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Finalists selected in President’s Challenge

first_imgHarvard University today announced the selection of 10 teams of finalists in the 2013 President’s Challenge for social entrepreneurship.“The President’s Challenge encourages students from across the University to unleash their creativity, apply their knowledge, and turn their ideas into solutions to the world’s most pressing problems,” said President Drew Faust, who created the challenge last year. “The 10 finalist teams have demonstrated extraordinary ingenuity and commitment, and I look forward to seeing their projects evolve over the course of the semester.”Teams of students and postdoctoral fellows were asked to focus on problems in one of five areas: learning, health, energy and environment, disaster preparation and relief, or the arts. The proposals from finalists ranged from an online platform supporting law enforcement agents in the disruption of criminal networks to a venture dedicated to the invention of original artistic works about personal genetics and health.This year’s President’s Challenge finalists were selected from a pool of 127 applications by a panel of Harvard faculty and alumni, organized by judging committee co-chairs Provost Alan Garber and William Sahlman, the Dimitri V. D’Arbeloff — MBA Class of 1955 Professor of Business Administration.“In the second year of the challenge, even more students are proposing impressive projects that can have a dramatic impact in the world,” said Garber. “As the i-lab [Innovation Lab] has taken root in the entrepreneurial community, these student teams are tapping into available resources and exploring their own creativity, and their ideas are flourishing as a result.”“These teams brought their thoughtfulness and passion to create ideas with the potential for far-reaching impact on people here and across the world,” said Sahlman.Each finalist team will receive a $5,000 grant and dedicated space in the i-lab, and be paired with an expert mentor to further develop their solutions.  One winner and up to three runners-up will be announced in late May.The teams represent a diversity of backgrounds and experiences. Each of the University’s Schools was represented by at least one team leader, and most teams have members from several Schools.Teams were selected from each category, with more finalists in the learning and health categories based on the volume of submissions in those fields. The finalist teams are:In the learning categoryEmpowerment Through Integration is an outreach program that seeks to encourage disadvantaged, blind youth to explore and achieve their career goals while combating the social stigma against blindness. The idea was borne out of founder Sara Minkara’s experiences as a legally blind person in Lebanon, and the alarming disparities she found in the support provided for the blind in different countries around the world.Zen Way Inc. strives to disrupt the standardized test preparation market and higher-education application processes by offering free and low-cost tools for online self-guided study. Their tool, based on an algorithm, personalizes the test prep experience, starting with the LSAT, for standardized test-takers. It aims to increase access to high-quality educational material regardless of the user’s financial resources.Flume is a Web tool to crowdsource expertise from participants around the world and at all levels of expertise to build and maintain a highly detailed, current map of the human genome. Users will have a better understanding of the genome and enable a more open scientific community benefiting academic research, industrial applications, and biological education.In the health categoryHealio is a mobile app that allows doctors to remotely monitor their patients’ wound-healing progress through a detailed, time-lapse pictorial record, enabling medical care providers to maintain a higher quality of care while reducing the number of costly follow-up visits.PlenOptika is a venture producing a low-cost handheld device that prescribes glasses with the click of a button, removing one barrier — the acute shortage of trained professionals — to obtaining appropriate eyeglasses in remote or low-income areas.Quantamerix is a group inventing a low-cost diagnostic device that will eliminate the need for large centralized labs to process the millions of newborn screenings that are skipped every day. Currently only one in four newborns worldwide is tested for easily treatable diseases, and Quantamerix wants to dramatically raise that number.In the arts categoryKartis is an interactive social Web platform coupling mapping with a social network to overcome barriers to collaboration. The real-time map of the nonprofit sector will show where current needs are being served, where they are unmet, and where collaboration between complementary services could be fostered to maximize impact and increase the efficiency of delivering aid.Sightline Productions is a group of artists, scientists, and educators who are passionate about creating impact through the production and sharing of original artistic works focused on genetics and health. By bringing people’s stories to life, they hope to impact both those who have something to tell and something to learn.In the energy and environment categoryTerraTek is a social enterprise that focuses on helping individuals, municipalities, and communities determine their existing land rights in a transparent and secure manner, to settle disputes and map and organize property rights in developing countries.In the disaster preparation and relief categoryNucleik has developed an online information management system that reduces the time law enforcement spends on information collection, management, analysis, and reporting by 90 percent, giving police officers more time to protect neighborhoods. For more than six months, Nucleik’s system has been used with successful results in Springfield, Mass. (a city experiencing gang-related problems), and by the Massachusetts State Police.On May 6, the finalists will present their ideas to the local and Harvard communities at Demo Day. The grand prize winner and runners-ups will be announced by Faust in late May, when they will take home a share in the $100,000 purse. They will continue their residency at the i-lab, with dedicated workspace, mentoring, and access to expert resources throughout the summer.The President’s Challenge is one of three challenges hosted by the i-lab. Applications for the Deans’ Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge and Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge are in the final stages of the initial judging rounds.“It’s so inspiring to see so many student teams coming from across disciplines to leverage each other’s strengths with the common goal of effecting real change both locally and globally,” said Gordon Jones, managing director of the i-lab. “The high level of student participation across the three challenges shows that the entrepreneurial presence within the Harvard student community is strong and growing.“The challenges represent a great opportunity for students to test their ideas while still in an academic environment. We are working to resource these and all Harvard students in growing their ventures and adding skills to their professional tool kits to take forward into their careers,” Jones added.last_img read more

