Warrior-Scholar Project aims to help veterans make academic progress

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Warrior-Scholar Project | Jesse RamirezThe Warrior-Scholar Project returns for its third year at USC to provide a week-long academic training and guidance for veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Dubbed a “boot camp” by the Los Angeles Times, the program is intense, filled with rigorous lectures and discussions. When asked what sets the Warrior-Scholar Project apart from other veterans’ programs, Amy Page, the program’s curriculum manager at USC, had a straightforward response.“We actually do what we say we’re going to do,” Page said. The Warrior-Scholar Project aims to facilitate a smooth transition from military life to collegiate life for veterans, integrating them into a regular school environment. The USC chapter currently has 20 students,  ranging in age from early 20s to late 50s. Regardless of age, the program aims to help participants become more well-informed and confident intellectuals in the field of academics.Although the Warrior-Scholar Project is only one week long, its veterans become immersed in their fields of study. According to Page, their academic lectures are open-ended, encouraging discussion among the students. The lecture topics are centered on democracy and its manifestations in the United States in recent years. While discussing various political, economic and social issues, the students spoke about their observations and perspectives of society.“In the military, we’re molded to act one way,” said Jonathan Anda, a five-year veteran participant of the program. “Now, though, we need to know how to put things in perspective.” Before the program, Anda said he had a mindset geared only toward following orders, working to maximize conciseness and efficiency. Now, he feels more creative and open-minded. Almost every individual involved in facilitating or managing the Warrior-Scholar Project has either served in the military or is a family member of someone who has. Because of this, the students feel that the instructors are especially helpful. “The best way to describe this program is that it’s truly for the veterans by the veterans,” said Angel Arambula, a four-year veteran participant. Alumni of the program also drop by the week-long session and help to instill confidence in the current generation of students. Matt Maclaine is a five-year veteran and an alumni ambassador to the Warrior-Scholar Project. He attended the program as a student in 2013 at Yale’s campus and is currently an aerospace engineering student at UC Irvine. Now, he returns as a mentor for his fellow servicemen and women.Maclaine emphasized that the program benefited him greatly. “Skills like analytical writing have really set us up for success,” Maclaine said. “All veterans need to hear about this program.”last_img read more

SA, Kazakhstan to strengthen ties

first_img8 October 2013 South Africa and Kazakhstan will be looking to strengthen their ties when Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim hosts Kazakhstan’s deputy foreign minister, Kairat Sarybay, in Pretoria on Thursday. Sarybay will be in South Africa on a one-day working visit, during which he will co-chair the 3rd round of inter-governmental consultations between the two countries Top of the agenda, according to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, will be a review of progress on draft agreements to be signed during the planned state visit of the president of Kazakhstan in December. South Africa and Kazakhstan’s interests overlap in areas including trade, the production and collaborative marketing of strategic minerals, technology exchanges, machine production, as well as oil procurement for South Africa. Total trade between South Africa and Kazakhstan has been fluctuating, but has remained in South Africa’s favour since 2009. It increased from R44-million in 2009 to R137-million in 2010, dropped to R88-million in 2011 and increased to R90-million in 2012. Exports increased from R42-million in 2009 to R101-million in 2010 compared to imports of R2-million in 2009 and R36-million in 2010. In September 2009, South Africa’s second micro-satellite, SumbandilaSat, was launched from Kazakhstan. Before a blast of solar radiation put it out of commission by damaging its on-board computer in July 2011, SumbandilaSat delivered over 1 000 very usable, cloud-free images, and became well-known by the amateur radio satellite society worldwide for the excellent results from its amateur radio payload. Denel Spaceteq, the newly launched space engineering unit of aerospace and defence manufacturer Denel, has started the initial work on South Africa’s third low-orbit satellite, a multispectral, high-resolution earth observation satellite called EO-Sat1. SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Why Guardian US is supporting Mexico, North America’s team, at the World Cup

