The remains of a small volcanic centre are preserved on a thin bedrock ridge at Harrow Peaks, northern Victoria Land, Antarctica. The outcrop is interpreted as a monogenetic tuff cone relict formed by a hydrovolcanic (phreatomagmatic) eruption of mafic magma at 642 ± 20 ka (by 40Ar-39Ar), corresponding to the peak of the Marine Isotope Stage 16 (MIS16) glacial. Although extensively dissected and strewn with glacial erratics, the outcrop shows no evidence for erosion by ice. From interpretation of the lithofacies and eruptive mechanisms, the weight of the evidence suggests that eruptions took place under a cold-based (frozen-bed) ice sheet. This is the first time that a tuff cone erupted under cold ice has been described. The most distinctive feature of the lithofacies is the dominance of massive lapilli tuff rich in fine ash matrix and abraded lapilli. The lack of stratification is probably due to repeated eruption through a conduit blasted through the ice covering the vent. The ice thickness is uncertain but it might have been as little as 100 m and the preserved tephra accumulated mainly as a crater (or ice conduit) infill. The remainder of the tuff cone edifice was probably deposited supraglacially and underwent destruction by ice advection and, particularly, collapse during a younger interglacial. Dating using 10Be cosmogenic exposure of granitoid basement erratics indicates that the erratics are unrelated to the eruptive period. The 10Be ages suggest that the volcanic outcrop was most recently exposed by ice decay at c. 20.8 ± 0.8 ka (MIS2) and the associated ice was thicker than at 642 ka and probably polythermal rather than cold-based, which is normally assumed for the period.
Last season was a banner By Maddy VitaleThe Ocean City Tourism Development Commission will roll out a marketing campaign that shines a spotlight on all that makes the resort a vacation destination not only for families, but also millennials. There are plenty of reasons why people would want to come to the beach town, Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michele Gillian noted at the beginning of the commission meeting Thursday. For one, it was named “America’s Happiest Seaside Town” by Coastal Living magazine just last year. The commission focuses on the Philadelphia market to attract tourists. Philadelphia is the fourth largest market in the country with about 4 million people, behind New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.The campaign will start at the beginning of February and extend through June with the focus on both traditional and digital forms of advertising, including cable, online, television, billboards and print. As in last year, Ocean City is making a bigger push to market to millennials as the centerpiece of the marketing plan. Topics of discussion among the commission included hotel occupancy, weekly and weekend seasonal rentals.www.youtube.com/channel/UCObjoIf9JLzgsap1A0g4B4QHotel owners and realtors on the board agreed that about 50 percent of the vacationers book their vacations ahead of time. The goal of the marketing plan is to draw the other 50 percent and really showcase the beaches, Boardwalk, shops, eateries and family-friendly entertainment.Holiday crowds stroll the Boardwalk on the 2018 Labor Day weekend.About $230,000 is dedicated to the marketing campaign out of an approximately $620,000 tourism budget for 2019. However, Gillian said, should more funds become available, that number may increase.Ocean City is in an ideal location geographically to influence many travelers, officials emphasized. “It is important that we are out there with the brand,” Gillian noted. “We should be on the soft stations, HGTV, the Food Network, Travel Channel, Hallmark. They are all prime time and the morning news.”The commission heard from Rick Jones, of Universal Media, about how he will help Ocean City continue an aggressive marketing campaign through the use of traditional forms of marketing. Jones recapped some of 2018 and worked with the commission to set up a calendar of weeks for the campaign commercials to supplement the billboard and online advertising, which continues throughout the TV and cable spots.Some members discussed how roughly half the people who book their vacations to Ocean City do so well in advance of their intended arrival. The target audience should be the other 50 percent, they maintained. The commission agreed on dates to start the advertising campaign in various weeks from February through June. Danny Dierdorff, left, and Rick Jones, both of Universal Media based in Mechanicsburg, Pa., look over their marketing propposal for 2019 outside Council Chambers.There was also discussion about tapping into areas of North Jersey, brought up by commission member Wes Kazmarck, who represents the Boardwalk merchants. Commission Chairman Burton Wilkins said that is something the commission could