At Commencement, the parents’ perspective

first_imgThey say that time flies when you’re having fun. But ask any parent, and that person will tell you that time only really started speeding up the moment she or he became one. Babies grow into toddlers, teenagers morph into young adults, and before you know it the kids have flown the nest for college, leaving behind a strangely quiet home packed to the brim with nostalgia.Within those walls, on paper, film, and hard drives, in shelves, on cabinets, and in boxes, the treasures of childhood — and parenthood — lie documented. For every milestone, there’s a photograph with a loving caption. For each embarrassing memory, there is shaky footage as longstanding evidence.Narrated by her proud parents, this video celebrates one of the greatest milestones yet for Katherine Kulik ’15, and those who guided her along the way to her graduation from Harvard.last_img read more

Hunger on the rise amid pandemic

first_imgThe current crisis may present an opportunity for reform by raising awareness and providing platforms for change in COVID-19 relief and other legislation. With farm profit margins thin, Willett said, the government can offer incentives to nudge operators toward producing healthier foods in greater abundance, thereby lowering prices and encouraging smarter eating. Globally, Woteki said, a lot of thought and energy is being given to how to make the world’s food supply sustainable. A major opportunity, at least in the U.S., occurs every five years in the U.S. Farm Bill, which shapes U.S. farm policy through everything from guaranteed loan programs to crop insurance, from support for biofuels and food assistance to provisions for rural development and farm-based conservation programs. The next reauthorization is due in 2023.Before then, Bleich said, the U.S. House has already approved additional resources for SNAP in the HEROES Act, the latest COVID-19 relief legislation. Senate Republican leaders have said they would not take up the measure, but that additional relief may be considered in late July. Local officials have another tool to help, she said, by implementing the summertime equivalent of the school lunch program.“Simply going back to ‘normal’ after the pandemic would not be a good outcome, because we were already badly off-track from a nutritional, environmental, and social justice perspective,” Willett said. “Among the many critical issues we need to deal with in the long term must be the dismal health and nutritional status of our country and the great inequities in health and nutritional status.” Telling people what to eat and what not to eat often backfires, but ‘Don’t drink soda’ is a clearer message, Harvard expert says This is part of our Coronavirus Update series in which Harvard specialists in epidemiology, infectious disease, economics, politics, and other disciplines offer insights into what the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak may bring.The COVID-19 pandemic is not just making Americans sick, it’s leaving many hungry as well, and experts who gathered for a Harvard Chan School forum on the problem said that legislation to relieve the pandemic’s economic burden may be able to help.Sara Bleich, professor of public health policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, said the nation’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP or food stamps, has already been used to help low-income and newly unemployed Americans in pandemic relief legislation approved by Congress and signed by President Trump. SNAP can be boosted again in a future bill, she said, advocating a 15 percent hike in the maximum benefit, or an extra $100 a month for a family of four.Bleich said a June analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by Northwestern University researchers showed food insecurity doubling from before the pandemic to late May, affecting 23 percent of Americans as U.S. unemployment spiked to more than 14 percent from 3.8 percent in February.Bleich, whose work focuses on government policies to fight obesity and diseases related to diet, said the survey shows not just a broad increase of the problem nationally but also that, like COVID-19 itself, food insecurity is hitting Black and minority communities particularly hard, rising from one in five households to nearly one in three. As a consequence, the network of charities that provide help are getting overwhelmed.“All states are showing an increase, and it has roughly doubled,” Bleich said. “Much like we saw prior to the start of COVID-19 where food insecurity clustered around Black and brown populations and low-income populations, we’re seeing those same disparities persist now.”Bleich appeared on a Facebook Live event sponsored by The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and PRI’s ”The World.” The hourlong event, “Food Insecurity, Inequality, and COVID-19,” also featured Walter Willett, professor of epidemiology and nutrition, Catherine Woteki, Distinguished Institute Professor at the University of Virginia and professor of food science and human nutrition at Iowa State University, and David Bennell, manager, food and nature, for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.Willett said that, unlike some parts of the world, the U.S. has plenty of food, so the problem of hunger is one of equitable distribution. There is a secondary problem, albeit one that is far from trivial, of the least-expensive foods being unhealthy, with too many refined carbohydrates, sugars, and unhealthy fats. The counterintuitive result is that levels of obesity, diabetes, and other diet-related ailments are higher in the same low-income communities that suffer food insecurity. Related Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic steps up its efforts in time of pandemic Waste not, want not Harvard continues to donate food for distribution in Cambridge and beyond Helping to feed the community Hold the soda, hold the fat shaminglast_img read more

