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Press release: Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Libya – April 2019

first_img 2002 to 2004 FCO, Strategic Policy Adviser, Strategy and Innovation Directorate 2014 to 2018 FCO, Principal Private Secretary, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 2011 to 2014 Pretoria, Deputy High Commissioner 2005 to 2006 FCO, Head, Enlargement Group, EU Directorate Further information 2007 to 2011 Brussels, Counsellor, Trade, Development and Wider World, UK Permanent Representation to the EU Media enquiries Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Mr Martin Reynolds CMG has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Libya in succession to Mr Frank Baker CMG OBE who will be leaving the Diplomatic Service. Mr Reynolds will take up his appointment in April 2019.CURRICULUM VITAEFull name: Martin Reynoldscenter_img 1998 to 2002 Singapore, Second Secretary, Economics Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook For journalists 2006 to 2007 Brussels, First Secretary, Enlargement and Western Balkans, UK Permanent Representation to the EU 2004 to 2005 FCO, Head, Enlargement Section, EU Directorate 1997 to 1998 FCO, Desk Officer, Falkland Islands Email [email protected]last_img read more

Trey Anastasio Band Breaks Out Ghosts Of The Forest Material On First Night In Brooklyn [Photos/Videos]

first_imgTrey Anastasio Band continued their extended weekend run on Sunday with their first of two performances at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY. One of the smaller rooms in which you’ll see TAB play, the Bowl was packed to the brim when Trey Anastasio‘s eight-piece solo outfit took the stage at the beloved concert venue/bowling alley for just the second time ever.Much like the previous two nights at New York’s Beacon Theatre and New Haven’s College Street Music Hall, this show saw Trey continue to blur the lines between the repertoires of his various different projects. On Friday and Saturday, respectively, Trey introduced Phish staples “Blaze On” and “Ghost” into the TAB lexicon. At Brooklyn Bowl, he looked to Ghosts of the Forest for setlist additions, offering the TAB debuts of “A Life Beyond The Dream”, “Brief Time”, and “Stumble Into Flight”.The show began with a pair of Trey Anastasio Band favorites including “Cayman Review” and “Mozambique”, followed by a pair of songs that appear at both Phish and TAB shows, “Everything’s Right”, and “Pigtail”. A Picture of Nectar instrumental “Magilla” came next, followed by Trey Anastasio Band’s first-ever full-band rendition of Phish’s “No Men In No Man’s Land”. The smokey, slow-burn “The Way I Feel” gave Trey a chance to flex his blues chops before excellent renditions of “Gotta Jibboo” and Charlie Daniels Band‘s “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” closed out set one.Trey Anastasio Band looked to an old reliable vehicle in “Sand” to kickstart the second set. “Valentine” and “46 Days” were up next, followed by “A Life Beyond The Dream”, the first the three Ghosts of the Forest tunes to make an appearance on the evening. The set continued with “Simple Twist Up Dave” and the relatively uncommon “Ether Sunday” before the band moved into a bouncy “Ocelot” and a cathartic “Tuesday” to bring the second set to a close.Much like the previous night, Trey emerged solo for the encore for a trio of acoustic songs. However, rather than pulling solely from the Phish catalog for his acoustic mini-set, Trey slipped emotional Ghosts of the Forest tune “Brief Time” in between “Water In The Sky” and “Brian and Robert”. Finally, the band rejoined their frontman for the TAB debut of “Stumble Into Flight” and a set-closing “Set Your Soul Free”.Trey Anastasio Band will be back in action tonight, Monday, April 29th, for their second and final show at Brooklyn Bowl. For a full list of Trey Anastasio Band’s upcoming performances, head here.You can stream a full soundboard audio recording of the show via LivePhish. You can also watch a selection of crowd-shot videos from the performance below:Trey Anastasio Band – 4/28/19 – Set 1 – Full Crowd-Shot Video[Video: rdeal1999]Trey Anastasio Band – “Sand” [Partial] Load remaining images Check out a gallery of photos from the show below courtesy of photographer Andrew Blackstein.Setlist: Trey Anastasio Band | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 4/29/19Set One: Cayman Review, Mozambique, Everything’s Right, Pigtail, Magilla, No Men In No Man’s Land, The Way I Feel, Gotta Jibboo, The Devil Went Down To GeorgiaSet Two: Sand, Valentine, 46 Days, A Life Beyond The Dream^, Simple Twist Up Dave, Ether Sunday, Ocelot, TuesdayEncore: Water In The Sky*, Brief Time*^, Brian and Robert*, Stumble Into Flight^, Set Your Soul FreeNotes: *Trey solo acoustic; ^ TAB debutTrey Anastasio Band | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 4/28/19 | Photos: Andrew Blacksteinlast_img read more

