West Nile magnifies need for mosquito control

first_img Nonetheless, he said mosquito control should be a public health function. He recommended the approach known as integrated pest management, which requires careful monitoring to determine “if, when, and where” to spray or otherwise combat mosquitoes. Jul 15, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Now that West Nile virus (WNV) is in North America to stay, mosquito control is becoming an important task of the public health system, West Nile experts said at a public health convention in St. Paul today. See also: In Colorado Springs, Colo., a program that combined mosquito control with public education and cooperation among local governments appeared to succeed in limiting WNV cases last year, according to another speaker at the meeting. Mosquitoes also spread the viruses that cause St. Louis encephalitis, western equine encephalitis, eastern equine encephalitis, and LaCrosse encephalitis, Nasci said. Cases of St. Louis encephalitis average only about 115 per year, and the other three diseases are even less common. Editor’s note: This story was revised Jul 19, 2004, to include additional information about the percentage of West Nile virus infections that result in illness. A recent study from the Chicago area suggested that mosquito control programs made a difference in WNV infection rates, he said. For example, the Des Plaines Valley district, with an intensive program to kill mosquito larvae, had four West Nile cases per 100,000 people, while the North Shore district, with a less ambitious program, had 51 cases per 100,000. Similarly, he said, a study from Michigan indicated that people in areas with no mosquito control program had a tenfold greater risk of WNV than those in areas where mosquitoes were controlled. ASTHO report, “Public Health Confronts the Mosquito: Developing Sustainable State and Local Mosquito Control Programs” Since 1999, West Nile has quickly surpassed four other mosquito-borne arboviruses as a cause of human disease in the United States, Nasci said. There were 9,862 cases of WNV illness reported to the CDC in 2003, and 2,775, or 28%, of those involved encephalitis or a related brain disease, Nasci reported. The disease killed 260 people. (However, only about 20% of people infected with WNV actually become ill, and only about 1 in 150 infected people suffers severe illness with brain inflammation, according to CDC estimates.) However, this pattern didn’t hold in a comparison of the cities of Fort Collins and Loveland in Colorado: Loveland had a higher rate of WNV cases even though it worked harder on mosquito control, according to Nasci. WNV, native to Africa and the Middle East, has spread quickly across the United States since it emerged in the New York City area in 1999. Birds serve as the virus’s natural host, and mosquitoes spread it to humans after feeding on birds. Nasci cited a new report from the Association f State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) as a good source of further information on mosquito control (see link below). Rosemary Bakes-Martin, MS, MPH, acting director of public health for El Paso County, said the county began girding for the West Nile battle in the fall of 2002. Officials knew that public opposition would preclude spraying to kill adult mosquitoes. Instead, they mounted an effort to kill mosquito larvae countywide at the start of the season, and then followed up with larva-killing measures in areas where infected birds were found. Nasci said the scientific case for mosquito control as a way to fight West Nile is not yet compelling. “We know that we can document a reduction of mosquitoes through mosquito management,” but there is conflicting evidence on whether mosquito control programs reduce human cases of WNV, he said. Bakes-Martin said the county also used thousands of “tip cards,” posters, and brochures in two languages to educate the public about protecting themselves from mosquitoes. Other measures included generating heavy news coverage of West Nile and enlisting the help of all the county’s cities and towns in the public education effort. By October, El Paso had the second lowest WNV case rate among Colorado counties, fewer than 20 cases per 100,000 people, according to Bakes-Martin. “We felt like we did something right,” she said. Later in the season, the county took steps to kill mosquito larvae in areas where human West Nile cases turned up, Bakes-Martin said. Patients “all seemed to know when they were bitten by the mosquito that got them ill,” she explained. “I’d say in 90-some percent of instances, we found within a hundreds yards a place where there was mosquito breeding.” He said he doesn’t expect WNV to become so widespread in this country that most people will develop immunity from having been exposed at some point. In Africa the disease mostly affects children and teenagers, who then develop immunity and are protected in adulthood, he said. “We’re not going to find human herd immunity coming into play” in the United States, he said. “There’s a reevaluation of mosquito control as a public health function going on now,” said Roger Nasci, PhD, an entomologist who studies mosquito-borne viruses at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) laboratory in Fort Collins, Colo. He spoke at the annual conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). In response to questions, Nasci ventured a prediction about the future of WNV in the United States. He said the pattern for West Nile could evolve to resemble that of Japanese encephalitis in Asia. Modest outbreaks of the disease occur each year, but, depending on weather, it occasionally erupts on a much larger scale, he said.last_img read more

