Smart suit improves physical endurance

first_imgThe Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University today announced that it has received a $2.6 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a smart suit that helps improve physical endurance for soldiers in the field.The novel wearable system would potentially delay the onset of fatigue, enabling soldiers to walk longer distances, and also potentially improve the body’s resistance to injuries when carrying heavy loads.Lightweight, efficient, and nonrestrictive, the proposed suit will be made from soft wearable assistive devices that integrate several novel Wyss technologies. One is a stretchable sensor that would monitor the body’s biomechanics without the need for the typical rigid components that often interfere with motion. The system could potentially detect the onset of fatigue. Additionally, one of the technologies in the suit may help the wearer maintain balance by providing low-level mechanical vibrations that boost the body’s sensory functions.The new smart suit will be designed to overcome several of the problems typically associated with current wearable systems, including their large power requirements and rigid overall structures, which restrict normal movement and can be uncomfortable.Although the DARPA project is focused on assisting and protecting soldiers in the field, the technologies being developed could have many other applications as well. For instance, similar soft-wearable devices hold the potential to increase endurance in the elderly and help improve mobility for people with physical disabilities.Conor Walsh, assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and Wyss core faculty member, will lead this interdisciplinary program. The program will include collaborations with core faculty member Rob Wood and Wyss Technology Development Fellow Yong-Lae Park, for developing soft sensor technologies, and with core faculty member George Whitesides, for developing novel soft interfaces between the device and the wearer. Wood is also the Gordon McKay Professor of Electrical Engineering at the SEAS, and Whitesides is also the Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor at Harvard. Sang-bae Kim, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Ken Holt, associate professor at Boston University’s College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, will also play key roles on the project.Also working on the project will be several members of the Wyss Advanced Technology Team who will oversee the testing of prototypes in the Wyss Institute’s biomechanics lab, using motion-capture capabilities that can measure the impact of the suit on specific muscles and joints.“This project is a excellent example of how Wyss researchers from different disciplines work side by side with experts in product development to develop solutions to difficult problems that might not otherwise be possible,” said Donald Ingber, Wyss founding director and the Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology in the Department of Pathology.last_img read more

