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A 21st-century campus

first_imgThis is the second of four reports echoing key themes of The Harvard Campaign, examining what the University is accomplishing in those areas.In an odd way, the increasingly digital world is re-emphasizing the need for brick-and-mortar facilities that can properly support the continuing revolutions in learning.Harvard’s renewed development in Allston, the rejuvenated Science Center Plaza, a planned student center, and the newly renovated Quincy House ­— just renamed Stone Hall — illustrate the types of changes that will soon become commonplace elements of Harvard’s future campus.Straddling the Charles River and centered on the Old Yard and the undergraduate Houses, the future campus will stretch from recently built science facilities along Oxford Street and the new Harvard Law School building along Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge to the new ceramics studio in Barry’s Corner and the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) project along Western Avenue in Allston.Supporting the development of a robust campus, one that can meet Harvard’s mission of innovative teaching, learning, and research while simultaneously fostering connections across the University and the broader community will be an important goal of The Harvard Campaign, said Harvard President Drew Faust during the launch of the fundraising effort on Saturday.“The future we face together calls for a campus that embodies and enables our ambitions for learning and discovery,” said Faust. “In Cambridge, in Longwood, and in Allston, what we can be depends fundamentally on the spaces we create, renew, and inhabit. We must shape our campus for the next century with spaces that encourage collaboration, spaces that spur experimentation, that foster connections between Harvard’s boundlessly imaginative people and infinitely varied parts.”With its 21st-century “smart” classroom, Stone Hall illustrates how new and updated Harvard buildings will incorporate technology and flexibility to enhance teaching and learning. The classroom on the terrace level is outfitted with video screens, tablets, cameras, and additional cutting-edge technology, as well as movable desks to encourage collaboration.The hall’s reinvention, which includes physical improvements to enhance interactions among the students, faculty, and tutors living there, is just the first in a long-term effort to renew the undergraduate Houses while preserving their historic character and mission. Dunster will be the first House to be fully renewed, over 15 months beginning next June.“Supporting academic life in the College’s residential Houses is one of our top priorities,” said Dean Michael D. Smith of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS).  “With more than five undergraduate classes already scheduled in the new classroom, Stone Hall is a terrific example of how we can reimagine previously unused spaces to encourage the intellectual and social programming that is essential to House life at Harvard.”Another plan is for a campus center. Faust recently said a donor for the facility has been secured, and the University will work with House masters, students, and administrators to begin planning the development in the coming months. The center, which is envisioned as part of Faust’s Common Spaces initiative to better integrate the University community, will include space for lectures and events.In Allston, Harvard’s institutional master plan calls for a network of green spaces and pedestrian pathways for the campus and community, building on the goal of extending community programming and improving public spaces. In addition, the Barry’s Corner Residential and Retail Commons will create 325 units of market-rate rental housing, and retail businesses to the heart of the area.SEAS faculty have been meeting for months to think through the types of physical spaces they will need along Western Avenue to ensure they continue to be a first-rate center of engineering research and teaching, immersed in a liberal arts College. Modern labs, classrooms designed for active learning, student gathering places, and versatile office spaces that can be used to develop start-ups will be part of the new complex.“Given recent growth in concentrators and course enrollments, SEAS needs additional and more flexible space in order to support our teaching and research missions,” said Cherry A. Murray, SEAS dean and the John A. and Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Professor of Physics. “Members of the SEAS faculty have been working on a vision for an expansion into Allston that will both accommodate near-term needs and allow us to extend our leadership in pedagogy and high-impact research.”Creating dynamic gathering spaces that encourage interaction, engagement, and community is the mission of the University’s 2009 Common Spaces program.“One of the important values of the Common Spaces initiative is to create a sense of belonging, both to Harvard and to the campus as a physical place,” said Harvard Graduate School of Design Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, who co-chaired the Common Spaces steering committee.Since renovations were completed in the spring, the Science Center Plaza has been buzzing with activity and programming. Table tennis and a life-sized checker and chessboard offer passersby a chance for fun and friendly competition. Inviting chairs, tables, and benches encourage faculty, students, staff, and members of the community to sit and relax. Musical performances are part of a rotating series of events scheduled for the area. Other programs include a regular farmers market and an autumn arts market.“It is quite astonishing how quickly a zone of transition, a crossing,” said Mostafavi, “has been transformed into a place of gathering for such an incredible diversity of users and functions.”While some projects will bring the campus together, others will also link Harvard more tightly to the surrounding community.One of those projects is the renovation and expansion of the Harvard Art Museums. The project, expected to be completed by next fall, was driven by Harvard’s mission to promote innovative teaching and learning. New features in the reimagined space framed by Quincy and Prescott streets include a series of teaching galleries and an expanded art study center on the museum’s fourth floor that will encourage students, faculty, and the community to spend time with pieces from the collection.“We know that the museums and our collections can be used to teach in powerful ways and not just for the art history specialists that they always have and will continue to serve,” said Thomas W. Lentz, the Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums. “Our new galleries and an expansive art study center will offer the ability to engage with original works of art for students and faculty across all disciplines, as well as visitors and the community.”last_img read more

