Tags: Black Hills State Football/Dixie State Football October 3, 2019 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Football Returns Home For Black Hills State Game Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah-Saturday, Dixie State football (3-1), winners of three straight, all on the road, returns to Trailblazers Stadium to face the Black Hills State Yellow Jackets (1-3).The Trailblazers, after dropping the season opener to Colorado State-Pueblo at home, 36-7, have only surrendered 30 net points during their winning streak, at Fort Lewis (23-14), New Mexico Highlands (55-0) and South Dakota Mines (28-16).Dixie State’s scoring offense is tied for 67th nationally with Saginaw Valley State as they score 28.3 points per game.By virtue of his performance against the Hardrockers last Saturday (21-38, 300 yards, 2 TD’s), junior quarterback Keaton Mott may have wrested the job away from Kody Wilstead. Mott currently completes 49.3 percent of his passes on the season (36-73) for 467 yards and 3 TD’s with no interceptions. Wilstead, a redshirt sophomore, meanwhile, has thrown 4 INT’s against 5 TD’s.Senior tailback Sei-J Lauago (41 car, 160 yards, TD) and his junior counterpart D’Arman Notoa (36 car, 125 yards, 2 TD’s) lead the Trailblazers’ rushing attack thus far on the season.Redshirt senior receiver Dejuan Dantzler (11 rec, 223 yards, 3 TD’s, 20.3 yards per reception) and senior tailback Conner Miller (8 rec, 148 yards, TD) are the Trailblazers’ leading receivers. Senior receiver Xavier Smith (5 rec, 114 yards, TD) leads Dixie State with 22.8 yards per catch.In giving up 16.5 points per game, the Trailblazers are tied for 26th nationally in scoring defense with Fort Lewis and Bemidji State.With 15 sacks defensively, the Trailblazers are tied for ninth nationally with California (Pa.), St. Cloud State, Minnesota State-Mankato, Northwest Missouri State and Lenoir-Rhyne.Dixie State amassed seven sacks against South Dakota Mines, with redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Dylan Hendrickson posting a career-high 4.5 of them. His exploits earned him defensive player of the week honors from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference this week.Hendrickson’s 5 sacks lead Dixie State on the season. Sophomore defensive back Simote Lokotui and sophomore defensive lineman William Payne have 2 sacks apiece as well for the Trailblazers.Senior defensive back Aaron Simpson has 4 interceptions to lead Dixie State, with 2 more coming from redshirt sophomore defensive back Derrius Nash.Senior defensive back Alex Lilliard has two forced fumbles as well to pace the Trailblazers in that statistical category.Junior kicker James Baird has made all five of his field goal attempts as well on the season for Dixie State.The Yellow Jackets started the season dropping their first three games to Chadron State (31-48), Colorado School of Mines (7-52), Adams State (31-45) and then defeated Fort Lewis (13-7).Black Hills State is tied for 114th nationally (20.5 points per game) in scoring offense, with Newberry, Tusculum, Lake Erie, South Dakota Mines and Benedict.The Yellow Jackets have had two quarterbacks get solid playing time this season, comparable to the Trailblazers.Sophomore signal-caller Andrew Tovar completes 58 percent of his passes (43-74), for 446 yards, 3 TD’s and 5 INT’s. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Tyler Hammons completes 38 percent of his passes (18-47) for 220 yards, 2 TD’s and an interception.Redshirt freshman tailback Nolan Susel is tied for ninth nationally with 7.8 yards per carry. He has run for 227 yards and a score on 29 carries this season. Senior tailback Payten Gilmore has run for 166 yards and a score on 49 carries as well for the Yellow Jackets.Redshirt junior receiver Kielar Harpham (24 rec, 352 yards, 4 TD’s, 14.7 yards per reception) leads Black Hills State in all significant receiving categories.The Yellow Jackets are tied for 141st nationally in scoring defense (38 points per game) with Chadron State and McKendree.Redshirt sophomore defensive back Bailey Rosenstrauch, redshirt freshman Korby Campbell, sophomore defensive lineman Sampson Rich and sophomore defensive lineman Devyn Vance have a sack apiece for the Yellow Jackets.Redshirt sophomore defensive back Keyshawn Farmer and redshirt freshman defensive back Brady Morris have an interception apiece for Black Hills State.Farmer also has a forced fumble on the season, as do redshirt junior defensive back Lathen Stevens and junior linebacker Kyle Kettlehut.The Trailblazers lead the Yellow Jackets 2-1 all-time, including a 1-0 all-time advantage at St. George. Brad James
Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBaseballRegion 14NEPHI, Utah-Dalin Ludlow posted 5 RBI and the Juab Wasps downed American Leadership 15-0 in Region 14 baseball action Tuesday. Brayden Lawton, Cooper Ford, Teagan Christensen and Jaxton Adams each drove in two runs apiece for the Wasps.2-A SouthBEAVER, Utah-Bryton Langston netted 4 RBI and the Beaver Beavers shellacked Parowan 13-1 Tuesday in 2-A South baseball action. Tyler Medrano drove in 2 more runs for the Beavers in victory. Caleb Robinson, Jake Eichorn and Trexton Bailey also drove in runs for Beaver in the win. Wyatt Hall had an RBI in the loss for the Rams.ENTERPRISE, Utah-Brady Crouch’s 3 RBI led the Enterprise Wolves to an 11-1 win over Milford in 2-A South baseball action Tuesday. Treysen Randall and Keldyn Peterson had 2 RBI apiece in victory for Enterprise.SoftballRegion 14NEPHI, Utah-Baylee Ulibarri, Dakota Gray and Saydi Anderson had 3 RBI apiece as the Juab Wasps crushed American Leadership 17-1 in Region 14 softball action Tuesday. Kyla Winter, Shelby Peay and Kaysee Flanders also drove in runs for Juab. Hailey Poulsen earned the win in the circle for the Wasps.2-A SouthENTERPRISE, Utah-Treshor Phelps posted 5 RBI and the Enterprise Wolves hammered Milford 16-1 Tuesday in 2-A South softball action. Blakelee Christiansen posted the win in the circle for the Wolves.BEAVER, Utah-Madi Robinson homered twice, posting 5 RBI, as the Beaver Beavers clobbered Parowan 17-2 in 2-A South softball action Tuesday. Star Moon also homored for Beaver and Halle Hutchings added 2 more RBI for the Beavers. Kaitlynn Limb, Kenzlee Carter and Sadie Bradshaw also drove in runs for the Beavers. March 30, 2021 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 3/30 Written by
View post tag: Navy Image of the Day: Old Ironsides Fires a Round View post tag: Fires Sailors assigned to USS Constitution fire a round from the ship’s saluting battery on February 20.In this way, the vessel commemorated the bicentennial anniversary of Old Ironsides’ dual victory against the Royal Navy ships HMS Cyane and HMS Levant in its final battle of the War of 1812.The battle, which took place on Feb. 20, 1815 near the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira, was fought three days after the U.S. Senate ratified the Treaty of Ghent, which officially ended the war.[mappress mapid=”15199″]Image: US Navy View post tag: americas Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Image of the Day: Old Ironsides Fires a Round View post tag: Image: View post tag: Round February 23, 2015 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Old Ironsides View post tag: day View post tag: Naval
View post tag: RFA Wave Knight September 8, 2016 Royal Fleet Auxiliary Wave Knight, currently on a Caribbean region deployment, on Monday reached the Caribbean island nation Dominica where it docked for a three-day port visit at the Roseau Cruise Ship Berth.The visit of the British navy ship is a year round commitment by the British Government to the Caribbean region in support of humanitarian aid and disaster relief as well as counter narcotics operations.The visit of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Wave Knight marks one year since its sister ship of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Lyme Bay offered extensive humanitarian assistance to Dominica in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Erika.“RFA Lyme Bay visited at this time last year; it was in the region already but we were able to reroute the ship to help in that immediate aftermath of the crisis. They came for six days and provided some technical expertise, goods and emergency stores,” said Colin Dick, Deputy British High Commissioner to Bridgetown and the Eastern Caribbean.RFA Wave Knight is two months into a seven month deployment to the Caribbean Region. Share this article Authorities RFA Wave Knight stops in Dominica on Caribbean deployment Back to overview,Home naval-today RFA Wave Knight stops in Dominica on Caribbean deployment View post tag: Royal Navy
