Faith-fuelled learning

first_imgFaith-fuelled learningOn 4 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Author Martyn Sloman says it is far too early to judge the impact ofe-learning.  With training set to betransformed, the best is yet to comeOver the past 18 months, scepticism has grown about the impact of e-learning– defined by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development as”learning that is delivered, enabled or mediated by electronic technologyfor the explicit purpose of training in organisations”. So far, e-learning has been inextricably linked with dotcom mania. Investorswill not need to be reminded that just over two years ago, in April 2000, theUS Nasdaq index began a fall that cut its value by two-thirds and had acalamitous short-term effect on every other market. Inevitably, a more measuredview of the growth and profitability of e-learning has followed as more maturejudgments are being made on investments in new technology. Investor reaction is short term and notoriously fickle. What is moreimportant is the progress of e-learning in corporate organisations. What is themessage from those who are implementing e-learning? Here the news is not goodand adds fuel to the growing doubts. However, to inject a positive note, mostthoughtful commentators agree that the long-term rise of e-learning isinevitable. Over time it will transform training in organisations. Let’s start with this bad news. Every year the American Society of Trainingand Development (ASTD) publishes a survey based on comments made at itsbenchmark forum. The latest survey shows that little movement has occurred inthe amount of training delivered through learning technology (or e-learning).It has remained steady at less than 10 per cent. Our recent CIPD annualtraining survey of training managers showed no evidence of an e-learningexplosion in the UK. Less than one-third of UK training managers had introducede-learning and of those almost three-quarters described their use as ‘a little’.Dig a little deeper and there is evidence of considerable progress. What hashappened is that many early adopters have had unfortunate experiences. For themthe learning curve has been sharp. However, the potential contribution frome-learning to business performance remains immense. The same sample in the ASTDsurvey who reported a plateau in their use of e-learning are confidentlypredicting future growth. Their best estimate is that more than 20 per cent oftraining time will be delivered by e-learning in 2003. But a clear idea of what can be achieved through e-learning is essential.Under the right circumstances it is possible to save costs: this particularlyapplies where there is a geographically spread workplace, high motivation (orcompulsion!) for the learner to participate, and a heavy information orknowledge content to the learning. Obvious examples are modules concerned withinformation technology and all the evidence suggests that this is wheree-learning has had its early impact. When we move beyond this advance, e-learning is more difficult to chart.Much progress is taking place in global organisations that need to distributeinformation to a large workforce. Ernst & Young is introducing a system it has developed in-house: the EY LearningConnection. Over time this will give 80,000 staff worldwide the opportunity toaccess current information on changes in the tax system and developments inaudit methodology. The ability to deliver a similar service anywhere in theworld to its global clients could give the firm a significant businessadvantage. Other large organisations are beginning to integrate e-learning with theircritical business activities and think beyond organisational boundaries indelivering training. They are working across their supply chain. Cisco is generally accepted as one of the more advanced in its commitment toe-learning. It aims to make 80 per cent of its training available throughe-learning and 20 per cent through instruction, as part of a general strategywhere managers and staff can obtain all human services through similar screensor portals. Most interestingly, in 1997, Cisco established a ‘NetworkingAcademy’. This makes instructor-led, web-based training available throughinstitutions to individuals and will address the shortage of networkengineering specialists. Ingenious minds will find ingenious solutions and, in time, e-learning willovercome barriers that have become evident. One further caveat is necessary,however, before concluding that all will be well. It is simply this: e-learningis about learning, not technology. We must never forget that it is thelearners’ acceptance of new methods of gaining knowledge and skill in theworkplace that will determine progress. This is the real learning curve that all organisations must negotiate.However, all the underlying indications are that e-learning will pass through aturbulent adolescence and enter a new age of maturity. It is hard to say whoand what will succeed. Martyn Sloman is an adviser on learning, training and development to theChartered Institute of Personnel and Development and is author of TheE-Learning Revolution )CIPD 201).  He willspeak at the ASTD conference, New Orleans, 3-6 June.  www.astd.org Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Taxonomic diversity gradients through geological time

first_imgThere is evidence from the fossil record to suggest that latitudinal gradients in taxonomic diversity may be time-invariant features, although almost certainly not on the same scale as that seen at the present day. It is now apparent that both latitudinal and longitudinal gradients increased dramatically in strength through the Cenozoic era (i.e. the last 65 my) to become more pronounced today than at any time in the geological past. Present-day taxonomic diversity gradients, in both the marine and terrestrial realms, are underpinned by the tropical radiations of a comparatively small number of species-rich clades. Quite why these particular taxa proliferated through the Cenozoic is uncertain, but it could be that at least part of the explanation involves the phenomenon of evolutionary escalation. This is, in essence, a theory of biological diversification through evolutionary feedback mechanisms between predators and prey; first one develops an adaptive advantage, and then the other. However, there may also have been some form of extrinsic control on the process of tropical diversification, and this was most likely centred on the phenomenon of global climate change. This is especially so over the last 15 my Various Late Cenozoic (Neogene) vicariant events effectively partitioned the tropics into a series of high diversity centres, or foci. It has been suggested that, in the largest of these in the marine realm (the Indo-West Pacific or IWP centre), a critical patterns of islands acted as a template for rapid speciation during glacioeustatic sea level cycles. The same process occurred in the Atlantic, Caribbean and East Pacific (ACEP) centre, though on a lesser scale. Tropical terrestrial diversity may also have been promoted by rapid range expansions and contractions in concert with glacial cycles (a modified refugium hypothesis). We are beginning to appreciate that an integrated sequence of Neogene tectonic and climatic events greatly influenced the formation of contemporary taxonomic diversity patterns.last_img read more

