Clean energy pioneer brings lab to Harvard

first_imgDaniel G. Nocera, a chemist whose work is focused on developing inexpensive new energy sources for the poor of the world now living with nothing more than fire light, has been appointed the Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy in Harvard’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Michael D. Smith, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, today announced.Perhaps best known for having invented an “artificial leaf” that directly converts sunlight and water into a chemical fuel that can be stored, Nocera will teach both undergraduate and graduate courses at Harvard, in addition to conducting research.“With his interdisciplinary expertise in fields related to energy synthesis, and his dedication to using that expertise to improving the lives of billions of people around the world, Dan Nocera is the kind of scientist and humanitarian who exemplifies Harvard’s contributions to society,” said Smith, the John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences.Currently, Nocera is the Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the director of MIT’s Solar Revolutions Project and its Eni Solar Frontiers Center. He is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences.A pioneer in the study of the basic mechanisms of energy conversion in biology and chemistry, Nocera said he was attracted to Harvard because “it’s not enough to just invent something; you need the wide interdisciplinary reach and focus of Harvard to fulfill the vision of bringing something to the entire world.“President Faust’s vision of one Harvard — linking a laboratory in Chemistry and Chemical Biology with the international expertise available at the Kennedy School, insights from the Law School, [and] the experts at the School of Public Health — can make it possible to fulfill my goal of bringing the poor of the world their first 100 watts of energy. And if I can do that, I can, along with Harvard, literally change the world in a profound way for the better,” Nocera said.A graduate of Rutgers University, Nocera earned his doctorate at the California Institute of Technology and taught at Michigan State University before joining the MIT faculty in 1997. He has published more than 325 papers and earned numerous awards, including the MIT School of Science Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s launches partnership with Zipcar

first_imgOn Tuesday, Saint Mary’s College launched a partnership with Zipcar to offer a car-sharing network on campus.The convenient transportation option is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for students, faculty and staff ages 18 and older. Students are expected to be the most frequent users, according to a press release sent to Saint Mary’s.“Once enrolled as Zipcar members, the Saint Mary’s community may also reserve Zipcars at the University of Notre Dame and, in turn, their community can use Saint Mary’s Zipcars,” director of media relations Gwen O’Brien said.Saint Mary’s will initially offer two Ford Focus models for communal use. The Zipcars have designated parking spots located in the Regina Hall parking lot for convenient pick-up and return. The cars are available on-demand and can be easily reserved by the hour or by the day, O’Brien said.Faculty and students can join Zipcar for $25, with rates for Zipcar vehicles on campus starting as low as $7.50 per hour and $69 per day, she said. After the first year, members will pay an annual membership fee of $35. Gas, insurance, and up to 180 miles of driving per day are included in Zipcar rates, and cars can be reserved for as little as an hour or for multiple days, O’Brien said.One of the unique features of this new accommodation is its members can download the Zipcar mobile application on their smartphone to make reservations, lock and unlock the vehicles and honk the horn to help locate the vehicle, she said. Reservations can also be made over the phone or on Zipcar’s website.O’Brien said Zipcars will benefit a variety of people in the community, especially students by offering the freedom of having a car without the commitment and cost of bringing one to campus.“This could open up the possibility for some students to apply for off-campus internships or jobs that they might not have considered because they didn’t have a way to get there,” she said.“We have a lot of students in majors like nursing, education and social work who serve in the community as part of their coursework. Many students also volunteer at schools and non-profits around town. Zipcars offer a possible way to get to those locations,” O’Brien said.She said another great benefit of bringing Zipcars to Saint Mary’s is that they are environmentally friendly.“Reducing the College’s carbon footprint is something the administration is very cognizant of and they’re excited to bring Zipcars to Saint Mary’s [for that reason],” she said “Offering Zipcars potentially reduces the number of student cars on campus while offering students the convenience and freedom of a car when they need it.”According to Zipcar’s website, “Zipcar reduces congestion and parking demand. Studies have shown each Zipcar takes approximately 15 personally owned cars off the road. Zipcar reduces emissions. Studies have shown Zipcar members reduce their overall mileage by about 40 percent after joining, helping to reduce CO2 emissions.”Vice president of student affairs Karen Johnson said these statistics play into Saint Mary’s strategic plan, titled Boldly Forward, which aims to reduce the College’s carbon footprint and raise awareness of the importance of sustainability on campus.“Offering Zipcars here is an example of an effort to reduce the number of student cars on campus while offering students the convenience and freedom of a car when they need it,” Johnson said.Nursing major and sophomore Kathryn Gessert said she is excited about Zipcar coming to Saint Mary’s.“I don’t go off-campus nearly enough to invest in my own car, and while riding the buses and my bike around the area are extremely low-cost, they require massive amounts of travel time,” Gessert said. “As a nursing student, I anticipate commuting to off-campus healthcare locations on a regular basis.“Zipcar is the perfect solution,” she said.For more information about Zipcars and to become a Zipcar member visit, saint mary’s zipcar, smc zipcar, sustainability efforts, zipcar, zipcarslast_img read more

