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The difference is that credit unions care

first_imgCredit Unions have long operated on the “people helping people” philosophy and the seven cooperative principles. As not-for-profit, member-owned, cooperative financial institutions, we exist primarily to serve our members, not make a profit. So, when we combine our core concepts with our business model, we can’t help but show how much credit unions care—and truly, not just about our members and communities, but about our society as a whole.Except that—and this is a big one—except that the credit union industry has done a less-than-stellar job of convincing the larger public how we differ from the for-profit sector, especially banks who walk with bigger sticks and carry thicker wallets to maintain their market edge. So, credit unions have to get more creative.With our core concepts as inspiration and our cooperative structure as our backbone, we have only to place our credit union people in the middle of the action to increase visibility and raise awareness. We have to give our movement a voice that is as much visual as it is vocal and illustrate in memorable ways how credit unions are not only different, but how they are committed to giving back.In the Cornerstone region, we’re elevating the credit union difference to new heights with an initiative called Credit Unions Care (CUs Care); and we have pulled out all the stops, invited our affiliated credit unions to join us, and have designated the funds we raise from this campaign to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals in our region.We kicked things off in June 2015 and the campaign is ongoing. So far, we’ve raised just under $40,000 for CMN with the help of at least 135 credit unions—and counting. We’ve provided credit unions with paper “donation dogs” that their members can buy for $1 each and add their name to a special wall; sold stuffed dogs with the CUs Care logo; held a 10-city CU Ride motorcycle tour delivering stuffed dogs to sick children in CMN hospitals; and conducted a multitude of events and activities for good causes while wearing our vivid red CUs Care T-shirts. I assure you, when large numbers of people dressed in red T-shirts enter any space, they make a memorable impact.Day by day, our CUs Care campaign is helping us show what a real financial partner looks like. Our investment in these activities gets credit unions noticed for their good work, and that garners support and appreciation from all corners of the communities we serve, including the media locally, around the region, and even nationally.And we’re not done yet—not by a long shot.So when you consider the ways you can boost awareness about the credit union difference, consider beefing up your physical presence. I challenge you to find ways your credit unions can make a greater impact by getting more than vocal—by getting visual, and doing what you can in your communities to prove that Credit Unions Care isn’t just a campaign slogan. It’s the commitment that every credit union makes to its members. 389SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dick Ensweiler Richard L. (Dick) Ensweiler is the CEO of the Cornerstone Credit Union League and its affiliates.   A dedicated credit union enthusiast, he has spent his entire professional career in the … Web: www.cornerstoneleague.coop Detailslast_img read more

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Why each College Football Playoff team will (or won’t) win a national championship