USS Shoup Reopens Its Galley

first_img December 19, 2014 View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Shoup Reopens Its Galley View post tag: Navy View post tag: Galley View post tag: americas The officers and crew of the guided missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) celebrated the reopening of the ship’s galley Dec. 16 following 20 weeks of repair, maintenance and upgrades as part of the ship’s Selected Restricted Availability (SRA) period.Groundbreaking additions to the galley and mess decks were made including a nutritional program and a new theme for the mess decks.According to the ship’s leadership, it took hard work and long hours from the ship’s force to reopen the galley.Along with several repairs to major galley equipment, the decking was redone in the galley and mess decks.In honor of Gen. David M. Shoup, the ship’s namesake, the mess decks will have a Medal of Honor recipient theme. Every seat will have a plaque with a photo and name of a Medal of Honor recipient to commemorate past heroes of the military along with a corresponding binder on the mess decks to provide further information.According to Lt. Stephanie Titus, Shoup’s supply officer, the 20 weeks of the SRA were long but successful due to all the support from contractors and the ship’s force.[mappress mapid=”14772″]Press release, Image: US Navy View post tag: Reopenscenter_img View post tag: its Share this article USS Shoup Reopens Its Galley View post tag: USS Shoup Authorities View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

Drama Review: Crescendos in Blue

first_imgby Elena Lynch The message of this thoughtfully directed and excellently acted production is that life is only about love and jazz. Adapted from Boris Vian’s L’Ecume des Jours, Crescendos in Blue is a whimsical mixture of fantasy and realism. One of the more unusual aspects of this production is its inventive staging. The audience is seated around a central acting space on the floor, but the actors are far from confined to this space. The action takes place directly in front and around you, on the balcony behind and the small platform at the front. Every available space is used. Actors crawl past your feet, shout down from above, sit amongst you and glide behind your backs. The disadvantage of this ambitious staging is that the audience’s view is sometimes blocked, and you have to strain to peer round at things behind and above you. However, it immediately involves you in the lives of the characters, the “six teenagers and a mouse” as the introductory talk tells you. They fall in love but ultimately lose that love. It’s poignant and sad in several places, as well as being amusing. The painful moments of being a teenager, such as having that first dance together, are briefly but vividly brought to life by the actors. Particularly notable is Barthélémy Meridjen (Colin), who gets a lot of laughs when he gets carried away passionately kissing his own hand whilst pretending it is Chloe, the girl he’s in love with. This realistic presentation of teenage life is balanced with more surreal scenes. The bizarre puppet scene featuring a conversation between a mouse and a cat completely confused me. In other scenes, characters confide in the mouse and show you what they are imagining. They immerse you in their fantasies and their whirlwind world of parties, friendship and love as soon as the play begins, helped by the fantastic playing of Les Alcolytes, an up-and-coming French Jazz band. They give the play passion and atmosphere. Unfortunately, sometimes they were too loud and it was a strain to hear the actors’ voices. Crescendos in Blue is not a conventional play, and it is worth paying attention to the talk before the start. Although this talk is a bit too long, it does provide some useful insight into the play’s peculiarities. The heart of the play does overcome these, and what you really remember afterwards is the bittersweet story beautifully brought to life. A lot of care and thought has gone into every aspect of this piece, from set and costumes to the musicians who join in the dancing. If you fancy a break this week and want to try something a bit different, then go and experience it. Crescendos in Blue runs at the Maison Francaise through Saturday, October 27th at 7:30 pm. On Saturday, there is a 4 pm matinee.last_img read more

Groth Asks Supreme Court To Order Release Of Pence EMails

first_imgGrowth Asks Supreme Court To Order Release Of Pence E-MailsIL for www.theindianalawyer.comAn Indianapolis lawyer is asking the Indiana Supreme Court to order the release of emails sent to Vice President Mike Pence when he was governor.William Groth’s appeal asks for access to emails sent to Pence in 2014 in which a staffer for Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott outlined a legal strategy for challenging then-President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration.The Indiana Court of Appeals last month found the documents are privileged attorney-client communications. Groth’s appeal, filed Monday, argues that Pence did not solicit legal advice from the Texas attorney, who is now that state’s governor, and that they therefore have no privileged relationship to protect.On his petition for transfer, in addition to seeking the emails, Groth asks whether the Court of Appeals improperly expanded the common interest doctrine to impose confidentiality on a communication that was not generated in an attorney-client relationship and that was shared outside the relationship with non-clients. Groth also wants the justices to determine whether the COA improperly expanded the deliberative materials exception in the public records law to include information received from outside an Indiana government agency.The Associated Press left a message Tuesday seeking comment from Pence’s attorney.The Supreme Court has yet to decide whether it will consider the appeal.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

IS IT TRUE JUNE 3, 2016

first_imgIS IT TRUE we are very surprised to find out that Deaconess Hospital admits to filing 20,000 collections proceedings in the past five years? …that they now say that their procedure for debt collection is changing?… the change came about because of investigative reporting by NPR and Pro Publica concerning seizing wages of low income patients rather than having them seek government assistance to pay? … the main focus of the investigative newspaper article was St. Joseph’s Hospital in Missouri, but we were taken aback that Evansville Deaconess was cited by name in the articles?…that Deaconess admits to having filed more suits than St Joseph’s?IS IT TRUE  the City County Observer recently reported that it’s been alleged that the CEO’S of both Deaconess and St Mary’s Hospitals are earning well over $1.6  million dollars per year (not including benefits)?  …in the attached article a  reference was made  in 2015 that Deaconess Hospital CEO, Linda White was paid $1.74 million dollars.IS IT TRUE we wonder who are member of the St. Mary’s and the Deaconess Hospitals Board of Directors who set the guidelines to how the CEO”S should run the financial activities of both not-for profit?IS IT TRUE we encourage you to click the attached link to read that Deaconess Hospital admitted to filing 20,000 collections proceedings in the past five years?  …we also know you’ll find comments by a St. Mary’s spokes person in this article interesting?   …we believe once you read the attached (link) article you will  most likely ask the question how the working poor of this community can pay medical collection proceedings and also pay for food, housing, children schooling, house insurance and auto expensive and etc.?IS IT TRUE this is a developing story because we would like to know why it seems like our local not-for-profits hospitals have lost their sight on the “christian mission” to help the poor?http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/nonprofit_hospital_stops_suing_poor_patients_will_others_follow_201160602FOOTNOTES: Our next “IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming Monday?Todays READERS POLL question is:   Do you feel that our local not-for-profits hospitals have lost their sight on the “christian mission” to help the poor?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributedFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Press release: Trustee removed and over £13 million distributed to good causes following the Commission’s inquiry

