Eagles Nip Tigers

first_img Latest Posts Bio BLUE HILL — The Eagles rallied from a 4-0 lead to nip the Tigers in eight innings on Wednesday, May 6.Sumner righthander Tashia Daley pitched for the first time since recovering from knee surgery and struck out the side in the first inning and 10 for the game.A three-run fifth inning gave the Eagles a 5-4 lead but the Tigers knotted the score with a run in the top of the seventh to force the extra inning.Lydia Clapp tripled and scored on a ground ball to first base by Lexi Wessel in the bottom of the eighth to give GSA the win.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textDaley pitched a three-hitter but was the victim of nine Sumner errors. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Latest posts by admin (see all) Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015center_img House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 adminlast_img read more

Other Sports Lewis Hamilton seeks hat-trick of wins in Spanish Grand Prix as Mercedes aim for dominance

first_imgLewis Hamilton is one behind Valtteri Bottas in the Formula One points table.This race will be the 25th anniversary of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger’s death at 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.Lewis Hamilton is the five-time world champion and is gunning for a hat-trick of wins in Barcelona. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Barcelona: Lewis Hamilton will seek to complete a hat-trick of Catalan triumphs and regain the lead in this year’s drivers’ world championship as Formula One returns home to this year’s first European race at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix. The defending five-time champion is a single point behind his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the embryonic standings, following their unprecedented four successive season-opening one-twos. But, like his Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff, he is wary of any suggestion that rivals Ferrari is a fading force and knows that the Italian team, armed with an upgraded power unit being introduced two races sooner than planned, will mount a fierce challenge on the track where they shone in pre-season testing. “The results may seem to paint a clear picture, but the truth is that they’re too flattering,” said Wolff, who rejected the notion put forward by Ferrari’s four-time champion Sebastian Vettel that his team were now the underdogs.     “The performance has fluctuated in the first four races. Our opponents were blisteringly quick in the winter testing here so this Spanish Grand Prix will be anything but easy.”RELATED     The pre-season testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, where Sunday’s race is to be run, seems a long time ago now as Vettel and his new team-mate Charles Leclerc struggle to rediscover those dominant displays when it matters. Predictably, most of the teams will arrive in Spain with an array of updates for their cars that may make it more difficult to predict performance, but Ferrari appears to have chosen to adopt a downbeat approach in advance. “Obviously, Mercedes are very strong at the moment so I am pretty sure they will be very strong as well in Barcelona,” said Mattia Binotto, the newly-installed team boss facing the challenge of ending Mercedes five years’ domination.     “The last four races, on average, we were not quite there,” added Vettel. “So we are not the favourites,” Binotto added that Ferrari was pushing hard to catch Mercedes. “We will have a new power unit that we are introducing ahead of schedule,” he said. “This second specification was due to be taken to Canada and it’s only down to a big team effort that we have been able to do this.”      Senna, Ratzenberger tribute     Hamilton, almost perversely, has said he wants to see Ferrari lift their performance to ensure a thrilling season of competition for himself and Bottas, as their intra-team rivalry promises to turn into a scrap for the drivers’ title. After a winless year in 2018, Bottas has come back determined to prove his pace and power this year – he and Hamilton have two wins each, the Finn adding an extra point to his total by clocking the fastest lap in Australia. “Lewis has been world champion many times so being his team-mate is great for me,” said Bottas, revelling this year in the competition. “It’s a good reference and a benchmark and it also gives us an opportunity to have a very strong team.     “On the other hand, it’s not easy. It’s so difficult to get ahead of him, but I know it’s possible. I see it as a great opportunity and I would not choose another team-mate even it made my life easier.”      While the focus will surely fall on Ferrari, as they bid to end their forlorn start to the season, other teams like Red Bull could also emerge as a threat to them.  Max Verstappen, who claimed his maiden victory on his Red Bull debut in Spain in 2016, is expected to challenge for a place on the podium where, in the first race since the 25th anniversary of the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, a joint Austrian and Brazilian flag is expected to be on display in their memory.center_img highlightslast_img read more

