For a small number of Notre Dame students, taking classes at Saint Mary’s is a normal part of their daily schedule. Junior John Brahier, who is majoring in mathematics at Notre Dame and pursuing a secondary education minor at Saint Mary’s, said he has taken several required courses for his minor at Saint Mary’s. “I’ve taken a number of classes at SMC, all part of my secondary education major,” Brahier said. “SMC has the education program I was looking for, so when I graduate, the plan is that I’ll have both the secondary education minor and a license to teach.” Junior Madeline Swan, who is a math and sociology double major, also has a secondary education minor at Saint Mary’s. Swan said the small class sizes, good learning environments, and caring professors are instrumental to her success at Saint Mary’s. Her experience at Saint Mary’s has helped her move past common prejudices held between female students at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s, Swan said. “The professors have been awesome and I have met some truly great classmates,” Swan said. “Also, this has helped me break down stereotype barriers for me that are typically present between SMC and ND girls.” Brahier said it was initially difficult to be the only male in many of his Saint Mary’s courses, but the transition has gotten easier with time. “It was a big difference for me at first because I came from an all-guys high school, so to go to classes of almost all girls was a pretty big change,” he said. “Obviously there was a bit of an adjustment period at first, but it’s not really a big deal in the long-run.” Brahier said his decision to enroll at Saint Mary’s was due to Notre Dame not offering the education training he wanted. “My plan after graduation is to teach math in a high school, but Notre Dame doesn’t have an Education Department that directly prepares students to be teachers and helps with the licensing process,” he said. Brahier said taking courses through the education department at Saint Mary’s has been a positive experience and his professors take an interest in student success. “The Education Department at SMC has sponsored some really cool events related to social justice in education and is a big proponent of service-learning,” Brahier said. “By and large, the faculty I’ve worked with at SMC have been great – they seem to really care about each student and want us to do our best. In general, I think that’s definitely true at Notre Dame as well.” Notre Dame students enrolled in Saint Mary’s classes are assigned a Saint Mary’s advisor in addition to their advisor at Notre Dame, Brahier said. His Saint Mary’s helps him choose his courses and build his schedule, he said. Brahier said he works with his two advisors separately. “If I have a question about education classes, I have to go to the SMC advisor,” he said. “For math or theology, I go to my advisor from each of those departments at ND.” He said his courses at Saint Mary’s are determined by his major requirements, so he meets with his Saint Mary’s advisor regularly and registers for courses in person. “Registration for my classes at SMC is relatively straightforward because I have a pretty set list of classes that I have to take, so basically I just meet with my advisor over there on a regular basis to make sure I stay on track from semester to semester,” Brahier said. “I don’t do any online registration for those classes – instead, it’s all through contact with my advisor.” Swan said she feels fortunate to have the opportunity to study at both institutions. “I’ve discovered how lucky I am to get the change to participate in such a great education program as an ND student as well as collaborate and learn from some great Saint Mary’s students,” she said. Brahier said the combination of classes from Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s has also been rewarding for him. “Both schools definitely are focused on their identities as Catholic schools, and both schools have a sense of purpose and mission,” he said. “My favorite part of the secondary education minor at SMC has been getting to work with the faculty that is so passionate about preparing us to be great teachers. Their staff is dedicated and wants us to do our best, and studying in that incredibly positive atmosphere has been very rewarding.”
