Fugro’s subsea engineering solutions key to Ireland’s Corrib gas field integrity

first_imgThe Fugro’s project included deepwater pipeline surveys, inspection of subsea structures, and maintenance tasks using FCV3000 Fugro’s subsea engineering solutions key to Ireland’s Corrib gas field integrity.(Credit: Fugro.) Fugro has used the survey vessel Edda Sun to deliver an inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) project for Corrib, Ireland’s biggest natural gas field, on behalf of Vermilion Exploration and Production Ireland Limited (Vermilion).The project included deepwater pipeline surveys, inspection of subsea structures, and maintenance tasks using Fugro’s FCV3000 remotely operated vehicle (ROV), and the Edda Sun is now returning to the North Sea to continue its 2020 IRM programme.Before mobilising offshore, Fugro combined subsea virtual simulation, engineering design and physical testing to develop a predictive understanding of the offshore inspection and maintenance tasks. This provided in-depth knowledge of the project’s critical points, ensured efficient operational planning, and allowed task scenarios to be tested ahead of project execution, delivering complete fulfilment of the project scope and timeline.Karl Daly, Fugro’s Director for IRM services in Europe, said: “We are extremely pleased to have worked with Vermilion to ensure the safety and integrity of Ireland’s natural gas infrastructure. Our in-house IRM expertise and technology, together with this state-of-the-art vessel, allow us to provide cutting-edge, cost-efficient IRM solutions for marine asset integrity projects such as these.” Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

USS Nitze Hosts ROTC Future Officers as Part of CORTRAMID

first_img USS Nitze Hosts ROTC Future Officers as Part of CORTRAMID View post tag: News by topic View post tag: future View post tag: Nitze The Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94) hosted ROTC future officers as part of Career Oriented Training for Midshipmen (CORTRAMID) July 25-28.Twenty-five ROTC midshipmen embarked aboard the Norfolk-based ship as part of an effort to help the future leaders determine the specialty in which to begin their naval career.The group, made up of college students who just finished their freshman year at schools across the country, were treated by Nitze’s crew to a display of life as a surface warfare officer, or SWO. It was most of the midshipmen’s first time ever getting underway or even being on a ship.“By the second or third day, if you don’t know your way around the ship, if you don’t think about it, usually you’ll end up there,” said Midshipman 3rd Class Cole Gray, an aerospace engineering student at the University of Oklahoma.Before coming aboard USS Nitze, the future officers were introduced to career fields in aviation and the Marine Corps.“I liked my experience here a lot,” said Midshipman 3rd Class Trevor Devisser, a technical engineering student at the University of Rochester. “It’s very interesting and eye-opening. I’ve never been on a destroyer before so I never had any ‘first-hand’ experience with how a ship really operates.”The midshipmen practiced different training exercises while aboard, such as donning the self-containing breathing apparatus and firefighting ensembles and manning the water hoses.“As an officer, I hone my own abilities to train young people to do great things,” said Cmdr. Christopher A. Nerad, Nitze commanding officer. “I view it as my responsibility to pass on to them so that they can have value later in life.”The midshipmen will now move on from the surface ship to spend time with submarines.[mappress]Source: navy, July 29, 2011; View post tag: part View post tag: CORTRAMID July 29, 2011 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: ROTC View post tag: hosts View post tag: Officers View post tag: USS Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Nitze Hosts ROTC Future Officers as Part of CORTRAMID Share this articlelast_img read more

