Project success

first_imgMost researchers will tell you that making a great scientist doesn’t require vast amounts of knowledge, but rather a keen interest in learning. Just ask Tomer Avidor-Reiss, an assistant professor of cell biology at Harvard who has been inviting area high school students to work in his lab for the past five years.“The key for me is motivation,” Avidor-Reiss said, sitting in his office at Harvard Medical School (HMS) surrounded by blown-up photographs of the fruit fly cells he spends his days researching. “We can teach them, but they have to have motivation to learn. We bring students into the lab, show them the science, and they have no choice — they fall in love.”Such is the goal of Project Success, a program operated by the Harvard Medical School Office for Diversity and Community Partnership that targets Boston and Cambridge high school students to participate in mentored summer research internships with researchers like Avidor-Reiss.An intensive, hands-on experience for students who are interested in science and medicine, the program is intended to create a pipeline of students from underrepresented communities going into high-tech fields. The students meet with senior researchers at each lab, devise a project, and then are given guidance on how to proceed, developing a hypothesis and testing it through the course of the internship.Since the program was launched in 1993, 99 percent of all Project Success graduates have been accepted at four-year colleges — including 10 percent who became Harvard undergraduates.For Frederick Chim, participating in Project Success opened the door to a career in science. A native of Hong Kong, Chim moved to Brighton in 2004. A guidance counselor noticed his interest in science and encouraged him to apply to Project Success.“Part of me thought, ‘Wow, this is amazing,’” Chim said of his acceptance into the program. “The other part thought, ‘Can I do this?’”Chim landed in Avidor-Reiss’ lab, studying genetic mutations of fruit fly cells and conducting experiments to shed light on how these genes are formed in the hopes of discovering how brain diseases develop. Because Project Success enables students to return to the labs throughout their undergraduate career, Chim has been able to see the long-term results of his work.“My friends who took science classes in school rarely saw the practical aspect,” he said of his days in high school. “For them, science was something you did for a grade. There was no incentive or connection to make science into a career. To work in a lab, to see science happen in front of you, is fascinating, fun, and inspiring.”Similarly, Ronny DeLeon, of Roslindale, said he’s using his experience in Project Success to figure out who he is and what he wants to do with his life. A 17-year-old senior at TechBoston Academy in Dorchester, DeLeon knew he liked science, but wasn’t sure how to turn his interest into a career.“Project Success is a tool for me to explore what I want to do,” he said. While his friends spent last summer enjoying their break, DeLeon spent it working in Brigham and Women’s Hospital‘s Visual Attention Lab.“I was nervous at first,” he said. “The expectations are high in the lab. But everyone is friendly; I feel at home there.”Students’ lab work is augmented by seminars and workshops given by faculty and administrators, site visits, and career guidance counseling. For DeLeon, those experiences have opened doors to career possibilities and life lessons. A visit to a neuroradiologist’s office piqued his interest in the field, while group exercises have given him a better sense of self.“Every time we leave a session, we have to say five positive things about ourselves,” he said. “At first, it seemed kind of cheesy, but then I thought about it and realized that I don’t do that with myself very often. It’s kind of nice to focus on the positives.”Students have the opportunity to return to the program for multiple years during high school and college. As an undergraduate at Boston University, Chim spent at least 12 hours a week in Avidor-Reiss’ lab. Now, he works as the program coordinator for Project Success, continuing the experience for students following in his footsteps. He plans to apply to graduate school next year and study what he calls “the science of life” — biology.last_img read more

Peru Brings Into Service Four Planes and Helicopters to Improve Maritime Vigilance

first_img Peruvian Defense Minister Jaime Thorne officially brought into service four second-hand aircraft, two planes and two helicopters, intended to improve vigilance over maritime space and recently acquired by the Peruvian Navy. The new acquisitions are two Fokker F-60 transport planes purchased from the Netherlands and two Sikorsky Sea King UH-3H multipurpose helicopters acquired from the United States, now part of Peru’s Pacific Naval Force. “These aircraft will help watch over the sovereignty of our sea, which is a source of great wealth. Peru is the world’s leading fishing country, and we have to watch over that wealth,” Thorne noted in remarks reported by the state news agency Andina. He added that purchases of war matériel for the South American country’s Armed Forces will continue, in accordance with the provisions of the Basic Defense Nucleus plan and depending on the income obtained from mining royalties. “That is going to enable us to continue increasing our forces,” the minister affirmed. Participants at the ceremony, which took place at El Callao Naval Airbase, included the country’s vice president, Luis Giampietri, the head of the Armed Forces Joint Command, Luis Howell Ballena, and the Commandant-General of the Navy, Adm. Jorge de la Puente Ribeyro. Following the end of the ceremony, an exhibition was held at which the newly acquired matériel was displayed, as well as B-200 aircraft. By Dialogo January 03, 2011last_img read more

