Rational (Luton, Bedfordshire) has developed a tray that makes it easier to bake muffins in its SelfCooking Center.The muffin tray has up to 24 moulds and is made of specially developed material that prevents sticking. Once baked, the muffins are easy to remove from the non-stick moulds, says the company.There are two sizes of muffin tray. The 400 x 600mm baking tray holds 24 muffins and the 400 x 300mm tray makes 12. The muffin tray moulds are said to be suitable for baking other products, such as mousses and desserts.
Two groups of Harvard scientists will be among the first researchers nationwide to receive grant funding through the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative launched last year by President Obama.The first team includes Joshua Sanes, the Jeff C. Tarr Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and director of the Center for Brain Science; Alexander Schier, the Leo Erikson Life Sciences Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology; Aviv Regev of the Broad Institute; and other colleagues. The second team includes Florian Engert, professor of molecular and cellular biology; Jeffrey Lichtman, the Jeremy R. Knowles Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Santiago Ramón y Cajal Professor of Arts and Sciences; Connie Cepko, the Bullard Professor of Genetics and Neuroscience and professor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School; and Haim Sompolinsky, visiting professor of molecular and cellular biology. The two teams will receive $9 million from the National Institutes of Health over the next three years.As part of a grant that was awarded to faculty at CalTech, Harvard Medical School Professor of Neurobiology Rachel Wilson will also receive funding though the initiative.“The human brain is the most complicated biological structure in the known universe. We’ve only just scratched the surface in understanding how it works — or, unfortunately, doesn’t quite work when disorders and disease occur,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins. “There’s a big gap between what we want to do in brain research and the technologies available to make exploration possible. These initial awards are part of a 12-year scientific plan focused on developing the tools and technologies needed to make the next leap in understanding the brain. This is just the beginning of an ambitious journey and we’re excited about the possibilities.”Announced by Obama in April 2013, the initiative is intended to support researchers in developing a new understanding of the brain and how individual cells and complex neural circuits interact. The hope is that the research will fill major gaps in science’s understanding of how the brain works and provide new ways to treat, or even prevent, a host of brain disorders.“What we’re trying to work on is cell-type classification,” Sanes explained. “The idea is that if you want to understand the brain, you first need what is essentially a parts list — you need to know what type of neurons are there, so you can figure out what they do and find ways to manipulate them. There is also a growing feeling that a number of neurological diseases are diseases of specific subtypes of neurons.”That sort of foundational data, Sanes said, will also be critical to any future studies aimed at understanding how the brain records and stores information like memories or learns new skills.To identify the various cell types, Sanes and colleagues proposed using a new method, called single-cell RNA seq, to sequence the RNA of tens of thousands of individual cells and use subtle differences in their genetic makeup to differentiate between them.“We want to develop this method to the point where we could take a brain region and separate it into all its individual neurons, sequence those neurons one at a time on a massive scale, and use a computer to identify the various cell types,” Sanes said.Engert and colleagues, meanwhile, hope to target specific neural circuits in an effort to understand not only how patterns of neural activation give rise to particular thoughts and behaviors, but how abnormalities in those circuits can lead to neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders.As outlined in the grant proposal, the project would combine whole-brain imaging of the neural activity of larval zebrafish with detailed studies of the fish’s anatomy and neural connections. Taken together, he said, the data would enable researchers to construct a “virtual fish,” which could be analyzed to understand how specific brain circuits respond to particular stimuli.“The final goal is to generate quantitative models of brain-wide neural circuits that explain the dynamic processing of sensory information as well as the generation of motor output by these circuits,” Engert wrote. “We will start with quantitative models of simple reflex behaviors, like the optomotor and optokinetic reflex, where the transformation of sensory input to motor output is relatively straightforward and well-defined. These elementary models will serve as a scaffold that can be refined and complemented by additional data from structure function studies from fish performing in more sophisticated behavioral assays that involve more complex stimuli.”While both studies will stretch over several years, Sanes said the efforts to understand how the brain functions are exceptional for a host of reasons.“Neurobiology is truly in a golden age right now,” he said. “In the last 10 years, the expanding technological capabilities make your jaw drop. To have the president signal his interest, not only in neurobiology, but in basic research, is incredibly inspiring.”
