Assistant Professor – Infectious Disease

first_imgInpatient rounding at Ben Taub Hospital on the GeneralInfectious Diseases and/or Immunocompromised Infectious Diseasesconsult serviceOutpatient clinic in the Thomas Street Health Center and/orNorthwest Health Center or other Harris Health System clinicsproviding HIV care or general infectious diseases careThe exact distribution of clinical effort will be determined bythe candidates preferences and the clinical needsWorking with special populations in HIV at TSHC, includingsupporting rapid HIV treatment and low barrier care for the mostneedy patientsTeach/mentor/supervise medical students, residents andfellows1-2 scholarly publications a yearActive participation in section, department, and health systemconferences SummaryThe Department of Medicine, Infectious Disease section is seeking aqualified candidate to provide exceptional care. Required Education: M.D. or equivalentRequired Licensure: Licensed by the Texas Medical BoardBaylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction/Equal Access Employer.5203CA; CHlast_img read more

News story: New law proposed to safeguard UK citizens’ healthcare abroad after Brexit

first_img Whether on holiday, working or retiring abroad, British people want to know they can access the same high quality healthcare that they enjoy in the NHS. This Bill will allow us to implement new healthcare arrangements with other countries – in the EU and elsewhere – so that UK citizens can travel with confidence. The Bill seeks to safeguard healthcare for 190,000 expats and 50 million people who travel abroad every year, through agreements with the EU or member states.The Bill, brought before Parliament by Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price, will establish the legal basis to fund and implement reciprocal healthcare schemes and share necessary data after we leave the EU.Reciprocal healthcare arrangements have benefits that include: It will establish the basis for a new arrangement allowing the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) scheme to continue after 2020, subject to an agreement with the EU. EHIC grants UK nationals access to free healthcare abroad, and pays for 250,000 medical treatments each year.For the 190,000 expat state pensioners who have chosen to live in the EU and those intending to retire to the EU, it will help by safeguarding reciprocal healthcare if there is no EU deal.Lord James O’Shaughnessy said:center_img reducing the cost of insurance making travel more viable for older people and high-risk groups providing a boost to the travel economylast_img read more

Watch The Disco Biscuits & UM’s Brendan Bayliss Shred Through Prince’s “Controversy” At Holidaze

first_img[Photo: Dave Vann] The annual Dominican Holidaze celebration continues on this week, taking over the Breathless Resort & Spa in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Given the nature of the destination getaway, Dominican Holidaze has already hosted a number of special moments and sit-ins, including members of The Motet teaming with both The Disco Biscuits and TAUK on Saturday night.PHOTOS: The Motet Members Join Both Disco Biscuits & Tauk On Dominican Holidaze Day 2Last night, the collaborations kept on unfolding, with Umphrey’s McGee’s Brendan Bayliss joining the Disco Biscuits on a cover of Prince’s “Controversy”. The cover of the title track of Prince’s 1981 album came during the Biscuits’ first set of the night, in the middle of a “Sweating Bullets” sandwich coming out of set-openers “The Very Moon” and “Voices Insane”.You can check out video of this stacked “Controversy” cover below, courtesy of The Disco Biscuits’ Facebook page.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | Dominican Holidaze | Punta Cana, DR | 12/3/2017Set I: The Very Moon-> Voices Insane-> Sweating Bullets-> Controversy (Prince; with Brendan Bayliss of Umphrey’s McGee)-> Sweating Bullets, And the Ladies Were the Rest of the NightSet II: Morph Dusseldorf-> Basis for a Day-> Catalyst-> I Feel Love-> Orch Theme-> Basis for a Day“Controversy” with Brendan Baylisslast_img read more

