More than one crowning achievement

first_imgLike many Harvard students, Kelsey Beck ’14 attended this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. But rather than sporting face paint, Beck wore a more dazzling ensemble — the sash and crown she recently won as Miss Boston 2012.The award brought Beck $7,500 in scholarship and prizes to pay for law school after she finishes her undergraduate studies. Beck is now preparing to compete in the Miss Massachusetts pageant in late June. Should she win that competition, she would go on to represent Massachusetts in the Miss America pageant.Growing up in Winter Park, Fla., Beck identified more as an athlete than a beauty queen, even playing on the Harvard varsity volleyball team for two years. “I was really involved in playing volleyball, soccer, softball, and tennis,” Beck said. “Sports were really my main focus, along with my studies.” In fact, the Miss Boston pageant was Beck’s first time competing in a beauty pageant.She does, however, have a family legacy in such competitions. “My mom [Barbara Ivey Beck] was Miss Florida in 1971, and it paid for her entire undergraduate education,” Beck said. “So growing up, I always looked at the Miss America organization as one that really provided for young women who have goals and a strong desire to pursue their education. It was always in the back of my mind as a way that I could help my parents” defray the cost of tuition.With no firsthand experience, Beck wasn’t sure what to expect. “I was definitely intimidated going into it,” she said. “It was so outside my realm of expertise. But all of the girls worked together to raise each other’s confidence and be at our best onstage. It requires a lot of courage to go out in an evening gown and a swimsuit!”While balancing her duties as Miss Boston with her Harvard studies takes time and effort, for Beck such a juggling act is nothing new. “I’ve really worked at achieving that balance all my life, whether it’s athletics, schoolwork, or extracurricular activities,” she said. “That balance is something in which Harvard students have a lot of pride. We’re not all about academics: We’re very versatile and can be passionate about a lot of things outside the classroom.”Likewise, Beck said, stereotypes about beauty queens and beauty pageants are off the mark. “It’s not all about beauty and the outer experience,” she said. “The Miss America organization in particular fosters young women that are driven, passionate, focused, goal-oriented, and wanting to pursue their education.”In addition to being an accomplished athlete and student, Beck also has 12 years of classical training as a pianist, which stood her in good stead for the talent competition. “I performed ‘Whitewater Chopped Sticks’ by Calvin Jones,” Beck said. “Two years ago, Teresa Scanlan [Miss Nebraska 2010, and Miss America 2011] performed that at the national pageant, and I immediately fell in love with the piece. I thought it was such a fun spin on the music that everyone knows as ‘Chopsticks.’ So when I decided to compete, I had it ready.”Beck’s platform is elderly care, a subject that she has been passionate about ever since she began visiting nursing homes as a young child. Her dedication took a personal turn, however, when her grandfather was placed in a nursing home for the last year of his life. “Our family really benefited from visiting him every day,” Beck said. “Not only from talking with him and encouraging him, but also in talking with the other residents, doctors, and nurses. The elderly have such an important role in our society; they can be such mentors to us and have a lifetime of wisdom to impart to us. There are reciprocal dividends to interacting with them. You think you’re going to fill their loneliness, but it’s actually often the other way around.”Her dedication to elderly care issues even extends to her future career. “I would like to be an elder-care attorney,” Beck said. “I’d like to help other families become aware of all the options they have available to care for their elderly family members.” In addition, as Miss Boston, Beck also hopes to create an Adopt-a-Grandparent program, matching elementary school children with elderly individuals.Beck now has a team of professionals to help her toward her next goal: the Miss Massachusetts competition, which will take place on June 29-30 in Worcester. “I have a board of five members on the Miss Boston committee, and they’re really guiding me and mentoring me, helping me with mock interviews, coordinating my appearances and volunteer work,” she said.Perhaps the greatest encouragement, however, has come from her fellow Harvard students and family. “This is so different from what I would normally do,” Beck said. “So to have that support and encouragement from my peers is crucial.”last_img read more

