The Florida Jazz and Blues Jam will return to Sunset Cove Amphitheatre in Boca Raton, FL on January 26th, 2019.Headlining the event is founding Allman Brothers Band drummer, Jaimoe, and his Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band. Also playing the 2019 Florida Jazz and Blues Jam will be the Larry Carlton Quintet, led by nineteen-time Grammy-nominated, four-time Grammy-winning guitarist Larry Carlton. Carlton’s long list of studio credits includes Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr., Herb Alpert, Quincy Jones, Bobby Bland, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and more. Larry Carlton’s Florida Jazz and Blues Jam performance will mark his first show Central or South Florida in over half a decade.Slide Guitar virtuoso Sonny Landreth will perform a rare and full 90-minute set at Florida Jazz and Blues Jam 2019. Landreth is best known for his slide guitar playing, having developed a technique where he also frets notes and plays chords and chord fragments by fretting behind the slide while he plays. Landreth plays with the slide on his little finger, so that his other fingers have more room to fret behind the slide. He is also known for his unique right-hand technique, which involves tapping, slapping, and picking strings, using all of the fingers on his right hand. He wears a special thumb pick/flat pick hybrid on his thumb so that he can bear down on a pick while simultaneously using his finger-style technique for slide. Guitarist Eric Clapton has said that Landreth is one of the most advanced guitarists in the world, and one of the most under-appreciated.Fifteen-year-old guitarist child prodigy Brandon “Taz” Niederauer will open up the Florida Jazz and Blues Jam, so be sure to get there early. Having played in the most legendary rooms in America with some of the most prominent musicians of our time, the young guitarist/singer/songwriter has built up quite the reputation in the music world, welcoming the nickname “Taz” (after the Tazmanian Devil) amongst fans and peers alike. Taz has benefitted from the experience of playing with members of the Allman Brothers Band including Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, and Oteil Burbridge, as well as other notable musicians such as Buddy Guy, Stevie Nicks, Lady Gaga, Slash, Jon Batiste, Dweezil Zappa, Eric Gales, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Dr. John, Gary Clark Jr., Col. Bruce Hampton, Eric Krasno, George Porter Jr., Robert Randolph, Karl Denson, Doug Wimbish, John Popper, and countless others. He has also played with Tedeschi Trucks Band, The String Cheese Incident, Umphrey’s McGee, Scorpions, Dumpstaphunk, The Revivalists, Galactic, and so many more.Tickets to the 2019 Florida Jazz and Blues Jam are currently available. For more information, head to the event’s website.
Blackberry Smoke is gearing up to release The Southern Ground Sessions, an acoustic accompaniment to Find A Light, due out on October 26th, 2018. The Southern Ground Sessions will feature acoustic versions of five album tracks, as well as a rendition of Tom Petty’s “You Got Lucky” featuring Amanda Shires (Texas Playboys, Thrift Store Cowboys, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit). Today, the band shares a video from that collaboration.“Not long ago, we went into Southern Ground Studios in Nashville to record some acoustic versions of songs from our album Find a Light,” explained Blackberry Smoke frontman Charlie Starr in an interview with Rolling Stone. “We had some special guests come in—the Wood Brothers and Amanda Shires — and while Amanda was there, we decided to play a version of ‘You Got Lucky.’ [It’s] just such an incredibly written song; it’s just perfect, as are so many Tom Petty songs.”In addition to the Tom Petty cover, Amanda Shires is also featured on the live take of “Let Me Down Easy”. Other special guests on the album include Oliver Wood on Blackberry Smoke original “Mother Mountain”.As Rolling Stone notes about the video,The expanded version of Blackberry Smoke’s lineup captures “You Got Lucky” in a single live take, with Shires performing Benmont Tench’s signature synthesizer riff on fiddle. The choruses are stacked high with harmonized voices, while the song’s extended ending finds Starr and Shires trading solos. The result is a moving tribute to Petty, who would have turned 68 on October 20th.Blackberry Smoke – “You Got Lucky” feat. Amanda Shires[Video: Blackberry Smoke]For information on upcoming Blackberry Smoke tour dates and releases, head over to the band’s website here.[H/T Rolling Stone]
Crack open just about any biology textbook to read up on the thalamus, and you’ll find that its function is mainly to serve as a relay station, handing off sensory input to the cerebral cortex for processing.But when a pair of Harvard researchers took a closer look at the connections between the retina and thalamus in mice, they found a very different story.By creating highly detailed neural wiring diagrams, Jeff Lichtman, the Jeremy R. Knowles Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Santiago Ramón y Cajal Professor of Arts and Sciences, and postdoctoral fellow Joshua Morgan showed that the neural networks that connect the retina and thalamus are far more complex than initially believed, and may even represent the first stage in processing visual information learned by experience. The study was described in a paper recently published in the journal Cell.