NFL funds Notre Dame team to research concussions

first_imgThe National Football League (NFL) and General Electric (GE) have teamed up to fund concussion-related research projects nationwide, and a Notre Dame research team is behind one of the 16 projects chosen so far.Professor Christian Poellabauer said the 16 projects were chosen from a pool of more than 400 proposals by a panel of experts for the first of two GE-NFL Head Health Challenges, each of which will share in a $10 million grant.  KERI O’MARA | The Observer “It’s very exciting, because having support from two powerhouses, the NFL and GE, is incredibly helpful,” he said. “The opportunities that come from that — collaboration and expertise — can really make a difference.The goal of the Notre Dame project is to create an application for tablets and smart phones that diagnoses concussions based on voice patterns, specifically vowel sounds, which can be altered by concussive impacts, Poellabauer said. He said being selected means his team will receive both the grant money and further assistance with their research.“It’s not just funding, it’s more like a partnership,” he said.Poellabauer said GE’s support in particular could be important in gaining approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), given the corporation’s experience with the application process.Poellabauer said the winning award was granted to research that either diagnoses concussions more quickly and accurately, develops new treatments for concussions or improves assessment of when athletes are ready to return to competition. He said his project is unique among the winning proposals, most of which involve brain imaging.“Our voice procedure seems to be very different from the other proposals,” he said.The funds will be used for two aspects of the team’s research, Poellabauer said. The first use will be proving the technology can work, which is called “proof of concept.”Poellabauer said the main component of the proof of concept is data collection. He said the team is partnering with high schools in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Texas to test the system on student athletes.Participants will provide a baseline recording before their respective competition season and then the schools’ athletic trainers will administer subsequent tests after practices and games, Poellabauer said. The recordings will all be analyzed and compared to the baseline, and the results verified against any diagnosed concussions among the participants.Poellabauer said the overall data collection effort will involve more than 1,000 students and the researchers expect a minimum of 50 concussions to occur within that group.The second use of the funding will be developing an algorithm so that the app is fully functional on the device without the wireless connection and cloud computing currently required, Poellabauer said.“There’s some work involved in getting it all to work efficiently on tablets and smart phones,” he said.The researchers are partnering with the software company Contect Inc. to eventually bring the application to the public, Poellabauer said. Contect is focusing their efforts on commercialization while the researchers improve and test the effectiveness of the application.“Our hope is by 2015 to have this in the market,” Poellabauer said.Poellabauer said chemistry and biochemistry professor Mayland Chang was also doing research related to concussions and other traumatic brain injuries and would submit a proposal for the second GE-NFL Head Health Challenge.“The NFL has committed to funding concussion research given the attention concussions have had the last few years,” he said.Tags: concussions, NFL, Notre Dame, researchlast_img read more

