Harvard Foundation unveils new portrait

first_imgA portrait of Chester Middlebrook Pierce ’48, M.D. ’52, was the latest to be unveiled in the Harvard Foundation’s Portraiture Project. In a Nov. 5 event, co-sponsored by the Harvard Black Men’s Forum, S. Allen Counter, director of the foundation, revealed the new portrait. Diana L. Eck, professor of comparative religion and Indian studies, offered welcome remarks. Other speakers included Eric Smith ’13, president of the Harvard Black Men’s Forum, and Steve Coit ’71, portrait artist. Closing remarks were provided remarks by Pierce, professor of psychiatry and education emeritus.The goal of the Portraiture Project is to reflect the diversity of individuals who have served Harvard University for 25 years or more with distinction by honoring their notable service with a portrait. Those honored include (but are not limited to) persons of African American, Asian American, Latino American, and Native American backgrounds who deserve special recognition. The Portraiture Committee is chaired by the Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes and coordinated by Counter, and its members consist of Harvard College students and faculty.Pierce is one of Harvard’s most distinguished graduates. He has served on the faculties of Harvard Medical School, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Harvard School of Public Health. He spent 41 years as a Harvard professor, and is revered by his many students as a brilliant, scholarly, kind, and humble professor who brought great dignity and honor to his profession and to the Harvard community. His portrait resides in the Junior Common Room of Lowell House, Pierce’s residence hall while a student.For a complete list of portraits, visit the Harvard Foundation.last_img read more

Robert Skiff named interim director of Shelburne Museum

first_imgShelburne Museum, Inc.,Shelburne Museum has named an interim director, Board Chairman James Pizzagalli announced. Robert Skiff, Sr., member of the museum’s board of trustees and former president of Champlain College, will assume interim director duties on March 15 and will serve until a permanent replacement for director Stephan Jost is hired. Jost is stepping down after five years as director at Shelburne to become director of Honolulu Academy of Arts in Honolulu, Hawaii.Museum trustee Bruce Lisman of Shelburne is heading up the national search for a new director, which is under way.Skiff, of South Burlington, joined the Shelburne Museum board in 2002. He serves as a director of the Merchants Bank and Merchants Bancshares.Skiff was as president of Champlain College from 1977 to 1992 and during that time also served as president of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. From 1993-1996 Skiff was a Presidential Fellow at the University of Vermont. He was a founder of the Vermont Commons School in South Burlington.About Shelburne Museum: Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vt. is one of North America’s finest, most diverse and unconventional museums of art, design and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the grounds. The museum’s collection includes works by the great Impressionists Monet, Manet and Degas as well as a prized collection of folk art including trade signs, weathervanes and quilts.SHELBURNE, Vt. (February 16, 2011) Shelburne Museum# # #last_img read more

Customer demand driving growth of utility clean energy spin-off, executive says

first_imgCustomer demand driving growth of utility clean energy spin-off, executive says FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Duluth News Tribune:Allete Clean Energy is growing.Standing in front of a TV in the lobby of the company’s Downtown Duluth headquarters, Allete Clean Energy President Allan S. Rudeck Jr. pointed on a map to the six operational wind farms acquired since 2011. With turbines already spinning in Minnesota, Iowa, Oregon and Pennsylvania, projects in North Dakota and Montana will be added to that map as they come online in 2019.The company, founded by its parent company Allete in 2011, has expanded so dramatically, in part, because of a rising demand for emission-free, renewable energy. “The customer wants clean energy,” Rudeck saidIt helps that the cost of wind energy continues to fall too. According to the Department of Energy’s 2017 Wind Market Reports, wind turbines are becoming larger and more powerful while technology costs continue to decrease. A report in November by investment firm Lazard said energy from wind farms is cheaper than energy from traditional coal plants.With those factors working in its favor, the company has grown from four to 82 employees in under eight years, and can currently provide 540 megawatts of wind generation to its customers but expects that to jump to 720 megawatts when its next two wind farms are operational later this year.The company’s business model combines buying, then refurbishing, existing wind farms while selling power to other companies; building and operating new wind farms, selling the power to other companies; and building new wind farms that will then, as a whole, be sold to another company.More: As demand for wind grows, so does Duluth-based Allete Clean Energylast_img read more

