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.
The ‘Save Kensal Rise Library Campaign’ has suffered a further setback, following a recent meeting with All Souls in which it was announced that the College is selling the library to a property developer to be turned into flats.Campaigners who call themselves ‘The Friends of Kensal Rise Library’ held a rally on Saturday outside All Souls in the hope that Fellows would use it as an opportunity “to discuss a more meaningful future for Kensal Rise Library.”Margaret Bailey, a Director of the campaign, said, “We invited the Warden and Bursar to come to speak to us on that occasion. They de- clined, but we have been invited to a further meeting on 20th November 2012. We have asked to meet with the College on other occasions and have been referred to Cluttons their property agents.”They have also written an open letter to the College which expresses that they feel “misled” by the college. The letter, which has been sent to the Warden and all of the Fellows of All Souls individually, describes the college’s move as a “breach of faith.” In the letter Bailey said, “We represent a larger community that sees the Col- lege’s current proposal as nothing short of a breach of faith with this relatively poor area of north-west London, from which it has already profited handsomely.”She continued, “Although the College do- nated the land, the library building from which the College and Mr Gillick now seek to profit was not paid for by the College, but by public subscription and a donation from Andrew Car- negie, the philanthropist.”In a press release, campaigners asserted, “The Friends of Kensal Rise Library were shocked at a recent meeting with the College’s Bursar, Mr Thomas Seaman, to be told that the College was selling the library to a property developer to be turned into flats.“On the 3rd August 2012 Mr Seaman, Bursar of All Souls, claimed that “this building will not be turned into flats. In reality the entirety of the old library is to be converted for residential use, with only a small part of the new building re- maining available for rent by the library.”Campaigner Laura Collingon told Cherwell, “We are very disappointed by the way that All Souls’ have behaved so far. They assured us that the building would not be turned into flats but they are now saying that this will happen.“However, they have said that we have persuaded them that there should be a library on the site. I don’t think this will be possible if we are shut out of our historic library building and forced into a tiny space where we have to pay a market rent to an unsympathetic property de- veloper, which is what is currently suggested by All Souls.”She continued, “This is not a sustainable future for the library. It would be shocking if an educational institution like All Souls persisted in putting profit before learning.”Bailey remains hopeful about the future, telling Cherwell, “We have a meeting with the college on 20th November and we hope the discussion will be productive.”The library, opened in 1900 by Mark Twain, has been a source of tension between All Souls and the community in Kensal Rise. The cam- paign has been supported by numerous literary figures, including Alan Bennett, Philip Pullman, Zadie Smith, Jacqueline Wilson and Maggie Gee, as well as the Royal Society of Literature.
By Lisa SpenglerThey wear green vests with reflective strips of tape. They wear green shirts, some bright green, some dark green. They have green baseball caps and green hard hats. They carry a green duffle bag filled with emergency supplies. And they all wear the insignia Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) proudly.Who are they? They are your neighbors, friends or co-workers. They are accountants, homemakers, nurses, retirees, police officers, firefighters, salesmen, former military members, students, mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters, and the list goes on. Just everyday people who want to be better prepared for emergencies and disasters that threaten Ocean City and Upper Township.Upper Township Emergency Management Coordinator Scott Morgan started the CERT program in 2005. Frank Donato, Ocean City’s chief financial officer, became Ocean City Emergency Management Coordinator in 2007 and has been involved with CERT ever since. Both serve as course managers and instructors and have been instrumental in making CERT what it is today.“Offering and being involved with the CERT program has been one of the most fulfilling aspects of my 18-year career in government thus far,” said Donato. “First of all, meeting so many quality people from all walks of life and varying backgrounds has been such a great experience in and of itself.“Coupling that with the ability to share our collective knowledge with these selfless volunteers makes it truly rewarding,” Donato continued. “Our philosophy is simple: whether you come back after completing the program to assist us in actual events or not, the more people in our communities that we can train to become self-sufficient in emergencies, who can also help to prepare their friends, families and neighbors, the better off we all are.”All volunteers complete an 11-week course, one evening per week. The program training includes all aspects of disaster preparation, including shelter management, first aid, Heart Saver (CPR/AED), fire safety and light search and rescue, disaster psychology, terrorism, animals in disasters, nursing home evacuation, and traffic control/special events.Acting Ocean City Police Chief Jay Prettyman speaks to CERT members.Morgan, also a retired Ocean City police detective said, “We were very fortunate, as Emergency Management Coordinators for Upper Township and Ocean City, that our city administrations and the communities in which we live and work embraced, in 2005, the nationwide use of the Community Emergency Response Team, which was established in the late ’80s.“We recognized that our local residents would very likely be on their own during the early stages of a catastrophic disaster,” Morgan noted. “Basic training in disaster survival and rescue skills would improve the ability of our residents to survive, essentially to help themselves, family members and to assist others before, during and after an event until emergency responders could and would respond.”Morgan explained that CERT’s coordinators recognized that the training program promoted a partnership effort between emergency services and the people they serve.