Notre Dame’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering prides itself on keeping pace with the fast-moving technological world. Only recently, however, has the department branched out to the world of video games. Professor Aaron Striegel currently teaches a course in which students create software designed for the Nintendo Wii. The program, “WiiHab,” is intended to assist stroke victims in the rehabilitation process. Striegel said the use of video games in the classroom is an aim to generate an innovative learning experience. “The idea for this course came about from a freshman engineering class,” he said. “Wanting to make the class more interesting, the class decided they wanted to use the WiiMote, a nickname given to the remote used with the Wii, to come up with creative exercises for engineering labs.” Striegel’s idea to make class more interesting swiftly developed into a full-scale course. He said originally, stroke rehabilitation was a side project of the class, but the class decided to become more involved with the subject. “After putting our heads together, we decided to work with South Bend’s Memorial Hospital’s stroke rehab patients on their balance,” Striegel said. Graduate student Anne Martin, who was involved in the creation of WiiHab, said the program is helpful for stroke patients in the rehabilitation process. “I used a computer program to design a computer screen of where the center of balance was for the Wii Balance Board,” she said. “The patient can then stand on the board, and the Wii will be able to inform them instantly of their balance percentage.” Martin said the instantaneous results are beneficial for stroke rehabilitation patients. “WiiHab gives more information to stroke therapists than ever before,” she said. “Having an objective piece of technology like WiiHab allows the therapist to give live information to their patient to tell them how much progress they are making.” Striegel said developing WiiHab is an ongoing process. “We are continuing to research the impact the software has on its patients,” he said. Striegel said this continued research involves a wide variety of academic interests. “We are always looking for students who would be interested in helping with the research,” Striegel said. “Whether they are pre-med, computer science or engineering majors, we would love to have you on board.”
The Saint Mary’s Justice Education Student Advisory Committee (JSAC) will plant a healing garden on campus Saturday afternoon. Caylin McCallick, junior and student assistant for JSAC, said the creation of a healing garden is a practice in reappraisal.“It’s turning something bad into something good,” she said. “It can be really therapeutic, so I wanted to do the healing garden because there was a lot of negativity going around. It was something that I thought would help me and I thought maybe it would help other people to heal from things that have been bad and maybe see something good.The healing garden will be planted around the Lizzy Seeberg Memorial Garden, McCallick said. Seeberg, a first year at the College in 2010, killed herself after reporting that she had been sexually assaulted by Prince Shembo, who was at the time a Notre Dame football player.Sr. Eva Hooker, a faculty member of the English department, will say a prayer over the garden before the planting, McCallick said, and each student will then receive a packet of seeds and a piece of paper.“You can write down something really hard that you’ve been through. It could be sexual assault or sexual violence, or it could be something like anxiety or a really stressful money situation or anything that’s been bothering you,” she said. “We’re going to plant that and have something beautiful.”McCallick said there will also be wooden stakes in the ground where students can write something positive they learned from the hard situations they went through.“In the ground there’s something bad, and above ground is something good,” she said.JSAC is also sponsoring a screening of “The Hunting Ground” on Thursday night, McCallick said.“We recognize that the movie is kind of jarring for a lot of people and can bring up a lot of emotions,” she said. “We wanted to do a reminder that these issues are real and we are in a community in which we can support each other and grow in our healing together.”The healing garden will be a place for students to join in solidarity with each other, McCallick said.“It would be a good opportunity to be surrounded by people who have had struggles,” she said. “We need to build a community of survivors. We’ve all been a survivor of some trial in our lives. If we come together and bond over those issues, I think we can create a better community on our campus. … I want somewhere at Saint Mary’s to be a place of healing where you can see that other people have gone through problems and things have grown out of those experiences,” she said.Sophomore and JSAC member Morgan Matthews said all are welcome to attend, regardless of the perceived severity of the struggle they have been through.“It’s healing yourself if something happened to you,” she said. “You don’t even have to come and plant. You can come as a support system, just to be there.”Tags: Healing Garden, JSAC, SMC
