Numerical Approximation of PDEs

Adaptive finite element methods are a fundamental numerical tool in science and engineering. They are known to outperform classical finite element in practice and deliver optimal convergence rates when the latter cannot. The aim of this workshop is to stimulate a fruitful discussion regarding adaptivity, error control and convergence analysis in the context of numerical approximation of PDEs.

Apr 24

What would I do, I would be good enough?

1) I would stop worrying about “my order”

I spend a disproportionate amount of my time and energy trying to figure out what “should” do. Is my vocation to be a high-level official? A yoga teacher? A full-time mother? Should I grow my business or dedicate myself to my current job? How to maximize my time on Earth to ensure that my life has meaning? If I’m good enough, I trust that be me showing completely in everything I do, it really makes a difference. The shape of my career and the “path” would be a minor issue, and I would like to be free to be fully present in the miracles of the present moment.

2) I would give my gifts freely

My concern with being “good enough” has me questioning what my passion project should look like.I should get on twitter and be more active on Facebook? I need to make an app? How much should I pay for my coaching sessions? If I’m good enough, I would trust that just being me, I’d share my knowledge and experience with all those they come into contact with. I worry less about how to share my message because I know that I am doing at every moment of every day.

3) want me to breathe deeply and fully

If I’m good enough, I could relax my body and end the pursuit. I would settle the earth beneath me, feel my feet, wiggle your toes and thank the universe for this nice opportunity to be alive. That a gift. I would look around more, take in everything that is already here. I want to laugh and cry at the time that I spent trying to be the best.

4) I would stop blaming my parents. Or anyone for that matter.

The downside of too much self-help and therapy is knowing all too well my story.What went wrong when I was a kid, things that could have been better. Where earned my trauma, the places and the times when I wasn’t loved enough. When there is a difficult time, I can add it back at that particular moment in time, the girl who took me up on the field, the time that my dad lost on me. Blame them for not feeling well enough. But the reality is that I’m the only one who continues to cling to this belief. If I were good enough I just my story and change it. I want to pick my power right now and spend my loving energy, rather than blaming.

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Apr 24

Why America depends on schools that think differently

Education reform is one of the most troubled areas of American domestic policy. While politicians on both sides debate the renewal of the No Child Left Behind, they must keep in mind that some of the most difficult problems they struggle to solve are caused by very strategies for reform, they are reviewing. For more than 20 years, Governments have been ripping off firmly on the reins of public education, telling schools what to teach, impose test systems to keep officials and perception of sanctions if they do not make the grade. It did not work.

Despite the billions of dollars spent, the standards movement has been at best a partial success and coveted test scores have not improved. At the same time, it must have consequences disastrous on the morale of student engagement and teacher. Politicians often scratch their heads on these problems. Sometimes, they punish schools for not making the grade. Sometimes, they funded remedial programs to put back them on the rails.But problems persist and in many ways they get worst.

In 1970, the United States had the highest rate of high school graduation in the world: now it has one of the lowest. According to the OECD, the overall US-graduation rate is now about 75 percent, which ranks the United States 23 out of 28 countries surveyed. In some States and districts, the graduation rate is much lower. About 7 000 young abandonment of high schools in the nation each day – almost a million and a half per year. I do not like the term “dropouts”. This implies that these young people do not have the system. It is often more accurate to say that the system has failed. If you ran a business and every year, you’ve lost a quarter or more of your clients, you might begin to wonder whether the real problem was them or your company.

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Apr 23

Democrats balk at Obama’s plan to cut funding for workers hurt by trade agreements

WASHINGTON — The rift between President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats over trade policy deepened Wednesday as the administration opposed an effort to fully restore aid for American workers who lose their jobs to international trade.

The conflict threatens to undermine Obama’s repeated claim that he is revamping trade policy to fix problems Democrats have cited in prior trade pacts. The president is pushing hard to win over a Democratic caucus that is overwhelmingly skeptical of his Trans-Pacific Partnership — an agreement being negotiated with 11 Pacific nations — that Democrats fear will exacerbate income inequality and empower multinational corporations to challenge key regulations before an international tribunal. The administration contends the deal will fuel economic growth without sacrificing progressive values.

The two factions are at odds over the trade adjustment assistance program, which provides financial assistance and vocational training for workers of the United States who lose their job because of international trade. During a markup hearing Wednesday, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) announced that Obama has approved providing $ 450 million a year for the trade adjustment assistance-a cut of more than 20 percent from $ 575 million a year provided by the last TAA bill that passed in 2011.

Wyden had agreed to the amount of $ 450 million in talks with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), opponent of the TAA program. Wyden was the only Democrat on the Finance Committee to oppose an amendment by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) that would have restored the funding level of $ 575 million. Every Republican on the Panel, except Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) opposed the amendment, which failed by two votes.

TAA is a sensitive issue on Capitol Hill.Democrats frequently criticize the program for underestimating the jobs associated with free trade agreements and see it as an ointment to a trade agenda that has undermined American manufacturing industry for decades. Most Republicans oppose the program, but have agreed in the past as a compromise necessary to pass trade agreements that have generally supported.