Students capitalize on summer research opportunities

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Graham Englert Senior Graham Englert poses with community members around Lake Bunyonyi outside Kabale in southwest Uganda. Englert studied the effects of disease outbreaks on healthcare workers in the region this summer.Jen Fulton, student coordinator at the Nanovic Institute, said partial or full funding was provided to 52 students to conduct research in 15 countries, including the United States.“This is the story of the Nanovic Institute,” she said. “If [a proposed project] has to do with Europe, we’re interested in helping students do their projects, whether they are from the College of Science or the College of Engineering or Mendoza or Arts and Letters or Architecture.”With the number of funded students increasing from year to year, Fulton said the Institute is on a general upward trend of student involvement. She also said the variety of research fields “really runs the gamut.”“We have students who were doing lit research on French literature,” she said. “We had some scientists over doing some internships in labs. We had some vocational students looking at doing service in Le Mans. Architecture students away on digs in Ireland.”Fulton said students today are entering a much more difficult and competitive job market where international experience and independent research can help set them apart.“I think it’s really exciting that people like us here at the Nanovic Institute are giving students the opportunity to do that independent research and do internships that may not have been a possibility for them if they didn’t have the funding to do so.”While the Nanovic Institute funded European projects, other students partnered with the Kellogg Institute to do research in Africa, Asia and the Americas.Senior Graham Englert, who conducted research throughout Uganda under a Kellogg/Kroc undergraduate research grant, said he was one of about 50 Notre Dame participants who partnered with the Kellogg Institute this summer.As students travelled to 20 different countries to conduct their research, some partnered with organizations such as WorldTeach and the Foundation for International Medical Relief while others, like Englert, conducted independent research.“I completed ethnographic research during the first two weeks in Kampala and Jinja,” he said. “For the final three weeks, I interviewed health workers with experience responding to Ebola and Marburg [virus] outbreaks in Gulu, Kabale and Bundibugyo.”Englert said he prepared for the experience by examining various global health research methods while attending global health and international development conferences at Notre Dame and other institutions.“Interning in the Crowe Laboratory at the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center sparked my interest in viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHF) when I assisted a graduate student studying antibodies to Ebola and Marburg,” he said. “Reviewing literature enabled me to identify lapses in knowledge regarding the risks of responding to such outbreaks.”Due to the frequency of VHF outbreaks in Uganda, which included four Ebola and two Marburg outbreaks since 2000, Englert said the country stood out as an informative area to conduct research.“I investigated the psychological and social risks posed to health workers when responding to viral hemorrhagic fever outbreaks,” he said. “Psychological risks were defined as depression, anxiety and trauma. Social risks referred to any stigmatization or other negative repercussions from the public.”Englert said although he initially experienced anxiety at the prospects of interviewing health workers about such a sensitive topic, his first interviews in Gulu went well and left him energized for his remaining time in Uganda.Meanwhile in the United States, senior Jonathan Jou researched tendon and ligament regeneration in zebra fish through the Harvard Stem Cell Institute Internship Program partnered with the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.“I was initially looking for an opportunity to do research off campus,” he said. “I’d considered the [National Institutes of Health], I’d considered an Amgen internship with MIT, but ultimately my advisor Dr. Wingert suggested I look into the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.”Jou said the research showed him the benefits of following the proper faculty members and following one’s passion.“I learned that even though you’re 20 or 21 … you can still have big dreams,” he said. “People will embrace it as long as you can find the right audience.” Tags: Kellogg Institute, Kroc Institute, Nanovic Institute, research This summer Notre Dame students traveled both across the country and around the globe to conduct research in an array of academic fields as a result of independent searches and University-funded programs.The Nanovic Institute of European Studies, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) were three Notre Dame institutions that helped provide such funding.last_img read more

