University receives $128 million in research funding

first_imgNotre Dame received $128 million in research funding for fiscal year 2016, the second highest total in school history, according to a University press release.This year was topped only by the 2015 fiscal year, in which the University received $133 million in research funds.“The research, scholarship and creativity of Notre Dame faculty continues to make a difference in multiple ways across our country and around the world,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the release. “The growth in external funding is a tangible testimony to the importance of their work.”According to the release, funded research projects cover a variety of disciplines, including energy, economics and everything in between.For example, Alan Seaubaugh, chair professor in the College of Engineering, and his research team won a $5.8 million award to support the Center for Low Energy Systems (LEAST), a Notre Dame-led initiative working to devise new concepts for energy-efficient devices to reduce power in electronic systems.For his research on advancing the empirical study of global religion in mainstream academia, sociology professor Christian Smith received a $4.9 million award from the Templeton Religion Trust.Faculty from the College of Science and College of Engineering — led by Frank Collins and Scott Emrich — received a $2.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to support Vectorbase, a bioinformatics database that provides web-based resources to the scientific community on invertebrate vectors of human pathogens.The University supports research in more than 20 facilities and in each of Notre Dame’s colleges, according to Notre Dame Research’s website.This year, 57 percent of awards came from federal funding, along with 16 percent from foundations and 15 percent from industry sponsors, according to the release. Local and state governments, foreign entities and nonprofit organizations also sponsored various research projects.“This was another strong year for Notre Dame Research and it reflects the talents of our faculty and students,” Robert Bernhard, vice president for research, said in the release. “Due to their hard work and great achievements, we are celebrating another successful year for research funding and finished strong with the highest month of funding — nearly $23 million in June — in the University’s history.”Tags: research fundinglast_img read more