look into more closely.However, Jones stressed that the cost of advertising in the New York market, which starts in Monmouth County, may not be the best way to spend the commission dollars. Traditionally, vacationers come from the New Jersey and Pennsylvania markets.In addition to money set aside for traditional marketing, there was a report about a trial run of advertising on YouTube last year, marketing to millennials and children. Danny Dierdorff, also of Universal Media, gave a presentation. The focus in the 2018 trial was to attract millennials, ages 25-44, and kid-specific groups. Last year, the commission authorized some funding, about $30,000, for the advertising.This year, officials said they will discuss it further and come back with a decision at a later meeting.Dierdorff explained that the number of views of the advertisements was proof that they are having success hitting the target groups of millennials and child.“This is such an important emerging media,” Jones noted after Dierdorff’s presentation. “It supports our traditional marketing strategy.” Gillian said she agrees that YouTube is a good form of advertising and it would add to the already integral forms of marketing utilized through the campaign. read more
More than 400 Corvettes please onlookers during the 29th Corvette Show on the Ocean City Boardwalk Sunday. By MADDY VITALEThe all-American supercar with its supreme engineering – is not just any gorgeous, head-turning sports car.And to those who ogled more than 400 of them that commanded a presence on the Ocean City Boardwalk Sunday, seemed to be as awesome when designed back in the mid-50’s to what it looks like now.To the hundreds of people who strolled the boards, looking at gleaming, pristine, shiny cars, they got more than an eyeful of these cars and seemed to love them all.This Corvette displays a patriotic theme.There were the sleek Stingrays from the mid-to-late ’60s that were popular among the crowds.The later models, some even done up in the show’s theme of Woodstock in celebration of the 50th year since the colossal concert – generated excitement.Of course, the ever-popular Vette colors red and yellow dominated the models.The show is in its 29th year. It is organized and sponsored by Boardwalk Corvettes of Atlantic City and considered to be one of the top five Corvette shows in the country, organizers said.Carrie Dickinson, of Ocean City, is co-chairwoman of the Boardwalk Corvettes.She said there were over 400 cars in the successful show. And proceeds from registration fees benefit local charities, including the Ocean City Humane Society.George Adams, of Columbus, N.J., stands next to his beloved 1969 Stingray.Last year the rains cut the number of participants to about 250 cars when the owners opted to keep their precious treasures in the garage.“We are to capacity this year,” Dickinson said with a grin standing with her husband, Phil at one of the show tents at the Music Pier. “We are filled from Fifth Street to 14th Street.”She noted that the earliest model in Sunday’s show was a 1956 Corvette. The latest was a 2019.“Because of the beautiful weather, we have a lot of mid-60s and mid-50s models,” she said. “People are already registering for next year. Tomorrow we will start planning for the 2020 show.”Red is one of the most popular colors for Corvettes.Of course, the 1969 Corvette was the highlight of the show in celebration of Woodstock, she added.George Adams, of Columbus, N.J., proudly sat next to a gleaming, maroon 1969 Stingray, which has been in his family since 1972, but owned by him since 1987.He takes it out for drives a couple of times a week. “It is beautifully modified. I made sure to build it so I could take it out every day if I wanted to,” he said.“I’d like to take it to the track in Millville and give it a go,” he said.It is his second Corvette. In 1976 he owned a 1968 Stingray. But now that he is older, he said, he appreciates the car even more.Dawn Downs, of Pinehurst, NC., and her husband, Bob, enjoy this year’s Woodstock theme with their 2017 Corvette.Dawn Downs and her husband, Bob, of Pinehurst, N.C., proudly displayed their Woodstock-themed 2017 Corvette.“Nothing beats the ’60s. Back then it was all about peace and love and music. We need more of it,” Dawn Downs said. “And Vettes are the best, most amazing cars.”The couple used vinyl pieces to make the flowers to decorate their prized wheels.Bob Downs added that they love the friendships they make with other Corvette owners. “We’ve had five Corvettes over the years, and it is so great the friendships you make with people,” he said. “We all love our Vettes.”Mark Hohner, of South River, N.J., owns a 1966 Stingray.Sue Gibbons, (left), of Schwenksville, Pa., and her friend, Kelly Pardue, of Collegeville, Pa., look at a 1966 Stingray. read more
