Partnerships for Progress — Boston

first_img 33Cynthia Wu ’13 (left) and Erica Lin ’10 do a science demonstration for students from the Gardner Pilot Academy. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 20A Boston student plays during PBHA’s Summer Urban Program. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 17Boston students build marshmallow towers during Phillips Brooks House Association’s (PBHA) Chinatown Adventure summer program. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 9Allston residents play miniature golf during the opening of the Harvard Allston Field and Fairway. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 7Fifth-graders from the Elihu Greenwood School explore polymers during a science day event hosted by Harvard Step UP. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 5Using an Internet2 connection donated by Harvard and speaking on TelePresence equipment donated by Cisco, the group “met” with Cambridge Superintendent Jeff Young and Dean Kathleen McCartney of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (front center on screen) to celebrate the launch of the partnership. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 32Harvard undergraduates teaching at the Harvard Allston Education Portal provide science enrichment opportunities to students in the Gardner Pilot Academy’s after-school program. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 18Boston students make paper cup phones during PBHA’s annual Science Olympiad. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 13Students participate in the Library Park Construction Club to learn about soil, trees, and other aspects of park design. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 21Children from Boston attend the summer camp in Chinatown run by the Phillips Brooks House Association. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 24Middle school students visit the State House during the PBHA Chinatown Adventure summer program Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 11A Brighton family enjoys the batting cages at the Harvard Allston Field and Fairway. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 1Prior to throwing out the first pitch at Fenway Park for the Red Sox v. Baltimore Orioles game, Harvard President Drew Faust met Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia in the dugout. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 4President Drew Faust (at podium) was on hand as Harvard University and Cisco unveiled a gift to Boston and Cambridge schools that will allow students and teachers to video conference with individuals around the world. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 14Harvard designers Dennis Swinford (left) and Emily Mueller De Celis (with sunglasses) lead children on a tour of the Library Park site. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 26Crimson Summer Academy students take part in a science and technology course in Harvard’s Science Center. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 25Billy Marks ’11 speaks with a camper during a field trip to the State House. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 23A Harvard Allston Summer Corps teen works with campers at Tenacity, a Boston nonprofit that teaches tennis, literacy, and life skills to kids in after-school and summer programs. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 15Harvard designer Emily Mueller De Celis (right) tours the Library Park site with children. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographercenter_img Each day, members of the Harvard community interact with students, teachers, and families across Boston. For example, Harvard students serve as tutors in after-school programs, faculty members offer lectures to community groups, and schools offer mentored research opportunities to talented students. These connections benefit the communities on both sides of the Charles — enriching lives, forming lasting bonds, opening minds, and expanding opportunities.This work is a key extension of the public service ethic called for in Harvard’s charter, and the University takes great pride in its longstanding partnerships with communities in Boston. 35President Faust greets a student at the Harvard Allston Education Portal. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer 34Harvard University President Drew Faust and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino welcome guests to the Harvard Allston Education Portal. Justin Ide/Harvard Staff Photographer 22A junior counselor at a PBHA summer program assists a camper during the morning academic session. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 27Crimson Scholars participate in a step class at the Malkin Athletics Center. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 12Brighton residents get ready to hit the green. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 28Children from the Ellis Memorial visit the Arthur M. Sackler Museum for summer art activities. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 6The gift also gives the schools access to Harvard’s Internet2, a faster, education-only Internet network. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 8Students work on an experiment with their teacher during a science event hosted by Harvard Step UP. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 19Children from several different neighborhoods in Boston paint together during PBHA’s Summer Urban Program. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 29Children gather for a reading during a field trip to the Arthur M. Sackler Museum. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 30A Boston student shows off his work during a visit to the Sackler Museum. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 10A Brighton resident plays miniature golf at the Harvard Allston Field and Fairway. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 2Hit me with your best shot! President Drew Faust lets one fly. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 16Students work on a problem set during the Crimson Summer Academy. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 31A student reviews a book on Italy during Global Girls Day, sponsored by the Harvard Chapter of Strong Women, Strong Girls. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 3Red Sox first baseman Mike Lowell caught President Drew Faust’s pitch, where afterward they met for the first time. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more

