first_imgThe effect of spatial variations in ice thickness, accumulation rate and lateral flow divergence on radar-detected isochrone geometry in ice sheets is computed using an analytical method, under assumptions of a steady-state ice-sheet geometry, a steady-state accumulation pattern and a horizontally uniform velocity shape function. By using a new coordinate transform, we show that the slope of the isochrones (with a normalized vertical coordinate) depends on three terms: a principal term which determines the sign of the slope, and two scale factors which can modify only the amplitude of the slope. The principal term depends only on a local characteristic time (ice thickness divided by accumulation rate minus melting rate) between the initial and final positions of the ice particle. For plug flow, only the initial and final values have an influence. Further applications are a demonstration of how the vertical velocity profile can be deduced from sharp changes in isochrone slopes induced by abrupt steps in bedrock or mass balance along the ice flow. We also demonstrate ways the new coordinate system may be used to test the accuracy of numerical flow models.last_img read more

first_imgOn June 26 at 7:30 p.m., Broadway will come to the Boardwalk as professional performers appearing in the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company’s 2019 Summer Season take to the stage to bring Broadway favorites to life.The 10th edition of “Broadway on the Ocean City Boardwalk” will welcome home two Broadway stars who got their professional start with the Ocean City Theatre Company.Nicholas Edwards was seen in OCTC’s productions of “Swing” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”Currently, he is appearing on Broadway in the hit musical “Frozen!” Edwards was also seen in the National Tours and Regional Productions of “Sister Act,” “Les Miserables” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.”Christian Thompson was seen in OCTC’s productions of “West Side Story,” “Smokey Joe’s Café” and “Peter Pan.”Thompson recently made his Broadway debut in the new musical “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg – The Life and Times of the Temptations.” He also appeared in the 20th Anniversary National Tour of “Rent.”Tickets for “Broadway on the Ocean City Boardwalk” are $20 and $18 and can be purchased online at http://www.oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111 or at the welcome centers at City Hall (861 Asbury Avenue), the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Rt. 52 causeway and the municipal building at 46th Street and West Avenue.Eagles star Darren Sproles comes to Ocean City to be part of the Sports Memorabilia Show. (Photo provided by City of Ocean City)THREE MORE ACTS ADDED TO THE 2019 SUMMER CONCERT SERIESGET THE LED OUT returns to the Music Pier on Monday, August 12 and Tuesday, August 13 at 7 p.m. A perennial favorite at the Music Pier, this is not an impersonator act but rather a group of musicians who were fans first, striving to do justice to one the greatest bands in rock history, Led Zeppelin.Making their Music Pier debut, The Zombies are 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees. Their Monday, August 19 concert will feature hits like “She’s Not There,” “Tell Her No” and “Time of the Season.” Show time is 7 p.m.Born in Ocean City and raised in Collingswood, Walter Trout is an American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. On Tuesday, August 20 at 7 p.m., he will be joined at the Music Pier by special guest Vanessa Collier.Tickets for the “Get The Led Out,” The Zombies,” and “Walter Trout with Vanessa Collier” will go on sale Thursday, March 21.A pre-sale is 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 20 (use code BRE). Official website for ticket sales is www.ticketmaster.com or you can purchase by calling 1-866-448-7849.Get the Led Out will perform at the Music Pier.(Photo credit mayoarts.org)COMING UP SOONSPRING BOOK SALE (March 22-23): The Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library will hold their two-day Spring Book Sale 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 22, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23.The sale will be held in the atrium of the Ocean City Free Public Library (1735 Simpson Avenue) and feature specially priced fiction and non-fiction books, DVDs, children’s books and more.SPORTS MEMORABILIA SHOW (March 30): Philadelphia Eagles star Darren Sproles and former Phillies slugger Matt Stairs will be part of the second annual Sports Memorabilia Show on March 30 at the Ocean City Music Pier.They will greet fans and lead Q&A sessions. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 30. Sproles will be available for a meet-and-greet session at 11:45 a.m. Tickets for an autograph (on a photo or item you supply) and a selfie photo with the player are on sale for $40.A meet-and-greet with Stairs ($20 for autograph and selfie with the player) is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. A combination package that includes both players is available for $55. Visit www.oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice call 609-399-6111 or stop by City Hall or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center to purchase tickets.Admission for the show is $7 for adults and $3 for 12-and-unders with tickets available at the door. Admission includes a free Q&A session with Sproles (11 a.m.) and with Stairs (2 p.m.)Lauren Waltz, right, owner of Blue Lotus, shows shopper Lori Gilliam some jewelry during Girls Weekend in 2018.GIRLS WEEKEND (April 5 to 7): The fourth annual Girls Weekend will