News Article | January 30, 2017
Veterans Affairs Hospital in Pittsburgh is currently under water restriction after the discovery of Legionella bacteria in many areas of the hospital. This is not the first time that Veterans Affairs hospital is coping with Legionnaires' disease outbreak. In 2011 and 2012, at least six patients were declared dead due to Legionnaires' disease and 22 fell sick. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Legionellosis is a respiratory disease caused by the Legionella bacteria. The bacteria causes a type of pneumonia, a lung infection, commonly called the Legionnaires' disease. A less serious infection can also be caused by the bacteria called Pontiac fever, which shows symptoms of mild flu infection. The bacterium was discovered in the Veterans Affairs hospital during routine water testing and immediately prompted the authorities to implement water restrictions. Water samples from five sinks located in an unoccupied administrative unit were tested positive for Legionella bacteria on Jan. 6. The result followed discovery of the same bacterium in two other water samples from adjacent sinks on Jan. 15. "Water restrictions have been enacted for a significant portion of the University Drive hospital, including patient-care areas. At this time, there are no cases of hospital-acquired Legionnaires' disease," said Michael Marcus, spokesperson for the hospital. Water from the hospital will not be used for drinking, making ice, washing hands, bathing or showering per the rules of restriction. The affected areas where the restriction has been implemented are provided with bagged ice and bottled water. Portable hand washing stations are currently used in the hospital during the entire period of restriction. The restriction has been implemented for 14 days. During this time period, the hospital administration will conduct remediation work to eradicate the bacteria from the affected areas. The hospital's director of infection protection, Brooke Decker said that employees and patients of the hospital were notified by the authorities about this development. They also posted signs in the affected areas for further caution. Legionella bacteria are usually found in freshwater. It becomes a matter of concern when the bacteria starts festering in man-made water systems like: undrained hot tubs, showers and faucets, hot water tanks and heater and large plumbing systems. The bacterium grows best in warm water. An estimated 5,000 cases of Legionnaires' disease is reported in the U.S. annually and according to the CDC 1 in 10 people infected with Legionnaires' disease succumbs to death. The disease is basically not contagious but can be possible in rare cases. Pontiac fever or Legionnaires' disease can be contracted if people breathe-in minute water droplets containing Legionella bacteria. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
News Article | November 10, 2016
Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering complex to be unveiled to the public CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - November 10, 2016) - Members of the media are invited to the official opening of the Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering Complex at the Schulich School of Engineering on Tuesday, November 15, 2016. The expansion has added 18,300 square metres of new space, accommodating an additional 400 student spaces at the University of Calgary's Faculty of Engineering. Another 11,100 square metres of existing space is still being renovated as part of the project. The renovations are expected to be complete next year. The expanded complex features enhanced learning spaces including two new 240-seat theatres -- one of which can be reconfigured to host special events. New undergraduate design labs will foster practical skills to help students develop new inventions, conceive start-up companies or create inspiring technologies. This building also preserves aspects of the university's 50-year history by incorporating features such as a 1960s staircase and using some former exterior walls as interior walls in the complex. The expansion and renovations were made possible through funding committed by the Government of Alberta, the Government of Canada, Canadian Natural Resources Limited, Seymour Schulich and several private donations. WHAT: University of Calgary opens the Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering Complex WHEN: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 | 10:00 a.m. MT | Media availability and tour immediately following event WHERE: Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering Complex at the Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW (Suggested parking - Lot 9, 16 and MSC Parkade MAP) WHO: Elizabeth Cannon, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Calgary Honourable Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education Bill Rosehart, Dean, Schulich School of Engineering PHOTO OPS: Media scrum, tour locations -- select teaching, learning and research spaces. This includes a conference area where the University of Calgary Solar Car, the Team Zeus Electric Motorcycle and other student teams will be displayed. About the University of Calgary The University of Calgary is making tremendous progress on its journey to become one of Canada's top five research universities, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by the university's Gaelic motto, which translates as 'I will lift up my eyes.' For more information, visit ucalgary.ca. Stay up to date with University of Calgary news headlines on Twitter @UCalgary. For details on faculties and how to reach experts go to our media centre at ucalgary.ca/news/media.
Luck J.,University Drive |
Wallace R.,Charles Darwin University
Acta Horticulturae | Year: 2015
A recent survey (Howie, 2012), commissioned by the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre (PBCRC) on the national plant biosecurity capability status, showed a steady decline in researchers employed in plant biosecurity over the last six years. This study was supported by the Pratley report (2013) which reviewed agricultural education and training in response to the shortage of young people choosing agriculture as a career. The demographic of the plant biosecurity science community has changed over the last 10 years, with mathematical modelling, economics, genomics and the social sciences increasingly replacing more traditional disciplines such as plant pathology, entomology, horticulture or agriculture. This change has occurred as a result of a number of drivers such as; 1. the availability of new technology, 2. a need to understand the economic consequences of an incursion for industry and government, and 3. the need to understand the social consequences of biosecurity threats. While these new research areas meet the changing biosecurity landscape, traditional biology and agricultural expertise remains essential in managing new pests entering and establishing in Australia. The PBCRC has invested $ 3.6 million cash and $ 18 million in-kind in 27 new PhD scholarships to train candidates across each of these areas, including classical taxonomic and ecological research. Four examples of PhD research projects underway and the professional development program offered to PBCRC students will be outlined. Development of national biosecurity structures within the National RD&E Framework for plant biosecurity, grains and horticulture forms part of the PBCRC legacy. To support this legacy, the PBCRC is addressing the critical decline of traditional biological capability while continuing to train students in new research areas such as; economic modelling, genomics, policy and social sciences.
