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first_img Meghana Keshavan By Meghana Keshavan Sept. 11, 2019 Reprints Molly Ferguson for STAT Related: That, clinics and outside experts say, has forced a reckoning for the industry. Many clinics say they have revised their policies — not to eliminate “anonymous” donations, but to make clear that the term only means they will not share donor information. Others are gravitating toward “open ID” donor systems, in which donors are told that offspring could connect with them when they turn 18 — or sooner — if both parties agree to it. ‘They don’t want his story to end’: Efforts to save the sperm of the deceased come with heartache and tough questions About the Author Reprints For generations, it was a basic tenet of donating sperm: Clinics could forever protect their clients’ identities.But, increasingly, donor anonymity is dead.The rise of consumer genetic tests — which allow people to connect with relatives they never knew they had, including some who never intended to be found in the first place — is forcing sperm donation clinics to confront the fact that it is now virtually impossible to guarantee anonymity to their clients. Instead, sites like 23andMe and Ancestry.com are giving customers the genetic clues they need to identify biological parents on their own.advertisement Privacy Policy Trending Now: @megkesh Some ethicists and others balk at the idea of donor anonymity in the first place, saying it denies progeny the opportunity to understand issues that are critical to the formation of their own identities.“There are ethical questions about why a sperm bank in the first place would want to encourage a parent to lie to their child,” said Debbie Kennett, a genealogist based in the United Kingdom who has spoken extensively about donor anonymity.Wendy Kramer used donor sperm from California Cryobank to conceive her son, Ryan. In 2005, he was the first person to independently contact his biological father, relying largely on internet search tools to narrow down the possibilities. He found out and made contact, and has since built up a friendly relationship with the donor — and has met several of his half-siblings as well.Wendy and Ryan now run the Donor Sibling Registry, a Colorado-based organization that helps donor-conceived half-siblings to connect. In her years working with donor-conceived children and their families, Wendy Kramer has become disillusioned by the workings of sperm banks. She thinks that anonymous donations are a fallacy, and can be more harmful than helpful — to both families, and the donors who helped them.“My donor was promised no more than 10 children, and we just hit 20 last week,” Kramer said. “Donors are beginning to see they were lied to.”Kramer emphasized that the psychological consequences of children not knowing their biological origins can be scarring. Donor anonymity, she said, just perpetuates the stigma that’s already associated with infertility — and sperm banks should move past those “empty promises.”“It’s not like they’re creating widgets in a factory … this is an industry creating human beings, so you’d think there would be more accountability and ethics,” Kramer said. “The lack of regulation and the lack of oversight has had real ramifications.”An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Danielle Teuscher had purchased four vials of gametes. She purchased five. Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Related: Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson The clinic declined to discuss the case specifically. But a spokesman said any uninvited outreach by clients to donors who believed they had been anonymous could be disruptive to the donor’s family for any number of reasons. Donors, for instance, may have kept their decisions private from other relatives, who could be contacted by donors through 23andMe or other such services.“I think it’s a very selfish act to try and locate an unknown donor,” said the spokesman, Scott Brown. “Particularly when he’s graciously and selflessly helped you get the greatest gift in the world: Your child.”If a donor gets spooked, he said, because someone reaches out to him through a DNA testing service, it can impact his relationship with the rest of his progeny.“A lot is at stake when people go on their own,” Brown said.It’s very difficult to become a sperm donor.Cryobanks tend to accept only about 1% of applicants, after screening for issues like medical history, disease genes, education, even height and hair color. (Donors who are carriers of certain diseases aren’t automatically turned away — but patients are generally counseled to take the same carrier screenings before accepting any donor vials.)For many donors, especially those who worked with cryobanks more than a decade ago, the promise of anonymity has carried great weight. They were typically in college, or in graduate school, when they donated sperm. Few could predict how quickly consumer DNA testing would proliferate around the globe — or the implications for their later lives.