Undergraduate book collecting prize winners

first_img Read Full Story A grandmother’s gift was the inspiration for this year’s winner of the Visiting Committee Prize for Undergraduate Book Collecting.Catherine Katz ’13 was the first place winner for her entry “My Grandmother’s Childhood Library: Collecting Early 20th Century Stratemeyer Syndicate Children’s Series.” Katz said her grandmother’s gift of a half dozen original editions of favorite childhood stories helped foster an early love of books.Those stories included the Bobbsey Twins tales and Nancy Drew mysteries from the 1930s, and Katz said over the years she would hunt through book stores and antique shops in an effort to add to her growing collection. But upon reading revised editions of the Nancy Drew stories written in the ’50s and ’60s, Katz discovered an interesting change.“In the original stories Nancy was clever and adventurous. But in the 1950s and ’60s editions, she was more of an every person and just average,” Katz said. “They changed her to be more relatable to the times.”Established in 1977, the Visiting Committee Prize is awarded annually to recognize and encourage book collecting by undergraduates at Harvard. It is sponsored by the Members of the Board of Overseer’s Committee to Visit the Harvard Library.“Each year we receive some extraordinary entries which demonstrate the unique collecting interests of some of our undergraduates, and this year was no different. The collections submitted to the judges were impressive for their quality and thoughtful approach to collecting,” said Susan Fliss, Interim Librarian of Harvard College.last_img read more

The communications gap on vaccines

first_imgThe number of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children is on the rise, and with it the incidence of preventable diseases such as measles. The health community could reverse the trend by doing a better job of initiating conversation about vaccinations, said participants in a forum at the School of Public Health (HSPH) on Monday.Panelists at “Vaccinating Children: Public Health and Trust” called for rigorous cross-disciplinary research into vaccine hesitancy and the effectiveness of health-communication strategies. The data would be used to develop a toolkit for easing the worries of anxious parents.????Why would anybody hesitate to vaccinate their kids?” said Barry R. Bloom, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor and Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson Professor of Public Health at HSPH. “Where do they get their information? How good is the information? Is it social networks? Is it over the back fence? Is it from moms at school? It’s very hard to develop a strategy if in fact we don’t know the values people are bringing when they come to the pediatrician.”Bloom was joined by Jane Kim, an associate professor of health decision science at HSPH; Richard Malley, a senior associate physician in medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Boston Children’s Hospital, a Harvard affiliate; and Seth Mnookin, associate director of the graduate program in science writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The event was moderated by Philip J. Hilts, former director of the Knight Science Journalism Fellowships at MIT.The vast majority of parents follow the recommended vaccination schedule for their children, but the number of holdouts is significant enough to have caused outbreaks of measles, a disease that the World Health Organization declared eliminated from the United States in 2000. Between 20 and 30 percent of parents selectively vaccinate, delay some vaccines, or have some misgiving about vaccinating their children, according to a recent report from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.Concerns about the safety of vaccines began to bubble up nearly 20 years ago with media coverage of a study that claimed a link between autism and the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine. Doubts persisted even after the study was revealed as a fraud, in part because of misinformation spread online. Pediatricians who downplay or fail to mention the risk of adverse effects while discussing vaccinations with parents may unwittingly fuel anxiety, Malley said.Medical professionals who acquaint themselves with parents’ cultural backgrounds and knowledge of medical issues can offer relevant and targeted information rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, the panelists said. A relatively simple way to learn views on vaccinations is to cover the topic in new-patient questionnaires, Kim noted.Among the barriers to meaningful conversation is time. Wellness visits are on the clock, and shots are usually left until the end. Inoculating the child at the beginning of the visit would give parents and pediatrician more time to talk about the vaccinations, the panelists said. Another possible solution: wider discussion of vaccinations during prenatal visits, when parents are often more receptive to new information and have more time to develop informed decisions.Malley suggested extending outreach beyond pediatricians by educating general practitioners on ways to reinforce accurate information about vaccinations. Bloom called for a checklist that medical office workers, school nurses, obstetricians, gynecologists, and other health professionals could consult to improve communications with parents.Critical to developing a comprehensive communications strategy is research into why parents are anxious and how they make decisions about whether to vaccinate their children on time, on a delayed schedule, or not at all, the panelists agreed. The cost of funding such studies pales in comparison to what the public spends to contain an outbreak of disease, said Mnookin, who noted that when measles resurfaced in San Diego several years ago, the price tag was $10,000 per patient.“We have an opportunity now to not make the mistakes we have made, and we should seize it,” he said. “We’ve seen how quickly you can have outbreaks and how expensive it can get.”The Forum at the Harvard School of Public Health was covered via webcast.last_img read more

