Ukraine: Chernomorsky Shipyard Builds Corvette Vladimir Veliky Ahead of Schedule

first_img View post tag: Vladimir View post tag: builds View post tag: Schedule View post tag: Corvette View post tag: shipyard View post tag: Navy Industry news Corvette Vladimir Veliky is being build for Ukrainian Navy at Chernomorsky Shipyard ahead of schedule, said executive director…[mappress]Source: Russian Navy, November 30, 2012 Back to overview,Home naval-today Ukraine: Chernomorsky Shipyard Builds Corvette Vladimir Veliky Ahead of Schedule View post tag: Naval View post tag: ahead View post tag: News by topic November 30, 2012 View post tag: Veliky Share this article Ukraine: Chernomorsky Shipyard Builds Corvette Vladimir Veliky Ahead of Schedule View post tag: Chernomorskylast_img read more

POLITICALLY SUMMER CAMP BY TOM PURCELL

first_imgThis is an excerpt from Tom Purcell’s new book, “Comical Sense: A Lone Humorist Takes on a World Gone Nutty!” available at amazon.com. By Tom PurcellDear Mom and Dad,It’s been almost three weeks since you dropped me off at summer camp. You better come get me ’cause I’m in big trouble.On my first day, I was feeling homesick. So I found a piece of wood and began carving it with my Swiss Army knife the way Daddy showed me.Well, one of the counselors yelled at me to “freeze.” He took my knife, then patted me down. Then he marched me off to the camp director. The director said, who did I think I was bringing a lethal weapon, a symbol of pain and death, into her camp? Then she gave me a “verbal warning.”One day, Billy Johnson and I got bored, so we went into the woods to play. We turned a couple of branches into guns and made bullet noises as we fought the bad guys. Sure enough, we got marched off to the director. The director said there’s so much war in the world because boys like us are taught to “celebrate” it from an early age. She said we should be ashamed of ourselves and that we were lucky she wasn’t sending us home.So I figured I better stay out of trouble. But then I got in trouble at lunch. I began to say grace out loud, just like you taught me, and I was carted off to the director again.She wanted to know who I thought I was imposing my beliefs on others. She said my actions showed how “ignorant” and “insensitive” Americans are to other cultures; then she gave me another warning.Believe it or not, things got even worse. We were weaving baskets and I was sitting next to Mary Allison, the prettiest girl I ever saw.“Mary,” I said, “you’re so pretty you make me smile from ear to ear.”Well, sure enough, I was carted off to the director again. She said I really crossed the line this time. She said my behavior was not only “boorish,” but against the law. She said I should be sued for sexual harassment.By the way, what is a “gender terrorist”?I was pretty uptight by that point. But I was able to forget about it when we played kickball. I kicked the ball really far and I got a grand slam. I was so happy, I said, “We win! We win!”Sure enough, that got me another trip to the director’s office. This time she said I was “insensitive” to the players on the other team. She said I hurt their “self-esteem.” Then she asked me if you and Daddy are Republicans.By this point, I figured I’d better just keep to myself. So I got a jar out of the cafeteria and went into the woods. I caught a bumblebee in the jar and put some flowers in there to keep him happy. I was poking holes in the top to let fresh air in when I was hauled off to the director again.This time, she was really mad. She said, who did I think I was giving a “death sentence” to an innocent bee? She said I had no respect for the Earth and that it was people like me who were responsible for climate change. She said I’ll be lucky if the world doesn’t end before I collect Social Security.She said I better get with the program — that there is no place in this world anymore for “thoughtless,” “restless,” “insensitive” boys like me. She said if I mess up one more time, she was kicking me out of the camp.By the way, what is Ritalin?Anyhow, you better plan on coming back to get me. Tomorrow everybody is going for a hike in the woods. And I already picked some flowers to give to Mary Allison.Your son,Tommy—–©2015 Tom Purcell. Tom Purcell, author of “Misadventures of a 1970’s Childhood” and “Comical Sense”.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Historic? Or Just Old? Ocean City Considers Changes to Historic District

