Monday, July 27, 2020
MIT women Ive noticed, in my travels around the country and the internet, that people are really interested in the experience of female students at MIT. I was asked several times at my grad school interviews how the environment was for female students, and whether I had experienced discrimination as an MIT woman. Ill say right up front although I do understand why people are interested in this question, I find it decidedly odd sort of like someone asking, So, hows the oxygen situation in Cambridge? Is there enough air for everybody to breathe? Just as Ive never noticed a shortage of breathable O2, Ive never experienced discrimination as a female MIT student. I think the reason this question comes to mind are severalfold 1. The School of Science report. Several years ago, female faculty in the School of Science reported that they were discriminated against for their gender. MIT investigated and found that they were, and began taking steps to remedy the situation. 2. The Larry Summers thing. 3. The fact that MIT is a science and engineering school, and even progressive people have this weird mental roadblock against women who get excited about test tubes and servos. Hey, Ive been there. I went to public school in a small-to-medium-sized town in Ohio, and although I had my share of inspiring science teachers, I also had one or two who wondered aloud why a girl would be interested in majoring in science. Im going to graduate school in biology at a time when a lot of my friends from high school are getting married. Its a weird thing to be a female scientist in the world, I guess. But its not a weird thing to be a female scientist at MIT. And while there are more female scientists than female engineers at MIT, its also not a weird thing to be a female engineer here. Majors on the MIT cheerleading squad this year: civil/environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science and engineering, EECS, biology, physics, brain and cognitive sciences, chemical engineering, EAPS, management, mathematics. Yup, those are our cheerleaders. Personally speaking, I like to say that the only discrimination Ive ever faced as an MIT woman is that all the chairs in the microscope room in my lab are too short for me to see into the eyepiece. And all the coats in the mouse room button the guy way. Ive never had my intelligence questioned or my opinion discarded because of my gender people at MIT just arent like that. As long as youre smart and good at what you do, nobody cares whether youre male or female. Well, except maybe people who want to date you. They might care. There are several different ways female students at MIT look at their female-ness. Theres the group, typified by this editorial (written by Cassi Hunt 08), that basically says, Yeah, Im a woman, so what? Then theres the group, represented by this editorial (by my friend Rose 05), thats more Sure, women are treated pretty well here, but things can always get better, so lets work toward that end. Some women at MIT join groups like the Society of Women Engineers or the Association for Women Students (Bryan and Mitra is it still active now that Rose has graduated?); some people take courses in Womens Studies, join sororities, or go to the regular coffee and snacks events for women at MIT. For those who are interested, there are a lot of resources for female students at MIT various student groups, and even an entire suite of women-only rooms on main campus. As far as living groups go, McCormick is all-female (and one of the nicest dorms on campus), and there are all-female suites or sections in many of the other dorms. Personally, Im more in the Im a woman, so what? camp. Ive never joined any of the womens clubs at MIT, and Im not one of the ~25% of MIT women who joined a sorority. I live in a co-ed suite in a co-ed dorm. And while Id encourage prospective women to consider using these resources, its okay if you dont want to. For many of us, our gender doesnt go very far in defining who we are as students. Any other questions on what its like to be an [x] at MIT? Or questions in general? I know lots of you are questionful, and Ill get to some answers next time I check in. EDIT: I stuck a really super, and I think really relevant, poem relating to this issue in my Athena locker. Hey, who says MIT kids dont appreciate poetry?
