Research Data Analyst

first_imgMaster’s degree in quantitative or computational discipline with aminimum of 2 years of related experience required. The candidateshould have excellent organizational, communication and writingskills. Excellent programming skills in SAS, Stata, R, orequivalent statistical package required.Prior data analysis experience in biological, medical, or publichealth setting strongly preferred. Prior collaborative researchexperience a plus. Experience working with data close to the pointof data generation or collection is desirable.Applications are only being accepted online via Interfolio. Toapply, please submit your cover letter and C.V. by clicking the“Apply Now” button.The Johns Hopkins University is committed to equal opportunity forits faculty, staff, and students. To that end, the university doesnot discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status,pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age,disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity orexpression, veteran status or other legally protectedcharacteristic. The university is committed to providing qualifiedindividuals access to all academic and employment programs,benefits and activities on the basis of demonstrated ability,performance and merit without regard to personal factors that areirrelevant to the program involved.The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm Execute sophisticated statistical analyses of complex clinicaltrials and observational studies. Assist with development andimplementation of novel methodologies under direction of PrincipalStatistician.Prepare and maintain evolving analytic datasets suitable forprimary, secondary, and multi-study comprehensive analyses.Implement data-driven, reproducible reporting processes for theroutine management of multiple studies at multiple clinicalsites.Produce publication-quality tables and figures while adheringto reproducible research standards.Successfully collaborate with cross-disciplinary members ofstudy teams including the Principal Investigator, PrincipalStatistician, Study Director, and Study Coordinator.Present research findings to clinical and methodologicalaudiences. The Research Data Analyst will support research data collection,management, and analysis activities as part of a coordinatingcenter for a consortium conducting clinical trials in the area oforthopaedic trauma. Primary responsibilities are as follows:last_img read more

LEE, ROBERT E.

first_img83, passed away at his residence on January 13, 2017, surrounded by his family. Born in Bayonne, he was a lifelong resident. Mr. Lee worked at Texaco then Pamrapo Savings Bank, prior to retiring in 1998 as a branch manager. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Star of the Sea Council #371 and served as a Past Grand Knight. Mr. Lee proudly served the nation as a member of the United States Army and was member of the Catholic War Veterans. A devoted parishioner of St. Andrew the Apostle Church, he was a member of its Holy Name Society. Mr. Lee is survived by his wife, Patricia (nee: Whalen); his beloved children, John Lee NYPD (Leah), Amy Lee and Linda Lee; his siblings, Ann Marie Fabriele, Mary Montesinos and Donald Lee; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and his brother Knights. He was predeceased by his parents, Rose (nee: Lawless) and John F. Lee; his brothers, John, Thomas and Joseph Lee; and his sisters, Rosemary Lee and Barbara Hilla. He is also survived by his in-laws, Peter Fabriele, Rigo Montesinos, George Hilla, Judy Lee, Marilyn and Ray Natale, Edith and Ron Bergamini, Nancy Ryan, Paulette Whalen, and James and Karen Whalen. He was also predeceased by his in-laws, Mary Lee, Virginia and Ronald Messenger, Richard Whalen, and Denis Ryan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Childrens’ Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Funeral arrangements by BAYONNE MEMORIAL HOME, 854 Avenue C.last_img read more

