Coming back, looking forward

first_img 2. Harvard President Drew Faust speaks with Overseer Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, during the event held inside Wasserstein Hall at Harvard Law School. 11. Leo Beranek, an Overseer from 1984 to 1990, enjoys the event. 10. Current Overseers Karen Nelson Moore (left) and Richard Fisher talk. 5. Provost Alan Garber moderates the faculty panel discussion. 7. Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Cherry Murray and current Overseer Stephanie Wilson exchange ideas. Reunion of past and present members of Harvard’s Governing Boards 4. Harvard Provost Alan Garber (from left); Diana Sorensen, Dean of Arts and Humanities and the James F. Rothenberg Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of Comparative Literature; Youngme Moon, Donald K. David Professor of Business Administration; Jonathan Zittrain, professor of law and of computer science and co-founder and director of the Berkman Center; and Robert Lue, professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology, speak during the faculty panel discussion. 8. Former Harvard Corporation member Henry Rosovsky (left) talks with President Emeritus Derek Bok. 6. Overseer Walter Clair (right) enjoys a lively discussion with Corporation member Susan Graham and former Overseer Woodrow Myers (1996-2002). 3. Former Harvard Overseer Leila Fawaz offers a comment during “A Conversation With President Faust.” Photos by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 9. Julio Frenk, dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, Angelica Rudenstine, and President Emeritus Neil Rudenstine chat during the event. 1. More than 160 people attended the Harvard Governing Boards’ reunion of past and present members. They were old friends last weekend, even those who’d never met.Members of Harvard’s governing boards past and present gathered at Harvard Law School’s (HLS) new Wasserstein Hall Saturday for a reunion that provided a chance not only to renew past acquaintances, but also to make new friends among the community of people who have guided Harvard in recent decades.The reunion’s social aspects were balanced by substantive discussions of Harvard’s own present and future during a panel talk about innovation in teaching and learning and a question-and-answer session with President Drew Faust moderated by Harvard Overseer Walter Isaacson, president of the Aspen Institute and author of several notable biographies.The event was attended by more than 160 people from as far away as Anchorage and Mumbai, including current and past members of the governing boards, Harvard deans, and other University administrators. Also in the group were the six new members of the Board of Overseers, Scott Abell, James Johnson, Michael Lynton, Tracy Palandjian, Swati Piramal, and Kathryn Taylor, all elected this year.Current Overseer Walter Clair, a Nashville cardiologist, said he had taken part in an orientation of the newest Overseers earlier in the day and relished the chance to get acquainted or reacquainted with members of the boards from years past.“I’m seeing some colleagues I knew on the Board from years gone by. And this afternoon I met the new Overseers. It’s a wonderful way to bring together the past and the future,” Clair said.Patti Saris, a Boston federal judge and former Overseers president, said the best part of her service on the Board was the people she was able to meet and the wide range of issues she was able to deal with.“I wouldn’t miss this for the world,” Saris said. “It’s great to see everyone.”Leo Beranek, a noted scientist and former Overseer whose Harvard electro-acoustics lab designed communications equipment and noise reduction gear for World War II aircraft, made the trip to join the reunion just a week after turning 98. And Mitchell Adams, who left the Board in 2011 after serving as vice chairman of its executive committee, said though he lives in nearby Dedham, he’d have come from much farther away, if he had to, in order to attend.In reflecting on his years as an Overseer, Adams said his most notable action was taking part in the election of Drew Faust as Harvard’s 28th president.“That was very substantial; I’d have to say that was the most important thing,” Adams said.Adams said he’s also proud of Harvard’s leadership role in recognizing and supporting diversity of all kinds, including Harvard’s groundbreaking endowment of a named visiting professorship in the study of gender and sexuality.“Harvard is out front as a leader in these matters,” said Adams, former head of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.Faust and the Corporation’s Senior Fellow Robert Reischauer, president emeritus of the Urban Institute, welcomed the group, saying they were glad so many were able to return.Although the reunion offered an opportunity to reminisce, its programmatic focus was on Harvard’s future. A panel on innovative teaching provided a glimpse at changes in Harvard’s arts and humanities classrooms, in the M.B.A. program at Harvard Business School, and in legal education. It also featured the University’s new edX joint venture in online learning with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of California, Berkeley.Rethinking educationDiana Sorensen, the Rothenberg Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and dean of arts and humanities in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, spoke about how the University is rethinking arts and humanities education, designing new, broad-based foundational courses that will challenge students to explore ways of listening, ways of reading, and ways of looking.Harvard graduates, she said, should not only cultivate deep knowledge in a particular field. They should emerge from college as persuasive speakers and perceptive listeners; as clear, elegant writers, able to speak, read, and write in a language in addition to English; and as observers and thinkers with an understanding of worldviews different from their own.At Harvard Business School (HBS), first-year M.B.A. students are also getting a view of the world, up close