first_imgThe College Football Playoff field is set.  No. 1 LSU (13-0) will play No. 4 Oklahoma (12-1) in the Peach Bowl and No. 2 Ohio State (13-0) will meet No. 3 Clemson (13-0) in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 28. Oklahoma  Why it will win: The Sooners are the one-loss team playing with house money this year. If this is a Playoff that endorses shootouts, then Oklahoma should feel comfortable. Jalen Hurts presents a matchup issue with his legs, and he will get the ball to CeeDee Lamb (1,035 yards, 14 touchdowns) and Charleston Rambo (711 yards, five touchdowns) on the perimeter. Perhaps a hot start can make LSU uncomfortable and Lincoln Riley can finally knock off an SEC team in the semifinals after losses to Georgia and Alabama the past two seasons. From there, Oklahoma would take its best swing against Ohio State or Clemson as it attempts to win its first national championship since 2000.  HOOVER: OU defense’s redemption leaves Sooners looking CFP-worthyWhy it won’t: The Sooners’ defense has improved from last year, but it still allowed the most points (24.5 per game) among the four Playoff teams. Defensive coordinator Alex Grinch has a problem with LSU’s receivers, and he will have to find a way to generate a pass rush against Burrow. That won’t be easy. OU will also be playing in SEC country in Atlanta. It cannot afford to turn the ball over, something that has been a trouble spot this year. The Sooners ranked 110th in the FBS with a minus-7 turnover margin. That could be the difference against the Tigers. PLAYOFF INFO: Times, TV, locations for CFP semifinals This year’s Playoff, the sixth in its history, is wide-open; all four teams have a chance to win it. Each one ranks in the top five nationally in total offense and points per game.SN looks at why each school will win the title — and why it won’t: LSU  Why it will win: The Tigers’ offense has been almost unstoppable. Joe Burrow is going to win the Heisman Trophy, and he can spread the ball to the receiving trio of Ja’Marr Chase, Justin Jefferson and Terrace Marshall Jr. with remarkable efficiency. The Tigers have the best red-zone offense of the playoff field. They have scored 50 touchdowns and kicked 13 field goals in 65 trips. That conversion rate will continue against Oklahoma and in the CFP championship game, which will be in their backyard in New Orleans. Head coach Ed Orgeron did not seem too concerned about where the Tigers would play or where they would be seeded. Maybe that’s because he knows he has the best team.  BENDER: Burrow makes case as CFP’s most dangerous QBWhy it won’t: The Tigers’ defense allowed 21.2 points per game and leaked against the run at times this season. The secondary is solid around Derek Stingley Jr. and Grant Delpit, but there is danger anytime a team engages in a shootout with Oklahoma, Clemson or Ohio State. Passing game coordinator Joe Brady is an excellent bet to win the Broyles Award as the nation’s best assistant, but will he be a head coach somewhere else before the Playoff starts? Clemson and Ohio State have been better at generating turnovers than LSU, too.  Ohio State  Why it will win: The Buckeyes have played with an edge all season under first-year coach Ryan Day, and this team seems ready to show it belongs back on the Playoff stage. The matchup with Clemson — which beat Ohio State 31-0 in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl CFP semifinal — is fitting. The Buckeyes have the best rushing attack in the Playoff; one that averages 272.1 yards per game. Justin Fields and J.K. Dobbins are a dynamic duo. Fields also has passed for 40 touchdowns, to just one interception. Ohio State has the best defensive player in the country in Chase Young, who leads the FBS with 16.5 sacks. It has the best red-zone defense in this Playoff, too. Depth on the defensive line always counts in the heavyweight matchups, and these Buckeyes have it.  DeCOURCY: Judge Ohio State on entire season, not just Big Ten comebackWhy it won’t: The Buckeyes did not play their best game against Penn State, Michigan or Wisconsin. All three teams found ways to move the ball, and they don’t have the skill-position talent or quarterback play Ohio State will see from Clemson or the winner of LSU vs. Oklahoma. The Buckeyes’ secondary will need to heal before the Playoff. Clemson will not be intimidated by Ohio State — the Tigers have beaten the Buckeyes in the postseason twice this decade. Day has not lost yet as head coach, but Playoff challenges are bigger than those in the Big Ten. Clemson   Why it will win: The Tigers have won 28 games in a row and have the most experience on the big stage. Coach Dabo Swinney lives for these moments, and he has been able to play the disrespect card with a roster that includes Trevor Lawrence, Travis Etienne and Tee Higgins on offense and Isaiah Simmons and Tanner Muse on defense. The Tigers allowed the fewest first downs and picked up the third-most first downs in the FBS this season. They play complementary football better than any other team, but their success will come down to Lawrence. The sophomore quarterback is 24-0 as a starter, and he has thrown 20 TDs to no interceptions over the Tigers’ last six games.MORE: Swinney responds to Finebaum’s barbWhy it won’t: Clemson has not seen competition this season that’s even close to what it will face in the Playoff. That is, in part, a knock on the ACC. It will be interesting to see what happens if Lawrence commits early turnovers against the Buckeyes. The Tigers have the lowest team completion percentage of the bunch, and a few three-and-outs could be the difference in the game. Ohio State is out to prove itself after that 31-0 loss in 2016; how will the Tigers respond?  last_img read more

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“We Have No Desire to Assassinate the President”