first_imgPUBLIC INPUTBall said there are no applications or regular business on the agenda for Tuesday’s Historic Preservation Commission meeting (7 p.m. Oct. 7 at City Hall).“I’m going to open it up to public discussion,” he said.He’s encouraging feedback on the proposed changes.Allegretto had hoped to schedule a City Council workshop on the topic for Nov. 6. But that date may conflict with a capital budget workshop.The date will be announced and be within the next two months, he said.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on FacebookDownload (PDF, 6.19MB) A SMALLER LOCAL DISTRICT?The council subcommittee met with Historic Preservation Commission Chairman John Ball and Vice Chairman Jeff Sutherland last month to discuss the proposed changes.They talked about a compromise on the first proposed change: requiring six months of “marketing” with two required to be in the summer. (The Commission’s main intent in suggesting the change was to have some summer exposure, since “marketing” requires only a for-sale sign to be placed on the property.)They talked about further clarifying the proposed change requiring two appraisals (Is the lower of the two figures the list price? Or the final sale price?).But the council members surprised Ball and Sutherland when they came up with a map that showed a Historic District that was dramatically reduced in size. The council members asked them to take a look and give them some feedback before a meeting with the full Historic Preservation Commission.“Jeff and I both told them that it wasn’t going to go over well,” Ball said.And it didn’t.At a Sept. 9 meeting of the full commission, members reacted passionately to the proposal — saying that starting to carve into the district would be tantamount to eating the whole thing.“It wasn’t pretty,” Ball said. “I knew how they were going to react.”But Ball said media reports on the meeting were “blown out of proportion.” He said it was a discussion and that council received unequivocal feedback.“To me, the ball’s in their court,” he said. “Now that they’ve gotten the reaction of the commission. There’s nothing adversarial here.”“The meetings between the committee and Historic Preservation Commission were very productive and will likely end up being satisfactory,” Sutherland said. “I admire the fact that they’re actually trying to do something.” IT STARTED WITH SOME HOUSEKEEPINGThe Commission had proposed a couple of changes to help preserve more historic homes in a slowly dwindling inventory. The changes are designed to make sure owners make a good-faith effort to preserve or sell historic structures before demolishing them and building new.The first would change the amount of time a property denied a demolition permit must be marketed for sale from six months to one year.The second would require owners to obtain two certified appraisals for the fair market value of the property (as a historic home), and to list the property for sale at the lower price.The two changes are the most substantial in a proposed ordinance amendment that includes many minor “housekeeping” revisions.A new “historic” home in the Ocean City Historic District on “Doctor’s Row,” the 800 block of Wesley Avenue. One benefit of the district: tasteful and classic “infill.” By a two-to-one margin in a recent survey, property owners in Ocean City’s Local Historic District said they would opt out of the district, if they could.Ocean City’s Historic District covers an area roughly between Third and Eighth streets, Central and Ocean avenues.The survey led a City Council subcommittee to suggest a smaller district might work better— and that proposal has sparked a larger debate.The Ocean City Historic Preservation Commission and some homeowners see the Historic District as a final bastion in an onslaught of duplexes. Other owners see a Historic District with a lot more rules and fees than actual history.The commission is inviting public discussion of the district and proposed changes at a meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Council Chambers on the third floor of City Hall. City Council is working to schedule its own public workshop on the same issues within the next 60 days.As it considers potential changes, City Council will face the task of balancing the interests of those who want to protect the “Historic District” with those who want to limit the control of the “Hysterical District.”Historic? Or just old? The home of Mark Crego on the 300 block of Ocean Avenue.At issue is a local Historic Preservation Commission that, as a general rule, must approve demolition, new construction or rehabilitation within the district. Property owners must submit applications with associated fees. And they must follow the same rules whether or not their homes are historic.A 2007 inventory of historically designated properties, for instance, lists 79 of 311 (about 25 percent) properties that are “noncontributing” (not historic). (See document below.) HISTORIC DISTRICT HISTORYOcean City’s first homes and buildings took shape around the prayer