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News Article | May 11, 2017
Site: www.prnewswire.com

Comcast, joined by Dr. Carol Williamson, Deputy Superintendent, Office of Teaching and Learning at the Maryland State Department; Maryland House Speaker, Michael E. Busch; and other local elected officials and school administrators, recognized the students at a special event held Wednesday, May 10, at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis. One hundred and nine recipients of the 2017 Maryland Leaders and Achievers® scholarships received $1,000. Cienna Bell, a senior at Bowie High School in was awarded a $10,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship – instituted in honor of Ralph J. Roberts, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Comcast Corporation – for a total of $119,000 awarded this year to Maryland high school students. "Our Leaders and Achievers Scholarship winners are committed to academic excellence and community service," said Mary McLaughlin, Senior Vice President of Comcast's Beltway Region. "We are honored to recognize their achievements, and are excited to support them as they continue their educational journeys." The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students who strive to achieve their full potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools, and who serve as models for their fellow students. The philosophy behind the program is to give young people every opportunity to prepare for the future and to engage them in their communities. The program also demonstrates the importance of civic involvement, and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community. Since 2009, Comcast has awarded nearly $825,000 in Leaders & Achievers Scholarships to more than 750 students in Maryland. This year, the program will award more than $2 million in scholarships to more than 2,000 students across the country to help them pursue higher education. Visit here to learn more. Olivia Bailey of Chesapeake High School in Pasadena Savannah Edmonds of Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn Allison Gingerich of Broadneck High School in Annapolis Scott Howarth of Arundel High School in Gambrills Cameron Laque of North County High School in Glen Burnie Hiro Motta of Glen Burnie High School Ian Robertson of Annapolis High School Kealsey Sajol of Old Mill High School in Millersville Tabitha Blackston of Merganthaler Vocational-Technical High School Jenae Burrell of Reginald F. Lewis High School Kayla Carr of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School Michael Cheng of Gilman School Kayla Demeritte of Coppin Academy High School Anthony Evans of Edmondson-Westside High School Lauren Fink of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Tselani Huntley of Baltimore Renaissance Academy Sheila Mcmorris of Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy Ifetayo Jabari-Kitwala of Baltimore School for the Arts David Medlin of Forest Park Senior High Jamie Mintz of Benjamin Franklin High School at Masonville Cove Jonah Myers of Greater Grace Christian Academy Patrice Newsome of National Academy Foundation High School Morgan Pettus of Frederick Douglass High School Shemar Shields of Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts High School Abeni Teal of Mercy High School Bria Thomas of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Yarnee Whitaker of The REACH! Partnership School Vasiliki Argeroplos of Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills Mya Buschman of Maryvale Preparatory School in Lutherville Annalea Cascio of Parkville High School Natassia Celnik of St. Timothy's School in Stevenson Trinadee Coates of Randallstown High School Patrick Fuller of Perry Hall High School Benjamin Glaser of Western School of Technology Moshe Gordon of Israel Henry Beren High School in Pikesville Abigail Hauer of Eastern Tech High School Rachel Krakat of Concordia Preparatory School in Towson Emily Lane of Loch Raven High School Satia Longe of Patapsco High School Alyse Messafi of Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School Annalise Michaelson of McDonogh School in Owings Mills Michael Millin of Jemicy School in Owings Mills Rebecca Olusola of New Town High School in Owings Mills Justin Perkins of Owings Mills High School Jamie Van Wyk of Pikesville High SchoolCailyn Walter of Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson Kristen Almuete of Calvert High School in Prince Frederick Armani Claggett of Patuxent High School in Lusby Adam Fairchild of Manchester Valley High School Yuchen Luo of Carroll Christian Schools in Westminster Madison Storm of Westminster Senior High School De'John Broadwater of Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf Taylor Covington of Maurice J. McDonough High School in Pomfret Lindsey Johnson of North Point High School for Science, Technology & Industry in Waldorf Niki Kelley of St. Charles High School in Waldorf Andrei Maderazo of Westlake High School in Waldorf Zachary McDonough of Southern Maryland Christian Academy in White Plains Riley Weinberg of La Plata High School Brooke Bennett of Frederick County Career & Technology Center Catharine Dietrich of Linganore High School Gabriella Farrell of Frederick High School Miriam Tirado of Governor Thomas Johnson High School Ryan Brownfield of C. Milton Wright High School in Bel Air Sara Decker of Aberdeen High School Bethany Ingram of Bel Air High School Marissa Smith of Havre De Grace High School Marcus Anderson of Hammond High School in Columbia Samuel Chan of La Salle Homeschool Academy Mikayla Dixon of Wilde Lake High School in Columbia Vanneshja Hill-Edwards of Atholton High School in Columbia Xiao Kuang of Long Reach High School in Columbia Claire Lee of Centennial High School in Ellicott City Yizuan Liu of Marriotts Ridge High School in Marriottsville Aaron Luther of Mt. Hebron High School in Ellicott City Cire Nicholson of Oakland Mills High School in Columbia Jennifer Zhang of River Hill High School in Clarksville Jimmy Allah-Mensah of Northwest High School in Germantown Nicole Averinos of Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg Boaz Bamiro of Gaithersburg High School Autumn Barber of Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville Rudaelle Elien of Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring Anurudh Ganesan of Clarksburg High School Liam Gil of Wheaton High School in Silver Spring Michael Katski of Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville Nina Lao of Seneca Valley High School in Germantown Flosha Diliena Liyana Saran Arachchige Don of Col. Zadok Magruder High School in Rockville Rose Makor of Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring Taylor McDaniels of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney Wendy Medrano of Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School in Takoma Park Matthew Millstein of James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring Natalie Mogrovejo of Thomas Edison High School of Technology in Silver Spring Elizabeth Olaiya of Northwood High School in Silver Spring Jacob Rains of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda Brandon Rodriguez of Watkins Mill High School in Gaithersburg Akehnji AchiriMofor of Laurel High School Cieanna Bell of Bowie High School Juwan Blocker of Parkdale High School in Riverdale Trevante Brown of Oxon Hill High School Gexi Chavez Bonilla of Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt Taylor Custis of Grace Brethren Christian School in Clinton Erin Farley of Bishop Mcnamara High School in Forestville Skylar Johnson of St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel Bedelina Miller of New Hope Academy in Landover Hills Samuel Morgan of From the Heart Christian School in Suitland Andrea Nickens of Crossland High School in Temple Hills Maya Sullivan of Elizebeth Seton High School in Bladensburg Tatyanna Sutton of Riverdale Baptist School in Upper Marlboro Carlotta Tyler of Progressive Learning Academy Jason Hentschel of James M. Bennett Senior High School in Salisbury Onya Turner of Wicomico High School in Salisbury About Comcast Corporation Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation's largest video, high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the XFINITY brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the XFINITY brand. NBCUniversal operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information. About the Comcast Foundation The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation has three community investment priorities—promoting service, expanding digital literacy, and building tomorrow's leaders. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated nearly $200 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/community. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/comcast-awards-119000-in-scholarships-to-110-maryland-high-school-seniors-300455932.html

