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Business Faculty, Steamboat Springs

first_imgAbout Colorado Mountain CollegeImagine working at a college that welcomes everyone — students,faculty, staff, and community members — regardless of theirbackgrounds, beliefs, or traditions. An institution that is alsointegrally connected to, appreciated by, and supported by thosesame communities.Envision yourself at a dynamic, innovative, forward-leaning collegethat has an enterprising spirit and deep commitment to everylearner – from first-generation college students to adult learnersto academically motivated students seeking a more traditionalliberal arts education – all within a robust and highlypersonalized learning environment.Visualize applying your energy and skills to an organization thatrespects and cares about its employees enough to offer competitivecompensation and benefits while encouraging every team member torenew and recharge in places of inspiration, reflection, andworld-class outdoor recreation.Welcome to Colorado Mountain College and its eleven campuslocations sprinkled across a spectacular region of Colorado’scentral Rocky Mountains.Our visionColorado Mountain College aspires to be the most inclusive andinnovative student-centered college in the nation, elevating theeconomic, social, cultural, and environmental vitality of itsbeautiful Rocky Mountain communities.The collegeCMC is a comprehensive, public, open-access dual-missioninstitution offering 136 academic programs ranging from specializedcertificates to associate and bachelor’s degrees, a wide range ofonline, non-credit and lifelong learning courses, as well asextensive concurrent enrollment opportunities in close partnershipwith neighboring school districts.Over 15,000 students attend CMC annually, and 40% of degree-seekingstudents earn a certificate or degree every year. The college’sLatinx enrollment has doubled in six years to 27%, making CMCeligible for federal Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) status. CMCcourses are highly personal and many are experiential by design,each with a maximum registration of 25 students.Colorado Mountain College campuses are located in Aspen,Carbondale, Breckenridge, Dillon, Steamboat Springs, GlenwoodSprings, Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley, Leadville, Rifle, the VailValley, and Salida. Of these locations, three areresidential—Spring Valley, Leadville, and Steamboat Springs — andstudents in Breckenridge have access to college-owned off-campushousing. CMC campuses are close-knit communities, on averageserving between 1,000 – 2,000 students.The majority of the college’s financial support comes from localproperty taxes, not tuition or state revenues. Consequently, CMC isuniquely positioned to be entrepreneurial, nimble, mission-focused,and responsive to community and workforce needs. The college’scentral administrative office, which supports all campus locations,is located in historic downtown Glenwood Springs, the town fromwhich CMC originally launched in 1965.Colorado Mountain College is accredited by the Higher LearningCommission and authorized by the Colorado Commission on HigherEducation. For general information about CMC, its programs,locations, students, faculty, and offerings, go to: www.coloradomtn.edu .Our commitment to an environment where everyonebelongsOur college and beloved mountain communities are enriched by avariety of voices and experiences.At Colorado Mountain College, we continually work to improvelearning and working environments that welcome everyone. We aredeeply committed to promoting a free and open exchange of ideas,improving critical thinking, deepening mutual empathy and respect,and ensuring that every learner and team member has equalopportunities for personal and professional success.The college prioritizes the recruitment, hiring and retention of anengaged workforce that reflects and supports the backgrounds,characteristics and aspirations of the students enrolled at CMC.Therefore, we value applicants who bring a richness of priorexperience and training, and a commitment to the concepts ofinclusive and equitable practices, as well as an understanding ofhistoric and current social issues that impact groups fromdifferent socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.CMC employees enjoy regular opportunities to raise their awarenessabout pressing societal issues, develop individual criticalthinking skills, and expand their understanding of and empathytoward others regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or otherfactors. Our goal is to deliver personalized teaching methods andeffective student support services that enable students to achievetheir goals, regardless of academic, financial, or experientialbarriers.Applicants to Colorado Mountain College must demonstrate acommitment and competence to work effectively with students,employees, and community members