first_imgFormer Vice President of Liberia, Joseph N. BoakaiFormer VP Boakai clarifiesFormer Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai has refuted allegation from the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) that the opposition community is planning to assassinate President George Weah.Former VP Boakai, who is also the standard bearer of the Unity Party (UP), in his statement last Thursday at the ceremony which marked the signing of the ‘Statement of Commitment’ by the four collaborating opposition political parties held at the UP headquarters in Monrovia, stated that the opposition community consisting of the Unity Party (UP), Liberty Party (LP), Alternative National Congress (ANC) and the All Liberian Party (ALP) have no desire to assassinate the President as stated by the Party Chairman Mulbah Morlu in a recent Press conference.In a recent press conference organized by Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), the ruling party’s National Chairman Morlu accused the opposition of planning to assassinate President Weah.Based on this accusation, Mr. Boakai said, the opposition community detests all recent incendiary comment and false accusations made against them, adding that, “No one in the opposition Parties have desire to assassinate or harm any national leader. Any such claims are ludicrous, dangerous and reprehensible,” he said.According to him, Liberia and Liberians face daunting challenges and multifarious problems not least are concerns about the excruciating level of hardship and the reported unchecked waves of public corruption across government and the freedom of the press; “On there we owe no apology, we have no interest in seeing Liberians suffer again because we are agents of peace, unity, reconciliation and our parties, sympathizers, members and supporters are positive agents of transformation not violence or crime.He also disclosed that the opposition community wants businesses thrive again, children to attend schools without hesitation, demand quality education for youth, women and girls and a society free of gender based violence.“We want agriculture to thrive and to feed ourselves, want industries to flourish but these cannot be achieved in anarchy or state orchestrated violence and amid false hood and mediocrity,” Hon. Boakai said.Buttressing the former VP’s remarks, the Liberty Party (LP) standard bearer Cllr. Charles W. Brumskine also refuted the assassination claim and said that members of the opposition parties are peace loving and change makers who are not involved in violence as stated by CDC National Chairman.“I have been into politics and contested the past three (3) elections with the intention of becoming President of Liberia, unfortunately I didn’t win any of those elections. I took my case to the Supreme court to address my problems but I have never gotten engage in violence, neither did I encourage my supporters to get involve in situations that will interrupt our peace.“None of us are prone to violence so we are not and will never be,” Cllr. Brumskine said.He stated that politics must be about meeting the aspirations of the people and not to criticize the opposition parties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Tearful Salah forced off early in Champions League final

first_imgWith the match still goalless, Salah fell to the floor writhing in pain after his left shoulder got caught underneath Real captain Sergio Ramos as they fell to the floor in midfield.Mohamed Salah was forced off injured only half an hour into the Champions League final© AFP Sergei SUPINSKYSalah could now be a doubt for the World Cup in Russia with Egypt’s opening game against Uruguay less than three weeks away.Lallana has endured an injury-ravaged season himself, making just one Premier League start, to miss out on England’s World Cup squad.Madrid also suffered an injury blow minutes after Salah’s departure as Dani Carvajal also left the field in tears after pulling up with a muscle injury to make way for Nacho.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Salah reacts in tears after being forced off injured in the final. Photo/COURTESYKIEV, Ukraine, May 26 – Liverpool’s hopes of landing a sixth European Cup were landed a huge blow as 44-goal top-scorer Mohamed Salah was forced off with a shoulder injury after just 30 minutes of Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.Egyptian winger Salah, who has won a plethora of individual awards for his performances in his debut season at Anfield, was in tears as he left the field to be replaced by Adam Lallana.last_img read more

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Weekly Poll: Build for the Developer or the End User?

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market alex williams Tags:#Analysis#cloud#cloud computing#news Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img In a post this morning, we looked at Atlassian, the platform provider that provides tools and services that people use to manage development and create tools they can use for workflow issues and other matters.Atlassian is a company that is a darling among developers. Yet the company is making a big effort to appeal to end users.What do you make of that? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img

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F.lux, A Hack For Your Devices And Your Sleep Schedule

first_imgThis may not sound like a big deal, but it is, because it minimizes exposure to sleep-delaying blue light. As the f.lux team explains, natural light is more blue, while most artificial light (including candlelight) is warmer. Incandescent bulbs become more red in tone when you dim them. But newer LEDs and CFLs don’t—this includes the backlight on your monitor. By changing the color temperature of your machine, f.lux removes the blue light and makes it easier to keep working… and still fall asleep at the desired time.Putting F.lux To The TestThe f.lux team points to an array of research that points to the harmful effects of blue light on sleep, but here’s my first-hand experience: it works. I travel across time zones on a regular basis, and am constantly struggling to get to sleep at the right local time, whether I’m in Palo Alto, New York City or London. By using f.lux, I’m able to work later without any impact on my sleep.Of course, the better course of action is simply to stop using one’s computer at night, because blue light isn’t the only thing that will keep us from sleep. But f.lux has become an essential utility for me. I use it every single day.The f.lux effect takes some getting used to. The first time you see your screen take on a muddy orange-pink hue can be a bit disconcerting, and it’s not a good fit for those doing graphics work that depends on accurate color mapping. But for those of us who just want to answer a few emails before bed without the blue light triggering our brains into delaying sleep by an hour or more, f.lux is incredibly useful.You can download it here. You’ll thank me later.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Just because you can’t shake your addiction to your devices doesn’t mean it should keep you up at night. That is, if you’ve discovered f.lux, a free, patent-pending utility for Mac, Windows, Linux and (jailbroken) iOS devices that makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day.Sound simple? Well, it is. It’s also one of the very few absolutely indispensable utilities you can find for your computer, especially if you travel for work.Conquering The Blue Light DemonIn 2012, the American Medical Association’s Council on Science and Public Health acknowledged that it:Recognizes that exposure to excessive light at night, including extended use of various electronic media, can disrupt sleep or exacerbate sleep disorders, especially in children and adolescents. This effect can be minimized by using dim red lighting in the nighttime bedroom environment.This is precisely what f.lux does. While there are a number of ways to handle the brightness of your computer’s display (not to mention a few like-for-like competitors), f.lux does something different. f.lux actually changes the color temperature of your display. Tags:#blue light#f.lux#utilities 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Why You Love Online Quizzes Matt Asaylast_img read more

