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Poet and Harvard staff member Julia Budenz died in Cambridge on Dec. 11 at the age of 76.The former nun turned classics scholar was the author of two books of widely praised poetry, “Carmina Carmentis” and “From the Gardens of Flora Baum,” the latter work being most renowned. Budenz wrote a poem a day for nearly 40 years, and “Flora Baum,” a work of five volumes, is a compilation of these poems. Often compared to Emily Dickinson, Budenz is speculated to have written the longest poem in the world, and her friends are currently reviewing her manuscripts.Budenz was a consummate scholar. She received an A.B. summa cum laude from the College of New Rochelle in 1956, did her graduate work in classics and Medieval Latin at Catholic University, and studied comparative literature at Harvard. She received fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Yaddo, and others. Until her retirement, she was the research assistant of I. Bernard Cohen, the late Victor S. Thomas Professor of the History of Science at Harvard.A memorial poetry reading will be held on March 7, at 5 p.m., in the Woodberry Poetry Room at Lamont Library. General public who wish to attend will be asked to provide photo ID.
The data decade is in full swing and it appears to be living up to the name.Data growth continues to accelerate at a breakneck pace and the increased digitization of our daily lives only has a compounding effect on the rate of data creation. IDC’s projections bear this out: “within the next four years, the global economy will finally reach ‘digital supremacy,’ with more than half of GDP driven by products and services from digitally transformed enterprises.”It has never been more critical that organizations support the applications, websites, cameras, home security systems, IoT sensors, and everything else we depend on in our daily lives. But in order to do so, companies must invest in storage technologies which empower them to capture all this data—the majority of which is unstructured in nature—and serve it up to their constituents at a moment’s notice.Object storage systems are excellent candidates to do just that, and at Dell Technologies, we’ve got the best platform for the job. It’s called Dell EMC ECS.We’ve made some innovative strides in the last few months to further enhance the value this object storage platform brings to organizations of all stripes. Our latest step on this journey of continuous innovation brings us to this release: ECS 3.5.ECS 3.5 features compelling new capabilities such as:SSD for metadata read caching: Organizations looking to unlock more performance from their ECS appliances now have the option to include a 960GB flash drive per node. This improves system-wide read latency and IOPS, supporting analytics workloads which require faster reads of large data sets.Streamlined tech refresh functionality: We’ve made it even easier to migrate to the latest generation of ECS hardware via a non-disruptive upgrade process. By streamlining the evacuation of data from old nodes within a cluster, organizations can ensure continuity of operations while extending the life of their ECS investments.Customer replaceable drive upgrades (CRU): We’ve also enabled customers to take a DIY approach to replacing faulty drives. Now, with ECS 3.5, tech savvy IT teams don’t have to rely on an onsite Dell technician for break-fix, accelerating time-to-resolution.IAM support with object tagging: ECS 3.5 introduces support for identity and access management (IAM) with object tagging which provides IT departments more granular controls over resource access. Organizations can more easily incorporate company-defined user policies to improve their overall security posture.S3a support: ECS 3.5 also unlocks unique analytics and big data scenarios by enabling Hadoop data to be stored on ECS using the S3a protocol. This new capability has been certified for Cloudera’s QATS suite and integrates with IAM features to improve security for Hadoop workloads.And there’s a lot more where that came from. With these latest enhancements, it’s never been a better time to think through how ECS can unlock the value of your data. Whether you want to stand up cost-effective archives, modernize existing apps to take advantage of the simplicity of our object architecture or support the development of cloud-native applications, the versatility and economics of ECS make it all possible on one single platform.There are a number of exciting developments ahead for ECS. Stay tuned!