first_imgUS sports Share on WhatsApp Mexico: North America’s team Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Mexico World Cup Share on Pinterestcenter_img Share on Twitter World Cup 2018 Here at Guardian US we have decided to back Mexico. El Tri have already made the US a second home: just over half of their international matches since 2007 have been played in the US, across 22 metropolitan areas. Then there’s the shared football history between the two countries, from thrilling World Cup qualifiers to Mexicans who have lit up Major League Soccer and Americans who have made the journey to star in Liga MX. And, of course, Mexico and the US, along with Canada, will co-host the 2026 World Cup.And then there’s the political climate we are living in. As presidential policy creates rifts between the US and Mexico now is an excellent time, to use an old cliche, for sport to bring the countries closer together.In the next few weeks, we’ll have a reporter at each of Mexico’s games, starting from their opener against the reigning champions Germany on Sunday. We’ll also liveblog every El Tri game – in English and Spanish – and provide news and analysis throughout the tournament.Our coverage won’t be limited to the pitch though. To launch our coverage we have Mexican-American boxing legend Oscar de la Hoya explaining why the US should support Mexico while Raul Vilchis will explain why, at a time of division and walls, the World Cup can be a time to celebrate both countries’ shared history and culture. He will also explore the importance of football and the national team to the country’s identity.Later in the tournament, we’ll hear from Tom Dart, who travelled to Laredo, Texas to talk to Mexican-Americans fans on the border about how they handle their split loyalties in soccer while Nick Ames profiles looks at the career of one of Mexico’s biggest stars, Javier Hernández, on the eve of the tournament. Léelo en españolAs the World Cup kicks off this week without the US men’s national team, American fans are choosing who to put their support behind. Will it be the world champions Germany, the jogo bonito of Brazil, Lionel Messi’s Argentina or rank outsiders like Panama, Saudi Arabia and England? Share via Email Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

New reptile species was one of largest ever flying animals

first_imgLondon: Scientists have identified a new species of pterosaur reptiles — with a wingspan of up to 10 metres — which is among the largest ever flying animals. Cryodrakon boreas, from the Azhdarchid group of pterosaurs was a flying reptile which lived during the Cretaceous period around 77 million years ago. Its remains were discovered 30 years ago in Alberta, Canada, but palaeontologists had assumed they belonged to an already known species of pterosaur discovered in Texas, US, named Quetzalcoatlus. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe study, published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, reveals it is actually a new species and the first pterosaur to be discovered in Canada. “This is a cool discovery, we knew this animal was here but now we can show it is different to other azhdarchids and so it gets a name,” said David Hone, lead author of the study from Queen Mary University of London in the UK. Although the remains — consisting of a skeleton that has part of the wings, legs, neck and a rib — were originally assigned to Quetzalcoatlus, study of this and additional material uncovered over the years shows it is a different species in light of the growing understanding of azhdarchid diversity. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe main skeleton is from a young animal with a wingspan of about five metres but one giant neck bone from another specimen suggests an adult animal would have a wingspan of around 10 metres, researchers said. This makes Cryodrakon boreas comparable in size to other giant azhdarchids including the Texan Quetzalcoatlus which could reach 10.5 metres in wingspan and weighed around 250 kilogrammes, they said. Like other azhdarchids, these animals were carnivorous and predominantly predated on small animals which would likely include lizards, mammals and even baby dinosaurs. “It is great that we can identify Cryodrakon as being distinct to Quetzalcoatlus as it means we have a better picture of the diversity and evolution of predatory pterosaurs in North America,” Hone added. Unlike most pterosaur groups, azhdarchids are known primarily from terrestrial settings and, despite their likely capacity to cross oceanic distances in flight, they are broadly considered to be animals that were adapted for, and lived in, inland environments. Despite their large size and a distribution across North and South America, Asia, Africa and Europe, few azhdarchids are known from more than fragmentary remains, researchers said. This makes Cryodrakon an important animal since it has very well preserved bones and includes multiple individuals of different sizes, they said.last_img read more

