Senior Jared Dourdeville receives 2010 SAME Award

first_imgOn behalf of the New York City Post of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), Harvard College senior Jared Dourdeville ’11 has been awarded the 2010 Colonel and Mrs. S.S. Dennis III Scholarship in recognition of his hard work and dedication to research.During the SEAS All Hands meeting held on April 29, Cherry A. Murray, dean of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), presented Dourdeville with a certificate of accomplishment and a scholarship check for $1,000 from SAME.The organization has nearly 22,500 members and is dedicated to advancing individual technical knowledge and the collective engineering capabilities of governments, the uniformed services, and private industry in the interest of national defense.Dourdeville is an engineering sciences concentrator pursuing the mechanical and materials track.Hailing from Marion, Massachusetts, he is a member of the men’s lightweight crew team and was named to the spring 2010 Academy All-Ivy League Team.Dourdeville lives in Pforzheimer House.last_img read more

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Doctors, hospitals increasing use of electronic health records

first_img Read Full Story Hospitals nearly tripled their use of electronic health records (EHR) systems between 2010 and 2012, according to a new study co-authored by?Ashish Jha?of Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). The authors found that 44% of hospitals report having at least a basic EHR system.“Given the size of our country, that’s amazing progress in a very short time period,” said Jha, HSPH professor of health policy and management, in a July 8, 2013?HealthDay?article.The study was one of three co-authored by Jha on the latest trends in health information technology (IT) adoption among U.S. health care providers and hospitals. Supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as a companion to its annual health IT report, the articles were published online July 9, 2013 in?Health Affairs. Jha was one of several panelists speaking about the studies’ findings at a?Health Affairs?press briefing in Washington, D.C., on July 9.last_img read more

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Look Before You Leap: The Importance of a Comprehensive AI Strategy

first_imgArtificial Intelligence is everywhere, but it’s critical for companies to take the time to research, analyze, and develop a strategic plan before deploying AI initiatives.Well it seems this artificial intelligence thing has caught on after all, and looks like it’s here to stay. AI is already used across most industries and shows no signs of slowing down. It’s a rapidly growing technology that will impact nearly every product and business process over the next decade.Even late adopters are ready to embrace it, because it’s clear that AI, along with its machine learning (ML) and deep learning (DL), is reshaping the way we do business. AI can help organizations reach their targeted business outcomes by:Increasing efficiency of internal applicationsImproving customer experienceIncreasing lead generation and customer acquisitionAutomating business and HR operationsImproving ROIOf course, with all the cool and exciting things AI can do, it’s temping for businesses to jump in and get started right away. That eagerness can be a good thing, but deploying AI without preparation can lead to a wide range of problems. As with most new business applications, it’s critical to analyze and think through your IT Transformation strategy first. Carefully research when and where it makes sense to use AI, so that you can be most effective and cost efficient in the long run.IT leaders need to consider questions like:What projects make the most sense for our business and goals?What applications will give us the best ROI (both in the short and long-term)?What kind of shape is our current data in, and do we have the right data management technology?Do we have the proper infrastructure hardware to scale?Do we have the skills to implement AI initiatives? If not, should we train our current staff or hire new? Or both?How will we communicate across all our lines of business?The problem is that too many companies, excited about the benefits of AI, cannonball in without a strategic plan. The want to make a big splash, but forget to check that there is water in the pool first.Don’t be them.Just as you have to crawl before you can run, you have to start small with AI. It’s best to dip your toes in the water and Once you have some initial success and a solid strategy in place, you can move on to more extensive applications.Whether your organization has already embraced AI or plans to adopt it soon, consider the following before you go any further: Evaluate Current Challenges and OpportunitiesTake the time to research and evaluate your current opportunities. Chances are, there are multiple areas of your organization that can benefit from AI and ML. The different lines of business might be clamoring to get started, but it’s critical to do the research up front to ensure that your IT strategy aligns with your overall company objectives.Prioritize Your ListAfter you’ve gathered the data, you’ll need to prioritize projects based on the scope, potential risks and ROI. This is often easier said than done, because different departments will have different priorities. It’s up to you as an IT leader to manage this and make recommendations based on the company’s best interests.Examine Your Organization’s Current DataWhat shape is your company’s data in? Again, be realistic in your current state (not in where you hope to be), so that you don’t get in over your head. You can always start small, perhaps using your Big Data analytics to deploy one or two ML applications. Measure the ROI of those initial projects, using the data to develop recommendations for future applications.Focus on StaffingAI initiatives require a different skill set. Automating operations can free up your staff to do other things, but you may find that they don’t have the right skills. You’ll need engineers and data scientists to manage the applications and analyze the data. Will you retrain current staff or recruit new employees? Or a mix of both? Now is the time to think about and budget for these staffing issues.To succeed with AI initiatives, it’s critical that organizations have a comprehensive and prioritized execution strategy in place. Doing so will allow you to deploy the right technology and IT infrastructure for each specified use-case.For additional information on how IT leaders can ensure successful ML and DL projects check out The Artificial Intelligence Starter Guide for IT Leaders.? This white paper by Moor Insights & Strategy also covers Dell EMC’s hardware for classical machine learning, hardware for deep learning, pre-configured “Ready Bundles,” enterprise cloud services, and our consulting and training services.last_img read more

