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Nature Conservancy obtains 153,000 acres of local forest

Daily Progress - workitcville - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 09:14
The Cumberland Forest Project has acquired a total quarter-million acres of working forest land in the central Appalachian coalfields of Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee, The Nature Conservancy announced in a Monday morning press release. Also, the release states, The Nature Conservancy is working with the University of Virginia’s College at Wise “to assess opportunities to support local businesses and community development projects that are sustainable and nature-based, including but not limited to outdoor recreation and tourism, forestry and the reclamation of abandoned mined lands.”

At UVA, a Memorial to Enslaved Laborers

Daily Progress - workitcville - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 09:14
It will be a monument to honor the memory of enslaved laborers who worked mightily for decades to execute Jefferson’s vision for his Academical Village.

UVA says it’s ready for arriving first-years

Daily Progress - workitcville - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 09:14
Officials at the University of Virginia say that while the college overshot its target first-year enrollments, its facilities are ready for the additional students. The Daily Progress reports UVA was expecting to enroll 3,924 students for the Class of 2023, slightly higher than its target of 3,750.

New Toolkit Offers Resources on Youth Nicotine Use

Daily Progress - workitcville - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 09:14
Schools and parents who want to learn about the dangers of electronic nicotine delivery systems, like e-cigarettes and vaping, now have a new resource. The UVA Cancer Center and community partners have created a Youth Tobacco and Nicotine Use Toolkit.

An NPR Show’s Slight Against a Tobacco Historian Lights Up Twitter

Daily Progress - workitcville - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 09:14
Last week the NPR show “Here & Now” did a segment on the politics of tobacco that drew from a forthcoming book by Sarah Milov, an assistant professor of history at the University of Virginia. The trouble began when the senior scholars interviewed did not credit Milov for her ideas.

How Much Should Juries Rely on Expert Testimony?

Daily Progress - workitcville - Wed, 07/17/2019 - 09:14
The second of a six-part online symposium on the use of forensics in the criminal justice system. The panelists include UVA law professor Barbara A. Spellman.

Who should pay for accidental damage to private work equipment?

Living Working Austria - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 10:47

Several years ago I purchased a mouse with my own money to use for work because I can't stand using a cheap mouse all day.

Yesterday, a colleague accidentally spilled my own glass of water over the mouse and it stopped working during a meeting at my desk.

Who should pay for an adequate replacement?

  • The company, as it was essentially work equipment that got damaged in an accident.
  • The colleague who caused the accident.
  • I myself.

I'm currently thinking about option 1, asking my boss for a replacement. The replacement isn't that expensive (about €60). And they should have paid for the original mouse anyway.

My concern is, that they say that I already have a mouse (the one that originally came with the PC) and everybody else is using that without a complaint.

There are no medical reasons or anything why I would need a special mouse, just personal preference and comfort.

U of Alaska prepares for $135M cut in state funding

Daily Progress - workitcville - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 08:36
Raymond Scheppach, a UVA public policy professor, said the governor gave the U of Alaska little time to prepare for such a massive reduction in support. "If you were going to cut 40% out, you'd want to do it over a four- or five-year period to give them time to restructure and make good decisions," he said. 

New Data Shows Several Shrinking Localities Across Virginia

Daily Progress - workitcville - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 08:36
Danville currently has a population of about 40,000 people. By 2030, the folks at the UVA estimate it’ll have 35,000. Then, by 2040, it’ll be down to 30,000. That’s a 25% decline in Danville’s population over the next two decades. “The rural communities are witnessing a decline,” says Shonel Sen at UVA's Weldon Cooper Center.

UVA Study Shows Women and Seniors at Greater Risk of Car Crash Injuries

Daily Progress - workitcville - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 08:36
A team of engineers at the University of Virginia reviewed data from nearly 23,000 crashes and concluded there are some big problems with car safety systems.   Women and people over 65 are at extra risk.

