Postdoctoral Fellowship: Pharmacoepidemiology & OutcomesResearch (PEPI)Location: University of Maryland School of Pharmacy,Baltimore, MDDescription: An exciting postdoctoral fellowship opportunityis available at the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) withinthe School of Pharmacy’s Pharmaceutical Health Services Research(PHSR) Department. Fellowships within PHSR providemultidisciplinary, advanced training to health services researchersand clinicians and prepare fellows for positions in academia,government, the pharmaceutical or insurance industries, andconsulting. Training includes, but is not limited to, mentoredresearch, grant-writing, and teaching experiences.The PEPI fellow will engage in quantitative analyticresearch funded by federal, state of Maryland, and corporateagencies. Fellows will work closely with academic and statestakeholder partners to address a range of research questions onmedication safety, health disparities, and social determinants ofhealth. The fellow will apply advanced methodological andstatistical methods to address confounding and bias as well aslongitudinal and multi-level analyses.Fellows receive a competitive salary and benefits.Qualifications :Qualifications: Excellent communication, organizational, andtime-management skills are a must.Pharmacoepidemiology research training and experience with analysisof large administrative databases and intermediate/advanced skillsin programming, such as SAS, are desired. A PhD in a health-relateddiscipline is desired, but clinicians with experience are alsoencouraged to apply. Strong quantitative skills are a plus.How to Apply: Applicants should submit a letter of intent,curriculum vitae, writing sample, and three letters ofrecommendation. Review of applications will start immediately andcontinue until the selected candidate is identified. Finalistinterviews will take place following phone screening interviews.The anticipated start date is March 1, 2021; however, Aspring/summer 2021 start date also is feasible.The University of Maryland is an equal opportunity employer.To apply or to receive more information, please contact sendapplications to:[email protected] Postdoctoral Fellowship220 Arch Street, 12th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201
Rhodes House, home of the Rhodes Trust, last week unveiled a portrait of Lucy Banda Sichone. Rhodes House hosts a significant collection of paintings, including the portraits of a number of prominent Rhodes Scholars.The Rhodes Scholarship has been open to women since 1977. Sichone is the first female Rhodes Scholar to be depicted in Milner Hall in Rhodes House.Described by contemporaries as “a voice of conscience” and “a great daughter of the nation,” Sichone was regarded as one of the most influential human rights activists in Zambia. Sichone was born in Kitwe in the North of Zambia, and was accepted to read Law at the University of Zambia in 1978, before winning a Rhodes Scholarship to study Politics and Economics at Oxford.After completing her degree, Sichone returned to Zambia and ran for a position in UNIP, Zambia’s then ruling party, and held several positions in government; however, after leaving the party, she decided to write a regular column in The Post, Zambia’s only independent newspaper at the time. There she incisively criticised the government which she had previously served. After a particularly inflammatory article condemning the government and particularly the then Vice President, Godfrey Miyanda, Sichone was sued by the government and forced into hiding in 1996. Sichone later founded the Zambian Association for Civic Education to promote awareness of citizenship and provide access to legal aid, and she continued to provide pro-bono representation to Zambians throughout her life.Ann Olivarius, a friend of Sichone and Chair of the Rhodes Project, said that “the (Rhodes) scholarship showed Lucy that life could be different”, encouraging Sichone “to feel that she had a responsibility to make the world better, that she was worthy and could make a difference.”When contacted about their decision, Rhodes House said they were “delighted” to have unveiled Sichone’s portrait. Aliyyah Ahad, co-Convenor of the Black Association of Rhodes scholars, said that Lucy Banda Sichone was an “excellent choice”.She added, “As a non-head of state, activist, black, African woman, born in Northern Rhodesia, Lucy Banda’s smiling face is reaffirmation not only that women and black women’s lives matter, but also that leadership and courage take many forms.“When she came to Oxford as the first female Zambian Rhodes Scholar, she was one of few women in her course. While things may have improved since then, we are still living in a time where there are less than 100 black professors in the entire UK–and only 17 black female professors according to one study. I therefore encourage everyone to view this unveiling as progress but not as the end goal…Nevertheless, as a black woman and a Rhodes Scholar, I am grateful to the Rhodes Trust and Rhodes Project for working towards creating an inclusive and diverse environment where those fights – whether they be forward-looking or seeking to redress the past – can take form.”