$116 million for broadband targets unserved areas of Vermont

first_imgThe US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Wednesday that an $81 million broadband stimulus grant and a $35 million government backed loan to Springfield-based Vermont Telephone Company (VTel).  The $35,166,081 loan and $81,664,754 grant to VTel Wireless, Inc for their Wireless Open World (WOW) project is one of 49 broadband infrastructure projects announced nationally.  The broadband investments will give rural residents in 29 states access to improved service that will expand economic, health care, educational, and many other opportunities to underserved rural communities. Today’s announcement is part of the second round of USDA broadband funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act).‘The VTell Wireless, Inc. project will give rural Vermont communities access to the tools they need to attract new businesses, jobs, health care and educational opportunities,’ said Molly Lambert, USDA Rural Development State Director.  ‘Bringing broadband to rural areas of the state provides a gateway for businesses and key institutions ‘ such as libraries, schools, public safety and community centers ‘ to provide services to thousands of people. Building the Wireless Open World network will create jobs and the completed system will provide a platform for rural economic growth in Vermont for years to come.’The funding will allow VTel Wireless to design, engineer and construct the network, which will pass more than 57,000 homes and 3,700 businesses and provide jobs for an estimated 1,800 Vermonters.  The company plans to use a model that proved effective in rural America during the Great Depression, called Rural Radio Farm Forum.  They plan to send out teams of Rural Broadband Farm Forum field workers to organize several thousand neighbor-to-neighbor small-group meetings to discuss and show how broadband can help find jobs, improve schools, start businesses, access federal and state assistance, and enhance rural life. VTel President Michel Guite said the federal funds will enable the company to build VTel’s WOW system to nearly all of Vermont’s unserved homes, businesses and anchor institutions; a one gigabit fiber network to VTel’s existing customers; and a community visit program aimed at helping Vermonters identify ways broadband access can improve social and economic opportunities.  VTel is contributing $30 million in equity to the project.  Guite estimates the work will create as many as 1,800 jobs and build a platform that will offer thousands more Vermonters new economic opportunities for years to come.US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said, ‘VTel and USDA’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) have partnered to build a game-changing network here in Vermont.  This stimulus grant ranks among the most promising breakthroughs in rural economic development since rural electrification.  This grant will directly impact the lives of Vermonters today ‘ whether they are hanging fiber, designing the network or getting access to broadband for the first time.  This is an investment in Vermont’s economy today that will also help shape Vermont’s economic future. It will give Vermont a critical piece of the infrastructure that we need to prosper.’  Leahy is the most senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, which has jurisdiction over USDA and its Rural Utilities Service.US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said, ‘In the year 2010, every community in Vermont and America should have access to high-quality broadband service.  This very large USDA grant from the stimulus package will not only put Vermont in a position of achieving that goal, it also will create hundreds of new jobs in our state.  While much work remains to be done in sorting out the details and making sure that broadband access reaches and is affordable for all Vermonters, this is an important step toward achieving universal broadband access in our state.’US Representative Peter Welch (D-VT), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, said, ‘Today’s announcement launches a broadband revolution in Vermont. Together with last month’s broadband grants, this award to VTel will help Vermont leapfrog from one of the least connected states to one of the most.  By building out our state’s communications infrastructure, we will create jobs today.  And by providing broadband access to businesses, community institutions and families, we will lay the groundwork for economic growth for decades to come.’‘Vermont’s success in competing for these valuable funds will help bring broadband and cell phone service to every corner of our state,’ said Governor Jim Douglas.  ‘I applaud VTel for its foresight and commitment to make long-term investments in Vermont.  VTel’s investments in wireless spectrum are one of the reasons they are so well-positioned to do this project.  This award is a major milestone and I congratulate them for this achievement.’Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie said: ‘As of today, the funding puzzle is finally complete for making broadband service available everywhere in our state. Vermont’s e-State Initiative will be a reality, without new bonding authority or tax increases, but with a truly effective private-public partnership.’ Now, he said, ‘It will be up to us to focus on implementing the plan and getting the job done.’Dubie added, ‘This is a giant leap forward in our ability to retain, attract and grow good, new private-sector jobs all over our state.’Leahy, Sanders and Welch wrote to USDA RUS Administrator Jonathan Adelstein in May highlighting the VTel proposal and other Vermont proposals.Guite said the grant will allow VTel to offer high-speed Internet access over its wireless system to customers across the state ‘ including the Northeast Kingdom — for between $10 a month for light users, and $35 a month for regular users.  The grant will also accelerate VTel’s fiber build-out to its existing customers, throughout 14 towns across Southern Vermont, which will enable those customers to receive as much as one gigabit of service.  Guite says the funded project will also integrate Smart Grid improvements and will continue building VTel’s statewide fiber network.‘This is an almost breath-taking example of Senator Leahy, Senator Sanders, Congressman Welch, Governor Douglas, and Lieutenant Governor Dubie coordinating superbly, in a way that effectively brought more per capita ARRA job-creation funds to Vermont than came to almost any other state,’ said Guite.  ‘At VTel we are deeply grateful, and humbled by the scope of the challenge ahead of us.  WOW brings next-generation mobile broadband wireless to every one of Vermont’s 114,000 unserved residents, making Vermont the first state in America with universal Internet to everyone.  In addition, WOW brings to every existing VTel customer the first Google-envisioned GigE-over-fiber-to-every-home network in the western world.  Singapore is building the same, to be completed in 2014, and we hope to be done in 2012 or 2013.’Springfield Regional Development Corporation Executive Director Bob Flint, who assisted VTel in developing the original proposal to reflect the needs of area residents and businesses, said the grant will have an immediate impact on the area economy: bringing new jobs to Springfield ‘ where VTel is headquartered ‘ and creating a long-term infrastructure that will help area businesses grow and will attract new businesses.  “We’re very excited to show how cutting-edge fiber capacity will stimulate economic activity and property redevelopment in our region,’ said Flint.  ‘VTel has been a leader for years, and we greatly appreciate our economic development partnership.”  U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the $116 million Vermont project as part of $1.2 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act broadband grants awarded Wednesday that will invest in 126 broadband infrastructure projects across the country. An additional $117 million in private investments nationwide will be leveraged by these Recovery Act funds, bringing the total nationwide investment to $1.31 billion.  The VTel grant and loan package account for nearly 10 percent of the national allocation announced Wednesday and is the second largest award announced today by Vilsack.The award is part of a $7.2 billion broadband investment that was included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  The USDA Rural Utilities Service was charged with awarding $2.5 billion of those funds to expand broadband access in rural America.  Last month, the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) ‘ which also administered a portion of the Recovery Act broadband funds — awarded VTel a $13.7 million grant to expand the company’s mid-mile fiber backbone and connect anchor institutions.  The NTIA also announced a $33.4 million grant to the Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA).Leahy, Sanders and Welch noted that with the announcement of these funds, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has invested more than $235 million in Vermont’s utilities, including $69 million for Smart Grid improvements, $47 million in mid-mile fiber improvements, and $2.5 million in broadband adoption efforts.Source: Vermont Congressional delegation. 8.4.2010last_img read more

