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first_imgCheryl Best works hard, even by Harvard standards. The College junior takes a full courseload each semester to fulfill the requirements of her concentration, psychology, and her secondary field of study, the classics. During the week, Best is a research assistant at Harvard’s Social Neuroscience and Psychopathology Lab, where she aids a study of the relatives of people diagnosed with schizophrenia. On weekends, she puts in two eight-hour shifts with the mentally ill at McLean Hospital. An independent student, Best picks up extra cash working late nights as assistant manager at the Quad Grille.But when Winter Break came around, Best decided to go home to Arizona and do something really difficult for most Harvard College students: slow down.“When I got back from school, I did a lot of sleeping and lounging around,” Best said. “I was so busy during the semester — working at least 40 hours a week at three different jobs on top of being a full-time student — that it felt unbelievably good to do nothing. Since then, I’ve been reading fun books rather than textbooks, baking, and going on rides out in the desert with family.”College officials applaud students like Best, who choose to spend Winter Break away from campus, where they can recharge and reconnect with loved ones. The officials say that the “nothing” that undergraduates often think they’re doing — sleeping, eating well, having fun, and tending to relationships — is actually vital for academic success, and for physical and mental health.“The academic year at Harvard is rigorous,” said Suzy Nelson, the College’s dean of student life. “When a student comes, they dedicate their mind, body, and spirit to learning. We see how many activities that our undergraduates are involved in. It’s exhilarating, but it can also be exhausting. All people, if they’re thinking about staying well and healthy, need to take a break.”Paul Barreira, director of behavioral health and academic counseling at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, said he and his colleagues at Harvard University Health Services supported the adoption in 2009 of a new academic calendar, in part because it gave students substantial time off between semesters. He said the old calendar left undergraduates barely a moment to catch their breath.“With the old schedule, classes would end before the holidays, but students still had lab reports and papers to work on, then two weeks of exams,” he explained. “Maybe you got a few days off for intersession, but there was no meaningful break. Now students finish the work, go home, and have four weeks with no pressure. They can do the things that they enjoy.”Like many of her classmates, Best enjoys spending Winter Break off campus, resting and reconnecting with family and friends back home. Other undergraduates use the time for research or to gain career experience in ways that wouldn’t be possible during the academic term. Antonio Sweet ’13, an engineering sciences concentrator, returned home to Los Angeles so he could explore his interest in energy and infrastructure through an internship at one of the state’s public utility companies.“I’m working for Sempra in their downtown offices,” Sweet said. “I look for and evaluate suppliers owned and operated by minorities, women, and/or disabled veterans in order to give them an equal opportunity to bid for contracts with Sempra. I’m learning a lot about the real world application of my studies, and getting my foot in the door with a company I really want to work for this summer.”Sweet said that because Sempra’s offices are close to home, he also has time for trips to the beach, for all-you-can-eat barbecue in Koreatown, and for playing with his newborn niece. Barreira said students like Sweet often find that Winter Break gives them a chance to do something different.“We’re giving them a month,” Barreira said. “We hope they spend much of that time visiting family, free from pressure. But if there are other things that pique their curiosity, then go do it. There are no requirements. It’s different than being here for reading week and to finish up course work.”Best and Sweet both say that the time they spend off campus will pay dividends when they return. Sweet knows that some of his classmates will come back early for Wintersession (Jan. 13-22), and he’s impressed by the programs and activities that will be offered during that period. He has chosen to stay in Los Angeles, however, because the job experience at Sempra will make his summer planning much less stressful.“While many of my friends are doing on-campus activities that seem like a lot of fun, I know I’ll be able to have a great time with them during the semester,” he said. “Right now, I enjoy being with my family and friends while doing meaningful projects for a great company that I hope makes me a better job candidate in the future.”Best admitted that she’s getting a bit antsy in Morenci, the small Arizona mining town that is home, but said that time away from Harvard increases her appreciation for her College experience. It also makes her eager for the semester’s start.“I live in a small, sheltered community, and I never thought I would have the opportunities in life that I have now,” she said. “Being home takes me to a home within myself, where I can remember why I enrolled at Harvard in the first place and what my goals in life truly are. It helps me to remember my values and my experiences a little better, and to appreciate the amazing experiences I do have at Harvard more after realizing how truly rare and incredible they can be.”last_img read more