first_imgThe full report of the inquiry is available on GOV.UK.Ends.Notes to editors It is an offence under section 60 of the Charities Act 2011 to knowingly or recklessly provide the Commission with false or misleading information. By virtue of his removal, the chair is disqualified from acting as a charity trustee or in a senior management function of any charity in England and Wales without a waiver from disqualification from the Commission or the Court. The charity’s former chair is listed on the register of disqualified individuals maintained by the Commission. Press office After settling any outstanding liabilities, the interim manager applied the charity’s remaining funds before dissolving it. The charity was removed from the Register of Charities on 1 March 2019.Michelle Russell, Director of Investigations, Monitoring and Enforcement at the Charity Commission said: Our inquiry has relentlessly pursued these funds so that a significant sum could be safeguarded and applied to good causes. A series of actions by the former trustees allowed charitable funds to be misapplied and put at risk. Our protective action ensured they put right their mistakes and have been held to account for their actions. As regulator, we want to see charity thrive. This case highlights the lengths we will go to address misconduct and/or mismanagement in charities and protect charity property and assets so that the sector can inspire trust. failure to act in accordance with the prohibition in the charity’s trust deed on the trustees receiving financial benefit; provision of false and/or misleading information to the Commission; misapplication of the charity’s assets; little or no knowledge of the financial controls and activities of the charity; and failure to manage conflicts of interest.center_img A statutory inquiry into a poverty charity has found breaches of trust and duty by trustees who misapplied charity funds and failed to manage conflicts of interest. As a result of the investigation, over £13 million has been distributed to charities and the charity’s former chair has been disqualified, following his removal, from serving as a charity trustee or holding any senior management function of any charity in England and Wales.The Commission opened a statutory inquiry into Relief for Distressed Children and Young People in 2006 after concerns were raised about its management and administration. On opening the inquiry, the Commission took protective action to freeze access to c. £13.8 million held across 3 bank accounts in the charity’s name.The inquiry questioned the trustees about $6.35 million which they claimed had been spent on building orphanages in Iraq. Investigators examined letters, photographs and detailed plans of building work. It later materialised that over $5 million had been passed to non-charitable organisations or friends and family of the trustees in Iraq.Funds equivalent to those misapplied, plus interest, were quickly repaid into the charity’s bank accounts by the trustees. The inquiry considered this an admission by the trustees that funds had been misapplied.In 2007, the Commission suspended the trustees pending consideration of their removal. The chair was removed in September 2007. The remaining trustees were discharged from their roles in 2008.The charity’s funds remained protected by Orders of the Commission. As a result of the trustees’ conduct a potential tax liability of up to £3.5 million was identified. With no trustees remaining, the inquiry appointed an interim manager to take over the administration of the charity, settle any tax liability and make a determination on the charity’s future.As a result, between 2011 and 2016 the interim manager awarded grants of over £13 million to three charities working in Iraq to relieve poverty.By this point the inquiry had found clear misconduct and/or mismanagement by the former trustees, including their: Press mobile – out of hours only 07785 748787 Email [email protected]last_img read more

