Isaacson to deliver Rothschild Lecture

March 1, 2021

first_imgBest-selling author and journalist Walter Isaacson will present the 2013 Maurine and Robert Rothschild Lecture, “The Genius of Jobs, Einstein, and Franklin,” on April 8 at the Radcliffe Gymnasium. Sponsored by Harvard’s Department of the History of Science, the lecture will begin at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow.Isaacson, currently the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, is the former chairman and CEO of CNN, former managing editor of Time, and best-selling author of a number of biographies, including “Einstein: His Life and Universe” (2007), “Benjamin Franklin: An American Life” (2003), “Kissinger: A Biography” (1992), and “Steve Jobs” (2011).Recalling when Jobs approached him about writing a biography, Isaacson wrote, “I had recently published one on Benjamin Franklin and was writing one about Albert Einstein, and my initial reaction was to wonder, half-jokingly, whether he saw himself as the natural successor in that sequence.”Reflecting later on what he learned during the process, Isaacson, in an October 2011 New York Times opinion piece, concluded that Jobs did share certain traits with his other subjects — the elusive qualities that allowed them, in the words of Apple, to “Think Different.”“In the annals of ingenuity, new ideas are only part of the equation,” Isaacson said. “Genius requires execution. When others produced boxy computers with intimidating interfaces that confronted users with unfriendly green prompts that said things like ‘C:>,’ Mr. Jobs saw there was a market for an interface like a sunny playroom. Hence, the Macintosh.”Made possible through the generosity of Maurine and Robert Rothschild, the Rothschild Lecture Series aims to bring the interest and excitement of the history of science to the Harvard community and beyond.last_img read more

Committee inspires togetherness

January 26, 2021

first_imgTags: Chinese diversity dinner, Diversity Dinner, IC, international committee, international students at Saint Mary’s, sga, Student Government Association Courtesy of Catherine Sullivan Ngoc Truong and Catherine Sullivan, co-chairs of the Saint Mary’s International Committee, host the second Diversity Dinner.Stare said the 12 committees encompass aspects of the College community such as Alumnae, Athletic, Community, First-Year Concerns, Food Services, Market Research and Media, Mission, Social Concerns, Sophia Program, Sustainability and Technology. But one of the committees worth spotlighting, having established and accomplished noteworthy goals during the fall semester, is the International Committee, Stare said.The International Committee is spearheaded by co-chair and senior Catherine Sullivan and co-chair and sophomore Ruby Truong, who is an international student from Vietnam, Sullivan said.“As committee chairs, we arrived back on campus a week early than everyone else in August to work on first-year orientation, and even before that, we did group bonding time where we broke into groups and talked about our goals for the year,” Sullivan said. “Those goals are still posted in the SGA office, and we check them off as we go along.”Along with her co-chair Truong, Sullivan said she established early on in the year that the International Committee would focus on three major goals.“One of the first goals we worked towards was the Diversity Dinners, which bring together different cuisines and groups of international students to celebrate the diversity of our student body,” she said. “We wanted to have four or five the first year (this school-year), which highlight different aspects of the culture that represents Saint Mary’s and also the tri-campus community.”Sullivan said the two Diversity Dinners that were held during the fall semester were very successful — more successful than she and Truong had predicted.“The Italian Dinner, which took place in September, was the kickoff Diversity Dinner event, and then we had the Chinese Diversity Dinner in November,” she said. “They both sold out, so to speak, because each dinner is limited to 50 people, and we had some extras sneak in.”In the spring semester, Sullivan said the International Committee has planned a Tunisian dinner and a Vietnamese dinner.“It’s great because all of the food is either cooked by our students, by our faculty or is donated by local restaurants,” she said. “So we are also helping local restaurants in the South Bend community, alongside our international community.” Photo courtesy of Catherine Sullivan Saint Mary’s international students share food and friendship at the Chinese Diversity Dinner, which took place in November.According to Sullivan, the committee’s second goal for the year was to help the international students at Saint Mary’s make their way into the bigger community as a whole.“At Saint Mary’s, we have that issue that the international students are sort of on their own. Even at orientation, the international group is separated,” she said. “We wanted to work on integrating them as best as we could, so the Diversity Dinners work towards this goal — in that anyone can come to them, and it also teaches non-international students about other cultures.“At the Chinese dinner, we were actually taught about the seven different areas of China and the different cuisine that come with each region and why that happened and how that developed. One of our Fulbright scholars did the presentation on it, so that was really great.”The third and final goal of the committee is the International Buddy Program, which pairs each new international student with a returning student, Sullivan said.“Basically, you sign up to be a roommate for an international student and end up rooming with the person,” she said. “This way, the international students can easily feel apart of the community and have a friend base, which intertwines with our second goal.”This program will begin during the spring semester or next fall and will be organized under an application process facilitated by the International Committee and Residence Hall Association.“This will majorly help with the rooming situation for international students because oftentimes these students are juniors or seniors who get randomly paired with first-year students, and it doesn’t work out so well,” Sullivan said. “And single [dorms] are a bad idea because they don’t get to practice English or meet anyone.”center_img Within the Saint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) is the Council of Committee Chairs (CCC), headed by senior Katie Stare and made up of 18 committee chairs and co-chairs who lead 12 different committees.last_img read more

