On November 17th, Eavesdrop will drop their debut full-length album dubbed Tides. The sextet born from western Massachusetts manages to find a sweet spot between progressive rock, Americana, and the space in between, offering a simultaneously ethereal and down-to-earth full-length album debut with Tides. However, don’t take our word for it that the group is well-worth a listen. Tides was co-produced by Soulive’s drummer extraordinaire Alan Evans (in addition to Eavesdrop’s own Ross Bellenoit), with Evans also stepping in to engineer and mix the project and making for one hell of an endorsement.Eavesdrop’s trio of vocalists—Kara Rose Wolf, Kerrie T. Bowden, and Laura Marie Picchi—gracefully exchange lead vocal role across the album, with each song underlined by gorgeous backing harmonies. Behind these three women, the band itself is tight on Tides, with each number anchored by guitarist Ross Bellenoit, bassist Marc Seedorf, and drummer Sturgis Cunningham.You can snag Eavesdrop’s debut full-length album, Tides, when its released on November 3rd via CDBaby. The band will also be hosting an album release celebration on November 17th at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, Massachusetts, with tickets for the event available here. For more information about Eavesdrop and to stay dialed into Tides and their upcoming tour dates, head over to the band’s website or follow their Facebook page.[Photo via Eavesdrop’s Facebook page]
As the University’s faculty and students return for the start of the spring semester, the early impact of The Harvard Campaign can be seen and felt across the campus and beyond.“Our alumni and friends have been extraordinarily generous with their time and resources from the moment The Harvard Campaign began,” said Tamara Elliott Rogers ’74, vice president for alumni affairs and development. “Their volunteerism and support will make a difference for generations to come.”The first such effort inclusive of all Harvard’s Schools, the Campaign seeks to shape the future of education with a focus on University aspirations, including: advancing new approaches to teaching and learning, attracting and supporting the best students and faculty, creating a campus for the 21st century, and supporting multidisciplinary research. Since the Campaign publicly launched in September 2013 with a $6.5 billion goal, the University has reported $4.8 billion from more than 274,000 gifts.Here are just a few examples of the impact The Harvard Campaign is already having on our community.TEACHING AND LEARNINGWith more than 2 million people having registered for HarvardX courses, it can be easy to forget that the endeavor is less than three years old. The support of many alumni and friends has allowed for the production of 45 open courses, with 37 more in the works.This past year, Hartley Rogers ’81, M.B.A. ’85, and Amy Falls, M.P.P. ’89, established the Leading in Learning Fund to support fellows through the College’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. The Bok Center, now 40 years old, helps instructors evaluate and improve their undergraduate teaching, and offers a variety of teacher-training programs for graduate and undergraduate students. Blending insights from online and on-campus learning, the fellows will serve as expert resources to faculty as they design or enhance their on-campus or HarvardX courses.An anonymous $10 million lead gift, along with support from Richard Menschel, M.B.A. ’59, and Ronay Menschel and President Drew Faust, helped the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) launch the Harvard Teacher Fellows program to prepare undergraduates at Harvard College for careers in teaching. The program will be available to a limited number of College seniors, with the inaugural round of applications opening in fall 2015. The seniors begin eight months of intensive training in the spring semester before graduating, then will teach in schools across the country at reduced teaching loads while taking additional courses at HGSE over distance. To complete the program and earn initial teaching licenses, they will return to HGSE for a second summer. Those interested in continuing their education can apply program credits toward a master’s degree at HGSE.The Leading in Learning Fund supports fellows through the College’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. Graduate student Marrikka Trotter (left) worked with mentor Kevin Lau. Trotter was part of a two-week boot camp in 2013 sponsored by the Harvard Initiative for Teaching and Learning and HarvardX. File photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerSUPPORT FOR FACULTYA $17 million gift to the Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative from The Pershing Square Foundation, founded by Bill Ackman’88, M.B.A. ’92, and Karen Ackman, M.L.A. ’93, included funding for three faculty chairs along with a research venture fund. Last spring, Matthew Rabin, a leader in the field of behavioral economics as well as a John Bates Clark medalist and a MacArthur fellow, came to Harvard as the first Pershing Square Professor of Behavioral Economics, with appointments in the Department of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) and at Harvard Business School (HBS).Rabin’s work explores the ways in which psychological research can be used to improve economic models that fail to adequately consider the effects of such variables as inclinations toward fairness, expressed preferences, self-image, limited attention, and more.In addition to recruiting leading scholars, funding has also been used to support the work of accomplished