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first_img Ready for takeoff New first-generation Red Book helps bind a community An Air Force major completes his Ph.D. and becomes a new parent — all in three years “I’m a first-generation Ph.D. student, so it’s important for me to have a space like this to ask questions and share things that might make me uncomfortable in other settings. There are students who come to Harvard with a tradition of Ph.D.s in their family, so they have a certain confidence,” added Torres. “Professor Bernstein assumes that we don’t know everything, which is great in many ways, because it is difficult when you don’t know something, but don’t want to appear as if you don’t know it.”To combat fatigue and burnout, Bernstein’s students also got an education in time management and the “rhythm” of academic workflow. There was no final paper or exam for the course, but students submitted written assignments nearly every week for a cumulative grade.“The work never escalates, but it is challenging and significant,” said Bernstein. “There are no highs and lows in terms of deadlines, which is a rhythm that is most helpful when it comes time to write a dissertation. It’s important to be prompt and move with alacrity, but never to rush.”For many students, the class also offered a valuable opportunity to address issues like imposter syndrome and the anxieties associated with not knowing the unwritten rules of the academy.“Something that comes up in this class often is the acknowledgement that most people in graduate school historically were white men, and that’s especially true at Harvard,” said Caleb Shelburne ’18, a first-year Ph.D. student in the history of science. “These systems were not necessarily designed to preserve white power or patriarchy, but they do, functionally, because of who has access to the systems. A class like this that addresses those systems, makes them explicit, and critiques them.”“As each year passes, I am continually surprised by how many things we’re expected to know,” said Divya Chandramouli, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in South Asian studies. “There can be shame associated with not knowing something in graduate school, and in this class that shame is being addressed in a productive and healthy way. I hope that eventually every student in graduate school here has access to something like this.” What does an academic CV look like? Is it important to join a scholarly association? How do travel grants work?The skills and information graduate students need to succeed extend far beyond what they learn in their classes. In a new course designed and taught by Robin Bernstein and offered by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), newbies learn the “hidden curriculum” of graduate school and how to navigate the singular world of academia.“There’s no reason that anybody should be expected to know anything that they haven’t been taught,” said Bernstein, the Dillon Professor of American History and professor of African and African American Studies and of studies of women, gender, and sexuality. “Whenever a person is expected to pick up something magically, that’s a sure sign that power is working in insidious ways and a sure sign that elitism is afoot, in the case of academia. The goal of this course is to democratize the knowledge that is needed to succeed in graduate school and in academia.”Bernstein conceived of “Introduction to Graduate School: Skills and Practices for Scholarly Success” five years ago and launched the course this fall for students in the social sciences and arts and humanities. Course topics included building a professional website, applying for research grants, and reading academic material efficiently.“Graduate school is a professionalizing experience, and I’m a very practical person, so as soon as I got here, I wanted to find the class that would tell me everything I needed to know about succeeding,” said Massiel Torres, a second-year Ph.D. student in romance languages and literatures. “From our coursework in our departments, we gain knowledge to master our fields, but I also wanted to know the core of what we do as professionals. This class demystifies that process.”From reverse-engineering CVs of working professors to developing note-taking tactics for dense texts, each activity was designed to give students a roadmap to better understand the expectations. Students also compared strategies and commiserated about the issues they faced inside and outside the classroom.“The class is wonderful, and Professor Bernstein is very informative,” said Joseph Núñez, a second-year doctoral student in anthropology. “Students are open about their anxieties. Instead of this class being thought of as patching weaknesses, we understand that we’re strengthening and expanding our skills and knowledge beyond graduate school. We discuss some of the nuances associated with academic and [alternative academic] careers.” “There can be shame associated with not knowing something in graduate school, and in this class that shame is being addressed in a productive and healthy way.” — Divya Chandramouli, fourth-year Ph.D. student Authors of their own stories Related Home and economics Talia Gillis became pregnant with twins while taking on two doctoral programslast_img read more