Othello: The Remix Will Give Shakespeare a Beat Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows GQ, Postell Pringle and JQ in the Chicago production of ‘Othello: The Remix'(Photo: Michael Brosilow) Othello: The Remix America’s Founding Fathers may be rapping on Broadway, but off-Broadway, the Bard’s spitting rhymes. GQ and JQ—the Q Brothers—will bring their hip-hop telling of Othello, titled Othello: The Remix to off-Broadway. The production, produced by John Leguizamo, will begin performances on October 25 at the Westside Theatre. Opening night is set for November 17.The Q Brothers (a.k.a. Gregory and Jeffrey Qaiyum) will also direct and star in the piece. This marks ther third adaptation of Shakespeare, following Funk It Up About Nothin and The Bomb-itty of Errors. Their additional shows include A Q Brothers Christmas Carol and Scratch and Burn.Othello: The Remix takes the writing of Shakespeare and places it over original hip-hop beats, proving the Bard was the original mater of rhythm and rhyme. In addition to GQ and JQ, the cast will feature Postell Pringle as Othello, as well as Jackson Doran and DJ Supernova.The show was originally commissioned by The Old Globe Theatre in 2012. It has since played Edinburgh, German, South Korea and Chicago, where it recently played a return engagement to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.Get a taste of the production below!center_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 15, 2017last_img read more

U.S. Navy and Coast Guard Seized 375 Kilograms of Cocaine

first_imgBy Dialogo February 22, 2013 Operating as part of Operation Martillo, the U.S. Coast Guard seized 375 kilograms of pure cocaine hidden in the fake bottom of an outboard boat that was sailing on international waters off the coast of Ecuador on January 21. The mission, with a Diálogo reporter onboard, detained three drug traffickers, to be taken to the relevant authorities once their nationalities were established. After a short pursuit, the U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment Team (LEDET) onboard the U.S. Navy guided-missile frigate USS Gary detained the suspicious vessel without using force. LEDET members seized the cocaine and captured the alleged criminals, then sank the small boat as a hazard to navigation. The confiscated drugs are worth about US$27 million. “These types of seizures are part of our regular job during Operation Martillo. We managed to do it without using the helicopters onboard the frigate, since the USS Gary’s speed … was enough to intercept the criminals,” said the officer in charge of the U.S. Coast Guard LEDET onboard the frigate. The USS Gary is using its sophisticated radar, night vision and heat detection equipment to locate suspects by literally “sweeping” its way through a 300-kilometer range, to detect any type of vessel or aircraft circulating within that area on international waters. “This time, the vessel we detained was slightly bigger than a rowboat,” Gary’s commanding officer, Cmdr. James E. Brown said. “Our systems are capable of easily detecting such a low-profile boat, with such a large drug cargo.” Operation Martillo has been very successful in the Caribbean, “and with the cooperation of regional partner nations’ Armed Forces, along with the U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) strategies, we are also monitoring the Pacific area to detect criminals smuggling people, drugs, and weapons, and enforcing the corresponding law,” Brown stated. Operation Martillo is a coordinated strategy for regional security to counter organized crime in Central America, not only in the Caribbean, but also in the Pacific, with the participation of 14 countries: Canada, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, The Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.last_img read more

