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Junior achievement

first_imgFamilies of third-year undergraduates flocked to campus Friday and Saturday (March 2-3) for the College’s Junior Parents Weekend. The annual program, which features tours, lectures, student performances, and advice on life after Harvard, drew nearly 600 students and more than 1,500 of their guests to Cambridge this year.After a morning filled with open houses at the Office of Career Services (OCS), the Harvard Art Museums, the Harvard Women’s Center, and other campus hubs, parents packed Sanders Theatre on Friday afternoon for a welcome address from University President Drew Faust. Faust shared her hope that every member of the junior class had experienced moments of affirmation and accomplishment during his or her time at Harvard “perhaps … while putting the finishing flourishes on a column for the Crimson or as the curtain parted on opening night of ‘The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’ … while mentoring high school students in our community, or confronting an opponent on the playing field.”At the same time, Faust reiterated the challenge she leveled at students during Freshman Convocation in 2009. She asked parents if their children had expanded their definition of success enough to include some failure, and if their students had found the courage to take risks and try something new.President Drew Faust asked parents if their children had expanded their definition of success enough to include some failure, and if their students had found the courage to take risks and try something new, reiterating her challenge upon their arrival in 2009.“Have they seen a work of art or a play that has moved them, or have they moved others with a performance of their own?” she asked. “Have they learned to speak a new language, have they invented their own app? Have they taken a course that has no apparent connection to the life they hope to lead one day, a course that just sounds interesting? I hope your children … appreciate the merits of being out of their element.”Suzy Nelson, dean of student life, picked up on Faust’s call for undergraduates to broaden their horizons. Nelson highlighted the College’s co-curricular activities, calling them “the other classroom at Harvard,” and offered the stories of juniors Carolyn Chou, Suzanna Bobadilla, and Nevin Raj as examples of students who had taken advantage of these opportunities. Chou, the president of Phillips Brooks House Association, connects her academic work with service in Boston’s low-income communities. Bobadilla, an intern at the Women’s Center, collaborated on a history of the coeducational experience at Harvard’s Pforzheimer House. And Nevin is a drug and alcohol peer adviser and a peer advising fellow who works with freshmen.“Whether it is planning an event such as Yardfest [Harvard’s spring concert] or writing for the Crimson, or leading a team to victory, or managing the local homeless shelter,” Nelson said, “all of these initiatives are student driven. The ‘other classroom’ at Harvard is less structured, but no less influential in shaping students’ lives as they mature toward adulthood.”Parents packed Sanders Theatre during Junior Parents Weekend. Nearly 600 students and more than 1,500 guests attended two days of events.Adulthood — specifically the worlds of work and graduate school — were top of mind for families who attended “Excelling Beyond Harvard,” a panel hosted by the Office of Career Services in the Science Center. OCS Director Robin Mount and her colleagues stressed the wide range of options available to graduates of the College, from jobs and internships, to professional school, to international fellowships and travel. Peter and Mae Gonzales appreciated the OCS experts’ advice, particularly the suggestion that their son Andrew ’13 take some time off after college before going on to medical school.“We’re both physicians,” said Mae Gonzales. “We came from the old culture of going straight from college to medical school. But when you’re in medicine, that’s your life. It’s full of responsibilities that can’t build on your other interests. My son has a secondary concentration in East Asian studies. He’s thinking of taking a year and going to Asia.”The weekend also included lectures and presentations from some of Harvard’s brightest scholars and teachers. In a re-creation of his Harvard Thinks Big presentation “Speaking with the Dead,” Professor Stephen Greenblatt enthralled junior families with a discussion of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Greenblatt said that the play transformed English language by introducing new words and new uses of words like “fret,” “compulsive,” and “unnerved.” “Hamlet” ’s biggest impact on English culture, however, was the way that it transformed the relationship between the dead and the living in literature.“Hamlet undergoes this transformation,” Greenblatt said. “He hears his dead father. During the play he is convulsed by doubt. Then, finally, he speaks himself as a dead man at the end of the play. After ‘Hamlet,’ literature becomes more and more a story that’s told by the dead to the living.”Throughout the weekend, parents got a chance to experience or learn about virtually every facet of undergraduate life. Some attended performances by student groups like the Hasty Pudding Theatricals or the Harvard Wind Ensemble. Others rooted the Crimson on at a men’s lacrosse game or women’s water polo tournament. Many simply explored campus via a tour given by the Crimson Key Society or Widener Library. However they spent the weekend, most parents said that they appreciated the chance to see their son or daughter, and to spend a weekend listening and learning at Harvard.“I was impressed by the diversity of talent here,” said Kathy Carroll, on campus with her husband George to visit their daughter Ann ’13. “The professors that spoke, the artists, the dancers — it’s just awesome. We can see how fortunate Ann is to be exposed to all of this.”In a re-creation of his Harvard Thinks Big presentation “Speaking with the Dead,” Professor Stephen Greenblatt enthralled junior families with a discussion of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.”last_img read more

