Wilmington church holds safety seminar with WPD

first_img Ebenezer Missionary is taking the initiative to keep their parish a safe place, in response to violence towards other organizations.“Even though you think you may be safe, it’s not always the safest place to be,” said Eubanks.Members of Ebenezer Missionary took part in a security seminar with the Wilmington Police Department. They learned how they can make their congregation a safe place for the community.Related Article: Leland man charged in shooting outside sports bar on Carolina Beach Road“So we thought it would be proactive to see what we can do to protect ourselves. now we think god will protect us, but we have a responsibility also to do what we can do,” said Deacon Alex Sloan.Sloan says that they also need to watch over their church. In response to violence at other churches in the area, Sloan says awareness is key.“We like to think when we come to church, we’re safe. But we see now, that that’s not necessarily the case. so we just have to be aware,” said Sloan.They talked about simple things like locking doors and keeping valuables safe, but most importantly, members want everyone to be aware.“There are ways that we can keep each other safe – protect each other leaving the building and knowing how to act in certain situations,” said Eubanks.Their main priority is watching over each and every person in the church community. Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church partnered with WPD to hold a safety seminar for its members. (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church partnered with the Wilmington Police Department to hold a safety seminar for members.“I think that church is one of the safest places that you should be in. however, it’s not anymore,” said Teresa Eubanks, who has been coming to Ebenezer Missionary for 11 years.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Historic Wilmington Foundation announces list of Most Threatened Places

first_img The list includes Pender County Courthouse, the Reaves Chapel and the Alton Lennon Federal courthouse, among others.Beth Rutledge with the foundation says they look to see what sites are the most vulnerable.“I try to mention whenever I’m talking about historic preservation that it is about so much more than architecture,” Rutledge said. “It’s about a sense of place. It’s about community. All of these places tie us to where we live.”Related Article: Historic Wilmington bungalow to become seafood restaurantRutledge says historic buildings are more than economic development opportunities. She says they are a big part of our culture. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Historic Wilmington Foundation announced the 12 new sites around the Cape Fear on the list of “Most Threatened Places” for 2019 and 2020.The foundation announced the list Wednesday at Wilmington City Hall.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Should Malta introduce a landfill tax to deal with waste

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> A new EU report on Malta’s environmental management calls for the introduction of a new landfill tax.As one of the proposals put forward by the EU Environmental Implementation Review 2019, states that as part of addressing serious problems with Malta’s waste management would be to introduce a landfill tax.The report by the European Commission states that this would gradually be increased in order to divert recyclable waste away from landfill.The measure is part of addressing Malta’s poor performance in meeting EU targets on waste disposal and recycling.Findings show that Malta’s recycling rate sits at 6%, considerably lower than the EU average of 46% and the 50% target aimed for in 2020 recycling targets.Landfilling rates are also regarded as being over three times greater than the EU average, 86% and 24% respectively.The EU states that this form of waste disposal is not conducive with the EU targets and will only create more pressure for the country given its size.At this current time, EU targets for waste recycling have been gradually from 500kgs per capita from 2010 to around 480kgs per capita in 2017. Maltese figures show that the amount of kilogrammes of waste per capita has consistently remained over 100kgs above the EU average.This is also seen in the amount of municipal waste recycling which represents a clear 30 or more percentage points above the EU average across the 2010 – 2017 period. Whereas Malta has managed between 5 and 10% across the period, the EU average has grown gradually from 38% to 47%.The report also recognises that new infrastructure will be introduced via a new waste facility at Maghtab which will be started in 2019 and expected to be completed by 2023.In addition to this recommendation, the report also calls for the improve collections of municipal waste ensuring higher capture rates of recyclable waste.The report also calls for the improvement of the coordination and implementation of municipal separate collections and the effectiveness of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR).WhatsApplast_img read more

