Research plan – Metro Research http://metroresearch.org/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 01:51:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://metroresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png Research plan – Metro Research http://metroresearch.org/ 32 32 DC lowers speed limits to 25mph on major roads https://metroresearch.org/dc-lowers-speed-limits-to-25mph-on-major-roads/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 01:42:18 +0000 https://metroresearch.org/dc-lowers-speed-limits-to-25mph-on-major-roads/ The speed limit on some of DC’s major suburban corridors is lowered from 30 mph to 25 mph, in the latest effort by Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) to curb the growing number of serious traffic accidents in the nation’s capital . The speed reduction went into effect Friday on Connecticut Avenue NW and will […]]]>

The speed limit on some of DC’s major suburban corridors is lowered from 30 mph to 25 mph, in the latest effort by Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) to curb the growing number of serious traffic accidents in the nation’s capital .

The speed reduction went into effect Friday on Connecticut Avenue NW and will be effective this week on New York Avenue NE, two busy routes that combined carry nearly 100,000 vehicles a day and carry heavy traffic from Maryland to downtown. town.

Two other corridors — North Capitol Street/Blair Road NW and Wheeler Road SE — will see the speed limit reduced in the coming months, the district’s transportation department said.

The Bowser administration claimed slower speeds can help improve safety and cited successes in other cities that have implemented lower limits. According to a study cited by the city, pedestrians are less likely to die when struck by a slow-moving car.

“DDOT joins peer cities, including New York and Seattle, in reducing the speed limit in key corridors because we know that reducing speeds by even five miles per hour makes a big difference in preventing serious crashes and injuries. “, DDOT Director Everett Lott said in a statement. .

Despite Signage, DC Drivers Don’t Slow Down in School Zones, Study Finds

The move responds to calls for speed reductions across the city, and particularly on roads that run through neighborhoods and areas with heavy pedestrian and cycle traffic. In recent years, these calls have increased in response to a series of high-profile fatal collisions involving pedestrians. Law enforcement officials cite speeding as a factor in many of the district’s fatal crashes.

It’s unclear, however, how effective the new posted boundaries would be without the city first implementing physical route improvements, some residents and elected officials said, noting that the new signs can be easily ignored in routes conducive to higher speeds and absent from enforcement.

“Our roads are not properly designed to keep speeds at or below the speed limit,” said Josh Jacobson, a Pleasant Plains resident who is running for a seat on the Neighborhood Advisory Board in Ward 1 on a platform that calls for safer roads. “We need to add physical infrastructure to make speeding more difficult and put our children at risk – higher, high-visibility crosswalks, more bollards and reductions in lane widths will slow cars and save lives. “

Council Member Brianne K. Nadeau (D-Ward 1) welcomed the speed limit change, but said more was needed to make it work, including designing streets for speeds of 25 mi/ h, making speed limits clearer and displaying better signage for speed cameras.

“While this won’t solve all of our problems…it’s a big step forward,” she tweeted.

Two years ago, Bowser set the default speed limit on DC streets at 20 mph, down from 25 mph, citing concerns about speeding and other dangerous driving behaviors that are a factor in a higher rate. high number of road deaths.

Traffic crashes in DC this year have claimed 24 lives, including 13 pedestrians and three cyclists, according to city data. The number of victims fell by five compared to the same period last year, but the number of deaths has increased in recent years. Last year, the district recorded its highest number of road deaths in 14 years, drawing increasing attention to the number of injuries and deaths on city streets.

Bowser promises safer roads with transport budget

Bowser is also pushing a large-scale modernization and expansion of the city’s automated enforcement program, promising to more than triple the number of traffic cameras by the end of next year to target speeding, drivers who run red lights and stop signs, and those who illegally use bike and bus lanes or overtake school buses.

Transportation officials said city engineers used a federal tool called USLIMITS2 that helps cities set safe and consistent speed limits to settle on the 25 mph limit in key corridors. However, they did not disclose any traffic engineering studies justifying the reduction in the speed limit. The district has conducted other studies of Connecticut and New York avenues in recent years as part of planned changes to those corridors.

Along Connecticut Avenue NW, the city is moving forward with a plan to add northbound and southbound bike lanes and remove reversible rush-hour lanes that had been confusing drivers for decades. years. The proposed configuration for a corridor that carries an average of 32,000 vehicles per day will result in fewer lanes reserved for cars.

In the northeast, work is also progressing on the redesign of “Dave Thomas Circle,” a dangerous intersection where First Street NE and New York and Florida Avenues converge. City officials said the overhaul includes adjustments to traffic light schedules, adding a speed camera and lowering the speed limit. Changes to intersections, which are expected to be completed in two years, are expected to affect traffic flow on a route that carries an average of 65,000 vehicles per day.

DC road deaths at 14-year high, low-income areas hardest hit

The new speed limit will be in effect for the entire five miles of Connecticut Avenue NW from the Montgomery County line at Chevy Chase Circle to downtown. Along New York Avenue NE, the 25 mph limit should extend from approximately the Prince George’s County line to downtown.

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Commercial diet programs beneficial for weight loss, according to the evidence https://metroresearch.org/commercial-diet-programs-beneficial-for-weight-loss-according-to-the-evidence/ Sat, 17 Sep 2022 04:52:30 +0000 https://metroresearch.org/commercial-diet-programs-beneficial-for-weight-loss-according-to-the-evidence/ Following a commercial diet is 50% more beneficial for weight loss than going it alone, according to the latest research. Scientists at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus believe that following a professional weight loss program is the best way to lead a healthy life. The author, Dr Lesley Lutes, Director of the Center […]]]>

Following a commercial diet is 50% more beneficial for weight loss than going it alone, according to the latest research.

