Job DescriptionThe Division of Gastroenterology at Carilion Clinic is looking foran experienced Research Associate to work on translational researchprojects in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) led by the PI – DrDario Sorrentino – examining several aspects of prelinical Crohn’sdisease including capsule endoscopy screening of individuals atrisk, non invasive marker discovery, the role of microbiome indisease etiology, pathogenesis and early diagnosis. In addition,other ongoing projects will examine the role of stool markers ofinflammation in evaluating response to treatment and diseasemonitoring in IBD patients. Typically, the Research Associate willsupport the PI and the co-investigators in the performance ofvarious patient recruitment and technical activities as well assample collection, storage and multiple laboratory analyses(including microbial analyses). This role will report directly tothe PI and serve as part of the research team workingcollaboratively on several funded grants. Research supportresponsibilities are at a medium to advanced academic level.Required Qualifications• MS in biology, biochemistry or related field, and/or theequivalent/superior level of training and experience.• Experience in clinical investigator-initiated studies (patientscreening, recruitment, sample collection and storage).• Experience with biospecimen handling and processing.• Intermediate to advanced level laboratory skills (sampleprocessing/analysis, multiple cell and microbial laboratorytechniques).• Demonstrated data entry experience.• Demonstrated organizational skills and experience with datamanagement.• Ability to adapt to a fast-paced research/academic environmentwith multiple and variable duties.• Proficiency with scientific writing and excellent oralcommunication skills – previous publications and activeparticipation/organization of scientific meetings a plus.• Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality andprofessionalism.Preferred Qualifications• Assessing research risks and potential corrective action• Project management• Experience with data analysis software (R, Matlab, SPSS,etc.)Appointment TypeRestrictedSalary InformationCommensurate with experienceReview Date1/15/2021Additional InformationThe successful Candidate will be required to have a criminalconviction check.About Virginia TechDedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve),Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking ahands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to beleaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institutionthat enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout theworld, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicatedto knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers morethan 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eightundergraduatecolleges , a school ofmedicine , a veterinarymedicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The universityhas a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campusin Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus inRoanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices andresearchcenters . A leading global research institution, Virginia Techconducts more than $500 million in research annually.Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, orapplicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (includingpregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, geneticinformation, national origin, political affiliation, race,religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwisediscriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about,discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation ofother employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected bylaw.If you are an individual with a disability and desire anaccommodation, please contact Pamela Stell firstname.lastname@example.org during regular business hours at least 10business days prior to the event.Advertised: December 18, 2020Applications close:
Chytalo had a goal of 100 pounds for this year’s giant pumpkin by the third week of the month, but as of Wednesday, he said it’s nearly 400 pounds! DELHI (WBNG) — A local man has been growing giant pumpkins at Delaware Academy for years, and this season’s patch is doing extremely well. Ed Chytalo grows pumpkins in the school’s garden. No normal jack-o-lanterns, however, these pumpkins are hundreds and hundreds of pounds. “I promised her that the kids because of the corona pandemic, I promised them a real giant this year, so when they get out on the elementary playground, it’s going to put so much smiles on their faces, it’s going to be phenomenal,” explained Chytalo. Last year, he brought the pumpkin all the way down to Times Square in New York City to show off, but isn’t sure that will be possible this year due to the pandemic.
The Jamaica Diaspora Agriculture Task Force is working with Jamaican farmers in a number of initiatives aimed at promoting sustainable organic farming.Task force’s missionThe task force has been on a mission to enable the country’s farmers to capitalize on an increasing demand for organic foods in the United States. Its objective is to ensuring the proper training, technology and financing options are available in keeping in line with the Jamaican government’s economic growth agenda.Outgoing head of the task force and member of the USA West/Midwest region, Kim West, said the possibilities for Jamaican farmers are endless. She offered that some US$80 billion is spent on organic products annually in the US.Demand more than supplyShe said they were not enough producers in the US to meet the increasing demand.The task force is dedicated to adding value to the Jamaican economy. Agriculture is one of the best ways to achieve this goal she said.“The task force involves people who love farming and see the value in farming, especially with the growing organic market in the United States. Promoting organic, sustainable farming in Jamaica and getting these products in the States is a good investment,” she told the Jamaica Information Service.The Jamaican Diaspora Agriculture Task Force was formally launched during the current Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference in Kingston. Come September, Jamaican farmers can apply for financial assistance. All applications will be vetted and the winning projects will be awarded with financial help.This program will be initiated every three months.The Task Force has also partnered with the Jamaica Agricultural Society and will be present at the upcoming Denbigh Agricultural Show in Clarendon next month.