Q&A on electronic communications policies

first_imgLast year, Harvard President Drew Faust asked David Barron ’89, J.D. ’94, Harvard Law School’s Honorable S. William Green Professor of Public Law, to lead a 14-member task force that would make forward-looking recommendations regarding Harvard’s policies and protocols on the privacy of, and access to, electronic communications. Barron, who was acting assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice from 2009 to 2010, discussed the task force’s report and proposed policy, which were released this week, with the Gazette.GAZETTE: Can you describe your working process with the committee?BARRON: The idea was to have representatives from all the Schools at the University, both faculty and administrators, people within the University’s administration who would be both responsible for operating under any policy and who would also have knowledge and experience with these types of issues.In the spring we focused on coming up with some basic ideas of an approach to the problem, which involved getting briefed by the legal counsel, by the information technology units, and by the University’s human resources vice president to understand the lay of the land, the legal structures, the technological capacities, and the existing policies here and at peer universities.Michael Keating [the attorney charged with an independent inquiry into the handling of prior email searches] addressed the committee about the findings in his report. We also had contacts with the undergraduate leadership. They were terrific in coordinating with the student body to get a sense of undergraduate attitudes about this, and they provided us extremely helpful background information on that. We met with graduate student council representatives to get input from the graduate students. I, along with Leah Rosovsky [vice president for strategy and programs], went, with a few exceptions, to either an executive committee or the full faculty meeting of every School at the University, including the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.We held open forums, both on the Longwood campus and here in Cambridge. We had an online open discussion board where we solicited feedback, and we had emails from and meetings with various members of the community. I am sure that either through open meetings or small, engaged contacts, we met with hundreds of members of the Harvard community over the year.The members of the task force put in a great deal of work. There must have been more than a dozen meetings over the course of 10 months, and the work involved reviewing several drafts of the recommendations, participating in lengthy debates and discussions, and a significant amount of reading to be prepared for those conversations. I think people in the University community should be encouraged by the willingness of those faculty members and administrators to put in that kind of effort.GAZETTE: Were there any missing pieces or glaring holes in the existing policy?BARRON: No one thought there was an adequate policy; that was the reason the president established the task force in the first place. I think rather than starting with the existing policy and asking, “What are the holes in it?” we really started by asking, “What would make sense as a policy?” As it happens, there are many aspects of the new policy that build on or reaffirm aspects of the policy that was either formally established or was informally practiced. But there were also features that weren’t as clear, so those recommendations identify additional safeguards.GAZETTE: Can you take me through the key recommendations?BARRON: First, we recommended that there be one University policy. It’s a very complex organization, if you start to break it up into its component parts, and the systems aren’t organized to be self-contained to any one unit. The University is now, and the aim of the University’s future is to make it a much more porous place across Schools, across components. And as those boundaries become more permeable, the idea that you can have a self-contained policy that won’t be bumping up against another policy seems unlikely.In addition, we thought it was important not to make the status of the user determinative of the policy. Applying basic principles regarding when access would be justified across all the actors in the University makes it a much more legible policy, rather than having a separate policy for tenured faculty that is distinct from other types of academic appointments, that is distinct from students in certain roles, that is distinct from staff. It didn’t seem a very productive way to go about it. Obviously those roles may be relevant in particular judgments and the policy is sensitive to that. But the basic idea is that we are one community, and the rules regarding access should be designed with an eye toward the University’s legitimate interests, as opposed to more formal ideas about the status of a user. Those are two big, cross-cutting ideas.The need for there to be a legitimate purpose for seeking access is fundamental to the policy. The difficulty then, of course, is identifying contingencies that may arise in which in the particular moment, looking at all the facts, it may seem like there is a legitimate institutional interest in obtaining access. The policy’s aim is to articulate those circumstances that historical experience and our consultations with the community suggests to us are legitimate reasons for access, and to use those as anchors for testing judgments that might arise in more challenging cases.The second stage of the process, once a legitimate reason for access has been identified, is the question of how a decision to allow access gets authorized. The basic idea there is that it needs to be a high-level and accountable actor, and it should be an actor that’s connected to the user.So the deans of the relevant faculties are identified as the persons who are enabled to authorize access, with the exception of special cases identified in the policy, such as instances in which the user himself has consented to the access, or circumstances in which the need for business continuity or the operations of the University continue. In another example, if a staff-level person is unable to be at work or has left the University, but they have critical administrative files that need to be looked at, administrative actors are given the authority in those circumstances. Internal investigations or concerns about misconduct are different types of investigations. In those instances, there are different grounds for getting access, and a different type of actor should be responsible for authorizing that.GAZETTE: Will these high-level actors need any kind of formal approval before granting such access?BARRON: The reality is that in many of these circumstances the time sensitivity is such that we thought a requirement of consultation with a particular oversight committee wouldn’t be workable or practical. This was a judgment call made after meeting and talking it through with various people throughout the University. So it wasn’t just the task force on its own making this decision; this was actually a choice or a question that we put to people at faculty meetings and in smaller sessions.We do recommend in the policy that there be an oversight committee with faculty representation that’s responsible on a periodic basis for reviewing these decisions.Our hope is that if you know that your decision is going to have to be put in writing and will be looked at by a group that includes members of the faculty, that knowledge should cause you to reflect. It may cause you to consult. In fact, I think these decisions are often made in consultation with others, which is of course a good practice, but we don’t try to micromanage those details.GAZETTE: Does the policy address the need to notify a person their information or account will be accessed?BARRON: We make clear in the policy that timely notification is strongly presumed except in certain circumstances that are laid out in the policy. The idea there is that out of respect for members of the community it’s important to notify them, but also it has a disciplining effect on the decision-maker who is going to grant the access. It’s a prompt to get them to think hard about how important the access is and about alternatives to getting access without consent that might obviate the need for getting access, yet it still enables the University to accomplish its mission or meet its responsibilities.We also address how access should be conducted. The policy lays out some guidelines and instructs the information technology units in the University to codify protocols and procedures to help ensure that when access occurs, it’s really done in the most minimally intrusive way.GAZETTE: What were the principles that helped to guide this process?BARRON: From the beginning, there was a sense that we really needed to understand the empirical realities of the situation. What is it that the University actually can get access to without you knowing about it? And why is it set up in a way in which that can happen? I think, delving into that, we all got a sense that the system is already structured with an eye toward the risks, that lots of sensitive and personal information may be traveling through the system, and that the operators and managers of the system are aware of that and are thinking about how to be respectful of that fact.At the same time, the reason the system is so useful to the people who rely on it — all of us, students, faculty, staff — is in part because the network is monitored and observable and protected. So that basic understanding was a critical threshold. That being the situation, we looked at what principles should guide a policy that would manage and regulate and govern decisions to obtain that access.We relied on three guiding principles. The first is the importance of candor. We just thought there was no way this policy can ensure or induce the kind of trust that’s necessary if it’s not honest about what