9th Grade HonorsChristian AdamsJulianne AffanatoEmily BatastiniLogan BloomsteadJulia BornhardtBrittany BroomellAbigail BroschardMichael CalabroTaylor CarrKevin CatanosoChanhi ChhethTasfia ChowdhuryMatthew ChoyIsabella CiteraRyan ClarkMadison CompareBryce CoxGiovanina DeLucaAllison DiAngelisJulia DiPietroKillian DoughertySamantha DragonBrianna FerraraValerie GalderisiAnthony GarreffiAlbert GarrettShannon GillAlexander GorskiAbigail HackettBrooke HandleyDara HennessyAlexandria HoffmanMatthew HolmesThomas HulseAliyah KellyAnna KellyLuciano KeyesMadison KitchenMark KolmerRobert LaneMatthew LashleyAlexandra MartinSabbatino MarzianoSabrina MarzianoTaylor MasonElizabeth MayKaylin McAndrewsDanielle MenchenEvan MonteithMegan MontemurroValentina NeelyChristopher NeyNicole NunanAbbygayle O’BoyleKyle O’ConnorMatthew OleksiakAleva ParkerJuana ParralAndrew PensaLogan PierpointCaroline PizzanoAlexandria PursgloveOlivia QuinnDevon RaabScott RedmondChristopher RicchiMiriam Rosario-VegaJordan SabatinoGrace SaccoJason SchiavoneSarah ShannonAlexandra SharpNoah SicienskyBrianna SnyderGrace SteeleTorre TeiseMatthew TorrenceMadeline Walker HughesForest WanRachel WrightSamantha WrightStellanie YiannosKuang Young 12th Grade HonorsPeter AndersonAlexandra AuberzinskyChristopher BarhamLiza BarrickDanielle BaruffiSusan BaumgardnerElizabeth BeattyGeorge BeckertJenna BeeseAnne BestKeith BopfFrancis BradyNoah BromheadSavannah BrueyLaura ByloneJennifer CampbellJulie Ann CampbellMelissa CappolinaTyler CarrollRyan CaseyRachel ChainSarita CharapChenda ChhethJulie CusackLeah DaviesConnor DeanKatherine DelgrandeDominic DiGiacomoEric DillenbergerDaniel DonatoSamuel DurhamDanielle EganMarissa EshelmanDaniel FieldIsabelle FrascellaCooper GallagherRaymond GonzalezSkylar GreenTara HadamJoshua HandshawWhitney HannaBrooke HoffnerJasmine HolderAlexander JonesMeghan KellyJulianna KingJulianna KuemmerlePaige ManjrawalaJustin MasonCorinne MaterazziRachael MatouschKyle McGurkErin MeehanGina MelilloConstance MeyerGeorge MeyersEmma MurphyJacob NewsomeShaun O’ConnorRobert OhlsenJoshua OlandtSamuel PalomboVictoria PapazacharisSamantha ParksJamie PattonEllen PfeifleWilliam PizzanoCharles PooleJustin PriceTaylor PriceShawn RossettiAllison SchadMegan ShonePaul StantonRaquel StarkAustin StrohNoel StyerMadeline SzaboAlexandra TeiseDeanna TerrazziniShawn TiernanJonathan VineyardAnthony VitaglianoAlyssa WalkerAlicia WaltonSha-Quan WesneyGrace WigglesworthHayley WilliamsFrank WoolleyRachael Young 9th Grade Distinguished HonorsPatricia AbenanteHiba AhmadRialee AllenAlyssa AltieriBradari AltmanJany AndersonMichelle ArdilesAmanda AttiyaLinda AvilaMatthew BaldiniHanna BannerKatelyn BarbutoMichael BeebeGarret BenvenutiElizabeth BlankleyCourtney BodenschatzLiam BradleyFiona BreslinJoshua BrookKimberly BrownNicholas CanusoSara CaraccioloBenjamin CardwellChelsea CarlosMia CaucciTrisa ChakrabortyLeigh Anne ClarkeSydney CouvalJack CrowellRosalia DaddiJacob DavisSamantha DeRobertisFelicia DillonAndrew DonoghueMatthew EdwardsNicholl FentonSebastian FineLaura FithianSadie FordAustin FoxSarah GardnerIsabella GilhooleyJane HadleyJulia HansenJacey HansonAnthony HavensThomas HenryJulia HerringtonKeani HindleSamantha HorowitzPaul HowellMadison HuntJohn IaconelliJanae IsaacsAshley JamisonWilliam JohnsonEmma KellyPatrick KistlerSarah KrajicekNicole KramerDawson KuhnSean LaneAlison LawnCourtney LeonardGiuliana LeottaSarah LuceyMadeleine MartinelliOlivia MartinelliHolly McCrossonRylee McDonnellVictoria McHughMatthew MetzlerMadison MontaneroAllison NovasitisAmanda NunanAshley OgurekThomas OlandtAlexis PaoneAlyssa PasciulloMackenzie PearceSamantha PeaschekMorgan PfauPhoebe PrettymanDevon PunthrangkulJulie ReevesJohn RiordanKyle RumakerMichael SaulJared SchiavoneBrooke SegichNicole SeitherJasmine ShamAlyssa ShifflerJenna SiederCasey SigmundJacob SimoneJacob SmithMeredith SteeleGeorge SwensenAndrew TomainoNatiya TrzeckiDaniel WalshNicholas WilliamsKasey YunghansTaylor Zeides 10th Grade Distinguished HonorsMadelyn AdamsCaitlin AldridgeJordan AllegrettoJustin AngelastroJoshua ArnoldNicholas ArtymowiczNoah AungstLogan AvenaCharity BeckertEmma BergmanTucker BirminghamClare BlumbergKate BlumbergCaitlin BondSamantha BornhardtSeona BoyleOlivia BriggsCassidy BuchHarlee CancelosiFrancis CaseyJoshua ChildsZacharey ChopekJoseph CliffordAnna ColbertWilliam CundiffPatrick CusackThomas CusackLauren DavidsonChase DevlinMark DoughtenNickolas EiseleDominique EvansGregory FischerCaroline FranksAnnabelle GartnerEnrique GaytanBrigit HadamRobert HambyTaylor HazlettJeffrey HoffnerSean JamisonJulie KampfFrances KaneJason KeilJuliana KemenoshPaul KenneyMichael KimballAaron KingSydnee LisaDanielle LLoydTravis LongstaffPatrick ManleyRebekah MartinChristopher MasusockBrendan McClureEdward McLaughlinKatelyn McLaughlinShannon McLaughlinAlexa MealeyLiza MilovJenna MonaghanRyan NewellSarah OlandtShannon OteriBrett PalmerAshlyn PetroWilliam PhillipsNicole PiergrossBrooke ProctorCarolyn ReadeAlexis RiddioughJonathan RozeOlivia RumbasWilliam RuszkowskiEmily RuthEmily RutterMolly SalmonsenRyan SaulDonald-Jan SchroderMegan SmockShane StackScott SteinbergLauren StevensColin StewartSophia TaleseJustin TrowbridgeNatalie VisoMinh VuJeremy WestAnya WhitesideKelsey WilliamsKevin YangBridget YoungRachael ZeidesAllison ZelinskiSusan Zennario 11th Grade HonorsZachary AltieriZachary ArcherDavid BalicKimberly BarnesRussell BelzCori BermanMadeline BradyGabrielle BreazealeCree BrownZachary BusamLucia CasalenoBianca CisterninoMadeline CrowellElizabeth CunninghamNicholas DagrosaAshley EdgellHannah EilerRachel FosbennerKatilynn FosterCarlo GallelliAmbrosia GibboneyLara GiezaYuri GiezaJonathan GiftRyan GivensMaggie GrimesJeremy GrundKelly HannaScott HoganNicholas HornickKyle HoweyKrista IannoneElizabeth KazanjianMatthew KennedyGretchen KeyserAllyson KlingerBrian KupersteinMaya LawsYeoryia LemoniotisKelsey LovetteRosa MartinezAmanda MartynSteven MayPatrick McCarronKyle MillarAnna MyersTatiana NeelyAlexxa PastoreEmily PensaMcKayla PerryLauren PhiferRebecca PiotrowskiChristina PorrecaLauren PrettymanBrianna RamosSamantha RavelliSara RedmondRosemary ReidyErin RundallMelissa ScottArianna SegichAndrea SharpPierce ShellhornSamantha ShuldeSamantha SleisterJessica SykesPhilip TrapaniHenry