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Caltech Assistant Professor of Biology Yuki Oka Receives McKnight Award

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Yuki Oka, assistant professor of biology. Credit: CaltechYuki Oka, assistant professor of biology, has been named one of six recipients of the 2016 McKnight Scholars Award. The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience awards $75,000 per year for three years to support young scientists who are establishing their own laboratories and research centers. The award is only available to researchers in the first four years of a tenure-track faculty position.“A McKnight Scholar Award is one of the most prestigious early-career honors that a young neuroscientist can receive,” said Anthony Movshon, chair of the awards committee and professor at New York University, in a press release. “This year’s Scholars are a superbly talented group, with as much promise as any selected in the past. … Their work will help us to understand the brain’s function in health and in disease, and will shape the neuroscience of the future.”Oka studies the neural mechanisms controlling thirst. These mechanisms help the body maintain a healthy balance of water and salt. He is attempting to isolate exactly which circuits in the brain regulate thirst and to determine how those circuits are triggered by external signals. Understanding these key brain functions may lead to new treatments for appetite-related disorders.The McKnight Foundation of Minneapolis, Minnesota has supported neuroscience research since 1977. It created the Endowment Fund in 1986 in honor of William L. McKnight, an early leader of the 3M Company who had a personal interest in neurological diseases and wanted his legacy to help find cures. Previous awardees from Caltech include Athanossios Siapas, professor of computation and neural systems, and Kai Zinn, professor of biology. Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it HerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Female Fashion Trends That Guys Can’t StandHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img More Cool Stuff Make a comment Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Business News Subscribe People Caltech Assistant Professor of Biology Yuki Oka Receives McKnight Award By ROBERT PERKINS Published on Friday, May 20, 2016 | 3:35 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – January 26, 2012

first_img SharePrint RelatedDIY: How to Hide like You’ve Never Hidden BeforeSeptember 8, 2013In “Community”Padlocks, RFID chips, and secret briefcases: an interview with a geocaching maniacMarch 12, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Four tips for hiding quality geocachesFebruary 19, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter” Flex Your Geocaching Creativity There’s at least one extraordinary geocache you remember. It’s the geocache that made you say a big old “WOW.” Your magical “aha” moment may have been caused by a mind-bending Puzzle Cache, a creative cache container, or the journey to a new, breath-taking location.Whatever the cause, remember this cache when you decide to hide one of your own. Think about what made it so enjoyable and then add your own twist. Anyone interested in placing a creative geocache should find as many different types and sizes of geocaches as possible. The more geocaches you find, the more you’ll understand what makes a cache great. We suggest looking to geocaches with several Favorite Points for inspiration.For even more inspiration, watch the video Geocaching.com Presents: Creative Geocaches. Soon, you’ll be reading “WOW” logs for your own creative geocache!Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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Maldives on a song