Graphic: Cindy Esco It’s a straight shot south fromAtlanta to Havana. And if the U.S. government unlocks trade withCuba, University of Georgia scientists are ready to open doorsto better relations.A group from the UGA College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences, led by former UGA Vice President for Outreach S. EugeneYounts, visited Cuba this spring to begin swapping scientificagricultural knowledge.When Younts first visited Cuba in February 2000, he was apprehensive.But he found Cuban scientists not only receptive, but hungry forour agricultural knowledge. After visiting Cuba’s AgricultureResearch Institute, Younts was impressed.”They are very highly educated and have a much higherliteracy rate than we do,” he said. “I visited theiragricultural experiment stations and found they needed to meetsome of our scientists.”Meeting of MindsYounts returned for a second visit in April with Larry Benyshek,head of the CAES animal and dairy science department. This secondvisit began talks between UGA and Cuban scientists at CIMA (theCenter for Animal Improvement). CIMA officials invited UGA scientiststo a conference.In May, Benyshek led a group of animal scientists back to Cuba.The group included Benyshek, dairy nutritionist Joe West, geneticistKeith Bertrand, and Steve Stice, a reproductive biologist andcloning expert.The UGA scientists were impressed with the Cubans’ researchaccomplishments.”Cubans have their science,” Benyshek said. “Ithas developed over the years. They’re doing what they can withthe resources they have.”Seeking ScienceAnd in some cases, they’re doing extremely well, particularlyin vaccine development and production.Benyshek visited the Finlay Institute, which directs severalorganizations involved in vaccine production. Its researchersare always interested in developing new technology.”They seek technology, and they seek to develop technology,which is why they are interested in the University of Georgia,”Benyshek said. “When the Russian support collapsed, the economywas left without any sort of underpinning.”The food supply became a serious problem in Cuba, and the futureis still uncertain. There are problems supplying enough of somefoods, including beef and milk.”They are a food-deficit country by far, and they needto import food,” Younts said. “They have really beensuffering since the Soviet Union collapsed. The USSR was givingthem money to buy food, and now that’s gone.”Building FoodPolitical changes forced their agricultural researchers tofocus on rebuilding their food industry.”A lot of their dairy industry and cattle ended up goingto meat,” Benyshek said. “They’re rebuilding their dairyindustry now. That’s an area where we can be very helpful to them.They also have a thriving, developing swine industry.”UGA hopes to continue the collaboration. Several Cuban scientistshave been invited to visit here. “I think they have a numberof students and possible graduate students who could come here,”Benyshek said.The Cubans need technical training, too.”They have gathered cattle data for a number of years,and they need to analyze it,” Benyshek said. “We havea very good program in national and international cattle evaluationat UGA. We’ve done some cattle evaluation in South America, andone of the visiting scientists will probably be looking at thatinformation while he’s here.”Free Intellectual TradeWhile each country will find some short-term benefits to thisproject, most of the gains will be long-term.”We are beginning an educational collaboration that eventually,when the embargo is lifted, will lead the people in this stateto business opportunities there,” Benyshek said.”Our location is our major benefit in developing the relationship,”he said. “They can’t really deal with the closest state (Florida)due to the political climate. So as they come up the coast, we’rethe first one they come to.”Younts will return to Cuba this winter.”I feel the University of Georgia should watch very carefullythe developments there and continue to develop links that areappropriate for this time,” he said.”I think we should do what we can to help the people,”he said. “If we are going to trade with China and North Korea,we should research for ways to overcome obstacles that now hinderus from trading with 11 million of our neighbors who need us.”
Though we’re over a year away from the PS5 hitting shelves, rumors about the upcoming game console are heating up. And with the leak today of a Sony patent showing off the device’s proposed design, excitement might just ignite. The patent, published by LetsGoDigital, registers a “Sony electronic device” which looks a lot like a game console that is most likely the next-gen PS5. We could not find the device listed on WIPO, but our sister site TechRadar believes the page is on pretty good authority.MORE: PS5: Release Date, Specs, Games and LeaksWhat’s unique about the patented design is the imaginative V-shaped ventilation system. It could be a reference to the Roman numeral V, indicating the fifth version of Sony’s flagship console. The company has played with numerical designs in the past with the tiers on the PS3 and PS4.RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…logoCreated with Sketch. Tech This Out: New Nintendo Switch Battery, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus, iPhone 11 LaunchMore VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpTech This Out – Warner Streaming Service, Galaxy Note Renders And Nintendo Switch Lite02:14OffAutomated Captions – en-USLive00:0003:1603:16 On the diagram, you can see a multitude of USB ports for controllers and eject buttons, as well as what’s probably a power button and a thin disc drive slot. This design is by no means final—finished products never look exactly like their patent diagrams. Even if just a placeholder, though, this PS5 build would look stellar under a tree. Based on what we’ve heard about the PS5 so far, Sony is promising strong performance via an 8-core AMD chipset based on Ryzen architecture and a Radeon Navi GPU. You can also expect very fast load times via a custom SSD, and backwards compatibility with all PS4 games. Though not confirmed, the PS5 game lineup may include exclusives such as The Last of Us II, as well as next-gen titles such as Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI. Most signs point to a late 2020 release, meaning the PS5 will arrive in time for the holiday season. Until then, stay up to date with our PS5 rumor page for PS5 news and updates. Sony Shows Crazy Fast PS5 Load Times with Custom SSDXbox Project Scarlett: Specs, Features, Price, Release Date and MoreSony PS5 vs Xbox Project Scarlett: Which Next-Gen Console Will Win?