Scientists at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus believe that following a professional weight loss program is the best way to lead a healthy life.

The author, Dr Lesley Lutes, Director of the Center of Excellence in Obesity and Wellness Research at UBC, said: “Given the prevalence of obesity, accessible treatment options and effective are needed to manage obesity and its comorbidities, including heart disease and prediabetes.

“Evidence-based commercial weight management programs are a potential solution to the lack of available treatment and considerably less expensive than a clinical approach.”

Most of the time, medical professionals are unable to refer people to commercial weight loss programs because the majority of them are not officially approved.

According to the study, only six commercial weight loss plans passed the United States Preventive Services Taskforce criteria.

Dr Lutes said: “Essentially, obesity care needs to go beyond the simplistic ‘eat less, move more’ approach. To succeed, it must address the root causes of obesity.

About 370 adults took part in the study – half of the participants following a commercial weight loss plan and the other half following their own diet program.

Those who follow their own diet have adopted traditional weight loss strategies, such as calorie counting, healthy eating and exercise.

Meanwhile, participants in the commercial weight loss group attended regular workshops and had exclusive access to a weight management app.

Dr Lutes added: “One of the features of the commercial program used in this study was that self-monitoring was simplified to be less burdensome.

“Participants didn’t need to weigh, measure, or track more than 200 foods, simplifying the process as much as possible.”

The team of academics found that participants in a commercial program lost twice as much weight as those on traditional diets.

Additionally, they detected better blood pressure, heart rate, aerobic endurance, and sleep patterns in all participants.

Dr. Lutes concluded, “This information can help me advocate to the government for one of the many ways it can help the people of our province improve their health and well-being.

“Perhaps our leaders can think about subsidizing access to commercial weight-loss programs that have been shown to work. This could be a major step to help achieve the improved health outcomes we so desperately need.

The study is now available in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open.

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Kamala Harris appears to endorse MLK’s assassination conspiracy theory https://metroresearch.org/kamala-harris-appears-to-endorse-mlks-assassination-conspiracy-theory/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 09:11:07 +0000 https://metroresearch.org/kamala-harris-appears-to-endorse-mlks-assassination-conspiracy-theory/ Vice President Kamala Harris this month echoed the conspiracy theory that the US government assassinated Martin Luther King Jr. to end his labor activism, a move that could further undermine administration efforts Biden to fight misinformation. “These are the things that you know we need to remind people of,” Harris said, in an interview with […]]]>

Vice President Kamala Harris this month echoed the conspiracy theory that the US government assassinated Martin Luther King Jr. to end his labor activism, a move that could further undermine administration efforts Biden to fight misinformation.

“These are the things that you know we need to remind people of,” Harris said, in an interview with the Nation, said of the historical connection between the civil rights movement and the labor movement. “That’s why Dr. King was murdered, because he was bringing the civil rights movement together with working people.”

Harris apparently endorsed a popular conspiracy theory that government agencies conspired to assassinate King because in the last years of his life the civil rights icon focused on organized labor. According to this theory, economic interests in government saw King’s labor activism as an intolerable threat to the capitalist system. There is no evidence to support this theory, nor to suggest that James Earl Ray, who was convicted of King’s assassination in 1968, was motivated to kill King because of his support for the labor movement.

The vice president’s allusion to a government plot against King puts her in the company of conspiracy theorists and radical ideologues. William Pepper, a lawyer who frequently covers the events of the 9/11 conspiracy and believes the assassination of Robert Kennedy was a conspiracy, claims King’s assassination was coordinated by the FBI, CIA and members of the organized crime. Marxist groups, including International Marxist Trendency and publications like Socialist appeal and left greenalso accused the US government of assassinating King.

A spokeswoman for the vice president did not return a request for comment on parallels between Harris’ remarks and conspiracy rhetoric.

Harris is the latest Biden administration official to promote an unfounded conspiracy theory. Nina Jankowicz, who headed the now-defunct Disinformation Governance Council, and former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who advised the council, have both suggested without evidence that the New York PostHunter Biden’s laptop story was a fake “Russian influence operation”. The JobThe reports by have since been authenticated by other outlets, including the New York Times.

Harris is not the first significant figure to advance this conspiracy theory. Many close to King believe he was assassinated because of his focus on economic activism, including his support for striking sanitation workers in Memphis just before his assassination and his plans to organize an “army of the poor” backed by unions to march on Washington, DC King’s son Dexter says his father was killed “because he challenged the establishment” and “talked about fighting poverty, taking the poor in Washington. … He has become too powerful.”

In 1999, members of King’s family brought a civil action against Loyd Jowers, who claimed he was involved in a plot to assassinate King. The jury found in favor of the family and found that the government conspired to kill King. But some criticized the verdict for reaching this judgment based on inconclusive evidence – because the government was not a defendant in the lawsuit, it offered no rebuttal evidence to the trial’s allegations and the inconsistencies in Jowers’ testimony was not challenged.

The Clinton administration’s Justice Department began its own investigation following the civil trial and concluded that Jowers’ allegations were not credible due to contradictions in his testimony and that of other witnesses. Jowers’ sisters, who initially corroborated his story, later recanted and claimed he made up the story in hopes of selling the story.

James Lawson, a civil rights activist who worked with King, testified at trial that he believed King was killed in a conspiracy because of his calls to pressure Washington ‘to eradicate poverty’, among other statements , “raised the level of anxiety in the White House”. and elsewhere across Washington.”

