Assistant Director, Recreation Sports & Family Programs – (STA006971)

first_imgEEO/AAQualifications :Bachelor’s Degree and 3 years experience.Requires a thorough understanding of both theoretical and practicalaspects of an analytical, technical or professional discipline; orthe basic knowledge of more than one professional discipline.Knowledge of the discipline is normally obtained through a formal,directly job-related 4 year degree from a college or university oran equivalent in-depth specialized training program that isdirectly related to the type of work being performed.Requires a minimum of three (3) year of directly job-relatedexperience. Oversees all aspects of Intramural Sport programs, sports Club,youth/family programs, and summer camps; directs the preparation ofnational and regional tournaments for Intramurals and SportsClubs. Directs the recruitment, selection, supervision, payrollprocess, and evaluation of staff and students; provide guidance,and is responsible for professional development and training forstaff.Provide leadership and direction for a comprehensiveIntramural, Sport Club, Youth/Family, and Summer Camp programs;ensure department policies and procedures are in compliance withlocal and state regulations; Creates various reports includingannual and semiannual reports as needed.Assess, evaluate and mitigate risk for programs, implementdepartmental emergency actions plan, inspect campus program areasand fields.Maintain records, contract agreements, sports equipmentmaintenance and coordinate with facility staff for relevantmaintenance and risk management issues and contribute to thedepartmental risk and safety plans with the Safety committee.Responsible for scheduling departmental programs; consults withand responds to participant questions and concerns.Develop, plan, and implement long range strategic plans forassessment of student development, learning outcomes, evaluationsof programs, services and staff.Develop program budgets, monitor expenses and revenue goals,identify opportunities for fundraising, sponsorship and grants tosupport programs and events.Collaborate with campus partners and academic units to developand implement programs and events to contribute to studentsuccess.Performs other job-related duties as requiredlast_img read more

Newly discovered windows of brain plasticity may help stress-related disorders

first_imgShare on Twitter Email Share Chronic stress can lead to changes in neural circuitry that leave the brain trapped in states of anxiety and depression. But even under repeated stress, brief opportunities for recovery can open up, according to new research at The Rockefeller University.“Even after a long period of chronic stress, the brain retains the ability to change and adapt. In experiments with mice, we discovered the mechanism that alters expression of key glutamate-controlling genes to make windows of stress-related neuroplasticity–and potential recovery–possible,” says senior author Bruce McEwen, Alfred E. Mirsky Professor, and head of the Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology. Glutamate is a chemical signal implicated in stress-related disorders, including depression.“This sensitive window could provide an opportunity for treatment, when the brain is most responsive to efforts to restore neural circuitry in the affected areas,” he adds. The team, including McEwen and first author Carla Nasca, wanted to know how a history of stress could alter the brain’s response to further stress. To find out, they accustomed mice to a daily experience they dislike, confinement in a small space for a short period. On the 22nd day, they introduced some of those mice to a new stressor; others received the now-familiar confinement.Then, the researchers tested both groups for anxiety- or depression-like behaviors. A telling split emerged: Mice tested shortly after the receiving the familiar stressor showed fewer of those behaviors; meanwhile those given the unfamiliar stressor, displayed more. The difference was transitory, however; by 24 hours after the final stressor, the behavioral improvements seen in half of the mice had disappeared.Molecular analyses revealed a parallel fluctuation in a part of the hippocampus, a brain region involved in the stress response. A key molecule, mGlu2, which tamps down the release of the neurotransmitter glutamate, increased temporarily in mice subjected to the familiar confinement stress. Meanwhile, a molecular glutamate booster, NMDA, increased in other mice that experienced the unfamiliar stressor. In stress-related disorders, excessive glutamate causes harmful structural changes in the brain.The researchers also identified the molecule regulating the regulator, an enzyme called P300. By adding chemical groups to proteins known as histones, which give support and structure to DNA, P300 increases expression of mGlu2, they found.In other experiments, they looked at mice genetically engineered to carry a genetic variant associated with development of depression and other stress-related disorders in humans, and present in 33 percent of the population.“Here again, in experiments relevant to humans, we saw the same window of plasticity, with the same up-then-down fluctuations in mGlu2 and P300 in the hippocampus,” Nasca says. “This result suggests we can take advantage of these windows of plasticity through treatments, including the next generation of drugs, such as acetyl carnitine, that target mGlu2–not to ‘roll back the clock’ but rather to change the trajectory of such brain plasticity toward more positive directions.”center_img Share on Facebook Pinterest LinkedInlast_img read more

