The Department of Pediatrics with the University of Florida isseeking a board certified/eligible adolescent pediatric specialistat the Assistant, Associate, or Professor level to pursue a careerin Adolescent Medicine within the Division of General Pediatrics.This is a 1.0 FTE non- tenure accruing faculty appointment. Rankwill be determined based on education and experience. Primaryresponsibilities include providing adolescent primary care with andwithout teaching responsibilities.Applicants must have a M.D. degree and be licensed in or eligiblefor licensure in the State of Florida in pediatrics and be boardcertified or eligible in Adolescent Medicine and Pediatrics.Application should include a cover letter, most recent curriculumvitae, and a list of three professional references with contactinformation or three letters of reference.For more information regarding faculty benefits, please visitCollege of Medicine Faculty Benefits .Review of applications will begin immediately and will continueuntil position is filled.Selected candidate will be required to provide an officialtranscript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript willnot be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued toStudent” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institutionoutside of the United States are required to be evaluated by aprofessional credentialing service provider approval by NationalAssociation of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can befound at http://naces.org/ .If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for thisposition, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to workin the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’sSunshine Law.This position was originally posted under requisition # 500641.Previous applicants are still being considered and need notre-apply.#medicine=35The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.
Must we go nuclear to go green? What will be the trade-offs — and the risks — if we do? These were the central questions Monday night, as former Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz and former Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan B. Poneman ’78, J.D. ’84, discussed “Nuclear Energy: Climate and the Bomb” at an Institute of Politics Forum at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. In a wide-ranging conversation, moderated by Meghan O’Sullivan, Jeane Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, viability and safety as well as expedience and practicality were all on the table.“We’ve had good news on the cost of renewable energy,” said O’Sullivan in her introduction. “But there’s a growing realization that the nature and the scope of the crisis demands more.”Tackling the topic first, Moniz agreed. “Even in the four-plus years since [the global] Paris [Agreement on climate],” he said, “the challenge has been recognized as much greater” than was once thought. Growing evidence, he said, has shown that slowing carbon emissions will not suffice to halt climate change. “We see increasingly now it’s got to be net zero emissions,” which requires carbon removal as well.Current renewable energy technology is simply not up to the task, both speakers agreed. Although Moniz cited improvements in batteries to store energy from renewables, he noted that they currently only focus on hours of storage. With energy sources like solar or wind varying drastically from summer to winter and hydroelectric potentially vulnerable to drought, “you’d better figure out seasonal storage,” he said.Nuclear, which is carbon-neutral, is one answer. “Is it essential? No,” said Moniz. “I can think of other ways around it. But does nuclear help a solution enormously? Yes.” “You can take all the wind and all the solar you want, and it’s not going to solve the problem.” — Dan B. Poneman Harvard analysts’ ‘tortoise’ approach urges design that anticipates shifts in demand Getting from no nuclear to slow nuclear Bullish on clean energy Poneman made the point more forcefully. “You can take all the wind and all the solar you want, and it’s not going to solve the problem,” he said. “We’ve got to get out of the zero-sum game where renewables push out nuclear.”With public concerns about safety, particularly in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster, both acknowledged that security and reliability are essential to winning public support. However, said Poneman, new technologies may show a way forward. He cited new reactor designs that use safer substances such as molten salts, liquid metals, or gas as coolants and liquid fuels that expand if they overheat, “passively shutting themselves down.” Additional safety features like off-site electricity would specifically avoid what happened in Japan, he said.Such new reactors would likely be smaller and modular, constructed in manufacturing facilities as opposed to being built on site. Such construction would assure quality, said Moniz. However, both explained, they would need to prove their commercial viability to move forward. This, said, Poneman, would require a “public-private partnership.”“We’ve got to be pragmatic and build coalitions,” added Moniz. “We’ve got to get away from the rigidity of ‘I’ve got the answer.’”The stakes, both stressed, are high, in part because any talk about nuclear energy not only takes into consideration global safety, but also touches on the possibility that the enrichment process used for nuclear fuels can be a cover for additional enrichment to produce weapons. The ideal, said Moniz, would be for all countries seeking assistance in developing nuclear power programs to enter agreements like the one between the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates, in which the UAE agreed never to seek to enrich its own fuel.However, both noted this kind of treaty is not likely. Because the U.S. is no longer the sole provider of nuclear reactors or fuel, “we cannot call the shots,” said Poneman. “If we say no, they can go to Korea or France or Russia or China.”That does not mean there is no international consensus, said Moniz. Even with the U.S. pulling out of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, colloquially known as the Iran nuclear deal, he said, Tehran is still allowing verification by IAEA inspectors. “Iran recognizes that the foundation of the international community having confidence that they are not doing a weapons program relies on them staying with that,” he said. [The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Iran is dramatically ramping up production of enriched uranium after the Trump administration’s 2018 decision to abandon the accord, the IAEA confirmed in a report that also criticized Tehran for blocking access to suspected nuclear sites.]Perhaps a way forward, Moniz suggested, would be to urge other advanced nuclear powers to adopt the “gold standard” of the U.S.-UAE agreement and, when that isn’t feasible, focus on verification. Enforcing these standards, said Poneman, calls for the U.S. to reconsider nuclear as a global reality, and to resume our role in its development. “If you care about nuclear safety and you care about nuclear security, you have to want U.S. leadership,” he said. Related Physicist sees major opportunities in redesign, innovation read more
By Wade HutchesonUniversity of GeorgiaIf you have decided not to plant a fall garden, you can stillwork your garden spot to reduce next year’s pests.The task has been proven to achieve pest control whether your pestis a weed, an insect or a disease. The practice is called soilsolarization.According to research conducted at the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, soilsolarization works best when it’s done during the summer. Selecta time when you don’t mind your garden spot being temporarily outof service.Your next season garden can be planted after the process iscomplete. Summertime temperatures heat the soil deeply to improvesolarization results.To ‘solarize’ the soil, till the spot then water thoroughly. Coverthe site with a layer of clear plastic and secure the edges.Small blocks of wood or bricks should be placed on the sheet ofplastic in a grid fashion. Then cover this layer with a secondlayer of plastic and secure the edges again.The sun will heat the soil through the plastic and the air that’strapped between the two sheets of plastic. This essentially cooksthe pests. Leave this in place 2 to 3 months.Upon replanting, till shallow so as not to bring up weed seedsthatare deep and unaffected by the solarization process.The downside to soil solarization is it can harm beneficialinsects, too. Often the trade off is worth it as the beneficialswill eventually return. read more