Leftover Salmon will be hitting the road in the fall, with nine confirmed dates across September and October. The jamgrass act will kick off their tour with a two-night stand at Pisgah Brewing in Black Mountain, North Carolina,on September 22nd and 23rd. A few weeks later, on October 12th, Leftover will hit Knuckleheads in Kansas City, Missouri, ahead of their performances at Hillbery Music Festival in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, on the 13th and Old Rock House Outdoors in St. Louis, Missouri, on the 14th. On October 17th, the band kicks their tour into high gear with five consecutive dates across the Midwest and South. On the 17th, Leftover Salmon will hit The Kent Stage in Kent, Ohio; on the 18th, The V Club in Huntington, West Virginia; and on the 19th, the Haw River Ballroom in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. After a hit in Charlotte, North Carolina on October 20th, Leftover will finish out their tour with a date at Yonder Field in Bowman, South Carolina.[Photo: Dave Vann]
A woman who was caught on camera purposely coughing in a 1-year-old’s face because she believed his mother was not practicing social distancing rules has been removed from her job.The incident occurred at a Yogurtland store in San Jose, California on June 12th.According to the report, the mother of the child says the woman became argumentative with her because she believed she was not keeping proper social distancing while in the store.At one point during the argument, the woman moved close to the 1- year-old boy’s face while he sat in his stroller, removed her mask, and then coughed 2-3 times before leaving the store.The mother who is Hispanic also said that she believes the incident may have been racially motivated because the woman kept asking if she spoke English and whether or not she understood her.“She said, ‘So you don’t understand, and do you even understand what I’m saying?’ Like I’m not even speaking English,” said the child’s mother, Mireya Mora.Authorities reported that they were finally able to identify and locate the woman after publicly releasing the video, however, they have not released her name because they ” can’t release the names of suspects until there is a warrant for their arrest, they were booked into jail, or they were issued a criminal citation,” said San Jose police Sgt. Enrique Garcia last month.While the woman’s name was not publicly released, it was stated that she worked for the Oak Grove School District and that they were aware of the situation. The district has since released a statement saying that due to the woman’s actions, she no longer works for them:“The Oak Grove School District’s highest priority is the safety of our students and the well-being of all of the children in the community we serve. We do not tolerate conduct from any employee that compromises any child’s safety.”It is unclear if the woman was fired from her job or if she left on her own accord.
Professor Shri Narayanan of USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering received the Niki and C. L. Max Nikias Chair in Engineering. This honor is the first formal recognition in Nikias’ name.Narayanan is a professor of electrical engineering, computer science, linguistics, psychology, neuroscience and pediatrics. He has served as director of the Ming Hsieh Institute of Electrical Engineering since 2010, and director of the Signal Analysis and Interpretation Lab since 2005.Nikias recruited Narayanan nearly two decades ago, when Nikias was a Viterbi professor.“One of my most enduring and heartfelt achievements while at USC Viterbi was to help recruit Shri,” Nikias said to USC News. “Seventeen years ago, one could not overestimate his towering intellect and creativity.”Narayanan’s lab focuses on human-centered technologies. By using data scientific approaches to understand human cognition, aspects of human behavior are explored further. In the context of this, Narayanan wants to bring greater understanding to mental health. “We are trying to find more objective ways of diagnosing autism, as well as understanding changes in behavior in response to the treatment,” he said.Additionally, Narayanan’s work spreads to media studies, particularly focusing on unconscious biases and their representation in media and the effect this has on society. Narayanan’s work is unique in that it brings mathematics and computer science into the equation. “These subjects traditionally have been dealt with very qualitatively,” Narayanan said. “We try to combine multiple perspectives from different fields like engineering, psychology and linguistics.”By bringing objective quantitative analysis to psychotherapy, Narayanan hopes to better understand the mental condition of patients in addiction therapy and counseling.Nikias presented the award to Narayanan on Feb. 15 at Tutor Hall.“I feel very honored and excited, because [Nikias] is a leader in the field I’ve worked in,” Narayanan said. “He’s also one of my mentors. It’s very meaningful for me on both a personal and a professional level.”