Lewis named interim dean of SEAS

first_imgMichael D. Smith, Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, today announced the appointment of Harry R. Lewis, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science, as interim dean of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), effective Jan. 1, 2015.“Professor Lewis is a distinguished scholar in computer science, a Harvard College Professor for teaching excellence, and a highly experienced administrator and leader in the Harvard community,” said Smith. “He brings to the deanship a thorough understanding of SEAS culture and academic life, exceptional insight into the undergraduate experience as a former dean of Harvard College, and the intellectual and administrative agility needed to effectively guide SEAS during this interim period.”During the past four decades, Lewis has actively shaped undergraduate education and student life. Currently director of undergraduate studies in computer science, he has served on the Faculty Council, the Educational Policy Committee, the Committee on Undergraduate Education, the Committee on Graduate Education, the Administrative Board of Harvard College, the Committee on College Life, the Committee on House Life, the Committee on Advising and Counseling, the Committee on Athletic Sports, and the Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid.As dean of Harvard College from 1995 to 2003, Lewis integrated faculty more fully into the House system, randomized students’ housing assignments to diversify House communities, strengthened student advising, and restructured the Dean’s Office to better support student life.A graduate of Harvard College (’68) and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (A.M. ’73, Ph.D. ’74), Lewis joined the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as assistant professor of computer science in 1974. Promoted to associate professor of computer science in 1978, he received tenure as Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science in 1981. He served as Harvard College Professor from 2003 to 2008.At SEAS, Lewis’ teaching and research have focused on theoretical aspects of computer science, more recently branching out into the social and legal ramifications of digital technology. In addition to authoring numerous articles and books on computer science, technology, and digital society, Lewis has written extensively on higher education.“I am honored to serve as interim dean of SEAS, where I first set foot as a freshman just over 50 years ago,” said Lewis. “The future of engineering at Harvard has never looked brighter than it does today. I hope to follow the model set by the SEAS faculty and staff from whose brilliance, wisdom, and kindness I have received such benefit over the decades.”“Professor Lewis is widely recognized for his collaborative leadership style and deep knowledge of SEAS and Harvard,” added Smith. “I am confident that he will quickly and deftly take up the responsibilities of this role and will partner effectively with me in leading SEAS during this interim period.”The search for a permanent dean of SEAS is currently underway, with an advisory committee composed of faculty across the School.last_img read more

