Changes coming to Gen Ed

first_img Digital Giza Project lets scholars virtually visit sites in Egypt and beyond, and even print them in 3D Armchair travels with a purpose Related GAZETTE: How else has the Gen Ed program evolved over the years?CLAYBAUGH: This isn’t the first Gen Ed at Harvard; it’s the second. The first was inaugurated in the aftermath of the Second World War, and it sought to educate students for a “free society.” With our new Gen Ed program, we seek to prepare students for global citizenship. Individual courses grapple explicitly with the global, such as Robert Lawrence and Lawrence Summers’ “The Future of Globalization” or Sunil Amrith’s “Global Gandhi.” We have a course on the Hebrew Bible, and another on the spiritual practices transmitted throughout the African diaspora. We have a course on Shakespeare, and another on anime.GAZETTE: Among the changes to Gen Ed are new requirements for quantitative reasoning with data (QRD). What can you tell us about this change?CLAYBAUGH: QRD courses teach students how to think critically about the data they’ll encounter in their professions and contend with in civic debates. Nothing could be more essential for 21st-century citizenship. Students will learn the computational, mathematical, and statistical techniques they need to work with data. They’ll also learn how to use those techniques in the real world, where data are imperfect and incomplete, sometimes compromised, always contingent. Finally, they’ll reflect on all the questions raised by our current uses of data — questions that are social and ethical and epistemological. We’ve identified a number of courses in an array of departments, at all levels of difficulty, that do all these things — among them, Raj Chetty’s new course in “Using Big Data to Solve Economic and Social Problems.” We know students are going to learn a lot.GAZETTE: If you were a student, what course would you take and why?CLAYBAUGH: That’s a great question! From time to time, when we were reviewing courses, someone would exclaim, “I wish I could take this course!” But it was always a different course for each of us, and that’s what I’d want students to understand: There’s no “best” Gen Ed courses. There are just the courses that are right for you. Students might look for courses on things they’ve always been curious about — music? food? the pyramids? Or they might look for courses that show a familiar topic in a new light, like Susanna Rinard’s course on happiness or John Hamilton’s course on security or Maya Jasanoff’s course on ancestry. This fall, Harvard College will launch a new General Education (Gen Ed) program for undergraduates. The program features 160 courses, including some that have been restructured and many new ones. Professors Suzannah Clark and Amy Wagers, co-chairs of the Standing Committee on General Education, worked to revise the program, which begins this fall under Dean of Undergraduate Education Amanda Claybaugh. The Gazette talked to Claybaugh for a preview of what the new Gen Ed will look like, and how she and her team arrived at this milestone.Q&AAmanda ClaybaughGAZETTE: Can you give us the elevator pitch on Gen Ed, and, in particular, why the courses cross divisions?CLAYBAUGH: The General Education program is the cornerstone of the liberal arts at Harvard. Other colleges tend to organize the liberal arts around a set of distribution requirements or a list of great works, but Harvard offers a special set of courses that show the liberal arts in action. They pose enduring questions, they frame urgent problems, and they help students see that no one discipline can answer those questions or grapple with those problems on its own. Gen Ed courses call on students to synthesize what they’re learning in their other courses and apply it to the world.GAZETTE: What are the changes?CLAYBAUGH: The Gen Ed program was introduced in 2008; in 2016 it was reviewed and now a renewed Gen Ed will launch this fall. In the process, the eight original Gen Ed categories were streamlined into four: Starting this fall, students will take one course each in aesthetics and culture; histories, societies, and individuals; ethics and civics; and science and technology in society. These four Gen Ed courses are now complemented by four distributional requirements. Students will also take one departmental course each in the arts and humanities, the social sciences, and the natural and applied sciences, as well as a course in quantitative reasoning with data.Once these new requirements were in place, the Gen Ed committee had to find courses to fill them. The committee, most recently under the leadership of Suzannah [a professor of music] and Amy [co-chair of the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology], worked tirelessly to reframe existing courses and recruit new ones. And colleagues from across the FAS — and across the University — stepped up and volunteered to do this unusually demanding kind of teaching.We want Gen Ed to be the kind of courses faculty have always dreamed of teaching — and the kind students never forget. Because of that, we’ve put together an incredible team of consultants who work with faculty to ensure that each course is as good as it can possibly be. There are curators who organize museum visits, librarians who create research guides, and specialists in assignment design and academic technology. “We want Gen Ed to be the kind of courses faculty have always dreamed of teaching — and the kind students never forget.” An interview with the current and future presidents of the alumni board that acts as a ‘Socratic steward of the University’ Overseeing progresslast_img read more

