Earthwatch Institute moves world headquarters to Harvard property in Allston

first_imgCAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Earthwatch Institute, a leading international nonprofit environmental organization, will move its world headquarters to the Allston neighborhood of Boston this spring, Harvard University announced today (March 24).Earthwatch, an organization committed to scientific research and environmental education, has a staff of approximately 50 and will occupy 15,000 square feet of Harvard-owned property at 114 Western Ave. that once served as the headquarters of WGBH media. The move is scheduled for April 26.To celebrate its arrival in the community, Earthwatch will offer three fellowships for Allston/Brighton public school teachers, who will be able to join one of its research expeditions to advance public understanding of science and the changing environment. Earthwatch also envisions lectures, open houses, and other forms of outreach to neighboring communities starting in June.The lease agreement between Harvard and Earthwatch highlights the University’s continuing stewardship of its properties and active engagement with the Allston community.Last December, President Drew Faust said Harvard would focus on “aggressive and effective leasing of vacant or partially vacant Harvard properties, and community engagement,” in an effort to improve neighborhood vitality.Earlier this year, Harvard opened a free, temporary indoor ice rink in a formerly vacant Allston property that has resulted in more than 2,000 visits in less than two months. Harvard continues to market available properties aggressively, seeking tenants that can enliven the community through new services or public programming.“In Earthwatch, we’ve found an organization that will be an important presence in Allston and an exciting addition to the growing green jobs sector in Boston,” said Katie Lapp, Harvard’s executive vice president. “Earthwatch is a respected, research-based organization with an interest in building stronger ties with Harvard, Allston, and Boston. We’re delighted to be the catalyst for their move.”“The need for objective science-based information about our world has never been greater, and we are poised to develop and deliver practical, sensible solutions that work and connect individuals to help make a difference,” said Ed Wilson, CEO and president of Earthwatch.“We see our move to across the street from Harvard Business School and into the hub of Boston as critical to our ability to expand our reach to citizens and scientists. We look forward to new partnerships with Boston businesses, schools, and organizations invested in the conservation of our environment,” Wilson said.A pioneer of citizen science, Earthwatch is one of the world’s largest private funders of research expeditions, with a portfolio of nearly 100 projects in 40 countries that focuses on four priorities: preservation of water and the oceans, understanding the impacts of climate change, conservation of ecosystem services, and protection of cultural heritage. Earthwatch works with employee teams representing more than 30 Fortune 500 companies and has earned a reputation for engaging citizens of all ages in scientific research, especially teachers and students in education programs designed to improve math and science literacy.“Anytime Harvard finds tenants for its properties that are vacant or partially filled, it’s an encouraging sign. Harvard has made it clear that filling these buildings with viable tenants is a priority, so it’s good to see them continuing on that track,” said Paul Berkeley, chairman of the Allston Civic Association and a Harvard Allston Task Force member. “Bringing Earthwatch to this neighborhood not only fills a vacancy, it brings a notable environmental organization to Allston that could also provide programming that can serve this neighborhood.”The move to Allston completes the first phase of Earthwatch’s strategic plan to expand the reach of its international research and environmental education programs over the next decade.It is also the latest chapter in a series of Harvard connections that began in 1972, when Earthwatch founder Brian Rosborough was called to support the eclipse expeditions of Harvard solar astronomer Donald Menzel in Nova Scotia and Mauritania.  That expedition launched Earthwatch’s unique approach to social venture capital. Since then, nine Harvard scientists, including noted biologist E.O. Wilson, have served as science advisers. More than a dozen Harvard scientists have been principal investigators for Earthwatch since its founding.Earthwatch will host open houses in the new Allston headquarters in June to introduce itself to its Allston and Harvard neighbors, as it explores ways to strengthen its local ties and engage the surrounding community in its mission.For more information on Earthwatch and its Harvard connections.last_img read more

