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Blues-Rock Guitarist Johnny Stachela Releases Debut EP “Walk Through Fire”


“Walk Through Fire,” the debut EP from Johnny Stachela, scorches its way through six searing tunes that combine virtuosic blues-rock musicianship with lyrical depth and clarity. It’s an exceptional musical brew: Dazzling melodies. Rich harmonies. Brutal honesty.

 

And it’s intoxicating.

 

Stachela’s artful lead guitar sizzles with stunning mathematical complexity. The album consistently drives and pushes the music to insightful, urgent lyrical places. Like its opening track “Hard Rain,” the album pelts and stings, but is ultimately battened by a thick, blues-tinged hope.

 

That’s no accident.

 

“All of the songs came out of difficult experiences that turned out to be a real growth period in my life,” explains front man Johnny Stachela. ‘Hard Rain’ is about broken relationships and ‘Dead Man Rising’ is about ending a difficult chapter and starting over again. I tend to write from a place of struggle.”

 

Stachela’s commitment to emotional integrity in his writing and playing is evident in every track, offering the listener a muscular aural ride.

 

He explains, “Music is the highest form of expression. Making this music is a way to let out the demons. You get to say things that I think everyone can relate to on a deeper level, but we don’t always get to express those feelings in our daily lives. My guitar can be an emotional wreck, but that’s a good thing for the music.”

 

Visceral and edgy, “Walk Through Fire” will linger in the listener’s memory. It’s unforgettable, emotional music-lightning. For Stachela, this is a by-product of his creative and technical process.

 

“I really just wanted to capture the raw emotion,” he says. “It’s a very personal record in the sense that I’ve lived every single note and every single word. It was recorded straight to tape with the intention of capturing the feeling and energy of a live performance.”

 

Which may be one of the reasons why the album’s bold exactitude feels revelatory, the mood, music and lyrics perfectly integrated to shape an unforgettable – and yes, magical – experience, leaving us surprised, strengthened, and inspired.

 

“The experience of losing a loved one, or a broken relationship, or even regrets about past behavior — those things can make us feel very fragile,” Stachela says. ‘Walk Through Fire’ is about facing your fears head on and getting strong again. Being alive is amazing and the deeper your gratitude becomes, the more you are able to understand and overcome the hardships.”

 

 “Walk Through Fire” is available on iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, Spotify, and other digital outlets worldwide. For more information about the Johnny Stachela Band, visit http://www.johnnystachela.com.

 

Listen: https://soundcloud.com/johnnystachela

 

 

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Bright Kids Inc. Releases Tablet-Based ERB AABL Diagnostic


New York, NY (PRWEB) June 11, 2015

Bright Kids Inc. is one of the first companies to create a tablet-based ERB AABL (Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners) diagnostic that replicates the testing experience for k-1st grade entry private school applicants. Children will use Bright Kids’ tablets, headphones, and a proctor to individually answer and select tricky Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Early Literacy, and Mathematics questions. The results of these diagnostics can be used for personalized test preparation curriculum at Bright Kids.

Bright Kids is New York’s premiere tutoring and Publications Company with a proven success rate in preparing children for a number of admissions exams, including the AABL exam. We create custom curriculum to help students excel in the standards expected of them. Additionally, Bright Kids creates it’s own, expertly created custom materials.

“Delivered on an iPad, AABL is a cutting-edge online, child-friendly assessment of an early learner’s development in verbal and quantitative reasoning, early literacy, and mathematics for applicants for PreK through Grade 1 (ages 4 through 6).

AABL assesses a child’s verbal and quantitative reasoning, early literacy, and mathematics skills and compares them to other children taking the test at the same level throughout the United States.

AABL is an important tool because it gives parents, teachers, and administrators the opportunity to learn what a child’s academic needs are and how best to address them.

Professionals administer the AABL through the iPad, but first give applicants a tutorial on how to use the iPad to respond to test items.”

Bright Kids is currently working to expand all AABL tablet-based learning experiences in order to give children even more of an upper hand on testing day.

