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College names new faculty deans for five Houses

first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Rakesh Khurana, Danoff Dean of Harvard College, announced the appointments of new faculty deans for five Houses: Ian Jared Miller and Crate Herbert to Cabot, Eric Beerbohm and Leslie Duhaylongsod to Quincy, Stephen Chong and Kiran Gajwani to Winthrop, Stephanie Paulsell and Kevin Madigan to Eliot, and David Deming and Janine Santimauro to Kirkland. All will take their posts July 1.“I am delighted to welcome our new Faculty Deans,” Khurana said. “I know that each of them will bring remarkable compassion, thoughtfulness, and enthusiasm to our House communities. Our residential Houses play a critical role in bringing together a diverse, intergenerational community from different backgrounds and points of view. Our collective purpose has never been more important, and we are so fortunate to be appointing Faculty Deans who will help us build welcoming and inclusive communities for students to live and learn together.”Winthrop House Faculty Deans Stephen Chong and Kiran Gajwani with 5-month-old son Bodhi and dog Annie. Photo by Amanda Macchia PhotographyStephen Chong and Kiran GajwaniChong is a Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science in the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). He is also co-director of undergraduate studies for computer science. Chong received his Ph.D. from Cornell University (where he and Gajwani met), and his bachelor’s from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.Gajwani is a lecturer/adviser and associate director of undergraduate advising in economics, where she teaches development economics and a senior thesis research seminar. She earned her undergraduate degree from Binghamton University and her Ph.D. in applied economics from Cornell.“We are really excited to get to know the Winthrop community, learn their traditions, and create new ways to honor the community,” said Chong, who described feeling “honored, excited, and humbled” at the new role. “Given the current state of the world, we think it’s an especially important time to be part of helping the next generation of leaders, thinkers, and creators navigate through these difficult times — and for us to be able to learn with and from the students.”Gajwani said the Economics Department’s work during the past 10 years to revamp advising and the undergraduate program to provide more personalized attention to students and concentrators strengthened her “belief in the importance of high-quality guidance and mentorship during students’ college years.“The value I place on advising and mentoring students largely comes from the enormous benefit I have received from caring advisers and mentors in my own life, especially during my undergraduate years. Additionally, my dad instilled in me a huge appreciation for the value of education. I genuinely believe that care for and mentorship of students — especially during college — can have lifelong impacts,” she said.The couple will live in Winthrop with their 5-month-old son, Bodhi, and beloved dog, Annie.Cabot House Faculty Deans Ian Jared Miller and Crate Herbert with son Lian Herbert. Photo Courtesy of Ian Jared Miller and Crate HerbertIan Jared Miller and Crate HerbertMiller is a professor of history and affiliate professor in the departments of History of Science and East Asian Languages and Civilizations. The chair of the Program in History and East Asian Languages (HEAL), his research is focused on the history of energy and environment in Japan and East Asia.Miller served as director of undergraduate studies in the History Department and will return to the role in 2021. His current forthcoming books include “Fueling Tokyo: Japan in the Age of Global Energy” and as co-editor, “Oceanic Japan: The Archipelago in Pacific and Global History.” He and Herbert consider Japan their second home.In her role as executive director of development for SEAS, Herbert works closely with colleagues in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the University, providing strategic leadership for all SEAS development activities. She previously served in a number of leadership roles within FAS development during her 13 years at Harvard. Before her time in higher education, she enjoyed an international singing career in opera and oratorio. Her interest in fundraising began at Women at Risk, a high-risk breast cancer program at Columbia University Medical Center, which funded research and resources for uninsured patients in New York City.“We see the deanships as powerful mechanisms in creating a Harvard that is capable not merely of accommodating difference but of becoming different,” Miller said. “Harvard is in the midst of a massive cultural shift. We are asking ourselves what parts of the culture should endure while other symbols or traditions require shedding or reframing for the University to remain a beacon of excellence — for everyone. It is a troubling, challenging time, and we want to contribute.”Added Herbert: “We are humbled by this appointment, especially in these difficult times, and we are eager to work with the Cabot community to find ways to move forward together. The Cabot motto, Semper cor, or ‘Always heart,’ has never felt more urgent. We are excited by the job, which will be as fun as it is important, and honored to be able to step into a community that is so mindful and intentional.”Miller is a serious cook while Herbert loves to dance. Both are giant Celtics fans and will live in Cabot with their 15-year-old son, Liam, who loves basketball and video games; their dog, Sadie; and their lap cat, Hoot.Kirkland House Faculty Deans David Deming and Janine Santimauro.David Deming and Janine SantimauroDeming is a professor of education and economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he is also the faculty director of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy. Deming attended Ohio State University for his undergraduate