of all backgrounds.The positionFull time faculty positions begin in August 2021 with a 30 credithour (170 day contract per Board Policy 4.12) teaching loadannually.The successful candidate will teach across multiple Businesssub-disciplines, which may include management, marketing, finance,economics, accounting, and general business . Course delivery mayinclude a mix of live in-person, virtual video, and onlineeducation and technology-based modalities available to studentsthroughout the College.Teaching responsibilities expected of all faculty include: teachingcourse load as assigned, evaluate courses and assess studentlearning, meet established course, program and learning outcomes,comply with guidelines and policies, maintain office hours perestablished standards, develop rapport with students, assist withand participate in advising, orientation and registrationactivities.CMC Faculty are expected to engage in service activities such ascampus and college committees, participation in relevant projects,mentor peers, participate in and assist with assessment activities,program review, student organization, recruiting andretention.Salary range: $65,686.19 – $80,005.72 depending upon education andexperience. Excellent benefits include, Medical, Dental, Vision,Life Insurance, Pet insurance, 12% retirement contribution, tuitionreimbursement, sick time accrual, mental health resources, andhealthy lifestyle benefits. For more information on our benefits,please see here .Requirements:Qualified candidates must be credentialed to teach in this program,or eligible to be credentialed. Examples of ideal qualificationsinclude:A minimum of a Master’s Degree in Business Administration or aMaster’s Degree with a minimum of 18 graduate credits in business,economics, finance, management, marketing or related fields.Minimum of one-year full-time teaching experience, or theequivalent as an adjunct instructor. Higher education teachingexperience preferred.Diverse. Inclusive. Innovative. Focused on Student Success. Theseprinciples reflect the soul of CMC. They guide us in building ourteams and cultivating leaders. They guide us to be an institutionof higher education that’s the right fit for every faculty member,staff, student, and community member in its trust. Applicants mustdemonstrate a commitment to working effectively with students,employees, and community members of all backgrounds.Bilingual (English/Spanish) or conversational language abilitiespreferred.To Apply: Please submit the required letter of interest,resume, list of three professional references and transcripts. Tobe considered for a full time faculty position, transcripts must beincluded with application material. Please do not send officialtranscripts; please use copies for application purposes. CMC is anEOE committed to diversifying its workforce.External Applicants: Apply OnlineInternal Applicants: Please proceed to the HR page ofBasecamp for instructions on applying for a full time position asan internal applicant.Review of application material will begin March 19,2021.last_img read more

Getting Saucy With G. Love & Special Sauce In Northern California

first_imgG. Love & Special Sauce, accompanied by half empty bottles of the actual self-branded hot sauce, brought their signature trashcan blues to Northern California on Friday, February 5th.Coming out of the San Francisco Bay Area unscathed just before Super Bowl 50, The Mystic Theatre of Petaluma, CA was packed for the eighth stop of the 22 date tour leg. Along for the first leg as the opening act Boston based funk outfit Ripe.Touring with the original Special Sauce line up of bassist James “Jimi Jazz” Prescott and Jeffrey “Houseman” Clemens, guitarist/harp player Garrett “G. Love” Dutton couldn’t be happier – Jimi Jazz took a five year solo act hiatus before reconnecting with Special Sauce in 2014.The rekindled chemistry has been so on-point lately that, when they saw an opportunity to record G. Love & Special Sauce’s 10th studio album, Love Saves The Day, less than a year after the success of 2014’s Sugar, they jumped at it.G. Love Is Here To Save The Day On New Guest-Laden Album“It’s one of those things, you can’t really tell how much you put on that band chemistry,” explained G. Love. “When [Jimi] was gone we missed him more than we thought we would.”“We had a great unit with Timo Shanko, who’s just an amazingly gifted musician – upright and electric bass player and a saxophonist from Boston and Mark [Boyce] on keys – but there’s just something special about the original trio,” he continued. “[Jimi] wrote almost all of these bass lines. When you’re tied to something that’s yours it’s different from covering someone else. Even if you cover it great, it’s still someone else’s part.”Featuring a slew of guest musicians on the record, the band intentionally operates as a trio for a stylistic reason.