How a doctor learned to become a caregiver

first_imgArthur Kleinman’s wife, Joan, began to struggle with a rare form of early Alzheimer’s disease at 59. Eight years after losing her, the Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and professor of psychiatry and of medical anthropology at Harvard Medical School chronicles their journey in “The Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a Husband and a Doctor.” The book is part memoir, part examination of love and marriage, and an intimate look at how 40 years in the medical profession left him entirely unprepared to care for a loved one.Q&AArthur KleinmanGAZETTE: The book is so personal. Can you talk about the decision to write it and whether you talked to Joan about it?KLEINMAN: I started writing a long time ago when she was just starting on her 10-year course of Alzheimer’s disease. She had a very particular kind of Alzheimer’s that affects only 5 percent of the people, and it began in her occipital lobes, which meant that she became blind first. To be both blind and have dementia is particularly trying, particularly for the person who has it, but also for the caregiver. Joan was 100 percent behind the idea of writing this. I came out of a background that was very unpromising for a caregiver. I was a very headstrong, heedless, and careless child. I was self-centered and incredibly ambitious and hard-driving. Those 10 years changed me almost entirely and made me realize how crucial the human aspect was. I was always good with patients and students, but I wasn’t like that generally, and taking care of her and seeing how sad and frustrating it was made me a different person, a better person.GAZETTE: You were unprepared to be a caregiver. Can you elaborate?KLEINMAN: My whole career was studying illness and caregiving, but it was the actual experience of being a family caregiver to someone I loved that I regard as a tremendous gift. I spent all of my time on things that I used to think were trivial, learning how to be vital about getting through it, rather than being matter-of-fact. The other thing I discovered was that no one had prepared me. If it weren’t for the neurologists, the diagnosis wouldn’t have been made for a year or two, but those doctors were hopeless when it comes to after-care. That whole field needs to change in terms of its understanding of after-care: how central families are, how essential it is to learn to work with then. What I really wanted to illustrate is that there are two health care systems in America. One is organized for trauma and acute disease. That’s a high-technology system that’s very powerful and functioning well. The other system is the chronic illness system. There, technology is doing very little, but it’s primarily the human interactions and that’s where it is failing. Most people don’t have long-term-care insurance. If we look at assisted living and our nursing homes, the system is tragic.“If it weren’t for the neurologists, the [Alzheimer’s] diagnosis wouldn’t have been made for a year or two, but those doctors were hopeless when it comes to after-care. That whole field needs to change in terms of its understanding of after-care,” said Arthur Kleinman. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerGAZETTE: You were fortunate to have the best doctors, connections, and access to care. How did the system fail you?KLEINMAN: I felt that excellent doctors had missed what was most important, which is at the end of every engagement to ask the family member, “Well, you spend a lot of time with her. What do you think the problem is?” Think about this: No one at the beginning told me about a home health aide. We were three or four years into the disease before I realized I couldn’t keep doing what I was doing, and I needed help. My adult kids helped me. My mother helped me. But the best help I got was from a home health aide. I should have been told at the first meeting that at some point you’re going to need a home health aide. At some stage you realize, you can no longer be the caregiver. The burden is too great. For me, as Joan became weaker and weaker, and I was lifting her into the bath, out of the bath, into the bed, I was having trouble physically. I should have started to look earlier. I could have moved into assisted living with Joan, but no one told me about that. When we went to look for assisted living, it was so late in the course of her disease, they said, “You’ve made a mistake. You’ve taken care of her too long.”GAZETTE: Joan brought the influence of the East, in particular China, to your life and your work. Can you talk about the part it played in the caregiving? KLEINMAN: What we learned the first time we lived in China and for 7½ years in total was the importance of family and the responsibility one has for each other, the interpersonal strengths one has to develop to be sensitive to others and moral commitments. That’s the insight of Chinese society. It provides that great genius of the power of relationships. It’s the defining thing in your life. There are a number of Chinese terms that I associated with Joan that helped us in this regard: renging guanxi, that relationships are moral, and qi, that each of us has a vital energy. And that’s what I meant in the book by presence. And it’s particularly presence that is critical in dementia or end of life because it’s so trying at times. And the idea of enduring, in the sense of how to live a family life of responsibility, guo ri zi. I think the American idea of resilience is overblown and not really relevant. Most of us endure. From the Chinese perspective, that’s your responsibility, to keep going. I found this kind of enduring the most difficult thing. Over 10 years, how to keep going. I believe it’s this human engagement. If you’re present, it’s this vitality that keeps you going. You feel, “I just barely survived.” Resilience doesn’t describe my experience. I barely survived, and it was a struggle all the time. And it was my sense I had learned as a clinical teacher that the suffering of a patient counts more than your suffering. I think if you get that balance right, doing the acts as a caregiver, that somehow also keeps you going. “My whole career was studying illness and caregiving, but it was the actual experience of being a family caregiver to someone I loved that I regard as a tremendous gift.” Researchers find gene variants that may help to protect against the disease Why some people are resistant to Alzheimer’s The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.center_img GAZETTE: Since her death, you have started working on the Global Aging Initiative. What is the project about?KLEINMAN: I had another topic when starting the book, which was trying to figure out elder care best practices. It was a comparison across China, Hong Kong, Seoul, Kyoto, Hanoi, and Bangkok. I was looking at how good care looks different in different environments. Now I’ve come to a much more specific topic, which is social technology for elder care. It’s an interdisciplinary project that involves engineers from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Conor Walsh and Fawwaz Habbal; and Winnie Yip and David Bloom from the Chan School of Public Health; and Ann Forsyth from the Graduate School of Design; Tarun Khanna from Harvard Business School; and Hongtu Chen and myself from the Medical School. What we’re doing tries to put together social systems with particular technologies to help the frail elderly and the demented elderly in China.GAZETTE: What does that look like exactly? KLEINMAN: To give you a sense of this project, I’ll tell you a story. There is this excellent exoskeleton for the legs. We took this idea to the many elderly women in Shanghai living in high-rise apartments. We showed them illustrations of how this works. They said, “Wow, fantastic, but I’d never use it.” We asked why. They said, “It’s so dangerous to cross the road here. Cars don’t stop. We wouldn’t trust it. But if you really want to help us, we have six friends, all in similar conditions in different apartment buildings here in Shanghai. We would like to twice a week get together and go to a tea house. Right now, we feel isolated. If you could figure out a way with social technology to get us there and back safely, that would change our lives.” We had it all backwards. That becomes an interesting issue for technology and anthropology. Maybe the exoskeleton would be useful in this instance, but if so, probably not the legs, but for the arms of a carer to get them from a 12th floor to a lobby of a building, and doing this for six people. How do you organize this? Is it a van? Who goes with them? How does the actual human experience come together with the technology? That’s the project we now have.Interview was edited for clarity and trimmed for space. Relatedlast_img read more

