Blackford, Beaver Nab Week One Softball Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana’s Madisen Blackford is the Southland Conference Softball Hitter of the week, while Central Arkansas’ Kayla Beaver is the Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Tuesday.The Lady Lions opened up their season with a perfect 5-0 record and the tournament title at the 2020 Lion Classic in Hammond, La., over the weekend. Blackford was instrumental in SLU’s flawless start, racking up seven RBI, five runs and seven hits on 13 at-bats. The junior also secured a .538 batting average and a .556 on-base percentage to go along with the game-winning RBI single over UT Martin on Saturday.Beaver opened up her collegiate career in impressive fashion for the Bears (3-3) over the weekend, stamping a 2-0 record in the circle with a pair of complete-game performances. The freshman pitched five innings on Saturday against Jackson State, striking out five batters en route to a no-hitter and an 8-0 win. She then followed suit with seven more innings against Louisiana Tech on Sunday, leading UCA to a 3-0 shutout victory.Softball Hitter of the Week – Madisen Blackford, Southeastern Louisiana – Jr. – OF/C/1B – Des Moines, IowaBlackford led Southeastern Louisiana with a .538 batting average (7-of-13), two triples and seven RBI on a 5-0 opening weekend for the Lady Lions. The preseason first team All-Southland performer singled home the game-winning run in a 6-5 extra-inning victory over UT Martin. Honorable Mention: Blair Clayton, Abilene Christian; Heidi Jaquez, Houston Baptist; Brenique Wright, McNeese; E.C. Delafield, Northwestern State; Megan McDonald, Sam Houston State.Softball Pitcher of the Week – Kayla Beaver, Central Arkansas – Fr. – Jackson, Tenn.Beaver became just the second UCA pitcher to throw a no-hitter in her pitching debut over the weekend, an 8-0 victory over Jackson State on Saturday. She opened her weekend with five strikeouts in five innings of work over Jackson State before notching a second complete-game shutout over Louisiana Tech on Sunday. In the 3-0 victory over LA Tech, she retired 13-straight hitters and concluded the contest with five strikeouts. The freshman did not walk a single batter in either of her appearances.Honorable Mention: Madison Cotton, Houston Baptist; Caroline Settle, McNeese; MC Comeaux, Southeastern Louisiana; Ashley Kriesel, Stephen F. Austin.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

UGR to coordinate the European H2020 project focused on Smart Personalized Nutrition

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Sep 19 2018The University of Granada will coordinate the European H2020 project “Smart Technologies for personAlised Nutrition and Consumer Engagement” (Stance4Health), a landmark initiative that was recently approved for €6.5 million in funding by the European Commission. The project consortium comprises 19 partner institutions from eight European countries (Spain, Germany, Denmark, Romania, Italy, Greece, Belgium and the UK), whose primary goal is to develop a comprehensive Smart Personalized Nutrition (SPN) service using mobile technology.The project will be carried out within the framework of the H2020 Work Programme No. 8 on Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing, with approximately one million euro of the total budget going directly to the University of Granada.Related StoriesJAMA commentary: Nutrition knowledge essential for today’s physiciansDiet and nutrition influence microbiome in colonic mucosaCommunity-residing older adults benefit from food and nutrition programsThe Stance4Health project is highly innovative within the field of nutrition for three key reasons: i) it will employ a comprehensive approach to study the interactions between diet, the intestines, and gut flora, taking into account how the food consumed by an individual has been prepared and cooked; ii) it will make use of new, revolutionary nutrition software (i-Diet) which integrates information regarding diet and metabolic networks, offering practical advice on factors such as diet choices and cooking methods; iii) it will give rise to a new Smart Personalized Nutrition service that incorporates a sophisticated mobile application and a wearable device (to track changes in body composition), as well an in vitro diagnostics tool (to track changes in gut flora activity).Moreover, Stance4Health will analyze how thermal processing and cooking methods affect gut flora — factors which have not yet been comprehensively assessed within this sphere. The project will also place special emphasis on the development of cereal by-products for individuals who are overweight or suffer from celiac disease or allergies. These new tools and services have the potential to directly affect the lives of over 67 million adults and 8 million children in Europe by 2022.The project will be coordinated by José ángel Rufián Henares from the University of Granada’s Department of Nutrition and Food Science. Source: read more