it’s doing.The second principle was the importance of the policy inducing trust. If you are honest about how the systems operate and what the capacity for access is, there is a possibility that people get alarmed. So an important feature of the policy is at the same time it’s explaining this to people, it’s making sure there are legitimate safeguards in place.The last principle was the need for safeguards that would foster trust in an academic community. After all, we are a special kind of community as an academic institution, with a special mission in which the spirit of free inquiry is fundamental. The clearest cases in which that principle manifests itself in the policy are in the provisions regarding notice, the provisions regarding the limited set of people and the particular types of people who are enabled to grant access, and the presence of faculty on the oversight committee.GAZETTE: How did the lessons learned from the controversy over a decision by University officials to access certain electronic information through the University’s information systems help inform your recommendations? BARRON: The aim of the task force was to set forth a durable policy for the future. But our work was precipitated by a particular controversy of which the task force was keenly aware, which is why we met with Michael Keating and why we read his report with great interest. The lessons about the need for documentation, about the value of after-the-fact review, and I think also about the problems that can arise if the policy instructs those who are charged with implementing it to focus on the status of the user, were all, I think, taken very seriously by the committee, and the policy is responsive to those issues.I think the task force believes that this policy, if adopted, provides a degree of clarity and proposes a range of safeguards that were not clearly in place when those decisions had to be made in the past. And so the idea is, with that kind of policy in place, that same judgment would not need to be made, because an understanding of all those protocols would lead the University to figure out a way to find out about the potential disclosure without having to access the information in a way that would cause controversy.Or, alternatively, if the University were faced in the future with a situation of what it believed was an imminent disclosure of very sensitive or confidential student information and saw no alternative, any judgment that would be made to permit access in that circumstance would have to be made as follows. It would have to be in writing. It would have to be authorized through a more clearly identified authorizing chain. It would have to be made with an eye toward timely notification of the person whose account would be accessed (whether or not a tenured faculty member). It would have to be conducted pursuant to protocols that the information technology units had put together in advance. And it would be made with the knowledge that it would be reviewed after the fact by this oversight committee, on which faculty would serve. The key, then, is to be honest about the difficulty of identifying every future contingency, given the different facts that may be involved, but also to be clear in ensuring that decisions about access are grounded in a legitimate institutional purpose, and that they are made pursuant to a policy that is known and clear and that is more capable of ensuring that judgments, once made, occur in a manner that is understood and trusted.GAZETTE: How did you balance concerns for privacy with the University’s commitment to academic freedom and academic inquiry in this set of recommendations?BARRON: The University is dependent on academic freedom, and the policy has to be one that honors those values. That’s very much in the spirit in which President Faust created the task force. But I think it’s important not to assume that a respect for academic freedom necessarily precludes the permission of access.One thing that struck all of the task force members is the circumstance in which access to user information occurs and has occurred in the context of research misconduct investigations. Those have not created controversy largely because the processes and structures through which those decisions are made, and the reasons why they are made, strike people as legitimate.So the idea here was to come up with a policy outside those existing processes for other kinds of investigations that may need to be undertaken, one that is pursuant to structures and protocols I outlined a moment ago that have a similar kind of legitimacy.GAZETTE: Could you envision this policy being reviewed on a regular basis?BARRON: We don’t recommend a mandatory timeline for review. We think one of the functions of the oversight committee should be thinking not just about the individual decisions made under it, but also about how the policy is operating.One of the things that we make reference to in the report is the rise of ephemeral email systems like Snapchat. If they become integrated into University systems, that will raise its own set of questions, and that’s just exemplary of the kinds of developments that the University needs to stay attentive to.  We discussed the idea of whether a chief privacy officer or the oversight committee or otherwise is the right mechanism for that.  We don’t try to be prescriptive on that institutional issue.  But the basic recommendation of the task force, and it was pretty strongly felt, is that while we are future-looking, it’s very hard to be truly future-looking when you just don’t know what the future looks like.The idea is to have a mechanism in place for sustaining faculty engagement with the administration on the frontier issues in this realm so that the University is thinking about it and getting ahead of it, rather than finding itself in a position in which this policy didn’t really match the technological realities five years out.GAZETTE: What are the next steps?BARRON: The task force work isn’t quite done.  Although the report explaining our thinking is done, the task force felt it was very important that we try and operationalize our recommendations by actually drafting a recommended policy for the University.We wanted to make sure that, before we made our final recommendations about what that policy should be, the University community has an opportunity to comment on it. The whole aim of the task force was to reach out and to explain our thinking, so that people could react to it and inform us. But we thought that the only way to really ensure that we got that responsiveness was to show them what we were thinking our thought process would cash out as.There’s going to be a two-week comment period through the discussion board for members of the community to give us thoughts about it. We spent a long time thinking about it, and we heard from many, many voices in the University community, and on all sides of these issues, and the proposal is reflective of the task force’s thinking about that input. But we’re aware that the discussion is going to be richer when people actually see what the words are than it would be if it remains at a level of abstraction.Our next step will be to take the comments that we receive from that period, make whatever revisions, if any, seem appropriate in light of the reasoning that we set forth in the report, and then to provide President Faust as our last deliverable the revised, if it’s revised, final proposed policy.GAZETTE: How will this policy be implemented?BARRON: We note in the report that it’s really important for the University to charge an official in the University with the responsibility for the oversight of the implementation and the education of people about the policy. There are a whole set of operational actions that have to occur if a policy in this form, or some version of it, were adopted. A policy like this, whatever it says, works only if it is understood and if it is followed.GAZETTE: Do you think that having been an undergraduate, graduate student, and now a professor at Harvard gave you a unique perspective with your work with the task force?BARRON: Having worked in government and having some understanding of the legal issues that were involved, but also an understanding of the limitations of looking at problems like this only from a legal lens, was helpful. Also helpful was being aware of the many different roles that faculty and students and staff play at the University, as well as an understanding from my 25 years of being here, on and off, that Harvard, like every great academic institution, depends fundamentally on a sense of trust and respect between the people who work, study, and learn here, and the people who are charged with running the University’s operations.It’s a mutual trusting relationship that has to exist for the University to be operating in the way that everyone should want it to be operating. I think everyone on the task force came to it with an appreciation of that and a sense that this type of issue, if not handled with sensitivity in the policy, can fray that sense of trust. Everyone on the task force felt it was time well-spent because it was on a project that is worth trying to get right.The task force as a whole was impressed by the basic goodwill and concern for these issues that was reflected in the administrators whom we spoke with, in the information technology personnel whom we dealt with. And the understanding of the operational and administrative needs of the University on the part of faculty and students was also striking. Although the controversy generated lots of worry about a breakdown in trust, our sense was that when you got into a real conversation about it, there was a sense from all the parties involved of a capacity to understand the interests of the other actors. That made it much easier for us to do our work, because I think there was a latent consensus on a lot of these issues. Really, we saw our task, once we identified that broadly shared understanding, as just to operationalize it.last_img read more

