SPSCC Placed in the Top 50 Community Colleges in U.S.

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeSouth Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) has earned a spot in the top 50 community colleges in the nation, according to a recent ranking published by College Choice.Listed as the 41st best community college for 2016-2017, SPSCC was awarded the ranking based on academic quality, diversity and equity, and return on investment.  “We believe these fifty schools represent the best of what can be a wise decision for many prospective college students,” stated the article.“Our school’s academic quality and integrity are driven by the standards created by and implemented through our dedicated full- and part-time faculty,” said SPSCC Vice President of Instruction Michelle Andreas.  She added, “We are fortunate to have faculty who put student learning above all else.”Courses are offered in nine broad areas of study with over 75 degrees and certificates available.  Nearly 70% of the awards granted each year are associate degrees, most of which are fully-transferable to four-year institutions.In addition to quality academic experiences, students can get involved with student leadership, clubs, athletics, and more, including the college’s Diversity and Equity Center (DEC).“While we still have a long way to go in this area, we have developed processes and strategies that we believe will ensure that our graduates will mirror our community demographics, increase fall-to-fall retention, and improve our completion rates for underrepresented students,” stated SPSCC Chief Human Resource Officer Kennith Harden.SPSCC enrolls over 6,000 students each quarter and offers two campus locations, as well as online and hybrid classes.  With an open door admissions policy, SPSCC makes education for all people from all walks of life possible.  A recent study performed by Emsi revealed that SPSCC offers an annual return on investment for students at 15.4% and returns more money to government budgets than it costs.Data for the College Choice ranking was collected from the Aspen Institute, which awarded SPSCC a spot in the 150 best community colleges in the nation in 2016, and Payscale.About College ChoiceCollege Choice is the leading authority in college and university rankings, searches and resources dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. The site publishes rankings and reviews that make finding the best colleges for different interests easier and more fun, as well as resources to help students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.last_img

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August 5, 2020 | by

‘TEAM CHROME’ ON SCENE AND READY FOR POSSIBLE SHOWDOWN WITH BAYERN & SHARED BELIEF IN GRADE II, $500,000 SAN ANTONIO FEB. 7

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 10, 2015)–Less than four hours after superstar California Chrome worked six furlongs in 1:11.60 at Los Alamitos, his connections were on-hand at Santa Anita to participate in a poster signing as anticipation builds for “Chrome’s” 4-year-old debut in the Grade II, $500,000 San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 7.With several hundred fans seeking autographs from owners Steve Coburn and Perry Martin, along with trainer Art Sherman and regular exercise rider Willie Delgado, hope is building that the San Antonio will provide a platform for an epic three-horse confrontation that would include California Chrome, Bayern and Shared Belief.“I thought his work this morning was outstanding,” said Sherman. “He galloped out strong and he looked pretty strong to me. He’s been training great. We’re lookin’ to run in the San Antonio and waiting to run against Shared Belief. I don’t know if Bayern will be there but I hope he will be. Let ’em come, bring ’em on.”When last they met, Bayern won in gate to wire fashion following a controversial start in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 1 that compromised the chances of favored (and previously unbeaten) Shared Belief, who ended fourth, beaten four lengths. California Chrome, who had smooth sailing, finished third, beaten a neck.Although Bayern hasn’t run since the Classic, California Chrome tried turf for the first time and was a handy winner of the Grade I Hollywood Derby at Del Mar on Nov. 29, while Shared Belief was a game neck winner of the Grade I Malibu at Santa Anita on opening day, Dec. 26.“Team Chrome” took some additional bows on Saturday, as they received the fifth annual Secretariat, “Vox Populi” (Voice of the People) Award in a Winner’s Circle ceremony following the fifth race. Legendary retired jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr., who ran second aboard Sham to Secretariat in both the 1973 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, presented the trophy. COBURN, MARTIN & SHERMAN ON-HAND FOR POSTER SIGNING SATURDAY MORNING; CALIFORNIA CHROME RECEIVES SECRETARIAT ‘VOX POPULI’ AWARD BETWEEN RACES –30–last_img

