Watch Bob Weir Perform “Mama Tried” In Tribute To Merle Haggard At The Ryman Auditorium

first_imgBack in September of 2016, the Grateful Dead‘s own Bob Weir came to Nashville for an unforgettable week. First, Weir sat in with Phish for the first time in sixteen years, joining the band for the majority of their second set in what can only be described as an instant-classic performance. Next, he and his band performed a stirring set at the Americana Music Awards, at which he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The ceremony took place at the famous Ryman Auditorium, which was the longtime home of the famous and influential Grand Ole Opry Country music radio program.As such, Weir made sure to pay proper tribute to one of the artists whose career was most associated with the Grand Ole Opry, Merle Haggard. Weir performed “Mama Tried”, a Haggard classic that also stands as one of the best covers in the Grateful Dead extended live catalog. Haggard passed away in April of this year, so this performance served as a touching moment, with Weir paid tribute to one of the artists who influenced him (and so many in the music world) tremendously. Weir’s new album, Blue Mountain, is a true storytellers-album, and he lets his country roots show in a way that connects traditional Country Music and Grateful Dead music under one big musical tent.See the video of Weir and his band performing Haggard’s “Mama Tried” below, courtesy of Austin City Limits, which will air ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2016 on PBS this Saturday, November 19th.last_img read more

Insights for high school students

first_imgThree Cambridge Rindge and Latin School students who interned in Harvard’s marine biology labs during the spring recently shared their semester-long projects with their teachers, Harvard mentors, and family members. As they related their experiences, they talked about the obstacles they had to overcome that gave them glimpses into the world of professional researchers.“All three of these students had a classic experience in the Girguis lab, one that all scientists must learn,” said Peter Girguis, a professor of organismic and evolutionary biology. “You never know what’s going to happen.”“Well, I guess that’s science,” said Rindge and Latin senior Andre Dempsey, who attended the program showcase along with fellow interns Caspian Harding and Ariela Schear, and their high school marine biology teacher, Paul McGuinness.The collaboration between Harvard and the high school is formally in its first year, but there are hopes to extend and expand the program.  “These students were the trailblazers, and I think the project was a resounding success,” said McGuinness.“Harvard has been laying the groundwork for this for years. We’ve been able to give students exposure to a research lab and allow them to experience the joy of discovery, innovation, and the challenges associated with it,” said Girguis. “Harvard has been continuing to lay the mechanisms for ways in which Cambridge high school students can gain real-world experience in research.”John Cisternino, Harding’s father, said that it’s been “really eye-opening as a parent to see how much — and how quickly — [Caspian] has fallen in love with marine biology. To see that he’s already discovered his passion for it in high-school … I really couldn’t ask for a better situation.”“His initial courses with Paul [McGuinness] and this experience with Pete [Girguis] allowed him to do high-level work on the front lines — not just passively sit back and receive information,” Cisternino continued.Harding, who presented “Not Your Average Worm,” which examined shipworm cultivation, said the experience taught him many things.  “I think the common perception is that you go in and simply do an experiment. What I didn’t anticipate was the entire process as a whole, the process leading up to the actual experiment, the research, the planning. It changed my perceptions about what goes on in marine biology,” he said.Dempsey, who plans to attend Harvard in the fall, examined extracellular electron transfer (EET), where proteins are used to reduce electron receptors, as well as the use of microbial fuel cells (MFCs) in wastewater treatment.  Schear presented a project on biological iron oxidation in hydrothermal vents.The students thanked their Harvard mentors, Girguis, and McGuinness, of whom Shear said, “I would never have been interested in marine science in the first place if it weren’t for him.”The program is one of many at Harvard that engage local students.  To learn more about the University’s partnerships with local schools, visit Harvard Community Connections.last_img read more

