Criticism over decision timing as coronavirus spreadsThe timing of the decision to push ahead with the pipeline may be questioned, however, given the dire state of global oil markets, the rampant spread of coronavirus and the growing effort to decarbonise world economies by transitioning away from fossil fuels to cleaner energy.The launch of a massive, and expensive, construction effort at a time when communities around the world are implementing lockdowns and social distancing measures to limit the spread of Covid-19 is something critics have been swift to denounce.Hannah McKinnon, energy transitions and futures director at advocacy group Oil Change International, said: “With trillions of dollars at play globally in relief and recovery, we have an unprecedented chance to invest in the future, not the past.“Unfortunately, the Alberta government is still refusing to see the writing on the wall, a failure that comes at a huge cost to Albertans in this crisis moment.”On the issue of pipeline worker safety amid the evolving pandemic, TC Energy’s Girling said: “During construction, we will continue to take guidance from all levels of government and health authorities to determine the most proactive and responsible actions in order to ensure the safety of our crews and community members during the current Covid-19 situation.” Legal battle not necessarily finishedKeystone XL has faced a series of legal challenges in its protracted battle to secure regulatory approval, and, according to Jane Fleming Kleeb, founder of Bold Nebraska, an organisation involved in the effort to halt the pipeline, the judicial hurdles have not yet been overcome.She said: “Legally, TC Energy is facing eminent domain lawsuits from landowners, and county boards have not granted permits in Nebraska, while nationally there are several lawsuits in federal court challenging the project’s permits and seeking a preliminary injunction on construction.“So while it may have a green light to build in Alberta, it does not have all the permits and regulatory approvals necessary to move forward in America.” Completion of Keystone XL pipeline to boost Alberta crude export potential and North American energy securityCanada’s vast oil sands industry – which boasts the third-largest reserves in the world after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela – has long lamented a lack of sufficient export infrastructure for the crude it produces.The Keystone XL pipeline is designed to address this by enabling more than 800,000 bpd to be transported from the region to refineries on the US Gulf Coast.At a time when global dependence on Opec crude oil production is being thrown into stark relief, the acceleration of the will be seen as a boost to the independence of North America’s fuel supply capacity.TC Energy CEO Russ Girling said: “This important energy infrastructure project is poised to put thousands of people to work, generate substantial economic benefits and strengthen the continent’s energy security.” Keystone XL plans in the works for a decade prior to Alberta financing supportPlans to develop Keystone XL were first floated in 2010, but a decade of legal challenges and opposition from environmental groups, politicians and landowners has slowed progress, casting its future into doubt.But the Trump administration has taken steps to help the pipeline clear regulatory hurdles in recent years, rolling back an Obama-era rejection of planning permits, and citing it as a critical asset for reducing US dependence on foreign crude oil.Critics of the project have been quick to denounce Alberta’s decision to direct public funds into the pipeline at a time when communities are struggling to finance relief efforts to tackle the coronavirus health emergency.Government backing will allow construction of the pipeline to begin immediately, creating more than 15,000 jobs across Canada – although the wisdom of mobilising such a workforce at a time of global pandemic has been questioned by critics.A large construction workforce will be mobilised to build the pipeline, drawing criticism over Covid-19 fears (Credit: TC Energy)Premier of Alberta Jason Kenney said: “We cannot wait for the end of the pandemic and the global recession to act. There are steps we must make now to build our future focused on jobs, the economy and pipelines.