News story: Daz beats bullies to lead England’s boxers at Commonwealth Games

first_imgSick of unpleasant comments and the threat of violence hanging over him, 10-year-old Daz Chapple took up the contact sport at his local gym in Saltash, Cornwall so he could look after himself.Now, almost 40 years later, Daz, who is based at Defence, Equipment and Support (DE&S), the government’s procurement agency based at MOD Abbey Wood in Bristol, has been selected as Team Leader of Team England.At the Gold Coast next April he will lead out 12 of the country’s most talented amateur boxers, fully expecting them to bring back a haul of medals.Daz, who lives in Bristol, said: In 2007 Daz applied successfully for a role of England Boxing Team Manager and is now Director England Boxing, (Director of Talent and Performance and GB Talent Commission).Over the years Daz has witnessed hundreds of bouts – one of which he particularly remembers.He said: Daz Chapple (left) in a boxing match in his youthFor Daz the single moment that stands out is being given the prestigious appointment of Team Leader and being asked to lead out Team England Boxing at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games.He said: Daz recently met the Defence Secretary Gavin WilliamsonAs soon as he started training, Daz fell in love with the sport and went on to make several national semi-finals in the 51kg division.At 18 he joined the RAF as an aerial erector and walked straight into the RAF boxing team.After being posted to Germany for four years he returned to the UK and to the ring but, such was his love for the sport, soon found himself juggling being a boxer, coach and team manager as well as having to fulfil all his commitments in his role with the Armed Forces.Daz, who recently met the Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson during a visit to DE&S, said: It is an absolute honour for me. I have dedicated my life to boxing and to be asked to lead the team out in Australia is incredible. It just doesn’t get any better. We have an incredibly strong team and I believe we will be very successful.center_img I came from a tough background, was bullied at school and decided I needed to protect myself. I saw an advert at my school, which happened to have a national schoolboy champion at the time, and I decided there was no reason I couldn’t follow in his footsteps. I actually managed Tyson Fury’s first fight as an amateur which took place in the Officers’ mess hall at RAF Wyton in Cambridgeshire. He was so tall and had such a long reach the other guy could not get near him. He was fast too which singled him out. He has done well for himself. The military has been very good to me. I put in a lot of extra hours but there are not many places you can work that would allow you the time or flexibility to be able to do this role.last_img read more

Guidance: COVID-19 testing in general practice

first_imgNHS Test and Trace is making COVID-19 swab testing capability available to general practices in England and Wales on a voluntary, opt-in basis.This will be a supplementary option for practices and does not replace any of the existing routes for patients to access testing.Members of the public will continue to be directed to regional testing centres or home testing kits in the first instance.Who the tests are forThese tests can be offered to patients who present with COVID-19 symptoms in general practice settings. Following requests from GPs to have increased access to testing, these tests will also be available for symptomatic GPs, practice staff and their symptomatic household members to support general practice settings remaining operational. Testing should be self-administered as far as possible.The service is intended to streamline patient care and increase access to testing for patients who would otherwise be unlikely to get a test via the primary testing routes. For example, due to barriers around language, disability or digital inclusion. Practices can use their discretion to offer the swabs where they deem it to be clinically appropriate.last_img read more

Plant a Tree for Me Helps Restore Kansas Wildlife Refuge

first_imgIn case you haven’t heard, Dell’s Plant a Tree for Me program has played a key role in restoring 775 acres of forestland in the Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Kansas.More than 230,000 tons of carbon dioxide will be sequestered by these trees throughout their lifetime, which is especially welcome news considering that, according to estimates from the World Bank, 20 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions are caused by deforestation.“Protecting the environment is a task that crosses both geographical and generational lines,” said David Frink, senior manager of Dell Corporate Affairs. “We’re excited to partner with our customers, The Conservation Fund and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in broadening the impact of our ‘Plant a Tree for Me’ program and helping ensure the well being of our natural resources.”So far, more than a hundred thousand trees have been planted through the “Plant a Tree for Me” and “Plant a Forest for Me” programs, and more planting projects are in the works.  In the United States, contributions to these programs start at only a dollar, and the money goes a long way to help reforest hard-hit areas.  If 775 acres of trees land can clean our air that much, imagine the impact we can all have if we continue to put our heads together to save the planet!last_img read more

