Sampling Harvard, in essays

first_imgIt is sometimes said that youth is wasted on the young. It also could be said that college sometimes is wasted on students, and that only after graduating does a former student come to appreciate learning. For those wishing to revisit the college classroom, or those who never had the opportunity, there is “The Harvard Sampler: Liberal Education for the Twenty-First Century.”In the spirit of the General Education curriculum, this book of essays gives a taste of the modern Harvard curriculum. The authors, who are among the University’s most respected faculty members, invite visitors to explore subjects as diverse as religious literacy and Islam, liberty and security in cyberspace, medical science and epidemiology, energy resources, evolution, morality, human rights, global history, the dark side of the American Revolution, American literature and the environment, interracial literature, and the human mind.The instructors, who include such premier scholars as Steven Pinker, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, and Harry R. Lewis, summarize key developments in their fields in ways that both entertain and edify.last_img read more

In memoriam: Rose Epstein Frisch, expert in women’s fertility

first_imgRose Epstein Frisch, an associate professor emerita of population sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a pioneer in elucidating the biological mechanisms of fertility and cancer in women, died January 30, 2015 in Cambridge, Mass.Frisch’s discovery that the energy stored in body fat governs when a woman becomes fertile led to the discovery of leptin, the hormone that implements this biological pathway. The effect is that a woman’s being too lean, whether from malnutrition or intense exercise, leads to decreased fertility or even infertility. The mechanism, overlooked by demographers and the medical community, has far-reaching implications for policies for alleviating hunger across the world. In related work, Frisch demonstrated the relationship between early athletic activity and later-life cancer.“Dr. Frisch’s studies were visionary and set in motion a chain of discoveries that led to a much better understanding of women’s health,” said Lisa Berkman, director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, where Frisch worked for decades. “What also was remarkable was that this was accomplished during a period when most women scientists struggled to have their work recognized.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

Hurricane Maria: ‘Attracting Capital to Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority Is More Critical Than Ever’

first_imgHurricane Maria: ‘Attracting Capital to Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority Is More Critical Than Ever’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Washington Post:Hurricane Maria has dealt a new blow to Puerto Rico’s bankrupt electric company — knocking out power for the entire island and imposing costly repair burdens on a utility that was already struggling with more than $9 billion in debt, poor service and sky-high rates.And that means more hardship for local residents and businesses, whose electric rates are already more than twice the national average.Even before it was hit by Irma and now Maria, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority said it needed more than $4 billion to overhaul its outdated power plants and reduce its heavy reliance on imported oil. The company filed, in effect, for bankruptcy July 2.Now, with Maria toppling transmission lines and 100 percent of Puerto Ricans without electricity, PREPA faces millions of dollars more for hurricane repairs.The utility’s struggles are a key part of the commonwealth’s struggles to restructure about $74 billion in debts, overhaul its economy and stem the outflow of Puerto Rican citizens to the U.S. mainland.“PREPA and electricity here have always been critical to economic recovery,” said Natalie Jaresko, a veteran banker, former finance minister in Ukraine and adviser to the Puerto Rican government. “What the hurricane is proving is that that infrastructure is fragile. It makes attracting capital to PREPA more critical than ever.”More: Hurricane Maria has dealt a heavy blow to Puerto Rico’s bankrupt utility and fragile electric gridlast_img read more