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August 2, 2020 | by

Iran’s Moradi breaks 94kg weightlifting world record

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Peza offers relief to ecozone firms “I feel very happy to know that my name will always remain on all the 94kg world records,” added the man who has always claimed he is 100 percent clean and has said it was a complete mystery how the methadone got into his sample.He will now step up to the new 96kg class. “My next goal is the World Championships (in November) and after that to put on a good show at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”‘I love all my fans’Moradi just failed with an attempt at 234kg which would have bettered his own world records for the clean and jerk and total lifts. But he did have the consolation of a new Asian Games record total of 410kg — smashing the long-standing mark of 400kg set by Bakytbek Ahtemov of Kazakhstan in Busan 2002 — after a clean and jerk of 221kg.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sohrab Moradi of Iran performs a lift to break the world record in the men’s 94kg classweightlifting event at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 25, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYOSohrab Moradi of Iran broke weightlifting’s longest standing world record on his way to gold in the men’s 94kg class at the Asian Games on Saturday.Moradi hoisted 189kg in the competition’s opening discipline to better the snatch record set at 188kg in 1999 by Greece’s Akakios Kakiasvilis.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READcenter_img Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Martinez sets MLS single-season scoring record, Atlanta wins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Mop-topped Qatari Fares Elbakh came second on 381kg and proved a fans’ favourite as he was surrounded by a huge crowd of giggling teenage girls and posed for pictures with them after the medals ceremony.“This is great. I love all my fans,” he beamed. “I’m having a great time.”It was Qatar’s first weightlifting medal of the Games and came after Iran’s other great lifter in the competition, 85kg world record-holder Kianoush Rostami, failed three times to clean and jerk 220kg.Kianoush was stepping up to 94kg from 85kg for these Games and despite lying second after the snatch he went home without a medal, leaving Elbakh grateful.“I expected I could win a medal but didn’t think it would be silver,” he said, after the expected Iranian one-two failed to materialise.Moradi said he felt sorry for his compatriot. “We trained together and Kianoush was with me on the podium at 85kg many times. I hope we can both be together again in the medals at 96kg.”Sumpradit Sarat won Thailand’s fifth weightlifting bronze of these Games. They also won a silver in the women’s 58kg through Srisurat Sukanya. Moradi, who was suspended for two years in 2013 for testing positive for banned painkiller methadone, but returned to win Olympic gold in Rio, now has a complete set of 94kg world records that will remain on the books forever.After the Asian Games all the sport’s weight classes will change ahead of the Olympic qualifying cycle beginning at November’s World Championships.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Moradi already owned the marks for the clean and jerk (233kg) and total weight (417kg) in the men’s light heavyweight division which he set at the World Championships in Anaheim last year.“I really wanted to break the world record as it was the only one I didn’t have and this was my last chance,” Moradi told AFP.  ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View commentslast_img

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January 18, 2020 | by

Doctor takes his patients on a walk to remember

first_imgWOODLAND HILLS — It’s not every gynecologist who can persuade his patients to come see him at 6:30 on a Saturday morning. Yet, when Dr. Ian Taras asks, scores of patients — along with their mothers, sisters, husbands and children — show up bright and early at an agreed-upon site in Sherman Oaks. They don their Team Taras T-shirts, pile into two double-decker buses and head for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where the annual Revlon Run/Walk for Women raises money for women and cancer research. “Dr. Taras makes it so much fun,” said 30-year-old Dilini Imbuldeniya of Sherman Oaks, who plans to participate with her mother and sister in the 14th annual event on May 12. “He makes everyone really comfortable, and that’s why it’s not too weird to walk with him. “You’ll see me in 50 years in a wheelchair doing the walk because of Dr. Taras and because having a team makes it really special,” she said. Taras has participated since 1995 in the 5K walk and run that is held each year on the Saturday before Mother’s Day. His involvement began as a personal journey and a family affair but now has exploded, with Team Taras boasting 158 members last year. Its members have raised more than $100,000 for cancer research, including $34,000 last year. “I’m proud of the team, of our participants,” he said in a recent interview at his Woodland Hills office, where his father, Edward Taras, opened a practice in 1968. “It’s just too easy in this great country we live in to go to work, go home and have dinner, go to the movies on weekends, but not get involved,” he said. “The walk also gives me a simple way to talk about cancer.” Taras, who was raised in the San Fernando Valley, walks for women like his mother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1990, for his grandmother who died of ovarian cancer, for his mother-in-law who was diagnosed in 2001. And he also walks for his sister Lorelle Schirn, who in 2005 learned through a simple blood test that she carries the BRCA 1, a gene that significantly increases cancer risk. “My sister and myself have the gene,” Taras said. Based on the family’s history and genetic makeup, 36-year-old Schirn underwent a prophylactic double mastectomy, which more women with high risk factors are considering. The surgery can reduce the chances of cancer from as high as 85 percent to 4 percent. “I knew somewhere deep inside that I was always going to be the one who got cancer,” Schirn said. “I had met a woman on the last Revlon walk who had gone through the surgery already and she told me everything was going to be OK. And one by one, I had found people my age who had been going through this.” Taras said that each year he participates and organizes the walk, he feels he is contributing to the ongoing research that can save women like his sister. Maybe one day, he said, there will no longer be a need for a cancer walk. “I’m so proud of my brother and I’m honored to be part of his team, to be his sister,” Schirn said. “He’s so amazing. I’m very thankful to him for organizing this and for raising so much money. By doing this, he has opened so many people’s eyes.” And much has changed for the event itself, which was initially known as the Revlon Walk for Breast Cancer. Organized by Revlon owner Ronald Perelman, cancer activist Lilly Tartikoff and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, the Los Angeles event is now the biggest fundraiser of its kind for women’s cancers in the nation, drawing up to 50,000 participants. Some are survivors, others are supporters, and many come in memory of a loved one. Many participants pin a paper onto their T-shirts with a story about why they walk or run. “I got involved because I was diagnosed with cervical cancer two years ago,” said Susan Yoon-Borison, a 38-year-old Northridge resident who is Taras’ patient. She walks with her mother and three children. “It’s an awe-inspiring experience,” she said of the event. “And it’s a wild ride to drive through L.A. on a double-decker bus, all together with these people who want to do something positive and generous.” — Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 susan.abram@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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January 11, 2020 | by

