Innovation Motivation – Innovation at Harvard

first_imgIn lecture halls, laboratories, and spaces across Harvard, dedicated teachers including Kevin Kit Parker, Tarr Family Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and major in the U.S. Army, are creating fertile environments for innovation, championing bold ideas and encouraging students to think in new ways. They push their students to achieve extraordinary things—in the classroom and beyond.last_img

Senior named Gates Cambridge Scholar

first_imgMeena Venkataramanan ’21 is one of 24 U.S. citizens who make up the Gates Cambridge Scholars class of 2021. She will join the MPhil program in English Studies at the University of Cambridge in October, and plans to study contemporary refugee and asylum-seeker literature from the U.S. and the United Kingdom.Venkataramanan is a joint concentrator in English and South Asian Studies and grew up in Tucson, Arizona. While at Harvard, she founded the public service empowerment organization South Asian Americans in Public Service and journalism initiative Stories from the Border. Venkataramanan is also a Berta Greenwald Ledecky Undergraduate Fellow at Harvard Magazine.The Gates scholarship program fully funds postgraduate study and research in any subject at the University of Cambridge. The program began in 2000 through a $210 million donation to the university from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and celebrates its twentieth class of scholars this year. The scholars are selected based on outstanding academic achievement and commitment to social leadership and service.Since its founding, the program has granted 1,932 scholarships to residents of 111 countries. Sixty more Gates Cambridge Scholars from other parts of the world will be named to the Class of 2021 in April. Read Full Storylast_img read more

This Week’s Picks! Broadway Bares, Jim Parsons & More

first_imgHey, you, trying to jimmy open a fire hydrant to beat the increasing heat! First off, don’t do that. Second, we’re pretty sure a spork is not the right tool for the job. A much better, less sweaty use of your time is available. We’ve got a seminar on everything Fantasticks, a new play featuring a former vlogger, and the return of Broadway Bares. Get ready for this week’s picks! Commit to Significant OtherBegins June 18 at Laura Pels TheatreWicked’s Lindsay Mendez is one of our favorites, so we’re very excited to see her in a show. This time around, it’s the new comedy-drama Significant Other about a single New Yorker (Gideon Glick) who finds it increasingly difficult to hang out with his trio of girlfriends as they get married—and his Mr. Right remains missing. Tony nominee Barbara Barrie also stars. Click for tickets! See Jim Parsons Do Studio WorkJune 18 on BravoJim Parsons, currently on Broadway in An Act of God, visits Inside the Actor’s Studio, which provides a meaty forum for the talented comedian to talk about his theater days in Houston, his personal life, and other eye-openers. You’re bound to walk away having learned something. Or you can hone your Lipton impression (“Bernard Pivot!”). It’s totally up to you! Sing Standards with Tony DanzaBegins June 16 at Cafe CarlyleA year ago, if we asked if you were down for Tony Danza performing selections from the American Songbook, your response would have been a confused stare. But after his exquisite work in Jason Robert Brown’s Honeymoon in Vegas, you swoon at the idea. Here you go! Danza, fresh from his Broadway triumph, begins a two-week stint (through June 27) at Cafe Carlyle with Tony Danza: Standards and Stories. Click for tickets! View Comments Behold Buff Broadway BodsJune 21 at the Hammerstein BallroomBroadway Bares returns to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS with its 25th edition, “Top Bottoms of Burlesque,” a tautly choreographed piece of—oh, let’s be honest, when it’s Broadway Bares, it doesn’t matter what songs they do. In fact, why are we even still writing this? Well, we could include our grocery list: Milk. Gin. Peanut butter cups. Oh, forget it, go off and have a good time staring at lithe bodies. We’ll see you next week. Click for tickets! Go Down Fantasticks Memory LaneJune 20, The Theater CenterThe Fantasticks is a New York institution, so it’s easy to forget how that designation was earned. Time for a reminder! The Theater Center is hosting Everything You Always Wanted To Know About The Fantasticks But Were Afraid To Ask, an all-day affair that features appearances by writer and director Tom Jones, previous cast members, author Robert Viagas (The Amazing Story of The Fantasticks), and a matinee performance of the long-running musical. Click for tickets!last_img read more

