Hutchins Center announces second class of Du Bois fellows

first_img Read Full Story Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the newly launched Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, has welcomed 23 first-rate fellows for the 2014-15 academic year.“We are delighted to welcome one of our most distinguished and diverse class of Fellows of the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute, housed in the Hutchins Center,” said Gates. A memoir of Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver; biographies of legendary trumpeter-composer Woody Shaw, Mandela, and Toussaint Louverture; DNA studies to re-consider the racial history of Cuba’ hipohop in Senegal; the circulation of the black body in the global art economy; African American folktales; and the dramatic outcome of the Mau Mau torture trial in the British High Court are among the exciting projects which Fellows will be pursuing. “The Hutchins Center, with this class, has quickly secured its place as the preeminent locus for cutting edge thinking and research in African and African American Studies, “ commented Lawrence D. Bobo, the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences and chair of the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. “’Creative’ is the most appropriate word to describe these fellows,” said William Julius Wilson, the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard and chair of the Du Bois Research Fellowship Selection Committee.last_img read more

The Edge Gets Smarter

first_imgCo-authored with Bob Pike, GM, Smart Edge Division at IntelProgressive enterprises are pursuing software-defined Edge compute solutions with operating models powered by analytics, automation and machine communications to improve productivity, service-levels and cost structures. With hundreds of devices and sensors connecting to a network, wired connections are becoming expensive. At the same time, the mobile 5G networks are in early deployment and the existing 4G networks are not ready for the massive connections and the data associated with these connections coming their way.  This is where on-premises distributed computing with Cloud services (aka MEC) fulfills the need.Before the internet became a platform for services, the traditional compute models were always On-Premise. A large percentage of the enterprise workloads are still on-prem or in a Private Enterprise Data Center making the operations costly and complex. The dependency on the Public Cloud models for DevOps related activities makes it even more challenging for the Enterprise CIO. The fine balance for a CIO these days is to leverage Public Cloud and Private Cloud but at the same time, gaining greater control and security of the user/business data made possible by introducing on-prem Cloud. Except the on-prem Cloud has a new persona: “MEC” – Multi-access Edge Compute. This is where Cloud Computing becomes attractive to move certain data into the cloud and keep what is necessary on-prem.Telco’s are rapidly evolving and looking to “cloud-enable the last mile.”  Today with SD-WAN, Telcos have the opportunity to be positioned deeper into the Enterprise in front of the DMZ/Firewall.  They get to be application aware and can consider providing value added network services to address issues such as low latency requirements, network resiliency and building a higher level of network context and awareness.  This allows them to participate in new services and thereby net new monetization opportunities.What all of this means is that the boundaries are starting to blur, as customers demand better performance from the continuum between internet, public, private, hybrid clouds. Telco Networks must evolve to bring in the Cloud Fabric to extend connectivity seamlessly. One aspect of providing better performance is to reduce latency, which serves as a key KPI for the Telcos. One way to reduce latency is to make architectural adjustments and leverage Cloud, especially on-prem Cloud aka MEC. The 3GPP feature CUPS (Control and User Plane Separation) is not a new feature by any means.  CUPS, simply facilitates the Telcos’ ability to deploy what they can at the customer edge or provider edge and keep what they can in the central locations for orchestration and control. The main idea is to deploy the user plane (bandwidth and latency intensive) traffic local to the enterprise and leverage the existing ISP connectivity and only have the control function extended into the telco cloud. By making this simple architectural adjustment, two things emerge for a CIO to look at seriously:Keeping local data secured and leveraging existing connectivity modelsCosts and Operational efficiencies would vary based on the amount of control an Enterprise chooses to have in this model.As enterprises transform their networks, both Dell Technologies and Intel are enabling virtualization of workloads and greater flexibility via software defined networking. Dell has a Dual Prong strategy as it relates to the 5G Transformation which is essential for the Telecom Transformation and is Integral for the Telecom Digital Transformation.Intel offers a broad portfolio of technologies for the edge and collaborates deeply across the industry, including on tools and software optimizations. As an example, Intel has launched the OpenNESS toolkit under an open-source model to continue to drive its network transformation vision at the Edge of the network. Additionally, Intel Smart Edge Software, built on open standards, enables the delivery of Dell Technologies led private mobility services with a focus around on-prem Edge.By collaborating on technologies like these, Telcos can build a monetization engine to penetrate further into the Vertical Enterprise Markets (B2B or B2B2C) and capitalize on the investments they are making to evolve their networks into a Services Oriented Architecture for 5G.last_img read more

