Small-scale deformation of an Arctic sea ice floe detected by GPS and satellite imagery

first_imgSmall-scale (~100 to 200 m) deformations of an Arctic sea ice floe were detected from multiple GPS-equipped buoys that were deployed on the same ice floe. Over a nine-month period three deformation events were recorded. At each case the event was of limited duration, each lasting less than a day. The events were highly compressive in nature with the area occupied by the buoy array decreasing by over half of the original area. The strain rate during the deformation, of the order of 10−5 s−1, is about three orders of magnitude larger than previous estimates for brittle fracturing for cracks of about 100 m in length. On the 2-day time scale, the strain rate became too small and none of the deformation events could be detected. This suggests that satellite data with longer time scales may significantly underestimate the amount of intermittent, small-scale brittle failure of total deformation. Taken as a whole, our results show the influence that large-scale wind stress can have on small-scale deformation. However, it is important to note that the impact of large-scale wind stress is also dependent on the properties of sea ice as well as on the spatial and temporal evolution of the underlying forces that influence the fracturing processlast_img read more

ENGIE, DLVA and Air Liquide join forces to produce green hydrogen

first_img Image: ENGIE, DLVA and Air Liquide are entering into a partnership to produce green hydrogen on an industrial scale. Photo: courtesy of Frauke Feind/Pixabay. ENGIE, the Durance, Luberon, Verdon urban area (DLVA) and Air Liquide have entered into a partnership to develop the “HyGreen Provence” project to produce, store and distribute green hydrogen.The HyGreen Provence project, which commenced in 2017, will generate1,300 GWh of solar electricity, which is enough to power households of 450,000 people annually, in addition to the production of renewable hydrogen on an industrial scale through water electrolysis.Comprising of 25 municipalities and a population of 65,000, the DLVA urban area will help the project through its high levels of French sunshine, substantial land availability and a salt cavity storage site able to accommodate the large-scale centralised production of renewable hydrogen.ENGIE’s executive vice president in charge of renewables Gwenaëlle Avice-Huet said: “Entering into the partnership heralds a ground-breaking alliance between large industrial groups in France, and a local with the support of the public authorities, that will accelerate the emergence of massive renewable hydrogen production projects in France.“ENGIE is convinced of the importance of renewable hydrogen in providing “zero carbon as a service” solutions to industrial customers and the regions.”The HyGreen Provence project will be developed in multiple stagesThe hydrogen generated from the project will be used in a variety of applications such as mobility, energy and industry, both locally and regionally. Hydrogen can power all types of vehicles from light motor cars to buses, utility vehicles and trucks. The project intends to provide heat and cooling for an urban eco-district.DLVA president Bernard Jeanmet-Péralta said: “We are involved in the dynamic that is the “Vallée des Énergies” together with partners such as the Iter project, the Cadarache CEA, Géomethane and hydroelectricity in Durance.“We are thereby contributing to the energy transition in France along with leading industrialists which, through their respective expertise, bring credibility and viability to the requirement for zero carbon emissions.”The project will be developed in multiple stages with the first deliverables expected by the end of 2021 and a final phase in 2027. The HyGreen Provence project , which commenced in 2017, will include production of renewable hydrogen on an industrial scale through water electrolysislast_img read more

