2016 Squash Senior Men’s Interpros – A mighty win for Connacht

first_imgprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email For the second time in the history of the prestigious annual Interprovincial Championships, Connacht’s men were crowned winners.Munster Squash hosted the event and put on a great show in Limerick Lawn Tennis Club, thanks to Martin MacDonald and his team. Connacht were represented by Brian Byrne (Claremorris), David Noone (Galway), Keith Moran (Sligo), Rory Gilligan (Galway), Kevin Davey (Sligo) and super sub Niall Brennan (Galway).Friday’s match against a Leinster team with a strong mix of talented youth and experience proved to be the toughest test. Connacht were off to a bad start and quickly found themselves trailing 2-0 in matches, our young substitute Niall Brennan and Kevin Davey both beaten by very strong opponents. This left the trio of Brian, Keith and David needing to win. Brian is no stranger to pressure and Ireland’s no.2 player ran off a routine 3-0 win. Keith faced one of Ireland’s and Europe’s finest junior players, Conor Moran, of Dublin. A tough match but a battle hardened Moran was too tough and prevailed a 3-1 winner. Down to the wire to decided the tie, two matches all. David Noone was up against Luke Logan and got off to a bad start, falling behind 2-0.. A big push from the Galway player and at 2-2 in games, 9-9 in points it was anyone’s match. David dug deep and his experience proved vital, securing a 3-2 win, Connacht 3, Leinster 2.Saturday morning, Connacht now at full strength with Rory Gilligan at no.4, were looking strong. A great start with Kevin and Rory both winning 3-1. Only one more win needed and Brian cruised to a 3-0 victory. Keith and David finished off the tie, both winning 3-0, Connacht 5, Munster 0.Ulster next, always formidable opponents. Kevin was first up, taking on Adrian Leeson of Belfast. As close as they get but Adrian was able to close out the 5th game, Connacht trailing 1-0. Rory and Brian stepping up and converting two 3-0 wins, just one more win needed from either Keith or David. Going on two courts at the same time, not knowing the others result forced the best out of both players, both winning. Connacht 4, Ulster 1.A fantastic tournament, great hosts, great food and great celebrations on Saturday night. Connacht host the event next year, a lot to live up to but hopefully will retain the title for the first time.last_img read more

Zverev sets up tasty Federer clash at ATP Finals

first_imgAlexander Zverev’s long-predicted arrival at the summit of men’s tennis is taking too long for some impatient observers but he took another step forward by beating John Isner to reach the last four at the ATP Finals on Friday.His 7-6(5) 6-3 victory over the American meant the 21-year-old became the first German since Rainer Schuettler in 2003 to reach the semi-finals of the prestigious year-ending tournament and the youngest since Juan Martin del Potro in 2009.Zverev’s second group victory earned him the runner-up spot behind Novak Djokovic and he will now aim his range of baseline weapons at six-times champion Roger Federer on Saturday on one of the sport’s biggest stages.“It’s obviously great getting to the semi-finals. But the tournament isn’t over,” Zverev said. “There’s only good opponents left. There’s only the best in the world.”The other semi-final will be between five-times champion Djokovic, who beat Zverev comfortably this week, and South African debutant Kevin Anderson.Djokovic beat Croatian Marin Cilic 7-6 6-2 in Friday’s night match, but Zverev’s win made that tussle academic, apart from the 200 ranking points and $200,000 on offer for each round-robin win at the event.While not a Grand Slam tournament – of which Zverev is yet to go beyond the quarter-finals stage – the ATP Finals are regarded in some quarters as a fifth major.And the floppy-haired, gold chain-wearing Zverev looked every bit a real contender for the game’s biggest prizes as he fired down 140mph serves and thrilled the packed crowd with spectacular groundstrokes, especially from his lethal backhand.One Hollywood effort early in the second set, struck for a clean winner from almost in the front row seats, revealed the showman in Zverev as he conducted the rapturous applause.There have been questions about his mental toughness including last year in London when a loss to Jack Sock cost him a semi-final berth. But with Andy Murray’s former coach Ivan Lendl and strength conditioner Jez Green now in his team Zverev appears to have a tougher streak.He faced a set point at 5-6 in the first set and survived it with a massive ace. Then, at 5-5 in the tiebreak with Isner throwing the kitchen sink at a return, he produced a superbly improvised shot, played on the half-volley from almost under his feet on the baseline to catch his opponent by surprise.Isner, whose hopes of reaching the semi-finals required a straight-sets win and a Djokovic victory over Cilic, netted a forehand to drop the set and there was only ever likely to be one outcome after that.Despite knowing his hopes were over, Isner remained competitive in the second set until dropping serve in the eighth game — the only break in a match of high-quality serving.“If Sascha serves like that, he could have a very good shot at winning (against Federer),” Isner said.“I do believe it will be a very close match tomorrow between those two.”last_img read more

