Gordon-Reed wins MacArthur Award

first_imgAnnette Gordon-Reed, an award-winning author and a professor at Harvard University, has been named a 2010 MacArthur Foundation Fellow.Gordon-Reed, J.D. ’84, holds several University appointments. She is a professor at Harvard Law School (HLS), a professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.MacArthur fellowships are awarded annually to talented individuals in many fields who have shown exceptional originality and dedication in their creative pursuits. Each fellow receives $500,000, bestowed without conditions. Nominated anonymously by leaders in their fields and never notified of their candidacies in advance, the recipients learn of their selections only several days before the grant announcements. The awards were announced today (Sept. 28).Gordon-Reed, who returned to Harvard this year, is the author of  “Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy” (1997), which examines the intimate personal relationship between Jefferson and Hemings, who was his slave. Her most recent book, “The Hemingses of Monticello” (2008), which traces the lives of four generations of the slave family, won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Her current research follows diverse branches of the family tree that considered themselves white or black into the 19th century.“Receiving a MacArthur grant is obviously an amazing experience,” Gordon-Reed said. “It’s a validation of my work.”She is the co-author of “Vernon Can Read! A Memoir” (2001), which was written with Vernon Jordan Jr. and received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. She is editor of “Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History” (2002).Previously, Gordon-Reed was the Wallace Stevens Professor of Law at New York Law School and the Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers University. She served as the Charles Warren Visiting Professor of American Legal History during fall 2009 at Harvard Law School.Last year, two Harvard professors won similar MacArthurs, Peter Huybers, an assistant professor of Earth and planetary sciences, and Lakshminarayanan Mahadevan, the Lola England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.The awards are funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society.To learn more.last_img read more

