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Assistant or Associate Professor for Applied Economics

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first_imgThe Department of Agribusiness, Applied Economics and AgriscienceEducation is seeking candidates for a 9-month, tenure trackposition of Assistant or Associate Professor in Applied Economics,with a promising record of applied economic research inagricultural, food, resource, or environmental economics. Thefaculty member will be responsible for developing and deliveringcourse content in agribusiness and/or applied economics withprimary emphasis in data science and analytics (Big Data),statistical/econometric and computational methods, demonstratedPython, Stata, R, and/or SAS programming experience as well asdeveloping a quality academic research program with a promisingrefereed publication record. Prospective candidates are alsoexpected to assist with the leadership of the Department’sAnalytical Survey Laboratory, to provide knowledge of qualitativeand quantitative methods with applications of Big Data analytics,and to provide analytic expertise to expand the Department’sresearch portfolio. Excellence in teaching and curriculumdevelopment is required with strong consideration offirst-generation and diverse student populations. Continuousservice involvement with the profession, Department, College,University, and Community are also expected.last_img read more

McKenna Hall undergoes two-year renovation project

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first_imgDriving down North Notre Dame Avenue, people may notice an empty construction site in place of a former hub for various types of debate and discussion on campus.That’s because McKenna Hall, Notre Dame’s on-campus conference center and former home of the Institute for Latino Studies, is undergoing a two-year reconstruction project and isn’t projected to reopen until fall 2021. The original hall, built in 1966, was demolished July 22 to begin the construction. Anna Mason | The Observer McKenna Hall, the University’s conference center situated on Notre Dame Avenue across from the Morris Inn, is currently undergoing an extensive renovation. The revamped building will open in 2021.With an original area of 64,000 square feet, McKenna will be expanded to have roughly 85,000 square feet, according to Mike Daly, project manager for the reconstruction.The renovated hall will continue to serve as a conference center, but will also house the Notre Dame Enrollment Division, comprised of the Office of Outreach and Engagement Recruitment, the Office of Pre-College Programs, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the Office of Financial Aid, the Office of Student Accounts, the Office of Student Employment, the Department of Strategic Services, the Department of Recruitment and Communications and the Department of Division Research.“The additional square footage allows for the entire Enrollment Division to be added into the building,” Daly said in an email. “The amount of space dedicated to the conference portion of the building will be similar to what the original McKenna Hall contained.”With regard to the timing of the reconstruction, Daly quoted the adage “there is no time like the present.”“We know that to wait for a later date in the future to build the building we would see some amount of inflation,” Daly said. “The Enrollment [Division] that is going to be accommodated are presently located in several buildings and to get them in a single facility is appealing. The last point is that while the existing McKenna Hall has served the University well, it was time to make significant investments into the technology that was in the building.”In addition to the conference center, McKenna also housed the Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies. That group is currently situated in Bond Hall, which previously served as home of the University’s architecture program before the School of Architecture moved to Walsh Family Hall.There currently are no plans for Latino Studies to move back into McKenna Hall when it reopens in 2021, Daly said.Daly said the tunnel running under Notre Dame Avenue between McKenna Hall and the Morris Inn will reopen once the construction is complete.“The pedestrian tunnel from the Morris Inn will be connected to the new building much like it does at the existing building now,” he said. “Presently, it is blocked off and a small portion will be removed, then rebuilt once the new building is in place.”The construction site is self-contained and Daly noted he does not anticipate it will significantly impact students, faculty or staff. VenueND, Notre Dame’s reservation and event services team, is working to provide alternative venues for conferences and special events during the construction, he said.“We do expect to see a bit more construction traffic on Notre Dame [Avenue] as that is how the contractors will access the site, but there is room on the site to contain all of the construction-related equipment and deliveries,” he said. “Pedestrians can still move east and west along the north side of the site so pedestrian traffic should not be impeded.”Tags: Bond Hall, Institute for Latino Studies, McKenna Conference Center, McKenna Halllast_img read more

