When America tuned into the radio

first_img Now on air: The women Reunion highlights work of diverse group to open radio airwaves “The history of radio technology is a story of tinkering in army barracks, labs, and ham shacks, but this exhibition is not just about the nuts and bolts, sparks and vacuum tubes, or antennae that united radio pioneers to a wider community of ham operators,” said Schechner. “It examines how equipment entered the home to create a new listening experience.”The exhibit is the first that the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments (one of four museums in partnership with The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture) has designed as a hands-on, multidimensional experience. “Radio Contact” even includes a 1949 radio with a 3-D printer and computer inside that lets students and visitors tinker with the works. Jean-François Gauvin, director of administration at the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, said the idea was to create something innovative, dynamic and fun for people of all ages and in different fields.“Our door is open, you can spend 15 minutes or two hours,” said Gauvin. “This is worth discovering and talking about.”Although the pure sound of radio evolved into the more sensory experience of television and then computers, “Radio Contact” shows that the thrill of having technology at our fingertips isn’t new. It includes the crystal sets originally built in garages and basements by hobbyists who would spend hours connecting wires, turning dials, and listening for any signal or connection to the airwaves — for another voice on the radio. Visitors can actually “tune in” and listen to hundreds of original recorded radio soundbites spanning 60 years.The exhibit also highlights the roles played by students. From the curatorial students who helped assemble the show to a recent panel examining the role women played in the 1970s International Women’s Day Radio Project, it imparts collaborative connection.“We are a small museum so we depend on faculty and students to bring fresh ideas, design exhibits, research, and organize events that are in relation to our exhibits,” Gauvin said. “Students play a concrete and useful role in the production and life of our exhibitions.”The exhibit includes a functioning 1949 radio that allows visitors to tinker with the inner workings. Photo by Jeffrey BlackwellMichelle Frank, a student in Harvard’s Ph.D. neuroscience program and moderator of last Thursday’s podcast event, said the gallery space was perfect to tie in the history of broadcast radio with podcasting. Recorded in front of a live audience, the podcast was a collaboration between Science in the News and the Academic Ventures of Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, in association with Radcliffe’s spring conference, “Game Changers: Sports, Gender, and Society,” scheduled for April 7, 2017.“All the groups involved have a similar history and interest in both the preserving of and informing about these histories that we are looking at in this exhibit,” said Kristen Osborne ’15, a program associate in academic ventures at Radcliffe Institute. “There is an intersection of things here, combining ideas, it’s a really good match.”“Radio Contact” is free and open to the public through Dec. 9, 2016. The November 9 talk by University of Michigan professor Susan Douglas  “From Jazz to Hip Hop: Radio as a Turnstile Between White and African-American Cultures” has been canceled.SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave Related It’s almost impossible now to imagine a time when listening to the radio was an American pastime.But when visitors walk through the doors of The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments’ Special Exhibition Gallery on the second floor of the Harvard Science Center, they are quickly transported back to an era when the radio was the centerpiece of the living room, the mainstay of broadcast media, and a tool that connected people much like the internet does today.“Radio Contact: Tuning In to Politics, Technology & Culture” lets visitors time travel through radio’s start in the 1920s, through its golden age, and finally to the modulated listening technology at our fingertips in the 21st century.Dana Boebinger, Michael Ruiz, and Brittany Mayweather, all Ph.D. candidates from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and Rachel Hanebutt ’16 take part in a panel during their live podcast. Photo by Jeffrey Blackwell“Radio transformed our world by new technologies of communication that promoted dialogue,” said Sara Schechner, the David P. Wheatland Curator of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments in the Department of the History of Science. “The exhibition explores the cultural transformation wrought by radio communication and how broadcasts across the country not only knit regions together to create a national identity, but also brought Jelly Roll Morton into neighborhoods where no black jazz musicians could go.”From the earliest broadcasts of news and politics, to jazz, comedy, dramas, and baseball, the evolution of radio is revealed in the archival exhibit that explores listening, tinkering, and broadcasting. A year in the making, “Radio Contact” showcases the medium’s changing equipment and technology, the vacuum tubes, antennas, microphones, meters, and speakers that brought the “wireless” to listeners far and wide.last_img read more

