Letters

first_img Previous Article Next Article This week’s lettersResearch base on MBA too limited I read Philip Whiteley’s article in Personnel Today with some frustration(“What about the people?”, 25 June). The article makes some goodpoints – the need to select both candidates and courses with care, for example,and to build the MBA into an overall development plan. It was flawed, however,by being based on a study of just 20 courses, and the article failed todisclose what those courses were. In the UK there are currently more than 90full-time MBA courses – a sample of 20 is hardly a piece of fundamentalresearch. My advice to both companies and potential students is choose your course andmode of study with care – the Association of MBA’s accreditation scheme is agood start as less than 50 courses in the UK are accredited. As you will probably guess I have an MBA and am also a Fellow of the CIPD.Why did I do my MBA? Like most on my course, I was a specialist who wanted toget a better understanding of other aspects of business. Was HR in its various guises included on the course? Yes, but the most importantHR learning experience was via the large quantities of project work that formeda key element of the programme. Am I now a consultant? Yes, but anyone who hasread any of Charles Handy’s views should not be surprised by that as typicallypeople will now move in and out of employment as they seek new challengesduring their working life. In summary, I have worked in HR for more than 20 years and the complaints ofMBA students leaving straight after graduation are just the modern equivalentof those I heard 20 years ago about graduate training scheme students –”we support them for four years and then they just leave”. Any firm spending a lot of money on a training programme for an employeeshould have a career plan for that individual mapped out which will bothchallenge and utilise the new knowledge if they want them to stay. Why shouldMBA students be different from any other employee? Malcolm Green, MBA, FCIPD Wigpool Consultants MBAs: HR should be placed within business modules As a first year executive MBA student I read the article ‘What about thePeople?’ with great interest. Not wishing to blindly jump to the defence of theMBA I took time to reflect and analyse the key issues raised. This, after all,is one of the key skills taught on an MBA programme. I can see a link between issues raised by the Work Foundation research andthe wider position and status of HR. While our function fails to achieve a seatat the ‘top table’ the ‘people’ modules may struggle for attention in theuniversity classroom. A better understanding of HR issues by non-specialists, perhaps throughgreater inclusion on MBA programmes, would certainly raise the profile of thefunction. This is a circular argument and we should be asking how we can breakthat cycle. To me it is not, however, about having a wide range of HR-specific modules.In the longer term I believe it will be more effective to ensure the inclusionof the relevant HR issues within the other business modules – specificallyoperations management and strategic management. The clear business benefits of HR can only really be shown in this context.It is unfortunate that so few HR professionals undertake the qualification astheir input to group discussion could help influence this debate. With regards to the MBA being a ‘badge’ this is surely no different from anytraining intervention, unless, of course, the learning is actually applied backat the workplace. Even in the short time since commencing my MBA studies I havefelt the benefit and feel confident I am learning something of value. Gordon J Marshall Manager, HR Planning, BMW Plant Hams Hallerrylunn Venice prize was truly fantastic I just wanted to let you know that we have just come back from our luxuryweekend in Venice. It was fantastic, the Hotel Danieli was certainly the mostluxurious place I have ever stayed in -and ever likely to. My husband Bill andI were looked after so well. I got married in February and although we had a few days honeymoon then wedecided we to consider our weekend in Venice part of our honeymoon, which madeit all the more special. I’ll be entering them all your competitions from now on! Mandy Anslow Staff development officer, University of Essex Banned terms are a waste of time I’m afraid the word ‘spoon’ has always been a racist term in my book butstretching it to eggs, as Guru does, is tenuous to say the least (18 June). The political correctness that I object to is in job advertising – HRdirectors have obviously taken a leaf from estate agents. Terms that I’ve been told are a no-no include ‘Must be physically fit’ (whenthe job involves heavy lifting) or ‘A good standard of written and spokenEnglish’ (if I wanted German, would it be a problem to say so?). I’m all for equal opportunities and I don’t mind my adverts read more

