Toward a path less riddled

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.While working on his dissertation on how low-income students fare in elite universities, Anthony Abraham Jack heard a certain troubling story one too many times.Each spring break, students stuck on campus — many of them low-income — faced closed dining halls and had little alternative but a rotation of sandwiches, canned beans, and Ramen instant noodles.Jack, who was halfway through his doctorate in sociology at Harvard at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, shared his research with school administrators, and the University launched a pilot program in 2014 to keep the dining halls open. This year, the College gave out vouchers, which were also available over winter break.For Jack, whose findings on economic diversity at elite colleges have brought him national recognition, Harvard’s response was a powerful signal. It meant that his research could improve lives.It’s a mission he plans to continue in his new position. After receiving his doctorate, Jack will join Harvard’s prestigious Society of Fellows. In three years, he’ll become an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Education and a Shutzer Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.“As long as I have the energy, I’m going to push colleges to create an environment where more students, especially those who are underprivileged, leave colleges whole and healthy,” he said in a conversation at Mather House, where he is the resident tutor. “They can’t leave broken and beaten.”It’s a story Jack knows well.The middle son of a single mother who worked as a school security guard, Jack grew up in a working-class neighborhood in Coconut Grove, Fla. An ambitious student from a young age, he attended a magnet program in middle school and a private high school in his senior year on a scholarship.In 2003, he was offered full financial aid by Amherst College and became the first in his family to go to college.When Jack graduated cum laude, his class was the most diverse that Amherst had ever seen, he said. His journey from Miami to Amherst drew the attention of The New York Times, which ran an audio feature about an essay he wrote at Amherst. In it, he said that his path was not “from the bottom to the top” because his life before Amherst was not “anywhere near the bottom.”Jack credits his success to his drive and the support of a tightly knit family. His mother, Marilyn, attended every school activity he participated in. If she and his siblings are his biggest cheerleaders, they also keep him grounded, he said.Jack uses the term “privileged poor” for low-income students who attend rich high schools, where they acquire social and cultural capital that helps them succeed in college. The “doubly disadvantaged” are low-income students who attend distressed public schools in poor neighborhoods and often struggle in top-ranked colleges.“If you’ve been in an environment where teachers are authority figures with no contact outside the class, and you were one of 50 students, when you come to Harvard, you’re going to behave the same. You don’t go to office hours, and you don’t feel comfortable talking to professors,” he explained.When asked whether he’s among the privileged poor, Jack, a genial man with an easy smile, burst into laughter.“Yes, but I only did private school for one year, which gave me a beautiful introduction to college,” he said, “but not the kind of immersion some of my students had.”Jack marvels at how much progress has been made since 1998, when Princeton became the first Ivy League university to offer full financial aid to talented low-income students, but he believes more needs to be done.Of his decision to stay at Harvard, Jack said he hopes to provide a platform to promote changes that can help low-income students make the most of college, and help universities enact policies that can reduce the perpetuation of inequality.“Harvard gives me the opportunity to talk to the world on behalf of those students who entrusted me with their stories,” he said. “I want to make sure their path is less riddled with hurdles and obstacles.”last_img read more

Data driven

first_imgKathryn Rough, SD ’17, uses deep quantitative analysis skills to examine drug-related health issuesKathryn Rough is a self-professed data junkie.As a doctoral student in epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, she has spent scores of hours analyzing large datasets to shed light on drug use and drug safety. She has examined methods for detecting aberrant use of prescription opioids by using health insurance claims data, and has evaluated the comparative safety of antiretroviral regimens used to treat HIV-infected women by using data from long-term studies about their children’s health.Rough earned a master’s in epidemiology from Harvard Chan School in 2014 and finished work on her doctorate this March. She got hooked on epidemiology, which focuses on finding patterns and causes for health issues in population groups, because she loves problem-solving and she wants to help improve people’s health—and epidemiology involves both.After graduating from Boston University with a degree in health sciences with a public health minor, Rough wanted to gain experience doing health-related research. She spent a year and a half as a research assistant for the healthcare firm Inflexxion, working with epidemiologists studying opioid misuse and abuse. Her role was quality control; she checked analyses and reporting done by the epidemiologists at every stage of research.“It was great exposure to what a career in epidemiology would be like, and really inspired me to go back to school to get the proper training so that I could do epidemiological analyses myself,” Rough said. Read Full Storylast_img read more

