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Honorary degrees awarded

first_imgHarvard will confer 10 honorary degrees today (May 27) during the Morning Exercises.David H. SouterDoctor of Laws David H. Souter was an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court for 19 years before retiring in June 2009. Souter, who graduated from Harvard College in 1961 and Harvard Law School in 1966, will be the principal speaker at the Afternoon Exercises at this year’s Commencement.Harvard President Drew Faust hailed Souter’s “deep sense of independence and fairness” and “clear concern for the effects of the court’s decisions on the lives of real people” in making the Commencement speaker announcement. She said his “dedication, humility, and commitment to learning” should be an inspiration to anyone contemplating a career in public service.Souter was also a Rhodes Scholar, earning an M.A. from Magdalen College in Oxford in 1963.Nominated by President George H.W. Bush, Souter came to the court after spending many years at posts in the New Hampshire legal system. Born in Massachusetts, he moved to New Hampshire as a boy. After graduating from Harvard Law School, he began his legal career in private practice. In 1968, he was named assistant attorney general of New Hampshire. In 1971, he became deputy attorney general, and, in 1976, attorney general. He became a state Superior Court associate justice two years later and was appointed to the state Supreme Court as an associate justice in 1983. He became a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in 1990, shortly before his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.Thomas R. CechDoctor of ScienceThomas R. Cech, director of the Colorado Institute for Molecular Biotechnology at the University of Colorado, has made important contributions to understanding RNA, findings that won him the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1989.Cech was awarded the Nobel for revelations that RNA, ribonucleic acid, has functions beyond its role as a carrier of genetic information. In a single-celled organism, Tetrahymena thermophila, Cech discovered that RNA can also function as an enzyme, a function that had previously been thought to be the exclusive domain of proteins. These RNA enzymes are called ribozymes.Cech grew up in Iowa and earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Grinnell College in 1970. He received a doctorate in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and did postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the University of Colorado faculty in 1978 and became a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator in 1988 and distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry in 1990.In 2000, Cech became the president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and led that organization until 2009, when he returned to the University of Colorado as director of the Colorado Institute for Molecular Biotechnology.In addition to the Nobel Prize, Cech has won numerous awards and honors, including the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award in 1988, the National Medal of Science in 1995, and the Heineken Prize of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences in 1988. In 1987, Cech was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and was awarded a lifetime professorship by the American Cancer Society.Renée C. FoxDoctor of LawsRenée C. Fox’s studies in the sociology of medicine, medical ethics, medical research, and medical education have led her to Belgium, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, China, and the United States, and have resulted in nine books and numerous articles.Fox earned a doctorate in sociology from Harvard in 1954. She received a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Smith College. She joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in 1969, where she is Annenberg Professor Emerita of the Social Sciences.Before joining the University of Pennsylvania’s faculty, Fox was a member of the Columbia University Bureau of Applied Social Research. She taught for 12 years at Barnard College and then was a visiting lecturer for two years at Harvard’s Department of Social Relations. At Pennsylvania, she was a professor in the Sociology Department with joint secondary appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine, and in the School of Nursing. She also held an interdisciplinary chair as the Annenberg Professor of the Social Sciences.Her best-known books are “Experiment Perilous: Physicians and Patients Facing the Unknown,” “The Courage to Fail: A Social View of Organ Transplants and Dialysis,” “Spare Parts: Organ Replacement in American Society,” “The Sociology of Medicine: A Participant Observer’s View,” and “In the Belgian Chateau: The Spirit and Culture of a European Society in an Age of