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Low cyanobacterial diversity in biotopes of the Transantarctic Mountains and Shackleton Range (80-82 degrees S), Antarctica

first_imgThe evolutionary history and geographical isolation of the Antarctic continent have produced a unique environment rich in endemic organisms. In many regions of Antarctica, cyanobacteria are the dominant phototrophs in both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. We have used microscopic and molecular approaches to examine the cyanobacterial diversity of biotopes at two inland continental Antarctic sites (80-82 degrees S). These are among the most southerly locations where freshwater-related ecosystems are present. The results showed a low cyanobacterial diversity, with only 3-7 operational taxonomic units (OTUs) per sample obtained by a combination of strain isolations, clone libraries and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis based on 16S rRNA genes. One OTU was potentially endemic to Antarctica and is present in several regions of the continent. Four OTUs were shared by the samples from Forlidas Pond and the surrounding terrestrial mats. Only one OTU, but no internal transcribed spacer (ITS) sequences, was common to Forlidas Pond and Lundstrom Lake. The ITS sequences were shown to further discriminate different genotypes within the OTUs. ITS sequences from Antarctic locations appear to be more closely related to each other than to non-Antarctic sequences. Future research in inland continental Antarctica will shed more light on the geographical distribution and evolutionary isolation of cyanobacteria in these extreme habitats.last_img read more

Blue mussel shell shape plasticity and natural environments: a quantitative approach

first_imgShape variability represents an important direct response of organisms to selective environments. Here, we use a combination of geometric morphometrics and generalised additive mixed models (GAMMs) to identify spatial patterns of natural shell shape variation in the North Atlantic and Arctic blue mussels, Mytilus edulis and M. trossulus, with environmental gradients of temperature, salinity and food availability across 3980 km of coastlines. New statistical methods and multiple study systems at various geographical scales allowed the uncoupling of the developmental and genetic contributions to shell shape and made it possible to identify general relationships between blue mussel shape variation and environment that are independent of age and species influences. We find salinity had the strongest effect on the latitudinal patterns of Mytilus shape, producing shells that were more elongated, narrower and with more parallel dorsoventral margins at lower salinities. Temperature and food supply, however, were the main drivers of mussel shape heterogeneity. Our findings revealed similar shell shape responses in Mytilus to less favourable environmental conditions across the different geographical scales analysed. Our results show how shell shape plasticity represents a powerful indicator to understand the alterations of blue mussel communities in rapidly changing environments.last_img read more

