SEAS moves opening of Science and Engineering Complex to spring semester ’21

first_img How to reduce the spread of coronavirus Managing the coronavirus exodus from campus Much of it follows traditional cold-season admonitions, but some is more specific Harvard’s new Science and Engineering Complex (SEC) in Allston will move its fall opening to the spring semester, Dean Frank Doyle of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) announced Friday.“Due to the temporary suspension of construction work by the city of Boston, and our collective response to the coronavirus public health emergency, the SEC will not be ready in time for a summertime move-in and fall opening as previously planned,” said Doyle. “The good news is that, following a nearly five-year construction process, once construction fully resumes the SEC will be just weeks away from being ready for occupancy.”“The delay of the project is obviously disappointing, but helping to ensure the health and safety of everyone working at the site, as well as members of our community who would have moved this summer, must be our priority,” said Harvard President Larry Bacow. “When we do open the SEC, we will do so with the knowledge that we protected the people who built it and the people who will bring it to life with their phenomenal research and teaching. Our celebration will be all the sweeter for it, and I look forward to the day when we can be together to mark a great moment not just for the Harvard Paulson School and the University, but also for Allston and Greater Boston.”Prior to the work stoppage ordered by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh last month, the building was almost finished. Original plans had called for work to be completed in May, and for a rolling move-in to begin in June. “The delay of the project is obviously disappointing, but helping to ensure the health and safety of everyone working at the site, as well as members of our community who would have moved this summer, must be our priority.” — President Larry Bacow Hope for managing hospital admissions of COVID-19 cases “We’re incredibly close to the finish line,” said Joseph O’Farrell, managing director for capital projects for Campus Services. “Our teams are ready to get back to work as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.”  Assuming construction is allowed to resume this summer, the construction team hopes to finish up in a matter of weeks, and SEAS hopes to receive a green light to begin a coordinated move-in in the fall, and to begin classes in January.SEAS and the campus planning team are working on a revised schedule of lab and office moves, classroom and course schedules, transportation, and dining services. SEAS administrators say affected groups will be contacted in the coming weeks to discuss changes.SEAS labs, classrooms, and other spaces in Cambridge that were originally just a few months away from being vacated or consolidated will remain fully operational for the remainder of the calendar year.“The work of our researchers and students in the SEC, together with that of entrepreneurial experts at Harvard Business School, in the innovation labs cluster, as well as in the future Enterprise Research Campus, will all help to ensure that Allston becomes a world-class hub for research, learning, and innovation,” said Katie Lapp, Harvard’s executive vice president. “The excitement for the potential opportunities that the move will create is profound, and I’m confident that this timing change won’t temper that excitement.” Campus Services VP Meredith Weenick on Harvard’s work to prevent the spread of disease and help students move out on a tight timeline center_img ‘Worry about 4 weeks from now,’ epidemiologist warns The SEC postponement does not affect the ongoing conceptual development and due diligence for the Enterprise Research Campus or the American Repertory Theater’s move to Allston, both of which remain in planning and project development phases and have not been proposed for review. Those future proposals will be subject to normal regulatory and public and community review processes before construction begins.Approximately half of the SEAS community eventually will make the move to Allston. That includes teaching and research labs for all of the Bioengineering, Computer Science, Robotics, and Applied Computation departments, as well as portions of the Electrical Engineering and Materials/Mechanical Engineering departments.“During this time of unprecedented turmoil, we have all grown accustomed to abrupt changes,” Doyle said. “While the postponement is disheartening and will add new complexities to our planning, it is only a delay. When we eventually open the doors to the SEC, the entire Harvard community, our peers and colleagues, our neighbors, and our partners throughout the region will be able to realize the benefits of this state-of-the-art facility for teaching, learning, and research.” Harvard’s Lipsitch urges public to ramp up social distancing, increase coronavirus tests Related New projections suggest social-distancing measures in state may be flattening the curve last_img read more

