Gundula Azeez, policy manager for the Soil Association

first_imgWe breathed a sigh of relief at the Chief Medical Officer’s recent intervention to stall the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) proposal to fortify bread with folic acid.The move was triggered by a review in the British Journal of Nutrition. This found it was wrong of the FSA to assume folic acid would behave the same as the natural form of the B vitamin, folate.It turns out that unmetabolised folic acid appears in the body after eating just one slice of fortified bread and then accumulates as more is eaten. This is a huge concern, as many negative effects are associated with unmetabolised folic acid: cancer, mental decline in the elderly, more multiple births among women having fertility treatment (which have higher health risks), and reduced success of anti-folate drug treatment.These surely outweigh the tiny predicted reduction in neural tube defects (NTD) – 22-36 fewer NTD births each year, plus up to 110 fewer terminations – that was the sole objective of fortification.It is worrying how the FSA’s ’science-based’ proposal was actually based on assumptions. This seems to be a repeat of the situation with other vitamins, where natural and artificial nutrient sources were wrongly assumed to have the same effects.last_img read more

Aures Group creates slim EPoS screen

first_imgTill management and EPoS systems firm Aures Group has launched the new W-Touch “all-in-one” touchscreen equipment. It features a slimline, fanless and splash-proof design, and has been developed predominantly for wall-mounted till applications.The W-Touch, part of the Posligne range, is an integrated 15-inch touchscreen system, and is equipped with an Intel Atom Pineview dual-core D525 processor. The firm said the model is suitable for outlets where space is at a premium. It comes in graphite black and pure white.last_img

Beacon opens free hotline for coronavirus

first_img WhatsApp Beacon opens free hotline for coronavirus Twitter Previous articleThree break-in suspects sought in Howard TownshipNext articleAttention Walmart customers: Stores no longer open 24 hours a day 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNews Twitter Google+ Pinterest By 95.3 MNC – March 15, 2020 1 370 Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp (Photo supplied/Beacon Health Systems) Beacon Health System now has a free phone screening for individuals in northern Indiana and southwest Michigan who have symptoms and are concerned they may have been exposed to coronavirus/COVID-19.When calling the free hotline at 855-523-2225 callers will speak with a Beacon professional and answer questions related to symptoms, recent travel or possible exposure to individuals who have tested positive for coronavirus. Based on the answers provided, callers will be referred to the most appropriate level of care for further evaluation, if needed. Anyone experiencing life-threatening symptoms should call 9-1-1.The hotline is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. Individuals do not need to be Beacon patients to use the free coronavirus phone screening service. Facebooklast_img read more

Press release: Work starts on fish pass at iconic Grade II Crumpwood weir

first_imgToday, building work is starting on a £570,000 project to build a fish pass at the Grade II listed Crumpwood weir.The unique fish pass which is being built underneath the nearby disused 19th century pump house, will improve fish passage along the River Churnet. This is the first step in plans that will hopefully see the pump house restored and part of the former Cauldron and Uttoxeter canal reinstated.The fish pass, delivered in partnership with South Staffs Water, JCB and Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, will see 7 kilometers of river opened up to all fish found in the rivers, such as Atlantic Salmon, Brown Trout, Grayling and Chub to name a few. Helping fish migrate up and down the river means they can find the best habitat to feed, shelter, spawn and grow.We’re very grateful to JCB who have loaned the heavy plant equipment for this project, and for the support of South Staffs Water who own the historic pump house. Without their support and contributions this project would not have been achievable.Crumpwood weir, originally built between 1807 and 1811, was part of the Froghall to Uttoxeter Canal and later used for public water supply. Today it forms an important historic feature in the Churnet Valley’s landscape. But, while it is very pretty to look at, the 2.7 metre difference in the height of the water means it is an impossible barrier for fish and wildlife to pass.Chris Grzesiok, fisheries, biodiversity and geomorphology expert from the Environment Agency said; We’re excited to be part of this project and to contribute over £330,000 to this project to help fish move freely up and down the river Churnet. This is one step towards delivering the 25 year environment plan’s vision of catchments functioning more naturally where wildlife can thrive and migrate freely. Ken MacDonald, Head of Water Strategy, at South Staffs Water said: We are always looking for opportunities to work with local community groups and the Environment Agency to protect and enhance the biodiversity of the natural environment. We aim to provide a reliable supply of high quality drinking water for future generations at the same time as allowing wildlife to flourish. This new fish pass at Crumpwood is a practical example of how we can achieve this by working in collaboration with other organisations. This project is being part funded by the Marine Management Organisation, who are contributing £240,000.Funding from the Marine Management Organisation is part of a coordinated and funded programme of projects for 2018/19 with the aim of freeing migration routes of barriers to fish. This project is part of that programme funded by over £1.6 million of European Maritime and Fisheries Funds, which is matched by more than £1 million of Agency/Defra funding and £300,000 of other funds. We are delighted to assist the Environment Agency by providing JCB equipment for this project and we look forward to its completion. JCB Demonstration and Test Site General Manager Dave Pegg said:last_img read more

