The Department of Forensic and Investigative Science (FIS) at WestVirginia University invites applications for a tenure-trackassistant professor position with expertise in forensic biology.The anticipated start date is August 2021. Primary responsibilitiesinclude: teaching core forensic science courses and specializedforensic biology courses, including advanced DNA analysis, at theundergraduate and graduate levels; mentoring graduate andundergraduate researchers; developing an independent, externallyfunded research program that results in peer-reviewed publicationsand conference presentations; contributing to the diversity andinclusion goals of the university; and service activities bothwithin and outside the department.The Department ( https://forensics.wvu.edu/ )consists of 5 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 6 teaching faculty,about 10 PhD and 20 MS students and about 600 undergraduate majors.Both the BS and MS degree programs are FEPAC accredited. The PhD inforensic science was established in 2016 and has already producedfour graduates. The department is housed in an 18,000-sq. ft.facility that opened in 2007 and is equipped with state-of-the-artlaboratories and extensive modern instrumentation. The departmentalso manages a field laboratory complex consisting of four crimescene houses, a Nikon photography studio, a vehicle processingfacility and a ballistics laboratory.WVU ( www.wvu.edu ), located inMorgantown, WV, is a comprehensive land grant university thatenrols about 29,000 students in more than 100 different degreeprograms. Our Carnegie Classification is R1 – DoctoralUniversities: Very High Research Activity. Morgantown is withineasy driving distance of Pittsburgh, PA, Washington, DC, andBaltimore, MD, and has received numerous ratings as one of the bestsmall cities in the U.S. because of its good schools, excellenthealth care, low unemployment rate, low crime rate and abundantrecreational opportunities.Qualifications :Required qualifications include a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoraldegree in forensic science, forensic biology or a closely relateddiscipline; a record of excellent teaching and student mentoring; astrong record of scholarly activity in the area of forensicbiology, with potential for external funding; and excellent writtenand oral communication skills.Submit a single PDF containing a cover letter, a statement ofteaching philosophy and teaching preferences (e.g. grad/undergradand preferred topics and formats), a description of plans fordeveloping an active research program, a curriculum vitae and thenames and contact information of at least three individuals whowill be contacted to provide prompt letters of recommendation inthe event that a candidate is selected to a short list of promisingapplicants. For additional information, contact the chair of thesearch committee, Dr. Glen P. Jackson, at (304) 293-9236 [email protected] The screening process willbegin on January 15, 2021 and continue until the position isfilled.WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of anNSF ADVANCE award for gender equality. The University welcomesapplications from all qualified individuals, including minorities,females, individuals with disabilities and veterans.
Judge Not Required To Recuse Himself From Case Involving Former ClientOlivia Covington for www.theindianalawyer.comAn Adams County judge who presided over a case in which the defendant was his former legal client was not required to recuse himself, the Indiana Court of Appeals found Monday.After David Mathews was charged with several violations of Indiana Code Title Nine, including Class D felony operating a vehicle, in 2003, then-public defender Patrick Miller was appointed Mathews’ counsel. Under Miller’s advice, Mathews pleaded guilty to the felony charge in exchange for the dismissal of the remaining charges and the majority of his sentence suspended to probation.In 2011, Mathews was charged with Class D felony intimidation and Class B misdemeanor public intoxication. Presiding over the case in 2012 was Miller, who had since been elected judge to the Adams Superior Court in 2008. After a jury found Mathews guilty in the first phase of a bifurcated trial, he moved for a mistrial, arguing that Miller’s representation of him in 2003 disqualified him from presiding over the 2011 case because the convictions in the 2003 case were to be part of the state’s evidence on a recidivist charge in the 2011 case.Miller denied Mathews’ mistrial motion but transferred the recidivist portion of the trial to the judge of the Adams Circuit Court. The jury found Mathews guilty in the second phase of the trial and the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed Miller’s decision and Mathews’ convictions on direct appeal.While on parole in 2014, Mathews was charged with Class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated and Level 6 felony obstruction of justice. Mathews’ case was once again brought before Miller, and Mathews’ court-appointed public defender filed a motion for recusal of judge in June 2015. The motion cited Judicial Canon 2.11(A) and was filed more than two months after Mathews initially raised the issue with Miller at an earlier pretrial conference in April.Mathews’ motion was denied and a jury found him guilty as charged. Mathews appealed in David A. Mathews v. State of Indiana, 01A02-1601-CR-104, but a panel of the Indiana Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed Miller’s