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Today’s Stock Market News & Events: 8/26/2022 – Schaeffer’s Investment Research

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Stock Price Tickers, Stock Trading, Stock Market, Stocks to BUy

Fed Chair Jerome Powell will speak at Jackson Hole today

Today the monthly and year-over-year PCE price index and core PCE price index are on tap. Traders also will be sifting through real disposable incomes, real consumer spending, nominal personal incomes, and nominal consumer spending data, as well as advance trade in goods. Lastly, the University of Michigan (UM) will release its final consumer sentiment index, and five-year inflation expectations.

The following public company is slated to release corporate earnings today, August 26:

JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd. (NYSE:JKS — $58.65) engages in the design, development, production, and marketing of photovoltaic products. JinkoSolar will report its Q2 earnings of 2022 before the bell today.

Looking ahead to next week, a handful of Federal Reserve officials will be offering remarks on the state of the economy. There will also be no shortage of economic indicators to unpack, as investors kick off September with a huge batch of manufacturing data.

Next week’s earnings docket includes reports from Baidu (BIDU), Best Buy (BBY), Big Lots (BIG), Broadcom (AVGO), (AI), Campbell Soup (CPB), Chewy (CHWY), CrowdStrike (CRWD), HP (HPQ), lululemon athletica (LULU), Ollie’s Bargain Outlets (OLLI), Signet Jewelers (SIG), and Weibo (WB)

All economic dates listed here are tentative and subject to change.

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Severe COVID-19 increases risk of future cardiovascular events

Study: COVID-19 severity and risk of subsequent cardiovascular events. Image Credit: Yurchanka Siarhei /

To date, the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which is the virus responsible for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), has infected over 603 million individuals and claimed more than 6.4 million lives worldwide.

About 30% of COVID-19 survivors continue to experience a wide range of persistent symptoms for several weeks since their initial diagnosis. This condition is commonly referred to as post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC) or “long COVID.”

Study: COVID-19 severity and risk of subsequent cardiovascular events. Image Credit: Yurchanka Siarhei /

Study: COVID-19 severity and risk of subsequent cardiovascular events. Image Credit: Yurchanka Siarhei /


Even though multisystem inflammatory syndrome is the most common PASC syndrome in adults and children, a wide range of other symptoms, including sleep difficulties, persistent fatigue, type 1 diabetes, and neurological disorders, have been reported. The incidence of these symptoms varies from one person to another based on their demographic and clinical characteristics.

Several studies have indicated the manifestation of multiple cardiovascular complications, such as arrhythmia, hypertension, acute myocardial infarction, thromboembolism, and cerebrovascular accidents, in individuals who have recovered from COVID-19. However, a limited number of studies have confirmed that severe COVID-19 leads to a high risk of cardiovascular diseases.

A recent Clinical Infectious Diseases journal study determines the relationship between COVID-19 severity and risk of subsequent cardiovascular events (CVEs) in a large cohort.

Study findings

A retrospective cohort study was performed using nationwide health insurance claims data of adults from the United States Health Verity Real-Time Insights and Evidence database. Increased COVID-19 severity was found to enhance the risk of developing subsequent CVEs among individuals without a cardiac history in previous years. 

As compared to COVID-19 patients who required outpatient care, those who required hospital admission were more likely to experience CVEs. Among COVID-19 hospitalized patients, those admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) were almost 80% more likely to develop CVEs than non-ICU hospitalized patients.

In fact, non-ICU hospitalized patients exhibited only a 28% possibility of experiencing CVEs thirty days after initial COVID-19 symptoms. Additionally, as compared to COVID-19 outpatients, hospitalized patients were more likely to be admitted for a CVE after recovering from COVID-19.

In younger adults, the incidence of cardiovascular sequelae was lower as compared to older adults. Aside from CVEs, other severe outcomes, such as thrombotic events and cerebrovascular accidents, were observed in patients who recovered from severe COVID-19. However, such observations were less likely in COVID-19 patients who required only outpatient care.