Broad Institute director tapped for White House role

first_img A poetic beginning Clinton, Nixon, and lessons in preparing for impeachment First U.S. youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman to deliver reading at Biden inauguration Democrats have both Congress and the White House — but not a free hand Eric S. Lander, founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, will step down from his leadership role and will take an unpaid, academic leave-of-absence from his faculty positions to be the first life scientist to serve as White House Science Advisor to President Joseph R. Biden following the inauguration. “We are pleased and honored that the president-elect has selected Eric to serve at a time when the country desperately needs to reimagine and reenergize science throughout our nation,” said Louis V. Gerstner Jr., chair of the Broad Institute Board of Directors. “We look forward to his return to the Broad Institute in the future.”Todd R. Golub has been appointed the new director of the Broad Institute by the Board of Directors. As one of the founders of the Institute, Golub played a central role in building and leading the Institute since before its launch in 2004. He is a core Institute member and serves on its executive leadership team. Golub is also the Charles A. Dana Investigator in Human Cancer Genetics at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.“Broad is in a stronger scientific and cultural position today than at any point in our 16-year history,” Golub said. “Moreover, the pandemic has pushed us to think differently about nearly every aspect of how we collaborate and deliver on our scientific mission. We are well-positioned to work with the larger scientific community to confront some of the most urgent challenges in biomedicine, from developing novel diagnostics and therapeutics for infectious diseases and cancer, to understanding the genetic basis of cardiovascular disease and mental illness. I am honored to serve as director of this remarkable institution.”Golub joined the Dana-Farber and Harvard faculty in 1997, and served as a key scientific leader of the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research, the precursor organization of the Broad Institute. He has also been an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and has served as chair of numerous scientific advisory boards, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the National Cancer Institute’s Board of Scientific Advisors.,Throughout his career, Golub has co-founded several successful biotechnology companies developing diagnostic and therapeutic products. He is a world leader in creating and applying tools of genomics to understand the basis of disease and developing new approaches to drug discovery. He has made fundamental discoveries in the molecular basis of human cancer, and he has been a major driver of approaches to precision medicine. “Todd’s deep knowledge of the Broad Institute community, its science, and its mission to propel the understanding and treatment of disease make him the perfect choice for the Institute’s next director,” Gerstner said. “Todd is well-positioned to lead the Institute and our key scientific collaborations forward, and the Board is highly confident he will continue the Broad’s culture of innovation, collegiality, and constant renewal.”“In its 16 years, the Broad has become one of the most unique institutions in the biomedical ecosystem,” said Shirley M. Tilghman, professor of molecular biology and public policy and president emerita of Princeton University, and a member of the Broad Institute Board of Directors. “Under Eric’s and Todd’s leadership, it has developed powerful new methods and made many contributions to genomic medicine that will benefit human health. As both an innovator and an inspired scientific leader, Eric is an ideal choice to advise the president on integrating scientific knowledge into sound public policy and empowering the next generation of scientific leadership in this country. At the Broad, Todd will move the institution forward as its new director to continue its innovative spirit and move science forward to benefit human health.”“Our country stands at the most consequential moment for science and technology since World War II. How we respond will shape our future for the rest of this century,” Lander said. “President-elect Biden understands the central role of science and technology, and I am deeply honored to have the chance to serve the nation.”Other members of the Science Team in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) include: Alondra Nelson will serve as OSTP deputy director for Science and Society. A distinguished scholar of science, technology, social inequality, and race, Nelson is president of the Social Science Research Council, an independent, nonprofit organization linking social science research to practice and policy. She is also a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, one of the nation’s most distinguished research institutes, located in Princeton, N.J.Frances H. Arnold and Maria Zuber will serve as the external co-chairs of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). An expert in protein engineering, Arnold is the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Zuber, an expert in geophysics and planetary science, is the first woman to lead a NASA spacecraft mission and has chaired the National Science Board. They are both the first women to serve as co-chairs of PCAST.Kei Koizumi will serve as OSTP chief of staff and is one of the nation’s leading experts on the federal science budget. Narda Jones, who will serve as legislative affairs director, was senior technology policy adviser and counsel for the Democratic staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.center_img Related Veterans of past battles offer insiders’ looks into the politics, procedure, and strategy of investigators and lawmakers Political analysts say they will be hampered by tight legislative majoritieslast_img read more

