Junior forward, Australian national Mason Peatling (15.9 points, 7.2 rebounds per game) leads the Eagles with his fellow Aussie, senior Jesse Hunt (14.3 points, 8.5 rebounds per game) also excelling. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCHENEY, Wash.-Saturday, the Southern Utah Thunderbirds’ men’s basketball squad will play its third-straight road game at Eastern Washington followed by a fourth consecutive road contest at Idaho Monday. The Vandals score 69.2 points per game and surrender 73.7 points per contest. Eastern Washington is 6-13 (4-4 in conference play) on the season. The Thunderbirds are 9-9 (4-5 in Big Sky Conference play) after dropping consecutive games at Northern Colorado and Northern Arizona. Headed into Saturday’s home game against Northern Arizona, Idaho is 4-13 (1-7 in Big Sky play). Eastern Washington leads the overall series against the Thunderbirds 11-5. January 31, 2019 /Sports News – Local SUU Men’s Basketball Visits Eastern Washington, Idaho This Weekend Written by Junior guard/forward Cameron Oluyitan (13.6 points per game) leads the Thunderbirds and junior guard Brandon Better (11.8 points per game) is the second-leading scorer for SUU. Tags: Big Sky Conference/Brandon Better/Cameron Oluyitan/Cameron Tyson/Eastern Washington Men’s Basketball/Idaho Men’s Basketball/Jesse Hunt/Mason Peatling/SUU Men’s Basketball/Trevon Allen The Eagles score 69.2 points per game and surrender 77.6 points per contest. They are outscored 1401-1398 on the season (outscored 77.8 points to 77.6 points per game). Junior guard Trevon Allen (14.8 points, 4.2 rebounds per contest) and freshman guard Cameron Tyson (13.1 points) continue to be Idaho’s statistical leaders. Brad James
October 31, 2019 /Sports News – Local UVU Men’s Basketball Hosts College of Idaho Friday Tags: College of Idaho/UVU Men’s Basketball Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOREM, Utah-Friday, Utah Valley men’s basketball hosts NAIA foe College of Idaho to commence their season with this exhibition at the UCCU Center.This season promises to be a rebuilding campaign for the Wolverines, who were 25-10 in 2018-19 and 12-4 in WAC play.Under new head coach Mark Madsen, the Wolverines return only 21 percent of their scoring from last season.Junior guard Isaiah White (8.5 points, 4.4 rebounds per game) and senior guard T.J. Washington (7.7 points, 2.2 rebounds per game) are Utah Valley’s leading returners.Utah Valley welcomes 11 new student-athletes to the roster. They include Oklahoma State transfer, redshirt guard Brandon Averette, Boise State transfer, redshirt junior guard-forward Casdon Jardine and Fordham transfer, Turkish national redshirt junior guard Cavit Ege Havsa.The Wolverines are 58-0 all-time against non-Division I opponents as they host the Yotes.College of Idaho played at Utah State Wednesday, falling 103-66 to the Aggies at the Spectrum.Senior guard Nate Bruneel posted 12 points on 4-6 shooting for College of Idaho to lead the Yotes in the loss at Logan.The Wolverines officially commence their season November 5 against NCAA Division II foe Westminster of Salt Lake City at the UCCU Center. Brad James
September 12, 2012 View post tag: Remembers View post tag: USS Training & Education View post tag: Washington View post tag: 11th View post tag: George View post tag: Victims View post tag: Naval Sailors aboard the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) gathered for a ceremony to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.The event, organized by George Washington’s chief petty officer selectees, heritage committee and religious ministries, consisted of several speakers who spoke about what the events of 9/11 meant to them as people and as Sailors. “I was stationed at Naval Air Station Patuxent River getting ready to fly another series of weapons flight tests on the F/A-18E Super Hornet,” said Capt. G.J. Fenton, George Washington’s commanding officer. “I remember that day well because when I drove into work it was a sunny, clear day; it struck me that it was the perfect day to go flying. As I returned to my office to make final preparations, a colleague came to my office and told me to turn on CNN because an airliner just crashed into the World Trade Center.”On the morning of September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 11 flew into the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m.; the opening salvo fired in what is now known as the War on Terrorism. “My initial thoughts were that the aircraft had some kind of malfunction or a pilot got hurt and it just