View Comments Russia’s top actors will headline the West End transfer of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and Three Sisters. Directed by Andrei Konchalovsky, the plays will run in repertory April 23 through May 3 at the Wyndham’s Theatre, with opening night set for April 24. They were originally produced at Moscow’s renowned Mossovet State Academic Theatre. In Three Sisters the Prozorov family, frustrated by their small-town life, long to return to Moscow. But as relationships, duty and misguided optimism take hold, the family find their dreams drifting further away. The plays with be performed in their original Russian with English subtitles. The cast includes Aleksandr Domogarov, Julia Vysotskaya, Pavel Derevyanko, Aleksandr Filippenko, Vladas Bagdonas, Natalia Vdovina, Alksandr Bobrovsky, Larisa Kuznetsova, Galina Bob, Aleksey Grishin,Vitaly Kishchenko. Uncle Vanya is set on a dilapidated, remote farm. Uncle Vanya and his niece Sonya have worked slavishly for years to sustain an estate in decline. Now Professor Serebryakov and his wife Yelena have returned to visit, bringing with them chaos and disruption. Constant visits from the charismatic Astrov are not helpful. Lunch is no longer served at lunchtime—now it is procrastinated until dusk—work is forgotten and the long, cool nights have become sleepless. From this hotbed of disarray grow three consuming love affairs, each of which is destined to wither in disappointment before it has reached bloom. It is in this climate of frustration and thwarted hopes that the Professor chooses to announce a shocking plan.
Related Shows View Comments In addition to Wayne, the cast of Mighty Real features Anastacia McCleskey and Jacqueline B. Arnold as Izora and Martha—better known as the Weather Girls, as well as DeAnne Stewart and Jack Fuller. Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 Bow down, because the Queen of Disco is heading off-Broadway! Tickets are now on sale for Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical. The tuner features music by the legendary performer and a book by Anthony Wayne, who takes on the titular role. Wayne also co-directs alongside Kendrell Bowman. Performances begin on September 5 at Theatre at St. Clement’s, where it will run through October 5. Opening night is set for September 14. Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical Mighty Real uses Sylvester’s music to celebrate the life of the “Queen of Disco.” Through his trials and tribulations and his glitzy, glamorous lifestyle, he was a symbol for fabulousness and a pioneer in the LGBTQ community. His many disco classics include “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real),” “Dance (Disco Heat),” “Do Ya Wanna Funk” and “Can’t Stop Dancing.”
“Agriculture has been the foundation of Georgia’s economy,” said EPD Director Carol Couch, “and water is the lifeblood of agriculture.”Farm waterCouch met with about 30 farmers and University of Georgia researchers at UGA’s C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park July 15 in Camilla, Ga. She came to learn about farm water research, usage and management and to listen to area farmers who depend on irrigation for the health of their crops, especially during extended dry spells, like the 1998-2002 drought.Her visit was arranged by State Rep. Richard Royal (D-Camilla). She toured farms and met with farmers in Decatur and Miller counties, too.“We just want to make sure that we have the opportunity to be a player and have input in however the state decides to manage water,” said Bubba Johnson, farmer and president of the Mitchell County Farm Bureau. “We are thankful she came here and is willing to listen to our concerns.”Georgia is the 10th most populace state in the U.S. It is the world’s 17th largest economy. But if Georgia is to continue this pattern of growth and economic vitality, water management must be a top priority, she said.Water plansGeorgia’s General Assembly approved H.B. 237 this year. It charges the EPD to develop a statewide water plan. Stakeholders in each region or watershed in the state will develop a plan for their area. EPD will look at these plans when they develop the statewide plan, Couch said.EPD must have a water plan ready to be considered by the 2007 Georgia General Assembly. The plan will then get an up or down vote in 2008’s General Assembly.Southwest Georgia and metro-Atlanta already lead the rest of the state in water management, she said.“(Stakeholders) here in the lower Flint basin have been pioneers and a lot of what has been done here will be a lesson for other regions on how to (manage water) right,” she said.The Stripling irrigation park is a 130-acre farm where UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences experts test and develop new irrigation equipment and conduct research for major Georgia crops like cotton, peanuts, corn and vegetables. By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaTo sustain its growth, Georgia must begin to manage its water wisely, Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division director told farmers and water experts here. Agriculture will have a prominent seat at the table of any future policy decisions.