Doctoral program earns accreditation

first_imgThe University’s doctoral program in clinical psychology recently earned accreditation from the American Psychological Association (APA), program director Scott Monroe said. “We’ve transformed from a University without a clinical psychology program to a University with an eminent, and arguably top-10 program,” he said. “This is, in my opinion, an accomplishment of unprecedented proportions.” The program began in 2006, and Monroe estimated that the development of an accredited clinical psychology program has taken at least a decade to plan. “Accreditation by the APA signifies that the clinical program at Notre Dame now adheres to the standards of the APA for doctoral training of graduate students with respect to quality of instruction in the science and practice of clinical [psychology],” Monroe said. Monroe said the APA accreditation gives Notre Dame graduate students an edge over others in their field. “This allows our students to be highly competitive in a major field of psychology and to do research and teaching on topics that are core to the mission of Notre Dame,” he said. The requirements for accreditation are extensive and include specific stipulations regarding coursework, research training and clinical practice, Monroe said. “We apply for accreditation with a document that attest to these achievements,” he said. “It represents quite an extensive and rigorous piece of information regarding our program over the past several years.” David Smith, former director of the program, said this recognition is important for Notre Dame because the APA is the only organization authorized by the Department of Education to accredit psychology programs. “It provides ongoing evaluation and certification of the programs quality,” Smith said. “APA accreditation is the standard by which outside agencies evaluate our graduates.” Smith said the program is designed to produce doctoral students in clinical psychology that will become the next generation of top researchers in the field. A variety of research areas are represented in the program, Smith said. “There is a particular strength in mood disorders,” Smith said. “We have people studying sleep, marriage and relationships, health, stress and biology. There are also other traditional clinical psychology areas covered like eating and personality disorders and child clinical psychology.” The program has hired four nationally recognized clinical psychologists and five assistant professors since 2006, Smith said. “That’s tremendous growth to go along with the accreditation of the program,” Smith said. “I expect it to really flourish in the next few years.”last_img read more

Alan Campbell, Paul DeBoy, John Hemphill & More Will Head to the Greek Isles in Mamma Mia!

first_img In addition to the new stars and McLane as Donna Sheridan, Mamma Mia! features Felicia Finley as Tanya, Lauren Cohn as Rosie, Jacob Pinion as Pepper, Thomasina E. Gross as Lisa, Traci Victoria as Ali and Albert Guerzon as Eddie. View All (5) Judy McLane The ABBA extravaganza tells the story of Sophie Sheridan (Ricardo), a young bride who invites three potential dads to walk her down the aisle at her wedding, unbeknownst to her mother, Donna (Judy McLane). Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, Mamma Mia! opened October 18, 2001 at the Winter Garden Theatre. The show features music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus and a book by Catherine Johnson. View Comments A pair of newlyweds and a new trio of dads are joining the Broadway cast of Mamma Mia! The prospective papas will include Tony nominee Alan Campbell as Sam Carmichael, Paul DeBoy as Harry Bright and John Hemphill as Bill Austin, while Elena Ricardo and Jon Jorgenson will assume the roles of bride-to-be Sophie Sheridan and her fiance Sky, respectively. The five new stars will begin performances February 3 at the Broadhurst Theatre. Related Shows Zak Resnick Mamma Mia! center_img Felicia Finley Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 12, 2015 The five new cast members succeed current stars Aaron Lazar as Sam, Graham Rowat as Harry, Daniel Cooney as Bill, Laurie Veldheer as Sophie and Zak Resnick as Sky. Aaron Lazar Star Files Laurie Veldheer Campbell garnered a Tony nomination for Sunset Boulevard and also appeared on Broadway in Contact. His off-Broadway credits include Hello Again, Adrift in Macao, Book of Days and Avow. DeBoy makes his Broadway debut in Mamma Mia! after playing Harry in the musical’s national tour. Hemphill previously played Sam Carmichael in the Broadway cast of Mamma Mia! Jorgenson makes his Broadway debut in the ABBA tuner after recently graduating from Carnegie Mellon University. After making her Broadway debut in the ensemble, Ricardo also appeared in the Mamma Mia! national tour.last_img read more

Garden Patience.

