Harvard continues Yellow Ribbon Program

first_imgHarvard President Drew Faust has renewed the University‘s partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to assist eligible veterans in meeting the costs of their education through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Last year, in the program’s inaugural year, 69 Harvard student-veterans received more than $350,000 in institutional assistance that was matched by the VA for tuition costs. Building on this effort, all of Harvard’s Schools are participating again this year. About 180 veterans were enrolled at Harvard this academic year.last_img read more

Harvard Library staff participate in 40th annual archivists meeting

first_imgFifteen Harvard archivists presented at or helped to organize the 40th annual meeting of the New England Archivists (NEA)—a number University Archivist Megan Sniffin-Marinoff said may have represented the largest Harvard presence she had seen since she became involved with the organization more than 20 years ago.Presentations by Harvard Library staff members included:Experimental Relations: Using Samuel Johnson to Learn EAC-CPFSusan Pyzynski, Associate Librarian for Technical ServicesMelanie Wisner, Accessioning ArchivistNEA at 40: Reminiscence on a ProfessionEva Moseley, Schlesinger LibraryAmanda Strauss, Schlesinger LibraryMentoring Leaders in Libraries and ArchivesDarla White, Archivist and Records ManagerOxford-Style Debate, Resolution: This House Believes Archivists Should Attempt to Collect EverythingModerated by Megan Sniffin-Marinoff, University ArchivistOrganized by Colin Lukens, Holdings Management AssociateNEA, Diversity and 21st-Century Collaboration in ActionMichelle Gachette, Reference AssistantPerforming Artists, Meet Your Archivists: Collaborations Across Dance, Music and Theatre for Documentation and Preservation Read Full Storylast_img read more

ND alum launches social media app

first_imgA Notre Dame alumnus is trying to transform social media by introducing forward-oriented timelines that enable users to connect with other users based on their future locations and travel plans.Andrew McGill, a 2007 graduate, is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Flypside. The smartphone application allows users to create a new form of a post, called a Flyp, which communicates where a user will be in the future, how long his or her trip will be and what he or she is interested in doing while there. After creating a Flyp, McGill said, users can view and connect with friends, friends of friends and others with similar interests who will be at the same location at the same time. They can also find events, promotions and activities that will be occurring while they are at a specified destination.Susan Zhu “We wanted to create a platform for people in motion to connect with each other ahead of time and find cool events that match the user’s interests,” McGill said. “Flypside is the ultimate social planning tool, as it relates specifically to your future.”McGill said the application also transforms the nature of a tag and hashtag in social media by enabling users to now communicate future identity, interests or intent. “You can assign a #hostelname to a Flyp, then select it to see who is staying at your hostel. If you plan to go surfing while on spring break, add #surfing to your Flyp to view other people interested in surfing who are also there,” he said. “You can even enter and then select ‘University of Notre Dame’ from your profile to see if there are other Notre Dame students crossing your path on spring break or during your summer travels. The [uses] are endless.”McGill said he was inspired to create Flypside through his international travels. After seven years as a gasoline trader at BP, McGill completed an around-the-world tour that included South America, Australia, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean.“This made me notice two main points related to being in motion: the ‘who’ and the ‘what,’” he said.The ‘who’ can range from meeting up with close friends or acquaintances, to strangers who share similar interests, McGill said, while the ‘what’ is the events, promotions and activities taking place at a certain location.“Like Yelp filters restaurants based on a user’s interests, we want to sort and publicize people, events and promotions related to each of our user’s future location based calendars,” he said.While Flypside’s versatility and practicality make it useful for a very broad audience, McGill said the initial target demographic is the Millennial generation, particularly college students and frequent travelers.“When I was at Notre Dame, I studied abroad in London and thus know how beneficial Flypside will be for college students who are traveling,” he said.McGill said privacy, a concern for most big social media and tech company’s today, is one of the company’s key priorities.“Flypside is making sure to create privacy barriers that users can easily control,” he said. “In order to prevent harassment, users cannot send more than one introductory message to other users, which is similar to a Facebook friend request accompanied by an introductory text.”McGill said Flypside is still in its early launch stages, but has already released an application for iPhone and Android platforms. In order to make Flypside a successful company, McGill said he has worked carefully to create a great team around him, including both employees and advisors.“Good team members must, one, believe in the idea, two, believe in you and three, have the skills and resources to help,” McGill said. Aiming to boost growth, McGill said, the Flypside team is now putting their collective efforts into user acquisition and the creation of strategic partnerships.“Friends and mentors can sometimes get you in the door, but after that you really have to sell and prove yourself,” he said.Additionally, McGill said the Notre Dame community has been supportive and helpful, especially as the University looks to bolster its presence in Silicon Valley through the California Initiative.Mike Ferrigno, president of Notre Dame’s MBA Entrepreneurship Club, said Flypside is an excellent example of how Notre Dame is fostering entrepreneurship.“I am excited to see more Notre Dame startups developing as Notre Dame increases their presence in Silicon Valley,” Ferringno said. “Andrew’s passion for getting the Notre Dame community involved with Flypside is very encouraging for the program.”Flypside represents an exciting opportunity for college students to connect with a new form of social media, McGill said, and he hopes the Notre Dame community will take advantage of it. Tags: Andrew McGill, app, California initiative, Flypside, social medialast_img read more

