Scientists Assess Laboratory Damage In The Wake Of Hurricane Harvey

After a weekend spent bracing against record-breaking rains and catastrophic flooding, many scientists remain in suspense about how Hurricane Harvey will affect their research. Many are still unable to return to their labs and field sites to assess potential damage. Marine researchers are facing “substantial” water damage to one of two major laboratory buildings at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas, according to Communications Coordinator Sally Palmer. “We’re hoping that at least some of the instruments are still there somewhere, but haven’t been able to check yet,” Palmer tells ScienceInsider. In the meantime, Palmer says that—like many other institute employees—she is dealing with some storm damage on the homefront, where winds knocked down the backyard fence at her residence.

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Bucks, Froedtert & MCW unveil new learning laboratory at Carmen High School

The community partnership between the Milwaukee Bucks and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network took another step forward with the unveiling of a new learning laboratory at Carmen High School of Science and Technology’s Northwest Campus, just in time for the start of a new school year.

The Froedtert & MCW Learning Center inside the school at 5496 N. 72nd Street will be the hub of Carmen’s health care and IT career pathways, providing an authentic setting where students and adults alike can develop critical skills for jobs in the growing field of health care. The Carmen program prepares students for employment as health care customer service representatives, certified nursing assistants, medical assistants and information technology service center technicians.

“The ingredients for success are all here. Health care organizations already have a tremendous need for skilled people and building a future workforce pipeline is absolutely critical,” said Cathy Jacobson, president and chief executive officer of Froedtert Health.

“This program has the potential to train more than 300 young people and adults from this neighborhood over the next five years. Carmen High School of Science and Technology is nationally recognized as a high performer, turning out graduates who are well-prepared for college and careers. I am deeply grateful to the Carmen team for their important work and proud to be part of this innovative Learning Center.”

“The partnership we have with both Froedtert & MCW and the Carmen network is truly changing the way our city can look at workforce development,” said Bucks president Peter Feigin.

“Often times, students may have a challenging curriculum, but no specific career pathway, or little opportunity to learn the ‘life skills and soft skills’ that are essential to virtually any career pathway. This program blends all of those elements – and on top of it, focuses on both adults and children in Milwaukee’s Choice Neighborhood.”

Plans for the Froedtert & MCW Learning Center were announced last July. Over the past year, the space that now houses the Learning Center was transformed from an unused, outdated machine shop classroom to a gleaming, hands-on training lab equipped with eight hospital beds, mannequins and nursing station components, all donated by Froedtert Health. A Froedtert Health facilities development team co-managed the renovation project with Carmen (NOTE: an MPS charter) including installation of new flooring, lighting, ceiling, cabinetry, window casements and electrical wiring.

“The investment by our generous partners in the Learning Center will allow Carmen to be a community anchor where both neighborhood youth and adults come to learn, explore and train for family-sustaining careers,” said Patricia Hoben, Carmen’s CEO/Head of Schools.

“Only when visionary community institutions come forward, as Froedtert and the Bucks have done, will we be able to revitalize and strengthen our neighborhoods. Health care and IT professions are two of the highest-demand employment areas in southeastern Wisconsin. This partnership highlights how a college preparatory high school – by also teaching career readiness skills and providing intensive work experience in STEM careers – can truly prepare young people for a choice in life: college; meaningful, family-sustaining work; or both.”

As a result of the partnership between the Bucks and the Froedtert & MCW health network, Carmen piloted two career pathway programs during the last school year. Through the program, students earned eight or nine college credits from Milwaukee Area Technical College by taking three courses in either health care customer service or IT systems support. In August, eight Carmen students also completed the certified nursing assistant course at MATC, which MATC will offer at the new Learning Center in 2018.

This summer, 17 Carmen students participated in apprenticeships in either health care or IT. At Froedtert Hospital and Community Memorial Hospital, 11 student apprentices were placed in patient care units, admitting, nursing administration, nutrition service, and IT service center support. Another six students worked in IT systems support apprenticeships at the Milwaukee Bucks and other area businesses. Certified nursing assistant apprenticeships will begin once the students pass the certification exam.

