Nationwide HR chief says honesty is best way to calm staff credit crunch fears

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Nationwide HR chief says honesty is best way to calm staff credit crunch fearsBy Guy Logan on 24 Oct 2008 in Personnel Today The HR chief at the world’s biggest building society has urged HR departments to be upfront with staff about the impact of the economic crisis on their organisation.John Wrighthouse, HR director at Nationwide, said HR departments should go beyond providing obligatory trading information during the credit crunch.“A confident organisation engages its employees and helps them understand the consequences of the economy and the impact on their business, but just giving information is not where their responsibility stops,” Wrighthouse told Personnel Today. “The responsibility means providing meaning to that information, as well as options.”Nationwide is one of eight lending organisations that signed up to support the government bail-out plan for the UK’s struggling banks. Wrighthouse said that it was up to HR to take the lead on informing employees about the consequences of such activities.“The key skill in these times is being able to navigate ambiguity and create meaning,” he said. “These issues rarely present themselves on a plate in digestible, bite-sized pieces, but the prize goes to the one who is able to create a clear vision from the disparate pieces.”Stephen Sidebottom, head of industry association CityHR, said businesses would only survive the economic downturn if they were open with employees.“Success will come down to authenticity and organisational honesty, and HR as a function has to lead the way as being straightforward and honest,” he told Personnel Today. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Post-doctoral fellow in the Adamo Lab

first_imgThe Adamo Lab at Johns Hopkins University Cardiology is seekingfull time post-doctoral fellows to lead innovative researchprojects in cardiac immunology. The main areas of interest of thelab include but are not limited to myocardial adaptation to injury,myocardial aging, heart failure, myocarditis. The ideal candidateis an independent, enthusiastic critical thinker that is interestedin performing high-risk/high-reward research and in developingnovel therapeutics for heart failure/ myocardial disease. Thecandidate will be expected to think creatively and workindependently. Multiple possible projects are available to selectfrom, including projects performed in collaboration with otherlaboratories. However, the candidate will be encouraged to developadditional independent projects within the broader scope of theAdamo Lab. Prior experience with research in myocardial biology orimmunology will be favored, but it is not a necessary pre-requisitefor applying.The initial appointment will be for one year, with the potentialfor funding to be extended for additional years. Decisionsregarding Fellowship extensions will be based on scholarlyproductivity, mid-year and year-end progress reports. The positionprovides salary and benefits consistent with NIH postdoctoralfellows.PhD or MD plus lab experience in biomedical research is required.Fellowships are open to eligible US citizens and internationalapplicants. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.Due Date: October 15, 2020. Decisions and notificationregarding selection will be made by November 1, 2020. Startdate is negotiable.Questions regarding application procedures, due date flexibility,or specifics of the Fellowship should be directed to Luigi Adamo [email protected] Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity forits faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university doesnot discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status,pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age,disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity orexpression, veteran status or other legally protectedcharacteristic. The university is committed to providing qualifiedindividuals access to all academic and employment programs,benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability,performance and merit without regard to personal factors that areirrelevant to the program involved.The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more: legal information read more

Guitar Mash Sees “Musical Speed Dating” And Tunes By Scott Sharrard, Taz, Leo Nocentelli, & More [Photos]

first_imgThis past Sunday afternoon saw the return of the 6th annual Guitar Mash at City Winery in New York City. The unique event allows amateur and professional guitarists to come and play together in a public setting. This year’s event included “Musical Speed Dating,” where participants were given three minutes each to talk and play with Binky Griptite (Sharon Jones + the Dap-Kings), Scott Sharrard (Gregg Allman Band), and Bakithi Kumalo (Paul Simon). Money raised from the event went to Guitar Mash free programming for teens including the monthly Songwriter Circle. Added contributions went to the Jazz Foundation of America’s Musician’s Emergency Fund.Highlights from the afternoon included Leo Nocentelli and Brandon “Taz” Niederauer jamming on Parliament Funkadelic’s “Give Up the Funk” while Mark Stewart played in the crowd, Olivia Chaney take on Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, Its Alright”, and a teenage ensemble’s rendition of Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still”. The stand-out finale of the day included Mark Stewart, Binky Griptite, Marshall Crenshaw, Leo Nocentelli, Taz Niederauer, and Evie Dolan performing Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours)”.For more information on Guitarmash, see the event’s Facebook page or website. Check out Jeremy Gordon’s photos from Guitar Mash 6 below! Guitar Mash | City Winery | New York, NY | 11/19/2017 | Photos: Jeremy Gordon Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Rhythms On The Rio Announces 2019 Lineup: Fruition, The Travelin’ McCourys & Jeff Austin Band Grateful Dead Set, More

first_imgRhythms on the Rio has announced their 14th annual lineup, set to go down on August 2nd-4th on the picturesque banks of the Rio Grande in South Fork, Colorado.Rhythm on the Rio’s 2019 lineup boasts a diverse lineup with Fruition topping the bill. The three-day festival will also feature a special “The Grateful Ball” performance from The Travelin’ McCourys and Jeff Austin Band (playing one set each and then one collaborative set of Grateful Dead), as well as music from Kyle Hollingsworth Band, The Main Squeeze, Bill Nershi, Pixie and The Partygrass Boys, Wood Belly, and Elder Grown.The initial lineup announcement notes that more artists will be added in the coming weeks.Rhythms on the Rio is hosted by South Fork Music Association, a volunteer and non-profit organization that provides musical instruments and lessons, free of charge, to children throughout the San Luis Valley.Early bird tickets are currently on sale now here. Head to Rhythm on the Rio’s website for more information.last_img read more