Creating mobile moments

first_imgA good credit union app reaches out to members–and responds to them–at just the right William Wille, Sponsored by LSCToday’s members value access and have higher expectations than ever before when it comes to carrying on a conversation – especially when it’s convenient for them. Your credit union can be part of the decision process, even when you can’t be there. Imagine the following scenarios.Right Touch, Right TimeYour member is sitting in a dealership feeling nervous and uncertain. Their family has outgrown their current car which they paid off years ago. Now they need a bigger vehicle, which means a new car payment. Member’s concerns: What can I afford? What will I need to sacrifice for it? Will I qualify? Most of all, is this offer the best I can do? With a mobile loan request form like the one on the CU Mobile Apps platform, your credit union can be part of this process. With a few taps on their mobile device, your member can not only find out your current rates and terms, it puts them one step closer to loan approval. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

One and done compliance training doesn’t cut the mustard

first_imgDo you ever feel like compliance training is constantly on your mind? If you answered yes, you may actually be doing it wrong.We all know how important training is to a sustainable and successful compliance effort. Yet, without a strategic training plan, all that time spent shopping, arranging and traveling for here-and-there sessions eats up time and leaves you with a less-than-satisfactory result.Strategic training plans are more than a calendar of online courses. A truly effective plan takes into account the full picture and asks:What kind of training do we need?Which staff members require the training?Which methods are best for presenting the information?How often does it need to happen?Take teller staff. These professionals require a very different kind of Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) training than mortgage lenders, for example. The same online BSA course for all employees isn’t going to provide the specific, job-related information that individual staff need to meet BSA requirements. Of course, it’s critical training be provided to all employees. It’s just that the training has be relevant to their responsibilities to be truly effective. A generic overview of regulatory requirements won’t cut the mustard.It’s also important to remember a one-and-done approach to training doesn’t work. For instance, tellers must balance strict responsibilities with outstanding member service, which can put regulatory requirements on the back burner. Regular and periodic BSA training for them, as well as other employees, is helpful to keeping compliance right where it should be – at the front of their minds.When tackling the “when” of your strategic plan, consider how your credit union handles training for new employees. Do you assign them a slew of online courses and call it good, or do you take the opportunity to provide them with valuable training that not only covers the rules, but also provides them with critical information specific to your credit union and to their duties?Put yourself in the shoes of the employees charged with completing compliance-driven duties. Imagine you are starting a new job. Your supervisor hands you a list of regulations governing how you should do your job and stops there. He doesn’t instruct you how to do your job so you are in compliance with those regulations. Surprisingly, the “how to” is often overlooked in training sessions. Think of your mortgage lenders. These folks have faced arguably the largest regulatory upheaval in their day-to-day duties in recent years. Training that not only covers the regulatory requirements, but also includes the specific processes your credit union has implemented to comply with those requirements, is likely very welcome.After you’ve mapped out what specific types of training the employees in each area of your credit union need, think about how often the training should be provided. When regulations change is an easy one. Most all credit unions conduct training around important updates. But, what about the regulations that aren’t getting all the attention? Are you remembering to include those in the training plan?Again, we often rely on online courses to meet training requirements, but a review should be conducted regularly to determine whether those courses really do provide the level of training your employees need and deserve to perform the requirements of their jobs.All of this can sound a bit daunting. Fortunately, credit unions have many resources, ranging from free webinars to compliance consultants, to help them set up, manage and even conduct training for staff. If you continue to be overwhelmed even after finding help, get that chin up by thinking about this quote from Peter F. Drucker: “No one learns so much about a subject as one who is forced to teach it.” 38SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Cindy Williams Cindy Williams is vice president of regulatory compliance for PolicyWorks, a national leader of credit union compliance solutions. She can be reached at [email protected] Web: Detailslast_img read more