Division of Student Affairs honors exceptional student leaders

first_imgSeven graduating seniors received awards from Notre Dame’s Division of Student Affairs at the annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet held March 31, according to a University press release.The press release stated Student Affairs will also honor graduate student Aamir Ahmed Khan at the Graduate School Awards Ceremony on May 15.Keri O’Mara | The Observer According to the press release, each of the eight awards acknowledges particular leadership qualities in students “who have made exceptional contributions to the Notre Dame community.”The Mike Russo Spirit Award highlights a student’s service and personal character and was given to former student body president Lauren Vidal for her efforts regarding campus safety, mental health awareness and community outreach, the press release stated.“Having an opportunity to really listen to those around me and speak on their behalf in larger conversations about campus climate or needs fueled my efforts each day,” Vidal said. “I learned that it is only when you follow the needs of your peers and school, when you put their needs first, that you truly lead in the role.”The Rev. 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Leonard Collins, C.S.C., Award was presented to former student government chief of staff Juan Rangel for his dedication in serving the interests of the student body, according to the press release.  Particularly, the award recognized Rangel’s commitment to increasing support for students of high financial need and undocumented students.“I think, especially with us all being college students, it’s really easy to become individualistic and think about the needs and necessities that we ourselves have — we need to go to office hours and we need to get good grades and we need to find a job,” Rangel said. “But there’s so many concerns that we have ourselves, that we sometimes forget the concerns of others around us.”Rangel, who served as the 2014-2015 Campus Ministry multicultural intern, also co-founded and became president of the Student Coalition for Immigration Advocacy in order to raise awareness about immigration issues and to stimulate outreach to undocumented students, he said.The Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., Award celebrates a senior who has promoted a spirit of diversity and inclusion during his or her time on campus and was awarded to Matthew Wong for his service as chair of the Diversity Council of Notre Dame, according to the press release.“I think [this award] really shows that Notre Dame is putting diversity and inclusion at the forefront,” he said.  “It’s acknowledging students who are taking steps to making Notre Dame more welcoming, regardless of socioeconomic background, race, gender, ethnicity — whatever it may be.”The Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C., Leadership Award, given to senior Grace Carroll for her work coordinating this year’s Campus Ministry Freshman Retreat, honors a student “who embodies Blessed Fr. Moreau’s vision of educating heart and mind, as well as someone who has demonstrated significant effort to advancing the Catholic character of the University,” the press release stated.“I was really surprised to get the award, never expected to get it,” Carroll said.  “I’m just doing what everyone around me is trying to do, and that’s just trying to be a better person every day.”The John W. Gardner Student Leadership Award recognized senior Christina Gutierrez for her commitment to service in the greater South Bend community, according to the press release.  Gutierrez said she specifically received the award for her work volunteering and fundraising for the Monroe Park Grocery Cooperative in South Bend and for her service as president of the Notre Dame chapter of the World Hunger Coalition.“I’ve been blessed to have free time and to have resources to provide to other people who need them more,” she said.  “Getting to use that for a greater purpose and for an issue that’s really important to me — hunger and malnutrition and healthy eating — and getting to pair that up with meeting people from the South Bend Community, I think is really cool.”The Ray Siegfried Award for Leadership Excellence, presented to Megan Heeder for her involvement in the Robinson Community Learning Center’s Youth Development AmeriCorps and the Center for Social Concern’s Summer Service Learning Program, honors a student who has demonstrated leadership, athletic ability and a love for the Catholic faith, according to the press release.Heeder, who participated as a three-sport varsity athlete her freshman through junior years, said she was honored to receive the award because it acknowledged her “some degree of success in creating a positive change in the lives of other people.”“Because if I leave here without doing that, then what was the point of being here at all?” she said.The Denny Moore Award for Excellence in Journalism acknowledges a graduating senior who, according to the press release, exhibits exemplary character and writing ability and was awarded to former Scholastic editor-in-chief, Jonathan Warren.“I think Notre Dame’s values, those of educating the whole person and serving others, values I’m told Denny Moore exemplified, really lend themselves to a meaningful education in journalism,” Warren said. “I’ve been grateful to work with other students, professors and mentors who have helped me to explore journalism as a practice of empathy and service to others.”The Sister Jean Lenz, O.S.F., Leadership Award, to be presented to Khan for his accomplishments as the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 president of the Muslim Student Association, distinguishes a graduate student who promotes a welcoming and diverse atmosphere on campus, according to the press release.“I was very overwhelmed,” Khan said, recalling the moment he learned he was to receive the award.  “This is undoubtedly the biggest extracurricular recognition that I have ever received throughout my career.”Tags: a. leonard collins award, blessed basil moreau, c.s.c leadership award, c.s.c. award, division of student affairs, john w. gardner student leadership award, ray siegfried award, rev. theodore hesburgh, student leadership awardslast_img read more

