Wordless Wednesday — Well, not exactly

first_imgThis post isn’t really wordless but telling the story of this young fellow, like showing his smile, is hard to resist.A few months ago, my daughter and I were eating at a local restaurant and this young fellow and his grandfather were sitting next to us. I asked the young man about his uniform. He told me where he and his grandfather purchased the uniform and how he got to visit the army base with his grandfather.  After some probing, he continued to tell me why he wears a military uniform.His great-grandfather served in World War II.  No older than 10 years old, he knew all the places his great-grandfather fought and could retell the stories as they had been told to him.Though the details of the stories were fascinating, it was the animation and voice inflection mixed with the slow syllables and the Alabama-Southern twang that boomed with pride.  It was clear that he liked telling these stories and was glad someone was asking about them. Somewhere mixed in his story, he let me know that he was adopted and felt very happy he could tell about his adopted great-grandfather. He also let me know he wants to become a Marine when he grows up, even though his great-grandfather was not a Marine.This conversation with this young man reminded me of the pride and resilience like I’ve seen with many military family members. Sometimes the general public is not attuned to the “calling” of protecting our country and serving in the military. We sometimes miss the underlying resilience of military families and sometimes we don’t understand the hardships and, at times, how different military life is from civilian life.We, in the Military Families Learning Network, are very proud to serve those who serve military families. We look forward to this year’s professional development and educational efforts in personal finance, family advocacy, child care, and online networks.last_img read more

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FD Webinar|What the Tech?: Thinking about Technology & Parenting

first_imgWhat the Tech?: Thinking about Technology & ParentingDate: June 30, 2016Time: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EasternLocation: What the Tech?: Thinking about Technology & ParentingFlickr [iPad Deployed by Aurimas, November 28, 2013, CC BY-ND 2.0]This session is being presented by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, and Kacy Mixon, PhD, LMFT. Bari is the Social Media and Webinar Coordination Specialist and Kacy is the project director for the MFLN Family Development team. They will be discussing ways in which technology has impacted parenting. Kacy and Bari will expound on the positives and negatives of the use of modern technological devices. Join us on June 30th at 11:00 am Eastern!We offer 1.5 National Association of Social Worker CE credits and CE credits for licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in the state of Georgia for each of our webinars, click here to learn more. For more information on future presentations in the 2016 Family Development webinar series, please visit our professional development website or connect with us via social media for announcements: Facebook & Twitter.last_img read more

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National Physical Fitness and Sports Month-Physical Activity Trackers

first_imgThis blog was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn. by Sarah Pittman, BS Dietetics, University of IllinoisNational Physical Fitness and Sports Month-Physical Activity TrackersPhysical activity wearables have increased in popularity in the last 8 years. It is calculated that 1 in 5 Americans own a physical activity tracker, while 1 in 10 Americans wear them daily, (mobilehealthnews.com, 1 in 5 Americans owns a wearble, 1 in 10 wears them daily). But the real question is, are there actual benefits to wearing a physical activity tracker? Are they even accurate? The research I conducted indicated that yes, physical activity trackers like fitbit, garmin, etc can have positive impacts on your health while also being relatively accurate in most aspects that the wearables can measure.Do physical activity trackers impact your overall lifestyle and in the long term, impact your health?A study conducted by Maher C, Ryan J, Ambrosi C, Edney S, found that most participants who wore a wearable physical activity tracker did tend to increase their physical activity as an outcome of wearing the device, (Users’ experiences of wearable activity trackers: a cross-sectional study, Maher C, Ryan J, Ambrosi C, Edney S). Another study stated that smart wristbands do influence an individuals feeling of empowerment, (Health empowerment through activity trackers: An empirical smart wrist band study, Nelson, Elizabeth C., Verhagen, Tilbert, Noordzij, Matthijs L).How accurate are the wearable devices anyway?“At present, mainstream devices are able to reliably measure heart rate, number of steps, distance, and sleep duration, which can be used as effective health evaluation indicators, but the measurement accuracy of energy consumption is still inadequate” (Evaluating the Validity of Current Mainstream Wearable Devices in Fitness Tracking Under Various Physical Activities, Xie J, Wen D, Liang L, Jia Y, Gao L, Lei J,). Another study found that activity trackers like Fitbit and Hexoskin smart shirt that heart rate was the most accurate while breathing rate; depth and volume were not as accurate, (Comparative Accuracy of a Wrist-Worn Activity Tracker and a Smart Shirt for Physical Activity Assessment, Montoye, Alexander H. K., Mitrzyk, Joe R., Molesky, Monroe J).Overall, physical activity trackers have become a great way to get people motivated to exercise while also monitoring heart rate, sleep, etc. And although wearables have become more and more accurate in the recent years, it is always best to check these rates and values with a health professional if you have questions or concerns about your health, of course!Do you, your clients, friends or family wear fitness trackers? How do you feel about them and do you think they help you or people you know with their healthy lifestyle?!We would love to hear from you!!References:Maher C, Ryan J, Ambrosi C, Edney S. Users’ experiences of wearable activity trackers: a cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health. 2017;17:880. doi:10.1186/s12889-017-4888-1Nelson E, Verhagen T, Noordzij M. Health empowerment through activity trackers: An empirical smart wristband study. Computers In Human Behavior [serial online]. September 2016;62:364-374. Available from: Education Full Text (H.W. Wilson), Ipswich, MA. Accessed May 15, 2018. PwC: 1 in 5 Americans owns a wearable, 1 in 10 wears them daily. MobiHealthNews, 2018. Available at http://www.mobihealthnews.com/37543/pwc-1-in-5-americans-owns-a-wearable-1-in-10-wears-them-daily. Accessed May 15, 2018.Xie J, Wen D, Liang L, Jia Y, Gao L, Lei J. Evaluating the Validity of Current Mainstream Wearable Devices in Fitness Tracking Under Various Physical Activities: Comparative Study. Journal Of Medical Internet Research [serial online]. April 2018;20(4):1. Available from: Library & Information Science Source, Ipswich, MA. Accessed May 10, 2018.last_img read more

