Dan Camp, Who Created a Mississippi Jewel, Dies at 79

first_img“Most people in the community thought I was crazy for going into such a dilapidated slum area to do anything like this,” he told Mississippi Public Broadcasting in 2013.Over the years he added small cottages — 300 to 500 square feet, aimed at students — and assorted other residential units, as well as stores, restaurants, bars and public spaces, all of it on narrow streets that encouraged foot traffic and a communal feel. The district was built on the principles of the 1980s movement known as New Urbanism but came into being well before that term had been coined.“Mayor Camp talked about walkability and mixed-use development before it was cool,” Parker Wiseman, his successor as mayor, said on Twitter. “He didn’t just talk about it. He built it.” After that, Mr. Roy said, Mr. Camp kept giving him commissions just to support his art.“At any given time he might also be patron to a writer, a sculptor, a wild impressionist, a barefoot juggler, a lost intellectual or an ethically sourced hippie apparel shop,” he said. “He wanted a carousel of creatives in the neighborhood by design.”In addition to his son Robert, Mr. Camp is survived by his wife, Gemma, whom he married in 1981; another son, Frederick, known as Bonn; and two granddaughters. In 1969, Mr. Camp started buying property in that area and creating an eclectic oasis of tightly packed housing and businesses that has been drawing admiration from urban planners ever since. The Cotton District is now one of the most desirable addresses in Starkville, especially for students, a pedestrian-friendly, architecturally varied neighborhood of cottages, duplexes, apartments, street-level shops, courtyards and fountains. – Advertisement – Mr. Camp, who served a term as Starkville mayor from 2005 to 2009, died on Oct. 25 in Meridian, Miss. He was 79. His son Robert said the cause was complications of Covid-19.Robert Daniel Camp was born on April 13, 1941, in Baton Rouge, La., and raised in Tupelo, Miss. His father, Dewey, was a band director, and his mother, Opal Quay (Webb) Camp, was an educator who, the family said, was Elvis Presley’s sixth-grade home room teacher.Mr. Camp graduated from Tupelo High School in 1959, earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Mississippi State in 1963 and received at master’s degree in education at North Carolina State in 1967 before returning to Starkville. He started the Cotton District reinvention with eight small townhouses. – Advertisement –center_img This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here.When Dan Camp was in graduate school at North Carolina State University in Raleigh in the mid-1960s, a historic building caught his eye. It was a cottage where, at least according to local lore, President Andrew Johnson was born. What struck Mr. Camp was that a relatively compact space could be a perfectly adequate dwelling.- Advertisement – “I suspected that most Americans lived in that type of environment then,” he told Mississippi Magazine in 2001, “so I came home with the idea that those types of dwellings would be an excellent way to build things and offer them to students.”Back home in Mississippi, he settled in Starkville, about 125 miles northeast of Jackson, and became intrigued with the possibilities of a run-down area between the campus of Mississippi State University, where he was teaching in the industrial education department, and the downtown section that became known as the Cotton District, because of the mill that once thrived there. The mill had shut down in 1964, and the nearby millworker housing had deteriorated. “He hired me to paint a mural on his office about 10 minutes after meeting me in early 2014,” Mr. Roy said. “This was in spite of me having no paid experience, no knowledge of how to run a scissor lift and no proper sketch. He liked that the old folks across town hated my work.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

