The Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering at the University ofFlorida invites applications for a time limited, full-timenon-tenure track faculty position at the rank of Associate Engineerin the Florida Applied Research in Engineering (FLARE)Center.The FLARE Associate Engineer will be responsible for the creationand maintenance of a database and associated documentationincluding tracking opportunities, engagements, publications, andother information central to FLARE. The incumbent will assist theDirector with administration and coordination of the operation ofFLARE including all aspects of research development logistics. TheAssociate Engineer will be in regular contact with industry andgovernment partners, sharing announcements and updates on appliedresearch progress, disseminating data collected from FLARE appliedresearch affiliates, and conducting surveys. This position willperform or provide oversight of research progress, burn rate anddeliverables. The incumbent will oversee and supervisecommunication by staff members reporting to this position andpursue continuous improvement in administration of FLARE to ensureeffective communication across security, compliance, and researchdevelopment functions. In addition, the incumbent will assist theFLARE Director and FLARE Program Area Leads with strategicplanning, identifying and prioritizing research needs, proposaldevelopment, and liaising with potential partners and stakeholders.This position will report to Richard Vigeant, Director of theFlorida Applied Research in Engineering Center.UF is currently ranked as one of the top-10 best publicuniversities, 6th according to the 2021 U.S. News & WorldReport of Best Colleges. The Herbert Wertheim College ofEngineering is currently implementing a major expansion of facultyand state-of-the-art research and education facilities. The Collegewill reach 300 faculty members in the near future. For moreinformation about our College initiatives, please visit http://eng.ufl.edu . The University andCollege count among its greatest strengths a value of broaddiversity among faculty, students and staff and a robust,inclusive, and welcoming climate for learning and research. UF iscommitted to equal educational and employment opportunity andaccess and seeks individuals of all races, ethnicities, genders andother attributes who, among their many exceptional qualifications,have a record of including a broad diversity of individuals inresearch and learning activities.This position requires a PhD in a related field and an individualwho has a background in systems engineering including electrical,mechanical and/or software research and development best practices.Applicants with a Master’s degree and appropriate industryexperience may also be considered.The search committee will begin reviewing applications immediatelywith the first full committee screening occurring on January 4,2021 and will continue to receive applications until the positionis filled. You must apply by submitting an application throughInterfolio via apply.interfolio.com/82267 . (Job 68318) Theapplication consists of attached PDF files of the followingrequired documents: 1. Cover letter (summary and introduction;relate to hiring emphasis areas) 2. Personal statement (includesynergy with UF DEPT, as well as UF investigators, centers &institutes) 3. Curriculum vitae (include 1-page CV highlights).4.Names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of fivereferences. The final candidate will be required to provideofficial transcript to the hiring department upon hire. Atranscript will not be considered “official” if a designation of“Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educationinstitution outside of the United States are required to beevaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approvedby National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES),which can be found at http://www.naces.org/ . The anticipatedstart date for positions is February 2021 with some flexibility foran earlier start based on individual needs. For additionalquestions, contact Richard Vigeant at [email protected] an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for thisposition, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to workin the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’sSunshine Law.The University of Florida is committed to nondiscrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation, and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.This position has been reposted. Previous applicants are stillunder consideration and need not reapply.The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.
