Sunstein a University Professor

first_imgCass Sunstein, widely regarded as one of the most influential legal scholars of his generation, has been named a University Professor, Harvard’s highest honor for a faculty member.One of the nation’s most-cited legal scholars, and one of the world’s most prolific, Sunstein is the author of hundreds of publications whose impact has extended beyond law into the social sciences and the public sphere in many nations.“Cass Sunstein’s scholarly work has cast fresh light on long-standing questions and opened new paths for legal theorists, drawing creatively from fields outside the law to offer insights that consistently enrich not only legal discourse but the wider world of ideas,” Harvard President Drew Faust said. “He is a scholar, teacher, mentor, colleague, and public servant of uncommon range and distinction.”The University Professorships were established in 1935 to recognize individuals whose work on the frontiers of knowledge crosses the traditional boundaries of academic disciplines.Sunstein’s scholarship spans five major areas: behavioral economics and public policy, constitutional law and democratic theory, legal theory and jurisprudence, administrative law, and the regulation of risk. His appointment as the Robert Walmsley University Professor follows the retirement of legal scholar Frank Michelman, who held the chair from 1992 to 2012.“I feel more honored than I can say,” Sunstein said. “Harvard has such a remarkable and energizing academic community, with the most extraordinary students and faculty in so many diverse fields. To be here is a privilege; I look forward to doing whatever I can to be worthy of this extraordinary honor.”Sunstein is a magna cum laude graduate of both Harvard College (1975) and Harvard Law School (1978). He served as an editor of the Harvard Lampoon and a member of the varsity squash team, which won the national championship during his undergraduate years. As a law student, he served as executive editor of “Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review” and was a member of the winning Ames Moot Court Competition team. He clerked for Judge Benjamin Kaplan of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the Supreme Court of the United States before working as an attorney-adviser in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel.In 1981, Sunstein joined the faculty of the University of Chicago as an assistant professor of law. He was concurrently appointed as an assistant professor of political science in 1983 and named a full professor in 1985, eventually becoming the Karl N. Llewllyn Distinguished Service Professor of Jurisprudence. Sunstein twice served as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School (HLS) before joining the Harvard faculty as the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law in 2008.In 2009, he accepted President Obama’s invitation, and was confirmed by the Senate, to serve as administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, which reviews draft federal regulations. In that time, he helped to implement the new health care law, promote the use of cost-benefit analysis, and initiate a number of major changes in national regulation, including a large-scale reassessment of existing rules. He was reappointed to the HLS faculty after leaving government in August 2012. He directs the new Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy.Beyond his hundreds of academic articles, Sunstein has authored or co-authored more than 30 books, including the bestseller “Nudge” (with Richard Thaler), “Risk and Reason,” and “” His experience in government has influenced his book, forthcoming this April, “Simpler: The Future of Government,” and also the forthcoming “Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas,” both to be published by Simon & Schuster. His recent Storrs Lectures, “Behavioral Economics and Paternalism,” will be published in the Yale Law Journal this spring. His current projects include a book tentatively titled, “On Liberty Reloaded.”Sunstein was elected to the American Law Institute in 1990, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1992, and the American Philosophical Society in 2010. He was awarded the APS’s Henry M. Phillips Prize in recognition of his intellectual leadership in constitutional law and political science, including in particular, “his profound research and writing demonstrating the complex interplay between jurisprudential constructs and the day by day resolution of legal conflicts.”last_img read more

