first_imgThe 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.last_img read more


first_imgBOTH Catz and Keble were relegated from last season’s premier division and each side was eager to demonstrate their wish to return to the top flight in this hotly contested affair on the Woodstock Road.It became apparent early on in the game that this would be a very close encounter, with both sides enjoying a fair share of the ball and creating numerous opportunities. For St. Catz, midfielder Gerrard Cole was inflicting most of the damage, his mazy runs down the left flank causing all manner of trouble for the Keble defence. It was one such run and rolled ball across the box that found striker MacNaughton bearing down on goal. Unfortunately he did not have a finish to match Cole’s run and the shot was scuffed wide.  Keble relied heavily on midfielders Askham and Singh to pose their threat and despite his diminutive stature, the sheer determination of Askham gave him that extra couple of inches to dominate the aerial battle. Several balls were floated in from Keble’s left flank, but each agonisingly eluded right winger Eckersley.It was a frantic and frenzied five minute period midway through the first half however, where all the goals were scored. Another driving run from Cole freed up striker Taylor, whose cross come shot was parried over superbly by keeper Unwin. Taylor then returned the favour by delivering a low flighted cross which Cole pounced upon at the near post to give Catz the lead.Keble barely had time to assess their defensive error when an overlapping run from assured left back Ekhase forced another corner for Catz. Again Keble failed to deal with the danger and it was a towering leap from defender O’Keefe-O’Donovan that gave Catz their second.Keble rallied well and amidst some Catz back-slapping, hit back immediately. Captain Singh led the charge and found himself with just the keeper to beat. He made no mistake as he coolly slotted into the bottom right corner.The second half again saw numerous chances for both sides. Catz’ best efforts however, were comfortably dealt with by rock-solid centre back Orpin-Massey who hardly put a foot wrong all game. Keble pressed tirelessly for the equaliser with lofty forward Gajdus turning even the most hopeful long ball into something dangerous.On 75 minutes Keble believed they had got their reward when a delightful ball in from Collins was flicked past the keeper by substitute Parry. Wild scenes of jubilation were cut short however, when the Catz linesman ruled an apparent offside. No amount of protest from the Keble ranks could change the ref’s decision and the goal was disallowed. This decision seemed to extinguish the Keble challenge as the game petered to a finish.Keble captain Singh was frustrated by the result, “We certainly felt it was a goal and are gutted to come away with nothing.”last_img read more


first_imgBrookes 10 – 8 Greyhounds FREEZING cold conditions did nothing to deter players on either side from attacking with physicality, but Brookes’ staunch defending denied the Greyhounds a second victory to follow their more assured performance at Iffley just over a month ago.From kick-off Oxford carried the ball through the forwards, which proved successful when they scored after just five minutes. A solid lineout gave them good ball from which the forwards could apply pressure on their opponents defence and a rolling maul tumbled over the line to put 5 points on the board. Unlike at the home fixture, Brookes responded quickly to the Greyhounds’ attempt to control the match, and a late tackle on their fly-half put them in a good position. A smoothly executed move saw the ball passed deftly through the backs and put the Brookes full-back in the corner, where he dived over the line to draw his team level.The ‘hounds pack worked hard to dominate up front, but without first-phase ball the backs struggled to link up, and handling errors prevented them from scoring on a few promising breaks. They were also restricted by very aggressive tackling, and the Brookes’ flanker was sent to the sin bin after a series of over-zealous tackles.With the score drawn at 5-5, the game was punctuated with penalties as both teams were caught offside, with Oxford’s scrum-half eventually sent off for 10 minutes. But the winger salvaged three points just before half-time, when Brookes were blown up for pulling down a maul, and the ball sailed between the posts to give the visitors the advantage going into the second half.In an unusual decision, the referee responded to claims against Brookes for foul play in the ruck with a yellow card for the Greyhounds. They then struggled in the scrum and the home side’s flanker burst out to make a break up the left wing and score. In the last quarter, the ‘hounds were unlucky not to score with the ball held-up over the line and a missed penalty, but their inability to convert late possession into chances was testament to the resiliance of the underdogs’ defence.last_img read more


