first_imgYesterday, the non-partisan music-based voter registration group, Headcount, launched a brand-new initiative dubbed the Cannabis Voter Project. Founded with the recognition that “cannabis legalization is an issue that has the power to drive voter turnout in a big way,” the Cannabis Voter Project seeks to educate Americans about how voting can impact cannabis policy.The Cannabis Voter Project’s website,, offers an easily digestible resource for voters that breaks down where elected officials in all 50 states stand on cannabis issues. Voters can find out where every governor, senator, and congressional representative stands on things like federal marijuana legalization, state-level marijuana legalization, allowing veterans to use medical marijuana, allowing banks to work with marijuana businesses, CBD legalization, and industrial hemp legalization.This Cannabis Voter Project’s newly-launched website has a number of other resources for cannabis-friendly voters, such as resources for calling and writing elected officials. Those voters can also make their position known by purchasing shirts that say “I Smoke Pot And I Vote” and “Vote Green”, and the site makes it easy to connect with cannabis policy reform groups like NORML, Students For Sensible Drug Policy, the Marijuana Policy Project, and the Drug Policy Alliance. Of course, since this is a Headcount initiative, the site makes it very easy for folks to register to vote.Yesterday, The Disco Biscuits bassist Marc Brownstein—who also happens to be co-founder and co-chair of HeadCount—announced the Cannabis Voter Project. You can read his full message below. For more information on the brand-new Headcount initiative, head to the Cannabis Voter Project’s website here. We’ve heard it all… My vote doesn’t count. or.. There’s no point in voting, both parties are the same… Nothing ever changes… or does it?Do you care about cannabis legalization?Let’s not forget that in all states where cannabis has been legalized, there was a vote by the people or elected legislature to make that happen.Voting has already legalized medical cannabis in 30 states and recreational use in nine states. Three more states are voting on legalization measures this November.With that in mind, check out HeadCount’s Cannabis Voter Project on our new website created a singular resource for you to learn where your elected officials stand on seven major cannabis issues, from industrial hemp to outright also has links to the best of cannabis media, advocacy organizations, and opportunities to take action. And of course, it’s a place where you can register to vote.Check it out. Click around the website. Share it on social media. Let us know what you think. You might be surprised by what you learn.Cannabis policy is incredibly unique. It is one of the only truly non-partisan issues in modern politics, with the power to engage people of all ages, races, and political affiliations. It’s an issue that shows how people’s votes can shape policy and directly change lives. This is why HeadCount launched the Cannabis Voter Project.And if you wear your colors, grab one of these t-shirts and be a proud cannabis voter.See you at a show,Marc BrownsteinCo-Founder and Co-Chair, HeadCountlast_img read more

first_imgOver the weekend, iconic New Orleans funk act The Meters were honored with a 2018 Special Merit Award from the Grammys, recognizing the prolific funk ensemble with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. During the Saturday night acceptance ceremony held at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre during the Grammy Salute To Music Legends, The Meters’ bassist George Porter Jr., drummer Zigaboo Modeliste, and guitarist Leo Nocentelli were on hand to accept the honor.With George Porter Jr. one of the most active bassists in the live music scene—his work spans from his Meters tribute project with Zigaboo Modeliste, Foundation of Funk, to frequent sit-ins at festivals and collaborations with artists as far-ranging as Dead & Company to Snoop Dogg—a number of artists have reached out to congratulate The Meters and Porter for the well-deserved award.EXCLUSIVE: Lettuce’s Adam Deitch Writes Ode To Foundation Of Funk: “Foundation Of Funk Can Save The World”Today, George Porter Jr. has posted a video tribute from a number of high-profile musicians and friends, sharing their thoughts on the bassist and his role and influence. Opening with a video of Anders Osborne congratulating Porter, the video also features heartfelt thank yous from Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge (whose video is recorded from a Dead & Company soundcheck), Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools, Galactic drummer Stanton Moore, Gregg Allman Band bassist Ron Johnson, Johnny Vidacovich, George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners drummer Terrence Houston, Swampgrease drummer Terence Higgins, ALO bassist Steve Adams, Galactic bassist Robert Mercurio, Astral Project bassist James Singleton, and String Cheese Incident’s Jason Hann and Kyle Hollingsworth—hilariously, during the Hann and Hollingsworth’s tribute, George Porter Jr. himself walks through the background of the video.Notably, most of the musicians in the video tribute thank George Porter Jr. not only for his vast contributions to music, but also for his loving personality and friendship. The love present in all the video responses paint George Porter Jr. as a guiding mentor and caring friend, who has earned the trust and adoration of a wide-spanning swath of artists from across the scene.You can check out the video for yourself below (which we’ve uploaded to our YouTube account for ease of viewing), or head over to George Porter Jr.’s Facebook page.last_img read more

