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Professors get personal about their own career paths

first_imgGap years. Pizza-only diets. Moments of panic.When some Harvard faculty stepped out from behind their lecterns to dine with undergraduates earlier this month, they shared stories about how they navigated early career choices. The professors told tales of professional discovery that were filled with detours and indirect routes — and challenges that made these intellectual role models all the more relatable.“I came close to going to Quantico and joining the FBI,” said David Elmer, a professor in the Classics Department, recalling a period of uncertainty.Elmer who teaches Greek literature, joined Alex Rehding, Fanny Peabody Professor of Music, and Stephen Osadetz from the English Department on a recent Wednesday evening to headline the latest student-faculty dinner. Hosted by the Division of Arts and Humanities and the Office of Career Services, the dinners are the part of an effort (along with the Arts Café in Barker) to build community in the division. They’ve become popular affairs, drawing more than 550 students to dine with nearly 80 professors since launching three years ago.Robin Mount, director of the Office of Career, Research, and International Opportunities, was on hand to answer a question from junior Cherline Bazile (center). Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer“You are a startup. You have to pivot and iterate,” said Robin Mount, director of the Office of Career, Research, and International Opportunities, suggesting to students that they think of their skills through an entrepreneurial lens in order to forge their individual paths.With the breaking of bread comes an informality that allows for honest recounts and lively storytelling. Over the course of many dinners, faculty shared tales of dead-end jobs, undistinguished undergraduate records, and life decisions made for love. At Wednesday’s vegetarian dinner of spinach lasagna and salad, the faculty spoke of indirect paths to success and the struggle to balance personal happiness with financial pressures and external forces. Rehding, who grew up in Hamburg, Germany, had always played piano and trombone, but never aspired to be a professional musician.“You sit in an orchestra pit and count rests,” said Rehding, who teaches the “The Art of Listening,” which is part of the Framework series of classes.The son of a dentist, Rehding recalled that his family thought he might pursue a medical career, and as a conscientious objector to state-mandated military service he instead performed community service as a nurse’s assistant working with seniors.Music professor Alex Rehding said his family thought he might pursue a medical career. “I realized the medical profession was not for me because I couldn’t shut off from the personal suffering,” he said. Rehding offered advice to Jake Tilton ’19 (center) and Jacob Link ’19. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer“I realized the medical profession was not for me because I couldn’t shut off from the personal suffering,” he said.He ended up in England, where he thought he’d study Russian, but found his passion for music at the University of Cambridge. Post-Ph.D., he zigzagged between the United States and Europe, ultimately landing at Harvard in 2003.Elmer began at Harvard as a student, but that didn’t keep him free of self-doubt. As a young boy enthralled by the “Indiana Jones” films, he thought he would be an archaeologist. “I was fascinated by secrets of the past,” he remembered.At the Catholic high school he attended in Cleveland, Elmer took Greek and Latin.“I found a love for decoding ancient texts. All the bad stuff — it’s all been lost and forgotten. Every [classic] text we have is really worth reading,” he said.In his freshman year at Harvard, Elmer took his first Latin class, and it was a transformational experience.“The kind of intellectual adventure was completely different. My sights had changed,” he said.He did find himself doubting his direction at times. Recalling taking the GRE, Elmer said he panicked and walked out halfway through the test. That led to a year in Croatia, where he explored the intersecting study of folk music and nationalism. He returned to Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for his Ph.D., never joining the FBI.“What I do as a scholar is detective work of a kind,” he said.Sophomore Sarah Angell said her own follow-your-passion-versus-build-your-resume experience made the professors’ conversations very compelling. Angell spent last summer studying in Avignon, France, while friends worked more traditional business internships.“Because you go to Harvard, you have the opportunity to follow different leads,” she said. “There is huge pressure with what do with your summer.”Sophia Iosue, a sophomore concentrating in comparative literature and government, agreed, saying she was comforted by hearing their life stories.“This was good to give me perspective,” she said. “In light of applications for my summer plans, which is very stressful, it’s good to know professors had such different paths and experienced failures that I feel are imminent.“last_img read more

MDC in a quagmire over By-Elections

first_imgMDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai Zimbabwe’s opposition MDC is in a dilemma over whether to participate in by-elections due in June this year.The Morgan Tsvangirai led MDC successfully won the recall of 21 MPs who had joined a splinter party throwing their seats vacant and necessitating the polls.The MDC has been riddled by leadership wrangles after losing in the July 2013 elections last year the former secretary general, Tendai Biti, broke away with 20 other legislators to form the MDC renewal.Tsvangirai hit back calling for their ouster from parliament since they no longer represented the party on whose ticket they had won their election two weeks ago he got his way but now faces another headache.Whether or not to participate in by elections for the vacant.MDC Spokesperson Obert Gutu says One of the key resolutions that was agreed upon at congress was that the MDC shall not participate in any election in Zimbabwe until such time that electoral reforms are carried out.The MDC wants an electronic voters roll, unbiased coverage in public media and equal access to all parts of the country particularly ZANU PF dominated rural areas.It’s unlikely the changes will be made before June and that is the cause of the MDC’s conundrum.The party’s national council is due to meet here in the next few days to answer the burning question to contest or not to contest.One person who certainly won’t be contesting is Willias Madzimure, one of the recalled MP’s.He and his counterparts will have their challenge to their recall heard by the constitutional court in a fortnight but he says if the ruling goes against them he won’t try to win back his seat.last_img read more

