This past weekend, the annual Sunshine Music Festival returned to Florida, stopping at St. Petersburg’s Vinoy Park on Saturday, January 13th and Boca Raton’s Mizner Park Amphitheater on Sunday, January 14th. Along with the host act, Tedeschi Trucks Band, this year’s lineup included Phish bassist Mike Gordon playing with his solo outfit, avant-jazz-funk mavens Medeski Martin & Wood, contemporary New Orleans funk favorites Galactic, and Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady’s Hot Tuna, and Houston-based soul outfit The Suffers. In addition, it featured relatively rare performances by Foundation Of Funk, a project that features funk forefathers and original members of The Meters, George Porter Jr. and Zigaboo Modeliste, along with a rotating cast of characters on the guitar and keys. The Sunshine Music Festival Foundation Of Funk lineup included veteran guitarist Eric Krasno (Soulive, Lettuce) and MMW keyboardist John Medeski fill those roles.After sharpening their acts on night one in St. Pete, Sunday’s closing festivities in Boca saw each of the bands on the bill deliver top-notch performances. Thanks to taper Adam Firtel, you can listen to full audio of Foundation of Funk, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Hot Tuna, Mike Gordon, Galactic, and Tedeschi Trucks Band’s sets on Sunshine Music Festival 2018’s second and final day:Foundation Of Funk | 1/14/18 | Sunshine Music Festival | Boca Raton, FL | Audio via CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS:SETLIST: Foundation Of Funk | Sunshine Music Festival | Mizner Park | Boca Raton, FL | 1-14-18SET: Tuning, Funky Miracle, Africa, Pungee, Cissy Strut, Keep On Marching, He Bite Me (The Dragon), Just Kissed My Baby, Ain’t No UseBand Members: George Porter Jr. (bass), Zigaboo Modeliste (drums), Eric Krasno (guitar), John Medeski (keys)Recorded by adam @ CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNSThanks to Daniel Nolan for the audio line inImage by Darren SelznickMedeski, Martin & Wood | 1/14/18 | Sunshine Music Festival | Boca Raton, FL | Audio via CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS:SETLIST: Medeski Martin & Wood | Sunshine Music Festival | Mizner Park | Boca Raton, FL | 1-14-18SET: Coconut Boogaloo > Night Marchers > Just Like I Pictured It. Jelly Belly > Drum Solo > Dracula. Uninvisible.Band: John Medeski (keys), Billy Martin (drums), Chris Wood (bass)Recorded by adam @ CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS.Thanks to Daniel Nolan for the audio line in.Image by Romy Santos @ Slightly Skewed Photography.Galactic | 1/14/18 | Sunshine Music Festival | Boca Raton, FL | Audio via CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS:SETLIST: Galactic | Sunshine Music Festival | Boca Raton, FL | 1/14/18SET: Boban, Right On, Chasing Rainbows, Never Called You Crazy, Coolin’ Off Medley, Heart Of Steel, Dolla Diva, Like A Rolling Stone, Hey Na Na, Does It Really Make A Difference, I Can’t Stand The RainBand: Jeff Raines (guitar), Stanton Moore (drums), Robert Mercurio (bass), Ben Ellman (saxophone/harmonica), Richard Vogel (keyboards), Shamarr Allen (trumpet), Erica Falls (vocals)Recorded by adam @ CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNSThanks to Daniel Nolan for the audio line inImage by Romy Santos @ Slightly Skewed PhotographyHot Tuna | 1/14/18 | Sunshine Music Festival | Boca Raton, FL | Audio via CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS:SETLIST: Hot Tuna | Sunshine Music Festival | Boca Raton, FL | 1/14/18SET: I See The Light. That’ll Happen No More. Talkin’ About You. Rock Me Baby. Trial By Fire. Watch The North Wind Rise. Bowlegged Woman, Knock Kneed Man. Hit Single #1.Band: Jack Casady (bass), Jorma Kaukonen (guitar), Justin Guip (drums)Recorded by adam @ CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNSThanks to Daniel Nolan for the audio line inImage by Romy Santos @ Slightly Skewed PhotographyMike Gordon | 1/14/18 | Sunshine Music Festival | Boca Raton, FL | Audio via CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNSSETLIST: Mike Gordon | Sunshine Music Festival | Boca Raton, FL | 1/14/18SET: Victim 3D, Whirlwind, Mind Mischief, Cruel World, You Strike My Main Nerve, Go Away, Victim, Ruby Soho, Meat, Crazy SometimesBand: Mike Gordon (bass), Scott Murawski (guitar), Robert Walter (keys), John Morgan Kimock (drums), Craig Myers (percussion)Recorded by adam @ CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNSThanks to Daniel Nolan for the audio line inImage by Romy Santos @ Slightly Skewed PhotographyTedeschi Trucks Band | 1/14/18 | Sunshine Music Festival | Boca Raton, FL | Audio via CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS | Full Review HERE!SETLIST: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Mizner Park | Boca Raton, FL | 1/14/17Love Having You Around, Shame, Don’t Know What It Means, Midnight In Harlem, Leavin’ Trunk (Taj Mahal)* > Save Me*, Bound for Glory, Talkin’ About (Susan Tedeschi), Angel From Montgomery (John Prine), Sugaree (Grateful Dead), Made Up My Mind, Let Me Roll It^, How Blue Can You Get? (BB King), The Storm > Whipping Post (Allman Brothers Band)E: Let’s Go Get Stoned*w/ Eric Krasno^w/Chris WoodRecorded by adam @ CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNSThanks to Daniel Nolan for the audio line inImage by Romy Santos @ Slightly Skewed PhotographyCheck out the full gallery below, courtesy of photographer Chris Burgess!Sunshine Music Festival | Boca Raton, FL | Photos by Chris Burgess Load remaining images
Today, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival has announced a number of free and paid concerts for its 2018 season. The concert series, which will be held in Prospect Park, opens with a free performance by Common on Tuesday, June 5th, and spans through to mid-August when it closes with a performance by The Breeders and Speedy Ortiz on Saturday, August 11th.Artists who have signed on for free performances for BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival include Los Lobos, Gary Clark Jr., Brandi Carlile, BadBadNotGood, Antibalas, The Jayhawks, Mandolin Orange, Aimee Mann, Branford Marsalis, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Rhye, Noname, Respect+Respond=Now (a group featuring Robert Glasper, Terrace Martin, Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah, Derrick Hodge, Justin Tyson, and Taylor McFerrin), and many more.In additional to musical performances by these artists, the festival will also host a free performance by Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal presenting “Leonard Cohen’s Dance Me” and a screening of the 1984 Miyazaki film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. These free performances come in addition to a number of ticketed benefit shows, including those by Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Decemberists, Vance Joy, Grizzly Bear, Courtney Barnett, and Jason Mraz and Brett Dennen. For more information, head here.BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival 2018 LineupTuesday, June 5, 8:00pmBET Opening Night Concert!COMMONFreeSunday, June 10, 3:00pmFamily ConcertLOS LOBOSFreeWednesday, June 13, 7:00pmTHE DECEMBERISTSTicketed BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Benefit Concert$45 (General Admission – Standing)Thursday, June 14, 7:30pmVANCE JOY | ALICE MERTONTicketed BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Benefit Concert$54.50 advance / $60 day of show (General Admission – Standing)Saturday, June 16, 7:00pmTHE JAYHAWKS | MANDOLIN ORANGE | PARSONSFIELDFreeWednesday, June 20, 6:30pmGRIZZLY BEAR + SPOONTicketed BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Benefit Concert$46 advance / $51 day of show (General Admission – Standing)Thursday, June 21, 7:30pmBud Light Music SeriesAIMEE MANN | SUPERCHUNK | JONATHAN COULTONFreeFriday, June 22, 7:30pmBud Light Music SeriesR+R=NOW featuring ROBERT GLASPER, TERRACE MARTIN, CHRISTIAN SCOTT aTUNDE ADJUAH,DERRICK HODGE, JUSTIN TYSON, TAYLOR MCFERRIN | PAUL BEAUBRUNFreeSaturday, June 23, 7:30pmFISCHERSPOONER | JULIANA HUXTABLEFreeThursday, June 28, 8:00pmTHE BLUES PROJECT FEATURING DORRANCE DANCE WITH TOSHI REAGON & BIGLOVELYCREATED BY MICHELLE DORRANCE, DERICK K. GRANT, TOSHI REAGON, AND DORMESHIASUMBRY-EDWARDSFreeFriday, June 29, 7:30pmBRANFORD MARSALIS | ROGER GUENVEUR SMITH: FREDERICK DOUGLASS NOWFreeSaturday, June 30, 7:00pmRICKY SKAGGS and KENTUCKY THUNDER | SIERRA HULL AND JUSTIN MOSES | MAMIE MINCHFreeFriday, July 6, 8:00pmLES BALLETS JAZZ DE MONTRÉAL: LEONARD COHEN’S DANCE MEFreeSaturday, July 7, 7:00pmEventbrite Music SeriesRHYE | NATALIE PRASS | OVERCOATSFreeThursday, July 12, 7:30pmANTIBALAS | COMBO CHIMBITA | DJ NICKODEMUSFreeFriday, July 13, 7:00pmEventbrite Music SeriesMALA RODRIGUEZ | ANA TIJOUX | GIRL ULTRAFreeSaturday, July 14, 7:30pmKRONOS QUARTET | TRIO DA KALIFreeThursday, July 19, 7:00pmJOE RUSSO’S ALMOST DEADTicketed BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Benefit Concert$45 (General Admission – Standing)Friday, July 20, 7:30pmANOUSHKA SHANKAR | MY BRIGHTEST DIAMONDFreeSaturday, July 21, 7:30pmMusic & MoviesBRIMSTONE AND GLORY W/ LIVE SCORE BY WORDLESS MUSIC ORCHESTRA | SONIDO GALLONEGROFreeWednesday, July 25, 7:00pmCOURTNEY BARNETT | JULIEN BAKER | VAGABONTicketed BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Benefit Concert$39.50 advance / $45 day of show (General Admission – Standing)Thursday, July 26, 7:30pmEventbrite Music SeriesBRANDI CARLILE | RUTHIE FOSTERFreeFriday, July 27, 7:30pmTINARIWEN | CHEICK HAMALA DIABATEFreeSaturday, July 28, 7:30pmMusic & Movies323 DEAN STREET, #2 BROOKLYN, NY 11217 p 718.643.9052 www.blakezidell.comNAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND | KAKI KINGFreeThursday, August 2, 7:30pmEventbrite Music SeriesBADBADNOTGOOD | CHARLOTTE DAY WILSONFreeFriday, August 3, 7:30pmEventbrite Music SeriesNONAME | TOPAZ JONES | JAZZE BELLEFreeSaturday, August 4, 7:30pmTARRUS RILEY WITH DEAN FRASER AND THE BLAK SOIL BAND | MWENSO & THE SHAKESFreeTuesday, August 7, 7:30pmGOOD VIBES WITH JASON MRAZ & BRETT DENNENTicketed BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Benefit Concert$55 advance / $60 day of show (General Admission – Standing)323 DEAN STREET, #2 BROOKLYN, NY 11217 p 718.643.9052 www.blakezidell.comThursday, August 9, 7:30pmBud Light Music SeriesGARY CLARK JR. | FIONA SILVERFreeFriday, August 10, 7:30pmGODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR | EMEL MATHLOUTHIFreeSaturday, August 11, 7:30pmBud Light Music SeriesTHE BREEDERS | SPEEDY ORTIZFreeView Full Lineup