Ward to present 26 high school student athletes with Positive Athlete Awards

first_imgPITTSBURGH (April 29, 2014) – The Senator John Heinz History Center will host the third annual Western Pennsylvania Positive High School Athlete Awards this Sat., May 3 at 12:30 p.m. Student athletes representing 26 different boys’ and girls’ high school sports along with two coaches and one high school will be honored by current and former local professional athletes, including Hines Ward, Roberto Clemente, Jr., and Olympic women’s hockey goalie Brianne McLaughlin. Over $10,000 in scholarships will be awarded to the winners.Nearly 1,000 nominations from coaches, principals, athletic directors, teachers, and parents were submitted by a total of 125 Western Pennsylvania high schools. Positive Athlete was created as a movement for more positivity in youth sports. In addition to excellence on the field, each nominated Positive Athlete was required to show characteristics such as an optimistic attitude, teammate encouragement, servant leadership, heart for others, ability to admit imperfections, giving 100 percent all the time, and realizing the team as more important than the individual.“We hope this program focuses the spotlight on how important a positive attitude is not only in sports, but in life as well,” said Ward. “The most successful businessmen and women are positive individuals, so we’re using sports to help instill those characteristics at a young age. Positivity is a life skill that will help any young person deal with relationships, obstacles, and opportunities.”Below is a list of the 2013-2014 award winners:Baseball – Matt Gunsallus – Plum High SchoolBasketball (Boys) – Marcus Malara – Mt. Pleasant High SchoolBasketball (Girls) – Allison Bartoszewicz – Vincentian AcademyCheerleading – Stephanie Mandella – South Allegheny High SchoolCross-Country (Boys) – Ryan Lerda – South Fayette High SchoolCross-Country (Girls) – Elizabeth Manickas – Neshanock High SchoolField Hockey – Anna Romeo – Norwin High SchoolFootball – Cole Blake – Moon Area High SchoolGolf (Boys) – Thomas Steve – Upper St Clair High SchoolGolf (Girls) – Kelsay Soom – Laurel Highlands High SchoolGymnastics – Megan Tamilia – Moon High SchoolIce Hockey – Kellen Carleton – Pittsburgh Central CatholicLacrosse (Boys) – Caleb Reynolds – Mt. Lebanon High SchoolLacrosse (Girls) – Lia Vinciguerra – Blackhawk High SchoolSoccer (Boys) – Alex Hannigan – Canon McMillanSoccer (Girls) – Deanna Dicesere – Greensburg Central CatholicSoftball – Alexis Roenigk – Freeport Area High SchoolSwimming (Boys) – Zachary Buerger – North Allegheny High SchoolSwimming (Girls) – Erin Shepard – Plum High SchoolTennis (Boys) – Matt Milkus – Springdale High SchoolTennis (Girls) – Kaitlyn Schaffer – Fox Chapel High SchoolTrack & Field (Boys) – Luke Smorey – Baldwin High SchoolTrack & Field (Girls) – Lydia Dennis – Mars High SchoolVolleyball (Boys) – Daniel Conwell – Norwin High SchoolVolleyball (Girls) – Cheyenne Seik – South Side High SchoolWrestling – Jacob Beistel – Southmoreland High SchoolGirls Coach – Katie Smolter – Seneca Valley High School (Girls’ Tennis)Boys Coach – Bob Palko – West Allegheny High School (Football)In addition to the individual awards, Highlands High School will be honored as the Highmark Most Positive High School, in recognition of how the school came together following the tragic death of football star Ryan Richards.As a special addition to this year’s award ceremony, Mayor Robert Brooks of Murrysville will present FR PROUD t-shirts to all of the high school and celebrity athletes as a thank you to the entire Pittsburgh community for their support of Franklin Regional High School. A group photo of all of the athletes in their FR PROUD t-shirts will cap the award presentations.The following scholarships will be awarded to seven of the aforementioned athletes:Mylan Labs “Male and Female Positive Athletes of the Year” – Given to a male and female athlete of the year. The winners will each receive a $2,500 college scholarship.“Jeff Boynton Memorial Scholarship” – Given to the Positive High School Athlete who best exemplifies the former Plum High School star who always put his team above himself. The winner will receive a $2,200 college scholarship (Jeff’s number was #22).UPMC Sports Medicine “Comeback Player” Award – Given to the Positive High School Athlete who has overcome serious injury to make a positive impact on his or her team and teammates. The winner will receive a $1,000 college scholarship.Duquesne Light “Positive Energy Award” – Given to the Positive High School Athlete who adds energy to his or her team during games no matter what the scoreboard says, and brings the same energy to every practice. The winner will receive a $1,000 college scholarship.VESLA 360 “Iron Man Award” – Given to the Positive High School Athlete who through strength training and preparation was able to stay healthy and strong during their season and provides an example of durability and resiliency while performing at the highest levels. The winner will receive a $1,000 college scholarship.Knichel Logistics “Title IX Award” – Given to the female Positive High School Athlete who has shown amazing leadership to her entire school. The winner will receive a $1,000 college scholarship.“We hope this program focuses the spotlight on how important a positive attitude is not only in sports, but in life as well,” said Roberto Clemente, Jr. “My father’s legacy will always be remembered for his heart for others, something that ultimately cost him his life”.Positive Athlete, a subsidiary of parent company Celebrate Positive, LLC, is a group of high-character professional athletes who have teamed up to promote the benefits of positivity to young athletes around the world. These athletes believe it is crucial to begin shaping the futures of young athletes for life skills beyond athletic competition. Positive Athlete Pittsburgh’s website (http://pittsburgh.positiveathlete.org) is designed to tell positive stories about the kind of role models our young athletes should aspire to be. MSA Sports is an official media partner of Positive Athlete Pittsburgh.last_img read more