The study findings emphasize the importance of vaccination, as demonstrated by its ability to reduce severe disease. Similarly, prompt antiviral treatment of acute COVID-19 has been recommended, which would help reduce the possibility of transition to severe illness.

Both COVID-19 vaccination and timely therapeutic interventions would alleviate the risk of severe COVID-19 and subsequently decrease the possibility of experiencing CVEs.

The findings of the present study are consistent with previous research that has reported a higher incidence of myocarditis and pericarditis in patients who recovered from severe SARS-CoV-2 infection. Nevertheless, it was observed that elevated cardiovascular risk after acute infection may not be exclusive to COVID-19.

In fact, some other diseases that have been associated with an increased risk of long-term CVEs are influenza and pneumonia bacteremia. Additionally, 22-65% of sepsis survivors are at an increased risk of CVEs.

The underlying mechanism responsible for the increased risk of CVEs following SARS-CoV-2 infection has not been determined. SARS-CoV-2 infects cardiac myocytes through their interaction with the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE-2) receptor, which might remain persistent; therefore, this interaction induces chronic inflammatory responses and subsequent tissue damage or fibrosis.

Another mechanism related to the development of CVEs following recovery from COVID-19 is an autoimmune response to cardiac antigens that causes delayed damage to cardiac tissues. Anti-heart antibodies also correlated with cardiovascular manifestation and COVID-19.

Viral toxicity is another possible mechanism that might cause long-term cardiac damage or thrombosis in vasculitis. However, in the future, more research is needed to confirm the mechanisms related to cardiac damage after SARS-CoV-2 infection.


Due to the lack of a COVID-19-negative control group, the authors failed to quantify the elevated risk of CVEs in COVID-19 patients. The unwanted inclusion of patients with a history of CVEs could have overestimated the result as well. The impact of vaccination status on the incidence of CVE was not studied.

Despite these limitations, the present study strongly emphasized that patients who recovered from severe COVID-19 were at a greater risk of developing CVEs. As compared to COVID-19 patients who required outpatient care, those who were admitted to the ICU were at a higher risk of experiencing CVEs.

The importance of COVID-19 vaccination in preventing severe infection was strongly emphasized in this study.

Journal reference:

  • Wiemken, L. T., McGrath, L. J., Andersen, K. M., et al. (2022). COVID-19 severity and risk of subsequent cardiovascular events. Clinical Infectious Diseases. doi:10.1093/cid/ciac661.
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Gout flares associated with subsequent cardiovascular events

Gout flares associated with subsequent cardiovascular events

Experts at the University of Nottingham, in collaboration with experts at Keele University, have found that the risk of heart attacks and strokes temporarily increases in the four months after a gout flare.

The research showed that gout patients who suffered from a heart attack or stroke were twice as likely to have had a gout flare in the 60 days prior to the event, and one and a half times more likely to have a gout flare in the 61-120 days prior.

The results of the study, led by Professor Abhishek in the School of Medicine at the University of Nottingham, are published in the journal JAMA.

Gout is a common form of arthritis that affects one in 40 adults in the UK. It is caused by high levels of uric acid, a chemical produced by breakdown of tissues in the body and present in certain foods and drinks.

At high levels, uric acid is deposited in and around joints as needle shaped urate crystals. Once released from their deposits, these crystals cause severe inflammation manifesting as joint pain, swelling, redness, and tenderness that often lasts for 1-2 weeks. These episodes, called gout flares, often recur. Inflammation is also a risk factor for heart attack and stroke.

People with gout tend to have more cardiovascular risk factors, although there have been no previous studies about whether gout flares are linked with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. In this study, the experts examined whether there was a temporary increase in risk of heart attack or stroke after a gout flare.

