Promising Link Between Warmth, Better Moods Probed by CU-Boulder Scientist

first_imgThe University of Colorado at Boulder scientist who discovered that playing in the dirt might ease depression is probing the link between higher temperatures and elevated mood.Christopher Lowry sees relationships between both lines of inquiry — researching the link between the immune system and the neurotransmitter serotonin and probing the link between temperature and serotonin.The upshot is potentially significant. Understanding these mechanisms might help scientists craft better treatments for depression and other mood disorders, he says.Lowry, an assistant professor of integrative physiology, believes the area of research is promising. So does the National Science Foundation, which recently granted Lowry a $500,000 Faculty Early Career Development Award, a prestigious honor also called the CAREER Award, to continue his study of the role of temperature in mood.”Whether lying on the beach in the midday sun on a Caribbean island, grabbing a few minutes in the sauna or spa after work or sitting in a hot bath or Jacuzzi in the evening, we often associate feeling warm with a sense of relaxation and well-being,” Lowry writes in a recent edition of the Journal of Psychopharmacology.”Intuitively, we all understand that temperature affects our mood,” Lowry said. But a link has not been clearly defined. “So that’s what we’re going after.”Virtually all antidepressant drugs activate the serotonin system. Lowry’s research group noted studies from the 1970s showing that warming a small piece of skin in rats caused increased activity in an area of the brain with serotonin-producing neurons. “So then we had a potential pathway,” he said.Lowry’s lab has been a world leader in demonstrating that there are different subpopulations of serotonin-producing neurons, some associated with anxiety, others with panic, immune activation and antidepressant-like effects.And while scientists know that serotonin is related to mood, appetite and aggression, they don’t know exactly how the substance is involved. The same is true of antidepressants such as Prozac and other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.”It’s a complete black box how these drugs work, which I think many people might find surprising,” Lowry says. “We think that if we understood what makes these serotonin neurons different from other neurons that we would then be in a position to develop rational new therapies for treatment of depression.”Several clues suggest a connection between temperature and mood, he says. People who are depressed often experience altered temperature cycles. Virtually all antidepressants can cause sweating, a thermoregulatory cooling mechanism typically triggered when a person gets warm.This system may be activated by exercise. When you exercise, body temperatures rise, and you sweat. “That very likely involves some of the mechanisms that we’re studying,” Lowry says.Several studies have shown that regular exercise has an antidepressant effect. “So they have studied exercise, but they haven’t studied temperature change, which is a component of exercise.”Serotonin neurons can be activated by warm temperature externally, via the skin, and internally. The calming effect of body warmth seems to occur only up until the temperature becomes hazardous, around 104 degrees Fahrenheit. “So we think there’s a link between the system that cools the body and a sense of relaxation.”To read more on this story, see the fall issue of Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine at Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Sept. 15, 2009 last_img read more