Uganda Telecom embarks on business turnaround amid reports of possible takeover

first_imgAdvertisement UTL’s Business Solutions Unit in KampalaUganda’s telecoms sector has been some sort of content factory over the last few weeks, with reports and denials of mergers, lawsuits, as well as confirmation of one major takeover.With Bharti Airtel last week confirming acquisition of Warid Telecom, the market conditions and chances of survival of the “smaller” players have been the subject of intense debate. Reports yesterday suggested that MTN Uganda may be considering “local acquisitions”, the target being generally believed to be Uganda Telecom.For their part, Uganda Telecom have now “embarked on a Business Transformation and Turnaround Strategy” to affirm their “position as Uganda’s largest fixed line network and only indigenous telecommunications company”, according to a press statement released earlier this week. – Advertisement – The firm has struggled to streamline operations since the UN, in 2011, under resolution 1973 froze Libya’s global assets – including Uganda Telecom – as it sought to cut financing to the Libyan regime that was determined to suppress a civil uprising challenging then president Gaddafi’s 40-year hold on power.The sanction crippled the operations of a number of investments suffocating channels of funding to run such company’s operations.But mid last year, majority shareholder, LAN GreenN appointed David Holliday as the firm’s new Managing Director to help implement LAP GreenN’s turnaround of UTL.Since the appointment of Mr. Holliday UTL has already seen an improvement in business performance including a significant reversal of the previous 3-year EBITDA decline as well as the introduction of international standards across the organisation.  The second half of 2012 saw a significant improvement in performance with H2 revenues and EBITDA up by 9% and 46% respectively compared to H1.  The improved financial performance of the company was a result of increasing subscriber numbers by 17% from 31st June to 31st December 2012 and improving the cost base towards levels in line with international best practice, leading to a 54% EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization) improvement compared to FY2011.“The turnaround strategy has involved benchmarking the company against international standards of ethics, corporate governance and accounting, and enhancing operational efficiency,” said David Holliday in the press statement.“We have embarked upon a multitude of changes to the way that UTL operates. We are investing in new equipment and automation which, combined with new processes, will create improved efficiency in the network countrywide. We will also be rolling out new products in the fixed line, mobile and internet lines of the business in coming weeks,” he added.The part of the turnaround strategy that focuses on the fixed-line side of the business includes an upgrade to UTL’s ISP and ADSL services, delivering much faster internet speeds into homes and office premises countrywide to meet rising demand.“A major part of our business transformation has been to forge a new department focusing on our fixed line business to deliver voice and data throughout the 64 telephone exchanges that UTL covers nationwide, and we believe that all our customers will soon be proclaiming a major difference in their experience with Uganda Telecom,” Holliday said.Another part of the turnaround strategy focusses on Mobile network enhancements and a state-of-the-art mobile money platform.Other areas of focus include greater accessibility for customers to UTL with the installation of a brand new Ushs675 million customer service system which will serve UTL’s customers in five languages.“This is an investment in improving the customer experience and interaction with Uganda Telecom. As Uganda’s only indigenous telecommunications network we have a duty to reach as many Ugandans as possible across the country in the languages they are comfortable with.”Part of the turnaround plans involves a restructuring of the company to create more efficiency through better work practices and automation.  This has resulted in a reduction in the staff numbers required.“[Part of the transformation] has meant changes in UTL which on the one hand has led to a reduction of job functions and positions, which was unveiled to those staff who it has affected today.”“These changes need to be seen in context, for example in the last 4 months we have added 400 more ‘blue-warrior’ direct sales-agents and four new regional distributors appointed in the last month will create hundreds more direct and indirect jobs across Uganda and of course over time we expect to see the improvements filtering through to all our customers and stakeholders.”“We are going to focus on making a Ugandan company truly world class in effectiveness and efficiency, and the benefits will be felt by our customers and shareholders alike” Holliday added.last_img read more

Nokia and Vodafone Trial CloudBased RAN Architecture

first_imgAdvertisement Nokia and Vodafone have trialed the use of cloud-based radio access technology for macro networks to evaluate how it will enable a smooth transition from 4G to 5G and meet the connectivity demands expected from the next-generation wireless platform together with the Internet of Things.Nokia Cloud RAN architecture enables operators to use their radio assets more efficiently to meet future connectivity needs, with the Nokia AirScale Cloud RAN platform running on the AirFrame NFV infrastructure and splitting baseband processing functionality between real-time and non real-time functions.As a result, time-critical functions can be performed closer to end users at the edge of the network, while serving a wider area with Ethernet-based front-haul providing connectivity to the virtualized functions. Non-time-critical functions are centralized and virtualized in an NFV infrastructure platform located at the edge of the radio access network, offering a view across the network and allowing radio capacity to be scaled when and where it is required.[related-posts] – Advertisement – The trial, which took place at Vodafone’s testing facility in Italy, used the Nokia Cloud RAN platform to evaluate the performance of centralized 5G-ready architecture, measuring peak data rates as well as download and upload speeds in a range of scenarios on the macro network, containing high power macro cellular base stations.As a result, the trial found that the Nokia Cloud RAN achieved all of Vodafone’s key performance criteria for throughput, capacity and resiliency, demonstrating that a cloud-based RAN architecture can provide the same level of high-quality service provided by a conventional LTE network, but with the added scalability, flexibility and efficiency delivered by cloud technology.Nokia and Vodafone will continue to collaborate on this project with the aim of deploying the technology commercially.last_img read more