The team used anonymized data from 62,574 patients with gout treated in the National Health Service in the UK. Of these, 10,475 experienced heart attack or stroke after the diagnosis of gout, while others of similar age, sex, and duration of gout, did not experience such events. They evaluated the association between heart attacks or strokes and recent gout flares and adjusted these results for comorbidities, socioeconomic deprivation, lifestyle factors and prescribed medications among other things. They found that gout patients who suffered a heart attack or stroke were twice as likely to have had a gout flare in the 60 days prior to the event, and one and a half times more likely to have a gout flare in the preceding 61-120 days.

They found a similar high rate of heart attack or stroke in the 0-60 and 61-120 days after gout flares compared with other time periods, when they used information from only patients who consulted for a gout flare and also experienced either heart attack or stroke. This further strengthened the finding that gout flares are associated with a transient increase in cardiovascular events following flares. The increased odds and rates persisted when people with pre-existing heart disease or stroke before their gout diagnosis were excluded, and when shorter exposure periods such as 0-15 and 16-30 days prior to heart attack or stroke, were considered.

Gout patients who died from a heart attack or stroke had over four times the odds of experiencing a gout flare in the preceding 0-60 days and over twice the odds of gout flare in the preceding 61-120 days.

This is the first study of its kind to examine whether there is an association between recent gout flares and heart attacks and strokes.

The results show that among patients with gout, patients who experienced a heart attack or stroke had significantly increased odds of a gout flare during the preceding 120-days compared with patients who did not experience such events. These findings suggest that gout flares are associated with a transient increase in cardiovascular events following flares.

People with recurrent gout flares should be considered for long-term treatment with urate lowering treatments such as allopurinol. This is a reliable way of removing urate crystal deposits and providing freedom from gout flares. Patients should also be considered for concurrent treatment with anti-inflammatory medicines such as colchicine for the first few months because urate lowering treatments may trigger gout flares in the short term.

People with gout should be encouraged to adopt a healthy lifestyle with appropriate treatment of conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and diabetes to minimise their background risk of heart attack and stroke”

Professor Abhishek, lead author on the study


Journal reference:

Cipolletta, E., et al. (2022) Association Between Gout Flare and Subsequent Cardiovascular Events Among Patients With Gout. JAMA.

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Novel algorithm identifies adverse drug events across the seven pediatric development stages

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Side effects from pediatric drug treatment are responsible for nearly 10 percent of childhood hospitalizations, with nearly half of those being life-threatening. Despite the need to know more about these drugs and the adverse events they can have on children, little evidence is currently available.

Clinical trials remain the gold standard for identifying adverse drug events (ADEs) for adults, but these have both ethical and methodological concerns for the pediatric population. The rapidly changing biologic and physiologic developments only enhance the challenges of understanding the potential impacts of different drug treatments at various stages of childhood.

Researchers at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center developed a novel algorithm that identified nearly 20,000 ADEs signals (information on a new or known side effect that may be caused by a particular drug) across the seven pediatric development stages and made them freely available. This process is strengthened by a novel approach that allows neighboring development stages to enhance the signal detection power, which helps it overcome limited data within individual stages.

This use of predictive modeling on real-world data can help address a critical gap in healthcare research around the understudied pediatric community.

DBMI associate professor Nicholas Tatonetti and Nick Giangreco, a recent Systems Biology PhD graduate at Columbia University, shared these findings in the study A database of pediatric drug effects to evaluate ontogenic mechanisms from child growth and development, which was recently published in Med.

For many reasons, children have historically not been included in clinical trials. There are many ethical issues around including children in trials, and there are several limitations when children are included that make it difficult to assess the effectiveness and safety of drugs.”

Nicholas Tatonetti, DBMI associate professor

Because of these factors, few drugs are specifically approved for use in children, though once drugs are approved for adults, physicians can prescribe them “off-label” to children.

“Since drugs are not studied and approved in children directly, physicians must rely on guidelines for adults,” he added. “Essentially treating children as if they were simply small adults is oftentimes an incorrect assumption. This study is an attempt to elucidate systematically what the potential side effects are when drugs are used off label in children.”

