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By Dorothy Griffith

June 05, 2007

It seems like the sophomore year is one that you don’t remember. It’s not like your freshman year when everything is new and exciting. It’s not like your junior year when you start the college search process. It’s not like your senior year that is fast-paced, application-crazed, and meaningful yet fun. It’s the often-overlooked sophomore year that isn’t given nearly enough credit. This is disappointing news for our friend the sophomore year—especially because sophomore year represents 1/3 of the grades and activities you will use when it is time to apply to college. It deserves far more attention than most students give it.

Most colleges will tell you just how much sophomore year counts. Your sophomore year really can be the beginning of your high school career, especially if your freshman year was a bit lack luster. This article may not be used as an excuse to completely slack off in your freshman year, however. The grades you make in ninth grade are still on your transcript, but colleges will look at sophomore year as the real proof of what you can do—in and out of the classroom. It is, at many high schools, the first year in which Advanced Placement classes are offered, the year when many take the PSAT and the PLAN , you decide what else you take in your high school career, and establish yourself as a student, activities participant and as a leader. As intimidating as that seems, it doesn’t take a lot to prove yourself as a sophomore. If you are the person who completely slacked off during your freshman year, the sophomore year is the perfect time to bring those grades up. If you demonstrate continual improvement, this will show the college that you really do have work ethic, and you are a problem solver—you realized the problem of the less than excellent grades, and you worked out a way to not only correct the uh-oh trend, but a way to improve upon it.

Why all the talk about college you ask? As a sophomore, you don’t apply to college or even decide where you want to go. You might even have no clue if you really want to go to college or what you want to do if you did. Sophomore year is all about keeping your options open, and about being prepared to have choices when you graduate. The best thing you can do at this age, however, is decide where you don’t want to go and what you don’t want to do. For example, as a sophomore I had already decided that I was NOT going to women’s college. No offense to the single-sex institutions, but I just knew they weren’t for me. I had come to this conclusion with the help of my sister, whether she knew it or not. My sister is three years older than me, so I tagged along with her as she visited colleges all across the country, four of which were all female. By tagging along, I also decided that I didn’t want to go to an extremely tiny school in the middle of nowhere. Now, not all students have been blessed with an older sibling who applied to nine colleges and visited even more, but no fear, narrowing down your college search is actually quite easy. Believe it or not, your college counselor really does know about colleges and by sitting down with him/her for a few minutes, your counselor can probably pinpoint the type of school, location, and scholarships available for you. Another great way to find out about colleges that you may or may not want to attend is to visit your local college “fair.” This is where admissions counselors from colleges throughout the country and even internationally come together for the sole purpose of provide you with all the information you could possibly need about the college they represent. For your own well being, they will inundate you with pamphlets and booklets and even some free bumper stickers or T-shirts. This way you can see what colleges are really like by seeing actual pictures in a book as well as speaking to real live representatives of that college.

It’s a mistake to think your resume is all about school, though. What you do outside of school can count just as much as what you do in the classroom. Jobs, volunteering, and sports all count as good experiences and resume boosters. They may also be outlets for great networking experiences and scholarships. Be sure to note everything that you’ve done on your resume—it may seem small and unimportant to you, but to the admissions director or scholarship provider, it could be the difference between getting what you want or being unhappy with your choices.

Your sophomore year definitely shouldn’t be the forgotten one. You can establish your reputation as a student, but also prepare for your future in high school and beyond. It is too easy to just let the year slide by only doing what’s required. Make the most of it—but have fun doing it!

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today the appointment of 28 members to the new Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force (Task Force).

The Task Force will hold its inaugural public meeting on May 30, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, and on May 31, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET, in the Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C.

The Task Force was established to propose updates to best practices and issue recommendations that address gaps or inconsistencies for managing chronic and acute pain. HHS is overseeing this effort with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Department of Defense.

The Task Force, which was authorized by section 101 of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 - PDF , is assigned the following responsibilities:

“In order to defeat America’s crisis of opioid addiction, one of our top four priorities at HHS, we need to understand and address how we got here,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “Part of the story is the need for greater access to effective pain management options. We are proud to be part of this unprecedented inter-agency task force, which will examine and recommend updates to best practices that help address the real problem of pain in America.”

The Task Force, which will be chaired by Vanila M. Singh, M.D., chief medical officer, HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, consists of representatives from relevant HHS agencies, the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense and the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Non-federal representatives include individuals representing diverse disciplines and views, including experts in areas related to pain management, pain advocacy, addiction, recovery, substance use disorders, mental health, minority health and more. Members will also include patients, representatives from veteran service organizations, the addiction treatment community and groups with expertise in overdose reversal, including first responders, medical boards and hospitals.

Members of the public may attend the meeting in person or via webcast. For more information, visit the Task Force’s web page .

The Task Force members are:

Sondra M. Adkinson, Pharm.D., C.P.E.: Clinical Pharmacist, Bay Pines Veterans Administration Healthcare System, Bay Pines, Florida.