National Teach Ag Day

first_imgFewer Americans are being raised on farms than 50 years ago, but agricultural education teachers may be more important than ever. They are helping young people understand the complex food system that keeps American’s food supply safe and secure. With youth across the country falling behind in math and sciences and suffering from historically high rates of obesity, agricultural education teachers impart lessons in life science, technology, health and nutrition in an applied manner that engages youth with the natural environment. As the role of agricultural teachers expands, the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is preparing a new generation of teachers who are ready for the classroom, the garden and leadership roles. “More suburban and urban schools are beginning to see the value of agriculture programs as a way to address childhood obesity, health education, and facilitate Farm-to-School programs that promote healthy eating,” said Jason Peake, an associate professor of agricultural education UGA CAES Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication (ALEC). “In short, our teachers and programs are evolving to fit the new challenges that our society is facing.” Agricultural educators across the nation teach the foundations of agricultural science including plant and animal sciences, forestry, mechanics, horticulture, leadership and business skills. They also help bridge the gap between textbook science, math and leadership lessons and the world outside the classroom, said Kay Kelsey, newly hired ALEC department head. “Agricultural education is a perfect venue for increasing not only science literacy, but also agriculture and food literacy in a holistic environment,” Kelsey said. “There is nothing more important to every person on planet Earth than a safe and secure food supply, and agricultural education is well positioned to provide that to America’s youth. Agricultural teachers go far beyond the classroom to reach students and help them grow into productive and healthy citizens.” Despite the need for applied learning provided by today’s agricultural educators, their numbers have dwindled over the past decade. Many career ag educators have retired and fewer students are earning degrees in agricultural education. ALEC is addressing teacher shortages by increasing the number of agricultural education faculty in the department and focusing on training teachers to work in urban centers, according to Kelsey. “Our department is in the process hiring two new faculty members who will be based at UGA’s Griffin Campus to take advantage of location and access to Atlanta where urban agriculture is exploding, yet underrepresented in the literature,” Kelsey said. Eighty percent of Americans live in urban areas and are increasingly interested in local and organic foods and growing fruit and vegetable gardens. Agricultural education teachers can play a vital role in expanding the local food movement by teaching youth and their parents how to sustainably grow food in whatever space available, she said. “If you have a pot and a bag of soil, you can grow food,” Kelsey said. One of Kelsey’s goals for the department is to help Atlanta Public Schools build a magnet school for agriculture where youth learn the principles of science through the application of growing food in a sustainable manner to feed communities. She wants to leverage the state’s strong tradition of agricultural youth programs to strengthen agricultural education in urban and suburban schools. “Georgia is well positioned to lead the nation in the urban agricultural movement with its strong support of Georgia 4-H, FFA, excellent State FFA and 4-H staff, and a variety of UGA degree and certificate programs to train the next generation of agricultural education teachers,” Kelsey said. “The only thing missing are adults willing to take on the challenge of educating America’s youth.” There are more than 500,000 youth enrolled in the National FFA Organization. Georgia is the third strongest state with 35,500 members. Georgia also boasts about 180,000 students in fifth through 12th grades enrolled in UGA Extension’s Georgia 4-H program. Peake, who works to recruit and train students into ALEC’s agricultural education program, said that while Georgia is still facing a deficit of agricultural education teachers — an increasing number of students are seeing the promise of teaching students about how agriculture impacts their lives. The number of students with a traditional agriculture background has declined over the years and there has been an increase in students who come from suburban or urban backgrounds. These students need to open up urban areas to agricultural education with their understanding of how to reach non-traditional audiences. Starting salaries for first-year agriculture teachers with a bachelor’s degree and a teaching certificate are about $45,000 in Georgia, among the highest in the nation. While not required, a master’s or doctorate degree add a significant pay raise. 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Chile: Attention Shifts to Miners’ Health

