Neuroscience workshops fuel Cambridge students’ college dreams

first_imgIn Harvard’s Affective Neuroscience and Development Lab, high school students from Cambridge Housing Authority’s (CHA) The Work Force Program, enthusiastically volunteered to learn about brain research by testing an MRI scanner. Others wore blue gloves as they cautiously interacted with authentic human and animal brains while learning about their neuroanatomy. In a room with iPads connected to a television, students broke into small groups and played a very fun and competitive game of, “debunking common brain myths” led by two researchers.These compelling workshops are part of Harvard’s commitment to the local community. To ignite and support educational aspirations, Harvard opens its doors to local public school students. During their February school vacation, students visited Harvard to experience a day in the life of a college student and to learn tips to get on the path to success, after high school.Constanza Vidal, the project manager for The Human Connectome Project — an NIH-funded multi-site study, that seeks to investigate how different parts of the brain are connected to each other — said of the CHA students, “everyone in our team was very excited to share some basic brain science research with the students who attended, especially since they happen to be in the age of the lifespan that we’re most interested in!” She continued, “The students had very insightful questions about our research as well, and reminded us of the importance of making scientific research accessible to the community. We sincerely hope we managed to provide even a small contribution to their excitement about science and the idea of attending college!”,CHA’s Work Force Program, is a youth program that vows to, “foster the personal and professional growth of teens in public housing by helping them to gain the competencies they need at home, at school and at work.” Ayesha Wilson, a former CHA Work Force participant, now a teacher and counselor at CHA, said of the Harvard neuroscience lab workshops, “For these teenagers, this means opportunity. These workshops are a chance for them to learn something new, for them to be proud to be a part of a Cambridge community that truly cares.”This year made it the third year that high school students who participate in the Work Force Program visited Harvard. Tafari Jeantillorme, a tenth grader and Crimson Summer Academy scholar was moved by the visit. Tafari shared, “the workshops made me realize that brains are very special. I want to take better care of mine by learning and doing more.” When asked if he was thinking about college, Jeantillorme quickly replied, “I’m going to college! I want to study math, more specifically, quantitative reasoning.”last_img read more

Finding Neverland , Mandy Patinkin & Taylor Mac to Headline A.R.T. 2014-15 Season

first_img Star Files Mandy Patinkin Matthew Morrison This November, O.P.C., a new play by Ensler (The Vagina Monologues) will begin performances. O.P.C. stands for obsessive political correctness and follows the story of a liberal mom running for office and her daughter, a left-wing radical. View Comments Tony winner Patinkin and Mac will bring The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville, which was seen off-Broadway last year, to the venue in May 2015. Directed and choreographed by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman, this abstract two-man show follows the story of a flood of biblical proportions that leaves us with only two people on Earth (Patinkin and Mac).center_img Peter’s back! According to The New York Times, a revamped version of Finding Neverland will kick off the 2014-15 season at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge this July, with its sights set on Broadway and the West End. The season will also feature Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac in The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville, a new play by Eve Ensler, a new opera and an encore of The Light Princess. Laura Michelle Kelly Other shows on the season’s slate include an encore of The Light Princess over the holidays, a new play in February 2015, details of which will be announced in due course, and a new Civil War based opera, helmed by Paulus, beginning in May 2015, inspired by a diary kept by Walt Whitman. As previously reported, an industry-only workshop of Finding Neverland took place this month with a cast that included Main Stem vets Matthew Morrison and Laura Michelle Kelly. A spokesman for A.R.T. said that Morrison will not take part in the Cambridge production because of his Glee commitments and that no other casting news was available. Finding Neverland has had a troubled history. The Harvey Weinstein produced tuner overhauled its entire creative team in 2013, bringing on board A.R.T artistic director Diane Paulus, composer Gary Barlow and playwright James Graham. It made its world premiere at Leicester’s Curve Theatre in September 2012 after canceling its fall 2011 debut at La Jolla Playhouse.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Ryan Silverman Joins Side Show & More