Plants: Food or Poison?

first_img May apple (Podophyllum peltatum) fruit.Oleander (Nerium oleander) all parts. Poison ivy (Rhus radicans) berries. Pokeberry (Phytolacca americana) berries. Privet (Ligustrum) leaves and berries. Rhododendron, azalea (Rhododendron spp.) leaves. Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) all parts, if ingested in excess. Yew (Taxus) seeds. Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculata, C. scandens) fruits. Black nightshade (Solanum nigrum) berries. Burning bush (Euonymous) berries. Castor bean (Ricinus communis) seeds. Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana) seeds. Daphne (Daphne mezereum) berries. Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) fruits. Plants are extremely diverse organisms. And we should respect them for their ability topoison as well as feed us.There is no set manner by which plants poison. Most must be eaten to become toxic,while others can be touched (in the case of skin reactions).The toxicity depends on the amount of plant material ingested. For example, all partsof the sunflower (Helianthus annuus) fall on the “slightly toxic” plant list.Since sunflowers are a large part of our snack food diet, this comes as a surprise. Butit’s a perfect example of toxicity as a function of ingested amount. Doesn’t ice creammake us sick if we eat too much of it?So, should we fear all plants in the landscape? Should we keep our children locked inboxes so they don’t risk their lives around plants? Certainly not!Just because a plant produces poisonous berries or leaves doesn’t automatically excludeit from use in a home landscape.In his book, Plants for Play, Robin C. Moore says the great majority of our landscapeplants are “highly beneficial and perfectly safe” for children. But many plantscontain poisonous substances and warrant precaution.Adults should learn about their landscapes and be able to distinguish those plants thatmay be hazardous. In turn, they should caution their children about those plants and plantparts that carry toxins.There is no need to make children afraid of plants. But there is a great need to changethe child’s perspective to that of respect for all plant life, so the child has less riskof exposure to dangers. The education process provides a great opportunity for parent andchild to share and grow in enjoying the environment.The age of the children playing in the yard is a major consideration when planning yourlandscape. Plants with berries at perfect heights for small children, such as thepoisonous fall berries of Convallaria majalis (lily of the valley), are much more ofconcern for toddlers or small children than 10-year-olds.Recent trends in home landscaping involve a strong wildlife interest as a major factorin plant selection. Homeowners are asking for plants that produce berries to feed birds,squirrels, chipmunks and other creatures.These berries appeal not only to wildlife, but to small children as well. Patterningafter parents picking blackberries, strawberries and other edible fruits may encourage achild to pick and eat other tempting, but poisonous, berries.The best way to protect small children from plant poisoning is to teach them to not eatany plant parts without adult supervision until they are old enough to be positive thatthe plant is safe to eat.We can’t ignore plants — the hand that feeds us, so to speak. Human and animal lifecan’t exist apart from green flora. So we must learn how to live with it. This means planteducation for all people, big and small.Here are some common landscape plants and their toxic parts (from the book, Learningfrom Poisonous Plants).last_img read more

