Maritime Antarctic freshwater habitats are amongst the fastest changing environments on Earth. Temperatures have risen around 1°C and ice cover has dramatically decreased in 15 years. Few animal species inhabit these sites, but the fairy shrimp Branchinecta gaini typifies those that do. This species survives up to 25°C daily temperature fluctuations in summer and passes winter as eggs at temperatures down to -25°C. Its annual temperature envelope is, therefore around 50°C. This is typical of Antarctic terrestrial species, which exhibit great physiological flexibility in coping with temperature fluctuations. The rapidly changing conditions in the Maritime Antarctic are enhancing fitness in these species by increasing the time available for feeding, growth and reproduction, as well as increasing productivity in lakes. The future problem these animals face is via displacement by alien species from lower latitudes. Such invasions are now well documented from sub-Antarctic sites. In contrast the marine Antarctic environment has very stable temperatures. However, seasonality is intense with very short summers and long winter periods of low to no algal productivity. Marine animals grow slowly, have long generation times, low metabolic rates and low levels of activity. They also die at temperatures between +5°C and +10°C. Failure of oxygen supply mechanisms and loss of aerobic scope defines upper temperature limits. As temperature rises, their ability to perform work declines rapidly before lethal limits are reached, such that 50% of populations of clams and limpets cannot perform essential activities at 2–3°C, and all scallops are incapable of swimming at 2°C. Currently there is little evidence of temperature change in Antarctic marine sites. Models predict average global sea temperatures will rise by around 2°C by 2100. Such a rise would take many Antarctic marine animals beyond their survival limits. Animals have 3 mechanisms for coping with change: they can 1) use physiological flexibility, 2) evolve new adaptations, 3) migrate to better sites. Antarctic marine species have poor physiological scopes, long generation times and live on a continent whose coastline covers fewer degrees of latitude than all others. On all 3 counts Antarctic marine species have poorer prospects than most large faunal groups elsewhere. read more
Possess a Ph.D. by start of appointment and be academicallyqualified under AACSB standards.Demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educationalgoals of a multicultural population as might have been gained incross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparableexperience.Demonstrate the potential to conduct high quality research andpublish in peer-reviewed journals on cutting-edge, rigorouslyexamined topics.For those with teaching experience, provide evidence ofteaching excellence at the university level.Demonstrate an ability to work in a collegial atmosphere aspart of a team.Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills.A commitment to interact effectively with the businesscommunity in Silicon Valley. Responsibilities The UniversitySan José StateUniversity enrolls over 35,700 students, a significantpercentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, thisposition is for scholars interested in a career at a nationalleader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic ServingInstitution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American PacificIslander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students arefirst-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university iscurrently ranked third nationally in increasing student upwardmobility. The University is committed to increasing the diversityof its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community canbenefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.San José State University is California’s oldest institution ofpublic higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop.1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one ofthe most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’spublic university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, anduniversity-industry experiences to prepare students to address thebiggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campusCalifornia State University (CSU) system.Equal Employment StatementSan José State University is an Affirmative Action/EqualOpportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants foremployment without regard to race, color, religion, nationalorigin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexualorientation, genetic information, medical condition, maritalstatus, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to allSan José State University students, faculty, and staff as well asUniversity programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations aremade for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note thatall San José State University employees are considered mandatedreporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect ReportingAct and are required to comply with the requirements set forth inCSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.Additional InformationA background check (including a criminal records check) must becompleted satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered aposition with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete thebackground check may affect the application status of applicants orcontinued employment of current CSU employees who apply for theposition.Advertised: January 15, 2021 (9:00 AM) Pacific StandardTimeApplications close: Inquiries