Where Passion Meets Purpose

first_imgBuilding a Legacy at the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) SummitThis week, we hosted our 9th annual Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network Summit (DWEN) in Toronto, Canada, bringing together more than 100 women entrepreneurs from 16 countries and 25 industries, the investment community and the next generation of innovators and trailblazers through our Girls Track!Despite the incredible diversity of region and industry represented, one theme remained consistent: these women’s businesses are changing the world.Their companies are pioneering cancer treatment, democratizing 3D printing and launching emergency communications capabilities for use in times of crisis. These examples, along with many more, show the unique power of women entrepreneurs to drive business through purpose – and with a combined revenue of over $4 billion the room, it’s clear that making a positive impact on our local and global communities pays!So why did we bring this powerhouse of a network to Toronto this year? It’s pretty simple. Canada’s vocal and energetic advocacy for gender equality embodies the vision of women entrepreneurs globally. And with the recent focus Prime Minister Trudeau and the government have placed on women entrepreneurs with its four-pillar Women’s Entrepreneurship Strategy, Canada’s record of having women open businesses at higher rates than any other nation seems set to continue.As part of its Women’s Entrepreneurship Strategy, the Canadian government announced just last week that it is now accepting proposals from companies to collect data on how best to support women entrepreneurs. We couldn’t agree more with this collaborative, data-driven approach to accelerate business opportunities for women-founded entities. Data has always been critical in helping us achieve DWEN’s purpose – to enable fast-growing women entrepreneurs by addressing the unique challenges they face including access to capital, technology, networks and expertise to overcome cultural and political barriers.That’s why this year, as an extension of our annual Women Entrepreneur Cities Index (WE Cities) research, we launched new diagnostic tools to ensure policymakers are enabling women entrepreneurs to succeed, specifically around access to capital and leveraging technology to scale. We also developed city-specific blueprints for 10 global cities outlining recommendations for city leaders to improve the local ecosystem for women entrepreneurs.With this shift in research approach, we’re turning analysis into action. We’re taking these tools to policymakers hand-in-hand with our DWEN sisters, as well as on the road through our Dell PolicyHack™ and Women Funding Women events, which convene entrepreneurs, local governments and investors to ignite conversations on how to better enable women entrepreneurs. In fact, our first official stop was the day after DWEN concluded! In Boston, Mass., Howard Elias, President, Dell Services, Digital and IT, joined mayor Marty Walsh for a discussion moderated by the Boston Globe covering recommendations specific to the WE Cities Blueprint for Boston.While our work won’t be done until the playing field is leveled for female and male entrepreneurs, my time at DWEN once again left me feeling incredibly optimistic about the future of business, our communities and our broader society; not least because of how inspiring the next generation of women is, as evidenced by the participants of our Girls Track. We started Girls Track in 2014 to empower girls to confidently transform their ideas and dreams into businesses and realities, and each year I am blown away by the talent, creativity and confidence this group radiates.Couple this with the amazing momentum we’re seeing for women across the world – from the advent of gender-balanced cabinets in government, to 98 percent of the Fortune 500 having women on their boards (an all-time high!), to many countries graduating women from colleges and universities at higher rates than men – and I can honestly say I’ve never felt more positive about the world my daughters are growing up in.Here’s to all the women out there building a legacy that will change the world!last_img read more