Developing micron-sized magnetic resonance

first_img Laser precision to help find new Earths Harvard researchers trace neural activity by using quantum sensors A senior physicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and a member of the physics department faculty, Walsworth, along with postdoctoral fellows David Glenn and Dominik Bucher, developed a system that uses nitrogen-vacancy centers (atomic-scale impurities in diamonds) to read the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) signals produced by samples as small as a single cell. And they did it on a shoestring budget using an old, donated electromagnet.The system will enable researchers to peer into previously unseen biological processes as well as the chemical properties of materials, and could help open the door to answers to a host of new questions in fields ranging from condensed-matter physics to chemistry to neurobiology. The work is described in a paper recently published in Nature.“This gives us for the first time a tool for conducting NMR on samples that are similar to the volume of a single cell, while still maintaining high spectral resolution,” Walsworth said. “There are two major challenges we address with this work. There’s the spatial size, or the volume of the samples, and the other is the spectral resolution. To do useful NMR spectroscopy at these small scales, you need to have both.”The difficulty in achieving both, Walsworth said, is partly related to the way NMR operates.Discovered at Harvard in the 1940s, NMR works by exciting the atoms in a sample by using powerful magnetic fields and measuring the radio frequencies they emit. Since each molecule emits specific frequencies, chemists and physicists have learned to read those radio spectra to learn everything from the material properties of various molecules to how proteins are folded.,In conventional systems, those signals are measured using wire coils similar to radio antennas. For smaller samples, however, the signals are simply too weak to detect, so researchers — including Walsworth and physics Professor Mikhail Lukin — more than a decade ago began to explore using nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers to pick them up.“One of the very first ideas we had for NV centers was to use them for small-volume NMR, down to the level of single atoms or molecules,” Walsworth said. “We had this vision 10 or 12 years ago, and it’s taken many years to improve the technology to get to this point.”From their first nanoscale detection of an NMR signal in 2013, Walsworth said, Harvard scientists refined the NV technology, and in 2014 were able to detect a single proton. By 2016 they had used NV to capture the NMR signal produced by a single protein. Although they could detect signals from tiny samples, the NV centers were far from ideal.“When we detected single proteins, it was with NMR spectral peaks that were 10 kilohertz wide in frequency,” Walsworth said. “But the separation between frequencies in NMR can be as small as a few hertz. So we were able to detect a protein, but all the chemical detail in the spectrum was washed out.”Obtaining that detail from nanoscale samples, he said, remains a challenge because quantum mechanical fluctuations that would be unimportant in larger samples remain dominant at tiny scales, and molecules in solution diffuse away from the sensor, resulting in lower resolution.“So there are intrinsic problems with samples at the nanoscale, but you immediately solve those problems if you back up to the micron scale,” Walsworth said. “That’s still the scale of individual cells, which is much smaller than anything you can do with conventional NMR systems, and is still of great interest to chemists and biologists.”Performing NV NMR experiments with micron-scale samples required a large magnet that was beyond the lab’s budget. So Walsworth and colleagues were donated a 1965 electromagnet from Columbia University, which was arranged with the help of Roger Fu, assistant professor of Earth and planetary sciences. But that still left Walsworth and colleagues with the challenge of working around the resolution problems inherent in using NV centers.,“One of those challenges is that the spins of the NV center, which are what do the detecting, only stay coherent for about a millisecond,” he said. “Three years ago, we had an idea to get around that limit using a technique we call synchronized readout.”Normally, Walsworth said, scientists would conduct a series of independent NMR measurements, then average them together to produce a final measurement. Walsworth and colleagues, however, developed a technique to take repeated measurements triggered by a clock that was synchronized to the NMR signal. By stringing those measurements together, they were able to measure signals with far higher resolution than before.The team then tested the system against three types of molecules — trimethyl phosphate, xylene, and ethyl formate — to show it was capable not only of detecting NMR signals, but of achieving spectral resolutions down to about one hertz, sufficient to observe key chemical signatures at the micron scale for the first time.“We were able to show that the system works on these molecules, which were the simplest spectra we could find and still call them complex,” Walsworth said. “This is exciting … We’ve solved a technical problem, but we still have more work to do before applying this to scientific problems.”Harvard’s Office of Technology Development has protected the intellectual property relating to this project and is exploring commercialization opportunities.Going forward, Walsworth said he plans to continue exploring ways to boost the signal from micron-scale samples with a goal of making the system both faster — the tests described in the study took as long as 10 hours to obtain data — and more applicable to living samples.Researchers also need to focus on improving the sensitivity of the NV centers, he said, so they can detect faint signals produced samples in weak concentrations.“We need to increase the sensitivity by several orders of magnitude to do everything we want to do,” he said. “Making these systems work on this tiny scale is a grand challenge now in the field.”This research was supported with funding from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, the U.S. Army Research Office, the German Research Foundation, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Relatedcenter_img Diamonds are a lab’s best friend It’s not often that you see 50-year-old equipment in a modern physics laboratory, let alone find it at the center of cutting-edge research. But then, most such labs aren’t run by Ronald Walsworth.last_img read more

