Stein receives Viscardi Award disability rights work

first_img Read Full Story Harvard Law School Visiting Professor Michael Ashley Stein ’88 was awarded the 2013 Viscardi Award, which honors people living with disabilities for their work and influence in the global disability community.With Harvard Law School Professor William Alford ‘77, Stein co-founded the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, which works to promote the human rights of people with disabilities worldwide. (See profile of HPOD, “Able Lawyering,” in the Summer 2011 Harvard Law Bulletin.) Stein is Executive Director of the Project.The Cabell Professor of Law at the William & Mary School of Law, Stein is one of the world’s foremost experts on disability law and rights. He participated in the drafting of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, works with disabled persons organizations around the world, actively consults with international governments on their disability laws and policies, and advises a number of United Nations bodies.The Viscardi Award is named after Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., one of the world’s leading advocates for people with disabilities. The March 4 award announcement coincides with the 80th anniversary of the inauguration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who as a member of the disability community was among the most influential figures of the 20th century and one of eight presidents whom Viscardi advised during his lifetime.Read more on the Harvard Law School website.last_img read more

Melding the Web and the tactile

first_imgAlessa Moscoso and Mike Seward peered at the mountain lion just a few feet away. The animal didn’t peer back, or do anything else.That’s because the two Harvard undergraduates were looking at a specimen in the mammalogy collection of Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ). The mountain lion shares a cabinet in the basement of the Northwest Laboratory Building with jaguars and wolves, and a room with thousands of other specimens, carefully cataloged and arranged in the large, cream-colored cabinets that take up most of the floor space.The students were touring the collection as part of an unusual, multi-institutional class that seeks to better integrate the vast museum collections at Harvard and a handful of other universities into classroom teaching. After the tour, Moscoso and Seward returned to the Northwest Lab classroom where technicians had been setting up the videoconferencing equipment needed for the day’s lesson.Using built-in cameras and three large screens at the front of the room, guest lecturer Sarah Kocher, a postdoctoral fellow working with Naomi Pierce, Hessel Professor of Biology, and Hopi Hoekstra, professor of organismic and evolutionary biology, taught a class to students at Harvard, Occidental College, and the University of New Mexico.The other institutions’ students joined the Northwest Lab class remotely, their own classrooms displayed on a large screen at the front, creating a single virtual classroom. A second screen showed Kocher as she spoke, while a third displayed her presentation on the use of museum collections in research into the genomics of social behavior in bees.“Our main goal is to get people to increase the use of museum collections and to realize that there’s a treasure trove of research and teaching information in these collections,” said Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Scott Edwards, who leads the class. “Many museum collections go back over a century. These collections offer an amazing resource to convey to students basic concepts in biology and evolution.”The class is part of a five-year initiative whose goal is to increase the use of museum collections in teaching. The initiative, called AIM-UP, or Advancing Integration of Museums into Undergraduate Programs, is funded by the National Science Foundation and is headed by a steering committee that includes Edwards, Joseph Cook at the University of New Mexico’s Museum of Southwestern Biology, Stefanie Ickert-Bond of the University of Alaska’s Museum of the North, and Eileen Lacey of the University of California’s Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.Each year, a different institution takes the lead in presenting a class that highlights the importance of museum collections in a different way. Last year, the University of New Mexico offered a class on the interdisciplinary use of collections in biology and art. This year’s class, OEB 275br, is on evolutionary genomics and museum collections.Seward, a sophomore in Dunster House, said he took the class after receiving an email notice sent to organismic and evolutionary biology (OEB) concentrators.“As a kid growing up, I used to love museums,” Seward said. “I used to love the animal exhibits at the Museum of Science.”With just a handful of students, the small size of the class is a draw for Moscoso, an Adams House junior, who said many of her prior biology classes were taught in large lecture formats.“It’s really one-on-one; it’s been great,” Moscoso said.Curatorial assistant Mark Omura (from left) shows Alessa Moscoso ’14 and her sister, Oksana Moscoso, platypus specimens. The small size of the class is a draw for Alessa, who said many of her prior biology classes were taught in large lecture formats.More and more, museums are digitizing collections, creating Internet-based databases of their specimens, posting information on the Web about where specimens were collected, and when and by whom, along with photographs, and in some cases three-dimensional scans.The AIM-UP initiative has been strengthened by this growing digitization, Edwards said, which not only has highlighted the vast amounts of information that collections hold but also has made the data much more accessible. Scholars can use the arrayed specimens to understand the range of characteristics of a species, and modern genomics can explore the creatures’ DNA and give a deeper understanding of their relationships to other species. Often collected over decades, the specimens can provide a look back in time at how a species has changed, or, by looking for trace pollutants, how the environment has changed.One challenge facing AIM-UP is to make the use of these collections in education more acceptable. For generations, curators’ main mission has been to ensure that collections are available into the future, something that may be endangered by the wear and tear of classroom use. While the MCZ doesn’t have a teaching collection, Edwards said some institutions have solved the problem by setting aside some specimens for classroom use.In the middle of April, the MCZ hosted AIM-UP’s annual workshop, with more than a dozen representatives of participating institutions coming to Cambridge to talk about challenges, learn what fellow institutions are doing, and discuss new educational modules and other initiatives that incorporate museum collections.Students in the class are developing educational projects that teach scientific concepts using the collections. Seward is working on a project that compares creatures’ family trees made using genetic relationships with those reconstructed using physical characteristics. Moscoso is examining the evolution of specific disease genes in Neanderthals, humans, and other primates.“I think the project shows that there’s a lot of data out there all over the place,” Moscoso said.last_img read more

