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  • E-News U. Contributor 3:07 pm on January 10, 2014 Permalink |  

    Nano science: By getting small, Hampton U. aims big 

    By Evan Winston

    Nano science is a hot topic in the science world today. With the help of The Hampton University School of Science, that very topic has made its way on campus. Last November, the school of Science received a $2.9 million grant to establish a nano science concentration, which engages students in the world of nano science and research with international partners.

    This 2013-2014 school year is the first year that the program has been implemented, and Michelle O. Claville, Ph.D., assistant dean, in the School of Science, foresees this program gaining strength in the future. “It is my hope that it (the concentration) gains strength,” she said. The presence of nanoscience at Hampton has come at an opportune time, as HU looks to become a research university. Claville also said that Hampton is primed to accomplishing that goal, but will have to build its research infrastructure.
    Nanotechnology is defined as the “manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular scale.” Nano is 10 to the 9th power, better known as 1 billionth.

    How small is that? An example of things on the nano scale, are a sheet of paper being 100,000 nanometers thick, or a strand of DNA being 2.5 nanometers in diameter. The human fingernail grows a nanometer per second. On a comparative scale, if the diameter of a marble were a nanometer then the diameter of planet earth would be approximately one meter.

    The origin a nano science came in 1959, when California Institute of Technology professor Richard Feynman described a process which scientists would be able to manipulate and control individual atoms and molecules in his book entitled “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom.”
    Nano science allows us to see and manipulate the atoms. One marvel of nano science was medieval stained glass windows. The manipulation of the color scheme and design of the windows, are a prime example of nano science.

    Nano science has become a great investment in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM) field. According to the book “A Gentle Introduction to Nano science” by Mark and Daniel Ratner, it is estimated that by the year 2020, that there will be a need for 6million nano-based workers. Nano science will be used for a wide range of things from testing weaponry, and national security, to cosmetics and clothing.

    Nano science is credited in making Mexico City lose its identity as a high-polluted area. Now that nation’s capital has buildings that are made to eliminate pollution.
    It is findings like these that interested Claville, thus motivating her and the School of Science to push for a concentration in the field. When asked what interested her in the field, the assistant dean explained the importance of current technology. “Everything we understand about elements, atoms are elementary, now that we have proper technology to look at and understand properties that we couldn’t in the past,” said Claville.

    Claville has high hopes for the program here at HU. Already students are doing research in physics and pharmacy, however they are separate programs. “My hope is that the programs will consolidate their efforts,” she said. Whether or not students choose to participate in the STEM field or not, the goal is for Hampton University to be well known for expertise in a certain area.
    If that happens then graduate schools that are well known in research, should look to Hampton to recruit the brightest and best students in the field.

    The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

  • E-News U. Contributor 3:03 pm on January 10, 2014 Permalink |  

    Hampton U. scores science and tech mentoring network grant 

    By Jennifer Hunt

    Hampton University competed against 38 other entities for a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and was one of five institutions nationwide to receive it. The NIH awarded Hampton with over $192,000 in the form of a planning grant to establish a National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) Consortium.
    The consortium will be tasked to create a network and mentorship program to serve individuals from ethnic backgrounds who are underrepresented in the biomedical field. The NIH also expects the network to provide more information and direction for individuals seeking careers in the research workforce.

    “There exists a critical national need to diversify the education pipeline in America’s institutions of higher learning,” said Chenere Ramsay, NRMN Consortium project director. “Representation of minorities in the pipeline leading to Ph.D. and research careers drops at each successive educational level.
    “While African-Americans constitute about 13 percent of the U.S. population, they receive approximately 9 percent of U.S. baccalaureate degrees, and less than 4 percent of the Ph.D.’s awarded. Hispanics, who constitute more than 14 percent of the U.S. population, receive less than 7 percent of the bachelor’s degrees and only a little more than 3 percent of the Ph.D. degrees.”

    Francis S. Collins, National Institutes of Health director, released a statement on the NIH ’s official website,, saying, “Even after controlling for education, institution, and other factors that influence the likelihood of success, black investigators were still 10 percentage points less likely than white investigators to receive a new research project grant. These results are troubling and unacceptable.”

