New Petition Urges Smithsonian To Include Bernie Worrell In P-Funk Exhibit

first_imgFunk fans everywhere are still reeling in the unfortunate passing of keyboardist Bernie Worrell, best known for his work with both Talking Heads and Parliament Funkadelic. Worrell’s work is extremely influential to funk music, as his synthesizer playing remains some of the most groundbreaking work in the genre. Not to mention how instrumental P-Funk was in developing the funk genre itself.Considering P-Funk’s role in music history, it’s no surprise that the band is featured in a new Smithsonian exhibit. Unfortunately, however, the new exhibit mostly spotlights Bootsy Collins and George Clinton, all but leaving out the Wizard of Woo from the display. One fan started a petition to get that changed, as obviously Worrell’s contributions to P-Funk were crucial. Worrell’s widow has even offered to donate one of his outfits from the P-Funk era for inclusion.Bootsy Collins sent out a message to fans encouraging them to support the new petition. Check out his post below. You can access the petition here. Fans of Bernie Worrell should also check out this all-star tribute to him, taking place as a late night party after the new Bear Creek Bayou Festival in New Orleans, LA on October 1st.last_img read more

GSAS honors four alumni

first_imgThe Centennial Medal is the highest honor awarded by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), given annually on the day before Commencement to celebrate the achievements of a select group of Harvard University’s most accomplished alumni. The medal was first awarded in June 1989, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the founding of GSAS.Everett MendelsohnEverett Mendelsohn, Ph.D. ’60, history of science, is emeritus professor of the history of science at Harvard University, where he has been on the faculty since 1960. He is a pioneering figure in the history of the life sciences, having founded the Journal of the History of Biology in 1968. His work has also explored the social and sociological history of science, especially in the modern era. He is past president of the International Council for Science Policy Studies and has been deeply involved in the relations between science and modern warfare as a founder of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Committee on Science, Arms Control, and National Security, and of the American Academy of Arts and Science’s Committee on International Security Studies. Mendelsohn is the former master of Dudley House, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences student center, and is a longtime advocate of the importance of mentoring at the graduate student level — so much so that the Graduate Student Council named its annual mentoring award in his honor. For decades, he has contributed to Middle East peace and reconciliation efforts, leading committees of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Friends Service Committee.Arnold RampersadArnold Rampersad, Ph.D. ’73, English, is professor of English and the Sara Hart Kimball Professor in the Humanities Emeritus at Stanford University. He is considered the leading biographer of African-American writers and cultural figures, and his body of work — which includes essential and groundbreaking studies of Ralph Ellison, Langston Hughes, and W.E.B. Du Bois, as well as a biography of Jackie Robinson and a memoir collaboration with Arthur Ashe — was recognized with the National Humanities Medal in 2010 and with the 2012 Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards Lifetime Achievement Award, a juried competition recognizing contributions to our understanding of racism and diversity. Rampersad joined the Stanford faculty in 1975 and stayed until 1983, when he left for a position at Rutgers University. He went on to teach at Columbia and Princeton, before returning to Stanford in 1998. His teaching and research focus on 19th- and 20th-century American literature; American autobiography; race and American literature; and African-American literature. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and he held a MacArthur fellowship from 1991 to 1996.Louise RichardsonLouise Richardson, Ph.D. ’89, government, is the principal and vice chancellor of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, a title equivalent to that of president at U.S. institutions. She was an assistant and then associate professor of government at Harvard for 12 years and head tutor in the department for eight of those years, responsible for overseeing the large undergraduate program. In 2001 she became executive dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and was instrumental in the transformation of Radcliffe into an interdisciplinary center promoting scholarship across a wide range of academic fields and the creative arts. In her scholarship and teaching, she has specialized in international security with an emphasis on terrorist movements, forming a reputation as a leader in the field when few other scholars were tuning in to its importance. For many years, she taught Harvard’s only courses on terrorism, including the large and popular undergraduate lecture course “Terrorist Movements in International Relations.” She is the author of “What Terrorists Want: Understanding the Enemy, Containing the Threat” (2006), the editor of “The Roots of Terrorism” (2006), and the co-editor of “Democracy and Counter-Terrorism: Lessons from the Past” (2007), among other books, journal articles, and book chapters. In 2011, she was appointed to the Scottish government’s Council of Economic Advisers.Sherry TurkleSherry Turkle, A.B. ’69, Ph.D. ’76, sociology, is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the founder and director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. She has been called “the leading anthropologist of cyberspace,” with a landmark body of work that explores how technology is shaping our society and ourselves. A licensed clinical psychologist and an expert on mobile technology, social networking, and sociable robotics, Turkle has been thinking and writing about people’s relationships with computers since at least as early as 1984; that year, her book “The Second Self: Computers and the Human Spirit” looked at how MIT students were beginning to use computers as metaphors for their own minds. She drew wide attention in 2011 with “Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other,” which argued that digital connectedness is impoverishing human relationships. She is also the author of “Simulation and Its Discontents” (2009) and “Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet” (1995), among other books, edited collections, chapters, and articles. She is a sought-after media commentator and the subject of profiles in such publications as the The New York Times, Scientific American, and Wired.last_img read more