In December 2018, all but one of the library’s computers were removed and the number of private study spaces was reduced to three. A month later, on 16th of January, the library’s award-winning social media accounts, with thousands of followers in total, were either shut down or taken over by management. As the petition to save the Language Centre library from closure approaches 2,000 signatures, information obtained exclusively by Cherwell reveals how the closure was set in motion. Following this, it was reported to Cherwell that Ms. Deslignères and her colleagues were relieved of many duties, despite assurances throughout the consultation process that no final decision had been taken. Although the consultation had begun by mid-February, information allegedly remained restricted to a small group of Language Centre and Administration Division staff. “No decision has yet been taken about proposals. A paper will be considered by the General Purposes Committee of Council on 1st July. This committee will then make a recommendation to Council on 15th July 2019. When Ms. Deslignères spoke to her Bodleian colleague, responsible for re-homing the library’s 14,000-item collection, she reported that “no one had heard anything”. Criticism is increasingly focusing, however, on the manner in which the consultation is being carried out, with the UCU stating that this raises “many questions” with “not enough answers”. “There has been no reduction in the library budget, or access to library facilities or resources. We are maintaining the budget and access to the library at previous levels until a decision on the proposals is made by Council. When contacted for comment, the AAD office contested claims made by staff, telling Cherwell: “We are currently consulting on proposed changes to the Language Centre library, in the light of low and declining usage, the increasing availability of online learning materials, and the need to increase efficiency to meet budget targets set for university services. “Where once responsible managers saw the intellectual and educational value of the stock and resources they managed, and of their front-line staff, now they see only a financial burden. Many of the current generation of library managers are not custodians of wisdom but mere bean-counters.” Outrage from library staff has persisted, with a letter to the Editor of the Oxford Magazine from a Duty Officer of the Bodleian and Editor of the Journal of the Printing Historical Society, Paul Nash, condemning the “managerial weasel-wordage” surrounding the consultation: “The need to increase efficiency’ really means ‘the desire to save money’. When feedback was first welcomed Svenja Kunze, of Oxford’s University and College Union branch, told Cherwell that the move was possibly made “in the hope [that the consultation] will be forgotten by the start of Trinity”. Shortly after, a brief note was published on the Language Centre website, summarising the situation and inviting comments. This was also sent out in an email to Language Centre “learners” (i.e. those enrolled on language courses), although registered library users were not officially notified until May 8th – only 3 weeks before the consultation’s end date. In response to the apparent lack of external input into the consultation, on February 27th a petition was published by Ms. Deslignères calling for the library to remain open. Initial criticism of the library proposals was largely based on their substance, with plans for closure described by Taylor Institution Subject Consultant Nick Hearn as threatening “to destroy a collection of national importance”. The first indications of an official process emerged on 11th of February, when library staff (one of whom had only begun her job a month earlier) were made aware of potential redundancies. They were soon after given a three-month period to accept voluntary severance, which originally ended on 17th of May, two weeks before the library consultation itself ended. “The consultation with affected staff is being carried out according to University policies. In line with agreed procedures, those affected were given advance notice that their posts may be at risk of redundancy at the start of the consultation process. This advance notice period will last until Council has reviewed the recommendations.” A consultation on the library’s future began in February this year, but by this point new restrictions were already being placed on spending. The librarian, Lucile Deslignères, was ordered not to make any purchases without her line manager’s approval. “Further information, including the consultation paper and online survey, as well as information about an Open Forum event that took place on 7th May, can be found on the Language Centre website.”
Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center has expanded its orthopedic program with the addition of two new surgical experts.Siddhant K. Mehta, M.D., Ph.D., and Stephen R. Rossman, D.O. bring enhanced expertise to the region, offering convenient access for musculoskeletal and joint pain, injuries and conditions. “The expansion of the orthopedic program at Palisades Medical Center is the latest example of Hackensack Meridian Health’s ongoing commitment to our community, providing local residents with convenient access to the highest quality specialty care,” said Anthony J. Passannante Jr., M.D., FACC, president and chief hospital executive of Palisades Medical Center.“Dr. Mehta and Dr. Rossman offer the best, individualized treatment plan for every patient, caring for a variety of orthopedic conditions such as accidents and injuries, ongoing pain and ailments, and serious conditions.”Dr. Mehta and Dr. Rossman are also affiliated with Hackensack University Medical Center and now extend their expertise to Hudson County and southern Bergen County.Both surgeons have trained in all orthopedic services, with additional expertise in several areas; Dr. Mehta has advanced training in conditions of the shoulder and elbow, and Dr. Rossman specializes in conditions of the hip and knee.Born and raised in Bergen County, Dr. Mehta is excited to return to New Jersey and treat the community which he grew up in. He is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who has advanced skills in the areas of degenerative, sports-related and traumatic problems. Dr. Mehta also has extensive training in conducting orthopedic research and obtained a Ph.D. degree and post-doctoral training.Dr. Mehta aims to provide the highest quality, evidence-based care to his patients, educates and engages them about their musculoskeletal conditions and treatment options, and approaches treatment focused on the least invasive treatment strategy. Dr. Mehta is well-trained in minimally invasive, arthroscopic and open surgical techniques to help restore function, improve quality-of-life and return his patients to the activities that they love.Dr. Rossman is a board certified orthopedic surgeon. He specializes in treating arthritic conditions of the hip and knee joints. He too is focused on educating his patients as part of his approach when caring for his patients. Exploring non-operative treatment for arthritis is of the utmost importance to him. If surgery is warranted, Dr. Rossman has the surgical expertise to perform partial and total joint replacements of the knee and total joint replacement of the hip. In order to achieve the best possible outcomes, he takes a multidisciplinary approach to complex issues cases, with expertise in revision surgery to treat joint infection, fracture, implant loosening and joint instability.Both Dr. Mehta and Dr. Rossman are accepting patients in their new Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Group practice in the Medical Office Building on the campus of Palisades Medical Center at 7650 River Road, Suite 300, North Bergen, New Jersey. To make an appointment, please call 201-520-1955 or learn more at HMHMedicalGroup.org. Siddhant K. Mehta, M.D., Ph.D., and Stephen R. Rossman, D.O. × Siddhant K. Mehta, M.D., Ph.D., and Stephen R. Rossman, D.O.
This information is about living in Hungary. There’s different guidance if you’re visiting Hungary.The Hungarian state healthcare system is funded by the National Health Insurance Fund (Országos Egészségbiztosítási Pénztár (OEP)).Most healthcare is free if you’re making social security contributions, but you may have to pay for some things, such as medicines and medical equipment.UK nationals usually access the Hungarian healthcare system in one of these ways: Not all UK benefits that can be claimed while abroad entitle you to UK-funded healthcare. Read more about claiming benefits if you move abroad or contact Jobcentre Plus to ask about a benefit. Stay up to dateThis guidance will be updated if anything changes to how you get state healthcare in Hungary.Sign up for email alerts Once you have an S1 form, you must register it with the Hungarian National Health Insurance Fund.This will mean you and your dependants will be entitled to healthcare in Hungary on the same basis as a Hungarian citizen.You’ll also get: How to use an S1 form in HungaryYou must register your S1 form with the National Health Insurance Fund.You also need to get a healthcare card called a TAJ card from your regional governmental office (kormányablak).Register with a GP in your district that has a contract with the National Health Insurance Fund.Your records will be updated to say that you’re entitled to healthcare on the same basis as a Hungarian citizen.Show your TAJ card whenever you access healthcare services.Studying in HungaryYou can use an EHIC or GHIC to get medically necessary healthcare until the end of your study period.Getting treatment in the UKSome former UK residents do not have to pay for NHS treatment when visiting England. This includes UK nationals who started living in the EU before 1 January 2021.Read more about healthcare when you no longer live in the UK.If you return to live in the UK you’ll be able to use the NHS like any other UK resident.Read more about using the NHS when you return to live in the UK. Healthcare if you live and work in HungaryOnce you start making social security contributions, you’ll be automatically registered with the National Health Insurance Fund and entitled to state healthcare. Your dependants will also be entitled to state healthcare.If you’re employed, your employer will arrange for you to pay social security contributions.If you’re self-employed, you need to register yourself at your local tax and customs office.If you are not making social security contributions and you are not someone’s dependant, you need to take out private health insurance.You need a GP to refer you before seeing a specialist or having a non-emergency hospital appointment.You may be entitled to a Hungarian EHIC for travel, including visits to the UK.You may also have the right to apply for a UK S1 if you start drawing a UK State Pension.How to register for healthcareRegister as a resident.Arrange to pay social security contributions. If you’re employed by a Hungarian employer, they’ll deduct your contributions from your wages.If you’re self-employed, you need to arrange to pay voluntary contributions. You can do this through your local tax and customs office.Get a healthcare card called a ‘TAJ card’ from your regional governmental office (kormányablak).Register with a GP in your district that has a contract with the National Health Insurance Fund. Bring your TAJ card.You should carry your