Salaam Cricket 2018: Hardik not cocky and rude, he is extremely polite, says Ashwin

first_imgRavichandran Ashwin came to the defense of his teammate Hardik Pandya, who is often perceived to be a rather rude and cocky person.Ashwin clarified that Pandya is rather “extremely gentle”, saying that he is “actually a small kid”.”Hardik Pandya is anything but cocky and rude. He is an extremely gentle character. The way he comes out on social media is a reflection of his personality. If you have a one-on-one conversation with him you will feel he is actually a small kid,” said Ravichandran Ashwin in the session “India, India” at the Salaam Cricket 2018 held at the Hotel Address Boulevard in Dubai on Monday.Salaam Cricket 2018: Live The conversation was steered towards Pandya when Ashwin was asked about the perception that people have about the Indian all-rounder. Pandya, during tour of England was asked by reporters about the comparisons between Kapil Dev and him, to which had answered, “I am no Kapil Dev, I never wanted to be one.””He is a legend, but let me be Hardik Pandya. I am good at being Hardik Pandya, I played 41 ODIS and 10 Tests being Hardik Pandya, not Kapil Dev,” he had added, with many on experts and fans finding the retort distasteful and rude.READ – I definitely want to play the World Cup 2019, says R AshwinAshwin also said that the Indian players at the 2018 Asia Cup have the opportunity to step up and shine for India, especially given the absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli – who has opted to take a break.advertisementAshwin felt it is the perfect chance foe someone like Pandya to take the stage and perform for India.READ – Younis Khan recalls invaluable advice from Azharuddin”People go out and take it with both hands, they want to rule the roost and not join as one of those people who are joining the XI. You take the case of Hardik Pandya for instance. He has also skinned down on the kind of cricketer that he is,” Ashwin said.READ – Quality of batting has gone down, says Harbhajan”He bowls, he bats, he is someone who is sought after as well. He comes under the critical parameters a lot more. But the guy just goes out there and expresses himself. There are a lot of characters like that in the dressing room who will take this opportunity head on rather than shying away,” Ashwin added.last_img read more

