Reflections on a year

first_imgAs Harvard students drove away last month, their rear-view mirrors gave them one last glimpse of a campus that had housed yet another creative and spirited school year. The nine months from 2016–2017 brought a presidential election, scientific discoveries, artistic expression, and academic achievement. Here are some of the events that helped shape this passionate, vibrant community — and helped define the role that Harvard continues to play in the wider world.Freshmen Dominic Chung (from left), Emily Shen, Dominique Cantave, Eddie Nesmith, and Simi Ogunnowo greet each other in the Yard during Freshman Move-In Day. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer[vr url=https://news.harvard.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/1-360-move-in-day2017.jpg view=360]On Aug. 23, 2016, new students and their families flocked into Harvard Yard to find their freshman-year homes.The University’s newest students begin their freshman year in Tercentenary Theatre with Convocation and an official welcome from Harvard President Drew Faust. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe Class of 2020 gathers for a picture on the steps of Widener Hall. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerStudents enter Harvard Hall for classes during shopping period. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerMelissa Coles (from left), a student at Harvard Divinity School; the Ven. Professor Changshen Shi Wang, a visiting assistant professor at HDS; and Sara Klingenstein, a student at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, talk in the courtyard of the Center for the Study of World Religions. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerTajrean Rahman ’20 (from left), Varoun Gulati ’19, and other students participate in Daniel Donoghue’s class “The History of the English Language” in Harvard Hall during shopping period. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer[vr url=https://news.harvard.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/widener360.jpg view=360]During exam period, students work under the iconic arched ceiling of Widener Library’s Loker Reading Room.Angela S. Allan, lecturer on history and literature, teaches “American Economic Fictions.” The course considers the culture of American capitalism by examining a range of literary and historical texts. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerDuring “Foundations of Biological Diversity,” Professor Brian Farrell, director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, teaches an integrated approach to the diversity of life, emphasizing how chemical, physical, genetic, ecological and geologic processes contribute to the origin and maintenance of biological diversity. The class was held inside the Science Center. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerJoy Davis teaches “Contemporary Dance: Countertechnique” during shopping period. Sophie Carroll ’17 (from left), Annina Kennedy-Yoon ’20, Davis, and Genevieve Lefevre ’19 gather for a class in the dance studio on Garden Street. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerInside Harvard University Herbaria’s Farlow Library, Hannah Zurier ’17 and Professor Don Pfister discuss an article about Zurier’s discovery of a new truffle fungus at the Arnold Arboretum. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerRowers on the Charles River. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerStudents dig into “The Archaeology of Harvard Yard,” a collaboration of the Anthropology Department and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerEmily Balskus, the Morris Kahn Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, works inside the Edward Mallinckrodt Chemical Laboratory with postdoctoral fellow Matthew Wilson, (right). Balskus is the lead author of a study that gives researchers the first up-close view of how an enzyme called CutC breaks down choline, an essential nutrient in the makeup of cell membranes. Enzymes in the gut break down choline into TMA, which is linked with heart disease and liver disease. Understanding that process may help in the development of drugs to stop the process. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer.On Science Center Plaza, master pianist George Hu ’20 plays for his delighted friends Jonathan Suh (from left, all ’20), Daniel Inge, Michael Gaba, Arjun Mirani, and Elizabeth Yeoh-Wang, a joint Harvard/New England Conservatory concentrator. Harvard Common Spaces presented the free-to-play public piano as part of “Street Pianos Boston 2016,” in conjunction with Celebrity Series of Boston. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe Veritas shield on Robinson Gate is framed by foliage on a bright autumn day. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerOliver Hart, Andrew E. Furer Professor of Economics at Harvard University (right), and David Laibson, chair of the Department of Economics, smile after Hart won the 2016 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. Hart shared the prize with Bengt Holmstršm, a Finnish economist teaching at MIT. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerDean of Students Katherine O’Dair (from left), Devin Clark ’18, and Dean of Freshmen Thomas A. Dingman concentrate on a Pac-Man game during a pop-up event at the Science Center. The event was intended to build community during the dining hall strike and featured life-sized versions of Connect Four, Operation, and Guitar Hero. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerLara Tomholt from the Graduate School of Design (left) explains her robot to local seventh-graders, including Giselle Korn (far right) from the Amigos School. The students were visiting campus to see what it’s like to be in college, as part of Project Teach. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerPresident Faust (from left) speaks with Rebecca Woo ’89 and Theresa Loong ’94 before making welcoming remarks at the inaugural Harvard Alumni Association’s Women’s Weekend at Spangler Hall. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerSergey Semenov poses for a portrait in his lab in the Mallinckrodt Chemistry Laboratory. Semenov’s research in complex organic chemical reactions on early Earth has led to new conclusions about the origin of life. Photo by Sarah SilbigerMembers of the Harvard Glee Club and Radcliffe Choral Group rehearse in Sanders Theatre for an upcoming holiday concert. Photo by Sarah Silbiger[vr url=https://news.harvard.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/3-360_winter_widenerf.jpg view=360]A fresh coat of snow covers Tercentenary Theatre during Wintersession, the last week of winter recess before the spring semester begins.Erica Beade instructs students on the art of drawing animals during a Wintersession offering at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Jenny Huang ’20 (pictured) focuses on her subject as she draws. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerFreshmen William Gao and Amanda DiMartini experiment on yeast cells during James Martenson’s class “Genetics of Organelle Function in Budding Yeast.” Photo by Silvia MazzocchinBoris Davidov ’19 (front center) and Alannah O’Brien ’19 look over the Pusey Library archives exhibit “To Serve Better Thy Country.” Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerWilliam Frazer (left), a student at Miami Northwestern Senior High School, presents his original artwork to Harvard President Drew Faust. Frazer was among the many students and teachers who met Faust as she visited to discuss pathways to college, the value of higher education, and the importance of educators and mentors helping students consider opportunities after high school. Joe Sherman/Harvard UniversityThe Math Lounge on the fourth floor of the Science Center is open to all the math concentrators. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerAuthor and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates was the keynote speaker at “Universities and Slavery: Bound by History,” a daylong conference in the Knafel Center at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. President Faust and Coates spoke after his presentation. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerFreshmen — aware of the camera — wait for upperclassmen to arrive with the letters that will assign them to their future House, on Housing Day, March 3. Photo by Silvia MazzocchinA student from Currier House leaves University Hall bearing letters for freshmen during Housing Day 2017. Photo by Silvia MazzocchinDuring her visit to Vietnam, President Faust met with students at the Ap Bac Secondary School, Tan An Hamlet in Cai Lay Town, Tien Giang Province. Faust (from left) asks a question to student Trần Thị Ngọc Hân, with help from translator Ben Wilkinson ’98. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerProfessor Danielle Allen welcomes people to “A Celebration of Inclusion and Belonging” at Sanders Theatre, a community-wide workshop and opportunity for reflection with students and scholars. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerUnder the cream-colored columns and ornate arches of the Widener Library Rotunda, Christopher Roman and Jill Johnson silently present “Catalogue (First Edition),” created by and with William Forsythe, their choreographer, teacher, mentor, and friend. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerA magnolia blooms in front of Lehman Hall. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerActor John Lithgow, co-founder of Arts First, receives the Mayor’s Proclamation. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerDamian Woetzel teaches the audience George Balanchine’s “Serenade” during “A Celebration of Harvard Artists” at Sanders Theatre. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerGraduating seniors and their families attend Class Day Exercises in Tercentenary Theatre with featured speaker Joe Biden, the former U.S. vice president (left) with graduating senior Katherine Wu. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer[vr url=https://news.harvard.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/sheriff-360-commencement.jpg view=360]The Sheriff of Middlesex County continues a long tradition of bringing Commencement to order on May 25, 2017.Harvard University celebrates Commencement 2017. Before the Morning Exercises in Tercentenary Theatre, President Faust processes to the stage. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerAt the 366th Commencement, Mark Zuckerberg (left) receives his honorary degree from University Vice President Marc Goodheart. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more

