Indian Navy Appoints First Assistant Chief of Naval Staff

first_img View post tag: Defence View post tag: Assistant View post tag: Staff View post tag: Indian Back to overview,Home naval-today Indian Navy Appoints First Assistant Chief of Naval Staff Share this article View post tag: Defense Indian Navy Appoints First Assistant Chief of Naval Staff View post tag: India View post tag: appointscenter_img View post tag: first View post tag: Naval View post tag: chief Authorities View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic July 23, 2013 Rear Admiral Srinivas Kanugo assumed office as the first Flag Officer in the newly created post of Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Air Materiel) [ACNS(AM)] at the Integrated Headquarters of the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD), Department of Navy, on 17 July 2013. The post has been created as the single point of responsibility for all matters related to aviation technical management of the burgeoning air arm of the Indian Navy. The ACNS (AM) will be responsible for planning and co-ordination of new induction air equipment and systems, repair and overhaul of all existing aircraft, aero engines and associated equipment and systems as well as provisioning of air stores.The air arm of the Indian Navy operates over 200 aircraft with over 20 different types including fighters, fixed wing Maritime Reconnaisance aircraft, helicopters and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The air arm, which recently marked its Diamond Jubilee is on the anvil of transformation in capability and size with the induction of potent platforms such as the MiG 29K and Boeing P 8I and the planned induction of a large number of helicopters. Naval aviation is also seeing attendant needs for growth in infrastructure with addition of new air stations like INS Parundu in Ramnathapuram, INS Baaz in Campbell Bay and multiple air enclaves across the country.Commissioned on 01 Aug 81, Rear Admiral Srinivas Kanugo is an air electrical engineer who has held numerous challenging appointments in ships and air establishments during his near 32 years of commissioned service in the Navy. An alumnus of JNTU College of Engineering, in Anantapur (AP), Admiral Kanugo did his Masters degree from Institute of Armament Technology, Pune. He has held numerous prestigious appointments such as Director, Naval Institute of Aeronautical Technology, Kochi; Chief Controller, Naval Aeronautical Quality Assurance Service; Commodore Superintendent, Naval Aircraft Yard (Kochi), Chief Staff Officer (Technical), Headquarters Naval Aviation and Principal Director, Directorate of Naval Air Materiel at IHQ MoD (Navy).The officer was awarded Vishist Sewa Medal (VSM) in 2013 for his outstanding contribution to the Indian Navy.[mappress]Press Release, July 23, 2013; Image: Indian Navylast_img read more

USS George H. W. Bush completes TSTA/FEP

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS George H. W. Bush completes tailored ship training October 5, 2016 Authorities USS George H. W. Bush completes tailored ship training View post tag: US Navycenter_img U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush (CVN 77) returned to Norfolk after completing tailored ship’s training availability/final evaluation problem (TSTA/FEP), October 3.TSTA/FEP is designed to train the crew in preparation for deployment, as well as integrate ship’s company with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8. This was the ship’s first time out to sea embarked with staffs of Carrier Strike Group 2, CVW-8 and its squadrons, and Destroyer Squadron 22 since its 2014 deployment.This certification was graded by the afloat training group (ATG) Atlantic.GHWB was evaluated by simulating real-world situations where members of ATG assessed the crew’s knowledge, precision and overall operational readiness.These evolutions include an emphasis on damage control, flight deck operations and simulated combat exercises.Sailors demonstrated their readiness through a number of drills, including firefighting, flooding casualties, man overboard drills, simulated attacks by enemy ships, and flight operations in various conditions.At the completion of training and complete integration with the air wing, a final evaluation problem solidified the ship’s readiness.According to the navy, the ship successfully passed more than 300 graded evolutions and completed TSTA/FEP in 16 days.“ATG was very complimentary of our sailors and crew during the out-brief,” said Lt. Cmdr. Alexandra Grayson, the ship’s training officer.The ship received an average of 97 percent across all graded evolutions.The next step in certifying GHWB for deployment will be a composite unit training exercise (COMPTUEX) which will test all warfare mission areas of the ship and CSG-2. View post tag: USS George H. W. Bush Share this articlelast_img read more

