Oregon State University To Host Academic Conference Devoted To The Music & Culture Of Phish

first_imgOregon State University has announced plans to host the first peer-reviewed academic conference devoted to the music and fan culture of Phish. The conference, dubbed “Phish Studies: An Interdisciplinary Conference On The Band, Its Music & Its Fans,” will take place from May 17th through 19th at the university’s campus in Corvallis, OR.OSU hopes to bring scholars together from diverse academic disciplines while welcoming a wide range of methodological and theoretical approaches to the sonic, narrative, performative, visual, and cultural worlds of Phish, including but not limited to:Music and Lyrics: compositional practice; improvisational strategies; band mythologies, including Gamehendge; questions of genre; historiographyElements of Live Performance: cover songs; concert lighting; venues; fan space and placeFan Culture: fan communities (virtual, face-to-face); fan art; parking lots; tape trading; issues of race, gender, religion, sexuality, disability; Activism; Subcultural identities; Fan mythologiesBusiness: business practices; place within music industry; tape trading; early adoption of the internet; media framing of Phish; influence on American music festival culture; influence on the jam band genreQuantitative Analysis: analyses of setlists, fan show ratings, tour itinerariesProspective participants of the upcoming conference are asked to submit abstracts of 200–500 words for either individual 20-minute papers or 90-minute panel proposals featuring a minimum of three presenters. Read OSU’s statement on the submission process below:Please submit abstracts of 250-500 words for either (a) individual 20-minute papers or (b) 90-minute panel proposals (three presenters minimum). Complete panel proposals should include an abstract for each panelist’s contribution as well as a 250-word (max.) justification for the panel. We encourage proposals from scholars at any stage of their career, including graduate students as well as scholars outside of academia. Abstracts should specify the presenter’s methodological and theoretical approach, summarize conclusions, and specify the broader academic implications of the research. Abstracts are due no later than January 15, 2019.For more information on Oregon State University’s upcoming Phish academic conference, head to the event page here.last_img read more

John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum’s new online library boasts cutting-edge format

first_imgThe Institute of Politics (IOP) has launched a new John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum website featuring discussions and events from the JKF Jr. Forum – and all of it is searchable and downloadable content available to the public. The Forum’s new online home allows visitors to fully enjoy more than three decades of event programming, now offered in a format compatible for almost any device.The John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, managed by the IOP, is Harvard’s premier arena for political speech, discussion and debate, the Forum regularly offers opportunities for learning and engagement with the biggest names in politics and public service.“We call it ‘the sixth course,’” said Rebecca Hummel, MPP 2007 and State Department Senior Advisor, Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan/Pakistan. “The Forum events, the lunchtime talks, the seminars at the research centers – I’ve heard every kind of leader speak at Harvard Kennedy School. I don’t think you get that at any other school.”In the past year, the Forum has hosted former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, actor Cuba Gooding Jr., Chilean President Sebastian Piñera, founding PayPal CEO Peter Thiel, and Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang and many other leaders. Recently, the Institute has also worked in conjunction with HKS’ Alumni Affairs office to take the Forum “On the Road” and offer events in major U.S. cities, including Los Angeles in March for a discussion on the 2012 presidential race. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Megan Marshall ’77 wins Pulitzer

first_imgMegan Marshall ’77 was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for “Margaret Fuller: A New American Life” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2013), her richly detailed biography of the 19th-century author, journalist, and women’s rights advocate who perished in a shipwreck off New York’s Fire Island.Her book “The Peabody Sisters” was a Pulitzer finalist in 2006.Marshall, 59, was a 2006-07 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. At Harvard College, she studied American literature and poetry, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and earning the Harvard Monthly Prize, an award given to the most promising student writer.She currently teaches nonfiction writing and historical research at Emerson College in Boston.For more about the author, read Radcliffe Magazine’s interview with Marshall.Megan Marshall reads from her book, “Margaret Fuller”Megan Marshall, author of Margaret Fuller: A New American Life (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013), reads from her recent biography, which earned the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for biography.last_img read more

