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

Inwood Man Admits Sexually Abusing, Plotting to Kill Teen

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An Inwood man has admitted to sexually abusing a teenager who worked for him and then trying to have the victim killed so that the victim couldn’t testify against him in court three years ago.Daniel Miller pleaded guilty Tuesday at Nassau County court to charges of criminal sexual act and conspiracy. He also pleaded guilty to grand larceny for stealing more than $206,000 in a check scheme.Prosecutors said the 47-year-old man, who owns Botanica, a religious supply store on Mott Street, gave the victim a cup containing a liquid mixed with Lorazepam, an anti-anxiety medication, and told him to drink it on Jan. 3, 2012.After he was arrested three months later, Miller’s family helped him concoct a $15,000 murder-for-hire plot, but an informant tipped off investigators before they could hire a hit man to make the victim’s death look like a robbery, authorities said.Miller’s mother, Mary, a secretary at a local high school, had stolen the personal records of the intended victim from the school in an attempt to facilitate the plot, prosecutors said. Mary and Miller’s sister, Ann, both pleaded guilty to conspiracy in 2013.In addition to the sex crime and attempted hit, investigators also found that Miller was using shell companies he created to defraud three check-processing companies out of a combined $140,224 in 2009 and 2010, prosecutors said.Those same years, he also used fake checks from nonexistent companies to con $66,180 worth of merchandise out of two companies, one of which furnishes office supplies and the other being a computer supply firm, authorities said.Judge Angelo Delligatti is expected to sentence Miller on June 4 to nine years in prison and 10 years of post-release supervision. Prosecutors had asked the court to sentence Miller to a maximum of 18 years.last_img read more

Cuomo: Southern Tier may reopen on May 15

first_imgCuomo says the other phases of reopening will begin based on how well regions perform once phase one takes affect. As of May 11, the Southern Tier meets all the criteria for reopening. 14-day decline in hospitalizations or under 15 new hospitalizations (3-day avg)14 day decline in hospital deaths or under five (3-day avg)New hospitalizations must be fewer than two people per 100,000 residentsShare of total hospital beds available must not be lower than 30 percentShare of total ICU beds available must not be lower than 30 percent30 people tested per 1,000 residents30 contact tracers per 100,000 residents (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday the Southern Tier is ready to reopen on May 15 when the state’s New York On-Pause Order ends.center_img Regions must have: On May 15, as part of phase one of reopening, manufacturing and construction workers will be able to return work. Additionally, Cuomo says some retail locations may open if they can provide curbside pick-up.last_img read more

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil rejects transfer offer from Fenerbahce

first_imgArteta has frozen Ozil out of the team (Picture: Getty Images)Mesut Ozil has turned down an offer to leave Arsenal for Fenerbahce in the next transfer window, according to reports.The German looked to be a key part of Mikel Arteta’s plans when the Spaniard took over from Unai Emery in December.However, the 31-year-old is yet to feature for the Gunners since the restart and with less than 12 months remaining on his contract, he faces an uncertain future at the Emirates.And according to German publication Bild, the midfielder has rejected an advance from Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahce.ADVERTISEMENTOzil’s £350,000-a-week wages proved to be too big of a stumbling block in negotiations.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe report states that the World Cup winner plans to see out the remainder of his contract at Arsenal, despite his lack of game time. Advertisement Advertisement Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil rejects transfer offer from Fenerbahce Ozil was a key player for Arteta before the lockdown (Picture: Getty Images)Speaking before Arsenal’s Premier League clash against Aston Villa on Tuesday night, Arteta suggested that Ozil still has a chance of getting back into the team.The Spaniard highlighted the case of Granit Xhaka, who re-established his place in the side after previously being stripped of the captaincy by former boss Emery.When asked if Xhaka’s revival could set an example for outcasts Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi to follow, Arteta said: ‘That applies for any player, and any member of the staff.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘If you really show that then you’re deciding to do the best, not for yourself, but for the team and for the club, I think everybody will welcome you.‘It’s not just me that has to give the green light. It’s everybody that has to be supportive and you need to feel as well that support from everybody because if not it’s a very uncomfortable situation.’MORE: Joe Willock admits Arsenal players were ‘a bit sceptical’ when Mikel Arteta first arrivedMORE: Dani Ceballos speaks out on his future at ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 20 Jul 2020 5:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.7kShareslast_img read more

