first_imgProfessor of Landscape Architecture Niall Kirkwood and co. argue that brownfields —  idle property typically contaminated — are central to a sustainable planning strategy of thwarting sprawl, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and more.last_img

first_img Oxford adventures await for Harvard undergrads Brittany Ellis and Jin K. Park Related On the heels of the announcement that two American undergraduates from Harvard had been awarded Rhodes Scholarships, three international Harvard College students have been informed that they too will head to Oxford in the fall.The Gazette talked with Michael Liu, Mattea Mrkusic, and Olga Romanova about their interests and their plans.Michael LiuSenior Michael Liu has a passion for helping others, and for finding creative solutions to complex medical and societal issues. It’s something he has worked on both in and out of the classrooms at Harvard — he volunteered at a nearby shelter in his spare hours — and at Oxford he hopes to find ways to help vulnerable populations.“Throughout College, one of the most rewarding things I have done is directing at the Youth to Youth Homeless Shelter, and a lot of the work I have been doing has been really focused on social advocacy and social justice,” Liu said. “I’ve come to understand that the experience of homelessness, similar to the experience of sickness, is very different for each person. And among homeless youth there is a disproportionate representation of BGLTQ youth and racial minorities. I’m interested in understanding how early adversity and trauma affects development over time, and I’m interested in looking at this from a very interdisciplinary perspective.”Liu is currently applying to medical schools and wants to create a connection between his two fields of interest: public policy and global health, science, and epidemiology. He said he looks forward to helping prevent some of the struggles he saw at the shelter.“The solutions to these issues are not going to be just based on coming up with the best medical intervention. It has to be in parallel with dialogue on how we create the best affordable housing policies, and best deal with issues within families to prevent youth homelessness in the first place,” he said. “These are complex health and social problems, and I want to bring [to them] the rigor of basic science and the research illuminating what the health needs are for vulnerable populations, and how do we then use that research to inform better medical intervention but also better social policies.”Mattea MrkusicAfter Mattea Mrkusic graduated from Harvard in 2017 with a special concentration in environmental studies and human rights, she wasted no time. This month, she’s heading to Nepal as a co-leader of a climate research expedition funded by a National Geographic Early Career Grant.“We’ll be reporting on the links between climate change, migration, and labor exploitation,” she said.Mrkusic was drawn to the work by the atrocities she witnessed in the Pacific region while she was growing up.“[That] deeply impacted how I perceived the world,” she said. “Aotearoa (New Zealand) made me a staunch environmentalist. Australia taught me about the precarity of human rights. Successive Australian governments have locked up asylum seekers in detention camps. Despite numerous treaties, U.N. condemnation, and international outrage, I learned that it’s entirely possible for a Western democracy — our backyard neighbor, no less — to violate its human rights obligations.”At Oxford, Mrkusic will pursue master’s degrees in public policy and refugee and forced migration studies.“It’s always hard to forecast the future, but there are two fields I can’t seem to shake: climate migration (migration that will occur as anthropogenic climate change worsens) and deepening democratic civic engagement,” she said. “I’d love to work for the U.N. Platform on Disaster Displacement and then head back to the Pacific region to work on climate displacement policy co-designed by Pacific and indigenous communities.”Olga RomanovaFor Olga Romanova, the news from Rhodes is still sinking in.“The whole interview process was a bit of a blur,” she said. “I was unable to speak for quite some time. I still feel the same way at times — I haven’t fully processed this yet.”A Kirkland House resident who is of Russian descent but was born and raised in Japan, Romanova is concentrating in bioengineering with a secondary in global health and health policy.“I want to explore the intersection of these fields with bioengineering to see how some of the innovation and research that is happening within the field of bioengineering is being translated into practices and policies that leave an impact on society,” she said.Romanova noted the supportive community at Harvard as something she will miss when she graduates in the spring.“I was so lucky to be surrounded by incredible individuals who are passionate, caring, and kind,” especially Gwen Volmar from the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships and all the Kirkland fellowship tutors who worked with her, Romanova said. “Their dedication to every student that they work with is so inspiring. I will also miss singing and spending time with the LowKeys, who are my family on campus. The thrill of winning a Rhodes The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