Hungary first in EU to approve Chinese COVID-19 vaccine

first_imgBUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s medicine and food safety regulator has approved the Chinese Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, making it the first country in the European Union to do so. The decision came after the government streamlined its approval procedure on Thursday to allow any vaccine administered to at least one million people worldwide to be approved for use in Hungary, sidestepping the country’s medicines regulator. In a Friday interview with public radio, Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, said he would personally choose to be inoculated with the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s introduces new hall directors

first_imgSaint Mary’s welcomed Paton Roden and Nicole Hundt as hall directors for Residence Life in Regina Hall and Le Mans, respectively.Roden said she received her graduate degree from the University of Virginia, and was an assistant with student life during her time there. “When I had my campus visit I just fell in love with the community and all of the people here,” Roden said.Hundt said she spent two years as a hall director at Rutgers, where she learned she wanted to work at a women’s college. “I worked at the women’s college at Rutgers and knew that I needed to work at a women’s college,” Hundt said. “It was kind of my calling and where I needed to be.”Hundt said the Saint Mary’s community was an important draw for her.“It’s great,” Hundt said. “It’s hard to describe, but it really is. There’s this sense of family and community with everyone and not just your small pockets which I think is very hard to find on other campuses and everyone genuinely cares about you as a person.”Roden said that sense of community existed on a level deeper than the college as a whole; she said she also enjoys building a sense of community within their respective residence halls. “The primary reason [I wanted to be a hall director] is probably to be able to have relationships with students and help them develop during their college experience,” Roden said. “I had many mentors that helped me so that motivated me to want to be that mentor now.” According to Hundt, the best part of her job is the effect she can have on her residents.“The daily interactions with the students,” Hundt said. “Just being able to walk outside my door and talk to someone and see how their days are going and just knowing that those small conversations are having a larger impact.”Hundt said she realized during college that she preferred to work with students in a “life skill capacity” rather than in a classroom format, and being a hall director allowed her to do that.“I wanted to be a hall director since my freshman year of college,” Hundt said. “I became an RA and I found the whole world of residence life and student affairs through that.”Hundt said she felt move-in went smoothly, despite challenges posed by a broken elevator in Le Mans.“It was very daunting knowing that I was walking into a staff of eighteen that didn’t know me, but I think it all worked out,” Hundt said. “We’ve all really clicked and gotten into a good groove. I think that our personalities really mesh well with each other but we’re a very well rounded staff.”As Roden’s first month at Saint Mary’s nears its end, she said she looked forward to the rest of the year. “I’m excited to see what this year brings,” Roden said. “I think that Saint Mary’s is a wonderful community from what I’ve seen so far and I’m excited to get a feel for it and become really involved.”Tags: Hall directors, Residence Life, saint mary’slast_img read more

Saint Mary’s seniors reflect on their athletic experiences

first_imgEach year, the Saint Mary’s athletic department hosts a variety of events to bring the programs closer together. Twice a year they host an event called “Why We Play,” in which seniors from each sport share their experience with athletics. While this was only the fourth year Saint Mary’s has hosted “Why We Play,” the tradition was first started at Kalamazoo College in 2001 by former Kalamazoo head volleyball coach, Jeanne Hess.This year, soccer player Kellen Hinchey and cross-country runners Shanan Hamilton and Katie Glenn spoke. Hinchey, a three-year captain of the Saint Mary’s team, started off the night, speaking about her experience with soccer.“I want to start this off with a quote most of you will probably know,” Hinchey said. “In Lilo and Stitch Lilo says ‘Ohana means family and family means no one gets left behind.’ If you replace Ohana with soccer, you’ve got my family.”Being the youngest of six, Hinchey said she was exposed to soccer at a young age, attending practices and often playing with those much older than herself. She said she always knew she wanted to continue playing for as long as possible.“It wasn’t a question of if I would be playing soccer in college, but where,” Hinchey said.Through a tough first two years of soccer with lots of ups and downs, Hinchey said she stuck with it and found a team that she could call her family her junior year.“The personalities and talents of the current sophomores and juniors who have stuck around through thick and thin have turned around my entire soccer experience here,” Hinchey said. “I finally had a college team that I felt comfortable with and this year it only got better. The team this year has reminded me why I play soccer, not just for the love of the game but because my teammates are my best friends and my Saint Mary’s family.”Shanan Hamilton shared a very different experience. Hamilton joined the cross-country team her sophomore year of college without prior experience with the sport, save for a lifelong love for running.“When I first started running it was very late in my career,” she said. “The first trickle of running I ever had in my life was in middle school when I was the only girl on the basketball team who loved running suicides.”After a difficult first year of school at Saint Mary’s, Hamilton wanted to transfer. Instead, she reached out to cross country coach Jackie Bauters to see if she could join the team. After working all summer to get her 5k under 22 minutes, she was on the team.“I never had a connection to Saint Mary’s my freshman year, but when I got to wear the French cross on my jersey, I felt a part of Saint Mary’s,” Hamilton said. “This was my team and my people, and I was finally a Belle.”Katie Glenn took her own original spin on the “Why We Play” format.“I could’ve never guessed that I’d end up where I am today, so I thought it would be interesting to write a letter to my middle school self, give her a little heads up, tell her why she ends up where she does today and why it’s the best thing that will ever happen to her,” Glenn said. “Dear Katie, that boy with the curly hair who you think is really cute? He’s gay. You’re welcome.”She then went on to speak about her struggles to live up to the expectations of her Division-I athlete siblings and her conversion to the sport of cross country — a sport she never expected she’d participate in.“‘Why we run’ is an impossible question to answer, because for us, it’s never been a question,” Glenn said. “Asking why we run is like asking why we breathe — it’s what we do. Why would you ever stop doing something that gives you so much in return? How could you ever stop doing something that has taught you to never stop pushing?”Tags: Saint Mary’s Athletics, sports, why we playlast_img read more