Mary Gordon Roberts Fellows announced

first_imgThe Mind Brain Behavior Interfaculty Initiative has selected its undergraduate Mary Gordon Roberts Thesis Fellows for summer 2018. These fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to students who will be conducting thesis research this summer, and include grants to enable this research. Support for these fellowships have been provided by Mary Gordon Roberts, the Gordon family, and the Office of the President and Provost.We congratulate our 2018 Fellows, listed below with concentration, project, and project advisor, and wish them a productive summer of research!Amma Ababio, History and Science“Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself: Christianity and Reforms to the Treatment of Insane Patients at the Pennsylvania Hospital”Advisors: Nadine Weidman, History of Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), and Ahmed Ragab, Harvard Divinity SchoolJulia Canick, Molecular and Cellular Biology“The Utility of Organoids for Recapitulating Human Brain Structure and Function”Advisor: Jeff Lichtman, Molecular and Cellular Biology, FASCindy Chau, Neurobiology“The Microglial Response to Deep Space Radiation”Advisor: Cynthia Lemere, Harvard Medical School (HMS)Saewon Chun, Neurobiology“The Association between Language and Frontal Gamma Activity of Children with High Risks for Autism”Advisor Charles Nelson, HMSMark Czeisler, Neurobiology“3-D Digital Reconstruction of Mouse Suprachiasmatic Nucleus Neurons Driving Circadian Rhythms”Advisor: Dominic Mao, Molecular and Cellular Biology, FASHeather Forbes, Neurobiology“Role of Oxytocin in Increasing the Prevalence of Autism”Advisor: Marcy Kingsbury, HMSAnahita Iyer, Neurobiology“Identifying Modifiers of Alpha-Synuclein Toxicity in Parkinson’s Disease”Advisor: Dennis Selkoe, HMSTaylor Joyce, Linguistics“Development of Quantification in Nicaraguan Sign Language”Advisor: Kathryn Davidson, Linguistics, FASTheodora Mautz, Neurobiology“How does anatomical topology relate to the functional organization of higher-order visual cortex?”Advisor: Margaret Livingstone, HMSSienna Nielsen, Psychology“The Story of the True Self: Unpacking the Relation between Challenges and Self-Authenticity”Advisor: Jill Hooley, Psychology, FASChinaza Ochi, Neurobiology“Visual Evoked Potential (VEP) as Potential Bio-Marker for Autism Spectrum Disorder”Advisor: Charles Nelson, HMSDuncan Stothers, Computer Science“Turing’s Child Machine: A Neurodevelopmental Approach”Advisor: Gabriel Kreiman, HMSSonia Wang, Neurobiology“How Microglia Contribute to Plasticity and Learning in the Olfactory Bulb”Advisor: Venkatesh Murthy, Molecular and Cellular Biology, FAS Read Full Storylast_img read more Playlist! Stream Songs About Moms From Hairspray, Rent & More

first_img View Comments Forgot to get something for your mom for Mother’s Day? Never fear, is here to make you look like son/daughter/witch of the year. Just grab your momma, put her feet up on a throw pillow and play her’s Mother’s Day playlist. From Mama Rose to Mark’s Mom, we’ve got a lineup of matriarchs singing great Broadway songs—and kids singing tunes to their moms, too. Your mother will be so honored you remembered her special day, she’ll forget all about that money you borrowed last week. Click below to stream the playlist on Spotify!last_img

Termite Training.