Friday, May 22, 2020
I chose to continue my education and pursue my degree for my Bachelor Degree in Business. The reason I decide to continue my degree was to further my career. I wanted a career in recruiting to help organizations recruit well qualified individuals find a job that they will appreciate and feel needed. Another reason, like many others, to build a better life for my family and also be able to provide my two boys with the financial resource to pursue their college degree when its time. This is the reason why I chose to return back to school at Ashford University. In 2010, I graduated with my associates degree in Computer Networking Systems. After the completion of my degree, I went to work for a small pediatric clinic to help implement a new Electronic Medical Records. I stayed working for the company for 10 years. During this time, I seen many employees come and go and the company had a hard time finding good staff. 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Saturday, May 9, 2020
Compare/Contrast Essay - The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton The Outsiders was about the greasers and the Socs. The Socs always jump the greasers, one day Johnny fights back, he ends up killing Bob. Johnny and Ponyboy run away to a church and hide until Dally comes and gets them. They then see the church was burning, Ponyboy and Johnny run into it to save the kids inside. Johnny and Dally get injured, Ponyboy is okay. The greasers win the rumble, the Socs will stay out of the greasers territory, Johnny passes away from his injuries, Dally robs a store, the police shoot him, and he does not survive the shots. In the end Ponyboy decides to regather his life and he starts with writing his theme for his ELA class. The book The Outsiders book, theÃ¢â¬ ¦show more contentÃ¢â¬ ¦At these points it is more up to the reader to imagine what the settings looked like instead of the author just stating what the places looked like. 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Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Part per million Total Dissolved Solid Membrane area Pressure in the feed, retentate and permeate streams 1. Introduction The concepts of Ã¢â¬Å"osmosisÃ¢â¬ and Ã¢â¬Å"reverse osmosisÃ¢â¬ have been known for many years. Studies on osmosis were carried out as early as 1748 by the French scientist Nollet. We will write a custom essay sample on Shamel and Calcium or any similar topic only for you Order Now Many researches reported on reverse osmosis system and desalination of seawater, Most of them using hollow fiber or spiral wound membrane in their research . Effects of different operating parameters (feed water concentration, temperature, pressure and flow rate) on membrane performance were examined using RO system . Sensitivity of different design parameters (internal diameter, total number of tubes) on the recovery ratio was also studied . Besides predicting the performance of RO membrane, several models for mass transport in membrane have been developed such as solution-diffusion model, models from irreversible thermodynamics, etc. [4 and 5]. Simulation and optimization of various RO membrane, study on concentration polarization in RO system and many case study on existing plant was reported. Although many studies were conducted on reverse osmosis membrane, tubular membrane was rarely investigated. This study is aimed at investigating the tubular RO module. The performance of this membrane on different operating parameters has been examined and the best operating condition of RO system with the best permeate quality were utilised to produce drinking water from seawater. 2. Chemicals and Methods The feed stock for reverse osmosis system is the seawater. How to cite Shamel and Calcium, Papers
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Support for a Picture Archiving and Communication System as a Capital Project A Case of Lakeland Medical Center
Introduction Information Technology (IT) is an important element of management in many companies (Luftman 17). There are many components of organizational strategy. Aligning IT with a companyÃ¢â¬â¢s business strategy is one of the most important of these components. Such alignments encourage organizational growth. Further, Luftman (17) points out that IT, as a resource, requires some form of governance. The efficient application of IT in an organization relies on its strategic alignment with organizational strategies and governance.Advertising We will write a custom case study sample on Support for a Picture Archiving and Communication System as a Capital Project: A Case of Lakeland Medical Center specifically for you for only $16.05 $11/page Learn More In this paper, the author focuses on the Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS). The system is an IT element at Lakeland Medical Center. The proposal to install this system has attracted a lo t of controversy from different stakeholders. The author of this paper analyzes this controversy from the viewpoint of a hospital administrator. The board should endorse the system as it is beneficial to the organization. On their part, employees must come together to support its implementation. Views on the Proposal According to Dreyer and Hirscom (23), PACS is an important technological system involving easy storage and access of images. With regards to Lakeland Medical Center, the system would prove most beneficial in the radiography department. In 2005, the medical facility identified the need to develop the PACS as one of the challenges facing the organization. The proposal requires $3.3 million to be spent in developing the system. However, the boardÃ¢â¬â¢s refusal to fund the final phase of the project is detrimental to the facilityÃ¢â¬â¢s overall performance. As the administrative team, we are aware of the viability of the system, courtesy of the IT department. It is our conviction that the proposal to introduce the system should be approved by the board through the release of the remaining funds. PACS can be accessed remotely, making it suitable for practitioners operating from multiple locations. The system has the potential to decrease patientÃ¢â¬â¢s waiting time. A shorter waiting time implies that more patients can be served, making PACS beneficial to the society at