UN official examines global business ethics

January 26, 2021

first_imgJoan Dubinsky, director of the United Nations Ethics Office, wrapped up the Mendoza College of Business’s Ethics Week by sharing stories from her professional experience that contained lessons about business ethics in a world of mixed cultures and experiences.Dubinsky said in today’s world, ethics must be clearly defined, and people must not have arguments about what ethics is.“Ethics is about how we make tough choices,” Dubinsky said. “Or, put more eloquently, ethics is the set of criteria or principles that we use when selecting a course of action in the face of competing values.”Dubinsky said honesty in business is important, and her field was recently created to ensure that morality occupies the proper place in the realm of business.“We ethics officers, well, we’re the experimental philosophers,” Dubinsky said. “We creatively solve everyday problems and challenges. We look at rights, duties and obligations. We consider the perspectives of multiple stakeholders, and we examine how to exercise moral judgment in the every day challenges of business.”Dubinsky said while her particular field of work is relatively new, it has roots in the early history of humanity and civilization.“The Hammurabi code of Babylon dates roughly to 1772 B.C.E.,” Dubinsky said. “It represents, as far as archaeology can tell us, the first written evidence of a legal system. In today’s knowledge it’s a bit draconian, an eye for an eye. But it set forth basic principles of justice like the presumption of innocence or the right of the accused to give evidence or speak.“From this very early example, we learn that the rule of law matters,” she said. “As part of the United Nations, we reinforce every day the importance of the rule of law, because in our world, might does not make right.”Dubinsky said never to assume people share the same ethical realities because an individual’s perception of ethics can be influenced by culture and other factors.“We are guests in the world,” Dubinsky said. “As imperfect as our world is, there might not always be a best, or even a good, answer to a moral choice that we face.“Because we are an international and diverse organization, I have to ask if our conflicts of interest are absolute or if they are influenced by the countries in which they arise or by the nationality of the people in the drama,” she said.Dubinsky said there is a fine line between a genuine gift and gift given for reasons other than generosity.“Sometimes I wonder if you can you ever exchange gifts in a business setting without strings attached,” Dubinsky said. “Conflicts of interest are not always absolute, and detecting them requires a great deal of finesse and empathy.”Ethical action is not always the obvious or easy solution, and it takes real courage and prudence to act in a moral fashion, Dubinsky said.“Your ethical compass, as a business person and citizen of the world, permeates your choices,” she said. “You hold a mirror through which you can reflect your ethical self, and my prayer for you is that this mirror is not distorted.”Dubinsky said United Nations ethics is a “contact sport” that is not purely theoretical.“To do ethics, we must be willing to engage in the world as we find it, with all its imperfections, and not the world that we wish it to be,” Dubinsky said.Tags: Ethics week, Joan Dubinsky, mendoza college of business, United Nations Ethics Officelast_img read more