The Sound and the Fury has already extended its return engagement off-Broadway. The show, directed by John Collins and created by Elevator Repair Service, will begin previews in The Public Theater’s Martinson Theater on May 14 and now run through June 27; it had previously been set to shutter on June 13. Opening night is scheduled for May 21 and tickets are now on sale for the production.The Sound and the Fury is based on William Faulkner’s celebrated novel of the same name and follows the fictional Compson family of Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi. A once noble clan descended from a Civil War hero, the family falls victim to racism, greed and selfishness, embodying the clash between changing times and old ideals in the post-Civil War era. The play covers Part One of Faulkner’s novel, April Seventh, 1928.The ensemble cast is set to include Mike Iveson, Vin Knight, Aaron Landsman, Randolph Curtis Rand, Greig Sargeant, Kaneza Schaal, Susie Sokol, Lucy Taylor, Tory Vazquez, Daphne Gaines, Rosie Goldensohn, Pete Simpson and Ben Williams.The Sound and the Fury will feature scenic design by David Zinn, costume design by Colleen Werthmann, additional costumes by Jacob A. Climber, lighting design by Mark Barton and sound design by Matt Tierney. View Comments
Finding Neverland Finding Neverland star Matthew Morrison stopped by the Watch What Happens Live clubhouse on September 29 to dish about your rude behavior at the theater, Michelle Obama and Lea Michele. “We’re in a dark time,” Morrison lamented as he looked back on phones going off, ice being clinked, and full-on picnics being consumed during performances. But there is a silver lining: “There’s those people that really love the theater and still dress up…so I applaud those people.” The Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner also revealed that a certain FLOTUS is on his “celebrity free pass” list, and successfully dodged a question about Glee drama. Check it all out below, and catch Morrison in Finding Neverland at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 21, 2016 View Comments Related Shows
Jo Anne Norris has been a beloved staff member in the Agricultural and Applied Economics department for nearly 30 years, starting as a senior secretary and working her way up to become the outstanding advisor she is today.She began advising students in 2007, and quickly becoming known for her friendly and welcoming attitude.Not only does Jo Anne help students navigate the expansive and occasionally frustrating world of class registration, but she also offers a listening ear, welcome advice and encouragement to any who enter her always-open office. Jo Anne knows that advising isn’t a “one size fits all” task, so she goes above and beyond in her work to ensure that each student has an ideal, manageable schedule that fits him or her personally.Jo Anne also has numerous other jobs in the department, such as preparing minutes for faculty meetings, scheduling courses, maintaining files for undergraduate students, planning and executing the annual Conner Connects banquet and award nominations, and day-to-day departmental operations. She manages all of these duties and more on top of advising undergraduate students and participating in summer orientation sessions for incoming freshmen.For all she does in the department, Jo Anne has received numerous awards. She is a nine-time winner of the Ag and Environmental Economics Club’s Outstanding Service Award, a four-time winner of the Graduate Student Association’s Outstanding Staff Award, an honorary member of the Agricultural Honor Society and the winner of the Ag and Environmental Economics Club’s 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award.Jo Anne still finds time to be an active member of her church. Since 2002, Grace Baptist Church has been her church home, where she’s been part of the Ladies’ Ministry, a member and co-director of the choir, the chair of the Food and Fellowship Committee and a Sunday School teacher. Jo Anne is truly an incredible and integral part of the Agricultural and Applied Economics department. Students, faculty and staff agree it wouldn’t be the same place without her.
