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Centre for Early Modern Studies launched

first_imgA new Centre for Early Modern Studies was launched this week at a reception in Jesus College.  The Centre, based in the English faculty, brings together specialists in a range of disciplines including English, history, theology, music and oriental studies to promote research and study in the Early Modern period.  A conference on ‘Rethinking the Early Modern’ is planned for Trinity term and the Centre is keen to develop greater graduate involvement.  Dr Paulina Kewes, Fellow in English Literature at Jesus, said that the Centre offers “significant intellectual as well as career-development opportunities” for students. by Joshua Harrislast_img

Planting the seeds of STEM

first_imgEager students lean forward in their seats to watch an animated car drive across the screen at the front of the classroom. Hands shoot into the air as the classmates consider the instructor’s question about the relevant JavaScript functions.While it could be a scene from a computer science course at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), in this case SEAS students are the instructors, teaching programming to a class of middle schoolers at the Gardner Pilot Academy in Allston.The instructors, members of the Harvard student-driven Digital Literacy Project (DLP), are working through one lesson in a 10-week computer science curriculum the organization is offering at seven local middle schools this year. The DLP outreach model is unusual because lessons are presented during the school day.“Just as these students might go to art class or music class, they are also going to get a taste of computer science,” said DLP President Sundar Solai ’19, a computer science concentrator. “Our hope is that, five or six years down the line when it is time for these students to consider careers or attending a university, they have an interest in pursuing STEM [science, technology, engineering, and math] or computer science.”About 30 DLP volunteers teach introductory computer science in 12 middle school classes each week. The curriculum offers an introduction to coding concepts using the image-based programming language Scratch, before moving on to more advanced coding practice in JavaScript. Harvard students develop course materials, which are carefully designed to be fun and interactive, Solai said.Members of the DLP technology team also create tools and coding examples to enhance classroom instruction. Crafting those coding problems often reinforces techniques the students learn in their Harvard courses, said Brian Sapozhnikov ’19, a computer science concentrator who directs the technology team.Chris Zhou ’19, an economics concentrator, helps Gardner Pilot Academy sixth-grader Jonathan Gonzalez write JavaScript functions on the classroom’s whiteboard. Photo by Adam Zewe/SEAS Communications“We strive to ensure our volunteers are up to speed on how to solve a wide variety of computer science problems. That kind of training is invaluable for someone who is interested in pursuing any field that requires engineering solutions,” he said. “In teaching, they need to understand the material. In writing code to solve problems, they need to understand the problems.”In addition to helping sharpen programming skills, DLP gives volunteers an instructor’s perspective on education, said Solai. Many go on to serve as Harvard teaching fellows, and some students have pursued careers at educational firms such as Khan Academy.While middle school students can be a tough audience sometimes, helping them develop skills and build confidence is rewarding, said Maria McLaughlin ’18, a computer science concentrator. She was introduced to programming in College, and credits her computer science training with improving her creativity and logic. Often, the middle school students she teaches have an “a-ha” moment when they realize programming is not magic, but a skill they can learn, she said.“I love seeing the programs that my students come up with and the light in their eyes when they get something to work for the first time,” said McLaughlin. “It is an addictive feeling — to dream something up and then see it become a reality before your eyes. I want to share that feeling with others.”The STEM lessons McLaughlin and her peers provide are also important for DLP partner schools, many of which face resource challenges.“As a full-service school, we work with partners to close the opportunity gaps that exist for our students,” said Lauren Fogarty, director of extended learning time at the Gardner Pilot Academy. “As an urban public school we do not readily have access to the STEM opportunities beyond our core science curriculum, and the Digital Literacy Project closes that gap. DLP not only provides engaging coding experiences for our students, but also gives our students access to our local University students.”The DLP leadership team plans to continue expanding to more schools, while developing new teaching tools and introducing the use of hardware into lessons. They are also considering hosting a community workshop to familiarize middle school teachers with introductory computer science materials they can easily incorporate into classes.“The field of computer science is going to become even more prominent in the future,” said Sapozhnikov. “By exposing these students to computer science at a young age, we are opening up opportunities for them in high school, college, and beyond.”SaveSaveSaveSavelast_img read more

The Sound and the Fury Extends Before Opening Off-Broadway

first_imgThe Sound and the Fury has already extended its return engagement off-Broadway. The show, directed by John Collins and created by Elevator Repair Service, will begin previews in The Public Theater’s Martinson Theater on May 14 and now run through June 27; it had previously been set to shutter on June 13. Opening night is scheduled for May 21 and tickets are now on sale for the production.The Sound and the Fury is based on William Faulkner’s celebrated novel of the same name and follows the fictional Compson family of Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi. A once noble clan descended from a Civil War hero, the family falls victim to racism, greed and selfishness, embodying the clash between changing times and old ideals in the post-Civil War era. The play covers Part One of Faulkner’s novel, April Seventh, 1928.The ensemble cast is set to include Mike Iveson, Vin Knight, Aaron Landsman, Randolph Curtis Rand, Greig Sargeant, Kaneza Schaal, Susie Sokol, Lucy Taylor, Tory Vazquez, Daphne Gaines, Rosie Goldensohn, Pete Simpson and Ben Williams.The Sound and the Fury will feature scenic design by David Zinn, costume design by Colleen Werthmann, additional costumes by Jacob A. Climber, lighting design by Mark Barton and sound design by Matt Tierney. View Commentslast_img read more

