Research Assistant

first_img Salary Not Specified Maryland, United States Salary Not Specified Save Research Assistant Facebook Research Assistant You need to sign in or create an account to save Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Research Assistant Research Administration Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Maryland, United States The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm Johns Hopkins University Similar jobs You need to sign in or create an account to save Save Research Assistant Twitter Maryland, United States Johns Hopkins University GeneralSummary/PurposeAssists with research studies in the Division ofTransplantation at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Assists inproject planning, and ensures that pre-established work scope,IRB-approved study protocol, and regulatory requirements arefollowed. Recruits and coordinates research subjects, asappropriate. Develops and maintains recordkeeping systems andprocedures.Specific Duties &ResponsibilitiesImplements and maintains data collection andanalysis systems in support of research protocol; including themanagement of data, paper files, and electronicdatabases.Ensures the smoothand efficient day-to-day operation of research and data collectionactivities in compliance with The Health Insurance Portability andAccountability Act (HIPAA) and other relevant patient privacystatutes.Develops andmaintains records of research activities, and prepares periodic andad hoc reports, as required by investigators and/or regulatorybodies.Performsmiscellaneous job-related duties asassigned.MinimumQualificationsBachelor’s degree in related discipline. Somerelated experience. Additional education may substitute forrequired experience and additional related experience maysubstitute for required education, to the extent permitted by theJHU equivalency formula.* JHU Equivalency Formula:30undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degreecredits may substitute for one year of experience. Additionalrelated experience may substitute for the required education on thesame basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to twoyears of non-related college course work may be applied towards thetotal minimum education/experience required for the respective job.*PreferredQualificationsAt least one year working in a research settingpreferred.Technical writing, general programming, generatingfigures and tables from data, and reading and summarizing researchliterature.Special Knowledge, Skills, andAbilitiesHighly detailed-oriented with excellentorganizational and time-managementskillsExcellent oral andwritten communicationskills.Excellent workattitude and habits including reliability, flexibility, and theability to think and work independently and as ateam.Classified Title:ResearchAssistantWorking Title: ResearchAssistant ​​​​​Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/03/CD Starting Salary Range:$16.26 – $22.35; Commensuratewith ExperienceEmployee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm, Up to 40 hrs/ weekExempt Status: Non-ExemptLocation: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus Department name: 10003182-SOM Sur Transplant SurgeryPersonnel area: School of MedicineThe successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject toa pre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply dependingon which campus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf You need to sign in or create an account to save Salary Not Specified Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) Share More searches like this LinkedIn Academic Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore School of Medicine -East Baltimore Campus Save Research Assistant Research Assistant Johns Hopkins Universitylast_img read more

Erin Brockovich’s Facebook Post About Evansville Water Quality

first_imgErin Brockovich Facebook Post About Evansville Water QualityEvansville, Indiana… many of you have written to me about your water quality… you suffered your chlorine burnout back May 20 through the end of June.So your homes and businesses where overrun with biofilm, slime, sediment, sludge, as well as dangerous toxic levels of TTHMs and HAAs back then. The City of Evansville posted it on their webpage on May 16th… sorry if you weren’t paying attention.Your water was NOT SAFE to drink! And because of the City’s complete failure to understand the chemistry of the water they are trying to treat… I am not sure it is today FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Footnote: Originally posted back in the summer of 2013 but reposted on Facebook in November 27, 2015.last_img

