Screenwriting Faculty – Adjunct

first_imgDescription*This recruitment is to establish an applicant pool for futurevacancies. Individuals will be contacted as vacanciesoccur.*Olympic College is continuously recruiting for ScreenwritingAdjunct Faculty (part-time) to teach multiple level/cluster coursesin script writing, and serve as mentors for our screenwritingstudents.Olympic College is home to award-winning Associate andBaccalaureate degree programs in Filmmaking. The programs combinethe more traditional theory approaches of film studies withextensive hands-on instruction and active student engagement ineach course. OC is seeking adjunct faculty members in the area offilmmaking that can incorporate this teaching approach into theirpedagogy. Emphasis is on the practical and artistic elements ofnarrative storytelling.Olympic College’s Filmmaking department features a media productionstudio, dedicated editing suites, a sound stage, all new filmproduction equipment, a screening theatre, and Mac computers withindustry software. The program grants Bachelor and Associatedegrees in Filmmaking, and is taught by current and former industryprofessionals. The department currently enrolls over 250 students aquarter and is rapidly growing. Olympic College is seeking adjunctfaculty who can help maintain cutting edge instruction, bring anentrepreneurial spirit necessary to collaboratively assist ingrowing and guiding a department dedicated to serving the authenticneeds of the digital filmmaker in the 21st century, and help takethe department to the next level of national prominence.Click the “How to Apply” button for more information.last_img read more

Watching sensory information translate into behavior

first_imgIt remains one of the most fundamental questions in neuroscience: How does the flood of sensory information — everything an animal touches, tastes, smells, sees, and hears — translate into behavior?A state-of-the-art microscope, which allows scientists to peer into the brains of animals in real time, may provide the answers.Built by Vivek Venkatachalam, a postdoctoral fellow working in the lab of Professor of Physics Aravinthan Samuel in collaboration with fellow postdoc Ni Ji, Professor Mark Alkema of UMass Worcester, and Professor Mei Zhen, a former Radcliffe Fellow at the University of Toronto, the microscope captures 3-D images of all neural activity in the brains of tiny, transparent C. elegans worms as they crawl.The microscope is described in a recent paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“We needed a tool to characterize the entire sensory periphery of an animal as well as the motor dynamics that reflect decision-making,” Samuel said. “This tool, in conjunction with other techniques, including behavior analysis, neurogenetics, and connectomics, will allow us to do something truly comprehensive.”What that something is, Samuel said, is to record — 10 times a second — the precise location and activity of every neuron, and to link that data with neural “wiring diagrams.”“We have long been recording behavior in worms, but we and others have concluded that, if you want to get physiologically relevant neural activity patterns, you have to look at neurons inside a behaving animal,” Samuel explained. “Only in that context are all feedback loops intact, where behavioral output modulates neural activity which, in turn, shapes behavior.”Though the brains of other animals can be imaged — similar techniques have been used with larval zebrafish in the past — whole nervous system wiring diagrams have not yet been mapped for other species.The precise location and activity of every neuron is recorded 10 times a second. Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer“With the worm wiring diagram that we’ve had since the 1980s, as well as new wiring diagrams that the laboratories of Mei Zhen, Jeff Lichtman, we, and others are mapping, we can figure out which neurons are correlated with the sensory input, which are correlated with the motor output, and which are correlated with different types of decisions,” Samuel said. “We can now map complete structural and functional circuits for many behaviors.”Capturing all the neural activity in the brain, however, is easier said than done.To pull it off, Venkatachalam built a complex microscope that can not only track the worms’ movements, but also capture images of all the brain’s neurons as they fire in 3-D“What we’re doing is capturing these volumes and trying to figure out where the neurons are in that volume,” he said. “Every frame will have the neurons in slightly different positions, because the worm distorts itself as it crawls … so we wrote software that can track where those neurons are over time.”Using fluorescent markers, researchers then extract the activity of the neurons and identify which neural pathways are active. With a simple model of how the worms crawl, researchers also reconstructed the worms’ posture, enabling them to connect specific neural activity patterns to movements.“Without studying the posture over time, we don’t have a way of connecting the brain activity to what the worm does,” Venkatachalam said. “This helps us create a full picture of how activity in the brain governs behavior, and it allows us to say we understand the entire behavior this worm performs.”Ultimately, Samuel said, the microscope will be used to study a wide range of questions in neuroscience. The new tool complements and draws upon the wide range of powerful tools and knowledge already available in the worm. This is reflected in how the study arose from an extensive collaboration between the Samuel, Zhen, and Alkema labs with other C. elegans experts, including Andrew D. Chisholm at University of California, San Diego, and Jagan Srinivasan from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The prospect of future collaboration in many areas of worm neuroscience is enticing.“We can now think about C. elegans as a model for systems neuroscience,” Samuel said. “We can look at how a large number of neurons interact and how they process information in an animal where we know which neuron is connected to which throughout the animal by every synapse.”One day, Samuel said, researchers may be able to monitor all the worms’ neural activity as they grow from birth to adulthood in an effort to understand the functional and structural basis of the maturation of behavior.“Combining molecular and cellular analysis of the nervous system with structural analysis and physiological analysis … with the worm and its behaviors, we can bring all those tools to bear at once,” Samuel said. “This is what we’re looking forward to.”last_img read more