first_imgby Felicity BrunswickUnlike most galleries, Christ Church Picture Gallery does not present any grand classicised façade but is simply accessed through a modest and inconspicuously labelled door. When bookshelves displaced the bays in which many of Christ Church’s paintings were previously hung, the decision was made to build a gallery in which to house the college’s extensive collection of art. On the completion of this new Picture Gallery in May 1968, the building was praised by critics for its “unobtrusive” nature; such that “even the most conservative of dons could hardly complain that it clashed with the gems of architecture surrounding it”. Yet, with this indeed being the case, it is hardly surprising how many people fail to notice it is even there and so sadly pass by the treasures inside.The majority of the paintings are displayed in two main rooms and are predominantly Italian. The first contains pieces from the 14th to early 16th century, including works by such esteemed masters as Sandro Botticelli and Fillippo Lippi. This room leads on to a second, larger room that is mainly composed of paintings from the Baroque period, and it is in this room that some of the better-known pieces are located such as  The Butcher’s Shop, by Annibale Carracci (1560-1609). With its grand scale, gruesome subject matter, and various possibilities for interpretation (as a ground-breaking still life, a personal piece with biographical reference or perhaps as an allegorical depiction of biblical significance) it has attracted particular attention and study.An equally impressive Anthony Van Dyck (1599-1641) depicting The Continence of Scipio holds the central point of focus as one enters the room from the corridor and vividly coveys the bold theatricality of this artistically exuberant period. Next to this frame, however, hangs another of Van Dyck’s works, which would not, perhaps, be so widely recognised. Sketched in oils on canvas, the Soldier on Horseback depicts the solitary motif emerging with vigour from a vague background furnished only with a modest green-brown wash. This piece has, up until recently, been considered an ‘oil sketch’ – a preparatory sketch made to plot out forms for a larger oil painting (such as Mars Going to War, displayed in a viewing cabinet in the same room). However, this particular sketch does not seem to fit the typical criteria of an oil sketch, being both too large and displaying only a fragment of a greater composition. Therefore, it seems more likely that this is, in fact, an underpainting, cut from a larger work. Furthermore, evidence suggests that the Louvre’s version of The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian is the original canvas from which the Christ Church section was removed. Recognised for its worth as an independent piece of work, the Soldier on Horseback was retained, collected and today, displayed as a glorious success of the artist’s dexterity, as exciting and captivating as the resultant painting from which it was sacrificed to profit.This gallery holds a vast hoard of such fascinating artefacts. Extending back, the corridor, lined with still more paintings, leads to a small room displaying different selections of some of the many drawing kept in storage throughout the year (16th and 17th century drawings from Bologna are showing at present). Christ Church Picture Gallery is positively brimming with art, and so, though it is small, it never stagnates, stationed next to the college library as a continual source of interest and discovery.last_img read more


first_imgStudents at Christ Church have voted to add The Sun and The Daily Mirror to their JCR newspaper subscriptions.The JCR motion, proposed by third-year history and politics student Ed Waldegrave, was adopted by an overwhelming majority on Sunday evening; only three students voted against it.It is the second JCR this year to subscribe to the popular red-top newspaper, following Balliol’s decision in Hilary term.Waldegrave said, “It [The Sun] is an important newspaper which three million people in the UK buy. It is not right for an Oxford college to suggest The Sun is not good enough for them.”He added, “If it does have any effect on our reputation, it may slightly reduce the image of Christ Church as an elitist and snobbish institution which considers itself above the rest of the population,”However, the opposition believe that this subscription will do nothing for the Christ Church name, and outsiders appear to agree.Susannah Darby, one of the three who opposed the motion, said, “These newspapers do not promote the standard of debate expected of an Oxford college.”Concerning the use of semi-naked women on page 3, Derby said, “I feel that it is incredibly demeaning to women, and that the nudity could be offensive to people of strong religious faith.”Graham Dudman, managing editor of the Sun said, “We are delighted the students at Christ Church have made this decision.“By subscribing to The Sun, they will benefit from the finest award-winning journalism combined with the most influential campaigns.“Our news, sport and showbusiness coverage is second to none and of course we have the very best page three girls.”OUSU’s woman’s officer, Kat Wall, supported Derby. She said, “the depiction of naked women (page 3) is a form of discreet discrimination.Women may feel compared, in everyday situations, to these ‘sex objects’, and the repercussions on confidence and positive body image may be severe.”Waldegrave admitted that he agreed with the feminist position, but he added, “if you are a woman and have a real problem with it from the feminist perspective, then it’s not going to do any good excluding it from the JCR when it’s everywhere in the country.”However, Wall does not see this newfound interest in The Sun and The Daily Mirror as an example of college openness, and argues that “page 3 banter” amongst the undergraduates will exclude women from the college.In February the traditionally left-leaning Balliol JCR voted to welcome back the Sun after a 35 year absence., earning the college a visit from the Sun Bus and two page 3 girls.last_img read more


