Moving into Science and Engineering Complex after pandemic pause

first_img Science and Engineering Complex gets final beam The John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) is looking cautiously ahead to the post-COVID era and taking initial steps toward the long-anticipated opening of its new Science and Engineering Complex in Allston.In November, the School started the lengthy and complex process of moving labs from the Cambridge campus to their new home across the Charles River, an effort delayed by a halt in construction last spring after the coronavirus’ abrupt arrival. School leaders said that some labs are now in and operating, albeit at reduced capacity owing to COVID-era occupancy restrictions, and that others will be joining them in the coming weeks.“Several labs, notably our robotics groups, have already moved from Cambridge and are operational in the SEC under Harvard’s strict COVID protocols,” said SEAS Dean Francis Doyle. “The remaining moves right now include computer science and electrical engineering, to be followed by bioengineering over the winter. A few labs will move into the building during the spring timeframe.”,Construction on the Western Avenue site of a newly envisioned home for about half of the SEAS faculty began in 2016. Move-in was scheduled to begin last spring, and the building was expected to be to be occupied over the summer.Instead, the 500,000-square-foot building remains mostly empty. Finishing touches on the construction were slowed by the pandemic, but it is now largely complete and features state-of-the-art classrooms, active learning labs, maker spaces, faculty labs, community space, and a café.It was designed to foster connections between those who might not normally interact to promote a robust flow of ideas and cross-disciplinary collaborations. Its physical proximity to Harvard Business School, the future Enterprise Research Campus, as well as the Harvard i-lab, the Harvard Launch Lab, the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab, and the ArtLab are expected to provide opportunities for collaboration, as well as connections with those whose expertise is bringing ideas to life, into production, and out to society. Connections to the community will be fostered through a host of programs at the nearby Harvard Ed Portal. Though the in-person nature of the anticipated encounters has been short-circuited by the pandemic, Doyle said he looks forward to a time when they can again be encouraged — and augmented by the pandemic’s hard-won facility with remote work and learning.,“Throughout the academy, we are rethinking the utilization of Zoom meetings and other tools to accomplish some things remotely that will be enabled by the state-of-the-art AV facilities embedded throughout the building,” Doyle said. “That may be, in fact, one of the greatest silver linings to come out of this experience. All of our students, staff, and faculty have become experts in online collaboration, so whether we are hybrid, remote, or spread across the Harvard campus, we have efficient and effective ways to convene electronically.”Once offices and equipment are fully in place in the new building, its use and occupancy will continue to be determined by COVID-related guidelines. Departmental staff will continue to work remotely and, though some graduate students are at work in the labs, most students — undergraduate and graduate alike — will be learning remotely in the spring. That will occur even though more students will be back in the dormitories after Harvard College announced that a larger cohort will be allowed to live on campus for the spring term.“No in-person instruction will take place in the SEC for now,” Doyle said. “We will evaluate our summer programs based on the state of the virus and Harvard and Massachusetts guidance and hope to welcome a normal classroom-based schedule in the fall.”Looking through the signature “shells” at the Memorial Church steeple (from left), Memorial Hall, and Harvard Business School’s Baker Library.Doyle is cheered by recent positive news about a COVID-19 vaccine and the continued progress against the virus by scientists in an array of fields — including many Harvard and SEAS faculty members — but he advises patience during what will doubtless be a complex process of distributing vaccines.“We all hope that a successful vaccine and, importantly, a large uptake by the population, will turn the tide on this pandemic,” Doyle said. “We need demonstrated success, both regionally and statewide, before we could hope for relaxation of requirements like reduced density in our lab and office spaces. We stand ready to demonstrate our agility once again as we receive signals — and approvals — to increase our density of operations in the SEC. We have not yet been able to celebrate the opening of this magnificent edifice, but that day will come — hopefully in summer 2021.” Completion of Allston campus addition expected in 2020 Related SEAS moves opening of Science and Engineering Complex to spring semester ’21center_img Managing construction’s return to a ‘new normal’ Harvard officials detail the University’s responsible approach to resuming campus construction Coronavirus safety stoppages push back debut of Allston buildinglast_img read more