Kluber, Indians rout Cubs 7-2, now lead World Series 3-1

first_imgCleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber throws during the first inning of Game 4 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Chicago Cubs, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, in Chicago. APCHICAGO — One more win and baseball fans everywhere might finally believe in these Cleveland Indians.That’s all it will take for Corey Kluber & Co. to clinch this World Series.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports MOST READ Lady Warriors climb to share of top spot Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter View comments Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH The Indians will try to bring another crown to Cleveland, adding to the one LeBron James and the Cavaliers earned earlier this year.Dexter Fowler doubled and scored in the first for the Cubs, and then homered against Andrew Miller in the eighth. Fowler’s drive to left-center was the first homer for Chicago in the World Series since Phil Cavaretta connected in Game 1 in 1945 and the first run allowed by Miller during his dominant postseason.In between Fowler’s two hits, the Cubs came up empty every time they had a chance to put any pressure on the Indians.Pitching on three days’ rest for the second time, Kluber allowed five hits, struck out six and walked one. The steady, stoic right-hander, who struck out nine in a dominant performance in Game 1, improved to 4-1 with a 0.89 ERA in five playoff starts this year./rgaADVERTISEMENT We are young Kluber pitched six sparkling innings on short rest to win again, Jason Kipnis hit a three-run homer in his hometown and the Indians beat the Chicago Cubs 7-2 Saturday night to take a 3-1 lead.Carlos Santana also connected for the first of his three hits as Cleveland moved closer to its first championship since 1948. Trevor Bauer gets the ball Sunday night at Wrigley Field in Game 5 when the Indians try for the franchise’s third World Series title against Jon Lester and the faltering Cubs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentNot bad for a team that seemed like an underdog all year long. The Indians beat the defending champion Royals and star-studded Tigers for the AL Central title, and then eliminated David Ortiz and the Red Sox and the heavy-hitting Blue Jays on their way to the AL pennant.Then much of the talk centered on the major league-leading Cubs and their 108-year championship drought. But it’s been mostly Indians once more, with manager Terry Francona pushing all the right buttons while improving to 11-1 in the World Series. Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 EDITORS’ PICK PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underwaylast_img read more

Former Policeman on bail for stealing gun

first_imgA former Police Constable was on Wednesday placed on 0,000 bail when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on a felony charge.Macurty Simpson, 23, of Number 28 Village, West Coast Berbice, pleaded guilty with explanation to the charge which stated that on September 11, 2015, at Georgetown, he stole one Browning semi-automatic pistol, property of George Edwards.Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones told the Court that on the day in question, the Virtual Complainant, a licensed firearm holder, went to the Tactical Services Unit (TSU) to have his firearm licence renewed when Simpson, while still being a serving member of the Guyana Police Force, was assigned to assist him.However, at the time, Edwards was unable to produce any form of identification and, as such, asked the accused to lodge the firearm at the TSU until he returned from the interior.Simpson failed to lodge the weapon and instead kept it in his possession.After he was questioned by Police, the defendant admitted to having the gun at his home.An investigation was carried out, and legal advice was sought before Simpson was charged.The defendant told the Court that it was his negligence that he failed to lodge the weapon, but it was his intention to return the weapon to Edwards.However, the weapon is still to be recovered.Defence Attorney Darren Wade requested reasonable bail, telling the court that his client was anxious to prove his innocence.The father of one will return to court on June 2, 2016 for statements.last_img read more