meeting area of the Christian resort founded in 1879 — the site now occupied by the Ocean City Tabernacle.The Historic Preservation Commission was formed in the late 1980s and originally proposed a historic district that extended from North Street to 18th Street between West Avenue and the beach block — a massive area encompassing everything new, old and in-between at the heart of the island.In January 1993, Ocean City gave final approval to the formation of a district about 15 percent the size of the originally proposed area. The approved Historic District surrounds the Tabernacle in an area roughly from Third Street to Eighth Street between Central and Ocean avenues. The district also includes the 800 block of Wesley Avenue. In an extension that some opponents at the time called “spot zoning,” the historic Life Saving Station at Fourth Street and Atlantic Avenue was added at the recommendation of the Planning Board.The original ordinance included a “sunset clause” that said the Historic District legislation would “automatically expire and be of no effect on Jan. 1, 1997, unless re-enacted by the City Council.”The sunset clause was removed by an ordinance amendment passed in June 1995.An expert survey of historic properties in 2003 led to the creation of the state and nationally registered historic districts in 2003. The properties that made the cut represent a district that is smaller than the local Ocean City Historic District.center_img THE HYSTERICAL DISTRICTBecause it was intended only as a discussion starter, the council subcommittee will not make a copy of the proposed new Historic District map public.Allegretto said it did not touch the state or federal districts and eliminated some of the areas on the periphery.That would likely include the 300 block of Ocean Avenue, where Mark Crego has lived since before the Historic District was created.He describes his home as something built in 1927 and later converted to a triplex (which he uses as a single-family home). His back yard is home to a 19th-century cottage.“It’s just an old house,” he said.His block did not make it onto the state or national historic registers and includes the four-story Ocean Court co-op.Crego said it’s easy for people in other parts of the city, state or country to be in favor of an Ocean City historic district. It sounds good. But if he wants to rebuild or rehabilitate his 87-year-old house, he’s at the mercy of the Ocean City Historic Preservation Commission.Crego was denied a demolition permit in 2000. At the time, he started a petition drive to eliminate the district. He’s the author of a Facebook page titled “Hysterical District.”“There are absolutely no benefits” unless you own a bed-and-breakfast (eligible for tax breaks), Crego said.He said the district was started and the “sunset clause” eliminated without widespread support from property owners.“We have lives,” he said of notifications that did or didn’t go out and participation in the public process.Crego remains a voice for what he says are the majority of property owners within the district who oppose it.“If 51 percent of the people wanted the district, I’d go with it,” he said. SURVEY SAYSCity Council ultimately must vote twice to pass any ordinance change, and a City Council subcommittee sent out a questionnaire in May to homeowners in the Historic District asking them three questions.Councilman Mike Allegretto — a member of the subcommittee with Council President Tony Wilson and Councilman Antwan McClellan — said that the questionnaire is a simple attempt to “vet the ideas to the public” before making any decisions.“It’s just a start in the process,” he said.The first question asked about changing the required period for marketing a sale from six months to one year. The results: 25 agreed and 51 did not agree.The second asked about change to acquire two appraisals and use the lower of the two. The results: 27 agreed and 52 did not agree.The third asked, “Do you believe that a property owner should have the option to opt in or opt out of the Historic District regulations? The results: 54 replied yes and 22 replied no.Allegretto said he thought about 400 surveys were mailed. With fewer than 80 returned, it remains unclear where the “silent majority” falls on the proposals.Mark Crego shows a map with push pins that he says represent all the opponents of an originally proposed historic district from North Street to 18th Street.Allegretto said he understands that an opt-out option is not viable for the district.“But it tells me they’re not happy with it,” he said. “Now what can we do to improve it?” Map shows Ocean City’s local Historic District outlined in red, and the State and National Registers of Historic Places outlined in black. The state map includes a dogleg that encompasses the historic Bellevue Hotel at Eighth Street and Ocean Avenue (which burned to the ground in September 2012). The local map includes an extension drawn to include the historic U.S. Life Saving Station No. 30 at Fourth Street and Atlantic Avenue.last_img read more