Animated films aim to help children overcome exploitation, trauma

first_img Read Full Story A new series of four short animated films is aimed at helping children who have lived through forced labor, trafficking, and other forms of exploitation to take positive steps toward the future.The series, called “A Brighter Future,” was produced by Medical Aid Films in collaboration with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation (KSCF). The films, released on World Children’s Day, Nov. 20, are available for free to all in English, Hindi, and Bengali, and will later be translated into other languages.“Children who have been exploited often blame themselves for having been rescued,” said Bizu Gelaye, assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology, whose research focuses on understanding neuropsychiatric disorders and who led Harvard Chan School’s involvement in developing the film scripts. “These films offer practical messages aimed at normalizing some of the symptoms children may be dealing with, emphasize that they’ve been rescued from terrible experiences, and try to reassure them that they’ve done nothing wrong. The films send the message that they are unique, that they’re no one’s property, that they have fundamental human rights, and that they’re free to learn and prosper.”The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 152 million child laborers around the globe, with 73 million engaged in hazardous work. More than 20 million are subjected to the worst forms of child labor — including slavery-like practices such as forced and bonded labor, child soldiering, and sexual exploitation — or are used by adults in illicit activities such as drug trafficking, according to UNICEF.The films, each about four minutes long, focus on fictional former child laborers, Ajay and Priya. They feature messages around overcoming past trauma, rediscovering childhood, learning to play with others, self-care, equality, and the importance of education as a tool in breaking cycles of exploitation.One of the films depicts Ajay’s rescue from working in a gravel quarry, and his arrival at a children’s center in India with other rescued children. Although initially cautious at the center, Ajay eventually becomes more trusting. “My life started to improve from that moment on,” says Ajay in the film. “I started to understand that I could have a happier future, and that I deserved it.”last_img read more

TVA board votes to close Paradise, Bull Run coal plants

first_imgTVA board votes to close Paradise, Bull Run coal plants FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The Tennessee Valley Authority voted on Thursday to close two aging coal-fired power plants, including one supplied by a company led by a major supporter of President Donald Trump, who had urged the U.S.-owned utility to keep it open.“It is not about coal. This decision is about economics,” said President and Chief Executive Bill Johnson, who is retiring from the TVA. “It’s about keeping rates as low as feasible.” Ahead of the vote, Johnson had said the plants, which only operated sporadically in recent years, had become too expensive to operate.The board voted 5-2 to approve the closures. The members who voted to keep them open were both appointed by President Trump.The 870-megawatt Bull Run coal plant in Tennessee will close by December 2023 and the 971-MW Paradise 3 plant in Kentucky will be shut by December 2020. Both are about 50 years old.In total, more than 23,400 MW of coal-fired generation were shut in 2017-2018 versus 14,900 MW in 2009-2012, according to data from Reuters and the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).On Tuesday, the EIA said it expected coal’s contribution to the U.S. power mix to keep falling in coming years. This year, it should average 26 percent of U.S. generation, down from 28 percent in 2018, and set to fall to 24 percent by 2020. By contrast, natural gas-fired power plants will account for 36 percent and 37 percent of that generation respectively in 2019 and 2020, up from 35 percent last year.More: U.S. utility TVA votes to close two coal power plants, in blow to Trumplast_img read more

S&P: Coal demand could drop more than 200 million tons by 2022

first_imgS&P: Coal demand could drop more than 200 million tons by 2022 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):For the four weeks ending May 25, coal shipments averaged 13.9 million tons, modestly lower than the same period in 2018. Overall tonnage is back on track after a slow start to the quarter, driven by stable export markets and low fleet inventories. Compared to forecasts from earlier this year, higher bituminous demand has offset lower western and subbituminous demand.Electric-sector demand is now projected to decline from 631 million tons in 2018 to 558 million tons in 2019 before coming under further pressure through 2022. Announced coal retirements over the next four years combined with lower natural gas prices are projected to push coal generation demand to a low point of 424 million tons per year. The overall coal market (domestic demand and exports) is projected to decline by 237 million tons from 2018-2022. While coal retirements create a ceiling on domestic steam coal demand, potential displacement by natural gas creates year-over-year variability in demand. The persistence of low natural gas prices creates a constant threat of coal displacement, but higher natural gas prices could conversely preserve 60 million to 100 million tons of demand lost at current price projections. As noted previously, firmer crude oil prices have worked to maintain high levels of associated natural gas supply, depressing natural gas spot prices through spring.S&P Global Market Intelligence forecasts production for 2019 at 304 million tons for Northern and Southern PRB, a decline of 28 million tons compared to 2018. Retirement of coal generation in the Midwest and Texas, along with lower natural gas prices, is projected to shrink the market to 237 million tons through 2022. Modest growth opportunities include displacement of smaller western coal producers and expansion in export markets.Lower production for export from the Illinois Basin during the first quarter has been offset by the restart of key mines that were closed due to operational issues in 2018. However, as in other coal regions, natural gas prices are expected to move further downward through 2020, with shale gas deliverability into the Midwest pressuring Illinois Basin coal volumes. Illinois Basin production is projected to fall to 103 million tons per year in 2019 and reach a low of 87 million tons in 2022.Appalachian basin coal production has increasingly shifted to metallurgical and export steam markets, with long-haul thermal domestic markets continuing to erode. While export markets are projected to ease, strong seaborne pricing into 2019 is likely to support exports through the first half. Many coal plants are expected to retire in 2019, and more appear under pressure due to the competitive price of natural gas. S&P Global Market Intelligence estimates total 2019 production at 193 million tons, down by 8 million tons from 2018. Production is forecast to decline by an additional 39 million tons in 2020.More ($): U.S. coal price discounting extends into late springlast_img read more