Rostock sees fall in general cargo

first_imgThe port authority reported that fewer slabs and pipes were handled, whilst the number of coils and crane units increased. “Heavy lift general cargo is increasingly being replaced by general cargo with a greater added value, such as cranes and wind power plants”, says Dr Gernot Tesch, managing director operations/ technics.www.rostock-port.delast_img

Diamond Microwave Signs Licensing Agreement for High-Power GaN Microwave Amplifiers

first_imgDiamond Microwave Limited (DML), a startup specializing in microwave GaN power amplifiers, has announced a licensing deal with Diamond Microwave Devices Ltd. (DMD). The deal allows DML to continue growing the commercial base for DMD’s compact high-power microwave amplifiers, and to take DMD’s proprietary technology into new markets.DML’s commercial partnership with DMD will focus on the exploitation of the DMD amplifier technology in the global marketplace for high-power microwave systems.Diamond Microwave Limited (DML) is a new UK company specializing in compact GaN-based high-power amplifiers, designed for application in demanding areas such as radar, communications and electronic warfare. DMD amplifier products are at the leading edge of high-power solid-state technology, offering state of the art power performance and a market-leading power to volume ratio. DML’s design heritage comes from its experienced staff coupled with the licensed intellectual property from its commercial partner DMD.DML has also launched a new website, detailing its capabilities and outlining its current range of compact high-power microwave amplifiers.Click here to view RF amplifiers from Diamond Microwave.last_img read more

GAME NOTES: Week 11

first_img PENSACOLA, Fla. –  The Argonauts are wrapping up the 2012 regular season with a six game road trip starting this Wednesday at West Alabama. UWF will then head to No. 22 Alabama-Huntsville on Saturday before wrapping things up on Sunday at North Alabama. The Argos are currently 29-19 overall and 13-9 in the Gulf South Conference while holding a No. 7 seed in the south region.2012 Softball Game Notes:- Week 11- Week 10- Week Nine- Week Eight- Week Seven- Week Six- Week Five- Week Four- Week Three- Week Two- Week OneREGIONAL RANKINGSThe University of West Florida softball team finds itself ranked No. 7 in the first round of the NCAA South Regional rankings, it was announced Wednesday. The Argonauts, now 29-19 and 13-9 in the Gulf South Conference, are on par to make their first NCAA Regional Tournament since the 2009-10 season with the top eight teams in the regional rankings making the cut.GSC RACE HEATING UPDown the home stretch of the 2012 regular season the GSC race is starting to shake up. No. 1 Valdosta State has clinched the top seed, followed by No. 22 Alabama Huntsville at 17-7, West Alabama at 13-9 and the Argos at 13-9 as well. North Alabama is the only team that can knock UWF out of the top four at 7-15.ON THE ROADWith just six regular season games left, the Argos will have their work cut out for them as all six contests will occur away from the UWF Softball Complex. West Florida is currently over .500 on the road at 7-6, but holding a much better home record of 18-8.TRIPLESWest Florida currently ranks second in the GSC in terms of triples so far this season with 13. Wednesday’s opponent West Alabama currently sits on top of the offensive category with 14, making the meeting between the Tigers and the Argos feature two of the highest slugging percentages in the league.LAST TIME VS. WEST ALABAMAThe Argos dropped both ends of a GSC opening doubleheader for both teams, losing game one, 2-0, and the second, 5-1. Kasie Buckley had two hits and an RBI in game two, driving in the only UWF run of the day in the process.LAST TIME VS. ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLEUWF split a pair of games with nationally ranked Alabama-Huntsville three weeks ago. The Argos earned the game one win, 5-4, before dropping the second, 11-1. Jordan Ratliff earned the win after allowing just six hits and striking out five Charger batters.LAST TIME VS. NORTH ALABAMALauren Correia brought the Argos a walk off win in game two with her single to right field, giving UWF the 3-2 win in extra innings. The Argos won decisevely in game one, 5-2.Print Friendly Version GAME NOTES: Week 11 Sharelast_img read more