Business School’s Anand named vice provost for advances in learning

first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Harvard’s efforts to leverage technology to create more effective teaching tools, strategies, and resources will have a new leader this fall, with the appointment of Harvard Business School Professor Bharat Anand as the University’s new vice provost for advances in learning (VPAL).Anand, the Henry R. Byers Professor of Business Administration, will take over in October from Peter Bol, the Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages, who has held the post since its launch five years ago. Bol, a scholar of Chinese history, plans to return to teaching and research.Since 2013, Anand has been the faculty chair of HBX, the Harvard Business School digital learning initiative that he helped to create. Anand said that he is looking forward to the challenge and opportunities of his University-wide role.“Harvard has been a hotbed of innovations in pedagogy and learning during the last few years,” he said. “It’s a good time to take stock of what we’ve learned from these various projects and how this might inform our future efforts, while also recognizing that we are still probably in the early stages of imagining and shaping what the future of higher education will eventually look like. I’m looking forward to working with the many colleagues across the University who care deeply about these questions, and seeing how I can help with those efforts.”In announcing the appointment, Provost Alan Garber cited Anand’s experience with HBX and said that he has been among the most dedicated contributors to the University’s efforts to explore innovations in learning.“He is a distinguished scholar of organizational strategy and digital change, and he is an accomplished teacher, having twice received the HBS Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence,” Garber said in his statement. “Over the years that I have known Bharat, I have been continually impressed by his leadership and strategic insight, his ability to innovate and collaborate, and his deep analytic skills.”According to Bol, Anand was instrumental in establishing HBX as a model for excellence in online business education, and was also helpful to Bol during his own years as vice provost.“Bharat Anand has been an invaluable adviser during my term as VPAL,” Bol said. “I know of no one who has a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges of open-access online learning. His book ‘The Content Trap’ is the most important I have read in the field. He had great success in establishing HBX as the very best platform for online business education.”The office of the vice provost for advances in learning was established in 2013 to oversee initiatives such as HarvardX, the University’s online learning platform. HarvardX is Harvard’s contribution to the edX collaboration, in which more than 100 universities, nonprofits, corporations, and international organizations provide free online courses to students around the world. Today, edX offers 1,900 courses that reach 14 million learners.The vice provost for advances in learning also oversees the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT), whose aim is to catalyze innovation and excellence in learning and teaching, in part by offering grants and programming to support efforts by individual faculty members, programs, centers, and other University affiliates.In addition, VPAL has a research function, performed by the Advances in Learning Research Group, which explores how students learn and examines data from online platforms. A fourth major VPAL component is DART, or Digital Assets for Reuse in Teaching, a tool that enables instructors to search all existing audio and video resources on HarvardX for possible reuse in other classes.Anand said that the University’s various efforts to leverage technology to improve education have already been impressive, particularly in reaching and engaging learners far beyond campus. He also highlighted three areas of priority going forward — amplifying and supporting existing efforts while continuing to innovate; second, exploring how these projects across the University can not only achieve their own specific goals, but also support those of other initiatives; and third, examining how these advances can be extended and applied to the on-campus residential educational experience.last_img read more