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Apr 23

What I learned from my son after the death of our dog

My husband and I had put to sleep so that the painful decision, our ever popular 15-year-old German Shepherd, Walt. Walt was the first living being, which we together as a couple approached. He was our dog. After our son on the scene arrived, we both have lost Walt to Thorin. It was Thorin from room to room followed. It was Thorin he slept, woke up with and who he worships.

When Walt began to fail, the vet told us: ‘he is a freak of nature. I had never been so an old shepherd as a patient.” I told her: “I think he can’t leave his son.”

The steady decline started five months ago. The vet said it was a matter of time. It was then I, Thorin, began to prepare the 8 our son has can cause down syndrome, the processing delays. I knew he could understand me, but how to understand each child’s death? I was not sure how he would analyze the information. Also he has speech apraxia, i.e. He has well-formed thoughts, but finds it difficult to formulate the words.Often, he chooses the most famous aspect of the idea to express.

“Honey, Walty is very old and he is sick.”

“His back?” he asked

‘Yes. It is serious. He could die. It’s so bad. You know death?”

“Like Groot?” he asked. We had seen watching the movie guardians of the Galaxy. The tree-like member of the clan dies, but is then again is born of clippings.

“Not like Groot.”

My thought was easy to contact. It took me not declared all Hallows in one fell swoop. We had more time.

My son also took note of the changes with Walt: he tripped and fell. Our kitchen floors were full of carpet glued to fall down to minimize. Thorin has accommodations for his friend’s fragility. He built the forts for them now had a comfortable bed for Walt. He understood that Walt no longer jump on his bed could instead have to sleep on the floor.

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Apr 22

Nevada common Core Test Crashes again

LAS VEGAS (AP)-Nevada schools must document at least two attempts if they cannot or will not complete the troubled common core tests, like other two States seemed to bounce back from technical problems that stopped the evaluation process mandated by the Federal Administration.

Last week, testing was stopped in Nevada, Montana and North Dakota after a system crash spread caused by capacity issues with New Hampshire-based measured progress.

The company is contracted to administer the test linked to vividly challenged, supported by the Federal Government of education standards.

All three States have announced plans for school districts that say can not or do not finish the test.

Superintendent of the State of Nevada issued a notice on Monday requiring two different tests to be documented if schools seek leeway, at least locally.

The State asks schools to continue the paper version of the computerized or English language arts and mathematics tests for selected classes. The test was initially delayed in March because of a software problem but can be accessed through the end of the school year.

The two attempts at each school will qualify for schools state statute that allows school districts to document efforts to count as test participation.

The Superintendent has said he believes that the requirement of federal participation will be satisfied with documented attempts, although he acknowledged that the evidence cannot be evaded.

The u.s. Department of Education maintains there are exceptions to the mandate to test at least 95 percent of all students. The problem is unprecedented, because money has never been withheld during compliance testing for participation.

Error messages generated by the Nevada system has had success with limited evidence by Friday but by Monday morning, were reported at a number of school districts.

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Apr 21

How teens use Prom for good

NEW YORK (AP)–dances have traditionally been a night of glamour and romance, complete with backstage drama over dates and dresses. But it is changing the culture of dance. Some teens now see the dance as an opportunity to be included in exclusive position. They use dancing as a vehicle to do good deeds and to take a stand on issues that matter to them.

Teens are inviting partners with autism than your dates. A group of students organized a prom for the elderly. In Louisiana, a female student fought for the right to wear a tuxedo. And a museum now displays a prom dress worn by a student who led a racially integrated dance.

“The change may seem a graduation dress,” said Matthew McRae, spokeswoman for the Canadian Museum for human rights in Winnipeg. “We think that it was a great example of someone making a change at the community level.”

Dance can be “a platform for social change,” said April Masini, who writes the advice column.While some teenagers consider prom a night of game-adult by wearing elegant clothes, for others, “his idea of being an adult is defending what they think.”

Here are some stories about teens who, instead of worrying about how to fit, use their dances to reach out to others or express their right to be different.


Kaitlin McCarthy, 17, is a high School junior in Canton, Massachusetts. His classmate, Matty Marcone, has special needs and a variety of medical problems. “It is the sweetest boy,” said Kaitlin. “I see Matty for who he is.” I say, ‘Oh, that’s my friend Matty,’ not ‘poor Matty, is dealing with this or that now.’ “

Matty said Kaitlin wanted to buy Disney World for her. “I told him, if you buy Disney World for me, it should take you to the prom,” said Kaitlin.

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Apr 21

Would you make a good impression? Try this trick.

In his new book, nobody understands you and what to do about it, social psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson takes a look at what we misunderstood. As expected, when people misunderstand us, often has to do with a first inaccurate impression.

Halvorson, says that although we are always able to identify our early impressions of others, if rolling duffel bag are true or not, we are not so great to know how we are. We usually don’t have idea how we’ve been perceived, that makes rolling gym bag very difficult to damage control. To replace this natural bias, rolling duffel bag is recommended to consult a friend of brutal honesty.