Charles Preston Whitlock service held

first_imgFormer Harvard College Dean Charles Preston Whitlock died on April 27 after a brief illness. He was 95.Whitlock was the husband of Patricia H. “Patsy” (Hoey) Whitlock, with whom he shared 55 years of marriage. He was a resident of Gloucester for the past 33 years, having previously lived in Cambridge.Whitlock spent his entire career at Harvard University, where he earned a master’s degree in English in 1947. Beginning in the late 1940s he lectured in social psychology for more than two decades. From 1948 to 1958 he served as associate director of the Bureau of Study Counsel, where he co-authored “The Harvard Reading Films” with William G. Perry Jr. He later held a variety of administrative posts, serving as assistant for governmental relations to President Nathan Pusey from 1958 to 1970; associate dean, acting dean, and then dean of Harvard College from 1970 to 1976; and associate dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences from 1976 until his retirement in 1982.Whitlock had a long relationship with Dudley House, where he served as senior tutor from 1952 to 1958 and as master from 1976 to 1982. He is also remembered for his work with Phillips Brooks House.Whitlock’s time at Harvard saw particular challenges. Having served as a liaison to the City of Cambridge under Pusey, he was deputized during the student unrest of the late 1960s and worked to advance negotiations between students and the administration. As dean in the early 1970s he helped oversee the merger of Harvard and Radcliffe colleges.Whitlock was an enthusiast of exotic plants, especially bromeliads. He had extensive knowledge of music history, and especially loved both big band jazz and classical. He enjoyed spending time with family and appreciated the outdoors.He was born in New Brunswick, N.J., on June 19, 1919, to Frank and Rosena (Foster) Whitlock. A 1937 graduate of New Brunswick High School, he went on to attend Rutgers University and excelled both academically and in the ROTC program, where he was named best soldier. Whitlock graduated in 1941 as cadet colonel with a bachelor’s degree in English.As a pilot with the Army Air Force in World War II, Whitlock flew 57 combat missions in B-24s over the South Pacific, eventually becoming a squadron commander. He was highly decorated, receiving the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Silver Star, among other commendations. Following the war he remained in the reserves and was officially retired from the Air Force in 1979 as a full colonel.In addition to his wife, he is survived by five children, Carol Whitlock of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Adam Whitlock and his wife, Linda, of San Diego, Susan Whitlock and her husband, Earl Lewis, of New York City, Matthew Whitlock and his wife, Penelope Neal, of Gloucester, and Beth Whitlock and her husband, Christopher Houlihan, of Sudbury; one brother, Baird Whitlock, and his wife, Joan, of Belfast, Maine; seven grandchildren, Christopher Fost, Ella Houlihan, Samuel Houlihan, Max Lewis, Suzanne Lewis, Lindsey Mickelson, and Michael Mickelson; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.He was the father of the late Cary Whitlock, grandfather of the late Gregory Fost, and brother of the late Foster Whitlock and Eloise Dunn.Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at the Annisquam Village Church, 820 Washington St., Gloucester, on Saturday at 10 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations to be made to the Trustees of Reservations, 572 Essex St., Beverly, MA 01915-1530 ( or the Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St., Gloucester, MA 01930 ( are under the direction of the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St. Gloucester. For online condolences and register-book please visit read more