first_imgOn Saturday, September 14, from 1 to 7 p.m., students from all over the country and the world will be welcomed to Harvard Square with open arms by alums, fellow students, Harvard administrators, local community leaders, and business owners.The Harvard Graduate Council (HGC), the Harvard-wide graduate student government for the 12 graduate and professional Schools, has coordinated with the Harvard Square Business Association and the city of Cambridge to create a day of celebration and community in Harvard Square – the first of its kind. Streets will be shut down and turned over to student performers, local bands, businesses, and city leaders for an outdoor open house. This event brings together all the stakeholders in the Harvard community for a chance to share, celebrate, meet new friends, and reacquaint with old ones. Performances and a  scavenger hunt will continue until 7 p.m. throughout the Square and Yard.The main stage opening ceremony, located at the corner of Brattle and Church streets, will officially kick off the event at 1 p.m. Marjorie Decker, state representative for the 25th District, is scheduled to give a special welcome to new students and Vice Mayor E. Denise Simmons will bring greetings from the city of Cambridge. All twelve graduate School student presidents will be introduced by Harvard Graduate Council President Philip Harding along with HGC Vice Presidents Sudipta “Nila” Devanath, Karima Ladhani, Leon Liu, Yifan Zhang, Yue Zhang, and Juan Tellez Sandoval.Details and registration: read more

first_img Students receive envelopes with their assigned residencies at noon on Match Day at Harvard Medical School. Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer A day unmatched The first day of spring is a time for beginnings. On the Harvard Medical School (HMS) campus, a few daffodils emerge from the ground as snow recedes and the first returning blackbirds chirp their songs. Another new season began Friday inside the Tosteson Medical Education Center. With the ringing of a bell, members of the Class of 2015 tore open the envelopes that revealed where they will spend the next three to seven years of their training in residency programs.The annual ceremony, echoed at medical schools across the country, is part of the special event that is Match Day, when prospective residents learn what their futures hold.Before the bell rang, Holmes Society student Brian Boyle said he was excited to learn what the next phase of his career had in store for him. Boyle was looking for a match in psychiatry. “I had no idea where I’d be now four years ago, and I’m excited to see where I’ll be for the next four years,” Boyle said, before learning he had matched to Massachusetts General Hospital.“I’m looking forward to spending the rest of my career helping people with what I think is the worst kind of human suffering,” he said.Sharing the experienceMatching students, along with their relatives and friends, assembled in the Tosteson atrium to celebrate with hugs and high fives, selfies and family photos. Some students were looking for old friends who would be colleagues at their new hospitals. Others contemplated moves across the country, and all were beginning to imagine how their blossoming careers might grow.Grace Eckhoff, a Castle Society student currently researching cholera in Bangladesh, joined Match Day via Skype, with her virtual presence passed around the atrium on a laptop. Michael Kuntz of the Holmes Society carried his 6-month-old baby, Reagan, her yellow hair band matching his smart bow tie.Christina Grassi, a member of the Cannon Society who matched in ophthalmology at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, noted her appreciation for the strong sense of community at HMS that has bonded students and faculty, forming another kind of family.“We don’t walk this road alone,” Grassi said. “Our dreams are shared dreams, which makes the experience even better.”Samsiya Ona, a Peabody Society member originally from Togo, matched in Boston for a joint program in obstetrics and gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General.She hopes to become an expert in women’s health, focusing on maternal-fetal medicine. Ona plans to split time between Boston and Togo in the future. “I have two homes now,” she said. “I can’t really deny it.” Nicole Jackson (right) learns she’s going to Boston University Medical Center in Boston. Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer Katherine Schiavoni calls her father to give him the good news that she’s going to Massachusetts General Hospital. Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer Harvard Medical School students rejoice in learning where they’re headed to complete their residency programs. Photo by Kiera Blessing Nicole Jackson (center) celebrates her good news. Photo by Kiera Blessing Daniel D. Federman Professor of Medicine and Medical Education at Harvard Medical School Ronald Arky talks with Samyukta Mullangi, who cries tears of joy. She is heading to University of Michigan Hospital. Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer Opening doorsEdward Hundert, the Daniel D. Federman, M.D. Professor in Residence of Global Health and Social Medicine and Medical Education and dean for medical education at HMS, noted that the students have worked hard to get to this point, although the road is not likely to get easier.“The reward for a job well done is another job,” he said.In addition to hard work, the students will need patience and perseverance moving forward, Hundert said.He related a quote from Françoise Gilot, the French painter and author who was a muse to Pablo Picasso and the wife of Jonas Salk. “She said that there are two kinds of doors: doors in space and doors in time. Doors in space you have to look for, but doors in time you have to wait for.”While the students were deeply focused on particular aspects of medicine, they were also interested in more diverse aspects of their careers, and looking forward to finding out which doors would open for them.Neil Kalwani, a student in the Holmes Society, matched in internal medicine at the Brigham. Kalwani said he may pursue a career in primary care, but is also interested in cardiology and oncology, and in health care reform. In addition to completing his M.D. this year, Kalwani is a candidate for a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).“I’m going into residency with an open mind, to see what catches my interest as I move along,” he said.Complex marketThe nationwide match, which pairs students and residency programs around the country, is run by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), a nonprofit organization founded in 1952 by medical students to provide an orderly and fair way to match applicants to U.S. residency positions.The mathematical algorithm used to pair the rank-ordered preferences of students and residency program directors was a basis for Alvin Roth’s share of the 2012 Nobel Prize in economics. Roth, the Craig and Susan McCaw Professor of Economics at Stanford University, is also the Gund Professor of Economics and Business Administration Emeritus at Harvard University.As students looked to the match for signs that will guide their careers through postgraduate training, other observers watched for signs about the future of the U.S. medical workforce.This year’s match was the largest main residency match in NRMP history. Nearly17,000 U.S. medical school seniors and more than 9,000 other applicants matched to one of the more than 27,000 first-year positions offered in the 2015 match, according to an NRMP statement.The report said the total number of positions offered this year reached an all-time high, with noteworthy increases in the number of primary care programs and positions offered:Internal medicine programs offered 6,770 positions, 246 more than in 2014.Family medicine programs offered 3,195 positions, 86 more than in 2014.Pediatrics programs offered 2,668 positions, 28 more than in 2014.Some of the most competitive specialties included dermatology, medicine/psychiatry, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedic surgery, pediatrics/primary care, physical medicine/rehabilitation, and thoracic surgery. All of the vacancies in those specialties were filled, the NRMP statement said.General surgery, neurological surgery, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, and radiation oncology had fewer than five unfilled positions after the matching algorithm was processed, according to the NRMP.How HMS matches upOut of a total of 161 students in the HMS class of 2015, 157 matched in clinical training programs, and four are pursuing nonclinical positions for next year. Just over 50 percent of matching students will spend some part of their training at an HMS-affiliated program, including 43 percent who will be in HMS-affiliated programs for only their specialty training.The HMS Office of Student Affairs noted that it no longer attempts to calculate the number of students going into primary care because it is impossible to predict how many people who train in internal medicine will eventually go into primary care, versus specialty care. In addition, the office noted that there is an emerging trend to create merged residencies or other programs that do not allow easy categorization.This year, 40 students matched in internal medicine (including nine who were designated primary care or global health), 10 matched in pediatrics, five in obstetrics/gynecology, four in family medicine, and two in medicine/pediatrics.last_img read more

