The thermal limits to life on Earth

first_imgLiving organisms on Earth are characterized by three necessary features: a set of internal instructions encoded in DNA (software), a suite of proteins and associated macromolecules providing a boundary and internal structure (hardware), and a flux of energy. In addition, they replicate themselves through reproduction, a process that renders evolutionary change inevitable in a resource-limited world. Temperature has a profound effect on all of these features, and yet life is sufficiently adaptable to be found almost everywhere water is liquid. The thermal limits to survival are well documented for many types of organisms, but the thermal limits to completion of the life cycle are much more difficult to establish, especially for organisms that inhabit thermally variable environments. Current data suggest that the thermal limits to completion of the life cycle differ between the three major domains of life, bacteria, archaea and eukaryotes. At the very highest temperatures only archaea are found with the current high-temperature limit for growth being 122 °C. Bacteria can grow up to 100 °C, but no eukaryote appears to be able to complete its life cycle above ∼60 °C and most not above 40 °C. The lower thermal limit for growth in bacteria, archaea, unicellular eukaryotes where ice is present appears to be set by vitrification of the cell interior, and lies at ∼−20 °C. Lichens appear to be able to grow down to ∼−10 °C. Higher plants and invertebrates living at high latitudes can survive down to ∼−70 °C, but the lower limit for completion of the life cycle in multicellular organisms appears to be ∼−2 °Clast_img read more

Curran Walsh Added To USU Men’s Basketball Coaching Staff

first_img Brad James Tags: Craig Smith/Curran Walsh/Dwayne Wade/Jimmy Butler/Lindenwood-Belleville/Loyola Marymount/Rajon Rondo/USU Men’s Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Friday, Utah State men’s basketball head coach Craig Smith announced an addition to his staff in Curran Walsh.Walsh joins Smith’s staff after spending the last two seasons at Loyola Marymount of Los Angeles.While with the Lions, Walsh served as a graduate assistant, helping the squad to 22 wins, their most since the 1989-90 season.Walsh is a 2016 graduate of Lindenwood-Belleville of Belleville, Ill. and started for the NAIA-affiliated Lynx all four seasons of his collegiate career.He earned academic all-American Midwest Conference honors in 2015 and 2016.Walsh also earned a Master’s in educational studies at Loyola Marymount.Walsh has also played a key role in the player development process of many NBA players, including Jimmy Butler, Dwayne Wade and Rajon Rondo, among others. June 7, 2019 /Sports News – Local Curran Walsh Added To USU Men’s Basketball Coaching Staff Written bylast_img read more

Indiana Asks SCOTUS For ‘Urgently Needed Clarity’ In Parental-Notice Abortion Case