Harvard faculty members. Renowned stem cell researcher Douglas Melton began his teaching career at Harvard in 1981. Recently, his efforts have led to groundbreaking discoveries in the treatment of type 1 diabetes. As part of his Campaign gift, Siddharth Yog, M.B.A. ’04, created the Xander University Professorship, now held by Melton, for a faculty member whose research crosses scientific disciplines.In total, more than $1.5 billion has been raised for faculty support, teaching, and research since the start of The Harvard Campaign.The Graduate School of Design last year opened the Center for Green Buildings and Cities. The center is a cutting-edge initiative with worldwide reach for the cities of the future. File photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerFOSTERING DISCOVERYWith support from the Evergrande Group, the Graduate School of Design (GSD) last year opened the Center for Green Buildings and Cities, which seeks to transform the building industry by connecting architectural research with real-world development processes and production. In November the center hosted its first “Challenge Conference,” convening leaders in fields related to green building. This annual gathering will help refine the center’s agenda through discussions on climate change and strategies for sustainable building and planning.The NeuroDiscovery Center at Harvard Medical School (HMS) has long benefited from the generosity of Richard Moskovitz ’69, M.D. ’73, and his wife, Nancy. Their funding of research on Alzheimer’s — a disease that affects 10 percent of Americans over 65 years old — continued with their recent support of the center’s biomarker discovery program. This research seeks to better diagnose, monitor, and treat the disease for the growing number of patients suffering from this terrible disease.Declining federal funding makes it more difficult for researchers to advance high-risk, high-impact projects across the natural and social sciences. James Star ’83, decided to help provide seed funding for cutting-edge work in FAS through the Star Family Challenge for Promising Scientific Research. Last year, the Challenge’s first, four grants ranging from $20,000 to $200,000 were made to projects, including one conducted by Charles Lieber, the Mark Hyman Jr. Professor of Chemistry, examining the potential for injectable nanotechnology that would assist in the detection, monitoring, and treatment of diseases.The Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center at Harvard Medical School includes core facilities that foster collaboration. The center’s research on Alzheimer’s disease has benefited from the generosity of Richard Moskovitz ’69, M.D. ’73, and his wife, Nancy. Photo by Kevin Jiang/Harvard Medical SchoolOPENING HARVARD’S GATES MORE WIDELYMore than $570 million has been committed to student financial aid across the University. Most notably, Ken Griffin ’89, made the largest gift in Harvard College history with $150 million, primarily in support of undergraduate financial aid. In the coming years, 200 Harvard students will benefit directly from the Griffin Scholarships. To encourage others to help ensure that a Harvard education remains accessible to all admitted students, the Griffin Leadership Challenge Fund has the potential to add an additional 600 College scholarships.Fellowships have also provided support to graduate students throughout the University. In fact, as part of the Johnson-Kulukundis family’s gift to the arts at Harvard — which included generous donations to the President’s Fund and toward the transformation of the Radcliffe Institute’s gallery in Byerly Hall — an endowed fellowship was established to fund a doctoral student in the arts during the early years of advanced study.At Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), the first cohort of Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellows arrived in the fall. Johnson’s gift to the School will support up to 10 students each year for the next five years. The recipients have shown both leadership potential and dedication to African-American and other underserved communities across the nation.Design concepts for Harvard’s Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center were recently unveiled. Construction is set to begin in 2016. Courtesy of Hopkins ArchitectsCAMPUS OF THE FUTUREPerhaps the most visible (and audible) effect of the Campaign is seen through the construction and renewal of buildings across campus. To date, nearly $600 million has been committed toward physical space.With construction scheduled to begin in 2016, the transformed Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center (formerly Holyoke Center) will become a central meeting place for all members of the Harvard community. Recently released design concepts — the result of an extensive community input process — reveal a mix of flexible meeting spaces, event spaces, landscaped gardens, and more centralized University resources.Another significant landmark on campus, the Harvard Art Museums, reopened this fall after a six-year construction project that combined the University’s three art museums: the Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum. Thousands of students, faculty, and visitors have strolled through the new facility, which boasts 40 percent more gallery space, to view a vast array of the University’s collection of approximately 250,000 objects, as well as a variety of research centers, curatorial divisions, and teaching venues.The House Renewal initiative, which began with Quincy House’s Stone Hall (formerly Old Quincy) in 2012, has also transformed Leverett House’s McKinlock Hall, with the first full House to undergo renewal, Dunster House, slated to reopen this fall. Winthrop House will follow, continuing the process of updating and improving the residential experience for undergraduates.GLOBAL HARVARDThe family of the late T.H. Chan, including his son Gerald Chan, S.M. ’75, S.D. ’79, joined President Faust and Dean Julio Frenk on the campus of Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) this past September to celebrate the largest gift in the University’s history. Signaling what President Faust called a worldwide “public health moment,” the Chan family’s endowment gift will strengthen the School in perpetuity and dramatically enhance its work against four global threats: pandemics old and new, harmful physical and social environments, poverty and humanitarian crises, and failing health care systems around the world. In recognition of this historic gift, the School has been renamed the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in honor of Mr. Chan. <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTgiGO8wvIw” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/lTgiGO8wvIw/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Beyond campus, the Campaign has also brought together Harvard communities around the world. The “Your Harvard” series has visited New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas, and traveled abroad to London and Mexico City. Thousands of alumni and friends have joined President Faust to hear her vision for the future of the University and learn about the fascinating fields that faculty are exploring. This year’s stops will include Seattle, Beijing, and Chicago, with many more to come as the Campaign continues in the years ahead.Harvard President Drew Faust traveled to Mexico City as part of the “Your Harvard” series. It included a special event at Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso. File photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerAs Faust explained at the Campaign’s launch, “Creating new knowledge, reimagining teaching and learning, engaging globally, reinventing the spaces where we learn and live, attracting and inspiring the best students and faculty: These are essential to our enduring strength. But the future requires something more … Harvard also must shine a light on why universities matter — and why the higher purposes of higher education must continue to claim a central place in our national life and its educational agenda.”
“It is convenient to pick up a bottle of water when going to thegym, when your child has a sports game or before hiking,” shesaid. Good flavor or convenience doesn’t come cheap. Bottled watercosts $1.50 on average for a 12-ounce serving. Convenient In 2001, over five billion gallons of bottled drinking water weresold in the United States. Health, convenience and taste rankhigh on the list of reasons people are choosing bottled waterover tap, said Judy Harrison, an extension foods specialist withthe University of Georgia College of Family and ConsumerSciences. A healthy alternative By April ReeseUniversity of Georgia While the types of water may vary, she said, there are noguarantees that any one type is better than the other. Mineral water is water from an underground source that containsat least 250 parts per million total dissolved solids. But even though the water may taste different, it doesn’t meanthat its quality level is any different, she said. Purity levels “Depending on where you live water will be different because ofthe different minerals that are found in that region,” Harrisonsaid. “We’ve all traveled to places, tried to drink the tapwater, and found that it just tasted terrible to us. This is oneof the times that bottled water becomes a good choice.” “Bottled water is a healthy alternative to high-sugar carbonateddrinks,” she said. “I think that’s one reason why people areturning more and more to bottled water.”The human body needs 64 ounces of water every day to help flushaway impurities. By substituting water for soda, the body canget more of what it needs, she said. Just like food items, bottled water products are regulated by theU.S. Food and Drug Administration. That means it is up to themanufacturer to make sure the product is safe and wholesome andthat the label on the product tells the truth about what is inthat product and where it came from, said Harrison. Spring water comes from an underground formation from which thewater flows naturally to the surface. The FDA also sets standards for bottled water that divides thewater into categories based on the origin of the water. Bottledwater typically comes from one of the following four sources: Artesian well water comes from a well that taps an aquifer, thelayer of underground porous rock, sand and earth where watercollects. When tapped, the “artesian pressure” in the aquiferpushes the water up and can push it to the surface. A big reason bottled water is so popular is because it’sconvenient. Flavor consistency is another reason for the increasedpopularity. “Bottled water has a good taste or flavor that is consistent fromone type or brand of water to the next so you can always count onhaving bottled water that has good flavor to drink,” Harrisonsaid. Certain treatments are allowed for bottled water just as they arefor municipal water supplies. The value of bottled water, she says, is actually in the eye ofthe consumer. “Bottled water manufacturers can add antimicrobial agents such aschlorine for safety and fluoride for strong, healthy teeth,”Harrison said. “If added, these will be listed on the productlabel.” Well water is water from a hole bored or drilled into the ground,which taps an aquifer. “There are levels set on how much of a particular contaminant canbe in the water,” she said. “That is also true for municipaldrinking water. So in most cases, as far as what’s in the water,it is really not a lot different from the municipal drinkingwater.” Americans continue to turn away from the tap and toward thebottle when it comes to drinking water. And concerns over safetyisn’t the main reason, say University of Georgia experts.