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Notre Dame professor publishes study with new insights on fatherhood

first_imgCourtesy of r A father from the BaYaka tribe poses for a photo with his young sonin the northern Republic of Congo, where Boyette did his field work.Boyette did his dissertation research in a remote region in northern Republic of the Congo —accessible by a weeklong journey from the capital city of Brazzaville. There he studied the BaYaka and Bondongo people who live a very different lifestyle than one we’re used to. Although located in the same village, the two tribes have their own distinct cultures. The BaYaka people are a more egalitarian society, focused on cooperative living, whereas the Bondongo people are fisher-farmers whose society is hierarchical and status-based.Boyette noted that the differences between these two communities who live in such close conjunction is really what drew their study to this remote corner of the world.“Our interest was to work with both groups and try to understand differences and look to see if there were differences in fathering that are related to cultural differences, including things like variation in the family systems and what fathers do in the community,” Boyette said.They hypothesized that the testosterone levels of the BaYaka men and Bondongo men were different. Testosterone, a hormone which has been shown to decrease in men when entering fatherhood in some cultural settings, can be associated with physical strength and aggression. Gettler’s team hypothesized that since the BaYaka fathers place more emphasis on community and generosity, their testosterone levels will be lower than the Bondongo fathers, who are valued more for their strength and being a good resource provider.When the researches had an opportunity to collaborate via funding from the Jacobs Foundation, Boyette said that he and Gettler jumped at the chance.“[The Jacobs Foundation] offered us this opportunity to apply for funding to work on projects together,” Boyette said. “It was a really fantastic opportunity and Lee and I right away saw a really good opportunity to collaborate because we both had different skill sets that we recognized would work well together.”Before the two could conduct any formal research, they had to connect with the communities and get settled.“The first summer of our grant, [Boyette] went to field site and just basically was hanging out to gain trust with the communities to talk to them about ‘Here’s what we’re interested in, we’re interested in learning about your communities and here’s what we would do,’” Gettler said. “[Boyette was] getting permission from the communities, particularly the elders and the leadership councils in the community, to make sure that they were that it was acceptable to them, ethically, that we do this work.”Boyette said that the work was challenging, and it would not have been possible without the help of others who blazed the trail for him.Another challenge faced by the team was how to transport their materials. Gettler explained that this was an especially difficult project because they needed to transport large liquid nitrogen jugs to store saliva samples containing information about testosterone from the BaYaka and Bondongo men.“If we look at testosterone in saliva, it correlates really strongly to what is circulating in the blood in the body, but it’s obviously much less invasive than collecting blood so that’s the benefit,” Gettler mentioned. “Part of the reason that there are few studies in this kind of relatively remote setting is because of the challenges of dealing with the biological markers.”Boyette explained that they had to modify their travel plans in order to transport the materials to the remote communities because the canisters of liquid nitrogen need to be closely monitored at all times to prevent spillage.The researchers also struggled with the problem of how to quantify how the different cultures viewed fatherhood and how to decide who were the “good fathers.”Gettler explained that the team conducted a series of long interviews with the villagers to get a sense of the values that were sought after in a good father.“[Boyette and his team] spent a lot of time doing semi-structured qualitative interviews—we’d call that data ethnography,” Gettler said. “Our real goal was to try to understand how these communities are defining what a good father is and then can we find a way to operationalize that to get at whether good fathers, based on local values, have healthier kids.”Once they had sorted out the cultural ideas of fatherhood, the researchers had each respective father rank each other on the main values pointed out by each community. The questions that the fathers ranked each other by varied between the BaYaka and Bondongo groups: The BaYaka cultural ranked good fathers based on how they shared resources, how hard they worked, whether they had any spousal arguments, whether their children were healthy and if they contributed to community teaching. On the other hand, the Bondongo people ranked good fathers based on fishing/hunting abilities, how big their gardens were, if they traveled to get commercial goods for the community, if they had healthy children and if they contributed to social education.Boyette said that the different questions actually revealed a lot about the communities.  He explained that they found that the Bondongo fathers were actually sorted into two groups: one of the groups of fathers focused more on the hard, laborious chores of fishing and hunting, and the other group focused on the teaching of children and staying closer to the community. As Boyette and Gettler expected, the group of Bondongo fathers that focused on the strength intensive tasks had higher levels of testosterone than the group that focused more on the children. With the BaYaka tribe who are more focused on cooperative communities, the researched noted lower levels of testosterone in men who were ranked as better fathers.The team also noted a correlation between testosterone levels and martial arguments. They found that fathers in both communities who were rated as having more martial conflicts had higher testosterone levels.Gettler and Boyette both agree that their study has impacts outside the remote village in the Republic of Congo. Boyette said that he believes this study shows us that there is not just one way to be a great father.“There’s not one good way that men should be contributing to their families and we have to recognize that men see themselves as coming from particular different cultural backgrounds and that these may also suit their biology better or are promoted by their biology in different ways,” Boyette said. “We should be able to welcome various ways of being fathers and different ways of contributing to the child development and supporting.Tags: anthropology, Fatherhood, Jacobs Foundation Recently published in Nature Magazine’s Scientific Reports, Dr. Lee Gettler, an associate professor of anthropology at Notre Dame, has completed a new study which links testosterone levels in fathers with their broader cultural settings.Gettler said that he became interested in his research when he met Dr. Adam Boyette, who is now a senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, at a conference put on by the Jacobs Foundation.“[The Jacobs Foundation] put together a conference that was specifically bringing together a really large group of scholars who specifically studied fathers from diverse perspectives —psychology, sociology, neuroscience, anthropology — to try to get all these people in the same room to talk about how we can begin to kind of best understand the way that fathers impact human children,” Gettler said.last_img read more

