Come October 17th, funky wonders Vulfpeck will release their newest full-length LP, The Beautiful Game. With the band just wrapping up a four-night run through New York from Wednesday – Saturday, fans have been dying to know what music will be featured on the new LP. Today, that changes, as the band has released both the full tracklisting and an excerpt of liner notes from the new album.The band did play one new song – titled “Cory Wong” – from the new album during their SummerStage performance, but have been tight-lipped about everything else thusfar. They also said, on Saturday night, that their performance of “Conscious Club” would be the last time it was played as an instrumental in America, leading us to believe that the version that appears in the new tracklisting has a fresh set of lyrics. This wouldn’t be the first time that Vulfpeck added lyrics to one of their older songs, as “Christmas In L.A.” made its debut as an instrumental on the 2014 album Fugue State before being lyricized for the 2015 album Thrill Of The Arts.In all, the new album has ten songs, eight of which are completely unfamiliar. It’s interesting that the band chose not to play any of them during their Brooklyn Bowl run, but the reward will come when listening to these new songs through fresh ears. The liner notes also indicate a number of featured guests on the album.Check out the tracklisting and liners below, courtesy of the Vulfpeck. You can also find more about the album on the band’s Kickstarter page.You can see the liner notes for the album below:
An international consortium led by Harvard Medical School (HMS) researcher Joel Hirschhorn has made significant inroads into uncovering the genetic basis of obesity by identifying 18 new gene sites associated with overall obesity and 13 that affect fat distribution.The studies include data from nearly a quarter of a million participants, the largest genetic investigation of human traits to date. The papers, both from the GIANT (Genetic Investigation of Anthropometric Traits) consortium — which consists of more than 400 scientists from 280 research institutions worldwide — will appear in Nature Genetics.“Different people have different susceptibilities to obesity,” says Hirschhorn, an associate professor of genetics at HMS, an assistant in medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston, and senior associate member and coordinator of the Metabolism Initiative at the Broad Institute. “Some don’t rigorously watch what they eat or how much they exercise and still resist gaining weight, while others constantly struggle to keep their weight from skyrocketing. Some of this variability is genetic, and our goal was to increase understanding of why different people have different inherited susceptibility to obesity.”Because most of the genes implicated in these studies have never been suspected of having a role in obesity, the findings will begin to shed light on the underlying biology, which may lead to better categorization and treatment of obesity, said Hirschhorn, a senior author on the overall obesity paper and involved in both.The overall obesity study looked for genetic determinants of body mass index (BMI), calculated as an individual’s weight in kilograms over height in meters squared. Investigators combined data from 46 studies involving nearly 124,000 people and confirmed the top results in almost 126,000 individuals to identify a total of 32 sites consistently associated with BMI, 18 of which are new. One of the novel variants is in the gene encoding for a receptor protein that responds to signals from the gut to influence insulin levels and metabolism. Another variant is near a gene known to encode proteins affecting appetite.“One of the most exciting parts of this work is that most of the BMI-associated variants identified are in or near genes that have never before been connected to obesity. Through this work we are discovering that the underlying biological underpinnings of obesity are many, varied, and largely uncharacterized,” says Elizabeth K. Speliotes, an HMS instructor in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad, the first author of the BMI study, and also involved in both studies.Although the effects of each individual variant were modest, individuals who carried more than 38 BMI-increasing variants were on average 15 to 20 pounds heavier than those who carried fewer than 22 such variants. However, even in combination these variants explain only a small fraction of the overall variation in body weight. The researchers found that the combined genetic information from the variants was only slightly better than flipping a coin in predicting whether an individual would be obese, probably because many other factors, both genetic and environmental, contribute to weight.The second study looked at genetic associations with how fat is distributed in the body.Studies have shown that fat stored in the