first_imgLively DiscussionThis training’s final exam sparked some lively debate between operators and inspectors.”We’re not through yet,” said one inspector.”I feel like we’re playing survivor here,” said a pest control technician.”We are,” the inspector replied.”It’s kind of a marriage,” Chase said, “of (operators and inspectors) who at times can be at odds.”Improving Termite Control”I think it allows them to better treat the typical Georgian’s home,” said Suiter, who fielded the questions that emerged from the class’s final assignment.The Department of Agriculture, UGA CAES and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sponsor the training facility. More than 300 pest control operators and inspectors have trained at the unique center since it opened in July 1998. They, in turn, train their co-workers back home.”I’ll take the time out now to look at a fireplace a lot differently every time I go up to one,” said Chase at the end of the session. When it comes to protecting their homes against termites, consumers want to know if they get the protection they pay for.One way to help ease consumers’ concerns is to teach pest control operators, and the people who regulate them, the latestand most effective, environmentally friendly ways to protect houses. Posing for a class picture are 13 of the more than 300 pest control operators who have trained at the Georgia Structural Pest Control Training Center in Griffin, Ga. Photo: Joe Courson In one Griffin, Ga., site, pest control operators can test termite-control skills on foundations built from every type of material used in Georgia. “One, two, three, go get ’em,” said Dan Suiter as he took a picture of one of the University of Georgia’s quarterly classes of termite killers.Final ExamSuiter, a UGA Extension Service entomologist and an expert on controlling termites, directed the class to an odd-looking house foundation nearby for their final assignment.It sounded easy enough: Treat the walls of a typical house for termites, something Curley Chase has done day in and day out for 32 years. “It’s easy until you’ve got the boss looking over your shoulder,” Chase said.The “boss” is Meredith Harr, one of the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s 22 termite inspectors. She and the other inspectors follow up on 1,900 consumer complaints each year.”This is the kind of stuff we’ve got to check behind these guys on,” Harr said.Versatile Training CenterThe training is especially effective because the Georgia Structural Pest Control Training Center includes a home foundation built from every type of material used to build Georgia homes.From stucco to block to brick to poured foundation, they’re all available at the training center on the Griffin, Ga., campus of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”It allows that technician to get out here and envision what is behind that wall, what might be behind that brick facade,” Suiter said. Photo: Joe Coursonlast_img read more