“The greatest thing about doing what we do is all the people we get to share the stage and studio with,” he said. “From De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest to Bonnie Raitt, John Hammond or even Jim Dickinson, father of North Mississippi All-Stars guitarist Luther Dickinson.”“But here’s the thing,” he continued, “the original concept of a trio is that everyone has to have and bring a certain thing to the table. Our style is really loose, but we three bring it. When you add other players, it really fills the sound out even more”One thing that G. Love & Special Sauce are doing to make this tour memorable for each stop has been embracing an intimate connection with die hard fans who want to be involved with a pre show sound check, complete with meet and greet and Q+A with G. Love.During the sound check the band works through a few songs on the list for the second set, practicing arrangements in different keys and running through them a few times with deliberate focus. It was immediately obvious that G. Love cares about the people that his music has touched. As Jimi Jazz and Houseman retreated to the bus, G. Love stayed seated on the stage making small talk about the local surf at Mavericks as the VIP patrons rolled into the sound check.Running through some requests, G. Love saved a few of them for the show but obliged others on the spot with solo acoustic renditions of “Fat One”, “Fixin’ To Die” and “Girl At The Laundromat.” When asked what this girl looked like, G. Love laughed and confessed, “I don’t know man, I made her up.”Following the event, G. Love heads backstage for publicity shots and media connections to elaborate on questions about some of his favorite artists, the best shows he saw in 2015 and why the “slop” blues label isn’t such a bad thing.“One thing we don’t like is blues that’s too clean, too nice, like soft rock type smooth shit,” he said. “We like to keep our sound rugged and raw and we record like that. Just having a trio sounds like that on stage. A lot of time I go and see bands on stage and the only thing they’re missing is me just puttin’ some dirt on it,” he laughs. “Like they’re afraid to make a mistake or let it hang out. I mean we try our hardest to play the shit right but you know we still like to keep it raw.”“Slightly Stoopid have really become such a great band over the years, with the addition of Karl Denson and the horn section, you know, the musicianship of everyone in that band is really top notch, they continually impress me with their live show. Dead & Co with John Mayer, that was really great,” he added.“John Mayer is one of those guys who just kinda plays a soft rock, light on his records you know, but on stage his guitar playing was just unbelievable. I was really proud of him. I saw them in Boston so I’m sure it just kept getting better too.”Back inside The Mystic, the doors have opened and Ripe prepares to take the stage. Even though this is Ripe’s first tour out West, and for several of the seven members of the band it’s their first time on the left coast in general, the crowd still showed up for the opener.Ripe wasted no time getting down and dirty. In the first song, “Brother Sky” the lyrics open: “It hits you like a brick” and that is exactly what happened. The crowd was visibly shocked, and then quickly stepped in closer to the stage. Ripe brings an insanely refreshing, soulful take on the ever-evolving East Coast funk scene.Hitting Petaluma hard and fast they moved straight into the “Talk To The Moon > Lola > Stanky J’s” section, proving that they have the chops to be noticed.The dual horn and dual guitar approach of Josh Shpak on Trumpet/EWI, Calvin Barthel on Trombone and Tory Geismar and Jon Becker switching leads, respectively, works incredibly well as they elevate each other and take turns running through impressive scale work.Part of Ripe’s immediate draw is lead vocalist Robbie Wulfsohn’s non-stop action. He encourages the crowd to dance not just verbally, but with his own dance moves. When his vibrant, soulful voice a la Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard isn’t restricted to the microphone, he is bouncing around the stage and getting involved with every member of the band and the audience, even teaching them specific dance moves to songs.Although every member of the band brings their own specific eccentricities to the table, the vibrant, high-energy element Wulfsohn is unmatched except perhaps by trade in the wildly tight efforts of drummer Sampson Hellerman or the funky foundation set by Nadav Shapira on bass guitar.Standout tracks included a cover of The Kinks’ “Lola” sandwiched early in the set as well as a 10 minute dance party tribute to funk legends both past and present via mash up of Stevie Wonder’s 1973 hit “Living For The City” and Lettuce’s 2008 track “Sam Huff’s Flying Raging Machine” dubbed “Sam Huff’s For The City.”Meanwhile, less than an hour before they hit the stage, G. Love is writing the set list for tonight’s show. “The first set is the new record, all those songs,” he explains, adding that horn section of Ripe, Shpak and Barthel, will be sitting in on the appropriate songs from the late 2015 release, Love Saves The Day.G. Love takes his time doodling on an already painted up piece of paper dedicated with Petaluma, The Mystic and the date, a unique page per show, which he explains is photocopied for the stage.