Change.” She is working on a book about her life as a sociologist.Fox is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has received a Radcliffe Graduate School Medal and a Centennial Medal from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She has won several teaching awards, holds nine honorary degrees, and in 2007 received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.Freeman A. Hrabowski IIIDoctor of LawsFreeman A. Hrabowski III is committed to rigorous academic standards and challenging students to excel. The president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), who chose to fund a championship chess team at the school instead of a football program, has built a career devoted to education and to helping minorities succeed in science, technology, engineering, and math.In 1988 he co-founded the Meyerhoff Scholarship Program at UMBC with the goal of increasing the diversity of future leaders in science, technology, engineering, and related fields. Originally geared toward African-American males, the program has expanded to students of all races and both genders, and has been recognized by the National Science Foundation as a national model.Called a “tireless academic cheerleader,” he was associate dean of graduate studies and associate professor of statistics and research at Alabama A&M University from 1976 to 1977. He was a professor of mathematics at Coppin State College in Baltimore for 10 years, and served as dean of arts and sciences from 1977 to 1981. He was the school’s vice president for academic affairs from 1981 to 1987. He went to the UMBC as vice provost in 1987, and was appointed president in 1993.The son of teachers, Hrabowski was jailed for a week at age 12 after marching against school segregation in his home city of Birmingham, Ala. “The experience taught me that the more we expect of children, the more they can do,” he said in a 2008 interview with U.S. News & World Report, which named him one of America’s best leaders.An early academic standout, he skipped two grades and graduated from high school at age 15. Four years later he graduated from Hampton Institute with the highest honors in mathematics. He received his master’s in mathematics in 1971 and his Ph.D. in higher education administration and educational statistics in 1975 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.He is a member of several boards, including the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He is the co-author of “Beating the Odds: Raising Academically Successful African American Males.” In 2009, Time magazine named Hrabowski one of America’s 10 best college presidents.Susan LindquistDoctor of ScienceUnderstanding how malformed proteins affect the human body, and how they are involved in evolution, is the realm of biologist Susan Lindquist, Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and professor of biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Lindquist, an authority on the complex molecular phenomenon called protein folding, explores how misfolded proteins play a role in diseases such as cancer, cystic fibrosis, Parkinson’s, and Huntington’s. She uses yeast-based models of such protein-folded diseases to develop new approaches to therapy.One area of Lindquist’s research examines the “chaperone” heat shock proteins that assist in protein folding and help to buffer genetic mutations. When such chaperone systems are overwhelmed, misfolding and disease states can result. The former director of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research also has explored how such misfolded proteins affect some evolutionary changes.“One implication of our work is that the protein-folding problem isn’t always a problem,” notes Lindquist’s lab home page. “The very same types of misfoldings that cause dreadful diseases in some circumstances can have beneficial effects in others. The protein-folding problem is as ancient as life itself; it makes sense that evolution would occasionally, perhaps even often, use it to advantage.”As a Radcliffe Fellow in 2007-08, Lindquist continued her investigations into the connections between genomics and medicine.Lindquist received her undergraduate degree in microbiology from the University of Illinois in 1971. She received her Ph.D. in biology from Harvard University in 1976. In 1999 she was named the Albert D. Lasker Professor of Medical Sciences at the University of Chicago.Her awards include the Dickson Prize in Medicine, the Centennial Medal of the Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Otto-Warburg Prize, and the Genetics Society of America Medal. She is an associate member of the Broad Institute, a member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. She is the co-founder of the Cambridge-based FoldRx Pharmaceuticals Inc.Thomas NagelDoctor of LawsAmerican philosopher of the mind Thomas Nagel is known for “What Is It Like to Be a Bat?” This rumination on the idea of consciousness — and the limits of science for explaining it — was published in the October 1974 issue of The Philosophical Review.The article articulates a central concern of Nagel, who said that humans instinctually want to make sense of the world, but adopting a unified, purely objective worldview can lead to error. In fact, relying on scientific objectivity alone leaves out some essential component of understanding ourselves.Since 1980, Nagel has taught at New York University, where he is University Professor of Philosophy and Law. His other interests include political philosophy and ethics. He published his first philosophy paper in 1959 and his first book, “The Possibility of Altruism,” in 1970. Subsequent books include “Moral Questions” (1979), “What Does It All Mean?” (1987), “The Myth of Ownership: Taxes and Justice” (2002, with Liam Murphy), and the recent “Secular Philosophy and Religious Temperament” (2009), a book of essays.Nagel was born in 1937 in Belgrade, in present-day Serbia, and as a young child moved to the United States. He earned a B.A. in 1958 from Cornell University, a B.Phil. from Corpus Christi College, Oxford, in 1960, and a Ph.D. from Harvard, where he was a student of philosopher John Rawls, in 1963.He taught at the University of California, Berkeley, (1963-66) and at Princeton University (1966-80) and has lectured at Stanford, Oxford, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, and Yale universities. In 2008, Nagel received both the Rolf Schock Prize in Logic and Philosophy and the Balzan Prize in Moral Philosophy.Nagel is a fellow of the American Academy of Sciences, a corresponding fellow of the British Academy, and a member of the American Philosophical Society. In 2008, he received an honorary D.Litt. from Oxford.David G. NathanDoctor of ScienceDavid G. Nathan, the Robert A. Stranahan Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, former physician-in-chief at Harvard-affiliated Children’s Hospital, and former president of the Harvard-affiliated Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, has had a career of discovery, teaching, and leadership that has not only pushed back the frontiers of knowledge of blood-based disorders but also fostered a generation of leaders who are guiding the field into the future.Nathan, who graduated from Harvard College in 1951 and from Harvard Medical School in 1955, is an authority on blood disorders. His discoveries have shed light on anemia and the hemoglobin disorder thalassemia. He won the National Medal of Science in 1990 “for his contributions to the understanding of the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of thalassemia; for his contributions to the understanding of disorders of red cell permeability; for his contributions to the understanding of the regulation of erythropoiesis; and for his contributions to the training of a generation of hematologists and oncologists.”Nathan has won many awards and honors over his career, including the John Howland Medal of the American Pediatric Society and the Kober Medal of the Association of American Physicians. He is one of three physicians to win both.Nathan’s medical career began as an intern and senior resident at what was then the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. He spent two years as a clinical associate at the National Cancer Institute. From 1959 to 1966, he was a hematologist at Brigham Hospital, and then became chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology at Children’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In 1985, he was physician-in-chief at Children’s Hospital, a position he held until 1995, when he was named president of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He served as Dana-Farber’s president until 2000.He is the author of “Hematology of Infancy and Childhood,” which is the leading text in the field.The Baroness Onora O’Neill of BengarveDoctor of LawsScholar and politician Onora O’Neill, Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve, studied philosophy, psychology, and physiology at Oxford University before earning her philosophy doctorate at Harvard in 1969.Her mentor and dissertation adviser was American philosopher John Rawls, the one-time James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard whose signature work, “A Theory of Justice” is still a primary text in political philosophy.A native of Northern Ireland, O’Neill has written widely and influentially on political philosophy and ethics, as well as on international justice, bioethics, media ethics, and the philosophy of Emmanuel Kant. Her work concerns issues of trust, consent, and respect for autonomy, in particular in the context of complex medical decision-making.A veteran instructor at universities in the United Kingdom and the United States, she