Campus Engagement Task Force discusses next steps

first_imgFrom Nov. 1 through Nov. 16, Notre Dame’s Campus Engagement Task Force hosted a series of listening sessions to gather the community’s input on the sexual abuse crisis facing the Catholic Church. The task force also collected anonymous responses through a feedback form through Nov. 16.Jennifer Mason McAward, co-chair of the task force and director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights, said the group was convened to gather thoughts and consider future actions in relation to the crisis.“We had two facilitators who handled each session so there was continuity in leadership and at each session we asked three general questions,” Mason McAward said. “The first was what people’s reflections were on the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. The second question was how Notre Dame might respond educationally, administratively and pastorally. And then the third question related to how Notre Dame might proceed in terms of research and scholarship.”Fr. Gerry Olinger, the vice president of mission engagement and church affairs and the other co-chair of the task force, said during listening sessions, members of the community expressed a consistent frustration with the Catholic Church’s handling of the sex abuse scandals.“Certainly we heard the frustration, the anger that exists on campus and I think throughout a couple pieces: one was certainly about the abuse that happened and certainly real concern for the victims of sexual abuse,” Olinger said. “But we also began to hear as well, the same anger, frustration, expressed around the leaders of the Church who either perpetrated that abuse and or failed to act in the face of that abuse. A very clear desire from campus was the church to take strong action moving forward.”Community members addressed their concerns and recommendations to both the University and the Catholic Church as a whole, Olinger said.“I think both the responses and certainly the recommendations were directed both at the Church and at Notre Dame,” he said. “I think we’re, again, really in the midst of absorbing all of that, processing all of the responses to both the reactions as well as to the recommendations, but I think we did see both.”When asked what recommendations community members had for Notre Dame, Olinger said the task force was processing the responses from the listening sessions and anonymous online feedback forms which community members could complete.“I think at this point, we’re processing all the feedback and as a task force, really kind of thinking about how we want to formulate specific recommendations,” Olinger said. “So I think that’s really the work that’s happening right now and that will be forthcoming.”At each listening session, the task force had two discussion facilitators and two recorders, who took notes on the conversations.“The week of Thanksgiving … the task force really was immersed in reviewing all the data that was provided through the listening sessions and the online forms summarizing those [responses],” Olinger said. “We asked everyone to submit a summary by [Nov. 26] and then on Tuesday, we met with the task force as a whole, really to begin processing through both the processes from campus and recommendations.”The task force is working under a tight schedule, Mason McAward said, with a goal of formulating its recommendations for the University by the beginning of next semester in January.“I think the most important thing that we can communicate at this point is our profound gratitude to everybody who took the time to provide feedback,” she said. “It was a really powerful and profound thing for our task force to be trusted with the thoughts and feedback that we received and we feel so fortunate to have had so much thoughtful feedback.”Tags: Campus Engagement Task Force, Notre Dame Statement, Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report, sexual abuse, Sexual abuse scandallast_img read more