Will Hamilton’s Jordan Fisher Play Benny in the In the Heights Movie?

first_img from $149.00 Jordan Fisher Tomorrow there’ll be more of us, telling the story of tonight the Heights! Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda wants Grease: Live heartthrob and current Hamilton star Jordan Fisher to play Benny, the role originated by Tony nominee Christopher Jackson, in the film version of In the Heights. The certified genius recently sat down with The Huffington Post to discuss In the Heights’ tenth anniversary; the Tony-winning musical opened off-Broadway on February 8, 2007 before transferring to the Great White Way in 2008.“There’s certainly some incredible young Latino talent that were still babies when we were opening off-Broadway. But I hadn’t thought about it,” he told HuffPo. “I think Jordan Fisher would be a pretty good Benny. He’s playing Laurens for me on Broadway, and he’s a super-talented young man.”As previously reported, the Weinstein Company-produced big screen adaptation of Miranda’s musical is set to begin production in the spring. Also as reported, Fisher is scheduled to play his last Hamilton performance on March 5.As for whether or not Miranda will take his portrayal of Usnavi to the screen, the Oscar nominee said, “I don’t want to play the role if it feels like it’s not age-appropriate with the rest of the cast. But Chris Jackson and I can be in the background playing dominoes during ‘When You’re Home,’ and that would be f*ing great.”Spying Heights and Hamilton Broadway alums on the big screen sounds like our new favorite game. Here’s hoping we get to play it soon! In the meantime, check out Broadway.com’s One on One sesh with Fisher below. View Comments Hamiltoncenter_img Star Files Related Shows Jordan Fisher & Lin-Manuel Miranda(Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)last_img read more

Study shows rooftop solar pushing fossil fuels off of Australian electricity grid

first_imgStudy shows rooftop solar pushing fossil fuels off of Australian electricity grid FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Strong growth in rooftop solar installations has continued to push coal fired generation out of the Australian electricity market, a new audit of the National Electricity Market has shown.The latest edition of the National Energy Emissions Audit published by The Australia Institute found that the initial impact of disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has had a small impact on electricity consumption. At the same time, the continued strong growth in uptake of rooftop solar, which supplied more than 16 per cent of South Australia’s total electricity consumption over the last summer, and 7.7 per cent of Queensland’s consumption over the same period, has worked to drive fossil fuel generators out of the market.Analysis of the rooftop solar market has shown that 2019 was another record year for new installed capacity on homes and small businesses, with the accelerating pace of installations continuing for at least the first four months of 2020.To illustrate that growth, the audit showed the share of rooftop solar in total generation in South Australia has jumped from 10.1 per cent to its latest level of 16 per cent in the first quarter, while in Queensland it jumped from 5 per cent to 7.7 per cent.“Without rooftop solar, gas generation in South Australia would have had to supply 20 per cent more electricity in summer 2017-18 and 44 per cent more in summer 2019-20,” it says. Coal would have had to rise by 10 per cent last summer.Based on this strong growth, the National Energy Emissions Audit predicts that the annual share of renewable energy in Australia will top 25 per cent for the first time in the year to April 2020. This growth in rooftop solar, along with growth in generation from large-scale wind and solar projects, is succeeding at pushing coal fired generation out of the market. Over the 2020 Easter weekend, the share of electricity consumption in Australia’s main grid being supplied by renewable energy projects exceeded 50 per cent for the first time.[Michael Mazengarb]More: Record growth in rooftop solar pushing coal out of Australia marketlast_img read more

