Drexel University to open research center on racism and health

Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health announced plans Thursday to launch a center to further research on racial inequity and disparities in health.

a group of people standing on a sidewalk: Ana Diez Roux (left), dean of Drexel's School of Public Health, greets David and Dana Dornsife in 2018. The school was named after the couple in honor of their donation. Dana Dornsife, who grew up in Yardley, is a 1983 graduate.

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Ana Diez Roux (left), dean of Drexel’s School of Public Health, greets David and Dana Dornsife in 2018. The school was named after the couple in honor of their donation. Dana Dornsife, who grew up in Yardley, is a 1983 graduate.

Established with a $9 million gift from philanthropist and alumna Dana Dornsife and her husband, David, the Center on Racism and Health will aim to advance anti-racist public health research and train students and professionals to combat racism in public health.

“All over the world there are renewed calls to address racism as the public health crisis that it is,” said Ana Diez Roux, dean of the Dornsife School, said in a news release. “The Dornsife School has

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Rider University receives $4 million gift to fund expansion of Science and Technology Center

The one-story addition will expand the size of the building to more than 79,000 sq. ft. and provide modern labs and classroom space for cybersecurity, anatomy and physiology, as well as an evolving program in software engineering. The $7.5 to $8 million project will support a new greenhouse, along with distinct areas meant to encourage collaboration and study.

“We’re particularly excited about this leadership gift for our Science and Technology Center expansion project,” says Rider President Gregory G. Dell‘Omo, Ph.D. “We’ve seen tremendous growth in our science majors and this construction project will provide us with an opportunity to introduce new, high demand majors.”

Hennessy met his wife, Patrice “Patti” Shelmet Hennessy ’82, at Rider when they were both students. Patti, who passed away in January after a long illness, graduated with a bachelor’s in office administration. Hennessy, who earned a bachelor’s in political science, is the founder and

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Army and Howard University team up for AI center of excellence

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Sara Wilson

The U.S Army will establish a Center of Excellence at Howard University in what will be a $7.5 million partnership to deliver artificial intelligence technologies.

The Howard University Center of Excellence in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning will look at “vital civilian applications and multi-domain military operations” in three areas: AI applications for the Department of Defense, trustworthy AI technologies, and infrastructure for AI research and development.

“The research is directly aligned with Army priorities and will address pressing problems in both developing and applying AI tools and techniques in several key applications,” Brian Sadler, the Army researcher who is managing the partnership, said in the Nov. 23 press release.

The CoE is another example of the Army working to grow and retain its science and technology talent base.

The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Army Research Laboratory will manage

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UCF Helps Launch 1st Nationwide Technology Support Center for Higher Education Faculty

The University of Central Florida and its partners this month will launch the Center for Innovation, Design and Digital Learning, a national hub that will be open 24/7 to help professors get a leg up on using technology.

Before the global pandemic rocked the country, the U.S. Department of Education was already talking about a way to help provide technical support to higher education faculty as classes and learning trends were moving to online platforms. The pandemic that drove universities to online instruction earlier this year accelerated the federal agency’s desire to help universities and colleges better use digital tools to reach students. The agency awarded UCF and its partners a five-year, $2.5 million grant to launch the center quickly. UCF’s portion is $335,000.

After 20 years of providing online degrees, UCF has become a leader in online learning. Ranked as a top 20 online program by U.S. News &

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University Center Club responds again to game postponement, Project Annie, City Walk benefit


Terrace East photo of University Center Club at Florida State University. (Photo: CLAY HAYNER)

Last Saturday’s postponement of the FSU-Clemson football game prepared the University Center Club at FSU’s staff – which provides pre-game meals for 3,000 member and guests — for the next time.

The next time came Saturday.

Tracy Marple, regional manager of University Center Club, said club staff was notified at 10:30 a.m. Saturday that the 8 p.m. game against the University of Virginia was postponed.

FSU Athletics Director David Coburn said the game was called due to “positive (COVID-19) tests, subsequent quarantining, and contact tracing within the Florida State football team.”

“We had a practice run (last Saturday); I have a very efficient team,” Marple said Saturday afternoon.