Tedeschi Trucks Band celebrated their final performance of 2018 at the Orpheum Theatre in Bostom, MA last night, capping the three-night run with two full sets of straight TTB fire. The twelve-piece rock ensemble had no opening support and welcomed no special guests for their final send-off, providing the audience with their final Evening with Tedeschi Trucks Band.After two nights of blues-rock bliss, the husband-and-wife duo set sail with their signature mix of originals and covers. Pulling from their eight-year career, Tedeschi Trucks Band wove together the sounds of their songbook (“Don’t Know What It Means”, “Part Of Me”, “It’s So Heavy”, “Idle Wind”) with covers–that if you didn’t know they were covers would be mistaken for TTB originals–including Jimmy Cliff‘s “Sittin in Limbo” opener, The Box Tops‘ “The Letter”, Sleepy John Estes‘ “Leaving Trunk”, and Charles Segar‘s “Key to the Highway”.For their second set, TTB continued to mix the sounds of their influencers with the sounds of their own–creating an incendiary flow of music that had the entire audience salivating for more. Starting off with their own rendition of Dr. John‘s “I Walk on Gilded Splinters”, the band brought it back to center stage for a medley of “Little Martha” by the Allman Brothers Band, carried by Derek Trucks on guitar, into 2011 favorite “Midnight In Harlem”, once again showcasing the miraculous vocals of Susan Tedeschi. From there, the band kept things in-house with two more originals, “Laugh About It” and “I Want More”, both from their most recent album, 2016’s Let Me Get By.The second half of the second set surrounded a variety of covers, including the Four Tops‘ “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever”, Allen Toussaint‘s “Get Out of My Life, Woman”, and John Prine‘s “Angel From Montgomery”, which segued into a beautiful “Sugaree” by the Grateful Dead. The band launched into their own “The Storm”, perfectly leading into the Allman Brothers Band‘s energetically-charged “Whipping Post” to close the show–highlighted by the unparalleled playing by bassist Tim Lefebvre.For their encore, Tedeschi Trucks Band presented another pair of covers: “Going, Going, Gone” by Bob Dylan and “More and More” by Little Milton.“Whipping Post”[Video: Erin Doherty]Tedeschi Trucks Band – 12/1/18 – Full Show[Audio: rjhesq]Next year is already looking large for TTB, with a new studio album slated for early 2019 and a long list of tour dates already on the schedule. For a full list of already-announced 2019 Tedeschi Trucks Band shows, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Orpheum Theatre | Boston, MA | 12/1/18I: Sitting in Limbo, Don’t Know What It Means, The Letter, Part of Me, It’s So Heavy, Leaving Trunk, Key to the Highway, Idle WindII: I Walk on Gilded Splinters, Little Martha / Midnight In Harlem, Laugh About It, I Want More, Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever, Get Out Of My Life, Woman, Angel From Montgomery / Sugaree, The Storm, Whipping PostE: Going, Going Gone, More and More
J. Cole is the latest high profile music artist to curate and produce his/her own music festival. Dreamville, as his one-day event is named, will provide attendees with performances from Cole, along with SZA, Big Sean, 21 Savage, Nelly, and many more when it takes place on Saturday, April 6th at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh, NC.Related: iii Points Brings SZA, Erykah Badu, Herbie Hancock, Beach House, & More To MiamiThe event poster featuring full lineup for the inaugural event shared on Tuesday also includes 6LACK, Teyana Taylor, Davido, and Rapsody, in addition to the entire Dreamville Records roster comprised of Bas, J.I.D, Cozz, Earthgang, Ari Lennox, Omen, Saba, Lute, and Mez.Festival organizers also announced the various on-site activities for which attendees will be able to enjoy, including a putt-putt golf course, an expansive beer garden; a mix of local vendors and merchants, a “Dreamville Festival Art Wall”, and a dedicated lounge space reserved for members of The Divine Nine (nine historically Black Greek letter organizations).Both General Admission and VIP tickets for the inaugural music festival are on sale now at the event website.
