Sample records for task force developed

  1. Reflections on the Task Force Model in Economic Development

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Andy Pike

    2001-01-01

    The task force has re-emerged as a mechanism for co-ordinating economic development activity in the context of the current New Labour administration's emphasis upon including 'stakeholders' in 'joined-up' approaches to 'cross-cutting' issues. Recent experience in the North East region of England reveals both prospects and problems in the way task forces have been utilised at employer, sectoral and territorial levels

  2. Presidential Task Force on Space Industry Workforce & Economic Development

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    Christian, Eric

    Presidential Task Force on Space Industry Workforce & Economic Development Report to the President Workforce & Economic Development Report to the President, August 15, 2010 "The space program has always Charles F. Bolden Jr., Administrator of NASA Members Department of Defense Department of Labor Department

  3. Comprehensive Career Development for Illinois: Findings and Recommendations of the Illinois Career Development Task Force

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Williams, J. Mark; Bragg, Debra D.; Makela, Julia Panke

    2008-01-01

    This report summarizes major findings and recommendations of the Illinois Career Development Task Force. The first section provides background information on Task Force formation, membership, meetings, and discussion topics. The second section defines career development, based on the consensus-building process employed by the Task Force, and…

  4. IAU Office of Astronomy for Development: Task Force Children and School Education

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Russo, Pedro; Gomez, Edward

    2015-03-01

    The main mission of the IAU OAD Task Force on Children and School Education is to support the implementation of the pre-tertiary education part of the IAU Strategic Plan `Astronomy for Development'. In this presentation we will give an overview of the role and programme of the task force as well as a general discussion about the past, present and future IAU education activities and programmes.

  5. System Funding Task Force Report.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Hale, Toussaint L., Jr.

    The System Funding Task Force (SFTF) of the Illinois Community College Board was formed to review the recommendations and framework for modifying the state's funding plan developed by the Board's President's Council. This report presents the SFTF's review of the Council's findings and presents the Task Force's own recommendations for funding.…

  6. Interagency Task Force for the Economic Development of the Central San Joaquin Valley

    Microsoft Academic Search

    2004-01-01

    The San Joaquin Valley (the Valley) is a region with unique and serious social, economic, and environmental challenges that merit special attention by the federal government. In February 2002, President Bush implemented Executive Order 13173, which created the Federal Interagency Task Force for the Economic Development of the Central San Joaquin Valley as the primary vehicle for leading change. The

  7. The development of contact force construction in the dynamic-contact task of cycling [corrected].

    PubMed

    Brown, Nicholas A T; Jensen, Jody L

    2003-01-01

    Purposeful movement requires that an individual produce appropriate joint torques to accelerate segments, and when environmental contact is involved, to develop task-appropriate contact forces. Developmental research has been confined largely to the mastery of unconstrained movement skills (pointing, kicking). The purpose of this study was to study the developmental progression that characterizes the interaction of muscular and non-muscular forces in tasks constrained by contact with the environment. Seven younger children (YC, 6-8 years), 7 older children (OC, 9-11 years) and 7 adults (AD) pedaled an ergometer (80 rpm) at an anthropometrically scaled cycling power. Resultant forces measured at the pedal's surface were decomposed into muscle, inertia and gravity components. Muscle pedal forces were further examined in terms of the underlying lower extremity joint torques and kinematic weights that constitute the muscular component of the pedal force. Data showed children applied muscle forces to the pedal in a significantly different manner compared to adults, and that this was due to the children's lower segmental mass and inertia. The children adjusted the contribution of the proximal joint muscle torques to compensate for reduced contributions to the resultant pedal force by gravitational and inertial components. These data show that smaller segmental mass and inertia limit younger children's ability to construct the dynamic-contact task of cycling in an adult-like form. On the basis of these results, however, the children's response was not "immature". Rather, the results show a task-appropriate adaptation to lower segmental mass and inertia. PMID:12485633

  8. Task forces and the organisation of economic development: the case of the North East region of England

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Andy Pike

    2002-01-01

    The task force has emerged as a mechanism for coordinating economic development activity in the context of the current New Labour government's emphasis upon including 'stakeholders' in 'joined-up' approaches to 'crosscutting' issues. In this paper I examine the use of task forces to organise economic development at employer, sectoral, and territorial levels at the local and regional scales in the

  9. 2013 International Society for Clinical Densitometry Position Development Conference: Task Force on Normative Databases.

    PubMed

    Watts, Nelson B; Leslie, William D; Foldes, A Joseph; Miller, Paul D

    2013-01-01

    Following the standard protocol for development of Official Positions for the International Society for Clinical Densitometry, the Expert Panel heard the report and recommendations from the Task Force on Normative Databases; using the RAND methodology, agreement was reached on the following statements: 1. Manufacturers should continue to use their own databases for the lumbar spine as the reference standard for T-scores. 2. Manufacturers should continue to use National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III data as the reference standard for femoral neck and total hip T-scores. 3. If local reference data are available, they should be used to calculate only Z-scores but not T-scores. 4. A uniform Caucasian (non-race adjusted) female reference database should be used to calculate T-scores for men of all ethnic groups. PMID:24076161

  10. Report of the Transfer Articulation Task Force.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Arizona State Board of Directors for Community Colleges, Phoenix.

    This report to the Arizona State Legislature describes a model transfer system developed by the Transfer Articulation Task Force, a cooperative effort among the state's universities and community colleges to improve articulation and transfer. Following an introduction to the Task Force, elements of the proposed transfer model are reviewed,…

  11. TASK FORCE REPORT ON ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    MORRIS, ROBERT

    THE TASK FORCE ON ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION HAS BEEN CHARGED TO RECOMMEND THE MOST EFFECTIVE MEANS FOR ASSESSING AND EVALUATING THE SHORT-TERM ACTIVITIES AND THE LONG-TERM ACHIEVEMENTS OF ACTION FOR BOSTON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT. THE GENERAL OBJECTIVES OF THE TASK FORCE ARE--THE ANALYSIS OF DATA RELEVANT FOR EVALUATING DAY-BY-DAY DECISION-MAKING,…

  12. Ecosystem Task Force FY11 Report

    E-print Network

    New Hampshire, University of

    Ecosystem Task Force FY11 Report ACTIVITIES Over the course of Fiscal Year 2010, members of the Ecosystem Task Force have worked with partners across the University to accomplish the following projects itself into subcommittees to focus on the various aspects of the campus ecosystem and in developing

  13. Task Force IV: Environment and Natural Resources

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Appalachia, 1977

    1977-01-01

    Summarizing the Task Force Issues Paper presented at the Appalachian Conference on Balanced Growth and Economic Development (1977), this article presents Task Force recommendations on: the price of growth; relaxation of environmental regulations; mitigation of regional impact costs; policy regarding the use of public lands; growth management…

  14. Ecosystem Task Force Meeting Minutes

    E-print Network

    New Hampshire, University of

    Ecosystem Task Force Meeting Minutes Date: April 28, 2011 Title of Meeting: Monthly Meeting. A focus on planning helps ground the Task Force because of the complexity of ecosystems. UNH-862-0785 sustainability.info@unh.edu http://www.sustainableunh.unh.edu/ #12;3.1. Ecosystem work has no defined parameters

  15. Traffic Safety Task Force Report

    E-print Network

    1 Traffic Safety Task Force Report September 2012 November Board of Trustees Meeting - Academic Paul Denton ­ OSUPD Traffic Safety Task Force Members 2 A special thanks goes to Jaime Pujol, College Hetrick, a master's in city and regional planning student, for his studies of pedestrian and cyclist

  16. Satellite Communications and Educational Television in Less Developed Countries. President's Task Force on Communications Policy. Staff Paper Three.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Rostow, Eugene V.

    A staff paper submitted to the President's Task Force on Communications Policy discusses the implications of satellites on communications development in less developed countries. A global satellite system promises fast, direct, international communications to nations whose present surface facilities are inadequate--at a considerable savings over…

  17. Hydrothermal research and development assessment. Task force report: projections for electric systems

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1982-05-01

    It is estimated that high temperature (greater than 150/sup 0/C or 300/sup 0/F) hydrothermal resources in the western United States have the potential for producing about 140,000 megawatts of electric power for 30 years. The objectives of the present analysis were to realistically evaluate the extent to which these resources might be utilized over the next 20 years, and to assess the probably impact of Federal programs on that utilization. The R and D assessment team interviewed industry personnel to determine the nature and the relative significance of investment decision criteria for developers and utilities. The results of these interviews were used to develop a probabilistic model to simulate the investment decision behavior of these two groups toward hydrothermal resources. Estimations of the characteristics of anticipated available resources (e.g., temperature, salinity, depth) and predictions of the geographic distribution of new resource discoveries were based upon the characteristics and distribution of known reservoirs. The impact of a minimal R and D program and the impact of expanded R and D program were estimated on the basis of its effect upon industry investment decision criteria (e.g., the cost of power). The Task Force estimates comparing three different scenarios: (1) no program, (2) minimal R and D, and (3) expanded R and D are presented.

  18. The `Astronomy for the Public' Task Force

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ödman-Govender, Carolina J.; Robson, Ian E.

    2015-03-01

    One of the ways in which astronomy can stimulate development is by raising awareness of our place in the universe among the general public. This contributes to inspiring people and brings the scientific community and scientific thinking closer to everyone. The IAU OAD has set up one task force dedicated to `Astronomy for the Public'. Proposed activities of the task force range from low-tech astronomy outreach to citizen science. We will present the task force, its objectives and potential developmental impacts for the first few years of operation.

  19. Agencies Approve Bacteria TMDL Task Force Recommendations 

    E-print Network

    Wythe, Kathy

    2007-01-01

    tx H2O | pg. 10 In June 2007 the Texas Commission onEnvironmental Quality (TCEQ) and the TexasState Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSW- CB) approved the recommendations of the Bacteria Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Task Force and asked... their agencies to update their TMDL guidance documents to reflect these recommendations. They also authorized establishing a multi-agency bacteria TMDL work group to examine the research and development needs identified in the task force report. Both TCEQ...

  20. Agencies Approve Bacteria TMDL Task Force Recommendations

    E-print Network

    Wythe, Kathy

    2007-01-01

    tx H2O | pg. 10 In June 2007 the Texas Commission onEnvironmental Quality (TCEQ) and the TexasState Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSW- CB) approved the recommendations of the Bacteria Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Task Force and asked... their agencies to update their TMDL guidance documents to reflect these recommendations. They also authorized establishing a multi-agency bacteria TMDL work group to examine the research and development needs identified in the task force report. Both TCEQ...

  1. Solar Energy Task Force Report: Technical Training Guidelines.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    O'Connor, Kevin

    This task force report offers guidelines and information for the development of vocational education programs oriented to the commercial application of solar energy in water and space heating. After Section I introduces the Solar Energy Task Force and its activities, Section II outlines the task force's objectives and raises several issues and…

  2. Development of residential-conservation-survey methodology for the US Air Force. Interim report. Task two

    SciTech Connect

    Abrams, D. W.; Hartman, T. L.; Lau, A. S.

    1981-11-13

    A US Air Force (USAF) Residential Energy Conservation Methodology was developed to compare USAF needs and available data to the procedures of the Residential Conservation Service (RCS) program as developed for general use by utility companies serving civilian customers. Attention was given to the data implications related to group housing, climatic data requirements, life-cycle cost analysis, energy saving modifications beyond those covered by RCS, and methods for utilizing existing energy consumption data in approaching the USAF survey program. Detailed information and summaries are given on the five subtasks of the program. Energy conservation alternatives are listed and the basic analysis techniques to be used in evaluating their thermal performane are described. (MCW)

  3. The development and implementation of a hospital safety and sanitation task force.

    PubMed

    Weinstein, S A; Whelan, M

    1985-01-01

    We have found that the above activities are facilitated by utilizing a computerized filing program. The computer formal provides quick, concise reports and statistical data analysis. The formation catalogued can be easily analysis. The information catalogued can be easily categorized and analyzed. The time invested in organizational meetings concerning committee membership, guideline review and creating an efficient incident coding scheme was essential to the success of the project. Problems seem to arise when several different departments share a common space for different activities. For example, medication room sanitation throughout the hospital was suboptimal probably related to the fact that Nursing, Pharmacy and General Stores all utilized the area. No individual department felt it was their sole responsibility to ensure appropriate sanitation. Through the efforts of the task force, we were able to facilitate cooperation among the departments with each doing their share. As a result, medication rooms are now cleaner, neater and therefore safer. Additional incidents have been corrected since the original tabulation of this report. A priority goal is to facilitate corrective action in a more timely manner. It is critical that surveys should not be intended to be "white glove inspections" with criticisms placed on specific departments. This can be accomplished by informing department managers of the intent of the surveys and by allowing staff to participate in all activities. In addition, the support and cooperation of administration is a major factor in the potential success of a program of this nature. As a result of the interdisciplinary team approach, the general safety environment for patients, visitors, employees and volunteers has significantly been improved at our institution. PMID:10271079

  4. Muon Collider Task Force Report

    SciTech Connect

    Ankenbrandt, C.; Alexahin, Y.; Balbekov, V.; Barzi, E.; Bhat, C.; Broemmelsiek, D.; Bross, A.; Burov, A.; Drozhdin, A.; Finley, D.; Geer, S.; /Fermilab /Argonne /Brookhaven /Jefferson Lab /LBL, Berkeley /MUONS Inc., Batavia /UCLA /UC, Riverside /Mississippi U.

    2007-12-01

    Muon Colliders offer a possible long term path to lepton-lepton collisions at center-of-mass energies {radical}s {ge} 1 TeV. In October 2006 the Muon Collider Task Force (MCTF) proposed a program of advanced accelerator R&D aimed at developing the Muon Collider concept. The proposed R&D program was motivated by progress on Muon Collider design in general, and in particular, by new ideas that have emerged on muon cooling channel design. The scope of the proposed MCTF R&D program includes muon collider design studies, helical cooling channel design and simulation, high temperature superconducting solenoid studies, an experimental program using beams to test cooling channel RF cavities and a 6D cooling demonstration channel. The first year of MCTF activities are summarized in this report together with a brief description of the anticipated FY08 R&D activities. In its first year the MCTF has made progress on (1) Muon Collider ring studies, (2) 6D cooling channel design and simulation studies with an emphasis on the HCC scheme, (3) beam preparations for the first HPRF cavity beam test, (4) preparations for an HCC four-coil test, (5) further development of the MANX experiment ideas and studies of the muon beam possibilities at Fermilab, (6) studies of how to integrate RF into an HCC in preparation for a component development program, and (7) HTS conductor and magnet studies to prepare for an evaluation of the prospects for of an HTS high-field solenoid build for a muon cooling channel.

  5. Task Force on University-Industry Sponsored

    E-print Network

    Ollivier-Gooch, Carl

    Task Force on University-Industry Sponsored Research Arrangements Final Report June 23, 2006 #12;UBC University-Industry Liaison Office Page 2 of 30 Task Force on University-Industry Research University-Industry Research Relationships TREK 2010: Mission

  6. 61 FR 47858 - Water Rights Task Force

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    1996-09-11

    ...DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Water Rights Task Force...meeting of the Water Rights Task Force...the Secretary of Agriculture in accordance...the Secretary of Agriculture. The purpose...whether Federal water rights...

  7. Terms of Reference for Task Force The University of Lethbridge is committed to developing an employment equity

    E-print Network

    Seldin, Jonathan P.

    successful implementation of workplace initiatives and innovations. Diversity Advantage Task Force 1. Purpose an employment equity plan that focuses on diversity. This initiative, the Diversity Advantage, centres forward in the Diversity and Employment Equity Policy and Procedures. Consultation and collaboration

  8. 18 CFR 701.58 - Task forces.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ...2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Task forces. 701.58 Section 701.58 ...Headquarters Organization § 701.58 Task forces. The Director with Council concurrence or the Council may establish task forces from time to time to aid in the...

  9. 18 CFR 701.58 - Task forces.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ...2014-04-01 2014-04-01 false Task forces. 701.58 Section 701.58 ...Headquarters Organization § 701.58 Task forces. The Director with Council concurrence or the Council may establish task forces from time to time to aid in the...

  10. 18 CFR 701.58 - Task forces.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ...2012-04-01 2012-04-01 false Task forces. 701.58 Section 701.58 ...Headquarters Organization § 701.58 Task forces. The Director with Council concurrence or the Council may establish task forces from time to time to aid in the...

  11. 18 CFR 701.58 - Task forces.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ...2013-04-01 2012-04-01 true Task forces. 701.58 Section 701.58 ...Headquarters Organization § 701.58 Task forces. The Director with Council concurrence or the Council may establish task forces from time to time to aid in the...

  12. 18 CFR 701.58 - Task forces.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ...2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Task forces. 701.58 Section 701.58...Headquarters Organization § 701.58 Task forces. The Director with Council concurrence or the Council may establish task forces from time to time to aid in...

  13. Dean's Task Force on Globalization and

    E-print Network

    Prodiæ, Aleksandar

    Dean's Task Force on Globalization and Engineering Final Report October 18, 2009 Yu-Ling Cheng (Chair) Bryan Karney Murray Metcalfe Lisa Romkey Zhirui Wang #12;Dean's Task Force on Globalization of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, formed a Task Force on Globalization and Engineering

  14. General Aviation Task Force report

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1993-01-01

    General aviation is officially defined as all aviation except scheduled airlines and the military. It is the only air transportation to many communities throughout the world. In order to reverse the recent decline in general aviation aircraft produced in the United States, the Task Force recommends that NASA provide the expertise and facilities such as wind tunnels and computer codes for aircraft design. General aviation manufacturers are receptive to NASA's innovations and technological leadership and are expected to be effective users of NASA-generated technologies.

  15. 75 FR 22497 - Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development

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    2010-04-29

    ...the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws...annually thereafter, forward to the President a report on the performance of its functions...Force, any functions of the President under the FACA, except for...

  16. Nonmajority/Minority Task Force Report.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Rodriquez, Carmen A.

    The purpose of the Nonmajority/Minority Task Force was to develop a study on the impact of the Emergency School Aid Act (ESAA) on the Nonmajority/Minorities named in the Act. A meeting held in 1977 resulted in the development of operational goals. To fulfill these goals: (1) the staff was to initiate a data search, using a two-phase approach, and…

  17. Report of the Task Force on Collection Policies and Assessments.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Dawson, Deborah; And Others

    Task force actions and data created from its experience are summarized in this report of the Task Force on Collection Development Policies and Assessments, whose major objectives were to create (1) models of collection development policies and collection assessments that could guide subject specialist/liaisons planning to build the library…

  18. Physical Education Outcomes: Grades K-5. Report of the Task Force To Develop HPERD Program Standards.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. Eastern District Association.

    These program guidelines, based on the 5-point definition of the physically educated person developed by the National Association for Sports and Physical Education (NASPE), provide reference information to states, school districts, and local schools who seek assistance in developing and maintaining quality programs in physical education. Ten…

  19. Professional Development: A Six-Year Data Evaluation of HIDTA Law Enforcement Task Force Training Programs

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Burnett, Larry D.

    2012-01-01

    This is a nationwide six-year data study of law enforcement training and professional development in relationship to workplace productivity. Why do we care about law enforcement training and professional development? Because the law enforcement environment is not standing still. Unlawful activity, and in particular drug trafficking strategies,…

  20. 75 FR 62438 - Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development Meeting

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    2010-10-08

    ...activities and develop proposals relating to ``six focus areas'': (1) Access to capital (loans, surety bonding and franchising); (2) Ensure achievement of pre-established contracting goals, including mentor prot[eacute]g[eacute] and...

  1. 75 FR 75187 - Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development Meeting Notice

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    2010-12-02

    ...activities and develop proposals relating to ``six focus areas'': (1) Access to capital (loans, surety bonding and franchising); (2) Ensure achievement of pre-established contracting goals, including mentor prot[eacute]g[eacute] and...

  2. 76 FR 8393 - Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development

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    2011-02-14

    ...activities and develop proposals relating to ``six focus areas'': (1) Access to capital (loans, surety bonding and franchising); (2) Ensure achievement of pre-established contracting goals, including mentor prot[eacute]g[eacute] and...

  3. 76 FR 56863 - Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development

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    2011-09-14

    ...activities and develop proposals relating to ``six focus areas'': (1) Access to capital (loans, surety bonding and franchising); (2) Ensure achievement of pre-established contracting goals, including mentor prot[eacute]g[eacute] and...

  4. 77 FR 1548 - Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development

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    2012-01-10

    ...activities and develop proposals relating to ``six focus areas'': (1) Access to capital (loans, surety bonding and franchising); (2) Ensure achievement of pre-established contracting goals, including mentor prot[eacute]g[eacute] and...

  5. 77 FR 41472 - Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development

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    2012-07-13

    ...activities and develop proposals relating to ``six focus areas'': (1) Access to capital (loans, surety bonding and franchising); (2) Ensure achievement of pre-established contracting goals, including mentor prot[eacute]g[eacute] and...

  6. 76 FR 21090 - Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development

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    2011-04-14

    ...activities and develop proposals relating to ``six focus areas'': (1) Access to capital (loans, surety bonding and franchising); (2) Ensure achievement of pre-established contracting goals, including mentor prot[eacute]g[eacute] and...

  7. 78 FR 45996 - Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development

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    2013-07-30

    ...activities and develop proposals relating to ``six focus areas'': (1) Access to capital (loans, surety bonding and franchising); (2) Ensure achievement of pre-established contracting goals, including mentor prot[eacute]g[eacute] and...

  8. 78 FR 7849 - Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development

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    2013-02-04

    ...activities and develop proposals relating to ``six focus areas'': (1) Access to capital (loans, surety bonding and franchising); (2) Ensure achievement of pre-established contracting goals, including mentor prot[eacute]g[eacute] and...

  9. 77 FR 22056 - Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development

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    2012-04-12

    ...activities and develop proposals relating to ``six focus areas'': (1) Access to capital (loans, surety bonding, and franchising); (2) Ensure achievement of pre-established contracting goals, including mentor prot[eacute]g[eacute] and...

  10. Report of the Task Force on detector Research and Development for the Superconducting Super Collider

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    1986-06-01

    This report contains a: Report of the working group on tracking devices; report of the working group on calorimetry; report of the working group on muon, electron and hadron identification; report of the working group on electronics, triggering, data acquisition and computing; report of the working group on superconducting magnets; and report of the working group on Monte Carlo development.

  11. Bilateral synergies in foot force production tasks.

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    Sarabon, Nejc; Markovic, Goran; Mikulic, Pavle; Latash, Mark L

    2013-05-01

    We analysed the effects of task symmetry during bilateral accurate force production tasks performed by the two feet. In particular, we tested a hypothesis that bilateral deficit would lead to higher indices of synergies defined as co-varied adjustments in the two forces across trials that reduced total force variability. The subjects produced steady-state force followed by a quick force pulse into the target. The two feet could be acting both into plantar flexion and into dorsiflexion (symmetrical tasks), or in opposite directions (asymmetrical task). We used the framework of the uncontrolled manifold hypothesis to quantify two variance components, one of which did not change total force (V UCM), while the other did (V ORT). Synergy indices during the asymmetrical task were higher than in either symmetrical task. The difference was due to higher V UCM (compared to the symmetrical plantar flexion task) or lower V ORT (compared to the symmetrical dorsiflexion task). The synergy index showed a drop (anticipatory synergy adjustment, ASA) starting 100-150 ms prior to the force pulse initiation. The ASA tended to be shorter and of a smaller magnitude for the asymmetrical task. This is the first demonstration of bilateral synergies during accurate force production by the legs. We conclude that bilateral deficit has no or weak effects on two-leg synergies. The results fit the earlier introduced scheme with two groups of neural variables defining average performance of a redundant system and patterns of co-variation among its elemental variables, respectively. PMID:23568657

  12. Water Conservation Task Force (2014 Charge)

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    California at Santa Cruz, University of

    Water Conservation Task Force (2014 Charge) The Task Force will advise the Chancellor and Campus Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor (CP/EVC) on current and past water use and provide recommendations on implementation of policies for potable water use reductions in support of The Regents Policy on Sustainable

  13. Sustainability Initiative Task Force Final Report

    E-print Network

    Sheridan, Jennifer

    UW­Madison Sustainability Initiative Task Force Final Report October 2010 #12;We are pleased to present the final report of the campus Sustainability Task Force. This report fulfills the charge we gave to sustainability for consideration by UW­Madison's leadership and campus community. There are many reasons why

  14. Plant Sciences Task Force Report and Recommendations

    E-print Network

    Jawitz, James W.

    Plant Sciences Task Force Report and Recommendations 29 May 2009 I. Executive Summary A Plant Sciences Task Force was appointed in January 2009 to review the current status of undergraduate programs in the plant sciences and make recommendations for enhancement of efficiency, effectiveness

  15. Recommendations for the Application of Biostatistical Methods During the Development and Validation of Alternative Toxicological Methods ECVAM Biostatistics Task Force Report 1

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Hermann-Georg Holzhiitter; Graeme Archer; Nadia Dami; David P. Lovell; Michael Sjostrom

    Summary — Assessment of the relevance and reliability of alternative toxicological methods requires the application of biostatistical methods. This report contains the recommendations of the ECVAM Task Force on Biostatistics for the appropriate use of biometrical methods, and for closer collaboration between biostatisticians and experimental toxicologists in the development and validation of alternative methods. The main objectives of these recommendations

  16. Multisociety Task Force for Critical Care Research

    PubMed Central

    Deutschman, Clifford S.; Ahrens, Tom; Cairns, Charles B.; Sessler, Curtis N.

    2012-01-01

    Background: Research in critical care extends from the bench to the bedside, involving multiple departments, specialties, and funding organizations. Because of this diversity, it has been difficult for all stakeholders to collectively identify challenges and establish priorities. Objective: To define a comprehensive agenda for critical care research using input from a broad range of stakeholders to serve as a blueprint for future initiatives. Methods: The Critical Care Societies Collaborative (CCSC), consisting of the leadership of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), the American Thoracic Society (ATS), and the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), joined the US Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group (USCIITG) in forming a task force to define a comprehensive critical care research agenda. This group of 25 identified experts was divided into subgroups to address basic, translational, clinical, implementation, and educational research. The subgroups met via conference calls, and the entire task force met in person for a 2-day session. The result was a detailed discussion of the research priorities that served as the basis for this report. Results: The task force identified challenges, specific priority areas, and recommendations for process improvements to support critical care research. Additionally, four overarching themes emerged: 1) the traditional “silo-ed” approach to critical care research is counterproductive and should be modified; 2) an approach that more effectively links areas of research (ie, basic and translational research, or clinical research and implementation) should be embraced; 3) future approaches to human research should account for disease complexity and patient heterogeneity; and 4) an enhanced infrastructure for critical care research is essential for future success. Conclusions: This document contains the themes/recommendations developed by a large, multiprofessional cross section of critical care scientists, clinicians, and educators. It provides a unique framework for future research in critical care medicine. PMID:22215828

  17. Oregon task force on global warming

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    Not Available

    1990-01-01

    The Oregon Task Force on Global Warming was created in late 1988. The task force is composed of 12 state agencies. It reviews current scientific knowledge and assess how global warming could affect the state, and reports on how the agencies propose to respond to the threat of global warming. This report summarizes the agencies' findings about potential impacts and the actions they intend to take.

  18. 75 FR 70764 - Small Business Information Security Task Force

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    2010-11-18

    ...ADMINISTRATION Small Business Information Security Task Force AGENCY: U.S. Small Business Administration...the Small Business Information Security Task Force Meeting. DATES: 1 p.m., Wednesday...the Small Business Information Security Task Force. Chairman, Rusty Pickens,...

  19. 7 CFR 1900.6 - Chair, Loan Resolution Task Force.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ...2010-01-01 false Chair, Loan Resolution Task Force. 1900.6 Section 1900.6 Agriculture...Authority § 1900.6 Chair, Loan Resolution Task Force. The Chair, Loan Resolution Task Force is delegated the following...

  20. Flood Protection Structure Accreditation Task Force: Interim Report

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    US Army Corps of Engineers

    Flood Protection Structure Accreditation Task Force: Interim Report January 2, 2013 #12;FLOOD PROTECTION STRUCTURE ACCREDITATION TASK FORCE: INTERIM REPORT Message from the Administrator Structure Accreditation Task Force: Interim Report." This Interim Report was prepared jointly by our two

  1. 61 FR 59079 - Water Rights Task Force Meeting; Correction

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    ...DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Water Rights Task Force Meeting; Correction...announces a change in a meeting of the Water Rights Task Force. The chairman...to Eleanor Towns, FACA Liaison, Water Rights Task Force, c/o USDA...

  2. 62 FR 27582 - Water Rights Task Force Meeting

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    ...DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Water Rights Task Force Meeting AGENCY...cancelling the ninth meeting of the Water Rights Task Force, which was...for the ninth meeting of the Water Rights Task Force. Dated:...

  3. Neural Force Control (NFC) for Complex Manipulator Tasks

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. Dapper; R. Maass; V. Zahn; Rolf Eckmiller

    1997-01-01

    . In order to apply intelligent robot control to complex force\\/position tasks, we developed a novel concept for force\\/position controlbased on neural networks (NN). A neural dynamic net (NDN) containsa neural computed torque controller, which delivers a precise mappingof the inverse model of the real manipulator. Specifically, the mappingconsiders different types of nonlinear properties, which are essential forthis type of

  4. Report of the Fermilab ILC Citizens' Task Force

    SciTech Connect

    None

    2008-06-01

    Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory convened the ILC Citizens' Task Force to provide guidance and advice to the laboratory to ensure that community concerns and ideas are included in all public aspects of planning and design for a proposed future accelerator, the International Linear Collider. In this report, the members of the Task Force describe the process they used to gather and analyze information on all aspects of the proposed accelerator and its potential location at Fermilab in northern Illinois. They present the conclusions and recommendations they reached as a result of the learning process and their subsequent discussions and deliberations. While the Task Force was charged to provide guidance on the ILC, it became clear during the process that the high cost of the proposed accelerator made a near-term start for the project at Fermilab unlikely. Nevertheless, based on a year of extensive learning and dialogue, the Task Force developed a series of recommendations for Fermilab to consider as the laboratory develops all successor projects to the Tevatron. The Task Force recognizes that bringing a next-generation particle physics project to Fermilab will require both a large international effort and the support of the local community. While the Task Force developed its recommendations in response to the parameters of a future ILC, the principles they set forth apply directly to any large project that may be conceived at Fermilab, or at other laboratories, in the future. With this report, the Task Force fulfills its task of guiding Fermilab from the perspective of the local community on how to move forward with a large-scale project while building positive relationships with surrounding communities. The report summarizes the benefits, concerns and potential impacts of bringing a large-scale scientific project to northern Illinois.

  5. White House Task Force to Protect

    E-print Network

    Slatton, Clint

    colleges across the country with tools to fight the epidemic. With one of the main goals of the task force, the complete process of filing a complaint against one's school in the event of noncompliance after reporting as a confidential resource for students who are victims of crimes through the provision of information about options

  6. Agricultural Drainage Management Systems Task Force (ADMSTF)

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    The Agricultural Drainage Management Systems (ADMS) Task Force was initiated during a Charter meeting in the fall of 2002 by dedicated professional employees of Federal, State, and Local Government Agencies and Universities. The Agricultural Drainage Management (ADM) Coalition was established in 200...

  7. AIPRC Jurisdiction Task Force Holds Hearings

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    American Indian Journal of the Institute for the Development of Indian Law, 1976

    1976-01-01

    The Jurisdiction Task Force of the American Indian Policy Review Commission (AIPRC) held a series of hearings on jurisdictional issues/problems confronting Native American governments today, and the following four topics emerged as primary areas of concern: Child Placement; Public Law 280; Water Rights; and Hunting/Fishing Rights. (JC)

  8. Dean's Task Force on Engineering Leadership

    E-print Network

    Dean's Task Force on Engineering Leadership Education Final Report May 5, 2010 Doug Reeve (Chair, Membership 1. There is an Urgent Need for Engineering Le 2. Leadership Education ...8 Engineering Leaders. Capability and Compe Engineering Leadership 5 Curriculum Concepts Co-curricular Concepts Extra

  9. Task Force on Core Mathematics Briefing Paper

    E-print Network

    McCallum, William G.

    . entry-level courses 3. general education requirements 4. academic standards 5. advising and prerequisite sciences and engineering (David Lomen), on the biological sciences (Joceline Lega), and on business://www.math.arizona.edu/~wmc/taskforce. Second, the department representatives on the Task Force will provide in- formation on the culture

  10. REPORT OF THE DARK ENERGY TASK FORCE

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    Baumgardt, Holger

    REPORT OF THE DARK ENERGY TASK FORCE (DETF) Dark energy appears to be the dominant component. These circumstances demand an ambitious observational program to determine the dark energy properties as well postulating that 70% of the universe is composed of mysterious "dark energy" that drives the acceleration

  11. REPORT OF THE DARK ENERGY TASK FORCE

    E-print Network

    Hu, Wayne

    REPORT OF THE DARK ENERGY TASK FORCE Andreas Albrecht, University of California, Davis Gary. Suntzeff, Texas A&M University Dark energy appears to be the dominant component of the physical Universe a full understanding of the cosmic acceleration. For these reasons, the nature of dark energy ranks among

  12. Report of the Literacy 2000 Task Force.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Wisconsin State Board of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education, Madison.

    This document from the task force charged with assessing Wisconsin's adult illiteracy problem and recommending what to do about it reports that the state has 492,720 residents who are at or below the level of functional illiteracy and another 412,720 considered to be "at-risk" due to the increased demand for higher-level basic skills in an…

  13. Document prepared by APIC Bioterrorism Task Force

    E-print Network

    Oliver, Douglas L.

    ATTACHMENT Document prepared by APIC Bioterrorism Task Force Judith F. English, Mae Y. Cundiff, John D. Malone, & Jeanne A. Pfeiffer CDC Hospital Infections Program Bioterrorism Working Group Michael Bell, Lynn Steele, & J. Michael Miller Reviewed and revised Infection Control JDH September 2003, June

  14. Self-Study Task Force Report

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Hetherington, Frank W.

    1975-01-01

    The task force study for the NACAC to which the entire September issue of ACAC is devoted, reviews the Constitution of NACAC in the light of changing and expanding needs of NACAC, and studies the relationship between NACAC and the State and Regional branches. (Author/EJT)

  15. Report of the Secretary's Task Force on Youth Suicide. Volume 1: Overview and Recommendations.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD.

    This document presents an overview of the issues involved in youth suicide which were considered by the Secretary's Task Force on Youth Suicide assembled by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The findings of the task force are presented. The task force concluded that: (1) state of knowledge about youth suicide is much less developed than…

  16. Reaching the Top: A Report of the National Task Force on Minority High Achievement.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    College Board, New York, NY.

    The College Board launched the National Task Force on Minority High Achievement in 1997. The primary mission of this Task Force has been to develop recommendations for how segments of U.S. society can work to increase the number of under-represented minority students who achieve at high levels academically. This report contains Task Force

  17. 32 CFR 700.1053 - Commander of a task force.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ...2012-07-01 false Commander of a task force. 700.1053 Section 700.1053 National...Duty § 700.1053 Commander of a task force. (a) A geographic fleet commander...commander, may detail in command of a task force, or other task command, any...

  18. 32 CFR 700.1053 - Commander of a task force.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ...2014-07-01 false Commander of a task force. 700.1053 Section 700.1053 National...Duty § 700.1053 Commander of a task force. (a) A geographic fleet commander...commander, may detail in command of a task force, or other task command, any...

  19. 32 CFR 700.1053 - Commander of a task force.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ...2013-07-01 false Commander of a task force. 700.1053 Section 700.1053 National...Duty § 700.1053 Commander of a task force. (a) A geographic fleet commander...commander, may detail in command of a task force, or other task command, any...

  20. 32 CFR 700.1053 - Commander of a task force.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...2010-07-01 false Commander of a task force. 700.1053 Section 700.1053...to Duty § 700.1053 Commander of a task force. (a) A geographic fleet commander...naval commander, may detail in command of a task force, or other task command, any...

  1. 3 CFR - Establishing a Task Force on Childhood Obesity

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ...efforts to combat childhood obesity; (d...the assessment and development of legislative...can improve the health and well-being...the Task Force's development of a detailed set...solve the problem of childhood obesity. Sec...The Secretary of Health and Human...

  2. First interim report of the Federal Fleet Conversion Task Force

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1993-08-01

    The Federal Fleet Conversion Task Force was created by Executive Order 12844, signed by President Clinton on April 21, 1993. In the Order, the President directed that purchases of alternative fueled vehicles by the Federal Government be substantially increased beyond the levels required by current law. The President charged the Task Force with developing recommendations for carrying out the Executive Order, with special emphasis on setting a course that will lead to the widespread use of alternative fueled vehicles by Federal, State, and local government fleets, by private fleets and, ultimately, by individuals. The chief recommendation of the Task Force is the establishment of a Presidential Clean Cities Initiative. To support creation of the Presidential Initiative, the Task Force identified 38 cities and regions, prioritized into three tiers, for concentrating the Initiative`s efforts in Fiscal Years 1994 through 1996. This concentration of effort is key to the effectiveness of the Initiative. The 38 cities and regions would receive priority funding for Federal vehicle purchases and for infrastructure development. In addition, the Task Force has made specific recommendations for overcoming numerous regulatory, economic, and technical barriers that have slowed the introduction of alternative fueled vehicles into general use.

  3. UHSS Task Force charge "consider a future structure for Purdue's

    E-print Network

    Ginzel, Matthew

    ;Task Force members · Susan Aufderheide, Director of USP · Dennis Bowling, Assistant Dean for Student Studies · Kauline Davis, Director of Diversity, Veterinary Medicine · Tomalee Doan, Associate Professor · Zhiyan (James) Ma UHP student · Dennis Minchella, Associate Dean, Science #12;Task Force continued

  4. 62 FR 39805 - Water Rights Task Force Meeting

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    1997-07-24

    ...DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Water Rights Task Force Meeting...SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Water Rights Task Force is...and the Secretary of Agriculture to study and make recommendations...issues pertaining to water rights. All...

  5. 62 FR 6944 - Water Rights Task Force Meeting

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    1997-02-14

    ...DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Water Rights Task Force Meeting...SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Water Rights Task Force is...and the Secretary of Agriculture to study and make recommendations...issues pertaining to water rights. At the...

  6. 61 FR 54611 - Water Rights Task Force Meeting

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    1996-10-21

    ...DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Water Rights Task Force Meeting...SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Water Rights Task Force is...and the Secretary of Agriculture to study and make recommendations...issues pertaining to water rights. At the...

  7. 62 FR 25887 - Water Rights Task Force Meeting

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    1997-05-12

    ...DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Water Rights Task Force Meeting...SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Water Rights Task Force is...and the Secretary of Agriculture to study and make recommendations...issues pertaining to water rights. All...

