Roger W. Brockett honored with McDonald Mentoring Award

first_imgRoger W. Brockett, An Wang Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), has received the Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising.Brockett, a pioneer in control systems theory, founder of the Harvard Robotics Laboratory, and a 42-year member of the Harvard faculty, accepted the award from Dean Cherry A. Murray at an All Hands Meeting today.“Roger Brockett has clearly earned the admiration of his current and former students, who describe him as ‘a big ideas man,’ ‘a role model,’ ‘instrumental,’ and ‘inspiring,’” Murray said. “He continues to play an important role in their professional development, in some cases decades after they have earned their degrees.”Established at SEAS in 2008 by Capers W. McDonald and Marion K. McDonald, the McDonald Mentoring Award recognizes leaders in engineering and applied sciences “who, as exemplary mentors and advisors, have significantly and consistently supported the personal and professional development of others.”last_img read more

A new name for the Semitic Museum

first_img Related Hard-earned breakthrough for Harvard-backed team Good things come in ancient packages Unearthed bones bring Philistines to life Project to make complete visual digital records of three 3,000-year-old coffins turns up a painting of a deity Digital Giza Project lets scholars virtually visit sites in Egypt and beyond, and even print them in 3D Earlier this year we assembled an all-star cast of specialists and opened our three spectacular ancient Egyptian mummy cases on the second floor. We studied the ancient pigments, residue from the burial ceremonies, ancient wood, and construction techniques, and we did photogrammetry and 3D scanning. This will result in both an exciting interactive exhibit on the coffins (sneak peek at the animated, rotatable models 3D here: https://skfb.ly/6PVBy), and an academic publication (in our “Harvard Egyptological Studies” series) that pools all the new scientific discoveries together.On our third floor, we will soon breathe new life into our Mesopotamian gallery with “The Art of Intimidation.” Guided by their phone or tablet, visitors will be able to see ancient Assyrian palace reliefs come alive in restored ancient colors and by animating the activities shown, from royal lion hunts to battles. An ancient “palace overseer” avatar will guide you around the gallery.GAZETTE: Times have changed drastically for museums since the spread of COVID-19. How is your museum addressing this new challenge?MANUELIAN: We believe we are out in front of many museums in terms of virtual access to our galleries. On the home page of our website we have posted a virtual tour of the entire building. This uses a very versatile format that is perhaps familiar to visitors from real estate websites. It begins with a “dollhouse” view of the Museum, and then the visitor can “jump” inside the building. You can click “play” for an auto-run tour through the museum, or you can navigate and look around freely yourself. And selected objects have “hot spots” that you can click on. These show additional text, photos, and in some cases the hot spots even embed rotatable 3D models of the objects. It’s almost like taking them out the display cases. Examples include our three Egyptian mummy coffins on the second floor and our Assyrian palace reliefs on the third floor.Our “Dreaming the Sphinx” augmented reality app on the second floor has a downloadable PDF file with two hieroglyphs. Users can aim their phones at the hieroglyphs and most of the same experiences they could have in front of the Egyptian stela in our gallery are available right at home. We expect to add more of these immersive technologies to the museum exhibits in the coming months, and we also look forward to welcoming visitors back into the building when it is safe to do so.Interview was edited for clarity and length. The Harvard Semitic Museum has changed its name to the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East (HMANE) to better “reflect its core mission in clearer terms,” said Director Peter Der Manuelian. “We wanted a more inclusive and descriptive name, one that accurately reflects the diversity of our collection.” Founded in 1889, the museum was conceived as a teaching tool to study the ancient histories and cultures of people who spoke Semitic languages, among them Israelites, Moabites, Arabs, Babylonians, and Phoenicians. The new HMANE name was a decision years in the making, as Manuelian explained in a chat with the Gazette.Q&APeter Der ManuelianGAZETTE: What prompted the name change?MANUELIAN: When the Semitic Museum opened at 6 Divinity in 1903, the name was meant as a blanket term for all the peoples of the ancient Near East who shared the somewhat extended family of “Semitic” languages. Our focus remains on the wide variety of diverse peoples living in the eastern Mediterranean region, parts of modern-day Iraq, and even of north Africa: the ancient Sumerians, Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Hittites, Philistines, Israelites, Phoenicians, and