1 Mar

A skier switches mountains

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. Read our full Commencement coverage.Not long ago, Elizabeth Strong ’15 was carving a path toward the rarefied field of professional sports. The Colorado native had attended the Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy, a high school for elite alpine skiers and boarders where classes were sandwiched among training, practices, and competitions. To prepare for the long ski season, Strong and her classmates trained in South America in the fall and then traveled to Canada and Europe for races in winter.While many of her classmates went on to pursue Olympic glory, Strong, a coveted collegiate recruit, came to Harvard confident in her skiing ability (her twin sister, Anne, will captain the Dartmouth College ski team next season), but less certain how her academic life would unfold.“I had no idea what to expect coming here, and it was definitely intimidating” to come to Harvard from a high school where athletics were the top priority, she said. “But it’s been really exciting, and it’s really fun being in the middle of something where everyone is really excited about what they’re doing.”As a competitive skier, Strong regularly rose before dawn and made her way from Cabot House to Harvard’s athletic facilities in Allston to make the two-hour trip to New Hampshire with her coach and teammates for practice. By the time she disembarked at the Science Center for her first class of the day, it would be early afternoon. On weekends, Strong left town to compete in collegiate and international races during a ski season that ran from October to April. That grueling schedule made it difficult for her to be fully immersed in her new and growing passion for mechanical engineering. So this year, she chose to set competitive skiing aside.“I came here as a fully dedicated athlete. It was the only thing I knew how to do,” Strong said. But “each year academics became a bigger and bigger part of my life.”In summer, Strong worked in a materials science lab, and designed beams, roofs, and a building foundation for a local structural engineering firm. She also helped study the structural integrity of beams holding up an old Boston wharf. “That was really fun, and I realized I wanted to figure out why something is working instead of designing something to work,” she said.Strong’s senior thesis looked at the link between the shape and the performance of bird beaks on Darwin’s famous finches. Using finite element analysis, fine CT scans of the beaks were converted into complex computer models. The models were then tested to see how stress is distributed throughout the beak when force is applied, in the hope of learning if beak shape affects what the birds can eat (it does) and whether form does indeed follow function (why, yes, it does).“More broadly, what I’m interested in is the idea that nature has already solved a lot of structural problems, so if we can look at natural solutions, maybe we can learn something that we can engineer ourselves,” Strong said.Strong will enter graduate school at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall to begin work on a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering.“What’s been amazing for me is to follow her evolution,” said Strong’s thesis adviser, Katia Bertoldi, the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Natural Sciences at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). “She came here with the goal to be an awesome skier — and she did — but then she’s grown, and now her dream is to be a faculty member. It’s been fun to see.”last_img read more

1 Jan

Howard Printing Earns First and Second Place Awards

first_imgHoward Printing Earns First and Second Place AwardsBRATTLEBORO, VT — Howard Printing, Inc, a commercial offset printing company serving clients in Brattleboro, Keene (NH), Greenfield (MA), and throughout the tristate region, won a first-place “Pinnacle” award and a second-place “Award of Recognition” in the inaugural Awards of Excellence Competition presented by the Printing Industries of New England (PINE).PINE selected Howard Printing for the “Pinnacle” (Best of Category) award for the Bears in the Valley Auction Catalog, which was produced for the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce. The catalog was designed by Howard Printing in collaboration with Sarah Shippee, the Chamber point person. The principal photographer was Mark Linton of West Dover, with additional photographs supplied by Shippee. Limited copies of the catalog are still available for sale at the Chamber office on Main Street in Wilmington.Howard Printing earned the second-place “Award of Recognition” in the Greeting Card/Invitation/Program/Postcard category for the Canal Street Redevelopment postcard, which was produced for SVE Associates, a private civil/survey engineering consulting firm with offices in Brattleboro, Bennington, White River Junction, Rutland, Keene, and Greenfield. The postcard was one of a series designed by Chuck Gibson Design of Hanover (NH).”I am extremely proud of our team here at Howard Printing for their dedication to detail and quality, and thrilled to be able to share this recognition with our clients, says Howard Printing founder and president Greg Howard.The competition attracted 340 entries from 56 printing and imaging companies in New England. Awards were announced at a gala on November 1, 2007, in Framingham (MA). Winners were featured in the December 2007 issue of the New England Printer & Publisher magazine.Each entry was judged on its own merit in a category with similarly printed pieces, by a panel of three non-New England printing experts. The judging criteria, which focused on technical quality and print execution, included: registration, clarity and neatness, sharpness of halftones and line drawings, richness and tonal qualities of color, paper and ink selection, ink coverage, difficulty of printing, effective contrast or softness, overall visual impact and bindery.According to PINE President James Tepper, “Only those printers who produced truly exquisite work were honored. Those printers receiving awards can take pride as being recognized among New Englands finest printers.”PINE is a 118-year-old organization and the largest trade association to serve printing and graphic communications companies throughout New England. PINE serves more than 430 member companies through a wide range of products and services that enhance member profitability. The Association is affiliated with the worlds largest graphic arts trade association, Printing Industries of America / Graphic Arts Technical foundation.Founded in 1991, Howard Printing is a full-service printing company providing one- to four-color offset printing, desktop publishing and design services, computer-to-plate prepress technologies, and bindery operations. In addition, Howard Printing is the publisher of “The ABC’s of Vermont” coloring book and of the “New England Showcase” real estate magazine, a free publication which can be found on newsstands and online at http://www.newenglandshowcase.com/(link is external).For more information, visit Howard Printing online at http://www.howardprintinginc.com(link is external) or contact Howard at 802-254-3550 or [email protected](link sends e-mail).###last_img read more

