â Jan has done so much for women in our industry,’said Kristen Graf, executive director of WoWE. â Not only is she a visible role model of leadership and innovation, but she is committed to encouraging the development of a diverse workforce. She truly is an inspiration for all of us hoping to make a difference in the renewable energy field.â â Itâ s certainly a great honor to be recognized as a White House Champion of Change,’said Blittersdorf. â I am humbled to share the company of other talented and dedicated leaders who are advancing a renewable energy future. Despite the headwinds pushing against our progress, I will continue to work to bring renewable energy into the fore as a mainstay source of power.â The White House Champion for Change initiative seeks to recognize ordinary Americans doing extraordinary work in their communities and industries to further education and innovation in our nation. Each week, different individuals are recognized for their efforts. For more information, visithttp://www.whitehouse.gov/champions(link is external). â Jan is a change agentâ ¦with her at the helm, AWWI carves out new ground to find solutions to wind’s impact on wildlife, and brings industry and conservation partners together to think differently, creatively and innovatively toward a clean energy future,” said Abby Arnold, executive director of the American Wind Wildlife Institute. Blittersdorf was also credited for her work chairing the American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI) and her service on the board of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), where she serves as chair of the public affairs committee. Jan Blittersdorf, President and CEO of NRG Systems, was recognized as a Champion of Change for renewable energy at the White House today. Blittersdorf learned late last week that she had been one of ten persons selected nationally. During this afternoonâ s award ceremony at the White House, Blittersdorf spoke on a panel with other renewable energy leaders who were also recognized as Champions of Change. Blittersdorf was a founding member of AWWI, an organization devoted to facilitating timely and responsible development of wind energy, while protecting wildlife and its habitat. Under her leadership as chair, AWWI has played a critical role in submitting joint comments from conservation groups and the wind industry for the recently released land-based wind energy guidelines proposed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. â Supporting homegrown sources of renewable energy is a key part of the Presidentâ s all-of-the-above energy strategy to create jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and strengthen national security,’said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. â The leaders weâ ve selected as Champions of Change are helping to grow our economy, reduce pollution in our communities, and position America as a world leader in clean energy.â Blittersdorf was honored not only for her work leading NRG Systems, a manufacturer of measurement systems for the renewable energy industry, but also for her work supporting the advancement of women in the wind industry. She was nominated for the award by Kristen Graf, executive director of the Women of Wind Energy (WoWE), an organization dedicated to the education and professional advancement of women to support a robust renewable energy economy. Blittersdorf has been active in WoWE since its inception. Blittersdorf became CEO of NRG Systems in 2004 after serving as vice president and CFO. In 2010, she became sole owner of NRG Systems, one of only a few independent, women-owned companies in the wind energy industry. About NRG SystemsNRG Systems’measurement equipment can be found in 150 countries on every continent, serving electric utilities, renewable energy developers, turbine manufacturers, and research institutes. The Hinesburg company, celebrating 30 years in business, has been nationally recognized for its LEED gold-certified manufacturing facilities and its employee best-practices. For more information, visit www.nrgsystems.com(link is external). About Women of Wind EnergyWoWE was founded in 2005 to support the education, professional development, and advancement of women in the wind industry. Since that time, WoWE has grown to an organization with 35 local chapters in the US and Canada and a growing grassroots network of more than 2,000 women and men. The organization is supported through hundreds of volunteer hours and the generous contributions of individual members, the American Wind Energy Association, and a large number of leading wind energy companies. For more information, visit www.womenofwindenergy.org(link is external). NRG Systems. 4.19.2012.
