International artists and scientists raise funds to support women living with HIV in Asia and the Pacific

ViiV Healthcare AustraliaMonday 24 June 2024, Melbourne Australia: The National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA) and ViiV Healthcare Australia are proud to announce the proceeds from the 2023 HIV Science as Art Exhibition will be used to support people living with HIV in Asia and the Pacific, with a specific focus on key populations.In its inaugural year, the HIV Science as Art Exhibition raised over $20,000 AUD, which will be used to support programs and services for people living with HIV in the Asia Pacific region.Having premiered at the Brisbane International AIDS Conference in 2023, HIV Science as Art brought spectacular scientific advancements in HIV to life through the work of extraordinary artists living with HIV from around the world.Scott Harlum, President of NAPWHA, says the organisation was extremely proud to support the HIV Science as Art initiative in 2023, which has resulted in 18 microgrants being awarded to small organisations across South East Asia and the Pacific region.“Generating funding for 18 grants is an excellent outcome and much more than we had hoped for. It is wonderful to bring this project to a close knowing that it has been such a great success. I’m extremely proud that NAPWHA has delivered on its undertaking to ensure that the proceeds raised will improve the lives of people with HIV in our region,” he said.Harry Prabowo, Program manager of Asia Pacific Network of People living with HIV/AIDS and Sita Shahi, Regional Coordinator of International Community of Women Living with HIV Asia Pacific, believe the microgrants are a great option to help fund exciting and innovative grassroots programs developed by and for the Asia Pacific HIV community.“The microgrant applications highlighted the community’s excitement, enthusiasm and commitment to helping improve the lives of people living with HIV in the Asia Pacific. We were overwhelmed with the number of brilliant ideas and programs that were submitted, and the 18 grants awarded are a testament to the community’s ongoing dedication, innovation and hard work in the space.”“We hope to continue creating opportunities for grassroots community programs to secure funding via microgrants in the future,” they said.The HIV epidemic in Asia and the Pacific disproportionately affects people from key populations and their sexual partners.1 Despite great efforts, the region, which accounted for almost one quarter of all new global HIV transmissions in 20221, is struggling to combat the epidemic and falling behind global targets, having seen only a 14% reduction in new transmissions between 2010 and 2022.1Ann Maccarrone, Community Engagement and Partnerships Manager at ViiV Healthcare Australia, says the micro grants will help support people living with HIV in the Asia Pacific region and assist with grass-roots community-led progress in meeting global targets.“It is vital that regions, like Asia and the Pacific, who are struggling with increased rates of HIV transmission are supported as they continue to strive to meet global targets. The micro grants will give community organisations access to short-term funding opportunities that will help turn ideas into reality and help make a positive impact in communities and foster progress toward targets to end AIDS”.Following a successful first year, HIV Science as Art will return at the Munich International AIDS Conference in July 2024. Source & references /Public Release.

“Game over for climate action”: top climate scientist on 2nd Trump term

IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.June 23, 202407:26Eliminating the ‘sick tax’: How medical debt may soon be wiped from credit reports07:52Now Playing’Game over for climate action’: top climate scientist on 2nd Trump term07:26UP NEXTColonization in disguise: Project 2025’s global reach12:02’He listens to no one’: Longtime Trump employee weighs in on recent unhinged remarks12:28From ‘con-artist’ to savior: What Trump’s final VP picks have said about him in the past02:37Velshi Banned Book Club: ‘Heavy: An American Memoir’ with Kiese Laymon08:34‘He will weaponize it’: Trump and Project 2025’s wrecking ball climate plan08:41’It is not a threat – it is a promise’: Rep. Pressley on ‘hateful’ Project 2025 agenda13:12America needs to ‘detoxify its own democracy’: Fmr. Obama top national security adviser10:13Single mother of infant among 3 killed in Arkansas grocery store shooting01:59The effort to ‘turn this country into a theocratic state’ is being mainstreamed by the GOP07:59’The Petri dish for latest unhinged legal theory’: the powerful appeals court feeding SCOTUS docket08:39‘A shame before God’: Ben Crump slams anti-DEI lawsuit against Black female venture capitalists08:39How joy ‘can be a weapon’ against white supremacy08:12Top Dem calls for Weaponization Committee hearing on dangers of Project 202507:17Velshi Banned Book Club: ‘Dragonwings’ by Laurence Yep11:15’Clarence Thomas is corrupt – end of story’: Rep. Jasmine Crockett10:23‘It’s a manifesto’: The most terrifying details in Project 202508:16’Outdated thinking’: Biden border action won’t solve core of immigration problem12:42State courts pick up where SCOTUS fails04:5907:26Share this -Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and severe, super-charged by human-caused warming. According to Michael Mann, presidential distinguished professor at the University of Pennsylvania, the upcoming presidential race will not only determine the fate of democracy but also the future of our planet. With Project 2025, the conservative playbook for the next Republican president, looming over the race, another Trump presidency would guarantee the dismantling of federal climate and environmental policies. Polluters have a wishlist, warns Mann. “They didn’t accomplish everything they hoped to in Trump’s first term,” he says. “They’re going to make sure to accomplish them in a prospective second Trump administration.”June 23, 2024Read