accidentally flew into the World Trade Center; my focus returned to taking care of the business of the day and prepare for the test flight,” said Fenton. “A short time later, more people were gathered watching another airliner fly into the second tower and it became quite clear to all of us that this was not an accident.”United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower at 9:02 a.m.; at that moment, most Americans realized that we were under attack. “My world pretty much turned upside down that day,” said Fenton. “I was assigned the task of providing air defense for Patuxent River, which was an interesting challenge because most of our aircraft weren’t configured to fire live missiles or shoot live guns; they were test weapons. We had a total of two live A-9 Sidewinders to mount on our aircraft, but we set up a few aircraft to be launched at a moment’s notice to defend us in case we were called.”The terrorists crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m., while United Airlines Flight 93, widely believed to be targeting the White House or the Capitol, crashed in a field in Shanksville, Penn., at 10:03 a.m. “I look back and think if we would have been called upon to carry out that [air defense] mission,” said Fenton. “I doubt it, but that was the mindset at the time. Our nation was under attack and we had some tools to do something about it in case the attacks continued, so we set to the task to prepare to defend our nation.”Airman Nicholas Belknap, from Rexburg, Idaho, was in 5th grade when 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four passenger jets and carried out the attacks. “I could tell something was different because when I came to class, my teacher had the news on and was watching intently,” said Belknap. “I could see from a distance that there was smoke on the [television] screen but I thought nothing of it at the time.”Belknap was starting class when he and his classmates learned that the towers had been hit, and what this meant for the United States. “None of us knew we would always remember where we were when the twin towers came down,” said Belknap. “The question ‘where were you when the towers fell’ has been asked many times and holds different meaning to those asked: from the fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters who all had family members in the towers; to the fire fighters and police officers who saw their friends and colleagues running to the towers to never return; to those in their homes watching in horror as the towers came down.”Chief Aviation Ordnanceman (Select) Joseph Paul, from Roanoke, Ind., was stationed in Hawaii when he learned about the attack on the United States. At 3 a.m. he arrived from the airfield after a long night of work to discover several people watching the towers fall. “As the plane flew in slow motion toward the second tower, I knew with everything that my life was about to change,” said Paul. “Something was different when this plane flew toward the tower; you could feel it and you knew it was going to hit it … I wanted desperately to close my eyes and wake up, then get chewed out by my chief for falling asleep in the shop but I knew it wasn’t going to happen. This was actually happening, and no amount of wishing was going to change what I was watching.”George Washington was conducting carrier qualifications off the coast of Virginia the morning of the attacks. The ship was diverted north and arrived in New York the next day to provide air defense over the city. George Washington was bequeathed a piece of structural steel from the World Trade Center that today rests in the ship’s mess decks. “I didn’t join the Navy in a war; the war came to the Navy,” said Paul. “I was in the military but I couldn’t see the enemy that threatened my home. I watched as my countrymen and women begged for help in the towers and watched as the towers fell. Where was I when the world stopped turning? Helplessly watching as a whole nation realized that we are now touchable.”NATO declared the Sept. 11 attacks an attack on all NATO nations; then-President George W. Bush announced the War on Terrorism. U.S. House of Representatives Joint Resolution 71, approved by a unanimous vote, requested that the president designate Sept. 11 of each year as Patriot Day, which was signed into law by Bush. “We’ve engaged in the effort to defend our nation against those who perpetrated that act of war for a long 11 years now,” said Fenton. “As I reflect on that now, it’s an effort that has borne fruit, but it’s an effort that continues to this day and reflects George Washington being at sea right now carrying out our mission. Everybody on this ship, every member of the air wing and the embarked staff, plays a role in continuing to carry out that mission to defend our nation and defend our national interest.”George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 12, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: September Back to overview,Home naval-today USS George Washington Remembers Victims of September 11th View post tag: Navy USS George Washington Remembers Victims of September 11th Share this article