Le Pain Quotidien signs up to food waste initiative

first_imgSource: Le Pain QuotidienBakery chain Le Pain Quotidien is tackling food waste by signing up to the Sustainable Restaurant Association’s Food Made Good programme.Under the guidance of the not-for-profit membership organisation, the new Le Pain Quotidien menu features a ‘circular design concept’ to limit unnecessary kitchen waste while placing an increased emphasis on vegan options.Under the new system, leftover bread is made into the next day’s croutons and also turned into dishes such as Brioche French Toast – butter brioche soaked in egg and cinnamon, with fruit, honey and yoghurt (£9.50).Le Pain Quotidien is also working with surplus food app Too Good To Go to recycle ‘almost all’ waste, while also offering used coffee grounds to customers on a complimentary basis for garden and cleaning use.Recent research by Too Good To Go revealed that less than half of UK bakeries have a documented plan in place to reduce food waste and cited a short shelf life and health & safety guidelines as some of the top reasons for its occurrence.LPQ’s other sustainability initiatives include sending pulp from all juices to be turned into renewable energy, switching single-use plastic items to biodegradable alternatives, and using menus from recycled paper.“As a business and bakery, Le Pain Quotidien is always looking for ways to protect the environment, reduce its footprint and give back to the community and its customers,” said Jana Somon, head of marketing UK. “Together with the SRA, Le Pain Quotidien will be looking at ways they can become more sustainable, and help its customers be sustainable too.”Vegan bakery items on the new Le Pain Quotidien menu include the VLT bun – marinated organic tempeh, avocado, garlic aioli, parmesan, plum tomato and baby gem in sweet potato brioche (£8) – as well as Spinach & Pine Nut Swirl (£9.50) and Roasted Veg & Mozzarella focaccia sandwich (£13.50).last_img read more

Seminal Hip Hop Duo Eric B. And Rakim To Reunite In 2017

first_imgIt’s official. You heard it here first.— Eric B and Rakim™ (@EricBandRakim) October 20, 2016Needless to say, this news is extremely exciting. Eric B’s beats were ahead of his time in the late 80’s, and Rakim’s skills on the mic are still unparalleled. The combination of these two artists should give any true hip hop fan goosebumps. With the pair planning this world tour, here’s to hoping all true fans have an opportunity to catch this exciting reunion.We’ll keep an eye out for tour dates when they are announced. In the meantime, refresh your memories with these classic songs by Eric B & Rakim. First watch the music video for “Paid In Full”, “Follow The Leader”, “Microphone Fiend”, and “Don’t Sweat The Technique”.“Paid In Full”“Follow The Leader”“Follow The Leader” “Don’t Sweat The Technique” Eric B. & Rakim are reuniting for a world tour….I must be dreaming, because this can’t be real, can it?According to Rakim’s social media page, this is as real as it gets! The seminal hip hop duo, who broke up shortly after the release of their classic 1992 album Don’t Sweat The Technique, will get the band back together for a world tour in 2017. Rakim’s social media pages have been lighting up with teases of a reunion for a few days now, and today his Facebook page dropped this video confirming the rumors.The group even went out of their way to start a new Twitter account (@EricBandRakim) and have been posting not-so-secret details about their return.Where do we jump off this new tour?— Eric B and Rakim™ (@EricBandRakim) October 22, 2016last_img read more

TAZ Joins Marcus King Band For Allmans Cover & More At “Family Reunion” [Photos/Video]

