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  • Tufts University president joins Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership

    first_img Read Full Story The Center for Public Leadership (CPL) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) announced today that Tufts University president emeritus Lawrence S. Bacow M.P.P. 1976, Ph.D. 1978, has joined the Center for Public Leadership (CPL) community as its inaugural Leader-in-Residence. Bacow’s two-year appointment begins this summer.Bacow is known as a prominent expert on environmental policy and environmental dispute resolution, as well as a pioneering champion of broadened access to higher education and a scholar of technology’s role in expanding learning opportunities. He served as president of Tufts University from September 2001 through July 2011.“I have long admired Larry Bacow for his inspiring and creative leadership, and I am excited that he will be joining us at the Kennedy School,” said HKS Dean David T. Ellwood.last_img read more

  • Closer to detecting when and why blood clots form

    first_img Ability to dissolve clots quickly opens new path to treat strokes Scientists at the Wyss Institute have created a better assay for testing blood’s clotting tendency, which could prove to be a lifesaver for patients with abnormal blood coagulation and platelet function.As reported in today’s Nature Communications, this bioinspired advance by the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University takes a biophysical approach by subjecting blood to what it would experience inside a patient’s vascular network. It can be used with blood samples or potentially be integrated into patients’ blood-flow lines, offering clinicians the foresight they need to prevent life-threatening blood clotting or internal hemorrhaging.Led by Donald Ingber, founding director of the Wyss, the team has developed a novel microfluidic device in which blood flows through a lifelike network of small “vessels.” It is here that it’s subjected to true-to-life shear stresses and force gradients of the human vascular network. Using automated pressure sensors and a proprietary algorithm developed by the Wyss team, data acquired from the device is analyzed in real time, precisely predicting when a certain blood sample will obstruct the blood vessel network. Blood clot breakthrough uses drug-device combo Related The device’s hollow channels mimic the pathology of the narrowing of small blood vessels, which occurs in patients as a side effect of medical conditions or treatments and can often cause a shift in the fluid mechanics of blood flow, possibly leading to life-threatening blood clots or internal bleeds.Known clinically as hemostasis, the body’s ability to stop bleeding is critical for survival. For a patient with a blood-clotting disorder or medical condition, it is essential that care providers have the ability to quickly monitor the patient’s ability to maintain healthy hemostasis while preventing clotting.“By combining our fabricated microfluidic device that mimics blood-flow dynamics of small arterioles with our novel data-analysis software, we can rapidly quantitate hemostasis in real time and predict if blood clots will develop in an individual or blood sample,” said Ingber, who is also the Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at Harvard Medical School, a member of the Pathology, Surgery and Vascular Biology Programs at Boston Children’s Hospital, and professor of bioengineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.The real-time monitoring ability of the device could also assess patients’ coagulation status almost continuously, in stark contrast to today’s standard of once- or twice-daily testing procedures, thereby reducing the likelihood of toxic side effects resulting from anticoagulation therapies. The team also demonstrated that the device could detect abnormal platelet function in patients with a rare bleeding disorder that is not easily identified using conventional assays.“The physics of what’s happening inside our bodies is a major contributor to the reasons why blood clots form or why clotting fails during surgeries, traumas, or extracorporeal medical procedures,” said Abhishek Jain, a postdoctoral fellow at the Wyss Institute and the Division of Hemostasis and Thrombosis at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, the lead author on new study. “By mimicking the physics of blood clotting in our device more precisely, we hope this technology can one day be used to save lives.”In a large animal experiment already conducted, the team perfused blood directly from a living vessel into a microfluidic device to measure clinical clotting parameters over time. From this research they recorded precise predictions for clotting times for blood samples, which were far more accurate and faster than currently used clinical assays.According to the Wyss Institute, its hemostasis-monitoring device has been developed with translation and versatility in mind, using inexpensive in-line pressure sensors to measure clot formation. As a result, the device does not require additional instrumentation and can be integrated directly into the blood lines of extracorporeal devices.last_img read more