5 truths you can’t change about learning in the workplace

first_imgLet’s be honest – a lot of organizations (most, in fact) play lip service to the concept of learning and development.  We say it’s important, but our spend per employee is a fraction of what’s reported by the Bersins of the world, our managers can’t generally make time to pull people off the floor/out of the field for L&D activities and worst of all – our employee base is a segmented freak show when it comes to ability and willingness to learn.That’s why I come forward with these 5 truths you can’t change about learning in the workplace.  I was going to do 10 of these, but it was too much for the man (NatX reference intended).  So these 5 will have to do:Employees will tell you they want training, but most aren’t interested in learning.  Translation – training is an event that can be attended – it’s social and even fun at times and there’s generally not a lot of accountability related to your attendance.  Learning, however – well, that’s more about the individual and what gets applied.  To say employees love training but hate learning is fair and balanced, but in a different way than a one-on-one coaching session with Roger Aires at FOX News. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

How Patelco matches digital design to financial goals

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Patelco Credit Union($6.9B, Pleasanton, CA) is a year into its new digital presence, built around helping members map their credit union journey by matching financial products to financial wellness.The big idea is to provide a needs-based user experience that allows members and prospects to choose a guided experience tied to their goals, such as paying for an education or a home.The home page journey beginsby filling in the blanks to an “I want” statement that then directs the user to loans and saving products, along with calculators and educational information and the ability to talk or text with a member service representative.This holistic approach to member engagement is building on a record of strong metrics such as 2.33 share accounts per member (the average for all 5,451 credit unions in the U.S. is 1.91) and an average member relationship of $31,805, compared to the national average of $19,156. continue reading »last_img read more

Is Mueller’s net tightening around Trump?

first_imgTwo weeks ago Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States.As extensive and startling as the indictment was, it said nothing about other known incidents involving Russians and the Trump campaign, including the strategic leaking of emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager and the various reported contacts between Russians and members of the Trump campaign.Now reports suggest Mueller may be focused on a different potential conspiracy, this one involving Russian actors and Trump campaign officials or the president himself. NBC News reported Thursday that Mueller’s investigators have been asking witnesses what Trump knew about the stolen emails.These “what did the president know and when did he know it” questions zero in on the key issues in proving any conspiracy: knowledge and intent. We may not have heard Mueller’s last word when it comes to conspiracies to interfere with the election.If the president or other members of his campaign knew about the hacking or other Russian interference and actively worked with the Russians to help those activities succeed, they could find themselves caught up in conspiracy charges of their own.On the obstruction of justice front, The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Mueller has been asking witnesses about the president’s apparent attempts to pressure Attorney General Jeff Sessions into resigning last summer.Those efforts came shortly after Trump had fired FBI director James Comey and reportedly had come close to firing Mueller himself. They could suggest sources of Russian leverage against the president or be relevant to any possible quid pro quo involving assistance with the election or other benefits provided to Trump in return for favorable actions toward Russia.And probing those connections could lead to evidence of other crimes such as money laundering, as Manafort has discovered.Mueller remains unlikely to indict the president, but any findings that Trump was involved in criminal activity could lead to calls for impeachment.And the constraints around indicting a sitting president do not apply to those closest to him, including members of his family who were deeply involved in his campaign.Last week brought the clearest signs yet that Mueller’s net is tightening around the White House – and maybe the president himself.Randall D. Eiason teaches white-collar criminal law at George Washington University Law School.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? By forcing Sessions to step down, Trump could have sought to replace him with an attorney general who could rein in Mueller’s investigation and be more protective of the president.It seems clear that Mueller is probing whether there was a pattern of attempts by the president to obstruct justice by impeding the Russia investigation.Obstruction, of course, can occur even if the underlying activity being investigated turns out not to be illegal.Mueller could ultimately decide to bring no additional charges involving interference with the election and still conclude the president corruptly tried to derail the investigation in order to protect himself and his family.As Watergate taught us, sometimes it’s the coverup that gets you.Finally, CNN reported Wednesday that Mueller’s investigators have also been asking witnesses about Trump’s business ties to Russia before the 2016 campaign.Although Trump and others have suggested that such inquiries may be out of bounds, any financial entanglements between Trump and Russia are potentially important to Mueller’s probe.center_img Categories: Editorial, OpinionSpecial counsel Robert Mueller III is significantly turning up the heat on President Trump.While the president once again attacks his own attorney general and declares himself the victim of a “witch hunt,” he faces increasingly ominous signs that Mueller has the president’s innermost circle — and Trump himself — in his sights.Mueller’s investigation has at least three tracks:Russian interference with the 2016 election and the possible involvement of any Trump officials.Obstruction of justice and related coverup crimes.Ancillary crimes discovered during the investigation, such as the money-laundering and other charges filed against Paul Manafort.In the past few days there have been reports of intensifying investigative activity focused on Trump’s own actions in all three areas.last_img read more