Amanda Brandow, D.O., M.S.: Associate Professor of Pediatrics in Hematology/Oncology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Jianguo Cheng, M.D., Ph.D.: Professor of Anesthesiology, Director of the Cleveland Clinic Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship Program, Cleveland, Ohio.

Daniel Clauw, M.D.: Director, Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center; Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine (Rheumatology) and Psychiatry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Jonathan C. Fellers, M.D.: Medical Director, Integrated Medication-Assisted Therapy, Maine Medical Center; Medical Director, Maine Tobacco Help Line, MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence, Portland, Maine.

Howard L. Fields, M.D., Ph.D.: Professor Emeritus, Departments of Neurology and Physiology, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, California.

Rollin M. Gallagher, M.D., M.P.H.: Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Director for Pain Policy Research and Primary Care, Penn Pain Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Halena M. Gazelka, M.D.: Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Sciences; Chair, Mayo Clinic Opioid Stewardship Program; and Director of Inpatient Pain Services, Division of Pain Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

Nicholas E. Hagemeier, Pharm.D., Ph.D.: Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Gatton College of Pharmacy, East Tennessee State University (ETSU); Research Director, ETSU Center for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment, Johnson City, Tennessee.

Michael J. Lynch, M.D.: Medical Director, Pittsburgh Poison Center; Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh Department of Emergency Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

John J. McGraw, Sr., M.D.: Medical Director, OrthoTennessee; and County Commissioner, Jefferson County, Tennessee.

Mary W. Meagher, Ph.D.: Professor and Coordinator of the Clinical Health Psychology Program at Texas AM, College Station, Texas.

John V. Prunskis, M.D.: Founder, co-Medical Director, Illinois Pain Institute, Elgin, Illinois.

Mark Rosenberg, D.O., M.B.A.: Chairman, Emergency Medicine, and Chief Innovations Officer, St. Joseph’s Health; and Board of Directors, American College Emergency Physicians, Paterson, New Jersey.

Molly Rutherford, M.D., M.P.H.: Certified Addiction Specialist, Founder, Bluegrass Family Wellness, PLLC, Crestwood, Kentucky.

Bruce A. Schoneboom, Ph.D.: Chief Learning Officer, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Park Ridge, Illinois.

Cindy Steinberg: National Director, Policy and Advocacy, U.S. Pain Foundation; Policy Council Chair, Massachusetts Pain Initiative, Lexington, Massachusetts.

Andrea Trescot, M.D.: Interventional Pain Physician; Director, Pain and Headache Center, Eagle River, Alaska.

Harold K. Tu, M.D., D.M.D.: Associate Professor and Director, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota; Chairman, Department of Dentistry, Fairview Hospital, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Sherif Zaafran, M.D.: President, Texas Medical Board, Austin, Texas.

Steven Daviss, M.D.: Senior Medical Officer, Office of the Chief Medical Officer, HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Scott Griffith, M.D.: Director, National Capital Region Pain Initiative and Program Director, National Capital Consortium Pain Medicine Fellowship, U.S. Department of Defense.

Sharon Hertz, M.D.: Director, Division of Anesthesia, Analgesia, and Addiction Products, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration.

Jan L. Losby, Ph.D., M.S.W.: Lead, Opioid Overdose Health Systems Team, Division of Unintentional Injury Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Linda L. Porter, Ph.D.: Director, Office of Pain Policy, National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health.

Friedhelm Sandbrink, M.D.: Acting National Program Director, Pain Management Specialty Care Services, Veterans Administration Health System; and Director, Pain Management Program, Department of Neurology, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Vanila M. Singh, M.D., MACM: Chief Medical Officer, HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health.

Cecelia Spitznas, Ph.D. : Senior Science Policy Advisor, Office of the Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy.

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Verizon was involved in the creation of the xRAN fronthaul specification that was released in April. (FierceWireless)
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Verizon says it’s very proud to be at the forefront of Open RAN initiatives and remains committed to Open RAN efforts, even though it was not among the operators kicking off the O-RAN Alliance last week.

Verizon, was, however, involved in the xRAN fronthaul specification that was released in April; that spec defines open interfaces between the remote radio unit/head (RRU/RRH), the baseband unit (BBU) and the operation and management (OAM) interface to simplify interoperability between suppliers.

“At this time we are not members in theORAN forum and are waiting to see final governance documents from the organization which are still under development,” a Verizon spokesperson told FierceWirelessTech last week. “However, we continue to coordinate with organizations across the industry on ORAN efforts.”

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And it looks like operators don’t necessarily have to wait for open RAN specifications to be developed to get their vendors to play nice in the RAN.

Case in point: Samsung is deploying 4G LTE macro equipment for Verizon as part of Verizon’s Open RAN initiative. Samsung’s RRHs and BBUs are being deployed in the midst of RRHs and BBUs from incumbent vendors, according to Alok Shah, vice president of Networks Strategy, Business Development and Marketing at Samsung Electronics America.

“Through Verizon’s leadership, a common CPRI interface definition is being used to mix and match components at the cell site,” he told FierceWirelessTech via email. “The project is going quite well,” he added, butdeferred to Verizon for further details.

Shah also confirmed the Open RAN deployment with Verizon is happening at scale and is not a trial.



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