4 Startups Revolutionizing the EdTech World

first_img Technology has been transforming the educational world for the past few years. Every year, new edtech companies bring innovative products to the table — from online certification platforms to websites that offer interactive learning apps.We’ve seen a lot of well-established eLearning websites that do their part in nurturing the next generation. But this didn’t stop innovators from introducing features that set the tone for the future of the edtech industry.Here are four of the most promising edtech startups that could become the key players:1. StudypoolWorking out of their dorm rooms as college freshman, Studypool founders Richard Werbe and Jimmy Zhong ironically skipped weeks of classes to reinvent how students learn through a concept called “Microtutoring.”CEO Richard Werbe explains, “Microtutoring breaks down conventional tutoring into smaller, more digestible pieces of learning. By eliminating the barrier of set-time tutoring sessions, students can master subjects more efficiently on a time interval tailored to their needs.  Typical sessions last one to 10 minutes but can take up to several hours depending on the student.”  Werbe emphasizes that learning is all about mastery, and Studypool’s mission is to make mastering a particular subject matter easier for students.He continues, “Think about when you were stuck on that tricky algebra question in high school and you called your smart friend for help. That was microtutoring! Studypool is doing that times ten million. It’s like having thousands of friends that are professional tutors that can help 24/7, on demand. By using today’s online technology, Studypool has created the infrastructure needed to support Microtutoring.”Related: Top 5 Freelancing Jobs That Are Best Suited For WomenStudypool’s aggressive approach has made a splash on the Internet since its launch in 2014 as students discovered the appeal of Microtutoring. One early customer Daniel Zhang gave the website a glowing review: “I got help with a kinematic physics equation lying in bed in my dorm room at two in the morning!”  Within a month of its launch, Studypool had thousands of users.Today the company has raised $2.3 million in seed funding, has helped over a million students, and offers services from over 40,000 verified tutors. Werbe reports that the platform is growing faster than ever and is seeing significant revenues.2. PeergradeOther than reading books and gaining experience, accepting feedback is one of the best ways to learn. True, evaluating a student’s performance and providing assessments are normally for teachers. But with Peergrade, students can evaluate and grade each other’s work through peer assessment sessions.Launched in 2015 by co-founders David Kofoed Wind, Malthe Jørgensen, and Simon Lind, Peergrade’s original goal was to help teachers keep up with a growing number of students while still providing the close attention and fair evaluation they deserve.“Continuous budget limitations for educational institutions force teachers to teach larger classes and consequently cut back on the number of written assignments or grade more homework,” says David. “Letting students partake in the process of evaluating and giving feedback enables them to learn from the work of others.”The platform works by allowing teachers to create online assignments and specify the criteria for evaluation. As students hand in their work, it goes through other students for peer-assessment first. Once all feedback is given, the teacher can get a full overview of the session.Last year, Peergrade received a total of $300,000 in seed funding. It is now being used in major universities across Denmark and neighboring countries. Interested organizations can also use their service for free through their website.3. Time Machine ToursIt’s no secret that a lot of students find history as one of the most boring subjects. Perhaps it’s due to the heavy reliance on thick textbooks and bland teaching methods available in the school system.Time Machine Tours — an iOS app founded by Kyle Hudson in 2015 — is set to forever change the way history is learned. Utilizing GPS technology, users can tell the exact location of photographers when they took historical photos.“History lessons are presented to them in big blocks of text and their eyes glaze over. Time Machine Tours lets kids access and experience history in a way they’ve never been able to before,” says Hudson.The app offers tours that utilize augmented reality, with which users can hold their phones over the actual locations. This creates the illusion that makes users feel as if they’re staring into the past. Like it or not, it is a much more engaging way to learn history than reading in a classroom or library.Currently, Time Machine Tours is only available in select locations — namely New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. New content is being added monthly with new locations, but for now, there’s no announcement of a major expansion or funding.Related: Lessons for the New CEO From 5 Great Leaders of History4. ClassTagClassTag is a different kind of startup that focuses not on the students, but on the parent-teacher relationship. Everyone should be aware that it is both the parent and teacher’s job to foster learning minds. That’s why schools hold parent-teacher conferences that allow collaboration and create a better learning environment for students — at home and in the classroom.Related: How Social Media is Reshaping Today’s Education SystemFounded by Vlada Lotkina in 2015, a Wharton MBA and former Fortune 500 executive, ClassTag’s main objective is to provide a classroom community. This utilizes the collective effort of teachers and parents in tending to the needs of the students. With the platform, teachers can organize events, schedule conferences, and launch newsletter campaigns to maintain open communication.“ClassTag’s mission is to help teachers engage parents in the classroom by handling the busy work,” says Lotkina. “Our service is carefully crafted to simplify logistics and communications issues in classrooms.”Currently, ClassTag is being used by leading private and public schools. According to Lotkina, the platform borrows from corporations the concept of getting employees involved in programs that match their interests, particularly in charity and volunteering events. Since parents highly value their children’s education, they are guaranteed to participate in opportunities provided by platforms like ClassTag. January 13, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 6 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