others.Our original mission has not changed, but the term “Semitic Museum” is less widely understood in the public domain. People either had no idea what they might see in a “Semitic” museum, or they (incorrectly) believed the museum was exclusively devoted to Jewish exhibitions. Many had heard the word “anti-Semitic” but “Semitic” was less common. The ancient Near East provides the world’s first examples of centralized political authority and written language, with sophisticated science and literature. The social, literary, political, artistic changes and innovations are foundational to global human history. And the region continues to be the basis for modern identities — we can’t understand current political events there in a cultural or historical vacuum.GAZETTE: Why is the name being changed now?MANUELIAN:  The change is not a reaction to any particular event, but rather our attempt to reflect our core mission in clearer terms. The process took a great deal of time and thought. Over a period of many years, we held discussions with stakeholders and distributed questionnaires about the museum to visitors and others, both on campus and off. We held focus groups, organized discussion dinners with faculty across the Harvard community, from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to the Law and Business Schools. We even devoted Museum Studies courses to the issue.Regarding the name, we know that no name is perfect. For example, the “Near East” is not particularly “eastern” to colleagues living on the other side of the world. But in our defense, our building stands in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We considered the term “Middle East” but it tends to refer to modern times more than “Near East” does. And the term “Ancient World” casts the net too far across the globe given the specific collections we have. We ran a range of names by different sectors of the community, gathered opinions, and studied the branding of many like-minded institutions. We believe “Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East,” or “HMANE” for short, to be the clearest and most inclusive description of what we have and what we do.,GAZETTE: Will the museum still feature artifacts and exhibits that celebrate Jewish culture?MANUELIAN:  Absolutely. We have a very engaging and educational full-scale reproduction of a first millennium B.C. house from ancient Israel in our first-floor gallery. It’s a big hit with visiting school groups and archaeology classes; there is nothing quite like it in the area. But the house represents just one of many ancient cultures in our collection. We show objects from ancient Egypt and elsewhere on our second floor, and from Mesopotamia (today’s Iraq and Syria) on our third floor.GAZETTE: How does the new name align with your vision of the museum’s future?MANUELIAN: In many ways our mission has not changed. We support the teaching mission of the University and provide a resource on the archaeology and culture of these fascinating ancient civilizations for the Cambridge community and the visiting public from all over the world. We support international scholars in their research as well. We have projects in the works on all three of our gallery floors just now.GAZETTE: Can you walk us through?MANUELIAN:  Following the reopening of the Harvard museums to the public, we plan to complete a new show called “Mediterranean Marketplaces: Connecting the Ancient World.” This exhibition explores the movement of goods, peoples, and ideas around the ancient Mediterranean region, transforming the livelihoods of people at all levels of society. Just like today, ancient “consumers” were also connected to distant markets. Along with some interactive exhibits, one highlight will be a large cutaway reproduction view of an ancient ship’s hull, filled with some of the antiquities our museum expedition recovered from a Phoenician shipwreck off the Sinai coast in 1999. You will see amphorae [large storage vessels] that still show the barnacles attached after all those centuries underwater.On our second floor, a very popular augmented reality exhibit, “Dreaming the Sphinx” [accompanied by a free app on the Apple and Google Play stores], is soon to get an update. In addition to translating the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic stela text, placing the visitor before the giant Sphinx at the Giza Pyramids, and showing the site during three different eras, ancient to modern, version 2.0 will add more time periods plus a reenactment of the story told in the hieroglyphs: how the young prince Thutmose IV napped in the shadow of the Sphinx, who then appeared to him in a dream, and in exchange for being cleared of sand, gave Thutmose the throne. “The Ancient Near East provides the world’s first examples of centralized political authority and written language, with sophisticated science and literature. The social, literary, political, artistic changes and innovations are foundational to global human history.” Armchair travels with a purposelast_img read more