TAJ card with you and show it when you visit a doctor.How much you’ll payMost healthcare is free if you’re making social security contributions and you’ve registered with a GP.You need to show your TAJ card to show that you’re registered with the National Health Insurance Fund.You usually need to pay part of the cost of medicines and medical appliances.If your UK employer has sent you to Hungary temporarily (‘posted workers’)A posted worker, or ‘detached worker’, is someone employed or self-employed in the UK, but temporarily sent to a European Economic Area (EEA) country.UK posted workers can access healthcare in Hungary using an EHIC, GHIC or S1 form.HMRC has a helpline for National Insurance enquiries from non-UK residents. They can answer questions about posted worker status and explain which documents you will need to get healthcare while posted.UK-funded healthcare: using an S1 form in HungaryThere’s different guidance if you have an S1 as a posted worker.You may be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK if you’re a Hungarian resident and receive a UK State Pension.You may also be entitled to an S1 form if you’re a frontier worker (someone who works in one state and lives in another). You must contact HMRC National Insurance enquiries to find out if you’re eligible.If you started living in Hungary before 1 January 2021, you may also be entitled to an S1 if you receive some other ‘exportable benefits’. planned treatments in other EU countries paying social security contributions using a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) for temporary stays registering a UK-issued S1 form with the National Health Insurance Fund Dependants and family members may be classified differently in Hungary than the UK.Check with the local authorities when you register your S1 form.How to get an S1 formIf you have a UK State Pension, you must request an application form by phone from NHS Overseas Healthcare Services. NHS Overseas Healthcare Services Telephone: +44 (0)191 218 1999Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pmSaturday, 9am to 3pm a UK-issued EHIC for travel
Beloved indie rock outfit Dr. Dog has confirmed the release of their latest album, Critical Equation. Due out on Friday, April 27 via Thirty Tigers, the 10-track effort finds the band exploring the age old question: what do we really want?“We’d been touring and making records for our entire adult lives, and I think we just needed to take a step back,” reflects bassist/singer Toby Leaman, who splits fronting and songwriting duties with guitarist/singer Scott McMicken. “It was important for all of us to figure out if we were actually doing what we wanted to be doing, or if we were just letting momentum carry us down this path we’d always been on.”In addition to revealing the album’s release date, Dr. Dog has unveiled the LP’s first single, a pulsating slow-burner called “Listening In”. The band has also announced the details for their first tour in two years, which is scheduled to bring them across much of the United States in April, May, and June.You can check out Dr. Dog’s new single, the tracklisting for Critical Equation, and the band’s upcoming tour dates below.“Listening In”Critical Equation tracklistingListening InGo Out FightingBuzzing In The LightVirginia PleaseCritical EquationTrue LoveHeart KillerNightUnder The WheelsComing Out Of The DarknessDr. Dog Tour Dates:3/2 Phoenix, AZ – McDowell Mountain Music Festival4/6 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom4/7 Knoxville, TN – Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival4/8 Columbia, MO – The Blue Note4/9 Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge4/10 Oxford, MS – The Lyric4/12 Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen4/13 Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live4/14 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – The Culture Room4/15 Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall4/17 Charleston, SC – Music Farm4/18 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle4/19 Richmond, VA – The National4/20 Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater5/2 Boston, MA – House of Blues5/4 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre5/5 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre5/6 St. Paul, MN – Palace Theatre5/8 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom5/10 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom5/11 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater5/12 Austin, TX – Moody Theater5/13 Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall5/14 San Antonio, TX – The Rustic5/16 New Orleans, LA – Joy Theater5/17 Birmingham, AL – Iron City5/18 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle5/19 – Black Mountain, NC – Pisgah Brewing Co.6/1 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory6/2 San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park6/5 Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel6/7 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater6/8 Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall6/9 Seattle, WA – The Moore Theatre6/11 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot6/13 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre6/14 Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre6/16 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room at Old National Centre6/17 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE6/19 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel6/20 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel6/22 Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap6/23 Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing[Photo: Andrew Dolan]
Harvard Medical School (HMS) and the Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation are accepting applications for the Nancy Lurie Marks Postdoctoral Fellowship in Autism. Two fellowships will be awarded, effective January 2011.To be eligible for a fellowship, an applicant must be affiliated with HMS or one of the Harvard teaching hospitals, have at least two years of prior postdoctoral training, and be actively engaged in autism research.The application requires a five-page proposal consisting of background and significance (one page), specific aims (one page), experimental approach (three pages); three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s research and future potential; a letter of support from the applicant’s current research mentor; and the applicant’s curriculum vitae.This fellowship is intended to provide salary support to the postdoctoral fellows and limited funds for research supplies.For questions, or to submit completed applications, email [email protected] by Nov. 15.