“Nobody could have anticipated 15 years ago that somebody could find out — because one of their cousins took a 23andMe test — that they’re the offspring of some sperm donor in, say, Seattle,” said Dr. Peter McGovern, a professor of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Leave this field empty if you’re human: Still, anonymous donations have been a mainstay of the industry.There are few reliable figures on the sperm banking industry and the percentage of donations that are made anonymously. Researchers find it difficult to track how many men have donated semen, how many children have resulted from each individual’s donation, and how much money is spent on procuring and purveying sperm.There are about two dozen sperm banks in the United States; each operates independently and with minimal government oversight. Some of them are crafting new policies on anonymity, Andreasson said, while others remain “stuck in the past.”Last Christmas, Danielle Teuscher, a mother in Portland, Ore., signed her whole family up for 23andMe. They’d seen the commercials, and were curious to learn about the family’s origins — particularly her daughter Zoe’s.Zoe had been conceived about six years ago, using gametes that had been purchased from Northwest Cryobank, based in the area.When Teuscher checked out her daughter’s test results, she was shocked: 23andMe had connected her to the mother of her daughter’s biological father.Feeling a burst of excitement, she sent a message to the woman asking if she would be open to contact.She got a curt response. Then, two weeks later, Teuscher received a cease-and-desist letter from Northwest Cryobank — and the threat of a potential $20,000 fee. The letter called Teuscher’s actions a “flagrant violation” of her contract, which stated that she make no effort to search for or contact the donor.It also revoked her access to five additional vials of the same donor’s sperm. Teuscher, 31, had already purchased them in the hopes of giving Zoe a sibling. After Teuscher reached out to the donor’s mother via 23andMe, the cryobank changed the designation to anonymous, and removed it from circulation. (The donation had been made under the “open ID” system, but the donor never agreed to contact.)“I was just devastated, and felt so alone. I didn’t realize they considered what I did some god-awful thing,” said Teuscher, who said she had never been counseled verbally about the specifics of donor confidentiality.She is now suing Northwest Cryobank for withholding gametes that she legally purchased and seeking damages. Biotech Correspondent Meghana covers biotech and contributes to The Readout newsletter. Anonymity has also made it easier for clinics to find willing donors, at least in the United States. Anonymous donations are no longer legal in several countries — including Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom — and in those countries there is often a dearth of willing donors, and a shortage of supply.In a 2016 study conducted by I. Glenn Cohen, a professor of bioethics at Harvard Law School, about 29 percent of potential sperm donors said they would refuse donating if their names were put on a registry. The study suggested that prohibiting anonymous sperm donations would lead to a decline in the number of donors and that those who were willing to be identified would likely demand more compensation.Indeed, many sperm banks already have a different pricing structure for so-called anonymous sperm and open ID sperm. The latter tends to be more expensive: It’s more time-consuming, after all, to find donors who are willing to be contacted by their potential progeny.As DNA testing services proliferate, and as “people realize how anonymity truly is an illusion now, we could see donor rates drop,” said Dr. Sriram Eleswarapu, a urologist who researchers male infertility at the University of California, Los Angeles.For donors who are willing to be identified, open ID systems can be an appealing option. And some say there’s a mutual benefit to the approach.“I know that people can get very curious about their ancestry, especially when a link is unknown, so I don’t want to deny the children the option to find out,” one donor told STAT, speaking on condition of anonymity. “I’m also just plain curious to see what has come of this little endeavor. I consider it a time capsule of sorts, one that might open just in time for a midlife crisis.”He said that since the contract explicitly states that he’s not legally the father, and have no rights or obligations towards the offspring, he doesn’t feel threatened by the possibility he could be contacted by his progeny at age 18.In a 2017 study, researchers at the University of California, Davis, estimated that about 10% of sperm donor programs had an open ID program. In 2006, that rate jumped to one in three programs. In 2015 it was over 50%.Joanna Scheib, a professor of psychology at UC Davis, who researches the psychosocial issues related to reproductive technologies, said she expects that figure will grow.“There’s been a slow realization among sperm banks that this generation of children is very tech-savvy: If they want to know who their donor is, they’ll find out,” Scheib said. “You have to have your head in the sand if you don’t think information is becoming more and more available.” “There’s no doubt that it’s easier to recruit a potential sperm donor if you tell him he can be anonymous,” said Fredrik Andreasson, a top executive at Seattle Sperm Bank, which has revised its own contracts. “But there’s no such thing as anonymity.”Donor anonymity is also an issue for egg donors, but less so. Eggs harvested from women are typically done in a more open manner, with recipients given identifying information about the donors from the outset, or when the child turns 18.The concept of anonymity has been hammered into the model of sperm donation since its inception. The first recorded instance of artificial insemination with donor sperm occurred in 1884; the woman was never even told that another man’s semen was used. The fear, apparently, was psychological — it was believed this might cause “irreparable harm” to the marriage and to the child.Infertility carried a stigma for many years, and still does today, particularly among men — even though they contribute to about half of the infertility cases in the world. As a result, sperm donation was shrouded in secrecy, even looked upon with shame, for nearly a century.Beginning in the 1980s, with improvements in fertility treatments, those attitudes started to change. The demographic makeup of sperm bank customers has also become more diverse, including single women and lesbian couples who have encouraged more open conversations with children about their conception.