The Academic Council approved the College of Science’s proposal to create the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics (DACMS) in its meeting Thursday. The new department will begin its programs for undergraduate and graduate students in the Fall 2010 semester, according to Gregory Crawford, dean of the College of Science.Crawford said the new department will work closely with the existing Department of Mathematics and with other departments across campus.“Statistics is so important in all disciplines,” he said.The new department was created in part to enhance the emphasis on statistics at the University, Crawford said.“We were trying to figure out how to get more statistics at Notre Dame,” he said. “If you look at [the U.S. News and World Report rankings of universities for undergraduate education], 15 of the top 20 schools have at least one statistics department. We had to do something.”Although the new department will be the first to concentrate entirely on applied mathematics and statistics at the University, it will not bring an entirely new field of study to Notre Dame.“Applied mathematicians at Notre Dame already do a lot of statistics and computational modeling,” Crawford said. “By creating a statistics department, we’re expanding on the applied mathematics and computation already going on.”Creating DACMS will not significantly affect the existing Department of Mathematics, Crawford said.“Both departments will be very well resourced,” he said.According to Crawford, the new department will have an interdisciplinary research and teaching focus.“Since statistics is so important in all disciplines, as the department starts to grow, the new department will cooperate with other departments,” he said.He cited offering statistics courses that are geared to social science, engineering and biology majors as areas in which the new department will affect undergraduates in other disciplines.Crawford said he expects DACMS to remain a relatively small department but said it will have a high number of faculty members who have joint or concurrent appointments in other departments.The planned size of the new department is consistent with statistics departments at other universities, Crawford said.“[Statistics departments] tend to be very collaborative and do more interdisciplinary work,” he said. “[DACMS] will work with other departments and colleges to hire jointly with them.”Graduate students in the new department will have a unique role that is consistent will the department’s interdisciplinary mission. Instead of only serving as teaching assistants, graduate students will also serve as collaborative assistants (CAs).CAs will be available to assist faculty members and graduate students from other departments and colleges with the statistical elements of their research.“This will stimulate the cross-disciplinary research that’s going on at Notre Dame,” Crawford said. “It’s very exciting for [the College of] Science to offer this to the other colleges on campus.”The new department will sponsor its own major in applied and computational mathematics and statistics. Students who graduate with an undergraduate degree from DACMS will have graduate school options in diverse fields, including economics, sociology, psychology, engineering and science, Crawford said.Alumni of the program will also have options in the private sector.“It’s a very applied degree, so industry is looking for applied mathematicians and statisticians, as are hospitals,” Crawford said. “Most companies are looking for people with computational savvy.”Crawford said creating the new department does not affect the College of Science’s commitment to the Department of Mathematics.“The investment is going into the new department and the existing mathematics department,” he said. “It’s very important that both departments grow together.“We have an excellent mathematics department here.”