abdomen increases the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease, even after adjusting for obesity. In contrast, fat stored in the hips and thighs may actually protect against diabetes and high blood pressure. The investigators examined the genetic determinants of waist-to-hip ratio, a measure of fat distribution, analyzing data from 77,000 participants in 32 studies. The regions identified in the analysis were then checked against data from another 29 studies including more than 113,500 individuals. This revealed 14 gene regions associated with waist-to-hip ratio, adding 13 new regions and confirming the one previously known association.Seven of the identified genetic variations have much stronger effects in women than in men, suggesting they may underlie some of the normal difference in fat distribution between the sexes. Although these identified gene regions explain only about 1 percent of the general variation in waist-to-hip ratios, the authors note, the findings point toward specific biological mechanisms involved in regulating where the body stores fat. The regions affecting fat distribution implicate genes involved in regulating cholesterol, triglyceride levels, insulin, and insulin resistance, which may improve understanding of how fat deposits in certain body locations are even more tightly linked to metabolic disorders than to obesity.“By finding genes that have an important role in influencing fat distribution and the ways in which that differs between men and women, we hope to home in on the crucial underlying biological processes,” says Cecilia Lindgren of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics at Oxford University, a senior researcher on the waist-to-hip ratio study who was also involved in both papers.Additional lead authors of the overall obesity study include investigators from Oxford University and Cambridge University in the U.K., the University of Michigan, the National Cancer Institute, University of North Carolina, deCODE Genetics, and the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. Lead authors of the fat distribution paper include investigators from Regensburg University Medical Center, the University of Michigan, Harvard School of Public Health, deCODE Genetics, Boston University, the Framingham Heart Study, Wellcome Trust, Sanger Institute, and the University of North Carolina.The studies were supported by grants from a range of institutions, including the National Institutes of Health.
Growing up in the late 18th century, John James Audubon regularly skipped school and headed to the fields, spending his early years developing the techniques that led to his career as a famed naturalist who made pioneering contributions to art and science.Evidence of Audubon’s growth into an expert ornithologist and artist is evident in a Houghton Library collection of 114 drawings, one of only two such extensive collections of his early work. Created between 1805 and 1821, they are some of the earliest existing Audubon originals. Throughout his career, the artist would destroy his drafts, keeping only the best version of each species he drew. No works dated before 1803, when he was 18 years old, have been discovered; the Houghton drawings likely survived because Audubon patron Edward Harris had them in his possession.Audubon’s progression is evident across the collection. Mechanical representations in 1805 yield to fluid works of colors that are vibrant and soft, details that are strong and intricate, birds in flight and at rest. The works provide an artistic bridge from the sparse profiles standard at the time and the lushly detailed portraits that became Audubon’s signature.These early works are also some the first known scientific illustrations of animals in lifelike poses in their natural environments. “What he did that was unusual was not only posing them in a different way, but including plant material, trees, a bit of their natural habitat,” explained Leslie Morris, curator of modern books and manuscripts at Houghton. “In the Houghton drawings, you can really see that developing over time.”“The attention to detail is phenomenal,” added library conservation specialist Debora Mayer, who performed the preservation work on the drawings. “He’s included information about the feathers and patterns. He used graphite on top of pastels to capture the iridescence of the coloring.”Each of the 114 works has been digitized and posted online, accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. Researchers across the globe can zoom in for high-definition details of two ivory-billed woodpeckers on a tree trunk, a white-throated sparrow with berries, a summer tanager on a black locust tree, or a Carolina parakeet clutching a nut amid leaves.Viewers are often awed by the drawings’ beauty, which Audubon credited to nature itself. “The worse my drawings were,” he wrote, “the more beautiful did the originals appear.”