The study goes beyond simply differentiating side effects in children from those in adults. It focuses on ADEs across seven developmental stages, starting at term neonatal and going through late adolescence, and it is powered by sharing information from neighboring developmental stages. For example, the development of infants and toddlers is close enough that there will be more shared characteristics than there would be for infants and those in early or late adolescence.

“Previously, children were essentially grouped together,” Tatonetti said. “There were only a few studies that just focused on children, and they basically focused on people 18 and under or 21 and under in one group. The innovation here is using known developmental stages and our newly introduced DGAMs (disproportionality generalized additive models) to improve power and enable that analysis.”

Tatonetti stressed that these signals are not validated and are primarily meant for researchers. Parents should consult with their pediatricians on specific drug side effects.

Giangreco, currently a Quantitative Translational Scientist at Regeneron, noted one of several side effects that were identified by this model.

“One we corroborated that the FDA had found was that montelukast, an asthma drug, was found to elicit psychiatric side effects,” he said. “We saw that in our database as well, but we were able to pinpoint certain developmental stages where the risk was more significant, especially the second year of life.”

The study also integrates pediatric enzyme expression data and found that pharmacogenes with dynamic childhood expression are associated with pediatric ADEs.

“This was a biologically-inspired modeling strategy,” Giangreco said. “We used what we knew about biological processes occurring during childhood and formed the modeling strategy. These safety signals came from this prior knowledge of the biological processes that are happening. Our data-driven approach really tried to capture what we thought were the important biologically and physiologically dynamic processes that happen during childhood and use that to tease apart observations across the development stages.”

The model was used on a database of 264,453 pediatric reports in the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS). The output of the study is available via KidSIDES, a free and publicly available database of pediatric drug safety signals for the research community, as well as the Pediatric Drug Safety portal (PDSportal), which will facilitate evaluation of drug safety signals across childhood growth and development.

“The primary intention is for other researchers to use it, to follow up on signals they may observe,” Tatonetti said. “If they are experts on a particular drug usage, or particular disease domain and have observed these types of effects, they could follow up on them and be reassured, or could look at what the other evidence is for that effect as we aggregate it together. Clinicians can use it as a gut check. Maybe they saw an effect, or they are wondering if others are seeing this effect, and they can check the PDSPortal to see if others are seeing this effect or to prompt them to write another case report to the FDA.”


Journal reference:

Giangreco, N.P., et al. (2022) A database of pediatric drug effects to evaluate ontogenic mechanisms from child growth and development. Med.

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Bonne Bay Aquarium and Research Station Anniversary Weekend 19-21st August

Bonne Bay Aquarium and Research Station Anniversary Weekend 19-21st August

Friday, Aug. 19, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Bonne Bay Aquarium and Research Station, Norris Point

The Bonne Bay Aquarium and Research Station is 20 years old in August.

To celebrate our anniversary there will be a number of events for the public and alumni at the station, centered around a public lecture on the last hours of the age of the dinosaurs by Prof. Phillip Manning of Manchester University.  The full list of events can be found at: Come Home Weekend ( and people can register here:  Register (

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Modeling the influence of COVID superspreading events

Study: Exploring the Role of Superspreading Events in SARS-CoV-2 Outbreaks. Image Credit: StockTom / Shutterstock

In a recent study posted to the medRxiv* preprint server, University of Kansas researchers assessed the effect of superspreading events (SSEs) on the United States (US) severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) outbreak dynamics.

Study: Exploring the Role of Superspreading Events in SARS-CoV-2 Outbreaks. Image Credit: StockTom / ShutterstockStudy: Exploring the Role of Superspreading Events in SARS-CoV-2 Outbreaks. Image Credit: StockTom / Shutterstock


SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that emerged in late December 2019, has quickly swept over the globe, resulting in over 546 million illnesses and more than 6.3 million fatalities thus far. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has strained the US healthcare network, with several hospitals exceeding or nearing capacity and few limiting services. 