may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. DavidCzerwinski at: [email protected] . Compensation – Commensurate with qualifications andexperience. See Benefits Summary for details.Starting Date – August 17, 2021Eligibility – Employment is contingent upon proof ofeligibility to work in the United States.Application ProcedureFor full consideration, apply by February 28, 2021 .Screening of candidates will begin March 1, 2021, but the positionremains open until filled. Click Apply Now to complete the SJSUOnline Employment Application and attach the followingdocuments: Primary disciplinary needs are in the areas of statistics,business analytics, data mining, data science, and quantitativemethods. Secondary needs include prescriptive analytics. Teachingassignments are at both the graduate and undergraduate levels intraditional and accelerated formats.Candidate must be actively engaged in scholarly activitiesevidenced by: publishing in peer-reviewed journals, presentingprofessional papers, and developing grants.Candidate will participate in shared governance, usually indepartment, college, and university committee and other serviceassignments.Candidate must demonstrate awareness and experienceunderstanding the needs of a student population of great diversity– in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language andacademic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teachingstrategies and advisement. letter of interestcurriculum vitaediversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statement thatdemonstrates your experience/commitment to DEI professionallyand/or personallystatement of teaching interests/philosophy that addresses yourvalues, goals and beliefs regarding teaching and learning and howthose align with a diverse and multicultural student body.research plansthree references with contact information The Department of Marketing and Business Analytics seeksqualified candidates for a full-time, Assistant or AssociateProfessor rank position in Business Analytics.Department SummaryThe Department of Marketing and Business Analytics, located inSilicon Valley, is home to a large community of scholars andstudents. We are a balanced Department, and are searching forcandidates who share our dedication to both quality teaching andresearch. We teach in the areas of marketing and business analyticsat both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our researchincludes analytical, behavioral, strategic, and appliedmethodologies and interests. For more information, visit ourwebsite .Required QualificationsThe focus is on potential for excellence in teaching and researchin Statistics, Data Mining, Data Science, Quantitative Methods, orBusiness Analytics. Teaching assignments will be at theundergraduate and graduate levels. We particularly encourageapplications from historically Underrepresented Minority (URM)Groups.Applicants should: read more
“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.” -Erma Bombeck“Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.” – W.J. Cameron“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.” -Meister Eckhart“For flowers that bloom about our feet;For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;For song of bird, and hum of bee;For all things fair we hear or see,Father in heaven, we thank Thee!” -Ralph Waldo Emerson“If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.” -Gerald Good“So once in every year we throngUpon a day apart,To praise the Lord with feast and songIn thankfulness of heart.” -Arthur Guiterman“Praise God even when you don’t understand what He is doing.” -Henry Jacobsen“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” -John Fitzgerald Kennedy“An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.” -Irv Kupcinet“Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.” -Robert Caspar Lintner“Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow.” -Edward Sandford Martin“Our rural ancestors, with little blest,Patient of labour when the end was rest,Indulged the day that housed their annual grain,With feasts, and off’rings, and a thankful strain.” -Alexander Pope“Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.” -E.P. Powell“The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.” -H.U. Westermayer Thanksgiving Quotes: 15 Best, Most Famous Thanksgiving Day SayingsThanksgiving Day is an American tradition. Like any holiday in the United States, it has been commemorated and remembered in a number of ways through the years.Here’s a compilation of some of the best, most famous quotes related to Thanksgiving, from some of America’s most well-known citizens as well as lesser-known citizens who had a way with words:“The unthankful heart… discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!” -Henry Ward Beecher FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail read more
Beacon Christian Academy’s Christmas Play this year involves giving to our local Lord’s Harvest food pantry. If you can donate 2 or 3 cans this holiday season, many needy will have their kitchens filled during the cold winter months. Please bring your can/boxed non perishables to 30 Prospect Ave. or 100 E. 22nd Street in Bayonne. Thank you for giving!
Dawn Foods has added a range of add water-only mixes to its Baker’s Select line.The branded range features chocolate, coffee, vanilla, farmhouse, toffee indulgence (with real toffee pieces) and orange, strawberry and lemon varieties with real fruit pieces.The Baker’s Select range of premixes has been designed for those wanting an easy-to-use product, that offers the flexibility to produce extensive ranges. The range contains no hydrogenated fats and is nut-free.