‘While other kids were going out for sports teams and trading ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ cards, I was already a 40-year-old, fedora-wearing film snob’ “I think the success of Che’s project has a lot to do with his working methods: He was careful, open-minded, and really examined the materials he found, without jumping to foregone conclusions,” said Ilisa Barbash, the Peabody Museum curator of visual anthropology who curated the Marshall family exhibition and was Applewhaite’s first point of contact when gathering material for the film.Noting Applewhaite’s extensive archival research and personal outreach to Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Barbash added: “He’s inquisitive and creative, and ended up making a film that is interesting, provocative, and deeply ethical.” Actor Shirley Chen ’22 and director Lance Oppenheim ’19 have films premiering at prized Park City festival From the Everglades to Tribeca Growing up in London, Che R. Applewhaite loved going to art exhibitions and film screenings. He would often chronicle his experiences through blogging and journaling. At Harvard, he wrote articles on culture and politics for campus publications like the Harvard Political Review and the Harvard Advocate. While he has long orbited the art scene, Applewhaite ’21 never considered himself an artist until he made his first short documentary, “A New England Document,” last year.The film was an official selection at the 2020 Sheffield Doc/Fest, a prominent global documentary film festival, and premiered online this summer. “A New England Document” profiles Lorna and Lawrence Marshall and details their extended expeditions with their children to Africa’s Kalahari Desert starting in the 1950s. But it also explores Applewhaite’s personal and intellectual concerns with history and with colonialism as a native of Trinidad and Tobago, as well as related questions of the field of anthropology, which he studies at Harvard. “I got to see how people [in a family] can have very different life paths and outcomes, and I wanted to show that in the film.” — Che R. Applewhaite ’21 Related Sundance in the spotlight The 16-minute production features archival images and documents from the Laurence K. and Lorna J. Marshall Collection, housed at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. The material was gathered over 11 years by Lorna, an anthropologist, and Laurence, founder of the aerospace and defense firm Raytheon, and documents the lives of Indigenous peoples as they transition from a migratory life as hunter-gatherers to one on a preserve.Applewhaite, a joint concentrator in anthropology and history and literature, used the Marshall collection as the foundation for his film after attending the Peabody exhibition “Kalahari Perspectives: Anthropology, Photography, and the Marshall Family” in 2019. He was struck by the groundbreaking photography that captured everyday life for the G/wi and Ju/’hoansi Indigenous peoples prior to extended contact with Western people, but he also came away uneasy about the stories he wasn’t hearing from the subjects of the photographs.,Having access to the collection, which includes 40,000 photographs, “allowed me to work through my own relationship to the archive [by] looking through items firsthand. It was quite haunting to see some of the photos of the G/wi and Ju/’hoansi Indigenous people being looked at in a similar way to people in the British colonies” around the world.Over the course of the spring semester, Applewhaite went through the Marshalls’ photographs and diaries, and collected and edited footage of the items he found. He also taught himself how to organize a production schedule, create a storyboard, do camerawork, and edit video, guided by Joana Pimenta, interim director of the Film Study Center, director of graduate studies for Critical Media Practice, and a visiting lecturer on Art, Film, and Visual Studies.He applied lessons learned in “Art of the Real: Rethinking Documentary,” a fall 2019 course taught by Dennis Lim, director of programming at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and a visiting lecturer on AFVS. In the class, Applewhaite and his peers watched historically significant documentaries like “Chronicle of a Summer” by Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin, “Handsworth Songs” by John Akomfrah of the U.K.’s Black Audio Film Collective, and “A Thousand Suns” by Mati Diop.“I really didn’t see myself as an artist, and [that class] helped me understand how capacious documentary film is,” said Applewhaite. As an anthropology student, he wanted to create a new kind of visual anthropology document that brought the Marshalls’ work into a contemporary context and expressed his own worldview as a descendent of colonized peoples.“I was interested in how [I could] reckon with the silences in the archives that prevent me from having a fuller understanding of my own history as a person under an empire,” he said.Elizabeth Marshall Thomas in Peterborough, N.H. Photo by Che ApplewhaiteApplewhaite’s connections to the Marshall archive deepened after meeting Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, daughter of the collection’s creators and a bestselling author of work on animal consciousness. She invited Applewhaite to her home in New Hampshire to film its grounds and record her reading from her own writings and those of her parents for the film’s narration. Applewhaite, who also recorded his own readings of Lorna and Laurence Marshall’s diaries for the film, stressed the importance of including both the Marshalls’ words and his own voice in the work.“Reading some of the things she has written and having conversations with her about her family” helped strengthen the film, said Applewhaite. “I got to see how people [in a family] can have very different life paths and outcomes, and I wanted to show that in the film.”With the support of mentors at Harvard and beyond, Applewhaite has continued to create films, and is working on a creative senior thesis documentary about a St. Louis youth athletics team. And he will write as a Berta Greenwald Ledecky Undergraduate Fellow at Harvard Magazine this academic year.