Dominant Thornton scores 2nd Arizona Mod Tour win

first_imgIn a caution-slowed race, Horejsi was able to maintain the lead comfortably before McBirnie almost made another shocking last-moment pass, but Horejsi was able to hold him off and secure the win. CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (Feb. 10) – While day racing at the Central Arizona Speedway brought a completely different dynamic to the plate, the driver in victory lane following Sunday’s Arizona Mod Tour main event was celebrating a second straight victory. Ricky Thornton Jr. became a back-to-back winner with the $1,500 IMCA Modified checkers at Sunday’s Arizona Mod Tour event at Central Arizona Speedway. (Photo by Cheryl Sluka) In the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Saturday winner Jake McBirnie and Jim Horejsi paced the field to green. A familiar face returned to the winner’s circle as Ricky Thornton Jr. grabbed his fourth career tour win, tying him with Hunter Marriott for the most overall wins in the third running of the tour. For the second night in a row, the Modified feature went green to checkered. Thornton led wire-to-wire and claimed victory once again, as O’Neil once again fell one spot short. Reichenbach, Casey Arneson, and Jason Noll completed the top five. By Jackson Braun Horejsi made the 1,600-mile trip from his home in Minnesota to Arizona. A veteran of 30-odd seasons, he’d purchased a used 2016 B & B Chassis last fall and spent the off-season getting ready for the tour. Also the $1,500 winner Saturday at Arizona Speedway and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier six times over, Thornton used his outside starting spot to grab the lead early. Clint Reichenbach, who had faced struggles at Queen Creek, used his fourth place spot on the starting grid to catapult himself into 2nd early on. center_img Jake O’Neil worked his way past Reichenbach and set his sights on Thornton. Thornton had a comfortable cushion once he reached lapped traffic and once again was able to maneuver very efficiently. On the first attempt, Horejsi jumped the cushion in turns 1 and 2, but was saved by a caution occurring elsewhere on the track. Horejsi used the high line around the track to shoot out to the lead. Minnesota veteran Jim Horejsi topped the Sunday main event for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods at Casa Grande. (Photo by Cheryl Sluka) “Winning was a dream come true,” Horejsi said. “Doing something like this has been on my bucket list for about 30 years.” Feature Results Modifieds – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr., Clive, Iowa; 2. Jake O’Neil, Tucson; 3. Clint Reichenbach, Santa Maria, Calif.; 4. Casey Arneson, Fargo, N.D.; 5. Jason Noll, Peoria; 6. Collen Winebarger, Corbett, Ore.; 7. Jeff Larson, Freeport, Ill.; 8. Nick O’Neil, Tucson; 9. Eddie Kirchoff, Gillette, Wy.; 10. Shawn Strand, Mandan, N.D.; 11. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 12. Justin Kay, Wheatland, Iowa; 13. Zachary Madrid, Tucson; 14. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 15. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev.; 16. Brint Hartwick, Quitman, Ark.; 17. Drew Armstrong, Benton, Ark.; 18. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan.; 19. John Hansen, Brush, Colo.; 20. Dylan Goplen, Fargo, N.D.; 21. Joey Price, Great Falls, Mont.; 22. Tim Ward, Harcourt, Iowa; 23. Austin Kuehl, Cave Creek; 24. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 25. D.J. Shannon, Merced, Calif.; 26. Robert Hellebust, Minot, N.D. Northern SportMods – 1. Jim Horejsi, Marshall, Minn.; 2. Jake McBirnie, Boone, Iowa; 3. Kelly Jacobson, Fargo, N.D.; 4. Ethan Braaksma, Newton, Iowa; 5. Brady Bjella, Williston, N.D.; 6. Fred Ryland, Brentwood, Calif.; 7. Chase Rudolf, Prole, Iowa; 8. Keith Brown Jr., Pittsburg, Calif.; 9. Kevin Johnson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 10. David Jones, Chandler; 11. Andy Clower, Laveen; 12. Mark Harrison, Coolidge; 13. Ty Rogers, Somerton; 14. Ryan Moser, Englewood, Colo.; 15. Cole Carver, Apache Junction; 16. Jarrod Mounce, Atwater, Calif.; 17. Tate Johnson, Homestead, Mont.; 18. Dwayne Melvin, Medford, Ore.; 19. Terry Bahr, Gilbert; 20. Heath Dry, Phoenix; 21. Arie Schouten, Blair, Neb.; 22. Chuck Delp, Rock Springs, Wy.; 23. Brian Osantowski, Columbus, Neb.; 24. Matt Mayo, Bakersfield, Calif.; 25. Bryan Moreland, Durango, Iowa.last_img read more