Wenger is full of belief

first_img “You only realise when you see it again on the big screen how unbelievable it is,” said Wenger. “It was done with such a speed, that it was impossible to defend, you would say it was played at the speed where you could play with your hands, but not your feet. “I am convinced you will see that goal (replayed) a lot.” Aaron Ramsey had been rested to the bench, but was called into action just before half-time after Mathieu Flamini suffered double vision following a clash of heads with Alex Tettey. The midfielder is now a doubt for Tuesday night’s Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund as a result. Wenger has welcomed his selection poser, with the Wales midfielder scoring his ninth goal of an impressive season to settle any late nerves after Jonny Howson had made it 2-1 on 70 minutes. “People say always you have to buy, when you have the players people say you have a problem,” the Arsenal boss added. “I believe we have a good togetherness and everybody accepts that everybody needs to play in the right periods it is down to me just to make the right decision.” Despite the final scoreline, Wenger conceded it had not all been an easy ride for his team. Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny pushed away a goal-bound 20-yard strike from Norwich midfielder Leroy Fer just before half-time, and the visitors did not lay down even after Mesut Ozil made it 2-0 with a glancing header following a quick counter attack. Eventually, though, Arsenal’s superior technical quality paid off, as Ramsey’s fine individual effort settled matters before Ozil tapped in number four with two minutes left. Norwich boss Chris Hughton tried to take solace from his team’s positive efforts, but knows the pressure will be on against Cardiff next weekend to get back to winning ways and move up the table following successive defeats, with Chelsea having won at Carrow Road before the international break. “Any time you are on the back of a couple of defeats, it is never a nice feeling and nor is being in the bottom three,” said Hughton. “However, we were in a similar position this time last season, but we have more points than we did then. “If we are looking for positives, there are plenty, but of course we have to win football matches.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels his side’s belief will grow with every victory – but maintains they must strive to improve in order to last the distance in the Barclays Premier League title race. Wenger, though, stressed there can be no let up in focus if that form is to be maintained through fixtures which include clashes with both Liverpool and Manchester United. “We have belief. The belief is strengthened by every win,” said Wenger. “We have come out of a long period where most of the time in recent years in October we were already looking forwards (up the table) from being behind. At the moment we are in a better position, but there is a long way to go. “We just have to focus on developing as a team and keep the solidarity we have.” Arsenal had swept into the lead on 18 minutes with a goal of the highest quality. There seemed little real danger when Santi Cazorla, back in the side following an ankle injury, moved down the left, before cutting the ball back to Wilshere. It was swiftly returned to the Spaniard, who laid it off to Olivier Giroud. The France forward then exchanged a brilliant improvised one-two of flicks with Wilshere, who ran on through the yellow shirts on the edge of the penalty area to dispatch the ball past John Ruddy. Wenger admitted it took him a few replays to really appreciate the intricacy of the move. The Gunners moved two points clear at the top of the table after beating Norwich 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium, where Jack Wilshere swept in a contender for goal of the season following a superb passing exchange. It was a sixth league win from eight and an 11th in all competitions, from a start which has some Arsenal fans talking up a long-overdue sustained assault on the championship. Press Associationlast_img read more

