Radhika Nagpal approved for promotion to tenured full professor

first_imgHarvard President Drew Faust has approved Radhika Nagpal for promotion to the role of full professor with tenure at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).Nagpal, the Thomas D. Cabot Associate Professor of Computer Science at SEAS and a core faculty member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard, heads the Self-Organizing Systems Research Group in the study of collective behavior in biological systems and how such behaviors can be applied to computing and robotics.Her research draws on inspiration from social insects and multicellular biology, with the goal of creating globally robust systems made up of many cooperative parts. Nagpal also investigates complex biological systems through mathematical and computational models. Discoveries in these areas have applications in computer networking, robot swarms, and sensor networks.A study by her Self-Organizing Systems Research Group recently resulted in the Kilobots, tiny, inexpensive robots that are designed as a tool for understanding complex, distributed systems. The Kilobots’ design allows researchers to manage large numbers of the tiny bots, where previous research was limited to smaller numbers or computer simulations.Nagpal completed her S.B., S.M. (1994) and Ph.D. (2001) in electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She came to Harvard in 2003 as a research fellow in the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School and remains an affiliated faculty member of that department today.Nagpal is a recipient of the  2010 Borg Early Career Award and the 2007 National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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first_img Adam Jiang ’17 (from left), Eileen Feng ’17, museum installer and art handler Elizabeth Sirrine, and Audria Amirian ’18 study a woodblock from the collections. Audria Amirian ’18, a concentrator in economics and government, brought a critical eye to the prints. Andreas Vandris ’18 (from left), Michael Perez ’17, and Rohan Pavuluri ’18 make their own woodcuts. Photos by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer A different perspective Cynthia Gu ’19 examines the collection of prints. center_img Adam Jiang ’17 compares his woodblock to his woodblock print. Lily Lu starts with the monkey’s face.Sitting in the Materials Lab in the Harvard Art Museums, the freshman holds the pink rubber block firmly in place while pressing a skew chisel along the primate’s pre-printed image. The tool glides into the soft material with ease, and Lu moves quickly to the body.“I didn’t expect a lot of hands-on stuff in the class,” said Lu. “I thought I’d only be reading and writing. Being able to interact with the materials brings an extra understanding to these pieces of art and how they came to be.”That duality — putting art literally into the hands of students while also putting it into historical and experiential context — is at the heart of “The Art of Looking,” and has helped make the class the most popular of the three Framework Courses developed as part of the Humanities Project at Harvard. The courses — “The Art of Listening” and “The Art of Reading” are the others — are in their fourth year.“Looking” drew 215 applications for 105 spots this spring, prompting Framework co-creator Robin Kelsey, Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography and chair of the Department of History of Art and Architecture, to reflect on its early success.“This course gives students a chance to think differently about the visual technologies that permeate their lives,” he said. “It brings humanistic thinking to where the students already are, and through a series of experiential encounters, takes them somewhere new.”He added, “There’s a tendency in our culture to think that looking is a natural act that requires no training. But looking is structured by technologies, habits, and expectations.” Kelsey’s plan for his weekly 90-minute lectures is to bring historical awareness and contextual experience to 13 technologies that have transformed visual communication. He wants students to ask big questions such as: “Why the oil painting — which culture decided it was a good form?” and “How did maps change the way the world was seen?”The group led by head teaching fellow Matt Gin to the Art Museums on a recent Wednesday was largely made up of science concentrators intent on deepening their understanding of how to look with a critical eye. The session in the Materials Lab built on a recent Kelsey lecture on woodcuts.Audria Amirian, a concentrator in economics and government, used a V-shaped chisel on her monkey shape, finding the work “pretty therapeutic.”“In what way?” Gin asked.“I guess the texture,” she answered. “I’m not sure. You don’t even have to try much. It’s the same effect of coloring. It’s similar to the adult coloring books all my roommates have.”At the nearby printing table, Adam Jiang hand-rolled a print of his carving. The junior, who is concentrating in biomedical engineering, had broken away from the assigned monkey shape to carve his own design of a penguin, a favorite from family art projects.Jiang, who signed up for “The Art of Looking” at the suggestion of his girlfriend, Eileen Feng, said the class has given him “a different perspective” on the world.“Science is why things are. You know why air flows so fast from a series of equations or problems. This gives you a good sense of what is framing it. Engineering is often missing the ethical or human component.”After an hour of cutting and printing their miniature creations, the group moved to the Art Study Center, where a curator had set out more than 30 fine art woodblocks and ink prints, including a early 16th-century woodcut of a rhinoceros by Albrecht Dürer and a Winslow Homer engraving titled “The Army of the Potomac — Our Outlying Picket in the Woods.”After spending a few minutes observing all of the objects, the students picked individual pieces for longer, in-depth study. Jake Hummer found himself captivated by Gustav Kruell’s “Francis James Child,” a woodblock portrait of the 19th-century Harvard scholar.“Almost every hair is drawn,” Hummer said.Gin nodded, adding: “It’s good you have a magnifying glass because you start to see different textures on the page that come from woodblock printing.” The students moved along the wall to view a series of small engravings used as bookplates, and a group of Japanese prints with translucent elements reflecting the influence of Western optical instruments in Asian art starting in the mid-1800s.“Next week we’re going to look at a single painting for an hour,” Gin told the students. “You’ve warmed up your looking muscles.”last_img read more