Choose soil carefully

first_imgBy Kristen PlankUniversity of Georgia Pick potting soil, prune maples and whip worms on the next “Gardening in Georgia with Walter Reeves” April 30 and May 3. “Gardening in Georgia” airs on Georgia Public Broadcasting stations across Georgia each Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Using the wrong potting soil could be detrimental to your houseplants. Show host and Georgia gardening guru Walter Reeves along with Steve Jarahian from Fafard Soils show how to unearth the best soils.Caterpillars can wreak havoc on cabbage, broccoli and collard plants. Reeves shows how to keep these creatures from ruining crops.Hank Bruno shows how to keep your Japanese maple looking full and beautiful with pruning techniques at Callaway Gardens.“Gardening in Georgia” is coproduced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and GPB. It’s supported by McCorkle Nurseries and the Georgia Urban Agriculture Council.Learn more about the show and download useful publications at the Web site www.gardeningingeorgia.com.last_img read more

BISHCA Vermont hospital budget hearing August 4

first_imgThe Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration (BISHCA) will hold a public hearing to review proposed hospital budgets and take comments from the public on August 4 from 1:30 pm to 5 pm.  BISHCA Commissioner Steve Kimbell and Acting Deputy Commissioner Mike Davis will lead the hearing at the Vermont Department of Labor, 5 Green Mountain Drive in Montpelier.  For the convenience of Vermonters around the state, ten additional sites will provide an interactive video link-up to the hearing: Bennington  – Senior Citizen’s Service Center, 124 Pleasant StreetBrattleboro – Brattleboro Union High School, 131 Fairground Rd, Room 125Lyndonville – 1001 College Road, Lyndon State CollegeMiddlebury – 51 Charles Ave, Hannaford Career Center, 2nd FloorNewport – North Country Union High School, 209 Veterans Ave.Rutland – 8 Stratton Road, Stafford Technical Center, Room 108Springfield – 307 South Street, Howard Dean Education Center, 2nd FloorSt. Albans – Bellows Free Academy-St. Albans, 4 Hospital DriveWRJ – Community College of Vermont, 145 Billings Farm RoadWilliston – Blair Park, 451 Lawrence Place The hospitals’ budget summaries are posted on the BISHCA website; public comments can be posted and read there as well. www.bishca.state.vt.us(link is external)last_img read more

ACUC: Let’s raise credit union awareness this week and every week

first_img 36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jim Nussle Jim Nussle was named president and CEO of the Credit Union National Association in September 2014. Nussle, is a former eight-term congressman and director of the White House Office of … Web: www.cuna.org Details The 2015 America’s Credit Union Conference and the World Credit Union Conference in Denver is here! Whether you’re in Denver or not – if you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re already a credit union champion.In an effort to create future credit union champions and raise consumer awareness of credit unions in and around Denver during this great conference, every U.S. attendee received a travel pack to help them generate positive credit union awareness during their travels to and from Denver. The pack contained a deck of People Helping People cards. These small, shareable cards promote pay-it-forward ideas, pro-credit union facts and guides readers to aSmarterChoice.org – our website that helps everyone find a credit union and learn why credit unions are America’s best financial partner. It’s no secret that credit union people love to strike up conversations on their travels and these cards help make it easy for people learn more about us. I hope that you made good use of them on your first leg of travel and that you leave inspired to engage with folks you meet on your way back home.If you’re looking for other ways to get the word out about credit unions, swing by the CUNA booth at the conference and pick up a People Helping People t-shirt. The messages on the t-shirt will also direct consumers to aSmarterChoice.org. Don’t be surprised if you see hotel staff throughout Denver wearing these same shirts or credit union-friendly buttons promoting the credit union difference. And don’t forget to utilize social media while you’re in Denver! As an added incentive, if you tweet a selfie wearing your People Helping People t-shirt using #theCUway, you’ll receive $50 off registration for 2016 America’s Credit Union Conference in Seattle, Washington.We’re also hosting a meet-and-greet on July 14 in Civic Center Park where we’re giving away free snack tacos to Denver locals courtesy of America’s Credit Unions. The food truck event, part of Civic Center EATS – a Denver food truck event that happens every Tuesday and Thursday in the summer – will be staffed by friendly Mountain West Credit Union Association employees and local credit union staff who can talk about local credit union benefits. Our taco event is already making headlines in Denver newspapers and television news programs!I’m proudly guilty of talking to nearly everyone I meet about the credit union difference, and I’m excited to let everyone who sees me in Denver know by the shirt I’m wearing, the cards I’m carrying, and the food I’ll be eating that I’m a proud credit union member. If you’re here, I hope you’ll join me to help raise credit union awareness. And if you’re not, don’t worry! Just contact me, CUNA, our league partners or our member credit unions to receive these fantastic People Helping People cards to share on your website, in newsletters, print out – there are a number of possibilities. Let’s work together to raise consumer awareness of credit unions not only this week, but every week.last_img read more