“I think with the increased visibility and acceptance of different kinds of families, the demographic that uses donor sperm has changed as well,” said Robin Baird, chief legal counsel at Columbus, Ohio-based sperm bank Cryobio. “It’s made us a lot more open.” Related: [email protected] And in at least one case, a clinic has sought to draw a line in the sand, ordering a woman to cease and desist efforts to contact a long-ago donor she had identified after using 23andMe.advertisement Please enter a valid email address. 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first_img Facebook Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Twitter Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleRosenallis man takes on first ever MMA challenge this weekendNext articleGood Week, Bad Week: A new gym, fodder and the Ossory Show Sean HennessyA former Knockbeg student, and is currently a student in the University of Limerick trying to scrape a BA in History and Politics. A marquee player in the goals for Annanough, but well capable of doing a job in full-forward and has the knack to turn his hand to any sport (except running). Only starting out in his journalistic career but already the specialist farming and property reporter. Happiest when Liverpool and Laois are winning! Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest By Sean Hennessy – 28th July 2018 WhatsApp Rugby Arles Killeen 1-10 Emo 0-9Laois SFC Round 1 2010This weekend, the 2018 Laois Senior Football Championship will commence and one of the closest games to call over the eight games down for decision is Emo versus Arles Killeen.Emo are making their return to the senior grade following their one year drop to intermediate in 2017, which they won by beating Portlaoise’s second side.Arles Killeen on the other-hand, will be hoping that they can get back to the final for the first time since 2014, and a win against Emo would set them on the right path.But we take a look back to the last time these two met in the championship, in 2010, and it was close and intense affair, with plenty of hard hitting.A dreadful start from Arles Killeen nearly scuppered their hopes, but they managed to reel back the Emo men, whose spirited effort was highly noted.After ten minutes on the clock, Emo had taken a 0-5 to 0-1 lead and it looked like a shock could be on the cards but when Jason Enright rattled the net halfway through the opening 30 minutes, Killeen settled and never looked back.Emo fell apart in the second half, and the accuracy that had been so good in the opening half seemed to desert them fast as nine wides in the second can be ultimately labelled as their downfall.The closest Emo crawled back was to a single point, but they could never get any closer, with their final score coming over twenty minutes from the end of play.Arles Killeen won a lot possession around the middle, largely to the exploits of the towering Donie Kingston, while going forward Kingston was key in both scoring two crucial points and providing service to the ever-clinical Jason Enright.A four point win in the end for Killeen, despite a nervy start they came good in the end and set up a round two clash with their bitter rivals Arles Kilcruise, while Emo faced a clash with Portarlington, knowing a loss would send them to a relegation battle.SCORERS – Arles Killeen: Jason Enright 1-3 (0-1 free), Donie Kingston 0-2, Donie Brennan 0-2, Sean O’Shea 0-1, Niall O’Rourke 0-1, Conor Keightley 0-1. Emo: Paul Lawlor 0-3 (all frees), Shane Murphy 0-2, Billy Sheehan 0-1, Ciaran Finane 0-1, Evan Costello 0-1, Johnny Booth 0-1.ARLES KILLEEN: Michael Leigh; Joe Mulhare, Paul McDonald, Enda O’Rourke; Brendan O’Shea, Shane Julian, Niall O’Rourke; Donie Kingston, Arnie Mahon; Donie Brennan, Brian McDonald, Billy Brennan; Sean O’Shea, Jason Enright, Conor Keightley. Subs: Eamon Mahon.EMO: Mick Kirwan; Colm Brophy, Shane Carney, Ian Murphy; Shane Murphy, Darren Brophy, Glen Brophy; Mark Carney, Ciaran Finane; Paul Lawlor, Killian Finane, Evan Costello; David Gorman, Johnny Booth, Billy Sheehan. Subs: Tomas Nolan, Robert Wilkinson.REFEREE: Joe Brennan (Crettyard)Michael Leigh in action for Arles KilleenBilly Sheehan in action for Emo against Arles Killeen in the SFC in 2010Donie Kingston, Arles Killeen, gets tangled up with Darren BrophyReferee Joe Brennan in control between Emo and Arles KilleenPaul Lawlor, Emo, takes on Niall O’RourkeBilly Sheehan, Emo, is covered by Brian McDonaldGlen Brophy and Shane Julian clash during the 2010 Laois SFC meeting between Emo and Arles-KilleenJohnny Booth, Emo, holds off Joe MulhareBilly Sheehan, Emo, has ball under one arm and Donie Brennan, Arles Killeen’s head under the otherDonie Kingston wins this ball for Arles Killeen against Shane CarneyJohnny Booth in possession for EmoPaul Lawlor scores for Emo against Niall O’RourkeEvan Costello, Emo, holds off Brendan O’SheaThis ball escapes Shane Carney, Emo, and Donie KingstonSEE ALSO – Looking ahead to this year’s Laois senior football championship TAGS2010Arles-KilleenArles-Killeen v EmoEmoLaois SFC 2010 Remember the Game: Sluggish Killeen manage to overcome spirited Emo challenge in 2010 Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Community Home We Are Laois Remember the Game Remember the Game: Sluggish Killeen manage to overcome spirited Emo challenge in… We Are LaoisRemember the Game Pinterest Community last_img read more