News Article | December 9, 2016
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - December 09, 2016) - Ever wondered how a magnet can lift a heavy train? Or how an airplane stays in the air … or, if it doesn't, how a parachute works? The answers to these questions and more can be found at the Werklund School of Education's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) annual showcase, during which first year undergraduate students will highlight what they've learned about STEM. And who better to ask the questions than the students they'll teach? More than 100 local elementary students will be on hand to question the pre-service teachers about all things STEM. The showcase is part of a larger program focused on providing an overview of the activities taking place within the Werklund School of Education as it continues to lead in the development of STEM teaching and learning. WHERE: Mac Hall A & B, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW (See Campus maps here) About the University of Calgary The University of Calgary is making tremendous progress on its journey to become one of Canada's top five research universities, where research and innovative teaching go hand in hand, and where we fully engage the communities we both serve and lead. This strategy is called Eyes High, inspired by the university's Gaelic motto, which translates as 'I will lift up my eyes.' For more information, visit ucalgary.ca. Stay up to date with University of Calgary news headlines on Twitter @UCalgary. For details on faculties and how to reach experts go to our media center at ucalgary.ca/news/media.
Dodsworth A.,University of Newcastle |
Dodsworth A.,University Drive |
Warren-Forward H.,University of Newcastle |
Warren-Forward H.,University Drive |
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Obesity Surgery | Year: 2010
This systematic review evaluates the current evidence base for eating behavior changes after laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB). A literature search from 1990 to February 2010 was conducted to identify original studies that assessed eating behavior in adults who have undergone LAGB. Sixteen articles (14 separate studies) met inclusion criteria. Although strength of the evidence base was limited by observational study designs and methodological weaknesses, results suggest that positive changes in eating behavior occur after surgery, including reduced over-eating in response to emotional and situational cues. There is some evidence to suggest that uncontrolled eating behaviors persist in some individuals, and that this may be problematic for weight loss after surgery. Few studies examined the relationship between changes in eating behavior and weight loss; thus, optimal behavioral strategies for promoting positive weight outcomes remain unclear. Further interventional research addressing the inherent limitations of the current-evidence base is required to guide development of evidence-based management guidelines for LAGB in future. © 2010 Springer Science + Business Media, LLC.
Luo C.,University Drive |
Moghtaderi B.,University Drive |
Page A.,University Drive
Energy and Buildings | Year: 2010
The original conduction transfer function (CTF) method (which was derived from the EnergyPlus source codes), and the present modified CTF method (which uses a higher order discretisation scheme for the surface heat flux as well as finer grids at the layer boundaries for multi-layer constructions) were used to calculate wall surface heat fluxes based on monitored wall surface temperatures as the inputs. At the same time, the finite volume method and the matrix method (based on the complex Fourier analysis) were also used for the numerical predictions. The matrix transfer method was updated to treat the non-linear long wave length thermal radiation and proved to be consistent with the results from the finite volume method for all wall types ranging from single-layer wall, two-layer wall with air gap, cavity brick wall and brick veneer wall. Numerical predictions using the matrix transfer method, the conduction transfer function method and the finite volume method were compared with the long period measurements for single- or multi-layer materials with and without air gaps. At the same time, CTF coefficients for modified CTF methods were tabulated and analysed for all computational cases in this study. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Rubin M.,University of Newcastle |
Rubin M.,University Drive |
Morrison T.,University of Newcastle |
Morrison T.,University Drive
Journal of General Psychology | Year: 2014
The present research investigated individual differences in individualism and collectivism as predictors of people's reactions to cities. Psychology undergraduate students (N = 148) took virtual guided tours around historical cities. They then evaluated the cities liveability and environmental quality and completed measures of individualism and collectivism. Mediation analyses showed that people who scored high in self-responsibility (individualism) rated the cities as more liveable because they perceived them to be richer and better resourced. In contrast, people who scored high in collectivism rated the cities as having a better environmental quality because they perceived them to (1) provide a greater potential for community and social life and (2) allow people to express themselves. These results indicate that people's evaluations of virtual cities are based on the degree to which certain aspects of the cities are perceived to be consistent with individualist and collectivist values. Copyright © 2014 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
News Article | November 21, 2016
