Event to showcase majors

first_imgStudents can investigate the 65 possible undergraduate majors and other academic programs at Majors Night tonight for guidance on what direction their studies will go at Notre Dame. Faculty and students enrolled in these different majors will be available to advice students in South Dining Hall from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight. Academic Affairs Committee member Toni Schreier said all students should feel welcome to attend this event. “We’ve organized this majors night as an opportunity for students of all levels – not just freshmen – to learn more about the opportunities, both academic and extracurricular, that Notre Dame has to offer,” she said. Schreier said upperclassmen who have already declared a major can still benefit from the information available. “[For upperclassmen,] it would just be an opportunity to confirm that’s what they want to do,” Schreier said. “If there’s an area they’ve always been interested in, they can find out the requirements for a minor and if it’s plausible.” Professor Thomas Stapleford in the Program of Liberal Studies (PLS) also encouraged students of all levels to attend. “It’s really valuable for a wide range of students,” Stapleford said. “This is a great opportunity to learn about other programs, even if you’re in a major right now, if you’re still not quite sure this is the one for you, this is a great chance to go and explore some other programs.” Schreier said students can really learn about what each department is like because both professors and students will be available. “You can find out about all the different classes you’d have to take, what the requirements are and if it’s possible to double major or minor,” Schreier said. Majors Night is a good time for students to learn about majors that are not as common or that might be unique to Notre Dame, Stapleford said. “[PLS] is unlike English or History, where students may have a rough idea of what they’re doing,” he said. “There are English departments in other universities. [PLS] is unique to Notre Dame. We get a chance to explain this to the students and answer any questions they might have.” Stapleford said the professors in attendance want to highlight the distinctive features of their disciplines for students so that it is easier for students to choose between majors. “In [PLS], there’s an emphasis on students who really love to read, students who like to think about ideas and write about ideas – students who have a broad range of interests.”last_img read more

Op-Ed: Electricity-Generation Transition in Canada

first_imgOp-Ed: Electricity-Generation Transition in Canada FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Globe and Mail:While momentum is clearly building to end pollution from burning coal, a change of that magnitude takes time. As environmental organizations reported this week, some Canadian companies are among those investing to expand coal power overseas.While companies are responsible for their own decisions, this news does not represent the growing trend worldwide. Many other companies and investors are moving in the opposite direction. They see opportunities not in the expansion of coal burning – which is a hazard to our health and a driver of climate change – but in the economic opportunity of clean growth.Major corporations such as Facebook, Google and Wal-Mart are all part of RE100, a global initiative that commits companies to move toward 100-per-cent renewable energy. One of these companies, Salesforce, had plans to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, but through rigorous innovation has already reached its goal.There was also the announcement that 237 other companies – with a combined market capitalization of $6.3-trillion – publicly supported the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. Led by Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and Michael Bloomberg, the recommendations of the Task Force will require companies to publicly disclose the risks climate change pose to the value of their assets.By adopting these recommendations, CEOs and boards of directors would be required to ask themselves: Does our business strategy align with the goals of the Paris Agreement? If not, they would have to answer to their shareholders.But all investors should be concerned about risk exposure. We know we’re in a global transition to cleaner energy, and the financial risks of investing in thermal coal are significant. Some institutions are taking action to reduce this risk. The World Bank announced this week that it would end financial support for upstream oil and gas projects after 2019, citing the increasing threats of climate change.The fact is, global markets are shifting.Renewable power is the most competitive source of electricity in many markets. Since 2011, more money has been invested each year in renewable electricity than in power from fossil fuels. And in the United States, solar power is more than 80-per-cent cheaper to produce today than it was in 2009, while wind power is more than 60-per-cent cheaper. Increasingly, clean power is affordable power.Yet any move away from coal also raises questions about jobs. I’m proud to say that Alberta – which generates more than half of its power from coal – is leading by phasing out coal, and making it a fair transition for workers and communities. The province appointed a task force to visit each of its coal communities, hear from workers, and find a way forward that supports them, including through skills training and community economic development.With smart and strategic investments, governments are moving away from coal and spurring clean economic growth. The federal government is doing this through historic investments in public transit, innovation and energy-efficient infrastructure – which together are making our economy stronger and our towns and cities cleaner.More: Why investing in coal is risky businesslast_img read more