Lab culture of human norovirus called an important first

first_imgFeb 13, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A team of researchers has achieved what has been until now a frustratingly elusive goal: a tissue-culture model that allows natural growth in the lab of norovirus, one of the most common and least understood causes of gastrointestinal illness worldwide.Though it causes up to 23 million cases of illness each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), surprisingly little is known about how the virus attaches to and replicates within cells. The new work by Timothy Straub of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and collaborators from Tulane University, the University of Arizona, and Arizona State University should change that: They produced a three-dimensional culture of multiple cell types that mimics the epithelium of the human small intestine, and induced norovirus samples isolated from patients to grow and replicate in it.”This is an important result,” said Craig Hedberg, PhD, associate professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. “Up until this point, we have never had a direct measure that would allow us to know how effective any of our environmental prevention measures are against norovirus. There have been a lot of studies looking at things that might be able to kill norovirus and render foods and environmental surfaces safe from contamination, but they have always used surrogates.”Norovirus has been a difficult organism to study because, like other viruses but unlike bacteria, it will not reproduce in a simple growth medium. Instead, it requires a tissue culture resembling cells in the organisms it infects.That lack of a lab model for studying the virus has kept testing protocols, effective sanitizing and control measures, and even newer diagnostic tests out of reach. Those are important because norovirus causes such a high disease burden: It is thought to be responsible for at least half of all foodborne outbreaks of gastroenteritis every year, according to the CDC.”Nobody knows what the incidence of this disease is in the population because it is not easy to diagnose—it is just one of the range of ‘stomach flus’ that people get,” said David Ozonoff, PhD, emeritus chair of the department of environmental health at Boston University School of Public Health. “But it causes very substantial economic loss, because so many people stay home from work because they are sick or their kids are.”To create the model, Straub and collaborators grew human intestinal epithelial cells on collagen-coated microbeads that were tumbled in a rotating reactor vessel. They used the resulting tissues for five passages of two genotypes of norovirus that were originally isolated from patients during outbreaks on a cruise ship and in a nursing home, and proved the presence of norovirus by multiple assays following each passage.The work, which will be published in the March edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases and was posted online ahead of print, represents the first lab model of human norovirus infection; previous models used mouse noroviruses or a related feline virus. Scientists not involved in the research said it could point the way to a better understanding of an under-appreciated pathogen.The authors write that developing a method for culturing human norovirus in the lab was a necessary first step in the effort to understand the virus’s pathogenesis. In future research with the model, they hope to identify protective immune responses and learn more about how the virus replicates, with the aim of devising better prevention measures.Norovirus spreads through the fecal-oral route, via both food and water, but there are also indications that it can spread via environmental contamination and direct person-to-person transmission, according to the CDC.It is fiercely contagious: Ingesting as few as 10 virus particles can cause infection, and infected persons can shed virus for up to two weeks after symptoms end, the CDC says. The illness is miserable, with nausea, diarrhea and vomiting multiple times per day. Symptoms usually last from 24 to 60 hours.”Beyond the nuisance value to the individual, it is such a widespread illness and so persistent in institutional settings where you’re dealing with immune-compromised populations that it becomes an important public health problem,” Hedberg said.The CDC does not conduct routine surveillance for norovirus, so there is no way to confirm how commonly the bug occurs. So far this year, however, large outbreaks have been reported at the Scripps Research Institute in California, at Radford University in Virginia, among customers of a south Florida restaurant, in hospitals in Saskatchewan, Massachusetts, and North Carolina, and among hundreds of passengers on the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2.The Hilton Hotel near Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C. was hit so hard in mid-January, with 120 guests and staff sick, that it was forced to close for a floor-to-ceiling sanitizing. Some norovirus outbreaks, such as on cruise ships, have recurred despite repeated rounds of aggressive cleaning.Straub TM, zu Bentrup KH, Coghlan PO, et al. In vitro cell culture infectivity assay for human noroviruses. Emerg Infect Dis 2007 Mar; 13(3) (early online publication) [Full text]See also:CDC information on norovirushttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/revb/gastro/norovirus-factsheet.htmlast_img read more

St Modwen chairman Clarke to retire

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Deadly Seattle-area coronavirus outbreak spurs shift in public health response