This year’s Great British Bake Off contestants, who will battle it out to become the 2017 champion, have been revealed.The 12-strong line-up, which includes an architect, a health & safety officer and a software developer, are set to appear in the first episode, which airs on Channel 4 on Tuesday 29 August at 8pm.The show’s new home and slot on the schedule are accompanied by a new judge, Prue Leith, alongside long-standing one Paul Hollywood. It is to be hosted by Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig, with sponsorship from Dr Oetker and Lyle’s Golden Syrup.Here’s a lowdown on the 12 contestants:Tom, 29Scottish born and bred architect Tom lives with his partner, David, in Edinburgh. He was taught to bake by his mother June, a home economics teacher, and is often found making shortbread. When not baking, he enjoys triathlons, marathons and fresh water swimming.Steven, 34Steven comes from a family of strong baking women, with his mother Judi teaching him the basics 25 years ago. As an adult, he started to take baking more seriously, and now cooks and bakes everything he eats. He has managed to lose five stone in the process.Stacey, 42Former school teacher Stacey lives with her husband and her three young children in Hertfordshire. Stacey likes to incorporate her Jewish heritage into her baking, with a traditional homemade challah every Friday night dinner.Chuen-Yan, 46Yan lives in North London with her wife, Marian, cat Kacey and her sourdough starter called ‘Muvver’. Born in Hong Kong, she moved to the United Kingdom aged two, where she eventually trained as a biomedical scientist.Liam, 19Student Liam is the youngest contestant in this year’s showdown and has only baked for four years. He was born in Hackney, North London, and is fondly known as ‘Cake Boy’ to his university friends. One of his ambitions is to make baking acceptable among his peers and younger generations.Sophie, 33After graduating with a Masters in psychology, Sophie went on to join the British Army as an officer in the Royal Artillery. When she’s not baking, Sophie leads an active life including track cycling, rowing, teaching military boot camps and training to be a stuntwoman.James, 46James describes himself as the bald, baking banker from Brentwood with a bad back. He lives in Essex with his wife Ann, two sons Oliver and Ethan and their three chickens: Sparkles, Superman and Jeff. He also trained as a diver for the Royal Navy Reserves.Julia, 21Originally from Kemerovo, Siberia, Julia moved to the UK after meeting her British husband Matt on holiday in Turkey. In preparation for applying to Bake Off, she spent three years practising and studying British bakes in particular.Chris, 52Chris lives with his wife Catherine in Bristol where he works in software. He admits to being obsessed with the science behind baking, and develops healthy but unusual flavour combinations. As a cancer survivor, he is passionate about helping others impacted by the disease.Flo, 71Flo is the eldest amateur baker ever to take part in Bake Off. Her son Stephen encouraged her to take up baking again two years ago to cope with the grief of her husband dying, and she now prides herself on being a traditional baker.Kate, 29Health & safety inspector Kate lives and works in Merseyside where she also pursues her love of blacksmithing, furniture restoration and yoga. She uses old-fashioned techniques for baking, such as using smoked flour for sourdough and recreating recipes such as Dockers Wedding Cake.Peter, 52IT programme manager Peter lives in Essex with his wife Tito and two children, Temi and Toni. He started baking eight years after feeling unwell, which he put down to shop-bought bread – this spurred him to make his own. He prides himself on making picture-perfect macarons. read more
A recent study says that many of the plants and animals that call Latin America home may have had their roots in the Amazon region.The study, co-authored by Harvard Visiting Scholar Alexandre Antonelli and an international team of researchers, says that a dynamic process of colonization and speciation led to the formation of the American tropics, which is the most species-rich region on the planet. The study is described in a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“We were astonished to detect so much movement across such different environments and over such large distances,” said Antonelli, the study’s lead author. “Up until now, these natural dispersal events were assumed to be quite rare. Our results show how crucial these events have been in the formation of tropical America’s unique and outstandingly rich biodiversity.”Over tens of millions of years, thousands of species have naturally made their way to new regions, where some of them survived and adapted to new conditions. These adaptations added up, and when the offspring were sufficiently different from earlier generations, new species were formed. Over time, this dynamic process occurred so many times in the American tropics that the area became the exceptionally diverse region seen today.To understand that process, Antonelli and colleagues used information on the evolutionary relationships, distribution, and timing of the origin of thousands of tropical species to calculate how often species dispersed into new regions or new environments. Much of this information came from natural-history collections, including specimens at Harvard University Herbaria and the Museum of Comparative Zoology, where Antonelli is currently working.,What they found, he said, is that while all regions in the American tropics have exchanged species with one another, Amazonia stood out as the main source.