Assistant Plumbing Supervisor

first_imgWorking TitleAssistant Plumbing Supervisor Posting DetailsTo create a Posting, first complete the information on this screen,then click the ‘Next’ button or select the page in the left handnavigation menu. Proceed through all sections completing allnecessary information. To submit the Posting to Human Resources,you must go to the ‘Posting Summary Page’ by clicking on the ‘Next’button until you reach the Posting Summary Page or select PostingSummary Page from the left navigation menu. Once a summary pageappears, hover your mouse over the orange Action button for a listof possible approval step options. * Please describe your management/supervisory experience.(Open Ended Question) Compensation Title Qualifications Job Open Date11/13/2020 Work Schedule Hours per Week40 Commitment to Inclusive Excellence Salary$17.95 – $20.48 Position Number30000247 Northern Kentucky University is an Equal Opportunity/EqualAccess/Affirmative Action institution. We embrace inclusiveness,equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of our work and seekexcellence through diversity among our students, administrators,faculty, and staff. Application by members of diverse groups isencouraged. Assist with planning, prioritizing, assigning, supervising, andparticipating in the work of staff responsible for the university’splumbing, gas, domestic water, and swimming pool maintenance.Assist with estimating time and material for work orders andprojects. Assist with the ordering and purchasing of materialsaccording to established guidelines and budgetary constraints.Assist with maintaining material inventories and other records asrequiredAssist with establishing preventive maintenance schedules;recommending priorities of repair projects; responding toafter-hours emergency situations as directedSafely use all tools of the plumbing trade including but notlimited to: soldering and brazing equipment, cutting torches, pipewrenches, electric drills, drill presses, pipe threaders, sewermachines and power snakesInstall, service, maintain, regulate, repair, and replace plumbinglines, fixtures, fittings, and equipment to comply with the uniformplumbing code, Americans with Disabilities Act ( ADA ), otherrequirements, and state and local guidelines.Assist with the supervision, operations and maintenance of theswimming pool equipment located in Campus Recreation.Read and interpret blueprints, shop drawings, sketches, manuals,diagrams, and contract specifications. Provide feedback on projectsbefore and during construction, and update files and plans toreflect changes in plumbing.Assist with the coordination and training in plumbing maintenanceand safety methods, procedures, and techniques.Perform related duties as assigned. Minimum Experience3 years Primary Responsibilities Prefer Vocational Degree in plumbing. 1 year ofSupervisory/personnel management training also stronglypreferred.Acceptable equivalency would be high school diploma/ GED withPlumber’s License and 5 years of related experience, one of whichwould be in a supervisory capacity.Must possess:1. valid driver’s license;2. License to perform testing of backflow preventers3. Journeyman Plumbing license preferred4. basic computer skills; proficient in Microsoft Word andExcel5. ability to communicate clearly both orally and written;6. ability to work with various types of related equipmentincluding, but not limited to, chemicals, parts washer, welders,metal lathe, cutters, grinders, chop saws, concrete coringmachines, pipe threaders, drill presses, pressure jetting machines,pumps, hydraulic jacks, hot water tanks, etc.;7. ability to stand, walk, stoop, reach, pull, kneel, push, work inconfined spaces, perform work above head level for extended periodsof time;8. perform medium heavy and maximum physical exertion and lift upto 50 lbs or more on a regular basis.Any candidate chosen for this position will be required to undergoa pre-employment criminal background check as mandated by statelaw.Northern Kentucky University is an Equal Opportunity/EqualAccess/Affirmative Action institution. We embrace inclusiveness,equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of our work and seekexcellence through diversity among our students, administrators,faculty, and staff. Application by members of diverse groups isencouraged. Requisition Number2020S1287 Documents Needed to ApplyRequired DocumentsResumeReferencesOptional DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of Applicationcenter_img Job Close Date * Do you have a valid driver’s license and are you permitted todrive without restrictions?No ResponseYesNo To provide customer service to the University community by ensuringa clean, sanitary, and inviting environment. Assist in thesupervision of preventive maintenance, repairs, installation, andmodifications of piping, plumbing fixtures, equipment, andfacilities. Responsible for a variety of systems and equipment thataffect the University’s fire protection and health/life safety suchas sprinkler lines, gas lines, swimming pool chemicals, sewagedisposal, fire pumps, fire hydrants. Months per Year12 Mon-Fri 7AM-3:30PM Quick Linkhttps://jobs.nku.edu/postings/9789 Position StatusRegular Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Open Until FilledNo Preferred EducationTechnical School Certificate Pay GradeS69 Minimum EducationHigh School Diploma Purpose of Position * Please describe in detail your plumbing experience.(Open Ended Question)* Please list any licenses or certifications you might havethat are directly related to this position.(Open Ended Question)* Do you possess the ability perform medium heavy to maximumphysical exertion and to lift 50 lbs. or more on a regular basis?YesNo Is this an internal only posting? DepartmentPlumbinglast_img read more