studies; University of California, Berkeley, for his master’s; and received his Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University. This former Buckeye’s research focuses on higher education, economic inequality, skills, technology, and the future of the labor market. He is a principal investigator at Opportunity Insight’s CLIMB Initiative, a program that studies the role of higher education in social mobility and how to improve it. Deming recently won the David N. Kershaw Prize, awarded biannually to scholars under the age of 40 who have made distinguished contributions to public policy and management.Santimauro is the vice president of network development and strategic partnerships at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she helps improve access to pediatric specialty care in the New England region. Before that she was the executive director of Boston Children’s Heart Center. Santimauro has 20 years of health care strategy, management, and policy experience at the local and national levels. She graduated from Villanova University with a B.S. in business administration and finance, and holds master’s degrees in public policy and public health from U.C. Berkeley, where she and Deming met.;“Joining the wonderful community of students, tutors, and staff at Kirkland is a dream come true,” Deming said. “Working closely with students is the most delightful and rewarding part of my job as a faculty member. The Faculty Deanship means that we can deepen our connections to students and to the larger Harvard community. Janine and I can’t wait to get started.”Along with bringing their children, Maia, 10, and Serena, 8, to Kirkland, the pair hope to welcome a puppy to the House family in the fall. Quincy House Faculty Deans Eric Beerbohm and Leslie Duhaylongsod. Photo by Tricia SaxlerEric Beerbohm and Leslie DuhaylongsodBeerbohm is professor of government and a faculty affiliate in the Department of Philosophy. He chairs the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies and was founding director of the Undergraduate Fellowship Program at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. His research focuses on theories of democracy, equality, and political ethics, and he is currently completing a book on the distinct threat that gaslighting poses to democratic citizenship and systems.Duhaylongsod is an assistant professor in secondary and higher education at the School of Education at Salem State University, where she helps lead efforts to recruit and retain students of color in teacher licensure programs. Her research interests include the implementation of innovative curriculum and professional learning in science, social studies, and civics. Previously, she spent nine years as a middle school teacher.“Our whole family is excited to get to know the students, the House team, and Quincy’s rich and offbeat traditions. Conversing with our remarkable students about big and small things will be a source of energy and hope for us. We look forward to engaging in everything from IMs to the Philosophical Society to the InQlusivity initiative. We also want to help strengthen Quincy’s capacity to meet the needs of the students in these challenging times,” said Beerbohm.Added Duhaylongsod: “We were struck by the distinctive way that Harvard Houses serve as sites of both intellectual and social transformation. We come from very different backgrounds, culturally and socio-economically. Stanford’s community service dorm (where we met as undergraduates) connected us. As faculty deans, we want to help foster a community where students form meaningful connections with others who are not like them.”They love to play sports, read, hike, and look for frogs with their sons, Justin, 9, and Nate, 5.Eliot House Faculty Deans Kevin Madigan and Stephanie Paulsell. Photo by Amanda MadiganStephanie Paulsell and Kevin MadiganPaulsell is the Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies at Harvard Divinity School and the Interim Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church. Born and raised in North Carolina, Paulsell is a scholar of religion and literature and has been teaching at Harvard Divinity School since 2001. Her recent publications focus on novelists Virginia Woolf and Toni Morrison and their engagement with religion in their work. This summer, she’s working with Eliot House junior Elizabeth Propst on a project on medieval women writers.Madigan, the Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History, has been at Harvard since 2000. He is a historian of fascism, anti-Semitism, and the history of Christianity. Madigan earned his bachelor’s from the College of the Holy Cross, his master’s in English at the University of Virginia, and an additional master’s and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. He teaches a popular course on the Holocaust for first-year students and began teaching it as a general education course last year. Madigan was among the “Favorite Professors” designated by the Class of 2020 in this year’s yearbook.“The Eliot students we’ve gotten to know over the years have always spoken so lovingly of their House, and the students and staff we met during the search process were full of great ideas for the Eliot community as we move together through this pivotal moment in history,” Paulsell said. “We want to help create a welcoming and lively home for students — a place where they can relax, be present to and for one another, pursue their interests and aspirations, and connect with others within Harvard and beyond its gates.”“I have been tinkering with the idea of researching and writing, with interested students, a short history of Eliot House,” said Madigan, who looks forward to joining students on the Ultimate Frisbee field and basketball court. “I mean, can you imagine the market for that?”The new Eliot deans enjoy spending time with their daughter, Amanda, who just graduated from Brown University and will be attending Harvard Law School in the fall, and their Abyssinian cat named Ringo.last_img read more