showcase all that Ocean City’s downtown retail district has to offer and provide a great reason to escape to the shore early in the season.The event kicks off with a fashion show at 7 p.m. Friday, April 5 at Glazed Over Studios (704 Asbury Avenue). It features clothes and accessories for sale in Ocean City’s retail shops and modeled by local men and women, including members of City Council.The lighthearted event will be catered by local restaurants. Advance tickets ($20) are required and on sale now at City Hall, the Route 52 Welcome Center, Ta-Dah (1040 Asbury Ave.), the 7th Street Surf Shop (720 Asbury Ave.), the Sneaker Shop (704 Asbury Ave.) and Making Waves (836 Asbury Ave.).Tickets also can be purchased online this year (click on the “Buy Now” button on the event blog). Girls Weekend features hotel and bed-and-breakfast packages, dining offers, shopping discounts, prizes, yoga and wellness classes, craft projects and demonstrations at various locations throughout Ocean City.Accommodations package deals are being offered by the Flanders, Port-O-Call, Biscayne Suites, Wild Dunes Inn, Impala Island Inn, Ebb Tide Suites and the Ocean City Mansion bed-and-breakfast, among others. For a detailed schedule of Girls Weekend events, accommodations and participating businesses, call 609-399-1412, visit the Girls Weekend blog or the Facebook event page.Children model the best in spring and summer wear at the Girls Weekend fashion show in 2018.OC-CON COMIC BOOK AND MEMORABILIA FESTIVAL (April 6 to 7): Ocean City’s tribute to comics and memorabilia returns to the Music Pier. “Star Trek,” “Roots” and “Reading Rainbow” icon LeVar Burton will highlight this year’s event. Now in its fourth year, the festival will return to early spring after being held in June last year.The star of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” will be a special guest for both days, and tickets are on sale now for exclusive photo and autograph sessions. Visit www.oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111, or stop by the City Hall Welcome Center (Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue) or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.OC-Con features meet-the-artist sessions, discussion panels, costume contests, and the display and sale of comic books and memorabilia. Show hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 6, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 7. Visit www.ocnjcon.com for complete information on all of OC-Con.Costumed creatures entertain the spectators as the 2018 Doo Dah Parade unfolds along Asbury Avenue.DOO DAH PARADE (April 13): “I Dream of Jeannie” star Barbara Eden will lead this year’s parade as grand marshal.Individuals, groups, businesses and any other comic entries are invited to participate in the parade by signing up at www.ocnj.us/Doo-Dah-Parade.MATURE AMERICA PAGEANT (April 13): The pageant is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, April 13 on the Ocean City Music Pier. The event is the first and only pageant of its kind in the United States.The pageant includes competition in talent, judge’s interview, distinguished style and charisma, and on-stage question. Barbara Eden will serve as the special guest emcee. For tickets visit www.oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or by calling 609-399-6111.Ocean City’s Easter Egg Hunt is a huge hit year after year.THE GREAT EGG HUNT (April 13 and April 20): Two massive egg hunts on the beach for children up to 7 years old. The free events start at 2:30 p.m. and feature areas divided by age group and for children with special needs.EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE (April 21): A traditional non-denominational service by the sea. All are welcome. The service starts at 6:30 a.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier.DUELING PIANOS SHOW (April 21): The Philly Keys will perform their hit dueling pianos show starting at noon. The performers will take a break for the annual Easter Fashion Promenade.EASTER FASHION PROMENADE (April 21): Families are invited to come dressed in their Easter’s best to stroll in the Fashion Promenade and meet the Easter Bunny. Judging begins at 1 p.m. on the Boardwalk at the Ocean City Music Pier. Prizes awarded for Best Dressed Children, Teen, Adults and Family.COLONY CLUB FASHION SHOW (April 27): The local Colony Club’s annual Fashion Show Scholarship Fundraiser will be held 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 27 at Ocean City Senior Center (1735 Simpson Ave.).Tickets are $35. Contact Judi Levy for tickets at 609-247-1332 or email [email protected] Proceeds benefit the Colony Club of Ocean City Scholarship Fund.Elton and Kim Anglada, of Ocean City, with their children Chance and Felicity, participate in the 2018 Easter Fashion Show. Members of the Ocean City Theatre Company perform a variety of shows and the performers forge friendships. (Courtesy of OCTC)last_img read more