  8. Solar Energy Task Force Report on Education and Training.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    O'Connor, J. Kevin

    The Solar Energy Task Force Report summarizes data, information, and discussions focusing on solar space and water heating applications. The report is intended to fill a need for curriculum and course development and direction for technical training programs, especially in vocational/technical schools and community colleges. It addresses…

  9. Final Technical Report Transport Task Force

    SciTech Connect

    P.W. Terry

    2006-08-22

    The Transport Task Force has functioned as the primary scientific organization in the area of magnetic-fusion confinement and transport since its inception in 1988. It has defined and set research directions, coordinated broad research efforts, advocated new funding initiatives, and created a highly successful and widely admired interactive culture between experiment, theory and modeling. The Transport Task Force carries out its activities under the direction of its chair and the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee is comprised of the leaders and deputy leaders of the scientific working groups. The working groups are structured and organized according to research needs and priorities and have been organized around the areas of Core Transport, H Mode and Pedestal, Fast Particle Transport, Transient Transport Phenomena, and Modeling and Simulation. A steering committee provides advise on TTF activities. Further information on the working groups and the structure and management of the TTF can be found at http://psfcwww2.psfc.mit.edu/ttf/index.html. The TTF holds an annual workshop. A summary of the workshops held during the period of this report is given in Appendix I. During the period of this report the Transport Task Force was involved in several significant activities. Foremost of these was a sweeping review of the status of transport science, the key research tasks for progress during the next 5-10 years, and a proposal for a funding initiative to ensure application of adequate resources to these problems. The conclusions of this study were incorporated into a white paper, which is copied below in Appendix II. Other significant activities have included the introduction of an extended, ongoing discussion on verification and validation as a requisite for defining and codifying the path toward predictive capability, the orchestration of a gradual shift of focus from ion thermal confinement to electron thermal confinement, and a joining of efforts on edge physics by coordinating and uniting efforts of the Transport Task Force and Edge Coordinating Committee. During the next biennium the TTF is chaired by Keith Burrell.

  10. Provost's Task Force on Research Computing October 8, 2008

    E-print Network

    Crews, Stephen

    Provost's Task Force on Research Computing Report October 8, 2008 Terry Magnuson, Task Force Chair;Research Computing Task Force Report 2 Introduction Excellence in research sustains the University. Computing has become fundamental to all fields of research. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  11. Indian Nations At Risk Task Force: Listen to the People.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Charleston, G. Mike; King, Gaye Leia

    The Indian Nations At Risk Task Force commissioned 20 papers to review current conditions in Native American education and set forth rationale, plans, and strategies for action. This introduction to the commissioned papers describes the work of the Task Force. Comprised of 14 individuals, the Task Force met 5 times between May 1990 and May 1991 to…

  12. School Violence. Report of the Superintendent's Task Force.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Arizona State Dept. of Education, Phoenix.

    The Task Force on School Violence was convened to generate recommendations to key state policy makers to stem the rising tide of violence on school campuses. This report presents the task force's conclusions in two sections: (1) Findings; and (2) Recommendations. In their findings, the task force identified some key elements of prevention…

  13. 75 FR 61175 - Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Meeting

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    ...minutes on the ANS Task Force Web site at: http...anstaskforce.gov/meetings.php. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION...Executive Secretary, ANS Task Force, by phone at (703...information are on the ANS Task Force Web site at: http...anstaskforce.gov/meetings.php. Dated: September...

  14. 76 FR 60863 - Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Meeting

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    2011-09-30

    ...minutes on the ANS Task Force Web site at http...anstaskforce.gov/meetings.php. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION...Executive Secretary, ANS Task Force, by telephone at (703...information are on the ANS Task Force Web site at http...anstaskforce.gov/meetings.php. Accessibility...

  15. 77 FR 16256 - Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Meeting

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    2012-03-20

    ...minutes on the ANS Task Force Web site at: http...anstaskforce.gov/meetings.php. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION...Executive Secretary, ANS Task Force, at (703) 358-2466...information are on the ANS Task Force Web site at: http...anstaskforce.gov/meetings.php. Accessibility...

  16. 75 FR 15457 - Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Meeting

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    ...minutes on the ANS Task Force Web site at: http...anstaskforce.gov/meetings.php. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION...Executive Secretary, ANS Task Force, at (703) 358-2466...information are on the ANS Task Force Web site at: http...anstaskforce.gov/meetings.php. Dated: March 19,...

  17. 76 FR 15334 - Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Meeting

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    2011-03-21

    ...minutes on the ANS Task Force Web site at: http...anstaskforce.gov/meetings.php. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION...Executive Secretary, ANS Task Force, at (703) 358-2466...information are on the ANS Task Force Web site at: http...anstaskforce.gov/meetings.php. Dated: March 14,...

  18. ACR-SNM Task Force on Nuclear Medicine Training: report of the task force.

    PubMed

    Guiberteau, Milton J; Graham, Michael M

    2011-06-01

    The expansion of knowledge and technological advances in nuclear medicine and radiology require physicians to have more expertise in functional and anatomic imaging. The convergence of these two specialties into the new discipline of molecular imaging has also begun to place demands on residency training programs for additional instruction in physiology and molecular biology. These changes have unmasked weaknesses in current nuclear medicine and radiology training programs. Adding to the impetus for change are the attendant realities of the job market and uncertain employment prospects for physicians trained in nuclear medicine but not also trained in diagnostic radiology. With this background, the ACR and the Society of Nuclear Medicine convened the Task Force on Nuclear Medicine Training to define the issues and develop recommendations for resident training. PMID:21571791

  19. Learning Partnerships: Strengthening American Jobs in the Global Economy. A Report of the Task Force on Workforce Development

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Albert Shanker Institute, 2004

    2004-01-01

    Global competition, sweeping technological change, and demographic shifts in the labor force call for a national campaign to improve the skills and professionalism of the American workforce. This document calls for the creation of new learning partnerships throughout communities and workplaces to sustain middle-class jobs, pay the social costs of…

  20. IEEE Computer Society Task Force on Cluster Computing

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    The TFCC is an international forum promoting cluster computing research and education. It participates in helping to set up and promote technical standards in this area. The Task Force is concerned with issues related to the design, analysis, development and implementation of cluster-based systems. Of particular interest are: cluster hardware technologies, distributed environments, application tools and utilities, as well as the development and optimisation of cluster-based applications.

  1. Physical Education Outcomes: Grades 6-8, Report of the Task Force To Develop HPERD Program Standards.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. Eastern District Association.

    The intention of this paper is to provide reference material to states, school districts, and local schools who seek assistance in curriculum development and maintenance of quality programs in physical education. The guidelines are based on the 5-point definition of the physically educated person that was developed by the National Association for…

  2. A Proposal for Program Assessment at Kean College of New Jersey. Final Report of the Presidential Task Force on Student Learning and Development.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Kean Coll. of New Jersey, Union.

    In response to a request from its president, an institutional task force at Kean College of New Jersey studied approaches to program assessment used at other colleges, identified the measurement approaches being used at Kean College, and made policy recommendations for implementing an assessment program at the college. A major finding was that no…

  3. Space station operations task force. Panel 4 report: Management integration

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1987-01-01

    The Management Integration Panel of the Space Station Operations Task Force was chartered to provide a structure and ground rules for integrating the efforts of the other three panels and to address a number of cross cutting issues that affect all areas of space station operations. Issues addressed include operations concept implementation, alternatives development and integration process, strategic policy issues and options, and program management emphasis areas.

  4. 78 FR 29378 - Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force; Public Teleconference/Webinar

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    2013-05-20

    ...FXFR133609ANS09-FF09F14000-134] Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force; Public Teleconference/ Webinar AGENCY: Fish...teleconference/webinar of the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force (ANS Task Force). The ANS Task Force's purpose is to...

  5. Decisions for a Decade: Task Force Report and Recommendations, and Appendices A and B.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Nanaimo School District #68 (British Columbia).

    These materials feature the report and recommendations of a task force that was asked to develop a strategic plan that identifies the present and future needs of the Nanaimo (British Columbia) School District and recommends strategies for policy development and implementation in the years ahead. The task force gathered information for its…

  6. Descriptions of Sustainability Competencies Task Force on Sustainability in Engineering Education

    E-print Network

    Bone, Gary

    1 Descriptions of Sustainability Competencies Task Force on Sustainability in Engineering Education sustainability competencies which have been developed by the Task Force so that faculty members could understand incorporate these outcomes into their courses. It is important to note that the sustainability competencies

  7. National Concrete Consortium Task Force Report on State Technical Support Needs

    E-print Network

    9/2/2011 National Concrete Consortium Task Force Report on State Technical Support Needs Task Force to concrete pavements, in view of diminishing financial and human resources. Committee Activities on the following two needs. #12;Recommendations: 1. Develop material for the states to use in providing basic

  8. Management Skills. Skills Task Force Research Paper 3.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Johnson, Steven; Winterton, Jonathan

    A task force was convened to identify the nature, extent, and pattern of skill needs and shortages for managerial occupations in the United Kingdom (UK). The task force began by examining the key challenges facing managers in the UK. The following factors were among those considered: economic policies promoting liberalization and deregulation;…

  9. United States of America Electric Energy Market Competition Task Force

    E-print Network

    Tesfatsion, Leigh

    i United States of America Electric Energy Market Competition Task Force and the Federal Energy of competition within the wholesale and retail market for electric energy in the United States and to submit energy in the United States. The task force has 5 members: (1) an employee of the Department of Justice

  10. The European Commission’s Task Force on Bioterrorism

    PubMed Central

    Bossi, Philippe; Baka, Agoritsa; Van Loock, Frank; Hendriks, Jan; Wallyn, Solvejg; Gouvras, Georgios

    2003-01-01

    In response to the increased threat of bioterrorism, a task force on health security was established in the European Commission. Task force members address a broad range of issues related to preparedness for and response to bioterrorist events and seek to bring about a greater collaboration between the European Union member states. PMID:14609475

  11. Force-Field Compensation in a Manual Tracking Task

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Valentina Squeri; Lorenzo Masia; Maura Casadio; Pietro Morasso; Elena Vergaro; Paul L. Gribble

    2010-01-01

    This study addresses force\\/movement control in a dynamic “hybrid” task: the master sub-task is continuous manual tracking of a target moving along an eight-shaped Lissajous figure, with the tracking error as the primary performance index; the slave sub-task is compensation of a disturbing curl viscous field, compatibly with the primary performance index. The two sub-tasks are correlated because the lateral

  12. Neural Force Control (NFC) for Complex Manipulator Tasks ?

    E-print Network

    Behnke, Sven

    Neural Force Control (NFC) for Complex Manipulator Tasks ? M. Dapper, R. Maa , V. Zahn, R concept Totake the challengeofneural force/positioncontrol(NFC),an approach in joint space was chosen an unknown screw, NFC speci es that the tool center point with integrated force/torque sensor and screw

  13. Report of NASA Lunar Energy Enterprise Case Study Task Force

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Kearney, John J.

    1989-01-01

    The Lunar Energy Enterprise Case Study Task Force was asked to determine the economic viability and commercial potential of mining and extracting He-3 from the lunar soil, and transporting the material to Earth for use in a power-generating fusion reactor. Two other space energy projects, the Space Power Station (SPS) and the Lunar Power Station (LPS), were also reviewed because of several interrelated aspects of these projects. The specific findings of the Task Force are presented. Appendices contain related papers generated by individual Task Force Members.

  14. 76 FR 22685 - Interagency Management Task Force Public Meeting

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    ...intends to hold recurring public meetings of the Task Force. Interested parties can check http://www.femp.energy.gov/news/events.html for the time, location, agenda, and related materials of the meetings. The purpose of the town hall...

  15. Report of the Task Force on Collision Hall Limitations

    SciTech Connect

    NONE

    1987-04-01

    The Task Force on Collision Hall Limitations met March 23--26, 1987, to obtain a greater understanding of the civil construction requirements for a large scale model SSC detector and to identify limitations, if any, on overall detector scale and individual detector components that may result from civil construction limitations. To this purpose the Task Force studied civil construction techniques and limitations for both deep sites and surface or near surface sites, developed limits and criteria for model detector assembly and servicing, developed a model detector assembly scenario, and estimated an overall schedule from initiation of the design of the experimental hall complex to the completion of the assembly of the model detector. Our conclusions apply only to facilities required to house experiments of the scale of the model detector studied. From our studies it is apparent that the experimental hall complex required for SSC-scale detectors can be constructed under a variety of assumptions regarding the eventual SSC site. There may be significant differences in the schedule and the cost of the experimental hall complex between surface and deep underground locations, with the deep underground, in general, being more expensive and requiring a longer time for construction. The difference in cost and schedule for the experimental facilities for housing the model detector between a surface site and a deep underground site may amount to $25M and two years.

  16. APA Presidential Task Force on Evidence-Based Practice

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Alvin R. Mahrer; Frederick L. Newman; John C. Norcross; Doris K. Silverman; Brian D. Smedley; Bruce E. Wampold; Drew I. Westen; Brian T. Yates; Nolan W. Zane; Geoffrey M. Reed; Lynn F. Bufka; Paul D. Nelson; Cynthia D. Belar; Merry Bullock

    The evidence-based practice movement has become an important feature of health care systems and health care policy. Within this context, the APA 2005 Presidential Task Force on Evidence-Based Practice defines and discusses evidence-based practice in psychology (EBPP). In an in- tegration of science and practice, the Task Force's report describes psychology's fundamental commitment to sophis- ticated EBPP and takes into

  17. 76 FR 67761 - Hearing of the Attorney General's National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence

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    ...National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence AGENCY: Office of Juvenile Justice and...National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence (hereafter refered to as the Task Force...children's exposure to [[Page 67762

  18. 76 FR 54258 - Request for Comments-Fiscal Oversight Task Force Report and Recommendations

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    ...Comments--Fiscal Oversight Task Force Report and Recommendations AGENCY...of the Fiscal Oversight Task Force, which reviewed and made recommendations...about/mattersforcomment.php. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT...established the Fiscal Oversight Task Force (``FOTF''),...

  19. International Reference Ionosphere (IRI): Task Force Activity 2000

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    Bilitza, D.

    2000-01-01

    The annual IRI Task Force Activity was held at the Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy from July 10 to July 14. The participants included J. Adeniyi (University of Ilorin, Nigeria), D. Bilitza (NSSDC/RITSS, USA), D. Buresova (Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Czech Republic), B. Forte (ICTP, Italy), R. Leitinger (University of Graz, Austria), B. Nava (ICTP, Italy), M. Mosert (University National Tucuman, Argentina), S. Pulinets (IZMIRAN, Russia), S. Radicella (ICTP, Italy), and B. Reinisch (University of Mass. Lowell, USA). The main topic of this Task Force Activity was the modeling of the topside ionosphere and the development of strategies for modeling of ionospheric variability. Each day during the workshop week the team debated a specific modeling problem in the morning during informal presentations and round table discussions of all participants. Ways of resolving the specific modeling problem were devised and tested in the afternoon in front of the computers of the ICTP Aeronomy and Radiopropagation Laboratory using ICTP s computer networks and internet access.

  20. Social-Emotional Task Force. Final Report.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Boger, Robert P.; Knight, Sarah S.

    To develop and field test new assessment procedures for the 1969-70 Head Start national evaluation, a list of existing tests measuring selected social and emotional variables was compiled. Tests were selected on these criteria: (1) conceptual soundness, (2) relevance for preschool children, (3) whether disadvantaged children might be expected to…

  1. 76 FR 67761 - Establishment of the Attorney General's National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence

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    ...National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence AGENCY: Office of Juvenile Justice and...National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence (the Task Force) is established in...national problem of children's exposure to violence. The Task Force will conduct 4...

  2. Report from the Task Force on Women in Science and Engineering Acknowledgements

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    Mekalanos, John

    Report from the Task Force on Women in Science and Engineering May 2005 #12;Acknowledgements The Task Force on Women Faculty and the Task Force on Women in Science and Engineering wish to thank participated in the working groups for the Task Force on Women in Science and Engineering. In addition, we want

  3. Hairy Legs and Government Task Forces

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    Levine, Stuart

    1965-01-01

    cooperation with Great Britain), the development of the atomic bomb and the perfection of the proximity fuse are but a few. (James Phinney Baxter's Scientists Against Time [Boston, 1947] is a good account of its operation. ) So far as I know, no one has... to be very know-it-all. They like to lean heavily on easy generalizations and to refer anything you say to their own set of opinionated ideas. I date a more pragmatic approach on their part toward history in general to that discussion of the Indian...

  4. Santa Monica College Child Care Task Force Report.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Feiger, Helen Tina; And Others

    In 1983, Santa Monica College (SMC) created a task force to assess the college's need for child care services and to devise possible service models for consideration. Subcommittees were formed to address student and staff child care needs; ways of funding child care services; criteria for possible child care facilities and sites which met these…

  5. Repairing legitimacy after blacklisting by the Financial Action Task Force

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Jackie Johnson

    2003-01-01

    Describes how the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has blacklisted countries which it believes provide laws and practices conducive to money laundering; this blacklisting queries the legitimacy of the country or jurisdiction and its right to conduct financial business in the global environment. Shows how countries react to this challenge and regain legitimacy, and lists the countries concerned according to

  6. THE PRESIDENTIAL TASK FORCE ON STUDENT LIFE, LEARNING & COMMUNITY

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    THE PRESIDENTIAL TASK FORCE ON STUDENT LIFE, LEARNING & COMMUNITY PRESIDENTIAL RESPONSE of a Standing Committee on Campus Dialogue (SCCD), composed of students, faculty and administrators, to foster and application process. There should be an equal number of students and faculty/staff members and it should be co

  7. Report of the Task Force on De-Regulation Initiatives.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Fishbein, Estelle A.; Blumer, Dennis H.

    In response to a request by the Presidential Task Force on Regulatory Relief, this report offers specific recommendations for reform of federal regulations. A cover letter explains the constraints imposed by the recommended format: that the report is unable to address adequately the area of federal regulatory activity generating the most adverse…

  8. President's Task Force on Communications Policy. Final Report.

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    Rostow, Eugene V.

    The final report of the President's Task Force on Communications Policy recommends strengthened federal powers to form public policy in telecommunications. Such planned policy would enable the private sector to reach its full capacities in the field by improving regulation when it is necessary and removing unnecessary regulation. Monopoly of…

  9. 78 FR 9891 - South Dakota Task Force Meeting

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    2013-02-12

    ...River from sedimentation, and protect Indian and non-Indian historical and cultural sites along the Missouri River from erosion. DATES: The Task Force will hold a meeting on February 26, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ADDRESSES: The...

  10. Task Force on Undergraduate Retention and Graduation: Meeting Documentation

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    Bieber, Michael

    works chronologically with students through UG career. There is little transfer out of college and intrusive) is a challenge. 7 Jessica Binns advises all undergraduates; faculty are involved in IAC and other1 Task Force on Undergraduate Retention and Graduation: Meeting Documentation March 31, 2011 Part 1

  11. Report of the Task Force on Women in Public Broadcasting.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Isber, Caroline; Cantor, Muriel

    The National Task Force on Women, established by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), had three objectives: (1) to examine the extent to which women were employed at all levels in public broadcasting and were integrated into its policy-making and operations; (2) to examine the visibility and image of women in all programing and the…

  12. Report of the Task Force on Reorganization. Paley Library.

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    Temple Univ., Philadelphia, PA. Univ. Libraries.

    A self-examination of the Central Library System (CLS) at Temple University was undertaken by a task force made up of staff members to examine the current organizational structure in the light of technological, financial, curricular, enrollment, and library service considerations, as well as such organizational concerns as work flow, appropriate…

  13. Battening the Hatches Report of the GMU Task Force on

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    Battening the Hatches Report of the GMU Task Force on Information Security and Privacy March, 2000 to evaluate alternatives and design the service. Maintaining security should be a necessary cost of doing faculty a month. In the past several years numerous security incidents have affected GMU systems. Most

  14. Academic Science Program Task Force Tuesday, May 17, 2011

    E-print Network

    make the biggest difference? Can we create more organic structures that can change and evolve? Some suggestions for improvement. Question about the scope of the task force: just classical sciences (physical, chemical, biological) or more? The report from the National Academies, A New Biology for the 21st

  15. IASP Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Michael Kelleher; David Clark; Bob Goldney; Ad Kerkhof; Jerzy Wasserman; Hans Wedler

    1995-01-01

    The first meeting of the IASP Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide took place in Venice on June 7, 1995. Several interested observers were present. It was decided that at the public IASP meeting the following day each speaker should address, briefly, the current legal situation and the pressure for change, as well as give a personal statement. David

  16. Bacteria Total Maximum Daily Load Task Force Final Report 

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    Jones, C. Allan; Wagner, Kevin; Di Giovanni, George; Hauck, Larry; Mott, Joanna; Rifai, Hanadi; Srinivasan, Raghavan; Ward, George; Wythe, Kathy

    2009-01-01

    , * the mass balance models BLEST and BIT, and * the mechanistic hydrologic/water quality models HSPF, SWAT, SWMM and WASP. The Task Force report also describes and makes recommendations for effective use of BST methods that have been used in Texas...

  17. 75 FR 7197 - Establishing a Task Force on Childhood Obesity

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    ...Establishing a Task Force on Childhood Obesity Memorandum for the Heads of Executive...Agencies Across our country, childhood obesity has reached epidemic rates and, as a...live shorter lives than their parents. Obesity has been recognized as a problem for...

  18. Operation Ivy. Joint Task Force 132, 1952. Final report

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    Not Available

    1985-09-01

    This report covers the activities of the Joint Task Force 132 in Operation Ivy, in 1952 at Eniwetok Atoll. Shots Mike and King were detonated in conjunction with eleven experimental programs. This report describes the device, weapon, and experimental programs, giving as many preliminary conclusions as can be drawn from early analysis of the data.

  19. New York Task Force on Racehorse Health and Safety

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    Rodriguez, Carlos

    New York Task Force on Racehorse Health and Safety OFFICIAL REPORT Investigation of Equine at Aqueduct Race Track (hereinafter "Aqueduct") in Ozone Park, New York. In a letter dated March 14, 2012 from the Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

  20. Report of the Task Force on Corporal Punishment.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    National Education Association, Washington, DC.

    This report reflects positions arrived at by the Task Force as a result of extensive literature reviews; site investigations; meetings and conferences; and interviews with parents, teachers, students, and administrators. The contents include (1) findings on the use and effect of physical punishment, (2) some suggested alternatives to the use of…

  1. STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING TASK FORCE REPORT

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    Prinz, Friedrich B.

    STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING TASK FORCE REPORT October 2008 © 2008 The Board of Trustees. Appendix 42 #12;2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Acknowledging the changing landscape of student mental health issues at Stanford and throughout the country, Provost John Etchemendy convened the Student Mental Health and Well

  2. NOAA Drought Task Force: A Coordinated Research Initiative to Advance Drought Understanding, Monitoring and Prediction

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mariotti, A.; Barrie, D.

    2014-12-01

    The NOAA's Drought Task Force was first established in October 2011 and renewed in October 2014 with the goal of achieving significant new advances in the ability to understand, monitor and predict drought over North America. The Task Force is an initiative of NOAA's Climate Program Office Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) program in support of the National Integrated Drought Information System NIDIS. The Drought Task Force also represents an important research contribution to efforts to develop an international Global Drought Information System (GDIS). The Drought Task Force brings together leading drought scientists research laboratories and/or operational centers from NOAA, other U.S. agencies laboratories and academia. Their concerted research effort builds on individual MAPP research projects and related drought-research sector developments. The projects span the wide spectrum of drought research needed to make fundamental advances, from those aimed at the basic understanding of drought mechanisms to those evaluating new drought monitoring and prediction tools for operational and service purposes. This contribution will present an overview of Drought Task Force activities and plans to date, including highlights of research activities and how the group has been working in partnership with NIDIS and synergy with GDIS to advance the science underpinning the development, assessment and provision of drought information.

  3. Summary of the Report of the Ad Hoc Task Force on Psychopharmacology of the American Psychological Association

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Michael A. Smyer; Robert L. Balster; Dan Egli; Dale L. Johnson; M. Marlyne Kilbey; Nancy J. Leith; Antonio E. Puente

    1993-01-01

    The American Psychological Association Board of Directors established an ad hoc task force on psychopharmacology to explore the desirability and feasibility of psychopharmacology prescription privileges for psychologists. In this context, the Task Force's charges were to determine the competence criteria necessary for training psychologists to provide service to patients receiving medications and to develop and evaluate the necessary curricular models.

  4. Definition and classification of power system stability IEEE\\/CIGRE joint task force on stability terms and definitions

    Microsoft Academic Search

    P. Kundur; J. Paserba; V. Ajjarapu; G. Andersson; A. Bose; C. Canizares; N. Hatziargyriou; D. Hill; A. Stankovic; C. Taylor; T. Van Cutsem; V. Vittal

    2004-01-01

    The problem of defining and classifying power system stability has been addressed by several previous CIGRE and IEEE Task Force reports. These earlier efforts, however, do not completely reflect current industry needs, experiences and understanding. In particular, the definitions are not precise and the classifications do not encompass all practical instability scenarios. This report developed by a Task Force, set

  5. Substance Use among Pregnant Women: The Report of the Task Force for the Prevention of Substance Use among Pregnant Women.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Kayye, Paul T.; Relos, Ruth

    This document contains a report from the North Carolina Task Force for the Prevention of Substance Use Among Pregnant Women, a task force established to develop a long-range plan to decrease infant death and disability due to exposure to toxic substances in utero. The executive summary identifies four major problem areas which negatively affect…

  6. U.S. Navy Task Force Climate Change

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Miller, T.; McBride, B.; St. John, C.

    2011-12-01

    In May 2009, the Chief of Naval Operations established Task Force Climate Change (TFCC) to develop Navy policy, plans, and recommendations regarding future investments to adapt to the world's changing climate. With a near-term focus on the changing Arctic ocean and consequent increase in access to the region, TFCC has adopted a science-based approach in collaboration with other U.S. government agencies, international partners, industry, and academia. TFCC has developed two roadmaps that provide 5-year action plans for the Navy to address the Arctic and global climate change. Critical elements of both roadmaps are assessments of: (1) current and projected climate change, (2) resulting impacts to Naval missions and infrastructure, and (3) associated risks of not taking adaptation actions that are operationally, environmentally, and ecologically sustainable. Through TFCC, the Navy acknowledges the link between climate change and national security, and engages in extensive outreach and strategic communication to remain informed on the best climate science and promote public understanding and support regarding the Navy's climate change efforts.

  7. 77 FR 22000 - Hearing of the Attorney General's National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence

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    2012-04-12

    ...National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence AGENCY: Office of Justice Programs...National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence (the ``task force''). The task...advice in the areas of children exposed to violence for the purpose of addressing the...

  8. 77 FR 39264 - Meeting of the Attorney General's National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence

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    2012-07-02

    ...National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence AGENCY: Office of Justice Programs...National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence (the ``task force''). The task...advice in the areas of children exposed to violence for the purpose of addressing the...

  9. 77 FR 12881 - Hearing of the Attorney General's National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence

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    2012-03-02

    ...National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence AGENCY: Office of Justice Programs...National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence (the ``task force''). The task...advice in the areas of children exposed to violence for the purpose of addressing the...

  10. College of Education Strategic Initiatives Task Force Report (2 of 5)

    E-print Network

    de Lijser, Peter

    to develop a vision of clinical practice. The resulting vision statement, developed at the spring 2012 Report). a. The Task Force analyzed the faculty's vision statement for its mesh with NCATE's Blue Ribbon Report. We also analyzed the vision statement for its mesh National Association for Professional

  11. Grip Force Coordination during Bimanual Tasks in Unilateral Cerebral Palsy

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    Islam, Mominul; Gordon, Andrew M.; Skold, Annika; Forssberg, Hans; Eliasson, Ann-Christin

    2011-01-01

    Aim: The aim of the study was to investigate coordination of fingertip forces during an asymmetrical bimanual task in children with unilateral cerebral palsy (CP). Method: Twelve participants (six males, six females; mean age 14y 4mo, SD 3.3y; range 9-20y;) with unilateral CP (eight right-sided, four left-sided) and 15 age-matched typically…

  12. Content validity--establishing and reporting the evidence in newly developed patient-reported outcomes (PRO) instruments for medical product evaluation: ISPOR PRO Good Research Practices Task Force report: part 2--assessing respondent understanding.

    PubMed

    Patrick, Donald L; Burke, Laurie B; Gwaltney, Chad J; Leidy, Nancy Kline; Martin, Mona L; Molsen, Elizabeth; Ring, Lena

    2011-12-01

    The importance of content validity in developing patient reported outcomes (PRO) instruments is stressed by both the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency. Content validity is the extent to which an instrument measures the important aspects of concepts developers or users purport it to assess. A PRO instrument measures the concepts most relevant and important to a patient's condition and its treatment. For PRO instruments, items and domains as reflected in the scores of an instrument should be important to the target population and comprehensive with respect to patient concerns. Documentation of target population input in item generation, as well as evaluation of patient understanding through cognitive interviewing, can provide the evidence for content validity. Part 1 of this task force report covers elicitation of key concepts using qualitative focus groups and/or interviews to inform content and structure of a new PRO instrument. Building on qualitative interviews and focus groups used to elicit concepts, cognitive interviews help developers craft items that can be understood by respondents in the target population and can ultimately confirm that the final instrument is appropriate, comprehensive, and understandable in the target population. Part 2 details: 1) the methods for conducting cognitive interviews that address patient understanding of items, instructions, and response options; and 2) the methods for tracking item development through the various stages of research and preparing this tracking for submission to regulatory agencies. The task force report's two parts are meant to be read together. They are intended to offer suggestions for good practice in planning, executing, and documenting qualitative studies that are used to support the content validity of PRO instruments to be used in medical product evaluation. PMID:22152166

  13. DESIGNING PHARMACEUTICAL TRIALS FOR SARCOPENIA IN FRAIL OLDER ADULTS: EU/US TASK FORCE RECOMMENDATIONS

    PubMed Central

    VELLAS, B.; PAHOR, M.; MANINI, T.; ROOKS, D.; GURALNIK, J.M.; MORLEY, J.; STUDENSKI, S.; EVANS, W.; ASBRAND, C.; FARIELLO, R.; PEREIRA, S.; ROLLAND, Y.; VAN KAN, G. ABELLAN; CESARI, M.; CHUMLEA, WM.C.; FIELDING, R.

    2014-01-01

    An international task force of academic and industry leaders in sarcopenia research met on December 5, 2012 in Orlando, Florida to develop guidelines for designing and executing randomized clinical trials of sarcopenia treatments. The Task Force reviewed results from previous trials in related disease areas to extract lessons relevant to future sarcopenia trials, including practical issues regarding the design and conduct of trials in elderly populations, the definition of appropriate target populations, and the selection of screening tools, outcome measures, and biomarkers. They discussed regulatory issues, the challenges posed by trials of different types of interventions, and the need for standardization and harmonization. The Task Force concluded with recommendations for advancing the field toward better clinical trials. PMID:23933872

  14. Report of the Task Force on low-level radioactive waste

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    1980-08-01

    The Radiation Policy Council formed a Task Force in May 1980 to consider the problems associated with low-level radioactive waste disposal. Two major objectives were developed by the Task Force: (1) to recommend Federal policy for improving coordination and implementation of Federal and non-Federal programs established to obtain solutions to existing low-level waste disposal problems; and (2) to recommend Federal policy for disposal of low-level waste containing minimal activity for which alternative disposal methods to existing shallow land burial practices may be acceptable for protecting the public health.

  15. Screening for Ovarian Cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Reaffirmation Recommendation

    MedlinePLUS

    Screening for Ovarian Cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Reaf?rmation Recommendation Statement The full report is titled “Screening for Ovarian Cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Reaf?rmation Recommendation Statement.” ...

  16. 75 FR 12493 - Task Force on Childhood Obesity: Request for Information

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    2010-03-16

    ...DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Task Force on Childhood Obesity: Request for Information AGENCY: U...SUMMARY: Across the country, childhood obesity has reached epidemic rates. On February...establishing a Task Force on Childhood Obesity that directs Federal agencies to...

  17. 28 CFR 16.105 - Exemption of Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force System.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...Terrorist Tracking Task Force System. 16.105 Section 16...Administration DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE PRODUCTION OR DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL OR...INFORMATION Exemption of Records Systems Under the Privacy Act § 16...Terrorist Tracking Task Force System. (a) The...

  18. Statement on Academic Freedom Final Report of the Academic Council Task Force

    E-print Network

    for independent critical thinking. Academic freedom is at the very core of the mission of a university to achieve1 Statement on Academic Freedom Final Report of the Academic Council Task Force November 2011 Background In February 2011 the President of UCD requested the Academic Council to develop a policy statement

  19. University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences' Distance Education Task Force. Final Report.

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    Florida Univ., Gainesville. Inst. of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

    The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida formed a task force in mid-1995 to develop a comprehensive plan for using distance education in the next century. A questionnaire was sent to department chairs and research center directors at the university (59 responses) requesting information on how they would…

  20. A Report on a New School Facilities Capital Plan by the School Facilities Task Force.

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    Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton.

    This report reflects the recommendations of the School Facilities Task Force (appointed for Alberta in February 1997) regarding the development of a new school facilities capital plan. Guiding principles included the needs of students, local decision making, and long-range planning. Nine appendixes include a sample school capital funding scenario;…

  1. Oregon Ballast Water Task Force Report on Ballast Water Management in Oregon

    E-print Network

    and vessel fouling. Ballast water management (reporting, exchange and/or treatment) regulations have been a short-term solution until ballast water treatment technologies are developed and implementedOregon Ballast Water Task Force Report on Ballast Water Management in Oregon #12;Oregon Ballast

  2. Accountability: An Investment of Quality. Final Report of the AB 1725 Accountability Task Force.

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    MacDougall, Peter; And Others

    In response to legislative mandate, the Chancellor's Office of the California Community Colleges initiated the development of a community college accountability system by convening a task force in January 1991. In addition, grants were awarded to four community college districts (i.e., Mt. San Antonio College, San Joaquin Delta College, San…

  3. Globalisation, regions and cluster policies: the case of the Rover Task Force

    Microsoft Academic Search

    David Bailey

    2003-01-01

    In March 2000, BMW announced plans to restructure and sell substantial parts of the Rover Group and threatened to close Rover completely. In response the government brought together local actors through the West Midlands Regional Development Agency (RDA) and Government Office of the West Midlands (GOWM) by setting up the Rover Task Force (RTF). After a local consortium purchased Rover,

  4. Update on the NIAAA Task Force on College Drinking Recommendations. Prevention Update

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    Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention, 2010

    2010-01-01

    In 2002 the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) issued a groundbreaking report, "A Call to Action: Changing the Culture of Drinking at U.S. Colleges." This report was developed by the NIAAA-supported Task Force on College Drinking after three years of intensive discussions. It described new understanding of dangerous…

  5. Sandia-Power Surety Task Force Hawaii foam analysis.

    SciTech Connect

    McIntyre, Annie

    2010-11-01

    The Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) Power Surety Task Force was officially created in early 2008, after nearly two years of work in demand reduction and renewable energy technologies to support the Warfighter in Theater. The OSD Power Surety Task Force is tasked with identifying efficient energy solutions that support mission requirements. Spray foam insulation demonstrations were recently expanded beyond field structures to include military housing at Ft. Belvoir. Initial results to using the foam in both applications are favorable. This project will address the remaining key questions: (1) Can this technology help to reduce utility costs for the Installation Commander? (2) Is the foam cost effective? (3) What application differences in housing affect those key metrics? The critical need for energy solutions in Hawaii and the existing relationships among Sandia, the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of Energy (DOE), and Forest City, make this location a logical choice for a foam demonstration. This project includes application and analysis of foam to a residential duplex at the Waikulu military community on Oahu, Hawaii, as well as reference to spray foam applied to a PACOM facility and additional foamed units on Maui, conducted during this project phase. This report concludes the analysis and describes the utilization of foam insulation at military housing in Hawaii and the subsequent data gathering and analysis.

  6. presidential task force on child care at penn state Findings and Report to President Rodney Erickson

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    Yener, Aylin

    -being and child sexual abuse prevention. Finding 2: Penn State parents are mostly satisfied with servicespresidential task force on child care at penn state Findings and Report to President Rodney Erickson January 9, 2014 Presidential Task Force on Child Care at Penn State #12;2 presidential task force

  7. Task Force Report on Social Studies Education in Maryland: The Challenge and the Imperative

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    Maryland State Department of Education, 2010

    2010-01-01

    In November 2004, State Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick convened the Maryland Social Studies Task Force. The Task Force was charged with examining issues related to social studies education and recommending ways to improve social studies instruction in Maryland's public schools. The Task Force formed four Subcommittees, each examining…

  8. Crafting a Balanced System of Assessment in Wisconsin. Recommendations of the Next Generation Assessment Task Force

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    Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2009

    2009-01-01

    The Next Generation Assessment Task Force was convened to formulate Wisconsin's path forward. Task force members listened to leaders from business and technology sectors as well as leaders from PK-12 and higher education. This summary shares the process, definitions, assumptions, and recommendations of the task force. This paper aims to use these…

  9. FAU update: Experts join statewide oil spill task force compiled by FAU

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    Belogay, Eugene A.

    FAU update: Experts join statewide oil spill task force compiled by FAU Friday, July 23, 2010 Florida Atlantic University is a member of the Oil Spill Academic Task Force established by Chancellor Horizon oil spill. Leading the charge for FAU on the Oil Spill Academic Task Force is Leonard Berry

  10. 75 FR 47624 - U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Public Meeting and Public Comment

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    2010-08-06

    ...INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Public Meeting and Public...announce a public meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF) and a request...fws.gov); or Liza Johnson, U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Department of the...

  11. 76 FR 52318 - U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Public Meeting and Public Comment

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    2011-08-22

    ...and Atmospheric Administration U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Public Meeting and Public...given of a public meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force. The meeting will be held...26th bi-annual meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force, provides a forum...

  12. 77 FR 6786 - U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Public Meeting and Public Comment

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    2012-02-09

    ...and Atmospheric Administration U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Public Meeting and Public...given of a public meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force. The meeting will be held...bi-annual meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force, provides a forum...

  13. 76 FR 7579 - U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Public Meeting and Public Comment

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    2011-02-10

    ...FWS-R9-EA-2011-N004; 6012PBD01 68] U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Public Meeting and Public...public business meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF) on February...fws.gov); or Liza Johnson, U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Department of the...

  14. Task Force on Responsible Decisions About Alcohol. Final Report. (A Summary)

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    Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.

    The Final Report of the Task Force on Responsible Decisions About Alcohol is comprised of three booklets. Booklet 1 contains a history of the Education Commission of the States (ECS) and the formation of the ECS Task Force on Responsible Decisions About Alcohol. The goals and objectives of the task force are defined as they relate to approaches…

  15. FINAL: April 14, 2010 NASA Advisory Council Ad-Hoc Task Force on Planetary Defense

    E-print Network

    Waliser, Duane E.

    FINAL: April 14, 2010 NASA Advisory Council Ad-Hoc Task Force on Planetary Defense Thursday. Schweickart/T. Jones 11:40 Ad-Hoc Task Force on Planetary Defense Terms of Reference - Charter, schedule Council Ad-Hoc Task Force on Planetary Defense Thursday/Friday, April 15-16, 2010 Boston Marriot Cambridge

  16. Development of the Spatial Judgment Experimental Task 

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    Moore, James C.

    2015-07-21

    stream_source_info #15 Development of the Spatial Judgment Experimental Task.pdf.txt stream_content_type text/plain stream_size 56 Content-Encoding ISO-8859-1 stream_name #15 Development of the Spatial Judgment Experimental Task....pdf.txt Content-Type text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1 ...

  17. Interpretation Of Assembly Task Constraints From Position And Force Sensory Data

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Hou, E. S. H.; Lee, C. S. G.

    1990-03-01

    One of the major deficiencies in current robot control schemes is the lack of high-level knowledge in the feedback loop. Typically, the sensory data acquired are fed back to the robot controller with minimal amount of processing. However, by accumulating useful sensory data and processing them intelligently, one can obtain invaluable information about the state of the task being performed by the robot. This paper presents a method based on the screw theory for interpreting the position and force sensory data into high-level assembly task constraints. The position data are obtained from the joint angle encoders of the manipulator and the force data are obtained from a wrist force sensor attached to the mounting plate of the manipulator end-effector. The interpretation of the sensory data is divided into two subproblems: representation problem and interpretation problem. Spatial and physical constraints based on the screw axis and force axis of the manipulator are used to represent the high-level task constraints. Algorithms which yield least-squared error results are developed to obtain the spatial and physical constraints from the position and force data. The spatial and physical constraints obtained from the sensory data are then compared with the desired spatial and physical constraints to interpret the state of the assembly task. Computer simulation and experimental results for verifying the validity of the algorithms are also presented and discussed.

