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Clinical Director, Cancer Imaging Program

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first_imgThe Department of Diagnostic Radiology & Nuclear Medicine, inconjunction with the University of MarylandMarlene & Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center(UMGCCC) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine isrecruiting for an outstanding M.D. or M.D/Ph.D. cancer imagingspecialist (Associate to Full Professor level) who has an activefederally-funded research program to head the UMGCCC Cancer ImagingProgram. Primary appointment will be within the Department ofDiagnostic Radiology & Nuclear Medicine.This Cancer Imaging Program is a newly formed developing programthat will complement five other well-established programs offeredunder the UMGCCC. The successful candidate is expected to have aproductive and funded research program focused on cancer imaging.Upon hire, in addition to establishing their own research program,the candidate is expected to participate in and initiate imagingrelated clinical trials, collaborate with researchers within theimaging program and other active programs within the UMGCCC, mentorstudents, post-doctoral associates and/or physician scientists,present their work at national meetings, and publish in high-impactjournals. The appointee will provide leadership to the CancerImaging Program and create an environment that fosterscollaborations between investigators from various cancer researchprograms and fosters translational clinical research. The incumbentcandidate along with his/her co-leader from basic sciences willwork closely with the Director and the Associate Director of UMGCCCto formulate organizational structure of the Cancer ImagingProgram. The position will also have some clinical and teachingresponsibilities and the successful candidate will need anunwavering commitment to clinical excellence, innovation, andeducation. ABR certification and the ability to obtain Marylandstate license are required. Competitive start-up and salary packagewill be provided and will be commensurate with experience.The successful candidate will join a rapidly growing researchprogram within the Department of Diagnostic Radiology & NuclearMedicine in various areas. These include molecular imaging,hyperpolarized MR imaging, MR guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS),interventional imaging and development of quantitative imagingmarkers. Clinical research is a main focus of the department withactive research in all divisions within radiology using state ofthe art imaging technologies. Recently thedepartment became the Focused Ultrasound Foundation Center ofExcellence based on significant contributions made towardstranslating MRgFUS to treat essential tremors, Parkinson’s disease,neuropathic pain and very recently were successful in creatingblood brain barrier disruption for delivering nanoparticles. Theclinical radiology program, particularly the neuro, chest, body andmusculoskeletal programs provides strong support for all clinicalresearch initiated within UMGCCC .Qualifications :For immediate consideration, please apply online and send a coverletter and a recent CV, including names and contact information ofthree references to the following link: Clinical Director, Cancerimaging ProgramFor additional questions after submitting application, please [email protected] is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Allqualified applicants will receive consideration for employmentwithout regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race,color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteranstatus, age, or any other characteristic protected by law orpolicy. We value diversity and how it enriches our academic andscientific community and strive toward cultivating an inclusiveenvironment that supports all employees.last_img read more

Measure would help state attorneys, PDs with loans

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first_img Measure would help state attorneys, PDs with loans Associate Editor A few weeks ago, a young attorney came to Sen. Skip Campbell’s office and begged for a job. He made only $28,000 and had $135,000 in student loans hanging over his head.“Unfortunately, I didn’t have a job to offer him,” said Campbell, D-Tamarac.But what Campbell offered the Senate Committee on the Judiciary was SB 250, which would create a student loan repayment program for certain assistant state attorneys and assistant public defenders.Campbell called it a good bill that provides an incentive for young lawyers to stay in their jobs longer than three years. The bill passed out of the committee unanimously, even though Sen. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville, chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Article V Implementation and the Judiciary, predicted it will become a bill without funding because of the lean budget.The proposed legislation provides that once an assistant state attorney or assistant public defender serves in that job for three years, the Justice Administrative Commission would make yearly payments of $3,000 to the student loan lender on behalf of the attorney. When an attorney completes six years of continuous service, the payment amount would be increased to $5,000. Student loan assistance would end when the loan is paid off, when the attorney completes 12 years of continuous service, or when payments made on behalf of the attorney equal $44,000.According to Senate Judiciary staff, an in-state student at Florida State University College of Law pays $5,393 a year; an out-of-state student pays $19,624 a year. FSU students are allowed to borrow as much as $18,500 per academic year, or $55,000 for the three-year law school program, according to the FSU Financial Aid Office.Law school tuition takes a giant leap at private schools, such as Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad School of Law, where tuition is $22,500 each year for a full-time student.In the end, many law school graduates simply can’t afford to work for the state trial courts.“On behalf of the Florida Public Defender Association, we very much support this bill,” said Second Circuit Public Defender Nancy Daniels. “It is a very hard reality in our offices that we lose our attorneys.”Starting salaries for assistant public defenders and assistant state attorneys were increased to $37,566 beginning December 1, 2003.“We are able to recruit these days with the starting salaries,” Daniels said, “But at the two-year mark, when their loans build up and can’t be consolidated, we lose our attorneys very regularly. Both state attorneys and public defenders suffer with very severe turnover problems. We think this would help us with recruitment and turnover. Even if the bill is passed as a substantive bill this year would be helpful, and we could tell our recruits that it is there and maybe will be funded in the future.”Smith said: “The issue, as you know, is if we fund this and it takes $600,000, that is $600,000 out of your workload. Which would you choose?”“We’d rather have both,” Daniels said with smile.“Which one would you choose?” pressed the senator and former state attorney of the Eighth Judicial Circuit.“We understand the issue there,” Daniels answered.Campbell tried to put a positive spin on the economic forecast.“The economy is heating up, according to the papers. I know the Revenue Estimating Conference says we have $500,000 more than we thought. If we can make it an unfunded law, when we have the funds, we can kick it in. I feel strongly that the third branch of government is underfunded,” Campbell said.“I hope the legislature will wake up that there are three equal branches and they all need to be funded. Maybe the prediction of Sen. Smith will not come true, and we will have a few extra bucks to help these attorneys.”Campbell said he wanted to include trial staff attorneys in the bill, as well, but those positions (which pay an annual minimum salary of $44,328) are funded through a different source — the Office of State Courts Administrator.“To keep this bill as clean as we can, we have to remove them,” Campbell said. “I will tell staff attorneys and guardian ad litem attorneys that I will work to get them the same type of assistance, hopefully, later in the process. But we can’t do it in this bill.”Sen. Dave Aronberg, D-Greenacres, asked about including assistant attorneys general, too.“I probably got 500 e-mails from lawyers who want to be included,” Campbell said. “But AGs aren’t funded through the same source.”Smith said while he supports the bill, he knows the state can’t afford it.“As for putting in the AGs, it doesn’t matter, because we aren’t going to fund it anyway,” Smith said. January 15, 2004 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Measure would help state attorneys, PDs with loanslast_img read more