WeigelGabriella WyandZachary ZellersMatthew Zennario 10th Grade HonorsMadison AndersonScott AndrewsAlyssa BellucciKaitlyn BlairKirsten BlairMadelyn BradwayHannah BromheadMarc BroskyDylan CallowayAlyssa ChainEdward CorcoranSarah CorderyShane CummingsChristopher DelgrandeJoseph DelgrandeLouis DiLuzioNicolas DiMarcoTrevon DornEthan DourisFrederic DubbsHallie DuBruilleJeffrey EdwardsKyle EdwardsKiersten EstelleMaria FarnanDominic FiorentinoNicholas FlukeyFiona FlynnMarissa GiardinaDarby GrantDavid GreenwoodNicholas GuidoLily GusemanSarahjane HehreNathan HollowayMadison HowellClifford HysonBraedyn KistlerMackenzie KitchenDavid LavertyAsa LittlefieldAlexandra LoveOlivia MackJohn MazurieMaureen McLaughlinDante MonteleoneSean MooneyAdam MyersEvan NathanKevin O’BrienRyan OberlyEvan OlivaDustin OvesOrsalia PalapanisGabrielle ParrattoPatrick PawlingTucker PerkinsKatelyn PiorkowskiWilliam PooleFiona RichmondIsabella RitzelErica RollsJacklyn RomanoErica RushEvan SchmeizerFayelyn ScioliJohanna TerrelsFranklin TutelianHaley VernonDominique WaltersJason WarnerKevin WitasickThomas Zigner 12th Grade Distinguished HonorsMaham AhmadRenata AltimariMina AmjadiSarah AndersonNina BachichMichael BarrettCarly BensonIsabel BenvenutiVictoria BerglundKevin BirkCaroline BowmanSean BowmanAine BoyleKeri BroadleyDevon BryLauren BurchJonah ButlerPatrick CarrNicole CastagnoliErica CatanosoHannah ChildsSabiha ChowdhuryAlexandra CosteOlivia CraigJacqueline DavisJeremy DilksAlexis DiMercurioTheresa DonlevieKyrstin EbertWilliam EiseleJayme EstadtShannon FarrellAimee FerenzBridget FlynnKaitlyn FoxZachary FoxAlexia FrenchChristopher GorskiJustin GoucherJee-Anna GraeffWilliam GrahamGriffin GrimesSarah GriswoldParker GuarigliaAngela GuidoElias GusemanTaylor JacksonErica JohnsJohn KaneJoseph KeyesEmily KnightLeah KornbergGloria LaboyAmanda LeonettiNicole LibbeyRobert LokkenErika LorenzAbigail LyonsMadison MackFlavia MartinezChristopher MateerOlivia MeloyJessica MounceKathleen MurrayLauren NorburyGianna NorwoodRebekah O’BrienEvan OchlanMelissa PaganoLouis PaoneStephen PashuckHadly PattersonShelby PetroLaura PomeroyCarolyn PrevitiMarie QuiaoMadelyn RaabNicole RenteriaCarly RoeckZachary SakenaTaylor ScanlonAlexander SchoedlerJordan SedottiLana SharpMargaret ShifflerNicole ShifflerMichele SnyderApril SteinLauren SutherlandCourtney ThernJoshua TibbittsLauren VetterKieran WalshErica WatsonKevin Wiesner Congratulations to the following Ocean City High School students who made honor roll for the second marking period of the 2013-14 school year. Students receiving “Distinguished Honors” earned a weighted grade-point average of 3.8 or above. “Honors” students earned a 3.3 to 3.799. 11th Grade Distinguished HonorsAdina AhlstromAmber AngelucciMatthew AromandoLucas BakerRyan BeebeBrooke BlumenstockJustin BoothKarissa BourbeauLauren BowersockEmily BreedNoel ButlerEdward CarterSavannah CarterDana CatesMaliha ChowdhuryTeresa CiteraKyle ConradMichael DaddiAllison DalyMatthew DaquilaMaria DattiloJenna DelVescioFiona DevineSean DoughertyJulia DragonAnna ElmerJoseph FerrilliBenjamin FischerAnnamarie FreedmanAntonio GentiliniKevin GillBriarRose GinnCatherine GleasonEmily GrantMadeline GreaserMacKenzie GreeneRaquel GreshamMercy GriffithEpiphany GrisbaumZachary HackettBrandon HadtkeChristian HeistAlec HelmMalia HindleBenjamin JargowskyAusten JohnsonDean JonesAugustus JurasinskiKira KellyJacqueline KerAllison KirkpatrickMadison KnappSarah LauxSean LauxJamie LeaSofiya LebedevaEmma LeedsDaniel LoggiHannah LuceyKristin MarshallPatrick MartinLuke MartinoThomas MateraChristian McDermottLaura McKinleyLauren McNallyAlison MilesAbigail MontemurroCorey MounceStephanie MurrayErin MyersJoHannah NewmanMary NeyCollin NobleMacy OteriEvan PearceAmy PhillipsRobert PhillipsMiranda RauschKristina RedmondKristi RohrerJared SavinoLogan SchettigMiranda SchumacherJustin SmithKayleen SnyderNoah SpearRachael St ClairRachel StremmeJamie TaylorDevon TerwilligerJessica TherrienNathaniel TrofaMaura TwiggsMatthew UnsworthChristina UrbanMikayla UtleyMary WagnerDanielle WalawenderShannon WallaceLindsey WanCelena WhiteZachary WilliamsIvan YangMason YeagerSean YeatsCaliope Yiannos
Phil Lesh has finalized the details for the “Summer Kick Off Party!” at Terrapin Crossroads‘ brand new Backyard Stage. The show will feature three sets of music starting at 1pm, and will showcase an impressive group of musicians rounding out Phil’s “Friends.” Sets one and two will feature Teresa Williams, Larry Campbell, Luther & Cody Dickinson, and Jason Crosby.Set three will be a recreation of one of Phil’s favorite outdoor Grateful Dead performances from the Summer of 1988. This final set will find Phil reconnecting with former Furthur pal John Kadlecik on guitar, along with Scott Law, Scott Guberman, Cody Dickinson, and Ezra Lipp.This summer celebration will take place on Sunday, June 12th, and more details and ticket info can be found here.
Check out a full gallery of images below! Last weekend marked the return of Frendly Gathering to Windham, VT, bringing along a number of incredibly talented artists to the pastoral location. The festival featured headlining performances from Twiddle, Big Gigantic, Trevor Hall, Turkuaz, Givers, Ballroom Thieves, and Moon Hooch, each bringing their own unique musical flavor to the jam.Watch Twiddle’s Mihali Savoulidis Jam With Big Gigantic At Frendly Gathering [Pro-Shot]Of course the lineup didn’t stop there, as artists like Monophonics, Son Little, Marco Benevento, Sinkane, Cabinet, Eminence Ensemble, Kitchen Dwellers and more made this a weekend to remember! You can relive the musical magic with these great photos by Dave DeCrescente Photography, and be sure not to miss Twiddle’s inaugural festival Tumble Down coming to Burlington, VT’s Waterfront Park from July 29-30, with Twiddle, Nahko & Medicine For The People, Turkuaz Cabinet, Holly Bowling and Kitchen Dwellers! More information can be found here.Check out the photos below. Load remaining images