The Department of Art at Rowan University is seeking qualifiedadjuncts to teach undergraduate courses in Studio Art, Drawing,Painting, 2 and 3-d Design, Graphic Design and Digital Media,Ceramics, Sculpture, Jewelry/Metals, Photography and Art Historyfor the 2020-2021 academic year. Courses will be taught on the maincampus in Glassboro, New Jersey.Qualified candidates must have a Master’s degree in a related fieldand relevant professional or academic experience. A track record ofsuccessful teaching is desirable.Please follow the instructions to submit your application materialsthrough the Rowan employment application website. Materials MUST besubmitted through the online process.Required application materials (in a single pdf file, ifpossible): Cover letterResumeNames of three references and/or letters or recommendation2 previous teaching evaluations, if available Rowan University values diversity and is committed to equalopportunity in employment.All positions are contingent upon budget appropriations.Advertised: Jan 2 2020 Eastern Standard TimeApplications close:
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For journalists Follow Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan on Twitter @AlanDuncanMP and Facebook Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Further information Media enquiries In Belgrade, the Minister has today met with Prime Minister Brnabic and Foreign Minister Dacic to discuss bilateral relations and regional security, and with Serbia’s Minister for European Integration Joksimovic to express the importance of reform and UK’s support to Serbia’s EU path.Sir Alan has also had the opportunity to meet leading figures in the non-governmental sector, and to showcase the British Council’s flagship project on digital education and creative programming for school children in the region.Ahead of the visit, Sir Alan said: I am pleased to visit Serbia for the second time, almost three months after the Western Balkans Summit in London. The UK and Serbia have a historic and dynamic relationship reaching back over 180 years and I look forward to strengthening that relationship further. The UK supports Serbia’s path towards the European Union and we continue to support them in the implementation of necessary reforms which will increase Serbia’s stability and prosperity and improve the lives of its citizens. The commitment of the Serbian Government to normalising relations with Pristina is welcomed. We stand ready to offer support in reaching a sustainable deal that enhances stability in the region. Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Email [email protected]
Billy Iuso is an unapologetic rock n’roll troubadour; this dude is the real thing, bad to the bone. The guitarist/songwriter has logged time in a variety of bands, and informed the culture of several regional scenes for over 25 years. A longtime veteran of the Wetlands community of NYC in the 90s, as well as a part of burgeoning areas like Providence, RI and Athens, GA, Iuso has gigged with luminaries and led his own bands, toured in the van and been the tour manager too. A connection with Funky Meters twenty-five years ago put him into the orbit of George Porter Jr., who Iuso calls his Godfather, and a very dear friend and collaborator. A few years later, Iuso put down roots in NOLA and hasn’t left. Happily married to lovely wife Tara, and raising their children in the city limits, Iuso has become an institution unto himself. Leading Billy Iuso’s Restless Natives for nearly a decade now, stints in Porter’s band, as well as Anders Osborne; Iuso keeps good company. Case in point: Billy pals around with Chris “Shaggy” Davis, the NOLA Crawfish King himself. NOLA’s Crawfish King Is Cooking Up A Whole New FestivalB. Getz sat down for a few minutes with Billy Iuso in anticipation of Shaggy’s NOLA Crawfish Festival coming up during the days between Jazz Fest with Iuso, Porter, Osborne, Jon Cleary, Ivan Neville, John “Papa” Gros, Honey Island Swamp