British support for EU membership surges to all-time high

first_imgWednesday 25 February 2015 4:52 am by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesHistory 10[Gallery] The 25 Worst Casting Choices of All-TimeHistory 10ComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyDefinitionThe Most Famous Movie Filmed In Every U.S. StateDefinitionNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyTheFashionBallPrince Harry Admits Meghan Markle May Not Be The OneTheFashionBall Jeff Misenti Share British support for EU membership surges to all-time high More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comcenter_img A record number of Brits want the UK remain in the EU, according to a new YouGov poll.Some 45 per cent of voters said they don’t want a “Brexit”, compared with 35 per cent who would choose to leave. The numbers represent the largest lead for the pro-EU camp since YouGov’s records began. Support for the EU has ticked up by three per cent since last month. There has been a massive turnaround in people’s attitudes toward the EU. In May 2012, YouGov showed those who wanted to leave the EU leading by a whopping 23 points.Analysts at HSBC recently warned that the UK was threatening to leave the EU at the worst possible moment. The report, which was written by Simon Wells and Liz Martins said:We believe the UK should stay in the EU. There is no evidence that being a member has harmed the economy – and it may well have benefited.Wells and Martin argued Britain was well positioned to benefit from plans to create a single market in services and a capital markets union. But a Brexit would not be economically intolerable, the report added:We think that most of the fundamental attractions of London would not change and that the City could remain a global financial centre: Brexit would not mean terminal decline for the City.The British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) has urged any referendum on Britain’s EU membership to be brought forward to head-off the effects of economic uncertainty.Director General of the BCC John Longworth warned that if the EU didn’t embark on serious reform “business support for the European project is far from guaranteed”.However, for the time being, support for Brexit among captains of industry remains pitifully low at one per cent, according to pollsters Ipsos Mori.Labour leader Ed Miliband has ruled any prospect of a referendum should he win the General Election. David Cameron has promised a renegotiation of Britain’s terms of membership followed by a referendum.Perhaps unsurprisingly the up and downs in support for EU membership have closely tracked economic confidence and the various crises afflicting the Eurozone. YouGov said:One possible explanation for the movement towards ‘in’ is that voters have become less interested in disrupting the status quo as they have increasingly felt its rewards. whatsapp Tags: Brexit whatsapp Show Comments ▼last_img read more