First Santiago Ramón y Cajal Professor is named

first_imgJeff Lichtman, the Jeremy R. Knowles Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and a world leader in using advanced imaging techniques to study the wiring of the brain and nervous system, has been appointed the inaugural Santiago Ramón y Cajal Professor of Arts and Sciences.The position is intended to recognize a member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) for groundbreaking research. Arts and Sciences professorships will be awarded in the future by FAS Dean Michael D. Smith, the John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences.“I am pleased to appoint Jeff Lichtman as the first Ramón y Cajal Professor of Arts and Sciences,” said Smith. “As a recognized leader in the development of new brain imaging techniques and an exceptional educator, he is an ideal choice for this new position. This generous gift will allow him to continue his groundbreaking research work while also engaging undergraduate students in the classroom.”Created through a gift from Kewsong Lee ’86, M.B.A. ’90, and his wife, Zita J. Ezpeleta ’88, J.D. ’91, the five-year appointment is named for Santiago Ramón y Cajal, whose drawings of nerve cells provided the earliest foundation for modern neuroscience.For Lee and Ezpeleta, the gift reflects their desire to impact the College and support outstanding research and teaching, and also underscores their belief in Harvard’s leadership.The professorship was created through a gift from Kewsong Lee (center) ’86, M.B.A. ’90, and his wife, Zita J. Ezpeleta ’88, J.D. ’91. “We wanted to provide President Faust (right) and Dean Smith with the flexibility and resources to make things happen,” said Lee, “while also providing talented faculty with a foundation to do important work.”“We wanted to provide President Faust and Dean Smith with the flexibility and resources to make things happen,” said Lee, “while also providing talented faculty with a foundation to do important work. Zita and I are thrilled that Professor Lichtman is the first faculty member to hold this chair; he is most deserving. Not only is his body of work incredibly important and impactful, it also has a poetic, artistic quality to it — the very definition of an arts and sciences professorship.“We’re quite pleased,” Lee added. “There’s tremendous satisfaction in fulfilling a need, in recognizing outstanding teaching and scholarship, and we encourage other alumni to consider similar opportunities.”Said Lichtman: “I am extremely happy to receive this honor. My work, in the long run, is focused on trying to develop approaches for producing a detailed wiring map of the brain. That is my goal for the next five years, so it’s wonderful that donors are supporting this type of research.”The challenge in producing such a map, Lichtman explained, is that while other organs — such as the kidneys or lungs — can be understood by studying their underlying cellular structure, the same cannot be said for the brain.“Where other organs are made up of a handful of cellular motifs, in the brain there are still an unknown number of different kinds of cells, and they’re arranged in a very complex wiring diagram,” he said.Further complicating matters is the fact that different brain regions perform different functions. Also, much of the wiring is the result of learning, and not a genetic mechanism. Other hurdles include the massive amount of data produced by imaging all the connections in the brain. A single cubic millimeter of brain tissue, Lichtman said, would produce as much as two petabytes of data, or more than 2 million gigabytes.In an effort to overcome those issues, Lichtman, Joshua Sanes, the Jeff C. Tarr Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and a team of researchers in 2007 developed Brainbow, a process that used a combination of fluorescent proteins to label individual neurons with a distinctive color. Where earlier techniques allowed for mapping only a handful of neurons at a time, Brainbow was capable of labeling more than 100 neurons simultaneously, resulting in the most detailed images of neural wiring ever produced.More recently, Lichtman has led the development of an automated technique that relies on serial electron microscopy to produce images, and computer algorithms to label individual neurons with different colors. In collaboration with Hanspeter Pfister, the An Wang Professor of Computer Science at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Lichtman is now working to speed up the process, and increase its accuracy.Armed with the brain’s wiring diagram, Lichtman said, researchers can begin working to devise ways to treat disorders related to how the connections in the brain work.