EMC Unity: A Win-Win for Customers…and Partners

first_imgIT professionals need channel partners more than ever. In today’s hyper-competitive IT market, there are too many vendors making too many claims, which can make it tough for customers to decipher what is the right option for them. As a result, many businesses are looking to partners to help them with storage system selection, overall IT transformation, and a shift to new ways of doing business. By and large, partners are singlehandedly changing the storage game by becoming the trusted advisors their clients need to succeed.With the launch of Unity, EMC is introducing a new class of simplicity and affordability in a family of all-flash arrays for small and mid-sized IT requirements within SMEs and enterprises that is tailor-made for the channel. We know that the first thing on the wish list of many of our channel partners is a solution that outpaces the competition and offers the business benefits that their customers want. The second is a package of marketing and sales support that helps them to deliver additional value to their customers.NC State is already experiencing Unity first hand – find out more in this video:Getting the product rightEMC Unity has been many years in the making, and it’s not just a little bit better – it’s orders of magnitude better, making it more attractive to buy – and more attractive to sell.Unity is:SIMPLE. Setup, deployment, and management has never been easier thanks to a new HTML 5 user interface.MODERN. A completely new design and architecture totally modernizes EMC’s portfolio for midsized IT. Unity is built for flash, providing blazing speed and density and supporting the latest 3D TLC flash drives.FLEXIBLE. Available as a virtual storage appliance, a purpose-built all-flash or hybrid system, or as converged infrastructure with one unified operating system.AFFORDABLE. Optimized for the best combination of performance, density, and cost, it delivers all-flash at an incredibly low entry level price in a 2U form factor.Getting the partner proposition rightBut it’s not just the product we’ve been focused on – we wanted to make the partner proposition just as outstanding. Unity is:Easy to SELL: EMC offers partners intuitive pre-sales tools that guide to the best product configurations for end-user customers to purchase. And, rather than picking from an extensive a-la-carte menu of software options, EMC offers all-inclusive software packaging, simplifying the ordering process and expediting the time to value with the end-user customer.Easy to TRY: EMC helps remove barriers to sales by allowing end users to kick the tires on our products with our try-and-buy programs. And, with more virtual editions of products, testing is easier than ever.Easy to MARKET: Our channel enablement teams are specialists in creating marketing campaigns that can be packaged up and easily rebranded and used by our channel partners. We provide our resellers with complete ‘campaign-in-a-box’ packages as part of our ‘Ready To Go’ initiative. Partners can download materials from the Partner Content Library for self-execution, or conduct integrated marketing programs on our free Digital Marketing Platform.Easy to be in the KNOW: EMC uses tools like our Partner Portal to keep our partners close, communicating constantly to ensure that products like Unity are designed with the needs of the channel in mind and that our channel partners can hit the ground running with the training, tools, and knowledge our channel partners need to successively win with Unity.But don’t just take my word for it, here’s what Scott Miller, Director of Data Center, at EMC channel partner, WWT, has to say:“Our mid-market customers are looking for simple and affordable ways of modernizing their storage infrastructures to best realize the benefits of flash and virtualization technologies.  EMC Unity gives us the flexibility to meet their requirements with a product specifically designed for midsized IT needs. EMC’s outstanding partner support ensures that we are Unity experts the first day of launch, enabling us to best serve our joint customers.”The bottom line? Unity changes the all-flash game by delivering a product that is simple, modern, flexible and affordable, while offering a unique channel value proposition that partners will love.last_img read more