Governments at the state and national levels have responded by issuing guidelines and regulations for decreasing SARS-CoV-2 transmission, including social-distancing directives, mask mandates, stay-at-home instructions, and restrictions on big gatherings. However, insufficient adherence and compliance by the population have affected the efficiency of these laws and regulations, encouraging SSEs, which have assisted the SARS-CoV-2 transmission.

About the study

In the present study, the researchers developed a continuous-time Markov chain (CTMC) model to examine the impact of SSEs on the dynamics of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak in the US. The authors defined SSEs as social or public events that lead to numerous SARS-CoV-2 infections over a short period.

The current research sought to determine the effect of SSEs compared to non-SSEs on COVID-19 outbreak dynamics, the efficacy of hospitalization and quarantine as containment methods for SSE relative to non-SSE-dominated outbreaks, and the impact of quarantine violation on the efficacy of quarantine for SSE compared to non-SSE-dominated outbreaks.

The investigators simulated a CTMC model for SARS-CoV-2 spread utilizing Gillespie’s direct algorithm under three distinct scenarios: 1) neither hospitalization nor quarantine; 2) quarantine, hospitalization, premature hospital discharge, and quarantine violation; and 3) hospitalization and quarantine but not premature hospital discharge or quarantine violation. They also alter the rate of quarantine violations under realistic hospitalization and quarantine (RHQ) scenarios.


The study results demonstrated that the SARS-CoV-2 outbreaks with SSE dominance were often more variable yet less severe and more prone to extinction than outbreaks without SSE dominance. The authors observed this after eliminating hospitalization and quarantine conditions or upon the inclusion of hospitalization, quarantine, early hospital discharge, and quarantine breach. 

However, the severity of the most catastrophic SSE-dominated outbreaks was higher than the most severe outbreaks without SSE dominance, despite most SSE-dominated outbreaks being less severe. Upon the inclusion of quarantine and hospitalization, while excluding quarantine breach and premature hospital discharge, SARS-CoV-2 outbreaks dominated by SSE were more susceptible to extinction than outbreaks without SSE dominance but were more severe and less variable.

Upon the inclusion of quarantine, hospitalization, premature hospital discharge, and halved quarantine breach, outbreaks dominated by SSE were comparable to when quarantine and hospitalization were included, but quarantine breach and premature hospital discharge were excluded. Besides, when quarantine breach was doubled outbreaks were similar to when quarantine and hospitalization were excluded.

Quarantine and hospitalization were more potent at regulating outbreaks dominated by SSE than those without SSE dominance in all scenarios. Similarly, quarantine breaches and premature hospital discharge were significant for outbreaks dominated by SSE.

SSE-dominated outbreaks were extremely improbable to become extinct when quarantine and hospitalization were excluded. They were moderately unlikely to become extinct when quarantine, hospitalization, premature hospital discharge, and quarantine violation were included. Furthermore, they were highly plausible to become extinct when hospitalization and quarantine were included, but quarantine breach and premature hospital discharge were excluded. 

Moreover, SSE-dominated outbreaks were more likely to become extinct when quarantine violations were halved. However, outbreaks dominated by SSE were less likely to become extinct when quarantine breaches were doubled.


Altogether, the study findings showed that COVID-19 outbreaks dominated by SSE differ noticeably from non-SSE-dominated outbreaks in their severity, variability, and chances of extinction. They also vary, albeit more low-key, from outbreaks dominated by superspreading individuals (SI). The possibility of hospitalization or quarantine and the likelihood of premature hospital discharge or violation of quarantine significantly impact the dynamics of SSE-dominated outbreaks.

