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38 Pennsylvania Career and Technical Centers Receive Funding for Equipment Upgrades

first_imgA W Beattie Career Center$30,776 November 28, 2018 Lebanon County CTC$16,860 Parkway West CTC$24,080 Berks CTC$27,925 Bucks County Technical High School$50,000 SUN Area Technical Institute$40,850 Franklin County CTC$26,000 Eastern Westmoreland CTC$22,702 Eastern Center for Arts & Technology$8,813 Lehigh Career & Technical Institute$50,000 Crawford County CTC$45,585 CTC of Lackawanna County$16,733 Keystone Central CTC$3,720 North Montco Tech Career Center$50,000 Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center$32,785 Lancaster County CTC$49,729 Greater Johnstown CTC$35,517 38 Pennsylvania Career and Technical Centers Receive Funding for Equipment Upgrades Schuylkill Technology Centers$23,977 Lenape Tech$7,248 Monroe Career & Tech Inst$42,835 Warren County AVTS$19,000 Fayette County Career & Technical Institute$48,329 Butler County AVTS$6,500 Mercer County Career Center$37,591 Middle Bucks Institute of Technology$44,290 Dauphin County Technical School$40,100 Susquehanna County CTC$13,355 Greater Altoona CTC$49,800 Upper Bucks County Technical School$43,226 Central PA Institute of Science & Technology$50,000 York Co School of Technology$45,000 Northern Westmoreland CTC$2,000 Central Westmoreland CTC$15,089 Clarion County Career Center$1,600 Economy,  Education,  Innovation,  PAsmart,  Press Release,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) is awarding nearly $1.2 million in competitive grants to 38 career and technical centers and area vocational technical education schools to purchase new equipment that will give students hands-on training for careers needed by local employers.“There is incredible demand for skilled workers in communities throughout Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “This equipment will help students get the training they need for good jobs in their local communities. This will further strengthen our talented and educated workforce and continue to bring jobs to Pennsylvania while making our economy stronger.”The maximum grant allowed under the program is $50,000, and each grant must be matched dollar-for-dollar from a local source which could include local school funds or contributions from businesses and industry partners.“To prepare students for the 21st century jobs that are driving the Pennsylvania economy, schools need to offer students hands-on training on equipment that is consistent with industry standards,” Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said. “These grants, which require a local match, help institutions around the state train their students for the jobs that exist in their local community.”Investing in job training is a priority for Governor Wolf. In addition to these grants, the governor secured an additional $10 million for career and technical education in the 2018-19 state budget – the first increase in 10 years. The governor also launched PAsmart, a $30 million investment in science and technology education, apprenticeships and job training. Through competitive grants, PAsmart will help workers and students get the skills for good, middle-class jobs.Learn more about PAsmart and other programs helping Pennsylvanians get skills needed in the workforce at pa.gov/guides/working-training-pa.The recipients of a 2018-19 Competitive CTE Equipment Grant include: Career Institute of Technology$19,000 Venango Technology Center$21,255 Western Montgomery CTC$44,750 Reading Muhlenberg CTC$50,000 For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs please visit the Department of Education’s website at www.education.pa.gov or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Four IMCA divisions run this weekend at Sherman County Flatlander

first_imgGOODLAND, Kan. – A pair of $2,000 to win IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified main events headline Sherman County Speedway’s 25th an­nual Flatlander Fall Classic special on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27. Both features are qualifying races for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star In­vita­tional ballot and pay a minimum of $125 to start. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars run for $500 to win, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for $400 to win and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $300 to win each night. Top three Modified drivers in points for the two days receive bonuses of $500, $300 and $200, respectively. Other championship bonuses are $300 for the Stock Cars, $250 for the Northern SportMods and $200 for the Hobby Stocks. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded both nights.Flatlander features are also finales for the Precise Racing BST Series for Modifieds, Addiction Chassis BST Series for Stock Cars and Leary Racing Products BST Series for Northern SportMods. Both shows are draw/redraw.Rac­ing is at 5:30 p.m. Mountain Time both days. More information about the Flatlander is available by call­ing 785 399-8041.last_img read more

Bucksport football loses to Dexter in defensive battle

first_img Latest Posts Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img DEXTER — It wasn’t a performance that delivered victory, but Joel Sankey was far from discouraged.As the sun beat down on the field after a hot Saturday game at Dexter High School, Sankey walked to the 50-yard line to meet with his players. After what he felt was a disappointing performance in the team’s 41-21 loss to Maine Central Institute one week earlier, Bucksport’s stronger effort in this game made the team’s longtime coach optimistic.“I saw some good things today,” Sankey told his team. “Last week, it was a step back from where we were. This week, it was definitely a step forward.”Bucksport lost Saturday’s contest against the Dexter Tigers 18-7. It was the Golden Bucks’ second loss in a row and marked the second time in as many years the team had a losing record after its first three games.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“We were spoiled for a while, but the past two years have been hard,” Sankey said. “We lost to a very tough, very physical football team today, and that’s hard for your guys when you’re a team that prides yourself on toughness like we are.”Dexter’s defense made driving the field a difficult task for Bucksport from an early stage. Although the Golden Bucks forced the Tigers to fumble twice inside their own 20-yard line early in the first quarter, Dexter’s stout run defense kept Sankey’s team off the scoreboard on both occasions.Dexter (3-0) scored two touchdowns late in the first quarter on a 35-yard run from Zach White and a 55-yard interception return from Chandler Perkins. Liam Geagan scored for Bucksport (1-2) with 23 seconds left in the first half to make the score 12-7 at halftime.In the second half, Dexter responded to Bucksport’s score by shifting the momentum in its own favor right away. The Tigers drove straight down the field and extended their lead to 18-7 on a touchdown run by Brandon Allen on the opening drive. From there, Dexter’s defense held on to preserve the team’s undefeated record.“I thought we played harder, but there’s also going to be some disappointment when you play a tough game and still lose,” Sankey said. “We definitely tackled better than we did against MCI last week, and we need to be sure we keep that up when we get out there next week.”Bucksport was far from the first team that struggled to break down Dexter’s defense this season. The Tigers won by scores of 38-6 and 28-6 in their first two games against Houlton and Mattanawcook Academy, respectively, but the Golden Bucks played well enough on defense to keep this game more competitive than either of those contests. The Tigers didn’t score in the final 21 minutes, 2 seconds of the game.“We were able to stop their offense, but their defense made it hard for us to move the ball consistently,” Sankey said. “Not every defense we play this year is going to be this tough, but we have to know how to break them down when we do play one like this.”Bucksport’s will play its third undefeated opponent in a row when it plays at home against the Orono Riots (3-0) at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. The Golden Bucks beat the Riots 33-18 last season. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