RB Qadree Ollison rises up depth chart to excel for Pittsburgh

first_img Published on October 22, 2015 at 10:06 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Pittsburgh’s third-string running back, a redshirt freshman playing in his first real game in 22 months, stood in the backfield as the team’s primary rusher in a one-score game just three quarters into the Panthers’ season.The regular starting running back and reigning Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year, James Conner, had come out with an injury. Though Conner flashed his parents a thumbs-up and remained on the sideline to cheer, he’d be diagnosed with a season-ending knee injury days later. Usual backup Chris James was also hurt.Qadree Ollison took the left-side pitch and hit the hole. His father, Wayne Ollison, a former football coach, watched from the bleachers and prayed his son wouldn’t fumble his first collegiate carry. Two Youngstown State defenders collided with one another, and Ollison rumbled 46 yards.“Obviously when the player of the year goes down, you go, ‘Oh my gosh,’” first-year Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said. “Everybody talks about that cliché: It’s next man up. It’s tough to step up immediately, but … (Qadree) makes plays.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOllison finished the day with 16 carries for a touchdown and 207 yards, breaking current New England Patriot Dion Lewis’ record for rushing yards by Panthers freshman. Ollison hasn’t stopped running since. After learning valuable lessons in his redshirt year and taking advice from Conner, Ollison surpassed James on the depth chart and now ranks fourth in the ACC with 559 yards this season.When the Niagara Falls, New York native and former Syracuse recruit runs into the Carrier Dome for SU-Pitt at noon on Saturday, he’ll be cheered on by 26 family members who made the two-hour drive. They won’t be the only ones focusing on Ollison.“They’re going to run the ball on us,” Syracuse defensive coordinator Chuck Bullough said. “We have to be ready to run, run, run … It’s a good game plan. That’s what I would do too.”Ollison’s success this season is a direct result of the year he spent on the sidelines learning, Wayne said, and that he might not have been ready last season. At practice as a redshirt, Ollison faced Pitt’s starting defense — No. 10 in total defense — and constantly asked questions of Conner and then-sophomore running back Rachid Ibrahim. He also bulked up 15 pounds to 230.Whenever Wayne called, his son usually said he was at Conner’s house or working out with him, seeing what it took to be elite in the ACC. Ollison had known Conner since his official visit, when Conner gave him a tour of the school and talked to his parents. Conner’s willingness to help train Ollison shocked Wayne.“It’s like you’re teaching someone to possibly take your job,” Wayne said. “But James never looked at it like that … A lot of people don’t know this, but when Qadree was doing well (against Youngstown State), James was in his ear telling him, ‘This is what you need to look out for and this is what you need to do.’”What Ollison has done to adjust to his starting role is added time in the film room, increased practice reps and more closely examined the playbook. He’s a “big, powerful, explosive” back who has earned trust throughout the season with his play-making abilities, Narduzzi said.On Oct. 28, late in a tie game with Georgia Tech, backup running back Darrin Hall got stuffed for no gain on third-and-1 at midfield. Narduzzi took a timeout and put in Ollison, whose 3-yard rush on the next play converted the fourth down on a drive that ended with a game-winning field goal.Despite the success, Ollison doesn’t feel comfortable in the starting role. He knows Narduzzi likes competition, he said, and the moment he gets complacent is when a teammate outworks him.“I just learned you got to grow up fast and be ready in (the moment),” Ollison said. “Stay ready so you don’t have to get ready.”Asst. copy editor Paul Schwedelson contributed reporting to this story. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Goldsmith Scored 5 TDs as Shore Rips Palmyra For Second Straight…

first_imgBy Jim HintelmannUNION – Shore Regional is rapidly becoming an NJSIAA Group I football dynasty as the unbeaten Blue Devils made it two Central Jersey Group I championships in a row Saturday with an impressive 56-28 rout of Palmyra.The Blue Devils (12-0) extended its overall winning streak to 20 games and won the game with a crushing ground game that Palmyra (9- 2) was unable to stop.Seniors Doug Goldsmith and Jack Britton were the main forces, combining for 484 yards rushing with Goldsmith breaking a school record with five touchdowns.“We just ran the ball like we usually do,” said Shore Coach Mark Costantino, who won his fourth overall CJ I title. “We knew that we were a lot stronger than Palmyra up front. Our offensive line has been so consistent this year. It makes it easy for our running backs.”“Goldsmith missed six games last year,” said Costantino. “He’s a super kid and very intelligent.”“We knew from the start that we would be good,” said Goldsmith., who is also an outstanding lacrosse player. “Our goal was to be 12-0 and we did it. This is a great way for the seniors to go out.”“We worked so hard for this,” said Britton, whose dad, Tim, played on Shore’s unbeaten (11-0) 1981 team. “Our offensive line executed very well. I missed last year because of an injury but I’m healthy now.”The Shore Regional Blue Devils celebrate winning the NJSIAA Central Group I championship game on Saturday. Photo: Ottie Lynne PatersonPalmyra, whose only other loss was to Woodrow Wilson of Camden, was still in the game at halftime, trailing 28-14, but Shore linebacker Devin McLaughlin intercepted a pass on Palmyra’s first series of the third quarter, and Goldsmith scored a few plays later.Both Goldsmith and Britton, who is also a fine lacrosse player, were a dynamic dual for Shore this year with each player rushing for over 1,000 yards.“This team is as good as any team that I coached in my 17 years here,” said Costantino.“We knew that we would have a great team if we stayed healthy. We had the potential and the team responded.”Goldsmith, who ran for 268 yards in 37 carries Saturday, finished as Shore’s third all- time leading rusher. He trailed only Tim Britton and Nick Lubischer (‘78).Shore’s last loss was to Dunellen last year in a game in which neither Goldsmith not Britton played. With both players healthy, Shore crushed Dunellen, 41-0, this year.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Mount Sentinel Sr. Girl’s Volleyball