To learn more about our services, please contact:

Taylor Kelly, Head of Marketing and Business Development

225 Broadway Ave, New York, NY Ste. 1504

Office: (917) 539-4575

t(dot)kelly(at)brightkidsnyc(dot)com






Liberty University Biology Department Releases First Draft Genome Sequence


Lynchburg, Va. (PRWEB) May 15, 2015

Researchers from Liberty University’s Department of Biology & Chemistry have released the university’s first draft genome sequence, mapping the DNA of a popular strain of E. coli bacteria in hopes of helping to find a cure for diseases caused by the strain.

The team’s work was recently published in “Genome Announcements,” an academic journal from the American Society for Microbiology.

Though the Citrobacter rodentium (C. rodentium) strain DBS100 has been studied extensively, it had not previously been sequenced. The work will not only help Liberty’s research but also that of other prominent researchers for years to come.

“Publishing a draft genome will certainly raise the profile of Liberty University in regards to the kind of research we are doing,” said Dr. David DeWitt, chair of the Department of Biology & Chemistry. “A study like this really highlights the research involvement students can have with our faculty members.”

The genome sequencing was conducted by Dr. Andrew Fabich, associate professor of microbiology, and Abigail Lenz (’14), a biomedical science graduate assistant currently seeking her Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences, and in collaboration with Dr. Jeffery Tomkins, an adjunct Liberty professor.

The gene sequence, which is represented as a series of letters (A, for the nucleotide adenine; G, for guanine; T, for thymine; and C, for cytosine), is 5,385,810 characters long — over 800 pages when printed front and back in eight-point text.

Liberty purchased a DNA sequencer in 2013, adding to a growing arsenal of top-notch research equipment, which will be housed in the new Science Hall. Fabich said that sequencing genomes is quite common among leading scientific research institutions, so it is significant that Liberty invested in technology that will allow students to participate in top-quality research projects.

“We are doing cutting-edge research (that is) published in secular, scientific journals,” Fabich said. “Our students get hands-on training using the latest, greatest technology that is the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art equipment you find at major institutions.”

He added that the particular strain that Liberty sequenced as its first genome is significant because it is one of the most popular strains of Escherichia coli (E. coli) used in research. Fabich and many of his students, like Lenz, have been researching the strain because it is a model for enterohemorrhagic E. coli(EHEC), the leading cause of infectious kidney failure worldwide. C. rodentium is used in mice to mimic the effects EHEC produces in humans. Part of Lenz’s research involves genetic manipulations of the bacteria to help determine exactly how it infects the gastrointestinal tract.

Fabich’s research students have garnered awards and recognition for their work, including at the Virginia Academy of Science and the Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences, and the American Society for Microbiology’s annual meeting.

The goal of this research is to help determine what triggers the change from good E. coli bacteria (helpful microbes are abundant in the human body) to infectious ones and ultimately lead to a cure for diseases caused by EHEC. Fabich is collaborating with Dr. Anthony Bauer, an associate professor in the Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine, on a grant proposal to develop a cure for EHEC.

Lenz, who earned her bachelor’s degree from Liberty in biochemistry and molecular biology with a minor in mathematics, did much of the research for the genome sequence and was the first author for the article, demonstrating Liberty’s commitment to training students to excel in their chosen field.

“I felt like she had a sense of ownership and that’s given her that sense of independence that you expect out of graduate students,” Fabich said.

Lenz said the research required long nights in the lab, enduring many failures to obtain desired results, but she is grateful for the opportunity.

“God’s guidance, timing, and wisdom are evident in every part of my research,” Lenz said. “God provided a sequencer shortly after I began my research, which has opened many doors for me. The people that I have worked with in lab (both professors and other researchers) have provided me with continual encouragement. I feel a great sense of purpose when working in the lab, knowing that I am gaining a deeper knowledge of the beautiful intricacy of God’s creation and working toward a better world for those suffering from EHEC infection.”


The draft genome is available in an online public database.

About Liberty University

Liberty University, founded in 1971, is the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation, the largest university in Virginia, and the largest Christian university in the world. Located near the Blue Ridge Mountains on more than 7,000 acres in Lynchburg, Va., Liberty offers more than 450 unique programs of study from the associate to the doctoral level. More than 200 programs are offered online. Liberty’s mission is to train Champions for Christ with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for impacting tomorrow’s world.






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