Going forward, a look back

first_imgJune 2013Legendary crew coach Harry Parker, who joined Harvard in 1960 and helmed the Crimson’s heavyweight program starting 50 years ago, dies June 25 at the age of 77 after mentoring generations of Harvard rowers and U.S. Olympians.Harry Parker, the Thomas Bolles Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Heavyweight Crew, passed away on June 25. “His legacy and impact on our program over the last five decades will remain,” said Robert L. Scalise, Nichols Family Director of Athletics. File photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerJames E. Ryan, one of the nation’s leading scholars of education law and policy, is named the next dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education.Originally constructed in 1807, Harvard’s historic Fay House at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study becomes the oldest LEED-certified building in the U.S. when it receives a LEED-NC Gold certification.July 2013Asa Gray Professor of Systematic Botany Donald Pfister is named interim dean of Harvard College. Pfister is an award-winning teacher, an influential scholar of plant and fungal biology, and a committed student advocate, most notably as master of Kirkland House, whose career at Harvard spans nearly 40 years. Pfister takes over for Evelynn M. Hammonds, who completes her five-year term as dean at the beginning of July.A University-wide “Lighting Fair” provides tools and resources to reduce energy use to students, staff, and faculty. Members of the Harvard community are offered energy-efficient bulbs at a fraction of their regular cost.August 2013Irish poet Seamus Heaney dies on Aug. 30. Heaney began teaching at Harvard in 1979, was elected the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory (1984-95), won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1995, and became the Ralph Waldo Emerson Poet-in-Residence, a post he held until 2006. Heaney’s last official appearance at Harvard was at Commencement in May 2012. At Morning Exercises, in honor of the University’s 375th year, he reprised his 1986 “Villanelle for an Anniversary,” composed for the University’s 350th.During the 2012 Commencement, poet Seamus Heaney read a poem he’d written for Harvard. File photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerJameela Pedicini joins Harvard Management Company as the first vice president for sustainable investing.After 15 months of construction and renovation, Old Quincy, the first test project in the House Renewal initiative, begins welcoming students returning to campus. Undergraduates discover a fully transformed building designed to enhance the interactions of the multigenerational community living within it while retaining the historical character of the House. New social and academic spaces, including a smart classroom, music practice rooms, and a large lounge, work to enhance House life.September 2013The University kicks off the public phase of a $6.5 billion fundraising campaign designed to benefit key priorities during constrained financial times. If successful, it will be the largest ever in higher education.Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot on Oct. 9, 2012, in an assassination attempt for expressing her philosophy of gender equality in education, receives the 2013 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award from the Harvard Foundation.Hundreds of women convene for a weekend event celebrating 60 years of women at Harvard Law School.Old Quincy is renamed in honor of Robert G. Stone Jr. ’45, the late senior fellow of the Harvard Corporation, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony held in the House’s O’Donnell Courtyard.Bob Beal ’63 (from left), Quincy House resident Landen Straub, and interim Dean of Harvard College Donald Pfister did a traditional ribbon cutting to mark the opening of Stone Hall, the new name for the neo-Georgian portion of Quincy House. File photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerHistorian and humanities scholar Peter K. Bol is named vice provost for advances in learning. Bol, the Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, will oversee both HarvardX and the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching.October 2013Theodore William Richards Professor of Chemistry Emeritus Martin Karplus is one of three to share the Nobel Prize in chemistry.James E. Rothman, a 1976 Harvard alumnus, wins a share of the 2013 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for work illuminating the internal machinery that cells use to transport molecules.The Hutchins Center for African and American Research presents the W.E.B. Du Bois awards to White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, playwright Tony Kushner, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor, the commissioner of the NBA David Stern, and Hollywood director Steven Spielberg.Henry Louis Gates Jr. (left), the event’s host and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, shared a moment with medal recipient Steven Spielberg. File photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe Radcliffe Institute and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum host a conversation with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi on the 50th anniversary of the Presidential Report on American Women.Speaking at Radcliffe, House Leader Nancy Pelosi said that while there have been many legislative efforts brought forward to address gender discrimination, progress has been far too slow. File photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe winner of the Radcliffe Institute’s first public art competition is revealed — “Saturate the Moment,” designed by GSD students — and installed in the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Gardenat the launch of The Radcliffe Campaign called “Invest in Ideas.”Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith formally launches the $2.5 billion Harvard Campaign for Arts and Sciences at a standing-room-only alumni event at Sanders Theatre.The University announces that William F. Lee ’72 will become the Harvard Corporation’s senior fellow in summer 2014, succeeding Robert D. Reischauer ’63.Winthrop House is put next on the list of undergraduate residences to be renewed as part of the effort to reinvigorate Harvard College’s historic House system. According to the plan, and pending final approvals, Winthrop will be taken offline immediately following Commencement 2016, and will reopen to undergraduates in fall 2017. Plans to renew Winthrop’s Gore and Standish halls follow the completion of Quincy House’s Stone Hall, ongoing construction at Leverett House’s McKinlock Hall, and completion of Dunster House, which is scheduled for renewal immediately following Commencement 2014.The Boston Redevelopment Authority unanimously approves Harvard’s 10-year development plan in Allston, giving the initial green light to seven new building projects and two major renovations.Harvard College launches a new initiative to encourage promising students from modest economic backgrounds to attend and complete college, whether at Harvard or at other selective institutions. The Harvard College Connection uses social media, video, and other Web-based communications, along with traditional forms of outreach, to connect high school students to Harvard and to other public and private colleges.The Science Center atrium and Cabot Science Library, already filled with bustling undergraduates, will undergo a transformation to support learning and teaching for the digital age while more effectively connecting the library to the atrium and plaza social spaces.November 2013In the 130th playing of The Game, the Harvard football team — with the help of sophomore Paul Stanton Jr.’s four touchdowns — outmuscles Yale, 34-7, claiming its seventh consecutive win against its archrival at the Yale Bowl.Years of discussion about the need for a Harvard campus center come closer to fruition when President Faust announces that a donor has been found and an architect selected for an expansive facility to transform Holyoke Center. The center, expected to open in 2018, will be named for its major donors, Richard A. and Susan F. Smith.The Holyoke Center was renamed the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center during a brief ceremony outside the building. File photo by Michelle JayKanye West meets with Graduate School of Design students during an impromptu visit and tour of the School. While visiting, West addresses students and distributes tickets to his concert in Boston that evening.Carolyn