LinkedIn 0 Pocket Reddit +1 University of Trento PhD Programme in Physics European Cross-Border Grants → Tweet Share 0 Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics Doctoral Program Deadline: 17 February 2019Open to: applicants who have received a master’s, magister or diploma degree in a subject area that is relevant to their dissertation project with an above-average degreeBenefits: a monthly living and research costs stipend of EUR1,350 plus reimbursement of travel and accommodation costsDescriptionHow can the economy become part of the solution to social challenges? What shape should the economic system take for this purpose? What responsibilities should companies be held accountable for? And what defines good leadership? – The international doctoral program “Ethics and Responsible Leadership in Business” academically and financially supports doctoral students, who develop scientifically well-founded, and practically applicable answers to these questions in their research. The Wittenberg-Center for Global Ethics (WCGE) hosts the doctoral program, and the Karl Schlecht Foundation (KSG) finances it. The doctoral program, which is first of this kind in a German-speaking country, rests on four pillars: (1) It supports doctoral students with their research, which is supervised by leading professors of business, corporate, and leadership ethics. (2) Whilst completing their doctorates, the doctoral students attend various seminars and lectures relating to the study program. The study program provides them with the opportunity to build a broad scientific and professional network. (3) Through an innovative dialog platform with field projects and jour fixes, doctoral students also gain access to partners in the field. Thereby, they can apply their own research into a broader social context and transfer it to current problems in the field. (4) The doctoral program supports doctoral students financially by awarding scholarships. Using this special structure, the doctoral program connects the findings by leading scholars, with the experience of decision-makers at international companies and the perspectives of non-state armed actors.EligibilityIn order to be eligible for the doctoral program, applicants must meet the following conditions:Their dissertation project must fit the thematic focus of the doctoral program;One of the professors cooperating with the doctoral program must agree to supervise the applicants´ dissertation project;Applicants must have received a master’s, Magister or diploma degree in a subject area that is relevant to their dissertation project;Applicants must have graduated from their master’s, magister or diploma program with an above-average degree (for example, with honours, at least grade “good” (2.0) or an equivalent degree);Applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English. Good German language skills are preferred but are not required.In addition, it is advantageous if applicants have already gained the following experiences:Experienced professional work, also through internships and working student positions;Have been committed to social or political projects;Have gained international experience through studies abroad programs, professional stays abroad, or international volunteer work.BenifitsA scholarship includes the following benefits:a monthly living and research costs stipend of EUR1,350;reimbursement of travel and accommodation costs incurred for courses and meetings of the study program or of field projects outside of Lutherstadt Wittenberg;membership in the doctoral program;provision of working space at the WCGE.The standard funding term is three years whereby the scholarship is granted for the duration of one year at a time. Before the expiry of the funding period, the extension of the scholarship it is decided based on an annual report in which the doctoral students provide a summary of their research progress, their participation in the study program, and the field projects. If a doctoral student completes their dissertation ahead of schedule, the scholarship ends at the day at which the Ph.D. diploma is issued.The scholarship holder may take up a secondary employment if it has a thematic or methodological relevance to their dissertation project, and the monthly work commitment does not exceed 40 hours. Furthermore, the earnings from the secondary employment or other income must not exceed 12,000 EUR gross per year.How to apply?In order to apply, please click here.For further information on the program, please visit the official website. Similar Stories Southeast Asian Environmental History PhD Scholarship December 4, 2018 Published by Leonarda PhD scholarship(s) in Public Procurement Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen ← Postdoctoral Fellow in Petroleum Technology at University of Stavanger
Irisity AB (publ) is launching the deep-learning algorithm IRIS Violent Behavior for increased safety in public places.Real-time detection of potentially harmful behavior in public and private areas is a sought-after but challenging task for surveillance systems and security providers. So far, this detection has mostly been done manually at high cost and low precision.Irisity’s new deep-learning algorithm IRIS Violent Behavior analyzes with high precision and in real time an unlimited number of cameras and triggers video alarms when violent behavior is identified. The algorithm uses pose estimation technology to determine the exact position of selected body parts and has been trained on millions of images. IRIS Violent Behavior identifies situations with violent or otherwise unusual human motion, including situations likely caused by violence, such as people sitting or lying down on the ground.The service can be easily installed on both existing and new cameras and thereafter protects public places around the clock.Irisity’s new algorithm is included as an add-on to the SaaS service. IRIS is fully scalable for large installations and can be selected together with Irisity’s patented real-time anonymization for the protection of personal privacy.IRIS Violent Behavior is now offered to customers in Sweden and internationally together with our global partner G4S.
Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter LinkedIn Pinterest New research published in the scientific journal Social Psychological and Personality Science provides evidence that the prevalence of infectious diseases plays an important role in racial prejudices across the United States.The findings support the parasite-stress hypothesis, which holds that people exposed to diseases become more likely to adopt anti-pathogen behavioral strategies — such as avoiding and expressing more negative attitudes toward groups with dissimilar features.“I was surprised when a 2015 study found an association between exposure to black Americans and racial prejudice, such that white individuals living in U.S. states with more black people showed increased prejudice towards this group,” said study author Brian A. O’Shea, a EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska Curie Global Fellow based in the Psychology Department at both Harvard University and the University of Amsterdam. Share “The finding was counter to the extensive literature showing that contact with outgroups actually reduces prejudice. I suspected that the study was showing a spurious correlation and that perhaps infectious diseases might better explain variation in racial prejudice across the U.S. This epiphany likely occurred because I was lucky enough to have an office beside Corey Fincher while at Warwick University, who developed Parasite Stress theory, along with Randy Thornhill.”In their study, the researchers utilized 2006-2013 data from Harvard’s Project Implicit website, a nonprofit organization that collects data about people’s automatic, or implicit, attitudes toward different groups as well as their explicit biases.They were particularly interested in data from 355,000 white and 77,000 black respondents who completed a test of racial bias. This data was compared to disease rates across the 50 U.S. states.The study found “that at the aggregated group level, regions with more infectious diseases are likely to have higher intergroup racial tensions,” O’Shea told PsyPost.“Specifically, we found that if you’re a white or black person living in a U.S. state with more infectious diseases, you have a stronger feeling in favor of your in-group and/or a stronger opposition to your out-group, both consciously and unconsciously.”“These effects occur even if we control for individual factors like age, political ideology, religious belief, education and gender, and a number of state-level factors, including median income, inequality, race exposure and more. Importantly, even within areas with high infectious diseases, there is substantial individual variation in prejudice,” O’Shea explained.But the study only examined correlational data, preventing the researchers from establishing a causal link between disease prevalence and racial prejudice.To further solidify their findings, O’Shea and his colleagues set up in experiment in which 588 U.S. adults completed a test of racial bias after being randomly exposed to either images related to disease, terrorism, or buildings and furniture.White participants who showed greater aversion to germs tended to show increased explicit — but not implicit — prejudice toward black people after seeing the disease-related imagery.“Participants who strongly agreed with questions relating to germ aversion (i.e., ‘It really bothers me when people sneeze without covering their mouths and I prefer to wash my hands pretty soon after shaking someone’s hand’) showed the highest racial prejudice, but only after they were primed with images depicting disgusting content such as mold, feces, and an individual with chickenpox,” O’Shea told PsyPost.“We suspect that individuals with high germ aversion will be less willing to come in contact with racial outgroups, and this lack of exposure could increase racial tensions.”“Study 2 is experimental and offers some causal evidence that reminders of infectious disease, especially among those with high germ aversion, can increase racial prejudice. More work is needed to understand why some individuals show high germ aversion, while others in the same environment are less worried when coming into contact with germs. Family upbringing and an individual’s willingness to take more risks are potentially influential factors, but this paper does not directly address this issue,” O’Shea said.While the findings offer a new way of explaining intergroup prejudices, O’Shea said it also points to one possible way to combat them — by reforming health care.“This research indicates that restrictions in access to health care, due to costs or lack of insurance, could have a devastating impact on intergroup relations if it leads to higher infectious disease rates. To foster the right conditions for a cohesive and integrated community, policies must be put in place to ensure vulnerable groups in society have equal access to health care,” he told PsyPost.The study, “Infectious Disease Prevalence, Not Race Exposure, Predicts Both Implicit and Explicit Racial Prejudice Across the United States“, was authored by Brian A. O’Shea, Derrick G. Watson, Gordon D. A. Brown, and Corey L. Fincher.
