Q&A on Harvard’s Allston plan

first_imgGazette: Is Harvard going to think differently about the way it approaches capital planning going forward?Lapp: Yes. In fact, the idea of unifying a University-wide capital plan holds opportunity for not only the University as a whole, but for each of its individual Schools, as we think about coherent campus development. It also represents an opportunity for Allston, in that Allston planning going forward will be fully integrated into University planning, keeping in mind not only our programmatic needs, but our holdings in Longwood, Allston, and Cambridge. This is an opportunity for us to think about our campus in holistic and strategic ways. In a letter to the Allston community sent earlier today, Harvard President Drew Faust outlined the University’s path forward for its presence in Allston. Harvard will, as has been anticipated, pause construction of the Allston Science Complex at the end of the current construction phase in roughly four months, and will approach its next steps in Allston in three stages: property stewardship and community engagement; greening and planning; and, as resources allow, campus development. Faust also announced co-chairs of a new faculty-led work team that will consider strategies and opportunities for development in Allston, under the direction of Executive Vice President Katherine Lapp. The Gazette sat down with Lapp to learn more about what’s on the drawing boards: Gazette: What’s happening with the Allston Science Complex?Lapp: Last February, President Faust indicated that we were slowing down construction on the Allston Science Complex site to assess what options we might have, given the turmoil in the financial markets, and the University’s near-term space needs. The Harvard Corporation voted Monday [Dec. 7] to pause construction at the end of the current phase, and to pursue later phases after we’ve gotten advice on possible alternative approaches to completion, and perhaps changes to the current design. We expect to take the next year to look at possible opportunities, including co-development with private partners or other institutional partners that may make sense for that site, as well as for other Allston sites that Harvard owns.Gazette: What do you mean by “pausing” construction?Lapp: Right now, we’re at basically 93 percent completion of a ground-level structure. We’ve invested more than 8,000 tons of structural steel in the foundation, which encompasses several below-grade unfinished spaces meant for laboratory support, as well as power generation and underground parking. This first phase of the Science Complex will be completed in March. This is a natural point at which to pause the project. This delay gives us an opportunity, prior to pursuing the next phase, to make sure we understand the University’s current needs for space. It also allows us to consider creative opportunities for how we might pursue that space with others through co-development.President Faust has established a work team, co-chaired by three members of our faculty with expertise in business strategy, planning, and public policy, to assess our plans in Allston. The next phase of construction will begin only after the working group completes its review.Gazette: Can you explain what you mean by co-development?Lapp: The work team, which in addition to the chairs will include about 10 to 12 additional members from the University community, will study what other universities have done across the nation, and perhaps throughout the world, in partnering with industry, philanthropic foundations, hospitals, or similar institutions to determine whether or not we might learn from those experiences and adopt proven strategies for campus development in Allston.Gazette: What does this pause mean for science at Harvard?Lapp: Science at Harvard continues to grow, based on our faculty’s ability to compete for federal grants, in part from private philanthropy, and in part from the recruitment of new faculty in fields like stem cell science. We are continuing to build out space in Boston and Cambridge to accommodate our growth in the sciences. We are developing space in both Boston and Cambridge to accommodate, at least for the near term, those departments and those activities that were going to be housed in the Allston Science Complex.Gazette: What does this mean for Harvard’s future development in the long term?Lapp: We remain fully committed to Allston and to campus development in Allston. One thing I have been very impressed by in my short time at Harvard is the variety of programs and the level of commitment to the Allston community. For example, we opened the Harvard Allston Education Portal in 2008, where — under the direction of Rob Lue, professor of molecular and cellular biology and director of Life Sciences Education — our students partner with youth in Allston and Brighton. More than 100 local students are enrolled in that program, while more than 800 community residents have become Ed Portal members in order to benefit from lectures, workshops, and other opportunities. We also do a lot of work force training. We’ve engaged more than 50 members of the community in providing computer skill training and job training.We are also undertaking construction of the roughly $3.5 million Library Park next to the Honan-Allston Library, and we are continuing to improve the landscape in Allston. We’ve already planted more than 150 trees along Western Avenue. We’ve designed bike lanes on North Harvard Street. We sponsored the Harvard Allston Farmers’ Market.We also will continue to fund local organizations through the five-year Harvard-Allston Partnership Fund, an initiative through which we give out roughly $100,000 in grants each year to support community-based activities and groups.The pace of growth may be slower than previously anticipated. But, nonetheless, we are committed to Allston.Gazette: Can you tell us a little bit more about what this site is going to look like in the immediate future?Lapp: The building is already at ground level. There is a fairly large fence around the site right now. We will be working with the city of Boston, the fire department, and the Inspectional Services Department on issues like aesthetics, safety, and landscaping, and we’ll also discuss those issues with the community.Gazette: What does this pause mean for the institutional master planning process?Lapp: The institutional master planning process will be a guidepost for the working group. We expect there to be some modifications going forward, and we expect to file an updated plan by the end of 2012.Gazette: How will the new working group engage with the community? And how will Harvard continue to engage with its neighbors in Allston in general? Lapp: We’ll continue our ongoing dialogue with the community throughout the next phase of this process. The work team will gather much input from colleagues from other institutions, from the city of Boston, and our neighbors in Allston.In the immediate future, we are focused on the stewardship of the properties that we own in Allston.We already have many leases for our buildings. We have, in the last 10 months alone, signed six new leases that fill 50,000 square feet. We also recently signed a couple of movie studios to short-term leases on some of our properties. We have also supported the expansion of Mahoney’s Garden Center into its new property along Western Avenue. So we’ve been working very closely in the community trying to make sure that we’re addressing its concerns.Nonetheless, there are some properties that we have held over the last few years, expecting to use them as construction support. Going forward, we will bring many of those buildings — totaling roughly 100,000 square feet — into our real estate portfolio and actively pursue leases for them.Our primary focus in the short term will be to lease some visible, strategically placed properties. We want to continue to enhance the vitality of Allston, bring people into Allston, and create the type of activity that we know the community would like to see.We will also be engaging in a lot of our greening, as I call it, activities. For example, Library Park will be finished at the end of next year.Gazette: When work on the Allston Science Complex site moves forward, will the development look the same as has been proposed? Lapp: It would be premature for me to say exactly what will go on that site, what it will look like, and how that compares with what earlier designs envisioned. That’s part of what the new work team will help us think through.Gazette: Have you given any thought to some of the many suggestions that have been offered about how to use Harvard’s land in Allston? Lapp: The work team will consider a full range of options. We intend to reach out to people who have ideas and see what matches with the academic aspirations of Harvard, and obviously what is consistent with the needs of the community and the city.last_img read more