The new Froedtert & MCW Learning Center is part of a larger workforce development initiative targeting Carmen students and low-income adults in northwest Milwaukee neighborhoods, in collaboration with the Milwaukee Choice Neighborhood Initiative, MATC and the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center. The health care services, nursing assistant, and IT systems support career pathway courses will continue to be offered at Carmen with college credit provided by MATC. Apprenticeships will continue at Froedtert & MCW health network locations and other local companies.

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CM opens cancer genetic lab at MCC

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan could not have found a more appropriate venue to decry the alleged attempt to target him personally in the SNC-Lavalin corruption case than the Malabar Cancer Centre (MCC) at Thalassery, which was linked to the case probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

The Chief Minister visited the MCC on Sunday to inaugurate the Cancer Genetic Laboratory set up there. The visit, however, assumed significance as it occurred in the wake of his recent acquittal in the SNC-Lavalin case by the High Court. It was the deal for setting up the MCC for which the Canadian company promised financial aid, as part of the contract for refurbishing the three hydro-electric projects in the State, that led to the case in which Mr. Vijayan, then Electricity Minister, was one of the accused.

The Chief Minister said at the function that after the establishment of the MCC, there had been attempts to level corruption charges targeting him. Now even the court had asked if there was a deliberate attempt to hunt him politically. Chennai-based firm, Technicalia, had been entrusted with the construction of the MCC, he said adding that it was alleged that even that firm was unauthorised. The firm was considered for the work because of its experience as being the consultancy for the construction of the Pariyaram Medical College, he said. The MCC had survived all corruption charges and had grown into a major health care institution.

Mr. Vijayan said that the MCC had been conceived in 1996 during the then Left Democratic Front government as a cancer centre in collaboration with the Canadian company. The MCC had come into existence with the cooperation of all sections, he said. He said the MCC would be elevated to the standard of the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) in Thiruvananthapuram.

Health Minister K.K. Shylaja, Thalassery MLA A.N. Shamseer, district panchayat president K.V. Sumesh, and MCC Director Satheeshan Balsubramanian were present.

Questions remain after Southern Lab sanctions: a story that continues as a season begins | High School Sports

Writing about a team thrown for a huge loss before the first official snap of the season is a new one for me.

Regardless of which side of the Southern Lab issue you stand on, there is one point most will agree on — many questions remain for the Kittens and the LHSAA.

I have answers for a few of those questions and some thoughts. Yes, the LHSAA’s ruling is the most far-reaching I’ve seen. Southern Lab is banned from the football playoffs for two years and also has to vacate 2015 and 2016 Division IV titles along with a 2014 runner-up finish.

Why? The ruling will affect a yet-to-be determined number of student/athletes and brought suspensions for coaches, including now former Southern Lab head coach Marcus Randall. Student/athletes who left Southern Lab for other schools also could face suspensions, another unprecedented possibility.

And where possibilities loom, there are always rumors, a few of which, I can refute as the Kittens work to prepare for their Week 1 game at Riverside Academy with new head coach Darrell Asberry in charge. And yes, Southern Lab has the right to move on.

No. 1 – “Are there really going to be 31 players transferring out of Southern Lab?”

Not according to LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine. There may be a few transfers, but the LHSAA won’t offer a chance to leave a sanctioned program like the NCAA does. In fact, Bonine said students who transfer out would be ruled ineligible because they will have moved for athletic purposes.

“The only reasons a student would leave would be to create athletic eligibility or because they weren’t paying tuition, either one is a violation of our rules,” Bonine said.

It will be interesting to see if the LHSAA looks into allegations of other schools trying to persuade Southern Lab players to transfer. That kind of “recruiting” also is a violation if it can be proven.

No. 2 – “This is no problem for Marcus Randall; he’ll go get a college job because he’s a former LSU quarterback, right?”

No, actually Randall can’t. Under NCAA rules he couldn’t be hired for two years because the team he coached included prospects currently being recruited.