Wolf Administration: Globus Medical Manufacturing Expansion to Bring More Than 200 New Jobs to Montgomery County

first_imgWolf Administration: Globus Medical Manufacturing Expansion to Bring More Than 200 New Jobs to Montgomery County September 25, 2020 Economy,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Governor Tom Wolf announced that Globus Medical, a Pennsylvania-based medical device company focused on the design, development and commercialization of musculoskeletal implants, will expand its manufacturing operations to Montgomery County, creating 243 new jobs and retaining more than 1,000 Pennsylvania jobs statewide.“Globus Medical has an established presence in our state and has worked with the commonwealth for years in their growth and expansion—starting with only four employees in 2003,” said Gov. Wolf. “With this manufacturing operation expansion, their workforce will grow substantially, and will build upon their continued commitment to bringing new jobs and opportunities to southeast Pennsylvania.”To access the workforce required to meet the company’s needs as it undertakes a major expansion, Globus Medical will purchase and renovate a facility in Limerick Township, near its worldwide headquarters in Audubon, which has been vacant for nearly two years. The company will invest $36 million into the expansion.“We are pleased to have a strong presence and strategic growth potential in Pennsylvania. The expansion into the Limerick facility will establish a best in class production facility supporting a growing global business and generate opportunities in our local communities,” said Dave Demski, Globus Medical President and Chief Executive Officer.Globus Medical received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for a $750,000 Pennsylvania First grant and $729,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.Globus Medical is a leading medical device manufacturer with the goal of improving the quality of life for patients with musculoskeletal disorders. Globus began by developing solutions for spinal pathologies, including spinal implants and instruments. Since that time, Globus has significantly expanded its musculoskeletal solutions to include treatment options for traumatic fractures, joint reconstruction, and robotic navigation. Since its inception in 2003, the company has launched more than 200 products.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Slam dunk for Queensland home with its own indoor basketball court

first_img“There’s nothing quite like it on the market.”The fun isn’t necessarily reserved for kids either — the polished concrete zone could make the ultimate man cave or even a sporty guest quarters.MORE: Inside the home with a built-in skate bowlLive next door to Thor aka Chris HemsworthCricketer Chris Lynn throws in luxury car to sell homeThe ultimate kids retreat or man cave? The new owner can decide.“The owner is a big kid at heart and thought it might be fun to have a basketball court inside the home,” Mr Jansen added.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“It’s also a really good use of space given the slope of the block.”And when you’re done making buckets or sinking balls at the pool table, any extra energy can be unleashed in the above ground swimming pool, while listening to tunes on the integrated audio system.Cool off in the pool after a session on the court.“We’ve had stacks of enquiry coming through realestate.com.au,” Mr Jansen said.“The home has had over one thousand views in a week and people are asking about the more fun features.”In nearby Burleigh Heads, the insane backyard pool in 7 Sharscay Close attracted almost 9,000 online views before the property went under contract last week.Meanwhile one Brisbane family has taken the fun factor to another level by installing a massive skate bowl inside their luxurious Hamilton home.Tenders on 14A Coffeebush Court close at 5pm on 1 June.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 The fun features inside 14A Coffeebush Court, Reedy Creek are attracting plenty of interest.A luxury Queensland home has its own indoor basketball court because “a big kid at heart” thought it would be fun – complete with a graffiti crowd on the sidelines.It’s game on inside the newly-built Reedy Creek home which features a huge indoor basketball court and games parlour complete with a pinball machine and billiard table.MORE: Is this Australia’s best house?The beach house that looks like a superyachtWell-known buyer of crazy $66.9m mansion revealedYou can shoot hoops all day long at 14A Coffeebush Court, Reedy Creek.A graffiti artist from Brisbane was commissioned to decorate the walls inside the court while framed sporting and music memorabilia lines the walls in the games room.“The home certainly is unique,” said agent Zach Jansen of Black & White Estate Agents – Mermaid Beach who is marketing the property at 14A Coffeebush Court.last_img read more