“The original is framed and sold at the merch booth. It’s a good pre show relaxation tool for me to personalize it like this and for me to connect one on one with fans in each city,” he said.The songs get rearranged and played out of order of the album to keep things unpredictable on stage, but as if that weren’t enough, G. Love takes his fan connection a step further in the second set.Throughout the day and up until 30 minutes before show time, G. Love can be found checking his personal Instagram, @phillyglove, Twitter, @glove and Facebook accounts to personalize the set by fulfilling requests for fans in attendance via social media or the VIP meet and greet before each show.G. Love & Special Sauce took the stage at 10:30 PM and kicked the evening off with a blistering “Shotgun Tongue.” Houseman on the drums keeps his beats wide yet perfectly in time like a human metronome, the pot to G. Love’s sloppy stew.Jumping all around the album and across a large line up of guitars and harmonica keys, it was the middle of the set where the Ripe Horns added their flair to the appropriate tracks. “Muse” featured a standard blues run through and had the crowd hanging on every note, including a solid Jimi Jazz bass solo segue into “Baby Why You Do Me Like That?”.Featuring DJ Logic on the album, having live horns interpret the energy of the room and the song in real time turned out to be irreplaceable and the vibe inside The Mystic led into an epic drum solo segue into the third and final horn track, “Let’s Have a Good Time” featuring Ozomatli. The two bands meshed in an extended jam that resulted in G. Love egging on Shpak in what became a wild trumpet solo.The first set continued bouncing around, including G. Love who displayed his inner rhythm a la stylized Elvis leg shaking on “Pick Up The Phone” leaving “R U Kidding Me” and the titular track “Love Saves The Day” before ending the set at 11:15.In what was less than a five-minute break, G. Love returned for two songs solo with an acoustic guitar. Beginning with some VIP and social media fan requests, “Sunshine” and “Love” off 2004’s The Hustle and 1999’s Philadelphonic, respectively.“Rodeo Clowns” the song written and popularized by Jack Johnson, was performed on G. Love’s 1999 album Philadelphonic, and even featured Johnson.“Cold Beverage” appropriately followed a red hot blues clinic on the harp heavy track “Still Hanging Around” off of G. Love’s 2006 solo release Lemonade and led into one of the highlights of the set: the bust out of the rarely played track “Fresh Lila,” a tribute to a 1967 Buick once owned by G. Love. That song segued into “Come Up Man.”“This Ain’t Living” from the group’s self-titled debut album in 1994 led into a rowdy “Obama Smokes Weed > Who’s Got The Weed,” a request made during the sound check, and possibly in upcoming celebration roots reggae legend Bob Marley’s birthday that saw many billows of smoke rising from the crowd.G. Love abandoned his guitar momentarily for some heavy vox duties on “Friday Night” and “Baby’s Got Sauce”, each featuring plenty of on the spot ad-libs in the lyrics to really kick the end of the show into next gear.After the on stage party reached a break, G. Love reintroduced the band, said thank you, and went straight into David Bowie’s “Suffragette City” for the encore, ending the show around 1:15 AM.After more than 20 years and 10 studio albums, G. Love & Special Sauce have continually put forth consistent effort after consistent effort and continue to demonstrate themselves on the upswing.If you plan on catching an upcoming show, do yourself a huge favor and do not miss opening act Ripe. They have 12 more shows before jumping off the tour at the end of February.Setlist: Ripe at The Mystic Theater, Petaluma, CA – 2/5/16One Set: Brother Sky, Talk To The Moon > Lola* > Stanky J’s, Ex – Life, Downward, Goon Squad, Sam Huffs City& > Caralee* cover, The Kinks& tribute, Stevie Wonder/LettuceSetlist: G. Love & Special Sauce at The Mystic Theater, Petaluma, CA – 2/5/16Set 1: Shotgun Tongue, Dis Song, Lil’ Runaround, Back To Boston, NYC, Muse#, Baby Why You Do Me Like That?#, Let’s Have A Good Time#, Pick Up The Phone, Peanut Butter Lips, R U Kidding Me, Love Saves The DaySet 2: Sunshine, Love, Rodeo Clowns, Still Hanging Around, Cold Beverage, Fresh Lila > Come Up Man, This Ain’t Living, Obama Smoke Weed > Who’s Got The Weed, Friday Night, Baby’s Got SauceEncore: Suffragette City^# feat. Ripe Horns* cover, Jack Johnson& cover, Slightly Stoopid ft. G love^ cover, David BowieA full gallery of Joshua Huver’s photos can be seen below: Load remaining imageslast_img read more