Wellington school board interviews 3 candidates

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CAF presidency to be limited to 12 years

first_imgJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Confederation of African Football (CAF) presidents will be limited to three four-year terms with effect from the 2017 elections, the organisation confirmed Monday.There has been no limit previously with incumbent Issa Hayatou leading the African body since 1988.The 70-year-old Cameroonian has not indicated whether he will stand for re-election, but would be expected to retain his position should he do so.In charge for 28 years, Hayatou is the longest serving CAF boss. Deceased Ethiopian Yidnekatchew Tessema was president for 16 years from 1972.CAF spokesman Junior Binyam told AFP the change, announced during an extraordinary general assembly in Cairo, brought the African organisation in line with world governing body FIFA.The three-term ceiling will also apply to CAF executive committee members. Share on: WhatsApp Assembly delegates voted 32-16 against a Djibouti motion that CAF presidency candidates should not be restricted to executive committee members.CAF second vice-president Almamy Kabele Camara of Guinea and executive committee member Kwesi Nyantakyi of Ghana were voted on to the FIFA Council (formerly executive committee).Camara received 37 votes and Nyantakyi 31 to fill two vacancies with executive committee member Ahmad, a single-name Malagasy, getting 30.Other Africans on the FIFA Council are Hayatou, Egyptian Hani Abo Rida, Constant Omari from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tunisian Tarek Bouchamaoui and Burundian Lydia Nsekera.last_img read more

Empowerment 4 Girls Charity Auction November 5

first_imgFacebook33Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Empowerment 4 GirlsEmpowerment 4 Girls, a local nonprofit organization based in Olympia, is hosting an Evening of Empowerment on November 5 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Dillingers at 404 Washington Street SE in downtown Olympia. The evening features a multi-course, gourmet meal paired with fine wine and beer and includes live and silent auctions accompanied by beautiful live music provided by harpist, Diane Sonntag.Empowerment 4 Girls creates programs that educate, inspire and empower girls, including camps. Photo courtesy: Empowerment 4 GirlsKristen Rubis, executive director of Empowerment 4 Girls, is excited to see the community come out and support this event and raise funds for the organization’s operations and scholarships. “We just received our official 501(c)3 nonprofit status and are so excited to celebrate with the community that has supported us. The nonprofit status means that event tickets and all donations are tax deductible.” she stated. “The Olympia community is incredible and we are thrilled to feature so many local businesses through our auction. People donate their goods and services to help empower girls and it is an honor to be part of this movement towards equality for all. Participating in the auction means that you support local businesses, bask in the self-care provided by those goods and services and help support the empowerment of girls in our community”Empowerment 4 Girls creates programs that educate, inspire and empower girls in our community. We are creating the leaders that the world needs, now. Join us at An Evening of Empowerment, tickets are available for advance sale only at the Empowerment 4 Girls website or go to our website to see how you can be involved in future events and empowerment camps. There are so many ways to get involved with this new organization: register a girl you care about for an upcoming camp, register as a guest speaker for an upcoming event, and donate today. Your donations go directly to support girls in our community.last_img read more

Pakistani cricketer invites Indian taxi driver to dinner after he refused the fare

first_imgAdvertisement f86NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs415vWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2l6j9( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6ve6nhvWould you ever consider trying this?😱adw26Can your students do this? 🌚6doRoller skating! Powered by Firework The encounter between a Sikh driver and Pakistani cricket team players has gone viral. The Pakistani cricket team was in Brisbane for the Test match against Australia. Pakistan lost the match to Australia that day, and after the game, Yashir Shah, Naseem Shah, Imran Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Mohammad Musa went out to have dinner together. They were scouring the city for a good Pakistani or Indian food joint to have dinner when they met the Indian taxi driver.Advertisement A video of the encounter was shared by the Pakistan cricket board on their Facebook page, which was showered with love by people of both nations. Pakistani leg-spinner, Yasir Shah, in the video talks about his and his team’s encounter with Paa Ji, the Sikh cab driver. The driver recognized them, and they ended up having a conversation about cricket. He hails from Punjab, and the players interacted with him in Urdu.Advertisement “We saw he was a ‘Paa Ji’ from India. So we spoke to him in Urdu and asked him to take us to a nice restaurant,” he said.Upon reaching the destination, the driver refused fare, and to return his kind gesture, Yasir Shah invited him to dinner with them.Advertisement “When we reached, he refused to take our fare. So I told him if you are not taking our fare, you have to join us for dinner.” the cricketer said. Paa Ji ended up having dinner with the Pakistani team. Advertisementlast_img read more