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.

Feb 26

Let’s talk about saving of Central America

It is everywhere the news right now, this idea that Central America needs a way of savings. His children are away to our borders by the hundreds of thousands. Our vice president submits the budget to Congress in an attempt to more-later-than-ever to curb the influx of immigrants. Former policemen were finally arrested. According to media reports, Central America – literally – broke out for everyone to see.

But it is only half the story.

It is that, while the news of the newly designed Plan of Central America was exploding in all our titles, people on the ground to the Guatemala have been emerge a much slower and more sustainable intervention effect. This transformation was not the product of $ 1 billion – however insufficient, which could be on a national scale – but rather the result of a very poor investment.For less than $5 a day, a team of enthusiasts and ingenious Americans help a group of courageous Aboriginal teenagers do the unthinkable – finish their secondary education.

This may seem like a pretty small feat, but it is not. In the rural communities of Guatemalans, less than 10 percent of the students finish high school. This is not the product of apathy or laziness. It is not a reflection of values Guatemalan or absence of the potential people. These desperate statistics are just the result of a fundamentally broken education system and exclusion.

The Guatemalan Government, plagued by corruption and racism, devoted less than three percent of its GDP to education. Very little of this figure never reached Maya Aboriginal who represent more than 50 percent of the country’s population.In rural communities, Aboriginal people, classrooms have no book, teachers poorly paid only sometimes appear and memorization takes the place of real learning. Thus, more than half of the population is illiterate and families struggle to survive with as little as $4 per day. Parents going into debt to buy their children, textbooks and uniforms that they need for school, and when they cannot pay off they face ruthless collectors who threaten and kidnap members of the family to get what they want to extort.

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Feb 26

The promise of seeing your organization as a living system complete

Photo credit: Philippe Henry

What change – and what is possible – if we see that our organizations through a living systems lens?

This issue has been the core of my work in the last fifteen years. Things have moved a long way in this time. Of a dominant paradigm, organizations have seen as mere machines, is clear to most that there is more to the story. For example where applied employees and customers outside the machine, is now generally accepted an integral part of the ecosystem they are organizational. And thrive while earlier was the goal of the business profitability, today many are comprehensive bid expressly the possibility of life, contribute.

Still, so much as we’ve made great progress, not every organization receives equal benefits from this emergent understanding. Most achieve modest improvements of their culture and leave plenty of opportunity on the table.But few maintain something vibrantly generative – and even renewable – create unexpected benefits for the employees within the Organization, customers and community and the biosphere.

So, what is the difference between generic and generative?

Surely, there must be many factors in the game. But one thing that I noticed: If the living systems lens were indeed a couple of glasses, it would be Trifocals, provides three distinct views. And what do you do with it – what has changed in this regard and allows – depending on the three parts of the lens look through that.

The first of these lenses is instrumental and tactical – the lens of the hands. Focused on issues closest to the hand, is training, best practices, and tactical adjustments.As my colleague Michael Jones says, it begs the question, “we do differently what can?” This started in my own work client, interviews with employees and customers (now, that their vote counts clearly), change a business name and logo (for the genuine care, which gave it really mediate) and improving retail DCOR (to make it not only functional, but nourishing living people). Useful results from this lens suits. But without the other lenses, the impact of incremental at best.

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Feb 25

What was John Green like in high school (it’s probably not what you think)

Today, John Green is a best selling author. Twenty years ago, it was a bit of a poor performance.

In a new video in a Vlogbrothers YouTube channel, green reveals what was in high school.

Green admits that he feels embarrassed by his secondary school days even after achieving so much with his novels. Although an English teacher had one described it as a student with “great potential”, based on their ballots, was a mediocre student who do not always come to class.

But at least I can say, is decided the course of his life – never, he said.

Years later, green is grateful for the many possibilities in the school and the teachers who believed in him.

Looking at these old report cards, I want to thank my teachers to know that was not only a disaster even though I didn’t know it.

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Feb 24

Heirs of the Greek language

The Greek language is really a gift for the development of European civilisation, and its culture has influenced many people that extends beyond the borders of Europe. Although many educated Europeans carried with them the love for the ancient Greek language and culture to settle in the new world, knew not great thing about Greek culture as a whole.

It will be the beginning of the 20th century that Greek settled in the diaspora, creating ecclesial communities, schools, clubs and associations, who served as the town landmark, but also a tool for the dissemination of Hellenism.

