Stephen F. Austin Sweeps Final Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Weekly Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Stephen F. Austin’s 4×400-meter relay team of Drake Murphy, Antonio Ruiz, Isaiah Pittman and AJ Bennett and fellow Lumberjack Branson Ellis are the Southland Conference Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by Lumberjack 4x400m relay squad sealed a fourth-place finish at the Texas A&M Alumni Muster in College Station, Texas, over the weekend. The team combined for a 3:08.62 performance, logging the Southland’s third-fastest time of the season. The SFA squad is the first relay team to capture the weekly honor this season.Ellis cleared a mark of 18-4.75 feet in the pole vault also at the Texas A&M Alumni Muster. His performance placed him second overall in the event and stands as the Southland’s top mark in the pole vault this season.Southland teams will now set their focus on the 2019 Southland Outdoor Championships, beginning Friday in Natchitoches, La., hosted by Northwestern State. Events will be held at Walter P. Ledet Track Complex.Men’s Outdoor Track Athletes of the Week – 4x400m Relay (Drake Murphy, Antonio Ruiz, Isaiah Pittman and AJ Bennett), Stephen F. AustinThe mile relay team of Murphy, Ruiz, Pittman and Bennett closed out the Lumberjacks’ regular season with a new personal-best time of 3:08.62 in the 4×400. The performance beat out their previous time of 3:09.98 and placed the team in fourth overall in the event. Their outing stands as the 29th fastest time in the NCAA this season.Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week – Branson Ellis, Stephen F. Austin – Fr. – Tyler, TexasEllis leapt to a new career-best mark of 5.61m (18-4.75) at the Alumni Muster Meet, retaking the Southland’s top mark in the event and placing fifth in the NCAA this season.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

An ECG at an altitude of 10000 meters

first_imgAn ECG at an altitude of 10,000 metersAn ECG at an altitude of 10,000 metersMobile ECG system will improve medical care for emergencies on all long-haul Lufthansa flightsAssists cockpit crews when making decisions regarding medical emergenciesAlso new: Lufthansa passengers can now book medical travel assistanceAs the first airline in the world to do so, Lufthansa has equipped all long–haul aircraft with the mobile ECG (Electrocardiogram) system CardioSecur. In case of on-board medical emergencies, the compact, intuitive system will allow flight attendants without cardiological expertise to record an ECG for passengers and send the test results directly to a medical hotline on the ground. The system has initially been tested in 2018 on the A380 fleet and now, it will be available for medical emergencies on all long-haul aircraft within the Lufthansa fleet.“The health of our passengers is very close to our hearts. Especially when they are feeling unwell on board, they should know that they are in good hands with Lufthansa. The results of the resting ECG conducted directly onboard the aircraft provide a better basis for deciding whether it is necessary to divert a plane in order to provide medical care on the ground in case of medical emergencies,” says Dr. Sven-Karsten Peters, a cardiologist with the Lufthansa Medical Service, as he explains the advantages of the system.Cardiovascular complaints are the most common cause of medical incidents on board. If there are any doctors on the flight, they have been able to use the defibrillator so far as a workaround to better assess the situation. However, the results from that machine cannot replace an ECG.Getting started with telemedical care with the mobile ECG systemWeighing only 50 grams, the compact mobile ECG system developed and distributed by Personal MedSystems GmbH under the name CardioSecur does not take up much space or weight. It consists of an app on the flight attendant’s Cabin Mobile Device (mini iPad) and a small bag with an ECG cable and four disposable electrodes. If a passenger complains of heart trouble, the system can record an ECG in a few short steps: First, the flight attendant establishes an internet connection via the FlyNet WiFi network on the Cabin Mobile Device and starts the app. The crew then connects the ECG cable to the four electrodes and places them on the upper body of the unwell passenger. The app records a 12-lead ECG; additional parameters such as the patient’s age, weight, gender, blood pressure and oxygen saturation are captured manually.Fast and accurate data transfer to doctors on the ground via FlyNetThis data will then be transferred from the app to the medical hotline of International SOS (ISOS). This Lufthansa partner can be contacted by pilots and pursers 24/7 in case of medical questions. ISOS will