and personal. The School’s tried-and-true case method of teaching is being augmented with a new Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development (FIELD) program, in which student teams work on real-world business problems that introduce them to societies in different parts of the world, from Ghana to China to Turkey. After working out an approach to the problem while studying at HBS’s Allston campus, the students travel far afield to the site, where they put their ideas to the test.Youngme Moon, David Professor of Business Administration and senior associate dean and chair of HBS’s M.B.A. program, said the experience is often transformational for students, who directly confront the real-world ramifications of their work and experience it not only intellectually but also viscerally. The experience forces them to improvise when their suggestions don’t prove practical and to engage in a cross-disciplinary way with the problem and the people involved. Many participants in the FIELD program’s first year say it was not only their most difficult course, but also their most rewarding, Moon said.“What they encountered on the ground, it startled them, shook them, astonished them, forced them to pivot immediately, forced them to throw assumptions out the window,” Moon said. “Field-based learning … is powerful not only because it forces students to engage in a cross-disciplinary way, but because it also consumes them experientially.”Jonathan Zittrain, professor of law at HLS and of computer science at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and a faculty member at the Harvard Kennedy School, said the continued development of the Internet and digital technology has put us at a “rare and pivotal moment” in Harvard’s history. The Law School, he said, is rethinking how its students engage with the great many judicial opinions that form much of the core of the Law School curriculum.Because many of the cases are available for free online, faculty are considering alternatives to the traditional casebook and developing a platform that will allow professors to annotate digital versions of the cases and to organize and compare them in novel ways. They’re also creating interactive tools for students to comment on each other’s work and to interact online with students at institutions around the world.Online learning through edXThe largest extension of Harvard’s digital reach may turn out to be edX, the online learning effort that Harvard launched with MIT last spring and that UC Berkeley has since joined. Robert Lue, professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology, director of life sciences education for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and faculty director of HarvardX, the Harvard-specific component of edX, said that the past 10 years have seen dramatic changes in the nature and potential of online learning.A decade ago, Lue said, many people saw online education as little more than the posting of lecture videos for students to watch. Today, he said, there are many more ways for instructors and students to interact, for more active modes of learning to come to the fore, and for online experiences to create a powerful complement to more traditional classroom experiences.Many questions remain around edX, Faust said, addressing the topic later in response to questions from Isaacson. Faust, who covered a range of topics, from the use of common spaces to build community to the University’s expanding international agenda to Harvard’s financial situation, said that outstanding edX questions include how it can strengthen teaching on campus as well as beyond, how it can improve the assessment of learning methods, and what the underlying business model should be.Faust also held up Harvard’s i-lab as an example of innovation on campus. The lab, located in Allston, is intended as a place to foster innovation and entrepreneurship among Harvard’s students and faculty and is also open to the surrounding community. More generally, Faust spoke of the growing cross-disciplinary collaborations on campus as faculty members from different Schools work across traditional boundaries on the big problems facing the academy and the larger world.Global health, for example, not only involves public health strategies and advances from medical research, but it involves knowledge of supply chains, of public policy, and of the customs and cultures of other societies.“This is not something I’m prescribing,” Faust said of the rise of scholarship and learning across School boundaries. “This is what’s happening. It’s what our students and faculty want,” she said.Jazz, strings, and toastOver dinner, the audience was treated to a pair of musical performances. The first featured a jazz duo composed of two undergraduates, both recent winners of the 2012 Yamaha Young Performing Artist Competition. Chase Morrin ’15 and Kevin Sun ’14 played an inventive rendition of “Autumn Leaves.” Later, a string quartet from Senior Lecturer on Music and Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra Director Federico Cortese’s chamber music performance class played two movements from Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 in C minor. The performers included Griffin Gaffney ’13, Aviva Hakanoglu ’14, George Meyer ’15, and Michael Wu ’14.The evening closed with celebratory toasts from James R. Houghton, the Corporation’s former senior fellow, Reischauer, the current senior fellow, Richard Meserve, president of the Carnegie Institution for Science and current Overseers president, and Faust. All highlighted the two governing boards’ growing interactions with one another and their members’ collective devotion to Harvard’s long-term progress.Quoting from the inaugural address of Charles William Eliot, Harvard president from 1869 to 1909, Meserve offered a toast to “our ‘double-headed organization’— and all that it contributes to ‘the permanence and ever-widening usefulness’ of the great university entrusted to our care.” 12. Current Overseers Kenji Yoshino (left) and Verna Gibbs connect during the event.last_img read more