Our Great Opportunity to Transform Lives

first_imgHow do we make the world a better place?Just the enormity of that statement may deter any one person from acting because the task, on the surface, seems so daunting. We’re battling poverty, hunger, environmental issues and the list goes on. But as with any huge project, it is important to start small. To take a step back and understand the root of what you’re trying to accomplish, how you are going to tackle it, and what tools and resources you’re going to use to get there.Working together to achieve a better futureThe UN has identified their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), their blueprint for achieving a better future for us all.In total, we are looking at 17 goals that if achieved, will help address the global challenges we face as a society. From inequality, to environmental degradation to peace and justice. But how are we going to accomplish all of this? Because it’s not enough to state our goals, we need to make progress in achieving them. With something so grand in scale as changing the world, the initial reaction for most is to throw some money at the problem. But money is not always the answer. In fact, research has found that as we make more money and as areas around the world get richer, though social progress improves, it only does so up to a certain point. After that, each dollar is buying less and less social progress. We know all too well that wealth, unfortunately, does not equally distribute in developing areas. Income inequality has the potential to increase – often creating more harm than good.In short, economic prosperity does not equal Social Progress. But why is this happening? And what can we do to help? Dell Technologies see a correlation between technology access and the achievement of social development goals. In fact, it’s believed that for 65% of the SDGs, there is a positive correlation with digital access at the entry level of analysis across the world. The strongest link is found between Social SDGs that improve quality of life and Economic SDGs that foster equitable growth. We believe that if a community is given access to technology, can include technology as a resource within their community, and can then innovate using that technology, they have a higher likelihood of achieving true social progress.Powering India’s rural healthcare revolution with Digital LifeCare solutions.Consider access to healthcare. People of all age groups, regions, and countries are affected by noncommunicable diseases. Each year, 15 million people die from an NCD between the ages of 30 and 69 years. Over 85% of these often-preventable deaths occur in low-and middle-income countries. The key to battling NCDs? Detection, screening, and access to treatment.In India alone, nearly two thirds of their 1.3B citizens live in rural areas. What if we could deliver preventative healthcare screenings to over 800 million people – diagnosing completely treatable conditions like high blood pressure or diabetes. We could then provide the right treatment that prevents those conditions from causing larger health problems.That’s what we’ve done with our Digital LifeCare solutions. Together, with India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and our customer Tata Trusts, we’ve developed a cloud-based mobile app that harnesses the full power of the Dell Technologies portfolio to deliver a game-changing solution. With our Digital LifeCare solutions, we are serving an initial target population of nearly 37 million people over the age of 30.Finding new hope for rare childhood diseases with TGenIf we can provide communities with the access to technology and in turn create technology as a resource – we are then in the perfect position to create an engine of innovation for the benefit of the broader society. Take for example, our work with pediatric cancer. TGen is a leader in sequencing the human genome and developing personalized treatments for patients.Dr. Jeffrey Trent, who pioneered the 1st Human Genome sequencing Project, approached Dell about an idea to combine the work he was doing with our technology and apply it to a very rare form of pediatric cancer.  From the start, we both saw where the future of healthcare was going and the role that technology and Big Data would play. Since those initial conversations, we’ve created a solution that dramatically reduces the time it takes to perform genome sequencing analysis, from weeks to hours, and it has been a game-changer for the children and families. Now, doctors can quickly identify treatments specifically designed for each child. And we’re seeing that precision medicine is 2X to 3X more effective than alternative methods. And we know that ~70% of relapsed and refractory pediatric cancer patients see clinical benefit from genomics-guided therapy.This is an immeasurable benefit to patients and their families who previously had to suffer the emotional turmoil of no diagnosis, or what can be the harsh side effects of ineffective drugs when there is a misdiagnosis. Our work with TGen is now expanding to other pediatric cancers and rare childhood diseases. And we are proud to share that more than 275 children with cancer, their families, and their communities have been touched by our work in four precision medicine clinical trialslast_img read more