About three months ago I moved to Washington, D.C. to start a new job working for National Geographic in their adventure travel department. It was a big and scary change for me- I went from traveling the world guiding trips and living in the small mountain town of Bryson City, North Carolina to working in an office and living in the big city. I am happy to report that the move has been great so far. My job is great and I have found pockets of small town living even in the city, and have especially loved getting to explore new rivers and kayak races in the area!First up was the Top Yough Race which took place the first weekend in April. Since I had never paddled any section of the Yough before, we headed out early on Friday to get a few practice laps in. I had heard so much about the Upper Yough, but never much about the Top. I was pleasantly surprised as to what a classic the Top Yough was! Short but sweet, it reminded me a lot of the Tobin section of the Feather out in California. The water level had been really low, but rain on Friday afternoon and evening started to get it bumped up. I think we all went to sleep that night a little worried about what kind of level we would find in the morning.My group of friends had totally planned to get up early and get another practice lap in to see the current water level before racing it, but after it started snowing motivation was hard to come by. Ultimately we traded a practice lap for coffee and a delicious breakfast in a warm cafe and hoped for the best. Thankfully, while the river had risen, it wasn’t significant and if anything made the section easier to race because you didn’t have to worry as much about getting hung up on rocks.The race was a lot of fun. The Top Yough is a perfect Green Boat race, with fun lines and relatively easy moves to make, but with enough action to keep you on your toes. I told myself (as I do before most races with class 4-5 moves) to just keep it smooth and in control. I’ll take a safe and clean, but slightly slower run, over the possibility of a fast but loose one any day. In the end, I was very pleased with my race lap and made it through without any flips, or spinouts, or pins, and it didn’t feel too slow either!After the race, it was time for celebrating with beers and the award ceremony. In the men’s category, Geoff Calhoun and Jason Beaks took the wins for the short and long boat class and for the women’s, I won the long boat class just ahead of Erin Savage and Margaret Williams who took the win for the short boat class.Next on my list for new rivers and races was the Cheat River Race and Festival, which took place the first weekend in May.I snuck off after a half day of work the Friday of Cheat Fest in order to arrive at the river just in time for the race. There were over 100 people at the starting line with a wide assortment of watercrafts. Some people were definitely there to go fast, but it was obvious everyone was there for a good time.The race was long with lots of flat water. It was my very first run down the Cheat, so it was really interesting trying to pace myself without having any idea how far into the river I was. Fortunately, there were plenty of nice people around me who didn’t seem too bothered when I asked them “are we there yet?!” After an hour and 20 minutes of pushing myself, I finally reached the finish line.I finished second in the race behind Ashley Knee who placed competitively amongst the males as well. I am new to the area so I don’t know all the locals yet, but I hear Ashley is a local slalom racer and she’s fast!The rest of the weekend was spent enjoying the river and the festival with good friends. We paddled the Top and I had my first lap down the super classic Upper Yough section on Saturday. Sunday I enjoyed a much slower float down the Cheat with good friends, including BRO writer Jess Daddio. The festival itself was super fun and one I highly recommend everyone checking out!Next up on the racing list for me is the Great Falls race on the Potomac July 11. Stay tuned for a full race report!
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An ex-con admitted Wednesday to killing a man who was found dead in a Hicksville hotel room two years ago following a night of drinking.Vincent J. DaltonVincent J. Dalton, 52, of Ridge, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder at Nassau County court in the death of Erik O’Connell of East Meadow, prosecutors said.“This defendant tied up and brutally murdered his 39-year-old victim…stole his credit cards, and tried to use one at McDonald’s,” Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.The two had met less than 24 hours prior to the slaying in room 118 at the Econo Lodge on Duffy Avenue in Nov. 19, 2016, police have said. The victim died of blunt force trauma to the head, according to investigators. The weapon was never recovered.Nassau police Det. Capt. John Azzata previously said that a housekeeper had found the victim’s hog-tied body and informed the motel manager, who called 911. Surveillance video captured the two entering The Headliner Bar together a half mile from the motel, prosecutors said. Another video captured them entering the motel room together and Dalton later leaving alone.Dalton was previously arrested 14 times—including eight times for violent felonies—and was paroled in 2015 following a burglary conviction. He was apprehended in West Islip days after the murder.He is due back in court March 20, when Judge Teresa Corrigan is expected to sentence him to 23 years to life in prison.
