2 engineers to be 1st of their kind

first_imgGaudi, who is wrapping up one major class project and a few minor ones before graduating this month, has already landed a job with Northrop Grumman. She will be working on the F-35 fighter fuselage program in Palmdale. “That’s the whole idea of the program – grow your own engineers,” Gaudi said. “The idea is getting engineers who are used to the environment here and who don’t get freaked out when they come here and don’t see any trees.” The degrees will be awarded to Gaudi and Hecker by Fresno State University. Although the two did not have access to the same resources as their counterparts at the main campus, the curriculum was was the same. “It is a full-fledged engineering curriculum,” Hecker said. “It’s not some watered-down version.” The Lancaster University Center is the product of more than seven years of effort to address the region’s need for engineers. In addition to Fresno State, the partners in the effort are Lancaster city government, the Air Force Research Laboratory Propulsion Directorate, Antelope Valley College, California State University, Bakersfield, and NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center. LANCASTER There were lonely classes and long trips for laboratory work, but Rebecca Gaudi and Richard Hecker are about to become the Antelope Valley’s first “homegrown” engineers. Gaudi and Hecker will be the first to earn their bachelor’s degrees from the Lancaster University Center, a collaborative effort among academia, municipal government, the Air Force and NASA to allow students to complete their engineering course work in the Antelope Valley. Gaudi will earn a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, while Hecker will receive a degree in electrical engineering. The program is structured so students can take their freshman and sophomore courses at Antelope Valley College and then complete their upper-division work at the center, located at the former Antelope Valley Fairgrounds on Division Street north of AvenueI. The courses are offered in a mix of classes with a teacher in the classroom and computer-based classes from a distance. “We’ve worked hard to make sure the program is academically the same as at the main campus,” said Jeigh Shelley, a rocket lab researcher who is teaching at the center. “Having the program here is very important. There’s an incredible demand for engineers in the valley.” The center celebrated a major milestone last month when it opened its own mechanical-engineering lab. “We now have all the equipment to run all the laboratories,” Shelley said. “Commuting out of the area is no longer necessary.” For Gaudi, a single mom with two young children, having the center meant she was able to stay with her own mom while getting her education. “I could take care of her, and she could support me,” Gaudi said. “I took all my classes here. I did go to Fresno a handful of times – once to tour a facility for a design project.” For Hecker, there was one semester that required about a dozen trips to Fresno for lab work. Another class required a daylong lab session at Fresno to finish an assignment that couldn’t be done locally at the time. Hecker will take one last trip to Fresno to make a project presentation before graduating this spring. In addition to her Fresno trips, Gaudi also had to do some work one semester at the rocket lab because the center didn’t have the mechanical lab at the time. There are some drawbacks to distance learning. On campus, students have ready access to resources, such as counseling and support groups. “At a remote location, you are on your own,” Hecker said. There were also some lonely classes for both Gaudi and Hecker. “When I started the program, 90percent of the time I was the only student taking the class,” Hecker said. “I was taking classes with no one around.” Gaudi said in the majority of her classes she was either alone or with one other student. The biggest class had five students. The center currently has 13 students. “I’m happy the opportunity was here for me, and I hope it’s here for generations of engineers to come,” Hecker said. [email protected] (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

JAMAICA Doctors urged to be prudent when prescribing antibiotics

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 16, 2017 – Kingston – Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Sancia Bennett Templer, is calling on healthcare professionals to play their part in reducing antibiotic resistance by only prescribing and dispensing antibiotics when they are needed, and in accordance with current guidelines.“The ripple effect of antibiotic resistance is enormous, as when medications do not work as they should, the treatment process takes longer, which results in longer hospital stay and increased hospital costs.   This can also result in the increased economic burden on families and the society, and may even lead to disability and death,” she pointed out.Mrs. Bennett Templer was speaking at the launch of Antibiotic Awareness Week on Tuesday (November 14) at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Headquarters in St. Andrew.Identified as one of the most significant threats to public health in recent history, antibiotic (antimicrobial) resistance is the ability of a microorganism, such as bacterium, virus and some parasites, to prevent antibiotics, antivirals and antimalarials from working against it.   As a result, standard treatments become ineffective, infections persist and may spread to others, thereby increasing the prevalence of resistant bacteria in humans, animals, plants and the environment.The Ministry of Health’s National Surveillance Unit received 196 reports of multidrug-resistant organism infections in 2016. The medical diagnoses related to these multidrug-resistant organisms include urinary tract infections, bronchopneumonia, burns to the body, surgical procedures and wound infections.The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that more than 400,000 people develop multidrug-resistant tuberculosis each year, and drug resistance is starting to complicate the fight against HIV and malaria.Mrs. Bennett Templer is urging players in the agriculture sector to ensure that appropriate measures are in place to promote and apply good practices at all stages of production and processing of foods from animal and plant sources.Members of the public are advised to follow the prescribed dosage of the medication by public health officials; refrain from sharing antibiotics with friends or family members, and to follow the advice of the medical officer to use other types of medication where an antibiotic is not needed for treatment.Antibiotic Awareness Week is being observed from November 13 to 19 under the theme ‘Seek Advice from a qualified professional before taking antibiotics’.   It seeks to promote responsible use of antibiotics among medical practitioners and members of the public in order to combat antimicrobial resistance.The week of activities includes an Agriculture Day on November 16 at the Juici Patties Veranda, Clarendon Park; and a breakfast event at the Marriot Hotel in New Kingston and a Medical Symposium at the UWI’s Faculty of Medical Science on November 17.The symposium will be addressed by Dr. Arjun Srinivasan from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), who will present on the multidrug-resistant gonorrhoea disease.Antibiotic Awareness Week is organised by the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries; Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO); the University of the West Indies and the National Health Fund (NHF).The launch included a forum featuring presentations by representatives from the UWI Microbiology Department and the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries on the causes, spread and measures to prevent antibiotic resistance.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Dean Smith happy with Tammy Abrahams current form

first_imgAston Villa manager Dean Smith has expressed delight with Striker Tammy Abraham’s form“He’s got a love for Villa at the moment,” Smith said after his four goals in midweek via Birmingham MailOn his chances with England National team, Smith said:“Tammy Abraham is playing for England U21s at the moment”“Whether he gets to go and play for the full team or gets a call up, who knows?Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“All he can do is keep working hard and do what he is doing with us.“He has made people sit up and take note by scoring seven goals in four games.”Aston Villa have already held discussions with Chelsea about Tammy Abraham’s loan situation – and are hoping the season-long agreement stands.National reports today suggest that Abraham’s parent club are considering recalling the in-form striker in January, an option they can take up if they wish.However, assistant boss John Terry has spoken with officials at Stamford Bridge already this season, and head coach Dean Smith has also kept updated with the situation.last_img read more