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:Consolidated Edison Inc., or Con Edison, said Thursday it has entered into an agreement to acquire a unit of Sempra Energy that holds 981 MW of operating renewable power plants in the US.The transaction was agreed at a purchase price of USD 1.54 billion (EUR 1.31bn), which takes into consideration USD 576 million of existing project debt. It is expected to close near the end of 2018, subject to receiving certain nods, including from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the US Department of Energy.In addition to assets that are fully owned by Sempra, the deal involves its 379-MW share of projects that the company owns jointly with Con Edison subsidiaries. It also concerns some development rights for additional solar and energy storage projects. Together, these assets are seen to increase Con Edison’s own utility-scale renewables to about 2,600 MW.“With completion of this acquisition, we expect to be the second largest owner of solar electric production projects in North America,” commented John McAvoy, chairman and CEO of Con Edison.The newly-purchased assets are located in Nevada, Arizona, California and Nebraska — states in which Con Edison already has projects — and in some cases adjacent to existing Con Edison developments. This creates opportunities for value-enhancing synergies, noted Mark Noyes, president and CEO of Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses Inc.More: Con Edison strikes USD-1.54bn deal to buy renewables from Sempra Con Ed buys Sempra solar assets for $1.5 billion
In total, prosecutors speculate Sopaf may have profited €7.6m from the sale.The other alleged victims of Sopaf’s fraud were Enpam, the doctors’ fund, and CNPR, the accountants’ fund.Camporese, who is also chairman of Adepp (Associazione degli Enti Previdenzali Privati), the umbrella association for casse di previdenza, has denied any wrongdoing, saying the operation was run in a fully transparent way, and pointing out that the investment had performed well.The investigation will try to determine whether the profit generated for Sopaf within the operation was actually illicit. Meanwhile, Italian media have begun unveiling details on the matter, pointing out that, for two years, Camporese held a consulting role at Adenium Sgr, an asset management company controlled by Sopaf.Also, last week it was announced that Paolo Saltarelli, former chairman of the accountants’ cassa di previdenza, CNPR, had been arrested for receiving a bribe from Sopaf.The company is accused of embezzling €52m of CNPR assets. The chairman of the Italian first-pillar fund for journalists, Istituto Nazionale di Previdenza dei Giornalisti Italiani (INPGI), is under investigation by Italian authorities as part of an inquiry concerning Sopaf, an investment company accused of defrauding three casse di previdenza.Italian prosecutors are tyring to establish whether Andrea Camporese, chairman of the €1.5bn journalists’ cassa di previdenza, was involved in a deal that allegedly saw Sopaf make an “illicit profit” from the sale to INPGI of stakes in Fondo Immobiliari Pubblici (FIP), a state-backed real estate fund.At the beginning of 2009, INPGI made a €30m investment in FIP, with a price of €133,333 per share, a significant discount on the fund’s NAV at the time.The mechanism of the alleged fraud is yet to be made clear, although, according to Italian media, Sopaf may have reached an agreement on the price of the sale of FIP stakes to INPGI before actually buying the securities from another provider.
He said a separate category for infrastructure would allow Pensionskassen to increase investments in sustainable projects in Switzerland and thereby provide the government with a “private financing partner”.The MP also argued that infrastructure’s low correlation with other asset classes would help Pensionskassen achieve the necessary returns.If average third-quarter results are any indication, new sources of return would be welcome at most Swiss Pensionskassen.According to the UBS’s quarterly performance “barometer” for the second-pillar system, Swiss schemes lost more than 1.4% over the period.Credit Suisse’s Pensionskassen index showed a similar average loss of 1.47%.Both estimates were well below the legal minimum for mandatory pension fund contributions, currently at 1.75% but set to drop to 1.25% from next year. Year to date, the portfolios surveyed by UBS showed positive results from domestic bonds, real estate and hedge funds only.According to Credit Suisse, equities, both foreign and domestic, were the worst performers over the period.Liquidity positions also fared badly, due to the devaluation of the Swiss franc compared with foreign currencies, which triggered FX hedges. Green MP Thomas Weibel, in a motion put forward to the Swiss government, has called for the introduction in the regulatory framework of a separate asset class for infrastructure.He said a separate category should be introduced into the BVV2 investment regulation, instead of including the asset class within the “alternatives” category.Together with 11 other MPs, Weibel proposed a 10% cap for infrastructure investments without altering the caps for other investments.This change, he said, would remove the alternatives “stigma” from infrastructure, particularly with respect to supposedly high costs or lack of transparency.
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – South Africa World Cup winner Tendai Mtawarira announced his retirement from international rugby on Wednesday and bows out as the most capped prop in Springbok history.The 34-year-old, whose ball carries led to affectionate chants of ‘Beast’ in stadia around the world, was a stand-out performer as the Boks beat England 32-12 to lift the Webb Ellis trophy in Yokohama on Saturday, the last of his 117 tests.He won a number of scrum penalties on the loose-head side as South Africa dominated the set-piece to lay the platform for their third World Cup title.“I am grateful for the opportunities afforded to me by many top coaches at the Springboks and the Sharks, and grateful to my numerous team mates in green and gold, and black and white, over the years,” Zimbabwe-born Mtawarira said in a statement from South African Rugby.“But most of all, to my wife Kuziva, and our two beautiful children, Talumba and Wangu, for sacrificing so much to allow me to chase my dreams. I really appreciate it immensely. “I’ve been blessed to have been part of teams that achieved so much success over the years, and I have many memories to cherish forever, but I can honestly say that winning the Rugby World Cup is the perfect ending and cherry on top.”Mtawarira retires as the third most capped Bok behind former lock Victor Matfield (127 caps) and wing Bryan Habana (124).He won his first cap in 2008 and also has the most appearances of any South African in Super Rugby with 159, all for the Durban-based Sharks.