Assistant Professor of Middle Grades Education

first_imgCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationCurriculum VitaeUnofficial Transcripts (Official transcripts from allinstitutions attended must be received prior to an offer beingextended)Statement of Teaching PhilosophyStatement of Research InterestsCopy of recent paper presentation or publicationThree references with emails and current telephone numbers Job SummaryThe Department of Teaching, Leadership, and Counseling in ColumbusState University’s College of Education and Health Professionsinvites applications for a full-time, tenure track faculty positionat the rank of Assistant Professor of Middle GradesEducation.ResponsibilitiesResponsibilities include: coordinating the undergraduate andgraduate programs in Middle Grades Education; effective teachingand advising at the graduate and undergraduate levels(face-to-face, blended, and fully online); designing, implementing,and assessing Middle Grades Education programs of study;supervising student teachers, interns, and practicum students;engaging in research and scholarly activities, to include mentoringdoctoral students; serving on and chairing doctoral dissertationcommittees; performing service to the program, department, college,and university; working closely with faculty in the Middle andSecondary Grades education programs as well as in the College ofLetters and Sciences; and participating actively in Middle andSecondary Grades Education professional development and leadershipactivities.The successful candidate will perform service and administrativetasks necessary to enhance program, department, college, anduniversity goals and objectives; foster an environment ofprofessionalism and collaboration; work in continuous improvementof educator preparation and educational research; demonstrateexceptional ability to function as part of a team with universityfaculty and community of practice; and engage in practices thatsupport the University’s focus on student engagement and activelearning.The selected candidate will be a community role model who fostersan environment of professionalism, scholarship, continuousimprovement in Middle Grades Education program design and delivery,and collaboration with the university faculty and public-schoolpersonnel. Additionally, the candidate will be a strong advocatefor Middle Grades Education within the university and community atlarge. The Teacher Education, Leadership, and Counseling programsat Columbus State University prepare candidates to bestudent-centered teachers who promote engagement and success forall learners.Required QualificationsCandidates must have an earned doctorate (ABD considered) in MiddleGradesEducation or a related field from a regionally accreditedinstitution; experience and knowledge in education as a middlegrades teacher (preferably in U.S. public schools), curriculumdirector, or administrator; excellent written and oralcommunication skills; excellent interpersonal and collaborationskills; a record of successful research and publication or strongevidence of potential; a demonstrated record of membership andparticipation in relevant professional organizations; a record ofservice and involvement in the profession; and the ability to usetechnology for synchronous and asynchronous instruction.Preferred QualificationsPreference will be given to candidates who have the ability tobring innovative strategies to our teacher education program; haveevidence of successful teaching at the college level in bothtraditional and online environments; have middle gradescertification and teaching experience in U.S. public schools; haveevidence of collaborating with middle schools/partners inProfessional Development Schools; and have knowledge and experiencewith coordinating middle grades education programs andaccreditation.Required Documents to AttachReview of applications will begin immediately and will continueuntil the position has been filled. Applications for part-time andfull-time faculty positions must include transcripts of allacademic work, and official transcripts must be presented prior tocampus visit if selected for interview. Applicants must have theability to meet Southern Association of Colleges and SchoolsCommission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requirements, in particular aminimum of 18 graduate hours in the teaching discipline. ColumbusState University is an Affirmative Action/Equal OpportunityEmployer, Committed to Diversity in Hiring.Required Documents to Submit with Online Application: All applications and required documents must be submitted usingColumbus State University’s online employment site and a completepacket must be submitted for full consideration. If applicable, anyinternational transcripts must be evaluated by an approved foreigncredential evaluator prior to submission.Contact InformationIf you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jan G. Burcham,Associate Dean, College of Education and Health Professions,Columbus State University, 4225 University Avenue, Columbus, GA31907; Phone: 706-507-8519; or email [email protected] of EmploymentA successful criminal background check will be required as acondition of employment.Please Note: Visa sponsorship is not provided for thisposition.last_img read more

HOW WE LIVE 07030 918 Bloomfield St.

first_img ×  1 / 6    2 / 6    3 / 6    4 / 6    5 / 6    6 / 6  ❮ ❯ Photos by Victor M. RodriguezHow does a train wreck morph into a renovated brownstone? Just ask Lauren and Mike Blumenfeld.Mike used the metaphor to describe their house when they bought it in 2006. Two years later, it had become the finished, open, welcoming gem that I witnessed on a late-spring evening in 2018.Bloomfield is, of course, like its name, a leafy street with shade trees that bloom in spring. The classic straight, steep brownstone stairway leads to a beautiful wood door, decorated with grillwork.Large potted plants on the steps show signs of just being watered.Lauren is a senior partner in Coldwell Banker’s Jill Biggs Group.Her territory is Jersey City, Weehawken, Union City, and Hoboken. In her 10 years as a real-estate agent, she’s of course witnessed the many changes that have taken place in Hoboken.“People are staying longer in Hoboken,” she says, “and instead of leaving for the suburbs, they’re buying larger homes. They’re raising kids and turning up their noses at the suburbs.”When Mike and Lauren bought the house, it had been converted into a three-family. It was dark and divided into small rooms, everything they weren’t looking for in an 1883 vintage Victorian.But it was still cheaper to buy a fixer-upper than a restored brownstone or something brand new.The most deplorable aspect of the original house? “There was a pink bathroom,” Mike says. The owner “loved pink.” Mike is the owner of Mile Square Insurance Agency on Newark Street.Mike and Lauren retained local architect Anna Sanchez, who also lives on Bloomfield, to design the renovations.The idea was to open up the interior, so there would be more space and light. Mission accomplished. In the open plan, the living room, dining room, and kitchen flow into one another. Mike loves to cook and entertain and once hosted a library dinner for 30.The kitchen is contemporary without being cookie cutter. “There’s no granite or Caesar stone like everybody else has,” Lauren says. “There is stainless and wood,” she says. “I love wood.”In fact, they have a stunning thick wooden dining room table, fashioned with no screws by a local artisan.Spring and summer is a perfect time to look at backyards. The Blumenfelds’, like most Hoboken yards, is shady. It’s also pretty big and has a nice, lived-in feel. There are a few plantings along the side, but no formal gardens. In short, a great space to play with the dog or enjoy a barbecue.The Blumenfelds do have a dog, Cooper, and two sons, Nathan, 17, and Eli, 14, both of whom attend Saint Peter’s Prep.Nathan was hospitable enough to let us take a look at his bedroom: pretty neat for a high-school kid, with nice blue walls, a green bedspread, a work station, and music center. Windows overlook the backyard. You can tell from wall decorations that he’s a Devil’s fan—and he plays rugby himself. There’s a rugby ball to prove it.On the way out, we get a peek at the bathroom, very contemporary with a green motif, which gives it a pleasant underwater feel. And if you’re into the celestial sphere, the shower stall features a skylight.The hallway also has a skylight; this one’s huge with original German stained glass.Heading downstairs, I was struck by the beautifully restored black walnut banister and Newell post.Before leaving, we take a minute to admire the art on the wall in the living room. Lauren’s mother painted a picture of Mike and Lauren’s wedding. There are also family photos by Hartshorn Portraiture in the Monroe Center.One last thing: That gorgeous front door? It’s from Amighini Architectural Antique Doors & Custom Reproduction in Jersey City. Even if you’re not shopping for a fabulous door, this is an exciting place to visit.And so is the Blumenfeld home. Maybe you can get in on one of those library dinners, cooked by Chef Mike.—Kate Rounds 1 / 6    2 / 6    3 / 6    4 / 6    5 / 6    6 / 6  ❮ ❯last_img read more