decision not to recuse himself.Under Indiana criminal law, a party seeking to overcome the presumption of judicial impartiality must move for a change of judge under Rule 12 of the Indiana Rules of Criminal Procedure, Judge Paul Mathias wrote. Although Mathews failed to meet certain Rule 12 requirements, such as filing a verified motion within 30 days, he argued that he still had a claim under Judicial Canon 2.11(A), which holds that a judge must disqualify himself or herself if there is a question as to impartiality, including circumstances in which a judge has previously represented the party in the same matter as an attorney.But Mathias wrote that the judicial code of conduct does not supply a freestanding mechanism for relief independent of a motion properly brought under Rule 12. Instead, the code’s requirements for judicial impartiality “are enforced by the individual judge against himself in the first instance.” Accepting Mathews’ argument, Mathias wrote, “would effectively nullify Rule 12 by creating a new species of recusal motion that could be brought at any time, in any manner, on grounds far broader than those contemplated by Rule 12.”Further, Mathias wrote that the 2014 case was not related to the 2011 case – and thus was not related to the 2003 case – so Miller was not required to recuse himself under the judicial code of conduct.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Gordon Dester Kaufman, Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Professor of Divinity Emeritus at Harvard Divinity School, died on Friday, July 22, at age 86.A member of the Faculty of Divinity since 1963, Kaufman was a renowned liberal theologian whose research, writing, and teachings had a profound influence on constructive and systematic theology. He argued for a vision of God as the “profound mystery of creativity,” the “ongoing creativity in the universe.” By rethinking theology in naturalistic terms, he made significant contribution to discussions of religion and science, ecological issues, and evolution. His rethinking of the meaning of Jesus for today and his reimagination of central symbols of Christian tradition were significant for his engagement with religious pluralism and promotion of interfaith understanding.“At the core of Gordon’s theological imagination of God as mystery and creativity was his deep commitment to nonviolence, justice, and human flourishing,” said Karen King, Hollis Professor of Divinity at HDS. “He was a deeply ethical, profoundly compassionate person, so that the lively intellectual conversations I and others so enjoyed with him were always grounded by his fundamental sense of joy and duty in connection to all living things. He was a great gift to his colleagues and students, and to the field of theology.”Kaufman was born on June 22, 1925, in Newton, Kansas. He earned a bachelor of arts from Bethel College in Kansas in 1947. He went on to earn an MA in sociology from Northwestern University in 1948, a BD from Yale Divinity School in 1951, and a PhD in philosophical theology from Yale University in 1955, with a dissertation titled “The Problem of Relativism and the Possibility of Metaphysics.” He was later awarded an honorary MA from Harvard in 1963, an LHD from Bethel College in 1973, and an LHD from Carleton College in 2007. Kaufman was ordained in 1953 in the General Conference Mennonite Church. He also served on the Bethel College Board of Directors from 1964 to 1976.Kaufman served terms as president of the New England Region of the American Academy of Religion (1979–80), and later of the entire AAR (1981–82). He served a term as president of the American Theological Society (1979–80). He was also a member of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, and an active and longtime member of the Boston Theological Society. Read Full Story
University of GeorgiaThe University of Georgia’s Food Science Extension Outreach Program will end its 2006 class offerings with two courses on HACCP, or hazard analysis critical control point, program regulations for the meat and poultry industry.Due to a U.S. Department of Agriculture mandate, meat and poultry plants must develop and implement pathogen reduction and hazard analysis critical control point programs, and UGA is helping businesses with the process. Developing and Implementing HACCP will be held on Sept. 12-13, and Advancing Your HACCP Program is set for Oct. 3-4.To establish and maintain effective HACCP programs, businesses need to have individuals who will be responsible for assuring the success of plant level food safety programs. The first course is designed to properly train HACCP teams and critical control point monitoring personnel.A step beyond the initial training process is learning how to use the data collected from the process critical control points. The class on Advancing Your HACCP Program is designed to improve the verification and validation process, improve the data collection and record keeping processes and most of all, integrate this data into a system which uses both HACCP and quality control data to make decisions which affect profit.The courses are designed for anyone who will have food safety and HACCP responsibilities. The registration deadline is Sept. 1 for the HACCP developing and implementing course and Sept. 22 for the advancing HACCP class. For more information or to register, call Marian Wendinger at (706) 542-2574, e-mail her at [email protected] or visit the registration Web site at www.EFSonline.uga.edu.