Saiepour M.H.,Institute of Visual Arts | Rajendran R.,Institute of Visual Arts | Omrani A.,Institute of Visual Arts | Ma W.-P.,University of Southern California | And 4 more authors.
Current Biology | Year: 2015

Background To ensure that neuronal networks function in a stable fashion, neurons receive balanced inhibitory and excitatory inputs. In various brain regions, this balance has been found to change temporarily during plasticity. Whether changes in inhibition have an instructive or permissive role in plasticity remains unclear. Several studies have addressed this question using ocular dominance plasticity in the visual cortex as a model, but so far, it remains controversial whether changes in inhibition drive this form of plasticity by directly affecting eye-specific responses or through increasing the plasticity potential of excitatory connections. Results We tested how three major classes of interneurons affect eye-specific responses in normally reared or monocularly deprived mice by optogenetically suppressing their activity. We find that in contrast to somatostatin-expressing or vasoactive intestinal polypeptide-expressing interneurons, parvalbumin (PV)-expressing interneurons strongly inhibit visual responses. In individual neurons of normal mice, inhibition and excitation driven by either eye are balanced, and suppressing PV interneurons does not alter ocular preference. Monocular deprivation disrupts the binocular balance of inhibition and excitation in individual neurons, causing suppression of PV interneurons to change their ocular preference. Importantly, however, these changes do not consistently favor responses to one of the eyes at the population level. Conclusions Monocular deprivation disrupts the binocular balance of inhibition and excitation of individual cells. This disbalance does not affect the overall expression of ocular dominance. Our data therefore support a permissive rather than an instructive role of inhibition in ocular dominance plasticity. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved.

