Ford fiesta! Blue oval claims NASCAR titles after droughts
By MARK LONG
AP Sports Writer
Sunday, November 18
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Ford slammed the door on NASCAR’s longest championship drought when Joey Logano drove a Fusion to victory in its final race.
Logano won Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway to give the American automaker its eighth drivers’ title, but first since Kurt Busch in 2004. Ford also won the manufacturers’ title, the first time it has won the top two prizes in NASCAR in a season since 1999.
Ford had two of the four entries in the championship field, one each from Team Penske and Stewart-Haas Racing, the teams it recruited to end its championship slide. The crown went to Roger Penske, a longtime Ford supporter and friend of Edsel Ford II, grandson of Henry Ford.
“Delivering the manufacturers’ championship and the driver’s championship, where it’s been a drought for them and for Edsel,” Penske said, “and all the people that have done so much at Ford, and they’ve stayed committed with us. This is part of building a brand.”
Penkse and Edsel Ford shared the championship moment in victory lane. Team Penske returned to the Ford brand in 2013 and has been the cornerstone of the blue oval groups bid to challenge Chevrolet and Toyota for tops in NASCAR.
“It means a lot to me personally to have both the drivers’ and manufacturers’ championship,” Ford said. “It has been since 1999 and I was there with Robert Yates and Dale Jarrett. Doing it again, 19 years later, it is absolutely indescribable to me.”
Ford led all three manufacturers with 19 wins in 2018, including eight by Kevin Harvick, four by Brad Keselowski, three by Logano, two by Clint Bowyer and one from Aric Almirola and Kurt Busch.
“This means so much for Ford Motor Company and all of our employees that work so hard,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director for Ford Performance. “I just can’t believe this right now. We have worked so hard for the last three years to build up the program and to have this 2018 season and have 19 wins, the manufacturers’ championship and the drivers’ championship.
“It is incredible to have the company achieve this with the help of our partners, Team Penske and Roush Yates Engines. It is incredible.”
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With win over All-Stars, Japan builds for 2020 Olympic gold
By JIM ARMSTRONG
AP Sports Writer
Friday, November 16
NAGOYA, Japan (AP) — Coming off a strong showing against a team of Major League Baseball All-Stars, Japan manager Atsunori Inaba has every reason to be confident about his team’s chances of winning a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Japan won the six-game exhibition series 5-1 against an MLB squad featuring National League Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuna Jr., fellow nominee Juan Soto and veteran catcher and nine-time gold glove winner Yadier Molina.
The tour was a chance for Inaba to gauge the progress of his young players ahead of the Olympics their capital will be hosting in less than two years. Players like 23-year-old Seiji Uebayashi and Sosuke Genda stepped up against the major leaguers and performed well.
“I told my players to play this series with Tokyo 2020 in mind,” Inaba said. “We used a lot of young players and it was a valuable experience for them. I hope they continue making progress.”
The host country has set an ambitious target of 30 gold medals at the 2020 Games and few would be more coveted than the top prize in baseball, the most popular sport in Japan.
Japan has never won gold in the Olympics but won the World Baseball Classic in 2006 and 2009, and has produces players the caliber of Ichiro Suzuki and Shohei Ohtani.
Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly, who managed the MLB tour of Japan, said Japan has a good chance to win gold.
“The WBC is a pretty good indication,” Mattingly said. “They’ve won it a couple of times and do a good job of doing what you have to do to win games. There are a number of countries that are going to put pretty good teams out there and in that type of format anything can happen but (Japan) has a great chance because of the way they play the game.”
Baseball will be returning to the Olympics for the first time since 2008, and part of the reason it was reinstated by the IOC was because of its popularity in Japan.
Some of the games will be held in Fukushima, an area devastated by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.
Olympic organizers have been eager to use the games as a symbol of recovery from the disaster that hit Japan’s northeastern region including Fukushima, 240 kilometers (150 miles) north of Tokyo, where entire communities fled after meltdowns at the nuclear plant.
More than 18,000 people died or went missing after the disaster.
The IOC approved the use of Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium as an additional venue for baseball and softball, although Yokohama Stadium will be the main venue.
Major league players won’t take part as the games are scheduled for July 24-Aug. 9 — in the middle of the MLB season.