“I have no doubt,” Lawson reportedly said of King’s role in the Memphis sanitation workers’ strike and his plans to march on Washington, “that the government took it all seriously enough to plan his assassination.

“Because he confronted these forces, powerful economic forces that dominated politics in this country, they killed him,” said Pepper, the conspiracy theorist who represented the King family in this lawsuit. “They still exist today, the forces of evil, the powerful economic forces that dominate the government.”

Gerald Posner, an investigative journalist who wrote a book about King’s assassination, said after the trial: “It saddens me very much that the justice system has been used in such a ruthless and preposterous way in [the trial]. If the King family wanted a rubber stamp of their own view of the facts, they got it.”

Even with holes in the conspiracy claims, the narrative won support from much of the American public – a 2008 CNN poll found that 55% of Americans believed King’s murder was part of a larger conspiracy. wide.

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More research will be publicly available sooner https://metroresearch.org/more-research-will-be-publicly-available-sooner/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 16:39:55 +0000 https://metroresearch.org/more-research-will-be-publicly-available-sooner/ Research manuscripts and associated scientific data generated for projects funded by federal agencies in the United States shall be made public upon publication. Most COVID-19 research content has been available for free since early 2020. Such immediate public access to research results, also through preprint1, has opened the eyes of researchers, regulators and publishers to […]]]>

Research manuscripts and associated scientific data generated for projects funded by federal agencies in the United States shall be made public upon publication.

Most COVID-19 research content has been available for free since early 2020. Such immediate public access to research results, also through preprint1, has opened the eyes of researchers, regulators and publishers to the many benefits of freely accessible research results and data. Citing COVID-19 research as “a powerful case study of the benefits of rapidly delivering research results and data to the public,” the US government’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is now instructing2 all federal agencies that fund research to update their public access policies so that peer-reviewed research and scientific data published in scholarly journals are immediately available free of charge. The OSTP therefore closes the door to public access embargoes. Since 2013, federally funded research in the United States has been subject to a voluntary embargo on free, public dissemination of research results for up to 12 months after publication in a scientific journal.

Public access to research results must be supported by equitable policies.

The new guidelines may have arrived earlier than expected. However, they are not surprising. Subscribers to Plan S — an initiative supported by the European Commission and the European Research Council — have long advocated3 for more research to be published in open access under a liberal license. And, for many years, major publishers have been launching more fully open access journals and adapting their portfolios to depend less on subscription revenue and increasingly adopt business models (usually involving fees article processing and processing agreements4) that allow more research to be published with open access licenses.

What are the recommendations specified in the Memorandum issued by the OSTP? In particular, they refer to public access through agency-designated repositories and through machine-readable formats; yet, unlike Plan S funders, they do not prescribe any particular publishing license or journal publishing model (e.g., subscription or open access), or which version of the research paper (the accepted manuscript or the registration version) to which the policies will apply. Additionally, the recommendations are for all federally funded co-authors (rather than only principal investigators) and peer-reviewed research articles (therefore, these may include non-primary research). In addition, the memorandum directs the agencies to make their plans public by the end of 2024 and to make the resulting policies effective within one year after the plans are published.

The Memorandum therefore provides a general framework and leaves the details of implementation to the agencies. Yet the OSTP is committed to facilitating coordination between them as well as engagement with the many stakeholders in the publishing ecosystem (librarians, professional societies, publishers and others) to identify best practices and reduce inequalities in access to research and in the publication of research. In fact, the memorandum states that “financial means and privileged access should never be prerequisites for realizing the benefits of federally funded research that the American public deserves.”

To facilitate the immediate and equitable dissemination of the results of federally funded research to all, the agencies should develop joint policies that ensure equitably distributed funding, technology, and infrastructure for the publication and public availability of research results. research.5.6. In this respect, free access to gold – rather than free green access without embargo, which can compromiseseven the viability of many academic journals—seems to be the best way to achieve global reach and impact and to incentivize the reuse of research findings, methods, data, and code. Yet maintaining fairness when transitioning to this publishing model can be costly and complex.8. For example, as we noted in an editorial published in January 2021 in the context of the high article processing fees associated with publishing in open access or in highly selective journals (including Nature Biomedical Engineering and other Nature-branded journals), “in a primarily open-access environment, researchers, institutions, and funders with more resources will find it increasingly easy to gain greater exposure and rewards “9. The OSTP rightly recommends that federal agencies allow their funded researchers to budget reasonable publication costs (as well as the costs associated with maintaining public accessibility to scientific data); yet, at this time, it is unclear what level of support there may be for researchers to be able to meet the requirements that will be set out in new or updated policies and for research institutions to conclude transformative deals with publishers.

To increase the return on investment of equity in publishing, having appropriate policies in place for open data and open code will be particularly important. Richer datasets and sophisticated algorithms are becoming increasingly essential for solving biomedical, clinical, and public health problems. Maintaining curated, organized, interoperable, and annotated datasets and code, and making them readily available for reuse, requires resources6. The OSTP, federal agencies, and all other stakeholders should help provide appropriate funds and infrastructure, and ultimately close the door to siloed filing and data sharing practices.

Regardless of updates to public access policies and business models for research publication, our editorial decisions on individual research manuscripts will be immune to any financial consideration and publication model. Nearly 60% of the research content published in Nature Biomedical Engineering since 2017, has been partially or fully funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, nearly 20% by the nation’s National Science Foundation, and approximately 10% and 4.5% by the Department of Defense and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, respectively. These figures show that the United States is unquestionably a leader in applied biomedical research. A culture of leadership and measured risk-takingten should also result in exemplary, progressive, effective and equitable publishing and public access policies.