first_imgScientists at Oxford have discovered how the bumblebee flies contrary to the conventional laws of aerodynamics.The study reveals that bumblebees rely on brute force to get off the ground. Fuelled by the high-energy nectar they consume, they flap their wings over 200 times a second.This is a far more inefficient method of flight than that of most insects.The team trained the insects and used smoke, a wind tunnel and high-speed cameras to observe in detail how real bumblebee wings work in free flight.last_img


first_imgA motion has passed to subsidise the purchase of Mooncups by members of Hertford JCR.The motion stated, “Re-usable menstrual cups, such as the Mooncup, are better for the environment, pose fewer health risks and are cheaper for their users in the long run than tampons and pads.” It went on to note that JCR members might be put off from buying them due to their initial high fixed-cost, and that, “Subsidising the cost of menstrual cups would be a sustainable way for the JCR to support its female members and encourage members to consider the environmental consequences of other sanitary products.”Ayla Ansari, who proposed the motion, said, “I proposed the motion in order to get people using Mooncups because I know that many people haven’t heard of them or might think they’re just a bit gross and excessively hippy but this really isn’t true.They’re far, far more environmentally friendly – the average woman uses 11,000 pads or tampons in her lifetime which all go to landfill or are incinerated. One menstrual cup, on the other hand, can last for 10 years.”She added, “Talking about menstruation shouldn’t be considered a social taboo, especially when at the same time women are expected to shell out money every month which does add up and there is no equivalent necessary expenditure for men which women do not buy.”Kate Guariento, a member of the Hertford Feminists group, seconded the motion, and she explained why she had chosen to do so. She told Cherwell, “I decided to second the Mooncup motion because I think that more women should be encouraged to opt for sanitary products that are less harmful not only to the environment, but also to their bodies. We hoped that a JCR subsidy would encourage people who might otherwise be put off by the expensive upfront cost – about £20, though it’s far cheaper in the long run!”However, the motion was not passed without controversy. Having originally requested full subsidy for any Mooncups bought within the JCR, it was eventually passed in an amended form which stated that members would be subsidised half the cost of any Mooncups bought, with an annual cap of £500 on JCR money spent on Mooncups.Arguments raised against the motion included the point that if Mooncups were such good value for money, they should not have to be subsidised. Another concern was that JCR members may purchase Mooncups to try them out, then stop using them, thus wasting JCR money.However, Josh Platt, Hertford JCR President, was pleased that the motion eventually passed. He said, “The motion to subsidise Mooncups was brought forward as a way for the JCR to show it support towards our female members and towards the environment.“Originally, the proposers of the motion asked for a full reimbursement, but after a healthy debate in our meeting, everyone was agreed that a 50% subsidy, capped at a total cost of £500 for the year, was the fairest way to settle things. I’m glad that the JCR is now able to help women with the costs of purchasing a Mooncup and I am sure that the cap of £500 will not stop anyone who wants to take up this offer from doing so. I know that other JCRs have already passed motions to a similar effect, and I hope that many more will continue to champion green policies in any way that they see fit.”The Mooncup, a silicone menstrual cup which can be used as an alternative to tampons and sanitary towels, is reusable and retails at between £15 to £20.last_img read more


first_imgOxford University’s reputation has been used by Ukrainian businesspeople to sell made-up honours for over £9,000 a time, an investigation by The Times has revealed.Honours running into the millions of pounds have been sold under the guise of the Europe Business Assembly (EBA) and on the reputation of the University, with awards such as the “The Queen Victoria Commemorative Award” selling for up to £9,300.The business, which uses photographs of colleges in its advertising and copies the University’s typeface in its logo, claims to offer those attending events access to “exclusive Oxford University lectures.”Former EBA staff claim they were encouraged to approach businesses and academics from developing countries with mass emails and cold-calls, with anybody who expressed interest asked to pay several thousand pounds to meet the company’s administrative costs.One former employee, who spoke to the Times, said: “What’s £8,000 for a certificate? £8,000 is not a lot to have ‘Oxford’ on your wall.”The EBA, run by a father and son from offices in both central Oxford and Ukraine, has given out thousands of awards since 2000 and seeks to trade on the reputation of Oxford University.It also sells membership of organisations such as the “Academic Union” and the “International Club of Leaders”, and charges authors for articles included in its self-published journal, the Socrates Almanac.Awards are given at ceremonies held at hired venues including the Oxford Town Hall, the Institute of Directors in London and other locations in Europe, with awards bestowed by John Netting, a former lecturer at Oxford Brookes University.Ceremonies, which borrow from British state pageantry, often feature paid public figures such as the scientist and Lincoln fellow Baroness Greenfield. Awards cite a “patent” number as evidence of legitimacy, but the number corresponds to an expired trademark for a trophy design.One former employee told The Times that they were asked to muddy the distinction between the EBA and Oxford University.“We were selling the idea that they were becoming part of the great Oxford institution,” the former employee said. “It was just up to adding and finding random email addresses from universities and contacting them.”Two Portuguese mayors, Ferndando Ruas and José Maria da Cunha Costa, used public money to buy “Best Cities” awards in 2013, local reports said. Ruas is now a MEP, and said he believed that the EBA was credible.Stephen Rouse, a spokesperson for Oxford University, told Cherwell: “We welcome the opportunity to make very clear that this company, its events and its awards have absolutely nothing to do with the University of Oxford.“Anyone who is ever unsure if an advertised course or award is actually connected to Oxford University is always welcome to contact the University and we will be happy to check for them.”last_img read more


