A Postdoctoral Associate position is available in the Laboratoriesof Neurogenetics & Neuroscience (LNN) in the McKnight BrainInstitute at the University of Florida, focused on geneticdeterminants of brain health and disease. The research is fundedand directed by Prof. Matt Farrer in the Department of Neurology.Over the past 20 years, our team has helped define the geneticetiology of neurodegeneration using a combination of population andpedigree-based molecular genetics (high-throughput sequencing,genotyping and Sanger sequencing), bioinformatics (vcf tools,galaxy, python, perl, java) and applied statistics (R archive,(Plink, Beagle, linkage software). Dr. Farrer is best known for hiscontributions to Parkinson’s disease. The discoveries and insightsgained have improved diagnosis and have led to insightful models toadvance novel therapeutics into clinical trials.The successful applicant would join a team studying the majormolecular genetic determinants of neurologic disease and severalprojects are available (depending upon the aptitude and skill setof the applicant). The appointment represents a superb trainingopportunity to learn/apply a variety of molecular genetic,bioinformatic and statistical techniques for new Fellows or forSenior Fellows looking to make the transition to independentFaculty appointment.LNN is located in a vibrant neuroscience research atmosphere thatincludes the Center for Translational Research in NeurodegenerativeDisease, the Biomedical Sciences Center, the Center forNeurogenetics, the McKnight Brain Institute and the Fixel Institutefor Neurologic Disorders. The successful applicant will joindedicated, experienced and highly motivated teams. The research isfast-paced and exciting, the laboratories are modern andwell-equipped, and there are superb opportunities for advancedtraining in relevant techniques.A recent PhD, MD or MD/PhD, and experience in a field directlyrelevant to human genetics, molecular and/or population genetics.Applicants should have excellent oral and written communicationskills, and experience in the collection and analysis of data.Preferred candidates will have a strong record of productivity fromprevious training. They must have a high level of independence inthe design and execution of in vitro and in vivoexperiments. The position is initially available for one year withthe possibility of annual extensions. Salary will be commensuratewith experience and qualifications.Applications should include a CV, cover letter of intent, and alist of 3 references with contact information. Review ofapplications will begin immediately and will continue untilposition is filled. Questions may be directed to Dr. Matt Farrer [email protected] ; however,applications must be submitted online.All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employmentscreening which includes a review of criminal records, referencechecks, and verification of education.The selected candidate will be required to provide an officialtranscript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript willnot be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued toStudent” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institutionoutside of the United States require evaluation by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by the National Associationof Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/ .The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institutiondedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty andstaff. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’s SunshineLaw. If an accommodation due to disability is needed in order toapply for this position, please call (352) 392-2477 or the FloridaRelay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).#category=35The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.
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Institutional investors are not making the most of the powerful tool of stewardship – managing the companies they co-own responsibly – according to ESG body The PRI Group, which is now launching a stewardship programme in a bid to promote positive behaviour.The United Nations-supported organisation is not the only responsible investor group to target stewardship, with the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) having listed the concept as a focus area for 2020 in its recently-published annual report.In a blog post, Paul Chandler, director of stewardship at the PRI, said: “The ills of society continue because many institutional investors have been reluctant to use the influence they have.”Where they had used this influence, he said, investors had taken tentative steps, focusing on the short-term and on individual holdings rather than the bigger picture. “Exacerbating this problem is that many investors have not properly resourced policy advocacy functions that could move the needle on some of these issues,” Chandler said.There were examples of positive investor action, he said, citing the foundation of the PRI itself in 2006 and successes as part of Climate Action 100+, where companies such as Shell had committed to set three emissions targets. “Unfortunately, these successes are the exception, not the rule,” he added.The PRI released a discussion paper on Wednesday setting out ideas on the topic, entitled “Active Ownership 2.0: the evolution stewardship urgently needs”.The paper puts forward the case for change, explains how “investor myopia” limits the potential of stewardship, and proposes an aspirational higher standard for evolved active ownership, Chandler said.Investors owed a ‘best interests’ duty to their beneficiaries, he argued in his blog, but said their collective influence – which he termed their stewardship – was at serious risk of failing to deliver both the long-term returns and the society and environment that was demonstrably in these citizens’ best interests.“Our global economy is hurtling us towards three or more degrees of warming, and irreversible tipping points in our climatic system,” he said, adding that this was driving income inequality to levels last seen in the 1920s.Last week the IIGCC released its 2019 annual review, in which its stated ambitions for 2020 included two targets for stewardship.The organisation aims to ratchet up work on advanced stewardship strategies that investors can use to align equity investments with the goals of the Paris Agreement.It also plans to survey the state of stewardship best practices with a working group, then reviewing the findings and pinpointing best practices and emerging approaches that investors can use, according to the report.