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE we wonder if the City Of Evansville Water and Sewer Department has collected any money from the $750,00 plus water and sewer bill owed to them by the owners of the McCurdy? …if they don’t make any payments soon we expect the city will file a lien against the McCurdy property concerning this bill?IS IT TRUE we hear that At-Large Councilmen and Finance Chairmen Jonathan Weaver is irritated because members of Mayor Lloyd Winnecke’s administration didn’t inform City Council that ECHO Housing Corporation was being investigated for misuse of agency funds before City Council voted on appropriating the $466,000 of federal funds for that non-profit organization? …City Council voted on this appropriations just two days before Executive Director Stephanie TenBarge’s was fired from ECHO Housing because she allegedly misused the nonprofit’s agency funds? …we like to inform Mr. Weaver that isn’t the first time that members of the Winnecke administration has given misinformation to members of City Council concerning budgetary matters and we predict that it won’t be the last?IS IT TRUE we are extremely pleased that the Evansville Police Department has finally decided to open an investigation into the allegations of misuse ECHO Housing funds? …we are surprised to hear that the ECHO Board of Directors attempted to stop a criminal investigation of this not-for-profit corporation by the Evansville Police Department? …we are also very disappointed that the Mayor of Evansville and the Vanderburgh Prosecutors office has remained silent concerning the allegations of misuse of ECHO Housing funds?IS IT TRUE we commend City Councilmen 5th Ward Justin Elpers (R) and At-large member Jonathon Weaver (D) for writing a proposed City Ordinance regarding CITY OF EVANSVILLE funds allocated to ECHO HOUSING CORP? … this proposed ordinance is asking the Evansville Common Council to enact rules requiring that all City funds allocated to ECHO be withheld for further payment until ECHO provides the City with certain assurances? …all we can say is give them hell Elpers and Weaver?IS IT TRUE we are pleased that the ECHO Housing Corp. attorney Scott Wylie and the Director of the City’s Department of Metropolitan Development, Kelly Course have publicly stopped commenting about the former ECHO Housing Executive Director alledging taking agency funds for personal use?IS IT TRUE when the EHCO Housing Corporation filed a formal grant application request with the City of Evansville earlier this year the application listed that the Board of Director members of the Echo Housing Corporation? …the names listed were: Roy Dane Chandler of Banterra Bank-Evansville, Reverend Gerald Arnold, President of the local NAACP and Tom Moore, Director of the Vectren Foundation? …the application also listed the former Executive Director of ECHO Housing, Stephanie TenBarge as the board secretary? …if this information provides on the grant application is incorrect we would like to know so we can make a correction concerning the current ECHO Housing Board members?IS IT TRUE we been told that members of the not-for-profit ECHO Housing Corporation Board of Director still feel that they are exempt from handing over financial information to members of the Evansville Police Department so they can do a criminal investigation? ..we find it entertaining that members of the board feel that they are exempt from a criminal investigation because ECHO Housing is a not-for-profit corporation?IS IT TRUE we heard that the three (3) finalists for the Evansville/Vanderburgh Visitors and Convention Bureau Director job are from out-of-town? …we cant understand why an organization like the Evansville/Vanderburgh Visitors and Convention Bureau couldn’t promote from within? …we know at least one employee of the Vistors and Convention Bureau was extremely qualified for this position? …she is a long time employee of the Evansville /Vanderburgh Visitors and Convention Bureau and has been an excellent employee? …she grew up in the hospitality industry and her dad is well known and highly respected guru of the hospitality industry? …the next time we hear that someone from the Evansville Visitors and Convention Bureau say hire and buy local all we are going to say is practiced what you preach?IS IT TRUE about three weeks ago TV Channel 25 Eyewitness News reported on the suspension of the Evansville Philharmonic’s Executive Director? … that officials within this not-for-profit organization remain silent as to the status of the suspended employee? …we hear that many friends of the suspended Executive Director are expecting an update from TV Channel 25 explaining why the not-for-profit Philharmonic’s suspended him? …we hear that this is a developing story?Todays “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel its time that the Feds come in and impound the financial records of the Evansville ECHO Housing Corporation?Please take time and read our articles entitled “Statehouse Files, Channel 44 News, Law Enforcement, Readers Poll, Birthdays, Hot Jobs and “Local Sports.” You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected]
First, on market certainty and strategic investment – both are not just about financial investment but can be influenced by multiple factors This Review will inform both the 2019 Spending Review and the upcoming National Infrastructure Strategy.So I would encourage all of you to participate.ConclusionTo conclude, delivering all major infrastructure projects is a challenge.We recognise that the market needs certainty from government that strategic investment will continue.But the government also needs certainty from the market that it can deliver.We are doing all we can to make the government the best client it can be.But we also need you to step up with us.We can do that together by seeing these current challenges as opportunities, and providing reassurances that we are learning the right lessons.Such as focussing on behaviours, optimism bias and systems integration.There are many more lessons of course, but these are the critical three that I think we really need to grapple with.We also need to celebrate our delivery successes.And remind ourselves that we have made a lot of progress in building a world class system for infrastructure over the last decade.Thank you. Second, we need to renew our focus on deliverability and improve our procurement processes, with a far more balanced scorecard, which delivers best value, and sustainable procurement rather than focusing on lowest cost. In return we need the private sector to be disciplined and realistic about what it is able to deliver; IntroductionGood morning ladies and gentlemenThe government, with industry, has worked tirelessly over the last 10 years to develop the best possible system to make major infrastructure decisions and deliver world class projects.We – as the government’s centre of expertise for infrastructure and major projects – are a key part of this system. Along with the National Infrastructure Commission, who set the strategy, and the funding decisions in the Treasury, we help ensure the right projects are identified and funded, and then delivered.But we are currently living through a critical time and our system is being tested.And it is for this reason, I want to make four key points today: Market Certainty and Strategic InvestmentMarket certainty is an interesting topic and is essential to encouraging strategic investment in our infrastructure.The IPA produces the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline each year, one of the main purposes of which is to help create market certainty around the future pipeline of projects.We view this as a way of helping the private sector assess their addressable market.Our most recent pipeline issued at the end of last year forecasts £600bn of investment over the next 10 years.This planned and projected investment is more than just a wishlist.It is grounded in a firm government commitment to spend 1-1.2% of GDP per annum on infrastructure investment, and a move to longer term funding cycles for road and rail.And the private sector will also play a critical role: around 50% of the £60billion per year is forecast to be financed by the private sector.Our pipeline is being proved to be real every day.Since 2010 over 4,900 infrastructure projects have been completed, including 400 in the last 12 months.These include major investments such as the largest operational offshore wind farm in the world, the Walney Extension, capable of generating enough electricity to power over 600,000 homes.Phase 1 of the London Power tunnels, a £1 billion project laying 200 km of high voltage cables deep under London.The £63 million Rossall flood defence scheme, one of the single biggest investments in a coastal flood defence scheme to date, protecting 7,500 homes in Lancashire for the next 100 years.The list goes on.To be frank, we just don’t hear enough about these projects. And we don’t celebrate our successes enough. Market certainty is, of course, equally important for government as it is for the private sector.We need to be certain that the market is addressing its skills and capability gaps, innovating and driving productivity improvements and perhaps most importantly, being disciplined when they bid for projects.We need to be certain that the market isn’t just telling the government what it wants to hear.That you can deliver what you say you can deliver, for the price you say you can deliver it.There’s no doubt