The Human Face of Big Data: The Documentary

first_img“Big Data” was not yet a household term when EMC sponsored The Human Face of Big Data more than three years ago. To help the general public understand how technology’s ability to gather, store and analyze massive amounts of information will change our lives, EMC underwrote production of the book by Rick Smolan, creator of the wildly popular “Day in the Life” series of photography books. Three years later, talk of Big Data has moved on to Data Lakes that can now bring data, analytics and applications together seamlessly, enabling organizations to run analytics across all of their data, acting on insights and building new capabilities that were unimaginable before.To see how The Human Face of Data project has evolved, tune in to the hour-long documentary set to air tonight on PBS stations at 10pm ET (check local listings for viewing details).last_img read more

Inmate Accused Of Damaging Chautauqua County Jail Kiosk

first_imgShare: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) Image by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.MAYVILLE – A Jamestown man currently in Chautauqua County Jail is accused of intentionally damaging a kiosk located in a cell block at the jail, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office. Tony J. Stebbins, 33, was charged on April 28 with third-degree criminal mischief by the Criminal Investigations Division of the Sheriff’s Office.Stebbins was arraigned at the jail using centralized arraignment and held due to him facing separate charges from another case.last_img

Despite Threats Taliban Spring Offensive Fails To Launch

first_imgBy Dialogo May 18, 2011 Despite their propaganda, the Taliban have not launched a spring offensive in eastern Afghanistan, the commander of International Security Assistance Force’s Regional Command East said. Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, who also commands the Army’s 101st Airborne Division, spoke with Pentagon reporters via video teleconference from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, as he prepares to turn over command of the region to Maj. Gen. Dan Allyn, commander of the 1st Cavalry Division. Campbell said the operations tempo remained high over the winter as coalition and Afghan forces placed tremendous pressure on the Taliban and allied forces. “We’ve stayed after it,” he said, noting that the amount of enemy munitions and homemade bombs taken off the battlefield was double what it was over the same period last year. “And we really think we’ve changed the dynamics of the battlefield by doing that,” he added, “as the insurgents have tried to come back and do their own spring campaign.” The Taliban said in late April that they were launching a spring offensive and that they would be taking on the coalition and their Afghan brothers. “We have not really seen an uptick in Regional Command East on attacks,” Campbell said. “For about the 30 days prior to (May 1, 2011), the number of insurgent-initiated attacks was between 25 to 30 per month. And that number after (May 1) has continued to be the same.” The Taliban also said they would protect the Afghan people, but one of their first acts was to put a suicide vest on a 12-year-old boy who detonated it in a bazaar, killing seven women and children and wounding 34 other innocent Afghans, he said. “Again, 90 percent of the civilian casualties are caused by the insurgents in Regional Command East,” Campbell said. Meanwhile, the general said, coalition and Afghan forces in the command have their own spring offensive. “We have several operations that are ongoing at this point in time,” he said. “We’ve been very aggressive out there going after the enemy.” Campbell praised the capabilities of the Afghan military and police. “Everything we’ve done over the past year has been ‘shana-ba-shana,’ shoulder to shoulder, with the army, the police and the Afghan border police,” he said. “We’ve really worked at that hard, and I think we can really see the results over the past year.” Afghan forces still need work, Campbell acknowledged, but he noted steady progress over the past year.last_img read more

6 easy tips to take back your financial freedom this Independence Day

first_img 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr You need to figure out what you are currently spending so that you can properly make a budget and see what expenses can be cut back on. No one needs to be told how to make a budget, it is a very simple thing to do, but don’t just read over this part. Really think if you are accurately using a budget, because so few are. Everyone likes to think they have a handle on their expenses, but put it to paper and your tune may change.Create an emergency fundLife can take some crazy turns and after climbing out of an unfortunate financial situation, the last thing you want is to go back. While times are good you need to prepare for the worst. Consider opening a separate account completely separate from your checking and savings. Set aside as enough money to make you feel comfortable should the worst happen.Eliminate unnecessary expensesWhen looking over all the the expenses that you have month to month, chances are you happened upon some things that you paused for when adding to the list. Think hard if you really need that monthly subscription box of artisanal cheeses delivered to your door. Eliminate the unnecessary expenses so you can pay off the non-negotiable ones such as mortgage, insurance and Netflix a lot easier.Keep track of your retirement fundIt is never too early (or too late) to start putting money away. The best way to save for retirement is to take full advantage of programs that your employer offers such as a 401k or an IRA. Get familiar with the program you are enrolled in so that you can maximize any employer match on investing in your future. Figure out where you standTake stock of your finances and assets to properly calculate your net worth. Remember net worth doesn’t just include the obvious things such as your car or your home, it means everything you own. That right, that obscure antique coin collection in the back of your closet is an asset as well. Once you have the total value of your possessions, add in your income and any other cash on hand then simply subtract any debts that you owe and payments you make and now you have your net worth.Pay back your debtYou are not truly free when you owe money. Settling debt should be the forefront of your financial planning goals. Paying debt back is easier when you think about your net worth; money may be leaving your account, but you are not actually losing any, in fact you are saving yourself money by paying it off sooner. So in essence, you are making money by paying it off as fast as possible.Track what you spendlast_img read more

