On his website Monday, Tiger Woods wrote that his recovery from back surgery on March 31 is a “slow process” and that he is uncertain when he will compete in another PGA Tour event.“I made the decision to have surgery because physically I just couldn’t make a golf swing,” Woods wrote. “That pretty much sums it up.“I’m doing everything I can and listening to my doctors and working on a strength program, and then we just have to see how my back is. Some people heal up in three months, some people take longer. I just don’t know.“I haven’t used a sand wedge yet. I’ve just done putting and chip-and-runs using the same length of motion. I haven’t really rotated yet. As far as taking a full swing, I have conference calls with my doctors every couple of weeks to see how my progress is and just kind of chart it out from there. Basically, you just follow a program. It’s tedious because it’s little rehab stuff, but you still have to do it.“That’s where I think the experiences of having gone through the surgeries in the past have really helped because you have to lay the foundation down first before you can do the more arduous activities and then return to form. I’m walking and able to cycle now and started swimming last week.”Back pain at the Honda Classic in March forced Woods to withdraw during the final round. He rehabbed the back and tried to play the following week at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and shot a final-round 78 to finish 25th. Two weeks later, he pulled out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational and then withdrew from the Masters.“I’ve missed major championships before, so this was not a new experience,” he wrote. “It helps when I’m physically unable to play the game. That’s when it’s easy for me, and I don’t have a problem watching. It’s when I’m playing and closer to getting back out there is when I start getting real antsy about watching events: ‘Can I play, can I not play?’ But when I’m physically unable to play, like in 2008 after my knee surgery, it makes things so much easier.“Once I begin swinging a club again, I’m not sure if I will have to make any changes to protect my back,” Woods said. “That’s up to [coach] Sean Foley and me on what we do. As far as limitations, it’s a building process, just like when I came back from my knee and Achilles injuries. You start from the green and work your way back: putting, chipping, pitching, wedging, mid-irons, long irons, woods and eventually playing. That’s all a process and takes time. We have to make sure my back heals fine and I have the strength and mobility going forward.”One the personal front, Woods said he had the same procedure as the Dallas Cowboys’ Tony Romo and has spoken to the quarterback. He also said he has been rehabbing with girlfriend Lindsey Vonn, the Olympic skier who is recovering from knee surgery. Woods added that he has spent quality time with his children, Samantha and Charlie.
After successful launch of ‘Make in India’ campaign to a give a fillip to dying domestic manufacturing industry, the NDA government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to launch Startup Village Entrepreneurship Programme by March this year. The scheme, which is a flagship programme promoted by PM Modi, aims to hone up entrepreneurship skills among rural youths by providing financial assistance as well as training assistance from the Centre. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJITalking to Millennium Post, Rural Development Secretary LC Goyal informed that the structure of PM’s pet project has almost been finalised after consulting different stakeholders. “The final blue print of the scheme would be sent to the PM for his approval by the end of this month. After getting sanctioned from PM Modi, the project would be rolled out across the country within two months.”Giving details about the proposed scheme, Goyal said, “The scheme would help in providing employment to at least 2 lakh rural youth, which will lessen their dependency on rural job scheme. The Rural Development Ministry has planned a corpus fund of Rs 400 crore for the better implementation of village entrepreneurship programme.” Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindOn the question of how it will function, the Rural Development Secretary said, “Suitable villages would be identified at every panchayat level and after that youths with entrepreneurship potential would be selected. The selected youths would be trained to hone up skills.”The financial assistance would be provided for opening of kirana stores, flour mills, toy manufacturing units, etc. There are no details about how many numbers of villages would be selected for first phase of this flagship programme, which will first start for the five years, Goyal said, on the sidelines of a press meet organised to spell out the achievements of Rural ministry in the seven months.“Though, it will too early to speculate about the success of village entrepreneurship programme, but one thing is clear that it will add only confusion among rural youths. In the country where there are about 14 lakh villages, such populist schemes would hardly make any impact,” said Madhuresh, a land reform activist.