8 Dec

New York rental relief program deadline extended

first_imgYou can apply by clicking here. If you wish to apply, you must meet the following criteria: The programs helps those who have been impacted financially by the pandemic. Be a renter with primary residence in New YorkYour household income must have been below 80 percent before March 1, 2020. Families with the lowest income will be prioritized.Household must pay more than 30 percent of gross monthly income for rent before March 1, 2020Applicants have less monthly income between April and July 2020 than they did before March 1, 2020. (WSTM/WBNG) — The deadline to apply for New York’s COVID Rent Relief Program has been extended to Aug. 6.last_img read more

17 Oct

BLOG: Making the Most of Opportunities in Agriculture

first_imgRead more agency year in review blog posts.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf January 28, 2016 BLOG: Making the Most of Opportunities in Agriculture SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Environment,  The Blog,  Year in Review When I returned to the department following Governor Tom Wolf’s inauguration, I said these are extraordinary times to be in the industry. There are a number of opportunities and challenges, but we are on a path to addressing those challenges and making the most of those opportunities.Over the past year, we have accomplished a great deal in areas central to our core mission of protecting consumers and safeguarding animal health, and of creating new market opportunities for producers. At the same time, we continue looking further down the road to how we can best position the industry for long-term viability and success.With the threat of highly pathogenic avian influenza, or HPAI, and the discovery of the spotted lanternfly, the departments’ established relationships with local government and industry proved critical to protecting producers and communities throughout the commonwealth.We also continued to help producers tap new markets, such as organics, and helped bring new people into production agriculture in 2015. This year, the department received $617,000 in federal Organic Cost Share Program funds, which reimburse operations up to 75 percent of their eligible organic certification costs and the department’s Center for Farm Transitions provided technical assistance to nearly 1,200 beginning farmers.Thinking about farm transitions is just one of the ways we focused on the future of agriculture in 2015. There will be nearly 75,000 job vacancies within the next decade in our agriculture and food industries, and we need trained workers to fill those positions. Working with our sister agencies, employers, schools, universities, career and technical education programs, and veterans’ organizations, among others, we have begun a dialogue about creating sustainable pathways, making the linkage from the classrooms to careers in the agriculture and food industries.We realize that while looking at the opportunities, we have to continue to work to aid those who need us most. Governor Wolf signed an Executive Order to coordinate Pennsylvania’s food and nutrition programs. According to Feeding America’s “Map the Meal Gap” data, more than 1.8 million Pennsylvanians – one out of seven – are at risk of hunger and may not know where their next meal is coming from. That number includes more than 564,000 children, or one in five. In his 2015-16 budget proposal, the governor made the largest investment in years to the commonwealth’s food security systems, proposing $3 million dollars to fund, for the first time, the Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System (PASS).Finally, what a tremendous way to cap off 2015 and ring in 2016 with the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show! Exhibitors and visitors from all corners of the Mid-Atlantic arrived to Harrisburg to experience the largest indoor agricultural event in the United States for its centennial year. More than 10,000 competitive exhibits and nearly 300 commercial exhibitors were on display within the 24 acres spread throughout the complex’s 11 halls and three arenas. With the unusual warm January weather, the family-oriented atmosphere and low prices continued to bring in spectators all week, with more than 62,000 vehicles parked from Saturday through Friday.Looking ahead, we will continue to focus on issues that have long-term implications for the future – two of which we have laid the groundwork for this year: improving water quality and developing a strategic plan for Pennsylvania agriculture. Additionally, we have begun facilitating the development of a 10-year strategic plan for Pennsylvania agriculture. By bringing together private sector stakeholders, we have held listening sessions to gather ideas on where we need to go as an industry to capitalize on emerging opportunities and avoid looming threats.Indeed, it is an exciting time to be in agriculture. People are more focused on the quality and origins of their food. Improving technology is creating tremendous prospects. We want to be sure Pennsylvania is at the forefront of this growth potential and that we have the tools, resources and knowledge we need to make the most of it. After 2015, I’m confident we are off to a great start. By: Russell Redding, Secretary of Agriculturelast_img read more

