first_imgHarvard President Larry Bacow stressed the importance of research partnerships between universities and municipalities during a roundtable discussion last week with Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego ’04 and other city officials. Such partnerships, he said, can help to solve real-world problems.The meeting between Bacow and Phoenix’s top officials, including city manager Ed Zuercher and deputy city manager Karen Peters, took place Wednesday at Phoenix City Hall.Harvard’s relationship with Phoenix, the country’s fifth-largest city, began in 2017, when city officials were part of the inaugural cohort of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, a collaboration among Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Harvard Business School, and Bloomberg Philanthropies.The initiative offers leadership and management training to 40 mayors from across the nation and around the world to help them find innovative solutions to some of the most urgent problems facing their cities. In Phoenix, whose weather includes some of the nation’s hottest temperatures, the partnership’s efforts included finding ways to help mitigate the effects of the oppressive heat, including an innovative proposal to install misters at bus stops.“My recent visit to Arizona was especially wonderful because I was able to learn about the good work being done in Phoenix by Mayor Gallego and her team,” said Bacow. “Harvard alumni like Kate are making major contributions to the public good, and I am always interested to hear how the University might enhance or establish partnerships that put more of the knowledge we generate on campus to use in communities across the country.”“As someone who was fortunate enough to go to college and even graduate school, I know the important role higher education plays in a person’s life,” Gallego said. “Not only can it expand professional horizons, but it provides a greater understanding as to our own place in the world and how we can do the most good for those around us. At Harvard, I was able to develop my passion for policy, and I took this passion into my role as mayor. For many residents, city government is the most tangible form of democracy, and I want to ensure that relationship is a positive one. It was wonderful to discuss my vision for the city with Dr. Bacow and learn more about how Harvard is investing in cities across the nation.”With temperatures that often surpass 100 degrees, heat is a pressing, ongoing concern in Phoenix. In 2017, then-Mayor Greg Stanton and Peters took advantage of the Harvard Bloomberg program to explore strategies to tackle the issue.According to Gallego, last year, 181 people died due to heat-related incidents, and city officials are committed to finding new strategies for collaborating to mitigate that.Located in the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix is besieged by the “urban island effect,” a phenomenon that makes many metropolitan areas experience unusually higher temperatures due to the ubiquitous asphalt and concrete, which tend to retain heat.As part of the collaboration between the Bloomberg Harvard program and Phoenix, last spring HKS Professor Linda Bilmes, the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and an expert on public finance, led a city field project.“Phoenix is facing an existential crisis due to climate change and extreme heat,” said Bilmes.Under Bilmes’ guidance, a group of students from HKS and the Graduate School of Design (GSD) analyzed the impact of heat on bus use and the costs and benefits of heat interventions. The students were struck by their findings.,“It was clear that the people who were suffering from the extreme heat were the poorest residents of the city, because they don’t own cars and depend on the buses,” said Bilmes, “They have to walk long distances to get to the bus stop and wait in very hot places.”In their final presentation, students made several recommendations ranging from increasing the buses’ frequency to planting more trees to building more bus stops and water fountains. City officials have adopted some of the recommendations, said Bilmes.“It is work that is valuable to the city and an opportunity for students to do very challenging work in a complex, real-world environment with city officials,” she said. “It also provides a direct pipeline for students who want to work in state and local government jobs.”The work with Phoenix city leaders continued last summer as Firas Suqi, a former student of Bilmes who is pursuing a master’s in urban planning at the GSD, spent the summer as a Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Fellow.While there, Suqi helped pilot the concept of a transit stop enhanced with misters, a heat-mitigation intervention that had been analyzed by the students, to help bus riders keep cool. He also developed a model designed to predict and quantify pedestrian routes to transit stops, to provide help in places that most need it.For Suqi, working in Phoenix was rewarding. Not only did he get to work on an important, complex problem, but he also grappled with data and collaborated with city officials, who appreciated his efforts.