Western Midstream signs new service, operating, and governance agreements

first_img Western Midstreamsigns new service, operating, and governance agreements. (Courtesy: Free-Photos from Pixabay.) Today Western Midstream Partners and Occidental Petroleum Corporation announced the execution of several agreements that will enable WES to fully operate as a stand-alone business, consistent with WES’s and Occidental’s joint effort to establish WES as an independent midstream company.WES fully expects to continue its long-term and meaningful relationship with Occidental. These new agreements support WES’s ongoing and focused pursuit of third-party growth opportunities and underscore the importance of WES’s commitment to leverage its existing midstream infrastructure to attract additional Occidental and third-party volumes.“Over the last few months, WES and Occidental have worked together to execute agreements that are supportive of both companies’ intent to operate and report as two separate and distinct entities,” said Chief Executive Officer, Michael Ure.“We are excited about the operational changes that are enabled by these agreements and the governance changes that will inure to the benefit of WES and its stakeholders. Taking into account the anticipated economic impact of these recently executed agreements, we have refined our 2020 outlook that was announced with our Q3 2019 results and currently expect 2020 Adjusted EBITDA between $1.875 billion and $1.975 billion and 2020 total capital expenditures between $875 million and $950 million.”The above-described related-party agreements with Occidental were reviewed and approved by the Special Committee, which includes only independent members of the board of directors of WES’s general partner.The Special Committee was advised by Bracewell LLP, as legal counsel, and by Lazard, as financial advisor. Concurrent with the execution of these new agreements, WES’s general partner adopted an amended and restated agreement of limited partnership providing unaffiliated public unitholders significantly expanded rights to remove the WES general partner. Source: Company Press Release These new agreements support WES’s ongoing and focused pursuit of third-party growth opportunities and underscore the importance of WES’s commitment to leverage its existing midstream infrastructurelast_img read more

St. Catz Junior Deans will not wear body cameras, after students coughed at college staff

first_imgImage credit: Tim Waters/ Flickr. License: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. On Tuesday evening, all four Junior Deans co-signed an email to the JCR, stating: “Upon discussion with the Dean, none of the Junior Deans will be wearing body cameras. We are fundamentally against the idea. It jeopardises the trust that you place in us and risks the relationships we have worked hard over the years to build with the JCR.” The Junior Deans also extended an invitation to daily virtual welfare hours to all students. The following day (Tuesday 6th October), the Dean sent a second email to all JCR members, apologising for the wording of the previous email: “In my efforts to hammer home how seriously I take the welfare of our junior deans, I left all of you under the impression that you will be spied upon and your privacy invaded. This is not the case and I have been in contact with the JCR about this issues [sic] this morning.” A few hours later, the Dean clarified that the body cameras would indeed be implemented, but they would be used “in exceptional situations only, if and as necessary to deal with dangerous or otherwise unacceptable behaviour, including particularly where students refuse to provide their names or co-operate with reasonable requests from the College’s welfare and support staff.” The Dean also pledged to ensure that all images are “appropriately and securely stored and destroyed in agreement with current legislation.”  On Sunday night, three St. Catherine’s Junior Deans reported a large number of JCR members disregarding social distancing rules in the JCR and marquee. When approached, “some of the students refused to give their names, and agreed to disperse only when presented with the prospect of police involvement,” according to an email first seen by the Oxford Blue which was sent out to all JCR members. The email also said that some students coughed “in the Junior Deans’ direction.” Students who breach St. Catherine’s College’s Covid-19 regulations may face a range of consequences including: “exclusion from face to face teaching; reporting to the University proctors or public authorities; formal censure on their academic record (for later reference to professional bodies and prospective employers); loss of College scholarships, JCR committee positions and other privileges; suspension; and in the most serious of cases, termination of College membership.” In the email, the College Dean announced that “with immediate effect” Junior Deans and Porters would be equipped with body cameras to “enable them to record events and interactions and to identify individuals acting in breach of College regulations.” The email continued: “They will be supported by University security personnel and will call the police immediately for assistance if at any point they feel personally threatened or witness potentially criminal conduct of the type witnessed this weekend.” The University, St Catherine’s College and St. Catherine’s College JCR have been approached for comment. Junior Deans at St. Catherine’s College have announced that they will not be wearing body cameras, upon discussion with the Dean. This follows an incident on Sunday night when students broke social distancing regulations, refused to disperse, and coughed in the direction of Junior Deans. The Dean had then announced that Junior Deans and Porters would be equipped with body cameras to record criminal behaviour. last_img read more