Snite hosts Day of the Dead

first_imgAs part of the celebration events for Día de los Muertos, organized through the Center for Arts & Culture, visiting artist Sandra Fernández of the University of Texas at Austin gave a talk about her artwork Friday in the Snite Museum of Art.Fernández said her artwork documents the various journeys and experiences of her life and allows her to express her opinions, political, social and otherwise.“Migratory paths have dominated my existence and are the ones that have defined who I am and what my art is about,” she said. “My life is a story of migrating and immigrating.”Born in Queens, New York to Ecuadorian immigrants, Fernández said she moved to Ecuador with her mother when she was one year old. She said she left Ecuador for political reasons and returned to the United States in 1987.In art, Fernández said she discovered a means of coping with her new and unfamiliar environment.“Trying to understand a different culture, I turned to art to handle the conflicted feelings and emotions that I was experiencing,” she said.  “Some of [my] works at this time also talk about the necessity to find familiar connections in a new culture where I felt completely alone and uprooted.”Originally, Fernández said she turned to photography to orient herself in alien surroundings. From photography, Fernández segued to bookmaking, which she said was a way for her to tell the story of her past and communicate her heritage to her children.“By this time, it was evident that for many years to come my home would be in the USA,” she said. “For this reason, I wanted to leave a legacy for my children, to teach them where they came from, about their roots, make them feel proud of who they are by knowing their origins.”Fernández said she continued to draw from the memories of her childhood in subsequent collections, including one which featured skirts in every piece. She said these works discussed gender and the social role of women, and they reflected various techniques she learned in Ecuador, such as sewing and embroidery.Fernández said her art has become more politically oriented recently. Although many of her early pieces incorporated political themes in response to her persecution in Ecuador, Fernández said only in the last several years has her art regained its political voice.Fernández said most of her political art today focuses on issues regarding immigration and undocumented residents. She said she sympathizes with those she terms “the dreamers” or the “undocumented students that have gone through the educational system.”“I came to admire these kids so much,” she said. “They kind of reminded me of when I was young, when I was at their age, when I was fighting for all these things that I wanted to change.”Looking back on her career, Fernández said she believes her art sustained her through the years and allowed her to shed light on the problems she sees in the world today.“When I started making art, I was confronting my own experiences, and it took me a long time to be able to get out of my shell,” she said. “Now after 22-plus years of making art, I’m trying to bring awareness of other people’s plights.”Tags: Dia de los Muertos, Immigration, Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture, Sandra Fernandez, Snite Museum of Artlast_img read more

Owner Charged After Allegedly Leaving Dog In Car For 24 Hours

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) STOCKTON – A City of Buffalo man was charged with abandonment of animals after allegedly leaving his dog in a car for 24 hours.The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office responded to an animal complaint at a residence on Bone Dry Road in the Town of Stockton Friday afternoon.Deputies located a small dog inside of an abandoned vehicle in the area. At the time the dog was located, deputies say it was 17 degrees outside.Through investigation deputies believe the dog’s owner, Josiah Schuaman, 32, allegedly abandoned his vehicle with the dog locked inside. Deputies say Schuaman was issued an appearance ticket for abandonment of animals.Schuaman is scheduled to appear in the Town of Stockton Court on a later date.last_img read more

Starry Of Mice and Men Begins Performances

first_img View Comments Of Mice and Men Of Mice and Men tells the story of two migrant workers: George (Franco), a sharp but uneducated, short-tempered man, and Lennie (O’Dowd), a large but simple-minded man. Together they hope to one day acquire their own piece of land. But when Lennie stirs up trouble on the job, George must choose between protecting his friend or continuing to strive for the American dream. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on July 27, 2014 Three stars of the screen are in the wings, ready to make their Broadway debuts on March 19 as Of Mice and Men begins previews at the Longacre Theatre. Oscar nominee James Franco, Chris O’Dowd and Leighton Meester lead the cast of the stage adaptation of the classic John Steinbeck novella. This is the first time the play will have been on Broadway in 40 years. Additional cast members include Tony winner Jim Norton, Ron Cephas Jones, Alex Morf, Joel Marsh Garland, James McMenamin, Jim Ortlieb, Jim Parrack, Michael Dempsey, Kevin Jackson, Erica Lutz and Stephen Payne. The strictly limited engagement will open officially on April 16.last_img read more