Professor awarded $3 million

first_imgWith a $3 million grant at her disposal, assistant professor of psychology Kristin Valentino will be able to test a maltreatment intervention program for local families. Valentino received a grant from the Eunice K. Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to further her program that helps preschool age children in families with maltreatment problems, Valentino said. She said the program partners with the Department of Child Services in St. Joseph County. The brief intervention program works with preschool age children and their mothers through six weekly home-based sessions. The sessions focus on enhancing mother-child communication and emotional support, Valentino said. Valentino said she the pilot program work’s success lies in the simple skills taught to help improve the lives of the participating families, She said these skills include emphasizing a child’s feelings and resolving negative emotions. “We focus on three primary skills for mothers: asking more open ended questions, building on and being descriptive of what the child says and communicating about feelings,” Valentino said. The program uses live videotaping and positive reinforcement to optimize parental motivation, Valentino said. “Family coaches are trained to highlight and reinforce positive elements, and don’t give negative feedback,” she said. “These moms have a lot of people coming into their lives and telling them what they are doing wrong. You are better able to engage a parent by helping to reinforce what they are doing right, and building on that.” Valentino said this grant provides financial support to extend this program more fully, and will allow her to see the long-term effects of the program. “We are now able to extend this study longitudinally to 240 local families over the next five years,” Valentino said. “We are hoping to see these maltreated children develop to have a cognitive, social-emotional and physiological development that is not different from their peers. We also want to see an improvement in the moms, with decreased victimization.” This research has the potential to advance scientific knowledge and help families outside of the local community, Valentino said. “We have the potential to inform more effective clinical and social policy efforts designed to improve the welfare of maltreated children,” she said. “These programs can also be easily disseminated. It can be taught on a wider scale and introduced into wider communities.” Valentino said she is passionate about using science to improve the lives of maltreated children and their families. “Child abuse and neglect receives little public attention even though it is a big problem in our nation,” Valentino said. “This research can contribute to more practical programs that can help the developmental trajectory of maltreated children.” Valentino conducts her research at the University’s Center of Children and Families, and she said Notre Dame’s mission as a university has supported her research. “I really appreciate Notre Dame’s broader mission, and because my research fits with the mission of the University, I feel like my research is really supported at Notre Dame in a special way,” Valentino said.   “I have also received excellent mentoring from colleagues and my co-investigators, Professor Cummings, Professor Borkowski and Professor Maxwell.” Contact Evelyn Huang at ehuang1@nd.edulast_img read more

