Eric P. Winer elected ASCO President for term starting in June 2022

first_imgEric P. Winer elected ASCO President for term starting in June 2022 Seventh Dana-Farber affiliated physician to lead ASCOThe American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has elected  Eric P. Winer, MD, to serve as its President for the term beginning in June 2022. He will take office as President-Elect during the ASCO Annual Meeting in June 2021. Winer is the chief clinical development officer, senior vice president for medical affairs, chief of the Division of Breast Oncology, and the Thompson Chair in Breast Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He is also a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.“I am deeply honored to be named President-Elect of ASCO and serve our members who are committed to improving patient care around the world,” Winer said. “ASCO is as equally devoted to improving outcomes for patients as it is to supporting oncology professionals and enhancing their ability to deliver the best possible care, and I look forward to supporting the ASCO mission in this role.”Winer is the Principal Investigator of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) in Breast Cancer. Dana-Farber’s breast cancer program cares for thousands of individuals with breast cancer each year and has an extensive research portfolio with the goal of extending the lives of individuals with breast cancer and minimizing suffering from the disease. Winer has received numerous awards for breast cancer research, while also being recognized for his efforts to mentor younger clinicians and investigators.Winer is a long-time member and volunteer of ASCO. He served on the ASCO Board of Directors from 2011 to 2015, and he served as chair of the ASCO Government Relations Committee, Cancer Communications Committee, and Health Services Research Committee, among numerous other volunteer roles. He is the 2017 recipient of ASCO’s Gianni Bonadonna Breast Cancer Award and Lecture.Winer will be the seventh Dana-Farber affiliated physician to serve as president since ASCO was founded in 1964. The previous six were Emil Frei, MD, 1968-69; George P. Canellos, MD, 1993-94; Karen H. Antman, MD, 1994-95; Robert Mayer, MD, 1997-98, and Bruce Johnson, MD 2017-18 and Monica Bertagnolli, MD, 2018-19. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:american, breast cancer, Bruce, cancer, cancer research, communications, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, disease, Government, health services, medicine, oncology, outcomes, patient care, President, Professor, researchlast_img read more

Gov’t to Provide Legal Definition for Strategic Investments

first_imgAdvertisements Gov’t to Provide Legal Definition for Strategic Investments InformationJuly 4, 2013Written by: Latonya Linton RelatedPrime Minister Commends St. Hilda’s Jamaica 50 Legacy Village Project FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Government has taken on board, a suggestion from the Opposition, to provide a clear legal definition of the term “strategic investments”.This was disclosed by Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Dr. Omar Davies on Tuesday, July 2, as he closed the 2013/2014 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives.During his contribution to the 2013/2014 Budget Debate, Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness, recommended that the Government bring to Parliament, a law surrounding strategic investments.He said the move is imperative as Cabinet prepares to consider a submission to amend the Contractor General Act, to limit the involvement of the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) in certain investment projects at the pre-contract stage.“We have taken on board the comment/suggestion made by the Leader of the Opposition. What we would seek to do is provide a definition for a strategic investment (to be) put before Parliament,” Dr. Davies said.Attorney General, Patrick Atkinson, on May 29, announced the amendments to the Contractor General Act.He explained that there were “several strategic investments at hand” and several others to come, and “when such investment opportunities are in the formative and feasibility stages, confidentiality is usually demanded by those seeking to do business with the Government”.Dr. Davies, in his closing statements on Tuesday, stressed that the move “is not an attempt to exclude the Contractor General from carrying out his responsibility in monitoring contracts, but it will preclude certainly, when there are potentially sensitive investments being discussed, these investigations being carried out even before any agreement has been arrived at.”He said it is important to also convey to the rest of the population that “it’s not a matter of this is Government money and therefore be subject to scrutiny as such.”“These are persons we are trying to attract. We don’t know that we have had them yet, so you can’t begin to investigate the possibility of an investment and so there is going to be a definition of strategic investment as the backdrop towards the amendments,” Dr. Davies said.Contact: Latonya Lintoncenter_img RelatedSenator Falconer Hands over $300,000 Poultry Project RelatedUNESCO Commits $36 Million to Archives and Records Departmentlast_img read more

Emory University President Remembers Pellom McDaniels III

first_img Related Stories For Whom The Bell Rings Emory University Professor Pellom McDaniels III passed away on Sunday. The 52-year-old had a successful NFL career, earned his Ph.D. from Emory University, and became the faculty curator of the African American Collections at Emory’s Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library in 2013. In that role, he expanded the library’s acquisitions of African American archives.Claire Sterk, president of Emory University, first met McDaniels at the beginning of his Ph.D. program in a research methods class she taught.“He would really challenge sort of people’s logic and the way in which they interpreted data,” Sterk said. “He would make sure that whatever people concluded really was based on reality.”McDaniels brought what he learned from his time as a professional football player into his academic work.“He had had to be very analytical and plan ahead and look at the past and see what worked and didn’t work,” Sterk said. “I was amazed to see how he took all those lessons from American football.”Of McDaniel’s work at Emory’s Rose Library, Sterk said he used his experience as an African American man and as an athlete to curate incredible collections.“He made all of us, and certainly I am among those people, exposed to the lies told about disenfranchised people, and was very committed to making sure that we all got to understand the reality and the truth,” Sterk said. Share Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party 7:07 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List last_img read more

