Direct marketing and public collections dominated 2014 complaints about fundraising, says FRSB report

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Reasons for complaintsNot all charities record the causes for complaint, but where they do the principal concerns do vary depending on the fundraising method.* Direct mail: the main causes for complaint are poorly addressed communications (25%), frequency of mailings (20%) and tone of the appeal (13%)* Telephone fundraising: the main causes for complaint are a general dislike of telephone fundraising (34%), the tone of the appeal (30%) and frequency of calls (18%)* Doorstep fundraising: the most common cause of complaint was the behaviour of fundraisers (42%), and for household clothing collections it was failing to pick up collection bags (64%).For all these four methods the most common concerns were:* a general dislike of the method* the tone of fundraising messages, and* the frequency of contact. Direct marketing and public collections dominated 2014 complaints about fundraising, says FRSB report  140 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Photo: Ekaterina_Minaeva / Shutterstock.com Fundraising by direct marketing and public collections generated 86% of the complaints about fundraising recorded during 2014 by member charities of the Fundraising Standards Board, according to its FRSB Complaints Report published this week.Direct marketing (which consists of direct mail, telephone fundraising, email and SMS) and public collections (Direct Debit, cash, prospect and clothing / household collections) once again generated the most complaints (86%), although there was a 5% reduction in complaints about direct mail (both addressed and unaddressed).The figures were announced at the Institute of Fundraising’s National Convention in London. They cover 2014, so do not cover the complaints and issues raised following media coverage and comment on the death of Olive Cooke. Nevertheless, common issues do appear, especially around the volume and tone of fundraising communications.Top 10 fundraising methods by complaintIn 2014 the 1,338 FRSB member charities received 52,389 about their fundraising activities which together raised £5.1 billion in voluntary income.*Volume for all fundraising is measured by the number of solicitations for funds, except for these starred methods where alternative measures are used as appropriate (ie the volume of outdoor events is measured by the number of participants, raffles by tickets sold and private site fundraising by Direct Debit sign-ups). **The volume measure for street fundraising sign-ups is multiplied by 180 (source: Public Fundraising Regulatory Association) to approximate the number of solicitations made.It is not, however, simply an issue of volume. Charity advertising has the largest reach of all fundraising methods, yet it resulted in just 2% of complaints.More complaints but more charities reportingThe total number of complaints filed with FRSB increased by 8% from 48,432 to 52,389. Almost half (48%) of this increase came from charities that reported to the FRSB for the first time in 2014.However, more charities have joined FRSB and are reporting. In 2014 FRSB’s membership grew by 10%, and the number of members contributing to the complaints report increased by 11%. Advertisementcenter_img Tagged with: complaints Fundraising Standards Board Research / statistics Most complaints generated by larger charitiesThe majority of complaints are directed at a small number of major charities. This is not surprising, given that their volume of fundraising activity is necessarily substantially larger than those of smaller charities.So, although the average number of complaints about fundraising during 2014 is 39 per charity, major charities averaged 500 complaints each.Small and micro charities typically reported an average of less than one complaint.Most complaints resolved by charities themselvesThe FRSB advises those with a complaint about fundraising to direct it first to the charity concerned. The vast majority of the complaints made in 2014 were resolved by the charities.During the year, 17 complaints were escalated to stage two of the FRSB’s complaints process, at which the FRSB executive team attempt a resolution, and six adjudications were held.The final stage in the process is an independent adjudication ruling by the FRSB’s independent Board.Benchmarking to help reduce complaintsThe FRSB takes an active role in helping charities whose complaints exceed those of their peer group to identify and address relevant problem areas. It does so through its benchmarking programme in which charities receive customised benchmarking reports. This year, for the first time, the reports examine not just fundraising methods but the issues that underlie complaints across the top four methods.Colin Lloyd, Chair of the Fundraising Standards Board said that, given the concerns raised following the tragic death of Olive Cooke, there was a clear need to listen to donors and the wider public and to reflect that feedback within planning future fundraising.He said:“The common themes in complaint monitoring of a general dislike of some fundraising methods and the frequency of charity asks must be met with a true commitment by all practitioners to question the number of approaches they make and the ability with which they enable people to opt out of future contact. We welcome the initial steps that the Institute of Fundraising has recently announced to strengthen and review standards in these areas and we look forward to further progress over the coming weeks”.He acknowledged the “immense challenges” faced by charities as they deal with continued Government funding cuts while demand for their services grows, and the resultant urgent need for funds. He concluded:“But, there is also an urgent need to ensure that public concerns are addressed and that a balance is struck that meets both the interests of the donor and charity beneficiaries.” Howard Lake | 9 July 2015 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Financial education vital to tackling pension crisis