The disease is indiscriminate. It can invade the life of a princess or a Nobel laureate with equal ease.For the winner of the Nobel Prize in economics, the bad news came at age 18. Oral cancer was the diagnosis for Amartya Sen, Harvard’s Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, and that was followed by heavy doses of radiation, along with serious surgery.Cancer struck the 2-year-old son of Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, in the form of leukemia.As president of Harvard University, Drew Faust wears many hats — administrator, scholar, historian, author, and fundraiser. But she is also a survivor. In 1988, at age 40, Faust was diagnosed with breast cancer after her first routine mammogram.For each of them, access to sophisticated medical interventions and therapies meant the difference between life and death.Breast cancer, once considered largely an illness of the Western world, is a rising scourge in developing nations as more women there are diagnosed with it. Analysts attribute the increase to lifestyle practices imported from the West, such as delayed childbearing, weight gains, alcohol consumption, and reduced activity. And as the disease spreads through developing nations, access to treatment and care can’t keep pace.“In low-income and underdeveloped regions, approximately 56 percent of the women diagnosed with breast cancer will die of their disease, while in the developed world that number is 24 percent,” Dean Jeffrey Flier of the Harvard Medical School told a crowd on Nov. 4 at a three-day conference (Nov. 3-5) on “Breast Cancer in the Developing World: Meeting the Unforeseen Challenge to Women, Health and Equity.”“That kind of difference,” said Flier, who is also the Caroline Shields Walker Professor of Medicine, “is unacceptable.”Flier’s remarks, along with those of Sen and Mired, were part of the international conference that was convened, organizers said, to develop “an action and research agenda to meet the challenge of breast cancer in developing countries, with a focus on promoting the rights and health of women and strengthening health systems.” Specialists from many nations are discussing early detection and treatment in developing countries, the use of mammography, and the creation of inclusive research agendas.We are here to “work on solutions,” said panelist Lawrence Shulman, chief medical officer and senior vice president for medical affairs at Dana-Farber.“Today, according to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the world,” said Felicia Knaul, associate professor of social medicine and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, who moderated the first panel on Nov. 4. Knaul, who directs the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, is also a breast cancer survivor.“In 2007, an estimated 1.3 million women were diagnosed with the disease, the majority in the developing world.”In the developing world, many factors complicate delivering care to breast cancer patients, including the remaining stigma around the disease, and the fact that a woman’s access to treatment often is controlled by a man. In addition, because such regions are economically poor, care is often inadequate, drugs costly, and access limited to technology, such as mammography, that can detect breast cancer in its early stages, when it is most treatable.Sen, whose interdisciplinary work encompasses development economics, philosophy, public health, and gender inequality, delivered the event’s opening keynote address. He outlined the “social epidemiology” of cancer, noting that prevailing factors such as poverty, gender inequality, and cancer’s stigma greatly influence the impact of the disease.“Cancer is not an ailment of just the individual — its impact is as social as it is personal,” said the Harvard professor, who called for a focus on the “social correlates” to the medical dimensions of the disease. For instance, patients in low-income countries, in addition to lacking conventional care, are unable to withdraw from the daily duties of work and child care to concentrate on treatment and healing.That lesson of the haves and the have-nots made an impact on Faust. “I quickly became aware that I was lucky in a number of ways,” she told the symposium’s opening session, recalling that her well-insured status and her access to strong medical facilities meant she received “outstanding” treatment and care.But another critical factor played a role in her recovery, she said, a fundamental shift here in the way the disease was perceived by others.“In my mother’s generation, it was never openly discussed. It was whispered about, it was hidden,” she said. At a time when a woman most needed family and friends, she often found herself most distanced from them“But by 1988 this had begun to change significantly in the United States, and I was the direct and grateful beneficiary of these transformations,” said Faust, who chose not to hide her disease and instead sought “solidarity” from other women diagnosed with breast cancer who were ready and willing to share their experiences.Faust said her own story suggested that while improved breast cancer treatment in the developing world will mean better access to health care, drugs, and procedures for diagnosis and cure, it “will also involve the kinds of transformations in attitude that I have witnessed in the United States in my own lifetime — attitudes that will enable women to confront their illness, to seek treatment, and to enjoy the full support of family, friends, and community as they combat the disease.”Sen said that continuing gender inequality in the developing world means there is “a far less acute awareness of the ailments of women compared to those of men.” Sen admitted he was struck by the results of his own early research on the topic 25 years ago involving hospital admissions data in Mumbai, formerly called Bombay.The evidence showed that women admitted for care were much sicker than their male counterparts, suggesting, he said, that in developing countries the “woman had to be much more stricken before she is actually taken to the hospital.Sen’s own experience with cancer underscored the social factor connected to cancer awareness and treatment in the developing world. As a young university student with oral cancer, he recalled how his professors in India made excuses for his absence in class.The social stigma associated with having cancer created a type of “culture of concealment” in the developing word, said Sen, one that dramatically affects women suffering with cancer. “This adds yet another complication to the battle against cancer in the poorer countries,” he said.“Society can indeed be a big player in medical battles,” he said, adding that the social and medical approaches to the disease “have to be integrated.”The Harvard School of Public Health, the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital sponsored the event.