Hospitalization and quarantine were substantially effective preventative interventions for COVID-19 outbreaks dominated by SSE. Nevertheless, premature hospital discharge and breach of the quarantine drastically diminished their efficacy. Besides, the team assessed control techniques using the probability of extinction.

The present findings have significant public health consequences, necessitating SARS-CoV-2 modelers must: 1) assess the contribution of SSEs or SIs to COVID-19 spread; and 2) differentiate between SSEs, SIs, and non-SIs/non-SSEs in their models. More research into the combined and individual effects of SSEs and SIs on SARS-CoV-2 outbreak dynamics and the efficacy of control strategies for various kinds of outbreaks were required to guide eradication and containment initiatives.

*Important notice

medRxiv publishes preliminary scientific reports that are not peer-reviewed and, therefore, should not be regarded as conclusive, guide clinical practice/health-related behavior, or treated as established information.

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Research Celebration Events

Research Celebration Events

Scholarship Recognition Event Booklet

The Research Celebration Reception Event was held on April 25, 2022 to celebrate a selection of notable faculty accomplishments.

National Recognition

Melvyn Huff 

Chosen to serve on the National Science Board from 2020-2026. The NSB has 25 members who, together with the Director, determine the direction of the National Science Foundation. Jointly the Board and the Director pursue the goals and function of the NSF, including the duty to “recommend and encourage the pursuit of national policies for the promotion of research and education in science and engineering.”

Kevin Stokesbury

Elected to the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on the Assessment and Advancement of Science in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) Environmental Studies Program. BOEM’s Environmental Studies Program develops, funds, and manages rigorous scientific research specifically to inform policy decisions on the development of energy and mineral resources, according to BOEM’s website.

Fulbright and Carnegie Foundation Fellowships 

Bridget Teboh – Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship 

Anna Klobucka – Fulbright Scholar to University of Lisbon

Soheil Sibari – Fulbright Scholar to University of Capetown

Dilshod Achilov – Fulbright Scholar to Al-Farabi Kazakh National University

Prizes & Awards for Scholarships 

Michelle Bowers – Society of Typographic Arts STA 100 Award 

Melissa Desroches – Building for Scale Scholar at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing RESILIENCE Center 

Jeremiah Ho – Dukeminier Award from the Williams Institute at UCLA Law School for his work in LGBTQ legal scholarship 

Juried Works and Exhibits 

Mwalim Peters – Multiple Commissioned Plays

Jing Wang – Juried Musical Compositions

Rebecca Hutchinson – Art Work Commissioned by Boston Children’s Hospital

Gabo Camnitzer – Exhibit at the Queens Museum

Notable Publications 

Anupama Arora –  Bollywood’s New Woman: Liberalization, Liberation, and Contested Bodies (Rutgers University Press)

Avijit Gangopadhyay – Introduction to Ocean Circulation & Modeling (CRC Press)

Pamela Karimi – Alternative Iran (Stanford University Press)

Timothy Walker – Sailing to Freedom: Maritime Dimensions of the Underground Railroad (University of Massachusetts Press)

First Ever Grants to our Campus

Julia Fang – R01 Grant from the NIH

John Buck – Multi University Research Initiative (MURI) Grant from the ONR

Notable Grants for Junior Faculty

Banafsheh Seyed-Aghazadeh – NSF-CAREER and Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award

Arghavan Louhghalam – NSF-CAREER 

Grants in Support of Students in STEM

Yanlai Chen – S-STEM Award

Tracie Ferreira – S-STEM Award

NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate Grants

Shao Ming – NSF REU Award

Vijay Chalivendra – NSF REU Award

Other Awards

Scott Field – NSF & NASA Grants 

Gavin Fay – NOAA & NSF

Steve Lohrenz – Massachusetts Tech Collaborative

Roulin Zhou – ONR & NSF

Anthony Arrigo – National Endowment for the Arts

Firas Khatib – NSF

Hangjian Ling – NSF

Kihan Park – NSF

Monika Schuler – NSF

Rebecca Uchill – Henry Luce Foundation Award

Xiofei Jia – NIH

David Manke & Marilyn Naeem – First Crystal Structure of Serotonin

Samuel Peck – Essay in Storytellers of Art Histories (Intellect Books) 

