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Limerick accepted to the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition

first_imgAdvertisement MINISTER for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, was on hand last week to help BT Ireland announce a record number of entries for the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, which takes place on 11-14 January 2017. In total 2,091 project ideas were submitted by secondary students from 375 schools across the island, an increase of 2% from the 2016 exhibition. Of the 550 projects shortlisted to compete at the exhibition, 54 come from Limerick secondary schools, with a total of 120 students from fourteen local schools heading to the RDS in January.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Twitter The 53rd BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition will take place in the RDS, Dublin from 11th-14th January 2017.  There are over 140 teacher and pupil awards to be won, including cash prizes, international trips and the overall title of BT Young Scientist & Technologist(s) of the Year. For more information on the exhibition, log ontoor follow the exhibition on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @BTYSTE. Email The 2017 entries at a glance:·         2,091 entries received·         4,591 students·         375 schools represented across the island·         Cork has the highest number of entries from any county, followed by Dublin and Limerick in second and third place·         Entrants are 61% female, 39% male·         1622 group entries and 469 individual entries·         Social & Behavioural Sciences was the most popular category (41% of entries), followed by Biological & Ecological Sciences (29%), Technology (16%) and Chemical, Physical & Mathematical Sciences (14%). WhatsApp The 53rd BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition attracted individual and group entries from 4,591 students in total, an increase of over 3% on last year. These hail from 31 counties, and girls once again out-numbered the boys with a gender split of 61% female to 39% male entrants. Students submitted ideas and innovations on subjects ranging from migration to climate change to concussion injuries, with Social & Behavioural Sciences the most popular category (41% of entries). Facebook Linkedin Print NewsEducationLimerick accepted to the BT Young Scientist & Technology ExhibitionBy Staff Reporter – November 6, 2016 791 Previous articleElvis and Shakespeare, getting All Shook UpNext articleLimerick Repair Directory launched online Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