AY20-21 Adjunct Faculty, Physical Therapy

first_imgType of SearchExternal * Do you have experience teaching in graduate and/orundergraduate programs at an accredited college or university?YesNo Quicklink for Postinghttps://employment.govst.edu/postings/5342 Posting Date07/03/2020 Position TypeAdjunct Posting NumberFA0344P Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Position’s Functional TitleAY20-21 Adjunct Faculty, Physical Therapy A Master’s degree in a related discipline. Online teaching experience. Closing Date07/31/2021 Special Instructions to Applicants Minimum Qualifications * Please select your availability to teach.Days onlyEvenings onlyWeekends onlyDays and Evenings onlyDays, Evenings and WeekendsEvenings and Weekends onlyOnline only Governors State University’s College of XXXXX seeks to create anavailable pool of Adjunct Faculty candidates to teach courses inour Physical therapy departments. Courses taught by adjunct facultyin the above programs are for undergraduates, graduates, or acombination of both. Please visit www.govst.edu for moreinformation about the programs and courses offered forundergraduates and graduates.Interested individuals are invited to complete a faculty profile,attach a curriculum vitae, and transcripts for consideration.At Governors State University, adjunct faculty are hired astemporary faculty with teaching responsibilities for a specificcourse in a semester or summer session. Adjuncts are not a part ofthe faculty bargaining unit and are not included in membership ofthe Faculty Senate. Position End Date (if temporary) Open Until FilledNo Classification TitleAdjunct Faculty Employee ID Department Position Details Position Start Date * Do you have a current Illinois Physical Therapy License orare you license eligible?Yes, I have a current Illinois Physical Therapy License.Yes, I am eligible to obtain an Illinois Physical TherapyLicense.No, I do not possess and I am not eligible to obtain anIllinois Physical Therapy License. * How many years of physical therapist practice experience doyou have?Less than 22-55-88-1010+ Preferred Qualifications Position Summary Required DocumentsRequired DocumentsCover LetterTranscriptsCertification/Professional LicenseList of ReferencesOptional DocumentsTeaching PhilosophyLetter of RecommendationCurriculum VitaeOtherOther2Other3Other4Other5Resumelast_img read more

Building Management System Tech 2 – (STA006562)

first_imgResponds to calls for repairs in buildings throughoutcampus.Inspects, repairs, and calibrates building digital andpneumatic environmental controls.Checks equipment for proper operation, including thermostats,ductwork, filters, motors, controllers, and compressors.Troubleshoots controllers, network systems, and fiber opticwiring.Performs preventative maintenance on building controlsystems.Repairs and replaces valves, actuators, sensors, thermostats,dampers and switches.Re-commissions controllers using proprietary software.May answer telephones and enter work requests in departmentdatabase.Maintains communication between customers, technicians, workcontrol, and supervisor.Updates workstation graphic diagrams to reflect most currentrenovations.Performs other duties as assigned. Maintains, repairs and operates Energy Management EnvironmentalControl System (EMECS) Network and other independent heating,ventilation and air conditioning control systems. Troubleshoots andrecommissions controllers. EEO/AAQualifications :18 months and 3 years experience.Requires specialized training in basic trades, principles,procedures, practice, routines or techniques in a specific area ortrade which might normally be acquired through up to 18 months ofeducation or training beyond the high school level. Vocationalcompetence in the operation of mechanical or electronic equipmentmay be required.Requires a minimum of three (3) years of directly job-relatedexperience.Requires a valid Texas Driver’s License.Additional Information / Preferred Qualifications:Prefer license or certification in operating Energy ManagementEnvironmental Control System (EMECS) Network and other independentheating, ventilation and air conditioning HVAC controlsystems.Previous EMECS experience in large hospital, school or commercialbuilding complexes.Please include a minimum of 3 professional references with yourattachments.Veterans are encouraged to apply.Note: This position is an essential position for Facilitiesand Construction Management. Essential position you willbe required to perform the work needed if directed bymanagement even when the office or school is closed and may berequired to report to work.last_img read more