Engineering professor develops infrared light detectors to study sun

first_imgDespite it being the most important star in the galaxy, the astronomy community still has a lot to learn about the sun. As a complex ball of gas and plasma, it proves enigmatic. However, with discoveries made by an interdisciplinary team of researchers at Notre Dame with funding from NASA, the world may reach a new understanding of the sun and its effects on our planet through the development of nanoantennas, or microscopic antennas that detect infrared light.When Gary H. Bernstein, Frank M. Freimann chair professor of electrical engineering, proposed that the sun was a perfect application for the nanoantennas he had been developing for over 10 years, he didn’t know NASA would accept his application for a grant. Now, the research team has received funding to improve the nanoantennas to later be used on satellites to image infrared wavelengths, some of which cannot even get through the earth’s atmosphere.The project is focused on developing nanoantennas so small that they can pick up infrared light, which is produced by wavelengths that cannot be studied by the human eye. For reference, the diameter of the end of a piece of hair is about 100 microns. The range of innovative nanoantennas that are being developed is between eight and 100 microns.“[The sun] also has significant emissions at much longer wavelengths,” Bernstein said in a recent press release for the College of Engineering. “The more wavelengths we can detect, the more we can learn about what is happening on the sun. The technology we are developing will provide new insights into the physics of solar flares, sunspots and magnetic fields on the sun that contribute to weather on Earth.”The research team includes members across disciplines who each dedicate their time and expertise to the project. The team includes Frank M. Freimann chair professor of electrical engineering Wolfgang Porod, research professor of electrical engineering Alexei Orlov and assistant professor of electrical engineering David Burghoff. The project also includes associate professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering Edward Kinzel, visiting assistant research professor Gergo Szakmany and external collaborators Steven White and David Strobel.While Bernstein led the NASA proposal, the entire team has been essential to the development of the infrared light detectors.“I volunteered to be the lead on the proposal and could not have done it with all the great data that everybody had already achieved, and all the input from everybody in the group,” Bernstein said.The team hopes the nanoantennas will make a positive impact in understanding the sun and infrared light.“We decided that a good target for our infrared sensors would be to perhaps help get involved in the solar astronomy community by offering them a way of looking at the full spectrum of infrared light coming from the sun,” Bernstein said.While most of the research team is composed of highly-informed professors and researchers, sophomore research assistant David Garcia is learning through his experiences with the project, yet proves to be an asset to the project.“[Garcia is] becoming a useful member of the team because he’s starting to do computer simulations that are actually of value to us in our research,” Bernstein said. “So, in one year he’s gone from being an observer to being a participant.”Garcia had little knowledge of infrared sensors before joining the team. However, he has continuously learned since joining the team last spring during his first year.“When I first started, I didn’t have any clue about it,” Garcia said. “I started from a point where I was not able to explain to my parents what I was doing, and today I’m actually able to answer questions about the topic and participate in group meetings.”Garcia works with computer simulations to test the nanoantennas and optimize the design.“I basically work with simulations to create scenarios and decide which antenna design is the best,” Garcia said. “I make simulations of heat transfer to see how the temperature is distributed on the surface of the antenna. I also sometimes make measurements of the frequencies the antennas receive and the efficiency of the antenna.”Garcia enjoys being able to apply the topics he is learning in the classroom and on the research project to real-world situations.“One fear I had before doing research was that I was going to do something useless,” Garcia said. “Thankfully, it’s not the case because the research is really design-based.”The team is making discoveries that could be useful to the astronomy community, proving their research here can make an impact beyond the campus community.“We decided that the sun would make a good testbed for a community of solar physicists and solar astronomers who could use the data,” Bernstein said. “We now have three years of funding to not only improve our nanoantennas, but to get them into the hands of solar astronomers and to introduce it to them as a new tool in their toolbox.”Tags: astronomy, electrical engineering, infrared light detectors, NASA, researchlast_img read more