ND honors 20th anniversary of accident

first_imgA Mass of Remembrance for the two Notre Dame students who died in a swimming team bus accident 20 years ago will take place today at 8 p.m. in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. University President Fr. John Jenkins will preside over the Mass and University President Emeritus Fr. Edward “Monk” Malloy will deliver the homily. Twenty years ago today, a bus was bringing the Irish women’s swimming team back to campus from a meet at Northwestern University in the middle of a heavy snowstorm when it slid off the Indiana Toll Road and rolled over. Freshmen Meghan Beeler of Granger, Ind., and Colleen Hipp from St. Louis, died in the accident. Many of the other swimmers, coaches and staff were injured, according to a University press release. The press release stated that today’s Mass will be held in memory of Beeler and Hipp, in thanksgiving for healing and in appreciation to members of the University and local communities who responded to the accident.last_img read more

Outstanding Performance of Military Forces League in Paranational Games

first_imgBy Dialogo November 30, 2012 Military Forces representatives at the third edition of the Carlos Lleras Restrepo Paranational Sport Games, which started on November 24, are showing the courage that identifies national Soldiers. So far, six gold, four silver and four bronze medals have been obtained by the athletes during the competition’s first three days, excelling in cycling, swimming, track and field, and shooting. The party reflects the sport’s ideal of inclusion with the arrival of 1,419 athletes representing 19 political administrative regions in Colombia, which are competing in 16 sports until December 2. Around 300 cyclists in the different disciplines for the Paracycling tournament already competed in Cali about two weeks ago, where athletes from Bogotá dominated the competition winning nine gold, four silver, and four bronze medals, to leave the capital as leaders in the medal grid of the III Paranational Games. Major expectations are placed on Corporal Fabio Torres, weight lifting national champion, who is expected to break his own mark again, and Soldier Mauricio Vega, national and international champion in wheelchair tennis, who gave an impressive performance in South Africa 2010. This version of the Paranational Games features 17 sports, 32 competitions, 639 gold medals, 639 silver medals, and 741 bronze medals.last_img read more

5 phrases leaders should use often

first_img 145SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Details Every leader wants to be a good leader. In order to be the leader that your team needs you to be, you need to connect with them both personally and professionally. Here are five phrases you should use often, if you want to gain your team’s trust and respect.“Here’s the deal.”: Your employees don’t like being in the dark. If there is an ongoing situation, your employees will eventually find out about it, so getting out in front of it will allow you to control the narrative. Be open and honest and let your team know what the situation is and what you’re going to do about it.“What do you think?”: Ask your team for ideas and opinions and you’ll gain trust, while making your team feel valued. Often, you may get a good response from someone who thinks a lot differently than you, and that’s not always a bad thing.“No worries.”: If an employee makes a little mistake and takes complete ownership of it before you’re even aware that it happened, brush it off. If they were honest about screwing up, there’s nothing you can say that they haven’t already said to themselves. By completely letting it go, you’ll show that you have trust in your team, and you’ll keep the employee from living in fear.“How can I help?”: When you show a desire to help your team succeed, you’ll gain “mad respect, bro.” That’s something the kids say (I think). The point is, by giving your team the tools and assistance they need, you’ll be able to get the most productivity out of your team, and that’s good for everyone.“My bad.”: It’s not always easy to admit mistakes when you’re the boss. But when you do, you’ll definitely be respected for it. Next time you know you’re at fault, you’ll easily impress your team if you can be humble enough to say so.last_img read more

