March 1

Opening the gates, closing the education gap

first_imgAs a boy in rural Alabama in the 1940s, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, LL.D. ’12, recalls how he used to hide under the front porch of his home to wait for the bus to come up the hill and take him to school. He badly wanted an education.His teachers encouraged him to read, but his family had few books, so he would wait until his grandfather was done with his newspaper and read that instead. It’s where he drew the inspiration he needed to become an icon of the nation’s Civil Rights Movement and an influential congressman.“I kept hearing my parents and my grandparents saying, ‘Boy, don’t get in trouble; don’t get in the way,’” Lewis told a rapt audience of 600 Harvard alumni gathered Monday evening at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture for Your Harvard: Washington, D.C. “But Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. and my teachers inspired me to get in the way, to get in trouble,” he said, “what I call today ‘the good trouble.’ And I want to thank you, as graduates of Harvard University, as leaders, for getting in the way. Thank you for getting into trouble.”The story shared by Lewis, whom Harvard President Drew Faust called “one of my heroes,” resonated on an evening in which Faust emphasized the link between liberty and learning.U.S. Rep. John Lewis, LL.D. ’12, shared a story from his childhood that inspired him to “get in trouble … what I call today ‘the good trouble,’” he said.“Education liberates the mind, even when the body is oppressed. It gives us perspective — as a passport to other times, other places, and other points of view, as well as a way to learn about ourselves, to reimagine our lives — that alters us forever,” said Faust, who is also Lincoln Professor of History.The program, which took place on the anniversary of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling banning segregation of public buses, opened with a moving performance of “Sing Out/March On,” a song written by Joshuah Campbell ’16 and sung by Campbell, Aislinn Brophy ’17, and students Eden Girma ’18, Isaiah Johnson ’20, Lindiwe Makgalemele ’18, Roderick Mullen ’19, and Michael Wingate ’18.In her remarks, Faust paid homage to the museum’s artifacts that serve as testaments to a passion for learning — including a leaflet for Freedom Summer, a 1964 program that Lewis helped organize in which 1,500 college student volunteers registered thousands of first-time voters in Mississippi and opened more than 40 “freedom schools” — and she recognized that there remains a troublesome disparity in educational access fueled by geography.“What Freedom Summer volunteer could have imagined that we would still be discussing today, in this museum, the persisting gap in educational attainment in a nation where, after more than 50 years, access to education is still not equal?” Faust said.A faculty conversation, which included Albert R. Hunt of Bloomberg News (far right), explored educational equity in America. Harvard Professors Roland G. Fryer Jr. (from left) and Tomiko Brown-Nagin, Dean James E. Ryan, and Hunt discussed the merits of school integration among other key topics.It is incumbent upon Harvard, Faust said, to help close that gap in order to attract students of talent and promise from every background, across the U.S. and the world. Harvard has worked to make strides in that area, particularly through financial aid, merit-based testing, its merger with Radcliffe College, and its outreach and advocacy for first-generation, low-income, and undocumented applicants.“The pursuit of truth and the pursuit of education have defined Harvard’s purpose,” Faust said. “And that purpose has led inexorably — even if far too gradually and sometimes haltingly — toward increasing access and inclusion, toward opening the gates of learning.”Faust closed with a call to action for Harvard’s future direction: “Education and freedom are inseparably intertwined, as this museum so powerfully reminds us. We must continue to advance the hope and the reality of what education can achieve. We must continue to insist and to demonstrate that facts and knowledge matter. We must heed the call to arms, as we continue our work to open the gates and close the gap.”The audience listened to speakers at during the Your Harvard: Washington, D.C., event.Faust’s remarks came on the heels of a spirited faculty conversation that explored further the challenges to educational equity in America. The speakers discussed the merits of school integration, improving schools versus students, affording families the opportunity to choose their school districts, and local involvement in education reform.Tomiko Brown-Nagin, professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law, faculty director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, and co-director of the Program in Law and History at Harvard Law School, grew up in the Deep South in the 1970s and was among the first African-Americans in her area to attend an integrated school. “Many will say desegregation is too costly for black students; there’s social isolation, low expectations, and a lot of other disadvantages,” Brown-Nagin said. “But at bottom the benefits outweigh the costs. Students who attend desegregated schools end up with higher career aspirations and in a better place in our world.”Roland G. Fryer Jr., Henry Lee Professor of Economics and faculty director of the Education Innovation Laboratory, agreed with the argument for integration. “Kids who grow up in inner cities and in poverty need more resources than the students they should ‘hitch their bandwagon to,’” Fryer said. “Social mobility has slowed because kids don’t have that kind of opportunity. To get to a true meritocracy, that’s where we need to go.”The Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture was the center of Your Harvard: Washington, D.CWhether the solution to closing the gap in education comes down to schools or students was another matter up for debate. “Students should get to school in the right shape and ready to learn. That requires a whole different set of investments,” Fryer said. “Schools can be great accelerators of the inputs that they have. Whatever we bring them, they can make better. Some of the best schools in the world can take kids who are in poverty and get them to ‘pass the test.’ But if we got them kids who just got more sleep or were ready to learn when they got there, they would be ready to excel more.“I believe in parents having more choices. We need to decouple the relationship between exactly where you live and the quality of education,” said Fryer, whose research examines geography and the negative effect it can have on educational equity.“We need to break down the barriers that exist between suburban and urban schools,” added James Ryan, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Charles William Eliot Professor of Education. “The parents and students who attend these different school systems, while just a few miles away, couldn’t be further apart. If you think about what happens from that ignorance, it’s a fear of the unknown or a feeling of, ‘Oh, it’s too bad those kids aren’t doing well. But they’re not my kids.’”Education is the Civil Rights Issue of Our TimeYour Harvard: Washington, D.C. was the latest in a series of global gatherings during The Harvard Campaign. The program was co-sponsored by the Harvard Alumni Association, the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Harvard Club of Washington, D.C., and the Harvard Black Alumni Society. The series will continue in February with a gathering of alumni and friends in San Francisco.last_img read more