Supercharging Performance using NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server on Dell EMC Servers

first_imgA new Reference Architecture for NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server (vCS) on Dell EMC infrastructure provides a solution to enable server GPU virtualization.  A recent study that analyzed GPU utilization metrics across different customer sites running AI workloads revealed that GPU resources were underutilized in most cases. Here we present the study’s two key findings, along with recommendations for solving them.Nearly a third of the users are averaging less than 15% utilization. Average GPU memory usage is quite similar. Given that the users are experienced deep learning practitioners, this is very surprising. GPUs are getting faster and faster, but it doesn’t matter if the applications don’t completely use them.Recommendation: Improve utilization by sharing the GPU across multiple users by using virtualization. Those who use optimal batch size, learning rates and hyper-parameters to fully utilize the GPU memory and compute core capabilities can be allocated a dedicated virtualized GPU instance or multiple GPUs inside a single virtual machine (VM).There’s another, probably larger, waste of resources — GPUs that sit unused. It’s hard to queue up work efficiently for GPUs. In a typical workflow, a data scientist will set up many experiments, wait for them to finish, and then spend quite a lot of time digesting the results while the GPUs sit idle.Recommendation: GPU pooling and disaggregation can solve this problem by providing the ability to dynamically re-assign and spin up resources, allowing idle resources to be used by other data scientist applications. Using VMware® vSphere® vMotion™ to dynamically transfer GPU-accelerated VMs and workloads will reduce GPU resources.New NVIDIA A100 offers GPU partitioningNVIDIA® recently announced hardware partitioning with the NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPU as a complementary solution to virtualization. The A100 in multi-instance GPU (MIG) mode can run any mix of up to seven AI or HPC workloads of different sizes simultaneously. GPU partitioning is especially useful for AI inferencing jobs as well as early-stage AI development work that typically do not  consume all the performance that a modern GPU delivers. With GPU virtualization software, a virtual machine (VM) can be run on each of these MIG instances so organizations can take advantage of management, monitoring, and operational benefits of hypervisor-based server virtualization.For many years, data centers have used server CPU virtualization to increase IT agility and improve the utilization of their compute hardware. Today, this focus on virtualization is expanding to encompass the GPUs that accelerate many compute-intensive workloads, such as AI training and inferencing as well as data analytics. With virtualization, data centers can make GPUs available to more users, while increasing the overall utilization of these valuable assets.Virtualizing GPUs inside Dell EMC serversAt Dell Technologies, we’ve worked closely with our technology partners to make GPU virtualization available in our line of GPU-accelerated Dell EMC PowerEdge servers. We took a big step in this direction in August 2019 when we rolled out support for NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server software to enable hypervisor-based virtualization on GPU-accelerated servers equipped with NVIDIA Mellanox® ConnectX-5 or newer network interface cards (NICs). NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server allows data centers to accelerate server virtualization with the latest GPUs so that the most compute-intensive workloads can run in virtual machines.Today, we’re taking another big step forward with a new Dell EMC reference architecture for NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server. With this solution, your IT administrators can allocate partitions of GPU resources within VMware vSphere, as well as support the live migration of virtual machines running NVIDIA CUDA™ workloads.There are many valuable benefits in the move to GPU virtualization with Virtual Compute Server with Dell EMC PowerEdge servers. For example, virtualization helps your IT administrators:Democratize GPU access by providing partitions of GPUs on demandScale GPU resource assignments up and down, as needed andSupport live migration of GPU memoryIf your IT organization is considering GPU virtualization in your data center, the Dell EMC reference architecture for NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server is a great place to get started. It walks you through the use cases for Virtual Compute Server and your options for NVIDIA GPUs in Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.Putting Virtual Compute Server to the TestDell Technologies engineers investigated how GPU virtualization with Virtual Compute Server impacts overall performance. These tests initially compared an NVIDIA GPU running on bare-metal Linux to a virtualized GPU. After establishing that baseline of performance, the team conducted additional testing with multiple virtual GPUs and virtual GPU partitions.Test results show that in most cases, users can expect a small difference in performance, in the range of two to five percent, compared to bare metal when using virtual GPU profiles for machine learning and deep learning workloads. And in an interesting twist, there are scenarios where the performance difference is favorable. For example, when VMs running a mix of workloads, you might see faster time to result using multiple fractional GPUs in parallel than you would using a full GPU and scheduling the tasks to run serially. This can occur when workloads across virtual machines aren’t executed at the same time, or aren’t always GPU-bound. Choosing the appropriate GPU scheduling policy can impact performance, and the team compared performance of different scheduling policies.For full details on the performance tests conducted in the Dell EMC Server CTO lab, along with detailed configuration information, see Virtualizing GPUs in VMware vSphere using NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server on Dell EMC infrastructure. Visit here to learn more about Dell EMC PowerEdge server accelerators.last_img read more