New football season, same offensive names

first_img(NNPA)—I cannot let a football season open without raising the question of the names of sports teams generally and the Washington “Redskins” in particular.  I continue to be absolutely amazed at the resistance on the part of team owners to changing the names of these teams, but also the tolerance by so many fans of these racist names.I have to pick on the Washington Redskins both because I was once a fan of the team and also because I live in the D.C.-area and have watched this situation close-up.  As I raised in a column a few months ago, a poll was released this spring that indicated that most fans wanted to leave the name of the team as it is, despite the fact that it insults Native Americans.  For some this was seen as the end of the discussion because it appeared to vindicate the position taken by the team’s owners.Let’s flip the script for a moment and consider the problem from a different vantage point.  It would be worth looking at polls that were taken in the South during the early 1960s to ascertain the level of White support for the continuation of Jim Crow segregation.  The mere fact that a majority of people favor or do not favor something does not automatically settle an argument.  Rather, it serves as a barometer, telling us about where people stand today but it does not necessarily tell us anything about the morally correct position.It is unclear why it needs repeating—especially to African-Americans—that the preponderance of opinion among Native American indicates that terms, such as “redskins,” are racially offensive.  This is not about intent any more than a White person calling one of us a “nigger” should be judged based on intent.  The word is so patently offensive that, used by someone of another racial or ethnic group against us, it serves as an act of aggression.  Someone can stand before us and tell us that they love us, but were they to name a team the “Kansas City Niggers,” there would not be enough love and sincerity in the world to override our objections.So, why is it any different for Native Americans?  Why do we have to keep going through this silly argument when the morally correct position is clear? Why should it matter whether the team will need to create a new image?  That should not concern us any more than we would have been concerned about the work involved in removing “Negro Only” or “White Only” signs from public institutions 40 years ago. It is what needed to be done 40 years ago and it is, today, about what must be done.Send a note to the Washington Redskins owners.  Ask them about the last time that they permitted someone to use terms like “nigger” in the offices of the Washington Redskins.  If such terms are objectionable, why do they think that “redskins” is any different?(Bill Fletcher Jr. is a senior scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum, the author of “They’re Bankrupting Us”—And Twenty Other Myths about Unions.  Follow him on Facebook and at www.billfletcherjr.com.) BILL FLETCHER JR. Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courierlast_img read more

Whitewater set to open, preps for development at base of hill

first_imgBack in the saddleThe first weekend in December is expected to usher in a new season in paradise as Whitewater Ski Resort will deliver over 600 acres of new skiing, three new top-to-bottom intermediate runs, and the Glory Ridge chair lift (2,044 vertical feet.The new lift will open by Dec. 16, with the final pieces of the lift and testing still yet to be completed. The galvanized metal triple lift was brought in from Vail, Col., at “a steal” of a price.Whitewater management will also try to assess the impact of the new triple lift on the Summit double lift — Summit could be overloaded at certain peak times to get people to the top, said Cusack.“But between the three lifts there we should have pleasant lift lines,” he said.The Mountain opens fulltime on Dec. 11. Last year, thanks to a huge dump of snow in the middle of November, Whitewater opened in the third week of November.Over 100 centimetres of snow have fallen on the top of the mountains at Whitewater, with around 40 cm. accumulating at the base. Note:In areas with heavy snowfall, changes are in the works. Backcountry skiers heading to Revelstoke’s Glacier National Park will find anyone entering a prohibited area or a winter restricted area that is closed could be hit with fines of $2,000.For information on the Winter Permit System call 250-837-7500 or check out www.parkscanada.gc.ca/glacier. By Timothy Schafer, The Nelson Daily With the weekend opening of the Whitewater Ski Resort season one day away, an opening of another sort on the mountain is still gestating, says the hills’ general manager.Brian Cusack said the master plan — finalized and adopted by Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts in the beginning of June — is still on schedule to see the first shovel hit the ground on real estate development in 2013.The notion of a $40-million expansion and development project still looks promising, he said, but right now they are in a studious mode, with actual planning expected to come later once it the area has revealed its real working possibilities.The groundwork for the real estate development is now being assessed, with a water study underway for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, as well as a search for a septic field that meets approval of the Ministry of Environment.Cusack believes the consultants on the project have found a suitable field that can take all of the sewage they can throw at it.There is also a water table and water source analysis ongoing to see how much water the new development can use without impacting the nearby creek and its resultant habitat.A hydro geologist is studying the possibility of water being collected over time from an aquifer and stored in huge water tanks, as opposed to taking it on demand from the creek, the current method of water usage at Whitewater.The former idea has a much gentler impact on the environment, said Cusack.“We believe we have a sufficient amount of water in the valley floor in the aquifer,” he said.The master plan — only a portion of the resort’s Master Development Agreement with the Province — is somewhat scaled back in terms of its real estate (originally believed to be in the range of $90 million) and leaves the sensitive Qua Basin and its mountain caribou denizens untouched inside the resort’s Controlled Recreation Area (CRA).An agreement was struck in June with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Arts to retain the Provincial Government’s Action Regulation (GAR) order under the Mountain Caribou Recovery Strategy, specific to Qua Basin.The depth and breadth of the “wish list” for the development project includes 127 units of housing and six new lifts, expanded and increased runs, the creation of up to $40 million in real estate at the base of the mountain — all with the intent of increasing skier visits from 85,000 to 110,000 per season.In all, there will be $10 to $15 million worth of infrastructure improvements made, including the possibility of geothermal heat, with $40 million worth of strata-type real estate created over the next 10 years.In the base area there would be a core set of buildings created, with a commercial building housing a ski shop, rental shop and the ski school.There will be a small hotel with a bar and restaurant and a hostel — 50 units between the hotel and hostel — that may include some condominium units. There would also be 123 multi-family and single-family units phased in around the bowl.This would put 694 beds on the mountain,The whole complex will be divided into areas: 35 single family housing units (210 beds)38 duplex units (152 beds)54 multi-family units (216 beds)12 hostel units (46 beds)24 hotel/condo units (46 beds)10 remote lodge units (20 beds)[email protected]last_img read more

