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BP set to commence drilling at Ironbark-1 exploration well offshore Australia

first_imgThe project partners secured all the regulatory approvals required for the drilling of the Ironbark-1 well BP operates the exploration permit WA-359-P with 42.5% stake. (Credit: Kristina Kasputienė from Pixabay) Australia’s National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) has approved the drilling of British oil and gas company BP-operated Ironbark-1 exploration well offshore Western Australia.With the move, all the regulatory approvals have been secured by BP required for the drilling of the Ironbark-1 well in exploration permit WA-359-P.The Ironbark prospect is located in exploration permit WA-359-P, which is situated in the Carnarvon Basin, around 50km from the North West Shelf (NWS) LNG infrastructure.As per the Cue estimates, the Ironbark prospect holds 15 trillion cubic feet (TcF) of gas reserves.BP operates and owns 42.5% in the permit. Other partners include Cue Energy (21.5%), Beach Energy (21%), and New Zealand Oil & Gas (15%).Drilling at the Ironbark-1 well is planned to start in late OctoberDrilling activities at the Ironbark-1 well is planned to commence in late October 2020 using the Diamond Offshore-owned Ocean Apex drilling rig.In a press statement, Cue Energy said: “The Well Operations Management Plan and the Safety Case for the Ocean Apex drilling rig were the final regulatory documents required to be approved by the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA). Both of these documents have now been approved.”The Ironbark-1 well is expected to be drilled at a depth of 5,500m.In July, BP secured environment plan approval from the NOPSEMA for the Ironbark-1 exploration well.last_img read more


Rheumatologist

first_imgRequired Qualifications Number of Months12 Working TitleRheumatologist * Are you board certified or eligible in Rheumatology and inInternal Medicine?YesNo Position NumberG53480 We are seeking a Clinician Educator (Rheumatologist) for a facultyposition within the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy andImmunology at Virginia Commonwealth University. The ideal candidatemust be able to develop an academic career focused primarily onpatient care, but also involving teaching and clinical research aswell as participation in our ACGME -accredited program inRheumatology. Diversity Statement Information Application Process/Additional Information * Do you have demonstrated both scholarly and clinicalabilities through patient care, teaching and clinical research?YesNo Date Posted01/09/2020 Grant funded position?No RankAssistant Professor The Division is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in teaching,research, and clinical care in the fields of Rheumatology, Allergyand Immunology. We do so by providing superior, compassionate andinnovative clinical care to our patients and to conduct anddisseminate clinical, research and scholarship, with a focus on thecare of patients and education of future clinicians. • Board certified or Board Eligible in Rheumatology and in InternalMedicine• Demonstrated both scholarly and clinical abilities throughpatient care, teaching and clinical research• Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diversefaculty, staff and student environment or commitment to do so as afaculty member at VCU Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/96382 Position Responsibilities 1. Teaching• Be actively involved in the education and training of theRheumatology fellows• Provide teaching service to learners, including medical students,interns and residents• Use contemporary adult learning methods to promote evidence-basedpractice• Demonstrate effective teaching skills and continually develop asa teacher for learners at all levels• Complete required evaluations of learners in a timely manner –including but not limited to written and verbal feedback• Participate in other learning activities such as foundations ofclinical medicine, morning report, core conference, and otherformal educational programs for undergraduate and post-graduatelearners.2. Clinical• Provide exemplary care in the area of Rheumatology in outpatientambulatory clinics and on consult services3. Other• Participate in divisional and institutional committees asneeded Posting DetailsEmployees hired into Administrative and Professional positionsposted on or after July 1, 2017, will be governed by and, ifemployed on July 1, 2018 will move into the new University HumanResources System. For additional information, go tohttp://greatplace.vcu.edu.center_img Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Open Until FilledYes Is this employee on a H1B Visa? Proposed Hire Date07/01/2020 Posted Salary School/UnitSchool of Medicine Type of SearchNational Application Deadline Date Tenure StatusNon-Tenure Eligible Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission orgoal DepartmentInternal Medicine Position TypeTeaching and Research Faculty Interested candidates should apply online athttps://www.vcujobs.com.For additional information, please contact:Shannon Sekerak, Division [email protected] Mission or Goal of Unit Preferred Qualifications Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsCurriculum Vitae (CV)Optional DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationOther DocumentReference Letter – 1Reference Letter – 2Reference Letter – 3last_img read more