Extreme cold warning issued for the South Peace and Grande Prairie

first_imgMore details on the alert are available here. Current details:Temperatures near minus 35 combined with winds of 10 to 15 km/hwill produce wind chill values of minus 40 or colder early this morning near Dawson Creek.Wind chill values will improve later this morning.Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.Advertisement DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – An extreme cold warning has been issued for the Dawson Creek and the Alberta Peace.The warning says with the temperature near minus 35 and winds of 10 to 15 km/h, the temperature will feel more like minus 40.Windchill values are expected to improve by Monday afternoon.  Meanwhile, the warning is also in place for the Alberta Peace for the second day.  The weather should improve on Tuesday and throughout the rest of the week.- Advertisement -In the North Peace, there isn’t a warning, but we are experiencing extreme cold.  The wind is making things feel more like minus 39.See the full warning for the South Peace below.:Issued at 2019-02-25 11:40 UTC by Environment Canada:Extreme cold warning issued for:B.C. South Peace River, B.C. (087310)Advertisementlast_img read more

Clark quits as boss of crisis club Blackpool

first_imgLee Clark has quit as boss of Blackpool after their relegation to League One.The 42-year-old, who took over from Jose Riga in October, oversaw only three Seasiders wins in a disastrous season punctuated by regular fan protests against the running of the club.In a statement issued via the club, Clark said: “After a great deal of thought I have come to the decision that it is not in the best interests of either myself or Blackpool FC that I continue as manager of the football club and have therefore tendered my resignation to the chairman, which he has accepted.“It only remains to thank my staff, the players, the supporters and everybody else involved with the club for their help and support and wish them the best of luck for the future.”Blackpool ended the campaign 21 points adrift of safety and did not even finish their final Championship game, against Huddersfield, as a fan protest against club chairman Karl Oyston led to it being abandoned.The Football League has ruled the match will not be replayed given it had no bearing on promotion of relegation, but is yet to rule on the final result of the match or any further punishments.The matter is due to be discussed at a meeting on Thursday.Clark had refused to condemn the supporters who came on to the pitch and protested but the club issued a statement in which they vowed to “work with the relevant authorities to take appropriate action against all those responsible for disorder offences inside the stadium”.Blackpool, four years removed from the Premier League, are dropping back into the third tier for the first time since 2007.Clark began his managerial career with Huddersfield, guiding them to third place in 2011 after a club-record 25-game unbeaten run.They missed out in the play-offs, but in the following season they extended that unbeaten run to 43 regular-season matches, only for Clark to lose his job by February as the Terriers fell off the pace.Clark returned to management with Birmingham the following June, but struggled to replicate the success he had enjoyed, missing the play-offs in his first season and battling relegation until the final day of the season in his second – ultimately surviving thanks to a stoppage-time goal from Paul Caddis against Bolton. 1 Lee Clark last_img read more

Neil Lennon offered Celtic job full-time after securing treble treble

first_img Neil Lennon hoisted the trophy aloft Lennon was appointed interim boss in February following Brendan Rodgers’ decision to move to Leicester.The Northern Irishman returned to the club he previously led to three titles, having left Hibernian in January.Odsonne Edouard was the hero as Celtic completed the treble by sinking Hearts at Hampden Park.Hearts went ahead early in the second half through Ryan Edwards but Hoops striker Edouard levelled with a penalty just after the hour mark before firing a dramatic winner with eight minutes remaining. Celtic have offered Neil Lennon the permanent manager’s role following their Scottish Cup final success.The Hoops beat Hearts 2-1 to complete the domestic treble, and in doing so wrapped up a ‘triple treble’ having won nine trophies on the bounce over the past three seasons. GETTY Celtic said on their Twitter feed: “We are delighted to announce that Neil Lennon has been offered the job as permanent Celtic FC manager and the details will be confirmed in the coming days.”Lennon said in his post-match press conference: “There is a good chance I will accept the job.“It’s probably one of the best days of my life. You will never see it again. They are immortal now.” Getty Celtic are treble winners again Odsonne Edouard scored twice 3 3 3 Getty Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell said on the Hoops’ Twitter account: “Neil stepped up to the plate when we needed him. He’s a true Celtic man who knows the club and the city.“He’s a winner with a fantastic eye for a player. I’m delighted to announce he’s been offered the job.”last_img read more