teaches philosophy at the University of Cambridge, where she was principal at Newnham College from 1992 to 2006.O’Neill is the author of seven books and co-author of an eighth. Her works include “Acting on Principle” (1975), “Towards Justice and Virtue” (1996), “Bounds of Justice” (2000), and “Autonomy and Trust in Bioethics” (2001), the last being her Gifford Lectures in book form. (The prestigious Gifford Lectures, a tradition at Scottish universities, are designed to explore the idea of “natural theology,” that is, theology supported by science.)O’Neill, a life peer, is a “crossbench” (nonparty) member of the British House of Lords. She has served on committees concerning stem cell research, genomic medicine, and nanotechnology and food.O’Neill’s advisory work reflects her academic interests. In the United Kingdom, she has been a member of the Animal Procedures Committee, the Human Genetics Advisory Commission, and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, which she chairs.Richard SerraDoctor of ArtsMinimalist sculptor and experimental video artist Richard Serra is famous for his monumental works in steel — a favorite medium — and for his experimental films, beginning with “Hand Catching Lead” in 1968. He is associated with the process art movement of the mid-1960s. It celebrates the serendipity of art (the drip painting of Jackson Pollock, for instance) as well as the process of making art (rather than the art itself).His first sculptures in the 1960s were made out of nontraditional materials such as fiberglass, neon, and rubber. But he soon graduated to his lifelong fascination with metals.Born in 1939, Serra worked at steel mills to support himself while studying English literature at the University of California, Berkeley, and then at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he received a bachelor’s degree. From 1961 to 1964, Serra studied painting at Yale University, earning both a B.F.A. and an M.F.A.From 1968 to 1970, he executed a series of “splash pieces” in which molten lead was splashed against walls. Serra moved to “prop pieces,” metal sculptures held together solely by balance and the force of gravity. In 1970, Serra began experimenting with large-scale sculptures that played off urban landscapes. Many were made of spirals and curving lines — counterpoints to the right angles that dominate city skylines.He is best known for his looming minimalist constructions made from rolls of Cor-Ten steel. They were once dismissed as artifacts from an arrogant art world. Serra’s 120-foot-long Tilted Arc, installed in Manhattan’s Federal Plaza in 1981, was dismantled eight years later. But in 2007, The New York Times called Serra “a titan of sculpture, one of the last great modernists.” That year, four massive sculptures with the same whimsical curves were the centerpieces of a Serra retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.Meryl StreepDoctor of ArtsAcademy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep has won fans around the world and the acting industry’s highest awards for her versatility, her ability to master accents and personas, and her ease with both dramatic and comedic roles.Considered one of the country’s greatest living actresses, Streep has been nominated 16 times for an Oscar, winning two, and 25 times for a Golden Globe, winning seven. She is the most nominated performer for either award.Born in New Jersey in 1949, Streep’s initial artistic interest was opera, but she eventually gravitated toward theater, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in drama from Vassar College in 1971. She earned an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama in 1975.Her early career involved the New York stage and included work with the New York Shakespeare Festival, as well as on Broadway. In 1978 she won an Emmy Award for her role in the television miniseries “Holocaust.”Streep’s movie career blossomed with her role in the 1978 film “The Deer Hunter.” She received her first Academy Award nomination and has worked steadily in films since.Two years later she won the Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role as a struggling mother in “Kramer vs. Kramer,” and won for best actress in 1983 for her portrayal of a tormented Holocaust survivor in “Sophie’s Choice.”Streep’s other films include “The French Lieutenant’s Woman,” “Out of Africa,” “Silkwood,” “The River Wild,” “Adaptation,” “The Hours,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” and “Julie and Julia.”Streep also is an environmental health activist. In 1989 she helped to found Mothers and Others, a consumer group advocating sustainable agriculture and increased pesticide regulations.Among her many honors are a Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the 
American Film Institute.— Compiled by Corydon Ireland, Alvin Powell, and Colleen Walshlast_img read more

