Challenge met

first_imgMatriTarg Laboratories, a venture created by a team of Harvard fellows seeking new ways to diagnose and treat solid organ fibrosis, claimed the grand prize — and $40,000 in award money — in the inaugural Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge.Sponsored by deans from across the university and hosted at the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab), the challenge invited students and fellows from across Harvard’s Schools to develop entrepreneurial solutions that facilitate the delivery of affordable health care.“The help the i-lab has provided has really been invaluable, especially for someone like me,” said Derek DiRocco, a research fellow at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and the Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and a co-founder of MatriTarg. “I didn’t start as someone who wanted to grow a business — I’m more in science — so it was very helpful to have assistance in growing our company and our ideas.”DiRocco and co-founder Rafael Kramann, also a Harvard postdoctoral fellow at BWH, and their research adviser, Benjamin Humphreys, created MatriTarg to find and commercialize new diagnostic biomarkers and drug targets for solid organ fibrosis, a progressive disease that affects major organs and usually is not diagnosed until its late stages.As winners of the grand prize, DiRocco and Kramann will continue their i-lab residency with dedicated workspace, mentoring, and access to expert resources throughout the summer.Three other student-led teams were named runners-up and awarded funds to help launch their projects. First runner-up CareSolver, founded by Harvard Business School (HBS) students Shana Hoffman and Arick Morton, received $20,000 in funds. The venture is a Web platform for family members and informal care providers to increase quality care of the elderly.The two second runners-up, Broadleaf Health and Education Alliance, a nonprofit enterprise striving to integrate mental health care for children at schools in India, and SQ, a mobile application that allows individuals to manage and share information about their sexual health, each received $7,500.“When we bring people together across disciplines and across schools, as this challenge has done, things happen that would otherwise be unimaginable,” said Jeffrey Flier, dean of HMS and co-chair of the challenge. “I have great confidence that we’re going to see some great outcomes from the work in this competition.”The four winning teams were among eight finalist teams selected from more than 50 applications to compete for $75,000 in prize money. The challenge was supported by friends and alumni of Harvard.Each team developed a project to address one of four areas: redesign of health delivery, changing behavior, computation and data analysis, and stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. The eight finalists teams received $5,000 each and residency at the i-lab for the spring semester, and were assigned expert mentors and given support from specialized workshops to perfect their projects for Demo Day.“There is no more important problem and opportunity that faces humanity today than what exists in the arena of healthcare,” said Nitin Nohria, dean of HBS and co-chair of the challenge. “This is an area that begs for innovation.  The scale of opportunity runs the entire gamut, and this is a truly remarkable challenge.”The Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge was one of three challenges hosted by the i-lab this year, along with the President’s Challenge for social entrepreneurship and the Deans’ Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge. All were designed to strengthen Harvard’s entrepreneurial community and foster cross-School collaboration.Gordon Jones, managing director of the i-lab, said, “This is a cross-University space, a resource for students who are focused on developing skills and accessing resources across the university to take their dreams as far as they can go.“This challenge is representative of that vision, helping students transform their nascent ideas into implementable solutions. We hope that the skills these teams have learned here at the i-lab during the challenge will not only help them with the projects they’re working on today, but throughout their careers and their lifetimes.”last_img read more

Millions may face protein deficiency as a result of human-caused CO2 emissions

first_img Read Full Story If CO2 levels continue to rise as projected, the populations of 18 countries may lose more than 5 percent of their dietary protein by 2050 due to a decline in the nutritional value of rice, wheat, and other staple crops, according to new findings from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Researchers estimate that roughly an additional 150 million people may be placed at risk of protein deficiency because of elevated levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. This is the first study to quantify this risk.“This study highlights the need for countries that are most at risk to actively monitor their populations’ nutritional sufficiency, and, more fundamentally, the need for countries to curb human-caused CO2 emissions,” said Samuel Myers, senior research scientist in the Department of Environmental Health.The study will be published online Aug. 2, 2017 in Environmental Health Perspectives.Globally, 76 percent of the population derives most of their daily protein from plants. To estimate their current and future risk of protein deficiency, the researchers combined data from experiments in which crops were exposed to high concentrations of CO2 with global dietary information from the United Nations and measures of income inequality and demographics.They found that under elevated CO2 concentrations, the protein contents of rice, wheat, barley, and potatoes decreased by 7.6 percent, 7.8 percent, 14.1 percent, and 6.4 percent, respectively. The results suggest continuing challenges for Sub Saharan Africa, where millions already experience protein deficiency, and growing challenges for South Asian countries, including India, where rice and wheat supply a large portion of daily protein. The researchers found that India may lose 5.3 percent of protein from a standard diet, putting a predicted 53 million people at new risk of protein deficiency.A companion paper co-authored by Myers, which will be published as an Early View article Aug. 2, 2017 in GeoHealth, found that CO2-related reductions in iron content in staple food crops are likely to also exacerbate the already significant problem of iron deficiency worldwide. Those most at risk include 354 million children under 5 and 1.06 billion women of childbearing age—predominantly in South Asia and North Africa—who live in countries already experiencing high rates of anemia and who are expected to lose more than 3.8 percent of dietary iron as a result of this CO2 effect.These two studies, taken alongside a 2015 study co-authored by Myers showing that elevated CO2emissions are also likely to drive roughly 200 million people into zinc deficiency, quantify the significant nutritional toll expected to arise from human-caused CO2 emissions.“Strategies to maintain adequate diets need to focus on the most vulnerable countries and populations, and thought must be given to reducing vulnerability to nutrient deficiencies through supporting more diverse and nutritious diets, enriching the nutritional content of staple crops, and breeding crops less sensitive to these CO2 effects. And, of course, we need to dramatically reduce global CO2 emissions as quickly as possible,” Myers said.last_img read more