Belmont Stakes horses, odds, expert picks & more for first leg of 2020 Triple Crown

first_imgTaking a look at all the three-year-old thoroughbreds competing, here’s breaking down the pedigree, odds and the best bets for the marquee action at Belmont Park:MORE: Full odds & post positions for 2020 Belmont StakesBelmont Stakes horses 2020Here’s a snapshot of the 10 horses in the field for the first leg of the Triple Crown, including who’s riding them and who trains them:Post positionHorseJockeyTrainer1Tap It To WinJohn VelazquezMark Casse2Sole VolanteLuca PaniciPatrick Biancone3Max PlayerJoel RosarioLinda Rice4ModernistJunior AlvaradoBill Moss5Farmington RoadJavier CastellanoTodd Pletcher6Fore LeftJose OrtizDoug O’Neill7Jungle RunnerReylu GutierrezSteve Asmussen8Tiz The LawManny FrancoBarclay Tagg9Dr PostIrad Ortiz Jr.Todd Pletcher10PneumaticRicardo Santana Jr.Steve AsmussenBelmont Stakes oddsHere’s another look at all the horses ranked by their latest odds from Sports Insider and how those compare to their initial morning line odds at Belmont Park:HorseUpdated oddsMorning line oddsTiz The Law-1256-5Tap It To Win+6006-1Dr Post+7005-1Sole Volante+8009-2Pneumatic+10008-1Max Player+180015-1Modernist+180015-1Farmington Road+250015-1Fore Left+330030-1Jungle Runner+550050-1MORE: Get the latest Belmont Stakes odds from Sports InsiderWhy is Tiz The Law such a heavy favorite?Tiz The Law stamped his status as the favorite for the Kentucky Derby had it been run on May 2 by speeding to victory in the Florida Derby on March 28. With the Grade 1 race at Gulfstream Park also being 1 1/8 miles, it makes sense Tiz The Law keeps that same vibe for the Belmont Stakes.Tiz The Law has shown great instincts with his deliberate pace early in races before picking the right time to hit his fastest gear and pull away. It’s appropriate that his first Triple Crown race is in New York, given he’s both locally owned by Sackatoga Stable and bred by Twin Creeks Farm.HIs 82-year-old trainer, Barclay Tagg, once had a dominant popular horse in Funny Cide, who won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness in 2003. Based on the impressive results that include four wins in five races, Tagg has conditioned Tiz The Law to be able to win with different styles from different posts.Is Tap It To Win the biggest threat to upset Tiz The Law?Tap It To Win has good recent experience at Belmont Park having just won the Allowance (1 1/16 miles) on June 4. Tap It To Win relies on starting fast and wouldn’t surprise anyone if he had the early lead on Saturday. The question is whether, even with the shorter distance, whether he can hold up until the end with Tiz The Law working to leave a lot in the tank for the stretch.Sole Volante might be a better choice for the upset as the opposite kind of horse. He needs to stay in it early because he is strength is closing. Neither horse is as well-rounded as Tiz The Law, but a big burst somewhere could end up paying off.Going deep into the field, Dr Post can give Tiz The Law some trouble right next to him at No. 9 if he can stay with him halfway through the race. Max Player and Farmington Road are the true longshots to watch, however.Max Player won the Grade 3 Withers, a 1 1/8-mile race at Aqueduct when he last raced on Feb. 1. Linda Rice, who is attempting to become the first female trainer to win the Belmont Stakes, has worked to make him feel at home on the track. Max Player is ridden by Joel Rosario, who won a much longer Belmont Stakes with Sir Winston last year.Farmington Road needs a fast, tight race but those would be ideal conditions for him to shock everyone after coming in fourth in the 1 1/8-mile Arkansas Derby on May 2.Which post position is the most favorable in the Belmont Stakes?Tiz The Law is trying to change a long-standing trend from No. 8, which has produced only 5 past winners. No. 1 has by far produced the most winners, at 23, which is an obvious boost to the chances of Tap It To Win.Then come No. 3 and No. 5, tied for 13 winners each, playing well into the upset chances of Max Player and Farmington Road. No. 2 has been rather effective between two favorable spots, producing 11 winners and providing some hope for Sole Volante.Two years ago, Triple Crown winner Justify came through from No. 1. Sir Winston made it work with the middle from No. 7 last year.Which trainers have had the best Belmont Stakes success?Mark Casse, who trained Sir Winston for his first victory, builds a stronger case for Tap It To Win. Todd Pletcher, a three-time Belmont Stakes winner, has both Farmington Road and Dr Post in the mix. The only other trainer with a Belmont victory is Steve Asmussen with Creator in 2016, but he has two shaky entries in Pneumatic and the overwhelmed Jungle Runner.Which jockeys have had the best Belmont Stakes success?While Manny Franco and Tagg are both looking for their first wins with Tiz The Law, there’s some good experience elsewhere. Before Sir Winston, Rosario also won with Tonalist in 2014. John Velazquez is looking to make it three with Tap It To Win, after victories with Union Rags in 2012 and Rags to Riches in 2007. The 2020 Belmont Stakes will be in the unusual position of opening the Triple Crown racing season instead of closing it. The Third Jewel, for the first time in its illustrious history, will serve as the series’ first event when “The Run for the Carnations” goes down this Saturday, June 20 (5:42 p.m. ET post time on NBC) in Elmont, N.Y.With the Kentucky Derby (Sept. 5) and Preakness (Oct. 3) moved back late from their usual Saturdays in May, the Belmont Stakes arrives only on a two-week delay from its originally scheduled June 6 date. In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic causing a big schedule adjustment in relation to the other two races, the Belmont Stakes also goes from the longest Triple Crown race (usually 1 1/2 miles or 12 furlongs) to the shortest (1 1/8 mile or 9 furlongs) Jose Ortiz is going for the big upset with Fore Left after bringing home Tapwrit in 2017. HIs brother, Irad Ortiz Jr., won for Asmussen with Creator and is trying to do the same for Pletcher with Dr Post.Belmont Stakes picksWith the Belmont Stakes replacing the Kentucky Derby as the first Triple Crown race and the Preakness as the shortest one, it sets up for a predictable result and no surprise on top, especially with the extra time to rest and prepare.Tiz The Law has everything in his favor, with the right speed for the right length. Max Player is set up to sneakily emerge as a real challenger until right near the end. Tap It To Win will build enough momentum early to make sure he will at least settle for third.Win: Tiz The LawPlace: Max PlayerShow: Tap It To Winlast_img read more

