Mossavar-Rahmani Center welcomes new fellows

first_imgThe former head of Israel’s National Budget Department and a Director of McKinsey & Company are among the incoming senior fellows being welcomed this fall at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government (M-RCBG) at Harvard Kennedy School.“Senior fellows are a vital resource to our center. They bring valuable experience as practitioners, and their strong academic orientation enables them to provide significant insights. In sum, their work here enriches our understanding of the business-government relationship,” said Richard Zeckhauser, Frank Plumpton Ramsey Professor of Political Economy and chair of M-RCBG’s fellows selection committee. “We welcome these new colleagues, and look forward to their effective interaction with our faculty, our students, and others engaged with the work of the center.”The Senior Fellows Program is designed to strengthen the connection between theory and practice as the center examines and develops policies at the intersection of business and government.Incoming fellows include Tim Christian, Gerhard Clemenz, Tomohiro Gomibuchi, Nick Lovegrove, Marco Magnani, and Udi Nisan. Read their full biographies.last_img read more

Imagine if everyone gave

first_imgLast year, Harvard Community Gifts, an annual drive to encourage giving in the holiday season, raised more than half a million dollars in support of more than 450 nonprofit organizations. This year, the campaign’s organizers have adopted an even-more-ambitious goal: “Imagine what we could do if everyone gave?”The Harvard Community Gifts campaign launches today. Faculty and staff can choose to donate by payroll deduction by Dec. 7, or may elect to give by check or credit card through Jan. 15. Harvard has established a user-friendly website where individuals can select their charity and donation amount.On Tuesday morning, roughly 100 volunteers — Harvard employees, who, in a revived concept from years past, will serve as ambassadors to their units and departments — met at the Barker Center for a kickoff event with Marilyn Hausammann, vice president for human resources. At most Schools, a faculty member and a staff member will serve as campaign co-chairs, in an effort to broaden outreach and boost participation across the University.The Community Gifts fundraiser is a decades-long tradition dating to Harvard’s efforts in providing food and clothing to soldiers and to support hospitals during World War II.In recent years, Harvard faculty and staff have given generously to Harvard-sponsored relief efforts for people affected by the Pacific tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan. Closer to home, Harvard employees contributed $25,000 to a relief fund for their Haitian-American co-workers in 2010, and more than $10,000 to the Jimmy Fund’s Rally Against Cancer Campaign in 2011.For more information, visit the HARVie website using your Harvard ID to log in.last_img read more

New ‘startup’ grants

first_imgMelrose is only about a 30-minute commute from Cambridge, but Sophie Carroll ’17 wouldn’t have made it to Harvard without help.“There was absolutely no chance I could have come here without financial aid,” said Carroll. “It made the most fundamental difference.”Carroll, a junior now, remembers how she felt coming to Harvard as a freshman. She’s the daughter of a single mom who’s a third-grade teacher.“The summer before freshman year, you see all these commercials about move-into-college shopping, and everyone is filling up their carts. It’s a fun idea but an enormously expensive one,” said Carroll. “It just adds a layer of stress on top of the excitement. Just the simple matter of a habitable dorm room will be a burden on your family.”For about one in five freshmen in the incoming Harvard College Class of 2020, now there will be new help to make that transition: a $2,000 “start-up” grant awarded to every incoming freshman whose annual family income is $65,000 or less. The grant is part of a three-year pilot program providing additional support to eligible incoming freshmen.Graphic by Judy Blomquist/Harvard Staff“By investing in financial aid, we want Harvard to be accessible and affordable for the most talented students, no matter their background or financial circumstances,” said President Drew Faust. “At the start of what surely will be one of the most transformative experiences of their lives, we want to ensure that all students are able to explore what Harvard has to offer. That is the objective of this new initiative.”Eligible students will receive $1,000 each at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters in addition to other financial aid. For one in five undergraduates whose annual family incomes are $65,000 or less, Harvard already covers the costs associated with tuition, room, board, books, travel, and other expenses.“The beginning of freshman year is very hard,” said Carroll. “With this new initiative, Harvard is helping take off one burden and give these students more space to use the resources Harvard puts in place and use those to get to really understand Harvard.”Harvard’s undergraduate financial aid program has benefited from consistent and aggressive investment, of which this pilot program is the latest example. Since launching the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative in 2005, Harvard has awarded almost $1.5 billion in grant aid to undergraduates. Also since 2005, Harvard’s annual financial aid award budget has increased more than 250 percent, from $67 million to $170 million in 2015.“Financial aid is critical to Harvard’s mission,” said Michael D. Smith, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “That mission of educating citizens and citizen leaders demands that we bring together students with profoundly different life experiences, from many walks of life, to prepare them to succeed and lead in a diverse world.”For the upcoming 2017 academic year, fees for Harvard College undergraduates will be $63,025, including $43,280 for tuition, approximately a 3.9 percent increase from 2016, maintaining Harvard’s ranking as one of the least expensive schools in the Ivy League. For the more than half of Harvard students who receive financial aid, the average net cost to parents is about $11,000 a year.The majority of undergraduates receiving financial aid pay just 10 percent of annual family income, and for more than 40 percent of undergraduates financial aid completely covers tuition. A Harvard education costs the same or less than a state school for 90 percent of American families, based on their incomes and Harvard’s financial aid.As part of its financial aid program, Harvard spent more than $3.3 million in 2015 to help low-income students pay for health insurance, books, travel costs home, winter coats, fees for events and performances, and other activities to ensure every student can engage in the Harvard experience.“Month after month, week after week, there are going to be difficulties that come up,” said Carroll. “I get to go to five free events a semester through the student event fund. Back home, I would make up an excuse because you don’t want to say it’s the cost. I don’t have to say anything here. With the student event fund, you’re able to go and have fun with your friends.”William R. Fitzsimmons, Harvard College dean of admissions and financial aid, explained: “Harvard’s commitment to financial aid extends to every student accepted through our need-blind admissions process: We will pay your way if you can’t; we will support you with tuition, room, board, books, travel expenses, and more, and we will award grants, and never require you to take out loans to cover the cost of your education. That’s our commitment to our students.”The fact Harvard’s financial aid is completely grant-based “is a huge asset,” said Carroll. “I’ve seen a lot of people fall prey not only in the college context. Financial assistance that’s completely loan-based is an amazing short-term solution but causes a lot of trouble in the long term. Harvard doesn’t leave us vulnerable to that.”Of the Class of 2015, 76 percent graduated without any student loan debt. Median debt upon graduation for the 24 percent of Class of 2015 who chose to borrow was $10,900, less than a third the national average of more than $35,000.“We’re working to remove the financial barriers to education,” said Sally Donahue, Griffin Director of Financial Aid. “We recruit students of talent and focus our financial aid on students who need it. We want every student to fully experience the life-changing adventure that is a Harvard College education.”last_img read more