The data warehouse is not enough

first_imgCredit unions are beginning to invest heavily in big data and analytics.  When deciding how to allocate funds in this space, leaders are awash with buzzwords and conflicting advice.  One of the most common terms used within big data and analytics is: data warehouse.  Deciding whether to build or buy a data warehouse is an important strategic decision for credit unions.  Unfortunately, many decision-makers get lost in discussions about storage capacity, data processing, data visualization, etc.  All of these concepts are important.  However, data warehousing is not the solution.  It is a powerful tool in an enterprise data management (EDM) strategy.Without master data management (MDM) to define data elements, agree on business terms, and document the logic of data integration, the data warehouse will be confusing to end users.  Because data fields are defined differently throughout a credit union’s source systems, terms are used interchangeably (without the same meanings).  This will bring more confusion.  A data warehouse, which is supposed to be the Single Version of Truth (SVOT), must have an effective EDM strategy to reach its fullest potential.Most Valuable AssetThe internet has made data the most valuable asset in the credit union industry.  Credit unions are realizing the value of their data and are tailoring their budgets to invest accordingly.  Understanding that data is the most valuable asset of the credit union is the first step toward developing an EDM strategy.  However, a search for the word data will bring up thousands of conflicting pages instructing credit union leaders to handle their data in certain ways (while also mentioning their latest and greatest analytics applications). continue reading » 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

PensionsEurope calls for clarity on post-Brexit supervisory structure

first_img“Without implying anything on the potential benefits of a ‘twin peak’ structure for the ESAs” – a reference to a proposed merger of EIOPA with the European Banking Authority (EBA) – “we nevertheless would like to stress that the specific nature of IORPs has to be duly recognised and taken into account,” PensionsEurope said.The trade association said “a clear separation” between the banking, insurance, and occupational pension sectors was most important. The unequal development of EU supervision across these sectors should be reflected in the ESAs’ work, it said.However, “this does not have to preclude a different set-up from the present one”, PensionsEurope added.It said consumer protection supervision was not needed for occupational pensions as members and beneficiaries were mainly protected by national-level social and labour laws. InsuranceEurope, PensionsEurope’s counterpart for the insurance industry, has come out against the Commission’s idea of EIOPA merging with or transferring some of its responsibilities to another ESA. It said splitting responsibilities or losing a dedicated insurance supervisor would damage the quality of supervision.The EBA is currently based in London, but it is expected that EU member states would require it to relocate, given the UK’s pending exit from the EU.Away from the question of a twin peaks structure, PensionsEurope advocated the creation of an internal committee on occupational pension issues within EIOPA, to ensure that decisions about IORP supervision were made by those with relevant expertise and experience.PensionsEurope also used its submission to the Commission consultation to reiterate concerns about EIOPA interfering too much in occupational pensions. It told the Commission that EIOPA’s mandate should set clear limits on the authority’s tasks and powers. EIOPA rules should be amended, PensionsEurope argued, as its current objective – to ensure convergence of supervisory practices – was not appropriate for workplace pensions.It said the ESAs had more than enough powers and tools with regard to pension funds, and these should mainly be supervised by national authorities.PensionsEurope’s full response is available here. PensionsEurope has raised concerns about the implications of Brexit for the representation of pension funds at a European level.Responding to the European Commission’s consultation on the operation of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs), PensionsEurope said occupational pensions experience was lacking on the board of supervisors of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA).“We see that most members have an insurance-only background, whereas they are also involved in decision making with respect to IORPs, which differ substantially from insurance companies (and banks),” said the industry association.It said this “lack of hands-on experience and expertise” with pension funds could get worse after Brexit.last_img read more