The Ivy League and Harvard University announced today that Harvard has declared an unintentional secondary violation in connection with conversations in the summer of 2007 between current assistant men’s basketball coach Kenny Blakeney and members of the Harvard coaching staff that occurred before Blakeney was employed by Harvard.“Secondary violations” are by National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) definition “inadvertent” and deemed to provide at most a “minimal advantage” to the institution. They are also routine for all Division I members, including Ivy League institutions; the NCAA processes more than 2,000 secondary violations annually. While Harvard and the Ivy League do not ordinarily release information related to secondary violations, they are doing so in this case in view of prior publicity in 2008, when the league released a statement that its inquiry into these matters found no violations of Ivy League or NCAA rules.This revised conclusion reflects conversations between Harvard and the NCAA subsequent to Harvard’s submission of the initial report to the Ivy League on this matter and its acceptance by the Ivy League Office. The NCAA staff agreed with the league’s and Harvard’s original conclusions that at the time of the conversations Blakeney had not been offered employment and did not have an employment agreement, and that any violation was “secondary.” However, under the NCAA’s interpretation of its rules, Blakeney’s conversations with the Harvard coaching staff during a time when he was independently observing prospective student — athletes required a finding of improper recruiting assistance to Harvard. After these discussions with the NCAA, Harvard elected to acknowledge a secondary violation and to self-impose recruiting limits for the 2010-11 academic year.During the Ivy League inquiry in 2008, current league Executive Director Robin Harris, while in her previous position with the Ice Miller law firm, represented a Harvard coach. Harris’ role in this case ended in September 2008, at the conclusion of the league’s initial review, before she applied for the executive director position. She recused herself from any consideration of the NCAA matter and has not been involved in any manner in subsequent developments or decisions.