Drug Foundation Uses ‘Deeply Flawed’ Study To Argue Legalisation Case

first_imgOn Friday, Radio NZ reported that the Drug Foundation say they are committed to keeping the public informed, fear mongering to a minimum and misinformation out of the news, ahead of the cannabis referendum.The head of the Drug Foundation said“I think the public can make up their mind, they can see through the misinformation, the hysteria [and] fear mongering that has been put out there at the moment, we can address that,”So in their model for regulation released on Friday, this image was front and center.Pretty impressive.This one study – published in JAMA Pediatrics – purports to show the legalisation of marijuana leads to a reduction in teen use of the substance.Here’s the problem. This study, funded in part by the pro-drug legalisation Charles Koch Foundation, is flawed for several reasons:It is based on the CDC YRBS, which completely omits Oregon and Washington – two large legal states – in 2017It also excludes young people who are not in school, such as dropoutsAccording to the most comprehensive survey on drug use, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health — which includes all young people in households, not just those who gave permission to take a school survey — youth use of the drug is on the rise in legal states while declining in states that have not legalized the substanceThe study was partially funded by the Charles Koch Foundation, which is partially dedicated to legalizing marijuana (like Koch Industries)“To put it simply, this study is awash with problems,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet, founder of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) and a former senior drug policy advisor to the Obama Administration. “The data here runs counter to what we see from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health: youth use is on the rise in ‘legal’ states while declining elsewhere. If you truly think that the legalisation, commercialisation, and normalisation of marijuana has led to less young people using it, I have a bridge to sell you.”According to NSDUH data, the percentage of youth aged 12-17 using marijuana is declining faster in states where marijuana is not “legal,” and overall use is high in legal states while declining in non-legal states. Further, the percentage of youth in this age range using the drug in “legal” states was 7.7% versus 6.2% in non-legal states.Ironically, in 2014, this same publication – JAMA – published an article purporting that states that have legalized marijuana saw a reduction in opioid overdoses over states that did not. In the years since, this study has been among the key talking points of the marijuana industry and its supporters. Then just last month, a study using the same methods and published in the same journal showed the completely opposite result. When it comes to drug policy, we simply cannot put all of our eggs in one basket.”Also to note, the same researchers authoring this study have also previously claimed marijuana legalization reduces traffic fatalities (although the overwhelming majority of state data shows otherwise) and reduces suicide (although numerous studies show use of high potency marijuana is linked with suicide ideation).And just to confirm how questionable this study was as stand-alone proof, even the CNN coverage of the report noted concerns:The paper had some limitations, including that only an association was found in the study — not a causal relationship — and more research is needed to determine why this association exists. “Because many recreational marijuana laws have been passed so recently, we do observe limited post-treatment data for some of these states,” Anderson said…The CNN report then went on to show how inconsistent it was with other researchFor instance, a 2018 report from the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice Office of Research and Statistics found that the proportion of high school students in the state who said they used marijuana ever in their lifetime or in the past 30 days remained statistically unchanged from 2005 to 2017.Meanwhile on the national front, the overall prevalence of marijuana-only use among youth in the United States since the early 1990s increased from 0.6% in 1991 to 6.3% in 2017, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health on Wednesday.If this is the Drug Foundation’s definition of being “committed to keeping the public informed, fear mongering to a minimum and misinformation out of the news“, then perhaps the first place to start might be in their own policy analysis and presentation.They may even be interested in purchasing that bridge.COMING NEXT: The (multiple) problems with their ‘model for regulation’.last_img read more