Blaze at McVitie’s factory contained

first_imgAround 100 workers were reportedly evacuated from United Biscuit’s Mcvitie’s Stockport factory, after some digestives caught fire.Staff at the factory in Manchester, had to remove themselves from the building at around 22:00 Monday night (15 December).According to the Manchester Evening News, a conveyer belt on a machine snapped, which resulted in biscuits being unable to more through and starting a blaze.Nick Hince, watch manager at Whitehill fire station, told the paper: “The fire was extinguished by staff, who have very well-rehearsed safety procedures.”A spokesperson at United Biscuits told British Baker:  “We can confirm that there was a small fire at our Stockport factory earlier today. Staff followed safety procedures and all necessary precautionary measures were taken. The incident was promptly dealt with and caused minimal disruption at the site”.last_img read more

Going forward, a look back

first_imgJune 2014Harvard mathematics Professor Jacob Lurie is named one of five inaugural recipients of the Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics for outstanding achievement in his field. Lurie receives a $3 million prize.In September, Lurie is also named a MacArthur Fellow. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerProfessors Mahzarin R. Banaji, David Cutler, Hopi Hoekstra, Melissa McCormick, and Greg Morrisett are named Harvard College Professors. The prestigious professorships are one of several efforts dedicated to highlighting exceptional teaching at Harvard.July 2014Professor and Cabot House Master Rakesh Khurana officially begins his new post as dean of Harvard College.Harvard unveils a University-wide policy and set of procedures to prevent sexual harassment, including sexual violence related to gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity.The Harvard Museum of Natural History opens a permanent exhibition of the glass sea creatures created by famed artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka more than a century ago.Harvard chemist Cynthia Friend is awarded a major center grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Basic Energy Sciences’ Energy Frontier Research Centers program, which is designed “to accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to build the 21st-century energy economy.”Adam Cohen, professor of chemistry and chemical biology and of physics, is named a winner of the 2014 Blavatnik National Awards, which honor young scientists and engineers who have made important insights in their fields and show exceptional promise going forward.August 2014The revitalized Stone Hall at Quincy House wins platinum-level LEED certification. The project is also honored by the Cambridge Historical Commission as part of its annual Preservation Awards program for the extraordinary efforts undertaken to conserve and protect Cambridge’s historic architecture.School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) Professor Robert Wood and a team of engineers create the first robot that builds itself and performs a function without human intervention. The robot can assemble itself into a complex shape in four minutes and then crawl away.September 2014Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Dean Michael D. Smith is named the Edgerley Family Dean of FAS.President Drew Faust and Radcliffe Institute Dean Lizabeth Cohen mark a new $12.5 million fund for the arts. The Johnson-Kulukundis Family Gift will shape the future of the arts at Harvard.Professor of Mathematics Jacob Lurie, whose work made derived algebraic geometry applicable to related fields in new ways, is named a MacArthur Fellow.The Harvard School of Public Health announces its — and Harvard’s — largest-ever gift, $350 million from The Morningside Foundation, which will rename the School and foster programs to improve health in several key areas.Leverett House’s McKinlock Hall reopens to students after 15 months of reconstruction. McKinlock is the second completed project in the House renewal initiative, which is one of the largest and most ambitious capital improvement campaigns in Harvard College history and a major campaign priority.Linda Wei ’16 relaxes in a common room of Leverett House’s newly renovated McKinlock Hall. File photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerSEAS’ Kit Parker develops a human airway muscle-on-a-chip that accurately mimics smooth muscle contraction under normal circumstances and when exposed to asthma triggers. The work, which offers a window into the cellular and even subcellular responses within the tissue during an asthmatic event, could be used to test new drugs.October 2014David T. Ellwood, the eighth dean of Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), announces that he will step down on June 30. Ellwood ’75, Ph.D. ’81, was appointed dean in 2004 by President Lawrence H. Summers, succeeding political scientist Joseph S. Nye Jr.President Drew Faust travels to Mexico to celebrate Harvard’s longstanding ties with the country. Faust participates in a “Your Harvard” alumni event in Mexico City, along with other University officials. She then heads to Booker T. Washington High School in Dallas where she gives a speech titled “The Case for College,” taking on some of the frequent criticisms of higher education, particularly the issue of whether the results justify the investment.President Faust takes audience questions during Your Harvard: Mexico, held in the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso in Mexico City. File photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerIn recognition of his historic gift to Harvard College, the School officially renames its Financial Aid Office in honor of Ken Griffin ’89. In February 2014, Griffin gave $150 million to the University, principally supporting need-based financial aid for undergraduates.The University unveils the Harvard Sustainability Plan, a five-year map of how to reduce energy, water, and waste while also focusing on sustainable operations, culture change, and human health.The White House announces that SEAS Dean Cherry Murray will receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honor for achievement and leadership in the advancement of science and technology. Later in the month Murray announces that she will step down at the end of 2014 as dean of SEAS, a post she held for five years.The noted author Jill Lepore RI ’00, the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard and a staff writer at The New Yorker, gives a spirited lecture called “How Wonder Woman Got Into Harvard” at the Radcliffe Institute. Lepore explains that the superheroine’s backstory is not only firmly rooted in feminist ideals, it’s also firmly rooted at Harvard.Recordings by poet Wallace Stevens, made for the Woodberry Poetry Room in 1954 but misplaced somewhere along the way, are rediscovered and unveiled for the public in a talk featuring A. Kingsley Porter University Professor and Stevens expert Helen Vendler.The National Institutes of Health awards four Harvard scientists nearly $8 million in grant funding through its High Risk-High Reward program to support research ranging from how the bacterial cell wall is constructed to how the blood-brain barrier works. The recipients are Ethan Garner, Alison Hill, Chenghua Gu, and Donna Spiegelman.The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art opens. The inaugural exhibit is “Luminós/C/ity.Ordinary Joy: From the Pigozzi Contemporary African Art Collection.”Architect David Adjaye, the late poet Maya Angelou, singer Harry Belafonte, Congressman John Lewis, “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen, screenwriter Shonda Rhimes, film producer Harvey Weinstein, and talk show host Oprah Winfrey receive W.E.B. Du Bois Medals, which recognize outstanding contributions to African-American culture.Congressman John Lewis accepts his W.E.B. Du Bois Medal, which recognizes outstanding contributions to African-American culture. File photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerBriana Burton, an associate professor of molecular and cellular biology, and Kiran Musunuru, an assistant professor of stem cell and regenerative biology, are named the winners of this year’s Fannie Cox Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching.Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library exhibition “What They Wrote, What They Saved: The Personal Civil War” opens with remarks from President Faust, the Lincoln Professor of History and a Civil War scholar.November 2014Ruth Fong ’15 and Benjamin Sprung-Keyser ’15 are among 32 Americans named Rhodes Scholars. The scholarship, one of the most prestigious academic awards in the world, covers the full cost of two or three years’ study at the University of Oxford.The Harvard Art Museums — comprised of the Fogg Museum, the Busch-Reisinger Museum, and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum — open the new, Renzo Piano-designed facility to the public on Nov. 16.The Harvard Art Museums reopens to the public. File photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerStating that the computer science faculty at Harvard today is “small, but excellent” and “already punches above its weight,” former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer ’77 announces a gift to expand the size of the computer science faculty by 50 percent.Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer ’77 announces a gift to expand the size of the computer science faculty by 50 percent. File photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe Crimson football team relishes an undefeated season after defeating Yale 31-24 in the 131st playing of The Game.Crimson wide receiver Andrew Fischer ’15 catches a pass to score the game-winning touchdown over Yale with 55 seconds to go in The Game. File photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerFormer President Jimmy Carter visits Harvard Divinity School to discuss his new book calling for a worldwide end to discrimination against and abuse of women, which Carter calls the “No. 1 unaddressed issue involving human rights.”Stage, screen, and television icon Angela Lansbury, at 89, makes her second visit to Harvard for a screening of a film at the Harvard Film Archive.Legendary actress Angela Lansbury, 89, chats with Harvard Film Archive Director Haden Guest. File photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerAcclaimed writer Russell Banks, the author of 20 works of fiction, delivers Harvard Divinity School’s annual Ingersoll Lecture on Immortality. He argues that if immortality exists, it lies with people’s descendants.December 2014The Senate confirms Harvard Medical School physician Vivek Murthy as the new U.S. surgeon general.In the wake of decisions by grand juries in Missouri and New York not to indict police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men, hundreds of Harvard community members express their anger, frustration, and desire for changes in the criminal justice system with a range of campus activities.Harvard, MIT, The Boston Globe, and Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital pledge use their convening powers to bring together thought leaders, innovators, and creative disrupters next fall for HUBweek, a series of seminars, hackathons, and other public events to tackle some of today’s biggest global challenges.Harvard College sends admission notifications to 977 prospective students from a broad range of economic, ethnic, and geographical backgrounds through its Early Action program.SEAS honors computer pioneer Grace Murray Hopper on her birthday with a program featuring journalist Walter Isaacson ’74, and a panel of women computer scientists.Michael George ’15 and Anna Hagen ’15 win Marshall Scholarships, which support young Americans in graduate studies in the United Kingdom.January 2015Stephen Blyth takes over for Jane Mendillo as president and CEO of Harvard Management Company.After an extraordinary $350 million gift from The Morningside Foundation, established by the family of the late T.H. Chan, the Harvard School of Public Health is renamed the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.Two “Parks and Recreation” stars come to Harvard: Golden Globe Award-winning actress and comedian Amy Poehler and leading man Chris Pratt are honored by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals as Woman and Man of the Year.Amy Poehler is paraded through the streets of Harvard Square, a perennial duty as Hasty Pudding’s Woman of the Year. File photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerHarvard reveals its initial design concepts for the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center during two open houses. Formerly known as Holyoke Center, the building was renamed in 2014 in honor of the Smiths, who donated the funds for its renovation.Harvard’s Clowes Professor of Science Robert P. Kirshner ’70 shares the 2015 Wolf Prize in Physics with Professor James Bjorken of Stanford University. The pair split the $100,000 reward.After reimagining and successfully rebuilding the Harvard Art Museums, and more than a decade at the helm, Thomas W. Lentz, the Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director, announces he will step down on July 1.The revitalized Harvard Art Museums earn LEED gold status for their energy efficiency.February 2015Unprecedented snowfall shuts down the University as well as the MBTA. Executive Vice President Katie Lapp calls the dining, operations, and other personnel who keep Harvard running through the storms “heroes,” and praises their dedication.Seven research projects aimed at confronting the challenge of climate change using the levers of law, policy, and economics, as well as public health and science, are awarded grants in the inaugural year of President Drew Faust’s Climate Change Solutions Fund.The reimagined Harvard Ed Portal, a 12,000-square-foot space devoted to teaching, research, exploration, and recreation, opens its doors at the intersection of Western Avenue and North Harvard Street in Allston.The renewal process begins for Winthrop, one of Harvard’s oldest undergraduate Houses.Acclaimed actress Eva Longoria is presented with the 2015 Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year award at the 30th annual Cultural Rhythms festival.A record 37,305 students apply for admission to Harvard College’s Class of 2019. Last year 34,295 applied, while the previous high was 35,023 for the Class of 2017.March 2015President Drew Faust delivers Morning Prayers in Appleton Chapel, offering personal and pointed reflections on her experience with the Civil Rights Movement 50 years ago. Afterward, Faust travels to Selma, Ala., for the 50th anniversary of the first march to Montgomery on March 7, 1965.For the second year in a row, Harvard leads its peers in Fulbright Scholarships, with 34 students ― 22 from Harvard College, nine from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, one each from the Law School, Graduate School of Education, and the Graduate School of Design — receiving the prestigious grants to conduct research or teach abroad.President Faust travels to China, meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and delivering a speech to faculty and students at Tsinghua University, where she argues forcefully that universities have a unique and critical role to play in combating climate change.Harvard Stem Cell Institute researchers at University-affiliated McLean Hospital find that dopamine-producing neurons derived from the skin cells of primates survived for more than two years after implantation into one of the animals, and markedly reduced its Parkinson’s symptoms.After beating Yale in the playoffs, securing the Ivy title and a spot in the NCAA tournament, the 13th-seeded Harvard men’s basketball team seem destined to knock off fourth-seeded North Carolina in the NCAA, but Wesley Saunders’ 3-pointer at the buzzer is off the mark as the Tar Heels hold off for a 67-65 victory.Harvard men’s basketball beat Yale in the playoffs, securing the Ivy title and a spot in the NCAA tournament. File photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerA new suite at Adams House captures the spirit of the late poet Seamus Heaney, the former Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory and Ralph Waldo Emerson Poet in Residence, and offers students a quiet space in which to write and reflect.Mary Heaney, the wife of late poet Seamus Heaney, tours a new suite in Adams House dedicated to Heaney’s legacy. File photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerHarvard student Evan O’Dorney ’15 is named a Churchill Scholar and will explore his love of mathematics at the University of Cambridge.Karen Nelson Moore ’70, J.D. ’73, is named president of Harvard’s Board of Overseers for 2015-16. Diana Nelson ’84 will serve as vice chair of the board’s executive committee.April 2015About 200 middle school students from Mott Hall Bridges Academy in Brooklyn, N.Y., visit Harvard as a result of a fundraising mission jumpstarted by a “Humans of New York” blog post that went viral.During a visit to Harvard, students from Mott Hall Bridges Academy explored classes and labs to get a sampling of college life. File photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerMembers of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences approve a new concentration for College undergraduates in Theater, Dance, and Media that blends historical and theoretical study with arts practice.Claudine Gay, a professor of government and African and African American Studies, is named the next Dean of Social Science for FAS.Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at the Harvard Kennedy School, explaining his efforts to resolve the country’s numerous economic and political challenges.Roland Fryer, the Henry Lee Professor of Economics, is awarded the American Economic Association’s John Bates Clark Medal for his pioneering research on the economics of race and education. Among the most prestigious awards in economics, the medal is presented annually to an American under 40 who the association believes has made “the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge.” Fryer, 37, is the first African-American to receive the honor.The Harvard Economics Department celebrates Henry Lee Professor of Economics Roland Fryer, the newest winner of the John Bates Clark Medal. File photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerHarvard Chan School Dean Julio Frenk is named the next president of the University of Miami. Frenk will step down at the end of August and assume his new role on Sept. 1.Harvard professors Catherine Dulac, Hopi Hoekstra, and Xiaowei Zhuang are recognized by the National Academy of Sciences for their extraordinary achievements. Zhuang receives $25,000, and Dulac and Hoekstra each receive $50,000.Harvard’s Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Assault launches its most far-reaching effort yet, sending out a Web-based survey to 20,000 members of the student body to understand the extent and nature of the problem, both on campus and across the country.The Harvard University Center for the Environment sponsors Climate Week from April 6 through April 10, featuring breakfasts with scientists working on the problems along with a variety of climate-centered activities, from talks by prominent scientists to poetry readings to informal gatherings.The emergency communications startup RapidSOS is awarded $70,000 as the winner of the fourth President’s Challenge. Twenty-four hours later, the team captures the $50,000 grand prize in Harvard Business School’s New Venture Competition. The flagship competition at the i-lab, the President’s Challenge invites participants to create entrepreneurial solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems.President Faust bestows Damian Woetzel with the Harvard Arts Medal in a ceremony hosted by actor John Lithgow ’67, Art.D. ’05. The event launches Arts First, four days of performances, installations, and exhibits across campus.Damian Woetzel chats with actor John Lithgow ’67, Art.D. ’05, after receiving the Harvard Arts Medal. File photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerMay 2015Francis J. Doyle III, a distinguished scholar in chemical engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is appointed the next dean of SEAS and will take the reins on Aug. 1.The National Academy of Sciences announces the election of seven Harvard faculty members among its 84 new members and 21 foreign associates: Robert H. Bates, Catherine Dulac, Scott V. Edwards, Alfred L. Goldberg, Jeannie T. Lee, Bruce Western, and Hao Wu.Nearly 81 percent of the students admitted to the Class of 2019 plan to enroll in August. Last year, 80.9 percent matriculated; 81 percent did so the year before. The last time Harvard’s yield on admitted students reached these levels was 1969 for the Class of 1973.Ruth Bielfeldt, Harris K. Weston Associate Professor of the Humanities, and Sarah Richardson, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences, win the Roslyn Abramson Award, given annually to assistant or associate professors for excellence in undergraduate teaching.The third annual Harvard Horizons initiative, created under the leader of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dean Xio-Li Meng, recognizes the ideas and innovations of eight of Harvard’s accomplished Ph.D. students.Dean Rakesh Khurana is named the Danoff Dean of Harvard College.last_img read more