Governor Wolf’s Week, October 9 – October 15, 2016

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Governor Wolf’s Week, October 9 – October 15, 2016 The Blog,  Weekly Update This week Governor Wolf continued his administration’s fight against the current opioid abuse epidemic in Pennsylvania. The governor visited Community Health & Dental Care in Montgomery county to discuss his initiatives to stop the spread of the epidemic, as well as the investments made in the 2016-17 budget also combat Substance Use Disorder. The governor also announced the Pennsylvania Department of Health has distributed the overdose reversal drug Narcan to 128 high schools across the Commonwealth.On Wednesday, Governor Wolf announced this week that Pennsylvania’s overall uninsured rate has dropped to 6.4 percent, the 15th lowest uninsured rate in the US. The governor expanded Medicaid coverage in April 2015.October 11 was the last day for potential voters to register to vote in Pennsylvania. Governor Wolf and Secretary of State Pedro Cortes celebrated the success of Online Voter Registration by announcing that nearly 900,000 Pennsylvanian’s registered to vote through the online system since its launch last year.Governor Wolf’s Week, October 9 – October 15, 2016Monday, 10/10/16Governor Wolf Announces $3 Million in State Funding for Continued Development of Schuylkill River TrailIn Montgomery County, Governor Wolf Discusses Efforts to Battle Opioid EpidemicTuesday, 10/11/16Governor Wolf Celebrates Opening of LOOK Trailers, Commitment to Creation of 65 New JobsWednesday, 10/12/16Medicaid Expansion Drives Significant Reduction in Pennsylvania’s Uninsured RateGovernor Wolf, Secretary Cortés Celebrate Tremendous Success of Online Voter RegistrationThursday, 10/13/16Department of Health Distributes Life-Saving Narcan to 128 Public High Schools in PennsylvaniaGO-TIME: Partnership with State Archives Provides FREE Online Access to Valuable Records, Saves Taxpayer DollarsFriday, 10/14/16Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas Judge Debra PezzePennsylvania Commission for Women Statement on PA House Bill 1948Governor Wolf Announces $40 Million from the Multimodal Transportation Fund for 37 PennDOT ProjectsGov. Wolf Announces $2 Million in State Funding for ‘Innovation Squared’ Expansion in Wilkes-BarreHighlights from The BlogHow Abuse-Deterrent Opioids Give Doctors and Patients More OptionsGovernor Tom Wolf on 3,500 Lives LostGovernor Tom Wolf on the Price of the Opioid EpidemicCelebrating Hispanic Heritage and Contributions to Pennsylvania SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img October 14, 2016 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolflast_img read more

Increasing population in Queensland leading booming housing demand

first_imgBrisbane is the city of choice for many overseas and interstate migrants.“Private sector house approvals are now at their highest level since 2003, in trend terms.” Mr Lokhorst said. Housing Industry Association senior economist Shane Garrett. said that healthy population growth was behind the increase. “The upshot of today’s figures is that new building activity will remain elevated over the near term,” Mr Garrett said.“Strong population growth and a strong economy go hand-in-hand.” IN DEMAND: Private housing demand is behind a boost in building approvals across Queensland.QUEENSLAND’S population is growing, and so is the demand for housing.Strong demand for housing in Queensland has pushed up dwelling approvals according to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. ABS data for the month of March 2018 showed that Queensland had the third highest trend increase for dwelling approvals, behind the ACT and Northern Territory.Queensland dwelling approvals increased by 2.3 per cent over the month, and were also 14.5 per cent higher than a year before. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoDirector of construction statistics at the ABS, Justin Lokhorst said that increase in dwelling approvals were being driven by demand for homes. last_img read more

