AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAaron Scheidies, who is legally blind, completed the U.S. Open Triathlon in one hour, 58 minutes and eight seconds. It was the first time a disabled competitor had ever finished the Olympic-distance triathlon in under two hours.
The dramatic response — including some overt cures in the laboratory animals — has the investigators eager to begin phase-1 and –2 human clinical trials within the next two years.“Blocking this ‘don’t-eat-me’ signal inhibits the growth in mice of nearly every human cancer we tested, with minimal toxicity,” said professor of pathology Irving Weissman, MD, who directs Stanford’s Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine and the Ludwig Center for Cancer Stem Cell Research and Medicine at Stanford. “This shows conclusively that this protein, CD47, is a legitimate and promising target for human cancer therapy.” The antibody treatment also significantly inhibited the ability of the tumors to metastasize throughout the animals’ bodies.“This is exciting work and will surely trigger a worldwide wave of research designed to convert this strategy into useful therapies,” said Robert Weinberg, PhD, a professor of biology at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Massachusetts who was not involved in the research. “Mobilizing the immune system to attack solid tumors has been a longstanding goal of many cancer researchers for decades.”The research was published online March 26 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Follow the progress of human trials on the Stanford page: stemcell.stanford.edu/CD47(Source: press release from Stanford University) – Stock photo purchasedAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreStanford researchers found an antibody that was found to dramatically shrink or eradicate human cancer tumors that were transplanted into laboratory mice, no matter which type of cancer created the tumor. The research is unique in the variety of solid cancers that responded to the antibody.Human tumors transplanted into laboratory mice disappeared or shrank when scientists treated the animals with a single antibody, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine that tested breast, ovarian, colon, bladder, brain, liver and prostate cancer samples.The antibody works by masking a protein flag on cancer cells that protects them from macrophages and other cells in the immune system.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe British Royal Family has released photos of their future king to celebrate his third birthday today.Prince George is featured on a swing, playing with a puppy, and wandering around the yard at his parents’ home in Norfolk. The photos were posted on The Royal Family Facebook page on his birthday, July 22.A statement from Kensington Palace said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — Prince George’s parents Prince William and Duchess Kate — hope that people would enjoy seeing the photos of their son.RELATED: On Queen’s 90th Birthday, Annie Leibovitz Photos Celebrate Elizabeth’s Family (LOOK)“I really enjoyed the opportunity to take these photographs of Prince George,” photographer Matt Porteous said. “It was a very relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. I’m honored that they have decided to share these images with the public to mark his third birthday.”Photos: The Royal Family, FacebookGive This Story The Royal Treatment, Share It With Your Friends…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTrue to their word, Panera Bread now has a menu that is totally free of artificial preservatives, sweeteners, colors, and flavors. With the elimination of over 150 ingredients, the new menu is part of an on-going process spanning the last few years that began by providing food with reduced calories, chicken free of antibiotics, and the removal of nitrates from luncheon meats in both their restaurant and grocery store foods.RELATED: FDA Finally Bans Antibacterial Soaps Containing Triclosan and 18 Other ChemicalsIn 2010, Panera Bread became the leader and first national restaurant chain to post calorie counts on menus. By the end of 2016, Panera had reached their goal of “no artificial” by changing recipes and eliminating 122 ingredients including FD&C colors, sodium benzoate, sodium nitrate, sodium phosphate, and other words you can’t – or shouldn’t – pronounce in order to provide a completely “clean” menu.Ron Shaich — founder, chairman and CEO of Panera — says one of the company’s basic commitments is to “actually be part of fixing a broken food system in this country.” Click To Share This Tasty Story With Your FriendsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Fido’s founder Scott Porter says that he was inspired to launch the taphouse after he learned about cat cafés. Additionally, he hopes that the foster dogs will help give families the same kind of love and therapeutic support that his own dogs have offered to him.LOOK: When Animal Shelter Uses Area 51 Internet Meme to Appeal for Adoptions, They Are Flooded With Support“My own dogs helped me through some pretty severe depression,” he told TODAY in the video interview below. “They were extremely loving and attentive to me. And they understood that I was going through some tough times.”The bar typically accommodates three or four shelter dogs at a time in a room that is separated from the dining area, although their facilities are equipped to house eight. If a potential adopter decides to adopt one of the lucky pups, they are required to wait three days before signing the paperwork so staffers can be sure that alcohol did not influence their decision.If you want to learn more about Fido’s Taphouse, you can visit their website, Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook pages.(WATCH the news coverage below) Be Sure And Share The Pawesome Story With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreYou can get much more than just a pint of beer at this Oregon taphouse.Fido’s Taphouse is being hailed as the world’s first bar and restaurant that also doubles as a foster home for pups that were rescued from kill shelters in central California.Since the Portland-based establishment opened in 2018, they have helped 70 different shelter dogs find homes.