first_imgThe Kroc Institute sponsored a panel discussion Monday on the recent nuclear deal with Iran at the Hesburgh Institute for International Studies. The event, titled “The Iran Nuclear Agreement: Is it a Good Deal?” featured political science professor Michael Desch, law school professor Mary Ellen O’Connell and adjunct professor Major General Robert Latiff. Moderator David Cortright, director of policy studies at the Kroc Institute, began by defining the objective of the talk, which was to evaluate the effectiveness of the recent agreement negotiated between the Islamic Republic of Iran, the United States and several other countries in preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons. The first panelist, Desch, outlined the military and political situation before the negotiations began and described the most important terms of the agreement.Desch said prior to the nuclear talks, the United States possessed 7,100 warheads, while Israel had somewhere between 80 and 200, and Iran controlled none. Additionally, he said that there was a wide discrepancy between the nuclear capable delivery systems, which include intercontinental ballistic missiles as well as naval and air resources, of the three countries: The United States has 886, Israel has 300, and Iran between 100 and 300.“If you want a nuclear weapon, there are two ways to get it, actually three ways to get — you can buy one from somebody, but I don’t believe that’s ever happened in the history of the nuclear era,” Desch said.These two methods, according to Desch, are either enrichment of uranium through centrifuges or plutonium production from a heavy water reactor.Desch said the deal seems to have achieved the objectives desired by President Obama and his administration and advances United States national security interests.“It’s not perfect, but on the other hand, it’s as good as it gets,” Desch said. O’Connell spoke next, examining the deal in the context of international law and the possible alternative options at the United States’ disposal. “We’ve heard about two options that are allegedly available as alternatives to this very complex agreement, and one option is [to] continue with the sanctions, and the other option is [to] attack and eliminate Iran’s nuclear program with military force,” O’Connell said.The sanctions route is infeasible, O’Connell said, because the United Nations has already lifted the most effective ones, and any new unilateral sanctions the United States imposes in the future will be extremely weak in comparison. The agreement contains provisions for sanctions that will immediately snap back into place if Iran violated certain terms and requirements. The use of force to destroy the Iranian nuclear program is both morally questionable and practically very unlikely to succeed, O’Connell said.It is a violation of international law to use military force, except in cases of self-defense, she said, and any military action in self-defense must follow the principles of necessity, meaning every other option has been exhausted, and proportionality, meaning the act of self-defense does not inflict significantly greater harm than the original offense. According to O’Connell, the number of nuclear sites and their high levels of protection mean actions like bombing raids will prove ineffective and could produce civilian casualties in the millions.O’Connell said if the U.S. breaks the nuclear agreement through either unilateral sanctions or military force, Iran can easily stop following the terms of the deal.“Every obligation Iran has respecting nuclear weapons is derived from the binding nature of international law, so to treat these rules as not binding in a case which the U.S. believes is exceptional or outside the rules, makes a nonsense out of the very obligations that we are holding Iran to,” O’Connell said.Latiff spoke last, discussing myths surrounding the deal and counterarguments to refute them. According to Latiff, inflammatory rhetoric and ignorance about the actual details of the agreement has overshadowed much of the public discussion on the deal.Some of the opponents of the deal have valid claims that Iran does sponsor terrorism and is an outspoken enemy of the United States, he said, but the U.S. must still negotiate with countries it finds contemptible or even evil if it wants to achieve anything peacefully.“Some of the money may be used to fund terror, but this is no reason to go war,” Latiff said.Latiff said a major misconception surrounding the agreement is that it limits the United States’ ability to attack Iran. “This deal gives us a better opportunity and more information should we decide to go to war, which I hope we don’t,” Latiff said.Another criticism of the agreement, Latiff said, holds the fact that International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors must request inspections in advance before they examine nuclear sites allows Iran to cheat on its obligations. However, Latiff said this was a necessary concession.“Would we allow foreign inspectors unfettered access to our nuclear facilities? No,” Latiff said.Tags: Iran, Kroc Institute, nuclear agreementlast_img read more

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Michael MuckianThe digital age has arrived at the $18 billion Pentagon Federal Credit Union in Alexandria, Va. The institution on Wednesday reported that more than three-quarters of all member transactions involved online or mobile devices during 2014.Specifically, 80% of member interactions—including logons, balance checks and transactions with PenFed —involved a web or mobile device. Comparatively, 15% took place via phone, and 5% involved branch visits, according to PenFed President/CEO James Schenck. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgSecurity officers stand at the site of a suicide bombing in Ndjamena, Chad, on Monday. Photo: Reuters Chad’s military says it has carried out airstrikes on Boko Haram positions in neighbouring Nigeria to avenge twin suicide bombings in Chad’s capital that were blamed on the extremist group. The military says its helicopters have struck at least six bases in Nigeria used by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. Earlier Chad said it had arrested at least five suspects in connection to the suicide bombings  that killed 34 people.The country has also banned religious burqas- a garment covering the whole body from head to feet worn by Muslim women. Monday’s attacks were the first of their kind in Chad and appeared to be retaliation by Boko Haram for Chad’s leading role in an offensive against the militants.Security officers stand at the site of a suicide bombing in Ndjamena, Chad, on Monday. Photo: ReutersChad said Thursday its military carried out retaliatory airstrikes against Boko Haram militants in neighboring Nigeria after a pair of suicide bombings earlier this week in the Chadian capital that killed at least 33 people. The military said in a statement that the airstrikes targeted six militant camps and caused “considerable human and material losses.” There were no details on where exactly the strikes took place. Monday’s deadly blasts happened at a police headquarters and police academy in N’Djamena where more than 100 people were also injured.Prime Minister Kalzeube Pahimi Deubet said Wednesday that in response to the attacks the government was banning the wearing and sale of burqas in the country. Chad, along with Niger and Cameroon, deployed troops earlier this year to fight Boko Haram after the militants launched a series of cross-border attacks.  Last week, those countries joined Nigeria and Benin in announcing a new regional task force headquartered in N’Djamena to counter the militants.last_img read more

first_img Tweet In other games played on Friday in the Lime National League, Wesley Raptors maintained the perfect record and moving to 6-0 by defeating the Pichilen Pistons to bring their record to 5 – 1. The final scores Wesley Raptors 66 points to Pichelin Pistons 64 points, top scoring for Raptors Steve Hypolite 15 points and Devon Barton 20 points while Yanick Regis 24 points, Kijuan Thomas 18 points and Kimael Registe 11 points for the Pistons. The second game of evening in the Domlec Premier Division suffered another forfeit game when the Marigot Sonics did not show up for the game resulting in the points being awarded to Johnson Drigo Oilers of Castle Bruce. Share Games will continue this week at the Massacre Hard Courts on Wednesday. And the selectees for the national team will begin preparation on Tuesday from 7.00pm at the Lindo Park.   By: Mickey Joseph Sharing is caring! Notwithstanding this disappointment the Police Sports Club and Paix Bouche Snipers had the responsibility , and the fans were not disappointed. The games started around 8.00pm to accommodate the loss of the second game and the Police Sports Club showed improvement by holding the Snipers at half time to a tie game 38 points to 38 points. However the Snipers recognizing the weakness of the ball handling skills of the Police Sports Club played a more aggressive man to man defense which the Police had no answer. The final scores was Snipers 89 points to Police 69 points, top scoring for Snipers were Lenin Paul 27 points, Dave Alexis 22 points and Shane Ferrol 14 points while  Garvin James 15 points, Kaleb Challenger 13 points and Floyd Theodore 11 points for the Police Sports Club.center_img Share 36 Views   no discussions Share Team members in Olympic Day t-shirts. Photo credit: Mickey JosephThe Dominica Amateur Basketball Association dedicated the game played on Saturday to join the rest of the Olympic family to celebrate and participate in the organize Olympic Day activities. There were two games schedule for Saturday in the Lime National Basketball League to celebrate this activity. Regrettably the Premier game between the two teams which participated in last year’s championship did not take place due to failure of The Paix Bouche Eagles to field a team resulting in a forfeit and another win for the defending champions Signman X-Men. NewsSports DABA dedicates weekend game in celebration of Olympic Day activities by: – June 27, 2011last_img read more

first_imgLAWRENCEBURG, Ind. – A Lawrenceburg woman is facing multiple felony charges on suspicion of selling prescription pills out of her home daycare.42-year-old Adrienne Struckman was arrested and charged with four counts of dealing a controlled substance, one charge of neglect of a dependent and one charge of reckless supervision by a child care provider.Investigators say they were informed in July that Struckman was selling the drugs from the home in the 15800 block of Elizabeth Drive in Lawrenceburg.Court documents show an undercover officer bought hydrocodone and clonazepam from Struckman on four different occasions between August 5 and September 4.Between four and six children, all under the age of 18, were present at the daycare during each controlled buy, authorities said.Struckman was booked into the Dearborn County Jail on Wednesday, November 26.last_img read more

first_imgThe Oldenburg Academy Twisters battled The South Dearborn Knights in Baseball action on Saturday, April 15th.SD won the Varsity Game 8-2.SD           121 102 1             8    8   2OA          010 000 1             2    3   1OA Hitting:  Adam Huber 1-3; Michael Hoff 1-3, run; Dalton Mooney 0-2, bb; Adley Kuhlmann   run; Zach Wegman 1-3.OA Pitching:  Michael Hoff 6 IP, 8 runs, 7 earned, 8 hits, 1 k, 2 bb,  5 hbp     Loss; Hunter Sullivan 1 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 k, 0 bb, hbp.Twisters Varsity record: 2-5.  Next game (4-17) at Edinburgh.The Knights won the JV Game 18-1 in 4 innings.Adley Kuhlmann, Will Yunger, Glenn Geraci, Hunter Sullivan and Abe Peetz all pitched for OA.  Will Yunger, Abe Peetz, Zach Wegman and Aaron Weber each had a hit for OA.JV record 0-2. Next game, Wednesday (4-19) at Lawrenceburg.Courtesy of Twisters Coach Doug Behlmer.last_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Europe’s top clubs could take a 20 per cent to 25 percent hit to their enterprise values because of the “unprecedented crisis” caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.A study conducted by KPMG revealed this, taking into account players’ devaluation as well as the performance of the largest listed teams in recent months. It then compared this with KPMG’s data collected earlier in the year.