How to get the most out of your next conference

first_imgMany of us are fortunate to attend conferences hosted by CUNA and other organizations. To get the most out of the event you attend, follow these strategies to manage your time, attention and energy.Network in advance – before you attend the event review the attendee list, set up appointments with people in advance, follow conversations  (and hash tags) on social media – get to know other members before the event officially starts.Pack smart – I am the first to pack many stilettos and make sure I wear every pair, but know you will be walking long hallways, standing around for many hours and smart footwear is a must (ladies try wedges, they look cute and are really comfy).Pack light – choose a neutral color palette for basic pieces and pop with accessories to minimize the number of outfits you need to take.  If you want brilliant packing tips for your conference read this great advice from Megan Kristel at Kristel Closets.Hydrate regularly – Air conditioning, late nights, and bad food choices mean it’s more important to drink even more water than you think you need. Carry a water bottle and fill it up constantly.Review agendas – review agenda and speakers in advance, know which sessions and social events you want to attend, what you can skip and determine what you will pack.Pay attention – please be kind to everyone, and give them your attention. Tip well, take care of hotel staff and be generous with everyone you meet.Save energy – the first day of the conference is usually exciting and everyone is full of energy and by day three people are worn out from late nights, maybe a little more socializing than usual and sitting in artificial lighting. Manage your energy and know when you can skip sessions, take a nap or just get outside in the fresh air.Work out daily – yep even if you have to get up early, don’t compromise your workout. Even though you think you will be too tired, it is so worth staying committed even if a walk outside is all you can manage or a walk on the hotel treadmill. Take care of yourself.Say no – confidently say no if you don’t want to attend a session or you are in a session that doesn’t work for you, leave it. If you don’t want to go to an event, and want to recover in our room, do that. Be conscious of what you say yes to and reserve your energy when possible.Have fun – the conference or your Credit Union’s annual event is often the one time a year you get to see colleagues and have fun celebrating the accomplishments of those in your Credit Union and in our industry. Savor every moment and relax.Schedule follow up – after the event write handwritten notes to those you met, connect on LinkedIn, follow people on Twitter and schedule follow up calls to continue to leverage the connections you made.As a professional speaker I often attend conferences (as the keynote speaker and I also attend as a guest in my industry),  it’s always fun to watch people connecting with each other.Attention is all about connection. Manage your energy and you will make your next conference a productive event. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neen James Think force of nature. Boundless energy. Timely topics. Laugh out loud fun. Eye opening ideas. Take-aways that ACTUALLY create positive change.  Sound like what YOU’RE looking for? Then Motivational … Web: www.neenjames.com Detailslast_img read more

Card breach at Kmart stores again creates credit union problems

first_img continue reading » 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The second credit-card breach in three years at Kmart has once again forced credit unions, and other financial institutions, to deal with the repercussions of potential fraud involving their accountholders.In the first of two-articles, security experts provide their take on the ramifications of card breaches on credit unions and businesses.Sears Holdings, the parent company of Kmart, confirmed it experienced another malware-based data breach of its card processing systems. The company did not reveal how many of its 735 Kmart locations saw signs of a breach, but said it did not affect online purchases.“Our Kmart store payment data systems were infected with a form of malicious code that was undetectable by current anti-virus systems and application controls,” Howard Riefs, a spokesman for Sears Holding, said in a statement. “Once aware of the new malicious code, we quickly removed it and contained the event. We are confident that our customers can safely use their credit and debit cards in our retail stores.”last_img read more

VIRAL: Lionel Messi’s son’s adorable reaction steals the show at his dad’s Ballon d’Or win