4,063 Donegal students to take part in Maths Week Ireland

first_imgSchools across Donegal have so far registered 4,063 students to take part in Maths Week events with many more expected. The national maths festival is set to attract as many as 300,000 people.Open to all, Maths Week 2018 will see a wide variety of fun and engaging maths themed events taking place all over the island of Ireland, north and south, featuring mathematicians and entertainers.Schools and clubs are encouraged to hold their own events to support budding mathematicians. Co-ordinated by Calmast, Waterford Institute of Technology’s STEM Outreach Centre and funded through the Science Foundation Ireland Discover Programme, the Department of Education and Skills, Matrix – the Northern Ireland Science Industry Panel, ESB and Xilinx.It is run with more than 50 partner organisations including the universities, institutes of technology, libraries, schools, training colleges and employers.Eoin Gill, Maths Week Ireland Co-Ordinator said, “Working with our many partners, the Maths Week vision is simple, ‘Maths for All’.“Maths and numbers are all around us and this short statement encapsulates the relevance of maths across society, and what we want to achieve via the annual national programme of activity – people of all ages embracing maths and numerical ability to benefit their day-to-day lives. “2018 marks the 13th year of Maths Week and with participation set to be in the region of 300,000, our highest figure yet. We are excited to bring another action-packed programme to people all over the island of Ireland, and the ever increasing number of participants is a testament to the interest and appetite for maths in Ireland.”Maths Week Ireland is the biggest festival of its kind in the world. It has now also been adopted as an initiative by Scotland, in recognition of the important contribution that maths promotion events make in helping young people to have a positive attitude towards maths.Full programme details are available on the Maths Week website www.mathsweek.ie with the ongoing event and programme updates available in advance and during Maths Week via Facebook (@MathsWeek2018) and Twitter (@mathsweek).4,063 Donegal students to take part in Maths Week Ireland was last modified: October 8th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:maths week irelandlast_img read more

