Harvard Medical School grad heads for International Space Station

first_imgIn an era when elementary schoolchildren can createexciting new worlds and explore them with the click of a computer mouse, willwe again see bold explorers like Lewis and Clark or the Mercury Sevenastronauts? Will we follow modern Jasons and their Argonauts through space inan age in which the nation’s deficit is soaring and equally alluring worlds inour body’s cells offer the potential to cure disease and extend life?Robert Satcher says we will.Satcher was one of many millions of people around theworld who watched on television in grainy black-and-white as the Apollo XIastronauts first bounced on the lunar surface in 1969.Since then, hundreds of American astronauts havegone into space on U.S. rockets and shuttle systems. Only 14 have been African Americans. If all goes as planned,Robert Satcher, a 44-year-old grandson of Alabama sharecroppers who earned his M. D. at Harvard Medical School, today joined their ranks. Like many little boys in 1969, 5-year-old Satcher —the son of a college president and a high school business teacher — waswatching those moon-landing images and imagining that someday he too wouldtravel there. And this afternoon he was one of the astronaut’s aboard space shuttle Atlantis as it lifted at 2:28 p.m. ET from Kennedy Space Center, in Florida, marking the transition from building the International Space Station tostocking it with enough spare parts to ensure its long-term survival.“I’m very much looking forward to it. I’m veryexcited about it,” Satcher said in an interview late last July, when he was at HMS to give a talk. “This is something that I thought about when I was a kid, yes,but I never thought that I’d have a chance to do it.” During his planned eight-day mission orbiting 250miles above Earth, he will live on the space station, which is about the sizeof a five-bedroom house.Construction of the combination house, workshop,laboratory, and observatory began in 1998 and is currently a collaborationamong 15 nations. It is likely to continue operating until 2020. “I think that during the next few years we’llsee there was a lot to be discovered by taking advantage of the spacestation,” Satcher said.Satcher, who also completed a doctorate in chemicalengineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said that althoughmedical school didn’t prepare him to be an astronaut, it was likely a factor thatdrew NASA’s interest. “They usuallybring in two or three physicians to each class of astronauts,” he said.Having physicians in the astronaut corps, he said,can be a valuable tool for researchers on Earth who study the process of howour bodies adapt to the hazards of space, such as microgravity and radiation,an important puzzle to solve if humans are to venture further into space.But will the United States play a key role infuture space exploration? A new rationale may need to be found to justify the highcost of new missions. That rationale might be the de facto justification forall exploration: that searching is an imperative hard-wired into humankind. Butis it, or is it a cultural creation? Satcher thinks space exploration is“a little bit of both.”“We’ve always wanted to explore the unknown.If you look throughout history, that’s something that people have always wantedto do,” he said. But there’s a cultural component as well, he added.“Human space flight is the ‘crown jewel’ of technologicaldevelopment. A lot of pride and ego are involved with being able to accomplishthese things.”New exploration would not require the United Statesto start from scratch. The nation has been to the moon before, and it hasgained additional knowledge from the shuttle flights and the space station, hesaid.“We’ve learned a tremendous amount bymaintaining a presence in Earth’s orbit for the last 15 years. That’s going tobe a great benefit to us as we move forward.” Three Mars exploration rovers have already been tothe red planet, sending back thousands of images. “The Apollo era was a special time because it was the first time anything like that had ever beendone,” he said of the moon-landing program. “Obviously there was also politicalturmoil in the U.S. and in the rest of the world. Everybody was looking forsomething to be inspired. Of course you can’t duplicate that. But I have nodoubt that it would occur the same way now if the leadership decided that nowis the time.” [This story was updated at 7:32 p.m., Nov. 16, 2009]last_img read more

Požega-Slavonia County received 23 new bicycle guides

first_imgThe Tourist Board of Požega-Slavonia County has implemented the first of a total of three parts of the cyclotourism development project in Požega-Slavonia County.In the first phase, training for bicycle guides was held by the development agency from Pazin IRTA doo, after which Požega-Slavonia County received a new 23 for bicycle guides. Each of the participants received a certificate from the Croatian Cycling Federation that they can lead groups of cyclists in our county and beyond.The other two parts of the project according to the Operational Plan for Cyclotourism Development of Požega-Slavonia County are in the final phase: Development of a bicycle map of Požega-Slavonia County and “Inclusion of cycling routes and tourist content of Požega-Slavonia County in the project Croatia bike routes” which should be completed until the end of 2018, they point out from the Tourist Board of Požega-Slavonia County.The operational plan for the development of cycling tourism in Požega-Slavonia County, as well as all bike trails and the offer can be viewed hereEven if the whole cycling tourism story were developed in synergy at the level of the entire destination Slavonia, it would be a strategic development. This way we have 5 counties and 5 different tourism products, as well as cycling stories. This, as well as many other trainings, were to be held at the level of the entire region of Slavonia. This is more so in the case of cycling tourism, where the average and recreational cyclist travels 30 kilometers by bicycle and in one day travels from one county to another by bicycle.This is another practical proof of how the whole of Slavonia should be developed and branded through one brand – Slavonia.last_img read more