Dear Evan Hansen’s Rachel Bay Jones & Jennifer Laura Thompson on Motherhood On Stage and Off

first_imgRachel Bay Jones & Jennifer Laura Thompson photographed at Night Times Square (Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Comments Related Shows from $89.00 Dear Evan Hansen Family life is messy in the new hit musical Dear Evan Hansen, and that’s exactly the way Rachel Bay Jones and Jennifer Laura Thompson like it. After years of solid work in Broadway musicals, Jones (Hair, Pippin) and Thompson (Urinetown, Wicked) portray mothers on opposite sides of a tragedy compounded by a lie. After kicking off Evan Hansen with Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s witty ode to parenthood, “Anybody Have a Map?” their characters embark on an emotional journey that’s both heartbreaking and hopeful. The warm personal bond Jones and Thompson have developed over the course of the show’s three-year road to Broadway is obvious as they chat about motherhood—real and fictional.Q: Are you getting a lot of hugs at the stage door? After what your characters go through in this musical, you deserve them.JENNIFER: We do get a lot of hugs.RACHEL: And the audience needs a hug. Everybody wants a hug, especially after our show.Q: Given how emotional Dear Evan Hansen is, have the two of you formed a special bond? RACHEL: We’re soul mates.JENNIFER: We’re sisters who found each other later in life. Through all the changes in the show and the growth, we’ve been there to lift each other up through our losses and frustrations and glorious triumphs. It’s been a really, really great gift.RACHEL: And she makes me laugh so hard!Q: Are you surprised that this show was written by three guys under the age of 35?RACHEL: I never stop talking about this! And directed by a dude [Michael Greif]. And here we are with this beautiful feminist exploration of motherhood.JENNIFER: I remember the day you sang your beautiful song for the first time, “So Big/So Small,” and all of us were in awe of the depth and the beauty and the reality. I said, “Benj and Justin, how could you do this?” And you said, “How do you know how to reach into the soul of a middle-aged mother and just put it out there?”Q: What touches you most about these two moms?RACHEL: I think Heidi is so perfectly flawed. We all have these deep flaws that we’re ashamed of, that we don’t want to show the world, and it’s been an incredible gift to exploit these things that are shared by so many mothers, things we tend to hide from in ourselves. To be able to be forgiven of these flaws is a healing process for me every night.JENNIFER: What I love about Cynthia is her drive, her relentless want to save her son and keep her family together. She never, ever gave up, and I think that her propensity to go a step further than anyone is [true] of every mother. That’s what we do. I’m a mom. My kid is my everything.RACHEL: She is that kind of mom.JENNIFER: Parenting is so difficult. From the moment you become pregnant, the worry never stops. I’m not saying it’s not rewarding because absolutely it has to be; otherwise, none of us would be here. But it’s a burden and a great gift to be a mom.RACHEL: I’m a mom as well, and from the moment they’re born, it’s this constant process of them moving away from you, this achingly beautiful process of letting them go. And this [theme] exists inside of this story in different ways for these two mothers. Q: Have your kids seen the show? [Jennifer has a 13-year-old son, Tommy; Rachel has a 13-year-old daughter, Miranda.]JENNIFER: Mine has not.RACHEL: My daughter has seen it many times.JENNIFER: I don’t think I want him to watch me grieve the way I have to in this show. I don’t think it would have a positive impact on him, so I’m going to wait until someone else is doing it and I can bring him back and say, “That’s what I did.”RACHEL: Cynthia is more of a tragic character in my mind; it’s a deeper kind of loss. There’s a lot of redemption for Heidi, a lifting out of that place that doesn’t get to happen as much for Cynthia. It’s a big deal for them to see what we have to go through on stage, and I can see why you wouldn’t want Tommy to come.Q: Are either of your kids interested in acting?JENNIFER: My son shows absolutely no interest. He’s coding computers. He’s going to be a Nobel Prize winner.RACHEL: He’s too smart to be an actor! She is interested in a lot of different things, and I’ve got my fingers crossed that it will take her somewhere else. I dropped out of high school to become an actor. I moved to New York. I was not wise about my decisions. My hope for her is that she’ll be a little more thoughtful.Q: The Evan Hansen cast seems like such a close ensemble, beginning with Rachel’s bond with Ben Platt as Evan. RACHEL: He is a beautiful, beautiful man. Everything that’s inside of him is completely accessible. And the experience that we have together on stage—there’s an open flow of communication that doesn’t have any walls. There’s a deep connection with all of us, and a support system because this material is difficult and challenging. We all make each other laugh constantly.JENNIFER: I was getting my makeup done for a shoot, and Laura Dreyfuss casually walked by and said, “It takes a village.” That’s my [stage] daughter!Q: You two obviously appreciate how special this experience is. JENNIFER: I feel so lucky to be here because I have all the wisdom and experience in my life to draw from to portray Cynthia the way I can now. This story needs to be told because it has a message that is so important to so many generations.RACHEL: I think people are ready to see women of our age portrayed in a way that they can relate to. It’s not just the sidelined mom character who’s perfect, or not relatable at all, seen only through the distorted eyes of an angry teenager. There are so many beautiful shades of gray, so much humanity, in the way that these two women are written. There are endless wells to draw from.last_img read more