Palestinian author promotes nonviolence

first_imgEven in countries torn by longterm conflicts and stifled by oppression, Palestinian author and peace activist Jean Zaru said nonviolence is the only acceptable counter to oppression. Zaru delivered a lecture titled “A Journey of Transformation: Nonviolent Resistance to Structures of Domination” at the Hesburgh Center for International Studies on Thursday morning. “Non-violence is a way of opposing evil without becoming evil in the process,” Zaru said. Zaru addressed the need for non-violent resisitance to oppression, especially in her native Palestine. In Gaza and the West Bank, Zaru said the current situation is one of suppression by the government, military and media. “Normal life for Palestinians living in occupied territories has ended,” Zaru said. She added that withdrawal from the problem will never solve the crisis of oppression. Palestinians who withdraw from public life or move overseas are too distant from the problem to bring about change. “Withdrawal cushions us from the full impact of our situation,” Zaru said. “Our perceptions are lost.” He added that non-violent resistance, however, achieves the kind of change that will eventually bring piece to the region, and to resist is to be human. “We continue to resist because something is more sacred to us than comfort and convenience,” Zaru said. “That something can be anything. It could be God, love, respect for human life, a sense of justice or many other things.” Zaru defined resistance as the refusal to obey structures of control. “We need to mobilize people not with fear, anger or blame and not through a sense of shame,” Zaru said. “We need to move them to act from a feeling of hope in service of things that they love.” She said people must avoid feeling morally superior and must recognize that oppressors are often driven by fear. “Oppressor and oppressed both live in fear and do not have peace,” Zaru said. She said she believes that to solve the problems of the outside world, one must look inward and act justly toward others. “Let us look into ourselves,” Zaru said. “The outward experience is a reflection of inward state … God’s reign cannot just be inner or outer. It must be both or neither. Where I am in my inner struggle, I am in my outward actions.” Zaru said she has faced structures of domination and injustice throughout her life, but her religious beliefs have sustained her. “My experience was rooted in and filtered through my identity as a Palestinian Christian Quaker woman,” she said. Recognizing God’s presence in the enemy is an everyday challenge, Zaru said, but God’s will makes loving her neighbor necessary. “I recognize the divine in everyone, all without exception” Zaru said. Upon reflection, Zaru believers her travels have showed her that the modern world is all intertwined. “Common needs, desires, fears and hopes bind us together,” Zaru said. In a similar vein, he added that all people should recognize the universal values of mutual trust, compassion, ethical priorities and justice. “We cannot live a single day without deciding between yes and no, life and death, war and peace,” Zaru said. “There is no escaping the question, and answering it is our challenge.”last_img read more