first_imgRodney Miller has been named director of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Office of Advancement and External Affairs, which coordinates the college’s fundraising and alumni relations. “Rodney has a long history in agriculture and business,” said J. Scott Angle, CAES dean and director. “He brings unique skills and contacts to the college. While our development office has been very successful in the past, we believe there is opportunity there for even greater success, and Rodney is the right person to get us there.”Miller replaces Rob Cooper, who left the college in July to become executive director of the National FFA Foundation.Miller was born into agriculture in Benton, Ill., where he still operates a 1,400-acre row-crop farm. He has a small farm in Buford, Ga., which includes a corn maze, and a small farm in Athens, Ga.He serves on the Georgia FFA Sponsor Board, the Georgia Agribusiness Council and the Illinois Rural Heritage Museum Board of Directors. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. His professional career includes positions at several tractor companies. Most recently, Miller was CEO of McCormick International USA in Duluth, Ga. He also was CEO for Montana Tractors and worked in management for Valtra, Long and Mahindra tractor companies. Because of his vast experience, Miller is considered an expert on trends in the agriculture industry. He is currently developing a national TV show called “Inside the Barn,” which will feature agriculture in the Southeast, antique tractors, women in agriculture and a farm-to-table food segment. The show will air later this year on RFD-TV. Miller, his wife Kendra and their three children live in Athens.last_img read more

first_imgI always knew people were inherently good. I’ve never had reason for a negative outlook on society, no bad experiences couch surfing, no issues spending time with strangers. Whenever I find myself in a pickle, it seems there’s always someone there to lend a hand, a ride, or even just a laugh. In general, I’ve found that people are, quite simply, awesome.But there’s a difference between people-that-are-inherently-good and good people. If you’re from the South, you know what I mean. You know good people the moment you meet them, the second you shake their hand or look them in the eye. Without so much as an introduction, you know you can trust good people and let down your guard just enough to make room for a new experience. Good people are passionate and wise beyond their years. They’re humble, patient, generous, and most importantly, understanding.They get me. They get this crazy world we live in, how much it has changed and how much it will continue to change. They get that life is one long journey, that each encounter and each new place is just another pit stop.I’ve met many a good people in my life, but I knew that this yearlong endeavor would open my tent-flap door to a whole new set of faces and stories. In the seven days I’ve been living on the road, I’ve experienced nothing but total support and encouragement. The excitement others express about my project helps me plow through any doubts that sometimes surface in the dead of night. New friends, old friends, Facebook friends, strangers at the gas station. Everyone’s given me a little piece of magic, a little glimmer of hope that no matter the obstacles I may face, this next year of my life will bring more good than bad.The event that inspired this post happened over the weekend at the Cheat River Festival in Albright, W.Va. The moment I rolled onto festival grounds with the Jeep and Go in tow, a crowd of curious kayakers had formed around me.“Bet you can’t set that up in less than 10 minutes,” one of the guys said.“Time me,” I countered, hustling to the Go to start popping up the rig. 9 minutes later, I’d earned both the respect and the beer of the man who had challenged me. In no time, word had spread that I was not, in fact, just at the festival to represent Blue Ridge Outdoors or even SylvanSport for that matter; I was there to hang out and have a good time, one of the first stops on my yearlong adventure.The next morning, I got my first dose of what I’ll have to start referring to as “mobile magic.” Tired, hungry, and a little unprepared for making breakfast, I was slow-moving that Sunday morning. Just as I was beginning to summon the motivation to pack up and head out, one of the food vendors stopped by to offer myself and a couple of the B.R.O. team some extra fried eggs they’d made for breakfast.Digging into those scrumptious fried eggs. Photo: Ross RuffingDigging into those scrumptious fried eggs. Photo: Ross Ruffing“We heard about what you are doing and we think it’s awesome,” the woman told me. I thanked her, graciously accepting the four fried eggs before we practically swallowed them whole.An hour later, another person stopped by, this time from Water Street Cafe, an awesome restaurant located at the takeout of the Upper Yough in Friendsville, Md. He said his name was Chris and that he had two bags filled with delicious no-bake cookies and oatmeal melt-in-your-mouth bars that he wanted to get rid of.Chris with Water Street Cafe.Chris with Water Street Cafe.“I heard about what you’re doing, and I figured they’d probably go to better use with you than coming back with me,” he said. I was speechless. Each bag weighed at least 5lbs (the no-bake cookie bag probably more). He stayed and chatted awhile, and I promised to come and visit whenever I ran the Upper Yough (hope you’re open Friday, Chris!).Although I gave away some of Chris’ baked goods (seriously, if I get offered food like this every day I won’t be able to fit in the Go), the impact of those two simple acts of kindness resonated within me in a strangely subtle and comfortable way, like this was the way of the open road and that one day, I will be able to return those acts of kindness two-fold. At least, that is my hope.last_img read more