Donmar’s My Night with Reg to Transfer to the West End

first_imgThe Donmar Warehouse production of Kevin Elyot’s My Night with Reg will transfer to the West End next year. The Robert Hastie-directed production will begin performance on January 17, 2015 and open officially on January 23 at the Apollo Theatre. The full Donmar cast will reprise their performances: Julian Ovenden Matt Bardock as Benny, Jonathan Broadbent as Guy, Richard Cant as Bernie, Lewis Reeves as Eric and Geoffrey Streatfeild as Daniel. Set in the London gay community in the mid-1980s, My Night with Reg follows a group of friends at one of their London flats over a period of years, from a housewarming to a funeral. The play premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 1994. Ovenden’s London stage credits include Marguerite in the West End, Merrily We Roll Along, Grand Hotel and Annie Get Your Gun. The Downton Abbey star made his Broadway debut in Butley and starred in the New York Philharmonic concert production of Showboat. Bardock, perhaps best known for his performance as Jeff Collier in Casualty, appeared in the Donmar productions of The Dark and Frame 312. Broadbent’s stage credits include Grand Guignol, Ghost Stories and Chekhov in Hell. Cant has appeared on stage in War Horse, Salome and Cymbeline. Reeves’ recent stage credits include Our Boys and Muscle. Streatfeild has appeared on stage in Macbeth, Copenhagen, Children of the Sun and Earthquakes in London.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Green ketchup?

first_imgMoms have always known that kids are looking for somethingdifferent to eat. Now the food industry is catching on, movingat a fast pace toward the kid market.Purple and green ketchup, blue and pink butter, cookies andsnacks that change colors in your mouth or your milk — theseare just a few examples of the latest color craze.Why market to children when parents are the ones doing the shoppingand holding the purse strings?”When my kids begged for green ketchup, I totally refusedwhen I saw the higher price tag,” said Sharon Omahen, a Jackson,Ga., mother of two. “I told them they could buy it with theirown money, and they did!”Once she realized how eager her children were to get the ketchup,she was able to use it to her advantage.”I’ve used the purple ketchup as a treat to reward themfor good behavior, and I’ve also bought the pink butter,”Omahen said. “Actually, I just bought the butter becauseit has a flip-top and easy dispenser. But my younger daughterwas thrilled. Now she makes pink faces and designs on her morningwaffles.”Can You Taste Color?The ketchup’s zany colors may entice children, but many adultspass it by because of the altered taste they associate with thecolor.Just because her kids eat it doesn’t mean Omahen does. “Theyalways beg their Dad and me to try it, and I finally did,”she said. “I know mentally that it’s just ketchup, but thegreen color makes it taste awful to me. My husband won’t eventry it.”University of Georgia food science professor Rob Shewfelt assureswary customers that “flavors are colorless, and colors areflavorless.”A food scientist with the UGA College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences, Shewfelt has studied food colorings and how they relateto consumer acceptance of new food products.While a few drops of food coloring won’t change the actualflavor of the products, Shewfelt says, “color does influenceour perception of flavor.” Because people associate colorwith different tastes, changing the typical color leads them tothink the flavor has changed.Mystery E-Z SqeezeHeinz, developers of the odd-colored ketchups, originally decidedto offer purple ketchup when the Harry Potter books became popular.”Boys and girls alike love the cool purple color,”said Brian Hansberry, vice president of marketing for ketchup,condiments and sauces at Heinz North America.Heinz introduced the mystery “EZ Squirt” ketchupthis year in three more colors: pink, orange and teal. A deceptivebottle keeps the ketchup color a secret.Shewfelt said children and adults react differently to thesenew “crazy-colored” products.”Adults ask ‘Why?’ and kids usually just say ‘Becauseit’s cool!'” Shewfelt said. “The answer to ‘Why?’is because so many of us, myself included, do think it’s so ‘Cool’!”last_img read more