first_imgExpanded testingHealth officials predict the number of confirmed cases is certain to rise as testing capacity expands, and the true scale of the outbreak comes into sharper relief. Washington state plans to increase testing from about 200 samples a day now to an expected volume of more than 1,000 a day.Doctors have found that patients most severely stricken by the virus are those with immune systems weakened from advanced age or underlying chronic health conditions, Duchin said.The vast majority of infected individuals are believed to suffer relatively minor flu-like illness. Many such cases have likely gone undetected because initial testing efforts, constrained by a limited supply of resources, were reserved for the few who were severely ill, he said.So the patients who end up hospitalized or dead probably represent “the tip of the iceberg,” Duchin said.King County Executive Dow Constantine said he has ordered the purchase of a motel and the placement of modular housing units on public property throughout the county to provide temporary, quarters for homeless people who become ill – but not so sick that they require hospitalization.”We want to make sure that hospital capacity isn’t being taken for people who need only to be in isolation and in recovery,” he said. “We need the hospital capacity for people who need to be in treatment now.”Seattle has one of the largest concentrations of unhoused people of any major metropolitan area in the country.Beyond such contingencies, public health officials are starting to contemplate possible “community mitigation” measures, such as school closures or cancellation of public events.”We want to make sure that what we do is reasonable, that it’s something that’s acceptable to the public … that the timing and duration are right, and all of this in the face of tremendous uncertainty,” Duchin said.As of Monday, there have been more than 89,000 cases of the virus globally, the majority in China, according to a Reuters tally. Outside China, it has spread to 66 countries, with more than 8,800 cases and 130 deaths. Globally, the illness has killed more than 3,000 people.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists more than 90 cases across the United States, a large bulk of them patients who were repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise liner that had been quarantined in Japan. Topics : Seattle-area health officials confronting the nation’s first community coronavirus outbreak are planning new containment measures, ranging from possible school closings to temporary quarantine housing for mildly ill homeless patients.The shift in strategy, with an emphasis on enlisting the public at large to take a more active role in curtailing the spread of the virus, came as health authorities announced on Monday that 18 Washington state residents had tested positive, including six who died.”We’re pivoting to a more community-based approach, very similar to what we use for influenza epidemics, where we give people, and schools and businesses good advice on how they can reduce their risks,” Dr. Jeff Duchin, health officer for Seattle and King County’s public health agency, told reporters.center_img The Seattle-area deaths marked the first fatalities documented in the United States from a respiratory disease that has killed more than 3,000 people worldwide – the bulk of them in China – since it emerged there in December.All of Washington’s cases are clustered in two counties in the greater Seattle area, making it the largest concentration detected to date by the US public health system. Eight of those cases, and four of the deaths, were linked to a nursing care facility in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland, officials said.With the virus now believed to be present in at least four separate communities in the Pacific Northwest – two in northern California, one in Oregon and the Washington outbreak – authorities are having to go well beyond the quarantine of infected travelers and tracing of close contacts that has defined the response.”We’re going to be shifting our approach from counting every case to focusing on outbreaks, perhaps cases that occur in hospitals, and won’t be able to do the kind of individual case follow-up and case management that we’re doing early on during this so-called containment phase of the epidemic,” Duchin said.last_img read more

McMenon appoints regional general manager for Middle East and Asia-Pacific

first_imgMcMenon specialises in the design and manufacture of differential pressure flow meters such as orifice plates, averaging pitot tubes, wedge meters, nozzles, Venturi meters (topside and subsea) as well as variable area flow meters and temperature monitoring equipment. Bipin said: “McMenon’s engineering heritage, expertise, capability, flexibility and reliability puts it in a strong position to grow. Nurturing our current relationships and building new ones will be key to our strategy. McMenon Engineering Services has appointed Bipin Nair, who has over 20 years’ industry experience, as regional general manager for the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions. Anand Puthran, CEO at McMenon, said: “We have strengthened our senior management team as part of our brand building and growth strategy. Bipin has been tasked with communicating McMenon’s product quality, service and commitment to excellence as well as developing the company’s operations in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions. center_img “We want our customers to use our expertise and solutions for the most demanding applications to improve overall plant efficiency with minimum downtime.” He was previously with Wika Group in the Middle East for ten years, rising to the position of regional marketing manager. “The Middle East and Asia-Pacific are key markets for McMenon with huge potential for growth. It is therefore important we have the right calibre of people on board to meet our aspirations and deliver a service to clients that exceeds expectations. We are excited to welcome Bipin to the McMenon team.” last_img read more