    The grant has three specific aims:
    • Implementing a six-month planning initiative that will lead to the formation of partnerships and an infrastructure for the national consortium;
    • Analyzing the mentoring and networking programs available within those partnerships and assessing each organization’s ability to expand or develop new programs as needed,
    • And designing innovative mentoring methods.
    Hampton is now in the process of implementing the planning initiative and has about 60 other universities, colleges and national associations involved in the consortium, said Elnora Daniel, special assistant to the president for research.

    “One of the major challenges will be developing an organizational structure that will pull all of these entities together and allow the mentee to enter the system and acquire the various mentoring services that they need,” said Daniel.

    An ultimate goal of the NRMN is to generate interest of the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research fields among underrepresented groups ranging anywhere from the undergraduate to junior faculty levels and provide them with the guidance they need to succeed in research careers.

    “The Hampton NRMN Consortium is very hopeful that we will get funded to implement our ideas in efforts to increase diversity for future generations of scientists,” said Ramsey.

    This five-year grant may award upwards of $20 to $30 million per year. The current grant is only the first initial phase for the NRMN, said Daniel.

    While the grant for the actual establishment of the mentoring network will not be released until the planning phase is near completion, the institutions involved know there will only be one as opposed to the five given for the planning grant.

    Other institutions that received the planning grant and are charged with setting up their own consortium include: The Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, University of Wisconsin, University of Texas, and University of Utah.

    The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

  • E-News U. Contributor 4:41 am on October 10, 2013 Permalink |  

    Backstage shuffle before Hampton U. homecoming concert 

    By Jennifer Hunt and Evan Winston

    Hampton University’s homecoming celebration hit a speed bump after the headliner for Thursday’s homecoming concert, “The Royal Show Out,” canceled at the last minute, according to school officials.

    This year, students voted for Memphis-based rapper Yo Gotti to entertain at homecoming festivities. However, he backed out.

    “That was on his end, and it had nothing to do with the university,” said Anzell Harrell, assistant director of student activities. “The common courtesy would have been to drop out long before the week of our homecoming concert. We had to pick up, move on, and try to rectify the situation. I think we have some artists that the students will like.”

    In Yo Gotti’s place, Atlanta hip-hop artists Rich Homie Quan and Migos were slated to perform.

    Rich Homie Quan and Migos are known for their summer hits, “Some Type of Way,” and “Versace.”

    “We’re just looking forward to a great rest of the week,” said Harrell. “I’d like to see a good student turnout and have them enjoy the concert.”
    Some students who were interviewed preferred the new lineup over Yo Gotti. Other students alleged that Hampton University does not invite well-known artists for homecoming.

    “I don’t care about our lineup; I wish we had put our money into one good artist rather than two no names,” said Darius Johnson, a senior biology major from Atlanta.

    “I feel like I’m going to a concert that I can listen to on my iPod,” said senior Jarrod Neal, a biology major from Newport News, Va.

    Brandon Theo Dorsey, a junior broadcast journalism major from Houston, said he looked forward to at least one of the acts: “I’m not too high on Rich Homie Quan, but Migos is one of the hypest artists out there. He has the best bangers, and is the epitome of turning up, which is what homecoming is all about.”

    While the concert turnout is expected to rise, the hype and interest remains at a low with some of the student body, especially Onyx 9 member who have seen the lineup go from artists such as Rick Ross and Wale in 2010, and Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill and Miguel in 2011, to artists who some students label as one-hit wonders.

    The concert venue is the Hampton University Convocation Center. The performance begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $12 for students and $22 for the general public.