first_imgIndiana Asks SCOTUS For ‘Urgently Needed Clarity’ In Parental-Notice Abortion CaseDecember 30, 2019 | Olivia Covington Calling on the nation’s highest court to provide “urgently needed clarity” to caselaw governing abortion laws related to minors, the Office of the Indiana Attorney General is asking the Supreme Court to grant certiorari to a case challenging Indiana’s “mature minors” parental notice law.Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill announced Monday that his office had filed a cert petition in Kristina Box, Commissioner, Indiana State Department of Health, et al. v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, Inc., on Friday.At issue is the 2017 Senate Enrolled Act 404, which would have required parental notification for minors seeking an abortion unless a judge determined the notice would not be in the minor’s best interests.Specifically, had the law taken effect, it would have amended Indiana Code 16-34-2-4(d) to require minors to notify their parents of their abortion plans “unless the juvenile court finds that it is in the best interest of an unemancipated pregnant minor to obtain an abortion without parental notification following a hearing on a petition … .” Parental consent could still be waived, but the notice would come after a judicial bypass hearing and before an abortion is performed when a judge has authorized it.But Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, challenged SEA 404in Indiana Southern District Court soon after the legislation was passed,  and after hearing arguments, Senior Judge Sarah Evans Barker granted PPINK’s request for an injunction.A divided panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the injunction, with Judge David Hamilton writing for the majority that “(f)or those pregnant minors affected by this Indiana law, the record indicates that in a substantial fraction of cases, the parental notice requirement will likely have the practical effect of giving parents a veto over the abortion decision. That practical effect is an undue burden because it weighs more heavily in the balance than the State’s interests.”But Judge Michael Kanne dissented, writing separately that the appellate court could “only speculate” on the undue burden question because the law never took effect. Kanne repeated that argument in his dissent to the denial of panel rehearing and rehearing en banc, joined by judges Amy Coney Barrett, Michael Brennan, Joel Flaum, and Michael Scudder.Likewise, though he agreed with the denial of rehearing, Judge Frank Easterbrook wrote separately in October to say that “(u)unless a baleful outcome is either highly likely or ruinous even if less likely, a federal court should allow a state law (on the subject of abortion or anything else) to go into force.“… How much burden is ‘undue’ is a matter of judgment, which depends on what the burden would be (something the injunction prevents us from knowing) and whether that burden is excessive (a matter of weighing costs against benefits, which one judge is apt to do differently from another, and which judges as a group are apt to do differently from state legislators),” Easterbrook wrote in a concurrence joined by Judge Diane Sykes. “Only the Justices, the proprietors of the undue-burden standard, can apply it to a new category of a statute, such as the one Indiana has enacted.”The OAG seized on Easterbrook’s concurrence in urging the Supreme Court to grant cert, saying the 7th Circuit had “difficulty making sense of the tangled web of case law ….“When even the most experienced and distinguished members of the federal judiciary throw up their hands in confusion,” Hill said in a statement, referencing Easterbrook and Sykes, “it is time for our nation’s highest court to issue guidance.”The petition for certiorari largely focuses on the impact of the decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, 136 S. Ct. 2292 (2016), which Hill’s office said is the root cause of the confusion and circuit splits over how juvenile abortion laws should be reviewed.“The Court should, therefore, grant certiorari at the very least to clarify the standard for evaluating abortion regulations applicable to minors, and perhaps to clarify the undue burden standard more generally,” Indiana Solicitor General Thomas M. Fisher wrote in the petition. “Otherwise, Indiana will be left without a fair opportunity to defend its abortion regulations because lower-court judges cannot understand the appropriate constitutional standard.”According to the petition, both the Southern District and the 7th Circuit applied Hellerstedt instead of Bellotti v. Baird, 443 U.S. 622 (1979), which permitted parental consent statutes in abortion law as long as the consent requirement can be judicially waived, and which the state says “governs the rights of minors to abortion.” Further, “Bellotti’s requirement that States permit ‘mature’ minors to obtain an abortion without parental consent does not constrain parental notice laws — which, unlike consent statutes, accommodate both the rights of the mature (but unemancipated) minor to have an abortion and the ongoing interests of her parents in her upbringing.”Fisher wrote that Hellerstedt has been used by lower courts to make preceding abortion caselaw inapplicable. But he urged the justices to “take this case both to make it clear that Hellerstedt does not wipe out the Court’s prior abortion precedents (such as the holding of Bellotti placing minors on a separate abortion-rights track from adults) and to resolve the circuit conflict over whether the Fourteenth Amendment requires ‘mature minor’ judicial-bypass exceptions for parental-notice requirements.”“More generally, this case also offers a chance to address multiple dimensions of the doctrinal havoc wrought by Hellerstedt,” Fisher wrote. “The decision below crystalizes many such issues, including the relevance of pre-Hellerstedt case holdings, the method for deciding pre-enforcement challenges under the undue-burden standard, the manner of balancing benefits and burdens under that standard, and the process for defining the fraction of women substantially burdened by an abortion regulation.”In addition to the instant case, the state said the case of Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana & Kentucky, Inc., 18-1019 (U.S.), which addresses Indiana’s 18-hour ultrasound law, is another “excellent vehicle” to address those questions. The latter case has been distributed for a conference among the justices numerous times, most recently in the Oct. 18 conference.The cert petition also notes the pending decision in June Medical Services LLC v. Gee, 18-1323 (U.S.), could resolve questions regarding pre-enforcement injunctions and third-party standing.In a news release, AG Hill said “America’s founding documents should bode well” for the parental-notice law.“Nothing in the U.S. Constitution prohibits Indiana from requiring parental notification when an unemancipated minor is getting an abortion,” Hill said. “Even to get a tattoo, a minor in Indiana need parental permission. Quite simply, parents have rights and responsibilities in the care and upbringing of a child.”But Ken Falk, legal director of the ACLU of Indiana, has previously said PPINK presented evidence that demonstrates “what harm this law would cause,” and the state did not present evidence to the contrary. Further, Falk said the Supreme Court has a “long history of allowing pre-enforcement challenges where there is good reason to believe allowing the law to go into effect would cause a great deal of harm.”A FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