AgriSurf for Answers

first_imgOver a Million Hits aMonth on a Shoestring Budget AgriSurf is designed for farmers, agribusinesspeople, farm press, educators and others to find out what theyneed to know about agriculture rapidly. The Ag Index lists 12,751sites in various categories. Pocknee’s automated system allowsgroups to add their site to his index themselves.You can also check ag news, ag weather, agshows, ag sounds and an ag forum. Add your vote to the poll, whichasks, “Who feeds the world?” Farmers cornered 91 percentof the vote, but visit the comments section to find out why peoplecast their votes for politicians and researchers as well. Checkout the archivesfor some fascinating facts. Brainstorming with MajorProfessorPocknee’s major professor, CraigKvien, agreed. They decided the listservs and a few othersites just weren’t enough. And they knew the Web could be a greatway to get news out about precision agriculture. So Pocknee developeda small scale information resource on the Web – a compendium ofinformation linked together.”None of this is difficult, it just takestime,” Pocknee says. “So I decided I needed to writeprograms to automate the process. The programs collect links andlook after them and make changes that make the Web site more efficient.It worked well but then we wanted to make applications bigger.That’s where AgriSurf camefrom.” What the world needs is a good Web site foragriculture. At least that’s what Crop& Soil Sciences graduate student StuartPocknee figured. When he arrived in Tifton from Australiain 1993 to begin work on his doctorate on soil spacial variabilityin precision farming, Pocknee already loved the Internet. Especially for Aggies From the ‘Land Down Under’ to SandySouth GeorgiaWhenyour family and friends are half-way around the world and you’reliving on a grad student’s income, e-mail is a natural fit forcommunicating long-distance, Pocknee says.Soon he was looking to the Internet for morethan letters from home.”I was interested in news, sports, anythingnot in the local media, and the Web had so much,” Pockneerecalls. “But it didn’t have a lot of information on precisionagriculture.” And while you’re there, notice the advertisers.”They about cover the costs of keepingup the site,” Pocknee says. “Their dollars cover theconnection costs, the news feed and computers. I tried to comeup with a system that gave me the most control and still be cut-throatcheap with the best technology I could afford.”The site may run on a shoestring, but it doesn’tlook cheap. Not to the 35,000 regular users who account for 1.2million hits a month.”That’s pretty good for a little sitewith only word-of-mouth advertising,” Pocknee says.But Pocknee isn’t done with AgriSurf yet.”What I want to do is expand the searchcapabilities,” he says. “Right now it’s more of an indexbut it doesn’t search these sites for the information they have.”AgriSurf. That’s what a little ingenuity andtechnology will get you.last_img read more