January 26

Housing office plans for dorm renovations

first_imgThe University will renovate several residence halls for a variety of reasons this summer, according to Jeff Shoup, director of the Office of Housing. Shoup said for approximately six years the housing office has been gathering data on whether the halls are making optimal use of their space. “We’ve been looking more closely at the halls and how we use their rooms and square footage,” he said. “Our goal has been and continues to be to make sure that, for example, what is a double in Dillon [Hall] is close to a double in Stanford [Hall].” Shoup said his office studies housing applications each year to determine if the residence halls can handle the number of spaces requested. “Sometimes we get a few more students moving off and sometimes a few more staying on,” he said. “It’s kind of fluctuated.” Regardless of the guesswork involved, Shoup said his office does significant research to be fairly confident in predicting how many spaces each residence hall will need the following year. “We look at the number of people we have retained and the anticipated number of first-year students and it’s a bit of an educated guess, but I think it’s pretty educated with all the data I have,” he said. This spring, more women chose to remain on campus for next year than the office had predicted. As a result, some female dorms such as Farley Hall and Cavanaugh Hall are adding beds. “Those were the two that we have added the most beds to,” Shoup said. “Rooms that had been used as triples in past years, we moved back down to doubles in the last couple years. We’re making them back into triples. It happens a little every school year.” Despite this, Shoup said renovations to the residence halls are not all to increase the maximum occupancy of the dorm. Lyons Hall, which will undergo renovations this summer, will decrease its occupancy. The changes include converting student rooms to study spaces and adding a kitchen. “We had used the annex, which is not a great place for rooms, for students’ rooms,” Shoup said. “We’re already working on changing that space.” Lyons rector Megan Brown said the changes to the dorm have been planned for a long time. “Since Lyons’ need for an upgrade was very high, given both the limited amount of public space per hall resident and the condition of public spaces in the hall, Lyons was the perfect candidate for an experiment in hall renovations,” Brown said. Brown said she expects students will be satisfied with the renovations. “The increase in public space in the hall will be a huge benefit to the women in the hall, since the hall currently lacks adequate study and social space compared to most other halls on campus,” she said. Some male dorms will decrease their occupancy next year as well, Shoup said. “Some of the men’s halls are putting some rooms that had been student rooms back to lounges,” he said. “We’re reducing rooms in Stanford [Hall] and Keenan [Hall].” Although several dorms will undergo minor reconfigurations, Shoup said the only major renovations for next year will take place in Lyons Hall. These changes will hopefully provide insight into future renovations for other residence halls, Brown said. “If student satisfaction with the space increases accordingly, we may have found a new model for hall improvement going forward,” she said. Contact Mel Flanagan at mflanag3@nd.edulast_img read more