“There are a wide number of diseases — psychiatric disorders in adults or learning disorders in children — for which there is no doubt there’s something wrong, but there is no histological trace,” he said. “The problem is simply that we don’t yet have the tools to see it because we need to study the brain’s wiring at the level of individual synapses. There are probably diseases that would be considered connectopathies — pathologies of connection. Understanding those is one reason — maybe the best reason — why there should be support for this general approach.”For Lichtman, teaching is about more than educating his students — it also proves to be an invaluable part of his research.“Undergraduate teaching, particularly with the talented students we have at Harvard, is particularly rewarding,” Lichtman said. “For me, at least, the requirement to verbalize an idea is an essential part of my understanding. If I didn’t teach, I would know a lot less about what I do, and I think, for many professors, teaching is valuable in a similar way.“Of course, I remember how important it was for me when I first heard about how a synapse works; I remember the impact that had on me,” he added. “To now be the person who’s telling students about that — there is a certain vicarious pleasure that comes from seeing a student’s eyes light up in the classroom.”last_img read more

In search of future Overseers

first_imgPALANDJIAN:  Well, first and foremost, a wide net is cast.LOVEJOY: A very wide net. It’s done through the outreach of the HAA, the deans, the Schools’ alumni associations, general research, and we do get nominations from individual alumni who write letters of support, for example.We talk to various Schools, deans, and others about the alumni leaders they may know, so we do a lot of work that way. We also rely on the committee to a fair extent to surface potential candidates who should be considered, particularly as the members get to know and understand what the needs of the University are. In a given year, we might need more strength in science, for example, or in the arts, or in public service, or leadership of complex organizations, especially educational organizations. Or the committee may point out that we haven’t had anybody from a particular School in a while and consequently may then bring a candidate forward from that School. So, though not perfect, it’s a very thorough and thoughtful process. And it tends to produce a pretty remarkable set of diverse and distinguished candidates from year to year.Last year, in 2019 — and I’m going to cheat and look at my notes here — we had candidates who included a former U.S. secretary of education, the chief medical officer of the San Francisco Health Network, the founder of Girls Who Code, a cancer biologist at MIT, a top management consultant based in London, an artist who does large-scale installations around the world, the head of the Iowa Department of Education, a health care entrepreneur, and an investor with deep expertise in technology.GAZETTE:  So, you have to go from 300 to eight nominated candidates in the end?PALANDJIAN:  Yes, and as Philip said, the deliberations are active and thoughtful. The committee takes this role very seriously. It’s an art rather than a science — we don’t have boxes to check off. And we look at the slate with a multiyear perspective to ensure the 30 members of the board represent optimal breadth and diversity. Yes, people disagree, have respectful debate, but at the end, the committee embraces the last eight who are selected.LOVEJOY: I’ll never forget the first time I went to a nominating committee meeting, and I thought, “How is this going to work? You have 13 people, and you have 300 names, and you’re going to come down to eight that everybody agrees on?” But it happens! It happens through discussion and conversation, looking at people’s bios, looking at things they’ve written, looking at videos, and doing more research if needed.Philip Lovejoy: “I’ll never forget the first time I went to a nominating committee meeting, and I thought, ‘How is this going to work? You have 13 people, and you have 300 names, and you’re going to come down to eight that everybody agrees on?’ But it happens!”GAZETTE:  I understand the committee also had a role to play in moving to online voting as an option, which was announced in 2016. Can you talk about that a bit?LOVEJOY: The committee recognized the importance of encouraging all our alumni to vote and so they were a strong advocate for that. I’m a huge fan of online voting. It got our voting up relative to our alumni population, particularly international alumni. The number of votes cast last year by international alumni was directly proportional to the number of alumni who are international. In prior years, it was considerably lower. That empowered an important voice for us as a University.GAZETTE:  Tracy, you’ve been an Overseer yourself.  