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2022 Teacher Research Presentations and Graduation Celebration

2022 Teacher Research Presentations and Graduation Celebration

Watch the research presentations

Presentations of Original Research by the Master of Arts in Teaching Candidates 

Presentations at Barbara Mandel Auditorium G03

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Kaitlyn Marie York
Incorporation of Student Choice and Its Effect on Engagement

Andrew J. Marshall
“How can I help?”: Maximizing my use of language in brief one-on-one conversations

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Siobhan Erin O’Donnell
“Please raise your hand once in your life or I am going to LOSE IT”: Preventing Disruptive Behaviors in the Classroom

Tal Golan
Supporting English Learners and Promoting Community in an Integrated Classroom


Presentations at Mandel G10

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Dana Homer
Persevering through Challenges: An Exploration of Growth Mindset

Joshua R. Feld
Being Human in the Classroom

Jacob M. Mitchell
Distraction & Differentiation: Student Engagement in the Digital Era

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Geraldine Marie Alexandrine Bogard
Setting Clear Expectations for My Students: Effectively Communicating What I Need from Them

Dewey Jack Komishane
Analyzing Scaffolds for Student-Teacher Meetings


Presentations at Olin-Sang 101

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Jacqueline Lucia Mundis
“Shut Up So She’ll Give us Stickers:” The Effects of Rewards on Classroom Communities

Elisabeth Ng
“That was so fun”: How to Make Learning Engaging and Accessible

Gaia Chapasko-Daelli
“Mens Sana in Corpore Sano”: Work-Life Balance in Education

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Jeffrey Bombardier
Data Driven Teaching: How Formative Assessment Informed My Practice

Ethan Thurlow Miller
How Gender Influences Vocal Participation in Class Discussions


Presentations at Olin-Sang 104

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Jenevieve Alyse McCauley
Choice of Independent Reading Book During an 8th Grade Holocaust Unit

Patrick Hurley
An Investigation of Student Responses to Varying Engagement Strategies in a 9th Grade Classroom

Tasmia Ejaz Hussain
Nobody Puts Student Teachers in a Corner!

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Sarah Elizabeth Riley
Building Community through Restorative Circles

Eric Arthur Rosenheim
Relevance through Diction: Adding Authenticity to the Classroom


Teacher research is systematic, intentional inquiry conducted in and for practice, on a matter of concern to the individual teacher-researcher and relevant to the profession more broadly. MAT students identify an interest or concern and begin to frame a question in December/January. Over the next several months, they refine the question, develop a plan for data collection, typically including an action component, and begin to collect data—all the while, carrying on their teaching responsibilities.

For several more months, they continue to collect data, begin the process of data analysis, revise their plans, collect more data…teaching all the while…reach the summer term, continue analysis…identify findings…frame conclusions and pose questions for further inquiry…until they arrive at this point: sharing their findings with others.

One MAT student summed up the essence of the work this way:

There are two important elements of teacher research as I see it. One is noticing, observing.  Secondly, there is wondering.

Today we are all privileged to listen in on and be called to thought and action by the dedicated noticing, observing, and wondering of these remarkable people.

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New Research Considers Climate Influence on Five Extreme Weather Events Worldwide – EcoWatch

Flooding from Hurricane Ida in Louisiana

Flooding from Hurricane Ida in Louisiana on Sep. 3, 2021. JONATHAN ERNST/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Whenever an extreme weather event like a heat wave or hurricane occurs, it is typically followed by discussion of the degree to which it was augmented by the climate crisis

Now, a new study published in Environmental Research Climate Wednesday moves beyond individual events to paint a comprehensive picture of how climate change is or is not influencing weather disasters on a global scale. 