Eric Bogosian Gets Carnal and Unforgiving

first_img When David Blau—famous writer and guest professor at an elite college—meets pretty, young grad student Leena, the tables turn on his seduction and he gets caught in an unfamiliar struggle for power. In this carnal and unforgiving play, Bogosian levels the playing field in the battle of the sexes. A new spin on the classic game of cat and mouse. The New York premiere of Eric Bogosian’s Red Angel is heading to Theatre Row’s Studio Theatre. Directed by Feliziano Flores, the off-Broadway production will play performances February 27 through March 2. Bogosian is most well-known for writing and starring in the play and the film adaptation of Talk Radio. Other stage credits as an actor include Men Inside and Wake Up and Smell The Coffee. Bogosian has also penned plays including subUrbia, Griller and Humpty Dumpty. His film and TV credits include The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, Under Seige II and Wonderland.  View Comments The cast of Red Angel stars Drew Anthony Allen (as David Blau), Stefanie Karis, Jimmy Joe McGurl, and Krissy Garber (as Leena). The design team features set design by David Rubin, lighting design by Sarah Burke and costume design by Ruth Gersh.last_img read more

Booking.com for the first time in history announced revenue in business with private renters

first_imgThat Booking.com is the world’s leading company in offering accommodation with the largest number of unique accommodation facilities is confirmed by the fact that in the segment of non-hotel accommodation revenue of $ 2018 billion in 2,8, which accounts for 20% of the company’s total annual revenue (faster growth than overall revenue growth and excellent profitability). In the third quarter of 2018 alone, a record revenue of more than $ 1 billion was generated in this segment, which clearly speaks of the day-to-day expansion of accommodation in non-hotel facilities globally. The company also discloses information as to how 40% of active Booking.com users have booked some of the non-hotel accommodation options in the last 12 months available on the Booking.com page, which shows the need of travelers for the most diverse offer of accommodation on one platform – from hotels to holiday homes.   RELATED NEWS: For the first time in the history of its business, the Booking Holdings group discloses data on Booking.com’s revenues generated in the business of non-hotel accommodation facilities (apartments, holiday homes and other unique accommodation facilities).center_img The non-hotel accommodation segment is extremely important in the business of Booking.com, which achieved great growth in 2018, ending the year with 5,7 million registered accommodation units on the Booking.com page (more than any other non-hotel booking company). This figure also shows an increase of 18% compared to the previous year.  MINISTRY OF TOURISM: UNIQUE CREDIT LINE FOR PRIVATE RENTERS PRESENTEDlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Encourages Pennsylvanians to Register to Vote in Celebration of 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in Pennsylvania

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 24, 2019 Governor Wolf Encourages Pennsylvanians to Register to Vote in Celebration of 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in Pennsylvaniacenter_img Voting & Elections,  Women’s Rights Harrisburg, PA – As part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Pennsylvania’s ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, today Governor Tom Wolf reminded Pennsylvanians to register to vote.“Voting is a precious right in our democracy and there’s no better way to honor Pennsylvania’s trailblazers than encouraging everyone you know to register to vote,” said Governor Wolf.Pennsylvanians are reminded of the availability of Online Voter Registration as a convenient option to register to vote.On June 24, 1919, the Pennsylvania General Assembly voted to provide women the right to vote. As part of the 100th anniversary commemoration, Pennsylvania’s original document ratifying the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution will be on display in the Capitol Rotunda from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM today.The document and other historical records on loan from the Pennsylvania State Archives will be available for public viewing during a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Legislature’s vote for women’s suffrage.Later today, First Lady Frances Wolf will celebrate by ringing the Justice Bell in Washington Memorial Hall in Valley Forge National Historical Park. The Justice Bell, a replica of the Liberty Bell, was created in 1915 to campaign for women’s suffrage across the nation. The first lady will be joined by Alexandra “Sandy” Tatnall, a descendant of Katherine Wentworth Ruschenberger who commissioned the Justice Bell, and Maria Bomersbach, president of Washington Memorial Heritage Board of Directors and chair of Justice Bell 2020.A logo featuring the Justice Bell was created for organizations to use to mark all efforts to celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage. The state also created PA.gov/Women-Vote to serve as the destination for learning more about the state’s women who were integral in the suffrage movement. The site also compiles a list of suffrage events statewide and tells the story of suffrage’s Quaker roots.Women’s suffrage centennial events will take place across Pennsylvania through the anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s full ratification in 2020. Participants are encouraged to share photos using the #PAWomensSuffrage100 on social media to mark the occasion.last_img read more