‘Biocurious’ about biotech? Here are 10 must-follow Twitter accounts

first_img Gaze into the abyss of biotech Twitter and you’ll find a bramble of obtuse acronyms, confusing abbreviations, and a weird propensity for using dollar signs as hashtags. But within that sprawl are some leading 140-character authors who provide all-important insight, clarity, and context to those hoping to understand the fast-growing industry of drug development.Sometimes they’re even funny.We’ve put together a list of 10 such illuminating feeds for the biocurious. Important note: We’ve left off the great many journalists you should probably be following already. We’ve also omitted some of the entrepreneurs and commentators who have thousands of followers as it is. That’s not a slight; we just figure those people are already on your radar.advertisement By Damian Garde and Meghana Keshavan Aug. 22, 2016 Reprints @damiangarde NewslettersSign up for The Readout Your daily guide to what’s happening in biotech. National Biotech Reporter Damian covers biotech, is a co-writer of The Readout newsletter, and a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. Damian Garde @megkesh Alex Hogan/STAT Privacy Policy About the Authors Reprints The witty Brit: @maverickNYSally Church is a jolly nerd who tweets out incisive observations of the biotechnology industry, providing more detailed analysis on her useful, but pricey, Biotech Strategy Blog. The Novartis alum-turned-life science marketer is a fangirl of good science, but isn’t afraid to call out BS when she sees it — particularly when it comes to her field of expertise, oncology.The legal mind: @jsherkowPatents are important in biotech, as the latest multimillion-dollar fracas suggests. And Jacob Sherkow, a professor at New York Law School, is an expert in the field. Look to him for context on the latest squabbles over biosimilars, thoughts on the legal implications of data sharing, and tweetstorms about the future of CRISPR.The regulatory maven: @fdaadcommThe murky waters of regulatory policy are daunting for some — but not for Jessica Adams, who ardently tracks the goings-on of the Food and Drug Administration’s scientific advisory committees as part of her gig as a consultant for Tarius, a regulatory research outfit. Hers is a no-frills account that will keep you abreast of FDA’s long-winded but all-important priorities day to day — in 140 characters.The scientific nitpicker: @VinayPrasad82Let’s just all admit it: Biopharma data can be sliced and diced in a way that’s often overly flattering — particularly when it comes to survival rates for cancer. Dr. Vinay Prasad, a hematologist-oncologist in Oregon, uses his Twitter feed to cut through to the core of what’s presented in a clinical trial or academic paper. Don’t argue with him on progression-free survival. He’ll school you.The skeptic: @sciencescannerDavid Grainger, a partner at biotech investor Medicxi Ventures, is quick to raise a finger on the latest hype-fueled to-do in biotech. From his perch in the UK, he pokes holes in widely reported studies, dispels convenient myths about biotech, and bemoans the misleading jargon companies use to sway public opinion.The rockstar VC: @lifescivcIf only all life sciences venture capitalists were as transparent as Bruce Booth. A stalwart, really, of the biotech blogosphere, the Atlas Ventures VC (and “recovering scientist”) is a ready source of useful and current info on early-stage life science investment. On occasion, he punctuates his bioscience commentary with quotes from luminaries like Ansel Adams, Christopher Hitchens, and Metallica.The number cruncher: @maxjacobsedisonBiotech is a business, after all, and businesses are supposed to make money. But amid all the hype of unmet needs and futuristic science, many drug developers are quietly burning the candle at both ends. Maxim Jacobs, head of healthcare research at Edison, is a pro at digging through the mire of financial filings and asking key questions like, “Shouldn’t this company be bankrupt?”The individualist investor: @bradloncarPerched yonder in Kansas City, private investor Brad Loncar isn’t afraid to turn a skeptical and opinionated eye to the biotech industry. Notably, he’s built up a cancer immunotherapy index, and reliably tracks the performance of 30 large cap and growth biotechs in that space. In a former life, Loncar worked in politics.The contrarian: @zbiotechSpeaking of those anonymous investors, here’s one more. Zach, as he’s called on Twitter, is lightning-fast to tweet breaking news but does so with a heavy heap of sarcasm, skepticism, and disdain for the cloying optimism that sometimes flows from the mouths of biotech executives. [email protected] Meghana Keshavan Leave this field empty if you’re human: Instead, here are some interesting, if lesser-known, guideposts from biotech’s vibrant Twitter community.The mystery guru: @andybiotechThere are a great many anonymous investors on biotech Twitter, shouting up or down at various companies from the safety of their egg avatars. But none is like AndyBiotech, whoever he or she is. With a comprehensive grasp on the industry and its many players, Andy provides context for key data readouts, spots underreported news, and combs through documents for interesting tidbits.advertisement Biotech‘Biocurious’ about biotech? Here are 10 must-follow Twitter accounts Biotech Correspondent Meghana covers biotech and contributes to The Readout newsletter. Please enter a valid email address. [email protected] Tags biotechlast_img read more

This insulin maker is running out of money. Its solution? Reality TV

first_img STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. “Reversed” cast members sign a “contract” promising to stick to healthy habits for managing their diabetes. Alissa Ambrose/STAT By Rebecca Robbins June 5, 2017 Reprints MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — The drug manufacturer MannKind has been burning through millions of dollars each month. It only has 3,000 patients taking its sole product, an inhalable form of insulin. It recently said it doesn’t have enough cash to get to the end of this year.So why, then, is the company sponsoring a reality TV show filmed here in this tropical resort town? Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. This insulin maker is running out of money. Its solution? Reality TV Business Log In | Learn More Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED What’s included? What is it? GET STARTED Tags diabetesfinancepatientspharmaceuticalswellnesslast_img read more