evaluate the ECG and advise the cockpit crew via telephone based on the gathered data. The cockpit crew will then have to make the final decision on whether it is necessary to divert the plane. If there is a doctor among the passengers on board, they can use the expert mode on the app to monitor the heart activity.The existing program “Doctor on Board” allows the cabin crew to swiftly identify doctors present on board, including their specialties. This program provided by Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa and SWISS currently has 11,000 participating doctors from all specialties who can provide assistance in the case of medical incidents. For this purpose, an optimally equipped emergency kit that exceeds regulatory requirements is available, along with other materials. The crew is also well prepared for emergencies and receives first aid training every year.Also new: Lufthansa now offers a medical travel assistance serviceAn additional new feature: Lufthansa now offers a medical travel assistance service in cooperation with the service provider Medical Travel Companion. Passengers can choose to book either a nurse, a paramedic or a doctor to care of them during their entire flight. Lufthansa is the first European airline to offer this service. The medical companion program has different packages that passengers can choose from. Depending on their needs, customers can for example book medical supervision or wound management.Lufthansa as one of the leading airlines in the area of Health & MedicineAll in all, Lufthansa is a worldwide leader in Health & Medicine among airlines thanks to its extensive medical product portfolio.For more than 20 years now, Lufthansa has been the only commercial airline company that offers intercontinental intensive care transport: the Lufthansa Patient Transport Compartment (PTC) is available for the repatriation of people who are taken ill abroad or for the transportation of patients who require intensive medical care. The high-tech product is a kind of ‘flying ICU’ (intensive care unit) that unites state-of-the-art technology, competent specialists and efficient processes with the comfort and safety of an isolated ICU.In addition to that, Lufthansa offers a variety of medical services, for example a stretcher for pre-booked, non-intensive patient transports, provision of medical oxygen or seminars for stress-relieved flying as well as a separate Medical Operation Center (MOC). 365 days a year, the Lufthansa MOC supervises medical transports and answers passengers’ questions, for example regarding fitness for air travel or taking along medication.For more information on the topic, click on the following link: = Lufthansa Grouplast_img read more

NSF Counsel Lashes Out at Scientists Asking About Protections for Rotators

Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Email The National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) top lawyer has rebuked a group of U.S. scientists who asked for an explanation of its policies governing temporary workers. The response appears to have widened a rift between that community and NSF over a program designed to keep the agency on the cutting edge of research.Roughly one-third of NSF program officers are rotators, scientists who come to the agency for a few years from another institution to manage programs in their area of expertise. But unlike regular federal employees who are protected by civil service rules, rotators are “at will” workers who can be sent packing at the discretion of NSF or their home institution.Last fall, the executive committee of the 4000-member Space Physics and Aeronomy (SPA) section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) met during the annual AGU meeting to discuss NSF’s treatment of rotators. The discussion was triggered by a case involving Anja Strømme, a colleague whose stint at NSF had ended abruptly. (Strømme’s case was described in detail in ScienceInsider.) 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Specifically, they asked NSF to explain “the policies and procedures governing due process when disputes arise.”The 15 March letter cited the “crucial service” that rotators provide and the importance of attracting “the best individuals in our community.” But it also included an explicit warning: “In the absence of such documents, we will advise our peers against service as rotators.” As Klimchuk explains, “We’re concerned about what might happen to future rotators.”The letter went to NSF acting Director Cora Marrett. After it and several follow-up e-mails elicited no reply, the scientists mentioned their concerns in the section’s 5 May electronic newsletter.