[The Source Podcast] VMware and Dell EMC Helping our Partners Grow

first_imgIn the latest episode of The Source, Brandon Sweeney (@bsweeneyatVMW), senior vice president VMWare Channel and Commercial Sales, joins me from the Global Partner Summit at Dell Technologies World 2018.As CRN noted, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger discussed the Virtual Cloud Network on the Tuesday of Dell Technologies World, describing it as the future of networking.It’s clear that enabling our joint partner channel is the key to growth and end user enablement.The entire Dell Technologies family benefits when our partners are successful.Sweeney talks innovation and depth of technology solutions across the Dell Technologies family and enabling our partner community.If you’re a partner where should you start?  Sweeney helps point us in the right direction.Get Dell EMC The Source app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, and Subscribe to the podcast: iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play.Dell EMC The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)last_img read more

Flavor of Georgia Winners

first_imgElberton farmer, cheese maker and local food advocate Tim Young took home the grand prize from the 2014 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest on March 18. The annual contest, conducted by the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, is a chance for food businesses to showcase their new products. Young owns Nature’s Harmony Farm, and his grand-prize-winning Georgia Gold Clothbound Cheddar Cheese is made from milk produced by the farm’s herd of Jersey dairy cows. The cheese is hand crafted and aged for six to 12 months in the farm’s cheese cave. The cheese was one of 35 Georgia products selected as finalists in the 2014 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest. The products were selected from more than 125 entries from across the state — one of the largest contest fields in the competition’s history. In addition to the grand prize, Nature’s Harmony Georgia Gold Cheddar took first place in the competition’s dairy category. Gov. Nathan Deal and Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black announced the category and grand prize winners as part of Georgia Agriculture Awareness Day at the Georgia Freight Depot in Atlanta. “We had so many great contestants this year,” said Sharon P. Kane, Flavor of Georgia contest coordinator. “It really highlighted the high caliber of the food products created by Georgians.” Young hopes that his Flavor of Georgia win will bring attention to Georgia’s burgeoning artisan cheese industry. Georgia Gold Clothbound Cheddar Cheese is one of a handful of artisan cheeses Young makes on his farm. A marketing professional turned farmer, Young has spent the past seven years refining his farm business. He and his wife, Liz, decided to focus exclusively on cheese production shortly after the birth of their son in 2013. Nature’s Harmony cheeses are available at restaurants and artisan food shops across metro Atlanta and at the Young’s on-farm store in Elberton. For more information about the Nature’s Harmony Farm and its cheeses, see www.naturesharmonyfarm.com.In addition to the grand prize, judges awarded prizes in each food product category. A people’s choice award was given based on votes cast during a public tasting Tuesday morning. The awards are listed below by prize name, product name, company name, company representatives and town. People’s Choice Award: Raspberry-Jalapeno Jam, Leoci’s, Roberto and Lacie Leoci, Savannah. Adult Beverages: Richland Rum, Richland Distilling Company, Karin and Erik Vonk, Richland.Barbecue Sauces: Causey’s Sweet N’Smokey BBQ Sauce, Causey Foods Inc., Wynn Causey Bakke, Smyrna. (The sauce was created in Vienna where the Causeys still operate a restaurant.)Beverages: Organic Blueberry Juice, Byne Blueberry Farms, Richard Byne, Waynesboro.Confections: Peachy Keen Pecan Praline, Loose Sugar, Lindsey Beckworth and her father Mike Beckworth, Harrison.Dairy Products: Georgia Gold Clothbound Cheddar Cheese, Nature’s Harmony, Tim Young, Elberton.Jams and Jellies: Cinnamon Honey Spread, Weeks Honey Farm, Sonja Crosby and Michele Rosario, Omega.Marinades and Sauces: GA Mustard Marinade, Q Sauce, LLC, Jennifer and Chris Adams, Dacula.Meat and Seafood: Pork Vidalia Onion Sausage, Ogeechee Meat Market, Matthew and Andrew McClune, Savannah.Miscellaneous: Southern Sriracha Boiled Peanut Rub, Hardy Farms Peanuts, Robert Fisher and Brad Hardy, Hawkinsville.Salsas, Chutneys and Condiments: Sweet Onion Confit, Preserving Place, Martha McMillin and Virginia Willis, Atlanta.Snack Foods: Georgia Blues Blueberry & Peach Bar, M Chocolat, Maritza Pichon and Marlena Snyder, Alpharetta. Food industry experts—including chefs, grocery buyers, food service personnel and agricultural marketing executives—rated Nature’s Harmony cheddar and the other products based on qualities like innovation, use of Georgia theme, market potential and flavor, said James Daniels, a UGA food business development specialist. Showcase events like the 2014 Flavor of Georgia competition help entrepreneurs spread the word about their products. Many have landed spots in regional and national grocery chains like Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Earth Fare, Kroger and Harvey’s. The contest is sponsored by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in partnership with the Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, Office of Governor Nathan Deal, Walton EMC, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, the Georgia Agribusiness Council and the UGA department of food science and technology. For more information about these products, see www.flavorofgeorgia.caes.uga.edu. For more photos of this year’s Flavor of Georgia contest visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/ugacommunications/sets.last_img read more