first_img Paul Chahidi, Anna Carteret and More to Appear in West End’s Shakespeare in Love 450 years to the day since Shakespeare was born and the world is still in love with the bard. Broadway alums Paul Chahidi (Richard III/Twelfth Night) and Anna Carteret (An Ideal Husband) will join the previously announced Tom Bateman and Lucy Briggs-Owen in Lee Hall’s stage adaptation of Shakespeare in Love, based on the Oscar-winning screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard. Chahidi will play Henslowe, Carteret will appear as Queen Elizabeth and the cast will also feature Ian Bartholomew as Tilney, Tony Bell as Ralph, David Ganley as Burbage, Richard Howard as Sir Robert De Lesseps, Harry Jardine as Sam, Abigail McKern as Nurse, David Oakes as Marlowe, Patrick Osborne as Mr Wabash, Alistair Petrie as Wessex, Doug Rao as Ned Alleyn, Ferdy Roberts as Fennyman and Colin Ryan as John Webster. The show will begin previews in the West End at the Noël Coward Theatre on July 2. How Could We Resist Them? New Cast Members for West End’s Mamma Mia! Here Mamma Mia! goes again! There will be a number of changes to the London production’s cast from June 9. Rebecca Lock will be joining the cast as Rosie, Alasdair Harvey as Harry, Charles Daish as Bill, Alice Stokoe as Sophie Sheridan, Lloyd Green as Sky, Rosanna Bates as Ali, Brodie McBride as Lisa, James Alexander Gibbs as Pepper and James Alan-Evans as Eddie. Dianne Pilkington will continue to star as Donna Sheridan, with Kim Ismay as Tanya and Richard Trinder as Sam. At certain performances, the role of Donna Sheridan will be played by Shona White. View Comments Forbidden Broadway Heads to London Gerard Alessandrini’s Forbidden Broadway will play the Menier Chocolate Factory June 19 through August 16. Directed by Phillip George, New York’s longest running comedy revue will return to the London venue with brand new material.center_img Broadway Inspirational Voices to Team Up With The New York Pops Broadway Inspirational Voices, under the direction of Tony nominee Michael McElroy, will join The New York Pops as it marks its 31st birthday at Carnegie Hall. The gala evening, celebrating Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, will take place on April 28. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Will Ryan Silverman Love Erin Davie & Emily Padgett For Who They Are? Ryan Silverman and Charity Dawson will replace the previously announced Tony nominees Manoel Felciano and Keala Settle (who’s currently in Les Miz) as Terry Connor and Fortune Teller respectively, in the upcoming production of Side Show at the Kennedy Center. The will join Erin Davie, Emily Padgett. Matthew Hydzik and David St. Louis, who all appeared in the production last year at La Jolla Playhouse. Henry Krieger and Bill Russell’s classic show will officially open on June 19.last_img read more

Pine Seedling ‘Shortage’

first_imgIn most nurseries, you’ll hear babies crying. But adults may be crying this fall — after theylearn that pine nurseries have sold out of their seedling trees.”Our nurseries produced about the same number of seedlings for this year asnormal,” said David Moorhead, a forest regeneration specialist with the University ofGeorgia Extension Service. “But landowners need more than that.”Moorhead said it’s not so much a seedling shortage as a demand overage. But the effectis the same. People planning to plant pine trees need to order their seedlings as soon asthey can. Georgia landowners plant about 300,000 acres of pine trees annually — more than anyother state. That helps contribute to the $16.2 billion economic impact of forestry andforestry products in Georgia.”Adverse weather over the past two or three years was just one factor that keptGeorgia farmers from planting as many trees as they usually do,” he said. They’retrying to catch up now. Nurseries plant enough seeds in March and April to cover expected demand for the nexttree-planting season. Georgia landowners plant pine seedlings from November to March.In a typical year, farmers plant 600 to 700 seedlings per acre. That creates a Georgiademand of about 195 million seedlings. But landowners will order more than that.Most farmers order 5 percent to 10 percent more than they expect to plant. “Thisallows them to cull the seedlings and plant the best of them,” Moorhead said.”So they order a little extra.”After adding in the extras for “insurance” and those to make up for acres notplanted in 1994 or 1995, Georgians’ demand for pine seedlings will far outnumber thesupply.Many people order seedlings from private nurseries or their state forestry commissionin early- or mid-fall. But Moorhead said those who wait will likely be disappointed. “Many of the 200 million seedlings planted for the 1996-1997 planting season arealready spoken for,” he said. “Nurseries grew some under contract. Others aresecured by order reservations.”Based on a high demand this year, many nurseries may increase the number of seedlingsthey start for the ’97-’98 season. Across the South, laws require most state-run pine nurseries to sell seedlings tolandowners in their home states first. Moorhead said Georgia farmers looking for seedlingsin Mississippi or Alabama will find the nurseries can’t sell to them yet or havealready run out of seedlings.”Even if farmers can find pine seedlings out-of-state, they need to make sure thevariety they buy can grow well where they want to plant them,” he said. “It’s no use paying top dollarfor out-of-state seedlings that are just going to die a year after they’ve been planted.”Fortunately, homeowners looking for ornamental pines for their landscapes can stillfind plenty in nurseries.Moorhead said Georgia pine farmers cut nearly 500,000 more acres than they plant everyyear. “Some find it’s more profitable to grow an annual row crop or convert that land touses other than pine forests,” he said. Others let the forest regenerate naturally,with a mix of pine and hardwood trees. But you have to look at the forest, not just the trees.”The 20- to 30-year maturation time of pines helps even out a drop in plantings inone year,” Moorhead said. “So it won’t make a great impact on forestry production levels.”last_img read more