Bakery ingredients firm Macphie of Glenbervie has been given funding for a research project to look at the use of sound waves in cooking.The Scottish firm is said to have been awarded £500k, from a government funding pot of £7m, to lead a project with several other firms, looking at employing ultrasound in bakery to produce healthier products.Partnering Macphie in the project will be Mono Bakery Equipment, Fosters Bakery, Piezo Composite Transducers and Heriot-Watt University.The funding will come from the Technology Strategy Board, with support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Medical Research Council, Defra and Scottish Enterprise.The funds have been split between more than 50 research projects and studies, aimed at developing healthier, safer and more nutritious food. These projects include: formulation technologies to enable the reduction of fat and salt in food products, and the identification and development of functional foods that improve heart health.The Technology Strategy Board is a business-led government body, which works to create economic growth by ensuring that the UK is a global leader in innovation. It is sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. read more
The Freaks Action Network has announced the sizable listing of jam-themed items to be auctioned for a good cause, leading up to the second annual Freaks Action Network Holiday Jam later this month. The silent, online-based auction will allow fans to bid on some pretty high-demand items ranging from concert memorabilia to personal computers, with proceeds going to benefit cancer research organizations,METAvivor and Cycle for Survival. Some of the items listed for auction include a signed Phish concert poster, dinners with notable jam band musicians, and even a guest appearance on SiriusXM.Items included as part of the Freaks Action Network’s (FAN) auction announcement on Monday include a signed Phish poster from their Albany run earlier this fall; a signed copy of Phil Lesh‘s 2006 autobiography, “Searching for the Sound”; dinner for four in New York City with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead guitarist Scott Metzger; a private meal with Ween bassist Dave Dreiwitz and his band Old Rugged Sauce hosted by sommelier Joe Lurato and Chef Reena Napolitano; a “Let Oteil Sing” shirt signed by Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge; a tour of SiriusXM offices with a guest spot on Ari Fink’s show on their “Jam On” channel; and a full day of tennis and tequila on the beach with FAN Board Member Bobby Feldman, just to name a few. Fans will have from today until the end of day on December 20th to bid on the 2018 auction items.In addition to the auction, the concert-friendly organization is hosting an online raffle with over two-dozen pairs of tickets to various shows, albums, and gift cards which would all make for the perfect last-minute holiday gifts. Some of the shows listed on the raffle’s website include FAN’s Holiday Jam on December 20th, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s upcoming three-night run at The Capitol Theatre, any upcoming Bowery Presents event, and all of CEG Presents‘ upcoming Phish NYE pre-shows and afterparties.Fans can reference the list below for the full inventory of prizes included in both the raffle and auction. Fans can also click here to request tickets to the Freaks Action Network Holiday Jam event, which is scheduled to take place at Littlefield in Brooklyn, New York on December 20th. The holiday event will feature performances from Chris Harford and the Band of Changes featuring Dave Dreiwitz, Scott Metzger & Joe Russo, in addition to Agents of Mayhem and BFAJRAD.2018 Freaks Action Network Holiday Jam Silent Auction Items– Phish Albany 2018 official event poster by Paiheme Studio, signed by the entire band– Phil Lesh autobiography “Searching for the Sound”, signed by Phil in memory of Michael Zucker– Dinner for four at Calexico with guitarist Scott Metzger– Acoustic Wine and Dine at a private home with bassist DaveDreiwitz and his band Old Rugged Sauce. Evening will be hosted by Artist/Sommelier Joe Lurato and Chef Reena Napolitano– Cull & Pistol seafood tower dinner with bassist Karina Rykman– Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Martin Luther King Weekend 2019 event package, including a pair of tickets for each night of the January 18-20 run plus a signed print of the band by photographer Jay Blakesberg– Original Chris Harford painting– “Let Oteil Sing” t-shirt signed by Oteil Burbridge– 18×24 matted giclee print of an original pink elephant artwork createdby @mittyart for Heather Sabella– 18×24 matted giclee print of an original purple elephant artworkcreated by @mittyart for Michael Zucker– SiriusXM tour and guest spot on Ari Fink’s Jam On show where you willpick out some tracks with Ari to play on air!– One-hour Mark Millman outdoor photo session, good for one year.Session is free, must purchase files and/or prints.