The Membership Outreach Committee is seeking minority attorneys who want a shot at serving on one of the state’s 26 judicial nominating commissions.While the Board of Governors is still months away from creating the five screening panels — one for each district court of appeal — that ultimately will recommend 156 lawyers — six from each circuit — to the board to be forwarded to Gov. Jeb Bush in June 2006, for JNC appointments, President-elect Hank Coxe, chair of the Membership Outreach Committee, wants to get a jump on the process and is encouraging minority lawyers to get involved.Those JNC applications are available now at floridabar.org by clicking on the judicial applications link near the bottom of the opening page.Coxe said the Bar sent the governor a slate of 78 JNC nominations in 2004, but that list only included one African American male and one African American female. Coxe said that is an “indefensible position for The Florida Bar to be in” and that the Membership Outreach Committee is obliged to finding minority lawyers willing to serve on the JNCs.Coxe, speaking at the Membership Outreach Committee meeting recently in Tampa, said the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association has agreed to help the Bar find minority JNC applicants and that now is the time to start the process.John F. Harkness, Jr., the Bar’s executive director, also said the committee should work to have members of the Board of Governors visit voluntary minority bar associations in their circuits to discuss the JNC application process.Each judicial nominating commission has nine members. Five members are appointed directly by the governor, and the Bar sends nominations to the governor to fill the remaining four spots. This year the Bar is responsible for three lawyers each for two seats on each of the 26 JNCs. Each appointee will serve a four-year term, commencing July 1. Applicants must be engaged in the practice of law and a resident of the territorial jurisdiction served by the commission to which the member is applying, and applicants must comply with state financial disclosure laws. Commissioners are not eligible for state judicial office for vacancies filled by the JNC on which they sit for two years following completion of their four-year term.Persons interested in applying for any of these vacancies can download the proper application form (there is a specific JNC application) from the Bar’s Web site, floridabar.org, or can call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5600, ext. 5757, to obtain the application. October 1, 2005 Managing Editor Regular News Outreach panel to set obtainable goals Outreach panel to set obtainable goals Mark D. Killian Managing Editor Created to draw a broader cross-section of Florida lawyers into Bar activities, the Membership Outreach Committee now plans to narrow its focus. Specifically: To work to encourage more racially and ethnically diverse lawyers to become involved in Bar work.The committee, chaired by President- elect Hank Coxe, plans to do that by working more closely with the Equal Opportunities Law Section and setting short, obtainable goals. The first goal is to start now to identify minority lawyers who have an interest in serving on judicial nominating commissions. In June, the Bar will submit 156 names to the governor — six from each circuit — for appointments to the JNC.Meeting in September at the Bar’s General Meeting in Tampa, Coxe said while the committee’s stated purpose was to extend participation to everyone, the panel is “really addressing something much more specific than just getting more lawyers to apply for more committee appointments.“We have got to do something about the JNCs; we have got to do something about the grievance committees; we have got to start not only having an inclusive approach, but we also have to get everybody else comfortable that that is the way we should be going,” Coxe said.Dr. Solomon Badger, a public member of the Board of Governors, reminded committee members that while over the past two years the Bar’s leadership has made a committed effort to reach out to minority lawyers, there are still only seven women on the Board of Governors and two black males.“Do we address those things by continuing to have symposiums and all kinds of meetings and so forth, or do we address them head-on by having a committee that is focused in one direction to create a plan for the Bar and focus all energies in that direction?” Badger asked.YLD President Jamie Billotte Moses agreed.“We have a problem with the leadership of the Bar that needs to be fixed and we just need to be honest about it,” Moses said. “I don’t think there is an outcry to get a solo practitioner on the Board of Governors. I think there is a huge outcry to get African American males on the board. I think we need to get more focused and realistic about what this committee should be doing and why it should be doing it.”June McKinney Bartelle, president of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, said she is interested in the Bar being diverse on many levels but the Bar can’t leave it up to the voluntary minority bar associations to solve the lack of diversity at The Florida Bar level.“I think the Bar has a responsibility itself to do something, too,” Bartelle said, adding the Membership Outreach Committee must identify areas to work on and then concentrate on achieving those goals.Some of the ideas mentioned included:• Demystifying the JNC application process.