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March 1, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgIn 1962, American artist Mark Rothko painted five murals to display in a penthouse dining room in the then-new Holyoke Center on Mt. Auburn Street. Then, as now, Rothko was considered one of the greatest living American painters, and Harvard President Nathan Pusey, upon seeing the works, asserted that they mark “an unprecedented moment for visual art in America.”The murals remained on view until 1979, when they were moved to storage. During that time, the dining room was used for official University events as well as activities sponsored by other organizations.“The Rothko murals remain Harvard’s most impressive set of modern paintings for a dedicated space,” said Carol Mancusi-Ungaro, founding director of the Center for the Technical Study of Modern Art at the Harvard Art Museum. “Many people at the University had the privilege of seeing these paintings installed, and we are seeking their memories and impressions of the murals as they appeared in Holyoke Center.”If you saw the murals installed or have anecdotal information about them and would be willing to participate in an oral history project, please contact Mancusi-Ungaro at [email protected], or call 617.384.9410.last_img read more

January 26, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgNotre Dame physics professor Peter Garnavich received the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics on Nov. 9, for his work with the High-Z Supernova Search Team. The scientists and entrepreneurs that make up the Breakthrough Prize board awarded High-Z and another competing team of cosmological researchers for publishing paradigm-shifting evidence regarding the expansion of the universe.Garnavich said he was surprised to discover that the third iteration of the Breakthrough Prize would be awarded to High-Z.“I was reading the New York Times the morning after the prize was announced and I saw our team members and the competing team leader in their pictures and I said, ‘Oh, they’ve won another big award,’” Garnavich said. “Then I saw that physics received $3 million. It was only at the end of the article that I realized the entire team had also been named and would be receiving a share [of the prize].”Garnavich said when his team’s leaders, Brian P. Schmidt and Adam Riess, received the 2011 Nobel Prize for Physics for High-Z’s discovery the whole team enjoyed several days of celebration in Sweden. Garnavich said he admired the Swedes’ celebration of science and thought the Breakthrough Awards are an attempt to bring the spirit of celebrating science to the United States.The Breakthrough Prize was awarded to High-Z for publishing their research about stars in 1998, Garnavich said. The two competing teams, High-Z and the Supernova Cosmology Project, sought to analyze the expansion of the universe by collecting data on massive star explosions known as supernovae. Garnavich said his team used high-powered telescopes in places such as Arizona, Chile and in the Hubble Space Telescope to gather data on a category of supernovae with a uniform brightness known as “standard candles.”“Just like if you look at a street light and you would know that it is 300 watts, or something like that, you would know one that is fainter is actually further away,” he said. “So we use the same technique with these supernovae, if we know what their luminosity actually is. By the late ’80s to early ’90s it became clear that this particular type of supernova was a really excellent distance indicator.”Garnavich said when the two research teams compiled the necessary data from the “standard candle” supernovae for analysis in 1997, they theorized that it would be a measure of the degree of deceleration in the universe’s expansion.“We were finding — and scratching our heads — that we don’t see a deceleration, we actually see an acceleration,” Garnavich said. “The motion of the universe would be like if I threw this pen up in the air and it zoomed through the roof off into space. That would be quite surprising, and that was the level of surprise we had.”This mysterious accelerating force is referred to as “dark energy” and its identity is one of the major unanswered questions in physics, he said. Garnavich said High-Z’s discovery of the phenomenon has raised far more questions than they have answered.“It gets this general name ‘dark energy’ because it might not even be energy, it might even be extra dimensions,” Garnavich said. “It is a huge unknown, and we’re talking about three quarters of the universe and we have no idea what it is.”Garnavich said he estimates that science cannot explain 97 percent of the universe. Regardless, he said he remains undaunted by the infinite mysteries physics has yet to explain.“It keeps us in business.”Tags: Breakthrough Prize, Fundamental Physics, High-Z, Mark Zuckerberglast_img read more

