John Cohn of IBM works with Champlain College

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt. John Cohn, PhD, chief scientist of design automation in the IBM Systems and Technology Group, has been working with students and faculty in the Emergent Media Center at Champlain College this winter.Cohn, an IBM Fellow and Vice President for the Americas for the IBM Academy, and five Champlain College game development students have been creating a multimedia educational companion piece for an electronic game that IBM has developed for Engineering Week 2008. The educational product will be delivered in a multimedia way that kids relate to, and it will illuminate what makes up an electronic game and what courses of study and careers are available in game-related fields.For Cohn, this is a self-designed assignment at Champlain that will benefit IBMs OnDemand Community outreach program. One of IBM and Cohns driving goals is to break through the negative perceptions of kids who might be turned off by science and technology. I know thats a hard problem to change perceptions, he said. But technology, science or math can be so beautiful, much in the way music and art are beautiful.Working with the Champlain College students has been mind-blowingly great, Cohn said. These students really get it. Game development students Ian Bissett, Michael Fowler, Bryan Hare, Wesley Knee and Lauren Nishikawa make up Cohns team.IBM built the processors for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Wii. IBM doesnt currently make games, but we provide a lot the technology behind them, Cohn explained.In addition to his technical duties at IBM, Cohn has long promoted the excitement behind science and technology. Hes delivered entertaining science presentations to more than 30,000 school children over the years. In the near future, he hopes to employ new media such as online science and technology videos to create more enthusiasm for science and technology among Americas youth.last_img read more

Updating the Safeguards Rule, but not for federally-insured credit unions

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a proposed rule updating and enhancing its implementing regulations for the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)’s Safeguards Rule. NAFCU has written of its support for the proposal. Several credit union compliance officers have asked about the proposal and its applicability to credit unions. The short story is that the update does not apply to federally-insured credit unions. The long story, including why this matters to credit unions, is below.Which Safeguards Rule?The Safeguards Rule is one of two central privacy provisions of the GLBA (the other being the Financial Privacy Rule which requires disclosure of a credit union’s privacy policy). The text of the Safeguards Rule can be found at 15 USC §6801(b) and is only 105 words long. It states that the enforcement agencies listed under section 6805(a) (except the CFPB) must establish “appropriate safeguards” for the protection of customer records and information for the financial institutions under their jurisdiction.Section 6805(a)(2) indicates that for federally-insured credit unions, that enforcement agency would be NCUA. NCUA established those implementing regulations at Part 748 of its rules and regulations. Part 748 is not being amended or updated by NCUA at this time.last_img read more

Yoga with Fisher combines art, exercise on campus

first_imgElizabeth Holmes probably never associated yoga and art together, much less expected them to be combined in a program. After moving to Los Angeles with her husband and son, she spent a great deal of her time collecting art, and eventually donated 29 pieces of work to what would become her museum, the Elizabeth Holmes Fisher Gallery at USC. She had one simple wish for the place: that all of their programs were free and open to the public.It’s because of this wish that recreational athletics is collaborating with the USC Fisher Museum to provide free yoga classes every fall and spring semester. As of 2016, the program, known as Yoga with Fisher @USC, has attracted enough people to reach an eight-year milestone and is kicking off their spring session with artist Lita Albuquerque’s first showcase with the museum after 33 years — 20/20 Accelerando. The program itself is taught by composer Francois Dompierre, who has worked with the Fisher Museum in the past, including the course of the previous exhibition. Yoga this semester will be on select Tuesdays from Jan. 26 through April 10 from 10:45-11:45 a.m., with 20 spots available on a first-come, first-serve basis.Because of its open-ended, minimal commitment and free structure, Yoga with Fisher @USC works with all schedules. People can join classes based on their own availability, and as a result, the program has managed to reach out to people of all backgrounds.“It’s not just students that join, but also faculty and staff,” said Ani Mnatsakanyan, the education and program coordinator. “For some, this is their first experience with yoga; others are experts. This yoga class is open to anyone who wants to begin or continue their practice while getting in touch with art.”For Kay Allen, associate director of the museum, yoga and art is an unlikely combination that helps attract more visitors.“People average probably less than a minute in front of every work of art when they visit,” Allen said. “With this experience, they may focus on a work of art and really look at it as they’re doing their stretches, meditations and so on.”While the yoga collaboration shifts based on every exhibition, overall, the concept is the same: to foster a meditative relationship between yoga and the arts as well as help guests spend some time away from the busy world and just concentrate on themselves and the space they’re in.“One of my favorite parts about the program is how happy people look once the class is over,” Mnatsakanyan said. “Not only do the students get to view the exhibition in a new perspective, but they get to reflect on the art during the practice… If one hour of weekly yoga helps battle everyday stress, then our yoga program has been successful.”last_img read more

