Far beyond Harvard’s gates

first_imgFor some Harvard students, summer vacation meant sandy beaches, curbside urban cafes, or jobs just around the corner from home.But not for Annemarie Ryu ’13.The 19-year-old spent eight weeks as a medical field researcher in Nicaragua, living in a $10-a-night hostel, interviewing health care workers in Spanish, and — late at night — poring over records on HIV and congenital syphilis. She called her summer a “transformative experience” that left her feeling shaken, honored, lucky, and ready years in advance for her senior thesis.Ryu was among the thousands of Harvard students whose summers involved meaningful adventure, study, work, and service abroad.Some of the places were far away in reality, like the Ukraine, Uganda, Brazil, and Bangladesh. A handful of Harvard students, for instance, spent the summer on remote Idjwi, an impoverished island in Lake Kivu in central Africa. An Amani Global Works project is trying to improve health care on the large island, where only three doctors now live.“Participating in a significant international experience is becoming the goal for increasing numbers of Harvard undergraduates,” said Catherine Winnie, who directs Harvard’s Office of International Programs.Statistics gathered by her office bear that out. From 2001 through 2009, summer travel by Harvard undergraduates — for study alone — shot up more than 700 percent.Other student travel over the summer crossed cultural divides into tough urban neighborhoods in New York, Chicago, and New Orleans.The Center for Public Interest Careers at Harvard College sent 25 undergraduates to New York City for 10 weeks of full-time work in its CPIC-Heckscher Fund for Service Internship Program. Among other things, students worked on a mural project, combined tutoring with squash instruction, and ran a six-week college-readiness boot camp on the Lower East Side.Students elsewhere in the world fixed a deep-water well in the Dominican Republic, studied hypertension in Paris, and tutored children in Boston’s diverse Mission Hill neighborhood.“It made me realize I want to be a teacher,” said Ann M. Cheng ’12, who spent her second summer working at the Mission Hill Afterschool Program, one of 12 day camps run by the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA).Twenty-four staffers, including seven Harvard undergraduates, held morning academic sessions for 80 campers ages 6 to 13, and in the afternoon took field trips, including a ferry to Georges Island.The experience made her feel grounded, said Cheng, who mentors a Dominican teen during the school year, and makes weekly trips to Mission Hill.Inspiration came from further afield too. Abhishek J. Bose-Kolanu ’11 produced a film in Tokyo. Marion Dierickx ’12 spent the summer assessing ultra-faint dwarf galaxy candidates in the Milky Way at the Max Planck Institute of Astronomy in Germany.Dierickx was one of 50 students in the Weissman International Internship Program this summer. Weissman interns fanned out around the world, educating former child soldiers in Uganda, studying risk management in South Africa, and breeding reef fish in New Zealand.Opportunities for serious study, work, and service abroad abound at Harvard, with programs big and small at virtually every School.At the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), summer work and internships are considered critical to the student experience. Its Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs sponsored student work trips to New Orleans, part of the ongoing Broadmoor Project. And the HKS-affiliated Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston sponsored 13 fellows from six Harvard Schools, including students in medicine, government, and business.The Center for Public Leadership at HKS sponsored summer interns, including one who worked publicizing the newly released film “Countdown to Zero,” which features Harvard experts speaking on the danger of nuclear weapons.Four HKS students took part in the News21 internship program sponsored by Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. And Ash Center Fellows in Innovation worked in city offices countrywide.Lindsay Berger, M.P.P ’11, worked with the educational adviser in the San Francisco mayor’s office. Her issue was post-secondary education and what she called “the missing middle,” that large cohort of high school graduates not ready for college.Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP) offers its prestigious and competitive Director’s Internship Program, launched with 10 internships in 1995. This summer, 50 undergraduates interned for eight to 10 weeks. Forty worked in U.S. cities; 10 worked in Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, and elsewhere abroad.Jaymin Kim ’12, a social studies concentrator from suburban Toronto, was a Director’s intern in New York City. She worked with Amnesty International, where in eight weeks she learned how to organize a rally, shoot a video, and stage a panel. Living near Penn Station, said the Korea-born Kim, “was an international experience for me.”IOP also has a summer stipend program with 225 students this year, and a summer-in-Washington program that sent 300 undergraduates to Capitol Hill.Caterina Yuan ’11 spent the summer in Brazil on an internship sponsored by the Harvard Institute for Global Health. (The summer before, she studied traditional local medicine in China.)Crystalee Forbes ’11 was in Venice doing coursework at the Harvard Summer School, which this year sponsored more than 25 study-abroad programs. Students visited nearly every continent for school — from Beijing and Bangalore to Oxford and Prague.Christopher Jackson ’12 lived in a South African Zulu township during a new IOP summer study abroad program on globalization, sports, and development. It wasn’t all work for the Ontario, Canada, resident who is a government concentrator: There is an AP photo of a wide-eyed Jackson in the crowd at a World Cup soccer game.Graduate students had their own range of summer opportunities.At HKS, the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations sponsored seven summer internships. Dalia Al Kadi, an M.P.S./I.D. student, studied the access barriers to diarrhea drugs in India. Irene Hu, an M.P.P. student, worked in Malawi and Ethiopia with the group Save the Children.Joseph Livesey, a master’s degree student at Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, spent 10 weeks in Kiev, Ukraine, a place he had been visiting for five years, but never as a scholar. By day, he studied archival records on famine during the 1930s, an experience that gave him a thesis topic. (“It was great to be a Harvard student,” said Livesey. “That means something to everyone.”) At night, ranging out from his $500-a-month apartment, he blended into Ukrainian life with old friends — at the park, at dinner, or sitting at makeshift beer cafes.“This is tremendous experience to have had,” said Livesey, 28, who speaks and reads Mandarin, Russian, and Ukrainian, and is working on his Uzbek.The Davis Center gave out 39 study grants this year, most for summer travel, said research programs coordinator Joan Gabel. Graduate students won 25, and undergraduates the rest.  Students traveled to nearly every former Soviet republic, she said, as well as to archives in Vienna and Dublin.“For undergraduates, summer experiences can be major forces,” said Gabel, moments that redirect both academic and personal interests. “And they open doors for people” through language training.For graduate students, she said, interviews and archival work abroad make for “more robust dissertation research” and can even change the direction of research. (Livesey, for one, went to the Ukraine this summer to study the Chinese merchants he remembered in Kiev, but they had largely disappeared.)For undergraduates, the intensity and duration of summer work and study has a special impact, said Gene Corbin, who is Harvard’s guru of public service work. (He is the Class of 1955 Executive Director of the PBHA, whose dozens of programs draw in a quarter of Harvard undergraduates.)Summer-long service work “allows the students to really immerse themselves,” said Corbin. “It’s a transformative experience.”Research done at PBHA last year shows a strong correlation between public service work in the summer and a student’s decision to pursue a public-interest career, he said. “They frequently realize: This is the kind of work I want to devote my life to.”Linda Zhang ’12 spent 10 weeks in Geneva working for the United Nations, first for the the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, and then on the U.N.’s new Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. A native Hawaiian, Zhang even joined the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus in July.“It was an amazing experience,” she said of Geneva. “This summer inspired me to continue working in this field.”She missed nothing and gained everything, said Zhang, who had a week at home in Honolulu before school began. “I can have my beach vacation now.” Geneva convention Linda Zhang ’12 spent 10 weeks in Geneva working for the United Nations, first for the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, and then on the U.N.’s new Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Mission thrill Twenty-four staffers, including seven Harvard undergraduates, held morning academic sessions for 80 campers ages 6 to 13 from Mission Hill, and in the afternoon took field trips, including a ferry to Georges Island. Mending boo-boos “It made me realize I want to be a teacher,” said Ann M. Cheng ’12, who spent her second summer working at the Mission Hill Afterschool Program, one of 12 day camps run by the Phillips Brooks House Association. Summer abroad In Geneva, Linda Zhang ’12 also worked on the U.N.’s new Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. center_img Dirty water Students worked with the nonprofit Children of the Border to help fix a deep-water well in the Dominican Republic. Desk job Jaymin Kim ’12, a social studies concentrator from suburban Toronto, was a director’s intern in New York City. She worked with Amnesty International, where in eight weeks she learned how to organize a rally, shoot a video, and stage a panel. The world is their classroomlast_img read more

