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Pandemic-proof: Fall college football revived on West Coast

first_img Written by Tags: Mountain West/Pac-12/Utah State Aggies Football/Utah Utes Football FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailThe Pac-12 has set a Nov. 6 start date for a seven-game football season, following the Big Ten in overturning its August decision to postpone until spring because of concerns about playing through the pandemic.The conference’s CEO group of university presidents voted unanimously to resume football and basketball, lifting a Jan. 1 moratorium on athletic competition for Pac-12 schools.The Mountain West announced it was coming back in the fall, too, targeting Oct. 24 to start an eight-game football season.Both conferences plan to hold their league championship games the weekend of Dec. 19.A college football season that seemed to be in peril six week ago could eventually have all 10 major conferences playing before Thanksgiving. Associated Press September 25, 2020 /Coronavirus (COVID-19) related news and sports stories, Sports News – Local Pandemic-proof: Fall college football revived on West Coastlast_img read more

SoCalGas, SDG&E launch hydrogen blending demonstration programme in US

first_img SoCalGas intends to select the location of the initial project in 2021. (Credit: LoggaWiggler from Pixabay) Sempra Energy subsidiaries Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) have launched hydrogen blending demonstration programme, which aims to establish a hydrogen injection standard in California, the US.The programme forms part of the two utilities’ multi-pronged strategy to decarbonise their natural gas grid by blending zero-emission fuel hydrogen with natural gas.It is also expected to contribute to California’s climate goals, and the two firms aim to become the cleanest and most innovative energy companies in America.By leveraging surplus renewable power generated in the middle of the day, the two companies intend to produce green hydrogen and subsequently inject into the natural gas grid for storage and use.Sempra Energy group president Kevin Sagara and SoCalGas and San Diego Gas & Electric chairman said: “This hydrogen blending program is a key milestone in our efforts to decarbonise our energy system, while delivering affordable and reliable energy to 22 million California customers.”The demonstration programme, when adopted by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), would provide ways to safely incorporate hydrogen fuel into the gas grid.Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) said: “Green hydrogen is a game-changer, not only for our power and energy needs, but also for our industrial and transportation sectors.“And green hydrogen can support existing, good-paying jobs as our state and communities take steps to transition to a zero-carbon economy.”As part of a wider plan to build multiple hydrogen blending projects, SoCalGas and SDG&E will initially launch a project to blend hydrogen into an isolated section of polyethylene (PE) plastic distribution system in the service territory of SoCalGas.The firms are planning for initial hydrogen blend level at 1% and may increase it to as much as 20%.Earlier next year, SoCalGas will select the location of the initial project.In 2015, SoCalGas, in partnership with the National Fuel Cell Research Center, and University of California Irvine, launched the first power-to-gas demonstration project in the US.Earlier this year, SoCalGas, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), and Opus 12 have collaborated to advance an electrochemical technology designed to convert the carbon dioxide (CO2) content in raw biogas to pipeline-quality renewable natural gas. The two companies intend to produce green hydrogen and subsequently inject into the natural gas grid for storage and uselast_img read more