Children Just Might Come First

first_imgBY GAIL RIECKEN CCO StateHouse EditorThis past week Governor Holcomb introduced the findings of the Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group that he hired to study the Department of Child Services. The article in the Statehouse File (June 20) briefly outlines the high points of the study.  But from one who listened to so many complaints from the community, employees, and groups working with DCS,  the one main criticism was that the operation was paralyzed by the centralization of decision making. I can remember walking through the call center in Indianapolis watching employees do their job. It had gotten so tedious. Here these folks, essentially removed from what was happening on the ground, were to make a judgment about proceeding with the claim brought to them by locals who had already analyzed it for themselves.And that was just the beginning of the centralized process. It was another layer of bureaucracy built, in my opinion, because the state didn’t want to give locals the opportunity to succeed or to learn from their mistakes. It was all about control. (The call center change occurred before Director Bonaventura.)Taxpayers spent thousands of dollars on the new call center and staffing, training and computer programs, money that could have gone to the children. So all encouragement and positive thoughts to those involved who will look at decentralization as a priority. Here is the statement from the report.16. DCS should identify opportunities to work toward decentralizing decisions that directly affect work with children and families. This would involve: (1) forming a workgroup of local FCMs, supervisors, county office directors and selected state office staff to review local decision-making authority and its limits related both to policy and spending; (2) attending in particular to policy revisions that better facilitate immediate access to funds to meet concrete needs of families as a means of addressing child safety.The best to all of you who will work to put our children first.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

