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New campus club spreads ‘kiNDness’

first_imgThe new semester welcomes to campus the new student organization, kiND Club, which focuses on performing random acts of kindness and spreading positive affirmations.“The overarching goal for the club is to create an infectious display of kindness on campus and in the community. … We want to use the concept of kindness to help, heal and educate,” Stephanie Gaal, assistant professional specialist in the Physical Education and Wellness Department, said.Gaal was instrumental in starting the club, which is a division of the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. She proposed the idea to students in one of her Contemporary Topics classes last semester. Sophomore Elaine Schmidt, who now serves as the club’s president, was one of the first students to show interest and participate in kiND’s official founding.“We’re really just people that want to get together to do nice things for others,” Schmidt said. “Taking a few minutes each day to do something nice for someone else keeps you centered and helps you remember what’s really important in life.”Before attaining full club status last spring, kiND organizers wrote positive affirmations on Post It notes and placed them on dining hall trays for their first random act of kindness, or RAK, Schmidt said. The club also posted flyers in the Hesburgh Library with tear-away strips of encouraging words during finals week.After receiving 319 sign-ups from Activities Night, Schmidt said kiND is ready to take it to the next level this school year. The club will host meetings every other Thursday at 8 p.m., during which they will plan regular, communal RAKs. Schmidt said they could be as simple as giving compliments in classes or as elaborate as a campus-wide flash mob dance to brighten people’s day. She said one of kiND’s first RAKs of the semester is planned for Wednesday.“This is really a grassroots club,” Schmidt said. “The members will have a big say in the kinds of events and RAKs we do, which is something that is really cool about our club. Everyone can contribute.”Gaal said the club is also planning a fundraiser with Notes to Self, a company that designs socks with positive affirmations written on them. The company was founded by Schmidt’s mother.“At Notre Dame, we are so busy. It’s nice to take a breath and remember what’s most important,” senior Sarah Very, who recently joined the club, said. “We can make a difference through acts of kindness, and it’s good to have something to remind us.”The next kiND Club meeting will be held Sept. 25 in a to-be-determined room in Debartolo Hall. Students interested can e-mail [email protected] to join the listserv and “like” the club Facebook page to stay up-to-date on organized RAKs.Tags: Kindness, random acts of kindness, Random Acts of Kindness Foundationlast_img read more

Plant Molecular Diagnostic Lab

first_imgWhen farmers are fighting a disease that is attacking their crop, time is of the essence. “In fact, if you go out to a field and look at a diseased plant, perhaps in as quick as 24 hours, that whole field could be covered by this pathogen if not treated immediately. We needed some type of technology (to) correctly and quickly diagnose this pathogen. For that purpose, molecular diagnosis can be very helpful,” said Emran Ali, a plant pathologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.The UGA Plant Molecular Diagnostic Lab provides a fast and efficient option for diagnosing plant diseases, according to Ali, who is the principal investigator of the lab located on the UGA Tifton campus.Part of the CAES Department of Plant Pathology, the lab operates on a fee for service basis. Through molecular and serological methods, technicians in the lab provide advanced testing for diseased plant samples that are affected by bacteria, fungi, viruses or nematodes.Molecular diagnosis is much faster, simpler and more accurate, and can be performed and interpreted by people with no specialized taxonomical expertise, Ali said. The techniques also allow the detection and identification of non-culturable disease-causing organisms like viruses, viroids and phytoplasmas.Some common techniques used to identify plant diseases rely on culture-based morphological approaches and can require extensive knowledge of classical taxonomy, he said. Conventional culture-based methods can take 3 to 15 days to diagnose a disease.Advanced molecular testing typically diagnoses a disease in as little as 5 minutes and up to 3 hours, based on test methods.“There are a lot of new diseases and pathogens that are getting introduced every day,” Ali said.Ali and the lab personnel provide molecular disease diagnostic support to UGA Cooperative Extension agents and specialists, UGA CAES scientists, commercial farmers, homeowners and the Georgia Department of Agriculture. They cover a wide range of plant species, including peanuts, cucurbits, tomatoes, roses, citrus and onions.Ali stresses that the lab can only provide a diagnosis for diseased plant materials. Growers should contact their local UGA Extension agent or the UGA Plant Disease Clinics to discuss disease control and management options.The cost of the lab’s services varies and is dependent on the method used for diagnosis. Charges usually range from $40 for PCR to $60 for real-time PCR.For additional details about the UGA Plant Molecular Diagnostic Lab, go to site.caes.uga.edu/alimdl or call the lab at 229-386-3070.last_img read more