New Pakistani energy plan aims for 30% renewable generation by 2030

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Pakistan this week set in motion a plan to boost the share of its electric power that comes from renewables to 30% by 2030, up from about 4% today, government officials said.“The targets in the newly announced policy are a 20% share of renewables in installed capacity of Pakistan’s power mix by 2025 and 30% by 2030,” said Syed Aqeel Hussain Jafry, policy director for the government’s Alternative Energy Development Board. That will include mainly wind and solar power, but also geothermal, tidal, wave and biomass energy, he said.With boosts in hydropower capacity expected as well, the shift could bring the share of clean energy in Pakistan’s electricity mix to 65% by 2030, said Nadeem Babar, head of a task force on energy reforms in Pakistan.But the legislation leaves in place plans to build seven more coal-fired power plants as part of the second phase of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor project – something that could impede scale-up of renewable power, warned Zeeshan Ashfaq, a solar and wind energy developer in Pakistan.The new national renewables policy, approved by the prime minister’s cabinet last December, was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic and as negotiators tried to resolve disputes with individual provinces. But Asad Umar, federal minister for planning and development, said on social media the resolution of those disputes now opened the way to “unleash Pakistan’s full potential” for renewables.International investors could put as much as $15 billion into the plan by 2030, Ashfaq predicted – though he cautioned that renewables investment would depend on clear government targets for its use, and growing demand for power as the country industrialises.[Rina Saeed Khan]More: Pakistan pushes renewables – but coal expansion continues too New Pakistani energy plan aims for 30% renewable generation by 2030last_img read more

Have a financially healthy holiday!

first_imgIt is September and if you were to step into a few stores, you would think the holidays start tomorrow! Ornaments, decorations, cards, wrapping, and trees are all available already. This made me wonder about how much the average American spends on the holidays. The National Retail Federation’s study, “The Cost of Christmas Gifts in 2019, 1” asked American’s what they were expecting to spend in 2019 and here are the results: 33% expected to spend at least $1000 on gifts.22% expected to spend between $500 and $999.29% expected gift spending to be between $100 and $499.3% planned to spend less than $100.8% said that they would spend nothing for gifts5% were unsure.There is nothing wrong with splurging on the holidays, when you have planned for it and can afford it. However, it is possible and even probable you can have a joyous holiday season without going further into debt and experiencing that “financial hangover” in January. Here are some ways to reframe your holiday spending: Holiday Spending PlanStart with the funds you already have available to spend on the holidays. How much is that? Is that enough? How much more will you need? If you need more, where will get it? What is the cost of credit? How far into debt are you willing to go for the holidays? Know these things BEFORE you shop. Gift List How do you know if you have enough money? You make a list of the people you would like to purchase a gift for, you include an idea, and the cost of that idea. This is only part of your holiday budget. Other than gifts, what other holiday costs should I plan for? Decorations (inside and out)Special Holiday Meals (eating out or cooked at home)Holiday Travel (to see friends and family)Entertainment (holiday lights, nutcracker show, parties, etc.…)Special Outfits (for parties)Gift Wrap / Cards / Postage Photography (family Christmas picture)The study mentioned, was just focused on gifts but if we were to include all the costs of the holidays (mentioned above) those numbers would be much higher. How can we help our members have a Financially Healthy Holiday? Talk about holiday spending in your newsletter or social media. This could include fun shopping tips or creative gift giving. Offer a “Breezing through the Holidays” workshop or webinar and help them formulate a plan now, in September/October. Offer Holiday Club Accounts that are specifically designed to help them manage holiday spendingOffer a “skip a pay” option in November/December to provide some space in their cash flow for the holidays. Offer a “Getting Back on Track” (Budgeting) workshop or webinar in January. 1  Average Cost of an American Christmashttps://www.investopedia.com/financial-edge/1112/average-cost-of-an-american-christmas.aspx 59SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Cynthia Campbell Cynthia is a Credit Union Development Educator (CUDE), she holds a BS in Business Administration and an MBA from Elmhurst College in Illinois, and a master’s degree in Adult … Web: www.balancepro.org Detailslast_img read more