first_imgThe Novel Coronavirus originated in Wuhan City in China, and has currently caused 130 deaths across China. Let’s look at what we actually know and what Coronavirus means for Oxford. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), “the virus did not match any other known virus. This raised concern because when a virus is new, we do not know how it affects people.” Meanwhile, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have advised against all but essential travel to China. Viral respiratory infections, such as colds and influenza, are very common at this year. Public Health England have assessed the current risk to the UK as low. There are currently no confirmed cases in the UK or of UK citizens abroad. “This means taking simple, common sense steps, such as staying at home and avoiding close contact with other people as much as possible.” “If staff or students have recently travelled to an affected area and develop symptoms of a respiratory illness within 14 days of the exposure, they should phone their GP or contact 111 who will advise them.” Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director of PHE, outlined official guidance for those returning from Wuhan: “Isolating yourself from other people, like you would with other flu viruses, is in step with the best scientific and expert advice on how to stop the coronavirus from spreading. The majority of cases have been confined to China, with a few spreading to Japan and the United States. The University of Oxford has advised that “if staff or students develop viral symptoms they should manage these as they usually would.” Coronavirus is dominating national and international channels. With terrifying headlines and statistics that are causing widespread panic, it’s time to step back. Britons who are being flown back to the UK will be put in quarantine for two weeks to contain any potential risk.last_img read more


first_imgBy Brandon BargerTheStatehouseFiles.comINDIANAPOLIS—Dennis DeMoss remembers the phone call he received after the accident happened.“It’s five o’clock in the morning. Just a normal day going to work,” said DeMoss, a superintendent with Rieth-Riley Construction Co. and the founder of the Road Construction Awareness Corp.His son, a highway construction worker like himself, was killed by a truck on May 9, 2014 while tearing down a work zone on I-69. The accident killed another man as well.DeMoss spoke Tuesday in front of the Interim Study Committee on Roads and Transportation and urged lawmakers to take action to protect workers in highway construction zones. The committee was discussing legislation that would place automated cameras in work zones to record and ticket speeders to prevent crashes.There have been 28,747 crashes in INDOT work zones between October 2009 to the present, according to the Indiana Department of Transportation. Of those, 4,485 resulted in injuries and 124 were fatal. Most of those accidents are caused by speeding in the work zones.Sen. Blake Doriot, R-Goshen, worked in construction and has experienced the near-misses caused by speeding cars.“I was almost involved in an accident, being a surveyor out there. Someone lost control, distracted somehow. We stepped over the barrier wall and the car struck 50 feet from where we were standing,” Doriot said.The cameras are supposed to be placed at different work zones to track the speed of the people driving. If a driver goes more than a certain number of miles over the speed limit the cameras will take a picture that will be sent to the police. A ticket will be issued through the mail.There are currently five states that use the photo system that is being proposed in Indiana—Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Maryland, and more recently, Pennsylvania. In Maryland, 7% of drivers drove 12 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit in a work zone. After the automated photo system was implemented, that percentage dropped to 1%.Lawmakers discussed the Pennsylvania model to explain how the system would work. In that state, the cameras are only allowed on projects funded by the federal government and they take pictures of the license plates of the speeding cars if they are 11 miles per hour or more over the posted speed.Some who oppose the use of cameras in construction work zones believe that it would be an issue of privacy, but Doriot disagrees.“If you think about it, a state trooper, he sees them, he’s going to get their license plate and it’s going to be recorded,” Doriot said. “So, what’s the difference?”Doriot also said that the cameras should be put on both federal funded projects as well as the state-funded projects in Indiana.DeMoss told the committee that he would give his retirement to have the camera technology 10 years ago to prevent the accident that took his son’s life.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more