first_imgMick Jagger appears to be healthy and back on his feet! On Wednesday, The Rolling Stones frontman shared a video via his social media accounts of him smoothly and quickly showing off his dance moves to The Wombats‘ “Techno Fan”. Last month, The Rolling Stones were forced to postpone their highly-awaited No Filter U.S. tour, which initially included a stop at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The band was pushed to postpone the tour indefinitely due to Jagger’s health issue, which was later reported as surgery to place a stent in his heart. The heart valve procedure should allow Jagger to avoid major heart surgery down the road.Although reports surfaced that The Rolling Stones’ postponed shows would be scheduled sooner rather than later, the band has yet to announce the rescheduled tour dates. We’ll be sure to update you as more information about The Rolling Stones’ rescheduled tour dates becomes available!last_img read more

first_img Move-in day On top of things The Harvard Class of 2014 struts their stuff in these custom hats, made especially for them. Shaking hands Catherine Gu ’14 arrives at Thayer Hall for the first time and meets Dean of Harvard College Evelynn Hammonds. Her parents, Kenan (from left) and Yancui, and her sister, Amanda, look on in excitement. All for one … And 1-4 all. Who doesn’t love a clever balloon message? Stephanie Mitchell, Kris Snibbe, Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographers Got any Grey Poupon? Erin Washington ’11 of the Crimson Key Society offers window-side directions to the flood of families. Fresh-faced Moving is always stressful, and a smile is always welcome. Here, Stoughton North proctor Devon Wessman-Smerdon meets and greets incoming students. Is Matt Damon on there? First-year roommates Chelsea Celistan (left) and Danielle Lussi pore over a list of their room’s former tenants. Hardwood floors, exposed brick… Not a South End condo description, but a Stoughton dorm! Chelsea Celistan (center) and roommate Danielle Lussi (left) have lots of decorating to do. Drifters, vagabonds California girl Namrata Anand (left) sits with her cousin Kausalya and a boatload of luggage outside of her new home, Matthews Hall. Justin Ide/ Harvard Staff Photographer Empty nests Dean of Harvard College Evelynn Hammonds talks with and charms the proud parents. Mobile home Terrance Moore ’14 (right) moves from Atlanta into Straus Hall with a little help from his father, Melvin, and this cart. Photo ops Who wouldn’t strike a pose? Outside of Johnston Gate, Kyle Kruger (left) of Sugarland, Texas, charms the photographer (her mom). Harvard University began welcoming new students and their families Thursday (Aug. 26), with the first move-in day signifying the beginning of the fall semester and a new academic year.The newcomers were helped in acclimating to their environment by peer advisers — upperclassmen who volunteer to provide academic and social mentoring.  This group can easily be spotted around Harvard Yard wearing bright orange T-shirts that read “Finding Freshman.”Anika Petach ’13 is a peer adviser for Matthews Hall. She describes her role as “being there as a steppingstone for freshmen, with any questions they have so that they can get the resources that they need. It’s a friendly way for them to get information.”  Peer advisers also offer a student perspective about classes and other aspects of life on campus.The Gu family was greeted by Harvard College Dean Evelynn Hammonds after they finished moving their daughter Catherine into Thayer Hall from New Jersey. Yancui Gu was impressed with how organized the move-in was and how helpful people were in assisting. “The room is nice, and there is a big common room,” said Catherine. Her biggest concern was the bathroom, because, as she said, “I really don’t know how this is going to work with a hall full of girls and only two showers.”Terrance Moore and his father Melvin traveled from Atlanta to move in Terrance. Terrance said of the traffic-clogged streets that, “we were not ready for that” but his dad said, “We are from Atlanta, I promise you this traffic is nothing. We had no problems and I have no complaints. Everything was done just right.” They said this is an exciting time for each of them. Terrance is looking forward to “meeting all the extraordinary people at Harvard” and the football season.”  Melvin said of his son, “I hope that he makes us all proud with whatever he does. I’m proud of him getting here.”Jimmy McCune and his mother Sharon had an easy commute, coming from nearby Somerville. The most challenging part of the move for them was the 20-minute time limit to get everything from the car upstairs to Jimmy’s room. Jimmy said he approached move-in day with an “expect the unexpected” attitude, and it had gone better than expected. Of presidential priority Harvard President Drew Faust picks up some energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs from Chandan Lodha ’13 (from left), Annie Baldwin ’13, Annie DeAngelo ’12, and Kurt Tsuo ’11 of the Resource Efficiency Program.last_img read more

