HUL launches extensive ‘Contagion’ collection

first_imgThe Harvard University Library (HUL) Open Collections Program recently launched Created with support from Arcadia, the new collection, titled “Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics,” brings carefully selected historical materials from Harvard’s renowned libraries, special collections, and archives to Internet users everywhere.The collection includes more than 500,000 pages of digitized books, serials, pamphlets, incunabula, and manuscripts. The goal is to contribute to the understanding of the global, social history, and public policy implications of disease and to offer important historical perspectives on the science and public policy of epidemiology today.“Contagion” is the third online library collection developed by the Open Collections Program since the program’s inception in 2002.In developing “Contagion,” the program has been guided by a distinguished committee of Harvard faculty members, including:Allan Brandt, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Amalie Moses Kass Professor of the History of Medicine, and professor of the history of science, Harvard Medical SchoolKatharine Park, Samuel Zemurray Jr. and Doris Zemurray Stone Radcliffe Professor of the History of Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS)Charles Rosenberg, professor of the history of science and the Ernest E. Monrad Professor in the Social Sciences, FASBarbara Gutman Rosenkrantz, professor of the history of science emeritus, FASRosenberg describes the new collection as “A wonderfully accessible and invaluable tool for the scholar or student at any level. It demonstrates not only that we need to think about disease and its history, but that we can think with it — about society and its values, about government, and about changing ideas. It was an honor to have been associated with this innovative project.”last_img read more

Widespread Panic Returns To The Birth Of The Blues To Open Two-Night Run At Mississippi’s Brandon Amphitheater [Recap]