Berger demands data security accountability ahead of House Equifax hearing

first_imgNAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger yesterday urged congressional action to ensure that credit unions do not bear the cost of negligent data practices by entities like Equifax.Berger made his call for increased data security responsibility in a letter sent to House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Chairman Bob Latta, R-Ohio, and Subcommittee Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., ahead of the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection’s hearing today on the Equifax data breach. The hearing begins at 10 a.m. Eastern.In the letter, Berger said the frequency with which data breaches occur is “unacceptable,” as these events “have become a constant concern of the American people.”Berger urged that all entities that handle personal financial data be subject to the same standards credit unions and other financial depository institutions follow under the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), and he specifically called for credit rating agencies already subject to the GLBA, like Equifax, to undergo the same examinations for compliance as credit unions. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

McDonald’s to launch its fried chicken sandwich in the U.S. next year

first_imgThe fast-food giant began testing the sandwich in Houston and Knoxville, Tennessee nearly a year ago. The sandwich features a fried chicken filet served on a buttery potato roll, topped with butter and pickles. A deluxe version also includes tomatoes, lettuce and mayo.McDonald’s franchisees asked for a Southern-style chicken sandwich as Chick-fil-A’s threat to their business grows. And the success of Popeyes‘ take on the sandwich has led to double-digit same-store sales growth every quarter since its release, showing that there’s an opportunity for new competition. But the coronavirus pandemic delayed the release of McDonald’s new sandwich as the chain rethought its menu offerings and waited for customers to return to its restaurants.The sandwich is also part of McDonald’s broader menu strategy to add more chicken items, because the category is growing faster than beef. – Advertisement – Chick-fil-A and Popeyes will soon face another competitor in the battle for the best chicken sandwich.McDonald’s told investors on Monday that it will release its Crispy Chicken Sandwich early next year in the United States.Shares of McDonald’s rose less than 1% in morning trading after the company’s third-quarter earnings and revenue topped analyst estimates. The company also released an investor update, predicting systemwide sales growth in the mid-single digits in 2021 and 2022 and sharing more about its strategy for boosting sales.- Advertisement – McDonald’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich and Deluxe Crispy Chicken SandwichSource: McDonald’scenter_img – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

German hotels lost lawsuit to Booking.com

first_imgSource / photo: Fieldfisher; Booking.com The Booking.com accommodation booking platform, as well as similar websites, used a clause in its general terms and conditions according to which hotels are not allowed to offer rooms at lower prices on their own websites. This encouraged customers to make reservations within the platform. However, due to a ban by the Federal Anti-Cartel Office, those clauses have not been used since February 2016. However, the Higher Regional Court in Düsseldorf considers that this practice is not restrictive of market competition. Hotels could thus attract customers with better offers on their own websites, in which case the accommodation booking platform would not be entitled to a commission. The Senate did not accept the appeal to the Federal Supreme Court on this case. However, the Federal Anti-Cartel Office still has the option of filing a lawsuit for not accepting the appeal. This also means that the Federal Supreme Court has not yet ruled on the legal admissibility of such price clauses. The Booking.com portal, according to the decision of the Higher Regional Court in Düsseldorf, has the right to prohibit the contracting partners from offering hotel rooms on their websites at cheaper prices than those offered on Booking. The decision was made on June 4, 2019, when the Higher Regional Court in Düsseldorf reversed the original decision of the Federal Anti-Cartel Office (FcarO) made on December 22, 2015. Booking.com can now ban the offer of cheaper prices outside their platform. This does not restrict competition, but ensures a fair and balanced exchange of services, according to the Higher Regional Court in Düsseldorf. The Federal Office for the Suppression of Cartels has expressed disappointment with the court’s ruling and is deciding on possible remedies that depend on the reasons for the decision. Otto Lindner, president of the German Hoteliers Association, said he did not understand the decision because it would put hotels at the mercy of accommodation booking platforms. Booking.com has not yet officially commented on this decision.last_img read more