“It was amazing to see that something that started in a class could have an impact on real people on the ground,” said Suqi. “It was a great partnership, in which I was able to apply what I learned in class, and city officials were able to benefit from it.”A few years ago, Phoenix received a $100,000 grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies to paint municipal rooftops with reflective paint and help reduce and shed heat. Last year, it was named one of 35 Champion Cities for its broad work on heat preparedness.Capping his Phoenix visit, Bacow and Gallego attended a reception hosted by the Harvard Club of Phoenix, the Harvard Club of Southern Arizona, and the Harvard Alumni Association, held at the Heard Museum. Bacow visited with nearly 200 alumni from around the region and took part in an on-stage conversation with Leslie P. Tolbert ’73, Ph.D. ’78, a member of the Board of Overseers and Regents’ Professor Emerita in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Arizona. On Friday, Bacow traveled to Houston to meet with more than 300 alumni from the region at an event hosted by the Harvard Club of Houston, the Harvard Clubs of Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, the Rio Grande Valley, and the Harvard Alumni Association. Bacow participated in a Q&A session with Stephanie Wilson ’88, a NASA astronaut and engineer, and the second African American woman to travel into space.Earlier in the day, Bacow met with teachers and administrators from the T.H. Rogers School who have participated in professional education courses at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero. Since 2012, dozens of Rogers teachers have taken part in the project, supported by Houston area Harvard alumni through the H2H Initiative. This summer, the alumni group will send 22 Houston educators, three from the Rogers School, to Harvard. Looking to China for lessons on helping the poor Related Harvard’s many research ties to that nation reflect broad engagement, as President Bacow visits Bacow addresses universities’ role in tackling inequality and declining social mobility Bringing back hopelast_img read more

first_imgWednesday evening, the Saint Mary’s Moreau Art Galleries welcomed two new spring exhibits, “Touristic Intents” by Mat Rappaport and “Homeland: Chicago & Belgrade Diasporas,” a collaborative project by Melissa Potter and Mat Rappaport. The exhibits will run from Wednesday through March 6. Monica Villagomez Mendez Artists Melissa Potter, left, and Mat Rappaport presented two next exhibits to the Saint Mary’s community in the Moreau Galleries, titled “Touristic Intents” and “Homeland: Chicago & Belgrade Diasporas.”“Touristic Intents” was created using photographs, single channel video, silk screened cardboard boxes, rubber, surveyor’s poles and audio. The exhibit explores a three mile-long building that was constructed in the 1930s to be a Nazi resort that was unfinished in Prora, Germany. Rappaport said he started his research for this project in 2008.Rappaport said the purpose of the site was to house 20,000 vacationing working class Germans after the destruction of the trade unions.“What struck me was that this building was designed by the Nazis started being built in 1936, and the architect of this building’s main objectives was to create a resort for the working class, for the German workers, where everyone had a sea side view,” Rappaport said.The exhibit consists of 135 images, with each image showing the views from windows that were taken within one block of one building section.According to a description of “Touristic Intents” as provided by a brochure at the event, each image “depicts only the space of a window’s opening, its ‘view’ floating on a white background.” In order to “reinforce the initial promise of an ocean view for all, the obscured view is mirrored on the page with a reconstruction of an ocean view pushing through the same shape.”The site was sold and intended to be converted into condominiums, rental apartments and hotels by private developers in the 1990s after it was used as secret military site during the German Democratic Republic. During that time, it was used as a German military training school, barracks and officers’ resort.Rappaport said the building he explored is one of the five that the Nazis had planned to build as a part of their “strength through joy” program.”I was fascinated by this idea that this fascistic government wants to do something that seems, at least in my mind, very, very progressive by giving access to leisure time, which at that time [leisure time] was a construct that only upper class people got to experience,” Rappaport said. Monica Villagomez Mendez Visitors to the Moreau Galleries examine the new exhibits, which showcase themes surrounding diaspora, architecture and travel.Also on display was Potter and Rappaport’s “Homeland: Chicago and Belgrade Diaspora,” which uses interviews with multi-generational artists and curators to explore the Serbian experience of moving to the United States and establishing a post-Yugoslavian society.Some of the images presented in the exhibit are taken from Chicago, which is known as the Serbian center of the United States, having a population of roughly 400,000 Serbian people. The exhibit displays quotes from the interviews on images of a Chicago Serbian neighborhood and of Belgrade.“Doing the interviews has been so amazing because there is no way that, even a student of international news and international history, that you could get these kind of personal stories without sitting down with people,” Rappaport said. “As an artist, I think we get to have permission to ask people personal questions and intimate questions, and for whatever reason, they open up to us really nicely.“It has been a real privilege and an incredible answer to my own curiosity about certain issues.”Potter spoke for both herself and Rappaport when she said this work has affected the way that they both see certain parts of the world.“Sometimes you make work and then you leave it behind, but this work has made me think a lot. I really learned from these interviewees, and this project has changed a lot of my opinions and attitudes about social situations,” Potter said.Tags: art opening, mat rappaport, melissa potter, moreau art galleries opening, moreau art gallery, spring exhibitionslast_img read more