In a year defined by pandemic, racial reckoning, economic crisis, and a bruising political campaign, a brief video released in early November after the Associated Press declared a winner in the presidential election was seen by many artists as a vision of hope — as well as a sign of a repudiation of the Trump administration’s disregard for cultural institutions across America.The two-minute clip produced by the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris campaign is set to Ray Charles’ rendition of “America the Beautiful” and features people from across the country posing inside gilded picture frames. Based on “Art Is …,” the 1983 work by artist Lorraine O’Grady that captured portraits of African American Day Parade attendees in Harlem, the 2020 film presents a montage of an inclusive America, full of movement and light, and hints at the role the new administration may see for the arts as the nation emerges from a time of turmoil.“I think with the references to the work of Lorraine O’Grady in their campaign video, [President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris] are already are seeing arts as a source of healing,” said Makeda Best, the Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Harvard Art Museums. And she is not alone. Several Harvard experts said they too see the incoming administration using cultural resources to help unite a nation devastated by pandemic and economic loss and divided by partisan rancor.“Drawing on the expertise of humanists will be critical in restoring the faith in democratic norms and institutions that have been undermined over the last four years, as well as in bringing about social justice and equality that this country so urgently needs,” said Suzannah Clark, director of the Mahindra Humanities Center.Though it is too early to tell exactly how the cultural landscape will fare under the new administration, it seems a safe bet that creative communities can expect brighter times ahead. Biden co-sponsored 2001 legislation that helped establish the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and secured stimulus job funding for arts groups as vice president in the Obama administration. As a member of the Senate Cultural Caucus, Harris fought proposed cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and co-sponsored the bill to establish the Smithsonian National American Latino Museum.By contrast, Trump’s proposed budgets for the past four years sought to eliminate NEA and NEH funding. His spending plan for fiscal year 2021 lists both groups under the heading “Stopping Wasteful and Unnecessary Spending.” (Congress has repeatedly voted to keep such funding intact.),Clark, who is also Harvard’s Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music, expects Biden and Harris to reinstate the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH). The group, created in 1982 to advise the White House on cultural issues, was disbanded in 2017 when its members quit in protest when Trump would not condemn white supremacists who took part in violent demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va.“The full range of what the PCAH will offer will be critical in addressing social justice and equality, prison reform, health, voting rights, climate change, and COVID-19 and its aftermath — all of which will be urgent issues for the Biden-Harris administration,” she said.As they plan for the future, Biden and Harris also have an important point of reference: President Obama’s 2008 arts platform supported arts in education and cultural diplomacy, increased NEA funding, and endorsed health care options and tax fairness for artists. While Biden and Harris have yet to announce a similar agenda, the president-elect told “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda during a campaign interview, “The future, who we are, lies in the arts. It’s the expression of our soul.”Harvard’s Michael Sy Uy, author of “Ask the Experts: How Ford, Rockefeller, and the NEA Changed American Music,” said that the government’s support of an agency such as the NEA carries a symbolic weight that “can’t be underestimated.”“It means that this is a matter of public concern, with a public agency that is specifically funding the arts,” said Uy, assistant dean of Harvard College, associate director of undergraduate studies, and lecturer in Harvard’s Music Department. “It’s saying that this is not a matter of private or market decision-making only, but one that has national resonance and importance.”Approaching the arts in a way that both celebrates culture and creativity and recognizes the “deep loss that the past year, and the past four years” have brought will be a difficult task, said Best.,“I’m optimistic about their support. I’m just curious about how that will happen,” said Best. “How do you put a public face out there and talk about human creativity and celebrate that spirit … and then how do you build in the sense of mourning, and imagination? I also hope the arts can regroup from what has been a tumultuous year of confronting racial, gender, and economic inequities within so that it can serve society at this important juncture.”Moving forward, Best said she hopes Biden and Harris will also lead by example, embracing inclusion and diversity within their administration and encouraging federally funded arts projects and institutions to do the same. “I hope we also have an administration that pushes for that, that says, ‘Look, you actually have to change. Every institution has to rethink who they are. We’re trying to do the healing on this side, we’re trying to reimagine government on this side and speak to what has happened over these years. But institutions, museums, and the arts have to speak to their own issues.’” Student guides, living away from campus, lead online Harvard museum tours Other symbolic acts, such as “platforming and showcasing artists at the White House,” help signal the importance of the arts on a national scale, said Jack Megan who directs Harvard’s Office for the Arts. Megan knows well the importance of putting the arts center stage. For the past 22 years he has helped produce Arts First, a multi-day festival showcasing the creative talents of Harvard students, staff, and affiliates. Performances at the White House had been a time-honored tradition featuring some of the nation’s great current and up-and-coming artists. But the practice, which dates back to the 1790s, came to a standstill under Trump.Watching seasoned performers as well as lesser-known artists producing innovative work on such a prominent stage “not only celebrates artistic excellence, but embodies the voices of America now,” said Megan. “That very idea can be healing for America to see a broad representation of who we are as a people embodied through artistic presentations. I hope that the president and vice president will use the symbolic power of the arts to celebrate us and to celebrate beauty and creative expression, which is a vital part of who we are.” A wall of color, a window to the past ‘Garden’ party Related Feeling close to art from miles away Forbes pigment collection serves as teaching tool, resource, and even artwork New course invites students to explore, blend visual art, film, dance, and music