LGBT dispute at New College

first_imgAfter much debate, New College JCR have passed a motion changing the constitutional specifications regarding the sexual identification of candidates who are eligible to run for the position of LGBTQ representative.The motion proposed removing the specification in the JCR’s standing orders that candidates for the role be ‘non-straight’. It was then amended to agree that only LGBTQ-identified candidates would initially be able to stand. If no candidates came forward, or if students voted to re-open nominations, then non-LGBTQ candidates would be permitted to run. While a majority opposed the original motion, the amendment was deemed ‘friendly’ and passed with one vote against.Second year chemist Isabelle Paterson-Taylor tabled the motion. She told Cherwell, “The changes that have taken place in the JCR are a good step towards further discussion and more integration.“Previously, it was implied that the main qualification for the role was simply being ‘non-straight’, rather than a deep interest and involvement in the issues involved.“I feel that if we are to account for the wide range of experience within the ‘community’, we must also accept that there are non-LGBTQ-identified people who have legitimate motivations to run for the position.”Henry Ashwell, New’s current LGBTQ rep, seconded Paterson-Taylor’s proposal before accepting the amendment. He said, “I fully understand the frustration and arguments in favour of greater inclusion over the LGBTQ rep position. However, it was pointed out that, in elections, the voice of the LGBTQ community gets very little say on who their rep is.‘Their unanimous voice was that they wanted someone who had experience of being LGBTQ to be in charge of LGBTQ welfare. This was a reasonable request and one which no LGBTQ rep should take lightly.”JCR President Oscar Lee said, “A primary reason for the motion was the contradiction that a candidate had to be ‘non-straight’ even if they were transgender. This has been rectified so that any transgender candidate of any sexual orientation can stand.’A first year at New, who identifies as LGBTQ, supported the outcome, saying, ‘People want to go to someone they can identify with and who’s had first-hand experience.”However, a non-LGBTQ second year, who had hoped to run last year, told Cherwell, “I fully support and strongly champion the LGBTQ cause, but I’m angry that people aren’t keen to widen representation.”OUSU LGBT rep Jess Pumphrey said, “I see no way of enforcing this rule without policing others’ identities. Who will determine whether a candidate is ‘LGBTQ enough’ to stand? Nobody has the authority to do that.“Candidates with experience of all aspects of LGBTQ life must be rare, yet we trust our LGBTQ representatives to represent us on issues they haven’t personally experienced. It seems to me risky to prevent good and willing candidates from standing for a position which can often be undersubscribed.”last_img read more

OCPD Activity Report May 1-7, 2016

first_imgPUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year. Motor vehicle accident, 8th St. & Asbury Ave., at 11:17am Warrant, 1600 block West Ave., one in custody, at 11:24am Warrant, 900 block Wesley Ave., one in custody, at 2:50pm May 6, 2016: FridayCalls for service: 52Motor Vehicle Stops: 16  Motor Vehicle Accidents: 2  Property Checks: 17   Alarms: 0The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 5 EMS calls Motor vehicle accident, 1200 block West Ave., at 10:01am Calls for Service: 709    Daily Average: 73 May 1, 2016: Sunday Calls for service: 72Motor Vehicle Stops: 24   Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1   Property Checks: 27  Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 4 Fire and 7 EMS calls Harassment, 600 block Wesley Ave., at 9:45pm Warrant, 800 block West Ave., one in custody, at 7:14pm May 5, 2016: ThursdayCalls for service: 85Motor Vehicle Stops: 32  Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1   Property Checks: 24 Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 2 EMS callsDomestic violence, Bayshore Dr., at 7:37amFight, 1800 block Bay Ave., at 8:59amMotor vehicle accident, 800 block Central Ave., at 10:40amBurglary, 600 block Bay Ave., at 3:38pm Warrant, St. James Pl., one in custody, at 9:11am Motor vehicle accident, 2800 block Asbury Ave., at 1:09pm May 4, 2016: WednesdayCalls for service: 83Motor Vehicle Stops: 24   Motor Vehicle Accidents: 2 Property Checks: 30 Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 6 fire and 6 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 29th St. & West Ave., at 8:47amMotor vehicle accident, Tennessee Ave., at 9:25amLandlord/tenant dispute, 600 block Wesley Ave., at 1:46pmWeapons offense, 700 block Bay Ave., one in custody, at 11:07pm Motor vehicle accident, 1200 block Bay Ave., at 3:05pm Fraud, 800 block Wesley Ave., at 5:00pm May 3, 2016: TuesdayCalls for service: 53Motor Vehicle Stops: 21   Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1    Property Checks: 12   Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 6 fire and 4 EMS calls May 7, 2016: Saturday Calls for service: 77Motor Vehicle Stops: 10  Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 20   Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 7 fire and 5 EMS callsDWI, 10th St., one in custody, at 1:06pmFraud, 800 block Asbury Ave., at 3:25pm Criminal mischief, 1500 block Wesley Ave., at 9:33am May 2, 2016: Monday Calls for service: 86Motor Vehicle Stops: 36   Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0   Property Checks: 17 Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 4 Fire and 5 EMS calls Warrant, 800 block Central Ave., one in custody, at 10:00am City Ordinance 87-17sec.4-32 prohibits any Boat/Trailer over 22 feet in overall length from being parked on a city street.       Any boat/trailer less than 22 feet in overall length can only remain on a city street for three consecutive days. Officers will be issuing summons and towing boats/trailers for any observed violations.last_img read more