UVA-Wise to provide students, faculty, staff with tech tools

Daily Progress - workitcville - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 08:36
This fall, the University of Virginia’s College at Wise will provide each full-time student, faculty and staff member with an iPad, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. UVA-Wise is committed to boosting innovative teaching and academic success on its campus and enhancing the educational experience in the classroom and beyond, according to a news release. The innovate2eleVAte project will give students the technical skills required for academic success, it states.

The High Price of Multitasking: We all do it. The question is how.

Daily Progress - workitcville - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 08:36
(Commentary by UVA psychologist Daniel T. Willingham) Not only do smartphones provide unprecedented access to information, they provide unprecedented opportunities to multitask. Of course, some people pick poor times to tweet or text, and lawmakers have stepped in. But legislation won’t proscribe all situations in which multitasking is unwise; you need to self-regulate.

UVA Dermatologist Expresses Importance of Skin Care During Summer Season

Daily Progress - workitcville - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 08:36
A UVA dermatologist says protecting your skin should be part of everyone's summer routine. Dr. Mark Russell said that any sunburn means the skin has been damaged and can lead to spots, wrinkles and the potential for skin cancer.

The Admit List makes college apps easier for disadvantaged youth

Daily Progress - workitcville - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 08:36
While The Admit List’s mentors include students from top universities (founder OmikaSuryawanshi is a Jefferson Scholar at UVA), the program aims to help high school students apply to schools within their personal reach. “Some students will want to apply to Ivies,” Suryawanshi said; but for a lot of students just applying to a two-year program at their local community college can be a “huge first step.”

Kicked Off the Land

Daily Progress - workitcville - Tue, 07/16/2019 - 08:36
In the course of generations, heirs tend to disperse and lose any connection to the land. Speculators can buy off the interest of a single heir, and just one heir or speculator, no matter how minute his share, can force the sale of an entire plot through the courts. Andrew Kahrl, a UVA associate professor of history and African-American studies, said that even small financial incentives can have the effect of turning relatives against one another, and developers exploit these divisions. 

Sending a photo of my bank account card to the future employer

Living Working Austria - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 13:42

I accepted a job offer for a student support position in a major bank in Austria. As expected, they require me to send some documentation before I start working there.

What surprised me is that they asked me to send a photo of both sides of my bank account card. Is it safe to do so?

I interviewed in person at the bank's headquarters office, so I don't think anything suspicious is going on.

Note that my card has a CVV. EDIT So I asked HR about this and they told me that it is due to internal rules which apply for all candidates. So I asked some of my friends who work there about this “rule” and they told me that they had to send pictures of their cards as well and that it is okay.

Consultation on proposal to update the GHS under the model WHS laws – closes 28 July

Business NSW - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 00:00
The public consultation on the proposal to adopt an updated edition of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) for workplace hazardous chemicals, closes 11:59pm (AEST) Sunday 28 July.

Workplace exposure standards: Release schedule and opportunities to comment on draft recommendations

Business NSW - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 00:00
Safe Work Australia is evaluating the Workplace Exposure Standards for airborne contaminants to ensure they are based on the highest quality, contemporary evidence and supported by a rigorous scientific approach.

Mysterious Military Spacecraft Spotted, Inviting Retrospective of Satellites

Daily Progress - workitcville - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 04:44
“Communications satellites provide television, telephone, and data services between two widely distant locations,” said Dr. W. Bernard Carlson, a professor in UVA’s Department of Engineering and Society.  

Facebook’s Digital Money Could Mean Fabulous Wealth. Or Not.

Daily Progress - workitcville - Sat, 07/13/2019 - 04:44
(Commentary) I called Siva Vaidhyanathan, an expert on Facebook and its effects on society, the director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia and the author of “Anti-Social Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy.” He said that just as Libra was designed to be resistant to speculation, it was built to discourage the nefarious activities, like buying drugs and votes, that l really need. 

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