Bread in the dock

first_imgFind out why Bread Matters author Andrew Whitley is campaigning to “bring back real bread”, in British Baker, 13 Aprillast_img

PHOTOS: Gov’t Mule’s ‘Dark Side Of The Mule’, The Avett Brothers, Magpie Salute @ Jones Beach

first_imgLoad remaining images Photo: Eric Gettler Photo: Eric Gettlercenter_img Over the weekend, Gov’t Mule, The Avett Brothers, and The Magpie Salute spent three nights together in Wantagh, NY; Holmdel, NJ; and Mansfield, MA. Each night, the stage opened with a performance from the Rich Robinson and Marc Ford-led post-Black Crowes project, The Magpie Salute. Afterwards, The Avett Brothers played the first headlining slot before Gov’t Mule treated fans to one of their acclaimed “Dark Side of the Mule” tributes to Pink Floyd.In Gov’t Mule’s more than 2,000-show history, the band has only played a full “Dark Side of the Mule” set previously on two occasions: Halloween 2008 and Mountain Jam 2015. The band also released their 2008 Halloween show—which included 14 Pink Floyd covers—as the live album Dark Side of the Mule in 2014. Nevertheless, this tour—as well as their “Dark Side of the Mule” show at the 2018 Peach Music Festival and the upcoming three-set supershow at Red Rocks Amphitheatre this September, which will see Warren Haynes open the show with a solo set followed by a sets from Gov’t Mule and the only “Dark Side of The Mule” performance west of the Mississippi—will be the most ambitious live tribute to Pink Floyd of their career.The tour has a six-week break before reconvening in Noblesville, IN; Tinsley Park, IL; and Clarkston, MI in late August. Check out photos from Thursday night’s Northwell Health at Jones Beach show below, courtesy of photographer Eric Gettler.Dark Side Of The Mule, The Avett Brothers, Magpie Salute |  Jones Beach | Wantagh, NY | 7/12/18 | Photos: Eric Gettlerlast_img read more

‘The Thinking Hand’