South Bend woman gets 120 months for heroin dealing

first_img South Bend woman gets 120 months for heroin dealing IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Previous articleNotre Dame basilica makes schedule changesNext articleBig 10 Conference cancels their basketball tournament Tommie Lee Facebook Pinterest Google+ (Source: https://goo.gl/Nd9gFp License: https://goo.gl/sZ7V7x) A South Bend woman is headed to prison for conspiracy to distribute heroin.28 year-old Kayla Hampton received a 10-year sentence for her role in a heroin ring that used cellphones to deal the drug in 2017.When she was taking part in the conspiracy she was awaiting sentencing on a kidnapping case. Hampton admitted that she was personally responsible for distributing at least one kilogram of heroin. Google+ Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest By Tommie Lee – March 12, 2020 0 311 WhatsApp Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

Architecture of experience

first_imgKrystal Tung ’13 wanted to follow the yellow brick road. When the Cabot House resident heard that this spring’s House musical would be “The Wizard of Oz,” she headed straight for the stage.“I’ve always wanted to be in a musical,” said Tung, who became a munchkin in the show. “I’ve never had any formal acting experiences or singing lessons. But my friends in the House were doing it, so I decided to take that risk and see what happens.”Tung, a psychology concentrator, spent hours learning her lines, rehearsing in the chorus, and building sets. She also learned how to get people organized, listening, and working together. Those are useful skills for her other passion, entrepreneurship, which she discovered when she went to Cabot’s resident dean and House master for advice. Tung credits her residential community for providing outlets to explore new interests and express herself in fresh ways.“I don’t think I would have gotten this opportunity outside of the House, because then I would have had to audition for the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club productions, where they expect you to have years and years of experience.”For Tung and nearly all of her Harvard College classmates, the place where she lives is also the place where she explores, creates, connects, and, above all, learns. That’s because the College’s distinctive House system brings faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates together under one roof in smaller communities that encourage residents to develop as people as well as scholars. According to recent research, such living and learning communities also generate a host of benefits for students, including an improved academic experience and increased wellness.“The House system at Harvard binds the academic and the intellectual with the other important aspects of our students’ lives: creative expression, career exploration, relationships, health, and wellness,” said Dean Michael D. Smith of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), who is also the John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “Much of the learning that undergraduates do at the College happens in the Houses, where they meet people different from themselves and engage with new knowledge and new ideas. It is their initiation into the fellowship of educated men and women.”As Harvard looks to the future, it is also working on renewing the House system for 21st century students. The College will take the first step in that process later this month when construction begins on a test project to update the living and learning experience at Old Quincy House. Planners will try out design concepts and learn lessons that can be applied to future test projects, and, when financial resources allow, to renewing the entire system.Deborah Gehrke, co-Master of Quincy House leads “Deb’s Paint Bar” inside the master’s residence in Quincy House. File photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerBringing the University down to sizeThe vision of President A. Lawrence Lowell (1909-33), the House system got its start in 1929. Lowell envisioned English-style college residences that would encourage intellectual conversation between peers and their instructors that “so far as it exists … supplements and enhances formal instruction.” He also wanted to bring upperclassmen into close contact with younger students to aid “in the development of their mind, body, and character.” Lowell believed that undergraduate education would improve with smaller learning communities.“The plan makes possible more personal attention to the individual,” he wrote in his report on the 1928-29 academic year.By 1931, the original seven undergraduate Houses — Adams, Lowell, Eliot, Kirkland, Leverett, Winthrop, and Dunster — were up and running. In the decades that followed, the College added Quincy, Mather, Cabot, Currier, Pforzheimer, and Dudley as well.In 2009, Harvard’s Subcommittee on House Life updated Lowell’s vision and described a House as “a community that cares primarily for its members’ academic and personal well-being,” with a central goal of fostering “intellectual, academic, advising, civic, recreational, social, and cultural activities.” In today’s House community, faculty masters provide intellectual capital and leadership. Allston BurrResident Deans see to the well-being of students and help to create and implement a vision for House life. And graduate student tutors provide mentoring and academic advising.Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds, the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies, said the modern House system is designed to bring the University down to size and put it literally at a student’s doorstep.“Harvard is a big place,” she said. “Houses bring important aspects of the University to students in a way that is manageable and accessible. Undergraduates learn from some of the world’s leading scholars, encounter classmates who come from an astonishing diversity of backgrounds, form relationships that last a lifetime, and access a wide range of resources, all in the place where they live.”Benefits of living and learningStudents who live in on-campus learning communities like the Houses have a richer and more supportive undergraduate experience than those who do not, according to the 2011 National Survey of Student Engagement. The survey polled more than 416,000 students from 673 U.S. colleges and universities and found that undergraduates who lived on campus were more likely to say their school provided needed academic support, encouraged contact among students from diverse backgrounds, and helped them cope with nonacademic responsibilities. On-campus students were also more likely to have had serious conversations with students whose views on religion, politics, or personal values differed from their own, and they spent about twice as much time in cocurricular activities such as sports, the arts, or community service.“The research literature is pretty clear,” said Suzy Nelson, dean of student life at Harvard College. “The connections that students make in these communities matter to the overall student experience.”Research also shows a correlation between residential life and undergraduates’ academic experience and wellness. The 2007 National Study of Living and Learning Programs surveyed more than 22,000 students in 617 living and learning programs at 52 educational institutions. The study found that students who lived together in a residence with a clear academic mission and objectives and with dedicated staff and programming were more likely to form mentoring relationships with faculty members, to develop critical thinking skills, and to apply the knowledge they learned. Students in such communities were less likely to engage in binge drinking or experience serious health consequences associated with such alcohol abuse.Nelson and her colleague Josh McIntosh, associate dean of student life, said that Harvard’s Houses are distinct among residential communities at U.S. colleges because they are led and staffed by scholars. Faculty members serve as masters. Grad student tutors serve as mentors and advise students on choosing concentrations, preparing for professional schools, and applying for fellowships. Tutors also provide spaces where students can explore new interests and experiences.Cabot House students with House Master Rakesh Khurana (wearing scarf) storm the Yard on Housing Day, an annual tradition where all the upperclassmen meet in the Yard to wake up the freshmen and tell them which House they will live in the following three years. File photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer“Tutors help to create a community of entrepreneurialism and amateurism at the Houses,” McIntosh said. “So, if you’re not a varsity athlete, you can participate in intramural sports or fitness activities. If you live in Dunster or Lowell, you can be part of an opera. If you’re in Cabot House, you can be in a musical. They make it possible for students to take risks — whether in arts and culture, business and entrepreneurship, or athletics and recreation — with appropriate safety nets and cautions in place.”Passions and pursuitsTung’s House masters at Cabot, Rakesh and Stephanie Khurana, understand the value of being comfortable with risk and opportunity. Rakesh, the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at Harvard Business School (HBS), teaches some of the world’s most ambitious, hard-driving students. Stephanie, who holds both an M.B.A. and an M.P.P. from Harvard, is an entrepreneur and a board member at the Tobin Project, an alliance of scholars and policymakers focused on pressing problems in American society. The programming at Cabot is driven by student passions and interests. The aim is to help undergraduates like Tung discover what inspires them and to help turn their interests into experiences.“Our students and tutors — led by Pamela Jiménez Cárdenas ’13 — created a series called ‘Passions and Pursuits,’ ” Khurana said. “Students start by exploring their interests — maybe it’s public health, or social justice, social entrepreneurship, or international education — areas that are not necessarily on the beaten path. We get speakers to come in and give seminars. From exploring, we go to engaging. How might the student explore the interest further? Do an internship? Take a class? The third piece is executing. How do they apply for the internship, job, or fellowship? Our resources are structured to support that path.”Rakesh, who studies the history of business education, said Harvard’s model of residential learning is still innovative, even in the Internet age.