Ocean City Realtors Launch Winter Coat Drive

first_imgA collection of donations from the 2014 Ocean City Board of Realtors Winter Coat Drive.The Ocean City Board of Realtors is pleased to announce its fall community service project, a drive to collect coats, sweaters, blankets, snow boots, hats, scarves and more. Donations will be collected now through Nov. 25 and will be used to give the gift of warmth for winter.The Warmth for the Winter Drive will collect gently used or new items to be donated to the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Clothes Closet to provide for needy families. Of special need for this winter are children’s coats, children’s snow boots, and ladies or men’s sweatshirts and pants.Monetary donations will be accepted — we will shop for you. Funds will be used to purchase items of need as requested by the Clothes Closet.Donations can be dropped off at the office of the Ocean City Board of Realtors, 405 22nd Street, or for pickup please call the office: 609-399-0128. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.“As you switch over your wardrobe from summer to winter and clean out your closets, we encourage our fellow Realtors, friends and neighbors to donate items that are gently used or new, especially coats, jackets and blankets, that will provide warmth for the winter to families in need,” said Gloria Votta, chair of the board’s Community Services Committee.For more information, please contact Vicki Heebner at 609-399-0128 or [email protected]— News release from the Ocean City Board of Realtorslast_img read more

Larry Coryell, Legendary Guitarist And The “Godfather Of Fusion,” Dies At Age 73

first_imgWe’re sad to report that legendary fusion guitarist Larry Coryell has passed away in an NYC hotel room at the age of 73. Coryell had a remarkable impact on jazz music, such that he was known as the “Godfather Of Fusion” for his longstanding work in the field. More than 50 years after his first recordings, Coryell was still very active, and had plans to tour this summer with his band, The Eleventh House.Coryell adeptly predicted the rise of jazz fusion music in the 1960’s, contributing to the rise of the groovy genre before many others would catch up. His work brought jazz in the public eye, merging it with all sorts of influences to great effect. In turn, countless guitarists cite Coryell as an influence, and he was even sampled by progressive hip hop artists like J Dilla and DJ Shadow.Renowned fusion guitarist John Scofield penned the following tribute to both Coryell and Clyde Stubblefield, who passed away over the weekend as well:To get a glimpse into Coryell’s style, we present to you the album Spaces, which features the guitarist paired with Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Miroslav Vitouš and Billy Cobham.Rest in peace, Godfather of Fusion.last_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band Concludes 2018 With Cover-Heavy Show In Boston [Full-Show Audio]

first_imgTedeschi 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 Morelast_img read more

A new Center for Primary Care

first_imgHarvard 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.”last_img read more