“If you go just one synapse deeper than a highly ordered structure like the retina, you see an explosion in complexity,” Lichtman said. “Rather than having a pathway associated with one retinal axon type, and another pathway associated with another cell type, we saw a completely intermixed network — each retinal cell diverged to contact different kinds of thalamic cells, and each thalamic cell received convergent information from many different types of retinal cells.”That convergence is particularly important when you consider how retinal cells work.The output of the retina is divisible into sets of specialized nerve cells, with each set tuned to respond to particular kinds of visual sensations: some detect color, others are tuned to movement, and still others distinguish fine details in the visual scene.By feeding input from several kinds of retinal cells to a single thalamic cell, the brain can begin to combine visual information and form an image of the larger world, Lichtman believes.“For example, a rodent living outside might have cells that respond to a black spot moving on a blue background, because that might indicate a predator,” he said. “Everyone had said this should exist somewhere in the brain, but it may be if you just go one synapse further in than the retina … you suddenly find these types of intermixed connections.”The exact structure of those networks is forged early in development, and is almost certainly unique for each individual.“I’ve always imagined that something like that would be the case, but I never expected to find it in the thalamus,” Lichtman said. “We thought we might see how, through development, you generate very clear pathways, but this suggests that as soon as it can, the nervous system starts to build circuits that are very specific to the individual.”In fact, he said, the study was initially focused on the thalamus because the researchers expected it to be relatively simple to examine.“We expected this to be straightforward,” Lichtman said. “Our secret agenda was that we would look at this in adults, and then we would go back in development and see how it became so crystalline that each different pathway in the retina became channelized to different cells.”To understand the connections between the retinal and thalamic cells, Lichtman and Morgan created the largest-ever electron microscopy data set on neural connections in the brain ???? 100 terabytes, consisting of 100 trillion pixels.Using a system that automatically cuts and scans wafers of tissue, Morgan, the first author of the study, imaged the brains of mice, then traced how thalamic neurons were connected to retinal neurons.“What he did was to take four tightly clustered cells in the middle of the thalamus, and for each of them, he found the cohort of retinal axons that contacted them, and also the cohort of other thalamic cells driven by those same axons,” Lichtman said.The findings, he said, have the potential to challenge a number of core tenets of brain science.“For example, there is a focus, through the Obama BRAIN Initiative and other efforts, on determining how many cell types there are in the brain,” Lichtman said, referring to the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies plan. “We found distinctly shaped cells in the thalamus, each of which is considered a different cell type. But we found that the shape of the cell did not predict what it was connected to, meaning that even cell type, this fundamental pillar of biology … may be aiming in the wrong direction.”
Last spring, the Office of Information Technologies (OIT) announced that the University would change its main Wi-Fi network from “ND-secure” to “eduroam.” Since the transition to the new network over the summer, OIT has encouraged students to switch to eduroam, in place of Notre Dame’s guest network, “ND-guest.”“The change to use eduroam for secure wireless access has gone smoothly,” Katie Rose, OIT’s senior director of user services, said in an email. “Approximately half of the devices on campus use eduroam instead of ND-guest. The biggest challenges have been making sure people know to use eduroam and also making sure that they know why they should.”There were two secure Wi-Fi networks on campus last year — ND-secure and eduroam — in addition to ND-guest. Switching over to just one secure and one guest network has improved Wi-Fi service, Rose said.“The two secured networks actually caused some conflicts that degraded performance, and the OIT received a lot of feedback about wireless being slow,” she said. “Since consolidating the secured networks to just eduroam, we have seen much more reliable performance and faster speeds, especially as you move from one space to another.”Students should switch over to eduroam rather continuing to use ND-guest in order to fully benefit from the University’s online resources, Rose explained.“Eduroam is a secure network, so your wireless traffic is encrypted to protect your information,” she said. “It also is treated like a trusted part of campus, so you can access more services from eduroam than you can from ND-guest.”Maintaining Notre Dame’s wireless networks is an continuous process, Rose said, due to the widespread use of its Wi-Fi.“We continually optimize the network — with so many people, so many buildings, so much on-going change, we monitor and adjust the wireless network often to make sure you have the best experience possible,” she said. “Eduroam has all the same functionality that ND-secure did, but eduroam also offers you the ability to visit other schools that use eduroam and easily get on their network too. ND-secure couldn’t do that.”Rose said the shift to the new network has been positive, though OIT faced some challenges during Welcome Weekend.