“The House system offers much more than an online workbook exercise or a simple information transfer,” he said. “We ask people to engage not only with knowledge and ideas, but with their peers and faculty. We bring students with different life experiences together to share their perspectives in a living environment that not only challenges them intellectually, but also asks them to put their ideas into social context. At the same time, we provide room for the individual to figure out who they are and how they want to contribute to their society and their community.”An intellectual hothouse Suzanna Bobadilla ’13 and Matt Chuchul ’13 spent Wintersession 2012 up to their eyeballs in old photos and documents.The two history and literature concentrators, who describe themselves as “giddy about archival materials,” used the time between formal semesters to investigate the history of their campus home, Pforzheimer House, which was once inhabited exclusively by the female students of Radcliffe College. The project culminated in an exhibit of House artifacts, photographs, and personal testimonies. Titled “The Residential Revolution: The History of Gender and Pfoho Student Life,” the exhibit chronicled Harvard’s first real attempt at coeducation during the 1969-70 academic year.Bobadilla said the project sharpened her research skills by bringing them into the place where she lives.“We took the tools and skills we had gained from history and literature, and applied them in a setting that was completely our own,” Bobadilla said. “Focusing on our House immersed us in the topic. Even the architecture of the bedroom that I sleep in at night and the walk we take every day down to the Yard has an important history.”Bobadilla and Chuchul’s co-masters, Nicholas and Erika Christakis, said they strive to make Pfoho an intellectual hothouse. They talk with students and often dine with them. They encourage teachers to hold seminars and sections at Pfoho. They invite students to “wear their research on their sleeves,” and hold a seminar at the end of each year during which undergraduates present their theses. They also push tutors — who are usually Harvard grad students — to discuss their own work with undergraduates.“We ask undergraduates and graduate students to talk about their research and their intellectual lives,” said Erika Christakis ’86, an early-childhood educator who holds master’s degrees in public health, communications, and education. “We want the tutors not to be seen as disciplinarians or people who sign study cards, but as people engaged in the life of the mind.”The masters also support the popular “Pforum” speaker series, which features some of Harvard’s leading thinkers. Since 2010, the series has hosted Diane Paulus, artistic director of the American Repertory Theater; bioengineer Kit Parker; psychologist Dan Gilbert; social psychologist Mahzarin Banaji; stem cell scientist Doug Melton; and U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, a College and Law School alum who was recently chair of the Committee on Financial Services.“We have a tremendous variety of speakers,” Christakis said. “The turnout is tremendous as well. We often have 60 to 150 people attend an event. That’s in a house of about 400 students.”Nicholas Christakis, the author of “Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives,” and a member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the faculty of Harvard Medical School, said that the connections students form in the living and learning communities profoundly affect their quality of life, both at the College and beyond.“A principal source of human happiness — if not the main source — is a connection to other people,” Christakis said. “House life provides a structure to foster those social interactions. It helps build connections between students, between students and tutors (who are older role models), and between students and faculty, including the masters. All this is in the service of fostering students’ intellectual, social, and moral growth.”Christakis is concerned about the tendency in the digital age to identify human social networks with the connections people make online. In a recent study of Harvard undergrads on Facebook, Christakis found that students had an average of 110 “friends.” To see how many of these relationships were close and how many tenuous, he had some students look at Facebook profiles to see how often classmates uploaded and tagged photographs of people they were connected to online. The findings reinforced the value of relationships based on the type of face-to-face contact President Lowell hoped the House system would increase.“You might have 1,000 friends on Facebook, but only for a subset of them do you appear in a photograph that gets uploaded and tagged with your name,” Christakis told freshmen in a lecture that opened this academic year. “Based on this, we found that people typically had over 110 Facebook friends, but only six real friends” who uploaded and tagged their photos.Living, learning among friendsTuan Ho ’09 was going to become a doctor. His father was one. His three older brothers were as well (although one did choose dental medicine.) Ho concentrated in chemistry and physics as an undergraduate and dutifully completed the courses required for medical school. He applied and was admitted to the University of Virginia and University of Michigan programs during his senior year. As graduation approached, however, Ho felt less and less enthusiastic about the prospect of eight years of medical education and residency. He loved to build things and to work with technology, but didn’t feel he could pursue those interests. He felt lost.