Sustainability, by degrees

first_imgUrban wind energy. Beehives. School gardens. Rice farms. These and other suggestions were among a crush of 20 capstone projects presented this week at Harvard Extension School. All offered strategies to slow down growing environmental ills — fitting final efforts by candidates for an A.L.M. (master’s degree) in sustainability and environmental management.“They’re very dynamic,” said George D. Buckley of the projects. In May, about 60 students will graduate from a program that has about 325 candidates poised to receive degrees within a year or two. In an average year, he said, roughly 60 percent of students do a capstone project that assesses a real-world problem. The remaining students write a traditional thesis more related to theory.The capstone approach — often an immersive experience in the practicalities of changing the environment — is five years old, said Buckley, a 35-year instructor at the Extension School and an assistant director of the Sustainability and Environmental Management Program. As a thesis and capstone adviser, Buckley encounters a flood of final student work three times a year, in fall, spring, and summer. At those same times, capstone projects are shared in a traditional poster session at 51 Brattle St.For more than two hours on Tuesday evening, the Grossman Conference Room was crowded with students and well-wishers. (“Behind every thesis or project,” said Buckley, “is a good friend, a spouse, or a parent.”) The program’s students are a composite of the Extension School’s usual demographic: largely older students, most with full-time jobs, and many from far away.One candidate, Ian Hayes, is in Cambridge for the semester, but has done most of his coursework online from his home in Zurich. His project was the one on rice cultivation. Thomas Ayers, whose project was on sustainability career pathways, commuted once a week this fall from Florida. Adanna L. Woodson, whose project was sustainability performance at the Department of Defense, did the same from suburban Virginia. Gloriamar Gámez-Menéndez, who offered strategies to counter deforestation, hopes to bring her graduate school skills back to her native Mexico.In the past five years, said Buckley, students in the program have come from all 50 states and 50 countries around the world.Traditional diversityThe degree candidates represented more than the geographical reach of the Extension School; they represented the School’s traditional diversity of background and experience. David Havelick came to the program from his full-time job at the Harvard School of Public Health as a project manager for a prostate cancer researcher. His capstone investigation was on school-based gardens. Jay Snyder, whose project looked at systems thinking and the limits to growth, is a computer scientist in the insurance industry.Ayers is an educator, Woodson an architect. Mary Light, whose project explores ways corporations can both create wetlands and boost their bottom lines, is a program coordinator with a management strategy company that specializes in environmental issues.Jane Murray Wolff, a resident of Boston’s South End, is an insurance industry retiree. Her 90-page capstone project looked at how well Boston is prepared for future sea-level rise, and how concerned some of its citizens are about the possibility of catastrophic urban flooding. (The short answer: not very.) “I’m a financial person,” explained Wolff, “looking for my next lot in life.”Among the program’s degree candidates were also a few demographic rarities: full-time students. Maria Melas left a career as a retail analyst to study sustainability. Her project was on the fate of organic materials in municipal solid waste systems. “This is a career change for me,” she said. Jamie Yu signed up for the program after a string of internships, including one at the federal Environmental Protection Agency, where she helped to map food waste generation in the Northeast. Her capstone project looked at how “zero waste” practices are achievable.It was Yu who uncovered a universal truth in the course of her project: An institution or government may be educated about sustainability, but it won’t always take action. “They have the theory down, and the words down,” she said, “but not the practice.”The same with the Department of Defense, said Woodson, who studied the 2009 federal executive order directing agencies to develop sustainability plans. Some got the message about energy use, waste, and carbon pollution, but others did not, she said. “The government has to work smarter.”Some degree candidates worked and took a full-time class load. This semester, Woodson flew from Washington, D.C., to Boston once a week for classes, and took a red-eye flight back every Tuesday. (The program, one of Harvard’s online pioneers, can be completed two-thirds from home, said Buckley, but there is a part-time residency requirement too.) Hectic schedules mean students have to push hard. After her final project is in Monday, Woodson promised herself a break. “I’m going to catch up on all my old TV shows,” she said.Intensity and surpriseEvery candidate at the poster presentation agreed on the intensity of the program as an academic experience — even a few, like Light, who were already in the sustainability business.Emily J. Reese Moody is a sustainability consultant with a Boston-area engineering group. She is already an expert in LEED, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program that sets green building standards. But Moody’s capstone project on the social, health, and environmental efficacy of community gardens in her native Memphis, Tenn., uncovered a world of urban sustainability she had barely known. “I know more about Memphis now,” said Moody after completing her 247-page study, “than I ever did living there.”She studied 40 community gardens on plots of vacant land in neighborhoods such as Hollywood, Frayser, Uptown, and Orange Mound, that are set on just a fraction of 20,000 acres of candidate garden land within the city. She found that when such gardens were created, crime went down. Moody also made case studies of Baltimore and Detroit. She found that community gardens could help irrigate “food deserts,” neighborhoods without supermarkets, as well as reduce obesity, ease racial tensions, and improve soil, air, and water conditions.Moody’s experience illustrated another commonality among the projects, that each offered real-world lessons to families, governments, and institutions willing to listen. Ayers created his green career educational pathways, and a sample curriculum, “so someone doesn’t have to start from scratch.” Wolff’s study of preparedness for rising sea levels sketched a portrait of cities that are studying the problem, but not acting. “Everybody,” she said, “is getting ready to get ready.” These seem like relaxed civic attitudes, considering that by the end of the century Boston-area sea levels could rise more than two feet.Snyder offered a similar caution to companies too little aware of the future’s big picture. Predictive analytics and holistic thinking about systems can help evade disaster, he said. Snyder’s case study was Eastman Kodak Co. The onetime imaging giant — now just emerging from bankruptcy — failed to anticipate a digital future that would change cameras and shrink film production, he said, so “They missed the whole moment.”Gámez-Menéndez used her capstone project to show how a United Nations mechanism called REDD+ could reduce deforestation in Mexico, which in the 10 years before 2010 lost 7 percent of its forest cover. (REDD+ provides payments to farmers to preserve forests, and their environmental benefits.) Like the other capstone projects, hers revealed facts that surprise. For instance, 44 percent of Mexico is forested. It’s among the top 24 countries with forest biomass that locks up the Earth’s stores of carbon.Hayes offered another surprising fact. His project was about options for improving low-yield rice paddies in impoverished areas of Southeast and South Asia. It revealed that rice cultivation of a certain type — on rain-fed lowland paddies — is the leading non-animal agricultural source of methane, a greenhouse gas. It turns out that “rice paddies burp.”In her case study of organic waste from a chain of supermarkets in Massachusetts, Melas discovered that the state lacks the infrastructure to handle the 600,000 tons of organic waste that businesses generate each year. And yet these businesses may soon be banned from just putting such waste out with the trash. Meanwhile, Massachusetts law makes it hard to start up more facilities to process organic waste, like anaerobic digesters, she said.The successful candidates will graduate in May. At least a few will be looking for jobs. Standing in front of her charts, graphs, and recommendations, Woodson said the program helped her be able to suggest to prospective employers: “Hire me as a consultant.”last_img read more