The Weston Library staged its public opening on Saturday 21st March, after a three year refurbishment, costing £80 million.The work has transformed what was the New Bodleian on Broad Street into a state of the art library, with a café, shop, lecture theatre, digital displays and exhibition galleries. This includes their leading exhibition, Marks of Genius: Masterpieces from the Collections of the Bodleian Libraries, which contains world-famous items from the Bodleian’s exclusive collections, such as one of their engrossments of the Magna Carta.The New Bodleian’s building had been deteriorating for some time and there was concern about the threat to the condition of some of its most valuable artefacts. London-based Wilkinson Eyre architects retained the historical exterior of Giles Gilbert Scott’s Grade II listed building while modernising the interior, converting it into a twenty-first century centre of research, study, digitisation and conservation.Bodley’s Librarian Richard Ovenden said, “This project has been an amazing opportunity to transform an unloved library building at the heart of Oxford, and to support the needs of the University long into the future. In a city full of libraries, it is one of the most significant and exciting library transformations for many years.“We are particularly delighted to be able to welcome the public into the Weston Library, to help them appreciate and enjoy the collections built up in the University over centuries, and to engage with the ground-breaking research which surrounds these collections in Oxford. We are immensely grateful to all the donors and funders who have supported this tremendous project, particularly the Garfield Weston Foundation and Oxford University Press for their inspirational donations.”The library includes refurbished reading rooms, which are all equipped with the new ‘Bodleian Chair’. This was designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, the winners of a national competition. The chair is a three-legged oak chair which tilts forwards and backwards, built by Isokon Plus.The Centre for Digital Scholarship in the Weston Library hosts technological research, while the Visiting Scholar’s Centre invites international scholars to carry out their research. Scientists and librarians are working together to help unveil new information about the artefacts held by the Bodleian Libraries.The newly opened library will stock the Bodleian Libraries’ special collections. This includes archives, music, manuscripts, rare books, ephemera and maps including the largest collection of pre-1500 printed books in a university library from medieval Europe and the Byzantine Empire. It also houses one of the largest concentrations of modern British political manuscripts and a copy of Plato’s complete works in Greek, given to Elizabeth I by the Chancellor of the University of Oxford in 1564.With donations from Oxford University Press, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the President of Blackwell’s Bookshop, the project was able to largely keep to their budget of £78 million.Anna Lewis, a Biochemist undergraduate told Cherwell, “The combination of a historic exterior with a modern working library is part of what the University is all about – keeping up with the cutting edge of research without losing the history and tradition that has brought us here. It sounds like a really useful facility for students and I’m really excited to use it as a study space.”The opening weekend also sees the launch of the Oxford Literary Festival, in which the Bodleian Libraries is a Cultural Partner, with the Weston Library hosting many of its events over the nine days from Saturday 21st March. For information on the Marks of genius exhibition visit http://genius.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man who posted online videos of himself bragging about taking part in the violent siege on the U.S. Capitol last month has been charged by a federal grand jury with four crimes related to the insurrection. Thirty-four-year-old Josiah Colt of Boise turned himself in to law enforcement on Jan. 12. He was wanted on a U.S. Marshal’s warrant. On Wednesday, he was indicted on four criminal counts, including obstructing official proceedings and aiding and abetting, which carries a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison. Five people died in the attack on the U.S. Capitol and more than 100 police officers were injured.
Our favorite outdoor videos from around the web for the week that was:Make the A.T. MovieBRO contributor Chris Gallaway thru-hiked the A.T. this past summer (you can read his poignant notes and stunning photo galleries from the trail in our Appalachian Trail Dispatch series) and has ambitions of making a film out of the experience. This is a trailer – his thru-hike in 3.5 minutes – and you can support the effort through his Kickstarter Campaign. Let’s get this A.T. Movie made, folks!Blood KnotFrom our friends at Two Fisted Heart Productions comes the trail for their latest film featuring VA natives and Mossy Creek Fly Fishing owners Brian and Colby Trow showing off the fantastic fishing in the Shenandoah Valley including the small creeks of SNP, the Shenandoah River and of course, Mossy Creek. Trout, carp, smallmouth, musky and some really cool aerial shots as well.Blood Knot [Trailer] from TwoFisted Heart Productions on Vimeo.Mission SteepsBack to shredding! When they say steep, they mean steep. Xavier de la Rue and friends defy physics to ski and snowboard the steepest of the steep.MISSION STEEPS – trailer from TimeLine Missions on Vimeo.100-Foot WaveA little winter surfing action, an intense soundtrack, some heavy, heavy, heavy waves, and possibly a new world record. The sea was angry that day, my friends.Nazaré Blow Up from SURFPortugal Mag on Vimeo.Bjorn to RideBack to shredding. Bjorn Leines has been in the game for a long time, and is up there with Nico Muller, T.Rice, and Terje in terms of the best all-around, style-first, conquer-the-mountain, legendary-status-achieved shredders of all time.A FULL YEAR WITH BJORN LEINES from Rome Snowboards on Vimeo.
