Three researchers named Runyon Fellows

first_imgThe Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on supporting innovative early career researchers, has named 18 new Damon Runyon Fellows, including three from Harvard. The recipients of this prestigious, three-year award are outstanding postdoctoral scientists conducting basic and translational cancer research in the laboratories of leading senior investigators across the country. The fellowship encourages the nation’s most promising young scientists to pursue careers in cancer research by providing them with independent funding ($156,000 each) to work on innovative projects.The 2011 Damon Runyon Fellows from Harvard:Sumeet Sarin, with his sponsor Joshua R. Sanes, professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard University, is studying how neurons use unique molecules on their cell surface to recognize one another during development. Such recognition is critical in ensuring appropriate spatial patterning and normal organ formation. A hallmark of cancerous cells is the inappropriate reactivation of cell migration, and the disruption of these patterns.Cole Trapnell, with his sponsor John L. Rinn, assistant professor of stem cell and regenerative biology at Harvard University, studies the role of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) in cancer. When tissue is damaged (e.g., by radiation or carcinogens), this class of genes may cause cancer or make it more difficult to treat. Using software and mathematics that he has developed for the analysis of massive-scale sequencing data, Trapnell aims to discover which genes are misregulated by lncRNA in tumor cells. This research may lead to the discovery of lncRNAs that could be targeted to halt cancer progression.Scott J. Valastyan, with his sponsor Joan S. Brugge, Louise Foote Pfeiffer Professor of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School, seeks to uncover novel regulators of breast cancer metastasis. He has devised a novel experimental system that is capable of defining and exploiting the phenotypic heterogeneity and genetic diversity that exists within tumor cell populations. He anticipates that these studies will provide insights that further our comprehension of metastatic progression and suggest novel targets for the diagnosis and/or treatment of human breast cancer.last_img read more

Why voting matters

first_imgIt was just days before Election Day when a group of powerhouse women leaders gathered to discuss the importance of civic engagement, local participation, and why voting matters.“Why should I bother? Why should I make the effort to get to the polls or get my ballot in the mail? What do you say to the skeptics?” These questions were posited by Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.Allen led the Oct. 29 discussion, which included Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui; Michelle Tassinari, director and legal counsel for the Office of the Secretary of the commonwealth’s Elections Division; Eneida Tavares, the interim commissioner for the city of Boston’s Elections Department; and Tova Wang, a Democracy Visiting Fellow at the Ash Center at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.Siddiqui explained that whenever she discusses the importance of voting, she always raises voter suppression, and how the very act of voting is “an act of survival. Elections have consequences … Our vote is our power,” she said.Tavares said Boston voters need only to look back to the 2019 City Council race, “when we had a citywide recount and it came down to one vote,” she said.And it’s not just about candidates. “Ballot questions [also] have a huge impact on us — whether they’re statewide ballot questions this year, or questions we’ve had in the past,” said Tassinari. “It’s important to create a pattern of civic pride and to be able to participate in all elections … even if it’s local elections, voting for your board of selectmen or your city council — people who are doing things in your city or town and making decisions that are important. This election is certainly important because it’s a presidential election, but every election is important.”Wang said her work focuses on voters, particularly young voters, having their voices and power be heard. “It’s quite clear to me that young people … know what they want in their public officials and they’re very intent on holding them accountable. This is their moment to stand up and have the youth vote recognized as a force to be reckoned with,” said Wang.Process too, the panelists argued, can be as important as the act of voting itself.“It’s important to go through the petition process and collect signatures of registered voters to get those questions on the ballot,” Tassinari continued.“I’ve been deeply impressed with the work that we’ve been seeing with young people — their understanding of voting being important, but it not being the only thing. They understand that it’s part of an array of tools in the toolbox of things that that need to happen in order to really see the change you want to see in the world,” said Wang.The panelists discussed how they were implementing additional safety measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as how they’re planning to handle the expected record turnouts — both at the polls, and with mail-in ballots.The commonwealth is working very hard to set “realistic expectations” in everything from registration questions to voting lines to even the post-election process, Tassinari said.“What’s going to happen on election night? Are we going to have results? And the answer is no. And I can tell you very clearly that the answer has always been no — we don’t have results on election night. There may be unofficial results — but no place in the country has ever had official election results on election night. Making sure that every vote is counted is important, so we have to make sure that people realize its taking longer because we are doing it right,” she said.The very nature of any election, Allen reminded attendees, is that when someone wins, someone else loses. She asked the panelists to share their advice on how some voters, post-election, should handle the news that their preferred candidate may not have won.“I think no matter the outcome of an election, it’s about being civically engaged and exercising that right and that privilege that so many have worked give us,” said Siddiqui. “When there’s a loss, it’s difficult. You can become apathetic and despondent … but I think you need to remember that there are still people that need help. There are still people worth fighting for. So, you need to keep fighting and keep trying, and get behind candidates who are preaching to those values that you have. The more we have people engaged who come from different backgrounds — engaged in this political process — the better it is for everyone.”“Civic engagement,” Allen said, “is not a one-off, one-day thing. Civic engagement is a way of life.” Allen has long been a champion of the importance of civic engagement. One of her more recent projects included working with the Cambridge Public Schools on a new yearlong civics curriculum for eighth-graders.The panelists agreed. It’s about helping shape the conversation and agenda at all levels of government, joining the discussion, holding politicians up and down the ballot accountable, insuring voter participation, expanding voter opportunities, and continuing to actively stay informed and engaged, they said.“The best counsel I’ve gotten,” said Allen, “is from one of my favorite authors and novelists, Ralph Ellison. He said, ‘Democracy is not winner take all.’ Losers and winners are part of the same team. That’s one of the hardest things about democracy. For winners to understand the limits of victory, and that that they continue to be responsible to the people who didn’t vote for them.“But why do we do it,” she continued. “What’s the reward? It is literally the only way to be free and self-governing people. That is why we do this work together, so that we can make decisions together as a whole people. That’s what has to motivate us, and that’s what we have to stay committed to.”last_img read more