first_img By Oct. 14, Camp Hope was deserted. Families, members of the media and rescue workers shifted their attention to the Copiapó hospital, where the 33 miners are being examined. Most of the miners are in better shape than expected, the Chilean government said in a statement. But most have dental problems, and one has pneumonia and silicosis, a respiratory condition caused by prolonged exposure to dust and rubble. “The 33 are good up there,” said Jaime Mañalich, Chile’s health minister, in reference to the upper floors of the hospital, where the miners are being treated. “With humility, I can say that we achieved our goal.” Sebastián Piñera told the miners and their families Chile “will not be the same” after the catastrophe, and those responsible for the collapse “will be punished.” “You owe me 70 days of overtime,” Urzúa told Sebastián Piñera as the teary-eyed men embraced. “We’ll see about that,” Sebastián Piñera answered. COPIAPÓ, Chile – “I pass the watch to you.” That’s what Luis Urzúa said to Chilean President Sebastián Piñera moments after he emerged from the depths of the earth, at 9:55 p.m. on Oct. 13 after a rescue operation that lasted 22 hours and 35 minutes. Urzúa was the last of the 33 miners to be lifted to the surface in an unprecedented rescue effort at the San José gold and copper mine in northern Chile. “I congratulate you because you fulfilled your duty leaving last, as a good captain does,” Sebastián Piñera responded to Urzúa, who was in charge of the shift when the mine collapsed Aug. 5. Urzúa, a husband and father of two, said it was difficult to persevere through 70 days of being trapped underground, the longest stretch ever documented. “There were some tiresome days,” Urzúa said. “Some bled as the result of trying to do things that were not in the best interest [like trying to escape]. But we managed to keep the sanity.” A celebration erupted at Camp Hope as Sebastián Piñera and Urzúa hugged while tears rolled down their cheeks. Champagne was showered over the ecstatic crowd of family members, rescue workers and journalists from all over the world as scenes from the rescue were shown on a giant monitor. “The miners are all right. They are free,” said María Segovia, sister of rescued miner Darío Segovia, as she wept at the sight of the Fénix 2 capsule reaching the surface with Urzúa inside. María Segovia arrived at Camp Hope two days after the collapse and vowed not to leave until the miners were rescued. “I said that I would stay until the last one was out,” María said, as she opened a bottle of champagne. “Now, I bow out and come back to my normal life selling empanadas.” But amidst the celebration, Urzúa highlighted the harsh working conditions miners face. Sebastián Piñera said he will make a formal announcement regarding how he’ll improve working conditions in mines nationwide “in a few days.” center_img By Dialogo October 14, 2010last_img read more

Banks Hold $200M in Sandy Aid, NY Says

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York House damaged by Hurricane Sandy. (Photo: Dan O’Regan)Superstorm Sandy survivors trying to rebuild their homes now have another roadblock to deal with—late insurance reimbursement checks.A New York State Department of Financial Services investigation found that $200 million in insurance funds requested by hurricane survivors have yet make it to homeowners. As of Jan. 27, banks representing 95 percent of the state were withholding funds for 6,611 borrowers, totaling $208 million. And the four largest banks—Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Citibank and JP Morgan Chase—have yet to disperse 4,159 checks worth $131 million, according to the agency.“After insurance companies have sent homeowners checks to pay for repairs, the money should not be sitting with the bank because of red tape,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “Banks need to use maximum discretion to get money into homeowners’ hands as quickly as possible.”In December, the state was successful in freeing up a portion of insurance funds from banks, but now officials realize that funds aren’t moving quickly enough into the accounts of those who need it, according to Department of Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky.“While we understand there are some limits on how banks release funds, we want to make sure that they are pushing those limits and getting insurance money out quickly,” he said. “We will work with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to reduce barriers to the flow of insurance funds.”There are several factors that have contributed to the delay. For some homeowners, checks are issued jointly to them and their bank or mortgage servicer, which requires the bank to endorse the check before homeowners have access to it. Federal rules from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac also stipulate that banks receive proof of repair work before releasing money to homeowners.In response to the findings, the financial services department sent a letter to banks and mortgage servicers recommending that they provide easily accessible information on their websites describing the procedures required to release funds and to immediately release all funds designated by the insurance company as “emergency” or “advance” funds.last_img read more

Zelle continues to battle Venmo in person-to-person payments

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Zelle, the bank-owned response to PayPal’s Venmo person-to-person mobile payment service, Square Cash, and others, continues to grow by long strides since its launch in 2017.Early Warning Services, the network that operates Zelle, announced that in the second quarter 2019 it hit total payment value of $44 billion, spread over 171 million transactions. The payments dollar value represents an increase of almost 13% over the first quarter 2019 and an increase of 56% over the year-earlier quarter.Year-over-year the transaction volume rose by 71%. This means that the average transaction on Zelle fell in the second quarter to about $257, about 8% lower than the $281 of second quarter 2018. And that is seen positively. Payments experts take the decline as a sign that Zelle is steadily being used for smaller and smaller payments, rather than just larger P2P transactions like rent payments.last_img read more