The Cactus Blossoms at The Southern Cafe & Music Hall . . . Ticket Giveaway!

first_imgWoe to the unfortunate ear that is turned to a modern country radio station. By submitting your answer, you are not being added to any mailing list. Your information is kept private and never shared with anyone. My disdain for modern country has long been documented on this blog. For fans of old school twang and the rough and rowdy ways of Willie, Waylon, and so many others, what’s being passed as country music these days is damned near sinful. Critics have lauded the band’s work, with their new record, Easy Way, signaling a departure from their vintage country sounds and drawing easy comparisons to the iconic Everly Brothers As I noted not long ago on this very blog, The Cactus Blossoms harken back to the glory years of the Grand Ol’ Opry and what old school music is supposed to sound like. Good luck! At the top of that list is The Cactus Blossoms. Rooted in the songwriting and harmonies of brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum, The Cactus Blossoms find inspiration in the deepest roots of vintage country music, more akin to Hank Williams than Lil Nas X. On Thursday, The Cactus Blossoms will be stopping by The Southern Cafe & Music Hall in Charlottesville. Trail Mix would like to give you and a friend the chance to take in the show. Take a shot at the trivia question below. A winner will be chosen from all of the correct responses received by 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday. But all is not lost. All you have to do is empty the red solo cups and ride your horse a little bit farther down that old town road to find a myriad of country artists out there doing it right. Question . . . . Which member of The Black Keys has a couple co-write credits on The Cactus Blossoms’ new record?last_img read more

Brentford striker Ivan Toney and Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock win Sky Bet Championship October awards | Football News

first_img “I am thankful to the players around me because they are putting it on a plate for me and it is just my job to finish those chances.”Middlesbrough manager Neil Warnock has been named the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for October.   Image:Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock is the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for October Not content with ten Manager of the Month awards already during his storied career, Warnock picks up another after guiding Boro through an unbeaten month with 14 points from six unbeaten games and into the Play-Off places.- Advertisement – Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson has been named the Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month for October.Goals galore as Posh returned to their favourite style under Ferguson, displaying their attacking prowess, collecting 19 points from seven unbeaten games, moving into the Play-Off places and hitting the net 17 times in the thrill-a-minute process.Ferguson said: “The players were outstanding during the month of October, to win the amount of games that we did against the calibre of opponent that we did is excellent.“The mentality of the players was superb. The players were disappointed that we didn’t take all three points against Burton Albion, but in that game we had plenty of opportunities to score. The players are in a good place at the minute and long may that continue.”Sky Bet League TwoPlayer: Paul Mullin, Cambridge United Charlton Athletic goalkeeper Ben Amos has been named the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month for October.Finally given an opportunity to shine at The Valley, Amos has done exactly that, not conceding a goal in six October games and making crucial stops in every match, including breathtaking reaction saves against Sunderland and Northampton.Amos said: “Keeping all those clean sheets was a great achievement, but you can’t do it on your own.“You need everyone from the front players to the boys at the back doing their bit so it’s testament to them, and it seems a little bit daft that one player gets it when there’s been all that effort from everyone to get those clean sheets.“It’s great from a personal point of view to have hit the ground running this season, but the most important thing is the team doing well and we want to get promoted this season – and I think we’ve got the capability to do it. As long as I feel I’m doing my best and the team is achieving its goal, I’m happy.”Manager: Darren Ferguson, Peterborough United Warnock said: “It’s been such a difficult time up in the north east, so it’s nice to be a bit of good news put a few smiles on faces. It’s a talking point for the fans, and the sooner we can get them back into stadiums the better.“We’ve played some cracking football, and there’s great camaraderie in the squad. I can’t stress it enough how much I’ve enjoyed working with them. Everybody in the dressing room wants to listen, and the way some of them have improved, that’s what I enjoy most in management.”Sky Bet League OnePlayer: Ben Amos, Charlton Athletic Brentford striker Ivan Toney has been named the Sky Bet Championship Player of the Month for October.  Any doubts about his ability to replicate League One form in the Championship were dispelled in a blistering spell of eight goals in six games, showcasing his positioning and poaching instincts, bravery in the air and underrated link-up play.- Advertisement – Cambridge United striker Paul Mullin has been named the Sky Bet League Two Player of the Month for October.After a second straight nomination for the hard-working forward, he picks up the first EFL Player of the Month award of his career. He scored eight in seven October games alone, even pirouetting for the third goal of his hat-trick against Port Vale.Mullin said: “I’m made up to win the award, but it’s more a reflection of the team as a whole. It’s the players around me who have created me the chances, and I’m very grateful that I’ve been able to put them away through October.“I scored four goals in September but that wasn’t enough to win that month’s award, so I thought I’d double it in October! I’m obviously really pleased to have continued the strong start to the season, and to come back and win the award in the following month after being nominated in September is a good thing, but more importantly we’ve been picking up the points.”Manager: Michael Flynn, Newport County  Brentford manager Thomas Frank said: “Ivan is growing and his goals are of course the talking point, but for me goals are one thing.“They are hugely important and it’s massive that he has already got into double figures. However, in terms of his link-up play and his workrate and the pressure, he is getting better and better on that and getting fitter and fitter so I’m really pleased with him for that as well.”Toney said: “It is my job to score goals. I’ve come to a club where the striker gets a lot of chances.- Advertisement –  Newport County manager Michael Flynn has been named the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for October.The spirit Flynn has engendered in his Newport team continues to amaze and lead to remarkable feats. Three of their six victories in October, which lifted them top of League Two, were secured by winning goals from the 88th minute onwards.Flynn said: “It’s a reward for all of the players and the staff because I couldn’t do it all on my own. It’s a good appreciation and shows the togetherness that we’ve got.“Every win is just as important because you can only get three points but, looking at it over the month, you would have to say that the 3-0 win against Bradford City was the most convincing in October. I thought we were very, very good against a good team at a tough place to go. That was very pleasing.“We’ve installed belief into the players and our philosophy is keep going until the end. We never know when we’re beaten, but I think the way that we’re playing has been fantastic. We’re creating a lot of goalscoring opportunities and dominating possession now, which is very pleasing to say because we’re doing it our way. We’re playing attractive possession-based football and it’s given our just rewards. The players that have come in have adapted to that really well, and the players that were already here have taken it on board. – Advertisement –last_img read more