Thurston County Adopts Ordinance to Advance Youth Health

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by TOGETHER!Thurston County became the first jurisdiction in the state to adopt a marijuana- and- alcohol-focused “social host ordinance”, a model policy to help prevent underage substance abuse and improve public health and safety. According to the most recent (2014) Healthy Youth Survey (HYS), more than half (56%) of Thurston County 12th graders who drank alcohol got it from a friend or at a party.Limiting access to alcohol and drugs helps prevent youth use and related harms, but parents also play a huge role. The new ordinance sends a message that while the majority of Thurston County parents already actively prevent underage drinking and marijuana gatherings on their property, all parents and caregivers are expected to do so. “Parents matter,” says Meghan Sullivan, Executive Director of a youth-focused agency, TOGETHER!. “This policy is another reminder of the import role parents play in their kids’ lives. Ask them where they are going, who they will be with and whether or not an adult will be present. Tell them regularly that you don’t approve of them using alcohol, marijuana or other drugs.”The ordinance also aims to address other factors affecting a youth’s decision to stay substance free. About one third (32% of 10th grade and 36% of 12th grade) of Thurston County high school students say laws and norms are favorable to substance use (HYS, 2014), a risk factor for youth use and related problems. Further, public and traffic safety were also considered. Aside from alcohol, marijuana is the most frequently-occurring drug used by drivers involved in deadly crashes in our state (Washington Traffic Safety Commission, 2015). Twenty-nine percent of Thurston County 12th graders report they’ve ridden in a vehicle driven by someone who had been using marijuana (HYS, 2014), and among those who current use marijuana, that number sharply increases.In 2016, TOGETHER! partnered with County Commissioner Bud Blake to create a plan for introducing the model policy concept in Thurston County, building upon a foundation laid by Rainier, Mercer Island and other communities. On Tuesday February 28, the Thurston County Commissioners took a step to adopt the policy, which takes effect 30 days later. “I’m excited that Thurston County is taking a leadership role in encouraging responsible behavior with our youth. We hope parents and adults will use this as an opportunity to talk with kids about their expectations.”Other key partners include Commissioners Hutchings and Edwards, Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, and Thurston County Drug Action Team. Social host ordinances are an effective environmental policy for communities interested in reducing underage drinking and marijuana use supported by the Washington State Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery, the Washington Healthy Youth Coalition, the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.TOGETHER! is a nonprofit organization founded in 1989 to serve youth and families in the South Sound and beyond with a mission to advance the health and well-being of all young people. TOGETHER! offers direct service youth programs, mobilizes communities through coalitions, advocates for healthier laws, norms and systems and promotes health through community and individual education.For further information, contact, Johnna Knoerr, Program Director at 360-493-2230 ext. 110 or [email protected]last_img read more