– Tennis/Beach/Tequila Day with Freaks Action Network Board MemberBobby Feldman– 4-person all-access pass to Golf & Body NYC.– 2011 Phish Chicago UIC Pavilion poster by Michael Ortiz– Dell XPS 13 9370 laptop (rose gold edition)2018 Holiday Jam Raffle Items– Pair of tickets to the Freaks Action Network Holiday Jam (to be drawn from received entries 48 hours prior to December 20 show date)– A pair of tickets for each of the Joe Russo’s Almost Dead shows at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY (January 18-20, different winners will be drawn individually for each show)– 2 tickets to a Phish after-party with Pink Talking Phish – 12/29 at The Gramercy Theater– 2 tickets to a Phish after-party with the James Brown Dance Party – 12/29 at The Cutting Room– 2 tickets to a Phish pre-party with Jazz is Phish – 12/30 at The Cutting Room– 2 tickets to a Phish after-party with Expost performing the Velvet Underground – 12/30 at Arlene’s Grocery– 2 tickets to a Phish after-party with the Sly Stone Tribute – 12/30 at The Cutting Room– 2 tickets to a Phish after-party with New Mastersounds – 12/31 at The Gramercy Theater– 2 tickets to any Bowery Presents show of your choice– 2 tickets to the Ghost Light Post-Phish NYC Late Night Show, 12/30 at Sony Hall– 2 tickets to any show at Garcia’s, Port Chester, NY through 2/28 (excluding benefit shows)– 4 tickets to any Fairfield Theatre Company event– Scott Sharrard signed Saving Grace CD– Scott Sharrard signed Saving Grace Double LP– 2 tickets to any 2019 Scott Sharrard show– Jack Daniels Holiday Basket– $100 gift certificate for Hometown Barbecue, Brooklyn, NY– Vermont Heady Topper Gift Basket– $200 gift certificate for Lure Fish Bar restaurant, New York, NY– Signed prints, Brooklyn Bowl memorabilia and CDs– Jerry Garcia Print signed by artist– Original Photo from Scott Harris– Gift Card valued at $150 at www.blauer.com– One 60-minute therapeutic or pre-natal massage from Medical Massage Group, New York, NYView All Auction/Raffle Items read more
The 10th annual Domefest is going down May 16th through 18th at a brand new home, Marvin’s Mountaintop in Masontown, West Virginia—located roughly 30 minutes southeast from the college city of Morgantown. Festival hosts Pigeons Playing Ping Pong have rounded out the lineup today with festival veterans Magic Beans (x2), The Fritz, Cycles, Deaf Scene, and newcomers Kendall Street Company and Dirty Grass Players. Past and present Domefest artists (a.k.a. “Domies”) will also join forces for a collaborative set for the debut of the Domefest All-Stars.These new additions will join previously announced performances from host band Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (5 sets), as well as two headlining sets each from Aqueous and Mungion. Domefest will also see performances from Litz, Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers, Funk You, Fletcher’s Grove, Goose, West End Blend, Swimmer, Chalk Dinosaur, and Mateo Monk. The lineup will also feature a solo Scrambled Greg set from Pigeons’ Greg Ormont in addition to performances from Pigeons’ bassist Ben Carrey‘s Schwa and drummer Alex Petropulos‘ Puremotion.Tickets are currently on sale now, but moving quickly. Fans can head to the official Domefest website for updates and more information. read more
They were two winningly sustainable houses, designed at Harvard to use little or no energy.A presentation at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) celebrated this pair of prize-winning student designs: one in France (wholly a computer simulation, created in pixels) and the other in Japan (wholly real, made of native timber).The setting was “Innovate,” a periodic series of noontime presentations, this one moderated last Thursday by Inaki Abalos, who chairs GSD’s Department of Architecture.Zero-House was the simulation, created on a computer in stages, from design, to analysis, to redesign, to re-analysis, until it had theoretically met the challenge to transform a commonplace two-story suburban house in eastern France so that it created more electricity than it used, becoming what experts call a “surplus-energy house.”“One small step was made at a time, and then evaluated,” read the student briefing paper on Zero-House, which noted the “swift, but accurate, feedback” that computer simulation afforded.The student team of Apoorv Goyal, Keojin Jin, Saurabh Shrestha, and Arta Yazdanseta are master of design studies (M.Des.) students set to graduate in May. They worked with adviser Holly Samuelson, D.Des. ’13, an assistant professor of architecture at GSD who, among other things, studies the energy performance of buildings. Assisting her was D.Des.S. candidate Diego Ibarra.The biennial competition they won, sponsored by the International Building Performance Simulation Association, typically attracts many more students from engineering than from architecture. To