London rents are falling down says Rightmove

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » London rents are falling down says Rightmove previous nextHousing MarketLondon rents are falling down says RightmoveChange in tempo as Rightmove reports falling rents in LondonSheila Manchester12th January 201701,833 ViewsHOT TOPIC This story is being discussed in the forum nowThe Negotiator says:Rents rise outside London as the capital overheats There’s a change in tempo across the private rented sector, says Rightmove, as rents rise in almost every area outside London.Rightmove’s quarterly index shows a new pattern, as London rents have peaked because the tenants simply cannot afford it.The Negotiator received a ‘phone call today from one frustrated home-seeker asking for advice on where she could get a ‘room’ in a shared flat in London for less than £1000 per month.Now, Rightmove’s index shows the facts behind the commentary saying that “Inner London rents fell by 5.2% while there was a smaller drop of 2.5% in Outer London.”All regions except London recorded a rise in asking rents in 2016, with prices up annually by 3.0%, just slightly lower than 2015’s rise of 3.7%.Northern regions led the way as the year ended, with Yorkshire and the Humber up 4.5% and the North West up 4.4%, overtaking the East of England that had been the best performing region until Q4.In London, more available rental stock throughout the year led to a 4.4% annual drop in prices across the capital.Buy-to-let concernsRightmove’s Head of Lettings Sam Mitchell said, “This year will be one of caution for buy-to-let investors due to tighter lending criteria and increased stamp duty. We definitely won’t see the spike in Q1 purchases that we saw last year as landlords rushed to buy before last April’s new stamp duty deadline.“If the tax changes being phased in from this April lead to even fewer buy-to-let purchases and some landlords deciding to sell, then a tightening of supply in some areas will lead to increasing rents.“We forecast that asking rents could rise by 4% outside London by the end of 2017, though in London prices are likely to stay flat.”Growth outside the capitalThe top five areas with the highest rental growth in 2016 show Swansea at number one reporting an 11.4% annual increase. That’s followed by Gillingham, Kent with asking rents up 11.1%. Bath, in third place with a 10.5% increase to £1,148 per month, reported the highest annual growth for asking prices in 2016, up 17.8% to £485,491.Top locations were dominated by the north, including Ashton-Under-Lyne, Oldham and Stockport. In London, Rainham, Bexleyheath and Erith came top as tenants looked for better value in Outer London.Sam Mitchell added, “Investors looking for the strongest yields could consider investing in certain areas in the North West where both demand and yields are high. Those with a number of properties in the capital may find that tenants are more price sensitive, so setting realistic rent levels will be the key to avoiding void periods. In order to mitigate this, we would recommend landlords asking for longer tenancies to help secure a steady rental income over the next few years while they adjust to what the tax changes will mean for them.”HOT TOPIC This story is being discussed in the forum nowThe Negotiator says:Rents rise outside London as the capital overheatsrents in London Rightmove quarterly index Rightmove rental index Sam Mitchell Rightmove January 12, 2017Sheila ManchesterRelated articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Electric Boat Inks USS New Hampshire Contract

first_img View post tag: Inks Back to overview,Home naval-today Electric Boat Inks USS New Hampshire Contract Share this article Electric Boat Corp., Groton, Conn., is being awarded an $18,906,366 fixed-price incentive fee modification to a previously awarded undefinitized contract action (N00024-03-C-2101) for warranty work on USS New Hampshire (SSN 778).The work was performed in Groton, Conn. (99 percent), and Quonset Point, R.I. (1 percent), and is expected to be completed by June 2011.Contract funds will not expire at the end of the current fiscal year.  Supervisor of Shipbuilding Conversion and Repair, Groton, Conn., is the contracting activity.About General Dynamics Electric BoatThe General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) is a division of General Dynamics Corporation. It has been the primary builder of submarines for the United States Navy for over 100 years.The company’s main facilities are a shipyard in Groton, Connecticut and a hull-fabrication and outfitting facility in Quonset Point, Rhode Island.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 02, 2011 Electric Boat Inks USS New Hampshire Contract December 2, 2011 View post tag: Electric View post tag: Boat View post tag: contract Industry news View post tag: Hampshire View post tag: New View post tag: USSlast_img read more

Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation Hosts Surf Fest

first_imgThe weekend kicks off Friday, July 19, with a surf fest at the 7th Street beach. Perfect waves and sunny skies completed the 15th Annual Surf Fest and 3rd Annual Slide for Amyloid in Ocean City Friday, July 20.  Thousands of guests helped raise awareness and funds for Amyloidosis.The event began at 7:30 a.m. with surfers of all ages and skill sets hanging 10 with some of the best waves Mother Nature could offer. Over the course of the day, 47 competitors finished within the top six of eight different competition categories. Top winners for each category were Cruz Dinofa, Stephen Zackroff, Kaiden Cameron, Nick Rutkowski, Sophia Whelan, Sienna McDermott, Sophia Whelan and the Zackroff Family. The categories included Grom, Junior Men’s, Boys, Men’s, Girls, Longboard, Women and Parent/Child.  Complete results are as follows:GROMS1. Cruz Dinofa2. Cooper Jewel3. Cody Schweim4. Eamon McDermott5. Zoe Hershin6. Brynn GallagherMENS1. Nick Rutkowski2. Ryan Santiago3. Jacques Beningo4. Stephen Zackroff5. Justin Casey6. Roc DamicoPARENT / CHILD1. Zackroff Family2. Mia Gallagher Family3. Beningo Family4. Gravy Family5. Qunns Family6. Dinora FamilyJUNIOR MENS1. Stephen Zackroff2. Kaiden Cameron3. Roc D’Amico4. William Bumpernick5. Jake Dinan6. Jason SteinGIRLS1. Sophia Whelan2. Mia Gallagher3. Marin Panico4. Sienna McDermott5. Brynn Gallagher6. Angelina PustizziWOMEN1. Sophia Whelan2. Sienna McDermott3. Marin Panico4. Anna Ferrens5. Olivia Cook6. Claire PinnieBOYS1. Kaiden Cameron2. Ethan Dunn3. Jack Cook4. Jeremy Nordberg5. Cody Schweim6. Zeb HinkerLONGBOARD1. Sienna McDermott2. Tyson Herishen3. Eamon McDermott4. Michael Cardinale5. Bill BowenThe goal of the event is to raise money and awareness for Amyloidosis. (CMF Facebook)As day turned to evening, many of the surfers joined hundreds of other guests for the night cap, water park thrills at the Ocean City Water Park.  The turnout was greater than the two previous slide events and helped further the agenda of the day; Amyloidosis awareness and fund raising.  In addition, the food, branded as a Taste of Ocean City, helped welcome many newcomers to the fun and festivities.This after-party and slide took over the OC Water Park immediately following Surf Fest and offered guests private access to all water slides, dinner, drinks and entertainment.  There was a huge benefit auction to help the cause and more.  These two events are just two of many on the summer schedule for the CMAF. The next event happens Friday, July 27 at the OCNJ Skate Park as part of the 2nd Annual Skate Fest.As with all events, prices and participation vary, but complete details on the 2018 season can be found online at www.ChipMiller.org or via the CMAF Facebook page, www.facebook.com/AmyloidosisAwarenes.last_img read more

Mouthing off

first_img“Our expectations have a tremendous influence on how we taste things they give food a positive halo. Don’t take ’good enough’ as being the benchmark, it has to be ’good’”Dr Brian Wansink, author of Mindless Eating, on why people will eat the last piece of stale chocolate cake even when they’re not hungry and it appears unappetising because expectations override our tastebuds, and how they should avoid temptation”Charlie Adams spotted in Greenhalgh’s in Wigan eating a Vanilla Slice celebrating something??”Tweet spotted on #BBCFootball; seven hours later, the cake-loving Blackpool midfielder’s rumoured move to either Liverpool or Tottenham collapsed. Coincidence or not?l Make sure you follow BB on Twitter @BritishBaker and @CupcakeWeek”Someone googles ’job in London to take a strawberry’ to get to my blog. What does that even mean!?”@Cupcake_Kelly tracks her website traffic and tweets about the baffling ways people arrive at her bloglast_img read more