“Our goal is for our professional emergency personnel in Ocean City, Upper Township and often outside professional agencies to train members of our neighborhoods, community organizations, or workplaces in basic emergency and disaster response skills,” he said.CERT members are then integrated into the emergency response capability in the cities under the direction of their municipal Office of Emergency Management.“I am very proud to have been a part of coordinating this CERT training process since 2005 and I encourage more of our locals to become a part of our team if for no other reason to be prepared,” Morgan said.Ocean City Fire Chief James Smith prepares some emergency gear for use in the field.Ocean City Police Department Lt. Brian Hopely and Ocean City Fire Chief James Smith are both deputy emergency directors. They provide key instruction and support, not only during the 11-week course, but continually throughout the year.“The CERT team is an invaluable resource for our communities. People with such diverse backgrounds come together to assist their neighbors in a time of need,” Smith said.“Besides their training and experience, the CERT members offer compassion,” Smith added. “It takes a special person to volunteer their time to assist others, even more so when they may be leaving their homes behind that are affected by the same disastrous weather event. However, these dedicated members put others first and that is a very special quality and character trait.”During the past few months, the men and women in green could be found strategically placed along the Ocean City Boardwalk assisting with crowd control and directions for the Miss New Jersey Parade, the 109th Annual Baby Parade, the Hot Rod Parade and Display, and, most recently, Ocean City’s Aerobatic Air Show and Parachute Pyrotechnic Show.CERT members will also be assisting with a number of upcoming events during October and November in both Ocean City and Upper Township.George Westermann, Upper Township CERT member and Amanda Doughten, Ocean City CERT member, were positioned on the beach near the Music Pier to prevent onlookers from accessing the drop zone used by the Fastrax Skydiving Team during Saturday’s Parachute Pyrotechnic Show.“Helping with crowd control and being well-trained and prepared for any situation or emergency, is what we do,” Doughten said.Ocean City CERT member Amanda Doughten and Upper Township CERT member George Westermann prepare to man their positions at the Ocean City Parachute Pyrotechnic Show.With hurricane season upon us, as evidenced by the recent devastation in the Carolinas, there is no better time than now to be aware of the CERT program and the volunteers that are trained and available to help.The mission of CERT is simple: “Do the greatest good for the greatest number of people” when a major disaster strikes the community. The execution of that statement is what drives these volunteers. One of the most rewarding aspects of being a CERT member is by being able to help the community through a traumatic experience.Richard Wadell, a Vietnam veteran, has been a CERT member in Ocean City since 2006.“My wife and I rescue Greyhounds. We love animals,” Wadell said. “We would help the fire department evacuate people to higher ground and would take care of their pets while they sought shelter. Becoming a CERT member was another way we could help those with pets during a crisis.”In 2012, Cape May County unveiled one of the first ever pet evacuation trailers. This trailer is a comprehensive public safety initiative. It includes almost 30 installed cages that can be utilized in an evacuation or emergency.The trailer is equipped to fit cats and dogs of numerous sizes and is fully prepared and customized for the comfort and safety of pets with climate control and running water. There is also a veterinary work station, and a generator hook-up. More information on the trailer and pet preparation can be found at: https://capemaycountynj.gov/169/Prepare-Your-Pets.Westermann, a recent Upper Township CERT graduate and board president for Beacon Animal Rescue in Ocean View, recently explained the evacuation plan for the center.“As part of our evacuation plan, we sent a questionnaire to our volunteers asking if they were able to foster a cat or dog in the event of a natural or man-made incident,” Westermann said. “We have a carrier or crate for each one of our cats and dogs to assist with transportation to another location. In addition, we supply each foster volunteer with food, water and food bowls, a leash, cat litter and any other supplies as needed. Medical and vaccination records are taken to a safe location as well as stored electronically.”After Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Ocean City CERT member James Pieklo played a key role in recovery relief by performing welfare checks and damage assessments. A CERT member since 2010, Pieklo also runs the CERT newsletter, which is published two to three times per year and keeps CERT members up-to-date on community events as well as available on-line training programs through the FEMA Emergency Management Institute.Since 2005, the CERT program has trained close to 200 members. The 2017 class was the biggest to date and included 36 members from Ocean City and 12 from Upper Township and two from Somers Point who were able to join in.On Dec. 12, 2017, the members of the largest graduating class for Ocean City-Upper Township CERT pose for a group photo.CERT members are trained and poised to help during natural or man-made disasters. They work closely with local police, fire and emergency management agencies. They are here for you, their neighbors and friends. They are prepared and they encourage everyone else to be prepared as well.A valuable list of resources and information can be found at www.weather.gov and by downloading the following apps:– CodeRED Mobile Alert– The Weather Channel– Ocean City, N.J.Set “Government and/or Emergency Alerts” on your iPhone or Android.Suggested websites: www.ocnj.us/oem, www.ocnj.us, www.ocnj.us/octides, www.capemaycountynj.gov, www.uppertownship.com.If you are interested in becoming a CERT member, more information can be found at: www.ocnj.us/oem.Editor’s note: Lisa Spengler is a CERT member for Atlantic County and Cape May County (Ocean City/Upper Township). On July 18, 2018, Ocean City Fire Chief James Smith and his firefighters opened the doors of the firehouse on Fifth Street for a summer gathering and barbecue for CERT members.