The Government is revisiting the idea of introducing hybrid vehicles to the local market, as it continues to put energy saving measures in place.Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, made the disclosure on Monday, June 24, as he addressed the official launch of Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel (ULSD) at the Petcom Dunrobin station, St. Andrew.Fuel retailers, marketing companies, motor vehicle dealers, motorists, and other stakeholders welcomed the introduction of the fuel.[RELATED: Gov’t to Schedule Expansion of Petrojam Refinery]Minister Paulwell noted that while the initial cost is higher than that of regular diesel, the improved mileage ULSD provides will redound to the long-term benefit of motorists.“We are encouraging Jamaicans to step up as we try to preserve our environment and make our vehicles last longer,” he stated.In his remarks, Sales and Marketing Manager, Petcom, Alphanso Chambers, said sulphur reduction in diesel is essential in ensuring the proper functioning of vehicles with advanced emission control systems, and new diesel engines.He noted that there is a reduction in harmful sulphur emissions, exhaust smoke and odour, leading to improved air quality, thereby protecting the environment.Mr. Chambers said that all necessary precautions have been taken to prevent contamination of ULSD. He informed that all marketing companies have been mandated to ensure that dedicated storage tanks, fuel lines, pumps and haulage trucks are identified to satisfactorily accommodate the transportation and retailing of the fuel.Motorists will be able to make the distinction between regular diesel and the newly introduced ULSD, as regular diesel has a red appearance, while ULSD is straw coloured.ULSD, which is being distributed by Petrojam, has a sulphur content of 15 parts per million, which is a vast improvement from the sulphur content of 5,000 parts per million, of the current diesel.The Minister also turned on the pumps at the Shell Gore Terrace on Constant Spring Road, to officially mark the arrival of the fuel at 10 service stations in the Shell network.Contact: Alphea Saunders
Torino manager Walter Mazzarri was left flabbergasted by the lack of intervention from VAR as his side lost 1-0 to Juventus on SaturdayCristiano Ronaldo’s 70th-minute penalty proved to be the difference as Torino fell to their fourth defeat this season.However, the Bulls were denied two penalty appeals after striker Andrea Belotti was pushed in the area before Simone Zaza was later shoved by Juventus’ Alex Sandro.“An unfortunate incident proved decisive,” said Mazzarri, according to Football-Italia.“Perhaps there could’ve been a penalty or two in our favour, we certainly got that impression… In other games, VAR went back to look at this sort of situation.“Belotti was jumping to head the ball, which is his specialty, and he has a good chance of scoring if he connects with it cleanly. If you are pushed when mid-air, in my view that is a clear penalty.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“People say we complain, but since the last time there was a meeting about VAR, they have generally gone to check on incidents. Belotti and Zaza appealed and asked for it to be viewed on VAR.”Although the Italian was pleased with the way his side performed against Juventus on the night.“I have to compliment my lads, because they put in a strong performance and played on a par with a tank like Juventus,” added Mazzarri.“In these cases, the incidents ultimately make the difference. We lost Salvatore Sirigu to injury early on, but Ichazo did well too. It’s a pity to have missed out on a point that we would’ve deserved.“You can take something from Juve only if they underestimate you, but they rested Giorgio Chiellini in the Champions League midweek, which shows how much they were thinking about this derby.”