first_imgThe Mount Sentinel Wildcats look to play their best volleyball of the season as the South Slocan school hosts the BC High School A Girl’s Championships through Saturday at the Selkirk College gymnasium in Castlegar.The Wildcats are seeded eighth entering the 16-team tournament, but have few of key players returning to action this weekend.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the Cats as Team of the Week. The team includes, Leanne Kabatoff, Maya Mierau, Samantha Shkuratoff, Lauren Spurge, Simone Chernoff, Victoria Peebles, Teya Makortoff, Kalina Spurge and coach Joe Moreira.last_img

BRAC-Liberia Conducts Weather Info Sharing Workshop

first_imgCBOs, leaders and some BRAC-Liberia officials BRAC-Liberia recently conducted training for 21 leaders of Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in Weather Information Sharing Operations at its Training and Resource Center in Kingsville, Careysburg.The training will help farmers improve their yields. “From our Disaster Risk Assessment Report, storms, floods, and droughts are visible factors of climate change affecting farming activities in the country, BRAC-Liberia disaster risk management specialist Decontee Saytarkon said.“BRAC-Liberia will partner with CARI to provide weather information to farmers around the country,” Saytarkon said.Leaders of CBOs who attended the training were chosen from Monterrado, Margibi, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Bong and Grand Bassa counties.The workshop which was part of the ongoing EU funded “Pro Act Project” was meant to educate volunteer CBO leaders on weather calculation during the rainy season, weather radiation calculation and the techniques for reducing agricultural disasters and risks.He said the initiative, which is starting on a low scale, will ease the impact of some climatic challenges like drought, floods and storms that farmers are faced with in some parts of the country.Additionally, Saytarkon said BRAC-Liberia will develop a communications channel with CARI weather stations to make available weather information to farmers through BRAC-Liberia volunteer CBOs.Freeman K. Blackie, an agro-meteorologist and ICT officer at CARI, who was a facilitator of the workshop, said that the twelve weather stations will help farmers with daily weather information that could result in new farming technologies to make farming easier.The twelve weather stations are funded by the EU and are undergoing construction by the Liberian Government through CARI in various county capitals, including Kakata, Tubmanburg, Robertsport, Voinjama, Barclayville, Harbel, Gbarnga, Tapita, Buchanan, Sanniquillie and Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SA to set up mines, labour task force