$7,000.00 bail for battery on police and resisting arrest

first_img Tweet Share LocalNews $7,000.00 bail for battery on police and resisting arrest by: – June 18, 2012 Share Sharecenter_img 20 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Court gavel A young man of Bath Road has been slapped with four charges ranging from threats, battery on police, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.Michael Charles Jr. who appeared before magistrate Ossie Lewis on Friday, pleaded guilty to one charge; disorderly conduct.It is the prosecution’s contention that during an incident on June 14th, 2012 at Virgin Lane Roseau, Charles Jr. allegedly used treating language by uttering; “I will kill her for you. I will cut her f**** throat for you”.It is alleged that the defendant also resisted a member of the Dominica police force while executing his duty and beat Corporal James E.Charles Jr. informed the court that when he was arrested and taken to the Police Headquarters his head was “slammed” against a wall and he subsequently “blacked” out.His mother Vida Joseph stood as his surety and posted his $7,000.00 bail.The trial of that matter has been set for August 17th, 2012.In related news; Julian Harve of New town pleaded guilty to possession of 8 grams of cannabis on June 14th, 2012.Harve, who seemed “eager” to have the matter over with, pointed out to the court that he had “no” prior convictions.Magistrate Lewis said because the defendant was a “first time” offender and had “pleaded guilty” to the offence he was fined $400.00 which he must pay by 31st July or in default spend one month in prison.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Clippers vs. Thunder, Game 6 live updates

first_imgSee full stream here: http://embed.scribblelive.com/Embed/v5.aspx?Id=598463Follow the Inside the Clippers blog. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Live updates and commentary from Game 6 of the Los Angeles Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Playoff series.Series: Thunders leads best-of-7 series 3-2.Time: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 15TV: ESPNlast_img

Wellington doctors recognized by SRMC today

first_imgWellington doctors patronizing SRMC.Submitted to Sumner Newscow – Sumner Regional Medical Center is celebrating National Doctors Day this morning with a big breakfast for all the medical staff and SRMC employees.  CEO Barry Harding congratulated each doctor with a gift certificate at the Regent Theater. Harding gave a big thank you to all the medical staff for their continuous support of SRMC.Pictured above from left are: Dr. Steven Scheufler, Dr. Lacie Gregory, Dr. Joel Weigand, Dr. Tami McCue, Dr. Stephen Hawks, Dr. Shana Jarmer, and Dr. Larry Anderson. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down Small Town Boy · 228 weeks ago You are all appreciated! Keep up the good work! Report Reply 0 replies · active 228 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 227 weeks ago We’ve got a good selection of Doctors in our community, escpecially Dr. Jarmer. My family and I have been seeing her since the previous group of doctors at SRMC either retired or went to other endeavors away from family medicine. We couldn’t be happier with who we have overseeing our medical care. Report Reply 0 replies · active 227 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Posted in: Newslast_img read more

Don’t miss the Conwal Singers’ famous Christmas carol service

first_imgIt is that time of year again- time, that is, for The Conwal Singers’ annual carol concert!This highly popular Christmas event features many beautiful Christmas carols which we all know and love such as Silent Night, O Little Town of Bethlehem and O Come all ye Faithful.But as always The Singers will be bringing us some less familiar, but very beautiful carols. Listen out for some Tchaikovsky and a Russian version of The Hail Mary by Rachmaninoff.This exciting programme also includes special guests Eamon Hutchinson, baritone, Martin McGinley, and students of the well-known couple Víctor Yélamo and his wife Orsi, namely The Donegal String Quartet and The Killybegs duo.The concert finishes off what has been a fantastic 10th year for the Singers who were selected to represent Ulster in the ‘An Island Sings’ project in the National Concert Hall in March.Keep an eye out for details of their 10th anniversary celebration concert next year!The Conwal Singer’s’ Christmas concert takes place tomorrow evening, Wednesday 18 December at pm in Conwal Church, Letterkenny with doors opening at 7.30pm.  Don’t miss the Conwal Singers’ famous Christmas carol service was last modified: December 17th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: A Technical Package from The CDC