  • Bear away the bell

    first_imgA joyous peal of bells will ring throughout Cambridge on Commencement Day.In celebration of the city of Cambridge and of the country’s oldest university — and of our earlier history when bells of varying tones summoned us from sleep to prayer, work, or study — this ancient yet new sound will fill Harvard Square and the surrounding area with music when a number of neighboring churches and institutions ring their bells at the conclusion of Harvard’s 367th Commencement Exercises, for the 30th consecutive year.The bells will begin to ring at 11:45 a.m., shortly after Peter J. Koutoujian, sheriff of Middlesex County, declares the Commencement Exercises adjourned. They will ring for approximately 15 minutes.The deep-toned bell in the Memorial Church tower, for years the only bell to acknowledge the festival rites of Commencement, will be joined by the set of bells cast to replace the original 17-bell Russian zvon of Lowell House that was returned in 2008 to the Danilov Monastery near Moscow, and by the bell of the Harvard Business School, the historic 13-bell “Harvard Chime” of Christ Church Cambridge, the Harvard Divinity School bell in Andover Hall, and the bells of the Church of the New Jerusalem, First Church Congregational, First Parish Unitarian Universalist, First Baptist Church, St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, University Lutheran Church, Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church, and St. Anthony’s Church.Bells were already in use at Harvard in 1643 when “New England’s First Fruits,” published in London that year, set forth some College rules: “Every Schollar shall be present in his tutor’s chambers at the 7th houre in the morning, immediately after the sound of the bell … opening the Scripture and prayer.”Three of the 15 bells known to have been in use in Massachusetts before 1680 were hung within the precincts of the present College Yard, including the original College bell and the bell of the First Parish Church.Of the churches participating in the joyful ringing, one, the First Parish, has links with Harvard that date from its foundation. The College had use of the Church’s bell, Harvard’s first Commencement was held in the church’s meetinghouse, and one of the chief reasons for selecting Cambridge as the site of the College was the proximity of this church and its minister, the Rev. Thomas Shepard, a clergyman of “marked ability and piety.”Another church ringing its bells in celebration is Christ Church Cambridge. The oldest church in the area, it houses the “Harvard Chime,” the name given to the chime of bells cast for the church in anticipation of its 1861 centennial. Two fellow alumni and Richard Henry Dana Jr., author of “Two Years Before the Mast,” arranged for the chime’s creation. The 13 bells were first rung on Easter Sunday, 1860: each bell of the “Harvard Chime” bears in Latin a portion of the “Gloria in Excelsis.”Referring in 1893 to the “Harvard Chime,” Samuel Batchelder wrote, “From the outset the bells were considered as a common object of interest and enjoyment for the whole city, and their intimate connection with the University made it an expressed part of their purpose that they should be rung, not alone on church days but also on all festivals and special occasions of the college, a custom which has continued to the present time.” The old Russian bells of Lowell House, in place for 76 years, rang on an eastern scale; the newly cast bells give out a charming sound, as do the bells of the Cambridge churches joining in concert. A thoughtful student of bells wrote in 1939, “… church bells, whether they sound in a tinkling fashion the end of the first watch in the dead of night, announce the matins a few hours later, or intone the vespers or angelus, have a peculiar fascination. Chimes affect the heartstrings.”Local churches or institutions interested in participating in this happy tintinnabulation are invited and encouraged to do so. For further information please contact Cynthia Rossano in the Commencement Office at [email protected]last_img read more

  • Students attend forum, discuss suggestions

    first_imgThe Saint Mary’s College Student Government Association (SGA) held an open forum Wednesday to allow students to voice their opinions and share ideas. The forum, held in the SGA Office, offered students a chance to discuss suggestions for the future as to enhance their experiences at the College. SGA also offered a suggestion basket in the Noble Family Dining Hall this week to allow students who were unable to attend the forum to voice their opinions. “We wanted to make sure that the student body knew that we were open, visible, [and] we wanted to hear from them,” student body president Rachael Chesley said. A handful of students attended the forum, but SGA discussed the suggestions that were left in the Dining Hall. Karen Borja, a senior at the College and president of the Saint Mary’s Straight and Gay Alliance (SAGA), attended the forum. “You guys are doing a really good job this year and I’m really impressed,” Borja said. Borja also voiced her concern about the allotment of funding this academic year. “I want my money to go towards things that I want to see on campus,” Borja said. Borja asked the Board if they would be willing to consider allowing allotments in the Spring semester as well as the fall. “Since you brought it up, it’s definitely something we will discuss,” student body vice president Laura Smith said. Chesley read the suggestions from the suggestion basket and the Board talked about the issues. Student attendees also participated in the discussion. Chesley said the suggestions requested changes and additions to campus. “I think a lot of people looked at this like a wish list too, like a Santa wish list,” Chesley said. One suggestion was the addition of more bike racks on campus. “These are great ideas to jumpstart next semester,” Chesley said. In addition, SGA discussed printer availability on campus. “In Trumper [Computer Center], only one of the printers is ever working,” senior class president Kelly Lyons said. Students said the College should offer more printers for the student body’s use. “To have one printer servicing our entire school is a little absurd,” junior Jamie Schmidt said. SGA plans to discuss students’ ideas further at their next meeting and throughout the Spring semester. SGA will hold a Dec. 8 meeting. “Our meetings are always open,” Chesley said.last_img read more