first_imgComing from a city so known for its artistic integrity, the truly delightful and idiosyncratic Shook Twins show came as no surprise to their loyal fans. After a year of touring the country in every combination of headliner, support and festival performance, the band got to finish their touring year off with a warm and fuzzy love-fest with a packed hometown crowd at the Revolution Hall. Bringing the kinetic Rabbit Wilde to kick things off for them, the Shook Twins made sure no one left the show any less than jubilant.After a brief but heartwarming welcome to their fans, sisters Katelyn and Laurie Shook started to weave their magic. Sharing a mix of their catalog along with a few sneak peeks from their forthcoming album. the band took their time to set the mood before taking the evening’s entertainment into full throttle. An exuberant “What We Do” showcased the band’s high energy, before they delved into “Leftovers,” a song penned by guitarist Niko Slice.Slice seems to approach each song, each line, each note as a piece of art. His leads can be on the sparse side, letting notes ring out and fade and blend as they disperse. That soft yet supple style seems perfectly suited to match the harmonies of the titular twosome. The harmonies that the Shook Twins can produce are astounding, and the method in which they weave in and out between each other is as mesmerizing and complex.An early guest appearance in the form of violinist Sophie Bloch Miller showed the welcoming nature of the band and took the song “Shake” in a lilting direction that added a new layer of beauty to an already excellent track. After one more song with the rest of the band, the stage was cleared of everyone but the sisters. There, a display of true harmony was convened. Operating on what must be a hard practiced ability to not only share the lead effortlessly, but to dip up and down the register for inflection and drama while the other voices holds the sonic line for fidelity’s sake.Their amazing vocals are met with their skills on a variety of instruments, like the banjo and guitar, is impressive as well. The pair of songs they performed as a duo were by Joni Mitchell or Vance Bergeson, and the interplay between the two sisters made each song their own. As special as their duets were, they had nothing on the emotional tune that followed. The band welcomed dear old friends Jena Bowers and Sonoma Jalof from one of the twin’s earlier projects, the band Tender Moments. Together, they recounted how they formed during summer camps past, and they shared the tale of Bowers’ father Ted, a almost mythical figure in their telling. It seems the elder Bowers was a campfire sing-along wizard, and the reunited friends performed one of his old originals that had been sung by them countless times around a cracking pile of burning wood and smiling faces. At the end of it, they gestured to the heavens and thanked Ted for helping spark the love of music that clearly still resonates within them.The rest of the set was marked with the trademark Shook Twins mixture of fast tempo dance tunes and looping bursts of creeping wonder. The set ended on a silly note, with “Never Get A Girlfriend” reiterating guitarist Slice’s beloved late mother’s admonitions on his…boisterous…eating habits. After a short break, the band returned for a amazing extended encore that featured one of the night’s highlights, a special snack for those still hungry for more in the form of a late-night a musical sandwich.Shook Twins fave “Window” dissolved partway in a chorus of effects laden psychedelic noise into a tripped out rendition of The Beatles classic “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” before again waxing crazily into  Canned Heat‘s “Going Up the Country.” To cap the evening off, and, in their words, to say “Fuck You!” to 2016’s seeming endless parade of musical loss the band, welcomed Miranda Zickler and Jillian Walker (of Rabbit Wilde) for a moving rendition of Leonard Cohen’s reminder that we are all just “Passing Through.”Taking a well deserved bow, the sisters and their band were all smiles, and they had every reason to be. They stood on the largest stage they’ve ever headlined in their hometown, buffeted by cheers from friends and family. With nothing left to do but spend the holidays finishing their new album and enjoying the warmth and kin of home, As ends to a story go, you can’t find one much better. Setlist: Shook Twins | Revolution Hall | Portland, OR | 12/10/16Set: Intro, What We Do, Leftovers, Shake (with Sophie Bloch Miller on violin), Figure It Out, Mad [email protected] (Vance Bergeson cover – duo Shooks Twins), Blue* (Joni Mitchell cover – duo Shook Twins), Dog Beach (Ted Bowers tribute/cover w/ Jena Bowers on glockenspiel, Sonoma Jalof on musical saw. “Tender Moments” band reunion performance.), No Choice, Call Me Out, Talkie Walkie, Time To Swim, What Have We Done, Stay Wild, Never Get A GirlfriendEncore: Window> Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds (The Beatles cover)> Going Up the Country (Canned Heat cover)> Window Passing Through (Leonard Cohen cover w/ Miranda & Jillian of Rabbit Wilde)center_img Opening band Rabbit Wilde has earned a reputation as great studio artists and a phenomenal live act, and it only took about five seconds of their fiery stage storming debut to see why they have such a following in the Pacific Northwest. Brash, multi-instrumental and genre-defying string playing brothers Nathan and Zach Hamer showed a wide variety of skills in an astonishingly short amount of time. Their spirit, coupled with brassy voice from Miranda Zickler and Jillian Walker’s snappy bass, made for a sweeping call to arms, whipping the crowd into a frenzy. With performances and receptions like the one at the Revolution Hall last Saturday the future is bright indeed for Rabbit Wilde.last_img read more