Student Senate kicked off the school year with a meeting at Irish Green Wednesday evening, away from its usual home in LaFortune Student Center. “I believe this is the first Senate meeting ever at Irish Green, so you can check that off your bucket list,” student body president Pat McCormick said. The group spent their time discussing goals the various committees have for the year. Jason Lovell, University Affairs chair, updated the other members on the DeBartolo Hall lounge renovation. Although the University ran into problems with contractors and materials this summer, he said hopefully it would not set the project back too far. “It still looks like it will be ready for use in mid to late September, with a few other things being added after that,” Lovell said. Lovell said his committee is also looking into setting up an alternative-style debate to promote college leadership. “It could be between quads or dorms,” he said. “It would be in a political debate style, on issues that we could get sponsored by USA Today or The New York Times.” Social Concerns Chair Ellen Carroll said her committee will promote a “Home Beyond the Dome” theme for the school year. “We’re thinking about the kind of legacy we want to leave behind,” Carroll said. “We want to be a welcoming community, not just to students on campus, but to our neighbors in South Bend and to other college communities.” Carroll also mentioned the possibility of a series of events commemorating the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11. Potential events include holding a outdoor mass at night and screening Divided We Fall,” a film about the hate crimes that occurred in the aftermath of Sept. 11. The goal of the Constituent Services committee is to improve communications between the student body and student government, Chair Heather Eaton said. “We want people to feel like they can communicate with us and we can answer, not just that they e-mail us and we say ‘thanks’ and then they never hear anything back,” she said. Eaton said the first Whine Wednesday of the school year will take place Wednesday, and the theme will be residence life and university affairs. Residence Life Chair John Sanders said his committee is planning on tackling a few different issues this year. A Flex-10 meal plan is one idea being thrown around. Under this plan, students would receive only ten meals per week, but they would be given a greater amount of flex points. “I’m working on getting each member of the committee to work on a separate thing,” Sanders said. “Regardless of how small it seems, if you want to do it, you should try.”
Saint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) launched the SMCard to improve the student body’s participation in on-campus activities during the Student Diversity Board’s (SDB) annual bonfire on the College’s soccer field Wednesday evening.“We wanted to launch this event at the SDB Bonfire because it is one of the first major events on campus that usually gets high attendance,” student body president McKenna Schuster said.The initiative, pronounced S-M-C-card, offers a reward to Saint Mary’s students who engage in the College community, Schuster said.“This initiative has been developed by the Student Government Association to help increase attendance at all events on Saint Mary’s Campus,” Schuster said. “We wanted to create an incentive for students to attend events while boosting school spirit and morale.”The cards were distributed during Wednesday’s tri-campus event. The SDB bonfire was intended to be a gathering of Saint Mary’s, Holy Cross and Notre Dame students in order to display the diversity of the three campuses.“There is a lot of hype created around the Bonfire, and we thought it would be a great way for students to get their first stamp to start off,” Schuster said.The SMCard is a punch card that rewards students after every stamp, Sam Moorhead, student body vice president said.“The SMCard will encourage greater student involvement by rewarding the students with stamps for each event they attend for the respective group on the card,” Moorhead said.Schuster said the events at which the cards can be stamped will be advertised on the SGA calendar and posted in the student center. If students were unable to pick the card up at the bonfire, they can acquire them at the SGA office, Student Involvement and Multicultural Services (SIMS) office or future campus events.“Some events where the punch cards can be used include specified sporting events, Belle-A-Boo, any Support A Belle, Love a Belle event, Food Week, BAVO sponsored events and much more,” Schuster said. “There are so many events put on by students who work so hard. I cannot wait to see all the increased support.”Moorhead said the support will be rewarded in more ways than one.“Each student who fills their card with all ten stamps is entered into a drawing to win an awesome prize,” Moorhead said.Moorhead said completed SMCards will be submitted to the SGA office and kept there until the end of the semester.“The deadline for submissions is the last day of classes, Dec. 11,” Moorhead said.Schuster said the raffle will take place at the end of the semester.“The drawing of the winner will occur at our annual midnight breakfast, which happens during finals week,” Schuster said. “This just adds one more exciting element to the midnight breakfast for students to look forward to.”The cards will include students name and ID number.“A distinct punch out will be used so that students cannot fake attendance at events,” Schuster said.Moorhead said that if campus-held activity attendance improves, she hopes SGA will continue to use the SMCards in the future.“We are excited to start this initiative and if successful, we hope to continue it next semester and in years to come,” Moorhead said.The cards were designed by Katie Calhoun, SGA market media and research committee chair.Tags: bonfire, SDB, sdb bonfire, sga, smcards, Student Diversity Board