Squarking with Delight

first_imgIt’s probably a safe bet that most British readers won’t have encountered contemporary Native Americans in their leisure literature. With the recent publication of Sherman Alexie’s Ten Little Indians, this may well cease to be the case. Teeming with memorable characters and one-liners, Alexie’s sketches of Spokane Indians making their way through a white man’s world (or the Seattle part of it, at any rate) are by turns funny, sad and inspirational.The quality of what is on offer is unquestionably uneven. Perhaps the finest story – What You Pawn I Will Redeem — recounts the story of a homeless Native American on a mission to rescue a dance outfit stolen from his grandmother half a century earlier. Charting the character’s hourby- hour attempt to raise the required thousand dollars, Alexie manages both to defy stereotype and avoid the implausible. “I’m not going to tell you my particular reasons for being homeless,” we are told, “because it’s my secret story, and Indians have to work hard to keep secrets from hungry white folks.” Accordingly, much remains a mystery in this poignant but satisfying tale.Others are less rewarding. Do Not Go Gentle touches on issues of bereavement and parenthood but is ruined by a crass conclusion. The Life and Times of Estelle Walks Above also grates, despite its inventive structure and iconoclastic bent. Throughout the book, the humour, on occasion, seems contrived.But if one can look past these weaknesses, Ten Little Indiansproves itself to be a daring group. Alexie’s willingness to gore sacred cows is attractive, particularly when he gently mocks liberal Western attitudes to those of his race, and much of the comic writing is first-rate. The collection also contains a thought-provoking piece dealing with the effect of September 11th on Native Americans, inspired by Alexie’s reallife experience of being told to “go back to your own country.” If this kind of irony appeals to you, there is much in this slim volume to enjoy.Secker and Warburg,1st January 2004,Hardback, £11.99Archive: 0th week HT 2004last_img read more


Cape May County Reports Two More Coronavirus Deaths

first_imgHealth officials remind everyone that if you are ill, even with mild symptoms, please self- isolate at home for seven days and until you are fever and symptom free for 72 hours.If you have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is presumed to be infected, you must quarantine for 14 days from your last contact with that individual.People who are elderly, have underlying health conditions or are pregnant may be at higher risk of serious illness and should contact their doctor as soon as they are sick.Stay up to date on the current situation as it evolves. Some reliable sources are the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System hotline at 1-800-222-1222, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov, the World Health Organization at www.who.int and the New Jersey Department of Health at www.nj.gov/health.For additional information visit the Cape May County Government website www.capemaycountynj.gov and Cape May County Department of Health at www.cmchealth.net. DENNIS TOWNSHIP8 18 UPPER TOWNSHIP13111 AVALON42 WILDWOOD CREST8 WEST WILDWOOD1 LOWER TOWNSHIP5749 TOTAL RECOVERED TOTAL DECEASED OCEAN CITY122 1 MUNICIPALITYACTIVE CASESREPORTED TODAYOFF QUARANTINEDEATHS CAPE MAY CITY12 COVID-19 testing in Ocean City will be done at the Community Center’s parking lot. The Cape May County Department of Health reported Thursday that a 63-year-old woman from Woodbine and a 93-year-old Lower Township woman died from the coronavirus.Lori Mayer, a spokeswoman for Victoria Manor, a nursing home in Lower Township, confirmed that the 93-year-old woman was a resident at the facility, bringing the total number of coronavirus deaths there to nine.Mayer said in an email that the facility continues to follow proper procedures to quell the spread of COVID-19.“At Victoria Manor, we are adhering to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines and recommended protocols for COVID-19,” she said. “We continue to follow to the letter the direction of the New Jersey Department of Health in an effort to contain and minimize the spread of the virus.”She said to date, the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 at Victoria Manor is 27 residents and 25 staff members.“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of these residents during this difficult time, especially the families of the nine residents who passed away,” Mayer said.Currently, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Cape May County has reached 190, including 12 deaths, according to a county press release.“Our hearts are heavy with the loss of two residents of Cape May County to COVID-19. The thoughts and prayers are with the families during this difficult time,” Freeholder Jeff Pierson said of the latest deaths. “I continue to urge all residents to protect their health and the health of others, especially older individuals and those with chronic health conditions who are most at risk.”Pierson added, “I’d like to thank the first responders, nurses and health care staff who are working very hard and long hours to combat the virus.”Freeholder Director Gerald Thornton said, “One of the harsh realities of this pandemic is the daily report of lives lost to COVID-19. This report does not diminish our sympathy or our resolve to restore wellness to our community.”He continued, “Taking steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 has asked everyone to do their part. The sacrifices made cannot be counted: some have lost loved ones, some have been ill, some have lost jobs, some have had to temporarily close businesses, some are guiding children through remote learning, and everyone has had to live our day-to-day life very differently than we are used to.”Thornton also thanked the public for staying home, practicing social distancing, wearing cloth face coverings, and self-isolating and self-quarantining when necessary.“Engaging in these practices is making a real difference,” he noted.Following is a breakdown of the confirmed coronavirus cases for each municipality in Cape May County: WILDWOOD1311 STONE HARBOR0 1 WOODBINE1 SEA ISLE CITY02 TOTAL ACTIVE160 WEST CAPE MAY1 12 MIDDLE TOWNSHIP3813 NORTH WILDWOOD31 CAPE MAY POINT0 TOTAL CASES IN CAPE MAY COUNTY190last_img read more


