HKS virtual book tours feature recently published authors

first_imgThe Harvard Kennedy School Library, in conjunction with the HKS IT/Media Services office, regularly posts “Virtual Book Tours” that spotlight HKS faculty members with recently published books. The current book tour, “Nicco Mele: The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath,” offers an opportunity for viewers to learn more about Mele and his book.“We find that they are a great way for faculty members to get the word out about their new books. They are generally very receptive to participating, ” said Leslie Donnell, director of Harvard Kennedy School’s Library and Knowledge Services and manager of collections and digital content.Valerie Weis, research and knowledge services librarian—who has coordinated the most recent tours—said she seeks out faculty members who either have just released or are about to release a new book. She then sends a list of questions for the author to answer when he or she is producing the video with staff from media services. Weis, Donnell and Heather McMullen, manager of research, instruction and knowledge services, produce 15 to 20 virtual tours per year. They make every effort to include all faculty members or research fellows who ask to be featured, and Donnell hopes to begin hosting a few “physical” book talks during the next academic year. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Students gather for sit-in against parietals, hate speech in Stanford Hall early Sunday morning

first_imgAround 30 protestors gathered in Stanford Hall from 2 a.m. to approximately 5 a.m. Sunday morning for a silent protest against parietals and for an end to hate speech on campus.In an email, University spokesman Dennis Brown said the Notre Dame Police Department (NDPD) received reports of “biased slurs” being directed at individuals in Stanford Hall on Friday night and in Keenan Hall on Saturday afternoon. Both matters are under investigation by the NDPD, Brown said.“The rectors of Stanford and Keenan informed both halls about the incidents in an email on Saturday, reiterating that discriminatory harassment has no place in their communities or at Notre Dame,” he said in the email.Brown confirmed the student who reported Friday’s incident was present at the Sunday morning protest.The men and women who gathered for the protest had five demands, per literature distributed at the event: “End parietals,” “call it out when you see it,” “decolonize academia,” “decolonize this land” and “implement diversity training in each dorm.” Mary Steurer | The Observer A sign that reads “Make sexism embarrassing again” is taped up next to Stanford rector Justin McDevitt’s apartment for the student protest Sunday morning. Approximately 30 organizers sat protesting an adjacent hallway.The protest began at 2 a.m. in an inner residential hallway of the first floor near rector Justin McDevitt’s apartment. Seated organizers occupied the hallway holding signs calling for a more tolerant campus climate.At approximately 1:50 a.m., members of hall staff arrived to remind organizers parietals would soon be in effect. About 20 minutes later, McDevitt invited the group to move to a 24-hour space. After the group elected to stay, McDevitt called the NDPD.At around 2:30 a.m., two NDPD officers arrived on the scene. An officer gave a similar address as McDevitt, asking them to relocate to a 24-hour space and reminding organizers of their parietals violations. Protestors who did not leave would be asked to present their Notre Dame IDs, the officer said.About 20 protestors left before the officer made rounds for identification. The remaining 10 or so organizers resolved to stay until threat of physical removal.At 3:30 a.m., another police officer arrived and again attempted to persuade the protestors to move to a 24-hour space or disperse. The officer warned organizers that suspension and expulsion could be a disciplinary option if they failed to comply. Protestors elected to continue the sit-in.At 4:15 a.m., McDevitt came forward again, warning the University administration was prepared to invoke emergency actions and protestors would be summarily expelled if they did not leave, citing security risks.It is up to the University’s discretion to decide when an incident qualifies for emergency actions, he added.McDevitt advised the organizers to leave, arguing they had made their point and had nothing to gain from staying.“If the purpose is to get people listening, they’re listening,” McDevitt said.After a brief group meeting, the protestors announced they would comply on three conditions: a list of all disciplinary action leveled against the protestors; a clearer definition of “emergency procedures” and when the University can invoke them; and a list of all student rights pertaining to encounters with police.It is unclear whether the University will comply with the organizers’ requests.At the end of the protest, organizers said they plan to continue the sit-ins within a few days. They declined to provide further comment at this time.This report was updated on 11/17/2019 at 11:30 p.m.Tags: NDPD, Notre Dame Police Department, office of community standards, Office of Student Affairs, Parietals, protest, Stanford Halllast_img read more

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Adult day at camp

first_imgAdults can experience Rock Eagle 4-H Center Saturday, June 19 during a special Rock Eagle Adult Learning session. During this REAL session, adults can canoe the center’s lake, watch turtles basking on logs and possibly spot the local great blue heron that makes his home on the lake.The session is set to begin at 10 a.m. at Rock Eagle 4-H Center’s Natural History Museum. A fee of $10 will provide visitors with personal flotation devices, canoeing instruction, light snacks and entrance to the museum. Visitors should bring water bottles, hats, sunscreen and a change of clothes for after the canoe trip.To register for REAL, call Kelly Scott at (706) 484-2834 or email her at [email protected] To learn more about Rock Eagle’s environmental education program, visit the website .last_img read more

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Credit unions have a superpower – powerful enough to fend off fintechs

first_imgWhen members think about services provided by their credit union, they might first think about their share draft account, a debit card, bill pay, loans, and credit cards – basic services offered by almost all financial institutions. But, something new is happening when it comes to these services. No, not new services, but rather something called “banking on the fringes.”Start with PayPal. If you add up all the money in all the PayPal accounts, which totals about $40 billion, PayPal would look like one of the largest credit unions in the U.S. Of course, they are not a credit union and they are not regulated like a credit union either.  However, PayPal does offer a debit card in Europe, they acquired TIO networks in Canada to offer online bill pay, and they own Venmo, which moved $9 billion in this most recent quarter. And now, Venmo users can apply for a debit card, to use their Venmo funds at brick and mortar stores.For basic services, there are alternatives for members to store money rather than online bill pay or a debit card. What about loans and credit cards? Did you know that Amazon has loaned more than $1 billion to small business? On the consumer side, Amazon gives 2% cashback when you load funds into your Amazon account using debit or ACH. And If you use the Amazon credit card to make purchases on, you get 3% cash back, and 5% cash back if you are eligible for the Amazon Prime Rewards Signature card. continue reading » 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Violent video games make people more aggressive

first_imgDaily Mail (UK) 28 Nov 2011Violent video games can alter the brain in just one week and make players more aggressive, according to researchers. A study has found that key areas in the brain suffer reduced activity, and leave it physically altered. The findings will fuel the debate over the impact that violent games have on regular players and links to anti-social behaviour. Scientists at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis took a group of 22 men aged 18-29 and performed MRI scans on them. They then divided the group in half, and while one group was asked to play violent video games for at least 10 hours a week while the second group played none.According to the Sunday Times, the researchers found that the effects on the brain were discovered in the left inferior frontal lobe and the anterior cingulate cortex. An abstract of the report which will be published at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America later this week said subjects experienced alterations to their brain. read more

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