January 17, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgConyers, Ga. – The University of Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute has been awarded a $642,900 grant from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to continue its statewide education programs in the areas of child passenger safety, parent and teen driving safety and senior driver education. The Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute, or GTIPI, has partnered with GOHS for the past 29 years in designing and delivering education that improves driver and passenger safety across the lifespan. The institute continues to be a leading resource in traffic safety training and education in Georgia. The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety-UGA partnership dates back to 1986. At that time, federal grant funding was awarded to states with highway safety offices for partnering with institutions of higher education to address traffic injuries with an education and enforcement approach to reducing fatalities. In Georgia, UGA Cooperative Extension was awarded funding support to conduct educational classes for parents and caregivers on the consistent and correct use of child safety seats in all of Georgia’s 159 counties. Originally named the Occupant Safety Education Program, the project was renamed GTIPI in 2002. The institute continues today as an outreach initiative of UGA Extension as a part of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences’ department of human development and family science.Through this year’s grant award, the institute will offer four separate training and community education initiatives: the National Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification Program, Georgia Teens Ride with P.R.I.D.E. (Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error), CarFit for senior drivers and the Online Safety Store. Each program area delivers adult education for consumers, safety professionals and community volunteers designed to address the most common causes of traffic injuries and fatalities for target age groups. GTIPI also serves as a statewide resource for answering consumer questions about safer travel. Law enforcement, emergency medical services, health departments, Extension educators, fire departments and others across the state participate in GTIPI’s training and distribute educational materials. Onsite training is conducted across the state at regional locations, as well as at GTIPI’s headquarters training facility in Conyers, Georgia. Parents and young children benefit from safety professionals and volunteers who achieve national certification in the child passenger safety technician course. “Even though child safety seats are used more than 90 percent of the time by Georgia parents, child passenger safety technicians consistently find that almost all of those in use are installed incorrectly,” said Don Bower, UGA professor emeritus and GTIPI project director. “The National CPST Certification Course offered by GTIPI qualifies public safety professionals, fire, medical and community volunteers to teach parents how to eliminate those installation and use mistakes.” PRIDE trains instructors how to deliver safe driving tools to the community. For the last 11 years, GTIPI’s course for parents and their new teen drivers, “Georgia Teens Ride with P.R.I.D.E.,” has aimed to reduce teen injuries and fatalities through education. A train-the-trainer certification course equips PRIDE instructors to help parents guide their teens through the license process and helps teens learn how to avoid crashes. PRIDE instructors also equip both the parent and teen with accurate information about how to obtain and keep a Georgia driver license.“Georgia Teens Ride with P.R.I.D.E.” was showcased by the national Governor’s Highway Safety Association in 2013 for its strong educational impacts on state graduated driver licensing laws and parental involvement. “Car crashes remain the leading cause of death for teens, and more than two-thirds of teens who die in crashes in Georgia weren’t buckled up,” Bower said. “After more than a decade of declines in crash rates, we are seeing a troubling increase this year.”Featured in AAA Magazine, the national CarFit program, designed for drivers aged 55 and up, helps seniors stay behind the wheel longer and more safely. “CarFit is a non-threatening way to educate seniors about how to stay safe and comfortable in their cars as their physical abilities change with age,” Bower said. The Online Safety Store is a partnership between GOHS and GTIPI. Now in its seventh year of collaboration, the store is Georgia’s primary source statewide for print and electronic traffic safety resources for public safety, public health, traffic safety professionals and consumers.GTIPI manages distribution of GOHS materials from www.gahighwaysafety.org.For more information on the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute, traffic safety training and programs or other traffic-related resources, see www.ridesafegeorgia.org or call (678) 413-4281 or (800) 342-9819.last_img read more

December 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A hit-and-run driver seriously injured a 62-year-old man who was crossing a street in New Hyde Park on Monday night, Nassau County police said.The victim had just stepped off of a bus before walking across Hillside Avenue when he was hit by an eastbound vehicle near the corner of Lakeville Road at 9:54 p.m., police said.The driver fled the scene and the victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment of multiple traumatic injuries, police said.Investigators are looking for the suspect and the vehicle, which was determined to be a white 1997-1999 Toyota Camry.Homicide Squad detectives request anyone with information regarding this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