first_img * Take readings on three straight mornings at 1 to 2 inches for seeds and 4 to 6 inches for transplants. Planting too early, before the soil has had time to warm up, can lead to seed rot, slow germination, poor growth and disease. For example, cucumber seeds usually take less than a week to germinate in a soil of 70 degrees Fahrenheit. They could take two weeks in 60-degree soil. Tomato transplants need a soil above 60 degrees to grow. And setting out pepper plants before the soil is 70 degrees could stunt their growth for the entire growing season. You can buy a soil thermometer at a local nursery or hardware store. Or order one from a gardening catalog. This table provides a good general guide for minimum soil temperatures for seeds and transplants. Tomatoes, cucumbers, snap beans 60º F Sweet corn, lima beans, mustard greens 65º F Spring Patience: Minimum Soil Temperatures for Planting *center_img Okra, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes 75º F Peppers, watermelons, squash, southern peas 70º F Your calendar and a soil thermometer will help you know the proper planting time for your garden vegetables. Many of the vegetables we plant are from the tropics. They don’t like cold soils and won’t grow well in them. To get the best growth, then, plant all transplants and seeds within a certain soil-temperature range. last_img read more

Generation Z means more digital, mobile & social for financial marketers

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Few would dispute that Millennials caught many banks and credit unions flat-footed. But some financial marketers now think they learned their lesson, and that they are ready for Gen Z.“That’s resoundingly not true,” says Jason Dorsey, President at The Center for Generational Kinetics, and one of the world’s foremost authorities on marketing to younger consumers.His advice for financial institutions is simple. “Take the time to understand this generation now, rather than taking five or more years playing catch-up, is critically important,” he recommends. “They really are a distinctly different generation.”How so? Superglue a smartphone to your hand, and build your everyday life around social media. Then you may begin to get Gen Z. They live in a world where, for them, social media is a key part of their reality, not a sideshow. And life experienced through the internet and most importantly the ever-present mobile device blends into physical being.last_img read more

2006 SUMMIT COVERAGE: Pandemic could cripple routine health services

first_img Teeter cited an estimate that a pandemic could kill 11,000 people in Seattle in 6 weeks, well above the usual toll in a year. In talking about the threat, she said, “You just have to be kind of plain-spoken and out there for the public.” Feb 15, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A major influenza pandemic would make it very difficult for the US healthcare system to maintain routine services, a reality that few Americans are aware of, a public health official said at a preparedness conference in Minneapolis today. “You balance the business continuity and the general health of the community,” Teeter said. “People will have to understand there will be a very different [healthcare] system in place,” she said. “If you don’t tell them the truth, I think we’ll have a huge social unrest problem.” “We have a whole team working on triage, self-care, and telephonic consultations,” among other approaches for maintaining services to special populations in that situation, Teeter said. Editor’s Note: This article was updated Aug 16, 2006, to correct a potentially misleading statement in the 3rd-to-last paragraph regarding Seattle residents’ concerns. “I don’t think Americans are the least bit prepared” for the potential effects on the health system, said Dorothy Teeter, interim director of public health for Seattle and King County, Wash. She was part of a panel at a national meeting on business preparedness for pandemic flu.center_img Teeter said her department has assembled a coalition of healthcare organizations “to work on what the healthcare system would look like” during a pandemic, when hospitals and clinics could be overwhelmed by thousands of seriously ill patients. The pandemic threat has Seattle residents asking questions about ideas that may sound extreme, according to Teeter. For example, some have asked about the community’s ability to handle a surge in victims from a pandemic flu, and if they will need to bury bodies in their backyards. King County has also set up groups to work with the business community and with public officials on pandemic preparedness, Teeter reported. The business group has discussed issues such as school closings. Business leaders said they would like a couple of days’ warning if the county decides to close schools, because many parents then would need to stay home to care for their children, she said. The business preparedness conference was sponsored by the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), publisher of the CIDRAP Web site, along with the US and Minnesota Chambers of Commerce. She also said the county is stockpiling oseltamivir (Tamiflu) to help maintain the healthcare workforce. “We’re not thinking about prophylactic use, because there’s not enough Tamiflu,” she said. “But we are going to be prepositioning Tamiflu. . . . We’ve been able to buy Tamiflu over and above normal use.”last_img read more