Protozoans as a food source for Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba: complementary insights from stomach content, fatty acids, and stable isotopes

first_imgWe studied the diet of Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba, at five stations across the southwest Atlantic sector in summer 2003 by analyzing stomach content, fatty acids, and stable isotopes on the same individuals. Our aim was to examine what each method could contribute to our understanding of krill nutrition and whether differences seen in growth rates were linked to their food. All three methods indicated clear regional differences in diet, but small ontogenetic and sex-related differences. Overall, diatoms were the most abundant item in the stomach, but at three of the stations, tintinnids, large dinoflagellates, and other armored flagellates dominated the identifiable biomass. Copepod remains were rare. Fatty acids profiles gave additional information about feeding on weakly silicified diatoms and athecate heterotrophic dinoflagellates, with the latter being the main food source at one of the stations. Two independent indices of carnivory, d15N and the fatty acid ratio 18:1(n-9)/18:1(n-7), were correlated among krill from the same swarm, suggesting consistent differences in diet between individuals. An internal index of trophic position, (i.e., d15Nglutamic acid-d15Nphenylalanine) underlined the importance of heterotrophic food for the nutrition of krill, even in summer. Highest growth rates of krill were found during a diatom bloom and coincided with a mixed diet, large digestive gland, and fast stomach passage. However, even in a nonbloom, flagellate-dominated system, krill were able to sustain medium growth rates when feeding on heterotrophic dinoflagellates. Each method supplied specific information on krill nutrition, and the true picture is only revealed when the various methods are used together.last_img

Is Brokenshire planning to end office-to-residential conversions?

first_imgEngland’s more relaxed Permitted Development (PD) rules brought in six years ago to great fanfare as a key housing policy are likely to be radically overhauled, it has been announced.Looser PD rules were trialled in 2013 and then made permanent in 2015 after being heralded as a ‘great success’ prompting at least 4,000 office-to-residential conversions to be given the green light.But the more relaxed rules have come under attack for allowing low quality construction, ‘social cleansing’ and tiny ‘micro’ apartments.The government has now committed to broaden its review of the PD rules announced during the last budget statement by Philip Hammond.The policy came under direct attack recently from both architects and surveyors including RICS.Its report into PD said that the quality of schemes varied enormously and that some were ‘extremely poor quality housing’ that offered people homes much smaller than national minimum standards without community facilities and many were built in the middle of industrial estates.MP Robert Halfon (left) has been campaigning to have the PD rules changed and yesterday asked the Secretary of State for Housing James Brokenshire to broaden his review.In response Brokenshire promised to do this, including a commitment to ensure that future office to residential developments were built with adequate access to local services for their residents.“I am content to look more broadly at where the burden lies with some of these transfers, because it is important that we get this right,” he said.    James Brokenshire Robert Halfon permitted development rights April 10, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Is Brokenshire planning to end office-to-residential conversions? previous nextHousing MarketIs Brokenshire planning to end office-to-residential conversions?Secretary of State yesterday committed to a broader review of this controversial type of Permitted Development conversion.Nigel Lewis10th April 201901,367 Viewslast_img

IURC Nominating Committee Accepting Applications for Commission

first_imgApplications will be accepted today through close of business on Thursday, January 5, 2017.  Applications must be received in the Governor’s Office by close of business on Thursday, January 5, 2017.  After the close of the application period, the Nominating Committee will schedule and conduct a public meeting to interview applicants on a date to be determined. Following Governor-elect Eric Holcomb’s inauguration, the Nominating Committee will present then-Governor Eric Holcomb with a list of three qualified candidates from which he will select an individual to fill the remainder of Commissioner Stephan’s term.  Commissioner Stephan’s term expires January 31, 2020. Applications for the position may be obtained by emailing [email protected], by calling 317-232-4567, by hard copy in Statehouse, Room 206, or from www.in.gov/gov/2682.htm.  Completed applications must be returned to:  Allen Paul, Chair, IURC Nominating Committee, c/o Office of the Governor, Statehouse, Room 206, Indianapolis, IN  46204.  To be considered timely, applications must be received in the Governor’s Office and not simply postmarked by close of business on Thursday, January 5, 2017.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Applicants are encouraged to review the Party Affiliation Resolution posted here. This Resolution identifies how the Nominating Committee will determine an applicant’s party affiliation. Indianapolis – The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Nominating Committee is soliciting applications from persons interested in filling one current vacancy on the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) created by the retirement of Commissioner Carol Stephan. Members of the Nominating Committee are Committee Chair Allen Paul, Eric Scroggins, John Blevins, Larry Buell, Win Moses, Michael Evans, and Michael Mullett.last_img