Muslims on no-fly list can sue FBI agents for damages, Supreme Court says

first_imgAdvertisement Fort Myers correctional officer arrested for trying to smuggle drugs into prison April 2, 2021 FBI releases new videos of people involved in the Capitol riots March 19, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementTags: FBISupreme Court WASHINGTON / CNBC — The Supreme Court ruled in favor of three Muslim men who said were placed or kept on the government’s no-fly list in retaliation for refusing to serve as terrorism informants for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.Thursday’s ruling was one of four decided, among the first decisions of the current term, which will end over the summer. All of the cases were decided unanimously, CNBC reported.The court wrote in a unanimous opinion authored by Justice Clarence Thomas that Muhammad Tanvir, Jameel Algibhah, and Naveed Shinwari may sue individual FBI agents for money damages under a federal law protecting religious exercise.Tanvir, Algibhah, and Shinwari said that they were approached by FBI agents and were pressured to give information about other Muslims. They argued at the court that the FBI told them that they could only be removed from the government’s no-fly list if they “served as government spies in their religious communities.”center_img Supreme Court agrees to hear major gun-rights case April 26, 2021 AdvertisementAfter the three men sued, they were eventually told that they were no longer on the list. However they said they had been “prohibited from flying, sometimes when they were headed to visit loved ones or to start a new job, or on their way home from a trip abroad, stranding them overseas.”Placement on the secretive no-fly list, which is overseen by the FBI, prevents someone from boarding an aircraft that travels to, from or over the United States. The size of the list has grown dramatically since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and according to some reports includes more than 80,000 names.“The Court’s unanimous decision also sends a clear message to FBI agents who should think twice now before abusing the power to put people on the No-Fly List,” Ramzi Kassem, a professor at The City University of New York School of Law, said. Supreme Court rejects Republican-led challenge to Affordable Care Act June 17, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisementlast_img read more

WATCH: Staff at Laois service station take on Jerusalema Dance Challenge

first_img TAGSApplegreen PortlaoiseJerusalema Dance Challenge Home News Community WATCH: Staff at Laois service station take on Jerusalema Dance Challenge NewsCommunity WhatsApp Electric Picnic WATCH: Staff at Laois service station take on Jerusalema Dance Challenge Inga said: “In these difficult times, it was such a great time spent with the team.“And in fairness to the team, they stepped up and absolutely smashed it.”The challenge has really taken off in Laois with a nursing home, hospital, secondary school, retail outlet, rehab care facility and hotel among those to have completed it.The original video was first posted in South Africa last September, the song “Jerusalema” was released by South African musicians Master KG and Nomcebo Zikode in 2019, with much of the lyrics in Zulu.The song has been streamed more than 60 million times on Spotify and has been named the world’s most popular track on Shazam.It has also taken off on TikTok with many videos dedicated to it.The global challenge began after Angolan dance troupe Fenómenos do Semba shot a video of themselves dancing to the song in February.The video is set in a backyard in Luanda, where they break into a group dance, all the while eating lunch from plates in their hands.Since then, the gospel-influenced house song and accompanying dance challenge has offered uplifting moments during the pandemic, not only in South Africa but worldwide too.The dance has become a viral sensation performed at police stations, hospitals, restaurants and many public places across the world. Even priests, nuns and monks from Zimbabwe to Montreal have taken part.You can watch the video by clicking here.SEE ALSO – Laois Gardai detain one person following €270,000 drugs seizure By Alan Hartnett – 20th February 2021 Council WhatsApp Midway Food Court Jersusalema Dance Challenge The Jerusalema Dance Challenge has given us all a great laugh over the last few weeks – and we have another Laois effort here.The staff in the various outlets of the Applegreen Midway Food Court off the M7 have strutted their stuff.Site manager Inga Gudaviciene said that they recorded the footage in a bid to brighten people’s moods. Previous articleFr Paddy: Renewing Faith, Hope and Love – Pope Francis’ message for Lent 2021Next articleLaois football manager lends his voice to the calls for getting children back playing sport Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Twittercenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Facebook Pinterest Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Pinterest Twitter Electric Picnic Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 monthslast_img read more