As Starry Crowd Watches, Machinal Stops and Starts Over Again on Opening Night

January 18, 2021

first_imgA mechanical failure turned the 95-minute intermissionless drama Machinal into a three-hour event on opening night. As celeb guests like Alec Baldwin, Alan Cumming and Susan Sarandon watched, the performance was stopped after 20 minutes, when Es Devlin’s complicated set failed to work. Amazingly, after the issue was fixed, the entire show was restarted again for the starry crowd. View Comments Related Shows Machinalcenter_img The 7PM performance finally ended shortly after 10PM, at which point the cast, led by Golden Globe nominee Rebecca Hall, headed off to the party to celebrate. And, presumably, have some stiff drinks. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 2, 2014last_img read more

Atwood to lead Young Lawyers Division

December 19, 2020

first_img Atwood to lead Young Lawyers Division Theresa E. Davis Assistant Editor Scott E. Atwood plans to spend his time as president-elect of the Bar Young Lawyers Division expanding outreach programs, implementing technological improvements to benefit young lawyers, and battling mediocrity.“We don’t want to be known only as the people who put on the PWP (Practicing with Professionalism) program,” said Atwood, who lives in Atlanta and will become only the second out-of-state member to lead the Young Lawyers Division.a 20-15 vote of the YLD Board of Governors, Atwood defeated Jennifer Ator of Miami in a runoff for the position of president-elect designate at the YLD’s recent meeting in Gainesville. Atwood will serve as president-elect under incoming YLD President John Stewart and will become president himself in June 2007. YLD board member William Henry of Panama City was eliminated in the first round of voting.Atwood, the immediate past president of the Bar’s Out of State Practitioners Division — a position he held for two terms — said his main focus will be to encourage diverse membership by embracing technology and continuing to improve the YLD’s information exchange with young lawyers and law school students.Atwood’s emphasis on technology mirrors that of many presidents and CEOs in the country today.“Connecting young lawyers to technology is important. Technology has really changed the way that we practice law; enabling small law firms to compete with large law firms in ways that they never could before,” Atwood said, adding he wants to upgrade the YLD’s Web site and increase the links and the resources available, in addition to improving the overall usefulness of the site.Atwood aims to promote wider attorney access to online activities and research, especially in the smaller, rural counties and circuits.improving technology and offering young lawyers “practical, real-life assistance,” Atwood hopes the YLD will be able to make division members more aware of the opportunities available for them and the materials they can use.“A lot of young lawyers don’t know these sorts of things,” Atwood said.He is not, however, completely shaking things up.“It’s somewhat shortsighted if you take very good programs and don’t continue to give them great emphasis,” Atwood said. “I think that Jamie’s (Bilotte Moses, current YLD president) emphasis on law schools this year was good; I have a personal interest and commitment to continuing that program and making sure that it continues to expand.”Atwood said the YLD looks at itself as the voice of the profession for young lawyers.“We want young lawyers to get involved and so it’s in our best interest to get them involved with their local affiliates because they will be providing future bar leaders,” he said.Atwood also is very familiar with the YLD, being the board’s most senior member, having been elected to the division’s board in 1998. But his involvement with the YLD reaches even farther back to when he was a law student at the University of Florida, where he sat on the executive board of UF’s Student Bar Association and was chosen as its student liaison to the YLD’s Board of Governors. Atwood sits on the board of directors for the Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers, as well.Atwood is the founder and managing partner of the Atwood Law Firm in Atlanta, and focuses his practice on labor and employment law. He said the diplomacy he uses while representing clients will serve his presidency well.“I think as a labor and employment guy with the personality that’s required to do the job can help when dealing with the various sections and various interests in the Bar,” Atwood said. April 30, 2006 Regular News Atwood to lead Young Lawyers Divisionlast_img read more

Report says more than 50 U.S. credit unions at risk for money laundering activity