Roger Rees, Tracey Ullman, Michael McKean & Laura Osnes Will Star in The Band Wagon

first_img Laura Osnes Roger Rees, Tracey Ullman, Michael McKean and Laura Osnes will join the previously announced Brian Stokes Mitchell in The Band Wagon. Michael Berresse and Don Stephenson will also appear in the Encores! special event, based on the classic movie of the same name. Directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, the production will play a limited engagement November 6 through November 16 at City Center.Rees won the Tony for playing Nicholas in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.  Other Broadway credits The Winslow Boy and The Addams Family. Ullman garnered two Emmys for her work on The Tracey Ullman Show. McKean’s Broadway credits include All The Way, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man and Hairspray. He received an Oscar nomination for A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow. Osnes received a Tony nod for Cinderella. Other Broadway credits include Bonnie and Clyde and Anything Goes. Berresse’s Broadway credits include Kiss Me, Kate, The Light in the Piazza and A Chorus Line. Stephenson’s Broadway credits include The Producers and A Gentleman¹s Guide to Love & Murder.The Band Wagon is a classic backstage musical: A washed-up Hollywood star trying to make a comeback by doing a Broadway show, a British director who is a genius but has no business directing a musical, a leading lady who’s never done a show before, and a composer and a lyricist who are at each other’s throats. All the things that could never happen in the New York theater today.The production will have a book by Douglas Carter Beane, adapted from the screenplay by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, with music by Arthur Schwartz and lyrics by Howard Dietz. Music direction will be by Todd Ellison, with sets by Derek McLane, costumes by William Ivey Long, lighting by Peter Kaczorowski and sound design by Brian Ronan.Comden and Green, Broadway’s ultimate insiders, penned the 1953 film using Schwartz and Dietz’s songs to tell their story. The movie took its title from the famed 1931 Broadway revue written by Schwartz, Dietz, and George S. Kaufman. Star Filescenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