2010 NAMB conference report

first_imgThe feedback from this year’s NAMB conference at Heron’s Reach in Blackpool was great. Tired but happy – that’s how I felt at the end of the event.While the golfers were out enjoying the sun in the Neil Houliston Cup, NAMB office manager Karen Dear and I met with the Trustees of the NAMB Benevolent Fund, discussing how we can help our beneficiaries stay in their own homes a while longer. This can be in the form of grants or help with a motorised wheelchair or modifications to their homes.This was followed by a meeting for National Craft Bakers’ Week (NCBW). The NAMB is very excited that well-known English rugby player Phil Vickery is to be the ‘Face of Craft Bakers’ Week’, supporting our members – and for free. He only wanted a donation to his charity, the Pied Piper Appeal.I really do hope more members put some effort into NCBW this year. Last year, so many of you saw both valuable publicity and an increase in takings at the till. Suppliers are offering special discounts, merchandise and point-of-sale material, so take advantage of this free help and maximise your profits – not just for NCBW but for all the weeks beyond.Returning to the conference… the banquet was a very special occasion, with Keith Houliston not only winning the golf cup but also being presented with a very well-deserved Honorary Life membership medal from the NAMB for his help and support to the association over many years. Winners of the Lesaffre competition were presented with plaques by Nick Harris from BFP.Our chairman, Mike Holling, ensured that Sunday’s business meeting went well. A very smooth AGM was followed by two excellent speakers: Alan Stuart, Scottish Bakers’ president-elect, stood in at very short notice and even brought his excellent pies for us to sample; and the very humorous David Smart from Greenhalgh’s took us through his business’ humble beginnings to his fantastic company as it exists today.The installation of Ian Storey as the new NAMB president took place in the afternoon, with both a moving and witty address from outgoing president Neil MacSymons, as well as the incoming president.Fun night? Well, that was another story – 65-year-old pregnant schoolgirls, headmasters who looked very relaxed with their canes, and schoolboys – I’m sure some of those legs should have come with a health warning! Then there was Steve Phillips, who came as a school nurse, complete with wig – he seemed to me just a bit too relaxed in his dress.All in all, it was a fabulous weekend and I must thank all of our sponsors who helped to make it so. But special thanks must go to Karen, for the vast amount of work she put in months before the event, and to Pete Wilbourn for his help.I look forward to more photos and reports in future issues.last_img read more