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The courage to counter Castro https://metroresearch.org/the-courage-to-counter-castro/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 09:05:23 +0000 https://metroresearch.org/the-courage-to-counter-castro/ Culture REVIEW: Give Me Liberty: The true story of Oswaldo Payá and his daring quest for a free Cuba Flagg Taylor • September 11, 2022 04:59 What would I be willing to risk or endure to live a life where free political discussion and action is possible? This is a question that readers of David […]]]>

REVIEW: Give Me Liberty: The true story of Oswaldo Payá and his daring quest for a free Cuba

Flagg Taylor • September 11, 2022 04:59

What would I be willing to risk or endure to live a life where free political discussion and action is possible? This is a question that readers of David Hoffman give me freedom might arise after thinking back to the life of Oswaldo Payá and his battle against communist tyranny in Cuba.

Payá was 13 when the Castro regime seized his father’s newspaper distribution business in 1965. Oswaldo’s father, Alejandro, was arrested. This was the start of a campaign against private enterprise that lasted three years – the establishment of a socialist morality that denounced and punished salesmen and businessmen as parasites. Young Oswaldo had been the only boy in his class to refuse to join the José Martí Pioneers, the communist youth organization in Cuba. The observant Catholicism of the family only added to the stigma suffered by the Payás. Alejandro was released after a week and told his family not to press charges. He recommended a public compliance strategy. He urged his children to do well in school, work hard and prepare for the future. “You have to give in – to triumph,” he said. This was not a strategy Oswaldo would adopt.

Hoffman weaves two other stories around the central narrative of Payá’s confrontation with the communist regime. First, it summarizes Cuba’s postcolonial history, focusing in particular on the history of Cuba’s 1940 constitution. We meet Gustavo Gutiérrez, an advocate of constitutional democracy who drafted a constitution for Cuba in the midst of 1930s. Important to the history of Payá, a key provision of Gutierrez’s draft found its way into Cuba’s 1940 constitution: new laws could be proposed by members of Congress and senators, but also by citizens – in the latter case, the initiative would require the approval of “at least ten thousand citizens who are eligible to vote”.

Second, Hoffman explores Fidel Castro’s rise to power and his construction of Cuban communism. Castro first presented himself as an agent of Cuban democracy, promising elections the day after a successful revolutionary takeover. He even pledged to make the 1940 constitution the “supreme law of the land.” In May 1961 he declared this constitution dead and promised a new “socialist constitution” which would introduce “a new social system without the exploitation of many by man”. This alleged end to exploitation would of course require extraordinary levels of surveillance and coercion. Already in 1960, Castro had set up Committees for the Defense of the Revolution, what he called a “system of collective vigilance”. These organizations could be found in neighborhoods, workplaces and schools. Hoffman calls them the “cornerstones of the police state” because they created a vast network of controllers and informants. By the mid-1960s, the regime had set up the UMAP (Unidades Militares de Ayuda a la Producción) labor camp system to house anyone hostile or even potentially hostile to the socialist revolution.

Oswaldo Payá ended up cutting the sugar cane at one of the camps in the summer of 1969. After a year, he was airlifted to the Isle of Pines, which housed a prison complex built in the 1920s where he worked breaking rocks in a quarry 10 hours a day. Restrictions here were less onerous than in the UMAP system, so Payá and some of his fellow inmates were able to explore the small town of Nueva Gerona on weekends. They came across a bookcase across from a church and read Orwell’s book. farm animalby Pasternak Doctor Zhivago, and the works of the Spanish philosopher José Ortega y Gasset. These men who had been declared enemies or deviants found refuge and “reveled in freedom of thought and speech.” As Hoffman puts it, “The forced labor camps attempted to ‘re-educate’ and ‘retrain’ foreigners, to coerce them into believing in revolution. But for Oswaldo Payá, the experience was the opposite. They had no not conquered his soul. They fed him.”

It is unclear whether Payá would share the sentiments of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (one of his heroes), “Blessed are you, prison, for having been in my life”, but he found the atmosphere in Havana stifling by contrast. He had hoped to study physics in college, but campus life was so conformist and ideologically charged that he couldn’t bear it. “They didn’t kick me out but they suffocated me,” he noted. He eventually earned a degree in electrical engineering via night school in 1983. Soon after, he found his calling through the Catholic Church.

Castro’s revolution had brought the Church to the brink of destruction. Before the revolution, there was approximately 1 priest for every 9,000 inhabitants in Cuba. In 1980, this figure was approximately 1 priest for 45,000. Less than 1% of Catholics practiced. In 1985, the Archbishop of Havana, Jaime Ortega, invited Payá to be one of 173 delegates to a conference on the future of the Cuban Church. Together with his then-fiancée Ofelia, he prepared a document entitled “Faith and Justice”. He argued that Catholics must be free to speak the truth about injustice and oppression and to resist being pushed to the margins of society. He presented his ideas at a meeting of delegates before the conference and was immediately exposed.

A little over a decade later, Payá launched Project Varela, a citizens’ petition demanding freedom of assembly, amnesty for political prisoners, the right to engage in private enterprise, and the establishment of a new electoral code allowing free elections. The movement culminated when Payá submitted an official citizens’ petition to the National Assembly on May 10, 2002 – with over 11,000 signatures.