Student senate selects chairpersons, votes on new amendment

first_imgNotre Dame’s student senate convened for their weekly meeting Monday evening in Duncan Student Center, a change from last week’s meeting location in the Lafortune Student Center Ballroom. The meeting began with a presentation on parliamentary procedure from sophomore Halena Hadi, a Student Union parliamentarian.Hadi said parliamentary procedure was important for the senate to function properly.“We use this to preserve your [senate participants] rights as members so that you can represent your constituents effectively, and so that you have the majority rule but to also protect the minority and their ability to be heard,” Hadi said. In her presentation, Hadi addressed the different aspects and parts of the parliamentary process and how they relate to senate proceedings specifically. Some of the items reviewed were the meeting agenda and process, types of motions, importance of attendance and the right of senators and senate members to add items to the meeting agenda. Hadi also said voting was key in the senate.“Voting is very important and we ask that you all do it, because that’s why you’re here is to vote, to represent your dorms and the other organizations you belong to,” Hadi said. “Always remember to second, always remember to communicate with your constituency, let them know what’s happening and get their feedback and bring that forth when you’re voting.”The senate also elected committee chairpersons during Monday’s meeting. After the committees conferred amongst themselves, the nominations were brought to the senate floor. Senator Zachary Spitzer, a junior representing Dunne Hall, was elected the chair of the Residence Life committee; senator Daniel Rottenborn, a sophomore representing Alumni Hall, was elected as the chair of the Sustainability committee; senator Andrew Seketa, a sophomore representing Zahm House was elected the chair of the Student Finances committee; and senator Bailey Baumbick, a sophomore representing Cavanaugh Hall, was elected the chair of the Student Wellness and Safety Committee. All of the nominations were unanimous. In addition to these elections, the senate also elected senators Mark Spretnjak, a junior from Sorin College; Erin Hiestand, a sophomore from Ryan Hall; and Lindsay McCray a junior from Welsh Family Hall, to be the senate representatives at Campus Life Council, an assembly of faculty and staff that discusses important issues such as student and residence life, for the following school year. The senate also voted on a constitutional amendment regarding the ability to have a permanent proxy for senior Samantha Scaglione, the president of Club Coordination Council (CCC). Student body vice president Corey Gayheart said the CCC had to hold their meetings at the same time as senate meetings because of CCC members’ academic commitments. Therefore, the conflict will prevent Scaglione from attending senate meetings. Therefore, Gayheart and Scaglione proposed the solution of a permanent proxy for the CCC president, which was brought to the senate floor in the form of an amendment. This amendment will apply only to the CCC and most likely be removed from the constitution once a more permanent solution is reached. The proxy for the CCC president, senior Margaret Meserve, was appointed by Scaglione and will vote using a form that Scaglione will fill out instructing her how to vote prior to each senate meeting. Though some senate members had clarifying questions during the debate, most were in favor of the change. “If CCC is okay with it and they have thought about it and they have talked about it, then I don’t see a problem with it,” McCray said. The senate approved the proposed amendment. The amendment will change the text of the constitution to read, “The CCC president or a designated representative,” so that Meserve can attend the meetings without penalty of absence for president Scaglione. With the amendment, Meserve will be a proxy voting member of the senate each week. Tags: ND student senate, Senate, Student governmentlast_img read more

Odds & Ends: JHUD Eyeing Aretha Franklin Biopic & More

first_imgPatrick Wilson Remembers The Full MontySpeaking of getting naked with stage and screen hunks, two-time Tony nominee Patrick Wilson just appeared on The Today Show, below, to discuss his new movie Zipper. The team couldn’t resist reminding him about the time he starred on Broadway in The Full Monty and taught Al Roker to strip, unearthing some classic footage in the process. Which took us back to the time when the number “Let It Go” was best known for featuring naked men not frozen fractals… Jennifer Hudson View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. JHUD Eyeing Aretha BiopicRespect! The Broadway-bound Jennifer Hudson is in talks to play Aretha Franklin in a biopic. According to The Wrap, the untitled project has been in development for several years and will focus on the singer’s rise to legendary status in the 1960s and ‘70s and her destructive relationship with ex-husband Ted White. The casting would meet the approval of Franklin, who has previously admitted that Hudson is leading the list of names to play her alongside Mama Broadway herself—six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald. We have no doubt that having to pick between these two leading ladies will be making the film’s producer, Straight Outta Compton’s Scott Bernstein, “Think” long and hard! Hudson begins performances in The Color Purple on the Great White Way on November 10.Daphne Rubin-Vega Set for Sweeney Todd-Esque DramaOriginal Rent star Daphne Rubin-Vega is heading off-Broadway to kick off LAByrinth Theater Company’s upcoming season! The two-time Tony nominee will appear in Aaron Mark’s new one-woman drama Empanada Loca. Inspired by the legend of Sweeney Todd, the show will play at the Bank Street Theatre September 30 through November 8. Opening night is set for October 21.Donna McKechnie & More Tapped for In Your ArmsTony winner Donna McKechnie is just one of the Broadway faves enlisted for the previously reported world premiere of dance-theater musical In Your Arms at San Diego’s Old Globe. Comprising 10 dance vignettes written by a starry lineup including Douglas Carter Beane, Carrie Fisher and Terrence McNally, the company will also include West Side Story Oscar winner George Chakiris, Tony nominee Karine Plantadit, Hayley Podschun, Brendon Stimson, Ryan Steele, Marija Juliette Abney, Jeremy Davis and Jess LeProtto. Co-conceived by Christopher Gattelli and Jennifer Manocherian, the production will be directed and choreographed by Gattelli, feature original music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and will run September 16 through September 23.Full Casting Set for London’s ElfFull casting has been announced for the the previously reported West End production of the Ben Forster-led Elf at the Dominion Theatre. The company will additionally include Katie Bradley, Charlie Bull, Nicola Coates, Alex Fobbester, Anton Fosh, Charlotte Gale, Francis Haugen, Matt Holland, Tash Holway, Paul Hutton, Mark Iles, Ceili O’Connor, Debbie Paul, Joanna Rennie, Barnaby Thompson and Ed White. Harry Collett, Ilan Galkoff, Noah Key and Ewan Rutherford will alternate the role of Michael. Elf is scheduled to play a limited engagement October 24 through January 2, 2016; Forster will then head across town to take on the role of the Phantom over at Her Majesty’s Theatre.Patricia Clarkson on Stripping for Bradley CooperPatricia Clarkson stopped by Live! With Kelly & Michael on August 18 and talked about her recently completed runs on both the Great White Way and in the West End in The Elephant Man. “Every night I had to be naked with Bradley Cooper…it’s a tough job,” she joked about starring opposite the screen hunk and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner. Check out the fun chat below. Star Fileslast_img read more