United Biscuits sales go cool during hot summer

first_imgSales at United Biscuits (UB) fell £46.8m last year as factors including the changing UK retail landscape took their toll.The Pladis-owned business said the extended hot summer in 2018, competition between supermarkets and the discounters, a reduction in promotional activity, and the sale of an export business had impacted its performance in the 52 weeks ending 31 December.Revenue dropped 5.4% from £874.5m to £827.7m over the period, with EBITDA falling 5.2% to £128.4m. Operating profit before interest and tax fell 64.9% to £73.2m, which UB said was primarily due to non-recurring profit from the Middle East and North Africa exports business it sold in late 2017.“The UK grocery market was characterised in 2018 by a changing retail landscape and competition between established grocery retailers and discounters,” stated UB in its annual financial statement. “The company’s new product development, including Flipz, Jacob’s Cracker Crisps Thins and Digestive choc-filled Thins did, however, perform well in the market.”UB told British Baker its sales had performed well in the first half of this year, aided by the launch of new branded variants such as Jaffa Cake Nibbles and the McVitie’s ‘Let’s Talk’ marketing campaign.The company added that it had high expectations for its new Team GB sponsorship to drive sales in the run-up to next year’s Olympic Games.“All signs are that snacking will also remain a particular area of growth for us, with our successful Flipz brand continuing to go from strength to strength,” added a spokesperson.Citing Kantar data for the year to 8 September 2019, UB said the UK biscuit category was worth £2.95bn and had grown 3%.“Biscuits remain a must-stock product for retailers, so it’s important that we and our customers continue to keep this key opportunity front of mind, at the same time as generating new sales opportunities through market-leading NPD.”last_img read more

A Weirwolf In Jersey: Bob Weir And Wolf Bros Ravage The Streets Of Red Bank [Photo/Video]

first_imgOn Thursday, Bob Weir and Wolf Bros tore through Red Bank, New Jersey for their second of two shows at the legendary Count Basie Theatre. Weir, now 71 years old, pounced on stage looking fitter than most people half his age (for proof, see Bobby’s workout videos on his Instagram). His powerful howls echoed his years spent on the road, an auditory testament to his expansive musical career. His guitar licks were in peak form as lead guitarist, taking a step away from his traditional rhythmic role.To open the night, Bobby and his Wolf brethren aced a delectable cover of Little Feat’s “Easy to Slip”. This song selection, the third rendition of Weir’s ongoing tour, coincides with Little Feat’s 50th year anniversary tour. To follow, Bobby kept his acoustic guitar in hand and entranced with “Gonesville”, a selection off his 2016 album of cowboy songs, Blue Mountain. A rare cover of The Beatles‘ “Blackbird” was sung next, with a heartfelt Weir vocalizing the Lennon/McCartney tune. Going back to the Grateful Dead’s repertoire, the Wolf pack once again broke out “K.C. Moan”. This song is credited to Memphis Jug Band, but as with many old blues standards, many suspect it was written before M.J.B.’s recording.After Bobby traded his acoustic for an electric, the band cooked up a mean “Odessa” from Ratdog’s catalog. Crowd favorite “Hell in a Bucket” whipped the audience into a frenzy before the band slowed things down for a cover of Bob Dylan’s “She Belongs to Me”. The Dead’s “Corrina” concluded sentimentally before Weir, Jay Lane, and Don Was closed the first half of the show with a fiery “Deal” leaving the audience hungry with anticipation for the second set.Upon returning from set break, Bob Weir and Wolf Bros hunted down a version of John Phillips’ “Me and My Uncle”. Phillips wrote the song during a legendary drinking session with Judy Collins, Neil Young, and Stephen Stills, though many Deadheads know it from its years in the Grateful Dead’s live repertoire. A soaring “Cassidy” followed, complete with a heavy bass-laden culmination of furious jamming. Keeping the Dead tunes coming, the Wolf Bros stomped out a one-of-a-kind “Truckin’” featuring flawless guitar playing from Weir.Leaving “Truckin’” on the open road, the Wolf Bros segued into a heated cover of Eddie Cooley’s “Fever” that had the audience standing on their seats before the band broke it down once more for “Ashes & Glass”, another Rat Dog tune. Keeping the audience salivating, the Wolf Bros moved into a suave “Don’t Let Go”, written by Roy Hamilton but popularized by Jerry Garcia Band, and back into “Ashes & Glass” for a quick reprise.Returning to the Grateful Dead repertoire once again, the musical sunshine came through with a positively beaming “Eyes of the World” featuring a hearty dose of Don Was. To follow, a “Standing on the Moon” shined brightly with Bobby outstanding on lead. To close the explosive second set, Bobby and the Wolf Bros executed a seamless rendition of “Going Down the Road Feelin’ Bad”. To add to the audience’s complete satisfaction, Bobby returned with an electric guitar and slide in hand to display his patriotism with a “U.S. Blues” encore.The Wolf Bros. roam onward with a stop in Buffalo, NY tonight at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. Bob Weir and Wolf Bros offer a savory selection of the Grateful Dead’s catalog in a stripped-down, bare-bones song structure. Bobby continues his tour in excellent form, and is a must-see for fans young and old.Below, you can watch a selection of videos and check out a gallery of photos from the performance below courtesy of photographer Chris Capaci. For a list of upcoming Bob Weir and Wolf Bros tour dates, head here.Bob Weir and Wolf Bros – “Easy To Slip” [Little Feat cover, Pro-Shot][Video: nugsnet]Bob Weir and Wolf Bros – “Me and My Uncle” [Pro-Shot][Video: nugsnet]Setlist: Bob Weir and Wolf Bros | Count Basie Center For The Arts | Red Bank, NJ | 3/14/19Set One: Easy to Slip*, Gonesville*, Blackbird*, K.C. Moan*, Odessa, Hell in a Bucket, She Belongs To Me, Corrina, DealSet Two: Me and My Uncle, Cassidy, Truckin’ > Fever, Ashes and Glass > Don’t Let Go > Ashes and Glass, Eyes of the World, Standing on the Moon, Going Down The Road Feelin’ BadEncore: U.S. Blues*Bob Weir on acoustic guitarBob Weir and Wolf Bros | Count Basie Center for the Arts | Red Bank, NJ | 3/14/19 | Photos: Chris Capaci Load remaining imageslast_img read more