first_imgMichael Sandel, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government, has won the 2018 Princess of Asturias Award in Social Sciences from Spain for his strong work “on the normative foundations of liberal democracy as well as the defense of civic virtues and the diverse ways of conceiving good in our societies.”“In addition to his public vision of justice, he stands out for his criticism of the excesses of the logic of the market and for promoting debate aimed at solving major moral dilemmas,” the jury wrote of Sandel in its citation.Sandel, who joined Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences in 1980, has written globally influential works on justice, ethics, democracy, and markets. His books, which include “What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets,” “Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?” and “The Case Against Perfection: Ethics in the Age of Genetic Engineering,” have been translated into 29 languages.“At a time when civil discourse and mutual respect face hard times around the world, the humanistic ideals for which the Princess of Asturias Foundation stands matter more than ever,” Sandel said. “I am proud to be associated with the foundation’s mission of promoting cultural understanding and pluralist ideals.”The Asturias is awarded in eight categories, including literature, science, and the arts, and comes with €50,000 (about $59,000) and a Joan Miró sculpture. Previous laureates include Jurgen Habermas, Stephen Hawking, Doris Lessing, and Bob Dylan. Sandel will receive the award Oct. 19 in a ceremony presided over by King Felipe VI of Spain. In a letter to Sandel, the king praised him as being exemplary in “the public use of reason in the search for truth.”Daniel Carpenter, the Allie S. Freed Professor of Government and director of the social sciences program at Radcliffe, called Sandel’s work “principled and never more consequential than now.”“In a world yearning for humane, ethical solutions to our dilemmas, Michael may be the most important global thinker of our times,” Carpenter said. “I have taught Michael’s work for almost 20 years and have studied it for over 30. His insistence upon the development and continuance of fundamentally human commitments — autonomy, community, justice — is ever more relevant, ever more illuminating to students and scholars.”last_img read more

first_imgMichael Yu | The Observer A student reviews informational brochures provided by visiting companies at the Fall Career Expo. The Expo, held in the Joyce Center Fieldhouse, allowed students to meet and interact with prospective employers.Preparing for the event is a long process, Career Center director Hilary Flanagan said in an email.“Basically, as soon as one fair is over, we start planning for the next one,” Flanagan said. “While career fairs are just a small piece of our overall operation, they are extremely time-intensive and visible programs across campus.”Flanagan said the event is important step for students looking to network with companies, as well as to get information about them.“We … hope students will take the opportunity to learn more about the industries and organizations that interest them,” she said.The Career Center offered several tools for students to prepare before the event, such as listing the companies attending on Go Irish and offering resume reviews. During the event, recruiters who are Notre Dame alumni were given a ribbon to wear, allowing students to recognize recruiters who were also graduates.Freshman Charlie Maxwell said he thought chances were slim he would gain an internship from the career fair because he had just started his Notre Dame career, but he still saw a benefit in attending.“It’s still good to shake some hands and just get your name out there so people know who you are and that you’re coming up,” he said. “It’s a good networking opportunity, and a lot of big names are there.”Jaihee Choi, a sophomore double-majoring in economics and applied and computational mathematics and statistics (ACMS), enjoyed meeting the large number of Notre Dame alumni at the career fair.“It was really relatable,” she said. “It was really comfortable, so it made me proud to be at this school, to have so many options for alumni.”The Career Center hosted several other events this week before the Fall Career Expo, such as the Student Organization Reverse Fair, panels with companies and networking events. Flanagan said students who missed the career fair still have plenty of resources.“Students should keep in mind that the Fall Career Expo is just one of the many resources for students to use in their career development,” she said. “The Career Center has countless other resources and programs available throughout the year with some of these same and other industries and organizations represented.”Tags: Career Center, career fair, Fall Career Expo, Joyce Center Notre Dame’s annual Fall Career Expo was held Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Joyce Center. The event hosted over 270 companies, with 2,000 students attending.In a change from past years, the event, organized by the Career Center, only lasted one day. Additionally, the Backstage Pass Program, a chance for first-time fair attendees to arrive at the fair early to see the layout of the event and get tips from some employers, was reinstated.last_img read more