VINTON, Iowa – While attention is currently focused on the upcoming Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational, 20 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified drivers have already raced their way onto the ballot for the 2014 event. Ricky Alvarado owns a pair of qualifying wins on the EQ Cylinder Heads Wild West Tour. Winners of the highest paying events thus far were Benji LaCrosse in the Night of 10,000 Stars and Kyle Strickler at the Night of 1,000 Stars. David Murray Jr. took the checkers on night two of the Stampede special at Dodge City Raceway Park. Mark Carrell became vote eligible by winning the Dancin’ Bare Topless 100 at Sunset Speedway. Governor’s Cup honors at Dacotah Speedway went to Robert Hellebust. Jeremy Shank topped the Northwest Modified Nationals at Grays Harbor Raceway. His Nor-Cal Series win at Petaluma Speedway made Brian Cass vote eligible. Todd Dart was the $1,000 feature winner at a Thunderhill Raceway weekly show. RPM Speedway wrote out the top check to Modified Mania winner Jared Landers. Jeremy Frenier was first across the stripe in the fair special at WaKeeney Speedway. Jesse Williamson scored big at Cottage Grove Speedway’s Modified Nationals. Eric Dailey was first at the Kossuth County Fair. Josh Meyer was the Jam The Stands Night winner at Jackson Speedway. Dustin Hansen raced his way onto the ballot with a Wild West Tour victory at Millard County Raceway. Ray Cox Jr. won the Weedon Memorial at Quad City Speedway and Zachary Thorp was first at Lovelock Speedway’s Frontier Days. Another Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour presented by XSAN victory put Darin Duffy on the 2014 ballot. Tyler Limoges was the Martin County Fair winner at Fairmont Raceway. Bobby Hogge IV won the Five Star Grafix Clash at Santa Maria Speedway.
“I hold myself to a very, very high standard,” Westbrook told reporters afterwards. “I think the refs, the fans, the media, the NBA are put in a position now that I’m not allowed to really do much. Obviously I’m an emotional guy. If you watch the clip, obviously I hit Lee but it wasn’t on purpose. I’m going to the glass, he got hit. He said something to me, I said something to him. I’m standing there, a guy [Juan Toscano-Anderson] comes to snatch the ball out of my hand. Guys come running to me, I didn’t move. But I’m always the one who gets painted to be the bad guy in the whole situation. “They asked me to walk towards the Warriors bench. I’m just over there walking towards the bench and then one of the little young fellas tells me, ‘Why you walking over here?’ I turned around and said, ‘What did you say?’ So now everybody’s running over to me, then I’m walking towards the thing, then Looney steps in front of me. I feel like I’m in a position where it’s like, ‘Oh, well. Russ is being Russ,’ which nobody knows what that means. But I’ve got to do a better job of holding myself to a very, very high standard. I’ll make sure I leave no room for error to allow somebody to paint me out to be a guy that I’m not.” Rockets guard Russell Westbrook voiced his complaints after Thursday’s game, claiming he’s always being considered “the bad guy” and wondered why more players were not punished in the incident that led to his ejection against the Warriors.Westbrook’s night ended prematurely when he received two technical fouls in Houston’s 135-105 victory. The second of those technical fouls came in the fourth quarter after Westbrook caught Damion Lee with a stray arm. The situation became intense when Westbrook then argued with players on Golden State’s bench, including the injured Klay Thompson, before confronting Kevon Looney prior to being ejected. However, Westbrook, who had 21 points and 10 assists before his exit, felt he was singled out and that others should have been punished, too.”I just think it’s unfair, though, that after all of that, I’m the only one who gets a tech or kicked out,” added Westbrook, who leads the NBA with 13 technical fouls this season. “That’s not fair, I don’t care what nobody says. There were so many other people involved in it that were doing so many things that weren’t okay but I’m the one that gets the tech, gets ejected, and everyone else is cool and gets back to play.”But I take responsibility and I hold myself to a very high standard.”