Harvard mobilizes relief fund

first_imgFlier also expressed concern that some members of the Harvard community “may be experiencing personal losses, and we want to offer them our compassion and to provide them with the support they may need.” Members of the Harvard community who would like counseling services or referrals are asked to call Harvard’s Employee Assistance Program at 877.327.4278 or to contact their Human Resources representatives.Other Harvard-related relief efforts are also rolling out. The HHI, a University group of disaster-relief specialists, is working with nongovernmental organizations to assess immediate medical needs and other required assistance, according to spokesman Vincenzo Bollettino. HHI will offer regular updates on its Web site and on Twitter concerning Harvard’s relief partners and affiliated programs and hospitals, he said.Brigham and Women’s Hospital has dispatched an emergency response team, including HHI’s director of education, Hilarie Cranmer, who is a physician and clinical instructor. The team will work with United Nations and Dominican officials to address the immediate needs of displaced people.HHI fellow and physician Miriam Aschkenasy, a public health specialist at Oxfam America, is also working on Haitian relief. HHI is in touch with Alejandro Baez, a physician and former faculty member at Brigham and Women’s who now runs disaster services in the nearby Dominican Republic. They will assess the needs for further disaster response.Zanmi Lasante is one of the largest nongovernmental health care providers in Haiti and the only provider of comprehensive primary care.It has a 104-bed hospital with two operating rooms, adult and pediatric inpatient wards, an infectious-disease center, an outpatient clinic, a women’s health clinic, ophthalmology and general medicine clinics, a laboratory, a pharmaceutical warehouse, a Red Cross blood bank, radiographic services, and a dozen schools.Zanmi Lasante employs about 90 community Haitian health workers and serves an estimated 500,000 people in the Central Plateau. Harvard University will create a relief fund for faculty and staff who have been directly affected by the devastating earthquake in Haiti.The University’s executive vice president, Katherine N. Lapp, announced the fund Friday (Jan. 15), broadening Harvard’s on-campus response to the crisis in the beleaguered Caribbean nation. Members of the Harvard community will be encouraged to contribute to the fund, and any employee struggling with a personal loss from the disaster can apply for financial assistance.“We want to be sure that we are responding to this catastrophe on a personal level as well as at an institutional level,” Lapp said. “Many members of the Harvard community are coping with this tragedy, and we want to make sure that we are supportive of them.”Details about eligibility and administration of the fund were being worked out by a Central Administration team.Additionally, Harvard Human Resources was reviewing paid leave policies to provide affected staff members with more scheduling flexibility and financial support. An early census of Harvard employees revealed there are at least four dozen with direct ties to Haiti.In addition, Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds posted a letter to students on the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Web site, expressing sadness for the people of Haiti, while acknowledging that undergraduates are eager to help.But for the time being, she wrote, students are better off helping at home rather than heading for the Caribbean.“The most effective thing that Harvard students can do in the immediate term is to support relief efforts through fundraising and other activities,” said Hammonds, who is also the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies.In the letter, she mentioned three ways that students can help: Harvard’s Office for the Arts, which is exploring the idea of a benefit event or concert; the Phillips Brooks House Association, which will help to coordinate public service aid for Boston-area Haitian communities; and Harvard’s dedicated Web site for Haitian financial help.The situation in Haiti remains dire, said Arrietta Chakos, director of the Acting in Time Advance Recovery Project at the Harvard Kennedy School.In an e-mail Friday, she outlined the first priorities for a ravaged Haiti: water, communications, fuel, and power. All are lifelines that must be in place for relief operations to work in the crucial next several days.“The humanitarian response now has to be swift, decisive, and coordinated,” wrote Chakos. “The incoming responders must be self-sufficient, collaborative, and focused on immediate need because the Haitian authorities are not yet able to manage the situation.”She called the aftermath of the 7.0-magnitude earthquake a “landscape-scale” disaster that only magnified Haiti’s “pre-event systemic vulnerabilities.”Haiti is one of the poorest nations in the world. Even before the quake, few homes had reliable power, sewage disposal, or safe drinking water.After water, fuel, and other basics, other needs “must follow close on,” said Chakos, including medical services, emergency housing, and a continuity of Haitian governance.In the long term, “strengthening the social connections among people is crucial to rebuilding hope and purpose,” said Chakos.  “The disaster literature shows that typically 10 years is the period for a region to recover from catastrophe. Haiti will likely follow this trajectory.”Longer-term recovery “will emerge with support from responding nations,” she said, “in the form of governance guidelines, social institution building, and development of safe building practices.”Meanwhile, a common Haitian phrase tells the story:  “kenbe fem,” which means “hold on” – as in, “Keep the faith, don’t despair, help is on the way.”Help has raced toward earthquake-shaken Haiti from many nations this week, as well as from groups of experts and medical personnel affiliated with Harvard University, which has several institutional ties to the country. A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the island nation Tuesday (Jan. 12), radiating shock waves from an epicenter 10 miles southwest of Haiti’s crowded capital of Port-au-Prince.Harvard President Drew Faust announced today (Jan. 14) a dedicated Web page to make it easier for members of the Harvard community to respond to the crisis.“Scenes of such suffering remind us of our own humanity, and our natural reflex is to reach out to help,” she said. “The destruction in Haiti has shocked and saddened us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Haitian people, the men and women who are working to help them recover from the earthquake that has devastated their nation, and the members of the Harvard community who are anxious for word from friends and loved ones living on the island.”Assistance was en route in other ways as well.Massachusetts General Hospital has deployed the International Medical Surgical Response Team (IMSuRT). It will go to Haiti within days.The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) is coordinating a roster of medical, surgical, and public health personnel within the Partners HealthCare System who are available for deployment to Haiti.  (Interested volunteers can contact Brian Daly at [email protected])Harvard’s Joia Mukherjee left for Haiti Wednesday (Jan. 13). She is chief medical officer of the Harvard-affiliated Partners In Health (PIH), a not-for-profit aid group with community-based clinics in Haiti and eight other countries.Going to Haiti also is David Walton, an internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston who is associated with PIH and is an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School. In 2008, he helped to set up a 54-bed hospital in La Colline in Haiti’s rugged Central Plateau.Mukherjee and Walton are the vanguard of Harvard-affiliated assistance. Their reports will help focus future relief efforts in the form of supplies and personnel.Already laboring in a temporary Port-au-Prince field hospital is physician Louise Ivers, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. She sent a pleading e-mail Wednesday. “Port-au-Prince is devastated,” it said, “lots of deaths. SOS, SOS. … Temporary field hospital … needs supplies, pain meds, bandages. Please help us.”Ivers is clinical director in Haiti for PIH, which opened its first clinic in rural Haiti in 1985 and has since opened eight more that are run by PIH’s sister organization Zanmi Lasante, which means “Partners In Health” in Haitian Creole.PIH also has community-based medical operations in Peru, Russia, Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda, Mexico, Guatemala, and the United States. The clinics are staffed by local medical personnel as well as by Harvard faculty and students.The group’s main hospital is L’Hôpital Bon Sauveur in Cange, about 20 rugged miles outside Port-au-Prince. It “experienced a strong shock” from the quake, according to the PIH Web site, “but no major damage or injuries.”Zanmi Lasante and its satellite clinics already can call on more than 120 doctors and nearly 500 nurses, impressive numbers that are being used to leverage efficient and rapid medical relief for what already was the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation.PIH issued a call yesterday for more experienced medical personnel to help in Haiti, especially surgeons who specialize in trauma and orthopedics. Also needed are emergency room doctors and nurses, and full surgical teams, including anesthesiologists, scrub and post-op nurses, and nurse anesthetists.PIH is employing a two-part strategy to speed medical care to devastated Port-au-Prince, where thousands are believed dead and thousands more hurt. Field hospital sites in the capital city, linked to a supply chain from the Dominican Republic, which shares the island with Haiti, are being used for triage and immediate care. PIH sites in the Central Plateau — two hours from the wrecked capital of 2 million people — are being readied to serve a flow of patients from the capital.A church in Cange has been converted into a large triage site. There and in Hinche, another PIH medical location, a “steady flow” of injured people from the capital are receiving medical care.In the capital alone, “tens of thousands” will need medical care, according to the PIH Web site, a situation that makes financial assistance a high priority as well.“Haiti is facing a crisis worse than it has seen in years, and it is a country that has faced years of crisis, both natural disaster and otherwise,” according to a post earlier this week by PIH executive director Ophelia Dahl. “The country is in need of millions of dollars right now to meet the needs of the communities hardest hit by the earthquake.”Jeffrey S. Flier, dean of the Faculty of Medicine at HMS, said that all faculty and students involved with PIH in Haiti are reported safe. But the situation on the ground in Haiti is an “overwhelming tragedy,” he said. ????We all share in the shock and grief over yesterday’s devastating earthquake in Port-au-Prince. Our hearts go out to the millions who have been affected, both in Haiti and closer to home.”last_img read more