“So far, we are hearing the Wi-Fi is better than last year,” Rose said. “During move-in weekend we heard from are a few people who had some issues getting signed onto eduroam, and we continue to look at how to make the sign-on process better.”Rose encouraged students to reach out to OIT if they are facing issues with eduroam. She said the information gained from these interactions helps OIT improve service for everyone.“If anyone has any questions, please call our OIT Help Desk at 574–631-8111,” she said. “There are lots of details our team needs to gather to help learn how we can continue to improve your experience, so a phone call makes it easier to gather those details.”If students need OIT assistance in person or want to access other OIT resources, they can visit OIT’s office in 115 DeBartolo Hall, Rose said.“This year, we consolidated all of the places you could go for different things in the OIT into one space — 115 DeBartolo,” she said. “Now you can get help with IT and printing questions, get your computer repaired and checkout A/V equipment … for your class work all in one location. We hope this will get you all of the technology help you need in a more convenient location.”Tags: Eduroam, ND-guest, ND-secure, Office of Information Technologies, OIT, Wi-Fi
Related Shows Bryce Pinkham View Comments Star Files A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 17, 2016 After celebrating a total of ten Tony nominations—the most of any show this season—including one for Best Musical, the cast of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder brought a killer performance to Rockefeller Plaza as part of The Today’s Show’s “Best of Broadway” series on May 7. Bryce Pinkham and Lauren Worsham, who both received nods for their roles in the tuner, performed along with Lisa O’Hare the hilarious “I’ve Decided to Marry You.” Think Three’s Company with English accents. Check out the number below, then catch the musical romp at the Walter Kerr Theatre.
Asheville has gotten tons of attention for attracting big, Western craft breweries looking to expand and tap into our thirsty East Coast market. Personally, I couldn’t be more excited about Oskar Blues operating down the road in Brevard, and Sierra Nevada and New Belgium moving in to Asheville soon. But the beer invasion doesn’t stop at Asheville. San Diego-based Green Flash Brewing is building an expansion brewery in Virginia Beach with plans to open in 2016. The West Coast brewery is spending $20 million on a facility that will produce 100,000 barrels of beer a year on the Right Coast.Green Flash is a huge part of San Diego’s ridiculously vibrant beer scene, and is known for producing bold, hoppy IPAs. Their West Coast IPA is a good introduction to the brewery—it’s tropical, floral and zesty and hits double IPA territory with 95 IBUs and 8.1%. The beer is no joke. Dig deeper into Green Flash’s portfolio, and you’ll find more variations on the IPA (like Hop Head Red, which has a really pleasant caramel, malty base), but also inventive concoctions like Rayon Vert, a super-carbonated Belgian Pale Ale that comes off like 12-ounces of champagne. I dig Road Warrior, a Rye IPA with a creamy, round mouthfeel and a bit of spice on the backend.Just when you think beer can’t get much better in the South, we get a new neighbor like Green Flash, and the beer scene gets jacked up to a whole new level of awesome. When the brewery is finished in Virginia Beach in 2016, we should all show up at their front door with casseroles welcoming them to the neighborhood.
As of this week, just about half of the slopes are open for skiers and snowboarders at Snowshoe Mountain Resort. But while the rest wait for temperatures to drop and more snow to fall, you can still start your season! Hop on the 24 trails and 82 open acres now ready for shredding – or better yet, join in on the Progression Jam Session this Saturday, December 20.This Jam Session will the first of several to occur throughout the season at Snowshoe. The Jam focuses on freestyle skills, and competitors will unleash their talents in the Progression Park on Snowshoe’s Skidway Slope. Coaches and Mountaineer Park staff members will judge the event, and help participants develop their own freestyle abilities.Interested competitors will gather at 1:30 PM to prepare for the competition after registering throughout the morning. From 2 to 4, riders will take to the course with gusto and work their skills under the guidance of these top-notch instructors. Winners will be chosen based on “heart, attitude, and dedication,” according to the Snowshoe rules, and by how much they have progressed – hence the name – over the course of the Jam. Don’t miss the swag sesh following the event, where these champions will walk away with awards for their efforts.Lift tickets are required for this event, but participants get a special deal for just $45. Registration will cost an additional $30, but chances are you’ll get enough great advice and fun prizes to make your time well worth the cost.Register on-site at Snowshoe from 9 to 12 on Saturday, December 20, and remember to get your lift ticket discount! Ramp up your style early this season, and get ready for an exciting winter on the slopes.