A Channel Changer – Chris Sullivan named a CRN Channel Chief

first_imgA familiar face can be found on this year’s list of the 2015 CRN Channel Chiefs. CRN’s list, which represents the most powerful leaders in the IT channel, includes VCE’s very own Chris Sullivan for the second year in a row. Chris also was named one of CRN’s 50 Most Influential channel chiefs.“Click to Tweet: Congratulations to VCE’s Chris Sullivan for being a 2015 @CRN Channel Chief! https://www.delltechnologies.com/a-channel-changer-chris-sullivan-named-a-crn-channel-chief/ShareThe honor is well deserved, as Chris continued to evolve VCE’s partnering strategy and led the team to a number of milestones in 2014. This year, VCE focused its investments on increasing engagement and deepening relationships with partners, which has been met with great success through the VCE Partner Program.With the introduction of VCE Specializations and the VCE Certified Professional Program, VCE has armed partners with enhanced capabilities, tools and skills to sell VCE converged infrastructure.  The response has been tremendous: 60 partners have completed more than 140 specializations, and more than 5,000 IT professionals became VCE certified. This success has even driven VCE to create additional specializations for new service and solution categories.In addition, along with EMC and Cisco, VCE introduced the Cloud Infrastructure Solutions Accelerator, which has encouraged partners with new benefits and incentives. VCE also expanded its technology partnering initiatives with two new certification programs: VCE Vision Ready for partners integrating third-party software with VCE Vision Intelligent Operations, and VCE Validation Ready for enabling partners to test and validate software integrations with VCE converged infrastructure on a remote test bed.During the last 12 months, there was a 56 percent increase in partner-driven sales, including a record number of new customer acquisitions. VCE is committed to continuing this momentum through 2015 by matching technology innovation with channel innovation, and partners will see VCE continue to make selling VCE converged infrastructure solutions as profitable as possible for partners.This award is an honor for Chris and for VCE, but it is equally so for VCE partners, whose input and feedback are crucial to VCE’s success. We are incredibly appreciative of the work and effort our partners have made in growing the converged infrastructure market, and are constantly looking for ways to give back. In fact, stay tuned; VCE will soon announce the inaugural winners of the new VCE Global Partner Awards program, highlighting those partners that have committed to moving VCE and converged infrastructure forward.Here’s to a successful 2015!last_img read more

Jennifer DiNoia & Michael Campayno Begin Performances in Wicked

first_img from $95.00 Jennifer DiNoia in ‘Wicked'(Photo: Matt Crockett) Wicked View Comments Michael Campayno(Photo: Susan Shacter) Rejoicify! Jennifer DiNoia and Michael Campayno will begin performances in Broadway’s Wicked on August 1. The pair step in for Rachel Tucker as Elphaba and Jonah Platt as Fiyero, respectively, in the long-running tuner, which is playing at the Gershwin Theatre.DiNoia has performed the role of Elphaba in seven companies across four countries, more than any other actress in the show’s history (Broadway, Chicago, both North American National Tours, London, Korea and Australia). She was also a part of the original company of We Will Rock You in Las Vegas and the first National Tour of Mamma Mia! DiNoia’s voice can be heard on Wise Mom’s ESL book series and the Killer Queen album on Hollywood Records.Campayno is making his Broadway debut. He appeared as Rolf in NBC’s The Sound of Music Live!; regional credits include Carousel, Side by Side by Sondheim, Next to Normal and All Shook Up.The current cast also includes Carrie St. Louis as Glinda, Tony winner Judy Kaye as Madame Morrible, Peter Scolari as the Wizard, Dawn E. Cantwell as Nessarose, Michael Genet as Dr. Dillamond and Zachary Noah Piser as Boq. Related Showslast_img read more

Operation Agatha II – Brazilian Air Force Inspects Aircraft and Pilots on the Southern Border