“I think on the one hand we overestimate climate change because it’s now quite common that every time an extreme event happens, there is a big assumption that climate change is playing a big role, which is not always the case,” lead author Friederike Otto, who works as a professor of climate change and environment at Imperial College, London’s, Grantham Institute told The Guardian. “But on the other hand, we really underestimate those events where climate change does play a role in what the costs are, especially the non-economic costs of extreme weather events to our societies.”

The researchers looked at five types of extreme weather events: heat waves, wildfires, heavy rainfall, drought and tropical cyclones. They used a combination of attribution studies that assess the impact of the climate crisis on extreme weather events and the latest reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, according to a press release from IOP Publishing. 

What they found is that certain extreme weather events are clearly attributable to climate change. These include heat waves — which have led to tens of thousands of deaths — and rainfall from tropical cyclones in the Atlantic Basin, which has had a price tag of half a trillion dollars, according to the study. 

Other events depend on the region. The California drought, for example, has certainly been worsened by the burning of greenhouse gas emissions. But, in other parts of the world, droughts are caused primarily by local, social factors and so focusing on a potential climate signal is less helpful. 

“By focusing too much on climate change, it really takes the responsibility, but also the agency, away to address these local drivers of disasters such as high poverty rates, missing infrastructure, investment, missing healthcare system… all these aspects of exposure and vulnerability that make every drought a catastrophe,” Otto told The Guardian. 

The research team, which comes from the University of Oxford and the Victoria University of Wellington in addition to Imperial College, London, also emphasized the need for more weather data from poorer countries who are more likely to suffer the impacts of climate change and extreme weather, according to the press release. For example Somalia, which frequently suffers from drought, also has spotty data because recording is interrupted by frequent conflict. 

Senior State meteorologist and head of Climate Assessment and Modeling at the Spanish State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) Ernesto Rodríguez Camino, who was not involved in the research, said in a statement that attribution studies require two things: models of the extreme weather event being studied and on-the-ground observations. 

“Limited access to observations has limited and continues to limit further attribution studies to prepare affected sectors for increasingly frequent and intense weather extremes, a consequence of ongoing anthropogenic climate change,” he said. 

The study’s authors ultimately valorized the importance of such studies, however. 

“Understanding the role that climate change plays in these events can help us better prepare for them. It also allows us to determine the real cost that carbon emissions have in our lives,” lead author Ben Clarke from the University of Oxford said in the press release. 

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Glasgow Research & Consulting shares expertise at industry events

Glasgow Research & Consulting shares expertise at industry events

Glasgow Research & Consulting recently showcased its expertise at two industry events for leaders in the automotive and transport & logistics sectors.

At the Truck & Fleet Middle East Conference, Vishal Pandey, a partner at UAE-based Glasgow Research & Consulting, delivered a keynote presentation, sharing industry insights and key takeaways from new research the boutique released in the run-up to the event.

During his keynote, Pandey walked visitors through the current state of the automotive market in the region, and some of the key drivers of growth for the coming years.

Vishal Pandey at Automechanika

The commercial vehicles segment is one area where strong growth is anticipated, with demand in 2026 forecasted to be 30% higher than the current level. “The majority of the demand will be for mid-level and high-end commercial vehicles,” said Pandey during his keynote, earmarking sectors such as construction, trade, and manufacturing as best positioned to lift demand.

Meanwhile, at the Automechanika Sustainability Event, Pandey delivered a presentation and was part of an expert panel that spoke about the future of automotive and the impact of sustainability. Together with the other panelists, Pandey discussed and analysed how the automotive and aftermarket industry is stepping up sustainability efforts both from a business and environmental standpoint.

Key takeaways of the discussion included: Sustainability has risen to the top of the agenda for players in the industry; much attention is going to the development of electrical vehicles and its related infrastructure; sustainability can be achieved only through collaborative efforts of the entire automotive value chain.

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