Think tank invites investors to support ‘evidence of impact’ work

first_img“If we want to progress in this space we need to start building evidence as to whether that impact actually materialises or not”Jakob Thomä, managing director at 2° Investing InitiativeJakob Thomä, managing director at 2° Investing Initiative, told IPE that the think tank’s argument is not about whether financial institutions should or should not make climate impact claims or set science-based targets, but that “if we want to progress in this space we need to start building evidence as to whether that impact actually materialises or not”.“And if you want to communicate on the progress against that objective that needs to be based on real impact, not virtual decarbonisation,” he added.In its presentation the think tank included anonymised extracts from retail fund marketing material, such as:“A €5m investment in the fund, for one year would reduce polluting emissions by 4,200 tons of CO2, which is equivalent to taking 1,900 cars off the road for a year.”The think tank said that setting portfolio alignment goals was relevant to defining the intended average emissions reduction trajectory for investee companies, but that “a change in portfolio exposure is not a valid proxy for GHG emission reductions in the real world”.A spokesperson for the SBTi said: “Science-based target setting resources for financial institutions are being developed through an inclusive, multi-stakeholder process including consultation with financial institutions, consultants, NGOs, and academic institutions.“Financial institutions have a vital role to play in the transition to a net-zero emissions economy and this work is a critical component in the SBTi’s mission to drive company emissions reductions at scale.“The SBTi will continue to work with its partners and corporate stakeholders to develop the target validation criteria, which are due to launch later this year. We welcome input from all stakeholders, including 2° Investing Initiative, and will continue to facilitate this important conversation.”‘Positive message’2° Investing Initiative’s Thomä told IPE the think tank was not out to make life harder for people, and that it sees its message as a positive one.“The problem right now is that financial institutions are exposed to a lot of pressure from governments and civil society to ‘save the planet’ and part of the pressure is generated by the marketing that those institutions are putting out,” he said.“If you have a marketing document that says you will reduce emissions then don’t be surprised if people expect you to reduce emissions,” he continued, adding that “I think having a more honest conversation about that is in everyone’s interest.”In its presentation, the think tank said it estimated it would be possible for investors to set science-based targets, as it sees them, in two to five years.Steps before then would include setting an alignment goal, developing an “evidence-based decarbonisation plan”, and collecting evidence on “activities, outputs, outcomes and impact”.The think tank is inviting feedback from stakeholders about the reasoning behind its decision to leave the SBTi project, which can be found here. A consultation survey can also be directly accessed here. Climate finance think tank 2° Investing Initiative is encouraging investors and banks to support efforts to build evidence of financial institutions’ impact with regard to climate change.In a presentation, it suggested financial institutions interested in setting science-based targets could “help develop investor impact measurement methodologies”, citing work being done by the Impact Management Project, the Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth at the University of Zurich, as well as Invecat, an EU-funded project 2° Investing Initiative is leading with the involvement of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative and others.They could also “start collecting ex-post evidence on the impact of [their] actions”, the think tank suggested.It described Climate Action 100+ as “a good home for data and evidence collection” and its PACTA portfolio climate scenario analysis tool as providing “a good channel to document actions and collect evidence on [financial institutions’] effect on companies’ activities”. The recommendations, as 2° Investing Initiative referred to them, are included in a presentation setting out the reasoning behind the think tank’s decision to exit the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) for financial institutions project.The SBTi is a collaboration between CDP, World Resources Institute, WWF, and the UN Global Compact, and aims to get companies to set targets to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that are “in line with what the latest climate science says is necessary to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement”.2° Investing Initiative was invited to co-develop a SBTi methodology for financial institutions. Last week the organisations behind the SBTi brought together 50 financial institutions to gather feedback on draft target validation criteria, and it was on the back of this that 2° Investing Initiative announced its withdrawal from the project.Science-based Targets initiative splitAccording to 2° Investing Initiative, it withdrew from the SBTi project due to an inability to agree on how to define financial institutions’ climate impact.The think tank’s point of view is that the SBTi framework “must prevent financial institutions from setting targets labeled as ‘science-based’ and achieving them without providing any scientific evidence that their actions actually contributed to reducing GHG emissions in the real economy”.It argues that communication by many financial institutions – individually or collectively – suggests they have an objective to contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.last_img read more

Hundreds of kids in CYF abuse review

first_imgNZ Herald 25 May 2013Child Youth and Family is reviewing the cases of more than 200 children thought to have been subjected to continued abuse and neglect despite repeated warnings to social workers.Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills said the children had been referred to CYF more than 20 times each and the notifications could include everything from serious violence to children repeatedly turning up to school hungry.“I wish it was none but you’re going to have kids who have repeat notifications,” he said.The review was sparked by District Court Judge Dale Clarkson’s criticism of CYF in December after social workers failed to respond to 21 warnings relating to four siblings who were abused and neglected by their father, a convicted child rapist, and their mother, who left them alone in a South Auckland mall carpark.Judge Clarkson was so alarmed at CYF’s “disappointing lack of protection” that she referred the case to Dr Wills. His review of a report by CYF chief social worker Paul Nixon into that case has been completed, but Dr Wills said CYF was doing a second review that would focus on the 200 children referred to CYF more than 20 times in the past 10 years.…Dr Wills said while it wasn’t unusual for parents to lie, avoid social workers and move around the country, it was unusual for cases of that nature not to be reviewed by staff.He said CYF’s workload needed to be reduced and this could happen as police and health providers increasingly referred lower-level cases to community organisations.According to CYF figures, the numbers of referrals have gone from 40,939 to 152,800 in nine years. Dr Wills attributed that in part to a change in social attitudes towards violence and campaigns such as the “It’s not OK” anti-violence” campaign.Mr Nixon said improvements had been made since the 2000s. “For the first time in over a decade Child Youth and Family is consistently delivering against every single commitment.” read more