first_imgChang(ing) Social Norms to Support Parents and Positive Parenting:This section covers the rationale for changing social norms and multiple approaches such as public engagement and education campaigns, as well as legislative approaches to reduce corporal punishments. The CDC’s technical package has a wealth of information that can be extremely useful to professionals in a community capacity. We at MFLN Family Development highly recommend exploring the technical package to better educate yourself in techniques to help individuals and families. If you would like to read the CDC’s Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect technical package, you can access it here:https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/can-prevention-technical-package.pdfBe on the lookout for our future blogs on some of the other technical packages offered by the CDC.This post was written by  Caitlyn Brown of the  MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. Provide Quality Care and Education in Early life:Many professionals already recognize the importance of quality care and education in the critical periods of a child’s development. This section discusses the different approaches that could be implemented in a community to increase care and education such as: pre-school enrichment with family engagement and improved quality of child care through licensing and accreditation. This section also thoroughly discusses the evidence that supports each of these approaches. Strengthen Economic Supports for Families:This section covers economic approaches that communities can take to strengthen a family’s financial security through the following ways: child support payments, tax credits, state options for managing federal nutrition assistance programs, assisted housing mobility, family-friendly work policies, paid leave and flexible consistent schedules. By Caitlyn BrownCenters for Disease Control Technical Package- Preventing Child Abuse and NeglectThe Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently began to create and distribute programs aiming to help disseminate information to the public. These Technical Packages encourage the community to take advantage of gathered evidence and practices in a variety of topic areas. This blog covers the first of multiple Technical Package resource posts and focuses on preventing child abuse and neglect. This particular technical package looks at the most recent research and provides techniques for professionals and communities to assist in preventing child abuse and neglect. Each report section discusses the rationale for the topic and approaches to implementing the prevention strategy in the community; and then shares the outcomes of such techniques. Below, we summarize some of the highlights from the Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Package.last_img read more

Harbhajan slams Afridi for remark on Indians

first_imgAce Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh on Tuesday hit out at Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi for his outburst against Indians and their supposed lack of bigheartedness.”If Indians were not largehearted, they wouldn’t have made so much of progress and delivered growth,” an angry Harbhajan said in his hometown Jalandhar, reacting to Afridi’s controversial remarks that Indians cannot be as large-hearted as Pakistanis.”I think it has been an uncalledfor reaction. It wouldn’t help the love and respect with which he is treated in this country.” Afridi, in a television interview, had berated Indians and had criticised Indian opener Gautam Gambhir for dedicating the win over Pakistan to victims of the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai.Speaking at a function organised by the Border Security Force to felicitate him for helping India win the World Cup, Harbhajan paid tribute to the soldiers, saying they were the real national heroes.”The real national heroes of the country are you soldiers and all others, including me, are not real heroes,” Harbhajan said.Recalling the team’s triumph against Pakistan in the semi-final at Mohali last week, Harbhajan said the players were drained after the high-pressure match but had a sense of triumph. He candidly admitted that for the first time in his career, he was tense, almost scared, before the match against arch rivals Pakistan.”Everyone from a doorman to a billionaire, was urging us on. The pressure had begun to get to me,” he said.But then, the off-spinner went on to play a key role in Pakistan’s defeat by getting rid of the dangerous Umar Akmal and skipper Afridi.advertisement”I had seen videos of Akmal. He likes to go for his shots. If the ball hurries on to him, he sometimes finds himself in a tangle, either rushed for the shot or finishing as a lbw candidate. This ball was an angled delivery but went straight on. It got us a crucial wicket at a critical time, as was the case with Afridi,” he said.Harbhajan also described the atmosphere in the dressing room during the final against Sri Lanka.”Sachin, who got out early, was sitting in a chair, clearly praying.And so was Viru (Sehwag) sitting next to him, hands clasped.Obviously, in prayer too. As Dhoni hit that six, we fell in each others arms. We were crying, shouting, laughing. I have no idea what I did. Tears flowed freely. The unbearable pressure of six weeks was finally off our chest,” Harbhajan said.Harbhajan hit out at those who have criticised his patchy performance in the World Cup, asserting that he ought to be praised and not ridiculed. Harbhajan, who took nine wickets in nine matches and was overshadowed by part time spinner Yuvraj Singh, said: “I bowled at different points of innings: in slog overs, in powerplays. My economy rate is 4.48 from the tournament. It is to be praised and not ridiculed. I am faulted for my effort. Everyone conveniently forgets that oneday cricket is all about building pressure, bowling tightly to create pressure on the opponents, create openings.”I would say: please stop criticising. Back us. Encourage us. If you keep telling a youngster he is no good, he might begin to doubt himself. A pat on the back could bring the very best out of him.” On the decision to carry Sachin Tendulkar on his teammates’ shoulders after India’s World Cup win, Harbhajan disclosed that it had not been spontaneous. “We had decided to chair him around the stadium if India won the World Cup,” said the man who is known to be personally close to Tendulkar.Bhajji also heaped praise on Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his leadership skills. “His cricket, his decisions, his manners – all speak for themselves,” he said.’Pakistanis indeed have very large hearts’While Harbhajan reacted angrily against Afridi’s jibe, the hero of 2011 World Cup — all-rounder Yuvraj Singh — came out with a tongue in cheek response. Commenting on Afridi’s remark Yuvraj sarcastically said, “Pakistanis indeed have very large hearts which is evident by their generous gesture of dropping so many catches against India during the semi-final clash. India would not have gone to the final had it not been for Pakistan’s large-heartedness.”- With inputs from Headlines Todaylast_img read more