Angela facility dedication continues with wellness workshops, discussions

first_imgSaint Mary’s dedication ceremony for the new Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex continued Saturday with a variety of workout classes, concurrent sessions, speeches and panels revolving around health and wellness.Director of athletics Julie Schroeder-Biek, who helped plan the ceremony, said she feels proud of the new building.“This facility is such an inviting place,” she said. “Here on this campus, I feel that the impact is in how it will build community. We have students, faculty and staff and alumnae working out here, meeting here, eating here, cheering on the Belles here. [It’s] just a great blend of people using this space.”Throughout the weekend, the College held myriad workshops and other events about fitness for the community.“Rather than have this dedication event in one night, our desire to thank the donors, celebrate the space with wellness programming and bring in prospective students to celebrate with us required a multiple day event,” Schroeder-Biek said.The closing keynote, titled “Striking the Right Balance — Keys for Powerful Living,” featured three College alumnae and was described as a “TED-style talk” by College President Jan Cervelli.“No one arrives to this college or the real world fully formed,” Cervelli said. “Today’s event will address stretching, growing and being comfortable with setbacks to enable a growth mindset and find balance in our lives.”One of the three speakers of the keynote, Kimberlyn Martin Troy, a ’00 alumna and fitness instructor at the College, spoke about wellness of the body and how her mom said she seemed more confident when she first went home for break during her time at Saint Mary’s.“As students, we have a voice here,” Troy said. “It wasn’t Saint Mary’s teaching me to [be] powerful. I was realizing the power I already had.”Everyone has natural balance and power inside of them, Troy said, and allowing yourself to be a beginner is a way for you to find that balance and power within yourself.“There’s value in every single moment of every day,” she said. “Awareness is all the balance you need to live your most powerful life.”Alumna Elizabeth Palmer, ’13, spoke about wellness of the spirit by reflecting on her time doing mission work in a Kenyan burn unit.“A wise man once told me, ‘the best book you’ll ever read are human stories [and] the best libraries are hospitals,’” Palmer said.A patient at the hospital named Dorcas could not see Palmer, but Palmer said they would share love by holding hands.“We could not share verbal communication or eye contact, but our hands would always clasp together,” she said. “Dorcas showed me that God’s hand is always outstretched towards me.”Encountering patients and her Saint Mary’s education was a transformative experience, Palmer said, since those experiences gave her the confidence to endure the hardship in the burn ward.A grade school teacher and Saint Mary’s alumna who acted as a mentor during her parents’ divorce inspired her to attend the College, Palmer said. The influence strong women had on her life made the decision to attend Saint Mary’s natural, she said.“I have been shaped by strong, independent women all along,” she said. “An integral part of my development has been to know God’s love. At Saint Mary’s, I constantly see the face of Christ of others.”As a licensed clinical social worker,M.J. Murray Vachon, ’82, spoke at the keynote address about ‘Inner Challenge,’ her life skills and character development program. She said her clients and students often understand what mental illness is, but do not know how to define mental wellness.“Mental wellness needs to be understood and cultivated,” she said. “One in six of us each year will suffer from symptoms of mental illness. Just like healthy eating prevents, manages and sometimes cures diabetes, mental wellness life skills prevents, manages and sometimes cures mental health issues.”Murray Vachon said grounding one’s feet on the floor, taking deep breaths and noticing one particular thing in front of you can help one feel more connected to their body and surroundings.“This exercise cultivates beauty,” she said. “Notice cultivates beauty. Notice cultivates gratitude.”Mental wellness is key to becoming an authentic individual who can find their identity and balance within, Murray Vachon said.“The whole [Angela] facility was built to consider our bodies, minds, and spirits,” she said. “We can show up, we can live and we can have lives that are balanced and rooted in power that is rooted in the spirit, not the ego.”Tags: angela athletic and wellness complex, dedication ceremony, elizabeth palmer, Julie Schroeder-Biek, Kimberlyn Martin Troy, M.J. Murray Vachonlast_img read more