Virus-sharing pact eludes WHO group, but work will continue

first_img Nov 19 CIDRAP News story “WHO group to tackle H5N1 virus-sharing dispute” See also: There were few detailed reports from each day of the conference, but a notable exception was a series of posts from Edward Hammond, director of the Sunshine Project, a watchdog group based in Austin, Tex., that monitors biodefense research safety. The Sunshine Group has collaborated with the Third World Network, a nongovernmental organization that advocates for developing countries, on reports that track patent activity related to the H5N1 virus. Hammond’s posts appeared on the Effect Measure public health blog. Nov 26, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization (WHO) group that recently met to work out an agreement to ease the global sharing of H5N1 avian influenza viruses failed to resolve the issue, but signaled that work on the issues would continue. Effect Measure blog site Health ministry spokeswoman Lily Sulistiowati told Reuters today that Indonesia hopes negotiations over H5N1 sample sharing will continue. However, she said the demand for an MTA was nonnegotiable. “We will not send samples overseas without an MTA,” Sulistiowati said. In a Nov 24 post that summed up the results of the virus-sharing meeting, Hammond wrote that though the working group did not deliver the agreement that many had hoped for, it did make progress on some issues. The meeting produced a rough-draft text for moving forward that includes several promising ideas that countries such as Chile and Brazil brought to the meeting. However, he faulted the United States and the European Union for their reluctance to address problems, such as a perceived lack of transparency, with the Global Influenza Surveillance Network. Hammond wrote that the working group will likely reconvene for five days in July 2008. “‘More meetings’ is not an outcome satisfying to many and provides no immediate relief, but it remains the most important outcome of the meeting. The text has many good ideas,” he noted. “As important as the current Indonesia viruses are, this process is no longer Indonesia versus everyone else. There are many more countries and interests now at the table,” Hammond wrote, adding that he believes that the focus on equitable benefits from influenza research will eventually improve pandemic preparedness and public health. However, John Lange, the United States’ special representative for avian and pandemic influenza, said in the earlier Reuters report that he opposed automatic rewards for each sample a country shares. He maintained that it is important to protect patents related to the H5N1 virus, because vaccine development is risky, time-consuming, and expensive for pharmaceutical companies. Indonesia, represented by its health minister Siti Fadilah Supari, pushed for a material transfer agreement (MTA) for each virus sample it sends outside the country, specifying that the sample be used only for diagnostic purposes, according to a report today from Reuters. Commercial use of the virus would require the permission of the country that provided the sample. The country’s health minister has said that retaining the intellectual property rights to the H5N1 samples would ensure its citizens greater access to global pandemic vaccine stockpiles at more affordable prices. Gregory Hartl, WHO spokesman, said the next step for work on the virus-sharing issue is not clear, but officials will probably meet in a smaller working group in May ahead of the WHO’s World Health Assembly (WHA) that month, according to the Nov 23 Reuters report. He said a full working group session would be required after the WHA to finalize a virus-sharing agreement. The WHO working group on virus sharing met in Geneva from Nov 20 through Nov 23. An impasse over the virus-sharing issue began last December when Indonesia, the nation hardest hit by the H5N1 virus, stopped sending samples to WHO collaborating centers to protest the high cost and lack of access to vaccines that pharmaceutical companies are developing from the strains the country has shared. “Nobody can fault you for not trying. It is so close, yet so far away,” Margaret Chan, the WHO’s director-general, said in a session on the final day of the meeting, Reuters reported on Nov 23.last_img read more