Lenten program ministers to Spanish-speaking community

first_imgTo better serve Notre Dame’s Spanish-speaking community, Campus Ministry created “Caminando Con La Madre Del Amor,” a Spanish-language reflection to be held every Wednesday night in the Coleman–Morse chapel during Lent.According to Campus Ministry’s website, the service, which translates to “walking with the mother of love,” seeks to lead students in meditation on the “Our Lady of Sorrows” rosary mysteries. Rebecca Ruvalcaba, the assistant director of multicultural ministry, said the program aims to provide Spanish-speaking students with more opportunities for rosary devotion and grew out of Campus Ministry’s usual Wednesday night Spanish rosary.“Each service focuses specifically on one of seven ‘Our Lady of Sorrows’ mysteries,” Ruvalcaba said. “The mysteries explore how Mary, the mother of God, shared in Christ’s suffering.”The hour-long program opens with a hymn, followed by a scripture reading, rosary meditation and sermon, Ruvalcaba said. Each sermon is delivered by an invited guest and offers thoughts about the evening’s meditation.“[The service] looks towards Mary’s heart and her relationship with her son and how she walked as that Mother caring for him at different moments,” Ruvalcaba said.Senior Melissa GutierrezLopez said the service guides students in reflecting on Mary and how, as the mother of God, she watched her son’s crucifixion. She views the devotions as a means for students to “reflect and have a space with God,” she said.“It’s a nice way to create fellowship through reflection and through spirituality,” GutierrezLopez said.The theme of the devotion — finding hope in suffering — is particularly appropriate for Lent, she said.“It’s about how we can open ourselves up to being vulnerable and talking about our own suffering,” GutierrezLopez said.The sermon is followed by a period of quiet reflection, Ruvalcaba said, and priests are also available for reconciliation during this time. She said the congregation then breaks into small groups to discuss the meditation.GutierrezLopez said she values the small group time because it gives students a space to be vulnerable.“It’s just a nice way to open up and allow yourself to feel,” GutierrezLopez said.Ruvalcaba said the patient manner in which Mary endured her hardships makes her a fitting role model for Lent.“At different moments in [Mary’s life] there were moments of sorrow,” Ruvalcaba said. “That being said, she always had a certain dignity, a way of taking it in and reflecting on it.”Ruvalcaba said she hopes the service will help students come to terms with their own struggles.“More than anything I hope that [students] gain an openness to Mary’s heart and a way of reflecting on how to deal with sorrow,” she said. “We’re all called to have different struggles as students on campus, [and] to be life not just for ourselves but for other people. I think that’s really what Lent is all about.”Tags: Caminando Con La Madre Del Amor, Campus Ministry, Lent, Spanish servicelast_img read more