​Widespread Panic returned from a month-long hiatus to resume their musical conquest in Brandon, Mississippi on Friday. Picking up right where they left off from their performance at New Orleans Jazz Fest last month, Widespread set up the first show as part of a two–night run at the spacious Brandon Amphitheater.The outdoor venue, which holds about 8,000 fans, is located a mere two hours’ drive from the Dockery Plantation and the infamous crossroads of Highways 61 & 49 in Clarksdale (more on the Clarksdale crossroads later). At the Dockery Plantation, the slaves plucked guitars and made music and arguably created the earliest derivative of the blues genre. Charley Patton, Henry Sloan, and “Son” House became the influential teachers to a second generation that consisted of notorious bluesmen Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, and Pops Staples.Related: Widespread Panic Announces Acoustic Performances In Nashville, Halloween Shows New OrleansWith the weather ominously threatening from a distance, the musical six-piece machine opened the show Friday with the scorchin’ original “Little Kin”–the opening track off their Ain’t Life Grand album. The band hit the ground running with a tumultuous introduction and the audience reveled in the unrivaled energy being emitted from the stage. Dave Schools provided assistance on vocals grounding the jam until Jimmy Herring took his first flight into overdrive.Schools kept his bass foundations strong as he introduced infamous bluesman Willie Dixon’s “Weak Brain, Narrow Mind”. Dixon was born an hour away from Brandon Amphitheater in Vicksburg, MI, and John Bell effortlessly channeled his localized spirit and grit. As Dixon’s notes faded out, Sonny Ortiz and JoJo Hermann dueled until Herring revealed “Pleas”, which both warmed the audiences’ hearts and warded off the looming clouds with JB’s desperation “Don’t let it get too dark!” Jimmy Herring took a quantum leap through the universe with a sizzling guitar solo as Duane Trucks kept up the percussive rhythms masterfully.  A short but sweet tribute to Dr. John emerged in the form of a transitional jam with JoJo Hermann teasing the well-known melody of “Such a Night” before delving into a swarming “Greta”. In the immediate aftermath of the legendary voodoo musician’s death passing earlier this week, it was only a matter of time before their tribute was felt and heard.  “Greta” wasn’t “no flowerchild” as JoJo took lead vocals with JB and Schools on supporting vocals. As is tradition, Schools–along with the show’s raucous audience–provided the animal sounds, including dog howls, buzzing bees, and otherworldly manifestations. Herring was “in a fighting mood” as he carved ancient hieroglyphics into the heavy stone tablets provided by Schools.Schools kept his diabolical plot at work beginning with a sweet improvised jam with JoJo that evolved into a “Stop-Go” tease with the whole band getting down. Following the jam, Bell painted a vivid picture of the Antebellum South with the piano-laden original tune, “Cotton was King”.The piano licks continued, introducing the lyrical tongue-twister “Time Zones”, co-written by Jerry Joseph. Returning to the roots of the blues, JB crushed a nasty performance of Pops Staples’ “Hope in a Hopeless World” with each member of the band stepping up to bring new meaning to an old tune.The dirty Mississippi blues kept rolling with a finger-licking good cover of Robert Johnson’s “Me and the Devil Blues”, which to many in attendance was the highlight of the entire evening. Johnson’s song was written about his personal experience after leaving Dockery Plantation and meeting the devil at the crossroads of Highway 61 and 49 in Clarksdale, where, as legend has it, he sold his soul in exchange for virtuoso guitar–playing abilities. JoJo destroyed this song with his whirlwind fingers weaving an unholy cloth from his piano loom. John Bell was perfectly creepy with the haunted vocals of a soulless man being dogged around by the devil.  The poster for the evening captured the legendary moment of Robert Johnson as the band annihilated its own artful interpretation.To conclude the first set, Widespread Panic covered their Georgian brethren’s “Makes Sense to Me”, written by Daniel Hutchens of Bloodkin. JB took some creative liberty in the changing the lyrics “The way I feel these days / I’d rather have a gun than a crutch” to “I’d rather have some love than a crutch.” As another nod to their surroundings, JB also changed the lyrics “I was talking to a black man from Mississippi.”Returning from set break, Panic kept the pedal to the floor with a bass-heavy rendition of The Meters’ “Ain’t No Use”.  It’s well-known that Schools credits George Porter Jr. as one of his biggest musical influences, and his bass-playing does justice to his mentor’s song. JB traded his funky swagger for a feeling of homesickness as he described a father racing home to see his family on the holidays with a crushing “Papa’s Home”. The tune juxtaposes a slow pace and heart-wrenchingly desperate tone with a saucy, fast-paced section of frenzied determination. Papa came home–and after a lengthy transition–ended up in the bouncing rhythms of “Old Neighborhood” before JoJo brought yet another tale to life from Mississippi’s murky historical depths with “1×1”.  JoJo’s lyrics described the 1939 collapse of a section of I-80 over Clear Creek and subsequent rescue attempts by the mythical “Sugarman”.Keeping up with the theme of “grabbing each other’s collar & rising out of the water,” JoJo’s organ blazed the way into the second Jerry Joseph song, “Climb to Safety”. As if the night couldn’t get any better, the rolling drums of “Diner” gave the audience vittles and nourishment for their souls with an extra serving of JB’s quick-witted raps. The band transitioned into the instrumental “Party at your Mama’s House” with a “Do What You Like” jam interwoven inside. Returning to the ancient lineage of Mississippi blues, JB electrified throughout the second Robert Johnson cover of the night with a cascading “Stop Breaking Down” before rounding out the set with a glorious “Holden Oversoul”.After a short break, Widespread Panic returned to the stage to perform the third Jerry Joseph tune of the night, another lyrically intricate masterpiece in “Chainsaw City”. This “Chainsaw City” was drawn out and built patiently in its customary reggae style. The tune even featured an on-stage appearance from Steve Lopez, the band’s tour manager on percussion, and was featured as a solo encore for the first time since the summer tour of 2015 in Lewiston, NY (6/16/2015).Jimmy Herring remained in peak form throughout the end of the second set with him and JoJo in competing for M.V.P. of the evening. It was a homecoming of sorts for JoJo, who moved to Oxford, MS and lived thereabouts for several years before meeting his bandmates in Georgia. Though it is hard to choose one stand-out band member as each individual contributes whole-heartedly to the amalgamation of sound with each playing their own unique role in the build-ups, breakdowns, and sudden changes of pace and momentum.All in all, when Widespread Panic returns to the South–especially the deep south–they always play a show that is true to their roots and overwhelming with intensity and focus.  The band will finish off their two-night stay in Brandon, MS on Saturday, and you can bet your last dollar that it won’t be one to miss.For a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to Widespread Panic’s website.Setlist: Widespread Panic | Brandon Amphitheater | Brandon, MS | 6/7/2019 Set One: ​Little Kin, Weak Brain Narrow Mind (Willie Dixon cover), Pleas > Greta^ > Cotton Was King#, Time Zones, Hope In A Hopeless World (Pops Staples cover), Me and the Devil Blues (Robert Johnson cover), Makes Sense To Me (Daniel Hutchens cover)Set Two: ​It Ain’t No Use (The Meters cover), Papa’s Home > Old Neighborhood > 1 x 1 > Climb To Safety (Jerry Joseph cover), Diner$ > Party At Your Mama’s House > Stop Breakin’ Down Blues (Robert Johnson cover), Holden Oversoul Encore​: Chainsaw City* (Jerry Joseph cover) Notes:​* w/ Steve Lopez on percussion^ “Such a Night” tease by JoJo into “Greta”# “Stop-Go” tease into “Cotton Was King”$ “Do What You Like” tease out of “Diner” read more

