Newsmaker No. 8: Fowler

first_imgRickie Fowler wasn’t the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year He didn’t win a major in 2015. He didn’t do enough to challenge Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day for “Big Three” consideration. He did, however, deliver the most spectacular performance of the season during a breakout year that recast him as one of the game’s most formidable and deserving young stars. The key word there is “deserving,” because even some of Fowler’s peers apparently didn’t believe he was worthy of all the hype he received before delivering three impressive victories this year. Fowler began redefining himself with his spectacular finish at The Players Championship in May, winning with one of the boldest Sunday charges you’ll ever see. Named early that week with Ian Poulter as the most overrated players in the game in a magazine player survey, Fowler delivered the most eloquent answers to all his critics. He hit more clutch shots coming down the stretch at TPC Sawgrass than most players will hit in a year, more than some will hit in an entire career. Fowler won The Players with a birdie at the fourth playoff hole, sticking a gap wedge to 4 feet and 8 inches at the famed 17th. He played the island hole three times that Sunday and birdied it all three times, twice in the playoff. He birdied 15 and eagled 16 in regulation, and then birdied both 17 and 18 to get into the playoff with Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner. “Obviously, he’s not overrated,” Kisner said afterward. “I think he proved that.” Top 10 Newsmakers of 2015: The full list Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee liked the manner in which Fowler answered his critics. “I cannot remember a more in-your-face victory,” Chamblee said. Butch Harmon, who began working as Fowler’s swing coach about 16 months before the victory, wondered who voted Fowler most overrated. “They must feel silly now,” Harmon told Sky TV. The Players wasn’t Fowler’s lone statement. A year after recording top-five finishes in each of the major championships, Fowler broke through to win on three large stages in 2015, just not major championship stages. That’s about all Fowler didn’t do while proving himself a formidable closer this year. He closed out memorably in all three of his victories. After winning The Players, Fowler won the Scottish Open in July with birdies at three of the final four holes. He beat the strong field assembled in Scotland a week before the Open Championship. Two months after that, Fowler came from three shots behind Henrik Stenson on the back nine at the Deutsche Bank Championship to win a FedEx Cup event. “It’s been a good year as far as being able to get the door knocked down,” Fowler said. “Last year, I put myself in positions to win, and this year I finally took care of business. I’ve been able to rack up a few trophies.” Harmon knew what The Players would do for Fowler. “He got so much confidence at The Players, not only in what he’s doing, but in what he can do in competition,” Harmon told USA Today. “He believes in himself now. The beauty of Rickie now is he knows how good he is. He knows all the hard work he’s done has paid off.” Fowler will be looking to make his mark next on the majors after reaching most of his goals in 2015. “The only goal I didn’t get was winning a major,” he said. “I guess we’ll keep that one on the list for next year.”last_img read more