H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Case counts, vaccine delivery estimates, edging out seasonal flu Down Under, Sanofi begins vaccine production
Jun 26, 2009World novel flu tally approaches 60,000The global number of novel H1N1 cases climbed to 59,814 cases, including 263 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. The total reflects a 3,947 increase from the last update on Jun 24. Jurisdictions appearing on the list for the first time are Indonesia, Iran, Serbia, and the UK crown dependency of Guernsey. Countries reporting the highest increases since the last report include Chile, the UK, Mexico, Australia, and Canada.[WHO update 54]US pandemic flu count nears 28,000The nation’s number of novel flu cases rose to 27,717 cases and 127 deaths, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. The tally represents 6,268 more cases and 40 more deaths than the last update a week ago. States reporting the highest number of cases include Wisconsin, Illinois, Texas, New York, California, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. New York has the most fatalities, 35, followed by California with 16.[Current CDC numbers]US may have 1 million pandemic flu casesA surveillance expert from the CDC said yesterday at the agency’s immunization group meeting in Atlanta that the true number of pandemic H1N1 cases in the United States could be as many as 1 million, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. Lyn Finelli said the projection was based on mathematical modeling and surveys from health officials. She told the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) that 6% or more of the population from some urban areas could be infected with the virus.[Jun 26 AP story]Vaccine experts differ over vaccine delivery estimateRobin Robinson, an official from the US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) who addressed the ACIP group yesterday, projected that as many as 60 million doses of the pandemic H1N1 vaccine could be available by September, the AP reported today. However, others at the meeting said the estimate may be too optimistic.[Jun 26 AP story]Novel flu edging out seasonal strains in Australian stateThe pandemic H1N1 strain is dominating seasonal flu strains in Victoria, according to a report from the Victoria Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL) that covered last week. Of 138 influenza A samples tested, 60 were novel H1N1, 3 were H3N2, and 2 were seasonal H1N1. Victoria is the state with the most confirmed novel flu cases, 1,560 of Australia’s 3,519. Experts predicted that the new flu strain might push out seasonal strains as the southern hemisphere’s flu season progresses.[VIDRL weekly flu surveillance report]Part of UK moves away from pandemic flu containmentHealth officials in England said pandemic flu response in two parts of the country will shift from a containment to a management strategy, the London Daily Mail reported today. The change, which affects London and West Midlands, means that schools will no longer close and that antiviral medication will no longer be given to close contacts of flu patients, only those who have illness symptoms. Also, most illnesses will be diagnosed clinically rather than through lab testing.[Jun 26 Daily Mail story]Sanofi begins pandemic vaccine productionSanofi Pasteur, one of the five companies that are developing a novel H1N1 vaccine for the US market, said it began large-scale production on Jun 23, according to the company’s Web site. The company will still need to conduct clinical trials, which it said in an earlier statement could take place as early as August. In late May the company received a $190 million order from the US Department of Health and Human Services to make bulk vaccine and conduct other activities.[Sanofi timeline of novel flu vaccine developments]Two workers were sick at Argentine pig farmAnimal health officials from Argentina said yesterday in a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) that two workers at a pig farm where the animals tested positive for novel H1N1 were sick between Jun 7 and 9, but did not seek medical care or undergo testing. The report said pigs started getting sick on Jun 15. The virus sickened 30% of the 5,586 pigs, but none have died. The facility has its own restocking system, and no pigs have entered from outside the farm since July 2008.[Jun 25 OIE report]
Green New Deal sets goals for climateThe Green New Deal charts a way for our future. Without it, or something like it, we have no goal to work towards. Maybe we can’t accomplish it all by a certain date. But if we don’t start soon, we have no chance at all. Officials who deny climate change are not being honest with you and they aren’t protecting your best interests.They are thinking about their donors, many from the fossil-fuel industry, who want us to continue burning coal, oil and gas until the planet has no chance at all. If people aren’t aware of what is coming, they can’t protect themselves, their families or their property. We need strong, intelligent leaders at all levels of government to inform and challenge us. Climate change is a very scary issue. I agree, I’d rather not think about it either.But I can’t ignore it because reality smacks me in the face when we talk to our family in Alaska, where the climate is warming twice as fast as predicted.Ask your children what they are learning about climate change in school and how they feel about their future. They will have to live with the choices we make now. Take some time to read Bill McKibben’s new book “Falter,” James Hansen’s book, “Storms of My Grandchildren,” and Fred Pearce’s, “With Speed and Violence.”Those are among hundreds of books about climate change that will knock your socks off about the reality of desertification, climate refugees, melting permafrost, rising seas, storms and fires.We should have done something sooner, but we’d better do something now. We need a Green New Deal.Florence CarnahanSchenectady Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFocus commitment to the environmentWe must put a sharp focus on the need for government at all levels to incentivize good energy practices, regulate energy efficiency and discourage greenhouse gas emissions.New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) offers municipalities a broad variety of programs: • The Clean Energy Communities program provides no-match grants to help fund municipal projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. • Community Choice Aggregation allows municipalities to negotiate with clean energy suppliers for bulk purchase of low-cost renewable electricity for all customers in their jurisdiction (with opt-out provisions).