Around the Schools: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

first_imgFor the January Experience, Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) is offering students two opportunities to “dig in.”In collaboration with the Escola Politécnica of the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin America Studies’ (DRCLAS) Brazil Studies Program, 11 Harvard and 11 Brazilian students will participate in a field study course in Brazil. Scot Martin, Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Chemistry at SEAS, will lead the course on “Energy, Water and the Environment” from Jan. 6 to 21. Highlights include a visit to a water treatment facility in São Paulo; an exploration of Itaipú, the world’s largest hydroelectric plant; and stops at oil refineries and ethanol and biofuel manufacturers.Engineers Without Borders, a student group dedicated to sustainable engineering, will use the extended winter break to continue its work in the Dominican Republic. With the guidance of Jim Rice, Mallinckrodt Professor of Engineering Sciences and Geophysics at SEAS, the team is devising a solution to clean up a contaminated water supply outside of the village of Constanza.For a full list of January Experience activities at SEAS, ranging from short courses on MATLAB to seminars on communicating science to hands-on training for computer-aided design, visit the SEAS Web site.— Michael Rutterlast_img read more

All the Way’s Bryan Cranston Gets a Sardi’s Surprise

first_img All the Way Related Shows Tony-nominated All the Way star Bryan Cranston might be new to the world of theater, but he’s now a part of Broadway history! The stage and screen star was welcomed to the theater community by legendary restaurant Sardi’s, who surprised him with his very own portrait on their famous wall. The Breaking Bad fave is currently channeling President Lyndon B. Johnson in Bill Rauch’s new political drama All the Way at the Neil Simon Theatre. Check out the star’s likeness at Sardi’s, see his performance on Broadway, then find out if he takes home the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play on June 8! Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 View Comments Bryan Cranstonlast_img read more

Stomp Given Court Approval to Transfer Off-Broadway Theaters

first_img View Comments Stomp The off-Broadway production of Stomp has been approved by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Oing to leave the Orpheum Theatre—where it has resided for over 20 years—and transfer to an uptown venue. According to the New York Daily News, the production has faced ongoing maintenance problems with the East Village space’s owners.The production reportedly notified the Orpheum’s owners of their intent to move in early April. Some of the production’s issues arose following the devastating March 26 building collapse across the street from the theater. “The show decided we can’t function like this any more,” said Stomp lawyer Glenn Spiegel.Liberty Theatres said in a statement: “After a successful 21-year relationship with The Stomp Company, they informed us that they are seeking to breach their license agreement with Liberty Theatres on what can only be described as purely fabricated grounds. Our hope is that for the good of the production and all crew and cast members we are able to reach resolution swiftly so that Stomp can continue to entertain audiences in the theater it has called home since its very first show in 1994.”No new venue for the show, nor future plans for the Orpheum, have been announced at this time.In the off-Broadway mainstay, performers transform matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans and more are into percussion instruments. The daily objects weave together a theatrical experience featuring dance, music and improvisation. The cast currently includes Jesse Armerding, Alan Asuncion, Marivaldo dos Santos, Dustin Elsea, Fritzlyn Hector, Brad Holland, Aaron Marcellus, Jason Mills, Manny Osoria, Krystal Renée, Indigo Smith and Carlos Thomas. Related Shows from $49.50last_img read more

Join the ‘SPCP.’

first_imgIt’s about time someone spoke up about cruelty to plants. We decry cruelty to animals (and I do like animals), but plants can’t move. They have to just stand there and take it without yelping, whining or fighting back — except for some of our thorny friends. Other Abusers When these roots are disturbed, they have to regrow. In a critical period when the tree is in trouble anyway for lack of moisture, the difficulty of food and water getting through those damaged areas could kill the tree. Deadly to Roots But I noticed later that afternoon that someone had dumped hot coals out of a grill between two small bushes. The careless act killed both plants by burning the leaves and stems, along with the roots. I recently went to a ball game on a university campus. As usual, the festivities included a lot of tailgating and barbecuing. I saw three other dumps around trees, along with assorted chicken and steak bones. One dogwood was a victim. Dogwoods are known for their shallow root systems. I could see the burns on the tops of the roots. And what about just general abuse — parents who let kids run amok through the plantings at a public garden (it is for the public, isn’t it?) or pick a few posies (there are so many they’ll never be missed), or who themselves walk across the beds for a closer look at a particularly pretty (but now short-lived) specimen? The one pest that’s probably the most detrimental to plants is people. No, they don’t mean to be cruel. But just by their thoughtless actions, they’re killing plants. What about the hikers who leave the paths for a shortcut down the hill or the campers who pour the grease out of the skillet over a patch of “weeds”?center_img Another problem is that people seem to drive their cars anywhere, even onto the root systems of trees. (How many times have you tried to park in the shade?) Most trees’ root systems extend out twice the width of the drip line. Every time someone drives on the roots, it breaks the small feeder roots that feed and water the plant. Fight for the Nonfuzzies It is about time for the “Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Plants” to stand up and fight for the nonfuzzies. It’s time to be heard — although, admittedly, this probably won’t get on the 6 o’clock news. Park in the Shade? Yes, we do have cruel plants. Pitcher plants (Sarraceniaceae) actually live off insects. However, with most plants, the insects — along with diseases and other pests — live off them. Plants make public places a lot more pleasant. Every cultivated and natural area is, in its own right, a plant preserve. Treating plants with more respect will go a long way in improving our environment. Be a member in good standing of the “SPCP”!last_img read more