win a contest usually skewed to installing hardware, the GSD team “did what architects do best,” wrote Samuelson in an email. They redefined the problem and “refused to dive into designing complex energy systems.”Instead, the team combined energy-saving strategies to improve heating and cooling, in search of the right design synergies. They deployed virtual solar panels at the optimum roof pitch, double-glazed windows, improved circulation, installed a heat-trapping berm, and added a Trombe wall, a passive solar use that employs a glass wall to capture and reradiate warmth from wintertime sun.In the end, the redesigned structure was projected to use 75 percent less energy than the base model provided by the contest rules. Its solar systems also created twice the energy needed for comfort.The Zero-House team left no footprint on the landscape, but it provided an example of the power of computer simulation to assess strategies for reducing energy use in future houses.Using virtual models for each step of the energy-saving process allowed for exhaustive cross-checking of strategies, said team member Arta Yazdanseta. It also allowed the team to stretch the bounds of what had been done before. “We needed to break the rules,” she said, “just enough.”A prize for practicalitiesHorizon House, the second structure, went to a far more radical extent, at least in terms of most student competitions. After the building was designed, it was built.“That’s very, very unusual,” said team adviser Mark Mulligan before the event, which packed the Stubbins Room in Gund Hall. “Getting to build it was part of the appeal,” said Mulligan, a GSD associate professor in practice of architecture, who worked with Kiel Moe, assistant professor of architectural technology, to guide the students.The team first won an in-house GSD competition early last year, then did an independent study with Mulligan and Moe. The team members represented a sweep of disciplines, which Mulligan said strengthened the final design. The members included student Matthew Conway, Robert Daurio, M.Arch. II ’13, Carlos Cerezo Davila, M.Des.S. ’13, Mariano Gomez, M.Arch. II ’13, and students Natsuma Imai, Takuya Iwamura, Ana Garcia Puyol, and Thomas Sherman.They won the third annual LIXIL International University Architectural Competition, a contest that provides money for building the first-place design. The 2013 challenge was to design a “retreat in nature,” a 21st-century sustainable house that fit into a setting of ancient quietude in remote northern Japan. Twelve university teams from around the world were invited to compete, and three finalists made presentations that April.A start-to-finish reality within 10 months, Horizon House gets its name from its intent to preserve a 360-degree view of the flat rural landscape in Taiki-cho, in Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost prefecture. In winter the land is blanketed with snow, and in summer it’s awash in high grasses. To keep a view of the wide horizon from everywhere in the interior, the house’s living space was built on a wooden platform more than three feet above the ground.Three team members traveled to Japan in April. Five were there off and on over the summer to negotiate construction details with local contractors, and three went back in November to see the final product. By then, said Sherman, the weather was like that of northern Maine. But Horizon House, with its heat-pump radiant flooring and wood-pellet stove, was a snuggery. Staying overnight in something you helped design, said Puyol, was a high point. “We had to move from models into something that had to be built,” she said.Staying in Horizon House turned into a test, too. On Puyol’s second night there, a 5.0-magnitude earthquake rumbled through southern Hokkaido. “It works,” she recalled thinking, with another thrill. “The house is safe.”Going local, going renewableHorizon House was locally sourced. “We took a very aggressive stance in using wood,” either from local forestland or recycled from structures nearby, said Sherman. (Parts of Hokkaido are suffering population drain, and abandoned structures are abundant.) Concrete was not part of the design, he added, since it is eight times more energy-intensive to make and use than wood. In the end, though, a small amount was used in the subflooring, proving that green dreams are sometimes shaded by realistic needs.Abalos praised Horizon House not only for its aesthetic appeal but for “performing quite well.” The small structure provides universal lessons in sustainability, making it “more important than it looks.”The house is fitted with 23 sensors to make it a living laboratory on low-energy, sustainable practices. “This is an ongoing research project,” a path not only to innovation but to an ongoing academic relationship with the University of Tokyo and other schools, Sherman said. “The outcome of more student competitions should be a network,” said Mulligan, one that sustains university connections.“We need more of this kind of work at GSD,” Moe said. An exhibit on the first floor of Gund Hall showcases the Horizon House timeline, pictures, and video.“We need more of this kind of work at GSD,” Moe said. read more