What wakes me

first_imgThe first time I died in my sleep, I was 26 years old. I was in bed in my St. Louis apartment when my girlfriend shook me awake to say: “You stopped breathing!”I died in my sleep this way many times — 20 to 30 times a night, my snoring was cut short with a gasp — before I saw a specialist who told me what was wrong.I have obstructive sleep apnea, which affects 12 million American adults, according to the National Institutes of Health — 20 percent of adult men and 9 percent of women. Apnea is defined by blockage of the airway during sleep. This causes breathing to stop for seconds at a time, up to 30 times per hour: my nightly “deaths.”“In sleep apnea, your life is saved by awakening,” said Clifford Saper, chair of neurology at Harvard Medical School (HMS). When you stop breathing, the brain wakes you up. But how the brain knows when to wake you is a mystery just now being resolved.Saper and colleagues at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center recently discovered a brainstem area that senses oxygen dips and drives waking. Saper presented the finding last month at Sleep 2012, the 26th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, which met this year in Boston.The brainstem area, known as the parabracheal nucleus (PBN) of the pons, was already a focus of work by Saper’s lab. In a 2011 paper in the Journal of Comparative Neurology, Saper and colleagues reported that the PBN — but not the serotonin- and noradrenaline-secreting regions previously believed to drive waking — is needed to keep rats awake. In 1996, the same lab identified in the forebrain a “sleep switch” — the ventrolateral preoptic area (VLPO) — that turns off the brain’s “arousal system” and puts it to sleep.When apnea happens, the brain wakes you up. These awakenings cause the disturbed sleep that plagues people who have apnea, also known as “sleep-disordered breathing.” Apnea tends to occur during sleep as the muscles that hold the airway open become relaxed. During rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, the body’s muscles are paralyzed, which prevents sleepers from enacting dreams but can also block the airways of people with apnea. The same thing can happen during the deep relaxation of slow-wave sleep. This leads to the constricted airway, failed breathing, and multiple awakenings characteristic of apnea.Saper and colleagues asked: What mechanism in the brain detects oxygen levels and triggers awakenings when oxygen levels plunge? Because the group had discovered a brain region that drives arousal, the PBN, this region became its target. The PBN arouses the brain using the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate, and is silenced by the inhibitory neutotransmitter GABA, released by the VLPO. Most hypnotic sleep drugs, such as barbiturates and benzodiazepines, fight insomnia through the GABA system, by increasing inhibition of the arousal system. Depressants like alcohol promote sleepiness in the same way, by counteracting arousal signals from the brainstem.Using mice genetically modified not to express the glutamate transporter — a protein necessary for the neurotransmitter to bind to its receptor — in the PBN, Saper and colleagues could see what happens to mice whose “arousal trigger” is silenced.To simulate apnea for the mice, the researchers used a special “gas chamber,” in which the levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide could be manipulated. When carbon dioxide was increased and oxygen was decreased for 30 seconds, healthy mice would awaken immediately from sleep, just like humans with sleep apnea do when they stop breathing. However, among the mice with the silenced PBN, mice failed to wake up between 30 percent and 40 percent of the time. The mice that did eventually wake up took two to three times longer than healthy mice — indicating that their mechanism for fast detection of oxygen and carbon dioxide level was broken.Saper concluded that the PBN is even more important for sleep-wake function than simply as a switch for arousal. The region is also sensitive to danger signals, including oxygen loss, which it relays to the brain by sounding the arousing alarm.A better understanding of the brain structures involved in sleep, waking, and apnea may one day aid the design of targeted medications for insomnia and sleep-disordered breathing.I may not have to keep dying in my sleep forever, if sleep science keeps up this pace.last_img read more