first_imgSuwannee Rising Music Festival has announced a number of exciting additions to the lineup for their inaugural event set to take place on April 4th, 5th, and 6th at Live Oak, FL’s legendary Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.The new additions to the Suwannee Rising lineup include New Orleans Suspects, The Fritz, Voodoo Visionary, Come Back Alice, Ben Sparaco & Full Effect, Electric Kif, Ben Fagan & the Holy City Hooligans, Good Talk, Holy Miss Moley, Kaleigh Baker’s Someday Honey, Custard Pie, LPT, Ben Strok & Full Electric, Shevonne, Ella Jet & Future Soul, and The Difference.The newly added artists will join previously announced acts Lettuce, moe., Oteil & Friends, Dumpstaphunk, The New Mastersounds, Ghost-Note, and Melody Trucks Band.Following the cancellation of Wanee Music Festival, which typically took place at Spirit of the Suwannee in mid-April, loyal fans can now look forward to the new April festival at the park. While the legacy of the Allman Brothers Band‘s festival will continue with a Wanee-branded Live Nation event in Fort Lauderdale, Suwannee Rising will seemingly take the familiar shape of Bear Creek, the short-lived but legendary Suwannee funk festival that took place for several years in the fall. With the spirit of Wanee still lingering, fans can rest assured that the funk and jams will continue with Suwannee Rising, and hopefully for years to come.Tickets to the Suwannee Rising Music Festival are available now via eTix.last_img read more

first_img Cutler finds decline in cancer deaths GAZETTE:  And what about cancers where there hasn’t been much progress?REBBECK: Mortality rates really continue to be difficult in things like pancreatic cancer and ovarian cancer, even though in some of these cases novel genetic screening exists and, in some people that have high risk, we can intervene earlier and detect tumors earlier. But for many cancers, for people who don’t have these genetic mutations, it’s still quite difficult and therapeutic options, screening and detection options, are still limited. And then there are others like prostate cancer, in which we have a mix. We have really good, new therapeutics in prostate cancer, particularly for advanced disease. And we’re getting a little bit better in understanding who needs treatment and who doesn’t. But we’re really bad at screening for prostate cancer. In 2012, the Preventive Services Task Force and other groups said don’t do PSA [prostate specific antigen] screening anymore. Now, in 2020, we see the rates of aggressive prostate cancer going up, and more men are dying of prostate cancer. So that’s an example where, even though we have better therapeutic options, we’re still really not doing a good job in screening, and as a result, we may see more mortality in the coming years if we can’t get both therapeutics and early detection to work together.GAZETTE:  How much do the improved numbers reflect prevention versus better treatment?REBBECK: The answer is very much cancer-specific. For cervical cancer, it’s mostly about prevention and in cancers like metastatic melanoma, it’s very much therapeutic. The new therapeutic options like CAR-T cells — immunotherapy — are relatively small but very important and for some diseases a critical advance. But it’s still a relatively small impact on mortality just based on how many people who have these cancers are eligible for those treatments. The big bang for the buck is in prevention and early detection.GAZETTE:  How much do we know about preventing cancer? When you talk about prevention and the work that you do at the Zhu Family Center for Global Cancer Prevention, what are you talking about?REBBECK:  There are a couple of things everybody in the field focuses on, and those are the things that we know work that people aren’t really using. HPV vaccination, smoking cessation, low dose lung cancer screening, colorectal cancer screenings — colonoscopies — are things that we know work, are likely to have a big benefit, but have not really penetrated into the population as much as they should. A second category is new technologies and tools that make early detection and prevention more effective, more efficient, more cost-effective, and more acceptable to patients. There is a huge amount of basic science going on now. Engineers are coming up with technologies and tools and molecular biologists are coming up with things we can leverage to improve early detection and screening. For example, we know a lot about circulating DNA in the blood and if you can identify DNA from a tumor — because it has a mutation or something like that — and you take a blood sample to do a liquid biopsy, you could identify those mutations and say this person is likely to be harboring a tumor somewhere. There are some really cool technologies like that and many others on the horizon that we’re really focusing on, because building on the biology and the basic science, there’s a lot that we can do to make things better.GAZETTE:  Cancer is No. 2 of the top 10 causes of death in the U.S. How long until it drops to No. 3? Or is there a chance that heart disease — No. 1 — is declining fast enough that it will bump cancer up to the top spot?REBBECK:  In Massachusetts right now, cancer is No. 1. Heart disease is below it. There’s a lot of variation in the U.S. Cancer is the leading killer in many places where lifestyle factors have already been improved. So, in a place like Massachusetts, where patterns of diet and exercise and access to health care are better than other places, there’s a lot we can do — and that we are doing — to fight cardiovascular disease. People exercise more, people eat better, people have their cholesterol checked and get to the doctor more regularly. Cancer becomes No. 1 because cardiovascular disease is manageable in many ways and death rates dropped dramatically. For cancer, it’s variable by cancer site and population, and dropping much more slowly. Is it possible that these new therapies will allow cancer to catch up to cardiovascular disease? It’s probably too early to predict, but we would hope so. GAZETTE: Vaping is controversial, in that it’s a potential