HAA recognizes outstanding alums

first_imgThe Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) announced that Thomas G. Everett, Roger W. Ferguson Jr. ’73, A.M. ’78, J.D. ’79, Ph.D. ’81, John H. McArthur, M.B.A. ’59, D.B.A. ’63, and Betsey Bradley Urschel, Ed.M. ’63, will receive the 2016 Harvard Medal. President Drew Faust will award the medals at Commencement during the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association. First awarded in 1981, the Harvard Medal recognizes extraordinary service to the University. The service can range across diverse aspects of University life — from teaching, leadership, and innovation to fundraising, administration, and volunteerism.Thomas G. EverettThomas G. Everett embodies and spreads the Harvard spirit through his gift for teaching and love of making music. He came to Harvard in 1971 to direct the Harvard University Band. After four decades of coordinating and conducting formal concerts, Commencements, diplomatic greetings, trumpet fanfares, athletic events, and ceremonial music, he stepped down in 2013. He is currently director emeritus of the Harvard Bands.Everett pioneered the jazz program at Harvard — not only through the performing groups he organized and conducted, including the Harvard Jazz Bands, Harvard Wind Ensemble, and Harvard Summer Pops Band, but also by teaching courses in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and at Harvard Extension School. He has served as jazz adviser to the Office for the Arts, a collaboration that has resulted in expanded music opportunities for students.A critical presence and source of support for various alumni musical groups, including the Harvard Alumni Jazz Band and the Harvard Band Foundation, Everett established relationships with a broad alumni base. He has given personal lessons to alumni and has served as a nexus for the Harvard Band’s extended alumni network. He founded and coordinated the Harvard Club of Boston’s Annual Horblit Jazz Combo Festival.He holds degrees from Ithaca College and studied privately at the Eastman School of Music. He and his wife, Betsy, live in Lexington, Mass.Roger W. Ferguson Jr. ’73, A.M. ’78, J.D. ’79, Ph.D. ’81Roger W. Ferguson Jr. has exhibited a profound commitment to Harvard. President of the Board of Overseers from 2008 to 2009, he also served as a member of the executive committee, chaired the standing committee on institutional policy, sat on the board’s standing committees on social sciences and alumni affairs and development, and chaired the governing boards’ Joint Committee on Inspection, Harvard’s audit committee. A member of the University Library and the Law School visiting committees, he also chaired the Memorial Church visiting committee. During his tenure as an Overseer, he also served on search committees for members of the Corporation. He was an elected director of the Harvard Alumni Association in the late 1990s.Former vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Ferguson is now the president and chief executive officer of retirement services provider TIAA (formerly TIAA-CREF). A member of President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, his leadership has been recognized by many different organizations; this recognition includes the Visionary Award from the Council for Economic Education and an honorary fellowship at Pembroke College.Ferguson is married to Annette Nazareth, a partner at Davis Polk and former commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. They have a son and a daughter and live in Washington, D.C.John H. McArthur, M.B.A. ’59, D.B.A. ’63John H. McArthur has made a major impact on Harvard Business School (HBS) and the University at large. He is respected by various sectors of Harvard for his involvement in an array of areas, from athletics to politically nuanced dealings with the city of Boston. He joined the HBS faculty in 1962 and served as dean of the faculty from 1980 through 1995. Since then he has been the George F. Baker Professor of Business Administration Emeritus and dean emeritus. He is currently an honorary chair of the Harvard Business School Campaign and a member of the Social Enterprise Initiative Advisory Board.A true Harvard citizen, McArthur has served multiple Schools; he has been a member of the Board of Overseers of Harvard Medical School (HMS) and a member of the Dean’s Councils of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was founding co-chair of the board of trustees of Partners HealthCare System, which brought together two leading HMS-affiliated teaching hospitals, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital. BWH honored his legacy by establishing the John McArthur Program for Medicine Leadership Track, which enables residents to earn their M.B.A. from HBS during their residency at the hospital.A member of the Harvard Club of Boston and the Harvard Club of New York City, McArthur was a recipient of the Harvard Statesman Award from the HBS Club of New York and the Canadian Business Leadership Award from the combined HBS Clubs of Canada. In 1996, he was selected as honorary coach of the men’s ice hockey team at Harvard College and as a member of the Harvard Varsity Club.The John and Natty McArthur University Professorship was established at Harvard University in 1997, and McArthur Hall was dedicated at HBS in 1999. A group of Canadian alumni announced the creation of the John H. McArthur Canadian Fellowship program in 2002.A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, McArthur lives with his wife, Natty, in Weston, Mass.Betsey Bradley Urschel, Ed.M. ’63Betsey Bradley Urschel cares deeply about Harvard and has demonstrated her devotion to the University through many years of gracious and exemplary volunteer service. A past president and director emerita of the Harvard Club of Dallas, she was co-chair of the Club’s centennial celebration in 2014, which coincided with the Your Harvard: Texas event in Dallas. She and her husband, Harold C. Urschel, M.D. ’55, who passed away in 2012, founded the Betsey Bradley and Hal Urschel M.D. Community Service Fund, which provides financial assistance to a Harvard College undergraduate pursuing a public service internship in the North Texas region.A recipient of the HAA Alumni Award in 2005, Urschel has served in a number of different capacities for the HAA, including as an elected director, regional director for Texas, and vice president of University affairs of the HAA Board of Directors. She served on the HAA Committee to Nominate Overseers and Elected Directors and on the HAA Awards Committee, and she has been an alumni interviewer.Committed to women, Urschel was a member of the Women’s Leadership Board of the Women and Public Policy Program of Harvard Kennedy School. She is also an Alley-Sheridan Scholar and fellow of the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education. In addition, she served on the advisory board for Harvard Medical School’s “50 Years of Women in Medicine at Harvard” celebration.She continues to live in Dallas and remains involved with local Harvard-related efforts and the HAA Board.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