A group of Harvard computer science students is working to improve Tanzanian health, applying programming skills this month to help educate health care professionals and get patients to their appointments on time.The students are part of a new fellowship program, Tech in the World, begun by a pair of junior computer science concentrators, Brandon Liu and Joshua Lee. The two traveled to Tanzania on Christmas Eve with some “founding fellows,” junior Salvatore Rinchiera and senior Christian Anderson, as well as junior Mateus Falci, a visual and environmental studies concentrator, who videographed the experience.Two weeks into their monthlong stay, the group had already completed two planned projects. The first was to create a better patient database for a partnering organization, the Association for Private Health Facilities, a network of more than 100 private health clinics. The second was to add functionality to software used by some of those clinics that allows them to better visualize data for things like the number of forms being submitted and the completeness of those forms.The trip “has far exceeded expectations, definitely,” Liu said.The group has begun work on additional projects, including a system that sends text reminders of appointments to patients. Another project overhauls educational software created by a second partner, the Bienmoyo Foundation. The association uses the software to augment in-person health care training across the country, and contains information on diabetes, AIDS, and other health conditions.“I’ve been thrilled at what they’ve done,” said Lucien Wu, executive director of Bienmoyo Foundation and a 2010 Harvard graduate. “There’s a lot of awareness among NGOs [nongovernmental organizations] that tech can be a big lever [in global health], but it’s not their area of expertise.”The group is also reaching out to local computer science students. Twice a week, two members visit the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) to talk about computer science-related topics with students. On Monday, Lee and Rinchiera talked to about 40 students about computer security, an experience Rinchiera said was as valuable to him as the programming work.“My perspective is that going to DIT is one of the cooler things we have going here,” Rinchiera said. “We’re trying to figure out how to extend that [relationship] after we leave.”Rinchiera, who was visiting Tanzania for the first time, said he has been both surprised and pleased with how quickly the programming work has proceeded.“This has been a very cool experience for me,” he said.The students are staying in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city, about a 10-minute walk from the offices of the association, where they have been given space to work. They walk in each morning after breakfast, then split up to program, visit DIT, or travel to sites such as hospitals and health clinics to better understand how computers are used there. They reconvene over supper to talk about that day and prepare for the next. The visit is not all work, however, since trips are planned to the island of Zanzibar and to a game park, Liu said.The street outside Muzdalifah Dispensary, a small clinic near Dar es Salaam’s airport. Members of Tech in the World visited there to see how dispensary workers use existing software.The fellowship resulted from an idea Liu had last summer while serving an internship in San Francisco and sharing an apartment with Lee. After reading about the global health work of Kolokotrones University Professor Paul Farmer in Haiti, Liu began thinking about how computer scientists might help to solve global health’s daunting problems. He and Lee fleshed out the idea of a fellowship and sought funding over the fall.“I wanted to apply tech skills to global health, but wanted a team with me,” Liu said. “That’s how it developed.”Liu said that the organizers selected the projects carefully to ensure that they could be completed in the limited time available and that, once completed, the host organization would use them.Should the pilot program be successful, Liu and Lee see the Tech in the World fellows system spreading to other universities, perhaps in a chapter system. The program has been supported by several Harvard faculty members and by the Harvard Global Health Institute, which provided earlier training for the group.
Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry and the Center for Spirituality hosted a dinner and conversation Tuesday evening titled “The Catholic Church Needs Women; Do Women Need the Catholic Church?” featuring Sr. Sharlet Ann Wagner, CSC, the President-elect of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.The event consisted of small group discussions between three to four students, an adult layperson and a Sister of the Holy Cross over dinner before Wagner delivered remarks about the role of women in the Church.“I wanted to take a few minutes to affirm the statement [that the Catholic Church needs women],” she said. “We know that the Church has always counted on women. We have been the backbone and workhorse of Catholic parishes — we’ve staffed the altar society, we’ve been the sacristans, we’ve taught the religious education classes, we’ve provided the bereavement ministry, taught in the schools and taught the children in the Catholic faith.”However, Wagner went on to say women are more than just the labor by discussing her recent experience at last year’s United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Conference.“More than the labor, I would say the Catholic Church needs the prospective and voices of women,” she said. “Our Church is not whole when half the voices are missing. And we could do and be so much more.”Wagner then addressed the question of whether or not women need the Catholic Church — which she said she personally believes is an “emphatic yes” based off her own reflections.“Growing up, to me ‘church’ meant basically the hierarchy, the bishops, the priests, the institutions [and] the buildings,” Wagner said. “ … Later in life, ‘church’ came to mean, to me, the people of God. I rejected the hierarchical view and said church was the people sitting in the pews. At this point in my life, I’ve settled in the middle and church has become all of the above. … When I say I need the Catholic Church, I mean all of us together in this glorious mess of a church.”That mess is shown in the occasional “flaws” of the Church and its leaders, Wagner said.“My disgust with behaviors and attitudes has led me to genuinely struggle with remaining a member [of the Church], but I have come to realize that the Church is made of people,” she said. “Of you, of me — of people like us. And I know very well that I’m not perfect; I’m deeply flawed. So how I can ask my Church, which is made up of people like me, to be perfect?”Even so, Wagner insisted the Church still has room to improve and should call on her to grow as a person just as she hopes to ask it to continue growing.“I need the Church because its where I connect most deeply with God,” Wagner said. “Yes, I can pray without the Church. I can and do experience God walking this beautiful campus. I don’t have to go into the Church of Loretto to experience God, but I know that we human beings are communitarian by nature. And I experience God in and with my worshipping community.”Her communion was not just with her local worshipping community, she said, but with the Church as a whole, across space and time. In sum, Wagner said women need the Catholic Church because people need the Catholic Church and women are people.“I spent a week in Rome recently, participating in some meetings and Vatican City is such a wonderful mixture, of languages, of cultures and colors,“ Wagner said. ”There are people from all over the world and when I met from Vatican officials they came from all over the world [which reminded me] that I’m part of a vertical community that stretches backward for millennia and stretches forward to future generations.”Tags: Catholic church, Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry, Sr. Sharlet Ann Wagner
Winter has arrived. As people pull out their wool sweaters, they may be disappointed to find a few holes in their frosty frocks. A University of Georgia expert says it isn’t moths eating their way through the clothes. “Carpet beetles are eating the wool, and they are everywhere,” says UGA entomologist Nancy Hinkle. “Carpet beetles are one of the few animals in the world that can digest keratin, the main component of hair.”Unraveling sweatersHinkle said the insects take small bites out of woolen sweaters, coats and socks. Sometimes the garments aren’t affected at all, but often the small bites start the process of unraveling.“They don’t usually dine on an entire sweater,” she said.Carpet beetles are common pests in Georgia. Hinkle hasn’t spent a week at UGA without seeing a sample of a carpet beetle submitted through UGA Cooperative Extension.“One Atlanta couple installed wool carpet throughout their home; and in a few months, they noticed it was being eaten by carpet beetles, thousands of them,” she said.The beetles are an eight of an inch long and can be black or have a variety of colors and patterns on their backs. The larvae are very hairy and have tan and white stripes. They are the most likely wool eaters. “Although it is possible to see the beetles, we most often see larvae brought in as specimens,” Hinkle said. “The eggs are small and hard to spot, and the cocoons are rarely noticed as they blend in with the fabric.”They can be a food pest as well. Carpet beetles prefer pastas, cereals and nuts. They will also feed on improperly treated taxidermy specimens and unfinished animal skins.“Good sanitation and vacuuming up shed human and pet hair will reduce populations indoors,” she said. While it is probably too late to protect sweaters for this winter, Hinkle says to package clean sweaters and other woolen goods in airtight containers when you retire them this spring. “The beetles prefer dirty sweaters with body oils, sweat stains or food spills on them, so be sure to have them cleaned before packing them away,” she said.Lady beetlesAnother beetle that invades homes in the winter are Asian lady beetles. Commonly called ladybugs, the beetles come inside to stay warm.They are often found lining windowsills or around doorways. “They are not dead, but dormant,” Hinkle said. “They maintain a low-level of activity to survive the winter. They are not mating, not eating or drinking.”Hinkle suggests moving them outdoors by vacuuming them up and releasing them far from the house or sweeping them into a paper bag and storing them in a garage or basement until spring. Once the weather warms up, the beetles will feed on the aphids that destroy roses and other garden plants.“Don’t crush them,” Hinkle warns. “They release an orange hemolymph, which is reflexive bleeding. It is a defense mechanism that can stain walls and furniture.”Keeping beetles outBecause of their small size, beetles are difficult to keep out of homes. They crawl and squeeze in through improperly sealed windows and doors.A tightly sealed house will have fewer beetles. Seal around pipes, wire penetrations, doors and windows.Remember, adult beetles fly, so they can still find their way inside through open doors.