Vermont counties receive over $400,000 in energy efficiency grants

first_imgSource: Sanders’ office. WASHINGTON, September 9, 2009 – Three Vermont counties were awarded economic stimulus funding for energy efficiency and conservation projects through a block grant program created in legislation sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Vermont’s first county-specific block grants include $128,900 for Caledonia County; $115,200 for Orleans County; and $195,600 for Franklin County. Sanders said he expects most Vermont counties will receive funding under an Energy Department program created by legislation he sponsored.Sanders, chairman of the Senate environment committee’s Green Jobs and New Economy Subcommittee, authored legislation that established the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program. The State of Vermont and its cities and towns have already been awarded $10.3 million in funds through this program. Sanders estimated that more than $1 million more will go to Vermont counties.”This funding will support local efforts to tackle our serious energy challenges. It provides federal recognition of grassroots efforts to cut fossil fuel emissions, improve energy efficiency, and move us toward such sustainable energies as wind, solar, geothermal and biomass,” Sanders said. “I truly believe that there is infinite potential in the new program.”The grants may be used to update building codes to require construction of energy-efficient homes and businesses, retrofit old buildings with newer technology, utilize alternative energy, and create incentives for residents to car pool or ride buses. Sanders, along with Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.),  wrote a letter to Energy Secretary Steven Chu ask him to reverse a regulatory decision that initially excluded counties in New England states. In response, the department established a process for counties and “county equivalent” bodies, such as regional planning commissions in Vermont, to seek these funds.  Vermont’s 10 most populous counties, through their regional planning commissions, appealed to the Department of Energy for block grant funding. last_img read more

New York State Police in Owego asking for public’s help in finding missing woman

first_imgPolice say 37-year-old Casie J. Weese of Glen Aubrey was leaving a party with her husband in Apalachin Sunday morning at approximately 1:30 a.m., but their vehicle ended up getting a flat tire a short distance away from the party. State police say Weese was last seen by her husband walking eastward on Main Street in Apalachin. She hasn’t been seen since. Police used man patrols, as well as canines and a helicopter to search for Weese on Monday. OWEGO (WBNG)- New York State Police in Owego are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing Glen Aubrey woman. Police say they are investigating the husband’s whereabouts from the time he last saw Weese to the time he returned home later that morning. They said he has fully cooperated with their investigation.center_img “Later that morning, she was reported missing by her daughter at the direction of her father when he responded home,” said Capt. Erik Dauber, a zone commander with state police. State police ask that if you see Weese to call 911 or the New York State Police at Owego at 607-561-7400. Weese is 5 foot 5 inches and weighs approximately 100 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. Weese was last seen wearing a black and white checkered jacket, jeans and black boots. last_img read more

US flu activity continues late-season decline

first_img The season has been marked by a fairly poor match between two of the three viral strains in the vaccine and the dominant strains making people sick. The latest figures continue to reflect that. Only 23% of 144 influenza A/H3N2 virus isolates and 5% of 157 influenza B isolates analyzed by the CDC so far this season were matched well by the vaccine. Apr 4, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The influenza epidemic in the United States continued its late-season decline last week, with only seven states still reporting widespread flu activity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. This year’s epidemic appeared to peak in mid-February, as 49 states reported widespread flu activity for 2 weeks in a row. The number of states with widespread activity has declined each week since the week of Feb 24. As shown by lab testing, H3N2 viruses have predominated in the United States overall this season, though H1N1 strains were more common in the early weeks. Influenza B viruses have made up only 25% of specimens overall, but last week more type B than type A isolates were reported, the report says. States that were still reporting widespread flu the week of Mar 22 through 29 were Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. Regional flu activity was reported in 27 states and local activity in 11 more. This season also has seen increased signs of resistance to oseltamivir, one of the two leading flu drugs, in one of the three flu subtypes, A/H1N1. Today’s report says that 9.2% (73 of 797) of the H1N1 isolates tested this season had a mutation that confers resistance to oseltamivir. All tested viruses remained susceptible to the other antiviral drug, zanamivir.center_img See also: In other findings, the CDC says the proportion of outpatient visits to sentinel healthcare providers attributed to influenza-like illness last week dropped to the national baseline of 2.2%, down from 2.6% the previous week. However, the CDC received six more reports of flu-related deaths in children, raising the season’s total to 59. The deaths, which occurred between Mar 8 and 23, were in Arizona, Connecticut, Minnesota (two deaths), Nevada, and Texas. CDC’s “FluView” weekly surveillance reportshttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/last_img read more