  • Students march for reproductive rights

    first_imgThe Graduate Workers Collective of Notre Dame hosted a demonstration Tuesday at Main Building to peacefully protest the University’s stance on a recent mandate by the Trump administration regarding health insurance.Titled “March for Reproductive Freedom,” the demonstration arose as a response to a statement released by University President Fr. John Jenkins on Friday. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced two mandates earlier that day, which reversed a rule created under former President Barack Obama’s administration. The rule required employers to offer health insurance — including all FDA-approved contraceptives — to employees with few exceptions, according to the HHS website.Jenkins’ statement said the University “welcome[s] the reversal” of the rule. Under the new ordinances implemented by the Trump administration, employers no longer have to cover health services to which they object for religious or moral reasons. Kelli Smith | The Observer Led by the Graduate Workers Collective of Notre Dame, students, faculty and staff from across campus gather to share stories related to reproductive rights and protest a statement released by the University.Undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff from across campus attended the hour-long rally in opposition to the statement. According to an event organizer, graduate student Kate Bermingham, the demonstration was intended to voice objections to Notre Dame’s “apparent intention to obstruct its employees’ ability to access contraception.”“Notre Dame does not have a just claim to saddle me or other individuals it employs with the expenses of its conscience,” Bermingham said in an email. “It is extremely important to voice opposition to our university’s patriarchal attempt to control the bodies and reproductive choices of its employees. Given the current political climate in the country, it is imperative to publicly resist the attempts of those in power to use their authority in ways that are inappropriate.”Bermingham said because Notre Dame is not paying for contraception, they have “no business” preventing their employees from obtaining it, and the University’s position is on “shaky theological, philosophical and moral grounds.”“While I believe that Fr. Jenkins is doing what he thinks is right, I would ask him to seriously consider whether, as a matter of practical faith, it is more in keeping with Catholic values to force women to make health care choices based on what they can afford rather than on what they deem to be best for their physical and emotional well-being,” Bermingham said.If the University gets to say what constitutes a violation of its conscience and religious liberty, Bermingham said, women should get to say what constitutes a harm to their persons.“It is impossible to overlook the gendered implications of Notre Dame’s claims to be exercising religious freedom in this instance,” she said. “Women who work for Notre Dame will disproportionately bear the burden of their employer’s attempt to live out its faith. Many of these women are low-income, earning hourly wages or living on graduate stipends. Let’s recall that in the broader American economy, women make 80 cents on the dollar, and that within academia, women are disadvantaged in a whole host of ways, which Notre Dame’s policy exacerbates, whatever its intentions.”When asked about the demonstration, University spokesman Dennis Brown said the University has tried to make clear that its position on the matter is not about contraception, but rather about religious freedom.“We are not trying to stop anyone from using contraceptives,” Brown said in an email. “If they want to, that’s their right. But we do think that the previous policy was a direct encroachment on the First Amendment right to religious liberty, with the government requiring organizations that oppose contraception on religious grounds to act as an agent in the distribution of contraception. That is why we support the change announced last week.”Brown said Notre Dame provides contraceptives in health plans when prescribed by a doctor for medical reasons other than birth control.“The University is committed to the health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff,” Brown said. “We understand that many of them have made conscientious decisions to use contraceptives. As we assert the right to follow our conscience, we respect their right to follow theirs.”Graduate student Margie Housley said she heard about the march through social media and decided to attend because she believes it is important all people have access to “all the health care they need.”“Fundamentally, it is not the right of an employer to take their own religious beliefs and use that to force people to make decisions about their health care, which become economic decisions if they’re not covered by health care,” Housley said. “So really, it’s Notre Dame taking their religious beliefs and enforcing them on their employees.”Housley, who carried a sign reading “Bodily Autonomy For All,” said she spoke at the march about “corpses having more bodily autonomy legally than women do” when women are unable to make choices about their health care.“I think the most important thing for me was making sure that our voices were heard in some way,” Housley said. “I don’t expect that protests necessarily in and of themselves create change, but I think they’re a really important way to allow people to be heard and to make sure that the people who are in power understand how they’re affecting other people’s lives.”Freshman Derek Dellisola said he was alerted to the demonstration after hearing chants such as “Shame, Shame on Notre Dame” when walking from class. After approaching the gathering out of curiosity, he said he decided to pitch a question about the University’s rights as a private institution for clarification purposes and to participate in a “mutually engaging debate.”“The problem with this school is I see a lot of kids who, coming in, know that the school doesn’t really have policies that favor them but they come in anyway and then try to change it,” Dellisola said. “My logic is you knew when you applied to this school that it wouldn’t be a place for you. Even though it’s not half as hateful as you make it out to be, it wouldn’t be a place that you agree with, so why do you come here anyway? It’s like going onto a baseball team and saying, ‘Where the hell is the quarterback?’”Dellisola attended the event with his friend, freshman Ellis Riojas, who said he didn’t feel comfortable asking questions he had at the demonstration after observing what he considered an “aggressive mindset” and “emotional undertones” in the group’s response to Dellisola’s question.“We see this kind of aggression because they’ve received something from the University and they’re unsatisfied with what it’s giving them,” Riojas said. “Because of that, [ralliers are] coming up here and protesting, saying, ‘You need to give us more,’ but they have no right to demand that from a University that’s giving it to them in a contract that they mutually agreed to.”Dellisola said despite his difference of opinion on the topic as well as disagreement with some of the ralliers’ signs, including one he said read “F— Like a Champion Today,” he doesn’t regret attending the demonstration and believes he reached a better understanding of the matter through his attendance.“I was just looking to get clarification, because it’s something that I by instinct object to, but I was hoping to go and hear what they had to say and maybe learn from them, and I think I did,” Dellisola said. “I learned that the issue is not as simple as it seems, but I will say that I still do not agree with them. I was just interested because you don’t really see this every day.”Tags: HHS Mandate, religious liberty, reproductive rightslast_img read more