Leicester vs Aston Villa: Iheanacho tipped to lead Foxes attack

first_img Loading… Iheanacho To Lead The Line | 4-1-4-1 Leicester City Predicted Lineup Vs Aston Villa https://t.co/1Jr9V8wcJO pic.twitter.com/WDDuRolUi0— LeIcester City FC News (@2019Lcfc) January 7, 2020 Wilfred Ndidi might come into the first-team as he operates in a defensive midfield role. His job will be to provide adequate cover for the Leicester backline by breaking down Villa’s attacks on the counter. Hamza Choudhury and James Maddison could get an opportunity to play together as the box to box midfielders. The dynamic duo will try to create some decent goal-scoring opportunities going forward. Read Also: CAF awards: Mane claims Africa’s best player for 2019 Ayoze Perez is expected to operate on the right-wing while Harvey Barnes focuses on using his pace down the left flank after his goal-scoring heroics versus the Latics last weekend. Attack Kelechi Iheanacho will get another opportunity to lead the charge for the East Midlands giants up top. Rodgers might be inclined towards saving Jamie Vardy for Southampton’s visit of the King Power Stadium later this weekend. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Leicester City will play hosts to Aston Villa at King Power Stadium on Wednesday night hoping to secure a first-leg victory in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup. The Foxes have been enjoying an excellent run of form following their defeat at the hands of Liverpool on Boxing Day. Promoted Content7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More11 Theories Why We Haven’t Met Any Aliens Yet7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyThese TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got Better6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeOnly The Chosen Ones Can Appear On-Screen Even After Their DeathTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time However, the Villans could prove to be worthy adversaries if the East Midlands outfit get complacent in midweek. According to the4thofficial.net report, Brendan Rodgers is expected to go with a 4-1-4-1 formation, making a lot of changes to his first-team for this Midlands derby. Predicted lineup with 4-1-4-1 formation Defence Kasper Schmeichel is expected to return in goal for the Foxes after he was handed a rest in his side’s 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic last weekend. Rodgers might revert to his first-choice defensive duo of Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu for this crucial League Cup semi-final first leg against the Villans. Midfieldlast_img read more

Football News No Spectators, No Coverage, No Foreign Media – North Vs South Korea Football Match Ends 0-0