Poultry Research

first_imgDuring this season of gratitude, the faculty and students in the University of Georgia Department of Poultry Science are thankful for the partnerships that have helped make UGA’s poultry science program one of the best of its kind in the nation.Chief among these partnerships is the long-term relationship between UGA poultry science and the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) and the U.S Poultry & Egg Harold E. Ford Foundation (USPOULTRY Foundation).“What makes our support possible is the support of so many exhibitors at the International Production and Processing Expo, our members who patronize these exhibitors, and contributors to our $11 million foundation capital campaign several years ago. So, we are grateful for the support we’ve received that, in turn, has enabled us to fund critical research and recruit students, not just at UGA, but at universities from coast to coast,” commented USPOULTRY President John Starkey.For decades USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation have provided critical support to the UGA Department of Poultry Science in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. This funding has been crucial for research and student recruitment. Since 1993, more than $6,164,000 has been provided in research funding to UGA, with another $396,340 provided for student recruitment since 1994. Combined, these contributions have allowed the UGA Department of Poultry Science to both recruit students and conduct research that has helped the department grow its impact on students and on the poultry industry.“Many factors have contributed to the success of the U.S. poultry industry. Among the most important of those factors has been the ability of the poultry industry to apply and adapt the findings of research conducted at universities, such as UGA. Funded research has shown to repeatedly provide breakthroughs and advances related to some of the most crucial issues and needs within the poultry industry,” remarked Denise Heard, director of research programs for USPOULTRY.USPOULTRY’s research program, combined with the USPOULTRY Foundation, has funded more than $32 million in research grants to various colleges and institutions to meet the challenges facing the poultry and egg industry.“Research funding from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association has been instrumental for our poultry faculty to address critical, problem-based issues faced by the poultry sector,” said Todd Applegate, professor and department head of the Department of Poultry Science. “The range of projects addressed often would go unfunded by other sources, but are critical to the lives and livelihoods of the poultry producers and poultry processors and those in the communities to which they operate.”For instance, funding from USPOULTRY has been vital to fighting diseases that, left unchecked, could damage the poultry industry or sicken the public.“Typically, disease outbreaks occur without warning, creating a critical need to respond with targeted applied research studies to answer key questions that can potentially prevent large economic losses to the poultry industry,” said Professor Mark Jackwood, head of the Department of Population Health and J.R. Glisson Professor of Avian Medicine at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine.“Often the roadblock to conducting timely research on current industry problems is securing funding. Funding from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association for projects at the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center (PDRC) has led to new, more specific and rapid diagnostic tests targeting emerging disease agents, as well as studies on vaccine efficacy and the development of new vaccines against economically important diseases.”In addition, USPOULTRY established the USPOULTRY Foundation in 1994 to provide student recruiting funds to universities with poultry science departments. In 2004, the foundation launched its Industry Education Recruitment Funding Program so other colleges and universities that offer industry-related studies are eligible to apply for recruiting grants. The foundation’s mission is to support the recruitment and training of the brightest students, seek and fund scientific research, foster student scientists and promote careers in the poultry and egg industry.–U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is the all-feather organization representing the complete spectrum of today’s poultry industry, whose mission is to progressively serve member companies through research, education, communication and technical assistance. Founded in 1947, USPOULTRY is based in Tucker, Georgia.The USPOULTRY Foundation’s mission is to support the recruitment and training of the brightest students, seek and fund scientific research, foster student scientists and promote careers in the poultry and egg industry.last_img read more

Virginia’s Western Highlands Publishes Regional Trail Guide

first_img The guide is made possible in part through a partnership with The Nature Conservancy. “We think this guide will be a valuable tool to bring outdoor enthusiasts to our region, and once they’re here, help them find a trail that meets their needs,” said Teresa Hammond, Executive Director of the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. The regional travel council will distribute the guides at local visitor centers and select Virginia Welcome Centers. They will also be available to local lodging establishments to distribute to guests interested in hiking, biking or riding. The entire guide can also be viewed online as an interactive flipbook that is tablet and mobile-friendly. For additional information visit “The number of trails included in this guide demonstrates that the four-county Virginia’s Western Highlands region has so much outdoor adventure to offer to visitors,” added Chris Swecker, Executive Director of the Highland County Tourism Council and Chamber of Commerce. The Virginia’s Western Highlands Travel Council made up of tourism offices from Craig, Alleghany, Bath, and Highland counties has published a guide to hiking, biking, and riding trails. The 48-page guide includes descriptions and maps of trails in all four counties, including some that span multiple counties. The booklet uses icons to indicate which trails are open to hiking, biking, and horseback riding. last_img read more

How to prepare for retirement with adult children living at home

first_img continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Don’t fret. There’s hope. Many parents have figured out ways to support and encourage smart financial habits in their adult children living at home without neglecting (or draining) their retirement savings. Learn steps you can take to make this happen.center_img Adult children living at home: the factsFor the first time since the Great Depression, a majority of young adults are back living with their parents than with a spouse or partner, living alone, or living with someone else.As of July 2020, 52 percent of young adults ages 18 to 29 live with a parent.1 By comparison, around half that number — 23 percent — of people in the same age group lived with a parent in 1960.2 And this trend isn’t going away — these numbers have been on the rise for six consecutive decades.3last_img read more

Wyncote invests in Worthing retail

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The value of retaining carefully assembled teams

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