nicotine-delivery system for the young, but it does offer an off-ramp for people who have difficulty quitting smoking. Do you see that playing an important role in smoking rates and ultimately death rates due to lung cancer in the years to come?REBBECK: Yes and no. What you said is exactly true. It’s controversial because it’s an on-ramp for teens, but it’s an off-ramp for smokers. Now we’re also learning — there’s been a quite a bit of literature in the past year — that there are plenty of carcinogens, plenty of compounds in the vaping itself that are harmful, so it might not be that vaping itself is all that safe. The carcinogens are not at the same level as cigarette smoke, but it isn’t a completely safe mode of delivery of nicotine, and we don’t really understand exactly how those carcinogens play out in lung cancer or other related cancers, like esophageal cancer. At least right now, vaping is not as common as cigarette smoking, so it’s very hard to predict its impact. Obviously, those of us in public health are concerned that we don’t really understand the risks, which appear to be greater than we thought initially.GAZETTE: What other cancers are in this picture of increasing life expectancy?REBBECK: There are a few in which we’ve seen some really dramatic changes. Some of these are not that common, but they do play a role in the whole picture of cancer-related mortality decline. One is melanoma. Ten or 20 years ago, if you had disseminated, metastatic melanoma, it was essentially a death sentence, and now it’s a quite treatable disease. It’s been a miracle of therapeutics that metastatic melanoma is now treatable — and the new approaches were actually discovered at Harvard. There are cancers like that, where the treatment advances have been really profound, particularly for fatal disease. That has had an impact on mortality, but it hasn’t had a huge impact because the numbers being treated with these agents are still relatively small. But with some cancers, like pancreatic cancer, we haven’t had the same kind of magical therapeutic advances.GAZETTE:  If these therapies are so new that they’re not used broadly, do you expect their impact to increase in years to come?REBBECK: Yes, and for a couple of reasons. One is that they’re always improving; there are always new things coming along that will treat more people or treat a spectrum of otherwise-resistant disease. The other is that now, not everybody is getting access, there’s a disparity in who is having access. But we hope that as these therapies become more mainstream, more people will get access to them. If this does not happen, the danger is that cancer health disparities may be exacerbated.GAZETTE:  Are racial and ethnic minority groups part of the trend of increased cancer survival?REBBECK: Definitely for some cancers, but for others it’s either not clear or we know it’s not the case. For example, in breast cancer, both incidence and mortality now are higher in African American women than they are in whites, and that didn’t use to be the case. Many of the benefits of advanced therapeutics, screening, early detection, and genetic testing, haven’t been shared equally in all populations. African American women, for example, have very high rates of breast cancer mortality. That’s happened over years because of the steep decline in mortality of white women, which hasn’t been reflected in black women. So, we see some clear inequities, not just on a patient-by-patient basis but in population-level data. Myeloma is another example, and there are more like that.GAZETTE:  If you were to list cancers that have a good news story versus those that don’t, what would they be?REBBECK: Metastatic melanoma — advanced disease — is a good example of a success story. Another is cervical cancer, though therapeutics aren’t really the big story there. The big story in cervical cancer is having an HPV [human papilloma virus] vaccination, early detection, and molecular screening that has lowered the rate of advanced disease and therefore death from cervical cancer. We anticipate over the coming decades that in some parts of the U.S., in the U.K., Australia, and other places where they’ve done heavy HPV vaccination and screening, that the death rates from cervical cancer are going to be close to zero. They’ll never completely be zero, but they’re really going to decline. So that’s another success story — a prevention success story. Another example that’s a little different is that of thyroid cancer. Thyroid cancer rates were increasing, but it was being over-diagnosed. Thyroid cancer is common, but a lot of it is indolent. So now they’re getting better, at least in some countries, at knowing how to look for it and those in whom they don’t need to. So the rates of thyroid cancer are dropping because they know they don’t need to look as hard. Tied primarily to gains in behavior and screening Trend concerns Harvard analyst, though practice is preferable to smoking tobacco The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Another decline in U.S. life expectancy signals urgent need for more comprehensive strategy against opioids, suicide, specialist says Five healthy habits to live by U.S. life expectancy increased in 2018 after a worrisome four-year decline, a reversal owing in part to a welcome decrease in deaths due to overdose but even more so to a drop in those from cancer. The rise brought the anticipated lifespan of someone born in 2018 to 78.7 years, an increase of about a month from 2017 but still short of the 78.9 years reached in 2014. The 2018 figure also included easing in mortality from heart disease and lung disease. The reduction in