Frogs succeed in zoo enrichment project

first_imgStudents debut performances of drag personas as part of unique new course Previous articleIMAGE: Head to headNext articleLocal school auction fills the gap for improved learning environment Rachel Tiede RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Rachel Tiedehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/rachel-tiede/ printA group of Horned Frogs helped make the Fort Worth Zoo a little better.A TCU class, the Zoo Enrichment Program, made objects designed to promote positive natural behavior for animals in the zoo.The class is a partnership between the College of Science & Engineering and the School of Art.Jennifer Elston, the curator of conservation and behavior at the zoo, helped the students develop their projects.“I think it’s a great initiative,” Elston said. “It’s something we hadn’t tried here before.”The students broke into groups, and each built an object for a different animal.Some of the objects were even shared between animals — coatis are enjoying a bamboo ball originally made for kangaroos.“The coatis are having a lot of fun climbing on and in it,” Elston said. “And I hear they like to try and drag it up into the tree, but they aren’t strong enough.”While one of the objects had to be repaired, the others are on display in the animal enclosures.“The otters really aggressively played with theirs, which was a good thing,” said Cameron Schoepp, an associate professor of art and one of the professors leading the project. “But the structure was maybe a little lightweight for what we anticipated, so it’s a fixable problem.”While some of the materials for the objects were donated, the students had to fundraise to purchase the other necessary materials.Schoepp said TCU will offer the class again but has yet to fill out any paperwork.“We haven’t decided how often we’ll actually offer the class, but we will definitely offer it again,” Schoepp said. Rachel Tiede TCU’s diversity falls middle of the road compared to peer institutions The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Linkedin ReddIt Facebook ReddIt TCU Values and Ventures competition grows to largest in school history Linkedincenter_img Rachel Tiedehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/rachel-tiede/ Rachel Tiedehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/rachel-tiede/ TCU Office of Admission to add new programs to attract and keep diversity Website| + posts Twitter Condensed semester, lost week to snowstorm adding to some students stress during finals week Rachel Tiedehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/rachel-tiede/ Facebook Is TCU’s firework obsession because of Boschini? ‘It doesn’t hurt.’ Twitter Rachel is a senior multimedia reporter for TCU360.com. She creates in-depth packages and stories for the website, TCU News Now, and the Skiff.Rachel is also on the TCU Triathlon Team, a member of Eta Iota Sigma, the Order of Omega, and the John V. Roach Honors College. She enjoys exploring Fort Worth–seeing plays, trying new restaurants, and cheering on the Horned Frogs!last_img read more

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Thompson, Praught impress in Doha