Rally held as community angered by Ontario Science Centre closure

Community members, advocates and politicians held a rally Sunday to protest the Ford government’s decision to abruptly close the Ontario Science Centre.The event, organized by advocacy group Save Our Science Centre, took place at West Hills Park in the Toronto’s St. Clair West neighbourhood.”The Government of Ontario plans to demolish the iconic, award-winning OSC to replace it with a 50 per cent smaller building, located on top of a parking garage at Ontario Place. This plan is not only unnecessary, it’s expensive too,” reads a public letter to Ontario Premier Doug Ford on the group’s website that’s been signed by more than 30,000 people.Infrastructure Minister Kinga Surma announced Friday the government was closing the centre in Toronto’s Don Mills neighbourhood that day, citing safety concerns with the building’s roof contained in an engineering report commissioned by the province. Ministry officials said a type of lightweight concrete, popular in the 1960s when the building was constructed, has now proven problematic and requires costly repairs.Workers began erecting fencing around the Science Centre on Friday, blocking access to the building and its parking lots, with the site being patrolled by private security guards.The abrupt closure comes after the government’s controversial announcement in 2023 that the popular landmark and attraction would be moved to the Ontario Place site — a move it says will save costs — but the new building won’t open up until 2028.”We were always worried that [Ford] might do this. This is earlier than we expected,” Jason Ash, co-chair of Save Ontario’s Science Centre, told CBC Toronto Saturday. WATCH | Ontario Science Centre shutting down due to roof collapse risk: Ontario Science Centre shutting down due to roof collapse risk2 days agoDuration 2:45The province is shutting down the Ontario Science Centre immediately due to the risk that the 55-year-old building’s roof could collapse. As CBC’s Lorenda Reddekopp reports, the emergency closure comes after the Ford government’s controversial announcement to move the centre to Ontario Place.The report from engineering firm Rimkus Consulting Group found structural issues with the roof panels, some of which require fixing by Oct. 31,1 2024 to avoid a potential collapse under a significant buildup of snow, but it stopped short of recommending a closure of the building.While the report pointed out those issues could be fixed at a cost, the province is choosing to shutter the location indefinitely.Ash said he believes the government is misrepresenting what’s in the report to convince the public the building isn’t safe so that it can justify the decision to move it.”If you read the actual consultant’s report, they say that one panel is critical and needs to be replaced,” he said.Community outragedThe decision to close the centre, which was designed by prominent architect Raymond Moriyama to commemorate Canada’s centennial anniversary and opened to the public in 1969, has prompted outrage among community members.Sameer Sayed and his three school-aged children, who live across the street from the centre, said his family visits three to four times a month.”It’s really disappointing that the peak time, the boom time for the kids and the parents to come during summer vacation, has been snatched away and stolen away from the kids,” Sayed said in an interview outside the centre on Saturday.Workers began erecting fencing around the Ontario Science Centre on Friday, as the province announced the building will be immediately closing because of the risk of a roof collapse. The Ontario Science Centre opened in 1969 and the Ford government plans to relocate it to Ontario Place.

Science & Medicine: Bridging the rural health divide

Throughout much of our nation’s history, people who lived out in the country were healthier than those in urban areas.”Something changed somewhere around in the 1980s. What started happening was in the rural areas, life expectancy started lagging behind,” said Dr. Vasan Ramachandran, who wants to know why. He’s the founding dean of the University of Texas School of Public Health in San Antonio.He leads what’s called the Rural Cohort Study, where they bring the lab right to the often isolated communities they want to research.”We designed a 52-foot trailer which has the fastest CT scanner in the country,” he said. “It has a cardiac ultrasound machine that uses artificial intelligence, that’s got a mobile laboratory that uses artificial intelligence, and then we go and park it at the community doorstep.”

Courtesy: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Vasan Ramachandran, MD, FACC, FAHA, is Founding Dean of the UT School of Public Health San Antonio and Professor of Medicine and Population Health.