What are the kind of things that you consider as you’re looking at this binder of 300 candidates?PALANDJIAN:  We care deeply about diversity, in the fullest sense. It’s not just diversity in terms of ethnicity, gender, School, geography, etc., but also diversity in experiential and professional domains, as well as diversity of perspectives and mindsets.LOVEJOY: There are so many needs at an institution of this scale — all of the different Schools, from research to teaching, to activity in Allston, everything. We need experience from the arts and the sciences, from academia, or finance. And so that’s all part of the mix, in addition to  ensuring that this board brings together people from different parts of the alumni body.There’s a perception out there among a good number of our alumni that the board is made up of men on Wall Street. It’s not. The board is profoundly diverse and as such is representative of our alumni. It’s now almost two-thirds women. We’re finding that alumni are increasingly voting for women, for candidates of color, and candidates with diverse life experiences.GAZETTE:  So what makes an effective board member in your view?PALANDJIAN:  Effective board members respect the difference between “overseeing” and managing. They are thoughtful about the University as a whole, not just the parts that most connect with their personal interests. They check their egos at the door, and they want to collaborate and learn. They ask good questions, watch out for opportunities and challenges, and continue to make Harvard excellent in an enduring way.GAZETTE:  It’s interesting to think about Harvard’s impact in the world in the context of the role of the Overseers. President Bacow often says Harvard doesn’t exist to make ourselves better; we exist to make the world better. So how do you think about the balance between being responsible stewards of the existing enterprise but also being on the leading edge and pushing the University? Is that something the nominating committee thinks about when selecting candidates?LOVEJOY: It’s a very interesting feedback loop of impact, because the people who are being nominated by the committee are having incredible impact out in the world. That’s what’s surfaced them as potential candidates, right? They build extraordinary careers; they’ve done just extraordinary things. So they are representative of the impact that we are trying to create. These alumni are living examples of that, and they’re bringing back that life experience to help guide the University to create more of an impact. That’s why I think it’s so important for us as an institution to have this body that is made up of alumni, chosen by alumni — because it continues to remind us why we exist and what we do.Alumni have always pushed Harvard to be a better version of itself, and it’s through this mechanism [electing alumni to the Board] that that plays out. They come to serve Harvard, and to provide guidance and oversight on how Harvard can serve the world.GAZETTE:  Anything you want to say to alumni as elections approach? Making connections, building community Eight current Overseers share their unique stories Incoming HAA president aims to bolster relationships across the alumni community Related LOVEJOY: This is an important way to bring their voice into governance, and so I would encourage them to pay attention, do their research, get to know what the board does, get a sense of what they’re voting for and who they would like to see guiding the University. What excites me about this institution is that the alumni voice is brought to bear in a very impactful way. And the election and the petition process are among the ways they are heard. We talk a lot about citizenship and being citizens of Harvard. This is a classic example of where you should exercise your citizenship. It’s your University.PALANDJIAN:  Yes, and I’d also focus on the long-term nature of the work of the board. The Overseers have a tremendous responsibility to guide and shape Harvard in an enduring manner, in terms of education, research, and serving society, especially during a time of great change in higher education. I’ll end with my Chinese grandfather’s favorite proverb: Speed tests the strength of horses; time tests the hearts of humans.This interview has been edited for length and clarity. For more on this year’s elections and the candidates, see here. Election for new members to the Board of Overseers to begin next month Each year, eligible Harvard degree holders have the chance to vote for new members of the Harvard Board of Overseers, one of the University’s two governing boards, alongside the Harvard Corporation. In addition, degree holders vote for elected directors of the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA). Every fall, before the usual spring elections, a committee of alumni gathers to review an extensive roster of potential candidates and to discuss, debate, and consider a multitude of factors before putting forward a slate of eight for Overseer. The 2020 elections will begin on July 1, having