Duke Energy not so keen on offshore wind?

first_imgWaters offshore North Carolina are home to the Kitty Hawk lease area, for which Avangrid Renewables secured the rights in May 2017.  According to Duke Energy’s CEO, the offshore wind sector has so far not had much visibility due to a wind energy moratorium that ended last year. In 2017, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed a House Bill 589 which was mainly focused on solar energy, but which had a late amendment putting into effect an 18-month moratorium on onshore wind power developments. The amendment was added to freeze the issuance of wind farm permits and to allow for an assessment of the potential impact of interference of wind turbines on military operations in North Carolina, which has eight active military bases. At the Kitty Hawk lease area, which has a potential generating capacity of 2.5 GW, surveys are currently under way with metocean and geotechnical data being gathered to inform the project design. “And where we think it might fit into the portfolio, I would think about it as something that probably has greater potential toward the end of the next decade”, Lynn Good said. Immediately after signing into law the bill containing the wind moratorium, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 11 to mitigate the impacts of the moratorium on wind energy projects in development, on those that would be brought forward after the moratorium expires, and on feasibility studies. “You may remember the history here in the Carolinas, there was a wind moratorium, so no wind through the end of 2019. So, it hasn’t had as much visibility as I think it will coming through this IRP and the clean energy process. So, it represents a future investment opportunity and we’ll know more as this policy gets finalized and as we make further progress on the fleet transition”. Responding to a question asked by a Goldman Sachs analyst Michael Lapides, who inquired about the role offshore wind played in North and South Carolinas and about its inclusion in Duke Energy’s investment strategy, the company’s President and CEO Lynn Good said offshore wind will most likely be addressed in Duke Energy’s upcoming IRP. center_img Duke Energy, a North Carolina-headquartered electric power holding company, does not see offshore wind as having big enough potential until the end of the next decade, according to information from the company’s recent earnings call. This year, the North Carolina Department of Commerce launched a comprehensive project to assess the state’s supply chain and physical infrastructure best positioned to promote local offshore wind development, and to identify new opportunities to both develop commercial-grade wind energy off the state’s coast, as well as supply wind energy facilities along the entire eastern seaboard. A little more than a year later, Governor Cooper signed Executive Order 80 to reaffirm North Carolina’s commitment to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions and support the expansion of clean energy businesses.  To produce the supply chain report, the North Carolina Office of Science, Technology, & Innovation issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in May, seeking a consulting partner to help develop and publish a study on offshore wind supply chain and infrastructure. In August, UK-headquartered consultancy BVG Associates was awarded a contract to work on the supply chain and infrastructure assessment together with representatives from Lloyd’s Register Energy Americas, Timmons Group, and North Carolina State University. At the beginning of 2019, Cooper announced $ 1.5 million to boost clean energy and green businesses in the proposed 2019-2021 budget, including a $ 300,000 study on North Carolina’s potential to host offshore wind operations and associated jobs. NOTE: This article was updated on 23 August with information on North Carolina’s wind energy moratorium, state-level decisions on offshore wind, and current offshore wind development.last_img read more

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