“Even as a kid, I was always the engineering type,” Ho said. “I pursued the pre-med path and hit all the checkmarks. But I always got a sense that, while I could do the work, maybe I wasn’t quite as passionate about it. It seemed like I was constantly yearning for something else. I didn’t know what it was.”As part of a senior year physics course, Ho and classmate Nick Krasney ’09 figured out a way to stream TV programming over a broadband Internet connection. When classmates started asking for the service, Ho discovered his inner entrepreneur. He and Krasney started a company called Tivli that delivered the same programming as basic cable at a fraction of the cost. Ho decided that medical school would have to wait.His parents were not pleased.“They said, ‘You want to what?’” Ho recalled. “ ‘Defer medical school to work on a startup?’ They didn’t take it well.”Fortunately, Ho lived in Quincy House, where Masters Lee and Deb Gehrke had run into this situation before, as had the House’s business and pre-med tutors. Along with friends and classmates, the Quincy advisers helped Ho through an at-times rocky transition.“They told me that I wasn’t alone, and that other students had gone through the same thing with their parents,” he said. “The pre-med tutor said that she had also deferred to do other things, and that I could always go back. The business tutor encouraged me. He saw the potential for what Nick and I could do. He said that, while there was risk, it was limited, because I had the deferral and could always go back to school.”If Pfoho exemplifies the integration of intellectual and residential life, and Cabot the transformation of ideas into experiences, Quincy demonstrates the way that the House system supports students’ development as individuals. The Gehrkes work to make Quincy a place where residents can be themselves, be different, and be among friends.“We make a tremendous effort to make sure that the House isn’t just a dorm,” said Lee Gehrke. “We want this to be a place that students can come back to and feel they’re home, surrounded by people who are supportive of them. This is a diverse community. We want everyone who lives here to feel like this is a place where they can be everything that they can be.”The shape of things to comeIn many ways, Quincy’s support for personal and social development represents the essence of Lowell’s vision of a residential system that develops student character. So it’s perhaps fitting that the House is at the forefront of an effort to lead that vision into the future. On May 2, Harvard broke ground on the Old Quincy Test Project, which will renew the residence and create a 21st-century student experience. When the project wraps up in the summer of 2013, undergraduates will return to a re-envisioned House that is more comfortable, more modern, and more capable of hosting academic and social activities.“The spaces will be fresh and new,” Deb Gehrke said. “We’ll have new common rooms, new practice space for musicians, studio space for artists, and a terrace that can accommodate about 80 students for dinner parties and events. There’s been a lot of emphasis on social spaces, and that’s intentional. Our students are developing serious leadership skills and the ability to interact with people in a productive way. Whether it’s a political group, or the Asian-Christian fellowship, or a startup like Tivli, the renewed House will have space for students to come together and make great things happen.”The lessons learned from the renewal of Old Quincy will inform a second test project at Leverett House’s McKinlock Hall, tentatively slated for June 2013. When resources allow, the College hopes to apply the knowledge from both projects to a system-wide, once-in-a-century renewal that will redefine residential learning at Harvard.“Even in an age where technology allows students to talk and work with people all over the world, the residential community is still a critical component of the learning experience,” said Hammonds. “The values and strengths of House life will continue to serve the College far into the future.”Meanwhile, these are exciting times for entrepreneur Ho. Tivli now operates out of the new Harvard Innovation Lab and has seen enough success that Ho decided to defer medical school for a second and third year. Now a nonresident tutor in entrepreneurship at Quincy, Ho said he’s closer to his House and the Harvard community than ever.“Even when I graduated and worked on a startup in an old, dark apartment in Inman Square, I was still part of the House community,” he said. “It really helped me through the ups and downs of starting a company in Cambridge. Tivli is in the i-lab because of the connections I made at entrepreneurship events Nick and I participated in as nonresident tutors. I probably wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing now without the support that I got at Quincy.”last_img read more