first_img Keywords Energy stocks Nevertheless, it says that the new set of price assumptions reflects its sense of “firm demand for crude, even as supplies increase as a response to historically high prices.” On the supply side, it notes that “New violence in Iraq coupled with political turmoil in that general region in mid-2014 have led to supply constraints in the Middle East and North Africa.” For North American natural gas, Moody’s says that prices will get a continued boost from a slow refill of underground storage following a severe winter. “The urgency of refilling natural gas storage will prop up spot prices for the rest of 2014. Still, abundant natural gas supplies will keep a cap on prices,” it says. It now sees Brent crude at $105/barrel (bbl) for the remainder of 2014 and $95/bbl in 2015. For WTI crude, it sees prices at $100/bbl for the rest of 2014, and to $90/bbl in 2015. The new assumptions are $10 higher for both benchmarks in 2014 and up $5 for 2015. It also increased the price assumption it uses for North American natural gas to $4.50 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) for the rest of 2014 and $4.25/MMBtu in 2015; which is up by 50¢/MMBtu in 2014 and 25¢/MMBtu in 2015. It left its assumptions for crude prices and natural gas unchanged after 2015, at $90/bbl for Brent, $85/bbl for WTI and $4.00/MMBtu for North American natural gas. Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Climate tide turns against oil companies: Moody’s One year after price collapse, expectations are high for oil company earningscenter_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter James Langton Moody’s Investors Service has raised its assumptions for oil and gas prices in 2014 and 2015, based on continued strong demand, rising political turmoil in the Middle East, and the impact of the severe winter in North America. The rating agency said Thursday that it has raised its assumptions for average spot prices for the two benchmark barrels of crude oil, European Brent and West Texas Intermediate (WTI), and for North American natural gas. Moody’s notes that it uses price assumptions for rating purposes, they do not represent forecasts. Energy sector outlook turns positivelast_img read more

first_imgnew memo employee appointment notice promotion bartpeereboom/123RF CETFA elects new board leader MacLennan was most recently director of government and stakeholder relations with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. He has also held chief of staff roles with senior government ministers at the federal and provincial level.Kristen McElhone will join FP Canada as director, industry relations on July 6, 2020. In her new role, McElhone will be a key ambassador for FP Canada’s programs and the continued adoption and growth of the CFP and QAFP designations in the financial services industry.Prior to joining FP Canada, McElhone was vice president, partnerships and business development – Eastern Canada for Markham, Ont.-based Worldsource Financial Management Inc. and Worldsource Securities Inc. McElhone has also held senior roles at Toronto-based SEI Investments. IE Staff Keywords AppointmentsCompanies FP Canada Related news Toronto-based FP Canada has appointed two new directors to its management team.Craig MacLennan is now FP Canada’s director of policy and government affairs. In this role, MacLennan will lead FP Canada’s policy agenda and work closely with Canadian governments and regulators on a number of initiatives. PenderFund names new SVP for investments Share this article and your comments with peers on social media TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgNew health care model improves access for patients in Snowy Valleys The communities of Tumut Tumbarumba, Batlow and Adelong will benefit from a new primary health care model to improve access to local health care and provide better continuity of care for rural patients.Regional Health Minister, Mark Coulton said the Coalition Government is investing in first-of-a-kind primary care models as part of a broader effort to improve health outcomes for rural Australians.The 2020-21 Budget invests $3.3 million in new models of primary care to help pioneer local solutions to team based care and provide better healthcare services across sub-regions in western and southern NSW.“The challenge of delivering health services in small communities is well known, and it is clear the existing one-size-fits-all approach isn’t working for every rural community,” Minister Coulton said.“The trial of a new collaborative model of health care in these four communities aims to create more efficient and co-ordinated networks of GPs, nurses, and allied health professionals to deliver local services.