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Incheon: South Korea’s footballers had no idea their surreal World Cup qualifier in Pyongyang would be played in an empty stadium — a match Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-min described as “very aggressive” and one official likened to warfare. The contest against North Korea ended 0-0 on Tuesday, with FIFA president Gianni Infantino one of just a handful of spectators at a match almost completely blocked off from the outside world. It was the first ever competitive encounter between the men’s sides hosted by the North — a historic face-off between two countries still technically at war — but took place with no live broadcast and no foreign media in attendance.  The debacle raises doubts over the prospects for further North-South sporting co-operation, once a driver of nuclear diplomacy. Until the very last minute, the South’s team had no idea that even North Korean spectators would be absent.”We expected 50,000 people to come pouring in once the door opened but they didn’t come,” said Korea Football Association vice-president Choi Young-il as the team arrived back at Incheon airport early Thursday. “The gates never opened. I was really surprised. The players and coach were surprised too.”   Choi said he had asked a North Korean official about the absence of local fans, who retorted: “Maybe they didn’t want to see it.”  Tottenham’s Son, who captained the South Korean team, was taken aback by the Northerners’ rough tactics. “The match was very aggressive to a degree that I think it’s a huge achievement just to return safely without being injured,” Son said. “There was a lot of severe swearing.”  Choi added he had never seen such aggression on the pitch before: “It was like war.”   Nuclear tensions, Olympic doubts  Tuesday’s match came in the wake of a series of North Korean missile tests that raised tensions in the region, and after the breakdown of talks with the US over Pyongyang’s weapons programmes. Since the collapse of the Hanoi summit between North Koren leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in February, Pyongyang has regularly excoriated Seoul, ruling out prospects of inter-Korean dialogue.  It is a far cry from the cross-border warmth of last year, when South Korean President Moon Jae-in seized on the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics to broker the Pyongyang-Washington discussion process.At the time, Moon and Kim discussed and agreed on further sports exchanges including a joint bid to host the 2032 Olympics. But the North’s official Korean Central News Agency issued only a two-line dispatch on Tuesday’s match, saying: “The game of attacks and counterattacks ended in a draw.” In a commentary Thursday the South’s Joongang Daily said: “We may just have to thank North Korea for sending our football team back home safely.  “How can South Korea think of co-hosting the Olympics with such a treacherous counterpart?” FIFA president Infantino said he was “disappointed” after attending the event and “surprised” by the absence of fans, along with other issues. Infantino has previously proposed the idea of the two Koreas jointly hosting the 2023 Women’s World Cup.Also Read | North Korea Successfully Test-Fires Submarine-Launched Ballistic MissileBut outraged South Korean fans, who had to settle for basic updates provided by FIFA throughout the match that were limited to yellow cards and substitutes, said they were fed up with sporting exchanges with the North.  “How can a country that blocks spectators and bans live broadcasts host the World Cup?” asked an online user. Another user added: “Don’t ever talk about joint teams with North Korea or co-hosting anything.”last_img read more

MILO Schools Football Tournament 2019 | CWSS, Lodge snag final semi-final spots

first_imgLINDEN’S Christianburg/Wismar Secondary School and Lodge Secondary have secured the final two spots in the ongoing MILO schools Football tournament.Following the final two quarter-final games at the Ministry of Education ground yesterday, the two teams had contrasting pathways to the next round.In the opening game, the Linden side was eager to show its worth against the West Coast Demerara side, Vergenoegen.The West Dem side wasted no time in showing their plans, getting a number of shots off within the first 15 minutes.However, it was CWSS, in the 18th minute, who scored the first goal– a curling free-kick just over 30 yards out which went over the wall and the Vergenogen keeper, nestling into the corner of the net.The CWSS (grey) enjoyed an easy second-half against Vergenoegen Secondary in their quarterfinal game at the Ministry of Education ground yesterday (Samuel Maughn photo)Vergenoegen were not about to take the game sitting down and a constant attack on the Linden side would finally yield the result they wanted when a counter-attack caught the linden keeper off his line in the 35th.Tyrese Lewis, three minutes later, restored the Linden side’s lead and the half ended that way.Two more goals by Lewis in the second half (70th and 72nd) ensured the Linden side cruised through to the next round.In the second game of the day, St Johns College could not overcome the one-goal advantage that Lodge Secondary had instituted in the 17th minute through Dorwin George.Meanwhile, in the semi-final lineup, CWSS will meet Annandale Secondary while President’s College plays Lodge Secondary next weekend.last_img read more