By Dialogo December 22, 2011 Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón visited the government forces operating in the southern part of Tolima department to present them personally with letters written by thousands of children to their country’s soldiers and police officers during the campaign “I Keep You in My Heart: Gratitude Post.” From Chaparral, Tolima, on December 20, Minister Pinzón warned that the terrorist groups are reaching their final hours, for which reason he urged the government forces to increase their efforts to defeat them. The Minister exhorted the troops to work with greater decisiveness next year to defeat the violent groups. “2012 will be a year of much work; it’s necessary to reinforce our conviction, our decisiveness. It will be a determining year for Colombia. Time is running out for the bandits; their time is coming soon. They’re in their last hours,” Minister Pinzón told a contingent of military personnel and police officers from the Caicedo Battalion, located in the municipality of Chaparral. The Minister took the opportunity to emphasize the high level of recognition the Colombian Armed Forces have around the world today and the affection that all Colombians feel for their soldiers, marines, pilots, and police officers, stating that “the positive moment that the country is experiencing is thanks to the work of government forces.”
By Lorena Baires/Diálogo October 31, 2016 Ever since she was a child holding her father’s hand while they walked along Salvadoran Air Force (FAS, per its Spanish acronym) hangars, the young Salvadoran girl dreamed of being a pilot. Two decades later, after much discipline and perseverance, First Lieutenant Aviator Pilot María Elena Mendoza has become the first female fighter pilot in Central America to pass the FAS A-37B Aircraft Transition Training. “My biggest challenges were probably physical because the treatment of women and men is equal. We [women] need to make a greater effort to finish the strenuous exercises,” reflected 1st Lt. Mendoza. “Nevertheless, I had to make the same effort as everyone else to stand out academically. Now I see the aircraft with a lot of respect, and know that nothing is impossible,” she added. Her motivation to fly came from her Salvadoran military family. With their backing, she was admitted to the “Capitán General Gerardo Barrios,” Military School in Cuscatlán at the beginning of 2010. After the first two years of training, she was trained as a fixed-wing pilot. But her memories from childhood came back to reaffirm her aspirations when she found out she would be able to reach her goal because her school would begin offering a tough six-month training program. She would finally become a fighter pilot. During training, she took intensive theoretical classes on flight manuals; aircraft control systems; aerodynamics; meteorology and limitations; and emergency events when flying Cessna A-37 Dragonfly attack aircraft. According to First Lieutenant Aviator Pilot Elías Romero, FAS fighter aircraft instructor, the example set by this Salvadoran woman could become an inspiration for other women who want to command the powerful engines of these aircraft. “The demands that she has overcome are the same ones that men face. She has fought against the existing stereotypes about certain activities that are almost always done by men. She has demonstrated that her abilities are equal, if not better,” said 1st Lt. Romero. During the practical phase, 1st Lt. Mendoza remembers her long daytime and nighttime flights, which included evaluations on navigation techniques, instrument flight, formation flying, tactics, and other training areas that are necessary for mastering the aircraft. “The learning process is demanding, with very high standards, so your grades have to be excellent. I consider my best ally to be my passion for detail. In terms of the delicate aspects of aviation, you can’t take an order or training for granted because our lives and the lives of our copilots depend on it,” she said while getting ready for a training flight. When she received the golden patch last August, she immediately headed for the “Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdámez” International Airport. There, she joined the Second Air Brigade’s Air Operations Group. This group is responsible for monitoring the territorial integrity of Salvadoran air space. It identifies planes used by drug-trafficking and illicit smuggling organizations that move drugs and other contraband to the United States and the surrounding region. “Piloting the A-37B is no easy task. Its high speed, approximately 700 kilometers per hour, is one of its main advantages for combating aircraft belonging to drug-trafficking groups. Anyone who attempts to pass drugs through the country is pursued at that speed,” added instructor 1st Lt. Romero. 1st Lt. Mendoza has acquired 270 hours of flight time by now. A lot of that time is filled with extreme experiences. “The engines of a Dragonfly went off suddenly while I was copiloting over the department of La Paz, next to First Lieutenant Efraín Campos, a FAS fighter pilot,” she said. Her intense days in the air helped her to assist the pilot, control the situation, and land on the water near the suffocating Salvadoran coast. “Everything happens in the air. You’ve only got seconds, and you see it in slow motion. But in that moment, I was able to defuse the situation according to the book, thanks to my training. I helped the pilot follow the manual’s steps from memory during the emergency, and we successfully reached the ocean,” she remembered with much pride. For 1st Lt. Campos, his partner’s help was invaluable. Faced with two engines that were not responding, she became the theoretical counterpart who confirmed the instructions from the manual. “All of our instructors’ training and experience was our best strategy, our best weapon. Thanks to my copilot, we were able to land on the water without putting our lives or the lives of the nearby civilians at risk,” he said during a break from his training. With a big smile, 1st Lt. Mendoza expresses her enormous pride at continuing to move forward with her professional goals. “Being a FAS fighter pilot is a great responsibility. The most important thing is for other women to realize that the doors are open in any field we want to get into,” the new FAS fighter pilot concluded.