first_imgThe most recent Dodge Report analysis of construction contracts shows that Vermont is ahead of where it was a year ago because of heavy investment in highway and bridge building, much of which is due to federal stimulus funding. While residential and commercial construction continue to show weakness, those components are showing some rebound from the depths of the recession over the last 12 months. In all, both the most recent month ($76.1 million) reviewed (September) and the year-to-date ($852.9 million) data show that total construction contracts are ahead of where they were in 2008. The McGraw-Hill Dodge Reports look at construction projects under contract to determine future construction spending.last_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Washington Examiner:India’s lack of water will drive the need for solar and wind energy more than concerns over climate change will, according to a report released Tuesday.More than 80 percent of the subcontinent’s electricity comes from power plants that require freshwater cooling, which presents a problem since a lack of water was the prime culprit for some power plants shutting down over the last five years, according to the World Resources Institute, a nonpartisan environmental think tank in Washington.The plants include both coal and nuclear generators, called thermal plants because of the heat they produce to make electricity. “Thermal power plants have been forced to shut down due to inaccessibility of cooling water, losing tens of terawatt-hours of electricity generation in recent years,” the report said.The report is the first comprehensive study of how access to water is affecting India’s energy needs. India lost about 14 terawatt-hours of power generation because of water shortages in 2016, which canceled out “more than 20 percent of growth in the country’s total electricity generation from 2015,” according to the report.The scenario will only grow worse as India’s economy grows and the demand for fossil fuels and nuclear power increase, putting utilities and industries in a fight for water. One of the ways for India to avoid the increased water scarcity is to meet its aggressive goals for building photovoltaic solar panels and wind turbines, the report recommends to the Indian government.“Water consumption from India’s thermal power generation rose steadily every year between 2011 and 2016 but would stay below its 2016 level by 2027 if the country’s most ambitious renewable goals are successfully achieved,” the report stated.More: Green Energy Can Help Solve India’s Water Woes Green Energy Can Help Solve India’s Water Woeslast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 23-year-old man was convicted Monday of beating to death and burying alive his 18-year-old friend in their hometown of Islip on the fourth anniversary of the murder.A Suffolk County jury found Thomas Liming guilty of second-degree murder following a seven-week-long trial. The jury rejected the defense’s argument that Liming acted in self defense when he killed Kyle Underhill.“The victim suffered a brutal death,” Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said. “He was struck in the head at least 19 times, according to the medical examiner’s office. He was choked, two sticks were rammed down his throat and then he was left to die in the muck of a swamp while he was still alive.”Underhill’s body was found in a swamp in a wooded area on Brook Street two days after the murder on Nov. 16, 2011.Judge Mark Cohen will sentence Liming on Dec. 14. He faces up to 25 years to life in prison.last_img read more

first_imgWhen it came to his music, Prince was one in a million (okay, a billion). But in one other – very important – aspect of his life, he was just, plain average. Like 55% of American adults, according to LexisNexis, Prince didn’t have a will. (The numbers for minorities – 68% of black adults, 73% of Hispanics – are even higher.) A PwC survey even found that 30% of people with wealth greater than $500,000 don’t have a will.Why are the numbers so high? There are so many reasons. We don’t like to think about the fact that we’re going to die, someday. We actually don’t think we’re going to die (ahh, optimism). We’ll do it tomorrow. Or next week. Or the next time we travel. And then we don’t.In one sense, I’ll give Prince a pass here. He may have set his relatives up for an unpleasant to-do as they scramble over his reported $300 million fortune. But at least he didn’t leave any children behind. A will is the only document that allows you to name guardians for minor children. Not having one once you have kids is unconscionable in my book. continue reading » 76SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google Linkedin creative-economy #CreativeIndustry workers #workers occupational-hazard #CreativeEconomy Creative-industry Log in with your social account Topics : Overworking and work accidents have plagued the creative economy industry, according to a recent survey by Sindikasi, a union of over 200 creative and media professionals.The survey, released Saturday, polled around 84 respondents who work in the creative industry in Indonesia, 25 percent of whom work in the media or for the press, while 13 percent work in technology, 11.9 percent in design, 8.3 percent in advertising, 8.3 percent in research and the remaining in unspecified sectors.About 40.5 percent of respondents said they worked more than eight hours a day, the working time set in the 2003 law on employment. In contrast, only 19 percent of respondents said they worked eight hours a day.The study also found that 82.1 percent of the respondents said they did not get overtime pay.These employees worked beyond the normal operational hours due to excessive workloads.Of…last_img read more