47 proposals win Hauser grants

first_imgThe Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) announced today that 47 proposals from the University community will receive a total of nearly $2 million in the inaugural round of Hauser Fund grants.The grants aim to promote effective teaching and learning by funding pedagogical activities that are innovative, evidence-based, and extendable across varied academic settings. Individual and group awards of up to $50,000 (with exceptions for larger, high-impact proposals with decanal support) are being given to faculty, students, and staff across the University.“Harvard’s learning and teaching initiative has generated enthusiasm across the University,” President Drew Faust said. “I am grateful to the more than 200 faculty, staff, and students who submitted proposals seeking to advance innovative teaching, and pleased that Hauser funds will support 47 projects bringing new ideas and practices to enhance the educational experience at Harvard.”The funded proposals aim to transform students’ educational experiences through methods and teaching tools that promote effective learning. Projects include participation from every Harvard School and cover a broad range of activities, from developing experimental, interactive classroom space to supporting experiential learning through course design and revolutionary academic technologies.“We’ve been impressed by the creative ideas generated through this process,” said HILT Director Erin Driver-Linn. “These grants have already begun to serve our broader goals of engagement and experimentation, and we are thrilled to support and document these exciting projects over the coming year.”The awards are an initial phase in a multiyear grant program. Applications and awards will be used to inform and prepare for subsequent elements of the larger program and the initiative overall.HILT received more than 250 letters of intent from the Harvard community last November for funding in 2012-13. A nine-member, cross-School faculty selection committee evaluated all letters of intent and full proposals, and provided recommendations to the president and provost.HILT, a University-wide presidential initiative launched through a $40 million gift from Rita E. and Gustave M. Hauser, aims to catalyze innovation in higher learning and expand Harvard’s leadership in the research, application, and assessment of innovative pedagogy in Cambridge and around the world. The initiative hosted a daylong symposium in February that brought together authorities and scholars from the University and beyond to debate, discuss, and share ideas in the field.View the list of projects funded by the Hauser Fund grants.last_img read more

Facebook data science director to talk about the “Hackers Way”

first_img Read Full Story The IQSS Undergraduate Research Scholars have begun a new academic year, and the Harvard community is invited to join them for a guest speaker visit on Sept. 25.As part of the 2015-16 calendar of events, the URS program will host a special talk this month. Danny Ferrante, director of data science at Facebook, will present “Research and the Hackers Way: Data Science at Facebook” 1:30-3 p.m. in the Tsai Auditorium on Sept. 25.This event is open to the Harvard community, and more details can be found in the IQSS calendar. For more information about URS and how faculty and students can apply to the program, please visit the Undergraduate Research Scholars website.last_img read more

OIT releases print quota data

first_imgNotre Dame’s Office of Information Technology (OIT), in conjunction with student government, released their Fall 2014 PrintND Report that highlights some of the key data on student printing in light of the printing quota controversy presented last semester.According to the report, 90 percent of undergraduates print fewer than 1,000 pages per semester and 90 percent of graduate students print fewer than 1,500 pages without need for additional quota.Emily Danaher | The Observer Junior Shuyang Li, student government’s director of campus technology, said findings were based on data that OIT collected from the printing systems on campus and reflects the information OIT has recollected from student printing and printer usage on campus.“At the beginning of this semester, we had a meeting with OIT to review printing metrics from last semester, and OIT provided us with all the data that came into the report,” Li said.Li said student government attempted to monitor the new system throughout the past semester and has been in constant communication regarding the print quota changes with campus technology throughout the year.“At the beginning of last semester, student government and senate formed a five-student team to get involved with and monitor the new printing system,” Li said. “We had monthly meetings with OIT as well as internal meetings to discuss what was good and not so good with the new printing system and to see how much students were using the new system.”The new print quota system was implemented last semester in response to the financial deficit OIT faced with student printing, which totaled to more than $80,000. Li said OIT is still managing other changes in the new printing systems including the streamlining of the printing queues across campus, the transition towards the point system, issues with one-sided and double-sided printing and quota rollover across semesters.Li said student government’s frequent communication with OIT addressed changes to the new quota system, such as the issues of the price raise for one-sided printing. While OIT initially implemented an increase in one-sided printing as opposed to double-sided printing, student government negotiated a return to equal pricing in one sided and double sided printing, Li said.“We thought [the change in price for single-sided printing] would be bad for students and had several discussions with OIT and pushed to change it back to the same [system],” Li said.Li acknowledged that although the Print ND Report indicated lower printing quota usage, members of student senate expressed their constituents’ complaints about the the quota’s relatively lowered limit and the elimination of rollover print quota from year to year.“There were three senators on the team who went out to their dorms heard other opinions as well,” Li said. “We heard a lot of student opinions that weren’t satisfied with the new system.”Li said OIT has not indicated to student government officials that any additional changes will be made to the print quota system.“I’m trying to make sure that everything we communicate to students at this point is accurate,” Li said.Tags: campus technology, OIT, print quota, printer, Printing, Student governmentlast_img read more

Caitlin O’Connell & More Will Star in The Killing of Sister George Off-Broadway

first_img The Killing of Sister George will feature sets and costumes by Narelle Sissons, lights by Mary Louise Geiger, and sound and original music by Daniel Kluger.  In The Killing of Sister George, gin-swilling, cigar-chomping June Buckridge (O’Connell) plays the beloved Sister George on the popular BBC Radio drama, Applehurst. When it looks like BBC executives might kill off Sister George to raise ratings, June’s precarious personal world heads into a tailspin. The drama was first produced in England in 1964, with a cast that included Beryl Reid and Eileen Atkins. The production transferred to Broadway in 1965, garnering a Tony award for Reid and a nod for Atkins. The 1968 film adaptation starred Reid, Susannah York and Coral Browne. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 1, 2014 Related Shows Caitlin O’Connell (Mothers and Sons) will star alongside Cynthia Harris (Lost in Yonkers), Darrie Lawrence (Tales From Red Vienna) and Margot White (The Farnsworth Invention) in the first New York revival of Frank Marcus’ The Killing of Sister George. Directed by Drew Barr, the off-Broadway production will play a limited engagement September 23 through November 1. Opening night is set for October 7 at Theatre Row’s Beckett Theatre. The Killing of Sister Georgelast_img read more

Resolution Races

first_imgThe biggest threat to New Year’s resolutions is procrastination. Instead of being a slacker and waiting until spring, don’t delay in getting your competitive season underway. There are plenty of great races at the turn of 2012, so choose your adventure and start the year off right.Cycle Polar Bear Metric CenturyWinston-Salem, N.C. • January 1 Pull on some tights and pedal through the chilly wind at this annual cycling event that benefits cancer services in the Piedmont. The metric century (62 miles) winds through the country roads of four counties surrounding Winston-Salem with plenty of rolling hills to get you warmed up. Shorter 25- and 30-mile course options are also offered.gopolar.org Hike Tips on tackling winter racesNew Year’s Day Hike on the C&O Canal Towpath Washington, D.C. • January 1Start the New Year with a walk in the woods. During this four-decade tradition, D.C.-area hikers meet in Georgetown and then take a 10-mile wooded stroll out of the city on the mellow-graded C&O Canal Towpath—a forested retreat that follows the Potomac River out of the nation’s capital.sierrapotomac.org PaddleCartecay River Chili RunEllijay, Ga. • January 1A little nip in the air can’t keep paddlers out of the Cartecay. This low-key event returns for the 27th year with the chilly waters of a winter river run and the warmth of a post-paddle chili cook-off. Boaters bundle up and then paddle a two-mile stretch of class II-III swells.  At the take out, they’re met with a bonfire, live music, and plenty of piping hot chili—not a bad way to usher in the new year.cartecayriverexperience.comTrail RunFrozen Toe 10KRoanoke, Va. • January 7The Roanoke Non Ultra Trail Series continues to expand its reach with top-notch short-distance trail runs around the Valley. The majority of this first race in the series takes place on the near-six-mile Chestnut Ridge Loop Trail, which circles the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Roanoke Mountain campground. Recent work has the trail in prime shape, featuring some fast and flowy grades that will be perfect for setting a warm pace in the January chill.mountainjunkies.net Mountain BikeSnake Creek Gap Time TrialDalton, Ga. • January 7, February 4, & March 3This series of time trial mountain bike races is not the only battle this gap is known for hosting. Snake Creek once served as a pass for Sherman’s army during the Civil War. Now, mountain bikers trudge their way to North Georgia to pedal the IMBA Epic designated Pinhoti Trail. Whether riders choose the 17- or 34-mile point-to-point course options, they’ll face plenty of technical, gear-grinding terrain with extremely tough ending stretches on Hurricane Mountain and the razor-sharp edge of Rocky Face Ridge. The entry fee gets you into all three races with only your best run counting toward the final series standings.snake.nwgasorba.orgUltraFrosty Lake 50K Winston-Salem, N.C. • January 7With just over six miles of asphalt and another 25 of packed dirt and flat trail, you can expect to have less muscle and joint carnage than most ultras. The mellow course in the Carolina Piedmont meanders along the edge of scenic Salem Lake, as a double out-and-back loop with plenty of big open views to gauge your progress and stalk other runners to pass.twincitytc.orgMarathonCharleston MarathonCharleston, S.C. • January 14Too cold to compete in the mountains? Retreat to the low country coast and lace up for a 26.2-mile stint around a variety of Chucktown’s streetscapes—from the waterfront to the historic district and everything in between. Entering just its second year, the race is also one of the flattest Boston qualifiers you can find. Shorter distance runners also have half-marathon and 5K options.charlestonmarathon.comClimbBoat Rock Float the Boat Boulder CompAtlanta, Ga. • January 21The South’s best climbers will be pressing their chalked hands to the frigid granite at Boat Rock Preserve’s epic nearly mile-long boulder field. Join them at this long-standing comp and send classic problems like Lost Digits and Keeper of the Boat. After a long day of tough holds, you’ll be treated to brews from Sweetwater and the satisfaction that your entry fee helped preserve this Metro Atlanta hot spot, which is consistently being threatened by encroaching development.seclimbers.orglast_img read more

Indonesia repatriates 122 more Tablighi Jamaat members from India

first_imgThe government has repatriated another 122 Indonesian members of the global Islamic missionary movement Tablighi Jamaat who were stranded in India after attending an Islamic gathering during the COVID-19 pandemic, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said on Thursday.“On Wednesday, the Indonesian Embassy in New Delhi sent off 122 Indonesians. Thank God, they have arrived safely in Jakarta today [Thursday],” Retno said during a press briefing in her office.With the latest repatriation, a total of 515 Indonesian Tablighi Jamaat members have returned home, more than 60 percent of the 751 Indonesian pilgrims who have become stranded in 12 states in the South Asia country, according to the ministry’s data. Retno said repatriating the pilgrims amid the pandemic was not an easy matter.“The repatriation of 122 Indonesian citizens is the result of various efforts made by the teams in New Delhi and Mumbai, as well as between capitals [New Delhi and Jakarta] so that our brothers and sisters can return to Indonesia,” she said, adding that she had asked the Indian foreign minister to continue assisting the repatriation process of the remaining Indonesian Tablighi Jamaat members.As reported previously, 436 Indonesian members of the group stood trial in India for violating the country’s immigration and quarantine policies. Last month, the ministry reported that as many as 431 Indonesians had accepted the court’s ruling and been required to pay penalties ranging from 5,000 Indian rupees (US$67.89) to 10,000 rupees.Topics :last_img read more

Consent for Equinor to use West Hercules rig in North Sea

first_imgNorwegian oil major Equinor has received consent from the offshore safety body, the Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA), for exploration drilling in the North Sea using the West Hercules drilling rig.West Hercules drilling rig. Source: LundinThe well 32/4-3 S belongs to production license 921. The well has been given the prospect name Gladsheim.Equinor is the operator of the license and holds a 50 percent ownership interest. The remaining partners are Petoro with 20 percent, and DNO and Lundin with 15 percent each.The location where the well will be drilled is in the North Sea, around 1,758 meters from the Troll 62A Cable in a water depth of 292 meters.The well will be drilled using the West Hercules drilling rig, which is owned and operated by Seadrill.West Hercules is a 6th-generation semi-submersible drilling rig built in 2008 at Daewoo Shipyard, South Korea. The facility received an Acknowledgement of Compliance (AoC) from the PSA in 2012.Equinor was also recently given consent by the PSA to use the West Hercules for drilling of a well for CO₂ verification in the North Sea.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

“Bring a book and take a book” book exchange hailed a tremendous success

first_imgLocalNews “Bring a book and take a book” book exchange hailed a tremendous success by: – July 19, 2011 Participants at Saturday’s book exchange at the Portsmouth Market. Photo credit: Nature Island Literary Festival.Polly Pattullo of Papillote Press and a member of the Nature Island Literary Festival has described the “Bring a book and take a book” book exchange as a tremendous success.“We had our book exchange at the Portsmouth Market between 7:00 to 10:00am and several people came, it was a good success. We also had entertainment with two young poets presenting live poetry to the audience as well as pan music. There was a rich range of material to suit everyone,” she told Dominica Vibes News.Ms. Pattullo explained that the book exchange was organized to increase interest and love for reading and to make books available particularly for persons who like to read but cannot find or afford to buy them. Hence, apart from exchanging a book, participants were also able to purchase books at very reasonable prices from $1.00 to $5.00.Meantime Ms. Pattullo informed Dominica Vibes News that the Nature Island Literary Festival will be hosting another book exchange on 30th July, 2011 at the Roseau Market.“We enjoyed doing the book exchange and are looking forward to the second one this month end in Roseau. It will be at the Roseau Market from about the same time, 7:00 to 10:00 am,” she said. Dominica Vibes News Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Share 10 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Italian government orders all sporting events to take place without fans until April 3 due to coronavirus outbreak

first_img March 4, 2020 Italian government orders all sporting events to take place without fans until April 3 due to coronavirus outbreak Associated Press center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMILAN (AP) — Italian government orders all sporting events to take place without fans until April 3 due to coronavirus outbreak.last_img

