In pursuit of ‘inclusive excellence’ at Harvard

first_imgNurturing diversity at Harvard is more than just the right thing to do, it is also a crucial component for strengthening the University’s intellectual robustness.That was a key message from Danielle Allen, James Bryant Conant University Professor and Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard, who spoke Nov. 15 at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health about the University’s efforts to achieve “inclusive excellence.” Allen is co-chair of the Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging, which was convened by President Drew Faust last fall to consider a set of important and interrelated questions designed to advance Harvard on the path from diversity to belonging.There are two core ideas behind inclusive excellence, Allen told a large audience in Kresge G-1. One is that maximizing diversity among those in intellectual pursuits enables institutions to reach “the highest heights of intellectual achievement,” she said. The second is that institutions must work actively to support people’s academic and professional success in order to get the best out of the potential that diversity brings to any community.Allen, a political theorist, offered examples from her own life to explain the importance that diversity brings to intellectual pursuits.In 1994, her home state of California enacted one of the nation’s harshest “three strikes” laws, which required those who committed a violent felony and two other serious crimes to be sentenced to life in prison. It prompted a swift rise in mass incarceration. Around the same time, while she was studying ancient Athens at Princeton, Allen was struck by the fact that she found few mentions of prisons—which led her to question whether or not the Athenians used imprisonment as a punishment. It was a research question that no one else had yet explored, and it led to her dissertation on the topic.Allen’s experience growing up also informed her 2017 book, “Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.,” about her cousin Michael—who was imprisoned at age 16 after a failed carjacking, and was murdered at age 29 shortly after his release.Allen also gave an overview of the work of the Presidential Task Force, which plans to issue a report with recommendations early next year on how to boost diversity, inclusion, and belonging at Harvard. The task force is exploring a variety of options, including:Making campus spaces more welcoming to all groups;Developing new strategies to recruit faculty from diverse backgrounds;Boosting strategic planning regarding diversity efforts and better aligning these efforts across the university; and,Fostering research at Harvard on diversity, inclusion, and belonging in higher education.– Karen Feldscher Read Full Storylast_img read more

Death of Supreme Court Justice Keeps EPA’s Clean Power Plan in Technical Limbo

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Robinson Meyer for The New Yorker:Although Scalia’s death has already changed the outlook for a number of cases now in front of the Supreme Court, it will also alter the shape of one that will soon arrive: the legal battle over the Clean Power Plan.The Clean Power Plan is the new set of Environmental Protection Agency regulations that anchors the Obama administration’s climate-change policy. It seeks to guide local utilities away from coal-fired electricity generation, and toward renewable energy and natural gas, a change that the Department of Energy says will forestall hundreds of millions of tons of greenhouse-gas emissions. The plan’s survival—and its entry into law—could decide the fate of the Paris Agreement, the first international treaty to mitigate climate change. For a case that will ultimately turn on administrative law, it’s hard to imagine the stakes being much higher.It had already been a busy week for the Clean Power Plan. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the rules should neither be implemented nor enforced until the high court itself heard their opponents’ case. This was itself unprecedented: Never before had the Supreme Court stayed a set of regulations before a federal court even heard the initial case about them.This was an ominous sign for the regulations. “One has to conclude that five justices have decided that the rule must go,” said Seth Jaffe, the former president of the American College of Environmental Lawyers.But Scalia’s death could change all that. Now there are only four justices who have telegraphed their opposition to the rules. Could the Clean Power Plan now survive, after all?There are two questions to ask when gaming out the future of this particular case. First, would the Court revisit its stay on the rule, allowing the EPA to proceed to implement the regulations? And second, if the Court does hear the case about the Clean Power Plan, could its new membership change its decision?As to the first, no legal expert I talked to thought the now-smaller Court was likely to annul its stay.“There is currently no reason to assume the Court will revisit the stay order,” said Richard Lazarus, an environmental-law professor at Harvard University and a veteran of oral arguments at the Court, in an email. “It is final as voted on by the full Court at the time and is not subject to revisiting any more than any other ruling by the Court before the Justice’s passing.”The second question is more complicated. The terms of the Court’s stay were broad: It ordered that the Clean Power Plan could only enter into force after the Court itself ruled; or if the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals heard its case (as it is scheduled to do this summer) and the Supreme Court declined to hear the inevitable appeal.In the language of the Court, taking up a case is “granting a writ of certiorari,” often shortened to “granting cert.” Unlike in a decision on a case, in which five justices determine how the court rules, only four justices need to vote to grant cert in a case. Most experts thought it was likely that the Court—whatever its makeup—would eventually hear the case.Then things get more complicated.“The Senate Republicans have already made it clear that they will not confirm anyone President Obama nominates. So it could fall to the next President to name the next justice. And that makes even higher the stakes in the next presidential election,” said Michael Gerrard, a law professor at Columbia University and the director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, in an email.“If no Obama appointee is confirmed, and if Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders is the next President, the next Justice will presumably join the liberal wing of the court, and there is a good chance that he or she would vote to uphold the Clean Power Plan,” he told me. “That of course assumes that nominee gets confirmed before the case is decided; this could well be a massive and protracted confirmation battle, given the high stakes for so many areas of law.”If a Republican wins the White House, their Supreme Court nominee would almost certainly join the Supreme Court’s conservative wing. That justice would be unlikely to vote to support the Clean Power Plan—but it wouldn’t matter, because no remaining Republican candidate supports Obama’s climate policies, anyway, so they’d likely be reversed administratively.There’s some possibility that the Supreme Court could hear the Clean Power Plan case before a ninth justice is appointed. If it then split 4-4, the D.C. circuit’s ruling would stand. But sources cautioned this was less likely.“The earliest the Supreme Court could possibly hear it for oral argument would likely be next February or March, and it could possibly not be until the following October depending on how long the [D.C. circuit] decision takes,” said Lazarus. He added that if there is still no ninth justice at that time, the Court might opt to delay certain arguments and rulings until there is a full bench.There’s one more wrinkle to all this, Gerrard added. “Several states that litigated against the Clean Power Plan are now considering whether to undertake planning under the plan despite the stay, and it will be interesting to see whether this development influences the thinking of some of these states,” he said. If it does, that means many of the rule’s effects could enter force as prudent local utilities engage in cost-benefit analysis, even if the rule itself does not.Full article: Will a Reconfigured Supreme Court Help Obama’s Clean-Power Plan Survive? Death of Supreme Court Justice Keeps EPA’s Clean Power Plan in Technical Limbolast_img read more