Laos reports new avian flu outbreak

first_img The outbreak occurred in Donngeun village in Xayaboury province, where the Avian Influenza Control Committee yesterday ordered that all birds within a 1-kilometer radius of the outbreak site be destroyed to stop the spread of the virus, Vietnam News Agency reported. The Vientiane Times, a Lao newspaper, reported that the culling area encompasses seven villages, according to a report today by Xinhua, China’s state news agency. Officials established a 5-kilometer yellow zone around the outbreak location and advised villagers to destroy birds at the first sign of illness without waiting for them to be tested. None of the media reports said what type of birds were involved in the outbreak. Sep 14 OIE report The last H5N1 outbreak in Laos occurred in September, when the virus hit ducks in two northwestern provinces, Oudomxay and Luang Prabang, according to a Sep 14 report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Authorities said they thought that the first outbreak was related to ducklings obtained from the site of a previous outbreak and that the second was related to illegal bird transport in another province. Animal health officials culled 5,225 birds to control the outbreaks.center_img See also: Nov 4, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Government officials in Laos today confirmed that the H5N1 avian influenza virus struck birds in a village in the northwestern part of the country, according to media reports.last_img read more

Climate change facts not changed much

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The Feb. 18 letter from Rodger Anderson on climate change contains at least two errors. First, the mass of the atmosphere is about 5,000 trillion metric tons, so adding two parts per million of carbon dioxide [CO2] requires the addition of about 10 billion metric tons, not the 400 billion he calculated. That’s about the amount currently released each year from burning fossil fuels. But the total CO2 budget is a little more complicated. There are other sources, and some is removed by dissolving in sea water.His second error is his assertion that the debate over climate change continues to grow. The debate has been over for many years among the climate scientists, who are in the best position to know. It is at least 98 percent certain that the climate is warming due to the generation of greenhouse gases by humans. Ginned-up controversy certainly has grown, but the actual facts are pretty clear and have not changed much in the past 20 years.James E. PickettNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Arsenal target Runar Alex Runarsson as Emiliano Martinez joins Aston Villa for £20m

first_imgAdvertisement Emiliano Martinez has joined Aston Villa for £20m (Getty Images)Arteta is also keen for Arsenal to bolster his midfield options before the end of the transfer window.‘We are still active in the market, we are looking at different options,’ the Arsenal manager said earlier this week.‘I would say we are active in the market for players in and out, at the moment the squad balance is not the ideal we want to achieve so there is still some work to do.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Some positions are overbooked, I said some others, in terms of specific qualities that we need, they are still not there.‘We have to bear in mind the complication with this transfer market and the complexity and the timing, because you can see that clubs are behaving in many different ways and it is a little bit uncertain how this will work in the next few weeks.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 13 Sep 2020 4:44 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link11.3kShares Arsenal target Runar Alex Runarsson as Emiliano Martinez joins Aston Villa for £20m Dijon goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson is on Arsenal’s radar (Getty Images)Arsenal are targeting Dijon goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson as a replacement for Emiliano Martinez, who has completed his £20 million move to Aston Villa.Martinez impressed for Arsenal at the end of last season following Bernd Leno’s injury but the Gunners have allowed the 28-year-old to leave in order to secure a regular role.Martinez, who was also wanted by Brighton, had a medical with Villa on Saturday after missing Arsenal’s Premier League opener against Fulham and has now signed a four-year contract with his new club.Arsenal are in the market to sign a back-up to Leno and according to The Telegraph, Runarsson is wanted by the Gunners as Martinez’s replacement and would cost around £1.5m.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal’s current goalkeeper coach, Inaki Cana, has already worked with Runarsson at Danish side Nordsjaelland.The 25-year-old is currently the second-choice goalkeeper at Dijon and has been capped five times by Iceland’s national team and was in their squad at the World Cup in 2014. Advertisementlast_img read more