JASPER JOTTINGS Week 50 - 2018 Dec 16   

Jasper Jottings - The achievement journal of my fellow Jaspers, the alumni of the Manhattan College
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POSITRACTION: Smartphone app can now diagnose anemia



Engineer Creates Smartphone App That Screens for Anemia By Taking Pictures of Your Fingernails
By Good News Network-Dec 4, 2018

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A newly-developed smartphone app can now diagnose anemia without even having to take a blood sample

Anemia is a condition that develops when a person’s blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells or haemoglobin. It affects two billion people worldwide and if it is left untreated, it can lead to fatigue, paleness, and cardiac distress.

But now instead of a blood test, biomedical engineers have created an app that can use smartphone photos of someone’s fingernails taken to accurately measure how much haemoglobin is in their blood.

“All other ‘point-of-care’ anemia detection tools require external equipment, and represent trade-offs between invasiveness, cost, and accuracy,” said principal investigator Doctor Wilbur Lam, associate professor of paediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine. “This is a standalone app whose accuracy is on par with currently available point-of-care tests without the need to draw blood.”

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Wow.  This would have been a great help to my now deceased wife who was afflicted with an unknown blood disease that required haemoglobin monitoring.

Hope this fellow has other breakthroughs.

A stunning achievement.

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JLINKEDIN: Brantley, Kate [MC2007] Learning and Development Coord



Brantley, Kate [MC2007]
Learning and Development Coordination / Operations Support
Greater New York City Area

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JOBIT: Murtagh, Thomas J. [MC???? RIP] 2018-Dec-07



Thomas J. Murtagh
1930 - 2018 Obituary

Scarsdale - Thomas Joseph Murtagh passed away on December 7, 2018, born on January 7, 1930 in New York City where he was raised. Thomas graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School and then received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College and a M.B.A. from New York University. He was a graduate of the U.S. Navy Officers Candidate School in Newport, R.I. and served as a Lieutenant in U.S. Navy. Thomas was a telecommunication engineer and a tariff specialist for N.Y. Telephone Company and Verizon Communications.

Thomas was predeceased by his parents Michael and Mary Murtagh, brothers Martin, John and Hugh Murtagh and sister Mary Finn, and son in law Robert Sutcliffe. He is survived by his wife of 59 years Mary (McGuire) Murtagh, son Bryan Murtagh (Margaret O'Brien), daughters Margaret Sutcliffe, Katherine Korz (Carl) and Maryellen Iuzzolino (Greg). Also surviving are his grandchildren Catherine and Mary Murtagh; Kara, Kyle and Brett Sutcliffe; Colon, Mallory and Owen Korz; Jack, Henry and William Iuzzolino.

Mass of Christian Burial Monday December 10, 2018 10AM Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Scarsdale. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery Valhalla, NY. Visitation Sunday December 9, 2018 2-5 & 7-9 PM at the Edwin L. Bennett Funeral Homes 824 Scarsdale Ave Scarsdale, NY 10583.

Published in the The Journal News from Dec. 8 to Dec. 9, 2018


Murtagh, Thomas J. [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: Same link

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Dear John,

             I do not find anything in my 'stuff' for Thomas.

                       May He Rest In Peace.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

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JOBIT: O’Leary, Arthur G. [MC1946 RIP] 2018-Dec-04



Arthur G. O'Leary
March 29, 1925 - December 4, 2018
Montgomery, New York

Arthur was born on March 29, 1925 and passed away on Tuesday, December 4, 2018.

Arthur was a resident of Montgomery, New York at the time of passing.

Arthur was a graduate of NFA, class of 1943, in Newburgh and of Manhattan College, class of 1946, in NYC and of NYS Medical School, class of 1950 in Brooklyn.

He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in the 25th Division during the Korean War as a Battalion Surgeon,1952 to 1954 and was awarded the Silver and Bronze Stars as well as two Purple Hearts.

Visitation will be Monday, December 10, 2018, 9:30-11:30 am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:30 PM, Monday, December 10, 2018, at Holy Name of Mary Church, 89 Union St., Montgomery, NY. Donations may be made to: Orange County Right to Life PO Box 51, Washingtonville NY 10992 Charity of One's Choice Visitation at the Millspaugh Funeral Directors from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM on December 10, 2018.