A Cool-Blue Innovation in Cloud Storage

first_imgIn my job I am exposed to hundreds of new technology solutions every month. Some of these self-proclaimed “game changing ideas” are either “me too” solutions which follow others’ lead and compete on price or a couple of features.  Other new ideas are so esoteric I am incapable of understanding why they even exist. However, every now and then I come across something that forces me to sit up and take notice. With no small amount of fanfare, Cirtas Systems recently released their Bluejet Cloud Storage Controller based on Dell hardware and when I learned about what it is and what it does, I couldn’t help but take notice.Taking the concept of cloud based storage, with all the efficiencies of scale, reliability, resiliency, and reduced liabilities it can bring, Cirtas seamlessly connects mid-market enterprises to the cloud while providing the performance of local network storage. The device provides caching, WAN optimization, de-duplication, and other features that both accelerate the performance of cloud storage and reduce the fees associated with using it.  Even better, it adds features to cloud storage, such as thin provisioning and snapshots, which had previously been the reserve of expensive enterprise storage systems.  The Cirtas Bluejet even aggregates multiple cloud providers to a single node on the network.Working with the Dell OEM Solutions, the Bluejet appliance comes configured and ready to install. Built upon Dell’s OEM-Ready server platform, Cirtas provides world class reliability, supportability, and manageability to their customers. With Dell’s help Cirtas is able to bring their brilliant innovations in the software realm to a hardware solution which assures their customers have the best experience with their solution.It is great to see such refreshing innovative solutions hitting the market.Learn more about Dell OEM Solutions at read more

‘Mamma Mia 2’ screening moved indoors, Belles enjoy a movie night

first_imgAfter weeks of planning, Sunday’s student government sponsored event was threatened by rain. The event was a Support a Belle Love a Belle (SABLAB) movie screening of ‘Mamma Mia 2’ meant to be screened outside. The Social Concerns Committee of the Student Government Association also helped plan the event.“It was supposed to be an outside movie, but obviously it’s pouring down rain, so we could not have it outside,” senior Abby Carter, co-chair of the Social Concerns Committee, said. “So were having Mamma Mia [2] play in the Carroll auditorium.”Fellow social concerns committee co-chair and senior Bella Krochey said she was glad people showed up to the event in spite of the rain.“Hopefully it still goes OK, I was really really sad that it rained, but we still had people come and stay and everything so it’s really uplifting” she said. “We were a little scared cause the rain.” Krochey also expressed concerns about the rain interfering with the event.“[I thought] ‘Oh my god, what if no one comes because it’s in the auditorium in Madeleva [Hall]?” she said.Instead of letting the rain stop their event they got busy trying to get the word around about the location change from Dalloway’s Green outside LeMans Hall to Carroll Auditorium in Madeleva Hall.Despite changes in locations, other aspects of the event such as the time — 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. — and the free goodies, like the blankets for the first 50 people present in line, were not subject to change.“We’re still giving out t-shirts, [Let’s Spoon] frozen yogurt, blankets and we’re having a raffle for two blankets,” Carter said at the event. Despite the rain, the turnout was high, with a line that stretched down the hallways of Madeleva, filled with Belles doing homework and chatting excitedly as they waited for admittance. “We ordered 300 of everything so we hoped hoped for this much turn out, but we definitely didn’t expect it,” Carter said, “So  this is really nice. … [Since] the week before we came to school, we’ve been planning.”Girls in line were excited to speak about what this event meant for them as a community event.“I’m a huge Mamma Mia fan and me and my friends just figured it’d be fun,”  freshmen Allison McPeek, who had several friends joining her, said. “Me and my roommate, we always blare [the soundtrack] in the car [or] in our room when we’re getting ready, so we’re pretty pumped for this.”The competition to get the free blankets was fairly intense, attendees said.“I’ve been waiting in line for a solid 20 minutes now, I got here at 6 [p.m.] so, an hour before they start passing out the free stuff,” said McPeek. “When I got here there [were] already like 70 other people ahead of us. We’re not even near the front of the line.”Tags: Mamma Mia 2, SABLAB, Student Government Associationlast_img read more

U.S. auto sales fall 9.7% in Q3, but the news isn’t all bad

first_imgDETROIT — In normal times, a 9.7% drop in auto sales would cause executives to sweat profusely. These are not normal times.Instead, the industry sees some good things in the decline of U.S. new vehicle sales in the third quarter. Prices are up, inventories are low, and those who are in the market are buying more expensive vehicles.That’s all swell for an industry whose factories were closed just five months ago due to the novel coronavirus. The July-through-September dip is small compared to the 31% decline in the second quarter when dealers were closed and it took 0% loans to entice customers.And sales in September actually grew 4.8% over a year ago, the first monthly increase since February.Auto makers attributed a lot of the third-quarter decline to falling sales to large fleet buyers such as rental car companies. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