GAZETTE: Even amid those challenges, there are efforts happening across the University to address the pandemic. Can you speak to some of the collaborations and work happening with Harvard scholars and experts from around the world to try to tackle the coronavirus?BACOW: One of the very first things we did, well before it was clear that the coronavirus was going to be this extraordinary crisis for our nation, was to develop a collaboration with our colleagues at the Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Health. This is a major scholarly collaboration based at Harvard Medical School and run by Dean George Daley that engages all of our teaching hospitals, along with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, faculty in other parts of the University, and our colleagues at MIT, BU, the Broad, and the Ragon Institute. It also engages people in the life sciences industry here in Massachusetts. Harvard is at the center of this activity, focusing on developing rapid diagnostic tests, which are critical for how we manage this crisis going forward, and new vaccines and therapies. I’m incredibly proud of the way that our faculty, our graduate students, our research staff, our colleagues in industry and in the hospitals have all come together so quickly to focus all of the resources that Harvard and its neighbors can muster to try to address the challenges created by COVID-19.GAZETTE: What has Harvard’s engagement with Cambridge, Boston, and the state been like through this process?BACOW: We’ve been working with the city of Cambridge, the city of Boston, and the state to try to be helpful in a variety of ways. A number of our individual Schools, for example, tried to make resources available to assist in homeschooling. I can’t say enough good things about what our Graduate School of Education has done in this area. We also made the Harvard Square Hotel available to first responders and health care workers who may not be able to travel easily back and forth to their homes, in part because they fear infecting their own families. And we have made additional facilities available in Boston and Cambridge for the same purpose. We’ve collected personal protective equipment from our laboratories and made it available to area hospitals for health care workers who are still trying to take care of sick people in an environment in which personal protective equipment has proven scarce.There was a recent article in the Harvard Gazette that details the variety of other ways that we have been trying to work with the state and our local communities.Our alumni around the world have also been terrific in offering their assistance. We’ve had a number of them help to arrange shipments of personal protective equipment from different countries that’s now being distributed and made available through the governor’s good efforts to ensure that the supplies go to where they’re needed most.GAZETTE: With the economy in such disarray, how are you thinking about the endowment and future payouts?BACOW: We are looking at literally every expenditure within the University. The deans and the vice presidents are all working with us at the moment to limit spending and to ensure that that we are coming into alignment with what we know are going to be diminished sources of revenue. We’ve already spent a lot of money that we would not have otherwise in helping students go home. We are rebating room and board for students throughout the University. We have seen a decline in continuing and executive education revenues — a precipitous drop. So the immediate effects are significant already. And then we’ll see what the market delivers to us in endowment returns going forward.The good news is that we anticipated that at some point we would face a recession. We were cognizant of the fact that we were already in the longest peacetime economic expansion in history. Several years ago, we began planning for the next recession. We didn’t know when it would come, but we knew that it would arrive at some point, and so we created a recession playbook, produced by our financial planning staff under (chief financial officer and Vice President of Finance) Tom Hollister’s guidance, with the participation of all of Harvard’s deans and vice presidents. We also tried to make sure that we understood the lessons of 2008 so that we could be better prepared the next time around. We took measures to ensure that we had more liquidity than we had going into 2008. We built reserves. All these things will help cushion the impact, but the impact will still be felt. The city of Cambridge and the city of Boston have already put restrictions on construction projects right now, so construction on the campus is on hold at the moment. Lots of things are going to be delayed, and there will be belt-tightening across the board. Campus Services VP Meredith Weenick on Harvard’s work to prevent the spread of disease and help students move out on a tight timeline Harvard scientists take various approaches in the race for a treatment for the deadly coronavirus University community rallies to deal with COVID-19 crisis The collective effort Managing the coronavirus exodus from campus Related GAZETTE: Looking backward, when did the University start monitoring the coronavirus?BACOW: In early January, Harvard University Health Services started paying attention to what was going on in China. We have students from China, and we have a fair number of faculty and staff who travel to China for their own scholarship, so we started monitoring what was going on there. We also started issuing advisories to members of our community who were returning to campus from China on the steps they should take to ensure that they remained healthy. Then we started issuing advisories discouraging travel, first to China and then broadening that to other hotspots throughout the world as they became apparent.We were very, very attentive to what was going on. We were also in close contact with the members of our own faculty and staff, some of whom are among the world’s foremost experts in infectious disease, virology, epidemiology, public health. And they themselves were in contact with their colleagues in China and in other parts of the world, and started advising us on the risks we were facing going forward. We very quickly started convening a crisis-management team to follow these events and to start doing some preliminary planning. Katie Lapp convened that team, which engaged the administrative deans, the vice presidents, and others