January 17

Pluots?

first_imgBy April Reese University of GeorgiaIf you’re looking for a sweet way to take your vitamins, eatingpluots may soon be your solution.Pluots are hybrid fruits from a cross of plums and apricots.These sweet fruits are packed with essential vitamins, says JudyHarrison, an extension nutrition specialist with the Universityof Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences.Harrison believes we will pluots will soon be showing up inGeorgia grocery stores. They’re high in vitamins A and C and area good source of potassium. Pluots are also low in fat. They’resodium-free, saturated fat-free and cholesterol-free.Plums + Apricots = PluotsAn early summer crop, pluots are available from May to September.They have a smooth skin like a plum. Inside, they’re a juicy mixof sweet fruit flavors. Colors range from red and purple toyellow-green.Use pluots in sauces or as a sweetener. Bake them into breads, oruse them sliced in salads.Harrison offers a few tips on selecting the right pluots.”The fruit should be plump with consistent skin color and firmtexture,” she said. “Avoid pluots with soft spots or ones thatare green.”If you buy them too early, place them in a closed paper bag atroom temperature until they ripen. Then put them into therefrigerator crisper bin.Several Varieties AvailableThere are a number of varieties, Harrison said, depending on theflavor you want accentuated.Flavor Rich pluots are “a unique breed of fruit that tastes atfirst like a sweet plum and then like an apricot,” she said. “Itsskin is almost black, and its flesh is an amber color. The tasteis ‘zingy’ or ‘zesty.'”Flavor Rich pluots are three-fourths plum and one-fourth apricot.Dapple Dandy pluots look more like apricots with a pinkish skinwith maroon flecks. It’s also known as “Dinosaur Egg” because ofits speckles and abnormally large size. The taste is described ashalf plum, half apricot.Flavor King pluots are hybrids bred with the Santa Rosa plum.They’re very large and resemble huge, heart-shaped Santa Rosas.”The taste is described as almost effervescent,” Harrison said.”It’s said to be one of the highest-flavored pluots everdeveloped.”The inner color of the Flavor King is unique with its bright redto yellow fading colors. It looks orange near the pit.Some California varieties are Flavor Heart, Hand Grenade, BlueGusto and Candy Stripe.last_img read more