The Student Debt Crisis at State Community Colleges

first_imgThe Student Debt Crisis at State Community Colleges by Sophie Quinton Stateliness NewsVirginia community college student Wilis Rodriguez petitions the Legislature to make college affordable. More community college students are struggling with debt.Community colleges charge lower tuition than just about anywhere else. They’re open to everyone. They offer the kind of technical training employers want. And they can serve as an affordable steppingstone to a four-year degree.As President Barack Obama said in the fall: “They’re at the heart of the American Dream.”But while plenty of community college students graduate with a degree that leads to a better job, or to a four-year college, many community college students drop out. And a growing number of students are taking on debt they cannot repay.States have focused more on reducing the debt students accumulate at four-year colleges than at community colleges. But some of the steps they’re taking could help community college students, as well.Most states are now partly funding public colleges and universities based on whether students graduate on time. And some states are tackling community college costs by creating scholarships that eliminate tuition, as Obama has proposed.In 2000, 15 percent of all first-time college students seeking degrees at a public two-year college borrowed. Twelve years later, 27 percent did. At Michigan’s Macomb Community College, where Obama spoke, just 6 percent of students take out federal loans. But of those students, who typically owe $5,170 at graduation, 18 percent default on their loans.Working-class people poured into state community colleges and expensive for-profit trade schools when the economy soured. Although for-profit colleges tend to charge higher tuition, research shows that in recent years typical for-profit and two-year college borrowers have similarly high default rates.Thirty-eight percent of two-year college students who started to repay their loans in 2009 defaulted within five years, as did 47 percent of for-profit college students, said a September study led by Adam Looney, an economist at the Treasury Department. Just 10 percent of students who attended selective four-year colleges defaulted over the same period. The vast majority of two-year colleges are community colleges, the study noted.Default rates are now falling, along with enrollment at community and for-profit colleges. But Looney’s study warns that many borrowers who attend the institutions will continue to struggle in the student loan market.Not Just a Four-Year ProblemMany community college students start out with the odds against them. They tend to be older, live in poorer communities and have little family wealth to support them — 36 percent have family incomes of under $20,000, according to the Community College Research Center at Columbia University.Still, community college students historically haven’t had to borrow to finance their education. Tuition usually runs a few thousand dollars a year — from $1,400 in California to $7,500 in Vermont. Low-income students who qualify for the maximum federal Pell Grant — $5,815 this year — usually find that their grant covers tuition.Yet increasingly, community college students are borrowing. In Virginia, one of the few states to publish detailed student debt information, the share of community college students graduating with debt has more than doubled over the past decade.In 2014-15, when community college tuition was $4,080, 37 percent of Virginia graduates who earned a two-year degree that prepared them to transfer to a four-year college had debt, up from 15 percent a decade ago. Among graduates who earned a two-year occupational degree, 41 percent had debt.(Virginia’s community college system says the state debt figures are too high, but that may be because the state is calculating debt differently. The state looks at debt owed at the point of graduation, which may include debt from other institutions.)“They’re borrowing for things just beyond the cost of tuition and fees. They’re borrowing to live,” said Tod Massa, who oversees the state’s postsecondary education data.Many community college students need to borrow to pay for textbooks, transportation, food and rent, even if they’re working while they go to school. The total cost of attending a Virginia community college rose from $9,410 a year to $15,083 over the past decade for full-time students who live with their parents, according to state data. Students who live on their own pay more.More Virginia community colleges include federal student loans in financial aid packages now than in past years, which also could be pushing up student debt.Small Loans, High Default RatesPolicymakers tend to focus on stories of scary-high debt, such as a graduate student who owes six figures. But students who owe much less are more likely to default.“The typical loan in default is around $5,000. That’s total, that’s not per year, that’s all that someone borrowed,” said Susan Dynarski, a University of Michigan professor of public policy, education and economics.At Old Dominion University in southeast Virginia, for example, the average graduate with federal debt leaves school owing $23,900, according to federal statistics. Seven percent of graduates default on their federal loans within three years. But at nearby Tidewater Community College, where the average graduate with debt leaves owing $10,250, twice as many graduates default.Student loans can create a snowballing crisis for borrowers. Debt that cannot be repaid can lead to default, fees from loan servicers, a damaged credit score, and eventually the garnishment of wages or government benefits. In some states, people can lose their professional licenses or driver’s licenses as a result of defaulted student loans.A lot of factors determine someone’s ability to repay their loans, including what kind of job they’re able to get after graduation — which can depend on their major and the local economy — and whether they graduate at all.The small size of loans in default suggests that many borrowers dropped out, Dynarski said. And students who drop out don’t get to enjoy the financial payoff of a higher credential.At colleges that serve more lower-income, minority and first-generation students, such as community colleges, graduation rates are typically lower. About 38 percent of students who entered public two-year colleges in 2009 graduated, or transferred and completed a four-year degree, compared to 61 percent of students who started at a four-year college, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.Completion, Affordability and Managing DebtStates are taking a few steps to hold down college costs and put pressure on all colleges to make sure students graduate. As of fiscal 2015, 26 states were spending part of their education funding to reward outcomes such as graduation rates. And 10 more were moving in that direction, according to HCM Strategists, a consulting firm.Many states, including Virginia, increased funding for all higher education institutions this year and asked colleges to hold down tuition. Tennessee, Oregon and Minnesota have created scholarship programs that make two-year colleges tuition-free for students who meet certain requirements.Some researchers and advocates say tuition-free programs don’t go far enough because paying for living expenses — not tuition — is the biggest financial problem most community college students have.To tackle that, Sara Goldrick-Rab, a professor of educational policy studies and sociology at the University of Wisconsin, said states could increase grant aid or follow Minnesota’s example and extend work-study opportunities.States also have started to take some steps to help borrowers who are struggling with existing student loan debt.Virginia state Del. Marcus Simon, a Democrat, said his colleagues in the Legislature have long considered student debt to be a federal issue. But he thinks the state can help. This year, he put forward bills that would allow students to refinance their loans through a state authority, require student loan servicers to get a license and create an office to inform and assist borrowers.“We want to create a system where there’s some regulation, there’s some oversight, and there’s just some basic information that you have to get about your loan,” Simon said.Refinancing likely wouldn’t be an option for borrowers who are behind on their loans, or have damaged credit. But all borrowers could benefit from more information and assistance.Some borrowers don’t know the difference between a grant and a loan, let alone that some federal programs will reduce their monthly payments to nothing while their incomes are low. The fact that people with low earnings are defaulting shows that not enough of them have enrolled in those programs, Dynarski of the University of Michigan said.Last year, Indiana began requiring all institutions that enroll students who receive state financial aid to provide students with an annual estimate of their total loan debt and future monthly repayments. A new Nebraska law requires all publicly funded postsecondary educational institutions in the state to provide that information to students.Colleges, which are penalized by the federal government for high default rates, are trying to help students graduate and keep them from falling behind on payments.To keep students on the path to graduation, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), the largest two-year college in Virginia, has redesigned remedial math classes and hired counselors to work with freshmen to help them find a major and schedule courses. The school also has contracted with a company that sends delinquent borrowers automated phone calls and another that counsels them over the phone.Some colleges warn students not to take out too much money for living expenses, and some will deny loans.“We see a significant number of students who are coming to us with existing loan debt,” said Joan Zanders, head of financial aid and support services at NOVA. If a borrower owes $70,000 from prior education, say at a for-profit college, “it makes no sense whatsoever for them to dig a deeper hole for themselves to get a certificate.”NOVA officials say there’s a link between financial education and academic success. When students can budget their financial aid money and pay their bills, they’re more likely to stay in school. So NOVA’s required orientation course now includes a unit on how to stick to a budget, manage credit cards and understand student loans.Like community colleges across Virginia, NOVA saw a spike in borrowing during the recession. Now, Zanders said, “it’s actually going down.” She said she thinks this is partly due to the improving economy and partly due to better outreach.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Scotch Pie champions announced