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang tells Houssem Aouar to join Arsenal

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang tells Houssem Aouar to join Arsenal Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 27 Sep 2020 7:15 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link13.9kShares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has backed Arsenal’s move for Houssem Aouar (Picture: Canal+)Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has urged Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar to complete a move to the Emirates before the transfer window closes.The 22-year-old is rated as one of the finest talents in Europe and he’s believed to be keen on a move to north London.However, Arsenal have had two bids for the midfielder rejected by Lyon as the offers have fallen short of the Ligue 1 club’s £44million asking price.With just over a week left in until the transfer window closes, Arsenal are expected to submit a third bid for the France international and Lyon are under increasing pressure to sell after failing to qualify for the Champions League.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd Aubameyang has sent a clear message to the Frenchman that he would like to see him join the club in the next week. Arsenal have submitted two bids for Aouar (Picture: Getty)Aubameyang committed his own future to the club earlier this month and the Gabon international has sent a clear message to the Frenchman that he would like to see him join the club in the next eight days.Asked if he would like the club to sign Aouar, Aubameyang told Canal+: ‘Of course I am in favour [of signing him]. ‘He would add quality. Let’s see what happens.‘I cannot hide that, even if he is with Lyon.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAubameyang couldn’t help but laugh at the line of questioning, clearly aware of how much speculation there has been over the Gunners’ interest in the playmaker.The 31-year-old is keen to see the club strengthen this summer after signing a new three-year deal.Aubameyang thought about leaving the club before he was persuaded to stay by Mikel Arteta but the Gabonese wants the club to fulfill their promise of strengthening in the transfer market.The Gunners captain took a dig at the club’s board on Twitter on Saturday night by ‘liking’ a tweet which suggested the striker deserved better than the team-mates he had around him at the Emirates.The post which was originally written in French read: ‘He’s been so deserving of a team of the calibre of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Barcelona, City, Liverpool, etc … not Arsenal for years.’MORE: Houssem Aouar refuses to address future as Arsenal prepare new offer for Lyon midfielder Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Vattenfall Begins Hollandse Kust Zuid 1&2 Prep Work