Champions League: Real Madrid win and PSG top group

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo scored his 61st goal of 2012 as Real Madrid thrashed Ajax 4-1 at the Bernabeu.The former Manchester United forward, 27, opened the scoring from Karim Benzema’s cross before Jose Maria Callejon doubled the lead.Kaka then rolled back the years to curl a brilliant third in off the post before Derk Boerrigter pulled one back.Callejon wrapped up the win late on as Real finished second to Borussia Dortmund in Group D.Ronaldo has now scored 167 goals in 165 games for Real since joining in 2009, but his achievements in 2012 have been eclipsed by Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, who can match Gerd Mueller’s record of 85 goals in a calendar year if he scores against Benfica on Wednesday.Elsewhere, Paris Saint-Germain took top spot in Group A after Ezequiel Lavezzi took advantage of poor goalkeeping to seal a 2-1 win at home to Porto. Thiago Silva headed PSG ahead before Jackson Martinez equalised, but Lavezzi sealed the group for Carlo Ancelotti’s side when his weak shot was fumbled in by Porto goalkeeper Helton. Porto had already qualified and go through in second place.In a match temporarily suspended due to heavy snow, Dinamo Zagreb claimed their first and only point in Group A when Ivan Krstanovic hit an injury-time penalty to draw 1-1 at home to Dynamo Kiev.In Group C , a goal by Danny gave Zenit St Petersburg a surprise 1-0 win over runners-up Milan at the San Siro to secure a Europa League spot.last_img read more

3M Open: Bryson DeChambeau birdies final hole to join tie atop leaderboard

first_img 3M Open: Bryson DeChambeau shoots career low to vault up leaderboard Wolff used 10 birdies to join the group in control at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minnesota. He carded six on the front nine, five of which came consecutively right before the turn. Wolff could have been the solo leader but a birdie on the par-3 17th hole moved him back to 15 under for the tournament.He shot the low round of the day, a 9-under 62, with a number of highlights to take into the final round. PGA Tour player Robert Garrigus back from suspension, still advocating for marijuana What a round.Young star @matthew_wolff5 put on a show on moving day @3MOpen. 🔥#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/QipWwq3v45— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 6, 2019Morikawa, who like Wolff is fresh out of college, was also able to round up some birdies to finish with a 7-under 64.Wyndham Clark and Adam Hadwin trail in fourth place (14 under) while Hideki Matsuyama, Charles Howell III and Troy Merritt are tied for sixth (13 under).There’s a sizable tie for ninth place (12 under) that includes Scott Piercy, who had one of the best putts of the day. Piercy sunk a 54-foot putt on the 14th hole that looked as if it wouldn’t drop in. When it did, Piercy celebrated one of the few highlights of his round as he finished with a 2-under 69.The dramatic drop … from 5⃣4⃣ FEET!@ScottPiercyPGA with the putt of the day so far @3MOpen.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/uvQ8IPBwu3— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 6, 2019center_img He recorded just two birdies and one bogey, but the five-time Tour winner made shots when it counted, including a birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole to move back into a three-way tie for the lead.DeChambeau finished the day with a 1-under 70. Related News Bryson DeChambeau saw his 36-hole lead at the 3M Open wither away after newly minted pros Matthew Wolff and Collin Morikawa climbed up the leaderboard.DeChambeau, who shot a career-low 62 Friday, entered Saturday’s round without the same success he saw previously in the week.last_img read more

Newton prison inmates building homes, learning a trade

first_imgNEWTON — A new program in a central Iowa prison aims to help fill the state’s skilled labor shortage and bring qualilty, affordable homes to rural areas, while also helping keep offenders from returning to prison.Joshua Goemaat is one of the first inmates at the Newton correctional facility who’s learning to build houses for low-income families across the state. “This is a great opportunity. It’s something different than what you’re used to,” Goemaat says. “A lot of people do this on the streets, I do this on the streets. To have an opportunity to do it in here — it’s great.”Inmates will build three-bedroom houses in Newton to be shipped to communities that need affordable housing. Newton’s acting warden Jeremy Larson says Goemaat and others in the home building program can get formal training to become carpenters, electricians, plumbers and general laborers.“It’s just a win-win for Iowa,” Larson says. “To build really good quality homes for citizens of Iowa that need them, and communities that need them, and at the same time give our guys skills to make them successful when they get out. It’s just a win-win.”Iowa Prison Industries will oversee construction and sell the houses to a new nonprofit that’ll decide where to put the houses and how much they’ll cost. The first completed houses will go to Marshalltown, which was devastated by a tornado last year. Lance Henning is a Homes for Iowa board member and president of Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity.“When you get farther into some of the rural areas, there’s not even the builders to be able to put those units in place,” Henning says. “You start thinking about spreading out 100, 150 of these across the state each year, it will start to make a significant difference.” Only four houses will be built this year as Iowa lawmakers didn’t provide enough money to fully launch the program.Iowa Prison Industries director Dan Clark says the goal is to eventually have about 100 men, including medium-security inmates, working on a ten-acre, fenced-in site.  Clark says, “I think once there’s real houses here and people are able to come and see the quality of the home, and the impact it has on the men that are here, and the impact it has on the family that ends up buying the home, I think there will be a lot of support for the program.”It’s modeled after an initiative in South Dakota, where inmates have built more than two-thousand homes over the past two decades. Corrections officials believe Iowa will become the only other state with a large-scale prison home-building program.last_img read more