How To Apply For The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

first_imgBrian Gitta, software engineer and co-founder of Matibabu won the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation in 2018 becoming the first Ugandan to win the prestigious Africa Prize, and the youngest winner to date. File Photo Advertisement After the closing the 5th annual Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation challenge in Kampala, capital of Uganda that saw Neo Hutiri from South Africa emerge as the overall winner — the Royal Academy of Engineering are now calling for application for their 6th annual challenge.Applicants are to submit their proposals not later than July 22nd, 2019 at 4p.m BST (6p.m East African Time).The submission will checked for eligibility, reviewed technical experts and the judging panel will shortlist only 16 applicants. – Advertisement – The applicants will go through eight month bootcamp — where they will be trained and mentored. They will then pitch to a panel of judges who will select four finalists for the grand ceremony. The bootcamp will run from Nov. 2019 to June 2020.Following the assessment of the finalists at the award ceremony, the overall winner will receive 25,000 Pounds, and the runner-up will receive 10,000 Pounds each.The remaining shortlisted applicants will also be invited at the award ceremony where they get a chance to display their innovations at an exhibition.How to apply for the challengeNOTE: Only sub Saharan African countries are eligible to participate.All applications are submitted via the online grants system. Applicants are to first register for a free account in order to submit their applications.After logging in to the online Grant System please select Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation 2019/20.From the ‘Instructions’ screen you will see an application form with six sections to fill up which might take approximately 1 and half hours to complete. (You can answer the questions in any order so you may skip sections and return to them later if you wish)At any stage in the application process you can save your work and return to it later. The system will automatically save when you change.Eligibility CriteriaApplicants must be individuals or small teams.Individual applicants must be citizens of a country in sub Saharan Africa as we mentioned before and the innovation must be based in a country in sub Saharan Africa.For teams of two or more, the lead applicant must be a citizen of a country in sub Saharan Africa.Applicants must have an engineering innovation, though are not required to be an engineering graduate or student.Applicants must provide a letter of support from a university or research institution. This can be as simple as stating an individual studied at that institution. If applicants are not affiliated with a university, another document proving the status of your organisation or innovation, such as a document of incorporation or similar, can be usedThe lead applicant must be over the age of 18 There is no upper age limit.Industrial researchers and establishments are not eligible.The applicant’s innovation can be any new product, technology or service, based on research in engineering defined in its broadest sense to encompass a wide range of fields.The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation encourages ambitious and talented sub Saharan African engineers. For them to apply their skills to develop scalable solutions to local challenges, highlighting the importance of engineering as an enabler of improved quality of life and economic development.It’s aim is to is to stimulate, celebrate and reward innovation and entrepreneurship in sub Saharan Africa.last_img read more