Retirement elusive for many Canadians: LIMRA

first_img Earnings surge for Great-West Lifeco in Q4 A new LIMRA Secure Retirement Industry report finds that nearly a third of Canadians aged 55 to 70 do not know when they will retire. The oldest members of the group (ages 65 to 70) are the most undecided about when they will retire, with about one in 10 having no intention of ever retiring. “Many in Canada are scaling back their expectations about retirement, and are either undecided about when they’ll retire or don’t ever plan on retiring,” said Sally Bryck, associate research director, LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute. “These findings point to a strategic, education and savings shortfall.” Keywords Retirement Related news Snowbirds win legal battle to reinstate out-of-province medical coverage Survey finds Canadians aren’t sure how much they’ll need for retirement Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media IE Staff The report, Ready, Set, Retire? Not So Fast!…Revisited: A Canadian Consumer Retirement Study, is a follow-up to two previous studies that LIMRA conducted in Canada, one in 2010 and the other, 2012. “Our 2014 study has found that even when they are eligible to retire, some Canadian pre-retirees will not have enough money to retire, and will remain working — if their health and employer even allow them to continue to work,” said Bryck. As in 2012, the majority of Canadian pre-retirees acknowledge in the latest study that they will need more guaranteed lifetime income in retirement than they expect to receive through their government pension plans. More than a fifth of those surveyed say having guaranteed income for life is the most important feature when selecting products to create income in retirement. “This gap creates an abundance of opportunities for the financial services industry to help pre-retirees chart a course to a solvent retirement,” noted Bryck. Three in 10 pre-retirees do not have primary financial advisors to reach their financial goals. But among those pre-retirees who have financial advisors, six in 10 consider the advice they receive to be very valuable. “There’s been renewed emphasis on the importance of planning for retirement, so this may be playing a key role in the uptick,” said Bryck. “And our report shows the value advisors can bring to the retirement equation.” “It’s good that awareness is growing around the need for thinking ahead. But the industry, through outreach, can do more to educate and advise pre-retirees about what they should be doing and when they should be doing it. This can go a long way toward improving retirement readiness across Canada,” said Bryck. LIMRA conducted the study in late 2013. The sample included 1,800 respondents polled by research vendor Greenwich Associates.last_img read more

OSC bans convicted fraudster

first_img BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator Reeve’s conviction stemmed from a scheme that involved soliciting investors to make various high-return, low-risk investments that were then diverted to purposes such as making repayments to other investors (often called a Ponzi scheme), to finance his failing businesses and to make spousal support payments.The OSC panel found that Reeve’s conviction involved securities, as the transactions in investment contracts met the legal test to qualify as securities. It ruled that a permanent ban was necessary.“I respectfully agree with Justice Skarica’s characterization of this matter as “an overwhelming case of fraud”,” Timothy Mosely, panel chairman, wrote in the panel’s reasons and decision, adding that the fraud involved a large number of victims, a large amount of money and a breach of trust which, “has the potential to affect investor confidence in investment firms and, ultimately, the Canadian financial system.”“This case is among the most serious to have come before the commission. Only a permanent ban on Mr. Reeve participating in the capital markets would adequately protect investors and those markets,” Mosely wrote.Reeve did not participate in the OSC’s proceedings. Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media An Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) panel has permanently banned a financial planner who is already serving a 14-year jail sentence for an “egregious” fraud that saw investors lose more than $10 million in an apparent Ponzi scheme, the OSC announced Tuesday.The panel banned Daniel Reeve, a planner in the Kitchener, Ont. area, from trading and registration on the strength of his conviction for fraud last year. On Oct. 13, 2017, Reeve was sentenced to 14 years in jail and ordered to pay $10.9 million in restitution to his victims after being convicted for defrauding at least 41 investors of between $10 million and $12 million. PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case Block letters spelling fraud, with magnifying glass andreypopov/123RF James Langton Keywords Fraud,  EnforcementCompanies Ontario Securities Commission last_img read more

