March 1

Alan Garber named provost

first_imgPresident Drew Faust announced today (April 15) that Alan M. Garber ’76, the Henry J. Kaiser Jr. Professor, and professor of medicine and economics, at Stanford University, has been appointed the next provost of Harvard University.“Alan is a distinguished academic leader who brings to Harvard an extraordinary breadth of experience in research across disciplines,” said Faust. “He has an incisive intellect, a deep appreciation for the challenges facing research universities, and a loyalty and commitment to Harvard, where he has maintained strong ties since his years as an undergraduate in the College. I am extremely pleased that a person of Alan’s talent, range, and versatility will be joining the University’s senior leadership team.”Garber will succeed Steven E. Hyman, who in December announced his decision to step down at the end of this academic year. Garber’s appointment is effective Sept. 1.“I am excited and humbled by this opportunity to serve an institution that made a profound difference in my own life,” said Garber. “Harvard has a storied history and a present full of remarkable accomplishments and extraordinary strengths. I look forward to helping the University achieve its enormous promise for the future.”Garber first came to Harvard in 1973 as an undergraduate. After graduating summa cum laude in economics in 1976, Garber received a Ph.D. in economics, also from Harvard, and an M.D. from Stanford with research honors. After his graduate work, he served his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.In his academic work, Garber brings an economist’s perspective to critical questions of health policy. His research focuses on ways to improve health care quality and delivery, methods to assess the cost effectiveness and comparative value of health interventions, and how best to structure incentives for cost-effective care. He has served as founding director for both the Center for Health Policy and the Center for Primary Care and Outcomes Research, both at Stanford. Garber currently serves on the steering committee for Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.“Alan Garber exemplifies the very best of the academy. In his 25 years as a distinguished member of the Stanford University faculty, he has brought an interdisciplinary ethos and leadership to teaching, to the research community, and to the medical profession,” said Stanford President John Hennessy. “His service to the academy and to the nation in medical decision-making, science, and policy has been prolific. I have no doubt he will serve Harvard with the same passion. I congratulate both Alan and Harvard.”As provost, Garber will partner with the president in defining the strategic academic vision for the University. He will work with her to sustain the excellence of the academic enterprise and to achieve greater integration of research, teaching, programs, and people across the University. Garber will have direct responsibility for academic planning and its financial foundations. He will also play a central role in supporting cross-cutting programs and in working with the deans to leverage the strengths of the Schools in service of the University as a whole.Early priorities will include leading the University’s efforts to define academic aspirations and achievable programs in the entrepreneurial space represented by Allston, and steering the ongoing reorganization of the Harvard library system.Pending Garber’s arrival in September, the president will oversee all academic functions, delegating specific responsibilities as needed.In addition to being the Henry J. Kaiser Jr. Professor at Stanford, Garber serves as professor of medicine and (by courtesy) of economics, health research and policy, and of economics in the Graduate School of Business. A leading researcher in the domain of health care delivery and financing, Garber served as founding director of the health care program of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a position he held for 19 years.He is the author or co-author of more than 125 articles, as well as 40 book chapters and monographs. He has edited or co-edited eight books on health policy research. He also sees general medical patients at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, where he serves as a staff physician and associate director of the Center for Health Care Evaluation.The recipient of numerous academic awards, Garber has been elected to membership in the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Association of American Physicians, and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.last_img read more

February 8

Poland’s population rapidly shrinking under pandemic

first_imgWARSAW, Poland (AP) — Statistics for 2020 show deaths spiked in Poland to a level unseen since World War II and births sharply declined, trends that are being attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic. Daily newspaper Dziennik Gazeta Prawna reported Tuesday that Poland registered 357,400 births last year, the lowest number since 2005, and some 486,200 deaths. The overall data showed a population loss of some 129,000 people, compared with a decline of some 36,400 in 2019. The newspaper says the low birth rate surprised observers because some experts predicted the lockdown measures the Polish government has imposed on and off since mid-March would lead to a baby boom. Poland has a population of more than 38 million.last_img read more