Chelsea v Man U

first_imgAs part of a new daily feature on starsports.co.uk we will tee-up the main event of the day – whatever the sport.A little bit of gossip, a few stats and some general ramblings guaranteed.Once you’ve made up your mind – give Star Sports a call on 08000 521 321.STAR EVENT: Chelsea v Man U COMPETITION: FA Cup (Quarter Final Replay) TIME: 12.30pm TV: ITVIt was Eliza Doolitte in My Fair Lady who complained about ‘words’. Well substitute ‘words’ for ‘goals’ and it sums up the Chelsea v Man U fixture perfectly.Goals! Goals! I’m so sick of goals! I get goals all day through; First from him, now from you! Is that all you blighters can do?You see this fixture over the years brings goals galore. Just look back at the last 13 head to head records – 50, I repeat 50 goals over the 13 games – average of 3.8 per game and only twice failing to hit the 2.5 level.Think it’s going to be low scoring today…… APRIL FOOL. It’s hard to see anything but another goalfest.But first, those stats…..10 Mar 2013 FA Cup Man Utd 2 – 2 Chelsea31 Oct 2012 Capital One Cup Chelsea 5 – 4 Man Utd28 Oct 2012 Premier Chelsea 2 – 3 Man Utd5 Feb 2012 Premier Chelsea 3 – 3 Man Utd18 Sep 2011 Premier Man Utd 3 – 1 Chelsea8 May 2011 Premier League Man Utd 2 – 1 Chelsea12 Apr 2011 Champions League Man Utd 2 – 1 Chelsea6 Apr 2011 Champions League Chelsea 0 – 1 Man Utd1 Mar 2011 Premier League Chelsea 2 – 1 Man Utd8 Aug 2010 Community Shield Chelsea 1 – 3 Man Utd3 Apr 2010 Premier League Man Utd 1 – 2 Chelsea8 Nov 2009 Premier League Chelsea 1 – 0 Man Utd9 Aug 2009 Community Shield Chelsea 2 – 2 Man UtdThere’s a lot at stake – but interestingly not in a cagey Champions League first leg type way. Both teams can afford to, and are likely to throw caution to the wind and go for it. So counter attack opportunities will open up and the Star Sports odds compilers will be busy in play.Man U have the Premier League sealed so can play relaxed football. Chelsea are the current holders and how dearly ‘interim’ Benitez would like to leave the Bridge with an FA Cup win to his name.STAR FORECASTOver 2.5 goals, oh yesBoth teams to score. indeed.last_img read more


first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hatever happens tonight, England will be on the plane back from Brazil so all that remains to be seen is if they go out with a blaze of glory or with a whimper?For me, England have been a complete enigma. There was so much promise in the first game against Italy, despite the defeat, when they played with a very positive attitude but they looked to have slipped back to their old ways against Uruguay when it finished England 1 Suarez 2.The final games in Group D take place simultaneously at 5pm today and there’s much more at stake in the Italy v Uruguay match in terms of who progresses to the knock out stages.England are hot favourites (and being backed) to beat Costa Rica at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte which at face value seems strange.Is it is a case of Costa Rica continuing to be under-estimated?They were the original outsiders in Group D but won both their games against Italy and Uruguay. True, they may ease off a little tonight, safe in the knowledge that the hard work is done, but equally they still need a point to guarantee winning the Group which is always an advantage to take into the knock-out phase.There are widespread changes to the England team, so many so that I wouldn’t be surprised to see Roy Hodgson himself in the starting 11.The latest news is that there will be nine changes including Wayne Rooney being overlooked and Ben Foster replacing Joe Hart in goal.James Milner, Frank Lampard, Ross Barkley, Jack Wilshere and Adam Lallana are brought into midfield.It’s the first ever clash between Costa Rica and England and I could easily see this finishing as a draw.RECOMMENDED BET (scale of 1-50 points)5 points DRAW at around 3/1 with Star SportsWORLD CUP RETURNS SO FAR: PROFIT 16.21 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