EMO Sends Newbuild CTV to Nordsee One

first_imgEMS Maritime Offshore (EMO) has signed a contract with Senvion to provide a crew transfer vessel (CTV) for the operational phase of the 332MW Nordsee One offshore wind farm in the German North Sea.The catamaran which will service the contract is currently under construction at the Strategic Marine shipyard in Singapore.As of April 2018, the 26-meter Stratcat will begin maintenance work at the wind farm from the O&M base in Norddeich for at least three years, EMO said.According to EMO, the vessel is equipped with a waterjet drive and can transport 24 passengers and up to 30 tonnes of freight.The investment, implemented as part of a shared project of EMO and its partner Van Laar Maritime BV, amounts to approximately EUR 4 million.“Once again, we have commissioned a special ship that meets certain conditions for activities in the southern North Sea and our clients’ requirements,” said Knut Gerdes, Managing Director at EMO.“We do not take this for granted, and we hope for more projects in the German offshore wind energy sector.”Turbine installation at the Nordsee One offshore wind farm was completed on 22 September, when the 54th and final Senvion 6.2M126 wind turbine was installed at the construction site.Nordsee One, located approximately 40 kilometers north of Juist Island, is being developed by Nordsee One GmbH, a special purpose company owned by Northland Power Inc. (85%) and innogy SE (15%).The wind farm is scheduled to begin commercial operations by the end of this year.In August last year, EMO added Windea FOUR and Windea FIVE, formerly CTV Natalia Bekker, to its Windea fleet due to the consistently growing demand in the field of offshore wind farm supply regarding personnel and materials.last_img read more

Jamaica welcomes new WestJet service from Canada

first_img 30 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img Photo credit: airport-technology.comKINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Norman Manley International Airport(NMIA) in Kingston, Jamaica, on April 30 welcomed its first WestJet international flight from Toronto, Canada, with 136 passengers onboard.The Boeing 737 Next-Generation aircraft landed at approximately 12:05 pm to applause and cheers from the welcome party, headed by Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr Wykeham McNeil.The Canadian carrier, which also flies from Toronto to Sangster International in Montego Bay, will now have three weekly flights to Kingston on Monday, Friday and Saturday, making it a total of 10 weekly flights to both airports.The minister, in his address at the brief welcome ceremony, noted that the entrance of WestJet into Kingston represents another step towards re-branding and building the capital city as a prime tourist destination.“One of the very encouraging things about this flight is the fact that onboard the plane are travel agents, who will be doing a familiarisation trip and looking at Kingston, Port Antonio and Ocho Rios and what possibilities exist in opening up those markets,” he said.McNeil noted that WestJet is “a very important carrier” to Jamaica, with as many as 27 flights into the island during the winter tourist season. “WestJet is a tried and tested partner for us in the Ministry of Tourism. We look forward to a long and strong partnership,” he said. Minister without portfolio for Transport, Works and Housing, Dr Morias Guy, pointed out that despite global economic challenges, flights between Toronto and Kingston have been growing in recent years.“This growth was again demonstrated in the last quarter, January to March 2012, when the route saw an increase of over five per cent over the same period last year and there are strong indications that this trend will continue,” he said.Guy noted that the decision by WestJet to flight to Kingston comes at a time when Jamaica will be welcoming overseas nationals and visitors for the 50th year of independence celebrations.“This new route also signals the building of better connectivity between the two cities, and an expansion of opportunities for Jamaicans living in Canada to return home in a convenient manner and time, and to partner with us in building this great nation,” he said.Mayor of Kingston and St Andrew, Councillor Angela Brown-Burke, also welcomed WestJet into Kingston, noting that the airline will not only bring nationals home for ‘Jamaica 50’ but also for the City of Kingston’s 140th anniversary events.Acting vice-president, guest services, WestJet, Mark Brown said the airline’s culture is “a very perfect match for the warm and caring culture of the Jamaican people”.“When people ask me why they should travel to Jamaica, I tell them ‘well the beaches of course, and the tourism events, but to me, what’s more important is the people’,” he remarked. He noted that there are indeed many countries with beautiful beaches and great tourist attractions “but the people, the smiles, the warmth is what sets Jamaica apart”. Brown said that, as Kingston becomes WestJet’s 72nd destination, he looks forward to great successes and a long lasting relationship. By Athaliah Reynolds-BakerCaribbean News Now LifestyleTravel Jamaica welcomes new WestJet service from Canada by: – May 3, 2012 Sharelast_img read more