first_imgChanges to the Student Support Scheme for people living in Direct Provision RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsFinancial education vital to tackling pension crisisBy Staff Reporter – March 1, 2019 958 Ollie Moran, financial advisorTHE lack of financial education being provided at a young age has contributed to Ireland’s pension crisis.That’s according to a leading Limerick financial advisor who believes that a low standard of financial literacy played a part in the 2008 economic crash and could also cause problems in the future.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Ollie Moran, owner and founder of Ollie Moran Financial Services, was commenting on figures from the Central Statistics Office, which put Ireland’s pension liabilities at the end of 2015 at €436.3 billion, which is more than double the national debt.“The level of financial literacy is low certainly by international standards. We need to seriously consider the introduction of a domestic finance subject for students at secondary level, something that equips young people with the basic financial skills they will need in adulthood”, he said.Around 65 percent of private sector workers in Ireland have not made any provision for retirement and the Irish government is now proposing to introduce a mandatory pension scheme to address the issue.International studies however show that attitudes about money are formed in children as young as seven years of age and with research by Irish Life showing that one in four Irish savers don’t know either how to invest or what level of return they could expect from investing, isn’t it time that we consider introducing financial education into the national curriculum in Ireland?What can we learn from others?In England, financial education has been on the national curriculum since 2014. At secondary level, topics include budgeting, savings and pensions, insurance, income and expenditure, credit and debt, simple and compound interest, loan repayments and managing risk, and a number of groups are calling for financial education to become compulsory in primary school.Martin Lewis, founder of moneysavingexpert.com, has also developed a personal finance textbook which aims to make it “easier for teachers and schools to teach financial education”.Every state secondary school in England will receive 100 free copies of the book which has been produced by financial education charity Young Money in collaboration with Mr. Lewis.“Companies spend billions on advertising, marketing and teaching staff to sell, yet we don’t get any buyer’s training. That needs to change,” said Mr. Lewis.“The best place to teach is in the classroom — I hope this textbook will help make that easier.”Emphasising the importance of financial education to society, Michael Mercieca, chief executive of Young Money, said: “It’s vital to the personal well-being of individuals and to the country that we improve the education of young people in this area to give them the best possible chance of success in the future.”According to research carried out in 2018 by Amárach Research half of Irish people say their mental health suffered due to the economic recession and hundreds of thousands experienced thoughts of self-harm or suicide. The research showed that seven in ten experienced stress and anxiety, while over a quarter had to seek professional help to cope with the mental struggle.Even as the economy recovers, Irish households continue to be the fourth most indebted in the EU at an average of €29,307 per capita and approximately one third of all Irish third level students are currently experiencing serious financial problems. With financial wellbeing and mental health being so closely related, financial education early in life is crucial.If the Irish government wants to encourage the public to provide more for their own retirement one way that it can do that is by offering incentives.In the UK, residents can open Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) and invest up to £20,000 per year tax free. ISAs were introduced in the UK in 1999 and were designed to encourage people to save. There were 10.8 million adult ISA accounts subscribed to in 2017-2018 including cash ISAs, lifetime ISAs, stocks and shares ISAs, help-to-buy ISAs and junior ISAs (which parents can set up for their children).By opening an ISA an individual can buy shares, bonds, investment funds or simply hold money in an interest-bearing account – all tax free.Frank Conway, author of Ireland’s Essential Guide to Personal Finance and founder of MoneyWhizz.org, an organisation that works with schools and employers teaching personal financial skills, points to a recent study carried out by Standard and Poor which shows that only 55 per cent of Irish adults are considered to be financially literate (compared to 71 percent in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, 67 percent in the UK and 66 per cent in Germany).“Although awareness is improving there is much more that can be done. We need to provide people with the basic financial skills that are needed throughout life.There is a tremendous amount of interest in the services we provide from both primary and secondary schools as well as well as Irish companies helping their employees develop these skills, but it is critical that financial education is fully integrated into the national curriculum, at both primary and secondary level.”Ireland is facing a massive pension shortfall and urgent action needs to be taken.People are living longer, the financial landscape is becoming more crowded and complicated and individuals are being asked to provide more for their own financial security in retirement at a time when interest rates are at an all-time low.If this is to become a reality, the Irish government needs to urgently introduce financial education into schools and introduce incentives for adults already in employment.by Rian Mac GiobúinEireannachtharlear.com Education and Training Board serves up award winning standards Linkedin Twitter Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 Advertisement Printcenter_img Limerick schools urged to get involved in STEM challenge Email Students in Limerick colleges to benefit from more than €1.5M funding to assist with online learning Facebook TAGSeducationEireannachtharlear.comFinancialRian Mac Giobúin Previous articleIrish Metal event of 2019 set for King John’s CastleNext articleNew political party to launch in Limerick Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Consultation process on a new action plan for apprenticeship launchedlast_img read more