“We are moving forward with a project that is essential to our future prosperity. This investment in Keystone XL is a bold move to re-take control of our province’s economic destiny and put it firmly back in the hands of the owners of our natural resources, the people of Alberta.” The government of Alberta, Canada will inject $5.3bn in financing to accelerate the Keystone XL Pipeline (Credit: TC Energy) Construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline has been given a long-awaited go-ahead, following a surprise financial intervention by the government of Alberta, Canada.The project – which will carry up to 830,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) from Canada to Nebraska, US – will receive $1.1bn in equity investment from the Albertan state to “substantially cover” the planned construction costs for 2020, followed by a $4.2bn loan guarantee starting next year.TC Energy, the Calgary-based owner of the project, will provide the remaining $2.7bn capital investment to finalise its development, with completion of the near-2,000-kilometre pipeline expected by 2023. After years of regulatory hurdles, the Keystone XL pipeline linking Alberta oil sands in Canada to US Gulf Coast refineries is set to begin construction
Letting agents and property managers have a new way to co-ordinate maintenance reports and inspections, with a ‘refreshing’ proptech platform called Sorbet.The Cardiff-based innovation is the brainchild of former contractor Brooke Williams, who believed there had to be a better way for agents, landlords, tenants and contractors to communicate, coming up with Sorbet.Sorbet’s software helps with transparency, accuracy and audit trails for the rental market. Letting agents, landlords, tenants and contractors can raise and monitor maintenance requests and jobs through the platform.Brooke teamed up with former Director of Dezrez, Richard Wilson to set up Sorbet, recruiting Kevin Hughes, former Marketing and Finance Director of Gocompare. com, as a non-executive Director.Brooke says, “Co-ordinating maintenance appointments and chasing reports for lots of properties can be a real headache; I know, I’ve been there. Juggling landlords, tenants and contractors, whilst keeping a detailed audit trail is tricky and cumbersome. That’s why we created Sorbet.Proptech“Sorbet is a helpful software assistant for letting agents and property managers that tracks communication between the agent, contractors, landlords and tenants – automatically booking contractors when reports and inspections are due, or deal with tenant maintenance requests without the agent’s input.”Sorbet offers a six-month free trial as part of its beta launch. Agents who take up the programme will be able to offer the Sorbet apps to contractors and tenants completely free for six months. All of Sorbet’s apps communicate with each other, so agents will never be left out of the loop.Register here: https:// www.sorbethq.com/signupRead all the latest proptech newsproptech Maintenance reports and inspections software platform Sorbet software August 22, 2017The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Scoop! Sorbet – the new property management tool for letting agents previous nextProptechScoop! Sorbet – the new property management tool for letting agentsLatest proptech launch is an online property management suite from a former Cardiff contractor.The Negotiator22nd August 201701,634 Views
Home » News » Street savvy? New CRM launches offering agents hybrid-style technology previous nextProptechStreet savvy? New CRM launches offering agents hybrid-style technologyNew platform concentrates on key estate agency areas of operation including valuations, viewings, offers and applicants.Nigel Lewis25th November 20201 Comment1,341 Views Proptech firm Street has revealed its much-anticipated new industry CRM platform which, in a nutshell, gives traditional agents all the tech that hybrid agencies like Purplebricks offer their customers and negotiators.Street is tailored to both sales and lettings agents and enables vendors, buyers, landlords and tenants to interact with an agent directly online or via an app, while automating some aspects of an agent’s activities.This includes enabling agents to capture portal email enquiries and turn them into booked viewings or valuations and any time of day or night.The CRM also tackles much of the other heavy-lifting agents face including managing viewings, delivering valuations, co-ordinating offers, managing sales and lettings applicants, organising enquiries, feedback, and diaries and even helping coordinate keys.InstructionsSome of its other main features include giving landlords and vendors access to huge range of information about a sale or letting including offers; enabling potential clients to instruct directly from within a valuation report; and a crafty search box that makes tracking down properties, emails, text messages and people quick and easy for agents.It also enables vendors to pre-approve times when viewings can be booked, or request that they are given 24 hours’ notice of any viewings.Street is keen to stress that its system does not remove the human touch; offers and valuations are only passed on to clients after a negotiator has spoken to them in person.