Two Musical Comedies Win Big at 2016 Golden Globes

first_imgWhile The Revenant and The Martian took home the top prizes at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards, two musical comedy series also received major recognition at the January 10 ceremony.Mozart in the Jungle won Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy. The Amazon series stars Gael García Bernal—who won for his performance—and Tony winner Bernadette Peters. Rachel Bloom received the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series for her CW musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.Only two Broadway alums won this year for performances—both on the small screen. Maura Tierney won Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for The Affair (Tony nominee Ruth Wilson won last year for the Showtime drama), and Mr. Robot’s Christian Slater took home the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for TV. Writer for stage and screen Aaron Sorkin won Best Screenplay for Steve Jobs.Denzel Washington, who won a Tony Award in 2010 for Fences and will bring that August Wilson play and nine others to HBO over ten years, received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for his “outstanding contributions” to the entertainment industry.Among the big winners of the night were Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant, Brie Larson for Room, Jennifer Lawrence for Joy, Matt Damon for The Martian, Taraji P. Henson for Empire and Jon Hamm for Mad Men.Click here for a complete list of winners. Congrats to all! View Commentslast_img read more

Fletcher Allen, nurses launch recruitement effort

first_imgFletcher Allen and the Vermont Federation of Nurses andHealth Professionals Announce Recruitment & Retention Plans”100 Nurses/100 Days” Campaign to Run August 2 – November 9BURLINGTON, VT – Fletcher Allen Health Care and the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals today announced a comprehensive recruitment and retention plan designed to attract 100 nurses in 100 days to Vermont’s academic health center, and to retain the nurses who already work there.”This campaign is a top priority for Fletcher Allen and represents an intensive effort to strengthen our nursing workforce in support of our patient care mission,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Melinda Estes, MD. “We want to send a clear message to both prospective and current nurses with these initiatives. The message is simple: ‘At Fletcher Allen, we value the profession of nursing.'””Nurses know what patients need, and we believe that this agreement is a hopeful signal that this new Administration recognizes that the retention and recruitment of Nurses is critical to the needs of our patients and the community,” said Jen Henry, RN, President of the Vt. Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals.Fletcher Allen currently is using temporary nurses or “travelers” to fill its open nursing positions. Fletcher Allen has approximately 180 open registered nursing positions, equal to 116 full time equivalents. The organization currently employs approximately 130 travelers from other parts of the country to address this shortage. “Using travelers to address the nursing shortage is a temporary and expensive solution to a long-term problem,” said Chief Nursing Officer Mary Botter, Ph.D., R.N. “The real solution is to hire permanent nurses and retain them. Fletcher Allen is committed to both recruitment and retention, and we are working with our nurses union to ensure that we do both.”Recruitment Campaign (Call 802-847-4429 or 800-722-9922)Fletcher Allen’s “100 Nurses/100 Days” recruitment campaign will run August 2 through November 9. It will include a variety of marketing strategies including direct mail and an advertising campaign featuring testimonials from registered nurses currently on staff at the academic health center. Specific initiatives include:Fletcher Allen will advertise in several Vermont newspapers and on several Vermont radio stations, in addition to advertising in northern New York, southern New Hampshire and Sherbrooke, Canada.Fletcher Allen will run ads in Advance for Nurses, a monthly nursing trade publication mailed to every registered nurse with an active license in New England.Fletcher Allen will advertise on the Web site of Nursing Spectrum, a nursing trade publication with a national electronic job board.The organization will send a recruitment