Vermont Business Magazine The Champlain Housing Trust announced today that it has purchased the Ethan Allen Apartments in Essex from the University of Vermont. The property, with 31 apartments in 11 buildings, was sold for $3.9 million. “We are excited to acquire this property, and appreciate UVM’s desire to work with us to eventually create more affordable homeownership opportunity,” said Michael Monte, chief operating and financial officer for Champlain Housing Trust (CHT).The organization will offer existing tenants an opportunity to sign a new lease in June. Eventually, 19 of the 31 apartments will slowly be converted to affordable homeownership through CHT’s shared equity program.The remaining twelve apartments will remain for rent, and will provide future flexibility for CHT to address affordable housing needs for people in need.”Champlain Housing Trust have been ideal partners to work with on the sale of Ethan Allen Apartments,” said Annie Stevens, Vice Provost for Student Affairs at UVM. “We know that Champlain Housing Trust will be excellent stewards of this property and that they are committed to providing a smooth transition for the student residents and their families as well as assistance for their ongoing affordable housing needs.”CHT is receiving financing for the purchase through Community Housing Capital, a national Community Development Financial Institution which serves as a direct lender to members of the NeighborWorks America network, like CHT. Most recently, Community Housing Capital financed a similar rental-to-homeownership initiative of CHT’s in Burlington’s south end. The university is also financing a portion of the sale.The Champlain Housing Trust, founded in 1984, is the largest community land trust in the country. Throughout Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties, CHT manages 2,200 apartments, stewards 565 owner-occupied homes in its signature shared-equity program, offers homebuyer education and financial fitness counseling, provides services to five housing cooperatives, and offers affordable energy efficiency and rehab loans. For more information, visit www.getahome.org(link is external).
Brattleboro Retreat,The following programs at the Brattleboro Retreat will be closed on Tuesday, March 14th due to predicted heavy snowfall:The Anna Marsh ClinicThe Starting Now ProgramThe Uniformed Service ProgramThe Birches Treatment Center’s Partial Hospital and Intensive Outpatient ProgramsThe Meadows SchoolThe BRIDGES program.All other services and programs at the Retreat, including the Buprenorphine Clinic (HUB Program) will remain open.,Yes
Berhow will face toughest test of yearThe freshman heavyweight said he has nothing to lose this weekend. Trevor BornFebruary 8, 2008Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintFreshman Ben Berhow will wrestle the most difficult match of his career Friday when he faces Northwestern’s Dustin Fox, the No. 1 heavyweight in the nation.The Gophers wrestle No. 10 Northwestern at 6:30 p.m., Friday (5-6, 1-2 Big Ten) in Evanston, Ill., and at unranked Purdue (9-4, 1-2 Big Ten) at noon Sunday.Head coach J Robinson said the team hasn’t decided who will wrestle against Fox on Friday, but Berhow is the clear choice. Freshman Joe Nord, his main competition early in the year, has struggled this season, going 0-3 with losses to Northern Illinois and Northern California.Fox, an All-American, is 15-0 and one of the burliest heavyweights in the conference.“I have nothing to lose against Fox,” Berhow said. “Nobody expects me to go out there and win as a freshman, so if I don’t, I can deal with it. But if I do, that’d be something people would talk about.”A true freshman, Berhow is one of just three unranked wrestlers expected to start this weekend. He is 4-4 and has yet to beat a ranked opponent.Assistant coach Mary Morgan said the Gophers staff is happy with Berhow’s progress as a freshman, but that he still needs to win a big match to prove he’s capable of starting as a heavyweight. “The thing about the University of Minnesota is that, if you’re a freshman, we expect you to do big things,” he said. “If we’re putting you out there, we expect you to win, whether you’re a freshman or a senior. I mean, we have freshmen who are national champions.”Being weak at the heavyweight position is new for the Gophers (11-5, 2-1 Big Ten), as it has been their strength for the last decade. Their previous three heavyweights – Cole Konrad, Garrett Lowney and Brock Lesnar – combined for eight All-American awards.Kish back, Schlatter notNo. 5 Roger Kish was upset twice last weekend, once by an unranked Oklahoma State opponent. The senior hadn’t wrestled since Dec. 8 and appeared winded early in both matches.Robinson said that Kish will likely start both of this weekend’s matches as he tries to get back into shape – the shape that allowed him to take third place in last season’s NCAA tournament.“We all know you don’t go from 80 percent to 100 percent in one weekend,” Robinson said. “He knows he’s the best 184-pounder out there but he’d been slacking a little with conditioning. He knows that now and he’s making it a priority, which is why I think we’ll see some big things out of Roger.”No. 2 Dustin Schlatter will travel with the team but won’t wrestle. Schlatter hasn’t wrestled in more than two months since injuring his hamstring against Dec. 6 Nebraska.
