Tedeschi Trucks Band & Marcus King Band Trade Sit-Ins In Augusta

first_imgTedeschi Trucks Band will finally close their tour tonight in Asheville, NC before taking a much-needed month off ahead of their European tour this April. Fans can click here for tickets to of TTB’s upcoming performances.Setlist: Marcus King Band | William B. Bell Auditorium | Augusta, GA | 3/1/19Never In My Life (Mountain), Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That, 8 AM, New Song, Homesick, Thespian Espionage, Every Good Boy**w/ Derek Trucks & Kebbi WilliamsSetlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | William B. Bell Auditorium | Augusta, GA | 3/1/19Part of Me, Do I Look Worried, When Will I Begin, Signs, High Times, Down in the Flood, Bird on the Wire, Hard Case, Don’t Know What It Means > Shame, Leavin’ Trunk, Bound For Glory, Sky Is Crying, Idle WindE: Don’t Think Twice*, Show Me^*w/ Marcus King^w/ Marcus King Band Tedeschi Trucks Band played their second to last show of what’s been an incredibly emotional tour on Friday night at the William B. Bell Auditorium in Augusta, GA. Fans were in for a treat with the Marcus King Band on deck as opening support, which featured the debut of a brand new song and sit-ins from Derek Trucks and Kebbi Williams during a cover of Derek Trucks Band‘s “Every Good Boy”.During the headlining set, the collaborations continued with Marcus King taking over guitar and vocal duties for a cover of Bob Dylan‘s “Don’t Think Twice” in the encore slot, trading lead vocals with Susan Tedeschi while Derek took a moment off the stage. Additional members of the Marcus King Band arrived on stage for the show-closer, including Dean Mitchell on saxophone, Justin Johnson on trumpet, Stephen Campbell on bass, and Deshawn “D’Vibes” Alexander on keys. With everyone packed onto the stage, the two bands tore through a cover of Joe Tex‘s “Show Me”. The collaboration recalled the many times the members of the two bands performed together during many of the shows on TTB’s “Wheels of Soul Summer Tour” in 2018. Like any great performance, however, Friday’s sit-in featured a unique musical journey of its own, one which everyone in the audience was surely thrilled to be a part of.Check out a snippet of the encore below, courtesy of Instagram user tracithaler123:last_img read more

How we get hooked

first_imgAddictive drugs are like a cool spring in the desert or a juicy apple in famine, using pathways in our brains designed to provide life-saving learning about basic needs such as food, safety, and sex, Harvard Provost Steven Hyman said Tuesday evening (Dec. 7) in a talk at the Harvard Allston Education Portal.Hyman, the latest speaker in a lecture series designed to open Harvard’s academic workings to neighbors in nearby communities, conjured up early humanity in explaining what makes addictive drugs so irresistible. These drugs hook us by mimicking brain chemicals such as dopamine that evolved to keep us alive in an uncertain and primitive world, where a key memory like the location of a productive hunting ground or a water source could mean the difference between life and death.The brain was designed to cement such memories and lift them from recollections of humdrum daily activities by creating a pleasurable association, through the release of neurotransmitters such as dopamine. The hook with addictive drugs, however, is that they not only mimic these chemicals, but multiply their effects, causing cravings that push us to seek more and increasing the danger of relapse for those who’ve quit.“Drugs that mimic dopamine’s effects give a powerful false reward signal,” Hyman said.Similar processes are also at work with negative memories, where chemical cascades in the brain signal danger.Hyman, a professor of neurobiology as well as provost, spoke to a crowd of about 60, some of whom peppered him with questions after the talk. The Harvard Allston Education Portal opened in 2008 as a resource to the community. Several programs are run through the portal, including mentoring and community lectures.Bruce Houghton, a member of the Harvard Allston Task Force, said he thought that community presentations such as Hyman’s were “absolutely terrific.” Harvard has always been an excellent educational institution but hasn’t always given neighbors access to that excellence, Houghton said. These programs remedy that.“This is fantastic,” he said.Deb Pasternak of Westborough, Mass., praised Hyman’s ability to work several themes into a coherent whole.“I thought it was wonderful. He has quite the ability to say many things and weave them into one thread,” Pasternak said.Hyman, who led the National Institute of Mental Health from 1996 to 2001, mixed down-to-earth examples (the pleasurable smell of baking bread), with practical cases (a physician addicted to tobacco even though he knows better), with more technical descriptions of how brain chemicals work to highlight why addiction is so difficult for those caught in its web. Once hooked, taking drugs or alcohol becomes an automatic behavior, Hyman said, triggered by certain cues, such as stress, smell, or even seeing a bar.“We need better treatment; this really destroys lives,” Hyman said. “Not everyone who tries these drugs gets addicted, but you don’t know who you are ahead of time.”last_img read more