Bus crash in western Cameroon kills more than 50 passengers

first_imgYAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — At least 53 people have died and 21 others were injured after a bus collided with a truck early Wednesday in a village in Cameroon’s west, officials say. Awa Fonka Augustine, the governor of the West Region of Cameroon, confirmed the accident in the village of Santchou, saying survivors were rushed to the western commercial town of Dschang as well as Bafoussam. The truck was illegally transporting fuel and ran into the bus, he said. The truck driver, however, escaped after the crash and Augustine said he has called for his arrest. Road accidents are common in Cameroon. The government blames wreckless drivers and the poor state of vehicles, while drivers blame the poor state of the roads.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Shandong Women’s University, agreeing to partner in student and faculty exchange programs

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Alice Siqin Yang. On Monday, Interim President Nancy Nekvasil and Guo Cuifen, president of the Shandong Women’s University, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to pursue research collaboration and create exchange programs for students and faculty.“The cooperation between our two universities will provide a broader vision of our world and women’s development, and enhance women’s welfare,” Cuifen said.The Shandong Women’s University, located in Jinan, Shandong Province in China, is one of the three women’s universities in China offering undergraduate education for women. With more than 15,000 students currently enrolled, it is the largest women’s university in China.Founded in 1952 as a women’s leadership training school, the university now maintains 20 schools and offers 30 majors, including education, law, management, economics, art, literature, culture and communications, tourism, accounting and information and technology.Alice Siqin Yang, director of the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) at Saint Mary’s, said the memorandum is a formal agreement establishing a partnership between the College and Shandong Women’s University.“The purpose is to develop academic and educational cooperation and to promote mutual understanding,” Yang said in an email. “It is more formal than a verbal agreement, but it does not establish a formal legal relationship between the parties.”In signing this memorandum, Cuifen and Nekvasil agreed to work together in creating faculty and student exchange programs, joint research projects, teacher training, study abroad opportunities and dual-degree programs.“The delegation’s visit was very successful,” Yang said in the email. “They met with more than 20 faculty members and administrators on Monday and discussed a wide range of potential projects and programs. The partnership offers an opportunity for Saint Mary’s students and faculty to study, teach or do research at Shandong Women’s University.”Each semester, both institutions can send two students to the opposite host university, free of tuition, Cuifen said. Faculty will participate in a similar program, lasting up to one year, she said.Shandong Women’s University hopes to collaborate with Saint Mary’s in creating a dual degree program in early childhood education, as they currently have more than 1,700 students enrolled in this major, Yang said.“They are also interested in our courses/programs in business and administration, data science, art, gender/women’s studies, English, [and] social work, as well as the work completed by the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership,” she said in the email.This new relationship resulted from the College’s long-term partnership with China Women’s University in Beijing, on whose campus Saint Mary’s students and alumnae participated in cultural exchange activities, Yang said. Both China Women’s University and Shandong Women’s University are members of the Chinese Women’s University League.According to its website, Shandong Women’s University promotes the development of specialized women’s and gender research, and has won the All-China Women’s Federation “China Women’s Research Excellent Organization Reward.” The Shandong Women’s University Journal has also been noted as an “Excellent Social Science Journal of National Universities.”Cuifen and others at the university have conducted practical and theoretical research on women’s rights and gender equality. Additionally, she participated in the drafting and revising of local laws and regulations on women’s rights, filling a leadership role in the “12th Five-Year Plan” for the development of women and children in Shandong Province.“As a women’s higher education institution, both institutions share the mission of educating high-quality women students and future women leaders,” Yang said in the email. “Women should not only have access to higher education, but also have opportunities to develop their potential, talents and leadership to make a difference in the world. We would like to work with more women’s colleges around the world to promote women’s education.”At the reception dinner following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, Saint Mary’s faculty members presented the delegation with the College’s study abroad shirt, which read, “Women Going Global – Building Bridges for Global Peace,” Yang said.“We hope to maintain our institutional sisterhood to make a better and more peaceful world together,” she said.Editor’s Note: Cui Xiaohong, a professor of English language and literature at Shandong Women’s University, acted as Guo Cuifen’s English translator during her interview with The Observer.Tags: gender research, memorandum of understanding, Shandong Women’s University, study abroad, women’s development Guo Cuifen, president of Shandong Women’s University, joined by a delegation of visiting deans and faculty members from the university, joined Saint Mary’s College Interim President Nancy Nekvasil Monday in signing a Memorandum of Understanding to pursue research collaborations and exchange programs.last_img read more