Bilbao’s 38-year-old striker stuns Barcelona in title defence opener

first_imgDe Jong fully justified his place with a serene display, seamlessly linking midfield to attack and dictating tempo with a maturity well beyond his 22 years.By contrast, Griezmann never really settled after a nervous start, allowing a simple pass to slip under his foot before hacking late at the shin of Unai Lopez.Inaki Williams, meanwhile, fresh from signing a nine-year contract last week, started fast, as he saw a rasping shot pushed wide and then skipped in behind Nelson Semedo but was again denied by Ter Stegen.De Jong was tidy and composed but Barca were less controlled and their rhythm knocked further by Suarez departing shortly before half-time.He had been testing his calf moments before, just as a poor header back landed perfectly in his path. Suarez shot first time but struck the post.Raul Garcia failed to beat Ter Stegen from 10 yards while Rafinha, on for Suarez, went close, his curling effort brilliantly tipped onto the join between the post and crossbar by Unai Simon.Ernesto Valverde put Ivan Rakitic on for Carles Alena at half-time and Rafinha again hit the post, this time freed by a cute reverse pass from Ousmane Dembele.Bilbao seemed to tire and Barca turned the screw. Rakitic fired over as three Bilbao defenders leapt in front of him but their opponents survived.Carles Perez, the 21-year-old forward, came on for only his second league appearance but it was Bilbao’s substitute that proved decisive.A quick one-two down the right produced a looping cross into the box, where Aduriz did the rest.Share on: WhatsApp Athletic Bilbao’s Spanish forward Aritz Aduriz celebrates his goalMadrid, Spain | AFP |  Barcelona made a nightmare start to the defence of their La Liga title on Friday by losing Luis Suarez to injury and then losing 1-0 to Athletic Bilbao, after a sensational late volley from substitute Aritz Aduriz.Suarez hobbled off in the 37th minute with what looked like a calf injury before Aduriz came on in the 88th, the 38-year-old striker who has announced he will retire at the end of the season.This was a spectacular start to the finale as Aduriz threw himself into the air and acrobatically volleyed past Marc-Andre ter Stegen to send San Mames wild on La Liga’s opening night.“The competition has put us in our place,” said Gerard Pique afterwards. “We were not us.”Barca were already without Lionel Messi, who sustained a calf injury during pre-season, and before kick-off confirmed they were about to lose Philippe Coutinho, a loan deal “agreed in principle” with Bayern Munich, according to the club’s director Guillermo Amor.Suarez will undergo tests on Tuesday to diagnose the length of his absence but Messi’s return, and perhaps negotiations for Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar, might assume added urgency during his absence.Antoine Griezmann will be expected to step up too but after joining from Atletico Madrid in July, he endured an underwhelming debut. Coutinho is evidence of the need for time to adjust.Bilbao, who finished eighth last season, held Barca to a goalless draw in February and they were good value for another point until Aduriz intervened.He has scored more than 200 goals in his 20-year career but perhaps none as memorable as this one. La Liga’s first of the season may even prove to be its best.– ‘Beautiful football’ –“Sometimes football can be so beautiful,” said Aduriz afterwards. “It will be impossible not to miss this but everything has a beginning and an end. I am incredibly grateful to be able to choose this ending.”For Barca, there was at least the consolation of an excellent performance from Frenkie de Jong, also making his debut in place of Sergio Busquets.last_img read more