“I think we all know that a growing demographic expect to be able to book viewings and valuations online, 24-7, but the challenge in building technology to facilitate this is how to allow this while ensuring it doesn’t create inefficiencies for the agent in the process,” says co-founder Heather Staff (pictured with co-founder).Watch the presentation via this catch-up link.CRM software platform Street heather staff Agent Software spectre estate agent software November 25, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 25th November 2020 at 8:14 amIt is tempting to say this CRM is streets ahead, but with my proptech analyst hat on and my estate agency hat on – it really is. Joining up all the dots a modern solution for agencies of a certain size, this is going to be a big winner. It has removed so much of the repetitive human tasks that should have been automated a decade ago, freeing up the ever busy agent to do positive workflow activities, adding profit to that bottom line.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021
‘Golden Sea’ (1972), by Zhao Xicomo, portrays a group of school graduates sent to the countryside to work the land during the Cultural Revolution (1966-76), under Mao’s call to ‘receive re-education from the poor and lower middle peasants’. The group of young labourers smile, somewhat exaggeratedly, as they work. It is disturbingly reminiscent of an unsophisticated, 1950s toothpaste advertisement. According to the curators’ blurb, ‘schematic smiling is a typical symbol of that period’; ‘schematic’ says it all. Xicomo was one of the graduates sent out, though his portrayal is an idealised, propagandist one. Such labourers’ terrible hardship (there was widespread rural famine) is more accurately portrayed in Chao Mei’s ‘First Track of Footprints’, an image of the labourers in the snow, walking against a bitter wind. Another of Chao Mei’s prints, ‘September in the North’ (1963), depicts agricultural labourers harvesting the sorghum, during Mao’s so-called Great Leap Forward (1958-63). Two thirds of the print are composed of long sorghum stalks in the foreground, and the tiny figures bending round the bottom of the stalks provide a sense of their scale. The print is dominated by a striking red, with occasional blocks of yellow; primary colours are in keeping with the simple definition of the woodcut print. The period after the Cultural Revolution has been described as the ‘spring of arts and literature’. Li Xiu’s ‘The Return of the Graduate’ (1977) shows the influences of the Cultural Revolution (most noticeably, the ‘schematic’ smiling), yet has a fresh sense of hope. Three students alight from the train looking expectantly at figures beyond us, extending the pictorial space. Li Xiu was one of a tiny minority of female printmakers, and her print was one of the most published in 1970s China. The most striking twenty-first century print in the exhibition is Hong Tao’s ‘Galloping Rhythm’ (2000). It depicts a modern train travelling at high speed, its shapes and colours blurred into horizontal streaks of colour. The effect is one of vibrant dynamism, suggestive of China’s rapid economic growth. The exhibition, though small, showcases a variety of printing techniques, from fine etching to bolder woodblock methods. It shows the print in its simplest monochrome form, as well as its most exuberant. In terms of content, the prints are genuinely thought-provoking. The exhibition comes in two installments, the next one next term: watch this space… Part 1: until 9 December 2007 Part 2: 18 December – 24 January 2008 by Griselda Murray BrownThe Ashmolean’s latest exhibition will not satisfy the Sunday afternoon escapist’s desire for a display of Oriental beauty or delicate depictions of distant Chinese rice fields. After wandering past the Renaissance frieze compositions, past the winking jewels in glass cases, the exhibition of late twentieth century and contemporary Chinese prints feels immediately ‘modern’, uncomfortably relevant. The prints are political: each image responds, overtly or obliquely, to the massive economic and cultural upheavals experienced by the Chinese people from the outset of the People’s Republic of China in 1949. Chinese artisans began practicing print-making over a millennium ago – the output of printed books and illustrations being particularly high during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) – and continue to choose this medium to express today’s issues. There is a continuity of basic ‘effect’ then, but not of content. Religious images have been replaced by exercises in Communist propaganda, portraits of revolutionary female campaigners, and supposedly apolitical townscapes, to cite just a few from this collection.