In 2008, players on major league 25-man rosters and disabled lists on June 26 were ineligible to play. The U.S. roster included 17 players from Triple-A, seven from Double-A and college pitcher Stephen Strasburg, now with the Washington Nationals.
Mitch Haniger, who was part of the MLB tour of Japan, said he’d like to be a part of the Olympics.
“One of my dreams has always been to put on a United States uniform and play for my country, but I don’t know if it will happen during a season,” he said. “I’m not the one making the calls, so we’ll have to wait and see but hopefully at some point during my career, I’d love to play for my country.”
In 2020, the main competition for Inaba’s squad will likely come from traditional baseball powers like Cuba, the Dominican Republic and the U.S.
The Cubans have won three gold medals in the event since baseball became a medal event in Barcelona in 1992, while the U.S. and South Korea have each won a gold medal. Japan’s previous best was a silver medal at Atlanta in ‘96.
Inaba’s squad is hoping to take that next step in Tokyo.
“We did well against these great players from MLB,” said Genda, who hit a bases-clearing triple in Thursday’s 4-1 win at Nagoya. “I think that is the general feeling within the team. It has certainly given us a lot of motivation as we look forward to (the 2020 Olympics).”
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What Trump’s picks for the Presidential Medal of Freedom say about him
Updated November 18, 2018 4.40pm EST
E. Fletcher McClellan
Professor of Political Science, Elizabethtown College
Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Dayton
Kyle C. Kopko
Associate Professor of Political Science, Elizabethtown College
The authors do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and have disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.
University Of Dayton provides funding as a member of The Conversation US.
President Donald Trump awarded his first ever Presidential Medals of Freedom this month to seven recipients: Babe Ruth, Elvis Presley, Antonin Scalia, Orrin Hatch, Roger Staubach, Alan Page and Miriam Adelson. It is the nation’s highest civilian honor.
These ceremonies, which normally occur once or twice per year, provide Americans with an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of various people who have made an important contribution to U.S. culture. Because the president selects recipients with total discretion – American or otherwise, living or dead –- this award also says a lot about the president himself.
What achievements or contributions does the president consider important? What groups of people most easily win his favor? And how does he hope to shape his legacy, judging by the company that he chooses to keep?
To find out, we’ve analyzed every Presidential Medal of Freedom ever awarded, and the presidents who awarded them – including Trump.
What is the Presidential Medal of Freedom?
The award was established by President John F. Kennedy, in 1963, to recognize “any person who has made an especially meritorious contribution to (1) the security or national interests of the United States, or (2) world peace, or (3) cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
As a unilateral power of the executive branch, presidents have broad discretion to choose recipients. But presidents often use the award for political purposes – to gain positive media attention, shape their legacy or reward their supporters.
Our research shows that the politicization of the medal has increased over time. Before 1981, Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremonies were sporadic, and recognized only about five recipients at a time.
This changed when President Ronald Reagan – a media-savvy, former Hollywood actor – began hosting large ceremonies designed to maximize public attention. President Barack Obama has since raised the bar. In 2016, he awarded 20 medals to recipients including athletes like Michael Jordan and entertainers like Bruce Springsteen. In fact, Obama holds the record for awarding the most medals in total: 115. That’s about 14 per year on average.
Who gets a medal?
Much of it depends on whether the president is a Democrat or a Republican, but this isn’t always the case. For instance, presidents from both parties often pick politicians and public servants.
Obama awarded his last Presidential Medal of Freedom to his vice president Joe Biden.
President Trump honored Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch and former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Not surprisingly, these awards usually go to a president’s political allies.
We also see clear partisan differences. For instance, Democratic presidents are more likely to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to civil rights leaders, labor organizers and people of color. Republicans are more likely to bestow the medal on military leaders, white people and conservative editors and pundits. In other words, presidents tend to award Presidential Medals of Freedom to members of their party’s key constituency groups.
President Trump’s picks
President Trump’s first round of medals is unusual in at least one respect: He waited 20 months to award them, longer than any other president. This is surprising for a president who enjoys commanding the media’s attention and exercising unilateral executive power.