Will Swenson to Lead Reading of Brave New World: The Musical

first_img Broadway.com can exclusively reveal that Tony nominee Will Swenson (Hair) and Tony Winner Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone) will lead a private developmental reading of Brave New World: The Musical in midtown Manhattan early next month. Thomas Caruso, who helmed the developmental premier in North Carolina, has been tapped to provide direction for this upcoming reading as well.The stage adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s novel will feature a book by Ben Andron, music by Jonnie Rockwell and John McDaniel and lyrics Bill Russell. The cast is also set to include Dave Thomas Brown, Gerard Canonico and Tess Soltau.In the futuristic dystopian Brave New World: The musical, love, art, faith—the things that make us human—have been abolished in favor of sex, drugs, and constant distraction. World Controller Thomas Mond (Swenson), the ringleader and puppet-master of this world, is responsible for keeping his genetically engineered citizens happy, content, and distracted at all times. But when two of his subjects, Lenina (Soltau) and Bernard (Canonico) journey to a savage reservation, and return with a mysterious savage, John (Brown), and his even more mysterious mother, Linda (Leavel), the foundations of Controller Mond’s World State will be rocked to its core.Brad Simmons will be the music director for the reading, with John McDaniel providing musical arrangements and supervision. Will Swenson(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Commentslast_img read more

Organic acreage

first_imgOf the more than 170,000 acres of Georgia farmland devoted to growing vegetables, only 3,000 acres are dedicated to growing organic produce. The numbers are small, but these producers are finding demand is high in their niche market.Most organic growers sell their produce at farmers markets in metro areas or to upscale restaurants operators. Organic growers also sell to a growing number of consumers who prefer chemical-free food. Plant some for the worms, tooBecky Douville of Able 2 Farm in Fayette County learned to grow organically by taking classes from Georgia Organics, Inc. She also learned at the feet of Lester Bray, considered a gardening guru in Fayette County. “Mr. Bray taught me things like how to plant enough tomatoes to share with the horn worms,” she said. “This way I don’t have to spray, and I still have enough for the markets I supply.”Douville isn’t a certified organic grower but grows her crops in a sustainable way. She has developed her own style by meshing Bray’s methods with what she learned from University of Georgia Master Gardener classes and Georgia Organics classes.Supplying locally grown foodShe grows tomatoes, watermelon, cantaloupe and cucumbers and sells them to markets in Fayetteville and Fairburn, as well as Atlanta’s Emory University Farmers Market and Trinity Community Ministries.“I feel like a stockbroker,” she said. “I have all my cantaloupes sold before they even leave the field. And that’s about 300 melons.”Conducting organic, conventional researchTo help farmers like Douville, UGA Cooperative Extension horticulturist George Boyhan conducts research for organic crops. For the past 12 years, he was stationed in Statesboro, where he focused on Vidalia onions, working with both conventional and organic growers. Georgia producers started growing onions organically in 2003.Onions are the largest single vegetable grown for the organic market in Georgia. Blueberries are No. 2. “Some 400 acres were grown this past year,” Boyhan said. “That’s great, but it’s still a small fraction of the 12,000 or 13,000 acres of Vidalia onions we produce.”Weeds are the biggest hurdleOrganic growers now get yields close to those of conventional growers. Weed control is their largest drawback. Organic-onion growers must use cultivation equipment and extensive manual labor to control them, he said.As a reward for their extra work, organic growers get a premium price. “The highest price I’ve seen for organic onions is $45 a box,” Boyhan said. “Conventional growers get $20 a box on the high end and $12 a box on the low end.”Now working on the UGA campus in Athens, Boyhan researches other organic crops and teaches College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences students the ins and outs of organic farming.Breeding organic varieties“I just completed a big trial on pumpkins, and we just released a new variety” called Orange Bulldog, he said. “It has a higher level of disease resistance.”Conventional pumpkins grown in Georgia are very susceptible to aphid-transmitted diseases. “Orange Bulldog has higher disease resistance, and organic growers are limited in what they can use so it’s a good fit for them,” Boyhan said. “We’ve produced pumpkins organically on our research farm with both treated and untreated seeds.” In order to be certified as organic, a crop must be grown using untreated seeds.Taking a new look at old seedBoyhan will soon conduct organic-growing trials on varieties of watermelon, cantaloupe, pepper and tomato, particularly heirloom types. “I’m interested in looking at how heirloom varieties compare to modern varieties particularly under organic growing conditions,” he said. “True heirlooms are seeds that have been passed down in a family from year to year. There are also heirlooms that are named varieties that can be traced back to the 19th century whose seeds can be bought from seed catalogs.”Some consumers buy organics because they believe they are more nutritional than traditional crops. A government study in the United Kingdom revealed no difference in organic versus conventional crops in terms of health or nutrition, Boyhan said. “It’s a mixed bag of research,” he said. “People should be eating more fruits and vegetables, period, no matter which way they are grown.”last_img read more