  18. 77 FR 42334 - Meeting of the Attorney General's National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence (Correction)

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    2012-07-18

    ...Attorney General's National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence (Correction) AGENCY: Office of Justice Programs, Justice...Attorney General's National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence (the ``task force''). As that notice stated, the...

  19. ACCF/AHA methodology for the development of quality measures for cardiovascular technology: a report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Performance Measures.

    PubMed

    Bonow, Robert O; Douglas, Pamela S; Buxton, Alfred E; Cohen, David J; Curtis, Jeptha P; Delong, Elizabeth; Drozda, Joseph P; Ferguson, T Bruce; Heidenreich, Paul A; Hendel, Robert C; Masoudi, Frederick A; Peterson, Eric D; Taylor, Allen J

    2011-09-27

    Consistent with the growing national focus on healthcare quality, the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have taken a leadership role over the past decade in developing measures of the quality of cardiovascular care by convening a joint ACCF/AHA Task Force on Performance Measures. The Task Force is charged with identifying the clinical topics appropriate for the development of performance measures and with assembling writing committees composed of clinical and methodological experts in collaboration with appropriate subspecialty societies. The Task Force has also created methodology documents that offer guidance in the development of process, outcome, composite, and efficiency measures. Cardiovascular performance measures using existing ACCF/AHA methodology are based on Class I or Class III guidelines recommendations, usually with Level A evidence. These performance measures, based on evidence-based ACCF/AHA guidelines, remain the most rigorous quality measures for both internal quality improvement and public reporting. However, many of the tools for diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease involve advanced technologies, such as cardiac imaging, for which there are often no underlying guideline documents. Because these technologies affect the quality of cardiovascular care and also have the potential to contribute to cardiovascular health expenditures, there is a need for more critical assessment of the use of technology, including the development of quality and performance measures in areas in which guideline recommendations are absent. The evaluation of quality in the use of cardiovascular technologies requires consideration of multiple parameters that differ from other healthcare processes. The present document describes methodology for development of 2 new classes of quality measures in these situations, appropriate use measures and structure/safety measures. Appropriate use measures are based on specific indications, processes, or parameters of care for which high level of evidence data and Class I or Class III guideline recommendations may be lacking but are addressed in ACCF appropriate use criteria documents. Structure/safety measures represent measures developed to address structural aspects of the use of healthcare technology (e.g., laboratory accreditation, personnel training, and credentialing) or quality issues related to patient safety when there are neither guidelines recommendations nor appropriate use criteria. Although the strength of evidence for appropriate use measures and structure/safety measures may not be as strong as that for formal performance measures, they are quality measures that are otherwise rigorously developed, reviewed, tested, and approved in the same manner as ACCF/AHA performance measures. The ultimate goal of the present document is to provide direction in defining and measuring the appropriate use-avoiding not only underuse but also overuse and misuse-and proper application of cardiovascular technology and to describe how such appropriate use measures and structure/safety measures might be developed for the purposes of quality improvement and public reporting. It is anticipated that this effort will help focus the national dialogue on the use of cardiovascular technology and away from the current concerns about volume and cost alone to a more holistic emphasis on value. PMID:21875906

  20. ACCF/AHA methodology for the development of quality measures for cardiovascular technology: a report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Performance Measures.

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    Bonow, Robert O; Douglas, Pamela S; Buxton, Alfred E; Cohen, David J; Curtis, Jeptha P; Delong, Elizabeth; Drozda, Joseph P; Ferguson, T Bruce; Heidenreich, Paul A; Hendel, Robert C; Masoudi, Frederick A; Peterson, Eric D; Taylor, Allen J

    2011-09-27

    Consistent with the growing national focus on healthcare quality, the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have taken a leadership role over the past decade in developing measures of the quality of cardiovascular care by convening a joint ACCF/AHA Task Force on Performance Measures. The Task Force is charged with identifying the clinical topics appropriate for the development of performance measures and with assembling writing committees composed of clinical and methodological experts in collaboration with appropriate subspecialty societies. The Task Force has also created methodology documents that offer guidance in the development of process, outcome, composite, and efficiency measures. Cardiovascular performance measures using existing ACCF/AHA methodology are based on Class I or Class III guidelines recommendations, usually with Level A evidence. These performance measures, based on evidence-based ACCF/AHA guidelines, remain the most rigorous quality measures for both internal quality improvement and public reporting. However, many of the tools for diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease involve advanced technologies, such as cardiac imaging, for which there are often no underlying guideline documents. Because these technologies affect the quality of cardiovascular care and also have the potential to contribute to cardiovascular health expenditures, there is a need for more critical assessment of the use of technology, including the development of quality and performance measures in areas in which guideline recommendations are absent. The evaluation of quality in the use of cardiovascular technologies requires consideration of multiple parameters that differ from other healthcare processes. The present document describes methodology for development of 2 new classes of quality measures in these situations, appropriate use measures and structure/safety measures. Appropriate use measures are based on specific indications, processes, or parameters of care for which high level of evidence data and Class I or Class III guideline recommendations may be lacking but are addressed in ACCF appropriate use criteria documents. Structure/safety measures represent measures developed to address structural aspects of the use of healthcare technology (e.g., laboratory accreditation, personnel training, and credentialing) or quality issues related to patient safety when there are neither guidelines recommendations nor appropriate use criteria. Although the strength of evidence for appropriate use measures and structure/safety measures may not be as strong as that for formal performance measures, they are quality measures that are otherwise rigorously developed, reviewed, tested, and approved in the same manner as ACCF/AHA performance measures. The ultimate goal of the present document is to provide direction in defining and measuring the appropriate use-avoiding not only underuse but also overuse and misuse-and proper application of cardiovascular technology and to describe how such appropriate use measures and structure/safety measures might be developed for the purposes of quality improvement and public reporting. It is anticipated that this effort will help focus the national dialogue on the use of cardiovascular technology and away from the current concerns about volume and cost alone to a more holistic emphasis on value. PMID:21880456

  1. Infusing a Global Perspective into the Study of Agriculture: Student Activities. Volume 1. Developed by the National Task Force on International Agricultural Education.

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    Martin, Robert A., Ed.

    The need to develop an awareness of the global nature of the agriculture industry is one of the major issues that students must begin to understand. A packet of instructional materials was developed to help teachers infuse a global perspective into units of instruction about agriculture and related topics. This document offers a series of…

  2. Right in the Middle: A Report of the Connecticut Task Force on the Education of Early Adolescents.

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    Connecticut State Dept. of Education, Hartford.

    This report summarizes the work of the Connecticut Task Force on the Education of Early Adolescents, which convened to make recommendations for reform policies in middle grade education. Prompted by a report issued by the Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development, this report is the result of efforts to define the specific tasks that needed to be…

  3. Content validity--establishing and reporting the evidence in newly developed patient-reported outcomes (PRO) instruments for medical product evaluation: ISPOR PRO good research practices task force report: part 1--eliciting concepts for a new PRO instrument.

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    Patrick, Donald L; Burke, Laurie B; Gwaltney, Chad J; Leidy, Nancy Kline; Martin, Mona L; Molsen, Elizabeth; Ring, Lena

    2011-12-01

    The importance of content validity in developing patient reported outcomes (PRO) instruments is stressed by both the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency. Content validity is the extent to which an instrument measures the important aspects of concepts that developers or users purport it to assess. A PRO instrument measures the concepts most significant and relevant to a patient's condition and its treatment. For PRO instruments, items and domains as reflected in the scores of an instrument should be important to the target population and comprehensive with respect to patient concerns. Documentation of target population input in item generation, as well as evaluation of patient understanding through cognitive interviewing, can provide the evidence for content validity. Developing content for, and assessing respondent understanding of, newly developed PRO instruments for medical product evaluation will be discussed in this two-part ISPOR PRO Good Research Practices Task Force Report. Topics include the methods for generating items, documenting item development, coding of qualitative data from item generation, cognitive interviewing, and tracking item development through the various stages of research and preparing this tracking for submission to regulatory agencies. Part 1 covers elicitation of key concepts using qualitative focus groups and/or interviews to inform content and structure of a new PRO instrument. Part 2 covers the instrument development process, the assessment of patient understanding of the draft instrument using cognitive interviews and steps for instrument revision. The two parts are meant to be read together. They are intended to offer suggestions for good practices in planning, executing, and documenting qualitative studies that are used to support the content validity of PRO instruments to be used in medical product evaluation. PMID:22152165

  4. Outcome of the first electron microscopy validation task force meeting.

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    Henderson, Richard; Sali, Andrej; Baker, Matthew L; Carragher, Bridget; Devkota, Batsal; Downing, Kenneth H; Egelman, Edward H; Feng, Zukang; Frank, Joachim; Grigorieff, Nikolaus; Jiang, Wen; Ludtke, Steven J; Medalia, Ohad; Penczek, Pawel A; Rosenthal, Peter B; Rossmann, Michael G; Schmid, Michael F; Schröder, Gunnar F; Steven, Alasdair C; Stokes, David L; Westbrook, John D; Wriggers, Willy; Yang, Huanwang; Young, Jasmine; Berman, Helen M; Chiu, Wah; Kleywegt, Gerard J; Lawson, Catherine L

    2012-02-01

    This Meeting Review describes the proceedings and conclusions from the inaugural meeting of the Electron Microscopy Validation Task Force organized by the Unified Data Resource for 3DEM (http://www.emdatabank.org) and held at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ on September 28 and 29, 2010. At the workshop, a group of scientists involved in collecting electron microscopy data, using the data to determine three-dimensional electron microscopy (3DEM) density maps, and building molecular models into the maps explored how to assess maps, models, and other data that are deposited into the Electron Microscopy Data Bank and Protein Data Bank public data archives. The specific recommendations resulting from the workshop aim to increase the impact of 3DEM in biology and medicine. PMID:22325770

  5. StarOS, a Nlultiprocessor Operating System for the Support of Task Forces

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    Brown, Angela Demke

    , monitoredby the Air Force Avionios Laboratory UnderContractF33615-78-C-1551. The viewsStarOS, a Nlultiprocessor Operating System for the Support of Task Forces Anita K. Jones, Robert J, specifically designed to support task forces, large collections of concurrently executing processes

  6. D Stork for Task Force DT : BPS2 Workshop (San Diego) May 2001 JET DT Plans to end 2006

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    D Stork for Task Force DT : BPS2 Workshop (San Diego) May 2001 JET DT Plans to end 2006 EFDA- JET Task Force DT presented by D Stork (Leader, Task Force DT) Euratom/UKAEA Fusion Association, Culham Science Centre, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 3DB, UK #12;D Stork for Task Force DT : BPS2 Workshop (San Diego) May

  7. International PV QA Task Force's proposed comparative rating system for PV modules

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    Wohlgemuth, John; Kurtz, Sarah

    2014-10-01

    The International PV Quality Assurance Task Force is developing a rating system that provides comparative information about the relative durability of PV modules. Development of accelerated stress tests that can provide such comparative information is seen as a major step toward being able to predict PV module service life. This paper will provide details of the ongoing effort to determine the format of such an overall module rating system. The latest proposal is based on using three distinct climate zones as defined in IEC 60721-2-1 for two different mounting systems. Specific stresses beyond those used in the qualification tests are being developed for each of the selected climate zones.

  8. The Childhood Obesity Prevention Task Force (ACT 269): recommendations for obesity prevention in Hawai'i.

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    Richards, Katie; Fuddy, Loretta J; Greenwood, M R C; Pressler, Virginia; Rajan, Ranjani; St John, Tonya Lowery; Sinclair, Bronwyn M; Irvin, Lola

    2013-03-01

    Obesity in both adults and children is a critical issue in Hawai'i, as well as nationally and internationally. Today in Hawai'i, 57 percent of adults are overweight or obese as are almost 1 in 3 children entering kindergarten. Each year, obesity costs Hawai'i more than $470 million in medical expenditures alone.(1) These staggering human and economic costs underscore the serious need for Hawai'i to address obesity now. Due to the urgent need to reverse the current trends in obesity Senate Bill 2778 was signed into law, on July 6, 2012, as Act 269 by Governor Neil Abercrombie, creating The Childhood Obesity Prevention Task Force. The task force was charged with developing policy recommendations and proposed legislation for the 2013 legislature. The task force ultimately identified eleven recommendations for the 2013 legislative session and one recommendation for the 2014 legislative session. When implemented together, these recommendations could profoundly reshape Hawai'i's school, work, community, and health care environments, making healthier lifestyles obtainable for all Hawai'i residents. PMID:23520569

  9. Curriculum recommendations of the AACP-PSSC task force on caring for the underserved.

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    Zweber, Ann; Roche, Victoria F; Assemi, Mitra; Conry, John M; Shane-McWhorter, Laura; Sorensen, Todd D

    2008-06-15

    A task force was convened by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and the Pharmaceutical Services Support Center (PSSC) and charged with the development of a curriculum framework to guide pharmacy programs in educating students on caring for the underserved. Utilizing a literature-based model, the task force constructed a framework that delineated evidence-based practice, clinical prevention and health promotion, health systems and policy, and community aspects of practice. Specific learning outcomes tailored to underserved populations were crafted and linked to resources readily available to the academy. The AACP-PSSC curriculum framework was shared with the academy in 2007. Schools and Colleges are urged to share experiences with implementation so that the impact of the tool can be evaluated. The task force recommends that the AACP Institutional Research Advisory Committee be involved in gathering assessment data. Implementation of the curriculum framework can help the academy fulfill the professional mandate to proactively provide the highest quality care to all, including underserved populations. PMID:18698398

  10. Curriculum Recommendations of the AACP-PSSC Task Force on Caring for the Underserved

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    Roche, Victoria F.; Assemi, Mitra; Conry, John M.; Shane-McWhorter, Laura; Sorensen, Todd D.

    2008-01-01

    A task force was convened by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) and the Pharmaceutical Services Support Center (PSSC) and charged with the development of a curriculum framework to guide pharmacy programs in educating students on caring for the underserved. Utilizing a literature-based model, the task force constructed a framework that delineated evidence-based practice, clinical prevention and health promotion, health systems and policy, and community aspects of practice. Specific learning outcomes tailored to underserved populations were crafted and linked to resources readily available to the academy. The AACP-PSSC curriculum framework was shared with the academy in 2007. Schools and Colleges are urged to share experiences with implementation so that the impact of the tool can be evaluated. The task force recommends that the AACP Institutional Research Advisory Committee be involved in gathering assessment data. Implementation of the curriculum framework can help the academy fulfill the professional mandate to proactively provide the highest quality care to all, including underserved populations. PMID:18698398

  11. How to Develop an Engineering Design Task

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    Dankenbring, Chelsey; Capobianco, Brenda M.; Eichinger, David

    2014-01-01

    In this article, the authors provide an overview of engineering and the engineering design process, and describe the steps they took to develop a fifth grade-level, standards-based engineering design task titled "Getting the Dirt on Decomposition." Their main goal was to focus more on modeling the discrete steps they took to create and…

  12. Strategy development in a block design task

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    Paulette Rozencwajg; Denis Corroyer

    For 90 subjects aged 12, 17, and adult, strategy development was studied in a computerized task derived from Kohs blocks. The effect of a structural variable was tested: the nature of the gestalts (triangles or stripes) in the test designs. Based on the automatic analysis of several behavior indices, three strategies were identified: global and analytic, but also ''synthetic,'' in

  13. Hierarchical task analysis: Developments, applications, and extensions

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    Neville A. Stanton; Uxbridge Middlesex

    2006-01-01

    Hierarchical task analysis (HTA) is a core ergonomics approach with a pedigree of over 30 years continuous use. At its heart, HTA is based upon a theory of performance and has only three governing principles. Originally developed as a means of determining training requirements, there was no way the initial pioneers of HTA could have foreseen the extent of its

  14. Minorities in Technical Education: A Report of the Community Task Force for Expanding Minority Opportunities in Technical Education. A Concluding Assessment.

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    Moyer, Arthur; And Others

    During the period 1976-77 through 1977-78, Stark Technical College (STC) conducted a project to increase minority opportunities and participation in technical education. Three task forces were created to study issues and develop program models to achieve this end. The Task Force on Student Retention devised a plan incorporating a role model…

  15. Guidelines for Cognitive Behavioral Training within Doctoral Psychology Programs in the United States: Report of the Inter-Organizational Task Force on Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology Doctoral Education

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    Klepac, Robert K.; Ronan, George F.; Andrasik, Frank; Arnold, Kevin D.; Belar, Cynthia D.; Berry, Sharon L.; Christofff, Karen A.; Craighead, Linda W.; Dougher, Michael J.; Dowd, E. Thomas; Herbert, James D.; McFarr, Lynn M.; Rizvi, Shireen L.; Sauer, Eric M.; Strauman, Timothy J.

    2012-01-01

    The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies initiated an interorganizational task force to develop guidelines for integrated education and training in cognitive and behavioral psychology at the doctoral level in the United States. Fifteen task force members representing 16 professional associations participated in a yearlong series of…

  16. Identification of Occupational Areas for Indiana's Future. Final Report of the Technology Forecasting Task Force.

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    Indiana State Commission on Vocational and Technical Education, Indianapolis.

    A task force representing the Indiana private sector was convened for two purposes: to (1) identify the impact of technology on required worker skills, the labor market, and the vocational education, training, and employment system; and (2) identify occupational areas that should be future growth areas for the state. Task force members reviewed…

  17. The American Psychological Association Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls: A Review, Update and Commentary

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    Linda Hatch

    2011-01-01

    In 2006 the American Psychological Association formed the Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls. They were charged with examining and summarizing the best psychological theory, research and clinical experience addressing the sexualization of girls. This article provides an outline of the Task Force report, reviews the recent work in this field, and discusses the implications for study in the

  18. Convergence, Competition, Cooperation: The Report of the Governor's Blue Ribbon Telecommunications Infrastructure Task Force. Volume One.

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    Wisconsin Governor's Office, Madison.

    This report by the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Wisconsin's Telecommunications Infrastructure considers infrastructure to be the common network that connects individual residences, businesses, and agencies, rather than the individual systems and equipment themselves. The task force recognizes that advances in telecommunications technologies and…

  19. Task Force on Education Funding Equity, Accountability, and Partnerships. Preliminary Report.

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    Maryland State Dept. of Legislative Services, Annapolis.

    In 1997, Maryland formed the Task Force on Education Funding Equity, Accountability, and Partnerships to ensure that students throughout Maryland have an equal opportunity for academic success. The Task Force's preliminary report features a comprehensive review of education funding and programs in grades K-12. The report presents membership and…

  20. Lifelong Learning NCES Task Force: Final Report, Volume I. Working Paper Series.

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    Binkley, Marilyn; Hudson, Lisa; Knepper, Paula; Kolstad, Andy; Stowe, Peter; Wirt, John

    In September 1998, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) established a 1-year task force to review the NCES's role concerning lifelong learning. The eight-member task force established a working definition of lifelong learning ("a process or system through which individuals are able and willing to learn at all stages of life, from…

  1. Report of the Task Force on the Status of Women in Canadian Psychology, March, 1976

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    Barbara Wand

    1977-01-01

    Describes the formation of the Task Force on the Status of Women in Canadian Psychology, states the terms of reference adopted, summarizes the supporting papers prepared by members of the Task Force, and presents recommendations for action by the Canadian Psychological Association in 4 main areas of concern: the status of women within the discipline of psychology, the education and

  2. 77 FR 39724 - U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Public Meeting and Public Comment

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    ...000-123D0102DM-DS61200000] U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Public Meeting and Public...announce a public meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF) and a request...actions to better preserve and protect coral reef ecosystems. The Departments of...

  3. 78 FR 14783 - Citizens Energy Task Force, Save Our Unique Lands (Complainants) v. Midwest Reliability...

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    ...EL13-49-000] Citizens Energy Task Force, Save Our Unique Lands (Complainants...206, Citizens Energy Task Force (CETF) and Save Our Unique...a notice of intervention or motion to intervene, as appropriate...The Respondent's answer, motions to intervene, and...

  4. Recommendations for Mathematics Education: Final Report of the Mathematics Task Force.

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    Charles, Randall I.; Mason, Robert P.

    Presented is the final product of a task force commissioned by the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) to study mathematics education in the state and formulate recommendations for improving mathematics achievement. The Mathematics Task Force (MTF) was commissioned in April, 1979, after the WVDE formally recognized mathematics as a top…

  5. Strategic Plan 2010-2015 Strategy Task Force Objective(s) Tactics Metrics

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    Bieber, Michael

    Strategic Plan 2010-2015 Strategy Task Force Objective(s) Tactics Metrics Quality of academic and campus life #1: Urs Gauchat Landscape master Plan Identify opportunities for physical improvement;Strategic Plan 2010-2015 Strategy Task Force Objective(s) Tactics Metrics Launch experiments in using new

  6. Strategic Plan 2010-2015 Strategy Task Force Objective(s) Tactics Metrics

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    Bieber, Michael

    Strategic Plan 2010-2015 Strategy Task Force Objective(s) Tactics Metrics Quality of academic and campus life #1: Urs Gauchat Landscape master Plan Identify opporrtunities for physical improvement agencies #12;Strategic Plan 2010-2015 Strategy Task Force Objective(s) Tactics Metrics Launch experiments

  7. The Washington State Task Force on Student Transportation Safety. Final Report.

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    Washington State Legislature, Olympia.

    Findings of a study conducted by the Washington State Task Force on Student Transportation Safety are presented in this report. The data-collection process involved four phases: meetings with experts in student transportation and pedestrian safety; public meetings, informational work sessions, and tours of problems areas; task force meetings; and…

  8. CSS Council Task Force on Reauthorization: Recommendations for Improving Federal Aid Delivery. Research Report.

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    College Entrance Examination Board, New York, NY.

    The College Scholarship Service (CSS) Council Task Force on Reauthorization presented its recommendations to the CSS Council in December 2002. The Task Force focused its recommendations on issues that address the overarching goal of ensuring access to higher education for the most needy students. The recommendations reflect the consensus of CSS…

  9. Task Force on the Role and Future of Minorities American Educational Research Association.

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    Gordon, Edmund W.

    1997-01-01

    Examines each section of the Task Force on the Role and Future of Minorities' 1996 report that was delivered to the American Education Research Association (AERA) Council. Discusses Historical Context of Diversity Efforts in AERA; Changing Demographics, Epistemologies, and Ideologies; Inventory of Concerns; and Task Force Recommendations. (GR)

  10. Bilateral ground reaction forces and joint moments for lateral sidestepping and crossover stepping tasks

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    Kuntze, Gregor; Sellers, William I.; Mansfield, Neil

    2009-01-01

    Racquet sports have high levels of joint injuries suggesting the joint loads during play may be excessive. Sports such as badminton employ lateral sidestepping (SS) and crossover stepping (XS) movements which so far have not been described in terms of biomechanics. This study examined bilateral ground reaction forces and three dimensional joint kinetics for both these gaits in order to determine the demands of the movements on the leading and trailing limb and predict the contribution of these movements to the occurrence of overuse injury of the lower limbs. A force platform and motion-analysis system were used to record ground reaction forces and track marker trajectories of 9 experienced male badminton players performing lateral SS, XS and forward running tasks at a controlled speed of 3 m·s-1 using their normal technique. Ground reaction force and kinetic data for the hip, knee and ankle were analyzed, averaged across the group and the biomechanical variables compared. In all cases the ground reaction forces and joint moments were less than those experienced during moderate running suggesting that in normal play SS and XS gaits do not lead to high forces that could contribute to increased injury risk. Ground reaction forces during SS and XS do not appear to contribute to the development of overuse injury. The distinct roles of the leading and trailing limb, acting as a generator of vertical force and shock absorber respectively, during the SS and XS may however contribute to the development of muscular imbalances which may ultimately contribute to the development of overuse injury. However it is still possible that faulty use of these gaits might lead to high loads and this should be the subject of future work. Key pointsGround reaction forces and joint moments during lateral stepping are smaller in magnitude than those experienced during moderate running.Force exposure in SS and XS gaits in normal play does not appear to contribute to the development of overuse injuryThe leading and trailing limbs perform distinct roles, acting as a generator of vertical force and shock absorber respectively.This distinct contribution may contribute to the development of muscular imbalances which may ultimately contribute to the development of overuse injury. PMID:24150549

  11. 77 FR 6822 - Second Hearing of the Attorney General's National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence

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    ...National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence AGENCY: Office of Justice Programs...National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence (the ``Task Force''). The Task...advice in the areas of children exposed to violence for the purpose of addressing the...

  12. Solar Concentrator Advanced Development Program, Task 1

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1986-01-01

    Solar dynamic power generation has been selected by NASA to provide power for the space station. Solar dynamic concentrator technology has been demonstrated for terrestrial applications but has not been developed for space applications. The object of the Solar Concentrator Advanced Development program is to develop the technology of solar concentrators which would be used on the space station. The first task of this program was to develop conceptual concentrator designs and perform trade-off studies and to develop a materials data base and perform material selection. Three unique concentrator concepts; Truss Hex, Spline Radial Panel and Domed Fresnel, were developed and evaluated against weighted trade criteria. The Truss Hex concept was recommended for the space station. Materials data base development demonstrated that several material systems are capable of withstanding extended periods of atomic oxygen exposure without undesirable performance degradation. Descriptions of the conceptual designs and materials test data are included.

  13. The forced flow cooled coils for the International Energy Agency Large Coil Task

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    Young, J.L.; Heyne, C.J.; Komarek, P.; Krauth, H.; Marinucci, C.; Vecsey, G.

    1982-01-01

    The purpose of the International Energy Agency ''Large Coil Task'' is stated and its design described and illustrated. The general design philosophy is defined: to develop coil designs which would meet the performance requirements of the LCT while demonstrating the applicability of these designs for future fusion requirements. The major elements of the three conductors and three coil designs are illustrated. Voltage capability, thermal stability and cryogenic requirements are described. Five advantages of forced cooled magnet systems are listed and the potential for future coils are projected.

  14. Development, social norms, and assignment to task

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    Fafchamps, Marcel

    2011-01-01

    Economic development involves a structural transformation in the way people are allocated to tasks. There is a shift from self-provision to market exchange, facilitating specialization. There is also a shift from self-employment to wage employment in large firms and organizations, driven by innovation and increasing returns to scale. Changes in allocation mechanisms require changes in norms and attitudes. Because different labor assignment domains coexist, conflicts arise among norms that apply to different domains, possibly resulting in dysfunctional outcomes. I argue that religion, humanism, and schools have all played an important historical role in fostering the changes in social norms and attitudes that are needed to accompany structural changes in the way economies allocate workers to tasks. PMID:22198757

  15. How Well Do We Build the Foundation of Physics? - The Report of the National Task Force on Physics Teacher Preparation

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    Haase, David G.

    2012-03-01

    Only a third of US high school physics teachers have a major in physics or physics education. Each year about 400 teachers are hired with such qualifications, but this is only one-third of the number needed to replace teachers leaving the classroom. This state of affairs affects national science achievement, equitable access to science careers and national economic competitiveness. The AAPT, AIP and APS charged the National Task Force on Teacher Education in Physics (T-TEP) with investigating strategies for increasing the numbers of qualified high school physics teachers, identifying best practices in physics teacher preparation, and examining the research, policy and funding implications of expanding the number of qualified physics teachers. The Task Force consulted the research literature, partnered with other interested organizations, and surveyed or visited numerous campuses which educate physics teachers. The Task Force has produced findings about the current state of physics teacher preparation and recommendations concerning the commitment, quality and capacity of our physics teacher preparation. Although the current national picture is grim, we have identified thriving teacher preparation programs that can serve as models and resources for other institutions. We have also called upon the physics departments, the colleges of education, and the national science agencies to develop a coherent vision for discipline-specific teacher professional preparation and development. I will discuss the activities of the Task Force, its recommendations and findings, and how we as physicists should respond to this national concern. The activities and report of the Task Force are described at http://www.ptec.org/webdocs/TaskForce.cfm.

  16. 75 FR 34438 - Defense Science Board Task Force on Trends and Implications of Climate Change for National and...

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    ...Science Board; Task Force on Trends and Implications of Climate Change for National and International Security AGENCY: Department...Science Board Task Force on Trends and Implications of Climate Change for National and International Security will meet...

  18. Zero side force volute development

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    Anderson, P. G.; Franz, R. J.; Farmer, R. C.; Chen, Y. S.

    1995-01-01

    Collector scrolls on high performance centrifugal pumps are currently designed with methods which are based on very approximate flowfield models. Such design practices result in some volute configurations causing excessive side loads even at design flowrates. The purpose of this study was to develop and verify computational design tools which may be used to optimize volute configurations with respect to avoiding excessive loads on the bearings. The new design methodology consisted of a volute grid generation module and a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) module to describe the volute geometry and predict the radial forces for a given flow condition, respectively. Initially, the CFD module was used to predict the impeller and the volute flowfields simultaneously; however, the required computation time was found to be excessive for parametric design studies. A second computational procedure was developed which utilized an analytical impeller flowfield model and an ordinary differential equation to describe the impeller/volute coupling obtained from the literature, Adkins & Brennen (1988). The second procedure resulted in 20 to 30 fold increase in computational speed for an analysis. The volute design analysis was validated by postulating a volute geometry, constructing a volute to this configuration, and measuring the steady radial forces over a range of flow coefficients. Excellent agreement between model predictions and observed pump operation prove the computational impeller/volute pump model to be a valuable design tool. Further applications are recommended to fully establish the benefits of this new methodology.

  19. An Integrated Design Task Management Approach for Product Development Lifecycle

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    Wei He; I. B. H. Lee; Eng Wan Lee

    2006-01-01

    Product design is the most critical activity for innovation and value-adding in a product development lifecycle. Product design task management is an important feature of design frameworks. A proper design task management solution can definitely increase the design process efficiency. This paper presents an integrated approach for managing design tasks, designer capacities, task execution and monitoring in product development lifecycles.

  20. Task Force on Responsible Decisions about Alcohol, Interim Report Number 1. Summary, Technical Document, and Reports on Working Conferences.

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    Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.

    In 1974, the Education Commission of the States (ECS) began to develop an innovative program to involve the total education system in seeking solutions to one of society's oldest problems--alcoholism. This report reviews the first year's activities of the task force, presents preliminary findings and outlines goals for the coming year. To provide…

  1. Trends Important to the California Community Colleges. A Technical Paper for the 2005 Task Force of the Chancellor's Consultation Council.

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    McIntyre, Chuck

    Demographic, economic, and social trends were examined in order to assist the 2005 Task Force of the Chancellor's Consultation Council develop strategies to address expected changes California will undergo between 1997 and 2005. Arranged by five categories, the trends most important to community colleges appeared to be: (1) demographic: emerging…

  2. Planning a Family Policy for California: First Year Report of the Joint Select Task Force on the Changing Family.

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    Novick, Sherry; And Others

    This publication presents the findings of a California State Legislature task force on the changing needs of that state's families. An introduction summarizes the report's findings and lists five principles to guide the development of public policy. The next section, "Work and Family: The Contemporary Balancing Act," explores contemporary…

  3. Recommendations of the Manitoba Task Force on Literacy = Les Recommandations du Groupe de travail sur l'alphabetisation.

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    Manitoba Dept. of Education and Training, Winnipeg.

    These 28 recommendations are intended to enhance government's ability to play a positive and supportive role in the development of a range of pathways for the learner that can result in literacy for all Manitobans. A foreword provides background on the Task Force on Literacy and presents its definition of literacy and illiteracy, findings…

  4. Nominations sought for two new Task Forces of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee. Applications accepted through November 17, 2014.

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    Nominations sought for two new Task Forces of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee. Applications) is seeking nominations for two new task forces that are being established to support its advisory work of Commerce. One task force will focus on climate and marine resources issues and the other on aquaculture

  5. Communicating with New and Existing Markets. A Task Force of Howard Community College's 1998-1999 Commission on the Future.

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    Howard Community Coll., Columbia, MD.

    This is a report from a task force formed by Howard Community College (Maryland) to examine existing and future markets. The task force also explored ways to use marketing strategies to attract potential customers to the college. The task force recommends that the college use its strengths to attract customers, such as its commitment to open…

  6. Multisociety Task Force for Critical Care Research: Key Issues and Recommendations

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    Deutschman, Clifford S.; Ahrens, Tom; Cairns, Charles B.; Sessler, Curtis N.; Parsons, Polly E.

    2012-01-01

    Background: Research in critical care extends from the bench to the bedside, involving multiple departments, specialties, and funding organizations. Because of this diversity, it has been difficult for all stakeholders to collectively identify challenges and establish priorities. Objective: To define a comprehensive agenda for critical care research using input from a broad range of stakeholders to serve as a blueprint for future initiatives. Methods: The Critical Care Societies Collaborative (CCSC), consisting of the leadership of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), the American Thoracic Society (ATS), and the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), joined the U.S. Critical Illness and Injury Trials Group (USCIITG) in forming a task force to define a comprehensive critical care research agenda. This group of 25 identified experts was divided into subgroups to address basic, translational, clinical, implementation, and educational research. The subgroups met via conference calls, and the entire task force met in person for a 2-day session. The result was a detailed discussion of the research priorities that served as the basis for this report. Results: The task force identified challenges, specific priority areas, and recommendations for process improvements to support critical care research. Additionally, four overarching themes emerged: (1) the traditional “silo-ed” approach to critical care research is counterproductive and should be modified; (2) an approach that more effectively links areas of research (i.e., basic and translational research, or clinical research and implementation) should be embraced; (3) future approaches to human research should account for disease complexity and patient heterogeneity; and (4) an enhanced infrastructure for critical care research is essential for future success. Conclusions: This document contains the themes/recommendations developed by a large, multiprofessional cross-section of critical care scientists, clinicians, and educators. It provides a unique framework for future research in critical care medicine. PMID:22210788

  7. Report of the AAMC Task Force on Industry Funding of Medical Education

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    Chapman, Michael S.

    Report of the AAMC Task Force on Industry Funding of Medical Education to the AAMC Executive Council For consideration, June 18-19, 2008 Association of American Medical Colleges #12;The AAMC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .iii Chapter 1. Professionalism and Medical Education

  8. Computer Engineering Review Task Force Report John Impagliazzo (Moderator) Susan Conry Eric Durant

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    Thornton, Mitchell

    Computer Engineering Review Task Force Report John Impagliazzo (Moderator) Susan Conry Eric Durant "Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Degree Programs in Computer Engineering," produced 2004 December 12 topics that appeared to be waning from the curricular mainstream of computer engineering. Additionally

  9. Computer Engineering Review Task Force Special Session John Impagliazzo (Moderator) Susan Conry Eric Durant

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    Thornton, Mitchell

    Computer Engineering Review Task Force Special Session John Impagliazzo@lyle.smu.edu Timothy.Wilson@erau.edu Keywords: Computer engineering, curricular report, education, ACM for Undergraduate Degree Programs in Computer Engineering," also known as CE2004, so

  10. Report of AAPT Task Force on Teaching Responsibility for Four Year Colleges.

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    Fuller, Richard M.

    1979-01-01

    Describes the purpose of establishing the task force on teaching responsibilities, and outlines the recommended guidelines which called for clear definitions of conditions and components necessary for high quality physics programs. (GA)

  11. Research priorities and plans for the International Space Station-results of the 'REMAP' Task Force.

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    Kicza, M; Erickson, K; Trinh, E

    2003-01-01

    Recent events in the International Space Station (ISS) Program have resulted in the necessity to re-examine the research priorities and research plans for future years. Due to both technical and fiscal resource constraints expected on the International Space Station, it is imperative that research priorities be carefully reviewed and clearly articulated. In consultation with OSTP and the Office of Management and budget (OMB), NASA's Office of Biological and Physical Research (OBPR) assembled an ad-hoc external advisory committee, the Biological and Physical Research Maximization and Prioritization (REMAP) Task Force. This paper describes the outcome of the Task Force and how it is being used to define a roadmap for near and long-term Biological and Physical Research objectives that supports NASA's Vision and Mission. Additionally, the paper discusses further prioritizations that were necessitated by budget and ISS resource constraints in order to maximize utilization of the International Space Station. Finally, a process has been developed to integrate the requirements for this prioritized research with other agency requirements to develop an integrated ISS assembly and utilization plan that maximizes scientific output. PMID:14649263

  12. Research priorities and plans for the International Space Station-results of the 'REMAP' Task Force

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    Kicza, M.; Erickson, K.; Trinh, E.

    2003-01-01

    Recent events in the International Space Station (ISS) Program have resulted in the necessity to re-examine the research priorities and research plans for future years. Due to both technical and fiscal resource constraints expected on the International Space Station, it is imperative that research priorities be carefully reviewed and clearly articulated. In consultation with OSTP and the Office of Management and budget (OMB), NASA's Office of Biological and Physical Research (OBPR) assembled an ad-hoc external advisory committee, the Biological and Physical Research Maximization and Prioritization (REMAP) Task Force. This paper describes the outcome of the Task Force and how it is being used to define a roadmap for near and long-term Biological and Physical Research objectives that supports NASA's Vision and Mission. Additionally, the paper discusses further prioritizations that were necessitated by budget and ISS resource constraints in order to maximize utilization of the International Space Station. Finally, a process has been developed to integrate the requirements for this prioritized research with other agency requirements to develop an integrated ISS assembly and utilization plan that maximizes scientific output. c2003 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Foot force direction control during a pedaling task in individuals post-stroke

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    2014-01-01

    Background Appropriate magnitude and directional control of foot-forces is required for successful execution of locomotor tasks. Earlier evidence suggested, following stroke, there is a potential impairment in foot-force control capabilities both during stationary force generation and locomotion. The purpose of this study was to investigate the foot-pedal surface interaction force components, in non-neurologically-impaired and stroke-impaired individuals, in order to determine how fore/aft shear-directed foot/pedal forces are controlled. Methods Sixteen individuals with chronic post-stroke hemiplegia and 10 age-similar non-neurologically-impaired controls performed a foot placement maintenance task under a stationary and a pedaling condition, achieving a target normal pedal force. Electromyography and force profiles were recorded. We expected generation of unduly large magnitude shear pedal forces and reduced participation of multiple muscles that can contribute forces in appropriate directions in individuals post-stroke. Results We found lower force output, inconsistent modulation of muscle activity and reduced ability to change foot force direction in the paretic limbs, but we did not observe unduly large magnitude shear pedal surface forces by the paretic limbs as we hypothesized. Conclusion These findings suggested the preservation of foot-force control capabilities post-stroke under minimal upright postural control requirements. Further research must be conducted to determine whether inappropriate shear force generation will be revealed under non-seated, postural demanding conditions, where subjects have to actively control for upright body suspension. PMID:24739234

  14. Effects of Type and Strength of Force Feedback on Movement Time in a Target Selection Task

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    Rorie, Robert Conrad; Vu, Kim-Phuong L.; Marayong, Panadda; Robles, Jose; Strybel, Thomas Z.; Battiste, Vernol

    2013-01-01

    Future cockpits will likely include new onboard technologies, such as cockpit displays of traffic information, to help support future flight deck roles and responsibilities. These new technologies may benefit from multimodal feedback to aid pilot information processing. The current study investigated the effects of multiple levels of force feedback on operator performance in an aviation task. Participants were presented with two different types of force feedback (gravitational and spring force feedback) for a discrete targeting task, with multiple levels of gain examined for each force feedback type. Approach time and time in target were recorded. Results suggested that the two highest levels of gravitational force significantly reduced approach times relative to the lowest level of gravitational force. Spring force level only affected time in target. Implications of these findings for the design of future cockpit displays will be discussed.

