UVM med school faculty take leading role in journal

first_imgUVM FACULTY TO ASSUME LEADERSHIP ROLES AT PEDIATRICS JOURNALBURLINGTON, Vt. – Three members of the University of Vermont (UVM) College of Medicine department of pediatrics will serve in national editorial leadership roles as part of an upcoming change at Pediatrics, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and preeminent journal in the world in its field.Jerold F. Lucey, M.D., Harry W. Wallace Professor of Neonatology at UVM, and Pediatrics editor-in-chief for the past 34 years, will step down as of January 2009 and become editor-in-chief emeritus. His successor will be Ralph D. Feigin, M.D., professor and chair of the Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Stepping up as the new deputy editor will be Lewis R. First, M.D., professor and chair of pediatrics and senior associate dean for medical education at UVM. In addition, Jeffrey Horbar, M.D., who is the Jerold F. Lucey, M.D. Chair of Neonatal Medicine at UVM, will become one of three new associate editors for the journal.”It has been an honor for the UVM College of Medicine, and for Vermont, to house the editorial office of this prestigious publication, and we are proud to have three of our faculty serving in these leadership roles,” said Frederick C. Morin, M.D., dean of the UVM College of Medicine. “We are particularly grateful to Dr. Lucey for his outstanding service to the journal, to the College, and to our community.”During his tenure at Pediatrics, Lucey has overseen numerous innovations, including the launch of foreign editions and Pediatrics Electronic Pages, which greatly expanded the journal’s scope and impact. A resident of Burlington who joined the UVM faculty in 1956, Lucey established Vermont’s first neonatal unit and pioneered several innovations in premature infant care, including phototherapy to control jaundice and surfactant therapy to treat respiratory distress. He is also founder and president of the Vermont Oxford Network, a cooperative international program that links over 700Neonatal Intensive Care Units around the world, and organizer of the “Hot Topics in Neonatology” conference, which brings more than 1400 of the world’s newborn specialists to Washington, D.C. each year. He was elected a senior member of the Institute of Medicine in 2000. In 2004, he received the Vermont Medical Society’s Distinguished Service Award, and in 2007 received the Alfred I. duPont Award for Excellence in Children’s Health Care in recognition of his significant contributions to improving the quality of health care delivered to children.First will continue as professor and chair of pediatrics and chief of pediatrics of Vermont Children’s Hospital, but as the Pediatrics deputy editor position requires a 30 percent time commitment, he will be stepping down from his position as senior associate dean for medical education at UVM as of January 2009.First joined UVM/Fletcher Allen as chair and physician leader of pediatrics in 1994, and was appointed senior associate dean in February 2003. He led the full implementation of the Vermont Integrated Curriculum starting in fall 2003. A member of the Executive Board of the National Board of Medical Examiners, First has played a significant role in ensuring that national exams measure appropriate levels of knowledge and competence. In 2007, he was the recipient of the National Education Award from the AAP and the Miller-Sarkin National Mentoring Award from the Ambulatory Pediatric Association.”Dr. First has been a good friend, colleague and mentor, as well as a tireless advocate in our community, across the state, in the region, and around the nation,” said Morin. “We are grateful for his willingness to have served the College in so many important ways and look forward to his ongoing involvement with our students, our curriculum and our development of new clerkship sites, even if not in his role as senior associate dean.”A UVM/Fletcher Allen pediatrics faculty member since 1981, Horbar currently serves as online editor of Pediatrics. He is a neonatologist at Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen, a clinical scientist with extensive experience in clinical research and its application to the improvement of neonatal care, and also serves as a senior pediatrician for UVM’s Vermont Child Health Improvement Program and as chief executive and scientific officer for the Vermont Oxford Network.last_img read more

Trump order to prop up coal plants will increase electricity bills in West Virginia