first_imgA butcher has pipped a baker to win the World Scotch Pie Championship as Murdoch Brothers Butchers was announced winner of the 11th annual contest. But bakers did triumph in the most categories.Judged at Carnegie College last month, 85 bakers and butchers entered a total of eight categories a record number.Highest-placed baker in the Scotch Pie category was Airdrie-based Bon Bon Cake Shop, which achieved Gold 2nd Runner-Up. The winning bakeries included Nicoll’s Rosebank Bakery in Dundee in the Bridies category; Nevis Bakery in Corpach in the Savouries Vegetarian category; and Kassy’s Kitchen in Cowdenbeath in the Hot Savouries category. The Diamond award for hand-held steak pies went to Stuarts of Buckhaven. Charmers Bakery in Bucksburn won the Cold Savouries category.”The objective is to raise standards in the industry and we believe we have achieved that,” said event organiser Alan Stuart of Stuarts of Buckhaven.last_img read more

Honoring a tireless advocate

first_imgClara Goldberg Schiffer took adversity in stride. When she was in her 70s, the Radcliffe alumna altered her diet and joined a gym after learning she had heart disease. She was determined to remain active in the many causes she held dear, and was committed to her longtime goal of improving the lives of working women.Born in Brockton, Mass., to Jewish immigrants, Schiffer learned the importance of hard work early, taking intense Latin classes so she could apply to Radcliffe College. She worked in a leather plant and a candy factory to help pay for her studies and graduated cum laude in 1932. She moved to Washington, D.C., to work on New Deal programs benefiting workers, women, children, and health. Schiffer supported similar causes well into her 90s. She died in 2009.A group of scholars and professionals involved with the labor movement, workplace law, and social policy gathered at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Sept. 9 to pay tribute to Schiffer’s life and accomplishments and to explore both the legacy and the future of working women in the United States.The event, “The New Majority? The Past, Present, and Future of Women in the Workplace,” also recognized a recent bequest from the Schiffer estate to the Schlesinger Library that will support processing five collections that document the lives of working women. The collections include the records of two organizations that looked to improve working conditions for women; the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers; and two Massachusetts vacation areas for working women.Harvard President Drew Faust said the history of women has “served as such an important point of inspiration, change, progress for the ways women’s lives have been transformed in our lifetimes.”“What can be more important than making resources available and transparent and accessible to those who wish to understand them and make use of them?” asked Harvard President Drew Faust, who helped to introduce the event.Faust, a Civil War scholar and Harvard’s Lincoln Professor of History, said the history of women has “served as such an important point of inspiration, change, progress for the ways women’s lives have been transformed in our lifetimes.”In brief opening remarks, Schiffer’s daughter, Lois Schiffer, a graduate of Radcliffe College and Harvard Law School, as well as a professor of environmental law at Georgetown University, referenced the current high jobless rate in the United States and the “grave challenges” faced by women workers.“It is now for all of us to stand on [my mother’s] shoulders,” she said, “and move forward with the task that is not yet complete.”Political action and labor organizations are still important in improving the lives of the working class, especially of the women, said panelist Heidi Hartmann, an economist and president of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Another concern, she said, involves America’s corporate culture.“We need to control and exact some obedience from corporations,” said Hartmann, noting that in Germany workers are frequently members of governing boards of large companies. “We need to find ways for our workers to influence what goes on.”Radcliffe College graduate Marsha S. Berzon, a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, discussed some past legal cases that were chilling by today’s standards. The lawsuits involved companies that required women working in or around toxins to be sterilized to keep their jobs. Other cases involved firms that treated pregnant employees unfairly.“These stories hopefully seem somewhat shocking to the young people in the room,” Berzon said.The cases represented important turning points, said Berzon, as women stepped forward to fight for their rights. The few female labor lawyers who helped to argue these cases began to mentor the next generation of women pursuing legal careers, while female law professors, including eventual Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg, addressed the issue of pregnancy in the workplace.Yet despite enormous gains made over the last century, women in the workforce still face many challenges, said Nancy MacLean, a history professor at Duke University. MacLean argued that the prolonged recession in the 1970s led to a “vast restructuring” of the American economy. That combined with a conservative movement determined to roll back gains made by labor, leading to a “deepening inequality” for women who work.“The changes that we need to make the most of the new possibilities for women are not going to come easily,” said MacLean. “We face deep structural obstacles, decades in the making, and it will take lots of creativity, commitment, and coalition building and a lot of organizing on the part of more people” to improve the situation, she added.Some items from the Schlesinger collections were on display in the Radcliffe Gymnasium during the discussion. In an essay from 1891, Lucy A. Warner, an advocate for working women, made a poignant plea: “Dear sister workers, we who work in shop and store and factory, and in countless homes all over the United States, if it is because we work that people look down on us, then let us pray that the Lord will change their opinion.”last_img read more

