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  • New leader in teaching, learning

    first_imgRobert A. Lue, professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology, has been named the inaugural Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, placing him at the forefront of efforts to rethink and support teaching and learning, both on campus and off.  Michael D. Smith, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), announced the appointment in an email to faculty today.“Rob is one of Harvard’s foremost leaders in innovative teaching,” Smith said.  “As the Menschel director, he will establish the Bok Center at the heart of our efforts to strengthen teaching and learning in the FAS.  This is an exciting moment for everyone who cares passionately about the education of our students — today, in the future, on campus and online. ”Smith, the John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, called Lue “a tremendous partner, a substantive thinker, and a practical optimist. Together with the recently announced appointment of Huntington D. Lambert as the next dean for the Division of Continuing Education, I believe we have the makings of a ‘dream team’ of innovative teaching that is without peer.”“Rob Lue is a visionary, with the intelligence, energy and moral commitments that make visions come true,” said Doris Sommer, the Ira and Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and African and African American Studies. “His appointment at the Bok Center no doubt adds to an almost unimaginable range of leadership responsibilities — including HarvardX and the [Education] Portal in Allston — but it also enables our best pedagogical development towards rigorous and broad education at Harvard and  beyond our local campuses.”Working with the center’s executive director and staff, Lue will be responsible for articulating the teaching mission of FAS and elevating its profile on campus, as well as managing the center’s growth and collaborating with staff to develop programs and courses on innovative pedagogies, course and programmatic assessment, and development of teaching skills among FAS instructors.  Established in 1975 to enhance the quality of undergraduate education throughout FAS, the center annually hosts dozens of programs, seminars, and events to support the teaching activities of FAS faculty and instructional staff.  The creation of the new position of faculty director was made possible by Richard Menschel, M.B.A. ’59.For Lue, who also serves as the faculty director of HarvardX, Harvard’s online education portal, and the director of Life Sciences Education, the new appointment offers an opportunity to build on the Bok Center’s “long and distinguished history” of innovation and research on the subject of teaching and learning.“I’m excited about this opportunity to build on that remarkable foundation,” Lue said. “This is a perfect moment for the Bok Center, and for other efforts across campus in the teaching and learning space to come together in a mutually reinforcing way.”Lue is a national figure in life sciences education, having co-authored two major freshman biology textbooks, the second of which was published in December by W.H. Freeman. He continues to co-lead the National Academies Summer Institute for Undergraduate Education.  Lue also continues as the faculty director of Harvard’s Allston Education Portal. Lue has served as dean of the Harvard Summer School, where among other things he led the expansion of study-abroad programs across multiple fields in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences.Lue graduated from St. George’s College in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1982, and went on to earn a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross. He earned his Ph.D. in cellular biology at Harvard in 1995.  He joined the faculty of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology in 1999.Going forward, Lue said he believes Harvard is uniquely positioned to take advantage of a coming sea change in education, one driven by technology, the Internet, and their creative application both inside and outside the classroom. He said the Bok Center will play a critical role in leading the charge.“The Bok Center is beautifully positioned to play a very important role in fostering not just faculty experimentation in the classroom, but also in working to identify what the best ways are for us to teach our students,” Lue said. “When you look at the national landscape, the traditional mode of lecturing, while still important, is clearly not the only way to teach. Increasingly, faculty members are exploring new ways of using technology and new ways of engaging students. I’ve never seen this level of broad-based interest in creatively rethinking teaching and learning among both faculty and students, so it’s a tremendously exciting time to be in the classroom.”last_img read more

  • City Eyes ADA Restroom Addition to Jackson Taylor Park

    first_imgImage by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN — Jamestown City Council is slated to approve a contract for construction of ADA restrooms to the concession stand at Jackson Taylor Park at Monday’s meeting.The contract is with G.L. Olson, Dewittville, for $303,800 and is subject to approval by the corporation council regarding the contract’s form.The project will be funded by Community Block Grant – ADA Improvement funds. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Farming Workshop

    first_imgA small farm workshop is set for Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the University of Georgia Research and Education Garden in Griffin, Georgia.The class will cover principles of organic weed control, cover crop research, diagnosis and control of vegetable growing problems, controlling erosion in small production systems, and other soil health-related topics.The workshop is presented by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, Towaliga Soil and Water Conservation District, USDA National Resources Conservation Unit and 2 Rivers RC&D.Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Wesley Doyle at (770) 358-0787, ext. 3 or Wesley.doyle@usda.gov.last_img read more

