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

Three Fs of strategic planning

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Strategic planning is one of the most important things your financial institution does. It’s unfortunate that so many planning sessions result in chaos, unproductive decision making and a plan that serves as a paper weight instead of guiding the organization to success. Something this important should be successful every single time. Use these three Fs of strategic planning to help improve your planning process.Funnel – The most effective planning sessions are the ones that start with big ideas and end with specific goals and defined action plans. Think of the process like a funnel – wide or broad at the top and narrower at the bottom. As you work your way toward the bottom of the funnel, you increase the amount of detail at each level should have a clear strategy at the end. Read more about this approach in Leading for Growth by Umpqua Bank CEO Ray Davis.Focus –  Contrary to many businesses which believe they need to be all things to all consumers, we believe financial institutions become more successful by focusing on what they do best. continue reading »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

Cole hopes Carroll will stay

first_img “I don’t know the ins and outs of the deal but the way he’s been playing in the last couple of weeks you can understand why Liverpool paid £35m for him a couple of years ago. I think all the boys want him to stay at West Ham. He’s (his own) man, though, and he has his own agenda. “I don’t know what Liverpool are thinking and I’m sure there will be be other clubs in for him. West Ham would like to keep him, he’s our top scorer. He’s got to do what’s right for him, though.” It remains to be seen if a permanent deal can be thrashed out between the two clubs and if Carroll would be interested in a full-time switch to east London. Allardyce has been non-committal about securing Carroll’s services beyond the end of the current campaign but Hammers’ assistant manager Neil McDonald revealed the 24-year-old is happy at the club. “Andy Carroll is enjoying his time in London, is enjoying playing for West Ham and is enjoying being on the training field and trying to contribute for the team,” he told the club’s official website. “He’s scoring goals and making goals for other people.” Carroll currently sits top of the West Ham scoring charts, level on seven goals with captain Kevin Nolan, despite missing parts of the season with hamstring and knee injuries. Carroll, whose season-long loan from Liverpool is due to expire shortly, has been in good form recently and is a key part of Sam Allardyce’s side. Cole, who rejoined West Ham from Liverpool in January, is working his way back to fitness and wants England forward Carroll to sign up in the summer. “West Ham definitely want to keep Andy Carroll,” Cole told talkSport. Midfielder Joe Cole believes everyone at West Ham would like to see on-loan striker Andy Carroll extend his stay at Upton Park.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Rodgers: Suarez better off here

first_img That, along with fellow striker Daniel Sturridge’s blistering form of eight goals in nine league games, has propelled Liverpool to third in the table, just two points behind Saturday’s opponents Arsenal. And while it may be a position some feel is unlikely to be sustained, Rodgers insists Suarez should have no reason to want to leave as he can play Champions League football with his current side. “I understand why Arsenal would want to buy a player of Luis’ quality because he is one of the leading strikers in the world but it was something that was never going to happen,” said the Reds boss. “For us and the institution we are we certainly weren’t going to sell to a rival, a competitor, and that was something which was very strong from the off. “There was all sorts of gossip in the summer but we were very firm in our leadership, from the top right the way through, that this was something we didn’t want to do. “You have to give credit to the players themselves. It certainly wasn’t an easy situation. “It was also a great credit to the owners and the leadership of the club that they stood by what my thoughts were as a manager and they backed it all the way. “This was the place for Luis to showcase his talents. He is a player, like some of our other players, who deserves to be playing at the highest level of European football but we believe he can do that at Liverpool. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes a more mature Luis Suarez can fulfil his Champions League ambitions at Anfield and no longer needs to cast admiring glances at the likes of Arsenal. “There is no greater stage for him than a club like this and once the window was shut, like we thought, there was never going to be an issue. “It is a player we were really happy to keep who is surrounded by other good players as well. “He is one of the hardest-working players that is in love with football I’ve seen and once the window shut he has been brilliant. “He is maturing as a man. He is 26, father of two now, and I think the maturity in his game and personal life is there to see. “Everyone talks about his goals and work-rate but I’ve seen an improvement in his football ability and his maturity. “That really bodes well for us. We won’t get carried away, we have to keep our concentration and continue to work very hard.” The Uruguay international was so keen to take up the Gunners’ offer of an escape route in the summer after they bid £40,000,001 he accused the Reds of reneging on a deal which he claimed allowed him to leave for a side playing in Europe’s elite competition. Liverpool owner John Henry was unequivocally opposed to selling to a rival and that stance appears to have been rewarded with the South American scoring six goals in four league matches since returning from suspension this season. Press Associationlast_img read more