Organic gardening requires more effort

first_imgHome gardeners who want to try their hand at growing organic vegetables should lower their expectations just a little and be prepared to put in more “sweat equity.”Plan aheadGrowing organic vegetables takes extra planning. If you use organic fertilizer sources or organic soil amendments, these need to be tilled into the garden well in advance to be effective. (Ideally, this process should begin in the fall prior to spring planting.) Organic amendments don’t provide nutrients as quickly as synthetic fertilizers. So, if you want to gain the benefits of organic fertilizers, give them plenty of time to decompose. Soil microbes have to convert them into a form that plant roots can absorb. An added benefit of organic amendments is that they can act as a slow-release fertilizer throughout the season. This improves soil structure.Less pesticides, more weedingGrowing organic vegetables takes extra work. Since you won’t have the option to “shoot first and ask questions later” with herbicides and insecticides, you will need to spend extra time and energy in your garden. Weeds must be pulled or hoed. Mulch must be applied to prevent weeds. Disease or insect damage must be pruned away from plants. The key is to catch all of these problems as early as possible to prevent them from becoming bigger problems and spreading throughout the garden. Organic gardening requires homework. You must become familiar with common garden problems and be able to tell the “good bugs” from the “bad bugs.” The last thing you want to do is get rid of beneficial bugs like lady beetles that actually help control aphids, mites and other insects.Veggies don’t have to look beautifulGrowing organic vegetables requires the gardener to lower his expectations. To understand my point, go to the produce section at your local grocery store and watch customers pick through a pile of tomatoes or apples in search of that one spotless specimen.Unfortunately, I think we are all habitually programmed to do this. When growing organically, you can’t be that picky. Small spots and blemishes can be easily cut off of fruits or vegetables. Appearances don’t affect taste, especially if the produce is headed for a casserole dish.Tips to followHere are a few more tips for the novice organic gardener: • Get your soil tested by taking a sample to the local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office. This is the most important thing to do first.• Start small and increase garden size each year as you become more comfortable with organic techniques.• Use basic cultural control options like mulching, pruning, proper spacing, crop rotation, using resistant varieties and planting at the proper times.• Clean equipment periodically. A 10-percent bleach solution used on pruners and other tools after cutting away diseased plant material will minimize the spread of diseases.• Water plants as needed and only in the early morning. This helps prevent diseases and develops strong, deep root systems.When you have gardening questions, call your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 and ask to speak to a certified Master Gardener. These volunteers are trained to help you solve gardening problems.For more information, see UGA Extension publication B1011, “Growing Vegetables Organically,” and other gardening factsheets at www.ugaextension.com.last_img read more

FirstEnergy Solutions shuts two coal units at Bruce Mansfield plant

first_imgFirstEnergy Solutions shuts two coal units at Bruce Mansfield plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. has shut down nearly half of its coal capacity as the bankrupt power provider recently deactivated units 1 and 2 at its Bruce Mansfield coal plant in Beaver County, Pa.The retirement of 1,660 MW of coal capacity reduces the output of what was once the company’s largest coal plant to a single 830-MW unit. FirstEnergy Solutions, or FES, filed a deactivation notice with PJM Interconnection in November 2018 reflecting the Feb. 5 retirement of the plant’s oldest units.The deactivation comes earlier than originally anticipated. In late August 2018, FES said it notified PJM of its plans to shut down more than 4,000 MW of coal and oil capacity in Ohio and Pennsylvania in 2021 and 2022, including the 2,490-MW Bruce Mansfield coal plant, because of unfavorable market conditions.While the initial plan was to deactivate all three units at Bruce Mansfield in June 2021, an FES spokesman said the company revised the plan because “units 1 and 2 had been operating at extremely limited capacity since January 2018.” Unit 3 is still expected to operate until June 2021.Bruce Mansfield is directly owned and operated by FES subsidiary FirstEnergy Generation LLC.Murray Energy Corp. was the primary supplier of coal to the Mansfield power plant in 2018, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data. Murray Energy’s Marshall County mine in West Virginia supplied the power plant.More ($): FirstEnergy Solutions shuts down nearly half of coal capacitylast_img read more