Appointment of the Management Board of PLAVA LAGUNA dd Poreč

first_imgAt its meeting held on December 08, 2017, the Supervisory Board of Plava Laguna dd Poreč issued a decision revoking the current sole member of the Management Board, Neven Staver, as of December 31, 2017, and appointing the President of the Management Board as of January 1.1.2018, XNUMX. years.By the same decision, Ronald Korotaj, former director of Umag Istraturist, Damir Mendica, former director of the Blue Lagoon Development Sector, Dragan Pujas, former director of the Blue Lagoon Operations Sector and Danira Ranchic, former director of the Blue Lagoon Economy and Finance Sector, were appointed members of the Management Board. All are appointed for a term of office from 01 January 2018 until 31 December 2020.From 01.01.2018. The merger of Istraturist and Plava Laguna is planned for the year, and it is a historic merger that will be completed in the 60th year of business of Plava laguna, where Plava laguna will become one of the largest tourist companies in Croatia, which will manage 20 hotels, 10 apartments settlements and 9 camps.Related news: RONALD KOROTAJ: “TOURISM IS A YOUNG BODY THAT CAN GIVE A LOT MORE MILK”<br /> <a href=”″ target=”_blank”><br /> <img src=”″ border=0 width=1280 height=200></a><br />last_img read more

Japan Olympic Committee deputy head says he has coronavirus

first_imgJapanese officials insist that the summer Games — due to start in July — will take place as scheduled despite rising speculation that it might be postponed or even cancelled due to the virus.Tashima said he had been on a business trip since February 28, first heading to Belfast to attend the annual general meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB).From March 2, he visited Amsterdam for a Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) meeting to give a presentation on Japan’s bid for the 2023 women’s World Cup.And On March 3, he attended a general meeting of the same body. Japan Olympic Committee deputy chief Kozo Tashima said Tuesday he had contracted coronavirus, as doubts increase over whether Tokyo can safely host the Summer Games.”Today, my test result showed positive for the new coronavirus,” Tashima said in a statement, issued via the Japan Football Association, which he also heads.”I have a mild fever. Examinations showed a symptom of pneumonia, but I’m fine. I will concentrate on treatment following doctors’ advice,” he said. Topics :center_img “In Amsterdam and in Europe in early March, the level of nervousness against the novel coronavirus was not the same as now,” he said in the statement.”Everyone was still doing hugs, handshakes and bises (cheek kissing).” He then travelled to the United States to watch the Japanese women’s team in action and to lobby for the women’s World Cup, before returning home on March 8.”In the United States, too, the sense of crisis about the novel coronavirus was not as serious as now,” he said.Staff at the Japan FA have been working from home as a precaution against the virus, but Tashima said he went to the association building several times last week and attended meetings.He began feeling chills and experienced a mild fever from Sunday. He went to a local public health centre on Monday and told them about his travel history.During the UEFA gatherings, Tashima said he saw Swiss and Serbian football chiefs, who have tested positive for the virus, although he added it was not clear how he contracted the infection.His positive test came out on Tuesday.”I have chosen to face the illness as so many people are doing in Japan and around the world,” he said, adding that he hoped his decision would help eradicate the stigma attached to the infection.His announcement came as the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee said it would scale down festivities related to the Olympic torch relay to prevent further spread of the virus.The flame, which has already been lit in Greece, will arrive in northern Japan on Friday, with the torch relay slated to start on March 26 from Fukushima.Chief executive Toshiro Muto told reporters that the Fukushima “grand start” would take place without spectators “in order to prevent the spread of infections”.Any spectators who are feeling unwell will be asked not to watch from the roadside and torch-bearers with high temperatures will be barred from taking part, Tokyo 2020 organizers said.”Please be careful to avoid forming crowds,” organisers urged, saying the program could be changed in the event of “excessive congestion”.Ceremonies to mark the flame’s arrival at its final destination each day, as well as departure ceremonies, will take place without fans.So-called “welcome programs” by local municipalities will be scrapped.The flame is set to arrive on March 20 in Miyagi prefecture north of Tokyo, following the traditional lighting ceremony in Greece which took place without spectators.Only 100 accredited guests from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee were allowed to attend the ceremony, whereas 700 had originally planned to attend.Greece cancelled its leg of the torch relay after large crowds gathered to see the flame, despite repeated pleas to stay away.Hollywood actor Gerard Butler, who starred as the ancient Spartan King Leonidas in the movie “300”, was mobbed as he lit a cauldron in the city of Sparta.Japan also decided not to send a delegation to the Olympic flame handover ceremony in Greece later this week due to virus concerns, local media said.The delegation, including Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori and Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto, had been scheduled to attend the ceremony on Thursday in Athenslast_img read more