Tram leads race down Purley Way

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Excise Arrest 71 This Weekend At Ball State

first_imgMUNCIE, In. – Students are back on campus at Ball State University and so are the Indiana State Excise Police.Police arrested 71 people this weekend on a total of 88 charges, including illegal possession of alcohol, false statement of age, resisting law enforcement, furnishing alcohol to a minor and possession of false ID.There were 47 people arrested Friday and another 24 Saturday.Fall semester classes start Monday in Muncie.last_img

Lambert closer to Reds switch

first_img Having helped Saints to two promotions and then impressing in the Premier League, he admits he will leave St Mary’s with a heavy heart. He said: “There’s lots of emotions as you can imagine so it’s something I need to address and obviously I will address all parties when I get the chance.” Liverpool are also understood to have made an improved offer of £25million for Lambert’s Southampton team-mate Adam Lallana after having an initial £20million bid rejected. Southampton and England striker Rickie Lambert appears a step closer to completing a move to Liverpool after undergoing a medical on Merseyside. The Anfield club are understood to have agreed a £4million deal for the 32-year-old, who was once on their books as an academy player. Liverpool are thought to be keen to complete a deal before Lambert heads to England’s pre-World Cup training camp in the United States on Sunday. Lambert told Sky Sports News: “The medical went well but as you know I can’t say anything. “I’ll speak properly about it, hopefully, very shortly. “It’s been a crazy football year to be honest, the way it’s carrying on.” Lambert was asked if he had spoken to Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard about the move while with him on England duty over the past week. He said: “I’ve spoken to Stevie a while ago, but I’ll speak properly on Monday.” News of Lambert’s impending move to his boyhood club came as a surprise when it emerged on Thursday evening. Lambert was released by Liverpool at the age of 15 in 1997 and was later shown the door by Blackpool after moving to the Lancashire club as a trainee. He did eventually turn professional and played in the lower divisions with Macclesfield, Stockport, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers before finally flourishing at Southampton. Press Associationlast_img read more

Naomi Osaka becomes world’s highest-paid female athlete

first_imgLONDON: Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka has become the highest paid female athlete in the world, topping American great Serena Williams.According to the Forbes magazine, Osaka earned $37.4 million in the last 12 months from prize money and endorsements, $1.4 million more than Williams, setting an all-time earnings record for a female athlete in a single year. Maria Sharapova previously held the record with $29.7 million in 2015. Since Forbes began tracking women athletes’ income in 1990, tennis players have topped the annual list every year. Osaka, a two-time Grand Slam champion, ranks No. 29 on the 2020 Forbes list of the world’s 100 top-paid athletes while Williams is No. 33. The complete Forbes list, due to be released next week, has not featured two women since 2016, the magazine says. The ascension puts an end to a decisive winning streak for Williams, who has been the world’s highest-paid female athlete each of the past four years, with annual pre-tax income ranging from $18 million to $29 million. The 23-time Grand Slam champion has collected almost $300 million during her career from endorsers that have swarmed the 38-year-old star. IANS Also Read: We’ll be ready for Virat Kohli & boys this time: Pat Cumminslast_img read more