Gold Coast home’s multimillion-dollar sale sets a new trend for its street

first_imgMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago MORE NEWS: The reno that needs to be seen to be believed The Broadbeach Waters house at 17 San Michele Court has sold for $2.25 million.THE multimillion-dollar sale of a Hamptons-inspired home heralds the beginning of a trend that will transform its waterfront street.The refurbished Broadbeach Waters residence at 17 San Michele Court was snapped up for $2.25 million this month.It marks a record for the street, bettering the $2.05 million sale of No. 14, also a newer home.Property records show both sales are a far cry from the modest $200,000 that was paid for the house at No. 13 in 1993.There are less than 20 houses on the short canal-front street, a few of which have been redeveloped into million-dollar modern mansions. A number of newer, more modern properties on the street have increasingly been selling for more than $1 million in recent years.John Reid Real Estate agent Kurt Reid said San Michele Court was leading the charge when it came to redevelopment in the pocket bordered by Monaco St and Rio Vista and Poinciana boulevards.“Of all those streets in there, that one is the most developed area,” he said.“Any time anyone spends money in the street, it does (surrounding homeowners) favours.”He said the house at No. 14 set a precedent when it changed hands in January last year and the most recent sale indicated it would become a trend. MORE NEWS: Imagine living in a modern work of art The house’s sale price marks a record for its street. Mr Reid and Nic Whitehead sold the five-bedroom house at No. 17, which was marketed by colleagues Rod and Cheryl Martin.He said Victorian buyers who were living rurally snapped up the impressive two-storey house. “They’ve always had a base here but not on the water,” he said. “We took them through and they loved it.“They’re going to use it for the family with the hope of making it a permanent home in a year or so.”center_img It is the second property on the street to sell for $2 million. Local agents say the big sales herald the start of a new trend in the area.CoreLogic data shows the house had been on the market for about seven months before the John Reid agents took over the marketing in May.Mr Reid said they fielded a lot of inquiries in the lead up to its sale.Vendors John and Judy Sullivan bought the property in 2015 with the intention of renovating.“As soon as we saw it we knew it was special and we bought it straight away,” Mr Sullivan said in June.“It was just an old house with a big apron around it and a flat roof, but we totally rebuilt the place. We brought it back to bare bones.”They redesigned it with towering windows to frame the picture perfect panorama of the Glitter Strip’s glistening skyline.“More or less, the property was inspired by where it was,” Mr Sullivan said.“We tried to frame everything into the glass.”Latest CoreLogic data shows the median house price in Broadbeach Waters has jumped 40.3 per cent in five years to $1.14 million. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenTop tips for sellers in Spring00:50last_img read more