‘He built cathedrals’: Law school community remembers professor John Nagle

first_imgJohn Copeland Nagle is remembered as a man of faith.As Notre Dame’s John N. Matthews professor of law, Nagle walked in the light of Christ in everything he did — as a “beloved teacher, as a prolific scholar and as an exceptionally generous colleague,” former Notre Dame Law School dean Patricia O’Hara said.“He saw that light in all those whom he met, and he reflected that light in all he did — in his scholarship, which examined issues of environmental law, often from an explicitly Christian perspective premised on biblical concepts of stewardship; in his interactions with students and colleagues, which were marked by warmth, generosity, and humility; and in his role as a loving husband, adoring father and faithful brother,” O’Hara said in an email.Nagle died May 18 following surgery and a brief illness. He was 58 years old.Elizabeth Adams, a 2011 law school graduate, was Nagle’s student and research assistant. Adams said Nagle once called her into his office after she did poorly on a final in her first year in law school. Impressed with her writing ability and analytical skills, he offered her a job as a research assistant.Nagle exercised the same dedication in all of his interactions, Adams said.“I think one of the most striking things about him is he was so consistent and authentic in every area of his life,” Adams said. “He approached his profession the way he approached his family and the way he approached his faith and it was always just with such commitment and consistency. But he was seriously the most consistently kind person I’ve ever met in my life. He lived his values in a way that is pretty rare.”Within the legal sphere, Nagle’s specialty was environmental law. A dedicated outdoorsman, he published numerous books and articles on the subject. His work often conveniently brought him to spectacularly beautiful national parks, law professor Rick Garnett — who started at Notre Dame Law School the same day as Nagle — said.“I will miss teasing him, as I often did, about the sweet deal he arranged by deciding to study ‘scenic law’ and national parks,” Garnett said in an email. “‘How great is it,’ I would say, ‘that your “business trips” involve going to Denali and the Grand Canyon?’”A devout Protestant, Nagle often incorporated his faith into his scholarship on environmental issues.“He was so passionate about the work that he did and he wanted to make sure that we all understood it and understood the magnitude of it,” Adams said. “He was courageous and unafraid about pushing the boundaries. I mean, only at Notre Dame would you have such an esteemed academic blending faith-based work so much with environmental-based work, but he even took it a step farther.”Professor Bruce Huber, one of Nagle’s colleagues at the law school, said he suspected Nagle’s synthesis of faith and scholarship played a role in Notre Dame’s decision to hire him.“I don’t know exactly whose radar screen he showed up on first, but I’m sure that as soon as people caught wind that there was this rising scholar … that was not only a faithful Protestant but was incorporating these perspectives into his work, I’m sure that he would have jumped to the top of the list,” Huber said.Nagle was such an accomplished scholar, Huber said, that it is hard to pinpoint one piece of his work that rises above the rest in terms of significance.“I bet if you were to interview 10 scholars outside Notre Dame and ask what his key contribution to environmental law scholarship was, you’d probably get 10 different answers,” Huber said.Nagle loved the outdoors beyond the legal sphere, Huber added. He remembered his friend would raffle off a canoe trip on the St. Joseph River as part of an annual fundraiser at the law school.“He and his wife would generally take folks out canoeing and then they would go out for lunch or go out for drinks or come over to his place for dinner afterwards,” Huber said.A family man, Nagle was dedicated to his wife and daughters. Adams said Nagle’s family was an omnipresent part of his work and teaching.“We’re fortunate enough at Notre Dame to get to know our professors at a really cool level, but his love of family was evident from day one in everything that he did,” she said. “He loved [his wife] Lisa and the girls so much that as soon as he started lecturing, he would automatically start speaking about them five minutes in. It was moving.”Huber echoed that sentiment, adding that Nagle’s love of family extended beyond his own.“This was really where life’s action is for him, so he was always telling you what his kids were up to,” he said. “As much as he would tell me every minute detail of what his kids were up to, he wanted to hear about every minute detail of what my kids were up to, too. He would drop by the home every now and then with a random set of cupcakes, [saying], ‘I just thought your kids might need some cupcakes. Here’s some cupcakes.’ Or [he] brought over a cup of coffee for my wife, [saying] ‘I thought she might want a latte.’ He was just always doing generous things like that — random acts of kindness.”Nagle also often brought students into his family, hosting class dinners at his house and inviting students and research assistants to his family’s meals.“I really became part of his family,” Adams said. “They were always so welcoming. Dinners at their house began feeling like family dinners.”Nagle was “extraordinarily hospitable,” Huber echoed.“He would always be having his students over to his house for dinner, either students in his class, if he was teaching 60 students in the class — it didn’t matter,“ Huber said. “There must have been two or three nights a week during school time when he had something going on at his place, not always students. It was sometimes either folks from his church or through his wife’s ministry or various other things but he was just hosting people all the time.”Many of Nagle’s colleagues expressed hope he will be remembered not only as a decorated and accomplished academic, but also for his kind and selfless character.O’Hara said she saw Nagle’s generosity and humility captured when he “squirreled himself away” for six weeks to write a replacement law review article for a young colleague. The colleague had hoped to withdraw an article from one publication and instead publish it in a more prestigious platform, but had already committed — until Nagle intervened and offered to fill his spot despite the approaching deadline.“I never once heard John recount this story to anyone,” O’Hara said. “He simply heralded the achievement of his young colleague. I heard the story months later from the dean of the other law school involved.”Garnett emphasized the importance of Nagle’s faith in both his professional and personal life.“On a personal level, I’m sure that all of his friends will struggle — and, probably, fail — to find someone else in their lives who is as amiable, charitable and decent as John,” Garnett said. “His absence will leave a hole in all of his friends’ lives. On a professional level, his was an important and unique voice in the legal academy. The main thing about John, that everyone knows and everyone will remember, is that he ‘walked the walk’ as a Christian. He was always kind, always assumed the best, and did his best to love his neighbor.”Upon leaving his memorial service, Huber said he noticed a quiet determination on the part of attendees to carry forth the values Nagle prioritized in his own life.“I think many of us are feeling inspired to not only continue to do great scholarship, but to do it with this strong, human element in which we make sure we are, above all, fostering loving relationships with those in our field, with those in our family, with those in our school and just always … keeping the human beings who are around us at the center of the story,” Huber said.When thinking about Nagle’s life and legacy, Adams said she was reminded of a gospel story she heard at church — one she linked to Nagle as an illustration of her mentor’s character.“There was this parable about these three masons who were helping to build this cathedral, and one was miserable because he was like, ‘I just lay brick,’” Adams said. “The second one was a little less miserable because he was like, ‘Oh, I just build a wall.’ The third one was happy as a clam and he was like, ‘I’m so proud of my work because I’m building a cathedral.’ Nagle just approached everything with that kind of bigger vision of the greater purpose. … He built cathedrals with everything.”A version of this story was published June 17.Tags: Environmental law, John Nagle, Notre Dame Law Schoollast_img read more