Jane the Virgin’s Jaime Camil Takes His First Broadway Bow in Chicago

first_img Amra-Faye Wright Raymond Bokhour Star Files View Comments Chicago Related Shows from $49.50 Jaime Camil, Dylis Croman, Amra-Faye Wright & the cast of ‘Chicago'(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Chicago’s latest Billy Flynn is here! Jane the Virgin star Jaime Camil took his first Broadway bow in the role on May 31. Stepping in for Ryan Silverman, Camil will rake on the role of razzle dazzle story swirler Flynn for a five-week stint. The sizzling, Tony-winning revival also currently stars Dylis Croman as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. Catch Camil at the Ambassador Theatre through July 3!last_img read more

Knowing yourself is key

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Aristotle famously said, “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”Do you know your credit union or community bank?What Aristotle refers to is self-introspection. It’s the exercise of looking at yourself from the outside to learn, evolve and improve the way you currently are.Introspection is important for individuals. That’s true, but it’s also equally important for credit unions and community banks that also want to learn, evolve and improve.Here’s the challenge in “knowing” your organization: we get wrapped up in the daily rigors of the job.There’s a never-ending flurry of meetings and phone calls. You must address those things, but they make it difficult for us to look at your financial institution from the outside. As a result, it’s almost impossible to offer an honest assessment of what’s working well and what could be better. continue reading »last_img read more

FDA to open five overseas offices by year’s end

first_img See also: HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said in an Oct 16 press release that the department is making steady progress toward safeguarding the nation’s food and medicine supplies, though more work remains. “In the past year, we’ve upgraded labs and equipment, hired additional staff, and begun implementing product safety agreements with key trading partners, including China,” he said. Officials from HHS are also working to complete memoranda of understanding with Belize, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama on product safety, according to the press release. Collaborations could include sharing of information on regulatory systems and joint training on food and medical product safety and foodborne illnesses. HHS said the first office will be located in China, where the department has already received formal approval from the government. The first staff will arrive at the FDA’s new office in Beijing this year. The FDA said it will place more staff members at offices in Shanghai and Guangzhou in 2009 and that it expects to place a total of eight US workers in its Chinese offices. Plans include opening the second overseas office in New Delhi, India, by the end of the year, with at least one additional office in the country in 2009 and a total FDA workforce of 10 employees, HHS said. The department is in negotiations with India to gain formal approval for the offices and staffing plan. In July HHS issued a progress report on import safety initiatives. HHS said in the press release that some of the action items in its plan are still awaiting new authorities from Congress, such as accrediting third-party labs to evaluate compliance with FDA requirements, allowing the agency to require certification of high-risk imports, refusing imports from firms that obstruct FDA access to their facilities, and mandating food recalls when voluntary steps aren’t effective. HHS projects that it will open more FDA offices in Europe and Latin America by the end of 2008 and a fifth office in the Middle East in early to mid-2009. Establishing the foreign FDA offices is a component of an Import Safety Plan that HHS unveiled in November 2007, prompted by a series of tainted imports including chemically contaminated pet food, toys with lead paint, and seafood containing traces of unauthorized drugs. Nov 6, 2007, CIDRAP News story “US food safety plan calls for FDA recall power” FDA personnel will work with local authorities and industries to provide technical advice, conduct additional inspections, and work with government agencies and private industry groups that are interested in developing certification programs, HHS said. Previously, federal officials depended on border inspections to identify unsafe food and drug products, an approach that it said has not kept pace with the brisk growth of global commerce, the agency said. Oct 16 HHS press release Oct 20, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Aiming to make imports safer, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will open four overseas offices by the end of the year, starting with China and followed by India, Europe, and Latin America, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced recently. Andrew C. von Eschenbach, FDA Commissioner, said in the statement that the overseas offices—part of the FDA’s Beyond our Borders initiative—would allow the agency to improve its oversight by having staff living and working in the countries year-round. July 2008 HHS import safety action plan update “Opening these offices will mark a key milestone in the globalization of our efforts to enhance the safety of imported food and medical products,” Leavitt said in the statement.last_img read more