Two starters down, Badgers begin nonconference play

first_imgTwo plays.That’s all it took in practice for the Wisconsin men’s basketball season to be altered.While they occurred on separate occasions and in separate practices, the Badgers will begin their nonconference schedule without two of their returning starters due to a pair of injuries to senior forward Mike Bruesewitz and junior guard Josh Gasser.Bruesewitz suffered a deep laceration to his lower right leg-one that went down to the bone and needed 50 stitches to repair-in a freak collision with the basket standard. The high-energy, glue-player for head coach Bo Ryan’s team will most likely miss the first 2-4 weeks of play.But his injury isn’t the most serious one. Or the one that causes the biggest ripple effect for Wisconsin.Gasser blew out his ACL going up for a routine layup Oct. 27 in practice and will be forced to use his redshirt season this year to recover from one of the most devastating injuries in sports.It was a devastating blow for the Badgers, as Ryan and the team were looking to Gasser to fill in the void left by former-point guard and All-American Jordan Taylor, a two-year starter and the most efficient point guard in NCAA history (his 3.01 career assist-to-turnover ratio shattered the record of 2.70 held by UTEP’s Julyan Stone).Ryan had given Gasser high praise during the offseason, saying that he believed the junior guard had taken the next step to elevate his game, spending extra hours a week in the gym working on his ball handling and working on his overall offensive skill set, preparing to take over increased responsibilities as the veteran leader of an otherwise young backcourt.“I pretty much worked my tail off to get to that position and coach Ryan rewarded me with it and then [the injury] happened,” Gasser said.Gasser also pointed out that one of the hardest things was not being able to play alongside the Wisconsin senior class for its final year.“I think the biggest thing is I built such a great relationship with the seniors on and off the court, especially on the court. I was really excited to get to play with them and help them reach their goal because this is their last go-around and to not be out there is just killing me.”The New Guard(s): George Marshall and Traevon JacksonWith no Gasser or Bruesewitz on the court, the Badgers now scramble to find the appropriate mix in their starting lineup and rotation off the bench. But, two underclassmen will likely play a huge role for Ryan in a season without Gasser.In the backcourt, redshirt freshman George Marshall is primed to take over point guard duties for UW. Marshall, a talented athlete with quick feet and a lethal pull-up jumper, had the luck of playing scout team and guarding Jordan Taylor all of last year while practicing with the Badgers in his redshirt season. Taylor often gushed about the potential of Marshall, and after watching a few practices and the Red/White Scrimmage it wasn’t hard to tell why.The speed of Marshall’s feet makes him one of the toughest defenders to go against, especially on-ball, which will make him a perfect fit in a Ryan defensive scheme for the Badgers that puts an emphasis on man-defense, Marshall seems an easy call at the one-spot in the starting lineup.Also slated to receive a drastic increase in minutes is sophomore Traevon Jackson. The son of Ohio State basketball legend Jim Jackson, Traevon largely rode the bench last year in his freshman campaign (only playing 17 games), taking the backseat to a backcourt rotation that included Taylor, Gasser and Ben Brust and former Badger Rob Wilson.But now with Marshall and Brust slated to start, Jackson will prove an essential piece in Ryan’s rotation off the bench.A physically gifted guard who can play either the one or two spot, Jackson has a body type that is reminiscent of the departed Taylor. He also showed a strong pull-up jumper of his own in the Red-White scrimmage, scoring 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting from the field.The talent of these two guards, along with Brust still in the backcourt, gives Ryan little doubt that his offense won’t miss a beat trying to replace Taylor and Gasser’s presence.“Well the nice part about now being in my 41st year of coaching, when people say replace other people, I don’t get as alarmed or excited or nervous,” Ryan said. “It is amazing how young men step up and I have all the faith in the world that that’s going to happen with this group.”Ryan even said the offense may change with his new personnel at the guard position, but will still rely on the same basic fundamentals and disciplines that have led to the Badgers’ successes in his tenure.“What we’re doing now with our offense with our ball movement, it’s more scoring off of action away from the ball than maybe on the ball, but we’re still getting some stuff done with the ball, off of ball screens…back-doors, just basketball-read and react, read and react. It’s still about taking care of the ball, still about getting good shots and I think the players that we have will continue to do that.”But, with all three of UW’s potential guards in the rotation never having started a game in their careers, there may be some growing pains for the Badgers along the way in the early part of the nonconference slate.Berggren, Evans must step upWith the loss of vocal leader Gasser in the backcourt, the Badgers frontcourt must now take the brunt of the weight of carrying this team not only with its leadership, but with its offensive prowess as well.“Now it’s my time to step up and have more of a leadership role,” redshirt senior and center Jared Berggren said. ” Trying to be more vocal is one thing I’m working on, trying to encourage teammates, push teammates, get on guys if they’re taking shortcuts or do something wrong, but at the same time never being too negative with anyone. That’s the main thing I’m trying to accomplish.”Ryan has been known in his time at UW to develop raw or lesser players who other major Division One programs pass over in recruiting, and nowhere is that theme more relevant than in this year’s starting forward-center combinationPerhaps the x-factor of this team, returning starter and redshirt senior forward Ryan Evans (36 starts, 11 points per game and 6.75 rebounds per game in 2011-12) is the mantra of improvement. A raw, athletic specimen from Phoenix, Ariz. as an incoming freshman, Evan’s incredible vertical leaps and dunks have always been there, but his smoothed-out, more consistent mid-range jumper has not. Perfected over long hours in the gym and four seasons in the program, Evans will look to improve on his junior campaign where he was named a consensus All-Big Ten honorable mention selection.And while Evans may be the x-factor, the rock of this team is Berggren (36 starts, 10.5 ppg, 4.89 rpg and 1.67 blocks per game in 2011-12). Also a 2012 honorable mention for All-Big Ten, Berggren steadily improved in all aspects of his game during his junior season alone, including his shot from long-range. Perhaps Berggren’s ability to stretch the floor offensively was best on display in last season’s loss to Syracuse in the Sweet 16, where the big-man posted 17 points on 3-for-3 three-point shooting, despite being limited to just 25 minutes of action because of foul trouble.And for Berggren and this senior group, the loss was a motivating source for their offseason push coming into 2012-13.“You never forget about it,” Berggren said. “It’s obviously something that’s pretty ingrained in your mind and its going to be forever, which I don’t think is a bad thing. Don’t forget about it, use it as motivation. Think back on that feeling of losing and I think that’s something that drives every competitor and every athlete, you want to win and you remember that feeling of losing and it motivates you and drives you to be better.”last_img read more