Living on Love Begins Performances on Broadway

first_img Living on Love View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on May 3, 2015 Renée Fleming, Jerry O’Connell, Douglas Sills, Anna Chlumsky and more start previews in Living on Love on April 1. The Joe DiPietro comedy, directed by Kathleen Marshall, will officially open on April 20 at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre.Based on the play Peccadillo by Garson Kanin, Living on Love follows Raquel DeAngelis (Fleming), a celebrated opera diva who, after her husband—the egomaniacal Maesto Vito DeAngelis (Sills)—becomes enamored with his autobiography’s ghost writer (Chlumsky), decides to hire her very own (and handsome) ghostwriter (O’Connell). Sparks fly, silverware is thrown, and romance blossoms.The cast also includes Blake Hammond and Scott Robertson.  Related Showslast_img read more

Fall Fire Ant Killin’

first_imgFire ants have been laying low this summer, retreating to the cool of their homes deepin the soil. But as the days grow cooler, fire ants find renewed vigor.It may be hard to see the good news in reactivated fire ants. Active fire ants oftenswarm onto people who venture too close to their nests. They inflict many stings at oncethat can fester and stay painfully inflamed for days. But there’s good news, said University ofGeorgia expert Beverly Sparks. Simply put, fireants are easier to kill in the fall.”Fire ants are both closer to the soil surface and more actively foraging for foodwhen daytime temperatures are between 70 and 85 degrees,” said Sparks, an Extension Service entomologist with theUGA College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.Both traits are important. If you’re using a contact or drench insecticide treatment ona single fire ant mound, Sparks said, it’s critical to do it when the queen and brood areclose to the surface. And if you use any kind of fire ant bait, you have to put it outwhen the ants are foraging for food.Actively foraging ants will pick up a bait and carry it into the nest within minutes,she said. That’s important. If the ants don’t find the bait quickly, it will become rancidand unattractive to them.”If you put a bait out when it’s too hot or cold,” she said, “it’s justgoing to sit there.”The window for treating fire ants in the fall is narrow, though. As the fall deepensand winter drops temperatures below the ants’ ideal range, they move back down in theirnests and become less active again.Sparks said treatments to get rid of fire ants vary greatly, hinging on specific needs.County Extension agents have the expertise, she said, to suggest the best treatments forindividual situations.Just call the Extension office and explain how many mounds you have and where they are.The county agent can tell you which of the many treatments would be best for you. Red Imported Fire Antlast_img read more

Mt. Sinai Man Killed Ex’s New Boyfriend Before Killing Himself, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Mount Sinai man fatally shot himself after allegedly gunning down the new boyfriend of his ex-girlfriend outside of a bar in Port Jefferson Station on Sunday night, Suffolk County police said.Michael Skiadas confronted his ex-girlfriend, Jessica Kasten of Lloyd Harbor, and her new boyfriend, Frank Panebianco of Mount Sinai, both 28, as they were leaving Long Island Pour House on Patchogue Road at 11:20 p.m., police said.When an argument broke out, Skiadas walked over to his Jeep that was parked nearby and pulled out a shotgun, police said.One of the group of friends that Kasten and Panebianco were with, 32-year-old Jack Schneider, tried to calm down Skiadas, who hit Schneider in the head with the gun, police said.Kasten and Panebianco tried to drive away northbound on Patchogue Road, when Skiadas allegedly ran toward their car and fired two shots, hitting Panebianco in the abdomen, police said.Skiadas then returned to his vehicle and fatally shot himself, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.Panebianco and Schneider were taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, where Panebianco was pronounced dead and Schneider was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Kasten was not injured.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