    Yo Gotti
    Rich Homie Quan

  • E-News U. Contributor 11:28 am on September 28, 2013 Permalink |  

    By David Woods
    Courtney Dansby, a chemical engineer from Detroit, has enjoyed her time at Hampton University but is ready to start the next part of her life. She has learned many skills in the School of Engineering which have helped her get internships at Ford Motor Company and L’Oreal.
    Hampton has given her so many opportunities for which she is truly grateful: “My time at Hampton University has been a true blessing; I have learned so much about myself, which has made me a better person. I’m nervous about graduating and going out into the real world but Hampton has taught me all the social and professional skills I need to exceed in my field.”
    On Sunday seniors will sit in Ogden Hall in graduation regalia for Opening Convocation and reflect on their years at Hampton and what path life will take them after they graduate. This moment for many seniors is a surreal feeling; they are on their final journey into adulthood.
    Said Dabney,“I am extremely excited for opening convocation it is one of the few times I get to be surrounded by all my classmates and professors as we celebrate making it this far in our academics. I am looking forward to her the speaker talk and hopefully he will motivate me and fellow classmates to finish off strong.”
    Mandell Elm, a psychology major from Bronx, N.Y. said he is thrilled for Opening Convocation. He has been a member of the marching band and a residential assistant in Winona Hall. Like many students, Elms’ family is coming to share this important moment with him.
    “When I was a underclassman at Hampton I never really paid much attention to Opening Convocation nor gave much thought about it,” he said. “As my senior year approached and I started to hear more and more about Convocation, I started to realize that I am about to graduate from college. It seems like yesterday I was a freshman and now I am a senior. Opening Convocation is going to be the motivation I need to push me through these last two semesters of college.”
    Opening Convocation begins at 10 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.
    The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

  • E-News U. Contributor 12:04 pm on September 11, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: , dock dogs,   

    By Evan Winston

    The 31st annual Hampton Bay Days Festival was held in downtown Hampton, Va. the weekend of Sept. 7 and 8. While the crowds enjoyed the live bands and food vendors, an event the seemed to draw much attention was the “Tidewater Dock Dogs.”

    In this event, dogs and their owners stepped up on a platform that simulated a dock, and in front of the dock was a pool of water that stretched approximately 30 feet.

    The owners – with doggy toy/bone in hand – then kept his/her dog at bay, at the beginning of the runway, while walking toward the edge of it. Then the owners commanded their dogs to sprint towards the pool and fetch the object that they threw towards the pool.

    While seeing canines catch objects in mid-air may be an awesome sight, the object of the event is to see how far the dog can jump.

    According to Ashley Rogers, president of Tidewater Dock Dogs, over 220 dogs participated in the event, with 183 pre-registering. “This is an exciting event,” Rogers said. There’s nothing like good old-fashioned time with your dog.”

    Dock Dogs is an organization that has functioned on for 15 years. What once was just a leisure time hobby between man and man’s best friend has turned into a national and even world phenomenon.

    According to Tidewater Dock Dogs website, competitions such as the Hampton event are held in approximately 135 cities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

    The competition held at Bay Days was a three-year tradition, meaning the participants that compete have jumped last year, this year, and will do it next year for the ultimate prize of $1,000 and a silver championship cup.

    One of the participants vying for that prize is Megan Oberman and her dogs “Strappy” and “Dutchess.” “Strappy” did not compete this year but received honors last year as “most consistent dog.” Oberman said that the competition hasn’t just brought awards to her household. “My husband and I have friends that are doing it,” she said “and we’ve met many friends through the competition.”

    The event attracted a big crowd, with the majority of the spectators being young children such as sisters Kassidy, and Emilee. “We love it when the dogs jump in the water,” they said. “We ended up getting wet.”

    Video by Kathryn Kenny

  • E-News U. Contributor 8:59 am on April 12, 2013 Permalink |
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    ‘Central Park Five’ screening at Hampton U. 

    By Keilah Joyner

    Imagine having spent between six and 13 years confined to jail cells for crimes you did not commit? In a country that professes to provide justice and equality for all, the ultimate miscarriage of justice occurred in 1989.

    “The Central Park Five” is a riveting documentary that examines the 1989 case of one Latino and four black boys wrongly accused and convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park.

    Created, directed, and produced by Ken Burns, David McMahon and Sarah Burns, “The Central Park Five” aims to reveal the truth behind the case that shook the nation by surprise from 1989 until now.
    On the evening of April 19, 1989, Trisha Meili, 28, went for a jog in New York’s Central Park. Nearly four hours later, she was found beaten, raped, and bounded.