from environmental health and safety throughout the University to start planning and thinking about what we might do if we saw this virus, both in the Boston area and especially if we saw it on our campus. Giang Nguyen, the director of Harvard University Health Services, also quickly put together a scientific advisory group. We have also been blessed to have Alan Garber, a physician as well as an economist, as our provost. Alan has published scholarly papers on the management of pandemics. So we drew upon a tremendous amount of expertise in trying to prepare for this virus and to make some intelligent decisions along the way.GAZETTE: Harvard was one of the first institutions to de-densify its campus and transition to online learning, and there was some pushback at first. Can you talk about that decision-making process?BACOW: Our thinking was driven almost entirely by a handful of considerations. One was just looking at the spread of the coronavirus, both in China and then in Italy and Spain, and trying to learn from the experiences of those countries. Second, it was driven by modeling, which we and others did, which suggested that, if this virus was as infectious as we thought it was and as dangerous as it appeared to be, we could face a very real crisis going forward. At that time, we believed that young people were less at risk than the elderly or those with pre-existing conditions. More recent data suggests, at least in the United States, that you’ve got a higher incidence of severe illness in young people than in some other countries. So we were looking at that. We were observing what was going on with a few cruise ships near Japan which function effectively as petri dishes and imagining what would happen if we got an infection in our dormitories where students live in close proximity to each other.With spring break coming up, we were concerned that if we did not act quickly our students would disperse and likely come into close proximity with other young people in various parts of the world, and that when they returned to campus we could face a full-blown outbreak here. So we thought it was important to act before students went on spring break and we mobilized resources very quickly. Our Harvard University IT department under Anne Margulies [vice president and University chief information officer] quickly geared up to be able to get everybody on Zoom, to start educating faculty on Zoom, and to make sure that we had the IT infrastructure to sustain teaching in large numbers and having meetings on Zoom. Similarly, our vice provost for advances in learning, Bharat Anand, and his colleagues started to assemble resources to quickly educate faculty in online teaching. Each of the deans worked tirelessly with their faculty and staff to prepare. They are the real heroes of this process. And then we issued a notice to students that we were going to ask those who could move out to do so and not to return to campus after break, and that we were going to move all teaching online.I knew that we would be criticized by some for possibly acting prematurely. But there was a point in this process where we watched the incidence of cases in Massachusetts over a four-day period go from, I believe, 13 to 28 to 42 to 91, which is clearly an exponential growth rate, albeit from a small base. It was a growth rate that had been repeated in almost precisely the same pattern in every other country that was a week or two ahead of us. So there were flashing red lights. And I quickly realized that the cost of being wrong was asymmetrical. What I mean by that is that if we acted prematurely, as some thought we were, then we would inconvenience many, and we would probably squander a lot of resources. But if we waited too long to respond, that cost was likely going to be measured in human life. And so the decision actually wasn’t that difficult. Implementing it was. But the decision to tell students to leave and to not return and to transition to online learning seemed pretty clear. We also recognized that by acting quickly we might make it easier for other institutions that were faced with similar decisions, but without access to the same expertise that we were blessed with, to act quickly as well.GAZETTE: How do you feel the University went about supporting students and others in the transition?BACOW: Obviously, we were asking a lot of students and others in our community to move so quickly, and people across the entire University pitched in to help. It was a mark of the strength of our community that individuals volunteered to assist students as they moved out. We also tried to provide financial support to help students with travel, storage, and other expenses. Staff in the College worked day and night, literally, to implement this decision and to address issues as they arose. They had thousands of questions to answer and problems to solve. Around 6,000 of our undergraduates moved out in five days or so.We have had to quickly make a transition to online teaching and learning, and it’s also a transition for everybody working remotely from home, with very few exceptions. We’re so grateful for those members of our community who are looking after the students still in residence. We are really grateful to our employees who are continuing to make sure that our buildings are safe and secure. Everybody has been touched by this crisis. I’ve been really encouraged by the willingness of both our faculty as well as our students and all the people who are supporting them to, almost on a dime, master the technology necessary to teach online. There’s been so much goodwill on the part of people willing to learn new ways of teaching and learning.GAZETTE: In your experience as Tufts president, is there anything you can compare this to?BACOW: I lived through the 2008 financial crisis, and there are certainly some similarities between this crisis and that one, but also some important differences. The big similarity is that each one affected the economic environment in which we operate. And, in each case, we saw a decline in our endowments. In each case we are seeing a likely decline in philanthropy in the short-term and a decline in corporate and foundation support.We will also see an