Winters back with a vengeance 100s of flights cancelled

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Travel Alert Winter’s back with a vengeance, 100s of flights cancelled << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, March 13, 2017 center_img Posted by Share NEW YORK — A powerful nor’easter could bring blizzard conditions and more than a foot of snow to some parts of the Northeast, proving that winter is not done yet.The National Weather Service issued a blizzard watch from late Monday night through Tuesday evening for New York City and parts of northern New Jersey and southern Connecticut, while winter storm warnings and watches were issued for the remainder of the Northeast.Meteorologists said the storm could dump 12 to 18 inches of snow on New York City with wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph.Mayor Bill de Blasio urged residents to avoid unnecessary travel and help keep the roads clear for sanitation crews and first responders.“We’re preparing for a significant storm on Tuesday, and New Yorkers should also prepare for snow and dangerous road conditions,” de Blasio said.Light snow is expected to begin late Monday night and intensify overnight into early Tuesday morning. The heaviest snowfall is expected Tuesday morning through the afternoon, with snowfall rates of as much as 2 to 4 inches per hour.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passenger“This would certainly be the biggest snowstorm of the 2017 winter season in New York City,” said Faye Barthold, a weather service meteorologist based on Long Island.Boston also could get 12 to 18 inches, with isolated amounts of up to two feet across northeastern Massachusetts.In Philadelphia, crews began treating some area roadways on Sunday. The city could see 6 to 12 inches of snow. The weather service said there is a chance the snow could change over to a wintry mix or rain for a time Tuesday morning, which could limit total snowfall amounts.Farther south, in the nation’s capital, where the National Cherry Blossom Festival is scheduled to start Wednesday, snow accumulations of 6 to 10 inches are expected.According to USA Today, airlines have cancelled more than 725 flights for Monday and another 815 for Tuesday as a pre-emptive precaution. Other airlines are making contingency plans, like Emirates, which will be taking on extra fuel in case it needs to divert to other destinations.More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthWith file from The Associated Presslast_img read more

Alaskan volcano eruption causes aviation alert

first_img ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Alaska volcano that has been active for nearly six months has erupted again.The Alaska Volcano Observatory says Bogoslof (BOH-gohs-lawf) Volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupted at 2:16 p.m. Sunday and sent a cloud of ash at least 35,000 feet (10,668 metres) high. The eruption lasted 55 minutes.Ash can harm and stop jet engines. Ash from southwest Alaska volcanos is a threat airliners operating between North America and Asia when a cloud rises above 20,000 feet (6,096 metres).After the eruption, the Aviation Color Code was raised to red, the highest level. It has since been downgraded to orange according to CNN.The agency says a person on nearby Unalaska Island reports seeing a large white-grey mushroom cloud form over Bogoslof, with ash falling out to the west. << Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, May 29, 2017 Alaskan volcano eruption causes aviation alert Source: The Associated Press Share Tags: Travel Alertlast_img read more

The course looped around the project along the Ag

first_imgThe course looped around the project, along the Agua Fria River through a mesquite bosque, and into the Valletta with the Arcosanti “skyline” above.Pictured: Eli Forsythe won first place in his age division as well as a bronze medallion for first place Arcosanti resident (male).[Photo by: Scott Riley] Arcosanti Site Coordinator Mary Hoadley also won a first place award for completing the course in 43 minutes.[Photo by: Jennifer Thornton] Another first place winner in her age division hold up her ceramic windbell prize.[Photo by: Jennifer Thornton] The top overall finishers, male and female received bronze bells with linkages carved by Dr. Paolo Soleri specifically for the race.Cindy Rosenberg holds up her award for first place overall female with a time of 20:03.Drew Mumford won first place male with a time of 17:04.[Photo by: Jennifer Thornton] The event was sponsored by the Arcosanti Community Council and received support from the Cosanti Foundation,Cosanti Originals – who donated our ceramic and bronze awards, and companies such as Tucson Food Cooperative, Arizona Roadracers, Sysco, and Papa’s Place restaurant.Pictured: Adam and James (a November Workshopper) drum at the finish line.[Photo by: Jennifer Thornton] November 27, 2001Arcosanti 5KOn Sunday, despite the chilly weather, over 150 runners participated in our second annual5K run/walk.[Photo by: Scott Riley] Arcosanti Alumnus Chris Evans completes the course in 24 minutes and 16 seconds. Other Alumni that attended includedPaul Bagley, and Emilie from the ECOSA program.[Photo by: Jennifer Thornton] 4 1/2 year old resident Tristan Tollas, won a special award for being the youngest participant.[Photo by: Scott Riley] Resident Liz Shiffler receives her first place Arcosanti female finisher medallion from Cosanti resident Katharine Tomalty.[Photo by: Jennifer Thornton]last_img read more