Rick Glasheen to Represent HERO Campaign

first_imgFOXBOROUGH, Mass. (February 2, 2017) – The New England Patriots honored longtime fan and HERO Campaign supporter Rick Glasheen of Harwich, Mass. as their Designated Driver of the Season in a ceremony at Gillette Stadium before the divisional playoff game against the Texans on Saturday, January 14th. Glasheen was given a personalized game ball, and will be in attendance at Super Bowl LI in Houston, TX this weekend, representing the Patriots, the HERO Campaign and TEAM Coalition.Glasheen was chosen as the Patriots’ Designated Driver of the Season from fans who signed up during Patriots home games and took the HERO Pledge to be a designated driver. The Patriots registered more than 22,400 designated drivers at Gillette Stadium this season in partnership with the HERO Campaign, Team Coalition and Arbella Insurance.“As a veteran myself, I’m proud to support the HERO Campaign in memory of Naval Academy graduate John R. Elliott,” Glasheen said. “The meaning of a designated driver really hit home for me recently when a close friend was struck by a multiple-offender drunk driver.”The New England Patriots registered 22,466 designated drivers at the HERO Campaign/TEAM Coalition booths at Gillette Stadium this season, the most signed up by any NFL team. Above, New England Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, center, is joined by Gillette Stadium HERO of the Year Rick Glasheen (with football) of Harwich, Mass. At Glasheen’s right are HERO Campaign representatives Rob Consalvo and Scott Smith of Boston.About the HERO Campaign:The HERO Campaign was established by the family of Navy Ensign John Elliott of Egg Harbor Township, NJ, who was killed in a July 2000 collision with a drunken driver two months after graduating from the United States Naval Academy. The Campaign is now saving lives in seven states in partnership with law enforcement; schools and colleges; federal and state highway safety organizations; the licensed beverage industry; professional sports teams including the Philadelphia Phillies, the New York Football Giants, and the New England Patriots; Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby; and Keeneland Race Course, home of the 2015 Breeder’s Cup. Since its inception in 2000, the HERO Campaign has grown into a major grassroots movement to prevent impaired driving that has received national recognition and awards. It has also helped to reduce alcohol-related fatalities and incidents, including a 35 percent reduction in DUI fatalities in New Jersey and other states over the past decade. For more information visit HEROcampaign.org or call 609-626-3880.last_img read more

Aryzta reveals falling revenue in Food Europe

first_imgAryzta revealed its UK and Irish business has been hit the hardest by the recession, as the Switzerland-based firm announced revenue losses in its Food Europe division.In a statement announcing its full year results for the year ended 31 July 2009, the firm, which focuses primarily on speciality bakery, revealed a drop in revenue of 2.2% to €1,137.2m (£1,047.74m) in its Food Europe division. Operating profit stood at €135,103 (£124,561.29), up 11.4%.The firm said its Irish and UK business had been most affected by the recession, and a result substantially reduced its cost base. Its, now fully commissioned, Grangecastle bakery helped enhance efficiencies.Its Food North America division saw revenue increase 12.5% to €555.1m (£512.01m), and operating profit increase 30.1% to €67,481 (£62,267.69).Aryzta chief executive officer Owen Killian said the economic downturn is reflected in the firm’s underlying revenues, which swung from double-digit growth to a decline, within the twelve month period. In the financial statement released by the firm, it said that in the recessionary period encompassing the latest financial figures, credit from banks became very restricted and consumer spending slowed. However it stated that it remained focused on cash generation and improving operating efficiency.Aryzta formed in August last year through the merger of Irish company IAWS and Swiss Bakery firm Hiestand.It is a mix of business to business and consumer brands, including Heistand, Cuisine de France and Delice de France. Its Food Europe division comprises its speciality bakery businesses which span across Switzerland, Germany, Poland, the UK and France.last_img read more