first_img Brazilian Air Force teams have disembarked at 12 airports, air clubs, and private airstrips on the southern border during Operation Agatha II to inspect the documents of civil aviation pilots and aircraft operating in the region of Brazil’s border with Uruguay, Argentina, and Paraguay. The goal of this action is to prevent flights that are not complying with the established rules. The inspection has no fixed end date and will also reach other cities in Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Parana, and Mato Grosso do Sul. “The country has a lot to gain by looking for those aircraft that are operating really near the border, away from the capitals and the monitoring agencies,” explained Lieutenant Colonel Nilson de Oliveira, a civil aviation inspector. According to him, having a presence in these border locations is fundamental in order to demonstrate the presence of the Brazilian Air Force and discourage everything from air traffic infractions to illicit flights. “We’re also finding that the pilots are very receptive. They want a presence by the authorities and want to show what they’re doing to operate under the rules and guidelines,” he added. For Fernando Guerra, president of the Air Club of Alegrete (Rio Grande do Sul), it is important that civilian pilots realize that flying demands responsibility. “This contact with Air Force personnel, with the authorities conducting an inspection and at the same time providing support, is something positive,” he affirmed. He showed the documentation for all the air club’s aircraft and the registries of take-offs and landings at the location. The Air Force inspection has already passed through the cities of Alegrete (Rio Grande do Sul), Bage (Rio Grande do Sul), Chapeco (Santa Catarina), Guaira (Parana), Jaguarao (Rio Grande do Sul), Pelotas (Rio Grande do Sul), Santana do Livramento (Rio Grande do Sul), Santo Angelo (Rio Grande do Sul), Sao Borja (Rio Grande do Sul), Sao Miguel do Oeste (Santa Catarina), Toledo (Parana), and Umuarama (Parana). The teams, which rely on the support of an infantry unit to guarantee the inspectors’ safety, arrive unannounced on C-98 Caravan or H-60 Blackhawk planes. The National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) is the agency responsible for inspecting commercial aircraft in Brazil. The Brazilian Air Force, under Supplementary Law 136 of 2010, is authorized to inspect civil aviation in border areas, as part of its mission to defend the sovereignty of Brazilian airspace. By Dialogo September 21, 2011last_img read more

This blue family home at Parkinson is a standout

first_img125 Wallum Drive, Parkinson“We (were offered) input into what colours to put in the house and on the outside.“I just wanted it to stand out in the street.”The couple have lived in the modern five-bedroom property for the past 14 years with their two daughters.Mr Smith said the house’s open-plan design had attracted them.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020125 Wallum Drive, ParkinsonHe liked that the combined kitchen and family room were at the heart of the home, which made it easy to spend time together and entertain guests.However, he also liked that it was spacious enough for everyone to spread out. 125 Wallum Drive, ParkinsonHe said the best part about living there was that it was close to public transport, with a bus route serving the street, as well as schools and a new public swimming pool.They have added airconditioning but Mr Smith said the home had not needed any other renovations. 125 Wallum Drive, ParkinsonThe fifth bedroom could double as a study.There is also a separate lounge room, an al fresco dining area and a rumpus room that flows into the kitchen and family area.Mr Smith said the rumpus room was his favourite part of the house. “I liked sitting in there and watching sport,” Mr Smith said. 125 Wallum Drive, Parkinson“The kids could be in one section and Cathy and I could be in another and you don’t know they are there,” Mr Smith said.The master bedroom has an ensuite and a walk-in wardrobe, while three of the bedrooms have built-in wardrobes. 125 Wallum Drive, ParkinsonThis family home is a standout property on its street — and not just because of its sleek features.Owners Peter and Catherine Smith had the house at 125 Wallum Drive, Parkinson, painted blue so it would catch people’s eyes.“When we bought the house, it was four weeks (from) being finished,” Mr Smith said.last_img read more

Robert Edward Barnes, age 63

first_imgRobert Edward Barnes, age 63 of Sunman, IN passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2016 in Sunman, IN.  Born April 17, 1952 in Somerset, KY he was the son of Ed & Ruby (Hargis) Barnes.Robert worked for General Devices in Indianapolis for 36 1/2 years as a foreman at the machine shop ans was currently working at Duefol in Sunman, IN as a security guard.Robert is survived by his children Gary Barnes (Angie) of Sunman, IN, Lorna Barnes Eads of Kentucky and Mark Barnes of Indianapolis, IN.  He will also be missed by his 6 grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren and sisters Sandy Warren (Jim) of Somerset, KY, Pat Meadows (Mike) of Nancy, KY, Carolyn Garrett (John) of Lexington, KY and Sharon Tarter (Mark) of Somerset, KY.Visitation will be Monday, March 28, 2016 from 11-1pm  with services at 1:00pm all at Southern Oaks Funeral Home in Somerset, KY.  Burial will be in Whetstone Cemetery.Memorials may be given to Sunman Rescue 20 c/o Meyers Funeral Home.  Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville, IN assisted the family with arrangements.  Online condolences at www.meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img read more