Conti Jewelers holds bridal event

first_imgConti Jewelers President Chris Daniel said the event is a great opportunity for brides and grooms to get a vast selection of options for their wedding. Vendors were on hand showcasing everything from DJ’s to floral arrangements with Conti offering 20% engagement rings and wedding bands. The event also included baskets and gift card giveaways. ENDWELL (WBNG) — With wedding season just around the corner, Conti Jewlers held their Down the Aisle bridal event Saturday. “Whenever we have an event like this we bring in outside vendors and you get a much larger selection of items to choose from than you normally would have,” said Daniel. last_img

Dengue fever kills more than COVID-19 in Central Java

first_imgForty people across Central Java have died from dengue fever in the last three months, the Central Java Health Agency reported, making the mosquito-borne disease deadlier than COVID-19, which has claimed 27 lives in the province as of Thursday.Central Java has recorded 2,155 cases of dengue fever to date in 35 regencies and cities, said agency head Yulianto Prabowo.”The highest case is recorded in Cilacap regency with 216 infections and three deaths, followed by Semarang municipality with 154 cases and two deaths, as well as Jepara with 136 cases and one death,” Yulianto said on Thursday as quoted as He added that other regions had also reported a high number of cases, such as Banjarnegara regency with 62 cases and three fatalities, Banyumas regency (132 cases and three deaths) and Klaten (131 cases and three deaths).Read also: Frequently asked questions about dengue fever”The dengue fever outbreak is a recurring problem in all parts of Central Java because the disease is endemic in this tropical country,” Yulianto said.He urged residents to remain alert and eradicate mosquitos in their environment, especially the Aedes aegypti, which is the main carrier of the disease.“Assign a jumantik [mosquito larvae controller] in every residential area, office and school. Make sure no mosquito larvae are found in the area, as the environment plays a huge role in the growth of the mosquito population.”The country has been battling with a dengue fever outbreak since early this year, while it is also struggling to fight the COVID-19 outbreak. According to data from the Health Ministry, more than 41,000 people have been infected by dengue fever across the archipelago as of Tuesday, with more than 260 dead.East Nusa Tenggara and North Maluku are among the hardest-hit regions by the disease. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Lead architect for 443 Queen Street is sold on her own design

first_imgLead architect Libby Watson-Brown and her husband couldn’t resist buying an apartment in a development she helped design — 443 Queen Street.LEAD architect Libby Watson-Brown has bought an apartment in 443 Queen Street because of one main factor.“We’ve designed a home I want to live in,” Ms Watson-Brown said.“There’s plenty of joinery, balconies with room to move and naturally lit and ventilated bathrooms.“It’s an exceptional address, a site that juts out into the river, with views down two reaches and that has made it possible to design homes unlike anything else in Brisbane.”Ms Watson-Brown and her husband have bought an apartment in 443 Queen Street in Brisbane City, being developed by Cbus Property and marketed by CBRE Residential Projects, and is looking forward to relocating from her leafy home in St Lucia. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago443 Queen Street designed to embrace Brisbane’s subtropical climate, while providing pure luxury to its residence.“Downsizing from a house and garden to an apartment doesn’t have to mean letting go of what you love about living in Brisbane so our design establishes a new standard for luxury in the heart of the city,” she said.Designed in a collaboration between Architectus and WOHA the team focused on creating an apartment that embraced subtropical living.The 264 apartments all have river views and natural cross ventilation with gardens on every level contributing to a leafy, airy environment above the city.Designed as a huge hanging garden, perched above the river, the recreation deck provides a range of spaces suitable for socialising or some quiet time, with a yoga terrace, dining terrace, a 25m pool, private terraces, pavilions and cabanas. 443 Queen Street designed to embrace Brisbane’s subtropical climate, while providing pure luxury to its residence.Due for completion in 2020 Ms Watson-Brown said the large recreation deck would be ideal for larger family gatherings or entertaining friends but would also allow residents to get to know their neighbours and be part of a vertical community.“We’re creating the indoor-outdoor spaces, protected from the elements and framed by greenery, that are now much sought-after in contemporary Queensland homes,” she said.Since November the project has had more than $75 million in apartment sales, averaging $1.4 million.last_img read more