Dozen Dutch schemes facing rights cuts next year, says DNB

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first_imgPension funds with an actual funding of approximately 90% are unlikely to avoid rights cuts, according to the DNB, as they will not be able to recover to the required level – between 110% and 125%, depending on a scheme’s asset allocation – without cuts over the next ten years.With a policy funding ratio of 95% and a topical funding ratio of 88.9% at the end of March, the €172bn healthcare scheme PFZW is the largest pension fund facing a rights cut.Agrarische en Voedselvoorzieningshandel, the industry-wide scheme for the agricultural workers, and Tandtechniek, the pension fund for dental technicians, reported a policy funding ratio of 92.8% and 87.5%, respectively.Underfunded company schemes on DNB’s list include the pension funds of the automobile association ANWB (94.6%), brewery company Bavaria (93.9%), IT firm CapGemini (94%), charcoal manufacturer Norit (91.9%) and the scheme for employees of pensions provider MN (95%).The pension fund for midwives, with a policy funding ratio of 90%, had already indicated that it might even have to apply rights cuts this year.Many pension funds are preparing their beneficiaries for possible rights cuts.‘Gloomy’ outlookThe industry-wide scheme for the agricultural and food trade said that cuts may be needed next year if interest rates remained low, describing the prospects as “gloomy” in a newsletter for beneficiaries.Decreasing long-term interest rates, combined with declining equity markets, have recently caused day-to-day funding to drop 3 percentage points, reaching an average of 95% in June, according to Mercer.It said that the 30-year swap rate – the main criterion for pension funds’ discounting liabilities – had decreased 16 basis points to this year’s lowest level of 0.94% during the first two weeks of June.The consultancy also noted that the MSCI World Index had fallen 2% during the same period.Dennis van Ek, actuary at Mercer, said that funding would have dropped by up to 4 percentage points at pension funds with a low level of interest rate hedging in June.Schemes with a significant level of interest rate hedging, however, saw their funding decline by approximately 2 percentage points.At May-end, Mercer estimated the average pension fund’s coverage ratio stood at 98%. Aon Hewitt, which uses a slightly different calculation method, said funding was 97% on average at the end of last month.Mercer’s van Ek said that the market expected that, in case of a Brexit, the ECB would step up purchasing government bonds and further decrease short-term interest rates.The actuary added he was not yet able to indicate how much the ECB’s corporate bond purchasing programme had affected the decline of interest rates, but added that the market seemed to not to have fully priced in the effect yet.Last week, the ECB started to buy corporate bonds as part of its monthly €80bn purchasing programme. Twelve Dutch pension funds are likely to cut pension rights next year, based on their current policy funding ratio, according to regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB).DNB said that the number of schemes with a policy funding ratio of 95% or less had doubled during the first quarter of the year. The policy funding ratio is the average of the day-to-day coverage during the past twelve months.The topical funding ratio, the scheme’s actual funding ratio, is usually several percentage points below the policy funding ratio.Separately, Mercer predicted that funding levels were unlikely to improve over the short-term, with recent weeks seeing a renewed decline in funding ratios after modest improvements.last_img read more

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