Lawyers in the Legislature Lawyers in the Legislature April 15, 2006 Regular News Mahon: the unexpected politician Gary Blankenship Senior Editor As the son of a politically active lawyer serving two terms in the Florida Legislature in the 1950s, Rep. Mark Mahon, R-Jacksonville, grew up around politics never thinking he’d follow in his father’s footsteps.But when a local legislative seat opened up in 2000 and friends encouraged him to run, Mahon took the plunge – with some sage advice from his father.“He told me it was a life-altering experience, and it was one of the greatest things you’ll ever do in terms of understanding government and understanding how people work,” Mahon said. “I doubt without him saying that I would have ever considered it. I never had a burning desire for politics.”Since that successful election in 2000, Mahon has earned a reputation as a soft-spoken, thorough legislator with a nuts-and-bolts command of many intricate issues. One of those is adoption matters.In his first term, Mahon voted against an adoption overhaul law that included what became know as the “scarlet letter” provision, requiring unwed mothers who put their child up for adoption to publicly register who the father was or fathers might be.That resulted in an outcry after the bill became law.“Speaker-designate [Johnnie] Byrd called me into his office and he said, ‘Well, you voted against it, so you’re going to fix it,’” Mahon recalled.Mahon oversaw a fresh rewrite of adoption laws, and has annually sponsored bills to fine-tune and troubleshoot the system. For his efforts, the Florida Adoption Council named him legislator of the year for three of the past five years, and he has also been recognized by the Bar’s Family Law Section.This year, Mahon is also working on a rewrite of the state trust code, in cooperation with the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section. Mahon notes the rewrite is neither a glamorous nor easy issue, adding, “The summary of the bill alone is 72 pages.” Nonetheless, he sees it as important.“A lawyer ought to understand that the other practicing lawyers need the tools to do their work,” he said. “While it may not have a lot of glamour, money, or notoriety, I think it vastly improves the practice of law and helps lawyers help their clients.”That sums up Mahon’s legislative approach: “I think in terms of law-related issues; making sure the laws work for the lawyers, their clients, and the courts.”Mahon’s approach has earned him respect and powerful positions in the House. He chairs the Civil Justice Committee and is vice chair of the Judiciary Appropriations Committee. He sits on the Justice Council, which reviews all of the bills passed by court- and law-related committees, and also sits on the Rules and Calendar Committee, which sets the agenda for the full House of Representatives. He also serves on the Select Committee on Medicaid Reform, which wrote the bill overhauling the state’s Medicaid program.Mahon plans to run for reelection this year, and, if successful, term limits will force him out of the House in 2008. He has no specific political plans beyond that. He said he’s enjoyed the experience and even the vastly different styles of the speakers he’s served.“Speaker [Tom] Feeney was probably more willing to take an adversarial style with regard to the parties. And he enjoyed that. His bedrock was he was a political person and he enjoyed the interaction between the two parties and he enjoyed the debate,” Mahon said. “Speaker Bense, I think, enjoys a more collegial, inclusive process. Both of them have been very effective.”Mahon said he thinks it is good for the parties to be on talking terms, especially since the Republicans have such a large majority they can change the rules at will. He noted that Bense has named Democrats as vice chairs of several committees.“The tendency is if you don’t give the Democratic Party a strong voice, you tend to get too arrogant and too complacent,” he said. “I think it’s been a very good move to do that [be more collegial].”Law always seemed to be the logical career choice for Mahon because it runs in the family.