Tickets Now On Sale for Broadway Revival of Side Show

first_img The production will feature choreography by Anthony Van Laast, lighting design by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, set design by David Rockwell, costume design by Paul Tazewell, sound design by Peter Hylenski, illusions by Paul Kieve and orchestrations by Harold Wheeler. Additional casting will be announced at a later date. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Based on the true story of conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton, Side Show is a moving portrait of two women joined at the hip whose extraordinary bondage brings them fame during the Depression era, but denies them love. The tuner features songs including “I Will Never Leave You” and “Who Will Love Me As I Am?” Daisy and Violet are ready to return to the Great White Way. Tickets are now available for the revival of Side Show, starring Erin Davie and Emily Padgett. The two will reprise their performances in the production, following successful runs in San Diego and Washington D.C. Previews are set to begin on October 28 at the St. James Theatre, with opening night scheduled for November 17. Bill Condon directs the reimagined staging of the 1997 musical, which features music by Henry Krieger, book and lyrics by Bill Russell and additional book material by Condon. Side Showcenter_img Related Shows Star Files View Comments Emily Padgettlast_img read more

Blueberries Booming.

first_imgWhile the economy lags and many businesses are forced to makedrastic cutbacks, Georgia’s blueberry farming is booming.”What was an infant industry in the ’90s has now grownto an adolescent industry,” said Scott NeSmith, a horticulturistwith the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.NeSmith recently completed a survey of Georgia blueberry farms.The survey, led by UGA plant pathologist Harald Scherm, focusedon growers’ pest management and horticultural practices.Management Practices and More”We set out to find out what pest problems the industrymay be facing,” NeSmith said. “But the survey revealedmuch more.”It showed that Georgia blueberries are still grown mainly inthe southeastern and south-central parts of the state. Farms inAppling, Bacon, Clinch, Pierce and Ware counties account for morethan 90 percent of the total acreage.Georgia has 4,500 acres of agricultural land devoted to rabbiteyeand southern highbush blueberries. The average grower now hasbeen in the business 14.3 years.”The survey suggests the industry is healthy and expanding,and the area planted is expected to increase by 35 percent overthe next five years,” he said. “Our 4,500 acres shouldbe well over 6,000 acres by then. That’s not a fly-by-night orstagnate industry.”Southern highbush blueberries are becoming more popular amonggrowers.”When we last surveyed the industry 12 years ago, a highbushindustry didn’t exist,” NeSmith said. “Now, 8 to 10percent of the crop is planted in southern highbush.”Pest Problems on the RiseUnfortunately, the survey did reveal emerging pest problems.”Blueberries used to be billed as a ‘plant it and leaveit alone’ crop,” NeSmith said. “You didn’t need to sprayor manage it, and that was because they’re a native plant.”Growers can continue to manage their blueberries that way ifthey’re happy with low yields and mediocre quality, NeSmith said.”But if you really want to step up and get high yieldsand high-quality fruit, which is what the market is demanding,it requires a whole new level of management,” he said.”These emerging pest problems are going to require ourgrowers to apply pesticides,” he said. “Our job is toprovide them the best management practices they can follow.”The survey showed more than 80 percent of the growers are nowusing fungicides to control diseases.Growers Fight Fire Ants, Mummy Berryand ColdMummy berry was ranked as the top disease problem. Left untreated,the disease can cause fruit to be wrinkled and pink and, eventually,mummified.Growers said fire ants are a nuisance pest. They call midgeand flower thrips, which both feed on flower buds, their mostsignificant yield-reducing pests.Blueberry growers’ most common horticultural problems wereidentified as poor fruit set, drought and freezes. All of thegrowers surveyed ranked “freeze damage during bloom”as either a major or moderate problem.”With the survey completed,” NeSmith said, “wenow know what areas we need to focus our research on.”last_img read more