first_imgEvery week stage favorites step up to the mic at 54 Below, Broadway’s supper club. Check out just a sampling of the hotspot’s recently-announced sets—we’re looking forward to some amazing nights at the intimate venue. View All (6) Star Files JARROD SPECTOR “A Little Help From My Friends” with Barry Mann – 4/9 at 10:00PM Barry, meet Barry! Jarrod Spector, currently playing Barry Mann in Beautiful, will welcome a very special guest at the added April 9 performance of his cabaret show: the legendary songwriter himself. They will perform songs that made superstars out of many famous tenors—from Freddie Mercury to Michael Jackson. GET TICKETS Kate Baldwin Jarrod Spector Steve Kazee View Comments KATIE FINNERAN “It Might Be You – A Funny Lady’s Search for Home” – 5/28 & 5/29 at 7:00PM, 5/30 at 8:00PM & 11:00PM Is that floor shining like the top of the Chrysler, yet?! The Annie meanie and two-time Tony winner will make her nightclub debut at 54 Below. Directed by Andréa Burns, the night will feature a mix of songs from Sondheim to Ingrid Michaelson. GET TICKETS ZANNA, DON’T! CLASS REUNION 6/30 at 7:00PM & 9:30PM “Hold on, the evening’s not quite through!” The 2003 cult musical Zanna, Don’t! will return to New York for one-night-only. Original off-Broadway cast members Anika Larsen, Jai Rodriguez, Robb Sapp and more will reunite for the concert staging of the musical, set in a world where gay is the norm, the chess team is cool and the football players are dorks. GET TICKETS STEVE KAZEE 4/11 at 8:00PM & 12 at 8:00PM & 11:00PM After two sold-out gigs last year, the crooner returns, guitar in tow. Steve Kazee will perform original alt-country tunes in addition to the songs that brought him a Tony for his performance in Once. His last engagements were peppered with intimate stories, so here’s your chance get the scoop from his own lips. GET TICKETS BRETT RYBACK “Songs I Wrote” featuring Lesli Margherita, Justin Matthew Sargent and More – 4/19 at 11:00PM He solves crimes AND writes musicals! Off-Broadway’s Murder for Two star and composer/lyricist Brett Ryback will team up with a host of Broadway talents, including Matilda mom Lesli Margherita, If/Then’s Janet Krupin and more for a night of some of his original works.  GET TICKETS Lesli Margherita HUNTER FOSTER AND BETH LEAVEL “If It Only Even Runs a Minute”  – 4/21 at 9:30PM Hunter Foster, Beth Leavel and more will take part in the 12th edition of “If It Only Even Runs a Minute,” celebrating songs and tales from Broadway’s under-appreciated shows. The night will be a throwback for Chess, Ruthless! and more. Their marquees may not have been lit for long, but the songs will live on! GET TICKETS Justin Matthew Sargent KATE BALDWIN “Sing Pretty, Don’t Fall Down” – 5/15 at 7:00PM, 5/16 & 5/17 at 8:00PM Advice to live by, Kate Baldwin! The star of Big Fish, Giant and Finian’s Rainbow will offer her first solo show in the Big Apple for the first time in three years at 54 Below. Expect to hear her soaring voice tackle beloved musical theater staples and her stories from college student to Broadway leading lady. GET TICKETS  Beth Leavellast_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享WYMT:An eastern Kentucky utility says it is looking to add up to 20 megawatts of solar energy to meet growing customer interest in solar options.Kentucky Power says it’s also looking to diversify its electric generation mix.The company is seeking bids for solar resources to be purchased. As part of the process, Kentucky Power says it may buy solar facilities from winning bidders meeting certain economic and operational criteria.To qualify for consideration, projects must be located within Kentucky Power’s service territory. Qualifying projects must be operational by Dec. 31, 2021.Currently, Kentucky Power generates about 81 percent of 2,240 megawatts of electricity supplied to its customers using coal and about 19 percent with natural gas. Kentucky Power provides electric service to about 168,000 customers in 20 eastern Kentucky counties.More: Eastern Kentucky power company adding solar energy to the mix Coal-dominated Kentucky Power seeks solar bidslast_img read more

first_imgEveryone has those favorite gear items, especially when it comes to clothing. Your favorite pair of cycling socks, your favorite pair of running shorts, your favorite camping flannel. There is a reason for this, they are either the most comfortable, perform the best, or hold a special place due to the memories you have made in them.I added a favorite gear item to my list this fall and winter, the Ibex Woolies 150 Crew. I found myself wearing the baselayer beneath bike jerseys, on runs, under my flannel to work, and more. It is just so comfortable that you can’t help but keep it at the top of the drawer.The 150g/m2 weight wool is incredibly soft and cozy, so much so that multiple times I found my girlfriend curled up on the couch in it. It keeps you quite warm while also doing a great job at regulating temperature. I found myself pairing the Woolie 150 with a cycling jersey, or in the case of running another baselayer or wind vest. It is a baselayer (which it excels at) not a mid layer, so keep that in mind when dressing for your outing.The fit is well thought out. Tight enough to keep out of the way and not bunch up if worn under another layer. The collar is nice and snug, but never tries to strangle you. I am 6’1” and 160 pounds and found a medium to be the perfect fit.As far as pricing you’re looking at $80. Wool is not cheap, we can all agree on that. The fact is though I have worn the Woolies 150 Crew well over 20 times and it shows no sign of wear and tear. The quality is top notch and does a much better job than some of the other synthetic baselayers I own.Bottom Line: If you’re looking to add another favorite gear item to your stockpile, be sure to give the Ibex Woolies 150 Crew a hard look.Check out the Ibex Woolies video below:last_img read more