Band, and tons of other local favorites.L4LM: How did you start Billy Iuso’s Restless Natives? Billy Iuso: I was watching cats play from the side of the stage, as a tour manager or whatever, and I would be thinking “Man, I’d like to play too…” and my relationships too, all of sudden I was known as a tour manager, instead of a guitar player, so I was like “Man, I did not come to New Orleans to do *that*”, so I got back into it and put together my own band. It was like starting over, so this time, I put my name on it, so I never had to deal with that again, so I never had to recreate myself, no matter what I was doing. “Restless Natives” was going to be a Brides of Jesus album title way back when, I always liked it, it seemed fitting for New Orleans, because everybody seems just a little restless here. The band really took on steam after Katrina, I started the band in 2002, but by 05-06, we really started rolling after the storm. We have a good time, and still are!L4LM: What else does Billy Iuso have going on? BI: Right now, I am actually getting back to doing a lot of Natives, and I also have an acoustic trio, with piano and a drummer. That situation came together through economics, as well as me looking for a way to really play my songs in a softer environment. With my last album and moving forward, I’ve really changed my style and focus back toward songwriting again. But I am always a part of different things, when I’m called I love to just get together and play with people. Obviously, I’ll always play with George. I’m playing with him at the Crawfish Fest, and I do a lot of Grateful Dead stuff, because I always have and I’m kind of known for that. I’m doing a Gravity Dead gig with the guys in Gravity A. at Tips tonight!L4LM: What’s your connection to the legendary Chris “Shaggy” Davis, the man behind the NOLA Crawfish Festival?BI: Ahh yes! I’ve known Shaggy for a quite a long time, we have been real good friends. We both were pretty hard partiers at one point, that was just kind of how our relationship was. And we have both kind of cleaned up our acts a bit over the last few years. He always throws a birthday party every year, and I always play for him on that. Then he started doing these crawfish parties, like over Jazz Fest or whatever, and I have always been a part of that scene ever since. This year he just decided to really blow it up! He partnered up with your boys at Live for Live Music, and it’s quite an event! I’ve been booked for this event for months now, now that it’s coming right up. Shaggy and I discussed it over dinner at my house, he told me he wanted me to be a big part of this, and I’m like “I’m Down!” I already know what to expect, we’ve been doing these for a long time. We already know its going to be a great New Orleans party! It’s at the NOLA Brewery, which is a cool venue, a cool bunch of people who started the company years back, one of if not the first of its kind in New Orleans. As a matter of fact, I’m friends with one of the owners, he had me play at his wedding. It’s going to be a great scene, the family vibe… you know because you’ve been coming here for years, that we have a tight knit scene down here. We all kind of compete, but we all root for each other too. So the NOLA Crawfish fest will have that type of good vibe. There will be a lot of sit-ins, I’m sure, and lots of crawfish, my man, the best in town! By far. I’m actually a little disappointed that Shaggy didn’t give me a sample yet. I really am. I know he’s busy this time of year, and he knows I’m going make up for it that Tuesday and Wednesday though! L4LM: Where can fans find you at Jazz Fest?BI: This year I’m doing a whole lot with my own band. The 23rd at 30/90 on Frenchman, I’m doing the crawfish fest, on Tuesday with my band and then again on Wednesday when I’ll join George, Dave Malone, Terrence Higgins for something very New Orleans, yea man! Thursday second weekend I’ve got a double, with Stu Allen from San Francisco, and Tony Hall, doing some San Francisco meets New Orleans -type covers and styles, and original stuff too. Late night that same Thursday. the Restless Natives will be doing a show, both gigs are at Cafe Istanbul. Gonna do something at the Indian stage one of the days at the Jazz Fest. I think it will be with 101 Runners, I’m pretty sure. I used to be a part of that band. But it’s music man, gotta keep changin! I’m not killing myself this year, but I WILL have some fun. L4LM: Thanks Billy! See you in just a few days! BI: Yea, you right!Tickets to the inaugural NOLA Crawfish Festival are available here.
