Kristina Olson is first psychologist to win NSF’s Waterman award

first_imgCalling Kristina Olson a path-breaking researcher doesn’t begin to describe all the doors this year’s winner of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) most prestigious prize for young scientists has opened.A social and developmental psychologist at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, Olson is the first person from her discipline to win the 42-year-old Alan T. Waterman Award. She’s also the first woman since 2004 to receive the $1 million prize. Although scientists from every field that NSF supports are eligible, only three social scientists—the previous two were men—have ever captured the Waterman, named after NSF’s first director.Olson’s research on the social development of transgender youth has expanded the traditional boundaries of academic psychology. And her plans to use a big chunk of the prize money on a new summer internship program for undergraduate minority students also may be unprecedented for Waterman winners.Even so, Olson is far from satisfied by that impressive string of firsts. “I don’t think a woman of color has ever won,” she says. (Two black scientists, both men, have been honored.) “My goal is to use the money to move us in new directions, because things aren’t going to just change on their own. And unless we make room for all of the best people, it will be hard to make progress on any of society’s problems.” Read the whole story: Science More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Economic Boom Putting Pressure on the Homeless

first_imgKing works for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, assisting homeless youth. Last night was the annual Homeless Youth Candlelight Vigil in Farnsworth Park… FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Although we’re seeing more economic activity on the Kenai Peninsula, Kelly King with the Students in Transition Program says that doesn’t always work out for families living paycheck to paycheck… King: “We really want to make this issue known. It is kind of an invisible population within our community. Homelessness in Alaska looks different than it does in other parts of the country and on the Peninsula, it looks differently than other parts of the state.”center_img King: “We have many families who the parents might be working but at the wages they’re bringing home, they can’t afford the rent that is being asked for in our community. There are fewer units available with all of the construction jobs in town, as well as fewer hotel rooms even for that temporary situation with people coming into town to work on these projects. We’ve also had a few families who have been displaced because companies have purchased their home that they were staying in from the owner and so they’ve been forced to make a move and sometimes can’t afford to do that.”last_img read more

Real still top football rich list

first_imgReal Madrid’s revenues of 480m euros (£401m) topped the Deloitte league table of the world’s richest football clubs for the seventh straight year.Deloitte’s Football Money League, based on data for season 2010/11, says Real will match Manchester United’s eight-year record if they stay top next year.Real’s arch-rivals Barcelona remained in second place, ahead of Manchester United, who stayed third.Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Chelsea are fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.Unchanged at topThe top seven clubs stayed in exactly the same positions as in the previous year.Aston Villa fell out of the league entirely, failing to hold on to their 20th position and leaving English clubs holding six places out of the top 20. Liverpool fell one spot to ninth place in this year’s list.All of the 20 clubs in the list are from the “big five” European leagues, with Italy contributing five clubs, Germany four, Spain three and France down to two, from three in the previous year.Together, the top 20 clubs earned 4.4bn euros, a rise of 3% on the previous year.Spanish rivalsNine of the 20 clubs saw their revenues grow in double digits in 2010/11. Although seven of them saw a fall in revenue, the authors said that this was mostly down to weaker on-pitch performances, causing falls in ticket sales and merchandising, rather than the effect of weakness in eurozone economies.Barcelona’s shirt sponsorship deal with the Qatar Foundation is worth about 30m euros per season, according to the report.This, coupled with the club’s 3.5m-euro prize money for winning the Fifa World Cup, may enable the Spanish club to catch up with its arch-rival Real next year, the report suggests.Both Spanish clubs are approaching record revenue levels of 500m euros and may top this in the next few years, says the report.German club Schalke leapt six places to 10th after a strong performance in last year’s season, which took the club to the semi-final in the Uefa Champions League. In next year’s report, however, Schalke will be edged out of the top 10 by Manchester City, say the report’s authors, after considering City’s heavy financial support from Abu Dhabi investors and its participation in the 2011/12 Champions League.last_img read more

Utes face impressive, athletic foe in Aztecs

first_imgE-mail: [email protected] SAN DIEGO — Over the years, the Utah basketball team has had good success at San Diego State.Since the two schools started playing on a regular basis in 1980, Utah has won 19 of the 26 meetings in San Diego, including nine of the last 11.Two years ago, when San Diego State won the Mountain West title, the Utes handed the Aztecs their only home loss in league play and one of three overall. Even last year when the Utes had their worst season in decades, they held an 11-point second-half lead before faltering down the stretch to lose.This year the Utes have a new coach in Jim Boylen, who knows the past means nothing when the Utes and Aztecs meet tonight at Cox Arena (9 p.m. MST). He sees the Aztecs, who come in with their best start in 41 years at 12-4, as the “most athletic” team the Utes have faced this year and was impressed with their come-from-behind win at New Mexico Saturday.”Road wins are precious — it’s very difficult to win on the road,” Boylen said. “We have to try to neutralize their athleticism, which is very difficult to do. It’s very intimidating watching them on film.”Boylen believes the keys for the Utes will be to limit the Aztecs’ offensive rebounds, to not turn the ball over too much and to limit their “paint twos.”The Aztecs have a young team led by Louisville transfer Lorenzo Wade, a 6-foot-6 forward who averages 15.0 points a game. Kyle Spain, a 6-5 junior forward, averages 13.5 and 5.6 rebounds per game.”I think they have some really nice pieces,” said Boylen. “Steve Fisher has done a really nice job of getting them to play in that system but also have some freedom.”The Utes will be quite short-handed inside with both Stephen Weigh and Kim Tillie out with injuries. Tillie has worked out the past two days coming off a stress fracture in his leg, but is doubtful to play. Weigh hurt his knee against Dixie State and is expected to be out at least a month.With those two missing the Utes only have inside players Luke Nevill, Shaun Green and freshman Morgan Grim.”Luke and I have to try to limit our fouls and be smart with how we’re playing and not pick up any cheap fouls,” said Green.If needed, the Utes will have to go “small” with Carlon Brown or Luka Drca moving over to the “4” spot. GAME NOTES: After tonight’s game, the Utes will return straight home on a charter flight to get ready for Saturday afternoon’s home game against BYU … Boylen said he has known Fisher since he recruited one of Boylen’s high school teammates nearly 25 years ago … Last year, the Utes and Aztecs split, with the Utes winning 74-68 in Salt Lake behind Ricky Johns’ 30 points and losing in San Diego 63-53 … The two teams have one common opponent in California. The Utes beat the Bears 67-65, while the Aztecs lost 77-69. last_img read more