Sixth Annual Speaker Series Planned at Ivy Tech Community College

first_imgSixth Annual Speaker Series Planned at Ivy Tech Community CollegeThe 2017 Schools of Business and Computing and Informatics Speaker Series at Ivy Tech Community College will kick off on Wednesday, February 15, at 6 p.m. This annual series is sponsored by Banterra Bank.On Feb. 15, a panel discussion is planned to help students and others in the public prepare for interviews and job searches. “Assembling Your Personal Brand” will take place in Room 344 at Ivy Tech, at 6 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Banterra Bank officials Kyle Dodd, assistant senior community banker, and commercial loan officers Chad Wingert, Brian Woods, Geoff Gentil, and Kevin Canterbury will discuss resumes, cover letters, references, interviewing, career research, and social networking.The sixth annual Schools of Business, Computing and Informatics Speaker Series will be April 19 with Bo Drake, executive director of Workforce Alignment at Ivy Tech Southwest presenting the keynote address, “Leading by Example.” It is free and open to the public and will take place in Room 344 at Ivy Tech at 6 p.m.Drake came to Southwest Indiana in 2013 to serve as executive director of Corporate College for Ivy Tech. Charged with serving employers throughout the region, he and his team have experienced significant growth. He has helped the college secure more than $2 million in grants and donations and has begun several programs to serve the workforce development needs in the community.Previously, Drake was employed by Nationwide Insurance in Columbus, Ohio, where he served as a consultant in Mergers and Acquisitions. At Nationwide, he was responsible for training, coaching, and consulting with agency owners and sales managers in multiple states. He consulted on projects totaling more than $50 million and performed extensive financial analysis and forecasting. Drake also worked with the Ohio State Bar Association Insurance Agency in Columbus, Ohio, as the director of Insurance, serving the insurance needs of lawyers throughout the state.He is a board member for the Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and serves as chair of the Education Committee. He has served as a volunteer for Junior Achievement and as a committee member for cMOE’s fundraiser, Ignite It!Drake is an Ivy Tech alumnus with an Associate of Arts degree in business administration. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communication from Northern Kentucky University and a Master’s in human services from Liberty University.A public reception is planned prior to this presentation at 5 p.m. in the foyer of the auditorium.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

‘4D-printed’ materials will adapt to stimuli

first_img Read Full Story Imagine an automobile coating that changes its structure to adapt to a humid environment or a salt-covered road, better protecting the car from corrosion. Or consider a soldier’s uniform that could alter its own camouflage or more effectively protect against poison gas or shrapnel upon contact.A trio of university researchers from Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the University of Illinois, and the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering is proposing to advance 3D printing one step—or rather, one dimension—further. Thanks to an $855,000 grant from the United States Army Research Office, the group proposes to develop 4D materials that can exhibit behavior that changes over time.last_img

