A visualization-based post-processing system for analysis of acoustic data

first_imgA commercial data-visualization package, AVS, and database are used as the basis for a powerful and highly flexible acoustic data analysis system. The system is easy to use and can be modified by the user to incorporate novel visualization and analysis capabilities as required. Multi-frequency ping-by-ping or integrated data from a variety of echo-sounders may be viewed and manipulated within the system. Here, we describe the main features of the system and illustrate how it may be used to mark, transform, analyse, and compare dual-frequency acoustic data.last_img read more


Macphie stays connected with staff during lockdown

first_imgIngredients manufacturer Macphie has revealed how it has been working to keep staff morale up during the coronavirus lockdown.Around 60% of the 280 people employed by Macphie are currently away from the business, at a time when it has been adapting to trading under coronavirus.The company, which has sites in Aberdeenshire, North Lanarkshire and Coventry, has launched smaller bags of its mixes to target the consumer market, and has also worked with local distilleries to produce hand sanitiser.“Things are progressing so quickly. In a matter of weeks, we’ve swapped bottling sauces for hand sanitiser,” said CEO Andy Stapley. “With this pace of change, communication is key in making sure everyone is up to speed on what’s happening and what our next steps are.”Every week, the team is hosting catch-up calls and issuing email round-ups to keep employees informed. It has also revamped its usual business bulletins to keep morale high by including upbeat playlists and news from the rest of the team.This week, Stapley is hosting an online quiz show, complete with a theme tune and company-related questions.And Macphie chefs are getting creative with a Ready, Steady, Cook-style challenge. Team members are invited to share what items they have left in their fridge at the end of the week, and the chef team have to come up with a creative dish using the leftover ingredients list.“We wanted to inject some fun into our regular updates to keep employees informed, but most importantly, to keep everyone connected.“The weekly calls have been incredibly positive, and it’s been inspiring to hear how everyone has been supporting each other, and their communities. One of our managers is volunteering for his local first responder group and someone else has been keeping on top of the gardening for her elderly neighbours.“I’m incredibly proud of how our team continues to adapt.”last_img read more


USC employee leads bone marrow drive

first_imgElizabeth Jordan saved a life, and now she is looking to save hundreds more.When Jordan — now coordinator of on-campus programs at USC’s Career Planning & Placement Center — first decided to join the bone marrow registry in 2002, she was told she wasn’t a match at that time and she soon forgot about the registry altogether.Donating · Elizabeth Jordan became close with the recipient of her donated bone marrow, and is now hosting a bone marrow drive at USC. – Amaresh Sundaram Kuppuswamy | Daily TrojanBut five years later, Jordan was contacted by the City of Hope cancer center and told she was a possible match for a woman with acute myeloid leukemia. Jordan decided to donate. One year later, she met the woman who had received her marrow, Rhonda Christensen, and was immediately welcomed into the family.“I could tell she was a caring, kind person,” Christensen said. “Without Elizabeth, I wouldn’t be here. She’s a part of the family; it’s like we adopted her.”Now, the two are a hosting a bone marrow drive at USC, hoping to save more lives and spark more lifelong relationships. The drive which will take place on Trousdale Parkway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday near Tommy Trojan.Christensen has hosted drives twice before, but for Jordan, this is her first. She said she is excited to bring a bone marrow drive to USC.“It’s my new passion, educating everyone,” Jordan said. “Particularly college students. It’s been the greatest gift I’ve ever given or received. It’s been so magical, and I want people to know that.”Though Jordan’s case is rare — donors and their recipients seldom meet, and almost never do they become as close as Jordan and Christensen — Jordan can think of many other reasons students should participate in the drive.Jordan stressed not only the simplicity of joining the registry, but of the entire donation process. By filling out a simple health questionnaire and having their cheek swabbed, people can join the bone marrow registry, which is all that will be done at USC’s drive this Friday.Donors must be 18 to 60 years old and in generally good health with plans on remaining committed to being in the registry. After the swab, potential donors are entered into a database that searches for possible genetic matches, which can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few decades.“With the advances in technology, it’s as easy as having an IV in one arm and the other,” said Pablo Ortiz De Urbina, a senior majoring in music performance and a volunteer for this week’s drive. “It takes so little of your time; it’s three hours that saves a life.”Jordan said she is concerned potential donors may be scared away by the myths associated with bone marrow transplants, since many people believe the procedure is more painful than it is. According to the National Marrow Donor Program’s website, one form of donating marrow uses anesthesia, however, so the donor feels nothing. The other form is a non-surgical, outpatient procedure that is as easy as donating blood. Pieces of bone are not removed and though there may be a short recovery time, there are rarely any long-term effects from donating.“Talking to Rhonda and hearing from a recipient’s point of view, talking to someone who’s been so brave, who has survived such an ordeal, just to hear it, it’s really powerful,” Jordan said.She also encourages people of different ethnicities to join the bone marrow registry. Of the patients who have received transplants, an overwhelming majority are white. Because close genetic matches are needed, it’s important that all people, especially people who are black, Hispanic or Asian, join the registry.The drive will be sponsored by Be the Match, City of Hope’s national marrow donor program. A Facebook group named “Join the Marrow Registry at USC” has also been created to promote the event.last_img read more


Tipperary has secured 11 All Star Hurling nominations.

first_imgShane McGrath gets the nod in midfield while three Tipp players are included in the half forwards – Noel McGrath, Patrick Maher and John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer.Séamus Callanan brings the Premier County’s tally of nominations to 11 while the Drom and Inch clubman has also been shortlisted for Player of the Year. He is up against Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan and TJ Reid.Tipperary has not been forgotten in the All Star for the Young Player of the Year either – Cathal Barrett, along with Limerick’s Shane Dowling and Wexford’s Conor McDonald will vie for that title.The winners will be announced at the All Star Banquet on the 24th of October in Dublin. Out of the 45 places on the list, the Premier County commands an impressive tally of 11.The nominations stretch across the pitch, starting in goals with Darren Gleeson shortlisted among Eoin Murphy from Kilkenny and Dublin’s Alan Nolan.Cathal Barrett and Paddy Stapleton have been nominated in the full back line while the half back list includes three Tipperary players: Kieran Bergin, captain of the Senior Hurling Team Brendan Maher and Pádraic Maher.last_img read more