first_imgA view of the dark blue waters and golden sandsAsk 10 people what they know about the Maldives and chances are that nine will repeat what I’ve just mentioned. The tiny Indian Ocean archipelago, just over an hour by air from several Indian cities, is the stuff that every stress,A view of the dark blue waters and golden sandsAsk 10 people what they know about the Maldives and chances are that nine will repeat what I’ve just mentioned. The tiny Indian Ocean archipelago, just over an hour by air from several Indian cities, is the stuff that every stress free vacation is made of and it remains one of the constant favourites of every TV channel and magazine dedicated to travel. However, no amount of research or hours spent poring over guidebooks quite prepares you for the epiphanic moment when you first see the islands from the air. The view is unexaggeratedly unique. The dark blue waters of the ocean punctuated with turquoise and emerald green patches of the islands, with golden and white sands as the prettiest embellishments one could imagine. When the aircraft begins its descent, it seems you are driving straight into a painting. Be prepared for loud shrieks and gasps at touchdown. The runway protrudes into a lagoon, giving the impression that you are actually landing on water.Now how many times have you heard that all’s well that ends well? I like to believe that anything that begins well must also end well. A trip to the Maldives is very likely to convert you to the latter school of thought. After that fantastic landing, how can anything go wrong? However, climate experts claim that all is not well with the archipelago. Global warming is eating into the Maldives, which, as the experts claim, may not even exist in 30 years.Seaplanes, offering a terrific view, are used as a mode of transport to far away islandsIt is a matter of conjecture if such projections have anything to do with the number of tourists that poured into the islands last year, a whopping 791,917, with China and Britain being the biggest contributors. The dark shadows of the 2004 tsunami are a thing of the past as the Maldives, a Sunni Muslim republic, constantly reinvents itself and its many resorts to battle stiff challenges from Bali, Lombok, Sri Lanka, Mauritius and even Seychelles.The Maldivian experience starts right from the time you leave the airport. Most resorts have their own speedboats to whisk you away into the villas while some, located farther, will book you on a seaplane. The views are terrific from anywhere on these jets, so don’t complain about the deafening drone from the engines, or panic if your pilot, mostly Australians, is swilling beer at take off. These men know the islands like the back of their hands and provide nuggets of information and trivia that no guidebook or search engine can throw up.Maldivians live in only 200 islands and the capital Male. Tourists visit over 90 islands each boasting of world-class resorts promising unadulterated solitude, pristine beaches skirting crystal clear waters, access to coral gardens and a host of water sports. Walk the beaches and your feet will thank you for the world’s best pedicure. Flitting baby sharks keep you company for as long as you are soaking your feet in the shallow waters at the private beaches. As evening descends, you may even catch strains of music floating in from faraway islands as locals get down to some relaxation after a hard day at work.The pace of life at a Maldivian resort can seldom get more varied. It has its own rhythm, which is refreshingly different from our own. If you are hankering for city comforts, you will find them all here though you may come across an exception with no TV sets. But it is this stark contrast to the city life that draws everyone to these islands. Fresh catch from the seaHere you wake up to the whispering of waves-the waters are shockingly close to the villas in most resorts, spend the day collecting shells or lazing on sun beds, mixed with swimming or snorkelling, sit back and sip a tall drink as you watch the sun go down, and feast on local or international cuisines. Some variety can come in the form of sunset fishing. This is when you are taken miles into the sea aboard a catamaran and are given a fishing line to watch as intently as you would an Alfred Hitchcock film. If you are not too unlucky, red snappers and sea bass will soon take the bait and end up on your dinner plate. Nothing can taste as delicious as fresh catch from the sea and that too, when the catch is yours. Other adventures include diving safaris. Even if you are a novice, it is possible to do some snorkelling. Most resorts have their house reef, where you can snorkel or learn to scuba. You could alternatively try the popular photo flights. These are short, scenic flights giving you the chance to click the most beautiful frames of the Maldives.Male, The capital has developed into a fairly cosmopolitan town though the seafront continues to be dominated by speeding motorbikes, bustling wet markets, cafes and eateries by the dozen and pesky tourist guides. If you are short on time, then skip everything else for a cup of tea at a local restaurant. The flavour of the brew is nothing to write home about but what accompanies the sugary beverage is interesting-a platter of Maldivian finger food. From crusty samosa-like savouries to coconut cupcakes, this gives you an authentic taste of the local cuisine. When you have had your fill, return to the comforts of your villa and soak in more of what the Maldives is known for the stunning natural beauty and tranquillity that grow on you.The writer is a Kolkata based travel freelancer.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Draymond Green Is Key For The Warriors In Game 7