Constitutional Studies hosts forum on modern conservatism

first_imgNotre Dame’s Constitutional Studies department hosted a debate between conservative voices in the Jenkins-Nanovic Hall Forum on Friday. The debaters in the event, “What is Conservatism in the Age of Trump?” have argued before — in print and in person — representing different schools of conservative thought.First to speak was David French, senior writer at National Review. French mainly focused on America’s founders during his opening statement, citing Thomas Jefferson and John Adams in his vision for conservatism. He spoke of a “non-delegable duty of the government of the United States of America to protect liberty.”“I think it is a time in our country to rediscover the wisdom of the founders,” he said.French advocated for smaller government with more autonomy. He said this will ease some problems of the current political atmosphere.“One of [the conservative movement’s] most urgent projects is to diffuse negative polarization,” French said. “What do you do about the fact that there’s differing communities in the United States with strongly different view about how the government should run? One of the things you do is let them govern themselves.”Next, Sohrab Ahmari, the Iranian-American op-ed editor of the New York Post, debated French’s points about a hands-off government. He spoke of “the desire to renegotiate some elements of the conservative program.” He said that the movement should take action against what they perceive as immoral or dangerous for society, rather than providing more liberty.“When I see certain events where children are interacting with licentious behavior, I don’t see that as the blessings of liberty that our founders had in mind,” Ahmari said.He criticized French’s strain of conservatism as reactionary, not proactive, and said it fails to offer a “vision of the good” the way left-wing movements do. He cited Drew Brees and Mario Lopez, both recently criticized in the news, as examples of attacks from the left about morality.“The battleground has shifted and ‘consensus conservatism’ has not kept up,” he said.Last to speak was the Dengler-Dykema Distinguished Professor of Government at Claremont McKenna College, Charles Kesler. In his comments, Kesler said “in some ways, what the Trump administration has been pursuing is a return to the Republican norm.”“There’s never been a president like Donald Trump, for good or ill, but the situation conservatives find themselves in is not so unprecedented. The situation resembles that of the 1950’s,” he said.Kesler said this old Republican norm included economic protectionism, tight but fair immigration, lower taxes, a proactive judiciary and a foreign policy that pursues national interests without “exporting democracy.”  He said that though Trump’s leadership style will not last beyond his administration, the changes in policy will.After this, the event switched to question-and-answer form. Vincent Phillip Muñoz, director of Constitutional Studies, asked the first two questions about the nature of the political “crisis” in the country, and whether the solution was more or less government control. Student volunteers were also given time to ask questions directly to the panelists.Tags: Conservatism, conservative, Constitutional Studieslast_img read more