    Antron McCray, 15, Kevin Richardson, 14, Raymond Santana, 14, Kharey Wise, 15, and Yusef Salaam, 15, were in the same park that night, the teenagers acknowledged to police.
    During the period of rising crime rates and racial tension, New York City Police Department was under pressure solve the high-profile sex crime, even if that meant arresting five teenage boys for the major felony.

    Once arrested and transported to the police station, the boys were pressured during police interrogations to implicate one another in the crime. Later all the boys except Yusef Salaam were charged with the crime.
    The New York Daily News covered the maximum sentencing hearing.

    “Sooner or later the truth will come out,” said Salaam. “Time can never contain a black man as long as he knows he was convicted falsely.”

    Yusef Salaam words came into fruition in 2002. That year, Matias Reyes, a male convict, confessed to beating and raping the Wall Street executive.

    In 2002, the convictions of four of the five boys, now men, were dismissed, but the damage has long been done.

    The night of the Central Park rape changed the lives of McCray, Richardson, Santana, Wise, and Salaam forever.

    “The Central Park Five” documents the crime, whereabouts, and how the men are attempting to cope in a country that prides itself on justice that served them a great injustice.

    The April 11 20-minute screening of “The Central Park Five” at Hampton University shows how 24 years later the case still captures the attention and questions of many people.

    “A lot of people did not do their jobs,” said New York Times reporter Jim Dwyer on camera. “The police, reporters, and lawyers failed.”

    Today, civil unrest and crime rates declined significantly in New York City. “We are evolving, but there are still some things that are going to shock our senses,” said HU Assistant Professor Wayne Dawkins during a panel discussion after the screening.

    Justice should not be limited to those who are of one race and one stature. The Central Park Five is just one of the documented cases of where our justice system has failed.

    The men falsely accused of raping Trisha Meili are filing a lawsuit against New York City.

    “The Central Park Five” can be viewed in its entirety on April 16 on PBS stations.

    The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

    ‘Central Park Five’ trailer:

    New York Daily News coverage of the sentencing:

  • E-News U. Contributor 8:54 am on April 12, 2013 Permalink |
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    Powerful discussion of ‘Central Park Five’ film at Hampton U. 

    By Dedrain Davis

    Nineteen eighty nine: New York City, America’s biggest city was facing issues of the decade. Social and racial tensions ran high.

    Released at the end of 2012, “The Central Park Five” a documentary film by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon, examined the Central Park Jogger case of 1989. The film includes inside commentary of major social and political players in New York at the time.

    “In 1984, the crack epidemic increased crime” says Ed Koch, mayor at the time. The Rev. Al Sharpton said “New York is now the capital of racial violence.” There was the Howard Beach case (1986), Tawana Brawley case (1987) and now the riveting story of the Central Park Five.

    On Thursday April 11, Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications hosted a screening and panel discussion about the “Central Park Five” film. The event began with a welcome by Drew Berry, a visiting professor at Scripps Howard School. Barbara Lee Hamm, host and executive producer with WHRO-TV 15, then introduced the film and acted as the evenings’ moderator for the panel discussion. The 20-minute preview of “The Central Park Five” was just enough to leave students on the edge of their seats and spark a valuable panel discussion.

    On the panel was Earl Caldwell, writer-in-residence at Scripps Howard, Eric Claville, assistant professor of political science and history and Wayne Dawkins, assistant professor and author at Scripps Howard.

    Claville, also a lawyer, was able to offer informative material discussing the interrogation tactics of the police involved in the Central Park Five case, specifically the history of “custodial interrogation.”

    In response to a question from the audience, Dawkins, a New York native, added “Blacks were collateral damage.” He went on to emphasize the pressures of society and the media for the police to find suspects. Audience members offered commentary and asked questions that made for a passionate and informative discussion.