letter to all registered nurses with an active license living in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and Eastern New York.As part of the recruitment plan, Fletcher Allen also will offer a variety of financial incentives to current employees who refer nurses to the organization, and Fletcher Allen will offer financial incentives to new nurses who choose to join Fletcher Allen on a part-time or full-time basis. All sign-on bonuses will be offered in two payments – half at 90 days and the remaining half after one year, with a required employment commitment of two years.Retention EffortsIn the area of nurse retention, following a series of discussions with the Federation of Nursing and Health Professionals, Fletcher Allen has agreed to take several actions to support retention, including:To reopen discussions with the union about wages for current nurses. These discussions will begin in January of 2005, which marks mid-point of the current three-year contract.Tuition reimbursement will be increased from $1,650 to $2,000 per year for full-time nurses and will be prorated for part-time nurses.Nurses will be allowed access to Extended Sick Bank days upon the first day of illness or injury, eliminating a waiting period that currently exists.Fletcher Allen has agreed that its health care benefits contributions for part-time nurses will remain at 60%, with employees paying 40%.The current contract had called for a reduction of this benefit.These new initiatives are intended to build on several other ongoing efforts already underway to help foster a work environment that ensures nurse retention. Ongoing initiatives are targeting the following areas:Facilitating the involvement of staff nurses in decision-making across the organization.Facilitating career development of nurses from the novice to expert level.Development of an enhanced “preceptor” or mentoring program to orient nurses new to the organization.Enhancing management education to ensure managers are skilled in creating a nursing environment that is supportive of nursing practice.Financial IncentivesFletcher Allen will offer the following financial incentives as part of its recruitment program. All sign-on bonuses will be offered in two payments: half at 90 days and the remaining half after one year, with a required commitment of two years.Financial Incentives for Employees Who Refer Nurses to Fletcher AllenFletcher Allen will offer the following financial incentives to current employees who refer new nurses to the organization:$1,000 payment to employees who refer a part-time nurse to the organization$2,000 payment to employees who refer a full-time nurse to the organization.Financial Incentives for “Per Diem” Nurses Who Increase CommitmentFletcher Allen will offer the following financial incentives to current per diem registered nurses at the organization who step up their commitment to work additional hours.$3,000 bonus for per diem nurses at Fletcher Allen who sign up to work on a part-time basis$6,000 bonus for “per diem” nurses at Fletcher Allen who sign up to work on a full-time basis.Financial Incentives for Part-Time Nurses Who Increase Commitment to Full-TimeFletcher Allen will offer the following financial incentives to current “part-time” registered nurses at the organization who step up their commitment to full-time.$3,000 bonus for “part-time” nurses at Fletcher Allen who sign up to work on a full-time basis.Financial Incentives for Registered Nurses Who Join the OrganizationFletcher Allen will offer the following financial incentives to registered nurses who join the organization:$5,000 payment toward the last semester of college for new graduate nurses who commit to work full-time$6,000 bonus for “traveling” nurses at Fletcher Allen who decide to sign on permanently on a full-time basis with the organization$3,000 bonus for former Fletcher Allen nurses who rejoin the organization on a part-time basis within one year of departure$6,000 bonus for former Fletcher Allen nurses who rejoin the organization on a full-time basis within one year of departure$1,500 sign-on bonus to nurses who join the organization on a part-time basis$3,000 sign-on bonus to nurses who join the organization on a full-time basisFerry Subsidy for all Nurses and all EmployeesFletcher Allen will begin offering a ferry subsidy to all nurses and all of its employees who commute from New York — both current and newly hiredlast_img read more