Outlook south-west: Mall is beautiful

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Governor Wolf Announces Pennsylvania’s Medicaid Expansion Population Has Exceeded 500,000

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Pennsylvania’s Medicaid Expansion Population Has Exceeded 500,000 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 10, 2015center_img Government That Works,  Healthcare,  Human Services,  Medicaid Expansion Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that more than half a million Pennsylvanians have enrolled in HealthChoices since Pennsylvania expanded its Medicaid program. Governor Wolf and Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas announced the milestone at an enrollment event at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center.“Since my administration expanded Medicaid, more than half a million Pennsylvanians now have access to health care,” said Governor Wolf. “The commonwealth’s uninsured population has dropped from 14 percent in 2013 to eight percent today. The overwhelming response to Medicaid expansion further proves the significant pent-up demand and need for health care in the commonwealth. Access to health care means Pennsylvanians can take charge of their health by receiving preventive services at the right time, in the appropriate place, avoiding costly trips to the emergency room.”In February, Governor Wolf announced his decision to expand Medicaid eligibility in Pennsylvania under the Affordable Care Act, allowing individuals who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty guidelines to obtain health care coverage.“Because of Governor Wolf’s expansion of Medicaid, hundreds of thousands of people have a brighter future and better potential health outcomes,” said Secretary Dallas. “This provides the added bonus of enhancing the fiscal well-being of our state.”What do 500,000 newly eligible Pennsylvanians look like?Pennsylvanians age 21– 30 years old represent 34 percent of the newly eligible. The second largest age group            are those age 31 – 40 year, at 24 percent.55 percent are woman and 45 percent are men59 percent are white, 23 percent are African-American, 10 percent are Hispanic and 4 percent are AsianEvery county has had a resident able to obtain access to health care coveragePhiladelphia is home to 22 percent of the newly eligible enrollees14 counties have 10,000 or more newly eligible individualsSullivan, Pennsylvania’s smallest county, now has 217 newly eligible residents covered under MedicaidAccording to a Kaiser Family Foundation report, states that expanded Medicaid experienced substantially slower Medicaid spending growth (3.4 percent) than non-expansion states (6.9 percent). The federal government will assume 100 percent of the Medicaid costs of covering newly eligible individuals for the first three years. After that, states are required to contribute a percentage match, reaching the maximum 10 percent in 2021.For more information, visit www.HealthChoicesPA.com.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Dan Oil, Wells Carlton Hotel Back Okpekpe Race

first_img“We are delighted to have on board one of Nigeria’s leading international oil companies, Dan Oil and Petrochemicals Limited and The Wells Carlton Hotel and Apartments as official partners.“While Dan Oil, an indigenous   oil and gas company incorporated in 2002 under the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a limited liability company will sponsor our women empowerment programme,The Wells Carlton Hotel and Apartments is coming as our hotel/hospitality partner,” said the delectable Miss Etukudo.“The Okpekpe race is not just about athletes running on a smooth, asphalted road constructed by the Edo State government in and around Okpekpe town, it is also used as a platform to promote causes that will benefit the society or draw attention to social vices. Since the inaugural edition of the race, we have always had people and organisations who used our platform to promote so many charitable causes.“On our own, we have also been consistent in empowering women of the community as we know there is no better tool for development that is more effective than empowering our women. Like the saying goes, when you educate a man, you educate an individual but when you educate a woman, you are educating an entire family.“This is why we are happy that Dan Oil and Petrochemicals Limited has accepted to empower not less than 50 women in and around Okpekpe town. The women will be trained and provided tool to work,” said Etukudo.”We are also happy with the official announcement of The Wells Carlton Hotel and Apartments as our official hotel/hospitality partner. We are super delighted the owner of the five-star hotel, Captain Idahosa Wells Okunbo JP has also registered for the race.“He will be among our celebrity runners that will race alongside His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki and the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung,” concludes the race official.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram One of Nigeria’s leading indigenous oil and gas companies, Dan Oil and Petrochemicals Limited and The Wells Carlton Hotel and Luxury Apartments, a five-star hospitality outfit have become the latest corporate organisations to throw their weight behind the IAAF silver label OkpekpeInternational 10km Road Race.Mercy Etukudo, who heads the secretariat of the first road running event in West Africa to be granted an IAAF label status announced at the weekend the coming on board of the two heavyweight companies as preparations continue for a hitch-free race on Saturday in Okpekpe near Auchi, Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State.last_img read more