Payá’s stature grew internationally when he received the Sakharov Prize for Human Rights and Freedom of Thought from the European Parliament. He met with Václav Havel and Pope John Paul II, and the Varela Project continued to add signatures to his petition. Cuban state security was not ill-prepared for this challenge. In the 1980s, a Cuban by the name of Jacinto Valdés-Dapena had gone to Potsdam to study at the Stasi, the security of the East German state. There he learned a strategy for dealing with dissidents known as Zersetzung or decomposition. He brought covert psychological warfare techniques back to Cuba to infiltrate dissident movements, sow distrust among members, and exploit envy and jealousy. Hoffman recounts the fierce battles between Payá and his allies and the security of the Cuban state in gripping detail.

Oswaldo Payá died in a car accident on July 22, 2012 – an accident that many suspects was orchestrated by Cuban state security. Like many prominent dissidents of the 20th century, Payá embodied an extraordinary combination of courage and humility. Hoffman’s book is a powerful antidote to illusions about the reality of Cuban communism. Perhaps most importantly, it’s a character study in action – a test of virtue in the ground of unfreedom. It is hoped that the seeds of virtue left by Payá will soon bear fruit.

Give Me Freedom: The True Story of Oswaldo Payá and His Bold Quest for a Free Cuba
by David E. Hoffman
Simon & Schuster, 544 pages, $32.50

Flagg Taylor, a professor in the political science department at Skidmore College, was most recently editor of The Long Night of the Watcher: Essays by Václav Benda, 1977-1989, and host the Podcast of lasting interest. You can find him on Twitter: @FlaggTaylor4

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The university’s IT strategic plan is now published https://metroresearch.org/the-universitys-it-strategic-plan-is-now-published/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 08:00:30 +0000 https://metroresearch.org/the-universitys-it-strategic-plan-is-now-published/ LEXINGTON, Kentucky (September 6, 2022) — The University of Kentucky IT Strategic Plan is now available online. The comprehensive plan is designed to enable the UK to pursue the creative use, application and supply of computing in support of the UK’s strategic plan – The UK-PURPOSE (Plan for Unprecedented Research , Purposeful and Optimal Service […]]]>

LEXINGTON, Kentucky (September 6, 2022) — The University of Kentucky IT Strategic Plan is now available online. The comprehensive plan is designed to enable the UK to pursue the creative use, application and supply of computing in support of the UK’s strategic plan – The UK-PURPOSE (Plan for Unprecedented Research , Purposeful and Optimal Service and Education).

The IT Strategic Plan reflects over 300 students, faculty, and staff who participated in focus groups, interviews, and surveys in Spring/Summer 2022. It aims to provide a roadmap for technology, infrastructure and IT services that will enable the UK’s continued growth.

UK Information Technology Services (UK ITS) staff, along with key partners and stakeholders, have begun researching key areas of recommendations and actions to advance and improve the infrastructure and computer services.

“We continue to be at a crossroads of unprecedented change, a future that is both uncertain and unpredictable – perhaps a tipping point – because of this there is no better time to assess where where we are now and where we want to be in the years to come – to define our IT engine and our PURPOSE,” said Brian Nichols, UK Chief Information Officer.

For the UK to be successful in using IT effectively, it is essential to adopt the view that it is a fundamental asset of the institution. The concept of IT Abundance is imperative for this – where information technology is current, advanced, readily available and adopted to facilitate and support UK students, faculty and staff in their assignments, disciplines and tasks respective.

The value in an environment characterized by IT abundance is that it redefines what is possible in teaching and learning, research and innovation and in the effective and efficient functioning of resources in the world. British company.

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IFM Investors taps Willis Towers Watson executive Luba Nikulina for new strategic role https://metroresearch.org/ifm-investors-taps-willis-towers-watson-executive-luba-nikulina-for-new-strategic-role/ Sun, 04 Sep 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://metroresearch.org/ifm-investors-taps-willis-towers-watson-executive-luba-nikulina-for-new-strategic-role/ At WTW, three teams reported to Ms. Nikulina – Manager Search, led by Chris Redmond; operational due diligence, led by Josh Hall; and asset research, led by David Hoile. Ms. Nikulina then reported to Craig Baker, Global CIO. Following his departure, Messrs. Redmond, Hall and Hoile will report directly to Mr. Baker, “as these teams […]]]>

At WTW, three teams reported to Ms. Nikulina – Manager Search, led by Chris Redmond; operational due diligence, led by Josh Hall; and asset research, led by David Hoile. Ms. Nikulina then reported to Craig Baker, Global CIO. Following his departure, Messrs. Redmond, Hall and Hoile will report directly to Mr. Baker, “as these teams previously did”, the spokesman said.

At IFM, Ms. Nikulina’s new role allows her to continue to focus on many of her passions: developing and delivering private markets solutions that meet the needs of global pension funds and their participants; the importance of sustainability in the financial management industry; and the pursuit of investment with purpose.

In her previous role at WTW – her last day was August 31 – she spent a lot of time on sustainability and systemic risks, thinking about how the industry can work together more to address some of those risks. Her passion for collaboration was also evident in her role as co-chair of the Investment Consultants’ Sustainability Task Force, and it’s been “incredible to see the power of collaboration,” she said.

This theme of collaboration is reflected in his new role at IFM. “I could see that IFM, because investors are standing behind them, they understand how to collaborate and make it work. For me, this is an opportunity to continue on the same wave of collaboration that I have to work effectively in other contexts,” with the IFM also giving her the opportunity to enhance this collaboration globally, across different shareholders and markets, she added.

In private markets, there’s “essentially an opportunity to do more in this area and also to continue to innovate,” she said. There is an intersection with climate change, social factors and the decarbonisation of the global economy, as well as the “fourth industrial revolution” – how technology can be used more. “You need illiquid capital to be able to facilitate that,” she added. Ms. Nikulina developed the private market capabilities of Willis Towers Watson.