Levelt C.N.,Institute of Visual Arts | Heimel J.A.,Institute of Visual Arts | Van Versendaal D.,Institute of Visual Arts
Neural Plasticity | Year: 2011

During the last decade, we have gained much insight into the mechanisms that open and close a sensitive period of plasticity in the visual cortex. This brings the hope that novel treatments can be developed for brain injuries requiring renewed plasticity potential and neurodevelopmental brain disorders caused by defective synaptic plasticity. One of the central mechanisms responsible for opening the sensitive period is the maturation of inhibitory innervation. Many molecular and cellular events have been identified that drive this developmental process, including signaling through BDNF and IGF-1, transcriptional control by OTX2, maturation of the extracellular matrix, and GABA-regulated inhibitory synapse formation. The mechanisms through which the development of inhibitory innervation triggers and potentially closes the sensitive period may involve plasticity of inhibitory inputs or permissive regulation of excitatory synapse plasticity. Here, we discuss the current state of knowledge in the field and open questions to be addressed. © 2011 J. Alexander Heimel et al.

van Versendaal D.,Institute of Visual Arts | Levelt C.N.,Institute of Visual Arts | Levelt C.N.,VU University Amsterdam
Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences | Year: 2016

For proper maturation of the neocortex and acquisition of specific functions and skills, exposure to sensory stimuli is vital during critical periods of development when synaptic connectivity is highly malleable. To preserve reliable cortical processing, it is essential that these critical periods end after which learning becomes more conditional and active interaction with the environment becomes more important. How these age-dependent forms of plasticity are regulated has been studied extensively in the primary visual cortex. This has revealed that inhibitory innervation plays a crucial role and that a temporary decrease in inhibition is essential for plasticity to take place. Here, we discuss how different interneuron subsets regulate plasticity during different stages of cortical maturation. We propose a theory in which different interneuron subsets select the sources of neuronal input that undergo plasticity. © 2016 The Author(s)

Sani S.M.,Institute of Visual Arts | Shokooh Y.K.,Institute of Visual Arts
2016 2nd International Conference on Web Research, ICWR 2016 | Year: 2016

With completion of web worldwide network, its users and applications have been increased too. Nowadays, one of these applications is advertising, purchase and sale of business products that has changed the websites into a complementary media and an extensive and universal context for branding and doing commercial deals. During the recent decade, minimalism has found great applications in designing user interface of business websites among web designers. They understood that minimalism with removing unnecessary aspects and Gestalt together with organizing visual elements lead to the reduction of audiences' confusion and a more extensive range of them can make a more effective interaction to website. The research methodology of this study is descriptive-Analytic and the method of gathering information library and field. This research has been investigated the minimalist design model in three top active websites in technology including Apple, Microsoft and IBM based on the Gestalt principles. This study indicates a meaningful relation between Gestalt rules and simplification of relations among visual elements in the event of achieving minimalist properties in designing these websites. The mentioned properties are: the key principle of less use, more effect through organized Gestalt perception, simplicity based on the law of similarity and proximity, removing additive elements through permanence law, making balance by using completion law and making a negative environment by informed use of Gestalt rule of shape relation. © 2016 IEEE.

Dahlhaus M.,Institute of Visual Arts | Levelt C.N.,Institute of Visual Arts
Reviews in the Neurosciences | Year: 2010

Our ability to learn relies on the potential of the neocortex to change its neuronal circuits through experience. This change is mediated by the loss or formation of synaptic contacts or the adjustment of their synaptic strength. In recent decades, the primary visual cortex has proven an excellent system for studying structure/function relationships during plasticity in the neocortex. Here we describe current knowledge about the structural changes in inhibitory or excitatory synapses that accompany experience dependent plasticity in the visual cortex. We discuss unresolved issues and technical developments that will help to provide answers in the near future. © Freund & Pettman.

Ribeiro C.,Institute of Visual Arts
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2015

his paper aim in waving reflections around the sovereignty of interaction in communicational processes focusing on Human-Computer Interaction subtleties related to informational processes in a quantum level to present and discuss the author series ‘Performing Quantum Entanglement: Subtle Apparatuses for Nonlocal Affectiveness’. The approach involves conceptualizing what the author defines as Complex Affective Systems (CAFFS), referring to multidimensional systems of interactions that lead to manifestations and incorporations of the self and the emergence of consciousness. The works selected to conduct the present conversation have been produced for the author’s solo show at the Art|Sci Gallery, CNSI/UCLA, in Los Angeles (2014), and recently for the inaugural solo show she designed for the Roy Ascott Studio Gallery in Shanghai (2015). © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015.