Finalists selected in President’s Challenge

first_imgHarvard University today announced the selection of 10 teams of finalists in the 2013 President’s Challenge for social entrepreneurship.“The President’s Challenge encourages students from across the University to unleash their creativity, apply their knowledge, and turn their ideas into solutions to the world’s most pressing problems,” said President Drew Faust, who created the challenge last year. “The 10 finalist teams have demonstrated extraordinary ingenuity and commitment, and I look forward to seeing their projects evolve over the course of the semester.”Teams of students and postdoctoral fellows were asked to focus on problems in one of five areas: learning, health, energy and environment, disaster preparation and relief, or the arts. The proposals from finalists ranged from an online platform supporting law enforcement agents in the disruption of criminal networks to a venture dedicated to the invention of original artistic works about personal genetics and health.This year’s President’s Challenge finalists were selected from a pool of 127 applications by a panel of Harvard faculty and alumni, organized by judging committee co-chairs Provost Alan Garber and William Sahlman, the Dimitri V. D’Arbeloff — MBA Class of 1955 Professor of Business Administration.“In the second year of the challenge, even more students are proposing impressive projects that can have a dramatic impact in the world,” said Garber. “As the i-lab [Innovation Lab] has taken root in the entrepreneurial community, these student teams are tapping into available resources and exploring their own creativity, and their ideas are flourishing as a result.”“These teams brought their thoughtfulness and passion to create ideas with the potential for far-reaching impact on people here and across the world,” said Sahlman.Each finalist team will receive a $5,000 grant and dedicated space in the i-lab, and be paired with an expert mentor to further develop their solutions.  One winner and up to three runners-up will be announced in late May.The teams represent a diversity of backgrounds and experiences. Each of the University’s Schools was represented by at least one team leader, and most teams have members from several Schools.Teams were selected from each category, with more finalists in the learning and health categories based on the volume of submissions in those fields. The finalist teams are:In the learning categoryEmpowerment Through Integration is an outreach program that seeks to encourage disadvantaged, blind youth to explore and achieve their career goals while combating the social stigma against blindness. The idea was borne out of founder Sara Minkara’s experiences as a legally blind person in Lebanon, and the alarming disparities she found in the support provided for the blind in different countries around the world.Zen Way Inc. strives to disrupt the standardized test preparation market and higher-education application processes by offering free and low-cost tools for online self-guided study. Their tool, based on an algorithm, personalizes the test prep experience, starting with the LSAT, for standardized test-takers. It aims to increase access to high-quality educational material regardless of the user’s financial resources.Flume is a Web tool to crowdsource expertise from participants around the world and at all levels of expertise to build and maintain a highly detailed, current map of the human genome. Users will have a better understanding of the genome and enable a more open scientific community benefiting academic research, industrial applications, and biological education.In the health categoryHealio is a mobile app that allows doctors to remotely monitor their patients’ wound-healing progress through a detailed, time-lapse pictorial record, enabling medical care providers to maintain a higher quality of care while reducing the number of costly follow-up visits.PlenOptika is a venture producing a low-cost handheld device that prescribes glasses with the click of a button, removing one barrier — the acute shortage of trained professionals — to obtaining appropriate eyeglasses in remote or low-income areas.Quantamerix is a group inventing a low-cost diagnostic device that will eliminate the need for large centralized labs to process the millions of newborn screenings that are skipped every day. Currently only one in four newborns worldwide is tested for easily treatable diseases, and Quantamerix wants to dramatically raise that number.In the arts categoryKartis is an interactive social Web platform coupling mapping with a social network to overcome barriers to collaboration. The real-time map of the nonprofit sector will show where current needs are being served, where they are unmet, and where collaboration between complementary services could be fostered to maximize impact and increase the efficiency of delivering aid.Sightline Productions is a group of artists, scientists, and educators who are passionate about creating impact through the production and sharing of original artistic works focused on genetics and health. By bringing people’s stories to life, they hope to impact both those who have something to tell and something to learn.In the energy and environment categoryTerraTek is a social enterprise that focuses on helping individuals, municipalities, and communities determine their existing land rights in a transparent and secure manner, to settle disputes and map and organize property rights in developing countries.In the disaster preparation and relief categoryNucleik has developed an online information management system that reduces the time law enforcement spends on information collection, management, analysis, and reporting by 90 percent, giving police officers more time to protect neighborhoods. For more than six months, Nucleik’s system has been used with successful results in Springfield, Mass. (a city experiencing gang-related problems), and by the Massachusetts State Police.On May 6, the finalists will present their ideas to the local and Harvard communities at Demo Day. The grand prize winner and runners-ups will be announced by Faust in late May, when they will take home a share in the $100,000 purse. They will continue their residency at the i-lab, with dedicated workspace, mentoring, and access to expert resources throughout the summer.The President’s Challenge is one of three challenges hosted by the i-lab. Applications for the Deans’ Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge and Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge are in the final stages of the initial judging rounds.“It’s so inspiring to see so many student teams coming from across disciplines to leverage each other’s strengths with the common goal of effecting real change both locally and globally,” said Gordon Jones, managing director of the i-lab. “The high level of student participation across the three challenges shows that the entrepreneurial presence within the Harvard student community is strong and growing.“The challenges represent a great opportunity for students to test their ideas while still in an academic environment. We are working to resource these and all Harvard students in growing their ventures and adding skills to their professional tool kits to take forward into their careers,” Jones added.last_img read more