first_img20 August 2012 A task force will be set up to look into labour issues in South Africa’s platinum industry after last week’s violent clashes near the Lonmin mine in Marikana, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu said on the weekend. The task force will consist of representatives from the mining industry, unions, government and traditional leadership. Forty-four people, including two police officers and 34 mine workers, were killed and scores injured in violent clashes in the mining town of Marikana outside Rustenburg, North West province last week. Shabangu and Labour Minister Mildred Olifant met with the Chamber of Mines, business and organised labour in Johannesburg on Saturday to discuss and agree on an action plan to address the violence at Lonmin’s Marikana mine and share practices applied by other mining companies. The management of Lonmin, the Chamber of Mines and other mining executives gave an account of what challenges they faced relating to engaging with labour organisations and employees generally. Both ministers then met with organised labour to get their account and what they perceived as the source of the conflict. Olifant reminded all parties of the legal processes pertaining to labour organisations and how they needed to operate as required by the law. Shabangu also put to all stakeholders the need to agree on how the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) would be engaged going forward, as long as their operations were within the confines of the law. Shabangu reiterated the need for all role players to uphold the spirit of tripartism as the image of the country’s mining industry was being tarnished after the sector, working with the government, had gone out to the world saying that the South African mining sector was open for business and encouraging investors to invest in the sector. Source: read more

Proverbs 3:27 at work as Ohio agricultural relief efforts head to Nebraska

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseDo not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. That is the very clear message from Proverbs 3:27.It can’t be certain this verse is top of mind for the many in Ohio’s agricultural community who are dropping what they are doing to donate, travel, work, and serve their fellow farmers across the country, but they certainly are demonstrating it.Terrible flooding in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri has left farms swamped and devastated generations of work on the land in recent weeks. One Ohio group of six tractor-trailers and 11 trucks and trailers filled with food, clothes, hay, feed, and hygiene products donated from farmers, businesses and church leaders from the Norwalk, Monroeville, Ashland, and Mansfield areas left earlier this week for Verdigre, Neb. An additional group from Ohio plans to leave next week. Another group leaves March 29 in an effort being organized by Greg and Rose Hartschuh in Crawford County through Ohio’s Rural America Relief.“Last week we were watching these videos from Nebraska and the bomb cyclone with snow and blizzard-like conditions and rain and ice chunks with flooding and saw a lot of people hurting out there,” Rose said. “A lot of places just looked like an ocean. It is on a day-by-day basis. Every day they are opening up more roads. I read a story about a farmer out there. It usually takes him 20 minutes to get to his cattle but now he is going 200 miles round trip just to take care of his cattle.”The Hartschuhs decided it was in their power to act, and this is not the first time.“In 2017 wildfires ravaged Kansas and Oklahoma and that part of the country and my husband and I wanted to do what we could to help. It kind of snowballed from there and we ended up organizing quite a bit of hay and a good group of volunteers to head out,” Rose said. “We started kicking around the idea again. Should we do something? It took a little longer to decide this time because it did end up being a pretty big effort last time. We learned a lot from Kansas. From the beginning we said we are going to help but we are going to do it in a different way. One of the differences is that hay is harder to come by in Ohio this time. We also know that fuel costs for hay are expensive to haul it across the country.”The Hartschuh group will include 10 trucks and trailers filled with supplies and 30 volunteers going to help lend a hand.“Fencing is a huge need, as well as just people to help. They are talking about corn stalks a couple of feet deep in some areas. All of that is going to have to move before they can even think about planting,” Rose said. “We set up several different drop-off locations around the state for supplies and of course you can always give cash. Nebraska Farm Bureau has a relief fund set up and that money goes directly to the farmers impacted. Our group is also taking cash and we’ll use that to help defray our travel costs. We are estimating our costs will be around $5,000. If there is anything left we will give it to the Nebraska Farm Bureau fund.”Included in the group are six senior FFA students from Wynford.“They are really going to have a unique experience,” Rose said. “This is the kind of trip that can really change your perspective on a lot of things.”The group is meeting in Tiffin early March 29 and headed west on I-80/90 to Schuyler, Neb. On Saturday, the supplies will be delivered to the North Bend, Neb. area. Volunteers will help with cleanup over the weekend and return to Ohio on Monday.Those interested in donating to the effort can go to PayPal to [email protected] or use the link: Checks can be made to Ohio’s Rural America Relief and mailed to 6348 Parks Road, Sycamore, OH 44882. Any funds that are left after the trip will be donated directly to Nebraska Farm Bureau. Follow along this weekend on the Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net Facebook page.Hats off to those willing to act when they have the power to do so and carry out the spirit of Proverbs 3:27.last_img read more