Some colleagues view Randall as a scapegoat. Since the findings of the investigation are not released to the media/public because the LHSAA was deemed a private organization a few years ago, all we know is what we are told and we’re told he was suspended for a year and terminated by the school.

A lack of program control issue? We don’t know. The fact that Randall is a past winner of the LHSAA’s Golden Torch Award given to distinguished alumni certainly offers a contrasting picture.

No. 3 – “Are they going after the other sports at Southern Lab? I’ve hear they’re going after (FILL IN THE BLANK) too.”

The LHSAA ruling placed other Southern Lab sports on probation but did not ban them from the playoffs. What the LHSAA pursues after football remains to be seen, but the ruling issued Tuesday did not indicate other sports were involved.

As for sanctions involving other schools, who knows? Rulings spark plenty of rumors. One involving two traditional public schools is one of my favorites. It remains to be seen whether there’s more than hot air and some alleged “paperwork.”

Remember, the sanctions for Southern Lab were generated from an investigation that the school itself gave to the LHSAA after nearly a year of work. I am curious to see what the next LHSAA-generated investigation yields.

No. 4 – “What about the trophies?” Bonine stated the titles, etc., were vacated, but a bylaw which states that the runner-up school should “receive the trophy” is still in the LHSAA handbook. That, Bonine says, is under review.

A lot of moving pieces still must be resolved. Schools with players who transferred from Southern Lab, I’m sure, have been told not to play them until their eligibility status is determined.

As Yogi Berra once said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” I don’t think this one is over yet.

Prep notables

Congratulations to former Plaquemine High coach Don Jones for being honored at halftime of Friday’s jamboree. Jones, who also coached locally at Woodlawn High, was honored for his 2016 induction into the Louisiana High School Sports Hall of Fame. He was 116-54 at PHS.

• Silliman Institute seeks a head baseball coach. The Mississippi Association of Independent Schools member school won back-to-back championships in 2000-01 and 2015-16. Applicants should email their resume to Athletic Director T.J. Davis at [email protected]

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INRS acquires new open laboratory for geothermal energy

Geothermal energy is a promising solution for reducing greenhouse gases and providing a local source of heat in the northern areas. However, the drilling required to install geothermal systems presents technological challenges that are undermining the development of this energy sector. With the new open laboratory for geothermal energy, professor Jasmin Raymond of INRS Centre Eau Terre Environnement will have new experimental capabilities to investigate solutions that reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

Funded equally by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund and the Québec government for a total of $400,000, this new facility combines the techniques of infrared scanning and tomodensitometry, a first for a geothermal energy laboratory. Researchers will be able to characterize the thermal and hydraulic properties of rock samples and model the impact of subsurface heterogeneity on the performance of geothermal systems.

Professor Raymond’s team at the open laboratory for geothermal energy is seeking to better understand how groundwater flows and transfers heat so as to

  • develop environments conducive to both shallow and deep geothermal systems,
  • improve the design of the underground components of these systems, and
  • develop new, more competitive technology.

“Our research will help identify geological environments with lower drilling costs for geothermal systems. This will make the Canadian geothermal energy industry more competitive in relation to fossil fuels,” said professor Raymond, who also holds the Northern Geothermal Potential Research Chair.

The open laboratory for geothermal energy operates on the same principle as free software. It will be a learning environment where students can develop scientific knowledge in geology, hydrology, and mechanical engineering to solve subsurface energy challenges.


About INRS

Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) is a graduate-level research and training university and ranks first in Canada for research intensity (average funding per professor). INRS brings together some 150 professors and close to 700 students and postdoctoral fellows at its four centres in Montreal, Quebec City, Laval, and Varennes. Its basic research is essential to the advancement of science in Quebec and internationally, and its research teams play a key role in the development of concrete solutions to the problems faced by our society.

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Drug lab injustices must be addressed

Can you imagine a state in which thousands of men and women may be locked up in jail cells, unable to win freedom despite fundamental flaws in the evidence used to convict them of drug crimes? In such a state, wouldn’t you expect the governor, attorney general, lawmakers and judges to band together to speed the wheels of justice and set things right?