On November 16 the Faculty Council heard a proposal to establish a master’s degree in Data Science and a proposal on course scheduling.The Council next meets on November 30. The preliminary deadline for the Dec. 6 meeting of the Faculty is Nov. 22 at noon.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recognized 11 United States military veterans for their contributions to the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields in Washington D.C., on Nov. 5. United States Army veteran and Notre Dame physics graduate student Luis Morales and 10 others were honored with NSF-funded Graduate Research Fellowships.“The ceremony in Washington was a Veteran’s Day event,” Morales said. “The NSF has never done anything like this before. They honored the veterans while also showing how they had contributed to—and made the transition from—the military to the STEM fields.”Morales said his trip to D.C. included a tour of the NSF headquarters and a poster session to present and discuss his personal research. The NSF expressed interest in helping veterans overcome any obstacles that may prevent them from pursuing a civilian career in STEM, Morales said.“Throughout the day, we [talked] about the relationship between veterans and the sciences,” he said. “We’re not traditional students. Many of us start schooling with families. It can be a struggle to manage this financially and time wise.”Morales said that he and the other NSF Fellows honored in D.C. were asked what could be done for veterans to help with the transition from the military to undergraduate or graduate education.“I wasn’t in a science field when I was in the military,” Morales said. “I just had this drive to do it. I followed my heart. I took all the opportunities that were given to me.”According to a press release from the College of Science, “the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship program provides three years of support for the graduate education of students who have demonstrated the potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research.”After more than five years of service in the Army, Morales moved to Elkhart, Indiana to pursue an undergraduate degree in physics and applied mathematics at Indiana University – South Bend in 2011. There, Morales collaborated with a group in the Nuclear Science Lab at Notre Dame to design a new detection system for the St. GEORGE Recoil Separator (Strong Gradient Electro-magnet Online Recoil separator for capture Gamma ray Experiments).“During my time as an undergrad, I spent about three summers on the St. GEORGE,” Morales said. “We ended up simulating and designing a new detection system, constructing this system and testing it to make sure it worked properly.”Morales said the coming stages of his research will work with the St. GEORGE accelerator to test chemical reactions and elements in stars.“We want to study the sun,” Morales said. “This system will help us study particular reactions in the sun. Right now, I’m working on putting all of the different parts of the system together and making sure they work right.”Morales said the financial support the NSF offers helps veterans integrate in civilian life on many levels.“The event in Washington was a pleasant experience overall,” Morales said. “It made me happy to see the NSF trying to reach out to veterans and relate to our struggles. It made me feel like they were genuinely interested in helping future veterans with interests in science pursue them.”Tags: National Science Foundation, NSF, Physics, St. GEORGE Recoil Separator, STEM, Veterans Day read more
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Petitioning delinquent debtors for payment is a tough business, but many credit unions see that as a last resort and look for friendly ways to help a struggling member.“Remediation efforts are often successful and gratifying,” says Ashley Kemp, AVP/manager of lending and collections at $500 million Tucson Federal Credit Union, Tucson, Arizona. “We had one longtime member who had a mortgage and credit card with us,” she recalls. “He was regularly making his payments until he lost his job in 2016 and his household income was cut in half. It took him over a year to find a new job, and he started skipping payments.“We noticed, investigated and opened continuous communication with our member through phone and email. We discovered that he also had a car loan, a title loan that was not on his credit report, so that added to the challenge,” she explains. “He really wanted to keep his house, so we delayed the foreclosure process. read more