Advantage: Oregon StateWhen Oregon State passes the ball:Oregon State found a quarterback in Jake Luton, who has averaged around 270 yards passing per game. The Beavers have a few receivers with six or more receptions so far this season, but the one at the top right now is tight end Noah Togiai. He has 162 receiving yards on the season and is the biggest threat to the Gophers’ defense.The Gophers’ back end is missing some major pieces from last season, but Minnesota gave up 211 passing yards against Buffalo. The defense also stood tall when it counted, holding the Bulls to only seven points.Matchup to watch: TE Noah Togiai vs. DB Antonio ShenaultAdvantage: Oregon StatePrediction:Minnesota 23, Oregon State 17Minnesota has an opportunity to exploit the defense of Oregon State that has allowed 90 points in just two games, but still has to figure out the play with Smith and Brooks on the ground.Daily prediction record: 1-0Everything else you need to know:Start time: 9 p.m. CST, Saturday, Sept. 9.Network: Fox Sports 1Radio: 100.3 KFANLine: Oregon State by 2.5Minnesota depth chartOregon State depth chart (Page 22) Daily Breakdown: Minnesota has slight advantage over Oregon State’s weak defenseThe Beavers allowed 58 and 32 points in their first two games.Ellen SchmidtDefensive back Jacob Huff celebrates after swatting down a pass on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The Gophers beat Buffalo 17-7. Drew CoveSeptember 9, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe opening game of Minnesota’s 9-4 season in 2016 came to a 30-23 win against Oregon State. Now, the Gophers will play the Beavers again Saturday evening.While the Gophers’ offense was held to only 17 points against the 87th ranked defense of Buffalo last week in a 17-7 win, Minnesota (1-0) will have a chance to score more Oregon State (1-1).When Minnesota runs the ball:The Gophers didn’t get nearly as many yards on the ground as the passing game did against Buffalo, but still have the two running backs with starting experience, Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks.Minnesota got 169 yards rushing last week against Buffalo, with most of the yards going to Smith, but both he and Brooks were relatively even, with 76 and 69 yards, respectively.While the Gophers got only 150 yards in the game last season against the Beavers, Oregon State’s defense has been porous this season. In the team’s two games, they allowed 58 and 32 points.Matchup to watch: RB Rodney Smith vs. LB Manase HungaluAdvantage: MinnesotaWhen Oregon State runs the ball:Running back Ryan Nall got both starts this season for the Beavers, and he’s averaging almost 90 yards per game, but Minnesota only allowed Buffalo 51 yards on the ground last week.Minnesota’s linebacker group has the most depth on the defense, and the next best category would be the front of the defensive line, so the Gophers best situation is stopping the run.The Beavers’ versatility of their three most used backs, plus a backup quarterback with some rushes, could pose a problem to Minnesota.Matchup to watch: RB Ryan Nall vs. LB Thomas BarberAdvantage: MinnesotaWhen Minnesota passes the ball:The Gophers passed for 239 yards last week, and a majority of those yards went to wide receiver Tyler Johnson. Quarterback Conor Rhoda had the most chemistry with Johnson as a target, and his counterpart Demry Croft favored wide receiver Eric Carter. Oregon State’s back end is reeling from the loss of a safety and a cornerback from last season, but has promise in some of the younger talent coming into the team. Safety Jalen Moore is the star of the core, and will make Minnesota’s receivers work very hard for passes and yards.Matchup to watch: WR Tyler Johnson vs. S Jalen Moore
Gophers race to honor Rochelle “Rocky” RacetteRacette is a former Minnesota cross country runner, who died in a car crash.Jack RodgersRS Senior Sarah Klecker competes in the Gopher’s final home race of the season on Sunday, Nov. 5 at the Les Bolstad Golf Course. Anthony BryantNovember 6, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAfter a second-place finish at the Big Ten Championships last Sunday, and with the Midwest Regionals a week away, the Gophers switched gears to host their 37th annual Rocky’s Run Sunday at Les Bolstad Golf Course, where they compete for a cause close to the team.Rocky’s Run is a six kilometer open race that honors former Gophers runner Rochelle “Rocky” Racette, who died in a car accident in 1981 at the age of 22. The money the race earns then goes into the Rocky Racette Scholarship.Unattached freshman Jaycie Thomsen finished eighth overall as the top female runner with a time of 22:58.5. She was followed by fellow unattached freshmen Sophie Schmitz (23:41.5), who finished 12th overall, and Tate Sweeney (23:52.3) finished in 14th place. “Cross country is all about the battle, and I was proud of the way they battled today,” said head coach Sarah Hopkins.Sarah Werking (23:56.6) finished in 15th place finish, while Molly Eastman (24:03.3) and Carissa Dock (24:06.0) finished out the top-20 — finishing in 16th and 20th place, respectively. With regionals not too far off, the team is looking to keep their momentum going after a runner-up finish at the Big Ten Championships. “They all still feel good physically, and emotionally they know we can keep building,” Hopkins said. “I’ve been saying all year that I think we’re a better national level team than we are a Big Ten level team just because of how those two meets are different.”The Gophers will travel to Ames, Iowa to compete at the 2017 NCAA Midwest Regionals Nov. 10.“Confidence is key,” Hopkins said. “That’s such a big part of the end of the season is being confident and keeping positive momentum rolling.”