Ms Nikulina said private markets are changing right now – in private equity, for example, there is more appetite for long-term structures, with the need for innovation there. In infrastructure, institutional investors are keen to move along the curve in terms of the risk spectrum.

The idea of ​​having a ‘goal’ is also something that attracted Ms Nikulina to the role – “how important it is for an asset management organisation, if it is to be successful in the future, to s ensure that this objective is factored in. This goes beyond buying low, selling high (and) pure financial arguments, the objective of the IFM is to preserve and grow the retirement savings of working people, and it is because this organization was created by pension funds and it is (for) nurses, teachers, construction workers.” Investing with a purpose, taking into account environmental and social factors, for example, is “embedded in the mindsets (of IFM leaders)”, she said.

The “philosophy of innovation” has continued since Ms. Nikulina’s move to WTW, she added, but the move to IFM will bring her “closer to the action by facilitating the way in which fund capital pension, long-term capital, can be channeled to the right opportunities. in structures that are well designed and (a) better suited to investor needs, client needs and pension fund needs… I (spent) 17 years at Willis Towers Watson, and loved every second of it “, she added. said. However, when the role of IFM presented itself, there were “so many factors that lined up, at the end of the day, it was a no-brainer and I’m very excited about this opportunity”, said she declared.

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Advice from wealth managers on making sense of your time https://metroresearch.org/advice-from-wealth-managers-on-making-sense-of-your-time/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 23:59:19 +0000 https://metroresearch.org/advice-from-wealth-managers-on-making-sense-of-your-time/ Joe Delaney General director Lifeguard Wealth LLC 7250 Redwood Blvd., Ste. 300 Novato, California 94945 415-578-3160 LifeguardWealth.com Organic: Delaney holds an MBA in finance from UCLA Anderson and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University. Matthew Delaney Managing Partner JHR Heritage 181 Concourse Boulevard, Suite A Santa Rosa, California 95403 707-542-1110 www.jdhwealth.com James E. […]]]>

Joe Delaney

General director

Lifeguard Wealth LLC

7250 Redwood Blvd., Ste. 300

Novato, California 94945

415-578-3160

LifeguardWealth.com

Organic: Delaney holds an MBA in finance from UCLA Anderson and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University.

Matthew Delaney

Managing Partner

JHR Heritage

181 Concourse Boulevard, Suite A

Santa Rosa, California 95403

707-542-1110

www.jdhwealth.com

James E. Demmert

Founder & Managing Partner

Main Street Search

30 Liberty Ship Way, Third Floor, Sausalito CA 94965

415-289-1010

www.ms-research.com

Organic : Demmert has been managing investment portfolios for institutional and individual investors for over 35 years. Street in 1993. He graduated from Harvard University.

John Desmarais

Financial Advisor

Rupa Jack

Executive Director/Wealth Advisor

Sonoma Wealth Management Group at Morgan Stanley

700 Main Street, Suite 315

Napa, CA 94559

707-254-4462/4463

https://advisor.morganstanley.com/sonoma-wealth-management-group

Organic: Desmarais has six years of experience in finance, particularly in commercial and investment banking, before participating in the Wealth Advisor Associate program at Morgan Stanley. Jack has 35 years of experience at Morgan Stanley and focuses on the multidimensional financial needs of business leaders, business owners, professionals and their families.

Tom Hubert

SVP/Automobile Services, Insurance and Wealth Management

RCU Wealth Management

3033 Cleveland Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

707-576-5122

Investment

Organic : Tom Hubert is part of Redwood Credit Union’s leadership team, overseeing several areas of the credit union, including investment services, depository services, RCU insurance services and RCU automotive services.

He has been with Redwood Credit Union since 2014 and has been in the financial services industry since 1999. He is a Registered Financial Advisor and holds the following licenses: Series 7, 9, 10, 24, 63, and 65, State of California Life/Health Insurance and a California P&C license. Hubert holds an MBA from Cameron University and has earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) designation.

Aria Krumwiede

investment specialist

JP Morgan Private Bank

560 Mission Street.

San Francisco, California. 94105

415-315-8700

privatebank.jpmorgan.com

Gordon Lang

Senior Wealth Management Strategist

Northern Trust

575 Redwood Hwy, Ste. 100

Mill Valley, CA 94941

415-765-7543

www.northerntrust.com

Organic : Langs is responsible for marketing Northern Trust’s wealth management services to Northern California individuals, families, corporations and foundations. These services include management, financial advice, trust services and private banking.

Sandra Loewen

CFP, wealth advisor, owner

Avior Wealth Management (formerly Montgomery Taylor Wealth Management)

2880 Cleveland Ave, Suite 2

Santa Rosa, California 95403

707-576-8700

Sandy.Loewen@AviorWealth.com

www.AviorWealth.com

Organic : Loewen attended the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. She is a CTEC (California Tax Education Council) certified tax preparer and earned the Certified Financial Planner designation in 2018.

Joseph F. McDonough, CIMA®

Senior Vice President, Wealth Management Portfolio Manager

bank of mechanics

1111 Civic Drive, Suite 333

Walnut Creek, CA 94596

925.256.3052

Joe_mcdonough@mechanicsbank.com

www.mechanicsbank.com

Organic : Prior to Mechanics Bank, McDonough worked as a separate account portfolio manager for 20 years at BlackRock Private Investors. Prior to BlackRock, he worked as a portfolio manager at Merrill Lynch Trust Company. McDonough holds an MBA from Golden Gate University and has his CIMA® designation.