Easy blend of old and new

first_imgSally Martin has taken courses in dance, literature, and science as a student at the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement (HILR). But a computer science class? Martin was dubious about that.“Truthfully, I asked my son if he thought I’d like it,” she revealed. “And he told me it looked like fun.”Martin was one of a large group of HILR students who took a seat in a computer lab Tuesday (Aug. 31) to learn Scratch, a basic programming tool created at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that allows users to produce interactive stories, animations, games, music, art, and more.Teaching Scratch was a group of teaching fellows and course assistants from CS50: “Introduction to Computer Science I,” a popular Harvard course taught by David Malan, a lecturer on computer science.“CS50 historically starts each year with a training week for its teaching fellows and course assistants, and though we both discuss and practice teaching during that week, we decided to create as real-world an experience as we could for the team, so that their pre-term teaching wasn’t wholly simulated but, rather, very much real,” said Malan.“As luck would have it, in the HILR we have a wonderfully enthusiastic student body, many of whom haven’t yet tried their hand at programming.  And so we thought we’d bring the groups together for the day to teach and learn together.”The class teaches a fundamental understanding of computer science and culminates in a presentation of the students’ original work.“Scratch imitates a programming language with these puzzle pieces you put together instead of dealing with syntax,” said teacher Ana Roda ’12. “You can do lots of fun little things with it.”HILR student Betty W. Stone hoped to do just that. “I’m teaching a course on Bauhaus at HILR this semester, so I thought I’d learn Scratch so the students could use it to draw with and really see what the artists were up to,” she said.Scratch begins with an avatar called a sprite, which is by default an orange cat. Users can paint their own unique sprites or pick from a template of characters.“With these commands, you can make the sprite move, give it dialogue, make sounds,” Robert Nishihara ’13 explained to his HILR partner, Rita Colella. Together, they dragged a series of basic commands that resulted in the sprite moving forward 10 steps and uttering, “Hmmm….”“Oh, there it goes,” laughed Colella. “What else can I do with this?”Victoria Jones took to Scratch right away. First, she made her own sprite, “Devil Cat,” called so because of its red horns. Then, she programmed it to ask her how she was doing. Jones’ response? “I’m hot!” Indeed, it was warm in the upstairs computer lab.Her teacher, Punit Shah ’12, immediately sensed her potential. “Now we can teach it to make a decision based on what you’ve just said,” he suggested.“I’m making a storyline here!” she said, and with that drew two new sprites, the orange cat in a flattering teal swimsuit, with sunglasses, and another in a gray winter coat.“Now we’re ready to write the program,” said Shah.Using tools she’d learned in under an hour, Jones programmed her sprite to switch costumes, depending on the season.Jones, a former documentary producer who continues to do freelance work, was working for the Obama campaign when someone recommended she check out the HILR and its lifelong educational offerings.“Just like anything else that isn’t used, your mind rusts,” Jones said. “Just like you exercise your body, you have to exercise your spirit, your mind. You never stop. You never stop.”last_img read more

NCUA responds: Tech updates needed for 18-month exam cycle

first_imgMoving to an 18-month examination cycle would require significant technological improvements, the National Credit Union Administration told the Cooperative Credit Union Association (CCUA) last week. Larry Fazio, director of the NCUA’s Office of Examination and Insurance, responded to CCUA President/CEO Paul Gentile’s August recommendation that the NCUA move to an 18-month exam cycle.Fazio said the agency’s Automated Integrated Regulatory Examination System (AIRES) would need to be updated in order for the agency to better use data to analyze trends without being on-site at a credit union.“The platform AIRES is built on is at the end of its life cycle. Therefore, NCUA must invest in updating this platform to maintain its functionality, and for the past year has been identifying the requirements and specifications to achieve this,” Fazio wrote. “In updating AIRES, we can leverage new technology and techniques to make the exam process more efficient and effective. continue reading » 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Tuesday evening fire on Washington Avenue considered ‘minor’

first_img(WBNG) — Endicott Fire Chief Joe Griswold has told 12 News that units responded to a minor fire at 220 Washington Ave Tuesday evening. Chief Griswold says the fire was accidental in nature but the cause of the fire remains under investigation. RELATED: Crews respond to fire on Washington Avenuecenter_img The fire occurred at a concession-type building.last_img