Cooperating in educating

first_imgThis is the first of four reports echoing key themes of The Harvard Campaign, examining what the University is accomplishing in those areas.While achievement and excellence have always been Harvard hallmarks, sharing knowledge and new insights across the University’s Schools, centers, and institutes has not always been easy. But that has been changing rapidly, as faculty and students have embraced new collaborative and innovative approaches set to reshape education and learning in the 21st century.“We live in an era when knowledge is growing in importance in addressing the world’s most pressing problems, when technology promises both wondrous possibilities and profound dislocations, when global forces increasingly shape our lives and work, when traditional intellectual fields are shifting and converging, and when public expectations and demands of higher education are intensifying,” Harvard President Drew Faust said during her opening-year address before last weekend’s launch of The Harvard Campaign. “I see many unprecedented opportunities in these developments, opportunities for our teaching, for our research, and for our global connections and reach,” she said.Indeed, new opportunities for collaboration among faculty and students are blossoming in every corner of Harvard and touching virtually every discipline, from the sciences and business to theology and the arts.Making scientific research — and scientists — better understood has been a priority at the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.  Robert A. Lue, the Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director at the Bok Center, uses elaborate videos to help illustrate the complex inner workings of cells for his students in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. He encourages students in the sciences to foster better communication with their colleagues and the public by using interactive multimedia to tell compelling stories about their research. The effort is designed to engage students, prompt deeper learning, and ensure that the public will continue to understand and value publicly funded scientific research.“When you look at the national landscape, the traditional mode of lecturing, while still important, is clearly not the only way to teach,” Lue said in an earlier Gazette interview. “Increasingly, faculty members are exploring new ways of using technology and new ways of engaging students. I’ve never seen this level of broad-based interest in creatively rethinking teaching and learning among both faculty and students, so it’s a tremendously exciting time to be in the classroom.”In the international realm, earlier this year nearly 50 Harvard professors, students, researchers, and doctors from the Graduate School of Design, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard School of Public Health, and the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights traveled to India to attend the Maha Kumbh Mela, an eight-week Hindu festival that occurs only every 12 years. The festival is a mass gathering of ritual bathing that also incorporates commerce, politics, public health, and other services of interest to academics in many fields. Afterward, the group convened to discuss the many findings they unearthed from the trip, including a massive data set of cellphone usage that will help those studying ways to overcome the challenges of curating, storing, analyzing, and sharing “big data” collections.Closer to home, at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), local high school students recently have tackled the complex issues surrounding the Civil War — such as freedom, civil rights, and social justice — in a pioneering and artistic way. The students researched the war and then wrote and produced “The Proclamation Project,” with the help of A.R.T. fellows and education staff who brought history alive.With the success of edX, Harvard and MIT’s joint online education platform launched in 2012, HarvardX continues to expand the ways in which traditional course offerings can be reimagined for the global classroom, and also help with in-class learning at Harvard.This fall, the Harvard Kennedy School will launch its first HarvardX class on national security issues and the civil war in Syria. Co-led by Graham Allison, director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and David Sanger, chief White House correspondent for the New York Times, the class will include “brick and mortar” graduate students as well as 500 virtual students who will get to audit weekly lectures, complete assignments, and participate in student-run strategy talks in the cloud.HarvardX has also prompted new alliances between the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) and Harvard Business School (HBS).Newly appointed as vice provost for advances in learning, Peter K. Bol, the Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, has partnered with William C. Kirby, T.M. Chang Professor of China Studies at Harvard University and Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration at HBS, to offer a history course this fall on China. Most of the videos, maps, text, illustrations, recordings, and photographs that current students will use were originally produced by students enrolled in Bol’s innovative Chinese history class last spring.Elisa New, Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature at FAS, is readying her first online class, a survey of early New England poetry and Walt Whitman. To best reach far-flung students and to visually enrich the study of historic words on a page, New has produced a series of video lectures about 17th-century Puritan poetry that were shot at key locations throughout New England and New York City, with the help of some undergraduate and graduate students. It’s an exciting way to approach literature, New said, and one she has eagerly embraced, since, “I love being part of an experimental startup project where we figure it out as we go along.”last_img read more

‘Take it one step at a time’