Trump’s seven selections include three athletes and three posthumous awards – well above the mark for past recipients, 5 percent of whom were athletes and 10 percent recognized posthumously. One of these is baseball great Babe Ruth, who died 70 years ago, in 1948.
Trump’s selections also differ markedly from those of his predecessor, Barack Obama. Whereas Obama selected the most diverse set of recipients to date – 36 percent of whom were women, and 39 percent people of color – Trump has selected six men and six white people, out of seven recipients.
And while Trump’s selection of Miriam Adelson – a doctor, philanthropist and, perhaps most importantly, a GOP mega-donor – has been controversial, he is hardly the first president to award the nation’s highest civilian honor to a prominent political supporter. Obama, for one, awarded the medal to Oprah Winfrey – who gave him a key endorsement in the 2008 primaries. He also awarded it to Democratic activists such as Barbra Streisand and Bruce Springsteen. But the sheer size and scope of Adelson’s political contributions – more than US $113 million in combination with her husband, Sheldon – differentiates her from past recipients.
Who will Trump pick next?
Trump’s future selections will tell us even more about who he is and what legacy he wants to leave as president. In fact, if these first awards are any indication, Trump might use his medal selections to associate himself with cultural icons not yet claimed by other presidents – as he did by picking Elvis this year.
What’s next, then?
Why not “the great presidents” – think George Washington? Or great inventors – think George Washington Carver?
If Donald Trump’s mission is to “Make America Great Again,” the Presidential Medal of Freedom may be our best indication of what greatness looks like to him.
TJ Martin: Lets not go all Ivy Tower overanalyzing this
To be blunt Trump never so much as even considers what his legacy may or not be .. be it with who he hires , choses to bestow honors upon , appoints to cabinet positions , nominates for positions of power .. or who he picks to receive POTUS pardons
Accelerating health care innovation by connecting engineering and medicine
November 19, 2018
Jeffrey W. Holmes
Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine, University of Virginia
Jeffrey W. Holmes has received research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the American Heart Association, and the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group. He trained in a joint MD/PhD program with scholarship support from the National Institutes of Health.
Artificial heart valves, prosthetic hips, bedside monitors, MRI machines – these and so many other innovations that we now take for granted emerged at the interface of engineering and medicine.
In an era of big data, personalized medicine and artificial intelligence, the importance of engineering, especially in medicine, is increasing. In my own field of cardiovascular bioengineering, engineers now routinely build and run sophisticated, patient-specific computer models of blood flow in just a few hours, helping doctors diagnose and treat heart disease. These groundbreaking inventions are possible only through the contributions of multidisciplinary teams of researchers, clinicians and engineers.
The rise of biomedical engineering
Engineering schools are preparing for this future in part through the growth of biomedical engineering, where students learn not only the tools and concepts of engineering but also how to apply those ideas to today’s medical challenges. Many aspects of modern healthcare – from designing implants that survive for decades in the body to constructing secure medical records systems – are driving the demand for biomedical engineers.
In 1974 only three engineering schools offered accredited biomedical engineering programs. Forty years later, in 2014, more than 100 accredited programs granted bachelor of science degrees in biomedical engineering or bioengineering. In line with broader trends in engineering education, these programs prepare students to collaborate by challenging them with team-based projects.
As a result, our nation’s young biomedical engineers have the engineering expertise, appreciation for collaboration and at least some of the medical vocabulary they need to communicate effectively with physicians.
A gap in medical training
Yet, nothing in my medical school curriculum was designed to help physicians develop a complementary skill set. Every physician now uses advanced technology during the course of their daily work. But only a handful have the technical vocabulary or training required to help develop it. Several medical schools have recognized the need for engineering-literate physicians, building new campuses and launching new programs that blend medical and engineering education. Yet, many of these efforts are employing an outdated, physician-centric model that envisions training one person in two disciplines, rather than preparing them to collaborate in multidisciplinary teams.
This one-person, two-discipline approach has a long history at medical schools, exemplified by prestigious M.D.-Ph.D. programs that seek to train physician-scientists who split their time between caring for patients and conducting research.