Team earns win in home opener with late-inning comeback

first_imgIn the first four innings of Tuesday’s softball game, the Wisconsin Badgers and Loyola Ramblers combined for just two runs on three hits.The Ramblers opened the floodgates in the fifth.With the game locked in a 1-1 tie, Loyola’s Stephanie Cihlar led off the inning with a bunt single back to University of Wisconsin pitcher Eden Brock. The next batter, left fielder Ellen Kresl, looped a base hit off Wisconsin shortstop Lynn Anderson’s glove.After both runners advanced on a double steal, designated hitter Ashley Mitchell hit a soft grounder that stopped dead just in front of the plate. Third baseman Ricci Robben came up to field the ball, but her throw to catcher Joey Daniels was wide, allowing both Cihlar and Kresl to score on the error and Mitchell to reach second base.The Ramblers were nowhere close to done, however. With Wisconsin yet to record an out in the inning, Loyola first baseman Katie Krause sent a shot deep over the left field fence for a two-run home run off of Brock. That pitch would be the Badger ace’s last, as she recorded five runs, four of which were earned.”I was just struggling a little bit,” Brock said. “It happens sometimes. The drop ball wasn’t working as well as it normally does.”Freshman Letty Olivarez entered the game for Brock and allowed one more run to score before finally getting Wisconsin out of the inning, trailing 6-1.”I was a little nervous because I knew everything was going really fast,” Olivarez said. “I just told myself to take everything slow. The girls were having a little bit of trouble, so I wanted to come help Eden out.”Staring at a five-run deficit that late in a game may be discouraging to most teams, but the Badgers did not let the disastrous fifth inning decide the game.”We had a little meeting out there, and apparently what I had to say really inspired them,” Wisconsin head coach Chandelle Schulte said. “I just said, ‘You have to play with heart, and you have to be aggressive.'”Although they were unable to respond in the bottom of the fifth after going three up, three down, Wisconsin came out swinging in the sixth.Daniels led off the inning with a base hit to the third baseman. After Alexis Garcia popped out to the shortstop, Robben smashed a double into the right-center field gap, scoring Daniels.Valyncia Raphael would reach base in the next at-bat, forcing Loyola coach Yvette Healy to take out pitcher Amy Solava.Theresa Boruta, the next batter for the Badgers, was robbed after hitting the ball sharply to the shortstop Lindsay O’Gean.With two outs and only one run scored in the inning, the Badgers continued to attack. Pinch hitter Liz Klemp walked to load the bases, setting up Sam Polito to drive in two runs on a base hit that hit off first baseman Katarina Krause’s glove.”I started out a little rough, but I fed off of everyone else,” Polito said. “I realized I had to come up and do my job and get it done. Everyone else was doing well, started hitting, and I realized it was my time to step up. … I just thought about putting the ball in play and hitting it somewhere hard.”Second baseman Athena Vasquez followed up with an RBI single, scoring Klemp. With the power-hitting Katie Hnatyk up next, Polito scored on a wild pitch by Solava, who had reentered the game for Loyola. The final run of the wild sixth inning came when Garcia, who was batting for her second time in the inning, hit into a fielder’s choice. O’Gean opted to throw to third base, failing to get Hnatyk out and allowing Vasquez to score and give the Badgers the run that would eventually decide the game.Errors nearly cost WisconsinErrors plagued the Badgers all game, as they finished with four. Polito had two, one of which was a dropped ball on a routine fly. Charging in for the ball, Polito threw her hat off and fought with the wind in her attempt to make the catch.”It’s a routine play that should be made,” Polito said. “I don’t know what happened. I just got in my own head and started thinking too much.”The center fielder redeemed herself after the drop, however, by firing the ball to home plate, where Ashley Mitchell was tagged out by Daniels.”I think after you make an error like that and you realize you’ve let not only your pitcher, but your team down. … You always try to do whatever you can to make the out,” Polito said. “I just had to come up and try to make up for what I did wrong.”Robben also was charged with an error in the fifth, as was Anderson, who was unable to bring in a ground ball hit to the shortstop.”Defensively, we struggled on routine plays,” Schulte said. “They weren’t even really challenging plays. We talked about that. We’re going to try to address it.”last_img read more