increase in the demand for financial aid for our students. We’ve seen great anxiety among our employees, faculty, and staff, as well. And in each case we’ve also seen the community really respond positively, with people working hard to help out others less fortunate. That’s been very heartening.This crisis is much harder than 2008 because it affects our ability to deliver on our core mission. We are a residential research University, and right now we basically cannot have students in residence. And the capacity of our faculty to deliver on our research mission is at the moment compromised because we’ve had to shut down our libraries and archives, and most of our laboratories and facilities that actually support our scholarly work, so there are challenges here that we never faced in 2008. “I recognize that I’m not going to get everything right. But rather than try to do everything perfectly and be paralyzed by uncertainty, I think it’s important to be able to act, and act decisively.” GAZETTE: Challenging times demand tough decisions. What is it like, as the leader of Harvard, to have to make such difficult calls? Are there examples from history that you draw on?BACOW: This is a time when I actually think it’s helpful to have been through some things like this before. At one point during my 10 years at Tufts, I made up a list of about a dozen crises of different sorts that I had to deal with, ranging from 9/11, which occurred 10 days into my presidency, to a major power failure in Medford that forced us to operate the university for eight days without any electricity, to the financial crisis of 2008, to getting sick myself in 2004 and being hospitalized multiple times in a six-month period.I think having been through all that gives me some perspective. I sometimes say that one of the challenging things about being a university president is that all the easy decisions get decided before they get to you. That means that almost every decision I get to make is a 51/49 decision — if I’m lucky. Sometimes it’s 50.0001 versus 49.9999. The no-brainers have all been decided previously. So I’m used to having to make tough calls.It helps to have been through challenging circumstances in the past. I’m also blessed with fabulous colleagues who help me understand the consequences of different choices. And then, like any other person, I just try to do the best that I can do. I recognize that I’m not going to get everything right. But rather than try to do everything perfectly and be paralyzed by uncertainty, I think it’s important to be able to act, and act decisively. And when you need to engage in error correction, to do that quickly as well.GAZETTE: What are the implications for higher education as a result of the pandemic? Are there any silver linings?BACOW: Even the darkest clouds have their silver linings. We’ve seen a lot of wonderful work on behalf of so many people from across the University trying to help others less fortunate. These efforts don’t surprise me, but it’s still wonderful to see. We’ve also seen both faculty and students experiment with new ways of teaching and learning, which I suspect will have long-term consequences for us. I suspect many of us have realized that we don’t need to travel nearly as much as we once did to attend meetings. Many of those meetings can now be held using technology — that will help us reduce costs and also reduce our carbon footprint. I also think we have realized people are immensely flexible. And while we all miss the social environment of being together and working together, people are still finding ways to be very, very productive from home. As we look forward, I hope we can build more flexibility into how people work at Harvard. That’s going to have long-term benefits as we think about how we organize work, not just within the University, but throughout society.I also think some of the relationships that have been forged between institutions that are collaborating now to address the challenges posed by the coronavirus will prove durable as well. I just look at how we’re working with some of our colleagues in China right now, not just at Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Health, but at other Chinese universities. I suspect we’ll build off those relationships going forward. So I think that there are going to be many positive benefits. That said, I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.GAZETTE: Is there a message you’d like to convey to the Harvard community, recognizing that the full impact of the crisis is yet to be felt?BACOW: First of all, I would thank people for their patience and for their flexibility in adapting to circumstances that none of us have ever lived through. I would also ask people to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. So many people are working so hard right now across the University, working nonstop trying to address a dizzying array of questions, of uncertainties, and we know it’s inevitable that we’re not going to get everything right. We haven’t gotten everything right today. But people have worked really, really hard to adapt and to adapt quickly in the face of new information. I would hope that people would trust their colleagues and trust that the institution is going to do the best it can possibly do. And I would hope they know that when we make mistakes, we’re going to try to correct them as quickly as possible. And then we’re going to try to take on yet another new set of challenges, because the challenges are not going to go away. They’re going to be with us for some time to come. The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Students from Chan School are helping to boost the volunteer public health workforce Administrators, professors detail many and varied ways Harvard is trying to help, including offering use of hotel by Cambridge first-responders, health care workers A multipronged attack against a shared enemy Harvard to help track the virus Harvard students, alumni, faculty, and staff from the nationwide ‘To Serve Better’ project reflect on how coronavirus is affecting their communities Harvard President Larry Bacow announced in an email to the Harvard community on March 24 that he and his wife, Adele Fleet Bacow, had