Identifying exotic properties

first_imgIn the decades since they were first theorized, scientists have suggested that the exotic properties of topological materials — that is, materials that maintain their electrical properties even in the face of radical temperature shifts or structural deformation — could result in everything from more energy-efficient electronics to the development of novel superconductors and quantum computers.The problem, however, is that identifying the materials with those properties is frustratingly difficult.To speed up the process, Professor of Physics Ashvin Vishwanath and his colleagues conducted a series of studies to develop methods for efficiently identifying new materials that display topological properties.The first two, published in Nature Communications and Science Advances, and co-authored with MIT Fellow Hoi Chun “Adrian” Po, Ph.D. ’18, and Professor Haruki Watanabe of Tokyo University, lay the groundwork for bridging the relevant abstract mathematical concepts with the pragmatic problem of materials discovery. The second, published in Nature this February and co-authored with Po and Feng Tang and Xingang Wan, from Nanjing University, demonstrates the power of the approach and predicts thousands of topological materials candidates.“In the early days, a lot of effort was focused on being able to predict whether a material would be an insulator or metallic,” Vishwanath said. “About 10 or 20 years ago, though, people realized we could produce these topological materials.”Topological materials defy this simple dichotomy. For example, they may have an electrically insulating interior, which is wrapped in a thin skin of metal. The presence of this metallic coating is protected by topology, a mathematical concept concerned with properties that are robust against small physical changes of the system. In other words, if you try to peel off the metallic skin of a topological insulator, the layer underneath will suddenly become metallic.“Insight into the mathematics of these exotic materials would help us find real materials with these topological properties,” Po said. “Right now, the way people do this is really more of a guess … what we wanted to do is to come up with efficient ways of diagnosing whether the materials you’re interested in have a good chance of having topological properties.”The insight required provides a good understanding of how the behavior of the electrons is intertwined with the symmetries of a material’s crystal structure, which can be viewed as an almost infinite array of atoms assembled into delicate patterns. These patterns often remain unchanged if you tilt your head by 90 degrees, or reflect them in a mirror. In physics this property is known as symmetry. In the first two papers, Vishwanath and his collaborators performed a systematic study on this intriguing intertwinement between electrons and symmetries.“The first problem is the huge number of ways in which atoms can form crystals,” he said. “Even if you forget about the chemical complexity, forget about which elements are in there, just in the structure … just from symmetry considerations, there are 230 ways in which you can put atoms together into crystals.”And the complexity doesn’t end there. When magnetism is incorporated the number increases dramatically, from 230 to 1,651.One solution to the problem, Watanabe said, would be to simply test every possible combination to arrive at an eventual solution, but that doesn’t offer any insight into what creates the topological states researchers are after.“We took a different approach,” he said. “The key idea was … we found an efficient way to reformulate the problem such that the symmetry properties of electrons are mapped to coordinates in some high-dimensional space.”These coordinates are like addresses, and the team was able to tell if a material was insulating, metallic, or topological based on its symmetry indicator— the analog of a postal code.Importantly, this “postal code” can be readily characterized. “While the analysis of each magnetic space group would previously have taken a graduate student a day to figure out,” Po said, “our new formulation allows for a simple automation of the task, which is completed on a laptop for all 1,651 instances in half a day.”The new Nature study builds on the ideas outlined in the earlier works, applying them to analyze existing material databases for the discovery of topological materials candidates. Working with collaborators in China, Vishwanath said, the team was able to quickly diagnose the topological properties of tens of thousands of materials using symmetry indicators.“In a way, it’s stage two,” he said of the Nature study. “It proves the utility of the symmetry indicators.”“It’s not a complete free lunch,” he said. “It’s not that you look at the crystal and analyze in detail what the electrons are doing. Rather, we’re only looking at a very small aspect of a complicated system, so it’s a bit like Sherlock Holmes — from a very few clues we can actually infer a lot about the characteristics of a system.”The hope, Vishwanath said, is that these studies will pave the way for developing a “library” of topological materials that can then be further characterized and potentially used for a wide variety of applications.“There are some materials which are predicted to have topological properties, but for which we don’t have an example,” he said. “In other cases, we may only have one kind of topological state … but we may want to have others, not just the one example people have found before.”The research in the Science Advances paper was supported with funding from the National Science Foundation, a Simons Investigator award, and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. The Nature paper was supported with funding from the National Key R&D Program of China, the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the Excellent Programme at Nanjing University, Program B for Outstanding Ph.D. Candidates of Nanjing University, a QuantEmX award funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Emergent Phenomena in Quantum Systems Initiative, the Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter, the National Science Foundation, a Simons Investigator Grant, and a Pappalardo Fellowship at MIT. New tool aids in sensing magnetic fields When science is unreliable Relatedcenter_img Radcliffe scholar Nicole C. Nelson probes key moments in reproducibility crisis It uses NV centers to detect them in various directionslast_img read more