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It’s Confirmed! James Corden Will Host CBS’ The Late Late Show

first_img James Corden View Comments Corden, who stars as the Baker in the upcoming Into the Woods film adaptation, earned a Tony for his portrayal of Francis Henshall in One Man, Two Guvnors after originating the role in London. He also appeared in The History Boys on Broadway and in the West End. In addition to Into the Woods, Corden’s screen credits include One Chance, in which he played Britain’s Got Talent sensation Paul Potts, Begin Again, The Three Musketeers, Gulliver’s Travels, The Gruffalo, Gavin & Stacey and Horne & Corden. This is somewhat bittersweet news for the Great White Way. Corden had recently been in negotiation to star as Pseudolus in a Broadway revival of?A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. With Corden now unavailable, a spokesperson for the musical, Chris Boneau said: “Despite the total commitment from Stephen Sondheim, our director, Alex Timbers and our entire creative team…we have decided to postpone the production this season.” The show has thus released the Nederlander theater that was on hold for the tuner.center_img Star Files It’s official! The previously reported speculation is true and James Corden will take over as host of CBS’ The Late Late Show in 2015. According to TVLine.com the Tony winner will succeed Craig Ferguson when he steps down from the gig in December. No word yet on where the show will be made.last_img read more

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Brian Gilligan on Unleashing His Inner James Brown in The Commitments