October 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img“Unfortunately, Beijing has continued systematically to obstruct travel to the Tibetan Autonomous Region and other Tibetan areas by US diplomats and other officials, journalists and tourists, while PRC officials and other citizens enjoy far greater access to the United States,” Pompeo said in a statement.Pompeo restricted visas to Chinese officials determined to be “substantially involved” in the exclusion of foreigners from Tibetan areas.The State Department declined to name the officials or say how many people were affected, citing US confidentiality laws.Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian expressed China’s “firm opposition” to the move and urged the US to “immediately stop interfering in China’s internal affairs through Tibet-related issues”. ‘A clear message’The International Campaign for Tibet, a rights advocacy group close to the Dalai Lama, welcomed the implementation of the law.”The US is sending Beijing a clear message that it will face consequences for its human rights abuses and continued isolation of Tibet from the outside world,” said the group’s president, Matteo Mecacci.The campaign said it saw momentum, pointing to a recent joint call by 57 European parliamentarians from 19 countries to set up their own version of the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act.A British MP has also introduced similar legislation.”China’s oppression of the Tibetan people won’t stop tomorrow even with this law’s implementation,” Mecacci said.”But international pressure on the Chinese government to open up Tibet to the outside world is a vital step toward bringing justice and human rights back to Tibet.”The US action comes one day after the 85th birthday of the Dalai Lama, who has spent most of his life in exile in India.While the Dalai Lama is believed to be in good health, the charismatic monk has reduced his once constant travel, raising fears that the spotlight on Tibet will fade without him. “In response to the wrong actions of the US, China has decided to impose visa restrictions on US personnel who behave badly on Tibet-related issues,” he said, warning of further damage to US-China relations and cooperation.Amid high tension with China, the United States has increasingly been issuing such visa sanctions, earlier taking action over Beijing’s clampdown on free expression in Hong Kong and its incarceration of some one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim Turkic minorities.The Tibet action comes under a 2018 law passed by Congress that aims to pressure China over its tight restrictions in the Himalayan region.Beijing says its troops “peacefully liberated” Tibet in 1951, but many Tibetans accuse the central government of religious repression and eroding their culture.Human rights groups say that Tibetans live under strict surveillance with the threat of jail or abuse for any signs of a non-Chinese identity, including possessing images of the Dalai Lama, their exiled spiritual leader.Beijing has largely barred foreign journalists from visiting Tibet since 2008, when the region experienced a wave of self-immolations as protests, and has not responded to US requests to set up a consulate in the regional capital Lhasa.By contrast, the law notes that Chinese nationals admitted to the United States face no restrictions on visiting any part of the country. The United States and China imposed visa restrictions on each other in tit-for-tat moves over their disagreement on Tibet, adding fuel to the diplomatic fire between the superpowers.China announced Wednesday its curbs on people from the US who “behave badly” on Tibet-related issues, in retaliation for American curbs unveiled a day before.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday he was taking action against an unspecified number of officials under a new US law that presses China to let Americans visit the far west region, renewing a call for “meaningful autonomy” in the predominantly Buddhist area. Topics :last_img read more

October 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe Financial Times reported that Washington was considering basing emergency approval of the vaccine on just a small UK study of around 10,000 people.Pollard, the chief investigator of the global clinical trials of the vaccine candidate, said AstraZeneca would take the data to regulators once the scientists were satisfied with it.He said Oxford had enrolled about 20,000 people in trials across Britain, Brazil and South Africa, with AstraZeneca leading a US trial of 30,000 people.”The size of the trials still isn’t the issue here, what you need is to have enough cases accruing during the time of observation in the trials,” Pollard said. “Then there would be a process that they go through in order to make a full assessment of the data.”The trials hit the headlines earlier this week when the Financial Times reported the Trump administration was considering fast-tracking the vaccine for use in the United States ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election.One option being explored would involve the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) awarding “emergency use authorization” in October to the potential vaccine, the newspaper said.Pollard said the process for emergency use authorization was well established. “But it still involves having carefully conducted data … and evidence that it actually works,” he said. Trial data for the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca’s possible coronavirus vaccine could be given to regulators this year but corners cannot be cut to speed up approval for emergency use, a scientist leading the trials said on Tuesday.The Oxford vaccine produced an immune response in its first human trials, underlining its position as one of the leading candidates in the race to combat a virus that has led to hundreds of thousands of deaths and crippled the global economy.”It is just possible that if the cases accrue rapidly in the clinical trials, that we could have that data before regulators this year,” Andrew Pollard, director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, told BBC Radio of progress in larger, late-stage trials.center_img Topics :last_img read more