Mavs Rout Woeful Knicks, 107-87

first_imgNEW YORK — Tyson Chandler started training two weeks after last season, searching for a better result next time when he stepped on the floor at Madison Square Garden. He got it. This time, he was on the right end of a Knicks loss.Chandler had three dunks during Dallas’ sizzling start to his return to New York, and Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 points to help the Mavericks beat the Knicks 107-87 on Dec. 16.Chandler thought he would be back with the Knicks this season and started working out earlier than usual so he could help them rebound from the sour taste of their 37-45 finish. Instead, new President Phil Jackson dealt Chandler to Dallas in his first big move, and left even the respected center wondering if he was the target after the Hall of Famer said the move was in part to address some of the team’s chemistry problems.“I wouldn’t say there was any vindication, my whole thing is just I want to have a successful year,” Chandler said. “I feel like I’ve got a great opportunity with this team and I want to help lead this team to something special.”Chandler played a key role in the NBA’s highest-scoring team putting together a nearly unstoppable start that gave it the lead for good. Monta Ellis added 14 points, and Chandler Parsons had 13 after missing a game with a sore lower back.Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points for the Knicks. Tim Hardaway Jr. had 14 but was 5 for 17 in another poor shooting effort.“They were ready to play from the start. We weren’t,” Anthony said. “We kind of got backed up on our heels and then we decided to come out and play and pick it up after that.”Shortly after hearing mostly cheers during introductions, Chandler dunked a lob pass for the game’s opening basket. He threw down another alley-oop that gave Dallas 10 baskets in its first 11 shots.Knicks coach Derek Fisher yanked all five starters at once soon after but the Mavs kept rolling, opening a 34-15 lead while sinking 13 of their first 16 attempts.“I thought the start was not the right way to start a professional basketball game,” Fisher said. “Those guys that were in there to start the game, that was a disappointment to their teammates.”The Knicks then answered with a 17-2 run that carried over into the second quarter and cut it to 36-32. But the Mavericks regained a double-digit lead by halftime and gradually expanded their advantage during the second half.Chandler came to New York a few months after the Mavs’ 2011 NBA championship, and won a Defensive Player of the Year award while helping the Knicks to a division title and two playoff appearances.But he had a disappointing season along with the team in 2013-14 and was dealt back to Dallas on the eve of the draft along with Raymond Felton for Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert and Shane Larkin.Calderon and Dalembert have struggled for the lowly Knicks (5-22), while Chandler came in shooting 68.2 percent from the field. He went 4 of 5 for eight points with 14 rebounds. “Biggest thing that he wanted to do is just win and I’m glad that we could beat them twice for him,” Parsons said.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Man Falls to Death Near Sweetwater Reservoir After Colliding with Deer

first_imgMan Falls to Death Near Sweetwater Reservoir After Colliding with Deer Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter April 17, 2018 Posted: April 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom center_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSPRING VALLEY (KUSI) — A 44-year-old South Bay man whose car struck and killed a deer on a toll-road overpass near Sweetwater Reservoir early Tuesday lost his own life shortly thereafter when he plunged off the roughly 50-foot-tall bridge.The crash involving the wild animal on northbound state Route 125 near SR-54 in Spring Valley was reported shortly after 4:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.Authorities arrived to find a damaged and unoccupied black 2007 Audi A3 blocking the right-hand lane of the expressway near the remains of the deer, CHP public-affairs Officer Jake Sanchez said.While looking over the accident scene, a firefighter spotted the driver’s body beneath the bridge, in an open area near the northern reaches of Sweetwater Summit Regional Park.It was unclear how and why the Chula Vista resident, whose name was withheld pending family notification, went over the edge of the span, Sanchez said. Investigators speculated that he might have decided to get off the freeway for safety’s sake, not realizing he was on an elevated stretch of road.Sanchez said he did not know if the man had reported the crash himself or if someone else did, possibly another motorist who happened by. Updated: 4:10 PMlast_img read more