That state isn’t an Orwellian nightmare. It is Massachusetts.

In a stunning ruling, a judge recently blasted state prosecutors for committing a “fraud upon the court” in withholding key evidence in cases tried at least partly based on work by the state’s now-defunct Amherst Drug Lab. Yet, four years after the problems came to light, neither the courts nor state leaders have undertaken a comprehensive review of problems that could affect 18,000 or more cases statewide.

That failure is nothing less than a stain upon the commonwealth. We call on Gov. Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey, state Senate President Stanley Rosenberg and the courts to address it immediately.

“At the end of the day, everybody’s goal should be to make this right, make sure no person is in prison wrongfully or unnecessarily,” said Jared Olanoff, a lawyer representing about a dozen of the defendants whose cases were built on the Amherst lab evidence.

It’s not just defense lawyers crying foul, Gazette staff writers Amanda Drane and Emily Cutts report. In a recent ruling on eight appeal cases, Hampden Superior Judge Richard Carey blasted not only the drug lab chemist who began the scandal but also the former assistant attorneys general who he said had withheld key evidence — perhaps, in part, because it was inconvenient to drive to western Massachusetts to gauge the full extent of the problem.

Amherst Drug Lab chemist Sonja Farak was arrested in January 2013 and convicted of stealing drugs to feed her own addiction. Drawing on Carey’s ruling and interviews with other experts on the scandal, the Gazette reporters described a lab in which Farak was allowed to work alone without audits or other safeguards.

Once her wrongdoing came to light, Carey found, former assistant attorneys general Anne Kaczmarek and Kris Foster intentionally withheld evidence that would have shown Farak’s drug tampering began much earlier than thought — evidence that could have altered the course of prosecutions that landed people in jail or on probation. “The ramifications from their misconduct,” Carey ruled, “are nothing short of systemic.”

Once such misconduct comes to light, of course, officials should act quickly to reexamine affected cases and, if appropriate, throw out pending cases and reverse convictions in ones that have been concluded. That review process worked better in a similar case involving another chemist at the state lab in Jamaica Plain, resulting in the state Supreme Judicial Court this year dismissing an unprecedented 20,000 cases.

Reviewing so many cases takes an enormous amount of time and money, a fact that prompted then-Gov. Deval Patrick to order a sweeping investigation in 2012 and the Legislature to conduct hearings and establish a $30 million fund for the inquiry.

While news of it broke the next year, the Amherst Drug Lab scandal has received no such attention and a fraction of the resources. Instead, for four years, the inquiry had limped along even as defendants struggled to challenge the evidence against them or remained unaware that such a challenge was possible.

Today, prosecutors including Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan are doing their best to identify and review affected cases, but it’s slow work without substantial financial resources. Once that work is done, Sullivan says, “Our office will likely be dismissing a substantial portion of cases.”

Judge Carey’s ruling, which dismissed convictions for seven Pioneer Valley defendants and allowed the eighth to withdraw a guilty plea, finally shone a light on the injustice and inaction. But while Carey’s condemnation was broad, his order did not demand a comprehensive remedy.

Such a remedy was demanded in a court brief filed this spring by the American Civil Liberties Union, New England Innocence Project and others, who argued, “Any other approach to this scandal would, unfortunately, invite a new one.”

Last month, the authors of the brief also asked the Massachusetts Bar Association to investigate the former prosecutors cited in Carey’s ruling for misconduct. Neither of the prosecutors would comment for the Gazette article but — no small irony — each continues to work for the state. Kaczmarek is now an assistant clerk magistrate while Foster serves as general counsel for the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission.

With Carey’s ruling bringing the facts to light, we hope the Bar Association will examine the former prosecutors’ conduct and their current bosses will ask whether the two should be allowed to continue working.

But the tough questions can’t stop there. Instead those questions must echo through the highest levels of Massachusetts government, with the governor, attorney general and legislative leaders acting promptly to provide the financial resources and political commitment needed to give justice — at long last — its day.