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 81-year-old woman was killed Friday in a car crash in Hicksville, Nassau County police said.Detectives said the woman was driving a 2001 Toyota eastbound on Princess Street at 4 p.m. when the vehicle accelerated and crossed the southbound lanes of North Broadway. The car continued over the center median into the northbound lanes, police said, striking a 2014 Ford Focus.The Toyota was then redirected into the path of a 2012 tractor trailer, which crashed into the woman’s car. The force of the collision ejected the woman from the car, police said.The woman, whose identity is being withheld pending family notification, was pronounced dead at a local hospital, police said.Police performed a brake and safety check on the trailer at the scene and impounded the other vehicles.No other injuries were reported.Police said the investigation is ongoing.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As a long-standing resource for credit union planning session facilitation, we are often asked our advice on improving meeting facilitation. While facilitation is often more art than science, there are considerations that help lead to engaged meeting participants and a better meeting outcome. We’ve shared them in this post. Feel free to use them to your advantage … but if you need help, don’t hesitate to call!Prepare Ahead For The End ResultIn preparing to facilitate a meeting, the first thing to consider is what you hope to “accomplish” at the meeting itself. If you are facilitating a planning meeting, agreement on a plan is an obvious objective, but make sure you understand the context for plan discussion and decision-making. Context can be provided by an established mission or vision, core values, or target market, among other items. If you don’t understand context, then the planning discussion you facilitate stands a bigger chance of resulting in irrelevant or even destructive plans. So first, seek the institution’s contextual boundaries for planning discussion … and know that if there aren’t any, then your first order of business in planning will be to establish a context.The next order of business in preparing for meeting facilitation is to visualize anticipated meeting activity and engagement. Visualization will help you better understand your facilitation role. Here are few visualizations we often use to ensure we drive proper engagement:Participants actively and intently listening as strategic options are described.Participants sitting back in awe, amazement, excitement, trepidation, and uncertainty as a picture of the future sinks in. continue reading »
by: Lance UlanoffSamsung introduced the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge on Sunday, two sleek new smartphones that both feature the new Samsung Pay.Like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay will let you enter your credit card information and create a tokenization that protects that information — creating a unique credit card number for each device — and payment data. It will even come with physical authentication in the form of a re-engineered fingerprint reader on the Galaxy S6: No more swipe, just tap your finger or thumb. It’s very Apple Touch ID-esque.Last month, Apple told us that a huge percentage of mobile payments at some major retailers are through its NFC-enabled Apple Pay on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.But we know that very few smartphone-enabled mobile payments are taking place overall — so big percentages don’t quite make a trend.Part of the holdup: Not all retailers are on board with the new payment systems. Not every point of sale has an NFC kiosk, and even some that do have disabled NFC while they wait for other options. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A hit-and-run driver struck a 22-year-old woman and left her for dead while the victim was walking in Mastic Beach over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.The pedestrian was walking on Pineway Avenue when she was struck by an eastbound dark-colored SUV just east of Mill Drive at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, according to Seventh Squad detectives.The victim was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital in East Patchogue, where she was treated for numerous injuries, including a fractured pelvis.The driver was last seen making a right turn onto southbound Stackyard Drive, police said.Detectives ask anyone with information about this crime to call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 76-year-old woman was fatally hit by a truck while she was crossing a road in her hometown of Shirley.Suffolk County police said Margrit Friedrichs was walking across William Floyd Parkway when she was struck by a Dodge Ram that was making a right turn at the corner of Roberts Road at 3:05 p.m. Tuesday, May 31.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was not injured.Seventh Squad detectives impounded the truck, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who witnessed the crash to call them at 631-852-8752.