Multi-generational homes are changing the way we live

first_imgGillian Bail, along with parents Geoff and Laurace and sons, William and Alex, are a multigenerational household. (Pic Mark Cranitch)WITH housing less affordable than ever before, more Australians are favouring multi-generational living arrangements.And predictions are the number will increase.Australian Bureau of Statistics figures reveal in 2011, there were 531,000 “other related persons’’ living in family households.This included elderly parents living with their adult child’s family, or adult siblings living together.“The number of other related individuals in family households is projected to increase to between 781,000 and 815,000 in 2036,’’ according to the ABS.Dr Edgar Liu from UNSW’s City Future Research Centre the biggest thing driving families to live together longer was companionship.He said 55 per cent of families cited this as the main reason, while almost 10 per cent were doing it for financial reasons.“[Companionship] was by far the most common response,” he said.“It’s a way for families to stay connected, and has allowed for greater intergenerational connections.”Dr Liu’s study found the biggest issue facing multigenerational households was noise and the invasion of privacy.“A lack of privacy was voted as the most disliked factor of multigen living at 41 per cent,” he said.“Many participants said they faced issues of lack of privacy and space to be alone in beside their bedroom,” he said.“Particularly in open-plan living, which is very common these days, where there is a lot of noise-transference.”Michael Fiumara of Profile Architecture said his firm had plenty of experience with creating purpose built dual-living homes.He agreed noise was one of the biggest issues, but said a well designed home could solve those issues.With so many different age groups living together and running on different schedules, Mr Fiumara said multi-generational homes required specialised designs to ensure every member of the family was comfortable within the home.“Our aim is to “future-proof” the home design by considering the increasing life span of a home and its occupants.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoIn Coorparoo, three generations of Gillian Bail’s family live under the one roof, and have done so for the past five years.Ms Bail said the decision to share a home with her parents and two children was for a number of reasons, including an improved financial position and companionship.“My parents have always lived in the area and after downsizing, wanted to stay in the suburb,” she said.“It also meant we could live in a location that is close to the kids’ schools, and on one income, it would have been difficult for me to afford a home in this location.”Ms Bail said the sharing the expenses and bills had helped reduce financial pressure for all involved.She also said it had allowed her family to build stronger connections with one another.“My parents are at home with the children when I am at work,” she said.“This has helped them build a strong bond.Ms Bail, who works at building design company Arkistruct, said her company specialised in creating multigenerational homes, and suggested a separate dwelling could improve problems such as privacy and interference.“A detached dwelling can assist in delivering a new space to the household that allows for all members of the home to reclaim the enjoyment of their core living spaces and just as importantly, their independence,” she said.Ms Bail said overall, the positives of living in a multigen household far outweighed the negatives.“The comfort of knowing that we can rely on each other is worth it,” she said.last_img read more

DOH-6 to launch new campaign vs COVID-19

first_imgMeanwhile, the DOH WV-CHD reiterated its call to the public to cooperate and adhere to the protocols and guidelines issued by the government to stop the transmission of the virus. Dubbed as “BIDA Solusyon sa COVID-19,” the campaign seeks to scale up prevention and control initiatives against COVID-19. The DOH emphasized that it is only through public cooperation that a national government-enabled, local government unit-led, and people-centered COVID-19 response can be successfully implemented. (With a report from PIA-Iloilo/PN) Dr. Renilyn Reyes, DOH WV CHD Public Health Development Cluster head,  said “BIDA” stands for “Bawal walang mask,” “I-sanitize ang mga kamay,” “Dumistansya ng isang metro” and “Alamin ang totoong impormasyon.”center_img Reyes said that the BIDA campaign will be launched in Western Visayas on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. ILOILO City – Department of Health Western Visayas Center for Health Development will launch a campaign that will further intensify measures against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).last_img read more