  • Jake Epstein & Thomas E. Sullivan Enlisted for Straight

    first_img Related Shows Former fresh face Jake Epstein (Beautiful) and Thomas E. Sullivan (The Mormon Bird Play) have been tapped for the world premiere of Straight. Tickets are now on sale for the production, which will be helmed by Andy Sandberg and written by Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola.Meet Ben (Epstein). Ben is a 26-year-old investment banker. Ben likes beer, sports, and Emily. And Chris (Sullivan).The new play will begin off-Broadway previews on February 9, 2016 and run through May 8. Opening night is set for February 29 at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row.Additional cast and creative team will be announced later. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on May 8, 2016 Straightlast_img read more

  • Mold control

    first_imgHomes along the coast of Georgia were drastically damaged by Hurricane Matthew. Homes that weren’t structurally damaged may soon show signs of a sneaky and dangerous aftereffect: mold.“Heavy rains can produce an explosion of mold. Molds produce spores that spread through the air and form new mold growths or colonies when the conditions are right,” said University of Georgia Cooperative Extension expert Pamela Turner. “Mold is all around us. It can grow on any organic material, as long as there is moisture and oxygen. Molds are types of fungi and all fungi need moisture to live.”The key to controlling mold and mold spores is to control the moisture and do it quickly, according to Turner. New mold colonies can form in as little as two to three days.Mold can cause fungal allergy and respiratory infections or worsen certain illnesses like asthma, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Clean any damp or wet materials and furnishings within 24 to 48 hours of the water damage,” Turner said. “Porous materials like carpet, wood and ceiling tiles may need to be discarded. Non-porous materials made from metal, solid wood or plastic can be cleaned with detergent and water and then dried completely.”To treat mold, Turner recommends following these steps from UGA Extension:Wear protective gear during cleanup. Reduce skin exposure by wearing gloves, long sleeves, long pants and sturdy shoes. Protect eyes by wearing goggles. To avoid breathing spores or fragments, wear a respirator rated N95 or higher. Isolate work areas and ventilate these areas to the outdoors. Cleaning disturbs mold colonies, which can release spores into the air. Seal off the areas being cleaned. Open windows, but do not run the air conditioner during cleanup. Remain on mold alert. Continue looking for signs of moisture or new mold growth. Dry the area as quickly as possible. Once the area has been cleaned and the air flushed, close the windows and use air conditioning, fans and a dehumidifier to speed the drying process. If it does, clean, repair or replace gutters and make sure downspouts direct the water away from the foundation. Also, check the grading of the soil around the foundation of your house. It should have a gradual slope away from the foundation. Clean all surfaces with a damp sponge or cloth and a mild detergent. You do not need to use bleach or a disinfectant.center_img Flush the air. After cleaning and disinfecting, air out the space using fans in windows. For more information, visit the UGA Extension website at “Most small areas of mold – those less than 10 square feet – can be cleaned without hiring a professional, but care should be taken to reduce health risks,” Turner said. “UGA Extension does not provide or recommend mold testing. There are some professional labs that offer this service. Testing will give you the name of the mold, but your time and money are better spent fixing the problem.”To prevent mold from growing in your house in the future, UGA Extension experts suggest following these steps to reduce moisture levels in your house.Turn on the exhaust fan in the bathroom when you take a shower and leave it on for about 5 minutes after you shower.Turn on the kitchen exhaust fan when you are cooking.Check and repair any leaky kitchen and bathroom faucets as well as other plumbing.Remove at least one-third of the contents of your closets to provide increased airflow and reduce the risk of mold. Install a louvered door on closets or keep closet doors open.Purchase a humidistat to monitor the relative humidity inside your house. (In areas with high humidity, like Georgia, keep the indoor level below 60 percent.)Vent your clothes dryer to the outside. Make sure water does not pool around the foundation of your house. Remove and discard moldy materials. Throw out porous or contaminated materials like carpeting, carpet padding, mattresses and paper products. Cut away, dispose of and replace wet wallboard and insulation. Wash textile products. To reduce the release of mold spores, cover moldy material with plastic sheeting before removing them from your house.last_img read more