Indian Premier League Yuvraj Singh likely to return in playing XI against Kolkata Knight Riders

first_imghighlights New Delhi: The fourth playoff spot is yet to be grabbed going into the final day of league stage in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). While the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) have an outside chance (only mathematically), the real tussle is between the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Even Mumbai Indians (MI) will be looking to win their last league game against KKR to claim a place in the top two and have an extra chance to qualify for the finals.With a place in the top two up for grabs, there is no chance of MI experimenting and according to the reports in India Today, they have decided to include the legendary Yuvraj Singh in the playing XI. The left-hander has warmed the bench throughout the season after playing in four matches scoring 98 runs which also includes a half-century in the losing cause. He scored his runs at a strike-rate of 130.67 and this move could eventually turn out to be game-changing for MI. Mumbai Indians is likely to drop one of their overseas players in order to accommodate veteran southpaw Yuvraj Singh in the line-up. Yuvraj Singh, has played in crunch situation and knows how to play in the high-pressure games as one will be against Sunrisers. Evin Lewis seems to be the most vulnerable link in their playing XI at the moment as he hasn’t done well batting at number three. With Quinton de Kock doing well at the top and Rohit Sharma adamant on opening the innings, Lewis had to come down the order and that hasn’t worked for him.Also, with Barinder Sran not performing to the expectations, Beuran Hendricks might make his debut for the Mumbai based franchise. He was roped into the squad as Alzarri Joseph’s replacement and is yet to play a game this season. The left-arm seamer has decent numbers in South Africa domestic circuit in the shortest format and could be a good pick for this crucial encounter.If MI wins this game, SRH will become the first team in the IPL history to qualify for the playoffs with only 12 points to their name. Yuvraj Singh has been able to score 98 runs in four outings this season.Yuvraj Singh scored a half-century in the first game he played in IPL 12. Mumbai Indians are currently placed at number three spot.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Mizzou seeks revenge on A&M

first_imgMizzou seeks revenge on A&M February 3, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMissouri (10-11, 2-6) vs. Texas A&M (10-10, 4-4)Reed Arena, College Station, Texas; Tuesday, 9 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Texas A&M goes for the season sweep over Missouri after winning the previous matchup in Columbia. The teams last met on Jan. 21, when the Aggies shot 45.8 percent from the field while limiting Missouri to just 30 percent en route to a 66-64 victory. STEPPING UP: Texas A&M’s Josh Nebo has averaged 10.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks while Savion Flagg has put up 10.3 points and 5.1 rebounds. For the Tigers, Dru Smith has averaged 11.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists while Mark Smith has put up 10.3 points and 4.1 rebounds.SEC IMPROVEMENT: The Aggies have scored 64.3 points per game against SEC opponents thus far, an improvement from the 58.1 per game they managed in non-conference play.DOMINANT DRU: D. Smith has connected on 34 percent of the 50 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 5 of 17 over his last five games. He’s also made 90.7 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: The Aggies are 0-7 when they allow at least 65 points and 10-3 when they hold opponents to anything under 65 points. The Tigers are 0-8 when they score 60 points or fewer and 10-3 when they exceed 60.BEHIND THE ARC: Missouri’s Mark Smith has attempted 127 3-pointers and connected on 37.8 percent of them, and is 9 of 31 over the past five games.TENACIOUS TIGERS: Missouri has forced opponents into committing turnovers on 22.6 percent of all possessions, the second-highest rate among all SEC teams.center_img Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Windies team honour former fast bowler Winston Davis

first_imgBRISTOL, England, (CMC) — Former West Indies fast bowler Winston Davis was honoured by members of the current team during a special event staged on his behalf on Friday night.The former St Vincent & Grenadies and Windward islands captain has been wheelchair-bound since a accident nearly two decades ago. He now lives in the United Kingdom where he played County cricket during his career.The event was organiSed by Steve Stephenson a stalwart in the West Indian community in the U.K and staged at a local cricket club.Also in attendance was Ron Headley, a former West Indies top order batsman and son of the great George Headley.“I want to thank the West Indies team for what they have done for me tonight. Seeing them is great and brings back those wonderful memories of when I played and represented the people of the Caribbean,” said Davis.“I also want to congratulate them on the fantastic win in the second Test in Headingley. That was a magnificent performance and filled all of us with joy.“I urge you to keep working hard and I know we will see many more performances like we saw in that match.”Davis was a member of the all conquering West Indies in the 1980s under Clive Lloyd and then Viv Richards.He played 15 Tests and 35 One-Day Internationals and is best remembered for his remarkable seven for 51 against Australia in 1983, which remain the best figures by a West Indian in ODIs.West Indies face England in the third ODI of the five-match series here today.last_img read more