U.S. 11th Circuit to amend procedures Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §2071(b), notice and opportunity for comment is hereby given of proposed amendments to the Rules and Internal Operating Procedures of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.A copy of the proposed amendments may be obtained on and after December 1, from the court’s Web site at www.ca11.uscourts.gov. A copy may also be obtained without charge from the Office of the Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, 56 Forsyth St., N.W., Atlanta, GA 30303, phone (404) 335-6100. Comments on the proposed amendments may be submitted in writing to the clerk at the above street address by January 3, 2006. U.S. 11th Circuit to amend procedures December 1, 2005 Regular News
The Charlie Lakin Memorial Tournament continues today with four semifinals in baseball and softball, and plenty of intriguing matchups.At the Arcata Ball Park, both baseball league champs will be in action, with Eureka taking on Ferndale at 4 p.m. and St. Bernard’s playing McKinleyville at 7 p.m., while over at the Arcata Sports Complex, the softball tourney continues with McKinleyville and Del Norte playing at 5 p.m., followed by Eureka and Hoopa Valley at 7.In the opening softball …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has announced the impending retirement of Executive Vice President John C. (Jack) Fisher. The Ohio Farm Bureau board of trustees has begun its search for a successor, with the transition to new leadership expected in mid-2016.Calling Fisher a “visionary leader,” OFBF President Steve Hirsch said the organization and Ohio agriculture have benefited greatly from Fisher’s management of the state’s largest and most influential food and farm organization.“Ohio has become a national leader under Jack’s guidance. His insights into complex political, social and economic issues have allowed Ohio Farm Bureau to protect and advance the interests of our state’s largest and most important industry. We congratulate him on a stellar career and are deeply grateful for his service,” Hirsch said.Hirsch announced that Ohio Farm Bureau First Vice President Frank Burkett III is chairing the search committee, which is composed of the board’s 10-member executive committee. The committee has retained an executive search firm to assist in the process. The board of trustees began its strategic planning for succession more than a year ago.Fisher intends to remain active in other interests following his transition from Farm Bureau.Fisher became Ohio Farm Bureau’s executive vice president in 1996. He previously served as deputy director and assistant director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, director of the Illinois Corn Growers Association and Marketing Board, executive director of governmental affairs and commodities for Illinois Farm Bureau, and was plant manager for Wyandot, Inc.He is a former member of the board of trustees at The Ohio State University. He now serves as a member of the Vice President’s Advisory Council for Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), participates in the Farm Foundation Round Table and Dialogue on Food and Agriculture in the 21st Century initiative, serves on the board of trustees for the Columbus 2020 Economic Development Board, and is co-chair of the CFAES Fundraising Campaign Planning and Fundraising Organization. He has served as a member of The Ohio State University Alumni Association board of directors, Ohio Farmland Preservation Task Force, Advisory Committee for the Swank Chair in Rural Urban Policy at The Ohio State University, the board of trustees for BioOhio and the board of directors for Children’s Hunger Alliance.He has been inducted in the OSU Department of Animal Science Hall of Fame and was awarded the OSU College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Distinguished Service Award and Meritorious Service to Students award. He recently received the Dan L. Heinlen advocacy award from The Ohio State University Alumni Association. Fisher holds the FFA Honorary State Farmer Degree and was presented the national FFA Honorary American Farmer Degree.Over the years, Fisher has participated in several international trade missions with both government and commodity interests. He grew up on a farm in Crawford County, Ohio. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agriculture from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in counseling from Ball State University. He served in the United States Air Force.
The California Building Performance Contractors Association has been busy offering training for building-industry consultants who do energy efficiency testing and retrofits – contractor services that are expected to be in ever-greater demand thanks to federal stimulus programs aimed at energy efficiency, incentive programs offered by utilities, and AB811, a state law that authorizes municipalities to offer homeowners financing for renewable-energy and other energy efficiency improvements.The usual fee for CBPCA’s three-day training program covering that subject is $675, but funding from electric utility Southern California Edison has lowered that fee to $300 for the next training session, scheduled for October 8-10 in Buena Park, in northwestern Orange County.CBPCA says the course is designed to highlight “emerging opportunities in the building performance industry and focuses on marketing, sales, and business development for contractors and consultants.” The association adds that the course is an important component of the Home Performance with Energy Star training it offers throughout the state.Students who complete CBPCA’s training series are eligible for certification testing by the Building Performance Institute and participation in the Southern California Edison/Gas Company’s Home Performance with Energy Star program.Contact Harry Ford at (510) 444-8707, ext. 206, for enrollment information. Click here for training schedule and further CBPCA contact information.