Saint Mary’s professor researches biological impact of bats

first_imgUpdated at 2:00 p.m. on Sept. 12. After recent heavy rains, South Bend’s mosquito population has grown, and with it the risk of insect-borne diseases.Assistant professor of biology at Saint Mary’s Laura Kloepper, along with her team of students, seniors Cassi Mardis and Stephanie Dreessen, thinks she found a way to keep the mosquitoes in check: turning to the bats for help.Kloepper and her team of undergraduates students spent eight weeks studying the dynamics of flight and echolocation on Mexican free-tailed bats in Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado and Texas. Bats eat insects, Kloepper said, and although they prefer moths and beetles due to a higher fat content, they’ll also eat mosquitoes.“It’s kind of like, if you’re at a big salad bar and there’s not a lot of meat, you’re going to eat a lot of the salad,” she said. “So they will eat mosquitoes and, with all the flooding we have been having, if we had a thriving bat population, they would definitely be helping to eat some of the mosquitoes we have around.”Kloepper said she believes bats can provide a solution to the mosquito problem and that bat houses can bring bats to residential homes and yards.“We can encourage bats to live among us,” she said,  “People can put up bat houses, that’s one thing they can do. It’s hard sometimes to get bats to take up residences in bat houses. It’s not necessarily an ‘if you build it they will come,’ it’s more of ‘if they’re already in your building, [they will come].’” Dreessen, who has a bat box in her home, said her experience with having a bat box has been generally positive.“My dad, over the summer, decided to put a bat box in,” she said. “It does take time for bats to realize the housing is available, but they will find it once they know where it is.”There are various designs and styles of bat houses on the market.“It’s like a box,” Dreessen said,  “Within the box, there are little sections, almost like a maze, and they’re really small, because bats are only so big and bats really like warm environments, so they’ll just cluster in there right next to each other.”Mardis said bats can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes in a single hour but are still regarded as pests.“Many people think bats are a scary thing, but they are extremely beneficial to the environment and actually not so scary,” she said. Additionally, Kloepper said the concern that bats carry deadly diseases such as rabies isn’t true. “Most people are scared of bats because they hear bats have rabies, and a lot of mammals carry rabies,” she said. “The statistic is that only 1 percent of all bats that have been brought in for testing have been tested positive for rabies. “The thing to understand is if a bat has rabies, it is already going to exhibit abnormal behavior that will make it be more likely to be brought in for testing. So it’s thought that that 1 percent is highly inflated. You’re more likely to get rabies from a wild raccoon in your yard than you are a bat.” Recently, a fungus carried over from Europe has been reducing the population of bats found in the United States, specifically those in the northeast, and now, the Midwest. “It’s called White-nose syndrome, and it’s a fungus that has just been wiping out bat populations,” Kloepper said. “It is thought that the fungus was brought over to the United States by humans.  “It affects bats that hibernate, and we are in a cold climate. The bat species we have around here that would normally be flying around are hibernating bats, and these are species that are incredibly vulnerable to White-nose syndrome.”Kloepper and her team said utilizing bats can help to not only save the bats but also to decrease South Bend’s pesky, and now dangerous, mosquito problem. “When they tried to spray insecticide to kill off the mosquitoes, they in turn killed off the bees,” Dreessen said, “And [bats] are a different approach to that, but one that is more ecological and safe.”Tags: bats, biology research, ecologylast_img read more

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Jevon McFerrin Steps into Hamilton’s Title Role

first_imgJevon McFerrin Jevon McFerrin, who has portrayed the titular role in Hamilton as an alternate to headliner Javier Muñoz, will step into the role beginning on February 23. Muñoz is taking a medical leave to recover from a physical injury and will return to the production following his recuperation.McFerrin previously appeared on Broadway and on the national tour of Motown. He joins the growing number of accomplished actors to depict America’s Founding Father and first Treasury Secretary in Hamilton. Miguel Cervantes heads the cast in Chicago, and Michael Luwoye (the title character’s previous alternate) is Hamilton in the national touring company opening next month in San Francisco. Muñoz himself performed as the alternate to Hamilton creator and the musical’s original star, Lin Manuel-Miranda before taking over the role last year. Jon Rua, a returning member of the original cast, and Donald Webber Jr. will perform as McFerrin’s alternates.McFerrin joins a cast that includes Brandon Victor Dixon as Aaron Burr, Mandy Gonzalez as Angelica Schuyler, Lexi Lawson as Eliza Schuyler, Alysha Deslorieux as Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds, Bryan Terrell Clark as George Washington, Taran Killam as King George III and J. Quinton Johnson as Hercules Mulligan and James Madison. Anthony Lee Medina will take on the role of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in March, stepping in for Jordan Fisher. Hamilton Related Showscenter_img from $149.00 View Commentslast_img read more

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CUNA vigilant as CHOICE Act markup continues