“… KPMG’s forecast of the devaluation of the football sector at the top end of the market is between 20 percent and 25 percent, when compared with our recently published results of clubs’ EV as of Jan. 1 in 2020,” KPMG’s global head of sports, Andrea Sartori, said in a statement.“Having said that… peak devaluations for individual clubs can range from 15 percent up to 30 percent.“This depends on the strength of a particular club’s balance sheet, level of debt, structure of revenue mix and dependence on player trading activities.“Obviously, each club’s situation and EV impact will need to be assessed individually upon availability of their 2019-2020 financial statements.” The study estimated that the squad value of French champions Paris St-Germain could drop by 25.4 per cent after Ligue 1 was cancelled in April.That figure would have been around 18 per cent if top flight action had returned from its enforced break.The other four of Europe’s “Big Five” leagues – England, Spain, Germany and Italy – have all resumed their seasons, but matches are being held without fans present in stadiums.Spanish giants FC Barcelona’s squad value could fall from an estimated 1.136 million euros ($1.28 billion) in February to 903 million euros – down 20.5 per cent, the study added.Manchester United’s squad value could drop by 13.8 per cent, while that of Bayern Munich faces a fall of 15.8 per cent. Reuters/NAN.Tags: COVID-19DeclineEnterprise ValuesEuropeFootball Clubslast_img read more

first_img Pellegrini is proud not only of the position City are in heading into their final game of the Barclays Premier League season but of the manner in which they have got there. Pellegrini has advocated an attractive brand of attacking football all season and, despite criticism his approach was too reckless at times, he has rarely deviated. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will celebrate one of his greatest achievements if his side clinch the title this weekend. With City now realistically needing just a draw against West Ham on Sunday to secure a second title in three seasons, his methods are close to receiving significant vindication. The Chilean said: “I repeat, the reality is the way we did it is one of my best achievements in this season. “The first thing I can say is we chose the right squad for what we needed to do this year.” Pellegrini now expects his side, which moved two points clear of Liverpool at the top by beating Aston Villa 4-0 in midweek, to complete the job against the Hammers. He knows the possibility for jitters still exists, however, and will want his players to follow his ice-cool example. Pellegrini has betrayed little emotion all season and that is an approach he has honed from experience, having been “different” in his younger days. “I think when I started this career I had, absolutely, a different character,” the 60-year-old said. “As a player I was a different character to the one I am today but to prepare to be a manager I think you must change a lot of things. “You have to understand you are not a player and have another attitude with the players.” Asked if he does suffer from nerves, the former Malaga coach said: “I know how to control (them) – it is different. “After so many years, it is very important to control your emotions because when you have to take decisions under emotion normally you do it the wrong way. “I think it is very important of the manager to be calm, to try to repeat what we did the whole year. “I expect to win. We are thinking not of winning one point but just winning the match, and the best way to do it is to play the way we always do.” Pellegrini has a fully-fit squad available with Sergio Aguero back in contention after a groin injury. Aguero, top scorer with 28 goals in all competitions this season, missed the game against Villa after limping out of the action at Everton last weekend. Pellegrini said: “The whole squad is fit for Sunday. It is very important, always for a manager, if you have your whole squad and choose from all your players.” Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgThe Nnewi-born tactician spoke about his team’s priority and the importance of the maximum points during a pre-match press conference yesterday before wrapping up preparations for the big game at the Soccer Temple.“I’m aware they have a strong team with quality coaches and quality players as well playing on the continent but beating them is our priority for now and we want to do just that on Friday.“The game is very, very important to us and we are prepared well enough to face Rangers because last season we were not able to beat them both home and away.“The maximum points is so crucial to us and I’m sure we will do all our best to defeat Rangers which I know will not be easy but we will beat Rangers by God’s grace,” the youthful coach told FC are in fourth place on the 20-team Nigerian top flight table with 13 points with two outstanding matches at hand against Rivers United and Wikki Tourists. Rangers on the other hand are fifth from bottom of the log with nine points from seven NPFL games.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram NFPLHead coach of high-flying Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries Football Club, Fidelis Ilechukwu has said his side’s priority for the moment is to defeat reigning Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Enugu Rangers tonight.The Olukoya Boys will host the Flying Antelopes in one of Matchday 10 fixtures of this weekend at the Soccer Temple, Agege Township Stadium in Lagos.last_img read more