Set up for success: Endicott IT company offers work from home tips

first_img“Phishing scams are at the highest level we’ve ever seen and they’re very sophisticated. So if you get an email or someone sends you a web link that you’re unsure of, ask your IT professional,” he said. “In a matter of a week we probably sold more VPN licenses and set people up to work from home than we probably have in the last ten years,” said ICS President Kevin Blake. While your routine should stay stagnant, how you seal with security should too. “When you’re at home you can get in a rhythm with your tools and working, you know all of a sudden you blink and it’s six or seven o’clock. It’s more important to have those routines built in, have your breaks scheduled, get up and go for a walk, the mental health aspect of this, the work-life balance is very important,” said Blake. Blake says you can use this time to take advantage of communication. “We put a lot of technology and software to limit exposure when you take a work PC home, so don’t let people use those computers,” he said. Endicott IT company, Integrated Computer Solutions, or ICS, has been busier than ever, trying to make the transition smooth. “We’re finding, at least I’m finding, we’re doing more team calls with everybody in my company. People in Ithaca, people in Syracuse, than I did when we were all in the offices,” he said. It says success starts with setting boundaries for yourself. Blake says when you are bringing company technology home, sharing is not caring.center_img The company understands what it’s like first-hand, having majority of its workforce home too. For more on the coronavirus, click here. It’s also suggested to create strong passwords and use multi-factored authentication if it’s available. While change is hard, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Blake also suggests being extra cautious. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — People around the country and here in the Southern Tier are working from home, making for quite the change in their daily routine. All to make the best of a new normal. “Today’s day and age, it’s really important,” said Blake.last_img read more

EX-ALTO agency nominated for the most influential creative and live marketing agency in Central Europe

first_imgFounded in 2002, EX-ALTO doo was the first Croatian agency to design and implement experiential marketing and experience tourism services. Today, EX-ALTO organizes a large number of corporate events in Croatia and the region, designs facilities and events in prominent hotel houses and tourist boards, and employs and cooperates with almost 400 young people who are constantly evolving in the segment of experiential marketing and tourism. Many staff, who grew up in the agency, are today in prominent positions in Croatian tourism and marketing. Photo: EX-ALTO “We are extremely proud of the nomination, which shows how we have contributed to the prosperity of this important branch of the Croatian economy with our thoughts, strategies and dedicated work. We are also proud of our team of young, professional and educated associates and we are grateful for the trust that our clients have given us for 18 years. Our agency has a climate of positive energy and sincere exchange of opinions, and we nurture a unique and individual approach to each client and project, and with such synergy we create unforgettable experiences and emotions.”Concluded Antonia Radić Brkan, director and co-owner of the EX-ALTO agency.  He was nominated by the prestigious and professional magazine Kongres Antoniu Radic Brkan, director of the EX-ALTO agency, for the most influential person in New Europe in the MICE industry. “Who’s Who” in the meeting and event industry is an award that has been given for six years in a row, and was given to the most influential industry professionals from all over Europe. The results will be presented in Barcelona, ​​in November 2019, at the leading event of the MICE industry IBTM World. last_img read more

