New Ph.D. program in population health sciences announced


first_imgThe Faculty of Arts and Sciences has unanimously approved a new Ph.D. program in population health sciences, which will be based at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. This final step in the formal approval process comes after four years of extensive deliberation and careful planning, which included a vote of our own faculty. The new Ph.D. will be an interdepartmental program involving the Departments of Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Global Health and Population, Nutrition, and Social and Behavioral Sciences and will be administered by a Steering Committee consisting of Subu Subramanian, the chairs from the five departments, and David Hunter as ex-officio member.The new Ph.D. program, to be launched with the entry of the first cohort in the fall of 2016, will innovate by developing a common framework of core scientific principles and knowledge that students in all five departments will learn while pursuing their doctoral degree. Simultaneously, it will build on the interdisciplinary synergies that exist across these five departments with regard to substantive areas of research. Through the common platform, the program aspires to nurture the future generation of leading scientists. As most students graduating from this program are expected to work in academic institutions, a critical aspect of the curriculum will involve the development of competencies for excellence in teaching. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Medicinal cannabis still not favoured by doctors


first_imgRadio NZ News 23 September 2020Family First Comment: “Research by the New Zealand Medical Journal and published by NZ Doctor in June, showed that 79 percent of GPs in New Zealand had concerns prescribing it. Medical director of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, Dr Bryan Betty said there was still not enough evidence of its benefits.”www.saynopetodope.org.nz/medicinalCannabis became legal medicine in New Zealand in April.One of New Zealand’s newest medical cannabis companies, Tauranga based Eqalis, said a medical diagnosis was needed in order to get the full effect of medical cannabis, for the condition being treated.Chief medical officer Elizabeth Plant said medical cannabis was complex and in order to work properly, specific ratios of compounds were needed in the active ingredients.“You have to make sure the dose is safe and effective and it’s more about low THC and high CBD.”Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) were the two primary cannabinoids that occur naturally in the Cannabis sativa plant.CBD was non-psychoactive, meaning it would not get the user high, and therefore appeared more frequently than THC in dietary and natural supplements.Plant said prescribing for medical use was a delicate balance.Research by the New Zealand Medical Journal and published by NZ Doctor in June, showed that 79 percent of GPs in New Zealand had concerns prescribing it.READ MORE: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/426757/medicinal-cannabis-still-not-favoured-by-doctorsKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Arneson’s first Arizona win comes in finale at Cocopah


first_imgStock Cars – 1. Aaron Spangler; 2. Steffan Carey; 3. Chanse Hollatz; 4. Jody York; 5. Leslie Grill; 6. Troy Jerovetz; 7. Cody Center; 8. J.C. Parmeley; 9. Tony Hill; 10. Andy Altenburg; 11. Loren DeArmond; 12. Gene Henrie; 13. Jake Smith; 14. Raymond Doyle; 15. Brock Hamilton; 16. Wayne Dotson; 17. Austin Daffern. After finishes ranging from a solid third to a not-so-sweet 16th in his first five outings at Somerton, Arneson drew the pole start and led all 25 times around the oval. Feature Results  “It was good to be able to get that first win,” said Arneson, $1,000 richer and already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. “We had a good car and everything worked out for us.”  Fellow North Dakota driver and family friend Don Gumke, who’d raced with Arneson’s father “back in the day” was honored with the empty pole position during parade laps. And Cody Thompson sped from ninth at the green to first at the finish of a Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main hotly contested by hard charger candidates. Aaron Spangler scored the Jan. 18 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car victory at Cocopah Speedway. (Photo by Bobby McMorris) SOMERTON, Ariz. (Jan. 18) – Casey Arneson’s first IMCA Modified feature win in Arizona came on the final night of Cocopah Speedway’s Winter Nationals. Modifieds – 1. Casey Arneson; 2. Jake O’Neil; 3. Tim Ward; 4. Kollin Hibdon; 5. R.C. Whitwell; 6. Jason Noll; 7. Zane DeVilbiss; 8. Marlyn Seidler; 9. Alex Stanford; 10. Joey Price; 11. Mark Carrell; 12. John Parmeley; 13. Austin Kuehl; 14. Spencer Wilson; 15. Jeff Taylor; 16. Justen Yeager; 17. Michael Thing; 18. Russell Allen; 19. Tyson Evans; 20. Anthony Hofbauer; 21. Randy Havlik; 22. Tom Berry Jr.; 23. Austin Kiefer; 24. Bobby Horton; 25. Lance Mari. Hobby Stocks – 1. Tim Gonska; 2. Joshua Cordova; 3. Brad King; 4. Jim Robinson; 5. Scott Tenney; 6. Jason Duggins; 7. Jason Beshears; 8. Jason Penny; 9. Oscar Duarte; 10. Francisco Cordova; 11. David Callis; 12. Jeffrey Callis.center_img Aaron Spangler outran Winter Nationals titlist Steffan Carey to the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers for his first Somerton victory. The second-row starters crossed the stripe ahead of Friday winner Chanse Hollatz, Jody York and Leslie Grill. Joshua Cordova, Brad King, Jim Robinson and Scott Tenney finished second through fifth, respectively. Casey Arneson got his IMCA Modified career first feature win in Arizona on the final night of Winter Nationals. (Photo by Bobby McMorris) Completing the top five were Tim Ward, Kollin Hibdon and 16th starting R.C. Whitwell. The win by Arneson came in an El Dorado ride he and Riley Hatfield built. Thompson’s second Winter Nationals win came in front of eighth starting Ty Rogers, 12th starting and Winter Nationals king Chris Toth, Chase Alves and 11th starting Taylor Kuehl. A couple yellows kept Arneson out of lapped traffic. Jake O’Neil, in the hunt for a fourth straight Winter Nationals victory, started fifth and got to within a couple car lengths. Tim Gonska motored from the outside front row starting spot to a fourth Winter Nationals IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock victory and put the wraps on a Winter Nationals crown of his own. Northern SportMods – 1. Cody Thompson; 2. Ty Rogers; 3. Chris Toth; 4. Chase Alves; 5. Taylor Kuehl; 6. Miles Morris; 7. Bill Lundock; 8. Chris Theodore; 9. David Pitt; 10. Cody Daffern; 11. Justin Brierley; 12. Brock Rogers; 13. Manny Baldiviez; 14. Wayne Dotson; 15. Jimmy Davy; 16. Javier Navarro; 17. Slade Pitt; 18. Kyle Sato; 19. Mike Wells; 20. Camron Spangler; 21. Shelby Frye; 22. Brian Carey; 23. Ron Schreiner.last_img read more