Strengthening the credit union-member relationship with data

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first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The financial world around us is evolving at breakneck speed. Today’s consumers not only demand a convenient loan experience, they expect it. At the same time, they have more options than ever to finance their big purchases. The challenge – and solution – lies in connecting with members where, how and when they prefer.“Through predictive analytics, we know that members are clicking on sites,” said Brett Lee, Chief Retail Officer for CoVantage Credit Union. “We need to utilize that data to meet members on their terms, when they’re in the market, and ultimately, reach out to say ‘we’re here for you.’ And, if we don’t do it, someone else is.”As credit unions continue to increase their lending portfolios, loan generation remains a top strategic growth priority. Today’s deeper access to data allows credit unions to identify targets, drive leads and implement smart campaigns with daily triggers to drive direct mail along and a unique online member experience. From there, credit unions can provide members with pre-approved loan options.Predictive analytics not only allow credit unions to refine their target audience and grow more loans, they provide active credit bureau monitoring. This allows credit unions to extend members timely, firm credit offers. And, ultimately, it can improve efficiency, saving time and resources.last_img read more

Fred Claire, former Dodgers GM, opens up about cancer diagnosis

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first_imgFred Claire had a route in every city. At home or on the road, he had to get his six miles in every day. As the Dodgers’ general manager from 1987 to 1998, Claire was the rare AARP-eligible jogger crossing the Roebling Bridge into Kentucky from Cincinnati, or tracing the bank of the Allegheny River outside Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium, running wherever the baseball schedule took him.Now 81, Claire remembers being diligent about wearing sunscreen.“But not the gloss on my lip,” he said.Sun and time can be the baseball lifer’s worst enemy, deadly if left alone to conspire with the fate of a man’s skin. By January 2015, what looked like a harmless spot on Claire’s lip turned out to be squamous cell carcinoma, a cancerous manifestation of hundreds of days spent in the sun. He underwent a minor operation to have the cells removed. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I want to move. I want to go on. I want to contribute.”For five days a week, at 10 o’clock in the morning each day, Claire will report to City of Hope in Duarte for radiation. Chemotherapy will run concurrently. The six-week treatment regimen is scheduled to end just before Christmas, but Claire isn’t looking that far ahead right now. Ask him for a prognosis and Claire says he’s taking it one day at a time, like an outfielder sidelined by a pulled hamstring.At the moment he is enjoying the Cleveland Indians’ quest to win their first World Series since 1948. When he was 13 years old and living in Jamestown, Ohio, Claire saw a print advertisement for a film reel of the just-completed 1948 series. He and his brother saved up their money and sent for the reel. With no TV in their home, the film became the brothers’ lifeline to a remote world. They watched the series over and over, to the point where Claire said he could recite every play in every inning.To this day he still recalls details of blown calls and clutch performances from the Indians’ last triumph.“That established my foundation,” Claire said.Last week, Claire called into his office to catch up on voicemails. A get-well message from Vin Scully was waiting for him. Scully, who recently retired after 67 years as a broadcaster for the Dodgers, is one of many who have reached out since Claire publicly disclosed his battle last week. Getting an early start in baseball made those relationships possible, and Claire doesn’t take them for granted. By sharing his story, Claire hopes to pay it forward in a sense. He hopes that others, especially those in baseball who work in direct sunlight, will take steps to avoid the battle before him. His advice goes beyond merely taking care of your body.“John Wooden said it: make each day your masterpiece,” he said. “Treasure each day that you have. And I mean that. I’ve loved every minute that I was with the Dodgers, but it didn’t start and end there. I consider myself to be extremely fortunate. Going back to a kid in Jamestown, I’ve lived the life of my dreams. Literally.”center_img Claire went back to work on his baseball app, Scoutables; back to golfing; back to running three days a week, three miles at a time. Such was his routine until the cancer returned in August, this time worse than before.“This incredible pain would come up, usually not in the morning but in the afternoon,” Claire said. “It would just bring me to my knees.”Scans showed a nerve in the left side of his face “had literally been torn by cancer,” Claire said. Earlier this month, he had the nerve removed along with several lymph nodes in the same area. Beginning Nov. 7, Claire will undergo radiation and chemotherapy treatments to kill the malignant cells still pillaging his body. Hindsight reveals a cruel irony: At the same time the sun was destroying his face, Claire was building the strength he needed to fight the battle of his life.“Get yourself in as good of shape as you can because you never know what’s going to hit you,” Claire said on a recent afternoon from his home in Pasadena. “When you have trouble getting out of bed after an operation, you have to have the strength in your body to cope with that. Strength in your legs becomes very important. Strength in your arms becomes very important. I’m going to get in better shape than I’ve ever been in my life. last_img read more

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