This is the remix! Alastair Su ’14, of the musical composition team, lays down some tracks. This was New England’s summer of endless sunshine — that is until a group of incoming Harvard freshmen started hiking through New Hampshire’s woods. Then a nor’easter swept in and stalled, dumping four days of rain on the campers, most of them still half-strangers to each other.Suddenly, it was the season of soggy bonding.Last week’s rain and mist draped an unexpected chill across the top of Lovewell Mountain, arriving just as the hikers finished their well-earned lunch. But instead of groans, shivers, or even silent stoicism, the participants in Harvard’s First-Year Outdoor Program (FOP) dug through their heavy backpacks, added a layer of clothes, and topped it with rain gear. Then they formed a circle.“One! Two! Let’s Play Zoo!” chanted Emma Franklin, a junior neurobiology concentrator and one of the trip’s two leaders. Franklin’s words kicked off an energetic, pantomimed game in which players made quick hand gestures representing animals. Their gestures, made to a steady, clapped beat, spread rapidly around the circle until someone missed and was forced out.The contest continued for the next 20 minutes until a winner was declared. Then, their spirits lifted, the students hoisted their heavy loads and headed into the dripping forest toward a distant spot that would become their home for the night.The nine students and two leaders were among more than 800 participants in Harvard’s pre-orientation programs, a quintet of activities that brought the freshmen to campus before the official College orientation began at the end of August.The students have myriad options in getting to know their peers. Participants may head for the woods, or fan out into Boston’s neighborhoods for community service, or stay on campus to tap their artistic muses. Others help Harvard’s maintenance crews, spending the week earning extra money and prepping the dorms for the new semester. The final group, international students, has more orienting to do than the typical domestic student group, so they spend more time learning about life in America and at Harvard.The programs, each of which contains a strong element of student leadership, expose students to fresh goals and challenges, whether hiking up ridges or learning about arts. But the main benefit of these programs, organizers say, is not a particular goal or achievement, but rather the creation of a community on which students can rely during their transition.“We think this is a great way to start college,” said Katie Steele, Harvard College’s director of freshman programs. “You’re going to meet people who share similar interests, you’re going to know some upperclassmen, and you’re going to do something you’ve never done before.”The pre-orientation programs are just the start. College officials labor to shrink Harvard to a manageable size for incoming students. Those efforts are more overt early when students are part of pre-orientation and orientation programs, and gradually become part of the fabric of campus life, when “freshman dorm entryways” function as mini-communities overseen by proctors, who check in on students if they’re having trouble.Such efforts continue through the students’ first year and beyond, as undergrads find their own way into studies, activities, and groups that interest them, all with their own communities. At the start of their sophomore years, the students move into Harvard’s upper-class Houses, which are communities within a community, headed by faculty masters and including scholars linked to House life as fellows. The result is a gradual formation of a concrete sense of belonging that, for many undergraduates, continues to define their College years even when they look back decades later.“This place works best when people feel connected,” Dean of Freshmen Thomas Dingman said. “This can be a big, intimidating place.”The first step in the process begins even before pre-orientation. Resident deans exhaustively review incoming applications from freshmen, matching students by hand in an effort to successfully create the smallest community on campus: that of students sharing a room.The effort, Dingman said, strikes a balance between what a student finds comfortable and steadying and what may foster personal growth, by matching likes and habits with the broadening experience that exposure to new people can bring.“If someone always gets up early, and staying in shape is important to them, if religion is important, we can match them with someone who shares those interests but who is perhaps from another part of the country, or from another racial or ethnic group,” Dingman said.Pre-orientation programs help students to develop a sense of community even before they meet their roommates. Annenberg Hall, Harvard’s vast freshman dining commons, is often mentioned as a tough introductory hurdle for a new student, tray in hand, scanning the rows of tables for a friendly face.