RCMP arrest Peace Regional man in connection to marijuana trafficking

first_imgThe RCMP followed up on a report of possible illicit drug activity in an apartment unit, which lead to the execution of a search warrant. Police managed to seize approximately 195 grams of marijuana, as well as packaging and distribution materials. Brett Laramore, 30 years old, of Peace River is charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking as well as failing to comply with recognizance.- Advertisement -Peace River RCMP encourages you to report any suspicious behaviour to the police, either by calling the detachment at 780 624 6611 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222 8477. You do not need to identify yourself to Crime Stoppers, and if your information leads to an arrest or recover of property, you could be eligible for a cash reward.last_img

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January 11, 2020 | by

Mbao dump holders Gor out of Super Cup

first_imgMbao who are making their debut in the tourney will now face Kariobangi Sharks in the semi-finals on Friday.Gor now go back home to focus on the defense of their Kenyan Premier League crown and their Confederation Cup campaign which starts early next month.Gor head coach Hassan Oktay was sent to the stands after 21 minutes as he continued to protest Erisa Ssekisambu’s disallowed goal.The Ugandan international tapped the ball into the net after he picked up a rebound when the Mbao keeper did well to keep out a header from Denis Oliech.After a few minutes of argument with mediation from Francis Mustafa who tried to talk the Burundian referee out of sending the tactician to the stands, there was no change of heart as the Cypriot was forced to watch the rest of the tie from the spectator area.On the balance of chances, the reigning champions had the best opportunities to score, and the closest save for Ssekisambu’s goal was Oliech’s effort from the left which came against the crossbar.The legendary Kenyan striker took a daunting run on the left before chipping the ball goalwards and after beating the keeper, it came against the bar. Ssekisambu raced to the rebound, but he could not hit the target five yards from goal.Gor Mahia striker Dennis Oliech in action against Mbao FC during the SportPesa Super Cup tie at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on January 23, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAs early as the fourth minute, Gor had knocked on the Mbao door with Ssekisambu wasting a glorious opportunity after Cersidy Lumumba’s freekick loped behind the defense and found him well placed. However, he fired wide.Two minutes later, a good interchange of passes on the right saw George Odhiambo put Lawrence Juma through, but the midfielder’s shot went wide when he had the goalmouth at his mercy.On the half hour mark, Oliech’s well struck freekick after being set up by Odhiambo was deflected for a corner while four minutes later, a dipped ball delivered by Philemon Otieno found him waiting at the back post but the ball was poked away before he could pull the trigger.In the second half, Gor began by making changes, Odhiambo and Geoffrey Ochieng coming off for Boniface Omondi and Shafik Batambuze.But Mbao had come in more determined in the second half and had their first go at goal when Said Khamis cut in from the right with his shot spilled by Peter Odhiambo, but the keeper managed to bounce back and pick before an opponent pounced on it.But two minutes on the turn, their urge for a goal was slowed down when they were penalized after Amos Charles handled the ball inside the box in an attempt to stop a shot from Ssekisambu.Gor Mahia midfielder Lawrence Juma goes down after a tackle from a Mbao FC player during the SportPesa Super Cup tie at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on January 23, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluOliech stepped up and made no mistake from the spot sending keeper Metacha Mnata the wrong way to break the deadlock.Gor should have made it 2-0 after57 minutes but no one reacted quick enough when Mnata spilled a corner from Omondi but his teammate Ally Kombo cleared the ball away a yard from goal before Batambuze pounced on it.The introduction of Ngalema into the fray changed matters for Mbao with the diminutive midfielder’s trickery and pace causing Gor problems.He showed a glimpse of his prowess in the 72nd minute when he swung in a bicycle kick from inside the box off a freekick from the right but the effort went just wide.Four minutes later though, he was in the corner celebrating a goal when he deflected Kombo’s shot from distance into the net after the latter had pounced onto a poorly defended corner.Gor were pushed into more changes, Jack Tuyisenge and Francis Kahata coming on to try and salvage the situation.Batambuze came close with three minutes left on the clock when he was fed off a short corner, but his curling left foot effort was turned behind for a corner by the keeper.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mbao FC players celebrate after dumping defending champions Gor Mahia out of the 2019 Sportpesa Super Cup. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluDAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, Jan 23 – This year’s SportPesa Super Cup will have a new champion after Tanzania’s Mbao FC dumped defending champions Gor Mahia out with a 4-3 victory on post-match penalties at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday.The game was forced to penalties after a 1-1 draw in regulation time and Mbao proved to be the luckiest in the lottery, scoring four of their kicks while Gor scored three, skipper Harun Shakava and defender Shafik Batambuze missing.last_img