Harvard Medical School (HMS) is launching a Center for Primary Care geared toward transforming primary care education, research, and delivery systems.Made possible by a $30 million anonymous gift, the center, which is without precedent in the United States, will have physical and virtual dimensions, serving as a docking point for students, residents, fellows, and faculty from across HMS and its affiliated teaching hospitals.“This new center will more effectively position HMS to develop programs and train leaders in primary care and health systems research, education, and policy,” said Jeffrey Flier, dean of Harvard Medical School. “The center will also contribute to innovation in primary care delivery, which we expect to have transformative, global impact.”Said Harvard President Drew Faust: “Harvard Medical School’s commitment to leadership in all aspects of academic medicine led to serious, action-oriented discussions about the future of primary care, and this gift is a direct result of those conversations. I applaud Dean Flier for his bold and inclusive approach to forging primary care’s next frontier.”The Center for Primary Care grew out of a yearlong collaborative effort led by the Primary Care Advisory Group (PCAG), made up of HMS faculty, administrators, residents, and Medical School students. Flier charged the group with assessing the state of primary care at Harvard Medical School and developing recommendations to enable the School to strengthen its commitment to primary care education, research, and clinical innovation. The PCAG and its subgroups met regularly from October 2009 to April of this year, soliciting input from the Harvard community throughout the United States and abroad. A second group, Primary Care Progress, also met regularly, organizing a series of town hall-style meetings that brought together hundreds of members of the Harvard primary care community to contribute to the PCAG’s dialogue.The PCAG co-chairs, professors of medicine Russell Phillips and David Bates, submitted their recommendations to Flier in May.Over the last few years, stakeholders nationwide have acknowledged a primary care crisis in the United States. Despite mounting evidence that health care systems with a primary care orientation provide better care at lower cost, primary care receives less funding in the United States in proportion to specialized disciplines than in any other developed nation. Primary care providers are typically underpaid and overworked compared with other medical specialists, and many of them are disillusioned. Fewer students are choosing to practice primary care, and many primary care physicians are opting out of the system through early retirement or other career changes. In the face of this dire picture, groups around the country are innovating primary care delivery models that better serve patients and physicians alike and offer the potential of helping to transform our health care delivery system.Harvard Medical School is and has always been deeply committed to primary care medicine and education and has significantly invested in training future doctors in primary care through a variety of mechanisms to enhance the clinical experiences of M.D. students. It has strongly encouraged innovation in both education and care delivery, as evidenced by the new Crimson Care Collaborative at the HMS-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. This primary care clinic, which was jointly designed and is administered and operated by faculty and medical students, serves patients who lack a primary care physician, whether insured or uninsured. The evening clinic opened on Oct. 5.Despite these and many other efforts, HMS recognizes the need to coordinate and leverage its efforts in primary care more effectively.The new Center for Primary Care will draw together HMS students, basic science and clinical faculty, experts in other Harvard Schools, and an extensive network of national and international collaborators, and fortify them with unparalleled financial resources to focus on three broad areas of primary care education and investigation:Medical education: The center will reinforce students’ exposure to educational offerings in primary care systems while also helping students with particular interest in primary care to identify and receive funding for exciting opportunities in education, research, and practice improvement. Local, national, and international leadership: The center will have a renowned director, identified by a national search, who will hold an endowed chair. He or she will have a primary academic home in the HMS Departments of Health Care Policy and/or Global Health and Social Medicine and a secondary appointment in a Harvard teaching hospital. The center will bring together experts from around the world for discussion, symposia, and collaboration. It will play a key role in promoting active discourse among the many strong primary care practitioners, divisions, and centers within HMS-affiliated teaching hospitals, as well as in affiliated community sites, such as community health centers and other practice networks. Primary care delivery and innovation research: The center will also provide a new and more integrated academic home, with substantial funding for primary care scholarship, particularly in the area of health care policy and primary care delivery system innovation.The project “speaks to the dedication and vision of the HMS community,” Flier said. “It is at moments like these that I’m especially proud to be here.”Barbara McNeil, Ridley Watts Professor of Health Care Policy and head of the HMS Department of Health Care Policy, said a focus on primary care infrastructure is “essential for the health of a nation.” She added, “We’re thrilled that HMS will be home to this new center, which will undoubtedly serve as a transformative agent for primary care both here and elsewhere.”
Adam Bernstein, research fellow in the Department of Nutrition, discusses sodium intake in the U.S. adult population.