South Florida Cricket Round Up: Rain Cancels 40 over competition

first_imgRain washed out the South Florida Cricket Alliance 40 over competition on Sunday May 20th as fields were left completely water logged. Point Standing to Date Are: Lauderhill Jammers – 27 St. Bess – 22Port St. Lucie – 16Tropics United – 12Palm Beach Titans – 5Ambassadors – 0Southshore – 0last_img

Luka Doncic injury update: Mavericks rookie out vs. Thunder

first_img“We’re going to be very prudent with this and make sure that he’s 100 percent before even thinking about him getting back out there,” Carlisle said, via Dallas Morning News.Doncic suffered the injury in the beginning of Thursday’s 105-99 loss to the Heat when he was hit on the knee, though he still played 31 minutes.  Kobe Bryant’s advice to Kyrie Irving: ‘Figure out how to connect with’ your teammates Mavericks star rookie Luka Doncic is dealing with a thigh injury and will miss Sunday’s game against the Thunder, with the possibility of missing more matchups. Coach Rick Carlisle explained Saturday that Doncic has a right thigh contusion and Dallas will exercise caution in allowing the 20-year-old guard to return. The Mavericks are 29-46 and will miss the playoffs for the third straight season. “I saw the film,” Carlisle said of the knee bang. “It was a direct hit, really painful at first. … But he was not moving great.”Selected by the Hawks with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 draft, Doncic was traded to the Mavericks on draft night. He has started in 70 of the team’s 75 games, averaging 21.1 points with 7.6 rebounds while shooting 42.5 percent from the field. Related Newslast_img read more

FirstLight HomeCare Voted “Best Home Health Care Agency” in the South…

first_imgFacebook740Tweet0Pin0Submitted by FirstLightHomeCareFirstLight HomeCare today was named “Best Home Health Care Agency” in the 2015 Best of South Sound award ceremony hosted by the Thurston County Chamber.For the past decade The Olympian has recognized Thurston County businesses with the coveted Best of South Sound awards. Readers vote online for their favorite businesses in over 80 categories. Sarah and Greg Lane, co-owners of FirstLight HomeCare – South Sound, accepted the award and said they were honored to be voted the winner of “Best Home Health Care Agency.”FirstLight HomeCare – South Sound is proud to be named “Best Home Health Care Agency.”“We can think of no greater accolade than being chosen as ‘Best’ by the people in our community, the clients we serve and our colleagues in health care,” said Sarah Lane after accepting the Best of South Sound award. “This is a reflection of the tremendous work done every day by our caregivers, who are dedicated to providing the best possible care to our clients and their families.”The Best of South Sound award is the third satisfaction honor won by FirstLight HomeCare – South Sound this year. In January, FirstLight also accepted two awards from Home Care Pulse, the leading independent performance and quality satisfaction firm in the home care industry. FirstLight HomeCare – South Sound received both the Best of Home Care Provider of Choice Award and the Best of Home Care Employer of Choice Award, the only home care agency in Thurston County to receive either award.Sarah Lane (right), owner of FirstLight HomeCare, accepts the award on behalf of all of their caregivers.“Our goal is to be the best home care agency in this area, and to accomplish that, we’ve focused on building a team of outstanding caregivers to serve our clients,” added Greg Lane. “While we’re not in this to win awards, being voted as the ‘Best Home Health Care Agency’ in the South Sound is validation that our clients and their families are happy with the care we are providing and our referral partners in the health care community trust us to take great care of their patients.”FirstLight HomeCare – South Sound is owned by Greg and Sarah Lane, long-time Olympia residents. To learn more about companion and personal care, dementia care, respite care or other non-medical home care services offered by FirstLight, give Sarah a call at 360-489-1621 or visit read more