Chelsea lining up new Rooney bid

first_imgJose Mourinho and Chelsea will test Manchester United’s determination to retain striker Wayne Rooney before the transfer window closes because “nobody forbids you to try”. “At a certain point I agree with what Alan was saying, that the transfer window goes too far, the transfer window goes to the third, fourth fixture of the season, which I also agree that is too much,” Mourinho said. “But at the same time it gives everybody a chance to be in the market while we are winning or losing points. “We have conditions to try to improve our team by bringing in one more player and we are going to try that till the end.” Villa head to Chelsea on Wednesday earlier than planned owing to the Blues’ UEFA Super Cup commitments at the end of the month, buoyed by their 3-1 win at Arsenal. And Mourinho is wary of Villa following their success at the Emirates Stadium. “It’s not such a big surprise because Aston Villa can do that to any one of us,” Mourinho said. “Last season they had more points away from home than at Villa Park. “They are a team with qualities to play away, to play the counter-attack game they played at the Emirates. “They are a good team. It’s not such a big drama, they can beat any one of the contenders.” If Mourinho is feeling mischievous, the new bid could come prior to next Monday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Old Trafford. “You try, because nobody forbids you to try,” said the self-proclaimed Special One, who was speaking ahead of the clash with Aston Villa. “When you think that you’d like to have one player and the market is open and the official bids are not forbidden, official bids are always accepted in an ethical way. “Of course, the player’s owners they can do exactly what we did in relation to David Luiz and Barcelona.” Mourinho has expressed satisfaction with his squad, which contains three strikers in Fernando Torres, Romelu Lukaku and Demba Ba, but also has a fallback option if a move for Rooney is blocked again. Mourinho, who has been linked with a move for Anzhi Makhachkala striker Samuel Eto’o, who played under him at Inter Milan, added: “We have plans B and C. Don’t ask me names because it’s difficult to speak about players from other clubs.” Despite hoping to remain active in it, Mourinho sympathises with those managers calling for the transfer window to close before the Premier League season starts. The subject again arose on Monday when Arsenal’s bid for Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye on the day of the Magpies’ match at Manchester City provoked Alan Pardew’s ire. Chelsea have already seen two bids for the United striker rejected, but manager Mourinho is not yet prepared to cut his losses and will continue his pursuit until the September 2 deadline. Mourinho was asked the motivation behind a probable new bid, despite United insisting Rooney is not for sale, and the Portuguese said David Moyes could always reject any fresh approach, just as Chelsea had from Barcelona for David Luiz. Press Associationlast_img read more

Peter-Owen Hayward looks to build upon successful freshman season with Syracuse club ice hockey

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Before Peter-Owen Hayward ever took the ice with Syracuse’s club hockey team, where he scored four game-winning goals during his freshman season, time ticked away as he grappled with his college decision.Several offers and recruitment visits later, Hayward chose Syracuse, a school that does not have an NCAA Division I men’s hockey team.In just his first season of collegiate club hockey, Hayward led the country in goals with 38, three more than the next-highest player. The now-sophomore finished last season with 64 points in just 35 games. Now, Hayward and Syracuse (5-2) are trying to build on his freshman campaign.“Everyone could see he was a good player right when he came in,” Trip Franzese, Hayward’s linemate, said. “But then what he did on the ice was unexpected. I don’t think anyone expected him to do that.”After his high school graduation, Hayward didn’t enroll in college. He decided to play a season of post-graduate junior hockey for the Boston Jr. Bruins in the United States Premier Hockey League, hoping to receive Division I offers. The best he got was Division III looks. A few were solid offers, Hayward said, but none were what Hayward was looking for academically.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHayward also received offers from schools with D-I American Collegiate Hockey Association teams, like Syracuse. Ideally, he wanted a school with a strong business program, which Syracuse was able to offer with the Martin J. Whitman School of Management.Now, Hayward is a marketing and advertising dual major in Whitman and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.As a member of the Orange, Hayward’s transition came with ease. He immediately became a leader in the locker room, giving SU a much-needed spark during games, Franzese said. Paired with his athleticism and natural scoring ability, SU head coach Nicholas Pierandri said, Hayward became a top recruit for the club hockey team.“He established a new level of player at our university,” Pierandri said.Before the start of his sophomore year, Hayward’s teammates elected him to be an assistant captain, a title, Pierandri said, not commonly held by two-year players. Franzese added that Hayward leads by example, is good at getting things done and getting his teammates fired up.“He’s a marquee player,” Pierandri said, “a good voice for our team, and a leader in the way he plays.”SU enters this season having won 20-plus games four consecutive times and making three appearances in the ACHA national tournament. While Hayward looks to defend the scoring title, it’s not a thought that often enters his mind.“If you go out and try to lead the country in goals you’re never going to do it,” Hayward said. “When I was playing for the Junior Bruins, people had lots of high expectations for me coming out of high school.“… Once I let (the pressure) go and started playing more freely, I played better.” Comments Published on October 25, 2017 at 12:33 am Contact Peyton: pesmith@syr.edulast_img read more