large. Major Concerns As an administrative team, it is important for us to ensure that IT and governance are consistent with the organizationÃ¢â¬â¢s philosophies. The major concern in the case of Lakeland Medical Center is that the board believes the system is in conflict with the facilityÃ¢â¬â¢s philosophy of providing pro-community services. However, Dreyer and Hirscom (71) suggest that PACS can increase the efficiency of an organization. Another major concern is the constant in-fighting among the departments. Luftman (89) argues that successful incorporation of IT into an organizationÃ¢â¬â¢s processes relies on the cooperation between all the departments. The IT department needs to lead the other departments in supporting the system.Advertising Looking for case study on business economics? Let's see if we can help you! Get your first paper with 15% OFF Learn More Questions Raised Successful implementation of the PACS needs one to address three major questions (Dreyer and Hirscom 97). For example, how does PACS affect the performance of the medical facility? How is PACS beneficial to the organization from an economic perspective? How best can PACS be aligned with the facilityÃ¢â¬â¢s business strategy? The questions ought to be addressed to the professionals responsible for the system. They should also be posed to stakeholders, who include employees and patients. Conclusion The proposal appears to have stalled due to the inability of the IT department to develop a sound business plan for the successful implementation of PACS. The via bility of PACS depends on a proper interpretation of its benefits for the stakeholders. The argument by the board to the effect that there is Ã¢â¬Ëa leadership shortcomingÃ¢â¬â¢ in the IT department suggests that someone is actually failing on their job. The IT department has failed to develop a convincing argument in favor of the system. Besides, the various instances of jealousy among the staff members and fears of job loss suggest that there are more factors involved. Luftman (45) cites staff unity as one of the factors affecting implementation of IT programs in an organization. The success of PACS at Lakeland Medical Center relies on the unity of employees. Works Cited Dreyer, Keith, and David Hirscom. PACS: A Guide to the Digital Revolution, California: Avange, 2005. Print. Luftman, Jerry. 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Friday, March 20, 2020
Mental Health Care for Adolescents in the US In the last fifty years, there has been a great amount of research that pertains to mental health. In regards to mental health, it is clear that there should be a better approach to mental health as a whole. To gain a better grasp on the lack of mental health care, it is necessary to know the trends and statistics of suicide in adolescents in the US, the role that school and family have in regards to mental health, and the programs and policies that might help treat or assist the treatment of young people affected by mental health illness. By touching on those three points, it is possible to further understand the importance of combatting the lack of mental health care in the US. To start, it is important to take a look at the statistical evidence and trends that adolescent suicide rates have been at in recent years. In the article Ã¢â¬Å"Increase in Suicide in the United States, 1999-2014,Ã¢â¬ Sally Curtin and her colleagues discuss the fact that suicide is an important health issue with the support of statistical evidence. Though it was believed that suicide was on a downward trend not too long ago, Ã¢â¬Å"suicide rates [have] increased almost steadily from 1999 through 2014Ã¢â¬ (Curtin et al. 1). With that, it is important to understand what the numbers are behind this. Ã¢â¬Å"From 1999 through 2014, the age-adjusted suicide rate in the United Stated increased 24% from 10.5 to 13.0 per 100,000 population.Ã¢â¬ (Curtin et al. 1). Being that there has been such a great increase in the number of suicides in the age-range of adolescents, it is clear that there must be something done to combat it as soon as possible. Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã To follow, it is important to understand that there are ways to educate the youth and help treat some of their mental health needs before more serious measure must be taken. The solution may come directly from parents and schools that these young people encounter nearly every day. Throughout the article Ã¢â¬Å"Supporting ChildrenÃ¢â¬â¢s Mental Health in School: Teacher Perception of Needs, Roles, and Barriers,Ã¢â¬ by Wendy Reinke and her colleagues, mental health interventions in schools are discussed in further detail. The article goes on to explain the teacher perspective and contextual influences that can explain school-based mental health practices (Reinke et al. 1). An issue that Reinke mentions is that many students are not treated at all (1). In some cases, it is because their mental health issues are not noticed (Reinke et al. 1). However, in other cases, it is because there is no real mental health care provided for them (Rei nke et al. 1). As a result of the recent research regarding the mental health concerns of these young people, there have been many responses to the need for a more expanded mental health service system for them. It is necessary for teachers to be educated in the field of mental health signs and symptoms. In its simplest form, school can be a stressful environment for any student, which makes it imperative for teachers to learn how to catch the mental health signs themselves. After further research, Reinke found that Ã¢â¬Å"an overwhelming majority [of teachers] agreed that schools should be involvedÃ¢â¬ (6). The research also found that only 6% of teachers disagreed (Reinke et al. 6). So, as it seems, it is clear that people are on board for mental health intervention in schools. There just needs to be more initiative to make it all happen. Next, it is crucial to discuss how the stigma attached to mental health care affects people. First off, the stigma attached to mental health care will be explained in further detail. In an article called Ã¢â¬Å"How Stigma Interferes With Mental Health CareÃ¢â¬ by Patrick Corrigan, the stigma is explained thoroughly. Corrigan goes on to explain that there are two stigmas which have directly affected persons seeking mental health care. The first stigma discussed is Ã¢â¬Å"Public-Stigma.