Citing a Natural Brand Extension Saveur Launches a Wine Club

first_img “To be honest, it’s really just another way to connect with our audience,” Gregory Gatto, VP and publishing director for the Bonnier Lifestyle Group, tells Folio:. “We know from our research that they’re really interested in this.” Saveur wants to be your new sommelier. The Bonnier-owned food, wine, and travel magazine announced its entry into the membership club game with the launch of “Saveur Selects,” a curated, globally-sourced wine club in partnership with California-based winery and importer Terravant Wine Company. For $74.99 per shipment, members will receive four bottles of wine selected by Saveur’s editors, six times per year. Far more than simply an additional revenue stream to bolster the brand’s bottom line, however, the wine club is seen as a natural fit for Saveur and an added touchpoint for the brand that aims to position itself as an authority on taste. While other publishers may offer wine clubs at varying price points or with higher frequency, Saveur’s offering is intended to leverage the knowledge of its editors — and Terravant’s experts around the globe — who already aim not only to discover, but to tell stories about compelling cuisines and the cultures behind them as part of their day-to-day jobs. A major feature in Saveur’s October/November issue, for example, reveals the origins of the world’s oldest known winery, a 6,100-year-old site discovered in an Armenian cave in 2007.  “Our audience certainly appreciates wine, but I don’t feel like we are crushed by pretension,” Gatto continues. “Obviously, in the club, these wines are discounted. We didn’t want to make it out of reach for everybody. We’re going to be pushing people to try something new. It might be something outside of their comfort zone, and I think people are less likely to do that if its cost prohibitive.”center_img “It’s not just about the trendy thing right now, but the people, the place the culture,” says Gatto. “Our coverage of wine is also like that. People really like the discovery aspect of our coverage. We want to find these little cult gems that are out there.” Only a few weeks in, it’s too early to tell the extent to which Saveur’s audience will embrace “Saveur Selects,” but Gatto is optimistic that the club’s competetive price point will provide a large enough tent for the brand’s mostly affluent, Gen-Y audience. Forging new connections with readers off the printed page (or smartphone) is imperative, says Gatto, who emphasizes the vital role of editorial curation in the selections — giving members the same sense of discovery provided by Saveur’s content and pushing them to step outside of their comfort zones. Each shipment will include tasting notes, recipe pairings, and, most importantly, stories around the people, culture, and history from which each bottle is sourced. New members can receive the first shipment, two bottles each of a 2014 Petite Sirah from the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and a 2015 Gewüerztraminer from Washington, up until the second shipment is released in November.last_img read more

Jordanian Queen to visit Rohingya 23 Oct

first_imgJordanian Queen Rania Al AbdullahJordanian Queen Rania Al Abdullah will visit Cox’s Bazar on 23 October to see for herself the Rohingya situation on the ground.Queen Rania is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on Monday morning, an official told UNB on Friday.In her capacity as a board member of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and as an advocate of the work of UN humanitarian agencies, the Queen will visit Rohingyas.Her visit underscores the urgent need for a dramatic increase in humanitarian assistance for this vulnerable population, said an official on Friday.Rania will visit Kutupalong Refugee Camp and its surroundings in Cox’s Bazar, where she will meet women and children who have recently crossed the border from Myanmar and see some of the emergency services offered by the IRC, UNHCR, Unicef, and other humanitarian agencies on the ground, the official said.At the conclusion of the visit, she will make a press statement.Since late 25 August, around 6 lakh Rohingyas, consisting of women and children in the majority, have arrived in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, marking the largest mass refugee movement in the region in decades and a major humanitarian emergency.In Bangladesh, the total number of Rohingyas is now estimated to have reached around 900,000 people, with more expected to arrive, according to international aid agencies.The sheer number of new arrivals has overwhelmed pre-existing service providers, leading to significant challenges in the provision of essential lifesaving services and highlighting the need for greater concerted urgent international response.last_img read more