Leading through impact

first_img“The best tools and products are invented when you solve a problem that you have in your own work,” says Ryan P. Adams, “because even though you think your problems are special, they’re sometimes very common.”Adams, assistant professor of computer science at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, speaks these words sagely, but he didn’t realize how true they would be when he was wrestling with neural networks a few years ago. In Toronto and then in Cambridge, he was tackling a particularly thorny problem involving prediction and optimization with Jasper Snoek, now a postdoctoral fellow at the Paulson School, and Hugo Larochelle, now at the Université de Sherbrooke in Quebec.From that research, an idea was born that would soon turn heads in Silicon Valley.“We were frustrated, trying to figure out how to tune some algorithms we had come up with,” Adams recalls. “We ended up building this tool for ourselves, and it worked surprisingly well. It caught fire in the community in a way we didn’t expect.”The software they created, a machine learning tool that optimizes the expensive and noisy functions that often arise from data-analysis problems, found applications in difficult research projects across the Harvard campus. “We were collaborating with people designing biomedical robots and turbine blades or solving chemistry problems, and it rapidly made progress,” Adams says.Before long, the team noticed that developers at Netflix were using an early, open-source version of the software, codenamed Spearmint, to experiment with deep learning.“We realized it was starting to be used in industry, and people were calling us asking if they could buy it,” Adams says. “At the same time, machine learning — and deep learning, in particular — was taking off as something many technology giants were investing in.”The team had grown to include Alex Wiltschko, a graduate student at Harvard Medical School, and Kevin Swersky at the University of Toronto. Among the five of them, they had a set of academic credentials that most other machine-learning startups would envy. But they didn’t have much business experience. They reached out to Harvard’s Office of Technology Development (OTD), which partnered with the group to protect the intellectual property and launch a startup named Whetlab. (The OTD also helped ensure that the code would remain freely available for research and noncommercial use.)Sam Liss, director of business development in the OTD, fueled the team’s late-night coding work with sushi platters, provided advice, and connected the quintet with Boston’s entrepreneurial network.“He set us straight,” Adams recalls. “He told us exactly how to do it.”Just 15 months after Whetlab was founded, the startup was acquired by Twitter.“That’s what we do”It’s hardly the first time a Harvard computer scientist has launched a successful company; computer science alumni are at the helm of Zappos, TripAdvisor, and Mark43 — and many of the faculty who taught them have been entrepreneurs, too.Four years after she arrived at the Paulson School, Margo Seltzer, Herchel Smith Professor of Computer Science, co-founded Sleepycat Software to commercialize the database software Berkeley DB. Her company rode the dot-com wave of the late ’90s and took off. Adams calls it a “wild success.”“The timing was wonderful, and we claim no brilliance for it,” Seltzer says. “It was a stroke of good fortune, as many successful startups are. We ran the company for a decade, and we were profitable the entire time.” Sleepycat was acquired by Oracle in 2006.“It takes a huge amount of work, and a willingness to put in the first 40 hours and then the second 40 hours,” Seltzer says. “But that’s what the academic environment is. That’s what we do. Being a professor is not a job; it’s a lifestyle. It’s what the university is about.