• Other NYSERDA programs promote clean transportation, rooftop solar, community solar farms and more.Other efforts governments can promote: • Energy efficiency investments in buildings for heating and cooling systems, LED lighting, updated hot water heaters and kitchen appliances. Nearly 40 percent of United States’ energy demand comes from operating buildings. • Sustainable agriculture methods to sequester CO2 and reduce CO2 and methane emissions. • Healthful, Earth-friendly nutrition and dietary practices. Governments can pass legislation to commit to renewable energy goals, to stop initiating fossil fuel projects, to transition to zero emission transportation and heating and cooling of buildings, and to create new, equitable green sector employment opportunities. State legislators have proposed AB 3565, the New York Off Fossil Fuels Act to implement these policies.Let’s press our representatives for commitments like these in all of our communities.Amy Lauterbach PokornyBerne Ship immigrants to New York CityAs a Texan who summers in New York, I think I have a solution to the illegal immigrant problem that is costing us so much in social services here in Texas.Let’s see, the cheapest bus ticket from El Paso to the port authority New York City costs $162. We are on pace to get 1 million illegal immigrants this year.So moving them from El Paso to New York City (a sanctuary city whose mayor says they want them) would only cost $162 million. That’s less than the $181 million we plan to give El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala in 2019.Eureka, I have solved the problem and saved money.Cut all the money to those countries (ostensibly to improve living conditions there, which obviously hasn’t worked), ship the illegal immigrants to New York City and save United States taxpayers $19 million.William MalecFredericksburg, Texas The writer is a Galway summer resident.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccine
GUEST BLOG: Sen. Casey: As a Father, the Sexual Assault Crisis on College Campuses Is Personal It’s On Us PA, The Blog As a father to four daughters, including one in college, the sexual assault crisis on college campuses is personal. Every time a college student is the victim of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, we as a nation have failed that student. We must continue to build healthy, safe communities where students can learn and grow without fear, and where victims are provided immediate assistance and perpetrators are appropriately punished. As elected officials, but also as fathers, Governor Wolf and I take this responsibility seriously. On campuses, we must all step up to do the right thing: intervene before a problem occurs; promote dialogue and respect among members of the campus community; provide support and justice to victims.Throughout the past year, I have visited several college campuses in Pennsylvania to discuss the implementation of my Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (Campus SaVE) Act, which I passed into law as part of the Violence Act Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) in 2013. The Campus SaVE Act improves how campus communities respond to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. It helps to empower students and employees to end unhealthy relationships and seek assistance. Institutions must have clearly defined policies for reporting and conduct campus disciplinary proceedings. The Campus SaVE act targets this issue from the most crucial angles – improving prevention efforts and fostering collaboration among stakeholders, motivating everyone in the community to become involved in asserting that violence and abuse will not be tolerated, and ensuring that victims are supported.Each college I visited was working to comply with the Campus SaVE Act. After each visit, I was encouraged by the partnerships institutions are building to strengthen their community and keep students safe. Now that the law has been implemented for a school year, I look forward to continuing my dialogue with students and administrators to learn more about how the legislation is working, and what improvements can be made.Governor Wolf has also taken steps to eliminate campus sexual assault with the ‘It’s On Us PA’ campaign, which is the first statewide effort to address this crisis. Governor Wolf has made connections with over 50 rape crisis centers across the state who are ready to work with colleges and universities in Pennsylvania. This campaign will empower citizens in Pennsylvania to keep our students safe and end the scourge of sexual assault on college campuses.This crime is an ongoing crisis to which we must respond urgently and with compassion for victims. Those who commit sexual assault must be held fully accountable, and those who stand by must be empowered to speak up and support their peers. Everyone in the community must step up and work together. That is what Governor Wolf and I are doing at the state and federal level. By promoting the Campus SaVE Act and the ‘It’s On Us Campaign,’ we are one step closer to ensuring safety for all students on college campuses. June 13, 2016 By: U.S. Senator Bob Casey Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter