Dave Matthews Band Welcomes Jimmy Herring, David Sánchez In Atlanta

first_imgHot along their 25th anniversary tour, Dave Matthews Band brought their iconic grooves to the beautiful Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood in Atlanta, GA. The show featured a number of classic tunes from the band’s rotation, including “Warehouse,” “Minarets” and more. The big highlights from the show, however, were the two guest musicians that came out during the night: Widespread Panic guitarist Jimmy Herring and Grammy-nominated Puerto Rican saxophonist, David Sánchez.Herring joined in first, coming out for a three song run that started with the tour debut of “Raven.” The group continued through “Satellite” and “Sugar Will,” with Herring jamming all the while. After bringing out “Grey Street” and “Crash Into Me,” two DMB favorites, the band welcomed acclaimed saxophonist David Sánchez, to join them on a “Jimi Thing > Sexy M.F.” combination.Watch Herring in action on “Sugar Will,” courtesy of Thomas Trainer, below.The show also featured the tour debut version of “Halloween” as the finale, which hadn’t been played since 10/30/2015. Check out the “Ants Marching > Halloween” encore below, courtesy of Jeffrey Lewis. DMB continues their tour tonight, May 29th, at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, MO. Check out the full setlist from last night, below.Edit this setlist | More Dave Matthews Band setlists [Photo by fredweaveriv/Instagram]last_img read more

Q&A on Harvard in Allston

first_imgWhen President Drew Faust was looking for a fresh perspective on Harvard’s plans for its Allston properties, she tapped a former mayor, an expert in urban design, and a professor of financial management to co-chair the effort. The Allston Work Team recently delivered its recommendations, which essentially break down the University’s vision for the neighborhood into five discrete projects. Bill Purcell, a former mayor of Nashville and past director of the Institute of Politics, Peter Tufano, the Sylvan C. Coleman Professor of Financial Management at Harvard Business School, and Alex Krieger, a professor of urban design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, talked with the Gazette about their team’s report. Gazette: When people think about Harvard’s future in Allston, they probably think first about the science complex that was expected to revolutionize collaborative science and produce miracles in health care, and at the same time revitalize the neighborhood. How does your proposal compare to that plan? Is it on the same ambitious scale?Krieger: Yes, we believe it is. In fact, what’s better than before is precisely that we’re suggesting that the future of Harvard’s relationship with Allston does not depend exclusively on the completion of the science building. The facility will be done — soon, we hope — and it still can be devoted to the sciences. But in addition, other wonderful things can take place at the same time.Purcell: There is still a focus on the University and its needs going forward, but it is a future that now includes partners, co-developers, and opportunities for the community that simply weren’t possible before. Gazette: Let’s focus on the existing science building foundation for a minute. Is the new vision going to require a major redesign? Will that be an obstacle to moving ahead with that project?Krieger: There is a substantial structure there, and what happens above it would have to be modified, based upon the specific set of users that will eventually be housed there. So of course there will be a redesign required, but that’s very different than starting from scratch.Tufano: I think it’ll end up being a stronger building and a stronger site design than originally envisioned. If we roll the clock back, there was a need for a great deal of arm twisting some years ago to convince people to come to Allston, a place where the Business School has been for around 100 years. Now there’s a recognition that, especially with the Cambridge and Longwood campuses getting more crowded, this is going to be a desirable place. And it’ll be a smart building. We probably have learned a few things as a result of going through that design process, and then going back to that design process, that allow us to identify things that the original design might not have pushed forward.Gazette: Let’s move on to another project: the creation of an enterprise campus in Allston Landing North. What’s your vision for that?Krieger: In the original master plan, this was an area dedicated toward long-range academic needs. Now the goal is to create an interactive environment between academia and industry and health care partners that can be realized sooner if the University pursues our recommendation to find partners to begin to build facilities there, partners who may be in real estate or hospitals or the life sciences. The ability to start interacting and collaborating will occur sooner than the expectation in the original master plan.Gazette: Why should we expect these businesses to want to move to that area, especially given the continuing uncertainty in the economy? What’s going to attract them?Tufano: First, it’s to our advantage to have businesses or nonprofits close to us, doing their work, so that we can interact with them pedagogically. Why do we think that this may be attractive to them? Our developers and consultants tell us that this is the kind of project that is potentially interesting to a number of parties, and we’ve received some indications of interest that that’s true. The site affords access to the rest of Harvard, and it’s seven minutes on the Pike to the airport. And we have a great lead example: Genzyme is already there.Krieger: And then it’s probably 10 minutes from Route 128. It’s a very well-placed, large piece of land. There are very few pieces of land like this anywhere in the region. The life sciences industry is categorically one of the continued growth industries in the region, and one upon which the metropolitan area will depend for its economic future. There’s no question in my mind that once the University starts to become very public about its desire to find partners, many partners will be found.Gazette: Moving up Western Avenue, you see Barry’s Corner as a site for mixed-use development, with housing that could accommodate Harvard faculty and students and a variety of retail outlets. Is that what the neighbors need and want in that area?Purcell: The housing stock in Allston overall is well-preserved and has been there for much of this last century, but the opportunities for new housing, especially as the Western Avenue corridor develops, are very compelling. This will provide an excitement, a vibrancy, and retail opportunities for not just this specific area at the corner, but actually Allston overall. Our sense is there are opportunities there for graduate students, for faculty, and for other users, and that ultimately residential is not just one of the great strengths in the Boston market right now, but will be a great strength for the development of Harvard’s holdings in Allston.Krieger: Over the years, there have been several studies undertaken by the community itself, by the Boston Redevelopment Authority, and others that have all identified housing and supporting amenities as one of the ideas for the neighborhood. So we’re not introducing anything new. We’re confirming what many others have said is the right future for Barry’s Corner.Tufano: The number of applications for space by our graduate students is multiple times of what’s available. We know that the students have a desire to be on or near the campus. Junior faculty do as well. So this is not a pie-in-the-sky recommendation. It’s based on a lot of years of experience, and, in this case, excess demand for housing by Harvard affiliates.Purcell: And because we think, in this case, that there’s an opportunity for a private developer to take the lead, there’s an opportunity to do it more quickly than would otherwise be possible.What the people who go to live there in Barry’s Corner are going to realize is that this is a very special place, and a very special community, and they are across the street from the Business School. They are steps from our athletic facilities. They are a walk from the Kennedy School, and from Harvard College. The truth is this is an incredible location, within Boston, within our institution, and within the overall region. And those folks will be living in the center of it.Gazette: Another project proposed would create an academic conference center and hotel. Is that a good fit for the area?Tufano: So first of all, what is it? What is it not? It’s not a large conference center. It’s not the Hynes. We routinely around the University run a large number of events, which bring together small numbers and large numbers of important people from all over the globe. We often find nowhere to house them. We find no rooms large enough to actually have our events. One of the hardest jobs at Harvard has got to be a meeting planner who’s got to accommodate these groups.Krieger: And all of our individual Schools have suffered, seeking space for the conferences we organize.Tufano: You can probably fill up this facility, whether we call it a conference center or an executive center, or whatever we might call it, just with the demands that currently can’t be met at Harvard. People who know the Square know that there’s a limited number of hotel rooms and an even more limited number of rooms that can accommodate groups of 50 to 100 or 200. One of the biggest assets the University has is its convening power. So the ability to leverage this convening power in an easier way to advance knowledge by getting people who are experts together is, I think, what Harvard is all about. This simply facilitates that.Gazette: Now, let’s talk a little bit about the process. There have been other committees involved in planning for Harvard’s future in Allston. What’s different about this time? Why should people who are seeing this report think that we are any closer to building something?Purcell: There’s never been an Allston Work Team before. What makes this different is that, from the start, President Faust picked three co-chairs with very different backgrounds and charged us very firmly to move deliberately and as quickly as we could to reach these recommendations. Then she included in the process the deans who are knowledgeable of the University’s academic needs, three alumni who know the University extremely well, and know both the markets and the city well, too. She added the executive vice president to the effort, and Katie Lapp became critically important to the work we were doing by bringing the information that we needed and preparing the institution to be ready to act on the recommendations if they are formally approved.Krieger: In the past, there were multiple committees, often without much knowledge about what each other was doing around Allston.Tufano: I was on one of those committees, the financing committee. You were on many of those committees. There were committees made of deans. There was an advisory committee made of alums …Krieger: Alums and potential donors, and very few of us interacted with the other committees. And as a result, there was no clear University-based center for reaching such decisions.Gazette: So this has been a more integrated effort.Krieger: It is, much more so.Gazette: Did it also benefit more from increased input from the private sector or analysis from outside specialists?Tufano: It’s fair to say that most of the tension in the planning of this project seven or 10 years ago was based on an inward focus around what Harvard wanted to accomplish using largely internal sources. That’s not to say that we didn’t use planners and others, but we were pretty self-referential. This process intentionally, perhaps as a result of coming out of the economic crisis that humbled us all a bit, appropriately so, became much more externally focused. We were trying to figure out what other universities do, trying to figure out other ways to finance things, looking at ways to be smarter. And I think that is a major difference here. Which specific external partners that we ended up working with, I couldn’t tell you. But I believe the University is much more open to the outside world, in this process at least, as a result of work we’ve done over the past 14 to 15 months.Purcell: I do think that is a difference, this interest in what other institutions have done, institutions that we have thought of in the past as peers and others that we realized had experience that was beyond or different from ours, whether they were close at hand here in Cambridge or on the other side of the continent in California. We have not resisted reaching out.Gazette: What about engagement with the community? How much interaction did you have with the people who will live most closely with this project over time?Purcell: When we came in as a work team, appointed by the president, we did what you would expect. I went out, first of all, into the community, onto the street, into the neighborhoods. Other staff from Harvard did the same, began looking to see in a different way, with different eyes, in a different point in the process, what we had done, and what we could do.Truthfully, that resulted in immediate action in pursing the president’s commitment to the greening and the leasing and the improvements of the neighborhood, effectuated by Katie Lapp and folks in HRES [Harvard Real Estate Services], which was visible fairly quickly. We then realized that there needed to be a more regular way for community input and for community engagement, not simply dependent on the regulated, legally mandated planning process. So in addition to the Allston Task Force and our regular representation at boards of trade, and other kinds of meetings in the community, which Harvard has done for a long, long time, we added the monthly coffee hours, which meant that the first Thursday of every month for the last year, I’ve gone to Allston, walked across the river, and said to the community: Here we are. Doors are open. There’s coffee, there’s donuts, but more importantly, there’s Harvard interested in what you think and what you believe we should know or whatever question you might want to ask.Lastly, and I think for our purposes, most important, is the release of these recommendations in the way that they are being provided. Now begins the next opportunity for not just community understanding, but for community response.These are recommendations, and we truly appreciate reaction and input and ideas before coming up with a fully formed, completed plan. While everyone wants to know, in a natural human way, how it’s all going to turn out, the truth is it’s more valuable if, before we jump to that point, we have a chance as neighbors and as community to share our own ideas and visions, and that can happen now.Gazette: Does the faculty have a similar opportunity to respond to these recommendations?Purcell: My sense is the whole community has an opportunity to be heard, not just for a day or a week. Much longer than that, until such time that the University has heard what it needs to hear and analyzed all it needs to know.Gazette: So, let’s say that I’m a faculty member or a student, happily ensconced in the Yard or its environs. Why do I want to be the first group to go across the river?Tufano: Well, first of all, you wouldn’t be the first group.Gazette: [Laughter] Point taken! Why would I want to go, besides the chance to have such a wonderful neighbor as the Business School?Tufano: And remember that athletics is across the river — my side of the river — and our students go over there all the time.Krieger: Every undergraduate is there virtually every day of the week.Tufano: We’re going to have an immediate example to figure out how much we can lure folks across the river with the Innovation Lab, which is really a product of this committee in an expanded way. It was in this committee and working with Lapp and her office that we figured out a way to actually make what could have been a white elephant building into something that would work. But in this next phase, when it opens in the fall, we have to convince students that indeed there’s something important and exciting happening there, and I think the process that we went through in order to get that speaks to something about what’s going to happen next in Allston.We engaged the students, faculty, from all over the University, in figuring out what it is that we wanted to do, what were our goals, what were our aspirations? We had an idea first about what that would be, and then we went out and tested that idea.  That process was relatively quick, you know; from idea to opening will be 18 months or so. It could take longer for Allston for the kind of projects we’re talking about, but I think it’s a model. It’s a model that shows what can be done when you’ve got the right people in the room, up front, where they can actually conceive of an idea and get it to the point where it can then be tested with a broader group of folks, and then be implemented relatively efficiently.Purcell: I think it won’t be terribly long before what you hear very broadly across this community is people saying, I want to be in Allston, I wish I were in Allston, why didn’t anybody tell me about Allston?Krieger: We’ll hold him to that. We’ll ask him about that years later!Gazette: What do you see as the time frame for the projects in the recommendations you have laid out? How long before these ideas could be transformed into bricks and mortar?Purcell: I think we can say in terms of the charge that this is a work team that was very focused on the next decade.Tufano: We believe that these are things that can be considered and appropriately determined within that time period and that there are many things that can be done more quickly, whether it’s more of the kinds of leasing that you’ve already seen occur with the holdings that Harvard has now, or the Business School additions that we’ve just talked about here, or other retail opportunities as well as housing and amenities. Those things can happen in real time, and my presumption is that they will.Gazette: Is there any other point that you would like to address?Tufano: I think we would be remiss if we didn’t point out that among the things that are different about Harvard’s approach to Allston now is the fact that, administratively, Harvard has been pulled together through the creation of the Office of the Executive Vice President in a way that has led to the consolidation of administrative functions, so that the finance side of the house is talking to the real estate side of the house, is talking to the capital planning side of the house. Now those things can be done in concert, and somebody who’s in charge of all of that is at a level so that they have the ear of the president and the provost. We can coordinate things a lot better.The second thing to keep in mind is that the University is planning to go to its friends in a capital campaign at some point in the near future. That will give us an opportunity to articulate even more clearly what our objectives are, not just at this level of the individual Schools but at the University level. This will give great momentum to the work that we have been talking about.last_img read more

Of orbits and ice ages

first_imgThough it was first suggested well over a century ago, the hypothesis that changes in Earth’s orientation relative to its orbit influence the growth and decline of ice sheets was only recently tested.As described in a paper recently published in the journal Nature, Harvard Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences Peter Huybers confirmed that slow changes in both the tilt and orientation of Earth’s spin axis combined to help determine when the major deglaciations of the past million years occurred.“These periods of deglaciation saw massive climate changes,” Huybers said. “Sea level increased by 130 meters, temperatures rose by about 5 degrees C, and atmospheric CO2 went from 180 to 280 parts per million. We ought to understand what caused these massive changes in past climate if we are to predict long-term changes in future climate with any confidence. And at least now we know with greater than 99 percent confidence that the interaction between obliquity and precession are among the factors that contribute to deglaciation.”In this context, obliquity refers to the tilt of the spin axis relative to the plane of Earth’s orbit, and precession refers to changes in the direction that the spin axis points, relative to Earth’s elongated, or eccentric, orbit.While Huybers’ research is the first to prove a connection between obliquity, precession, and deglaciations, suggestions that the Earth’s orbit plays a role in the formation or loss of glaciers are nothing new.By the early 1840s, just a few years after the notion of the Ice Age was first articulated by geologist and later Harvard Professor Louis Agassiz, scientists began proposing that orbital changes were behind periods of glaciation. In the intervening 170 years, Huybers said, dozens of additional hypotheses have been presented, but it has been difficult to distinguish between these many competing models.“We don’t understand why glacial cycles have occurred, not for lack of ideas, but rather because we lack means to rule the wrong ideas out,” Huybers said.  “A lot of people have tried to tie when ice ages started or ended to variations in the orbital cycle, but this is difficult because we don’t know exactly when ice ages occurred in the past.“Our uncertainty in when deglaciations occurred averages plus or minus 10,000 years during the last million years, and this uncertainty encompasses an entire cycle of precession. Not knowing what the orbital configuration was makes it difficult to test whether any particular orbital configuration influences deglaciation.”Though it has previously been shown that obliquity — with its longer, roughly 40,000-year cycle — is related to deglaciations, Huybers said, the innovation here was to test for whether obliquity and precession are together related to worldwide glacier loss.To deal with the uncertainty in the geological records, Huybers developed a methodology through tinkering with “synthetic” records. Essentially, he constructed random realization of glacial cycles to which he added distortions — such as errors in timing and noise in observations — similar to those found in geologic data. Using this synthetic data, he experimented with many techniques until hitting upon one that worked, which he then applied to the actual data, showing the relationship between orbital cycles and deglaciations.“The pattern that emerges is the following: At the same time we’re seeing high obliquity, we also tend to get an alignment with precession whenever deglaciation occurs,” Huybers said. “When you get that alignment, the radiation that the Northern Hemisphere receives during summer increases by tens of watts per meter squared, and if large Northern ice sheets are present, they tend to disintegrate. These statistical findings agree exactly with what Milutin Milankovitch, a Serbian geophysicist, proposed in the first half of the 20th century.”Though his work suggests that orbital configuration contributes to the loss of glacial ice, Huybers was quick to emphasize that it is only one factor among many.“It could also be that orbital forcing causes a rise is atmospheric CO2, and that it’s the increased CO2 that drives the loss of ice sheets,” he said. “In all likelihood, both CO2 and increased summer radiation contribute to deglaciation. They’re both expected to push the climate system toward less ice.“Another important aspect to consider is that the orbital configuration we now have is almost exactly where it was 20,000 years ago, during the Last Glacial Maximum, but this time we’re near a glacial minimum,” he said. “If you think about what the difference is between then and now, it’s not the orbital configuration, it’s the CO2. I think that’s important to keep in mind, because it shows that glacial changes are not a simple function of the orbital configuration.”last_img read more

Crossing the river of myths

first_imgA few minutes before a recent lecture at Paine Hall, global health statistician Hans Rosling stood onstage, head down, and ran through his PowerPoint images. One showed the bespectacled Swede chest-deep in water. The caption read: “Help us across the river of myths.”To Rosling, a physician and co-founder of the Gapminder Foundation, busting myths is a full-time job. It often keeps him on the road despite his professorship in international health at the Karolinska Institutet near Stockholm. One myth he often takes aim at is the misperception that the world is divided in two, with struggling, developing nations in one camp and wealthy industrial nations in another. The truth is, Rosling said, that the world is a complicated quilt of nations. We may miss how some of them achieve little-seen advances in income, infant mortality, literacy, and other measures of success.To help uncover — and illustrate — the complexities, and surprises, that can be hidden within global statistics, Gapminder developed Trendalyzer, a statistics visualization software. It depicts the countries as a series of colored bubbles that can be “brushed” through the years to illustrate trends and changes.In one demonstration, Rosling lined up a dozen countries on one side of the graphic and had them race across time, from 1800 forward, to show changing per-capita incomes. The balloons lengthened into wormlike tubes that wiggled across the decades. After World War II, Japan whizzed through the ranks faster than almost any other country. Today, little Tanzania and Ethiopia — among Africa’s developing leaders — are moving up fast.“Our main innovation is to display time as movement,” said Rosling, who credited his son and daughter-in-law for the technical work. “It liberates the horizontal axis.” Besides, he said of entertaining visualizations, “When you make people relax like that, they are more open to information.”Statistics that dispel myths among the community of nations also can dispel geopolitical ignorance, said Rosling. Or, as Harvard neurologist S. Allen Counter said of his longtime friend, “His main job is teaching us how to live together.” Counter added, “He brings us to the world.”Rosling was at Harvard Oct. 25 for the second annual David K. Pickard Memorial Lecture, co-sponsored by the Harvard Statistics Department, the Harvard Foundation (directed by Counter), and the Harvard School of Public Health. It celebrates the late Pickard’s verve and brilliance as a teacher of statistics at Harvard from 1980 to 1985. “He was electrifying,” remembered fellow junior faculty member Victor Solo, who now teaches at the University of New South Wales, in Australia.Pickard — dashing, handsome, with the energy of the schoolboy athlete he had been — had what notable teachers always possess, said acting Statistics Department Chair David P. Harrington: “the ability to speak clearly and listen carefully … and generosity of spirit.”Pickard — dashing, handsome, with the energy of the schoolboy athlete he had been — had what notable teachers always possess, said acting Statistics Department Chair David P. Harrington (pictured): “the ability to speak clearly and listen carefully … and generosity of spirit.”Rosling is a sort of traveling salesman for the importance of teaching statistics tellingly, and so was a natural choice for the Pickard event. During the lecture, he demonstrated his showman’s chops by crouching behind the lectern, then rising up dramatically to demonstrate the unseen progress of some nations. He rolled up his pant legs to make a point about the importance of font sizes in graphics. (Fonts too small make you look like a fool, he said.) And he wielded a comically long pointer. (Laser pointers, he said, are stupid.)But Rosling did not go as far as he did at a TED talk in March 2007, when he swallowed a sword. A lithe man in his 60s, Rosling is a member of the Sword Swallowers Association International. (“We are not so many,” he said of practitioners, though “if you know how to do sword swallowing, you know how to communicate.”) An image of him swallowing a bayonet is the lead art on the Wikipedia “sword swallowing” entry.The Gapminder team in Sweden occupies the theory department of the statistics business, Rosling offered mildly. “I run the road-show department.”Part of Rosling’s persona — and his passion for conveying information in understandable ways — relates to his family background. He comes from generations of farmers and blue-collar workers, from a family in which no one had ever finished more than six years of school. He called himself, proudly, “a red-necked Swede” — an enthusiast for the practical arts and for the humble people who keep the gears of the world turning.Right after medical school, more than 30 years ago, Rosling was a district medical officer in northern Mozambique. He uncovered an outbreak of konzo, a paralytic disease linked to using cyanide-rich cassava as a famine food. That work led to a Ph.D. and to a lifelong interest in the connections among a given country’s economy, agricultural practices, and public health. Statistics had piqued his interest further back, in his freshman year of university in Uppsala, Sweden. This science of gathering and analyzing data became the groundwork of Rosling’s passion: to acquire and disseminate what he called “a fact-based worldview.”A myth about Africa Rosling touched on one myth: that Africa is universally behind by every measure of progress. But “it’s country by country,” he said. Rural Tanzania might conform to that view, for instance, but urban Tanzania resembles much of Asia.When facts override myths, said Rosling, they show surprises. For instance, he said, in 1948, the year of his birth, there were fewer than 1 billion children on Earth. By the year 2000, there were 2 billion. Rosling asked the Harvard audience: How many will there be by 2100? He offered three figures, asked for a show of hands on each, and then revealed a surprising  answer: 2 billion.“No single question,” he said, “is more important” than the number of the world’s young by the end of the century. That low number negates a popular myth in global health circles: That “if you save the [lives] of poor children, you destroy the planet” because of overpopulation, said Rosling. “That’s not true.”He flashed a picture on the screen showing families from Vietnam, Mexico, India, and Bangladesh, where two-child families are the norm. About 80 percent of families in the world have an average of two children each, said Rosling, a fact that hardly portends a future overwhelmed by offspring.The world’s children by 2100 will only number 2 billion for another reason, he said: Prosperous Asia, where fewer than two children per woman is the norm: Taiwan and Hong Kong (1.1), for instance, and South Korea (1.3), Japan (1.4), and gigantic mainland China (1.6). Rosling wondered out loud why there are so few children in the most successful parts of Asia. He told a story that might offer an explanation, based on a chance meeting with a successful Asian woman in her 30s. “Yes, I think every day about children,” she told Rosling. “It’s the idea of a husband I can’t stand.”Understanding statistics in an accurate way can dispel ignorance of the real facts of the world — an ignorance Rosling said characterized even his own highly literate Sweden. When asked to choose among a range of literacy rates among 20-year-olds in Tanzania, only 4 percent of Swedes chose the right answer (80 percent). Asked about the number of children per woman in Bangladesh (2.5), only 5 percent the same group knew the answer.Onstage, Rosling crouched down and held one hand low. “My job,” he said, rising up straight, “is to raise the knowledge of the world.” That means not just having facts, but being able to analyze and visualize them. “Information,” Rosling added during a question-and-answer session, “is very far from understanding.”He said that most people still view the world in terms that are too simple, and he illustrated that point with a story. “My neighbor knows 200 kinds of wine. I know two, red and white,” he said. “But my neighbor knows only two ‘countries,’ developed and not. I know 200.”Honoring young teachersThe Pickard Lecture is always more than a talk. It’s also an occasion for the Statistics Department to recognize its best young teachers. Among the junior faculty, Associate Professor Tirthankar Dasgupta was singled out. “Some of the best teachers are quiet,” said Harrington. “These are still waters that run very, very deep.” Dasgupta appeared onstage and said, “This University … many people dream of. I’ve had this dream come true.”Four Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences teaching fellows were honored: fourth-year Ph.D. student Viviana Garcia Horton, statistics concentrator Jessica Hwang ’13, and fifth-year Ph.D. students Bo Jiang and Nathan Stein.After the lecture, during a reception at Maxwell-Dworkin, Rosling stood among knots of people conversing intensely and at one point posed for a photo with two admirers, fashionable young women from Brazil. They put their arms around him. “Why didn’t this happen,” Rosling quipped, “when I was young?”The teaching fellows stood nearby, pondering the lessons of Rosling’s kinetic lecture. “I like the idea of being physical,” said Stein.“The way that he presented information really appeals to very diverse audiences,” said Horton. “That should be a goal for everyone.”last_img read more