Helping hands bring laser light to Armenia

first_imgThat first trip, in 2013, coincided with a plastic surgery conference in the capital, and included Garibyan, Anderson, and Jalian. They brought a borrowed laser and focused on treating scars, port-wine stains, and hemangiomas.“The first day we saw over 70 consultations. There were so many people wanting to be seen for scars and vascular anomalies,” Garibyan said. “We had to use our creativity and imagination. We were only given the dentist’s room to work out of, so we divided the room into three sections: pre-op, treatment, and post-op.”In addition to consulting with patients and treating those they could, they also taught local physicians to use the lasers and gave lectures at the plastic surgery conference.“I was really happy because I had now created something where I could meaningfully give back,” Garibyan said. “We decided that we will do this every year, and we could make it into the same program that the Vietnam project had become.”The program benefited early on from the involvement of California dermatologist Christine Avakoff and her husband, physician John Poochigian, who have traveled regularly to Armenia since 2000. It was Avakoff who introduced Garibyan to the Armenian American Wellness Center, which, along with Arabkir Hospital, has become one of the collaboration’s primary sites in Armenia. Avakoff, who was retiring, donated the first laser to the center — six have been donated so far, with the major donors being the Candela and Quanta laser companies. Garibyan also worked with Avakoff and Poochigian to establish Face of Angel to support the work there.Avakoff and Poochigian are of Armenian ancestry and were struck on their travels by the number of people with visible vascular abnormalities that are relatively easily treated in the U.S. Avakoff said she recalled one boy who had a port-wine stain on his feet, which bled when he walked. Others had gone blind because the condition had been untreated, while still others had suffered disfiguring surgeries using 1970s-era lasers, Avakoff said. When Lilit Garibyan left her native Armenia in 1991, the Eurasian nation was at war with neighboring Azerbaijan, and Garibyan was a 12-year-old who knew she would go back someday, but, she later decided, not before she had something to offer.Garibyan returned in 2013, bringing medical expertise and high-tech lasers to the capital, Yerevan. On that first trip, she and the two doctors who accompanied her worked long days treating disfiguring skin conditions, including scarring, the bright-red vascular tumor called hemangioma, and the capillary malformation that results in the discoloration known as port-wine stain.Garibyan, a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) dermatologist and assistant professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School, has since visited annually and worked with U.S. and Armenian partners to secure donated lasers, train local physicians to run them, and establish a nonprofit, Face of Angel, to foster the work.“It was emotional to go back after being away for 22 years, to see the country you came from. I saw my relatives,” Garibyan said. “I hadn’t gone back because I wanted to go back when I could give something back. I didn’t just want to go say, ‘Hi, I’m Lilit. Nice to see you again.’”Garibyan, a physician-scientist at MGH’s Wellman Center for Photomedicine, said that the targeted conditions can have serious complications, including blindness when they occur near the eye, cognitive issues if in the brain, or bleeding and functional difficulties in affected body parts, particularly the hand and foot. But, she added, the most common — and often most debilitating — effects are often psychological.“The psychological impact is huge,” Garibyan said. “Kids don’t want to go outside. They don’t want to interact with others as they feel embarrassed. They’re ostracized because they appear different from others.”In the U.S., port-wine stains are typically treated with lasers when patients are young, as are hemangiomas when they fail to fade over time, as often occurs. The precision laser treatment, given over the course of several months, can effectively erase them, Garibyan said. In developing and middle-income nations, however, both the sophisticated lasers used to seal off leaky, malformed blood vessels and knowledge of how to run them are scarce. Those barriers to treatment are what Garibyan and a team from the Wellman Center, including the center’s director, Professor of Dermatology R. Rox Anderson — who ran a similar program in Vietnam — seek to clear.Statistics aren’t available about how widespread the conditions are in Armenia, in part because, without effective treatment, individuals tend to keep to themselves or hide affected skin under clothing, according to Khachanush Hakobyan, executive director of the Armenian American Wellness Center, one of two centers collaborating with the American doctors. Seven years into the program, demand for treatment shows no signs of lessening. The Armenian American Wellness Center — which charges nothing to treat children — is actively reaching out, advertising on Facebook, and appearing on local television programs, and the patients keep coming.Hovik Stepanyan, an Armenian physician whom the MGH team trained to use the lasers, said the center sees about 20 new patients a month, and the yearly totals have increased to about 220 today and are still rising.Stepanyan, who has become a local expert in the laser treatment and is consulted widely in the region, said that what has been helpful to him has been not only the initial training, but also the ongoing collaboration, which allows him to send images and consult with the MGH physicians on tricky cases. He’s also traveled to Boston several times for the Harvard continuing medical education laser conferences.,Mary Aloyan, 14, from Gyumri, 160 miles from Yerevan, is about 90 percent through the treatment for port-wine stain on her face. She said the laser procedures can be painful, but not intolerably so, and her parents said the results have been worth it.