Ã¢â¬ The public-stigma stereotype, which often comes along with mental health, is that Ã¢â¬Å"[a]ll people with mental health illness are dangerousÃ¢â¬ (Corrigan 617). With a more in-depth range of knowledge, it is obvious that this is not true. However, the judgement placed on people with mental health illnesses is not helped at all by the public-stigma discrimination that comes along with ignorance. In many cases, people immediately jump to the conclusion that Ã¢â¬Å"[they] do not want to be near [people with mental health illnesses]Ã¢â¬ (Corrigan 617). This is why people often do not reach out. Most times, it is because they do not want to be judged by others. The second stigma that is brought forth is Ã¢â¬Å"Self-stigma.Ã¢â¬ The self-stigma stereotype, which is most often believed, is that Ã¢â¬Å"[a]ll people with mental health illness are incompetentÃ¢â¬ (Corrigan 617). This, however, is not the case. There are countless people who have been successful in their lives regardless of their mental health illnesses. As seen, it is important to understand that stereotypes and discrimination are some of the driving forces behind people not seeking mental health care. This is why it is important to try to break the stigma down and help people see that it is okay to be treated for mental health illness. Lastly, there are many new policies that help people get treatment and receive the services that are needed at an affordable rate. In an article by Kirsten Berenio and her colleagues, the Affordable Care Act is explained in great detail. The article explains that the Affordable Care Act Ã¢â¬Å"requires group health plans and insurers that offer mental health and substance use disorder benefits to provide coverage that is comparable to coverage for general medical and surgical careÃ¢â¬ (Berenio et al. 1). With the passing of this new act in 2014, it is possible for people, who would have not been able to financially afford healthcare, to receive mental health care and be treated by healthcare professionals. The Affordable Care Act can be one of the most influential acts, which has been implemented into the past fifty years, if it can be utilized to its maximum potential, help to eliminate the stigma attached to mental health care, and help to reverse the trends of suicide in the US. To close, there are many aspects that go into mental health care in the US. Being that there are educational gaps, social stigmas, and even financial barriers, it is imperative that something must be done to stop adolescent trends of mental health illness from climbing any further. This is possible if people, who are equipped with the right knowledge, reach out and take a step towards providing better mental health care for people in need. It is not easy for some with a mental health illness to seek help. Because of that, it is always good to assist them in finding treatment as needed. Mental health illness is something that cannot be taken lightly. With the lack of mental health care that exist today, many people have taken their own lives as a result. Suicide is a top ten cause of death in the US and is unacceptable. By taking a stand and supporting those who suffer, hopefully the rates of suicide can decrease in the future. Beronio, Kirsten, et al. Affordable Care Act will expand mental health and substance use disorder benefits and parity protections for 62 million Americans.Mental Health2 (2014). Corrigan, Patrick. How stigma interferes with mental health care.American psychologist59.7 (2004): 614. Curtin, Sally C., Margaret Warner, and Holly Hedegaard. Increase in suicide in the United States, 1999Ã¢â¬â2014. (2016). OCarroll, Patrick W., Lloyd B. Potter, and James A. Mercy. Programs for the prevention of suicide among adolescents and young adults.Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: Recommendations and Reports(1994): 1-7. Reinke, Wendy M., et al. Supporting childrens mental health in schools: Teacher perceptions of needs, roles, and barriers.School Psychology Quarterly26.1 (2011): 1.
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Introduction to Utility Maximization As consumers, we make choices every day about what and how much to buy and use. In order to model how consumers make these decisions, economists (reasonably) assume that people make choices that maximize their levels of happiness (i.e. that people are economically rational). Economists even have their own word for happiness: utility: the amount of happiness gained from consuming a good or service This concept of economic utility has some specific properties that are important to keep in mind: sign matters: positive utility numbers (i.e. numbers greater than zero) indicate that consuming a good makes the consumer happier. Conversely, negative utility numbers (i.e. numbers less than zero) indicate that consuming a good makes the consumer less happy. bigger is better: The greater the utility number, the more happiness the consumer receives from consuming an item. (Note that this is consistent with the first point since large negative numbers are smaller, i.e. less than, small negative numbers.) ordinal but not cardinal properties: Utility numbers can be compared, but it doesnt necessarily make sense to perform calculations with them. In other words, while it is the case that a utility of 6 is better than a utility of 3, it is not necessarily the case that a utility of 6 is twice as good as a utility of 3. Similarly, its not necessarily the case that a utility of 2 and a utility of 3 would add to a utility of 5. Economists use this concept of utility to model consumers preferences since it stands to reason that consumers prefer items that give them higher levels of utility. The consumers decision regarding what to consume, therefore, boils down to answering the question What affordable combination of goods and services gives me the most happiness? In the utility maximization model, the affordable part of the question is represented by a budget constraint and the happiness part is represented by what are known as indifference curves. We will examine each of these in turn and then put them together to arrive at the consumers optimal consumption.