first_imgREAD: Lionel Messi’s Son Reacts Adorably To Dad’s Sixth Ballon D’Or; Steals Show At CeremonyMateo, son of Messi, certainly couldn’t contain his excitement and happiness when his dad received the player of the year award. The gesture is a winning heart across the internet. Mateo with his innocent reaction proved that he is the biggest fan of star Barcelona striker. The video was shared by #BallondOr on their Twitter account and was viewed more than 3 million times. The netizen was awestruck at Mateo’s adorable reaction. READ: Ballon D’Or Highlights: Lionel Messi Crowned The World’s Best Player For A Record 6th TimeThe Ballon d’Or 2019 ceremony just concluded on Monday night and as expected, Lionel Messi scooped the award for the sixth time in his career. The Barcelona forward had stiff competition from Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk but eventually prevailed with the Dutch defender taking second place on the podium. Pragya Puri 9 months ago Megan Rapinoe continues her glorious year with a Ballon d’Or WATCH US LIVE First Published: 3rd December, 2019 16:26 IST 😆 When your dad became the 2019 Ballon d’Or ! #ballondor pic.twitter.com/E1WMm0fkCT— #BallondOr (@francefootball) December 2, 2019 LIVE TV FOLLOW US Leo #Messi wins #BallonDor number 6️⃣❗️— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 2, 2019 Last Updated: 3rd December, 2019 16:26 IST VIRAL: Lionel Messi’s Son’s Adorable Reaction Steals The Show At His Dad’s Ballon D’Or Win Lionel Messi’s son Mateo was captured in an adorable moment when his dad received the Ballon d’Or. The video is winning hearts across the social media 9 months ago Lionel Messi nearly hit by umbrella thrown by Atletico fan after scoring late winnercenter_img 9 months ago ‘Greatest of All Time’: Fans rejoice after Lionel Messi wins his 6th Ballon d’Or WE RECOMMEND Messi last won the award back in 2015 and has now 6 Ballon d’Or awards, leaving his Portuguese rival Cristiano Ronaldo behind at 5.READ: ‘Greatest Of All Time’: Fans Rejoice After Lionel Messi Wins His 6th Ballon D’OrREAD: Lionel Messi Wins Record Breaking Sixth Ballon D’Or, Overtakes Ronaldo 9 months ago Ballon d’Or highlights: Lionel Messi crowned the world’s best player for a record 6th time Written By The crowd couldn’t stop applauding when playing legend Lionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or for the 6th time in Paris on December 2. However, his biggest fan and youngest son stole the show with his undeniably adorable reaction when his dad held the trophy aloft. Messi’s son winning hearts on the internet with his reaction During the ceremony, when the announcement was made that the winner of the Ballon d’Or is Lionel Messi, the cameras captured the reaction of his four-year-old son. He was seen sitting in the red chair, and after the announced was excitedly bouncing up and down on his seat. There was a huge smile on his face and he tugged at another kid who was sitting beside time.  9 months ago Lionel Messi, Megan Rapinoe expected to take Ballon d’Or Honours SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENTlast_img read more

Cup action dominates today’s fixture list

first_imgAt the quarter-final stage St Michael’s face Bansha Celtic; Clonmel Town B square up to Clonmel Celtic; and Peake Villa host Tipperary Town.There’s also a second round game between Mullinahone and Galbally. In the North Borroway Rovers and Holycross FC meet in the Barry Cup Final.The Greyhound Stadium, Thurles, is the venue for a fixture that kicks-off at 2.In the South there are four Tipperary Cup ties down for decision.last_img

Central Region wins 2019 Beta Malt Interco

first_imgThe Central Region have been crowned the overall champions of the 2019 ‘Beta Malt Interco’: The National Inter-Schools and Colleges Athletics competition held at the Bolgatanga Senior High School in Bolgatanga from September 19-21, 2019. At the end of the 3-day sports festival, Central Region team beat off stiff competition to emerge victorious and take home the ultimate prize. Also, scholarships were offered to Grace Obour and Foster Ametsi for their classic showings as the ‘Best Male Athlete’ and ‘Best Female Athlete’ respectively.The two went home with a sum of GHc15, 000 each that was presented by Accra Brewery Limited (ABL), producers of Beta Malt – a nourishing true malt beverage.This year, ABL, manufacturers of Beta Malt, a nourishing true malt beverage, partnered the Ghana Education Service (GES) to organise the “Beta Malt Interco”. As sponsors of the popular Inter-Schools and Colleges Athletics Competition (Interco), Beta Malt has refreshed hundreds of athletes over the last six months from the preliminary stages all the way through the regionals of the contest. Notably, top-performing athletes have also been rewarded with packs of Beta Malt drinks and branded souvenirs. Head of Marketing, Ms Ewurafua Addo-Atuah, commenting on the accomplishment of the partnership, affirmed that“physical education and sports remained important disciplines that provided holistic intervention to developing the mental and physical aspects of the body of young people and what better way to inspire athletes to go all the way up with Beta Malt”.The opening ceremony for the athletics competition on Thursday,19 September 2019, showcased 720 athletes made up of equal halves of males and females.The Brands Manager for Beta Malt, Portia Offei Asare, closed the festival with a note, thanking the GES and the athletes for such performance and reiterating her brand’s continuous support for the Games. “It has been a long physical and emotional journey for all the athletes who have jumped and sprinted to get here today. To those who could not achieve victory on this occasion, you should not be disappointed but analyse your performance and set out on a further mission. You need to remember that the winner is not twice as much better than a runner up.Beta Malt is a brand that believes in offering experiences that play meaningful roles in the lives of consumers and empowering young Ghanaians to pursue their dreams. We have always believed that with Beta Malt, The Only Way is Up, as you the athletes undoubtedly have exhibited these traits.”—last_img read more