Dixie Picks

first_imgBrothers From Another Mother: Indie-folk Middle Brother made their debut album in Nashville.My Morning JacketCircuitalJim James and his Kentucky-bred crew toned down the cosmic soul experimentation of 2008’s Evil Urges and got back to some of the cavernous rock anthems and chilling ballads of their earlier years. Quite possibly the band’s most satisfying collection of songs from start to finish, Circuital gave a broad picture of what the Jacket does best—from the big arena riffs of the title track to the mellow utopian folk of “Wonderful (The Way I Feel),” all blanketed in the undertone of alt-country warmth.Gillian WelchThe Harrow and the HarvestAlthough Welch took her time (eight years) coming up with a new album, she stuck to her guns. With acoustic guitars and the purest of harmonies, the Nashville songstress and her long time musical partner David Rawlings released a collection of tunes with a simple throwback aesthetic that sounds completely out of time. Whether it’s with the banjo-driven spiritual “Hard Times” or the hard-luck character ballad “The Way It Goes,” Welch proves she’s still the best companion for sipping whiskey on the front porch.Can't-miss New Year's Eve ShowsDrive-By TruckersGo-Go BootsThe Truckers keep cranking out great albums. Following last year’s rock bombast of The Big To-Do, the band decided to dive into the soul and R&B of their Muscle Shoals roots. There are still plenty of vivid, dark tales from the South’s underbelly, but the distortion is largely turned down in favor of slow-burning grooves, especially on standouts like “Used to Be a Cop” and “The Thanksgiving Filter.” The group also delivers an endearing reading of Eddie Hinton’s Motown hit “Everybody Needs Love.”Middle BrotherMiddle BrotherThis supergroup of indie-folk heroes—John McCauley of Deer Tick, Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit and Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes—headed down to Nashville and passed around songs like a new school Traveling Wilburys. The sessions yielded a collective sound that you wouldn’t expect from three bandleaders. With McCauley’s gritty blue-collar wit and Vasquez and Goldsmith’s more heart-on-sleeve earnestness, the group found a roots rock chemistry that easily rivals the work of their respective bands.Tyler RamseyThe Valley WindBefore Tyler Ramsey became the lead guitarist for indie rockers Band of Horses, the tunesmith was a fixture on the local Asheville, N.C., music scene as a solo singer-songwriter. Fortunately Ramsey found time to make another solo record, because it’s his best one yet. Blending intricate finger picking and narrative lyrics deftly laced with natural imagery, The Valley Wind conjures the haunting melancholy of Neil Young with the addition of some fitting rock atmospherics.Wye OakCivilianNext in the line of superb male-female duo acts, Baltimore’s Wye Oak achieves a broad sound on Civilian that grows on you with each listen. With Jenn Wasner on guitar and soaring lead vocals and Andy Stack on drums, keys, and backing vocals, the band moves well beyond expected garage rock into bold soundscapes with intelligent indie composition that delivers—from wailing to chilling—a roller coaster of emotion.Jason Isbell and the 400 UnitHere We RestFour years after leaving the Drive-By truckers, Isbell has fully realized his voice as a solo artist. Before making Here We Rest, he slowed his touring schedule and went home to rural Alabama to reconnect with his roots. The result is a dusty journey down multiple roads of American roots music: the windows-down acoustic highway ballad “Alabama Pines,” a cautionary tale through a country waltz in “Codeine,” vintage folk in the finger-picked “Daisy Mae,” dirty road house rock in “Never Could Believe,” and uplifting soul in “Heart on a String.”MegafaunMegafaunFormer band mates of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, this trio from Durham, N.C., released a bold self-titled effort that starts with a base of sparse indie folk and finds multiple ways to explode with full sonic color. Their songs are rooted in simple Americana structures and country-flavored harmonies, but they’re filled out with orchestral textures and psychedelic flourishes. “These Words” is the most deliberate with a cacophony of glitchy blips and industrial beats infiltrating a delicate piano melody. The bluesy “Scorned” drifts into slow-motion collision of gutbucket guitar and distorted harmonica, while Vernon steps in to riff with his old crew on the sprawling eight-minute atmospheric rocker “Get Right.”last_img read more