Report estimates visitors spent $1.6 billion in Vermont in 2007

first_imgVisitors to the Green Mountain State spent more than $1.61 billion for goods and services in 2007, according to a recent study that measures the impact of visitor spending on the Vermont economy.The study, prepared by Economic and Policy Resources (EPR) of Williston, shows that visitors made an estimated 14.3 million trips to Vermont in 2007, an increase of 7 percent from 2005. Vermont s travel and tourism industry continues to experience steady growth, said Gov. Jim Douglas.  Vermont has outstanding brand recognition and is fortunate to have more than 80 million people living within a day s drive.Visitor spending in Vermont supported approximately 37,490 jobs for Vermont workers and business owners. There are nearly 60,000 jobs in the Vermont hospitality sector, many of which are supported locally.Vermont s merchants get a greater proportion of revenues from visitor spending than nearly any other state, with retail, restaurant and other services being two or three times more dependent on visitor spending than the national average.  In addition, visitor spending contributed $206.9 million in tax and fee revenues to state coffers in the General, Education and Transportation Funds. The hospitality industry is one of the main drivers of the Vermont economy, said Vermont Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Bruce Hyde. Many entry-level positions exist that often become high paying professional jobs for Vermonters. In fact, the Vermont tourism employee who is the primary wage earner in their household had total earnings income of $42,350 per year, an income 15 percent above the average income of $36,949 for all employed individuals in Vermont, Hyde said.The study also looks at many other aspects of the industry, including average visitor spending, visitor expenditures by category, seasonal occupancy rates for Vermont lodging properties and a comparison of lodging establishments by size.The state s methodology focuses on direct visitor spending, which is the standard used at the national level by organizations such as the U.S. Travel Association.The complete report is available online on the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing s industry website at is external).last_img read more