that the collapse of Carillion is still casting a long shadow over the sector’s ability to deliver at the moment.It’s also hard to ignore some of the challenges we are currently going through on some of our biggest projects.The UK’s construction industry is fairly febrile and at long last the low operating margins the industry generates are recognised as being unsustainable.It’s vitally important that we speak openly and honestly about the challenges that we are facing, so we can address them.DeliverabilityAs I said before, we are living through a critical time. Which is why we all need to up our game.While Crossrail and HS2 epitomise the challenges facing us at the moment, we view these challenges as an opportunity to change and improve for the better.We must also remember that actually, we are globally renowned for our projects.But we do need to keep improving the system that we have built over the last 10 years. Otherwise we will fall behind.For example, the IPA is already working hard to ensure project delivery expertise will be at the core of future spending decisions.And I’m encouraged that as a result, the Chancellor is making deliverability a cornerstone of the next Spending Review.This will help drive a real cultural change, including as I said, becoming better at procurement and creating an environment where taking well calibrated risks is considered acceptable and not criticised incessantly so as to drive poor decision making.Learning the right lessonsBut in order for us to improve things, we need to make sure we are learning the right lessons from infrastructure projects that have gone before.As you would expect, the IPA has been working closely with the Department for Transport, analysing this very issue.Rather than a forensic examination of the specific problems – which has been undertaken elsewhere – this work has been deliberately ‘system’ related and forward-looking.What we found was that while the causes of failure in each case were different, there were some shared features that are important to draw out.Crucially, behaviours and culture are more important than process.What we have learnt is that you can have the best, most well designed governance structure in the world, but really it comes down to the behaviours and culture of the people in the system.A blind commitment to succeed without a balanced perspective, can lead to the wrong behaviours and decisions on major projects.These issues are not easily countered, even with clear accountabilities and structural checks and balances. But the need for transparency, and a change in behaviour, especially when there are multiple stakeholders involved, is clear.We also need to get the balance right on optimism bias.We need to pay closer attention to projects even when things are going well.It’s easy to forget to apply the same deep discipline, rigour and scrutiny as we would do if we were more anxious about how well a project was going.This does require the right balance of building the spirit of optimism in a team, and protecting against an embedded culture of delusion.While it’s important we have enthusiasm and positivity in a project – otherwise it will never be delivered – it does need to be checked regularly.Most importantly, we must pay greater attention to systems integration.We see that projects across all sectors, and especially infrastructure, need more emphasis on managing increasing technical complexity.Complex systems integration failures present late in a project lifecycle, but we need to establish the conditions for success right at the start.Technology is becoming more and more critical to delivery, yet it isn’t getting the same level of attention and focus as traditional construction and civil engineering.So there are some obvious things we need to do to address this, such as allowing enough time for system testing and preventing this time getting squeezed to allow for larger civils costs.We need to invest in the people with the skills to manage these technological risks and attract them to the industry, which has been associated with just diggers and concrete for too many years now.Improving performanceThrough our Transforming Infrastructure Performance (TIP) work, we are focussing on improving the deliverability of new policies.We aim to improve the way cost and performance is measured by benchmarking new projects. I’m pleased that we just recently published best practice guidance on benchmarking, that is currently being rolled out across departments and industry.Government has also committed to using its buying power to increase the use of digital and manufacturing techniques in construction.We already have some excellent pockets of best practice to build on, such as Network Rail’s Modular Stations Programme, the use of real time technology at Bank Station and the use of standardised bridges by Highways England.Over the last 12 months, we in the IPA have focused on creating a step change in the delivery and performance of infrastructure, closing the sector’s well-known productivity gap, and encouraging strategic investment.The Infrastructure Finance ReviewAs I said at the outset, we do not champion the role of private investment enough. Over half of our £600bn pipeline is made up of investment from the market.And for this reason, the government is consulting on how best to support this investment in the future.So that as we leave the EU, good infrastructure projects continue to access the finance they need.Government already has tools available, such as the £40bn Guarantees Scheme which has to date supported projects worth over £4bn, our Digital Infrastructure and Charging Infrastructure Investment Funds, and contractual tools such as Contracts for Difference provided for offshore wind.In the Infrastructure Finance Review, there are two main issues we would like your views on: And finally, I will touch on how we are improving infrastructure finance and the Infrastructure Finance Review, and specific issues around financing infrastructure investment. How we should respond to a changing relationship with the European Investment Bank – should we change or expand the tools we use to support private investment, and what is the right long-term governance structure? And as we retire PFI and PF2 – and the government is clear that it will not seek a like-for-like replacement – are there new models that could be used? Third, in terms of project and programme delivery it’s important we learn the right lessons and I want to set out what some of those lessons are.
Alumni of Kennebec Valley Community College at this year’s graduation event; Theresa Desjardins is fourth from the right.FARMINGTON – An employee of Franklin Memorial Hospital was recently honored in front of roughly 2,000 people as the 2018 Distinguished Alumni of Kennebec Valley Community College at the school’s graduation last month.Theresa Desjardins graduated from KVCC in 2013 with a degree of Occupational Therapist Assistant. Under normal circumstances, her story may have flown under the radar, Desjardins becoming just another one of the faces in the crowd of 2,000. But her story stood out as a commendable one to the staff she worked with throughout her years at KVCC.Not only did Desjardins begin her college education at the age of 48, she began it after successfully battling two bouts of cancer.“I was intrinsically motivated to push forward and meet my goals, regardless of the looming prognosis,” Desjardins said during her speech.It was her journey through surviving cancer that brought Desjardins to her dream of becoming an OTA. After her second diagnosis, Desjardins was forced to leave work on disability, an outcome she struggled with. She said she couldn’t accept just sitting through the battle and began her own research of treatment options. That was when she found OT, a practice she tributes much of her recovery toward, as well as her ability to go back to work.She began taking the core courses for the OTA program at KVCC- classes such as chemistry that she hadn’t had since high school.“I just kept passing the core classes. I kept telling myself: whatever happens, happens, just push forward,” she said.After graduating, Desjardins learned that her local hospital, FMH, where she dreamed of working, didn’t hire OTAs. She took the news to heart, and began fighting her way into a position, using similar motivation that got her through sickness. Desjardins began working with FMH shortly after, and has been an advocate for the OT program ever since.Four years later, when Desjardins was yet again diagnosed with another form of cancer, she hardly missed a beat.“People look at someone who has survived hardship as this awesome person, but I don’t see it that way. I just get up and put my shoes on everyday,” she said.Her “tenacity, persistence, grace and personal leadership” were just a few of the qualities that made OTA Department Chair Diane Sauter-Davis nominate her former student for the award.“You are truly my hero. You have lived through so much and are thriving. With grace, dignity and belief you have taken responsibility for your life,” Sauter-Davis wrote.