first_imgAkinori Abo, a master carpenter from Japan, picked up a thin-bladed crosscut saw and drew it quickly through a 6-inch block of wood. Each time he pulled the rattan-wrapped handle back, the blade hissed and aromatic sawdust streamed to the floor. Abo’s final cut drew a burst of wild applause.It may seem odd to applaud a man for sawing wood, or demonstrating a carpenter’s square, or drawing a heavy plane across a wide board. But consider that Abo’s shavings were three times thinner than a human hair, curling up from the plane like a paper scroll. Or that the block of wood afterward was as smooth as ivory. The applause, from 50 onlookers at Harvard’s Center for Government and International Studies (CGIS), was an acknowledgement of awe for Abo’s craftsmanship.His intimacy with his tools — each plane tuned like a piano, each saw blade lovingly sharpened — showed a mind in concert with muscles, a harmonious lineage of style that dates back more than 1,300 years.The demonstration by Abo, who has been a master carpenter for 40 years, launched “The Thinking Hand,” an exhibit of the tools, traditions, techniques, and woods of traditional Japanese carpentry. (The exhibit is open through March 25 at the Japan Friends of Harvard Concourse in the CGIS Building at 1730 Cambridge St.)Included are displays of tools used for primary shaping, fine shaping, and joinery. There is a display of the four woods most common in Japanese traditional building, along with boxes of shavings from each, which exhibit-goers are encouraged to smell. A daiku, or master carpenter, can identify each wood by its scent alone.In the exhibit, there are two architectural scale models of the kind long used by daiku to project the complex geometry of projects that often use irregularly shaped native wood.The exhibit also features a full-size sukiya teahouse that Abo built in Japan and then reassembled in Cambridge. The structure, which is modest and tiny and seemingly fragile, has the usual features intended to embody serenity, simplicity, and the spirit of wood that lives on after cutting: round pillars, tatami floors, and walls of lashed members ready for a stucco of earth.“It’s a 3-D jigsaw puzzle, very precisely joined,” said Harvard anthropologist Theodore C. Bestor of the  structure, which is open for two shoeless visitors at a time. Bestor, an authority on Japan’s food and popular culture, is director of the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, an exhibit co-sponsor that is celebrating its 40th anniversary this academic year. “The Thinking Hand,” he said, is the biggest anniversary event of this year.Helping Abo saw, plane, measure, and mark during the Jan. 17 demonstration was his 28-year-old apprentice, Takumi Kato, a fifth-generation carpenter. Providing a running translation at the demonstration was Harrelson “Hap” Stanley of Pepperell, Mass., who studied carpentry during a dozen years in Japan.Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD), the other co-sponsor, plans a permanent display in Gund Hall for the traditional tools, which were donated by the Takenaka Corp. The axes, saws, chisels, gimlets, planes, hammers, and other implements of wood and hand-forged steel represent Japan’s golden age of tool-making during the Meiji period a century and more ago. By then, samurai were no longer allowed to carry swords in public, and so makers of the famous tempered blades sometimes turned to making fine tools.Tadanori Sakamoto, chief researcher at the Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum in Kobe, Japan, was on hand for the demonstration. He said “The Thinking Hand” was the first such show organized outside Japan, and the first outside the museum to include such a comprehensive array of tools.The exhibit displays 62 tools. There are seven saws, some as flexible as flyswatters. There are 18 chisels, some as broad as a hand, and each named for a shape or task: pairing, trowel, dovetail, striking, butt, mortise, and more. The exhibit’s 14 planes, some as big as a cutting block, have names like smoothing, side-shaving, roughing, and concave. Then there are the marking tools, like those Abo demonstrated from his own kit: the square, the bamboo inking pen, the ink pot with its animal shape, and the spirit level. Other tools represent a history of carpenter’s tasks that are as old as the building process: gauges, sharpening stones, and double-headed hammers of steel and oak. Abo hefted two at once, like dumbbells.“They’re trying to get these tools out of the warehouse and out into the world,” said exhibit co-curator Mark Mulligan of Takenaka and its museum. The GSD “is not exactly a museum,” he said, but the donated tools are very welcome, since they are artifacts “close enough to the things we teach.”Mulligan, who lived in Japan for five years, is associate professor of practice in architecture at GSD. His co-curator is Yukio Lippit, professor of history of art and architecture at Harvard.Mulligan and Lippit visited the museum in Kobe last year, where they tried their hand at pulling a variety of planes along wood. (In Japan, traditional carpenters pull their saws and planes; their American counterparts push.) That humbling experience, said Mulligan, explains “why neither of us is up there” among volunteers at the demonstration eager to plane wood, Japanese-style.“The Thinking Hand” provides a fast and accessible way to travel into another culture, and a nearly vanished age of hand tools, intricate joinery, and sensuous wood smells, an environment in which carpenters start a job with a walk in the woods to identify the right trees to fell.In a related event, the GSD and the Reischauer Institute will co-sponsor “The Way of the Carpenter: Tools and Japanese Architecture,” a Japan forum presentation by University of Tokyo scholar William H. Coaldrake, author of “The Way of the Carpenter” (1990). It’s from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 at Tsai Auditorium S010, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge St.last_img read more