first_img“It’s so easy to look around a high-pressure environment at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s and think, ‘Everyone here is a rock star and everyone is so smart and has incredible internships and jobs.’ I can’t risk saying I need help with this because then I’ll risk falling behind. I can’t risk not keeping up with the rest of my peers,” Saint Mary’s senior Emily Haskins said.“People [need to] realize that asking for help is the best thing you can do.”As Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s celebrate National Mental Health Awareness Week with panel discussions, prayer services and Touchdown Jesus bathed in green light — the color of mental health awareness — the week also offers students with mental illnesses a chance to reflect on their experiences.‘You don’t know where to draw the line’Haskins was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) last year after struggling with it throughout high school and college, but had refused to see a doctor. She said it can be difficult to distinguish the stress that naturally goes along with life as a college student from a more serious condition.“Obviously being in college is stressful,” Haskins said. “Everybody is stressed out, which makes it harder because you don’t know where to draw the line between ‘Am I being a baby about this?’ and making too much of a big deal.“But I could give myself an entire Saturday afternoon in the library and just look at my assignment and start to have a panic attack, feeling like I couldn’t breathe and I couldn’t think and my thoughts would start racing. It wasn’t like I procrastinated or needed to feel that way.”Notre Dame junior Tracey Cheun, who has been diagnosed with depression, said the college environment can be both therapeutic and detrimental to mental illness.“College seems to make the condition worse and better,” Cheun said. “Worse because it is Notre Dame, it’s a very esteemed institution, so there’s pressure. But also better because I’ve been lucky enough to have the people around me, and I can’t imagine being where I am today without them, or being this mentally healthy without their encouragement.”Amber Kearse, a Notre Dame senior, said the pressure to excel in school made coping with her depression and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) more difficult.“I’ve had depression before, but it wasn’t diagnosed depression,” Kearse said. “The depression [I had my] freshman year was kind of related to the ADHD. I had sort of been the smart person at my school and I always thought daydreaming was a part of my personality. So when I came here and I was struggling, I couldn’t tell anyone at home because I was so used to being at the top of my class and getting straight A’s.“It was really stressful and really lonely because I didn’t want to tell anybody, but then I couldn’t really do anything because I wasn’t telling anybody. I didn’t really want to go to counseling because I didn’t want to admit anything was wrong, but then I finally went and talked to someone.”“Having problems outside of school just makes worrying about school a lot worse,” Kearse said. ‘Family dynamic’Cheun, who lives on campus in Badin Hall,  said the resources on campus, ranging from the University Counseling Center (UCC) to resident hall staffs, make living with mental illness more manageable. “The counseling center is a really great resource,” she said. “I think people really underestimate it or they’re kind of afraid that they’ll be perceived as [weak] or that they have huge issues and there’s something wrong with them. They’re really nurturing there.“I [also] think the family dynamic here is so strong and that helped me get through a lot of it. I know Badin is pretty small, but the hall staff and [rector] Sr. Denise [Lyon] would stop by my room a lot and make sure I was okay.”After initially fearing medication, Haskins said she came to recognize its potential to assist her after asking God for help.“My medication helps,” she said. “I didn’t want to take medicine because there’s such a stigma about it. I didn’t want to be dependent on it.“[But] medicine isn’t a crutch. Doctors have been blessed with far more smarts than I to help people get through it. If anybody out there has an anxiety disorder and hasn’t done anything about it, you honestly deserve medicine, or help if medicine isn’t your thing.”As a Film, Television and Theatre (FTT) major and business economics minor, Cheun said her professors have also been remarkably accommodating, which has helped her progress as a student and manage her illness. “All of [my professors] have been incredibly supportive and understanding, whether it’s paper extensions or me not being able to get out of bed because I’m too depressed and I just can’t do it,” she said. “They’re always willing to go out of their way for me and meet me after or outside their office hours. That’s helped a lot, and definitely piqued my interest in my academic endeavors because I don’t feel so discouraged or judged by them.