Trail Mix 2020 – Vol. XI

first_img Dragons Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors Sugar All Day Jules Shear Tennessee based songsmith Drew Holcomb has turned himself into an Americana powerhouse. 3:40 How Would You Paint Me? Selena Rosenbalm 11:02 DOWNLOAD TRAILMIX VOL. XI 2:19 Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. 4:27 4:36 2:41 3:05 My Truth The Wild Feathers Some familiar faces pop back up on the latest edition of Trail Mix. Renowned pianist, Holly Bowling, who was featured here for her interpretation of Phish tunes on solo piano, returns with a similar endeavor involving the Grateful Dead. Noted songwriter Will Kimbrough also has a new collection of tunes out, as does flatpicker extraordinaire Larry Keel, who has returned with a solo record. 4:13 Nothing They Say Yacht Club 101 Feel The Might Brad Brooks 4:09 3×3 (live) Pylon The Loneliness In Me Rachel Brooke 4:19 I Get the Feeling Emily Brown The Motorcycle Song Dan Horne 3:32 As this mix goes live in the middle of November, one can’t but recognize that Thanksgiving is fast approaching. Despite the turmoil of 2020, take some time to disappear into these songs on Trail Mix – or any songs, really – and remember that there is so much for which we can all still be thankful. Find a friend and share a moment or two, remember to stay connected, and reach out to those you love and tell them they are on your heart. And share a little of that love with these incredible artists on Trail Mix. Order a record or attend a virtual concert. These musicians are still putting out for us, so let’s make sure they know we appreciate it. Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors toured hard in the latter part of 2019 behind their latest release, the critically claimed Dragons, and they were wise to record the group’s show at Knoxville’s famed Tennessee Theater. The gorgeous room played like a virtual hometown show for Holcomb; a true son of Tennessee, Holcomb is Memphis born and an alum of the University of Tennessee. The spirit of an appreciative crowd, consisting of holdovers from his early Knoxville days and more recent converts and disciples, as well as an inspired Holcomb, are beautifully captured on the band’s latest release, Live at the Tennessee Theater. On display is the dynamic stage presence of The Neighbors and the songcraft that has propelled Holcomb to the top of the acoustic music world. Trail Mix is happy to be featuring a live rendition of “Dragons” this month. 3:52 The Late Great John Prine Blues Will Kimbrough 3:59 4:48 3:03 4:10 Fine Stephanie Lambring Audio PlayerHowlin RainRainbow TroutUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 4:27 St. Stephen Holly Bowling Can’t Look Away The Suitcase Junket 3:32 Rainbow Trout Howlin Rain Embed Black Cats and Crows Ward Davis Split Lip Nathaniel Bellows Speak Of Love Farmer Dave Scher 7:27 Be sure to dig deep into this month’s mix and check out tunes from Pylon, The Wild Feathers, Ward Davis, The Suitcase Junket, Nathaniel Bellows, Howlin Rain, Selena Rosanbalm, Yacht Club 101, Stephanie Lambring, Jules Shear, Brad Brooks, Rachel Brooke, Dan Horne, Emily Brown, Farmer Dave Scher, and Source & Method. There’s a lot of goodness here. Long known as a songwriter of the highest pedigree, Holcomb has been out on the road with his band, The Neighbors, in support of the group’s eight LPs for well over a decade. Recent adventures also include curating the Magnolia Record Club, which my son belonged to for a few months and features records each month by a fantastic array of roots musicians, and founding the Moon River Music Festival, a barnburner of a musical weekend that often sells out in hours. 4:10 4:08 Three Things Cannot Be Long Hidden – Source and Method – 02 Blues, No Cure American Dream Larry Keel last_img read more

Viterbi, Keck planning joint program

first_imgFor the first time ever, USC will unite its medical and engineering schools to help inspire breakthroughs in medical technology.The new Health Sciences Technology program, or HST@USC, is a joint effort between the Keck School of Medicine and the Viterbi School of Engineering. The program, which creators say is the only one of its kind, will give engineering and medical graduate students the opportunity to work with and learn from each other as well as learn how the two fields can come together.Terence Sanger, provost associate professor of Viterbi, was appointed the academic director of the Health Sciences and Technology program in August. He trained in engineering and medicine in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program, which is the model for HST@USC.Sanger said HST@USC originally planned to create an engineering-oriented medical school, but the plan has since evolved.“We don’t want to teach engineers to be doctors or doctors to be engineers,” Sanger said. “We just want to take the best engineers and teach them how to work with doctors.”Initially, the program will consist of 20 students — 10 Ph.D engineering students and 10 medical students. The students will take some classes in their main fields and some courses that will bring the two groups together. For example, engineering students will take an introduction to critical medicine course alongside medical students to become more familiar with the language of physicians.Sanger said the program will also offer a project course where students will be broken up into groups of two medical and two engineering students and be asked to come up with concrete solutions to medical problems.“The expectation is that varied expertise will lead to different discussion than would happen if it were all med students,” Sanger said. “Engineers will bring a fresh viewpoint with the questions that can be asked and how problems can be solved.”Allan Abbott, associate dean for curriculum at Keck, said one application of medical technology produced by the union of medicine and engineering is the concept of an iPhone application that could monitor blood pressure and send it out to be documented. He said he hopes the program at USC will lead to the development of more creative concepts.“If we collaborate with engineers and doctors, both at the instructor and student level, we’re more likely to be able to come to new solutions than if we work separately,” Abbott said.Elizabeth Fini, vice dean for research at the Keck School of Medicine, said one of HST@USC’s goals is to break down barriers and create a better flow of ideas between the medical and engineering students and faculty. She added the two fields have an almost symbiotic relationship.“Engineers have technology that they need to apply, and physicians need technology,” Fini said. “You need to get these people together.”Sanger said though many other schools are interested in combining science, engineering and medicine, the kind of explicit collaboration planned for HST@USC is unique. USC’s program is distinct even from its model, the Harvard-MIT program, which features medical school training with emphasis in engineering and science.“I don’t think there are any medical programs across the U.S. that integrate medicine with engineering like this,” Sanger said.There is a reason this integration is uncommon, Fini said.“It’s not as easy as it sounds,” she said. “Lots of schools try to integrate medicine and engineering, but it’s difficult when everyone is in their own world and they don’t always understand each other. Engineers don’t speak the same language as physicians.”Sanger said one of HST@USC’s goals is to address this problem.“It’ll be about developing the language between medicine and engineering,” Sanger said.The program is still in the early curriculum development stage, but Sanger says the goal is to begin the courses in fall 2011.HST@USC will seek engineering students interested in health care applications as well as medical students with some degree of an engineering background.“There are students in undergraduate engineering programs considering medical school and deciding whether or not they want to turn off the engineering part of their brain for four years,” Sanger said. “As part of HST, they wouldn’t have to.”Sanger said having a group of students explicitly trained to work between the two fields would be a boon to both the Keck and Viterbi schools. He said the program’s goal isn’t to change anyone’s expertise but teach students how to use what they know.“We want to work on our strengths in both medicine and engineering,” Sanger said. “We can form new bonds and do research that wouldn’t have been possible before.”Abbott said the program will benefit students in both fields.“The idea is to give engineering students some experience dealing with patients and medical problems and med students having some exposure to biomedical engineering through patient care experiences,” Abbott said.last_img read more