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Charleston Gazette:As West Virginians continue to see their utility bills rise, the regional electric grid serving the state is among those warning that attempts by President Donald Trump’s administration to keep coal and nuclear power plants from closing will lead to higher electricity prices.Trump has ordered the U.S. Department of Energy to stop unprofitable coal and nuclear power plants from closing due to what his administration says are concerns for national security and grid reliability. An internal White House memo outlined a plan to keep the plants alive, Bloomberg News reported. The department would direct grid operators to purchase power or generating capacity “from a designated list of facilities” for two years to put impending closures on pause, according to the report.But the PJM Interconnection, which operates the electric grid serving West Virginia and others, said earlier this month that there “is no immediate threat to system reliability.”That conclusion isn’t anything new. A U.S. Department of Energy report released in August stated that grid “reliability is adequate today despite the retirement of 11 percent of the generating capacity available in 2002, as significant additions from natural gas, wind, and solar have come online since then.”PJM also said a marketplace with limited government interference “has led to historically low prices.”“Any federal intervention in the market to order customers to buy electricity from specific power plants would be damaging to the markets and therefore costly to consumers,” it said.Jacqueline Roberts, director of the state Public Service Commission’s Consumer Advocate Division, said “someone has to pay for the subsidies, and that includes [West Virginia] ratepayers.”There are still plenty of questions industry players have for the White House. Roberts said that “no one knows the subsidy mechanism yet” that will be pursued. Cathy Kunkel, a Charleston resident and analyst for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, agreed, saying “the devil is in the details” on how the plants will be kept alive.“I’m not sure how you would effectively design a program like this,” Kunkel said. “Would there be a set price floor for coal-fired power plants? Would [grid operators] be buying a certain amount of their generation?”West Virginia is home to 10 active coal-fired power plants, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, and coal-fired plants accounted for 94 percent of the state’s net electricity generation in 2016. But coal-fired power plants are shutting down across the country as natural gas and renewable energy sources increase their share of the marketplace.Trump order could prop up WV coal plants, but many warn of consumer cost Trump order to prop up coal plants will increase electricity bills in West Virginialast_img read more

Trail Mix | Thomas Cassell

first_imgJust the other morning, I was cranking out some bike trainer time while watching a couple episodes of The Office.One of the episodes was the season four premier. Fans of the show might remember this as the episode where former temp Ryan Howard is hired for a big corporate gig and, while sitting in his Manhattan office, muses on those describing him as a wunderkind.Wunderkind. Someone who achieves an extraordinary level of success at a relatively young age.That term was fresh on my mind as I was considering Thomas Cassell, a phenom of a mandolin player who lives about five minutes from me in Norton, the smallest city in the state of Virginia.I have been keeping up with Cassell’s musical career during recent months, noting where he has been playing and watching videos here on the web that prove what a prodigious player he has become. To say the least, he struck me as quite impressive.That talent was validated on a national level late last month, when Cassell traveled from our Southwest Virginia mountains to Colorado and snagged top honors in the mandolin contest at Rockygrass.So. Thomas Cassell. The wunderkind. Absolutely. But not for long. This recent high school graduate is poised to make a big mark on the bluegrass world.I recently caught up with Thomas to chat about winning the Rockygrass competition, the new mandolin that came as the prize, and what the future holds.BRO – Describe that moment just before you heard your name announced as the winner at Rockygrass.TC – I was already at peace with any possible outcome, mainly because I had already had such a great time at Rockygrass, which is an amazing festival. Hearing my name called was pretty cool, though, as was playing on the main stage – the same stage where I had just watched some of my heroes play – in the finals.BRO – You graduated from high school in the spring. Where do you go from here?TC – I graduated with 65 college credits under my belt, thanks to my high school, so I am lucky to be starting college in the fall as a junior. I’m going to East Tennessee State University for a degree in bluegrass, old time, and country music. They have an amazing program there, and I feel like putting myself in the middle of it all will be very beneficial to my progress as a musician.BRO – When you want to push yourself as a player, what mandolin players to you listen to?TC – Pushing myself is something that I constantly have trouble with, so I’m always trying to figure out new ways to do it. Of course, listening to some of my mandolin heroes – Sam Bush, David Grisman, Chris Thile, Mike Marshall – always puts me in the right place, but I try not to narrow it down to just that. Listening to other musicians playing other instruments, both in and out of the bluegrass genre, can be really inspiring. A few insiders that come to mind are Bryan Sutton, John Hartford, Doc Watson, Tony Rice, and David Grier. Some folks that don’t play this type of music, but still inspire me, are Randy Newman, Julian Lage, Duke Ellington, and Tom Waits. I could go on and on.BRO – We are featuring “Chief Benge’s Saddle,” a stunning instrumental, on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?TC – This has always been one of my favorite original tunes. For those that don’t know, Chief Benge’s Saddle is a place on High Knob, above Norton, Virginia, that has a lot of history and tales behind it. The saddle is on the side of a rock that hangs over a one hundred foot or more drop off, but the story goes that the height never stopped Chief Benge from crossing it. I sure have no desire to try! This tune didn’t have a name for a while, but this place came to mind one day and I saw that it was a perfect story to compliment the melody, and vice versa.BRO – That’s a mighty pretty mandolin you brought home from Colorado. What will you take for it?TC – Hah! I do really like this mandolin. Sam Bush has always been my favorite artist, since I was little even. It meant a lot to get one of his signature mandolins and to have him sign the back of it and show me what makes it his. It’s a really great axe, and it was extremely nice of Gibson to provide it to the festival for the contest prize. I’m very grateful to have come home with it.Being involved in a couple different projects keeps Thomas Cassell pretty busy during these dog days of summer. Between now and the middle of September, his two bands – Fox Run and The Thomas Cassell Project – have gigs lined up across Southwest Virginia. You can catch them in Wise, Norton, Abingdon, and Bristol, among other places.Be sure to listen to “Chief Benge’s Saddle” on this month’s Trail Mix.Photo by Jason Wamsley.last_img read more