SUB consults students, anticipates spring

first_imgSenior Kaitlyn Keelin, executive director of the Student Union Board (SUB), said the group strongly emphasized consulting students to determine the organization’s offerings this semester. “We’ve been focusing on getting more student input and collecting a lot of data so that we can plan events that students want to see on campus,” Keelin said. SUB’s most-attended event of the semester was Comedy on the Quad, in which comedian Jim Gaffigan drew approximately 4,000 students to his performance on South Quad, Keelin said. She said other popular SUB events included a presentation by “Breaking Bad” star R.J. Mitte, a Legends stand-up comedy performance by SNL’s Nasim Pedrad and a Legends concert featuring Eric Hutchinson. Keelin said SUB’s biggest challenge was a lack of participation in the Purdue Ticket Lottery. She said SUB purchased the tickets from the Athletic Department at face value last spring, so they lost out when reduced-price tickets became widely available from other sources, such as StubHub. The final SUB event of the semester, Stress Relievers, will take place Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Notre Dame Room and the ballroom of the LaFortune Student Center, Keelin said. The event will feature free food, energy drinks and massages, she said. Keelin said the spring semester will feature several large-scale events, including the Collegiate Jazz Festival, the Notre Dame Literary Festival, the Holy Half, The SUB Concert and AnTostal week.  Next semester, SUB will also distribute frequent moviegoer passes that enable students who regularly attend SUB movies to earn free admission, Keelin said.  Keelin said the spring’s kick-off event will be a fireside talk and a networking reception with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian. Grade: B+ SUB brought some interesting acts to campus so far, but the money they lost in the Purdue Ticket Lottery may affect next semester’s programming. Contact Christian Myers at cmyers8@nd.edulast_img read more

Student government to provide online access to New York Times, discontinue paper copies

first_imgNotre Dame student government has arranged for a student body-wide digital subscription to The New York Times effective Aug. 26, the organization announced in a Saturday press release.Previously, student government provided 120 paper copies of the Times in each dining hall, as well as 120 digital passes students would claim with a different login each day.Now, students just have to sign into the subscription once with their NetID and will subsequently have access to the Times until they graduate, the release said.The press release cited three main reasons for the change — an ability to give all students access to the Times should they want it, decreasing paper usage and saving money. The decision to transition to an online subscription will save $7,000, according to the release, which can be reinvested in student programming.The release said a survey of 140 students revealed 60% expressed support for an online subscription and 40% desired a scenario in which some paper copies of the newspaper remained. A plan that would provide for some paper copies in addition to the online access was initially favored but rejected after complications arose, the release said.“Decreasing the amount of paper copies would decrease online seats by the same number, and a decrease would potentially cause regional distribution partners to stop delivering papers to [Notre Dame],” the release said. “Therefore, it was determined that an online program was the best way forward.”Tags: Journalism, New York Times, Student government, student journalismlast_img read more

London Datebook: The Pajama Game, Miss Saigon & More

first_img ALSO: May 31 marks the end of several high-profile new plays, among them James Graham’s thrilling Privacy at the Donmar, featuring 2014 Tony nominee Paul Chahidi (Twelfth Night) among its expert cast. Closing as scheduled at the Royal Court the same night is Birdland, starring Andrew Scott (TV’s Sherlock) and written by Simon Stephens, whose The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time reaches Broadway in the fall. MAY 5-11 A Shaw Thing: Fiona Shaw electrified those who caught her solo turn on Broadway last year in The Testament of Mary, and now the 2003 Tony nominee for Medea is bringing the controversial (to some) Colm Toibin play about the Virgin Mary to the Barbican for a limited run opening May 7; Shaw’s longtime colleague Deborah Warner once again directs. ALSO: The Almeida seems to be in the transfer business big-time these days, between Ibsen’s Ghosts scoring big at the Oliviers and their current show, King Charles III, rumored for a commercial run later this year. Now comes a West End season opening May 8 at the Playhouse Theatre of their sellout adaptation of 1984, inspired by the grimly compelling George Orwell novel and featuring Mark Arends as the iconic (if doomed) Winston Smith. MAY 26-JUNE 1 Kathleen’s Turn: Few American theater and film names have played the UK stage as often as Kathleen Turner. Following turns in The Graduate and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Turner will star alongside Tony winner Ian McDiarmid in Stephen Sachs’ Bakersfield Mist, opening May 27 at the Duchess Theatre. ALSO: 2014 Olivier nominee Anna Francolini (London’s Caroline, or Change) appears at the St. James Theatre Studio for one night only May 14 in an evening of chat and song devoted to the great Richard Rodgers. May 17 sees the all-day opening of the transfer to the Aldwych Theatre of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s marathon stagings of Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, adapted from the Hilary Mantel books and starring Ben Miles of Broadway and London’s The Norman Conquests. MAY 12-18 Hey There: Director Richard Eyre seems barely to pause for breath, between helming the aforementioned Ghosts, Pirandello’s Liola, and the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Stephen Ward all in a single season. Now, the onetime head of the National Theatre brings his scene-stealing co-star of Stephen Ward, Joanna Riding, back to the musical stage to play Babe in the beloved 1954 musical The Pajama Game alongside Michael Xavier as Sid Sorokin. Opening night is May 13 at the Shaftesbury.center_img MAY 19-25 The Heat is On: Miss Saigon returns to London 25 years after it opened, this time to the Prince Edward Theatre with Jon Jon Briones inheriting Jonathan Pryce’s role as The Engineer and 17-year-old Eva Noblezada as Kim. Expect a gala opening night May 21 as is the norm of producer Cameron Mackintosh. Two major musical revivals—a modern British classic and an enduring American one—would already mark out May as a big month for London theater. Add in star turns by two Tony-nominated actresses and a Tony-winning actor and it looks like theatrical boom time in the British capital. Read on for more details. ALSO: West End star Ryan Molloy shows that there’s life after Frankie Valli and Jersey Boys, shifting gears to star in a rare revival of the little-known 1960 Lionel Bart musical Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be, set amid the early days of rock ‘n’ roll and opening May 20 at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East. Don’t miss the final performance of the Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon at the Hampstead Theatre on May 24. View Commentslast_img read more