Making global health a collaborative effort

first_imgNot all health care is administered by physicians. Not all dental care is received in a reclining white chair. And when it comes to coverage, the U.S. does not always lead the way.Rather, dental care — like health care — is a global issue, and this year, three Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) students got a chance to take that lesson both to heart and into the field.“Some of the most prevalent diseases in the world are oral diseases,” with cavities affecting an estimated 4 billion people worldwide — far more common than cancer, diabetes, and even heart disease, said Brittany Seymour, assistant professor of oral health policy and epidemiology at the HSDM. “At the same time, they are the most neglected.”Seymour’s “Principles of Oral Health” teaches second-year students about global health and disease. This year, her class had a unique opportunity to take concepts learned in the schoolroom and apply them in the field.Over spring break, Kristin Sweeney, Ryan Lisann, and David Danesh traveled with Seymour to southern Costa Rica, where they were immersed in a one-week extension course co-developed by Seymour and Carlos Faerron of the Interamerican Center for Global Health (CISG). The class gives students a firsthand look at some of the most pressing challenges in global health, such as the effects of environmental degradation, migrations and changing demographics, and nutritional and epidemiological transitions.“It’s one thing to learn about topics in the class and be far removed from them, but it’s a totally different thing to have space to dive in and learn about these things for a week, where they are happening,” Sweeney said.,Through interactive workshops and field visits, Sweeney, Lisann, and Danesh learned about oral health care from the perspective of migrant workers in the palm oil fields on the Panama border and indigenous populations in the Ngäbe-Buglé de Coto Brus territory. They spoke with health professionals and community leaders who work to create culturally sensitive care that blends modern medicine with traditional practices.“You can’t really appreciate what these communities are experiencing without being there and meeting some of the community leaders. One of the biggest takeaways for me is the application of the social determinants of health,” Lisann said.“There are all these factors that tie into someone’s health status, whether it’s the distance they need to walk to a health center, or traditional cultural practices they learned from a young age that might conflict with Westernized medicine. Getting an idea of all these [determinants] and how they play into everyday health has shaped my perspective on health and medicine,” he added.Sweeney drew parallels between experiences in Costa Rica and the U.S. “I’ve worked with the Wampanoag community in Martha’s Vineyard,” she said. “The problems they face are often very similar to the problems underserved communities in Costa Rica are facing. There is a serious need to address the lack of care and attention we are giving these communities in the U.S. as well.”The Harvard students were paired with dental students from the University of Costa Rica. Together they visited rural hospitals and ministries of health and learned about the country’s health systems. Afterward they worked in teams to strategize and create solutions to challenges they saw in the field.“Through the course I learned how collaborative global health is. Global health is not done in a vacuum. Seeing that firsthand and connecting with the University of Costa Rica dental students, we both learned so much from each other,” said Danesh.,Unlike in the U.S., Costa Rica’s universal health care system includes dental care as an integral part of medical coverage. Additionally, in Costa Rica oral health records are included in patient’s medical files, while in the U.S. they are kept separate.“I was blown away by the Costa Rican health system. How well organized, how well-planned, how well-intentioned, how well-thought out the entire health system is really impressed me,” Danesh said.Danesh is a National Health Service Corps scholar whose dental education is being funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). In return, after graduating he will work as a dentist for four years in a medically underserved area of the U.S.“This experience has definitely affirmed a lot of my goals, motivations, and aspirations, and made me think broader too,” Danesh said. “I have a responsibility to help as many people as I can because there’s so much need out there. We can do better both in the U.S. and globally in improving health care and oral health.”“The students learned a tremendous amount about the importance of true community partnership and collaboration, and not just what that looks like in theory, what it looks like in action and how challenging it can be.” Seymour said. “They see themselves as global citizens. … I think they’ve gained the perspective that what they learned here not only can benefit communities around the world, but can also be applied to challenges faced at home in the U.S.”Initial funding for the course was provided by the Abundance Foundation, a nonprofit focused on empowering communities led by Harvard alumnus Stephen Kahn. Building on the success of this year’s course, Seymour hopes to expand it next year and possibly partner with other Harvard Schools to include more students interested in global health.“To be challenged to think about these topics was really important at this point in my dental training,” said Sweeney. “This week really bolstered my toolbox of questions to ask, and perspectives to think about. It will give me a greater sense of humility and tools to use to hopefully make an impact wherever I am, and to use my dental career to serve others.”last_img read more