Senate approves the Shirt Project President

first_imgTags: Constitution of the Undergraduate Student Body, Housing policy, RecSports, Senate, Shirt Project At Wednesday’s student senate meeting, senators discussed issues ranging from the Shirt Project, student health and wellness updates, revisions to the Constitution of the Undergraduate Student Body and a response to the new university housing policy.The senate confirmed junior Kristin Andrejko as the Shirt Project President by unanimous vote Wednesday evening.Student Union treasurer Alexandra Henderson formally nominated Andrejko. Andrejko was the senator from Walsh Hall last year and is currently studying abroad in London.“[Andrejko] has been working on the Shirt Project since freshman year and she has a lot of experience,” Henderson said. “She’s really excited about this upcoming year.”Student senate also passed three revisions regarding the Constitution of the Undergraduate Student Body.The Department for Constitutional Procedures brought the revisions to the senate for a vote. The first allowed proxy members to count towards a quorum, which passed unanimously. The second revision instituted an attendance policy for senators. After four unexcused absences or seven total absences, the Student Union Ethics Commission will conduct a hearing regarding the Senator’s potential negligence. This revision passed with only one Senator in opposition and no abstentions. The third revision increased the quorum from 3/5 to 2/3 to be consistent with the requisite quorum for the Election Committee, per the Constitution. This revision passed unanimously as well.The senate’s housing policy committee is continuing to prepare for action regarding the updated housing policy.One subcommittee is writing a letter to the administration asking specific questions regarding the policy, another is creating a survey to understand student sentiment toward the policy and the third is dealing with the proposed waiver policy and discussing how to ameliorate the waiver process.“I’m really happy with how it’s looking so far,” Shewit said. “We’re going to continue to push for student feedback through this process.”Jade Martinez, student government‘s director of health and wellness, presented to the senate regarding potential updates to RecSports, including creating a new fitness class plan.Another topic the senate covered was fitness options on campus. Martinez and representatives from her department discussed a Fit Pass option which would allow students to buy a certain number of fitness classes each semester rather than sign up to attend the same class weekly.For the department, the goal is to implement the Fit Pass as a semester long pass. The fee will allow for classes throughout the entire semester but the department has yet to decide on a class limit or if there will be multiple options for plans.Sibonay Shewit, student body vice president, recommended a monthly membership option to alleviate the pressure of signing up for classes early in the semester.“At the start of the semester, I may not know how many times a week I’d be able to do [a class],” Shewit said.A trial period will be offered at the beginning of the semester, just as the fitness classes work now, but the department hopes the Fit Pass will dissuade students from signing up for classes that they might not be able to attend consistently.“One of the biggest problems that comes from the [trial period] is the next week, all the classes fill because everyone wants a class but they don’t actually have their schedule developed,” Martinez said. “Halfway through the semester, half of the people are showing up because they can’t actually go to the classes.”The classes will take place in the new recreation center in the Duncan Student Center, which will be much larger and feature twice as much equipment as there is currently in Rolfs, according to RecSports.“There’s a lot of new, cool equipment that people might not know how to use, so we’re going to try to partner with tours so people can get an understanding of how to work the equipment,” Martinez.last_img read more

Broome County Humane Society says Duck Derby canceled

first_imgDucks can still be purchased at https://www.duckrace.com/binghamton (WBNG) – On Monday, the Broome County Humane Society announced the 10th annual Duck Derby event at Highland Park has been canceled due to restrictions on mass gatherings and in the interest of safety precautions. Winners will be chosen at random by official randomizer software and announced during the Duck Derby Virtual Event on Sunday, July 26. last_img

Friday people roundup [updated]