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The House Financial Services Committee markup of Rep. Jeb Hensarling’s (R-Texas) Financial CHOICE Act continues into Wednesday after a day that included opening statements and several hours of the bill being read aloud to the committee.CUNA remains engaged with committee staff as the markup continues, and remains focused on ensuring the CHOICE Act provision that repeals the Durbin Amendment remains in the bill.A number of committee members, during opening statements, lamented the post-Dodd-Frank increase of regulatory burdens and its effect on credit unions and other community financial institutions. Those members noted that despite Dodd-Frank’s goals, it was in fact making it harder for consumers to access credit, a point CUNA has addressed many times in letters and testimony to the committee.Highlights included:Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.) said the one-size-fits-all regulatory structure under Dodd-Frank rarely works when it comes to making markets more accessible; continue reading »last_img read more

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Greenvale Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 27-year-old Greenvale man was killed when his motorcycle was involved in a crash with an SUV in Old Brookville on Wednesday afternoon.Nassau County police said Joseph Pandolfi was riding a Suzuki motorcycle southbound on Glen Cove Road when he was involved in a collision with a GMC Yukon that was making a left turn at the corner of Jaeger Drrive shortly before 4 p.m.The victim was taken to a local hospital, where he died of his injuries. The woman driving the SUV was also hospitalized for observation but was not injured.Homicide Squad detectives impounded the vehicles but found no apparent criminality.last_img

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Mikel Arteta reveals how David Luiz reacted to Chelsea red card

first_imgDavid Luiz was sent off (Picture: MB Media/Getty)Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta revealed David Luiz was hugely ‘disappointed’ after his red card against former club Chelsea but ultimately immensely proud of his team-mates for leaving Stamford Bridge in a 2-2 draw.Luiz could be seen watching on nervously inside the stadium as the last few minutes of the match unfolded, having been sent off in the first half for a challenge on Tammy Abraham.Abraham had been gifted a route through on goal by Luiz’s centre-back partner Shkodran Mustafi and he was giving his marching orders after denying Abraham – who had already gone past Kepa Arrizabalaga – a goalscoring opportunity.AdvertisementAdvertisementJorginho’s penalty saw Arteta’s men fall a goal as well as a man down against their London rivals but they fought admirably to take a point away from Stamford Bridge.ADVERTISEMENTGabriel Martinelli first capitalised on a slip from N’Golo Kante as he completed an 80-yard dash from inside his own half to slot past Kepa but Arsenal came unstuck with what appeared to be a late winner from Cesar Azpilicueta.However, right-back Hector Bellerin had other ideas and curled in from the edge of the area with his weaker foot to send Arsenal fans into raptures.The result spared the blushes of Luiz, who will be a relieved man, and Arteta revealed he was proud of the efforts of his team-mates.Proud of the team and the character shown tonight. #arsenal #chelseavsarsenal #coyg pic.twitter.com/z3FzS3YzTj— Mikel Arteta (@m8arteta) January 21, 2020 Advertisement Comment ‘It was a very special game but to get sent off the way he did, he was disappointed but at the same time proud of his team-mates,’ said Arteta.The Arsenal manager added to BT Sport: ‘Time will tell if this is a stepping stone, but at least I saw a reaction. I demand from the players that they never give up, we have to keep playing with the spirit we showed in every game.‘I’m proud of the way they reacted. They stepped up – if a team-mate makes a mistake they have to have their back.‘It’s a good point in the end.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 21 Jan 2020 11:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.6kShares Mikel Arteta reveals how David Luiz reacted to Chelsea red cardlast_img read more

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Jacobs secures Shell award

first_imgJacobs Engineering Group Inc. has signed a global Enterprise Framework Agreement (EFA) renewal with Shell Oil Company to provide concept, front-end engineering, detailed design, procurement, project management, construction management and construction services for Shell projects globally.Jacobs said the agreement was in line with Shell’s ongoing efforts to transform the way its projects are delivered by improving capital and financial efficiencies.“We look forward to continuing to work with Shell. This agreement fosters fresh and innovative project delivery solutions to help meet our joint goal of increased capital efficiency and economic results”This is not the first time the two companies have cooperated. The US-based provider of construction services was in November last year awarded a contract from Shell  to deliver a front-end engineering and design package and detailed engineering for the Vito host platform topsides in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.last_img read more

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Gensis: Pathways to Success announces February STEMstar

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — Genesis: Pathways to Success recently announced its February STEMstar, Paul Thole.Thole is celebrating his 45th year as an educator and teacher Project Lead the Way and geometry at Jac-Cen-Del High School.He is the lead teacher for the Ripley County Engineering Academy which was established in 2009.He also coaches the academy’s Rube Goldberg team.Thole was nominated for this honor by Jac-Cen-Del High School Principal Daryl Werner.last_img