first_imgHarvard College announced today (Feb. 24) that it will restore nonbinding early action as part of its admissions process this fall and significantly enhance its recruiting program to assist talented students from modest economic backgrounds in navigating the admissions process. Harvard also announced it will increase its investment in undergraduate financial aid next year to more than $160 million. Currently, more than 60 percent of Harvard College students receive scholarship aid, and the average grant is about $38,000.In 2007, Harvard eliminated its nonbinding early action program on a trial basis and moved to a single admissions deadline, announcing at the time that it would evaluate the impact of the change after several years.“We piloted the elimination of early action out of concern that college admissions had become too complex and pressured for all students, and out of particular concern for students at under-resourced high schools who might not be able to access the early admissions process,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “Over the past several years, however, interest in early admissions has increased, as students and families from across the economic spectrum seek certainty about college choices and financing. Our goal now is to reinstitute an early-action program consistent with our bedrock commitment to access, affordability, and excellence.”“We looked carefully at trends in Harvard admissions these past years and saw that many highly talented students, including some of the best-prepared low-income and underrepresented minority students, were choosing programs with an early-action option, and therefore were missing out on the opportunity to consider Harvard. We have decided that the College and our students will be best served by restoring an early option,” said Dean Michael D. Smith of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.Harvard’s concerns about equity and transparency will continue to guide the structure of its admission program. It will maintain a nonbinding approach, which maximizes freedom and flexibility for students. As in the past, students can apply under the single-choice, early-action program by Nov. 1 and will be notified by Dec. 15, at which point students completing financial aid applications will receive notice of their awards. Regular decision will continue to operate as usual, with applications due on Jan. 1 and notification on April 1. All students, whether admitted under early action or regular decision, will have until May 1 to decide whether to attend.To ensure that the return to early action serves Harvard’s commitment to access and diversity across many dimensions, the change in admissions policy will be accompanied by enhancements in the College’s recruiting program, including a new program promoting transparency in college admissions, greater outreach, and targeted staff visits to schools where few students apply early to college; increased involvement of Harvard undergraduates throughout the year in three major recruiting efforts — the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative, the Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program, and the Undergraduate Admissions Council’s Return to High School Program; and enhanced web features providing families with the ability to calculate the likely net cost to them of sending a child to Harvard, and perspectives from financial aid students on life at Harvard.“The commitment to including first-generation, low-income, and historically disadvantaged minority students in the full spectrum of admissions options is a key feature of this new early-action option,” said Harvard College Dean Evelynn Hammonds. “We have made significant gains in recent years in recruiting larger numbers of these students and in supporting them for success once here. I am very pleased that we are able to re-conceive early action, consistent with these goals, and to work with students based on whatever timetable best meets their needs.”“We continue to be concerned about the pressures on students today, including those associated with college admission,” said Harvard College Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons. “In all of our work, we will do everything possible to level the playing field in admissions and encourage all students to make thoughtful choices about how they can best contribute to society.”last_img read more