Blame Putin for Russia’s Olympics ban

first_imgBut many Russian voices expressed the opposite view, calling the decision a politicized one.The head of Russia’s curling federation, Dmitry Svishchev, asserted: “I am profoundly convinced that it was made under pressure. Someone needed Russia not to participate in the Games.”I have a third view. The IOC decision was tragic but necessary.“Russia,” however, should neither be blamed nor defended.Instead, the Russian government must be assigned full responsibility for this tragedy, both by foreign governments and athletes but also by Russian society.Russian President Vladimir Putin’s friend, Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, oversaw this industrial cheating scheme.That’s why the IOC banned Mutko from all future Olympic competitions. Gold medal winners will not get to hear the Russian national anthem, all because of Putin’s decision to cheat.The other losers are fans around the world, including me, who wanted to see these Russian athletes compete in Pyeongchang not as “Olympic athletes from Russia” but as fierce, proud, and patriotic members of the Russian national team.International and Russian fans who wanted to see the Russians compete in the Winter Games next year must blame Putin for this tragedy, not all of Russia and most certainly not all Russian athletes.And Russian citizens must stop blaming foreigners for this sad outcome as well and start beginning to hold their own government accountable.It’s time for Russians to start pressing Putin and his government to make different decisions. Russian athletes, and fans around the world of the Winter Games, deserve better.Michael McFaul is director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and a fellow at Stanford University.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Another close Putin confidant and president of Russia’s Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov, was suspended as an IOC member.Make no mistake: Mutko and Zhukov were not some rogue actors, acting independently from Putin or the Russian government.They were his lieutenants.In Putin’s government today, there are no independent actors.Obviously, the IOC had no interest in banning one of the powerhouses in winter sports from the Games. Putin compelled them to make this decision.In assigning blame to the Kremlin, the international community as well as Russian society also should recognize that the biggest victims of the Russian government’s decisions are the clean Russian athletes who played by the Olympic rules.Putin has said Russia would not prevent its athletes from competing as neutrals, but that means they will be denied the proud moment of watching the Russian flag ascend during the medals ceremony — what should be the highlight of their athletic careers.center_img Categories: Editorial, OpinionLast week, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced a shocking decision to ban Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, due to Russia’s “systematic manipulation of the anti-doping rules.”The public reaction to this decision — by government officials and public commentators, and on my Twitter feed — was very polarized.Most around the world rejoiced. “Russia” got what it deserved, so many explained.last_img read more

Double Take

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Lin Dan vs Lee Chong Wei: How badminton’s great rivalry was born

first_imgFifteen years ago in a packed Kuala Lumpur stadium, rising stars Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei met in a final for the first time, setting the stage for what would become badminton’s greatest rivalry.Malaysia’s Lee, then 22, fell to the floor, punched the air and blew kisses to the crowd after his see-sawing, 88-minute 17-15, 9-15, 15-9 victory, when he fought back from behind in the first and last games.”Everyone saw how [Lin] played,” said Lee, who was the defending champion, after his win at the Kuala Lumpur Badminton Stadium. “He is excellent in attack and his overhead smashes and forehand crosscourt shots are dangerous. So it is very satisfying to beat him.”It was a fittingly tense start for a match-up that would span two Olympic finals and two world championship deciders, and drew a new generation of fans.But the match would remain one of the high points for Lee, who lost his four world and Olympic finals against the Chinese great and retired last year without winning either of the sport’s top two titles.”Their rivalry happened in a period when badminton needed inspiration,” K.M. Boopathy, a veteran Malaysian sports journalist who watched the 2005 game, told AFP. Topics : ‘We have to salute him’Lee launched a comeback and defeated Lin in a thrilling semi-final at the 2016 Rio Olympics — only to lose once again in the final, this time to another Chinese player, Chen Long.The sinewy star longed for a final shot at Olympic gold at the Tokyo Games, now postponed due to the coronavirus, but his hopes were dashed after being diagnosed with nose cancer in 2018.He recovered after treatment but struggled to regain his form, and announced his retirement last year at a tearful press conference.With 705 wins and 69 titles, Lee is a national hero in Malaysia, which has produced few world-class athletes.The pair’s final match was the quarter-finals of the prestigious All-England Open in March 2018, which the Chinese won.But Lin has not hit his former heights in recent years, and with retirement looming he looked certain to miss the Tokyo Olympics before they were postponed to next year.When Lee announced his retirement, Lin posted on China’s Twitter-like Weibo: “I will be alone on the [badminton] court and no one will accompany me.”And only last month, Lee described his nemesis, who is still playing, as a “legend”. “His titles speak for themselves. We have to salute him,” he said.center_img Bad boy vs nice guy Lee, now 37, and Lin, 36, played 40 times in total, with the Chinese player convincingly winning their head-to-head 28-12. Lee had lost his first and only encounter against Lin before beating him in the Kuala Lumpur final.The 2008 and 2012 Olympic title matches were among the most memorable showdowns between the men, who both enjoyed long spells as world number one.Lin won in straight games in Beijing in 2008, but Lee came agonizingly close to gold at London 2012, leading 19-18 in the deciding game before fatefully leaving a shot that dropped on the line. Bracketing the 2012 defeat, Lee lost world title matches to Lin in 2011 and then in 2013 in southern China, when the air conditioning mysteriously failed mid-match and the Malaysian was stretchered off with cramp as he faced match point.Fiery Lin and soft-spoken Lee are very different characters, although they were friends off the court and share a strong mutual respect.Known as “Super Dan”, Lin had a reputation as badminton’s bad boy — he sported multiple tattoos, unusually for a Chinese player, and strutted around the court with supreme confidence. The two-time Olympic and five-time world champion, often regarded as the best badminton player ever, often ran into controversy. In 2008, he threw a temper tantrum during a training session after which he had to deny striking his coach. In contrast, Lee was quiet and unassuming. But his humble demeanor belied a dazzling array of weapons on the court — he was blessed with lightning reflexes and once held the record for the world’s fastest smash. His 19-year career also had its fair share of drama, however.The then world number one was banned after testing positive for a proscribed anti-inflammatory at the 2014 world championships, and was sidelined for eight months until authorities eventually accepted his explanation he took it inadvertently. “They managed to make the sport extremely popular.”last_img read more