January 18

Man Charged With Allegedly Assaulting A Woman In Jamestown

first_imgPhoto: JAMESTOWN — A Cattaraugus County was charged with assault after allegedly hitting a woman during a domestic incident in Jamestown on Wednesday afternoon.Jamestown Police charged Jeffrey Hebdon, 21, with aggravated criminal contempt, third-degree assault, unlawful imprisonment and fourth-degree criminal mischief.Police said while at a Broadhead Avenue residence Hebdon allegedly restrained a woman from leaving the home and struck her several times in the head.He was also allegedly violating an order of protection. Police say Hebdon was charged and held in the City Jail pending arraignment. Share: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)last_img read more

January 18

Odds & Ends: Alan Cumming’s CIA Gig & More

first_imgBenjamin Button Musical Set for Off-Broadway ReadingWe’ll meet you in the middle for this one. Off-Broadway’s York Theatre Company will present a developmental reading of a musical adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Benjamin Button, featuring a score by Natalie Tenenbaum and a book and lyrics by Brett Boles. Matthew Hydzik (Side Show) will star as the titular age reverser, with Janine DiVita (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) as Claire. Joining Hydzik and DiVita will be Cole Burden, Sean McDermott, Zachary Sayle, Julius Thomas III, Mark DiConzo, Karen Elliott, Badia Farha, James LaRosa, Bernard Scahill and Mia Scarpa. The open reading will play three performances from January 30 to 31 at the Midtown venue.Dana Delany, Elizabeth Ashley & More Join James Earl Jones at ARTSome more stars are lined up for American Repertory Theater’s revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the Iguana. Joining the previously announced James Earl Jones for the Boston production are Emmy winner Dana Delany (China Beach), Tony winners Amanda Plummer (Agnes of God) and Elizabeth Ashley (You Can’t Take It With You), Bill Heck (Cabaret) and ART Resident Acting Company member Remo Airaldi. The Michael Wilson-directed staging will begin performances on February 18; additional casting will be announced later.Crazy For You Rounds Out CastThe complete cast is now set for Manhattan Concert Productions’ concert performance of Crazy for You. Among those joining the previously announced roster of stars (including Laura Osnes, Tony Yazbeck, Rachel Bloom and Jerry O’Connell) will be Tony nomine Nancy Opel as Lottie Child, Cats’ Christine Cornish-Smith and Jeremy Davis as Louise and Sam and Mark Linn-Baker as Evrett Baker. Rounding out the cast are Michael Biren, Jim Borstelmann, Jerry Gallagher, Anne Horak, Rashaan James II, Naomi Kakuk, Amanda Kloots, Chris LeBeau, Alicia Lundgren, Brittany Marcin Maschmeyer, Kaylee Olson, Eric Santagata, Angie Schworer and Victor Wisehat. The one-night-only event is set for February 19 at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall.P.S. If you didn’t catch Mike Birbiglia’s show Thank God For Jokes off-Broadway last year, you can watch it as a Netflix special beginning February 28. If you did catch it, you can still watch it again as a Netflix special beginning February 28. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Alan Cumming Tapped for CBS Crime PilotAfter wrapping up his turn as a crisis consultant and chief of staff on The Good Wife, Alan Cumming is heading back to CBS for more high-stakes drama. The Tony and Audience Choice Award winner will star in and executive produce Killer Instinct, a crime drama just given a pilot order, according to Deadline. Based on an upcoming James Patterson novel, the series would follow a former CIA operative who, after settling into a civilian life as a writer, returns to the agency to help stop a serial killer on the loose.Idina Menzel’s Busy SaturdayIdina Menzel stopped by Late Night to chat with Seth Meyers about her eventful weekend, which included attending the Women’s March in Los Angeles (where she met Jane Fonda) and watching the Beaches remake (which earned 2.21 million viewers on Saturday) with her mom. Check out the clip below to see why you should never badmouth her in the theater. While you’re watching, contemplate why you would ever badmouth Idina Menzel in the theater in the first place. Alan Cumming(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser)center_img View Commentslast_img read more