No. 25 BYU Drops Close Game to Cal

first_img“We played a solid game today,” BYU head coach Mike Littlewood said. “A couple small execution things cost us.” Player Highlights The Bears took the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning on a double to right center that scored the runner from second. With runners on second and third with one out, BYU turned the 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. BYU (29-11) and Cal (24-15) battled through four scoreless innings until the Cougars strung together a collection of hits in the top of the fifth to score two. With Mitch McIntyre on second after a double, Casey Jacobsen hit a two-out triple to left field to bring McIntyre home. Danny Gelalich followed in the ensuing at-bat with an infield single to bring in Jacobsen. Written by Tags: BYU Cougars Baseball/California Golden Bears Mitch McIntyre: 2-3, 2B, RCasey Jacobsen: 1-2, 3B, R, RBI Game Summary FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBERKELEY, Calif. – No. 25 BYU baseball gave up three unanswered runs to fall to Cal by a score of 3-2 on Monday. BYU went up 2-0 in the fifth inning, but the Bears answered with two in the bottom of the fifth and the game-winning run in the seventhThe loss snapped BYU’s five-game winning streak The heart of the order came up for BYU in the top of the ninth, but went down in order to end the game. BYU will next play three at Loyola Marymount starting Thursday, May 2, at 6 p.m. PT on TheW.tv, BYU Radio and ESPN 960 AM. Cougar starter Jarod Lessar threw four strikeouts in his 4.0 innings pitched, allowing just a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth. Drew Zimmerman then entered the game, drawing two outs before a double and an RBI-single tied the game, 2-2. April 29, 2019 /Sports News – Local No. 25 BYU Drops Close Game to Cal Robert Lovelllast_img read more