The bees’ needs

first_img 2Li Murphy ’15 preps the smoker. 3Georgia Shelton ’14 (from center), Ben Stamas ’14, and Austin Chen ’16 watch as fellow beekeepers examine the hive. Watch as bees use the fanning technique.Peters has found that changing the geometry and location of a hive’s entrance can have profound influence on the size and location of the inlets and outlets that bees create for airflow. He is now partnering with Nick Gravish, a post-doctoral fellow with the RoboBees project, to expand on his research by using the tiny robots to test out the variety of fanning behavior.“Because hives are vulnerable to overheating in the summer and becoming too cool and CO2-enriched in the winter, we may be able to design a better hive by doing more to facilitate the natural collective behavior bees use to ventilate their hives. Efficiency is everything,” said Peters.Peters and many researchers and beekeepers rely on the experience and knowledge of veteran beekeepers for their work. Some are Harvard employees. Lisa Boes, the Allston Burr Resident Dean of Pforzheimer House, has kept bees since she signed up for a class six years ago. She now lends her wisdom to the undergraduate beekeepers and twice a year hosts honey tastings where student residents share honey from their hometowns and their travels around the world. The event also serves to highlight study-abroad opportunities.Bodo Stern, the director of research affairs at the Center for Systems Biology, has been beekeeping for seven years. That began when a friend moved to Canada and left Stern his hive. For the past three years he has kept a hive by his office, harvesting honey for family and friends and serving as a mentor to students seeking to learn more about beekeeping.Beekeeping is deeply ingrained in Harvard’s history. Onetime Radcliffe College President Mary Bunting was an avid beekeeper during her time at Harvard in the 1960s. A photo of Bunting from the Harvard Archives shows her tending one of the hives she kept during her presidency. Cornell University Professor Thomas Seeley, a nationally recognized expert on swarm intelligence, kept six hives on campus while earning his Ph.D. from Harvard in the 1970s.One of the most compelling features of honeybees is their collective behavior — the way they selflessly work together to build and provide for their colony. On Harvard’s campus, life is imitating nature in that regard. From the veteran beekeeper sharing her knowledge with students, to the entomology graduate student partnering with engineers to test his research, an eclectic group of faculty, students, and staff is coming together, united by their passion for bees and their enthusiasm for hands-on learning.To learn more about bee behavior, Murphy likes to say it’s time to “get out on the roof and get with your bees.” 1Alice Han ’16 (from left), Amalee Beattie ’17, Austin Chen ’16, Li Murphy ’15, and Alistair Debling ’16 don protective clothing to enter the hive. Half a dozen undergraduates took short, hesitant steps as they headed onto a small section of the Pforzheimer House roof. Li Murphy was the exception. The energetic junior moved directly toward a small, colorful hive brimming with bees, and quickly launched into an impromptu tutorial.As the minutes ticked by, several students inched closer to the hive, and a few even volunteered to help Murphy pull out a frame that was “dripping in goodness” (also known as honey). One of those volunteers, first-year student Amalee Beattie, left the roof feeling exhilarated by the opportunity to learn something new.That was the experience Murphy had hoped to create when she co-founded Harvard Undergraduate Beekeepers a year ago with fellow student, and now alumnus, John Aloian ’13. The two organismic and evolutionary biology concentrators wanted to create a social forum to engage their peers in the life cycle of honeybees. The organizers also wanted to educate students about the critical role bees play in biodiversity.With support from the Harvard Center for the Environment and the Office for Sustainability, Murphy and Aloian began with “bee-ducation,” hosting movie screenings and small group discussions. After an intensive beekeeping training seminar, they installed their first hive in May.“Bees pose so many interesting questions to neurologists, evolutionary biologists, plant biologists,” said Murphy. “We wanted to build on Harvard’s incredible tradition of hands-on, experimental biology by curating our very own beehive on campus.”Novice urban beekeeping is gaining traction nationwide, notably in nearby Somerville, where a new agriculture ordinance allows for limited beekeeping on residential properties. At Harvard, faculty, students, and staff are not only researching honeybees and the causes of colony collapse that threaten the bees’ existence and agricultural production, they are also putting their academic interests into practice on campus. From rooftops to laboratories, an informal network of hives and beekeepers has emerged that is connecting people with a shared passion for bees.The students on the Pforzheimer roof were drawn by their academic interest in biology and their love of honey. Senior Georgia Shelton wanted to expand on her research documenting the bees of Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum. Sophomore Alice Han was fascinated by bees’ social interactions and wanted to know more about how honey was made. And Beattie was drawn because the bee group stood out as offbeat among the many on campus.One Harvard beekeeper who is hardly a novice is Cali Pfaff, a third-year landscape architecture student at the Graduate School of Design (GSD) whose family raises bees to support their winery. On a sunny fall afternoon, Pfaff wound her way under and over enormous ventilation pipes on the roof of Gund Hall. After traversing the maze, she reached a quiet corner that has a small beehive. The hive was installed two years ago by the GSD Bees group and its founders, Hallie Chen ’12 and Connie Migliazzo ’13.In a blog post, Chen and Migliazzo said they created GSD Bees to contribute to a “network of bees that would serve to pollinate the Harvard Community Garden, as well as the numerous surrounding community gardens in Cambridge, while also serving as a symbol of the importance of bees to the sustainability of our larger food system.” After installing the hive, they partnered with the GSD Green Design student group to design and build a structure to protect the bees during winter. This year Pfaff hopes to install raised beds near the hive to observe how bees interact with the plants she and her peers grow.Pfaff, who is drawn to bees because they are “fascinating creatures engaged in a selfless enterprise,” believes small beehives hold great promise for the urban environment, not only in building a community of individuals committed to protecting bees but also because bees are highly adaptable and can fit into an urban ecology where nothing (soil or plants, for instance) is local anymore.“Bees are highly interdisciplinary,” Pfaff said. “My work with bees has allowed me to be in touch with more people throughout the University than anything else.”Murphy and Pfaff joined many of Harvard’s novice beekeepers on Sept. 10 for Bee Day, a series of events hosted by the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Food Literacy Project to highlight the importance of honeybees and beekeeping to biodiversity, the food supply, and human health. The day included tours of the student group hives and ended with a showing of “More Than Honey,” followed by a discussion with Alex Lu, associate professor of environmental exposure biology at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). In a study published last year, Lu tied pesticide use to bee colony collapse.In addition to Lu’s work, researchers at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard are using lessons from bee behavior to enhance prototypes of tiny robotic insects they developed called RoboBees. And in research that could help improve future beehive design, Ph.D. student Jake Peters is working out of Harvard’s Concord Field Station to study the circulatory systems that bees use through collective behavior to regulate temperatures and carbon dioxide levels in their hives. In this natural process, bees fan their wings in a motion different than flying, seek existing airflows to amplify, and then snap into alignment with each other to create an airflow that ventilates their hives.Beehive at Concord Field Station 5Amalee Beattie ’17 (left) adds smoke, which calms the bees, to the hive as Li Murphy ’15 opens it. 4The bees swarm. 6Li Murphy ’15 holds up a section of the hive. 7Li Murphy ’15 at work. 8Amalee Beattie ’17 (left) assists Li Murphy ’15 with the open hive. 9Georgia Shelton ’14 (left) and Amalee Beattie ’17 observe.last_img read more