GOP’s McConnell blasts ‘loony lies’ by Ga. Rep. Greene

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell is blasting newly elected Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, calling the far-right Georgia Republican’s embrace of conspiracy theories and “loony lies” a “cancer for the Republican Party.” The statement Monday comes as House Democrats are mounting an effort to formally rebuke Greene, who has a history of making racist remarks, promoting conspiracy theories and endorsing violence directed at Democrats. Democrats have said they will strip Greene of her committee assignments if House Republican leadership refuses to. Greene says Democrats will regret the move if Republicans regain the majority after the 2022 elections.last_img

Nominate Vermont’s Outstanding Businesses for the Deane C. Davis Award

first_imgWhat do Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Cabot Creamery, and Wild Apple Graphics have in common? These outstanding businesses have all received the Deane C. Davis Award for their meaningful commitment to employees, community, corporate productivity, and the environment.Nominations are now being accepted for the Thirteenth Annual Deane C. Davis award, co-sponsored by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine. The winner will be unveiled at the May 21, 2003 opening ceremony of northern New England’s largest business-to-business trade show, the annual Vermont Chamber of Commerce Business and Industry Exposition (EXPO). Three award finalists are profiled in the May issue of Vermont Business Magazine.Nominations may come from the business itself, another business, a government agency, or an interested individual. Named after former Governor Deane C. Davis (1900-1990), the prestigious award reflects a simple yet meaningful tenet that Davis brought to the Governor’s office: business and satisfied employees enhance the economy and help the environment.The award criteria reflect four “Principles of Excellence”: 1) Continued growth in number of employees and/or sales; 2) Commitment of company resources, including employees, to community projects; 3) Recognition of Vermont’s environment as a natural and economic resource; 4) Creation of a positive work environment for all employees.Nominated businesses must have been headquartered in Vermont for 10 years.Perhaps the suspense makes the award even more special: even the finalists do not know who wins until the morning the Conference opens. The Vermont Business and Industry EXPO Selection Committee nominates the three finalists, then quietly selects the recipient.Contact Curtis Picard at the Vermont Chamber ([email protected](link sends e-mail), (802)-223-3443) with any questions or to receive a nomination packet. The application is also available on line in PDF format on the EXPO website, www.vtexpo.com(link is external). The application deadline for the Deane C. Davis award is March 7, 2003.last_img read more

UVM part of clinical trial for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

first_imgUniversity of Vermont,Burlington is one of eight cities serving as a research site for a Phase I clinical trial for people suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a serious lung disease. The clinical trial will take place at The University of Vermont and patients are actively being recruited.IPF is a devastating lung disease that is progressive and generally fatal. An estimated 128,000 persons in the United States suffer from IPF, with 48,000 new persons diagnosed annually and 40,000 patients dying from the disease each year. The number of deaths annually is the same as breast cancer and greater than other cancers such as multiple myeloma. Currently no FDA-approved medicines exist for IPF in the United States or Europe.ImmuneWorks, Inc. today announced the initiation of its Phase I clinical trial in patients suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a serious lung disease. The clinical trial will move the biotech company one step closer to commercialization of its lead IPF treatment compound.Eight leading academic research universities will conduct the IPF clinical trial: Indiana University, Medical University of South Carolina, Ohio State University, University of Alabama-Birmingham, University of Chicago, University of Louisville, University of Michigan and University of Vermont.‘We are pleased to move forward into clinical investigation of our purified Type V collagen solution in patients suffering from IPF,’ said ImmuneWorks Chief Scientific Officer David S. Wilkes, M.D. ‘This clinical trial is important to study the safety of this naturally derived protein and investigate its ability to influence the ongoing immune response in IPF patients.’To promote the clinical trial and recruit participants across the eight cities, ImmuneWorks partnered with Indianapolis-based Synergy Marketing Group to develop a new website and conduct search engine optimization (SEO) to reach IPF patients and their physicians, friends and family members in Indianapolis; Chicago; Louisville, Ky.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Birmingham, Ala.; Charleston, S.C.; Burlington, Vt.; and Columbus, Ohio. The new website is www.ImmuneWorks.com(link is external).ImmuneWorks has been conducting research and development of treatments for serious autoimmune lung diseases for the last five years. Over that time, the company attracted the attention of several key investors, raising nearly $4 million. This funding came from groups including Indiana’s 21st Century Research & Technology Fund, BioCrossroads’ Indiana Seed Fund and the IU Medical Group Foundation.IPF is a devastating lung disease that is progressive and generally fatal. An estimated 128,000 persons in the United States suffer from IPF, with 48,000 new persons diagnosed annually and 40,000 patients dying from the disease each year (source: Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis). The number of deaths annually is the same as breast cancer and greater than other cancers such as multiple myeloma. Currently no FDA-approved medicines exist for IPF in the United States or Europe. About ImmuneWorksHeadquartered in Indianapolis, ImmuneWorks was formed in 2006 to develop and commercialize treatments for serious autoimmune diseases of the lung. Led by founders David Wilkes, MD; Michael Klemsz, PhD; Ronald Meeusen, PhD; and President and CEO Wade Lange, the company has made pioneering scientific discoveries that ImmuneWorks is developing as novel therapies and diagnostic products for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and lung transplantation. In November 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted orphan drug exclusivity to ImmuneWorks’ lead compound, IW001, a purified bovine Type V Collagen oral solution. In June 2010, the U.S. FDA granted ImmuneWorks approval to begin clinical trials on the compound. Now, in collaboration with Lung Rx, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of United Therapeutics Corporation (NASDAQ: UTHR), ImmuneWorks is conducting clinical trials among IPF patients to test the effects of its new drug candidate. For more information about the company, visit the new website at www.ImmuneWorks.com(link is external).Source: UVM. 10.21.2010last_img read more