Kristen Bell, Hunter Parrish, Amber Riley & Jenna Ushkowitz Set for Hair

first_img Prior to singing about snowmen in Frozen, Bell appeared on Broadway in The Crucible and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, as well as off-Broadway’s Reefer Madness. Her additional screen credits include Veronica Mars and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Parrish, who starred in the TV series Weeds, made his Broadway debut as Melchior in Spring Awakening, and went on to star in the revival of Godspell. In addition to Glee, Riley (who recently won Season 17 of Dancing with the Stars) and Ushkowitz have appeared on the New York stage in Cotton Club Parade and Spring Awakening, respectively. The age of Aquarius is dawning this summer at the Hollywood Bowl’s 2014 Summer Series with an all-star cast! The previously announced production of Hair will be led by Frozen star Kristen Bell as Sheila and Hunter Parrish as Claude, with Glee’s Amber Riley and Jenna Ushkowitz as Dionne and Jeanie, respectively. Joining them will be Beverly D’Angelo as Mom. Further casting will be announced at a later date. The Adam Shankman-helmed production will run August 1 through August 3. View Commentscenter_img Hair follows a group of free-spirited youths who passionately preach a lifestyle of peace, love, freedom and happiness in a society that they see suffering from intolerance and brutality during the Vietnam War. The musical features such memorable numbers as “Let the Sun Shine In,” Aquarius” and “Good Morning Starshine.”last_img read more

Maduro’s Crimes Against Venezuelans Continue

first_imgBy Noelani Kirschner / ShareAmerica February 24, 2020 Nicolás Maduro’s corruption and support for violence both inside and outside of Venezuela carries on a year after he subverted the nation’s democracy by assuming an illegitimate second term as president.“Maduro has engaged in activities that have now caused millions of people to have to flee Venezuela,” said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Over 21 percent of Venezuelans are undernourished, according to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019 report.On January 15, pro-Maduro thugs attacked cars carrying National Assembly members to their weekly parliamentary session at the Federal Legislative Palace in Caracas. They fired on the cars, shattering their windows, and battered them with crowbars. Rather than reprimand these actions, Diosdado Cabello, a captain in Maduro’s armed forces, publicly praised them.This happened a week after Maduro’s guards physically prevented Interim President Juan Guaidó and opposition leaders from entering the National Assembly building to hold a parliamentary election.Maduro lets terrorist organizations run rampant in the countryUnder Maduro’s watch, Iranian terrorist groups have cells in Venezuela, which then bleed into neighboring countries. “Hezbollah has tentacles all over South America,” Pompeo said in January in Jamaica. “FARC and the ELN take refuge today in Venezuela.” The FARC, also known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, and the ELN, the National Liberation Army, are guerrilla organizations that kidnap and kill innocent civilians.Maduro congratulates special police force for extrajudicial killingsUnited Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet’s update to the U.N. Human Rights Council on December 18 detailed how extrajudicial police killings destroy lives in Venezuela and called for the irregular security forces to be disbanded.Maduro’s response? Two days later, he held a press conference to congratulate the forces that have carried out the killings and promised to strengthen their presence throughout the country.Maduro’s gold mines continue to damage indigenous populationVenezuela’s gold mines — including those owned by Maduro himself — uproot and devastate indigenous people whose land is taken by mining companies. At the World Economic Forum, Guaidó called for more sanctions on the Maduro regime to control gold mining, calling the enterprise “blood gold” and asking the international community to protect Venezuela’s indigenous population.Maduro detains National Assembly members in torture facilitiesMaduro also quietly jails and tortures legislators. National Assembly member Gilber Caro has been missing since December; his lawyer recently discovered that Caro is being held in state custody.Similarly, Ismael León went missing on January 21 after the National Assembly’s session. His lawyer later found out that León was being held at The Helicoide, an infamous prison and torture facility. He is now under house arrest.last_img read more

