Jason Review Of Doe Genome Program

Last year the DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research invited an independent group of physicists and engineers (JASON group, run by Mitre Corporation) to review the technology, quality-control, and informatics components of the DOE Human Genome Program. The group released its first advisory report in January. Recommendations emphasize development of advanced technology; improvements in current technology; and establishment of a standardized, quantitative program for data-quality assessment.

A report summary by JASON member Steven Koonin (California Institute of Technology) and commentary were published in the January 2 issue of Science. A response by Phil Green (University of Washington) to specific points in the report was published in the February 20 issue of Science, and a more detailed commentary by Green is available on the Web.

The DOE Human Genome Program recently announced a Request for Applications for instrumentation research to develop substantial evolutionary improvements in current systems and novel revolutionary technologies for efficient genomic analyses.

Teaching Math to Students Having Difficulty

Math fear has been there in kids for ages. Due to which many students struggle in performing well in this subject. Teachers can play a major role in helping students to get rid of this fear. They can help students to break-down difficult concepts and project math as interesting and exciting topic for kids.

There are plenty of creative ways for converting math to a fun learning subject. Humor while teaching also plays an important role; it serves as good mnemonic that leads to retention of material. Therefore, a teacher must be aware of repertoire of techniques while coaching students.

Math fear can be tackled by teacher with the help of practical strategies such as…

Clearing Concepts In Math Using Fun Games

Kids do love learning but when it comes along with fun, it becomes more interesting. Teachers should encourage students to use math while playing. Choosing games and activities that target on a very specific math skill really helps. Some of the recommended math games are – Sudoku, Flash card multiplication game, Math drill game etc. Dice and playing cards are great tools for teaching addition, greater than/less than, multiplication, number sense, place value etc to students. Just playing games isn’t the solution; games must be followed by explanations of the underlying ideas, connections and patterns.

Teach By Real Life Examples

A teacher must use lots of real life examples to teach. Kids are unable to connect with math as they don’t understand how it helps them in real life. A method of inducting math in life could be by telling them to use math while shopping or playing. For example, kids can bring decimal and percentage lessons in use while shopping. Small children can be taught by using instances of things that fascinate them. For example, simple addition and subtraction can be taught by a teacher by posing sample problem like this – “There were six cupcakes, three large and three small. One pair was iced in chocolate and decorated in sprinkles. Another pair had sprinkles but was iced in vanilla. The third pair had vanilla icing only. Out of these, Amy ate a pair iced in chocolate. Now, how many left?” It will not only be catchy for them but also will make them learn.

Mathematics and Its Practical Application

Some students are able to grasp mathematical concepts just by using textbooks and sample problems, whereas other students might need more than that. Teachers must choose activities and learning strategies that not only make sense to the children but also aim at simplifying difficulties. Active engagement strategies in mathematics can be used for motivating struggling learners and to challenge advanced learners.

Using these strategies teachers will discover ways how math could be made fun and easy for students and how they can easily master them.

Abusive Debt Collectors Don?t Care What Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Says

Debt collectors have strict regulations as to how they can and cannot collect a debt. Regulations are set in place to protect not only consumers but to discourage abusive collection practices that can negatively affect those collection agencies that are abiding by these regulations. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act itself has some ambiguous areas that are intentionally left this way to protect such a wide array of violations. There is not one formula that fits for every violation.

Ex Debt Collector ?Andrew? said that when he was first hired by the debt collection agency where he worked, the employees had to memorize the FDCPA regulations so they could be certified. But after certification day, they were told that anything goes. The collector could say anything to unsuspecting consumers that would bring money in the door. They were told the agency would make so much money that an occasional lawsuit for FDCPA violations would be peanuts to them in the grand scheme of things.

The collectors were pumped up. They were told to have no sympathy and let no one escape their debt. Collectors were cheered when they brought a woman to tears. Often times a collector would signal others to listen in as they ripped into a crying debtor, purely for entertainment value of course. Threats of arrest and jail were often made.

Abusive debt collectors will use any means necessary to ensure that payment is made. Sometimes they may demand that a payment is made immediately otherwise they may need to go to the next step. These ambiguous statements are used to create fear and a sense of uncertainty that only fuels this abusive cycle.

Many debtors can sense that there may be something askew, whether it is a statement that is being made which is causing concern, or actions that are taken. Unfortunately, not many people are familiar with the protections that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act has in place. For this reason the only way many people know how to get these debt collectors off one?s back is to ignore the calls or give in to their demands. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act helps consumers punish these abusive debt collectors for their actions and stop the abuse.

Norman Taylor & Associates are consumer advocates who know when consumers? rights are being violated and what can be done to stop abusive debt collectors. Helping consumers since 1987, they have handled over 6,000 consumer cases. The best possible support when dealing with debt collector abuse is the assistance and advice of an attorney who has a solid understanding of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the knowledge of how to put an end to these abusive debt collection practices. Norman Taylor & Associates may be contacted at 1-800-764-7182.

About Norman Taylor & Associates – Consumer Advocates

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Proposed Greater Protection For Patients in Clinical Research

Medical College will present proposals to the World Medical Association

To the World Medical Association, a body that regulates this field by global agreement called the Declaration of Helsinki.

This was announced by Dr. Alfredo Benavides Zuniga, a member of the Ethics Committee of the Medical College of Peru, who noted that the CMP in exercise of its powers and representing physicians and Peruvian medicine, will present these and other proposals, some of which were collected in the forum “New revision of the Helsinki Declaration”, which was held last week with the participation of national specialists in Bioethics.

In the Forum organized by the Medical College of Peru, Dr. Dante Ananos participated castile, president of the Ethics Committee of the Medical College, Dr. Solomon Zavala Sarrio member of the Institute for Ethics in Health National University of San Marcos and among others, Dr. Armando Calvo, researcher and professor at the Universidad Cayetano Heredia. This meeting was attended by 120 participants representing various institutions and organizations related to this field.

According to Dr. Benavides, the proposals present the CMP obey its role as an organization that protects the rights of people and specifically participants in clinical trials, to complement the regulatory role of the state through competent organizations currently force.

He said that the Declaration of Helsinki came in 1964 promoted by the World Medical Association (WMA). Is an independent and representative, and great ethical value, 50 Years Declaration of force in the global arena next year and its function is to provide guidelines that can protect people who participate in clinical trials and other activities related to the development of biomedical research. While its provisions are not binding can be assumed by the signatories and incorporated into national specific legislation.

He said that the Declaration of Helsinki periodically records modifications or adaptations to new conditions imposed by the development of technologies and legislation.

Medical Counterparty

He also said that in the historical process of the development of human research oriented policy have appeared to have a different approach to the protection of patients, somehow weakening solid ethical principles of the Declaration, the same that has been modified up to eight times and is in the final, which occurred in the city of Seoul, Korea, has been issued the latest valid version.

However, some associations and organizations involved in research have made important criticisms, especially in countries like ours, have vulnerable populations who might be injured if not taken proper care are involved in clinical research .

Also announced that next October will be held in Fortaleza, Brazil, a meeting sponsored by the WMA Council to define the final modifications of the Declaration of Helsinki, so that all institutions submit proposals as the CMP will be collected and evaluated so that future research have the best level of protection for patients.

For this purpose the proposals of the Medical College of Peru will be forwarded to the World Medical Association on 15 of this month.