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Renewable energy sources generated over half of German electricity across the [first] nine months of 2020, with wind the clear winner generating over a quarter of the country’s power.Further highlighting the growth of renewable energy in Germany’s power mix is the hierarchy of generating sources. Wind energy generated 96.8TWh over the first three quarters of 2020, accounting for nearly 27% of the total. Brown coal was the second largest source of electricity generation, with 15% of the total, but importantly, third place was solar PV with 13%.Both wind and solar, then, generated more electricity than nuclear and natural gas, and when combined, the two main sources of renewable electricity generation accounted for 143.9TWh, or 39.75% of the total, according to Energy-Charts, a publicly available tool provided by Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE).Combining all renewable sources of electricity generation together reveals that renewables have so far generated 193.11TWh, or 52.9% of Germany’s total so far this year.Bruno Burger, Head of Department New Devices and Technologies at Fraunhofer ISE, regularly uses his Twitter account to highlight the work of Energy-Charts and the attendant highlights of Germany’s power network. In several recent Tweets, Burger highlighted the dramatic shift in Germany’s power mix this year, which saw electricity generation from brown coal and hard coal fall sharply. Specifically, across the first three quarters of 2020, brown coal saw its share of the German power mix fall by 28% while hard coal fell by 36.3%.Burger also recently highlighted an impressive record for Germany’s solar PV sector, which generated 46.5TWh over the first three quarters of 2020, the same total generated during 2019, leaving plenty of room to set an impressive new annual record.[Joshua S Hill]More: Renewables deliver over half of German electricity in first nine months, coal plunges Renewable energy provided more than half of Germany’s electricity in first nine months of 2020
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger wrote House and Senate leaders Wednesday to hit back against misleading attack ads on credit unions made by the American Bankers Association.Berger cited the high fines, settlement numbers and buy-backs accrued by big banks in recent years after the banks’ misconduct leading up to the financial crisis:Bank of America – $55.7 billionJPMorgan Chase – $23.8 billionCitigroup – $10.6 billionWells Fargo – $6.5 billion“We hope that the ABA will change their approach and they will focus instead their resources on issues that can help the entire financial services community, such as regulatory relief and creating a national data security standard,” Berger said in letters to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.Berger also countered ABA’s claims that “credit unions have unfair advantages and should be taxed.” He noted that an independent study commissioned by NAFCU showed that credit unions add $17 billion to the economy per year and that eliminating their tax exemption would result in the loss of 150,000 jobs per year. continue reading »
40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Devin Selte Devin Selte is a 15 year veteran in the credit union industry all with Servus Credit Union. On top of his position as Branch Manager in Stony Plain, he is … Web: www.servus.ca Details The Canadian Credit Union Association’s (CCUA) National Young Leaders Committee (NYLC) recently embarked on a joint venture in partnership with Sandra McDowell, former National Young Leader Award Winner & WYCUP scholarship winner and Vice President of Communication and Culture at First Credit Union in Powell River, British Columbia, to create an opportunity for a 6-month virtual leadership development program.McDowell, creator of the eLeadership Academy, lead 26 young leaders from across Canada through Phase I of the Academy, which included 8-modules on various leadership topics via webinars, discussion forums, and assignments along with supplemental information for each module.Participants took away strategies to support their leadership growth including the creation of a personalized Leadership Action Plan (LAP) and a one-page overview of their purpose and desired legacy. Graduates of the Academy gained valuable personal insight to propel their leadership to the next level and become better communicators and more confident leaders with the ability to:Manage self and lead others (emotional intelligence);Coach others to foster solution-based thinking;Motivate and influence others;Lead with heart and backbone;Manage difficult conversations;Foster effective collaboration;Lead with increased understanding of the brain and change-management