A modern take on… rainbow CAke by Lily Vanilli

first_imgLily Vanilli is a cutting-edge cake baker and curator of the first-ever art exhibition made entirely from cake Cake Britain in 2010. She kicks off a series of novel product ideas to enliven any bakery range.This rainbow cake is perfect for birthdays someone recently wrote to me that they had made it for their 90-year-old grandma! In general I try to avoid food colourings and use natural ingredients to decorate cakes wherever I can, but this psychedelic sponge has a magical and fun quality that always makes people smile. The recipe and instructions below are for a layer cake, but you can adapt it to make cupcakes (pictured) or even use a chocolate and vanilla batter to make a zebra print cake. I like using this sponge inside my more dramatic cake sculptures, so there is an extra exciting element when it’s cut into. It looks beautiful on a counter and disappears if you are selling it by the slice.IngredientsUnsalted butter, softened225gCaster sugar410gLarge eggs, room temperature4Plain flour sifted twice400gBaking powder2.5 tspSalt1.5 tspWhole milk w/2 teaspoons vanilla extract added8fl ozFrostingUnsalted butter, very soft225gConfectioners’ sugar1kgMilk245gVanilla extract2 tspDouble cream2 tbspMethod1. Cream the softened butter with a mixer until smooth. Add the sugar and beat until pale and fluffy about 5 minutes, starting on medium and working up to high speed.2. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating on medium speed after each addition until just incorporated.3. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt and add to the batter in three parts, alternating with the milk and vanilla, beating well after each addition and beginning and ending with the dry.4. Now make a rainbow! Divide your batter into 7 small bowls equally. Then, using gel colours (not liquid food dye), mix a little (use a toothpick) of each colour of the rainbow to make red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. Spoon just over 3/4 of the red batter into the centre of the first of two 8-inch round cake pans, spread it out a little and then add slightly less of the orange batter to the centre of the red, then continue through the rainbow, each time adding a little less of the mixture and to the centre (so the colours form concentric rings).5. When you have finished, repeat in the opposite direction in the second pan so start with violet and work up to the last drop of red.6. Bake for 25 minutes in a 180°C oven or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.7. Let the cakes cool in the pan for 5-10 mins, then transfer carefully to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.For the frosting1. Beat the softened butter until it is smooth.2. Add the milk, vanilla and double cream and blend until smooth feel free to add a little more milk or cream until you get a consistency you like.3. Ice the cooled cake any colour you like.l For more creative cake ideas, recipes and baking tips visit lily-vanilli.blogspot.comlast_img read more

Metcalfe offers flexibility

first_imgMetcalfe Catering is offering three processors under the MC range, which it claims can chop, purée, mix, liquidise, knead, grind and blend. The MC line includes a compact MC3 three-litre model, the more substantial MC5 five-litre model and the heavy-duty MC8 eight-litre model.All three models have stainless steel bowls, a stainless steel frame and body and a single blade as standard that caters for most tasks. The firm also offers optional serrated or perforated blades.last_img

Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien To Release Debut Solo Album

first_imgIn a recent interview with Esquire, Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien confirmed that he has plans to release his debut solo album, slated for release in the tail end of 2018 or early 2019. In the interview, O’Brien stated that he hopes that the upcoming album will be finished by next summer, noting that he had just wrapped up a three-week recording session with drummer Omar Hakim (drummer on David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance”), guitarist and vocalist Dave Okumu (The Invisible), and bassist Nathan East.Fox News Just Called Radiohead “The Poor Man’s Coldplay”During the interview, O’Brien also explained the inspiration for the album produced by Flood (U2, Depeche Mode, PJ Harvey) and Catherine Marks (Foals, The Killers, Local Natives). , saying, “Without getting into it too much, going to Carnival in Rio was very inspiring. Rhythm and groove were a big part of it.” He continued, “I’m really enjoying it. It feels really right at the moment.”To support the new album, O’Brien has plans for a select number of solo shows in 2018. Given Radiohead’s nomination for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Consequence of Sound speculates that “at least one of those performances will likely come onstage as part of the band’s induction.”Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Announces 2018 Induction NomineesEd O’Brien’s focus on solo projects is certainly not out of line with the rest of the members of Radiohead, who similarly are using 2018 to pursue individual solo endeavors. Thom Yorke, who will also embark on a brief U.S. solo tour in December, and Jonny Greenwood both have been tapped to score films. Yorke’s composition for the remake of cult horror classic Suspiria will mark the iconic rocker’s debut film score, while Greenwood is slated to work on Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread as well as You Were Never Really Here.Radiohead & Hans Zimmer Release “Blue Planet II” Collaboration[H/T Consequence of Sound; Photo: Listen To The Beat]last_img read more

