first_imgGrace Tourville Former resident of Walsh Hall and mayor of West Hollywood Lindsey Horvath speaks to students on her wide-ranging career including stints in activism, advertising and city politics.The Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, the Gender Studies Program and ND Votes 2016 sponsored the lecture, titled “From Walsh Hall to City Hall.”“I am here to share with you that a degree in the Arts and Letters program is profitable. But more importantly, you can use that degree to make a difference,” Horvath said. “I had opportunities here that I would have never had anywhere. Here, we were able to talk about different issues, not only from an academic perspective, but from a values perspective. They really helped me understand how the lessons I was learning in the classroom can be applied to my real life.”After graduating from Notre Dame with a B.A. in political science and gender studies, Horvath worked in the entertainment advertising industry.“I was worried that I was contributing to the kind of culture we always discussed in my gender studies classes,” she said. “I was worried that I wasn’t contributing enough.”After moving to California from Los Angeles and beginning her career in creative advertising, Horvath said she met the mayor of Los Angeles while co-founding a local chapter of the National Organization for Women.“I knew from a very young age that I was called to be of service,” she said. “The government and law — that’s how I wanted to make a difference. I felt that I could use that to make a difference.”Horvath worked on multiple local commissions after serving a short term on the West Hollywood city council after receiving an appointment through a special election held among the other council members. At the end of her special term, she ran for the position in the 2011 election but lost. She continued to grow her career in entertainment by working at a tech startup in Los Angeles and starting her own advertising company.Horvath said during this time, she considered herself an activist and was very involved with her local community.“During that time, life was not very centered, not very balanced,” she said. “I didn’t know where I was going. My friend, the mayor, came to me saying ‘I’m not going to seek re-election,’ and I worried because she was the only woman on the city council. So I asked her, ‘Who is going to run?’ And she said, ‘You are.’”Horvath said her friend’s encouragement prompted her to once again run for city council. The West Hollywood city council elects its mayor, and on March 3, the same night Horvath was elected onto city council, she officially became the mayor of West Hollywood.Horvath said her policy focuses on helping the most marginalized sections of society, including LGBT homeless teens. She prides herself on bringing what she calls “new ways of thinking” to the political community.“Throughout that process, I came from someone who was outright rejected, to someone who was embraced by the community,” Horvath said. “Statistically, it’s proven that women needed to be asked about nine times before they consider running for office. So for the women in the room, consider this the first time you’re being asked.”According to Horvath, more than 50 percent of West Hollywood’s residents are less than 40 years old, but she is the only member of the city council that is under 40. She tries to encourage young people to get involved with the local government by creating task forces that younger generations can be involved with.“A new generation of leadership isn’t just important — it is essential,” Horvath said. “It is essential for the way our society works. Our generation has so much to offer. I see the potential for this generational divide to tear us apart — that’s one of the reasons that I want to create age-friendly communities.”Horvath encouraged all students to follow their passions, attributing her current to success to the passions she discovered at Notre Dame.“Pursuing your passion is always worth it. I worked hard [at Notre Dame], and here is where I learned how to be myself and that’s exactly how I am able to do the things I do,” she said. “Letting people know who you are and what you’re about not only helps other people figure out who they are, but helps you better understand who you truly are.”Tags: Arts and Letters, city council, Hollywood, mayor, West Hollywood Notre Dame alumna Lindsey Horvath has been called to do many things since her graduation from the University in 2004. Horvath, who spoke at Geddes Hall on Monday, has been an activist, an advertising executive and, now, a mayor over the course of her professional career.“You never know when you’re going to be called up to do the thing you’re meant to do,” she said. “But trust me, you’re ready to do the thing you are meant to do, no matter when you’re called to do it.”last_img read more

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of Georgia With a computer program, scientists across the globe can now plant, tend and harvest “crops” in just minutes. Software applications unlimitedIn the early stages, the DSSAT developers tested the software using four years of real-crop data from Florida peanut farms. The software is called Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer, or DSSAT. It was created by a team of researchers from the universities of Georgia, Florida, Hawaii, Guelph and Iowa State and the International Center for Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development. “Our goal is to educate the people who talk to farmers directly,” said Ken Boote, a DSSAT developer and UF agronomist. “Consultants, ag industry representatives and extension agents have the potential to spread the word to farmers. It’s a technical type of transfer, so only farmers with interest in this technology would benefit from actually using the software themselves.”Boote says the way the software presents the data is an essential part of the success of DSSAT. “You can’t give numbers that no one can understand,” he said. “Our program calculates crop growth and development in a mathematical sense and then shows it visually and graphically.” DSSAT is a computer model that allows the user to simulate a crop’s growth, yield, water and nutrient requirements and the impact of the environment. The program didn’t develop overnight. In fact, the software’s fourth version will be released in early 2003. About 40 researchers and graduate students from across the globe met on the UGA experiment station campus in Griffin, Ga., Dec. 9-18 to see the newest DSSAT software. “The results you obtain from the software are not ultimate truths, and they’re not meant to replace real experiments, real data or critical thinking,” he said. “Anytime you run a model you should question the results.” “The trial-and-error approach is expensive,” said Jim Jones, a DSSAT developer and a UF agricultural engineer. “With DSSAT, we can couple the systems approach with experiments. As P.G. Cox said, agricultural science is not a science unless it predicts and then tests its predictions.” DSSAT has been used on food security projects in Africa and other developing countries, too, and to study the impact climate change has on food production, he said. “Our goal this week was to introduce the newest Windows-based version of DSSAT and make sure the users understand and can use our system,” said Gerrit Hoogenboom, a DSSAT developer and an agricultural engineer with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “We definitely don’t want it to be on shelves collecting dust when it should be put to use.”Don’t conduct all research on computer Hoogenboom told the first DSSAT Version 4 users not to rely solely on the software for their research data. DSSAT has also been used as an effective tool after a crop has been harvested to identify the source of production management problems. “It’s a way to see the whole picture and what is limiting the crop,” Boote said. “The software actually works better this way.” The DSSAT software allows the user to simulate the growth of peanuts, sunflowers, sugarcane, wheat, soybeans, rice, tomatoes, sorghum, millet, barley, potatoes, corn, cowpeas and dry beans. Cotton will soon be added to the list. “Those who use DSSAT now are sharing their work and their data via a computer listserv,” Jones said. “In this way, the software is contributing to the whole scientific community.”Helping farmers identify and solve problems The crop-simulation information will be shared with farmers. Though not a substitute for the real thing, the computer model can have great value to researchers. “It’s been used in Arkansas to help with early-season soybean plantings, in Kentucky for determining planting dates, in Georgia for predicting agricultural water usage and in Africa to diagnose yield loss of peanut crops from disease,” Boote said. “The list of applications is never-ending.”last_img read more

first_imgPolice in C Division (East Coast Demerara) have arrested a male occupant of a Route 44 minibus, who was found in possession of an illegal gun and matching ammunition.According to Police reports, sometime around 00:30h on Tuesday, ranks on mobile patrol acting on information received, intercepted the Route 44 minibus on the Ogle Public Road, ECD.They then conducted a search, during which a .38 revolver along with three matching rounds were found on a male occupant. He was arrested and taken into Police custody to assist with investigations.Only last Tuesday, ranks in Georgetown arrested another man who was found with an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.Police reports revealed that around 12:00h, ranks on patrol stopped and searched a male on Duncan Street, Campbellville, during which a .32 pistol and four matching rounds were found in his possession.last_img read more