practices.Participants from Phase I were unanimous in the value the program provided to strengthening their leadership development and 100% of the participants would recommend the program to others. “The depth of knowledge and experience of the participants in the academy was phenomenal, and I learned something new and different every time I logged in. I would recommend the Academy to anyone wanting to grow as a leader. I took tremendous value from this course, but what’s more important is the value that it will provide to the credit union I work for, and in turn, our members.” “I thoroughly enjoyed the Academy. I was given an opportunity to grow my knowledge of leadership and have found myself using the nuggets I’ve gained on the job. The Academy provided effective tools for discovering who I am as a leader and helping me identify areas of growth to be a more effective leader. I’m a better leader because of the Academy.” “The eLeadership Academy had a significant impact in fostering my personal and professional growth. The modules provided enlightening content along with engaged discussion from participants. The assignments provided not only personal accountability to learning, but significant continued personal assessment, development, leadership skills and knowledge. Highly recommend to any current or prospective leaders in your credit union.” CCUA has since partnered with Sandra to offer the eLeadership Academy to Canadian Credit Unions to support the development of leaders across the system.More information on the eLeadership Academy, please check out the link here.Phase IIUpon the completion of Phase I, participants put their new leadership skills and competencies in to action to assist in strengthening the credit union system.At the end of January 216, pilot participants were arranged in teams with geographical separation and presented with the following challenge question:What is one of the biggest challenges currently facing the Canadian credit union system and what would you recommend as a solution to this challenge?The groups worked together to come up with a solution through the creation of a 5-page white paper completed at end of April. Teams presented their findings virtually to a panel of National Young Leader Committee Alumni.During Phase II, participants were provided with:A mentor to share their knowledge and experience (an alumni NYLC member)A webinar presented by a NYLC Alumni on creating an effective white paperA webinar presented by a NYLC Alumni on creating an effective presentationUpon completion, participants were provided with a survey on their experience with extremely positive results:95% (18/19 respondents) felt that Phase II provide value to their development as a young leader95% (18/19 respondents) felt that Phase II pushed them out of their comfort zone.95% (18/19 respondents) would recommend Phase II to a peer to participate in.“I strongly believe that the Credit Union system in Canada needs to start proactively disrupting itself in order to better serve our Member of tomorrow. The more conversations we can have around solving our system’s challenges and our Members’ challenges is essential to doing so. Phase 2 of e-Leadership gave many young leaders from coast-to-coast a chance to ask some of these questions and come up with some solutions to how we might get better as a system. ““Connecting with other leaders in a meaningful CU changing focus was both enlightening and exhilarating. I learned a lot from my teammates and have forged relationships that will extend well past this course. As our group said “We’re sure this isn’t the last time we collaborate on an initiative!”“Teams made up of individuals from across Canada discussed system issues and identified the solution culminating in a presentation via webinar. From start to finish Phase II was a leadership skill development goldmine. “The NYLC is currently in the process of reviewing the full NYLC eLeadership Program Pilot to determine its existence on a go forward basis.Once again, the NYLC is delivering on its vision to “Strengthen the Credit Union System by Bridging Generations of Leadership”.
continue reading » 68SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Sam Mallikarjunan’s entry into digital marketing was anything but typical: Selling health insurance from the VIP lounge of a cigar bar.“Paying for coffee and cigars is cheaper than renting an office,” he explains.When the bar’s owner asked for help with e-commerce and digital marketing, Mallikarjunan rose to the challenge.“I was generally familiar with the technology,” he says. “I was a digital native, and I was building websites on my own. So I ended up helping that store, and then a bunch of other cigar manufacturers and retailers with their digital marketing.”Now, Mallikarjunan is an executive strategist at the inbound marketing firm Hubspot, marketing instructor at Harvard University’s Division of Continuing Education, and author of the book, “How to Sell Better Than Amazon.”