Alumnae relate postgraduate experiences

first_imgCaitlyn Jordan Saint Mary’s Career Crossings Office (CCO) hosted a discussion Wednesday evening titled, “Making a Difference in the World: Pursuing Post-Grad Service and Fellowships,” which featured two alumnae who graduated in 2011.Rachael Chesley, ’11, was accepted as a fellow and scholar in the prestigious Fulbright Program with the U.S. Department of State shortly after graduating. Chesley is currently the Employee Communications Manager with Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. in Chicago. The second alumna on the panel, Caroline Arness, ’11, was accepted to Teach for America (TFA). After serving as a fellow for three years, Arness is now working in a position with TFA as a recruitment associate based in Chicago.Each alumna discussed their respective programs and how they learned to cope with their responsibilities and expectations.Chesley said she was looking for an unconventional path to take after graduating from Saint Mary’s.“Coming out of college is the perfect time for thinking outside of the box,” Chesley said. “You only acquire more responsibilities as time goes on.”Chesley said her experience in the Fulbright Program brought her to Malaysia where she worked as an English teaching assistant.“I was always interested in an international experience,” she said.” “… It provided interesting challenges and opportunities.”In Malaysia, she put in 25 hours per week working with students in her local community. Chesley said she had to learn to quickly adapt to the culture.“I was placed in a rural Muslim community, which as a woman, I had to adapt and sacrifice parts of my own culture,” she said.Teaching posed challenges, as the students did not know how to say phrases as simple as ‘good morning’ in English, Chesley said. In response, she invested her time in the responsibility.“People want to think that the experience you’re having is very romanticized, and it’s not,” she said. “It is a very selfless action depending on the program, and it is important to have people to support you and to remind you why you are doing the experience.”Chesley said she needed to develop her capacity for patience in order to see the results in her students that she desired. It took several months to grow relationships with the students.“It was not until I was able to get them genuinely interested in who I was that we made ground in their active roles in the classes,” she said.During her time in Malaysia, Chesley also began a project of creating an English magazine with her students, she said.“I was really proud of my students for [producing the magazine] … which promoted school activities as well as what was going on in the community,” Chelsey said. “We would send it to the U.S embassy, [and it] really helped me to connect with them and get them interested.“With any post-grad service experience, you have to be open to adapt and accept and be tough-minded in your resolve with whatever can be thrown at you.”Arness had a similarly rewarding experience. She said TFA appealed to her because of the benefits it provided as well as the opportunity for service. Initially, Arness was placed in Charlotte, North Carolina, as a high school English teacher, she said.“I thought I was going to be Hilary Swank in ‘Freedom Writers,’” Arness said.But Arness was switched to teach science in a middle school shortly thereafter, she said.“I had to collaborate with other teachers, which created a huge resource exchange,” Arness said. “… There was a lot of learning and relearning. I was able to become a stronger teacher because, as my students were learning, I was as well.”Arness said her experience was most gratifying when she got to know her students.“I was involved in many after-school activities, such as an outdoors club,” she said. “It was beneficial to see them as genuine people and be involved with them outside of class.”Arness said it was important for her to define her own success, to make sure she was committed every day and to forgive herself for any mistakes she may have made, “realizing the bigger picture and remembering the mission of your program that is beyond you.”In committing to a post-graduate service program, it is essential to gather support groups and do the necessary research to know what is expected of participants, Arness said. By realizing the responsibilities of each program, one can get the most of the experience.“Who I am is very small in comparison to the impact I can make,” she said. Tags: Alumnae, Career Crossings Office, caroline arness, cco, fulbright program, making a difference in the world, postgraduate service and fellowships, rachael chesley, teach for america, tfalast_img read more