  15. Force-Based Motion Editing for Locomotion Tasks

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    Nancy S. Pollard; Fareed Behmaram-mosavat

    2000-01-01

    This paper describes a fast technique for modifying mo- tion sequences for complex articulated mechanisms in a way that preserves physical properties of the motion. This technique is relevant to the problem of teaching motion tasks by demonstration, because it allows a single exam- ple to be adapted to a range of situations. Motion may be obtained from any source;

  16. Grip Force Control Is Dependent on Task Constraints in Children with and without Developmental Coordination Disorder

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    Law, Sui-Heung; Lo, Sing Kai; Chow, Susanna; Cheing, Gladys L.Y.

    2011-01-01

    Excessive grip force (GF) is often found in children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD). However, their GF control may vary when task constraints are imposed upon their motor performance. This study aimed to investigate how their GF control changes in response to task demands, and to examine their tactile sensitivity. Twenty-one…

  17. Report of the Defense Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies

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    US Department of Defense, 2005

    2005-01-01

    In creating this report the Task Force gathered information by conducting site visits; communicating with numerous individuals, including victims; reviewing the Department of Defense survey data; reviewing Academy and Service policies, reports, and data; consulting with subject matter experts; and communicating with related committees and task

  18. Report of the NASA lunar energy enterprise case study task force

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    1989-01-01

    The Lunar Energy Enterprise Cast Study Task Force was formed to determine the economic viability and commercial business potential of mining and extracting He-3 from the lunar soil for use in earth-based fusion reactors. In addition, the Solar Power Satellite (SPS) and the Lunar Power Station (LPS) were also evaluated because they involve the use of lunar materials and could provide energy for lunar-based activities. The Task Force considered: (1) the legal and liability aspects of the space energy projects; (2) the long-range terrestrial energy needs and options; (3) the technical maturity of the three space energy projects; and (4) their commercial potential. The use of electricity is expected to increase, but emerging environmental concerns and resource availability suggest changes for the national energy policy. All three options have the potential to provide a nearly inexhaustible, clean source of electricity for the U.S. and worldwide, without major adverse impacts on the Earth's environment. Assumption by industry of the total responsibility for these energy projects is not yet possible. Pursuit of these energy concepts requires the combined efforts of government and industry. The report identifies key steps necessary for the development of these concepts and an evolving industrial role.

  19. Operation Ivy. Report of commander, Task Group 132. 1. Pacific Proving Grounds. Joint Task Force 132

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    Burriss

    1984-01-01

    The mission of the Task Group included the responsibilities to conduct experimental measurement programs on Shots Mike and King and to conduct the radiological safety program. Programs were established to make radiochemical analysis of bomb debris; to follow the progress of the nuclear reaction; to make neutron, gamma-ray, blast, thermal radiation, and electromagnetic measurements; and to make a preliminary geophysical

  20. Acquisition and retention performance of a rapid force production task

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    Indermill, Catherine

    1986-01-01

    performed five blocks. Subjects from both contexts were divided into concurrent, terminal, or no augmented feedback contexts. In Exper1ment 2, the subjects (N = 64) and the procedures were the same, except subjects were to learn 5 cr1terion forces (75... on every trial had the best performance overall, followed by the groups that received KR on the first 2 and 6 trials, and the group that had no KR. Further, on the last 5 trials, when KR was provided for all conditions, there were no differences...

  1. Operation Ivy. Report of commander, Task Group 132. 1. Pacific Proving Grounds. Joint Task Force 132

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    Burriss, S.W.

    1984-10-31

    The mission of the Task Group included the responsibilities to conduct experimental measurement programs on Shots Mike and King and to conduct the radiological safety program. Programs were established to make radiochemical analysis of bomb debris; to follow the progress of the nuclear reaction; to make neutron, gamma-ray, blast, thermal radiation, and electromagnetic measurements; and to make a preliminary geophysical and marine survey of the test area. The organizational structure and command relations to accomplish the mission are outlined.

  2. Fatigue and Motor Redundancy: Adaptive Increase in Finger Force Variance in Multi-Finger Tasks

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    Singh, Tarkeshwar; SKM, Varadhan; Zatsiorsky, Vladimir M.

    2010-01-01

    We studied the effects of fatigue of the index finger on indices of force variability in discrete and rhythmic accurate force production tasks performed by the index finger and by all four fingers pressing in parallel. An increase in the variance of the force produced by the fatigued index finger was expected. We hypothesized that the other fingers would also show increased variance of their forces, which would be accompanied by co-variation among the finger forces resulting in relatively preserved accuracy of performance. The subjects performed isometric tasks including maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) and accurate force production before and after a 1-min MVC fatiguing exercise by the index finger. During fatigue, there was a significant increase in the root mean square index of force variability during accurate force production by the index finger. In the four-finger tasks, the variance of the individual finger force increased for all four fingers, while the total force variance showed only a modest change. We quantified two components of variance in the space of hypothetical commands to fingers, finger modes. There was a large increase in the variance component that did not affect total force and a much smaller increase in the component that did. The results suggest an adaptive increase in force variance by nonfatigued elements as a strategy to attenuate effects of fatigue on accuracy of multi-element performance. These effects were unlikely to originate at the level of synchronization of motor units across muscle compartments but rather involved higher control levels. PMID:20357060

  3. The influence of catch trials on the consolidation of motor memory in force field adaptation tasks.

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    Focke, Anne; Stockinger, Christian; Diepold, Christina; Taubert, Marco; Stein, Thorsten

    2013-01-01

    In computational neuroscience it is generally accepted that human motor memory contains neural representations of the physics of the musculoskeletal system and the objects in the environment. These representations are called "internal models". Force field studies, in which subjects have to adapt to dynamic perturbations induced by a robotic manipulandum, are an established tool to analyze the characteristics of such internal models. The aim of the current study was to investigate whether catch trials during force field learning could influence the consolidation of motor memory in more complex tasks. Thereby, the force field was more than double the force field of previous studies (35 N·s/m). Moreover, the arm of the subjects was not supported. A total of 46 subjects participated in this study and performed center-out movements at a robotic manipulandum in two different force fields. Two control groups learned force field A on day 1 and were retested in the same force field on day 3 (AA). Two test groups additionally learned an interfering force field B (= -A) on day 2 (ABA). The difference between the two test and control groups, respectively, was the absence (0%) or presence (19%) of catch trials, in which the force field was turned-off suddenly. The results showed consolidation of force field A on day 3 for both control groups. Test groups showed no consolidation of force field A (19% catch trials) and even poorer performance on day 3 (0% catch trials). In conclusion, it can be stated that catch trials seem to have a positive effect on the performance on day 3 but do not trigger a consolidation process as shown in previous studies that used a lower force field viscosity with supported arm. These findings indicate that the results of previous studies in which less complex tasks were analyzed, cannot be fully transferred to more complex tasks. Moreover, the effects of catch trials in these situations are insufficiently understood and further research is needed. PMID:23898319

  4. The influence of catch trials on the consolidation of motor memory in force field adaptation tasks

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    Focke, Anne; Stockinger, Christian; Diepold, Christina; Taubert, Marco; Stein, Thorsten

    2013-01-01

    In computational neuroscience it is generally accepted that human motor memory contains neural representations of the physics of the musculoskeletal system and the objects in the environment. These representations are called “internal models”. Force field studies, in which subjects have to adapt to dynamic perturbations induced by a robotic manipulandum, are an established tool to analyze the characteristics of such internal models. The aim of the current study was to investigate whether catch trials during force field learning could influence the consolidation of motor memory in more complex tasks. Thereby, the force field was more than double the force field of previous studies (35 N·s/m). Moreover, the arm of the subjects was not supported. A total of 46 subjects participated in this study and performed center-out movements at a robotic manipulandum in two different force fields. Two control groups learned force field A on day 1 and were retested in the same force field on day 3 (AA). Two test groups additionally learned an interfering force field B (= ?A) on day 2 (ABA). The difference between the two test and control groups, respectively, was the absence (0%) or presence (19%) of catch trials, in which the force field was turned-off suddenly. The results showed consolidation of force field A on day 3 for both control groups. Test groups showed no consolidation of force field A (19% catch trials) and even poorer performance on day 3 (0% catch trials). In conclusion, it can be stated that catch trials seem to have a positive effect on the performance on day 3 but do not trigger a consolidation process as shown in previous studies that used a lower force field viscosity with supported arm. These findings indicate that the results of previous studies in which less complex tasks were analyzed, cannot be fully transferred to more complex tasks. Moreover, the effects of catch trials in these situations are insufficiently understood and further research is needed. PMID:23898319

  5. Workshop on establishing institutional credibility for SEAB Task Force on Radioactive Waste Management

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    Not Available

    1994-10-01

    At the request of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board`s Task Force on Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, the National Research Council sponsored a workshop on Establishing Institutional Credibility. The purpose of the workshop was to (1) identify the range of available knowledge regarding the theoretical and conceptual issues of how institutions establish their credibility and legitimacy with key constituents, and (2) to help explore and clarify fundamental concepts in management theory related to these issues. The examination was to include what is known about how organizations establish, maintain, lose, and regain public trust and confidence. There was to be no attempt to develop consensus on these issues or to suggest particular courses of action. The workshop was held on October 24-25, 1991, in Denver, Colorado.

  6. REPORT OF THE NIH TASK FORCE ON RESEARCH STANDARDS FOR CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN

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    Deyo, Richard A.; Dworkin, Samuel F.; Amtmann, Dagmar; Andersson, Gunnar; Borenstein, David; Carragee, Eugene; Carrino, John; Chou, Roger; Cook, Karon; DeLitto, Anthony; Goertz, Christine; Khalsa, Partap; Loeser, John; Mackey, Sean; Panagis, James; Rainville, James; Tosteson, Tor; Turk, Dennis; Von Korff, Michael; Weiner, Debra K.

    2014-01-01

    Despite rapidly increasing intervention, functional disability due to chronic low back pain (cLBP) has increased in recent decades. We often cannot identify mechanisms to explain the major negative impact cLBP has on patients’ lives. Such cLBP is often termed non-specific, and may be due to multiple biologic and behavioral etiologies. Researchers use varied inclusion criteria, definitions, baseline assessments, and outcome measures, which impede comparisons and consensus. The NIH Pain Consortium therefore charged a Research Task Force (RTF) to draft standards for research on cLBP. The resulting multidisciplinary panel recommended using 2 questions to define cLBP; classifying cLBP by its impact (defined by pain intensity, pain interference, and physical function); use of a minimal data set to describe research participants (drawing heavily on the PROMIS methodology); reporting “responder analyses” in addition to mean outcome scores; and suggestions for future research and dissemination. The Pain Consortium has approved the recommendations, which investigators should incorporate into NIH grant proposals. The RTF believes these recommendations will advance the field, help to resolve controversies, and facilitate future research addressing the genomic, neurologic, and other mechanistic substrates of chronic low back pain. We expect the RTF recommendations will become a dynamic document, and undergo continual improvement. Perspective A Task Force was convened by the NIH Pain Consortium, with the goal of developing research standards for chronic low back pain. The results included recommendations for definitions, a minimal dataset, reporting outcomes, and future research. Greater consistency in reporting should facilitate comparisons among studies and the development of phenotypes. PMID:24787228

  7. Task force report: scales for screening and evaluating tremor: critique and recommendations.

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    Elble, Rodger; Bain, Peter; Forjaz, Maria João; Haubenberger, Dietrich; Testa, Claudia; Goetz, Christopher G; Leentjens, Albert F G; Martinez-Martin, Pablo; Pavy-Le Traon, Anne; Post, Bart; Sampaio, Cristina; Stebbins, Glenn T; Weintraub, Daniel; Schrag, Anette

    2013-11-01

    The Movement Disorder Society established a task force to review rating scales for the assessment of tremor. Screening instruments used in identifying patients with tremor were also reviewed. Seven tremor severity scales, six activities of daily living (ADL)/disability scales, four quality-of-life scales, and five screening instruments were identified by searching PubMed.gov. The availability, use, acceptability, reliability, validity, and sensitivity to change were reviewed for each scale; and each scale was classified as recommended, suggested or listed based on whether 3, 2, or 1 of the following criteria were met: (1) used in the assessment of tremor (yes/no), (2) used in published studies by people other than the developers (yes/no), and (3) successful clinimetric testing (yes/no). Five tremor severity scales (the Fahn-Tolosa-Marin Tremor Rating Scale, the Bain and Findley Clinical Tremor Rating Scale, the Bain and Findley Spirography Scale, the Washington Heights-Inwood Genetic Study of Essential Tremor Rating Scale, and the Tremor Research Group Essential Tremor Rating Assessment Scale), one ADL/disability scale (the Bain and Findley Tremor ADL Scale), one quality-of-life scale (the Quality of Life in Essential Tremor Questionnaire), and one screening instrument (the Washington Heights-Inwood Genetic Study of Essential Tremor Rating Scale, version 1) are recommended using these criteria. However, all scales need a more comprehensive analysis of sensitivity to change in order to judge their utility in clinical trials and individual patient assessments. The task force recommends that further work with existing recommended scales be performed as opposed to the development of new tremor scales. PMID:24038576

  8. T-PS-P Task Force Minutes April 25, 2012

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    Jawitz, James W.

    the peer review guidelines developed by Kirby Barrick and obtain feedback from the Faculty Assembly for Extension. · Hints should be procedural, not involving T-PS-P criteria. · The process of developing new teaching guidelines is as important as the final product. · The final course peer evaluation guidelines

  9. Analysis of options for structural reform in electric-utility regulation. Report of the NGA Task Force on electric utility regulation

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    Not Available

    1983-01-07

    In June of 1982, an Electric Utility Task Force was formed under the auspices of the National Governors' Association. The Task Force members were charged with developing recommendations for any needed changes in the regulation of electric utilities and with identifying consensus solutions to the myriad of associated regulatory problems. This report represents the consensus view of the Task Force on the problems and potential options for addressing these problems. The Task Force members agree that the primacy of state regulation has been a desirable aspect of our traditional electric utility regulatory system and that any preemption of state authority in this field should be vigorously opposed. They also concluded that changes in three areas - regional power planning and regulation, sorting out of federal and state responsibilities, and benefit-sharing approaches - would be desirable in order to reduce multi-state conflicts and increase the opportunity for regulation which insures system reliability at the lowest possible long term cost. (DMC)

  10. Psychophysical testing of visual prosthetic devices: a call to establish a multi-national joint task force

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    Rizzo, Joseph F., III; Ayton, Lauren N.

    2014-04-01

    Recent advances in the field of visual prostheses, as showcased in this special feature of Journal of Neural Engineering , have led to promising results from clinical trials of a number of devices. However, as noted by these groups there are many challenges involved in assessing vision of people with profound vision loss. As such, it is important that there is consistency in the methodology and reporting standards for clinical trials of visual prostheses and, indeed, the broader vision restoration research field. Two visual prosthesis research groups, the Boston Retinal Implant Project (BRIP) and Bionic Vision Australia (BVA), have agreed to work cooperatively to establish a multi-national Joint Task Force. The aim of this Task Force will be to develop a consensus statement to guide the methods used to conduct and report psychophysical and clinical results of humans who receive visual prosthetic devices. The overarching goal is to ensure maximum benefit to the implant recipients, not only in the outcomes of the visual prosthesis itself, but also in enabling them to obtain accurate information about this research with ease. The aspiration to develop a Joint Task Force was first promulgated at the inaugural 'The Eye and the Chip' meeting in September 2000. This meeting was established to promote the development of the visual prosthetic field by applying the principles of inclusiveness, openness, and collegiality among the growing body of researchers in this field. These same principles underlie the intent of this Joint Task Force to enhance the quality of psychophysical research within our community. Despite prior efforts, a critical mass of interested parties could not congeal. Renewed interest for developing joint guidelines has developed recently because of a growing awareness of the challenges of obtaining reliable measurements of visual function in patients who are severely visually impaired (in whom testing is inherently noisy), and of the importance of comparing outcomes amongst the many research teams that have entered this field, all of which are using different devices implanted at various locations within the visual system and different methods of assessing efficacy. Researchers at the BRIP and BVA believe that use of common methods for testing and for reporting results would benefit all scientists and clinicians in the field, the agencies that regulate human testing, corporations that are invested in the success of this field, and, most importantly, potential patients. The Task Force will be formed with the intent of developing substantive recommendations to provide a measure of consistency and quality control within the field. The guidelines will offer recommendations for the assessment of the: (1) baseline (pre-implant) visual status of potential patients (including specification of the disease diagnosis and impact on visual functioning) and (2) post-operative visual function. The guidelines will be available to the public, research groups and companies. Any groups that choose to adopt the recommendations would be encouraged to include a formal statement of compliance in their presentations and publications. The Task Force will develop these guidelines with the understanding that the ability to perform experiments in the suggested manner might be limited by the particular engineering design and functionality of different prosthesis devices. It is not the intent of the Task Force to write strict test protocols for all parties to follow, but instead to work cooperatively as a research field to develop guidelines about the types of tests that should be implemented, and how they could be reported in a similar format between groups. The opportunity to participate on the Task Force is open to all researchers, clinicians and other specialists who work in the fields of sensory prostheses (both visual and cochlear implants), molecular therapy, stem cells, optogenetics or other fields that share a similar goal of restoring vision to the blind. Decisions about the guidelines will be made democratically, with precautions

  11. Focal transcranial magnetic stimulation and response bias in a forced-choice task

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    J. P. Brasil-neto; A Pascual-Leone; J Valls-Solé; L G Cohen; M Hallett

    1992-01-01

    The effects of transcranial magnetic stimulation were studied on the performance of a warned, forced-choice response time task by normal adults. The task consisted of extension of the index finger in response to the click produced by the discharge of the magnetic coil (go-signal). The subjects were asked to choose the right or left finger only after the go-signal was

  12. Force Strategies for Cooperative Tasks in Multiple Mobile Manipulation Systems

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    O. Khatib; K. Yokoi; K. Chang; D. Ruspini; R. Holmberg; A. Casal; A. Baader

    1996-01-01

    Mobile manipulation capabilities are key to manynew applications of robotics in space, underwater,construction, and service environments. This articlediscusses the ongoing effort at Stanford Universityfor the development of multiple mobile manipulationsystems and presents the basic modelsand methodologies for their analysis and control.This work builds on four methodologies wehave previously developed for fixed-base manipulation:the Operational Space Formulation fortask-oriented robot ...

  13. IEEE P802.3af: DTE Power via MDI Task Force

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    A task force of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is investigating the possibility of feeding power over Ethernet data lines. Although computer systems will not be able to be run from one all-purpose Ethernet/ power outlet, many other small Internet-enabled devices could be. For example, access points for wireless local area networks could be installed without requiring a separate power line. The task force's homepage has many technical documents about its objectives and the process of creating the standard. A number of short technical papers and presentations are also available.

  14. Math Task Force's Bad Calculation

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    Winders, Mike; Bisk, Richard

    2014-01-01

    The number of incoming college students who require development mathematics coursework is a national problem. This is an enormous area of concern for a number of reasons--such as the monetary cost to students who must take courses for which they are not granted credit, and colleges and universities who must pay instructors to teach such courses.…

  15. HEW Task Force for Indochina Refugees. Report to the Congress.

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    Social Security Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC. Office of Family Assistance.

    Reported on in this document is the Indochinese Refugee Assistance Program with a consideration for three current developments: (1) the forthcoming admission of an additional 15,000 Indochinese refugees in the United States; (2) possible extension of the refugee program beyond September 30, 1977; and (3) progress toward enactment by Congress of…

  16. Effect of gloves on prehensile forces during lifting and holding tasks

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    Hiroshi Kinoshita

    1999-01-01

    The effect of gloves on the spatio-temporal characteristics of prehensile forces during lifting and holding tasks was investigated. Participants (n= 10) lifted a force transducer equipped object (weight = 0.29 N) with various types of gloves and barehanded using a two-fingered precision grip. Rubber surgical gloves of varied thicknesses (0.24, 0.61 and 1.02 mm) were worn to examine the effect

  17. External task force review of the U.S. Geological Survey Federal-State Cooperative Water Program, August 1999

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    Blanchard, Stephen F., (compiler)

    1999-01-01

    This Task Force review is the first external review of the Federal-State Cooperative Water Program through its more than 100-year history. The purpose of the Task Force is to gather information, assess the effectiveness of the program, and recommend improvements. This report describes the process used by the Task Force to review the Cooperative Water Program and presents the findings and recommendations resulting from the review. This report provides information about Task Force structure and meetings, the information collected and analyzed, and the decision-making process used to arrive at the findings and recommendations.

  18. Final Report: Task Force on requirements for HPC software: Guidelines for specifying HPC software, June 1, 1997 - August 31, 1999

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    Pancake, Cherri M.

    1999-03-31

    This document describes the results of a task force convened to determine what types of system software and tools were sufficiently important to warrant implementation across multiple vendors and machine types. The group included representatives from a wide range of user sites, as well as from the software development groups at vendor sites. Together, they established key software requirements, identified priorities for different types of user organizations, and formulated the requirements into language suitable for direct inclusion in procurements and requests-for-bids. The report is structured into four sections. The first discusses the formation and objectives of the task force and the processes used to arrive at consensus. Part 2 outlines the group's assumptions about how software will be specified on RFPs for parallel and clustered computers. In the next section, a tabular summary describes the requirements and the priority rank that was assigned to each. Part 4 presents the wording that is recommended for specifying each software element. Examples of how the requirements might be applied for various RFP scenarios, are in the appendices, which also provide vendor estimations of the level-of-effort required to develop and supply each requirement. The task force was sponsored by the Parallel Tools Consortium and the National Coordination Office for Computing, Information, and Communication. It was funded by grants from DoD HPC Modernization Program (NAVO Major Shared Resource Center), US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, NASAS Ames Research Center, and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

  19. The Status of Hunger in Cities, April 1985. Task Force on Joblessness and Hunger.

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    United States Conference of Mayors, Washington, DC.

    A survey by the U.S. Conference of Mayors of its 22 member Task Force on Joblessness on Hunger to determine the current status of hunger in cities revealed the following facts among others: (1) Despite 15 months of economic recovery, the problem of hunger has grown and is expected to increase over the next year; (2) Two-thirds of the cities…

  20. Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls

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    American Psychological Association (APA), 2007

    2007-01-01

    The American Psychological Association (APA) Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls was formed in response to expressions of public concern regarding the sexualization of girls and girlhood in U.S. culture. This report examines and summarizes psychological theory, research, and clinical experience addressing the sexualization of girls. The…

  1. Task Force on the Education of Maryland's African-American Males

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    Maryland State Department of Education, 2006

    2006-01-01

    On June 9, 2003, the Task Force on the Education of Maryland's African-American Males was convened by the Maryland K-16 Leadership Council (chaired by the University System of Maryland Chancellor William E. Kirwan, former Maryland Acting Secretary of Higher Education John A. Sabatini, Jr., and Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Nancy S.…

  2. The Domestic Telecommunications Carrier Industry. Part I. President's Task Force on Communications Policy. Staff Paper Five.

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    Rostow, Eugene V.

    A staff paper submitted to the President's Task Force on Communications Policy recommends that public policy ensure an integrated structure in the telecommunications industry, while fostering limited competition to keep the system responsive to new technology and to consumer demands. The present system of regulated monopoly for companies supplying…

  3. Future Opportunities for Television. Part I. President's Task Force on Communications Policy. Staff Paper Six.

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    Rostow, Eugene V.

    A staff paper to the President's Task Force on Communications Policy examines the future of broadcast television. The central question in formulating broadcast policy is how to mesh traditional policies with new technology to exploit fully the potential value of television. Two areas are stressed--the basic structure of TV broadcasting in the…

  4. Institutewide Task Force on the Future of MIT Education Survey of MIT Faculty & Instructors

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    Reif, Rafael

    Community has shared a number of values and principles of an MIT education with the Task Force, with themes need to understand our current teaching practices. According to MIT records, these are subjects you into units of six or fewer? No (1) Yes, please provide the subject numbers: (2

  5. IRI Task Force Activity at ICTP: Proposed improvements for the IRI region below the F peak

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    S. M. Radicella; D. Bilitza; B. W. Reinisch; J. O. Adeniyi; M. E. Mosert Gonzalez; B. Zolesi; M. L. Zhang; S. R. Zhang

    1998-01-01

    The Aeronomy and Radiopropagation Laboratory of the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy has hosted special IRI Task Force Activities (TFAs) annually since 1994. This article reviews the format and results of the 1994, 1995, and 1996 TFAs. The prime focus of these TFAs has been the F1 region and the bottomside F2 region. Each meeting has

  6. Internet Engineering Task Force A. Ford Internet-Draft Roke Manor Research

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    Bonaventure, Olivier

    Internet Engineering Task Force A. Ford Internet-Draft Roke Manor Research Intended status: Experimental C. Raiciu Expires: September 15, 2011 M. Handley University College London O. Bonaventure TCP flows across potentially disjoint paths. Status of this Memo This Internet-Draft is submitted

  7. The IEEE Gel Task Force: an early look at the final testing

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    J. W. Balde

    1989-01-01

    The IEEE special task force exploring the corrosion-inhibiting performance of silicon gels is now in its third year. Previous progress reports are reviewed. All the previous data has proved that satisfactory semiconductor chip protection from corrosion is possible using silicone gels and have indicated that nitride protection alone is not enough. These data were based on small, preliminary samples. However,

  8. President's Task Force on Communications Policy. Domestic Applications of Communication Satellite Technology. Staff Paper Four.

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    President's Task Force on Communications Policy, Washington, DC.

    A staff paper to the President's Task Force on Communications Policy examines the feasibility of a domestic communications satellite system. Although, with expected technological advancement, satellites may play a significant role in domestic transmission and are economically feasible right now, a number of remaining questions make the…

  9. Exploring the Needs for Competency Measures in Eight Occupational Fields: Position Reports of Task Forces.

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    Bergquist, William H.; And Others

    These position reports describe the findings of task forces which focused on the need to translate work-related experience into degree or certificate credit at postsecondary institutions. The eight occupational fields examined included Accounting, Agribusiness, Data Processing, Day Care, Electronics Technology, Management, Police Science and…

  10. Report of the Task Force on General Education University of California, Davis -January 20, 2007

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    Islam, M. Saif

    Report of the Task Force on General Education University of California, Davis - January 20, 2007 ourselves a fundamental set of questions: What do we, the faculty at the University of California at Davis Executive Summary In the Fall of 2004, the General Education Committee of the Davis Division of the Academic

  11. Herself: Elle-Meme. Report of the Nova Scotia Task Force on the Status of Women.

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    Nova Scotia Task Force on the Status of Women, Halifax.

    This report to the Canadian Government from the Nova Scotia Women's Task Force examines the social issues and problems pertaining to the women's movement in that province. Discussions are provided on the situations and attitudes toward homemakers, working women, marriage, divorce, child care, education, health, and political participation.…

  12. Two citizen task forces and the challenge of the evolving nuclear waste siting process

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    Peelle, E.B.

    1990-01-01

    Siting any nuclear waste facility is problematic in today's climate of distrust toward nuclear agencies and fear of nuclear waste. This study compares and contrasts the siting and public participation processes as two citizen task forces dealt with their difficult responsibilities. 10 refs., 3 tabs.

  13. INITIAL REPORT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI`I`S TASK FORCE TECHNOLOGY & DISTANCE LEARNING

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    Olsen, Stephen L.

    -1- INITIAL REPORT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI`I`S TASK FORCE ON TECHNOLOGY & DISTANCE LEARNING Rose November 2001 Successful d-learning has little to do with the technology and everything to do with people on Technology & Distance Learning, and charged her with (a) to integrate and leverage our efforts, while

  14. A Task Force Approach to Serving Profoundly Retarded Children and Their Parents.

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    Graf, Mercedes; Robbins, Pearl

    A task force approach to care of profoundly retarded children includes parent counseling services. Counseling is usually limited to initial interviews in which the psychologists must explain the diagnosis, teach parents to accept the child's maturity age as the best gauge of his ability, and make parents aware that their child will require…

  15. The Supportive Care Task Force at the University of L’Aquila: 2-years experience

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    Giampiero Porzio; Enrico Ricevuto; Federica Aielli; Lucilla Verna; Katia Cannita; Rocco Pollice; Paolo Aloisi; Claudio Porto; Paolo Marchetti; Corrado Ficorella

    2005-01-01

    The Supportive Care Task Force (SCTF) was established within the Medical Oncology Department at the University of L’Aquila in May 2002. The missions of the SCTF were to allow systematic evaluation and treatment of symptoms, to warrant continuity of care in all phases of disease and to provide medical oncology residents with training in the treatment of symptoms. A medical

  16. January 24, 2012 Members of the Special Task Force on UW Restructuring and Operational Flexibilities

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    Saldin, Dilano

    January 24, 2012 Members of the Special Task Force on UW Restructuring and Operational Senate's Executive Committee. As you pursue restructuring of the UW- System (UWS), we urge you to keep in the region and the state. Studies at the MIT Industrial Performance Center (MIT IPC Working Paper 05-010 http

  17. The Ninth Grader and Beyond: A Review of the Ninth Grade Task Force.

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    Spokane School District 81, WA.

    There is a growing concern at the national, state, and local levels over the number of students who are leaving school without graduating. In response to this concern, Spokane School District No. 81 in Spokane, Washington established a ninth-grade task force to examine the issue of dropouts. This report reviews related literature examined by the…

  18. The Open Door Project Task Force: A Qualitative Study on LGBT Aging

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    Stewart Landers; Matthew J. Mimiaga; Lisa Krinsky

    2010-01-01

    This paper reports formative qualitative findings from the Open Door Project (ODP), a unique program created by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Aging Project. Data were collected from Open Door Task Force members (N = 34). This includes 4 focus groups that were held with a total of 22 participants; and key informant interviews that were conducted with

  19. The South Pole Telescope: A white paper for the Dark Energy Task Force

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    Collar, Juan I.

    The South Pole Telescope: A white paper for the Dark Energy Task Force J. E. Carlstrom, C. Chang, T constraints on the nature of dark energy by measuring its impact on the growth of structure, specifically redshifts, the statistical power of the survey yields are sufficient to measure the dark energy equation

  20. Unaccounted-for gas project. Leak Task Force. Volume 4. Final report

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    R. M. Cowgill; J. L. Robertson; J. R. Grinstead; D. J. Luttrell; E. R. Walden

    1990-01-01

    The study was aimed at determining unaccounted-for (UAF) gas volumes resulting from operating Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s transmission and distribution systems during 1987. The Leak Task Force quantified unintentional gas losses (leakage and dig-ins). Results show that 1987 gas leakage accounted for less than 5% of the operating UAF.

  1. From: The Student Budget Sustainability Task Force To: The Wesleyan Student Body

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    Royer, Dana

    choice of the given options. Second, need aware admissions is morally undesirable since it deviates from;2 Priorities Committee. We analyzed budget documents and conducted research on relevant peer institutions, gaining a thorough understanding of the issues at hand. After educating ourselves, the Task Force met

  2. Preserving Digital Information. Report of the Task Force on Archiving of Digital Information.

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    Waters, Donald; Garrett, John

    The 21-member Task Force on Archiving of Digital Information was formed in December 1994 and spent a year studying what is needed to make digital libraries stable, accessible, and valid. Their final report is divided into the following sections: (1) "Introduction," which examines the fragility of cultural memory in a digital age and the limits of…

  3. President's Task Force on Communications Policy. Staff Paper Five. Part II.

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    President's Task Force on Communications Policy, Washington, DC.

    The second part of a staff paper to the President's Task Force on Communications Policy dealing with the domestic telecommunications carrier industry consists of the final two appendices. In the first, the history, structure, present services, and future plans of the Western Union Telegraph Company are discussed. Evidence is given that by allowing…

  4. Preserving the Illustrated Text. Report of the Joint Task Force on Text and Image.

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    Commission on Preservation and Access, Washington, DC.

    The mission of the Joint Task Force on Text and Image was to inquire into the problems, needs, and methods for preserving images in text that are important for scholarship in a wide range of disciplines and to draw from that exploration a set of principles, guidelines, and recommendations for a comprehensive national strategy for image…

  5. Governor McCrory Creates Task Force to Combat Substance Abuse and Underage Drinking

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    Governor McCrory Creates Task Force to Combat Substance Abuse and Underage Drinking Chancellor substance abuse and underage drinking. The Governor's Substance Abuse and Underage Drinking Prevention and social costs of addiction can last a lifetime," Governor McCrory said. "Substance abuse often starts

  6. DEFINING INTELLIGENT CONTROL Report of the Task Force on Intelligent Control

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    Antsaklis, Panos

    in the control of systems. In the minds of many people, particularly outside the control area, the termDEFINING INTELLIGENT CONTROL Report of the Task Force on Intelligent Control IEEE Control Systems at the invitation of the Technical Com- mittee on Intelligent Control of the IEEE Control Systems Society to look

  7. Effects of the Learning Opportunities Task Force (LOTF) Programs on Postsecondary Students with Learning Disabilities

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    Harrison, Allyson G.; Areepattamannil, Shaljan; Freeman, John

    2012-01-01

    This study examined the effects of participation in the Learning Opportunities Task Force (LOTF) programs on postsecondary students with learning disabilities (LDs). Data regarding 969 students from 6 colleges and 4 universities in Ontario were evaluated to investigate rates of academic success and increased self-awareness. Participants had a…

  8. International Dimensions of the University of Alberta. Report of the Senate Task Force.

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    Alberta Univ., Edmonton.

    This report, written by the University of Alberta (Canada) Senate Task Force, was created to facilitate discussion and propose actions to facilitate internationalization of the campus. The report reviews how the university's current activities and strengths might be leveraged to enhance its international stature. It examines a multitude of factors…

  9. Report of the Curriculum Task Force on Educating the Black Learner.

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    Minnesota State Board of Education, St. Paul.

    This report identifies key policy issues and recommendations to improve educational, social, and cultural experiences for all black learners in Minnesota by the Minnesota Curriculum Task Force on Educating the Black Learner. Recommendations at the state level include the following: (1) establishment of a State Board of Education (SBE) committee to…

  10. The Unfinished Agenda: The Citizen's Policy Guide to Environmental Issues. A Task Force Report.

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    Barney, Gerald O., Ed.

    This book is the result of the Environmental Task Force, a group of 63 environmentalists who were asked to identify and describe the most critical environmental problems. It contains chapters on population, food and agriculture, the energy economy, natural resources, water and air pollution, hazards of toxic substances, land use and ecology,…

  11. Internet Engineering Task Force J. Espi Internet-Draft R. Atkinson

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    Atkinson, Robert C

    Internet Engineering Task Force J. Espi Internet-Draft R. Atkinson Intended status: Standards Track draft-espi-ietf-mipshop-profmipv6-00.txt Abstract The Fast Handovers for Mobile IPv6 (FMIPv6) protocol of handover, the mobile node engages MIPv6 procedures in to update the Home Agent with the mobile node's new

  12. Graduate Education in Physics. Report of the Joint AAPT-APS Task Force. Revised

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    American Association of Physics Teachers (NJ1), 2006

    2006-01-01

    The Task Force on Graduate Education in Physics (TFGE), an ad hoc committee convened jointly by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and the American Physical Society (APS), has studied the current status of graduate education in physics Ph.D. programs, and has made recommendations based on what was found. The findings indicate that…

  13. NBEA Business/Industry Task Force: Report of Survey on Office Automation.

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    Moon, Harry R.; Weaver, David H.

    1984-01-01

    The National Business Education Association Business/Industry Task Force conducted a survey of companies throughout the United States that hire large numbers of management-support employees in order to obtain information about current and future plans for office automation, particularly word processing. Survey results are reported as well as…

  14. Hunger in the Midst of Affluence: Task Force Combats Hunger in Contra Costa County.

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    Fujii, Mary Lavender

    1994-01-01

    Research conducted by the Hunger Task Force in Contra Costa County (California) revealed a significant increase in the number of families, especially with young children, who live in poverty and who are going hungry. A food stamp outreach program, a countywide school breakfast program, and food distribution programs have been initiated. (LP)

  15. Enhancing the absorption of fortification iron. A SUSTAIN Task Force report.

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    Hurrell, Richard F; Lynch, Sean; Bothwell, Thomas; Cori, Héctor; Glahn, Ray; Hertrampf, Eva; Kratky, Zdenek; Miller, Dennis; Rodenstein, Mario; Streekstra, Hugo; Teucher, Birgit; Turner, Elizabeth; Yeung, C K; Zimmermann, Michael B

    2004-11-01

    Iron deficiency remains a major global health problem affecting an estimated 2 billion people. The World Health Organization ranked it as the seventh most important preventable risk for disease, disability, and death in 2002. Since an important factor in its causation is the poor bioavailability of iron in the cereal-based diets of many developing countries, SUSTAIN set up a Task Force, consisting of nutritional, medical, industry, and government experts to consider strategies for enhancing the absorption of fortification iron. This paper summarizes the findings of this Task Force. Detailed reviews of each strategy follow this overview. Highly soluble compounds of iron like ferrous sulfate are desirable food fortificants but cannot be used in many food vehicles because of sensory issues. Thus, potentially less well-absorbed forms of iron commonly are used in food fortification. The bioavailability of iron fortificants can, however, be enhanced with innovative ingredient technologies. Ascorbic acid, NaFeEDTA, ferrous bisglycinate, and dephytinization all enhance the absorption of fortification iron, but add to the overall costs of fortification. While all strategies cannot be recommended for all food fortification vehicles, individual strategies can be recommended for specific foods. For example, the addition of ascorbic acid is appropriate for dry blended foods such as infant foods and other dry products made for reconstitution that are packaged, stored, and prepared in a way that maximizes retention of this vitamin. NaFeEDTA can be recommended for fortification of fish sauce and soy sauce, whereas amino acid chelates may be more useful in milk products and beverages. With further development, dephytinization may be possible for low-cost, cereal-based complementary foods in developing countries. Encapsulation of iron salts in lipid coatings, while not an iron absorption-enhancing strategy per se, can prevent soluble forms of iron from interacting undesirably with some food vehicles and hence broaden the application of some fortificants. Research relevant to each of these strategies for enhancing the bioavailability or utility of iron food fortificants is reviewed. Individual strategies are evaluated in terms of enhancing effect and stability, organoleptic qualities, cost, and regulatory issues of interest to the nutrition community, industry, and consumers. Recommendations are made on potential usages and further research needs. Effective fortification depends on the selection of technically feasible and efficacious strategies. Once suitable strategies have been identified, cost becomes very important in selecting the best approach to implement. However it is essential to calculate cost in relation to the amount of bioavailable iron delivered. An approach to the calculation of cost using a conservative estimate of the enhancing effects of the innovative technologies discussed in the supplement is given in the final section. PMID:15743016

  16. Treating rheumatoid arthritis to target: recommendations of an international task force

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    Smolen, Josef S; Aletaha, Daniel; Bijlsma, Johannes W J; Breedveld, Ferdinand C; Boumpas, Dimitrios; Burmester, Gerd; Combe, Bernard; Cutolo, Maurizio; de Wit, Maarten; Dougados, Maxime; Emery, Paul; Gibofsky, Alan; Gomez-Reino, Juan Jesus; Haraoui, Boulos; Kalden, Joachim; Keystone, Edward C; Kvien, Tore K; McInnes, Iain; Martin-Mola, Emilio; Montecucco, Carlomaurizio; Schoels, Monika; van der Heijde, Desirée

    2010-01-01

    Background Aiming at therapeutic targets has reduced the risk of organ failure in many diseases such as diabetes or hypertension. Such targets have not been defined for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Objective To develop recommendations for achieving optimal therapeutic outcomes in RA. Methods A task force of rheumatologists and a patient developed a set of recommendations on the basis of evidence derived from a systematic literature review and expert opinion; these were subsequently discussed, amended and voted upon by >60 experts from various regions of the world in a Delphi-like procedure. Levels of evidence, strength of recommendations and levels of agreement were derived. Results The treat-to-target activity resulted in 10 recommendations. The treatment aim was defined as remission with low disease activity being an alternative goal in patients with long-standing disease. Regular follow-up (every 1–3 months during active disease) with appropriate therapeutic adaptation to reach the desired state within 3 to a maximum of 6 months was recommended. Follow-up examinations ought to employ composite measures of disease activity which include joint counts. Additional items provide further details for particular aspects of the disease. Levels of agreement were very high for many of these recommendations (?9/10). Conclusion The 10 recommendations are supposed to inform patients, rheumatologists and other stakeholders about strategies to reach optimal outcomes of RA based on evidence and expert opinion. PMID:20215140

  17. Responding to Violence and Abuse: Educating Minnesota Professionals for the Future. A Report of the Statewide Task Forces.