Getting in — then getting fed

first_imgSophomore Laura Pearson receives SNAP benefits and believes some USC requirements can be burdensome for students like herself. (Ling Luo/Daily Trojan) The apartment meal plan, which costs $1,300 for the 2018-19 school year, includes 150 dining dollars and 40 meal swipes per semester. That’s enough to cover roughly 110 meals, leaving more than 560 meals for students to cover on their own dimes throughout the year. As a result, students like Moore have had to take out extra loans to cover the additional expenses the apartment meal plan poses. Portnoy said that to combat some of these problems, she would suggest offering more affordable vendors or establishing a program with different price points depending on income status. Village for some, food desert for others “With a lot of students here being fairly well-off, I think a lot of them don’t realize just how much of a struggle other students have that are not as financially secure,” Pearson said. “I also think that goes hand-in-hand with the administration.” Another resource for students is the Late Night Hot Meal program, which is held at the United University Church on campus on Wednesdays. The program serves about 80 to 120 people every week and was established in Spring 2016. Russell said USC encourages students to look outside the University for local resources, and to speak to financial aid or an EBT case worker. Russell also said more solutions may become available in the future, but that he’s not ready to give details at this time. Food insecurity affects thousands of students like Moore at USC, where in 2017, 21 percent of undergraduate students were eligible for Pell Grants — a form of federal aid granted to low-income students. Over 2,000 students visited the Trojan Food Pantry in Parkside Apartments last semester to pick up free groceries. Between Sept. 7 and Dec. 19, over 2,200 people visited the food pantry, with roughly 60 to 70 attendees every day, according to Student Programs Advisor Luis Canton. At BBCM, the most popular entrees range from $16 to $30. Only one of its soup and salad options falls below $10. For pasta, the cheapest option is $19. Similarly at both Greenleaf and Saola, no sandwiches or burgers are cheaper than $10. “If someone has the ability to get funding from another entity, why should they be forced to use the dining dollars [and] the dining plan?” Pearson said. The pantry offers support for students trying to sign up for CalFresh, as well as food that food-insecure students can choose from weekly. However, the pantry previously did not allow students on the apartment meal plan to pick out food. Students eligible for CalFresh, California’s extension of SNAP, receive anywhere from $100 to $200 a month to help pay for food — about the same price as the meal plan. But unlike the apartment meal plan, students say they can make CalFresh benefits last by using them at several stores, including Trader Joe’s and Target, to cover all of their groceries for the month. For many, restrictions and requirements like the apartment meal plan create an additional burden that hinders access to adequate amounts of healthy, affordable food. Students cite the high costs of food on and around campus, the expensive mandatory meal plans and poor University communication as issues that exacerbate food insecurity and consequently increase personal stress. Moore fought the requirement after discovering the charge in her student account, teaming up with Mai Mizuno, then-USG director of community and external affairs, but ran into several dead ends. Eventually, Moore received an email from Lindsey Pine, a registered dietician working with USC Hospitality that read: “Financial issues and number of meals per day do not play a role in meal plan exemptions.” Later, Pine told her to consider off-campus living options. “When I found out I had to pay for [the apartment meal plan], I was shocked. I mean, I had to reevaluate my expenditures,” Moore said. ‘You do not have the chance to say no’ “This is a situation in which a meal plan [has] price points that are wrong; you can argue the amount is awkward, and they’re pushing it onto people,” USG Sen. Gabriel Savage said. “You do not have the chance to say no. It’s frustrating.” “I tend to try not to eat on campus or at [USC Village] because of the prices,” Pearson said. “I felt like they believed that I had a choice, financially, to live off campus,” Moore said. “It didn’t seem as if they were understanding, or even trying to understand, and I felt like I was automatically denied the waiver regardless of my financial situation.” “I think that USC does a good job of recruiting low income students, but I think once they get in the doors … there are so many barriers,” said Alec Vandenberg, USG director of external affairs. “I think that USC Village is a prime example of that. It’s very catered to a certain population on campus that can afford it, and it’s very exclusionary.” When Courtney Moore transferred to USC in Spring 2016, she knew that her family’s low socioeconomic status meant they would be unable to assist with living costs. So Moore, who has since graduated, made sure to apply for benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — otherwise known as food stamps — to supplement her grocery budget. Many students are unhappy with how expensive the average meal at USC Village is. They are also unable to use meal swipes there. One of those students is Laura Pearson, a sophomore majoring in philosophy and cognitive science, who receives SNAP benefits and recently ran for a Undergraduate Student Government senator position with food insecurity as a platform point. The apartment meal plan was created to give students convenience, in addition to ensuring students have access to food, according to Associate Director of Residential Dining Erik Russell. But requests to opt out are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and students who are on SNAP cannot opt out. USC’s Apartment Meal Plan costs $1,300 for the 2018-19 school year and gives students 40 meal swipes per semester, which can be redeemed in areas like USC Village Dining Hall. (Photo courtesy of Derek Callahan) “The area around USC is classified as a food desert,” Portnoy said. A few on-campus resources already exist to assist students who experience food insecurity. Toward the end of the 2017-18 school year, the Trojan Food Pantry transitioned from a virtual pantry to occupying a physical space on campus and in Fall 2018, it transferred from a room in the Student Union to a slightly larger location at the base of Parkside Apartments. But a year after she matriculated at USC and had moved into Cardinal Gardens for the 2017-18 school year, she was told she was required to purchase USC’s mandatory apartment meal plan, adding $1,260 to her yearly expenses. Sarah Portnoy, a USC faculty member who specializes in food deserts and food insecurity, said that “of course” low-income students might gravitate more toward unhealthy options like local fast food chains because of the cost of the food offered at USC Village. Now, the pantry has moved to allow its services to be “only available to any currently enrolled USC student who does not have a dining hall meal plan or whose plan’s swipes have been fully used,” according to its website. For low-income students living in or near USC Village, expensive food choices can create additional financial issues. At SunLife Organics, a bowl or smoothie costs between $7 and $10, and the most expensive shake costs nearly $28. Developing resources “There’s a lot of movement, and a lot of ideas on the table, and I think that you’re going to see this being more [of] a topic, and you’ll see more solutions as we move forward,” Russell said.last_img read more