first_imgThe popularity of biometrics technology is growing in popularity at enterprise organizations, which are beginning to utilize the technology for IT security, physical building access, time and attendance tracking, and identification purposes. Hybrid approaches, such as doorway to desktop – a combination of on-site and IT security – are also being employed by organizations.According to a new report from the Boulder, Colo.-based Tractica, as enterprises around the world become more comfortable integrating biometrics into their processes and systems, annual sales of enterprise biometrics devices and software licenses will increase from $12.7 million in 2015 to $142 million in 2024. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgThe stockpiling compounds lingering issues across a global electronics industry still recovering from rolling lockdowns that snarled transport routes and cut off workers from factories earlier this year. Disruptions are expected to persist over the next two quarters, the people said.Power management is more important in the iPhone 12 than for its predecessors given additional camera features and 5G capabilities, increasing Apple’s need for these components. It recently launched four 5G models and analysts expect strong consumer demand for the devices. During a recent conference call with analysts, Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook warned about supply constraints for the iPhone 12, Mac, iPad and some Apple Watch models, although he didn’t specifically mention power-management chips.Supply issues for the iPhone are “not a surprise” because Apple has just begun to ramp up production, the CEO said. “It’s hard to predict” how long the supply constraints will last, he added. An Apple spokesman declined to comment.- Advertisement – Apple has multiple power-management chip suppliers, according to a recent teardown from iFixit. The iPhone 12 Pro uses a component from Texas Instruments to control power to the camera system, along with a similar chip from STMicroelectronics NV and one from Qualcomm for the 5G modem.There’s also a power-management part designed by Apple in this handset. In 2018, Apple acquired technology and other assets from Dialog Semiconductor Plc for $600 (roughly Rs. 4,500 crores) million to build its own power-management chips.The disruption to iPhone production comes amid questions over Apple’s ability to galvanise demand for its newest gadget in China, following its worst quarterly revenue performance there since 2014. Investors are concerned the company is losing momentum to homegrown rivals like Huawei and Xiaomi in one of its most critical markets.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Apple is grappling with a shortage of vital chips that manage power consumption in iPhone models and other devices, people with knowledge of the matter said, complicating its ability to meet holiday demand for the latest version of its marquee gadget.It’s unclear to what extent the bottleneck may limit iPhone availability during its crucial launch quarter, typically Apple’s busiest. Despite the shortfall, suppliers are likely to prioritise Cupertino, California-based Apple and its power-hungry iPhone 12 over other customers lining up for scarce parts, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private matters.Increasing demand for silicon across a range of products and supply-chain disruptions from COVID-19 are the main causes of the shortage, according to the people. Main Apple chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing said in October that 5G smartphones require 30 percent to 40 percent more chip content versus 4G. That and uncertainty over the course of the pandemic is spurring customers to cache components for fear of running out, especially after major smartphone maker Huawei had stocked up massively ahead of a September deadline for US sanctions.- Advertisement – In the US, a check of Apple’s website shows that new iPhone 12 Pro orders won’t arrive to customers until the end of November or early December, while the regular iPhone 12 isn’t showing any delay. Many iPad models are showing deliveries between mid-November and the end of the month, while some Apple Watch models are showing delivery times in late November.-With assistance from Mark Gurman.© 2020 Bloomberg L.P.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.last_img read more

first_img By: Mark Nicastre, Communications Director Schools That Teach,  The Blog Since the beginning, Governor Wolf has been committed to changing the status quo in Pennsylvania, and making education a top priority once again. Throughout the budget process, he stayed true to that commitment because he knew the end result would mean long-term, sustainable improvements to our schools – and Pennsylvania’s future. Now, the governor has secured a commitment from Republican leaders for a historic increase in education funding.Let’s take a look at the numbers (by increase):$350 millionOver the past several years, there have been devastating cuts to basic education. Schools have been forced to make difficult decisions. They’ve cut programs, and laid off educators. Governor Wolf has made restoring these cuts and supporting our public schools the keystone of his agenda. In this budget compromise, he fought for an additional $350 million in basic education funding. This will help support schools across Pennsylvania in their mission to prepare our children for the 21st century economy.$50 millionAs costs for schools have increased, special education funding has remained stagnant for years. Governor Wolf secured an additional $50 million in special education funding so that schools can prepare all children without having to make difficult cuts in programs.$50 millionPre-kindergarten leads to better outcomes for students. Governor Wolf secured an additional $50 million for pre-k funding that will help thousands of children gain access to early education. Research shows that access to pre-k helps children succeed throughout their schooling.$10 millionGovernor Wolf secured an additional $10 million in Head Start funding that will allow more students to enroll in high quality Head Start Supplemental Assistance programs. Like pre-k, enrollment in Head Start helps to get students on the right track for future success.5 percentAfter years of cuts to higher education, Governor Wolf fought for increased funding for Pennsylvania’s institutions of higher education, including our community colleges, state colleges and universities, and state-related universities.Governor Wolf understands the importance of compromise, offering several concessions over the last few months to issues like pensions and liquor, but throughout this entire process, he has stayed true to his most important goal: funding our schools and fixing education in Pennsylvania. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 01, 2015 BLOG: Budget by the Numbers: Historic Education Funding Increaseslast_img read more