IBM issues statement after discussion with Shumlin over health care reform

first_imgGlobalFoundries,IBM issued the following statement yesterday regarding conversations its executives have had with Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and his staff concerning the administration’s health care reform effort. IBM, as many large companies, is self-insured. It previously has expressed concern over the health care refomr making its way through the Legislature, in particular proposals that the plan would be funded through a payroll tax on all Vermont workers and their employees. IBM has suggested that this would constitute a kind of double insurance premium for itself and its employees. The most recent meeting between IBM and the governor was last week. IBM issued this statement concerning the meeting: “IBM Senior Vice President for Human Resources, Randy MacDonald, met with Governor Peter Shumlin and had a productive discussion on the Governor’s health care reform legislation.  There were several outcomes.·        IBM underscored concerns about the effect of the proposed legislation on the healthcare choices and costs.·        IBM understands that it is not the intent of Governor Shumlin’s administration to remove IBM’s ability to manage its own health care plans by seeking a waiver from the federal government from ERISA pre-emption.  ·        IBM made clear that if it chose to continue to provide employees in Vermont with coverage under the company’s national health care program and is included in the state plan’s payroll tax financing, we would be compelled to oppose the plan.·        IBM agreed to work with the Governor and the legislature to help develop a reform plan that cuts costs, transforms service delivery, and improves the health and wellness of Vermont citizens.  We appreciated the discussion and the explanation provided by the Governor and his staff.”   Source: IBM. April 14, 2011last_img read more

Celebrations break out in the streets of Washington, about a mile from the White House.

first_img“It’s a new day in America,” said Barry Karas, 74, a retired actor and political activist, who was hoisting two Biden signs onto his black wrought-iron fence. Passers-by shouted back. “If it wasn’t a pandemic I’d hug you!” said a tall man wearing a black jacket and a blue medical mask.- Advertisement – Mr. Biden overwhelmingly won the votes tallied so far in Washington: He currently holds more than 260,000 votes compared to just over 15,000 for Mr. Trump. “It’s more than a wedding, more than a wedding,” she said, smiling widely. “Just look at the joy of people.” A couple riding by on a scooter were both doing a victory whoop and gave Mr. Karas a high five. A jogger held both her arms aloft, looked his way and said, “We did it.”At 12:02 p.m., the corner of 16th and U streets was exploding with beeping horns and applause.Magdalene Mbanga, an immigrant from Cameroon, whose daughter is an American citizen and voted for Mr. Biden, was standing next to a street sign recording the scene with her phone. WASHINGTON — Strangers were congratulating each other on the streets of the nation’s capital in the hour after major news outlets declared Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the winner of the presidential race.“Joe Biden!” A woman screamed from a six-story window in a yellow brick apartment building on the corner of 17th and Swann streets, about a mile north of the White House. Nearby, cars honked repeatedly at an intersection, and a woman on a bicycle rode through shouting with joy. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Top news, November 5 – 11, 2018

first_imgMarineEnergy.biz has compiled the top news from marine energy industry from November 5 – 11, 2018.Minesto wraps EU-backed Deep Green tidal kite demoSwedish marine energy developer Minesto has completed the offshore commissioning and test program of its EU-funded tidal energy project off Wales, having achieved electricity generation and verified the control system of its Deep Green tidal technology at utility scale.The project, which aims to demonstrate the Minesto‘s first utility-scale Deep Green subsea kite technology, comprised the construction, installation and demonstration of the company’s first 500kW tidal kite power system.Muddy waters hold OpenHydro turbine broken at bay’s bottomThe Supreme Court of Nova Scotia has granted one month of creditor protection to OpenHydro Technologies Canada, during which the company will try to find a way to get the broken 2MW tidal turbine out of the waters of the Bay of Fundy in Canada.The stay of proceedings against the subsidiary of the Irish parent company OpenHydro, which went bankrupt this July, will expire in December 2018 and allow the creditors to pursue debtors for amounts owed.During the period, OpenHydro Techologies Canada will perform feasibility assessment on whether a reasonable plan of arrangement might be developed for the company, and also – according to Chronicle Herald which quoted Peter Wedlake who is monitoring the case – to find a suitable option to retrieve the 2MW tidal turbine from the Minas Passage.Lifesaver wave device starts producing powerFred. Olsen wave energy converter – BOLT Lifesaver – has been redeployed for six-month trial period at the US Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site (WETS), off the coast of Hawaii.The wave energy converter, with modified moorings system and new oceanographic sensor package designed to demonstrate the device’s ability to directly power external systems, has been reinstalled at the demonstration site outside Marine Corps Base in October 2018.Germans set to ‘figure out’ Guinea’s sun, winds, and wavesGerman wave energy company SINN Power has installed an autonomous measurement station to gather data for making site specific-recommendations for a renewable energy hybrid system that optimally meets the needs of a customer in Guinea.On behalf of local company Guinea Gold, SINN Power is gathering the necessary data to evaluate the renewable energies potential in Conakry, considering wave wind and solar resources.With solutions in focus, marine energy to center on governmentsHarvest the benefits of the ocean energy sector – the governments were once again called on to – and take marine energy into consideration as one of the answers to some challenging policy questions. The industry has – on the other hand – been advised to speak with unified voice, focused more on solutions than on problems as the government and investors need more proven facts and figures to show more support, according to the leading industry players speaking at the Marine Energy Event in Amsterdam, held as part of Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference (OEEC).last_img read more