$6 million VEDA loans to help farmers with seed and fertilizer costs

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas announced today that up to $6 million dollars in lower-rate operating loans will be made available through VEDA for farmers struggling during the economic downturn.The loans, provided through State Fiscal Stabilization Funds in the Recovery Act, will provide working capital to farmers as they enter the busy planting season in the midst of a national credit squeeze.  Volatile energy and commodity prices have caused further concern for the agricultural community in recent months.The Governor, joined by legislative leaders, praised the collaborative work of VEDA leadership and members of the House and Senate agricultural committees.  Farms and farm suppliers are a vital part of Vermont s economy and heritage, the Governor said, I m pleased that we were able to make these funds available so that we can continue to preserve our working landscape. This money will help with better collaboration between farmers and agricultural lending institutions, especially farmers who can save thousands with this program by consolidating their high interest loans, said Paul Remillard, interim director of the Farm Service Agency.  This is a critical time for farmers and getting this money out quickly will make a big difference for those who need support to get their crops in now.These funds are part of the $17.1 million in discretionary funds provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 State Fiscal Stabilization Funds.  While agriculture was not part of the focus in the federal recovery bill, I wanted to be sure that we found a way to invest in our farmers during this difficult time, the Governor continued.  The VEDA Agricultural Loan program has a track record of success when it comes to providing farmers with support during tough economic times.  That is why I am so pleased we were all able to come together to make support possible.  I want to extend a special thanks to all the farmers and suppliers that joined us here today. These are difficult times for Vermont s farms, families, businesses and the state itself and we must work together to ensure we all weather the storm and emerge as a stronger, more vibrant state in the future, said Speaker Smith.  This investment in Vermont farmers does just that. Vermont’s dairy farmers are facing the most difficult economic challenges in recent memory, said Senator Shumlin.  Without strong farms our state is at risk of losing the qualities that make Vermont what it is.  We must do everything in our power to give our farmers the help they need in the hope that fair milk prices are not far away.Loans will be available at subsidized rates and used for farm operating needs such as feed, seed, fuel and fertilizer. Additionally, these loans will be eligible to be used to consolidate existing open accounts that farmers may already have for various types of operational inputs.Governor Douglas first announced this effort as part of his comprehensive SmartVermont economic grown plan to invest all $17.1 million in immediate and direct economic support for existing Vermont businesses and companies looking to grow and expand in the Green Mountain State. The Governor s SmartVermont plan will leverage nearly $160 million in seed capital, working capital, investments in tourism and travel promotion for the summer months and support for high tech incubation.For more information about VEDA, contact Jo Bradley at (802) 828-5458.Source: Governor’s Officelast_img read more

What is NCUA’s new capital planning and stress-testing regulation?

first_imgby: Emily HollisIn May 2014, NCUA issued a new stress test requirement. In accordance to Part 702 of the NCUA Rules and Regulations, a federally insured credit union with assets of $10 billion or more is required to develop and maintain capital plans. The rule also provides for annual stress tests. At this time, the testing will affect four credit unions.As defined by the NCUA, stress testing is a tool that allows a credit union to assume a known adverse outcome (such as suffering a credit loss that breaches its regulatory capital ratios or suffering severe liquidity constraints that render it unable to meet its obligations) and then infer the types of events that could lead to such an outcome.A stress test, in financial terminology, is “an analysis or simulation designed to determine the ability of a given financial instrument or financial institution to deal with an economic crisis. Instead of doing financial projection on a ‘best estimate’ basis, a company or its regulators may do stress testing where they look at how robust a financial instrument is in certain cases, a form of financial analysis.”For example, the instrument may be tested under the following stresses:If unemployment rate rises to xx percent in a specific yearIf equity markets crash by more than x percent this yearIf GDP falls by z percent in a given yearIf interest rates increase by at least y percentIf property values erode by w percentThis type of analysis is increasingly used for all governing agencies worldwide, including the European Banking Authority and the International Monetary Fund. It is the new trend in regulation for very large entities, given their size and current exposure. continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

3 career tips for older job seekers

first_img 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Details It can be a difficult experience to be on the job hunt when retirement is not too far away. Unlike those available to millennials and other younger generations, job opportunities are sometimes hard to come by for older professionals. Instead of getting discouraged, if you’re an older job seeker, consider these three helpful tips for finding work when you’re not just starting out.Get connected with LinkedInWhile Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites were once predominately used by younger generations, they are now just as popular for all ages. Even if you’re not interested in getting on those social sites, one to consider for professional networking is LinkedIn. Not only does LinkedIn allow job seekers access to over 10 million open job postings, but it also sends a clear message to prospective employers that you’re in touch with the times and unafraid of modern technology.Use your networkBecause this isn’t your first rodeo, chances are you’ve made some solid business connections over time. As you venture out looking for new employment, don’t be afraid to put your network to good use. Reaching out to others in the industry is one of the most important decisions you can make on your job search. Having personal connections with professionals whose companies are currently hiring will help you get your foot in the door and get your name out in front of prospective employers.Redo your resumeSeeking employment at an older age puts you in a new and different position from what you’re used to. It’s time to rethink your resume and approach it with a new mindset. Instead of listing out every place of employment and every skill you’ve acquired throughout your career, describe your most recent and pertinent positions. Focus on how you’ve honed specific skills that are relevant to the position you’re applying for and sell yourself as not only experienced, but also seasoned.last_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: World count passes 94,000, more antiviral resistance, $1B needed for poor nations, public behavior and novel flu

