A postdoctoral research position is available in the laboratory ofEric Nelson, M.D., Ph.D. at the Emerging Pathogens Institute,University of Florida. The overall goal of our laboratory is todevelop better methods to improve the care, diagnosis andmanagement of patients during large-scale diarrheal diseaseoutbreaks. Our model system is cholera and our primarycollaborative field sites are in Bangladesh and Haiti. In thefield, our research focuses on identifying and characterizing keyselective pressures that drive disease severity and transmission.At the University of Florida, we test hypotheses derived from thefield studies in animal models of infection and transmission.The current available project lies at the physiologic interfacebetween host and pathogen. Specifically, the first phase ofresearch involves characterizing the microbiota of human diarrhealdisease samples and identifying antimicrobial factors important topathogenesis and transmission (e.g. antibiotics by LC/MS andbacteriophage). Samples will be characterized for markers of smallbowel overgrowth, environmental enteropathy, and innate/ acquiredimmunity dysfunction. Descriptive findings will then be evaluatedfor causation in animal models using genetic manipulations ofpathogens of interest (e.g. Vibrio cholerae). The secondphase will involve two clinical studies. The first is to study theimpact of single-dose antibiotics on the microbiota inside andoutside the gastrointestinal tract during cholera infection. Thesecond study involves assessing a novel point of care diagnosticfor V. cholerae. The clinical studies will requireintermittent field research.The position is available as soon as possible. The position is atleast one year and extension is contingent on satisfactoryperformance. Although this is a funded position, the candidate isencouraged to apply for additional funding.Laboratory information is available at: https://nelson.research.pediatrics.med.ufl.edu/resources/ Ph.D. and at least 3 first-author publications in an indexedjournal are required. A molecular microbiology skill-set AND aninterest in global health are required. Experience with nextgeneration sequencing, bioinformatics (R), immunology, genedeletion/ complementation in bacteria, animal models of infection,project management and field research are desired.Email inquiries using the subject “Post Doc” to Dr. Eric Nelson ([email protected] ) arewelcome; however, applications must be submitted online.Review of applications will begin on November 22, 2019 and willcontinue until a sufficient applicant pool has beenestablished.Applications should include a cover letter/letter of interestincluding a statement of your research accomplishments andinterests, curriculum vitae, and list of three references.Selected candidate will be required to provide three letters ofrecommendation and an official transcript to the hiring departmentupon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if adesignation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned froman education institution outside of the United States are requiredto be evaluated by a professional credentialing service providerapproval by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services(NACES), which can be found at http://naces.org/ .If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for thisposition, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to workin the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’sSunshine Law.#category=35The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.
A county contractor spray-paints new lines that eliminate two lanes of traffic from West Avenue between 35th and 55th streets in Ocean City, NJ to make room for buffered bicycle lanes. A county contractor painted new lines on West Avenue south of 34th Street in Ocean City on Monday (April 27), and the four-lane road now has only two.The work is the final step in a plan to eliminate two lanes of traffic and replace them with two buffered bicycle lanes.Cape May County awarded the $164,334 restriping contract in March to Zone Striping Inc. of Glassboro.The new bicycle lanes on West Avenue in Ocean City are buffered on each side to separate bikes from traffic and from parked cars.The project changes the road from four lanes of traffic (two in each direction) to one in each direction with a center lane for left turns. That leaves room for five-foot bike lanes on each side of the road, separated from moving and parked cars by three-foot buffer zones.The new pattern is in effect between 35th and 55th streets.The reconfiguration marks a milestone in a years-long effort to create a safe bicycle route running the length of Ocean City. It also marks a major change for motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians who travel the south end of the island.__________Get Ocean City headlines delivered to your inbox. Sign up for the OCNJ Daily newsletter. It’s free.__________Proponents of the plan say changing West Avenue to two lanes — in addition to providing safer bicycle lanes — will help improve a dangerous four-lane crossing for pedestrians on the busy thoroughfare, where drivers often flout the 35 mph speed limit and fail to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.Opponents have expressed concern that the change would slow summer traffic and possibly push through-traffic onto adjacent Asbury and Central avenues. Some say they fear the increased bicycle traffic more than the vehicle traffic — with summer bicycle traffic often disregarding the rules of the road.Ocean City Police Capt. Steve Ang said last month that the department foresees increased safety for cars, bicycles and pedestrians.He said the single lane of traffic in each direction would have a “calming effect,” slowing speeds down and providing a safer environment for the bicycle lanes.Ang also said a pedestrian crossing of only one lane in each direction would eliminate the risks involved when cars use a second lane to slingshot past other cars that are stopped at pedestrian crosswalks.He said the department doesn’t anticipate any major traffic delays in the summer and never saw issues when a stretch of West Avenue between 34th Street and 10th Street was similarly reconfigured.Cape May County Engineer Dale Foster said the county conducted a traffic study not only to plan the reconfiguration but to provide a baseline to measure against future studies of traffic patterns on the south end — if changes are necessary.He said the summer bottlenecks typically occur at the traffic light at 34th Street and not in the travel lanes farther south.The project will provide a missing link in a north-to-south bicycle route the length of Ocean City.An existing bicycle corridor runs along Haven Avenue from Ninth Street to 34th Street. The city recently installed a new user-activated traffic signal to help bicycles cross the busy Ninth Street gateway, and the city has plans in the works now for improvements on the north end of Ocean City.