Notre Dame alumni launches app

first_imgCountless kids grow up dreaming about starting their own companies. For Notre Dame graduates Joe Mueller and Federico Segura, that dream has become a reality since they co-founded Grain — a mobile app that connects family and friends in the realm of personal finance.Mueller and Segura both studied business at Notre Dame, gaining experience and insight through classes, research projects and entrepreneurial lectures. They graduated in 2015 and now work out of Silicon Valley — Mueller as the CEO and Segura, the chief financial officer (CFO).“I had to be a self-starter and forge my own trails when learning how to invest in stocks UK,” Mueller said. “You don’t know what’s going to happen even two, three, four months down the road.”Using the computing power of IBM’s Watson, Grain is able to take keyword inputs from everyday life, like “solar power,” and turn them into related investment ideas, such as “Solar City stock,” for a portfolio. By connecting to a social network, the app’s users can share ideas and compare company performances with people they trust in a welcoming center, Mueller said. “We saw a disconnection between our studies and personal finance, and we wanted to help friends and family to bridge that gap,” Mueller said. Through the Mendoza-sponsored Shark Tank event and Notre Dame’s annual McCloskey Business Plan Competition, the co-founders were able to develop Grain from an idea into a viable platform.Mueller said the company name of Grain originated from the story of the ancient Indian minister Sessa, who is sometimes credited as the inventor of chess. The story goes that as a reward for inventing chess, an Indian ruler granted Sessa a request, to which Sessa responded by asking the ruler to give him a grain of wheat for the first square of the chessboard, two for the second, four for the third and so on — doubling the number of grains for each successive square. The ruler agreed, not realizing the sum of all the grains would result in an enormous heap. Mueller said they took the same idea to personal finance, where the stock market enables a small initial investment to grow tremendously over time. According to Mueller, Grain joins friends and family together by allowing them to track each other’s investment decisions. It also has a virtual stock market users can practice with before linking to an actual brokerage account to make real trades — thus allowing people to familiarize themselves and gain confidence in the market by gradually easing into investing. Mueller said users are also able to invest at their own pace without feeling pressured or overwhelmed. For aspiring entrepreneurs, Mueller has some advice.“Don’t be afraid to reach out for help and find resources to put you on the right path,” he said. “Don’t be afraid to just go for it.”Nearing the completion of its Beta phase, Grain is set to officially release on the iOS App Store on Friday.Tags: Grain, iOS apps, personal financelast_img read more