A new day for chemistry Molecular CT scan could dramatically speed drug

first_imgThe new technique managed to generate structures from a mixture that contained all four of these organic compounds. Email ‘A new day for chemistry’: Molecular CT scan could dramatically speed drug discovery Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country In chemistry, structure rules because it determines how a molecule behaves. But the two standard ways to map the structure of small organic molecules, such as pharmaceuticals, hormones, and vitamins, have drawbacks. This week, two research teams report they’ve adapted a third technique, commonly used to chart much larger proteins, to determine the precise shape of small organic molecules. The new technique works with vanishingly small samples, is blazing fast, and is surprisingly easy.“I am blown away by this,” says Carolyn Bertozzi, a chemist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. “The fact that you can get these structures from [a sample] a million times smaller than a speck of dust, that’s beautiful. It’s a new day for chemistry.”The gold standard for determining chemical structures has long been x-ray crystallography. A beam of x-rays is fired at a pure crystal containing millions of copies of a molecule lined up in a single orientation. By tracking how the x-rays bounce off atoms in the crystal, researchers can work out the position of every atom in the molecule. Crystallography can pinpoint atomic positions down to less than 0.1 nanometers, about the size of a sulfur atom. But the technique works best with fairly large crystals, which can be hard to make. “The real lag time is just getting a crystal,” says Brian Stoltz, an organic chemist at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena. “That can take weeks to months to years.” The second approach, known as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, doesn’t require crystals. It infers structures by perturbing the magnetic behavior of atoms in molecules and then tracking their behavior, which changes depending on their atomic neighbors. But NMR also requires a fair amount of starting material. And it’s indirect, which can lead to mapping mistakes with larger druglike molecules.The new approach builds on a technique called electron diffraction, which sends an electron beam through a crystal and, as in x-ray crystallography, determines structure from diffraction patterns. It has been particularly useful in solving the structure of a class of proteins lodged in cell membranes. In this case, researchers first form tiny 2D sheetlike crystals of multiple copies of a protein wedged in a membrane.But in many cases, efforts to grow the protein crystals go awry. Instead of getting single-membrane sheets, researchers end up with numerous sheets stacked atop one another, which can’t be analyzed by conventional electron diffraction. And the crystals can be too small for x-ray diffraction. “We didn’t know what to do with all these crystals,” says Tamir Gonen, an electron crystallography expert at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). So, his team varied the technique: Instead of firing their electron beam from one direction at a static crystal, they rotated the crystal and tracked how the diffraction pattern changed. Instead of a single image, they got what was more like molecular computerized tomography scan. That enabled them to get structures from crystals one-billionth the size of those needed for x-ray crystallography.Gonen says because his interest was in proteins, he never thought much about trying his technique on anything else. But earlier this year, Gonen moved from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia, to UCLA. There, he teamed up with colleagues, along with Stoltz at Caltech, who wanted to see whether the same approach would work not just with proteins, but with smaller organic molecules. The short answer is it did. On the chemistry preprint server ChemRxiv, the California team reported on Wednesday that when they tried the approach with numerous samples, it worked nearly every time, delivering a resolution on par with x-ray crystallography. The team could even get structures from mixtures of compounds and from materials that had never formally been crystallized and were just scraped off a chemistry purification column. These results all came after just a few minutes of sample preparation and data collection. What’s more, a collaboration of German and Swiss groups independently published similar results using essentially the same technique this week.“I’ve had dreams in my life where I’m looking through a microscope and I see a molecular model with balls and sticks,” Bertozzi says. “They basically find some microcrystalline schmutz on an EM [sample holder], take some data, and there are the balls and sticks I dreamed about. It’s unbelievable it works so well.”Because it does work so smoothly, the new technique could revolutionize fields both inside and outside of research, Bertozzi and others say. Tim Grüne, an electron diffraction expert at the Paul Scherrer Institute in Villigen, Switzerland, who led the European group, notes that pharmaceutical companies build massive collections of crystalline compounds, in which they hunt for potential new drugs. But only about one-quarter to one-third of the compounds form crystals big enough for x-ray crystallography. “This will remove a bottleneck and lead to an explosion of structures,” Grüne says. That could speed the search for promising drug leads in tiny samples of exotic plants and fungi. For crime labs, it could help them quickly identify the latest heroin derivatives hitting the streets. And it could even help Olympics officials clean up sports by making it easier to spot vanishingly small amounts of performance-enhancing drugs. 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Martynowycz et al., ChemRxiv (2018), adapted by E. Petersen/Science (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) By Robert F. ServiceOct. 19, 2018 , 1:50 PM Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*)last_img read more