No remedy if someone set on blaming outfits: UP CM

first_imgFaced with the charge of right-wing activists repeatedly taking the law into their own hands in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday said there is “no remedy if someone makes up his mind” to blame a particular outfit.Mr. Adityanath was responding to questions by reporters about the lynching of a Muslim man in Bulandshahr that was allegedly carried out by Hindu Yuva Vahini (HYV) activists, and the Saharanpur clash in which an MP and a senior police official were injured.Mr. Adityanath founded HYV in April 2002.‘No discrimination’The CM was also asked why his warnings on the law-and-order front are not having the desired impact.“There is no remedy if someone makes up his mind that he has to blame a particular outfit… The victims have already stated that not one outfit but dispute among themselves was the cause of the incidents,” the CM said.“I can say with confidence that everyone will be safe in the State without any discrimination and rule of law is the priority of the government,” he said.In Saharanpur, local MP Raghav Lakhanpal Sharma, a senior police officer and several others were injured in stone pelting between members of two communities during a rally on April 20 to mark Ambedkar Jayanti.In Sohi village of Bulandshahr, a man was beaten to death by right-wing activists on May 2 after an inter-faith couple eloped. On Thursday, UP police’s press statement said that HYV activists were allegedly involved in the lynching incident.Regretting the State’s poor ranking in the ‘Swachh Survekshan-2017’, with only Varanasi figuring in the list of 100 clean cities, Mr. Adityanath said that nine of the 15 most dirty districts are in Uttar Pradesh.last_img read more

RichardsKortum wins prestigious Pierre Galletti Award

first_imgShare2Jeff Falk713-348-6775jfalk@rice.eduJade Boyd713-348-6778jadeboyd@rice.eduRichards-Kortum wins prestigious Pierre Galletti AwardAIMBE’s highest honor goes to Rice University global-health pioneer HOUSTON — (April 3, 2016) — The American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering (AIMBE) today presented its highest honor, the 2016 Pierre Galletti Award, to Rice University bioengineer Rebecca Richards-Kortum.Rebecca Richards-Kortum (Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Richards-Kortum, Rice’s Malcolm Gillis University Professor, professor of bioengineering and professor of electrical and computer engineering, is the first woman to win the Galletti Award, which was presented today at AIMBE’s 25th annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Richards-Kortum received the award for her “global leadership and exceptional innovation in creating the discipline of global-health engineering and pioneering engineering solutions to save countless maternal, newborn and vulnerable lives in resource-limited settings.”Richards-Kortum, directs both the Rice Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering and the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health, an award-winning global-health engineering program that incorporates problem-solving and hands-on learning activities. She also serves as special adviser to the provost on health-related research and educational initiatives.Since 2006, Rice 360º has partnered with Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre, Malawi, to evaluate dozens of affordable health care technologies developed by Rice students at the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK), including several that are now widely used throughout Malawi. When their work at QECH earned Richards-Kortum and OEDK Director Maria Oden the 2013 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation, the pair chose to use their $100,000 prize as seed funding for a campaign to fund a new neonatal ward, which QECH opened in November.In addition to providing patient care for thousands of newborns each year, the new QECH neonatal facility will serve as an innovation hub and test bed for the “Nursery of the Future,” a suite of student-created neonatal technologies that low-resource district hospitals can put into place for less than $5,000. The innovation hub, which was featured in UNICEF’s 2015 annual report, will offer students from Rice, the University of Malawi Polytechnic and the University of Malawi Medical School a place to evaluate life-saving technologies under the supervision of the hospital’s pediatric specialists.Richards-Kortum’s laboratory in Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative specializes in translating research in nanotechnology, molecular imaging and microfabrication to develop optical-imaging systems that are inexpensive, portable and capable of providing point-of-care diagnoses for diseases ranging from cancer to malaria. Her research has led to the development of 31 patents, and she is the author of the textbook Biomedical Engineering for Global Health published by Cambridge University Press (2010) as well as more than 300 refereed research papers and 11 book chapters. She also is the youngest Rice faculty member elected to the National Academy of Engineering.Richards-Kortum also is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a past member of the National Academies Committee on Conceptual Framework for New Science Education Standards and the National Advisory Council for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering for the National Institutes of Health. She is a fellow of AIMBE, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Biomedical Engineering Society, the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the National Academy of Inventors. Her many honors include the National Science Foundation’s Presidential Young Investigator Award, OSA’s Michael S. Feld Biophotonics Award and the Association of Rice Alumni’s George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching.The late Pierre Galletti, the award’s namesake, was a pioneering researcher in the emerging field of biomedical engineering whose work impacted heart-lung bypass surgery, artificial organs and tissue engineering. He was a founding member of AIMBE and served as the institute’s second president.-30-High-resolution IMAGES are available for download at: Rebecca Richards-Kortum(Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)More information about Richards-Kortum is available at:Richards-Kortum homepage named special adviser to provost — Feb. 25, 2016 test results vary from drop to drop in fingerprick tests — Nov. 17, 2015, MD Anderson win $1.8M for nanotech, cancer research — Oct. 12, 2015 software could speed breast cancer diagnosis — Aug. 21, 2015 named University Professor — Aug. 14, 2015 names Richards-Kortum to National Medal of Science committee — June 11, 2015 Microendoscope could eliminate unneeded biopsies — June 1, 2015, Vardi elected to National Academy of Sciences — April 29, 2015 on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to AddThislast_img read more