been exposed to the spreading coronavirus. More than a week after they began working from home and limiting their outside contacts, both started experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19. Now recovered, he shared their experience with the Gazette.Q&ALarry BacowGAZETTE: How are you and Adele feeling?BACOW: We are feeling much better. We were very fortunate. We never experienced any of the respiratory problems that sent so many people to the hospital. For us, this felt a lot like the flu. Not fun, but certainly not life-threatening, at least in our case.GAZETTE: What were your symptoms?BACOW: We both started off with a cough and then that progressed to having a fever and chills. I also had whole-body muscle aches. Everything hurt. I felt like I was 120 years old almost overnight. And then lethargy — just how you feel when you have the flu.GAZETTE: What was going through your mind when you learned you had both tested positive?BACOW: Well, we’d been very, very careful, and I was a little bit surprised, in truth, because Adele and I had not seen anyone except each other for close to 10 days before we started experiencing symptoms. We were completely isolated in the house. One reason we had taken such precautions is because I live with an autoimmune condition that makes me very susceptible to any kind of infection. In fact, some people questioned why I actually got tested. It’s because I’m immunosuppressed. So I was at risk. And when we tested positive I thought, “This is going to be interesting.”I was also worried about being able to discharge my responsibilities. When I was at Tufts, I had gotten quite ill in 2004 when my autoimmune condition was first diagnosed, and I had had to take a month off of work. I realized that I needed to look after my own health. I wasn’t good to anybody if I wasn’t healthy. But beyond that, I realized I also had to give others permission to take the time they needed to recover if they got sick. So when I tested positive, I tried to model the behavior I would hope to see in others by being a good patient and doing what I was supposed to do. And I’m fortunately blessed with a great team. They didn’t miss a beat and filled in behind me and just kept everything moving forward in my absence.GAZETTE: Were you able to do any work at all, or were you off the grid entirely?BACOW: As president, you are never completely off the grid. I was looking at email, although not terribly responsive to it. I would have one call a day with Patti Bellinger, my chief of staff, and with Bill Lee, senior fellow of the Corporation. And I would receive daily reports from both Katie Lapp, [executive vice president and chief administrative officer] and [Provost] Alan Garber. And if I needed to, I would talk to them by phone as well.GAZETTE: What kind of response did you get when you let the Harvard community know in an email that you and Adele were sick? BACOW: We must have received a thousand responses, from students, faculty, staff, and alumni, in some cases from all over the world. We were both quite touched by the response.What was a little strange was lying in bed sick watching CNN, if I recall correctly, and having them report on me being sick. That was a bit of an out-of-body experience. Once it made the national news, we started hearing from old friends and family from around the country and around the world.GAZETTE: What are you doing to keep yourself occupied during this social isolation? Have you been binge-watching anything or reading anything in particular?BACOW: It’s a struggle just to keep up on email. I haven’t really had a chance to read anything for pleasure. In the irony department, our son and daughter-in-law and two granddaughters called us up a few weeks ago. They live in New York City. They were working remotely and wanted to know how we would feel if they came up and lived with us during this experience. We said, “Of course, we’d love to see you.” Well, they literally drove up here the day the two of us came down with our first symptoms. They have been in the house and we’ve been FaceTiming them and engaging in social distancing. The big distraction is having our 2½-year-old granddaughter and our now 8-week-old granddaughter with us. We hope as we emerge from the other side of this in a few days that we’ll actually be able to play with them. That will be our distraction.GAZETTE: Now that you are feeling better, what is a typical day like for you working from home?BACOW: Since I’m just recently recovered, I’m not sure I have a real routine yet. I have not started exercising again, but that is something I hope to do in the next week. I’m still trying to take it easy because I’m getting my strength back. So, for a typical day, the first thing I do is look at email that came in overnight. And then usually I have a series of phone calls and Zoom meetings, like everybody else. Sometimes those are calls with my direct reports. I’m checking in with the deans and the various vice presidents. I’m also talking to public officials. I’ve had phone calls with the governor, and officials in Cambridge, Boston, and in Washington, D.C.I’ve also been talking to my presidential peers. The Ivy League presidents have been in close touch largely via email, and I have also spoken to a number of them by phone. I make a point of speaking to MIT President Rafael Reif regularly, and I have spoken to a number of other presidential colleagues in the area. I’ve also been in touch with [former Harvard presidents] Drew [Faust] and Larry Summers. So, I try to reach out to people who either have previously dealt with situations like what we’re dealing with now, or because they’re dealing with them in real time.I’ve been on calls with the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts, and the American Council on Education. Last weekend we had the governing boards meeting on Zoom. We had a full meeting of the Board of Overseers and a meeting of the Corporation. “With spring break coming up we were concerned that if we did not act quickly our students would disperse and likely come into close proximity with other young people in various parts of the world, and that when they returned to campus we could face a full-blown outbreak here.”