Press release: Trustees failed to protect charity from abuse for terrorist purposes, regulator finds
The interim manager determined that ultimately, the charity did not have a viable future and dissolved the charity, redistributing over £132,000 of charitable funds to 5 registered charities in the Stoke-on-Trent area.The full report of the inquiry is available on GOV.UK.EndsNotes to Editors The Charity Commission is the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales The Commission’s inquiry into Fazal Ellahi Charitable Trust closed on 3 May 2019 The interim manager was discharged on 24 February 2019 following the charity’s dissolution The Commission previously considered that the charity had ceased to operate after trustees failed to submit its annual financial accounts or respond to repeated correspondence from the Commission. However, despite its removal from the register in 2009, the charity continued to operate including running a mosque and religious classes for children. Section 84A of the Charities Act allows the Commission to direct trustees not to take or continue certain actions. Section 79(4) of the Charities Act allows the Commission to remove individuals from acting as trustees, employees, agents or officers of a charity. As a consequence of this they are then disqualified from being a trustee or holding a senior management position in any charity in England and Wales, regardless of whether it is registered with the Commission. It is an offence to act as a trustee whilst disqualified. Section 79(3)(d) allows the Commission to ‘freeze’ charitable funds or property or otherwise not to part with property without the Commission’s prior consent. Press mobile – out of hours only 07785 748787 A Charity Commission inquiry into an unregistered charity, Fazal Ellahi Charitable Trust, has found that the charity’s trustees failed to properly manage, administer and protect the charity, and its resources, resulting in it being used to facilitate terrorism offences. As a result of the investigation the trustees were removed and are consequently disqualified. The charity has also been dissolved.The Commission opened a statutory inquiry into the charity which ran a mosque in April 2018, following serious concerns including the conviction of the Imam for six counts of encouragement of terrorism and two counts of encouraging support for a proscribed organisation in relation to a series of sermons and classes for children given at the charity’s premises.In investigating these serious concerns the Commission carried out a number of checks, including an unannounced visit to the charity’s premises, scrutiny of evidence seized by police and analysis of the charity’s bank statements, finding serious mismanagement and misconduct by the charity’s trustees including a failure to manage the charity’s resources appropriately which allowed the charity’s premises to be misused to encourage terrorism and support for the Islamic State, a proscribed organisation.In their roles at the charity the Imam and one of the charity’s trustees came into contact with children regularly. The Commission therefore requested evidence of DBS checks and safeguarding policies and procedures but none were provided. The Commission exercised its power, prohibiting the trustees from providing educational classes and recreational activities to children.The Commission’s analysis of the charity’s bank statements and other records seized by the police found that financial records were incomplete and that the trustees failed to maintain and preserve records relating to the charity’s income and expenditure as they are required to. The Commission took the protective measure of freezing over £160,000 in the charity’s bank account.Due to this series of failings, both of the charity’s trustees were removed from their positions, and are now disqualified from acting as a trustee or holding a senior management position in any charity in England and Wales. The inquiry also took the protective step of appointing an interim manager to manage and administer the charity and make a determination on its future viability.Michelle Russell, Director of Investigations, Monitoring and Enforcement at the Charity Commission said: Press office Email [email protected] What has happened at this charity is unacceptable and a clear failing on the part of the charity’s trustees as custodians for their charity. Our actions will reassure the public that abuse of this kind will not be tolerated. Whilst instances of abuse of charities for terrorism are rare, such links undermine public trust and confidence in charities, and the vital work that charities do. It is right that those responsible have been held to account for their actions.