Laurent Koscielny played final part of victory over Manchester United with nasty gash on leg

first_imgAdvertisement Koscielny played on despite a nasty injury (Picture: Getty)Laurent Koscielny played on against Manchester United despite sustaining a three-inch gash in the final part Arsenal’s victory at the Emirates.The Arsenal captain went down injured in the second half and needed treatment before returning to action.Club officials claim Koscielny suffered a nasty three-inch cut that needed to be clamped while he was on the pitch.Club officials say Koscielny played with a three-inch gash in his leg for the final part of the game, which got clamped together on the pitch when he was down for treatment.— Mattias Karén (@MattiasKaren) March 10, 2019 Laurent Koscielny played final part of victory over Manchester United with nasty gash on leg Advertisement Comment Koscielny had a cut clamped (Picture: Getty)Arsenal bounced back from a disastrous defeat to Rennes in the Europa League last Thursday and Emery praised his players after the result.‘They (United) were in a good moment after one result against PSG but we had a big performance and we are in a good moment in the Premier League,’ Emery said.‘To take three points and get a good position for our target is very good and I’m happy for the players.‘We can use different systems and different players and today we changed the system, after two matches away.‘For us it is very important that every supporter helps like they did today.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Arsenal saw off United 2-0 at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)‘Being competitive like today for 90 minutes can give us a stronger mentality.‘We are going to think of the next Premier League match, against Newcastle here but that is in three weeks and now our focus is the Europa League on Thursday.‘That is a very important match after what happened away [losing 3-1 to Rennes in the first leg].‘I hope a lot of supporters come here and make the stadium full to create this atmosphere.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves ADVERTISEMENTKoscielny’s commitment was indicative of a powerful display from Arsenal, who kept United at bay to move ahead of the Red Devils into fourth place in the Premier League.Arsenal became the first side to beat Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the league since the United caretaker manager took over in November.AdvertisementAdvertisementUnai Emery’s side is now in the driving seat in the race for top four with just eight games left to play. Coral BarrySunday 10 Mar 2019 8:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShareslast_img read more

Wednesday people roundup

first_imgDeutsche Asset & Wealth Management, UK National Association of Pension Funds, Pensions Infrastructure Platform, Kames CapitalDeutsche Asset & Wealth Management – Astrid Manroth has been appointed managing director and head of Environment and Social Capital within the Sustainable Investments platform of Alternatives and Real Assets in Europe. Based in Frankfurt, she joins from the World Bank, where she has held a number of senior roles over the last 11 years. Before then, she spent six years at JP Morgan in London as head of the Credit Rating Advisory in the Emerging Markets Debt Capital Markets group.UK National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) – Mike Weston has been appointed chief executive of the Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PIP), shortly after his departure from the £2bn (£2.5bn) Daily Mail General Trust (DMGT). In his role at the PIP, Weston will be responsible for developing an investment programme, building an internal team and increasing the fund’s investor base to help reach the target size of £2bn.Kames Capital – Adrian Hull has joined the fixed income team as a product specialist. He joins from Mizuho International, where he was head of sterling trading and sales. Before then, he was at Nomura International in a similar role, and was previously head of UK sales at ABN Amro Bank.last_img read more

Oxford University stops short of fossil fuel divestment

first_imgOxford University has announced measures to strengthen its fossil fuel investment policy but stopped short of full divestment.The measures follow a review in response to students’ calls to divest from the fossil fuel industry.Council, the university’s governing body, said it consulted on the issue and concluded that robust mechanisms were already in place to ensure environmental factors were considered when investment decisions were made.It said there were thorough screening and due diligence processes designed to select investments that produced long-term high returns but also avoided high social and environmental risks. But it has now called for the level of engagement and public reporting on these issues to be strengthened, given the importance of carbon emissions and climate change.The university’s £2bn (€2.7bn) in endowment funds are run by Oxford University Endowment Management (OUEM) on behalf of the university itself and collegiate investors.OUEM is a member of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change.Council has asked OUEM to continue to:Avoid direct investments in coal and oil sands companies, of which it currently has none, and also avoid investment in sectors with high social and environmental risksInclude a range of other energy investments with the Oxford Funds, where financially prudent. The council’s investment committee, which sets policy for OUEM, will report annually on OUEM’s voting decisions and engagement with fund managers across all sectorsImprove reporting and communicating on its investment strategy, including in its annual report and on its website. This will include publishing a full breakdown of sector exposures, including the energy sectorThe university’s policy on socially responsible investment states that it is committed to ensuring its investment decisions, including those taken on its behalf, take into account social, environmental and political issues to maintain its ethical standards.However, there is little detail on specific investment criteria.But the university has revealed that the Oxford Funds hold no direct investments in coal and sand, nor do they have any direct investments in the energy sector.As at 31 December 2014, the Oxford Endowment Fund – the permanent endowment segment of the Oxford Funds – stood at £1.7bn, with around 3% in the wider energy sector, more than half of this in exploration and extraction.Professor Andrew Hamilton, vice-chancellor at Oxford University, said: “Our investment managers take a long-term view and take into account global risks, including climate change, when considering what investments to make.“The university believes that approach to be the right one, and today’s decision reinforces it by encouraging greater engagement and reporting on this crucial issue to the environment and all of society.”While campaigners against fossil fuel investing welcomed the move, some pointed out that the decision only applies to directly owned shares and does not commit the university to divesting from all fossil fuels. Meanwhile, as part of the regular review of its policy on investment responsibility, Cambridge University has established a working group to explore the university’s position in the light of developments in the understanding of the integration of environmental, social and governance aspects in investment decisions.last_img read more