Tugboat Sinks Off Fire Island, Leaving 1 Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 60-year-old tugboat captain died and his three crew members were rescued after their vessel sank more than a mile off the coast of Fire island while working on a dredging project on Saturday afternoon.Donald Maloney was the only one of the four people aboard who was unable to put on a survival suit before the 62-foot boat, named Sea Bear, began sinking in the Atlantic Ocean south of Barrett Beach at 2 p.m., Suffolk County police  said.One of the crew members called the Vessel Traffic Service, who then contacted the U.S. Coast Guard, which rescued the three crewmates who stayed together by the boat nearly two hours later. Maloney became separated from the group in the water. A tugboat named the Willie Lander found him floating in the water shortly after 5 p.m.The other crewmates were identified as 43-year-old Lars Vetland of Staten Island, 38-year-old Jason Reimer of Leonardo New Jersey and 22-year-old Rainer Bendixen of Bay Head, New Jersey. All four were taken to the Fire Island Coast Guard Station, where Maloney was pronounced dead and the surviving crewmates did not need medical attention.The Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office will perform an autopsy on Maloney to determine his cause of death.Wittich Brothers Marine, Inc. owns the boat, which was traveling back to its base in Bayonne New Jersey at the time.Homicide Squad detectives and the Coast Guard is continuing the investigation.last_img read more

Former Ferrari chief to replace Carey as F1 CEO: Reports

first_imgCarey can step aside having overseen a shortened season played out with virtually no spectators due to the coronavirus pandemic.He also will leave the CEO post with crucially all 10 teams agreeing a new Concorde Agreement, a new five-year commercial deal from 2021 which guarantees motorsport’s “sustainable” future. Topics : The news — which will also see American Carey remain as chairman in some form — has been communicated to the team bosses.   Domenicali took over at Ferrari from Jean Todt, now the FIA president, at the end of 2007 and tasted immediate success when Ferrari won the 2008 constructors championship — the last time they did so.However, his term at Ferrari ended early when he stood up to then team president Luca di Montezemolo who wanted the head of the engine section to be sacked for incompetence.He has subsequently filled a senior management role at Audi, before being appointed chief executive of Lamborghini, which is also part of the VW Audi Group.center_img Former Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali is set to become the new CEO of Formula One after leaving the Italian team earlier than expected, media reports said Wednesday.The 55-year-old Italian is to replace Chase Carey, who has been in charge since US group Liberty Media took over the sport in 2017, according to the BBC and Autosport.While Formula One officials would not confirm the appointment of Domenicali, senior sources in F1 told the BBC it was a done deal.last_img read more

Los datos del panel muestran aumentos semanales de casos en todo el estado, múltiples condados con altos porcentajes positivos