Emilie Menjou

Vice President / Head of Personal Trusts

Exchange Bank Trust and Investment Management

545 4th Street

Santa Rosa, California 95401

707-522-2361

emily.menjou@exchangebank.com

Organic : Menjou oversees a group of trustees focusing on the areas of trust administration and estate settlement. She started her career at Exchange Bank in 2002 and specialized in trust services in 2007.

Emily holds a Bachelor of Business Administration – Finance from Sonoma State University and holds the Certified Trust and Financial Advisor designation through the Institute of Certified Bankers. She has also taken several graduate-level tax courses at Golden Gate University.

Bruce Raabe

CEO

Relevant wealth

2 place Belvedere, office 350

Mill Valley, CA 94941

415-925-4000

www.RelevantWealth.com

Organic : Rabbe recently completed his bestselling book (Amazon), “Mission Possible: How to Accomplish All of Your Family Foundation’s Goals.”

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Queensland study aims for world’s first concussion blood test for sport – Reuters https://metroresearch.org/queensland-study-aims-for-worlds-first-concussion-blood-test-for-sport-reuters/ Tue, 30 Aug 2022 05:10:11 +0000 https://metroresearch.org/queensland-study-aims-for-worlds-first-concussion-blood-test-for-sport-reuters/ Researchers from the University of Queensland are seeking volunteer school rugby and basketball players for brain scans as they work on a new blood test to help diagnose a concussion. The Queensland Brain Institute at UQ has partnered with World Rugby, Rugby Australia, Qscan, Trajan and Sonic Health for the project. It will use advanced […]]]>

Researchers from the University of Queensland are seeking volunteer school rugby and basketball players for brain scans as they work on a new blood test to help diagnose a concussion.

The Queensland Brain Institute at UQ has partnered with World Rugby, Rugby Australia, Qscan, Trajan and Sonic Health for the project.

It will use advanced brain imaging, blood testing and cognitive testing to identify biomarkers that reflect a concussioninduced changes in the brain.

Volunteers from Queensland GPS School Rugby and Basketball Players in Year 9 and up are needed from October 2022 until next year’s rugby season.

Lead researcher Associate Professor Fatima Nasrallah says blood test would have huge impact on sport on the other side the world.

“If we can find a biomarker that accurately reflects how the brain responds to and recovers from a concussion, that will be a game-changer for sport,” Professor Nasrallah said.

“We could then develop a fieldsecondary tool to inform diagnosis and necessary action in real timetime, such as removing players from the field or only returning when it is safe to do so then.

“Ultimately, if we identify a biomarker and develop an easy pointofa care tool that can accurately diagnose concussions on the sideline or in the clinic, we will help improve the safety of school, community and professional sport.

In elite sport, a concussion is diagnosed using a SCAT5 test or Rugby Australia’s Head Injury Assessment (HIA) protocol to measure subjective behavioral symptoms.

Many sporting bodies in Australia take a ‘when in doubt, sit down’ approach to potential concussions under the Concussion in Sport Australia guidelines.

A diagnostic tool based on a confirmed biomarker would provide objective evidenceconcussion-based assessment in elite sports and at the community level, where there is currently no uniform assessment process.

World Rugby Chief Medical Officer Dr Éanna Falvey welcomed thee new search.

“The potential for the Queensland study is huge. If cutting-edge research from the University of Queensland could uncover a blood test that identified concussion in community play, it would have huge benefits not just for rugby but for the whole sport of the world,” said the Dr. Favey.

“World Rugby is committed to never stopping at player welfare. Our sixour plan to become the most progressive sport in the world in this area includes a commitment to invest in science and research and this study is just one example of the implementation of our plan.

“While the risks at the youth and community level are not comparable to elite play, the program demonstrates the sport’s continued focus on the objective identification and management of brain injury, while advancing strategies injury prevention for youth rugby through amended laws, tackling technique and education.”

The Sixes of World Rugby-indicate player welfare plan can be viewed here.

Above left: Associate Professor Fatima Nasrallah examining brain scans. Picture provided.

Media: Merrett Pye, Queensland Brain Institute, merrett.pye@uq.edu.au, +61 (0)422 096 049 or Elaine Pye, e.pye@uq.edua.u, +61 (0)415 222 606; Peter Hannon, World Rugby, peter.hannon@worldrugby.org, +353 87 947 9907.

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Prime Minister proudly launches Canada’s first federal 2SLGBTQI+ action plan to continue building a more inclusive future https://metroresearch.org/prime-minister-proudly-launches-canadas-first-federal-2slgbtqi-action-plan-to-continue-building-a-more-inclusive-future/ Sun, 28 Aug 2022 15:21:11 +0000 https://metroresearch.org/prime-minister-proudly-launches-canadas-first-federal-2slgbtqi-action-plan-to-continue-building-a-more-inclusive-future/ No matter who you are or who you love, you should have every chance of succeeding in Canada. The Government of Canada has taken historic steps in recent years to build a better and more inclusive future for Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and other sexually and gender diverse (2SLGBTQI+) people. ), and […]]]>

No matter who you are or who you love, you should have every chance of succeeding in Canada. The Government of Canada has taken historic steps in recent years to build a better and more inclusive future for Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and other sexually and gender diverse (2SLGBTQI+) people. ), and we know there is more to do.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, accompanied by Minister for Women, Gender Equality and Youth, Marci Ien, today launched Canada’s first federal 2SLGBTQI+ action plan…Building our future, with pride, a whole-of-government approach to realizing a future where everyone in Canada is truly free to be who they are and to love who they love.