Bombers undefeated after two in Chilliwack

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe L.V. Rogers Bombers remain undefeated following two games today at the 16-team Best of the Best High School Boy’s Soccer Tournament in Chilliwack.LVR opened with a 3-1 victory over Valleyview of Kamloops. Kevin Lewis, Eric Norberg and Luke Mori scored for the Bombers.The Bombers then ran into a red-hot goalkeeper, playing to a scoreless draw against G.W. Graham of Chilliwack.LVR has one more game in the day to conclude the round robin draw against Vancouver’s Handworth Royals.Other teams in the tournament are from Northern B.C., the Fraser Valley, Okanagan and Vancouver regions.The round robin record determines where teams advance into the playoff round.The final is set for 2:15 p.m. Friday. [email protected]last_img read more

Perdue announces USDA’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018 during a town hall at Reinford Farms in Mifflintown, Penn.“Since my first day as the Secretary of Agriculture, I’ve traveled to 30 states, listening to the people of American agriculture about what is working and what is not. The conversations we had and the people we came across helped us craft USDA’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018,” said Secretary Perdue. “These principles will be used as a road map — they are our way of letting Congress know what we’ve heard from the hard-working men and women of American agriculture. While we understand it’s the legislature’s job to write the Farm Bill, USDA will be right there providing whatever counsel Congress may request or require.” USDA’s 2018 Farm Bill and Legislative PrinciplesFarm production and conservationProvide a farm safety net that helps American farmers weather times of economic stress without distorting markets or increasing shallow loss payments.Promote a variety of innovative crop insurance products and changes, enabling farmers to make sound production decisions and to manage operational risk.Encourage entry into farming through increased access to land and capital for young, beginning, veteran and underrepresented farmers.Ensure that voluntary conservation programs balance farm productivity with conservation benefits so the most fertile and productive lands remain in production while land retired for conservation purposes favors more environmentally sensitive acres.Support conservation programs that ensure cost-effective financial assistance for improved soil health, water and air quality and other natural resource benefits. Trade and foreign agricultural affairsImprove U.S. market competitiveness by expanding investments, strengthening accountability of export promotion programs, and incentivizing stronger financial partnerships.Ensure the Farm Bill is consistent with U.S. international trade laws and obligations.Open foreign markets by increasing USDA expertise in scientific and technical areas to more effectively monitor foreign practices that impede U.S. agricultural exports and engage with foreign partners to address them. Food, nutrition, and consumer servicesHarness America’s agricultural abundance to support nutrition assistance for those truly in need.Support work as the pathway to self-sufficiency, well-being, and economic mobility for individuals and families receiving supplemental nutrition assistance.Strengthen the integrity and efficiency of food and nutrition programs to better serve our participants and protect American taxpayers by reducing waste, fraud and abuse through shared data, innovation, and technology modernization.Encourage state and local innovations in training, case management, and program design that promote self-sufficiency and achieve long-term, stability in employment.Assure the scientific integrity of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans process through greater transparency and reliance on the most robust body of scientific evidence.Support nutrition policies and programs that are science based and data driven with clear and measurable outcomes for policies and programs. Marketing and regulatory programsEnhance our partnerships and the scientific tools necessary to prevent, mitigate, and where appropriate, eradicate harmful plant and animal pests and diseases impacting agriculture.Safeguard our domestic food supply and protect animal health through modernization of the tools necessary to bolster biosecurity, prevention, surveillance, emergency response, and border security.Protect the integrity of the USDA organic certified seal and deliver efficient, effective oversight of organic production practices to ensure organic products meet consistent standards for all producers, domestic and foreign.Ensure USDA is positioned appropriately to review production technologies if scientifically required to ensure safety, while reducing regulatory burdens.Foster market and growth opportunities for specialty crop growers while reducing regulatory burdens that limit their ability to be successful. Food safety and inspection servicesProtect public health and prevent foodborne illness by committing the necessary resources to ensure the highest standards of inspection, with the most modern tools and scientific methods available.Support and enhance FSIS programs to ensure efficient regulation and the safety of meat, poultry and processed egg products, including improved coordination and clarity on execution of food safety responsibilities.Continue to focus USDA resources on products and processes that pose the greatest public health risk. Research, education and economicsCommit to a public research agenda that places the United States at the forefront of food and agriculture scientific development.Develop an impact evaluation approach, including the use of industry panels, to align research priorities to invest in high priority innovation, technology, and education networks.Empower public-private partnerships to leverage federal dollars, increase capacity, and investments in infrastructure for modern food and agricultural science.Prioritize investments in education, training and the development of human capital to ensure a workforce capable of meeting the growing demands of food and agriculture science.Develop and apply integrated advancement in technology needed to feed a growing and hungry world. Rural developmentCreate consistency and flexibility in programs that will foster collaboration and assist communities in creating a quality of life that attracts and retains the next generation.Expand and enhance the effectiveness of tools available to further connect rural American communities, homes, farms, businesses, first responders, educational facilities, and healthcare facilities to reliable and affordable high-speed internet services.Partner with states and local communities to invest in infrastructure to support rural prosperity, innovation and entrepreneurial activity.Provide the resources and tools that foster greater integration among programs, partners and the rural development customer. Natural resources and environmentMake America’s forests work again through proactive cost-effective management based on data and sound science.Expand Good Neighbor Authority and increase coordination with states to promote job creation and improve forest health through shared stewardship and stakeholder input.Reduce litigative risk and regulatory impediments to timely environmental review, sound harvesting, fire management and habitat protection to improve forest health while providing jobs and prosperity to rural communities.Offer the tools and resources that incentivize private stewardship and retention of forest land. ManagementProvide a fiscally responsible Farm Bill that reflects the Administration’s budget goals.Enhance customer service and compliance by reducing regulatory burdens on USDA customers.Modernize internal and external IT solutions to support the delivery of efficient, effective service to USDA customers.Provide USDA full authority to responsibly manage properties and facilities under its jurisdiction.Increase the effectiveness of tools and resources necessary to attract and retain a strong USDA workforce that reflects the citizens we serve.Recognize the unique labor needs of agriculture and leverage USDA’s expertise to allow the Department to play an integral role in developing workforce policy to ensure farmers have access to a legal and stable workforce.Grow and intensify program availability to increase opportunities for new, beginning, veteran, and underrepresented producers.last_img read more