They get to know the people who live there and learn about medical and non-medical challenges that may be impacting their health.”We take rural counties which are relatively healthy and rural counties where the mortality rates are very high, and we examine both sets of participants to inform us,” he said. “Why is it that some people do better in some rural areas and others don’t?”They plan to use what they learn, now and in years to come, to improve the health and wellbeing of those they are studying.Science & Medicine is a collaboration between TPR and The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio that explores how scientific discovery in San Antonio advances the way medicine is practiced everywhere.

Science and Technology Daily: Global Talents Enjoy the Honor of China

BEIJING, June 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — It’s a tremendous honor to receive the China International Science and Technology Cooperation Award. We pay high tribute to those honorees who have made important contributions to scientific and technological advancements. Let’s look forward to seeing who will be awarded this honor this year.   Science and Technology Daily: Global Talents Enjoy the Honor of China

VOLCANO WATCH: Scientists Gather To Discuss Kīlauea

USGS: “Participants of the May 2024 Kīlauea petrology workshop observe an outcrop of tephra near Kapoho cone, located on the lower East Rift Zone of Kīlauea. Tephra is a word that describes volcanic particles that are ejected out of an erupting vent, which travel through the air before being deposited on the ground.” (USGS photo by A. Lerner)(BIVN) – Kīlauea is not erupting and the USGS Volcano Alert Level remains at ADVISORY.
Scientists reported in their most recent update that “earthquake counts and rates of inflationary ground deformation in the summit and upper rift zones continue the slightly elevated behavior since the end of the June 3 eruption.”
In the latest Volcano Watch article, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory provides an account of a recent meeting of volcano geochemists and petrologists.

From this week’s article, written by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa graduate student Rose Gallo:

During the most active portion of their life cycle, called the shield stage, Hawaiian volcanoes erupt frequently and mostly produce a rock type called basalt. Basaltic lava flows formed during the shield stage make up the majority of the rock of the Hawaiian Islands. Kīlauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, is a modern example of a volcano in the shield-building stage.
Kīlauea primarily erupts basaltic lava flows during its frequent eruptions, such as the most recent brief eruption on June 3, 2024. In addition to being dominantly basalts, Kīlauea’s lavas are limited in their chemical makeup by a consistent and predictable pattern of mineral formation. Magmas entering the volcano deep beneath the surface have a narrow range of chemical compositions; with time, those compositions change cyclically. As magma is stored, first in the magma reservoirs beneath the summit caldera, and sometimes later in smaller magma reservoirs beneath the volcano’s rift zones, it cools and minerals begin to form.
Minerals—such as olivine, plagioclase, and pyroxenes—form from elements in the magma. The quantities of each element are relatively fixed as part of the mineral’s structure. When the minerals form, they deplete those elements from the remaining magma. Formation of the same minerals in the same order under similar conditions of temperature and pressure results in the generation of very similar magmas over time in Kīlauea’s magma chambers.
The consistent nature of lava chemistry at Kīlauea both helps and hinders us in understanding the volcano’s behavior. The predictability and limited range of magma compositions at Kīlauea allows for reliable forecasting of the style of future eruptions, and thus the associated hazards, compared to most other volcanoes.
The consistent pattern of chemical changes in Kīlauea’s magmas also provides a robust data set to validate tools designed to simulate the chemical behavior of magma. However, distinguishing between the deposits of past eruptions can be very difficult because of the limited variability in lava flow compositions. It can be challenging to answer questions such as: How many eruptions produced a particular set of lava flows? Did two lava flows formed at different times come from the same magma reservoir?

USGS: “Participants of the May 2024 Kīlauea petrology workshop discuss the local geology near lava flows that erupted during the lower East Rift Zone eruption of Kīlauea in 2018.” (USGS photo by A. Lerner)

In May of this year, a group of volcano geochemists and petrologists (scientists who study the chemistry, textures, and origins of volcanic rocks) met in Hilo to discuss how to improve our understanding of magma storage and evolution at Kīlauea with these considerations in mind. The meeting, organized by Dr. Tom Shea from University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa included USGS scientists as well as professors and graduate students from Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, and France.
Participants shared information on the current state of knowledge at Kīlauea and about potentially useful techniques for chemical analysis of Kīlauea rocks. Some of the topics of the meeting included: 1) discussing how chemical elements that occur at very low concentrations in the earth could be used to identify similarities and differences between lavas, 2) comparing several types of scientific software used to model the pattern of lava compositions observed at Kīlauea and considering needed improvements, and 3) sharing methods for using the concentrations of elements and molecules such as water, carbon dioxide, and sulfur to make interpretations about the depths at which magma was stored before eruption.
Participants in the meeting also had the chance to observe Kīlauea’s volcanic features in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and the lower East Rift Zone. The combined workshop and field experiences led to productive discussions on future avenues of research in these areas. Just a couple of weeks after the workshop, Kīlauea erupted basaltic lava flows again and petrologists are eagerly examining the geochemistry and minerals in the new lava for clues about the magma’s journey.