been delayed due to issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, and will run through Aug. 18. This year’s candidates for the five openings on the Board of Overseers include eight alumni nominated by the HAA nominating committee and five nominated by petition. There are also nine candidates for six positions as HAA directors. The Gazette spoke recently with Tracy Palandjian ’93, M.B.A. ’97, who leads the alumni committee that nominates candidates for Overseer, and Philip Lovejoy, the HAA’s executive director, to learn more about the role of the Overseers and the alumni nominating committee process.Q&ATracy Palandjian and Philip LovejoyGAZETTE:  Tracy, can you start by sharing a little bit about yourself, your background, some of the leadership roles you’ve had at the University?PALANDJIAN:  How far should I go back? I grew up in Hong Kong and ended up on Harvard’s campus in the fall of ’89. It never crossed my mind then that I would later choose to become an American and make a life in this country. I graduated from the College in 1993 and from the Business School in 1997, and over the years I’ve been lucky to be involved in various leadership roles. I served as an Overseer from 2012 to 2018. I chaired the Overseers’ Schools committee, which gave me a real perch of looking at the entire University across all the Schools and the College. I was also active on the humanities and arts committee, and participated in the reaccreditation process in 2017, and from 2017 to 2018 I served as vice chair of the Overseers executive committee. My last year on the Board of Overseers coincided with the presidential search. Serving on the search committee was an extraordinary privilege. It allowed me to appreciate Harvard in completely new ways and see more fully the rapidly evolving dynamics in higher ed, the challenges and opportunities facing the modern research university.Today, I chair the nominating committee; I’m on the Corporation finance committee; and I serve on various visiting committees — including the College and the Business School.GAZETTE:  Tracy, what did you know about the Overseers when you received the call asking you to run?PALANDJIAN:  I knew little. I knew that it was a distinguished group — judges, academics, nonprofit and business leaders, journalists, physicians. I knew the Corporation was the fiduciary body, but I didn’t appreciate some of the special responsibilities that the Overseers have. Besides the University’s president and the treasurer, the Board of Overseers has 30 members, all of them elected by alumni. That’s powerful and, to my knowledge, singular in higher ed. Most university boards either are entirely appointed or include a mix of appointed and elected members. Having a board that’s almost entirely elected by alumni reflects the deeply inclusive nature of our governance.“… we don’t have boxes to check off. And we look at the slate with a multiyear perspective to ensure the 30 members of the board represent optimal breadth and diversity,” said Tracy Palandjian.GAZETTE:  How do you see the Overseers’ role?PALANDJIAN:  Each of us brings our own expertise and perspective to the job. The role of an Overseer is not to advocate for some particular set of issues that you are expert in or that you care really strongly about. You’re there to serve the whole University …LOVEJOY: … to bring your knowledge and expertise to bear on the issues.PALANDJIAN:  All kinds of issues, and all in the context of working together in service of the long-term best interests of the University as a whole.GAZETTE:  Can you talk more about, for example, some of the special responsibilities you mentioned that surprised you when you were learning about the Board?PALANDJIAN:  The Overseers consent to the appointment of the president and other Corporation members, to name one. For example, when the presidential search committee presented its recommendation of Larry Bacow as the next president, the Overseers had to ratify that. But the primary responsibility of the Overseers is oversight through the various 50-plus visiting committees across the Schools, the FAS academic departments, and some other units.LOVEJOY: The other day someone described this in a way that made a lot of sense: The Overseers focus on providing oversight for the academic enterprise and providing the University’s leadership with advice on a range of issues, while the Corporation exercises most of the traditional governance functions of a board of trustees.PALANDJIAN:  That’s well put — and the academic enterprise is the throbbing heartbeat of Harvard.The composition of the visiting committees is really thoughtfully assembled. And there’s a great deal of independence; people are not shy about asking tough questions and challenging signs of complacency and inertia, because the whole point is to make the academic enterprise stronger. Visiting committees raise questions about