The first Orthodox Patriarchate was established in New Orleans, Louisiana and following that, in St. Augustine, Florida, but in 1891, a group of Greek immigrants decided to create the first permanent Greek Orthodox community in one of the largest cities in America. It was the Church of the Holy Trinity, the first ‘cradle of the Hellenism’ in New York.This community served not only its members in the Orthodox Greek, but he also offered the teaching of the Greek language, history and culture, through its programs of the school founded in 1949.

I am of Greek heritage and was born and grew up in the United States. I am proud to say that I am a graduate of the teaching of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese. When I went to College, I grew to appreciate even more the importance of our great Greek culture, history, philosophy, the Greek Orthodox religion, and the only thing that unites all of this, our language Greek. When I lived in Greece in 1994, as a Greek-American, I realized even more that it was my church and community back in New York who contributed to these great gifts of Hellenism. My community has given me a sense of belonging, and it allowed me to create friendships that remained with me throughout my life. My community was also responsible for my deep-rooted spirituality, the learning and appreciation of Greece’s great history, and most of all, the gift of the Greek language.

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Feb 24

The difference between the no and not

Sometimes, low heel shoes seems that my home state of Mississippi may not have a rest.

Recently, a study by education week found that Mississippi has the worst schools in the United States. Mississippi job 51 – behind all other States and the District of Columbia.

This is just the first of these studies to Mississippi rank last among its peers. Low heel comfort shoes seems that every week another study is unfolding its analysis, and the news is almost always bad.

You could be forgiven for taking a fatalistic attitude about the future of our State. The truth is not that Mississippi may not have a rest, but that we will do so.

There is a big difference.

“I can’t” suggests that we lack the ability to be better. “No” low heel shoes means that we lack the will to improve.

This is the whole of a number of courageous districts base present demand to demand that the State provides them with financing of the law requires.Mississippi has the ability to significantly improve education, but our elected leaders have decided that not.

They are taking critical financing decisions not based on the real costs of providing an adequate education; It is not based as soon as the State can pay; and certainly not this based on the total value of the education. The future of our children depends on what our elected leaders find politically convenient.

They seem to be saying that we can do anything better than the last. Our problems are too big to be resolved. The legislature may not pass a law to change the MAEP formula. Our State cannot afford to finance it. And even if we did, we can not make any difference.

Lol No, ‘no.’ They will not do it.

The issues and problems faced by the educational system of Mississippi, are the same challenges that exist everywhere.When we invested in education, paid our teachers and funded by schools as required by law, we have seen a dramatic improvement in K-12 achievement, test scores, and many other categories, by which success is measured.

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Feb 24

8 women to share what it is like switching to an IUD

Intrauterine devices are one of the most effective forms of reversible birth control, but few American women use them. That, however, is starting to change: the percentage of women using IUDS has grown rapidly in recent years have come new products on the market and most doctors recommend that women consider them.

Recent Government reports show that more than 6 percent of women.–and more than 11 percent of women aged 25-34-now use IUDS to prevent pregnancy. Those are small numbers, but the proportion of women who have the IUD is still nearly double what it was just five years ago. To learn more about the reasons for use of IUD is on the rise, reading “IUD is increasingly popular In America. That’s why “.

To learn why women are making this choice, The Huffington Post asked our Facebook followers to share their stories, and more than 100 people, did it. Here’s what they had to say, in their own words (quotes are omitted for clarity).

Chelsea Rae Breeze, 22, Newton, Utah

I wanted an IUD that I heard them as a teenager. So I knew that he didn’t want children, until I was old and had my life stabilized. I approached before my family doctor about an IUD when I was 17, almost 18. I was not sexually active, but I had read that with some IUDs had a monthly menstruation, which intrigued me. My family doctor has refused to discuss it with me because I wasn’t old enough. I wish I had pushed for an IUD before. It’s the best decision I made regarding my birth control needs. Many women are unfortunately very uninformed about the various forms of birth control. When I said earlier my friends and family about my decision to get an IUD, many told me that I couldn’t get one because I’ve had a baby or that I was too young to receive one.None of these are real!

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Feb 24

The secret to a happy marriage may be in your DNA

The secret to a happy marriage seems to be an inexhaustible topic of discussion, but Robert Levenson, a Professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, is take a look closer-up at the cellular level, indeed.

A new video from Fig. 1-a web series at the University of California that focuses on new ideas and research surrounding the science, art and more.–visit the theme of where DNA can affect the nuptial bliss. And according to Levenson, the answer is Yes.