Drug and drink driving numbers in the county have accelerated with Gardaí in Donegal arresting 25 people over the last three weekends for the offence. New figures revealed today (Tues) show over an 11-month period there has been a 24% increase in the number of arrests for the offence.The statistics revealed between September 2018 and August 2019 there were 416 arrests in Donegal for driving under the influence, which is an increase of 80 people arrested compared to the previous year. In the last three weekends alone, there have been 25 arrests in the county, with five arrests last weekend, 10 the weekend before and 10 the weekend before that here in Donegal.A Gardaí spokesperson said the figures showed how the public were simply not listening to warnings over the crime.Garda Grainne Doherty said: ” I attended the Roadsafe roadshow the other day at the Aura leisure centre and it gave out a very powerful message to the young students who perhaps are going to start driving in the near future.“I would doubt very much that anyone present at that Roadshow will ever drive whilst under the influence. “I thought it was extremely interesting to listen to Gerry Lane, the A&E consultant, at the roadshow and he said that people think that the worst news that he can give to a family is that their loved one has died as a result ofa collision but that it is not.“He may have to break the news that the person is alive but that they are totally trapped in their broken body and will remain like that for the rest of their days in a hospital bed or in a wheelchair unable to communicate or care for themselves.“The message we want to send out is clear and it is a simple one. If you drive under the influence of drink or drugs you could end up spending the rest of your days in a rehab centre regretting it or your family might spend the rest of their days regretting your bad decision at your graveside.“It is just not worth it!”Shock as drink driving arrests spiral across Donegal was last modified: October 17th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Many well preserved examples of CapeDutch, Georgian and Victorianarchitecture can be seen inDorp Street.(Image: www.ciee.org) Outdoor enthusiasts can now enjoyguided bicycle tours throughStellenbosch.(Image: Adventure Shop) MEDIA CONTACTS • Raino BolzAdventure Shop+27 21 882 8112RELATED ARTICLES• Exploring bicycle culture in SA• SA’s first hydrogen bike rolled out • BMX glory for Khayelitsha teen • Wine route celebrates 40 years• SA wine consumers on the riseWilma den HartighVisitors to the Western Cape now have the option to experience the best of what the Stellenbosch region has to offer, on a bicycle.A Stellenbosch-based adventure sports company recently launched a new tourism product that offers guided bicycle tours through the historic town and surrounding winelands.“It is something different. You actually have an opportunity to experience Stellenbosch and its surroundings, and not just sit in a bus,” says the Adventure Shop’s Raino Bolz.And, you don’t even have to be in peak condition to join in.“It is a leisurely ride but it helps to be moderately fit. We don’t rush the group,” Bolz adds.He says the Adventure Shop has always offered bicycle rentals and guided tours on demand for tourists. “We then decided to combine both the rentals and guided tours and turn it into a product.”He adds that there are other bicycle tours to wine farms, but these don’t include the historical aspect.A historic townThe tour kicks off in Stellenbosch, at the tourist information centre where riders collect their mountain bikes and helmets.Bolz advises tourists to travel light and cycle in comfortable gear such as shorts and t-shirts. The guides carry a snack pack for each rider.From here, tourists cycle through Stellenbosch to interesting historic sites.“The town has a fascinating history,” says Bolz.Founded in 1697 by Simon van der Stel, Stellenbosch is the second oldest town in South Africa. It is home to some beautiful and well preserved examples of Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian architecture.Many of these buildings can be seen in one of the town’s most well-known streets, Dorp (Afrikaans for town) Street, which is a national monument.Stellenbosch has earned the reputation as the City of Oaks because of the large number of oak trees that were planted by its founder, Simon van der Stel.On route, the guides will point out other prominent landmarks such as the moederkerk (Afrikaans for Mother Church), and the theological seminary.The