General admission

first_imgNotre Dame’s Leprechaun Legion announced a revamped ticket distribution program Wednesday, and group leaders said their goal was to create a “mutually beneficial” situation for players and students invested in the game day experience. An email sent to the student body said the plan will make all student seating general admission by section, still sorted by class year. Students will purchase ticket booklets without assigned seats specified, so the seats will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis each game. Senior Kristen Stoutenburgh, former vice president for the Leprechaun Legion, said the group has been researching and developing this plan since last fall.  “As the Leprechaun Legion, we have been looking at making the atmosphere in each of our athletic venues better, and so we’ve done a lot of research at other schools on how they do their game-day atmosphere,” she said. “You go to other schools and their students are in the stadium, jam-packed and rowdy at least an hour before the game. “It creates this atmosphere where there’s so much buzz even before kickoff. And there’s this player and fan interaction that you can only get when [people] are there early,” Stoutenburgh said.  Junior Matthew Cunningham, who will begin his second year as Leprechaun Legion president next fall, said the group visited the University of Oregon, the University of Alabama and Ohio State University to gauge their game-day setups and observe what worked well. “The assigned seating system, from what we’ve seen, is very rare,” Cunningham said. “One part of that is the fact that these bigger schools with 40,000 kids just don’t have an assigned seat for everybody.” Stoutenburgh said they didn’t approach the research with the intention of making changes, but they evaluated their findings to see what would best meet Notre Dame’s needs. “We just wanted to observe, to see what the best practices were and whether those things would work at Notre Dame,” she said. “We did a model that fits what’s already the Notre Dame way. There are some stadiums that are completely general admissions, where class year doesn’t matter. We’re altering it a little bit to make an improvement because we didn’t see that other general admission fitting with how we are at Notre Dame.” Cunningham said fairness is another consideration the group focused on in crafting the new system. “One of the arguments [in favor of] the old system is that the random group seating is fair just because it’s random,” Cunningham said. “In that system, there might be people who want to be at the game early, who want to be rowdy, but the luck of the draw puts them in the top row. “That’s not fair to people who come to the games early and want to be invested and yell and cheer. … This new system allows people who want to be there to get close to the game, and it gets rid of the chance that they might be stuck in the top row.” The Leprechaun Legion is aware of the petition circulating in protest to the changes, Cunningham said, but they are “not considering revising the plans” in response to it. “At Notre Dame, any change is tough. When there’s a change to the atmosphere, just like when we introduced the recorded music last year, there will be people who really don’t like it,” he said. “After time, the process kind of smoothes itself out and becomes the new norm.” Stoutenburgh said the Legion board welcomes all comments and questions to help fans understand where the change is coming from and what the intentions are. “It’s important to note that in any situation where there’s change, you hear a lot more from the people who are unhappy than from those who are happy,” she said. “It’s always important to look at the big picture. Even if there’s that loud, dissenting opinion, there are always positive ones that just aren’t speaking up because they don’t have a problem with it.” Bringing fans to the stadium earlier won’t detract from the other aspects of game day, Cunningham said. Gates will open 90 minutes before kickoff, leaving time to tailgate and watch the players walk to the stadium. “At Notre Dame, game day is more than just the football,” he said. “At these other schools, the tailgating scene was awesome, and people didn’t seem to think they had to cut their tailgates short to get to the game.” Despite any backlash from the changes, Cunningham said no logistical change to the seating arrangements can destroy or diminish the game-day atmosphere.  “What makes Notre Dame unique is Notre Dame Stadium and Touchdown Jesus and the coaches and players that were here before, and that’s never going to change,” he said. “You’re never going to change the tradition of Notre Dame. “There are things you can do that will make it better, to enhance it, but no one who comes to Notre Dame wants to change anything about what Notre Dame football has been founded on.”last_img read more

PODCAST: James Collins on cannabis banking

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr When Washington state legalized the use of marijuana in 2014, O Bee Credit Union in Tumwater, Wash., initially decided not to serve marijuana-related businesses.But when members started asking for cannabis banking services, O Bee changed course and introduced deposit accounts, debit cards, and some other services for these  organizations. The credit union’s rationale: We serve the member, not the business.Today, O Bee serves  more than 200 cannabis-related businesses, and continues to expand its efforts.“The one thing we will not do for them at this point is lending,” says O Bee President/CEO James Collins. “We look forward to doing that in the future when it’s less murky on the legislative side.” continue reading »center_img O Bee CU CEO James Collins (left) discusses cannabis banking.last_img read more