Google is becoming a stronger player in the online travel agency scene

first_imgWhy not use Google when planning a trip and searching for a hotel? There are many more reviews and photos taken by users in Google’s hotel search redesign. Also, they can access guest reviews from Booking, Expedition and TripAdvisor, and from now on they have the ability to view user photos of hotels and rooms, not just promotional ones. “Google balances the user experience with the content of accommodation providers much better, which is great news for us hoteliers. This could, along with platforms like Fliggy and Airbnb’s acquisition of HotelTonight, shake things up in the world of online travel planning“, Concluded Chetan Patel, Vice President of Strategic Marketing and E-Commerce for Onyx Hospitality Group. Example of searching through Google Hotel Search Alternative accommodation among the results Search filters With its booking service, Google is moving towards the idea of ​​becoming a quasi-online travel agency. However, Google does not offer, for example, cancellations, but only reservations and ways to pay for accommodation by credit card or Google Pay. So, with the strengthening of Google booking, many users will prefer to make all their travel-related purchases directly through Google. When you click on a photo of a hotel in Google search, it redirects you to a page at the top of which, just below the photos of the accommodation, are the hotel name, address, categorization, phone number and a link to the official page. But consider the links highlighted in blue (DEAL $ 88, 17% less than usual) on the example of Yotel New York in the image above. These links do not redirect to the hotel website, but to Google Hotel Search. Google’s “homage” to HotelTonight There are many new attractive settings in the redesign. For example, from now on you can search for hotels by user ratings, budget amount options, luxury and the like. User generated photos and reviews The first two sentences of user reviews appear on Google, and when users click on it, it redirects them to the web page where it is located. Example of hotel accommodation on Google Hotel Search / Skift Google Hotel Search is a “double-edged sword” for hoteliers Pretty nice and intuitive design Google still prefers its own hotel search and booking feature to the detriment of competitors ’businesses. That has not changed. Paid ads are at the top of the accommodation search, and organic links are at the bottom of the page. Search results are sorted by paid ads Over the past few years, Google has experimented with hotel reservations on behalf of online travel agencies and hotel partners, but would have to spend hours searching for accommodation. It is easier to visit the online accommodation reservation service directly. In the redesign of the entire hotel search and accommodation reservation, there are more views while browsing the hotel via Google booking, reports Shift. The redesign contains photos of hotels and destinations, but also Google Maps with hotel prices, visible in Google search results. The design is quite attractive. Here are seven features of Google Hotel Search. “We are developing the way our hotel search engine works on smartphones to help customers search for options and make decisions on mobile phones. The new hotel search experience includes better price filtering, easier information on offers, and the ability to book directly from Google”, Said Eric Zimmerman, director of product management for Google’s travel, in an earlier blog. Although quite complicated, Google’s booking competitors, such as Expedition, Booking, and TripAdvisor, don’t benefit from free links on Google to the extent they had in previous years, but they still make money as paid advertisers in the Google Hotel Search app. Google explains in its blog that it also offers a filter for private accommodation in the search engine. A message may pop up for users: “Private accommodation is also available for the period you have selected.” Google has thus become a full-fledged accommodation booking service and has potential implications for booking sites like Airbnb. On the other hand, Google claims that they are only trying to improve the user experience of the search, and that hotels, which appear at the top of search results, appear there organically. Richard Holden, vice president of travel product management for Google, wrote about the new features of Google Hotels Search in a blog post last week and subtly mentioned the development of a complete hotel meta-search page and accommodation booking engine. There is even a new hotel search filter “for tonight” in Google’s redesign. When a user selects that filter and selects a hotel, Google automatically selects today’s arrival date and tomorrow’s departure date, making it easier for the user to search for overnight accommodation. Users can then book a hotel in two ways: by going to that hotel’s website, or by booking directly from Google through companies that partner with Google, such as Orbitz or Travelocity.last_img read more

Wellness offer will soon be entering the big doors in airports?

first_imgThe real question is are all these investments worth it? Will passengers really feel better and calmer after listening to a five-minute guided meditation when the only thing they can focus on is whether to catch the flight they are taking? Also, will airlines make changes that will make travel easier for economy class passengers as well, or will most of these improvements only apply to first and business class? The first association that comes to mind when you think of airports is certainly not an ideal place to rest and relax. No, for most people they are mostly a source of stress, anxiety and frustration. It is for this reason that it sounds a bit comical when airlines or airports announce measures to improve the well-being of their passengers. Especially in today’s air traffic, when legroom is getting smaller, luggage fees are getting higher, and security measures are getting more intense, Skift reports. The logic is clear, when passengers are already on another flight for hours, why not spend that time in a wellness, various beauty & spa zones or even do their daily workout in the gym. Airports are also trying to improve their service, and now it’s about wellness offers. Specifically, these are relaxation rooms as well as breastfeeding rooms located inside the airports themselves. Still, that hasn’t stopped airlines like Virgin Atlantic and American Airlines from partnering with apps like Headspace and Calm, which offer meditative content for those who manage to relax after takeoff. Others, like Singapore Airlines, are trying to improve food supply and provide healthier options. Source: Shift Cover photo: Pixabay.com As long as companies try to provide better conditions for consumers, it remains to be seen whether their initiatives will bear fruit or they just hope for good publicity in the media. The tourism industry is trying to offer as many wellness services as possible, so it is not surprising that both airlines and airports want to get involved. Also, in order to increase revenue due to cheaper flights, airlines are trying to find new ways to boost their financial balance sheets while providing their passengers with some new experience and added value. Photo: Pixabay.comlast_img read more

Industrial: Irish Republic

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Departing King Sturge boss sets up new HQ

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