The Popovich of floral nectar spurs

first_imgWhen it came to naming a gene that could lead to new insights on a crucial feature of evolution, the Harvard Organismic and Evolutionary Biology alumna leading the project aimed for something rather tongue in cheek. She called it POPOVICH, after San Antonio Spurs coach and president Gregg Popovich.Evangeline Ballerini, Ph.D. ’10, an assistant professor of biological sciences at California State University, Sacramento, said she and her collaborators — including Harvard’s Elena Kramer — settled on the name because the newly discovered gene calls the shots for floral nectar spurs the way Popovich does for his NBA team.“I ended up choosing to name it after Gregg Popovich, in part, because the gene plays a regulatory role in spur development, kind of like a coach controls the development of their team,” said Ballerini, who is a long-time Golden State Warriors fan and a part-time Celtics fan because of her time in the Boston area, but respects the Spurs and admires Popovich’s leadership.The work is described in a recently published study in PNAS.Nectar spurs are the hollow tubes that bulge out from a number of flowers and are crucial to increasing biodiversity among flowering plants that have them. In many cases, species with nectar spurs are much more diverse than their close relative without this novel trait.In the paper, the scientists identify the gene critical to controlling the development of these spurs in the common columbine, or Aquilegia. They found it acts as a master regulator that appears to control the creation of the spurs by regulating the activity of other genes, the way a coach decides who plays and when.Aside from the quirky NBA reference, what really has evolutionary biologists excited about the discovery is that the findings have the potential to help them understand how organisms get their vast array of shapes and traits, and then how those traits evolve.Nectar spurs are considered a key innovation in flowers, meaning they are considered a novel feature — one that helps organisms make the greatest use of their environment and leads to a diversity boom. Animals that evolved to have wings, for instance, have spun off into number of different species over millions of years. Other key innovations are eyes or the backbone in mammals.,Most key innovations happened deep in the past, making identifying their origin increasingly difficult. In the group of plants the researchers studied, however, floral nectar spurs have only been around for about 5 to 7 million years.“Given that the Aquilegia nectar spur evolved relatively recently and is formed by modifications to a single floral organ, it provides a unique opportunity to begin to dissect the developmental and genetic basis of a key innovation, which, in turn, will provide insight into its origin,” the researchers wrote.The researchers believe the gene is among the first key innovations for which scientists have identified the critical gene, opening the door to a number of areas in understanding how form and morphology are achieved in flowers and other living things.“We’re particularly interested in novel features that seem to be very important for promoting speciation events,” said Kramer, Bussey Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and chair of the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. “In terms of a morphological trait, like the nectar spur, we’re asking: How did development [of the species] change? … It gives us, essentially, a handle, a starting place to try to start understanding this genetic network.”Researchers made the discovery using a combination of techniques that included genetic sequencing and crossing species, and gene expression analyses. One of the keys was using a species of the Aquilegia native to China and known to be the only member of that genus, out of 60 to 70 species, to lack nectar spurs.The team started by repeating a 1960 study by the Russian geneticist W. Praźmo that crossed the spurless flower with a spurred species and suggested that a single, recessive gene was responsible for spur loss. Unlike Praźmo, they had the genetic tools to finish the job, and sequenced the genome of about 300 offspring. That narrowed the search to just over 1,000 genes. Further genetic sleuthing led them to POPOVICH, which they call POP for short, and confirmed it using a genetically modified virus that knocks down, or suppresses, targeted genes.“We took a species that has spurs and normally has POP expression, and we downregulated the expression of POP,” Kramer said. “We showed that it lost its spurs, and that result was the thing that ties it all together. Not only is this a gene that’s specifically expressed in spurs, but when you knock it down, it loses its spurs.”While this is all strong evidence, more work is needed to confirm their findings.“There are several directions that we’d like to go in, including trying to figure out how POP expression is controlled, read more

Clubs reorient after election

first_imgDisappointed but not defeated. Notre Dame’s College Republicans may not be thrilled with the outcome of last week’s election, but the club plans to continue its efforts to educate voters and advocate for conservative politics on a campus, local and national level. Club president Mickey Gardella said the election outcome is only a headwind to the club’s work. “We watched the election results as a club and naturally we were not happy that Gov. Romney lost and that the party lost seats in the U.S. Senate,” Gardella said. “The election outcome will not change the types of activities we will have for the rest of the year … Once the new Congress gets to work, we’ll resume the task of educating our members about the issues.” While Gardella said the club’s events will be less frequent than during election season, the College Republicans have already kicked off post-election programming. “Last night we had a meeting where ND political science professors Michael Desch, Patrick Deneen and Andrew Bacevich lectured to and answered questions from members concerning the relationship between traditional conservatism and the Republican Party,” he said. Despite months of working on opposite ends of a heated election, some of the club’s future plans center on collaboration with its on-campus political opponents, he said. “Next semester we will hold our fourth annual troop drive fundraiser to benefit a veterans’ charity,” he said. “I’ve been in contact with the College Democrats to team up with them for this initiative.” The College Democrats are hoping to rally off of what was a largely favorable election, club president Camille Suarez said. “We are all very pleased with the outcome of the race,” she said. “Specifically, we are all excited for four more years of [President Barack] Obama and [Vice president Joe] Biden and very excited that one-fifth of the Senate is now comprised of women. However, we are very upset that [congressional hopeful] Brenden Mullen lost his race.” The club won’t be pushing all of its renewed energy back into politics, Suarez said. “Given the outcome of the races, the club plans to focus less on politics and take a more active role in the community,” she said. “We are planning on increasing the amount of service we do at the Catholic Worker House, and we are hoping to start a food drive for the families in need in South Bend during the holiday season.” As far as political dialogue, the club hopes to use its lightened workload to bring back some of its traditional programming. “Now that election season is over, we are bringing back professor dinners,” she said. “With these educational events, we set up a dinner with a political science professors and the club and have an informal group discussion about politics.” Suarez said she hopes to use the momentum of the election to continue to have a lively club presence on campus and in the community. “We’re hoping to, at the very least, maintain the level of club activity post-election,” she said. “But we are aspiring to become a more positive force in the South Bend community in the following months.”last_img