Unemployment rate increases one-tenth to 5.8 percent

first_imgThe Vermont Department of Labor announced today the seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate for calendar year 2010 trended down by nine tenths of a percentage point.  The year ended with a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 5.8 percent which was a tenth of a percent higher than the November rate.  This final over the month change was the only increase in 2010.  It was preceded by a mix of five months of no change and six declines in the statewide unemployment rate. ‘The growth in the Vermont labor force outpaced the growth in total employment in the last month of 2010,’ said Annie Noonan, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor.  ‘Historically, early periods of economic expansion have been occasionally marked by temporary increases to the unemployment rate as individuals return to the labor force seeking work, but in advance of actually have secured employment.  We anticipate this to be one of those periods as economic data continues to suggest a slow but positive trend towards economic recovery.  Overall, as we look back, the performance of the Vermont economy exceeded expectations in 2010,’ Noonan concluded.Analysis of Job Changes by IndustryThe preliminary ‘not seasonally adjusted’ jobs numbers for December show an increase of 3,050 jobs when compared to the revised November numbers.  This reported over the month change does not include the 600 job increase between the preliminary and the revised November estimates due to the revision process and the inclusion of more sample data.  As detailed in the preliminary December data, Total Private reports an increase of 3,100 jobs and Government reports a minor decrease of 50 jobs.  In the private sector, the industries with notable increases were Leisure and Hospitality (+4,700 jobs) and Manufacturing (+300 jobs).  Construction (-1,300 jobs) and Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (-500 jobs) reported the largest nominal declines.Based on the preliminary December data, the annual rate of unadjusted job growth returned to negative territory this month (-0.1%).  This is a decline from the revised November estimate by two tenths of a percent. The seasonally adjusted data for December reports a decrease of 1,100 jobs from the revised November data.  As with the ‘not seasonally adjusted’ data, this over the month change is from the revised November numbers which experienced a positive revision from the preliminary November estimates (+700 jobs).  A review of the seasonally adjusted December numbers shows Vermont’s Private Industries with a job decline of 800 jobs.  Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (-500), Educational and Health Services (-500) and Construction (-400) reported the largest job losses by industry.  As for advancing industries, Leisure and Hospitality (+800) and Manufacturing (+400 jobs) led the way with positive increases in the seasonally adjusted data.  Total Government declined by 300 jobs from the revised November counts.   State of Vermont OverviewVermont’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased one tenth of a percent to 5.8 percent in December.   The underlying data showed increases to the labor force (+1,200), total employment (+1,000), and to total unemployment (+200).  For comparison purposes, the United States seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December showed a four tenths of a percent decrease to 9.4 percent. December unemployment rates for Vermont’s 17 labor market areas ranged from 3.8 percent in Warren-Waitsfield to 8.3 percent in Newport.  Local labor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. For comparison, the December unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was 5.6 percent, which was one tenth of a percentage point lower than the revised November data and down one percentage point from a year ago.last_img read more

Grains & Grits Spirits and Food Festival Returns to the Smokies

first_imgTennessee whiskey has a rich history. It’s so ingrained in the culture that Chris Stapleton even wrote a song about it, singing “you’re as smooth as Tennessee whiskey.” It’s no wonder Grains & Grits, a festival of southern spirits and gourmet grub that draws whiskey lovers from across the region, has grown in popularity. On November 3, 2018, the festival will return to Townsend, a quaint and scenic town nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.Grains & Grits will continue to have a focus on whisky, attracting distillers from across the state to celebrate the culture of whiskey, spirits and distilling. However, this year, the festival will introduce an added emphasis on food, highlighting the area’s unique culinary offering and ensuring guests are satiated.Chefs from throughout the region will team up with distillers to demonstrate how whiskey can be used as a culinary ingredient, providing tastings for attendees. The tastings are included in the Grains & Grits festival ticket price, but for attendees who would like dinner-sized portions of their favorite fare, additional $10 food tickets will be available for purchase at the event.Dancing Bear Lodge Executive Chef Shelley Cooper is spearheading the culinary aspect of the event and will be joined by high-profile chefs like Ryan and Catherine Kline of Zambra in Asheville, North Carolina who will share their farm-to-table, Western Mediterranean-inspired fare, and Geoff Kenny, corporate chef for Nama, Shuck and Cru Bistro and Wine Bar in Knoxville, Tennessee.Food purveyors will also be present like J.Q. Dickinson Salt Works. This high-end salt provider located in the West Virginia harvests all-natural salt by hand trapped below the Appalachian Mountain. The salt is incorporated into many of the chefs dishes.Although food and regional wineries and breweries will add to the event’s appeal, whiskey remains at the heart of the event. Distillers like Jack Daniel’s, George Dickel, Old Forge, Sugarlands, H Clark, Corsair, Ole Smoky Moonshine and many more will be present offering samplings of their craft spirits.The festival is arranged and hosted by the Tennessee Distillers Guild and the Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority. The 2016 and 2017 festivals were a hit with over 700 whiskey enthusiasts and foodies. Now in its third year, the festival is expected to be even better as the added culinary component will ensure there’s something for consumers, foodies, bartenders and spirit professionals alike.Set against the background of the Great Smoky Mountains at sunset, the event will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Townsend Visitors Center located at 7906 East Lamar Alexander Parkway in Townsend. With the growing popularity of the festival, people are encouraged to purchase their tickets prior to the event. General admission tickets are $65 in advance or $75 the day of the event. More information and tickets are available at read more