Botticelli painting sells for $92 million at auction in NYC

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — A small painting by Sandro Botticelli has sold at Sotheby’s in New York for $92.2 million, an auction record for the Renaissance master. The painting, “Young Man Holding a Roundel,” depicts a young nobleman holding a round painting of a saint. It is one of just three portraits in private hands by the artist best known for “The Birth of Venus” and “Primavera.” The seller was the estate of the late real estate billionaire Sheldon Solow. Two bidders competed for the painting at Thursday’s livestreamed auction. Sotheby’s did not disclose the identity of the buyer.last_img read more

Colombian Catholic Church Wants Direct Dialogue with the FARC

first_imgBy Dialogo July 08, 2009 I agree in that they shouldn’t make a “show” of this case, sirs, they are human beings, remember that you pay very harshly for the mistakes committed in this world. Have a little pity. They are human lives; they aren’t an old shoe dust rag. Use it instead to shake out the hatred and resentment in your souls. Colombia, don’t give in to shameless murderers such as FARC. Bogotá, 6 July (EFE).- The Colombian Catholic Church today asked the head of the FARC, “Alfonso Cano,” to engage in a direct dialogue that would make it possible to reach an agreement on the exchange of hostages for captured guerrillas as a prelude to peace negotiations. The archbishop of the city of Tunja, in the center of the country, Msgr. Luis Augusto Castro, indicated in the context of the annual meeting of the Colombian Bishops’ Conference that the Church wants “to be able to talk to them face to face, personally and not just accompanying them.” “This is a direct message and a message that I hope they hear soon, because it seems to me that it would be a very good thing to be able to have a dialogue,” the prelate said. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) indicated in a statement issued last week that they would hand over a member of the military wounded in combat, about whom no one had had information, along with Cpl. Pablo Emilio Moncayo, and that they would accept the presence of the Catholic Church at the release of the two hostages. The general secretary of the Colombian Bishops’ Conference, Fabián Marulanda, said for his part that the release of hostages cannot be made into a “show.” “This should not be made into a spectacle,” Marulanda emphasized. Kidnapping and violence in Colombia will be the central topic of the meeting of the ninety members of the upper clergy of the Catholic Church in Colombia, which began today and will conclude on Saturday. The FARC said more than two months ago that they would hand over army soldier Pablo Emilio Moncayo to opposition senator Piedad Córdoba, but the Colombian president, Álvaro Uribe, is opposed to the legislator’s presence. President Uribe insists that he will not permit the subject of the release of the twenty-three hostages in the hands of the FARC, whom the guerrillas hope to exchange for their comrades held in Colombian and U.S. jails, to be used for propaganda or for an electoral “show.”last_img read more