Help! My Boyfriend Carries My Kayak and I Hate It

first_imgDear Mountain Mama,I’ve recently started dating another kayaker. He’s always trying to carry my boat or load it on the car for me. While I realize he’s just trying to be nice, I don’t want him to think I can’t do these things for myself. I’m independent, and have been paddling fine without him for years. How do I tell him not to touch my boat without being rude?Thanks, Can-Do-It-MyselfDear Can-Do-It-Myself,Of course you’re more than capable of picking a kayak up and hoisting it onto the roof rack. You’re also fit enough to lug a forty plus pound boat on your shoulder. But just because you can do these things perfectly fine, doesn’t mean you should.Sometimes the best gift we can give someone else is recognizing and accepting love. Some men bring their girlfriends chocolates or flowers. Other men kayak with their significant others and demonstrate their manliness by carrying heavy objects for them while pounding their chests, cavemen style. Can-Do, let this man who’s so eager to impress take your heavy load. And then thank him.My good friend is a capable in the outdoors by all accounts. She shreds on a snowboard and knows her way down difficult rivers. She’s also an avid mountain biker and trail runner. The first time I paddled with her and her husband, I was surprised when we got to the take-out and she didn’t pop her spray skirt right away and hop out of her boat. Instead, she called, “Honey, princess pull please.”She winked at me, as she asked, “Have you ever gotten a princess pull?”When I said no, she told her husband to give me one too. He bent over and pulled my boat up the bank far enough that I didn’t have to get my feet wet. And then he bowed low, making a sweeping gesture with his hand. It made me giggle. I did indeed feel like a princess, the best kind possible, a paddling princess.Can-Do, boat with this paddling hunk of yours. Feel free to surf better or take harder lines down rapids. But by all means, accept whatever love he offers you, whether it’s a special rock he found at the put-in, a snack he’s carried in his dry bag, or his willingness to carry your boat. All these are little love offerings are his way of showing you how strong and kind he is.Yours,Mountain Mamalast_img read more