Giving back on the day of America’s Big Game

first_imgThe Souper Bowl of Caring is a national movement where youth-led groups with organizations, businesses, and even National Football league (NFL) teams battle hunger in their communities. Children from the church’s Teen’s Walking In God’s Spirit (TWIGS) program served more than 20 varieties of soup to around 100 church-goers and community members,. “A lot of what we do is to unite all the members of the church and the community here, so it’s very important us to do something that we can on this day,” said Ken Anderson from the church’s missions team. ENDWELL (WBNG) – The Endwell United Methodist Church got into the spirit of the Super Bowl and giving back on Sunday, as the church took part in the Souper Bowl of Caring event. Attendees were encouraged to enjoy soup and donate to the TWIGS program’s 30-Hour Famine taking place on Feb. 28-29.last_img read more

What Places Are Hardest Hit by the Coronavirus? It Depends on the Measure.

first_imgBy different metrics, all sorts of locations in the United States are deeply troubling, from Minot, N.D., to New York City.- Advertisement –last_img

Western Glenville needs tech upgrade

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion We would like to address this letter to the powers that be in the town of Glenville. While you are laboring over how to develop the area around Freeman’s Bridge Road, you have neglected the rest of the town.In your effort to maintain the “rural character” of the western part of the town, you have reduced us to the status of a Third World country.We have had persistent problems with our land phone line for years. When Verizon finally gets around to make a service call, we’re told that there’s a problem with a cable somewhere down on Route 5. The cable is bad and needs to be replaced. There’s no plan to replace it because it’s too expensive. Forget about any enhanced service from Verizon. It’s not going to happen. Time Warner, now Spectrum, won’t provide service to our road. Apparently, there aren’t enough homes to warrant their investment, so we get no cable or cable internet service. Again, thanks for keeping it rural. We have to rely on satellite to get TV.Now let’s talk about internet service. It’s satellite again. You may have seen the wonderful commercials for Hughes Net on TV. Well, we are limited to 30Gb per month for use between 8 a.m. and 2 a.m. It’s neither reliable nor that fast, and we’re forced to be careful how much we use the service so we don’t run out before the end of the month. Neither of the satellite services work if there’s a heavy rain or snow.We aren’t alone in this complaint. Our neighbors are experiencing the same problems. I hope you will consider the western part of Glenville and bring us up to the standards a modern town should expect.Charlie SnyderChris SnyderGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Four more boys come forward after Depok orphanage sexual abuse case reopened