Crowdsourcing Big Data Analytics Through Gamification

first_imgManaging the Changing IT Landscape: Creating Data Scientists The men’s college basketball tournament is a wild ride from start to finish—a notoriously unpredictable contest. I’m especially excited this year to watch the outcome because there’s money riding on it. Not a bet, but a cash prize for the best analytics model accurately predicting the winning teams during the tournament. I’m not referring to Warren Buffet’s prizeOpens in a new window either, but rather to March Machine Learning ManiaOpens in a new window, a competition sponsored by Intel on the Kaggle* platformOpens in a new window with a $15K award. A previous blog describes the predictive analytics competition in more detail. Unlike other bracket prediction contests or office pools that reward an individual’s predictions (dare I say guesses) for the outcome of the actual tournament, the March Machine Learning Mania contest focuses on creating the best analytics model that most accurately predicts the outcome of the tournament, regardless of who is playing. The goal here is to put science and technology behind the predictions to help make those guesses more accurate in the future. Cutting-edge data scienceI’m intrigued by Kaggle, a global community of data scientists that solves data problems in a competitive framework. Predictive analytics is by definition an inexact science. Based on the idea that there are multiple ways to develop a predictive model, Kaggle uses crowdsourcing and gamification to inspire “players” to work on specific problems. Scored and ranked throughout the competition, players have the opportunity to continuously improve their models. Ultimately the most effective one is developed by the winning player. Various levels of reward serve as incentives. Back in 2012, Harvard Business Review* magazine called the data scientist the sexiest job of the twenty-first centuryOpens in a new window. As companies seek to implement predictive analytics and big data solutions across their business, IT organizations are finding that there is a skill set shortage for data scientistsOpens in a new window. Competitions like March Machine Learning Mania serve to stimulate these skills, which will be critical for future business applications. The Kaggle draws community members from more than 100 countries and 200 universities who hone their skills playing in sponsored competitions. They are computer scientists, statisticians, data scientists, mathematicians, and physicists. Newbies are ranked by Kaggle as novices (just getting started with competitions). The widest group is classified as “Kagglers” (active competition participants). Top players achieve the rank of Masters by consistently providing stellar competition results. Like a top-ranking basketball player, these guys have skills.Kaggle offers companies a way to solve problems with analytics, especially organizations without in-house data science resources. But large companies are using the Kaggle platform to solve business problems as well. For example, Allstate is currently running the Purchase Prediction ChallengeOpens in a new window, and Walmart is running a Store Sales ForecastingOpens in a new window competition as a recruitment tool for filling its data scientist positions. Predictive analytics meets men’s basketballI’m excited about how the March Machine Learning Mania competition will turn out and what the results can tell us about the Kaggle platform as a model for effective IT-based data analytics for business. Here’s what we know so far: As of March 15, the last day to submit for the first stage of the March Machine Mania competition, Kaggle had received 1,866 submissions. Some 255 teams with 342 players developed analytics models to predict the NCAA tournament outcome based on historical data from the last five tournaments. A dynamic leaderboard ranking listed the final top 10 teams based on how effectively the submissions predict historical tournament outcomes. Congratulations to these awesome teams!The second half of the gameThis week kicked off the second stage of the competition—using the models to predict the outcome for the 2014 tournament. The solution file from the first stage plus data for the regular 2014 season results were provided to players to refine their submissions. New entries (not in the first-stage competition) were also allowed. Kaggle accepted entries from March 17 to March 19. Teams will be ranked against the tournament results as it progresses. I expect to see the leaderboards change as winning teams progress through the brackets. Tune into the Big Data DanceThis year, the NCAA tournament is more than fast plays, surprising upsets, and Cinderella teams. It’s a chance to see data analytics in action. While you’re watching the real games during the “Big Dance,” I’ll be right there with you, watching Kaggle’s “Big Data Dance” to see how predictive analytics play out on the basketball court. What’s your take on crowdsourcing big data analytics? I welcome your comments along with more intuitive predictions on the NCAA tournament.Chris Find Chris on LinkedIn.Start a conversation with Chris on Twitter.See previous content from Chris.#ITCenter #PredictiveAnalyticslast_img read more