Obama Says Gaddafi’s Exit From Libya Is Inevitable

first_img Acting under a UN mandate, NATO allies, including France, Great Britain, and the United States, are conducting air attacks with the aim of preventing Gaddafi from using military force against civilians. Muammar Gaddafi will inevitably leave power, U.S. President Barack Obama said after NATO intensified its bombing campaign against government objectives and announced that it had sunk eight Libyan warships. “Time is working against Gaddafi. He does not have control over his country. The opposition has organized a legitimate and credible Interim Council,” Obama said in Washington. Obama’s statement was part of a speech addressed to the Middle East, where a series of uprisings this year has overthrown the governments of Tunisia and Egypt and inspired a three-month-old revolt in Libya that is seeking to overthrow Gaddafi. Alliance planes sank eight warships in nighttime attacks on the ports of Tripoli, Al Khums, and Sirte, NATO said in a statement. By Dialogo May 23, 2011 His comments echoed the words of NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who said that military and political pressure is weakening Gaddafi and will eventually lead to his fall. center_img “When Gaddafi inevitably leaves or is forced from power, decades of provocation will come to an end, and the transition to a democratic Libya can proceed,” the president said, defending his decision to engage in military action against the Libyan leader’s administration. “Given the escalating use of naval assets, NATO had no choice but to take decisive action to protect the civilian population of Libya and NATO forces at sea,” said Rear Adm. Russell Harding, the deputy commander of the alliance’s mission in Libya. Libyan officials took journalists to the port of Tripoli, where a small vessel was burning and giving off smoke, and cast doubt on whether the ships attacked by NATO were involved in clashes. Mohammad Ahmed Rashed, general manager of the Tripoli port, said that six vessels were struck by missiles. The ships, five of which belonged to the coast guard, together with one larger vessel, had been undergoing maintenance since the conflict began, the official told the press, adding that the port was still operating and could handle commercial traffic.last_img read more

Al-Qaida Is Cornered

first_imgBy Dialogo December 12, 2011 Osama bin Laden’s death has caused the al-Qaida network to decline in a way that will be “difficult to reverse,” a high-ranking U.S. official said. Speaking to the press in Washington, D.C., Daniel Benjamin, the State Department coordinator for counterterrorism, highlighted the fact that this was not the only major setback suffered by the network this year. He also highlighted the June deaths of Ilyas Kashmiri in Pakistan, considered the most dangerous terrorist in South Asia, and Harun Fazul in Somalia, one of the architects of the 1998 attacks on the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Benjamin also mentioned the deaths in August of Atiya Abdul Rahman in Pakistan, al-Qaida’s second-in-command following the death of bin Laden, and in September of Anwar al-Aulaqi, the network’s chief of operations in Yemen. Despite the loss of such important leaders, the official warned, the fight against terrorism is not yet over, and several groups continue to pose a threat to U.S. national security. Among these, he said, the network’s affiliate in the Arabian Peninsula, known as AQAP, continues to head the list of the most dangerous groups, despite Aulaqi’s death, and its attempts to hold territory in southern Yemen are a cause for concern. In the Maghreb, the al-Qaida group operating in Islamic North Africa, “has historically been the weakest,” he said, but in the last two years it has managed to “fill its coffers with ransoms from kidnappings,” he emphasized. Benjamin also noted that in Nigeria, the Boko Haram group, although it has not affiliated itself with al-Qaida, is engaging in terrorist attacks and causing problems. The official said that during the last year, the United States has tracked several Islamic terrorist groups in the Sinai Peninsula, and that although the militants of al-Shabaab have experienced setbacks in the Horn of Africa, they have at the same time shown signs of diversifying their objectives.last_img read more

Batesville CC Semi-State Results

first_imgIt was a beautiful morning Saturday for the Cross Country Semi-State competition as the Batesville Bulldogs traveled to Carmel to race in which has been claimed, “the hardest Semi-State in the Nation.”The girls ran very well on the hilly Carmel course and finished there season with a great race. The ladies came into the day with a 16th place seed and finished at 14th place, the highest finished in Batesville history! In fact, the Dogs scored over 100 points less than they were projected to.The girls have been working hard since the beginning of the summer and it was so awesome to see all of their hard work pay off for their final race of the season. I am so proud of them!Finishing top for the Bulldogs was Kelsey Gausman with an overallfinish of 45th place at 20:00. The next 3 dogs crossed within 3 seconds of each other; Mary Poltrack at 91st and 21:10, Sarah Poltrack at 92nd and 21:11 and Maria Wessel crossing at 94th at 21:13. Finishing out the scoring 5 was Emma Gausman with a 133rd place finish at 22:13. Katie Baumer and Kylie Lehman were the other 2 varsity runners finishing at 149th and 161st.Batesville would also like to Congratulate Oldenburg Academy’s Ashley Sedler who finished 29th overall and Curt Eckstein whofinished 4th overall…allowing both of them to individually compete at the State meet on Saturday in Terre Haute. Best of luck to the both of them!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.last_img read more