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Three Ways to Slow the Pace on Busy Days

first_img Return to article. Long DescriptionWritten by Alicia Cassels, MA, MFLN Military Caregiving ConcentrationHave you ever felt as though your day was spinning out of control due to overwhelming demands on your time and energy? That your day was quickly disintegrating, and there was no way to stem the ensuing wave of anxiety long enough to take care of your priority tasks? It can difficult to make effective choices about how to get things done when in that state!Unfortunately it’s not possible to add more hours to the day, but it is possible  to increase your sense of calm and add a bit of balance to your day, making the way for more productive thinking about how to tackle priorities. Below are three strategies for quickly regaining a sense of balance on busy days.1). Change Your Physical Location.Have you ever walked through a doorway, and immediately forgot why you walked into the room? Researchers have documented how and why walking through a doorway tends to serve as a reset for memory (Radvansky, Krawietz & Tamplin, 2011).Consider leveraging this “doorway effect” when your day feels like it is spinning out of control. Get up, leave the space you are in, and take advantage of different environmental lighting, color and temperature to give your mind a brief reprieve. As you move into a new space and your awareness of new surroundings is absorbed, allow your mental focus to shift away from stressful thoughts for a few moments.  If you are inside, you might try stepping outside. Notice the color of the sunlight, the sound or feeling of raindrops falling. Pay attention to birds singing or traffic whizzing by before stepping back inside.The brief break from stress may be just the reprieve you need, allowing you to calmly return to the task at hand with a clear mind.2). Use a Different Part of Your Brain.Even if you can’t move to a new location, shifting your mental frame can be accomplished through taking a moment to engage a different part of your brain.One of my favorite pieces, a miniature sandbox on my work desk allows me to clear my mind by building small structures then pushing them over to make room for new thoughts. Blocks and puzzles can be similarly effective.For more strategies for engaging different parts of the brain, view the webinar that Dr. Bara Litman, Psy.D., CEAP of Massachusetts Institute of Technology led in which she provided discussion of effective techniques she calls “mini’s” on YouTube : Rebalancing Work and Life: Be the Model3). Engage in the Practice of Mindfulness.Mindfulness has been shown through research to be an effective way to help individuals observe, rather than become carried away by a sense of stress and panic. Many excellent, meditation resources are available online.This 7-minute Relax, Guided Meditation from MIT Medical is a great, free resource. MIT also has an excellent, free relaxation tip line, with a three-minute guided relaxation exercise you can use anytime, available free, 24 hours a day by telephone at 617-253-CALM (2256).Reference:Gabriel A. Radvansky, Sabine A. Krawietz & Andrea K. Tamplin (2011) Walking through doorways causes forgetting: Further explorations, The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 64:8,1632-1645, DOI. Image created in Canva by Alicia Cassels. last_img read more

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9 Ways to Save on Car Insurance