Martinez: Unity is our strength

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The credit union movement is stronger due to the three-tiered system that allows credit unions to speak with one voice on issues affecting the system. The tiers refer to credit unions participating at the CUNA level, the state league level, and in their own local communities.“When you show up with your voice, the power of that is huge,” says Brett Martinez, Redwood Credit Union CEO and CUNA Board chair. “When we unify, we can tackle anything in our way.”He addressed nearly 100 credit union board members at the 2019 CUNA Roundtable for Board Leadership Saturday in Phoenix.Without the three-tiered system, it would be much more difficult to address big issues, such as protecting the credit union tax exemption.center_img Brett Martinezlast_img read more

Tioga Smiles Mobile Dental Van to reopen with virus safety measures

first_imgCleaningsX-RaysFillingsExtractions Services include: In order to take advantages of the services, you must be a resident of Tioga County. As of Monday, The department says the fluoride varnish program is being assessed to determine when it can continue. (WBNG) — The Tioga County Health Department announced Monday that the Tioga Smiles Dental Van will begin seeing clients again on Sept. 1.center_img Dental Health Coordinator Nicole Whitmore said in a news release, “Everyone deserves a healthy and happy smile! The staff at Tioga Smiles Dental Van is looking forward to welcoming back our patients and servingour community!” They say COVID-19 safety procedures have been put in place to protect clients and staff. You can schedule an appointment with the dental van by calling 607-972-7552.last_img read more

Alun Wyn Jones: Wales captain calls for response against Ireland in Autumn Nations Cup | Rugby Union News

first_img Alun Wyn Jones to win record 150th Test cap in Friday’s Autumn Nations Cup opener; Wales travel to Dublin on back of five-game losing streak; Jones: “As a playing group, we won’t shy away from the pressure.” By PA MediaLast Updated: 12/11/20 4:44pm Live Tri-Nations Rugby November 14, 2020, 6:00amLive on – Advertisement – Alun Wyn Jones says Wales’ players will not shy away from pressure as they head into their Autumn Nations Cup campaign.Wales launch the new tournament against Ireland in Dublin on Friday, arriving at the Aviva Stadium following five successive defeats.That run included a first loss on home soil to Scotland for 18 years, which was followed by Wales defence coach Byron Hayward departing his job.- Advertisement – Despite Wales’ miserable display against Scotland, Pivac has made just one change, with flanker Justin Tipuric returning after missing that match because of tonsillitis.On the bench, Bristol fly-half Callum Sheedy is set for his international debut, while wing George North will become the youngest player in rugby union history – 28 years, 214 days – to reach 100 Test match appearances (97 for Wales, three for the British and Irish Lions) if he goes on.Friday is 10 years to the day since North first appeared for Wales, when he scored two tries in a 29-25 home defeat against South Africa.Jones added: “It’s a pretty special feat in the game that is rugby union. Hopefully, he will get on and do that honour proud with a good performance.” – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Alun Wyn Jones says the onus is on the players to halt Wales' losing run
Alun Wyn Jones says the onus is on the players to halt Wales' losing run