first_img Español,  Press Release,  Public Health El Gobernador Tom Wolf dio a conocer una actualización de la situación semanal que detalla las medidas de mitigación del estado basados en el Panel de control del sistema de monitoreo de advertencia temprana de COVID-19 que compara el período de siete días del 17 de julio al 23 de julio con los siete días anteriores, del 10 de julio al 16 de julio.El panel está diseñado para proporcionar signos tempranos de advertencia sobre los factores que afectan las medidas de mitigación del estado. La información disponible en el panel incluye las diferencias de casos semana a semana, las tasas de incidencia, el porcentaje de pruebas positivas y las tasas de hospitalizaciones, el uso de respiradores y las visitas a las salas de emergencias vinculadas a la COVID-19.“Las medidas de mitigación que tomamos la semana pasada fueron un paso proactivo para afrontar el aumento de casos que continuamos viendo”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Sabemos que las medidas de mitigación necesitan tiempo para poder reflejarse en los datos. Una cosa que sabemos con seguridad es que debemos seguir usando máscaras y practicando el distanciamiento social.“Necesitamos volver a comprometernos con estas dos simples medidas -el uso de máscaras y el distanciamiento social- para detener la propagación y volver a gozar de más libertades”.Hasta el jueves 23 de julio, el estado vio un aumento de 5,912 casos en siete días, el aumento de los siete días previos fue de 5,579. Esta situación alerta que los casos continúan en aumento en todo el estado.El porcentaje de positividad en todo el estado subió al 4.7% desde el 4.4% de la semana anterior. Los condados con porcentajes de positividad preocupantes incluyen Beaver (8.7%), Armstrong (8.6%), Franklin (7.7%), Mercer (7.6%), Allegheny (6.6%), Lawrence (6.2%), Chester (6.0%), Philadelphia (5.6%), Fayette (5.4%), York (5.4%), Dauphin (5.3%), Delaware (5.3%), Bedford (5.1%) y Greene (5.1%). Cada uno de estos condados está siendo observado a medida que el estado continúa la supervisión de toda la información disponible.En el día de la fecha, el Departamento de Salud actualizó sus recomendaciones sobre viajes, anunciadas originalmente el 2 de julio, para sumar a Missouri y Wyoming a la lista de los estados sobre los cuales se recomienda a los viajeros locales que realicen una cuarentena de 14 días al regresar a Pennsylvania.Es importante que las personas entiendan que esta recomendación está vigente para evitar la propagación de la COVID-19 en Pennsylvania. Un número significativo de casos recientes se ha vinculado con los viajes, y si las personas van a viajar, necesitamos que tomen medidas para protegerse a ellas mismas, a sus seres queridos y a su comunidad, y eso implica la cuarentena.El Gobernador Wolf continúa priorizando la salud y la seguridad de los residentes de Pennsylvania durante la pandemia de COVID-19. Los habitantes de Pennsylvania deben continuar tomando medidas para prevenir la propagación de la COVID-19, independientemente de la situación de su condado. Esto incluye usar una máscara o cubierta facial cada vez que estén en público. Se ha demostrado que la COVID-19 se propaga fácilmente en el aire y los portadores contagiosos pueden ser asintomáticos.View this information in English. Los datos del panel muestran aumentos semanales de casos en todo el estado, múltiples condados con altos porcentajes positivos July 24, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Pension fund trustees ‘lacking in confidence’, survey shows

first_imgGaps in skills and knowledge are the main reason behind low levels of confidence in decision-making among pension scheme trustees, according to Mercer’s 2013 Pensions Governance Survey.The survey revealed that less than half of respondents, 46%, felt confident in making short-term tactical asset allocation decisions.Chairs of trustees have an even more pessimistic view, with 54% feeling they have missed market opportunities, compared with 19% for other trustees.Only 61% of participating trustees felt their board was sufficiently confident in making decisions on investment strategy, while 64% were confident in negotiating funding valuation outcomes, and 74% were confident in assessing the strength of the sponsor covenant. Amongst those who acknowledged a lack of confidence in decision-making, the majority, 66%, put this down to skills and knowledge gaps, while 23% cited lack of time devoted to discussion.                                        Schemes with assets below £250m (€297m) – particularly below £50m – find many areas of investment decision-making challenging and tend to take longer to implement decisions.Clare Owen, UK leader of governance and trustee services at Mercer, said: “The lack of confidence in decision-making among trustees often leads to delays in implementing change, new innovations or solutions to address the complex challenges associated with scheme financing.”The result is higher costs for scheme sponsors. To capture new innovation and best practice in implementing financing solutions, trustees need to work more closely with their scheme sponsor and consider delegation of some decisions to external advisers and professionals.”The survey also found that 42% of schemes require no mandatory qualifications for trustees.Just over half of all schemes require trustees to have completed the Trustee Toolkit despite the legislative requirement for trustees to develop a prescribed level of knowledge and understanding, and the regulator’s expectation that individuals will address their learning needs through either the Toolkit or an equivalent level of training.Owen said: “We are conscious many trustees are concerned about the technical complexity of the role and the required time commitment. So it is surprising and disappointing such a large proportion of schemes remain uncommitted to putting their trustees through the Toolkit training.“It is essential that quality time is set aside by boards to either complete the Toolkit or to undertake appropriate regular training to enable trustees to be competent and confident in their trustee role.”Three-quarters of all schemes now carry out some form of trustee board assessment, while 44% of schemes attract the required skills and competencies of the trustee board via the appointment of an independent trustee.The involvement of independent trustees has increased significantly across all but the smallest schemes, with 48% of schemes having at least one independent trustee, either an individual or someone from a trustee company.Independent trustees now chair 34% of schemes.The report can be requested here.last_img read more