first_imgBy Carol ChurchDoes it seem like the cost of your car insurance is going up…and up…and up recently? If you’ve noticed this, you’re not imagining things, and you’re not alone.Car insurance rates did indeed increase significantly in 2017 due to a number of factors, including an increase in accidents and an increase in the cost to repair damage from those accidents. (Think about how advanced the technology is on today’s cars. Fixing these vehicles doesn’t come cheap.)What’s more, military families may be hit especially hard by this trend due to the potential need to change insurers after a PCS. The good news is that although it seems unlikely that this trend will reverse, there are still ways to save. Read on for 9 ways to save on car insurance.Shop around: Experts advise shopping around for your policy at least every 2-3 years. Don’t be lulled into assuming that you’re getting a fat “loyalty discount” for sticking with the same company, as it may or may not be significant. Also, different companies calculate rates differently, so you shouldn’t assume you’re getting “the best possible rate,” whether you have a great situation (safe drivers, great credit) or a not-so-great one situation (teen drivers, some crashes).Reassess coverage if you’ve moved: Service members’ insurance needs may change significantly after a PCS. Maybe the car is now going to be parked inside or you’ve moved from a city neighborhood to the middle of nowhere.Consolidate policies: This is one piece of advice many of us are likely to have heard—to get your home, car, life insurance, etc. with the same company. While you may get a discount this way, it also may not be that significant, so the advice to shop around definitely still applies.Consider whether you need collision and comprehensive insurance: Many experts advise cancelling collision and comprehensive insurance when their annual costs exceeds 10% of the Blue Book value of your car. This is a personal decision, but continuing to pay these considerable costs could mean paying out more over time than it would costs to actually replace your vehicle.Reconsider filing a claim for minor accidents: Though you should always inform your insurance company about an accident involving another car, there may be other times when it’s smarter not to file a claim: for instance, when you damage your own car in a single-car incident with no injuries, or when random damage is done to your car (like a branch falling on it). In these cases, filing a claim might raise your rates to the tune of more money than your reimbursement. Get an estimate on the repair and compare it to the amount you’d have to pay after the deductible. Some might even consider not repairing minor cosmetic damage at all.If you do carry collision and comprehensive, increase the deductible: Increasing the deductible on this coverage (say, to $1000 from $500) can save a significant amount. Though it will be a more painful hit should an accident occur, consider how often you’ve filed a claim and how much you’d save when making this decision. However, it’s best NOT to reduce your liability coverage, which pays for any injury or property damage (to others) you cause in an accident. You might even want to increase it if you’ve been carrying the minimum here. Experts often suggest 100/300/100 coverage.Consider annual insurance cost when purchasing a vehicle: Insurance costs and repair costs vary fairly dramatically depending on the car you own, so the next time you’re in the market, look at coverage costs and factor that into your purchase decisions. Call your insurance agent to find out these numbers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety offers some useful information.Ask for the military discount when buying: Remember to ask for that military discount! NerdWallet has a chart of some of the common discounts offered. USAA, which particularly caters to military families, may be a good place to look due to some discounts designed especially for military needs (discounts for stored vehicles, discounts for garaging vehicles on base).Bring up your credit score: It can be hard to hear, but this last one is a biggie. Even if you drive like an angel and haven’t had a ticket since 1981, your credit score can make your car insurance rates skyrocket (unless you live in one of the three states that prohibit this– Hawaii, Massachusetts, and California).  Believe it or not, having poor credit can increase rates as much as having a DUI  or two on your record. The best advice is to work hard on improving that score.References:Nordman, D. Your auto insurance premiums are rising, but it’s not just you. https://the-military-guide.com/auto-insurance-premiums-rising-not-just/Consumer Reports. (2017). Car insurance buying guide. Retrieved from https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/car-insurance/buying-guide.htmCastillo, J. (2017). Best car insurance for veterans and military personnel. Retrieved from https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/insurance/cheap-car-insurance-veterans/Stanger, T. (2017). 5 tips for getting the best value on car insurance. Retrieved from https://www.consumerreports.org/car-insurance/tips-to-get-best-value-on-car-insurance/last_img read more

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Insights from Several Top Television Editors