Oisin Murphy confirmed as champion jockey once more | Racing News

first_imgHowever, the Jim Goldie-trained eight-year-old could manage only sixth place, forcing Buick to admit defeat in his gallant pursuit of a first jockeys’ championship. Oisin Murphy will officially be crowned Britain’s champion Flat jockey for a second time at Doncaster on Saturday after William Buick’s faint hopes of lifting the crown ended at Newcastle on Friday evening.Reigning champion Murphy signed off for the season with a double at Southwell on Tuesday to take his tally for the campaign to 142, after which he headed for Kentucky to ride The Lir Jet and Kameko at the Breeders’ Cup.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Buick closed the gap to nine with a winner at Kempton on Wednesday and a double at the same venue on Thursday – but his championship ambitions were dealt a major blow after Thursday’s card was abandoned after three races due to fog, meaning Buick missed four rides.With seven booked rides on the final afternoon at Doncaster on Saturday, Buick needed to steer home at least two winners from four mounts at Newcastle to keep the title race alive.After finishing fourth aboard Mustarrid in the first race and second on Frow in division one of the seven-furlong handicap, Buick was relying on Strong Steps to win division two to make a title win mathematically possible.- Advertisement –last_img read more

FIFA: Ibrahimovic stunner ineligible to be goal of the year

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic scored his astonishing overhead kick goal against England hours too late to be named best goal in 2012 in a FIFA contest.FIFA said Thursday that Ibrahimovic’s fourth goal in Sweden’s 4-2 victory came after voting opened at 1400 GMT Wednesday for its 10 approved candidates for the Puskas Award.“Given that a number of votes have already been cast for this year’s award, the select committee for the Puskas Award may not, at this stage, include an additional nominee,” FIFA said in a statement.FIFA said the goal can be considered by its selection panel of experts as a candidate for the 2013 Puskas Award.The 2012 award, named after Hungarian great Ferenc Puskas, will be announced Jan. 7 at the Ballon d’Or gala in Zurich.Lionel Messi, Neymar and Rademal Falcao are among the contenders being voted for by visitors to fifa.com. Ibrahimovic’s instinctive 30-yard (meter) strike was lavished with praise by Swedish and English media.He reacted after England goalkeeper Joe Hart weakly headed the ball clear outside the penalty area. Facing away from the goal, Ibrahimovic leaped high and twisted to launch a looping shot which bounced into the unguarded net.Ibrahimovic ripped off his shirt in celebration and ran to the halfway line to be greeted by teammates mostly laughing with surprise at what they witnessed.The stoppage-time spectacle was a fitting end to the first international match at the new Friends Arena in Stockhom.“From now it’s called Zlatan Arena,” wrote sports columnist Mats Olsson in the Swedish daily Expressen. Ibrahimovic said it was “probably the goal I enjoyed the most” of those he scored for the national team.“I’ve played a lot of good games. I’ve scored many nice goals,” he said. “But the important thing was to win in the new arena, which I’ve said earlier, it feels like a Coliseum.”last_img read more