India doctors fight to save sight of raped seven-year-old

first_imgTopics : Doctors in India battled Friday to save the sight of a seven-year-old girl who was raped and then had her eyes damaged so she could not identify her attacker, police said.Police have arrested a 21-year-old man over the assault in the central state of Madhya Pradesh.The child was lured into an abandoned house while playing with friends on Wednesday night, senior police official Hemant Chauhan told AFP. She was found there with her hands tied and severe injuries to her eyes.The suspect, who lived nearby and was arrested Thursday, has admitted to the crime, Chauhan said.”The accused pressed his fingers very hard into the girl’s eyes. Doctors are trying their best to save the eyes. We are hopeful,” Chauhan said. Swati Maliwal, head of the Delhi Commission for Women, called the attack “vile and disgusting”.center_img “I demand strongest punishment against these monsters,” Maliwal said on Twitter.The attack came after four men were hanged last month for a notorious 2012 Delhi gang rape.That case unleashed public anger over rampant sexual violence against women in India, and the introduction of tough new laws to punish rapists.Nearly 34,000 rapes were reported in India in 2018, according to official data. Madhya Pradesh had the highest number of any state with 6,500.But the figures are considered the tip of the iceberg, with many more victims too scared to come forward.last_img read more

2019 NBBF Premier League: Continental battle begins October 13

first_imgRelatedPosts Pray for Nigeria during Ramadan — NBBF Nigeria’s basketball prospect, Deborah Onu, dies from wrong diagnosis D’Tigers, D’Tigress can win an Olympic medal — Kida The 2019 NBBF Men’s Premier League season dunks off from October 13 to November 30.The men’s league will see teams divided into the Atlantic and Savannah Conferences for a round robin league format.First phase of the Atlantic Conference will hold in Akure, while Savannah teams will converge on the Indoor Sports Hall of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria between October 12 and 22.The second phase will take place from November 2 to 12 with all points scored in the first phase carried over.The Savannah Conference train will move to Package B of the National Stadium, Abuja, while Atlantic Conference Teams will battle for supremacy at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Ilorin Township stadium.Top 4 teams in each conference will qualify for the National Final 8 from November 24 to 30.Oluyole Warriors (Ibadan), Customs (Lagos), Kwara Falcons (Ilorin), Hoops and Read (Lagos), Delta Force (Asaba), Police Baton (Lagos) and Raptors (Lagos) are some of the teams that will be competing for honours in the Atlantic Conference.Others include Dodan Warriors (Lagos), Islanders (Lagos) who  hope to rekindle their rivalry alongside newly promoted Invaders (Ekiti), Coal City (Enugu), and Akure Raiders (Akure).In the Savannah Conference, Kano Pillars (Kano), Bauchi Nets (Bauchi), Gombe Bulls (Gombe), Kada Stars (Kaduna), Defender, (Abuja), Niger Potters (Minna), Mark Mentors (Abuja), Plateau Peaks (Jos), Nigeria Army (Zaria) and Benue Braves (Makurdi) are the 10 teams which make up the conference.According to NBBF President, Engr. Musa Kida, exciting times await teams, players, fans as well as keen observers of the league with the federation in discussion with prospective sponsors.Kida said: “We are trying to create a robust system that will translate to a win-win situation for all.“We are currently at an advanced stage of discussion with interested parties who are thinking of investing in the men’s league with our ultimate goal of getting the various leagues back on TV.”The League champion will qualify to represent Nigeria in the inaugural Basketball Africa League to be organized by NBA in conjunction with FIBA Africa. Tags: Musa Kidalast_img read more

Quique Setien’s arrival sets Barcelona against Real Madrid in clash of identities

first_imgMadrid: Barcelona’s appointment of Quique Setien, a fervent disciple of Johan Cruyff, came the day after Zinedine Zidane won his ninth final out of nine as coach of Real Madrid.With both teams level on points at the top of La Liga, Spain’s closest title race in years will be as much a contest of identity and beliefs as points won and lost. Real Madrid, the club that defines itself by winning, against Barcelona, where winning is seen as the result of something more profound, a style heralded by Cruyff that has become their footballing philosophy.Atletico Madrid and Sevilla, both five points behind, are still in touch but playing catch-up.Setien once said he would have given his little finger to play under Cruyff. Now, 34 years later, he has the chance to resuscitate those ideals after two years under Ernesto Valverde when pragmatism took a greater hold.Barca’s new coach is not well-known outside of Spain and, at 61, he may be in the twilight years of his career. “For me this is the pinnacle,” he said at his unveiling on Tuesday.His previous clubs are not illustrious. They include Lugo, Logrones, Las Palmas, Poli Ejido, Racing Santander, Real Betis and one game in charge of Equatorial Guinea. His list of trophies begins and ends with one Spanish Super Cup in 1985 with Atletico Madrid.But his work and words up to this point could leave the impression of someone that has been preparing to coach Barcelona his entire life. “When I was a player, coaches tried to set guidelines for me,” Setien, a former Spanish international, told Marca in 2018.“But on the field, I tried to express myself and it was only when I saw Johan Cruyff’s Barcelona play that I started to understand how things really worked.”“Having the ball makes you a football player, not running after it,” he said last year.It remains to be seen how Setien’s appointment will affect La Liga’s title race. Will Real Madrid’s players feel their chances are boosted or harmed by Valverde’s removal?They are now up against a team with a coach that has never won, or even competed for, a top-flight trophy. But they might feel wary too, of the possibility Barcelona could be released by Setien’s attacking beliefs and accelerate.Fixtures (GMT) : Saturday : Levante v Alaves (1200), Real Madrid v Sevilla (1500), Osasuna v Real Valladolid (1730), Eibar v Atletico Madrid (2000)Sunday : Mallorca v Valencia (1100), Real Betis v Real Sociedad (1300), Villarreal v Espanyol (1500), Athletic Bilbao v Celta Vigo (1730), Barcelona v Granada (2000) AgenciesAlso Read: Setien bound for Real Betis coaching roleAlso Watch: Two Bike-Borne Miscreants loot cash Rs 4 lakh near United Bank of India in Digboilast_img read more