December 30

Transylvania Epic Recap

first_imgThanks to Vince for this great shot!Well, it’s been about a week and a half since TSE ended and I’ve put blogging low on the list of priorities simply because when you miss a week or work, there’s a ton of catch up!Here is a recap of my feelings for the week that I wrote for Dirt Rag Magazine last week.Stage 4 was my toughest physical day. The trail was super fun at Raystown. I detonated early on and was feeling the deleterious effects from cracking on the road stage the day before! It was 98 and humid that day. The trail was like a roller coaster with a bunch of woops. It was awesome and I didn’t care that I felt slow and tired on my bike. Well, I did care, but it helped to be on an awesome trail. I’d highly recommend checking out that trail if you are ever in the area!Stage 4a was a wheelie contest that I somehow won. It was awesome!! I have never been great at riding wheelies, but 10′ was all I needed to win the jersey!243302_10100277944713463_10223676_53452814_5128665_ophotoThat would be the super-d jersey and my friend’s son, Tanner. He is only 11 years old and rode about half the stages. Look out for this guy in the future of mountain biking!Stage 5 was fun. It was super d stage race! We did 4 different super-Ds. I had fun on all the techy trails and it was surprisingly refreshing to do some all out 15 minute efforts and some balls-out descending!Stage 6 was the toughest day mentally for me. It was the only day I had good legs, but luck was not on my side. My leg suffered a blow from a hidden tree branch sticking out early on in the race. It’s doing much better, but still swollen and little bit painful. I kept shoving ice into my sock during the race to try to keep the swelling down. I also rode 5 miles off course losing about 30 min and I broke my derailleur. That was the toughest day to swallow. I was thankful to have good legs, but it was a bummer to lose so much time on a day where I could have made some headway on my GC placing. 1 2last_img read more

October 20

Grosvenor makes bullish move in Spain

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September 29

Equities drive Swiss pension fund performance in 2013

first_imgSwiss pension funds returned 6.2% on average last year, according to a preliminary performance comparison by Towers Watson commissioned by Asip, the Swiss pension fund association.The consultancy, drawing on asset-allocation reports from June 2013, said equities appeared to be the main driver of returns. It calculated a 6.2% median return for 2013 and a 3.7% median return over the last 10 years for Swiss schemes.Asip highlighted that some pension funds with riskier strategies and higher-than-average equity allocations “even managed to return more than 10% in 2013”. Domestic equity exposure among the 62 pension funds participating in its survey – with more than CHF188bn (€152bn) in combined assets – ranged from 3% to 20%, while foreign-equity allocations ranged between 6% and 42%.The median allocation to domestic equities was 10%, to foreign equities, 21%.On average, bonds comprise about 40% of Swiss pension funds’ portfolios, Asip said.Meanwhile, the CHF8bn Aargauische Pensionskasse (APK) has informed its members that it will be unable to increase the interest on accrued capital for this year, despite having reported relatively strong returns.Preliminary calculations show a return of 4.5% for the APK, which has invested around 25% of its portfolio in equities.The fund said it would need to strengthen buffers to account for increasing longevity, which means the funding level will remain at around 96%, and the interest granted on accrued capital at 1.5%.It added that generally low interest rates had continued to put pressure on its asset-allocation decisions – despite the fact strong equity performance largely offset commodity prices and slightly rising rates.last_img read more

September 24

Lester E. Renner

first_imgMr. Lester E. Renner, 94, of Lexington, SC., formerly of Aurora, passed away on Friday, January 26, 2018 in Lexington.He was born on July 30, 1923 to George and Lillie (Steingruber) Renner in Aurora, IN. Lester received a degree in Industrial Management from Purdue University in 1949 following service with the U.S. Army in WWII. In 1943 he married the former Mary Anne (Mickey) Mackey at Ft. Eustus, VA. before his deployment to Europe. The couple was blessed with three children, three granddaughters and six great grandchildren. Lester was a member of the Aurora First Presbyterian Church, where he sang in the choir and served as a Deacon and Elder. He had a long membership with the Aurora Lion’s Club and held many offices. He enjoyed acting and singing with the River town Players and volunteered with the Dearborn County Council on Aging.Lester is survived by his son, David (Paula) Renner of LaPorte, IN, daughter, Mary Jane (Guy) Sorrell of Chapin, SC; son-in law, John Blasdel of Bright, Indiana; granddaughters, Andrea (Renner) Miller, Trisha (Blasdel) Spears, and Sarah (Blasdel) Reed, several great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; a brother Arnold E Renner, and his Finnish daughter, Nina Wilkman.He was preceded in death by his parents George and Lillie Renner; his loving wife, Mary Anne Renner, daughter, Anne Blasdel, grandson, Drew, great grandson, Nathanial, brother Harold and sister, Ruth Meyer.Friends are welcome to visit at 9:30 am on Friday, June 8, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church of Aurora, 215 Fourth Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at 10:30 am with Rev. Dana Stout officiating.As all family members are from out of town, memorial donations, in lieu of flowers are suggested to the Aurora First Presbyterian Church. If unable to attend services please call the funeral home office at 812-926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.visit:www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