December 18, 2020

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Sal ChristA leaked government report on financial institutions says more than 50 U.S. credit unions are at risk for money laundering activities. It’s not yet clear if any New Mexico credit unions are on the list. The report was leaked to the Wall Street Journal.The confidential, leaked report from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is said to scrutinize activities of the nationwide credit unions that put said financial institutions at risk for money laundering activities. According to the Wall Street Journal, the leaked report states that “criminal groups and drug trafficking organizations may be actively targeting vulnerable credit unions to access the formal financial system” — in part via money-services businesses that allow individuals to send funds to friends and family in other countries.Neither FinCEN nor the National Credit Union Association is commenting on the contents of the report or whether any New Mexico credit unions are on the list. continue reading »last_img read more

How to Adjust Your Front Door in 60 Seconds With Alure Home Improvements

December 16, 2020

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By Alure Home ImprovementsJust imagine for a second how many times a day you open and shut the doors in your house. This important part of your living arrangement, like all things, is subject to wear and tear over time. For an exterior front door, it’s undergoing even more pressures due to shifts in temperature and weather as one season runs into another. It’s to be expected that it will warp and swell. There’s another factor too, as Doug Cornwell, chief operating officer of Alure Home Improvements, explains.“The entrance door is heavy!” Cornwell says in a recent installment of “Alure Home Improvements’ 60 Second Fix” titled “How To Adjust Your Front Door In 60 Seconds.” It’s got to stand up to the weather and the unwanted, so it’s made stronger and it’s insulated.“Over time they will start to weigh down and come out of level,” he warns. An uneven door puts pressure on the hinges, causing them to weaken and become misshapen.If you don’t address that spacing problem, at a certain point the door will start to creak or squeak, and, in the worst case scenario, actually get stuck or fail to shut properly. That could put you in a real jam.Fortunately, Cornwell knows what to do, and here in this new “60 Second Fix Video,” he spells out the simple steps you can take to fix this all-too common household problem.“The easiest way to check is if you first take a look at the spacing above the door,” Cornwell advises. If the space between the top of the door and the door jamb is narrower at one end than the other, it has to be fixed. If you examine the vertical gap on the side of the door where the latch  is, you’ll probably see a similarly uneven space. According to Cornwell, the most common cause of that unevenness is that the top hinge has been pulled slightly out of the door jamb due to the weight of the door.“This tells us that the door is out of whack,” says Cornwell.In this case, Cornwell intends to readjust the door’s top hinge because he’s figured out that it has pulled slightly away from the door jamb. He unscrews the top screw in the hinge and realizes that it’s too short to support the door’s weight any more, and it must be replaced with a longer screw that will anchor the hinge not only to the door jamb but to the wooden frame behind the jamb.He doesn’t need to drill a different hole for the hinge. He just inserts a longer screw into the same hole, and with the aid of hand-held power screw-driver, he quickly tightens the new screw until he can feel it dig firmly into the two-by-four frame of the house.Click here to learn more about Alure Home ImprovementsTo test it out, Cornwell goes back inside the house and closes the front door so he can inspect the spacing.“If you take a look, you’ll see that the space across the top is now more even,” he says. “That’s important on an exterior door because that also stops the air infiltration.”And we all know what that means: a higher energy bill!So, the next time you notice that your front door is unevenly spaced in the door jamb, it may be that the top hinge has slipped out of line. Thanks to Doug Cornwell at Alure Home Improvements, you now know that simplest solution could be just tightening the top hinge by replacing a short screw with a longer one that will anchor deeper into the door frame.last_img read more

