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

Not so enchanted mirror

first_imgMirror, Mirror, on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? What if your fairness as a leader was the quality being measured instead of beauty? Leadership is always a challenge and our own least desired qualities are the hardest to face.Do you find certain employees more difficult to deal with than others? Perhaps there is one employee or a handful that you find absolutely frustrating! It is a common problem, but what we often fail to see is that the shortcomings of these employees may be reflected in ourselves. What we dislike the most in other people is often the very same thing that we dislike about ourselves. That mirror is not always flattering. This enchanted mirror effect is what creates your frustration. Only 15% of people are truly self-aware. The rest of us are lying to ourselves on a daily basis.What can we learn from this hard-to-face truth? How to be a better leader. Leadership is often best won through example. I pose the challenge to each of you. Take your most frustrating employees. Make a list of what behaviors are causing the frustration. Take a hard look at your own behaviors and see if there are any correlations. You have to be honest during the process to make it work. I promise it will be worth the effort.Now for the hard part my friends, create a set of changes that you can make to effectively demonstrate the behaviors that you would like to see from your staff. Check in with yourself weekly to see if you were able to achieve these goals and course correct for the following week. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Tayshia Has Been Added to the ‘Bachelorette’ Group Text

first_img– Advertisement – It’s not official until you’re in the group chat. DeAnna Pappas told Us Weekly exclusively that Tayshia Adams was added to the ongoing text chain with the former Bachelorettes on Tuesday, November 10 — the same day her first episode aired.- Advertisement – As one of the only people who knew Clare and Dale secretly got engaged and left the show during the summer, DeAnna told Us that the Bachelor Winter Games alum has been confiding in her.“[This should have been] a time in her life that was most joyful and that she was super excited about and she was pretty much like, ‘I’m deleting my Instagram, I can’t watch the show, I can’t handle the things that people are saying about me.’ And that’s wrong,” she told Us. “Social media robbed the joy from what this should be for her.”- Advertisement – DeAnna, who shares daughter Addison, 6, and son Austin, 4, with husband Stephen Stagliano, added that after the hate she’s seen online during season 16, she wouldn’t want her kids on the show in the future.“I cannot even fathom putting [Addison] on reality television,” she told Us. “She’s so sweet. She’s so innocent. She is so kind, you know, and she’s so thoughtful and so inclusive, like, I would never want her to experience exactly what Clare has gone through that social media hate.”Listen to Here For the Right Reasons to get inside scoop about the Bachelor franchise and exclusive interviews from contestants “Rachel [Lindsay] added Tayshia to our group chat, so we all were cheering her on and just saying, like, we couldn’t wait to watch her and [are] super excited to add her to the group of ladies, you know, and just hoping that this goes really well for her,” the season 4 Bachelorette, 38, dished on Us Weekly’s “Here For the Right Reasons” podcast. (All 17 leading ladies are on the text chain, including season 2 and 3 Bachelorettes Jen Schefft and Meredith Phillips, respectively, whom DeAnna told Us they just tracked down in June.)DeAnna Pappas Says Tayshia Has Been Added Bachelorette Group ChatDeAnna Pappas and Tayshia Adams. Michael Simon/startraksphoto.com; ABC/Craig SjodinTayshia, 30, took over for Clare Crawley on Tuesday’s episode after the 39-year-old hairstylist got engaged to Dale Moss after less than two weeks of filming. According to DeAnna, Clare and Dale, 32, are happier than ever, but the backlash from Bachelor Nation over the season has been tough for the OG season 16 lead.“We sent her some flowers and stuff because it’s been a really difficult road for her. There is so much hate and negativity online and social media for her and that just like breaks my heart,” DeAnna told Us. “We went [from] months ago, like, rooting this girl on, like, ‘Yeah, this 39-year-old, strong, independent woman who knows what she wants!’ And then the second she takes what she wants, everybody’s like, ‘Oh, she’s the worst. She doesn’t give anybody a chance. She’s a bitch. She’s all these things’. I’m like, ‘Wow.’”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Ramos Leads Rejuvenated Madrid in 600th Appearance

first_imgSergio Ramos While many will point to the impact teenager Vinicius Junior has had on the team going forwards, it is invariably the leadership of captain and centre back Sergio Ramos that has helped get Real back on track.Few would have imagined how much of an impact a skinny long-haired teenager from Andalusia would go on to have in Madrid after joining for 27 million euros ($30 million) in 2005. The fee remains a record for a Spanish teenager to this day, and few would dispute that he has been worth the investment.Should he, as expected, lead his side out against Ajax in what will be his 600th appearance, he will move just one game behind club legends Fernando Hierro and Paco Gento in the all-time appearance list at Madrid, and fourth behind Manolo Sanchis (710), Iker Casillas (725) and Raul Gonzalez (741).A relentless winning machine, Ramos has lifted 20 trophies since making his debut for the club in September 2005. Initially a marauding full-back, he moved into central defence under Jose Mourinho in 2010, making the position his own despite a revolving door of partners at the back.Now captain for both club and country, Ramos is looking to help Real to their fourth consecutive Champions League crown.“He has been and remains a fantastic captain,” coach Solari said of the 32-year-old. “I think it’s brilliant how he carries out his job as leader, which isn’t an easy one.”Despite being a defender by trade, Ramos is most revered in the Spanish capital for his dramatic last-gasp headed equaliser against city rivals Atletico in the 2014 Champions League final.It is a goal that is played before every home game on the big screens at the Bernabeu, much to the crowd’s delight, and he also scored in the 2016 Champions League final.Indeed, Ramos has become something of a specialist in front of goal, with 11 strikes in all competitions this season.No defender has ever scored in three Champions League or European Cup finals, but with Real looking back at their brilliant best, you would not put it past Ramos to create yet another piece of history come the end of the season.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram When Real Madrid slumped to a 3-0 defeat against CSKA Moscow in their last Champions League group game in December they looked far removed from the defending champions, let alone like the side that had just won the competition for the third straight time.It compounded a woeful few months for the club as coach Julen Lopetegui came and went before former player Santiago Solari replaced him in November. They sat sixth in La Liga and appeared a team in decline, sorely missing forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who left for Juventus last summer.But fast-forward to February and all of a sudden Real look like they could once again be the team to beat in Europe this year. Rejuvenated and unbeaten in the league since early January, they head into Wednesday’s game with Ajax full of confidence having climbed to second in La Liga, five points off top spot.last_img read more