The workings of the Overseers

first_imgKenji Yoshino ’91 admits that the top hat and tails he dons on Commencement morning each spring might be a bit off-putting to graduating students walking nearby, but Harvard University does tradition like few others.More important than the garb, Yoshino says, is that students understand that the 30 men and women in the ceremonial dress of Harvard Overseers were once students like them. And at least some of those students striding through the Yard will one day be like Yoshino and other Overseers: key alumni voices in the University’s governance.Yoshino is the president-elect of the Board of Overseers, the larger and slightly older body of Harvard’s unique two-governing-boards system.Five Harvard Overseers are elected by the University’s alumni each year to serve six-year terms. The process creates a rolling renewal of faces, experiences, and voices — important because the institution and its challenges are also constantly changing, according to Philip Lovejoy, executive director of Harvard Alumni Association (HAA).“I think it’s healthy to have fresh perspective, as the needs of the University change,” Lovejoy said.This year’s ballots went out in the mail earlier this month and are due back by noon on May 20. The newly elected Overseers will take office the day after Commencement.Also healthy, Lovejoy said, is that the Board of Overseers gives alumni a significant voice in the University’s governance.Overseers influence the University’s strategic directions and evolving agenda, and counsel University leaders on a wide range of priorities and plans. In addition, the board is called on to consent to certain actions of the other governing board, the Harvard Corporation, such as the election of Corporation members — including Harvard’s president. Overseers also guide the regular review of Harvard’s various departments, Schools, and programs through more than 50 visiting committees that unite Overseers with experts from outside the University.“It’s just a fascinating place,” said Karen Nelson Moore, a federal appeals court judge and the board’s current president. “Overseers are trying to offer guidance and expertise based on their own experience.”Moore, who graduated from Radcliffe College in 1970 and from Harvard Law School in 1973, said the University in some ways is a very different place than it was when she was an undergrad. She led a successful fight for women to be able to take part in Harvard’s Commencement exercises and, through her years in College and law school, she never had a female professor. Progress is visible in the fact that Harvard’s president, Drew Faust, and Law School dean, Martha Minow, are women, and women are well represented in the student body and faculty.When asked whether she would have thought as a student that she’d one day sit on the Board of Overseers, Moore said no, because women weren’t on the Board then.“Everything was different for women when I was here,” Moore said.Though the Corporation exercises the conventional fiduciary duties of a university board of trustees, the Overseers have a consequential role in helping shape and steer emerging priorities and assuring that Harvard’s programs evolve with the times, stay true to academic values, and sustain the highest quality.In recent years, the board’s plenary sessions have ranged widely, touching on everything from the study of religion to the rise of brain science, from multidisciplinary research on climate change to scholarship on inequality and education, from the programmatic aspirations of The Harvard Campaign to the efforts to foster cross-School teaching. Increasingly, as a body with University-wide reach and a membership that spans a range of fields, the board looks for opportunities to focus on topics that spur stronger connections across Harvard’s traditional academic and organizational boundaries.Relations between the two boards have grown closer in recent years. The Overseers now regularly host Corporation colleagues at their plenary sessions; the board’s executive committee has periodic dinner meetings with the Corporation, sometimes including faculty with shared interests in matters such as global health or innovative pedagogy; and the two boards collaborate in less formal ways, on campus and beyond. In addition, members of both boards sit on four joint committees: alumni affairs and development, appointments, inspection (which deals with audits and risk management), and honorary degrees.Service on the board requires substantial time and travel. There are four weekend meetings in Cambridge each year, plus one during Commencement week. In addition, there are briefings and reports to read, conference calls in which to participate, and trips back to campus for other duties, such as the two-day “visits” conducted by committees. Visiting committees may be the way that Overseers exert their most significant influence.Under the guidance of the board, the visiting committees periodically review different parts of the University. Often chaired by current or former Overseers, and generally including one or more members of the board along with subject-matter experts, the committees interview leadership, faculty, and students to get a sense of the work of a department, School, or other unit, and how its work compares to that at other institutions, to University priorities, and to societal needs. The visits typically result in a report that assesses the strengths and shortcomings of a given School or department and offers thoughts on how it can best position itself for the future.“They come up with a pretty good picture of what is going on at a School [or other unit] and what to worry about,” said Jack Reardon ’60, longtime HAA executive director who stepped down in 2014.The Overseers standing committees meet with the dean or department chair, as well as the visiting committee chair, to probe the main findings of the report and consider how it might inform future work. The reports, which are shared with the president, the provost, and the Corporation, often help underscore emerging opportunities and challenges that transcend an individual department or School.The Board of Overseers was formally established in 1642, before the Corporation, which was created in 1650. Its composition has changed over time, particularly after the mid-1800s, when the Harvard Alumni Association was created. A few years later, alumni began voting for Overseers.The board today represents the range of Harvard’s alumni, which is one of the most attractive things about serving on it, according to Moore, who sits on the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and Yoshino, the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law. Other Overseers are accomplished in fields from the humanities to the sciences to industry to nonprofits.The composition of the group elected in 2015 includes a physician specializing in women’s cancer research, a college president, the chief information officer of an investment bank, a theoretical physicist, and a justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. This year’s “graduating” Overseers class includes, in addition to Moore, a New York Times columnist, a leader in social entrepreneurship, the head of the Aspen Institute and noted biographer, and the chair of a global travel and hospitality company.“What can be better than to be with 29 people at the very top of their fields?” Yoshino said. “You get the collective weight of their experience.”Moore agreed, saying the board’s diversity spans not just intellectual and professional background, but also geography — current Overseers hail from Brazil, England, and India — and life experiences. Moore, for example, served with Stephanie Wilson, who graduated from Harvard College in 1988 and flew on the space shuttle several times.“In my normal life, I do not meet astronauts,” Moore said. “And thinking back about my childhood, the idea of a woman astronaut was just incredible. And this is someone who graduated from Harvard … and had been up in space multiple times.”During his year as the board’s president, Yoshino said he’d like to see this deep well of experience and expertise continue to benefit the student body. Alumni can offer experience and perspective to students as they make their way through their studies, and as they determine at least an initial direction in which to set off in life.last_img read more