Tony Awards Administration Committee Rules on Curious Incident & More

first_img The committee made the following determinations: Cynthia Nixon and Josh Hamilton will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Featured Role in a Play categories for their respective performances in The Real Thing. The 2015 Tony Awards will be broadcast live on CBS from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, on Sunday, June 7, 2015. Finn Ross will be considered eligible, along with Bunny Christie, in the category of Best Scenic Design of a Play for their work in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. View Comments Josh Radnor will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play category for his performance in Disgraced. Erin Davie and Emily Padgett will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical category for their respective performances in Side Show. Bob Balaban, Clare Higgins and Martha Plimpton will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Featured Role in a Play categories for their respective performances in A Delicate Balance. All other eligibility determinations were consistent with the show’s opening night credits. The committee’s first meeting in November led to eligibility decisions for Holler If Ya Hear Me, This Is Our Youth, Love Letters, You Can’t Take It With You, The Country House, It’s Only a Play and On the Town. If there are at least seven eligible candidates for nomination in the Best Choreography category, the number of nominees in this category will increase from four to five.center_img The 2014-15 Tony Awards Administration Committee met for the second time this season on January 15 to determine the eligibility of eight Broadway productions for the 2015 Tony Awards, presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. The Tony Awards Administration Committee will meet two more times this season to decide the eligibility for the 69th Annual Tony Awards. Rule changes have also been announced. The eight productions discussed were The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Disgraced, The Last Ship, The Real Thing, The River, Side Show, A Delicate Balance and The Elephant Man. Alex Sharp will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play category for his performance in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. If there are at least seven eligible candidates for nomination in either the Best Direction of a Play or Best Direction of a Musical categories, the number of nominees in the respective category will increase from four to five. In the event there is a two-way or three-way tie for the last slot of nominations in any of the eight established Best Performance categories, both or all three of the tied actors or actresses will be eligible for a nomination in his or her respective category. Michael Esper and Rachel Tucker will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical categories for their respective performances in The Last Ship. Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Featured Role in a Play categories for their respective performances in The Elephant Man. The Tony Awards Administration Committee has also determined the following, which will go into effect in the current 2014-2015 season:last_img read more

Meet The Flick Star Aaron Clifton Moten!

first_img Related Shows View Comments The Flick Age: 26Hometown: Austin, TXCurrent Role: Glum college kid and cinephile Avery, who takes a job as an usher at a shabby, non-digital New England movie theater in Annie Baker’s 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Flick.Stage & Screen Cred: Moten originated the role of Avery when The Flick premiered at Playwrights Horizons. He made his Broadway debut in the 2012 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire and has appeared on screen in NCIS and Top Five.“I was a sports kid, but I think that was because of where I grew up. I did my first play [Jim Leonard’s The Diviners] when I was 12, and I immediately took to it. I liked spending time in the head of a different person.”“My father was a lawyer and a judge and my mother is a court stenographer, so I thought I’d become a lawyer. But when I found out that you could actually major in theater in college, I was like, ‘That sounds like a lot more fun.’”“Being a young black guy, when I go and audition, most of the time it’s for Thug/Drug Dealer #3. There’s a type that I have to maneuver within. So, when I read The Flick, I thought, ‘Thank God for Annie Baker for writing a character like this.’”“I’m just as big of a film snob as Avery [laughs]. I do think there have been great movies in that last 10 years, but the list is super short. I really love older movies like Cool Hand Luke and James Dean movies and All About Eve. I’m trying to bring them back.”“Last February, I married my wife Lilja Rúriksdóttir, whom I met at Juilliard. We love to be outside. If you’re ever in Sheep Meadow in Central Park, I’m one of those jerks playing Ultimate Frisbee [laughs].”“I really wish I could play Konstantin Treplyov in The Seagull. I identify with his struggle to create work. Or Bob Marley! I can’t wait to see myself in some dreads and let my goatee grow out.” Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 10, 2016last_img read more