Sinnamon Park home with loads of storage ready for sale

October 6, 2020

first_img30 Lakeside Cct, Sinnamon ParkMrs James said she preferred spending time in the lounge room, which gets good river breezes, or out on the patio overlooking the pool with guests. The family are selling to build a house but Mrs James said they would miss their Lakeside Circuit home. “This is a house that would suit families or, because it’s lowset, retirees who don’t want the hassle of stairs,” she said. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 201930 Lakeside Cct, Sinnamon ParkThe updated kitchen, with granite benchtops and new Smeg appliances is the central hub of the home, sitting between the formal lounge and dining area, the casual meals room, the family area and the rumpus room.“The house also has lots of storage – we even have an attic with a ladder,” Mrs James said. In the time that they have owned 30 Lakeside Circuit, the James family have extended the outdoor entertaining area and installed a heated, in-ground pool. “The kids are always in the pool or playing in the yard,” Mrs James said. “The older ones also head over to the nature reserve across the road and kick a ball around, and I can still see them from the house.” 30 Lakeside Cct, Sinnamon ParkThis Sinnamon Park family home has the bonus of an extended outdoor entertaining area overlooking an in-ground pool. Helen and Rodney James bought the home in 2008 and live there with their three children. The James’ family chose the property for its space and the nature reserve across the road. “The home has good separation of living space so the kids can be in one end playing and the parents can be at the other end but still see them,” Mrs James said. The functional layout includes four bedrooms and a study with a walk-in robe and ensuite to the main bedroom. last_img read more

Oil & Gas UK in final tax change push ahead of Autumn Budget

September 28, 2020

first_imgOil & Gas UK, a trade association for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, has made its final case for a tax change ahead of the UK Autumn Budget set to be presented to Parliament on Wednesday. The UK Government has a limited window of opportunity to introduce a tax change with the Budget that could save the UK taxpayer millions of pounds by deferring the decommissioning of mature oil and gas fields, Oil & Gas UK said on Sunday.The trade body believes it is vital that the tax history is transferred from seller to buyer when UK North Sea assets are sold on.Enabling transferable tax history in the upcoming Autumn Budget would attract new investors and help unlock more deals in late life assets in the UK North Sea, said the trade body. This could prolong the life of mature fields by many years and save Treasury an average of £10 million per asset in deferred tax relief.Currently, the history of tax paid remains with the asset’s original owner even if the asset changes hands. But tax paid has a bearing on final decommissioning costs when the asset comes to the end of its productive life.Oil & Gas UK analysis of 23 UK asset transfers since 2011 reveal that deals have extended field life by almost five years on average. Some fields have gone on producing for up to an extra 14 years, generating additional value to the Exchequer and providing continued highly skilled employment across the UK. Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive of Oil & Gas UK, said: “Enabling tax history to be transferred between seller and buyer will ensure we encourage investment into late life but still highly productive assets and so help to extend the life of the basin.“Transferable tax history would boost the number of mature field deals we are seeing in the North Sea. This, in turn, would help bring fresh investment into the basin, generate new production and provide extra tax revenues for Treasury.“Mature assets are attracting interest from investors who see the competitive opportunity that the UKCS continues to offer. However, the current tax position is proving to be a blocker to potential deals and that is why it is important that HMT acts to facilitate and support further deals. With decommissioning activity forecast on 214 fields on the UK Continental Shelf to 2025, there is no time to waste.”Oil & Gas UK and industry has had discussions with government officials and has also set out its requests of HMT in a letter to Chancellor Phillip Hammond.Michie added: “Government has done a great deal to improve the fiscal regime and helped to make the UK Continental Shelf one of the most fiscally competitive oil and gas regimes in the world.“We believe we’ve made a compelling, evidence backed case for transferable tax history to be provided for by Treasury and now hope that they do what is needed to prolong the life of the North Sea which still holds billions of barrels of oil and gas and still supports hundreds of thousands of UK jobs.” Encouraging investmentlast_img read more

Concern over sex ed programmes

September 27, 2020

first_imgNewstalk ZB 2 July 2012There’s a call for the Government to withdraw funding from the sex education programmes run by Family Planning and Rainbow Youth. Family First says these organisations resources and websites fail to tell the full facts and compromise the safety of young people. Spokesman Bob McCoskrie says their material is basically saying that as long as you use a condom, you can pretty well do what you like. “And it doesn’t matter in terms of promiscuity or experimentation or fringe behaviours, and there’s very little mention about the physical or emotional effects or prevention of disease. We think kids deserve this information.” Mr McCoskrie says the current approach to sex education has been a failure, with New Zealand having one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the OECD. read more