Vermont Business Magazine The third meeting of the Solar Siting Task Force will take place on Thursday, October 22, 2015, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm in Room 11 of the Vermont State House, 115 State Street, Montpelier, Vermont. The Solar Siting Task Force was created in Act 56(link is external) of the 2014-2015 legislative session. Details on the membership, duties, and timeframe of the Task Force can be found in Act 56, Sec. 26g.The draft agenda for the October 22, 2015 meeting is listed below. The remaining meetings of the Solar Siting Task Force will occur as follows:Tuesday, November 3, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM in Room 11 of the Vermont State HouseFriday, November 13, 2015 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM in Room 11 of the Vermont State HouseThursday, December 3, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM in Room 10 of the Vermont State HouseThursday, December 17, 2015 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM in Room 10 of the Vermont State HouseSolar Siting Task Force October 22, 2015 Draft Meeting AgendaI. Welcome and Overview of Agenda and Discussion of Future Meetings (5 mins)- PSD Commissioner Christopher RecchiaII. Approval of 9/17/15 Minutes (5 mins)III. Overview of Act 250 and Section 248 (30 mins)- Lou Borie and Jon Groveman, Natural Resources Board and Jeannie Oliver, Department of Public ServiceIV. Overview of VSA Title 24 Chapter 117, State Land Use Goals and Energy (20 mins)- Sharon Murray, Vermont Planners AssociationV. Town Experience and Suggestions for Solar Development (20 mins)VI. Invitation pendingDeveloper Experience and Suggestions for Solar Development (20 mins)VII. Chad Farrell, Encore RedevelopmentPublic Comments (20 mins)VIII. Other BusinessIX. Next meetings:Tuesday, November 3, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM in Room 11 of the Vermont State HouseFriday, November 13, 2015 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM in Room 11 of the Vermont State HouseThursday, December 3, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM in Room 10 of the Vermont State HouseThursday, December 17, 2015 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM in Room 10 of the Vermont StateX. Wrap UpAll meetings of the Solar Siting Task Force are open to the public.The Public Service Department is an agency within the executive branch of Vermont state government. Its charge is to represent the public interest in matters regarding energy, telecommunications, water and wastewater.
Pinterest Share on Facebook Share Share on Twitter People often mimic each other’s facial expressions or postures without even knowing it, but new research shows that they also mimic the size of each other’s pupils, which can lead to increased trust. The findings, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, reveal that participants who mimicked the dilated pupils of a partner were more likely to trust that partner in an investment game, but only when the partner was part of the same ethnic group.“People generally underestimate the importance of pupils, despite the fact that we look into them each day. The pupil provides a rich source of social information — we can force a smile, but we can’t force our pupils to dilate or constrict,” says psychological scientist Mariska Kret of Leiden University, lead author on the study. “Our findings show that humans synchronize their pupil size with others and this behavior — over which we have no voluntary control — influences social decisions.”In previous work, Kret and colleagues found that humans and chimpanzees synchronized their pupil size specifically with members of their own species. The researchers hypothesized that pupil mimicry might be important for the establishment of a bond of trust between two individuals. Dilated pupils are typically perceived as a sign of safety, suggesting that mimicry of another person’s dilated pupils may lead to a sense of mutual trust. Constricted pupils, on the other hand, tend to be perceived as a sign of threat — thus, the researchers did not expect that mimicry of constricted pupils would be associated with trust. Email Kret and colleagues Agneta Fischer and Carsten De Dreu of the University of Amsterdam recruited 61 Dutch university students to participate in an investment game. The students were told that, for each trial, they would see a short video clip of their partner and would then have to decide whether to transfer 5 Euros or 0 Euros to that partner. The clip was actually a manipulated image of a pair of eyes, programmed to show pupils that either dilated, constricted, or remained static over a period of 4 seconds.The participants were told that their investment would be tripled and their partner would then choose what portion of the money (if any) to give back to the participant. Thus, the participant had to make a quick decision about whether they should trust the partner and invest the 5 Euros, in the hope of seeing a greater return. In reality, all of the partners’ choices were determined and randomly assigned by the researchers.As expected, the results showed that participants were more likely to trust partners whose pupils had dilated, especially when the eyes indicated a happy expression.And data captured by eyetracking technology showed that the participants tended to mimic their partners’ pupils, whether they were dilating or constricting.Most importantly, mimicking a partner’s dilating pupils was associated with the decision to invest money — but only when the partner’s eyes had a Western European appearance.According to the researchers, these findings suggest that group membership plays an important role in how we interpret pupil signals. In this study, participants were more likely to trust partners with dilated pupils when they belonged to the same group (Western European descent) than when they didn’t belong to the same group (Asian descent).“The results of the current study further confirm the important role for the human eye in what people love and fear,” the researchers write. “More specifically, pupil mimicry is useful in social interactions in which extending trust and detecting untrustworthiness in others go hand in hand, and it benefits in-group interactions, survival, and prosperity.” LinkedIn
Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus has warned his men that Japan will be eager to make a point in their World Cup warm-up match on Friday by proving their shock victory in 2015 was not a one-off performance.The Boks had a morning gym workout on Sunday, followed by an afternoon field session in Seki, after arriving on Saturday.They were met by cloudy but hot and humid conditions.“They have an outstanding coaching team who have been preparing for this game for a while now and they will be determined to prove that 2015 was not a freak result,” Erasmus said, recalling the Boks’ 34-32 loss in the group stages four years ago.“They made a movie about the last time they played us and it’s our job to make sure there’s no sequel.”Erasmus said it was great to be there and they had received a warm welcome from their hosts.“We’ve heard a lot about Japan from the many players in our squad who have played here, as well as from one of our coaches, Matt Proudfoot,” he said.“They have all loved their time in Japan and talked a lot about it before we arrived, so it’s great to finally be here and to experience it ourselves.”Coming off the back of winning the Pacific Nations Cup after securing victories over the United States, Tonga and Fiji, Erasmus admitted Japan were a well-conditioned side.“They have reason to be confident and they have just equalled their highest ever world ranking (ninth).“We did a number of detailed recces before coming out and the hotels and training fields are really outstanding, and now it’s down to business.”Bok team management underlined that point by getting straight to work, as the squad began preparations in earnest in Kumagaya, a 45-minute bullet train ride from Tokyo.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.