Abbate, one of the world’s most accomplished and admired music historians, is named a University Professor, Harvard’s highest honor for a faculty member. Her appointment as the Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser University Professor takes effect on Jan. 1, 2014.Sandra Naddaff, director of the Freshman Seminar Program and director of studies in literature, is named the dean of the Harvard Summer School.Harvard is the leading producer of Fulbright Scholars for 2013-14, with 44 students — 32 from Harvard College and 12 from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences — receiving the prestigious grants to conduct research or teach abroad. Of the 44, 39 accepted the awards.Norm J. Jones, who has had a long and distinguished career in academic diversity, compliance, and inclusion, is appointed the associate chief diversity officer and deputy director in the Office of the Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity and Equity.December 2013Surrounded by family and friends, 111 Harvard College undergraduates are honored during the annual midyear graduation ceremonies.Brandon Liu ’14 is named one of 36 students nationwide to receive a Marshall Scholarship, which will allow him to study for two years at a university in the U.K.Two new studies conducted by Harvard researchers show no effect of music training on the cognitive abilities of young children.Harvard’s deans and the University’s provost announce The Deans’ Design Challenge: Urban Life 2030, which calls on students to work collaboratively across disciplines to propose sustainable ideas that would improve urban life by 2030.Seniors Elizabeth Byrne, Alexander Diaz, Aurora Griffin, Paolo Singer, and Andrew Lea, and recent graduate Katherine Warren ’13 are among the 32 Americans named as Rhodes Scholars. The scholarship, arguably the most prestigious academic award in the world, covers the full cost of two or three years’ study at the University of Oxford. With this year’s winners — the most in the nation — Harvard has now produced a total of 348 Rhodes Scholars.Radcliffe’s Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America marked its 70th anniversary with a symposium that honored women’s history pioneer Gerda Lerner and with an exhibit that shared items from the library’s Betty Friedan collection.Irene Pepperberg, best known for her work with an African grey parrot named Alex — whose intelligence was estimated as equal to that of a 6-year-old child — relocates her lab to Harvard, where she is continuing to explore the origins of human intelligence by working with birds.January 2014Rakesh Khurana, the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at Harvard Business School, professor of sociology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and co-master of Cabot House, is named dean of Harvard College, effective July 1.Wintersession, the College-led programming initiative, offers a wide range of electives that let students indulge artistic or creative passions, explore career interests and professional-development opportunities, develop hobbies, or participate in recreational activities with friends. Well over 100 activities and programs bring together undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and alumni.Jazz musician and composer Vijay Iyer, who won a MacArthur Foundation grant, becomes the first Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts in Harvard’s Department of Music.Dame Helen Mirren visits Harvard as Hasty Pudding’s Woman of the Year. A week later, Neil Patrick Harris turns up on campus as Man of the Year.Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year Helen Mirren rode in a parade through Harvard Square, flanked by Hasty Pudding Theatricals President Tony Oblen ’14 (left) and cast Vice President Ethan Hardy ’14. File photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerA team of Harvard scientists and engineers demonstrate a new type of battery that could fundamentally transform the way electricity is stored on the grid, making power from renewable energy sources such as wind and sun far more economical and reliable.Harvard’s undergraduate dining halls all earn Green Restaurant Association two- or three-star certification for their sustainability. Certification recognizes Harvard University Dining Services’ ongoing efforts to operate efficiently and to source sustainable products.A new Harvard study shows that, in as little as a day, diet can alter the population of microbes in the gut — particularly those that tolerate bile — as well as the types of genes expressed by gut bacteria.HDS Professor Laura Nasrallah’s edX online course “Early Christianity: The Letters of Paul” draws more than 22,000 participants from 180 countries. Some call it the largest and most concentrated scholarly discussion of biblical studies in history.February 2014Kenneth Griffin ’89, founder and CEO of Citadel, makes the largest gift in Harvard College history. The $150 million gift is principally focused on supporting Harvard’s financial aid program, which will affect as many as 800 undergraduates every year.Applications to Harvard remain near record highs for the fourth year in a row. This year, 34,295 sought admission to the Class of 2018.After being charged to lead a task force on Harvard’s electronic communications policy, HLS Professor David Barron releases recommendations concerning Harvard’s policies and protocols on the privacy of, and access to, electronic communications.Capping his lauded Harvard lectureship, “Hidden in Plain View: Meanings in American Music,” musician Wynton Marsalis and an all-star ensemble give a capacity crowd at Sanders Theatre a musical history of the roots of jazz in New Orleans.HarvardX breaks 1 million registrants. That figure doubled from Aug. 5-11, 2013, when data gathered showed the total enrollments for HarvardX courses (including past, current, and future offerings) exceeded 500,000.Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock begins his post as the 2014 Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard and kicks off his two-month lecture series, “The Ethics of Jazz.”“The Wisdom of Miles” was the title of Herbie Hancock’s first lecture in his series of talks as the 2014 Norton Professor of Poetry. File photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe Office for the Arts’ 15,010-square-foot ceramics studio is dedicated with President Faust addressing a large crowd at the Allston facility.Plans for Dunster House — the first undergraduate residence to undergo full House renewal — reveal significantly expanded social and program spaces and new horizontal corridors that will complement the traditional vertical entryways. According to administrators helping to guide the project, the updates will help transform the building to better support the living and learning needs of today’s students, while preserving the character of the neo-Georgian river House.Hip-hop star and actor LL Cool J comes to Harvard, pulling double duty as host of the Cultural Rhythms festival and as the Harvard Foundation’s Artist of the Year.March 2014Harvard Associate Professor of Astronomy John Kovac and colleagues working on the BICEP2 telescope in the South Pole make history — and international headlines — when they observe gravitational waves, the first strong evidence of “cosmic inflation,” which scientists say occurred in a fraction of the first second of the universe’s existence, when it expanded billions of times over.On hand for a press conference at the Center for Astrophysics were Marc Kamionkowski (from top), Clem Pryke, Jamie Bock, Chao-Lin Kuo, and John Kovac, Harvard associate professor of astronomy, who said that the discovery of gravitational waves, affirming inflation, had been “one of the most important goals in cosmology.” File photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerProfessor John Briscoe, who has made a career of tackling water insecurity challenges around the world, is selected by the Stockholm International Water Institute to receive the Stockholm Water Prize, known informally as the “Nobel Prize of water.”Harvard Business School announces the launch of HBX, a digital learning initiative aimed at broadening the School’s reach and deepening its impact. With HBX, the School has created an innovative platform to support the delivery of distinctive online business-focused offerings, including HBX CORe, a primer on the fundamentals of business.Harvard’s head basketball coach Kathy Delaney-Smith earns career win No. 514 to tie former Princeton coach Pete Carril for the most wins by an Ivy League coach.The