Safe Christmas Keepsakes

first_imgDid you pull out last year’s satin ornaments and find them fuzzy? Did yourgrandmother’s favorite ornament get broken in storage? If you notice that some lights or wires are damaged when you bring them in,throw them away. Lights will be on sale after Christmas, and you can replacethem at a bargain price. “There is nothing mysterious about how to pack decorations,” said Judy Hibbs,textile specialist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. “The mostimportant thing to remember is to clean before you pack.” If your skirt is washable, wash it. Then pack it. “If you don’t repack your lights in the box they came in,” Bruschini said, “cut thelabel off the box and put it with the lights so you know the voltage and wattage ifyou need to buy replacement bulbs.” “If you have family heirlooms, store them in a pillowcase and then put them in acardboard box,” Hibbs said. “Insects are attracted to the food,” Hibbs said. “I usually put a stick-on label that tells me where certain lights go,” Bruschinisaid, “whether it’s on the tree, on the mantel or outside.” Silverfish will eat cotton, but they’re usually after something spilled on the fabric,not the fabric itself. “Unless you have wool ornaments that may attract moths or carpet beetles, youaren’t in much danger of insect damage,” Hibbs said. “Again, the secret is to keepit clean.” If the skirt is felt, don’t wash it. If you have old ornaments or stockings made of wool, put them away clean. Don’tuse moth balls.center_img “Moth balls will only repel moths and not other pests,” Hibbs said. “And whenyou get your ornaments out next year, they will smell, and you won’t have time toair them out.” Cleaning up after Christmas isn’t just taking down the tree and hauling out theholly. Packing carefully this year can help preserve Christmas keepsakes forholiday seasons to come. Check your tree skirt before you pack it away. If you had a holiday party or thekids had Christmas breakfast around the tree, make sure no food was dropped onthe skirt. The biggest Christmas headache can be untangling all those strands of lights. Ifyou organize them when you pack them away, you won’t face that problem nextyear. If you have lights that go certain places in your home, label them. Cardboard is better for storage than plastic because it breathes and lets air getinside. But make sure your box isn’t contaminated. “You can use a hand-held vacuum cleaner or the upholstery attachment of yourvacuum to clean felt before storing it,” she said. “If it has food spilled on it,spot-clean the spill.” When you pack your lights, be careful not to bend and damage the wires, or theycan be dangerous next year. “You can buy commercial holders for lights,” said Pat Bruschini, county extensionagent in DeKalb County. “Or you can use extension cord holders, garden hoseholders or even pieces of cardboard.” “Check the box you store your ornaments in and make sure it doesn’t show signsof insect infestation,” Hibbs said. “If it does, get a fresh box.”last_img read more