Student Tablet Maker Kno Reportedly In Talks To Sell Off Its Tablet Manufacturing

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#web audrey watters Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img Kno, the makers of single- and dual-screen tablets for students, is looking to sell off the hardware manufacturing part of its business, according to All Things Digital’s Kara Swisher. Swisher reports that “sources close to the situation” say that Kno is in talks with two major consumer electronics manufacturers.The Kno had been touted as an alternative to the iPad – and a high-profile one at that, with a $46 million investment last fall from Andreessen-Horowitz and a strong endorsement from Marc Andreessen who called the device was “the most powerful tablet anyone has ever made.” But the device has never really materialized. Initially set for release around the holidays, shipments have been delayed, according to Engadget, and Kno website now says “there aren’t enough to go around.” The Year of the Educational Tablet? Kno, short for knowledge, aimed to be a touch-screen tablet focusing on providing digital textbooks, course materials, note-taking, web access, and educational applications. The device boasted a stylus so that students could take notes directly onto the screen. But many have been skeptical about Kno’s promise of seizing the student market, due in no small part to its price, ranging from $599 for a single screen and $999 for the dual screen device.Despite some of the drawbacks with the Kno, many people (myself included) have predicted this to be the year of the educational tablet, and schools and students are moving to adopt them – iPads and Android devices alike. And while Kno may be looking to get out of the tablet manufacturing business, Swisher suggests it isn’t leaving the educational tablet market altogether. Rather, the company will shift to “deliver textbook and other student-related delivery system [that] would be a better path for all that investment money, since Kno has established a wide range of partnerships with colleges and universities.” Indeed, Kno co-founder Osman Rashid has multiple connections in the industry, as he is the co-founder of the textbook rental company Chegg. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more