Trout Unlimited

first_imgReba Brinkman and a brown trout.The Southern Appalachians has thousands of miles of trout streams. Here are four classic destination rivers that should be on every angler’s must-fish list. ELK RIVERWest Virginia Locals call it “The Lady,” because it’s so fertile. The river starts at Slatyfork, where Big Spring Run and Old Field Fork join, then goes underground for six miles before popping back out at Elk Springs in the form of three cold springs, and heads west toward Charleston. Head for the 4.6-mile stretch from the headwaters to the dries, where the river heads underground. This upper stretch, known as the Slatyfork section, is narrow, rocky, and shallow, but has plenty of cover to keep the river cool in the summer. It’s catch and release, and a stellar wild trout fishery. Expect to find naturally reproducing brown, rainbow, and brook.“The Upper Elk has the largest naturalized population of trout in West Virginia,” guidebook author Beau Beasley says. “It’s catch and release, so you’re not going to find as many conventional anglers in the area because they have to let the fish go.”Since the fish populations have been naturalized, they’re more wary than what you’ll find in stocked West Virginia streams, so bring your A-game.Access: From Slatyfork, take County Route 219-12 north for 0.5 miles to a trailhead servicing the catch and release section of the Elk. Follow the former rail line along the river.NORTH FORK MOORMANSVirginiaThe North Fork Moormans is a tight, rugged trout stream that starts near Skyline Drive inside the Shenandoah National Park and eventually feeds the drinking water reservoir for Charlottesville, before mellowing out into a wider river. The headwaters inside the park offer some of the best native brook fishing in the state.“Some of the largest native brook trout in Virginia are found in the North Fork Moormans. It’s not unusual to pull out a 12 to 14 inch brook with a good, thick body,” says James “Chubby” Damron, vice president of the Virginia Council of Trout Unlimited and author of the forthcoming Fly Fishing Guide to Jefferson Country. “Plus, there are over five miles of stream with public access, so you can camp and fish and head up into the upper parts and never see anyone else.”The section inside Shenandoah National Park is catch and release only. A massive flood in the ‘90s wreaked havoc on the trout populations and habitat, but the headwaters have bounced back.Access: Hike-in only. Park at Blackrock Gap on Skyline Drive at milepost 87 and walk down the North Fork Moormans River Road until you find the stream. SOUTH FORK HOLSTON RIVERTennesseeIf you want big fish, and lots of them, you go to the South Fork Holston, a tailwater stream that’s fed by the bottom of the South Holston Dam, which provides trout-friendly ice-cold water year-round. The river is famous for two things: big wild browns, and the mass hatching of sulphur bugs almost daily from April to November. Show up in the summer, and you’re almost guaranteed to see a massive bug hatch, which means the trout are popping to the top of the river to dine. This tailwater section of the river is home to 5,000 trout per mile, about a quarter of which are wild browns. Most anglers like those odds.“This is one of the classic Southern trout fisheries,” says Fly Fishing Team USA member Josh Stephens. “But even with high fish populations, it’s still fly fishing, which means the South Fork Holston can reward you one day and frustrate you the next.”The South Fork Holston is also a wider river, which will allow you more room to practice casting for distance.For large browns that push the 20-pound size, fish the tailwaters between the dam and Bluff City. This section of the river provides fish that rival anything you’ll find in world-famous Western rivers like the San Juan in New Mexico. Pay attention to the TVA dam generation schedule. If you’re fishing while the TVA is releasing water, you’d better be in a boat. Otherwise, wading is an option.Access: If you’re wading, there’s a walk-in area off of River Bend Road and another just upstream from Emmet Bridge.DAVIDSON RIVERNorth CarolinaThe Davidson could be the most well known trout fishery in North Carolina–it even made Trout Unlimited’s Top 100 Trout Streams list–but for good reason: It’s home to some very large trout.“It’s the only place in Western North Carolina where you can see a 24-inch fish, just laying out in front of you,” says long-time guide Forrest Marshal. “There’s a mile-long stretch around the hatchery where you can stand right beside these massive fish and look them right in the eye.”The river is as clear as moonshine, which allows you to spot the massive trout before you start tempting them with flies, but the transparency works both ways. As a rule, you should assume that any rainbow you spot in the Davidson saw you ten minutes earlier and assessed you as a non-threat. These fish are used to humans and have become so large because of regular feedings from the hatchery. So expect a finicky prey…and crowds.The hatchery stretch of the Davidson will host a dozen anglers even during the week. You can head higher into the Davidson River Gorge or lower towards Avery Creek for more solitude, but expect smaller fish.“Even though the Davidson is crowded, it’s still a unique experience,” Marshal says. “It’s still cool to take a beginner down there, put a fly rod in their hands for the first time, teach them a couple of things, and watch them catch a 20-inch fish.”Access: Park at the Pisgah Forest Fish Hatchery, off FS 475 near Brevard, and follow the trail downstream.School of FishWant to learn how to cast from the best? Enroll in an Orvis Fly Fishing School. Orvis, maker of fine fly rods, began the country’s first fly fishing school in 1966 and quickly became the industry standard for teaching beginners how to fish with flies.“There’s a continuity to the training you find at an Orvis school,” says Orvis instructor Reba Brinkman (see Brinkman’s tips for beginners below). “It’s a proven method of teaching. At Orvis, you learn a foundation that you can take and fish anywhere.”Graduate from a two-day Orvis school, and you even get a diploma. There are only 15 Orvis schools in the country. The Southern Appalachians has four.ORVIS TENNESSEE FLY FISHING SCHOOL SEVIERVILLE, TENNESSEE Taught at the Hidden Mountain Resorts, you’ll start off at the casting pond and eventually have the chance to land wild trout inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. hiddenmountain.comTHE HOMESTEAD FLY FISHING SCHOOL HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA Learn the Orvis methods, then test them out on Cascades Stream, a privately owned trout stream on the Homestead that features 20-foot waterfalls and classic Southern Appalachians fishing.NEMACOLIN WOODLANDS RESORT’S ORVIS FLY FISHING SCHOOL FARMINGTON, PENNSYLVANIA There’s a lot of fishable water nestled inside Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands. At Nemacolin’s school, you’ll have the opportunity to fish some of the area’s prettiest streams, including the Youghiogheny River and Beaver Creek.NORTH CAROLINA FLY FISHING SCHOOL AT THE BILTMORE ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA Begin your journey to fly-casting superiority on ponds with the Biltmore in the background, then move on to legendary trout streams like the Davidson and Mills River.Fly School: Get an introduction to fly fishing from Orvis.Start HereThree tips from Reba Brinkman, Orvis-endorsed instructor at the Biltmore Estate and founder of WNC Women on the Fly.1. Casting is the most intimidating part of learning how to fly fish. People think it’s difficult, but if you have the proper training, it’s not hard to learn. It’s really important to build that skill at the beginning.2. Eighty percent of a fish’s diet is sub-surface. I look under rocks at the stream for aquatic bugs, then find the fly in my box that matches it closely in color. Or just use a fly that matches the color of the river bottom.3. Focus on fishing just a few local rivers and master them. Get to know these home waters by making a friend at a fly shop. A local resource can be extremely helpful to learning how to fish and where to fish. last_img read more