first_imgRedington – Dan Mikulskis has been appointed to the newly created role of head of defined benefit pensions. Mikulskis, who joined Redington in June 2012, previously co-managed the asset and liability modelling team, along with Steven Yang Yu, who will now become the sole head of the team.300 Club – Mark Walker, global CIO and managing director at Univest Company, Unilever’s internal pension investment organisation, has joined the 300 Club. Prior to joining Unilever, he was a partner at Mercer and head of the London investment consulting unit.DIAM International – The UK subsidiary of Asian asset manager DIAM has appointed Frederic de Merode as director of business development in the EMEA team. Based in London, he joins from Aviva Investors, where he was director of global client solutions and global financial institutions. Before then, he was a senior consultant at Elston Consulting.LawDeb Pension Trustees – Mike Jaffe has joined the trustee director team. He joins from Henderson Equity Partners. Before joining Henderson in 2007, he worked in the fixed interest division of UBS Investment Bank. Kames Capital – Graeme Sharpe has been appointed as a product specialist within the multi-asset team. He joins from Hymans Robertson, where he spent five years as an associate investment consultant.Financial Reporting Council – John Hitchins has been appointed deputy chair of the Financial Reporting Review Panel. Hitchins was a partner with PwC for 26 years until he retired in 2014. Newton Investment Management, PIMCO, Neuberger Berman, Amundi, Redington, 300 Club, Unilever, DIAM International, Aviva Investors, LawDeb Pension Trustees, Henderson Equity Partners, Financial Reporting CouncilNewton Investment Management – Matt Pumo has been appointed head of UK consultant relations. He joins from Neuberger Berman, where he was responsible for developing investment consultant relations in the UK and Europe. He has also previously held roles at Gartmore Investment Management and Liontrust Asset Management.PIMCO – IPE understands that the California-based investment manager is laying off 68 members of staff, although it could not confirm whether this decision would affect employees in Europe.Amundi – Nesreen Srouji has been appointed chief executive for the Middle East region. Before joining Amundi in May, she was head of investors and public sector at Standard Chartered, covering sovereign wealth funds and other institutional clients across the MENA region. She joined Standard Chartered in 2006 to set up its MENA private equity business.last_img read more