Sommeijer J.-P.,Institute of Visual Arts | Levelt C.N.,Institute of Visual Arts
PLoS ONE | Year: 2012

Background: Inhibitory innervation by parvalbumin (PV) expressing interneurons has been implicated in the onset of the sensitive period of visual plasticity. Immunohistochemical analysis of the development and plasticity of these inhibitory inputs is difficult because PV expression is low in young animals and strongly influenced by neuronal activity. Moreover, the synaptic boutons that PV neurons form onto each other cannot be distinguished from the innervated cell bodies by immunostaining for this protein because it is present throughout the cells. These problems call for the availability of a synaptic, activity-independent marker for PV+ inhibitory boutons that is expressed before sensitive period onset. We investigated whether synaptotagmin-2 (Syt2) fulfills these properties in the visual cortex. Syt2 is a synaptic vesicle protein involved in fast Ca 2+ dependent neurotransmitter release. Its mRNA expression follows a pattern similar to that of PV throughout the brain and is present in 30-40% of hippocampal PV expressing basket cells. Up to now, no quantitative analyses of Syt2 expression in the visual cortex have been carried out. Methodology/Principal Findings: We used immunohistochemistry to analyze colocalization of Syt2 with multiple interneuron markers including vesicular GABA transporter VGAT, calbindin, calretinin, somatostatin and PV in the primary visual cortex of mice during development and after dark-rearing. Conclusions/Significance: We show that in the adult visual cortex Syt2 is only found in inhibitory, VGAT positive boutons. Practically all Syt2 positive boutons also contain PV and vice versa. During development, Syt2 expression can be detected in synaptic boutons prior to PV and in contrast to PV expression, Syt2 is not down-regulated by dark-rearing. These properties of Syt2 make it an excellent marker for analyzing the development and plasticity of perisomatic inhibitory innervations onto both excitatory and inhibitory neurons in the visual cortex. © 2012 Sommeijer, Levelt.

Dahlhaus M.,Institute of Visual Arts | Li K.W.,VU University Amsterdam | Van Der Schors R.C.,VU University Amsterdam | Saiepour M.H.,Institute of Visual Arts | And 6 more authors.
Molecular and Cellular Proteomics | Year: 2011

During brain development, the neocortex shows periods of enhanced plasticity, which enables the acquisition of knowledge and skills that we use and build on in adult life. Key to persistent modifications of neuronal connectivity and plasticity of the neocortex are molecular changes occurring at the synapse. Here we used isobaric tag for relative and absolute quantification to measure levels of 467 synaptic proteins in a well-established model of plasticity in the mouse visual cortex and the regulation of its critical period. We found that inducing visual cortex plasticity by monocular deprivation during the critical period increased levels of kinases and proteins regulating the actin-cytoskeleton and endocytosis. Upon closure of the critical period with age, proteins associated with transmitter vesicle release and the tubulin- and septin-cytoskeletons increased, whereas actin-regulators decreased in line with augmented synapse stability and efficacy. Maintaining the visual cortex in a plastic state by dark rearing mice into adulthood only partially prevented these changes and increased levels of G-proteins and protein kinase A subunits. This suggests that in contrast to the general belief, dark rearing does not simply delay cortical development but may activate signaling pathways that specifically maintain or increase the plasticity potential of the visual cortex. Altogether, this study identified many novel candidate plasticity proteins and signaling pathways that mediate synaptic plasticity during critical developmental periods or restrict it in adulthood. © 2011 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.

Agency: GTR | Branch: AHRC | Program: | Phase: Research Grant | Award Amount: 32.50K | Year: 2013

The Tagore, pedagogy and contemporary visual cultures network aims to bring together a group of leading international academics and visual arts practitioners to discuss and explore the legacy and continuing relevance of Indian poet and polymath Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) for contemporary art practice and visual culture. The group made up of artists, academics (both senior and early career researchers), curators and a political scientist, from Europe and India, have come together because they share an interest in exploring Tagores legacy and influence from different disciplinary backgrounds, often taking idiosyncratic, unorthodox approaches in order to think outside of the established conventions of Tagore scholarship. This network not only offers new opportunities for cross-disciplinary research, but proposes an original and as yet uncharted approach to Tagores work and its continuing relevance. We will meet twice in London, once in the Netherlands, and once in Santinikatan, the community school set up by Tagore in India in 1901.

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