Be it music or comedy, theater or sports, one aspect of live entertainment that has plagued fans for years is tickets. For every person who is able to get through on a Ticketmaster on-sale for a major event, it seems there are five more people who get shut out, only to resort to secondhand ticket agencies like Stubhub.With his recent tour announcement, comedian Louis C.K. has shared his thoughts on how to overcome this problem. Not only is he planning to pay for some of the ticket fees himself, but he’s also planning to invalidate tickets sold through secondhand channels. He says that, “either way I’m making plenty of money on the tour.”You can read the full quote from Louis C.K., and bask in the marvel of his ability to sell tickets fairly to his fans. Why can’t all musicians do it like this?!“Most tickets are $50 or less. There are no ticket fees for any shows. My agent worked hard to accomplish this by negotiating in every city and finding venues that were willing to help us make the shows affordable. In some cases, the venues and I are splitting the ticket charges between us so you don’t have to pay it. In the end it’s worth it to me because I don’t want coming to see me to be a painful choice for anyone and either way I’m making plenty of money on the tour. I sincerely hope that everyone takes advantage of this by simply buying the affordable tickets and coming to the shows. For those of you who plan to take the opportunity of the simple and cheap ticketing on this tour to make a profit at the expense of my fans, please note that we are working hard to prevent scalping and that if you resell your tickets at an unfair price, you are risking having your tickets invalidated. Also if you purchase tickets to my shows from Stubhub or other scalping sites, that ticket may not be valid.“If you buy tickets to one of my shows and you can’t go, or you somehow get stuck with them, please contact us at [email protected] and we will try to help you get your money back. If you buy tickets from a reseller and they get cancelled, please contact us here because we probably now have that ticket and are going to throw it back on sale at the original price and you could get it that way. In any case, you can always reach out and we will try to help you.“That’s in America. In Europe and Israel I don’t honestly know what we are charging because the ticketing systems there are very different. It’s taken us a few years to build the relationships we have with the venues and ticket companies here in the states so we could pull this off. Over there we are trusting their system to take care of you.”You can see the full schedule below.Louis CK 2016 Tour Dates:05/17 – Baltimore, MD @ Lyric Theatre (early show)05/17 – Baltimore, MD @ Lyric Theatre (late show)05/18 – Baltimore, MD @ Lyric Theatre (early show)05/18 – Baltimore, MD @ Lyric Theatre (late show)05/19 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Paramount Theatre05/20 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Paramount Theatre05/20 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Paramount Theatre (late show)05/25 – Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Grand Theatre05/26 – Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Grand Theatre05/31 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre06/01 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre06/02 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre (early show)06/02 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre (late show)06/03 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre (late show)06/08 – Wikes-Barre, PA @ Mohegan Sun Arena06/09 – Reading, PA @ Santander Arena07/07 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center07/09 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena07/10 – Inglewood, CA @ The Los Angeles Forum07/12 – Houston, TX @ NRG Arena07/14 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena07/15 – Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum07/22 – Forest Hills, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium08/01 – Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Bradley Center08/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center08/03 – Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center08/04 – St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center08/05 – Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena08/06 – Springfield, MA @ MassMutual Center08/12 – London, UK @ Wembley Arena08/15 – Dublin, IE @ 3Arena08/16 – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome08/18 – Jerusalem, IS @ Jerusalem Payis Arena08/20 – Copenhagen, DK @ Forum Copenhagen08/21 – Paris, FR @ L’Olympia08/22 – Prague, CH @ Prague Congress Centre09/08 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden09/12 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Coming into its 11th anniversary this Saturday, The Mustache Bash has gone from humble beginnings to a San Diego tradition—the holiday of funk for thousands who return year after year. The 70’s costume extravaganza on the water will this year host two stages, a massive bar, and full lineup featuring music from The Floozies, Escort, Greg Wilson, Danny Krivit, The Mustache Bash Family Band, The Puscie Jones Revue, Rambo, and Abby Normal. Rounding out the music Saturday night will be elite producer Peanut Butter Wolf serenading the Official Bash Boat Afterparty on San Diego Bay. A percentage of the Bash’s proceeds will be donated to Plastic Tides, the environmental partner for 2018.Who doesn’t like a good mustache, right? Whether it is a Magnum P.I., the Fu Manchu, a solid Handlebar, or whatever you please, the mustache is certainly a symbol. If you are down with the stache, you can see plenty of them this Saturday, March 24 at The Port Pavilion in San Diego, CA. May the funk be with you.For more information about the event, head to their official website!