Thurston County Passes Tobacco-Free Parks Ordinance

first_imgFacebook18Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston County Board of CommissionersToday, the Board of County Commissioners passed an ordinance amending the Park Code of Thurston County to prohibit smoking and vaping in Thurston County parks and preserves, and on Thurston County trails.The Board of County Commissioners also serve as the Board of Health. The Board of Health is working to minimize public exposure to second hand smoke and view this ordinance as an important step in addressing a public health issue.Thurston County’s mission is “to create a community that promotes health, commerce, and environmental protection with transparency and accountability.” Tobacco use is the leading contributor to heart and lung disease and certain cancers. Ample research shows that exposure to secondhand smoke is harmful to health as well. There is no safe level of exposure.Fourteen percent (14%) of adults in Thurston County smoke. According to the Healthy Youth Survey (2016), a similar percentage of 12th graders smoke cigarettes, but 23% use vapes (26% use one, or the other, or both). Research has shown youth who vape are more likely to start smoking.“Our goal is to protect all of our residents and especially our kids,” said Commission Chair, Bud Blake. “We want our parks and trails to be safe for everyone to enjoy without the negative impacts of secondhand smoke—and that includes vaping. If science tells us that kids who vape are more likely to take up cigarettes, we need to take that seriously and do what we can by eliminating it in our parks and public places.”The statewide Smoking in Public Places (SIPP) law protects residents from secondhand smoke indoors but does not restrict outdoor exposures, with limited exceptions. Several cities in Thurston County have adopted similar rules to limit or prohibit smoking in parks and recreation areas. By prohibiting these activities in Thurston County parks and preserves, and on Thurston County trails, this ordinance:Helps prevent exposure of residents to secondhand smoke and vapor.Creates a safer and healthier environment for park users, including children and youth.Protects children’s health by reducing their exposure to smoking and vaping.Supports park users who may be trying to quit smoking.Protects against fire and environmental impacts of littering.Is consistent with state and regional goal of eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke and vapor.Furthers the County’s mission by supporting healthy activity and preventing secondhand smoke or vapor impacts to the many users of these public spaces.Violation of the ordinance would be a misdemeanor offense, subject to the same penalties as other violations of the Park Code. This includes paying a fine on first offense which increases with each additional offense.To view the full ordinance, visit: read more

NBA: 76ers rookie Fultz out indefinitely

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Fultz was seen by several shoulder specialists, who found a scapular muscle imbalance in his right shoulder but no structural damage to the joint.Fultz had already changed the mechanics of his free throw shooting in a bid to solve the problem.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut his play has suffered and he averaged just six points and 2.3 rebounds in four games, before missing Philadelphia’s last two.He had averaged 23.3 points in his lone college season with the University of Washington.                                         /kga Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa San Miguel seals its twin towers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Markelle Fultz (right) with NBA commissioner Adam Silver (left) after being drafted first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers during the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 22, 2017 in New York City.  (AFP FILE PHOTO)Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz, the top pick in last June’s NBA draft, will be sidelined indefinitely with the right shoulder injury that has hindered him this season, the Sixers said on Sunday.The 76ers said Fultz would be re-evaluated in three weeks.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid chief Butragueno: Our players are stupendous

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid chief Butragueno: Our players are stupendousby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid chief Emilio Butragueno has defended the players after defeat to Real Sociedad.La Real shocked Madrid 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.Butragueno was asked about additions this month given their poor start to the year.But he insisted, “This squad has players with loads of talent and I think that it is a good day to reinforce that message. “They have won many titles. The Club World Cup isn’t nothing, three consecutive Champions Leagues. These players are stupendous.” last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal appointing first loans manager

first_imgArsenal appointing first loans managerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are appointing a first loans manager.The Sun says Arsenal will make football data analyst Ben Knapper their first loans manager from next month – in charge of starlets like Reiss Nelson.The Gunners are following a rising trend in the Premier League of appointing a supremo to oversee the rising number of players out on loan.Knapper is being promoted from his role as lead analyst after joining the Gunners from sports data and technology company Prozone in 2010.His main roles will be to decide which players to loan out and where. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more