Five London pension funds on hunt for private debt managers

first_imgFive UK public sector schemes have teamed up to allocate £250m (€285.6m) to private debt.The pension funds for the London boroughs of Ealing, Havering, Lambeth, Wandsworth and Merton have appointed consultants bfinance and JLT Employee Benefits to design the mandate and conduct the manager search.It is the first time the five funds have allocated to private debt, according to a press release from bfinance. Between them they run roughly £4.5bn.Bridget Uku, manager of treasury and investments for Ealing, said her fund wanted to diversify its sources of returns and “increase the fund’s exposure to assets that derive the majority of their returns from income as opposed to capital growth”. “The fund has benefited from its sizeable equity exposure and on the back of these strong returns it agreed to reduce this exposure and use the proceeds to invest into an asset class where the expected total returns still look attractive relative to many other asset classes,” Uku added.All five schemes are members of the London CIV, set up to pool assets across the city’s 32 public sector funds, but the vehicle has yet to launch a private debt strategy.However, earlier this month IPE reported that the London CIV had appointed managers to fixed income mandates, including Ares Management to run private debt and liquid loans.The appointments were pending the completion of legal work, operational due diligence and contractual arrangements, a spokesperson for the London CIV said.Sam Gervaise-Jones, head of client consulting for UK and Ireland at bfinance, said: “Private debt has seen a steady increase in demand in recent years, aided by an ultra-low yield environment and periods of volatility in Europe’s public bond markets since the financial crisis.“By collaborating with their peers, and combining the benefits of private debt investment with the wide benefits that collaboration can offer, these boroughs can achieve significant cost savings and improved control.”last_img read more

German Pensionskassen announce major cuts to reserves

first_imgGermany’s financial regulator has permitted two Pensionskassen to cut their reserve funds to enable them to implement funding recovery plans.The €475m Pensionskasse for the catholic aid organisation Caritas and the €345m Kölner Pensionskasse have made cuts to their actuarial reserves of almost 20%.BaFin moved to close both funds for new business a year ago – the first time it had taken such a step – citing a severe lack of funding.After “intense negotiations”, as one insider put it, the Pensionskassen and their board members have announced a “comprehensive recovery plan”, according to statements from the two funds. For the Caritas Pensionskasse, the recovery plan measures include a 19.9% cut in its actuarial reserve, defined as the present value of future liabilities minus expected contributions. BaFin’s office in FrankfurtAt the Kölner Pensionskasse, which has a significantly younger membership structure, the cut was just over 12%.The actual pension cut for each individual contract still has to be calculated in detail.For the Caritas Pensionskasse the amount necessary to cover both the existing deficit as well as costs for the recovery was calculated to be €146.6m, while the Kölner Pensionskasse required €62.5m.Both Pensionskassen stated that these amounts were “covered by the agreed cuts in future payouts, the offsetting of assets as well as the loss reserves”.No more details are being given out to the public at the moment, according to one source with knowledge of Caritas’ situation.The websites for the two pension funds state that their annual reports 2017 are “to be published shortly”, after being approved by actuaries, auditors and the regulator.Interest rates, longevity hit PensionskassenIn almost identical statements, the two pension funds admitted to having “insufficiently accounted for the long-lasting low interest rate environment and the increase in longevity” in their calculations in the past.The funds also admitted to having “made mistakes in calculating rates”, which led to pension promises – and in turn the 2017 deficit – being “too high”.“Agreeing on the recovery plan is a major landmark for the future of the Pensionkasse and for securing payouts,” said Olaf Keese, chairman of the board both at the Caritas and Kölner Pensionskassen.Since 1 May, Keese has had a new colleague on the boards of both schemes. Robert Müller has been named as a full-time board member on the joint board for the Pensionskassen, replacing Stephan Sander who left at the end of April.Müller joins the Pensionskassen from S-PensionsManagement, the management arm of the Sparkassen pension funds, where Keese was its long-term chairman until 2017.last_img read more