Scottish court rules that tenant can escape lease

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ISIF’s Irish portfolio beats global fund on returns in H1

first_imgSince inception in 2014, the overall return was 2.3% at the end of June 2018, it reported.Rather than aiming solely for wealth creation, ISIF has a “double bottom line” objective, whereby it targets investment returns as well as economic impact.By the end of June 2018, ISIF reported a total of €3.8bn of committed capital, which it said had unlocked an additional €6.6bn from co-investors, leading to a total of €10.4bn in capital commitments.The ISIF welcomed the finalisation of its investment strategy review, which it said “takes account of the risks that may be posed by economic overheating and the appropriateness of ISIF’s investment mandate given our current economic performance”.The fund’s double bottom line mandate is not being changed in the review, but in the light of strong economic conditions, it is now to focus on priorities to support “Project Ireland 2040” — a national development plan unveiled in February.This new focus is directed at five key themes: housing, indigenous industry, regional development, Brexit, and climate change.ISIF’s total fund value was €8.7bn at the end of 2017. The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) suffered a 1.3% loss on its global portfolio of investments between January and June, while its Irish portfolio made a positive 2.7% return in the period, according to its update for the first half of the year. The sovereign development fund also detailed plans for a strategy rejig in the report, which will see the ISIF shifting its domestic focus to five key themes from now on, away from its hitherto general cross-sectoral approach to investment in Ireland.Overall, ISIF, which was born out of the former National Pensions Reserve Fund, made a 0.3% loss on investments in the first half of this year when returns from the global portfolio and Irish portfolio are combined.In the full year 2017, the fund made a 4.3% overall investment return, composed of a 4.1% gain on its global portfolio and 4.5% on the Irish portfolio. last_img read more

China and Ethiopia exchange cultures

first_imgChina has been boosting cultural exchange programs in African countries in recent years.One such was recently held in Ethiopia – and this language learning exercise had a competitive edge.CCTV’s Maria Galang has that story for us.last_img

Balram five-member team for GMR&SC Endurance meet

first_imgBALRAM Auto Mechanics has organised a five-member team for this weekend’s Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) Endurance meet 2017.According to team leader Balram Ramdeo, the team will send two Toyota Starlets, one Toyota 212, one Toyota Corolla and one Honda Civic.According to Ramdeo, “We are attempting to pick up some more silverware to end the year on a high. We are going to be competing in several categories on Sunday.”“We’ve got several good drivers lined up for the weekend and there are a lot of guys who we are going to be up against us as well so we want to make the strongest impression,” he added.Meanwhile the club has indicated that all systems are in place for the race meet Sunday with all the relevant safety requirements covered.Apart from the usual two-hour event, there will be five-lap races around the small track to ensure that persons get a full day of activities.The three classes that are up for contention in the two-hour long drive are the 1500cc class, 1600cc – 2000cc class and the over 2000cc unlimited division.The event begins at 13:00hrslast_img read more

Syracuse tries to replicate game plan for lethal Washington scorer Kelsey Plum

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 2, 2016 at 9:15 pm Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds INDIANAPOLIS — Before Syracuse’s first-round game against Army, the Orange used its prior experience against Washington to prep for the Black Knights point guard. The Black Knights’ Kelsey Minato, the seventh-leading scorer in the country, was a dynamic scorer just like UW’s Kelsey Plum, the third-leading scorer in the nation.Two weeks after beating Army by 17, Syracuse will face Plum and Washington again. Except this time, it’s in the Final Four with a trip to each teams’ first-ever title game on the line.And defending an evolved Plum, who is averaging 25 points in seven postseason games, is right at the top of the Orange’s game plan.“You can say, ‘Hey it’s nothing new,’ but players get better throughout the season,” SU guard Brittney Sykes said. “She has been coming in really really clutch for her team, as she should being the player that she is.”No. 4 seed SU (29-7, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) faces No. 7 seed Washington (26-10, 11-7 Pac-12) on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. in Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Plum scored 19 in the first meeting between these teams, but the rematch comes as both teams are playing their best basketball of the season. The Orange’s full-court press and half-court zone defensive combination has flustered opponents throughout the first four games of the tournament while Plum has capitalized on teammates spacing the floor better.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile Cornelia Fondren said the game plan to defend her is still the same as it was for the first game, which the Orange won by four, SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said he would consider going to a box-and-one or even a triangle-and-two to defend Plum if her shooting stroke heats up.“Defending Kelsey Plum, that’s it,” Hillsman said of the biggest challenge defending Plum. “She’s an amazing scorer. You have to find her early in transition and you have to really stay in front of her. She’s a really crafty guard.”Similar to Minato, who SU held scoreless in the first half, Plum can be deceptive. The point guard can score from anywhere on the court, Fondren said, and being a lefty, too, adds in another wrinkle to remember on defense.Despite her impressive scoring ability, the 5-foot-8 Plum doesn’t stand out much.“That kid looks like 90 percent of the other kids walking down the mall,” UW head coach Mike Neighbors said. “If you saw her shopping, you wouldn’t know she was Kelsey Plum. … She just looks like every kid else that’s out there.”Plum said playing teams later on in the season that use their athleticism to pressure ball-handlers like Arizona State and UCLA has given the Huskies some prep for Syracuse. But this week, UW hasn’t been able to use the men’s practice players it uses when practicing at home.Since the Orange’s defense is different than most teams and it can’t be simulated in practice, it’ll come down to in-game adjustments, an area Neighbors said he lost to Hillsman the last time they played.And Hillsman knows how much that coaching matchup could come down to Plum.“She’s just a really good player and you have to make sure you have someone guarding her at all times,” Hillsman said. “When she’s in the shooting area, she’s a threat.” Commentslast_img read more