first_imgThis past weekend from October 6th-7th at Pisgah Brewing Co in Black Mountain, NC, red-hot “psychedelic southern rock” stars The Marcus King Band hosted their first ever two-day festival, dubbed the Marcus King Band Family Reunion. In addition to two headlining sets from MKB, the event brought together an eclectic group of artists ranging from legends pushing 70 to youthful prodigies like King himself (the youngest, Brandon “TAZ” Niederauer, rounded out the low end of the spectrum at the ripe age 14). But age seemed to be of little importance at the Marcus King Band Family Reunion. All that mattered was whether your chops, and judging from the results, its clear that this inter-generational gathering of musicians meant business, top to bottom.The “family” aspect of the inaugural Family Reunion event remained at the forefront of the festivities throughout the weekend, as guest sit-ins abounded. On Friday night, Marcus and company were joined by both Marcus’ father Marvin King (an acclaimed guitarist in his own right) and founding Allman Brothers Band percussionist Jaimoe for a pair of songs including a searing rendition of the Allmans’ “In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed.”The collaborations ramped up from there for Saturday’s jam-packed schedule, which featured excitedly-received sets from People’s Blues of Richmond, Muddy Magnolias, Ron Holloway Band, and more. Marcus came out to join The Revivalists’ Dave Shaw for his solo set. TAZ made good on his “Artist-at-large” billing, as he also came out to sit in with Shaw, as well as George Porter Jr.’s Runnin Pardners. Marcus King Band Family Reunion ft. TAZ, George Porter Jr., Dave Shaw, Muddy Magnolias, Marvin King | Pigsah Brewing Co. | Black Mountain, NC | 10/6-7/17 | Photos by Bob Forte [Photos – Bob Forte]However, it was TAZ’s appearance with the host band that produced some of the day’s most memorable highlights. As Brandon said in a FB post ahead of the headlining Marcus King Band & Family set on Saturday evening (along with a photo of the two young guitarists), “It’s about to go down!!!! Getting ready to hit the stage with The Marcus King Band — Thank you Marcus King for inviting me to play with you and your band. I always hoped this day would come.  #OneLove #BlessedBeyondMeasure”The Marcus King Band & Family performance served as the weekend’s centerpiece, as the band had settled in and was playing at the top of their game. MKB also welcomed a slew of sit-ins over the course of the nearly three-hour long set, including a particularly memorable rendition of the Allmans’ “Dreams” featuring fiery back-and-forth between the King and Niederauer. Taz’s guest sit-in marked the first time these two young guitar luminaries had connected onstage, and the results were as entrancing as one might hope. With young talents like these two on the rise, the future looks bright for the craft of live music.Watch Brandon “TAZ” Niederauer join the Marcus King Band for a cover of the Allman Brothers’ “Dreams” at the inaugural Marcus King Band Family Reunion below (via YouTube user Patrick Cullum; video h/t ShowTheShow)Finally, to cap the set, Ron Holloway, David Shaw, Taz and George Porter returned to the stage for the big finale, as the “family” all gathered to play together one more time.[Photo – Bob Forte]Below you can check out a beautiful gallery of photos from the inaugural Marcus King Band Family Reunion courtesy of photographer Bob Forte (Instagram: @40_photography). You can also Listen to full audio of Marcus King Band’s 10/6/17 set via taper Gordon Wilson, and check out an assortment of clips and photos from the weekend below:center_img Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Dave Matthews Band Announces Extensive 2019 European Tour

first_imgDave Matthews Band has announced an extensive European tour, the first since 2015. The tour announcement comes on the heels of DMB’s recent 12-city fall 2018 arena tour announcement, which will span the end of November and beginning of December, and will hit venues along the east coast in addition to a stop in Canada. The tour comes as the band continues to ride a wave of momentum behind their 2018 release, Come Tomorrow, which marked the band’s record-breaking 7th-straight record to hit #1 on the Billboard charts.Kicking things off at Zenith in Munich, Germany, March 6th, the band will then makes stops in Dusseldorf and Paris, before playing a two-night run at London’s Eventim Apollo, March 12th and 13th. The band then heads to Amsterdam, before making stops in Copenhagen, Stockholm, and the band’s first ever appearance in Oslo. DMB then heads east with stops in Hamburg and Berlin, before another debut performance in Warsaw, March 25th. Following appearances in Prague, Vienna, and Padova, the band will make their final debut performance of the tour in Bologna, April 1st. The tour will conclude with stops in Milan and Lisbon, April 3rd and 6th.For members of the Dave Matthews Band Warehouse Fan Association, an online presale begins Monday, October 22nd, at 9:00 a.m. local time here.Tickets for most of Dave’s Europeans shows will go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 26th, at 9:00 a.m. (Central European Time).For all upcoming tour dates and more ticketing details, head to Dave Matthews Band’s website.last_img read more