ShareEditor’s note: Links to images for download appear at the end of this release.David [email protected] [email protected]’s now easier to go with the flowRice University tool simplifies comparison of flow cytometry data for laboratories HOUSTON – (May 3, 2016) – Rice University bioengineers have developed a tool to standardize data obtained through flow cytometry, one of the most widely used instruments to analyze living cells.The Rice lab of Jeffrey Tabor has released FlowCal, an open-source software package that improves the ability of researchers to quantitatively compare flow-cytometry data.The software is detailed in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Synthetic Biology.“This is a much-needed software tool to help standardize data in synthetic biology,” Tabor said. “Specifically, it will allow biologists in different laboratories and across different publications to compare their measurements to one another. It should help advance synthetic biology from an ad hoc to a mature engineering discipline.”Labs use cytometry to gather information about biological processes within cells as they flow through the instrument. “It can measure fluorescent signals from tens of thousands of cells in a couple of minutes,” said Sebastián Castillo-Hair, who led the project with John Sexton. Both are graduate students in the Tabor lab. “This is useful because fluorescent signals represent a lot of things in cells. In synthetic biology, for example, fluorescence represents the output of a genetic circuit.”The lab programs genetic circuits in cells – the biological equivalent of electronic circuits – to sense, compute and respond to their environments. Fluorescent reporter proteins are placed into the circuitry because they are easy to detect and allow researchers to measure and debug the circuit’s performance.“We can get a lot of information from flow cytometry,” Castillo-Hair said. “We can not only get the average fluorescence of many cells; we actually obtain the fluorescence of each individual cell. This gives us a nice fluorescence distribution across the whole cell population. And there’s a ton of biological information that can be extracted from that.”The problem for bioengineers has been that results from different labs – or even from different instruments in the same lab – are impossible to compare quantitatively.Flow cytometers produce data in what researchers call “arbitrary units” that are subject to variables like the instrument brand and its settings and calibration. By using commercially available calibration particles to establish a baseline, these units can be converted to more standardized “molecules of equivalent fluorophore” that allow for comparison. But because no convenient, nonproprietary tool existed to perform the calibration, arbitrary units have been impossible to match up.So the project was born out of frustration. “We both have backgrounds in more traditional engineering disciplines,” Castillo-Hair said. “I’m from mechanical engineering; John is from electrical engineering. We’re familiar with having numbers that actually mean something.”“We’re engineers at heart, and we need to characterize the things we build,” Sexton added. “To date, in this field, we’ve largely been playing in our own sandboxes, which is very frustrating for somebody who’s trying to take things that other people have made and use them in your own research. It was clear to us that we needed to use the same yardstick everywhere.”“This software is a big step,” Castillo-Hair said. “It allows you to refer gene expression units to a common number that you can very easily compare to what other people have measured in your lab, even when completely different instrument settings have been used. With a few additional steps, data from different instruments and labs can become comparable as well.”To make it accessible to the largest number of researchers, the program has been designed to work with Microsoft Excel, for which the Rice team has designed templates. Once a simple Excel file is prepared, FlowCal reads and processes data from calibration particles. This information is then used to convert cell fluorescence to calibrated units. Finally, the program generates an Excel file with cell fluorescence statistics and a set of plots of calibration particles and cell samples.Sexton said FlowCal has become a standard tool in the Tabor lab. “This is easy enough to use that even people without any programming knowledge can pick it up really quickly,” he said.The researchers programmed FlowCal in the common Python language and encourage others to add on or modify it to suit their own needs. “We’ve made it pretty easy to collaborate, if other people want to add to it,” Sexton said. “We’re open to feedback.”Co-authors of the paper are Rice graduate students Brian Landry and Evan Olson, and Oleg Igoshin, a Rice associate professor of bioengineering. Tabor is an assistant professor of bioengineering.The National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research, the National Institutes of Health and the Welch Foundation supported the research.-30-Read the abstract at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acssynbio.5b00284Download FlowCal at www.taborlab.rice.edu/softwareFollow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated Materials:Tabor lab: http://www.taborlab.rice.eduRice University Department of Bioengineering: http://bioe.rice.eduImages for download: http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/05/0209_FLOW-2-WEB-setzms.jpgRice University bioengineers have developed an open-source tool to standardize data obtained through flow cytometry, which is used to study living cells. From left: Jeffrey Tabor, an assistant professor of bioengineering, and graduate students Sebastián Castillo-Hair and John Sexton. 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AddThis http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/05/0209_FLOW-1-WEB-13cu3n0.jpgFlowCal is an open-source tool developed at Rice University to standardize data obtained through flow cytometry, which is used to analyze living cells. (Credit: Tabor lab/Rice University)