“As my child was growing, she was feeling unconfident and ashamed. We decided to apply for laser treatment,” said A. Aloyan, Mary’s father. “We haven’t finished treatment yet, but the results are obvious, and we plan to continue the interventions until my daughter will have a port-wine-stain-free face. My child is more confident and does not concentrate on the port-wine stain on her face. We are happy.”Aloyan said he’d definitely recommend the treatment for others, as it improves the quality of life for patients and their families.“As a parent, it’s hard when your daughter goes through all of this, but the results are encouraging,” Aloyan said.Garibyan is no stranger to family sacrifice. Her parents left Armenia for Glendale, Calif., fearing that her younger brother would be pressed into service amid their nation’s widening war with Azerbaijan. They choose Glendale because of its large Armenian community.Garibyan arrived at Los Angeles International Airport speaking not a word of English, and she still recalls the confusion and dislocation of her first months in America — especially in the classroom — as she wrestled with a new language. Garibyan’s mother thought their stay would be brief, but months became years, laden with cultural and financial challenges. As Garibyan’s English improved, so did her grades. Against the advice of a high school guidance counselor who thought community college was her best bet, Garibyan applied to the University of California, Los Angeles, and was admitted. She studied science and spent a consequential summer at the University of California at San Francisco lab of Donald Ganem, a Harvard Medical School alumnus who urged her to apply to Harvard’s M.D./Ph.D. program.Garibyan graduated with a doctorate from Harvard’s Biological and Biomedical Sciences program in 2007, and then earned her M.D. from HMS in 2009. After her residency in dermatology, Garibyan encountered a high school friend, Ray Jalian, who was working as a fellow with Anderson at MGH’s Wellman Center. Drawn by the promise of conducting translational research that could have a direct impact on patients’ lives, Garibyan joined the lab. Now she’s conducting studies on an injectable coolant that she and her team invented and developed in the lab. They intend to use this for removing disease-causing fat tissue in the body and for treating pain. This coolant is able to reduce pain by numbing nerves without resorting to the extreme cold typically used in cryotherapy. Garibyan hopes her discovery will reduce or eliminate the need for opioids to treat pain, thus helping fight the deadly epidemic of drug abuse ravaging the nation.The Armenia program grew out of Anderson’s earlier efforts in Vietnam, where he and colleagues performed laser surgery for the same vascular problems as in the Armenia program. Garibyan met an Armenian plastic surgeon who was visiting Boston University and who’d spent some time at Anderson’s lab. After seeing their work, he urged them to bring their expertise with laser surgery for vascular abnormalities to Armenia.“Rox said, ‘OK, let’s go,’” Garibyan said. “I was like, ‘What? I have to ask my boss.’ He said, ‘I am your boss.’ So I said, ‘Yes, we should go.’” “There were people who felt that they couldn’t work or face anybody with this problem. It’s a real social concern. One of them found out I was the one who sent the laser, and she started crying. It was such an easy thing. You do these treatments, and the results are so amazing.” — Christine Avakoff, dermatologist New laser paves way for better imaging, communications Related Terahertz frequency device opens large, underused region of electromagnetic spectrum The refugee crisis in black and white “There were people who felt that they couldn’t work or face anybody with this problem. It’s a real social concern,” Avakoff said. “One of them found out I was the one who sent the laser, and she started crying. It was such an easy thing. You do these treatments, and the results are so amazing.”While Garibyan is planning a trip with several colleagues to Yerevan this spring, word is spreading about the program and its predecessor in Vietnam. Avakoff said the program has begun to draw patients from neighboring countries, including Russia. A lawmaker in Montenegro heard about the program through one of the participating physicians and asked whether they’d bring it there.“We might go there for a few days on the way back from Armenia, do an assessment, and see what they need,” Garibyan said. EdPortal photo exhibit documents tribulations endured by emigrants The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Bridge to Broadway! A View from the Bridge, Starring Mark Strong, Celebrates Opening