Female agents target glass ceiling

first_imgThe first of four events will be held in Brisbane (AAP Image/Darren England) And, for the first time, men will also take to the microphone.“As an agent, I didn’t see inequality, I saw that you got what you put in,” Ms Storer said.“There are opportunities but we need to have conversations around issues like returning to work after having a baby, flexible working arrangements … building support teams.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago“For a long time the real estate industry was dominated by, and run by, men, but selling property can be stressful, emotional, and vendors want a personalised service.“That does not mean taking a more feminine approach but making those heart-to-heart connections.“Sellers want to build trust and rapport. Giving over the keys to your home is like handing over the keys to your sanctuary. They want a personalised service.” Former Brisbane agent turned mentor Sherrie Storer has released early bird tickets to her next event, which celebrates the achievements of women in the real estate sector and discusses the future of women in leadership. Supplied.WOMEN now outnumber men in real estate, but Brisbane industry coach and mentor Sherrie Storer said women remained under-represented in leadership roles. ABS data shows that women account for 55 per cent of employees working in the rental, hiring and real estate services, but Ms Storer said the number of women in principal and leadership positions remained below par.However, this is changing, she said.And male agents were seeking training to adopt a more ‘feminine’ approach with sellers that require more empathy.“Women have tended to be more in property management and support roles but there is a push to change that,” she said.“We are seeing a greater push for that change from the top now, not just the grassroots.”To coincide with International Womens Day today, Ms Storer has announced and released early bird tickets to the third series of her Women in Real Estate Business Breakfast, which will be held in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and now Adelaide. Auctioneer Thomas McGlynn will be one of the keynote speakers. Picture: Tim Hunter.Early bird tickets are now available for $135, with full priced tickets costing $150. The first event will be held in Brisbane on August 7.For more information or to purchase tickets click here.center_img Leanne Pilkington will be one of the keynote speakers at the event. REA. To continue those conversations, the breakfast series will consider topics ranging from ways to increase female participation in principal and leadership positions, the concept of quotas and how best to support women returning to the workforce after childbirth.Ms Storer said the debate would be opened up to both genders, saying men needed to be involved in the conversation for change to happen.“A third of the attendees at previous events have been men and we want to see everyone, male, female, gay, straight, involved,” she said.“We have a massive line-up of 32 highly-respected speakers across all four events.”Last year, tickets to the event sold out within a matter of days. Now in its third year, Ms Storey is expecting double that number to attend.Among the keynote speakers will be Thomas McGlynn, sales director and chief auctioneer for The Agency, and Leanne Pilkington, managing director of Laing+Simmons. last_img read more

USACE Closes Final Platte River Breach

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District closed the final breach along the Platte River Ames Diking District Levee System, approximately four miles southeast of North Bend, Nebraska Wednesday.The closed breach was the last remaining on a PL 84-99 levee system along the Platte River from last year’s high water event.This initial breach closure will provide an interim level of flood risk management benefits to the area behind the levee system until full repairs can be completed later this year.The only remaining levee system active in the PL 84-99 Program that has open breaches is the Missouri River L-536 Levee System. The Corps is working a levee repair contract for the L-536 levee system, targeting a contract award in April 2020.“Closing the last breach along the Platte River is a major milestone in repairing the flood risk management infrastructure damaged by last year’s historical flooding. We will continue to work hand-in-hand with our levee sponsors to repair these damaged levee systems to their pre-flood conditions, as we know how important the levee systems are to the local communities and landowners,” said Maj. Aaron Ellinger, USACE Resident Engineer for the Ames Diking – Platte River Levee Repair Project.There are more than 350 miles of levees on the Missouri, Platte and Elkhorn rivers, and tributaries that experienced significant flood damage since March 2019.Due to the magnitude of damage along these levees, repair efforts will take an extended period of time to complete.last_img read more

Sun unleashes huge solar flare

first_img Share 26 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img BBC NewsThe bright source of the flare can be seen close to the centre of the SunThe Sun has unleashed its strongest flare in four years, observers say.The eruption is a so-called X-flare, the strongest type; such flares can affect communications on Earth.Nasa’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) spacecraft recorded an intense flash of extreme ultraviolet radiation emanating from a sunspot.The British Geological Survey (BGS) has issued a geomagnetic storm warning, and says observers might be able to see aurorae from the northern UK.The monster flare was recorded at 0156 GMT on 15 February and directed at the Earth.Preliminary data from the Stereo-B and Soho spacecraft suggest that the explosion produced a fast but not particularly bright coronal mass ejection (CME) – a burst of charged particles released into space.The unpredictable eruptions on the Sun can interfere with modern technology on Earth, such as electrical power grids, communications systems and satellites.On Wednesday, the BGS released a rarely seen archive of geomagnetic records that provide an insight into “space weather” stretching back to the Victorian era.BGS scientists say that studies of solar storms in the past could inform the prediction of future space weather and help mitigate threats to national infrastructure.Displays of the Northern Lights (aurora borealis) have already been seen further south than usual in Northern Ireland and elsewhere in the UK. And further solar activity is expected over the next few days.Researchers say the Sun has been awakening after a period of several years of low activity. Share News Sun unleashes huge solar flare by: – February 16, 2011last_img read more