Primus leader Les Claypool issued a statement that Primus will take a break from touring, according to Jambands.com. Currently on the road with Mastodon in support of their most recent album, The Desaturating Seven, this will be “the last Primus run for a bit”, according to the bass maestro. He continues, urging fans, that “if you want to get your Goblin Rock fix, now is the time to do so.”Read the full statement from Les Claypool below:Howdy folks, we are in the midst of our longest summer tour of many moons and we are lucky and happy to be flanked by our new comrades, the glorious Vikings known as Mastodon. This will be the last Primus run for a bit as we will need to cool-out for awhile, recharge and work on our nunchaku skills. So, if you want to get your Goblin Rock fix, now is the time to do so as it will be the last time to witness the glory of the Desaturating Seven production. See y’all on the highway…Claypool’s other project, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, was in the studio recording new music back in February. The seemingly unlikely duo of Primus bassist and Beatles offspring/Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger leader Sean Lennon released an album back in 2016 and toured heavily in Monolith of Phobos‘ support.While Claypool tends to keep his side projects short, the duo collaborated again in 2017 for a special Record Store Day release, which featured four cosmically psychedelic covers, including “Astronomy Domine” by Pink Floyd, “Boris the Spider,” by The Who, “The Court of the Crimson King” by King Crimson, and “Satori” by Flower Travellin’ Band. Again, the CLD impressed beyond measure. Now, with Primus taking time off, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that The Claypool Lennon Delirium will make an official return with new music soon.Primus and Mastadon continue tour tonight in Glens Falls, New York. See below for a full list of tour dates.Primus/Mastadon Summer TourMay 25 – Glen Falls, NY – Cool Insuring ArenaMay 26 – Providence, RI – Bold Point ParkMay 27 – Portland, ME – TBAMay 29 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank PavilionMay 30 – Philadelphia, PA – Penn’s Landing – Festival PierJun 01 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony SummerstageJun 02 – Baltimore, MD – Pier 6 PavilionJun 03 – Brooklyn, NY – Ford Amphitheater @ Coney Island BoardwalkJun 05 – Columbus, OH – Express Live! Outdoor AmphitheatreJun 06 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly IslandJun 08 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AEJun 09 – Sterling Heights, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom HillJun 10 – Indianapolis, IN – Farmer’s Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State ParkJun 12 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music CenterJun 14 – Minneapolis, MN – MYTH LIVEJun 15 – Bonner Springs, KS – Providence Medical Center AmphitheaterJun 16 – Camdenton, MO – Ozarks AmphitheaterJun 18 – Lincoln, NE – Pinewood Bowl TheaterJun 21 – Bonner, MT – Kettlehouse AmphitheaterJun 22 – Seattle, WA – Marymoor ParkJun 23 – Bend, OR – Les Schwab AmphitheaterJun 25 – Troutdale, OR – EdgefieldJun 28 – Avila Beach, CA – Avila Beach Resort AmphitheaterJun 29 – Berkeley, CA – The Greek Theatre at UC BerkeleyJun 30 – Lincoln, CA – Thunder Valley Resort CasinoJul 02 – Salt Lake City, UT -The Great Salt Air – OutdoorsJul 03 – Las Vegas, NV – Downtown Event CenterJul 05 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek TheatreJul 06 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air TheaterJul 07 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica TheatreView All Tour Dates[H/T Jambands]
Paul Farmer, an anthropologist and physician whose research has helped to revolutionize the strategies for treating infectious disease in some of the poorest corners of the world, has been named a University Professor, Harvard’s highest distinction for a faculty member.“Paul Farmer is best known to the public as a pioneering humanitarian,” President Drew Faust said in announcing the appointment. “But among scholars he is equally well-known for his research and writing, which have crossed boundaries between the social sciences and biomedical research and married theory and practice to forge a new approach to global health. He is also an outstanding educator with a remarkable capacity to inspire students to focus their minds and their energies on serving the common good.”The President and Fellows of Harvard College established the University Professorships in 1935 to recognize “individuals of distinction … working on the frontiers of knowledge, and in such a way as to cross the conventional boundaries of the specialties.”Farmer, whose research focuses on community-based strategies for combating infectious diseases, on health and human rights, and on the role of social inequalities in determining disease distribution and outcomes, becomes the first Kolokotrones University Professor, a chair established through a gift from Wendy and Theo Kolokotrones, M.B.A. ’70.