“As much as I love being in the research and teaching environment, I really do enjoy interacting with customers,” she says. “I like building stuff that people use, and so the idea of actually getting some fruits of our labor into people’s hands and making their lives better was really appealing.”It’s not a one-way street, notes Harry Lewis, Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science. “Invention is a cyclical process,” he says. “Translating a good technology into a product or service that people will want and be willing to pay for can inspire new research ideas.”Research by faculty at the Paulson School has led to a number of promising startups in recent years. Whether using droplet-based microfluidics to analyze genomes, deploying software to facilitate active learning in the classroom, or commercializing robotic graspers, 3-D printers, quantum cascade lasers, or liquid-infused slippery surfaces, new ventures are helping ensure that innovations reach the public. Harvard University research led to 14 new companies in the 2015 fiscal year alone.“They want to be thought leaders, to lead through impact,” says David Parkes, George F. Colony Professor of Computer Science, Harvard College professor, and area dean for computer science. “That really motivates some faculty — and maybe even seeing other people in your field who are doing something similar and thinking, ‘You know what? I can do better than them.’“The time I spend in industry, and especially in startups, is quite inspiring,” he says. “In the classroom, it shows students that you’re in touch with what’s actually going on. Being able to say ‘The theoretical concept we’ve just described is having this kind of impact in industry right now,’ that’s huge.”Research at the frontier“Another important factor, I think, is that CS at Harvard is by design outward-facing,” Lewis says. “Our faculty are leading research programs that intersect with many other areas of science, social science, medicine, law, and so on. They have expertise in many of the hottest areas, and that naturally leads to commercial opportunities.”A flurry of faculty hires in computer science points to some emerging areas of strength, particularly in robotics, systems, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.“I’m happy to say that we’re touching the modern frontier of where computer science is,” says Parkes.Referring to his own area of algorithmic economics, he explains, “There’s a lot of very powerful R&D happening in industry where they have an existing market design and data to drive improvements, but generally they can’t ask — and they won’t ask — ‘What is the completely different design that might be better?’”In other words, the intellectual diversity and academic freedom of the university setting lend themselves to a more deeply creative approach to problem-solving.“Theorists can figure out hard problems, figure out whether something is possible, or how we’re doing relative to the best we can do,” Seltzer says. “I find there’s a real synergy between those of us who think of ourselves as applied and those of us who think of ourselves as theoretical. I’m thoroughly entrenched on the applied side, but you need that breadth.”Students arrive on campus with a similarly diverse range of interests, and while many Harvard computer science graduates do end up in the nation’s top CS departments, a future in academia is by no means the default. “It’s about finding out what they want and then helping to position them for those careers,” Seltzer says.Numerous programs and resources to encourage innovation and collaborations across fields have sprung up across Harvard, particularly in the past few years, contributing to an environment far more supportive than the one Seltzer knew a decade ago, when she sold Sleepycat.“It was barely noticed when we got acquired by the prime company in the area,” she recalls. “There has always been entrepreneurship going on under the radar, something to do in the background, whereas now it’s much easier to do it in the foreground and be open about it.”Parkes credits “the happy combination of outstanding professors, very talented students, and a local ecosystem that is welcoming to startups, with the right venture capital, the right office spaces, the right public transportation, the right schools.”“If you get all this to work,” Parkes adds, “universities get stronger, regional economies get stronger, and the world gets better as well.”Not to mention, it’s fun. “There’s nothing like trying to build something that people want,” Adams says.last_img read more