FDNY Kicks of EMS Week with Annual Medical Special Ops Conference

first_imgThe conference provides an opportunity for specialists to experience some of the more complex and challenging areas of emergency medical response. Dario Gonzalez, MD, FACEP, of FEMA US&R New York Task Force 1, noted special considerations in medical monitoring and supervision of personnel: Attendees at the traumatic amputation session at the 2014 FDNY MSOC. Areas that need to be considered in these environments, in addition to proper personal protection equipment (PPE), include air monitors, radiation detection equipment and chemical-protective clothing. Know the canine “partner” from head to toe, perform a physical assessment and take canine vital signs every morning the dog is on the job;Watch for limping, elevation of the head or flinching by the canine when you compress or palpate a hurt or injured paw or leg;Learn to recognize what’s normal for each dog;Check the mouth for symmetry and assess capillary refill (should be less than two seconds);Check breathing patterns–the normal range for canines is 6—20 breaths per minute, up to 40 with exertion/exercise;Lung sounds should be clear, there shouldn’t be crackles or wheezes;The average working dog (60—100 lbs.) will have a resting heart rate of 60—100 bpm; up to 120—140 bpm with exertion/exercise; andOperators should know how their canine behaves at different times throughout the day, including how the dog responds to food and other stimuli. Check lung sounds at the border of the scapula because there’s less adipose tissue;Listen for heart sounds by laying the patient on their left side;Use the tip of the nose and ear lobes for pulse oximeter placement;Oxygenate by using combinations of nasal cannula, non-rebreather and continuous positive airway pressure;Patients shouldn’t be laid flat because it causes the chin to tip forward, occluding the airway. Instead, you should build a wedge by using layers beginning at the point of the scapula up to the head to open the airway; andIf one airway is good, three are better: place nasopharyngeal airways in both nostrils in addition to an oral airway. Attendees included EMTs, paramedics, physicians, medical specialists, educators and leadership from some of the country’s top urban search and rescue (US&R) teams, as well as the military, fire and EMS communities. The day concluded with a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at the WTC site and a meet-and-greet reception with the FDNY Fire Commissioner and Chief of EMS at the New York City Fire Museum. Christopher Ho, MD, of FEMA US&R California Task Force 8, presented important bariatric patient care strategies that should be used when assessing obese patients: Dehydration should be your No. 1 priority;Be ready to treat hand injuries, simple lacerations and strains; andBe alert to stress and aftershocks. Anthony Macintyre, MD, medical director for FEMA US&R Virginia Task Force 1, presented case summaries from US&R rescue experiences and noted that: The two-day event featured lectures from attending US&R teams, as well as workshops consisting of patient packaging in a subway simulator, confined space maneuvers in a collapsed structure, medical scenarios with high-fidelity manikins simulating entrapped patients, and ultrasound examination using live models utilizing the extended focused assessment with sonography for trauma method. Joseph Holley, MD, medical director for FEMA US&R Tennessee Task Force 1, reviewed seldom-used cache drugs medical operators must be knowledgeable about and discussed medications in the current US&R cache. These included sedatives, paralytics, veterinary and topical medications. He also pointed out how ketamine can and should be utilized during US&R medical care. Medical issues that will be encountered at earthquakes: Robertone attended last year’s conference and found not only the content to be a unique opportunity and experience for attendees, but also the FDNY facility to be a superb venue for emergency personnel to learn important aspects of medical special operations in a realistic training environment. Roberts stressed that not protecting airways from the dust and particulates, often present at collapses like the WTC, can cause life- and career-altering medical issues, as can carbon monoxide from gas-powered equipment. Register for this year’s FDNY MSOC at www.fdnypro.org/msoc/. For more information, email [email protected] or call 718-999-2507. In an ongoing effort to advance the knowledge and skills of emergency medical special operations personnel, the New York City Fire Department (FDNY), in partnership with the FDNY Foundation, invites first responders to attend the third annual Medical Special Operations Conference (MSOC) to kick off EMS Week. A field limb amputation workshop conducted at the North