deaths from cancer, the nation’s No. 2 killer, occurred as rapid advances are being made in treatment with newly developed immunotherapies and precision targeting of tumors’ genetic profiles as well as in detection and prevention. The Gazette spoke to Timothy Rebbeck, the Vincent L. Gregory Jr. Professor of Cancer Prevention at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and director of the Zhu Family Center for Global Cancer Prevention, to better understand the good news on the cancer front.Q&ATimothy RebbeckGAZETTE: The National Center for Health Statistics recently said U.S. life expectancy increased in 2018 for the first time in four years. Part of that was due to a drop in overdose deaths. Getting less attention is that the largest single component of the improving picture was a declining death rate due to cancer. Has that been part of a larger trend?REBBECK: We’ve seen this trend in cancer deaths over years now. Unfortunately, the decline in cancer deaths hasn’t been as steep as, for example, cardiovascular disease deaths, which have really precipitously dropped over the last few decades. The issue, of course, is that cancer is really a series of diseases, so we see a lot of success in some cancers and less success in others. For example, we see a clear trend in declines in lung cancer and smoking-related cancer deaths because of the decrease in smoking over many decades. There’s about a 20- to 30-year lag before declines in smoking translate into declines in cancer mortality, so we’re seeing this huge decrease in smoking rates pay off in a decline in cancer rates. That’s been happening for a number of years.GAZETTE: So we’re reaping the benefit of changes from decades ago, at least as far as lung cancer goes. How long will we see these declines?REBBECK: Lung cancer and smoking-related cancers were almost unknown prior to smoking, so if we can make smoking go away, we can eliminate almost all of the smoking-related cancer incidence and deaths. That’s clearly not happening, but there is a secular trend. The smoking rates in women peaked much later than those in men and declined later, so we expect smoking-related cancer death rates to continue to be a little higher in women than men over a period of time. In another decade or two, we should probably see some leveling of the death rates associated with smoking-related cancers. “It’s been a miracle of therapeutics that metastatic melanoma is now treatable — and the new approaches were actually discovered at Harvard.” Researchers come to Harvard to share findings, launch center for early detection center_img A nation nearer to the grave Genes associated with long life pinpointed Broccoli and Brussels sprouts: Cancer foes A gathering to battle cancer Related Teen vaping rising fast, research says Lifestyle habits in adulthood may increase women’s life expectancy by 14 years, men gain 12 Research finds compound in such cruciferous vegetables that may help to suppress tumors last_img read more

first_img Faculty of Arts and Sciences unveils anti-racism agenda Related Sheree Ohen has been named the inaugural associate dean of diversity, inclusion, and belonging for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Claudine Gay, Edgerley Family Dean of FAS, announced today. Ohen will begin her tenure Sept. 28.“I am thrilled beyond words to come to Harvard at such a time as this,” said Ohen. “Dean Gay’s commitment to advance racial justice and address inequality is truly monumental. I am honored to step into this inaugural role to help build on the efforts already underway and to shape and co-create a strategic vision for sustainable inclusive excellence. This work extends to all aspects of life, teaching, and living communities of the FAS.”In her community message announcing the appointment, Gay called Ohen, who comes to Harvard from Clark University in Worcester, Mass., “a highly principled leader … known for the trusted partnerships she builds with people across the university community.” She praised Ohen’s work as a vocal advocate for equity and inclusion in higher education and noted her extensive experience as a guest lecturer, invited keynote speaker, and adviser to institutions and companies across the U.S. on best practices in diversity and inclusive excellence.“I am delighted that Sheree will be bringing her expertise and passion to this newly created role,” Gay said. “As the FAS associate dean of diversity, inclusion, and belonging, she will serve as the lead FAS administrator responsible for conceiving, developing, and overseeing strategies to advance and support diversity, inclusion, and belonging for all constituencies at the FAS.”For the past four years, Ohen served as chief officer of diversity and inclusion at Clark. The university received the prestigious 2018 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine under Ohen’s leadership, a national recognition honoring colleges and universities for outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.Ohen, a California native, received an undergraduate degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law. After a successful career practicing civil rights litigation, employment law, and criminal defense, she began working in higher education to advance initiatives in equity and diversity in California and Massachusetts. While at Clark, Ohen co-chaired the president’s commission on speech rights and community values, which led to the adoption of a statement of principles and policy focusing on freedom of expression. She also led the process of developing the university’s first campus climate survey and a strategic roadmap for more effective inclusivity measures.The creation of the associate dean position is one of several measures laid out last week in Gay’s anti-racism agenda. Gay described the new role as one that will ensure that “all members of the FAS community feel welcome, included, and supported, and that diversity, inclusion, and belonging are established as core, lived values of the FAS.” Other initiatives include restarting a search for four new senior faculty in ethnicity, indigeneity, and migration (EIM), establishing a visiting professorship in EIM, expanding the Inequality in America postdoctoral fellowship program, setting up a study of racial diversity at the senior staff level, and creating a task force to assess and examine FAS visual culture and signage.