    Hamm ended the night by asking the panel “Can the Central Park Five” happen in 2013?”
    In response, Caldwell referred to New York’s’ “Stop and Frisk Law” that allows police to question and search and person suspected of committing a crime. “Stop and frisk is a proxy for black and brown kids ages 13 to 22,” said Caldwell. “If this isn’t racial profiling I don’t know what is. Some black people supported it.”

    Claville ended the discussion saying that education and entertainment plays a major role in our communities. “It takes more than a village,” said Claville. “It takes a community to have a better society.”
    Ciera Edwards, a sophomore business student from Minnesota said “This was a thought- provoking case, especially for the students my age.”

    The documentary in its entirety will be aired 9 p.m. April 16 on WHRO TV15.

    The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

    Custodial interrogation:

    Stop and frisk data:

  • E-News U. Contributor 7:11 am on March 21, 2013 Permalink |  

    Economics theme of HU Black Family Conference 

    Hampton University’s Black Family Conference has been a tradition since the spring of 1981.

    This year’s theme is “From Income to Wealth: Economic Development in the African American Community.” Shawn Ricks, a graduate of Hampton University’s business program, was the speaker of Wednesday night’s event. She is senior adviser for minority outreach in the international trade administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

    She spoke briefly on a few important statistics and information on our world’s economic stability and how to ensure long term sustainable growth as a black community. Ricks is very passionate about getting more people involved in the trade policy field. As a community there is so much more to be done, but we are making impressive progress that should be commended.

    Throughout Hampton’s history we have taken great leadership roles and put them into action and because of that we have been known for our impressive graduates that are making a life changing difference in our society for the next generation. – Lauren Turner


    Every year Hampton University host an event called, the Black Family Conference, which consists of informational sessions and panel discussions. The first BFC was held spring of 1981 when President William R. Harvey was inaugurated into Hampton University.

    This year the School of Business welcomed HU alumna Shawn Ricks as the opening speaker. Ricks is the acting director of the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

    This year’s theme is, “From Income to Wealth: Economic Development in the African American Community.” The BFC is to inform and help people recognize and overcome issues that are current in our economy. Problems will be addressed and guest speakers will recommend solutions.

    Ricks’ stated that our economy should ensure long-term sustainable growth more than ever by the year 2014. There are currently 95 percent of the world’s consumers are outside of the United States, reported the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

    Even though everything is getting better there are still issues to be focused on such as, needing more people for the trade policy field, more market competing, and educational services.

    Over the next few days the Black Family Conference will come up with solutions to these issues so we can start improvements within the black community and our country. – Kacy Cummings   


    The 35th annual Conference on the Black Family kicked off Wednesday night in Ogden Hall.  This year’s conference is hosted by the school of business and the theme is “From Income to Wealth: Economic Development in the African American Community.”

    The opening ceremony started with an invocation by Rev. Dr. Travell Travis followed with a welcoming by the School of Business Dean, Sid Howard Credle. According to a Norfolk Journal and Guide account, Credle said research suggests that black families should spend less and save and invest more.

    After a performance of “Wade in the Water” by the Hampton University Choir, President William R. Harvey spoke on the importance of “ensuring the university’s relevance in changing society” before introducing Keynote Speaker Shawn Ricks. Ricks, a 1991 Hampton School of Business graduate, is a special adviser for minority outreach as well as an international trade administrator. Ricks spoke about her experiences as a Hamptonian and the importance of getting more minorities involved in foreign policy and international trade.

    After Rick’s speech, the Smith family was honored by Harvey for their outstanding involvement in the black community. The ceremony concluded with Harvey reminding the community to make sure “we do not become a statistic” and that in order to be great, you should serve others. – Simone Taylor  

    The writers are students at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

  • E-News U. Contributor 5:40 am on March 11, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: , safety, spring break   

    Spring Break is here; have fun, relax and be safe 

    By Amber Bentley

    Midterms are over. The Hampton University campus closed on Friday. You’re all packed up ready and to leave, but where are you actually going for Spring Break?

    Activities vary from extravagant vacations, going home to work, catching up on sleep, and even traveling home with other friends. Either way, Spring Break is very anticipated.