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Elstone defends Premier League

first_img Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has established a commission to examine how best to improve the fortunes of the senior national side and enable more home-grown talent to come through the domestic club system. Commission member and former England manager Glenn Hoddle has suggested a quota system should be employed in the Premier League – an idea backed by Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor – and called for all concerned to be ”ruthless” in the quest to improve chances of success on the international stage. However, Elstone maintains the elite clubs are not the source of all the failings of the England set-up, but rather a strength. Writing in his blog on the club’s official website, www.evertonfc.com, Elstone pulled few punches as he backed the efforts of top-flight member clubs, hitting out at “so much abdication of responsibility”. Elstone wrote: “I am certain those in the game know which organisation has transformed the fortunes of English football, has put our game back on the map, has put respectability back into our game. The world’s most admired, envied and respected League is ours – and it’s not just about the money. “The Premier League has created the perfect environment to develop world-class players, a research and development laboratory with maximum stress testing and the potential for true Darwinian outcomes. “It is the political capital leveraged by the revelation that ‘only’ 30 per cent of total minutes played in the Premier League is English that has moved me to write. It’s hardly revelatory, it’s something we’ve known for a while, and, it is claimed to reveal the root of the problem, our League is full of foreigners. But maybe we should consider whether ‘full’ is a problem. “How many great players do we actually need to win a World Cup? The Belgians might do it with fifteen? 30 per cent is actually quite a big number when you consider they’re playing in the most demanding League in the world. Maybe it’s time to think quality and not quantity? “These 60 or 70 players can prove Darwin’s theories on the ‘Evolution of the Species’ like no other sporting competition in the world; like no other environment in the world. “Our English talent looks over its shoulder every day. They have players from all over the world chasing their livelihoods. Where better to get the 20, 30 or 40 players we need to fight with the best in the world at a national level? Why would we want it easy? Why would we want to take the pressure off? And it’s a framework built by the Premier League.” Press Association Everton chief executive Robert Elstone has launched an impassioned defence of the Barclays Premier League in the wake of the debate around youth development in England. The Premier League already have an Elite Player Performance Plan in place, which Elstone pointed out has helped bring through the likes of Ross Barkley who is now a regular in Roberto Martinez’s first-team squad and could well play an important role in England’s final crucial World Cup qualifiers. Elstone concluded his blog with reflection on some “desperate” personal experiences from watching his two teenage sons play in the local Stockport League. He wrote: “They continue to play with coaches who are enthusiasts, but scream ‘get rid of it’, with opposition coaches who shout ‘offside’ and encourage dissent, with opposition parents who abuse them, with referees who are either 12-years-old or have enjoyed being centre-stage for far too long. “It is desperate. I look forward to Sunday mornings with such hope. I am always left shattered. “This is breeding ground for the World Cup winner. It is English football’s pyramid. “It’s English football’s pyramid because the other pillar – our schools football – remains incomplete, disengaged and at best, only ever starts in Year Seven. “Thirty-odd years ago it was no different. I never kicked a competitive ball in Junior School. I never played on a Saturday, and my Sunday mornings were on the street. It hasn’t improved. “And who’s responsibility is that? The poor young lad unlucky enough to be only the 21st best player in Liverpool in his year might as well stick to X-Box. “Who is trying to do something to give us a chance of winning the World Cup? Who’s having an impact? I know the answer. I also know who it’s not.” last_img read more

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Police investigating fatal shooting in Riviera Beach

first_imgPolice are investigation a shooting in Riviera Beach that left one person dead Friday evening.The Riviera Beach Police Department said the shooting occurred at 9:38 p.m. in the 100 block of West 17th Street.When officers arrived to the scene they located 36-year-old Javon Turner suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died, police said.Detectives and Crime Scene investigators are at the scene investigating the incident. There is no motive or suspect information at this time.Anyone with information is urged to contact the Riviera Beach Police Department at 561-845-4123 or Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS.last_img

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Cricket News Pakistan speedster Mohammad Amir announces retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect

first_imghighlights New Delhi: Pakistan speedster Mohammad Amir, who finished ICC World Cup 2019 being the highest wicket taker for his side has announced retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect. Mohammad Amir made his Test debut as a 17-year-old in Sri Lanka in 2009, and after some hurdles in his International career he finally calls it a day in the longest format. He walks away from the format after having picked 119 wickets in the 36 games he has played. Interestingly, Amir will continue to feature in shorter format of the game.Mohammad Amir, in the statement, “It has been an honour to represent Pakistan in the pinnacle and traditional format of the game. I, however, have decided to move away from the longer version so I can concentrate on white ball cricket.””Playing for Pakistan remains my ultimate desire and objective, and I will try my best to be in the best physical shape to contribute in the team’s upcoming challenges, including next year’s ICC T20 World Cup,” he added. Amir played 22 of his 36 Tests since comeback in 2016, picking up 68 wickets and achieving his career-best figures of 6 for 44 against West Indies in Jamaica. Amir decided against extending this run with a view on the upcoming Test championship and the need to clear the deck for other up and coming pacers.Amir termed the decision as an easy one as he has been pondering about the same since long. With ICC World Test Championship set to begin with Ashes Test between England and Australia, Amir believes that retiring just before the Championship will give time to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to plan accordingly. “It has not been an easy decision to make and I have been thinking about this for some time. But with the ICC World Test Championship commencing shortly, and Pakistan boasting some very exciting young fast bowlers, it is appropriate that I call on my time in Test cricket so that the selectors can plan accordingly.” Mohammad Amir announced retirement from Test cricket. Amir will continue to feature in the limited overs. Mohammad Amir featured in 36 Tests and scalped 119 wickets. center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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