2010 tickets for ‘green’ schools

first_img19 August 20092010 Fifa World Cup sponsor Coca-Cola is to give 20 000 tickets for World Cup matches to schools across South Africa that do well in an innovative competition that promotes environmental awareness.The National Schools Recycling Programme, carried out in partnership with the Department of Education, will also encourage learners to collect bottles and cans for recycling.The competition will be launched in January 2010, and the handing over of the free tickets to the winning schools will take place before the start of the tournament.Rewarding innovationCoca-Cola South Africa’s Onwell Msomi said the initiative was intended to make teachers and students aware of the importance of recycling for the environment, and to reward innovation and responsible behaviour.A total of 200 schools in the country will be rewarded with World Cup tickets.“We strongly support this initiative,” Department of Education chief director Themba Kojana said in Pretoria this week. “Environmental education is very high on our list of priorities, and the importance of recycling of products must be emphasised at an early age.”Successful Confed Cup pilotMsomi said a successful pilot project had already been launched at two schools in Rustenburg in South Africa’s North West province, where Coca-Cola’s “Soccer Crazy Crew” was sent to promote the importance of recycling.Within a month, 67 863 plastic bottles were collected for recycling, and learners from the schools were rewarded with tickets to watch the Confederations Cup match between South Africa and Spain at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.“There was great enthusiasm among participating schools, Charora High School and Boikagong Secondary School, and it has given us the confidence to extend this idea across the country,” Msomi said.Fifa allocated the World Cup tickets to Coca-Cola as part of its Ticket Fund initiative, through which 120 000 tickets will be given to stadium construction workers and thousands of young South Africans involved in community programmes.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Demand Media IPO Bullish, Stirs The Google Grizzly Bear

first_imgWe’ve written a lot about content farms and in particular the largest of them all, Demand Media. Shares of Demand Media rose 35% today on the back of its IPO. Demand Media’s market valuation now matches the scale of its content business, which pumps out more than 7,000 new articles a day. At the current share price, Demand Media is valued at $1.5 Billion – more than the New York Times is worth. Demand Media’s IPO is the largest the tech market has seen since Google’s in 2004. Which appears to have stirred the giant grizzly bear in Mountain View. In a recent blog post, Google assured the world that it is dealing with content farms – which it describes as “sites with shallow or low-quality content.” I’m not sure that the market fully appreciates how risky a bet Demand Media is, if Google decides to crack down on content farms.Demand Media has a simple but highly effective formula: create a ton of niche, mostly uninspired content targeted to search engines, then make it viral through social software and make lots of money through ads. In addition, it operates a very large domain name business. As CNN Money reported, “about half of the Demand’s revenue comes from its Internet registry business, where it manages 10 million domain names.” There are risks though. As well as staving off the Google bear, Demand Media has found itself defending dubious accounting practices. It spreads the costs of its writers over 5 years, which is not how other content businesses account for such costs. Effectively this increases Demand Media’s reported annual profits, since the cost of producing the content is perceived to be much lower than what Demand Media is actually paying. Demand Media justifies this approach by saying that its content is “evergreen” and lasts for over 5 years. But the fact is, they pay the writers for it upfront – not over 5 years. So it should be treated as an immediate cost in its accounting books.The Bear Roars… Or at Least Comes Out of its CaveAt the end of 2009, I posited that if Google doesn’t do something about content farms, then it risks users moving away from their reliance on search and onto other methods of finding quality content. That might be through social media (Facebook and Twitter both grew significantly over 2010), subscriptions to quality media (we’ve discussed that this week in regards to iPad magazine and newspaper subscriptions), or other methods. Google’s dominance over the search market will continue for some time, but it knows it has to evolve. Google’s Matt Cutts remarked in the blog post that “people are asking for even stronger action on content farms and sites that consist primarily of spammy or low-quality content.” Google’s post was essentially a reinforcement of its principles, it didn’t address how (or even if) it will take “stronger action” on content farms. This was more like a bear clearing its throat than roaring. Still, Google knows it can maul content farms – or at least paw with them a bit.Would You Buy Demand Media Stock?Personally I wouldn’t invest in Demand Media. I don’t like its accounting practice in regards to costs and I think it’s too vulnerable to the whims of Google. Also I prefer reading content from The New York Times. What do you think, am I being too much of a bear on Demand Media? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#New Media#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