Managing Director – Budget Coordination

first_imgWorking TitleManaging Director – Budget CoordinationJob Title CodeCCVSalary LevelN08Salary Range (Full-Time)$85,000 – $136,000 (dependent on experience and otherconsiderations)FLSAExemptPosition TypeStaffPosition SummaryResponsible for the development, implementation, and day-to-dayadministration of operating budgets across all School and/oradministrative workgroups within Dallas College. The ManagingDirector, Budget Coordination initiates annual budget planning withparticipation of executive officers and administrative unitmanagers. With support staff, the Managing Director maintainsapproved budgeted amounts in the budget system and performsnecessary financial analysis, trends, and variance analysis betweenbudgets and actual revenues and expenses.Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with thedemonstrated ability to collect, analyze and interpret variedinformation and data, both in statistical and narrative form.• Extensive knowledge of budgeting, planning and financialanalysis.• Demonstrated knowledge of computerized accounting systems,spreadsheets, and data analysis.• Ability to collaborate, build and maintain effective workingrelationships with diverse, multicultural stakeholders andconstituents within the Dallas College community network.• Excellent oral and/or written communication skills. Ability tospeak persuasively to others.• Knowledge of financial planning and budget management principles,policies, laws, and regulations, as applied to institutions ofhigher education.• Excellent organizational skills, project management, analyticaland problem-solving skills.• Ability to multitask in a constantly changing environment.• Ability to provide excellent customer servicesPhysical RequirementsNormal physical job functions performed within a standard officeenvironment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to individualswith physical challenges to perform the essential duties andresponsibilities.Minimum Knowledge and Experience• Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance orAccounting. Official transcripts will be required.• Five (5) years of progressively comprehensive experiencedeveloping budget processes in a large, complex environment(preferably, higher education).• Current and valid Texas driver’s license for offsitetravel.***Will be subject to a criminal background check. Some positionsmay be subject to a fingerprint check.**Essential Duties and Responsibilities• Serve as a resource to administrators, faculty, and staff onbudget matters. Explains and educates managers on budget policies,compliance regulations and Dallas College procedures for budgetcompliance.• Ensures consistent application of budget decisions and ensurebudget policy, procedures and methods are understandable, publishedand communicated.• Collaborate with leadership to prepare preliminary and finalannual operating budget of the assigned School and/oradministrative workgroup.• Calculates operating costs including personnel expensesconsistent with salary re-grades, performance increases ifapplicable, approved faculty salary and fringe benefit rates.• Monitor and reconcile the operating budget and reallocateresources as required.• Make appropriate revisions to budget as requested by operationalmanagers, based on analysis of requests.• Maintain budgets in the accounting system and/or budget modulefor Dallas College.• Prepare revenue projections for submission to College leadershipfor School and/or administrative workgroups day as required.• Coordinate, prepare and submit schedules to support requests ofcapital expenditures for projects and/or equipment.• Coordinate, prepare and submit schedules required for annualbudget book for Board approval.• Prepare performance metrics and ad-hoc financial analysis, asnecessary.• Complete required Dallas College professional developmenttraining hours per academic year.• Performs other job duties as required.The intent of this job description is to provide a representativesummary of the major duties and responsibilities performed byincumbents of this job and shall not be construed as a declarationof the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of anyparticular position. Incumbents may be directed to performjob-related tasks other than those specifically presented in thisdescription. Position requires regular and predictableattendance.Dallas College is part of an equal opportunity system that provideseducation and employment opportunities without discrimination onthe basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex,disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or genderexpression. Dallas College complies with the Americans withDisabilities and Veterans Act.Advertised: 16 Apr 2021 Central Daylight TimeApplications close: 30 Apr 2021 11:55 PM Central DaylightTimelast_img read more

Rafael Baena extends with Rhein Neckar Lowen until 2018

first_imgRelated Items:handball transfers, Rafael Baena, Rhein Neckar Lowen ShareTweetShareShareEmail Click to comment ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsHe came to replace Hendrik Pekeler, but only few months were enough to show his class. Spanish NT line-player Rafael Baena (32) will stay in Rhein Neckar Lowen much longer than it was expected. Spaniard with fighting-spirit extended contract with the leader of DKB Bundesliga until 2018.Rhein Neckar Lowen are currently the first team of the best world’s league with 11 wins in a row at the start of the season.Baena’s career:Club Balonmano Estepa (1996-2000)Balonmano Dos Hermanas (2000-2003)ARS Palma del Río (2003-2008)Balonmano Antequera (2008-2011)Reale Ademar de León (2011-2012)US Créteil HB (2012-2014)Ángel Ximenez-Puente Genil (2014-2015)Rhein-Neckar Löwen (2015-¿?)PHOTO: Rhein Neckar Lowen German trio and Wisla Plock for EHF European League 2021 trophy Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Recommended for you TOP FORM BEFORE TRIP TO COLOGNE: THW Kiel put RNL 9 goals behind IT’S OFFICIAL: Klaus Gärtner replaces Schwalb, Sebastian Hinze form 2022!last_img read more