first_imgJul 6, 2009Global novel flu total passes 94,000The world’s pandemic flu total reached 94,512 cases, 429 of them fatal, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. The number is 4,591 more cases and 47 more deaths than the last report on Jul 3. Countries reporting their first cases include Cook Island, Croatia, the French overseas territories Guadaloupe and St Martin, Guyana, Libya, and Macedonia. Countries reporting the highest numbers of new cases are Argentina (898), Australia (730), and Thailand (662).[WHO update 58]Hong Kong finds antiviral-resistant novel flu strainPublic health officials in Hong Kong said they have detected their first oseltamivir (Tamiflu)-resistant novel H1N1 strain, which was isolated from a 16-year-old girl after she arrived from San Francisco, the health ministry said in a Jul 3 press release. Similar cases were recently reported in Denmark and Japan. The girl was isolated and treated at a hospital where she refused antiviral treatment. She was released on Jun 18. The sample was sensitive to zanamivir (Relenza).[Jul 3 Hong Kong Department of Health statement]UN director: $1 billion needed to help poor nations fight fluUnited Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon today estimated that $1 billion is needed by the end of the year to help developing countries respond to pandemic influenza, the Associated Press (AP) reported. Speaking at a press conference in Geneva after a donor’s conference, Moon said funding isn’t coming in as expected. Margaret Chan, the WHO’s director-general, said donor assistance is needed to help 49 developing countries stockpile antivirals and other drugs.Study: Credible flu info linked to behavior changesA British survey on the public’s perceptions and behavior changes related to the novel flu outbreak revealed that just over a third had followed any advice to reduce their risk, the British Medical Journal reported on Jul 2. The survey of 997 adults showed that changes were associated with beliefs that the outbreak is severe, that good information is available, and that people can control their risk. Belief that outbreak reports are exaggerated was linked to less behavior change.Traveler is Syria’s first novel H1N1 caseSyria’s health ministry confirmed the country’s first novel flu case, a Syrian woman living in Australia who had flown back for a visit, the AP reported on Jul 4. The woman’s family was tested, and all of the passengers on her flight were slated for testing. The woman had flown through Dubai on her way to Syria.Three countries report first pandemic flu deathsPeru, New Zealand, and El Salvador recently reported their first pandemic flu deaths, according to several media reports. Peru’s fatalities include a 38-year-old woman and a 4-year-old girl, both of whom had underlying conditions and died last week, the AP reported yesterday. New Zealand reported three deaths: two men, ages 19 and 42, and a young girl. One of the men and the girl had underlying conditions. El Salvador’s fatal case was a 9-year-old boy who died in the country’s capital.last_img read more

Prison escapee dug tunnel for six months using stolen tools, police say

first_imgTangerang Police chief Sugeng Hariyanto previously said that the cellmate had refused Cai’s invitation to escape the prison with him.Yusri said that the police had formed a team with the prison authorities to further investigate the case for the possible involvement of other parties.The Law and Human Rights Ministry’s corrections directorate-general spokesperson, Rika Aprianti, said separately that the ministry would work together with the police to recapture the escaped prisoner.She added that the corrections directorate general, along with the ministry’s inspectorate general and regional office in Banten, would question the penitentiary’s officers.Tangerang Penitentiary warden Jumadi previously said that Cai, a Chinese national who also goes by the name of Cai Ji Fan, escaped the penitentiary on Monday at around 2:30 a.m. through a 30-meter long tunnel that he had dug and which was connected to a sewer outside the prison walls.The convict was found guilty of drug trafficking and sentenced to death in 2017. He had been transferred to the penitentiary from the Pemuda Prison in Tangerang.Topics : Cai Changpan, a 53-year-old drug convict on death row who recently escaped from the Tangerang penitentiary in Banten, West Java, dug the tunnel that he used to escape the facility over the course of six months using stolen construction tools, the Jakarta Police said on Tuesday“There is an indication from [Cai’s] cellmate’s initial statement that [Cai] had been [digging the tunnel] for about five to six months using several tools that we have confiscated,” Jakarta Police spokesperson Yusri Yunus told reporters Tuesday.According to the statement, the escapee allegedly took the tools for the construction of a prison kitchen and used them to dig the tunnel inside his cell.last_img read more

