Rocky Fork Preview: Appalachia at its Finest

first_imgIn the northeast corner of Tennessee is one of the most spectacular wild places in Southern Appalachia: Rocky Fork. The 10,000-acre watershed is home to the region’s cleanest water, rarest species, most secluded hiking and biking trails in the region, and a new state park. It also could be home to a controversial new RV park and road if park developers have their way. BRO takes a deep dive into Rocky Fork in the February issue.But you don’t have to wait for the next issue to learn more about this haven of biodiversity and one of the last pristine natural areas in Appalachia. The Rocky Fork Watershed Almanac is a Facebook page and virtual journal that provides the latest information and updates about Rocky Fork, including this breaking news yesterday: Rocky Fork is being renamed Lamar Alexander Rocky Fork State Park in honor of the three-time Republican senator. You can read more about the new name and the reasons behind it here.For more in-depth information about Rocky Fork, check out the new Rocky Fork Journal launched last week. It’s a go-to source for trails, wildlife, history, rare species, spectacular photography, and field notes from expert naturalists and explorers of Rocky Fork’s wild, rugged terrain.Even if you never visit Rocky Fork, you’ll learn a ton from these resources about Appalachia at its finest.last_img read more

Professor writes book on medicine

first_imgWith the release of his first book, The End of Illness, on Tuesday, Dr. David Agus, a professor in the Viterbi School of Engineering and the Keck School of Medicine, hopes to make strides in understanding health and in calling for health care reform.The End of Illness calls for increasing preventative medicine. Agus said this concept comes from his dual training, which allows him to view health problems from the perspective of the body as a whole, rather than looking at specific systems.“I am a cancer doctor, so I look at people in the face every day and I say, ‘I don’t have any more drugs to treat you’ … and so we really brought the idea that we have to push to prevent disease,” Agus said.Agus calls his book a comprehensive new look at health.“[The book goes] through all the data and complications of vitamins,” Agus said. “It talks about … going from aspirin to statin to how they can dramatically lower your rate of inflammation and thereby heart disease and cancer.”As a professor of medicine and engineering, Agus gauges his two specialties to provide a unique insight to health.“Biologists try to understand one single pathway and then try to understand everything, whereas engineers realize [there are] complex systems you can’t always understand,” Agus said. “So, thinking like an engineer about medicine really is a whole new way of approaching it.”Aside from continuing to run the USC Westside Prostate Cancer Center in Beverly Hills, Agus has begun looking toward his next project.“The modeling that we talk about in the book, we have received a large grant from the National Cancer Institute to really apply that to cancer; to use the principles — the physics and math — to approach cancer,” Agus said.Since the release of the book, Agus has made appearances on Nightline and Good Morning America.“The Nightline reporter came to USC to see me last Friday, and he was a 34-year-old guy … healthy, skinny and exercises all the time,” Agus said. “We looked at his genetics, and it [turned] out he was at higher risk for heart disease. So, we did a heart scan, and it turned out he had heart disease.”The lack of Americans who proactively try to prevent disease is a problem, Agus said.“The problem with most health care is that you wait until you’re sick before you seek it,” Agus said. “I want to move health care to the prevention mode; I want to prevent people from getting illnesses.”In his laboratory on the Health Sciences Campus, Agus and his team are working on developing a more comparable marker from one person to the next.“Right now, we don’t have a universal marker for health — that’s a problem,” Agus said.last_img read more

USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter reacts to young squad’s victory over Panama

first_img“I liked his work. For forwards, you’re not always going to hit the back of the net, but his work rate was excellent. In the first half of the game when it was very tight, we’re trying to squeeze balls into him and he has two guys on his back and he keeps battling, so I thought that was good. I think he got in enough spots to score a goal so that’s what we’re looking at because I know with Gyasi, it’s eventually going to go in.”On Djordje Mihailovic, who impressed Berhalter all camp and started the goal scoring in the 40th minute:“He’s been one of the players that his lines just kept going upwards. He’s been really good at developing really well and he’s a smart soccer player. If you slow it down and look at some of the small things he does, you can understand how intelligent of a soccer player he is and the proud moment for the coach becomes when you select him to be played and then he performs — I can just imagine how proud he is right now and how proud his family is right now and that’s a gratifying moment for a coach.”DOUBLE THAT 🇺🇸 LEAD! @thewalkerzim buries a header off a fantastic cross from @nick__lima! 2-0! 🔥— U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) January 28, 2019 The long-time Columbus Crew coach was impressed with the team’s ability to apply a new system and style of play. After just two and a half weeks of camp, new leaders emerged, veterans continued to lead by example and there’s still much more soccer to be played.Here’s Berhalter’s reactions to some key performances from the U.S. versus Panama: Related News USMNT tops Panama, gets first win under new coach Gregg Berhalter Gregg Berhalter put together one of the youngest, most inexperienced U.S. Men’s National Team in his international coaching debut. The USMNT had a record five starters making their international debuts, as well. It was only the second time in the modern age the USMNT’s starting 11 had that many new faces. The US beat Panama by a resounding 3-0 margin Sunday and started the Berhalter era.center_img Gregg Berhalter is excited to rebuild very young USMNT’s image On Aaron Long, one of 11 first timers and captain:“In working with Aaron the last two and a half weeks, you see his leadership qualities. Every exercise we do, he’s committed, he’s driving guys, he’s pushing guys and we like that. We liked his demeanor. … I also am a little bit more familiar with him from Red Bull and see his drive and intensity and we thought that would be a good candidate to be captain tonight.”On veteran Michael Bradley, who has a whopping 143 caps, not being selected as captain and their discussion:“I was in a similar situation one time and no one spoke to me and I said to Michael — I was very clear with him — I said, ‘Listen, you would look at the roster and you’d be the logical choice for captain but we’re not going with you, we’re going with Aaron and here’s why we’re going with Aaron.’ I just wanted to communicate it to him. I told him that he’ll still be a leader when he’s on the field by his performance. The arm band is maybe just authority, but you can lead through your actions and I think Michael (had) done that (Sunday).”On Nick Lima, who was named Man of the Match and tallied one assist:“He got the coach’s Man of the Match and it was because of the complication of what we asked him to do and how he dealt with it. … He competed on every play. The second goal is a great example of his competing and transition. We’re really happy with him and it showed he has a good understanding of the game.”DOUBLE THAT 🇺🇸 LEAD! @thewalkerzim buries a header off a fantastic cross from @nick__lima! 2-0! 🔥— U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) January 28, 2019On Gyasi Zardes, the second-most experienced player with 41 caps:last_img read more