The Construction Management Department at the University of Houstonoffers a broad range of undergraduate level courses in ConstructionManagement and occasionally has openings for part-time Lecturers toteach courses throughout the academic year. The University ofHouston, with one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation,seeks to recruit and retain a diverse community of scholars.Interested and qualified candidates are invited to apply totemporary, part time positions. Lecturer appointments are made on asemester basis.Please indicate the course that you are interested in teaching.Areas that commonly need lecturers include: Construction managementCapstone coursesEquipment, materials, and testingEstimating, scheduling, project controlContract, legal aspect, and safetyGraphics and surveyingSoil, steel, and timber construction The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons withdisabilities are encouraged to apply.Qualifications :M.S. degree in engineering/construction or a closely related fieldwith relevant industrial experience are required.Ph.D degree in engineering/construction are preferred.Notes to Applicant: Official transcripts are required for afaculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of finalcandidate. All positions at the University of Houston are securitysensitive and will require a criminal history check.
Health officials are poised to eradicate guinea worm disease, a plague that once afflicted millions and which would be just the second human disease wiped from the face of the earth, Donald Hopkins, vice president of health programs for The Carter Center, said Tuesday (Feb. 1).As recently as 1986, guinea worm disease affected 3.5 million people annually in 20 nations. After decades of effort, last year there were just 1,800 cases in four nations, the vast majority in Sudan.“We should be able to stop transmission of the disease by 2012 or soon thereafter,” Hopkins said. “To that prospect, I say good riddance.”Little known in the developed world, guinea worm disease is caused by drinking water containing a small crustacean infected by the worm larvae. Once inside a human host, the worm reproduces and grows. About a year after infection, female worms burrow under the skin and emerge from a painful blister, usually in the lower extremities.The resulting burning pain, which earned the parasite the moniker the “fiery serpent,” causes those afflicted to immerse the blister in water, whereupon the female releases many larvae, repeating the cycle. Removing the worm, which can reach a meter in length, is a painful process that can take weeks, coiling the parasite around a stick until it fully emerges.Hopkins described progress against the disease during the Yerby Diversity Lecture in Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). He was introduced by HSPH Dean Julio Frenk.The Carter Center has played a leading role in fighting the affliction, supporting national eradication programs and spearheading the international campaign. Hopkins said the surge in funding from major donors such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has also been critical. One remarkable facet of the effort, Hopkins said, is that it has been accomplished with no vaccine and no effective treatment for the disease. (Those infected develop no natural immunities, meaning they can be infected again and again.)Instead, interventions included reaching out to communities afflicted by it, discussing how to ensure that drinking water is clean, and emphasizing the importance of keeping infected people out of the water. The effort exploded the myth that poor people won’t play an active role in improving their own health, Hopkins said. The progress made would have been impossible without the cooperation of those afflicted.“Outsiders cannot save people suffering from problems such as these without the participation of the people suffering from the disease,” Hopkins said.Effectively utilizing key statistics was important in mobilizing decision makers in countries where guinea worm was still found. And, once progress was made in one place in eradicating the disease, other people wanted the same relief.“People will put up with a lot, until they see their neighbors are suffering no longer,” Hopkins said. “Then they will demand action.”Because the worm’s life cycle is dependent on a human host, there should be no natural reservoir for the parasite once it is eliminated in humans, and it should join smallpox —the last natural case of which was in 1977 — in the history books.Eradicating the disease will bring many benefits, Hopkins said, not least of which will be releasing resources to other health priorities. Agricultural productivity is likely to increase, since farmers free from the disease will be able to tend their fields. In addition, the lessons learned and the infrastructure created can inform and support future health efforts.Hopkins said many resources are still needed to battle other tropical diseases. A major international effort is already focused on malaria, and Hopkins said lymphatic filariasis, which causes elephantiasis, and measles are likely candidates for the next extermination campaign.“I am gratified but not satisfied. We can and should do more for our own sake and for that of others,” Hopkins said.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is taking new measures to protect the elderly from the coronavirus.The governor held a news conference on Wednesday at the State Capitol in which he outlined new rules for visitors of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and similar venues.According to the Florida Department of Health, 26 Florida residents have tested positive for coronavirus, or COVID-19, and two have died.On Wednesday, Gov. DeSantis announced that he is temporarily banning the following people from visiting nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult family care homes, long-term care facilities, and adult group homes in Florida:-Anyone infected with COVID-19 who has not received two consecutive negative tests-Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath)-Anyone who has come in contact with an infected individual can’t visit the above facilities within 14 days of coming in contact with that individual-Anyone who has traveled internationally must wait at least 14 days from your return before visiting the above facilities-Anyone who has traveled on a cruise ship must wait at least 14 days from your return before visiting the above facilities-Anyone who lives in a community where coronavirus has been confirmed must wait at least 14 days after exiting your community before visiting the above facilities“These are important efforts to mitigate the risk to our most vulnerable population to COVID-19, which is our elderly population and particularly those who have underlying medical conditions,” DeSantis added.In addition, he announced that LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics can now test for coronavirus under a doctor’s orders. The state is identifying labs to increase the state’s testing capacity.“We’re doing tests at three different state labs. Jacksonville, Tampa, and Miami,” DeSantis said. “We have a lot of these labs throughout the state. Question is, we gotta line them up and make sure they’re willing to do it.”In terms of the March 17 primary election, the Governor explained, “The election is going to go on. There are, though, in certain counties, sites where people will actually vote in an assisted living facility. We obviously view that as problematic.”With that in mind, he is asking local Supervisors of Elections to allow non-assisted living facility residents to go to different polling locations in order to cast their ballots.Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link says most of the 17 polling places at assisting living facilities will be moved. Her her office plans to send letters to voters in precincts where a new location has been determined, and will update the office website, post information on social media and place signs at the old locations.“Our goal is to reach out to everybody before (they go to vote) so nobody goes to the wrong place,” she says.The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a worldwide pandemic on Wednesday. A pandemic is defined as an outbreak that occurs over a wide geographic area and affects an exceptionally high number of people.“We are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO.According to the White House, Florida is slated to receive more than $27 million in federal funding to fight the virus. The money will be used by hospitals and county health departments to buy more COVID-19 testing kits and protective gear, and to pay for overtime for personnel, among other things.