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Speeding up flash-based embedded applications

first_img Continue Reading Previous Express Logic supports Infineon TriCore microcontrollersNext Portwell: robust box PC meets extended EMI and EMS requirements of demanding applications Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Most modern embedded software applications are stored and executed from flash memory. Flash provides an inexpensive and fast storage medium for microcontroller-based applications. These applications though are often real-time applications where execution time and deterministic behavior are paramount. While flash memory is fast, it’s not as fast as executing code from RAM. In order to speed up the execution time of flash-based applications, developers can selectively choose critical functions and execute them from RAM to get an extra speed boost.There are typically three steps that a developer needs to follow in order to execute a function from RAM. These include:Creating a RAM region in the linker for functionsSpecifying which functions should be stored in RAMCopying the functions into RAM at start-up.Let’s examine this process in detail.Step #1 – Creating a RAM region in the linker for functionsEach compiler will have a different syntax for defining memory regions within a microcontroller. For today’s example, I’m going to use the GCC based Code Composer Studio and the syntax that is used with the Texas Instruments C2000 family because I think it provides a good example.When we modify the linker file to include functions that will be executed from RAM, we need to create a memory section that will specify where the function is being loaded into RAM from and where that function is being loaded to in RAM.The linker file will contain a sections region that specifies important program allocations such as:cinit.textcodestartstackconstantsetcThe developer needs to create a region for their RAM functions. This can be done using something like the following:ramfuncs            : LOAD = FLASHA,RUN = RAML0,LOAD_START (_RamfuncsLoadStart),LOAD_END (_RamfuncsLoadEnd),RUN_START (_RamfuncsRunStart),LOAD_SIZE (_RamfuncsLoadSize),PAGE = 0As you can see, this is creating a region in RAM named ramfuncs. The RAM region is loaded from functions stored in the FLASH A sector. It is specified to run in RAM region RAML0. There are then some definitions for specifying where the RAM functions start and end along with their size. These values will be important in Step #3.Step #2 – Specifying which functions should be stored in RAMOnce we have a RAM section created in the linker to store our functions, we need to specify to the linker which functions should reside there. The method that is most often used to do this is to use a #pragma. In general, we should try to avoid using #pragma in our code because these are capabilities that are compiler dependent. This means that a developer will most likely have to modify the #pragma line if compilers are changed. For our purposes today, this okay since we would have to modify a new linker file anyway and we would need to figure out the correct syntax to specify how to put a function in a memory region anyways.A common set of functions that are often executed from RAM are functions related to accessing and controlling flash memory. The reason is that when we want to write or erase flash, most microcontrollers won’t let you execute code from flash simultaneously! So, we need to put these functions into RAM anyway. We could put a function such as Flash_Init into our RAM region using code similar to the following:#pragma CODE_SECTION(Flash_Init, “ramfuncs”);You can see from this statement that we are using a custom compiler designation CODE_SECTION to specify that the function Flash_Init should be placed into the ramfuncs region in the linker. This statement would commonly be placed directly above the function definition as a reminder to any developer working on the function that it will be placed into RAM. (This also makes it easier to find if we should decide that the function does not need to be placed in RAM).Step #3 – Copying the functions into RAM at start-upThe final step in the process is to make sure that during the microcontroller start-up that the functions we want to execute in RAM are actually copied into RAM. The easiest way to do this is to use memcpy. I usually perform this copy shortly after configuring the system clock and interrupt vector table but before I initialize onboard peripherals and application code. I mentioned in Step #1 that there would be several variables that we defined that would come in handy later. These were RamfuncsRunStart, RamfuncsLoadStart and RamfuncsLoadSize. We will use these with memcpy to copy the functions into RAM using the following statement:        /* Copy time critical code and Flash setup code to RAM* The  RamfuncsLoadStart, RamfuncsLoadSize, and RamfuncsRunStart* symbols are created by the linker. Refer to the project.cmd file.*/memcpy(&RamfuncsRunStart, &RamfuncsLoadStart, (Uint32)&RamfuncsLoadSize);It’s that simple. Once this is done, a developer simply calls the function like they normally would, and the function is executed in RAM.ConclusionsWhen a developer is executing their application code from flash, they can speed up critical sections of their code by copying those functions into RAM. Executing a function from RAM will increase the execution speed by removing any wait states that may be associated with accessing and loading instructions from the flash memory. This extra boost can ensure that critical functions are able to execute at the fastest speed possible. As we have seen, loading functions into RAM and executing them is straightforward and simple (once you have done it once or twice).Jacob Beningo is an embedded software consultant, advisor and educator who currently works with clients in more than a dozen countries to dramatically transform their software, systems and processes. Feel free to contact him at [email protected], at his website www.beningo.com, and sign-up for his monthly Embedded Bytes Newsletter.last_img read more