how we can advance diversity, inclusion, and belonging; how Harvard compares to its peers and can learn from them; how we can innovate in teaching and learning and take the best advantage of technology; how different parts of Harvard can collaborate in new ways, especially across disciplines; how we can better integrate theory and practice; and a range of other challenges and opportunities facing Harvard and higher ed.GAZETTE:  Tell us about what the HAA nominating committee is and what it does.LOVEJOY: There are 13 voting members on the nominating committee. Ten of them are appointed by the executive committee of the Harvard Alumni Association, and that executive committee is our volunteer alumni leadership. The executive committee takes the appointment of nominating committee members very seriously, ensuring that the diversity of the University community writ large has a voice in the process. They consider people across the many different cohorts that we represent. They look at what schools people attended, where they live, career paths, race and ethnicity — and per the HAA Constitution, they also include at least one alum who graduated within the last 10 years and another within 15 years from graduating. And the nominating committee also includes three present or recent Overseers who sit on the committee and bring a very important voice. The nominating committee really benefits from the expertise of people who’ve been in those seats, who understand what the board does and why they do it. They talk about the board as a collaborative team, one where members listen and learn, ask hard questions and offer constructive advice, bring their full self and all of their experience to bear for the benefit of the University. And they demonstrate what it is like to make that kind of commitment to the University.GAZETTE:  What’s the timing like for the nomination process? How often does the committee meet?PALANDJIAN:  It’s intense.LOVEJOY: The work kicks off in September with a two-day, in-person meeting. In advance of that meeting each member receives a huge set of materials, really extensive research, for about 300 potential candidates for Overseer who have been nominated. They meet a second time in the fall.GAZETTE:  Can we talk more about the nominating process? “Effective board members respect the difference between “overseeing” and managing. … They check their egos at the door, and they want to collaborate and learn.” — Tracy Palandjian The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Who can Manchester United, Arsenal and Wolves face in the Europa League last 32?

first_imgClub BruggeOlympiacosShakhtar DonetskBayer LeverkusenAPOELCopenhagenGetafeSporting CPCFR ClujRangersAZ AlkmaarWolfsburgLudogoretsRoma RB SalzburgInter MilanBenficaAjaxSevillaMalmo FFBaselLASKCelticEspanyolFC PortoGentIstanbul Basaksehir When is the Europa League last 32 draw?The draw is made at midday on Monday following the Champions League draw.When will the last 32 ties be played?The fixtures will be played on 20 and 27 February.MORE: Freddie Ljungberg ‘feels sorry for Arsenal’s young players’ despite Bukayo Saka’s ‘tremendous night’MORE: Martin Keown hails Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli and slams ‘lucky’ Freddie Ljungberg Ole Gunnar Solskjaer secured top spot in Europa League Group L (Picture: Getty Images)Manchester United, Arsenal and Celtic have all topped their Europa League groups and will go into the draw for the last 32 as seeded teams, while Wolves and Rangers will be unseeded.This gives United, Arsenal and Celtic a faovurable draw as they will take on either a group runner-up, or one of the four teams that drop out of the Champions League with the lowest points.Inter Milan, Ajax, Benfica and Red Bull Salzburg are all joining the Europa League and Wolves and Rangers could face any of them.Instead United, Celtic and Arsenal could meet Club Brugge, Olympiacos, Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen or one of the sides that finished second in their Europa League group.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTTeams cannot be drawn against sides from the same country or that played in the same group as them.There could still be all-British affairs with Manchester United or Arsenal able to draw Rangers, while Celtic could play Wolves. Who can Man Utd be drawn against? Who can Arsenal be drawn against? Who can Manchester United, Arsenal and Wolves face in the Europa League last 32? Metro Sport ReporterThursday 12 Dec 2019 9:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Comment Who can Wolves be drawn against? Advertisement Club BruggeOlympiacosShakhtar DonetskBayer LeverkusenAPOELCopenhagenGetafeSporting CPCFR ClujEintracht FrankfurtRangersWolfsburgLudogoretsRoma More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Freddie Ljungberg has taken Arsenal into the last 32 (Picture: REUTERS)last_img read more