“We know that rural, regional and remote Australians can face difficulty accessing health care. Creating more flexible settings as part of this approach is an important step in creating a rural health workforce to service the needs of the region.”The new Snowy Valleys model will investigate if viable practices may be better sustained by having a team of GPs, nurses and allied health professionals deliver integrated health services to a number of smaller, connected communities.Senator for New South Wales, Perin Davey said The Nationals in Government want people living in these communities to benefit from continued access to essential health services as well as reduce the time it takes to travel for primary care.“Community is at the core of this approach and we want local communities maximise their local health services and co-design solutions that are tailored to meet the needs of their communities,” Senator Davey said.“In addition, we want more health professionals to choose a career in the bush. The rollout of the new model is a good example of how we can improve the scope of practice for doctors and health professionals and provide rewarding lifestyle and career opportunities.Minister Coulton said this new model provided a further incentive for young doctors to come to the region and built on the recent Murrumbidgee Model for Rural Generalist GPs that was providing a training pipeline and improved support for young trainee GPs.Director Service Delivery at NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN), Mike Edwards, said Tumut was an ideal location to trial innovative approaches to health workforce solutions.“A key enabler of success for this trial will be aligning community and health sector expectations and goals,” Mr Edwards said.“Through consultation with community-based working groups already in place in Tumut, we can agree on approaches that may work best for the trial.“NSW Rural Doctors Network sees this Collaborative Care project as the start of a model that could hopefully be scaled-up to support similar sub-regional approaches in remote and rural areas across Australia. We look forward to starting work early in the new year.”The models are part of the Coalition Government’s broader primary care reforms including a 10-year plan to support patient centred care and equitable access to the best available primary health care services. Minister Coulton said rural and remote primary care is a key focus of the reforms.“If we want to make an impact to tackle health access issues in our communities, we need to understand the local needs and look at more flexible and practical solutions to delivering healthcare in the bush,” Minister Coulton said.The trial will last 18 months and is a practical solution developed with extensive community consultation and support. /Media Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, community, Department of Health, Government, health, health minister, health services, healthcare, Minister, New South Wales, NSW, outcomes, pipeline, primary care, project, rural australia, The Nationals, Tumbarumbalast_img read more

first_imgLights shine on Griffiths Park in time for Big Bash With the flick of a switch Griffiths Park in Manunda will become the official home of cricket in Far North Queensland.Mayor Bob Manning will be joined Cairns MP Michael Healy and representatives from the Cairns Cricket Association (CCA) to officially switch on the new lighting tonight ahead of the opening game of the inaugural Barrier Reef Big Bash.The lighting upgrade is part of a larger $5 million upgrade for Griffiths Park (Stage 1), and includes lighting upgrades to field 1 (adjacent to Sportsworld), along with additional parking and upgraded training facilities and landscaping.Council received State Government funding of $1 million for Stage 1 of the Griffiths Park upgrade under the Active Communities Infrastructure program.Cricket Queensland has contributed $100,000 to the project.Council also spent $850,000 for initial planning of the upgrade and the acquisition of new land off Warner St for additional car parking.The lighting upgrade (Stage 1a of the project), involved the erection of four new light towers, about 41 metres in height, to provide 500 lux lighting for the infield and 300 lux to the outfield. This will ensure the venue’s compliance as a Class II facility as specified by the Queensland Cricket Infrastructure Strategy. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:acquisition, Cairns, car, council, cricket, Far North Queensland, Game, Government, infrastructure, project, Queenslandlast_img read more

first_img The flow and movement of individual solid particles — be it grains of lunar dust or the powdered contents of a medication — holds tremendous research value for scientists in a variety of fields. Now, a $3 million grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) will allow University of Colorado Boulder researchers to simulate particle behavior to a greater degree than ever before.The project, led by Christine Hrenya, a professor in CU Boulder’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Thomas Hauser, director of Research Computing, will use advanced supercomputing to improve particle flow models that could have broad applications for the pharmaceutical, energy and aerospace sectors. Historically, simulations of individual solid particles have been limited by their intensive computing requirements. Current models can calculate a mass of particles roughly equivalent to what is contained in a cup of sand. The researchers hope to eventually increase this total by a factor of 100.