Two Virus Stories – The New York Times

first_imgLast year, The Times’s book critics released a list of the 50 best memoirs of any kind over the past 50 years, including those by Gore Vidal and Maxine Hong Kingston.Not his first book. Obama, like Theodore Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, is on the short list of presidents who were published authors before they were well-known politicians. Obama’s two earlier books, “Dreams From My Father” and “The Audacity of Hope,” were both best sellers, although the first one became a best seller only after his star turn as a speaker at the 2004 Democratic convention.PLAY, WATCH, EATWhat to Cook Even before any vaccine becomes widely available, virus treatment is already improving, thanks to earlier diagnoses and drugs like dexamethasone and remdesivir. The Food and Drug Administration granted emergency authorization yesterday to an Eli Lilly treatment that doctors recently gave to Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor.The improving quality of treatments is evident in the death rate: Only about 1.5 percent of diagnosed cases have been fatal in recent weeks, compared with 1.7 percent in late July and early August, and 7 percent during the virus’s initial surge in the early spring. Want to get The Morning by email? Here’s the sign-up.Good morning. There’s good news on a vaccine, but the next few months of the pandemic will be difficult. No matter what, though, much of the world will probably be coping with severe outbreaks — and thousands more deaths each day — for months to come. The second story is much more encouraging. It’s the rapid progress that medical researchers are making on both potential vaccines and treatments that can ameliorate the virus’s worst symptoms.Pfizer announced yesterday that early data showed its vaccine prevented Covid-19 in more than 90 percent of trial volunteers. Other companies, including Moderna and Novavax have also reported encouraging news about their vaccines. (The Times’s Carl Zimmer and Katie Thomas answer some common vaccine questions here.)- Advertisement – Utah will require all residents to wear a mask, as its hospitals are near crisis levels. The first story is grim: Worldwide, the virus is spreading more rapidly than at any other point. The U.S. and Europe are both setting records for new confirmed cases, while South America, North Africa, India and other regions are coping with serious outbreaks.The spread is bad enough that harsh measures — like again shutting some restaurants or banning indoor gatherings — may be necessary to get it under control. Much of Europe has taken such steps in recent weeks. President Trump has opposed them. But President-elect Joe Biden, in appointing a 13-member virus task force yesterday, emphasized that he would take a radically different approach and base his policy on scientists’ advice.“These are some of the smartest people in infectious diseases,” my colleague Apoorva Mandavilli, a science reporter, said about the task force’s members. Biden, who has worn a mask in public for months, may also be able to increase mask-wearing by delivering a more consistent message about it than Trump has, Apoorva added. Yesterday, Biden implored Americans to wear masks, saying: “Do it for yourself. Do it for your neighbor.”- Advertisement – The full picture, via Ashish Jha, dean of Brown University’s public health school: “We all need to keep two seemingly contradictory facts in mind: 1. We are entering the hardest days of the pandemic. The next two months will see a lot of infections and deaths; 2. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Today, that light got a bit brighter.”THE LATEST NEWSMore on the Virus A new Obama memoirThe first volume of Barack Obama’s presidential memoir, “A Promised Land,” will be published next week. To get you ready for the attention it will receive, we have prepared a short guide to memoirs, presidential and otherwise.Can Mr. match, or outdo, Mrs.? The top-selling print memoir in the U.S. is “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert, according to the NPD Group, which began tracking the data in 2004. No. 2 on the list is “Becoming,” by Michelle Obama (which, of course, has been available for fewer years than “Eat, Pray, Love.”)Analysts expect “A Promised Land” to rise to near the top of the list, too. The book’s publisher, Penguin Random House, ordered a first U.S. printing of three million copies — about one million of which have to be printed in Germany because of a lack of printing capacity in the U.S.The top 10 list for memoirs also includes: “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates; “The Magnolia Story” by the former HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines; and “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed.What will the critics say? Many presidential memoirs are panned or receive mixed reviews, partly because ex-presidents are often unwilling to be fully honest about their disappointments, grudges and more. Two exceptions — considered among the best memoirs by presidents — are by Thomas Jefferson and Ulysses S. Grant, as Allen Barra explains in The Daily Beast. Mayor Bill de Blasio warned that New York City was “getting dangerously close” to a second wave, and the governor of New Jersey announced new restrictions on indoor dining. The rate of spread in the region had been very low for months. The pangram from yesterday’s Spelling Bee was beatific. Today’s puzzle is above — or you can play online if you have a Games subscription. An epic drum battle: Nandi Bushell, a British 10-year-old, found an audience with her impressive drum performances on YouTube. But it was her challenge to the Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl that propelled her to stardom.From Opinion: The Supreme Court hears arguments today in a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the Affordable Care Act. Abbe Gluck, a Yale law professor, argues that the case is a test of whether the court is willing to leave political decisions to the elected branches of government.Lives Lived: During World War II, Viola Smith wrote an essay asking, “Why not let the girls play in the big bands?” Her plea went unheeded, but she later performed at President Harry Truman’s inauguration. She died at 107. As these charts show, U.S. deaths have stayed in a narrow range — albeit at a terribly high level — even though cases have been surging since September: At least three people who attended an election party at the White House last week have tested positive for the virus, including Ben Carson, Trump’s housing secretary, and David Bossie, who is leading the effort to challenge election results. The Election There are two very different coronavirus stories happening now.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

The Offshore Wind Industry’s Urgent Need for Professionals

first_imgThe offshore wind industry is developing rapidly. Last year, the use of wind energy grew with 19% in the EU. It is expected that by 2030, wind energy will be the most important source of energy. Not only the market is growing; when it comes to technical developments, changes are also rapidly taking place. The industry does have a big challenge: there is a considerable shortage of professionals.Wind energy keeps playing a larger role in Europe. The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects that in 2030, 30% of the energy in Europe comes from wind. This makes it the most important source of energy. The EU wants to adhere to the Paris Agreement on climate change and is striving for a sustainable way of generating energy.In order to reach this goal, further transformations of the current energy system and cutting-edge technological developments are necessary. Also, investments need to be made in new and current wind parks. Part of the present-day wind parks will not be operational by 2030.Shortage of manpowerThis kind of development and growth requires more manpower. With the current shortage in personnel, alarm bells are already ringing. It is expected that the number of jobs in the sector will  double within the next 3 years. In Holland, 25,000 extra employees are necessary by 2030. At a European level, wind energy will provide for approximately 596,000 jobs. Not having enough manpower has a negative impact on the developments in the industry and may mean that the advancements that are out there to make the energy transition possible, will not be completely utilized.Commitment to the industry“The industry is eager to find professionals of every level” says Anne Visser, Business Unit Manager at Navingo. Navingo specializes in connecting employers and jobseekers in this sector. “We notice that the need is growing to find personnel for jobs such as service and repair engineers, hydraulic engineers, superintendents and cable engineers.” A challenge, because the energy sector is not the only sector looking for technical professionals. “There is a lot of competition from other sectors. If we want to continue the energy transition and make sure that the energy source objectives for offshore wind can be realised, we need to make sure these professionals are committed to this industry. Only then can we reach these goals together”.Are you also looking for personnel? Visit employers.navingo.com and read about the possibilities.last_img read more