Notre Dame students and faculty reflect on the life and death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

first_imgLast week, associate justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg died due to complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer. Justice Ginsburg, also referred to as “the Notorious RBG” and the court’s “Great Dissenter,” led with strength in the face of adversity. She spent much of her early career fighting gender discrimination, before being appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1993. She leaves behind a life-long legacy as a trailblazer for promoting and protecting women’s rights and furthering gender equality.University President Fr. John Jenkins released a statement Friday evening addressing Ginsburg’s death, and recalled her visit to campus in 2016. “I recall fondly her standing-room-only appearance in the Joyce Center in 2016,” Jenkins said in the statement.Political science professor Christina Wolbrecht spoke to the importance of Ginsburg’s work and its influence on the lives of current and future generations of women.“Few people in history did more to advance the equality of women than Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and all long before she sat on the Supreme Court. The series of cases she argued in the 1970s transformed and ensured the constitutional basis for sex equality,” Wolbrecht said. “There is no woman in this country whose life was not materially improved by Ginsburg’s work.”Professor Eileen Hunt Botting, a political theorist whose scholarly interests cover modern political thought, feminism, family, ethics of technology and literature, also spoke of Ginsburg’s passing. Courtesy of Riya Shah. Notre Dame College Democrats and others gather to recognize Ginsburg’s death in a vigil at the grotto Sunday night.“The loss of Ruth Bader Ginsburg hit our country hard during a time of greater political and public health crisis, not only in the U.S., but around the world,” Botting said. “She had rightfully become a legal icon of a triad of egalitarian feminist values at the foundation of modern representative democracy: equality before the law; the right to non-discrimination on the basis of sex, gender or other social status; and equality of opportunity.”First year Anjali Pellegrin said she was saddened by Ginsburg’s death, and discussed her admiration for the late justice. “RBG’s death made a lot of my greatest fears a reality; for me the Supreme Court is the greatest protector of the people and the minorities, and it’s so hard to see such a strong force for good go,” Pellegrin said. “As a woman, she was my idol and as an activist she was my hope. She will rest in power” Sophomore Isabella Garcia of Notre Dame College Democrats spoke to her regard for Ginsburg, and said she was upset by the politicization surrounding her death. “It was really monumental, but I think that, especially in this time, it really stings and reminds me that the election is so important,” Garcia said. “We’re in the 40-day stretch now. I’m thinking about the fact the Trump administration is going to try to nominate and push someone through.”On Sunday evening, Notre Dame College Democrats held an unofficial vigil to remember Ginsburg’s life and recognize what she contributed to the advancement of historically marginalized groups’ rights.When asked how students can work to honor Ginsburg’s memory, Garcia talked about the vigil and said specific practices are important in honoring her. “I think, especially on a Catholic campus, it’s important to recognize the fact that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a Jewish woman, and so recognizing the traditional learning practices for that faith tradition has been an awesome thing to learn during this time,” Garcia said. When reflecting on how to honor Ginsburg’s memory, Botting said it’s best to remember the education that brought her to the Supreme Court.“We must ensure that future generations of citizens read and learn about the egalitarian and liberal ideas that are the basis for our most cherished democratic rights and freedoms,” Botting said.Tags: egalitarian feminism, feminist, Notorious RBG, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court, The Great Dissenter, vigillast_img read more