3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 89-79 loss to Georgetown

first_img Published on December 14, 2019 at 3:32 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+ WASHINGTON — One week after tying its best offensive output of the season, Syracuse lost 89-79 to Georgetown on Saturday afternoon in Capital One Arena. Buddy Boeheim, who didn’t score in the first half, led all scorers with 25 points while Elijah Hughes added 21. For the Hoyas, sophomore guard Mac McClung scored 26 points while center Omer Yurtseven added 19 points and nine rebounds. Below are three takeaways from the Syracuse (5-5, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) loss. A zone with holes The obvious soft spot in the Syracuse zone, the high post area, was exploited to no end on Saturday. Georgetown repeatedly hammered the ball in between the top two men of the zone with a bounce pass. From there, the options were plentiful and all of them led to points. A Hoyas player, sometimes a streaking guard in Terell Allen, would either pull up for a jump shot, or force the defense to collapse around him. Wherever the pressure came from, the Hoyas sent the ball in that direction for open 3-pointers or easy buckets from the wing. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGeorgetown finished 11-of-25 from 3-point land including a 4-of-5 start to the game that boosted its first half scoring.When the Orange attempted to mount a comeback late in the second half, they shifted to a full court press, a defense Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim has noted in the past is not a strength for this team. The ball whipped through the mid-court, with nothing but a Syracuse foul stopping the charing Hoyas. The plays often ended with a few passes and a Yurtseven dunk or Hoyas free throws.Big MacGeorgetown separated from Syracuse at the end of the first half behind a string of points from McClung. The 6-foot-2 guard ran free in the fast break for several layups off Syracuse turnovers. Then, as Georgetown possessed the ball with less than 10 seconds remaining, McClung pulled up from beyond the arc with a Syracuse defender in his face and swished a 3-pointer. With his tongue hanging out of his mouth and fans screaming, McClung looked toward the bench and pointed down on the court in celebration. In need of helpThroughout the first half, Syracuse just needed another scorer. As he’d done against Georgia Tech, Hughes scored seemingly at will, hitting turnaround and mid-range jumpers, and 3-pointers, when Syracuse needed baskets. But through one half of play, Elijah Hughes had 18 points and no other Syracuse player had double-digit points. While Hughes kept Syracuse in the game, no other Orange player helped push past Georgetown. The misses came from several areas, and sometimes were mishaps before the ball went toward the basket. On one play, Howard Washington threw the ball to where he though Joe Girard III would be – but wasn’t – and the pass sailed out of bounds. On another, Buddy committed an offensive foul. A couple Girard drives to the basket resulted in turnovers and not the fouls the Syracuse bench pleaded for. In the second half, Buddy’s shots started to fall. He converted on 7-of-13 3-pointers, many with a defender in his face from the wing. What started as a Hughes shooting brigade turned into an offense finding ways for Buddy to score.But by the time Syracuse found its scoring touch, it was too late. The press was weak and Georgetown couldn’t be stopped.  Commentslast_img read more