Lost city of Mohenjo Daro

first_imgn this photograph taken on February 9, 2017, Pakistani caretaker at the UNESCO World Heritage archeological site of Mohenjo Daro, Ismail Mugheri, points out a two-story well used to collect drinking water at the site some 425 kms north of Karachi. AFPThe centre of a powerful ancient civilisation, Mohenjo Daro was one of the world’s earliest cities — a Bronze Age metropolis boasting flush toilets and a water and waste system to rival many in modern Pakistan.Some 5,000 years on archaeologists believe the ruins could unlock the secrets of the Indus Valley people, who flourished around 3,000 BC in what is now India and Pakistan before mysteriously disappearing.But they warn, if nothing is done to protect the ruins — already neglected and worn by time — it will fade to dust and obscurity, never taking its rightful place in history.”Everybody knows Egypt, nobody knows Mohenjo Daro, this has to be changed,” says Dr Michael Jansen, a German researcher working at the sun-baked site on the banks of the Indus river in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province.Jansen is at the forefront of a new effort to promote the site internationally while finding ways to protect what is left.In summer temperatures can soar above 46 degrees Celsius (115 Fahrenheit). “There is enormous thermo-stress,” says Jansen, adding that salt from the underground water table is also damaging the ruins.But it’s more than just the weather and time. Pakistan’s bloody fight against militancy has also raised the spectre of destruction by an Islamist group, much like Islamic State destroyed the ruins in Syria’s Palmyra.n this photograph taken on February 9, 2017, Pakistani caretaker at the UNESCO World Heritage archeological site of Mohenjo Daro, Ismail Mugheri, points out a two-story well used to collect drinking water at the site some 425 kms north of Karachi. AFPMost horrifying, however, is the wanton disregard for Mohenjo Daro — or “mound of the dead” — by ordinary citizens.In 2014 police stood atop the main stupa as hundreds of people swarmed the site to, ironically, commemorate Pakistan’s cultural heritage — complete with scaffolding, dancing, fireworks, heavy spotlights and lasers.Sardar Ali Shah, cultural minister in Sindh province, vowed never to let such a thing happen again.”It’s like you are jumping on the bed bed of a 5,000-year-old ailing patient,” he tells AFP.Yet today curious visitors still roam the remains with impunity, many leaving rubbish in the once pristine-streets and wells.’Foreigners are afraid’Jansen and his Friends of Mohenjo Daro society aim to promote the site internationally, with plans to recruit Pakistanis around the world for conferences, seminars and debates.Dr Kaleem Lashari, chief consultant to the Pakistani government over Mohenjo Daro, said they will also digitally archive the Indus script — which has never been deciphered — in hopes that making it accessible will increase the site’s profile.n this photograph taken on February 9, 2017, Pakistani caretaker at the UNESCO World Heritage archeological site of Mohenjo Daro, Ismail Mugheri, points out a two-story well used to collect drinking water at the site some 425 kms north of Karachi. AFPAt the site itself, he said, technical reviews are being held to examine the water logging issue and other ways to shore up the ruins, while exploring new, modern technology that allows researchers to ascertain what lies beneath the surface in the portions of the city not yet excavated.But, Lashari says, perhaps the biggest challenge remains Pakistan’s international image, tarnished by extremism, corruption, poverty, and insecurity.”Foreigners are afraid to visit Pakistan and the site because of the chronic issue of law and order,” he warns.All roads lead to equality?The issues he cites underscore unsettling differences between modern day Pakistan and the civilisation found among the ruins.At their peak during the Bronze Age, the Indus Valley people are believed to have numbered up to five million, with Mohenjo Daro their largest and most advanced settlement.Clay and metallic seals, coins, standardised weighing stones, gold and bronze ornaments, toys and whistles — the bric-a-brac of ancient lives have revealed volumes about thriving Indus trade and commerce.n this photograph taken on February 9, 2017, Pakistani caretaker at the UNESCO World Heritage archeological site of Mohenjo Daro, Ismail Mugheri, points out a two-story well used to collect drinking water at the site some 425 kms north of Karachi. AFPThe layout of the city itself suggests an egalitarian people more concerned with cleanliness than hierarchy, says Dr Jonathan Mark Kenoyer of the University of Wisconsin.”In Mesopotamia, the streets went from the city to the palace … whereas in (Indus) cities all the streets were organised to allow access to the whole city,” he says.Mohenjo Daro had a complex water and waste management system which observers have wryly noted was better than in many parts of Pakistan today.Only a small portion of the site has been excavated properly, but the most important building appears not to have been a palace or a place of worship, but a massive public bath.Houses had tiled bathrooms and their own cylindrical brick wells, sometimes raised to the second floor to allow for a flush system.None of this, however,has yet explained why such a powerful, advanced and flourishing civilisation disappeared so abruptly around 1900 BC.Currently, there is no bid to excavate further among the plans being laid by Lashari and Jansen. “It is actually preserved when it is buried,” explains Harvard University’s Dr Richard Meadow.Despite their access to new technologies, that puts researchers in a quandary, especially as they try to understand what happened to the Indus people. As Jansen says, the “best way to learn information is to excavate”.But mysteries take time to solve: for now, the researchers say, they will settle for ensuring that Mohenjo Daro endures for a few centuries more.last_img read more