“It’ll be nice to avoid the ‘high school horror story moment’ of going into the cafeteria and not knowing who to sit with,” said Keerthi Reddy, an incoming freshman from San Diego who participated in a FOP trip. “There’s nothing like spending a week in the woods to get to know someone.”While the official orientation programs are mandatory, the pre-orientation programs are not. Steele said some incoming freshmen instead choose to use the final weeks before coming to Cambridge working, vacationing with family, or participating in sports.Pre-orientation programs are known by handy acronyms modeled after FOP, which was the first at Harvard, starting in 1979. The Freshman Arts Program is FAP, the First-Year Urban Program is FUP, and the Freshman International Program is FIP. (The exception is fall cleanup, run by the Dorm Crew, where students earn money by cleaning dormitories.)When FOP began in 1979, Amy Justice was a Harvard sophomore coming off a tough freshman year. Justice, who is now a professor of medicine at Yale University, at first struggled with her pre-med classes but found her groove after signing up to be among FOP’s first student leaders. She said that weeks in the woods gave her confidence that she could handle challenges she had never faced before, and gave her a supportive community on which to rely.“It’s an experience that stays with you for the rest of your life. It’s a source of strength,” Justice said. “I walked into Harvard and nearly flunked out. I remember thinking, ‘This is a whole different world, and I don’t understand this world.’“The program … is not about academics. You stretch physically and [are] part of a team. It’s about being aware of other members of the team, and getting over the little things. It’s about being out in nature, where you can’t control what’s happening,” Justice said. “It’s not about who gets ahead; it’s about how the group moves forward.”The community-building aspects of the outdoor program are replicated in other freshman pre-orientation programs, though they unite around work, the arts, community service, or understanding the United States after arriving from abroad.Jack Cen, a senior and a captain for the fall cleanup, participated in the program as a freshman as a way to get on campus early and meet people. That worked well enough that he stayed through subsequent years because of the connections he made.“It was nice to settle in first. It eased the process,” Cen said. “It’s a … unique set of people willing to clean bathrooms every week, week in and week out,” through the summer.Robert Wolfreys, crew supervisor for Facilities Maintenance Operations, which runs the fall cleanup, said the students work hard, but there are orientation-style programs mixed in with the tasks. Upperclassmen take participants on tours of the Yard and Harvard Square. Activities include a massive tug-of-war and a cookout.Fall cleanup is among the most popular pre-orientation programs, rivaling the Outdoor Program’s 300-plus, with about 350 freshmen participating, Wolfreys said. Students find themselves taking out trash, sweeping and washing floors, cleaning walls, replacing recycling bins and window screens, and checking lamps, data jacks, phones, and other dorm room equipment to make sure they work.Students interested in the arts not only challenge themselves and meet students with similar interests, they also create an offering for the broader community, in the form of a pageant presented during orientation.Dana Knox, program director for the Freshman Arts Program, said participants take a series of master classes with visiting artists and are encouraged to step beyond their comfort zones in their pageant work.“We encourage students to take on fields outside their areas of expertise … to stretch and see if there is an untapped interest. We have dancers write the show and actors work on choreography,” Knox said. “The point is to find creative ways to get students into the environment of Harvard, giving them a chance to do something of specific interest to them — before the weight of classes and obligations of an academic year.” A pageant of ideas Dirty deeds Brooke Griffin ’14 (from left), Diana Miao ’14, and Ginny Fahs ’14 ditch their shoes and get down to work. Paint it blue The New College Theatre stage gets a fresh shining, as incoming freshmen in the Freshman Arts Program rehearse and prepare for their annual pageant. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer Actin’ up Script writers Riana Balahadia ’14 (from left), Xiaoxiao Wu ’14, and Georgia Shelton ’14 bounce around ideas. Groove things Meisha Brooks ’14 (from left), Tony Oblen ’14, Aviva Hakanoglu ’14 of New York, and Michael Wu ’14 harmonize and help plan the pageant’s music. Back on the chain gang It’s rough work for Ty Walker ’14 (from left), Sam Rashba ’14, and Matt DaSilva ’12, but the show must go on! We built this city Ginny Fahs ’14 (left) and Megan McDonnell ’14 paint some Harvard against the Boston skyline. Beat it Behind the dry erase board, Aviva Hakanoglu ’14 (right) of New York conjures magic in a drum rehearsal for the pageant. Welcome notes These freshmen — Alastair Su ’14 (from left), Michael Wu ’14, and Liv Redpath ’14 — hammer out the finishing touches for the pageant’s score. Dancing queens Pre-orientation programs, like the Freshman Arts Program, help students meet other students with similar interests and foster a sense of community. Here, Charlotte Chang ’14, Georgia Shelton ’14, Riana Balahadia ’14, and Xiaoxiao Wu ’14 rehearse for the big event. Helping hands Ty Walker ’14 helps with design, painting an “H” for Harvard and, of course, his new home. It’s a freshman affair Students from the art and design group powwow with other students and discuss the details of the show.