“Two main factors seem to explain the key role of Amazonia in exporting so much diversity: its huge area, and the large amount of time that species have existed there. Together, these have increased the chances of species dispersing into new habitats and regions,” said Antonelli.For all the groups that the researchers examined — from plants to birds to frogs to mammals, and even frogs, snakes, and lizards — Antonelli said that pattern remained essentially the same, suggesting that biotic movements are important for generating diversity among life forms.“Most evolutionary research focuses on how new species form. But we want to understand how whole ecosystems evolve, and what makes some regions much more species-rich than others. This is important because it shows us how plants and animals deal with new environments and what factors determine biodiversity,” Antonelli concluded.,This study highlights the far-reaching importance of tropical regions — including rainforests, savannas, and mountain ecosystems — in sustaining the world’s biodiversity. Most tropical ecosystems are threatened due to human activities, and many species are on the edge of extinction, further highlighting the need for immediate and widespread protection.“This study brings together a truly massive amount of data and distills it down in a way that gives crucial insights into the history of biodiversity in the tropics,” said Kyle Dexter, senior lecturer in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh and a research associate at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. “The previous paradigm in the tropics focused on local evolution when explaining high tropical diversity, but clearly there is a shift happening to acknowledge the importance of dispersal. And this study contributes decisively to this shift.”Antonelli hopes to continue examining the dynamic processes that drive the distribution and evolution of species, especially in tropical regions. To this end, his group is combining data and techniques from several disciplines, ranging from fossils to genomes and from fieldwork to software development.“Biodiversity is the dark matter of our planet. We know there must be millions of species that we haven’t found yet. Finding, understanding, and protecting this diversity is probably humanity’s toughest but most important challenge.”This research was supported with funding from the Swedish Research Council, the European Research Council, the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Gothenburg, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, the Wenner-Gren Foundations, and a Wallenberg Academy Fellowship. read more
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted virtually every aspect of cancer care and research– from introducing new risks for cancer patients to disrupting the delivery of cancer treatment and the continuity of cancer research, a review of scientific literature shows. The report, by researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and other institutions, suggests that while COVID-19 has complicated the treatment of cancer patients, it has also spurred creative solutions to challenges in clinical care, and research into the new disease is benefiting from insights gained over years of cancer research. While much remains to be learned about the intersection of cancer and COVID-19, the new paper, published online by Cancer Cell, represents the most comprehensive survey to date about what physicians have learned, and what research is suggesting, about the interrelationship between the two diseases, the authors said. “COVID-19 has been responsible for killing more than one million people worldwide. Among those most at risk of developing severe forms of the illness are patients with cancer,” said Ziad Bakouny of Dana-Farber, the co-lead author of the study with Jessica Hawley of Columbia University Medical Center. “Research into why patients with cancer are at heightened risk is moving very quickly. In this paper, we look at the state of the science in this area and others related to these two illnesses.” The paper summarizes findings in four areas: the interconnected biology of cancer and COVID-19; changes in patient care prompted by the pandemic; effects on cancer research; and insights from cancer research applicable to the treatment of COVID-19. COVID-19 