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    Minnesota Higher Education Center against Violence and Abuse, St. Paul.

    In response to a 1993 Minnesota crime bill, four task forces reviewed violence education in professional higher education programs and made recommendations for legislation and law enforcement. The four task forces--in Law, Health Services, Human Services, and Education--made several critical recommendations that applied across professions:…

  18. Key Findings from the Graduation Rate Task Force's Survey of Students: Patterns of Course Taking and Barriers to Enrollment

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    Mills, Allen P.

    Key Findings from the Graduation Rate Task Force's Survey of Students: Patterns of Course Taking The Graduate Rate Task Force, in its January 2014 report on the causes of UCR's low four and six year graduation rates, recommended a survey of undergraduate students to determine "why students take fewer than

  19. Governor's Task Force on Substance Abuse and Sexual Assault on College Campuses, 1991-1992. [Final Report.

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    Virginia State Governor's Office, Richmond.

    This document presents the findings of a legislatively mandated task force on substance abuse and sexual assault on Virginia's college, university, and community college campuses. Following a series of public hearings on the issues, the Task Force divided into three focus area Committees: Education, Treatment, and Enforcement. Each committee…

  20. Report of the Film School Task Force to the Office of the Interim Chancellor, University of Hawaii

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    Olsen, Stephen L.

    1 Report of the Film School Task Force to the Office of the Interim Chancellor, University of Hawaii January 29, 2002 Executive Summary The task force on the President's initiative for a Film School to realize a degree program in Film Studies1 at the University of Hawaii. The effort featured a "Big Tent

  1. Rhode Island Higher Education Library Integrated Network (HELIN). Final Report. Task Force on Bibliographic and Authority Control.

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    Vocino, Michael; And Others

    The final report from the Higher Education Library Integrated Network (HELIN)'s Task Force on Bibliographic and Authority Control begins with a statement of the charge to the task force. It then summarizes its activities in each of five areas: (1) documentation of local authority control (cataloging) practices; (2) consultation with vendors of…

  2. Teacher Education in Arizona: Evolution or Revolution. The Report of the Governor's Task Force on Teacher Education.

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    Arizona Governor's Office, Phoenix.

    The recommendations in this task force report by the Task Force on Teacher Education are based on information on the academic program, student profiles, research efforts and pedagogical programs obtained from site visits to the colleges of education in the three state universities in Arizona. The first section of the report discusses the…

  3. Integrating cognitive task analysis into instructional systems development

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    Joan M. Ryder; Richard E. Redding

    1993-01-01

    Traditional methods for task analysis and training design, such as those embodied in Instructional Systems Development (ISD),\\u000a decompose jobs into discrete tasks composed of specific action sequences and identify prerequisite knowledge and skills for\\u000a each task. Although these methods have been effective for designing training for simple procedural skills, they offer little\\u000a insight for analysis or training of jobs involving

  4. An overview of the activities of the OECD/NEA Task Force on adapting computer codes in nuclear applications to parallel architectures

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    Kirk, B.L. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Sartori, E. [OCDE/OECD NEA Data Bank, Issy-les-Moulineaux (France); Viedma, L.G. de [Consejo de Seguridad Nuclear, Madrid (Spain)

    1997-06-01

    Subsequent to the introduction of High Performance Computing in the developed countries, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development/Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD/NEA) created the Task Force on Adapting Computer Codes in Nuclear Applications to Parallel Architectures (under the guidance of the Nuclear Science Committee`s Working Party on Advanced Computing) to study the growth area in supercomputing and its applicability to the nuclear community`s computer codes. The result has been four years of investigation for the Task Force in different subject fields - deterministic and Monte Carlo radiation transport, computational mechanics and fluid dynamics, nuclear safety, atmospheric models and waste management.

  5. Force control of heavy lift manipulators for high precision insertion tasks

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    DiCicco, Matthew A. (Matthew Adam)

    2005-01-01

    The inherent strength of robotic manipulators can be used to assist humans in performing heavy lifting tasks. These robots reduce manpower, reduce fatigue, and increase productivity. This thesis deals with the development ...

  6. Effect of Body Structure on Skill Formation in a Force Precision Task Mimicking Cello Bowing Movement

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    Ogihara, Naomichi; Yamazaki, Nobutoshi

    To elucidate the skill formation mechanism in a complex force precision task mimicking cello bowing movements, three-dimensional joint orientations and changes in bowing force are measured for 2 novice and 2 expert subjects. A rigid link model of the human upper limb is constructed in order to calculate changes in joint moment, potential energy and structural inductivity of motion during bowing, and the motions are compared kinetically. Results show that the novices generate low-in-potential energy bowing motion, but not suitable for skillful control of the bow. In contrast, the experts can fulfill a task requirement by skillfully coordinating the musculo-skeletal system, but the motion is not easy as that of the novices. It is suggested that the transition from a novice to an expert may be difficult due to the ease in the initially generated motion, which obstructs the search for the optimal skillful motion.

  7. U.S. Department of Justice: Task Force for Faith-based & Community Initiatives

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    On January 29, 2001, President George W. Bush issued two executive orders related to faith-based and community organizations. The first established a base of operations within the White House for such initiatives, and the second established centers within various cabinet- level departments, including the Department of Justice (DOJ). As the latter's website notes, "The Task Force's purpose is to promote good works by neighbors, particularly in the areas of juvenile delinquency, prisoners and their families, victims of crime, domestic violence, and drug addiction/treatment/prevention." Visitors to the site can learn about funding opportunities administered by the DOJ and also read some of its publications, such as "Moving Beyond the Walls: Faith and Justice Partnerships Working for High Risk Youth". Interested parties may also want to look at the Task Force's FAQ section and sign up to receive email updates.

  8. EAACI IG Biologicals task force paper on the use of biologic agents in allergic disorders.

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    Boyman, O; Kaegi, C; Akdis, M; Bavbek, S; Bossios, A; Chatzipetrou, A; Eiwegger, T; Firinu, D; Harr, T; Knol, E; Matucci, A; Palomares, O; Schmidt-Weber, C; Simon, H-U; Steiner, U C; Vultaggio, A; Akdis, C A; Spertini, F

    2015-07-01

    Biologic agents (also termed biologicals or biologics) are therapeutics that are synthesized by living organisms and directed against a specific determinant, for example, a cytokine or receptor. In inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, biologicals have revolutionized the treatment of several immune-mediated disorders. Biologicals have also been tested in allergic disorders. These include agents targeting IgE; T helper 2 (Th2)-type and Th2-promoting cytokines, including interleukin-4 (IL-4), IL-5, IL-9, IL-13, IL-31, and thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP); pro-inflammatory cytokines, such as IL-1?, IL-12, IL-17A, IL-17F, IL-23, and tumor necrosis factor (TNF); chemokine receptor CCR4; and lymphocyte surface and adhesion molecules, including CD2, CD11a, CD20, CD25, CD52, and OX40 ligand. In this task force paper of the Interest Group on Biologicals of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, we review biologicals that are currently available or tested for the use in various allergic and urticarial pathologies, by providing an overview on their state of development, area of use, adverse events, and future research directions. PMID:25819018

  9. Intervention of the Renal Disaster Relief Task Force in the 1999 Marmara, Turkey earthquake

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    Raymond Vanholder; Mehmet Sukru Sever; Martin De Smet; Ekrem Erek; Norbert Lameire

    2001-01-01

    Intervention of the Renal Disaster Relief Task Force in the 1999 Marmara, Turkey earthquake.BackgroundMajor earthquakes are followed by a substantial number of crush syndromes and pigment-induced acute renal failures (ARFs). The natural evolution of this problem rapidly leads to death. Today's possibilities of dialysis therapy enable saving numerous lives that otherwise would be lost. Currently, the primary problem is organizational,

  10. Summary of the 19th Joint EU-US Transport Task Force Workshop

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    Angioni, C.; Mantica, P.; Naulin, V.; Bourdelle, C.; Hidalgo, C.; Maggi, C. F.; Rice, J. E.; Sharapov, S. E.; 19th Joint EU-US Transport Task Force Workshop, the Participants to the

    2015-06-01

    This conference report summarizes the contributions to, and discussions at, the 19th Joint EU-US Transport Task Force workshop, held in Culham, UK, during 8–11 September 2014. The workshop was organized under six topics: momentum transport, energetic particles, challenges in modelling transport in ITER and JT60-SA, L–H transition, impurity transport and SOL transport. This report follows the same structure.

  11. Matrix analyses of interaction among fingers in static force production tasks.

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    Gao, Fan; Li, Sheng; Li, Zong-Ming; Latash, Mark L; Zatsiorsky, Vladimir M

    2003-12-01

    The fingers on a hand show interactions in force production tasks. The interfinger connection matrices (IFMs) quantify these interactions (Li et al. 2002; Zatsiorsky et al. 2002b; Danion et al. 2003). The goal of the present study was to explore the differences in the IFMs of individual subjects and, in particular, to establish a procedure that may be used in the future for diagnostic purposes. Subjects ( n=20) pressed downward maximally with ten different combinations of the four fingers, index (I), middle (M), ring (R), and little (L): I, M, R, L, IM, MR, RL, IMR, MRL, and IMRL. Voluntary activation of a subset of the four fingers was accompanied by an involuntary force production by fingers that were not intentionally activated (enslaving). Interfinger connection matrices were computed for each subject by the artificial neural network. The similarities/dissimilarities (proximities) between the individual matrices were determined. This procedure was performed twice: (a) for nonnormalized IFMs whose elements represented the amount of force (in newtons) exerted by a finger i in response to a unit command to a finger j; and (b) for normalized IFMs, after dividing the elements of each IFM by the total force produced by the four fingers acting together (the elements of the matrix are in percents). The 20x20 matrix of the proximities was subjected to multidimensional scaling (MDS) to reduce the number of dimensions and identify the major ones. To interpret the meaning of the computed dimensions, they were regressed on a set of finger force parameters described in the text. For the nonnormalized IFMs an interpretable dimension was the strength of the subjects. For the normalized IFMs two dimensions were interpreted: (a) the location of the point of resultant force application along the mediolateral axis that is defined by the pattern of force sharing among the fingers and (b) the total contribution of the enslaved forces into the total finger force. We speculate that the similarity of typical everyday tasks across the population promotes the similarity of the IMFs reflecting optimal hand functioning over these tasks. PMID:14673652

  12. Is the Go/No-Go Lexical Decision Task Preferable to the Yes/No Task with Developing Readers?

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    Moret-Tatay, Carmen; Perea, Manuel

    2011-01-01

    The lexical decision task is probably the most common laboratory visual word identification task together with the naming task. In the usual setup, participants need to press the "yes" button when the stimulus is a word and the "no" button when the stimulus is not a word. A number of studies have employed this task with developing readers;…

  13. Fifth Report of the NASA Advisory Council Task Force on the Shuttle-Mir Rendezvous and Docking Missions

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    1995-01-01

    The NASA Advisory Council Task Force on the Shuttle-Mir rendezvous and docking missions examine a number of specific issues related to the Shuttle-Mir program. Three teams composed of Task Force members and technical advisors were formed to address the follow issues: preliminary results from STS-71 and the status of preparations for STS-74; NASA's presence in Russia; and NASA's automated data processing and telecommunications (ADP/T) infrastructure in Russia. The three review team reports have been included in the fifth report of the Task Force.

  14. Assessment of Hand Function Through the Coordination of Contact Forces in Manipulation Tasks

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    Jaric, Slobodan; Uygur, Mehmet

    2013-01-01

    Exploration of force coordination has been one of the most often used approaches in studies of hand function. When holding and manipulating a hand-held object healthy individuals are typically able to highly coordinate the perpendicular (grip force; GF) with the tangential component of the contact force (load force; LF). The purpose of this review is to present the findings of our recent studies of GF-LF coordination. Regarding the mechanical factors affecting GF-LF coordination, our data suggest that both different hand segments and their particular skin areas could have markedly different friction properties. It also appears that the absolute, rather than relative safety margin (i.e., how much the actual GF exceeds the minimum value that prevents slipping) should be a variable of choice when assessing the applied magnitude of GF. The safety margin could also be lower in static than in free holding tasks. Regarding the involved neural factors, the data suggest that the increased frequency, rather than an increased range of a cyclic LF could have a prominent detrimental effect on the GF-LF coordination. Finally, it appears that the given instructions (e.g., ‘to hold’ vs. ‘to pull’) can prominently alter GF-LF coordination in otherwise identical manipulation tasks. Conversely, the effects of handedness could be relatively week showing only slight lagging of GF in the non-dominant, but not in the dominant hand. The presented findings reveal important aspects of hand function as seen through GF-LF coordination. Specifically, the use of specific hand areas for grasping, calculation of particular safety margins, the role of LF frequency (but not of LF range) and the effects of given instructions should be all taken into account when conducting future studies of manipulation tasks, standardizing their procedures and designing routine clinical tests of hand function. PMID:23717350

  15. High force reaching task induces widespread inflammation, increased spinal cord neurochemicals and neuropathic pain.

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    Elliott, M B; Barr, A E; Clark, B D; Amin, M; Amin, S; Barbe, M F

    2009-01-23

    Repetitive strain injuries (RSI), which include several musculoskeletal disorders and nerve compression injuries, are associated with performance of repetitive and forceful tasks. In this study, we examined in young, adult Sprague-Dawley rats, the effects of performing a voluntary, moderate repetition, high force (MRHF; nine reaches/min; 60% maximum pulling force) task for 12 weeks on motor behavior and nerve function, inflammatory responses in forearm musculoskeletal and nerve tissues and serum, and neurochemical immunoexpression in cervical spinal cord dorsal horns. We observed no change in reach rate, but reduced voluntary participation and grip strength in week 12, and increased cutaneous sensitivity in weeks 6 and 12, the latter indicative of mechanical allodynia. Nerve conduction velocity (NCV) decreased 15% in the median nerve in week 12, indicative of low-grade nerve compression. ED-1 cells increased in distal radius and ulna in week 12, and in the median nerve and forearm muscles and tendons in weeks 6 and 12. Cytokines IL-1alpha, IL-1beta, TNF-alpha, and IL-10 increased in distal forearm bones in week 12, while IL-6 increased in tendon in week 12. However, serum analysis revealed only increased TNF-alpha in week 6 and macrophage inflammatory protein 3a (MIP3a) in weeks 6 and 12. Lastly, Substance P and neurokinin-1 were both increased in weeks 6 and 12 in the dorsal horns of cervical spinal cord segments. These results show that a high force, but moderate repetition task, induced declines in motor and nerve function as well as peripheral and systemic inflammatory responses (albeit the latter was mild). The peripheral inflammatory responses were associated with signs of central sensitization (mechanical allodynia and increased neurochemicals in spinal cord dorsal horns). PMID:19032977

  16. Clinical practice guidelines for support of the family in the patient-centered intensive care unit: American College of Critical Care Medicine Task Force 2004???2005

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    Judy E. Davidson; Karen Powers; Kamyar M. Hedayat; Mark Tieszen; Alexander A. Kon; Eric Shepard; Vicki Spuhler; I. David Todres; Mitchell Levy; Juliana Barr; Raj Ghandi; Gregory Hirsch; Deborah Armstrong

    2007-01-01

    Objective: To develop clinical practice guidelines for the sup- port of the patient and family in the adult, pediatric, or neonatal patient-centered ICU. Participants: A multidisciplinary task force of experts in crit- ical care practice was convened from the membership of the American College of Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) and the Soci- ety of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) to include

  17. Task Force on Women, Minorities and the Handicapped in Science and Technology: Public Hearing. Report of the Proceedings (Chicago, Illinois, October 29, 1987).

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    The Task Force on Women, Minorities, and the Handicapped in Science and Technology was established by the U.S. Congress in Public Law 99-383 with the purpose of developing a long-range plan for broadening participation in science and engineering. Public hearings were held in Albuquerque (New Mexico), Atlanta (Georgia), Baltimore (Maryland), Boston…

  18. The Fourth R: Reasoning. Proceedings of the Conference of the University/Urban Schools National Task Force (4th, San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 11 & 12, 1982).

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    Bossone, Richard M., Ed.

    This booklet contains proceedings of the Fourth Conference of the University/Urban Schools National Task Force. The conference was held to present information about four programs designed to help high school students to sharpen their reasoning skills. Criteria for program development state that: (1) the program can be taught to teachers in a…

  19. Task Force on Women, Minorities and the Handicapped in Science and Technology: Public Hearing. Report of the Proceedings (Kansas City, Missouri, December 1, 1987).

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    Task Force on Women, Minorities, and the Handicapped in Science and Technology, Washington, DC.

    The Task Force on Women, Minorities, and the Handicapped in Science and Technology was established by the U.S. Congress in Public Law 99-383 with the purpose of developing a long-range plan for broadening participation in science and engineering. Public hearings were held in Albuquerque (New Mexico), Atlanta (Georgia), Baltimore (Maryland), Boston…

  20. Task Force on Women, Minorities and the Handicapped in Science and Technology: Public Hearing. Report of the Proceedings (Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 22, 1987).

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    Task Force on Women, Minorities, and the Handicapped in Science and Technology, Washington, DC.

    The Task Force on Women, Minorities, and the Handicapped in Science and Technology was established by the U.S. Congress in Public Law 99-383 with the purpose of developing a long-range plan for broadening participation in science and engineering. Public hearings were held in Albuquerque (New Mexico), Atlanta (Georgia), Baltimore (Maryland), Boston…

  1. Task Force on Women, Minorities and the Handicapped in Science and Technology: Public Hearing. Report of the Proceedings (Cambridge, Massachusetts, April 7, 1988).

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    Task Force on Women, Minorities, and the Handicapped in Science and Technology, Washington, DC.

    The Task Force on Women, Minorities, and the Handicapped in Science and Technology was established by the U.S. Congress in Public Law 99-383 with the purpose of developing a long-range plan for broadening participation in science and engineering. Public hearings were held in Albuquerque (New Mexico), Atlanta (Georgia), Baltimore (Maryland), Boston…

  2. Robot welding process control development task

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    Romine, Peter L.

    1992-01-01

    The completion of, and improvements made to, the software developed during 1990 for program maintenance on the PC and HEURIKON and transfer to the CYRO, and integration of the Rocketdyne vision software with the CYRO is documented. The new programs were used successfully by NASA, Rocketdyne, and UAH technicians and engineers to create, modify, upload, download, and control CYRO NC programs.

  3. Development of CAM System for Multi-Tasking Machine Tools

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    Kubota, Koji; Kotani, Takashi; Nakamoto, Keiichi; Ishida, Tohru; Takeuchi, Yoshimi

    Multi-tasking machine tools are very useful to manufacture complicated workpiece efficiently. However, it is very difficult to generate NC data when an operator uses multi-tasking machine tools. Currently, there are some CAM systems for multi-tasking machine tools. However, there are such problems as the manual allocation of parts to generate tool paths, the difficulty of self-interference recognition without a simulator, and so on. Therefore, this study deals with the development of CAM system which can recognize part configurations, calculate tool paths automatically for turning and milling operations, and sort them in machining order, based on 3-D CAD data of workpieces.

  4. Flavobacterium psychrophilum vaccine development: a difficult task

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    Gómez, Esther; Méndez, Jessica; Cascales, Desirée; Guijarro, José A

    2014-01-01

    Bacterial cold water disease (BCWD) is a globally distributed freshwater fish disease caused by the Gram-negative bacterium Flavobacterium psychrophilum. It is a particularly devastating infection in fry salmonids and may lead to high levels of mortality. In spite of its economic impact on fish farms, neither the biology of the bacterium nor the bacterium–host interactions are well understood. This review provides a synopsis of the major problems related to critical remaining questions about research into the use of vaccines against F. psychrophilum and the development of a commercial vaccine against this disease. Studies using sera from convalescent rainbow trout have shown the antigenic properties of different proteins such as OmpH, OmpA and FspA, as well as low and high molecular mass lipopolysaccharide of F. psychrophilum, which are potential candidates for subunit vaccines. Inactivated F. psychrophilum bacterins have been successfully tested as vaccines under laboratory conditions by both immersion and intraperitoneal routes. However, the efficacy and the practical usefulness of these preparations still have to be proved. The use of attenuated and wild-type strains to immunize fish showed that these systems offer high levels of protection. Nevertheless, their application clashes with the regulations for environmental protection in many countries. In conclusion, protective vaccines against BCWD are theoretically possible, but substantial efforts still have to be made in order to permit the development of a commercial vaccine. PMID:25056179

  5. Flavobacterium psychrophilum vaccine development: a difficult task.

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    Gómez, Esther; Méndez, Jessica; Cascales, Desirée; Guijarro, José A

    2014-09-01

    Bacterial cold water disease (BCWD) is a globally distributed freshwater fish disease caused by the Gram-negative bacterium Flavobacterium psychrophilum. It is a particularly devastating infection in fry salmonids and may lead to high levels of mortality. In spite of its economic impact on fish farms, neither the biology of the bacterium nor the bacterium-host interactions are well understood. This review provides a synopsis of the major problems related to critical remaining questions about research into the use of vaccines against F.?psychrophilum and the development of a commercial vaccine against this disease. Studies using sera from convalescent rainbow trout have shown the antigenic properties of different proteins such as OmpH, OmpA and FspA, as well as low and high molecular mass lipopolysaccharide of F.?psychrophilum, which are potential candidates for subunit vaccines. Inactivated F.?psychrophilum bacterins have been successfully tested as vaccines under laboratory conditions by both immersion and intraperitoneal routes. However, the efficacy and the practical usefulness of these preparations still have to be proved. The use of attenuated and wild-type strains to immunize fish showed that these systems offer high levels of protection. Nevertheless, their application clashes with the regulations for environmental protection in many countries. In conclusion, protective vaccines against BCWD are theoretically possible, but substantial efforts still have to be made in order to permit the development of a commercial vaccine. PMID:25056179

  6. Race and Ethnicity Task Force Updates Please rate the extent to which you think the university has made progress on the recommendations of

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    Saldin, Dilano

    Race and Ethnicity Task Force Updates Please rate the extent to which you think the university has made progress on the recommendations of the Race and Ethnicity Task Force (check the appropriate cell strategies should be implemented. Race and Ethnicity Problems Noted by the Task Force Solution Proposed

  7. 77 FR 3241 - Intent To Hold North Dakota Task Force Meeting as Established by the Missouri River Protection...

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    ...River from sedimentation, and protect Indian and non-Indian historical and cultural sites along the Missouri River from erosion. DATES: North Dakota Missouri River Task Force established by the Missouri River Protection and Improvement Act of 2000...

  8. 76 FR 63927 - Interagency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (ITFAR): An Update on A Public Health Action...

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    ...Resistance (ITFAR): An Update on A Public Health Action Plan to Combat Antimicrobial...accomplishing activities outlined in A Public Health Action Plan to Combat Antimicrobial...increasing importance of AR as a public health threat. The Task Force is...

  9. Content Validity—Establishing and Reporting the Evidence in Newly Developed Patient-Reported Outcomes (PRO) Instruments for Medical Product Evaluation: ISPOR PRO Good Research Practices Task Force Report: Part 1—Eliciting Concepts for a New PRO Instrument

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    Donald L. Patrick; Laurie B. Burke; Chad J. Gwaltney; Nancy Kline Leidy; Mona L. Martin; Elizabeth Molsen; Lena Ring

    The importance of content validity in developing patient reported outcomes (PRO) instruments is stressed by both the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency. Content validity is the extent to which an instrument measures the important aspects of concepts that developers or users purport it to assess. A PRO instrument measures the concepts most significant and relevant

  10. Content Validity—Establishing and Reporting the Evidence in Newly Developed Patient-Reported Outcomes (PRO) Instruments for Medical Product Evaluation: ISPOR PRO Good Research Practices Task Force Report: Part II—Assessing Respondent Understanding

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    Donald L. Patrick; Laurie B. Burke; Chad J. Gwaltney; Nancy Kline Leidy; Mona L. Martin; Elizabeth Molsen; Lena Ring

    The importance of content validity in developing patient reported outcomes (PRO) instruments is stressed by both the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency. Content validity is the extent to which an instrument measures the important aspects of concepts developers or users purport it to assess. A PRO instrument measures the concepts most relevant and important to

  11. 14th International Congress on Antiphospholipid Antibodies Task Force report on obstetric antiphospholipid syndrome.

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    de Jesus, Guilherme R; Agmon-Levin, Nancy; Andrade, Carlos A; Andreoli, Laura; Chighizola, Cecilia B; Porter, T Flint; Salmon, Jane; Silver, Robert M; Tincani, Angela; Branch, D Ware

    2014-08-01

    Pregnancy morbidity is one of the clinical manifestations used for classification criteria of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). During the 14th International Congress on Antiphospholipid Antibodies (aPL), a Task Force with internationally-known experts was created to carry out a critical appraisal of the literature available regarding the association of aPL with obstetric manifestations present in actual classification criteria (recurrent early miscarriage, fetal death, preeclampsia and placental insufficiency) and the quality of the evidence that treatment(s) provide benefit in terms of avoiding recurrent adverse obstetric outcomes. The association of infertility with aPL and the effectiveness of the treatment of patients with infertility and positive aPL was also investigated. This report presents current knowledge and limitations of published studies regarding pregnancy morbidity, infertility and aPL, identifying areas that need better investigative efforts and proposing how critical flaws could be avoided in future studies, as suggested by participants of the Task Force. Except for fetal death, there are limitations in the quality of the data supporting the association of aPL with obstetric complications included in the current APS classification criteria. Recommended treatments for all pregnancy morbidity associated to APS also lack well-designed studies to confirm its efficacy. APL does not seem to be associated with infertility and treatment does not improve the outcomes in infertile patients with aPL. In another section of the Task Force, Dr. Jane Salmon reviewed complement-mediated inflammation in reproductive failure in APS, considering new therapeutic targets to obstetric APS (Ob APS). PMID:24650941

  12. Unaccounted-for gas project. Theft Task Force. Volume 3. Final report

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    Cima, K.M.; Cottengim, T.L.; Wong, R.M.; Cowgill, R.M.; Grinstead, J.R.

    1990-06-01

    The study was aimed at determining unaccounted-for (UAF) gas volumes resulting from operating Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s transmission and distribution systems during 1987. The Theft Task Force analyzed the percentage of customers involved in gas theft, the average annual volume of gas stolen by a single customer, and the total number of customers and their total gas usage. Results were used in conjunction with documented customer theft to arrive at a calculation that more accurately reflected the theft contribution to UAF for 1987.

  13. CETF Space Station payload pointing system design and analysis feasibility study. [Critical Evaluation Task Force

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    Smagala, Tom; Mcglew, Dave

    1988-01-01

    The expected pointing performance of an attached payload coupled to the Critical Evaluation Task Force Space Station via a payload pointing system (PPS) is determined. The PPS is a 3-axis gimbal which provides the capability for maintaining inertial pointing of a payload in the presence of disturbances associated with the Space Station environment. A system where the axes of rotation were offset from the payload center of mass (CM) by 10 in. in the Z axis was studied as well as a system having the payload CM offset by only 1 inch. There is a significant improvement in pointing performance when going from the 10 in. to the 1 in. gimbal offset.

  14. Interfering effects of the task demands of grip force and mental processing on isometric shoulder strength and muscle activity

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    Christopher W. MacDonell; Peter J. Keir

    2005-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to examine the interfering effects of physical and mental tasks on shoulder isometric strength in different postures. Fifteen volunteers (seven women, eight men) performed a series of isometric shoulder exertions at 30°, 60° and 90° of both shoulder flexion and abduction alone and with the addition of a 30% grip force, a mental task

  15. Optimization of Muscle Activity for Task-Level Goals Predicts Complex Changes in Limb Forces across Biomechanical Contexts

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    J. Lucas McKay; Lena H. Ting

    2012-01-01

    Optimality principles have been proposed as a general framework for understanding motor control in animals and humans largely based on their ability to predict general features movement in idealized motor tasks. However, generalizing these concepts past proof-of-principle to understand the neuromechanical transformation from task-level control to detailed execution-level muscle activity and forces during behaviorally-relevant motor tasks has proved difficult. In

  16. Automatic task model generation for Interface Agent development

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    Victoria Eyharabide; Analía Amandi

    2005-01-01

    To give the user proper assistance, an interface agent should be able to predict the user's intentions. Usually, they achieve that through the use of a detailed task model for a particular application domain. However, to develop such knowledge representations is a difficult and time-consuming activity. Generally, it is tedious and annoying for the agent developers to express such knowledge

  17. [Three-dimensional analysis of variations of the forces associated with the climbing task in adolescents].

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    Testa, M; Debû, B

    1997-09-01

    The efficient performance of voluntary movements requires a precise coordination between posture and movement. Anticipatory postural adjustments are believed to minimize the perturbation of balance triggered by the movement. This is particularly important in rock climbing where the unstable posture requires a fine balance control to preserve equilibrium. The aim of this study was to determine the spatial and temporal characteristics of the postural adjustments and movement in a climbing task for ten right-handed beginner children (5 boys and 5 girls) aged 10 to 15 years. A climbing ergometer was used for the experiment. The apparatus consists of four plates on which artificial climbing holds are secured. Using three-dimensional strain gauges we analyzed the three components of the forces applied at each hold. The signals were sampled at 100 Hz amplified and recorded on a personal computer. The climbing frame was adjusted to the anthropometry of each child. The task was to move one foot from one hold to another, and to actually climb onto the latter. Three levels of difficulty, corresponding to 1/3, 2/3, and 3/3 of shank length were tested. Subjects performed 5 trials with each foot at each level. The effect of three variables were analyzed: gender, laterality (right or left moving foot) and task difficulty. The force distribution was analyzed over a 400 ms period of steady state before the onset of movement. For all subjects and for all conditions, a greater force was applied to the right foot for the vertical forces and on the left foot for the lateral forces. In other words the subjects were standing over their right foot instead of exactly spreading their weight between the two legs. The onset of movement was always preceeded by a reproducible sequence of anticipatory postural adjustments involving the three supporting segments. This sequence was the same for the three components and started with the controlateral hand followed by the homolateral hand and then the controlateral foot. On the hand holds, the anticipation increased with the difficulty of the task, whereas movement time remained constant across all experimental conditions. The effect of task difficulty on the latencies of the anticipatory postural adjustments was more pronounced for the female subjects. The analysis of the load variations occurring during the movement along the three axes showed that the weight was transferred mainly to the controlateral foot but also to the hands. However the homolateral hand was never very involved. On the vertical component, there was a main effect of laterality. For a left foot movement, the force variation on the right controlateral side was more important than for a right foot deplacement. In addition there was a main effect of gender showing that the boys "pulled" more on their hands than the girls. This effect was stronger for a right foot movement. Compared with adults and age-matched boys, the girls seemed to use a more lateral, an expert-like, strategy. PMID:9471341

  18. Campus Life and the Development of Postsecondary Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students: Principles and Practices. [A Report of the] National Task Force on Quality of Services in the Postsecondary Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students.

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    Porter, Jeff; Camerlengo, Renee; DePuye, Maggie; Sommer, Mark

    This report discusses the needs of postsecondary education students who are deaf or hard of hearing and presents strategies for ensuring educational accessibility to campus services and programs. Part 1 considers general issues which characterize the process of student development in postsecondary education. It closes with the a brief discussion…

  19. Task-Oriented Analysis and Design Method for Developing PLC Programs for Mechanical System Control

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    Ma Yinyuan; Jiang Zhaoyuan

    2010-01-01

    To reduce the difficulties in developing PLC based control software for mechanical system, an approach named task-oriented analysis and design (TOAD) is proposed. TOAD emphasizes task centric and model centric developing process. By their property, control tasks are classified as private-sequential task, global-real-time task and asynchronous-concurrent task. The classification prompts developers to find tasks and to analyze a system. Hierarchical

  20. 14th International Congress on Antiphospholipid Antibodies: task force report on antiphospholipid syndrome treatment trends.

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    Erkan, Doruk; Aguiar, Cassyanne L; Andrade, Danieli; Cohen, Hannah; Cuadrado, Maria J; Danowski, Adriana; Levy, Roger A; Ortel, Thomas L; Rahman, Anisur; Salmon, Jane E; Tektonidou, Maria G; Willis, Rohan; Lockshin, Michael D

    2014-06-01

    Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS) is characterized by vascular thrombosis and/or pregnancy morbidity occurring in patients with persistent antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). The primary objective of the APS Treatment Trends Task Force, created as part of the 14th International Congress on aPL, was to systematically review the potential future treatment strategies for aPL-positive patients. The task force chose as future clinical research directions: a) determining the necessity for controlled clinical trials in venous thromboembolism with the new oral direct thrombin or anti-factor Xa inhibitors pending the results of the ongoing rivaroxaban in APS (RAPS) trial, and designing controlled clinical trials in other forms of thrombotic APS; b) systematically analyzing the literature as well as aPL/APS registries, and creating specific registries for non-warfarin/heparin anticoagulants; c) increasing recruitment for an ongoing primary thrombosis prevention trial, and designing secondary thrombosis and pregnancy morbidity prevention trials with hydroxychloroquine; d) determining surrogate markers to select patients for statin trials; e) designing controlled studies with rituximab and other anti-B-cell agents; f) designing mechanistic and clinical studies with eculizumab and other complement inhibitors; and g) chemically modifying peptide therapy to improve the half-life and minimize immunogenicity. The report also includes recommendations for clinicians who consider using these agents in difficult-to-manage aPL-positive patients. PMID:24468415

  1. U.S. Transport Task Force Meeting - April 2014 Final Report

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    Tynan, George R. [UC San Diego

    2014-09-19

    The ultimate goal of the U.S. Transport Task Force is to develop a physics-based understanding of confinement and particle, momentum and heat transport in magnetic fusion devices. This understanding should be of sufficient depth that it allows the development of predictive models of plasma transport that can be validated against experiment, and then used to anticipate the future performance of burning plasmas in ITER, as well as to provide guidance to the design of next-step fusion nuclear science facilities. To achieve success in transport science, it is essential to characterize local fluctuations and transport in toroidal plasmas, to understand the basic mechanisms responsible for transport, and ultimately to control these transport processes. These goals must be pursued in multiple areas, including ion and electron thermal transport, particle and momentum transport, the physics of H-modes and the edge pedestal, Internal Transport Barriers, energetic particle transport and 3D effects on all the underlying transport processes. Demonstrating our understanding requires multiple, successful, quantitative tests of theory, simulation and modeling using experimental results in fusion-relevant and basic plasmas (i.e., verification and validation). The 2014 U.S. TTF meeting was held in April 2014 in San Antonio TX to provide a forum for leading scientists focused on the study of transport of particles, momentum and heat in fusion plasmas. Approximately 110 scientists from the US and several from the EU and from China attended and heard oral talks on recent transport results. Several poster sessions were also held. One day of plenary talks were followed by Breakout sessions and poster sessions that were held on focused topics, including L-H transition physics, energetic particles, transport in high performance plasmas, divertor particle and heat flux management and innovative divertor designs, fundamental turbulence studies, end edge transport shortfall. Most of the invited oral talks are archived at the meeting website, see http://ttf2014.ucsd.edu/TTF_2014/Presentations.html A book of abtracts for all presentations and posters at the meeting is also available, see http://ttf2014.ucsd.edu/TTF_2014/Home_files/TTF%202014%20Abstract%20Book%20Final.pdf Finally the program for the meeting is also available, see http://ttf2014.ucsd.edu/TTF_2014/Home_files/TTF%202014%20Meeting%20Schedule.pdf

  2. Classification images reveal decision variables and strategies in forced choice tasks.

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    Pritchett, Lisa M; Murray, Richard F

    2015-06-01

    Despite decades of research, there is still uncertainty about how people make simple decisions about perceptual stimuli. Most theories assume that perceptual decisions are based on decision variables, which are internal variables that encode task-relevant information. However, decision variables are usually considered to be theoretical constructs that cannot be measured directly, and this often makes it difficult to test theories of perceptual decision making. Here we show how to measure decision variables on individual trials, and we use these measurements to test theories of perceptual decision making more directly than has previously been possible. We measure classification images, which are estimates of templates that observers use to extract information from stimuli. We then calculate the dot product of these classification images with the stimuli to estimate observers' decision variables. Finally, we reconstruct each observer's "decision space," a map that shows the probability of the observer's responses for all values of the decision variables. We use this method to examine decision strategies in two-alternative forced choice (2AFC) tasks, for which there are several competing models. In one experiment, the resulting decision spaces support the difference model, a classic theory of 2AFC decisions. In a second experiment, we find unexpected decision spaces that are not predicted by standard models of 2AFC decisions, and that suggest intrinsic uncertainty or soft thresholding. These experiments give new evidence regarding observers' strategies in 2AFC tasks, and they show how measuring decision variables can answer long-standing questions about perceptual decision making. PMID:26015584

  3. Development of "'Hot" Executive Function: The Children's Gambling Task

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    Kerr, Aurora; Zelazo, Philip David

    2004-01-01

    Development of affective decision-making was studied in 48 children at two ages (3 and 4 years) using a simplified version of the Iowa Gambling Task (Bechara, Damasio, Damasio, & Anderson, 1994). On each of 50 trials, children chose from 1 of 2 decks of cards that, when turned, displayed happy and sad faces, corresponding to rewards (candies) won…

  4. Trends in the Development and Tasks of Modern Quantum Chemistry

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    N. D. Sokolov

    1988-01-01

    The main advances are surveyed and the principal trends in the development of modern quantum chemistry are noted. The intensification of the linkage between theoretical and experimental research is emphasised. The tasks in various branches of quantum chemistry of greatest current interest are analysed. The electron clouds and the electronic processes in molecules and solids, intermolecular interaction, intramolecular dynamics, elementary

  5. Is the go/no-go lexical decision task preferable to the yes/no task with developing readers?

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    Moret-Tatay, Carmen; Perea, Manuel

    2011-09-01

    The lexical decision task is probably the most common laboratory visual word identification task together with the naming task. In the usual setup, participants need to press the "yes" button when the stimulus is a word and the "no" button when the stimulus is not a word. A number of studies have employed this task with developing readers; however, error rates and/or response times tend to be quite high. One way to make the task easier for young readers is by employing a go/no-go procedure: "If word, press 'yes'; if not, refrain from responding." Here we conducted a lexical decision experiment that systematically compared the yes/no and go/no-go variants of the lexical decision task with developing readers (second- and fourth-grade children). Results showed that (a) error rates for words and nonwords were much lower in the go/no-go task than in the yes/no task, (b) lexical decision times were substantially faster in the go/no-go task, and (c) there was less variability in the latency data of the go/no-go task for high-frequency words. Thus, the go/no-go lexical decision task is preferable to the "standard" yes/no task when conducting experiments with developing readers. PMID:21565360

  6. Practice Guidelines for blood component therapy: A report by the American Society of Anesthesiologists Task Force on Blood Component Therapy.