Murder For Two Confirms Closing Date

first_img Featuring a book by Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair, music by Kinosian and lyrics by Blair, Murder For Two combines classic musical comedy with a dash of Agatha Christie. Everyone is a suspect in this house of eccentric characters (all played by Blumenkrantz), and a rookie cop posing as a detective (Blumenkrantz) must get down to the bottom of the crime. Murder For Two Murder For Two was originally presented by the Second Stage Uptown Series at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre last July to critical acclaim. The production transferred to New World Stages in November, where it was initially slated to run through January 5 only. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 View Comments The off-Broadway musical murder mystery Murder For Two will play its final performance at New World Stages on June 29. The tuner, starring Brett Ryback and Jeff Blumenkrantz, had previously been scheduled to run through July 6. Related Showslast_img read more

Star-Studded You Can’t Take It With You Opens on Broadway

first_img Star Files In addition to Jones, Byrne and Ashford, the portrait features Elizabeth Ashley, Johanna Day, Julie Halston, Byron Jennings, Fran Kranz, Mark Linn-Baker, Kristine Nielsen, Reg Rogers, Will Brill, Crystal Dickinson, Marc Damon Johnson, Karl Kenzler and Patrick Kerr, along with a surreptitious Nick Corley, Joe Tapper and Austin Durant. Annaleigh Ashford Happy opening to the (huge) cast of You Can’t Take It With You! Enjoy the pickled pigs’ feet! James Earl Jones Welcome back to Broadway, Sycamores! You Can’t Take It With You has returned to the Great White Way and celebrates its official opening night at the Longacre Theatre on September 28. The Scott Ellis-helmed production features an all-star cast that includes James Earl Jones, Rose Byrne and Annaleigh Ashford. To commemorate the latest Broadway mounting of the George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart comedy, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this sketch of the Sycamore clan and company in action. You Can’t Take It With Youcenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 22, 2015 About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. View Comments Kristine Nielsen Related Showslast_img read more

California municipal utility endorses plan to be carbon neutral by 2030

first_imgCalifornia municipal utility endorses plan to be carbon neutral by 2030 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:The Sacramento Municipal Utility District has set a more ambitious climate goal than California, aiming to be carbon neutral 15 years before the rest of the state.The utility’s board unanimously adopted a resolution late Thursday to “work towards carbon neutrality by 2030” — a decade sooner than its previous target of 2040. Under state law, all of California’s power must come from carbon neutral sources by 2045.The company, known as SMUD, “recognizes the risk of uncontrolled climate change and is committed to urgently do more” to reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions, the resolution states. SMUD would be the first community-owned utility company to set such an aggressive goal, according to the Sacramento Climate Coalition.The non-binding resolution doesn’t detail how SMUD would meet its goal. As of 2018, more than half of the utility’s power came from burning natural gas and its deployment of renewable energy lagged the rest of the state.The policy is not a plan but a commitment, according to Rob Kerth, vice president of SMUD’s board. The company has until March 31 to come up with a plan to achieve the carbon goal.“Just like we didn’t know how were going to get to the moon, the president announced it and the best and the brightest stood up and did it,” Rosanna Herber, a SMUD director, said during the meeting. “I’m convinced that our staff can figure this out.”[Anthony Robledo]More: Sacramento utility sets more ambitious climate goal than statelast_img read more

‘Massive poisonous shock’: Scientists fear lasting impact from Mauritius oil spill