ND juniors receive Goldwater Award

first_imgThree Notre Dame students, juniors Leah Harmon, Alex Kokot and Theodore MacMillan, have been named Goldwater Scholars for the 2020-2021 year, the University announced in a press release Thursday. The award is a scholarship named after former U.S. senator Barry Goldwater. It awards outstanding sophomores and juniors in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences and/or engineering a complete scholarship, including tuition, fees, books and room and board up to $7,500 per year, for one or two years. Harmon, Kokot and MacMillan worked with the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) to apply for the scholarships. Harmon, a neuroscience and behavior major with a supplemental major in ACMS from Ipswich, Mass., is a Trustey Family Scholar and a Glynn Family Honors Scholar. Kokot, a honors mathematics major with a concentration in computing and a philosophy major with a concentration is philosophy, science and mathematics from Granger, Ind., is a Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement Sorin Scholar. MacMillan is a mechanical engineering major with a minor in philosophy, science and mathematics. He is from Scotch Plains, N.J.The undergraduate research advisor with CUSE, Jenny Smith, said in the release, “The success of these three juniors is a testament to their dedication to undergraduate research and to the faculty who have mentored them along the way. It also attests to the high level of talent in the STEM fields that Notre Dame attracts at the undergraduate level.” Tags: CUSE, Goldwater award, STEMlast_img read more

1 arrested, 1 sought in Beaumont brisket robbery

first_img Detectives worked with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office and were able to obtain a burglary warrant for Moraida’s arrest.Warrant Officers arrested Moraida in Beaumont at 2:05 p.m. Friday in the Avenues neighborhood (Forsythe and Avenue E).The white Ford sedan that he was driving was seized and towed. The investigation continues.The Sheriff’s Office said everyone is curious, asking ‘has the brisket been recovered?’ No, it has not. “We are still searching for the identity of the black male accomplice involved in this burglary,” the Sheriff’s Office said.If you have information about this burglary, contact Crime Stoppers at 409-833-TIPS (8477), log onto or download the P3 app. You could be eligible for a cash reward.center_img Courvilles Catering, 1700 Rose lane at Highway 90 in Beaumont, was burglarized around 5:20 a.m. Friday.The surveillance video captured the images of 2 men tearing into the cash register and stealing other items from the restaurant to include 5 briskets.Once the video was reviewed, deputies and officers from several agencies recognized the white male in the video as 51-year-old Tomas Moraida.Tomas Moraidalast_img read more