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Minor Baseball alive and well as NDBA opens 2012 diamond campaign

first_imgJustin Lasichuk pitched a few innings to get the win for Nelson.Trail Dodgers hosted the Nelson Diamondbacks in game two of the day at Queen Elizabeth.The West Kootenay Minor Baseball season runs until the middle of June when playoffs close out the house league campaigns.The West Kootenay teams — Grand Forks, Fruitvale, Castlegar, Trail and Nelson — then form all-star squads to participate in provincial play.The Little League major players have a short distance to travel as Trail is host site for the B.C. Little League Championships in July.The tournament is held at Andy Bilesky Park in Trail.EXTRA INNINGS: President Larry Martel said renovations to Lions Park baseball diamond has commenced. Nelson and District Minor Baseball, given the green light by the city, is doing a major overhaul to the Uphill Park. . . . From now until mid-June Queen Elizabeth Park will be a beehive of activity with baseball games played on most days. Looking at the beaming smile on the face of president Larry Martel, it’s safe to say minor baseball is alive and well in Nelson.Martel all smiling from ear to ear as Nelson and District Minor Baseball held opening day Saturday at Queen Elizabeth Park with the Nelson Angeles defeating Castlegar in Little League Major action.“We’ve got 98 kids and 15 teams, which is where we were last year,” Martel said when asked about the state of minor baseball in Nelson.Nelson teams play in the West Kootenay Baseball League — the players 13-and-over in the B.C. Babe Ruth and the younger players in B.C. Little League.Opening game saw Nelson Angels capture the victory against Castlegar.last_img read more

Connacht v Sale Sharks – Preview

first_imgprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Connacht kicks off a massive weekend of European rugby tonight. They take on Sale Sharks in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals in Manchester. If they win, Connacht will reach the European Challenge Cup semi-finals for the first time in nine years. The game kicks off at 7.45pm and is live on Galway Bay FM. Rob Murphy and William Davies gives a preview of the big game and the changes Andy Friend has made within the pack from their meeting last week with Benetton Treviso..last_img

Southland Conference Announces Football Players of the Week

first_imgOffensive Player of the Week:  Gus Johnson, Stephen F. AustinJohnson rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns to help Stephen F. Austin to a 27-17 upset win against No. 8 Southeastern Louisiana. The senior from Gilmer, Texas (Gilmer H.S.), who scored on touchdown runs of seven and 13 yards, has six 100-plus rushing games on the season. Johnson’s 18 rushing touchdowns set the SFA single-season record and his 47 career touchdowns moved him to fifth all-time in Southland history for career touchdowns and fourth in league history in rushing touchdowns. Johnson also had two catches for 25 yards against the Lions, giving him 141 yards of total offense. Honorable Mention:  Patrick Martin, Stephen F. Austin; Jonathan Buffin, Houston Baptist; A.J. Davis, Sam Houston State. Honorable Mention: Willie Matthews, Central Arkansas; B.J. Kelly, Houston Baptist; Jared Johnson, Sam Houston State. Defensive Player of the Week:  Brent Spikes, McNeese StateSpikes had a career night with three interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, and 148 yards in returns in McNeese State’s 41-21 win over UIW. The junior from Newton, Texas (Newton H.S.), set a school and conference record with the 148 interception return yards. Spikes returned his first interception 62 yards, second for 41 yards and the final one 45 yards for a touchdown. His three interceptions in one game tied a school record. Spikes, who had three total tackles, was part of the Cowboys’ defense that held UIW to 49 rushing yards. FRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin senior running back Gus Johnson was named the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. McNeese State junior safety Brent Spikes earned defensive player of the week award while SFA junior punter Nick Bruno was named the special teams player of the week.center_img Special Teams Player of the Week: Nick Bruno, Stephen F. AustinBruno played a vital part in Stephen F. Austin’s 27-17 upset win against No. 8 Southeastern Louisiana by helping the Lumberjacks win the field position battle against the Lions. The junior from Rowlett, Texas (Rowlett H.S.), averaged 46.2 yards per punt with a pair of 52-yard kicks. Bruno also pinned one punt at the six-yard line while another just breached the goal line for a touchback. Through four conference games, Bruno is averaging 45.1 yards per kick with three 52-yarders. Honorable Mention: Ramon Coto, Jr. UIW; Jatavious Wilson, Central Arkansas; Jordan Barnett, Southeastern Louisiana; Luc Swimberghe, Sam Houston State. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his own player. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors.last_img read more