On a day when Harvard celebrated the accomplishments of the Human Genome Project, the Radcliffe Institute hosted a scientist whose work focuses not just on DNA, but on the mechanisms that control its expression.In this latest talk (Feb. 22) in the institute’s Dean’s Lecture Series, C. David Allis, the Joy and Jack Fishman Professor at The Rockefeller University, explained that there are important factors in development that go beyond the DNA “blueprint.” For example, why is it that only one in a pair of genetically equal identical twins can develop autism?The lecture, titled “Beyond the Double Helix: Varying the ‘Histone Code,’” focused on Allis’ contributions to the field of epigenetics (literally “above” or “in addition to” genetics). His work centers on histones — proteins known for their function in packaging and ordering DNA, thereby making up the structural component of chromatin. However, histones also play a large role in gene regulation, acting as an on/off switch for gene expression, and this feature, Allis explains, allows for a much more flexible method for scientists to interact with DNA.In discussing the importance of a specific histone, H3, Allis notes that this particular protein projects from the nucleosome molecule like a small tail. Other proteins read the tail, he explained, in order to carry out various tasks such as gene expression or DNA repair. The tail can modify certain positions along its amino acid chain, rendering it readable or unreadable by its associated transcriptional regulators. Apart from just reading the tails, these effector proteins can also act as writers or erasers to the H3 codes.Major discoveries in 1996 of the histone’s on/off abilities prompted an explosion in the field of epigenetics. Since then, its potential in disease treatment has been extensively explored. For example, only 10 years after the original breakthrough, the first epigenetic drug, used to treat T-cell lymphoma, was already being given to patients.As more is learned about how specific genes are involved in certain diseases, Allis’ hope is that epigenetic therapies will be able to correct or reset malfunctions in genetic expression.
In a summer clouded by the lingering bleak teen employment outlook, Harvard University worked hard to break the trend.Last year reflected the lowest teen employment rate in the history of the United States since the post-World War II era, according to a study from the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University. The summer jobs outlook for 2012 was also described as “not very bright.”In light of this, Harvard employed more than 150 teenagers from Boston and Cambridge to work throughout the University — in its programs, departments, and Schools.To celebrate the end of the season, Harvard Human Resources and Harvard Public Affairs & Communications hosted a party on Aug. 15. Together, teen employees and their mentors shared pizza and their thoughts on the impact of their summer jobs.More than 150 local teens were hired by Harvard for summer employment. On Aug. 15, a pizza party to honor them was held at the Gutman Library.“It’s not just about working, coming in and doing your job, but you’re finding out who you are, what you want to do, and also learning skills that can apply to school,” said Eunice Offre, a recent Cambridge Rindge & Latin School graduate. Offre spent her summer working at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education (HGSE) doing data entry and research. She has worked two consecutive summers at the University and will be attending Colby-Sawyer College this fall.HGSE was among seven University Schools, Central Administration departments, and the Phillips Brooks House Association to hire local students June through August.According to Boston Private Industry Council (Boston PIC) staffers, who recruit, interview, and prepare Boston teens for their summer jobs, the experience is invaluable today — and in the future.“Our students become valued by their managers, feel valued, and it translates into their performance in school,” said Rose Delorme, a career specialist at Boston PIC.It is also a test drive in the work world and an opportunity to build up and support a young workforce. “We are essentially building a strong future workforce together, teaching them skills and instilling a work ethic and the basic foundation for future job success,” said Roselys Esteve, assistant director of the School-to-Career program at Boston PIC.For more than 10 years, Harvard has been working with the city of Cambridge, through the Summer Youth Employment Program, and the city of Boston, through the Boston Youth Fund and Boston PIC, to link local teens with jobs at the University.“This is a long-term partnership,” said Christine Heenan, vice president of Harvard Public Affairs & Communications. “Harvard believes very strongly in providing employment opportunities for local youth in partnership with Cambridge and Boston, and we benefit greatly from these students, too.”Working with Harvard to make the teen employment program a success were Roselys Esteve (from left), Shannon Carter, and Rose Delorme, all of the Boston Private Industry Council. The Boston PIC staffers recruit, interview, and prepare Boston teens for their summer jobs.“I think Harvard is doing an amazing job with this program, remaining committed to the community and investing in the urban youth who are part of tomorrow’s workforce and who wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to these kinds of opportunities,” said Esteve.For Harvard, the local teen workers were also a big value add.“We are a small school doing important work, and we wanted students who came prepared,” said Lisa Maxwell, assistant director of employment at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. “Our students did great work this summer. In fact, all three managers want their students back next year. We struck gold!”