Roll Call honors fallen heroes

first_imgNotre Dame joined more than 170 colleges and universities nationwide on Friday to simultaneously take part in the National Roll Call, honoring servicemen and women who died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001. Capt. Clarence Earl Carter, professor of naval sciences, said he was honored to take part in the memorial. “The flag that we have and the country we have exist because of the service of those who were in uniform before us dating back to the American Revolution,” Carter said. “God willing, we will continue to have young men and women make the commitment to stand watch on our great country. I’m grateful to have my own chance to stand the watch.” Notre Dame’s Veteran’s Day memorial started at 4 p.m. Thursday when Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets and midshipmen began standing watch over the Clarke Memorial Fountain, better known as “Stonehenge,” for 24 hours, honoring those who served before them. Members of the Notre Dame and South Bend communities gathered around the fountain at 8:30 a.m. Friday to honor those who lost their lives in the armed forces. The names of about 6,300 American servicemen and women killed were read by 62 members of the Notre Dame community, 31 of whom were members of the University’s Navy, Army and Air Force ROTC units. The list would take nearly eight hours to read. At 2 p.m. Friday, a nationwide minute of silence was observed. University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh spoke at a memorial service Friday evening and said he considers the ROTC cadets and midshipmen at Notre Dame the “best of the best.” “No group here at Notre Dame fills me with greater pride than the group that stands here before me,” Hesburgh said. “There is no way on earth that I can thank you for your dedication to God and Country.” One of his proudest accomplishments as president of the University, Hesburgh said, was overseeing the building of the War Memorial. Hesburgh said he is proud of what these cadets and midshipmen are doing for the United States. “All I can say is you come from a great tradition,” he said. “I am so proud of all of you and what you are doing with your lives that I have a hard time keeping the tears back.” John Hargrove, a Notre Dame alumnus and Vietnam War veteran, was visiting the area and came to campus to remember his friends. “I lost a few friends and classmates in Vietnam and I wanted to come today to pay my respects,” he said. Former Indiana Governor and 1968 Notre Dame graduate Joe Kernan said he was honored to speak on campus on Veteran’s Day. Kernan is a veteran of the Vietnam War and spent 11 months as a prisoner of war after his plane was shot down over North Vietnam. “This is a day of remembering and reflecting,” he said. “I think all of us in this time reflect upon members of our family.” Kernan said his father, grandfather and uncles all served in the armed forces and that is he does not reflect on his own service on Veteran’s Day, but rather the service of family members. “I don’t think about it as it pertains to me, I think about how it pertains to my friends and family who served,” he said. “I think about my friends and colleagues who didn’t come home. It’s like Memorial Day, time to think about them.” Kernan told the story of three different servicemen: John Herringer Jr., Robin Yackley and Mike McCormick, who were all killed in service and missing in action. Their remains were eventually recovered by the United States Armed Forces, Kernan said. Herringer was killed during World War II and both Yackley and McCormick lost their lives in Vietnam, he said. “The reason that they came home is because our government cares,” Kernan said. “Our military cares, and not only cares, but is willing to make the commitment to do whatever is necessary to make sure our men and women come back home. To not leave anyone on the field, to not let them be forgotten.”last_img read more