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    1996-03-01

    In 1994, the American Society of Anesthesiologists established the Task Force on Blood Component Therapy to develop evidence-based indications for transfusing red blood cells, platelets, fresh-frozen plasma, and cryoprecipitate in perioperative and peripartum settings. The guidelines were developed according to an explicit methodology. The principal conclusions of the task force are that red blood cell transfusions should not be dictated by a single hemoglobin "trigger" but instead should be based on the patient's risks of developing complications of inadequate oxygenation. Red blood cell transfusion is rarely indicated when the hemoglobin concentration is greater than 10 g/dL and is almost always indicated when it is less than 6 g/dL. The indications for autologous transfusion may be more liberal than for allogeneic (homologous) transfusion. The risks of bleeding in surgical and obstetric patients are determined by the extent and type of surgery, the ability to control bleeding, the actual and anticipated rate of bleeding and the consequences of uncontrolled bleeding. Prophylactic platelet transfusion is ineffective when thrombocytopenia is due to increased platelet destruction. Surgical and obstetric patients with microvascular bleeding usually require platelet transfusion if the platelet count is less than 50 times 10(9)/l and rarely therapy if it is greater than 100 times 10(9)/l. Fresh-frozen plasma is indicated for urgent reversal of warfarin therapy, correction of known coagulation factor deficiencies for which specific concentrates are unavailable, and correction of microvascular bleeding when prothrombin and partial thromboplastin times are >1.5 times normal. It is contraindicated for augmentation of plasma volume or albumin concentration. Cryoprecipitate should be considered for patients with von Willebrand's disease unresponsive to desmopressin, bleeding patients with von Willebrand's disease, and bleeding patients with fibrinogen levels below 80-100 mg/dL. The task force recommends careful adherence to proper indications for blood component therapy to reduce the risks of transfusion. (Key words:Practice guide-lines: anemia: blood component therapy; coagulopathy; cryoprecipitate; fresh-frozen plasma; red blood cells; transfusion.) PMID:8659805

  7. Developing Task-Specific RBF Hand Gesture Recognition

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    A. Jonathan Howell; Kingsley Sage; Hilary Buxton

    2003-01-01

    \\u000a In this paper we develop hand gesture learning and recognition techniques to be used in advanced vision applications, such\\u000a as the ActIPret system for understanding the activities of expert operators for education and training. Radial Basis Function\\u000a (RBF) networks have been developed for reactive vision tasks and work well, exhibiting fast learning and classification. Specific\\u000a extensions of our existing work

  8. Tasks

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    Paresh Malhotra; Keith Muir; Ian Reeves; George Duncan; Katrina Livingstone; Hazel Jackson; Caroline Hogg; Pauline Castle; Gemma Learmonth; Monika Harvey

    2007-01-01

    It is well established that patients with hemispatial neglect present with severe visuospatial impairments, but studies that have directly investigated visuomotor control have revealed diverging results, with some studies showing that neglect patients perform relatively better on such tasks. The present study compared the visuomotor performance of patients with and without neglect after right- hemisphere stroke with those of age-matched

  9. The purpose of the Jacksonville Bed Bug Task Force is to enhance the quality of life for Jacksonville residents through Extension education and

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    Watson, Craig A.

    The purpose of the Jacksonville Bed Bug Task Force is to enhance the quality of life for Jacksonville residents through Extension education and outreach programming on bed bug awareness. Jacksonville Bed Bug Task Force Annual Summary March 2011 - April 2012 Background The Jacksonville Bed Bug Task

  10. Congressional liaison task force - a briefing of the October 1994 meeting

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    NONE

    1994-12-31

    As the US Senate overturned roadblocks attempting-unsuccessfully-to halt passage of the elementary and secondary education reauthorization legislation representatives from several federal agencies and laboratories addressed Congressional Liaison Task Force (CLTF) participants October 12th. They spoke about their commitment, programs, and accomplishments toward the nation`s science knowledge, particularly at the precollege level. Marjorie S. Steinberg legislative assistant to bill cosponsor Sen. Jeff Bingaman (DNM), and Gary Allen, Triangle Coalition director of Governmental affairs, spoke about education legislation and specifically about the Technology for Education Act that was on the Senate floor for a vote in October and now is law. Bruce A. Fuchs talked about the National Institute of Health`s (NIH) work in science literacy and education. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration`s (NASA) Frank C. Owens and Eddie Anderson contributed to this report.

  11. Report of the Task Force on the Shuttle-Mir Rendezvous and Docking Missions

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    1994-01-01

    In October 1992, Russia and the U.S. agreed to conduct a fundamentally new program of human cooperation in space. This original 'Shuttle-Mir' project encompassed combined astronaut-cosmonaut activities on the Shuttle, Soyuz, and Mir spacecraft. At that time, the project was limited to: the STS-60 Shuttle mission, which was completed in February 1994 and carried the first Russian cosmonaut; the planned March 1995 Soyuz 18 launch which will carry a U.S. astronaut to the Mir space station for a three month mission; and the STS-71 Shuttle mission which is scheduled to rendezvous and dock with the Mir space station in June 1995. The Task Force's specific recommendations are given.

  12. Outcome of the First wwPDB Hybrid/Integrative Methods Task Force Workshop.

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    Sali, Andrej; Berman, Helen M; Schwede, Torsten; Trewhella, Jill; Kleywegt, Gerard; Burley, Stephen K; Markley, John; Nakamura, Haruki; Adams, Paul; Bonvin, Alexandre M J J; Chiu, Wah; Peraro, Matteo Dal; Di Maio, Frank; Ferrin, Thomas E; Grünewald, Kay; Gutmanas, Aleksandras; Henderson, Richard; Hummer, Gerhard; Iwasaki, Kenji; Johnson, Graham; Lawson, Catherine L; Meiler, Jens; Marti-Renom, Marc A; Montelione, Gaetano T; Nilges, Michael; Nussinov, Ruth; Patwardhan, Ardan; Rappsilber, Juri; Read, Randy J; Saibil, Helen; Schröder, Gunnar F; Schwieters, Charles D; Seidel, Claus A M; Svergun, Dmitri; Topf, Maya; Ulrich, Eldon L; Velankar, Sameer; Westbrook, John D

    2015-07-01

    Structures of biomolecular systems are increasingly computed by integrative modeling that relies on varied types of experimental data and theoretical information. We describe here the proceedings and conclusions from the first wwPDB Hybrid/Integrative Methods Task Force Workshop held at the European Bioinformatics Institute in Hinxton, UK, on October 6 and 7, 2014. At the workshop, experts in various experimental fields of structural biology, experts in integrative modeling and visualization, and experts in data archiving addressed a series of questions central to the future of structural biology. How should integrative models be represented? How should the data and integrative models be validated? What data should be archived? How should the data and models be archived? What information should accompany the publication of integrative models? PMID:26095030

  13. Joint Task Force Andrew: the 44th Medical Brigade mental health staff officer's after action review.

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    Holsenbeck, L S

    1994-03-01

    The massive Department of Defense deployment in support of Hurricane Andrew relief cast the military medical departments in a new role. Military medical personnel were challenged to apply the traditional principles of combat medicine to a noncombat environment, within the continental United States, within an existing health care infrastructure, in a role subordinate to local civilian health care agencies. As a medical "subject matter expert" assigned to the Joint Task Force Andrew Surgeon's staff, the author worked at the civil-military interface. The lessons learned in his role as a special staff officer should benefit any health care provider involved in disaster relief. They focus on problem areas peculiar to the disaster relief scenario. PMID:8041460

  14. Medical guidelines for space passengers. Aerospace Medical Association Task Force on Space Travel.

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    2001-10-01

    In the foreseeable future, private companies will manufacture space vehicles with a capacity of transporting tourists into low Earth orbit. Because of the stresses of spaceflight, the effects of microgravity, and limited medical care capability, a system of medical clearance is highly recommended for these space tourists. It is our purpose to establish guidelines for use by private businesses, medical providers, and those planning on being a space tourist. Consequently, a Task Force was organized by the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) for the purpose of facilitating safety of passengers, fellow passengers, crew, and flight operations. The guidelines are meant to serve only as a template with the full expectation that exceptions might be made with appropriate rationale. PMID:11601561

  15. Preparing for Routine Satellite Global Volcano Deformation Observations: The Volcano Deformation Database Task Force

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    Pritchard, M. E.; Jay, J.; Andrews, B. J.; Cooper, J.; Henderson, S. T.; Delgado, F.; Biggs, J.; Ebmeier, S. K.

    2014-12-01

    Satellite Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) has greatly expanded the number volcanoes that can be monitored for ground deformation - the number of known deforming volcanoes has increased almost five-fold since 1997 (to more than 213 volcanoes in 2014). However, from 1992-2014, there are still gaps in global volcano surveillance and only a fraction of the 1400 subaerial Holocene volcanoes have frequent observations in this time period. Starting in 2014, near global observations of volcano deformation should begin with the Sentinel satellites from the European Space Agency, ALOS-2 from the Japanese Space Agency, and eventually NISAR from the Indian Space Agency and NASA. With more frequent observations, more volcano deformation episodes are sure to be observed, but evaluating the significance of the observed deformation is not always straightforward -- how can we determine if deformation will lead to eruption? To answer this question, an international task force has been formed to create an inventory of volcano deformation events as part of the Global Volcano Model (http://globalvolcanomodel.org/gvm-task-forces/volcano-deformation-database/). We present the first results from our global study focusing on volcanoes that have few or no previous studies. In some cases, there is a lack of SAR data (for example, volcanoes of the South Sandwich Islands). For others, observations either show an absence of deformation or possible deformation that requires more data to be verified. An example of a deforming volcano that has few past studies is Pagan, an island in the Marianas Arc comprised of 2 stratovolcanoes within calderas. Our new InSAR measurements from both the ALOS and Envisat satellites show deformation near the 1981 May VEI 4 lava flow eruption on North Pagan at 2-3 cm/year between 2004-2010. Another example of a newly observed volcano is Karthala volcano in the Comoros. InSAR observations between 2004-2010 span four eruptions, only one of which is accompanied by deformation.

  16. Task modulation of the effects of brightness on reaction time and response force.

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    Ja?kowski, Piotr; W?odarczyk, Dariusz

    2006-08-01

    Van der Molen and Keuss [van der Molen, M.W., Keuss, P.J.G., 1979. The relationship between reaction time and intensity in discrete auditory tasks. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 31, 95-102; van der Molen, M.W., Keuss, P.J.G., 1981. Response selection and the processing of auditory intensity. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 33, 177-184] showed that paradoxically long reaction times (RT) occur with extremely loud auditory stimuli when the task is difficult (e.g. needs a response choice). It was argued that this paradoxical behavior of RT is due to active suppression of response prompting to prevent false responses. In the present experiments, we demonstrated that such an effect can also occur for visual stimuli provided that they are large enough. Additionally, we showed that response force exerted by participants on response keys monotonically grew with intensity for large stimuli but was independent of intensity for small visual stimuli. Bearing in mind that only large stimuli are believed to be arousing this pattern of results supports the arousal interpretation of the negative effect of loud stimuli on RT given by van der Molen and Keuss. PMID:16198013

  17. Comparisons of an open-ended vs. forced-choice 'mind reading' task: implications for measuring perspective-taking and emotion recognition.

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    Cassels, Tracy G; Birch, Susan A J

    2014-01-01

    Perspective-taking and emotion recognition are essential for successful social development and have been the focus of developmental research for many years. Although the two abilities often overlap, they are distinct and our understanding of these abilities critically rests upon the efficacy of existing measures. Lessons from the literature differentiating recall versus recognition memory tasks led us to hypothesize that an open-ended emotion recognition measure would be less reliant on compensatory strategies and hence a more specific measure of emotion recognition abilities than a forced-choice task. To this end, we compared an open-ended version of the Reading the Mind in the Eyes Task with the original forced-choice version in two studies: 118 typically-developing 4- to 8-year-olds (Study 1) and 139 5- to 12-year-olds; 85 typically-developing and 54 with learning disorders (Study 2). We found that the open-ended version of the task was a better predictor of empathy and more reliably discriminated typically-developing children from those with learning disorders. As a whole, the results suggest that the open-ended version is a more sensitive measure of emotion recognition specifically. PMID:25474645

  18. Spanning the Chasm: Corporate and Academic Cooperation To Improve Work-Force Preparation. Task Force on High-Performance Work and Workers: The Academic Connection.

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    Business-Higher Education Forum, Washington, DC.

    This study, conducted by a task force that interviewed corporate and campus officials at 10 corporations and 12 universities and colleges during 1994-96, examined how well undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in the United States are being prepared to meet the demands of the modern high-performance workplace. The study found…

  19. Task group to develop list of environmental standards

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    A new task group designed to develop a list of existing and potential standards that are applicable to environmental contamination problems in soil, rock, and groundwater has been established by the American Society for Testing a n d Materials (ASTM) Subcommittee on Geotechnics of Waste Management. The list currently includes over 60 existing and draft ASTM standards from ASTM committees in the areas of site characterization, construction evaluation, and geosynthetics.

  20. Cost-effectiveness analysis alongside clinical trials II-An ISPOR Good Research Practices Task Force report.

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    Ramsey, Scott D; Willke, Richard J; Glick, Henry; Reed, Shelby D; Augustovski, Federico; Jonsson, Bengt; Briggs, Andrew; Sullivan, Sean D

    2015-03-01

    Clinical trials evaluating medicines, medical devices, and procedures now commonly assess the economic value of these interventions. The growing number of prospective clinical/economic trials reflects both widespread interest in economic information for new technologies and the regulatory and reimbursement requirements of many countries that now consider evidence of economic value along with clinical efficacy. As decision makers increasingly demand evidence of economic value for health care interventions, conducting high-quality economic analyses alongside clinical studies is desirable because they broaden the scope of information available on a particular intervention, and can efficiently provide timely information with high internal and, when designed and analyzed properly, reasonable external validity. In 2005, ISPOR published the Good Research Practices for Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Alongside Clinical Trials: The ISPOR RCT-CEA Task Force report. ISPOR initiated an update of the report in 2014 to include the methodological developments over the last 9 years. This report provides updated recommendations reflecting advances in several areas related to trial design, selecting data elements, database design and management, analysis, and reporting of results. Task force members note that trials should be designed to evaluate effectiveness (rather than efficacy) when possible, should include clinical outcome measures, and should obtain health resource use and health state utilities directly from study subjects. Collection of economic data should be fully integrated into the study. An incremental analysis should be conducted with an intention-to-treat approach, complemented by relevant subgroup analyses. Uncertainty should be characterized. Articles should adhere to established standards for reporting results of cost-effectiveness analyses. Economic studies alongside trials are complementary to other evaluations (e.g., modeling studies) as information for decision makers who consider evidence of economic value along with clinical efficacy when making resource allocation decisions. PMID:25773551

  1. Analysis of Vertical Ground Reaction Force Variables during a Sit to Stand Task in Participants Recovering from a Hip Fracture

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    Houck, Jeff; Kneiss, Janet; Bukata, Susan V.; Puzas, J. Edward

    2011-01-01

    Background A sit to stand task following a hip fracture may be achieved through compensations (e.g. bilateral arms and uninvolved lower extremity), not restoration of movement strategies of the involved lower extremity. The primary purpose was to compare upper and lower extremity movement strategies using the vertical ground reaction force during a sit to stand task in participants recovering from a hip fracture to control participants. The secondary purpose was to evaluate the correlation between vertical ground reaction force variables and validated functional measures. Methods Twenty eight community dwelling older adults, 14 who had a hip fracture and 14 control participants completed the Sit to Stand task on an instrumented chair designed to measure vertical ground reaction force, performance based tests (Timed up and go, Berg Balance Scale and gait speed) and a self report Lower Extremity Measure. A MANOVA was used to compare functional scales and vertical ground reaction force variables between groups. Bivariate correlations were assessed using Pearson Product Moment correlations. Findings The vertical ground reaction force variables showed significantly higher bilateral arm force, higher uninvolved side peak force and asymmetry between the involved and uninvolved sides for the participants recovering from a hip fracture (Wilks’ Lambda = 3.16, p = 0.019). Significant correlations existed between the vertical ground reaction force variables and validated functional measures. Interpretation Participants recovering from a hip fracture compensated using their arms and the uninvolved side to perform a Sit to Stand. Lower extremity movement strategies captured during a Sit to Stand task were correlated to scales used to assess function, balance and falls risk. PMID:21196069

  2. Contacts: Ellen Taylor, Chair, Task Force on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response ebtaylor@uw.edu, 206-543-1240 Susan Freccia, Project Manager, Task Force on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response sfreccia@uw.edu, 206-616-8504

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    Hochberg, Michael

    Goals and Recommendations ­ Implementation Update Successful implementation efforts as of October 2014 · Received all "Requests for Resources" detailed in Task Force final report and necessary for implementation response and intervention services. · Two new permanent positions funded and to be hired in fall 2014: o

  3. Tool Forces Developed During Friction Stir Welding

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    Melendez, M.; Tang, W.; Schmidt, C.; McClure, J. C.; Nunes, A. C.; Murr, L. E.

    2003-01-01

    This paper will describe a technique for measuring the various forces and the torque that exist on the Friction Stir Welding pin tool. Results for various plunge depths, weld speeds, rotational speed, and tool configurations will be presented. Welds made on 6061 aluminum with typical welding conditions require a downward force of 2800 lbs. (12.5 kN) a longitudinal force in the direction of motion of 300 lbs (1.33 kN), a transverse force in the omega x v direction of 30 lbs (135 N). Aluminum 2195 under typical weld conditions requires a downward force of 3100 lbs. (1.38 kN), a longitudinal force of 920 lbs. (4.1 kN), and a transverse force of 45 lbs. (200 N) in the omega x v direction.

  4. Investigating shoulder muscle loading and exerted forces during wall painting tasks: influence of gender, work height and paint tool design.

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    Rosati, Patricia M; Chopp, Jaclyn N; Dickerson, Clark R

    2014-07-01

    The task of wall painting produces considerable risk to the workers, both male and female, primarily in the development of upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders. Insufficient information is currently available regarding the potential benefits of using different paint roller designs or the possible adverse effects of painting at different work heights. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of gender, work height, and paint tool design on shoulder muscle activity and exerted forces during wall painting. Ten young adults, five male and five female, were recruited to perform simulated wall painting at three different work heights with three different paint roller designs while upper extremity muscle activity and horizontal push force were recorded. Results demonstrated that for female participants, significantly greater total average (p = 0.007) and integrated (p = 0.047) muscle activity was present while using the conventional and curly flex paint roller designs compared to the proposed design in which the load was distributed between both hands. Additionally, for both genders, the high working height imposed greater muscular demands compared to middle and low heights. These findings suggest that, if possible, avoid painting at extreme heights (low or high) and that for female painters, consider a roller that requires the use of two hands; this will reduce fatigue onset and subsequently mitigate potential musculoskeletal shoulder injury risks. PMID:24636728

  5. The differential effect of metabolic alkalosis on maximum force and rate of force development during repeated, high-intensity cycling.

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    Siegler, Jason C; Marshall, Paul W M; Raftry, Sean; Brooks, Cristy; Dowswell, Ben; Romero, Rick; Green, Simon

    2013-12-01

    The purpose of this investigation was to assess the influence of sodium bicarbonate supplementation on maximal force production, rate of force development (RFD), and muscle recruitment during repeated bouts of high-intensity cycling. Ten male and female (n = 10) subjects completed two fixed-cadence, high-intensity cycling trials. Each trial consisted of a series of 30-s efforts at 120% peak power output (maximum graded test) that were interspersed with 30-s recovery periods until task failure. Prior to each trial, subjects consumed 0.3 g/kg sodium bicarbonate (ALK) or placebo (PLA). Maximal voluntary contractions were performed immediately after each 30-s effort. Maximal force (F max) was calculated as the greatest force recorded over a 25-ms period throughout the entire contraction duration while maximal RFD (RFD max) was calculated as the greatest 10-ms average slope throughout that same contraction. F max declined similarly in both the ALK and PLA conditions, with baseline values (ALK: 1,226 ± 393 N; PLA: 1,222 ± 369 N) declining nearly 295 ± 54 N [95% confidence interval (CI) = 84-508 N; P < 0.006]. RFD max also declined in both trials; however, a differential effect persisted between the ALK and PLA conditions. A main effect of condition was observed across the performance time period, with RFD max on average higher during ALK (ALK: 8,729 ± 1,169 N/s; PLA: 7,691 ± 1,526 N/s; mean difference between conditions 1,038 ± 451 N/s, 95% CI = 17-2,059 N/s; P < 0.048). These results demonstrate a differential effect of alkalosis on maximum force vs. maximum rate of force development during a whole body fatiguing task. PMID:24092691

  6. Standardized image interpretation and post processing in cardiovascular magnetic resonance: Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) Board of Trustees Task Force on Standardized Post Processing

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    2013-01-01

    With mounting data on its accuracy and prognostic value, cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is becoming an increasingly important diagnostic tool with growing utility in clinical routine. Given its versatility and wide range of quantitative parameters, however, agreement on specific standards for the interpretation and post-processing of CMR studies is required to ensure consistent quality and reproducibility of CMR reports. This document addresses this need by providing consensus recommendations developed by the Task Force for Post Processing of the Society for Cardiovascular MR (SCMR). The aim of the task force is to recommend requirements and standards for image interpretation and post processing enabling qualitative and quantitative evaluation of CMR images. Furthermore, pitfalls of CMR image analysis are discussed where appropriate. PMID:23634753

  7. FOCUS ON STUDENTS: Final Report, Appendix B Mandate of FOCUS ON STUDENTS: Principal's Task Force on Student Life and

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    Shoubridge, Eric

    FOCUS ON STUDENTS: Final Report, Appendix B Mandate of FOCUS ON STUDENTS: Principal's Task Force on Student Life and Learning at McGill December 2006 Page 24 CONTEXT The Mission of McGill University undergraduate and graduate students the best education available; by carrying out scholarly activities judged

  8. The Information Infrastructure: Reaching Society's Goals. A Report of the Information Infrastructure Task Force Committee on Applications and Technology.

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    National Inst. of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD.

    Intended for public comment and discussion, this document is the second volume of papers in which the Information Infrastructure Task Force has attempted to articulate in clear terms, with sufficient detail, how improvements in the National Information Infrastructure (NII) can help meet other social goals. These are not plans to be enacted, but…

  9. Sectoral Skills Needs: The Role of Universities. Task Force on Labour Market Issues: Office for Partnerships for Advanced Skills.

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    Council of Ontario Universities, Toronto.

    This report analyzes the role of the Task Force on Labour Market Issues of the Council of Ontario Universities in meeting industry skill needs, focusing particularly on three sectors: biotechnology, culture, and software/information technology. Also included are the findings of an earlier study on the skill needs and training requirements in the…

  10. Teacher Education in Florida, 1968-1978. Report of the Role and Scope Task Force on Teacher Education.

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    State Univ. System of Florida, Tallahassee.

    This report, which identifies problems and needs of teacher education in Florida through 1978, is the product of a 3-year task force created to explore the educational manpower needs and to study the present potential capacity of the State University System for meeting these needs. Chapter 1, which discusses the broad context of the new technology…

  11. The Challenge: Latinos in a Changing California. The Report of the University of California SCR 43 Task Force.

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    California Univ., Riverside. Consortium on Mexico and the United States.

    This document presents a report from a task force composed of scholars, professionals, and community leaders to the State of California and the University of California (UC) addressing issues affecting Latinos in California. The following major recommendations are discussed: (1) continuing research must be undertaken concerning dynamic changes and…

  12. Work Readiness: A New Promise in Minnesota's Education. Report of the Commissioner's Task Force on Education for Employment.

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    Minnesota State Dept. of Education, St. Paul.

    This report contains the recommendations made by Minnesota's Task Force on Education for Employment, which was established in 1986 to evaluate how well that state's K-12 educational system is preparing all students for work and whether students have equal access to work-related learning experiences. The following recommendations are made: (1) the…

  13. The Roles of the Federal Government in Telecommunications. President's Task Force on Communications Policy. Staff Paper Eight.

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    Rostow, Eugene V.

    A staff paper to the President's Task Force on Communications Policy reviews the role played by the Federal Government in regulating the telecommunications industries and recommends broader federal jurisdiction. The history of federal action in telecommunications has been one of ad hoc responses to discrete problems, leading to an inefficient,…

  14. Workshop report and presentations from the Semiconductor Research Corporation-DOE Semiconductor Task Force Workshop

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    The Semiconductor Research Corporation-DOE Semiconductor Task Force Workshop was held in Oak ridge, Tennessee, on November 2-3, 1987. It was to provide a forum for representatives of the national laboratories, DOE, and the semiconductor industry in which to discuss capabilities of the national laboratories which could contribute to the future competitiveness of the US semiconductor industry, to identify specific large and small projects at the national laboratories which would be of direct benefit to the semiconductor industry, and to find ways of implementing these projects. Numerous small projects were identified which would utilize unique capabilities of the national laboratories in advanced ion implantation, plasma processing (including electron cyclotron resonance plasmas), ion and cluster beam deposition, materials characterization, electronic packaging, and laser processing and deposition. Five large-scale candidate projects were identified in synchrotron x-ray lithography, silicon process integration, advanced materials processing science, process analysis and diagnostics, and ultra clean room engineering. The major obstacle to implementing these projects if the lack of appropriate funds to initiate and stimulate interactions between the national laboratories and the semiconductor industry. SEMATECH and the federal government are potential sources of seed funds for these projects. The Semiconductor Research Corporation is ideally suited to interface the semiconductor industry and the national laboratories for many of these interactions.

  15. One Digit Interruption: The Altered Force Patterns during Functionally Cylindrical Grasping Tasks in Patients with Trigger Digits

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    Chen, Po-Tsun; Lin, Chien-Ju; Jou, I-Ming; Chieh, Hsiao-Feng; Su, Fong-Chin; Kuo, Li-Chieh

    2013-01-01

    Most trigger digit (TD) patients complain that they have problems using their hand in daily or occupational tasks due to single or multiple digits being affected. Unfortunately, clinicians do not know much about how this disease affects the subtle force coordination among digits during manipulation. Thus, this study examined the differences in force patterns during cylindrical grasp between TD and healthy subjects. Forty-two TD patients with single digit involvement were included and sorted into four groups based on the involved digits, including thumb, index, middle and ring fingers. Twelve healthy subjects volunteered as healthy controls. Two testing tasks, holding and drinking, were performed by natural grasping with minimal forces. The relations between the force of the thumb and each finger were examined by Pearson correlation coefficients. The force amount and contribution of each digit were compared between healthy controls and each TD group by the independent t test. The results showed all TD groups demonstrated altered correlation patterns of the thumb relative to each finger. Larger forces and higher contributions of the index finger were found during holding by patients with index finger involved, and also during drinking by patients with affected thumb and with affected middle finger. Although no triggering symptom occurred during grasping, the patients showed altered force patterns which may be related to the role of the affected digit in natural grasping function. In conclusion, even if only one digit was affected, the subtle force coordination of all the digits was altered during simple tasks among the TD patients. This study provides the information for the future studies to further comprehend the possible injuries secondary to the altered finger coordination and also to adopt suitable treatment strategies. PMID:24391799

  16. Redesigning residency training in internal medicine: the consensus report of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine Education Redesign Task Force.

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    Meyers, Frederick J; Weinberger, Steven E; Fitzgibbons, John P; Glassroth, Jeffrey; Duffy, F Daniel; Clayton, Charles P

    2007-12-01

    Because of numerous criticisms of the content and structure of residency training, redesigning graduate medical education (GME) has become a high priority for the internal medicine community. From 2005 to 2007, the leadership of the internal medicine community, working under the auspices of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine Education Redesign Task Force, developed six recommendations it will pursue to improve residency education: (1) focus education around a "core" of internal medicine, which provides the framework for both the structure and content of residents' educational experiences, (2) fully adopt competency-based evaluation and advancement, which will enhance training by focusing on individual learners' needs, (3) allow for increased, resident-centered education beyond the internal medicine core, because different types of practice require customized knowledge and skills, (4) improve ambulatory training by providing patient-centered longitudinal care that addresses the conflict between inpatient and outpatient responsibilities, (5) use new faculty models that emphasize the creation of a core faculty, and (6) align institutional and programmatic resources with the goals of redesign, balancing the clinical mission of the institution with the educational goals of residency training. Adoption of these recommendations will require significant efforts, including pilot projects, faculty development, changes in accreditation requirements, and modifications of GME funding systems. Opportunities are ample for individual programs to develop creative approaches based on the framework for educational redesign outlined in this article, and for these educational and clinical redesign initiatives to work hand-in-hand for the benefit of patients, faculty, trainees, and institutions. PMID:18046131

  17. Distinguishing Schemes and Tasks in Children's Development of Multiplicative Reasoning

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    Tzur, Ron; Johnson, Heather L.; McClintock, Evan; Kenney, Rachael H.; Xin, Yan P.; Si, Luo; Woordward, Jerry; Hord, Casey; Jin, Xianyan

    2013-01-01

    We present a synthesis of findings from constructivist teaching experiments regarding six schemes children construct for reasoning multiplicatively and tasks to promote them. We provide a task-generating platform game, depictions of each scheme, and supporting tasks. Tasks must be distinguished from children's thinking, and learning situations…

  18. INITIAL DEVELOPMENT OF A FORCE-SENSITIVE VIBRATION ISOLATION BEARING

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    Talbot, James P.

    172 Chapter 6 INITIAL DEVELOPMENT OF A FORCE-SENSITIVE VIBRATION ISOLATION BEARING The theoretical-sensitive vibration isolation bearing. The concept of such a device is described, together with the design and testing of a practical force-sensitive bearing for base-isolated buildings. 6.1. The Concept of a Force

  19. Creating a New Model for Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation for Critical Infrastructure: The New York City Climate Change Adaptation Task Force and the NYC Panel on Climate Change

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    C. Rosenzweig; W. D. Solecki; A. M. Freed

    2008-01-01

    The New York City Climate Change Adaptation Task Force, launched in August 2008, aims to secure the city's critical infrastructure against rising seas, higher temperatures and fluctuating water supplies projected to result from climate change. The Climate Change Adaptation Task Force is part of PlaNYC, the city's long- term sustainability plan, and is composed of over 30 city and state

  20. Building Bridges to the Information Superhighway: Annual Report of the Disabilities Issues Task Force, Federal Communications Commission (March 1995--April 1996).

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    Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC.

    This report describes activities and accomplishments of the Federal Communications Commission's Disabilities Issues Task Force on disabilities issues from March 1995 through April 1996, its first year. Introductory material includes a message from the chairman of the Commission and a statement of the Task Force's purpose, which is to address…

  1. NAC Ad-Hoc Task Force on Planetary Defense Apr 15-16, 2010 CORRECTED 6/10/10 1 NASA ADVISORY COUNCIL (NAC)

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    Waliser, Duane E.

    : add member from the field of disaster management response. · Intersection between exploration programs, projects, activities and facilities related to planetary defense"). Breadth, specificity, and nature of Task Force output are works in progress. Co-Chairs will discuss with NAC. · Task Force should

  2. Report and Recommendations of the British Columbia Teacher's Federation's (BCTF) Task Force on First Nations Education to the Annual General Meeting (January 1999). (Revised Annotated Version).

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    British Columbia Teachers' Federation, Vancouver.

    In 1998, the British Columbia Teachers' Federation (BCTF) appointed an eight-member task force to investigate the effectiveness of the education system for First Nations students. The task force report and recommendations are intended to serve several groups of Aboriginal students: First Nations students, with or without status under Canada's…

  3. The Classification of Children's Knowledge: Development on the Balance-Scale and Inclined-Plane Tasks.

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    Ferretti, Ralph P.; And Others

    1985-01-01

    Applies to the inclined-plane task Siegler's (1981) observation that performance on Piagetian tasks is governed by similar rule structures. Also replicates Siegler's original observations about the development on the balance-scale task and determines the consistency in children's rule usage across tasks. (Author/AS)

  4. Task analysis as a basis for the development of a training system

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    L. A. Haines

    1993-01-01

    Analyzing training system requirements centers around determination of human functional responsibilities necessary for satisfactory job performance. It consists of two major steps: developing the task inventory (identifying the tasks which make up a job) and analyzing the task (identifying the skills and knowledges needed to perform the job). Task analysis involves collecting, identifying, listing, and grouping detailed information of on-the-job

  5. Task 8.2 - subscale catalytic combustor development

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    NONE

    1996-08-15

    The Solar/DOE ATS engine program seeks to reduce engine pollutant emissions to single digit levels and low pattern factor. Program goals include the attainment of emissions (NOx, CO and UHC corrected to 15% O{sub 2}) below 10 ppmvd over the 50 to 100% load range, pattern factor less than 0.2, and long term combustor component durability. Recent improvements in Solar`s dry low NOx combustion technology guarantee less than 25 ppmvd NOx and 50 ppmvd CO (@ 15% O{sub 2}) in field units. It is expected that with the incorporation of advanced combustion technology (e.g. variable geometry, use of ceramics in combustion liners, improved CO sensor based control systems, improved fuel-air premixing, advanced liner cooling, etc.) into present combustion systems, substantial reductions in emissions over currently guaranteed levels will be possible. However, the next generation of low emissions gas turbines may be required to incorporate catalytic combustion to guarantee the lowest possible levels of pollutant emissions with available technology, As part of the Solar ATS Phase II program, catalytic combustion was selected as the primary combustion approach capable of attaining the emissions goals of the ATS program for medium sized industrial gas turbines. Catalytic combustion technology development in Phase II consisted of two main tasks: Task 2.8.2 involving the evaluation and demonstration of catalytic combustion technology at simulated engine conditions in a subscale rig environment, and Task 2.8.5 involving the design and evaluation of a single can full scale catalytic combustion system based on subscale results. Successful full scale rig operation will be followed by sector rig testing, and the procurement of a full set of engine hardware for an engine demonstration as part of Solar ATS Phase III program, If successful in the ATS program, catalytic combustion will be introduced in Solar`s production turbines depending on market requirements and cost.

  6. Preserving Digital Information: Report of the Task Force on Archiving of Digital Information

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    _Preserving Digital Information_, produced by a task force commissioned by The Commission on Preservation and Access (CPA) and The Research Libraries Group (RLG) is available on the Internet. The purpose of this 64-page study "was to investigate the means of ensuring 'continued access indefinitely into the future of records stored in digital electronic form.'" The authors consisted of individuals from industry, museums, archives and libraries, scholarly societies, and government, among others. Its major findings include: "1) The first line of defense against loss of valuable digital information rests with the creators, providers and owners of digital information; 2) Long-term preservation of digital information on a scale adequate for the demands of future research and scholarship will require a deep infrastructure capable of supporting a distributed system of digital archives; 3) A critical component of the digital archiving infrastructure is the existence of a sufficient number of trusted organizations capable of storing, migrating and providing access to digital collections; 4) A process of certification for digital archives is needed to create an overall climate of trust about the prospects of preserving digital information; and 5) Certified digital archives must have the right and duty to exercise an aggressive rescue function as a fail-safe mechanism for preserving valuable digital information that is in jeopardy of destruction, neglect or abandonment by its current custodian." The report is available at present in Adobe Acrobat .pdf, Microsoft Word 6.0, and ASCII rich text formats. An HTML version will be available shortly. http://www.rlg.org/ArchTF/ ftp://ftp.rlg.org/pub/archtf/ ftp to ftp.rlg.org change directory to pub/archtf

  7. Screening for Breast Cancer: Systematic Evidence Review Update for the U. S. Preventive Services Task Force

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    Nelson, Heidi D.; Tyne, Kari; Naik, Arpana; Bougatsos, Christina; Chan, Benjamin K.; Humphrey, Linda

    2010-01-01

    Background This systematic review is an update of evidence since the 2002 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation on breast cancer screening. Purpose To determine the effectiveness of mammography screening in decreasing breast cancer mortality among average-risk women age 40 to 49 and 70 and older; the effectiveness of clinical breast examination (CBE) and breast self examination (BSE); and harms of screening. Data Sources Cochrane Controlled Trials Registry and Database of Systematic Reviews (4th Quarter 2008), MEDLINE® (January 2001 to December 2008), reference lists, and Web of Science® for published studies; Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium for screening mammography data. Study Selection Randomized controlled trials with breast cancer mortality outcomes for screening effectiveness; multiple study designs and data sources for harms. Data Extraction Investigators abstracted relevant data and rated study quality using established criteria. Data Synthesis Mammography screening reduces breast cancer mortality by 15% for women age 39 to 49 (relative risk 0.85; 95% CrI 0.75 to 0.96; 8 trials); data are lacking for age ?70. Radiation exposure from mammography is low. Patient adverse experiences are common, transient, and do not impact screening practices. Estimates of overdiagnosis vary from 1% to 10%. Younger women have more false positive mammograms and additional imaging, but fewer biopsies than older women. Trials of CBE are ongoing; for BSE, trials showed no reductions in mortality but increased benign biopsies. Limitations Studies of older women, digital mammography, and MRI are lacking. Conclusions Mammography screening reduces breast cancer mortality for women age 39 to 69; data are insufficient for older women. False positive mammograms and additional imaging are common. No benefit has been shown for CBE or BSE. PMID:19920273

  8. 75 FR 59698 - Federal Advisory Committee; Department of Defense Task Force on the Care, Management, and...

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    2010-09-28

    ...and Transition of Recovering Wounded, Ill, and Injured Member of the Armed Forces...and Transition of Recovering Wounded, Ill, and Injured Member of the Armed Forces...and transition of recovering wounded, ill, and injured members of the Armed...