iPads are ‘heart’ of course, professor says

first_imgStudents in Web Design 1 and The First Amendment: Free Expression in the Digital Age are utilizing iPads – their only required course materials. Students can use their own iPads or lease one through the University for $70. Lenette Votava, director of internal marketing and communicationsfor the Office of Information Technologies (OIT), said the program is made possible through collaboration between OIT, the Registrar’s Office, the Financial Aid Office, the Office of Student Accounts, the Department of Art, Art History and Design, the Law School and the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore. Elliott Visconsi, professor of The First Amendment, said the $70 lease fee is the only cost associated with his course. His students use their iPads to access Apple Education tools such as iTunes U, iBooks and iBooks Author, all of which are available to them for free. Students also use their iPads to visit websites like Twitter and Google+ to continue conversation outside of the classroom. “We wanted all course content to be free,” Visconsi said. Visconsi said iPads and similar technologies help facilitate, rather than detract from, classroom learning. He considers this especially important in his class of 115 students. “I see technology as a suite of tools that can make a big class smaller and can give students an opportunity to learn through argument, collaboration and other social practices,” Visconsi said. Visconsi and his students worked together to create a free digital textbook using iBooks Author. The custom textbook has essays, videos, illustrations, infographics, cases and image galleries. Although the class also involves lectures, Visconsi said this digital textbook is “the heart of the course.” Visconsi and his students face occasional challenges with their iPads and initially had trouble setting them up. “I’m still getting used to walking around with my iPad in lecture and keep forgetting where I leave it,” he said. Overall, Visconsi said his students responded positively to using iPads. “The students seem to be enjoying the course, the textbook and the access to iPads,” Visconsi said. Students in Web Design 1 have found their iPads beneficial outside of the classroom. Senior Jordan Bai values the flexibility and convenience iPads offer. “I use [my iPad] for all of my notes and I can use it to show my portfolio in interviews,” she said. “It’s much lighter than carrying your laptop around.” Connor Sea, a senior, said his iPad is valuable in his other courses. “I use [my iPad] for other courses and I use it to read academic journals,” he said. Sea said he also appreciates the ability to read large files on his iPad without printing them. “It’s a greener way to do things because I am not wasting paper,” he said.last_img read more