26 Sep

UWP delegates conference scheduled for January 8th

first_imgLocalNews UWP delegates conference scheduled for January 8th by: – November 9, 2011 Tweet Share Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! 8 Views   no discussions Senator Ronald Green, Leader of the United Workers Party. (file photo)The Opposition United Workers Party (UWP), who has not had a delegate’s conference for the last four years, has announced that one has been scheduled been scheduled for January 8th, 2011.This decision follows a meeting with the management committee on Monday night.Leader of the UWP, Senator Ronald Green said nominations will be held in December.“It is an important party event, and it is preceded by a meeting of all the chairmen of the constituency branches throughout the country which is called the Nominations Committee, and when they proceed to nominate members of various positions in the party; and that is carded for the 17th of December 2011” he said.Green also indicated that he is uncertain as to whether he will contest the leadership position claiming that the decision will be taken by the nominations committee.“Well, we will determine that, that’s what the nominations committee determines on the 17th of December when the various chairmen from all over the country meet under the leadership of a nominations committee chairman who will conduct the event,” he said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

21 Sep

Poyet: Job is still not done

first_img Should Poyet complete the mission he was handed in October last year, he will head off on his summer break to enjoy a well-earned rest, although he admits there will still be hard work to be done before he can do that. He said: “There are so many things to do, I don’t know where I am going to start. But depending on Wednesday or Sunday, of course the first thing is the players. “There are plenty of players who have been in a tricky situation without contracts, and they have been playing and they have been fighting and they have been suffering and playing with pain, and I think they deserve my first spare time, so that’s going to be the first move. “Then, I suppose, pre-season, and then a little bit of relaxation with the wife – she’s going to kill me as well.” Head coach Gus Poyet is refusing to take anything for granted after dragging Sunderland to within touching distance of safety. But having seen Crystal Palace launch an astonishing late fightback to deny title-contenders Liverpool victory on Monday evening, Poyet will leave nothing to chance. Asked if he ever feared Sunderland had passed the point of no return, he said: “We are realistic – I have said that word here many, many times, ‘realistic’. It was becoming more and more difficult. “When you have got 10 games, you think, ‘If we win four or five, we are going to be all right’. Then you have got six and you are still there – it’s more difficult, no doubt. “We hadn’t won three games in a row in the whole season and we have done it now in style – Chelsea, at Old Trafford and at home against Cardiff when that was probably the biggest game of all. “That’s football, I suppose. Listen, after the game yesterday, I think we all agree that anything can happen at any time, so you need to be spot-on, especially in the Barclays Premier League. “You need to be at an incredible level because even in other parts sometimes when a team goes 3-0 down, they think ‘Let’s lose 3-0 now, there’s no chance we are going to get back’. But here, yes, you can come back. “It was good that game for us, it was good. It was a little bit back to tension, back to tomorrow, to the end, to the last minute like we did at Old Trafford. “One-nil or 2-0 or whatever score it is if you are lucky enough to be up, you need to really work hard to keep that result because it’s a great opportunity.” Press Association The Black Cats looked doomed just a few weeks ago when they slipped seven points adrift of 17th place in the Barclays Premier League, and few observers gave them any chance of avoiding the drop. However, a return of 10 points from a possible 12 – from trips to Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United either side of a must-win home clash with Cardiff – has rekindled their hopes to such an extent that even a point against West Brom at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday night would almost certainly be enough to preserve their top-flight status. last_img read more