Body found on Appalachian Trail in Maryland

first_imgA body of a male was found Monday near Black Rock on the Appalachian Trail in Maryland. A rock climber found the remains in Maryland’s South Mountain State Park and notified authorities at 3:45 p.m. Monday.The body was so badly decomposed that investigators could not determine the cause of death or how long the body had been there, according to Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson.Thomson told the that some items were found with the individual, but she declined to say what they were until authorities make a positive identification of the male and talk to his family members. To reach the area northeast of Boonsboro, Md., near the Appalachian Trail, rescuers had to make a 15-minute all-terrain vehicle ride, Thomson told They then had to hike for an hour uphill, and the final 150 yards to reach the body required climbing up a 45-degree-angle mountainside strewn with rocks, Thomson said. Rescue officials initially thought they would use a helicopter to lift the body out of the area, but a helicopter crew said it wouldn’t be able to recover the body. So rescuers had to transport the body by hand while rigging safety lines and making their way over steep, rocky terrain.center_img Rescue crews were able to transport the body out of the area Tuesday afternoon. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore will conduct an autopsy.last_img read more

The Online Trust Alliance’s (OTA) 2015 Security Report

first_imgAlthough financial institutions fell prey to some of the most notable data breach attacks of 2014, no one in the industry was shocked by the events. Credit unions are and will continue to be prime targets for cyber criminals because they maintain databases that contain members’ personally identifiable information. The non-profit organization, Online Trust Alliance (OTA), published their 2015 Security and Privacy Best Practices Report which analyzed over five hundred online security breach attack reports from the first half of 2014 and recommended actions based on their findings. In the report, the OTA highlights the shocking fact that almost 90% of the attacks could have been prevented by implementation of basic information security controls.An All-Encompassing IT Governance, Risk Management and Compliance Management (GRC) SolutionFrom suggested improvements of vulnerability and risk management protocol to recommendations addressing company incident response methods, all of the best practices outlined in the report can be put to action using TraceSecurity’s cloud-based, fully integrated and award-winning IT GRC management software, TraceCSO. For instance, recommendations to implement a vendor management program serve as a reminder that several of the most costly data breaches of recent history could have been avoided through proper vendor management. Enhancements to the TraceCSO vendor management module are currently underway to streamline existing vendor management processes and incorporate risk analysis to empower credit unions to make well-informed, intelligent decisions about their existing and future vendor relationships. Another OTA recommendation that has been reinforced with updated regulation guidance involves an established incident response plan. Upcoming additions to TraceCSO’s incident response module integrate guided workflows that meet newly-published NCUA standards to enable credit unions to maintain compliance with these updates.Whether recommendations instruct credit unions to develop training and testing materials or policies, TraceCSO provides the platform for company policies to be developed and accepted and training courses to be distributed and tested. Finally, recommendations to implement effective vulnerability and password management practices and to enforce least privilege user access and multi-layered firewall protections may be accomplished through TraceCSO’s patch management and network scanning functionality, as well as through the variety of information security services that TraceSecurity offers.Overcome Security Challenges by Leveraging Seasoned Information Security ExpertsOf the attacks evaluated, 60% were either the result of insider activity or social engineering attempts. The OTA recommends performing annual risk assessments to identify credit union assets that contain (or allow access to) sensitive member information and create a framework from which the institution can develop data minimization and least privilege access to these systems. Customers can choose to have TraceSecurity perform any of the various security assessment services offered as well as participate in implementation training that educates the credit union on how to perform risk assessments internally using TraceCSO. Similarly, a social engineering training course is available within TraceCSO, and TraceSecurity provides social engineering engagements designed to test employee response to such attacks – cultivating an institution-wide awareness of social engineering strategies to ensure intrusion attempts are debunked at all levels of the institution.Prepare for a Secure and Prosperous 2015 and BeyondTraceCSO, coupled with TraceSecurity’s extensive information security services, provides an essential combination of resources to develop all components of a successful risk-based information security program. By leveraging TraceSecurity’s services and integrating TraceCSO’s risk, compliance, vendor, and incident response capabilities, credit unions can thoughtfully plan for and greatly diminish the potential of data breach attacks not only in 2015 but also for years to come. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Madeline Domma Madeline Domma is a Product Specialist at TraceSecurity, a company which took feedback from credit unions and small businesses to build a cloud-based information security program service specifically for this … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Guidance for mortgage lenders