first_imgWARNING: If you’re already having trouble focusing at the office, our latest installment of ‘Fridays on the Fly’ might not help. What it will do is mentally prepare you to  grab the fly fishing gear and head for the nearest body of water where fish will respond to the movement of a dry fly drifting across the surface or a streamer streaking across the bottom.Get ready for the weekend with these fly fishing video clips, showcasing the skills of all-star anglers on waterways from Virginia to Montana and beyond.“Twin brothers, Brian and Colby Trow, are natives of Virginia who took their love of fly fishing together and put it all on the line to ‘live the dream’ in the center of this unheralded fishing destination. More than 10 years and one nasty economic recession later, Brian and Colby understand the risks and costs of running a small business.”Blood Knot [Trailer] from TwoFisted Heart Productions on Vimeo.“Our tribute to the mesmerizing, elegant, elusive and sometimes down right frustrating brown trout. There´s no more worthy opponent than a gnarly mean old trout that´s seen all the dry flies you could possibly chuck at it! We bow before the spotted golden yellow altar and give our praise with this film.”“Summertime hopper action with Lone Peak Outfitters. Lone Peak Outfitters offers guided fly-fishing adventures to the legendary waters of southwestern Montana. Come join us for a trip of a lifetime! Check us out on Facebook for more videos and pictures or at our website”Hopper Madness Fly Fishing from Lone Peak Outfitters on Vimeo. HATCH – Fly Fishing DVD Trailer from Gin Clear Media on Vimeo.“Mark Raisler talks about the experience of spending a day on a quiet Montana freestone river, instead of larger and more famous rivers that produce more and bigger trout.”Always Worth the Trip from scumliner media on Vimeo. “A film documenting the world’s most extraordinary insect hatches and the fantastic fly fishing that accompanies them. The first fly fishing film to be shot on a RED One Camera. A Gin-Clear Media production.”last_img read more

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Sean McDonald3 Considerations for Strategic Planning The best organizations plan. They do so meticulously. It is an ongoing process for many. However, despite its ongoing nature, there is also a need for a focused meeting or session of some kind. The best organizations and companies know this. They understand that if they’re not planning….they’re not growing. They understand that that they have to work the plan. They measure progress and hold people accountable for getting the work done.When considering your strategic planning session for this year, focus on the following 3 considerations:Plan on identifying 3 or 4 strategic initiatives.   You don’t need 10 or 15 goals for your planning session to be a success. If you are really going to strategize, you should be able to identify 3 or maybe 4 “big-ticket” items for which you will prepare realistic action plans. Stay out of the minutiae. Keep your discussions at a higher level. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgNAFCU’s advocacy team will be working in overdrive this week as lawmakers take their next steps in dealing with the issues of financial industry regulatory relief, comprehensive tax reform and flood insurance.The coming week also includes a packed agenda for the NCUA Board’s June 23 open meeting, one day after agency Acting Chairman J. Mark McWatters testifies before the Senate Banking Committee.NAFCU will be reporting on these developments throughout the week. Here’s a closer look at each:Tuesday: House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gives remarks on tax reform before the National Association of Manufacturers. News of Ryan’s scheduled address emerged as Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Ore., put out a call for proposals and feedback on how to overhaul the nation’s tax code. NAFCU is keeping lawmakers informed about the value to the nation’s economy of credit unions’ federal tax exemption. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgDo you have a certain co-worker that you just can’t seem to get along with? Maybe you get along fine, you work well together, and you want to keep it that way. Whatever the case may be, here are some easy ways you get on someone’s good side and stay there.Be thankful: It feels good to be appreciated. Next time your co-worker does you a solid, whether they went out of their way or not, make sure you let them know that you’re thankful. A word of thanks can go a long way.Stay quiet: This has a couple of meanings. You should definitely be better at listening than you are at talking. When someone is always talking, it doesn’t really feel like they care what you or anyone else has to say. So, get better at listening. We can ALL get better at listening. Also, don’t get involved with gossip. It’s ugly, it’s mean, and you’re better than that.Fix stuff: When an issue arises between employees, it can sometimes linger for a long time. We can get caught up in thinking that if we ignore it, it’ll just go away, but if you truly want to fix the issue, talk it out ASAP. Your co-worker will appreciate the fact that you care enough to resolve the conflict in a timely manner.Offer assistance: Sometimes it’s nice to have help. If you know a co-worker is swamped with extra work, or they have something going on that’s bogging them down, offer to lend a hand. Even if they don’t accept your assistance, they’ll definitely appreciate the fact that you asked. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Detailslast_img read more