“Declaring our values is an important step, but only through institutional action will we make progress in becoming the Harvard we aspire to be,” Gay said. “I am eager for the benefit of Sheree’s leadership as we work at every level of the FAS to dismantle the cultural and structural barriers that have precluded that progress.”One of Ohen’s first tasks will be to lead a study of FAS senior staff practices in hiring, development, and promotion, with a focus on increasing racial diversity. She will also be a member of the Task Force for Visual Culture and Signage led by Dean of Arts and Humanities Robin Kelsey.In her work to improve equity, inclusion, diversity and belonging in higher education, Ohen said, “I have pursued an evidence-based approach that aligns research, best practices, and quantitative and qualitative data that underscores the lived experience across constituencies“I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to advance a more inclusive community that matches our aspirations,” she added. Gay restarts cluster hire, announces new dean of diversity and task forces last_img read more

first_imgIn the wake of a cold spring and more than 35 inches of rain, Georgia’s blueberry crop has prevailed.“There’s always the challenges of growing blueberries,” said Erick Smith, a blueberry expert and assistant professor at the University of Georgia’s Tifton campus, “but I think for the most part, this year has been a pretty fair year for them.”no bug, bird issuesSmith said this year’s crop did not see any problems with bugs or birds, and the excess rainfall did not negatively affect the crop.“I’ve seen lots of fruit go across the packing lines, and it looks like there has been a bit of success this year, even with the rains we’ve had,” he said.Blueberries that get too much water can crack or develop fungus, and there are many management problems that come with too much rain. “One of the biggest problems that they have is if you end up picking fruit that’s wet and taking it into the packing line, it can start the mycological problems,” Smith said. “There can be fungus growing on them.”Carefully planned pickingTo account for the rain, farmers had to pick their berries at strategic times of the day, working around the damp or dewy hours.“It’s preferable to harvest your blueberries dry and bring them to market,” Smith said. “What [farmers] have been trying to do is harvest after the morning dews have dried and end the harvest before they get rains and get their blueberries under cover.” This year’s crop bloomed late because of the cool spring, but most farmers didn’t see a large delay in their harvests. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 81 percent of Georgia’s blueberries were harvested by July 1, placing this year less than a week behind the crop progress in 2012.“It’s not quite [done], but it’s really close to wrapped up,” Smith said. “A lot of the blueberries that are going through the processes right now are going to be either quick frozen or frozen blueberries that are going to be put into storage. So we’re right at the tail end of it right now.”Large percentage of state’s fruit/nut industryMore than 65 million pounds of Georgia blueberries were produced in 2011, and the crop’s farm gate value was more than $254 million. The popular fruit comprised almost 40 percent of Georgia’s fruit and nut industry. “If you’re a Georgian buying Georgia blueberries … you’re buying a blueberry that’s very close to the market, that’s very close to your house and supporting the people of your state,” Smith said. “And I think that is one of the greatest advantages of buying a Georgia blueberry.”last_img read more

first_imgWainwright Bank & Trust Company (Nasdaq: WAIN) has provided $10 million in financing to Commonwealth Dairy, LLC for the construction of a state-of-the-art yogurt production processing facility in Brattleboro, Vermont.Commonwealth Dairy is a joint venture between Ehrmann USA, a subsidiary of family-run Ehrmann AG, an international yogurt company based in Germany with annual revenues in excess of $1 billion, and Commonwealth Yogurt.  The new facility will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) compliant as determined by the U.S. Green Building Council.Anticipated to be operational in early 2011, Commonwealth Dairy will utilize the latest technology and automated production processes.  All-natural, rBST-free and organic milk will be used in manufacturing.  A projected 24 new jobs will be created within the first three years of operation and a portion of net profits will be returned directly to local dairy farmers.”Wainwright Bank was clearly the logical funding source for us, not only because of their proven commitment to corporate social responsibility, but because they understood what we’re all about.  