The analysis raised the question of how large the presence of the RAF would be in the participating countries. The answer is that each country is different; nevertheless, we can emphasize that the majority of the support will be made of mobile training groups through expert exchanges. Each country’s embassy team will discuss both the requirements for the RAF as well as diplomatic scenarios with the ministries of foreign affairs to respect the sovereignty, and obtain the guarantees and protection for the U.S. forces in foreign territory. The 162nd Brigade is tasked with preparing officers and noncommissioned officers, instructing them in areas such as language, culture, economy, socio-political negotiations, use of diplomacy and other subjects that serve as a base for the implementation of the formerly called Region Aligned Brigades (RAB). We hope that the RAF become the force of the future because they have a proactive and cooperative tone in equality of conditions. We continue to analyze different scenarios in which the RAF can efficiently exercise their work once they are properly consolidated. Analyzing their expectations is a continuous task, which is why readers are encouraged to send their comments or innovative thoughts. The 162nd Brigade’s task will be to study them and submit them to our chain of command in order to be considered for possible implementation. The objective of these efforts is the regionalization and transformation of the brigades so they can face global challenges. The final goal of these forces is to be aligned geographically to support the combat posts: North, South, Central, Pacific, European, and the newly formed African Continent Command Post. Furthermore, significant points were made to contemplate interagency, intergovernmental and multinational synergetic joint cooperation to find solutions that go beyond borders. Among the suggested recommendations, the more significant ones were to carry out activities for skill development through training, equipment, constructing infrastructure and supporting all law and order enforcement agencies. There were also proposals that focused on the scourge of narco-terrorism and transnational crime through information sharing, training and intelligence. Additionally, as a result of the exercise, the participation of Region Alligned Forces (RAF), as they were formerly called, in multinational exercises like PANAMAX, United Humanitarian Forces, and Beyond the Horizon came about. The participants based their recommendations on the needs of the Western Hemisphere countries that were represented, U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Strategic Plan 2020, and the mission and vision of the U.S. Army. Another proposal for the hemisphere’s RAF addressed key issues such as those regarding coordination with academic institutions in the field of security. For this purpose, the proposals were aimed at the coordination between WHINSEC, the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies and the Inter-American Defense Board, among other similar organizations in the hemisphere. Other approaches suggest that the coordination with international government and non-government organizations be closely observed. Some examples include the International Red Cross, the Inter-American Human Rights Court, Global Financial Integrity, the Organization of American States, and the United Nations and their programs in the hemisphere. At the same time there were proposals for the RAF to carry out events with military organizations such as the Conference of Central American Armed Forces. In the case of the Western Hemisphere, nobody currently knows what structure the RAF will take being that all the theatres of operation are different. The conditions and challenges in the Western Hemisphere are very different from those in the African, European or Oriental continents. With that end in mind, the RAF for the Western Hemisphere must count on engineering resources that will allow them to participate in humanitarian aid events and construction exercises; rotary-wing aircraft to support natural disaster operations, medical exercises in places with restrictions to land access, resources in the medical field to support medical, dental and ophthalmologic exercises, and intelligence means to cooperate in the areas of drug-trafficking, terrorism and other transnational crimes. It was also recommended that the RAF include experts in civil affairs, logistics, military police, and special operations among their ranks, as well as units dedicated to leadership development in order to reach a multiplying effect, continuity and development at the local, regional and hemispheric level. The workshop analyzed conditions such as poverty, corruption, and unequal distribution of resources, unemployment, and the exclusion of some social classes, impunity, governmental problems and border security. It also studied hemispheric challenges such as transnational organized crime, drug trafficking, natural disasters, violent extremist groups, narco-terrorism, crime, urban gangs and massive migrations. In mid February 2012, the 162nd Brigade of the United States Infantry in Fort Polk, Louisiana, conducted a workshop to discuss the role of Region Aligned Forces (RAF) in the Western Hemisphere. The meeting took place at the School of Professional Military Education from the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC). Colonel Glen R. Huber Jr., commander of WHINSEC, emphasized that all countries in the hemisphere including the United States have in some way, shape or form, the same conditions and challenges. He took the opportunity to urge participants to propose regional solutions to these conditions and challenges. He was also emphatic when requesting that the proposals presented contemplate both the building of capabilities and regional cooperation. To read the first portion of this article, please visit: http://dialogo-americas.com/en_GB/articles/rmisa/features/special_reports/2012/02/08/feature-ex-2871 Forty-eight officers from 12 countries attended the Joint Staff and Command Course. Robert Ward, U.S. Department of State representative at WHINSEC, also attended, as did John Van Doorn, director of the International Relations department at Troy University, and WHINSEC instructors. By Dialogo August 10, 2012 *Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Lopez Santana is a foreign relations officer stationed with the 162nd Brigade in Fort Polk, Louisiana, U.S.A. Lt. Col. Lopez is one of the first three officers in charge of the development of programs and training for the RAF.