God Or Science?

Gregor Mendel and a Punnett square.
I want to open this article on the compatibility of faith and science by quoting two very different viewpoints: “Science must destroy religion.” While this quote may seem to have been uttered by a college freshman looking for shock value, it is actually the title of an essay by Dr. Sam Harris, a neuroscientist and “philosopher.”

The second quote comes from the famed French microbiologist Louis Pasteur, “A bit of science distances one from God, but much science nears one to Him.”
In the following essay, I would like to address a simple question. Is it possible to believe in God and science, or does faith in one preclude faith in the other?
Since I will argue that there is no conflict between believing in God and science, I think it is helpful to define what theists mean by God and what scientists mean by science.
To some extent, the rationality of faith in God is predicated upon what is meant by God. If by God one means an “invisible friend” or an “old man living in the sky” or a “flying spaghetti monster,” then faith in God is both silly and irrational. Fortunately, this is not what serious people mean by God.
Drawing on Catholic philosophy, we can state that God is that being whose essence is existence. That is to say, God exists necessarily; He cannot not exist. Why is that the case?
While the arguments for God’s existence and efforts to explain God’s nature are complex, I will try to condense and simplify the arguments.
The universe comprises efficient causes. Everything that comes into existence is caused by another; nothing can cause itself to exist. It is manifest, therefore, that everything requires a cause prior to itself. However, there cannot be an infinite regress of causes since such a regress would eliminate the possibility of subsequent effects. Therefore, there must be a cause which itself is not caused. That is a cause that exists necessarily. That is what we call God.
I mentioned above the importance of causes in understanding what Catholicism means by God. Science, too, is concerned with causes. Whereas philosophy and theology study ultimate or first causes, science is the study of proximate causes. As such, science can be defined as the systematic study of the physical and natural world.
Prior to the scientific revolution in the sixteenth century, science was categorized into three types: theoretical, practical, and productive. Theoretical science seeks knowledge for its own sake. For Aristotle, this type of science included theology. Practical science included matters such as ethics and politics. Finally, there is productive science. Today, productive science is known as technology.
From what has been said thus far, it may be difficult to discern why there would be a conflict between science and faith in God. Strictly speaking, there can be no conflict between religion and science as they do not concern themselves with the same subject matter. Why, then, do so many like Sam Harris argue that religion and science cannot co-exist?
I think there are two fundamental reasons for this supposed conflict. The first is a misunderstanding of what is meant by religious faith. From an atheistic worldview, faith is frequently construed as believing in a proposition that one knows is false. More charitably put, faith is an unjustified belief in God. Fortunately, this is not what Catholics mean by faith.
While the word faith often has a religious connotation, we all, in fact, have faith in everyday life. We all believe our friends and family want what is best for us. Even science begins in faith. The scientist must have faith in his own reason and faith that predictable laws govern the world he examines.
In the realm of religion, faith “is the theological virtue by which we believe in God and believe all that He has said and revealed to us, and that the Holy Church proposes for our belief because He is truth itself.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 1814). Succinctly put, faith is having good reasons to assent to a proposition or claim.
The second cause of the supposed conflict between science and religion is epistemological. Epistemology is that facet of philosophy that concerns itself with how knowledge is obtained. Specifically, the problem lies in what is called scientism.
While varying in degrees, scientism is defined as the belief (yes, belief) that all knowledge is reducible to the scientific method. There are numerous problems with such an approach.
First, scientism is self-contradicting. The theory that knowledge is reducible to the scientific method cannot itself be reduced to the scientific method. Scientism must rest on axioms that are matters of faith, not science. Additionally and ironically, while scientism seeks to invalidate philosophy, the claim that all knowledge must be derived from science is a philosophical statement, not a scientific one. Finally, it is possible to identify four sources of knowledge that are not entirely or intrinsically scientific: perception, memory, consciousness, and reason.
So, how should Catholics approach the conflict between science and faith in God? The answer is simply to deny that there is such a conflict. Instead, we should view the universe as God’s art and science as man’s attempt to discover, understand, and – in some cases – manipulate that art for his own purposes.  
My space here is complete, and I must cease. I will close with a quote from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. “Though faith is above reason, there can never be any real discrepancy between faith and reason. Since the same God who reveals mysteries and infuses faith has bestowed the light of reason on the human mind, God cannot deny himself, nor can truth ever contradict truth. Consequently, methodical research in all branches of knowledge, provided it is carried out in a truly scientific manner and does not override moral laws, can never conflict with the faith because the things of the world and the things of faith derive from the same God. The humble and persevering investigator of the secrets of nature is being led, as it were, by the hand of God in spite of himself, for it is God, the conserver of all things, who made them what they are.”