first_imgThree top television editors sat on an insightful panel at this year’s Sight, Sound and Story in NYC. Here’s a bit of what was discussed.TV editors Fabienne Bouville (American Horror Story, Masters of Sex), Sidney Wollinsky (Ray Donovan, The Sopranos), and Jesse Averna (Sesame Street, Monica’s Mixing Bowl) sat with Michael Berenbaum (The Americans, Sex and the City) in conversation as part of Sight, Sound and Story’s annual New York City event presented by Manhattan Edit Workshop on June 13th. Here’s some of what they talked about.Image from American Horror StoryThe State of the Television IndustryMichael: What’s luring viewers to TV today?Fabienne: The quality of shows has gotten a lot better, but because there’s this pressure on films to want to please everybody, in TV you can find a niche more easily. The format of TV is more conducive to really digging into characters, so that’s super appealing.Sidney: The change in subject matter is one of the factors. People’s tastes have changed, the tolerance for obscenity or sex has changed over the years. Movies have gotten, in general, less interesting. It feels like there are fewer movies about people and more about superheroes. And television is doing things with the former where you can really relate to it.Michael: Is binge watching a good or bad thing?Sidney: I don’t know if I’d sit there for twelve hours watching an entire season, but it’s nice to see two shows in a row. A season is essentially one long feature film, and it’s interesting to be able to start and stop it, like a book, rather than having to wait the next week for the next installment.Fabienne: Remember when you had to leave to catch a show? “Oh, it’s 8 o’clock, my show’s on, bye!”Sidney: The networks are now following. NBC has a show called Aquarius where they released all twelve episodes at the same time on demand. I thought that was amazing.Jesse: I was happy that House of Cards was released all at once. Some of the storylines and character names, if you weren’t binge watching, it became confusing if you stepped away from it. It was hard to get back into it. I feel like I already was binge watching. I think the networks caught up to us.Sidney: As far as the workflow for editors, if they’re putting all twelve episodes up at once, it means you’re not working against air dates. With something like a Netflix show, it gives you a lot more time in the cutting room, often with the director. They don’t kick the director out after four days, which is the Director’s Guild time allotment. They often give you longer to put your cut together before you show the director. The producer will also typically take longer to work on the show and ultimately get a better product.Michael: On those network shows where you’re racing on air dates, they catch up to you over the course of the season. So later in the season the air dates get closer and closer, and you’re rushing like crazy by the end.Sidney: The producers often don’t understand the value of time. I heard years ago an editor say, ‘the idea you get on day 16 you just can’t get on day 2.’ Your ideas evolve as you’re working on a show, and if you have enough time you can get those ideas but if you don’t, you work with the ideas you get in that short period of time.Michael then showed some of Jesse’s (pictured below) work on Sesame Street and asked him to comment.Jesse: One of the goals Sesame Street has is co-viewership. It’s educational, understandable and enjoyable for kids but then the parent who’s watching with them can also enjoy it. The pieces shot on the Sesame Street set use three to four camera multicam, in a kind of sitcom style. Those shoot live and then I’ll get the dailies and cut them back at Sesame Workshop. But more and more as pieces are intended to be a certain length or as they’re getting more complicated in shooting, they’re bringing me into the control room to live cut to discover issues, to see if things are working, but also to make sure they’re coming in to the time they were trying to achieve.The cut I edit live is the first pass, cut #1. It has timecode that matches back to all the HDCAM tapes. After that day the director can go back to look at things and start to do some of the massaging without being able to pick the angles. It gets pretty close.Image from Sesame StreetWhoever’s performing the Muppet also voices the Muppet. We really do treat it as it should, as an actor’s performance. We deal with the ‘lip flaps’ not syncing up from time to time, but those performers are so outstanding. What we’re seeing is the tip of the iceberg, what’s actually caught on camera. Below the screen is a huge choreography. Simple things that we’d take for granted like drinking a glass of water or playing catch are incredibly complicated. Some Muppets have more than one person on them to achieve that.I do almost all of the finishing except for the 3D backgrounds. I spend a good third of my year in After Effects. Sometimes there’s a character whose skin or fur is blue, so he has to be shot on a greenscreen, and the opposite is true for a green character. They can only use one screen at once, so in those scenarios they perform against previous takes with the other characters in order to create one performance.Next, several clips from Fabienne (pictured below) were shown.Fabienne: On Showtime, from show to show it’s very different. On Masters of Sex, there are full-on notes with conference calls, the producers haggle over the notes, then we present again for more notes. It’s always hard getting notes by committee. It’s amazing how every single person has these little obsessions. It’s always bizarre. On American Horror Story, we hardly get notes. I think it’s interesting how the approaches are so different on both shows. One of them is more controlled, the other is just “put everything in there.”The shows are also really different in regards to music. The producers don’t like too much sound on Masters of Sex. It’s all about the words and the acting. It’s really in the subtleties. The music’s not too loud. The writing really drives the show. The editing is meant to be seamless, and that’s really where the work is.Image from Masters of SexOn American Horror Story it’s much more about crafting the suspense. It’s about how it’s shot, how it sounds, how it’s cut. We really labor on it, but the music doesn’t change too much since we work with a composer. It’s all over the map in terms of editing, and each season is very different from the next. The only thing that’s consistent in that show is that it’s no holds barred, and you always have to do things differently. It’s boring to do it the same way every time. The audience would get bored. There is a palette of tricks per season, I would say, but each season has to be different. For the first few episodes we’re trying to figure that out, especially the sound.Sidney (pictured below) discussed working on the recent pilot for Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain: Sidney: Guillermo del Toro wrote the book this was based on, he wrote the script for the pilot and also produced it. Pretty much for the pilot he was the central person involved. In terms of working with him, he said he liked to look at cut footage every day, which kind of freaked me out. But I said, “fine, no problem,” not really knowing what it would be like.Michael: That’s how you get a job!Sidney: I actually called the editor who worked with Guillermo on Pacific Rim, and he said that it was fine and not to worry about it. At first I was concerned to get the footage as soon as possible before he came in, but after a couple of days I realized there was just no way I could really show him something that looked really good, because you work on scenes that sort of evolve before you show anybody. I would come in and a scene would be partially cut, maybe it would be halfway through, or maybe I wouldn’t put in any of the reaction shots, but he knows how to look at a rough cut. In the past I was always worried about showing people before it looked really good, but on this project this way of working actually made me more comfortable. He also really has a vision of what he wants, and when you’re working with someone like that, it’s fun.There are different kinds of pilots. For this project, del Toro was the point person. The pilot ran for an unconventional length of 70 minutes on television. If there were any notes from the network, I never saw them. They were between him and the network.If you were on a network pilot, it’s a whole different ball of wax, because the director gets his cut, the producers get a cut, and the network gets its cut. The common factor with pilots is that they’re either going to get picked up or not, so everybody’s on pins and needles trying to make this thing really, really work. On the other hand on The Strain, the network had already picked up the whole series, so there was a different atmosphere, but on network pilots there’s a lot more tension involved.Image from The StrainThe typical cable show shoots for about ten days, and the director is contractually given four days to do his cut. Then, depending on the airdate schedules, the producer will take as long as they need, and then you’ll send it to the network, and they’ll give you notes, and you’ll spend as much time as necessary on that. I think on network shows the schedule is a little bit shorter, they’re about seven or eight days, and if the show is already on the air the times are really collapsed. I have friends who are given a day before they show to the director. On those shows the directors will never get more than four days. The producers might take two days and the network will take a day, and that’s it, so it varies.One last bit of wisdom from Sidney should resonate with editors of all skill levels:Sidney: Ultimately, if the director asks, “Why did you do it that way?” you can’t answer “Well, I thought you wanted it that way.” You have to say, “Because it worked for me, or at least it did at the time.” You might be wrong, he might have another vision, but ultimately you have to make the scene work for yourself first.Want to learn more about the world of editing? Check out the following articles from PremiumBeat:Film Editing Lessons from Oscar-Winner William GoldenbergLearn the Secrets of Film Editing in Seven Minutes5 Film Trailer Editing TipsDid this industry panel enlighten you? Do you disagree with any of their thoughts on editing? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