and cancer biologyIn patients with cancer, COVID-19 can be especially harsh. This is likely because many patients have a weakened immune system — either as a result of the cancer itself or the therapies used to treat it — and are therefore less able to fight off infection by the novel coronavirus. Several studies have examined whether systemic cancer therapies such as chemotherapy and targeted therapies increase patients’ vulnerability to COVID-19. The results so far are mixed, Bakouny said, possibly because such studies have focused on systemic therapies as a group rather than on specific agents. Future studies will attempt to tease out the effects of particular drugs.One of the most dangerous consequences of COVID-19 is an overaggressive immune response known as a “cytokine storm,” which can damage lung and other tissues. Patients with cancer treated with immune-stimulating therapies such as immune checkpoint inhibitors, chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapies and bi-specific T-cell engagers (BiTEs) are at risk for complications if the immune response produced by these therapies results in an attack on normal, healthy tissue. Patients treated with CAR T-cell therapies and BiTEs, in particular, can develop a side effect known as cytokine release syndrome, which is similar to the cytokine storm in patients with COVID-19. Researchers have theorized that COVID-19 could exacerbate cytokine release syndrome in patients treated with certain immunotherapies, but studies have not definitely shown that this is happening, the new report states.Although patients may be understandably concerned about facing an increased risk from COVID-19 as a result of cancer therapy, they shouldn’t let this deter them from seeking treatment for their cancer, Bakouny said. “Therapies for cancer can prolong life and even be curative in many cases,” he remarks. “It’s very important to be mindful of the goals of therapy and discuss with your doctor the risks and benefits of therapy in your own particular case.”COVID-19 and cancer careAround the world, efforts to thwart the spread of COVID-19 included steps to decrease in-person visits between patients and physicians. Among these was a jump in the use of telemedicine, which, some studies indicate, can be just as effective as in-person meetings. One study involving patients with breast cancer found that telehealth was associated with a higher quality of life and less depression and distress compared with usual care. While virtual visits offer a variety of benefits — less need to travel to physician appointments and incur the costs and inconvenience associated with travel — they’re valuable only insofar as they don’t take the place of in-person visits for exams, treatment, or diagnosis, research shows.“It is also important to consider the unintended consequences of widespread adoption of technology,” Bakouny said. “There is a serious potential risk of compounding health disparities between patients of different socioeconomic status, if telehealth services are mandated.” On the negative side, studies have shown a sharp decline in cancer diagnoses and screening during the peak of the pandemic. One study found that routine screening dropped by 85-90 percent. Delays in diagnosing cancer are likely to have long-term ripple effects. A British study estimates that, because of diagnostic delays, deaths five years from now may be 4-17 percent higher, depending on tumor type, than they would have been had the pandemic not occurred.COVID-19 and cancer researchTo limit the opportunities for viral transmission, many research centers enacted policies limiting the number of lab workers allowed on-site, putting many studies on hold. For the most part, research projects funded by government appropriations have not been hobbled by the pandemic, but some projects supported by private philanthropy face a funding gap. COVID-19 has drastically decreased donations to cancer-focused philanthropic organizations. The American Cancer Society, for example, expects a $200 million decrease in donations this year and has not been able to accept applications for research grants for the Fall grant cycle. Clinical cancer research, in which potential new therapies are tested in patients, has also experienced difficulties as a result of COVID-19. Some cancer centers halted enrollment on clinical trials entirely during the height of the pandemic. A survey of dozens of clinical investigators in March found that nearly 60 percent of respondents had halted screening and/or enrollment in certain trials, and that half of their institutions had ceased collection of blood and other tissue for research purposes. Despite these challenges, investigators found a variety of ways to adapt to straitened circumstances so trials could continue. These included leveraging telehealth to limit in-person visits, use of e-signatures for trial documentation, shipping oral medications to trial participants rather than requiring them to be picked up at