The Heidi Chronicles, Starring Elisabeth Moss, Confirms B’way Theater

first_img Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on May 3, 2015 Related Shows Bryce Pinkham Elisabeth Moss has found her Broadway home! The previously reported revival of Wendy Wasserstein’s The Heidi Chronicles, led by the Mad Men star along with Jason Biggs and Bryce Pinkham, will play at the Music Box Theatre. The production, directed by Pam MacKinnon, will begin performances February 23, 2015 and officially open on March 19.The Heidi Chronicles won both the Tony and the Pulitzer in 1989. This is the first revival since the original production shuttered in 1990. The show spans over 20 years, following Heidi Holland (Moss) from high school to her career as an art historian and how she copes with feminisim, men, politics and motherhood.The production will also feature Tracee Chimo, with additional casting to be announced later. View Comments The Heidi Chronicleslast_img read more

Five Surprising Facts About New On the Town Star Misty Copeland

first_img4. A commercial put her on the mapDespite being a superstar in the ballet world, Copeland’s career exploded in 2014 when she became a spokeswoman (spokesdancer?) for Under Armour. In an ad campaign that paid far more than her ballet salary, Copeland dances up a storm as a voiceover reads a rejection letter she recieved as a young girl. #inspiration 3. Prince pushed her to succeedWhen she recieved an out-of-the-blue phone call from Grammy-winning pop star Prince in 2009, Copeland was shocked. “I was literally still waking up,” she told New York magazine. “What? Prince who?” The next day, the ballerina flew to L.A. to star in Prince’s music video “Crimson and Clover” and went on tour with him. Hey, it’s always nice to have a guy in crushed purple velvet looking out for you! Big news, sailors! Misty Copeland, who was just named the first-ever African-American female principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, will make her Broadway debut as Ivy in On the Town beginning August 26. While the stunning ballerina is all grace and poise on stage, Copeland is a tough-as-nails dancer who has risen to the top in the cutthroat world of professional ballet, and her life is even more fascinating than the movie Black Swan. From growing up in a motel to secretly dancing on a broken leg, Copeland’s life is just begging to be made into a movie. Check out the five most surprising facts we learned about On the Town’s new Miss Turnstiles. 2. Ballet tore her family apartWhen Copeland was 15, she was caught in the middle of a custody battle between her dance teachers and her mother. While her instructors Cynthia and Patrick Bradley tried to nurture her ballet career and provide her with a stable family life, Copeland’s mother wanted to pull her out of ballet altogether. Copeland ran away and attempted to emancipate herself, but after going to trial, was returned to the care of her mother. View Comments 5. Broken bones won’t stop herAfter being cast in The Firebird at the Metropolitan Opera House, Copeland began to feel pain in her left leg. Determined to make it to opening night, the ballerina ignored her pain and didn’t tell anyone she was suffering. After the performance, she was diagnosed with six stress fractures in her tibia. Something tells us this new Broadway star won’t be calling out sick when she gets the sniffles.center_img 1. She grew up in a motelUnlike her On the Town predecessor Megan Fairchild, Copeland wasn’t groomed to become a ballerina from a young age. She grew up sharing a tiny room at the Sunset Inn with her mother and five siblings in Gardena, CA. When she began taking formal lessons at age 13, she practiced using the motel’s metal railing as a ballet barre. On the Town Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 6, 2015last_img read more

Marie and Rosetta Will Extend Off-Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 16, 2016 Marie and Rosetta Related Shows View Commentscenter_img Music to our ears! The world premiere of George Brant’s play with music, Marie and Rosetta, will extend off-Broadway through October 16; it had previously been set to shutter on October 2. Directed by Neil Pepe and starring Rebecca Naomi Jones and Kecia Lewis, the production is playing at Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater.A huge influence on Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles and Jimi Hendrix, Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Lewis) was a legend in her time, bringing fierce guitar-playing and swing to gospel music. Tharpe was the queen of “race records” in the 30’s and 40’s, a woman who played guitar as passionately as Clapton, who performed mornings at churches and evenings at the Cotton Club, who was a big enough star to fill a baseball stadium for her third wedding, but ended up buried in an unmarked grave in Philadelphia. Marie and Rosetta chronicles Sister Rosetta’s first rehearsal with a young protégée, Marie Knight (Jones), as they prepare to embark on a tour that would establish them as one of the great duet teams in musical history.Marie and Rosetta features scenic design by Riccardo Hernández, costume design by Dede Ayite, lighting design by Christopher Akerlind, sound design by Steve Canyon Kennedy and music direction by Jason Michael Webb. Rebecca Naomi Jones & Kecia Lewis in ‘Marie and Rosetta'(Photo: Ahron R. Foster)last_img read more