The Career Center at Notre Dame will host the annual Fall Career Expo in the Joyce Center on Wednesday and Thursday from 4 p. m. through 8 p.m.The event will be attended by 277 organizations, said Hilary Flanagan, director of the Career Center. The first day will be focused on engineering and internship opportunities and the second day on full-time positions and post-graduate service opportunities. Flanagan said students can access detailed information on these organizations via GO IRISH, the Career Center’s recruiting database.According to Flanagan, a major goal of the Fall Career Expo is to help make the job, internship or volunteer search more accessible to students.“Too often in the job search, it feels like you are sending your application materials into a black hole,” Flanagan said. “The Fall Career Expo is a chance to interact with representatives from these organizations who are excited about the prospect of hiring ND students to join their organizations for internships and full-time positions. Many of the representatives are ND alumni, and they will be wearing ribbons that designate them as such. They are so excited to come back to campus and share with our current students their experiences.”Flanagan said the Career Center hopes to help all students, not just seniors, with this event. She said the Backstage Pass Program is designed specifically for students who are attending the Career Fair for the first time. Students participating in the program can arrive an hour early to the Career Fair and get to hear from recruiters in an informal space about how to make the most of their time, she said.The Career Center is also providing students with appropriate attire, for free, to wear to the Fall Career Expo or to interviews with the inauguration of the Career Center Clothes Closet, Flanagan said.“We were really excited that the ND community pulled together to allow us to host a Clothes Closet for the first time this year,” she said. “[Interview Center coordinator] Sarah Himschoot has led the effort through the Career Center to coordinate receipt of donations of gently used or brand new interviewing attire for our students. Many students are not able to afford additional attire for interviewing or attending career networking events where business or business casual attire is expected. Also, we have students who have left their interview attire at home or simply do not have enough for the amount of events they might need to attend in one week.”For students looking to prepare for the Fall Career Expo, Flanagan said she recommends researching the organizations that will be in attendance on GO IRISH. She also said students need to have a good attitude going into the fair.“Students need to remember to relax, be focused, smile and be prepared to follow up with employers after the event,” she said.Tags: Career Center, Fall Career Expo
Caitlyn Jordan Students pause to examine a display in O’Shaughnessy Hall Monday. The display is part of a three-week exhibit titled “Germany’s Confrontation with the Holocaust in a Global Context.”For the next three weeks, students and faculty walking through the Great Hall in O’Shaughnessy Hall will be able to view an exhibition entitled “Germany’s Confrontation with the Holocaust in a Global Context.” Notre Dame will be hosting lectures, gallery talks and a film series in coordination with the exhibit, and this collaborative effort is entitled “Remembrance: The Holocaust in a Global Context.” Monday afternoon, William Donahue, professor and chair of the department of German and Russian languages and literatures, presented the opening talk for the exhibition. Donahue said Eric Santer, a Germanist at the University of Chicago introduced the term “post-Holocaust” into academic discourse in the 1990s. “It is meant to displace and challenge the more commonplace moniker ‘postwar,’ by depriving us of one of the most oft-repeated excuses for the atrocities, especially as expressed by Germans unwilling to face up to the distinctive targeting and murder of a civilian and defenseless population,” he said. “The German phrase one reads in memoir after memoir, and hears again and again in documentaries is, ‘Es war ja Krieg’ — ‘It was, after all, war.’ This way of thinking invites us to dismiss the unprecedented organized mass murder as a casualty of war. War is terrible, and these things just happen.”Donahue said he wants students to grasp the meaning of “post-Holocaust,” which he defined as “the understanding of the way our present world is a product of the Holocaust.” “Yet, while understanding the Holocaust as prerequisite to grasping the modern world, it is also necessary to understand the way in which atrocity wants almost immediately to be ameliorated and softened in the hearts and minds of those charged with its very memory,” he said. “It is frequently just too much to bear. So even while we practice memory, we make serious concessions to ‘Holocaust exhaustion,’ sometimes even confusing the two.”Rather than dismissing the reality of the Holocaust or falling victim to “Holocaust exhaustion,” Donahue said he urges students to fully realize the severe reality of the Holocaust.