  • 3 ways to partner with customers to fight holiday fraud

    first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The holiday season brings us many joys: delightful presents, special meals, family traditions and friendly reunions. But the season is also becoming known for a not-so-pleasant surprise—an uptick in the already troublesome issue of cyber and financial fraud.Financial institutions pay the price for such fraud, in more ways than one. Not only do they foot the bill for installing fraud detection tools, they eat the dollars lost to fraud and sometimes even lose customers who blame them for breaches or hacks related to their products or services.As Business Insider reports, “fraud is top of mind for consumers going into the holiday season.” So, in addition to using artificial intelligence, biometrics and behavioral analytics to combat fraud this time of year, don’t forget about the greatest non-technical tool in your defensive arsenal: customer communications.In fact, it’s time for some frank conversations with your customers.last_img read more

  • Staying sane in crazy times

    first_imgLet’s put things into perspective: only months ago you were living one life, leading an organization, and making decisions on what you felt were basic known premises. Then, the world changed. Virtually overnight, much of what you thought were givens—like air travel or hugging a loved one—was no longer possible. Almost every aspect of your personal and professional life has been significantly impacted. If you feel overwhelmed, lost, scared, and uncertain, please do not think of yourself as weak or needy. Those are very appropriate emotions in this situation. It would actually be crazy if you didn’t feel that way.We are living through a global pandemic. Please let that sentence sink in. Most of us have been so busy reacting to all that this change has required for our businesses that we haven’t had a moment to fully acknowledge and process all that it has meant for us, personally.Please give yourself that moment now. There is a sound business reason for doing this: you are the instrument of leadership and in order to be great for your people, you must be able to sustain yourself for the long haul of change that is ahead. Please know that you (along with the rest of us) are on a very identifiable roadmap of dealing with change. It is a road you have traveled in your life before and you are simply living through another iteration, only this time, perhaps, at lightning speed.This process starts with shock and denial, morphs into anger, blame, and frustration, and is followed by a deep dive into depression, confusion, low energy, and sagging morale. Eventually, it evolves into acceptance and, ideally, renewed energy, innovation, and the creation of a pretty great new normal. Where are you today in the change process?Where are the members of your team?Simply remembering that there is an identifiable roadmap for coming to terms with change can be helpful. You are on the road to thriving in the new normal, although maybe not in such a great feeling place right now. Having an opportunity to verbalize where you are in the process (“I am angry, depressed, and feel like giving up”) and feeling seen, heard, and accepted at that stage is healing and can often be enough to move you to the next stage. It really is okay to not be okay during a global pandemic. For this moment, please allow yourself to be where you are. Name it for yourself. Write it down and look at it. Allow it. If you can, find someone you trust and love and share what is real for you today. Voice it fully. Once you have done this for yourself, consider the value of giving your team members the same opportunity. Write down the stages of change and ask them where they are today (not yesterday and not tomorrow, just today). Together, acknowledge where everyone on the team is and let them know that they are okay wherever they happen to be. In a week’s time, notice what results. For inspiration, watch This is Water. For further reading, consider Carl Roger’s A Way of Being. 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Susanne Biro Susanne Biro is a coach to C-suite and executive level leaders. She is also a seasoned facilitator, program designer, author and TEDx speaker. Along with Carrie Birkhofer and Christopher Beltran, … Web: www.syntrinaleadership.com Detailslast_img read more

  • Unai Emery tells Shkodran Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny to leave Arsenal before transfer window shuts