The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Team at Harvard plans to launch clinical trial in fall Grad, who spoke to the media during a morning conference call, also called into question the idea of issuing immunity “passports” to people who have already been sick or who test positive using antibody tests. Aside from the potential for inequitable use of the passports, Grad said the available tests, many of which were allowed on the market without review, are prone to false positives, particularly in places where there have been relatively few COVID cases. What that means, he said, is that people who think they’re immune and are back at work and out in the community may be susceptible to getting the virus. Instead of contributing to herd immunity, they may contribute to the virus’ spread.Inaccurate tests could also further muddy our understanding of whether infection confers immunity at all, since someone with a false-positive result who subsequently gets sick may reasonably wonder whether getting the illness provides any protection at all.“You could be in a situation where … you’re actually introducing into the population people who you think are positive, but enough of them are actually negative that you could be below the herd-immunity threshold,” Grad said. Experts from Kenya and South Africa discuss the poverty, inequities, social factors, and shortage of medical personnel that hamper treatment efforts Applying wisdom from the Himalayas to the ER’s COVID battle How a new vaccine adjuvant might eventually help to shorten the race to COVID-19 immunity Mental health in Africa amid pandemic Related This is part of our Coronavirus Update series in which Harvard specialists in epidemiology, infectious disease, economics, politics, and other disciplines offer insights into what the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak may bring.One of the most popular — and highest-stakes — guessing games to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic is how long it will take to get a vaccine. A Harvard infectious disease expert said on Thursday that how far we are from a vaccine will likely depend on who’s asking.“The question is: ‘Who is ‘we?’” said Barry Bloom, the Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson Research Professor of Public Health and former dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. If “we” are healthy volunteers willing to be inoculated to see whether an experimental vaccine works, the answer is that some are already getting it, and more will be enrolled in the coming months. Once an effective solution emerges, hopefully by early next year, it may take another six to eight months to reach priority populations like U.S. health care workers and first responders. Other essential workers, including those toiling for low wages in grocery stores and food production, should not be forgotten, Bloom said.For still others, particularly those in developing nations, the answer is considerably different.“If ‘we’ is a person in Burkina Faso, or Laos, and [they are] expecting to see a vaccine in the next three years, I would be very surprised [if they see it],” said Bloom, who spoke during a Facebook Live event sponsored by The Forum at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and PRI’s “The World.”Complicating the already-tense global COVID picture, Bloom said, has been an increase in nationalism in the U.S. and elsewhere, which is at odds with equitable distribution of scientific gains against the SARS-CoV-2 virus and global health goals. The Trump administration, for instance, skipped a meeting of global leaders late last month called to get them to commit to distribute any future vaccine in an equitable way and declined this week to attend a fundraising conference by the European Union to coordinate vaccine efforts. The head of one of the world’s largest vaccine processing operations in India said in a recent media report that any vaccine it produces will go to protect India’s population before doses are sent abroad.“I’ve not seen anything like this in my entire career. This is moving at lightning speed,” ” says Barry Bloom, the former dean of Harvard Chan School. Kris Snibbe/Harvard file photoFurther, increased tension between the U.S. and China over the virus’ origins threatens the free flow of scientific information, marked early on by Chinese researchers sharing the viral genome in the pandemic’s opening weeks. That spirit of cooperation has been key to the rapid international scientific response to the outbreak, one that has nonetheless been outpaced by the virus’ spread. Scientists have been sharing information about the virus and the illness it causes nearly as quickly as the data has become available, Bloom said, flooding the traditional scientific journals with new information and prompting the publication of unreviewed work on preprint servers and even in scientists’ Twitter posts.