Point-counterpoint: New NFL Combine event

first_imgAckerstein:For some people, it?s a born trait. For others, it’s alearned one. But in any event, players should have their nightclub etiquettetested before being drafted into the NFL.Sure, pass-catching abilities and strength are importanttools by which a potential NFL player should be measured, but given all thenegative attention that can come with an unfortunate incident at a bar or stripclub, why not see how players handle themselves out on the town?Yes, players are interviewed by teams trying to get an ideaof what the players? characters are like, but that can only go so far.Remember, Pac-Man Jones was a top ten selection and these days it seems likehe?s more likely to score a lap-dance than a touchdown.There is a simple solution, though. The NFL should build amock bar inside the RCA Dome where the combine is held and videotape players asthey spend time inside of it.Possible drills within the bar might include how capable aplayer is at ?making it rain,? how quickly they can order a round of drinks andhow well their entourage can deal with crazed autograph-seekers and rowdy fans.Roger Goodell could even do some guest bartending.Along with watching tape on how proficient a player is aton-the-field actions, coaches would now be able see how their future playerswill hold up off the field. When it comes to the draft, franchises are lookingfor someone that can knock down passes, not shots. Nobody wants to waste afirst-rounder on Frank the Tank.Test them now, so they aren?t arrested later. Nightclubskills for the win.Mason:Strip club etiquette? Everyone should already know what todo. Be polite, tip well and don’t get into any altercations with other patrons.What players really need to know before going pro is how totreat their dogs. With the whole Michael Vick dog-fighting debacle leaving ascar on the face of the NFL, today’s young stars should be brought up to treattheir pooches with respect.What better way to instill this behavior than adding a dogshow to the current format of the NFL’s Scouting Combine? Roger Goodell should steal a page from the WestminsterKennel Club when it comes to putting these muscular athletes to the test. Letthe players bring their own dogs if they want, or just use a league-issuedpoodle. Think about it. What’s more grueling for a 350-pound offensive lineman:running the 40-yard dash or prancing around with a shaved poodle on the end ofa leash?I don’t know about you, but no one I’ve ever seen paradingaround a poodle has ever looked intimidating. And for that fact, this eventwill teach the future pros to have a sense of humility. Too often these days inprofessional sports, athletes feel like they can get away with anything. Makethem show a toy poodle, and they won’t be so self-righteous anymore.If the league adds this event to the combine, they coulddouble their market of viewers on television. Currently, the NFL Networkbroadcasts the combine live. If each player shows a dog along as well, thinkhow many hours of extra broadcast (and new fans) the network could pick up ifit teams with Animal Planet. It’s called synergy, folks.And after all, wouldn’t teaching strip club etiquette justplant bad ideas into the minds of these young athletes? Pair a quarterback up with man’s best friend, and he’ll bemore inclined to party with his retriever, not his receiver.Dogs at the combine equals dollars on draft day. Woof.last_img read more

Thompson emerges as contributor on Syracuse defensive line after injury, position change