  • Oral argument set

    first_img April 1, 2006 Regular News Oral argument set O ral argument set The Supreme Court has set oral arguments for In Re: Amerndments to the Rules Regulation The Florida Bar Re: Chapter 11 Task Force for May 4, beginning at 9 a.m. For more information, check the online docket at

  • On Compliance: A Christmas Carol perspective

    first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Compliance officers must regularly look at the past, present and futureby: Stephen A.J. EisenbergIn contemplating the duties and obligations of a compliance officer, I am quickly reminded of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and, in particular, the three spirits that visit Ebenezer Scrooge: the ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet to come. The reason is simple: Compliance officers are faced by the professional challenges of the past, that is, operational activities that have already happened; matters presented to them for current assessment; and those requirements “yet to come.”PastConsequently, initially compliance officers need to continually be gazing in a rear view mirror. They must ask themselves, what is important to monitor and stay abreast of? Various subjects fall into this realm.For example, compliance officers need to continually be reviewing not only laws and implementing regulations that touch their immediate duties, but also be sensitive to regulatory agency pronouncements through opinion and policy statements that amplify laws and rules. Indeed, it is the ongoing educational process that broadens and deepens a compliance officer’s ability to assist in guiding the institution down the path of adherence to the rules that govern operational programs.Another area in the “past” that’s critical to compliance interest is the operational environment that supports member services. All parts of the operation that’s running for members day to day must be continually reviewed to ensure they comport with the regulatory policies that govern them. continue reading »last_img read more

  • 9 leadership actions that build trust

    first_imgBuilding trust seems so cliche, which is unfortunate, because its importance simply cannot be overstated. Real trust is critical to a healthy team and organization, and any team or organization without it will find itself rotting away from the inside out.Be HumanThis one is foundational for many of the others. Leaders have to be human, and what I mean by that is that leaders have to be vulnerable and flawed with their teams. Instead of hiding faults and mistakes, leaders should own them, admit them, and apologize for them when appropriate. They should be quick to ask for and offer help. This cultivates trust on a team, and establishes this level of openness as a team norm. Soon, following their leader’s example, a team begins to be human as well, embracing their mutual humanness and vulnerability. This allows them to serve each other, help each other, engage in healthy conflict together, commit to each other, hold each other accountable, and much, much more. But leaders being human with their teams is the first step.Be HumbleThis goes hand in hand with being human, but being humble is huge. Now, there’s no human that’s humble all the time. We all have an ego, and it’s a constant struggle to keep that thing in check. But as leaders, we have to fight ego and work toward humility. It’s humility that will allow us to be open and human with our teams. It’s only humility that enables us to have any sort of self-awareness. Show me a boss without self-awareness and I’ll almost guarantee you that boss is about as arrogant as they come. continue reading » 70SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more