“My wish for you as you look at this exhibit over the next several weeks is that you allow it to touch you and surprise you, even if much of it will strike you as familiar,” he said. “And please don’t try to take it in all at once. Do what Brecht said every smart reader should do when reading great literature: talk back to it, ask questions, make objections and, when appropriate, learn to say no. But learn also to ask yourselves why you are moved to respond in the manner you do. Notice what offends you, attend to what troubles and puzzles you.”Donahue also said he was asked by the exhibition organizers to comment upon the large crucifix that hangs on the wall of the Great Hall. The comment was particularly relevant because of the outrage that was caused years ago when Polish nuns included a crucifix as part of a memorial near Auschwitz. He said that if one views the cross as a depiction of “ethnic pride” or if one would plant a crucifix “in the way that some plant a flag,” then there is no place for such artifacts near a Holocaust exhibit.However, Donahue said he interpreted the crucifix’s juxtaposition with the exhibition as a demonstration of solidarity in suffering. “But if you see the Cross of Christ as a scandal, as a mystery of undeserved, and indeed shocking, suffering and perhaps also as an arrestingly honest depiction of the fragility of the entire human condition, then perhaps you will find it a useful way for framing this exhibit after all. My beloved undergraduate advisor wrote a little book that has left a lasting impression on me. It is called “Jesus, the Compassion of God.” And so this is how I view this crucifix: as a profound, and indeed divine, sign of solidarity in suffering,” he said. “Solidarity in suffering — what better way to frame an exhibit on the Holocaust?”The Department of German and Russian Languages and Literature is sponsoring the exhibit in coordination with the Department of Theology, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the program for philosophy, religion and literature and the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts.Tags: Center for Civil and Human Rights, department of german and russian languages, Holocaust, ISLA, Kroc Institute, Nanovic Institute, Theology
To Tim Brown, the Heisman Trophy and the Hall of Fame induction are just means to the end of speaking to men and women about what it means to be an authentic person whose life is in line with God’s plan for them.Brown, a former Notre Dame football player and NFL receiver, gave the keynote lecture of “StaND Against Hate Week” titled “The Making of a Man” on Tuesday evening in DeBartolo Hall. He spoke about his own life and the lessons it taught him about manhood, faith and parenting.Wei Lin | The Observer “I want nothing more than for men to understand what God wants for them,” he said. “That’s why I wrote my book, and that’s why we talk about the things we talk about.”Brown said he used to undertake his morning routine without turning the lights on because he could not face himself in the mirror. Now, because of a series of epiphanies that occurred over the events of his life, he can hold his head high.“There is no way that you can be your authentic self, in my opinion, without God being involved in your life,” Brown said. “We may be educated, but I know a lot of educated people without God in their lives who are out there making some stupid decisions.”Brown said role models play an integral role in the formation of young people and can influence how they interact with other people for the rest of their lives.“I can tell just as clear as day after speaking with young men for two or three minutes who has good role models in their lives,” Brown said.“As men, we have to understand that our kids are watching,” he said. “My son will tell you now that he was watching me when he was eight years old. He was waiting for me to say something I wasn’t supposed to say or do, something that would set a bad example, and I never did.”Brown said part of the reason he takes speaking opportunities is he wants as many people as possible to hold him accountable for his actions.“Sometimes we don’t want people in our lives telling us what to do because we think we have it all, and we think we know it all,” he said. “But you have to have people on this earth that you can lock into. You have to surround yourself with good people who will hold you accountable.”Brown said he would not have achieved all he has if it were not for former Notre Dame football head coach Lou Holtz and his belief in Brown both as an athlete and as a man.“It wasn’t like he was patting me on the back the whole time and telling me I was okay,” Brown said. “There was a lot of criticism, but with criticism comes correction.”Brown said parents should stand up for their kids when being attacked or scrutinized unfairly, but they should also be willing to let them take responsibility when they make mistakes.“When I see these fathers take up for their kids when their kids are obviously wrong, I can tell that’s going to be a problem,” he said. “We’ve seen it in college sports, and we’ve seen it in professional sports.”Brown said young people have the world at their fingertips, but the current state of the world makes it difficult to avoid temptation and make the correct decision.“If you don’t go to church, go to church. Mom and dad can’t come to college with you or go to the NFL with you,” he said. “At some point, you’re going to need a conscience in your head telling you what you should and shouldn’t be doing.“The only type of conscience that can provide that is a godly conscience, but if you’ve never heard it, and you don’t know anything about it, then it won’t be there for you when you need it.” Tags: StaND Against Hate Week, Tim Brown