first_imgWhether you’re onboarding dozens or thousands of mortgage loans each month, verifying loan data is time consuming and prone to error. To address that challenge, lenders are turning to automated multisource, real-time data reconciliation to dramatically enhance the quality and speed of loan onboarding and servicing.Think of loan servicers as New York City’s Grand Central Station, which has multiple entry points for different transit systems – all running on different tracks and schedules. Like the famous terminal, servicers are a hub for the exchange of loan information coming into and out of the system in different formats and from multiple places.To keep loans running on time, servicers must ensure the accuracy of documents and data points as they pass between originators, customers, investors, regulators and others.  Errors and defects increase when content switches between systems, especially when servicers rely on redundant manual data entry instead of digital content transfer. Automating the exchange of structured and unstructured content helps servicers quickly identify, classify, compare and resolve any issues. That can significantly increase servicer efficiencies and improve validated data exchange between all parties.One leading mortgage servicer recently automated its content onboarding processes to make significant improvements to its servicing operations. The servicer’s goals were to automate the comparison and validation process for new loan onboarding, identify and report loan performance trends, and identify and remediate loan defects earlier in the origination process. To enhance staff productivity, the servicer used automated workflows to isolate the work requiring a human touch, queuing mismatches for staff review. 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

PSG in late approach for Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil following Neymar’s injury

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 30 Jan 2019 5:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Advertisement PSG in late approach for Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil following Neymar’s injury The French champions have reached out to Ozil about a loan move (Picture: Getty)Paris Saint-Germain have made a last-minute move for Mesut Ozil but the German has told them he does not want to leave Arsenal on loan, according to reports in his homeland.The French champions have already been busy in the January window, signing Leandro Paredes and looking to bring in another midfielder, but their priorities have changed after Neymar was sidelined.PSG expect the Brazilian to miss the next 10 weeks and Thomas Tuchel is desperate for cover, with German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung claiming they have approached Ozil. PSG are short of options with Neymar out until the start of April (Picture: Getty)However, the Arsenal man has rejected their advances despite offering to pay his enormous wages in full and says he does not want to be loaned out.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal are believed to be willing to let Ozil leave, with his £350,000-a-week salary giving them precious little room to bring in new signings on anything other than a temporary basis.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityNeymar has broken his metatarsal and will miss both legs of PSG’s Champions League last-16 tie against Manchester United, though could be back for the quarter-finals if they reach the next round.Ozil is only seen as a stop-gap by Tuchel, who feels his side are light on creativity now Neymar has been ruled out of action.center_img Advertisement Comment Ozil made a rare start on Tuesday and even captained the side (Picture: Getty)The 30-year-old World Cup winner has been on the periphery of the first-team picture under Unai Emery this season, with reports suggesting the new manager does not trust him in bigger, more physical contests.He did, however, return to the starting XI for Tuesday’s win over Cardiff City, even handed the captain’s armband, though Emery was brief in his assessment of Ozil’s performance afterwards, saying only: ‘He worked like we wanted. It was good.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorslast_img read more