‘Harvard lifts aspirations’

first_imgPresident Drew Faust urged incoming students to shed their freshman shyness and embrace the possibilities at a large research institution such as Harvard, a place that she says helps its students stretch their potential in seeking their life’s calling.“Harvard lifts aspirations. It makes people want to do more, to reach and stretch,” Faust said.She made her comments in response to a question from former New York Times reporter Linda Greenhouse, now a member of Harvard’s Board of Overseers, who moderated a talk with Faust before an audience of Harvard alumni Nov. 9 at Paine HallFaust and Greenhouse appeared with Harvard Law School Professor Lawrence Lessig at a two-part President’s Forum, sponsored by the Harvard Alumni Association and the Harvard Club of Boston. Lessig, who is director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard, opened the event, delivering a dynamic talk about institutional ethics and how legal lobbying is exerting a corrupting influence on the nation’s decision makers.Lessig spoke broadly about institutional ethics, citing the Exxon Valdez oil spill and the influence of congressional lobbying as examples of how important acting ethically is in society. On the congressional issue, Lessig said that even when conducted legally, lobbying creates a mini-economy that buys powerful interests access to members of the House and Senate that is denied to ordinary citizens. Further, he said, the high cost of running political campaigns makes senators and representatives dependent on special-interest money, creating an unhealthy triangle where lobbyists finance politicians’ campaigns, politicians give access to special interests, and special interests, in turn, hire lobbyists.On the Exxon Valdez case, Lessig said the ethical question is whether the ship’s captain should have been allowed to steer a supertanker when his automobile driver’s license had been suspended for drunk driving, and whether the people around him should have taken action once they knew he might have been impaired. In discussing who is responsible in such cases, Lessig pointed a finger back at the audience — and beyond.“It’s not the evil people we need to focus on, it’s the good people, the decent people,” Lessig said. “Corruptions are primed by the most privileged and permitted by the passivity of the most privileged. … I think the branch of government we need [to act] is the people.”In her part of the program, Faust fielded a range of questions, both from Greenhouse and the audience, touching on building community, the financial crisis, and on Harvard’s effect on its students. Responding to questions about Harvard’s financial situation, Faust said that, though the endowment’s losses set its balance sheets back to where they were in 2005, “we were a pretty good university in 2005.” But Harvard has taken on commitments since then that are not easily shed, Faust said, leading to necessary moves in the last year, such as layoffs, wage freezes, and cuts to expense and travel spending, among others.Faust said she did not believe there would be a rapid bounce-back of the endowment with a return to business as it was. Rather, she said, Harvard is at a “new normal,” complete not only with financial constraints but with opportunities to rethink how the University does business.Faust defended both the endowment’s investment strategy and the manner in which it compensates Harvard Management Company (HMC) money managers. She said the endowment’s investment strategy has led to an average 8.9 percent annual return over the last decade, even with last year’s crash, far ahead of the 1.4 percent annual return that a more conservative 60/40 split between stocks and bonds would have delivered. As for the managers, Faust said the compensation plan was designed to both attract the necessary talent to HMC and link compensation to performance, giving bonuses and other features that reward performance above benchmarks and taking back bonuses when managers underperform.The rapid decline in the endowment has highlighted how dependent the University has become on that income, Faust said. One necessary change in how Harvard conducts its financial affairs will be to recognize that endowment dependence and to plan for future volatility. That means that buffers against future declines, in the form of reserves, need to be built up and maintained by the Schools most dependent on endowment income, she said.Despite Harvard’s financial challenges, Faust added, the University’s commitment remains strong to student financial aid, which has been spared the cuts suffered by other programs. That is because the University intends to remain true to its commitment to attracting the best and the brightest, regardless of economic background, she explained.“We think this is our responsibility as an institution,” Faust said.last_img read more