Donations may be made to: Orange County Right to Life PO Box 51, Washingtonville NY 10992 Charity of One's Choice Visitation at the Millspaugh Funeral Directors from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM on December 10, 2018.


O’Leary, Arthur G. [MC1946 RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.tributes.com/condolences/leave_memory/106638327

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JTWITTER: Costigan, Bridget Robeson [MC1998] visits alma matter


Bridget Robeson Costigan  @CostiganBridget Dec 5

2018 12Dec 10 Costigan

Very much enjoyed the visit to my alma matter, Manhattan College, with my girls @AlyssaCostigan and @LyndseyCostigan. Thanks @Coach_Sahar for the tour and @heathervulin for inviting us to Manhattan Madness and a Practice. Go lady Jaspers!

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Bridget Robeson Costigan

Coach of 2017 AAU D1 National Runner Up @PVVogues2022 , Mom of #10 @AlyssaCostigan 2022 and #33 @LyndseyCostigan 2023

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Costigan, Bridget Robeson [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Bridget is a member of the Class of 1998.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Costigan, Bridget Robeson [MC1998]

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JFACEBOOK:Pradas, Isabel (MC1986) creates a non-profit


2018 12Dec 13 Isabel Pradas  MC1986

Pradas, Isabel (MC1986)

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JHQ: De La Salle Medal Dinner on Thursday, February 7, 2019


Manhattan College will honor alumnus John McAvoy '80, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Con Edison, at the De La Salle Medal Dinner on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt New York in New York City. Join us to celebrate John's professional excellence and support the College's mission to provide a values-based education for our students. Visit www.manhattan.edu/ DLSDinner to reserve a table, purchase tickets, place an ad in the digital journal or make a contribution.

The funds raised will support a variety of needs, particularly scholarships and financial aid for Manhattan College's students.

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Please visit our website at www.manhattan.edu/DLSDinner  for more information.

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JFACEBOOK: Raguzin, Danielle [MC????] weds


2018 12Dec 13 Raguzin

Raguzin, Danielle [MC????]

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JHQ: Merry Christmas from Manhattan College



Published on Dec 14, 2018

Let the spirit and songs of the season fill you with joy. www.manhattan.edu

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Jennifer


Good Afternoon All,

From Mike McEneney, our prayers are requested for the repose of the soul of Jennifer, the young Daughter-in-Law of Fellow Jasper, the late  John Deacy '45. We pray for Jennifer, her husband John, their Sons, Anthony and James and their Family as the Family mourn the loss of their loved one. May she rest in Peace. Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) prays for Sarah


Good Afternoon All,

An update and thanks from our friend Sarah and her Family. Sarah has been in our prayers as she battles Cancer, the Heart Tumor and other related issues. She and her Family thank you for your prayers and ask that you please continue. The MDs have had some wonderful success in removing successfully her Tumor and have made strides with her Cancer with some further testing and an action plan to qualify and treat her Cancer. Sarah will begin her Chemo after the New Year. Please keep the volume up for Sarah and her Family as they continue this journey of Faith and Healing. We pray too, that as Sarah and her Family share this Christmas and the wonder of The Birth of Jesus, that the Peace of Jesus Embraces them and gives them the strength of hope and God's Love.

Thank you. God Bless.

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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ENDNOTE: How little we understand about ourselves and our world



Yes, the Octopus Is Smart as Heck. But Why?

  • It has eight arms, three hearts — and a plan. Scientists aren’t sure how the cephalopods got to be so intelligent.
  • An octopus in an aquarium in Brest, France. The animals are highly intelligent, but researchers are uncertain how the trait evolved.
By Carl Zimmer
Nov. 30, 2018

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Mr. Amodio said that scientists still need to learn a lot more about cephalopods before they can know if this hypothesis is sound. But the research may do more than shine a light on octopuses and their cousins: It could give us a deeper understanding of intelligence in general.

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I often wonder when I see people (i.e., politicians, bureaucrats, “celebrities”, pundits) how people can be so “dumb”.  The memes that propagate through the human population are “interesting”.  Some are helpful (i.e.: “look both ways before crossing”; “early to bed and early to rise … …”; the seven P’s) and others are dangerous (i.e.: “mind altering drugs expand your horizons”; “if one is good, more must be better”; fanatical religions).  I do know, as much as anyone can “know” anything, the octopus has a better “grasp” of life that some people do.  Maybe even me?

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