The action plan:

  • Prioritize and sustain 2SLGBTQI+ community action supporting 2SLGBTQI+ community organizations in advocating for and serving the communities they represent;
  • Continue to advance and strengthen 2SLGBTQI+ rights at home and abroad including building on the criminalization of conversion therapy and launching consultations on further criminal law reforms, as well as continuing to invest in overseas projects through the International Assistance Policy feminist of Canada;
  • Supporting 2SLGBTQI+ Indigenous Resilience and Resurgence including continuing to fund 2SLGBTQI+ Indigenous community organizations, placing the “2S” to represent Two-Spirit people at the forefront of the 2SLGBTQI+ acronym, and creating a Senior Two-Spirit Advisor position within the 2SLGBTQI+ Secretariat;
  • Engage everyone in Canada to foster a more inclusive future investing in awareness campaigns to improve understanding of 2SLGBTQI+ communities and issues;
  • Strengthening 2SLGBTQI+ data and evidence-based policymaking by improve data collection, analysis, research and knowledge about 2SLGBTQI+ communities and the barriers they face in Canada; and
  • Integrate 2SLGBTQI+ issues into the work of the Government of Canada ensuring coordinated action to advance 2SLGBTQI+ priorities across federal government organizations.

Budget 2022 committed $100 million over five years to develop and implement the action plan for 2SLGBTQI+ people. The Prime Minister also announced today that this includes:

  • Up to $75 million for 2SLGBTQI+ community organizations that advocate for and serve their communities:
    • $40 million in new capacity building support, prioritizing funding for 2SLGBTQI+ communities that experience further marginalization, such as Black, Racialized, and Indigenous 2SLGBTQI+ communities, 2SLGBTQI+ people with disabilities, seniors, youth, official language minority communities and those living in rural communities; and
    • $35 million in new support focused on projects to address specific barriers to 2SLGBTQI+ equality.
  • $11.7 million for the 2SLGBTQI+ Secretariat to oversee and implement the action plan;
  • $7.7 million for data collection and community-led policy research to support federal action on 2SLGBTQI+ issues; and
  • $5.6 million to develop and implement awareness campaigns focused on eliminating stigma and ending discrimination for 2SLGBTQI+ Canadians.

The action plan was developed with community leaders, researchers and organizations. It responds to the concerns of diverse members of 2SLGBTQI+ communities across the country and uses an intersectional, holistic, and long-term approach to breaking down barriers and addressing discrimination and oppression of 2SLGBTQI+ Canadians.

Building on historic steps already taken, the Action Plan is a living document that continues to celebrate Canadians for who they are. Although this is a historic first, the work does not stop there – this action plan will continue to guide our work in the future. The Government of Canada will continue to work with provinces and territories, cities and towns, community organizations, and 2SLGBTQI+ people from all walks of life to build a better future we can all be proud of.

Quotation

“Canada gets a little stronger every day that we choose to embrace and celebrate who we are, in all of our uniqueness. We are a diverse nation enriched by the lives, experiences, and contributions of 2SLGBTQI+ people. Let’s celebrate all the communities that make Canada such a diverse country and work together to build a better future, with pride.

The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

“Canada’s 2SLGBTQI+ Action Plan is a historic collaborative effort that will help build a more inclusive country. Based on the hard work of community members, organizations and allies, this action plan will set an example for generations to follow. I can assure you that the work does not stop there; we will continue to partner with 2SLGBTQI+ communities and leaders to ensure we build a Canada that serves everyone. »

The deputy. Marci Ien, Minister for Women, Gender Equality and Youth

Fast facts

  • Terminology and acronyms are constantly evolving. Based on extensive consultation with 2SLGBTQI+ communities across the country, the Government of Canada will adopt and encourage the use of the acronym 2SLGBTQI+ (2SLGBTQI+ in French), which is more inclusive and places the experiences of Indigenous 2SLGBTQI+ communities prominent as the first 2SLGBTQI+ peoples of North America. It represents two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and other sexually and gender diverse people.
  • Between fall 2020 and summer 2021, the Government of Canada undertook a community engagement process to inform the development of the 2SLGBTQI+ action plan, including 25,636 survey responses, 102 written submissions and roundtables with more than 100 attendees.
  • The Government of Canada has taken historic steps in recent years to advance equality and create better opportunities for 2SLGBTQI+ Canadians, including:
    • In 2016, the Prime Minister appointed a special adviser on LGBTQ2 issues and shortly thereafter created what is now called the 2SLGBTQI+ Secretariat with a mandate to provide avenues for the federal government to address historical and ongoing injustices. experienced by 2SLGBTQI+ people in Canada;
    • In 2017, the Canadian Human Rights Act and the criminal code have been updated to protect gender identity and gender expression;
    • In 2017, the Prime Minister apologized in the House of Commons for the systemic oppression, rejection and criminalization of Canadians who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirit;
    • In 2018, the Federal Court approved the LGBT Purge class action final settlement agreement;
    • In 2018, the Expungement of Historically Wrongful Convictions Act for qualifying offenses involving consensual same-sex sexual activity became law;
    • In 2019, the government repealed the anal intercourse, vagrancy and bawdy house offences. criminal code;
    • In 2019, the government announced targeted programs for 2SLGBTQI+ communities, including the Fund for Building Community Capacity and Promoting 2SLGBTQI+ Rights Globally through Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy;
    • In 2022, a An Act to amend the Criminal Code (conversion therapy) became law, criminalizing this cruel, harmful and degrading practice; and
    • In 2022, the Prime Minister launched Canada’s first federal 2SLGBTQI+ action plan.

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