Cicada time

first_imgAfter weeks of anticipation, insect watchers are getting the show of a lifetime as the Brood II periodical cicadas emerge from the soil in the north Georgia mountains. University of Georgia entomologists are hoping to use the public’s interest in this year’s emergence as a chance to research and better map the range of the cicadas. The undulating, seven-kilohertz song of thousands of 17-year cicadas has been reported in Cleveland, Helen and Georgia’s Unicoi State Park as well as in wooded areas from the southern Appalachia to Connecticut. “If you’ve never been to an area where they are emerging, it is something to see,” said Richard Hoebeke, an associate curator for arthropods at the State of Georgia Museum of Natural History. “These things are flying everywhere, and the noise they make is just terrific.” UGA entomologists are asking Georgians to collect any intact cicada bodies they find on the ground and send them to the museum. The Georgia Museum of Natural History has an international collection of cicadas ranging in size from smaller than a pinkie fingernail to some Southeast Asian species that are the size of the palm of a hand, all in a rainbow of colors. They also have representatives of several of the broods of 13- and 17-year periodical cicadas, including specimens dating back to the 1930s. However, they don’t have any Brood II cicadas from Georgia. Having specimens from this brood “would help us document this emergence in Georgia,” Hoebeke said. When people find a cicada carcass, they should take note of where and when they found it. Whole specimens will be included in the museum’s collection of arthropods, which now spans hundreds of thousands of individual insects and spiders. While there were reports of isolated populations of past Brood II cicadas showing up in the 1970s, some entomologists were initially unsure whether Brood II cicadas would emerge in Georgia, said Nancy Hinkle, a professor of entomology with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Georgians are more accustomed to looking for members of the Great Southern Brood, which emerges every 13 years and last put on its show in 2011. Each brood of cicadas is made up of multiple species of cicadas. All the members of the species in the brood emerge when the soil temperatures in their geographic area reach the mid-60s. Brood II cicadas spend their first 17 years underground, sucking nutrients from tree roots. They exit the soil as nymphs and shed their skin within about 48 hours, transforming into their rigid adult stage. Once they emerge and shed, their only goal is to meet other cicadas and mate. That’s where their tremendous noise-making capabilities come in handy. Only the male cicadas can vibrate their tymbals—thin membranes on the sides of their abdomens—to make the signature cicada buzz. “The females comment on the sound of the male cicadas by clicking their wings,” Hinkle said. “But, it’s hard to hear.” Cicadas pose no threat to humans, crops or other animals. They don’t bite, and they’re not poisonous. Pet dogs and cats, as well as birds and raccoons, usually gorge themselves on the insects as they start to emerge. Scientists have seen, in extreme cases, the insects damage trees when they insert their eggs into the bark of a tree’s twigs and branches. This damage is usually only seen in young trees playing hosts to hundreds of cicadas and is not typical. Georgians can recognize periodical cicadas from the annual cicadas that fill the days with buzzing each summer by looking at the insects’ eyes. Annual and periodical cicadas look similar, but periodical cicadas have characteristic red eyes. Annual cicadas all emerge later in the summer and peak in August and September. The periodical cicadas usually are only around until the beginning of July in Georgia. “To think that someone who is a child now will be an adult and maybe have children of their own the next time these cicadas emerge is pretty special,” Hinkle said. “You only get maybe a half dozen chances in your life to see these creatures.” Members of the public who find cicada bodies should send them to Richard Hoebeke, Georgia Museum of Natural History, Natural History Building, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 30602-7882. For more information on the museum, see naturalhistory.uga.edu.last_img read more

Winter Is Coming. It’s Time to Embrace the Cold.