Gran Fondo Asheville on June 18th Benefiting Friends of the Smokies

first_imgOn Father’s Day weekend take the time to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial with Friends of the Smokies and ride in the 3rd annual Gran Fondo Asheville cycling event on Saturday, June 18, 2016. Photo by David Huff (1)Friends of the Smokies welcomes cyclist of varying levels to experience the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina by riding the 30, 60 or 100-mile scenic courses. There are timed sections along the routes for folks who would like to compete, but our motto is ‘pedal hard and party harder’ and that is exactly what we want the cyclist to do—enjoy themselves while celebrating 100 years of America’s best idea. Photo by David Huff (4)The ride begins downtown on North Spruce Street and quickly transitions to winding roads in pastoral countryside near Marshall, North Carolina and then along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Beginners and avid cyclists alike will find a course to meet their individual goals, whether that’s competing to win or taking it easy and soaking in the views. IMG_4961After riders have completed their chosen course they will cruise into downtown Asheville and be greeted by Friends of the Smokies volunteers, family, and friends at the Twisted Laurel restaurant. Riders will be provided with complimentary beer and food and a great place to hang out as they wait for their comrades to cross the finish line. The finish area will be full of booths ranging from massage therapists, yoga instructors, National Park Service rangers and volunteers and much more.  Photo by David Huff (2)Gran Fondo Asheville benefits Friends of the Smokies to raise money for Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Since its founding in 1993, Friends of the Smokies has raised more than $50 million to fund critical projects and programs in America’s most-visited national park. This event features stocked aid stations along the routes where volunteer’s hand out food and water, bike mechanic stations for riders who might be in need, and a raffle and fun prizes for overall and age group winnersThe Gran Fondo Asheville has a 500 rider limit to ensure safe riding conditions along the routes. Register today to guarantee a spot at Photo by David Huff (3)This event is made possible by Friends of the Smokies presenting sponsors Duke Energy and BorgWarner as well as Twisted Laurel, Webb Investments, Best Buy, Asheville Dental Care, ESPN Asheville and 98.1 the River, Roberts and Stevens, Beverly-Hanks, Fletcher Warehousing, Dixon Hughes Goodman, Insurance Services of Asheville, Equilibar, Publix, and Smoky Mountain Living.last_img read more

IRS reform bill advances to House

first_imgThe House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday unanimously advanced legislation that would make some structural changes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and change the agency’s interactions with taxpayers. Some of the provisions could impact certain credit union processes.Of note in H.R. 1957, the bill would:make changes to the IRS’ seizure or forfeiture of assets related to the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and cash structuring;require the IRS to conduct a study and report to Congress ways to increase the number of tax refunds paid by electronic fund transfers (EFTs);create a website for taxpayers to file Form 1099; ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img

West Islip Man Accused of Drowning Dog

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A West Islip man has been arrested for allegedly chaining a cinder block to his family’s dog, which he then threw into a canal, drowning the pet eight months ago, authorities said.Suffolk County SPCA investigators charged John Shultz with felony animal cruelty. He was released without bail following his initial court appearance. If convicted, he faces up to two years in prison.Authorities said the 66-year-old suspect tied the block around the neck of family’s 7-year-old female Rottweiler mix before tossing the dog and the block into the canal behind his family’s Secatogue Lane East home last year.An anonymous tipster reported finding the dog floating in the canal on Sept. 18. A veterinarian later confirmed that the dog fatally drowned.Shultz is due back in court July 21.last_img read more