Trump’s pick to head White House science office gets good reviews

first_img Trump’s pick to head White House science office gets good reviews Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press By David MalakoffJul. 31, 2018 , 6:20 PM The long wait for a White House science adviser is over. President Donald Trump announced today that he intends to nominate meteorologist Kelvin Droegemeier, a university administrator and former vice-chair of the governing board of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), to be director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The OSTP director traditionally, but not always, also holds the title of the president’s science adviser.The move caps a search process of record-setting length—nearly 560 days, double the longest time taken by any other modern president to name an OSTP director. Many in the research community had lamented the delay. But the wait may have been worth it: Droegemeier, a respected veteran of the Washington, D.C., policymaking scene, is getting positive reviews from science and university groups.“He’s a very good pick. … He has experience speaking science to power,” says environmental policy expert John Holdren, who served as science adviser under former President Barack Obama and is now at Harvard University. “I expect he’ll be energetic in defending the R&D budget and climate change research in particular.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)center_img Kelvin Droegemeier Maria Zuber, a planetary geophysicist and vice president for research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, agrees that Droegemeier will stand up for climate science. “He always has. I see no reason why he wouldn’t now.” But she says his style is not confrontational. “He’s a good old boy. He wears cowboy boots. … He’s a personable guy.” She adds that “he’s got solid conservative credentials,” noting that his web page is emblazoned with “God Bless America!!!”“He is an excellent choice,” says Tobin Smith, vice president for policy at the Association of American Universities in Washington, D.C. “He has a strong understanding of issues of concern to research universities.”“Kelvin is a solid scientist, excellent with people, and with deep experience with large bureaucracies,” says Cliff Mass, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Washington in Seattle. “A moderate voice that won’t politicize the science.”Droegemeier, who has served on the faculty of The University of Oklahoma (OU) in Norman for 33 years and been the school’s vice president for research since 2009, has long been rumored to be in the running for the OSTP job, which entails advising the president on technical issues and overseeing coordination of federal science policy. He is no stranger to Washington, D.C.; then-President George W. Bush named him to the National Science Board, which oversees NSF, in 2004, and Obama reappointed him in 2011. He served as the board’s vice-chair from 2014 to 2017.He has also served as a formal and informal adviser to federal and state politicians. He leads a state science advisory panel named by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, and advised former Oklahoma Representative Jim Bridenstine (R), now the administrator of NASA. Recently, he helped craft federal legislation aimed at bolstering weather forecasting that Congress passed last year with bipartisan support. Those connections—as well as his links to David Boren, a former Democratic senator from Oklahoma who last month retired from the OU presidency—likely helped bring Droegemeier’s name to the attention of the Trump administration.A serious scientistDroegemeier, who is 59, earned his Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois in Urbana in 1985. As a researcher, he focused on numerical weather forecasting, including studies of thunderstorm dynamics, and helped develop the use of supercomputers to run atmospheric models. He helped found and lead two NSF-funded centers: One focused on the analysis and prediction of storms, the other was a hub for “collaborative adaptive sensing of the atmosphere.” His most cited paper—with 1066 citations—described a “multi-scale nonhydrostatic atmospheric simulation and prediction model” and was published in 2000 in the journal Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics.“His command of both science and policy issues is nearly unmatched in the community,” says Roger Wakimoto, vice chancellor for research at the University of California, Los Angeles, and president of the American Meteorological Society in Boston. Wakimoto says he has known Droegemeier since graduate school and predicts he will be “a superb spokesperson for the community.”“Kelvin is one of the most respected colleagues in the field of meteorology but also has the experience and savvy to interact at the highest policy levels,” adds Marshall Shepherd, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Georgia in Athens and chair of NASA’s Earth Sciences Advisory Committee.Challenges aheadIf confirmed by the Senate, Droegemeier will take the helm of an office that has been buffeted by change and uncertainty. Under Obama, OSTP’s staff grew to some 135 people, and it was active in shaping budget and policy plans, particularly in the climate change arena. Under Trump, OSTP’s staff plummeted to about 35 last year but has since grown to about 60 under the leadership of its de facto head, OSTP Deputy Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios.Holdren says Droegemeier has “a big challenge ahead of him. … I look forward to seeing what he’s able to accomplish in a very challenging circumstance.” Trump has a reputation for ignoring expert advice. But “it could well be that [Droegemeier is] thinking: ‘Here’s a chance to make a small difference and to at least be a small voice of reason,’” says Rick Anthes, president emeritus of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.One of Droegemeier’s first tasks, Holdren says, will be to develop strong working relationships with other senior White House staff, including the head of the Office of Management and Budget, which oversees the annual budget request to Congress. Thus far, Holdren believes Trump’s budget requests, which have called for large cuts in some science agencies, “reflect that weakness of not having a senior scientist engaged as an equal in that process.” Another task, Holdren believes, will be “rebuilding the science part” of OSTP, which under Trump has emphasized technology and workforce issues.“Having such a strong leader. … as head of OSTP is essential to ensuring science is a key factor considered in the policymaking process,” says Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities in Washington, D.C. “All Americans are better off when science has a seat at the table.”Mostly, researchers are relieved that science will finally have some voice in the White House. “I wish it had happened a lot earlier,” Holdren says. “But on the other hand, many of us weren’t sure it would ever happen.”With reporting by Adrian Cho, Eric Hand, Jocelyn Kaiser, and Paul Voosen.last_img read more