VT PSB Approves Expansion of Co-Op’s Landfill Gas Plant

first_imgThe Vermont Public Service Board has issued a Certificate of Public Good approving Washington Electric Co-op’s proposed expansion of its landfill methane generating facility at the state’s largest landfill in Coventry. The PSB’s Order was issued on September 17th, and authorizes the addition of a fifth generating engine at the plant, as well as a small expansion of the building and other related modifications.The Coventry plant first began operation in 2005 and its generating capacity was previously increased in 2007. The facility is now generating almost two-thirds of all the electricity used by WEC’s 10,000 member households and businesses in Orange, Washington and Caledonia Counties. The cost to WEC of this energy is significantly less than current market prices in the region, and the plant is the primary reason why WEC’s members have not seen a rate increase in nine years and are not expected to for a few more.In accordance with Vermont Statute, an electric cooperative must also get the approval of its members for such projects after receiving PSB approval. The WEC Board of Directors has authorized a vote for October 7, and information packets and vote by mail materials are being mailed to all members on Friday. WEC’s members previously voted in favor of the original project and the first expansion by overwhelming margins.Assuming member approval, construction will commence immediately after October 7, with the additional generating equipment expected to be in service in early 2009.We’re very pleased that the Public Service Board granted the approval, said WEC’s General Manager, Avram Patt. We also appreciate the continuing support the Public Service Department has given to this project and its expansion and we look forward to the member vote on October 7th.. Because we’re a co-op, it’s fitting that our members who benefit from this project have the final say.last_img read more

Governor kicks off long-term Irene recovery effort

first_imgVermont Governor Peter Shumlin today announced a plan to assist communities recovering from Tropical Storm Irene.  Dubbed the Community Recovery Partnership, this initiative will target affected towns and regions with facilitated community conversations and cross-agency State support, as well as collaboration in long-term planning and implementation of recovery efforts. ‘We know that all recovery is local and the best role for the State is to support the towns.  The first step is to talk with communities about both their current needs and their future plans, in order to better gauge the additional assistance they will need going forward,’ said the Governor. ‘We need to harness the incredible community energy of the past two months and direct it toward rebuilding Vermont into a stronger, smarter and safer state.’ Governor Shumlin said the recovery needs vary from town to town and region to region.  To best understand these needs, the state will ask town residents to share their views and ideas. ‘True recovery is a community-powered process and we are eager to have local leaders who emerged during the Irene response be active participants,’ said Neale Lunderville, Irene Recovery Officer. “These conversations will inform the state’s long-term recovery plan and help set the direction for the future.” The first round of conversations will begin next week and occur over the next few months.  While the State is not in a position to provide direct financial assistance to towns, it can provide time and expertise to help craft a plan for the future.  All visits will include a team from the Agencies of Commerce & Community Development, Transportation, Human Services and Natural Resources, as well as representatives from the Regional Planning Commissions and Regional Development Corporations.  Through a combination of public hearings and meetings with stakeholder groups, communities and regions will outline their long-range recovery vision and capacity on issues like housing, transportation and economic development. This, in turn, will enable the Shumlin administration to match needs with existing services in the short term, but also create a long-term state recovery plan that leaves Vermont in better shape than before Tropical Storm Irene hit.‘Our goal is to support communities as they make the hard decisions about recovery,’ said Noelle MacKay, Commissioner of Economic, Housing and Community Development, who will spearhead this initiative through her department. ‘Having cross-agency teams is critical as we help towns identify gaps in capacity and need, as well as trends worth pursuing.’ The Governor will personally lead the first several workshops.  The first conversation will be held in the Mad River Valley (details TBA). Towns that are interested in having a community conversation with the State should contact Faith Ingulsrud @ sends e-mail) or by calling 802-828-5228. For further questions on the long-term community recovery contact Noelle MacKay at sends e-mail) or 802-828-5216. Governor’s office. 11.9.2011last_img read more

Why does financial literacy matter?

first_img continue reading » Why does it matter that people learn about finance?Well — because, fortunately or unfortunately, money does make the world go round.Every time you order a coffee, every time you buy something online or go out to eat or write a check or choose a place to live, you make a financial decision. Those tiny choices can build up over time, creating a pattern that can mark the difference between thriving and surviving.I know it’s not easy to navigate the world of finance. I may have a college degree and a handful of accounting classes under my belt, but I still had to learn not to lease a new car from a YouTube video. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