first_imgSome corals have lived for centuries at the fringes of Mauritius. Now smothered for days in heavy fuel oil spilled from a wrecked Japanese tanker nearby, parts of those reefs may be in trouble.The full impact of the toxic spill is still unfolding, scientists say. As the Indian Ocean island’s residents scramble to mop up the oil slicks and clumps, they are seeing dead eels and fish floating in the water, as fuel-soaked seabirds limp onto shore.Satellite images also show the 1,000 tons of spilled oil spreading northward along the coastline from the spill site in the turquoise waters of Blue Bay Marine Park. The spill brings “a massive poisonous shock to the system,” said Adam Moolna, an environmental scientist from Mauritius who lectures at Keele University in Britain. “This oil will have cascading effects across the webs of life.”Still uncontainedThe spill came from the Japanese-owned MV Wakashio, which rammed into a reef in the marine park on July 25. It is still unclear why the ship was sailing so closely to the coast. About a week later, oil began gushing from the cracked vessel.However, the flow had been stopped, authorities say, after they pumped the remaining oil from the ship.On Thursday, the ship’s owner Nagashiki Shipping said it would face up to its liability and assess compensation for the disaster.Already, about 15 km of coastline have been affected by the spill, said Mauritius Marine Conservation Society President Jacqueline Sauzier.”We don’t have the equipment or the expertise to remove the oil, and time is of the essence to limit the damage,” she told Reuters.Local residents are wading unprotected into the toxic waters, while using human hair as well as husks from sugar cane factories to quickly soak up as much of the spill as they can.For both people and wildlife, the spill will have a “resonating and resounding impact for the next 10 to 20 years,” said environmental toxicologist Craig Downs, who assesses oil spills but has not studied the spill in Mauritius.Spiraling impactCoral reefs and fish are likely to suffer first. That’s especially rough for Mauritius, where tourism and fishing are mainstays of the economy.Corals that survive could have weakened resistance to marine heat waves, which are hitting the area due to climate change and have already caused some coral bleaching, experts say.”If things continue to go the way they are the future prospects for coral reefs look very, very bleak indeed,” said Alex Rogers, a visiting professor at Oxford University and science director of REV Ocean, a not-for-profit company.Conservationists are also anxious about oil washing into mangrove forests, where roots serve as nurseries for fish.Oil also could sink into sediments around mangroves, where it could smother mollusks, crabs and fish larvae, said Callum Roberts, a professor of marine conservation at the University of Exeter in Britain.”It’s very hard to remove once it’s sunk into the sediment,” Roberts said. “Trees can become sick and die.”Birds nesting in the mangroves, or migrating via nearby mudflats, are also vulnerable. Ingesting oil can make it hard for birds to fight disease or even to fly, said environmental toxicologist Christopher Goodchild at Oklahoma State University.Research has shown that “just a small amount of oil being transferred to a bird’s egg — as small as a droplet of blood — can actually cause a change in the bird embryo’s physiology,” he said.Beds of seagrass, which like mangroves store vast quantities of climate-warming carbon dioxide, play a vital role in protecting coasts from waves.On land, some scientists warn that washed up oil deposits could harden and lead to lasting change.”In the long term, we could see an asphalt-like coast as the oil dissipates and degrades, as the oil puddles,” said Ralph Portier, an environmental scientist at Louisiana State University who studied the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.”It’s a real tragedy,” Portier said.Topics : The damage, scientists say, could impact Mauritius and its tourism-dependent economy for decades.”This oil spill occurred in one of, if not the most, sensitive areas in Mauritius,” oceanographer and environmental engineer Vassen Kauppaymuthoo told Reuters by telephone from the island, where he was surveying the disaster. “We are talking of decades to recover from this damage, and some of it may never recover.”The wildlife at risk include the seagrasses blanketing sand in the shallow waters, clownfish darting around coral reefs, mangrove trees corralling the coastline with their tangled root systems, and the critically endangered Pink Pigeon, endemic to the island.Giant tortoises slow-walk through a nature reserve on the nearby islet, Ile-aux-Aigrettes, where there is also a scientific research station. Altogether, Blue Bay Marine park counts 38 types of coral and 78 species of fish.last_img read more

APG kickstarts ‘national dialogue’ with Dutch consumers on pensions

first_img“For example,” he said, “we want to find out whether someone’s attitude towards pensions is linked to age and the used information channels, and how someone assesses a pensions institution.”During the pilot, Indialoog wants to learn about an employer’s role in pensions and to establish how the subject of pensions can be made more attractive. APG will also try to find out where the public is seeking information about pensions, and which information people expect to find.Participants in the consumer community dialogue can also add themes.Willms said the pilot would be considered successful if it provided new insights, and if people continued discussing new subjects.In that event, he said, Indialoog will be rolled out nationwide.Willms added that APG would share the outcome of a permanent panel with the pensions sector. The €344bn asset manager and pensions provider APG has launched a pilot project to start a dialogue with Dutch consumers on pensions, insurance and other financial issues.During the next half year, APG’s marketing, communications and distribution department is to enter into dialogue with 450 members of the public. But the pilot, called Indialoog’, must make clear whether such an exchange of thoughts will be a good way of involving people in the development of new products and services, said Raoul Willms, strategic marketing manager at APG.He said Indialoog aimed for a broader discussion than merely the “relatively limited enviroment of pension funds”.last_img read more

