC pic.twitter.com/Kgm45KXK4J- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 10, 2017They are mid-fielders and have been playing in that position since the time they were introduced to the sport at their Haokha Mamang village in Manipur’s Thoubal district.Amarjit repeated the luck factor on a day India hit the framework once, besides coming very close to scoring on another occasion in the first half. Midfielder Rahul Kannoly was the unfortunate boy in blue, then.”It was bad luck because the ball hit the post too in the first half.”advertisementIt was a much-improved outing by debutants India, three days after being thrashed 3-0 by USA in their opening Group A encounter.Asked to compare the two games, Amarjit said, “USA was first game for everyone in the U-17 World Cup, playing in front of so many people was a very different experience.”For the next game we knew how the atmosphere was going to be in the ground.”Summing up the experience of playing in the first two matches, the skipper said, “It was a great feeling because not everyone gets to experience this. Every player dreams to play the World Cup. I have realised my dream. The result was not good but we gave our 100 percent.”9.40 pm, October 9, 2017 – History was created #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC pic.twitter.com/ZjZX427NKB- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 10, 2017Growing up in a football-crazy state in a remote corner of the country, Amarjit had dreamt of donning the national colours since his childhood.In the four-nation tournament in Mexico before the showpiece, India’s Portuguese coach Luis Norton de Matos used Amarjit and Jeakson in two of the three international friendlies.Having played together for so long, both have developed a good understanding.Ranjit Rana, technical advisor at I-league club Minerva FC, with whom Jeakson is employed, was at the venue to witness his ward’s moment of glory.”You can play him in any position. He has got quick vision, his head work is great, his first touch is good and he runs like a lion,” Rana said of the player.Jeakson’s association with Minerva FC started when he was drafted into their U-14 side under former India international Harjinder Singh.last_img read more

Gov’t to Address Online Safety Under School Tablet Programme

first_img The government is moving to address concerns about the safety of children online, as it prepares to pilot the School Tablet Computer Programme during the current academic year.Minister of State in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, told a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank on Wednesday, September 25, that close to 800 teachers have already been trained to instruct and monitor students in the use of the instruments.He informed also that the pilot phase will allow for close observation before the project is rolled out nationally. “What we hope to do is learn the lessons from the pilot in the initial phase,” he said.A total of 30,000 tablets will be distributed in the pilot project, and over the next five years, the government intends to allocate approximately 400,000 instruments to all government schools island-wide.The State Minister, who was speaking against the background of the upcoming conference on Cyber Security and Digital Forensics slated for the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus from September 30 to October 1, 2013, explained that some of the challenges to be overcome include ensuring students do not have access to particular types of content online, and that inappropriate web sites are blocked.He noted that the government considers the project to be critical in preparing students for the future. “We are fully aware and cognizant of those (security) concerns, but we still have to go ahead.  It is where the world is moving,” Mr. Robinson said.He pointed to the benefits of using technology to enhance learning in the classroom.“The indicators point to this (computer and internet literacy) being something that enhances learning and provides an opportunity for youngsters to build products and services, which they can now use as a way of going into entrepreneurship,” he said.A total of 35 schools at the early childhood, primary, and secondary levels have been shortlisted to participate in the pilot phase of the programme.The tablets will be provided free of cost, as the government implements programmes to enhance education through the use of technology. Story Highlights The government considers the project to be critical in preparing students for the future. The government is moving to address concerns about the safety of children online. The pilot phase will allow for close observation before the project is rolled out nationally. last_img read more