Renewables topped 30% share in Australia’s main electricity grid in September, coal fell to new low

first_imgRenewables topped 30% share in Australia’s main electricity grid in September, coal fell to new low FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:September 2020 has gone down in history as the first month on Australia’s National Electricity Market with a more than 30% share of electricity coming from renewables, according to a series of charts posted on Twitter on Thursday.In NEM stats shared…by Windlab’s David Osmond and then re-tweeted with some added detail by energy analyst Simon Holmes à Court, total renewable electricity share reached 30.4% across [NEM] in September, while both wind and solar notched up new monthly supply records, at 13% and 10.8% respectively.But while renewables generation increased by 819GWh, or 6.4%, compared with Q3 in 2019, fossil fuels went in the other direction. Coal power generation fell to a new minimum of 10,188GWh and a share of 65.4%. And the Morrison government favourite – gas – was “the biggest loser,” says as Holmes à Court points, “falling a whopping 18.7% to less than five per cent.And, just for the record, South Australia recorded a share of wind and solar of 66 per cent of local demand in the month of September, a record. Oh, and the lights stayed on.[Sophie Vorrath]More: September delivers record high renewable share on NEM, new low for coallast_img

West Virginia State Parks celebrates grand opening of Pipestem Peaks Zipline tour at Pipestem Resort State Park

first_img“This world-class zipline will make this beloved park into an even more popular tourist destination, and I can’t wait to get more visitors to come and experience these almost heaven adventures.”The Pipestem Peaks canopy tour spans more than 1.5 miles of ziplines and crosses the Bluestone Gorge three times. The tour soars more than 300 feet above the river valley and can reach speeds up to 50 mph. At the end of the tour, riders can return from the gorge via the park’s iconic tram. Video by: Kelsey Takitch “This is truly a great day for West Virginia State Parks,” Division of Natural Resource Director Stephen McDaniel said. “Since day one on the job, Governor Justice has charged me with finding ways to improve our parks, and he has been involved every step of the way in this project. Thanks to his leadership, we’re able to diversify our parks system and add out-of-this-world recreation opportunities for our park visitors and guests.”McDaniel participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony at Pipestem Resort in Summers County to mark the occasion. Photo by: Kelsey Takitch Guests can reserve their room, cabin, campsite and zipline tour on the recently launched online booking engine at wvstateparks.com.The zipline is set to officially open for public tours on Saturday, May 11. To celebrate the grand opening, customers can receive $15 off a zipline tour when they book online with the code ZIPLINE15. The partnership with Ace, announced earlier this year, represents a new era in recreation at West Virginia State Parks focused on family-friendly activities to draw a new generation of visitors. Overall, the adventure takes between 2 to 3.5 hours to complete, including the gear-up process, training, and transportation. This one-of-a-kind course was designed by Bonsai Design of Grand Junction, Colorado, a leading company in zip line construction. The zipline is just one part of an $11 million investment at Pipestem Resort State Park. Pipestem is also undergoing extensive improvements to its cabins, lodge, campgrounds, water treatment facility and tram, all designed to improve the visitor experience.center_img Photo by: Kelsey Takitch Ace has several other projects in the works at Pipestem, including an adventure lake and splash park similar to Ace’s lake in Oak Hill, rock climbing and rappelling instruction, kayaking and paddleboard tours, guided mountain bike excursions, and tubing and whitewater adventures. Guided fishing trips on the Bluestone River began earlier this spring.“The partnership project between West Virginia State Parks and Ace Adventure Resort demonstrates just how committed our partners are to growing and developing West Virginia’s tourism industry,” Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby said. For more details and to sign up to receive additional offers and promotions, visitwvstateparks.com.F Zipline tours are officially underway at Pipestem Resort State Park, and just in time for summer. West Virginia State Parks unveiled the state’s newest aerial adventure Thursday with the first trips on a series of ziplines that let riders soar for more than a mile above the breathtaking Bluestone National Scenic River. Also on hand to celebrate were Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby, State Parks Chief Sam England, Pipestem Park Superintendent Brett McMillion and Paul Buechler of Ace Adventure Resort, which operates the zipline.last_img