“Our understanding is that rotators serve ‘at will’ and can be dismissed without formal review or appeal at any time during their appointment,” wrote President-Elect David Sibeck, also at NASA Goddard. Sibeck noted that the problem isn’t simply one of rotators being shown the door without any recourse. A sudden dismissal, he wrote in the newsletter, “exposes researchers dependent on grant funding to the risk of an unexpected and significant interruption in funding.”Going public with their concerns seems to have had the desired effect. But a 14 May response from NSF’s general counsel, Lawrence Rudolph, wasn’t what the scientists were expecting.“We had hoped for a reply that said, ‘Here are our policies,’ ” Klimchuk explained. “Or maybe, ‘You’re right, we need to develop policies and we’re going to form a committee to look into the issue.’ ” Instead, Rudolph sent a blistering three-page statement that has upset the community. “We were very disappointed,” Klimchuk says. “The letter ignored our concerns, which focused on the working environment for future rotators.”Rudolph begins his reply by saying “I do not understand your ‘request’ ” for information about rotators because those policies “are already contained and referenced in the current agreements between NSF and the grantee institution.” He characterizes their intent to raise the issue with potential rotators as tantamount to blackmail: “It is so disappointing, therefore, that you tell us that if we do not acquiesce to your ‘requests’, you and your colleagues will personally tell other potential rotators not to come to NSF.”The NSF general counsel also dismisses the scientists’ concerns as naïve. “As for your due process concerns, you are apparently unwilling to accept that IPAs are not federal employees,” Rudolph writes. “If you were to make a similar demand to your respective universities or federal agencies … I doubt such a demand would be seriously considered.”Klimchuk says the policies that Rudolph referenced relate to an agency’s authority to hire rotators or to NSF’s policies regarding security, teleworking, ethical conduct, and other everyday workplace issues, not the questions he and his colleagues were raising. “Our point was that rotators don’t enjoy the same protections as regular civil servants,” he says.Klimchuk says the scientists also were dismayed that the NSF letter refers specifically to Strømme’s case, even though they hadn’t mentioned it. Even worse, he says, the letter casts aspersions on their knowledge of what happened.“[Y]ou presumably are upset over the departure of a particular rotator,” Rudolph writes. Two paragraphs later, he berates the scientists for “the fact that you and your colleagues apparently do not wish to even consider whether there might have been more than one side to whatever you may have heard, read, or been told.” At the same time Rudolph is blasting the scientists for being misinformed, however, he reminds them that “NSF has no intention of publicly ‘debating’ her departure” because “it would also be inappropriate and disrespectful.”Rudolph asked the section to publish his response, which ran in the 26 May issue of the section’s online newsletter alongside the section’s letter to NSF. Rudolph did not respond to a request from ScienceInsider to discuss his letter.Klimchuk says there are no immediate plans to reply to Rudolph’s letter and that “the prevailing view is not to take further action.” Although a few scientists want to pursue the issue, he says, many are worried that NSF could decide to punish them for criticizing the agency. At the same time, he says “we do intend to share our concerns with colleagues who might be thinking about becoming a rotator.”Strømme did not sign the SPA letter. But she e-mailed ScienceInsider that she is very upset by NSF’s response. “It saddens me that NSF does not seem to have an interest in fixing the very valuable and important but, unfortunately, broken IPA system,” writes Strømme, who returned to her previous job as a government contractor after leaving NSF in March 2013. “I am also surprised and disappointed that the OGC [Office of the General Counsel] is answering a general letter from the science community with a misguided and false attack on me [assuming I am the ‘rotator in question’ and that no other former female IPA is under a similar attack].”She adds, “I still hope we can at some point very soon stop this very destructive debate and work toward what I see as our common goal: To ensure a safe and healthy work environment for IPAs and to ensure good recruitment to IPA positions so the best funding decisions can be made within the foundation.”*Clarification, 9 June, 11:20 a.m.: The letter to NSF was not an official correspondence from the Space Physics and Aeronomy section of AGU but an expression of concern from individuals who are members of the section. read more