Beyond the lab and library

first_imgThis month’s to-do list offers opportunities far beyond the normal lab-and-library grind for Ph.D. and master’s students at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS).For the second year running, GSAS is sponsoring a winter grab bag of seminars, workshops, and recreational activities designed to help its students recharge and build skills. Want to learn Spanish? Write a winning fellowship proposal? Bring your data to life? Tour the new wing at the Museum of Fine Arts? Get a leg up on the academic job market? At GSAS, students can do any of that this month.More than 75 events, scheduled primarily between now and Jan. 21, make up [email protected], meeting students’ expressed desire for short, intensive workshops dedicated to topics such as public speaking, statistical analysis, research tools, language skills, and other pragmatic enrichment activities.Partnering with institutions across campus, including the FAS Office of Career Services (OCS), the Harvard College Library (HCL), the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, GSAS intended its series not only to stimulate new offerings targeted to graduate students, but to curate the best and most relevant of existing Harvard resources.“We wanted to give our students as broad a range of opportunities as possible during the break between terms, but we also wanted to focus the offerings on professional development,” said GSAS Dean Allan Brandt. “With a fall term that feels more condensed than in the past, many of our students have had to focus solely on their own progress and their teaching responsibilities. They’ve told us they see January as a time not only to make headway on their dissertation work, but to catch up on all the other activities that are crucial to their scholarly success. Many of these workshops will serve those other pragmatic needs.”Unlike Harvard undergraduates, GSAS students generally remain close to campus over break, connected to their departments and to their research, for much of January. The four GSAS residence halls stay open, and the Dudley Café, home to the GSAS meal plan, reopened Jan. 5. With the rigors of teaching and grading temporarily abated, this month is the logical time to look ahead and make use of Harvard’s extensive resources.Among the professional development programs being offered, OCS has workshops providing first-person accounts of weathering the academic job market, advice on transitioning to nonacademic career paths, and strategies for building effective networking identities online. The GSAS Office of Fellowships will present an interactive boot camp, asking participants to bring and circulate drafts of the opening paragraphs of a fellowship proposal as the basis for discussion.In the skill-building arena, HCL is offering workshops on locating numeric data, using Zotero to organize research materials, EndNote for the sciences, and an introduction to GIS and Google maps for research. And for teaching fellows, the Bok Center’s Winter Teaching Conference on Jan. 20 will provide pedagogical strategies, encouragement, and an important sense of [email protected] also includes 10 mini-courses taught by graduate students. These short courses, sponsored by the Graduate Student Council (GSC), are devoted to topics ranging from Russian literature, American art (taught at the Museum of Fine Arts), “instant” Spanish lessons, and biological interconnections to the math, science, and philosophy of the ordinary objects of everyday life. The GSC hopes these offerings will give graduate students “a chance to step back from the daily rigors of their own programs and to learn something new, whether purely for learning’s sake, or to help enrich their scholarly interests,” said the group’s president, Benjamin Woodring, a Ph.D. candidate in English.The classes also provide valuable teaching experience for the instructors, who were selected from among many candidates in a proposal competition during the fall.GSAS students and alumni can sign up for one or more of these courses and attend in full or in part. “Last year, in the first year of the program, we found that students were excited about the opportunity, and that the instructors really felt like they made a connection,” said Woodring. “This year, with a greater number of diverse course offerings, we’re building on that good first experience to take it to the next level.”January is not all work. Social and recreational opportunities for GSAS students will abound. The roster of activities at Dudley House, the graduate student center, includes music, classic movie evenings, a WinterFest for kids, an Asian cooking class, a sports pub, and a tour of the new American wing of the Museum of Fine Arts, led by a Ph.D. student in history of art and architecture. Students also can tour the Harvard Art Museums and visit the glass flowers at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. The January calendar includes both of those opportunities, specially aimed for GSAS students.last_img read more

Faculty Council meeting held March 25

first_imgOn March 25 the members of the Faculty Council approved changes to the Handbook for Students for 2015-16. They also heard a review of human evolutionary biology and presentations from the Task Force on Sexual Harassment and from the University Benefits Committee.The council next meets on April 15. The preliminary deadline for the May 5 meeting of the faculty is April 21 at noon.last_img

Peconic Man Charged in Lethal Limo Crash on North Fork That Left 4 Women Dead May Face More Counts