SMC senior chronicles South Bend resident’s experience with AIDS

first_imgCourtesy of Gwen O’Brien Sister Linda Bellemore (left) introduced South Bend resident Sheila Muhammad (center) and SMC senior Morgan Carroll. Carroll recorded and transcribed Muhammad’s life story for Muhammad’s children.Graduating senior Morgan Carroll will remember Saint Mary’s for her education and experiences, but most especially her connection with South Bend resident Sheila Muhammad.The interaction between Carroll and Muhammad started because of Muhammad’s desire to leave a written legacy for her family about her challenges and triumphs since she was first diagnosed with AIDS 25 years ago, according to a press release from the College.Muhammad expressed her wish to share her life’s story, her longtime friend Holy Cross Sister Linda Bellemore said. Bellemore then reached out to the College and assistant professor of communication studies Marne Austin, who taught a class about chronicling oral histories.When Austin told the class there was an opportunity for someone to document Muhammad’s story, Carroll and Faye Kennedy of Stillwater, Minnesota, who graduated in 2014 with a degree in business administration, volunteered.Muhammad lost her sight in 1995 due to CMV, or cytomegalovirus, which she may have contracted because of her compromised immune system. Muhammad said in the press release she wanted to leave a legacy for her three children and six grandchildren, as well as other people battling AIDS.“I wanted to leave something for my kids about my life and help others who have the virus and are dealing with the struggles I went through,” Muhammad said.Muhammad said a positive attitude keeps her going each day.“I try to keep positive. I put one foot in front of the other. My motto: ‘Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.’ I try everything. I am a fighter,” Muhammad said in the press release. “I’ve been employed by Sodexo at Holy Cross College for 12 years — I wash dishes. I try to be as normal as I can be. Losing my sight does not mean I lose my ability to work.”Carroll felt the desire to talk with Muhammad because of her own personal experience with vision problems. According to a college press release, Carroll was born with a condition that could have left her blind, if not for surgeries at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.“This experience has put my personal situation into perspective and helped me appreciate the vision I have been blessed with. Sheila is truly a role model in the way she lives her life despite the many challenges she faces,” Carroll said in a college press release. “I deeply appreciate all that she has [taught] me.”According to the press release, the project of chronicling Muhammad’s story left an impact on Carroll.“Each time I left Sheila’s house, I got a deeper understanding of how amazing she is. Her inspiring attitude and outlook lifted my spirits. She is one of the biggest inspirations in my time at Saint Mary’s,” Carroll said.Bellemore remembers the moment when Carroll and Kennedy presented Muhammad with the finished product, according to a College press release.“Witnessing Sheila’s excitement that her greatest wish for her anticipated short life was fulfilled, and hearing her expressed gratitude for a task that she had been unable to accomplish herself, confirmed for me that the mission of Saint Mary’s College is alive and impacting our world,” Bellemore said in the press release. “Indeed, these women were prepared to make a difference in the world and they already are.”Tags: Commencement 2015, Morgan Carroll, saint mary’slast_img read more

Marlee Matlin & Camryn Manheim to Leave Spring Awakening Early

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 24, 2016 Spring Awakening We’re doing sadness. Oscar winner Marlee Matlin and Camryn Manheim will depart Deaf West’s revival of Spring Awakening early, on January 10, 2016. Their roles will be played by Alexandria Wailes and Elizabeth Greene, respectively. The limited engagement is set to run through January 24 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.Michael Arden’s production previously played two different engagements in Los Angeles. The staging incorporates American Sign Language with the dialogue, as select characters are portrayed as deaf, with additional performers providing their voices.Spring Awakening, featuring music by Duncan Sheik and a book and lyrics by Steven Sater, is based on Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play by the same name. It follows a group of teenagers as they navigate through their sexual and intellectual blossoming, with varying degrees of support from adult figures in their lives. The original production won eight Tony Awards in 2007 including Best Musical.The cast also includes Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Mientus, Patrick Page, Russell Harvard as well as over a dozen newcomers, including Austin McKenzie as Melchior, Sandra Mae Frank as Wendla, Katie Boeck as the voice of Wendla, Daniel Durant as Moritz and Alex Boniello as the voice of Moritz. View Comments Related Showslast_img read more