Today, academic research is my job. I defended my Harvard Ph.D. dissertation in the spring, and now hold a research scholarship at the University of Chicago. For years before I began doctoral studies, however, academic research was my primary extracurricular activity — something I just did for fun.I first discovered my appetite for research through high school summer programs, like the Research Science Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a series of high school science fairs. Following my high school explorations, I conducted research while an undergraduate at Harvard, both during the academic term and through summer research fellowship programs, including the Harvard College Program for Research in Science and Engineering.My research work has been blessed with a wealth of advisers, collaborators, and resources. It has guided my academic life, and has even strengthened my already close-knit family ties. My brother, Paul M. Kominers MIT ’12, and I have developed similar research interests and have collaborated on several projects.Given all the value — not just professional, but personal — of my research experiences, I have sought to give back to the science community by helping the next generation of students gain access to research. To that end, I have regularly volunteered as a mentor to younger students, particularly those at summer research programs, and have in addition come home to judge at ScienceMONTGOMERY, my county’s middle and high school science fair in Maryland, which is affiliated with the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.This year, I was able to take my contribution to a new level. Jointly with four of my Harvard peers — Shiv Gaglani ’10, Maria Elena De Obaldia ’08, Dayan Li ’11, and Carol Y. Suh ’11 — I have recently completed co-authorship of a handbook to high school science research, “Success with Science: The Winners’ Guide to High School Research” (Research Corporation for Science Advancement, 2011, www.successwithscience.org).Like me, my four co-authors began their careers in science research as early as high school, and all achieved success in science fairs at that level. Also like me, they have felt driven to make research accessible to others through teaching, volunteer work, and involvement in campus research organizations like the Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association (which Gaglani founded).Through our research and volunteer work, my co-authors and I have come to understand a corpus of knowledge about student research that is general and teachable. By collaborating on “Success with Science,” we have been able to share this knowledge with a broad audience. Moreover, in this project we have made our experiences (augmented by those of more than 50 of our science fair contemporaries) tangible, communicating our passion for research to other students. And we have been lucky enough to also bring a faculty perspective: Harvard Professors Dudley R. Herschbach A.M. ’56, Ph.D. ’58, and Lisa Randall ’83, Ph.D. ’87, respectively, wrote the book’s foreword and afterword, reminding readers that early experience can lead to a lifetime of research.At ScienceMONTGOMERY this year, in addition to judging, I distributed copies of the new handbook (just as some of my co-authors did at their own hometown science fairs). Talking to students and parents about the book, I was able to see its effects firsthand. Some of the students took the book home the night they set up their projects, and stayed up reading it. Even more significantly, several students told me that they admired my classmates’ and my model of sharing our knowledge with the next students in the pipeline — and that they themselves aspired to give back to the student research community as soon as they could.If you’re an undergraduate or graduate student and have an essay to share about life at Harvard, please email your ideas to Jim Concannon, the Gazette’s news editor, at Jim_Concannon@harvard.edu.
Notre Dame reopened on a limited basis Tuesday afternoon and will resume regular scheduling Wednesday, following the shutdown forced by inclement weather Monday.The city of South Bend and St. Joseph County lifted the state of emergency at noon on Tuesday, and an email from the University stated that classes will resume at their regularly scheduled times for Wednesday.The email asked all University staff to report to work at their next regularly scheduled starting time. The dining halls and LaFortune Student Center will resume normal hours Wednesday.Although the travel ban has ended, all students, faculty, staff and others were urged in the email to keep road and weather conditions in mind, dress warmly in the cold temperatures and use caution when traveling to, from and on-campus.All students, faculty, staff, fans and others are urged to keep road and weather conditions in mind, dress appropriately and use caution when traveling to, from and on campus for athletic events.Tags: Campus Reopened, Polar Vortex, South Bend, St. Joseph County read more
In its weekly meeting Wednesday, the Notre Dame student senate met to discuss the upcoming changes to residential policies announced last spring by the Division of Student Affairs — specifically, the “senior exclusion policy” which would prevent seniors living off campus from participating in hall sports teams, hall dances and other events.Daniel Feldmeier, sophomore senator from Siegfried Hall, opened up the discussion with a question about the exclusion policy.“What is the end goal of the senior exclusion policy?” Feldmeier said. “I just wanted to make that clear.”James Bathon, senior senator from Keough Hall, clarified that the policy is not yet in place, only likely to be enacted at some point in the future. Feldmeier refined his question’s wording after the clarification.“To be more specific, to tell the administration that we will not accept these policies or that we will accept these policies with a contingency,” Feldmeier said.Jordan Theriault, the sophomore class council president, answered Fledmeier’s question by speaking about a planned open forum next week in the Duncan Student Center with Heather Rakoczy Russell, the associate vice president for Residential Life, who met with the Senate earlier this year.“We’re trying to figure out what to do next. And basically kind of what you said, it’s just nothing finalized,” Theriault said. “But next Monday, Ms. Russell is going to come to the Duncan Student Center to the Midfield Commons. It’s going to be kind of like a forum. The idea is that we filter questions for basically what the class is feeling. I don’t think people understand necessarily what the policy is.”Theriault also said he spoke about meeting with rectors and RAs but was unable to get much information on the policy. Senior Quentin Colo, off-campus senator, also commented that the senator’s hands are ultimately tied compared to the power of the University.