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_imgPhacoemulsification cataract surgery is one of the most frequently performed eye surgeries in the United States, with 1.5 million procedures undertaken each year. It is also one of the most complex procedures to learn. A new, highly innovative, computer-based simulation tool, the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (Mass. Eye and Ear) Cataract Master, bridges the learning gap that residents and ophthalmologists new to phaco must navigate prior to performing actual surgery.Nearly a decade in the making, the Cataract Master was co-developed by Harvard Medical School’s (HMS) Bonnie An Henderson, assistant clinical professor of ophthalmology; John I. Loewenstein, ophthalmology residency training program director and an associate professor of ophthalmology; Adam Neaman; and several colleagues. Massachusetts Eye and Ear is a Harvard affiliate.Ophthalmology residents typically train in wet labs and on phacoemulsification simulators that supplement motor skills training before moving on to live patients. The leap from lab to patient is challenging for surgeons-in-training, even with the most careful oversight by attending physicians.“The Cataract Master aims to minimize clinical risk while providing residents and practicing ophthalmologists with the most authentic cataract surgical experience possible outside the OR,” Loewenstein said. “The goal is to boost skills and confidence, to better prepare residents for the surgical experience, and to raise the quality of patient care everywhere.”Computer-based simulation technology has been used in medical training since the early 2000s, but these tools often did not take into account the hundreds of decision-making requirements that arise during surgery. The Cataract Master is different in that it offers a self-guided, self-correcting curriculum that requires trainees to make decisions based on realistic surgical situations. The simulator, which can be accessed from any personal computer, contains true-to-life animations along with videos of actual surgeries — complete with expert discussions of each phase of the procedure. The interactive program includes frequent pop-up questions relating to the various surgical steps, with user answers then animated on-screen. If the user makes a serious error, videos provide immediate feedback explaining how the problem occurred, what to do to fix it, and how to avoid making the same mistake again.“This essentially allows new phaco surgeons to learn from their mistakes and to master lifelike surgery without risking injury to a patient,” said Henderson. “This type of immersion learning is simply not possible any other way, and [it] provides an excellent transition to the operating room.”The Cataract Master, which is owned by Mass. Eye and Ear, is licensed to the not-for-profit American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.Funding for the development of this teaching tool was provided by the Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund, Norman Knight, the U.S. Army, and the Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology.last_img read more

first_imgSteven C. Wofsy, the Abbott Lawrence Rotch Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), has been awarded the 2012 Roger Revelle Medal by the American Geophysical Union (AGU). The Revelle medal is awarded annually to an individual who has contributed in an outstanding manner to the understanding of Earth’s climate systems.Wofsy, who has been at Harvard since 1973, focuses on the long-term measurement of atmospheric processes and composition. His studies include observations on carbon exchange, deposition of pollutants, and other atmospheric phenomena over long periods of time to investigate patterns not readily apparent in short-term data. Read Full Storylast_img read more

first_img Read Full Story Harvard School of Public Health experts Leonard Marcus and Ashish Jha commented on the new bill passed by Massachusetts lawmakers on July 31, 2012 aimed at controlling health care spending in the Commonwealth, in a Boston Globe story published the following day. Gov. Deval Patrick has said that he will sign the bill, which includes among its cost-control strategies payment system reform of the state-employee and Medicaid health care programs, and greater transparency for consumers about such factors as costs of tests and procedures.Marcus, lecturer on public health practice and director of the Program for Health Care Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at HSPH, noted that the bill brings together methods that have previously been tried. He questioned whether consumers, who may equate higher costs with higher quality, would base decisions such as picking a doctor based on the new information.The evidence suggests that consumers will not change their behavior said Jha, associate professor of health policy. But the bill’s multipronged approach to tackling cost control is a good one, he said.last_img read more

first_imgThe Harvard University Asia Center was established in 1997 to reflect Harvard’s deep commitment to Asia and the growing connections among Asian nations. An important aspect of the center’s mission is the support of undergraduate and graduate summer projects abroad. This summer, the Asia Center will fund 65 students traveling to east, south, and southeast Asia to conduct research, participate in internships, and pursue intensive language study.Harvard’s study of Asia is spread across the University’s departments and Schools, and a wide array of disciplines comes together under the auspices of the Asia Center. Through such a convergence, the center brings a layered, multifaceted approach to probe questions of history and culture, economics, politics, diplomacy, and security, and the relationships among them.For a complete list of grant recipients.last_img read more