September 22

Enyeama ‘gatecrashes’ Eagles’ camp

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Omeruo welcomes second child Former Super Eagles’ goalkeeper and captain, Vincent Enyeama, was a surprise guest at the camp of the national football team, Super Eagles, in Uyo on Friday. Enyeama, who retired from the national team duties in 2015, was at the Super Eagles’ Ibom GolfHotel and Resorts camp to motivate the players. The former Lille of France goalkeeper also took a couple of pictures with the three goalkeepers and the goalkeepers’ trainer, Alloy Agu, in camp. Shortly after the visit, Enyeama, who led the Nigerian side to win AFCON 2013 in South Africa, took to Twitter, saying: “What an honour to share this moment with the Super Eagles at the Ibom Golf Hotel and Resorts. “I was on my way to playing an 18 hole matchplay game. “Wishing them the very best in their next match. “The future is bright for Nigerian football.” With 101 caps, Enyeama is Nigeria’s joint most capped player of all time. He featured in Korea/Japan 2006, South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014 World Cup. He also helped Nigeria to third place finishes in the 2004, 2006 and 2010 at the Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, before captaining the team to victory in the 2013 edition.Tags: Africa Cup of NationsAlloy AguSuper EaglesVincent Enyeamalast_img read more

September 21

O’Neill building for bright future

first_img Indeed, the former Shamrock Rovers boss has won just once in 14 matches since taking over from Nigel Worthington but his diligent work with Northern Ireland’s age group sides and his commitment to blooding a new batch of senior internationals persuaded his employers of his value. “I was extremely keen to stay. The contract actually wasn’t a major thing, it was quite straightforward because the discussions we had were that everybody at the association wanted me to continue,” O’Neill told Press Association Sport. “I’ve been working for two years now and I want to continue that development of the team and the squad and hopefully make sure we have better results in qualifying next time. “When I took the job on I knew the situation: at this moment in time there is no shortcut. The players we have available are the players we have available and we have to mould them into a team. “It’s not as though I can bring in 10 or 11 new faces but this is a relatively young squad and I’ve already introduced some relatively inexperienced players. Hopefully one or two younger ones will come through to join them in the next couple of years. “Coming into the job I knew I wasn’t just managing an international team. We’ve restructured the age level groups, we’ve been getting the right people into the jobs at that level and I’ve been assisting them with whatever they need. That will continue. “When I was appointed Northern Ireland manager I was honoured to have been chosen to manage my country and I am extremely happy to have agreed a new two-year deal.” IFA president Jim Shaw has been a vocal supporter of O’Neill during his tenure, and he said: “I am delighted that Michael has agreed a two-year extension to his contract. “I have no doubt that he will be able to build on the work he has already done and will take us forward in the Euro 2016 campaign. “Michael is a true professional who has passion and pride, something which he showed as a player for his country and now as a manager, and I believe he is the right man for the job of Northern Ireland manager.” O’Neill will be without Palermo striker Kyle Lafferty, whose wife is due to give birth around the date of the Turkey clash, as well as injured duo Craig Cathcart and Corry Evans, but otherwise has a full-strength panel available to him. Press Association Contract talks between O’Neill and the IFA board were concluded on Tuesday, meaning the match against Turkey on November 15 has been recast from mid-season friendly to step one in the national side’s Euro 2016 campaign. O’Neill named a strong 20-man squad for that match less than an hour after it was confirmed that he would be staying in his post and he believes everybody is pulling in the right direction to improve on a fifth-placed finish in World Cup qualifying. center_img Michael O’Neill is ready to build on the lessons of his first term as Northern Ireland manager after being handed a two-year extension by the Irish Football Association. last_img read more