Criminal Law Section gets crash course in international law

first_imgCriminal Law Section gets crash course in international law December 15, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Criminal Law Section gets crash course in international law Associate Editor There he was right before their eyes, Slobodan Milosevic, the former Yugloslav strongman defending himself against charges of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in the Balkans, cross-examining a nervous-looking witness.Behind bullet-proof glass, in the gallery of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, sat awestruck Melanie Hines, chair of The Florida Bar Criminal Law Section, and other lawyers from Florida, on a whirlwind educational trip to The Hague, organized by the International Criminal Law Network.Earlier that day, the group was briefed on the importance of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia by the No. 2 man in charge: Deputy Prosecutor Graham Blewitt.Later that night, joining the group at a dinner at the Kurhaus, were Milosevic’s former court-appointed lawyer, called an amicus, and his current defense lawyer.“I hate to call anything the highlight of the trip,” Hines said, “but from a criminal lawyer’s standpoint, it was the trifecta!”Anna Palmer, a staff attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit who had submitted her application to work at ICTY, agreed it was one of the high points of a memorable visit.“Watching Milosevic on trial was watching history happen,” Palmer said. “I switched my translation headphones so I could listen to everything in English, and then I would switch back to his language.“His style wasn’t particularly remarkable,” she said of Milosevic, who obtained a law degree from the University of Belgrade in 1964 and is revered by some for his political aim of creating an ethnically pure Serbian state and called “the Butcher of the Balkans” by others. Prosecutors blame Milosevic for about 7,500 Muslims thought to have been killed in a single week at the end of the 1992-95 Bosnian war.“We thought he’d be fanatical and out of control,” Palmer continued. “On this particular occasion, he was very determined and very methodical. My primary observation was the witness appeared nervous. But you would expect that after all the witness had gone through.”In less than a week in October, the Florida lawyers, joined by other lawyers from far-flung places like Oman, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and Curacao, attended lectures at not only the ICTY, but the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Court of Justice, Europol, Eurojust, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, and the International Criminal Court. Also included were tours of the Peace Palace and the Hall of Knights, visits to Rijksmuseum, the van Gogh museum, and Anne Frank’s house.One wonderful evening at sunset was spent aboard a chartered boat ride cruising for two hours through the network of canals of Amsterdam, with a catered dinner.“It was wonderful, absolutely beautiful!” Palmer said.On her own, Hines also attended a conference on the International Cooperation on Transnational Crime, where they divided into groups and worked as players in a case study where leaders of the Al-Qaida network are suspected to be in Europe. In the end, participants learned how national jurisdictions and international organizations interact.“The study of international legal issues and the institutions established to administer international justice have profound implications in many facets of our world today: from revolving legal disputes arising between international business interests when war breaks out in a region to capturing and punishing terrorists,” said Hines, Florida’s former statewide prosecutor.“Organized criminal activity transcends global boundaries now more than ever before, with computers, electronic money transmitters, global positioning systems and the like, used to commit crimes and avoid detection. Understanding the various international legal systems is critical to an understanding of the possible solutions to immediate problems.”Hines said what she learned on the trip was much more than an intellectual exercise that earned her 12 CLE credits, but has profound implications in today’s shrinking globalized world.“We learned a great deal that we might be called upon to utilize in the representation of crime victims, criminal defendants, international business interests, and governmental entities. We met some of the lawyers and judges who tackle these global issues every day and are making history in doing so. It was an expanding experience.”The experience continues.The Criminal Law Section will be continuing the dialogue about international criminal law issues at its International Criminal Law CLE seminar scheduled for March 12 in Miami.Some of the topics will be the detentions at Guantanamo and legal representation of the detainees, and immigration issues associated with allegations of international terrorism.And if there is sufficient interest, Hines said she is ready to round up another group to visit The Hague.last_img read more

Social media could be ‘financial achilles’ heel’ for millennials

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Millennials today are positioning themselves to be in better financial shape than their older counterparts, according to an Allianz Life survey released Tuesday.At the same time, the siren call of social media could undermine their best intentions, the study found.As evidence of what Allianz Life called “millennials’ financial Achilles’ heel,” 55% said they had experienced a fear of missing out (FOMO), and 57% reported unplanned spending because of something they had seen on their social media feeds.Eighty-eight percent of millennial respondents also agreed that social media reinforced a tendency to compare one’s wealth/lifestyle with that of others, compared with 71% of Gen Xers and 54% of boomers who believed this.last_img read more