Virgil van Dijk wins UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award

first_imgJury members picked their top three players, with the first receiving five points, the second three and the third one. Coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own team.Van Dijk testimonials“You could write a book about Virgil van Dijk’s strengths and abilities. He is still young, but he’s so mature.”Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool manager“The ‘Swagger Don’. Virgil is suave on and off the pitch. He makes everything look easy, doesn’t he? When you’ve got him behind you, you’ve got that feeling of security. He’s been an absolute rock all season.”Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Liverpool midfielder“He embodies the full picture of a defender: his radiance, the way he captains the group, his presence on the pitch, and also now the prizes – the Champions League was fantastic. He can be an example to anyone who wants to aspire to be the best.”Ronald Koeman, Netherlands coach Source: UEFA.com Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been named UEFA Men’s Player of the Year for 2018/19.The Dutch international beat off competition from three-time UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo and two-time winner Lionel Messi. The 28-year-old centre-back received the trophy on stage in Monaco during the UEFA Champions League group stage draw.The top ten1 Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool & Netherlands) – 305 points2 Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina) – 207 points3 Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus & Portugal) – 74 points5 Sadio Mané (Liverpool & Senegal) – 51 points6 Mohamed Salah (Liverpool & Egypt) – 49 points7 Eden Hazard (Chelsea/Real Madrid & Belgium) – 38 points8 Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax/Juventus & Netherlands) – 27 points8 Frenkie de Jong (Ajax/Barcelona & Netherlands) – 27 points10 Raheem Sterling (Manchester City & England) – 12 pointsWhy did Van Dijk win the vote?Following Liverpool’s 2018 final defeat by Real Madrid, Van Dijk had every reason for nerves ahead of the 2019 decider, but his concentration did not waver. He shut out the opposition and was named man of the match as his side edged out Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid.Fearless since arriving from Southampton in January 2018, Van Dijk kept more clean sheets than any defender in Europe’s top five leagues in 2018/19. While Liverpool fell narrowly short in the Premier League, his solid presence (and occasional goal scoring efforts) provided the platform for a sixth European Cup.Season in numbers Roll of honourcenter_img 2018/19 – Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool & Netherlands)2017/18 ─ Luka Modrić (Real Madrid & Croatia)2016/17 ─ Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal)2015/16 ─ Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal)2014/15 ─ Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina)2013/14 ─ Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid & Portugal)2012/13 ─ Franck Ribéry (Bayern & France)2011/12 ─ Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona & Spain)2010/11 ─ Lionel Messi (Barcelona & Argentina) Honours: UEFA Champions League winner, UEFA Nations League runner-up, English Premier League runner-up, PFA Players’ Player of the Year.UEFA Champions LeagueAppearances: 12Goals: 2Assists: 2Domestic leagueAppearances: 38Goals: 4Assists: 2How Van Dijk was chosenThe jury comprised the 80 coaches of the clubs that participated in the group stages of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League (32) and UEFA Europa League (48), along with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, one from each of UEFA’s member associations.last_img read more

West Ham agree two-year deal with French midfielder

first_imgMorgan Amalfitano has followed in the footsteps of Winston Reid and Mark Noble by pledging his future with West Ham.The 29-year-old has been a first-team regular at Upton Park since joining the Hammers from Marseille on transfer deadline day last summer, and has now agreed a new two-year deal with the club.“I am pleased. It’s the culmination of a good year,” Amalfitano said.“We’re always trying to do our best and so I’m very pleased to have signed for two more years.“I think I’ve impressed the management, I know that I can always do better and I hope to do so. I’ll give it my all as I have done in the first eight months.” 1 Morgan Amalfitano last_img