Harvard College junior follows humanities

first_imgAs I prepared for my fall journey back to Cambridge, I was confronted with a new reality — life as an upperclassman. When I opened the door to my spacious suite for the first time, I was happy that I no longer had to live in a matchbox.But along with the improved living conditions came the realization that I was halfway through Harvard College. While my first two years prepared me well for the workload, they did not prepare me for the self-reflection of a humanities concentrator, evaluating the potential for real-world employment.Coming off a remarkable summer that included research for a brilliant, renowned history professor and part-time work for a venture capital firm, I felt balanced, confident, and excited to continue on my academic journey. I have always been secure in my selection of concentration, given my lifelong love of ancient history. But while I never second-guessed the pursuit of my intellectual passions, I became concerned that employers might view my focus with skepticism.Although I filled out applications, submitted resumes, and attended information sessions, I could not help but wonder how employers might interpret my academic interests. One afternoon at lunch, I sat with friends in the dining hall and discussed impending interview notifications for internships. After hearing that friends with concentrations in economics, applied math, and STEM fields had received rejections, I expected the worst. Yet I wondered why corporations would not look for students striving to understand the past, which not only teaches one to think, but also how the world works. Humanities offer marketability in a competitive world Related ‘I have come to see my concentration as an investment in versatility and intellectualism’ I soon found out that I was getting ahead of myself. By the time I returned to my room that day, I was prepared for any outcome. I logged on to my computer and happily found invitations to some interviews, showing that what I feared might be a handicap may have actually been an asset.Over the following week, I realized that each student has a unique journey reflective of his or her drives, interests, personality, and background. Rather than be concerned how recruiters or graduate school admissions committees might interpret a humanities concentration, I began to recognize its inherent value. After meeting interviewers with various degrees, from physics to history to economics, the message was universal: Corporations seek candidates with diverse academic backgrounds. More than once, I was asked what I learned from my concentration. My response was immediate — a humanities concentration teaches critical thought, applicable to any field. The utility of my concentration in ancient history (Greek and Roman) became abundantly clear, even with real-world employers.The beginning of junior year has meant a lot more than a search for an internship; it has revealed the importance of living a balanced life. While I could spend countless hours actively pursuing a post-campus future, my life as a junior is here at Harvard. Perhaps the best advice for junior year was delivered on a postcard from my freshman year peer-advising fellow. He wrote, “Spend time with your thoughts.” This sage advice will continue to guide my undergraduate path as it hits its midpoint.While I have already experienced so much in two years, I still cannot wait to see what more is to come.Matthew DeShaw ’18 writes an occasional column about Harvard College experiences.last_img read more

Scientists use trilayer graphene configuration to observe more robust superconductivity