Financial Services subcommittee to consider 3 CUNA-backed bills

first_imgThree CUNA-backed regulatory relief bills will be discussed by the House Financial Services subcommittee on financial institutions and consumer credit this week. The hearing, titled “Examining Legislative Proposals to Reduce Regulatory Burdens on Main Street Job Creators,” is scheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m. (ET).The CUNA-backed bills up for discussion are: the Preserving Capital Access and Mortgage Liquidity Act of 2015 (H.R. 2473), the National Credit Union Administration Budget Transparency Act (H.R. 2287) and the Taking Account of Institutions with Low Operation Risk (TAILOR) Act of 2015 (H.R. 2896).“These bills, combined with the other 17 bills the committee has approved this year, cut to the heart of the problem that credit unions face in the aftermath of the financial crisis with respect to regulatory burden,” said Ryan Donovan, CUNA’s chief advocacy officer. “Policymakers from across the political spectrum acknowledge that credit unions and small banks were not responsible for the financial crisis, but the public policy response to the crisis without question fails to recognize this seemingly indisputable fact.” continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Supreme Court rejects KPK’s appeal against not-guilty verdict for former PLN chief

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down an appeal filed by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) against a not-guilty verdict given to the former president director of state-run electricity company PLN, Sofyan Basir. Last year, the Jakarta Corruption Court cleared Sofyan of all charges in connection with bribery related to a coal-fired power plant (PLTU) project in Riau.“The appeal was turned down because according to the judicial panel, the judex facti, or decision made by the Jakarta Corruption Court, was correct in front of the law,” Supreme Court spokesperson Andi Samsan Nganro said on Wednesday as reported by kompas.com.According to Andi, the not-guilty verdict was the correct decision given that there was no evidence proving the involvement of Sofyan in the bribery case as stated on the indictment. Based on such findings, five panel-judges at the Supreme Court namely Sofyan Sitompul, Krisna Harahap, Abdul Latief, Leopold Luhut Hutagalung and Suhadi decided to turn down the appeal on Tuesday.”What was appealed by the [KPK] prosecutors has been proved based on facts and judged based on evidence,” he said, indicating that Sofyan was innocent.Read also: Supreme acquittalAt the time of writing, the KPK has not yet responded to The Jakarta Post’s requests for comments on the matter. A panel of five judges at the Jakarta Corruption Court on Nov. 4, 2019 cleared Sofyan of all charges in connection with a bribery case that took place within the Riau-1 power plant project — a coal-fired power plant (PLTU) project in Riau province. The KPK indicted him of organizing several meetings to accelerate the deliberation of the power plant project, which eventually led to a bribery scheme involving a businessman named Johannes Budisutrisno Kotjo and Golkar Party politicians Idrus Marham and Eni Maulani Saragih.Despite not having received any bribes himself, the KPK accused Sofyan of having knowledge about the illicit payments, thus demanded a five-year prison sentence and a Rp 200 million (US$ 14,144) fine for Sofyan.As the court argued that Sofyan had not broken any laws by accelerating the project’s deliberation, then-KPK spokesperson Febri Diansyah pointed out how “the judges did not consider the defendant’s role in accelerating the project by breaking some rules.” (trn)Topics :last_img read more

Cesc Fabregas reveals why he chose to join Arsenal over Manchester United

first_imgFabregas went on to become a hero at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Cesc Fabregas has revealed Arsenal’s ‘special style of play’ helped convince him to move to the north London club instead of Manchester United. The Spaniard came through at Barcelona’s famous La Masia academy, but decided to make the switch to the Gunners in 2003, citing boss Arsene Wenger as a major influence. Fabregas burst onto the scene after making his first-team debut at just 16 and went on to make over 200 appearances for the club. Speaking to the Arsecast podcast, he said: ‘I was also talking to Manchester United, because they were calling me and stuff like that but I just felt Arsenal was the club. It was the club. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘They’re starting to build something special, you could see they were winning, they had a special style of play that Arsene [Wenger] likes and we studied the situation and definitely Arsenal was the right move and the right club for me. ‘I felt it straight away. I didn’t even think about going anywhere else.’Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 24 Mar 2020 2:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link508Shares Cesc Fabregas reveals why he chose to join Arsenal over Manchester United The Spaniard won the FA Cup in 2005 under Arsene Wenger (Picture: Getty Images)Fabregas recalled the moment legendary former Gunners manager Arsene Wenger personally convinced him and his family to join the club.He added: ‘Arsene was on holiday, he was in Paris, he flew over to meet me. I didn’t know what to say, to be honest. They started talking to my parents and asking them things about when I was little and stuff like that. We were talking for about an hour. ‘They made a proposal – I went out of the room because I didn’t want to hear about it, I was not interested in money, I left it to my parents and the agent. After that they showed me everything at the training ground. ‘Everything about that day I remember as if it was yesterday. I was a little kid. At the end we all talk about trophies and great moments but for me that was a great moment that I will never forget. Everything about it was the dream move for me.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsThe Monaco midfielder also admitted he has regrets over his controversial exit from the Emirates Stadium, when he forced a move back to Barcelona.He continued: ‘That is one of those things I don’t feel well with it because I pushed my move in 2011. I did things I’m not proud of.‘But if I didn’t do it it would’ve never have happened. And it had to happen at that moment. I couldn’t have another year of “yeah, we played well, next year”.’MORE: Arsenal face stiff competition in race for Newcastle’s Matty Longstaff on free transferMORE: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta provides coronavirus update: ‘I have recovered’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