Financial Literacy with The Disclosures, Chad Helminak & Chris Morris – TSH #023

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Financial literacy is imperative to the future. The best way to instill values and create great habits is to start with the youth. Dr. Brandi Luv Stankovic and her guests, Chad Helminak and Christopher Morris, co-founders of the band, The Disclosures discuss teaching financial literacy to young people through the medium of song.Defining your mission and mixing your artistic and business sides are just a few topics covered in discovering how best to motivate the young for success. continue reading »last_img

Governor Wolf Announces Avoided Costs, Waste Prevention as Result of Significant Reduction in SNAP Error Rate

first_img Economy,  Efficiency,  Government That Works,  Press Release,  Results Lancaster, PA — Governor Tom Wolf joined the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) today to announce a significant reduction in the error rate of the administration of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This is the latest success in the Wolf Administration’s “Government that Works” effort to spearhead initiatives that save costs, reduce waste, improve efficiency, and reform government programs.“Today, we are thrilled to announce that the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services is administering SNAP at historically accurate levels,” said Governor Wolf. “This is an exciting announcement, as it shows success in our work to combat hunger and food insecurity in our state, as well as in our push to create a government that works in Pennsylvania.”Governor Wolf joined DHS employees and Lancaster-area food security advocates at the Lancaster County Council of Churches to tout the successes of SNAP, a federal program administered by DHS that provides food-purchasing assistance for low- and no-income people living in the commonwealth. Nearly 1.9 million Pennsylvanians receive assistance through the SNAP program, a critical safety net for low-income people.“The department has driven down the error rate by 58% since January — that’s 45% below the national average and the most accurate we’ve been in the 29 years that we have kept records,” said DHS Secretary Ted Dallas. “I want to say thanks to all of the DHS employees whose hard work has helped avoid approximately $35 million in erroneous payments.”The amount of SNAP benefits received by a household depends on the household’s size, income, and expenses. The federal government tracks the efficiency in which all states deliver this vital benefit, measuring each state’s error rate in determining benefits. The review determines if those benefits were less than or greater than what should have been provided, or if the household was ineligible for any benefits.Nationally, the SNAP payment error rate was 3.66% in 2014. Since coming into office in January, the Wolf Administration has reduced the food stamp error rate by 58% to2.01%, which is well below the national average.Furthermore, this reduction represents the largest percentage decrease in the SNAP error rate in a single year in the 29 years that these records have been kept. The change in error rate is estimated to equal a cost avoidance of nearly $35 million.“What all of this means is that not only are the people of Pennsylvania who are eligible for assistance the ones receiving it – and in the correct amount — but we are avoiding $35 million in federal costs by appropriately allocating the funds,” said Governor Wolf. “This is no small number, and we are proud of the improvement in accuracy and efficiency this represents in a system that Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable populations truly need.”In order to accomplish this improved accuracy, DHS implemented a bi-weekly “Knowledge Check” for all staff who work on food stamps to ensure they’re well-versed on those issues that account for the highest number of errors. Supervisors can use the results of to address issues with staff and target training. DHS targeted the areas of the state with higher error rates and provided in-depth coaching and training to staff in those areas. The Department also implemented some IT changes to their system to make it harder for workers to close a case incorrectly.“I’m thrilled to see waste-reducing efforts like these all across my administration,” Governor Wolf said. “We remain committed to producing more money-saving results like these as we continue our work together.”# # # Governor Wolf Announces Avoided Costs, Waste Prevention as Result of Significant Reduction in SNAP Error Rate SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img January 20, 2016last_img read more

