MessageMe test today

first_imgToday (Oct. 7) the Harvard MessageMe emergency notification system will be tested. All MessageMe registered subscribers will receive a test message between noon and 1 p.m. The test message will be delivered as a text message, email, and/or voice mail message depending upon the delivery method selected by each subscriber.  No action will be required as a result of this test. Any and all emergency test messages can and should be deleted.For more information, to sign-up up for service or update your information, visit the MessageMe website.last_img read more

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Professor wins engineering education award

first_imgThe American Society of Engineering Education recently featured Jason Hicks, assistant professor of chemical and bio-molecular engineering, as a “Leader in Engineering Education.”Hicks earned the recognition due to his contributions and dedication, both inside and outside the classroom to the engineering program, according to a press release.Hicks, a Kentucky native, attended Kentucky Wesleyan College and graduated with a B.S. in chemistry. He then attended Vanderbilt University to obtain a B.E. in chemical engineering and Georgia Institute of Technology for his graduate work in chemical engineering. He attributed his abilities as an instructor to several of his own professors throughout his education.“I had multiple remarkable instructors who inspired me to pursue a career in education,” Hicks said. “They were clearly dedicated to their students, and they spent a lot of time investing in me. They imparted knowledge, skills and passion for learning and being creative to me, and this career gives me the opportunity to regularly interact with students and pass these things along to them.”Hicks teaches several classes within the department of chemical engineering and conducts research on the synthesis and characterization of materials and catalysts for energy applications.“We are focused on developing new catalysts to generate clean liquid fuels,” Hicks said. “This includes removing sulfur from diesel fuels, converting [carbon dioxide] to liquids, producing biofuels from non-edible biomass feedstocks and producing chemicals from renewable resources.”Hicks said the feature was especially meaningful given his relatively short time as a professor.“This is my fourth year at Notre Dame teaching primarily senior undergraduate students, and I am very excited to be recognized as a junior faculty member,” Hicks said. “The [department of chemical and biomolecular engineering] has excellent educators, and I have had many opportunities to learn from my senior faculty.”Hicks said he receives his passion for engineering from its potential to enhance lives.“An engineering education provides students with skills needed to design, construct and operate processes that impact our society,” Hicks said. “Engineers are needed to develop technologies for energy, food, pharmaceutical, textile, manufacturing, transportation and computer industries.“I am passionate about engineering because we can use this knowledge to directly and indirectly enhance our lifestyles.”Tags: Leader in Engineering Educationlast_img read more

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Questions Over Latest Wrinkle in Deal to Let Exelon Take Over D.C.-Area Utility

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Amy Poszywak for SNL:The path to approval for Exelon Corp.’s proposed acquisition of Pepco Holdings Inc., thought to be made clearer after a recent decision by District of Columbia regulators, was made murkier March 1.Mayor Muriel Bowser and People’s Counsel Sandra Mattavous-Frye separately announced they will not support PSC-suggested changes to a settlement agreement they and other parties had previously reached with the companies. A spokesperson for D.C., also a party to the agreement, separately said his office, too, is opposed to the PSC’s changes. The original settlement agreement, reached in October 2015, had essentially brought the proposed deal back to life after an initial PSC rejection of the transaction in late August 2015.The District of Columbia Public Service Commission on Feb. 26 voted to impose new conditions on the settlement agreement, giving signatories 14 days to accept the new conditions, at which point the deal could be approved without further action necessary by the commission. The parties were also allowed to file an alternative proposal, triggering a seven-day comment period on those alternatives.All three parties opposed to the PSC’s new conditions said the PSC’s proposed conditions remove rate protections in the settlement agreement geared toward residential customers.“From the start, we focused on affordability, reliability and sustainability. We pulled everyone together to negotiate an agreement that was a great deal for DC residents,” Mayor Bowser’s office said in a statement. “The Public Service Commission rejected an agreement that had the support of the Peoples Counsel, Attorney General, DC Water and others. The PSC’s counterproposal guts much-needed protections against rate increases for D.C. residents and assistance for low-income D.C. ratepayers. That is not a deal that I can support.”More specifically, Mattavous-Frye said the commission’s suggested changes to the agreement “eviscerates the benefits and protections essential to render the proposed merger in the public interest by making changes to the $25.6 million rate offset provision for residential customers, which was the single most critical provision I supported.”Full article ($): After step forward, opposition to Exelon/Pepco deal mounts Questions Over Latest Wrinkle in Deal to Let Exelon Take Over D.C.-Area Utilitylast_img read more

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Australian firm AGL delays planned LNG import terminal

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Age:Energy giant AGL has pushed back the start date on its environmentally contentious proposal to build a huge floating gas import terminal in Western Port, south-east of Melbourne, by at least a year. The company now expects to begin piping gas from the terminal and into the domestic market in early 2023, having previously said it would begin in the 2021 financial year.The $250 million proposal involves permanently docking a giant gas storage ship to a jetty at Crib Point and connecting it to a 55-kilometre pipeline that would run through Mornington Peninsula farmland to Pakenham.The environmental impact of the terminal – called a floating storage and regasification unit – and the pipeline are being assessed through an environment effects statement triggered by the Andrews government last year. State government MPs have expressed support for the proposal since AGL announced it in 2017 but have also said they will be guided by the findings of the environmental assessment.If the project is approved, liquefied natural gas will be imported to Crib Point from overseas and from other parts of Australia, converted back into gas on board the Esperanza, then piped into the main network. AGL is one of a number of energy companies seeking to build a gas import terminal in Australia.The company has argued the terminal would make gas supply more certain, at a time when the Australian Energy Market Operator is forecasting potential supply shortfalls from 2024. But Bruce Robertson, an investment analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, argued the project was unjustifiable both on economic and environmental grounds.Mr Robertson also argued it made no economic sense for Australia to import gas, given it exports almost twice as much natural gas as it consumes domestically. “Importing gas is possibly the most wasteful thing you could do in terms of energy – it’s just pure wasted energy on a massive scale,” Mr Robertson said.More: AGL delays Victorian gas import hub over environmental concerns Australian firm AGL delays planned LNG import terminallast_img read more