Squeezed Light May Improve Gravitational Wave Detectors

first_imgLaser interferometer gravitational wave detectors use laser light to measure the distances between mirrors. And light, being an electromagnetic (EM) field, is quantum in nature. EM fields contain quantum noise, fluctuations that make the beams less “sharp,” so to speak. Fluctuations mean that the physical parameters describing the beam are not fixed, but instead have built-in uncertainty or fuzziness, which limits the sensitivity of a gravitational wave detector.The researchers in this study, from several institutions in the U.S. and Australia,* seem to have found a solution to this problem: using “squeezed” light. When light is squeezed, the fluctuations of one parameter, such as the light wave’s amplitude, can be reduced at the expense of increased fluctuations of another parameter, such as its phase. The amplitude is a measure of the number of photons in the light beam, while the phase describes its location in time. Quantities corresponding to amplitude and phase are called quadratures, and quantum mechanics allows the uncertainty in one quadrature to be reduced as long as the uncertainty in the complementary quadrature increases.In this case, the scientists squeezed one quadrature of the light, decreasing its quantum noise. While the noise of the other quadrature is necessarily increased, it is a quadrature they don’t need to measure. By injecting the squeezed EM field in their prototype detector, the scientists were able to make it 44 percent more sensitive.“The significance of this work is that it forced us to confront and solve some of the practical challenges of squeezed state injection—and there are many,” said Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist Nergis Mavalvala, the team’s leader. “We are now much better positioned to implement squeezing in the kilometer-scale detectors, and catch that elusive gravitational wave.” she added.Gravitational wave detectors work, in general, by interfering two laser beams that have traveled very long distances. The beams travel down two arms that form a 90 degree angle. While each arm is up to 4 kilometers in length, mirrors reflect the beams back and forth multiple times, effectively increasing the arm length to a few hundred kilometers. If a gravitational wave from deep space alters the length of each arm, the change to the laser interference pattern will be measurable.Existing gravitational wave detectors are so sensitive that they have already approached the quantum limit. They include the two LIGO (Laser Interferometry Gravitational Wave Observatory) facilities in Washington and Louisiana, both operated jointly by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the California Institute of Technology; and Europe’s largest gravitational wave detector, Virgo, located in Italy.The researchers say that the next generation of gravitational wave detectors, such as Advanced LIGO, the planned upgrade to both LIGO facilities, will boast some impressive improvements, but further advancements will have to rely on quantum techniques such as squeezing.Citation: K. Goda, O. Miyakawa, E. E. Mikhailov, S. Saraf, R. Adhikari, K. McKenzie, R. Ward, S. Vass, A. J. Weinstein, and N. Mavalvala Nature Physics advance online publication, 30 March 2008 DOI:10.1038/nphys920*Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts; California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California; The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia; Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York; and The Australian National University, Canberra, AustraliaCopyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Part of the light-squeezing experimental setup. Photo taken by research-team member Keisuke Goda. Citation: ‘Squeezed’ Light May Improve Gravitational Wave Detectors (2008, June 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-06-gravitational-detectors.html Aerial view of the LIGO interferometer in Hanford, Washington. Photo courtesy LIGO Laboratory. Pair of supermassive black holes discovered on a collision coursecenter_img Explore further A research collaboration has taken steps toward improving the sensitivity of gravitational wave detectors, devices designed to measure distance changes as minute as one-thousandth the diameter of a proton. Scientists hope these detectors can one day further verify Einstein’s theory of general relativity and even open a new window into the strange workings of the universe. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Gravitational waves, such as those emitted by extremely massive astronomical sources like neutron stars and black holes, can change the distance between two objects—even if that distance change is almost incomprehensibly small—by altering the shape of spacetime. Devices that can sense gravitational waves are among the most sensitive position meters ever built, but, right now, their abilities are inherently limited by quantum mechanics.last_img read more