John Bramley appointed UVM interim president

first_imgUniversity of Vermont,University of Vermont Board of Trustees Chair Robert F. Cioffi today announced the appointment of Dr. A. John Bramley as Interim President, effective August 1. Bramley, a longstanding member of the UVM faculty, has served as Department Chair of Animal Sciences, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Provost and Senior Vice President of the University. In 2006 he also served as Acting President during President Daniel Mark Fogel’s illness. From 2007 to 2011 he was President and CEO of the Windham Foundation, the largest private foundation registered in Vermont. In recognition and honor of his service, the Windham Foundation announced last week the creation of the A. John Bramley Lecture Series, designed to focus on preserving Vermont’s rural communities.”We are extremely fortunate that John Bramley was both available and willing to step into this important role,” Cioffi said.  “Quite frankly, there could not be a better choice for this job in light of John’s experience, skills, character, and knowledge of UVM, in addition to his outstanding scholarly record.  One of the Board’s primary goals is to keep the University’s upward trajectory moving ahead, and the appointment of John Bramley ensures that is going to happen.””Dan Fogel is leaving us with an impressive legacy of accomplishment and a strong foundation for further success.  Even though he will be in this role for a relatively short time, John is not going to be a ‘caretaker,’ and will be pushing our key initiatives forward.  I couldn’t be more pleased that John has agreed to take on the responsibilities of Interim President, and I know that he will be welcomed back to UVM with open arms,” Cioffi remarked.Bramley is expected to serve as Interim President until July 2012, and will not be a candidate for the position of President, for which a search is underway.In accepting the position, Bramley said, “I love UVM and have devoted a large part of my life to it.  After leaving Windham I had planned to be doing other things, but I concluded they should be put on hold if I could help the institution at  this critical point.  I am grateful for and humbled by the confidence the Board has placed in me, and I will do my best to see to it that the University continues to gain ground.  I very much appreciate all that President Fogel has done to put this institution in a strong, viable position and I have every intention to work with the University community and beyond  to make us even better.””I look forward to re-engaging with the community, reuniting with old friends and colleagues, and getting to know new ones, beginning August 1st.  You will hear more from me after that date. Until then, President Fogel will continue to provide effective leadership for UVM,” Bramley stated.Bramley was born and educated in the United Kingdom. He graduated with first class honors B.Sc. in Microbiology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1971 and completed his Ph.D. in Veterinary Microbiology at the University of Reading in 1975. Biography of A. John Bramley B.Sc., Ph.D., D.Sc.John Bramley was born and educated in the United Kingdom. He graduated with first class honors B.Sc. in Microbiology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1971 and completed his Ph.D. in Veterinary Microbiology at the University of Reading in 1975.Between 1975 and 1985 he was a research scientist at the National Institute for Research in Dairying, Shinfield, UK, becoming an internationally-recognized authority on bovine mastitis. He was the recipient of the George Fleming Award of the British Veterinary Journal and twice was a recipient of the Peter Bridge Award of the British Cattle Veterinary Association.  In 1985, he moved to the Institute for Animal Health in Compton, UK, where he led a large multi-disciplinary research group and the Division of Environmental Science.  During this period he also studied with colleagues at the University of Florida in Gainesville and at the University of Southern Chile.In 1990, he became Chair of the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Vermont  and in 1999 was appointed Dean of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences and Director of the Vermont Agricultural Experiment Station.  From 2001 to 2006 he was the Provost and Senior Vice President.of the University, working  with  Presidents Colodny and  Fogel,  During the  illness of President Fogel in 2006 he served as Acting President..  From 2007 to 2011 he was President and CEO of the Windham Foundation, the largest private foundation registered in Vermont which owns and operates the Old Tavern at Grafton  and the Grafton Village Cheese Company. His research focused on bovine mastitis and he led a team of UVM researchers in cloning a gene that has led to the world’s first mastitis-resistant animals. He is the author of some 150 research papers, review articles, and book chapters. He held  the rank of professor  in  Animal Sciences and in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and was awarded emeritus status in 2008.      Dr. Bramley was honored by the Green Mountain Council Boy Scouts of America   as their Distinguished Citizen of the Year. He was an inaugural inductee of the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame and is a member of the Vermont Academy of Sciences.  In July, 2011 the Windham Foundation announced the creation of the A. John Bramley Lecture Series, designed to focus on preserving Vermont’s rural communities.last_img read more

If it isn’t in the file, it didn’t happen

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Cindy WilliamsWe know that fair lending is a hot topic right now and rightfully so. We all want to do the “right thing” in our lending practices. So, we take the time and effort to review our fair lending practices by conducting loan file reviews to ensure that all borrowers are treated fairly and equally.One critically important aspect to the file review process is the documentation in the file. Have you ever run across a file where the borrower’s rate or closing costs were different than what you would consider typical, or were outside your lending policies? Of course, the first question you ask is “Why was it different?” If there is nothing in the file to answer this question, you are forced to track down the lending officer to see if they remember why there was a reason for the difference and hopefully, they can give you an answer. continue reading »last_img read more

CUNA calls CFPB rejection of regulatory relief support ‘troubling’

first_imgThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) rejection of a bipartisan call for regulatory relief is troubling and the bureau is strongly encouraged to reconsider, wrote CUNA and all 38 state credit union leagues and all 37 credit union leagues representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia in a letter sent Wednesday to CFPB Director Richard Cordray.The letter explains that Section 1022 of the Dodd-Frank Act gives the CFPB statutory authority to exempt any class of entities from CFPB rulemakings, and how CUNA and the state leagues have been joined by a bipartisan supermajority of Congress–399 members from both chambers–in their call for the bureau to exercise said authority.“The bureau’s resistance to the plain language of the statute and the subsequent bipartisan message of more than three-quarters of the elected representatives in the federal government is baffling and disrespects the consumers who elected the Congress,” the letter reads. “We strongly encourage the bureau to reconsider its perspective on Section 1022 and finalize rules that allow credit unions to continue to offer services to consumers under the current regulatory scheme.”“What is at stake, of course, is consumers’ continued access to safe and affordable financial services provided by cooperative financial institutions,” said CUNA and the state leagues. “Credit unions accept that they are subject to regulation, but Congress has sent strong signals through the statute and other means that that regulation must be reasonable.” continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The Meeting Point Sopot project was presented, which aims to emphasize the historical heritage in the tourist offer of Vinkovci

