Bishop E. Earl McCloud, Jr, (R) AMEU Board of Trustees, a student and Dr. Isaac cut the ribbon to the new facility. The president of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU), Dr. Joseph T. Isaac, has promised to maintain academic excellence at the university, lauding the faculty and staff for the strong support over the years.Dr. Isaac made the remarks yesterday, October 9, during the dedication of the Richardson Adams Learning Resource Center (RALRC), with the intention to provide a learning environment conducive for the pursuit of excellence while preparing people for national leadership and service.He said the dedication of the new facility marks an exciting moment for the university and the staffers, exemplifying a lot of good things that happen at the AME University.Dr. Isaac recounted that the building was first used as a clinic, which went out of business in 2014 before subsequently being renovated and refurbished.He said that with graduate programs being offered, a better learning environment must be created. As such, the new facility gives the university an opportunity to provide a better learning environment.He said the facility will play an important role as the university’s enrollment has increased to over 5,000 students from as low as 3,000, including the graduate school.“We will use this building to prepare our young people for leadership today, tomorrow and beyond,” Reverend Alvin E. Attah, Acting Vice President for administration, said in a welcome remark.Dr. Romelle A. Horton, interim vice president for Academic and Support Services, said in pursuit of excellence the university espouses the need for life-long professional development and an improved learning atmosphere.Dr. Horton said the university is expected to increase the level of scholarship/scholarly practice in the various academic fields or disciplines as well as advance teaching and learning proficiency.“We are blessed, so get ready for your minds to be expanded as soon as you step through these doors, for the mission of the center is to prepare, engage, and improve. The center is a home to the department of academic support services and most of its units,” Dr. Horton said.According to her, the facility has a full academic library that caters to students and community members, connecting individuals to resources and technology.In her overview, Dr. Horton said the center has a lab, several reading rooms and a center for teaching and learning. It also has a writing lab that will provide tutorials on writing reports, projects, resumes and research with the testing center attached.She said the Richardson Adams Learning Center is geared towards building the capacity of the university and its environs by integrating teaching, learning and scholarship through related academic and community initiatives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid [email protected] [email protected] Science Foundation Director France Córdova to speak at Rice’s Baker Institute April 10Cordova, Culberson and Jackson Lee to discuss Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Systems center April 11HOUSTON – (April 5, 2017) – France Córdova, director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), will discuss the foundation’s “10 Big Ideas” that emerged from a national science planning effort, many of which cut across disciplinary boundaries and require novel methods and approaches, at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy April 10.This event is part of the Baker Institute Civic Scientist Lecture Series organized by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program and the Rorschach Lecture Series organized by Rice’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. The event is sponsored in conjunction with Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering and Wiess School of Natural Sciences. It is free and open to the public but registration is required.On April 11, Córdova will continue her visit to the Rice campus by meeting with U.S. Reps. John Culberson, R-Texas, and Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, to discuss NSF’s engineering research centers, including Rice’s Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) Systems project. NEWT’s goal is to develop compact, mobile, off-grid water-treatment systems that can provide clean water to millions of people who lack it and make U.S. energy production more sustainable and cost-effective.Córdova, Culberson and Jackson Lee will observe a demonstration of one of NEWT’s desalination technologies that operates exclusively on solar power and tour Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen to view undergraduate engineering projects. These events begin at 2:30 p.m. in Rice’s Brockman Hall for Physics, Room 101, 6100 Main St. Media interested in attending must RSVP to [email protected]: France Cordova, director of the National Science Foundation since 2014. A physicist, she is president emerita of Purdue University, where she served as president from 2007 to 2012.What: An event titled “Ten Big Ideas: Realizing NSF’s Vision for Future Research and Discovery.”When: Monday, April 10, 6:30-8 p.m. A reception will be at 6.Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.The NSF’s long-standing relationship with the science and engineering community has generated a continuous stream of leading-edge ideas that have produced discoveries, inventions and approaches, according to event organizers. With input from this community in mind, the NSF launched an extensive planning exercise to identify ideas for investment to ensure that future generations will reap the benefits of fundamental scientific research. This effort resulted in the “10 Big Ideas” in 2016.The public must RSVP for the event at www.bakerinstitute.org/events/1864. A live webcast will be available at the event page.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 @BakerInstitute.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, https://sp2.img.hsyaolu.com.cn/wp-shlf1314/2023/IMG3833.jpg” alt=”last_img” />
© molekuul_be/Shutterstock.comAs reported in the journal AIDS, Dr Ruth Ruprecht and colleagues have shown in an animal model that immunoglobulin M (IgM) prevented infection after mucosal AIDS virus exposure.Globally, around 90% of new cases of HIV-1 infection arise through exposure to the virus in mucosal cavities such as the lining of the vagina or rectum.Related StoriesPrevalence of anal cancer precursors is higher in women living with HIV than previously reportedEven when HIV prevention drug is covered, other costs block treatmentHIV therapy leaves unrepaired holes in the immune system’s wall of defense”IgM is sort of the forgotten antibody. Most scientists believed its protective effect was too short-lived to be leveraged as any kind of protective shield against an invading pathogen like HIV-1,” says Ruprecht.For the study, six Rhesus monkeys were treated with a synthetic version of IgM, an antibody produced by plasma cells under the surface epithelium of bodily cavities. Thirty minutes later, the animals were exposed to simian-human immunodeficiency virus (SHIV).Ruprecht and colleagues report that following this exposure, four of the six animals were fully protected against infection with the virus. They found that treating the monkeys with IgM resulted in what is referred to as immune exclusion – the antibody agglutinates the virus and stops it from passing through the epithelial barrier into the bloodstream where it could then spread to other parts of the body.Ruprecht says IgM has a high affinity for its antigens, grabbing them very quickly and not letting go: “Our study reveals for the first time the protective potential of mucosal anti-HIV-1 IgM. IgM has a five-times higher ability to bind to virus particles compared to the standard antibody form called IgG. It basically opens up a new area of research. IgM can do more than it has been given credit.”In an accompanying editorial, Ruprecht’s work has been referred to as setting off a new wave in evaluating the activity of IgM antibodies in neutralizing HIV-1: “[She and her group] have largely broadened the horizon of neutralizing HIV-1 antibodies, which, as single or combined agents, may be used for HIV-1 prevention and treatment.”The article describing the new and exciting findings has been listed as “Fast Track,” due to the special attention it should receive and generate. Source: https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-07/tbri-rsa072318.php By Sally Robertson, B.Sc.Jul 24 2018A team of scientists from Texas Biomedical Research Institute have homed in on an antibody that could protect against infection with HIV-1.