Research firm projects 124GW of solar will be installed in Europe through 2024

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Europe’s solar market is undergoing a resurgence. More than 10 gigawatts were installed in 2018 for the first time in five years, and the market should break through the 20-gigawatt barrier by 2021, according to Wood Mackenzie’s latest research.Countries are rushing to meet their 2020 climate-energy obligations, while targets for 2030 are currently under review. During this time frame, European power markets will see deep levels of decarbonization, with solar PV playing a key role. Several countries have ambitious goals for solar: the Italian government is targeting 50 gigawatts by 2030, and France has a 20-gigawatt target for 2023.Auctions for utility-scale projects and feed-in tariffs (FITs) for distributed generation (DG) solar remain the two primary drivers of solar installations in Europe. In France and Germany particularly, auctions will deliver large volumes of capacity — between them almost 19 gigawatts is due to be procured between 2019 and 2024. Italy is also poised to launch joint onshore wind-solar auctions in 2019, though final European Commission signoff of the associated legislation is still required.Outside of auction programs, subsidy-free deployment in Europe continues to gather pace. Spain has a pipeline of almost 10 gigawatts of subsidy-free projects under development, on top of the 3.9 gigawatts of projects awarded during 2017’s auctions which should be delivered in 2019. Most developers are looking for corporate or utility PPAs, while some are going down the merchant route. Other subsidy-free projects are under development in the U.K., Italy, Portugal, Germany and Denmark.In 2019, Wood Mackenzie estimates that on average, all-in costs for a utility-scale system will be less than $1.00/Wdc with an average all-in cost of $0.87/Wdc in all major European markets. We forecast 16.9 gigawatts of PV will be installed across Europe in 2019 and a total of 124 gigawatts installed across the continent over the next five years.More: Europe’s solar renaissance is on the horizon Research firm projects 124GW of solar will be installed in Europe through 2024last_img read more