‘The Jakarta Post’ wins Tasrif Award for collaborative investigations

first_imgOne of the judges for the Tasrif Award, Mujtaba Hamdi from the Wahid Foundation said during the online award ceremony that the Tasrif Award was given to stories that fulfilled the public’s right to information, that utilized the press’ function for social accountability and that revealed hidden injustices.“I think this year is the year of collaboration,” Mujtaba said during the virtual awards ceremony on Friday.Another judge was AJI member Bambang Muryanto, who is also a contributing journalist for The Jakarta Post in Yogyakarta. As a judge he said he had avoided a potential conflict of interest by withholding his opinion on the two reports. He said the two other judges had awarded the collaborative projects the prize.Bambang is part of the #NamaBaikKampus collaboration.As Tirto founder Atmaji Sapto Anggoro accepted the award during the virtual ceremony, he thanked all the media organizations that had been involved in the two projects.”This award is a tribute to press freedom, where the press must try to be skeptical and dig up information based on facts, data and reality so that we can publish it. This is the power of collaboration,” said Sapto.Read also: ‘The Jakarta Post’ wins twice at Indonesia Print Media AwardsAnglea Flassy, a reporter for Jubi, said collaboration among news organizations had made journalism more effective, noting that the report on the unrest in Wamena had managed to confirm dozens of casualties.Past winners of the Tasrif Award include filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer and “Anonymous”, who made the documentary The Act of Killing (2015); Forum LGBTIQ and International People’s Tribunal 65 (IPT 65) (2016); and Baiq Nuril, a victim of alleged sexual harassment who was put on trial for reporting the harassment (2019).On Friday, the AJI also gave the Udin Award to Tempo. The award honors an individual or group of journalists who have fallen victim to violence while doing their work.The organization awarded this year’s SK Trimurti Award to Gadria Rosdiana Djukana, the editor-in-chief of East Nusa Tenggara-based daily publication KURSOR. The award is given to a female journalist for her professional achievements.Two student media organizations – Arena from Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University in Yogyakarta and Progress from the University of Indraprasta PGRI in Jakarta – were awarded the AJI’s 2020 Student Press Award.Topics : Two collaborations between The Jakarta Post and other media organizations have won the 2020 Tasrif Award, granted by the Independent Journalists Alliance (AJI).The first project, #NamaBaikKampus (Campus Reputation) was a collaboration between the Post,, VICE Indonesia and BBC Indonesia, which later withdrew from the collaboration.The project uncovered sexual abuse allegations in higher educational institutions throughout Indonesia, based on the testimonies of 174 sexual abuse survivors from 79 state, private and religious universities. Read also: Sexual abuse on campus: 174 survivors across Indonesia speak upThe Post also won for a joint investigation of an episode of deadly unrest in Wamena, Papua, that occurred on Sept. 23, 2019. The collaboration involved Tirto and Jayapura-based publication Jubi.The report found that the government had not publicly revealed that at least eight native Papuans had died of gunshot wounds inflicted by people whom locals referred to as “security officers”.Wamena investigation: What the government is not telling us #jakpost— The Jakarta Post (@jakpost) November 26, 2019The AJI established the Tasrif Award to commemorate renowned journalist Suardi Tasrif, who was named the father of Indonesia’s journalistic code of ethics for having established the Indonesian Journalist Union’s (PWI) code of ethics in 1954.last_img read more