Three students tell it like it was (and will be)

first_imgA trio of students will share experiences, perspectives, and a little wisdom with 32,000 classmates, University officials, invited guests, family, and friends on Commencement morning, delivering traditional Latin, English, and Graduate English addresses.Harvard College seniors Kabir Gandhi from Dunster House, Genesis De Los Santos from Eliot House, and Lucila Takjerad, a master of public administration student at the Harvard Kennedy School, were selected as speakers on Commencement Day, which is among the University’s highest student honors.The three were selected after a two-month competition that kicked off with a workshop in early March and wrapped up when the winners were selected on April 23. On May 30, in addresses that traditionally combine poignant reflection, pointed observation, and a bit of humor, they will reflect on their careers here, the places from which they came, and where they and classmates might be going.Kabir Gandhi — Latin SalutatoryAs an applied math concentrator, Gandhi might seem an unusual choice to deliver a speech in Latin to thousands. But to him, that’s kind of the point of getting a liberal education in a place like Harvard.“I could go from reading Virgil with experts like [Pope Professor of the Latin Language and Literature] Richard Tarrant to thinking about how to model temperature regulation of the atmosphere,” Gandhi said. “That kind of balance, I think, is what makes liberal arts really special.”Gandhi will draw on that diverse background in his address, “A Library and a Garden,” which refers to a quotation by the Roman orator and statesman Cicero: “If you have a garden along with a library, you have everything you need.”,Gandhi said one of Harvard’s libraries — at Dunster House — was something of a refuge for him and is one of the special places on campus on which he will reflect. The library, he said, was recently restored in a way that updated it, honored its history, and made it a comfortable spot where he wrote most of his essays and did most of his problem sets.In addition to making the classics a secondary concentration, Gandhi is receiving a Chinese language citation. After Commencement and a summer at home in New York, he plans to embark on a yearlong Schwarzman Fellowship, studying in China at Tsinghua University in a one-year master’s program.Genesis De Los Santos — Senior English AddressThe Boston housing development Genesis De Los Santos grew up in may seem a world away, but isn’t so different from Harvard, she said. Commonalities emerge, as long as one looks for them instead of differences. Physically, each set of buildings shares unifying architectural features, and, from a human standpoint, each place houses a community upon which De Los Santos came to rely.De Los Santos said she began to notice the similarities when she revisited the South Street housing development in Jamaica Plain while working on a documentary for class. She lived there until her family moved to Dorchester when she was 12.,De Los Santos, an Eliot House senior graduating with a concentration in history and literature, will draw not only on the differences that are often perceived to separate the two places but also on their similarities in her Senior English Address, “Just off the Orange Line.”“I talk about the communities that shaped both my experiences growing up and experiences at Harvard,” De Los Santos said. “I thought about it for a very long time before I submitted it.”If those two communities shaped her, De Los Santos also helped to shape them. For family and friends, she said, Harvard has gone from an inaccessible place to someplace real — and realistic, if one works hard enough.Her own Harvard journey was at times rocky. She transitioned from being a first-year who felt out of place to being a sophomore who found groups to connect with, to being an upperclassman who finally felt part of the broader Harvard community. After graduating, De Los Santos plans to embark on a one-year travel fellowship, visiting France, Senegal, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti.Lucila Takjerad — Graduate English AddressTo Lucila Takjerad, little things mean a lot, and sometimes they mean everything.Takjerad, a mid-career master in public administration student at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), is delivering the Graduate English Address, “The Least You Can Do.” Takjerad said that faculty and students here are so focused on big, world-changing problems that it bears reminding that small things can also be catalysts for change.,Takjerad was born in Algeria. Her family moved to France during the Algerian civil war in the early 1990s. Though they struggled, Takjerad said she received a quality education that opened up many opportunities in life. She studied business and worked in finance before deciding to take a year off and apply to Harvard.Her time at Harvard has changed many of her plans for the future, she said. One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is her determination to embark on work that helps people after she graduates. She isn’t sure exactly what form that will take — both nonprofit work and government service in either Algeria or France are possibilities. What matters to her, she said, is making a difference in the lives of the communities she serves.“It’s been humbling and transformative,” Takjerad said of her HKS experience. “When I came to Harvard I had a career plan, which was blown to bits by all my inspiring classes and discussions with classmates.”last_img read more