Harvard, a university deeply involved in exploring and explaining the world and changing it for the better, is on the cutting edge in myriad fields. Harvard is making a difference now, and planning to lead the way in the next decade.Here’s a look at where the University and the world that it embraces are likely to be 10 years down the road, in five areas: health, science, education, the arts, and globalization.In many cases, as the examples below indicate, the future is now, and the road ahead already well-marked.HealthBy Alvin Powell, Harvard Staff WriterIs the long-envisioned future of health care finally coming? You know the one: full of high-tech wizardry, miracle drugs knocking out tumors with precision, medical care tuned to your DNA, and your DNA tuned to improve your health.It’s the future where stem cells affirm the vast interest in them and help you get well, where aging is delayed, and where medical gains continue against AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, while perhaps eliminating an age-old enemy, polio.GSAS student Ryoji Amamoto performs research sectioning axolotl brains in the lab of Morris Kahn Associate Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology Paola Arlotta. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerHarvard specialists in health and medicine say that dramatic advances in tools, technology, methods, and basic knowledge over the past 20 years will bring some of that future to reality over the next 10 years. In some cases, it’s already here.The future won’t be all roses. Despite expected advances, age-old impediments to health will remain. Institutional inaction still will allow preventable diseases to kill millions. Some neglected diseases will continue to bring death and disability to millions more. People will continue to undermine their own health, smoking, eating too much, and exercising too little. In a pernicious wrinkle, the obesity and diabetes epidemics may morph into afflictions of the poor.Amid this mix of hope and heartbreak, health experts say that the labs, faculty, and students at Harvard and its affiliated institutions will keep breaking new ground, nurtured by the region’s academic brainpower, biotech prowess, and pharmaceutical research. Even experienced scientists, assessing recent research and looking at the decade to come, are excited by what they see.“If you look at the pace of progress and of discovery over the last few years, and if it continues to move at the same pace, it’s very exciting,” said Daniel Haber, the Kurt J. Isselbacher/Peter D. Schwartz Professor of Oncology at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and head of the Cancer Center at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).Since miracle cures often fizzle, Harvard faculty members offered their thoughts on what’s to come with a note of caution, summed up by Walter Willett, Fredrick Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), who said, “There’s nothing so hard to predict as the future.”Custom-tuned treatmentOne shift that seems certain is that patients will get ever-more-personalized care, based on their genetic profiles — and those of their ailments.George Church, the Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics at HMS, said that decoding a person’s genome will get dramatically cheaper. As that cost goes down and the reliability goes up, Church expects genetic analysis to become common.“It probably will happen all at once,” Church said. “There will be a change in thinking by physicians, by doctors, and hospitals. And if patients read in the paper that a parent got an answer for their kids’ illness, others will want it. [There may also be a change] if health care providers see ways to save money.”Church expects exponential improvements in DNA technology to allow analyses of our microbiome and of our environment, and for genomics’ tools to be bent toward prevention as well as treatment. New genome-editing technology — already in use in his lab — may one day edit harmful genes, such as the mutations that cause breast and ovarian cancers, out of the genome entirely.‘One of the things that is unique about Harvard is its collaborative nature. The interactions are going to pay off.’A deeper understanding of disease genetics will help scientists at Harvard and its affiliated hospitals devise treatments in major areas such as cancer care, according to Haber, who a decade ago was among the first to trace a lung cancer drug’s effectiveness to the tumor’s genetic profile. Haber said researchers have just tapped the tip of the iceberg of that targeted approach. He also predicts an expansion of immunotherapy, which mobilizes the body’s immune system against tumor cells, and advances in early detection by finding cancer cells circulating in the blood — a focus of his lab.Leonard Zon, professor of stem cell and regenerative biology and Grousbeck Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard-affiliated Boston Children’s Hospital, said the future of stem cell-based regenerative medicine appears bright. Stem cells have already sparked a revolution in the lab, easing the study of diseases by allowing researchers to create cell lines afflicted by various ailments. Zon is cautious about over-promising treatments based on stem cell work, but said that it’s appropriate to get excited about recent developments concerning induced pluripotent stem cells.“What’s going on is very impressive,” Zon said, adding that the atmosphere at Harvard makes it an exciting place for such work. “One of the things that is unique about Harvard is its collaborative nature. The interactions are going to pay off.”Even as medicine gets more personal and the approaches to illness more targeted, researchers such as HMS Genetics Professor David Sinclair want to address several conditions at once by attacking aging.Sinclair, named among Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in April, tracked the longevity effects of caloric restriction and the red wine molecule resveratrol on DNA. He found a set of genes, called SIRTs, that are activated by resveratrol and caloric restriction. Sinclair believes that small molecules developed to mimic and magnify their function will work to fight some effects of aging.Promising drug candidates are being tested in human trials, and Sinclair is hopeful one will prove itself within the next decade.“This isn’t wishful thinking, it is real. The question is whether, over the next 10 to 15 years, we can make practical use of it,” he said.We’ll still be what we eatThe global obesity epidemic has a less promising future, according to Willett. The well-off and better-educated appear to be heeding advice about healthy eating and exercise, but there’s no slowdown in weight gain among poorer populations, here or abroad. Improvement among those populations may require addressing not just education but barriers such as the higher cost of healthier foods and lack of access to them in neighborhoods far from grocery stores.In the coming years, Willett expects science to continue to inform medicine and the public. The long-term Nurses’ Health Study and its successors have great potential to shed light on health. New cohorts are enrolling as the original ones now highlight ailments of aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Modern analytical tools give researchers more ways to explore findings, using blood samples and cheek swabs for DNA analysis, and fecal samples that permit analysis of the microbiome.Though lifestyle-related ailments and chronic diseases are growing fields of interest, infectious disease remains a major concern. Dyann Wirth, the Richard Pearson Strong Professor of Infectious Disease, director of the Harvard Malaria Initiative, and chair of the HSPH’s Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, said age-old scourges and newer plagues, such as AIDS, will be part of the infectious disease landscape over the next decade.Still, modern scientific tools are illuminating pathogens, disease vectors, and the immune response as never before, Wirth said. Drug-discovery efforts are expanding hope for new treatments against tuberculosis, malaria, and other ailments, and eradication of polio and guinea worm disease appear possible. Political will, however, is as important as medical advancement, Wirth said.“I think the next decade is going to be a very exciting time because the tools and methods developed over the last two decades are really being brought to bear on infectious disease,” Wirth said.ScienceBy Peter Reuell, Harvard Staff WriterAstrophysicist Dimitar Sasselov likes to say that all science is a quest to answer three basic questions: What is the origin and nature of the universe? What is the nature of life? Where does consciousness come from?Researchers across Harvard, from physicists to neurobiologists, are working to answer those questions, and many say that the next decade may offer breakthroughs in a host of fields, from the development of robotic exo-skeletons designed to help people walk, to novel, renewable methods of generating energy.Sasselov, the Phillips Professor of Astronomy and director of the Harvard Origins of Life Initiative, has dedicated much of his professional life to the search for exo-planets, which lie beyond the bounds of our Solar System.Recent research, he said, shows there may be as many as a billion exo-planets resembling Earth in our galaxy, which means that many of them are relatively near, opening the door to much closer exploration of their atmospheres, and possibly finding answers to questions about life itself.“We don’t actually have a definition of the nature of the phenomenon we call life,” he said. “What we have is only one example — ours — and we know in science that can lead us to create paradigms that suggest it will always look the same.To help answer those questions, Sasselov said that over the next decade Harvard researchers will turn to two new space telescopes. The first, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, will enable researchers to perform a wide-reaching survey aimed at identifying potentially habitable planets nearby. The James Webb Space Telescope, meanwhile, will serve as a replacement for the Hubble scope, and will be used to explore the atmosphere and other characteristics of nearby planets.