U.S. anti-legalization group urges more access to marijuana research

first_imgReuters 28 May 2015A group opposed to pot legalization is unveiling proposals on Thursday for the U.S. government to ease restrictions on scientific research into marijuana’s potential as medicine, in a first step for an organization of its kind.The plan from Smart Approaches to Marijuana, which is co-founded by former U.S. Congressman Patrick Kennedy, comes after three U.S. Senators this year introduced a bill that would require the federal government to recognize pot’s medical value and allow states to set their own medical cannabis policies.Kennedy will present his group’s plan on Thursday to officials in Washington, said Kevin Sabet, the group’s president and chief executive.Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia allow medical marijuana, and voters in four states have gone further by approving the drug for recreational use by adults. But the drug remains illegal under federal law, which classifies pot as a dangerous narcotic with no current medical use.Drug policy reformers say the federal government’s strict rules on marijuana research have prevented needed studies in the United States. With its plan, Smart Approaches to Marijuana is calling for changes to some of those rules.“Let’s put research into the hands of legitimate scientists, not pot profiteers,” Sabet said.The group also is calling for the Department of Health and Human Services to eliminate a review process for marijuana research that critics say is burdensome.And the group says the Drug Enforcement Agency should eliminate certain regulatory requirements for research into cannabidiol (CBD), a component of marijuana seen as having a number of medical applications, and work with states to allow a pure CBD product to be distributed more broadly for research.http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/28/us-usa-marijuana-research-idUSKBN0OD1RM20150528last_img read more

Implementation plans for universal childhood education underway

first_imgVeda GeorgeAssistant education officer in the ministry of education Veda George has indicated that in order to provide access for the 20% of the country’s children who are not at preschool; several measures must be put in place.The government of Dominica has communicated their intention through the minister of education to fully implement Universal Early Childhood Education in Dominica by September 2012.George told the third consultation on universal early childhood education that there are some preschool which are still not registered with the ministry of education and this is a top priority.“We are working towards proving quality access to 20% of children within the pre-school age who for one reasons or the other are not accessing the service. It would mean that in some instances, early childhood programs would have to be integrated within existing primary schools however no private preschool will be closed expect if they fall below the expected standards”.George said the ministry of education has commenced accommodating private preschools, within the primary schools settings, ensuring that the students are within a safe environment.“In order to provide access for the children who are spread across the country, we may have to establish a pre-kindergarten, utilizing already existing space, with modifications or we would have to construct a new facility next to our primary school”. According to George an audit to determine capacity must be conducted in order for the ministry to make a final decision.Dominica Vibes News 49 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img EducationLocalNewsPrimary Implementation plans for universal childhood education underway by: – April 4, 2012 Share Sharelast_img read more

More details released in Dearborn County drowning

first_imgHidden Valley Lake, Ind. — Officers from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department say the body of a 5-year-old female was found about 60 feet from the shoreline in five feet of water in Hidden Valley Lake Saturday.After receiving the call around 9:11 p.m. officers and bystanders found the body at 9:30 p.m. The child was immediately transported to the Dearborn County Hospital where she was pronounced dead.Reports indicate the child was not wearing a personal flotation device.Indiana Conservation Officers strongly encourage citizens to use extreme caution when around waterways and the use of personal flotation devices. Officers encourage residents to never swim alone.The original story:Hidden Valley Lake, Ind. — The Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a child drowning at Hidden Valley Lake.Reports indicate police were called to the public beach off Longview Drive around 9 p.m. Saturday. Police found the body of the 5-year-old female child within an hour of arrival.Out of respect for the family the public beach was closed Sunday.The tragedy remains under investigation.last_img read more

IUPUI seeks revenge on Detroit

first_img Associated Press February 28, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com IUPUI seeks revenge on Detroitcenter_img TEAM LEADERS: IUPUI’s Marcus Burk has averaged 21.2 points while Jaylen Minnett has put up 16.5 points. For the Titans, Antoine Davis has averaged 23.7 points and 4.6 assists while Chris Brandon has put up 6.3 points and eight rebounds.CREATING OFFENSE: Davis has been directly responsible for 60 percent of all Detroit field goals over the last three games. The sophomore guard has 27 field goals and 13 assists in those games.STREAK STATS: Detroit has lost its last four road games, scoring 74.5 points, while allowing 87.3 per game.ASSIST RATIOS: The Jaguars have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Titans. IUPUI has 44 assists on 79 field goals (55.7 percent) over its past three matchups while Detroit has assists on 27 of 67 field goals (40.3 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Detroit as a team has made 8.4 3-pointers per game this season, which is most among Horizon teams. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDetroit (7-23, 5-12) vs. IUPUI (7-23, 3-14)Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Indianapolis; Saturday, 12 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Detroit goes for the season sweep over IUPUI after winning the previous matchup in Detroit. The teams last met on Jan. 23, when IUPUI made just two free throws on seven attempts while the Titans hit 11 of 12 en route to the 12-point victory.last_img read more