Tom Schaudel: LI’s Restaurateur and his Influence on Local Dining

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Tom Schaudel at Jewel in Melville. (Photo by Jim Lennon)A red electric guitar is slung over Tom Schaudel’s shoulder and his faded jeans tremble as he taps his feet to the beat of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama.” Schaudel’s trademark bandana is conspicuously absent as his four band mates—two guitarists, a bassist and a drummer—rock on alongside him.Schaudel, one of Long Island’s top restaurateurs, is grinning while leading the quintet through the Southern rock classic, his wrist rhythmically down-strumming as if he’s chopping up a Chilean sea bass destined for his frying pan. Between jabs, he bursts out the chorus triumphantly, like the uncorking of an aged wine bottled up far too long.The performance is in celebration of Peconic Bay’s wineries, and there’s no one more worthy to grace the stage and energize the crowd. The celebrity chef has developed an incredible following throughout his four decades as the Island’s most recognizable culinary artist, nourishing thousands along the way and resurrecting countless restaurants with his Midas touch while sweating away 200,000-plus hours in the kitchen. To him, it was time well spent.“I’m totally in love with restaurant culture,” says Schaudel, who embarked on his 45-year-long journey when he took a job at a restaurant to save money for an amplifier and was instantly intoxicated by the food’s aroma. “It’s the one place in the world where I feel like I belong.”Now 60, he continues to hit the high notes. At his newest incarnation, Jewel in Melville, he recently talked about food and music, with his back to a massive wine collection while his clientele devoured what’s left of their lunches. Behind his shoulder decorative lamps hung upside down disorientingly from the ceiling. Around his forehead is an orange bandana that confirms he is, indeed, Tom Schaudel.Schaudel owns four Long Island restaurants and a catering business including Jewel. His impact is undeniable, say industry leaders.“He really is what Long Island restaurateurs strive to be,” says Long Island Dining Alliance President Donna Trapani. “He’s certainly that person who’s impacted the food industry, not only with the amount of restaurants that he has opened, consulted for or even been the chef for—he has taken owning restaurants to another level.”“He’s really considered Long Island’s top chef, no question,” she continues. “Honestly, to me, he’s an empire builder.”“A lot of people would just see the name Tom Schaudel and that’s enough for them to go,” agrees Mario Saccente, executive vice president of the Long Island chapter of the New York State Restaurant Association. “He is one of very, very few on Long Island that his name means you should try his restaurant. Just by his name alone, his restaurant is worth visiting.”With 40 years in the business, Schaudel has weathered his fair share of failure and success, also witnessing some of the most bizarre customer behavior imaginable, as documented in his book Playing with Fire: Whining & Dining on the Gold Coast.Through it all, Schaudel’s passion remains the food.“It’s the color of the fresh vegetables, the fish and the thin-skinned lemons that still get me out of bed in the morning,” he says romantically. “It’s not all the other stuff that comes along with this…it’s truly the product that I get sweaty about. I’m still addicted to it.”Schaudel’s obsession has its limits, however. At one point, he cocks his head back, opens his mouth and mimics snoring while describing a meeting with his accountant.“[I’d] rather be at the dentist,” he says.And though his consulting work is renowned, the chef admits at times he had trouble convincing his counterparts to act on his advice.“I’ve been at this 45 years, so I know something,” insists Schaudel. “For them, when it doesn’t work out they say, ‘I paid you do to this.’ It wasn’t worth the money for me at that point; I rather just deal with my own stuff.”Whether he wants to admit it, Schaudel has left an indelible mark on the local restaurant industry.“He’s always one step ahead of everybody,” Trapani says. “He brings local ingredients, which is one of the newest trends. If Tom is bringing something to the table, most people will follow what he’s already instituted.”If one thing does get under Schaudel’s skin, it’s eaters who refuse to expand their palates and thus, limit their options.“I’m more concerned about the wussification of America,” he says. “I mean, we’re afraid of everything now: We’re afraid of gluten, ‘I can’t eat this, I’m allergic to sauté, I can’t eat the other thing, this makes me fart, that makes me fat, that makes me old.’ It’s food, man. You’re really missing out on a lot of fun by limiting yourself.”Despite the lofty praises, newspaper and magazine profiles, appearances on television and even his own wine, Schaudel remains grounded. To him, he’s just like any other Long Islander.“At the end of the day, what is this?” he says. “I own a restaurant, so what? In the scheme of things, it’s not world peace, it’s a fucking restaurant, it’s food. If I die tomorrow Long Island somehow will go on.”He considers what just came out of his mouth, and adds, “Hopefully they’ll stop for a day or two.”Undoubtedly, they’ll continue to imitate him.From The Chef’s MouthHere are some of restaurateur Tom Schaudel’s favorite dishes from his restaurants, in his own words.Coolfish6800 Jericho Tpke., Syosset516-921-3250www.tomschaudel.comSeared Chilean Sea Bass with Lobster Fricassee, Sauteed Spinach and Smoked Tomato Relish: “This dish literally paid for my house. It’s been the most popular one I’ve ever done for whatever reason. I think the bass marries well with the richness of the lobster sauce and the smoked tomato relish has enough acid to cut through to add balance.”Jewel400 Broadhollow Rd., Melville631-755-5777www.jewelrestaurantli.comWarm Octopus Salad with Potatoes, Red Onion, Capers and Grapes: “I love octopus in all kinds of preparations but especially with these ingredients. In Asian cuisine the goal is to hit on all five tastes, and this dish seems to do that for me. There’s the savory taste of octopus and the potatoes, the salty-bitter capers, the sourness in the merlot vinaigrette, and the sweetness of the grapes. It just bounces off the tongue and gets better with every bite.”a Mano13550 Main Rd., Mattituck631-298-4800www.amanorestaurant.comTom’s Carbonara: “Here I did a riff on an old Italian favorite. We added local trevisio lettuce, smoked duck and copious amounts of black pepper to a traditional carbonara prep with, what I believe to be, a very interesting result.”A Lure62300 Main Rd., Southold631-876-5300www.alurenorthfork.comSteamed Lobster: “A Lure sits in the Port of Egypt marina overlooking the Peconic Bay. There’s an outside deck that seats 100 people in the summer and, for me, that’s the A Lure experience. I love sitting out there, looking at the bay, and eating a perfectly steamed lobster with nothing but lemon and butter.”Ross-SchaudelCatering andEvent Planningwww.tomschaudel.comGrilled Striped Bass with Satur Farms Sweet Corn, Farro, and Roasted Tomato-Olive Vinaigrette: “Striped Bass is one of my favorites of the local fishes. The snow-white flesh is complimented by the vinaigrette and the corn screams ‘Summer.’ The farro adds a toothsome quality and beautifully absorbs all the different flavors.”last_img read more