Notre Dame Standouts

first_imgIt was fun to get a chance to talk to Chris Giesting and his fellow Notre Dame graduate, Jade Barber.  They were both in Batesville recently after competing in the indoor track championships in New Mexico.Chris, a BHS graduate, ran in the 600 m finals and placed 5th.  He led the race until the final 100 m.  He is converting from the 400 m to the 800 m.  His friend, Jade, is a hurdler and both are training for the 2020 summer Olympics.It is always nice to talk to pro athletes in a home town setting.last_img read more

Europa final: We are ready for Sevilla, Lautaro warns

first_img ‘These goals give me so much, as there was a period when I wasn’t at my usual levels, but this experience helps you to grow. I am very happy with the way the team is playing and showing such character. ‘We’re getting better game by game and I am happy on a personal level too, as I am going to have my first child, so I dedicate the goals to my wife and family. read also:Europa League: Inter set up Sevilla final after thrashing Shakhtar ‘We just keep getting stronger, showing maturity with both young players and more experienced ones like Samir Handanovic, Danilo D’Ambrosio and Diego Godin. They point the way and we all follow.’ Martinez has scored 21 goals in all competitions during the 2019-2020 season while Lukaku has now scored in a record 10 successive Europa League matches. Friday’s final will take place at the RheinEnergieSTADION, the home of German side Cologne. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Inter Milan Lautaro Martinez has fired a warning to Sevilla ahead of Friday’s Europa League final, claiming his side are ‘ready for great things’. Martinez scored a brace and grabbed an assist as the Serie A side thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk 5-0 in the semi-final on Monday, with his strike partner Romelu Lukaku also netting two goals. Sevilla have won the competition a record five times and they beat Manchester United on Sunday to reach their fourth final in seven years. But Martinez is not phased by the LaLiga side’s Europa League experience, insisting the Italians are ready for the challenge. ‘It was an incredible night, the kind we dreamed of,’ the striker told Sky Sport Italia after the game. ‘It had been a long time since I played that well, and in a semi-final we proved Inter are ready for great things. We’re ready for the final.Advertisement Loading… center_img Promoted ContentA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The Ratings7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldMysterious Astrological Discoveries That Left Scientists BaffledThe Most Beautiful Middle Eastern ActressesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World6 Extreme Facts About Hurricaneslast_img read more

Breaking: U23 AFCON: Olympic Eagles keep hope alive, sink Zambia

first_imgRelatedPosts Awoniyi joins Union Berlin on loan Awoniyi regains consciousness in hospital Taiwo Awoniyi hospitalised over head injury Nigeria’s Olympic Eagles, otherwise known as national U23 team, returned to winning ways on Tuesday following a 3-1 win over Zambia at the ongoing 2019 U23 AFCON in Egypt. Goals from Orji Okonkwo, Kelechi Nwakali and Taiwo Awoniyi sealed victory for Nigeria. Nigeria came from behind to seal victory after Junior Chipolopolo’s Daka drew the first blood in 12th minute of the tie. Orji levelled scores in the 16th minute, while Nwakali, Huesca of Spain new buy, and Awoniyi sealed victory for the Junior Eagles. Nigeria will battle group leaders, South Africa, on Friday to cement their place in the semifinals. With three points from two games, the Olympic Eagles trail the South Africans by one point, having lost the group opener to Ivory Coast by alone goal. The west African neighbours currently trail Nigeria with inferior goal difference. Nigeria are the defending champions of the competition.Tags: Kelechi NwakaliOrji OkonkwoTaiwo Awoniyilast_img read more