first_imgIt’s amazing what my kids can suffer through if there’s a mug of hot chocolate in their immediate future. I’m going to use this massive carafe, which keeps 32 ounces of bevy hot for hours, as a metaphorical carrot to keep my kids motivated on winter hikes, bike rides, and campouts. puristcollective.com  Even when it’s snowing. Indigenous people living in arctic climates have survived for centuries without central heating. The Yakut have lived in Siberia, where temps drop to -90 degrees Fahrenheit since the 13th century. Is it so crazy to ask my daughter to put on some faux fur and spend a 20-degree night in a tent?  Hell, especially as the temperature drops. Layer the global pandemic and economic downturn over the typical seasonal affective disorder that winter brings and we could be headed for a disaster. Basically, what I’m saying is if I can’t get my family outside often, we’re going to kill each other.  Purist Founder ($56)  Stanley Master Unbreakable Hip Flask ($40) and Nesting Shot Glasses ($25)   But that was when the temperatures barely dipped below 65 degrees. Winter is upon us and I’m worried my family won’t be able to keep that stoke alive. We’re still stuck at home hiding from germs, but it’s not warm and sunny outside anymore. It’s not as easy to rally for a lunch-time bike ride when it’s 32 and sleeting. I’ve been on plenty of winter adventures in my day and I can attest to the fact that freezing in the dark kind of sucks. I have no stoke for that.  The fire is everything during winter, and I’m not just talking about camping. The backyard bonfire has become a staple in our family. It gives us a chance to avoid the Boob Tube cycle on choice evenings and invite neighbors over for a socially distant beer. The Solo Stove makes that tradition safer (the fire is contained inside the stainless steel can) and easier (holes in the top and bottom of the can circulate air through the fire). solostove.com  Rab Hut Boots ($70) The good news is, if I can drag my family out into the woods this winter, we’ll probably have the entire forest to ourselves. We sat in traffic jams coming out of our favorite campsite in Pisgah National Forest during the summer because everyone was hiding out in the woods. We worked hard to avoid the crowds, eschewing the more popular trails for more obscure options, hitting lesser-visited districts and going deeper and deeper into the backcountry. But come winter, we should have the classic trails and crags to ourselves. And maybe we’ll be healthier and happier for braving the cold? There’s some science to suggest exposure to cold boosts metabolism, helps fight anxiety, and improves your immune response. I think we could all use an immune system boost.  Science says whiskey doesn’t warm you up in the winter and that, if anything, it can desensitize you to the dangers of over exposure. This is the rare situation where I give scientists the finger. If it’s cold, I need my whiskey. This flask keeps it safe in my pocket and the tiny shot glasses allow me to share some hooch without sharing germs. Safety first. stanley1913.com Solo Stove Bonfire ($250) center_img But damn it, our lives kind of depend on it. The mental health benefits of getting outside on the reg are well documented. An hour of being outside is basically like taking an anti-depressant. Then you have the long-term benefits of exercise, the health benefits of gathering with friends (which we can only safely do outside right now), and it’s basically a public health imperative that we have to keep the outdoor stoke alive, even as the temperature drops. Here are a few key pieces of gear to help stave off the cold for the whole family this winter.  My neighbor is perpetually stoked. He’s a professional kayaker and has the zest for life that typically comes standard with that profession, so he’s excited for rain, drought, a cooler full of beer, a comfortable lawn chair, fresh cut grass, a freshly groomed pump track…there is nothing in the world that can get this guy down. And this summer, my family and I had a taste for what that kind of lifestyle entails. The stoke was high. The global pandemic was, and continues to be, a colossal bummer, but if there was a silver lining to the doom and gloom, it’s that my family suddenly had a lot of time on our hands thanks to the widespread cancellation of “life as we know it.” And we made the most of it. We rode bikes constantly and camped most weekends. I built a climbing wall in our backyard and added a jump line to our pump track. We explored random trails, rivers, and peaks close to home. We caught fish. In a lot of ways, our new lifestyle was cathartic; riding bikes through the neighborhood and orchestrating backyard campouts felt like a wholesome diversion while the world crumbled around us. Unfortunately, my wife and kids hate the cold. I’m not in love with it myself. I’ll risk losing toes to frostbite if there’s powder to ski, but if there’s no snow? Pour me a whiskey and plant me next to the fire. I have soft southern blood that’s evolved to tolerate mild winters. The whole world saw what my people do when that ice storm hit Atlanta a few years ago. We’re not suited for true winter conditions. Chances are, if you’re sitting in the south and reading this, you’re also from a long line of people who panic and buy all of the milk and bread when snow is in the forecast. But we’re just going to have to toughen the hell up. There are kids in Germany that go to school outside all year long. Winter Gear Here Ponchos aren’t just for surf bros spending the winter in Baja. The Honcho adds a layer of synthetic insulation wrapped in a water resistant ripstop nylon with a hood. Sure, you’re wearing a coat and standing next to the fire, but one more layer isn’t going to hurt. My wife and daughter live in the Honcho. thermarest.com  And listen, maybe there will be snow. Maybe we’ll have one of those “good” winters when the resorts can open all their runs and we can cross-country ski at the higher elevations every weekend. 2020 has given us little reason to be hopeful, but let’s nurture the last ember of optimism that remains and wish for a killer, snowy winter. Either way, I’m determined to embrace the cold. To ski when we can ski and bike when we can’t. To continue the backyard bonfires and weekend campouts. We’ll layer up. We’ll bring cocoa and those handwarmer packets that cause second degree burns. We’ll toughen up and keep the stoke alive!  These camp shoes have helped me fight off cold toes on many frosty nights in a tent and by the fire. They’re stuffed with synthetic insulation in a ripstop outer with a grippy sole that’s tough enough to let you wander around camp. rab.equipment  Therm-a-Rest Honcho Poncho ($115) last_img read more