Tix Now On Sale for Athol Fugard’s The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek

first_img The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek View Comments Related Shows Tickets are now available for the world premiere of Athol Fugard’s The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek off-Broadway. The production will play a limited engagement April 21 through June 7. Opening night is set for May 11 at the Romulas Linney Courtyard Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center.The new play is inspired by the life of South African outsider artist Nukain Mabusa. Aging farm laborer Nukain has spent his life transforming the rocks at Revolver Creek into a vibrant garden of painted flowers. Now, the final unpainted rock, as well as his young companion Bokkie, has forced Nukain to confront his legacy as a painter, a person and a black man in 1980s South Africa. When the landowner’s wife arrives with demands about the painting, the profound rifts of a country hurtling toward the end of apartheid are laid bare.The cast includes Leon Addison Brown, Bianca Amato, Caleb McLaughlin and Sahr Ngaujah. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 31, 2015last_img read more

Georgia Ag Hall of Fame

first_imgHerb Bennett and Ben Copeland, two pioneers in Georgia agriculture, will be inducted into the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame during a ceremony set for Sept. 19 at the Classic Center in Athens. The hall of fame is a program of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.A former University of Georgia Extension agent and poultry scientist, Bennett has been called “the father of the commercial egg industry in Georgia.” He will receive the award posthumously. President of Patten Seed Company, Copeland and his company have been instrumental in making Georgia turfgrass one of the largest agricultural commodities in the state.Improving the poultry industryBennett graduated in 1931 from the UGA College of Agriculture and began his ag career on a dairy farm. He later switched his attention to poultry science, a career change that would greatly benefit the poultry industry.He served as the county agent in Jasper, Madison and Dodge counties and became the UGA poultry specialist in 1944. With funding from the Sears-Roebuck Foundation, Bennett began the 4-H Club Poultry Chains to teach youth the process of raising poultry from chicks to layers. The clubs began in eight counties and grew to include 1,500 boys and girls in 123 Georgia counties by 1954. Today, Georgia 4-H’ers continue to learn about poultry and Georgia’s largest ag industry through poultry judging and poultry projects.Bennett helped launch the industry in Georgia through his sound poultry husbandry techniques that were adopted by other southern states. Bennett’s methods were also translated into Spanish and used to train poultry farmers in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and parts of Central and South America. In the 1950s, his methods were shared through a UGA film, “Feathering the Nest.”He also authored numerous Extension poultry articles including one based on his experience building and operating Georgia’s first 300-foot laying house. Bennett worked as a private poultry consultant from 1961 until his retirement in 1970. Bennett died in 1986.Leading turfgrass productionAt the young age of 14, Copeland worked in the tobacco fields for the company he now leads. As a college student, he spent his summers planting UGA-bred “Tif bermudagrass” on golf courses across the Southeast.After graduating from UGA with a landscape architecture degree in 1967, Copeland started his professional agriculture career designing parks for the Tennessee Department of Conservation. Bill Roquemore, owner of Patten Seed Company, encouraged Copeland to return home to Georgia and work with him in 1970. In 1995, Copeland became president of the company, which now markets 125 million square feet of sod and more than 200,000 pounds of grass seed per year.In addition to managing the company’s turfgrass production, Copeland also manages Patten’s pecan production, which includes a tree nursery that provides more than 30,000 trees annually. More than 80 percent of the company’s pecans are exported to China.The Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame was established in 1972 to recognize individuals making unusual and extraordinary contributions to agriculture and agribusiness industries in Georgia. Inductees are first nominated and then selected by a committee designated by the president of the UGA CAES Alumni Association. Nominees must have impeccable character, be outstanding leaders in Georgia agriculture, have made noteworthy contributions and have received appropriate recognition for achievements and accomplishments in more than one area of agriculture.To register to attend the hall of fame induction ceremony at the CAES Alumni Association Awards Banquet on Sept. 19, go to www.caes.uga.edu/alumni/ or call Juli Fields at (706) 542-3390. To view the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame, go to www.caes.uga.edu/alumni/fame/.last_img read more

How to become an email marketing boss

first_img 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Email. Can’t live with it; can’t live without it. As a consumer, how many times have you scrolled through your inbox and wondered, “why on Earth do I get so much junk mail?!” It’s okay to admit it. I’m a marketer, and I still feel that way about 92.6% of the time. On the flip side, that “junk mail” lets me know about the upcoming can’t-miss concert, the Groupon deal I can’t pass up, and when my car is due for its next oil change. So, like I said, can’t live with it, can’t live without it!For many financial institutions and businesses alike, email marketing is an “easy” and “free” way to market to their customers, and—maybe even—pick up a few new ones. Whether you’re an email marketing novice, or have been at it for some time, there are always new tips and tricks you can learn to improve your skills.Before we dive in, let me start by saying there are a few email marketing rules you cannot afford to break. Read our Do’s and Don’ts of email marketing for the complete list.last_img read more

