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

U.S. is becoming world’s new tax haven

first_imgThe U.S. was expected to reciprocate, by sharing data on the accounts of foreign taxpayers with their respective governments.Yet Congress rejected the Obama administration’s repeated requests to make the necessary changes to the tax code.As a result, the Treasury cannot compel U.S. banks to reveal information such as account balances and names of beneficial owners.The U.S. has also failed to adopt the so-called Common Reporting Standard, a global agreement under which more than 100 countries will automatically provide each other with even more data than FATCA requires.While the rest of the world provides the transparency that the U.S. demanded, the U.S. is rapidly becoming the new Switzerland.Financial institutions catering to the global elite, such as Rothschild & Co. and Trident Trust Co., have moved accounts from offshore havens to Nevada, Wyoming and South Dakota.New York lawyers are actively marketing the country as a place to park assets. A Russian billionaire, for example, can put real-estate assets in a U.S. trust and rest assured that neither the U.S. tax authorities nor his home-country government will know anything about it.That’s a level of secrecy that not even Vanuatu can offer.From a certain perspective, all this might look pretty smart: Shut down foreign tax havens and then steal their business. That would be the kind of thinking that’s undermining America’s standing in so many areas, from trade to climate change.Instead of using its power to establish an equitable system of global governance, it’s demanding a standard from the rest of the world that it refuses to apply to itself.That isn’t leadership.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Seven years ago, the U.S. led an effort to address a problem facing governments everywhere.Each year, people manage to avoid paying an estimated $2.5 trillion in income tax — a giant sum that could be used to combat poverty, update infrastructure or lower tax rates for law-abiding citizens.Now, however, the U.S. is becoming one of the world’s best places to hide money from the tax collector. It’s a distinction the country would do well to shed.In 2009, amid growing budget deficits and a tax-fraud scandal at Swiss bank UBS AG, the Group of 20 developed and developing nations came to an agreement:They would no longer tolerate the network of havens, shell companies and secret accounts that had long abetted tax evasion.A year later, the U.S. passed the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, which required foreign financial institutions to report the identities and assets of potential U.S. taxpayers to the Internal Revenue Service.Under threat of losing access to the U.S. financial system, more than 100 countries — including such traditional havens as Bermuda and the Cayman Islands — are complying or have agreed to comply.center_img Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appears on Bloomberg View:last_img read more

DevSecs in Oxford Street revamp talks

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Grigsby, Pellum head for Pac-10

first_imgGrigsby, a 6-foot, 205-pound speedster, began the season at St. Paul, where he rushed for nearly 500 yards and seven touchdowns in three games. He transferred to California and was a key factor in the Condors challenging for the Del Rio League title and making the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division playoffs. Despite missing two games during the transition period, he finished the season with nearly 1,800 yards and 17 touchdowns rushing. His 8.2 yards per carry was tops among the area’s rushers. “He has an uncommon ability to read and react,” former St. Paul coach Marijon Ancich said. “We have it on film in a game where on one play not one person made a block and he still found a hole and went 37 yards for a touchdown. He has the potential to be as good as anyone ever from around here.” Pellum, a 5-10, 165-pounder and arguably the area’s most exciting player on both sides of the ball, signed with Washington State as a defensive back, but might have done so as a wide receiver or a return specialist. A trio of area athletes finalized their commitments to Pacific-10 Conference universities by signing letters of intent on Wednesday. California High School running back Nicolas Grigsby signed with the University of Arizona. Santa Fe defensive back Romeo Pellum signed with Washington State University. Whittier Christian soccer standout Megan Jesolva committed officially to UC Berkeley. center_img A first-team All-CIF selection on both offense and defense, Pellum had 55 tackles, three interceptions and 11 knockdowns playing cornerback. He also averaged 22.8 yards a return on eight punts, rushed for 280 yards in Santa Fe’s fly-sweep package and scored 13 touchdowns overall. A ferocious hitter, his biggest impact in the program may have been the impact he made on opposing receivers. “He’ll put on a couple of pounds up there, and with his speed and ability to close (on a receiver) and the way he hits, he’ll fit right into their style of defense,” coach Jack Mahlstede said. Both Grigsby and Pellum were first-team All-Area selections this season. Jesolva is a four-year varsity letter-winner and a three-time All-Area player who has been one of the anchors around whom the Heralds program has functioned. She has played both forward and midfield and saw limited time as a defender early in the season. This season, she has scored 20 goals and had 14 assists in leading the Heralds to first in the Alpha League. She is recognized nationally as a participant in the Junior Olympic Development program. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more