Regulator: Dutch pensions system must adapt to low interest rates

first_imgScheme recovery periods had already been extended from three to five years, he said, while the definition of cost-covering contributions had been stretched. The Dutch capital-funded pensions system must be adapted to cope with a low interest rate environment, according to Klaas Knot, president of financial regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB).In a discussion with parliament about the effects of the ECB’s quantitative easing policy on the Netherlands’ pension funds and economy, he said that adjustments should have been made 10 years ago.“We must accept that interest rates will be low or even negative for a very significant period,” he told MPs. “As the adjustments have failed to materialise, the now looming rights cuts will hamper the transition to a new pensions system, which is still necessary.”Knot continued that, in his opinion, postponing the required reductions to pension payments and accrued benefits would be a bad idea “as the boundaries for cuts have been stretched continuously”. Klaas Knot, DNB president“Sometimes, relaxing the rules, such as allowing pension funds a one-off increase to their risk profile at the introduction of the new financial assessment five years ago, turn out to be counterproductive,” he contended.“At the time, the fear was that pension funds would miss out on the benefits of rising interest rates,” Knot added. “However, schemes that increased their interest rate risk have incurred additional damage.”During the same discussion with parliament, Peter Borgdorff, director of the €217bn healthcare scheme PFZW, explained that his pension fund was facing several rights cuts in the coming years if the current rules remained unchanged.Meanwhile, the Dutch Pensions Federation reiterated its earlier warning that the system faced either a series of cuts or pension contributions increases ranging from 10% to 30%.Alternatively, annual pensions accrual could be reduced from the current tax-facilitated level of 1.875% to 1.3-1.5%, or less, it said.‘Sticking to capital-funded system still sensible’center_img ‘We should refrain from changing the rules every time they become uncomfortable’ – Kees GoudswaardElsewhere, Kees Goudswaard, the former chair of the Social and Economic Council’s select committee for the future of the pensions system – now abolished – stood up for the capital-funded concept.Despite looming rights cuts at many schemes as a consequence of low interest rates and disappointing returns, a capital-funded system “was still sensible”, he said.Speaking at a conference in Utrecht on Tuesday, he pointed out that the future of an alternative pay-as-you-go system did not look good, as returns were being eroded by a shrinking working population and declining labour productivity.“Although both interest rates and returns in the current capital-funded system are under pressure, they are still positive,” he said.“Moreover, the fact still is that the amount of paid-in contributions triple over time,” added Goudswaard, a professor of economics at Leiden University, who has been involved in pensions reform research for 10 years.A solid comparison between the two systems would take a long time, he said, adding that the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis would investigate the issue.Goudswaard, however, also noted that low interest rates would reduce the costs of the planned transfer from the current average pensions accrual to a degressive accrual system, as part of the Netherlands’ planned pension reform.Total costs of compensating affected older workers – initially estimated at up to €100bn, depending on the degree of compensation – had decreased to less than €55bn, he said.He added that degressive pensions accrual would also offer more opportunities for tailored pensions, including combining pensions accrual with paying off a mortgage.The professor supported Knot’s view on rights cuts at pension funds.“We should refrain from changing the rules every time they start to become uncomfortable,” he argued.last_img read more