While these M.D.-Ph.D. programs have been successful in some respects, they train only a small number of doctors. As recently reported by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), M.D. and Ph.D. programs are producing approximately 600 graduates per year, a number that is limited in part by financial resources; these students represent only 3 percent of medical school graduates but receive 17 percent of non-need based medical school scholarships. Joint programs that incorporate graduate engineering degrees will be further limited by the pool of applicants qualified for both medical and graduate engineering study.
Collaboration: A proven, scalable approach
That is why we need a new approach: a proven, scalable approach at the engineering-medicine interface that teaches engineers and health care professionals to work together in teams.
At the University of Virginia, our Center for Engineering in Medicine promotes innovation by embedding engineering students into clinical environments and nursing and medical trainees into engineering laboratories. Embedded students acquire the technical vocabulary, cultural literacy and experience working in multidisciplinary teams that provide a foundation for careers in health care innovation.
Teaching engineers and health care professionals to collaborate is faster, cheaper, and more feasible than building specialty programs to train physician-engineers or launching more biomedical engineering programs. Teaching engineers and healthcare professionals to collaborate is faster, cheaper, and more feasible than building specialty programs to train physician-engineers or launching more biomedical engineering programs. This approach builds on the experience of successful programs like Stanford Biodesign and the Coulter Translational Partners Program, and is especially attractive at institutions like UVA, where engineering and medical schools are located on the same campus.
However, many universities in America are not built to promote collaboration between the fields of engineering and medicine. In part, that is because schools devoted to agriculture and engineering are often miles from those focused on liberal arts and medicine. In situations where physical proximity is not possible, workshops, conferences, continuing medical education courses and cross-disciplinary events can spark the cross talk that catalyzes innovation.
Finding ways to reduce literal, and disciplinary, separation between engineering and medicine is essential for cultivating and expanding innovation at the interface. While new specialized training programs may play a role in this effort, promoting collaboration within the existing workforce has the potential to make a much bigger impact.
The leaders in the next wave of health care innovation will be the universities, health systems, and companies that find ways to train engineers, doctors, nurses and others to work together effectively in teams to solve tomorrow’s complex health care challenges.
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Former congressman Pat Tiberi will be autumn commencement speaker
Ohio State News
Tiberi is president and CEO of the Ohio Business Roundtable
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State graduate and former congressman Patrick Tiberi will deliver Ohio State’s autumn commencement address. Approximately 3,500 degrees will be awarded at the ceremony, which begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16 at the Schottenstein Center.
Tiberi has served as president and CEO of the Ohio Business Roundtable since January 2018. Previously, he represented central Ohio’s 12th district for 17 years in the U.S. House, and was Ohio’s second-longest-serving member of Congress when he stepped down in at the beginning of the year.
Tiberi has donated his congressional papers to Ohio State, and they will become part of the Ohio Congressional Archives. The Tiberi collection will be open to students, faculty and the general public for research in 2023, after the papers are sorted and arranged.
“I am honored to welcome former Congressman Pat Tiberi to speak at Ohio State’s autumn commencement ceremony,” said President Michael V. Drake. “As a distinguished public servant and Buckeye alumnus, he will offer an engaging and inspiring message to our graduates as they embark on the next exciting phase of their lives.”
A 1985 graduate of Ohio State who was a member of The Ohio State University Marching Band, Tiberi was elected to represent Ohio’s 12th Congressional District in November 2000. He served on the House Ways and Means Committee and chaired the Joint Economic Committee.
During his years in Congress, Tiberi focused on legislation related to tax reform, economic policy, trade agreements and health care, and saw a number of his bills on these issues signed into law. Prior to his election to the House, Tiberi worked as an aide to then-congressman John Kasich before serving in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1993 to 2000, where he rose to the position of majority leader. Tiberi was also a Realtor before being elected to Congress.
Tiberi received the 2015 Excellence in Public Service Award from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs in recognition of his strong legislative accomplishments and contributions to public service in Ohio and the nation.
During the ceremony, the university will present the Distinguished Service Award to Deborah A. Ballam, professor emerita who played a major role in the creation of The Women’s Place, and Valerie B. Lee, professor emerita and former vice provost and chief diversity officer.
To accommodate the increasing number of guests who wish to attend the university’s autumn commencement, tickets are required for all guests. Admission tickets are free, and must be ordered by graduates. Details and instructions are available here.