“My grandfather was a lawyer in Jacksonville. My dad has been practicing law since 1949 in Jacksonville. My uncle practices in Jacksonville and my cousin practices law in Jacksonville,” he said. “It’s something I saw from a very young age and thought it was something interesting to do.”He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Florida State University, the latter in 1981. He then joined the Fourth Circuit State Attorney’s Office for three years, before entering private practice with his father.“I say I’ve done one of everything at one time or another” in his legal career, Mahon said. That includes prosecuting a first degree murder case, doing criminal defense work, handling federal civil rights cases, doing personal injury, and taking domestic and family law cases, which now constitute the bulk of his practice.His father, now 81, is of counsel to the firm and “holds down the fort” while Mahon attends to his legislative duties, an arrangement for the past three years since his former partner was appointed a county judge.As for other lawyers who might be thinking about a legislative career, Mahon said their perspective is needed, but he advised them to give it careful thought.“Lawyers have a duty to the process to provide input, and there ought to be many lawyers involved because based on our training and experience we have insights about what laws do and unintended consequences,” he said. “I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything in the world, but it is a sacrifice.“First, I think [lawyers] need to fully understand the time commitment, that they have the support of their family, and if they have law partners that they have the support of their partners.”While the job is considered “part-time,” Mahon noted it entails a week of committee meetings each in November and December, three weeks each in January and February, plus the 60-day regular session, not to mention the possibility of special sessions.“If it’s at all possible to work around that, I think it’s a wonderful thing to do,” he said.
Anyone wishing to donate PPE after Friday may do so by dropping it off at the Emergency Services facility at 3006 Wayne St. in Endwell. There are 103 active cases of the coronavirus in Broome County. (WBNG) — Broome County Executive Jason Garnar says the state allowing in-person visits to car dealerships will help the county economy. Garnar says the county has received over 275,000 PPE from donations. Garnar says car dealerships generate “a lot” of sales-tax revenue that the county depends on. Coronavirus numbers: Additionally, Garnar says the PPE drop of location at the old Macy’s building in the Oakdale will close after 2:30 p.m. Friday. Broome County May 7 coronavirus update 231 people have recovered from the virus and 23 people have died. The hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. beginning Monday. County updates: For a map detailing where specific cases are located, click here.
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97 Oceanic Drive, Mermaid Waters. 97 Oceanic Drive, Mermaid Waters.Mr Harrison said Mermaid Waters had seen plenty of price growth in recent years.“A number of the neighbours have since called me as they were very happy with the price for that pocket of Mermaid.”CoreLogic data reveals the suburb’s median house price is $780,000, a 32 per cent increase over the past five years. 97 Oceanic Drive, Mermaid Waters.A GOLD Coast family spent $701,500 on a Mermaid Waters property to be closer to the beach.The house at 97 Oceanic Drive sold under the hammer on the weekend through Ray White Broadbeach agent Jamie Harrison.“A young family wanted to move closer to good schools and the beach,” he said.“We had over 60 inspections with 40 people in attendance at the auction.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe property was described as the perfect family outdoor entertaining and included a pool and sheltered cabana. Inside the three-bedroom house there is floorboards and plantation shutters as well as a contemporary kitchen with polished wooden benches and a breakfast bar.