Spurs sack AVB

first_img The humiliation by Liverpool, which followed a 6-0 drubbing by Manchester City last month, appears to have been the final straw for the Spurs chairman Daniel Levy who delivered the coup de grace in person at the club’s training ground in Enfield. Tottenham said in a statement: “The club can announce that agreement has been reached with head coach, Andre Villas-Boas, for the termination of his services. “The decision was by mutual consent and in the interests of all parties.” Villas-Boas, who was able to say farewell to the players before his departure, leaves after 18 months in the post. Bookmakers have installed Capello as the early favourite. Although he is currently Russia’s head coach and due to take them to the World Cup finals, Franco Baldini, his former assistant at England, is Spurs’ technical director, and Capello was at White Hart Lane yesterday commentating for Italian television. Other names linked with the post include former Tottenham striker Jurgen Klinsmann, currently coach of the USA, and a possible return for Hoddle. He was in charge at Spurs between 2001 and 2003 but has not been in club management since Wolves in 2006. However, Gary Lineker was among those backing the former England boss. Lineker said on Twitter: “Would love to see Glenn Hoddle given another chance at this level. Has a brilliant football mind.” The 36-year-old’s spell as Tottenham manager came to an abrupt end after the club announced he had been sacked, a day after Spurs’ 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool. Tim Sherwood, who is already on the coaching staff at White Hart Lane, is set to be in charge for the Capital One Cup quarter-final at home against West Ham on Wednesday and perhaps for longer in an interim role. There are also whispers that Southampton’s Pochettino, who has been hugely impressive at St Mary’s, has attracted Levy’s admiration though he is known to be fiercely loyal to Saints chairman Nicola Cortese. Guus Hiddink’s agent has ruled the Dutchman out of the running – he is taking over as Holland coach after the World Cup. Cees van Nieuwenhuizen told Press Association Sport: “I would be surprised if (Hiddink) went to Spurs. I could hardly imagine that happening. “He has just signed a contract with Holland and he has also turned down offers from other countries recently to coach them at the World Cup so I wouldn’t take any talk of Guus going to Tottenham seriously.” Swansea boss Michael Laudrup’s agent has also insisted the Dane is committed to staying at his club until the end of the season. Spurs are currently seventh in the table, two points ahead of Manchester United, and won their Europa League group with a 100 per cent record, scoring 15 goals and conceding just two in six games. Villas-Boas also had a good record overall as Tottenham manager, averaging 1.83 points per league match, and a win ratio of more than 53 per cent, the highest of all Spurs bosses in the Premier League era. Although the Portuguese manager did spend heavily over the summer, to the tune of £108million with seven new players coming in as Tottenham reinvested Gareth Bale’s enormous transfer fee, some of the signings were made over his head and that led to a breakdown in the relationship with the club’s hierarchy. Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele admitted that the defeat by Liverpool had been humiliating. “It was one of the worst games I have been involved in,” the former Fulham midfielder said. “We are very disappointed in ourselves. Liverpool were much stronger than us and showed much more character than us. We are going to speak to each other, it is clear that we need to talk to each other. “Last year, against the top teams, we were stronger. It is difficult to say why it is like this now but we have to look at ourselves.” Earlier, Harry Redknapp – sacked as Tottenham manager in 2012 after failing to qualify for the Champions League – had said Levy should give his successor Villas-Boas more time. Redknapp told talkSPORT: “I think people are over-reacting too quickly. You lose a couple of games now and you’re in trouble, it shouldn’t be like that. “You either think somebody is good at their job or not and when you appoint someone you should give them time and let them do the job.” Tottenham confirmed their former midfielder Sherwood will lead an interim coaching team. In a short statement, Tottenham said: “The club can announce that Tim Sherwood, Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand will take charge of the first team whilst the club progresses discussions. Steffen Freund and Tony Parks continue as part of the coaching staff. “Jose Mario Rocha, Luis Martins and Daniel Sousa leave the coaching staff and we wish them well for the future.” Press Association Fabio Capello, Glenn Hoddle and Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino have emerged as contenders for the Tottenham manager’s position after Spurs sacked Andre Villas-Boas.last_img read more

Republic boss Martin O’Neill keen to avoid injuries ahead of Euro 2016 play-off

first_img Sunday’s draw pitched the Irish against the third-placed side from Group B, from which Belgium and Wales qualified directly. The Republic have met Bosnia just once before, with the Irish winning 1-0 courtesy of a Shane Long header in May 2012 under previous manager Giovanni Trapattoni. Long is currently sidelined with an ankle injury but with almost a month before the two-legged play-off, which will see the Republic play away first on Friday, November 13 with the return leg at the Aviva Stadium on Monday, November 16, O’Neill knows there is the potential for more setbacks. “I spoke to Shane a few days ago and he is optimistic,” he told Sky Sports News. “Like anything else, sometimes with these particular injuries you are going well for a little while, and then you have three or four or five days where the injury doesn’t seem to be healing up as quickly as you would imagine, so we’ll play it by ear. “We’ve got obviously a few problems to negotiate, we’ve got a couple of suspensions (Jon Walters and John O’Shea) and who knows what might happen in the next couple of weeks with players playing at club level. “Injuries are always a possibility but whatever we have when the time comes we will go for it. We will give it absolutely everything we’ve got in a bid to get to France.” Ireland were not seeded for the draw but avoided the likes of Sweden and Denmark, who will face each other in a Scandinavian derby. And O’Neill believes they can take encouragement from the four points they earned from two matches against world champions Germany in their two qualifying group games. “Those were terrific results for us,” he said. Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is hopeful his side will not be hamstrung by injuries for next month’s Euro 2016 play-off against Bosnia-Herzegovina. Press Association “The late equaliser out in Germany was fantastic considering they were just back a couple of months from winning the World Cup. “But to follow it up in Dublin with a magnificent win has to give you great confidence and from that, because it’s so recent, we should take that confidence into these two games. “There was talk here that there wasn’t a great deal of difference between the seeded and non-seeded sides, but I think that if you asked any of us coaches who were unseeded, I think we would prefer to have been seeded. “If there’s any slight advantage to be had maybe it’s the second game being played in Dublin. “That said, I think that we would need to perform out in Bosnia to make sure that second game means something and that will not be easy.” The other two play-off matches see Ukraine play Slovenia and Norway tackle Hungary. last_img read more

Middlesbrough F.C. sign striker Ashley Fletcher from West Ham F.C.

first_imgMiddlesbrough F.C. have signed striker Ashley Fletcher from West Ham United for 6.5 million pounds ($8.5 million) on a four-year contract, the English Championship club said on Friday.Ashley Fletcher, 21, who joined West Ham last July, failed to find the net in limited first-team opportunities under manager Slaven Bilic, starting only twice in all competitions during the 2016-17 season.A former Manchester United trainee, Fletcher scored eight goals in 27 appearances during a six-month loan spell with Barnsley last year.Fletcher is Boro manager Garry Monk’s sixth major signing of the close season transfer window after the arrival of Britt Assombalonga, Martin Braithwaite, Cyrus Christie, Jonny Howson and Darren Randolph at the Riverside Stadium.last_img read more