Evergreen Public Schools gives an update on hybrid learning plans

first_imgEvergreen Public Schools gives an update on hybrid learning plansPosted by Jacob GrannemanDate: Friday, January 29, 2021in: Newsshare 0 District teachers push back in public comment period saying return to in-person is not safeVANCOUVER — During their school board meeting this week, the Evergreen Public Schools board discussed plans for continuing to bring students back for in-person learning.Superintendent Mike Merlino relayed information from various school principals that the current K-3 students who are back in person are doing well. The district hopes to bring back fourth and fifth graders next week, with middle schoolers anticipated to return in mid February following continued downward trends in case numbers. Students returning to school will be required to wear face coverings as well as practice physical distancing to the best of their abilities. Photo courtesy of EPSStudents returning to school will be required to wear face coverings as well as practice physical distancing to the best of their abilities. Photo courtesy of EPS“If we take roughly 75 percent of the kids, choosing the on site versus remote we’re getting to the point where just in elementary, we’re bringing in a little over 4000 kids, which is a big thing for us,” said Superintendent Mike Merlino. “With expansion of elementary, with what we’re doing with students with IEPs, with the set team expansions, with some of the athletic things that we have supporting our kids, I think we’re pushing a number probably well over 6,000-7,000 kids at this point, which is a very positive thing.”The Washington Department of Health maintains that a community experiencing more than 350 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people over two weeks should have schools phase-in pre-K through grade five in a hybrid model. Evergreen is currently in the second half of this process.Merlino also touched on vaccinations ramping up in the county, and said he intends to continue conversations with other area superintendents and districts to coordinate the best way to get vaccinations done for teachers and students when it is possible.  In the realm of athletics, the superintendent reiterated that some sports will be able to resume practices next week so as to be ready when an adjusted competition schedule is set for each sport. Tennis, cross country and boys golf will all be available again at the start of February, as their season starts have been bumped up by the district.  “So it could be that if a fall sport can’t start right away, we wait until we get to the point where we’re in phase two or whatever point in time if the governor were to change phases that we could then participate,” Merlino said. “So the season could go longer than the six weeks, they may overlap a little bit because we just want to give kids opportunities any way that we can.”The district also heard updates on how students can continue singing and playing instruments in band, orchestra and choir. Limits on singing are set at 30 minutes of less and special three-layer surgical-style masks must be worn. Spacing is extended to 9-feet and wind instruments must have bell-coverings. Staff is currently working on procuring those masks and covers for students. Elementary students are the first to go back, followed by middle schoolers and then high school which will have freshman return a week before the other grades. Photo courtesy of EPSElementary students are the first to go back, followed by middle schoolers and then high school which will have freshman return a week before the other grades. Photo courtesy of EPSMerlino also said Evergreen administered the PSAT to 300 students at the start of the week, and is on track to administer the SAT in the next month. During the public comment portion of the evening, all those that spoke were district teachers conveying their concern and disappointment at the continued push for return to in-person learning; citing health safety concerns. The previous week, the board experienced a somewhat tumultuous public comment time from frustrated parents as well as educators.“Unfortunately, in K-3 we have seen firsthand over the last few weeks how the unnecessarily rushed timeline to return as many students and staff as possible as soon as humanly possible before vaccines are available has jeopardized the mental and physical health of students and staff and families,” said Jenni Bradley, a first grade teacher at Crestline Elementary School. “I encourage you all to return to the school buildings that your decisions have returned students and staff to and see for yourself and talk to the students and staff and families that you have been elected to represent and protect.”A consistent complaint among the educators that spoke to the board was teachers not being allowed to work from home on Wednesday’s which are remote days for all students, and students being permitted to remove their masks to eat in the classroom. Educators said they hoped the school board would reconsider its decision to prevent teachers from doing their task remotely on the days it does not affect students so as to reduce time in the school building. When middle and high school students do return, sixth and ninth graders, respectively, will return several days before the other grades to better acclimate to their new schools. The district will update their plan on a weekly basis, and parents can find additional info at the in-person return page here.  AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : WATCH: Clark County TODAY LIVE • Friday, January 29, 2021 Next : Protestors force Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital into lockoutAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Husek takes helm at OPI, Luftig brings new focus to student success initiative