Take someone who you really know who you trust, “Science of Halvorson told us.” Then ask them to complete this sentence: If you knew no better, I think that

The answer may not what you want to hear, but you will give you a better insight into how it is perceived.

According to the researcher from the University of Toronto Nicholas Rule, a great effort is needed to overcome a first impression, whether it was positive or negative.

“We judge books by their covers, and not we can help but do so,” he explained. “With effort, we can overcome this somewhat, but it continually entrusted us the need to correct ourselves.

A little bit of honesty can go a long way.

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Apr 21

Answer our call to service

Anyone who has followed my articles in the Huffington Post knows that I am a strong advocate for the establishment of a tripartite between higher education and industry partnership and community. My argument, so far, has focused on the provision of a vehicle for companies to have a stronger voice in the conduct of courses and college degree programs offered to arm a workforce with the skills required by employers.

Often, I discussed the role of the Government in the delivery of programs and incentives to foster these relationships and the natural culmination of the employer and the worker to reap the greatest benefit. Today, I write about the responsibility higher education has toward our Government and ultimately the nation.

Aspirations of the industry to a global market became a reality, with U.S. companies in competition with companies in Shanghai or Mumbai – not only for customers, but also for the skilled workforce.Thus, communities and workers realize that employers have many more options to compete more effectively, to locate a plant off the coast with the hiring of a pool of candidates half a world apart.

We are beginning to move beyond the idea that education is just a key to the prosperity of the family or individual to see that it is central to create stronger communities and protect our national interests. This symbiotic relationship between higher education and workers, employers, communities and Government is at the heart of a nation prosperous and happy. As we see more emerging economies enter the playing field, it is clear that a strong Government with skilled and qualified workers is a critical factor for the success of this partnership and the one in which we all have a vested interest. Without strong leadership, America can not effectively competitive in the global economy.

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Apr 21

Compassion is needed for young people with the big “C”.

Imagine that being a young adult, in your 20s or even 30 years. You don’t have the feeling well lately, shaking off and then finally decides to make an appointment with your doctor. After significant control visits, conversations and tests, you get bad news delivered to you. You have leukemia.

Imagine being a young woman of 22 years; You just started your first job in an investment firm on Wall Street. You go for your annual gynecological exam, your doctor feels something strange and sends you for a mammogram and an ultrasound. Unfortunately, you have a diagnosis of cancer.

Imagine, the 14-year-old, or 7 years diagnosed with _ (fill in the blank). Do you have a job and need to take care of that family. The child is frightened, you and your mate are scared. Your task is fairly new, you don’t have the full earth lay about the company. Fortunately, the health benefits are in place.However, there will be the need for treatments for the child, with the involvement of the parents all the time. Are you worried about how the company will respond. In addition, there will be isolation as parents with young children with this disease. Parents become guardians so and their situation is a challenge. After all, how many of their friends and co-workers will take care of seriously ill children. Where will their support?

These are common scenarios. Young people represent further new diagnoses each year then are conceivable to me too. I’ve heard estimates of 70,000 range. When I was young, we hardly ever heard of someone young getting cancer or other major diseases. In high school, I was shocked when one of our football star died suddenly on the field and it was discovered that he had a heart murmur. But, then, in my early 30, my brother (age 27) died of melanoma. He was the only young, I knew I had cancer.

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Apr 20

By the year 2020, the most common HPV-related cancer affects men

While currently recommended for both boys and girls, the HPV vaccine was initially marketed — and is still thought of — as a way to protect young women and girls from cervical, and vulvar cancer. Boys, it’s been commonly thought, should be vaccinated primarily to benefit herd immunity and any future female partners.

But a new analysis from researchers at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center in Toronto, Canada, points out that boys who get the vaccine receive important protection as well, not only against warts, but against HPV strains that cause oropharyngeal (mouth and throat) cancer.

“We believe this study is important because HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer has increased significantly in incidence, especially in developed countries,” said Dr. Donna Graham, one of the studys co-authors, in a press release. “It is projected that by 2020, HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer will become the most common HPV-related cancer in the US, surpassing cervical cancer.”

In addition to saving the young men of the preventable cancer, the study suggests that the vaccine could save North American important amounts of money countries. Currently, the treatment of oral cancer one year after diagnosis costs $25 697 in Canadian dollars ($ 21 071 USD), researchers say, while in the United States, the same level of care would cost $79 151 for men with private insurance and $59 404 for those on Medicaid.

To see how these numbers would change if more boys took the vaccine against HPV, Graham and team applied a preliminary analysis of profitability on a theoretical cohort of 192 940 12 – year – old boys, estimate what would happen if some boys had cancer linked to HPV and required lifelong treatment while others took the vaccine. The statistical model suggests that HPV vaccination could potentially save between $ 8 million and CA$ 28 million (about $ 6.5 million to $ 22.9 million USD) cost – much more than the approximately CA $400, it would have cost to vaccinate every child fully against HPV.

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