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Peconic man charged with driving drunk when he allegedly crashed his pickup truck into a limousine, killing four women touring the North Fork over the weekend, may face additional counts, authorities said.Steven Romero pleaded not guilty Sunday to driving whole intoxicated during an arraignment that was held at his bedside at Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport, where he remained hospitalized under the watch of a Suffolk County deputy sheriff.“In the last week we have surely experienced some of the most tragic losses of life due to apparently intoxicated drivers that we’ve ever seen…in the county of Suffolk,” District Attorney Thomas Spota told reporters Monday during a news conference in Southold.The fatal crash came six days after an allegedly drunk driver crashed into a car on the Southern State Parkway in Bay Shore, killing a man and his two children. His wife, the kids’ mother, escaped the fiery wreck while the suspect allegedly fled the scene in a vehicle driven by his friend, who was also arrested later and pleaded not guilty.At about 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Romeo, 55, was driving a red pickup truck westbound on County Road 48, prosecutors said, when he crashed into a black limo that was making a U-turn at the corner of Depot Lane in Cutchogue after it had just left Vineyard 48.The four women killed in the crash were identified as Brittany Schulman and Lauren Baruch, both of Smithtown; Stephanie Belli, of Kings Park; and Amy Grabina, of Commack. All were 23 except Baruch, who was 24. Three were pronounced dead at the scene, and the fourth died at an East End hospital.Four other women riding in the limo were injured and remain hospitalized. They were identified as Joelle Dimonte, 25, of Elwood; Melissa Angela Crai, 23, of Scarsdale; Alicia Arundel, of Setauket; and Olga Lipets, of Brooklyn, both 24.According to Spota, the women had taken a limo from Baruch’s house to a vodka distillery on the North Fork Wine Trail. Then they stopped at Vineyard 48 before getting back in the limo to return home. The district attorney noted that they were “behaving responsibly” by taking a limo and not driving drunk. He could not confirm widespread media reports that the women were participating in a bachelorette party.When Carlos Pino, 58, the limo driver working for Ultimate Class Limousine in Hicksville, left the vineyard, he was forced to turn right, heading eastbound, because of a median in the roadway, officials added. Pino was turning the limo around at Depot Lane, where one witness reportedly saw the impact as it happened, according to investigators.Martin Flatley, chief of the Southold Town Police Department, said his officers issue up to a dozen traffic tickets monthly to limo drivers making illegal U-turns–in which limo drivers improperly back up, blocking traffic in the area. But it’s unclear if Pino was making a prohibited U-turn or a legal one at the time of the crash.Pino reportedly told investigators that he didn’t see the truck coming. He passed drug and alcohol tests, Spota said.Romeo stayed at the scene for 15 minutes and spoke to several responding officers before he allegedly walked away and climbed over a nearby six-foot-high fence. Then an officer ordered him to stop, Spota said. Romeo allegedly ignored the first order to stop, but then complied, the district attorney added.Spota said Romeo allegedly told police that he drank several beers before the crash, but investigators are awaiting blood and alcohol tests to determine his exact blood-alcohol content.Both Pino and Romeo have no prior arrests on their records, authorities said. Romeo, the co-owner of Romeo Dimon Marine Service in Southold, is reportedly being sued for a work-place death, but authorities said there was no criminality involved in that case.Spota added that it’s unclear if any new charges will be filed against Romeo because the investigation is still in its preliminary stages.A Southold town judge set bail for Romeo at $500,000 cash or $1 million bond. Suffolk County police and New York State police are assisting Southold police and Suffolk prosecutors in the ongoing investigation.last_img read more

Top takeaways from Finovate Fall: Part I

first_img continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Finovate Fall assembled perhaps my favorite batch yet of product pitches for last week’s event in New York City.This may be because the balance of ideas tilted toward the pragmatic. There were a few moonshots, but I could envision most of these solutions winding up among a financial institution’s offerings and/or on an end-user’s mobile device in the not-too-distant future.For those unfamiliar with the drill, Finovate convenes a rapid-fire showcase of the latest fintech ideas. There’s a clear startup flavor to the lineup, but new product launches by established firms are fair game (Experian and Fiserv were on this agenda, for instance).Two key characteristics are that segments are strictly limited to seven minutes, and must consist of live demos—no slideware.Some recurring themes inevitably emerge over the course of two days of presentations (76 of them this time around), offering a handy barometer of insider sentiment.last_img read more