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5 Filmmaking Tips for Creating Practical Gore Effects

first_imgOpen WoundsTo go along with your blood, you’re going to need an injury. A good place to start would be a freshly open wound in your victim or zombie. In this video by Youtube makeup artist Kelsey Bobian, we learn how to create DIY open wounds out of glue and toilet paper (along with some standard makeup items). This technique is helpful and unique because it’s simple to create and doesn’t use latex, which makes it much easier to simply wash off with hot water.Severed LimbsIn this very in-depth (and quite interesting) tutorial by Tested, we get a peek into the process of professional Hollywood effect artist Frank Ippolito, who has quite an impressive production portfolio. The step-by-step walkthrough shows the entire process for molding your own hand to create a silicone cast. Then, you can cut and paint it to create a very lifelike and gory prosthetic.Exploding HeadsWhile this technique looks a little more difficult, it’s actually one of the simplest (in part, thanks to a little digital manipulation, but mostly practical effects). All it really requires is a green screen, Adobe After Effects, a water balloon, lots of fake blood and several stunned, blood-splattered reactions. If you need a quick refresher on how to work with green screens and key out footage, here are a few resources. The rest comes down to directing, acting, and dramatic editing.Gunshots and SquibsIf you’re going to deal with monsters or other horror creatures, you better be ready to put them down in style. One of the most popular ways, as film and television teach us, is to use firearms effectively. As such, understanding how to work safely and effectively with squibs is your best option. If you’re unfamiliar, this video is a great two-part resource for DIY squib-making, and it includes a nice itemized breakdown of everything you’ll need.If you’re looking for more horror and practical effects, check out some of these resources below.Look Away! Practical Horror Effects in Classic FilmsLearn a Gruesome Lesson in Horror Makeup From Rick BakerCreate Suspenseful “Split” Horror Titles in After Effects5 Tips for Making a Short Horror FilmBasics Tips and Concepts to Keep in Mind as You Make Your Horror Film Working on a horror film or video project? Here are some practical filmmaking tips for creating gore effects that won’t break your budget.Cover image from Shaun of the Dead (Universal Pictures).There’s a lot of filmmaking magic you can do in post-production these days. That’s not to say it’s not pragmatic or useful to add virtual blood splatters or clever color grading to make wounds look extra gooey and gangrenous. However, for films on budgets, practical effects are often the best option for authenticity.If you’re shooting your next slasher zombie horror thriller (or any combination thereof), let’s look at five different types of practical gore effects for your next project.Fake Blood RecipesIf you’re whipping up a batch of blood for your first time, you’ll be surprised to learn that there are tons of different recipes for all different types of fake blood. Do you want blood that looks fresh and bright, or dark and old? Does it need to spray in the air or be painted across the floorboards?There are many tweaks and variations to consider, but here is a solid basic blood recipe that should provide good visuals for your film (and is not harmful to your actors). This recipe should yield about two gallons of fake blood and comes via Shakespeare Dallas.12 cups light corn syrup (3 32 oz. bottles)8 cups chocolate syrup6 cups strawberry syrup2 cups water1 ½ cups creamy peanut butter5 second smooth pour of liquid red food coloring20 drops liquid blue food coloring3 cups non-toxic washable children’s poster paint (classic red)last_img read more

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5 Ideas on Playing the Long Game in Sales

first_imgLiving with the status quo. Too many of your dream clients can live with the status quo far longer than they should and longer than you might imagine. They perceive the cost of change as being greater than the cost of dealing with the major challenges. The ability to live with the status quo makes it difficult for you to develop dormant the satisfaction as fast as you would like to. Opportunity acquisition is the name of the game, and that game is difficult to play and difficult to win. It takes time.The need to nurture. One of the critical activities sales organizations and sales professionals need to spend time engaged in is nurturing their dream clients with content that helps their dream client to understand the nature of their challenges. When someone doesn’t yet have an understanding of their challenges or a vision as to how they can improve, they can stick with the status quo because they don’t know what is wrong, or they don’t know what is possible. Sometimes your dream client isn’t even using the right performance indicators. Nurturing is teaching.Executive sponsorship. For a long time, I have recommended that you get into your dream at whatever level possible, even if it far below the C-suite. But you also need to know that without executive sponsorship, you are far less likely to create or win an opportunity. Sometimes the only people with enough authority and a deep enough understanding of the difference between price and cost are at higher levels in your dream clients account company. Your value proposition may only be compelling by someone high enough in the organization to perceive the value.Consensus. The need to build consensus is critical, and you need to start that process as possible. The longer you wait to bring in the stakeholders you need, the more likely you are to end up with a stalled opportunity. You might fear that building consensus puts your opportunity in jeopardy because it is often difficult to accomplish, but that is not the greatest danger. The greater danger is that you don’t take the time to build that consensus and lose to a competitor who has–or more likely to a “no decision.”Fast is slow. Everyone wants new revenue fast. Everyone wants to acquire new clients as fast as possible. But in high complexity, long sales cycle deals, fast is slow, and slow is fast.last_img read more