Fletcher Allen receives high marks in report

first_imgFletcher Allen receives high marks in MVP reportMVP Healthcare has recently released the results of a healthcare quality report that has shown that Fletcher Allen Health Care equals or surpasses, in most categories, other academic medical centers in MVP’s region. MVP is an HMO that covers upstate New York and parts of New England. It covers 60,000 Vermonters.The report shows that Fletcher Allen met high standards for nursing, surgery, physician staffing and communication with doctors outside the hospital. But the Burlington hospital finished below a some hospitals, including Albany Medical Center and Dartmough-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, in overall patient satisfaction, which was attributed to some extent to the inconveniences caused by the construction.AHC and DHMC also received generally high marks in the report.MVP Health Care members can now see how other MVP members have rated themajor hospitals in the health insurer’s network as part ofhospital-specific MVP Hospital Quality Profiles available through the MVPWeb site (www.mvphealthcare.com(link is external)). MVP has produced profiles for the 24hospitals in its 100-hospital network that treat the majority of itsmembers.MVP asked members to rate their experience with these hospitals on overallsatisfaction with the quality care they received, their satisfaction withthe nursing care they received and if they received any services in errorduring their hospital stays.The Hospital Quality Profiles were prepared in cooperation with thehospitals and also include information about whether or not the hospitalshave in place, or are planning to begin, programs designed to improve thequality of patient care such as computer physician order entry, and havingphysicians certified in critical care medicine on staff as specialists.The profiles also include information about how well the hospitalscommunicate back to members’ Primary Care Physicians following inpatienthospital stays and emergency room visits.By viewing the reports, members can also determine the number ofprocedures the hospitals performed in three areas: heart bypass surgery,abdominal aneurysm repair and heart balloon angioplasty.MVP began profiling the hospitals two years ago as part of its effort toimprove the quality of hospital care its members receive.”We profiled hospitals on member satisfaction and on indicators that havebeen identified as critical to high-quality hospital care by nationalexperts including the Leap Frog Group,” said Jerry Salkowe, M.D., MVP’svice president for clinical quality improvement. “Our goal is to improvethe quality of hospital care our members receive and highlight the effortsthat hospitals in our network are making to improve quality and enhancepatient safety,” he said.The Leap Frog Group is a national coalition comprised of employers andhealth care organizations whose goal is to improve the quality of hospitalcare.”We based our profiles on the Leap Frog initiatives including suchmeasures as computer physician order entry which reduces the likelihood ofhospital prescription errors by eliminating the use of paperprescriptions, because measures such as these have been proven to improvepatient safety and reduce medical errors in hospitals,” Salkowe said.The Vermont and New Hampshire hospitals MVP produced quality profiles for are:VERMONT–BenningtonSouthwestern Vermont Medical Center–BurlingtonFletcher Allen Health Care–RutlandRutland Regional Medical CenterNEW HAMPSHIRE–LebanonDartmouth Hitchock Medical Centerlast_img read more