East Brisbane hot spot for first home buyers

first_img Brisbane’s fastest-selling suburbs The live streamed online auction, held at Belle Property’s Bulimba office, was one of the last auctions to be conducted using an online only format.The easing of COVID-19 restrictions will see a resumption of onsite auctions under strict conditions from next weekend. “East Brisbane is an up and coming area that young people like us are going to want to buy into. It’s really undervalued, and this was an opportunity to buy at a great price.” One of the four bedrooms at 74 Burlington St, East Brisbane.Bidding started at $600,000 and Ms Ross, on the phone with Mr O’Doherty from the study of her Bulimba rental property, was the most active bidder, making 10 of the 24 bids, including the winning bid of $847,000.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoAt one point, bids were being shouted on top of each other, and Mr Nickerson had to pause to understand who had placed the bid first.“Buyers in this price point are very active,” Mr O’Doherty said.“Money has gone further than ever for them.“The seller is in The Philippines. He’s selling because of expat laws. It suited him for tax reasons and the buyers are a local family, first time buyers. “They missed out on an auction two weeks ago and they were just astute buyers.”From next weekend, onsite auctions will again be permitted, as long as no more than 10 people attend, while the government continues its gradual easing of restrictions.“It will take a bit of time to get confidence back,” said Place Sunnybank agent Owen Chan, who sold a house in Calamvale prior to auction yesterday.“I think the majority of auctions will come back mid-June or early July.”But with banks taking longer to process finance applications, most properties are continuing to sell under private treaty and fewer than 10 went to auction across Brisbane yesterday. Trust your instincts when buying now This entry level property in East Brisbane attracted nine registered bidders.EAST Brisbane was the hot spot for first home buyers yesterday when a four-bedroom house attracted nine registered bidders before selling for $847,000.Belle Property Bulimba real estate agents Tony O’Doherty and Kaylee Doyle juggled six mobile phones between them as they kept up with the 24 phone bids that were thrown at auctioneer Justin Nickerson. “It was quite exciting actually,” Ms Doyle said.“We had other people’s phones, going from phone to phone, talking to all the bidders which was an experience in itself.“We had to save the numbers (on the phones) so we could see who we were talking to and then remember their bidding number as well.” Inside the house at 74 Burlington St, East Brisbane.The renovated Queenslander at 74 Burlington St, East Brisbane had caught the attention of Ashleigh Ross and her fiance after they missed out on a property at auction two weeks ago.“Toward the end of last year we were just watching the market and the last two to three months have been really serious,” Ms Ross said. SEE WHAT ELSE IS FOR SALE IN EAST BRISBANE MORE QUEENSLAND PROPERTY STORIES FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

IMCA Harris Clash set for Aug. 8 at Hamilton County Speedway

first_imgWEBSTER CITY, Iowa – Hamilton County Speedway plays host to the 26th annual Harris Clash on Tuesday, Aug. 8 when IMCA Modifieds and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods travel to Webster City.The 25-lap Modified main event pays $2,000 to win, a minimum of $250 to start and is a qualifier for the 2018 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.Twenty-five cars start the Modified main. Tow money is $75. A 10-lap dash for cash, open to Modified winners on designated nights at 10 area tracks, returns to the Clash program and pays $500 to win and a minimum of $100 to take the green flag.Northern SportMods race for $1,000 to win and a minimum of $80 to start their 20-lapper. SportMod tow is $50.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded in both divisions. Modified drivers also earn Side Biter Chassis North Central Region points.Registration forms can be downloaded from the website. Entry fees are now $100 for Modifieds and $70 for Northern SportMods.Pit gates open at 3 p.m., the draw closes at 6 p.m., hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7:15 p.m. Grandstand admission is $17 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6-12 and free for children five and under. Pit passes are $30.More information is available by calling Harris at 515 231-1748.The Harris Clash is the second of six IMCA Speedweek events.Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour programs are Aug. 7 at Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer and Aug. 9 at Buena Vista Raceway in Alta. Hancock County Speedway in Britt hosts the Aug. 10 Night of 1,000 Stars, Aug. 11 Night of 10,000 Stars and Aug. 12 Shryock Memorial All-Star special.All six events will be broadcast by IMCATV.last_img read more

Female Cat Lost

first_imgGray and white female cat lost. 4 years old, fixed. Missing since Thanksgiving. 1500 N-600 E Batesville area.Call 212-0340 for details.last_img

Gov. DeSantis Considers Virus Testing for Visitors from Hot Spots

first_imgGov. Ron DeSantis said this week that it could prove helpful to test certain international travelers for COVID-19 as testing improves and becomes more widely available.In making the statement during a visit to Miami Beach on Wednesday, DeSantis pointed to recent issues involving cruise ship passengers who had the virus, as he expressed interest in requiring rapid testing for people arriving to the Sunshine State from COVID-19 hot spots.“If you’re coming from like a Brazil and or coming from these other places, it would be good to have those tests available and done so that as people come to Florida, we know that people aren’t necessarily carrying the virus,” DeSantis said while attending an event highlighting a COVID-19 field hospital being set up by the U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers inside the Miami Beach Convention Center.“Miami has gone through a lot here. Other parts of Florida have gone through a lot here,” DeSantis continued. “We’ve had a lot of dislocation economically. We’re trying to mitigate that, and we’re trying to bounce back from it. But to go through all that and then just have people coming in internationally or even domestically and seeding it all over again, I think is a problem.”DeSantis, who has already issued executive orders requiring travelers from the hot spots of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Louisiana to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving in Florida, plans to discuss his proposal with President Trump.“The fact of the matter is airplanes are what brought the virus to the United States,” DeSantis explained. “We’ve got to think smart about this. But I think we want to have people to be able to function as a society. But I think there are ways to do that much smarter.”last_img read more