Halas Koushanfar land coveted MURI grants

first_imgShareDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduHalas, Koushanfar land coveted MURI grantsHalas’ Laboratory for Nanophotonics wins 4th MURI since 1999HOUSTON — (May 13, 2014) — Scientists from five Rice University research groups, including four from Rice’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP), are embarking on new nanotechnology research programs related to green chemistry, energy sustainability and computer security, thanks to two new multimillion-dollar grants from the Department of Defense’s Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI).Naomi HalasNaomi Halas, director of LANP, is the principal investigator on a five-year, $7.5 million MURI from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research that aims to shed light on plasmon-based photochemical and photophysical processes. The project includes funding for Rice co-principal investigators Peter Nordlander, Stephan Link and Junrong Zheng and is the fourth MURI award for LANP since 1999.Farinaz Koushanfar, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of Rice’s Adaptive Computing and Embedded Systems (ACES) Laboratory, is co-PI on another MURI from the Air Force that will analyze and upgrade security protections for nanoscale computer hardware. The project will provide more than $1 million for Rice research over the next five years.The MURI program supports research conducted by teams of investigators that intersect more than one traditional science and engineering discipline. More than 360 teams applied for the 24 new MURIs awarded by the Pentagon last month.Farinaz KoushanfarHalas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a professor of biomedical engineering, chemistry, physics and astronomy at Rice, said LANP’s new MURI will follow up on two breakthrough discoveries.“Within the past 18 months, we have found that plasmonic nanoparticles can be used two distinct ways — to induce chemical reactions through a process called photocatalysis and to convert sunlight directly into steam with extraordinary efficiency,” Halas said. “The Air Force has asked us to explore the underlying physics of each of these processes so we can better understand how to use them for specific applications.”Plasmons are waves of electronic energy that slosh back and forth across the surface of tiny metallic nanoparticles. Plasmons are created when light strikes the nanoparticle, but only a specific wavelength of light will induce a plasmonic wave, and the plasmon-inducing wavelength varies for each particle, depending upon its shape, size and chemical composition. LANP nanoscientists specialize in creating plasmonic nanoparticles that are tuned to interact with particular wavelengths of light.Peter NordlanderIn their work on solar steam, LANP scientists have created nanoparticles that convert a wide spectrum of sunlight into heat that efficiently vaporizes water. The resulting energy-rich steam can be used for water remediation, sterilization, distillation, electric power generation and other applications.In their photocatalysis research, LANP researchers showed that their light-harvesting nanoparticles can catalyze chemical reactions. The finding is important because a majority of commercial chemical processes use catalysts — materials whose very presence spurs useful chemical reactions that would otherwise occur very slowly or not at all.In May 2011, Halas, Nordlander and LANP colleagues showed they could couple light-harvesting nanoparticles to semiconductors in a way that plasmonic energy could be transferred from the metal to the semiconductor. Working in collaboration with MURI co-PI Emily Carter of Princeton University, they showed in late 2012 that this electronic process could be used to drive a catalytic process that broke strong chemical bonds.Stephan Link“If you can break bonds, you can induce chemical reactions,” said Nordlander, professor of physics and astronomy. “So that discovery showed the world that this is a process that can be generally exploited. Potentially, there are many uses, but we need to better understand the underlying physics and the chemistry. For example, we don’t know the ideal size for the particles and the best way to optimize them with respect to the substrate.”Nordlander said Link, associate professor of chemistry and of electrical and computer engineering, and Zheng, assistant professor of chemistry, will work on both the photocatalysis and photothermal MURI research tracks. Link’s group will examine the charge and energy transfer that take place between plasmons and molecules, and Zheng’s group will use spectroscopy to measure the processes in real time.Additional co-PIs include Princeton’s Carter; Louis Brus, Columbia University; Renee Frontiera, University of Minnesota; and Christoph Lienau, University of Oldenburg, Germany.Junrong Zheng“This is a complex problem, and we’ve assembled a ‘dream team’ to study it,” Halas said. “The PIs have all worked together before in smaller groups, but this will be the first time that all of us come together to address a common problem. It’s exciting, because each principle investigator brings something unique to the team.”Koushanfar is one of 10 investigators on a new MURI based at the University of Connecticut (UConn) that also includes co-PIs from the University of Maryland. The team hopes to develop a universal security theory for next-generation nanoscale computing devices that are based on technologies like memristors, nanowires and graphene.The research has three aims: to predict the security properties and vulnerabilities of upcoming  computer hardware, to evaluate how existing hardware security approaches might be incorporated into next-generation hardware and to create design methodologies that incorporate hardware security in the design phase.“Security has mostly been an afterthought for building computing devices,” Koushanfar said. “In conventional integrated circuit technology, once a design is realized and deployed, integrating security is difficult. We are truly excited to have the opportunity to investigate the security properties and vulnerabilities of next-generation nanodevices. We believe this work will lead to a paradigm shift incorporating security fully into the design and development of future generations of nanoscale computing hardware.”She said each researcher working on the MURI has unique capabilities in security analysis, nanoelectronics, counterfeit device detection, cryptography and cyberattack countermeasures.Koushanfar’s ACES Lab will focus on the development of innovative nanoscale low-power, high-performance processors and advanced security features like “unclonable” functionality and next-generation random-number generators. Rice researchers will also conduct security system analysis and explore cyberattack countermeasures.The Department of Defense’s MURI program began 25 years ago and has spurred advances in precision navigation and targeting, atomic and molecular self-assembly projects and the computing field known as spintronics.-30-High-resolution IMAGES are available for download at:http://news.rice.edu/files/2013/04/HALAS11.jpgCAPTION: Naomi HalasCREDIT: Rice Universityhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2014/05/0512_MURI-Koushanfar-lg.jpgCAPTION: Farinaz KoushanfarCREDIT: Rice Universityhttp://news.rice.edu/files/2013/10/1010-NORDLANDER-mug-lg.jpgCAPTION: Peter NordlanderCREDIT: Rice UniversityThe list of projects selected for fiscal 2014 funding may be found at:http://www.defense.gov/pubs/FY14-MURITeamsRecommended.pdfThis release can be found online at news-network.rice.edu/news.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,920 undergraduates and 2,567 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6.3-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 2 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go here. AddThislast_img read more