6 Power Tips To Use Google Like An Expert

first_imgA few weeks ago, I authored an article here with some quick tips on how you could improve your Google searches.  It provided some of the most useful features of Google that are relatively straight-forward, but few people knew about.  Originally published Mar 30, 2007 12:14:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 The response to the article was overwhelming.  Both those relatively unfamiliar with Google’s advanced features and those that were Google experts seemed to like the article.  The experts likely bookmarked the article to send to their friends and family. If you have some favorite tips that I missed above, please share them in the comments.  Seems that there is no end to the creative uses for the Google search engine. 2.  Current Time In Major Cities     Example:  The Lookout     Example:  100 Euros in US dollars     Example:  time in Tokyo     Example:  72 inches in cm 6 Power Tips To Use Google Like An Expert :  You can have Google tell you the current time in most major cities of the world. :  Find the approximate value of one international currency in another.     Example:  weather in 02142 3.  Currency Exchange :  Find the local weather in any area in the United Statescenter_img 1.  Unit Conversions      Example:  GOOG 5.  Movie Schedule 6.  Stock Quotes 12 Quick Tips To Search Google Like An Expert Here’s the first article, if you haven’t read that one yet:  :  Enter the name of a currently playing movie and Google will help you find local showings. :  You can enter common units and convert from one to the other. :  Just enter the stock ticker symbol as your query. In any case, as a follow-up to that article, I’d like to share another set of quick tips to improve how you use Google’s search bar.  Many of these were user contributions as comments to the original article.  Thanks to those that shared their favorite tips. 4.  Check The Weather     Example:  The Lookout in 02142 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

Coke Abandons Plans for Campaign Websites to Invest in Social Media

first_img Topics: Social Media Originally published Jan 13, 2010 2:54:00 PM, updated October 01 2019 Landing Pages According to New Media Age, Coke has decided to say goodbye to one-off-campaign-websites in favor of building its existing social media presence on YouTube and Facebook.  This move is not surprising since the Coca-Cola company has already expressed the belief that their social media and SEO presence is a better homepage than even Coke.com. To me, their announcement to discontinue Coke-hosted campaign websites just further demonstrates their dedication to building out the social media communities that are already working for them.  In the New Media Age article, Prinz Pinakatt, Coke’s interactive marketing manager for Europe explains why Coke has decided to cease building Coke-hosted pages for every campaign:  “We would like to place our activities and brands where people are, rather than dragging them to our platform.”What’s interesting is while the major B2C appears to be consolidating their efforts, Coke’s biggest competitor in the soda space, Pepsi, had decided to forego its 23rd year of Super Bowl advertising in order to invest in a crowdsourcing community called The Pepsi Refresh Project. If I’m interpreting Coke’s new strategy correctly, the type of community Pepsi is building won’t be pursued in the future by Coke.com.  Instead, Pinakatt says that they will either completely forgoe building a campaign website or simply create a landing page for that campaign with a call to subscribe to one of their existing social media communities. “In some cases some of our campaigns won’t need a coke.com-hosted site. In most cases these will still exist as it’s the most obvious destination for a consumer, but it might only be a page linking to YouTube encouraging people to join the community there.”For a B2C company like Coca-Cola, this move might be a smart one.  Building a one-off website every single new campaign can be an expensive and slow process when you factor in build time and QA, then there’s the effort and man-power involved in up-keeping the community you have created.  Right now Coca-cola is charged with managing and maintains over 7 different domains including MyCoke.com and Live Positively, so really they’re just consolidating their resources into one common goal – to build the Coco-Cola reach using social media and drive brand enthusiasm through those channels. For B2B companies, you may be wondering if Coke’s strategy could work for your business.  At HubSpot, we’ve had success in creating several app-driven Grader websites like Website Grader. These Grader products generate a lot of leads for our sales team so it’s worth the investment to host and deliver them to our prospects, even if it requires a dedicated team of developers to monitor and manage them. I do commend Coke for dedicating their marketing team into using social media to build their reach and reinforce their brand. When you build a robust presence on the big social media sites (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube), you are essentially fishing where the fish are.  However, the one thing that Coke is lacking from all of their websites is a powerful blog presence which I believe would strengthen the connection between their social media campaigns and their own domains.Do you think Coca-Cola made the right move? Are you investing more time in building your reach in social media this year? Tell us in the comments. Video: How to Use Social Media to Manage Your Company Brand Online Learn how to use social media to attract more customers.Download the free video and learn how to generate more business using social media. Branding Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