Shore LIJ Bioskills Education Center featured a lecture discussing the historical background of field limb amputation, followed by a review of the necessary supplies and equipment, as well as some alternative equipment options. Instructors pointed out the indication and superior clinical judgment required to make the decision to perform a field limb amputation and the complexities surrounding the actual procedure including coordination between rescue, structure and medical teams required to safely extricate a patient. An optional one-day preconference workshop on May 15 will feature a hands-on bioskills cadaver lab and workshops on canine critical care, casualty air evacuation and special boat operations, concluding with a visit to the World Trade Center (WTC) Memorial for a special tour hosted by FDNY. Last year’s participants told JEMS reporter Annamarie Robertone the MSOC should be mandatory for anyone operating in the medical special operations environment, a testament to the content and instructors featured at this unique conference. MSOC will take place at FDNY’s expansive academy on Randall’s Island on Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17. According to Douglas Isaacs, MD, a key developer of the event and FDNY deputy medical director in the Office of Medical Affairs, this year’s conference will offer workshops, lectures, panel discussions, hands-on skills opportunities and a vendor area that features the latest medical and rescue special operations equipment and products. The goal of the MSOC is to provide a venue to discuss, illustrate and practice the best medical approaches to complex incidents, and improve the morbidity and mortality of patients in an austere environment previously unavailable outside of an actual event. Jorge N. Hernandez, MD, of FEMA US&R Florida Task Force 2, presented important pediatric pearls: Basic elements provided in training developed by Joseph A. Barbera, MD, over the past two decades still hold true, and advanced procedures are usually less useful in these unique situations; andThe unique aspects of US&R mandate that multidisciplinary coordination occur to affect safe patient extrication. Katie Roberts, EMT-P, with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) US&R California Task Force 3, noted US&R members have learned that hazardous materials (hazmat) operations and concerns have to be considered at terrorist incidents, citing how past deployments have shown emergency operators are always working in an environment that contains contaminants or hazmat such as concrete dust, particulates, carbon monoxide and hydrogen sulfide. Criteria for team physical requirements must be established and followed;The baseline physical assessment should include: vital signs, past medical history, present medical history and medications currently being taken;There needs to be an ongoing evaluation of a responder’s fit-for-duty status to make the determination if rescuers are “good to go”; andAfter effects of each incident on the responder needs to be assessed and there should be a structured support system in place for personnel. Following the lecture, participants received hands-on experience and practiced the steps of performing a field limb amputation in the bioskills lab with experienced trauma and emergency medicine physicians. They also had the opportunity to learn how to obtain humeral and sternal intraosseous access, as well as a chance to hone their airway management skills using advanced techniques and equipment. Placing a 1″ pad on a backboard at the level of the shoulders puts the spine in alignment and opens the airway;Until age 8, pediatric nasopharyngeal structures are narrow;Pediatric tracheas are short, their tongues are large, and their tracheas are prone to collapse;Classically, because the necks of pediatric patients are so short during their early years of development, you won’t see jugular vein distention;Intraosseous access should be considered early in the treatment algorithm; andCrews should always watch for airway obstruction and pneumothorax in pediatric patients. Medical issues that will be encountered at hurricanes can include dehydration, feet pain and blusters, rashes, puncture wounds, and abrasions. FDNY MSOC attendees watch an overturned vehicle simulation. Rave Reviews for Last Year’s Conference Subject matter experts shared past disaster experiences, which revealed strategy, equipment, technology and skills that have been utilized to improve patient care. Robertone’s report follows, presenting some key learning points from just a few of the lectures presented at the MSOC. Jennifer Brown, DVM, of FEMA US&R Florida Task Force 2, presented important considerations for US&R canine care: Mike Kurtz, EMT-P, medical coordinator for FEMA US&R Pennsylvania Task Force 1, discussed common issues at various deployments. Registration for MSOClast_img read more

Spotted in NEJC: Birds! Deer!