“In terms of my everyday life, I take it one step at a time,” Cheun said. “I keep mood charts, I exercise, I take my medication everyday, I follow up with my family on a weekly basis. Sometimes I’ll ask my roommates or my boyfriend to let me know if I’m behaving bizarrely and don’t realize it, because that does happen sometimes.” ‘Kind of a quiet thing’ In light of Notre Dame graduate Mark Gallogly and his wife Lise Strickler’s $10 million gift to the University to create the Rev. James E. McDonald, C.S.C., Center for Student Well-Being, Kearse said the University should focus on peer support for students with mental illness.“There was no real obvious peer support,” Kearse said. “There’s counseling, but it’s better to also have something with other students. Once you leave counseling, that’s who you have to deal with and who you compare yourself to. I think it’s better to have a support network that involves the people who you are living with and you go to school with everyday.“There are a lot of people who experience depression here, but it’s kind of a quiet thing,” Kearse said. “… If people were used to dealing with other people or noticing the signs, they would probably reach out to their friends more or check in on them and try to get outside help if they think the person needs it.”Cheun said the University could do a better job directing students to off-campus mental health resources, as well as making on-campus support groups more accessible.“More openness and availability of support groups would help a lot,” she said. Saint Mary’s junior Torie Otteson spoke at Tuesday night’s student panel in Rice Commons about her own journey and struggle as a way to break the silence surrounding mental illnesses.Otteson said students don’t talk about the issue of mental illness because it’s thought to be a private thing.“People don’t talk about it, but it’s very empowering to share my story of mental illness,” Otteson said. “People listen and they understand. We have a wonderful community here and they realize maybe [mental illness] is not such a scary thing.”Otteson said she lost a lot of time to mental illness but now she’s taking her story and turning it into something positive for others and for herself. “I want to be able to help people realize that you’re not alone and there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel, even if you can’t see it right now,” Otteson said.“[Mental illness] has made me a stronger person in general. If I can made it through that, I can make it through anything.”Haskins said she has never sought help on campus because she feels it carries a stigma, partly because there is not enough information about student mental health resources.“I’m a senior and I don’t know how much it costs to take advantage of campus resources or how that gets billed to you,” she said. “I think if people were more aware of that, it would be better.”Haskins also said students and faculty alike need to make people aware that “[mental illness] is biological and not just something you make up or is a crutch,” something which she said events like Irish State of Mind and Support a Belle, Love a Belle weeks help to do.‘You’re not a diagnosis’Saint Mary’s first year student Kendall Smith also spoke on Tuesday night’s student panel about her experience with mental illness.Smith shared her personal journey of depression that led to self-harm, an eating disorder and substance abuse.“When something stressful happened, I felt the need to change myself,” Smith said. “I dyed my hair, got piercings and finally recognized, ‘why did I feel the need to change myself?”Smith realized through her struggles with depression that she needed to prepare herself to deal with different outcomes instead of altering herself. Depression leads to eating disorders, self-harm and substance abuse, she said, but her story is no longer a sad one to tell.“Depression is a temporary thing if you want it to be,” Smith said. “I’ve spoken about [mental illness] before, but it was a sad story.”Now her story is one of learning and growth. Smith said she has found passion in telling her story because it’s not another chapter of her life — she’s closing the book on depression.“It’s a form of closure, to my history of depression and self-harm,” she said. “I’m really proud of myself for living through that and finding myself through it. It’s always been in the back of my mind; I’m hoping that this will be a way for me to say goodbye to that side of myself.”Smith said people should know that mental illness is something that doesn’t need to be kept to in the dark; it’s something to work through with support.“They were given it, and it’s something they can work through, not something they have to tolerate,” Smith said. “Mental illness doesn’t mean crazy.“Mental illness isn’t a race issue, not a class issue, not a gender issue — it’s a human issue,” Smith said.“You’re not a diagnosis, you’re a person.”Tags: Irish State of Mind, love a belle, Mental health, mental health awareness, mental illness, SABLAB, student stories mental illness, support a belle, support a belle love a bellelast_img read more