Helder Guimaraes’ Verso Will Play Off-Broadway

first_imgHelder Guimarães(Photo courtesy of Boneau/Bryan-Brown) Related Shows Verso View Commentscenter_img Off-Broadway is about to become (more) magical. Acclaimed magician Helder Guimarães will present his latest act Verso at New World Stages. Performances will begin on September 19; opening night is set for September 28.Verso, directed by Rodrigo Santos, premiered earlier this year at the Teatro do Bolhão in Porto, Portugal. The show promises to push the limits of magic and challenge just how much audiences are willing to believe what they see.In 2006, a 23-year-old Guimarães became the youngest magician to be awarded the title World Champion of Card Magic. He went on to be named Parlour Magician of the Year in 2011 and 2012 by the Academy of Magical Arts. Guimarães uses his background in theater to develop magic shows, including Nothing to Hide (which he co-created with Derek DelGaudio) and Borrowed Time.The production will feature lighting design by Pedro Vieira de Carvalho and original music by Pedro Marques. Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 27, 2016last_img read more

Pricey pecans

first_imgFew farmers seeing a profit”If prices are high,” he said, “it’s because growers don’t haveanything to sell because the supply is down.”But the lucky few farmers who weren’t hit hard by the storms aremaking money. “It’s hit and miss and very spotty,” he said.When the retail prices rise like they have this season, he said,pecan farmers begin to worry about consumer loyalty.”Growers and shellers don’t like this because it discouragesconsumers from buying pecans,” he said. “They may turn to othernuts as replacements. Consumers may change their preference andview pecans as too expensive.”But in the heart of the holiday baking season, some home bakersremain loyal to pecans.”I hate that they are more expensive, but I don’t care,” saidRuth Jarret of Griffin, Ga. “I’ll pay the extra because they areworth it.” Retailers have control”Once the contract is signed,” he said, “retailers are in controlof what they charge.”Pecan prices this year have risen as high as $8 per pound forretail shelled pecans, he said. Tropical storms this fall battered Georgia’s pecan crop, knockinglimbs and nuts to the ground before they were ready forharvesting. Farmers lost 30 percent to 50 percent of this year’scrop. They’re expected to harvest about 40 million pounds. “The retailers know there’s a short supply of the crop and theyare taking advantage of it,” Florkowski said. Farmers are getting higher prices for their pecans this year, hesaid. But the rules of supply and demand are working againstfarmers in this case. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaConsumers are paying more for pecans this year. But Georgiafarmers aren’t profiting from the higher retail prices.Pecan retailers, who sell to consumers, often buy pecans oncontract from shellers. These contract prices were set months toeven a year ago, said Wojciech Florkowski, an agriculturaleconomist with the University of Georgia College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences. last_img read more

Australia sees sharp drop in brown coal generation, surge in solar and wind output

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Australian Financial Review:Brown coal generation fell to its lowest level in the history of the modern power grid in the December quarter, as solar and wind generation surged and coal’s retreat was exacerbated by scheduled maintenance and accidents.The development marks another milestone in the evolution of the modern eastern states’ National Electricity Market from a centralised grid dominated by huge thermal generators to a decentralised grid with a constantly changing mix of fossil fuel, solar, wind and hydro energy.Brown coal generation in Victoria was 8227 gigawatt hours in the December quarter, down from 8500 GWh in the December 2017 quarter and well below the 11,000 GWh in the December 2016 quarter, the last full quarter before Hazelwood’s closure in late March 2017, according to data compiled by Dylan McConnell, a researcher at the University of Melbourne’s College of Climate and Energy. Gas generation was also a big loser, plummeting to just 3183 GWh in the December quarter from 5692 GWH in the December 2017 quarter.The big winners were rooftop solar, which surged by more than a quarter to 2690 GWh from a year earlier, utility-scale solar, which increased fivefold to 917 GWh as more large solar farms came online, and wind, up a fifth to 3426 GWh. Hydro generation also grew 17 per cent to 3400 GWh.Black coal generation still dominates the NEM, but its contribution slipped to 27,550 GWh from 27,698 GWh a year earlier. Even so, the trend is unmistakable, with 7200 megawatts of large-scale wind and solar under construction, according to Green Energy Markets, and record rates of solar rooftop installation.More: Brown coal generation drops to lowest for NEM as solar, wind surge Australia sees sharp drop in brown coal generation, surge in solar and wind outputlast_img read more