Japan started a new “research mission” in the Southern Ocean as the country sent its fleet to continue whaling operations in the area on November 9. The fleet departed from the port of Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on a mission to catch 333 minke whales through March 2018. Japan’s Institute of Cetacean Research informed that it will collect scientific data necessary to manage whale stocks and the ecosystem in the Antarctic.New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Winston Peters informed that Japan’s decision to continue whaling in the Southern Ocean “is out of step with international opinion and defies scientific advice.”“Japan’s decision to conduct whaling in the Southern Ocean flies in the face of the clear recommendations of the International Whaling Commission, its Scientific Committee and its expert panels,” Peters said.“Put simply, Japan can achieve its stated research objectives without killing whales. This is an outdated practice and needs to stop,” Peters added.Earlier this year, the marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd informed that it decided to stop deploying ships to fight against Japan’s whaling efforts. The decision was made on the back Japan’s move to employ military surveillance to watch Sea Shepherd ship movements in real time by satellite in order to avoid the organization’s vessels.“During Operation Nemesis, the Sea Shepherd ships did get close and our helicopter even managed to get evidence of their illegal whaling operations but we could not physically close the gap. We cannot compete with their military grade technology,” Sea Shepherd said.Additionally, Japanese authorities escalated their resistance this year with the passing of new anti-terrorism laws, and might even send their military to defend their illegal whaling activities for the first time ever.The latest mission is the third one launched since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Netherlands, ruled against the whaling practice in 2014. According to the ruling, Japan’s whaling program was not scientific in nature but more commercial, as the meat of the slaughtered whales was being sold commercially in Japan.The country then submitted a revamped plan through which it said it would send its whaling fleet to the Antarctic Ocean to catch up to 333 minke whales on annual basis in a 12-year period, instead of the previously targeted 1,000 whales.World Maritime News Staff
BANGOR — After winning this year’s Junior Little League District 1 title, Ellsworth had hoped to capture its second consecutive state title and move on to New Jersey for another shot at the Eastern Regional championship. But it wasn’t to be.After playing their way into Sunday’s state championship contest, the Ellsworth squad of 13- and 14-year-olds had no answer for the potent offense of a combined team of Hampden and Hermon players. Bronco-Hermon led from state to finish in the title game, pounding out 18 hits en route to a 19-12 victory under mist-filled skies at Mansfield Stadium.The state tournament saw teams from just three Maine districts: Ellsworth, Bronco-Hermon and South Portland.Ellsworth opened on Saturday with a resounding 13-2 loss to Bronco-Hermon, but rebounded for an 8-5 victory over South Portland in the second game of the day, then crushed South Portland 13-1 in Sunday’s semifinal first game.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn the final, Bronco-Hermon took a 1-0 lead in the first inning and never let it get away.Facing off against Ellsworth righthander Brad Smith, who started both games on Sunday, the Hampden-Hermon combo scored single runs in the first and second innings, the scored two fourth-inning runs on a walk and back-to-back doubles by Sam Economy and Mark Mailloux before Smith reached his limit of 95 pitches for the day.That brought lefthander Jared Hamilton to the mound and Bronco-Hermon greeted him with three consecutive singles and a bases-loaded walk to push the lead to 6-0 before the inning was over.But there was no quit in the Ellsworth squad, and the bottom of the fourth inning saw a four-run rally as Ellsworth scored on a walk to Hamilton, a run-scoring singe by Sam Horne, a wild pitch by Bronco-Hermon righthander Wyatt Harriman and three errors.The 6-4 Bronco-Hermon lead stood until the top of the sixth inning when the roof fell in on Ellsworth.The eventual champs sent 10 batters to the plate, scoring six runs on two walks, three singles, an Ellsworth error and a two-run triple by Alex Applebee.Again the Ellsworth squad rallied, cutting the lead back to 12-9 with five runs in the bottom of the inning. Four consecutive walks by righthanded relief pitcher Alex Rush provided one run for Ellsworth, and Sam Horne slammed a bases-loaded triple, then scored on a single by Christian Bosse.But Bronco-Hermon put the game away in the top of the seventh, sending 10 batters to the plate again and scoring seven runs with KIeith Pomroy’s three-run triple the big blow.Ellsworth managed a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning but finished with just five hits for the game.Pomeroy and Mailloux each drove in five runs for Bronco-Hermon and Horne produced four runs for Ellsworth with a triple, double and single.In Saturday’s 13-2 opening loss to Bronco-Hermon, Ellsworth also managed just five hits while committing four errors. Both runs scored on Jared Hamilton’s two-run double.In Saturday’s 8-5 win over South Portland, Ellsworth got off to a strong start, sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring four runs on five hits in the first inning. For the game, Bosse drove in four runs with a double and a single, Horne singled twice to drive in two runs and Tyler Mitchell had a two-run single in the fifth inning to cap the scoring for Ellsworth.Righthanders Brad Smith and Will Colson combined to allow just one run and three hits in pitching Ellsworth a five-inning 13-1 elimination win over South Portland in Sunday’s semifinal.Ellsworth scored seven runs in the first inning, sending 12 batters to the plate. Horne drive in three runs with a double and two singles, Mitchell had a pair of singles and Smith doubled in Ellsworth’s eight-hit attack.To purchase or view more photos, click here.