Transocean to send six floaters to scrapyard

first_imgOffshore driller Transocean is set to retire six of its ultra-deepwater floating rigs.The rigs in question are GSF Jack Ryan, Sedco Energy, Sedco Express, Cajun Express, and Deepwater Pathfinder, and the deepwater floater Transocean Marianas.The rigs will be classified as held for sale and will be recycled in an environmentally responsible manner, Transocean said.  All six rigs were previously cold stacked.The company will recognize an impairment charge of approximately $1.4 billion during the third quarter of 2017 associated with these actions.“We continue to enhance the quality of our fleet through the addition of new, high-specification assets, and the retirement of older, less competitive rigs,” said Jeremy Thigpen, President and Chief Executive Officer.“We remain committed to providing our customers with the most technically capable and highest quality ultra-deepwater and harsh environment assets in the industry, and will continue to objectively evaluate our rigs and high-grade our fleet as the market evolves.”last_img read more

French Cup: Six-goal PSG zoom into semi-finals as Lyon knock out Marseille

first_img Thiago Silva added a third four minutes after the break with a header from a corner before Pablo Sarabia ended Dijon’s resistance by pushing home his 11th of the season on the rebound. Senou Coulibaly watched on in horror with five minutes left when Mbappe’s cross looped off his thigh over helpless stopper Runar Alex Runarsson, before Sarabia tapped home his second in stoppage time from another Mbappe centre. Later, Lyon coach Rudi Garcia knocked his former side Marseille out as Houssem Aouar scored an 81st minute winner. The winning goal came 10 minutes after Lyon’s Moussa Dembele had a penalty – awarded when Hiroki Sakai handled a shot from Karl Toko Ekambi – saved by Yohan Pele in the Marseille goal. Paris Saint-Germain cruised into the semi-finals of the French Cup on Wednesday after thumping Dijon 6-1 in a match that saw the French champions benefit again from comical own goals. PSG were ahead just 47 seconds after kick off thanks to Wesley Lautoa shanking Mitchel Bakker’s low cross into his own net to the bemusement of his teammates. Senou Coulibaly could do nothing as Mbappe’s cross flicked off his thigh and into his own net It was the second own goal in a week to be scored for PSG, who also saw Lyon’s Fernando Marcal slam a stunning effort past his own goalkeeper at the weekend. However the hosts were level in the 13th minute thanks to a impressive low curling effort from Mounir Chouiar, which squeezed past Kaylor Navas. While the away side were far from full strength, with Angel Di Maria and Mauro Icardi on the bench and Neymar not even in the squad, Thomas Tuchel’s team did include Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani, who was making his first start in over a month after nearly moving to Atletico Madrid in January. The Uruguayan was left waiting his 200th goal for the club in the 21st minute when he turned home Thomas Meunier’s cross, only for the strike to be ruled out for handball by the Belgian after a VAR check. “It’s not that bad because he can score his 200th goal on Saturday (against Amiens) or Tuesday (against Borussia Dortmund). I can feel he’s there,” said Tuchel. On the match, he added: “I’m happy because we deserved the victory. It’s a huge performance.” Mbappe put PSG ahead a minute before the break, punishing Jhonder Cadiz’s miss when clean through seconds before by clinically slotting home a similar chance. Read Also: PSG plotting shock freebie move for unsettled Barcelona star  It was the third time this season that Dembele had missed from the spot for Lyon. On Thursday, fourth division side Epinal – last 16 conquerers of Lille – will look to continue their stunning cup run going when they host Saint-Etienne. They will try to succeed where fellow fourth-tier outfit Belfort failed following their 3-0 defeat to holder Rennes on Tuesday. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading…last_img read more