first_imgVattenfall has commenced the initial physical preparatory works for the Hollandse Kust Zuid 1 & 2 offshore wind project in the Netherlands.The Swedish company has started setting up a project team and has performed the first studies necessary to properly estimate the activities involved in building the project.The actual offshore works and various studies commence this spring, with experts set to examine the composition of the seabed and water depths, as well as the wind conditions.Fugro and Bibby HydroMap are responsible for the offshore studies in the coming months, while East Point Geo and Cathie Associates will act in supporting roles as Vattenfall Client Representatives on site.“Ships will be departing for the wind farm area in the coming months. The ship crews will remain at sea for several days and work in shifts. We are really starting to work on site now. That marks a new phase in the project,” said Ian Bremner, Project Director of Hollandse Kust Zuid.“We have commissioned a study of the seabed conditions so that in the near future we will know exactly what the seabed is like and where we can place the foundations for the wind turbines. The companies we have under contract have a lot of experience in this and we are happy to have them on board.”The authorities had previously conducted a geophysical study in the region and mapped the positions of existing cables, pipelines, shipwrecks and other obstacles.The data from this study will be enhanced with data from new studies to further optimize the project development, based on examination of the seabed and subsoil geology on site, which will give an idea of how best to place the foundations for the turbines, Vattenfall said.Located 22km from the coast, the 700MW Hollandse Kust Zuid 1 & 2 will be the world’s first offshore wind farms to be built without public subsidy. The project is expected to be completed in 2022.last_img read more

Mexico restricts soft drink TV ads

first_img Share Share Tweet BusinessHealthLifestyle Mexico restricts soft drink TV ads by: – July 16, 2014 Sharing is caring!center_img 52 Views   no discussions Share The number of overweight and obese people has doubled in Mexico since 1980, studies suggestMexico is restricting television advertising for high-calorie food and soft drinks, as part of its campaign against obesity, the government says.Such ads will be banned with immediate effect on terrestrial and cable TV between 14:30 and 19:30 on weekdays and between 07:30 and 19:30 at weekends.Restrictions will also be imposed on similar ads shown at the cinema.Seventy percent of adults and 30% of children in Mexico are obese or overweight, official figures suggest.Sugar-rich dietOverall, 40% of commercials for soft drinks, confectionery and chocolates will disappear from TV, in favour of products which “meet nutritional standards”, the health ministry is quoted as saying.As an additional measure, from 2015, manufacturers will be made to label the sugar, fat and saturated fat content on their food and drink products.Mexicans have the highest incidence of diabetes among the 34 member states of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).Mexico is keen to tackle the growing incidence of diabetes and high cholesterol in its citizensThey are also the world’s heaviest consumers of sugary drinks, at 163 litres per year, and their diet is rich in fried food.Health experts estimate the nation’s weight problems will cost the public health care system $11.7bn (£7bn) by 2017.Last year, the Mexican government introduced taxes on high-calorie foods and drinks, as part of its obesity prevention strategy.last_img read more

MMH announces new partnership with The Christ Hospital for Oncology Care

first_imgBatesville, IN —Margaret Mary Health has made the strategic decision to partner with The Christ Hospital for medical oncology coverage at the Margaret Mary Cancer Center. This new relationship is effective immediately and will allow the program to provide better local support and care for patients with expanded access to experienced, specialized providers, and clinical trial research. While the physician coverage will be provided by The Christ Hospital, patients will continue to be supported by the same outstanding Margaret Mary cancer care team.In the coming months, Margaret Mary will be welcoming several oncologists from The Christ Hospital to their medical staff. Dr. Soumit Basu is the first oncologist to join and will be providing patient care at the Cancer Center on Six Pine Ranch Road. Dr. Basu is board certified and specializes in medical oncology and hematology. He completed his residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio and his fellowship in hematology and oncology at the University of Washington/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington.Margaret Mary is committed to providing cancer patients the services and support needed throughout their cancer care journey. For additional information or questions regarding this new partnership, please contact the Cancer Center at 812.932.4673.last_img read more

Boy bitten by shark in Fort Lauderdale

first_imgAn 11-year-old boy is being hospitalized after a reported shark bite in Fort Lauderdale.According to reports, the incident occurred Wednesday morning while the boy vacationed with his family in the surf behind the Ritz Carlton Hotel on North Fort Lauderdale Beach.The boy injured his foot, according to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.He is currently receiving treatment at Broward Health Medical Center.This story is developing.last_img

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