Coal expansion in Turkey hits headwinds, 70GW canceled or delayed since 2009

first_imgCoal expansion in Turkey hits headwinds, 70GW canceled or delayed since 2009 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Platts:Turkey’s plans to expand its thermal coal-fired power plant fleet have largely fallen by the wayside as the country grapples with a combination of economic and social headwinds, clouding what otherwise would have been one of the Atlantic market’s few bright spots for demand.An estimated 70 GW of planned capacity has either been cancelled or indefinitely postponed since 2009, leaving the country with 85 operating coal-fired power plants and a total operating capacity of 19 GW, according to a review of the Turkish government data and web sources. An additional 33 GW is under various stages of planning, with only 2 GW under construction.“There are quite a number of projects that will never see daylight,” a Turkish utility source said. “The ones that will burn imported hard coals are definitely dead due to diminishing availability of soft loans and Turkey’s strong policy for decreasing the current account deficit.”President Recep Erdogan’s strategy to shift utility purchases away from imported thermal coal toward domestic lignite, due to the impact energy imports are having on Turkey’s balance of trade, had been expected to fuel domestic plant construction near lignite mines, the utility source said. But the policy appears to have ground to a halt, as proposed lignite projects have been halted by strong environmentalist opposition.“With Turkey’s economy likely to contract in CY 19 and grow only slightly in CY 20, electricity demand and coal imports should continue to be limited,” Platts Analytics said.Joe Aldina at Platts Analytics said: “Some slowing in Turkey’s imports was more or less the consensus view for 2019. But there was a longer-term expectation that Turkey would be one of the few bright spots for coal demand growth in the Atlantic Basin and a number of coal sellers, particularly from the US, were looking to Turkey as an outlet for production as European imports slow (and domestic US coal demand falls). New tariffs on US coal implemented this year dash the short-term hopes of sending more US coal to Turkey, but there was still the hope that Turkey could be a longer-term partner for US suppliers.”More: Turkish coal-fired plant expansion stalls, with 70 GW shelved since 2009last_img read more

Nealon pushes NCUA for reg relief through EGRPRA

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU Director of Regulatory Affairs Alicia Nealon wrote NCUA to express NAFCU’s appreciation for the agency’s voluntary participation in an Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act review, and to urge it to find opportunities for regulatory relief for credit unions through the review.NCUA is specifically reviewing the agency’s programs and regulations related to capital and consumer programs.Nealon emphasized the need to give credit unions relief as soon as possible. She argued that the number of credit unions is in decline and the “main reason for this decline is the increasing cost and complexity of complying with the ever-increasing onslaught of regulations.” In many cases, “smaller institutions simply cannot keep up with the new regulatory tide and have to merge out of business or be taken over.”Among the issues discussed in the comment letter, Nealon noted that the NAFCU-supported “Credit Union Share Insurance Fund Parity Act” mandates that NCUA provide share insurance coverage to interest on lawyers’ trust accounts (IOLTAs), and other similar trust accounts, on a pass-through basis regardless of whether they are comprised of funds of members or nonmembers. As NCUA considers a rulemaking to conform to this legislation, NAFCU is recommending that the agency provide broader coverage for “REALTOR(R)” escrow, prepaid funeral accounts, store-valued gift cards and prepaid accounts. continue reading »last_img read more

Hamptons-style home a big drawcard for trendy Brisbane buyers

first_img35 Renoir Cres, Forest Lake.Ms Thurtell said a couple who lived in the area fell in love with the house.“Buyers currently are really drawn to brand new homes and this home specifically stood out for its charming features and Hamptons style,” she said.“The Hamptons-style became very popular in most areas of Brisbane throughout 2016 and now into 2017. There is something very appealing about the product, the crisp colour palette and relaxed feel.” 35 Renoir Cres, Forest Lake.Listing agent Marilyn Thurtell said this particular pocket at Forest Lake had typically larger block sizes and tranquillity, which was a drawcard for buyers.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours ago“Our vendor recently purchased the land after it was subdivided from the neighbour,” Ms Thurtell said.“She then built this master built home on a 524sq m lot. This is definitely a record price for the street for well under 1000sq m.”Ms Thurtell said the higher sales in the area were on average for 1000sq m plus blocks. “Earlier this year we also sold 11 Manet Cres, Forest Lake, just around the corner for an exceptional result of $790,000,” she said.“This was a 1890sq m lot with subdivision potential. “We had huge interest in this property and this tells us that there are a number of buyers looking for land opportunities like our vendor of 35 Renoir Cres who did just that, built and sold off a beautiful and luxurious product.” 35 Renoir Cres, Forest Lake.A statement home in this sought-after southeast Queensland precinct has sold for a street record for a block well under 1000sq m.The property within the Parkland Village precinct is at 35 Renoir Crescent, Forest Lake.The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home sold for $695,000 by selling agent Brad Arnold of MTR Property Group.last_img read more