    first_imgMustafi endured a difficult season last term (Picture: Getty)While Arsenal continue to work to sell Mustafi and Elneny, Emery and his team have made a perfect start to the new Premier League season.Arsenal travel to Liverpool on Saturday, with both sides unbeaten and aiming to go top of the league table with a victory.MORE: Charlie Nicholas fears Liverpool will ‘expose’ Arsenal summer signing David Luiz Advertisement Unai Emery tells Shkodran Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny to leave Arsenal before transfer window shuts Coral BarryThursday 22 Aug 2019 10:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link799Shares Elneny is yet to make a squad this season for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘But they know the situation and really, really I am wishing the best for them – and I think now the best for them is to be protagonists in another team, to sign and get another challenge with another team.‘We respect them, and they are training with us, but they know their situation.’center_img Emery wants Mustafi and Elneny off the books (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has publicly told Shkodran Mustafi and Mohamed Elneny to leave Arsenal before the transfer window closes on September 2.Arsenal are trying to offload dead-weight from their squad, with midfielder Elneny and centre-back Mustafi yet to be selected by Emery this season.Mustafi has been linked with a move to France and Emery has now said he wants him and Elneny to depart Arsenal.He said: ‘We now have some players who know their situation. For example, Elneny and Mustafi know their position in the squad and I really want the players to be happy here, I want them to be protagonists.ADVERTISEMENT Liverpool v Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 10:47FullscreenLiverpool v Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/liverpool-v-arsenal-unai-emery-press-conference-1990872/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Last year with Mustafi and Mo, when they didn’t play they weren’t happy.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I spoke with them a lot of times last year and in pre-season, and I think it is positive for them to leave and sign for another team where they can be protagonists, be happy and continue their careers.‘They are very big players but for one circumstance or another, they are going to have less chances to show their capacity or to be happy with us and the minutes they play in matches. Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

  • Bernd Leno speaks out on mistake that cost Arsenal a goal in north London derby

    first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 2 Sep 2019 11:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link700Shares Comment Bernd Leno says he ‘did a very good job’ in north London derby after mistake for Spurs opener The German was happy with his overall display despite messing up early on (Picture: Getty)Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno felt he was ‘unlucky’ for the mistake that saw Tottenham take the lead in the north London but was pleased with his response as he made a number of important stops.The German was picking the ball out of his net after just 10 minutes when he meekly palmed a tame effort from Erik Lamela into the path of Christian Eriksen, who tapped home from close range.Harry Kane doubled the visitors’ lead from the penalty spot, but Leno made a host of fine saves to keep Spurs at bay after that and he was happy with his overall performance level as he helped the side fight back to draw 2-2. Leno parried the ball straight to Eriksen who had the easiest of finishes (Picture: Getty)Asked about the mistake for the goal, Leno told reporters: ‘I couldn’t catch the ball completely and then I tried to get up but Eriksen scored, it was unlucky but that is the life of a goalkeeper.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘For me it was then like the team, I had to stand up. It is not a big problem just because we conceded a goal, I had to stay positive and I thought after that I did a very good job.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I think it was a very difficult start but then we said as a team on the pitch after going 2-0 down “we have to stay positive”.‘There was still an hour to play and we know about the character in this team and also our quality and then after it went to 2-1 you could see that we at least wanted to draw the game and at the end we still had the chances to win.’center_img Advertisement Advertisement Leno feels Arsenal and Spurs are evenly matched and either team could have won (Getty)On where the balance of power lies in north London, he continued: ‘We showed that we can play better than them. To be honest, in the first half you saw the quality of Tottenham so again it will a very hard fight until the end of the season and then we will see who will be better.‘Some minutes after the game it was a little bit disappointing because we had the chance [to win]. But after one hour you have to say it is okay because we were 2-0 down and came back to 2-2 and also that Tottenham had a lot of chances and could have scored the third goal so at the end it was a deserved draw. We are very close.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenallast_img read more

  • Dutch schemes must decide on targets, risk and premiums – Federation

    first_imgDutch companies and employees must be allowed to choose the right balance between pensions targets, investment risks and contributions, the Pensions Federation has argued.Speaking at the federation’s annual congress, chairman Kick van der Pol stressed that the sector wanted to improve the stability of both contributions and liabilities.But he decried the fact that, in initial proposals for a real pensions contract, pension funds had to invest “prudently” while at the same time providing full indexation.In the federation’s opinion, this is “impossible”. In a message ostensibly directed towards Jetta Klijnsma – state secretary for the Ministry of Social Affairs, who is currently elaborating a financial assessment framework (FTK) based on a single hybrid pension contract – Van der Pol compared the government’s previous versions of the FTK with “a shoe shop without the right shoe sizes”.He also lamented the “contradictory” goals of politicians, who have demanded both an increase in contributions to improve financial buffers and lower premiums, due to the expected reduction of tax-friendly pensions accrual.In the chairman’s opinion, pensions communication should focus on explaining risks to participants rather than on underlining certainties.“We must make clear that taking investment risks generates a much better pension than risk-free investment,” he said.Van der Pol also announced that the Pensions Federation’s three constituent organisations – the Association of Industry-wide Pensions Funds (VB), the Foundation for Company Schemes (OPF) and the Union for Occupational Pensions Funds (UvB) – would merge fully into a single lobbying body on 1 January.“By offering pension funds the option of becoming a direct member of the federation,” he said, “we expect to increase both their involvement and our influence.”He added that the federation hoped the change would help regain the trust of participants.Surveys have shown that pension-fund participants currently have more faith in banks and insurers than in pension funds.last_img read more