Bank Indonesia records Rp 11t outflow amid coronavirus fears

first_imgDody added that the central bank’s policy path would depend on the latest developments, adding that BI would intervene if the virus disrupted the country’s economy.BI has injected about Rp 25 trillion into the country’s financial markets amid a sell-off over fears that the rapidly spreading novel coronavirus would hurt the global economy.BI Governor Perry Warjiyo said on Wednesday that the central bank had been buying government bonds in the market to stabilize prices and liquidity as the coronavirus scared off foreign investors.“Do you know how many bonds we have bought from the government with the heavy capital inflow this year? The figure is close to Rp 25 trillion,” Perry said during his remarks at the Mandiri Investment Forum in Jakarta. The rupiah had weakened 0.3 percent against the US dollar to Rp 13,675 as of Friday afternoon. The currency has appreciated about 1.6 percent against the greenback so far this year, Bloomberg data shows.As of Friday afternoon, the 2019-nCoV virus had infected more than 31,400 people across the globe and had killed 638. The spread of the pneumonia-like illness has forced businesses in China to stop or limit their operations amid lockdowns in dozens of provinces.The cooling business activity in the world’s second-largest economy has spurred investors to seek safer assets and leave emerging markets, such as Indonesia.The local stock market has still managed to record a net foreign buy of about Rp 176 billion as of Friday despite the Jakarta Composite Index falling 4.76 percent so far this year. The novel coronavirus outbreak has pushed investors to leave the country’s financial markets, resulting in a foreign outflow of about Rp 11 trillion (US$805.9 million) last week, which has put pressure on the rupiah, a central banker has said.Despite the hefty outflow, Bank Indonesia (BI) has recorded an inflow of Rp 400 billion so far this year.”The outbreak has adversely affected financial markets worldwide as it is also pressuring the rupiah, although the currency appreciated on Thursday,” BI deputy governor Dody Budi Waluyo told reporters in Jakarta.center_img Topics :last_img read more

North Ireland man arrested for coughing on police officers

first_img“A 39 year-old man has been charged with common assault and two counts of attempting to commit grievous bodily harm,” a PSNI spokesman said in a statement.The man is due to appear at Belfast Magistrate’s Court on the charges on Thursday.On Wednesday, Ireland’s health minister Simon Harris said he had been the victim of an apparent prank in Dublin where “a man and woman on the street” coughed at him and then “ran off laughing”.”There’s absolutely nothing amusing about it — it’s quite pathetic,” he remarked of the incident said to have happened Tuesday. A Northern Ireland man has been charged with attempting to commit grievous bodily harm after claiming to have coronavirus and deliberately coughing on police officers, the police service said Thursday. The man was held for common assault following a domestic incident in north Belfast on Wednesday, according to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).It is alleged he then told two arresting officers he had coronavirus before intentionally coughing over them. Harris said there seemed to be a “social media game” entailing videoing such acts. He added that it would be dealt with using “the full vigor of all of the powers that the state has”.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Esvagt Starts Fitting Out SOV Safe Transfer Boats Itself

first_imgEsvagt announced that it will fit out the Safe Transfer Boats (STBs) onboard its Service Operations Vessels (SOVs) itself from now on, and has started with the two STBs onboard Esvagt Mercator, a newly-built SOV chartered by MHI Vestas for the Belwind 1 and Nobelwind offshore wind farms in Belgium. Image: EsvagtThe STBs will now be equipped in-house to give the mechanics an even greater insight into the boats.The vessel operator said that it has fitted out the two STB7 boats (numbers 4 and 5) based on the experience gained from STB operations for MHI Vestas on the Esvagt Supporter SOV, as well as on the experience from building Fast Rescue Boats (FRBs).“We have gained valuable experience from STB7 operations for MHI Vestas on the ’Esvagt Supporter’ that we can incorporate into the design. We know how the STBs work and we understand the tasks they need to perform. This means that we can be even sharper at matching the needs that they must fulfil,” said Søren Westphal, Service Manager for ESVAGT.In addition to implementing the experiences gained, the company said that keeping development in-house is also important.“No-one knows STBs better than we do because we designed them and built them ourselves. And when the STBs need a yearly survey, it will be done in our workshop. This is why there is a valuable synergy to be gained by fitting and equipping them ourselves,” Westphal said.The company stated that the the continual implementation of design experience that has characterised the development of the FRBs has also been used on the STBs, and that this is how Esvagt incorporates its seafaring experience into continual product improvement.last_img read more