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January 6, 2020 | by

Battling Saints turn up the heat on Hughes

first_imgQPR 1 Southampton 3If QPR’s defence had been anything like as robust as Tony Fernandes’ of Mark Hughes in recent weeks, the Welshman’s position would be perfectly secure tonight.But even Fernandes will struggle to justify his continued backing of the Rangers manager to disgruntled fans – not to mention his fellow board members – after a pathetic surrender helped Southampton to a deserved win.In the match dubbed ‘El Sackico’ because of the pressure on both managers, Nigel Adkins’ side boldly took the game to Rangers and were 2-0 up at the interval after goals from Rickie Lambert and Jason Puncheon.Junior Hoilett reduced the deficit with a header from Adel Taarabt’s cross four minutes after the restart.But the Saints stood firm and QPR’s fate was sealed by Anton Ferdinand’s own goal seven minutes from time.Southampton almost took an early lead when Puncheon’s right-wing cross ended up clipping the post after the unmarked Adam Lallana was just unable to connect.Adkins’ men have struggled this season but, unlike Hughes’ expensively-assembled team, they do not lack spirit.And that was summed up by Lambert, who put himself in harm’s way to bundle the ball in from close range after Puncheon’s shot had been blocked on the line by Jose Bosingwa.Rangers spent much of the first half effectively playing with only two men, Ryan Nelsen and Taarabt, with the latter offering their only real attacking threat.Taarabt was denied by a near-post save from keeper Paulo Gazzangia after evading three challenges on his way into the box.But Southampton continued to have the upper hand and doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time.The unchallenged Puncheon capitalised on yet more slack defending, cutting inside onto his left foot and firing home from 25 yards.Rangers rallied for a brief spell after Hoilett’s goal, but quickly faded and Puncheon missed a good chance to make it three before Ferdinand turned Morgan Schneiderlin’s cross into his own net.QPR (4-2-3-1): Cesar; Boswinga (Fabio 73), Ferdinand, Nelsen, Traore; Faurlin (Mackie 45), Diakite (Derry 70); Granero, Taarabt, Hoilett; Cisse.Subs not used: Green, Wright-Phillips, Dyer, Ehmer.  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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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December 21, 2019 | by