MPA announces cancellation of spring sports season

first_img Bio ELLSWORTH — The inevitable has been confirmed.The Maine Principals’ Association delivered heartbreaking news Thursday as it canceled the entire 2020 spring sports season. The decision followed Maine Department of Education Commissioner Pender Makin’s recommendation Tuesday that schools in the state continue with remote learning for the remainder of the school year.“It is with regret that the Maine Principals’ Association announces the cancellation of the 2020 spring athletic season,” MPA Executive Director Mike Burnham said in a statement. “This was not a decision that was taken lightly, but one that the leadership at the MPA felt necessary to help support the recommendations from our Governor’s Office, the Maine CDC, Commissioner Makin and the Department of Education.”The MPA’s decision means no high school baseball, softball, tennis or track and field will take pace in 2020. Spring practices were originally scheduled to begin March 23 for baseball and softball pitchers and catchers and March 30 for all other athletes, though the start date for all athletes had since been pushed back to April 27 following the state’s first positive test for COVID-19 on March 12.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Department of Education’s recommendation was made after a review of the United States Center of Disease Control’s 8-20 week timeline for “avoiding large group/in-person discussion once there is evidence of community transmission of COVID-19.” Community spread was confirmed March 16 in Cumberland County, March 26 in York County and Friday in Penobscot County.“[We recognize] the profound challenge of reinventing public education and the many culminating events and rites of passage that educators and students anticipate all year long,” Makin said. “That said, I believe it is extremely important for school leaders to have as much information as possible in order to best prepare educators, students and communities for a longer period of remote learning.”The MPA is now among 21 governing bodies to have canceled the spring sports season within their respective states. As of Sunday, spring sports had also been canceled in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.With the season lost, administrators are looking to do what they can to recognize affected athletes. Mount Desert Island Athletic Director Bunky Dow told WDEA’s Chris Popper that schools are looking into postseason jamborees for the seniors, and Ellsworth’s Josh Frost added in a Facebook post that athletic directors in the state are in constant contact to exchange ideas.“There are a lot of meetings and things going on still,” Frost wrote. “We are coming up with ideas on how we can still support our student athletes through all of this and how we can recognize our spring senior athletes.”As difficult as the news has been to take in for local coaches and athletes, it hardly came as a surprise given the current atmosphere locally and nationally. Yet that won’t make the announcement any easier for athletes, coaches and parents, who had been holding out hope for a late start to the season.In addition to lost memories and experiences, athletes will also lose out on the character- and relationship-building aspects stemming from the cancellation of an entire season. In order to help athletes cope, Burnham has urged coaches to continue to connect with them.“We also want to recognize the important role that coaches and advisers play in the lives of our young people,” Burnham said. “[We] encourage them to continue to reach out to their team members to provide the emotional support that so many students need during this time of uncertainty.”For the moment, at least, there is no timeline as to when sports from the high school level all the way up to the pros will return to the fold in any capacity. Even once many of the current lockdowns ease or end, hosting events with large crowds on hand and athletes in close, physical contact with one another could take time.Nevertheless, administrators want athletes, coaches, parents and others eager for a return to action to remain positive. Even if the current climate can make looking ahead rather difficult, Dow is confident sports will be back when the new school year begins.“Please follow guidelines, take care of yourself, stay in and don’t go out and do unnecessary things,” Dow told WDEA. “This is sad news, but we WILL be back in the fall.” Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Latest Postscenter_img Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

Tipp to take on Clare in Waterford Crystal Cup

first_imgThe Tipperary team to face the Banner sees Sean Maher move into full forward and James Woodlock will be tested in the centre forward position. Darragh Egan retains his position in goal, with Thomas Stapleton and Gearoid Ryan making up the mid-field partnership. Tipp boast a strong bench with Padraic Maher, Seamus Callanan and Patrick ‘Bonnar’ Maher all ready and able to enter the fray when needed. Throw-in is at 2 o’clock in Sixmilebridge.Tipp FM will bring you live updates from the match-up. Today’s eagerly anticipated game will be a repeat of last year’s Cup final where Tipp ran out winners on a scoreline of Tipperary 4-22 to Clare’s 3-11 at the Gaelic Grounds, in Limerick. Both sides will be keen to get the win ahead of the National League. Clare who have not won a game since last March will be determined to overcome their Munster rivals.last_img read more