    “Sitting at home for Spring Break is not an option,” said TyEnna Martin, a sophomore nursing major from Columbia, S.C. “I’ll be traveling to Maryland for a few days, and I am going to a Rihanna Concert!”

    Many students mentioned Spring Break weather. “Man, I wish it was later in the month when it gets warmer,” said Devin Goode, a computer science major from Washington, D.C. “I would definitely hit up a beach or something.”

    Because of the climate, various people are heading down South to soak up some sun. Miami and Panama City, Fla. and the Caribbean islands, were popular Spring Break sites for college students.

    “I’m going to the Bahamas on a cruise for five days,” said Alyssa Boone, a senior communicative sciences and disorders major, from Suffolk, Va. “I plan to relax at the beach, site see, and possibly ride a jet ski,”

    Brittany Whitby, a junior psychology major from Washington, D.C., chimed in, “My best friend and I are going to the Dominican Republic!

    “Wow, your trip definitely beats mine,” said Boone.

    Whitby chuckled and said, “Yeah, I cannot wait to finally be there and experience all the culture has to offer!”

    While some people are fortunate enough to go on vacations, others did not come out as lucky.

    “I have absolutely no plans for Spring Break,” said Dean Johnson, a sophomore piano performance major, from Lanham, Md. “The only thing I know I’m going to do is chill and sleep.”

    Spring Break is actually the perfect time to do just that, because the next break students get will not be until the summer.

    “I’ll be going back home to [New] Jersey,” said junior Tyler Clark, a graphic design major from Somerdale, a Philadelphia-area suburb. “I’m going to work two jobs and make mad money!”

    Regardless of where one is going, Spring Break is a time to get away, to leave all your stress and problems at school, and go have fun.

    But, just how much fun is too much fun? has some tips to refer to while on vacation.
    When on the road, be sure to buckle up.

    When in the hotel, keep all your valuables locked up. If you feel the need to engage in the consumption of alcohol, be smart about it. Pace yourself and do not drive anywhere while intoxicated.

    The No. 1 rule is never go anywhere alone.

    Those are just some of the many tips that has to offer.

    All in all, have fun, be safe, and come back refreshed and ready to finish out the school year strong!

  • E-News U. Contributor 6:13 am on February 25, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: CDC, flu season, , health center   

    At Hampton U., spring semester is flu season 

    By Dedrain Davis

    Spring semester at Hampton University brings exciting spring break plans, romantic walks on the waterfront, and the dreaded flu season.

    Due to close living quarters, shared restrooms and social activities, college students must be extremely careful. According to the Center for Disease Control, the official months of flu season is from November to the end of March.

    Ciera Edwards, a sophomore business major from Minnesota, said “I wash my hands before every meal and take NyQuil if I start feeling sick.”

    The flu is spread by droplets that are released into the air when people sneeze, cough or talk. Students should seek medical care if they experience symptoms like body aches, fever and chills.

    “Because I live on campus, if my roommate gets sick I assume that I will to, that’s the reality.” said Macie Owens, a sophomore business major from Chicago. That is the feeling of many students on campus.

    The campus Health Center uses a rapid swab test that gives a positive or negative result in only 20 minutes. Once diagnosed with the flu, the Health Center is responsible for placing students under “isolation.” Isolation is a procedure that prevents the spread of the flu to other students. In this case, the Health Center will contact the parents of the student and make alternative living arrangements that can include a hotel stay or staying with a family member.

    Melanie Ames, a registered nurse at Hampton University’s health center, said “In the month of January we were concerned about an epidemic at Hampton. We had to place several students on isolation. That was the worst month.”

    Ames added, “the flu is miserable. It is easier to just be careful.”

    Health Center Director Bert W. Holmes Jr., M.D., encouraged student to get the flu vaccine at home. The flu vaccine protects against 60 percent of flu strains. The vaccine will also make symptoms less severe, if one does catch the flu.

    Below are tips from Stay healthy Hampton.

    • Strict hand washing
    • No sharing of drinks
    • No kissing
    • Use Hand Sanitizer
    • Cough in elbow, not hand
    • Flu vaccination

    The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications

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