OIT encourages online security

first_imgStudents can best protect themselves while shopping online by paying attention to who they are purchasing from, said David Seidl, Information Security Program Manager for Notre Dame’s Office of Information Technology (OIT). As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, OIT is working to inform students of the dangers that can come from breaches in cyber security, including online shopping. Seidl said the two biggest areas where online shoppers neglect to protect themselves are in checking the credibility of the site they purchase from and the form of payment they use to buy their merchandise. “People will go to one website and get linked over to some fly-by-night site that’s not something like an Amazon,” he said. In order to prevent being scammed, Seidl said students can visit resellerratings.com, a website with ratings on different online retailers. “Resellerrattings.com generally gives you a star-based rating scheme. If you see it has 500 and has been in business for 10 years, then the website is probably okay,” he said. Another general rule of thumb to keep in mind is to think about the type of deal the website is offering. “One of the giveaways is that if something is too good to be true, it probably isn’t [true],” Seidl said. Another area where online shoppers run into problems is in the way they chose to pay for their purchases. Seidl said the best way to pay for merchandise purchased online is with a one-time use credit card number. “The basic concept is that you are able to go to a credit card companies website and click on a function that can generate a one-time use number,” he said. “The number is no longer valid after the purchase.” As opposed to giving a credit card number, where there is the possibility for someone to steal it and use it until the card expires, a one-time use number will be invalid after the transaction is completed, Seidl said. If, however, an online purchaser must choose between using a credit card or a debit card, Seidl said to opt for the credit card. Aside from potentially giving a website complete access to one’s checking account, there are also more safeguards put into place for credit card theft. “Credit cards have more protections by law so potential issues for you are much smaller,” he said. In addition to offering advice about online shopping, OIT is also hosting a number of speakers Tuesday at the Notre Dame Conference Center in McKenna Hall to advise on different topics related to cyber security. The first portion of the day features two speakers, who will address topics aimed at technologically oriented students and professionals. During the afternoon, events will be geared toward a wider audience, with speakers focusing on securing one’s mobile phone and tips for parents to protect their students online. A complete listing of the day’s events can be found on OIT’s website.last_img read more

UGA-Tifton Student Recruiter

first_imgKatie Murray, the new face of the academic program at the University of Georgia Tifton campus, joined UGA-Tifton this summer as the new student recruiter, just in time to welcome this semester’s crop of students.Murray, a Moultrie, Georgia, native, UGA alumna and one-time high school agriculture teacher, is excited to again be working with students.“To be able to have an influence on students and to work with the best and the brightest minds representing the future of agriculture are just a couple of reasons why I’m so excited to be at the University of Georgia,” Murray said. “The college education I received at UGA helped pave the way for the career opportunities I experienced after college. I want others to have that same experience.”Murray, who graduated from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education, will promote the campus to high school students and to freshman and sophomore college students interested in transferring to UGA-Tifton. To do so, she’ll travel to high schools throughout the year to talk to prospective students.The college’s annual Southwest showCAES recruitment event, one of Murray’s first recruiting events, is set for Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Tifton Campus Conference Center. Students interested in enrolling at the university as a freshman or transferring to UGA-Tifton are invited to attend.“That’s what I like about the job, this idea that I would get to help promote the campus in a way that would appeal to students. Southwest showCAES is an opportunity to paint a picture for these students about what they’ll learn if they attend UGA-Tifton,” Murray said. “They’ll get to meet faculty as well as interact with current UGA students. I look forward to meeting students at showCAES and, hopefully, working with them for many years to come as they enter into their college years.”Murray’s background is deeply rooted in south Georgia agriculture. Her father was a farmer before he became an agriculture teacher, and he encouraged Murray to show livestock, first in 4-H and then later as a National FFA Organization member. She is one of three siblings who received a college-level agricultural education, earning a degree in agriculture from UGA. Murray later earned a master’s degree in agricultural education from North Carolina State University.She joins UGA-Tifton after working for three years at Southern Valley Fruit and Vegetable, where she was responsible for marketing, coordinating social media and writing for the blog. Murray believes her experiences in the produce industry will help her recruit students who are interested in various aspects of agriculture.Murray comes to UGA-Tifton at a time when student enrollment is growing. Last spring semester, 19 students — the largest class to date — graduated from UGA-Tifton. This semester, 47 undergraduates are enrolled at UGA-Tifton. Agricultural education is the most popular major on campus, with 18 students.“It’s my job to help students and their families realize the type of education they’d receive here. I have been in these students’ shoes before and understand the pressures that come with finding the right college,” Murray said. “Fortunately, if they’re interested in agriculture and want to stay closer to home here in south Georgia, there’s not a better place they can be.”For more information about the academic program at UGA-Tifton, visit www.caes.uga.edu/campuses/tifton/academics.html.last_img read more