GRFU trials set for this weekend

first_imgFOLLOWING two XV simulation games over the last two weekends at the National Park, Guyana’s Green Machine will switch their focus back to the Sevens game with trials this weekend. According to correspondence from the Guyana Rugby Football Union (GRFU), they will host Saturday’s session from 15:30hrs.Rondel MacArthur, Avery Corbin, Rockford Cummings, Sean Phillips, Ryan Gonsalves, Peabo Hamilton, Godfrey Broomes, Claudius Butts, Patrick King, Dwayne Schroeder and Elwin Chase are among some of the names called.Also called to trials are: Jamal Angus, Osei McKenzie, Lancelot Adonis, O’Neil Charles, Ryan Dey, Troyton Braithwaite, Kevon David, Akeem Fraser, Akieno James, Daniel DeAbreu, Kevin Wills, Lloyd Anderson, Rashad Butcher, Glenroy Poole, Quacy Kendall, Kesto Mars and Michael Barrow.In an invited comment recently, head coach Kenneth Grant-Stuart had called for an earlier squad selection in order to build cohesiveness in the unit heading to Hong Kong.“It is for the union to put together the team earlier, bring all the players who have to come in early so we can have that togetherness. We are basically doing fitness. Mr Barrington Brown is taking them through mostly strength and conditioning.”Grant-Stuart is also of the view that the squad requires more robust players.“What I’ve encountered in December in Trinidad and Tobago … we realised that our game has to be more robust, more physical, going into Hong Kong because it’s a higher level of competition,” he commented.The Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens series will take place from April 7 to 9. (Stephan Sookram)last_img read more

Broad considered retirement after West Indies snub

first_img(BBC) – England seam bowler, Stuart Broad, said he considered retirement after being dropped for last month’s opening Test of the summer against West Indies.Broad, 34, was left out at Southampton, where West Indies won by four wickets.He returned for the final two Tests, both won by England, and took 16 wickets to pass 500 for his career.“Were there thoughts of retirement going round my head? 100%. Because I was so down,” Broad told the Mail on Sunday.“I was expecting to play, which is always a bit of a dangerous thing in sport, but I felt I deserved to play.“When Stokesy [Ben Stokes] told me I wasn’t playing, I felt my body go into shakes. I could barely speak.”Only six other bowlers in history have taken more Test wickets than Broad, who has played 140 Test matches.The 16 wickets he took in the final two Tests against West Indies at Old Trafford came at an average of 10.93.He added: “I have not really told anyone this, but I was so down that week of the first Test, I was really low. I was stuck in that hotel. I couldn’t go anywhere. It wasn’t like I could go back to [girlfriend] Mollie and have a barbeque and chill out and re-assess.“I didn’t sleep for two days. I was nowhere. A different decision could definitely have been made with my emotions of how I was feeling.”Broad, who is now targeting 600 Test wickets, also revealed that Stokes, who was captaining in England in the first Test in the absence of Joe Root, then played a key role.“Stokesy knocked on my door on the Thursday night and stayed in the corridor to talk to me. He said: ‘This isn’t about cricket, but how are you, mate?’ That was very impressive for him to do.”Broad made his Test debut in 2007 and for most of his career has been bracketed with new ball partner Anderson, 38, England’s record Test wicket-taker, who has 589 wickets, having made his debut in 2003.“Do I think I’m in England’s best XI? Absolutely. Do I think Jimmy Anderson is in England’s best XI? Absolutely,” he said.“There is no doubt that Jimmy and I have got better. No doubt.“The last 18 months, I have been averaging 20.5 per wicket in Test cricket. Take age out of that. If anyone were doing that at any age, you would want to keep them around for a bit and not look past it.”last_img read more