Five bedroom home with all the bells and whistles for sale at Burpengary East

first_imgOne of the living areas at 3 Plunkett St, Burpengary East.Nestled in the Northwood Estate, the home has five bedrooms and two bathrooms, with Mrs Marr saying it was the perfect place for them to build their home all those years ago.“We liked the fact it’s not a very big estate and we’ve only got seven houses in our cul-de-sac,” Mrs Marr said.“By and large, it’s quite a peaceful place.” The home at 3 Plunkett St, Burpengary East, is up for sale.Convenience was the key when David and Robyn Marr bought land at Burpengary East 14 years ago.On the 2 acre block, the couple built the ultimate family home, excited to enjoy the peace and quiet while also maintaining easy access to the Bruce Highway.“It’s so accessible to the north and south,” Mrs Marr said. The bathrooms are modern.Down the entry hallway is a dining and lounge room, followed by an open-plan kitchen, living, dining and rumpus room. Three more bedrooms, a bathroom and a full laundry are privately tucked away to the side.There is also a double lockup garage with large storage area, and a massive undercover alfresco dining space. The master suite has room for a parent’s retreat.center_img The outdoor entertaining area at 3 Plunkett St, Burpengary East.The home has a ducted vacuum, split-system airconditioning and ceiling speakers throughout.While Mr and Mrs Marr have enjoyed their home for more than a decade, it has come time for them to downsize as it is just the two of them.Mrs Marr said that her brother previously owned the property next door.“We like to sit out in the rumpus room quite a bit and just relax,” Mrs Marr said. A large kitchen for aspiring chefs.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The one-level home opens up to an entry, which gives access to a study and mud room to the right, and the master suite on the left.The master features an ensuite with a double vanity and double shower, walk-in wardrobe and parents’ retreat.last_img read more

STR Invests in Teledyne Marine Products

first_imgSubsea Technology & Rentals (STR) has made an investment in Teledyne Marine’s latest technology due to increased customer requirements. The investment includes the first four new TOGS1 AHRS/INS units, a surface Saturn AHRS, RESON SeaBat T50-S subsea multibeam sonars and multiple TSS HydroPACT 440 pipe trackers and RDI DVLS.Scott Johnstone, group managing director, STR said, “STR firmly believe that the investment of Teledyne Marine’s products demonstrates our commitment to our customers’ requirements and to improving market conditions. As an innovative company STR understands the importance of investing and delivering class-leading technology to give our clients the very best solutions for their operations.”“A surge in recent R&D efforts has brought improvements across a range of market leading technologies from Teledyne Marine at this time particularly in the ROV space,” said Ed Cheesman of Teledyne Marine. “And there is more to come! Our T50 multibeam with its simplified integrated dual head architecture, advanced features and precise clean data is quickly establishing itself as a new benchmark in the subsea survey community; patented phased array doppler technologies are leapfrogging legacy piston array performance in our latest offerings from RDI. And the TOGS units are back, with higher performance, full subsea INS capability where required and a build quality synonymous with Teledyne Marine’s reputation.”last_img read more

State Fair Queen To Help Ripley County Contestants

first_imgIndiana State Fair Queen Alyssa Garnett has had plenty of practice being in the spotlight.Her interviewing skills and outstanding on-stage confidence will be useful as she provides the Ripley County queen contestants with pointers and insight on pageantry at the Queen’s Tea at the Osgood Town Hall. The event is Friday at 5:30 p.m.Garnett was crowned Miss Pulaski County before receiving the title of the 56th Indiana State Fair Queen at last year’s State Fair.“I have been attending the State Fair since I was a little girl. Being crowned Miss Indiana State Fair is such an honor to me because I will now have the chance to become involved with the fair in a hands-on way,” Garnett said.The Purdue University junior is pursuing her Masters in Business Administration. Garnett is a member of the School of Management Council and a sister of the Delta Gamma sorority.“I’m so excited to meet the contestants and visit the county,” said Garnett. “I’ve lived in Indiana my entire life, but never had the chance to see many of the counties I will be visiting throughout the summer.”As Miss Indiana State Fair 2014, Garnett will spend her summer visiting over 30 county fairs, festivals and queen pageants promoting the 2014 Indiana State Fair before serving as the Official Hostess of the State Fair.last_img read more