first_imgIn 2018, the physics world was set ablaze with the discovery that when an ultrathin layer of carbon, called graphene, is stacked and twisted to a “magic angle,” that new double-layered structure converts into a superconductor, allowing electricity to flow without resistance or energy waste.Now, in a literal twist, Harvard scientists have expanded on that by adding a third layer and rotating it, opening the door for continued advancements in graphene-based superconductivity.The work is described in a new paper in Science, and eventually could lead toward superconductors that operate at higher temperatures — even close to room temperature. These superconductors are considered the Holy Grail of condensed-matter physics, as they would open the door to tremendous technological revolutions in many areas, including electricity transmission, transportation, and quantum computing. Most superconductors today, including the double-layered graphene system, work only at ultracold temperatures.“Superconductivity in twisted graphene provides physicists with an experimentally controllable and theoretically accessible model system where they can play with the system’s properties to decode the secrets of high-temperature superconductivity,” said one of the paper’s co-lead authors, Andrew Zimmerman, a postdoctoral researcher working in the lab of Harvard physicist Philip Kim.Graphene is a one-atom-thick layer of carbon that is 200 times stronger than steel, yet extremely flexible and lighter than paper. It has almost always been known to be a good conductor of heat and electrical current, but it is notoriously difficult to handle. Experiments unlocking the puzzle of twisted bilayer graphene have been ongoing since MIT physicist Pablo Jarillo-Herrero and his group pioneered “twistronics” in 2018, when they produced the graphene superconductor by twisting it to the magic angle of 1.1 degrees.The Harvard scientists report successfully stacking three sheets of graphene and then twisting each of them to that angle to produce a three-layered structure that not only is capable of superconductivity, but does so more robustly and at higher temperatures than many of the double-stacked graphene systems. The new and improved system is also sensitive to an externally applied electric field that allows researchers to tune the level of superconductivity by adjusting the strength of that field.“It enabled us to observe the superconductor in a new dimension and provided us with important clues about the mechanism that’s driving the superconductivity,” said the study’s other lead author, Zeyu Hao, a Ph.D. student in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences also working in the Kim Group.One of those mechanisms has the theorists really excited. The trilayer system showed evidence that its superconductivity is due to strong interactions between electrons, as opposed to weak ones. If this is verified, it could help open a path not only to high-temperature superconductivity, but to possible applications in quantum computing.“In most conventional superconductors, electrons move with a high speed and occasionally cross paths and influence each other. In this case, we say their interaction effects are weak,” said Eslam Khalaf, a co-author on the study and postdoctoral fellow working in the lab of Harvard Physics Professor Ashvin Vishwanath. “While weakly interacting superconductors are fragile and lose superconductivity when heated to a few Kelvins, strong-coupling superconductors are much more resilient but much less understood. Realizing strong coupling superconductivity in a simple and tunable system such as trilayer could pave the way to finally develop a theoretical understanding of strongly coupled superconductors to help realize the goal of a high-temperature, maybe even room-temperature, superconductor.”The researchers plan to continue exploring the nature of this unusual superconductivity in further studies.“The more we understand, the better chance we have to increase the superconducting transition temperatures,” said Kim.This work was supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and the Simons Collaboration on Ultra-Quantum Matter.last_img read more

BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF VERMONT HOSTING A FREE

first_imgBLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF VERMONT HOSTING A FREEMEDICARE PART D EDUCATIONAL FORUMBerlin, VT Free educational forums for anyone interested in learning about the benefits of the new Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program (PDPs) will be held by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) on the following dates: Tuesday, April 11, 2006 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Black Bear Inn St. Johnsbury, VT Tuesday, April 11, 2006 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastside Restaurant Newport, VT Thursday, April 13, 2006 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Comfort Inn St. Albans, VT Friday, April 14, 2006 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center Burlington, VT Wednesday, April 19, 2006 from10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon Holiday Inn Rutland, VT Thursday, April 20, 2006 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Berlin, VT Tuesday, April 25, 2006 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon Quality Inn Brattleboro, VT Wednesday, April 26, 2006 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Comfort Suites White River Junction, VTBCBSVT will offer three PDP options to Medicare-eligible Vermonters under a contract approved by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The BCBSVT products are offered to customers through a partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut. The Partnership is known as Central New England PDP in federal CMS documents.PDP products will cover both brand name and generic drugs and will be offered with no deductibles. The plans can be purchased independently or coupled with an existing health coverage plan.Additional information about these forums can be found at http://www.vermontblue65.com/pages/club/clubBlueEvents.html(link is external) or you may call Wendy Grant at (802) 371-3527 with questions or to register to attend.Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest private health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs over 350 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in Williston, and offers group and individual health plans to Vermonters. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com(link is external). Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.(End)last_img read more