first_img The idea of this white Dublin community coming together to honor the best of black American soul is such a great one. It’s very me, as well. My mum was a huge, huge Motown and soul fan and the first record I ever bought was a double CD of James Brown’s greatest hits. He’s the one I like to embody every time I go out on stage, but when I was a teenager I also listened to a lot of classic rock music from all sorts of people—Led Zeppelin, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, groups like that. View Comments Presumably your upgrade within the cast has included a change in dressing room? It has. I was originally sharing with three guys who are brilliant—absolutely fantastic—and to find myself now sitting in my own dressing room is like, I don’t know what hit me! I have all this space, all this room, and it kind of feels like I’m in the middle of a ballpark. I’m still trying to get used to it! You were in the musical when it first opened—how did you work your way up to a leading role? It’s a pretty good story: I went from being third cover to leading man while playing Billy, the drummer, along the way. Deco came about when [assistant director] CJ Ranger heard me in backstage in the theater stairwell one day wailing away. As a result, I was called in to cover Deco and was then asked if I would play [the part] for the next year. I gather this production gets some very, um, revved-up audiences? Well, there hasn’t been any underwear or contraband thrown on to the stage if that’s what you mean [laughs]. But I guess the fun thing about our audience is that some of them have never been to the theater before so they don’t necessarily know that there is a kind of etiquette and decorum that come with going to the theater—things like not shouting out mid-scene. And what’s great is that there is room for the audience to get up and treat it like a live concert. They’re not afraid of shouting or whooping. Your part as the Commitments’ lead singer Deco is one of the most vocally demanding on the West End. How are you pacing yourself? It is demanding, and as with everyone who takes on a role like this it’s about being aware at certain points of where you can take a step back while still delivering [the part] up for the audience. As singers we have to be quite protective of our instrument, but at the same time the part is so rewarding that you want to give it your all. Irish actor Brian Gilligan has been playing the defining role of Deco in the rock musical The Commitments at the Palace Theatre since September—meanwhile, the role’s originator, Killian Donnelly, has moved on to headline the U.K. premiere of Memphis a few streets away. Just a kid when the Alan Parker film was released in 1991, Gilligan has nonetheless had a lifelong affection for this story of a community of Dubliners who form a soul band with Deco as their take-no-prisoners lead singer. A charming musical theatre newcomer, Gilligan chatted with Broadway.com about rocking out six times a week and getting used to the novelty of having his own dressing room.center_img So each performance lets you unleash your inner diva? You could say that, yes [laughs]. He’s quite a formidable character: raucous and rude and gifted with an extraordinary voice. Yes. I would describe Deco as someone who knows exactly what he’s after in that he wants to be a superstar-singer and he sees [the group] as a massive chance for him to get out there. Deco almost considers himself to be the white James Brown; he’s a diva but he’s also very serious about what he does. Did you know the material itself well already—Roddy Doyle’s book or the Alan Parker film? I was born in 1987 so would have been only four when the film came out [in 1991] but when I was growing up the movie was part of the standard DVD/video diet for every young north Dubliner. It’s a story that everybody from my generation would have grown up with and would have quoted quite extensively. What’s it like for you and your?Commitments castmates to have another Irish musical, Once, playing up the street? [Laughs] It’s been little Dublin for several years now ever since Once moved in and then The Commitments. It really has been great fun and we should take an awful lot of happiness in the fact that these stories from Glen Hansard and Roddy Doyle have made their way to the West End stage. You got to shadow the amazing Killian Donnelly in the role—did he give you any pointers when it was time for you to take over? Killian was great with his time from the very beginning. He told me to enjoy it, to go about it with a lot of pace and caution, not to burn myself out too quickly and just to have as much fun as I can. Oh, and he did say one thing: learn to guzzle water as quickly as you possibly can because it is one of those shows where either on or off stage, you are constantly sweating.last_img read more

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Food School.

first_imgProcessing-plant supervisors must meet rigid federal Good Manufacturing Practice requirements to assure the safety of low-acid or acidified canned foods. They can learn how in the University of Georgia Better Process Control School in Athens, Ga. The school, which covers the critical factors supervisors must know in these canning processes, will be March 7-10?at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. The school is sponsored by the UGA Department of Food Science and Technology and the Food Process Research and Development Laboratory. The $500 fee covers training materials, supplies, refreshment breaks, three lunches, tuition and certificates. Preregistration is required. To learn more about the school, or to sign up, call Marian Wendinger at (706) 542-2574. Or e-mail her at marianw@flavor.fst.uga.edu.last_img read more

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ToWanda Bike NC: Not Just Another Charity Ride

first_imgCharity rides abound these days—it seems like everyone is cycling for a cause. But few rides get as personal and profound as the? ToWanda Bike NC?ride for Wanda Redmond. For 18 years, Wanda has served as a hospice nurse in Asheville, N.C., providing comfort to dying patients in their final days. Now, Wanda is fighting for her own life, battling colon cancer for the second time.Two friends and fellow hospice nurses, Nina Snoddy and Michelle Knight, decided to ride 500 miles across North Carolina to support her, and every single penny goes directly to Wanda. They completed the ride on Saturday and have raised $8,400 so far…just a few hundred short of their $9,000 goal.Visit their site and help them get there.last_img

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Branches need to lean on more HR data driven approaches