January 17

D.W. Brooks 2010

first_imgJoann Milam, public service extensionMilam, an extension agent in Washington County, has planned and conducted issue-driven programs in family and consumer sciences for the past 11 years. Her educational programs are often the only training on chronic disease and nutrition, parenting, food safety, child care training and financial management the residents in the rural counties receive. She has reached nearly 600 clients through a 5-hour diabetes education and management program.In 2009, she presented her programming efforts in diabetes at the Fifth Annual Health and Obesity Conference in the United Kingdom. She has written or co-written grants and proposals that have generated more than $800,000 in funding. She is also responsible for saving her clients more than $327,000.Yao-wen Huang, global programsHuang is an internationally-known scholar in the areas of food safety, microbiology and new food product development. In 1982, his international activities began with his appointment to the UGA Marine Extension Service. He was the first scientist to use rapid processing technology to convert the cannonball jellyfish, a south Atlantic nuisance, into a value-added edible product. After joining CAES, he continued to provide assistance in seafood safety and processing technology to developing countries like China, Thailand, Argentina, Mexico and Egypt. He has served as major professor for many international students and visiting scholars, and helped establish partnerships between UGA and foreign institutions.CAES staff and faculty members were also recognized at the award ceremony. Scott Gold received the faculty award for diversity and staff member Kisha Shelton and MANNRS (student organization) were also recognized for diversity efforts. Five University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty members were awarded the highest honor the college bestows on Tuesday, Oct. 5 in Athens, Ga., at the annual D.W. Brooks Lecture and Faculty Awards for Excellence.The program is named in honor of Gold Kist Inc. founder D.W. Brooks. A CAES alumnus, Brooks advised seven U.S. presidents on agriculture and trade issues. He was the youngest professor at UGA (he started teaching agronomy when he was 19) and one of the oldest, still lecturing into his late 90s.Brooks’ dedication to agriculture continues to live on through the awards, and the company he founded lives on under the name Pilgrim’s Pride, which purchased Gold Kist in 2007.The 2010 award winners were Ignacy Misztal, for excellence in research; T. Dean Pringle, teaching; Eric Prostko, extension; Joann Milam, public service extension; and Yao-wen Huang, global programs.“This college is both a local and national powerhouse,” said Scott Angle, CAES dean and director. “While a team effort, it is ultimately the quality of our faculty and staff that make this college great. Our D.W. Brooks winners today represent the best of the college, and we could not be more proud of their accomplishments.”Ignacy Misztal, researchMisztal, an animal and dairy scientist and professor, is best known for research on computing algorithms in animal breeding. His methodologies are used for research and genetic evaluation by numerous organizations. Misztal has conducted research across animal species, and his work is sponsored by major dairy, beef, and pig organizations.He has written 146 journal papers and more than 200 other publications. Misztal is also a popular speaker and teacher and has given presentations in 28 countries and taught short courses on six continents. He regularly teaches classes in mixed models, computing in animal breeding and advanced animal breeding.T. Dean Pringle, teachingPringle, also an animal and dairy science professor, serves as co-undergraduate coordinator for his department. He began teaching in 1995 and has instructed more than 1,700 students. He coordinates the departmental internship program and advises graduate students and about 100 undergraduates each semester.His research focuses on developing and assessing critical thinking skills in animal and dairy science undergraduate students and understanding factors that influence student engagement. Pringle also studies beef and swine meat quality and works to enhance consumer acceptability through improvements in meat tenderness and carcass composition.Eric Prostko, extensionProstko, a UGA Cooperative Extension weed specialist, is responsible for statewide weed science programs in field corn, peanut, soybean, sunflower, grain sorghum and canola. Since 2000, he has provided 54 in-service training programs for Georgia extension agents and has made educational presentations at 367 crop production meetings.Additionally, Prostko was one of the first extension specialists to formally develop an Internet-based training program for county agents. He has made more than 128 invited extension presentations to allied agricultural industry groups like BASF, Syngenta, Southern States, Valent, Georgia Crop Production Alliance, Southern Peanut Farmers Federation and the Mississippi Weed Science Society.last_img read more

December 20

Ecuador Dismantles Cartel’s Laundering Network

first_imgBy Dialogo February 12, 2009 Ecuador has uncovered a money laundering network worth as much as 60 million dollars, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Eleven people were arrested when police wound up the network — said to be linked to Colombia’s notorious Cali cartel. “The amounts that were managed total between 50 and 60 million dollars,” said Washington Pesantez, a spokesman for Ecuador’s chief prosecutor. The scam centered on a married Ecuadorian couple who spun-off dozens of shell firms from a central business. The police sting spanned five provinces and resulted in the seizure of 30 firms. “They laundered vast sums of money for the Cali cartel,” said Jose Cisneros, a prosecutor.last_img read more

December 8

FEMA grants assistance funds for counties affected by Halloween flooding

first_imgEighteen counties are listed to receive the aid, including Tioga County. Broome County was not listed. (WBNG) — On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Congressman Anthony Brindisi announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency has granted funds to aid counties that were affected by flooding on Oct. 31. The governor’s office says an estimated $33 million was done in damages by the storms that caused heavy rainfall on Halloween night. “I was on the ground the morning after the storm and witnessed firsthand the severe damage sustained by hundreds of homes, and the federal government must now do its part to ensure these families immediately get the funds they need to repair and rebuild their lives,” the governor said in an official press release sent to 12 News. Congressman Brindisi says he met with Vice President Mike Pence to urge the Trump Administration to aid the counties affected by the flooding in early December.last_img read more