How to Teach Evolution in a Public School — My Experience

first_img Recommended Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Tagsargumentative skillsbiologyCampbell’s BiologychristiansclassroomcollegeDarwinian evolutionDiscovering Intelligent DesignDiscovery InstituteeducationExplore Evolutionhigh schoolphilosophypublic schoolsciencetextbooks,Trending Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Education How to Teach Evolution in a Public School — My ExperienceDaniel ReevesMay 1, 2020, 4:25 AM Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide A reader, Julie, emailed me with a question that I often hear from teachers and home educators. For every teacher who asks, I infer that many other teachers have wondered the same thing but hadn’t thought to reach out. Julie writes:I teach high school biology. Would you advise me on a good high school biology textbook? I own a number of your publications, and love your products, in addition to attending your ID Education Day in March with my students.I have successfully used Discovering Intelligent Design at the 9th grade level. However, I am looking for an actual complete textbook for the year. Thank you for your time!I assume Julie teaches in a private or Christian school setting, in which case there are various options, the best of which may be a piece-meal approach using a variety of supplemental resources alongside a standard core textbook.Many of these, of course, would not work in a public school. But the public school context is the one where my own experience lies.I had an opportunity to teach high school biology for a year, a few years ago, and I ended up doing quite a bit of research the summer beforehand on the best textbooks available. Since this was a public school, I had to stick to purely orthodox choices. For my purposes in preparing lessons, I found the college text Campbell’s Biology to be of the highest caliber. That said, it was saturated with Darwinian assumptions. Science and PhilosophyWhat did I do? Well, I introduced the course by holding a lengthy discussion about the difference between science and philosophy. I warned the students that I was prepared to teach the former but ill-equipped to teach the latter. Anytime we encountered a section stating Darwinian assumptions as fact, I would ask my class whether it fell under the heading of science or philosophy. If the latter, we would either leave it for “extra reading” or (more frequently) we would agree to depart from the study of proper science for a few minutes to discuss the merits or weaknesses of the claims being made. While I never used Explore Evolution (from Discovery Institute) in the classroom, I used it extensively at home to prepare for these discussions regarding evolution, and the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence for it.As long as universities insist on teaching Darwinian evolution as unquestionable truth, I believe it’s critical to (a) expose high school students to the arguments so that they aren’t blindsided or embarrassed when they get to college, (b) help them to recognize the difference between fact and theory, and (c) train them to have intelligent and civil debates about the evidence, for the sake of the subject matter itself and to sharpen their argumentative skills.That is my best advice for now, offered here with the caveat that I have yet to find a fully satisfying solution. I hope this helps!Photo credit: SchoolPRPro, via Pixabay. Daniel ReevesDirector, Education & OutreachDaniel Reeves is the Educational Outreach Coordinator for Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. He holds a BA in Biology with additional graduate studies in Zoology. Before joining the Discovery Institute, Daniel has engaged in both field and laboratory research for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture. He also has a passion for education, and has taught science in both museums and public schools. Share A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more

Heinrich Böll Foundation Scholarship for (Under-)Graduate

first_img May 6, 2010 Published by Site Default Heinrich Böll Foundation Scholarship for (Under-)Graduate KNB (Kemitraan Negara Berkembang) Scholarship Share 0 Similar Stories Reddit +1 LinkedIn 0 Azerbaijan Government Scholarship Programme 2021center_img Heinrich Böll Foundation Scholarship for PhD → Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Tweet Deadline: 01/09/2010Open to: EU citizens and non-EU citizensScholarship: depending on parent’s income and/or applicant’s  income and personal assetsEligibility & Guiding PrinciplesIn accordance with the guidelines of the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) as well as the Foreign Office (AA), scholarships are awarded by the Scholarship Department to German and foreign students.A) The following requirements apply to German citizens, EU citizens and students who have gained their university entrance qualifications from a German school:The maintenance scholarships which are awarded to German citizens, EU citizens and students who have gained their university entrance qualifications from a German school will be calculated on the same basis as BAföG, depending on your parent’s income and/or your own income and personal assets. Irrespective of this, an independent book grant of 80 € per month will be awarded to all successful applicants.You must be enrolled at a state-recognized university or college (e.g. Fachhochschule) in Germany at the time the scholarship payments begin. The foundation also grants scholarships for Master degree courses in other EU countries.* Earliest application date: if you intend to enrol for a Bachelor or Masters degree, for a Diploma, Magister or State Examination, you can apply for a scholarship before your studies begin, but the earliest date for receiving payment will be the beginning of the first semester. We advise you to make your application in time for the start of your studies.* Latest application date: within the prescribed maximum period of study you should still have at least four semesters before your final examinations, so that the foundation can support you for at least three semesters.B) The following requirements apply to foreign applicants (except EU citizens) who wish to study in Germany:You must be enrolled at a state-recognized university or college (e.g. Fachhochschule) in Germany at the time the scholarship payments begin.* You should provide proof that you have already graduated with an initial professional qualification. This programme mainly supports students aiming for a Masters degree.* You need a good knowledge of German, and we kindly ask you to provide proof of your proficiency. Please note that the selection workshop (interviews, group discussions) will normally be in German. Exceptions (interview in English) are, however, possible.* Unfortunately, the current guidelines specify that we can not support foreign scholarship holders for stays abroad in third countries for more than four weeks.How to applydownload application sheet (PDF)download application form (PDF) in GermanFor more info click here. Candriam Scholarship at Maastricht University ← CICOPS Visiting Scholarships, University of Pavia Pocketlast_img read more