first_imgWe’ve gotten a handful of cool submissions from readers who have spotted wildlife out and about in northeast Johnson County lately.Let’s start with this trio of deer that showed up in a Roeland Park front yard Monday morning around 49th Street and Wells: Reader Mark Athon spied a owl in all of its glowing-eyed glory perched atop a new house on Delmar in Prairie Village a few days ago:And photographer David Mootz passed along this great shot of a Carolina Wren making a stop by his Roeland Park backyard:last_img read more

Two cases of neuroinvasive West Nile virus confirmed in Johnson County residents, says KDHE

first_imgMosquitos in the Culex family are known vectors of West Nile virus. Photo credit Andy Murray. Used under a Creative Commons license.The Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced on Tuesday that it had confirmed cases of neuroinvasive West Nile virus in two individuals who reside in Johnson County.They are the first confirmed cases of human West Nile virus in the state this year. Much of Kansas remains under a high-risk warning for West Nile virus. Northeast Kansas, which includes Johnson County, and southeast Kansas are under a moderate warning.Neuroinvasive West Nile virus is the most severe form of the infection, and leads to swelling of the brain. In the most serious cases, it can cause death. According to KDHE, about one in 150 people infected with West Nile Virus develop a neuroinvasive infection.“Although for most people West Nile virus may not cause a great deal of concern, we encourage residents, especially our vulnerable populations, to take steps to prevent infection because of the potential for complications,” said Dr. Greg Lakin, KDHE Chief Medical Officer.The virus, which is spread by mosquito bites, leads to a symptomatic infection, which usually manifests with a fever, headache or rash, among other symptoms, in about one in five people. Late summer and early fall are the most likely times for West Nile virus infections. KDHE offered the following tips on preventing infection:When you are outdoors, use insect repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient on skin and clothing, including DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535. Follow the directions on the package.Many mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn. Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and pants at these times or consider staying indoors during these hours.The elderly or those with a weakened immune system should consider limiting their exposure outside during dusk and dawn when the Culex species mosquitos are most active.Make sure you have good screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by emptying standing water from flower pots, buckets and barrels. Change the water in pet dishes and replace the water in bird baths weekly.Drill holes in tire swings so water drains out. Keep children’s wading pools empty and on their sides when they aren’t being used.Since 1999, there have been 30 deaths in Kansas attributed to West Nile virus.“Symptoms of WNV disease include fever, headache, weakness, muscle pain, arthritis-like pain, gastrointestinal symptoms, and rash typically developing two to 14 days after a bite from an infected mosquito,” said KDHE in the announcement. “People who are concerned about symptoms should speak with their physicians.”last_img read more

Environmental and Land Use Law Section as varied as its members

first_img Environmental and Land Use Law Section as varied as its members Associate Editor As she neared the close of her year as chair of The Florida Bar’s Environmental and Land Use Law (ELUL) Section, Michelle Diffenderfer was trying to think of ways to boost membership.It’s not that the section is desperate for new members; it’s more than 2,000 strong. It’s more that its attorneys represent so many different fields and specialties that its leaders are always on the lookout for ways to bring everyone together, and new members into the fold.She was thinking about it during the executive committee’s most recent retreat in Costa Rica this summer, as she drank delicious local coffee in a cloud forest while cute forest animals tried to steal her lunch.“I realized, this is it, I need to tell them about this, ” Diffenderfer laughed.Cool outdoors experiences aren’t the only good part of ELUL section membership. Section leadership by and large views its members’ disparate specialities as a positive, not a negative.“Largely due to the various interests represented by section members, we often disagree substantively on the policy direction of a particular law or regulation. However,that practice-generated tension always generates well-presented and articulated presentations in both the section CLE programs as well as our written materials,” says 2008-09 section Chair Gary Hunter, who takes the helm at the section’s Annual Update meeting this month. “More importantly, it leads to a mutual respect for one another and in turn an increased level of professionalism when wearing our advocacy hats across the table from our section colleagues.” H unter said the Costa Rica retreat served as a reminder of the importance of fostering the development of younger lawyers within section leadership.