Notre Dame decks the halls for Christmas

first_imgWith lights lining the dining halls, Christmas music blasting out of windows and wreaths dotting the doors of buildings campus-wide, the only thing keeping Notre Dame from being a winter wonderland is the conspicuous lack of snow, though students are still decking the halls. McGlinn and O’Neill Halls put up large wreaths the week before Thanksgiving break. According to McGlinn rector Sister Mary Lynch, the wreath is a beloved tradition. “Our shamrock wreath was made by one of the McGlinn residents a few years ago,” Lynch said. “She made it with wire, and we had the maintenance shop back it with metal and hang it up each year since.” The wreaths, shaped like the McGlinn shamrock and the O’Neill “O,” are not necessarily Christmas themed, but Lynch finds them seasonally significant nonetheless. “We thought about keeping them up all year, but then it would lose its wintertime effect,” she said. Not content to have decorations exclusively outdoors, freshmen roommates Maggie Lawrence and Rachel Miceli of McGlinn Hall decorated their room on the first day back from Thanksgiving break. “We have Christmas lights up, gingerbread men across the window and paper chains in Christmas-inspired colors zigzagging across the ceiling,” Lawrence said. “Our entire section decorated, so there are giant paper snowflakes and ornaments dangling in the hallways,” Miceli said. “There are bells on the doorknob and giant red bows on the door too.” According to the maintenance office, trees have been set up in Bond Hall, O’Shaughnessy Hall, the Jordan Hall of Science, the Hesburgh Center, the Basilica, the Eck Visitor’s Center, the Main Building and the Stepan Hall of Chemistry. The individual departments purchase the ornaments and decorations, and maintenance teams have been working to set up the arrangements according to the departments’ instructions. Employees decorated the dining halls, and many hall council members oversaw the decorations for their respective dorms. Notable decorations beyond the wreaths on McGlinn and O’Neill Halls include the “Have a Phoxy Christmas” banner outside Pangborn Hall and the cutouts of Santa and Mrs. Claus in the lobby of Walsh Hall. Other campus traditions include Carroll Christmas, an annual Christmas party put on by the men of Carroll Hall, complete with a tree-lighting, a Glee Club performance and refreshments. Another major event is the Dillon Hall Light Show on South Quad, which begins with a performance Sunday at 7 p.m., another show at 9 p.m. and continued performances throughout the week. According to senior Thomas Catanach, one of the organizers, about 6,000 LED lights are used to create the show. “Basically, we have a bunch of strands of Christmas lights suspended from the building and divided into different sectors,” Catanach said. “The sectors are choreographed to Christmas songs, and it’s all coordinated by computer.” Although impending finals can add great stress to the last few weeks of the semester, many students said they refuse to let them put a damper on their holiday joy. “We make up for the sadness and stress that finals bring by decorating and celebrating Christmas,” Miceli said.last_img read more