first_img Published: Feb. 9, 2015 Since August 2013, the Office of Performance Improvement (OPI) has been working across the CU-Boulder campus to provide academic and nonacademic units with the strategies, tools, methods and resources necessary to improve quality and performance. Jeff Luftig, who has been leading this office since its founding, will be moving into a new role to provide data analytics and key support to the new student success and retention initiatives. Cynthia Husek has agreed to assume the OPI directorship effective Monday, Feb 9. Luftig will also be leading an effort to develop new distance-learning classes for professional masters, regular masters degrees and selected undergraduate courses to be presented online.Husek, who has been on the CU-Boulder campus for 16 years, has most recently been providing daily leadership for the Office of Contracts and Grants (OCG) as part of her position as assistant vice chancellor for research operations. “Jeff [Luftig] and I are in agreement about taking OPI to the next level, while continuing to nurture and grow what he has built” said Husek. “I’m looking forward to leading OPI as it continues to evolve to more broadly serve the academic and nonacademic units across campus, whatever their mission.”Husek explains that OPI is currently working with over 46 units on campus and there is a wait list of units waiting to engage with themLuftig says he plans to dive even deeper into the data analytics work he has been doing to support student success.“I have been spending a chunk of my time tracking data related to student success, persistence and graduation rates across all schools and colleges at CU-Boulder,” said Luftig.“I’ve also been conducting strategically identified research studies on various aspects of retention, success and graduation at the request of Provost Moore and other senior academic administrators.”Luftig explains that these studies, which can be found on the OPI website, help our faculty and staff better understand which approaches are — and are not — working so that we more effectively support students success and graduation. Luftig will continue to provide strategic guidance and support to the OPI for as long as he is needed.“I’m grateful to Jeff [Luftig] for his leadership of the OPI, and I’m excited to continue the work he has led,” said Husek. I’m looking forward to serving more units on campus. Just as important, though, I’m excited to continue our work with units with whom we’ve developed strategic plans and continue to help them move comfortably into a culture of continuous improvement.” Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Faculty in Focus: Immigration is central issue for new state historian