Hacked, Barotac Viejo local lands in hospital

first_imgMonday’s hacking sent 63-year-old ErlinoElocindo to the Western Visayas Medical Center in Mandurriao district. Elocindo was talking with his neighboroutside their house when Ganancial allegedly attacked him. The suspect was identified as DenisGanancial, the police added. Elocindo, a resident of the said village,sustained hack wounds on the left shoulder, arms and head, police said. Ganancial was arrested after theincident that happened around 8 a.m. on June 10. ILOILO City – Police have yet toidentify the motive in a hacking incident in Barangay Lipata, Barotac Viejo,Iloilo. The suspect was detained in the lockupcell of the Barotac Viejo police station, facing charges./PNlast_img


first_imgOASIS 5K Lauf will be held on Saturday July 15th at 10am at the Oldenburg Park.Online registration for the 5k walk – run is available at www.freudenfest.com. Onsite registration available too. Need to be registered by July 10 to receive a t-shirt.Steins awarded to top male and female finishers with awards to the top three in each age group.OASIS 5K Lauflast_img

Big East coaches rank SU 3rd in preseason conference poll

first_imgNEW YORK — A year after winning an outright Big East regular season championship, Syracuse found itself No. 3 on the conference’s 2010-11 preseason poll Wednesday. The poll was released at the conference’s annual media day at Madison Square Garden. Pittsburgh, not Syracuse or West Virginia — a Final Four team a year ago — was the coaches’ preseason choice to win the conference this season. Jamie Dixon’s squad returns four starters, including All-Big East preseason selection Ashton Gibbs, from a team that finished 25-9 and was tied for second place in the league in 2009-10. Villanova was selected as the second-place team, with Syracuse, Georgetown and West Virginia rounding out the top five. ‘Being picked to finish high is not a bad thing,’ Dixon said. ‘We’ve been picked high before. Last year was the first year we really haven’t. What we have done every year is finish a little higher than we were picked, so I guess it’ll be hard to do that this year.’ Syracuse freshman Fab Melo was voted as the league’s preseason Rookie of the Year. The 7-foot freshman, originally from Brazil, is expected to come in and play a significant role for the Orange this season, especially after likely losing center DaShonte Riley for the season with a foot injury.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Georgetown guard Austin Freeman was selected as the league’s preseason Player of the Year. Freeman, a three-year starter for the Hoyas, was an All-Big East second team selection a year ago, after averaging 19.5 points and shooting nearly 52 percent from beyond the 3-point arc in league play. Aside from Freeman, the preseason first team is comprised of Pittsburgh’s Gibbs, Connecticut guard Kemba Walker, Villanova guard Corey Fisher, Seton Hall guard Jeremy Hazell and West Virginia forward Kevin Jones. Syracuse forward Kris Joseph was selected to the preseason second team, and SU forward Rick Jackson was one of three honorable mentions. Before Freeman, the only other Georgetown players to be tabbed the conference’s preseason Player of the Year were Roy Hibbert (2007-08), Alonzo Mourning (1991-92) and Patrick Ewing (1982-83, 1983-84 and 1984-85). ‘It’s an honor, but I also look at it as all that matters is what happens at the end of the season,’ Freeman said. ‘I also know I need to focus even more because I’ll have a target on my back. It’s something I prepared for this summer, so I think I’m ready for it.’ Red Storm on the way back to the top? Former UCLA head coach Steve Lavin was hired to turn around a St. John’s team that had fallen on hard times recently, and the buzz was evident Wednesday. Just a year after finishing with a 6-12 record in conference play, Lavin’s squad was the preseason pick to finish sixth and even snagged a preseason vote to win the conference. Lavin admitted he knew the vote came from Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, who was very complimentary to the media of St. John’s combination of experience and talent heading into the season. The Red Storm has a league-high 10 seniors, including multiple key contributors from last season. ‘One of the strengths of this team is that we have 14 seniors in this program,’ Lavin said. ‘Ten players and four managers, and we want to send them out on a high note. To do that, they’ll have to take advantage of the fact that they are experienced, we are a veteran group, and they’ve been through the rigors of the Big East.’ St. John’s hasn’t been selected to finish higher than ninth in the preseason poll since 2002-03. Evidently with a new head coach and a group of experienced veterans, league coaches believe the Red Storm is ready to make a big jump this season. Connecticut was selected as the No. 10 team in the preseason poll, prompting head coach Jim Calhoun to predict that he and Lavin have the best shot at winning the league’s Coach of the Year award if either of them can improve upon what both squads did a year ago. ‘It’s the first chance I’ve had in quite some time,’ Calhoun said. ‘Any time that you’re seven or above, you’re not winning the Coach of the Year. Lavin has a chance. Even when we have someone even at six, it could be Coach of the Year. It’s after that, that you start having chances.’ More than half of Big East games to be nationally televised To kick off the annual media event, Big East Commissioner John Marinatto announced 73 of 144 of the league’s regular-season games would be televised nationally. In addition, all 16 teams in the league will play in at least five nationally televised games within the conference this season. To Marinatto, this only further solidifies the Big East as perhaps the superior conference in college basketball. ‘Year in and year out, our conference has proven to be among the most competitive from top to bottom in the country,’ Marinatto said. ‘There is no question that much of our programs’ success can be attributed to the unparalleled exposure they receive annually.’ Once again, the league will partner with ESPN for the network’s Big Monday format. In addition, the Big East will have nationally televised games on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Syracuse will be showcased on national television 18 times this season, starting with Canisius on Sunday, Nov. 14, on ESPNU. Overall, it will be the fourth consecutive year in which all 144 in-conference games will be nationally televised. ‘This is why most of us chose to play in the Big East,’ Connecticut guard Kemba Walker said. ‘It’s because of the competitiveness of the league and the exposure we get as players.’ [email protected] — Asst. Copy Editors Michael Cohen and Mark Cooper contributed reporting to this article Published on October 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

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