U.S. Northern District to launch e-filing system

first_img U.S. Northern District to launch e-filing system T he United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida has announced its conversion to “Case Management/Electronic Case Files.”According to the court, this Internet-based system provides numerous benefits to attorneys and their staff, including:• Electronic filing 24-hours a day, seven days a week, excluding maintenance periods.• Electronic notification of case document filings via e-mail.• Complete case and document management online through PACER.• Concurrent access to case files by multiple parties.• Electronic search/reporting capabilities.• More efficient utilization of resources.Effective January 1, 2004, “Electronic Case Filing” (ECF) will become mandatory for all attorneys practicing in the Northern District.Orientation presentations for ECF have already been scheduled with the following bar associations:• The Tallahassee Bar Association, July 1.• The Tallahassee Legal Administrators Association, August 14.• The Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association, August 21.• The Northwest Florida Society of Criminal Defense Bar, September 4.• The Florida Association for Women Lawyers — Tallahassee Chapter, November 17.Attorneys will be required to complete ECF training provided by the court prior to receiving a log-in and password to the system. The training will be conducted at the courthouses in Gainesville, Tallahassee, and Pensacola. The court also will be conducting training in the Panama City/Bay County area. In preparation for these court-sponsored training sessions, attorneys are encouraged to participate in the three online tutorials located at www.Flnd.uscourts.gov/cmecf/cmecfinfo.html. The court encourages paralegals, legal secretaries, and other office staff members to participate in the online tutorials as well.The court is working to schedule additional orientation sessions throughout the district. If you wish to schedule a CM/ECF orientation presentation for your local association or law firm, contact Traci Abrams, CM/ECF Marketing/Awareness Committee chair, at [email protected] by e-mail or by calling (850) 435-8440. July 1, 2003 Regular News U.S. Northern District to launch e-filing systemlast_img read more

Taking a ‘page’ from ESPN: The evolution of CUInsight with Randy Smith

first_img 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Every time I see CUinsight’s Randy Smith, he has the biggest grin on his face. I call him the happiest person in the industry — and why not? CUinsight has grown into quite the content juggernaut for credit unions, and it seems there’s no end in sight.So we invited Randy on the show to talk a little bit about his site’s evolution, as CUinsight just went through another website update — which is pretty cool, resembling ESPN’s new interface along with many other trend-setting sites. There’s good reason for the upgrade. Randy tells us there is so much content running through his site now that he had to “slim it down” and make it more efficient. continue reading »last_img read more

Beef up your protection

first_imgIs it just me, or does it feel like this year is pretty “light” when it comes to new regulations? Now that by no means is a bad thing, it just feels a little weird compared to years past. I haven’t used a sports analogy in a while, but it feels like it is almost the “offseason” for us compliance folks. But those of you that follow professional football understand, that just because it is the offseason, doesn’t mean it is time to just kick up your feet in the sand until the next season comes around. As soon as the “Big Game” is over, these clubs will be working hard on improving their teams for next year through free agency, the draft, OTAs, and summer camp. That same type of mindset is how we as compliance professionals should approach this year.Now is the perfect time to beef up our compliance protection. I remember one time when I was an in-house compliance manager and I was at a conference where someone asked, “What would you do if you could commit 100% of your time to your CMS?” My mind went nuts with all the things I could be doing to make our CMS stronger, but after spending a few minutes in paradise, I was brought back to reality when I got an email about a “world ending” issue back at the office. This might sound familiar to a few of you out there. So now I am going to ask you the question. What would you do if you were able to commit 100% of your time to your CMS? 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

FDA releases software to help industry protect food supply

first_img The software program, called CARVER+Shock, was released on Jun 15 and is available for download on the FDA’s Web site, according to an FDA press release. The software was developed by the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) along with several collaborators, including Sandia National Laboratories, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service, the Institute of Food Technologists, the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, state officials, and industry representatives. “FDA’s goal in developing the CARVER+Shock software is to maximize protection of the American food supply,” said David Acheson, MD, the FDA’s assistant commissioner for food protection, in the press release. Effect: What measurable losses in production would stem from an attack? Recuperability: How well could a system recover from an attack? “CARVER helps industry think like an attacker so that it can identify any weak spots and put countermeasures into place,” Kautter said. Accessibility: How easily could a terrorist access a target? Jun 15 FDA press releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2007/ucm108934.htm Vulnerability: How easily could an attack be accomplished? The software itself doesn’t pose a security risk because the questions don’t reveal classified company information, Kautter said. However, he added that the assessment results should be considered sensitive information. Recognizability: How easily could a terrorist identify a target? Also, the tool incorporates a seventh attribute, the psychological or “shock” effects of an attack, the FDA statement said. For example, the psychological impact might be greater if a large number of deaths resulted or if the target had special historical or cultural significance. Jun 15 FDA consumer updatehttp://www.fda.gov/consumer/updates/carvershock061107.html Before the CARVER+Shock software was released, food processors relied on face-to-face risk assessments with FDA and/or USDA representatives that typically took 2 to 3 days and required as many as 30 people to answer all the questions, Donald Kautter Jr., acting supervisor of the food defense oversight team at the FDA, said in an FDA consumer report on the new software. Jun 26, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a new software tool to make it easier and quicker for food industry facilities to assess their risk of attacks involving biological, chemical, or radiological weapons. The computerized assessment generally takes less than a day and requires the participation of a small team from the food facility, the FDA report said. The program takes employees through more than 100 questions about their facilities and processes to identify vulnerable areas and project what type of attack would be the greatest threat. “What we’ve done is taken that face-to-face interaction and put it into a software program so that the questions and discussion are posed by the computer,” Kautter said in the report. “This will give more companies access to the tool.” The software is designed for use by all components of the food industry, from growers to retailers. “CARVER” is an acronym representing risk-assessment attributes that have been adapted from the US military: FDA CARVER+Shock software sitehttp://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm094560.htm See also: The new risk assessment tool is part of the FDA’s broader food protection strategy and follows the 2006 launch of the ALERT initiative, which is designed to raise industry awareness of food defense and preparedness issues, the FDA said. The CARVER+Shock software builds on the awareness by allowing a more formal and detailed risk assessment. Criticality: How would an attack impact public health and the economy?last_img read more