first_imgElaine Thompson looks unstoppable. Asafa Powell is still waiting for his 98th sub-10 seconds 100m time, and Aisha Praught got her name in the record books as the Diamond League circuit got going in Doha yesterday. As the temperature teased 40 degrees Celsius at the Qatar Sports Club ahead of the action on the track, Thompson brought some heat of her own, blazing to a 22.19 seconds win in the 200m ahead of a field that included world champion Dafne Schippers as well as Jamaicans Veronica Campbell-Brown and Simone Facey. Considering the -2.3 wind factor, yesterday’s run was a clear improvement on the 22.16 (+1.9) season-opening effort from last season in the 200m and shows that the double Olympic sprint champion is primed to continue her lordship in female sprinting. Schippers tried to rally as both athletes came off the bend in front but had no response to Thompson’s extra kick, and in the end, had to settle for second place in 22.45 ahead of Marie-Josee Ta Lou, 22.77. Facey ran fourth in 23.00 with Campbell-Brown next best in 23.09. For Thompson, it was all about execution and making the most of her first experience in Qatar, the host for the 2019 World Championships. “This is my first time in Doha, and my first race of the season. I just wanted to get the race right and see how far I am in the season, and I just wanted to execute a good race,” said Thompson, who will be looking to improve on her 200m silver medal won at the last World Championships in Beijing at this year’s event in London. DISAPPOINTED IN TIME Things weren’t so rosy for Powell, who despite crossing the line in second place in his second 100m of the season, was more disappointed that he was not able to stride closer to a magical 100 sub-10 seconds clocking in the event. Akani Simbine took an impressive win in 9.99 seconds – his sixth sub-10 seconds time of the season, with Powell crossing the line in 10.09. The Jamaican has now gone four races without a sub-10 clocking, and he thinks this time around, the wind was the enemy. “I’m not surprised coming in second. We’re only just beginning our season. I wanted to go sub-10, but couldn’t because of the wind,” he said pointing to the -1.2 m/s wind factor. Thid place went to Femi Ogunode, 10.13 with Justin Gatlin, 10.14, in fourth, and Andre De Grasee, 10.21 in fifth place. Jamaican distance runner Aisha Praught had reason to celebrate after she lowered the national record in the 3000m steeplechase, clocking 9:19.29 for eight place in the event. Hyvin Kiyeng Jepkemoi, 9:00.12, got the win ahead of Beatrice Chepkoech, 9:01.57 and Olympic champion Ruth Jebet, 9:01.99. “I am totally pleased to set the national record,” she told The Gleaner yesterday. “I really wanted to do it last year, but I could not quite pull it off. Today was a big day!” Praught is now the 37th fastest women ever in the event, and she replaced Mardrea Hyman’s 9:27.31 set in 2005. Megan Simmonds managed a 13.13 run, which was good enough for fifth place in the 100m hurdles with world record holder Kendra Harrison, 12.59, securing another commanding win. Cindy Roleder, 12.90, and Sherika Nelvis, 12.91 finishing second and third. Natoya Goule, 2:01.59, attacked the field in the first 400m of the women’s 800m but faded badly into eight place as Caster Semenya, 1:56.61 overpowered the field to register a big win; while Annsert White, 50.80, also found himself at the back of the pack in the men’s 400m hurdles event. This was won by hometown standout Abderrahaman Samba in 48.44 ahead of Kerron Clement 49.40 and LJ Van Zyl, 49.49. Steven Gardiner, 44.60, won the men’s 400m to continue his positive start, while Qatari star Mutaz Essa Barshim’s 2.36m clearance in the high jump secured his first win at the Doha Diamond League. Christian Taylor won the triple jump with 17.25m off the board. Selected Results Men’s results 100 Metres – Men Wind: -1.2 m/s 1 Simbine, Akani 9.99 2 Powell, Asafa 10.08 3 Ogunode, Femi 10.13 400 Metres – Men 1 Gardiner, Steven 44.60 2 Merritt, LaShawn 44.78 3 McQuay, Tony 44.92 1500 Metres – Men 1 Manangoi, Elijah Motonei 3:31.90 2 Kiplagat, Silas 3:32.23 3 Birgen, Bethwell Kiprotich 3:32.27 3000 Metres – Men 1 Kwemoi, Ronald 7:28.73 2 Chelimo, Paul Kipkemoi 7:31.57 3 Kejelcha, Yomif 7:32.27 400 Metres Hurdles – Men 1 Samba, Abderrahaman 48.44 2 Clement, Kerron 49.40 3 van Zyl, L.J. 49.49 8 Whyte, Annsert 50.80 High Jump – Men 1 Barshim, Mutaz Essa 2.36m 2 Grabarz, Robert 2.31m 3 Thomas, Donald 2.29m Triple Jump – Men 1 Taylor, Christian 17.25m 2 Craddock, Omar 17.08m 3 Copello, Alexis 16.81m Javelin Throw – Men 1 Rohler, Thomas 93.90m 2 Vetter, Johannes 89.68m 3 Vadlejch, Jakub 87.91m Women’s results 200 Metres – Women 1 Thompson, Elaine 22.19 2 Schippers, Dafne 22.45 3 Ta Lou, Marie-Josee 22.77 4 Facey, Simone 23.00 5 Campbell-Brown, Veronica 23.09 800 Metres – Women 1 Semenya, Caster 1:56.61 2 Wambui, Margaret Nyairera 1:57.03 3 Sum, Eunice Jepkoech 1:58.76 8 Goule, Natoya 2:01.59 3000 Metres Steeplechase – Women 1 Jepkemoi, Hyvin Kiyeng 9:00.12 2 Chepkoech, Beatrice 9:01.57 3 Jebet , Ruth 9:01.99 8 Praught, Aisha 9:19.29 100 Metres Hurdles – Women 1 Harrison, Kendra 12.59 2 Roleder, Cindy 12.90 3 Nelvis, Sharika 12.91 5 Simmonds, Megan 13.13 Pole Vault – Women 1 Stefanidi, Ekaterini 4.80m 2 Morris, Sandi 4.75m 3 Silva, Yarisley 4.65m Shot Put – Women 1 Carter, Michelle 19.32m 2 Marton, Anita 18.99m 3 Dubitskaya, Aliona 18.90mlast_img read more

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New Stoke boss Gary Rowett sends message to wantaway stars

first_imgNew Stoke City manager Gary Rowett has sent a message to the club’s wantaway stars as he prepares to start work on getting the club back in the Premier League.The Potters boss only wants to work with players totally committed to the cause, with a number linked with a move away from the relegated side – including Xherdan Shaqiri to Liverpool.The relegated Potters have already started to plan for life outside the top flight, releasing former England defender Glen Johnson and midfielder Stephen Ireland, while Austrian centre-back Kevin Wimmer has joined Bundesliga club Hannover.Rowett hopes to be able to retain captain Ryan Shawcross and midfielder Joe Allen but the Championship club are also looking to strengthen, with a surprise move for striker Benik Afobe – less than a week after he joined Wolves from Bournemouth for £10million – in the offing.Switzerland midfielder Shaqiri, meanwhile, says “it is no secret” he will leave Stoke this summer, with Liverpool reportedly ready to stump up £12million for him.Rowett made it clear just what he expects from his squad when the issue was raised during Thursday’s press conference following his first week at the bet365 Stadium.“No player will leave the club that is contractually with the club unless the club feel it is a good deal and the right deal for them,” the Stoke manager said.“That is the most important thing, but on the flip side to that, if players say they want to leave, then I want to work with players that want to be at the club.“I want to put players on the pitch next season that want to be in a different league and understand the challenges of that league.“I want players who are committed to Stoke City – and if players want to leave, I will try and find the best solution to make that happen if that is the case.”Rowett refused to be drawn on specific transfer targets but is determined to only sign the right calibre of player.“There will be changes made before the start of the season, quite a few I would imagine, and we are already working hard to identify the quality of player that we would like to bring into the club,” he said, quoted on the club’s website.“I think when you look at some of the players that we have been linked with – and at this stage of the summer I could look at 100, probably five are true, the others will be agent-led.“It’s the nature of the business, but the standard of some of the players we’ve been linked with are the standard we want to bring to the club, for sure.”Rowett added: “In my opinion we should be trying to sign the type of player that, age-wise, fit the profile we are after and are good enough to play in this division and also the division above should we achieve our goal.” Gary Rowett is aiming to take Stoke straight back up to the Premier League 1last_img read more

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