The Qld suburbs leading the nation for house price growth

first_imgBOOM SUBURBS — CAIRNS. SOURCE: realestate.com.au By comparison, the top performer in New South Wales was Dudley in the Newcastle-Maitland district (up 25 per cent) and Palm Beach ($3.4 million) in Sydney, up 24 per cent to $3.4 million. Only seven of the 10 Sydney suburbs recorded double digit growth, according to the data.The top performer in Victoria was also in a regional centre, with Lovely Banks in Geelong up 26 per cent. The top performing Melbourne suburb was Warburton, up 20 per cent to $527,500.The findings come after another report — the REIQ Quarterly Market Monitor — revealed that the annual median house price within the Brisbane City Council region had hit another new high, reaching $680,000. RELATED: Brisbane house price hits new record high: What‘s your home now worth? Take a look inside Brisbane’s $18 million trophy home REA Group / realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida ConisbeeBut she said the “really good news” was that Brisbane, and the southeast generally, had largely weathered the downturn that has gripped southern states.In Townsville, which was devastated by widespread flooding earlier this year, one suburb saw median house prices jump 32 per cent in the same period. Gulliver has seen its median house price jump 32 per cent to $295,000. Mr Curtain said there was great value to be found in some of Brisbane’s “inner city acreage” suburbs. Townsville’s Marina Residences development hits the market BOOM SUBURBS — BRISBANE. SOURCE: realestate.com.auMedian house prices in the suburb, which is arguably the closest acreage suburb to the city, have reached $1.1 million, according to realestate.com.au.In Gumdale, Place Woolloongabba agents James Curtain and Chris Dixon are marketing a contemporary, architecturally-designed residence on approximately 1ha. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59A LEAFY Brisbane suburb has recorded the strongest median house price growth in the country, with several regional city suburbs also outperforming prestige interstate hot spots.Gumdale, about 14km east of the Brisbane CBD, recorded a staggering 37 per cent increase in median house prices in the 12 months to the end of May. MORE NEWS: Insane Brisbane houses on the market right now Brisbane’s hungry for luxury, says richlist developer In the Gold Coast/Tweed region, growth ranged from four per cent at Broadbeach Waters to 15 per cent at Jacobs Well. BOOM SUBURBS — GOLD COAST/TWEED SOURCE: realestate.com.au There are plenty of nice houses in Gulliver, but you may just get this ramshackle house for a bargain at auctionOther top performers in the sunshine state were Buccan (Brisbane) which was up 26 per cent to $765,000, East Ipswich (up 23 per cent to $329,000), Carvonica in Cairns (up 25 per cent to $499,000) and East Toowoomba (up 22 per cent to $525,000). That revelation marked 27 straight quarters of growth for Brisbane at a time when interstate capital cities have seen house prices plummet.Ms Conisbee said she expected to see even stronger growth for the city going forward.“It is steady as she goes,” she said. “But I think your growth will be stronger again (with the next data run) given that we have a market that feels stronger after the Coalition win and the interest rate cut.“There is always that risk of rising unemployment … one interest rate cut is good but multiple cuts because of job cuts just takes away from any gains in the property market anyway.“But it is a good sign that people are buying within a wide range of price brackets and shows a healthy market with offerings for all budgets.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoBOOM SUBURBS — TOWNSVILLE. SOURCE: realestate.com.auMs Conisbee said Gulliver was an affordable suburb, and like many regional centres close to mining hubs experiencing a boost in employment and confidence, rents have increased and house values naturally followed. RELATED: The Townsville ‘no hoper’ house with wannabe gangster graffiti BOOM SUBURBS — SUNSHINE COAST. SOURCE: realestate.com.au This acreage property at 88 Archer Street at Gumdale is listed for sale“It is 15 to 20 minutes from the CBD and it has sought-after schools,” he said. “There are also business people targeting Gumdale because they want to be able to live and run a business from the same locality. And there is a mix of entry level homes right up to very luxurious new builds so there is a good mix.”REA chief economist Nerida Conisbee said acreage suburbs close to Brisbane were consistently popular with prospective buyers in Brisbane. Of the 10 suburbs surveyed in Brisbane, every one recorded double digit growth of between 13 per cent (Kenmore and Gordon Park) and 37 per cent in Gumdale.The Sunshine Coast also recorded double digit growth across its top 10 suburbs, with Mons and Ninderry recording 24 per cent and 22 per cent respectively. Townsville houses were flooded earlier this year in what was described as a 1 in 500 year event. (AAP Image/Dave Acree) How this local tradie saved his way to four sound investments by 22last_img read more