Former director of Johnson Space Center now at Rice

first_imgRice University is consistently ranked one of America’sbest teaching and research universities. It is distinguished by its: size-2,700undergraduates and 1,700 graduate students; selectivity-10 applicants for eachplace in the freshman class; resources-an undergraduate student-to-faculty ratioof 5-to-1, and the fifth largest endowment per student among private Americanuniversities; residential college system, which builds communities that are bothclose-knit and diverse; and collaborative culture, which crosses disciplines,integrates teaching and research, and intermingles undergraduate and graduatework. Rice’s wooded campus is located in the nation’s fourth largest city and onAmerica’s South Coast. ShareCONTACT: B.J. AlmondPHONE:(713) 348-6770EMAIL: balmond@rice.eduFORMER DIRECTOR OFJOHNSON SPACE CENTER NOW AT RICEGeorge Abbey, on assignment from NASA,is working on space policy with Rice’s Baker Institute George W.S. Abbey,former director of the Johnson Space Center (JSC), has joined the James A. BakerIII Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, where he will guide spacepolicy efforts related to the World Space Congress being held in Houston thisfall. He is on assignment from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration(NASA) in Washington, D.C., where he is special assistant to the administrator.Abbey, who was appointeda senior fellow at the Baker Institute this month, will work at the interfacesof space history and policy, putting together activities of the World SpaceCongress 2002, which will be held in Houston and at Rice Oct. 11-13. As part ofthe World Space Congress, a policy summit will be held in cooperation with theBaker Institute and the Rice Space Institute.“The purpose of theWorld Space Congress Policy Summit is to encourage the formulation of a commonvision and implementation strategy for commercial and civil scientific andtechnical space-based initiatives,” said Edward Djerejian, director of the BakerInstitute. “George Abbey’s background is ideal for this endeavor. His skills,knowledge and leadership will help industry, government and academia collaborateon new policies and projects designed to increase commercial activities inspace.”“This is a realopportunity for us,” said Eugene Levy, provost of Rice. “George Abbey has beenin the space program since the beginning and has risen to the top. Throughouthis career, and as director of the Johnson Space Center, he has played a keyrole in the development of the space program, including the manned spaceprogram, and the International Space Station. He is a treasure trove of policyinsight and historical understanding. It is a real asset to Rice to havehim.”Abbey first worked atthe Johnson Space Center (formerly the Manned Spacecraft Center) in 1964 as aU.S. Air Force officer. He became a permanent member of the staff in 1967 andwas technical assistant to the manager on the Apollo Spacecraft Program. Hissubsequent posts included director of flight operations, in which he wasresponsible for the overall direction and management of flight crew and flightcontrol activities for the manned space flight missions, including the earlyoperational flights of the Space Shuttle. In 1988, Abbey wasappointed Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Flight at NASA headquartersin Washington, D.C., and later he was appointed deputy for operations for thesynthesis group; senior director for civil space, National Space Council,Executive Office of the President; deputy director of the Johnson Space Center;and acting director of JSC. In 1996 he was named director of the Johnson SpaceCenter. In 2001, Abbey was assigned as senior assistant for internationalissues, reporting to the administrator of NASA.“I look forward tocapturing the knowledge of the space program and ensuring that it is passed onto future generations and to the country’s public policy,” Abbey said. “I thinkthat the country’s space policy is probably an issue, and where we go in thefuture relative to international cooperation in space is important to us andcould be a benefit to the country.“Certainly beinginvolved with the Baker Institute and Rice is something I’m looking forward to,”Abbey said. “The institute already has made a difference in many areas and Ihope that I will be able to help them as we address the country’s policiesrelative to space.” AddThislast_img read more