The new H7N9 virus linked to China’s recent outbreak is well equipped to bind to both avian and human receptors, invade the human lower respiratory tract, and replicate efficiently, a Chinese research team found after putting the virus though its paces in a host of laboratory tests.The study was one of two reports today that probed the pathogenicity of the H7N9 virus, which could provide health officials with more clues about some puzzling aspects of the disease, including why older people have been hit hardest. In the second study, a group from Hong Kong pitted the H7N9 outbreak strain against other viruses, including H9N2 and H5N1, in a battery of pathogenicity tests using mice.The two teams said the goals of the tests were to learn more about the pathogenesis mechanisms in H7N9 influenza, which still poses a threat despite a lull in disease activity.Dual binding abilitiesUsing tests to gauge hemagglutinin receptor-binding preferences, a team from Chinese central and provincial government agencies found that the novel virus binds to both avian-type and human-type receptors. For comparison, their tests on H5N1 and 2009 H1N1 samples showed, as expected, that H5N1 has a preference for avian-type receptors and the 2009 H1N1 virus has an affinity for human-type receptors.The researchers, who reported their findings today in a letter to Nature, noted that the increased H7N9 virus preference for human-type receptors might make it more transmissible between birds and humans.In respiratory tissue culture experiments, the group found that epithelial cells and type 2 pneumocytes in the alveoli were susceptible to the H7N9 virus, with titers in lung tissues that were tenfold higher than in the trachea. They said the pneumocyte replication may lead to deteriorating lung function, as seen with H5N1, and that lower tracheal yields might be a factor that limits human-to-human transmission.When the investigators examined serum samples from patients who were acutely sick, they found chemokine and cytokine levels that are markers of severe disease.Disordered chemokine and cytokine response has been implicated in severe H5N1 infections, so the team measured levels of these chemical messengers in the blood of seven patients infected with H7N9 when compared to healthy controls. They found that levels were significantly higher in H7N9 patients, with concentrations and patterns that were similar to patients with H5N1.The heightened cytokine response might be an important contributor to disease severity in patients with H7N9 infections, the team suggested.To get a better idea of pre-existing immunity and cross-reactivity to the H7N9 virus, the authors examined 90 stored serum samples from people who were vaccinated against seasonal flu between 2012 and 2013. They measured responses to the H7N9 virus in different age-groups before and after vaccination and found no pre-existing immunity or cross-reactivity in any of the age groups.”These data demonstrated that the human population is naïve to the H7N9 virus, and current seasonal vaccination does not protect against H7N9 infection,” they wrote.Taken together, the findings and the unpredictable evolution and adaptation of the H7N9 virus show that it poses a risk, and health officials should not underestimate its pandemic potential, the team concluded.Less pathogenic than H5N1?In the other H7N9 pathogenicity study, researchers from Hong Kong reported that studies in mice suggest that the novel H7N9 virus is more pathogenic in mice than are H9N2 and an earlier and different H7N9 strain from a duck, but less pathogenic than the H5N1 virus. They published their results in the latest issue of mBio.The team also found differences in cytokine induction. Higher cytokine levels were seen in mice infected with the H7N9 outbreak strain compared with the duck H7N9 virus or H9N2. However, they were lower than with H5N1.Surprising findings were that the novel H7N9 strain was not lethal to mice, even at the highest infectious doses, and that it didn’t disseminate beyond the respiratory tract.The group suggested that the findings regarding H7N9 virulence in mice are consistent with the observed pattern in humans, as H7N9 causes severe disease mainly in older people, whereas H5N1 can cause severe disease and death in children and young adults.Other H7N9 developmentsIn other H7N9 news today, a perspective piece in the New England Journal of Medicine said the recent H7N9 