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Chad Davis Chad Davis is?Industry Sr Solutions Marketing Manger, F5 Networks, which is the leader in app security and multi-cloud management.?He can be reached at c.davis@f5.com. Web: https://www.f5.com Details Technology is rapidly changing our work-lives, and there are no signs of it slowing down. ?Even HR is becoming increasingly data-driven and is having a strategic impact on the bottom-line. The challenge in credit unions is finding an HR approach that brings all the information about employees and workforce performance across the organization together to optimize execution of the human capital strategy.For example, a teller supervisor wants to make sure their branch is fully staffed with the most productive employees on Friday afternoons, the busiest time of their week. To ensure high-quality member service, she wants to schedule employees most likely to be there on time and meet or exceed members’ expectations for timely, accurate, and friendly service. ?Toward that end, the teller supervisor turns to her credit union’s workforce management solution. She reviews data on the available employees to determine which ones to schedule based on cost, seniority, skills, and attendance record. But that’s not the only information she could consult to make sure the team scheduled to handle peak traffic efficiently and effectively are among the credit union’s strongest performers. It would also be helpful to add in performance history, including sales, service, and product proficiency, which might be available through a human capital management (HCM) solution.Without that information, the manager is basing her staffing decisions on partial data, a drawback that could negatively impact member service and sales results. A system that integrates workforce management and HCM and centralizes all available HR data in one place can streamline operations and enable a more complete understanding of business performance.That’s one of the scenarios—and solutions—shared in a new ebook from Kronos, “A Unified Approach: The Integration of HCM and Workforce Management.”Workforce management vs. HCMWorkforce management and HCM may seem like synonymous, or at least closely related, terms. However, much of the software offered under these labels was initially developed and has continued to evolve in distinct directions. Bersin by Deloitte notes that the term human capital management “represents the entire range of practices and processes for managing people in an organization—which is a superset of talent management.” However, HCM technology systems, for the most part, have been engineered to support management of salaried professional staff, while workforce management systems focus on employees paid by the hour. ??The result is that employers may rely one system to manage salaried employees’ performance, professional development, and compensation and benefits and another to manage, schedule, and pay their large nonexempt/hourly workforce. Or they may maintain several systems for scheduling, payroll, benefits administration, performance management, and other key functions. In either case, it is difficult to bring all of that data together to develop, implement, and monitor progress toward human capital strategies and to comply with local, state, and federal workforce regulations.“To stay competitive, mitigate compliance, and drive business growth, it’s time to think more strategically about your entire workforce, the practices and processes required to effectively manage, engage, and retain all your people; and the technology that’s needed to put your HCM strategy to work,” the Kronos report recommends. “In short, it’s time that HCM technology offered a unified system to bring the power of workforce management solutions to the practices and processes involved in executing your holistic HCM strategy.”Bridging the gapHR professionals work with managers throughout the credit union to guide its most valuable asset—its people—to become more effective, more productive, and more engaged throughout the employee lifecycle. The goal of investing in HCM and workforce management software is to support and improve outcomes across the stages of that cycle: recruiting, onboarding, performance management, staff development and advancement, and retention. Accomplishing that goal is only possible if the credit union can combine all available sets of data to drive more effective decision making and enhance business results—so the organization can bridge the gap between tracking employee work and tying it to overall financial performance. Credit unions are serving an increasingly diverse field of membership with a wider range of products, services, and delivery channels than ever before, and they rely on an equally diverse workforce to do so. More than a third (35 percent) of Americans on the job today are millennials, ages 22 to 37, who expect employers to use state-of-the-art technology that can help them manage their work experience. At the same time, 19 percent of people ages 65 and older are still working at least part-time. That span of age, education, on-the-job experience, and expertise with both personal and technology-powered member services can work to a credit union’s advantage if it has the best tools in place to deploy and manage its workforce.Many other business units across credit unions are tackling the same challenge. For example, marketing is looking for ways to pull together data from diverse systems to better personalize offers to members, and lending software is becoming increasingly sophisticated in wielding information required to complete the loan process and identify other ways to build member relationships. Along the same lines, a unified HCM solution can help credit unions simultaneously improve the many processes inherent in HR and ratchet up financial outcomes.Here’s another example of this dynamic in action, adapted from the Kronos ebook: When placing reports from two systems side by side, the call center manager can see that the rate of members waiting on hold from 8 to 9 a.m. past the targeted service standard coincides with a number of employees regularly arriving late for work. An HCM solution that consolidates all employee data might help the manager see a pattern: The most frequent offenders all live 15 or more miles away and, given regular traffic gridlocks near the call center, likely deal with daily commuting headaches. Having identified the root cause, the manager can now work with staff to select and try out a range of possible solutions, from adjusting work schedules to subsidizing public transit passes. “A unified system empowers your organization to notice gaps, link relevant employee data easily, and make informed, timely decisions that engage employees and drive business performance,” the report suggests. “When workforce management works with HCM, your organization has a well-oiled machine working in the background. Whereas capacity planning and management were previously clunky and inefficient, your users now have the data and insights they need to be more effective in their roles.”last_img read more