“In order to conduct a search for alien life successfully, we need to learn more about what life is,” he said. “We created the Origins of Life Initiative to facilitate collaboration between astronomers and biologists, biochemists, and molecular biologists. We shouldn’t expect that life on other planets will be a carbon copy of life on Earth. I think this idea is starting to sink in, and we are on the threshold of some very important discoveries.”Understanding the inner brainWhile Sasselov predicts that the next decade will hold vast insights into our place in the universe, Jeff Lichtman, the Jeremy R. Knowles Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Santiago Ramon y Cajal Professor of Arts and Sciences, believes those 10 years also will offer an unimagined new understanding of the brain’s inner workings.Using the “high-throughput” electron microscopy technique developed in his lab, Lichtman and his colleagues hope to produce a connectome, or wiring diagram, of the brain offering insights into everything from how memory is stored to how certain degenerative diseases affect the brain. With today’s technology, Lichtman said, the process is fast enough to capture approximately a billion pixels of data per second, enough to soon map the brains of small mammals like mice.“With today’s technology, it’s still out of the question to do a human brain,” Lichtman said. “But if we look 10 years into the future, then one could begin to think about doing even larger brains. But at some point, we hope to get to a level of detail where it’s predictable what’s going to be in the next piece we haven’t yet cut. We hope to see enough of the wiring diagram that the structure will begin to pop out from the noise.”That day may be approaching faster than many realize, he said.In a recent study that examined just three-billionths of a mouse brain, researchers found evidence of organized structure, suggesting that the brain’s connections proceed according to predictable patterns. A decade from now, Lichtman predicted, researchers will be imaging entire brains, and the resultant insights will shed light on fields as varied as criminal justice, religion, sociology, and politics.“When you think of something like addiction or criminal behavior, from a neuroscience perspective we have always appreciated that they are probably related to the way the brain works. And once the brain becomes an objective reality as opposed to a black box that we will never get into, then you have to start thinking about these things differently.”Much cheaper renewable energyWhen Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy Dan Nocera thinks about the next decade, two words come to mind: distribution and storage.As the cost of renewable technologies continues to fall — photovoltaics could soon drop below 50 cents per kilowatt hour — Nocera anticipates that their adoption would continue to grow, leading to a far better-distributed system of energy generation than exists today.“I think the most transformative thing that will happen in the next decade is energy is going to get more distributed,” he said. “As that happens, there are going to be large social consequences that come with it. There will be new business models that will be developed, as well as new issues of policy and law that will have to be understood. And Harvard is in a position to play a role in all those areas.”In recent years, Nocera has led the charge toward solar fuels, with the development of his “artificial leaf,” a device that uses artificial photosynthesis to create renewable fuels. Synthetic biologists at Harvard Medical School (HMS), meanwhile, have focused on new methods for generating liquid fuels. Researchers at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have made strides in developing flow batteries and have proposed a device that could take advantage of Earth’s infrared emissions to generate electricity.“Harvard has real strength in renewable-energy generation, through the development of new materials, new methods of photovoltaics, and manufacturing processes. But the other area is storage, both in batteries and in fuels,” Nocera said. “Harvard is going to be a player in each of those fields. We already have expertise in those areas. Some of the strongest faculty members on campus are working to address those areas.”As energy generation becomes more distributed, Nocera said, the issue of storage — and not just in batteries — will become ever more pressing.In the developed world, families one day may generate the electricity they need through roof-mounted solar cells or fuel cells in the backyard, but a key part of the technological picture will be the ability to store excess energy in the grid. By comparison, the developing world has relatively little infrastructure, so Nocera predicts that technologies for generation will be matched with those for local storage of power.“Storage, in my estimation, is the key to renewables,” Nocera said. “There is no question in my mind that will be a major area of development for renewable energy, because once you can store energy, it becomes a commodity. That plays directly into Harvard’s strengths in renewable energy and research into new technology, as well as the “One Harvard,” one-world vision of the University. The energy challenges of the next decade are global, and Harvard will have a large role in addressing them.”Robotics on the cusp“We’re at a tipping point,” said Conor Walsh, assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering, about the current state of robotics. “I started working on robotics and exoskeletons as a graduate student at MIT, and it seemed as though the real-world applications were a very long way off. Walking robots weren’t walking in labs, they were falling. And exoskeletons were good exercise machines.”In the last decade, however, the field has grown by leaps and bounds and is now poised, Walsh believes, to enter an age of development and application.While the vacuuming Roomba is still the most common robot with which humans interact, Walsh predicts that the next decade will go a long way toward changing that.“As a field, robotics has been around for a long time,” he said. “Robots are pervasive in industry and manufacturing settings. Robots are welding and painting cars. They are very widely used in industry. But they’re not commonly used in settings where they have to interact with people, and I think we’ll see that change in the next 10 years.”Recently, researchers have demonstrated concepts as varied as using robotic exoskeletons to help injured people to walk, and robotic “bees” that are capable of controlled flight. Over the next decade, Walsh predicts that such “co-robots” will become increasingly common, with one potential application being to assist people with limited mobility by helping them to walk farther or faster than they might otherwise be able to do.“Robotics is definitely an area that’s growing at Harvard,” Walsh said. “Harvard, in particular, is a leader in the area of ‘soft’ robots. What we’re trying to do is take a fresh look at robotics. If we want to design them for people, how do we make them soft? How do we make them light? How do we make it easier for them to interact with people?”The move toward quantum computersWhile such robots are on the cusp of the future, the technology that most people interact with on a daily basis is the computer, and Amir Yacoby, professor of physics and applied physics, expects the next decade to bring important changes to the digital devices.Yacoby is one of several researchers at Harvard working to create quantum computers, which take advantage of quantum mechanics to encode bits of information as both one and zero simultaneously, and perform multiple computations in parallel, making the devices far more powerful than conventional computers.“We are at a place today that is far ahead of where we anticipated we would be,” Yacoby said. “Today we have several ways of implementing quantum bits,” units of quantum information, “all of which look very promising.”At present, he said, researchers are investigating a handful of systems. They range from ones that use electron spins in semiconductors, to ones that find atomic-scale impurities in diamond crystals called nitrogen-vacancy centers, to those that rely on superconducting circuits to trapped ions, and within each implementation researchers have created several working quantum bits.In addition, researchers have developed new paradigms for quantum computation, in recent years creating materials called topological insulators. When brought into contact with traditional electrical insulators, Yacoby said, the laws of physics demand that conduction electrons be found at the interface of the two materials. By exciting those electrons, he said, in theory scientists can create quantum bits that can perform calculations.Though it is unlikely that quantum computers will replace conventional desktop computers by 2024, Yacoby said he expects to see various implementations of quantum systems continue to improve as researchers become more adept at creating quantum bits.“Right now, we’re pushing the forefront on all the different applications,” he said. “Harvard is very much at the forefront in using spin quantum bits and in research into NV [nitrogen vacancy] centers and applications using them. Harvard is also among the leaders in research into the topological approach. The field is growing exponentially, and I can only see it expanding further and further into the future.”EducationBy Christina Pazzanese, Harvard Staff WriterAfter centuries of relative torpor, technology breakthroughs have begun to reshape teaching and learning in ways that have prompted paradigm shifts around pedagogy, assessment, and scholarly research, and have upended assumptions of how and where learning takes place, the student-teacher dynamic, the functions of libraries and museums, and the changing role of scholars as creators and curators of knowledge.Michael Sandel, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, teaches a popular interactive course, “Justice,” which is also an online course available across the globe. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer“There are massive changes happening right now,” said Robert A. Lue, the Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning and faculty director of HarvardX. “What has brought it into particularly tight focus now is that the revolution in online education has raised a whole host of very important questions about: What do students do with faculty face-to-face; what is the value of the brick-and-mortar experience; and how does technology in general really support teaching and learning in exciting, new ways? It’s been a major catalyst, if you will, for a reconsideration of how we teach in the classroom.”While the Web is 25 years old, education has been slower than most fields to embrace the Internet’s transformational power. Traditional ways of thinking about how humans learn and about which teaching strategies are most effective had dominated educational discourse for centuries.“I think in education there is, perhaps understandably, a conservatism built around the privileging of how knowledge is communicated and the concern that new modes of communicating, of connecting, of sharing, may somehow lose or diminish the rigor of the exchange,” said Lue.Dynamic, practice-based learningClassrooms of the future are likely to resemble the laboratory or studio model, as more disciplines abandon the passive lecture and seminar formats for dynamic, practice-based learning, Harvard academicians say.“There’s a move away from using the amphitheater as a learning space … toward a room that looks more like a studio where students sit in groups around tables, and the focus is on them, not on the instructor, and the instructor becomes more the ‘guide outside’ rather than the ‘sage onstage,’ facilitating the learning process rather than simply teaching and hoping people will learn,” said Eric Mazur, Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.It’s a shift that’s changing teaching in the humanities as well. “It’s a project-based model where students learn by actually being engaged in a collaborative, team-based experience of actually creating original scholarship, developing a small piece of a larger mosaic — getting their hands dirty, working with digital media tools, making arguments in video, doing ethnographic work,” said Jeffrey Schnapp, founder and faculty director of metaLAB (at) Harvard, an arts and humanities research and teaching unit of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.Massive open online courses, peer-to-peer learning and mentoring, computer-based testing, and flipped classrooms will make for a newly dynamic and individualized classroom experience.The flipped classroom, where students view lectures before attending sessions focused on problem-solving and group activities, will become widely integrated, predicted Sherri Rose, assistant professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School, one of dozens of faculty who gathered in April for a workshop sponsored by the Harvard Initiative forLearning and Teaching to consider and share ideas about teaching statistics and machine-based learning and curricula.“This type of teaching is already being embraced, but becomes increasingly feasible given the continuing technological leaps that allow faculty to record lectures in their offices and share videos easily via various online platforms,” Rose said in an email. “Interactive classroom frameworks are adaptable to many disciplines, and can be particularly useful in STEM [science, technology, engineering, math] courses where students are forced to confront the boundaries of their knowledge and grasp of the material while learning from students in other concentrations.”How and when learning is measured also are likely to undergo a major shift.“I do think testing will change and become more focused on testing higher-level cognitive skills — problem-solving, writing, open-ended questions, and the like,” said James E. Ryan, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, in an email.“I also think that the uses of testing will expand and that we will see more frequent, low-stakes assessments that will help guide instruction and will be one way to make instruction more personalized,” he said. “So instead of once-a-year, high stakes tests, we are likely to see more weekly, or even daily, brief assessments to gauge mastery of a topic, which, once reached, will allow a student to move to the next topic.”Too often, officials say, exams still test skills like memory and rote problem solving that are no longer necessary, since smartphones and computers have taken up those tasks.“I think in higher education, particularly at an institution like Harvard, we should focus on higher-order thinking skills, skills that are related to judgment, analysis, creativity, and not the lowest-order thinking skills like memory and procedures,” said Mazur. “I think that will force us to completely reconsider our approaches to assessment, especially in the sciences.”An expansion of the i-labLearning that takes place outside of the classroom will play a more critical role, as projects now underway — such as the renewal of 12 undergraduate Houses to include wired, dedicated spaces and expansion of the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab) — will broaden the collaborative possibilities.Now three years old, the i-lab has proven a wildly popular beehive, where students and faculty nurture the spark of entrepreneurial ideas through lectures and workshops, work and meeting spaces, and connections with partners. This summer will see the opening of the Harvard Launch Lab, a new space that offers the i-lab experience for alumni, and plans are afoot to bring the i-lab concept to locations beyond Cambridge, and online.For scholars, the growing importance of statistics and big data are altering the way ideas are studied and communicated both inside and outside the academic community. As tools such as data visualization and text mining penetrate research, scholars will learn by doing and become the curators of physical and digital collections, producing visual artifacts in what will be a newly-critical skill set in scholarship, said the metaLAB’s Schnapp, a Dante scholar.“Those artifacts that are created, if they’re well designed and well conceived, not only can convey forms of knowledge that are being argued about, interpreted, and produced, but they are also artifacts that are very accessible and sometimes appealing even to all kinds of audiences that might not be engaged by a standard narrative, argumentative scholarly form of practice.”The boundaries that separate the library, the museum, and the classroom are likely to dissolve as the first two entities continue to evolve from a knowledge repository model to an activity and services model.The old notion that libraries generally exist to support research and that learning only happens in the classroom, Schnapp said, “is giving way to a model where the walls are very porous, and where the teaching and research happens all over the place, it’s ubiquitous, and it happens right in the presence of physical collections that may be housed over in the library, or they may be housed in the museum. But the sense is that all of these institutions are engaged in a common endeavor.”ArtsBy Colleen Walsh, Harvard Staff WriterHalf a century ago, a sweeping, curved concrete structure opened next to the iconic Georgian Revival-style Fogg Art Museum. Architectural purists howled. The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, architect LeCorbusier’s only building in North America, defied a beloved aesthetic. But it also set off a critical discussion about creativity, and helped to spur an exciting era for the arts at Harvard. By 2024, the arts at Harvard promise to be equally daring, with myriad changes in how they are practiced, studied, and displayed.According to several scholars and administrators, the University’s future curriculum is likely to feature courses that fuse traditionally disparate areas such as music and neuroscience, building on current efforts to incorporate art and art-making into a range of formerly walled-off disciplines. It is likely that undergraduates will find new arts concentrations and secondary fields, beyond the visual arts, theater, and architecture. Graduate students will have more arts-related courses and more ways to incorporate the arts into dissertations and theses.Students will connect to Harvard’s collections in original, dynamic ways, officials say. The University’s physical campus will evolve too, with new spaces for viewing, studying, and making art. Interdisciplinary collaborations will explore ways in which the arts at Harvard can help to change the world by fueling the next generation of cultural entrepreneurs.In the curriculumIn 2007, Harvard President Drew Faust assembled a task force to explore how the arts could fill a greater role in campus life. The following year, the committee released a report saying the arts needed to be an “integral part of the cognitive life of the University.” In the years that followed, in line with those recommendations, scholars began offering a range of courses that merge art-making with the humanities, the sciences, and the social sciences.“If I were to imagine the University in five, 10 years’ time, it would be one in which artistic and humanistic practice is incorporated in the discrete fields that practice the arts and humanities, whether it’s literature or filmmaking or art-making or art criticism, but further, in which humanistic and artistic practices are in dialogue with other fields,” said Diana Sorensen, Harvard’s dean of arts and humanities.“It could be engineering and the visual arts; it could be science and philosophy; it could be questions of economics and the study of local cultures. … The University of the future has to think of intellectual problems, which are in and of themselves worthy of disinterested attention, but also — this I would underline — the world as posing problems that can only be addressed and resolved by bringing all the disciplines together.”“In five or 10 years’ time, Harvard would really look like an arts school in addition to being everything else that it is already,” Sorensen said.Like Sorensen, Jill Johnson, director of Harvard’s Dance Program, envisions an arts landscape that blends artistic practice and study with other fields. Dance, Johnson said, can influence motion capture design, urban planning and architecture, biomechanics and cognition, “not to mention the fiscal impact of the arts on community and economic development, or dance’s metaphorical place is business or lawmaking.”