and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) outbreaks show the strength of digital disease surveillance that uses informal data sources such as infectious disease blogs, message boards, e-mail lists, social media, and news media.The authors, who hail from Pennsylvania State University and various institutions in Boston, wrote that during the H7N9 outbreak, such surveillance enhanced transparency and helped health officials better understand the spread of the disease. And though little information was available in the MERS-CoV outbreak, the first cases were revealed through ProMED-mail, the online reporting system of the International Society for Infectious Diseases.Overall, digital disease surveillance assists with a faster response and better understanding of the developments, and the H7N9 and MERS-CoV threats require that the methods be included in the response, the group wrote.In other developments, an investigation into a possible H7 infection in an American air traveler who was hospitalized in Canada after traveling to China found no evidence of H7N9 in follow-up tests, the Canadian Press (CP) reported yesterday. Initial tests showed that the man had antibodies to the H7 virus, but further tests conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) didn’t confirm the result.The Public Health Agency of Canada said microneutralization tests run by the CDC also found no H7 antibodies, according to the report.Gregory Taylor, Canada’s acting chief public health officer, told the CP that the test results are considered inconclusive and that labs can get different results from new tests for new viruses. However, Dr Judith Bosse, deputy minister for Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory, suggested that the initial result could have been a false-positive.The patient is an older man who had traveled to several destinations and got sick during a flight to San Francisco, which prompted authorities to divert the plane to Edmonton. Canadian doctors ordered a series of tests after the man got sick with pneumonia and they learned of his travel history, according to the CP report.Zhou J, Wang D, Gao R, et al. Biological features of novel avian influenza A (H7N9) virus, letter. Nature 2013 Jul 3 [Abstract]Mok CKP, Lee HHY, Chan MCW, et al. Pathogenicity of the novel A/H7N9 influenza virus in mice. mBio 2013 Jul 3 [Abstract]Salathe M, Freifeld CC, Mekaru SR, et al. Influenza A (H7N9) and the importance of digital epidemiology, perspective. N Engl J Med 2013 Jul 3 [Extract]See also:Jul 2 Canadian Press storyJun 27 CIDRAP News scan “Canada investigates H7 findings in American air passenger”
DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. — Best Brakes has announced a new addition to its sales and marketing team.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Gary Mercer is now vice president of sales and marketing for Best Brakes’ western division. In this role, Mercer will be responsible for sales and marketing of the current complete line of Global Pro Premium Brake drums and rotors as well as new products such as the Global Pro line of Premium Brake Pads. An industry veteran, Mercer has gained experience with such aftermarket brands as Tenneco, Raybestos, ITT Aimco, Brembo and Power Performance Group. He also has experience in the economy brake parts market with such companies as Qualitee International, Safline Automotive and most recently, IAP Dura. Mercer will work alongside another industry veteran, H. Kevin Wells, who is the vice president of sales and marketing, eastern division for Best Brakes.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement
From the Office of the Secretary of State:Same Day Voter Registration Used by more than 2,000 New MexicansNew Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver today released the voter turnout and same day voter registration numbers through the end of early voting for the regular local election.These are unofficial numbers that reflect absentee and in-person voting for the 2019 regular local election from the start of early voting Oct. 8, 2019 through the date specified on the table below. The “Same Day Registration” column reflects the number of people who utilized the same day registration option at their County Clerk’s office (or at a polling place) to register to vote or update their registration and who voted on the same day.
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