PA Department of Transportation, State Police enact annual Operation Safe Holiday campaign

first_imgPennsylvania State Police and the Department of Transportation enacted their annual “Operation Safe Holiday” Campaign. Police say there is no excuse to drive under the influence, adding that you can always call a taxi or ride-sharing app to safely get home. PENNSYLVANIA (WBNG) — With the holidays right around the corner, Pennsylvania State Police are reminding people to drive safely. State Police add that they see an increase in violations in the holidays with people driving under the influence. State Police say traveling is discouraged due to the pandemic, but if you do travel be sure to slow down, wear your seatbelt, have proper lights on, and always be sober. Police say their main priority is to take drunk drivers off the roads. State Police also say that you must buckle up, adding that seatbelts save lives.last_img read more

Promotion of Croatia on the German market

first_imgThe tourist year in Germany begins in early November, when tour operators launch the market with catalogs for the next summer season.This is exactly the time when the offices of the Croatian Tourist Board in Germany are intensively cooperating with partners in the promotion of products and destinations in the tourism industry. Thus, with the aim of promoting Croatia among German tourist workers and according to the media, the CNTB Representation in Germany carried out a number of promotional activities, the CNTB reports.With a partner DER Touristik Thus, four presentations of Croatia were made for agents, in Kassel, Erfurt, Wolfsburg and Berlin. The presentations were attended by 150 agents who received new information about Croatia and the Croatian tourist offer. There is also a traditional event “Travelconnexion” which was held in cooperation with Thomas Cook in Frankfurt. At this event, the Thomas Cook Group presented its program for the next summer season, and the event alone gathered about 1500 agents.Another presentation for agents was held in Düsseldorf in collaboration with Novasolom, which brought together over 60 agents who were interested in the development of private accommodation and holiday homes in Croatia. Office CNTB branches in Munich, in cooperation with the tour operator Fti, organized a cooking show for agents. As part of the event, a presentation of FTI’s own hotel brand Labranda was held, which in April 2019 will come to Croatia for the first time at the Senses Hotel on Hvar.last_img read more

Aubameyang checking his phone after every match to see if Golden Boot rival has scored

first_imgAdvertisement Kane scored against Burnley after returning from injury but was blunted against Chelsea (Getty)‘Because you know he’s playing for Spurs – but I know he was playing for Arsenal before.‘So I look at him because I know he’s a good striker and he scores goals. A lot, a lot, a lot. So always when I check it, he’s always scoring, and I say, “Oh”.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement The Gabon striker is two goals behind leading scorer Sergio Aguero (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he is always checking the football scores after Arsenal games to see if his rivals for the Premier League Golden Boot have scored.The Gabon striker netted against Bournemouth on Wednesday night to take his league tally for the season to 16 – two behind Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, who tops the leaderboard.On Saturday Aubameyang travels to Wembley for the north London derby, and he admits Spurs striker Harry Kane is one player he is always keeping tabs on.Premier League top scorers 2018/19Sergio Aguero (Man City)18Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)17Aubameyang (Arsenal)16Harry Kane (Spurs)15Sadio Mane (Liverpool)14 Share Commentcenter_img Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang admits he fears Harry Kane most in race for Premier League Golden Boot Metro Sport ReporterFriday 1 Mar 2019 7:01 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link753Shares Asked if thinks about his striker rivals, Aubameyang told Ian Wright in an interview for the Premier League: ‘Yeah of course. I always watch on my phone after the games, of course.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘You know that feeling, you have to check because it’s not like in Germany. In Germany, okay, I have to check if [Robert] Lewandowski scored, but here you have to check all the games, so many people.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But it’s cool, it’s nice. It’s a great challenge for a striker when you have a lot of good strikers in other teams so then after the season you can compare yourself to other players.’Asked if he looks at anyone in particular, Aubameyang continued: ‘Yeah, Harry Kane, of course.last_img read more