Brathwaithe blames Williams for Windies loss

first_img(CMC) – LITTLE mention was made of West Indies’ fragile batting as the Caribbean side sought reasons to explain their 47-run defeat to New Zealand in Friday’s opening Twenty20 International.Instead, the spotlight fell on the final over of the Black Caps innings when seamer, Kesrick Williams, conceded 25 runs, allowing the hosts to rattle up 187 for seven off their allotted 20 overs, after they were sent in at Saxton Oval.“For the first 19 overs we bowled as good as we did. But it happens, Kesrick Williams has been the best bowler in the world this calendar year and he just went awry,” captain Carlos Brathwaite said afterwards.“It wasn’t even a bad day, just one bad over and that gave them some momentum going into our innings, and we never really got that big over.”Glenn Phillips top-scored with 55 and Colin Munro got 53, but the Windies snatched five wickets for 40 runs in 31 balls during the middle overs, to leave the hosts on 162 for seven at the end of the 19th.But Mitchell Santner, who finished on 23 not out from 11 balls, then tore into Williams, to propel New Zealand to a competitive total.Still, West Indies batted poorly from the outset, losing wickets steadily, and only Andre Fletcher with 27, Brathwaite who scored 21 and tail-ender Ashley Nurse, 21 not out, showed any real enterprise.They were already beaten at 103 for eight in the 16th over before Nurse saved some face with lusty hitting.“Credit to them (New Zealand). Sometimes you have to give credit to the opposition,” Brathwaite said of the Black Caps bowling effort.“They bowled with discipline and they fielded really well.”New Zealand captain Tim Southee praised his side’s all-round effort.“We struggled early on with the bat, but the guys hung in there and were able to finish really strongly and then the way we fielded and bowled was exceptional,” he said.West Indies face New Zealand in the second T20 at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on New Year’s Day.last_img read more

Kids avoid cabin fever at Boys & Girls Club

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — Area schools were closed today. It’s the third day in a row that schools have kept their doors closed due to the extremely cold weather.That didn’t keep all kids from staying in their homes and getting cabin fever. The Boys & Girls Club of Alpena welcomed children in from these frigid conditions. Children played pop–a–shot, pool, and participated in obstacle courses. Plenty of activities were scheduled throughout the day to keep the kids engaged. Children like William O’Neill and Emma Jo Kruccynski enjoyed heading to the club today.“It keeps me entertained, and a lot of my friends come here,” said Kruccynski.During these conditions, it can be hard for children to stay active, but that was not the case today for all the kids in attendance.“Rather than staying home and watching TV, I could come here and go to the gym and play basketball, have some activities to do,” said O’Neill.Children can also get help with homework, grab a meal, and just have fun being a kid. With schools already canceling Thursday, more children can expect to stretch their legs and have fun at the Boys & Girls Club.“I was pretty happy because the past two days, they’ve [Boys & Girls Club] been closed, and there is really nothing else to do except just sit inside and watch TV because it’s so cold out,” said O’Neill.For more information, visit their website www.bgcalpena.org.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, alpena schools, Boys & Girls Club, Boys & Girls Club of Alpena, Children, Obstacle Courses, School Closings, schoolsContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Wednesday, January 30Next Local doctor encourages eye exams to prevent Glaucomalast_img read more