Papuk, the most beautiful mountain in Slavonia, and “flat” Slavonia has a mountain, is a favorite resort of mountaineers, hikers and tourists, and the number of tourists is growing from year to year. One of the motives for coming is certainly the geological and biological diversity and rich cultural and historical heritage, as well as the fact that the Papuk Nature Park is the first Croatian geopark under UNESCO protection of exceptional geological importance.This is supported by the fact that the Papuk Nature Park at the end of the tourist year recorded a record growth of 31% more visitors compared to 2016. Comparing the statistics of previous years, from 5.685 visitors in 2016, at the end of 2017, a significant increase was made to 7.470 visitors.The strongest tourist asset of the Park is certainly the Jankovac Forest Park, which this year again attracts the largest number of visitors, of which the largest share is domestic guests and most of them are school excursions. The signing of cooperation agreements with the founders of primary and secondary schools in Požega-Slavonia and Virovitica-Podravina counties also contributed to the increase in the number of visitors. Papuka.These results include only organized groups, ie visitors who have paid a ticket to the Park, while the total number of visitors to the Papuk Nature Park is many times higher. It is estimated that there are about 150.000 visitors. “We are proud of the effort we invest in providing all visitors with the most comfortable and quality stay in untouched nature, all the beauties and benefits it provides us. We believe that our visitors will recognize the potential of Papuk Nature Park in the future, that together we will strengthen and grow, and accordingly continue to achieve a positive growth trend in the number of visitors.” pointed out Alen Jurenac, director of the Papuk Nature Park.As of this season, the tourist offer of the Papuk Nature Park has been enriched with the first Camp resting place in the region, which at the end of 2017 recorded 185 visits and 248 overnight stays. The structure of the camp guests is in favor of foreign guests, namely guests from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, Poland and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Camp Duboka is included in the list of 38 best small camps in Croatia as part of the OK Mini Camps project. “One of the factors in increasing the number of visitors is, among other things, the continuous work on improving the tourist infrastructure, which has resulted in an increase in interest and a larger number of visitors. This year, the guard service of the Papuk Nature Park has intensified its work on education and professional guidance so that all interested visitors have the best possible experience of the protected area. ” Gordana Kukić points out the main guardian of the Park.PP Papku points out that several projects co-financed by European funds are underway, of which the most significant is certainly the UNESCO Geopark Geo Story project. The purpose of this project is to contribute to the acceleration of socio – economic development of municipalities and cities in the Park, which will reflect on the overall development of Virovitica – Podravina and Požega – Slavonia counties and strengthen their development potential. “Papuk Nature Park has come of age this year, and it has been 10 years since Papuk became the first geopark in Croatia. Thanks to the fact that Papuk is the first Croatian Geopark and that it is part of the UNESCO world network of geoparks, it certainly attracts an increasing number of guests. In addition to the benefits of branding the space and bringing guests to Geopark Papuk, a special value is the networking of geoparks and defining joint projects. Thus, the Danube Geo Tour project is in the implementation phase, in which 8 geoparks of the Danube region from Austria, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia are participating. In mid-January, we are preparing a new joint project with colleagues from geoparks, which is planned to be financed from EU funds – INTERREG CENTRAL EUROPE ” said Goran Radonić, expert manager of the Papuk Nature Park.The project includes investment in several locations that are thematically linked into one whole. It is planned to build and equip the Geo – info center Voćin, adapt and equip the halls in the House of the Pannonian Sea in Velika, install elements of the Adrenaline Park Duboka, reconstruct the road Slatinski Drenovac – Jankovac – County Border and build, upgrade and equip a total of 6 lookouts. In addition, a visitor management study and capacity building related to visitor safety are planned.Related news: PP PAPUK IS GOING TO NEW INVESTMENTS WITH MONEY FROM EU FUNDS
Jamaican athletes continue to impress with gold winning performance at the Commonwealth Games underway in the Gold Coast, Australia.On Wednesday morning Jamaica’s Aisha Praught created Caribbean track and field history when she, in remarkable fashion, won the women 3000meter steeplechase in a personal best time of 9:21.00 seconds. In winning the gold Praught defeated the event favorite Celliphine Chespol of Kenya who was second in a time of 9:22.61 secs. This is Jamaica’s first gold medal in steeplechase at a major event.On Tuesday, another Jamaican, Ronald Levy captured the men’s 110meters hurdles title. The 25-year-old clocked 13.19 seconds, leading a Jamaica one-two as teammate Hansle Parchment copped silver in 13.22. Australian Nicholas Hough stopped the clock at a personal best 13.38 to claim bronze.Javon Francis won bronze for Jamaica in the men’s 400m final with a season’s best of 45.11 seconds. The race was won by Botswana’s Issac Makwala in 44.35, while his compatriot Baboloki Thebe finished second in 45.09s.As of the close of Wednesday’s events Jamaica had won 3 gold, 5 silver and 6 bronze medals, placing 11th in the medal standings. Trinidad and Tobago had 1 gold and 1 silver to place 18th; Bermuda and Grenada with 1 gold medal to tie for the 21st place; the Bahamas with 1 silver to place 26th; and Dominica 1 bronze medal to place 31st.