Draymond Green’s playmaking PASSES TO SHOOTEREFG%QSQQSI Games 1-44945.953.9-8.0 Game 5856.353.9+2.3 Crunch time in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals wasn’t subtle. The Oklahoma City Thunder lost the ability to run even basic basketball plays — they had six turnovers in the last five minutes, with four coming in a disastrous two-minute stretch — and Kevin Durant, who has played masterful defense all series, spent the final possessions looking like an overgrown Tim Thomas. Klay Thompson carried the Golden State Warriors with a record-setting 11-for-18 performance from three, and Stephen Curry registered enough of a pulse to get the Warriors over the final hump. But just as important to the Warriors’ Game 6 win as those runs of inept or brilliant play was Draymond Green’s return to form.The Warriors are solid favorites to win Game 7 tonight: -7 at the sports books, 70 percent to win by ESPN Stats & Info’s Basketball Power Index and 68 percent to win by our CARM-Elo forecast. Plenty of factors will go into tonight’s result, including the reemergence of Curry’s shot and handle and the sustained defense of both teams (the Warriors contested 56 of 58 field goal attempts by Durant and Russell Westbrook in Game 6 and forced each to shoot under 40 eFG%, according to player-tracking data). Curry also seemed to begin to solve Durant switching onto him in Game 6. But the Warriors need Green to play in Game 7 like the all-world playmaker of the regular season and Game 6.Green was lively on offense and forceful on defense in Game 6 in ways he wasn’t in Games 3 and 4, both won by the Thunder. He pressured the ball high and made crucial stops in the fourth quarter after the Warriors went to their “Lineup of Death” with about six and a half minutes remaining remaining. And throughout the game, he created shots for the Warriors at a rate and of a quality that was more like his regular season performance, when he was one of the best playmakers in the league.Using player-tracking data from the NBA, we can show Green’s ups and downs as a playmaker. Here’s the qSQ (shot quality expressed as the predicted effective field goal percentage of a shot, as determined by factors like defender location and where the shot came from) and qSI (how much better shooters did than the qSQ prediction) for Green’s passes to shooters in the regular season, and in the Western Conference finals so far. Game 61471.454.1+17.3 Green’s regular season numbers are outstanding — at +5.6, he ranked fourth in the NBA1Among players who passed to shooters at least 500 times. in qSI (meaning his teammates made shots he created for them more than player-tracking data expected), edging out both Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul (each at 5.2). High qSI numbers stem from having good teammates, but just as much, they come from providing value on shots that still escapes the scope of player-tracking data. Mike Conley, for instance, was No. 1 in the league (+6.7) before he went out to injury, and his Memphis Grizzlies are stocked with guys who couldn’t hit the ocean from an aircraft carrier.You can see in the numbers that Green’s passes weren’t very effective early in the series, but you could see this in the games just as easily, particularly in Games 3 and 4. Partly this was due to Durant playing suffocating defense, but Green wasn’t driving, rolling to the rim or putting pressure on the defense in any of the ways that he typically does. The shot difficulty numbers are broadly the same, but this is a place where the numbers don’t tell the whole story, with many of Green’s passes coming a little mistimed or just slightly out of rhythm. The result was a bunch of possessions that looked like this: Green came to life somewhat in Game 5, but in Game 6 he was outstanding. It’s tempting to look at that massive qSI number and assume that Thompson simply shot the Holy Ghost out of the ball, inflating Green’s numbers. That’s a little true — eight of the 14 shots Green created went to Thompson, who hit four, including three of his threes — but Green also created many of those with pressure and timing. In other words, this wasn’t simply the difference between shooters making and missing shots, but a fundamental change in the quality of the shots, even if player-tracking data doesn’t quite catch it.Consider the fast break in the video below, where Green drives into Durant’s chest before passing off to Andre Iguodala. On a similar play in Game 4 (in the above video), he passed off before putting his body on Durant, allowing KD to recover and break up the play. Source: NBA player tracking data Regular season1,06162.056.4+5.6 If Golden State gets more plays like these out of Green in Game 7, the Warriors will be that much closer to regaining their peak form, and likely on their way back to the NBA Finals. read more

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From Boston to Buckeye Nation Bill Belichicks daughter coaching at OSU

Add New England Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick’s name to the ever-growing list of people who consider themselves Ohio State fans. Or, at least, that’s the way his daughter sees it. Assistant women’s lacrosse coach Amanda Belichick, 27, said her father has become an OSU fan since she started coaching at OSU. She said it helps that her father also has close ties to OSU football coach Urban Meyer and former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel, now the defensive line coach at OSU. Many of her father’s former assistants have moved toward the college ranks. “I think with Bill O’Brien going to Penn State, he’s (her father) spreading his wings in the college world,” she said. “It’s great to see that Patriots connection out here.” While her father is known for being rather short with the media, Amanda Belichick, a graduate of Wesleyan University, spoke candidly about growing up as the daughter of an NFL coach. “People give him a hard time for not divulging too much information, but that’s, you know, not his job,” Amanda Belichick said. Growing up as the daughter as one of the most successful coaches in NFL history, one might assume that coaching would be a natural progression for Amanda Belichick. “I have a lot of memories of watching him breakdown film and drawing out plays and analyzing a game plan,” she said. But she said she hadn’t even considered coaching until after graduating from Wesleyan University in 2007 when she took a job coaching high school lacrosse, soccer and ice hockey at a boarding school in Connecticut. “I worked in the admissions office and it was kind of my full-time job,” she said. “What I loved about that job, and coaching was such a small part of it, was the coaching.” She stuck with lacrosse because it was something that she had been around her entire life. “We’ve always been a lacrosse family,” she said. “It’s been my passion, it’s one of his (her father) passions.” Amanda Belichick followed coach Alexis Venechanos to OSU from the University of Massachusetts where the pair helped lead the Minutewomen to an Atlantic-10 championship in 2010. Now that she is in coaching, having an NFL head coach for a father does have its advantages, she said. “I’ve really had an opportunity to work with him and talk about preparation and really evolve the way I prepare for my own, whether its practice or evaluating ourselves or evaluating our opponents,” she said. “Those are things that I’ve really been able to take from him.” But Amanda Belichick said her and her father’s relationship goes beyond coaching. “There are a lot of things that are personal that have nothing to do with sports that we can connect on,” she said. These topics include things like movies, books and a passion for history, she said. Amanda Belichick joked that during the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, she can only reach her father in the very early morning or very late at night. She said during a week like this she understands he’s busy and never tries to hold him up. When the ball is kicked off Sunday from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., Amanda Belichick said she will be watching with the same nervous excitement that she watches all her father’s big games with. “You want the best for your father and you want to see him be successful,” she said. “I know how hard he works. To see him go out and win games is great.” The Patriots organization and the OSU women’s lacrosse team did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment. The Patriots and New York Giants will play in Super Bowl XLVI at 6:30 p.m., Sunday. Tight end Jake Ballard and center Jim Cordle are both former Buckeyes and are on the Giants’ active roster. read more