OOCL: No Plan to Order New Ships at the Moment

first_imgHong Kong-based container shipping and logistics service company Orient Overseas Container Line Limited (OOCL) doesn’t plan to order any new ships at the moment.Stephen Ng, Director of Trades at OOCL, said this in a statement to World Maritime News when asked about the rumored 23,000 TEU sextet order.Namely, various maritime media reports said earlier this week that OOCL was readying to order six LNG-ready 23,000 TEU containerships, following the completion of the sale of the Long Beach Container Terminal.“Our company is constantly reviewing capacity requirement. There is no plan to order new ship at this moment,” Stephen Ng said.The terminal divestment is being pursued by COSCO Shipping Holdings’ as part of its USD 6.3 billion takeover of Orient Overseas International Limited (OOIL), a concession required by the U.S. regulators in order to clear the merger.OOIL’s shipping arm OOCL holds a 40-year concession to operate the facility at the Port of Long Beach, which is one of the biggest gateways for imports into the US.COSCO and Shanghai International Port (Group) concluded the acquisition of OOIL’s shares on July 13, 2018. The merger will provide for a combined fleet of 400 vessels, with capacity exceeding 2.9 million TEUs including orderbook, Drewry’s data shows.The two companies will keep separate listing, branding, management and staff of COSCO and OOIL.OOCL took delivery of the sixth and the last in a series of the company’s 21,000+ TEU class ultra large container vessels (ULCVs) in January 2018. The 21,413 TEU boxships, OOCL Japan, OOCL Indonesia, OOCL Scandinavia, OOCL United Kingdom, OOCL Hong Kong and OOCL Germany, have been deployed on OOCL’s Asia-North Europe Loop 1 (LL1) trade lane.The company has no newbuids on order, according to the data from VesselsValue.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Ivory Coast Stops New Offshore Oil Drilling By Ghana

first_imgAn international maritime tribunal on Saturday ruled that Ghana should suspend new offshore oil development programme in sea areas involved in a boundary dispute with Ivory Coast.Ivory Coast had made a request to the authority handling the case, the Hamburg-based International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS), that Ghana suspend oil exploration and exploitation operations in the disputed area while legal hearings into the dispute go ahead.The court said it accepted the request from Ivory Coast that Ghana should suspend new offshore oil development in the disputed sea area. But it ruled that Ghana can continue ongoing project.Ivory Coast had made a request to the Hamburg-based International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) that Ghana suspend oil exploration and exploitation operations in the disputed area while legal hearings expected to take several years into the dispute are heldThe decision is important to British oil firm Tullow Oil which is developing the $4.9 billion TEN oil and gas project off the coast of Ghana, partly in waters involved in the boundary dispute.There had been forecasts that an injunction delaying the TEN development’s opening in 2016 could cost Ghana’s economy up to $6 billion over two years.Ivory Coast accused Ghana in 2013 of encroaching on a part of its maritime territory rich in hydrocarbons. In September 2014, Ghana started legal action under a U.N. convention to resolve the dispute but hearings could take up take place up to 2017 or 2018.last_img read more

Poulter left disappointed in Arizona

first_img Winner of the title three years ago, Poulter was also trying to make it back-to-back World Golf Championship victories after his triumph at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai last November. He had beaten Stephen Gallacher, Bo Van Pelt, Tim Clark and Steve Stricker to reach the last four, but Mahan has not trailed in any game since the first round last year and that remained the case going into the clash with his 2010 Ryder Cup teammate Kuchar. “It’s a shame really and disappointing,” Poulter said. “Hunter played very solid and chipped unbelievably well.” In bitterly cold and increasingly windy conditions Mahan birdied the long second and although he bogeyed two holes later Poulter did the same on the next to fall behind again. The gap was two when Mahan played a delicate chip to two feet on the eighth and after both took six on the next par five, the 11th, the 30-year-old Californian then produced the shot of the morning. Over the green on the short 12th – and with his opponent on the putting surface – Mahan chipped in from around 20 yards and went three up. The gap quickly became four when Poulter missed the fairway, the green and a five-foot putt for a bogey at the 14th. He came back with a birdie, but it was matched and that was that. Mahan looked like being behind for the first time all week when he bogeyed the short third, but Kuchar three-putted and they remained level. Poulter, on the other hand, was gifted two early holes when Day fired wildly into the desert on the first and fourth. Ian Poulter is back in the world’s top 10 for the first time in 25 months – but not in the way he wanted. Europe’s Ryder Cup hero failed to make it into the final of the Accenture Match Play Championship in Tucson, losing 4&3 to defending champion Hunter Mahan. It meant a seventh all-American final in the event’s 15-year history, with Matt Kuchar beating Australian Jason Day by the same margin in the other semi-final. “It’s easy to get up for Ian because he’s so good at match play,” Mahan said. “I played really well. I was getting up and down from a lot of tough spots.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more