When Your Parent Moves In’ author David Horgan to speak Jan 28

first_imgThe 50-Plus & Baby Boomers EXPO seminar and workshop line-up will include ‘When Your Parent Moves In,’ presented by award- winning medical educator, filmmaker, director and author David Horgan. Based on his book ‘When Your Parent Moves In – Every Adult Child’s Guide to Living With an Aging Parent,’ Horgan will share his firsthand experience of what to do, what not to do and what can and will happen when your parents move in.According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 3.6 million parents live with their adult children and this trend continues to rise. Join Horgan to learn how to approach this time with practicality and discover how to make it work for you.  ‘I provide the necessary tools so that you can make the best decisions for your individual situation,’ Horgan says.Horgan has shared his experiences in interviews with NPR, ABC, NBC, CNN, and USA Today to name a few. He is also involved in Project-13, a non-profit program in Holyoke, Mass., which reaches inner city children through music and film production. The 50-Plus & Baby Boomers EXPO, now in its 17th year, will be held at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in Burlington on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 9a.m-4p.m. In addition to seminars and workshops, the EXPO features interactive exhibits, live entertainment, silent auction, soup sampling, live game shows, Lyric Theatre Chorus and more. Horgan’s workshop is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. in the Diamond Ballroom. For more information, visit www.vermontmaturity.com/expo(link is external).last_img read more

Credit union regulator will pay for losing audit data

first_imgThree months after examiners from the National Credit Union Administration lost a thumb drive containing names and account numbers of a credit union’s members during an audit, the federal regulator said it will reimburse the credit union for its costs in the breach, Bank Info Security reported.The NCUA said its board approved payment of up to $50,000 to Palm Springs Federal Credit Union, which was being audited on Oct. 20, 2014, when the drive went missing. The credit union notified its members on Oct. 30 that the drive, containing member names, addresses, Social Security numbers and account numbers, had been lost.But weeks after the breach, the NCUA still hadn’t publicly acknowledged that its personnel had lost the drive. However, the agency’s chairwoman, Debbie Matz, said NCUA was considering whether it should require credit unions to encrypt consumer data before it’s shared with examiners — a proposal that wasn’t received well by credit unions.In its statement about the breach-related payment, NCUA finally took responsibility for the breach. “As a result of a failure to follow longstanding agency policies on securing sensitive data, a thumb drive given to an examiner was lost during an examination of Palm Springs Federal Credit Union,” the NCUA said, adding that it was taking “appropriate action with staff involved” and would improve training and adopt additional safeguards to avoid any repeat. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Finding the true value in higher education

first_imgby: Laurel StillerI was recently reading the Washington Post and came across an excellent article called “College is not a commodity. Stop treating it like one.” In the article, the writer, Hunter Rawlings, gives a great summary about how college is now being evaluated in purely economic terms. It made me realize, as a parent paying to send a child to college, there is truth in that.I want my kids to go to college and have the full, enveloping experience. To learn lessons about life, leadership and reality that will teach them far more than an “A” in any one class.Parents – or, in many cases, the students – are making an investment. Right or wrong, we are looking for a measurable return on that investment. That probably amounts to knowing my child has found a career that provides a sustainable living and makes them happy for the next 40+ years of post-college life.The article points to a topic that could really be my rallying cry. As it explains, the outcome really comes down to the effort of the student. Their personal motivation and drive to find value in the college experience is at the core of what makes it valuable. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more