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DAngelo Russell and JaeSean Tate earn Big Ten postseason honors

The Ohio State men’s basketball team already dropped its final game of the regular season, but it raked in multiple individual awards Monday.Freshman guard D’Angelo Russell was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year as well as being named to the first-team All-Big Ten list by both coaches and media. Russell is the first Buckeye to win the conference Freshman of the Year award since Jared Sullinger in 2011.Russell also becomes the first Buckeye to be named first-team all-conference since DeShaun Thomas and Aaron Craft were both on the list in 2013.Russell finished his regular season campaign averaging 19.2 points per game, good for second in the Big Ten. He also led the Buckeyes in rebounds and was second on the team in assists.Joining Russell on the All-Big Ten freshman team is forward Jae’Sean Tate, who averaged 8.9 points per game this season, while ranking second on the team in total rebounds with 152.Tate earned the honors despite only starting 12 games this season after he stepped in for struggling sophomore forward Marc Loving six games into the Big Ten schedule. The Pickerington, Ohio, native averaged 10.7 points and five rebounds per game in conference play.In addition to Russell and Tate’s accolades, senior guard Shannon Scott and senior forward Sam Thompson were both honorable mention selections by the media.OSU is set to return to action on Thursday in Chicago in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes are scheduled to play the winner of the Minnesota vs. Rutgers matchup, which is set to be played Wednesday. read more

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DMV to open on Saturdays in response to excessive wait times

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPOWAY (KUSI) – After several weeks of long wait times at several San Diego DMV locations, lines are still long and wait times are still averaging 4-5 hours.Ginger Jeffries was live at the Poway DMV to check out the lines and see what the DMV is doing to improve wait times.Related: Bad to worse: Poway DMV experiencing 5 hour wait timesIf you are like many others and can’t take off work to stand in what seems to be an endless line, then this weekend’s your chance. Several offices around San Diego will be opening up for limited Saturday hours.In San Diego County, the San Marcos, Poway and Chula Vista locations will be open on Saturday, June 16 and June 23.In July, the offices will transition to the first and third Saturday of every month. The offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Behind-the-wheel exams will not be available on Saturdays.Appointments are recommended but not required for Saturday service. Posted: June 22, 2018 June 22, 2018 Ginger Jeffries, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Ginger Jeffries DMV to open on Saturdays in response to excessive wait times Updated: 3:23 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsTo schedule a Saturday appointment just go to the DMV website, or call 1-800-777-0133. last_img read more

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For the love of nature

For nature lovers in and around Delhi, here’s another treat, as the second International Nursery and Landscape Expo starts here. At this four-day event, unique species of plants from all over the world will be exhibited. This event is the first of its kind to be done in the Capital.The exhibits will be displayed in the NSIC ground and will witness a participation of about 50 nursery workers from all over the country. Organised by the Nurserymen Contractors Association, State Nurserymen Welfare Association of Delhi and Redmax Media Private Limited, it is a nursery and horticulture trade show. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ ‘In a country like India where gardening has mostly been considered as a hobby for some individuals, the Nursery and Landscape Expo seeks to add a commercial dimension to it,’ said Rakesh Saini, one of the members of the organising committee.‘The expo will feature different varieties of plants from all over the world. Some of the unique plant species such as Splendid Pitcher Plant, Sundews, Makahiya or Sensitive Plant will also be put on exhibition for common visitors,’ he added. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThere will also be renowned agriculture scientists and horticulture experts who will address and inform the audience on varieties of fruits, vegetables, tuber crops, floriculture, ornamental plants, medicinal and aromatic plants, spices, food processing and bee keeping. It will also provide avenues for new trends as a viable economic activity in the country. Various workshop on Ikebana [flower arrangement] and on growing plants on rock will also be organised. ‘India has an age-old tradition of nursery and impressive landscapes but with the rapid pace of urbanisation, having a garden in big cities like Delhi has become a sort of luxury. Rising per capita income and progressive lifestyle, however, have paved the way for phenomenal increase in the nursery and landscape in the country,’ said Saini. Some of the plants you should watch out for are a 50 year-old Ficus Retusa, a Bonsai plant, which will be featured in the upcoming expo. So take a look. It might just have what you want for your garden. Here’s to a happy date with greenary.DETAILAt:  NSIC Exhibition Complex, Okhla When: 18 to 21 OctoberTimings: 11am to 7 pmPhone: 24638096 read more

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