“At Harvard, dance, the arts, and the humanities can be a part of an integrated course of study that helps us prepare students to negotiate the world.”Art as scholarship will play a role in Harvard’s future, according to Robb Moss, chair of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies. As professors increasingly incorporate art into their classrooms, he said, encouraging students toward creative outlets like making a film instead of writing a paper, the very nature of scholarship can be potentially redefined.“There’s a thought out there that’s gaining some kind of momentum that it might be possible for visual and audio of a different sort, work that we traditionally think of as art, to move into the arena of scholarship that perhaps offers differing ways of knowing the world,” said Moss. “It’s an open possibility, and the work itself will begin to define the field in the next 10 years.”For much of Harvard’s history, the arts have been considered part of the extracurricular realm, with thousands of students participating in more than 100 student-led musical, performance, and visual arts groups supported by the Office for the Arts. But this year, for the first time, students received College credit for participation in the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra. Many observers consider that change a milestone for the intellectual legitimacy of the arts.“This migration represents a validation of this work as a serious, University-worthy, academic endeavor,” said Jack Megan, who directs the Office for the Arts.On the near horizon for Harvard students is a new concentration in theater, dance, and media that blends historical and theoretical study with arts practice. The future may bring a master of fine arts program or graduate programs in the arts that would capitalize on Harvard’s strengths in areas such as documentary film or creative writing and encourage artists to work across various fields.There is an advantage in creating something like that from scratch, said Cogan University Professor Stephen Greenblatt, chair of the Task Force on the Arts.“We have the human resources, and we have the intellectual power to do something amazing, truly at a global scale. We are in the position to be able to rethink in a completely innovative way the redrawing of the boundaries of arts and the humanities and the sciences.”The physical spacesIn the future, Harvard will have even more performance, exhibit, and art-making spaces. One suggestion would organize an arts corridor along Garden Street with housing for artists in residence, a creative-writing center, art studios, and greater collaboration among the nearby Harvard Dance Center, Arts @ 29 Garden, and the American Repertory Theater(A.R.T.).Arts officials expect to see more public art installations on campus, building on the success of the Common Spaces initiative that introduced a collection of colorful chairs and theater and music performances into the Old Yard and the renovated Science Center Plaza.“I’d like to see more art all around us,” said Lizabeth Cohen, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, who helped to develop a biennial public art competition in which students from across the University compete to build a site-specific installation in Radcliffe’s Yard. “In 10 years, I would hope to see a Harvard campus that is very stimulating aesthetically and reminds us as we move through it that our campus is a canvas that should reflect the same brilliance and creativity that we find in the University’s museums, libraries, and classrooms.”In November, the renovated and expanded Harvard Art Museums will allow students, faculty, and the public to engage with and study their vast collections in dynamic new ways.Some in Harvard’s arts community envision a space like the popular i-lab, replicating an incubator of innovation and entrepreneurship, dedicated to the arts.“I think there is an opportunity to do something extravagant and wonderful in Allston,” said Moss. “The nanotechnologists are walking next to the sculptors are walking next to the anthropologists are walking next to theoretical physicists. … For me, that would be a kind of dream, to integrate the arts into the sciences and social sciences in some structural, architectural way.”An international rippleTen years out, more artists will be at Harvard for broader residencies, bringing with them more global perspectives. Musicians have led the way. Jazz artist Herbie Hancock delivered this year’s Norton Lectures, an arts tradition since 1924. Over the past four years, trumpeter and lecturer Wynton Marsalis connected listeners to the cultural currents and critical history behind decades of groundbreaking music and dance.Scholars see a bright future for the Deans’ Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge, which awards grants for projects that help to promote and sustain the arts. Developed in partnership with Harvard Business School, the division of arts and humanities in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, a nonprofit inspired by the cultural exchange along ancient Eurasian trade routes, the competition has spawned a host of creative startups, including last year’s grand prize winners, who developed an online platform that connects users to art and artists in their area.Improving the world is a driving ethos for A.R.T. artistic director Diane Paulus. In planning her performance season, Paulus told the Gazette last year, she searches out works that will “catalyze dialogue, catalyze debate, shows that will reach beyond the stage into an energy that will bring a community together around an issue, a topic, a point of view.” She is pushing the boundaries of the stage, collaborating with departments and Schools from across the University.“It’s not arts in a silo,” said Paulus. “It’s arts actively reaching across to crack open the most important issues of our times.” Paulus will continue to collaborate with artists beyond Harvard. The A.R.T. is developing a project called “Nomad Two Worlds” with artists from Australia working with Harvard undergraduates.“The notion of a global Harvard is something I’ve taken to heart. We now live in an age where we can collaborate with artists from all over the world.”GlobalBy Corydon Ireland, Harvard Staff WriterOn May 9, 1761, Harvard Professor John Winthrop packed up two telescopes and a pendulum clock and boarded a sloop in Boston Harbor. He and two students were on their way to a hilltop in Newfoundland to observe a rare astronomical event, the Transit of Venus, when that planet crosses between the Earth and the sun. Their 13-day journey was the first international trip sponsored by Harvard. In his journal, Winthrop reflected on the next transits — in 1874, 1996, and 2004. He wrote, “How Astronomy transports us into distant futurity!”Winthrop, the Hollis Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy, could hardly have envisioned how international Harvard would become. During the presidency of Charles W. Eliot (1869-1909), Harvard moved to increase the diversity of its students. Still, the Class of 1914 included only eight international students; the Class of 2014 includes more than 400, counting dual citizens. University-wide, the number of international students since 1998 has shot up 35 percent. Today, there are nearly 55,000 international alumni from 180 countries, a fifth of all living graduates.Harvard Business School (HBS) has the most international alumni of the University’s Schools, more than 50,000. In its first year, 1908, HBS accepted its first two international MBA students, from Paris and Shanghai. Today, students from 68 other countries constitute a third of M.B.A. students in the Class of 2014.HBS has eight global centers on five continents, and more than 60 percent of its faculty-written case studies have a global perspective, from treatises on French wines and Japanese earthquakes to privatized power in Nigeria.Nearly 900 international research projectsMore broadly, Harvard as a whole sponsors 13 international offices, 113 international alumni clubs and contacts, close to 300 study-abroad and exchange programs, and nearly 900 international research projects.But to use Winthrop’s prescient word, what about “futurity” of global Harvard? A dozen University voices say that the short answer is that within a decade there will be more, including more students from abroad, more students going abroad, more classes taught abroad, more research in more countries and regions, more outreach to do more good around the world, and more global influences on a Harvard education.“There are any number of ways the University’s wings will span the world even more 10 years into the future than today,” said Jorge Dominguez, Harvard’s vice provost for international affairs. “Harvard will come to be seen as the world’s first public university.” That means “universal access,” he said, with acceptance of the world’s brightest students that is “passport-blind, need-blind, and all degrees.”To be the world’s university also means expounding what Harvard is known for already, offering “a public good for the world,” he said. “We are generating knowledge. New ways to cure Parkinson’s will be just as good to a Swede as to someone in the United States.”