  9. Neuronal activity in the postcentral cortex related to force regulation during a precision grip task.

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    Wannier, T M; Töltl, M; Hepp-Reymond, M C

    1986-09-24

    Recordings from single neurons in the primary somatosensory cortex of the monkey during force regulation between the fingers showed following characteristics: the existence of classes of discharge patterns similar to those in motor cortex, but with differences in their distribution, a late onset of activity changes in relation to force increase and a linear relation to force, but with shallow mean rate-force slope. PMID:3756527

  10. Effects of sophistication and motivation on the detection of malingered memory performance using a computerized forced-choice task

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    Roy C. Martin; John F. Bolter; Mark E. Todd; Wm Drew Gouvier; Raymon Niccolls

    1993-01-01

    The present study employed a computerized forced-choice recognition memory task, the Multi-Digit Memory Test (MDMT), to examine the effects of instructional set (i.e., dissimulation information provided subjects) and motivation (i.e., monetary incentive) on simulated malingering behavior in a group of 119 university undergraduate students and 33 patients sustaining varying severity of closed-head injury. For the nonpatient groups, a significant effect

  11. Grip and load force coordination in cyclical isometric manipulation task is not affected by the feedback type

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    2013-01-01

    Background The relationship between normal and tangential force components (grip force – GF and load force – LF, respectively) acting on the digits-object interface during object manipulation reveals neural mechanisms involved in movement control. Here, we examined whether the feedback type provided to the participants during exertion of LF would influence GF-LF coordination and task performance. Methods Sixteen young (24.7 ±3.8 years-old) volunteers isometrically exerted continuously sinusoidal FZ (vertical component of LF) by pulling a fixed instrumented handle up and relaxing under two feedback conditions: targeting and tracking. In targeting condition, FZ exertion range was determined by horizontal lines representing the upper (10 N) and lower (1 N) targets, with frequency (0.77 or 1.53 Hz) dictated by a metronome. In tracking condition, a sinusoidal template set at similar frequencies and range was presented and should be superposed by the participants’ exerted FZ. Task performance was assessed by absolute errors at peaks (AEPeak) and valleys (AEValley) and GF-LF coordination by GF-LF ratios, maximum cross-correlation coefficients (rmax), and time lags. Results The results revealed no effect of feedback and no feedback by frequency interaction on any variable. AEPeak and GF-LF ratio were higher and rmax lower at 1.53 Hz than at 0.77 Hz. Conclusion These findings indicate that the type of feedback does not influence task performance and GF-LF coordination. Therefore, we recommend the use of tracking tasks when assessing GF-LF coordination during isometric LF exertion in externally fixed instrumented handles because they are easier to understand and provide additional indices (e.g., RMSE) of voluntary force control. PMID:23557240

  12. Re-Charting the Course: The First Report of the Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities

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    1998-01-01

    With an unemployment rate of approximately 70%, "adults with severe disabilities are one of the largest minorities in the US without jobs." The Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities was formed in March 1998 "to examine programs and policies related to employment of adults with disabilities, to determine what changes, modifications and innovations may be necessary to remove barriers to work faced by adults with disabilities and to recommend options for such changes." Their first report, completed in November 1998, was recently placed online by the Department of Labor. At the site, users can read the various sections of the report in HTML format or download the full report in text or .pdf format. In addition to recommendations to the President, the report contains information on the foundation, membership, and agenda of the Task Force. Appendixes to the report include A Demographic Profile of People with Disabilities, Summary of Disability-Related Legislative Initiatives, Web Sites of Presidential Task Force Members, and Glossary of Acronyms Used in This Report.

  13. The definition and assessment of vitiligo: a consensus report of the Vitiligo European Task Force.

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    Taïeb, Alain; Picardo, Mauro

    2007-02-01

    Vitiligo is the most common depigmenting disorder, which affects 0.5-1% of the worldwide population, causing disfigurement and serious disturbances in well being. There is a current lack of consensus in definition and methods of assessment of this disorder, which makes it generally impossible to compare the outcomes of different studies of the same treatment. This report summarizes the work carried out by the Vitiligo European Task Force to propose a consensus definition of the disease and to assess treatment outcomes using a system which combines analysis of extent, stage of disease (staging), and disease progression (spreading). In summary, extent is evaluated using the rule of 9. Staging is based on cutaneous and hair pigmentation in vitiligo patches, and the disease is staged 0-3 (revised version) on the largest macule in each body region, except hands and feet, which are assessed separately and globally as one unique area. Assessment of spreading is based on Wood's lamp examination of the same largest macule in each body area. Wood's lamp is useful for a combined assessment of staging and spreading in the same selected area. This study reports a workshop which validated the clinical use of the assessment form performed at several European University clinics, and showed an overall good concordance among panelists using the proposed scoring system. This system can be easily handled in clinical practice. However, variations between scorer profiles indicate a need for training to decrease interobserver variability. Further steps are envisaged, namely: (i) build a global index including staging and spreading for the initial assessment of vitiligo patients, usable as a guidance for therapeutic indications and prognosis, which could be interpreted as an equivalent of the TNM (tumor, node, metastasis) system for cancer; (ii) implement large-scale tests necessary for clinical trials (to check reproducibility and sensitivity); (iii) carry out studies of automated devices to assess extent more accurately; (iv) set up a teaching tool for scoring vitiligo, which could be posted on a website; and (v) set up an international conference on classifying, staging and scoring vitiligo, through the IFPCS Special Interest Group on Vitiligo. PMID:17250545

  14. Development of cylindrical-type finger force measuring system using force sensors and its characteristics evaluation

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    Kim, Hyeon-Min; Yoon, Joungwon; Shin, Hee-Suk; Kim, Gab-Soon

    2012-02-01

    Some patients cannot use their hands because of the paralysis of their fingers. Their fingers can recover with rehabilitative training, and the extent of rehabilitation can be judged by grasping a cylindrical-object with their fingers. At present, the cylindrical-object used in hospitals is only a plastic cylinder, which cannot measure grasping force of the fingers. Therefore, doctors must judge the extent of rehabilitation by watching patients' fingers as they grasp the plastic cylinder. In this paper, the development of two cylindrical-type finger force measuring systems with four force sensors for left hand and right hand were developed. The developed finger force measuring system can measure the grasping force of patients' each finger (forefinger, middle finger, ring finger and little finger), and the measured results could be used to judge the rehabilitation extent of a finger patient. The grasping force tests of men and women were performed using the developed cylindrical-type finger force measuring systems. The tests confirm that the average finger forces of right hand and left hand for men were about 194 N and 179 N, and for women, 108 N and 95 N.

  15. Effects of Upper-Limb Posture on Endpoint Stiffness during Force Targeting Tasks

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    Pei-Rong Wang; Ju-Ying Chang; Kao-Chi Chung

    Endpoint stiffness is characterized as the relationship between externally imposed displacements of the hand and the elastic\\u000a forces generated in response and can be estimated during the application of short-term perturbations to endpoint based on\\u000a measured force and position data. This research was aimed to investigate biomechanical properties via estimation of upper\\u000a limb endpoint stiffness and joint torques during force

  16. A silicon-based shear force sensor: development and characterization

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    Lin Wang; David J. Beebe

    2000-01-01

    A silicon-based shear force sensitive sensor is developed using microfabrication technology. Four ion-implanted piezoresistors are embedded in a silicon diaphragm and used as independent strain gauges. An epoxy mesa is built-up on top of the diaphragm to convert an applied force to a distributed stress. Both the normal and the shear components of an applied force can be resolved from

  17. Initial development of an automated task analysis profiling system

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    Jorgensen, C.C.

    1984-01-01

    A program for automated task analysis is described. Called TAPS (task analysis profiling system), the program accepts normal English prose and outputs skills, knowledges, attitudes, and abilities (SKAAs) along with specific guidance and recommended ability measurement tests for nuclear power plant operators. A new method for defining SKAAs is presented along with a sample program output.

  18. Accountability Forces in Performance Appraisal: Effects of Self-Appraisal Information, Normative Information, and Task Performance

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    Ted H. Shore; Armen Tashchian

    2002-01-01

    This study investigated the effects of self-appraisal information, normative information, and task performance on performance appraisal ratings. Participants rated a fictitious “subordinate's” performance on a clerical task (which was either very good or moderately poor) subsequent to receiving self-assessment information (high or low) and normative information (present or absent). Self-appraisals affected performance ratings for poor performers but not for good

  19. Personality Correlates of Leadership Development in Canadian Forces Officer Candidates

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    J. Peter Bradley; Adelheid A. M. Nicol; Danielle Charbonneau; John P. Meyer

    2002-01-01

    This study investigated the relationship between personality and leadership development in a sample of Canadian Forces officer candidates. At Time 1, personality assessments were obtained from candidates, interviewers, and references at various Canadian Forces Recruiting Centres. Six to nine months later at Time 2, 174 military officer candidates were evaluated by instructors and peers on various aspects of the Basic

  20. Good Research Practices for Comparative Effectiveness Research: Analytic Methods to Improve Causal Inference from Nonrandomized Studies of Treatment Effects Using Secondary Data Sources: The ISPOR Good Research Practices for Retrospective Database Analysis Task Force Report—Part III

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    Michael L. Johnson; William Crown; Bradley C. Martin; Colin R. Dormuth; Uwe Siebert; Michael E. DeBakey

    Objectives: Most contemporary epidemiologic studies require complex analytical methods to adjust for bias and confounding. New methods are constantly being developed, and older more established methods are yet appropriate. Careful application of statistical analysis techniques can improve causal inference of comparative treatment effects from nonran- domized studies using secondary databases. A Task Force was formed to offer a review of

  1. Good Research Practices for Comparative Effectiveness Research: Analytic Methods to Improve Causal Inference from Nonrandomized Studies of Treatment Effects Using Secondary Data Sources: The ISPOR Good Research Practices for Retrospective Database Analysis Task Force Report—Part III

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    Michael L. Johnson; William Crown; Bradley C. Martin; Colin R. Dormuth; Uwe Siebert

    2009-01-01

    ObjectivesMost contemporary epidemiologic studies require complex analytical methods to adjust for bias and confounding. New methods are constantly being developed, and older more established methods are yet appropriate. Careful application of statistical analysis techniques can improve causal inference of comparative treatment effects from nonrandomized studies using secondary databases. A Task Force was formed to offer a review of the more

  2. A Comprehensive Study of the Programs, Governance and Administration of Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs). The Report of the RESA Task Force in Response to West Virginia Senate Bill 127

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    West Virginia Department of Education, 2006

    2006-01-01

    In June 2006, the State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Paine, convened the Task Force comprised of county superintendents, RESA executive directors, county school boards, county and RESA specialists in staff development, finance, and technology, staff from West Virginia Senate and House Education Committees, the State Auditor's Office, and…

  3. Conventional armed forces in Europe: Technology scenario development

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    Houser, G.M.

    1990-07-01

    In January 1986, the Soviet Union's Mikhail Gorbachev proposed elimination of all nuclear weapons by the year 2000. In April of that year, Mr. Gorbachev proposed substantial reductions of conventional weapons in Europe, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Ural Mountains, including reductions in operational-tactical nuclear weapons. In May 1986, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) responded with the Brussels Declaration on Conventional Arms Control,'' which indicated readiness to open East/West discussions on establishing a mandate for negotiating conventional arms control throughout Europe. The Group of 23,'' which met in Vienna beginning in February 1987, concluded the meeting in January 1989 with a mandate for the Conventional Armed Forced in Europe (CFE) negotiations. On 6 March 1989, CFE talks began, and these talks have continued through six rounds (as of April 1990). Although US President George Bush, on 30 May 1989, called for agreement within six months to a year, and the Malta meeting of December 1989 called for completion of a CFE agreement by the end of 1990, much remains to be negotiated. This report provides three types of information. First, treaty provisions brought to the table by both sides are compared. Second, on the basis of these provisions, problem areas for each of the provision elements are postulated and possible scenarios for resolving these problem areas are developed. Third, the scenarios are used as requirements for tasks assigned program elements for possible US implementation of a CFE treaty. As progress is achieved during the negotiations, this report could be updated, as necessary, in each of the areas to provide a continuing systematic basis for program implementation and technology development. 8 refs.

  4. Smoking related idiopathic interstitial pneumonia: Results of an ERS/ATS Task Force

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    Flaherty, Kevin R.; Fell, Charlene; Aubry, Marie-Christine; Brown, Kevin; Colby, Thomas; Costabel, Ulrich; Franks, Teri J.; Gross, Barry H; Hansell, David M.; Kazerooni, Ella; Kim, Dong Soon; King, Talmadge E.; Kitachi, Masanori; Lynch, David; Myers, Jeff; Nagai, Sonoko; Nicholson, Andrew G.; Poletti, Venerino; Raghu, Ganesh; Selman, Moises; Toews, Galen; Travis, William; Wells, Athol U.; Vassallo, Robert; Martinez, Fernando J.

    2015-01-01

    Background Cigarette smoking is a key factor in the development of numerous pulmonary diseases. Methods An international group of clinicians, radiologists, and pathologists evaluated patients with previously identified idiopathic interstitial pneumonia (IIP) to determine unique features of cigarette smoking. Phase 1 (derivation group) identified smoking related features in patients with a history of smoking (n=41). Phase 2 (validation group) determined if these features correctly predicted the smoking status of IIP patients (n=100) to participants blinded to smoking history. Finally, investigators sought to determine if a new smoking-related interstitial lung disease phenotype could be defined. Results Phase 1 suggested that preserved forced vital capacity with disproportionately reduced DLCO, various radiographic and histopathologic findings were smoking related features. In Phase 2 the kappa among clinicians was 0.16 (95% CI 0.11 – 0.21), among the pathologists 0.36 (95% CI 0.32 – 0.34) and among the radiologists 0.43 (95% CI 0.35 – 0.52) for smoking related features. Eight of the 100 cases were felt to represent a potential smoking related interstitial lung disease. Conclusion Smoking related features of interstitial lung disease were identified in a minority of smokers and are not specific for smoking. This study is limited by its retrospective design and the potential for recall bias of smoking history and lack of information on second had smoke exposure. Further research is needed to understand the relationship between smoking and interstitial lung disease. PMID:25063244

  5. Global synthesis of volcano deformation: Results of the Volcano Deformation Task Force

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    Pritchard, M. E.; Jay, J.; Biggs, J.; Ebmeier, S. K.; Delgado, F.

    2013-12-01

    Ground deformation in volcanic regions is being observed more frequently -- the number of known deforming volcanoes has increased from 44 in 1997 to more than 210 in 2013 thanks in large part thanks to the availability of satellite InSAR observations. With the launch of new SAR satellites in the coming years devoted to global deformation monitoring, the number of well-studied episodes of volcano deformation will continue to increase. But evaluating the significance of the observed deformation is not always straightforward -- how often do deformation episodes lead to eruption? Are there certain characteristics of the deformation or the volcano that make the linkage between deformation and eruption more robust -- for example the duration or magnitude of the ground deformation and/or the composition and tectonic setting of the volcano? To answer these questions, a global database of volcano deformation events is needed. Recognizing the need for global information on volcano deformation and the opportunity to address it with InSAR and other techniques, we formed the Volcano Deformation Database Task force as part of Global Volcano Model. The three objectives of our organization are: 1) to compile deformation observations of all volcanoes globally into appropriate formats for WOVOdat and the Global Volcanism Program of the Smithsonian Institution. 2) document any relation between deformation events and eruptions for the Global assessment of volcanic hazard and risk report for 2015 (GAR15) for the UN. 3) to better link InSAR and other remote sensing observations to volcano observatories. We present the first results from our global study of the relation between deformation and eruptions, including case studies of particular eruptions. We compile a systematically-observed catalog of >500 volcanoes with observation windows up to 20 years. Of 90 volcanoes showing deformation, 40 erupted. The positive predictive value (PPV = 0.44) linking deformation and eruption on this timescale indicates ';strong' evidential worth. The negative predictive value (NPV = 0.94) linking non-deformation with non-eruption, is even stronger. But, linking individual deformation events to eruptions is unreliable with existing InSAR data that are rarely available in the critical days to weeks before the eruption of a volcano that has been dormant for decades to millenia. For example, while ground deformation was observed before the 2011 eruptions of Cordon Caulle and Cerro Hudson (both in Chile), the observations were too infrequent to see any change in the pattern or rate of deformation before the eruptions. Before 2011, Cordon Caulle and Cerro Hudson both erupted in the 20th century, but the 2008 eruption of Chaiten (also in Chile) was preceded by centuries of dormancy and still had no measured precursory deformation up to two weeks before eruption. New InSAR missions with more frequent observations along with ground observations from tiltmeters and GPS are essential to constrain whether there is a reliable deformation signal before eruption.

  6. Revisiting the Development of Time Sharing Using a Dual Motor Task Performance

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    Getchell, Nancy; Pabreja, Priya

    2006-01-01

    In this article, the authors discuss and examine how to develop time sharing using a dual motor task and its effects. They state that when one is required to perform two tasks at the same time (time sharing), an individual may experience difficulty in expressing one or both of the tasks. This phenomenon, known as interference, has been studied…

  7. Effect of Lateral Epicondylosis on Grip Force Development

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    Chourasia, Amrish O.; Buhr, Kevin A.; Rabago, David P.; Kijowski, Richard; Irwin, Curtis B.; Sesto, Mary E.

    2012-01-01

    Introduction While it is well known that grip strength is adversely affected by lateral epicondylosis (LE), the effect of LE on rapid grip force generation is unclear. Purpose The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of LE on the ability to rapidly generate grip force. Methods Twenty-eight participants with LE (13 unilateral and 15 bilateral LE) and 13 healthy controls participated in this study. A Multi-Axis Profile dynamometer was used to evaluate grip strength and rapid grip force generation. The ability to rapidly produce force is comprised of the electromechanical delay and rate of force development. Electromechanical delay is defined as the time between the onset of electrical activity and the onset of muscle force production. The Patient Rated Tennis Elbow Evaluation (PRTEE) questionnaire was used to assess pain and functional disability. Magnetic resonance imaging was used to evaluate tendon degeneration. Results LE-injured upper extremities had lower rate of force development (?50 lbs/sec, CI [?17, ?84]) and less grip strength (?7.8 lbs, CI [?3.3, ?12.4]) than non-injured extremities. Participants in the LE group had a longer electromechanical delay (+59%, CI [29,97]) than controls. Peak rate of force development had a higher correlation (r=0.56)(p<0.05) with PRTEE function than grip strength (r=0.47) (p<0.05) and electromechanical delay (r=0.30)(p>0.05) for participants with LE. Conclusion In addition to a reduction in grip strength, those with LE had a reduction in rate of force development and an increase in electromechanical delay. Collectively, these changes may contribute to an increase in reaction time, which may affect risk for recurrent symptoms. These findings suggest that therapists may need to address both strength and rapid force development deficits in patients with LE. PMID:22137195

  8. Constructing experimental designs for discrete-choice experiments: report of the ISPOR Conjoint Analysis Experimental Design Good Research Practices Task Force.

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    Reed Johnson, F; Lancsar, Emily; Marshall, Deborah; Kilambi, Vikram; Mühlbacher, Axel; Regier, Dean A; Bresnahan, Brian W; Kanninen, Barbara; Bridges, John F P

    2013-01-01

    Stated-preference methods are a class of evaluation techniques for studying the preferences of patients and other stakeholders. While these methods span a variety of techniques, conjoint-analysis methods-and particularly discrete-choice experiments (DCEs)-have become the most frequently applied approach in health care in recent years. Experimental design is an important stage in the development of such methods, but establishing a consensus on standards is hampered by lack of understanding of available techniques and software. This report builds on the previous ISPOR Conjoint Analysis Task Force Report: Conjoint Analysis Applications in Health-A Checklist: A Report of the ISPOR Good Research Practices for Conjoint Analysis Task Force. This report aims to assist researchers specifically in evaluating alternative approaches to experimental design, a difficult and important element of successful DCEs. While this report does not endorse any specific approach, it does provide a guide for choosing an approach that is appropriate for a particular study. In particular, it provides an overview of the role of experimental designs for the successful implementation of the DCE approach in health care studies, and it provides researchers with an introduction to constructing experimental designs on the basis of study objectives and the statistical model researchers have selected for the study. The report outlines the theoretical requirements for designs that identify choice-model preference parameters and summarizes and compares a number of available approaches for constructing experimental designs. The task-force leadership group met via bimonthly teleconferences and in person at ISPOR meetings in the United States and Europe. An international group of experimental-design experts was consulted during this process to discuss existing approaches for experimental design and to review the task force's draft reports. In addition, ISPOR members contributed to developing a consensus report by submitting written comments during the review process and oral comments during two forum presentations at the ISPOR 16th and 17th Annual International Meetings held in Baltimore (2011) and Washington, DC (2012). PMID:23337210

  9. Development of a task analysis tool to facilitate user interface design

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    Scholtz, Jean C.

    1992-01-01

    A good user interface is one that facilitates the user in carrying out his task. Such interfaces are difficult and costly to produce. The most important aspect in producing a good interface is the ability to communicate to the software designers what the user's task is. The Task Analysis Tool is a system for cooperative task analysis and specification of the user interface requirements. This tool is intended to serve as a guide to development of initial prototypes for user feedback.

  10. Responses to comments received on the draft final report of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board Task Force on Radioactive Waste Management

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    Not Available

    1994-10-01

    The Task Force solicited comments on its Draft Final Report from a variety of sources. Letters were sent to over 400 individuals who had expressed interest in the interest in the Department`s radioactive waste, management programs, a notice was placed in the Federal Register, the morning session of the January 1993 meeting of the full Secretary of Energy Advisory Board was given over to discussion of the draft, and Task Force members and staff presented the effort at several professional meetings. Altogether 32 written comments were received. They are reproduced here, followed in each case by the Task Force`s response to specific suggestions made to improve the draft. (The panel did not respond to comments that simply reflected policy preferences or that praised the group`s effort.) With one exception, those specific suggestions are highlighted and given a letter designation from {open_quotes}A{close_quotes} to {open_quotes}Z{close_quotes}. The Task Force`s responses, written in the Fall 1993, are labeled in a like manner. For the one exception, a comments submitted by Judy Treichel, the Task Force`s response is printed on copies of her annotated pages.

  11. distinguishing schemes and tasks in children's development of ...

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    Pedro Gomez

    2013-03-27

    the next scheme in the sequence, and (c) link to intended mathematical concepts. Keywords: .... In recent years, tasks have become a primary ..... handbook of mathematics teacher education: the mathematics teacher ... for school mathematics.

  12. Part-time careers in academic internal medicine: a report from the association of specialty professors part-time careers task force on behalf of the alliance for academic internal medicine.

    PubMed

    Linzer, Mark; Warde, Carole; Alexander, R Wayne; Demarco, Deborah M; Haupt, Allison; Hicks, Leroi; Kutner, Jean; Mangione, Carol M; Mechaber, Hilit; Rentz, Meridith; Riley, Joanne; Schuster, Barbara; Solomon, Glen D; Volberding, Paul; Ibrahim, Tod

    2009-10-01

    To establish guidelines for more effectively incorporating part-time faculty into departments of internal medicine, a task force was convened in early 2007 by the Association of Specialty Professors. The task force used informal surveys, current literature, and consensus building among members of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine to produce a consensus statement and a series of recommendations. The task force agreed that part-time faculty could enrich a department of medicine, enhance workforce flexibility, and provide high-quality research, patient care, and education in a cost-effective manner. The task force provided a series of detailed steps for operationalizing part-time practice; to do so, key issues were addressed, such as fixed costs, malpractice insurance, space, cross-coverage, mentoring, career development, productivity targets, and flexible scheduling. Recommendations included (1) increasing respect for work-family balance, (2) allowing flexible time as well as part-time employment, (3) directly addressing negative perceptions about part-time faculty, (4) developing policies to allow flexibility in academic advancement, (5) considering part-time faculty as candidates for leadership positions, (6) encouraging granting agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and Veterans Administration, to consider part-time faculty as eligible for research career development awards, and (7) supporting future research in "best practices" for incorporating part-time faculty into academic departments of medicine. PMID:19881429

  13. Development of a wind forced chiller and its efficiency analysis

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Chen-Ching Ting; Jing-Nang Lee; Chun-Hong Shen

    2008-01-01

    Until now, the technical development of wind force is mainly combined with electrical generator and already achieves the skillful technique in application. In this paper the newly developed windchiller directly applies the mechanical energy of wind force for refrigeration instead of the traditional electrical\\/mechanical energy conversion. The devise avoids energy loss during the two to-and-fro energy conversion processes between wind

  14. Design of the Force Field Task Assignment Method and Associated Performance Evaluation for Desktop Grids

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Edscott Wilson Garc ´ i; Guillermo Morales-luna

    2005-01-01

    In the case of desktop grids, a single hardware-determined latency and constant bandwidth between processors cannot be assumed without incurring in unnecessary error. The actual network topology is determined not only by the physical hardware, but also by the instan- taneous bandwidth availability for parallel processes to communicate. In this paper we present a novel task assignment scheme which takes

  15. Money laundering: has the Financial Action Task Force made a difference?

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Jackie Johnson; Y. C. Desmond Lim

    2002-01-01

    Examines the involvement of the banking sector in money laundering over the last two decades, in particular the relationship between banks and money laundering when governments’ attitudes vary and change. Describes the design of the research, which uses multiple regression, Chow and dummy variable correlation, and partial correlation to compare countries before and after membership of the Financial Action Task

  16. Coupling electrical and mechanical outputs of human jaw muscles undertaking multidirectional bite-force tasks.

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    Mao, J J; Major, P W; Osborn, J W

    1996-12-01

    Previous studies have identified both linear and curvilinear relations between increasing bite-force magnitude and the integrated electromyogram (EMG) of jaw-closing muscles. In an attempt to explain the discrepancy, bite forces of incrementally increasing magnitude were produced on the right-hand side in five specified directions by eight humans. Linear regression lines were fitted to normalized EMG activities of the left and right masseter and temporalis muscles against increasing bite-force magnitude in each direction. The grand mean of linear correlation coefficients was 0.79 (+/- 0.11 SD), suggesting an overall linear relation. Each set of individual data was fitted with polynomial lines up to the third order. The best fit was selected by statistical significance of coefficients and the least-square analysis of the sum of residues for each fitted line; 62% of individual data-sets were best fitted with linear regression lines, 31% with quadratic lines and the remaining 7% with cubic lines. Repeated analysis of residue variance of the pooled data showed that either a linear or quadratic line fitted every data set except one, for which a cubic line had the best fit. Working-side muscles had significantly larger linear correlation coefficients than corresponding balancing-side muscles for most bite-force directions. Analysis of variance of linear correlation coefficients revealed that the degree of linearity often depended upon the roles played by a muscle in producing forces in different directions. It appears that linearity or non-linearity of the EMG force relation is a determinant, among other variables, of the direction of the resultant force. PMID:9134103

  17. A Strategy for Developing a TwelveMonth Protestant Parish Council and Protestant Ministry in the United States Air Force

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Charles Nathan Davidson

    2001-01-01

    The Senior Protestant Chaplain is given the responsibility for developing the entire protestant ministry of an Air Force Base. Faced with the task of how to lead other protestant chaplains, the parish council, various worship services, a religious education ministry, and protestant programs for every age group all with the intent of having one mission statement with goals and objectives

  18. Development of a force specification for a force-limited random vibration test

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    Stevens, R.R.

    1996-02-01

    Vibration testing, techniques have been developed and employed that reduce the overtesting caused by the essentially infinite mechanical impedance of the shaker in conventional vibration tests. With these ``force-limiting`` techniques, two vibration test specifications are used: the conventional acceleration specification, and an interface force specification. The vibration level of the shake table is controlled such that neither the table acceleration nor the force transmitted to the test item exceeds its specification, hence the name ``dual control`` vibration test. The effect of limiting the shake table vibration to the force specification is to reduce (``notch``) the shaker acceleration near some of the test item`s resonance frequencies. Several methods of deriving the force specification have been described in the literature. A new method is proposed in this paper that is based on a modal method of coupling two dynamic systems, in this case the ``source`` or launch vehicle, and the ``load`` or payload. The only information that is required is an experimentally-measurable frequency-response function (FRF) called the dynamic mass for both the source and the load. The method, referred to as the coupled system, modal approach (CSMA) method, is summarized and compared to an existing method of determining the force specification for force-limited vibration testing.

  19. Dynamic force\\/motion simulation of a rigid-flexible manipulator during task constrained

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Atef A. Ata; Habib Johar

    2004-01-01

    Constrained motion of a rigid-flexible manipulator in contact with a rotating environment is considered. A rigid-flexible manipulator may be assigned tasks in a moving environment where the winds or vibrations affect the position and\\/or orientation of surface of operation. When the environment is moving, knowledge of the angle a between the contact surface and the horizontal is required at every

  20. Development of a task-level robot programming and simulation system

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    Liu, H.; Kawamura, K.; Narayanan, S.; Zhang, G.; Franke, H.; Ozkan, M.; Arima, H.; Liu, H.

    1987-01-01

    An ongoing project in developing a Task-Level Robot Programming and Simulation System (TARPS) is discussed. The objective of this approach is to design a generic TARPS that can be used in a variety of applications. Many robotic applications require off-line programming, and a TARPS is very useful in such applications. Task level programming is object centered in that the user specifies tasks to be performed instead of robot paths. Graphics simulation provides greater flexibility and also avoids costly machine setup and possible damage. A TARPS has three major modules: world model, task planner and task simulator. The system architecture, design issues and some preliminary results are given.

  1. Making Child Care Work. Report to the 1987 Minnesota Legislature by the Child Care Task Force.

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    Moriarty, Sheila; And Others

    This report makes recommendations to the 1987 Minnesota Legislature on some actions that can be taken to improve Minnesota's child care system and make it work more effectively. The first section of the report documents the growing need for child care, emphasizing the number of children in Minnesota, the number of women in the labor force, changes…

  2. Career Development, Collective Efficacy, and Individual Task Performance

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    Kellett, Janet B.; Humphrey, Ronald H.; Sleeth, Randall G.

    2009-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to test the hypothesis that perceived collective efficacy would mediate the effects of self-efficacy on individual task performance. Design/methodology/approach: An assessment center design with 147 participants in 49 three-person groups was used. Findings: It is found that for individuals working on an…

  3. Development and Evaluation of Job Reading Task Tests.

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    Sticht, Thomas G.; Caylor, John S.

    The use of readability formulae to estimate the difficulty levels of vocational reading materials, the determination of relationships of reading skills to job proficiency, and the relationship of general reading ability to performance on specially constructed job reading task tests (JRTT) are discussed to define the literacy skill demands (i.e.,…

  4. Task Level Job Performance Criteria Development. Final Report.

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    Wiley, Llewellyn N.; Hahn, Clifford P.

    This study investigated possibilities for improving identification of job performance requirements by examining job incumbent's performance on separate tasks. Three specialties were studied: 291X0, Telecommunications Operation Specialist; 304X4, Group Radio Communications Equipment Repairman; and 431X1C, Aircraft Maintenance Specialist.…

  5. Implementation of a three degree of freedom, motor/brake hybrid force output device for virtual environment control tasks

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    Russo, Massimo; Tadros, Alfred; Flowers, Woodie; Zeltzer, David

    1991-01-01

    The advent of high resolution, physical model based computer graphics has left a gap in the design of input/output technology appropriate for interacting with such complex virtual world models. Since virtual worlds consist of physical models, it is appropriate to output the inherent force information necessary for the simulation to the user. The detailed design, construction, and control of a three degree freedom force output joystick will be presented. A novel kinematic design allows all three axes to be uncoupled, so that the system inertia matrix is diagonal. The two planar axes are actuated through an offset gimbal, and the third through a sleeved cable. To compensate for friction and inertia effects, this transmission is controlled by a force feedforward and a closed force feedback proportional loop. Workspace volume is a cone of 512 cubic inches, and the device bandwidth is maximized at 60 Hz for the two planar and 30 Hz for the third axis. Each axis is controlled by a motor/proportional magnetic particle brake combination fixed to the base. The innovative use of motors and brakes allows objects with high resistive torque requirements to be simulated without the stability and related safety issues involved with high torque, energy storing motors alone. Position, velocity, and applied endpoint force are sensed directly. Different control strategies are discussed and implemented, with an emphasis on how virtual environment force information, generated by the MIT Media Lab Computer Graphics and Animation Group BOLIO system, is transmitted to the device controller. The design constraints for a kinesthetic force feedback device can be summarized as: How can the symbiosis between the sense of presence in the virtual environment be maximized without compromising the interaction task under the constraints of the mechanical device limitations? Research in this field will yield insights to the optimal human sensory feedback mix for a wide spectrum of control and interaction problems. A flexible research tool that is designed as an easily reproducible product prototype has been constructed to explore the variety of possible force interaction.

  6. Abstract --We are developing autonomous underwater vehicles for exploration and inspection tasks. Our objectives are to

    E-print Network

    Abstract -- We are developing autonomous underwater vehicles for exploration and inspection tasks a method of visually-guiding autonomous land vehicles using correlation- based feature tracking to follow National University we are embarking on the development of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) for tasks

  7. Children's Spiritual Development in Forced Displacement: A Human Rights Perspective

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    Ojalehto, Bethany; Wang, Qi

    2008-01-01

    This article provides a synthesis of current research and theories of spiritual development in forced displacement from a human rights perspective. Spirituality, understood as a cognitive-cultural construct, has shown positive impact on children's development through both collective and individual processes and across ecological domains of the…

  8. TASK FORCE ON HIGHER EDUCATION AND THE ECONOMY TESTIMONY OF ROBERT A. ALTENKIRCH

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    Bieber, Michael

    businesses; participate in City planning and development; and lend expertise to civic organizations blueprint that emphasizes support for research and development and its impact on the economy through's economy. In carrying forward its educational, research, and economic development mission, NJIT has

  9. Secondary traumatic stress among Internet Crimes Against Children task force personnel: impact, risk factors, and coping strategies.

    PubMed

    Bourke, Michael L; Craun, Sarah W

    2014-12-01

    Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force personnel face various forms of child exploitation on a daily basis; their jobs require them to view child pornography, participate in undercover chats, interact with offenders in person, and interview abuse survivors. Although exposure to child exploitation and sexual violence has been shown to cause secondary traumatic stress (STS) in certain professions, this is the first large-scale study to investigate risk for STS among ICAC personnel. We circulated an Internet-based survey to ICAC personnel throughout the country and more than 600 individuals responded. Results provide insight into how STS impacts personal and professional well-being. In addition, they highlight which coping mechanisms were inversely related to STS scores. Implications and limitations of the results are discussed. PMID:24259539

  10. Diagnostic Criteria for Mild Cognitive Impairment in Parkinson’s Disease: Movement Disorder Society Task Force Guidelines

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    Litvan, Irene; Goldman, Jennifer G.; Tröster, Alexander I.; Schmand, Ben A.; Weintraub, Daniel; Petersen, Ronald C.; Mollenhauer, Brit; Adler, Charles H.; Marder, Karen; Williams-Gray, Caroline H.; Aarsland, Dag; Kulisevsky, Jaime; Rodriguez-Oroz, Maria C.; Burn, David J.; Barker, Roger A.; Emre, Murat

    2013-01-01

    Mild cognitive impairment is common in nondemented Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients and may be a harbinger of dementia. In view of its importance, the Movement Disorder Society commissioned a task force to delineate diagnostic criteria for mild cognitive impairment in PD. The proposed diagnostic criteria are based on a literature review and expert consensus. This article provides guidelines to characterize the clinical syndrome and methods for its diagnosis. The criteria will require validation, and possibly refinement, as additional research improves our understanding of the epidemiology, presentation, neurobiology, assessment, and long-term course of this clinical syndrome. These diagnostic criteria will support future research efforts to identify at the earliest stage those PD patients at increased risk of progressive cognitive decline and dementia who may benefit from clinical interventions at a predementia stage. PMID:22275317

  11. Environmental health sciences center task force review on halogenated organics in drinking water

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    Deinzer, M.; Schaumburg, F.; Klein, E.

    1978-01-01

    The disinfection of drinking water by chlorination has in recent years come under closer scrutiny because of the potential hazards associated with the production of stable chlorinated organic chemicals. Organic chemical contaminants are common to all water supplies and it is now well-established that chlorinated by-products are obtained under conditions of disinfection, or during tertiary treatment of sewage whose products can ultimately find their way into drinking water supplies. Naturally occurring humic substances which are invariably present in drinking waters are probably the source of chloroform and other halogenated methanes, and chloroform has shown up in every water supply investigated thus far. The Environmental Protection Agency is charged with the responsibility of assessing the public health effects resulting from the consumption of contaminated drinking water. It has specifically undertaken the task of determining whether organic contaminants or their chlorinated derivatives have a special impact, and if so, what alternatives there are to protect the consumer against bacterial and viral diseases that are transmitted through infected drinking waters. The impetus to look at these chemicals is not entirely without some prima facie evidence of potential trouble. Epidemiological studies suggested a higher incidence of cancer along the lower Mississippi River where the contamination from organic chemicals is particularly high. The conclusions from these studies have, to be sure, not gone unchallenged. The task of assessing the effects of chemicals in the drinking water is a difficult one. It includes many variables, including differences in water supplies and the temporal relationship between contamination and consumption of the finished product. It must also take into account the relative importance of the effects from these chemicals in comparison to those from occupational exposure, ingestion of contaminated foods, inhalation of polluted air, and many others. The susceptibility of different age, genetic, and ethnic groups within the population must also be carefully considered. The present review discusses: the reasons for disinfection; the general occurrence of chlorinated organics in drinking water; the chemistry in the synthesis of chlorinated organics under aqueous conditions; and alternatives to chlorine for disinfection. PMID:17539149

  12. The MRS (Monitored Retrievable Storage) task force: Economic and non-economic incentives for local public acceptance of a proposed nuclear waste packaging and storage facility

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    Peelle, E.

    1987-03-01

    A joint Oak Ridge - Roane County citizen task force (TF) evaluated the Department of Energy's (DOE) proposal to site a Monitored Retrievable Storage facility in Tennessee in terms of environmental, transportation, and socioeconomic impacts. The case study examines how the TF used mitigation, compensation and incentives (economic and non-economic) to address the problem of distrust of DOE and to change the net local impact balance from negative to positive. Intensive group interaction during their investigations and development of trust within the TF led to consensus decisions on safety and conditional acceptance. DOE accepted most of the TF conditions after informal negotiations. The siting process was stopped by extensive state-wide opposition resulting in legal challenge by the state and vetoes by the governor and state legislature.

  13. Development and Validation of an Admission Test Designed to Assess Samples of Performance on Academic Tasks

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    Tanilon, Jenny; Segers, Mien; Vedder, Paul; Tillema, Harm

    2009-01-01

    This study illustrates the development and validation of an admission test, labeled as Performance Samples on Academic Tasks in Educational Sciences (PSAT-Ed), designed to assess samples of performance on academic tasks characteristic of those that would eventually be encountered by examinees in an Educational Sciences program. The test was based…

  14. Analysis of arm trajectories of everyday tasks for the development of an upper-limb orthosis

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    Rungun Ramanathan; Silvio P. Eberhardt; Tariq Rahman; Whitney Sample; Rami Seliktar; Michael Alexander

    2000-01-01

    Spatiotemporal arm and body movements of able-bodied subjects performing nine everyday tasks were recorded for the purpose of guiding the development of an upper-limb orthosis. To provide a user the opportunity to carry out these tasks with natural movements, the orthosis should allow replication of the measured trajectories. We outline the orthosis architecture, which supports the user's upper arm and

  15. Spartanburg Technical College 1998 Work Force Development Survey.

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    Quinley, John W.; Cantrell, Jo Ellen

    The 1998 Work Force Development Study focuses on Spartanburg Technical College's (STC's) (South Carolina) role in preparing new workers and training/retraining the current workforce. Surveys were mailed to employers in business and industry--the response rate was 10%. In addition, a series of focus groups, including various business, industry,…

  16. Development of a Micromanipulation System with Force Sensing

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    Shahzad Khan; Ahmet Ozcan Nergis; Volkan Patoglu; Asif Sabanovic

    2007-01-01

    This article provides in-depth knowledge about our undergoing effort to develop an open architecture micromanipulation system with force sensing capabilities. The major requirement to perform any micromanipulation \\u000atask effectively is to ensure the controlled motion of actuators within nanometer accuracy with low overshoot even under the influence of disturbances. Moreover, to achieve high dexterity in manipulation, control of the interaction

  17. Force field development from first principles for materials design

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    Chan, Maria; Kinaci, Alper; Narayanan, Badri; Sen, Fatih; Gray, Stephen; Davis, Michael; Sankaranaryanan, Subramanian

    2015-03-01

    The ability to perform accurate calculations efficiently is crucial for computational materials design. In this talk, we will discuss a stream-lined approach to force field development using first principles density functional theory training data and machine learning algorithms. We will also discuss the validation of this approach on precious metal nanoparticles.