Future Fats.

first_imgThe first fat substitutes were aimed mainly to helping peoplelose weight. But the fat substitutes of the future will offermore ways to good health.Casimir Akoh, a food science professor with the Universityof Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,is developing fat substitutes designed with added health benefits.Creating New Fat SubstitutesAkoh modifies the fat to enhance the way human bodies absorbit. He is also creating new low-calorie fat substitutes calledstructured lipids. He does so by exchanging properties of onefatty acid for those of another.He uses enzymes to blend long-chain fatty acids, like thosein vegetable and fish oils, with short- or medium-chain fattyacids. The former provide nutritional qualities, while the lattermetabolize faster and provide quick energy.”The combination of fatty acids is important,” Akohsaid, “because they each deliver benefits via two differentphysiological pathways: the long chains through the lymph system,and the short and medium chains through the circulatory system.”This could result in healthier fats in our diets.Fish Oil Without the FishOne of his fat substitutes was created from medium- and long-chainfatty acids from fish oil. In lab tests, this fat substitute hasbeen shown to reduce cholesterol by 49 percent.It also boosts the immune system by increasing thymus cells19 percent. The thymus is a ductless gland composed mainly oflymphoid cells. It plays a part in the body’s immune system.”This could be especially beneficial to AIDS patientswho have low T-cell counts,” he said. “We’re tryingto develop these oils for specific groups, like AIDS patientsor people with cystic fibrosis or fat absorption disorder. Andwe’re also working on an infant formula.”The new fish-oil fat would be helpful, too, to healthy peoplewho want to stay that way. Many people want the health benefitsof fish oil, but don’t like fish.”We’re creating various structured lipids and adding themto products like mayonnaise, salad dressing, beverages, confectionarycoatings and even dark chocolate,” Akoh said. “By addinghealthy oils like this one directly to foods that already callfor fat as an ingredient, we can get them into mainstream consumerproducts.”Akoh says taking a fish oil supplement wouldn’t be nearly aseffective, because the body absorbs structured oil much more quicklyand easily than a pill.What Will Consumers Say?Before these new oils can make it to the market shelves, however,they have to pass the consumer tests.”We recently introduced to a consumer panel a new canola-oil-basedstructured lipid used to create a chocolate-flavored nutritionalbeverage,” he said. “The oil was blended into a nutritionalsupplement drink. They tasted one with the new fat and one withthe traditional fat ingredient.”The results from this taste test aren’t yet available.”These new oils are a step in the right direction,”Akoh said. “Now people are eating fat just because it’s partof their food. We want people to eat a healthier kind of fat thatwill do some good for them and not clog their arteries. So whenyou make a batch of cookies, you can include a fat that wouldn’tincrease your cholesterol.”last_img read more