Measuring marketing results

first_img 36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jay Kassing Jay Kassing is President of MARQUIS, a Texas based provider of marketing analytics solutions including MCIF/CRM software, MCIF services, profitability, compliance, consulting and direct mail creative/fulfillment. Jay has … Web: Details To measure, or not to measure marketing? This is no longer an option. Across the industry, Senior Management is now calling out marketing officers to prove ROI; to show that the money they’re spending on marketing is generating revenue growth, cross-sales, greater share of wallet, retention – oh and that most elusive all things– profit. Is your marketing generating revenue and profit? Then prove it to your Senior Management.Tracking is one part of this equation. Yet it’s how you spend marketing dollars that drives this. If you spend your precious resources on projects that are impossible to measure, it puts you in a bad place when it comes time to tally the results. Billboards and TV and radio may be great for the brand, but you can’t usually prove they had any direct benefit you can track with certainty. Because mass media is extremely difficult to measure (if it can be measured at all), credit unions are increasingly spending far less on these media outlets as they seek out “measurable marketing events.” Research from across the globe bears this out. Trending for these past “go to” programs is waning.So what can be measured? Digital and direct marketing programs. This is why analytics is all the rage. Understanding your members is essential as it will enable you to present specific, targeted and personal offers to your members directly, both online and by mail. And you can measure it all very precisely.Credit Unions have been effective adopters of both digital and direct marketing. However, they have been too slow to shift greater dollars to these more provable methods of growth. Many credit unions are still spending north of 70% on marketing programs that are difficult to measure. How can you prove the ROI of your marketing when 70% of it is un-measurable? I guess it could work if the 30% you could measure was so fantastic that it covered the cost burden of the 70% that has suspect ROI…Getting exceptional ROI from your marketing starts with data. Learn everything you need to know here. Credit Unions of all sizes need to leverage their member data so that they can make relevant, specific and timely offers through digital and direct marketing avenues. This is where truly measurable marketing and exceptional ROI begins! And you will be able to prove it!last_img read more

Super brothel a curse on Auckland

first_imgAuckland Now 8 May 2012A proposed 15-storey super brothel in central Auckland would lead to an explosion of sexually transmitted diseases, child sex slavery, moral bankruptcy, drug warfare and a curse on everyone in New Zealand, according to submissions to Auckland Council. John and Michael Chow plan to build a development called the Penthouse Club, which would include a brothel and entertainment facilities on Victoria St, opposite SkyCity. It would be built on the 552-square-metre site of the former Palace Hotel, a Victorian-era heritage building which crumbled during refurbishments under the Chows’ care in 2010. Of the 200 submissions on the development, almost every single one was against it. Only one submission conditionally supported it. The majority highlighted issues of morality, criminality and health, while a handful – including one from the Historic Places Trust – were concerned about the building’s lack of heritage sensitivity.…. Many submissions were identical, apparently based on a template from conservative lobby group Family First. read more