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BJP brings a rare intensity to Tripura campaign

first_img Steep climbIf the BJP gets to the majority mark of 31, it will be a huge jump from the 1.54% vote share it could manage in 2013.“Eating into our dedicated support base is easier said than done… the feedback from the people is that we will form the government again,” CPI(M) State secretary Bijan Dhar says.Pradyot Kishore Manikya of the erstwhile royal famly and Congress working president, feels the State has space for parties of the non-Left and the centre. Tripura has space for the non-Left and the non-right: Pradyot Kishore Manikya “We have also squeezed some space out of the Left Front. For instance, the sizeable number of government employees and their dependants unhappy with the archaic pay structure are with us. So are the tribal people, who have been a pillar of strength for the Communists until recently,” the BJP’s State unit spokesperson, Mrinal Kanti Deb, says.Twenty of the 60 seats are in areas under a tribal autonomous council, which is a communist bastion.The BJP’s hope of making inroads into them partly rides on an alliance with the Indigenous People’s Front of Twipra (IPFT), which wants a separate tribal State. The BJP, however, stands for “one Tripura”.The BJP — many of its candidates are imports from the Congress — is contesting 50 seats, leaving nine to the IPFT. The election in Charilam was deferred as the CPI(M) candidate died.center_img With the BJP trying hard to come to power in Tripura, campaigning for the February 18 Assembly election in the State has been intense. The last time such intense electioneering took place was in 1988, when the Congress formed a coalition government with the Tripura Upajati Juba Samiti.The Congress got a vote share of 37.33% then, but the Left Front, led by the CPI(M), had 45.82%.In the 2013 election, the Congress garnered a 36.38% share and 10 of the 60 seats. The Left Front won the rest.“We [the BJP] are expanding our base in Tripura every day and every minute, and we have occupied the non-Left space,” Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said during a campaign last week.last_img read more

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Council polls: Mundes fight for Osmanabad-Beed-Latur

first_imgMumbai: Six seats in the Maharashtra Legislative Council, which will be elected by the civic body representatives, will go to polls on Monday. The seats are Konkan (Raigad-Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg), Nashik, Parbhani-Hingoli, Amravati, Wardha-Chandrapur-Gadchiroli and Osmanabad-Beed-Latur. All eyes are fixed on the Osmanabad-Beed-Latur seat, which has turned into a prestige battle between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Women and Child Welfare Minister Pankaja Munde, and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) led by her cousin Dhananjay Munde, who is also the Leader of Opposition in the Council.Despite having lashed out at each other and the Shiv Sena’s decision to go alone in polls, the Sena and the BJP are contesting three seats each. The Sena is contesting from Konkan, Nashik and Parbhani-Hingoli. The NCP is taking on the Sena in Konkan and Nashik, while the Mundes are involved in a bitter rivalry at Osmanabad-Beed-Latur. The Congress is contesting the other three seats. The battle between the Mundes has been in the news after NCP candidate Ramesh Karad withdrew from the election at the last minute, following which the NCP extended support to Ashok Jagdale. The BJP imported former NCP leader Suresh Dhas and gave him the ticket. Ms. Munde’s decision on Saturday to stay the disqualification of six zilla parishad members and allow them to vote in the poll, has irked the NCP with the latter alleging violation of a High Court order. In Konkan, NCP’s Aniket Tatkare, who is taking on the Sena’s Rajiv Sable, has received backing from the BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP, Narayan Rane, who enjoys support in Sindhudurg district. Pravin Pote, Minister of State for Industries, who will be contesting from Amravati, is being challenged by Anil Madhogaria of the Congress. According to party-wise representation in the civic bodies, the BJP is expected to win the Amravati and Wardha-Chandrapur-Gadchiroli seats, while the Congress looks comfortable to score in Parbhani-Hingoli. The counting of votes will be held on May 24.last_img read more

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All accused in Navruna abduction case granted bail

first_imgAll the accused in the Navruna Chakravorty case were granted bail on Monday by a special court after the CBI failed to submit a charge sheet against them. Twelve-year-old Navruna was abducted from Muzaffarpur in September 2012, apparently by members of the land mafia in connivance with local politicians and police officials eyeing her father’s prime property in the town. The CBI arrested eight persons, including local politician Shah Alam Shabbu, on April 28 this year. They were granted bail when the agency failed to submit the charge sheet within the stipulated 90 dayslast_img read more

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Elephants enter Odisha villages

first_imgThere was panic in three Odisha districts when herds of elephants entered the villages damaging houses and crops on Sunday.An elephant herd, believed to be comprising over 20 jumbos, wreaked havoc in Manijipur village under Kanas block of Puri district. They damaged crops stacked in the backyards. Puri hardly reports elephant depredation.Police and forest department personnel are keeping a close watch on the movement of elephants as there is every chance of the animals straying into more thickly populated area.Similarly, the residents of Baratuma, Rangamatia and Baradiha villages in Jaleswar area of Balasore district moved to safer places when a herd having more than 60 elephants entered their villages. As many as 12 houses were destroyed and a few acres of ready-to-harvest paddy was damaged.Similar incidents were reported from Ghusura Gadhiali village of Sundargarh district. A woman was reportedly trampled to death in Keonjhar district.Meanwhile, the carcass of an elephant was discovered at Nimakhandi village in Ganjam district on Sunday. Locals alleged that the elephant had marks of gunshots.last_img read more