North Olmsted math, science teacher receives 2024 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators

Shari Insley, a fifth-grade math and science teacher at Pine Intermediate School, 4267 Dover Center Road in North Olmsted, has won the 2024 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators, according to a news release.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, announced Insley’s award June 19.“We are delighted to celebrate and recognize the remarkable contributions of educators and students across our country,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan, in the release. “Our awardees exemplify commitment to environmental education and steadfast leadership in taking creative and innovative approaches to protect human health and tackle climate change.“To the awardees, we extend our sincere appreciation for your unwavering dedication to environmental stewardship — we look forward to seeing what you accomplish next.”“Environmental stewardship often begins in the classroom with young people and educators who are taking our planet’s most pressing climate change and environmental justice challenges head on,” said White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Brenda Mallory in the release. “This year’s awardees represent passionate and dedicated leaders who are tackling the climate crisis, improving public health and delivering a more equitable future for all.”With more than 18 years of teaching experience, Insley, prioritizes dynamic and engaging learning environments for her students, according to the release.Her work as an educator extends beyond the classroom, as she integrates service-learning experiences into her curriculum to inspire curiosity and insightfulness from her students, the release said.Insley possesses a keen awareness of her students’ needs, ensuring that she meets them at their individual levels and tailors her curriculum accordingly.Through a blend of outdoor activities, research endeavors and collaborations with local experts, Insley’s students actively participate in hands-on learning experiences, according to the release.“I’m honored to be a (Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators) awardee and help inspire the next generation of aquatic scientists,” Insley said in the release.In collaboration with her fellow educators, Insley created the North Olmsted Middle School Water Guardians Project for students to use scientific equipment for research and water sample testing to gain practical insights into environmental science and conservation.Her students exhibit confidence, enthusiasm and eagerness as they leave the confines of the classroom to test the campus creek, according to the release.During these outdoor studies, students collaborate with field experts, professionals and educators who encourage them to ask questions and nurture their innate curiosity.In addition to this project, Insley hosts a field trip to the Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory.The laboratory, in the western basin of Lake Erie, is where Stone Lab scientists share their expertise with students and discuss topics relevant to the Lake Erie ecosystem.Through these activities, students gain tangible experience and knowledge about the importance of preventing and reducing water pollution.Ultimately, Insley is dedicated to serving as a model for students and fellow educators, sharing her knowledge and best practices to promote excellence in teaching, the release said.The Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators award was established by the 1990 National Environmental Education Act and seeks to recognize, support and bring public attention to the outstanding environmental projects performed by teachers who go beyond textbook instruction to incorporate methods and materials that utilize creative experiences and enrich student learning in K-12 education.The Council on Environmental Quality, in partnership with the EPA, administers this award.

Behind Balyasny’s training program that gives analysts a crash course in data science and AI

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Behind Balyasny’s training program that gives analysts a crash course in data science and AI

Bianca Chan

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The $20 billion hedge fund Balyasny is growing its Bridger program for the third straight year.The recruitment program aims to give incoming analysts from the sell side coding and AI skills.Bridger highlights the evolving skills of an analyst in the age of AI.

Dino Experience at Burnley College science festival

The Science and Technology Festival known for its family-friendly activities, is set to attract hundreds of local and regional families to Princess Way.

Science games, technology exhibits, and exciting live experiments will be on the agenda, as well as an appearance from Titan the robot.

The Dino Experience, will include a walk-through dino park, complete with dinosaurs roaring through the courtyard to greet visitors.

Brave visitors are promised “stunning scenes and scares”, and the younger guests can also meet a baby dinosaur.

Food and refreshments, ranging from paninis to pies and stir frys to street food, will be available throughout the event.

Karen Buchanan, principal of Burnley College said: “We are so proud to be staging the Science and Technology Festival right here on our Princess Way Campus for another year.”

She added: “The Burnley College Science and Technology Festival has become a highlight in the local calendar and attracts crowds from far and wide.

“And with the introduction of the amazing Dinosaur Experience, it’s going to be another incredible year.”

Burnley College Science and Technology Festival will be held on Saturday, June 29, from 10am-3pm.

Attendance is free, and no booking is required.