Rock Stars

first_img Town report wins award – October 11, 2014 Fenceviewer Staff MOUNT DESERT — Camp Beech Cliff is set to open a new 30-foot indoor climbing wall to the public on Nov. 2.The climbing wall routes are designed to present common scenarios to climbers for a variety of skill sets – from beginner to advanced.“We had to raise the money through a special fund drive and many individuals and families helped up out,” said the executive director at the camp, Debra Deal, in a press release.“It didn’t look like we were going to make it and then Cadillac Mountain Sports generously pledged $5,000. Thanks to that gift in particular, we were able to meet our deadline,” the director said. The climbing wall was built by Rockwerx of Massachusetts.Camp Beech Cliff plans two climbing programs that would use the new wall. The “Wall Nuts” program is scheduled for Friday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. for young climbers ages 6 and older. A second program held for climbers ages 16 and older would be held Monday nights 5:30 to 8 p.m.Harnesses and helmets will be provided and instructors will be onsite to supervise and help climbers reach their personal goals. Sessions cost $8 for children (ages 15 and younger) and $14 for adults. Individuals could purchase 10-session passes that are $50 for children and $100 for adults.For more information, contact Sylvie at 244-0365.For more sports news, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander. Bio This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Latest Posts Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014last_img read more

After 3rd straight season with an injury, Angels are thinking about Mike Trout’s long-term health

first_imgSince the start of the 2017 season, Mike Trout leads the major leagues in WAR, a cumulative statistic.Over that same span, he ranks 82nd in games played.Those seemingly contradictory facts ought to tell you two things: Trout is the best player in the majors, but he could be even better if he were on the field more.Trout, who is set for foot surgery this week, will end up missing the final 19 games of the season. He will finish with 134 games played, the third consecutive season in which he misses at least 22 games, after missing no more than five in each of his four previous full seasons. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter center_img By all accounts, this injury was unavoidable. Trout has a Morton’s neuroma, which is a thickening of the tissue around a nerve in the ball of the foot. Trout said doctors told him that it simply developed over time.Regardless of the cause, Trout’s absence is obviously an issue for the Angels, which is why General Manager Billy Eppler has talked to him about how to preserve his body.The Angels have invested nearly $400 million in Trout over the next 11 seasons. The deal will take Trout, 28, through the 2030 season. He’ll be 39 when it ends.“One conversation he and I have had is just, as the years go by, being smart on the bases, being smart in the outfield,” Eppler said last week. “A lot of his impact is tied into how much he can be available, how much he can be on the field. It’s a conversation that he and I have had a couple different times and he’s very aware of it.”Even before learning that he’d need surgery for this condition, Trout acknowledged the need to be smart. “I think when you first come up, you are just going out there and playing, and I still am, but obviously the stolen bases went down,” Trout said. “You’ve got to take care of your body. That’s the biggest thing, not stealing as much.”Trout attempted just 13 stolen bases this season, the lowest total of his career. In his first two full seasons, he attempted 54 and 40. Over the next five seasons, he averaged 25 attempts.In 2017, Trout was stealing second when he tore a ligament in his left thumb on a head-first slide. He missed the next 39 games. Since then, Trout has worn a protective mitt on his left hand when running the bases, continuing to slide head-first when he deems it appropriate.Last year, Trout was stealing third and sliding feet first when he jammed his right wrist bracing himself against the ground. Although he missed the next 19 games, the injury only accounted for about two weeks of that. While he was rehabbing, his brother in law died and Trout missed time to be with his family.Cutting down on stolen bases is the simplest way to reduce wear, Trout said. It’s a little more tricky to play conservatively in the outfield.“I’m still going to be aggressive,” Trout said. “If I start playing (carefully) in the outfield, that’s when you get in trouble.”According to Sports Info Solutions, Trout dove for seven balls in the outfield this year. In the previous three years combined, he dove six times.Trout jammed his left wrist attempting a diving catch in July of 2015. He missed only two games. Although Trout insisted when he came back that the wrist wasn’t affecting his performance, he nonetheless hit .273 the rest of the season.While each of those recent injuries were the result of Trout’s actions on the field – unavoidable or not – this one doesn’t seem to be. Trout said there was nothing that he did that created this issue, nor any moment he recalls that it began.“I think just over time, there was scar tissue build up,” he said. “Over time, it was just firing that nerve.”Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Asked if he could have taken more time off back in August when it began, Trout shrugged.“I’m not sure,” he said. “I thought it wasn’t going to be too serious, but we got the MRI and it showed the neuroma in there and just got worse. The pain tolerance at first wasn’t terrible. But when I came out in Chicago (on Sept. 6), it was just bothering me when I was running. On Sunday, I went to the cage, it started bothering me hitting. By the end of the game, I could barely walk. It’s just an uncomfortable feeling in my foot and it never went away.”UP NEXTAngels (LHP José Suarez, 2-6, 6.94) at Yankees (RHP Luís Severino, season debut), Tuesday, 3:35 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AMlast_img read more