October 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgPresident Donald Trump, asked if he would denounce white supremacists and militia groups during Tuesday night’s US presidential debate, told the right-wing group the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by.”Who are the Proud Boys?The Proud Boys were established during the 2016 US election by Vice Media co-founder and Canadian-British right-wing activist Gavin McInnes, who has since distanced himself from the group. Why were they mentioned during the debate?Debate moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump if he was willing to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and tell them to “stand down” and not add to violence during recent protests in US cities such as Portland, Oregon, and Kenosha, Wisconsin.Trump agreed to do that, asking, “Who would you like me to condemn?” Biden interjected: “The Proud Boys.”Trump then urged the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by,” but quickly turned the conversation to antifa, a left-wing anti-fascist ideology, whose adherents he has blamed for violence at protests in recent months.In a Proud Boys channel on the messaging app Telegram, members shared a version of their logo that included the words “stand back, stand by” following Trump’s remarks.Joe Biggs, a Proud Boys member, celebrated the group’s mention on the social media platform Parler, saying: “President Trump told the proud boys to stand by because someone needs to deal with ANTIFA…well sir! we’re ready!!”On Wednesday, Trump walked back his remarks at the White House, telling reporters he was not familiar with the Proud Boys, but that the group should let law enforcement do its work.How are the Proud Boys tied to recent us protests?The group has clashed violently with Black Lives Matter and antifa demonstrators in Portland and other cities in recent months. At rallies, members are often clad in black and yellow polo shirts, wear body armor, and carry weapons, including firearms, paintball guns and baseball bats.Before a Proud Boys rally in Portland last Saturday, Oregon’s Democratic Governor Kate Brown declared a weekend state of emergency for the city, citing an imminent risk of civil disturbance that threatened injury or loss of life.The rally, which attracted hundreds of Proud Boys supporters, was largely peaceful, but police and left-wing protesters later clashed in downtown Portland.Are the Proud Boys a hate group?The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), another anti-hate advocacy organization, labeled the Proud Boys a hate group in 2018. McInnes sued the organization over the hate designation in February 2019, saying it was “purposefully deceitful” and meant to hurt his reputation.The case is still ongoing and lawyers for both parties did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Oregon’s Governor Brown criticized the Proud Boys in a tweet on Wednesday. “Let’s be clear: The Proud Boys are white supremacists,” she said. “Racism and hate are not forms of patriotism.” The group likely has several hundred members with chapters in most states and some other countries, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), an anti-hate organization. They drew media attention in late 2018 after a violent confrontation with left-wing protesters in New York City, and returned to the spotlight during protests in recent months.They describe themselves as a male-only club of “Western chauvinists” who “refuse to apologize for creating the modern world.” The group, whose membership is multiracial, has been called out for misogynistic, anti-Muslim and anti-immigration rhetoric by advocates who monitor extremism.Group members tend to adhere to an ideology that rejects overt white supremacy but embraces chauvinism, according to the ADL.Last year, two members of the group were sentenced to four years in prison for their role in a violent 2018 brawl with anti-fascist protesters following a speech by McInnes at a Republican club in New York City.center_img Topics :last_img read more

October 6, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe self-contained unit at 7 Fourth Ave, ScarboroughMore from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019There are also two water tanks on the ground level and undercover parking for five cars.Upstairs, the main level of the home has an open plan living, dining and kitchen area that open to the big veranda with views of the bay — perfect for entertaining. The modern kitchen has plenty of bench and cupboard space and there is a bar area in the living room. 7 Fourth Ave, ScarboroughA THREE storey home on one of Scarborough’s sought after streets is new to the market. The property at 7 Fourth Ave sits on an 810sq m block across two titles and is set up for dual living. One the ground level, fully self-contained accommodation incorporates a bedroom, bathroom and laundry access along with an open plan living, dining and kitchen area that opens to a covered patio. The kitchen at 7 Fourth Ave, ScarboroughThere is a separate family room at the back on the home, two bedrooms with built-in robes and a main bathroom. A study opens on to the back veranda and there is also a second bathroom and linen cupboard on this level. The master bedroom makes up the third level and has beautiful timber floors and a private deck with stunning views. center_img The main bedroom at 7 Fourth Ave, ScarboroughOutside there is an in-ground pool with paved surrounds for those hot days and there are two garden sheds for storage and a carport for the caravan or boatThis Scarborough property is being marketed by Kevin Bostock from Waterfront Properties and will be auctioned on Saturday, March 4 at 1pm.last_img read more

