Ursula Helen Lefkowitz

first_img Ursula was preceded in death by her husband, Irving Lefkowitz and cousin, Stephen Roos.Friends and family would like to thank her loving care giver, Albina Leiva and her family. Ursula Helen Lefkowitz, 95, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away, Monday, March 16, 2020 at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur, Texas.Ursula was born December 6, 1924 in Germany to Fred and Jenny Roos.She was a resident of Port Arthur for 80 years and a member of Temple Emanuel in Beaumont. Ursula was retired after owning Irving’s Jewelry for many years.She was the first female member of the North Port Arthur Rotary Club and active for many years in the Port Arthur Little Theatre.A graveside service will be held Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Levingston Funeral Home in Groves.last_img read more

London’s Mamma Mia! to Welcome Tour Stars

first_imgSara Poyzer as Donna in ‘Mamma Mia!'(Photo: Brinkhoff & M+Âgenburg) The West End production of Mamma Mia has announced new casting. Fresh from playing Donna Sheridan in the first-ever U.K. tour of the hit musical Sara Poyzer will play the role at London’s Novello Theatre beginning June 12, along with fellow touring Dynamos, Kate Graham as Tanya and Jacqueline Braun as Rosie.Also on June 12, Georgina Castle will move from the ensemble to the role of Sophie Sheridan. She will be joined by Christopher Jordan-Marshall, making his West End debut as Sky. Additional new cast members will include Bobbie Little as Ali, Harriet Bunton as Lisa, Damian Buhagiar as Pepper and Nye Rees as Eddie, with Caroline Deverill playing the role of Donna Sheridan at certain performances. They will be joining Richard Trinder, who plays Sam, Alasdair Harvey who plays Harry and Dugald Bruce-Lockhart who plays Bill.With music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, Mamma Mia! is written by Catherine Johnson, directed by Phyllida Lloyd and choreographed by Anthony Van Laast. The production is designed by Mark Thompson, with lighting design by Howard Harrison, sound design by Andrew Bruce & Bobby Aitken, and musical supervision, additional material and arrangements by Martin Koch.Mamma Mia! concluded an almost-14-year Broadway run on September 12, 2015. View Commentslast_img read more

Study suggests pupil size could be linked to intelligence

first_imgPinterest Share on Facebook LinkedIn 512 people took part in a series of studies conducted by Jason Tsukahara, Tyler Harrison & Randall Engle (Gerogia Institute of Technology), that investigated the relationship between resting pupil size and working memory (part of short term memory associated with immediate processing) capacity and fluid intelligence (the ability to think abstractly and problem solve). Pupils were measured by eye tracking units whilst participants carried out tasks relating to memory and fluid intelligence.The results of the studies revealed that there are huge differences in resting pupil size in individuals with high cognitive ability compared to those with low cognitive ability. In some cases these differences were even visible to the naked eye. Additionally, differences in pupil size are maintained even when people are doing a task that requires mental exertion. Even factors like age and drug abuse (which are related to pupil size) did not account for the relationship between fluid intelligence and resting pupil size, meaning that determining resting pupil size could be an effective measure of an individual’s intelligence and cognitive capacity.Although the findings of this study show that resting pupil size has the potential to help us understand mental processing, the authors state that ‘baseline pupil size is only reasonably formed speculation’. This means that further research is needed to fully understand the individual differences in resting pupil size. Emailcenter_img Share Share on Twitter Resting pupil size could be a predictor of cognitive ability in humans, according to a study recently published in Cognitive Psychology.It is established that pupil size reflects more than simply the amount of light entering the eye. However, it was previously thought that pupil size was too crude a measure of brain activity. More recently though, the discovery that activity in an area of the brain known as the locus coeruleus results in changes to pupil size has opened the possibility that pupil size could be a useful indicator of neural processing.The locus coeruleus is a part of the brainstem with connections across the rest of the brain, including the prefrontal cortex, which plays a crucial role in cognitive abilities such as memory and intelligence. The locus coeruleus is the main source of neurotransmitter, norepinephrine in the central nervous system, which amongst other things regulates cognitive activity in areas such as the prefrontal cortex. Therefore, it is possible that pupil size may actually be a valuable reflection of neural activity which can be used to determine differences in cognitive ability in humans.last_img read more

PASSCAR opens 20th season Saturday at Perris Auto Speedway

first_imgPERRIS, Calif. – After a successful 20th anniversary season opener for sprint cars at Perris Auto Speedway last Saturday night, the Riverside County clay oval will kick off the 20th anniversary PASSCAR season this Saturday, March 14. Saturday’s show will feature Super Stocks, Street Stocks, American Factory Stocks and the highly anticipated return of the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds.Saturday’s race will be the first IMCA sanctioned Modified race at The PAS since 2005. Since 2007, the track started sanctioning the class under the PASSCAR banner. At the urging of racers, sanctioning for the division is reverting back to IMCA in 2015. The track has had an increase in the size of the fields for the Modifieds the past few years and going back to IMCA should draw even more cars. Drivers competing in the division will earn points not only for the PAS IMCA Modified track championship, but also toward IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing national, regional and Allstar Performance State point standings.The eight races at The PAS will all be part of the Larry Shaw Western Region. “We are really excited to welcome IMCA back to The PAS,” promoter Don Kazarian said, “especially in its centennial season. A lot of drivers asked us to go back to IMCA. This will allow cars from other tracks to come race with our regulars as they try to earn state, regional and national points. It will also allow our drivers to venture to other tracks as the rules are now the same. For the past few years our street stock class has usually been the largest on race nights. The modified class has been getting bigger the past couple seasons and it may end up being the largest this year. It is going to be very exciting.” 2014 champions Blaine Whitson (super stocks), Eddie Gurwell (street stocks) and Dalton Everhart (Modifieds) are all expected to be in action on Saturday. Spectator gates will open at 5 p.m. Saturday and racing will begin at 7 p.m. Adult tickets are $15. For active military members with proper ID, teens 13-18 with their school ID and kids ages 6-12, admission is $5. Children five and under will be admitted free.Advance tickets for all events at The PAS, with the exception of the World of Outlaws, are available 24 hours a day by calling 1 800-595-4849 or online.For more information on The PAS call 951 940-0134.Camping is available for $25 per night for all PAS events. The campground opens at noon the day before each event. Tailgating in the spectator parking lot will begin at 1 p.m. for all PAS events as well. Perris Auto Speedway is located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds.last_img read more