India political activist arrested for selling cow urine to combat virus

first_imgLast week, dozens of Hindu activists held a cow urine party in the capital New Delhi where they staged fire rituals and drank urine from earthen cups in order to fight the COVID-19.Critics have rejected the urine claims as quackery.A milk trader in the same state was arrested Tuesday for selling cow urine and dung and claiming they “would keep the novel coronavirus at bay”, senior police officer from Hooghly district Humayan Kabir told AFP.Kabir said the trader, Sheikh Masud, was selling cow urine at 500 Indian rupees (US$6.69) a liter and cow dung at 400 rupees a kilogram Masud, who hung a poster at his shop with the words “Drink cow urine to ward off coronavirus” told police he was inspired to sell the excrement after hearing about the Delhi party.AFP has sought comment from the Ministry of Health on whether cow dung and cow urine are effective in curing COVID-19.The World Health Organization in India has also been contacted for comment over the urine and dung claims.The government said Wednesday there have been 151 positive cases and three deaths from the virus in India, the world’s second-most populous country with 1.3 billion people.Most schools, entertainment facilities including cinemas, and even the iconic Taj Mahal have already been closed in India to try and stop the spread of the outbreak. An activist with India’s ruling party has been arrested after a volunteer fell ill from drinking cow urine at a party to combat the novel coronavirus, police said Wednesday, as interest grows in home remedies amid the pandemic.Narayan Chatterjee, a Bharatiya Janata Party activist, was arrested by West Bengal state police late Tuesday for “organizing the cow urine consumption event and compelling a civic volunteer to drink cow urine”, Kolkata police chief Anuj Sharma told AFP.”The civic volunteer fell sick on Tuesday and lodged a complaint with the police. The BJP activist was arrested on Tuesday night.” The president of BJP’s West Bengal branch told AFP Chatterjee’s arrest was “unfortunate”.”India is a democratic country. Everyone has the right to express his opinion,” Dilip Ghosh said.”It’s unfortunate that Chatterjee was arrested for expressing his opinion organizing the event. We don’t know if the civic volunteer was forced to drink cow urine.”Many in the Hindu-majority nation of 1.3 billion consider cows sacred and believe drinking cow urine is a panacea for all manner of ailments, from arthritis and asthma to cancer and diabetes.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Buyers are searching for homes among Cornubia’s bushland

first_img266 California Creek Rd, CornubiaLARGE blocks that make the most of Cornubia’s surrounding bushland are in high demand, a local real estate agent says.Elders Real Estate Shailer Park sales representative Joel Ruge said people who bought acreage properties in the suburb liked the extra privacy that came with them.“They all like the fact that they’ve got plenty of space around their homes but they are still only five minutes from the centre of everything,” Mr Ruge said.He recently sold a 5720sq m block at 266 California Creek Rd for $735,000.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020266 California Creek Rd, CornubiaMr Ruge said the six-bedroom house backed onto bushland and was visited regularly by wallabies, which gave it a private and peaceful feel.“(It was) a local family who bought the property,” he said.“They lived on a more traditional lot size, now they are just loving all the space.”He said the market was strong in the area at the moment.“We’ve got some other great acreage options that are coming onto the market,” Mr Ruge said.According to the latest CoreLogic market trends data, the median sale price for a house at Cornubia was $610,000.last_img read more