AgiproNews’ Italian View: ISS study outlines complex make-up of Italian problem gambling

first_img Related Articles Italian bookmakers face cruel summer as ADM sanctions shop closures July 27, 2020 Submit CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Share TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Published this October, the Italian National Institute of Health (ISS) study on Italian gambling has shed significant light on the realities of tackling problem gambling within Italy.Undertaking Italy’s first ‘epidemiological study’ on problem gambling trends, effects and triggers, the ISS surveyed 12,000 adults, representing the nation’s most comprehensive research on gambling trends to date.Presented to the Italian Parliament last week, the study outlines that circa 18 million Italians (1-in-3) gambled at least once in the past year.Within the findings, its is speculated that 13 million Italians are reported to be ‘recreational players’, whilst the ISS believes that at present 2 million Italians maintain a ‘low-risk gambling profile’.Nevertheless, the ISS research outlines that at present 1.5 million Italians (3% of the population) can be classified as ‘problem players’.At a consumer level, Italian gambling continues to be a land-based trend, with Scratch cards (26.2%), Lotto (12.8%), SuperEnalotto (10.9%), and slot machines (7.4%) leading engagements.In its study, the ISS reveals that 94% of Italian gambling consumers prefer to wager via land-based/physical premises such as tobacconists, bars, arcades and betting shops, whilst online gambling is still considered a niche vertical.Amongst the problem players, the age group of between 50 and 64 have the highest representation (35.5%), a glaring concern as Italy maintains Europe’s largest elderly population (23%).Italy’s problem gambling behaviour is mainly associated with the use of slots (51.9%), VLTs (33.6%) and virtual bets (11.7%).Further problem gambling concerns, see the ISS report indicate that minors appear to be engaging more with gambling products – Scratch cards (21.1%), sports betting (17.1%), virtual games (8.1%) and slots (6.8%), raising concerns with regards to age verification and monitoring standards.According to the research undertaken on a 15,600 student sample aged between 14 to 17, almost 700,000 underage students have engaged in wagering at least once in the past year, with the ISS detailing that almost 70,000 minors are said to be problem gamblers. At first glance, the ISS research could be used to back the Lega-5Star coalition government’s tougher anti-gambling stance. However, in its report, the health institute categorically emphasized that an advertising/marketing ban would have little to no impact on Italian gambling trends.‘Only 19.3% of the players who watched the gaming advertisement chose to play after viewing it, while 80.7% claim they were not conditioned.’Following the publication of the ISS study, Moreno Marasco President of Italian online gambling trade body ‘LOGiCO’, stated that the research highlighted the vast difference in safer-gambling controls between digital incumbents and their land-based counterparts.“The evidence and statistics, confirms what LOGiCO has maintained for some time, online gambling verticals offer better procedures for identifying problem gamblers and limiting services to vulnerable consumers.”__________________Content provided by AgiproNews Italia StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more