first_imgFor the current investigation, the four boys were accompanied by Darius, who is the founder of the orphanage where the four, along with 40 others, lived, Tulus said, adding that he had made the police report in his capacity as the guardian of the children.The four boys that have provided their statements to the police are currently under the protection of the Social Affairs Ministry’s children rehabilitation center in Jakarta. The ministry provided a trauma healing program for them. During the initial investigation, none of the boys received such service from the state.To keep the four children in a safe place, far from the orphanage, is important to protect them from any unwanted interventions that might influence them to change their mind later, as happened to their peers last year, KPAI commissioner Putu Elvina, who is in charge of the case, says.Last year the police failed to complete the dossiers for the prosecutors’ office to bring the case to court because they claimed they could not find the whereabouts of the three boys who first made a report against Angelo. By the time the police found the boys, they made a statement to retract their report. (JP/Hengky Wijaya)“Working together with child protection officers from related institutions as well as the children’s lawyer, we continuously encouraged them [the four boys] to be courageous in telling their stories,” Putu told the Post in a recent interview.A joint effort led by the KPAI is also looking into the possibility of human trafficking in the case due to reports of Angelo’s method of recruiting boys who joined his orphanage. Most of the boys in the orphanage are not really orphans, but rather children from poor families in North Sumatra, Maluku and East Nusa Tenggara. Some of the boys told The Jakarta Post and Tirto.id that Angelo or his partners promised a scholarship to pursue a better education in Depok.“We believe that he [Angelo] does not work alone,” said Putu.While the legal process against Angelo is ongoing, the KPAI is assessing the condition of the rest of the boys who formerly lived at Angelo’s Kencana Bejana Rohani orphanage, and who currently live under the care of Darius Rebong. Returning the children to their parents or transfering them to other orphanages that are considered more established and professional are the feasible options on the table for the time being.At the same time, the state-sponsored Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK) is also reaching out to children who may have been Angelo’s victims as well as other individuals who might know about their stories in order to make sure that the legal process against Angelo actually proceeds.The LPSK has received a request for protection from Farid, the first person who reported the case to the police. “We have been in contact with Darius, the current guardian of the children,” LPSK commissioner Edwin Partogi Pasaribu said.Topics : The police have recorded new statements against Angelo from four boys, who are now under the care of Darius Rebong, the founder and head of a new orphanage, also in Depok. One of the boys had gone through a physical examination, said Depok Police investigator Second Insp. Tulus Handani.“The process is still in its early stages,” Tulus said. “What we must do from now on is to protect the children in a safe place so that they can provide further statements when needed in order to ensure the legal process runs smoothly, unlike the previous one.”Last year, the police failed to complete the dossiers for the prosecutors’ office to bring the case to court because they claimed they could not find the whereabouts of the three boys who first made a report against Angelo. By the time the police found the boys, they made a statement to retract their report. By law, the police should have continued the case regardless of the victims’ retraction, but they did not pursue more statements for the dossiers, resulting in a rejected dossier by the prosecutors.The boys at that time did not receive any legal or psychological assistance from anyone. Even the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) left the legal process to a bystander in the case, an orphanage forum leader in Bogor, Farid Ari Fandi. After three months, the investigation crumbled and Angelo walked free in December last year. He soon established a new orphanage and lived among boys again in Depok. Four more victims and witnesses have come forward and made a report after the Depok Police in West Java reopened a year-old investigation into a case of sexual abuse of orphanage boys, allegedly committed by their sole guardian, a Catholic brother.The investigation was restarted following the publication of stories by The Jakarta Post and Tirto.id that shed light on the failure of the state and the Catholic Church to give the victims justice. The suspect in the case, Lukas Lucky Ngalngola, or Brother Angelo as he styled himself, is a member of a Philippines-based Catholic congregation, the Blessed Sacrament Missionaries of Charity (BSMC), and founded an all-boys orphanage called Kencana Bejana Rohani.The boys from the orphanage called Angelo kelelawar malam (night bat), since he would allegedly carry out his acts after midnight, putting on all black attire. The boys claimed Angelo drugged his victims.last_img read more

Stockland’s Foreshore Coomera has had no shortage of keen buyers

first_imgMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoStockland development, Foreshore Coomera.He said more than 2000 people registered their interest prior to the first land release. “We are delighted with the strength of early demand for home sites,” he said. “It represents a great show of faith in our vision for this exciting new community. “Foreshore Coomera is proving very popular with first home buyers and young families who are drawn in by the fact they can buy an affordable, yet innovative house and land package in a beautiful location. Home sites range from 250sq m to 705sq m and priced from $234,900 to $368,900.Earthworks are also expected to start at the community this month.Foreshore Coomera is off Foxwell Rd and further expands Stockland’s presence in the rapidly growing northern growth corridor. Stockland development, Foreshore Coomera.THE first land release at Stockland’s Foreshore Coomera community has been snapped up by pre-registered buyers.Stockland has sold more than 50 home sites in the initial land release.Stockland regional manager David Laner said he was overwhelmed by the initial interest in the Coomera community which will have about 570 homes. last_img read more