New York moves forward with plans to install 3GW of battery storage

first_imgNew York moves forward with plans to install 3GW of battery storage FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) on Monday filed its energy storage implementation plan, which aims to incentivize deployments and help the state meet its 3 GW by 2030 target.The plan targets retail and bulk market storage incentives, allocating $130 million and $150 million toward growth in those sectors, respectively, and proposing the remaining $70 million of a $350 million fund be allocated toward “opportunities that have the greatest potential to build a self-sustaining storage market.”NYSERDA’s filing is “an enormously positive step” in the state’s deployment goals, Bill Acker, executive director of New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST), told Utility Dive. It will advance New York’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030 and shift to 100% carbon-free electricity by 2040, he said.The plans follow Gov. Cuomo’s announcement earlier this month of new emissions regulations aimed at phasing out less efficient power plants and encouraging plant owners to replace the lost capacity with battery storage or other clean energy options. Along with the storage target, the state also wants to add 9,000 MW of offshore wind by 2035 and 6,000 MW of distributed solar by 2025.Under NYSERDA’s plan, “incentives are offered at a fixed amount per AC kWh of usable storage capacity.” Retail incentives can be applied to standalone or paired storage projects of 5 MW or less, considered on a first-come, first-serve basis, starting at $350/kWh and winding down as each funding block is filled.More: NYSERDA targets retail and bulk storage incentives as state aims for 3 GW by 2030last_img read more


5 success factors for collaborative teams

first_imgAt CEO Institute II at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., last Wednesday, attendees spent the morning discussing a fictional case study about a cross-functional team that wasn’t working well.The obstacles faced in the case included personality conflicts, a weak CEO and an overall corporate culture that didn’t support collaboration.Before the discussion, Beta Mannix, associate dean for executive MBA programs, Ann Whitney Olin professor of management and professor of management and organizations, asked attendees to think about a work group they were leading or a part of and what obstacles it faced. After the discussion, she asked them to consider whether their team faced some or all of the issues highlighted in the case study.In all, Mannix said successful collaborative work is built on the following five factors: continue reading » 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


Corporate CUs proposal includes NAFCU-sought changes

first_imgThe NCUA Board Thursday proposed a rule to amend the agency’s corporate credit union rules, which includes some NAFCU-sought changes. In addition, the board finalized the interagency policy statement on the current expected credit loss (CECL) standard, received briefings on the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF) and credit union mortgage rates, and briefly discussed the agency’s selling of the majority of its taxi medallion loan portfolio.The agency Wednesday evening announced the sale of the majority of its taxi medallion loan portfolio to Marblegate Asset Management LLC and released an FAQ. NAFCU had urged the NCUA to do whatever was necessary to obtain fair pricing, which was integral to both the health of the NCUSIF and the impact on the value of taxi medallion loans still held at some credit unions. NAFCU will evaluate NCUA’s actions to see if these two goals have been achieved.Proposed rule on corporate credit unionsThe proposal to amend Part 704 would make four notable changes:permit a corporate credit union to make a noncontrolling, de minimis investment in a natural person CUSO without the CUSO being classified as a corporate CUSO; continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more