Arsenal in talks to sign £35m Ajax winger David Neres ahead of Manchester United

first_imgArsenal in talks to sign £35m Ajax winger David Neres ahead of Manchester United Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 11 Apr 2019 9:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link49Shares David Neresis wanted by Arsenal and Manchester United (Getty Images)Arsenal are in talks to sign Ajax winger David Neres but face competition from Manchester United, according to reports.The 22-year-old has been in sublime form for the Dutch club this season with 12 goals and 15 assists so far, while his latest strike came in the 1-1 draw against Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday evening.Neres was also rewarded for his fine performances with his first Brazil cap last month and he provided two assists in a 3-1 victory over Czech Republic.The Brazilian has attracted interest from several Premier League clubs, but according to The Daily Telegraph, Arsenal have begun negotiations with Ajax over a potential deal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTUnited are also interested but have not yet held talks, while Everton have held initial discussions with Ajax, who are understood to want at least £35 million for Neres. Neres has scored 12 goals in all competitions this season (AP Photo)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityChelsea are keeping tabs on Neres’ progress in the Eredivisie but any move depends on whether they can delay or overturn their transfer ban.Both United and Arsenal are in the market to strengthen the ride side of their attack and Neres typically plays on that side, although he is capable of operating on the opposite flank.Unai Emery, however, is reportedly working with a restricted transfer budget in the summer, although that could be boosted if he secures Champions League football for the Gunners.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

PPF finance chief exits amid board reshuffle

first_imgPPF chairman Arnold Wagner said: “I’d like to thank them all for their significant contribution to the PPF and wish them well for the future.” The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has appointed three new non-executive directors in a board reshuffle that has also seen its chief financial officer depart.Andy McKinnon will leave the UK defined benefit lifeboat fund at the end of September, the PPF said in a statement yesterday. He has worked for the PPF for seven years, and was interim CEO for a period last year following the departure of Alan Rubenstein in 2017.He joined the £32.2bn (€36.5bn) fund in 2012 after an 11-year tenure at Legal & General, during which time he held a number of retail investment and finance roles. McKinnon has also worked at JP Morgan Asset Management and Swiss Re.The PPF also announced that senior independent director Alan Jenkins had retired from the board, while Tom Joy – CIO of the Church Commissioners for England – and Rosemary Hilary had stepped down from their non-executive positions. Andy McKinnonIn response to the departures, the lifeboat fund has appointed Rodney Norman, Nailesh Rambhai and Anna Troup to the board as non-executive directors with immediate effect.Rodney Norman is a former finance director at National Savings & Investments, and was senior civil servant at the UK’s Treasury department, with responsibility for public sector finance. He also worked on the government’s response to the 2007-09 financial crisis, including its support for the banking sector. He is currently a senior adviser to the Bank of England.Nailesh Rambhai is general counsel at Malaysian oil and gas firm Petronas. He previously worked at Coventry Building Society where he was general counsel and secretary to the company’s pension scheme trustee board.Anna Troup has worked for a number of financial services firms, most recently at Legal & General Investment Management where she was head of UK bespoke solutions. She has also held roles at Merrill Lynch, PwC, Goldman Sachs and Bluebay Asset Management, and is currently a non-executive director at fund manager and administrator T Bailey.In addition, Kate Jones has been appointed senior independent director. She has been on the PPF board since 2016 and is chair of its investment committee. She held senior roles at BlackRock and Schroders before starting her own consultancy firm in 2014.Wagner said: “Our commitment to deliver the best outcomes for pension schemes, members, and levy payers in volatile times remains resolute. In this, the first year of our three-year strategic plan, our goal is to set new standards for service, innovation and assurance while combining the best of the private and public sector.”last_img read more