Modern Data Centers Require Data Protection Everywhere

first_imgData protection everywhere is a fundamental requirement of the modern data center – no matter where data lives, no matter what happens. But every IT organization is in a different place in their data protection journey – some are quickly moving to a modern infrastructure-centric model, where data management and protection are tightly integrated with underlying infrastructure and applications, while the majority of organizations are still using traditional backup tools. No matter where a customer is on this journey, EMC has them covered. That’s why we’re excited about our latest innovations, launched today at EMC World 2016.Global Protection Compliance Across the EnterpriseFor those employing a modern data protection strategy, we’re announcing EMC Enterprise Copy Data Management (eCDM), a pan-enterprise data management solution to address the $50 billion copy data problem. One of the biggest drivers of the copy data problem today is self-service copy creation without oversight, which is why eCDM will provide global oversight on copies while enabling consistent protection across the enterprise. To learn more, read the press release and blog.We also have big news around our existing data protection portfolio:Protection Storage – Data Domain Cloud Connected; Available However You Want ItTo help customers simplify and automate their path to the cloud, EMC is announcing Data Domain Cloud Tier – native cloud tiering to public and private clouds – including Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) and the new Virtustream Storage Cloud, which soon will be generally available. With DD Cloud Tier, Data Domain provides the most efficient long-term cloud-based retention by becoming the only protection storage to natively tier deduplicated data to the cloud. To learn more, check out the in-depth post on the EMC Community Network.EMC is also excited to introduce new VCE Data Protection Appliances – built with Data Domain and EMC data protection software – designed to cut deployment time by 75%. Following the introduction of Data Domain Virtual Edition last month, the addition of the new integrated data protection appliance means you can now get Data Domain however you want it – either as a target or an integrated appliance. To learn more, read the in-depth post on the EMC Community Network.Protect that SaaSMoving to apps born in the cloud – like Office 365 – doesn’t change the need to protect that data. In fact, it highlights the need even more because these applications are outside the company’s environment and control of the IT department. While a cloud provider might protect against a power surge, there are all manner of data-loss events, such as accidental deletion, that a cloud provider may not be liable for. Spanning Backup offers third-party cloud-to-cloud protection to ensure that SaaS data is just as safe as the files on a company’s own network. Today, we are extending Spanning for Microsoft Office 365 to include OneDrive for Business.The Industry’s Fastest and Most Flexible Protection Software PortfolioThe vast majority of data centers today are probably still supporting traditional workloads like Oracle, SAP and Microsoft SQL. Nothing can protect these workloads faster than EMC ProtectPoint and today we’re announcing that ProtectPoint now offers 10x faster recovery than traditional, as well as native integration with Microsoft SQL and Microsoft Exchange; and support for EPIC.The EMC Data Protection Suite family spans the complete spectrum of consumption models and SLAs. Today, we are announcing two new Data Protection Suite offerings. The first is the Data Protection Suite Enterprise Edition, which offers all our best-of-breed software titles, including EMC ProtectPoint, EMC Avamar, EMC NetWorker, EMC RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines and more.  The second is the EMC Data Protection Suite for Applications, which is designed for app owners and database admins by combining ProtectPoint and DD Boost for Enterprise Apps.No matter where you are or where you’re going with your data protection strategy, only EMC can ensure your data is protected no matter what.Follow along with all of the news and announcements at EMC World on www.EMC.com and using #EMCWorld on Twitter.This release contains “forward-looking statements” as defined under the Federal Securities Laws. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to: (i) risks associated with the proposed acquisition of EMC by Denali Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Dell, Inc., including, among others, assumptions related to the ability to close the acquisition, the expected closing date and its anticipated costs and benefits; (ii) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (iii) delays or reductions in information technology spending; (iv) the relative and varying rates of product price and component cost declines and the volume and mixture of product and services revenues; (v) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures and new product introductions; (vi) component and product quality and availability; (vii) fluctuations in VMware, Inc.’s operating results and risks associated with trading of VMware stock; (viii) the transition to new products, the uncertainty of customer acceptance of new product offerings and rapid technological and market change; (ix) risks associated with managing the growth of our business, including risks associated with acquisitions and investments and the challenges and costs of integration, restructuring and achieving anticipated synergies; (x) the ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; (xi) insufficient, excess or obsolete inventory; (xii) fluctuating currency exchange rates; (xiii) threats and other disruptions to our secure data centers or networks; (xiv) our ability to protect our proprietary technology; (xv) war or acts of terrorism; and (xvi) other one-time events and other important factors disclosed previously and from time to time in EMC’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  EMC disclaims any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.last_img read more