North Sea Link passes halfway line in Norway

first_imgConstruction of the longest subsea power cable in the world has now passed the halfway point. Nigel Williams, construction director for National Grid North Sea link said, The construction of the platform had an average of 25 people working on it over the course of 11 days. By 2021 the two parallel 720-kilometre cables between Cambois, Northumberland in the UK and Kvilldal, in Norway will have been completed. The operation is the first of its kind in this scale in Norway This will make the 1.4-gigawatt North Sea Link the longest subsea power cable interconnector in the world. Prior to cable-laying in Norway, the team had to maneuver the cable through a lake, inaccessible by a cable layer. The laying of the 2.8-kilometre parallel subsea cables took place from a 43 x 15-metre platform at up to 210 metres depths. “The engineering that has taken place to lay high-voltage cables below the seabed is remarkable. The platform held all the necessary equipment usually found on offshore cable laying vessels. It should also be operational by 2021, allowing the UK enough clean energy to power up to 1.4 million homes. “Nevertheless, we have powered through and remained on track with our project timelines.” Up next is to lay the cable out from the fjords in Suldal to the North Sea this summer. This work will be carried out throughout the remainder of the year. The cable-laying equipment landed on the platform, and within 12 hours, it loaded 150 tonnes of cable on board. This operation in Suldalsvatnet, marks the start of the cable laying on the Norwegian side. “The difficult terrain, the depth of the waters, and all in amidst of operating during a pandemic has made it extremely challenging. Instead, the team have transported materials piece by piece to build their own custom-made floating platform. The North Sea Link, a joint venture project between National Grid and Norwegian system operator Statnett, is a subsea electricity cable that will connect the UK and Norwegian electricity grids. last_img read more

Bulldogs Get Wins On The Diamond Against Lions And Eagles

first_imgBulldogs Slide Into A Blow-Out Win Over RushvilleBatesville had all cylinders firing on offense on Thursday, winning big over Rushville 8-1.In the second inning, the Bulldogs got their offense started when Travis Lecher singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run.Batesville tallied four runs in the sixth inning. The rally was led by a triple by Trey Heidlage and a sacrifice fly by Calvin Sherwood.Caleb Raab led the Bulldogs to victory on the hill. He allowed four hits and one run over seven innings, striking out seven and walking one.Adam Sizemore took the loss for Rushville. He lasted three and two-thirds innings, allowing four hits and three runs while striking out one.The Bulldogs had eight hits in the game. Lecher and Sherwood each racked up multiple hits for Batesville. Lecher went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Bulldogs in hits. Batesville didn’t commit a single error in the field. Seth Gausman had the most chances in the field with nine.The win makes Batesville 13-10 overall and 8-4 in the EIAC. This puts Batesville in a current share of first place in the conference as we head to the final week of the season.Two Pitchers Work Together As Bulldogs Shuts Out Jac-Cen-DelThe Bulldogs defeated Jac-Cen-Del 4-0 on Saturday as two pitchers, Lane Oesterling and Casey Werner, combined to throw a shutout.The Bulldogs opened up scoring in the second inning, as Caleb Raab hit a solo homer.The Bulldogs allied three runs in the fourth inning. Batesville put the pressure on, lead by singles by Shane Meer and Travis Lecher, and a groundout by Trey Heidlage.Oesterling was the winning pitcher for the Bulldogs. He allowed one hit and zero runs over four innings, striking out six and walking one. Werner threw three innings in relief out of the bullpen. Werner recorded the last nine outs to earn the save for Batesville.Miles McAdams took the loss for Jac-Cen-Del. He lasted three and a third innings, allowing seven hits and four runs while walking one.The Bulldogs racked up seven hits. Caleb Raab, Lecher, and Cooper Williams each racked up multiple hits for Batesville.The win is the eighth straight for the Bulldogs and takes their overall record to 14-10.last_img read more