Secular Evolutionists Are a Small Minority

first_imgA new Gallup poll shows that only 16% of Americans subscribe to the view that “Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in the process.”  About 40% believe in Biblical creationism (recent creation within 10,000 years); that percentage climbs to 60% among churchgoers.  Another 38% believe God guided the process of evolution.  These results were summarized by Live Science, republished on MSNBC.    The Gallup site shows the questions that were asked and how the results have varied over the years.  The Biblical creationist and secular evolutionist numbers have changed since similar polls starting in 1982, while those in the middle ground have varied, but remain right where they were in 1982 (38%).  The number espousing secular evolution has climbed 9%, and the number of Biblical creationists dropped about 7%, but has wobbled between 47% and 40% over the last 12 years, and is only 4% lower than its 1982 value.  Secular evolution remained fairly low for 17 years since 1982 (9-11%), but has seen a slow, steady climb since 1999, from 9 to 16%.    Biblical recent creationism was highest among Republicans (52%) compared to Democrats and independents (34%).  Secular evolution was lowest among Republicans (8%) and highest among Democrats (20%) and independents (21%).  “Gallup officials wrote that it’s not surprising some 80 percent of Americans hold a view of human origins that involves God,” the article ended, “since most Americans believe in God and about 85 percent identify with a religion.”    Jeanne Brynner in her Live Science article claimed that “The findings also stand in stark contrast to another announcement Friday, this one by John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy” about scientific integrity.  That document, however, said nothing about evolution or human origins.  One of its opening tenets said, “Scientific progress depends upon honest investigation, open discussion, refined understanding, and a firm commitment to evidence,” principles rarely encountered in evolutionist handling of issues involving creation and intelligent design.    In addition, the Holdren announcement called for “openness and transparency with the media and the American people,” and was very clear about transparency over scientific uncertainties in particular: “Agencies should communicate scientific and technical findings by including a clear explication of assumptions; accurate contextualization of uncertainties; and a description of the probabilities associated with both optimistic and pessimistic projections, including best-case and worst-case scenarios where appropriate.”  The document further called for scientists working for the executive branch of the Government to be selected based on merit, free of political influence, with protection for whistleblowers in a culture that fosters “free flow of scientific and technological information….”  If these principles were applied in an unbiased way with regards to the question of origins, Republicans and intelligent design proponents would not be such outsiders in today’s lopsided scientific community, where policy makers, journalists and leaders of scientific societies are overwhelmingly pro-evolution members of the Democratic party (see 12/05/2010).If Brynner and Holdren really believed in integrity, they would have to become creationists, because integrity that evolves is not integrity – what counts for integrity today could morph into dishonesty tomorrow if it produces more offspring.  Must be consistent.  (Actually, evolutionists feel no need to be consistent, either, except when appearing to be consistent or honest aids their cause.  That’s why you have to watch these guys.)  As could be expected, Brynner regurgitated Live Science’s standard creation-mocking links at the bottom of her article.  While Biblical creationists can be encouraged at their strong showing in spite decades of merciless, one-sided indoctrination, there is cause for alarm at the slow rise of secularism with its roots in Darwinism.  The Battle for the Beginning still rages (02/17/2002).     The middle group, whom we could call compromisers, actually includes quite a few Bible-believing creationists, too – including proponents of the day-age theory, gap theory, progressive creation, and other schemes that subscribe to the rest of the Bible after Genesis 11, including the fundamental doctrines of the deity of Christ, God’s sovereignty to work miracles, and Christ’s second coming – and hold to a literal creation of Adam and Eve.  Members of these subgroups are just uncomfortable with trying to put Genesis 1-11 in 10,000 years or less.    The compromise category also includes theistic evolutionists, who accept gradual natural selection after a fashion, but believe either that all the variations were front-loaded to produce read more