first_img Related Articles Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail By Clint Talbott • Published: Aug. 31, 2019 The topic is timely and important, but discussions about it are mired in ideology and falsehoods, says William Wei, CU Boulder and state historianFor William Wei, the past is a very vivid prologue, and he hopes to bring that perspective to Colorado in the coming year.  Wei, professor of history at the University of Colorado Boulder, has been named the state historian by History Colorado, an arm of state government whose aim is to help residents understand what it means to be a Coloradan “by sharing powerful stories, honoring our state’s treasured memories and creating vibrant communities.”Wei, who is also editor in chief of the Colorado Encyclopedia, an online reference on the Centennial State, has focused much of his scholarly energy on modern China and on Asian America, specifically on Chinese Americans in the context of the Chinese diaspora. In recent years, he has focused on Colorado, and his most recent book is Asians in Colorado: A History of Persecution and Perseverance in the Centennial State. He recently answered five questions about state history and being the state historian:1. You’ve said you hope to use the role of state historian as a bully pulpit to address important contemporary issues and provide historical context, to improve the quality of public discourse. What issues in Colorado history do you see as most relevant today?The issue that most concerns me is immigration, which, as you know, is a major topic in our national discourse, one with significant implications for Colorado’s future development. Yet discussions about it are mired in ideology and politics without being based on real knowledge about immigration to our country and to our state. People have been recycling the usual tropes about immigrants. One of the things that people would learn from knowing the history is that what is being said about immigrants today has been said about past immigrants. It hardly matters which group of immigrants they are: Irish, Italian, Greek, Jewish, Mexican, Central American, Chinese, etc. By the way, the immigrant miner should be the symbol of the American West rather than the romanticized cowboy, given their relative contributions to the development of the region. Immigrant miners did the hard work in unearthing Colorado’s mineral riches. They dug up the gold and silver that helped create the state’s wealth. I would tell the room full of high-school students that they are likely to see future cycles of persecution when the country experiences crises. The reason is, whenever socioeconomic or political crises arise, people look for scapegoats, and they find them among our most vulnerable citizens. Unlocking a century’s worth of congressional testimony CU Boulder historian wins NEH-Mellon fellowship for digital publication. Read more Another issue of great concern is how Coloradans have exploited our precious natural resources in the past. They are precious because they are finite and we may very well exhaust them at the current rate of use. Take water, for instance. Without it, Coloradans would be left high and dry, literally. Historically, we have exploited the state’s resources for mainly for short-term economic gain, a practice that has led to the state’s well-known boom-and-bust economy. This approach may have seemed reasonable at the time, but we now know it has left a costly legacy for later generations of Coloradans. Knowing how we have dealt with our natural resources in the past and its consequences, good and bad, can guide how we use them in the future. It is in our self-interest to manage these resources intelligently.2. You’ve said the most significant artifact in the History Colorado “Zoom In” exhibition is the 1894 ballot box from El Paso County because voting is central to a democratic society, and 1894 was the first election in which women were able to vote in statewide elections. Do you believe Coloradans are as committed to universal suffrage and election integrity now as they apparently were then? Yes, I believe Coloradans are committed to universal suffrage and believe in the equality of women, at least when it comes to voting and having women hold public office. We have 47 women serving in the State Legislature, which is higher than any other state except for Nevada. More needs to be done to attain equality for women, however. As long as women only make 78 cents for every dollar men make for doing the same job, then there is inequality. And as long as women face a glass ceiling preventing them from holding positions that they are entitled to because of merit and experience, then there is inequality. Such gender inequality is detrimental to us all.I also believe Coloradans are committed to election integrity. Colorado has earned the reputation of being one of safest places to cast a vote. However, we must never become complacent. America’s adversaries are relentless. We need to be constantly vigilant against cyberattacks designed to undermine our electoral process and democratic society. 3. Next year will mark the 75th anniversary of the closing of the Amache internment camp; to what extent does that chapter in our history inform our discussion of civic issues today?Fortunately, Colorado social studies teachers discuss Amache and America’s other concentration camps during World War II as part of the regular high school curriculum. So students know that the imprisonment of an estimated 120,000 Japanese Americans, most whom were citizens of the United States, was unjust.  Colorado Gov. Ralph L. Carr welcomed Japanese Americans to the state and opposed FDR’s internment camps. His principled stance cost him his political career. They know that Japanese Americans were found guilty and sent to prison because of their race rather than anything they had actually done. They know that the federal government had committed the most blatant mass violation of civil liberties in American history and it should not be repeated. Some of our leaders have pointed to this tragic chapter in our history to teach people that it is wrong as well as illegal to call for mass incarceration or violence against an ethnic group.The 75thanniversary of the closing of the Amache concentration camp is an opportunity to reiterate this important lesson in civics. It is also be an opportunity to express pride in the fact that Ralph L. Carr, Republican governor of Colorado, did the right thing in standing up for the Japanese Americans at the cost of his political career. Carr welcomed Japanese Americans to come and resettle in Colorado and help build up the state’s economy—in contrast to all other Western governors who did everything they could to keep Japanese Americans out. He was a real profile of courage, which is sorely lacking today among many of our political leaders.4. Your latest book, Asians in Colorado: A History of Persecution and Perseverance in the Centennial State, is said to offer a fresh perspective on how cycles of persecution are repeated. If you were to tell a room full of high-school students briefly what this means, what would you say?I would tell the room full of high-school students that they are likely to see future cycles of persecution when the country experiences crises. The reason is, whenever socioeconomic or political crises arise, people look for scapegoats, and they find them among our most vulnerable population. When the cycle starts again, it is important that students are prepared to guard against such unjust actions. As Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”5. Why is it important for Coloradans to know Colorado history? Knowing Colorado history and by extension U.S. history is important because people will learn that they are a product of the past, and that their identity and values have been shaped by what has gone before. Understanding this whole process gives us a choice that we don’t have otherwise to affirm ideas we have inherited or to challenge them. As history shows, nothing is immutable. It’s liberating to have this perspective. And exhilarating, because knowing the different choices people before us made and seeing how those choices turned out, opens up a whole world of possibilities in the future. We can imagine a future that’s right for us. This is part and parcel of the Colorado ethos. Colorado has always been a place where people have had the chance to make, or remake, themselves as they wish. William Wei says the symbol of the American West should be the immigrant miner rather than the cowboy. At the top of the page is an image of the Red Cross combing the aftermath of the Ludlow Massacre, in which the national guard in 1914 slaughtered striking coal miners, many of whom were immigrants, in southern Colorado. Photo courtesy of History Colorado. ‘CU legend’ Joyce Lebra honored by Japanese government First American woman to earn a PhD in Japanese history (and first female professor in CU Boulder history department) recognized for trailblazing scholarship Read more CU scholars named American Council of Learned Societies fellows Three University of Colorado Boulder professors have won prestigious fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies. The three are among 69 fellows chosen from 1,100 applicants. Read more Tags:HistoryOutreachlast_img read more