Australia borders to stay shut as COVID-19 daily deaths reach record

first_imgAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said internal border closures were unlikely to lift before Christmas, as the country on Monday reported a record single day rise in COVID-19 deaths.There was, however, some evidence that drastic lockdown measures in the city of Melbourne were having an effect, with daily new infections in the state of Victoria slowing to a near two week low.”I am more hopeful of that today than I was in the course of the past week,” Morrison told reporters in Canberra, as he called on state leaders to cooperate to allow stranded residents to return home. Topics : Australia’s federal political system has led to its eight states and territories taking different measures in response to the crisis, resulting in several internal border closures.Victoria state, which is home to Melbourne, the country’s second biggest city and the epicentre of its second coronavirus wave, reported 19 people had died from the virus over the past 24 hours. With some other states still to report daily new case and death numbers, that already marks the country’s biggest single day rise in fatalities.However, Victoria officials also reported 322 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the lowest single day rise in new infections since July 29.Melbourne, home to nearly 5 million people, has been in lockdown since early July, with people largely confined to their homes and business shuttered.center_img State Premier Daniel Andrews said on Monday he understood frustrations but declined to put an end date on the lockdown.”If I could paint you a picture that had any kind of reliability for next week, let alone five weeks away, then, of course, I would,” Andrews said during a televised media conference.With around 21,000 COVID-19 cases and 314 deaths, Australia has still recorded fewer infections and fatalities than many other developed nations.It was considered a global leader early in the pandemic, when it was swift to close its international border, impose social distancing restrictions and implement mass virus testing.But as the country began to reopen, community transmissions rose significantly in Victoria, where triple digit daily new cases have now been recorded for weeks.Authorities worry the spike in cases in Victoria has already spread to other states despite borders border closures.Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales, reported 14 new cases, and no deaths, on Monday. Twelve cases were linked to known clusters while another was a person in hotel quarantine after returning from overseas, leaving one case with no known links.last_img read more

Summit, Mitsubishi ink MoU for Bangladesh’s $3 bln LNG-to-power project

first_imgSummit Corporation signed a memorandum of understanding with Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation to develop a $3 billion LNG-to-power project at Matarbari, Moheskhali area in Bangladesh.Under the MoU, the parties agreed to develop an integrated liquefied natural gas (LNG) onshore receiving terminal with a regasification capacity of up to 1,500 million cubic feet per day.The project will also include two gas turbine combined cycle power projects totaling 2,400 MWh production capacity, relevant high voltage transmission lines and the import of LNG.Muhammed Aziz Khan, chairman of Summit Power International, Summit Corporation’s parent company and the largest independent power producer in Bangladesh, said, “This MOU will help SPI support Bangladesh’s fast-growing energy, power and technology needs.”He added that the two groups are well-positioned to benefit from opportunities arising from the Bangladesh government’s move to raise LNG imports to meet the country’s domestic natural gas shortfall and expand the country’s power generation capacity.The country has turned to importing LNG in order to keep the existing gas-dependent infrastructure to remain viable.last_img read more

CAF appoints Abdelmounaïm Bah as Acting General Secretary

first_img Loading… Bah assumes office immediately till the next meeting of the CAF Executive Committee. Read Also:Breaking: More crisis hits CAF as general secretary resigns Meanwhile, he will continue to serve as Commercial director, a position he has occupied since June 2018. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 At the request of the President, the Emergency Committee proceeded today with the unanimous appointment of Bah to the post of General Secretary of the organization, after accepting the resignation of Mouad Hajji, who stepped down from the position yesterday. The members have full confidence in Bah who has exhibited good qualities since joining CAF, particularly during the Total Africa Cup of Nations Egypt 2019.Advertisement Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew AboutNothing Compares To Stargazing Places Around The World8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human BeingHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Best Car Manufacturers In The World9 Most Epic Movie Robots We’ve Ever SeenThe World’s 7 Most Spectacular Railway Stations7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe Following discussions by the CAF Emergency Committee on Tuesday March 3, 2020, Commercial Director, Abdelmounaïm Bah, has been unanimously appointed Acting General Secretary.last_img read more