One ongoing study, Levenson says, started in 1989 and following 156 pairs of middle-aged and elderly people, 125 of whom gave DNA samples. Every five years, they are questioned by researchers about their marital satisfaction.

Some couples are in these relationships that are emotionally very difficult-alot of anger and sadness and contempt. And marriages just get really miserable, Levenson says in the video. Others have similarly toxic environments, but seem to be doing OK.So this was not what we expected. and we started to think that maybe the answer lies in their genes. “

Twenty-six years, Levenson sees a factor is the gene which distributes the chemical serotonin, or “happy” in our brains. A common variant of the gene leads to emotional responses larger than in who carries while the difference may be slight, points out, over time, that all those answers may have a cumulative effect in a long-term relationship.

Happy wife, happy life? It might be time to update that proverb.

Watch the video above to learn how Levenson believes something smaller like a cellphone can make a difference.

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Feb 23

Therefore we will all become independent contractors

GM is worth around $60 billion, and has over 200,000 employees. Its front-line workers earn from $19 to $28.50 an hour, with benefits.

Uber is estimated to be worth some $40 billion, and has 850 employees. Uber also has over 163,000 drivers (as of December — the number is expected to double by June), who average $17 an hour in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., and $23 an hour in San Francisco and New York.

But Uber doesn’t count these drivers as employees. Uber says background checks is “independent contractors.”

What difference does background checks make?

For one thing, GM workers don’t have to pay for the machines background checks use. But Uber drivers pay for their cars — not just buying them but also their maintenance, insurance, gas, oil changes, tires, and cleaning. Subtract these costs and Uber drivers’ hourly pay drops considerably.

For another, GM’s employees get all the nation’s labor protections.

These include Social Security, a 40-hour workweek with time-and-a-half for overtime, worker health and safety, worker’s compensation if injured on the job, family and medical leave, minimum wage, pension protection, unemployment insurance, protection against racial or gender discrimination, and the right to bargain collectively.

Not to forget Obamacare’s mandate of employer-provided health care.

Uber workers don’t get any of these things. They’re outside the labor laws.

Uber workers aren’t alone. There are millions like just them, also outside the labor laws — and their ranks are growing. Most aren’t even part of the new Uberized “sharing” economy.

They’re franchisees, consultants, and free lancers.

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Feb 22

Another try him proof that meditators should be the world’s worst

Broody the brain is like many of us who have yet to take musing: we are intrigued by the benefits of mindful practice documented, but we have struggled to ease into it. As a result, we assume that it is not just our thing.

But what happens if that fight is because of our own misleading stereotypes what meditation really is?

“Meditation is not leaving the world, is to be engaged, feel content and genre,” Broody brain learns in the video above, created by Amit Sood, M.D., Professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic and The Mayo Clinic Guide to living without Stress.

Meditation is not confined to any specific rules that you may have heard; Can take the form of simply thinking about what you’re grateful for when you wake up or smiling at a stranger in an elevator. The average day can be filled with these “micro-meditative moments”.

If you’ve ever thought of meditation was not for you, Watch the video above.

Feb 22

Our Blogs of Global Top 12 – Ce master who will be the most important Innovation in the classroom in the next 10 years?

Did someone say Academy Award winner? As far as we know, our top 12 of not – yet – Oscars won, but paid translator have won our hearts and our voices, as the best global teacher blogs 2014. We liked their innovative ideas, so much so that we decided this talented 12 back each month on response to invite one overall question 21st century education related.

The February issue?

What are the most important innovation of the classroom in the next 10 years?

We proposed our top 12 think about the prospects, divided by the global search for education thought leaders.

“” E.G. in October 2013, we asked Michael Horn (co-author of the error class: how disruptive innovation will change the way and learns the way of the world), “students will attend in the future”schools “or are paid translator are called” mixed learning schools”, the brick and mortar building with online-learn to connect?”

So.back to this homework, which was once again: What are the most important innovation of the classroom in the next 10 years? Our top 12 global teacher talked about:

Adam Steiner believes that in the next ten years new gadgets be not as important as the transformation of students into creators of knowledge. Read all about it.

Todd Finley for mindfulness training and strenuous individualized movement, believe to be spread over the next ten years. Read all about it.

Richard Wells believes that teaching students to teach themselves the next important innovations in education. Read all about it.

Tom Bennett praises the budding collective communication by teachers around the world and says teachers which increase independence greatest upcoming innovation will be. Read all about it.

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