moederkerk was completed in 1863 under the supervision of German architect, Carl Otto Hager. The first church was destroyed by a fire in 1710, but it was later rebuilt and extended.The theological seminary was constructed on what used to be an island on the banks of the Eerste River. Here Simon van der Stel camped with his party for the first time in 1679, and founded the town of Stellenbosch.Heading into the countrysideNext, the group heads out to the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, just outside Stellenbosch. Cyclists might work up a bit of a sweat on this part of the route, but the beautiful mountain fynbos should offer enough of a distraction.More than 1 100 plant species can be found in the reserve, of which a number are rare and endemic to the area.Jonkershoek Nature Reserve includes the smaller Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve. Jonkershoek is a popular cycling spot and its rugged terrain is ideal for hiking. Assegaaibosch, which is a much smaller reserve, is suitable for shorter walks and picnics.The tour follows a winding road through oak and poplar forests to two wine estates in the Jonkershoek Valley: Stark-Condé, owned by self-taught winemaker Jose Condé, and Lanserac Wines, producers of the world’s first commercially bottled Pinotage.At Lanserac, cyclists are also treated to chocolate and wine pairings, the ultimate indulgence.Ending a perfect day outAfter the tasting, the group cycles back into Stellenbosch. If the wine and chocolates leave you feeling a bit weary, rest assured that the route back is as scenic as the way up, and it is mostly downhill.Tour detailsBolz says that there are some variations to this route and the tour can be tailored to suite the group’s cycling ability.The duration of the tour is four to five hours and cyclists depart at 9.30am from the Stellenbosch tourist information centre, where the Adventure Shop is located.The cost is R490 (US$64) per person, which includes a guide; bicycle and helmet rental; two wine tastings and a snack pack and drink.
South Africa have named three of their biggest stars – AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander – in the 14-man squad for next week’s day-night, inaugural four-day contest against Zimbabwe in Port Elizabeth.Skipper Faf du Plessis, who was uncertain to play the four-day Test from December 26-29, has also been declared fit to play. This gives South Africa a full-strength side to get into groove before the series against world no.1 India gets underway from January 5.De Villiers’ last Test was against England in Pretoria in January 2016 after which he asked for time out from the long format of the game while Steyn has been recovering from a serious shoulder injury suffered against Australia at Perth just over a year ago.Philander missed the 2-0 series win over Bangladesh in September and October following an injury on tour to England in mid-year.Faf du Plessis, who initially looked uncertain with a back injury, will lead the side.#Breaking #CSAnews AB, Dale and Vernon back in Proteas Test squad https://t.co/flP8WZyhim #ProteaFire #SAvZIM pic.twitter.com/ArumxdA2GN- Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) December 19, 2017Several former India cricketers feel India have a good chance of upstaging South Africa this time. Virat Kohli’s men have enjoyed a dominant run, winning nine straight Test series over the last two years.India had defeated South Africa 3-0 in a four-Test series back in 2015 and have since brushed aside teams like West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh, Australia and Sri Lanka.advertisementKohli and Cheteshwar Pujara will be India’s mainstays with the bat along with Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane while the onus with the ball would be on the pacers.Former Team India manager Lalchand Rajput feels Virat Kohli’s men will crush their opponents given their current temperament to dominate every opposition.”The way the Indian team is playing, they are playing tough cricket. With Virat Kohli being the leader, the aggression which he shows, seems to be imbibed in other players too and they want to win at any cost. They want to crush the opponents,” the former Team India manager told PTI.South Africa squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Theunis de Bruyn, AB de Villiers, Dean Elgar, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Morne Morkel, Andile Phehlukwayo, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn(With inputs from agencies)