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Check Out This Custom “Black Cherry” Chrome Louisville Helmet

first_imgLouisville's football team runs out onto the field.LOUISVILLE, KY – SEPTEMBER 3: The Louisville Cardinals run onto the field before the game against the Kentucky Wildcats during the NCAA game on September 3, 2006 at Papa John’s Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Louisville has released a number of interesting helmet designs over the last few years, but perhaps no lid was better received than the red-on-black chrome version that debuted in 2013. Since it’s the offseason (and we have to pass the time in some way), we figured we’d show you a custom helmet recently made by the guys over at JVince Custom Lids. It’s the same design, but it instead features a black cherry base. Needless to say, it’s clean. Check it out:Louisville fans – would you support the team wearing these at some point in 2015?last_img read more

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Bourbon Partners Up with Bureau Veritas on Automation

first_imgzoom French offshore services company Bourbon has inked a partnership deal with Bureau Veritas on development and deployment of automation technology.The company said that the endeavor would see the development of real-time monitoring fleet applications and digital technologies while putting a major focus on mitigating cyber risks.The partnership plans to deliver advanced automation of dynamic positioning systems in order to improve DP operational safety through real-time advisory tools for bridge operators and remote support for onshore teams.In addition, Bourbon believes the technology would result in a reduction of manning requirements and cutting of fuel and maintenance costs.In partnership with Kongsberg Maritime, Bourbon has implemented a pilot project on the Bourbon Explorer 508 operating in Trinidad waters.As informed, it collects data from the DP system and drives the development of novel decision-making and verification applications for both offshore crew and onshore support teams.In order to curb potential cyber security threats, Bureau Veritas and APSYS, an Airbus company specialized in Product Security, are working on identifying and mitigating risks linked to data collection and communication between BOURBON’s vessels and onshore infrastructure. Based on this risk assessment, Bureau Veritas is able to issue cyber security certification on products and class notations for ships meeting global industry security standards.“We have decided to innovate with Bureau Veritas in the way we operate vessels in order to bring a response to this new cycle focused on operational excellence at optimum cost. Streamlining work organization onboard vessels, this project will have a significant positive impact on our operations,”  Gaël Bodénès, CEO of BOURBON Corporation, said.last_img read more

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Urban food deserts to be topic at Rices Baker Institute March 7

first_imgAddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid [email protected] [email protected] Urban ‘food deserts’ to be topic at Rice’s Baker Institute March 7 HOUSTON – (March 1, 2016) – Leading public health scholar Alex Ortega will speak at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy March 7 on current research on food-environment interventions. Ortega will highlight the example of a comprehensive corner-store intervention in two neighboring Los Angeles Latino communities that were classified as “food deserts.”Hosted by the Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, the event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.Who: Alex Ortega, professor and chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy and director of the Center for Population Health and Community Impact at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health.Dr. Quianta Moore, scholar in health policy at the Baker Institute, will give welcoming remarks.What: A luncheon presentation titled “The Link Between Urban Food Deserts and Community Health.”When: Monday, March 7, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served at noon; Ortega’s presentation will begin at 12:20.Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.Improving access to healthy food should lead to better health outcomes in low-income communities, but research has reached mixed conclusions, according to event organizers. This event will provide an introduction to existing research on food-environment interventions. Ortega will describe a comprehensive corner-store intervention in two neighboring Los Angeles Latino communities that were classified as “food deserts.” The intervention, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, involved multiple community partners, health-policy stakeholders, business owners and high schools. At the Baker Institute event, Ortega will discuss study findings, lessons learned and larger implications for community health.The public must register to attend this event at http://bakerinstitute.org/events/1764.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at [email protected] or 713-348-6775.For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to www.rice.edu/maps. Media are advised to park in the Central Campus Garage.-30-Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInsitute.Follow the Center for Health and Biosciences via Twitter @BakerCHB.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top five university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog.last_img read more

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