“Right now, particle simulations are only used qualitatively,” said Hrenya. “Engineers still have to use trial and error experiments for their designs, which can be inefficient in terms of time and funding. But by bringing the particle counts way up, folks could potentially start using these models as an actual design tool.”The researchers anticipate that improved particle simulations could eventually have applications for new sustainable energy technologies. The models could help improve the efficiency of both gasification (the process by which energy is harvested from organic sources such as biomass) and solar panels (by using grains of sand as a means of heat transfer).Particle simulations could also help pharmaceutical companies improve their manufacturing processes. Tablets are made up of medication and binding agents, but maintaining an even distribution of the two is difficult because the particles vary in size and density.The project could even have extraterrestrial applications, said Hrenya. When a rocket lands on the surface of Mars, for example, it kicks up dust particles that travel very fast over long distances because of the thin atmosphere and the planet’s lower gravity. The resulting dust storm could potentially harm nearby astronauts and equipment.“NASA doesn’t want its delicate instruments sandblasted all the time, so there is a need to design mitigation strategies,” said Hrenya. “We could potentially apply this type of model to try to predict the flow trajectory of these dust particles.”During the first phase of the project, which began with a $686,000 DOE grant in January 2016, the researchers studied the freely available and modifiable software known as MFiX-DEM with an eye toward improving the simulation’s speed and capabilities.“There is a certain amount of computational overhead involved that keeps the simulations from running efficiently,” said Hauser. “We needed to see where the bottlenecks were — basically, what was impeding good performance — and then come up with better ways to implement roughly 100,000 lines of code.”The new $3 million grant will kick off the second phase of the project, a two-pronged approach in which the researchers will attempt to both speed up computations and optimize the underlying algorithms in order to reduce uncertainty in the results.In conjunction with supercomputers at the Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the researchers will use the Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium’s (RMACC) “Summit,” a cutting-edge supercomputer housed at CU Boulder and funded by the National Science Foundation. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Photo: Research Computing / University of Colorado Boulder Published: Feb. 15, 2017 • By Trent Knoss Categories:Science & TechnologyNews Headlineslast_img read more

first_img If you goWho: Open to the publicWhat: TEDxCU: Game ChangerWhen: Saturday, April 21, 6–9 p.m.Where: University Memorial Center, Glenn Miller BallroomGet Your Tickets Tickets for TEDxCU are now available for purchase!TEDxCU: Game Changer will take place Saturday, April 21, on campus, featuring nine speakers who will each share their unique stories about what makes them an agent of change. Join in a celebration of new and game-changing ideas that will inspire others to take action.Visit the website for more details, including the speaker lineup. Follow @tedxcu on Instagram to stay up to date on conference happenings.TEDxCU is an independently organized TED event at CU Boulder to help further educate and innovate within the community. Categories:ConferencesEvents & Exhibits Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: April 11, 2018 last_img read more

first_imgRelatedCongratulatory Message to Jamaican Athletics Team RelatedCongratulatory Message to Jamaican Athletics Team BEGINS: “On behalf of the Caribbean Community, I extend warm congratulations to the Jamaican Athletics Team on their sterling performance at the 2011 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAFs) World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. That performance was capped by a new world record in the 4×100 metres relay for men, a truly astonishing feat.  It followed the victory by Mr. Yohan Blake in the blue ribbon event of the 100 metres; Ms. Veronica Campbell-Brown in the 200 metres for women; and the irrepressible Mr. Usain Bolt in the men’s 200 metres. These triumphs underline the depth of the country’s talent in the athletics field and demonstrate that the talent and abilities of Caribbean youth can make an impact in today’s competitive global arena. The Caribbean Community shares in the pride and joy of the Government and People of its Member State, Jamaica, at their achievement in this global event.” The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica the assurances of its highest consideration. Congratulatory Message to Jamaican Athletics Team SportSeptember 13, 2011 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat presents its compliments to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica and has the honour to request the latter’s kind assistance in transmitting the following congratulatory message from the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque to the Jamaican Athletics Team on their sterling performance at the 2011 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAFs) World Championships in Daegu, South Korea. Advertisements RelatedCongratulatory Message to Jamaican Athletics Teamlast_img read more