“I’ve not seen anything like this in my entire career,” Bloom said. “This is moving at lightning speed. Not everything you read is going to turn out to be correct, but at least the information is being shared.”Development of treatments is moving on a parallel track, Bloom said, and the recent findings that the drug remdesivir is effective in lessening illness severity is promising. Bloom pointed out that optimism has to be tempered by the fact that several of those given the drug died and that the virus could still be found in the bodies of those treated. Still, he said, most of those tested were seriously ill, and some believe that giving the drug to patients earlier in the course of their illness may make an even more significant impact. Public health officials have underscored that remdesivir is a treatment, not a cure, and it’s possible that its greatest importance may be as a proof of concept that will lead to better therapies.Professor Yonatan Grad points out that when social distancing is relaxed, plans must be in place for a possible resurgence of infections. Kris Snibbe/Harvard file photoUntil effective treatments or vaccines are widely available, the predominant tools for government leaders will remain social distancing, personal protective equipment, and other measures already in use. Yonatan Grad, the Melvin J. and Geraldine L. Glimcher Assistant Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, said Thursday that as more localities and states begin to relax social-distancing requirements, it’s important we begin to think about what to do when infections resurge, as is expected.Grad said very little thought is being given to what the reimposition of controls will look like, even though they may not necessarily mirror current practices. That’s because, he said, a lot has been learned about what works and what doesn’t. He said it’s likely that controls could be more targeted and less the “blunt instrument” that widespread social distancing has been during the initial response.“Can we use more refined measures? Can we combine social distancing of varying kinds with contact tracing, as well as quarantine and isolation?” Grad asked. “Trying to balance the types of interventions we have available to us with the context in which we’re seeing a resurgence is going to be critical. … I think that’s an extremely important question, and one that I have not seen well addressed.” Wilderness medicine fellows return to lend a hand in Boston Global race to a COVID-19 vaccine ‘Faster protection with less material’
The chill of winter may have overtaken South Bend, but Notre Dame’s fashion scene is heating up with the launch of its CollegeFashionista webpage earlier this month. Indiana University graduate Amy Levin founded CollegeFashionista in 2009 as a fashion blog site for style-conscious college students around the world. Since its inception, the site has expanded to include more than 180 college campuses in the United States and Canada. Student “Style Gurus” represent each campus, contributing blog entries and photos of the “Fashionistas” and popular trends they find on campus, according to CollegeFashionista’s website. These blog entries take on a different focus each day of the week, from “Style Advice” on Mondays to “Accessories Report” and “Fashion from Abroad” on Fridays. Sophomore Elizabeth Willis became interested in bringing the site to Notre Dame after hearing about it from a friend at another university. “My friend worked for [CollegeFashionista] last year as a Style Guru, and I’ve always had an interest in writing and especially fashion after doing fashion internships in the past,” Willis said. “I decided to apply to be a Style Guru this semester, so I wrote to [Levin] and recommended Notre Dame for the site.” Willis applied for CollegeFashionista in November and found out in December that she was selected to be one of Notre Dame’s two new Style Gurus, along with senior Katherine Lukas [Note: Lukas is the Advertising Manager of The Observer]. Levin said she felt the time was right to get Notre Dame involved in her site, especially based on Willis and Lukas’ enthusiasm for the idea. “We felt a need to showcase the fashion at this Midwest college and found two perfect candidates to help us launch CollegeFashionista at Notre Dame,” Levin said. “Katherine and Elizabeth both reached out to us about their interest in launching a Notre Dame page. Their photography, writing and social media skills were totally in line with what we were looking for in Style Gurus and we quickly brought them on the team.” Willis said her focus as a Style Guru is on accessories, while Lukas gives general style advice in her posts. Both girls submit a blog entry directly to the site once per week, including their campus fashion findings for that week. “We both walk around campus and look for people whose style catches our eyes,” Willis said. “We stop them, take a picture and interview them about what they’re wearing and why.” Willis said she has already received positive feedback from her Notre Dame peers. “A couple of my friends here had read CollegeFashionista in the past, but more attention is drawn to it when I post my blogs on Facebook and Twitter,” she said. “As Style Gurus we’re required to do that, so that promoted it and got people asking about the site.” As the site gains popularity at Notre Dame, Levin said she hopes to expand CollegeFashionista’s presence on campus by developing a full team of five Style Gurus. In the meantime, she said she is optimistic about the site’s potential impact on fashion at Notre Dame. “We hope students at Notre Dame will be inspired by their peers and use CollegeFashionista as a place to learn about trends happening not only at their campus but at college campuses around the world,” she said. Willis said she hopes her contributions to the site will help dispel stereotypes about Notre Dame student style and encourage them to display their individuality as well. “Notre Dame often gets the reputation of having a ‘uniform,’ so I want to bring attention to various styles and interesting things people are wearing on campus,” she said.