Other Sports Sindhu, Srikanth advance to India Open second round

first_imgP V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth progressed to the second round.HS Prannoy also made a strong start to his campaign. 2015 winner Srikanth recorded his fourth successive win over Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent. New Delhi: Former champions P V Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth progressed to the second round, while HS Prannoy also made a strong start to his campaign with a hard-fought win at the Yonex-Sunrise India Open here Wednesday. Sindhu, who reached the finals in the last two editions and won the title in 2017, brushed aside fellow Indian Mugdha Agrey 21-8 21-13 in women’s singles, while a 2015 winner Srikanth recorded his fourth successive win over Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent with a 21-16 18-21 21-19 triumph in men’s singles.Prannoy also showed good signs of recovering from a gastro-oesophageal reflux disease that troubled him last year, notching up a come-from-behind 14-21 21-18 21-14 win over Thailand’s eighth-seeded Kantaphon Wangcharoen. Fifth seed Sameer Verma beat Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke 21-18 21-12, while Riya Mookerjee shocked Thailand’s Phittayaporn Chaiwan 21-17 21-15 to set up a meeting with Denmark’s eighth seed Mia Blichfeldt, who knocked out Rita Thaker.Sindhu said it was an easy first-round match for her.  “It was comparatively easy for me. Now it is time to focus on next match. After All England I have worked on mental aspect as well physical,” second-seeded Sindhu said. Swiss Open finalist B Sai Praneeth recovered from a first-game reversal to outwit compatriot Kartikey Gulshan Kumar 22-24 21-13 21-8 to enter the second round. After opening the first game, third-seeded Srikanth erased an 11-17 deficit to make it 18-19 but couldn’t stop Vincent to bounce back into the contest. In the decider again, the Indian was lagging 1-7 before he equalised at 8-8 with the crowd rooting for him. Vincent again ran up a 17-11 lead with Srikanth committing simple errors but he recovered in time and grabbed two match points with a precise return and sealed it when the Hong Kong shuttler went wide.”I have played him 4-5 times after Asian Games. He played well in second and third game. I am happy I could pull it off. I made too many simple errors in the decider. We have to be ready for such a fast-paced game,” Srikanth said.Prannoy had missed a lot of tournaments last year due to the gastro-esophageal reflux disease. He would enter an event and find it difficult to breath properly in long matches but he seemed to have recovered well.”I have been consulting doctors in the United States,” said Prannoy after the match.”I can say it has helped me stand in the court right now. Probably 80% of the things have fallen in place. There are areas I have to focus on like the diet plan that has been given to me. I should be much better comparatively in the next 4-5 months.”Former champions Ratchanok Intanon and Li Xuerui made a good start to their respective campaigns. The fourth-seeded Intanon, who is eyeing a third title at this prestigious event, comfortably beat India’s Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka 21-9, 21-6. London Olympic gold medallist Xuerui, the winner of this tournament in 2012, overcame a tough opponent in Nitchaon Jindapol with a 21-17, 21-11 scoreline.Third seed He Bingjiao needed 30 minutes to dismiss India’s Prashi Joshi 21-12, 21-15 and was joined by her compatriot Chen Xiaoxin following her 21-15, 21-11 victory over Yulia Yosephin Susanto. In doubles, sixth seeds Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy blew away younger countrymen Ravi and Lakshay Saroha 21-14, 21-7. Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Shivam Sharma, who qualified for the main draw, made short work of Senthil Vel Govindarasu and Vembarasan Venkatachalam 21-13, 21-13. In women’s doubles, the pairs of Pooja Dandu-Sanjana Santosh and Venkata Ramya Tulasi Bailupudi-Shivani Santosh Singh made it through Round 2. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightslast_img read more