Editorial: End This Coal-Industry Scam

first_imgEditorial: End This Coal-Industry Scam FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From the Seattle Times:When coal-mining operations go bust, companies can duck environmental-reclamation obligations, and the taxpayers get the shaft. Or actually the open pit or strip mine.U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., is asking Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to protect taxpayers from a long-standing scam in federal legislation that lets coal companies avoid their duty to clean up the lucrative mess they have made.Coal companies are technically bound by the 1977 Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act to clean up, but the commitment might have nothing more behind it than bonds issued by the companies — self-bonds. The pledges and assurances can turn into dust.If companies go bankrupt, as has happened with the recent downturn in the global coal market, the bonds are virtually worthless. The huge tab to clean up the coal-mining sites falls on state and federal taxpayers.The senator does not use the word “scam.” But we can.Cantwell is concerned about several elements of the process. For example, the law has natural-resource regulators working outside their skill sets. They do the initial financial analysis on self-bonding proposals, assessing the coal company’s financial health.Cantwell’s recent letter to Jewell points out neither the U.S. Interior Department nor any state is required to accept self-bonds, but it happens.In Wyoming, coal giant Arch Coal received clearance to issue self-bonds from the state in September 2015, and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection four months later.Bankruptcy proceedings are no assurance of accountability. A bankruptcy court in Virginia allowed a coal company to juggle debts and reclamation obligations, but pay 15 executives $12 million in bonuses.Cantwell has other concerns about coal pricing and royalty payments, but her questions come down to a point that ought to resonate with taxpayers looking at billions in reclamation liabilities:Would the administration support a prohibition on any new self-bonds for coal-mining reclamation going forward?End this scam available to the coal industry.End coal’s self-bonding scamlast_img read more

QPR 0-1 Chelsea: Fabregas steals vital late winner for Blues

first_imgCesc Fabregas got the winner for Chelsea as they needed a late goal to down QPR and remain seven points clear.The Spain international, criticised for his drop in form since Christmas, burst into the box before cooly dispatching Eden Hazard’s lay-off to seal an undeserved victory in the west London derby.QPR, embroiled in relegation battle, were the more dangerous team throughout and created a number of chances but were thwarted by visiting goalkeeper Thibault Courtois.Chelsea dominated possession but, in the absence of injured forwards Diego Costa and Loic Remy, failed to register a shot on target before Fabregas’s intervention.Chelsea have 73 points from 31 games but have a game in hand of second-placed Arsenal, whom they play on April 26.QPR remain 18th, two points behind Hull City – the side immediately above the relegation zone. Third-placed Manchester United host rivals Man City, in fourth, in the day’s late match.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more

Apart from Rahane, no Indian batsman seeks my advice: Gavaskar

first_imgFormer India captain Sunil Gavaskar has revealed that only Ajinkya Rahane takes his tips on batting from the current crop of Indian players.Gavaskar said earlier players like Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid used to take his advice on batting but the same is not the case with the current Team India members.”No batsman comes to me for advice now. Earlier, players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman would often speak to me on tours but I guess this generation is different and they have different coaches and batting coaches. Only Ajinkya Rahane comes to me sometimes,” Gavaskar told Aaj Tak.After having joined Aaj Tak & India Today as a cricket expert, Gavaskar, had on Sunday on the same platform criticised the Virat Kohli-led Indian team for not going into the ongoing five-Test series against England with enough preparation.Sunil Gavaskar unhappy with Shikhar Dhawan’s approach to Test cricketGavaskar, one of the greatest openers India have ever had, is also unhappy with opener Shikhar Dhawan’s approach in the longer format. The Delhi lad returned with scores of 26 and 13 in the first Test at Birmingham.”Shikhar simply does not want to change his game,” the 69-year-old fumed.”He believes in playing in the same manner which has brought him success till now. You can still get away with such shots in one-day cricket because there aren’t many slips and the push or the edge goes for a boundary through the slip cordon. But in Tests, such shots will only result in a fall of wicket. Till a player makes a mental adjustment, he will continue to struggle against the red ball in overseas condition,” said India’s original little master.advertisementSunil Gavaskar Exclusive: ‘India should have played more warm-up games in England’Gavaskar has also come down hard on those experts who are comparing Hardik Pandya with the legendary Kapil Dev. “Kapil Dev should not be compared with anyone. He is not just a once-in-generation player but a once-in-a century cricketer just like Sir Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar. We should not compare him with anyone,” Gavaskar reacted angrily on a show with Aaj Tak when reminded about the comparisons made between the duo since the Indian team’s tour of Sri Lanka last year.With Cheteshwar Pujara looking a certainty in India’s XI for the second Test which starts at the Lord’s Thursday, Gavaskar hinted that the team management had made a mistake by dropping him for the series opener. “I will play one more batsman at Lord’s in the form of [Cheteshwar] Pujara. He has the technique and patience required for a Test match. Whose place he’ll take will depend on the pitch. If the wicket isn’t that green then I will play him in place of Umesh Yadav and stay with Hardik Pandya.”Ganguly wants Vijay, Rahane to step up in remaining Tests vs EnglandIndia, chasing 194 for a win, lost the Edgbaston Test by 31 runs after getting all out for 162 on the fourth day. The former India captain opined that even the hosts would’ve struggled had they batted last.”For India to win the Lord’s Test, they need to win the toss and elect to bat first. Look what had happened in the third Test at Johannesburg last year when South Africa batting last against India collapsed before reaching 200. Most of the teams are struggling to chase even a total anywhere near 200 in the final innings. England too might have struggled if they were chasing in place of India in the first Test at Edgbaston.”last_img read more