Messi can be cloned, says European scientist

first_img Loading… Arcadi Navarro, head of the European Genome-Phenome Archive, believes the Barcelona magician, Lionel Messi, can be recreated with the level of scientific innovation available. That’s why Messi is primed to takeover in 2035 while simultaneously being their top scorer across four competitions. Think about it. Genius on the pitch and genius on the touchline. Imagine thinking he wouldn’t win the quadruple. Mandark to Dexter. Plankton to Mr Krabs. Every great individual needs a nemesis, and who better to fulfil that role than Cristiano Ronaldo? If Messi is getting anywhere near cloning technology, you can bet Ronaldo and his people won’t be far behind. Read Also:Video: Messi’s winning goal against Granada emerges best Barca goal ever The pair have rivalled each other for over ten years in a remarkable show of consistency – now the show must go on. Messi has openly stated his desire to return to boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys, when his legs don’t work like they used to before. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Messi is a generational talent and arguably the best player to ever step on a football pitch. But whatever you do, don’t search his Wikipedia page. Messi is 32 years old. He turns 33 in June. “Messi could be cloned with current techniques,” he told radio station Cadena SER. “We would achieve a being very similar to Messi, as if two twins had been born and we had frozen one of them for 30 years.” So what would the world look like if Messi was cloned? In their proud 121 year history, Barcelona have never had a player manager in charge.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Amazing Characters We Wish Were Official Disney PrincessesThe Runner Who Makes Elaborate Artwork With His Feet And A Map6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesIs Cristiano Ronaldo Converting His Hotels To Hospitals?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more

Man City take fight to UEFA on and off the field

first_imgManchester City may be set to go to war with UEFA, but time is of the essence for the English champions to satisfy their quest to win the Champions League. Manchester City fans have voiced their distrust of UEFA City head to the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, knowing failure to beat 13-time winners Real Madrid over two legs could be their final European adventure for two years. UEFA slapped a stunning two-season ban on City earlier this month for overstating sponsorship income between 2012 and 2016 to breach Financial Fair Play rules and failing to cooperate once an investigation was re-opened following the leak of internal emails to German magazine Der Spiegel. City remain belligerent and insist they will beat UEFA off the field. An appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport will decide their fate for the next two years. In the meantime, Pep Guardiola’s men have to finally get it right on the field to satisfy City’s long-wait to conquer Europe. Read Also: UCL: Lampard hopeful Chelsea underdogs can bite Bayern again Moreover, doing so this season would have the added benefit of sticking it to UEFA by capturing their flagship competition. “I can’t believe they’re in the competition now. What would happen if City win this season?” Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher told Sky Sports. “UEFA will be desperate for Man City to be beaten by Madrid.” All the more reason for City to not give European football’s governing body the satisfaction. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “If we don’t win it everybody is going to say we are failures like the last five years,” said midfielder Kevin De Bruyne. “It’s something we’ve not won yet.” The only two Champions League winners in City’s squad are back-up goalkeepers Claudio Bravo and Scott Carson. Motivation could not be greater for a host of world class players like De Bruyne, David Silva and Sergio Aguero to cap their careers with Champions League success. Loading… Presentation of the match Real Madrid – Manchester City on February 26 at Naples in the first leg of the last 16 stage of the European Champions League 2019 – 2020 Now in their ninth season of Champions League football since Sheikh Mansour’s takeover transformed the club’s fortunes, City are still waiting for a landmark knockout win in the competition. Even before the latest body blow of a European ban, the City support have not been enamoured by their new status as Champions League regulars. The club have had to turn to social media influencers to try and sell tickets for group matches and the competition’s anthem is routinely jeered. “UEFA Cartel” and “UEFA Mafia” were among the banners that greeted their first home outing since the ban was handed down against West Ham last week. Now in their ninth season of Champions League football since Sheikh Mansour’s takeover transformed the club’s fortunes, City are still waiting for a landmark knockout win in the competitionA run to the semi-finals before being beaten by Madrid in 2015⁄16 is their best ever showing in the competition. Despite re-writing the history books domestically, Guardiola’s star-studded squad have fallen at the quarter-finals to English opposition in each of the past two seasons. The contrast with Madrid could not be starker. For generations, Real have risen to the occasion on the Champions League stage, while City have crumbled under the pressure. A former Barcelona coach and player, Guardiola hailed his old foes the “kings of Europe.” And in an interview with Spanish newspaper AS last week, City’s Raheem Sterling insisted: “There is no better challenge than Real Madrid.” Pep Guardiola’s legacy at Manchester City may be defined by what happens in the Champions League last 16 tie against Real Madrid Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTV Characters Who Hated Each Other But Later Became Friends7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindGorgeous Asian Actresses All Men Are Crazy AboutWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?What Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Extremely Gorgeous Asian Actresses Guardiola’s legacy on the line However, a meeting with Madrid also offers City an opportunity to change the narrative. The sort of ferocious atmosphere Guardiola has long pleaded for at the Etihad for Champions League games seems guaranteed when the Spanish giants travel to Manchester on March 17th. With Liverpool streaking clear at the top of the Premier League, City’s season and arguably Guardiola’s legacy at the club comes down to what happens in this tie.last_img read more