Bilton is flying free with Raven

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Geese, ducks, even the cutlery was included in this property sale

first_imgLillydale –821 Upper Logan Rd, Mount Barney. Picture:, ducks, linen and even cutlery were all included in the sale of the award-winning Lillydale Farm Stay.The 120ha property at 821 Upper Logan Rd, Mount Barney has sold under the hammer for $1.76 million. Lillydale – 821 Upper Logan Rd, Mount Barney. Picture: recently built cottage away from the main house was also used as accommodation for guests.The property had plenty of farming infrastructure including sheds and cattle yards. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Lillydale – 821 Upper Logan Rd, Mount Barney. Picture: agent Jez McNamara of Ray White Rural said there multiple bidders keen on the Scenic Rim property which had been established as Lillydale Farm Stay.center_img The main homestead at Lillydale. Picture: fronted the Logan River and had three dams as well as a water licence to pump from the river.There were multiple homes on the property including the main homestead which had views back to Mount Barney.The two-levele Queenslander was built in 1910. It also had a swimming pool, a maze and a coffee shop attached.last_img read more

‘Handbags 4 Hope’ raises nearly 9K for domestic abuse victims

first_imgBatesville, In. — “You’re not buying a purse, you’re helping a victim of domestic or sexual violence.” That was the message from Handbags 4 Hope emcee John Vadeboncoeur Saturday at the Batesville Middle School. The 6th annual Handbags 4 Hope features new and gently used purses, a salad luncheon and domestic violence programming, with all proceeds to Safe Passage to help victims of domestic and sexual violence in the six county district the nonprofit serves. The special event raised about $9000 for Safe Passage.Vadeboncoeur was not just the emcee but the campus ministry leader of the Community Church/Batesville, the church which sponsored the fundraiser for Safe Passage. Volunteers from the church acquired gift certificates from local businesses, assembled purses, and helped with set up and clean up for the event.  “We are so appreciative of the help from the Community Church. These members are truly representative of faith in action,” said Mary Mattingly, Community Outreach Director. Mattingly added Safe Passage is also grateful for the community support from the attendees and purse donors to the local businesses who donated gift certificates or items to fill the handbags.About 185 people filled the school commons area, many bringing salads to share, to bid on purses,  enjoy fellowship and ultimately help victims from the area. Many tables were hosted by area church groups, such as Milan United Methodist and Madison Northside Christian Church, and several women’s groups.This year, Dave Strouse, the principal of BMS, was the speaker and shared his compelling story of growing up in a domestic violence household. His mother and wife were both in the audience.  “It is so easy to criticize when you are not in their shoes. Let me tell you, it is HARD to leave and it is so much easier to stay and believe you can work things out…When domestic violence is in play you have to leave RIGHT NOW, there is no time to set up arrangements.” When he was 7 years old he recalled staying in a battered women’s shelter in Indianapolis, near the Salvation Army. “Having a place to go is so important. People can’t leave the abuse if they have nowhere to go. That is why Safe Passage is such a special blessing. It gives people a chance to break that cycle violence…. you may never know how your generosity has helped someone at Safe Passage but I would not be here today if we didn’t have someplace safe to go when we needed it the most.”Proceeds from H4H will go toward helping clients with various needs, from transporting to housing deposits to clothing needs.  For those who could not attend the Batesville event, the 2nd annual Handbags 4 Hope in Brookville is set for Saturday, Sept. 22 at Third Place Restaurant in Brookville. New and gently used brand name purses will be available. Contact Safe Passage at 812 933 1990 or go online at for tickets.last_img read more

ATP, WTA Tours extend shutdowns till July

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Professional tennis will continue to remain on hiatus through, at least, the end of July, amid the global COVID-19 pandemic after the Association of Tennis Professionals and Women’s Tennis Association extended the shutdown of their tours.The ATP revealed that eight more events – in Hamburg, Bastad, Newport, Los Cabos, Gstaad, Umag, Atlanta, and Kitzbühel – have been called off. Meanwhile, the WTA canceled four events, also in Bastad, along with Lausanne, Bucharest and Jurmala.The total number of tournaments scrapped by the ATP and WTA since March now tops 40.“Just like tennis fans, players and tournament hosts all over the world, we share in the disappointment the Tour continues to be affected in this way,” ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said in a statement. “We continue to assess all of our options in an effort to resume the Tour as soon as it is safe to do so, including the feasibility of rescheduling events later in the season.”The WTA said in a statement: “We regret this is the case, but will continue to be guided by medical experts for when it is safe and possible to return to WTA competition. We continue to monitor the situation closely and are hopeful to be back on the court as soon as possible.”— Tags: ATPCOVID-19Los CabosWTAlast_img read more