“I know I speak for section leaders throughout The Florida Bar in recognizing the lifelong relationships and friendships established through active section participation, which are equally rewarding on both a personal and professional level,” he said.Mentoring has been key this year, Diffenderfer said, as section leadership worked to forge bonds among section members. It’s met with great success so far.“We’re focused on mentoring at all levels,” she said. “It was not a great year, economy wise, so you had a lot of young lawyers coming out of school who needed help to find jobs.”The section responded by forming a new committee, one of four this year, specifically for young lawyers.Section leadership also formalized and beefed up a program to reach out to law schools, working through law professors to fund volunteer environmental projects at several law schools. Fellowships offered to minority students in conjunction with the ABA and to students wanting to specialize in public interest law are both new in the past year.The section also heavily supports the student-organized Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, held annually at the University of Florida. The popular conference attracts top practitioners, legal scholars, and scientists to discuss Florida’s most pressing environmental issues.Kelly Samek, who has been active with ELUS since her days as a student at University of Florida Levin College of Law, says the conference attracted her to attend UF in the first place; she worked on it each year she was a student. Then, as a “baby lawyer,” she got her start in section leadership.“You can get really focused on the one aspect of the agency you work in. There’s a tendency to get a little myopic,” Samek said. “Working on the committee exposes you to all sides of the field: private practitioners, legal aid folks, other agencies. It allows a broader perspective.” Environmental and Land Use Law Section as varied as its members August 15, 2008 Kim MacQueen Associate Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Men’s hoops: Alabama overcomes slow start

first_imgTUSCALOOSA – A slow start, an injury and an interior mismatch were overcome by the Alabama men’s basketball team.The Crimson Tide used a strong performance by Rodney Cooper to secure a 65-53 nonconference victory over Tennessee Tech on Saturday night before a crowd of 9,526 in Coleman Coliseum.Cooper scored a career-best 23 points and went 11 of 14 from the free-throw line. Levi Randolph added 10 points, while Retin Obasohan had nine.Alabama shot 44 percent from the field and 43 percent on 3-pointers, but only 71 percent on free throws (25-for-35). The Crimson Tide entered the game leading the nation from the line.This was the first time Alabama (6-2) was held to less than 70 points in a game, but limited the Golden Eagles (5-4) to 35 percent from the field.“It was a team effort,” Obasohan said. “As long as we got each other’s back, we’ll make the plays. It was just effort. We kept chipping away. Our style of play took effect in the second half, and that’s what worked for us.”Starting point guard Ricky Tarrant suffered from cramps in the first half and didn’t return to the game. He played eight minutes and went 0-for-2 from the field.Freshman Justin Coleman played more in his place. He scored three points in 18 minutes. The Crimson Tide was still undermanned with eight available players in the second half.Randolph, the team’s top scorer on the season, was forced to play point guard at times and had a team-leading five assists.Coach Anthony Grant entered the game concerned about his team’s defense, but he can narrow his worries down to rebounding.The Crimson Tide fell short on the boards against the Golden Eagles, 35-30 and 17-8 on the offensive end. The Eagles used their size advantage and experience in the frontcourt to control the game early.Alabama trailed early and fell behind by as much as 13 points with 8:03 left in the first half. The offense wasn’t crisp, and the Golden Eagles were hot.Three Tennessee Tech players reached double digits in scoring, led by Dwan Caldwell with 14.Alabama settled its offense by the middle of the first half and went on a 20-6 run to take the first lead of the game 32-31 with 2:57 before intermission. The Tide went into the locker room with a one-point lead.“We are offensively challenged, but we usually have good possessions,” Tennessee Tech coach Steve Payne said. “I thought we did a good job of that in the first half and not a good job in the second half.”Sophomore forward Michael Kessens made his first career start for the Crimson Tide in place of Shannon Hale. Kessens, a transfer from Longwood University, has been a steady inside contributer early in the season.He scored seven points and grabbed two rebounds in 19 minutes. Hale still played eight minutes off the bench. He rotated with Kessens and other starting forward Jimmie Taylor.“I think we have a deep team,” Grant said. “We have a lot of different guys bring things for us. Shannon and Michael did a good job. We got a lot from different guys.”last_img read more