Stuff co.nz 19 December 2014A childless woman is donating her eggs to her mother and stepfather so they can create a baby that will be raised as her sister.The watchdog body Ethics Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (Ecart) agreed to the rare arrangement, saying: “The family relationship is described as close, and the biological mother would socially be an older half-sister. The committee had no concerns about this aspect.”The mother had asked her daughter to donate eggs to her, which was a request that held an inherent risk of pressure, Ecart said.“However, based on the information given in the counselling reports, there appears to be no pressure and the egg donor has also stated that she had thought about donation before being asked by her mother.”But Family First national director Bob McCoskrie believed most people would oppose the approved application between the mother and daughter.“We have to consider the rights of the child, and it’s a pretty awkward situation to have your biological mother being your stepsister,” he said.“That should send warning bells as to how far we are going. The term ‘eggs-ploitation’ comes to mind.”New Zealand Catholic Bioethical Centre director John Kleinsman agreed, calling it “absolutely fraught”. “Potentially it undermines the child’s ability to secure its own health self-identity.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/64301499/babys-mum-and-sister-all-in-one
HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Ebola-hit countries appeal for $3.2 billion to rebuild by: Associated Press – July 11, 2015 Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share 53 Views no discussions UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The presidents of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone appealed for $3.2 billion Friday to help their countries recover from the Ebola epidemic which has devastated their economies, severely damaged the social fabric of their nations and killed more than 11,000 people.Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, speaking on behalf of the three countries, told a high-level UN conference that international support will give millions of people a chance to rebuild their lives and promote regional stability and world trade.“The world as a whole has a great stake in how we together respond to this global threat,” she said, adding that “virus diseases, just like terrorism, know no national boundaries.”The first five pledges to finance the national plans of the three countries totaled more than $1.5 billion — $340 from Britain, $495 million from the European Union, $360 million from the Islamic Development Bank, $266 million from the United States and $80 million from Japan.Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma said making the plans work “has the urgency of a life and death situation for over 20 million people in our countries.”Guinea’s President Alpha Conde stressed the need for “a Marshall Plan” that includes writing off the international debts of the three countries, a reference to the US program to help rebuild European economies after the end of World War II.In addition to the $3.2 billion needed for the countries’ national plans, Sirleaf said another $4 billion will be needed to finance a regional recovery plan.Dr David Nabarro, the UN special envoy on Ebola, told the meeting that “the end of the outbreak is tantalisingly in sight,” with about 30 new infections a week in the three countries and intense detective work under way to trace the chains of transmission.He told reporters Thursday that there are fewer than six transmission chains in each country, far less than two months ago.But he said the virus is surviving in some people longer than the 21 days of quarantine — including for months in the prostate gland, the eye and fetus — which makes keeping track of those who have been exposed critical.Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, speaking as chair of the African Union, said the meeting was “a clarion call to the international collective to up-scale its preparedness and capacity to handle and manage disasters, particularly health epidemics.”World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, speaking by video conference, pledged to create “a pandemic response team” to respond to pandemics in every country.