No rest for the traveller to the Thames Valley

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Dashboard Data Confirms Need for Masking, Social Distancing

first_img July 10, 2020 Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf released a weekly status update detailing the state’s mitigation efforts based on the COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard comparing the seven-day period of July 3 – July 9 to the previous seven days, June 26 – July 2.The dashboard is designed to provide early warning signs of factors that affect the state’s mitigation efforts. The data available on the dashboard includes week-over-week case differences, incidence rates, test percent-positive rates, and rates of hospitalizations, ventilations and emergency room visits tied to COVID-19.“By looking at both statewide status and individual county status, we can take steps to stop increases before they become critical,” Gov. Wolf said. “One thing we know for certain is that we must continue to wear masks and practice social distancing. Risky behavior such as going out without a mask and congregating at a bar or in a crowded setting where social distancing isn’t being practiced are leading to spikes in cases and higher percent-positive rates.”As of Thursday, July 9, the state has seen a seven-day case increase of 4,914; the previous seven-day increase was 4,359.While the statewide percent-positivity rate is at 4.4%, counties with concerning percent-positivity rates include Allegheny (7.9%), Beaver (6.3%), Butler (5.5%), Clarion (14.6%), Fayette (5.2%), Greene (5.4%), Lawrence (5.8%), Lebanon (5.6%), Philadelphia (5.1%), Washington (7.2%), Westmoreland (5.4%) and York (6.3%). Each of these counties bears watching as the state continues to monitor all available data.Today, the Department of Health updated its travel recommendations and frequently asked questions, originally announced on July 2, to include Delaware, Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma on the list of states recommended for domestic travelers returning from to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania.Gov. Wolf continues to prioritize the health and safety of Pennsylvanians through the COVID-19 pandemic. Pennsylvanians should continue to take actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, regardless of the status of their county. This includes wearing a mask or face covering anytime they are in public. COVID-19 has been shown to spread easily in the air and contagious carriers can be asymptomatic.Ver esta página en español. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Dashboard Data Confirms Need for Masking, Social Distancinglast_img read more

Mourinho brands Man City ruling ‘disgraceful’ and ‘a disaster’

first_img “It’s a disgraceful decision,” said the Spurs boss. “If City are not guilty of it, then you are not punished with €10m. read also:Mourinho targets third Europa League title with Spurs next season “If you’re not guilty then you shouldn’t have a fine. If they are guilty then the decision is also a disgrace and you should be banned from the competition. “I don’t know if Manchester City are guilty or not but either way, it’s a disgraceful decision.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Tottenham boss, Jose Mourinho, has slammed the decision to overturn Manchester City’s two-season UEFA ban. Mourinho has labelled the decision as “disgraceful” and “a disaster”. City are free to play in Europe’s premier club competition next term, having seen their two-year ban overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. However, a £26.8million fine was reduced to £8.9million.Advertisement Loading… center_img Promoted ContentWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!The Most Exciting Cities In The World To VisitTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human BeingWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too Far6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To VisitWorld’s Most Delicious Foodslast_img read more