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105 years young: Woman gets parade instead of party

first_imgHer other son, Joseph, was very appreciative that people helped bring his mother some joy on her birthday given the circumstances. “She’s kind of locked in where she can’t go to Bingo and she was going twice a week,” he said. Cars, New York State Police vehicles and even firetrucks from the Union Center Fire Company drove through her neighborhood, honking, beeping and cheering for Tchir on her big day. TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) — For her 105th birthday, local woman Mary Tchir wanted some simple things: a nice, sunny day and to play bingo out in her community. Tchir also received an official citation from Broome County Executive Jason Garnar, declaring today, May 3, 2020, Mary Tchir Day.center_img “It’s very, very unique, to be honest with you, that came out of the blue,” Joseph added. But with COVID-19 changing the way celebrations are done in our area, her family, friends, and even first responders had a different idea. “It was very, very special,” Tchir’s son Dennis said. “There isn’t a lot that we can do socially, but this makes it real special and it just shows that there’s a lot of people that care.”last_img read more

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Nautical tourism: There was a decline in vessels in transit, especially in Zadar and the northern Adriatic

first_imgOn the other hand, the new season is expected to be at the same level as last year, and our geographical position and security aspect stand out as the main advantages. “We hope that the new year will be at the level of last year because we still have a lot of factors that are on our side, such as geographical location and security aspect. But it should be said that it is not natural for us to constantly record significant growth. We need all together to be realistic and flexible for the challenges ahead”Said the president of the Association of Marina HGK Sean Lisjak, commenting on the results for the past and expectations for the new tourist year. RESEARCH RESULTS PRESENTED “ATTITUDES AND CONSUMPTION OF NAUTICIANS IN CROATIA – TOMAS NAUTIKA YACHTING 2017.”? “We cannot say that there is not a certain dose of concern about the new tourist season. We recorded a decline in vessels in transit, especially in Zadar and the northern Adriatic. It is difficult to say how much this factor contributed to, the recovery of competitive markets, raising the sojourn tax or the recession of Italy as an important emitting market. ” said the president of the Association of Marina HGK Sean Lisjak, commenting on the results for the past and expectations for the new tourist year. Photo: D-Marin Mandalina, ?ibenik At the session, the Adriatic Institute of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts presented new models of berth contracts in marinas, created as part of the Delicromar scientific research project, with the support of the Marine Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.? As pointed out at the presentation, due to the growing development of nautical tourism, there is a need for standardization, especially since these are contracts of specific content, which include not only the provision of berths, but also maintenance and storage. Thus, new models of contracts were presented to the members of the Association in order to make a final version based on the comments of the profession, as a guideline for Croatian marinas. CALCULATION OF RESIDENCE TAX FEES FOR BOATERS IN 2019 Soon a new standardized model mooring agreement for all marinas RELATED NEWS: Last year’s summary was one of the main topics of today’s session of the HGK Marina Association held in D-Marina Dalmacija, as well as the expectations of this current nautical year.? Nautical tourism ports earned HRK 857 million last year, an increase of 2017 percent compared to 2,7. There were 1,4 percent more vessels on a permanent berth compared to the situation at the end of 2017, but the number of vessels in transit fell by 3,8 percent, according to the latest results of the Central Bureau of Statistics for 2018 for nautical tourism ports.? CAPACITIES AND OPERATIONS OF NAUTICAL TOURISM PORTS, 2018 And the end was pointed out that the International Marine Association (IMG) will be held in June in Split, as part of the annual congress of the International Council of the Maritime Industry Association (ICOMIA). Also, the Association of Marinas of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce last year became a member of ICOMIA, an international body that brings together national associations of the maritime industry, and as announced, the Association is preparing for Croatia’s candidacy to host the World Marina Conference 2020.last_img read more

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