Angels’ David Fletcher continues to improve and impress teammates

first_imgANAHEIM >> Just after Joe Maddon memorably uttered the phrase Fletch-stein by way of making the oft-heard comparison between David Fletcher and former Angels shortstop David Eckstein, he rattled off a few qualifiers.“He’s got more pop,” Maddon said of Fletcher.“His throwing arm is stronger.”“He’s got more positional versatility.” Years from now we’ll know if Fletcher has surpassed Eckstein. In the meantime, he simply continues to raise his perceived ceiling. His defense has always been considered exceptional, but now he’s showing more at the plate too.“In the quarantine I did some different things with my swing and my approach,” Fletcher said. “Nothing crazy, but I feel better than I did in spring training.”Anthony Rendon has gotten his first look at Fletcher this year, and it didn’t take long for him to be sold.“He looks natural at any position that he’s at, whether it’s third, short or second,” Rendon said. “He’s just a grinder out there.”That’s when Rendon drew the “Captain America” comp to Fletcher.“He’s like Mr. Baseball,” Rendon said. “It’s fun to be around, for sure.”Fletcher replaced an injured Rendon at third for the first four games of the season, and then immediately shifted over to shortstop to replace Andrelton Simmons, who has been out with a sprained ankle.“Wherever they put him at second, short, third left, I think you could put him behind the plate and he’ll do a decent job,” Simmons said. “He’ll do a good job really defensively and offensively you know he’s a thorn in a lot of pitchers’ fingers. He’s just a scrappy good hitter. We know what David Fletcher brings to the table every day. So, no surprises, really happy to see him be a spark plug now.”So far Fletcher has been the ideal leadoff hitter for the Angels, thanks to an approach that has gotten more disciplined with each year in the big leagues.He swung at 40.2 percent of pitches as a rookie, cut that 36.2 percent last year and has cut it to 33.1 percent this year. As a result, his walk rate has climbed from 4.9 percent to 8.4 percent to 12.4 percent, bringing his on-base percentage up steadily as well.His current .382 on-base percentage is 51 points higher than the major league average out of the leadoff spot.General manager Billy Eppler said that Fletcher’s ability to make contact is so good that the Angels had to teach him to stop swinging at pitches just because he could hit them.“The confidence he has in his ability to get the barrel to the baseball is extremely high,” Eppler said.By getting Fletcher to swing at fewer pitches, they also give him a better chance to make hard contact with the balls he hits, which could improve his power.Fletcher already has three homers this year, which is half of his total from last season. So far it’s possible that it’s a fluke. His average exit velocity is the same as last year, and all three homers were well-placed fly balls of 365 feet or less.Still, there’s a chance that the power is a bigger part of his game.“Often times with players with good contact ability, power is the last thing to show up,” Eppler said. “I think players that had that type of profile and once they hit the 27, 28, 29, 30 age range, they end up hitting a higher rate of homers. That’s not something our expectation is for him, but it would not shock me if there’s that evolution.”Whether the power comes or not, you aren’t going to find anyone around the Angels asking for anything more from Fletcher, especially not his manager.Maddon admired Fletcher ever since he played against Maddon’s Cubs last April in Wrigley Field.“It was love at first double,” Maddon said. “When he hit that high fastball down the left field line, I didn’t know who he was. I had no idea.”Maddon then asked around to see if Fletcher was a top prospect, and he started following him more closely after the Angels finished playing the Cubs.Since then, he’s grown to like what he sees more and more every day.“He just never lets up,” Maddon said. “The guy is a baseball player. He’s the kind of guy that can be overlooked with today’s methods. I would take several more of those. We all would. He’s just a baseball player. He plays the game properly.”ALSOSimmons, who is out with a sprained ankle, had another workout on Thursday with the Angels reserves in Long Beach, getting live at-bats and running the bases. Eppler said Simmons “is still feeling it a little bit. I’m not entirely expecting him back for Game 1 or 2 of the Dodger series, but we’ll see how he feels Friday.” …When Simmons returns, pushing Fletcher to be used at other positions, the Angels may face some tough lineup choices. Eppler said they don’t simply have to have one player lose playing time when Simmons returns. “You don’t have to just have one player for every single position,” Eppler said. “Play guys all over the place. It doesn’t have to be one guy in one place every single day. We’re going into an 18-game stretch (without an off day). That’s going to require rotations in all areas.” …Eppler, who had not spoken publicly since Shohei Ohtani’s season as a pitcher was ended by a forearm injury, confirmed what Maddon had said last week. The organization plans to have Ohtani continue to be a two-way player in 2021. …The Angels have added shortstop prospects Kyren Paris and Jeremiah Jackson to their player pool, allowing them to work out in Long Beach. Neither has played above Class-A, so neither is a candidate for the majors this year, but the Angels wanted to give them development opportunity even without any minor league games, Eppler said. Given all that, and in light of Fletcher’s hot offensive start in his third big league season, perhaps the Eckstein comps have undersold Fletcher?Eckstein had a career OPS+ of 87, which means as a hitter he was 13 percent worse than the average, adjusted for his ballpark, during those years.Fletcher has a current career OPS+ of 98, which includes an 88 as a rookie, a 96 in his only full season and a sizzling 144 to start this shortened season. In traditional numbers, that’s a .303 average with an .882 OPS this season, and .287 and .730 for his career.PreviousDavid Fletcher signs autographs after the Los Angeles Angels first full-squad workout at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Angels utility player David Fletcher poses for a portrait during Spring Training Photo Day at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Angels utility player David Fletcher poses for a portrait during Spring Training Photo Day at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDavid Fletcher #22 of the Los Angeles Angels throws over Luis Rengifo #4 for the out against Daniel Vogelbach #20 of the Seattle Mariners during the ninth inning at T-Mobile Park on August 6, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. The Angels beat the Mariners 6-1. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels right fielder David Fletcher can’t handle a ball hit by Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, July 31, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)David Fletcher #22 of the Los Angeles Angels runs the base on his way to a double against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the first inning at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on July 27, 2020 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher, right, slides safely into second base next to Oakland Athletics second baseman Tony Kemp with a stolen base during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, July 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Los Angeles Angels utility player David Fletcher jogs out of the visitors locker room as he changes stations during Spring Training Photo Day at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)David Fletcher signs autographs after the Los Angeles Angels first full-squad workout at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)Los Angeles Angels utility player David Fletcher poses for a portrait during Spring Training Photo Day at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 8Los Angeles Angels utility player David Fletcher poses for a portrait during Spring Training Photo Day at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)ExpandOf course, Fletcher still has a long way to go to match the quantity of Eckstein’s career. After breaking in with the Angels in 2001, Eckstein played 10 seasons in the majors, winning World Series rings with the Angels in 2002 and the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006. He made two All-Star teams.Fletcher, 26, does have a two-year head start on Eckstein, who had barely made his big league debut at the age Fletcher is today.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more