Joe Maddon wants Angels players to relax amid early slump


first_imgANAHEIM — In past years Joe Maddon would have had his team do American Legion Week — minimal pregame work, just show up and play — to help the players relax in the dog days of August.Except the dog days came early this season.The Angels have started this season in just the type of funk for which Maddon usually prescribes cutting back on work. It’s a little more tricky, however, to abandon batting practice when players are still trying to get their timing in the shortened season.While Maddon said he won’t do full-scale American Legion Week, he nonetheless would like to see his players work a little less to relieve some of the pressure of the slow start. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield “Right now the theme I’m trying to get across is do less to get more,” Maddon said before Monday’s game. “There’s nobody that can swing more than our guys swing or look at more video or care more or look at more data. Nobody. It’s impossible. But that’s not always the route back. If it was that easy, every team would have a bunch of .300 hitters with an .850 OPS.“You’ve got to find what works for you, and I think a lot of times what works, what they’re afraid to try, is less. Try easier.”The Angels have done particularly badly in clutch situations lately. Over the previous eight games they hit .137 with runners in scoring position, the worst average in the majors over that span.SUPPORTING ADELLJo Adell was back in the lineup, hitting ninth, a day after he made a four-base error and went hitless in four at-bats, with four strikeouts. Maddon said he personally did some extra work with Adell on defense before Monday’s game.As far as his offense — Adell was 2 for 15 with nine strikeouts — Maddon said they’re trying not to give him too much to think about. “Just supporting him,” Maddon said. “That was a tough game yesterday and I thought he handled it well. He’s a sharp kid. He listens well. Knows he doesn’t know everything. He has all the right stuff to be great. He’ll figure it out and we’ll keep working through it.”Regarding the error, the Texas Rangers plan to appeal the decision that charged Adell with a rare four-base error on the ball that Nick Solak hit on Sunday, general manager Jon Daniels told reporters in Texas.Solak’s drive hit Adell’s glove and bounced over the right field fence. The official scorer initially called it a homer but then, after consultation with the Elias Sports Bureau, changed it to a four-base error.SIMMONS UPDATEAndrelton Simmons, who is out with a sprained ankle, is accelerating his progress toward a return.“He’s getting close,” Maddon said. “He’s taking BP on the field, which puts him in line for a return. So he’s on the horizon.”Maddon did not have a more specific timetable for Simmons, who has been out since getting hurt on July 27. Simmons spoke to reporters a few days after the injury and it wasn’t as bad as a similar injury that cost him five weeks in 2019.ALSOFor the second day in a row, Maddon moved Mike Trout from his familiar No. 2 spot into the No. 3 spot. Generally the Angels have preferred Trout hit second because he came to the plate more often and they didn’t have two high on-base players to set the table for him, but Maddon feels that David Fletcher and Tommy La Stella are currently swinging the bat well enough that they can both create opportunities for Trout…The Angels activated Jose Suarez, who had been on the injured list for undisclosed reasons, and optioned him to the alternate site in Long Beach, where he had been working out for a couple weeks. The Angels also cleared a spot on the 40-man roster by designating Jose Rodriguez for assignment.Related Articleslast_img read more