Bridge to a new life

first_img Related Harvard’s hand across the bridge to citizenship Luz Orozco has two families: the one she immigrated for, and the one that helped her become a citizen.Orozco, who is originally from Medellin, Colombia, came to Boston 14 years ago with her husband and two young daughters. Onetime business owners, Orozco and her husband were harassed and extorted by criminals in Colombia to the point where they feared for their safety. They fled the country for a better life for their daughters, and “everything we wanted for them came true,” Orozco said — but more than a decade later, her English was still limited and she was not yet a citizen.The Bridge Program changed that. In partnership with the Institute of Politics (IOP), the program connects student tutors with Harvard employees looking to learn English, build career skills, prepare for college courses, or obtain citizenship. For Orozco, who became a citizen last year, the program was also a huge confidence boost. Once unsure of even how to order a coffee in English, she now chats easily with customers at the Harvard Medical School café where she works.On Wednesday, when Orozco stood to speak at a dinner celebrating the program’s new U.S. citizens, her tutors and fellow students were there to cheer for her, bouquets in hand.“The program is like a family,” she said. “They gave me this opportunity, and my life has changed 100 percent.”Orozco was one of 16 honorees at the annual citizenship dinner. The group received congratulations from Harvard President Larry Bacow, IOP Director Mark Gearan, program staff, and several of the 64 undergraduates who volunteer as tutors.Like Orozco, tutor Nick Wyville spoke about the program’s familial atmosphere. For Wyville, his co-tutor Renae Ford, and their “tutee,” Anne Odera, a friendship “evolved beyond the walls of Harvard.”Wyville and Ford are both juniors, and have worked with Odera since they were first-year students. This month, she became a U.S. citizen.“I became a real citizen through them, learning more about the United States than just the answers to questions for the exam,” said Odera, who worked at Harvard Alumni Affairs until earlier this year. “They molded themselves to what I needed.”Ford said she has loved getting to know Odera — and that Odera’s many questions about the U.S. have “challenged our knowledge of American history,” leading to discussions not just about what the laws are, but why they exist.,Gearan said many tutors have told him they’ve learned from their tutees in the process of preparing them for the citizenship exam. He called the Bridge Program “the very best of Harvard.”Bacow agreed, saying he is often asked what makes a great university.“There are really only two things that matter, and we have them both in abundance tonight,” Bacow said. “Great students, and great teachers.”The University’s new president is the son of two refugees — his father from violence in Belarus and his mother from Auschwitz. He was moved to tears when talking about their path to citizenship.“I remember to this day how my mother was so proud to do what you all did, take the oath of citizenship,” he told the program graduates. “I don’t have to tell you what it means to seek a better life for your children, as my parents sought for me and my sister.”For many Bridge Program participants, like two of Orozco’s friends who came to celebrate her on Wednesday, becoming a citizen is the first step in a continuous learning journey.Gerardin CiFuentes, who is originally from Guatemala and works in custodial services, and Lin Trever, who is Cambodian and works in dining services, have both been naturalized citizens for several years.They have continued as program participants since then, taking classes periodically to improve their English.Trever said she started taking English writing classes “not hoping for much.” Now, though, she sees a high school diploma — and more — in her future.“When am I done with classes?” she said. “That’s up to me.”center_img Annual dinner welcomes the University’s newest Americanslast_img read more

WHO team in Wuhan visits disease control centers

first_imgWUHAN, China (AP) — A World Health Organization team investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic has visited two disease control centers in the province where the outbreak emerged. The WHO investigators arrived in Wuhan, the Hubei provincial capital, last month to look for clues. They have visited hospitals and a seafood market where early cases were detected. The team on Monday visited the Hubei Provincial Center for Disease Control and its Wuhan city office, amid tight Chinese controls on access to information about the virus. China has sought to avoid blame for alleged missteps in its early response to the outbreak, while promoting alternative theories that the virus originated elsewhere.last_img

Idina Menzel Will Reprise If/Then Performance on Tour

first_img View Comments A Broadway supernova is soaring over the United States! Tony and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Idina Menzel will headline select stops on the If/Then national tour. The Frozen star will reprise her Tony-nominated performance as Elizabeth (Liz/Beth) for the Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Tempe and Costa Mesa stops. Additional casting for the tour will be announced at a later date. The tour will kick off on October 13 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.“If/Then is especially meaningful for me because I had the opportunity to develop it for several years with the creative team, whom I have come to consider family,” said Menzel, in a statement. “I’m so thrilled to launch the show’s national tour and to send it off across the country and around the world. I am very much looking forward to sharing this original musical with Broadway fans who weren’t able to travel to New York and see it there.”Menzel made her Broadway debut in Rent and has since appeared in Aida and Wicked, for which she won a Tony Award. Her screen credits include Rent, Enchanted, Glee and, of course, Frozen. Her latest album Holiday Wishes debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Holiday Albums chart last year, and she is set to embark on a world tour this summer.Directed by Michael Greif, If/Then features music by Tom Kitt, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey. The writers earned the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize for penning Next to Normal. If/Then earned Tony Award nominations for Best Original Score and Best Actress (Menzel). The musical tells the story of Elizabeth, a woman on the verge of turning 40 who returns to New York City to make a fresh start. If/Then premiered at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. in November 2013.“I am thrilled that Idina will be playing these select cities, in the time-honored touring tradition established by Broadway’s leading stars like Angela Lansbury, Yul Brynner and Ethel Merman,” said producer David Stone, in a statement. “I look forward to having audiences discover and embrace if/Then and to give Broadway fans across the country the unique opportunity to see a genuine superstar at the height of her powers, in a role that was literally tailored for her.”Can’t wait to see If/Then in your city? Watch the video below to go behind the music and get into the gorgeous score of the musical! Star Filescenter_img Idina Menzellast_img read more