Weekend Pick: Dominion RiverRock Outdoors Festival

first_imgThe city of Richmond, Va. gets a lot of press for being a great outdoors town, and for good reason. The James River runs through downtown providing some of the best – and only – urban whitewater experiences in the nation, their urban park and trail system is top notch, and they are constantly trying to improve their outdoor lifestyle infrastructure with bike share programs, commuter lanes, etc. Yes, the River City is definitely on the up and up in terms of outdoor recreation and it shows in the types of moves they are making, not only on a regional basis, but a national one as well. Unless you have been living under a rock for the past year, you are aware Richmond will be hosting the 2015 World Road Cycling Championships and the Xterra East Championships go through the city as well. These are all great things, but one event stands above the rest year after year: Dominion RiverRock.RiverRock is one of the largest, and best, outdoor lifestyle festivals on the East Coast, and certainly one of the most fun. Held on Brown’s Island of the James River downtown, RiverRock is an epic blend of sports, races, demos, vendors, music, and pro athletes from around the country. No sport is left out of the mix when it comes to RiverRock: climbing, trail running, mountain and road biking, SUP, and slacklining are all featured against the backdrop of Richmond’s urban waterfront. You can compete in mountain bike and trail running races, SUP trials, bouldering comps, freestyle kayaking and more, but the real treat is for the casual recreationist. This is the best opportunity you will ever get to pick the brains of the experts on gear, techniques, locations, and more in you chosen sport. Venders of every make and model are on hand to answer questions as well as let you demo the latest and greatest gear coming out.The BRO Roadshow will also be on hand giving out swag, so swing by our tent, say hey to Nick and Chuck and sign up to win some great prizes from our sponsors in one of several raffles throughout the weekend. What could be better than three days of outdoor fun at one of the premier festival venues on the East Coast?View Larger Maplast_img read more

Oceanside Man Gets 15 Years for $3.5M Mortgage Scam

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An Oceanside man was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in federal prison for leading a loan modification scheme that conned distressed homeowners out of a combined $3.5 million over a five-year span.David Gotterup pleaded guilty in June at Brooklyn federal court to conspiring to commit wire, mail and bank fraud.Prosecutors said the 37-year-old directed his telemarketers and salespeople to make false promises to convince more than 1,000 homeowners seeking relief through government mortgage modification programs to pay thousands of dollars each in fees to his companies from 2008 to ‘12.He and his co-conspirators told victims that they were “preapproved” for loan modifications, that they were retaining a “law firm” and an “attorney” that would complete their mortgage relief applications and negotiate with the banks to modify the terms of their loans, but Gotterup and his companies did little or no work for the money they were paid, authorities said.The companies involved included Express Modifications, Express Home Solutions, True Credit Empire, LLC, Green Group Today, Inc., The Green Law Group, Inc. and JG Group, according to investigators.Gotterup was arrested in 2015 and has been jailed ever since. Judge Nicholas Garaufis ordered Gotterup to forfeit $2,500,050. The amount of restitution he will be ordered to pay to his victims will be decided at a later date.last_img read more

Maersk drillship’s gig with Tullow cut short

first_imgDanish offshore drilling contractor Maersk Drilling has received a notification from Tullow Oil of early termination for convenience of the drilling contract for the drillship Maersk Venturer.Maersk Drilling said in a statement on Tuesday that the drillship Maersk Venturer has been working for Tullow offshore Ghana since February 2018.The contract, signed in late 2017, was for development drilling on the Jubilee and TEN fields offshore Ghana. It was expected to end in February 2022. However, following Tullow’s early termination decision, the rig is now expected to end the contract in June 2020.As a consequence of the termination, Maersk Drilling’s revenue contract backlog is reduced by $175 million covering the period from the end of the contract to February 2022.Subject to commercial prospects, Maersk Drilling said it would take measures to reduce Maersk Venturer’s operating costs following the end of the contract.Maersk Drilling maintains the profitability guidance for 2020 of EBITDA before special items of $325-375 million.last_img read more

Sexwale heads to Egypt to seek African support

first_imgFIFA presidential candidate Tokyo Sexwale will travel to Cairo on Tuesday to seek support from African soccer leaders.Sexwale, a South African mining tycoon and former political prisoner, says he will fly to Egypt after an invitation from African soccer confederation president Issa Hayatou. The confederation’s executive committee is holding a two-day meeting in Cairo.Sexwale said he met with Hayatou – currently the interim FIFA president – in Zurich last week.Sexwale is one of eight men hoping to stand in next year’s emergency election to replace Sepp Blatter. The 54 votes from African countries – FIFA’s largest confederation – could prove decisive.last_img read more