  18. ePortfolio Task Force Final Report to the Academic Senate

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    Gleixner, Stacy

    did the following: 1. Organized, in collaboration with the Center for Faculty Development and SupportPortfolios in their departments. Proceedings here: http://www.sjsu.edu/cfd/docs/schedule.htm 2. Committee members visited four-CSU systemwide meeting on ePortfolios in March 2005 and actively participating in the development of a proposal

  19. Task 8.4 - High Temperature Turbine Disk Development

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    NONE

    1997-02-27

    The goal of this task is to demonstrate a bonding technique to produce a dual-alloy turbine disk concept which will satisfy the diverse property requirements of the rim and hub areas of the disk. The program examines methods of attaching a cast superalloy rim with sufficient rupture strength to a fine grain hub materials with the required LCF properties. The goals of the program were established in the context of a preliminary turbine design by Solar Turbines, Inc. designated ATS 5. The initial target for the ATS 5 application was to allow rim operating temperatures in the 1350-1400 {degrees} F range. The life goal of the Dual-Alloy Disk was envisioned to maintain Solar`s standard turbine disk philosophy of 1000,000 hours.

  20. 67 FR 64126 - Guide to Community Preventive Services (GCPS) Task Force: Meeting

    Federal Register 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

    2002-10-17

    ...Methods Introduction and High Risk Adult Vaccinations; and updates on the development of the Improving Pregnancy Outcomes, Mental Health, Nutrition and Violence Prevention Chapters. Agenda items are subject to change as priorities dictate....

  1. Task Force Report on federal oil and gas royalty matters: valuation of production

    SciTech Connect

    Not Available

    1983-01-01

    A summary of the findings and recommendations addressing valuation in the Linowes Commission (Commission on Fiscal Accountability of the Nation's Energy Resources) report is discussed, along with subsequent developments in Congress, proposals of the Minerals Management Service (MMS) of the Department of the Interior for valuation of natural gas, recent decisions of the MMS concerning natural gas produced on offshore leases, and other recent developments affecting valuation of and accounting for royalty for onshore leases.

  2. The Student Developmental Task and Lifestyle Inventory: An Approach to Measuring Students' Psychosocial Development.

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    Winston, Roger B., Jr.

    1990-01-01

    Describes process used in constructing Student Developmental Task and Lifestyle Inventory (SDTLI), instrument designed to measure certain aspects of Chickering's theory of psychosocial development of traditional-age college students. Summarizes reliability and validity studies. Discusses use of SDTLI. (NB)

  3. Identifying and Encouraging Exemplary Projects of Academic Planning and Budgeting. Management Studies Task Force Series.

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    National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, Boulder, CO.

    The efforts are summarized of four Ohio institutions of higher education (Ohio University, Kent State University, Michael J. Owens Technical College, and Lorain County Community College) to develop and improve academic planning and budgeting processes. Supported by a grant by the Ohio Board of Regents and the National Center for Higher Education…

  4. Health Services Management in the Health Administration Curriculum. Report by the Curriculum Task Force on Administration.

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    Association of Univ. Programs in Health Administration, Washington, DC.

    Critical decisions that need to be made by faculties of health administration education programs when developing and assessing the health services management portion of the curriculum are identified. Decisions should draw from the information available concerning professional target roles of graduates, graduate behavior expected, resources for…

  5. Climatological Drought in Arizona: An Analysis of Indicators for Guiding the Governor's Drought Task Force

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    Gregory B. Goodrich; Andrew W. Ellis

    2006-01-01

    Lacking a federal policy to address local water deficiencies within the United States, many states have developed their own methods for monitoring drought in an effort to mitigate its effects. This article provides an overview of efforts to standardize the use of drought indices in order to compare recent and historical drought both spatially and temporally for Arizona. Yearly averages

  6. Report of the Task Force on Teacher Education and Laboratory Schools.

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    Quigley, Lawrence A., Ed.; Chaves, Arthur, Ed.

    This 1974 examination of Massachusetts state colleges developed a report centering on six areas of concern in teacher education. (1) "Reform and Renewal"--an examination of factors promoting or hindering renewal resulted in proposals to establish projects exploring alternative structures and processes and to evaluate the results for replication.…

  7. Spotlight on the Middle: Report of the Texas Task Force on Middle School Education.

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    Texas Education Agency, Austin.

    This report envisions Texas schools using one another as resources and the campus planning process as a vehicle for implementing research-based concepts and practices in the middle grades. Since Texas' restructuring effort will not succeed without commitment to staff development from all levels of the education community, the need for teacher and…

  8. Improving child survival: Malnutrition Task Force and the paediatrician’s responsibility

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    A A Jackson; A Ashworth; S Khanum

    2006-01-01

    Malnutrition (underweight) contributes to approximately 60% of all child deaths, yet health professionals, policy makers, and donor agencies often fail to recognise its relevance to child survival. There is a need for the paediatric community to champion the importance of adequate nutrition for normal growth and development, and of placing sufficient emphasis on the prevention and treatment of malnutrition. Many

  9. Provost's Advisory Task Force on the Student Learning Experience Interim Report

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    Ellis, Randy

    of teaching and learning in higher education 9. Develop Queen's-specific and program-specific learning in teaching and learning in higher education 12.Create a standing committee for strategic planning in teaching. Review processes for evaluating teaching for the purposes of merit, annual review and RTP decisions 8

  10. HHS announces Text4Health task force recommendations and global partnership:

    Cancer.gov

    Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new recommendations to support health text messaging and mobile health (mHealth) programs. The department has been actively exploring means to capitalize on the rapid proliferation of mobile phone technology and platforms, such as text messaging, to develop programs and/or partnerships with the overall aim of improving public health outcomes.

  11. Exploration Requirements Development Utilizing the Strategy-to-Task-to-Technology Development Approach

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    Drake, Bret G.; Josten, B. Kent; Monell, Donald W.

    2004-01-01

    The Vision for Space Exploration provides direction for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to embark on a robust space exploration program that will advance the Nation s scientific, security, and economic interests. This plan calls for a progressive expansion of human capabilities beyond low earth orbit seeking to answer profound scientific and philosophical questions while responding to discoveries along the way. In addition, the Vision articulates the strategy for developing the revolutionary new technologies and capabilities required for the future exploration of the solar system. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration faces new challenges in successfully implementing the Vision. In order to implement a sustained and affordable exploration endeavor it is vital for NASA to do business differently. This paper provides an overview of the strategy-to-task-to-technology process being used by NASA s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate to develop the requirements and system acquisition details necessary for implementing a sustainable exploration vision.

  12. Nanotechnology applications to desalination : a report for the joint water reuse & desalination task force.

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    Brady, Patrick Vane; Mayer, Tom; Cygan, Randall Timothy

    2011-01-01

    Nanomaterials and nanotechnology methods have been an integral part of international research over the past decade. Because many traditional water treatment technologies (e.g. membrane filtration, biofouling, scale inhibition, etc.) depend on nanoscale processes, it is reasonable to expect one outcome of nanotechnology research to be better, nano-engineered water treatment approaches. The most immediate, and possibly greatest, impact of nanotechnology on desalination methods will likely be the development of membranes engineered at the near-molecular level. Aquaporin proteins that channel water across cell membranes with very low energy inputs point to the potential for dramatically improved performance. Aquaporin-laced polymer membranes and aquaporin-mimicking carbon nanotubes and metal oxide membranes developed in the lab support this. A critical limitation to widespread use of nanoengineered desalination membranes will be their scalability to industrial fabrication processes. Subsequent, long-term improvements in nanoengineered membranes may result in self-healing membranes that ideally are (1) more resistant to biofouling, (2) have biocidal properties, and/or (3) selectively target trace contaminants.

  13. Developing Kazakhstan's Tengiz field will be a tough task

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Samoilov

    1993-01-01

    This paper reviews a new joint venture between the Chevron and Kazakh representatives to develop one of the world's largest oil fields under very challenging climatic and environmental conditions. It is proposed that a production of 700,000 barrels-of-oil per day will be reached by the year 2010. The paper reviews the historical development of this joint venture and discusses the

  14. Development of a high pressure micromechanical force apparatus.

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    Lee, Bo Ram; Koh, Carolyn A; Sum, Amadeu K

    2014-09-01

    The formation of gas hydrates and subsequent plugging of pipelines are risks that need to be well understood during the production and transportation of oil and gas in subsea flowlines. These flowlines are typically operating at low temperature and high pressure conditions, which are well within the hydrate formation stability region. One of the key processes for hydrate plugs to develop is the agglomeration of hydrates. To obtain a more comprehensive understanding on this problem, we have developed a high-pressure micromechanical force (MMF) apparatus to directly measure cohesive forces between gas hydrate particles. The MMF system is housed in a stainless steel vessel that can withstand pressures of up to 10 MPa, thereby facilitating studies on a broad spectrum of hydrate formers and conditions. The MMF apparatus comprises of two cantilever fibers: one is stationary and another is manipulated via a nano-manipulator. Water droplets (~500 ?m in diameter) are placed at the end of the each cantilever fiber so that they can be converted to hydrate. In order to demonstrate the stability of this apparatus, CH4/C2H6 (74.7 mol. %/25.3 mol. %) mixed hydrates were prepared at 2 MPa and -5?°C and annealed at 0?°C for 15 h. Subsequently, the hydrate particle cohesive force was measured at 2?°C. Compared with the cohesive force of cyclopentane hydrates in cyclopentane liquid (~4.3 mN/m), the average cohesive force of gas hydrates was about 10 times higher, ~43 mN/m. Studies using this new high pressure MMF apparatus will be central to better understand the agglomeration of hydrates in multiphase flowlines. PMID:25273785

  15. Report of the SSC workshop on distributed multipole correction coils. Task force report

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    Sah, R. [ed.

    1988-01-01

    The SSC Workshop on Distributed Multipole Correction Coils was held at Brookhaven National Laboratory on October 13 and 14, 1987. This Workshop was organized by the SSC Central Design Group, and its purpose was to discuss the present status of specifications, designs, and R&D plans for distributed, actively-powered multipole correction coils for the SSC. The Workshop was organized into four consecutive sessions to discuss the following topics: requirements for distributed correction coils, distributed connection coil designs, materials issues, and plans for future R&D. The following conclusions were drawn from the workshop: Accelerator physics considerations indicate that distributed multipole correction coils represent a feasible and flexible method to correct magnetic field errors in the SSC. Considerable progress has been made by Brookhaven National Laboratory in collaboration with industry to develop a possible fabrication technique for distributed correction coils. This technique consists of imbedding superconducting wire in a flexible plastic substrate. Its feasibility for the SSC still needs to be demonstrated. BNL has presented a preliminary plan for the necessary R&D. A successful technique has been developed to manufacture distributed correction coils for HERA. The coil performance is excellent. As yet, no plan has been proposed to study this type of correction coil for the SSC. The results from an experiment to study radiation damage to organic materials, although still preliminary, am providing guidance in selecting the most radiation resistant materials to use in correction coils. The test samples in this experiment were subjected to much larger radiation doses than expected at the SSC. Considerable information on radiation damage is available in the literature.

  16. On-the-Job Training: Development and Assessment of a Methodology for Generating Task Proficiency Evaluation Instruments.

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    Warm, Ronnie; And Others

    This document describes the development and assessment of a methodology for generating on-the-job-training (OJT) task proficiency assessment instruments. The Task Evaluation Form (TEF) development procedures were derived to address previously identified deficiencies in the evaluation of OJT task proficiency. The TEF development procedures allow…

  17. Engineering Analysis of Strong-motion Data Recorded During German Task Force Missions To Turkey (1998-2000)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Schwarz, J.; Ende, C.; Habenberger, J.; Lang, D. H.; Raschke, M.

    Obviously, structural damage caused by strong earthquakes can not only be attributed to defects in design or construction, but rather the widely discussed phenomenon of local site effects has to be considered as well. In the last decade extensive strong-motion measurements were carried out by the reconnaissance team of the German TaskForce for Earthquakes. Missions to Turkey in 1998 (Adana, Ceyhan) and in 1999 (Izmit/Kocaeli and Duezce) provided a unique database of recorded aftershocks at sites where building damage occurred. To gain more insight into the effect of local site conditions post-earthquake investigations were initiated in Adana and Kocaeli (October 2000). Microtremors were recorded at sites of the previously installed strong-motion accelerographs and locations of evident concentration or variation of building damage spreaded over the area of main shaking effects. The predominant frequencies and amplification potential at recording sites were identified by H/V spectral ratio method. On the basis of H/V-spectra the sites were classified (into soft soil, stiff soil, rock-type conditions) enabling more detailed studies of recorded strong motion data which were obtained by previous TaskForce missions. Attenuation laws for spectral and peak ground acceleration were statistically determined similar to the approach by Ambraseys et al. (1996). As it can be concluded, the differences between ground motion on soft and stiff soil are less pronounced and of a similar level of amplitudes. It has to be emphasized that the studies are supported by different data types referring to an unique and consistent data-set. Thus, conclusions concerning the reliability of recently applied site response estimation techniques will be derived in dependence on soil conditions. Finally, it will be discussed to which extent subsoil conditions are responsible for the enforcement of building damage. For this purpose and in relation to geological features, a macroseismic map of shaking effects (intensity) was prepared taking into consideration the results of a damage survey undertaken immediately after the 1999 Izmit/Kocaeli earthquake as well as meanwhile presented intensity assignments of other research groups. As a result, instrumentally investigated (micro)sites are correlated with macroseismic shaking effects.

  18. Developing Kazakhstan's Tengiz field will be a tough task

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    Samoilov, B.V. (State Academy of Oil and Gas, Moscow (Russian Federation))

    1993-07-01

    This paper reviews a new joint venture between the Chevron and Kazakh representatives to develop one of the world's largest oil fields under very challenging climatic and environmental conditions. It is proposed that a production of 700,000 barrels-of-oil per day will be reached by the year 2010. The paper reviews the historical development of this joint venture and discusses the proposed cost and profit-sharing proposed. It then discusses the geologic and environmental conditions which will cause extreme problems in the field development. These include climate extremes, probability of flooding, overpressured systems, corrosive brines and ground water, and poor soil conditions for construction of any facilities. It discusses a proposed plan to address each of these issues and the possible construction of oil and gas processing facilities, sulfur recovery facilities, and pipelines.

  19. Advanced diesel engine component development program, tasks 4-14

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    Kaushal, Tony S.; Weber, Karen E.

    1994-01-01

    This report summarizes the Advanced Diesel Engine Component Development (ADECD) Program to develop and demonstrate critical technology needed to advance the heavy-duty low heat rejection engine concept. Major development activities reported are the design, analysis, and fabrication of monolithic ceramic components; vapor phase and solid film lubrication; electrohydraulic valve actuation; and high pressure common rail injection. An advanced single cylinder test bed was fabricated as a laboratory tool in studying these advanced technologies. This test bed simulates the reciprocator for a system having no cooling system, turbo compounding, Rankine bottoming cycle, common rail injection, and variable valve actuation to achieve fuel consumption of 160 g/kW-hr (.26 lb/hp-hr). The advanced concepts were successfully integrated into the test engine. All ceramic components met their functional and reliability requirements. The firedeck, cast-in-place ports, valves, valve guides, piston cap, and piston ring were made from silicon nitride. Breakthroughs required to implement a 'ceramic' engine included the fabrication of air-gap cylinder heads, elimination of compression gaskets, machining of ceramic valve seats within the ceramic firedeck, fabrication of cast-in-place ceramic port liners, implementation of vapor phase lubrication, and elimination of the engine coolant system. Silicon nitride valves were successfully developed to meet several production abuse test requirements and incorporated into the test bed with a ceramic valve guide and solid film lubrication. The ADECD cylinder head features ceramic port shields to increase insulation and exhaust energy recovery. The combustion chamber includes a ceramic firedeck and piston cap. The tribological challenge posed by top ring reversal temperatures of 550 C was met through the development of vapor phase lubrication using tricresyl phosphate at the ring-liner interface. A solenoid-controlled, variable valve actuation system that eliminated the conventional camshaft was demonstrated on the test bed. High pressure fuel injection via a common rail system was also developed to reduce particulate emissions.

  20. Internal R and D task summary report: analytical methods development

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    Schweighardt, F.K.

    1983-07-01

    International Coal Refining Company (ICRC) conducted two research programs to develop analytical procedures for characterizing the feed, intermediates,and products of the proposed SRC-I Demonstration Plant. The major conclusion is that standard analytical methods must be defined and assigned statistical error limits of precision and reproducibility early in development. Comparing all SRC-I data or data from different processes is complex and expensive if common data correlation procedures are not followed. ICRC recommends that processes be audited analytically and statistical analyses generated as quickly as possible, in order to quantify process-dependent and -independent variables. 16 references, 10 figures, 20 tables.

  1. Key developments of the Ganga task-management framework

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Dzhunov, I. A.; Kenyon, M. J.; Moscicki, J.; Richards, A. J.; Slater, M. W.; Brochu, F.; Ebke, J.; Egede, U.; Lee, H.; Van Der Ster, D. C.; Williams, M. J.; Elmsheuser, J.; Jha, M.

    2012-12-01

    Ganga is the main end-user distributed analysis tool for the ATLAS and LHCb experiments and provides the foundation layer for the HammerCloud system, used by the LHC experiments for validation and stress testing of their numerous distributed computing facilities. Here we illustrate recent developments and demonstrate how tools that were initially developed for a specific user community have been migrated into the Ganga core, and so can be exploited by a wider user-base. Similarly, examples will be given where Ganga components have been adapted for use by communities in their custom analysis packages.

  2. Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on National Aero-Space Plane (NASP) Program

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1992-01-01

    Six years ago, the Defense Science Board (DSB) initiated a review of the concept, technical basis, program content, and missions of the National Aerospace Plane (NASP) program. The report was completed in Sep. 1988, and the recommendations contributed to strengthening the technical efforts in the NASP program. Since then, substantial technological progress has been made in the technology development phase (Phase 2) of the program. Phase 2 of the program is currently scheduled to end in late Fiscal Year 1993, with a decision whether to proceed to the experimental flight vehicle phase (Phase 3) to be made at that time. This decision will be a very significant one for the Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). In February of this year, the DSB was chartered to revisit the NASP program to assess the degree to which the many technical challenges of the program have been resolved, or are likely to be resolved by the end of Phase 2.

  3. European MEDEA+ CRYSTAL project: DFM photomasks inputs for EDA workflow task force

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Beisser, Eric; Tissier, Michel; Au, David; Bonniol, Stéphane; Garcia, Patrick; Morey-Chaisemartin, Philippe; Sadran, Dominique; Servin, Isabelle; Tabusse, Michel

    2009-04-01

    The cost of production of a photomask set has been soaring over the last few years, and now reaches 1 million to 2 million, almost 10% of the overall cost of a new project development. And new projects have seen their profitability lifetime reduced over time to 3 to 6 months. Any uncontrolled increase in cost or delay can make the difference between a profitable or non profitable project, and can even lead to the cancellation of the entire project. For the last few years, silicon manufacturability issues have been taken into account in the design process through a widespread use of Design For Manufacturing tools, but so far the impact of design on mask manufacturability has not been thoroughly studied. This article presents a novel Design For Mask Manufacturing approach, which defines a robust process encompassing design rules and constraints, validation procedures, exchange mechanisms between all actors in the flow (designers, mask shops, and foundry) in order to minimize the number and impact of mask design issues, to trace their root causes and severity, and automation of the handoff of design and administrative data to the mask shop. A demonstrator for the DFMM flow is being shown.

  4. Task force St. Bernard: operational issues and medical management of a National Guard disaster response operation.

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    Bonnett, Carl J; Schock, Tony R; McVaney, Kevin E; Colwell, Christopher B; Depass, Christopher

    2007-01-01

    After Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast of the United States on 29 August 2005, it became obvious that the country was facing an enormous national emergency. With local resources overwhelmed, governors across the US responded by deploying thousands of National Guard soldiers and airmen. The National Guard has responded to domestic disasters due to natural hazards since its inception, but an event with the magnitude of Hurricane Katrina was unprecedented. The deployment of >900 Army National Guard soldiers to St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana in the aftermath of the Hurricane was studied to present some of the operational issues involved with providing medical support for this type of operation. In doing so, the authors attempt to address some of the larger issues of how the National Guard can be incorporated into domestic disaster response efforts. A number of unforeseen issues with regards to medical operations, medical supply, communication, preventive medicine, legal issues, and interactions with civilians were encountered and are reviewed. A better understanding of the National Guard and how it can be utilized more effectively in future disaster response operations can be developed. PMID:18087915

  5. Swing-Leg Trajectory of Running Guinea Fowl Suggests Task-Level Priority of Force Regulation Rather than Disturbance Rejection

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    Blum, Yvonne; Vejdani, Hamid R.; Birn-Jeffery, Aleksandra V.; Hubicki, Christian M.; Hurst, Jonathan W.; Daley, Monica A.

    2014-01-01

    To achieve robust and stable legged locomotion in uneven terrain, animals must effectively coordinate limb swing and stance phases, which involve distinct yet coupled dynamics. Recent theoretical studies have highlighted the critical influence of swing-leg trajectory on stability, disturbance rejection, leg loading and economy of walking and running. Yet, simulations suggest that not all these factors can be simultaneously optimized. A potential trade-off arises between the optimal swing-leg trajectory for disturbance rejection (to maintain steady gait) versus regulation of leg loading (for injury avoidance and economy). Here we investigate how running guinea fowl manage this potential trade-off by comparing experimental data to predictions of hypothesis-based simulations of running over a terrain drop perturbation. We use a simple model to predict swing-leg trajectory and running dynamics. In simulations, we generate optimized swing-leg trajectories based upon specific hypotheses for task-level control priorities. We optimized swing trajectories to achieve i) constant peak force, ii) constant axial impulse, or iii) perfect disturbance rejection (steady gait) in the stance following a terrain drop. We compare simulation predictions to experimental data on guinea fowl running over a visible step down. Swing and stance dynamics of running guinea fowl closely match simulations optimized to regulate leg loading (priorities i and ii), and do not match the simulations optimized for disturbance rejection (priority iii). The simulations reinforce previous findings that swing-leg trajectory targeting disturbance rejection demands large increases in stance leg force following a terrain drop. Guinea fowl negotiate a downward step using unsteady dynamics with forward acceleration, and recover to steady gait in subsequent steps. Our results suggest that guinea fowl use swing-leg trajectory consistent with priority for load regulation, and not for steadiness of gait. Swing-leg trajectory optimized for load regulation may facilitate economy and injury avoidance in uneven terrain. PMID:24979750

  6. FOCUS ON STUDENTS: Principal's Task Force on Student Life and Learning at McGill The Student-Centred, Research-Intensive University

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    Shoubridge, Eric

    FOCUS ON STUDENTS: Principal's Task Force on Student Life and Learning at McGill The Student research, is the provision of an education of excellent quality to our students in our undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. As a research-intensive university, McGill aims to provide students

  7. REPORT ON ACTIVITY OF TASK FORCE 1 IN THE LIFE CYCLE INVENTORY PROGRAMME: DATA REGISTRY - GLOBAL LIFE CYCLE INVENTORY DATA RESOURCES

    EPA Science Inventory

    This paper presents a summary of the findings of a report prepared by Task Force 1 of the UNEP/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative on the available Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) databases around the world. An update of a previous summary prepared in May 2002 by Norris and Notten, the repor...

  8. The Physics of Optimal Decision Making: A Formal Analysis of Models of Performance in Two-Alternative Forced-Choice Tasks

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    Bigelow, Stephen

    The Physics of Optimal Decision Making: A Formal Analysis of Models of Performance in Two Princeton University In this article, the authors consider optimal decision making in two-alternative forced-choice (TAFC) tasks. They begin by analyzing 6 models of TAFC decision making and show that all but one can

  9. The effectiveness of silicone gels for corrosion prevention of silicon circuits: the final report of the IEEE Computer Society Computer Packaging Committee Special Task Force

    Microsoft Academic Search

    John W. Balde

    1991-01-01

    The results of a three-year task force effort to determine if silicone gels can provide sufficient reliability protection to justify their use in commercial and military electronics packaging applications are presented. The types of gels tested included a gel from Shin-Etsu, an Amicon gel, several Petrarch gel formulations, and a Dow Corning gel. The results indicate that the performance might

  10. Measuring Up: Lakeland Community College Report of the ADA Task Force. A Self Evaluation of College Services, Facilities, Programs, and Activities.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Lee, Martha C.; Mastrangelo, Eliz. B.

    Prepared by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Task Force at Lakeland Community College (LCC) in Ohio, this report assesses LCC's compliance with ADA provisions and presents recommendations concerning projects to be undertaken. Section I provides an introduction to the ADA and its impact at LCC. Section II describes the self-evaluation…

  11. The Use and Management of the Electromagnetic Spectrum, Part I. President's Task Force on Communications Policy. Staff Paper Seven, Part I.

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    Rostow, Eugene V.

    A staff paper to the President's Task Force on Communications Policy analyses the use of the electromagnetic spectrum for communications and suggests improvements. The evolution of spectrum use and its present federal management are described together with the problem of achieving efficient use in the areas of electromagnetic congestion. Criticism…

  12. Charting a Course: Social Studies for the 21st Century. A Report of the Curriculum Task Force of the National Commission on Social Studies in the Schools.

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    American Historical Association, Washington, DC.

    This report by the Curriculum Task Force represents its considered conclusion about general reform (K-12) of the social studies curriculum in the United States. It presents a balanced and comprehensive curriculum program adapted to the needs of present day society and suggests direction for the future. Part 1 discusses the recommended social…

  13. Manitoba Task Force on Francophone Schools Governance. Report = Groupe de travail manitobain sur la gestion des ecoles franco-manitobaines. Le rapport.

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    Manitoba Dept. of Education and Training, Winnipeg.

    Findings of a task force on introduction of a school governance system for Manitoba's (Canada) francophone minority population are reported. The document outlines the background--i.e., the Canadian context--of this report, principles and procedures, the resulting recommended structure for governance, and suggestions for addressing such issues as…

  14. Critical Thinking Assessment: Measuring a Moving Target. Report & Recommendations of the South Carolina Higher Education Assessment Network Critical Thinking Task Force.

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    Cook, Patricia; Johnson, Reid; Moore, Phil; Myers, Phyllis; Pauly, Susan; Pendarvis, Faye; Prus, Joe; Ulmer-Sottong, Lovely

    This report is part of South Carolina's effort to move toward "100 percent performance funding" for the state's public colleges and universities and results from a task force's investigation of ways to assess critical thinking. The following eight major findings are reported: (1) policy makers must determine priorities; (2) critical thinking lacks…

  15. Original draft from the Constitution Revision Task Force, April 30, 2007; Revised draft from the revision subcommittee of the Executive Committee, April 21, 2008;

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    Minnesota, University of

    1 Original draft from the Constitution Revision Task Force, April 30, 2007; Revised draft from OF MINNESOTA, MORRIS CONSTITUTION Preamble The University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM) is committed to a shared was perpetuated by the Constitution of the State of Minnesota, Article XIII, Section 3." (Bylaws of the Board

  16. Original draft from the Constitution Revision Task Force, April 30, 2007; Revised draft from the revision subcommittee of the Executive Committee, April 21, 2008

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    Minnesota, University of

    Original draft from the Constitution Revision Task Force, April 30, 2007; Revised draft from CONSTITUTION Preamble The University of Minnesota at Morris campus (UMM) is committed to a shared system in the Territorial Laws 1851, Chapter 3; and this establishment was perpetuated by the Constitution of the State

  17. Urban energy management today: Ten year compendium of UCETF programs. Products and expertise of the Urban Consortium Energy Task Force, 1979--1989

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    Not Available

    1990-01-01

    The reports listed in this Overview summarize projects conducted through the Urban Consortium Energy Task Force by local government staff who have defined and implemented many of the energy strategies described above. Reports from their projects illustrate effective approaches to plan and implement these strategies, as well as software tools, surveys, and technical instruments valuable to other local government officials conducting similar projects.

  18. Reference: Grant Fraud: A Message from the National Procurement Fraud Task Force (http://www.grants.gov/assets/GrantFraud.pdf)

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    Long, Nicholas

    Reference: Grant Fraud: A Message from the National Procurement Fraud Task Force (http://www.grants.gov/assets/GrantFraud.pdf) Grant Fraud, Waste, and Abuse The federal government provides almost $450 billion annually in Federal enrichment activities. Most of these dollars are awarded in the form of grants. If you are involved

  19. Analysis of radiation exposure for Task Force Big Bang, Shot Galileo. Exercise Desert Rock VII-VIII Operation Plumbbob. Final report, 27 February 1978-19 July 1979

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. L. Goetz; D. Kaul; J. Klemm; J. T. McGahan; W. K. McRaney

    1980-01-01

    The radiation doses to Task Force BIG BANG troops who participated in Shot GALILEO are determined and compared with film badge data gathered during Exercise Desert Rock VII-VIII. Fallout contours and decay rates, are established and used to calculate total external beta and gamma doses, based on estimated stay time for various troop activities. Uncertainties are calculated for each parameter.

  20. Analysis of radiation exposure for Task Force WARRIOR-Shot Smoky-Exercise Desert Rock, VII-VIII Operation Plumbbob. Final report, February 1978February 1979

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. L. Goetz; D. Kaul; J. Klemm; J. T. McGahan

    1979-01-01

    The radiation exposures to Task Force WARRIOR troops who participated in Shot Smoky are determined and compared with film badge data gathered during Exercise Desert Rock VII-VIII. Fallout contours and decay rates are established and used to calculate total exposure, based on estimated stay time for various troop activities. Uncertainties are calculated for each parameter. Exposures are corrected to a

  1. Grading Strength of Recommendations and Quality of Evidence in Clinical Guidelines: Report From an American College of Chest Physicians Task Force

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Gordon Guyatt; David Gutterman; Michael H. Baumann; Doreen Addrizzo-Harris; Elaine M. Hylek; Barbara Phillips; Gary Raskob; Sandra Zelman Lewis; Holger Schunemann

    2006-01-01

    While grading the strength of recommendations and the quality of underlying evidence enhances the usefulness of clinical guidelines, the profusion of guideline grading systems undermines the value of the grading exercise. An American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) task force formulated the criteria for a grading system to be utilized in all ACCP guidelines that included simplicity and transparency, explicitness

  2. Report of the Council for Exceptional Children's Task Force on Policy Issues Relating to the Management of Students with Communicable Diseases.

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    Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA.

    How schools can effectively work with exceptional students who have communicable diseases was the focus of an eight-member Task Force appointed by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Governmental Relations Committee. Its report begins with an overview of existing guidelines and defines specific communicable diseases (Hepatitis B,…

  3. Review and Response to the Final Report of the National Black Health Providers Task Force on High Blood Pressure Education and Control.

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    Public Health Service (DHHS), Rockville, MD.

    This report presents the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's (NHLBI) review of and response to the final report of the National Black Health Providers Task Force on High Blood Pressure Education and Control. The response includes a statement of NHLBI's involvement in health research, and descriptions of what steps can be taken to solve the…

  4. Indoor Air Quality In Maine Schools: Report of the Task Force To Examine the Establishment and Implementation of State Standards for Indoor Air Quality in Maine Schools.

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    Malcolm, Judith

    Asserting that in Maine and across the nation, school buildings are becoming increasingly plagued with indoor air quality (IAQ) problems which contribute to a variety of illnesses in children and adults, this report from a Maine state legislative task force identifies appropriate policies and identifies actions necessary for the prevention and…

  5. FLOOD PROTECTION STRUCTURE ACCREDITATION TASK FORCE More than 21,000 communities across the U.S. and its territories voluntarily participate in the NFIP by

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    US Army Corps of Engineers

    FLOOD PROTECTION STRUCTURE ACCREDITATION TASK FORCE BACKGROUND More than 21,000 communities across regulations). Once compliance is demonstrated, the levee system can be accredited on NFIP Flood Insurance Rate Maps and the area behind the accredited levee is designated as Zone X (shaded) on the NFIP maps

  6. Institutional Viability: The Final Report and Recommendations of the Administration and Supervision National Field Task Force on the Improvement and Reform of American Education.

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    Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.

    This report offers recommendations from the vantage points of educational administration and supervision regarding the best use of discretionary federal funds for the improvement of the quality of American education. Part one describes the Administration and Supervision Task Force on School Improvement and Reform. Part two, "Recommendations of the…

  7. Defining Administrative Tasks, Evaluating Performance, and Developing Skills.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Herman, Janice L.; Herman, Jerry J.

    1995-01-01

    To ensure high performance, administrators should develop an articulated structure and process systems approach that identifies the critical success factors (CSFs) of performance for each position; appropriate indicators and scales; and a personal-improvement plan based on last year's evaluation. Once CSFs are identified and written into the…

  8. Alfalfa variety development. Minnesota Agripower Project, Task II research report

    SciTech Connect

    Lamb, J.F.S.; Samac, D.A.; Sheaffer, C.C.

    1997-10-30

    This report briefly summarizes preliminary results from crossbreeding alfalfa to develop desirable characteristics for a dedicated biomass feed stock. The varieties development is part of a larger project which includes preparation and gasification of the alfalfa stems for energy production, and use of the co-product alfalfa leaves in livestock feed. The desired alfalfa traits include winter hardiness, resistance to major pathogens, resistance to foliar disease complexes, many thick, tall, solid, non-lodging stems with high lignin content, delayed flowering, and high quality leaves retained through harvest. Currently no alfalfa varieties meet these criteria. Three crosses were made using old European varieties, with thick stems, and modern resistant varieties. The crossbreeds showed some resistance to diseases, but increased resistance is needed to maximize leaf and steam yield. 1 tab.

  9. Concept definition for space station technology development experiments. Experiment definition, task 2

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1986-01-01

    The second task of a study with the overall objective of providing a conceptual definition of the Technology Development Mission Experiments proposed by LaRC on space station is discussed. During this task, the information (goals, objectives, and experiment functional description) assembled on a previous task was translated into the actual experiment definition. Although still of a preliminary nature, aspects such as: environment, sensors, data acquisition, communications, handling, control telemetry requirements, crew activities, etc., were addressed. Sketches, diagrams, block diagrams, and timeline analyses of crew activities are included where appropriate.

  10. Force

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    Mrs. Brownie

    2010-04-07

    Instructions: This is a webquest designed to help students understand force. It is specifically meant to teach the idea that the greater the force applied to an object the greater the change in speed or direction of the object depending on the mass. This is also known as Newton's Second Law of Motion. Lets Learn about Force! For this project your students will understand force. They will use Newton's second law to solve the problem presented. UT Core Curriculum: Science 3rd Grade. Standard 3- Students will understand the relationship between the force applied to an object and resulting motion of the ...

  11. Bisensory force feedback in telerobotics

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Williams, Lorraine E. P.

    2001-11-01

    Effectively controlling a robot remotely to perform a desired task---teleoperation---offers benefits in improving human safety, reducing workload, providing location accessibility, and in convenience. Because these benefits become more evident under the extreme environmental conditions of space operations, NASA Johnson Space Center has been actively researching the usage of and improvements in teleoperations. Teleoperator task performance has been shown to improve with the addition of sensory feedback. In particular, providing force-feedback to a human operator, has been shown to decrease task completion times and lessen potentially damaging contact forces between the slave robot and its target work environment. We summarize the design, development, and usage of a human interface system built to provide position control as well as both kinesthetic and visual six-axis force-feedback displays to a human teleoperator of a remote manipulator. The system developed is utilized as an experimentation platform evaluating the merit of providing force feedback through both kinesthetic (muscular position and force) and substituted visual displays on a typical space operations task utilizing an anthropomorphic slave robot called "Robonaut". Teleoperator performance of a drill task is measured under four different display scenarios: no force display, visual force display, kinesthetic, and both. Task completion times and contact forces are measured, and subjective questionnaire responses collected. Our results indicate lower maximum force/torque, lower cumulative force/torque, and a greater task consistency with any type of feedback, with no significant differences in task completion time. Cumulative force/torque was reduced between 46--51% with visually substituted force feedback, 69--81% with kinesthetic feedback and 63--92% with both forms of feedback. Maximum force/torque variance between subjects was reduced between 61--90% with any type of force display, indicating improved consistency. Maximum contact force/torque was reduced 23% in the visual case, and between 27--43% for kinesthetic and both cases.

  12. Task Force on Information

    E-print Network

    Suzuki, Masatsugu

    ITS will be a dynamic, agile organization, committed to reliable service, clear communication advances available in a rapidly evolving digital landscape. As a top-notch center for research and learning balance between a centralized and distributed IT services group? · How can we encourage innovation

  13. ATLAS Metadata Task Force

    SciTech Connect

    ATLAS Collaboration; Costanzo, D.; Cranshaw, J.; Gadomski, S.; Jezequel, S.; Klimentov, A.; Lehmann Miotto, G.; Malon, D.; Mornacchi, G.; Nemethy, P.; Pauly, T.; von der Schmitt, H.; Barberis, D.; Gianotti, F.; Hinchliffe, I.; Mapelli, L.; Quarrie, D.; Stapnes, S.

    2007-04-04

    This document provides an overview of the metadata, which are needed to characterizeATLAS event data at different levels (a complete run, data streams within a run, luminosity blocks within a run, individual events).

  14. Development and Confirmatory Factory Analysis of the Achievement Task Value Scale for University Students

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    Lou, Yu-Chiung; Lin, Hsiao-Fang; Lin, Chin-Wen

    2013-01-01

    The aims of the study were (a) to develop a scale to measure university students' task value and (b) to use confirmatory factor analytic techniques to investigate the construct validity of the scale. The questionnaire items were developed based on theoretical considerations and the final version contained 38 items divided into 4 subscales.…

  15. Forestry Technical Advisory Committee on Curriculum Development. Job Clusters, Competencies and Task Analysis.

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    Northern Montana Coll., Havre. Montana Center for Vocational Education, Research, Curriculum and Personnel Development.

    This skills inventory for forestry occupations was developed by a technical committee in Montana to assist in the development of model curricula and to address state labor market needs. The committee included employers from the forestry industry, members from trade and professional associations, and educators. The validated task list and defined…

  16. The Development of a Collection of Adult Tasks for Assessment of Literacy.

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    Jackson, Rex

    Efforts to develop a collection of reading test items suitable for measuring adult literacy are described. The project, part of Project I of the Targeted Research and Development Program in Reading, sought to identify characteristics of literacy levels and to define tasks which might be used in a criterion-referenced test to assess possession of…

  17. Developing Prospective Teachers' Conceptions with Well-Designed Tasks: Explaining Successes and Analyzing Conceptual Difficulties

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    Thanheiser, Eva

    2015-01-01

    Several researchers have documented prospective teachers' (PTs') conceptions of various mathematical topics. However, less is known about how PTs' conceptions develop. To address this gap, I designed two tasks with the goals of addressing the PTs' initial conceptions of multidigit whole numbers and helping them develop more sophisticated ones. I…

  18. Development of Robotics Tools for Agricultural Task Achievement: The example of robot formation control

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    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    Development of Robotics Tools for Agricultural Task Achievement: The example of robot formation have to be developed. Recent advances in off- road mobile robotics may bring to promising solution particularly looked for in this paper, multi-robot cooperation for field operations is investigated

  19. Development of a human information processing model for cognitive task analysis and design

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    June Wei; Gavriel Salvendy

    2006-01-01

    High costs and long cycle times of software development are factors hindering the analysis and design of the complete cognitive aspects related to task performances. Reusable software has been proposed as a solution to the problem of high software development and maintenance costs. One of the paradigms for reusable software, object-oriented modelling, has emerged as an important method for specifying,

  20. Appalachia: Rural Women and the Economics of Hunger. Hearing before the Domestic Task Force of the Select Committee on Hunger. House of Representatives, Ninety-Ninth Congress, First Session.

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    Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Hunger.

    The Domestic Task Force of the House Select Committee on Hunger met to hear testimony on women and hunger in Appalachia and on food assistance programs and legislation, including H.R. 2100, the 1985 farm bill. Introductory remarks by task force members outline the bill's food assistance provisions, which include increased funding for food stamp…