Harvard men’s basketball team becomes the first team in the nation to punch its ticket into the tournament with a 70-58 victory at Yale, clinching the Ivy League Championship. The 12th-seeded Crimson has a 61-57 win over fifth-seeded Cincinnati in the second round of the NCAA tournament but loses to Michigan State in the next round.Crimson forward Kyle Casey ’14 celebrated at the end of a game against Columbia. Harvard won, 80-47, and clinched at least a share of the Ivy League title with the win before the team’s next game against Yale. File photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerHarvard College sends admission notifications to 2,023 perspective members of the Class of 2018, 5.9 percent of the applicant pool of 34,295. Included are record numbers of African-American and Latino students, who constitute 11.9 and 13 percent of the admitted class, respectively.The Harvard Art Museums announces the opening of its new Renzo Piano-designed facility to the public on Nov. 16, 2014. The renovation and expansion of the museums’ landmark building at 32 Quincy St. in Cambridge will bring the three museums and their collections together under one roof for the first time, inviting students, faculty, scholars, and the public into one of the world’s great institutions for arts scholarship and research.Harvard Management Company, which oversees the University’s $32.7 billion endowment, celebrates the 40th anniversary of its establishment.President Faust announces the creation of a University-wide task force to recommend how the University can better prevent sexual misconduct involving students. The task force will include students, faculty, and staff from across Harvard and will consult widely within the Harvard community and beyond.April 2014In April, in a letter to the community, President Faust outlines steps that Harvard will take to continue its commitment to addressing the challenges of climate change and environmental sustainability. Faust formally accepts the recommendations of the 2012-13 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal Review Task Force and announces that Harvard has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions 21 percent including growth and renovation, and 31 percent excluding growth and renovation. Faust also creates a $20 million Climate Change Solutions Fund to spark innovative research and announces that Harvard’s endowment will become a signatory to the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment.The PBS series “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” written and presented by Henry Louis Gates Jr., wins the prestigious Peabody Award. The honor signifies excellence on television, radio, and the Internet. Gates is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.On April 15, the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Memorial Church opens its doors to runners, students, and community members wishing to reflect and pay respect.Madeline Cooper ’16 reflected on the Boston Marathon bombings inside the Memorial Church. File photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerReformed workaholic Arianna Huffington discusses her new book, “Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder,” during a visit to the Harvard School of Public Health.The Pershing Square Foundation, founded by alumni Bill Ackman ’88, M.B.A. ’92, and his wife, Karen Ackman, M.L.A. ’93, awards the University $17 million to catalyze the work of Harvard’s Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative.Harvard Business School (HBS) Dean Nitin Nohria announces that the Bertarelli Foundation of Switzerland, co-chaired by Ernesto Bertarelli, M.B.A. ’93, has established the Bertarelli Foundation Health and Life Sciences Entrepreneurship Fund with a generous gift to HBS. The fund will support activities at the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab), including the Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge, which will be renamed the Bertarelli Prize.Harvard’s Department of Physics wins a $1 million award from the Moore Foundation to study quantum systems. Physics Professor Subir Sachdev submitted the competition proposal, along with colleagues Eugene Demler and Bertrand Halperin.American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) Artistic Director Diane Paulus and Associate Professor of Astronomy John Kovac are named to Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Last year, Paulus won the Tony award for best direction of a musical for her restaging of the 1970s show “Pippin,” and this year, Kovac, the project leader of the BICEP2 telescope at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, discovered the effects of gravitational waves for the first time.Ann Blair, Henry Charles Lea Professor of History; Matthew Harris, assistant professor of genetics and orthopedic surgery; Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History; Meira Levinson, associate professor of education; and Gary Urton, Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Pre-Columbian Studies, receive Guggenheim Fellowships.The University launches HarvardX for Allston, a new educational initiative stemming from HarvardX and run in partnership with the Ed Portal. The program will bring HarvardX content to the Allston-Brighton community and general public by offering programs that integrate the latest in virtual education technologies with opportunities for face-to-face interactions and discussion.The No. 16 Harvard men’s lacrosse team does what no other Crimson team has done in 24 years, clinching the program’s first Ivy League championship since 1990 with an 11-10 win at No. 13 Yale.Levent Alpoge ’14 is named a Churchill Scholar and will spend next year at the University of Cambridge. There, he will complete Part III of the university’s Mathematical Tripos and conduct research in analytic number theory, which will earn him a master of advanced study in mathematics degree.May 2014President Faust awards novelist Margaret Atwood the Harvard Arts Medal, calling her a “true social and moral force,” and praising her vast body of work, her creativity, and her “virtuosity of showing us the darkness.” Atwood’s appearance kicks off the annual Arts First festival.Radcliffe celebrates 15 years of the Radcliffe Institute, founded in 1999, and 135 years of Radcliffe, founded as the Harvard Annex in 1879.Harvard’s Wyss Institute develops a new plastic from a natural element found in shrimp shells. The renewable plastic is strong enough for packaging and toys but once discarded quickly breaks down and enriches soil.Turning shrimp shells into plastic: Harvard’s Wyss Institute comes up with fully degradable bioplastic. Photo courtesy of Harvard’s Wyss InstituteVACU Scan, an initiative to boost health care in developing countries, receives $70,000 as the winner of the 2014 President’s Challenge. Changing the game, or at least advancing possible solutions for some of the world’s greatest problems, has been the focus of the President’s Challenge since its inception three years ago.Professors Amy Wagers and Lee Rubin of Harvard’s Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology report that injections of a protein known as GDF11, which is found in humans as well as mice, improved the exercise capability of mice and improved function of the olfactory region of the brains in the older mice. The scientists previously demonstrated that GDF11 can make failing hearts in aging mice appear more like those of young and healthy mice.A series of large paintings created for Harvard in 1962 by Mark Rothko are restored using an innovative digital projection system developed by a team at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that recaptures the works’ faded colors. The opening of the renovated and expanded Harvard Art Museums this November will feature the inaugural special exhibition “Mark Rothko’s Harvard Murals.”More than 82 percent of the students admitted to the Class of 2018 plan to enroll at Harvard for the fall term. This is close to the highest yield in more than 40 years. The Class of 2018 will also be the one of the most diverse ever admitted to Harvard College.last_img read more

Winning Take-Five Lottery Ticket Sold In Lakewood

first_imgLAKEWOOD – A winning Take-Five lottery ticket worth more than $14,000 was sold in Lakewood.The New York Lottery says the ticket was purchased on Monday at the Lakewood Convenience Store on Fairmount Avenue.The ticket is worth $14,460.50.Three other winning tickets were sold in Brooklyn, Hopewell Junction, and Rosedale. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img