“Having built my academic career around the conviction that we can take the fruits of scientific discovery in medicine and public health and improve the lives of people who have been marginalized by poverty and other forces beyond their immediate control, I am deeply grateful to Harvard,” Farmer said. “I’m grateful for decades of support for a model of engagement that links research to training to direct services, and for the opportunity to show how scholarship and teaching can have a profound impact outside the classroom.”Born in North Adams, Mass., Farmer received his undergraduate education at Duke University before earning an M.D. as well as a Ph.D. in anthropology from Harvard in 1990.He is the Maude and Lillian Presley Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. In addition, he is chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, professor in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a leading figure in the Harvard Institute for Global Health, with responsibility for medical education and physician training.Farmer is widely known as co-founder of Partners In Health, the international humanitarian organization that works cooperatively with communities to combat disease in resource-poor settings. With the team at Partners In Health, Farmer has played a key role in mobilizing relief efforts after such devastating disasters as the earthquake in Haiti and in the advancement of community-based strategies for treating AIDS and tuberculosis among populations living in extreme poverty. He has been involved in the construction or renovation of dozens of hospitals and clinics in Latin America and Africa, and has trained hundreds of physicians from Harvard Medical School and across the world.His research at the intersection of medical anthropology, public health, and clinical medicine has formed a cornerstone of the effort to relate theory to effective practice in global health. His work is recognized as having made essential contributions to ethnography, the anthropology of epidemic disease, the theory of structural violence, and empirical studies of human rights in the health arena. He also has contributed to clinical literature in the arena of drug-resistant tuberculosis and AIDS. While many scholars working in the field of medical anthropology are able to clearly describe the problems facing a particular community, Farmer’s medical training and extensive fieldwork enable him and his team to develop and implement solutions to serious public health challenges.In the course of his work, he has documented the ways that power relationships in underdeveloped societies act as obstacles to effective health programs and has shown how better ethnographic knowledge can overcome such obstacles. His books “AIDS and Accusation,” “Infections and Inequalities,” and “Pathologies of Power” are staples of the curricula in public health and anthropology courses for undergraduates, graduate students, and medical students. “Partner to the Poor: A Paul Farmer Reader” was recently published by the University of California Press.His work with AIDS and tuberculosis patients in Haiti, Peru, and Rwanda has been instrumental in convincing global health organizations that treatment and prevention must be integrated fully in such settings. Previously, concerns that poor populations would not stick with extensive treatment regimens led policymakers to place their emphasis on prevention efforts.“We know social inequalities are embodied in the literal sense, and then increase the risk for many pathologies and also for poor health outcomes, even though we do have, globally, the means to improve outcomes dramatically,” he said. “These are truly biosocial problems, but ones which we really can address.”Among the many distinctions awarded to Farmer are the Carter Award for Humanitarian Contributions to the Health of Humankind from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, the Salk Institute Medal for Health and Humanity, the American Anthropological Association’s Margaret Mead Award, and a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