Djokovic claims fifth Dubai title

first_imgRelatedPosts Djokovic clinches fifth Italian Open title Djokovic zooms to 10th Italian Open final Djokovic fined $10,000 for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ Novak Djokovic eased past Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 to lift his fifth Dubai Tennis Championships title on Saturday, extending his unbeaten start to the 2020 season. Both players looked solid on serve early in the opening set before Djokovic turned the screw to break in the eighth game with a searing crosscourt backhand winner. Djokovic closed out the set and continued to press home his advantage with another break of serve early in the second. Tsitsipas fought back to draw level at 3-3 but went on to commit a string of unforced errors and concede two break points in the ninth game. Djokovic surprised his opponent with a wonderfully disguised drop shot to take the lead before sealing victory on the first of his three championship points with a backhand winner down the line. “It was very close even though it was a straight-set win,” said Djokovic, who also won the Dubai titles in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013. “I was fortunate to hold my serve at the start of the match.” Djokovic has now won 21 straight matches, including 18 this season, having already lifted the inaugural ATP Cup with Serbia and a record-extending eighth Australian Open title last month. The 32-year-old dropped just one set in Dubai this week as he fought off three match points to overcome France’s Gael Monfils in the semifinals. “Yesterday I was one shot away from losing the match when three match points down, and it could have easily happened I was not here. That is sport — things can turnaround quickly,” Djokovic said. “I have played really well in most of the matches. This is a big win for me.”Tags: ATP CupDubai Tennis ChampionshipsGael MonfisNovak DjokovicStefanos Tsitsipaslast_img read more

Ligue 1 opening match postponed after Marseille report four COVID-19 cases

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Ligue 1’s opening match of the new season has been postponed from Friday night, French professional football’s governing body, the LFP, said on Tuesday.The development arose after Olympique de Marseille said they had confirmed four cases of COVID-19. “In view of medical results passed on by Olympique Marseille (…) the LFP has decided to postpone the Olympique de Marseille/AS Saint-Etienne game to September 16 or September 17,” the LFP said in statement.The game was the only fixture set for Friday, with the rest of Ligue 1’s first round of 2020/2021 matches spread out over Saturday and Sunday.The LFP told clubs last week it had set up a “COVID committee” to advise on whether to postpone matches.When a club reports more than three coronavirus cases, postponement is likely, based on the “COVID protocol” the LFP sent out to the clubs.Among the “Big Five” European football nations, France was the only one to end its season prematurely due to the pandemic. Paris St-Germain were awarded the Ligue 1 title.The Parisian club and Olympique Lyonnais have reached the semi-finals of the reformatted UEFA Champions League, the first time that two French teams will compete at that level.Olympique Marseille is France’s only winner of the biggest prize in European football.Almost 40 players from 11 Ligue 1 clubs out of 20 have tested positive for COVID-19, including some at Saint-Etienne.Spain’s Mediapro agreed in early June with TF1, France’s biggest private TV operator, to form a new channel to air top Ligue 1 league matches in the country. Mediapro holds the rights to air top Ligue 1 matches for the 2020/2021 to 2023/2024 seasons.Reuters/NAN.Tags: COVID-19Ligue 1Olympique de Marseillelast_img read more

Serena pulls out of Italian Open

first_imgRelatedPosts Djokovic zooms to 10th Italian Open final Nadal stunned by Schwartzman in Italian Open quarter-finals, Djokovic survives Koepfer Serena heads to French Open with time running out for number 24 Serena Williams has pulled out of the upcoming Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome due to an Achilles injury.The American’s bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles title ended with a defeat to Victoria Azarenka at Flushing Meadows on Thursday, a match in which she took a medical timeout to have her left ankle re-taped due to the Achilles problem. “I regretfully must withdraw from The Internazionali BNL d’Italia due to an Achilles strain,” Williams said in a statement.“I’m so humbled by the continuous support from my fans in Rome and I look forward to making my return soon.”Double Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu and top-ranked Ash Barty have also pulled out of the women’s event.“Unfortunately, I have made the tough decision to withdraw from Rome this year,” Kvitova said.“It is always one of my favourite places to visit and I really look forward to being back in Italy next year. I wish the tournament every success and congratulate them on all their hard work to put on a safe event.” Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev, who will contest the US Open men’s final on Sunday, have withdrawn from the men’s tournament.Tags: Achilles problemItalian openSerena Williamslast_img read more