September 21, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img “When I scored my last goal for Real Madrid on the last day of the season, I ran over to celebrate with him and was expecting him to congratulate me when I hugged him,” Essien wrote in his blog on www.chelseafc.com. “Instead he leaned over and said: ‘See you at pre-season training on July 8’. I found that so funny. “We are now back together where we belong and where we had so many beautiful years together and I hope we can recreate those magical years.” Essien moved to Real on a season-long loan after falling down the midfield pecking order with the Blues and was happy to rekindle his special relationship with Mourinho. Now the Ghana midfielder hopes to enjoy success with the Portuguese at Chelsea for a second time. “I am ready to give my all to Chelsea,” Essien added. “I haven’t lost any desire or motivation. I have been working hard in the last few weeks to be physically and mentally fit for the season and I feel good about my work so far. “We are definitely going to give it a go this season. All the trophies are up for grabs and you can rest assured we will do all we can to bring as many as we can to the Bridge.” Press Association Jose Mourinho informed Michael Essien of his return to Chelsea while managing his final match for Real Madrid.center_img Midfielder Essien spent last season on loan at the Bernabeu and scored in Mourinho’s final match in charge, a 4-2 win over Osasuna, before being informed of his manager’s intentions. Two days later Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge, following an absence of nearly six years, was confirmed. last_img read more

September 20, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img The Gunners recorded a seventh win in the last eight league matches when beating relegation-battlers QPR 2-1 at Loftus Road on Wednesday night with goals from Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez. Arsenal sit a point ahead of Manchester United, their FA Cup quarter-final opponents, and four behind second-place Manchester City. Manager Arsene Wenger remains convinced attack will prove the best form of defence as Arsenal look to stay in the top four of the Barclays Premier League. Press Association Giroud’s second-half opener came following a swift counter-attack after Arsenal had soaked up plenty of pressure. Wenger, though, expects to see his team always stay on the front foot. “I wanted the team to continue to attack, because we are not a team that can sit off and wait for the teams who commit and get them only on the break. We need to master possession and we did that well,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. Giroud has rediscovered his scoring touch in the last two matches following a series of misses in the 3-1 Champions League defeat to Monaco. Wenger hailed the mental strength of the France forward, who now has 10 Premier League goals from a campaign which was hampered by four months sidelined with a broken leg. Full-back Kieran Gibbs believes Giroud does not get the credit his work-rate for the team deserves. “Olivier has certainly responded in the way we wanted. He is that kind of character who always wants to bounce back and do well for the team. He puts a lot of pressure on himself. Credit to him, because he is having a fantastic season,” Gibbs said, quoted by the London Evening Standard. Sanchez remains Arsenal’s most potent attacking threat, taking his tally to 19 following a seven-match barren spell. “Every player goes through a difficult patch but he is not the type to let it get to him. He has shown great determination in every game,” said Gibbs. “We need that from him and that is why he is world class.” Gibbs believes Arsenal have overcome the setback of their defeat by Monaco, which leaves hopes of qualification for the quarter-finals of the Champions League all but over ahead of the second leg in Monte Carlo later this month. He said: “We wanted to respond for the fans and the people at the club. We know we are a good team and we want to show that.” Arsenal defender Gabriel suffered a hamstring injury at QPR and is expected to be out for a couple of weeks. Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has been laid low by illness but may be in contention to return for the FA Cup holders at United on Monday March 9. QPR, meanwhile, are in the relegation zone, now three points behind Aston Villa, who beat West Brom on Tuesday night. Chris Ramsey’s side host Tottenham in the Premier League this weekend, then tackle Crystal Palace and Everton. Striker Bobby Zamora believes if the work-rate continues, then positive results will follow. “Performances have been good. We have been so close in so many games, but close is not enough really,” he said. “Unfortunately we are not getting the points we deserve. “We could do with not playing well and getting three points.” last_img read more