The capital project of revitalization of the Veli Lošinj Health Resort was presented

first_imgThe Veli Lošinj Spa presented the capital project of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County “Revitalization of the Veli Lošinj Spa”.It is currently being implemented in II. project phase – Reconstruction, upgrade and extension of the Medical tract with hydrotherapy facility for which budget funds in the amount of HRK 15.911.271 (including VAT) are planned. The reconstructed facility will consist of a basement, ground floor, first floor and attic, which would provide specialist and consulting services in the clinics of dermatology and venereology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and physical therapy. The planned time of completion of works is August this year. This is followed by the execution of works on the arrangement of the parking lot and the entrance to the Spa area.”The revitalization of the Spa in Veli Lošinj fits into the strategy of health development of our entire county, but also of health tourism. Because our tradition is our future, as our slogan reads. As we raised Opatija with Thalassotherapy Opatija and branded Crikvenica and Rab, now it is certainly the turn of Veli Lošinj that fully fits into the concept of the island of vitality and development of the destination Lošinj and the entire Kvarner as a health destination”, Said the County Prefect of Primorje-Gorski Kotar Zlatko Komadina.The Mayor of the City of Mali Lošinj, Ana Kučić, emphasized that the Spa is the base on which the City of Mali Lošinj has been building its brand of islands of vitality and health for many years, as well as a platform for health-sustainable tourism. “I am glad that together with the county team we attended the opening of the 2nd phase of the reconstruction of the spa, a project that is extremely important for the City of Mali Losinj, for everything we want to realize in our tourism efforts, in this case in cooperation with the County. I believe that all these investments initiated by the county are aimed at restoring the old reputation by which this complex, but also the entire Mali Lošinj was recognized 125 years ago in these circles and around the world.”, Concluded Kučić.The project of arranging children’s playgrounds and training grounds in the Podjavori Forest Park is part of the revitalization project of the Veli Lošinj Health Center, for which the Ministry of Regional Development and EU funds has approved HRK 500.000. The total value of the project is 815.722 kuna, of which the difference of 315.722 kuna is provided through the County budget. Equipment was installed on the playground and numerous toys were delivered and installed: shaft, spiral slide with tower, combined toy “Serena”, house “Tent”, climber with net, swing 2Snowball “with climber and net, climber with net” Bor ” , hanging carousel and for the carousel “Zvrk”, a sandbox for children and a rocking horse. Some of the playgrounds are functionally adapted for children with disabilities, so the approach to the playground is made in this way.HRK 15.034.230 was invested in the first phase of the project, when the Park I facility with infrastructure was reconstructed.In 2019, it is planned to carry out works on the reconstruction, extension and upgrade of Park II and the kitchen, as well as the preparation of project documentation and obtaining a permit for the reconstruction of Park V, in 2020 it is planned to rehabilitate and conserve Park III and reconstruct the Park. IV, and in 2021, works on the reconstruction of Park V are planned.According to the dynamic plan of activities, which envisages the completion of all phases by the end of 2021, for the implementation of these remaining phases of the development project, it will be necessary to provide about 32 million kuna. In the implementation of the Project, the Decision on the selection of the energy efficiency project for the reconstruction, upgrade and upgrade of the Medical Tract in the amount of HRK 700.000,00 by the Ministry of Regional Development and EU funds is also important.Related news: IT IS TIME FOR US TO START SERIOUS TOURISM SERIOUSLY AND STRATEGICALLY&lt;/p&gt;<br />
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Constitution has way to get rid of Trump

first_imgOur Constitution has served our republic well, and its defects have continually been remedied by its amendments, some of which have been motivated by a crisis survived.Today, many are concerned that a chief executive might engage in visceral and dangerously impulsive actions that imperil diplomatic stability and, ultimately and irretrievably, unleash awesome power at the speed of modern technology for prosecuting total war.The 25th Amendment is, in part, a safety valve. In Section 4, the amendment provides a way to temporarily dis-empower the president.The mechanism for doing such directs “the vice president and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide” to forward an opinion of presidential incompetency. I suggest that the Congress consider crafting a law designating that a majority of the 50 states’ governors may constitute the “such other body.”John HersheyCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more