first_imgStudents of two Vinkovci high schools, Secondary Vocational and Carpentry Technical, presented their project Meeting Point Sopot for the realization of which they received a non-refundable 20 thousand kuna at the public invitation of the Ministry of Tourism to secondary vocational and art schools.The Ministry of Tourism, with the aim of promoting and strengthening the competencies of vocational professions, awarded a total of 395 thousand kuna in grants, up to 20 thousand kuna per school, for 15 projects of secondary vocational and art schools, and Vinkovci are very proud to recognize their idea. As stated in the call, grants are awarded to projects that promote a new tourism product to strengthen the overall competitiveness of the destination where the school is located, based on linking public, civil, private sector and science, positive environmental effects and the inclusion of strategically defined special forms tourism.Sopot is a favorite picnic spot of Vinkovci residents and a locality of top potential, and it was named after the culture that was developed in the area of ​​the oldest European city, from the Neolithic period, and that is the reason why this project was nominated. a trail that stretches all the way along the Bosut River and thus additionally connects the Sopot picnic area with the city, and offers the people of Vinkovci and their visitors additional content on the promenade itself. As explained by Mirjana Jakšić, initiator and leader of the Meeting Point Sopot project, professor of professional subjects in tourism at the Secondary Vocational School, the goals achieved by the implementation of this project are in line with the Tourism Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia until 2020.The project was realized in the synergy of students from two vocational schools, so the idea was for students of the Secondary Vocational School, tourist high school and tourist-hotel salesman, to collect material on Sopot culture, make a brochure on the educational trail and promote Meeting Point Sopot as a new tourist product. students of the Carpentry Technical School, occupation carpentry technician and carpentry technician designer, making boards. “The project wants to show that the historical heritage is a very important aspect of the offer of the city of Vinkovci, in which it should be continuously invested and placed on the market as a unique product. We want to create awareness of the importance of tourism, which is manifested through the general raising and creating positive attitudes of the population about tourism, we improve the tourist offer with additional content, and in our case it is arranging an educational trail through the interpretation of cultural and historical heritage. culture and recreation services. Also one of the goals of the project is to strengthen the partnership and cooperation of various stakeholders in tourism as well, and certainly the environmental orientation of the project presupposes the rational use of available resources and promotes healthy living related to walking or cycling along the river Bosut”, Says Mirjana Jakšić, adding that their desire is to develop historical tourism, as a subtype of cultural tourism, but in a way that the contents of the educational boards are easily understood by all. He reminds that according to the existing tourist infrastructure of Vinkovci – three hostels and five hotels of various categories – the Meeting Point Sopot project is very realistically set according to the target market segments: students, lovers of culture and history, business guests.last_img read more

South Africa celebrates gains made in battle against HIV/AIDS

first_imgThe South African government and non-governmental organisations marked World Aids Day by celebrating the huge gains made in the battle against the virus.And continued its call for more South Africans to get tested and know their HIV status.last_img

3 injured in motorcycle crash

first_imgBACOLOD City – Three persons werewounded in a motorcycle crash in Barangay Poblacion II, Sagay City, NegrosOccidental.  Officers of the Sagay City policestation were investigating the incident./PN The 36-year-old Jun Ian Matarong, JunIan’s 35-year-old wife Gracelyn and 35-year-old Dionesio Samera sustainedinjuries on the body, a police report showed. They were brought to the LodifhiHospital in Sagay City but Jun Ian was later transferred to the Corazon LocsinMontelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in this city for treatment. According to police investigators, JunIan was driving his motorcycle with Gracelyn as back rider when they crashedagainst another motorcycle driven by Samera around 8:10 p.m. on Monday.last_img