The best credit union websites we’ve seen all year!

first_imgThis year we’ve been working with a number of credit union clients who are looking into redesigned their websites. So we have a pretty awesome running list of gorgeous, high functioning CU websites we’ve compiled as examples. Here’s our Top 10 List of the Best Credit Union Websites we’ve seen so far this year!(Disclaimer: These sites are in no specific order, and ALL of these are fully mobile responsive, as this is a MUST for any website to be used as an example. We also tested all of these sites using the Google mobile performance tool, and included load times for each site. Mobile load times can vary widely based on cellular service provider, but this tool gives a good idea of the average load times when going to the site from a mobile device. The faster the load time the better, of course!)1. Evolve Credit Union(Mobile Load Time – 5 Seconds)Evolve also has a ‘start live chat’ option which is huge! Millennials LOVE chat for customer service, so this is a great feature for pushing out to younger members! Nice work! continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Escaping the mid-life crisis

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South Korea reports 376 more coronavirus cases, total 3,526

first_img“The government is now waging all-out responses after raising the crisis alert to the highest level,” Moon said at a ceremony marking Independence Movement Day, scaled down due to the outbreak.”We will be able to overcome the COVID-19 outbreak and revive our shrunken economy,” he added.Nearly 90 percent of the cases were in Daegu, the centre of the country’s outbreak, and its neighbouring North Gyeongsang province, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement. The country’s death toll remains at 17.The national total is expected to rise further as authorities screen more than 260,000 members of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a secretive entity often accused of being a cult that is linked to around half of the country’s cases. A 61-year-old female member developed a fever on February 10, but attended at least four church services in Daegu — the country’s fourth-largest city with a population of 2.5 million — before being diagnosed.The streets of Daegu have been largely deserted for days, apart from long queues at the few shops with masks for sale. Authorities have urged the public to exercise caution and anyone with a fever or respiratory symptoms to stay home.But officials say they are not considering a citywide quarantine for the city in the manner of the lockdown imposed on the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus first emerged.A surge in confirmed cases has led many events to be cancelled or postponed as the outbreak has hit the world’s 12th-largest economy, including concerts by K-pop superstars BTS and the World Team Table Tennis Championships.Auto giant Hyundai Motor also suspended operations at one of its Ulsan plants after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus.The new school term start has been delayed one week nationwide and three weeks in Daegu, while the US and South Korean militaries have postponed forthcoming joint exercises.Topics : South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Sunday the government was waging “all-out responses” to contain the novel coronavirus as the country reported 376 new cases, taking the total to 3,526.South Korea has the largest national total in the world outside China, after it saw a rapid surge in the number of coronavirus cases in recent days.Scores of events have been cancelled or postponed over the virus, while more than 70 countries raised their travel restrictions against South Korea.last_img read more