“I was just gonna say, I don’t know how strong a bargaining chip is here, so the ‘repealing’ might be the wrong word because the best thing we can do, unfortunately, is send a resolution to Ms. Russell’s desk, but you can read,” he said. “That being said, if anyone is interested in signing a resolution condemning the senior exclusion policy, I’m interested in next session.”Theriault said that the sophomore class council planned to send an email the following morning to inform the student body about the upcoming forum meeting with Rakoczy Russell on Monday in Duncan.Earlier in the year, the sophomore class council had discussed sending a proposal to the University about the senior exclusion policy. Responding to questions about that proposal from senators, Theriault said that the proposal was not sent out due to concerns about students not knowing enough about the policy to provide helpful information about the policy.After the discussion, those in attendance broke up into smaller groups of five to plan policy for the spring semester. The senate will meet one more time this semester next week.Tags: division of student affairs, residential life, senior exclusion policy, sophomore class council, Student government read more
The X Factor victor and three-time Brit nominee Alexandra Burke will step into the role of Rachel Marron, the role originated on stage by Heather Headley, in the West End musical The Bodyguard. Burke will begin performances on June 2. Current Rachel Beverley Knight will play her final performance on May 31 and British TV and stage star Tristan Gemmill will continue in the role as Rachel’s bodyguard, Frank Farmer. The production runs through August 30 at the Adelphi Theatre. The Bodyguard, based on the 1992 Oscar-nominated film, tells the story of former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer (Gemmill), who is hired to protect pop star Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. The Bodyguard features some of Whitney Houston’s greatest hit songs including “Queen of the Night,” “Saving All My Love,” “Run to You,” “I Have Nothing,” “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “I Will Always Love You.” The musical is directed by Thea Sharrock. Burke rose to fame after winning the fifth season of The X Factor. Her debut number one single, “Hallelujah,” sold over one million copies in the UK, a first for any British female soloist. With Burke’s first album, Overcome , came two subsequent number one singles: “Bad boys” and “Start Without You.” Her second album, Heartbreak on Hold, released in June 2012 and her third will release later this year. View Comments read more
View Comments Kelli O’Hara & Ken Watanabe in ‘The King & I'(Photo: Paul Kolnik) The King and I bid farewell to Tony winner Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe on April 17, and the two left with the revival whistling a happy tune. The show grossed $1,013,157 this past week, marking the first time since the winter holidays that the production reached seven figures. Meanwhile, five usual suspects topped the board: The Lion King, the newly Pulitzer-awarded Hamilton, Wicked, Aladdin and The Book of Mormon. Waitress, which opens officially on April 24, had its highest-grossing week yet at $937,590; the Sara Bareilles tuner will likely join the millionaire’s club as press previews die down. Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour played its first preview on April 16; in the one performance, it exceeded 100% capacity and was just shy of reaching its full gross potential.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending April 17:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($1,939,509)2. Hamilton ($1,678,620)3. Wicked ($1,612,361)4. Aladdin ($1,451,714)5. The Book of Mormon ($1,343,502)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Tuck Everlasting ($339,031)*4. Eclisped ($303,684)3. Disaster! ($287,222)2. The Father ($226,272)**1. Paramour ($190,774)***FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (101.97%)2. Hamilton (101.55%)3. Waitress (100.54%)*4. Paramour (100.05%)***5. Shuffle Along (99.81%)*UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Kinky Boots (64.44%)4. Blackbird (62.43%)3. Fiddler on the Roof (62.33%)2. Jersey Boys (59.14%)1. Disaster! (45.81%)* Number based on eight preview performances** Number based on two preview performances and six regular performances***Number based on one preview performanceSource: The Broadway League read more
University of GeorgiaGrowers will get a look at organic Vidalia onions and otherresearch results at the annual Vidalia Onion Field Day April 6near Lyons, Ga.The event will be at the University of Georgia Vidalia Onion andVegetable Research Center on Georgia Highways 178 and 147 betweenLyons and Reidsville.It will begin with a sponsored lunch at noon. Visits to researchplots will follow from 1 to 3 p.m. Farmers will be able to seefirsthand, among other things, the results of UGA research on: Vidalia onions grown organically under plastic mulch.Variety trials.Disease screening studies.Herbicide evaluations.Fertility studies. For directions or to learn more about the program, the researchor the research center, call George Boyhan at (912) 681-5639 orRandy Hill at (912) 565-7822. Or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. read more
According to the Oneonta Fire Department the fire broke out around 2:20 a.m. on Cedar Street in Oneonta. Multiple crews assisted in the fire including the West Oneonta Fire Department, the Otego Fire Department, Lauren’s EMS. ONEONTA (WBNG)- A family of four is displaced after a fire broke out early Wednesday morning. There were no injuries involved. The Oneonta Fire Department is currently investigating the cause. This is a developing story stay with us for further updates. read more
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Loading… Napoli’s negotiations for Victor Osimhen have moved a step closer after the Lille forward hired a new agent. It was reported exclusively to Football Italia yesterday that the hold-up had been due to Osimhen’s previous agent trying to negotiate extra bonuses for himself. Now, Sky Sport Italia reports the Nigerian has turned to William D’Avila to oversee the completion of his transfer to Napoli. D’Avila already has several African players on his books, including Younes Belhanda, Samuel Kalu, Emmanuel Dennis and Aston Villa winger Trezeguet.Advertisement In the meantime, Osimhen’s old representatives are ready to take him to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over what they deem to be unfair dismissal. read also:Ex-Lille coach Sacramento shows more interest in Osimhen’s Spurs move However, as that is a separate case, it should not cause any further delays in his proposed move to the Partenopei, worth a reported €81m. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Reasons Why You Aren’t Getting The Tasks DoneThese TV Characters Proved That Any 2 People Can Bury The HatchetThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo6 Movies Where A Car Plays A Key Role6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The ShowCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket read more