October 19

Second grader murdered in Aceh trying to save his mother from rapist

first_imgA 10-year-old schoolboy was murdered while trying to prevent his mother being raped in Birem Bayeun district, East Aceh, last week.The alleged rapist, Samsul Bahri, 36, reportedly stabbed the boy, identified only as R, before putting his body in a sack and throwing it into a river.As reported by tribunnews.com, R and his 28-year-old mother lived near a community-owned plantation, far from residential areas in the district. Langsa Police criminal investigation unit head First. Insp. Arief S. Wibowo said the medical team had found several wounds to R’s shoulders, neck, jaw and hands, including his wrists and fingers.“The medical team suspects that the victim died from a cut to his left wrist,” said Arief.Read also: Aceh authorities suspend caning of child rapist after he suffers severe bruisingSamsul was apprehended by the police hiding under a large tree later the same evening, he attempted to resist arrest and warning shots were fired.Fadli Fajar, R’s biological father who separated from the boy’s mother two years ago, was unable to contain his grief when contacted on Tuesday. Since the separation R had lived with his father in Medan Selayang.“On 19 September, I just celebrated his 10th birthday,” said Fadli.Days after the birthday celebration, R’s mother took him to Aceh.“I could hardly believe it when I heard the news that he had died,” Fadli said, “I was told that before being killed, his mother ordered him to run, but he didn’t want to. Instead he fought.”R was a bright, cheerful and resolute lad, Fadli recalled. He was among the top-ranked pupils in his class and was able to read the Quran at a very young age.Fadli has demanded for justice for the murder. (syk)Topics : In the early hours of Oct. 10, R and his mother were sleeping in their house, while R’s stepfather was fishing on the river.Samsul is alleged to have entered the house and attempted to rape R’s mother, who resisted. The boy awoke and went to his mother’s aid, but Samsul reportedly slashed him with a machete, according to a statement by the mother.Samsul is then alleged to have bound the mother and fled with R’s body, which Samsul put in a sack before disposing it in a nearby river. The mother freed herself and raised the alarm in a nearby village.The police and residents conducted a search and the boy’s body was found floating in the river the following afternoon.last_img read more

October 16

Governor Wolf Announces Funding to Expand Juniata County Industrial Park to Meet Growing Demand

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Funding to Expand Juniata County Industrial Park to Meet Growing Demand SHARE Email Facebook Twitter August 15, 2018center_img Economy,  Infrastructure,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced new funding to expand the Juniata County Industrial Park by nearly 60 acres.“Awarding this grant removes a long-standing barrier to economic growth in the region – no room to grow,” Gov. Wolf said. “This helps to solve that problem by significantly expanding available land and matching that with the necessary infrastructure to make the industrial park a place for businesses to set up shop and grow.”The Juniata County Industrial Development Authority was awarded a $2 million grant to acquire about 59 acres adjacent to the existing industrial park near Mifflintown, which will allow for the addition of 12 lots with sizes ranging from 1.5 to 2.6 acres. The grant will also fund the expansion of necessary infrastructure, including storm sewer, sanitary sewer, access road, and potable water to the first phase of the project.The Juniata County Industrial Park is home to 24 business that employ more than 460 people. With only four small-size vacant lots, the industrial park has faced growth constraints. Further expanding the industrial park is expected to spur economic growth by providing space for businesses to develop in Juniata County.“Increasing the capacity of the industrial park will bring more family-sustaining job opportunities to our area,” Senator Jake Corman said. “With access to a well-trained workforce, highways and other local resources, employers know that Juniata County is a great place to locate.”Supported through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) program, funding will support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development.last_img read more