the clinic, and allowing laboratory tests to be done at outside labs. “The relaxation of some of the regulatory requirements associated with clinical research has been accomplished without compromising patient safety,” Bakouny said. “Many investigators see this as a plus — something that could be part of clinical research going forward, to reduce the cost of trials and facilitate the arrival of new therapies for patients.” COVID-19 and lessons from cancerSome promising approaches to treating COVID-19 have come, perhaps surprisingly, from cancer research, the paper’s authors write. While cancer and COVID-19 are fundamentally different in their origin, development, and effect on the body, some of the insights gained in decades of research in cancer are showing relevance to fighting the new coronavirus. A variety of drugs used to alleviate cytokine release syndrome in cancer patients are being evaluated for effectiveness against cytokine storm in patients with COVID-19. Other drugs in the anti-cancer arsenal are undergoing tests of their potential value against COVID-19. An example is acalabrutinib, which is used in the treatment of lymphoid cancers. In one trial, it resulted in rapid improvements in oxygen requirements and a sharp drop in inflammation in patients with COVID-19.Another potential point of connection between cancer and COVID-19 involves a protein called TMPRSS2. When the coronavirus is breathed in, it binds to lung cells and is split by TMPRSS2, allowing it to enter and infect the cells. Research has shown that in prostate cancer, TMPRSS2 is regulated by the androgen receptor, a cell structure that signals the cell to grow in response to androgen. The androgen receptor is found not only on prostate cells but on cells of the lung as well. It isn’t clear yet whether the receptor regulates TMPRSS2 in lung tissue, but if it does, it could open the way to a new treatment for COVID-19. Androgen-targeting therapies already used to treat prostate cancer could block TMPRSS2 from entering lung cells, preventing COVID-19 at its source. Chan School’s Koenen discusses rising mental health concerns in the coronavirus era Related Mass. General study shows the benefits of inhaled nitric oxide therapy for pregnant patients with severe and critical COVID-19 Breathing freely A new way to target resistant cancer A unique characteristic in resistant cancer cells makes them easier to identify, eliminate Feeling more anxious and stressed? You’re not alone “Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve accumulated a substantial amount of evidence about the dynamic between cancer and COVID-19,” Bakouny said. “This review gave us an opportunity to take a step back and take stock of what we’ve learned — to get a sense of the most promising directions for patients, as well as where more study is needed, what we need to dig deeper into.”The senior author of the study is Corrie Painter of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Co-authors are Toni Choueiri of Dana-Farber; Solange Peters of the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, in Lausanne, Switzerland; and Brian Rini and Jeremy Warner of Vanderbilt University Medical Center.The research was partly funded by VUMC CCSG grant P30 CA068485. read more
Results, Winning together, Integrity, Customers, and Innovation.Five statements that embody Dell’s Culture Code. Interestingly, they also align closely with what a national study conducted online by the Harris Poll(1) listed as the top four qualities employers felt veterans bring to their organizations:Disciplined Approach to WorkAbility to Work as a TeamRespect and IntegrityAbility to Perform Under PressureFormer Special Forces Commander and Green Beret, Steve Stoll (above left), and many veterans like him bring these highly valued qualities to Dell as they leave the service and enter their corporate career.Discipline Equals ResultsStoll knows a thing or two about discipline. After graduating from West Point and serving 10 years in the U.S. Army, many of those years within the Special Forces unit, Stoll knows how far commitment and a solid work ethic can take you in your career. And he is not done yet. He is currently working towards his MBA at the University of Texas in the evenings while making time for his family of (soon to be) five.“I’ve always been a leader and I feel that’s where I thrive,” shares Stoll. “I want to grow within Dell. I still have a while before I actually get my MBA and I’m still new to this role, so I want to be as successful as I can in this role and then move forward to a management or leadership position.”With Stoll’s drive and the support of his management team, there is no doubt he will be moving up the corporate ladder in no time. “My boss is very good about professional development,” continues Stoll, “making sure we are looking at every avenue we can for career progression.”Team Focused on Winning TogetherWhen your life is in the hands of your fellow teammates, it’s a given that you are going to strive to work well as a team. Stoll’s objectives occasionally went beyond his twelve-man U.S. Army Special Forces team to include indigenous forces as well.His team was tasked with training the Honduran army on counter narcotic and interdiction operations. At a moment’s notice they were expected to enter unknown land and quickly establish rapport with key leaders to the extent they were trusted to train and lead missions with their troops.