Asian golfers could lose out if Olympics go ahead: Tour chief

first_img Promoted ContentWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Top 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In EuropeBest Car Manufacturers In The World12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ CareersWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThe World’s 7 Most Spectacular Railway StationsThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year Time running out: If the Olympics go ahead as planned in July it could mean as few as five Asian Tour golfers qualifying With the prospect of scarcely any competitive golf before the Olympic rankings qualifying cut-off on June 22, Cho said it would be harsh on players from unheralded golf nations. “Our plan initially was to have about 16 or 17 tournaments before the Olympic cut-off,” Cho said. “Today, we probably have only about four or five Asian Tour players eligible for the Olympics.” – Olympics ‘highly unlikely’ – On current rankings, only Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond and Gunn Charoenkul, the Indian pair of Rashid Khan and Udayan Mane plus Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines would represent the Asian Tour in the 60-strong Tokyo field. “Given the amount of golf that was left to be played, we were hopeful that more players from nations like Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines would have the opportunity to get into the Olympics over the next two or three months,” said Cho. The Olympics going ahead in Tokyo this year is “highly unlikely”, the boss of Asian golf told AFP, and proceeding as planned could cost players the chance to qualify. Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand, seen here winning the Asian Tour’s Singapore Open last year, had been due to amke his US Masters debut next month The International Olympic Committee said this week it was “fully committed” to holding the Games from July 24 despite the coronavirus pandemic, but acknowledged there was no “ideal” solution as pressure mounted for a postponement. Asian Tour Commissioner and CEO Cho Minn Thant confirmed that all tournaments across the continent had been suspended until at least the end of May, in line with the US PGA and European Tours. “I think everyone right now is more in a state of shock, just trying to figure out what they do with themselves,” said Cho, speaking by telephone from Asian Tour headquarters in Singapore. Loading… Read Also: Man United reduce Pogba transfer fee by £80m “I’m hoping that we can continue golf this year, whether it be July, September, October or November. It will definitely help mitigate the potential downside. “If we could start between July and October, it means we will probably go through to April. We’ve been planning a wraparound season for the longest time but never really formalised it. “We’re talking to sponsors and promoters. They’re definitely ready to go. They’re prepared to stage events whenever the world is ready to get back to normal.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Golden shot: Englishman Justin Rose won gold for Great Britain when golf returned to the Olympics at Rio in 2016 “Obviously, that’s not going to happen. “I can understand why they would want to push forward with the Olympics – there’d be huge revenue ramifications on the economy of Japan – but it seems highly unlikely now in my opinion.” Cho said that he hadn’t yet heard of any players suffering financial hardship but acknowledged that a long layoff could have an impact. Players such as the world number 39 Jazz, last year’s Asian Tour order of merit winner, will remain in the US where he had been due to play a full schedule before a debut at the now-postponed US Masters next month. “I keep in contact with quite a few players and a lot of them are comfortable,” Cho said. “I feel for the guys who just came through qualifying school and they’ve probably played one or two events in their life. “It’s very different to having a bad season where you’re missing cuts, but you still have got the opportunity to compete. “Right now you’re deprived of the opportunity to compete. That’s a whole different ballgame.” – Calendar shift – The Asian Tour can play all-year round, which means the crisis could lead to a permanent shift in the Asian golfing calendar to a wraparound season played from September to April. “A tour like Europe’s going to have a lot harder time rescheduling events. Theirs is a very short golf season,” Cho said.last_img read more