So, for some reason, cyclocross season is a winter sport. There is no real explanation for this that I can find, other than the “origins” of the sport were basically off season training for road cyclists in Europe. The other reason is that cyclocrossers love pain, punishment, and hardship and each of those things is amplified when it’s cold, rainy, snowing, sleeting, or otherwise terrible outside. Being miserable is part of the sport, and nothing is more miserable than riding a skinny-tired bike across mud and obstacles when it’s 25 degrees and wet.We kick things off with the amazing cyclocross fail video above. This guy is hauling ass and has no time for messing around when it comes to those pesky barriers. He comes barreling in at full speed, but forgets the crucial move at the crucial moment: lifting the bike and himself over the barrier. This could be one of the reasons that cyclocross is raced in the winter, it’s so cold and miserable people just forget what they are doing right in the middle of doing it. You have to have a hook if you want to be a spectator sport. Baseball has the long-ball, football has the violence, hockey has the fights, cyclocross has full speed barrier collision explosions. What I don’t quite understand are the physics of this accident. Why does this guy go flying through the air?Here’s another great example of things going horribly wrong during a race:Well, they go horribly wrong for the racer, they go horribly right for the people watching the carnage.
A two-day conference hosted by the USC School of Social Work has spawned a new data collaboration between researchers and policymakers.The Children’s Data Network kicked off at the event, titled “Advancing Science of Children’s Services Through Large Data,” with the goal of using administrative data to generate research relating to policies and programs affecting children.More than 100 people participated in the event, representing state and county governments, researchers, foundations and L.A. partner organizations. This kind of collaboration between such a diverse group of children’s health professionals and academics is unusual.“It is exceptionally rare to bring together the most prominent thought leaders in child welfare for the exchange of ideas about future data development, issues in large administrative database use and other related questions,” said Marilyn Flynn, dean of the School of Social Work, in a press release. “It changes and advances the dialogue on how we can better understand and create relevant policies addressing children’s needs.”A major breakthrough resulted from this conference will be the linking together of state- and county-level data sources. This will allow both social workers, researchers and others involved in child welfare to have a more complete profile of the factors affecting a child. The collaboration between universities, local and state governments will hopefully make strides in the study of social work in addition to more effective policymaking.The presentations focused on the importance of linking data, making data available to universities and community stakeholders, the use of data in holistic evaluation of children and the appropriate methods for obtaining and organizing data.“The CDN is not just about researchers in an academic setting crunching numbers,” said assistant professor Emily Putnam-Hornstein in a press release. ”We want it to be a collaborative project where the work that emerges is actionable and relevant.”Putnam-Hornstein noted that as a whole, the conference served to garner interest in the new program.“We viewed the convening as an opportunity to get people excited about the potential of the network,” Putnam-Hornstein said in a press release.