GrandeAllen named to lead Rice IBB

first_imgFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Rice Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering: http://ibb.rice.edu/Integrative Matrix Mechanics Lab (Grande-Allen lab): http://grandegroup.blogs.rice.edu/Image for download: ShareEditor’s note: A link to an image for download appears at the end of this release.Jeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduGrande-Allen named to lead Rice IBBBioengineer plans to bolster institute’s research, education components HOUSTON – (June 16, 2016) – Rice University bioengineer Jane Grande-Allen has been named director of the Rice Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering, effective July 1. The institute promotes cross-disciplinary research and education encompassing biology, chemistry and engineering.Grande-Allen takes over for Rebecca Richards-Kortum, who remains the Malcolm Gillis University Professor, a professor of bioengineering, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Rice 360˚ Institute for Global Health.“I am delighted to have Jane Grande-Allen as the new director of IBB,” said Yousif Shamoo, Rice’s vice provost for research, who announced the appointment. “Jane is a tremendous leader with exceptional vision and a knack for getting things done. I’d also like to thank Rebecca for her two years of distinguished service as director of the institute.”Grande-Allen is the Isabel C. Cameron Professor of Bioengineering at Rice. Her Integrative Matrix Mechanics Lab at Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative specializes in studying the composition and behavior of biological tissues with a particular interest in heart valves. Her new duties will provide a way to bring together researchers from Rice and other Texas Medical Center (TMC) institutions as well as enhance research and educational opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and high school students. Strengthening TMC relations and the biosciences is one of Rice’s strategic initiatives for the university’s second century.Shamoo noted that Grande-Allen’s time in Rice’s Faculty Senate and as a former faculty adviser to President David Leebron gives her a wealth of experience in campuswide engagement. “Since the next century will be largely defined by advances in bio-related therapies, materials, manufacturing and innovation, IBB is poised to play an increasingly important role as the center for life sciences faculty and students across campus,” he said. “With Jane as the new director, IBB will expand to engage across campus to grow our research, training and outreach activities.”“IBB has put a lot of focus on education, research and commercialization over the years,” Grande-Allen said of the institute that was formed in 1986. “I think the education components have been wildly successful with multiple endeavors. In particular, our high school programs have come along very nicely.” Those include the IBB Summer Academy and Girls STEM Initiative.Grande-Allen hopes to increase summer support for Rice undergraduates, especially more fellowships. “I’d love to see the development of an Amgen Scholars-like program (for hands-on research experience) here,” she said.She also intends to pursue more programs like the National Institutes of Health-funded MDACC/Rice Fellowship in Translational Cancer Nanotechnology that provides graduate students with an intensive two-year research experience and training in collaboration with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.Grande-Allen noted IBB’s annual Hamill Innovation Awards, which supply seed money for new collaborative research projects led by Rice faculty members, fund only about 25 percent of the proposals submitted, and she would like to see more benefits for those who do not obtain a grant.“I’m thinking about new ways to spur people to push those applications forward even if they didn’t get Hamill funding,” she said. “Sometimes the majority of the work is getting people to say, ‘Here’s an idea,’ and to put it down on paper. But another important component is getting feedback on those ideas. I want to set up a mechanism to get feedback to those people and see if we can help them submit their proposals to an external program. That would be an excellent return on investment.”Along with improvements to the institute’s communications efforts and more scientific symposia, Grande-Allen said she hopes to build a stronger community of collaborators around IBB’s leadership.Grande-Allen joined the Rice faculty in 2003. She has a B.A. in mathematics and biology from Transylvania University and a Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of Washington.-30- http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/06/0620_IBB-1a-web-1fkajgw.jpgJane Grande-Allen (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.center_img AddThislast_img read more