October 6

Furbaby trend turning Aussie backyards into pet cemeteries

first_imgEmmeline Bowles, 3, with brother Edward Bowles, 8, at the grave of his beloved pet cat Slynx, with father David Bowles watching from the deck. Picture: AAP/Steve PohlnerALMOST half of Aussie pet owners bury their furbabies at home, with even rented properties being turned into cat and dog cemeteries, a new study has found.Potentially around 785,000 rental properties were being turned into pet graveyards, with the latest finder.com.au survey naming home burial as the preferred option for almost half of all furry pet owners.Finder.com.au insurance expert Bessie Hassan said ‘furbaby’ attachments were so strong that the majority of pet owners didn’t want to part with them even in death.“The fact that some Aussies may be breaching the terms of their lease in order to bury their pets on rented land is indicative of just how much we treasure them,” she said.The Australian Veterinary Association said companionship was the number one reason to own a pet in 2016, with a marked increase in cats and dogs being viewed as part of the family.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoSlynx, beloved pet of Brisbane boy Edward Bowles, 8. The furbaby trend is seeing a rise in Aussie home burials for pets. Picture: SuppliedOne in four pet owners preferred cremation for their furbabies, leaving their pet at the vet shop was the third most popular option, 5 per cent were partial to using an actual pet cemetery and 3 per cent favoured taxidermy.Ms Hassan said “for animal lovers wanting to preserve the memory of their beloved pet, some pet insurance policies will provide a payment upon death to assist with accommodating for the loss”.Brisbane boy Edward Bowles, 8, can visit a memorial to his beloved cat Slynx, any time he wants in the yard of his home.“We’ve got a grave there with a black cat statue and a stone the colour of Slynx who was orangey ginger and it’s also got a little post with his name on it and a picture of him.”He’s currently saving to buy another pet, his father David said.“I would like to get another cat like Slynx,” the primary schooler said.last_img read more

September 29

Friday people roundup

first_imgCiti — Philip Forkan is joining Citi as the EMEA head of business development for the company’s open architecture global collateral management product OpenCollateral. Before starting at Citi last week, Forkan worked at Sapient Global Markets as head of its collateral and clearing practice. He was previously global head of collateral management at RBS.Meriten Investment Management – Martin Theisinger is joining from Oppenheim KAG, appointed to the investment boutique’s management board. In his previous role, he was responsible for business development and client relations. Theisinger has previously worked at BNP Paribas Investment Partners, Fortis Investments, Schroder Investment Management and JP Morgan Asset Management.Northern Trust — Northern Trust has appointed Susan Bradley and David Price as head of transfer agency and head of client servicing, respectively. They will join the firm’s transfer agency team in Dublin and Limerick. Bradley comes to Northern Trust from Citi Bank Europe, where she was most recently head of transfer agency product for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Price joins the firm from JP Morgan (Ireland), where he was a senior client servicing account manager. Cantor Fitzgerald Europe – Sheil Aggarwal has been appointed to the role of managing director at financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald Europe. He will be based in London, focusing on asset-back securities, mortgage-backed securities and collateralised loan obligations, the firm said. Aggarwalwill join Cantor from Pamplona Credit Opportunities, where he was a partner. Before that, he was a senior managing director at Bear Stearns.Aberdeen Asset Management – Dan Grandage has been appointed head of sustainability at Aberdeen Asset Management. The firm said he would lead its approach to responsible property investment, working to improve the environmental efficiency of the properties it manages around the world. Grandage has worked within environmental consultancy RPS Consultants and engineering and design consultancy WSP Group, Aberdeen said.Legal & General Property (LGP) – Imogen Ebbs has been appointed as a senior asset manager at Legal & General Property, to support its LPI (Limited Price Inflation) Income Property Fund. She comes to LGP from Lloyds Banking Group, where she was an associate director working as part of the bank’s UK property deleveraging programme. Dunedin — Karan Darrach has been appointed as financial controller at private equity firm Dunedin. Andrew Davidson has also been appointed as an analyst at the firm. Darrach was previously senior manager at KPMG. At Dunedin, he is responsible for fund reporting and portfolio monitoring. Davidson, who worked at PwC before, will be responsible at Dunedin for sourcing deals across the UK.last_img read more