(CIDRAP Business Source Weekly Briefing) – Next week the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy hosts the second national summit on business preparedness and pandemic influenza. I have the opportunity to address 300 or more business, government, and community leaders who will convene for the common purpose of better preparing the business world for the next pandemic. As we were planning the summit several months ago, I chose to title my talk, “The Fog of Pandemic Planning,” a takeoff on the concept of the fog of war. Let me explain why the title is even more appropriate now.The “fog of war” describes the level of ambiguity in situational awareness experienced by participants in military operations. The term captures the uncertainty regarding one’s own capability and the capability and intent of the adversary during battle. The conceptual similarities between the fog of war and the fog of pandemic preparedness are unmistakable:We really don’t understand our capability as a nation or international community to respond.We have only a very general sense of what the pandemic influenza virus is capable of doing in terms of human illness or the social, political, and economic collateral damage.We can’t predict with any certainty how the next pandemic virus will behave in humans and animals.Based on many discussions with business continuity planners and risk management officials around the country (and a few from outside the United States), I believe that the private sector is walking deeper and deeper into that fog of pandemic preparedness. While the private sector has been involved in pandemic preparedness planning (to varying degrees), sustaining the effort grows harder as more time passes from when those first urgent and sometimes dramatic warnings were issued to commence planning. The more time that passes, the more the fog thickens. I’m convinced that there are more doubters about the inevitability of the next pandemic than before. What they don’t realize is that, like earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis, pandemics happen.Some organizations have tried to account for all eventualities with regard to their employees, supply chains, and even customers. Typically, the single biggest challenge relates to the ability to estimate the response of government, suppliers, providers of infrastructure support such as water and electricity, workers, and respective markets. With so many unknowns, one leading business continuity planner recently noted, “Planning for a pandemic is so different from anything we’ve done in business before that we’re writing the book as we go—and it won’t be finished until the virus is finished.”One way that companies are attempting to shore up preparedness is to require their suppliers to sign affidavits indicating they have a workable pandemic plan in place. In short, most of these affidavits are not worth the paper they are printed on, because their suppliers are in no better position to account and prepare for all aspects of the pandemic than are the companies demanding the affidavits. Furthermore, determining which preparedness activities need to be undertaken by any single company quickly becomes a Rubik’s cube of possibilities, given the interdependency of each company on outside suppliers, transportation, communications, utilities, and even government leadership and direction during a crisis.Another challenge for private sector preparedness was summarized in a September 2006 report by the Department of Homeland Security. This report stated, “Eighty-five percent of critical infrastructure resources reside in the private sector, which generally lacks individual and system-wide business continuity plans specifically for catastrophic health emergencies such as pandemic influenza. Many businesses have extensive contingency plans in response to threats from diverse natural and manmade disasters. While useful for their intended purpose, these plans may prove ineffective given they do not account for the extreme health impact assumptions and containment strategies projected for a severe pandemic influenza.”Despite the complexity, every organization must consider in its plan the combination of:The direct impact of influenza on the populationThe collateral damage from a potentially collapsing global just-in-time economyThe lack of comprehensive business continuity planningThe inability of governments around the world to provide exhaustive and immediate reliefEven if we can’t solve these issues, at least we can be honest about them and develop strategies that manage expectations in line with the potential realities. This is a tough message to deliver to those who want to enhance their organizations’ preparedness. But I believe it’s a fair and accurate assessment of our current state of pandemic preparedness—and particularly in the private sector.The key is that rigid pandemic planning is self-defeating, because we can’t predict every pandemic possibility. So we have to plan for resilience. We have to plan to cope with eventualities we never thought of and therefore couldn’t plan for.Our job now is to begin burning off that fog and keep pushing forward. I can only hope our summit provides some of the sunshine needed to do that.