Update on the latest sports

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former Giants ace Madison Bumgarner will face his former club at last when he takes the mound for the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday night in San Francisco. The 2014 World Series MVP missed Arizona’s visit to Oracle Park last month while rehabbing a mid-back strain. He will come off the injured list to make his first appearance since Aug. 9.The star lefty is 0-3 with a 9.35 ERA after he signed an $85 million, five-year contract with the Diamondbacks during the offseason.Trevor Cahill will make his third straight start for the D-backs.Elsewhere in the majors: — The Yankees might get shortstop Gleyber Torres back in the lineup a day earlier than expected. Torres has been out with a left hamstring strain, and manager Aaron Boone said early Friday that Torres could get back in the lineup Sunday. Boone changed course after New York split a doubleheader in Baltimore that night, saying there’s a “good chance” Torres could go Saturday against the Orioles. Torres is a career .345 hitter with 16 homers in 31 games against Baltimore. Update on the latest sports — Braves right-hander Max Fried is the only qualified starting pitcher in the majors who hasn’t given up a home run this season, a run he’ll try to extend against the Nationals. NL East-leading Atlanta has won all eight of Fried’s starts. Washington right-hander Erick Fedde will face the Braves for the first time this season, and the first time in Atlanta.TENNIS-US OPENSerena Williams vs. Sloane Stephens on Day 6NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams will face Sloane Stephens Saturday in an All-American showdown between past champions in the third round of the U.S. Open.It will be the seventh match between the two players. Williams leads the head-to-head series 5-1, including four wins in a row. But they haven’t played each other since the 2015 French Open. Stephens’ only head-to-head victory came at the 2013 Australian Open. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditKENTUCKY DERBYTiz the Law is a big favoriteLOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In a Kentucky Derby postponed four months because of the coronavirus, Tiz the Law is the biggest favorite at 3-5 odds since 1989. He was a dominating winner of the Belmont Stakes, the kickoff to this year’s reconfigured Triple Crown. That will be the day’s second match in Arthur Ashe Stadium, following 2019 men’s runner-up Daniil Medvedev against American wild-card entry J.J. Wolf, who is ranked 138th. The Ashe schedule at night features 2014 champion Marin Cilic (CHIHL’-ihch) against No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem (teem), and Madison Keys, the runner-up to Stephens three years ago, against Alize Cornet. F1-ITALIAN GPHamilton takes Italian GP pole, Ferrari struggles againMONZA, Italy (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton set a track record at the Italian Grand Prix as he clinched a record-extending 94th pole position Saturday.Hamilton nudged Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas into second place by just 0.069 seconds. TORONTO (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning will finally learn who their opponent will be in the Eastern Conference finals. That will be determined Saturday night when the Philadelphia Flyers meet the New York Islanders in Game 7 of their semifinal series. Philadelphia forced the deciding game with a 5-4 overtime win on Thursday night. The Flyers have won three games in overtime in the same series for the first time in franchise history. NBA PLAYOFFSGame 4 for Raptors-Celtics, Game 2 for Nuggets-ClippersLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Saturday brings another NBA playoff doubleheader. Game 4 awaits in the Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics. After that, it’s Game 2 in the Western Conference semifinal series between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers. The Celtics lead their matchup 2-1, while the Clippers have a 1-0 lead in their series. The Clippers have won three consecutive playoff games, which might not sound all that impressive — but it matches the longest such streak in franchise history. They also won three straight in 2015.NFL-DOLPHINS MOVESQB Josh Rosen cut by Dolphins after 1 seasonMIAMI (AP) — NFL cutdown day has forced the Miami Dolphins to acknowledge the failure of their Josh Rosen experiment. Miami has released Rosen, who was acquired from Arizona in April 2019 for second- and fifth-round draft picks. He started three games last year, throwing five interceptions and one touchdown pass, and was the No. 3 quarterback behind Ryan Fitzpatrick and rookie Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) in training camp this summer. center_img The decision to cut Rosen signals the Dolphins are confident in the health of top draft pick Tagovailoa, who has returned from a hip injury that ended his Alabama career in November.Rosen was the 10th overall pick by the Cardinals in 2018, and they parted with him after drafting Kyler Murray a year ago. Rosen began last season as Miami’s backup QB, replaced Fitzpatrick as the starter in Games 3 through 5, and spent the rest of the year in the No. 2 job.The Dolphins’ starter in the season opener Sept. 13 at New England will be the 37-year-old Fitzpatrick, their most valuable player in 2019.MLB-SCHEDULEBumgarner to face his former team Tiz the Law faces 15 rivals Saturday in the 1 1/4-mile Derby, the smallest field since 2003. Trainer Bob Baffert saddles 8-1 shot Authentic and 15-1 shot Thousand Words in his bid to win a record-tying sixth Derby. There won’t be any fans in the stands and the infield because of the pandemic. Says Baffert: “It’s going to be weird.”Saturday’s forecast calls for partly sunny skies and a high of 82 degrees, quite a contrast to the cool and rainy weather when the race is usually run in late spring.Post time is 7:01 p.m. EDT.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSFlyers and Islanders meet in Game 7 September 5, 2020 Ferrari’s troubles went from bad to worse as both cars failed to qualify inside the top 10 at the team’s home circuit for the first time since 1984.Hamilton looks on course to extend his championship lead, which stands at 47 points from Red Bull rival Max Verstappen and 50 from Bottas. Associated Press last_img read more