Saint Mary’s to host interfaith conference

first_imgSaint Mary’s will host “Building an Interreligious Community,” an interfaith conference on Feb. 2 and 3 in Rice Commons that will allow students, faculty and staff to engage in peaceful religious dialogue. Sophomore Sophia McDevitt said the goal of the conference is to produce citizens who are better informed about religion. “It’s through an organization called Interfaith Youth Core, and their goal is to cross religious boundaries because, in building relationships across religious boundaries, the world can become better through more religiously informed citizens,” she said.The conference will consist of workshops, activities and a panel of experts who will discuss religion, McDevitt said.“We’ll have a panel of different religious leaders and [students] will get to ask questions and then throughout the weekend, [students] will be put with different groups to work with during the activities,” she said.Sophomore Alayna Haff said the conference looks to create an environment where students can avidly participate in religious discourse. “The two-day conference will teach students and faculty how to have better interfaith dialogue and how to have productive, peaceful and beneficial conversations with people that are religiously different,” she said. “We want to create that environment on campus and at other campuses, as the conference is regional and includes Saint Mary’s, IUSB [Indiana University South Bend], Bethel, Notre Dame, DePaul and Lewis [University].”Haff said she believes the interfaith conference is necessary and timely. “I feel like communication is so hostile now, with arguments all the time, which is negative, unhealthy and unproductive,” she said. “Interfaith dialogue promotes a healthy and productive way to refrain from that kind of dialogue. You’re welcoming someone else’s opinions in with open arms. Once you learn how to have interfaith dialogue with someone, you learn to have dialogue with anyone that’s different from you with different kinds of views.”McDevitt said she has always enjoyed the mindful dialogue that interfaith discussions provide.“I’ve always been interested in the idea of dialogue across religions because I think it is so important to be informed global citizens, especially in our current political climate,” she said. “Too often, incorrect information is spread about people’s religions and that hurts because, as a person of faith, it would hurt me if people misunderstood Catholicism and thought something of me that wasn’t true just because they had misinformation. It’s important to me that we come together and form communities with other religious people so that we are able to support each other. If we don’t support each other, who will?” Haff said interfaith dialogue has allowed her to feel more comfortable with herself and her religious views. “Learning about other religions has helped me feel more comfortable about myself and how I feel,” she said. “It’s also been helping me figure out what type of faith I am interested in. I’m learning about myself, about other people and my place in the world. I believe that that’s what interfaith dialogue does for people.”Students who want to create an open, interfaith dialogue can do so by opening themselves up to people who practice different religions, McDevitt said. “Get to know people of other faiths, don’t assume you know things about their faith and be wary of what sources you are getting information about religion from,” she said.The best way to learn about a religion is to listen to those who practice it, McDevitt said.  “Listen to people,” she said. “If you have doubts about what people of other religions believe, ask someone of that religion. If you’re open, and even if you say the wrong thing, if you’re being truly honest and they can tell that you want to learn more, they are very accommodating. All places of worship are open to all people.”Haff said unhealthy dialogue is created by the need to assert a difference of opinion. “When having a conversation with someone who has a different opinion from you, it’s our natural response to then give our opinion, especially if [our] opinion contradicts their opinion,” she said. “This is when the dialogue becomes unhealthy. When someone’s giving their opinion, they’re not always asking for the other person’s opinion.”The only way to have a healthy and productive discussion is to withhold differing opinions until the very end, Haff said.  “When your immediate response is your opinion, you don’t learn anything,“ she said. “The only way to learn is to ask them questions, show interest in that person and try not offend that person.”McDevitt said the goal of this conference, and all future ones, is to encourage an interfaith community. “We’re hoping to build an interreligious community among young people,” she said. “South Bend is a wonderful place for interreligious dialogue because it has a women’s religious group that has Jewish, Muslim and Christian women in it and a lot of other groups like that. These groups have really been trying to build the attendance of young people so that they’re more informed as they grow older.” Registration for the interfaith conference closes Friday. Tags: compassion, interfaith, religion, religious dialoguelast_img read more

Justin T. Martin joins Pomerleau Real Estate’s Commercial Brokerage Team

first_imgJustin T. Martin, a Commercial Sales Specialist and licensed Real Estate Salesperson, has recently joined the Pomerleau Real Estate Commercial Team. Justin is a board member of the Chittenden Commercial Real Estate Association (CCREA), member of the Essex Rotary Club, Board Member of the VT Sports and Events Council, and a University of Vermont graduate. His strong business background and community involvement make him a great fit with the Pomerleau Commercial Team!Pomerleau Real Estate was founded in 1951 with a commitment to provide unparalleled service to our clients. The firm has established an outstanding reputation throughout New England and is one of the largest commercial brokerage and development firms in the State of Vermont, owning and managing over 2 million square feet of commercial property. The firm maintains leadership positions in the fields of Development, Commercial Brokerage, Property Management, and Business Services.Though each client’s needs differ considerably, the Pomerleau commitment to excellence in service remains constant. We apply our insight, experience, intelligence and resources to help our clients make informed real estate decisions. We are proud to be leaders in our industry and in the community in which we live.last_img read more