Keri O’Mara Last Monday, the Supreme Court called the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to revisit its earlier ruling on Notre Dame’s case against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Notre Dame’s court case, which the University initially filed in May 2012, asks for an exemption to the mandate in the Affordable Care Act that requires that employers provide their employees with access to birth control.University spokesperson Paul Browne said the 7th Circuit Court previously denied Notre Dame’s request for a temporary restraining order regarding the mandate, which Browne said violated the University’s religious tenets by requiring participation “in a regulatory scheme to provide abortion-inducing products, contraceptives and sterilization.”“Notre Dame continues to challenge the federal mandate as an infringement on our fundamental right to the free exercise of our Catholic faith,” Browne said.Associate professor of law and political science Vincent Muñoz said the Supreme Court’s decision is promising, although there is still much to be decided on in court.“The Supreme Court ruling certainly makes it more likely that Notre Dame will receive a more accommodating [decision] than has been previously offered, but how exactly HHS will adjust the law in light of Notre Dame’s recognized legal protections is yet to be determined,” Muñoz said.It is not uncommon for the Supreme Court to allow a lower court to reconsider its previous ruling on a case without approaching the case directly itself, political science professor Rick Garnett said.“This [decision] does not necessarily mean that Notre Dame will prevail, but it is a good sign,” Garnett said. “At the very least, it is a welcome development that the lower court opinion, which contained inappropriate asides and unnecessary rhetoric, is vacated.”Garnett said Notre Dame’s case against HHS bears resemblance to Hobby Lobby’s case in 2014, in which the Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby was not required to provide contraception to its employees because of its religious objections. However, there are some differences between the two cases, he said.“Notre Dame’s case is different [from the Hobby Lobby case] in the sense that, first, the University is a non-profit with a clear religious character and, second, the precise actions being compelled by the government are different,” he said. “That said, the basic form of the arguments is the same. In each case, the claimant is saying that a particular government action imposes a substantial burden on religious exercise and that the burden is unnecessary and therefore unlawful.”Those following the case should remember that Notre Dame is not arguing that the HHS mandate is unconstitutional, but that it violates a particular statute, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), Garnett said.“It is probably not unconstitutional for the federal government to require employers like Notre Dame to provide the coverage in question,” he said. “But, the Act provides increased protection for religious liberty and religious objectors and — in my view — the best arguments lead to the conclusion that the mandate violates the Act.”Law professor Orlando Snead said the Supreme Court likely called on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to review its previous decision because the original decision was not in line with the RFRA.“RFRA prohibits the federal government from restricting religious freedom unless it does so for the most compelling reason imaginable and by following the least restrictive means to accomplish this purpose,” Snead said. “Whatever one might think about the government’s purposes in maximizing access to contraceptives and drugs or devices that the FDA labeling suggests might function by causing the death of a newly-conceived embryo, it is clear that there are less restrictive and coercive ways to accomplish this goal than to compel Notre Dame to facilitate such access by modifying the operation of its health plan.“Accordingly, my judgment is that the HHS mandate fails the careful balancing test established by RFRA.”Tags: Circuit Court of Appeals, HHS Mandate, Orlando Snead, Paul Browne, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, RFRA, Supreme Court, Vincent Muñoz
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Stock ImagePENN YAN — Saying a television spot by Congressman Tom Reed defames her character, Tracy Mitrano, is filing formal complaints with two federal commissions and sending cease and desist letters to media sources running the ads. A Reed spokesman called Mitrano’s action “politics as usual.”Mitrano said the campaign is filing formal complaints with the Federal Election Commission and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and it will send cease and desist letters asking stations to stop airing it on grounds of defamation of character.Mitrano said the ad describes Mitrano as anti-police.“Extrapolation is not a defense to defamation. Truth is,” said Mitrano, “There is no truth to his claim.” If it were a legitimate quote, Reed could have cited its source, she said. But “he has no notation on the commercial or anyplace else, because it does not exist.”“Tracy Mitrano’s frivolous and baseless legal maneuvering is nothing more than a desperate attempt to hide her dangerous record on law and order. Her own words as clearly cited in all advertising make it clear that she does NOT support law enforcement officers and that she supports cuts to police funding. Her false accusations are just politics as usual and once again prove that voters can’t trust Tracy,” said Reed campaign spokesman, Matt Coker.The ad claims that Mitrano “refused” to condemn this summer’s riots in Rochester. Mitrano says no one ever asked her to do so.“Do I condemn vandalism and violence in my hometown? Yes. I lived in the city during the riots in the 60s. I condemn it unequivocally and completely,” Mitrano said.
It’s Friday, and you know what that means: It’s time to work on your Quincy Jones impression! (It’s the best way to impress Barbra Streisand.) In the meantime, here are the Lessons of the Week. Find out how Sutton Foster lets everyone know she’s a badass, discover the new must-have instrument for Tony-winning composers and more below. Lesli Margherita, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kristin Chenoweth, Sierra Boggess, Patrice Covington & Sutton Foster(Photos: Emilio Madrid-Kuser, Bruce Glikas & Caitlin McNaney) Sutton Foster Knows She’s a BadassWe already know Sutton Foster is a badass, whether she’s screlting in a bob or selling her panties on TV Land. You know who else knows? Sutton Foster. The Younger star created a piece of art with that particular moniker, and it hangs in her apartment. What a perfect way to remind yourself: you are badass; you are so badass; it’s unbelievable how badass you are. How do you say that in French, Sierra? Sierra Boggess Is Bringing Christine HomeWhen you’ve already done Phantom of the Opera in Vegas, on Broadway and in London, Paris might just be another notch in your belt (sorry, your head voice). But what about singing it in French? Sierra Boggess will play Christine once again later this year, and this time, it requires her to parlez français. Just remember: Vous êtes assez, vous êtes très assez. Il est incroyable comment vous êtes assez. Even Dressers Go on Vocal RestEvery now and then, Broadway’s best go on “vocal rest” to preserve their instrument for the stage. Over at The Lion King, however, even the dressers—like Shannon McDowell—go mute. Tshidi Manye (who plays Rafiki) insists McDowell be silent, because if she makes her laugh, it’ll ruin her intricate stage makeup. It’s no fun to sing “Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba” with smeared makeup. Orfeh Just Can’t Wait to Be KingOrfeh may have earned a Tony nomination for belting her brains out about Ireland, but now she wants to return to the Broadway stage and sing about England. The one-named sensation admitted to straight-up begging Lin-Manuel Miranda to let her play King George in Hamilton. We can hear it in our heads now—and it could totally work. She’s riffing royalty, so she may as well be crowned as such. Queen Lesli Will Not Advance to GoWe all want Lesli Margherita to return to Broadway, but if you dare typecast her, go directly to jail. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. Queen Lesli heard about the Monopoly musical that’s in the works, and no, she is not interested in playing Community Chest. Oh, well. At the risk of typecasting others, though, we’re still hoping for Annaleigh Ashford as the dog, Jefferson Mays as the top hat and Kristin Chenoweth as Short Line R.R. Patrice Covington Is Timeless to…HerThis week, we got to know Patrice Covington, who brings an impossibly high voice to The Color Purple as Squeak. She discussed her vocal inspirations, her first stage memory and more, but what was most surprising was her true age. According to Covington, she’s 100,000 years old. Needless to say, she looks amazing, but we’d also love to see her take on a more age-appropriate role. Like Mae Tuck. Or God. Ricky Ubeda Needs a Feline Henry HigginsThe cast of Cats looks like they’re having a lot of fun prancing around the rehearsal studio, but unfortunately, a certain Jellicle is having trouble with his lines. Because of his Miami accent, Ricky Ubeda pronounces “Deuteronomy” (as in “Old Deuteronomy”) with a heavy liquid U. Ricky, why don’t you just ask you resident Liza impersonator? We hear she has a song that might make things easier. Hitmakers Love TambourinesMove over, Andrew Lloyd Webber! There’s a new composer going ham on the tam(bourine). After ALW’s jam sesh at the Tonys, Lin-Manuel Miranda followed suit at the latest #Ham4Ham show with Rory O’Malley and (be still our hearts) Aaron Tveit. We don’t want to speak for a certified genius or anything, but we think we just found the one thing keeping Hamilton from being perfect. You’re welcome, Lin. Don’t Give Diana DeGarmo GumSpeaking of Hairspray, if you ever end up playing Penny, start practicing those gum-chewing skills now. The Marvelous Wonderettes’ Diana DeGarmo recalled her Hairspray days, and how she was so bad at chewing gum that she would occasionally spit it out onto other people. We hope DeGarmo wasn’t campaigning for Violet in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. At least not without some more practice. Cheno’s Reaching for the Crown…AgainHey there, teenage Baltimore: a certain pocket diva (her words) is joining Hairspray Live! Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth will take on the role of Velma Von Tussle—”Miss Baltimore Crabs”—for the NBC telecast. Like Lesli as Community Chest, though, it’s a little on the nose, as Cheno herself was once crowned Miss OCU and was second runner-up Miss Oklahoma. Hey, if the tiara fits, right? View Comments
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ET EnergyWorld.com:Renew Power, India’s largest clean energy firm, plans to double its portfolio of running plants and projects under implementation to 10,000 MW in five years, an ambitious growth plan that has cheered its major investor Goldman Sachs.The expansion would require an investment of Rs 40,000 crore to Rs 50,000 crore, going by the average cost of projects in the industry, although the company did not share financial details. Project economics vary across the country, depending on the cost of land and the intensity of sunlight or wind.Sumant Sinha-led Renew Power’s aggressive expansion is part of the growing corporate interest in the sector in which Gautam Adani is also expanding his presence with the aim of becoming the world’s biggest renewable energy company with a capacity of 25,000 MW.“This year despite the impact of Covid-19, the government has been actively bringing out new bids in the renewable energy space and companies have responded enthusiastically,” Renew Power chairman and managing director Sumant Sinha told ET.Goldman Sachs holds 48.6% stake in Renew Power and has backed the company for a long time. Renew Power has also raised debt and equity from other major global investors including Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, JERA and Global Environment Fund. Since its inception 10 years ago, the company has seen foreign direct investment of over $1.4 billion from various investors.Renew already has the country’s largest operation capacity of 5,600 MW, which along with capacity in the pipeline adds up to 10,000 MW.[Shashwat Mohanty]More: Renew Power plans to double power generation capacity to 20,000 megawatts in five years India’s Renew Power looks to double installed green power portfolio to 20GW in five years
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Norway’s Equinor and its partners at Gullfaks and Snorre fields off Norway have decided to explore the possibilities of supplying the Gullfaks and Snorre fields with power from floating offshore wind. This could be the first time an offshore wind farm is directly connected to oil and gas platforms, Equinor said on Tuesday.The project forecasts a reduction of CO2 emissions by more than 200,000 tonnes per year, equivalent to the emissions from 100,000 cars.Equinor said it has performed an extensive study evaluating which oil and gas installations on the NCS are suited for power supply from a floating offshore wind farm. The company came to the conclusion that the Snorre and Gullfaks fields in the Tampen area in the northern North Sea are the best match for realizing this idea.Equinor’s executive vice president for New Energy Solutions, Pål Eitrheim, said: “Reducing the use of gas turbines by supplying platforms with power from floating offshore wind is a challenging and innovative project. It may also facilitate new industrial opportunities for Norway, Equinor and Norwegian supply industry within profitable renewable energy, while enabling oil and gas production with low CO2 emissions. The Hywind Tampen project is contributing to further developing floating offshore wind technology, reducing costs and making the solutions more competitive.”The solution to be further explored is a wind farm consisting of 11 wind turbines based on Equinor’s floating offshore wind concept, Hywind. The 8 MW turbines will have a combined capacity of 88 MW, and are estimated to meet about 35% of the annual power demand of the five Snorre A and B, and Gullfaks A, B and C platforms. In periods of higher wind speed this percentage will be significantly higher, Equinor said.Equinor’s executive vice president for Development and Production Norway, Arne Sigve Nylund, stated: “I am pleased that the partnership has managed to mature this from an idea to a concept choice. In order to maintain profitable operations on the NCS in the long term, it is essential that we do our utmost to further reduce the carbon footprint from our activities. The Tampen project will make a considerable contribution to the industry’s ambition to reduce CO2 emissions on the Norwegian continental shelf by 2.5 million tonnes per year from 2020 to 2030.”Expenditures of NOK 5 billionThe preliminary capital and development expenditures of the project totaling about NOK 5 billion (about $600 million), and the project aims at further cost reductions. The industry’s NOx fund is today confirming to provide up to 566 million NOK in investment support for the project.In addition, Norwegian authorities have through their offshore wind strategy and Enova opened for financial support for innovative offshore wind projects associated with the oil and gas industry. The Snorre and Gullfaks partners have applied for support from Enova’s program for full-scale innovative energy and climate measures to realize the project.“The partners have now made a concept choice for an offshore wind farm tied in to the two fields. This is still a groundbreaking and challenging project that requires optimization of the technical solutions and further cost reductions before the partners can make a potential investment decision,” says Equinor’s project director, Olav-Bernt Haga.The seven Snorre and Gullfaks partners in the Tampen area in the North Sea will now mature the project towards a possible investment decision in 2019.Partners in the Gullfaks license are Equinor, Petoro, and OMV (Norge).In the Snorre license, the partners are Equinor, Petoro, ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Norway, Idemitsu Petroleum Norge, DEA Norge, and Point Resources.Map of Gullfaks and Snorre; Source: Equinor