Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon to Star in NYC Staging of Beckett’s All That Fall

first_img View Comments Trevor Nunn’s critically acclaimed mounting of Samuel Beckett’s radio play All That Fall will play a limited engagement at New York’s 59E59 Theaters. Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon will star in the production, which runs from November 5 through December 8, 2013. BAFTA and Emmy Award winner Atkins is a four-time Tony Award nominee with stage credits that include Doubt, The Retreat From Moscow, Indiscretions, The Night of the Tribades, Vivat! Vivat Regina!, The Promise and The Killing of Sister George. Gambon earned a Tony nomination in 1997 for Skylight; the four-time BAFTA winner is known for his screen credits including The Singing Detective, Maigret and the Harry Potter series. Joining Atkins and Gambon in the off-Broadway show will be original London production cast members Ruairi Conaghan, Catherine Cusack and Frank Grimes. Additional casting will be announced. Nunn directs, with design by Cherry Truluck and sound by Paul Groothuis. Specially commissioned by the BBC as a radio play, All That Fall is set in rural Ireland and follows an aging woman (Atkins) who sets off to meet her blind, short-tempered husband (Gambon). Along the way, she encounters a handful of eccentric characters who offer “an inimitably idiosyncratic and at times hilarious perspective on loss, grief and old age.” The production had two sold-out runs in London in 2012last_img read more

Elite Cycling celebrates Earth Day with new biodegradable Jet water bottles

first_imgThis Earth Day, Elite Cycling is hoping to make things just a tiny bit better with a new water bottle. How is a bottle going to help the earth? Well, even if it’s a reusable bottle like most cycling bottles, eventually it will reach the end of its life.At that point, the bottle will likely end up in a landfill. With that in mind, Elite has created the new Jet bottle which uses a special BPA-free plastic that is treated with an additive to allow it to decompose far more quickly than the average plastic. Elite states that, “thanks to this additive, the microorganisms responsible for the biodegradation of materials attack the polymeric chain of the plastic, thus significantly reducing the time it takes for the bottle to degrade.” Their claim is that the Jet bottle will take between 3 months – 5 years to bread down whereas regular plastic will take between 100 – 1000 years.The bottle itself includes the Elite cap that is included with their lightweight Fly bottle, which has a simple push-pull high flow nozzle. Measuring 74mm in diameter, the bottle is designed to be used with standard water bottle cages.Offered in 550, 750, and 950ml sizes and four colors, the bottles are dishwasher safe and available now.elite-it.comlast_img read more

Positive reinforcement plays key role in cognitive task performance in ADHD kids

first_imgShare Share on Facebook Email The findings come out of a novel study published in the journal Behavioral and Brain Functions that collectively examined two leading theories on ADHD, combining what previous work had mostly looked at separately.One of those theories suggests that lower-than-average cognitive abilities contribute to symptoms associated with ADHD, such as inattentiveness. The other theory favors motivation over ability, focusing on whether kids with ADHD have an increased sensitivity to reward.“When asking whether the performance difference we see is the result of ability or motivation, this research has more of an answer than any study that comes before it,” says UB psychologist Larry Hawk, the paper’s principle investigator.The results of the research conducted by Hawk, Fosco, UB graduate student Michelle Bubnik and Keri Rosch of the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, have clinical parallels as well.Behavioral therapy, which uses positive consequences to increase the likelihood of achieving certain behaviors, is among the leading psychosocial interventions for children with an ADHD diagnosis.The authors point out that the benefits of reward are not specific to children with ADHD.“The major difference is that typically developing kids usually perform well even when simply asked to do their best,” says Fosco. “But kids with ADHD typically need an external or an additional reinforcement to perform their best.”It’s a tricky area of research area, according to Hawk, since some of the subjects are being tested on tasks on which they have a demonstrated history of poor performance.There is also a degree of variability between the two groups. The authors say that having a diagnosis of ADHD doesn’t necessarily mean that a child will perform poorly on any given task, and neither does the absence of a diagnosis mean that the child will perform well on any given task.“You can’t say kids with ADHD respond more to reinforcement because they were doing poorly to begin with,” says Hawk. “We showed that was not true. It was greater motivation to obtain external rewards that drove the effects we observed.” A little recognition for a job well done means a lot to children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – more so than it would for typically developing kids.That praise, or other possible reward, improves the performance of children with ADHD on certain cognitive tasks, but until a recent study led by researchers from the University at Buffalo, it wasn’t clear if that result was due to heightened motivation inspired by positive reinforcement or because those with ADHD simply had greater room for improvement at certain tasks relative to their peers without such a diagnosis.“Our results suggest that the motivation piece is critical,” says Whitney Fosco, a graduate student in the Department of Psychology in the UB College of Arts and Sciences. “Kids with ADHD showed more improvement because they are more motivated by the opportunity to gain rewards, not because they simply did worse from the beginning.”center_img Pinterest LinkedIn Share on Twitterlast_img read more