Pension funds and asset managers: Never the twain shall meet?

first_imgTo one asset manager, the situation is clear. Pension funds are seeking yield. Yield is in high yield. It can be shown that, over the last 8-10 years, high yield, compared with other forms of fixed income, had an attractive risk/return profile. That’s nice to know, but the period is long enough to cover a complete economic growth cycle, so it does not apply to a situation where we are preparing for an expected surprise, but to a situation where we are considering an ALM outcome.One thoughtful manager notes that US high yield is inversely correlated with oil prices. That looks like an argument to dump US high yield to me and seek direct exposure in oil if that were the intention. After all, oil doesn’t default.Another manager recommends credit-linked obligation. It sounds fine. Statisticians have been looking for market imperfections in the bond market for a long time, and packaged unlisted private credit seems a better place to look than many others. But what do we know about the risk and liquidity of that market, especially when markets are turbulent?Infrastructure financing is another favourite – nice, long term and stable incomes, at least as long as the government can be trusted not to change tariffs unilaterally. Maybe even more important, it is highly illiquid, especially in a disturbed financial environment. In other words, not a defensive move against the expected surprise, but another ALM consideration.What’s a poor pension fund to do? There are alternatives for present portfolios, but do they offer protection when the US Federal Reserve finally moves? Are pension funds lambs, waiting for their slaughter? To have some idea about how pension funds are positioned, we could do worse than to look at the latest report of af2i, the French organisation of institutional investors. Noting that its members can be pension funds, insurance companies or independent funds, such as the Caisse des Dépôts, French institutional investors are great users of bonds. The members of af2i are typically 70% invested in bonds.Of their bond portfolios, around 50% are sovereign, and practically all are investment grade. High yield is around 2.5% of the average portfolio, but private credit is on the rise at more than 3%. The average maturity of the portfolios is around seven years. Plans for the future are basically to continue present trends.This looks like a boring, middle-of-the-road portfolio, not like a preparation for the expected surprise. Are French institutional investors unprepared? Look again at the graph above. The data give hardly any indication on where to be. However, they do not measure another dimension – the quality of the investment. The best defensive portfolio in a downturn is a high-quality portfolio, and that is exactly how the af2i members are positioned.Now we are ready to analyse the gap between managers and investors. Managers assume investors can time the market: get out of high yields before the going gets rough. At the same time, it is a brave manager that claims to be able to time the market. They assume pension funds are looking for yield first. However, pension funds are so hemmed in by supervisors that bear no responsibility for pension quality that their first priority is risk, not return.Managers assume pension funds are nimble investors that can turn around portfolios in little time. In reality, big pension funds are often bureaucracies, where following the herd is a safer course than showing initiative and creativity. Small pension funds and those that have completely outsourced the portfolio have a communication problem that slows down decision-making. It pays to think far ahead.Meanwhile, pension funds are apparently unable or unwilling to communicate their inabilities and restrictions to managers. May both parties realise they have an interest in improving the situation.Peter Kraneveld is international pensions adviser at PRIME bv Pension funds and asset managers are suffering from a communication breakdown, argues Peter KraneveldPension funds and asset managers famously need each other and complain that the other does not understand them. Here is a case study on different wavelengths.US interest rates going up is an expected surprise. Most analysts seem to expect an upward move before the end of the year – pretty precise for a prediction. So how should pension funds position their investment portfolios to weather the storm best?The graph below presents a general case of the relation between economic growth and the investment portfolio. OFI Global Asset Management provided the figures. At present, we are somewhere near the point where expansion turns into slowdown. In the expansion phase, equity and high yield should be preferred. During the slowdown, high yield is to be avoided, and the rest will generally stay where they are or get worse.last_img read more