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Going batty in Southern Africa

first_imgThe Cohen’s horseshoe species is only found in Mpumalanga in the Sudwala area near Nelspruit. (Image: Patty Ruback) Dr Samantha Stoffberg was responsible for the conclusive DNA studies that identified four new horseshoe bat species. The Mozambican horseshoe bat is a medium-sized species in the complex. It is widespread in Mozambique and northwest Zimbabwe. (Images: Stellenbosch University) MEDIA CONTACTS • Engela Duvenhage   Media: Faculty of Science   Stellenbosch University  +27 82 874 1291 RELATED ARTICLES • New bug leaps into history books • Mount Mabu yields hidden bounty • New solutions for water conservation • Cape Town gets new nature reservesWilma den HartighA group of South African zoologists and bat experts are part of an international team that has discovered four new species of horseshoe bats in East and Southern Africa.The discovery puts a spotlight on improving efforts to conserve the continent’s rich and expanding biodiversity, protecting new bat species in South Africa and recognising the important role of these flying mammals in the ecosystem.Previously scientists thought that there was only one type of large horseshoe bat, Hildebrandt’s horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus hildebrandtii), widespread throughout East Africa, Zimbabwe and South Africa’s Mpumalanga province.However, after years of research, piecing together clues such as DNA data and the frequency of sonar calls, scientists have found that there are in fact four other species.They are: Cohen’s horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus cohenae), Smithers’ horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus smithersi), the Mozambican horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus mossambicus) and the Mount Mabu horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus mabuensis).The study was led by bat experts and evolutionary geneticists Prof Peter Taylor of the University of Venda, Dr Samantha Stoffberg of Stellenbosch University (SU), Prof Ara Monadjem of the University of Swaziland, Dr Corrie Schoeman of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Dr Julian Bayliss of the Conservation Science Group at the University of Cambridge in the UK and the Mulanje Mountain Conservation Trust in Malawi, SU’s Dr Woody Cotterill and the Africa Earth Observatory Network.Conclusive DNA evidenceStoffberg, who is a postdoctoral researcher in the evolutionary genomics research group of the Department of Botany and Zoology at SU, was responsible for the conclusive DNA studies.“Describing new mammals is not that common, and certainly not four at once,” Stoffberg says. “And there are more on the way.”She explains that the newly-described flying mammals are good examples of cryptic species, which means that they are difficult to tell apart based on their external appearance.This is one of the biggest challenges in the study of bats, says Stoffberg. “Because they all fly and echolocate, they look very similar. DNA comparisons have made it possible for us to clearly distinguish between these species.”The scientists also used other characteristics such as skull shape, genitalia and DNA sequencing to identify and classify the new species.Distinct sonar callsHorseshoe bats can all be identified by their horseshoe-shaped noseleaves, which amplify and direct their very distinct echolocation calls.Echolocation, a biological sonar system, is a fascinating navigation tool used by mammals such as bats and certain birds that enables them to fly in the dark.Echolocating animals release a call and then listen for the echoes to return from objects near them. The echo of the sound waves helps these animals to determine the shape of surrounding objects.These specific calls were the first clues that the scientists scrutinised. “We found these differ not only among bats from various parts of Africa, but critically of bats found in the same localities,” said Cotterill.Renewed efforts to study and protect batsStoffberg developed an interest in bats when she was a third-year student at the University of Cape Town. “We were exposed to bats as one of the study animals and I was hooked,” she says.“There is so much about bats that we don’t know, especially in terms of answering evolutionary questions.”According to Stoffberg accurate identification of bats is important to ensure that the best conservation efforts are put in place to protect these animals.“The discovery of the new species is important in terms of conserving South Africa’s biodiversity,” she says, adding that knowledge of a bat’s geographical distribution, particularly if it is limited such as that of the Cohen species, is important for its survival.“To conserve something you need to know what you have,” she explains.The Cohen species is only found in Mpumalanga in the Sudwala area near Nelspruit.Prof Peter Taylor of the University of Venda, lead author of the study, is not aware of any other bat species being endemic to Mpumalanga, which highlights the conservation importance of the Cohen’s horseshoe bat.Cotterill explains that the Smithers’ horseshoe bat only seems to be found in the northwestern regions of the Zambezi escarpment in Zimbabwe, remote areas of the Kruger National Park in the Pafuri area, and the Soutpansberg Mountains in Limpopo.These bats have the highest echolocation frequency of all the members of this species-complex.Pest control and pollination Bats also have an important role in the ecosystem. “They eat a lot of potentially harmful agricultural pests and keep insect populations in check,” Stoffberg says.They are also very effective pollinators because unlike birds, they travel further. Fruit bats, for example, are responsible for pollination of baobab flowers.Stoffberg says that the study of bats has been neglected, but with advancements in technology it is becoming easier to study these fascinating animals.• Slideshow image courtesy of welchlinks.comlast_img read more