“Harvard also has a geographic bet,” he said, “and it’s called the world.” So instead of establishing international branch campuses, Harvard is more likely to reach deeper into the world through research, centers, and courses. “There is no region in the world we are writing off, none,” said Dominguez, who hopes for expanded footprints in the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe. “We’re not doing any of this backing away or reducing.”Comparative literature scholar Martin Puchner, the Byron and Anita Wien Professor of Drama and of English and Comparative Literature, as well as general editor of “The Norton Anthology of World Literature,” said, “There is an intense international interest in what we do. And at the same time there is an immense need to send our students out into the world and make them learn about the world.”Expanded reach for the humanitiesThe University’s global reach in the humanities will leap outward in the next decade, Puchner said. The Harvard-based World Literature Institute holds monthlong summer intensives abroad for graduate students, a model “that could extend to undergraduates tomorrow.” Within a year or so, the University will have its first professor of Anglophone literature — focusing on work in English by non-native speakers. The course “Masterpieces of World Literature” debuts next spring and will go online by the fall of 2015. “It’s so exciting,” said Puchner, “teaching a course in world literature that will be taught to the world.”Extending Harvard’s reach internationally is exciting, but vital too, said Felix Oberholzer-Gee, the Swiss-born senior associate dean for international development at HBS. The flow of knowledge no longer streams exclusively from mature economies to developing ones, and by 2024 this cross-fertilization will be “quite dispersed geographically,” he said, a trend suggesting there will be many HBS research centers around the world. At the same time, “The class we graduate every year will be more global,” said Oberholzer-Gee, who is also the Andreas Andresen Professor of Business Administration. “We will see people who come through different models of education.”By 2024, there will also be more global outreach through more online courses, “but the nature of the courses will have changed,” he said, by answering a crucial question that bedevils distance learning today: How do you produce commitment in students? Normally that results from their being on campus together, responding in class, taking exams, and otherwise interacting. Real-time, online analogs are being developed at HBS, including an experimental room where “instead of 60 chairs we have 60 screens,” said Oberholzer-Gee.Reaching out globally means grasping another dimension, he said, “the big shift from knowing to doing … getting better at using the knowledge that we have to really contribute to the solution of world problems.” The curriculum of 2024, said Oberholzer-Gee, will be “very rich in experiential learning,” which in turn often means travel abroad to understand the cultural challenges of working together.Dominguez extolled the learning at Harvard that takes place abroad, often mixed with the business of doing good. For instance, public health initiatives in Botswana and Tanzania have been underway for years, as has biodiversity fieldwork active in Kenya.Instructing — and learning from — the worldThe field of design also will extend its reach in the next decade, sharing Harvard’s research and in turn learning from other cultures. “Our engagement is going to intensify globally,” said Ali Malkawi, a Jordan-born professor of architectural technology at the Graduate School of Design (GSD) and director of the new Harvard Center for Green Building and Cities.“GSD already has a footprint all over the world.” That will get larger, he said, in part because the research-based center will be sharing what it learns about design simulation, sustainability, and energy efficiency in the built environment. In an era of climate change, said Malkawi, energy efficiency has acquired critical edge, since 40 percent of power use worldwide goes to heating and cooling buildings.By next summer, inaugural programs in sustainable design practices will be in place in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. Research is underway in China to reduce energy consumption in fast-growing cities. Citing booming India and Brazil, Malkawi said, “Our goal is to try to influence the building industry and globalized practice.” As a measure of how design is going global, the new center already has about a dozen multidisciplinary staffers, and will have 30 by the end of the summer.Merilee Grindle, the Edward S. Mason Professor of International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, said that 10 years from now, “My dream would be that every student and every faculty member would be extraordinarily adept at crossing borders,” whether of geography, culture, time, or intellectual engagement. “The journey is already being engaged.”When John Winthrop sailed to Newfoundland, Harvard was a parochial college for New England’s ministers, merchants, and lawyers. By its 200th anniversary in 1836, it was self-consciously a national place of learning. By 1936, Harvard proclaimed itself a world university, eager for an expanded global profile.Today, that trend has hit warp speed. For students and faculty alike, spending all their time on campus is already “almost unthinkable,” said Oberholzer-Gee, and will be more so by 2024. “This idea of staying put in one place will look very antiquated.”
U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat, retained his seat in Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District Tuesday, narrowly defeating Republican Jackie Walorski in one of the country’s key congressional races. Donnelly won 48.2 percent of the vote, while Walorski had 46.8 percent. In a statement released to the South Bend Tribune, Donnelly thanked Northern Indiana voters for their support and reiterated his focus on improving the job market in his district. “What’s at the forefront of all of our minds is the economy, and I won’t stop until every Hoosier who wants a job, has a job,” he said. Adjunct professor of American Studies and South Bend Tribune columnist Jack Colwell said with Indiana polls being among the first to close nationally, the early results of this particular race would set the tone for the 2010 Midterm elections. He noted an article in Tuesday’s edition of The New York Times, which listed the race as one to watch. “Everyone knows there will be a big Republican tide,” he said. “It’s a bellwether race that everyone will be watching.” Eileen Flanagan, president of Notre Dame College Democrats, said she is extremely pleased with what the victory represents, not only for Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District, but also for the nation as a whole. “We’re absolutely thrilled,” she said. “It’s really taken over the national narrative because he is a moderate Democrat running against a very conservative opponent.” Flanagan said the club was especially pleased with the results because of all the hard work they put in to aiding the reelection of Donnelly. “It validates us as a club because we knocked on hundreds of doors and made thousands of calls,” she said. President of Notre Dame College Republicans Josh Varanelli said Walorski’s loss was not a shock for the club. Colwell said Republicans had targeted this race as one to make a statement, as indicated by the amount of money spent by independent groups on negative advertisements directed at Donnelly. “They [had] picked this race as a target,” he said. “He raised more than Walorski, but she had more money from independent groups.” Varanelli said despite the local congressional loss, on a national scale his club is extremely excited with the Republican results, which indicate that the party will gain a majority in the House of Representatives. “It was a relief to take the House,” he said. “As of now our expectations have been fulfilled. We’re just waiting to see what else falls in our lap.” Flanagan said the disappointment of losing the House is coupled with the political challenges this change will present. “We’re obviously disappointed we lost the House but we did what we could,” she said. “I think the Democrats will have to re-evaluate their priorities because in order to get legislation passed, they must compromise.” Varanelli said while legislative change may not be swift, what is important is the statement Americans have made with their voting choices this election. “It’s not like we’re going to see instantaneous change,” he said. “I think Americans have spoken, and Democrats will not take voters for granted as they have. This proves the lack of substance behind some of the promises of 2008.” Flanagan said now that Election Day is over, her group can appreciate all the hard work they put into the campaign. She said such efforts have defied the notion that young Americans are unconcerned with the election process. “People really stigmatize young people as being apathetic, but our club defied these stereotypes,” Flanagan said. “We really care about the community and the Democratic party.” Once the lame-duck period ends and the newly-elected officials take office in January, Colwell said Republicans and Democrats would be even more confrontational than they were during the 2010 campaign season. He said this is due to the fact that a Republican House will be squaring off n President Barack Obama. “The initial thing will be that it will be more divisive, more partisan than it has been,” Colwell said. “The switch of the House to Republican will be a stalemate.” “We’re not terribly surprised. Joe Donnelly has been an incumbent for a while,” he said “We didn’t expect her to pull this off, but she definitely came quite close, closer than we expected.”
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageJAMESTOWN – Two new cases of COVID-19 was reported in our area on Tuesday.Chautauqua County officials say there are now 32 confirmed cases, including a new case of a woman in her 50s.There are 4 active cases that continue to recover in quarantine; 25 people recovered and 3 deaths related to the outbreak.In Cattaraugus County, the Health Department was notified of its 36th confirmed case of COVID-19 on Tuesday. The case involves a male resident who resides in the southeastern corner of the county and was admitted to Olean General Hospital after experiencing a fall at home on March 26. “He was immediately transferred to Buffalo General Hospital whose care he has been under since the accident,” said officials. “He was tested for COVID-19 on April 25 and the results of his test on April 27 indicated that he was positive for COVID-19.”The department has begun a thorough contact tracing investigation for those individuals that he has been in contact with and the places that he has visited.Heath officials continue to ask residents to hunker down, and avoid any non-essential travel, especially to areas where there is community wide spread of COVID-19.