McDonough seeks Bar reinstatement Pursuant to Bar Rule 3-7.10, Michael David McDonough has petitioned the Supreme Court of Florida for Bar reinstatement.On December 27, 2004, McDonough received a 91-day suspension with conditions: evaluation by Florida Lawyer’s Assistance, Inc., and LOMAS review prior to reinstatement.Any person having knowledge bearing upon McDonough’s fitness or qualifications to resume the practice of law should contact Alan Anthony Pascal, Bar Counsel, The Florida Bar, 5900 North Andrews Ave., Suite 900, Ft. Lauderdale 33309, telephone (954) 772-2245, ext. 2224. December 1, 2005 Regular News McDonough seeks Bar reinstatement
by: Shazia ManusIn business, ambidexterity refers to leveraging an organization’s existing strengths while also pushing for the discovery of new strengths. This is also known as “exploit and explore.”Just as ambidexterity is rare in humans, it’s an uncommon trait in business. Yet some humans – usually the left-handed among us – have been known to train themselves to be equally adept in the use of both hands. Similarly, credit union leaders can become intentional about organizational ambidexterity; in other words, exploiting their strengths while also exploring future possibilities.To exploit is to master your existing business lines. This is what keeps the lights on. Armed with the experience and the data to properly analyze and forecast, credit union leaders can understand and more easily manage to where their cooperative is headed.To explore, on the other hand, is to enter uncharted waters. Leaders will not always have the data within arm’s reach to confidently take risks; sometimes exploration of the unknown must happen with limited evidence. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A U.S. District Court judge in Sacramento, Calif. sentenced former sports executive Jeffrey R. David to seven years in prison Monday for stealing millions in corporate sponsorship funds, including $9 million from the $12.7 billion Golden 1 Credit Union, to pay for beachfront properties, a private jet membership and credit card bills.His defense attorneys asked Judge William B. Shubb to give David only two years. They argued there was no “actual or intended financial loss” because he invested the stolen funds in properties that were valued at equal to the amount or more than the $13.4 million in sponsorship money from California’s second largest credit union and the Kaiser Permanente Foundation. The funds were supposed to be paid to the Sacramento Kingsfor naming rights and sponsorship deals negotiated by David.In May, the NBA basketball team received $13.2 million from the sale of the properties, while the remaining restitution balance is expected to be paid to the team after a court-ordered criminal forfeiture. continue reading »
Hungary’s private pension funds have assumed more investment risk over the last 12 months, according to the latest figures from the Hungarian National Bank (HNB).The allocation to directly held equities rose markedly over the period, from 11.6% at the end of June 2015 to 15.2% a year later.The second-quarter figures released by the HNB showed the funds’ portfolios had an aggregate market value of HUF223.4bn (€704m) at the end of June this year, up by 1.7% from HUF219.6bn at the end of June 2015.However, there was a slight dip from the end of March 2016 total of HUF225.8bn due to lacklustre investment returns over the second quarter. Specific returns figures, however, are not published.As of the end of June 2016, most of the assets (54.6%) of private pension funds were invested in debt, practically all in government bonds.A further 23.6% was held in investment fund units.Pension fund membership continued to decline, to 58,400 members at the end of June, down by 1% since the end of the second quarter this year, and by 2.5% year on year.Besides the four private pension funds, aggregate figures were published for 42 voluntary pension funds.There are also much smaller amounts invested in 29 health and mutual aid funds.Voluntary pension fund portfolios had an aggregate market value of HUF1,190.7bn as of the end of June 2016, up by 4.1% from HUF1,143.3bn year on year and slightly up on the end of March 2016 figure of HUF1,187.4bn.Most of the voluntary pension funds’ assets (65.3%) were invested in debt, with the vast majority in government bonds.A further 24.2% was held in investment fund units, and 5.1% directly in shares, a slight increase on the previous year.At the end of June, voluntary pension fund membership stood at 1.14m, down by 0.3% since the end of March, and by 1.4% year on year.In other news, Hungary’s Pannónia Pension Fund has completed the acquisition of a 10% stake in MKB Bank, the formerly state-owned bank put up for sale by the central bank earlier this year.The sale was completed in late June.The Hungarian National Bank had previously bought MKB from Bayerische Landesbank in 2014.The total sale price was HUF37bn.The other members of the winning consortium were Luxembourg-based Blue Robin Investments (BRI) and METIS Private Capital Fund, both private equity funds, which each purchased a 45% stake in MKB.Recent press reports, however, suggest BRI has since sold one-third of its holding (a 15% stake) to MKB’s employee stock-ownership programme.
Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday expressed excitement on the ruling of the Appeal Court which authorizes the state to control inland waterways and dredging activities in the region.Previous judgment of the Federal High Court empowered the Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) to regulate transportation and sand dredging in the State.The Appellate Court of Lagos on July 18, 2017, allowed the Appeal of the State Government setting aside the judgment of the lower court.According to Governor Ambode, the judgment comes as a major success in the quest of the State Government to control its resources and enshrine the true spirit of Fiscal Federalism.“The era of uncontrolled dredging is over and this serves as a clear warning that the Lagos State Government will now take firm control over its inland waterways and the adjoining lands including all sand dredging activities. This will further aid our efforts in abating flood in the State,” Governor Ambode said.Earlier in his welcome address, Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello, said that the development confirms that democratic institution is strong and consolidating in the State, urging the new council chiefs “to build vigorously on the landmark achievements of Governor Ambode by ensuring that laudable developmental projects are also felt at the grassroots.”