IAAFA Extends Courses to Central and South American and Caribbean Countries

first_img It is obvious and indisputable the amazement of Mrs. Romero from Honduras regarding the life experience in Texas. The experience of touching ground, living the weather, breathing the air, interpreting the signals and listening to the voice is above any well illustrated document. With regard to infrastructure, because Honduras not only lacks this type of services, without doubt, it covers all the Central American Region and much of the Southern Cone. Good evening, I belong to the military personnel in the Argentinian Air Force and would like to know the courses available to take at IAAFA and how I can apply for a vacancy.Thanks in advance. I look forward to your prompt reply. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT COURSES ARE OFFERED AND THE DATES FOR EACH KIND OF COURSE Good afternoon. I belong to the Colombian Army’s Aviation unit and I would like to know if there are courses at the IAAFA for maintenance technicians of aerial weaponry and inspectors. I would appreciate if you would let me know in which countries of the world these courses are held for this personnel. Thank you very much.Course for maintenance technicians of aerial weaponryCourse for inspectors of aerial weaponry I am in the Argentine Air Force and would like to know about the catalogue of courses available to take in the IAAFAThanking you in advance. I await your quick response. Training managers from 15 Central and South American and Caribbean countries attended the Inter-American Air Forces Academy (IAAFA) Training Manager Conference on July 16-17 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. IAAFA works to foster enduring engagements with Latin American countries through education and training in fields such as aircraft structural maintenance and others where military service members may need capacity building. Military students from more than 20 countries in the Americas routinely attend courses at the IAAFA campus, thanks in part to the guidance their countries’ training managers, who coordinate any sort of capacity building their respective military forces may need. The conference, with 20 training managers in attendance from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Paraguay was critical in presenting an in-depth picture of the 34 courses offered, course overviews from each instructor, and briefings to better explain the IAAFA experience. “Attending this conference has given me a better idea and more thorough explanation of what IAAFA can offer us,” said Ritza Romero, a training manager from Honduras. “Without coming here, I can read a course description in the catalog, but I can’t explain to them what to expect as students,” Romero said. “I now know exactly how to prepare students when they are sent to an IAAFA course – from what to anticipate getting off the plane, to courses and simulators, to hospitality,” she said. “We were able to experience everything that our students will when they come here.” Romero said as a training manager, part of her job is to understand IAAFA course descriptions, help match students with needed courses, and even help prepare them for travel to the U.S. Attending this conference makes those aspects of her job much easier. “Although we provide a catalog, an interactive website, and are open any time for questions, the work the training managers provide can’t be duplicated,” said Col. Marc Stratton, IAAFA commandant. “Seeing first-hand each of the courses, talking to the instructors and actually handling some of the training aids that we use cannot be done virtually.” The last training manager conference was held in 2008. Since then, IAAFA has moved into a new facility, acquired different training aids, an additional aircraft, and modernized several courses. The conference served as an opportunity to update the training managers on improvements and changes that have taken place at IAAFA in the four years since. “There is a huge difference in IAAFA,” Romero said. “With the new building and improvements… I wish we had something like this back home for training. This was a very rewarding opportunity to see what IAAFA has to offer.” By Dialogo August 03, 2012last_img read more