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Dead crows trigger bird flu scare in Bihar

first_imgCarcasses of about 12 crows were found in an orchard in Muzaffarpur district on Sunday morning, triggering fear of suspected bird flu. District Animal Husbandry Officer Dr Manoj Kumar said prima facie it did not appear to be a case of bird flu. The crows were found dead in a mango orchard at Chandanpatti village under Sakra block. An Animal Husbandry Department team reached the mango orchard after the villagers informed the district administration about the death of the crows. An officer of the team examined the dead birds and said that prima facie, no symptoms of bird flu have been found in the dead crows.Detailed analysis Samples of the dead crows would be sent to a laboratory for an in-depth analysis, he said. Carcasses of eight crows had been found in College of Arts and Crafts at Patna following which it was closed till January 5. Around 400 chickens were found dead at a poultry farm at a village in Bikram block of Patna district in the past 48 hours.Patna zoo has been closed since December 25 following death of six peafowls due to H5N1 virus.last_img read more

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VBA to contest all 48 Lok Sabha seats

first_imgVirtually ruling out any pre-poll alliance with the Congress, Prakash Ambedkar, president of Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh, announced on Tuesday that the Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) would contest all 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra.With an eye to securing the Dalit-Muslim votes, BBM forged an alliance with the Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) to form the VBA which also comprises of smaller outfits.Speaking in Akola district, Mr. Ambedkar, leader of the Bharipa Bahujan Mahasangh, said the proposals presented by Congress so far were unacceptable and that discussions about joining the ‘anti-BJP front’ led by the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) had hit a roadblock.“I do not see this discussion [about a pre-poll alliance] moving any further. I consider all proposals presented to us by the Congress have been exhausted. We cannot take back the names of the 22 candidates we have finalised,” said Mr. Ambedkar.The BBM chief, a grandson of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, said that as the names of 22 VBA candidates had already been announced, the remaining would be announced in Mumbai on March 15.“We had even offered Congress to choose among the 22 candidates we had announced. The candidates, too, had expressed no objection about contesting on a Congress symbol. But with no response forthcoming from the Congress, I do not see any headway in this discussion,” Mr. Ambedkar said. Mr. Ambedkar’s announcement of his candidacy from the Solapur Lok Sabha constituency on Monday is expected to increase the discomfiture of veteran Congressman and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who has been elected several times in the past from that seat before losing to the BJP’s Sharad Bansode in 2014.last_img read more

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Rajasthan alleges Centre’s discriminatory attitude towards farmers

first_imgThe Congress government in Rajasthan has accused the Centre of adopting a “discriminatory attitude” towards the State’s farmers, reflected in the lower targets set for procurement of mustard and gram on minimum support prices in comparison with the national average. A ceiling of 25-quintal purchase on a day has been set for the farmers.State Cooperative Minister Udai Lal Anjana has taken up the matter with Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, requesting him to enhance the procurement limit by 40%. In a letter addressed to Mr. Singh, Mr. Anjana said the Centre should allow the purchase of 14.35 lakh metric tonnes of mustard and 8.65 lakh tonnes of gram to give remunerative prices to farmers.Mr. Anjana said the procurement targets of 5.50 lakh metric tonnes for mustard and 4.17 lakh metric tonnes for gram were insufficient and would fail to provide relief to farmers. The difference in MSP and market prices for the two crops ranged between ₹700 and ₹1,000 per quintal, he said.The Minister pointed out that the State government had opened 246 procurement centres for mustard and 210 for gram. “There is a tremendous enthusiasm among the farmers to get themselves registered online, as the State government is committed to giving them full prices for their crops,” he said.last_img read more

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BJP MLA shot at in U.P.

first_imgA BJP legislator in Uttar Pradesh was shot at in Lakhimpur Kheri district on Thursday, the police said. Lakhimpur MLA Yogesh Verma suffered a bullet injury on the leg when an unidentified person shot at him around 3 p.m. The BJP leader was returning to his residence in Rajgarh area from office, a police officer said. The attacker fled.Mr. Verma was rushed to a hospital, where his condition was stated to be out of danger, the police said. A case has been registered and a probe is on, the officer said.last_img read more

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After Sri Lanka attacks, Goa police review security of churches

first_imgGoa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on April 21 asked Goa Director General of Police Pranab Nanda to beef up security around Goa’s churches following the attack on churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. The Chief Minister later told presspersons that he would be talking to Archbishop Fr. Filipe Neri Ferrao soon over improving the security arrangements for Goa’s churches, some of which date back to the 17th century. “I have spoken to the DGP about enhancing the security of Goa’s churches. I will be speaking to the Archbishop soon,” Mr. Sawant said while condemning the deadly attacks in which a large number of persons have reportedly died and many more injured. Goa Inspector General of Police Jaspal Singh, when contacted, told The Hindu that when there is any incidents of any terror attack anywhere around the world, there is a review of security in the State at the top level.“We have alerted district Superintendents of Police and the Anti-terrorist squad, to be on alert. As there are no special prayers on Sunday, general security has been alerted in church areas. We have also alerted hoteliers to be more strict and vigilant in regard to the identity verification of their guests while providing accommodation,” said Mr. Singh.last_img read more