  • Breakthrough for buyers as home values drop in Brisbane

    first_imgNational Dec. -1.1%; Qtr -2.3%; Year -4.8% Median value $532,327 Darwin Dec. -1.8%; Qtr -1.2%; Year -1.5% Median value $416,149 Canberra Dec. 0.0%; Qtr 0.6%; Year 3.3% Median value $601,275 Hobart Dec. 0.4%; Qtr 2.0%; Year 8.7% Median value $457,523 Melbourne Dec. -1.5%; Qtr -3.2%; Year -7.0% Median value $645,123 Adelaide Dec. 0.2%; Qtr 0.5%; Year 1.3% Median value $434,924 Perth Dec. -1.0%; Qtr -2.5%; Year -4.7% Median value $446,011 “Housing is more affordable and Brisbane never had the run up in prices that Sydney and Melbourne did, so it remains a lot more stable.”“The economy is also not linked to the resources sector like it is in Perth and Darwin so it is continuing to attract (workers) from other states.” Brisbane’s housing market has not had the runup in prices that dogged Sydney and Melbourne buyers. Picture: AAP Image/Darren England. CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless said it showed that the housing market slowdown was not just restricted to price corrections in Sydney and Melbourne.“Although Australia’s two largest cities are the primary drivers for the weaker national reading, most regions around the country have reacted to tighter credit conditions by recording weaker housing market results relative to 2017.”CoreLogic researcher Cameron Kusher said “the market in Brisbane has been flat, much like it has been for many years”.The flat conditions in Brisbane, at a time when prices were falling by record margins in Sydney and Melbourne reflected Brisbane’s better affordability and diverse economy. It is also attracting a lot of interstate migration, which is pushing up housing demand. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 CoreLogic Hedonic Home Value Index, December 2018 Results More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoSydney Dec. -1.8%; Qtr -3.9%; Year -8.9% Median value $808,494 Combined capitals Dec. -1.3%; Qtr -2.8%; Year -6.1% Median value $612,737 Brisbane Dec. -0.2%; Qtr -0.1%; Year 0.2% Median value $493,568 Combined regional Dec. -0.2%; Qtr -0.5%; Year -0.2% Median value $377,661 The last time the national falls were this large was over the 12 months to March 2009. Picture: Penny Stephens.Buyers have had a breakthrough in Brisbane with home values dropping simultaneously over the month and the quarter for the first time in over a year.But it’s a small chink in the armour after a year in which Brisbane held its steady golden glow while Sydney and Melbourne were hammered by the credit crunch and restrictions on offshore buyers.The CoreLogic December home value index found Brisbane dwelling values fell -0.2 per cent over December to a median of $493,568.The result was just enough to also tip the Queensland capital into negative territory over the quarter as well at -0.1 per cent growth.National dwelling values were down by a cumulative 5.2 per cent since peaking in October 2017, while Sydney values were now 11.1 per cent lower than their July 2017 peak and Melbourne values 7.2 per cent below their November 2017 peak.The last time the national falls were this large was over the 12 months to March 2009. The price drops over December were not only seasonal, with the market much weaker than it was at the same time last year and substantially weaker over the same period in 2016. (Source: CoreLogic) FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK — With Aidan Devinelast_img read more

  • Nobody injured in Rush County ambulance crash

    first_imgRUSH COUNTY, Ind. — The Rush County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a multiple vehicle accident east of Rushville early last week on US 52.The accident was set apart from any other accident, because it involved an ambulance during a run.The Rush Memorial Hospital ambulance was eastbound with lights and sirens engaged, responding to a 911 call.The ambulance approached an intersection with multiple eastbound vehicles.The vehicles pulled onto the south shoulder, except for a semi.The semi was stopped in the eastbound lane.As the ambulance approached, it entered the westbound lane to go around the semi, but the semi began turning left into a driveway and into the path of the ambulance.The driver of the ambulance attempted to avoid the collision by driving into a ditch, but the semi struck the ambulance in the front wheel area and then the passenger side.According to police, the driver of the semi said they couldn’t hear the siren or see the ambulance approaching.A second ambulance was dispatched to the original call immediately after the report of the accident.Nobody was injured in the collision.last_img read more