When she was a Radcliffe fellow in 2002, Lizabeth Cohen, Harvard’s Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, needed help.The deadline for her upcoming book “A Consumers’ Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America,” was fast approaching, and there were “holes in the work.”“I needed to clone myself,” recalled Cohen, who did the next best thing. She partnered with an enthusiastic Harvard College history concentrator. “We would brainstorm, and then I would send her off to Widener to dig around and see what she could find. It was tremendously helpful, and rewarding for both of us.”Cohen, dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, took advantage of the longtime Radcliffe Institute Research Partnership Program, which pairs students with the institute’s fellows: artists, scientists, scholars, and professionals who delve into a dynamic range of subjects during their Cambridge year.Over the past decade, more than 500 students have taken part, teaming with the fellows to study such diverse topics as the history of the brownie, the search for new planets, the connection between language and cognition, the impact of Olympic stadiums on urban infrastructure, hip-hop culture, and more.Participants agree that the benefits of the paid research positions, which require an average of five to 10 hours a week from a student, extend well beyond the financial rewards or having an extra pair of hands. “We make it clear,” said Cohen, “the students are to be true partners.”For Dan Smail, the life of the secluded scholar is nothing new. As a medieval historian, he has spent countless hours alone in archives deciphering texts written in ancient scripts. Working with just your source material, admitted the Harvard professor of history, “can be very lonely.” But over the past academic year, Smail received some welcome company.Through the research program, Smail and three student collaborators created a humanities lab in his Byerly Hall office. They met weekly, for five hours at a time, lunch included, and tried to unravel material mysteries of the Middle Ages.Smail enlisted their help for his book “Goods and Debts in Mediterranean Europe,” which uses archival records generated by the process of debt recovery to examine the material culture of the time.He employed the Latin skills of a classics concentrator to help him complete a computerized glossary of ancient terms. His two student researchers skilled in Excel pored over his notes and transcriptions of thousands of archival documents and entered the monetary value of household items into a comprehensive spreadsheet.“The most striking conclusion of that project was the fact that the investment in movable goods (including linens, but especially clothing and fine metal wares made of silver and jewels) rivaled the investment in real estate,” said Smail. “That discovery sprang out of this work.”Smail said he loved working with a team and the opportunity to bounce ideas off of a readership he would like to reach, “smart, interested people,” he said, “with no special knowledge” of medieval history. If they found ideas he broached interesting, Smail said he was “sure to pursue them.”While some students look for projects connected to their fields of study, others gravitate toward those that simply pique their curiosity, or allow them to apply their skills to something new. Math concentrator Shelby Lin welcomed the chance to work with Michael Brenner, the man behind the wildly popular sessions called “Science and Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to the Science of Soft Matter.”Harvard’s Glover Professor of Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics used his Radcliffe year to examine how to solve scientific questions raised in the kitchen with the help of mathematical models, along the way tracking history of two popular sweets.Lin’s team of four student researchers combed the extensive cookbook collection at the Schlesinger Library for old cookie and brownie recipes, and contacted celebrity cooks, including the pastry chef at the White House, looking for the same. They even hit the kitchen, experimenting with the ratios of ingredients in cookies and brownies.Lin fed the collected data into a spreadsheet and developed a statistical graph that plotted the evolution of recipes for cookies and brownies over time.“I wanted to see ways to apply math to new and interesting things,” said Lin. The project did exactly that, she said, teaching her new analytical skills, while offering her insights into the evolution of the treats.The exchange of ideas is a critical component of the program for the fellows and students alike.Music concentrator Zach Sheets ’13 used his computer skills to help composer John Aylward more efficiently capture notes on the page for his works of modern classical music. Sheets, a flutist and composer, instructed Aylward, who often still works with paper and pencil, in the nuances of the music notation software Sibelius. In turn, Aylward helped Sheets with his own arrangements, offering him suggestions on things like “musical aesthetics and how to think about beginning a composition.”“I have definitely learned a lot from talking to someone, not just once or twice but very often,” said Sheets, someone “who thinks very differently about how music is constructed, or about how he constructs music or his working process.”