• Holding leadership training sessions to groom future Bar leaders.• Working to get more minority lawyers involved in local voluntary bars, which often serve as springboards to Bar leadership positions.• Encouraging minority lawyers to play a greater role in the Bar’s sections and apply for committee assignments.“As an African American female I want to see people like me,” Bartelle said. “If there are no blacks on the Board of Governors, I’m not going to look at the Board of Governors, because the reality is if there is nobody up there that looks like me, that is not going to be one of my goals.”Bartelle also said the panel should study how people are being elected to the board so minority candidates can be successfully groomed to win seats on the board. And once more minorities are elected, it will have a trickle down effect because those minority board members will reach out to other minorities, she said.Badger said minority lawyers have to learn to play politics and “participate in the game,” saying it is the “American way.”Coxe said the Membership Outreach Committee also needs to work more closely with the Equal Opportunities Law Section since their missions are similar. He asked that section to put on The Florida Bar’s Annual Diversity Symposium, with an eye toward bringing new participants into the event, and not just those already committed to diversity. Coxe also pledged the Bar’s financial and staff resources so the section would not have to assume the financial burden of staging the event.Ardyth Walker, EOLS chair, agreed to take over the symposium and pledged to assist the committee in its work so long as the section’s input in the process is respected and the goals are not imposed on the section.“We are foot soldiers; we are out there doing the hard, substantive work,” Walker said. “If this committee sets goals we are the people out there making sure that it happens, finding the names, getting the people out, [that] is the goal to the EOLS.”Walker said the EOLS can take the diversity message to the minority community in ways the Membership Outreach Committee can’t.Want to help pick Florida judges? Panel seeks minority lawyers interested in JNC appointments
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 86-year-old Laurel man was fatally struck by a car while crossing a road in Greenport on Thursday evening.Southold Town Police said a 41-year-old man was driving eastbound on Route 48 when he hit Howard Meinke at 7:45 p.m.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was not charged, but the investigation is continuing.Meinke was the ex-president of the Nork Fork Environmental Council.
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr If your credit union is a card issuer than July 22nd is a day your calendar should be marked.Responding to merchant complaints about the length of time it is taking to get their EMV compliant Point-Of-Sale terminals certified, Visa announced in June that it is limiting chargebacks that issuers can impose on merchants. Amex has also announced similar changes as has MasterCard. Here is a technical breakdown of the specifics.Remember that, effective October 2015, liability for counterfeit card transactions shifted from always being the responsibility of the issuing bank or credit union to merchants whose POS terminals could not process EMV chip enabled transaction. continue reading »
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 74-year-old man was shot dead and a 72-year-old woman was critically wounded by two gunshots in Westbury on Saturday night, Nassau County police said.Third Precinct police officers found the victims upon responding to a call reporting a person shot at a Waterbury Lane home at 9:40 p.m., police said.The female victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries and is listed in critical condition. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Their identities were not immediately released.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.
The second HOW Festival will be held from October 3 to 5 at the Valamar Isabella Island Resort in Poreč.The first, which took place in Falkensteiner near Zadar, exceeded all expectations of the organizers and gathered over 500 participants, mostly hotel directors, operations managers and hotel department heads.The aim of the Festival is to present world trends in hotel operations, encourage participants to implement them, but also provide networking and entertainment to those present. This year, the workshops are segmented according to the hotel’s food and beverage, sales and marketing, technology, wellness, household, procurement and human resources departments.Just some of this year’s topics of lectures, panel discussions and workshops are:Data – how to meet your guestsCommunication technology within the hotelWhat do 21st century guests look for for breakfast?Energy savingHow to increase revenue after booking and on the spot?Employee engagement and retentionModern procurement in the hotel industryPanelists and workshop participants are regional and international experts, focusing exclusively on global trends aimed at raising the quality of hotel operations. The first early early bird registration fees are available until May 15, and their number is limited to 70.You can sign up here, and more information is available at official site Festival.
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