More than just a banking transaction, it’s truly a partnership,” said Thomas Moffitt, President, Commonwealth Dairy.”Wainwright Bank has a long history of providing financing to socially and environmentally conscious companies such as Commonwealth Dairy.  In this case, the facility is purposely located near the dairy farms that will supply Commonwealth Dairy with fresh, responsibly produced milk.  This will not only guarantee the highest quality of yogurt to New England consumers, but will ensure that transportation distances, and thus the facility’s environmental impact, are minimized,” said Christopher Scoville, Wainwright Bank Community Development Lender for the project.Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Boston, Wainwright Bank is a leading socially progressive bank with assets of over $1 billion and 12 branches throughout Greater Boston.  Over 50% of the Bank’s commercial lending portfolio is dedicated to community development initiatives including affordable housing, homeless shelters, HIV/AIDS services, community health centers, and environmental issues to name a few.  Wainwright’s commitment to social justice has been widely recognized including being named one of the Top 20 Sustainable Stocks in the world by SustainableBusiness.com and one of the Top 10 Best “Green” Banking Firms by the Social Investment Forum.Source: BOSTON, April 28, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ –Wainwright Bank & Trust Companylast_img read more

first_img 3:38 3:18 Still Got Time Derek Hoke 2:35 5:09 3:00 3:21 Small Voices Matt Gresham Love Wins Again Janiva Magness 2:28 Hammers and Nails The Bones of J.R. Jones Another Town Josh Williams 3:49 It’s tough to not lead with the Grammy nominee when Trail Mix happens to have one.This month, Trail Mix is excited to feature noted songwriter Hayes Carll, who drew early notice with his first record, 2002’s Flowers & Liquor, before knocking the Americana world on its ass with the 2011 release of KMAG YOYO. Carll is now nominated for a Grammy in the Best Country Song category thanks to Lee Ann Womack recording “Chances Are,” a song he included on the aforementioned KMAG YOYO, and he is poised to release his latest record, Lovers and Leavers, on April 8th.“The Love The We Need,” off of Hayes Carll’s brand new record, is featured on this month’s mix.The collection of artists featured this month is so good it should be illegal. Check out the new ones from Elephant Revival, O’Brother, Wren, The Bones of JR Jones, and 2/3 Goat.There’s also brand new bluegrass from Asheville’s own Town Mountain, countrified bluegrass from guitar master Josh Williams, the soulful stylings of Janiva Magness, and solo work from Daniel Hutchens, long time vocalist for Athens rockers Bloodkin.New songs from Shannon Labrie, Willie Nile, The Ragbirds, Matt Gresham, Andy Ferrell, and Jason Paulson also await.Be sure to keep up with the Trail Mix blog this month. Chats with Derek Hoke, The Hackensaw Boys, Michael Daves, and Sammy Walker are on tap.And, as is my plea to you each and every month, get out and buy some of this incredible music shared with you here by these artists on Trail Mix. If you dig it, go buy it. Get out and buy a concert ticket or share what you like with a friend. Give the love back to these musicians sharing with you. Pretty Polly Michael Daves 4:08 Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. Time Crawls By Andy Ferrell 2:49 You Want Me To Change The Hackensaw Boys 04 Pretty Girls In Summer Dresses Danny Hutchens It’s Raining Wren Deconstruct O’Brother 3:09 3:56 Audio PlayerJason PaulsonBad Habits Studio EditionUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 3:09 Brown Eyed Georgia Darlin’ Sammy Walker 3:28 Bad Habits Studio Edition Jason Paulson Whiskey Sins 2/3 Goat Comin’ Back To You Town Mountain 2:30 4:17 3:24 It’s Political Shannon LaBrie Breakdown The Ragbirds When I Fall Elephant Revival When Levon Sings — Willie Nile 2:37 4:29 4:33 4:53 Embed The Love That We Need Hayes Carll last_img read more

first_imgToday’s tech-savvy consumers are quickly adapting to digital devices, turning them into powerful payment vehicles. At the same time, the safety and security of these transactions is paramount.The EMV standard serves as the backbone for future payment technologies by enabling safer, smarter and more secure transactions across cards, contactless, mobile and remote payment channels. For 15 years, Mastercard has played a leading role in the creation, management and continued development of the EMV standard. We offer a unique set of EMV solutions to help issuers and merchants implement new payment solutions quickly.What is the EMV standard?EMV is a standard for globally interoperable, secure payments. The key element of EMV involves including dynamic digital data in every transaction. This makes these types of transactions extremely secure and reduces the risk of fraud.When a consumer uses an EMV-enabled device to pay at an EMV terminal, it can be instantly identified as an authentic, approved payment belonging to that consumer through dynamic authentication. When used with a PIN (Personal Identification Number), the chip verifies that the consumer is indeed holding his or her own device.How does EMV reduce fraud?In the digital world, payment transactions are getting smarter. And at the heart of these smarter transactions is dynamic authentication, which incorporates unique information in each transaction making it virtually impossible to replicate.The EMV standard has already been adopted by more than 80 countries where it has significantly reduced counterfeit card fraud, saving hundreds of millions of dollars. Our goal is to help reduce fraud in the United States too. 158SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more