first_img Mark Strong View Comments Star Files Director Ivo Van Hove, whose A View from the Bridge, is his latest brilliant collaboration with partner and designer Jan Versweyveld. Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images Entertainment Brit Russell Tovey (left) and American Michael Zegen play Rodolpho and Marco, respectively, the young Italian workers who shake up the lives of Eddie and his family. Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images Entertainment Related Shows Russell Tovey Mark Strong (right), who headlines as Eddie, with his two leading ladies, Phoebe Fox (Catherine) and Nicola Walker (Beatrice). Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images Entertainment  The hottest ticket in London has become Broadway’s latest must-see on November 12, when Ivo Van Hove’s acclaimed A View from the Bridge transferred to Broadway amidst cheers from the critics. Arthur Miller’s gut-wrenching drama about Eddie Carbone, a troubled Italian-American longshoreman, is revived often (it was last seen in 2010 with Liev Schreiber and Scarlett Johansson above the title), but it’s never looked like this stark, visceral staging. Led by Mark Strong, who won an Olivier Award for playing Eddie across the pond, the cast partied at Gustavino’s under the Queensboro Bridge after the opening night applause finally died down. Don’t wait to get tickets for this one—it’s only scheduled for a limited run through February 21 at the Lyceum Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 21, 2016 A View From the Bridgelast_img read more