Partnership sets up UK coalition for carbon accounting

first_imgGiel Linthorst, executive director of PCAF and director at Guidehouse, said: “The UK has always been a leader in the financial industry. I’m very pleased to see that this PCAF UK coalition is similarly taking a leading role as well.He added that a “stronger and national collaboration is crucial” within PCAF to enable its participants to improve their data quality and steer their portfolio in line with the Paris Climate Agreement.Mark Carney, as the Prime Minister’s finance adviser for COP26 and observer to PCAF, said: “To achieve net zero we need a whole economy transition – every company, every bank, every insurer and investor will have to adjust their business models, develop credible plans for the transition and implement them.”He noted that for financial firms, that means reviewing more than the emissions generated by their own business activity. “They must measure and report the emissions generated by the companies they invest in and lend to,” he added.“They must measure and report the emissions generated by the companies they invest in and lend to”Mark Carney, observer to PCAFPCAF continues to expand, having grown from its initial 50 financial institutions as members with over $3trn (€2.5trn) in assets at the global launch last September, to its current 77 members with over $13trn in assets. The group is rapidly expanding across North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific.Eoin Murray, head of investment, international, at Federated Hermes, said: “Enacting genuine change to the level of carbon emissions that we finance as an industry requires transparent and rigorous carbon accounting, the efficacy of which is only enhanced when public and private stakeholders are able to do so collaboratively. PCAF UK allows us to work as a collective towards a common goal, and we are delighted to be leading the UK coalition.”The open-access, free-of-charge PCAF initiative allows banks and investors all across the world to assess the greenhouse gas emissions of their portfolios on the path to aligning their business strategies with the Paris Climate Agreement.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. The Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF) – an industry-led partnership to standardize carbon accounting for the financial sector – has launched a UK coalition to further promote measurement and disclosure of carbon emissions in the finance sector.Led by Federated Hermes’ international business, and following a collaborative structure first created in the Netherlands, PCAF participants in the UK will enhance their cooperation on carbon accounting.In addition to Federated Hermes International, other coalition members include: Triodos Bank UK, NatWest Group, Lloyds Banking Group, CDC Group, Investec, Ecology Building Society and Nationwide Building Society.The PCAF UK coalition will focus on applying PCAF’s methodologies for measuring financed emissions in a UK context, sharing best practices, working on data quality improvements and performing research on further method development, it announced.last_img read more

Legalising assisted dying can actually increase suicides

first_imgMercatorNet 17 September 2020Family First Comment: “I used to believe that it was possible to regulate and restrict killing to terminally ill mentally competent adults with less than six months to live. I also thought that regulating suicide and death in this way would curtail those tragic cases where someone ends their own life. I was wrong. If there is one thing I learnt in my country, it is that legalising assisted dying will not constrain the numbers. Deep down, many campaigners consider the legalisation of assisted dying for terminal patients merely as a stepping stone towards further liberalisation.”Recently I addressed a group of Parliamentarians in London about assisted suicide and euthanasia. My talk, which coincided with World Suicide Prevention day, sought to address the unintended consequences of legalising assisted suicide and euthanasia in the Netherlands.One of the arguments we hear is that assisted dying will bring down the number of violent suicides. It will provide a more peaceful death to patients in unbearable suffering who would otherwise have violently killed themselves. For other patients, the mere option of assisted dying (even if it will never be effectuated) is said to be a reassuring thought that will keep them from killing themselves.I admit that these arguments may hold in individual cases. However, on the whole, the argument is mistaken.In the Netherlands, assisted dying gradually became available for patients commonly considered to be at risk of committing suicide: psychiatric patients, people with chronic illnesses, dementia patients, and elderly people without a terminal disease.But instead, the suicide numbers went up: from 1,353 in 2007, they went up to 1,811 in 2019, a rise of 33.8 percent. In surrounding countries, most of which have no assisted dying practice, the suicide numbers went down. Germany, with a population much like the Dutch in terms of age, economy, and religion, saw its suicide numbers decrease by 10 percent in the same period.One hypothesis I increasingly accept as an academic and as someone who worked for almost ten years in monitoring and reviewing assisted dying cases for the Dutch authorities is the normalising effect that legalising assisted dying has had on the general population.We already know from the literature that when one person takes their own life, it can be a catalyst for others. Indeed, there are over 50 peer-reviewed studies reaching the same conclusion in what has been dubbed suicide contagion, copycat suicides or the Werther Effect. Not without reason, and based on advice from the World Health Organisation, the media go to great lengths to censor details that could trigger further suicides. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about their carefulness when reporting assisted suicide stories, the great majority of which express an ill-informed and naïve sympathy for assisted dying.The Netherlands should act as a cautionary tale to those in power in the UK. Like many of the current supporters of assisted dying, I used to believe that it was possible to regulate and restrict killing to terminally ill mentally competent adults with less than six months to live. I also thought that regulating suicide and death in this way would curtail those tragic cases where someone ends their own life.Theo Boer is Professor of Health Care Ethics, Protestant Theological University, Groningen, the Netherlands, and visiting Professor of History of Ethics, University of SunderlandREAD MORE: read more