Plantation, FL, November 21, 2016 --( The fixed-rate loan is secured by the 156-room hotel at 1701 N University Drive. An affiliate of Waramaug Hospitality is the owner of the hotel. Waramaug is a privately held investment group that focuses on acquiring legacy branded assets throughout the United States. Hospitality Funding Chairman Scott Silver stated, “While the markets have been changing over the last few months, Hospitality Funding was still able to executive an attractive 70 percent, 10-year financing for our client.” Hospitality Funding focuses on premium select service, full-service and development transactions, with a particular expertise in value-added opportunities. Earlier in 2016, Hospitality Funding formed a strategic alliance with leading global hotel management company Interstate Hotels & Resorts. The companies have worked together on various debt and equity sources since 2010, and as part of the strategic alliance Hospitality Funding is assisting Interstate’s clients with their capital market needs for hotel projects. This transaction marks the fifth transaction since the strategic alliance was formed. Plantation, FL, November 21, 2016 --( PR.com )-- Hospitality Funding, a Palm Beach-based boutique financial advisory firm, has facilitated a 10-year, $12.6 million loan for the owner of the Holiday Inn Express in Plantation, Fla.The fixed-rate loan is secured by the 156-room hotel at 1701 N University Drive. An affiliate of Waramaug Hospitality is the owner of the hotel. Waramaug is a privately held investment group that focuses on acquiring legacy branded assets throughout the United States.Hospitality Funding Chairman Scott Silver stated, “While the markets have been changing over the last few months, Hospitality Funding was still able to executive an attractive 70 percent, 10-year financing for our client.”Hospitality Funding focuses on premium select service, full-service and development transactions, with a particular expertise in value-added opportunities. Earlier in 2016, Hospitality Funding formed a strategic alliance with leading global hotel management company Interstate Hotels & Resorts. The companies have worked together on various debt and equity sources since 2010, and as part of the strategic alliance Hospitality Funding is assisting Interstate’s clients with their capital market needs for hotel projects. This transaction marks the fifth transaction since the strategic alliance was formed. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Hospitality Funding
News Article | December 21, 2016
TEMPE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Wood Partners, a national real estate leader based out of Atlanta, Georgia, announced the sale of Alta Tempe, a 296-unit multifamily community in Tempe, Arizona, last month. The community went on the market in August of this year and sold for $67.9 million on November 17th. Located 12 miles East of downtown Phoenix, Alta Tempe is situated in the growing Tempe community and offers easy access to the Phoenix airport and Central City. The complex is located at 1260 E University Drive at Dorsey Lane. “The success of Alta Tempe is a testament to the continued strength of the real estate market in Arizona and the need for housing in easily accessible, transit-oriented locations,” said Todd Taylor, development director for Wood Partners in Arizona and Colorado. “Alta Tempe is an example of a unique and beautiful asset that has been highly popular due to its ideal location in the booming Phoenix suburbs and, at the time of sale, was nearly 96 percent leased.” Wood Partners built the property in early 2015, with first move-ins in April 2015. The Class A complex features an 8,000 square-foot clubhouse with a vertical garden and observation deck, a resort-style pool with private cabanas, an outdoor fire pit, cyber café, and 24-hour fitness center. The units boast granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, high-tech NEST thermostats, and 10-foot ceilings in some homes. Wood Partners is a national real estate company that acquires, develops, constructs and property manages high density and mixed-use communities. It ranks consistently among the top five multifamily developers in the country. Through quality construction, responsible land development and intelligent design, our communities reflect the aesthetic and social fabric of the community and provide a luxurious living experience at a fair price. The company has been involved in the acquisition and development of more than 53,000 homes with a combined value of more than $8.3 billion nationwide. The company currently owns more than 75 properties with a combined total of 21,000 units. Wood Partners has offices in 18 major markets nationwide including Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Delray Beach/South Florida, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, New York, Southern California, Orlando, Phoenix, Raleigh-Durham, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. To learn more about Wood Partners, please visit our website, WoodPartners.com.
News Article | February 21, 2017
Who: Western Idaho students, representing 17 schools, will be sharing their knowledge of science subjects and concepts during the Western Idaho Regional Science Bowl for 9-12 grade students. The event also includes educators/team coaches, members of the Micron Foundation, guest speakers from Boise State University, and about 75 volunteers from Micron and other local organizations. When and Where: Monday, February 27, 2017 9:15 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Boise State University Student Union Building 2nd Floor 1700 University Drive Boise, ID 83706 Why: Twenty-three teams of high school students are competing to win an all expenses-paid trip to the Department of Energy National Science Bowl in Washington D.C. to be held April 27– May 1, 2017. The event nurtures student interest in science, technology, engineering and math subjects, skills that are increasingly needed in the workforce to spur Idaho’s economy. Visuals and Interview Opportunities: There will be opportunities to access the competitions and interview team leaders between contests and members of the Micron Foundation, the entity sponsoring and organizing the event. About the Western Idaho Regional Science Bowl & National Science Bowl: The WIRSB is an official regional bowl for the National Science Bowl competition for high school students, coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. The winning WIRSB team will receive an all-expenses paid trip to compete at the national event held in Washington, D.C. during April 27– May 1, 2017. The national event also includes several days of science activities, sightseeing, and competitions. Launched in 1991, the National Science Bowl (NSB) is a highly competitive science education and academic event among teams of high school and middle school students who compete in a fast-paced verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math. Each team is composed of four students, one alternate student, and a coach. Regional and national events encourage student involvement in math and science activities of importance to the Department of Energy and the Nation.