first_img Published on September 23, 2013 at 11:29 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Ron Thompson thought it was just a groin strain.It was just a week before the start of his freshman season and the four-star tight end had a chance to be an immediate factor, but the injury relegated him to the sidelines.The next step was to get an MRI and figure out when he could get back on the field. The doctors took the scan and compared the two sides of his waist.“Whoa. We see something in your right hip,” Thompson remembered the doctors telling him. “Has it been bothering you at all?”Thompson had a blood flow problem in his hip. It would require surgery and end his season. Had it been caught later, it could have endangered his career.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It was kind of shocking because I had never had a problem with it hurting or anything,” Thompson said. “It was just something they caught really fast and actually saved me.”A year after the surgery, Thompson is no longer saddled with the cumbersome expectations of being an untainted four-star recruit. He isn’t even a tight end anymore. Now he’s a talented, yet still untested, defensive end for Syracuse. And with an injury to starter Robert Welsh, his role could be expanding.After the diagnosis, Thompson said he could have never imagined himself in that position. Thompson was coveted by both the Orange’s offensive and defensive staffs, but Doug Marrone, then SU’s head coach, was an offensive-minded leader, unwilling to give up a potential star on that side of the ball.But even more alarming for Thompson was the lingering prospect that he would perhaps never play football again.“I’m not going to bullcrap you, I was kind of depressed,” Thompson said, “because there was a chance for me not being able to play football and I haven’t even got a chance to play in a game or anything.”The surgery was successful and he missed just one season. His start to 2013 was never in jeopardy, but he had to sit out the spring.Instead, he spent that season in meeting rooms with tight ends until just three days before the end of camp.Scott Shafer is in charge now. A year earlier, the defensive coordinator-turned-head coach clamored for Thompson to play on his side of the ball, but Marrone had the last say.“I had it in my mind as soon as he kind of switched, I was just like, ‘Yeah, I really see it coming now,’” Thompson said. “I started visualizing myself playing defensive end. I pretty much knew it was going to happen.”For the final three days of spring camp, Thompson went to meetings with the defensive line.“Those are the types of recruits you want,” Shafer said. “You want the recruit that the offense wants him, the defense wants him and they want him on special teams, and that’s Ron Thompson.”Thompson said the surgery wasn’t the reason for the position change, but he admitted he couldn’t imagine how things would’ve been different had he never gotten injured. He was a star at both positions for Southfield High School in Michigan, but was the No. 13 tight end in the country.He never had a preference for the position, but he now brings a unique perspective and skill set to SU’s defensive line. His athleticism is what really stands out to defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough.The already athletic Thompson is even faster now than he was as a tight end, which is a testament to the work of Will Hicks, SU’s assistant athletics director for athletic performance, during Thompson’s rehab.Thompson’s still “trying to learn how to be a D-end,” Bullough said, but he’s racked up nine tackles, including two for a loss.“He has brain farts at times,” said linebacker Marquis Spruill. “I wouldn’t have expected Ron to do as well as he does on defense, him being a tight end and coming into a whole different setting.”Thompson’s improved in the weight room — he can bench 225 pounds 20-25 times now, up from just 11 when he arrived at Syracuse — and as an athlete while he learns his new position.From time to time, he still gets a chance to hearken back to his offensive days. In practice last week, he dropped back into coverage and made a remarkable interception.“Oh, that’s his old tight end days,” Bullough said.The highlight so far, though, came when Syracuse was routed by then-No. 19 Northwestern on Sept. 7 in Evanston, Ill.It was just Thompson’s second game as a defensive end and he was faced with one of the nation’s premier offensive juggernauts.The new defensive end charged into the backfield and dragged down Kain Colter for his first collegiate sack.“It was like I was on the field,” Thompson recalled, “but I was really in my mind thinking like, ‘Wow, I just got a sack. Who would’ve thought?’”His dream was almost denied. But a year later, he’s finally living it.“I’m doing my dream,” he said, “playing college football.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Professors awarded money for research on safer batteries

first_imgUSC chemistry professor Jahan Dawlaty, University of Houston professor Yan Yao and SUNY Binghampton University professor Puja Goyal, received a $100,000 Scialog Award from Research Corporation for Science Advancement to explore the behavior of protons. They have proposed a safer battery model that relies on both non-flammable and aqueous electrolytes using an acid-based electrolyte and a plant-based anode.Improving the safety of batteries is a necessary part of the global development of renewable energy and electric-powered transportation, according to the RCSA. The most common batteries used today depend on flammable, non-aqueous electrolytes, according to a press release from the RCSA. Additionally, Brent Melot, USC assistant professor in the department of chemistry, and Louis Piper, a professor at Binghampton University, received the same award to improve battery performance and study redox activity, the process through which molecules gain or lose electrons, or anions.RCSA is a private institution that helps fund research in the physical sciences independently proposed by professors at U.S. universities and colleges. The Scialog Award is specialized to support research and building dialogue in the science community.“Ultimately, Scialog aims to advance human knowledge by empowering a national community of early career scientists with many promising years of research ahead of them,” the RCSA website says. “Through the give-and-take of community building, it is the Foundation’s hope that Scialog Fellows grow better equipped to tackle ever more challenging multidisciplinary problems.”RCSA Senior Program Director Richard Wiener said that funding high-risk research may not always produce worthy results, but when it does, it benefits the scientific and general community greatly.“Scialog is an experiment in accelerating the pace of breakthrough scientific discoveries,” Wiener said in a press release about Piper and Melot’s award. “Creative researchers like Yao, Dawlaty and Goyal represent the world’s best hope for a brighter tomorrow. RCSA is proud to support them.”last_img read more