first_imgGovernor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Lieutenant Alan Behanna Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today ordered the Commonwealth flag in the Capitol Complex and at Commonwealth facilities in Butler County lowered to half-staff in honor of fallen Buffalo Township Police Officer, Lieutenant Alan Behanna.The Commonwealth flag shall remain lowered until sunset on the day of Behanna’s interment.All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute. April 15, 2016center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgMany of you have sent me letters about how the #ACA has helped you, your family, your children. I hear you. I won’t stop fighting for you.— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) July 5, 2017 Weekly Update: Protecting Pennsylvania Voters, Promoting Job Creation and Small Business, Establishing Rare Disease Advisory Council Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: The Blog,  Weekly Update Last week, Governor Wolf announced that he would deny the Trump administration’s request to receive personal information and voter data of Pennsylvania residents. This week, Governor Wolf released a statement expressing his continued concern of the purpose and intention of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.This week, Governor Wolf also announced two job creation and company expansion projects in Pennsylvania. On Wednesday, Governor Wolf announced that EY Intuitive would be expanding its facility in Philadelphia, a move that will create 65 jobs.On Thursday, the governor made another jobs announcement with the expansion of the Tyson Foods distribution center in Schuylkill County. The expansion will create 114 new jobs.Governor Wolf announced the approval of loans for four small business projects through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA).On Friday, Governor Wolf signed HB 239 to establish a Rare Disease Advisory Council in Pennsylvania. The council will serve as the advisory body to the General Assembly and all other relevant state and private agencies that provide services to individuals with rare diseases.Governor Wolf’s Week, July 2, 2017 – July 7, 2017Wednesday, 7/5/17Governor Wolf Announces New Approvals for Four Small Business ProjectGovernor Wolf Announces Creation of 65 New Jobs Through Expansion of EY Intuitive Facility in PhiladelphiaThursday, 7/6/17Governor Wolf Announces Expansion of Tyson Foods Distribution Center, Creation of 114 New Jobs in Schuylkill CountyFriday, 7/7/17Governor Wolf Signs Bill to Establish Rare Disease Advisory CouncilPennsylvania Governor Wolf Statement on White House Election “Integrity’ CommissionWolf Administration Receives Federal Grant for State Police Body-Worn Camera Pilot ProgramHighlights from TwitterPlease RT: Instead of giving away your data, I’m encouraging eligible PA’ians to register to vote/update info at— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) July 3, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf July 07, 2017last_img read more

first_imgInvestors should not labour under the delusion that investment markets sit in an “ivory tower” apart from geopolitical risk, Bob Swarup has warned.Swarup, founder and principal at Camdor Global, said the admission by Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global and APG that they were monitoring their holdings in Russia over the situation in Ukraine did not reflect an appreciation of geopolitical risk.Writing in the current issue of IPE magazine, he said the considerations – alongside divestment by PFZW from several Israeli banks – instead reflected the growing importance of both environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters and political activism to investment decisions.The growing importance of political activism comes despite many pension investors remaining concerned that an activist stance could damage investment returns. “The current mantra among investors is to view these tremors as transient dislocations and buying opportunities,” he writes. “The Ebola mini-panic owes more to weak manufacturing data, and, in the meantime, related healthcare stocks have surged.“This is cognitive dissonance in action. It is the result of 60 years of general political and social stability, which has deluded markets into extrapolating these perceived patterns into the far future.“Markets are deemed to sit in an ivory tower, unsullied by the murkier world beyond. But, ivory or not, the tower and the world share a common foundation.”Swarup, who is also a fellow of the UK Institute of Economic Affairs and has advised the country’s pension regulator, argued that the last few decades were an “aberration”.“You cannot divorce economics from people, politics, geography and society,” he says. “The norm historically is that these have all been important influences on the course of money and economies.”For more from Bob Swarup, see the Guest Viewpoint in the current issue of IPElast_img read more