“We lived in the jungle for four months together. We lived off the land, the conditions were horrible, but we all loved it,” remembers Stoll.Stoll and his teams, from both armies, overcame cultural and language barriers to work together for the successful completion of common missions.Treating Customers with IntegrityIt’s the ability to cultivate relationships based on trust and integrity that sets the U.S. Army Special Forces apart. Operating with very little oversight, the teams are expected to complete missions in politically sensitive areas. Knowing that their actions could have diplomatic implications, the teams act with the utmost professionalism and integrity.Today, Stoll focuses on his relationships with his Dell Federal customers, honoring the customer focus and integrity that has led the company to its success and contributed to Stoll’s success in growing his business and customer relations.“We want to use this job not only to drive our business, but do what we can for veterans–give back to the community,” says Stoll.Innovation Under PressureIn order to remain successful in this technology-driven time, companies need to stay on the leading edge by innovating at an unprecedented pace to remain relevant.Thinking dynamically, strategically and finding new resolutions that other people might not know or even think about were skills Stoll honed during his military career.“The ability to not only think outside the box using minimal guidance, support and resources, but to do so quickly is key in combat and in the technology sector. And to pull that off, you can’t sweat the small stuff,” says Stoll. “I’ve been through a lot of stressful situations, so maybe I’ll see my peers getting stressed out about a certain thing and I put it in perspective for them. It helps me in presenting my ideas and growing my business.”A Code to Live ByIf you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting a Green Beret like Stoll, you know they don’t readily share their experiences. They tend not to look back. But those tough pasts, those lessons learned and those perfected skills make the person they are today.“It’s hard at times to talk about, but it’s good to talk about. The team I led is in Afghanistan right now, so there’s still people fighting, they’re still out there every day fighting, it’s important to remember it’s still happening,” Stoll shared.As a constant reminder, Stoll wears a memorial bracelet daily honoring a friend, a teammate that gave his life in service: the ultimate sacrifice.“I wear it daily to put things in perspective, appreciate every day like it’s your last,” Stoll said. “It’s a good reminder of where we’ve been and the sacrifices that people have made and still make.”(1) The national study was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder from August 11 to September 7, 2016 and included a sample of 231 full-time veteran workers and 2,587 hiring managers and human resources professionals across industries read more
Joan of Arc: Into the Fire Jo Lampert(Photo: Tammy Shell) Show Closed This production ended its run on April 30, 2017 Related Shows View Comments Jo Lampert will take on the role of Joan in the forthcoming production of Joan of Arc: Into the Fire, which has been extended prior to its world premiere. Penned by Oscar and Grammy winner David Byrne and directed by Tony nominee Alex Timbers, the off-Broadway musical is set to begin performances on February 14 at Joseph Papp Public Theater/Newman Theater. Opening night is scheduled for March 15, and the engagement will now run through April 16. (The show was originally set to close on April 2.)In addition to Lampert, the cast includes Terence Archie (Rocky) as Warwick, James Brown III (Rocky) as Priest/Judge, Jonathan Burke (Tuck Everlasting) as Priest/Judge, Rodrick Covington (The Lion King) as Priest/Judge, Sean Allan Krill (Honeymoon in Vegas) as Bishop Cauchon, Mike McGowan (The Producers) as La Tremouille, Adam Perry (Rocky) as Priest/Judge, John Schiappa (Rocky) as Priest/Judge, Kyle Selig (The Book of Mormon) as Dauphin/King Charles, Michael James Shaw (Limitless) as Baudricourt and Mary Kate Morrissey (Wicked).This one-of-a-kind rock musical concert explores the meteoric rise of Joan of Arc, who spoke to God, built a nation and was executed for it.In addition to Byrne and Timbers, the creative team includes choreographer Steven Hoggett, scenic designer Chris Barreca, costume designer Clint Ramos, lighting designer Justin Townsend, sound designer Cody Spencer, and projection designer Darrel Maloney. read more