Marple said the club would have opened at 6 p.m. for

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UNC Center Day’Ron Sharpe Opens Career With Double-Double

UNC freshman big man Day’Ron Sharpe made his college debut in Wednesday’s 79-60 win over College of Charleston.

Sharpe didn’t get the full college experience, since students and fans weren’t allowed in the Smith Center.

“Even though there were no fans, it was still exactly what I expected for my first college game. Playing with Carolina is a dream come true. Even without fans, it was still a great experience for me.”

Sharpe came off the bench to score 13 points on 4-of-8 shooting in 22 minutes. He also pulled down 10 rebounds, five offensive, for a double-double to open his college career.

“Just focus on going to the boards,” he said of his priority for the game. “I’m a big guy. I like to move, high motor. I’m going to try help my team win wherever I can help them at.”

UNC led by 14 early, then saw Charleston

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Buccaneers center A.Q. Shipley may have suffered career-ending neck injury

Tampa Bay Buccaneers center A.Q. Shipley’s career may be over.

Shipley, Bucs coach Bruce Arians said on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday night, may have suffered a career-ending neck injury. 

“A.Q. Shipley appears to have had a career-ending injury,” Arians said on the radio, via ESPN’s Jenna Laine. “And I feel bad because I love A.Q. He’s one of my favorite players of all time and was playing good for us. But I think it was a previous injury that might have just got aggravated in his neck.”

Shipley left their 27-24 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night in the fourth quarter with a neck injury — something Arians initially described as just a “stinger.” It’s not clear what the injury is specifically, however it’s clearly serious enough for Arians to think that it could sideline Shipley permanently. 

The 31-year-old was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in

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University Center Club at FSU brings early Thanksgiving to local shelter, police


Members of the University Center at FSU staff deliver meals planned for last Saturday’s FSU-Clemson game to City Walk Urban Mission. (Photo: Special to the Democrat)

Saturday’s sudden postponement of the Florida State-Clemson gridiron clash was a bummer for fans. But, thanks to those behind the scenes, it turned into an early Thanksgiving for a local shelter and the FSU Police Department.

As it turns out, the staff at University Center Club at FSU, located inside Doak Campbell Stadium, got the news about an hour before opening for guests on Saturday that the game had been canceled.

Just as the Seminoles were prepped for the game, so was the culinary staff at the University Center Club.

They asked: Now what?

“Our group handles the culinary and catering services for all of the premium

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Shanghai Normal University Establishes Digital Humanities Research Center to Promote Chinese DH Research and Education – Press Release

On November 23, 2020, the International Summit Forum on Digital Humanities and the Opening Ceremony of Digital Humanities Research Center of Shanghai Normal University (SHNUDH) was held in Xuhui campus of Shanghai Normal University. Dozens of experts and scholars from Harvard, UCL, Academia Sinica, PKU and other well-known universities, research and cultural institutions were invited to attend the meeting.


After a brief and warm opening ceremony, the scholars conducted in-depth exchanges on giving full play to the advantages of Humanities in the digital age, responding to the major concerns of the times and society, and enabling the humanities and social sciences to combine the latest progress in the frontier fields of digital technology, methods and artificial intelligence, and realizing the deep integration and collaborative innovation of science and technology and humanities and social sciences. Scholars also discussed on their research theories and methods, history and current situation, development direction of

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Bucs coach Bruce Arians says center A.Q. Shipley might have career-ending injury

TAMPA — No player has been on as many Bruce Arians teams as center A.Q. Shipley, who has joined the coach on the Steelers, Colts, Cardinals and now Bucs.

A.Q. Shipley wearing a helmet: Center A.Q. Shipley warms up before the Bucs take on the Saints at Raymond James Stadium on Nov. 8, 2020.

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Center A.Q. Shipley warms up before the Bucs take on the Saints at Raymond James Stadium on Nov. 8, 2020.

So it was difficult for Arians to hear the news that Shipley’s nine-season career might be over.

Shipley was injured late in Monday night’s 27-24 loss to the Rams at Raymond James Stadium with what was called a “stinger” by Arians during his postgame news conference.

Turns out it is likely much worse. Appearing Wednesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Arians said Shipley’s career might be over.

“A.Q. Shipley appears to have had a career-ending injury,’’ Arians said. “I feel bad because I love A.Q. He’s one of my favorite players of all time and was playing

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