US, Chinese solar EPC companies continue to dominate global PV installations

first_imgUS, Chinese solar EPC companies continue to dominate global PV installationsOf the 10 companies it predicts will top this year’s ranking, six are based in China while four are in North America, reports IHS. South Africa is expected to grow fivefold in 2014, installing close to 600 MW. August 6, 2014 Edgar Meza Installations Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share The world’s 10 largest PV engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies are set this year to install a combined 8 GW of capacity, equivalent to 20% of the world’s non-residential PV demand, according to a new report from IHS Technology. Maintaining their top positions in the IHS PV integrator ranking for 2014 similar to last year, Arizona-based First Solar and TBEA SunOasis from China are expected to install more than 1 GW of additions this year, according to the latest edition of the EPC and Integrator Market Share and Project Market Tracker, published by IHS Technology’s Power & Energy service. The two companies will focus on completing in-house developed projects in their home markets. Rounding out the top five are SunEdison, headquartered in Missouri, in third place; California-based SunPower in fourth; and China’s GD Solar in fifth. IHS reports that the vast majority of projects result from “ambitious in-house project developments by the companies, combined with their ability to attract major financiers and investors under favorable domestic incentive schemes.” Josefin Berg, IHS senior analyst for solar demand, adds, “The largest EPC companies build their success on expanding domestic PV demand. The main exception is SunEdison, which is set to install half of an estimated 950 MW of PV capacity outside its home base in the United States.” Of the 10 companies that IHS forecasts will take the top positions in this year’s ranking, six are based in China while four are in North America. European system integrators Abengoa and Belectric, which made the top 10 last year, failed to make this year’s list. Spanish group Abengoa completed its 246 MW U.S. flagship project, Mount Signal, for 8 Minute Energy in 2013 but won’t match that size of installations in 2014. IHS expects Germany’s Belectric to take 16th place in 2014 as it shifts its focus away from Germany. European EPCs find shelter in South Africa as domestic markets decline IHS expects South Africa to grow fivefold in 2014, installing close to 600 MW of PV capacity via projects that were awarded in the first rounds of the national tender. Spanish construction group ACS Cobra has entered the South African marekt, expanding into PV system integration for SolarReserve. Italian PV system integrator TerniEnergia acquired an EPC contract with Enel Green Power, offering relief from a declining domestic market. While German technology group Siemens Energy has exited the PV market, it is nevertheless completing contracted projects in South Africa for Mainstream Renewable Power. Together ACS Cobra, TerniEnergia and Siemens Energy are installing 70% of total capacity for South Africa in 2014. “Opportunities in new markets such as South Africa are essential for EPC companies,” says Berg, pointing out that “European PV demand will decline to 10 GW in 2014, so South Africa and new markets represent growth opportunities for the industry.” Other European integrators that have found a temporary harbor in South Africa through major EPC contracts include Scatec Solar, juwi and Gestamp Solar. Scattered opportunities among integrators in Germany and Italy In contrast to new major PV markets, where projects larger than 50 MW contribute to the dominance of a few players, developed but declining markets like Germany and Italy boast few champions among system integrators, IHS adds. The pipelines of most integrators in these markets have dried up as a result of small system sizes combined with an oversupply of installers, Berg says. Enerparc remains one exception, however. The German group installed an estimated 150 MW — half of the 300 MW capacity it put in place in 2012 — through projects in the range of 5 to 10 MW and maintained its leading position in Germany. Solar pipelines in Italy have withered even more than in Germany, with existing projects spread among the country’s many installers. 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