Relay for Life NordicStyle raises $72,000

first_imgA special thank you to all of our event sponsors including state sponsors, Symquest, WCAX, and local sponsors, Trapp Family Lodge, Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa, Harley D’s Bar & Grill, The Edge, Chartis/Stowe Mountain Resort, McCarthy’s Restaurant, Racing Chefs, Muddy Paw Coffee, The Pizza Joint, Bourne’s Energy, Piecasso, Commodores, Pie in the Sky, Sunset Grille, Stowe Cinema, Mansfield Dairy, Guys Farm & Yard, Northstar Fireworks, Coca Cola, McKenzie’s, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Black River Produce, Kathy’s, L&D Safety Marking, Capitol Earthmoving, Crystal Rock, & Green Mountain Coffee.   The top individual fundraiser was Jane Weaver of Stowe, who collected nearly $4,000 in donations. The top fundraising team was Snowbelles, led by Victoria Gonin of Waitsfield, which raised more than $9,500. The event theme Winter Olympics was enjoyed by 29 teams, along with 36 cancer survivors, who participated in this year’s Relay event. The teams were comprised of families, faith-based groups, businesses, clubs and other organizations from throughout New England. American Cancer Society. 3.5.2012. ‘For the people in our community who will face a cancer diagnosis this year,’ said  Jessica Blais, American Cancer Society Staff, ‘it’s critical that we come together during Relay to help the American Cancer Society achieve its mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.” ‘Through their hard work in preparing for the event, and by spending hours out in the cold for the cause, our dedicated participants certainly did their part to help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays,” said Brian Fredette, event chair for the 2012 Relay For Life NordicStyle. To learn more about Relay For Life, is external) or call 1-800-227-2345. The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.6 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit The 9th annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life® NordicStyle raised $72,000 over the weekend of March 10, to support the Society’s mission of saving lives from cancer.  The overnight event left 250 participants exhausted, but happy, after cross country skiing or snowshoeing through the night.last_img read more

Is High Ability Necessary for Greatness?

first_imgScientific American:As soon as I saw the headline “Research sheds light on origins of greatness”, my interest was piqued. The article is referring to a new paper in Current Directions in Psychological Science, so I immediately downloaded that paper and left the press release open to the side. I’m wary of press releases with these sorts of headlines so best to go right to the source. Scanning the paper, which is coauthored by David Z. Hambrick and Elizabeth J. Meinz, I realize it’s a summary of research they’ve already conducted (some published, some not). As I read about their studies I noticed that not one of them actually looked at greatness.In a nutshell, their impressive body of research shows that working memory —the ability to simultaneously hold information in memory while processing other information—is correlated with performance on different “complex tasks” in the laboratory, including remembering baseball information, Texas Hold’em poker performance (their manuscript on this topic is submitted for publication), memory for the movement of spaceships and baseball players, and piano sight-reading performance. What’s more, working memory performance is still correlated with these “complex tasks” even among individuals with high levels of specific experience and knowledge for the domain. Hambrick and Meinz conclude “although deliberate practice may well be necessary to reach a very high level of skill, it is not always sufficient.”Read the whole story: Scientific American More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

WWL appoints new president and ceo

first_imgHe will be based at the company’s headquarters in Lysaker, Norway, effective June 21, 2013. Connor – formerly WWL’s deputy ceo and chief commercial officer -replaces Arild B. Iversen at the helm of the firm. Iversen, who served as president and ceo of WLL for the past six years, will move into a consultancy role within the Wallenius Group. Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) is a joint venture between WWASA and Wallenius, established in 1999, providing a combination of shipping and logistics services worldwide.Christopher J. Connor  www.2wglobal.comlast_img

Emirates expands Scandinavian network

first_imgEmirates explained that large and oversize shipments can also be easily uplifted through the aircraft’s wide main deck cargo doors.The cargo capacity offered through the weekly freighter service is in addition to 175 tonnes of belly hold capacity provided on five weekly Boeing 777-300ER passenger flights from Oslo.  www.skycargo.comlast_img

Best TB cure rate

first_img■ Hanover Park clinic staff are in high spirits, after the City of Cape Town announced that they have the best tuberculosis (TB) cure rate – with 100 percent – in the Klipfointein Sub-district. The clinic was also announced the first runner up for the Best Facility in the sub-district. The Manenberg clinic took the honours of being the Best Facility.last_img