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Parents Weekend

first_imgJames Lyne at his finestIt’s very easy in this day and age to be so caught up in your own life that you forget where you came from: your mom and dad.That’s right, they put up with you as a crying, diaper-wearing infant, the hellion you were as a toddler, the brat you were at age 10, and the spoiled car-expecting teenager. They put up with all of that, and they still love you. Hats off to them.This weekend my dad and brother came to Charlottesville for a men’s weekend. We didn’t have a set agenda or game plan, but we did have beer, and hey, what more do you need?Over the course of the next 24 hours, we motored down Skyline Drive, hiked Humpback Rocks, drank at Devils Backbone Brewery, drove over a spirited mountain pass in my dad’s Subaru WRX STI, ate fried chicken, drank some more, shot a ton of skeet, shot pistols, and had excellent barbecue. Not half bad for not having a game plan.The point here is that you don’t need a big event or holiday to get together with your parents. My dad is the man, and while I knew it well before this weekend, all the fun we had just confirmed my thoughts. So take a few minutes after work today, call your parents, and plan a weekend visit. You may be surprised at how cool they are.last_img read more

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Help your members avoid these mistakes

first_imgI read an excellent article on the online version of the Housing Wire about the 8 common mistakes that first time home buyers make and how to avoid them. It gave some practical advice to home buyers about what to do and more importantly not to do. There’s something to glean from this in terms of being memberlicious. Learn more by reading on….The first two mistakes are the ones I think Credit Unions are best positioned to help members avoid when buying their first home.#1. They don’t watch their finances before buying a home.and# 2. They don’t take the time to get pre-approved before house hunting.How do you help with this? Well think about what a borrower needs to know and remember that you do mortgage loans every day and that a first time home buyer is just that “it’s the first time they’ve done this.”A good way to think about this from the member’s point of view would be to consider how you train rookie originators. What do you train them on? You train them on how to get members qualified for a home loan and what the underwriting requirements are. Turn that training into tips for members. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Don’t share products, share stories!

first_imgIn today’s digital age, consumers use on average 8.9 sources of information when making banking purchase decisions. But what is still their most influential source?… Human interactions, including talking in person with a financial representatives and referrals from friends and family.Members and potential new members don’t want to be sold to, they want to build relationships with people, they want to connect with friends and family. And Credit Unions can have a place in this kind of interaction, through storytelling.Telling your member’s stories is critical to the future of your Credit Union growth strategy! What really impacts new member behavior is when a member shares a debt consolidation or bankruptcy nightmare that the Credit Union helped them solve. Or the college loan that came through when they thought they were out of options.These are the stories we hear every single day working with Credit Union staff, and these stories need to be told more often! continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Valley Stream Woman Killed in Car Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 22-year-old Valley Stream woman died after the car she was riding in crashed in Queens early Tuesday morning.New York City police said Patina Deygoo was riding in the backseat of a Nissan that crashed into a tree while heading eastbound on Nassau Expressway near the exit for John F. Kennedy International Airport at 3:19 a.m. Tuesday.The driver and two passengers in the car were taken to Jamaica Hospital, where Deygoo died, the driver is listed in critical condition and the other passenger is in stable condition.No other vehicles were involved in the crash. The other two victims were only identified as 26-year-old women.The NYPD’s Highway Collision Investigation Squad is continuing the investigation.last_img read more

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The year-round airline Rijeka – Munich is introduced

first_imgThe 47th session of the Tourist Council was held at the Ministry of Tourism yesterday. The decision of the Tourist Board provided additional funds for the implementation of strategic marketing campaigns in emitting markets in 2019 for advertising in cooperation with Croatia Airlines and the Kvarner Tourist Board, which provides funds for this cooperation in the same amount as the CNTB. These are funds that will help establish the year-round Rijeka-Munich airline. Until now, Rijeka has been connected to Munich via Croatia Airlines on Thursdays and Sundays from October 28.10.2018, 30.3.2019. to XNUMX, and in accordance with the new financial resources, the foundations have been laid for the mentioned airline to become year-round. Also, the arrival of Air Serbia at Rijeka Airport has been confirmed, so a direct line will be introduced from June. Rijeka – Belgrade Rijeka Airport marked 2018 as the year in which it broke all historical records, achieving a total traffic of 183.606 passengers (an increase of 30%), which is the largest percentage increase in traffic of all airports in Croatia. In January this year, Rijeka Airport has already confirmed four new airlines for the 2019 summer season, Lufthansa, Volote and TUI, which will fly to 3 new destinations (London Gatwick, Manchester and Marseille).last_img read more

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