HubSpot TV – Connecting Anywhere and Everywhere with Guest Emily Nagle Green

first_img !  Watch the show in real-time at  www.hubspot.tv in your tweets! On the show today is Mike Volpe (@ Marketing Takeaway: Facebook Plans to Stake Its Location Claim Next Month Episode #83 – March 12, 2010 Intro karenrubin Marketing Tip of the Week:Read the book Mailbag Be transparent with your customers! http://itunes.hubspot.tv/ #HubSpotTV . Author of Closing As always, all the old episodes are in iTunes: Open for business: the Google Apps Marketplace Wild Web Women have nominated Mike for “Social Media Man Crush” finalist. Please vote Special Guest, Emily Nagle Green mvolpe to learn how inbound marketing and PR can be combined for results. ) Want to learn more about how creating remarkable content can lead to PR coverage and lead generation? : When measuring “what” effort drove the lead, do I point to the person’s first point of entry into our website, or the closest point of entry when they filled out the lead. inbound.org . If you like the show, please leave a review! and think about what elements of your business are not yet connected. Jetblue Natasha Attal ) and Emily Nagle Green (@ How to interact on Twitter: Include hashtag Kristi Shoemaker from (Episode Length: 27 minutes, 34 seconds) Stalking via Facebook & Twitter Is Made Even EASIER http://bit.ly/aT7hlV Anywhere Download the free webinar “After agreeing to share your location information in your settings, a small location icon will appear next to each tweet’s byline. Clicking it will bring up Google Maps, displaying your location.” Marketing Takeaway: Yelp Still Battling Bad Reviews Webinar – PR 2.0 for Marketers: Why Social Media Participation Matters : Have u been following @ Two law firms, Beck & Lee from Miami and The Weston Firm in San Diego, have filed a class action lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court alleging unfair business practices by local business review and rating website operator Yelp. Marketing Takeaway: Headlines #JB10NY Emily Nagle Green is chartered with continuing Yankee Group’s leadership in navigating the global connectivity revolution as the president and CEO, where she also serves on the Board of Directors. ), Karen Rubin (@ “The Google Apps Marketplace allows Google Apps customers to easily discover, deploy and manage cloud applications that integrate with Google Apps.” “Facebook plans to add friend location information as soon as next month, reports The New York Times Bits blog today. Honestly, this news is so expected that the fact that it was reported using anonymous sources attributed as ‘several people briefed on the project’ only makes it a little more certain than it was before.” Google Opens the Google Apps Marketplace For Business Jetblue’s Twitter Scavenger Hunt to Celebrate their 10 Year Anniversary HubSpot TV will be LIVE in Las Vegas today, Friday, at 4:00 p.m. ET. Start building your presence on Four Square, Facebook & Twitter. Try to find interesting ways to incorporate it in your business Originally published Mar 19, 2010 2:30:00 PM, updated July 04 2013 Make it easy for people to find you. If you have an application, apply to put it in the Google Marketplace today. We’re doing HubSpot TV from Las Vegas on March 19! Forum Fodder Scavenger Hunt to win tickets? Smart promo: Anywhere: How Global Connectivity is Revolutionizing the Way We Do Business Yelp Hit With Class Action Lawsuit For Running An “Extortion Scheme” emilynaglegreen How Marketers Can Use Twitter’s New Locations Featurex Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more