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December 19, 2019 | by

Evolutionists Shove Uncooperative Data into Darwinian Stories

first_imgIf you’re a Darwinian, your strategy is to make it seem like every piece of biological data fits evolution, even when it doesn’t. Otherwise, creationists might get ideas.Here are three examples where surprising findings hit evolutionists in the face, but they manage to weave them into Darwinian theory anyhow.DinoBird DandruffThe press release from University College of Cork, Ireland, set off a contest among reporters to see which one could create the best punny headline. But perhaps the university’s own was hard to beat: “Dino-bird dandruff research head and shoulders above rest.” [Head and Shoulders, for non-Americans, is a brand of dandruff shampoo.] The mere fact is this: using advanced imaging techniques, scientists at the college found dandruff between the feathers of fossil birds. If you don’t buy the Darwinian tale that birds evolved from dinosaurs, you will have no problem with the data, because you don’t believe the scenario about tens of millions of Darwin Years separating the fossils and modern birds. But if you do believe the Darwin tale, you do have some explaining to do:“The fossil cells are preserved with incredible detail – right down to the level of nanoscale keratin fibrils. What’s remarkable is that the fossil dandruff is almost identical to that in modern birds – even the spiral twisting of individual fibres is still visible,” said Dr Maria McNamara.Credit: Illustra MediaThe only difference is that the fossil corneocytes (dandruff structures containing melanin) were packed a little more tightly with melanin than the modern ones. That might indicate, however, that these particular fossil species didn’t need to fly long distances, they say. Reptile scales, by contrast, don’t shed in small flakes, but tend to come off in sheets or large pieces. And so the actual data shows that these creatures were much closer to birds than to dinosaurs, and the fact that their dandruff looks modern suggests that not a lot of time passed between their time and today. Otherwise, what was Darwin doing with dandruff evolution for 100 million years? No evolution is evident. Extinction, maybe, but not evolution. What will the Darwinians say in response? Don’t worry, they are doctors of spin philosophy:The study suggests that this modern skin feature evolved sometime in the late Middle Jurassic, around the same time as a host of other skin features evolved. “There was a burst of evolution of feathered dinosaurs and birds at this time, and it’s exciting to see evidence that the skin of early birds and dinosaurs was evolving rapidly in response to bearing feathers,” Dr McNamara added.Just add some Darwin Flubber to the story, and you’re all set. The public will never know what hit them. And it pays to sound “exciting” when you have to explain away the facts.Ghostly Knifefish Romantic ElectricityThe shy, nocturnal knifefish of Panama attracted attention in the 1950s because it was found to possess electrical organs that help it sense its surroundings, including nearby members of the opposite sex. A press release about research on the brown ghost knifefish at the University of Tübingen, reproduced on Medical Xpress, contains amazing facts about this relative of the electric eel. The patience and diligence of the scientists deserves recognition, since the species is difficult to study in its native habitat. They learned some things about how these fish make love. So what does this have to do with evolution? Nothing, really, and not much is said on the subject, except that “The researchers draw parallels between mammal and knifefish brains.” That’s the only aspect of the article that might raise eyebrows, because Darwinians believe that fish and mammals are vastly separated in evolutionary time.Kiss me, my love; I have electricity for thee. Brown ghost knifefish. Credit: Guy l’HeureuxMany of the knifefish’s brain structures are similar to mammalian brain structures. “If we understand how they work in the fish, we will have understood a lot about mammal brains as well,” Jan Benda explains. Yet, he adds, little is known about the knifefish’s natural lifestyle: “They are active at night and spend the daytime hidden in tangles of roots or between rocks. You rarely ever see them.”There’s only a faint hint of evolutionary thinking in the press release, but plenty of it in the research paper in the Journal of Neuroscience.Sensory systems evolve in the ecological niches each species is occupying. Accordingly, encoding of natural stimuli by sensory neurons is expected to be adapted to the statistics of these stimuli…. Our results emphasize the importance of quantifying sensory scenes derived from freely behaving animals in their natural habitats for understanding the function and evolution of neural systems.Darwinians believe that fish evolved into mammals hundreds of millions of years ago. But the problems with finding mammal-like brain structures in this read more

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December 19, 2019 | by

Winslow appointed director of Stone Lab

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Christopher Winslow has been appointed as the new director for Ohio Sea Grant and Ohio State’s Stone Laboratory, effective Feb. 1. Winslow has served as the program’s interim director since April 2015.“Chris brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this position in the areas of strategic planning, Ohio Sea Grant administration, grant management, research, outreach and teaching,” said Caroline Whitacre, senior vice president for research at The Ohio State University.Since serving as interim director, Winslow developed strong partnerships with universities, the scientific community, state and federal agencies and local communities, as well as many other key stakeholders concerned with the health of Lake Erie and its surrounding landscape.One of those partnerships is the multi-million-dollar Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative (HABRI), funded by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, which brings together scientists from across the state to address harmful algal blooms and associated problems. The ongoing research projects have already warned water treatment plants of incoming algal blooms, developed better treatment methods for contaminated drinking water, and confirmed that Lake Erie fish are safe to eat even during an algal bloom.Winslow joined Ohio Sea Grant as assistant director in 2011, after having taught courses at Stone Lab and mentoring students in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program for eight years. He was promoted to associate director in 2014 and successfully took on the leadership of Ohio Sea Grant in 2015 with the retirement of former director Jeffrey Reutter.Winslow holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University and a PhD in biology from Bowling Green State University. His research focused on invasive round gobies and their impact on smallmouth bass populations.Ohio State University’s Ohio Sea Grant College Program is part of NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 33 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources. For more information, visit ohioseagrant.osu.edu.last_img

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