Coverage ratios at larger Dutch schemes near ‘critical’ level

first_imgAt the time, ABP and PFZW warned that they might be forced to implement discounts if their financial positions failed to improve, while PME and PME conceded that the prospects of discounts had increased.Last week, Mercer and Aon Hewitt estimated that Dutch pension funds had lost 3-4 percentage points of coverage on average over the first 10 days of February alone.The schemes attributed the funding drop primarily to falling interest rates, with PFZW and PMT reporting a decrease in coverage of 6% and 6.6%, respectively, last month.The civil service scheme ABP – in contrast to PFZW, PMT and PME, which reported a slight increase in assets – said it lost €2bn in January.“We need to explain the developments thoroughly to our participants,” an ABP spokeswoman said, stressing that the decisive factor in any possible cuts would be the situation at year-end.“Last year also had a bad start, but the coverage improved over the course of the year,” she added.At January-end, PFZW’s official ‘policy’ coverage ratio – the 12-month average of the topical funding, and the main criterion for rights cuts and indexation – stood at 97%.ABP, PME and PME reported policy funding of 98.2%, 98% and 97.2%, respectively.The new financial assessment framework (nFTK) allows pension funds to smooth out any cuts over a 10-year period if their policy funding falls short of the required minimum of 105%.However, schemes must start applying a discount immediately if their topical coverage drops below 90% at year-end, as, at this level, they would be unable to achieve funding of 125% within a 10-year period.Out of the five largest pension funds in the Netherlands, BpfBouw, the €48bn scheme for the building sector, is in the best financial shape.In January, it saw its topical coverage fall from 108.9% to 104.4%. Low interest rates and anaemic equity markets have pushed some of the largest Dutch pension funds to the brink of early rights cuts.As of the end of January, the ‘topical’ coverage ratios at the €355bn civil service scheme ABP, the €165bn healthcare pension fund PFZW and the metal schemes PMT (€61bn) and PME (€40bn) dropped to just over 90%.However, the fact rates fell further and markets continued to struggle over the first half of February has not yet been factored into funding figures.At the end of last month, ABP’s coverage ratio stood at 91.2%, PFZW’s 90%, PMT’s 92.2% and PME’s 91.4%.last_img read more

Oil Search names new managing director

first_imgPeter Botten (Image courtesy of Oil Search)The Papua New Guinea-focused oil and gas producer and PNG LNG stakeholder, Oil Search named its new managing director following Peter Botten’s decision to retire from the company on August 25. The company said that Botten will be succeeded as managing director by Keiran Wulff on February 25, when Botten steps down from the company board.Wulff is currently Oil Search’s executive vice president, Alaska and president of Oil Search Alaska. He worked at Oil Search from 1993 to 2008, holding several senior technical, operational and executive roles, and re-joined the company in 2015.To ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities from Botten to Wulff, Wulff was appointed CEO designate on September 30 2019. He will retain his Alaskan responsibilities until mid-December 2019, to manage the company’s entry into front-end engineering and design (FEED) for the Pikka Unit development, while also engaging progressively with all stakeholders and being involved in budget and planning matters for 2020 and beyond.He will commence his role as managing director and join the Oil Search board on February 25, 2020.Bruce Dingeman, who is currently chief operating officer of the Alaska business unit, will take over Wulff’s role as president Alaska.Botten will remain managing director of the company until February 25, 2020, and will continue to be employed by OilSearch until August 25, 2020, focusing primarily on the LNG expansion project as the co-venturers move towards a final investment decision (FID), as well as assisting in other matters as required.Longer-term, Botten will continue his association with Oil Search and PNG through his roles as chairman of the Oil Search Foundation and the Hela Provincial Health Authority and as a member of the Australia Papua NewGuinea Business Council Executive Committee.last_img read more

Three St. Louis students win in BAAC competition

first_imgBatesville, In. — Three St. Louis eighth-grade students have been announced as winners in the BAAC Young Artist Showcase.The students were required to write original short stories that are judged on plot development, creativity and grammar.Maddie Schrand won first place and second place finishes were recorded by Luke Meyer and Emma Livers.Many other St. Louis students won awards for art, music and drama accomplishments.last_img