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Trees Become Refrigerators for Koalas

first_imgWhen they wrap their limbs around the wide trunks of acacia trees, koalas aren’t just trying to keep from falling—the trees help the marsupials cool off, researchers have discovered. The findings could impact koala conservation efforts as well as forecasts on how climate change will affect the animals.“I think this is really exciting,” says koala ecologist William Ellis of the University of Queensland, St. Lucia, in Australia, who was not involved in the new work. “The way koalas use their environment appears to be quite complex, and this just adds another layer to it.”Koalas are known for their limited diet—they survive solely on the leaves of particular species of eucalyptus trees. Even their water is mostly obtained from the leaves, making dehydration a danger, especially during Australia’s heat waves. But despite their reliance on eucalyptus for food and water, the animals also hang out on the trunks of other trees.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)“We were puzzled why they’d spend time and energy swapping trees when they were so clearly hot and exhausted,” says zoologist Michael Kearney of the University of Melbourne, Parkville, in Australia. He and his colleagues suspected that the koalas might be trying to find spots with the most shade or breeze. To test their hypothesis, they used a miniature weather station, attached to a pole for easy transportation and control, to gather data on the weather around—and within the branches of—different trees. First, they collected data around trees in southeastern Australia that 37 radio-tagged koalas spent time around during different days. Then, they got a random sampling of readings on hundreds of nearby trees that the koalas didn’t choose to relax on. Finally, to get more information on how heat moved in and out of the trees, the researchers snapped thermal images of the four species of trees most often used by the koalas—three eucalyptus species and the Australian acacia.Whereas koalas sat in acacia trees only 5% of the time on cooler days, they were in the acacia trees almost a third of the time when the temperature exceeded 35°C. The preference couldn’t be explained by local temperature, humidity, or wind speed, which were all similar around the four tree species, and the acacia trees provided no extra shade. But the thermal imaging revealed something else. During hot weather, all four tree species had trunks cooler than the air temperature. Yet whereas eucalyptus trunks were less than 2°C cooler than the surrounding air, acacia tree trunks averaged almost 7°C colder. So the koalas spent more time on the acacia trees in hotter weather to help cool themselves down and avoid water loss, the team reports online today in Biology Letters.“This shows the many tricks that animals have up their sleeve to survive in harsh environments,” Kearney says. “I think it also emphasizes that even warm-blooded animals can be dependent on their environment for temperature regulation.”The new observation suggests that when scientists are trying to restore, protect, or recreate ideal koala habitats, they need to focus on more than just food-bearing trees—cool trunks may be key to helping the animals survive droughts and heat waves. “This certainly has implications for choosing suitable reserves for koalas,” Kearney says. “Now all of a sudden there’s something really important that we weren’t considering in the past.”Ellis says more research will be needed, though, to determine whether the findings hold true in all koala habitats—Kearney’s team studied koalas only in the southern end of the animals’ range, where the climate is generally less harsh. “I’d be interested to see if the advantage of these trees holds true in other areas with increased humidity or longer periods of heat,” Ellis says. “It may be that the animals can’t dump heat into a tree after a certain time.”last_img read more

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Smithsonian jumps into biodiversity genomics with new institute

first_imgOn the heels of two vast analyses of the genomes of both birds and insects, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., has announced that it will launch a virtual biodiversity genomics institute to accelerate efforts to capture and catalog all the DNA from Earth’s flora and fauna.The Smithsonian is already devoting $10 million a year toward genomics research in evolutionary, diversity, conservation, and ecological studies. By formally tying all those efforts together, the Smithsonian hopes to “mobilize [its] internal troops”—about 100 scientists—to do even more, says John Kress, the Smithsonian’s interim under secretary for science. At the same time, he hopes the Smithsonian will take a lead in coordinating biodiversity genomics worldwide. Toward that goal, he hopes to raise $100 million over the next 10 years.“The Smithsonian is one of the very few institutions around the world that are able to do this,” says Erich Jarvis, a neurobiologist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, who coordinated the sequencing of the genomes of 48 bird species. For one, the Smithsonian already has quite a diverse collection: hundreds of thousands of museum specimens and thousands of blood samples in 30 special freezers, part of an initiative to freeze 50% of the diversity of life in the next 5 years. For another, the name carries clout. “You need some global leadership, and the Smithsonian is recognized for that,” Jarvis says. It has already partnered with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop the bioinformatics power to support the genomics efforts.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The Smithsonian won’t be the first or even the biggest player in biodiversity genomics. Since 2006, Paul Hebert and his Biodiversity Institute of Ontario at the University of Guelph in Canada has been combing the world and cataloging short stretches of DNA called DNA barcodes. The China National Genebank is also carrying out a comprehensive collection of DNA from plants, animals, and microbes for sequencing and study. Indeed, the Smithsonian until now has lagged behind a little, says Stephen O’Brien, a geneticist at St. Petersburg State University in Russia, who has been coordinating a global effort to sequence 10,000 vertebrates. There are parallel projects to sequence thousands of insects, marine invertebrates, and plants. He doesn’t think there needs to be a coordinating institution for all these efforts.Others disagree. The Smithsonian’s new institute “is a hugely important development for the planet,” Hebert says, as biodiversity genomics needs to be ramping up. “A great tragedy is that we are burning the books of life without even reading them.”last_img read more

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