Around the Schools: Faculty of Arts & Sciences

first_img“Harvard Shorts” is not stock market lingo, nor abbreviated pants for wearing on a treadmill. It’s a new University-wide digital movie contest, sponsored by the Division of Humanities. Inspiration came from the ubiquity of video productions in academic life, their aesthetic possibilities, and their potential for enriching scholarship.The contest is a search for what organizers call “polished, coherent, and enjoyable” three-minute explorations of teaching and research.There are five categories: scholarly serials; scholarly shorts; shorts on the topic “Why are the arts and humanities important?”; course or departmental trailers; and shorts on novel ways to use library resources. Prizes range from $500 to $750. The top films will be screened April 24.All submissions must be free of copyright restrictions. The rules for movie-making technology are flexible — even PowerPoint is eligible — and organizers will hold training seminars for novices. All current Harvard faculty, students, and staff, alone or in teams, are eligible. Submissions, due between March 15 and April 9, must be submitted online. The voting is online too, between April 16 and 23.For more details, go to the Harvard Shorts Web site. You also can follow the contest on Twitter: #HarvardShorts. If you have questions, contact the contest organizers at [email protected]— Corydon Ireland­If you have an item for Around the Schools, please e-mail your write-up (150-200 words) to [email protected]last_img read more

Opponents known for Bosnia and Herzegovina’s U-19 Women’s Team in qualifying Round for EURO 2020

first_imgAfter the draw held at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, the U-19 women’s team of Bosnia and Herzegovina have learned the names of its opponents in the elite qualifying round for EURO 2020.The BH U-19 women’s team is placed in Group 5 with France, Portugal and Italy.The tournament will be held in Portugal from 7th to 13th April 2020.Head coach Dragan Jevtić says about the group:“Given that we qualified for the elite round, we could not expect easy opponents at all. All teams at this stage of the competition have quality. The group is tough, but also attractive. I am pleased with the draw, because these are opponents we can play against. These girls have not yet said the last word in these qualifications and I believe in them. We will do our best to achieve the best possible result and represent our country in the best way. We look forward to meeting attractive opponents.”Jevtić also commented on the qualifying group for next season, when the BH team will play against Norway, Poland and the Faroe Islands:“We also got quality opponents here, but we have plenty of time until October to prepare well. In the next qualifying cycle, we will also have a group of players who are already competing for the female junior team. I think we can repeat this season’s success and qualify for the elite round.”last_img read more

Wellington police notes: Friday, Aug. 9 – Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013

first_imgSaturday August 10, 2013•8:22 a.m. Charolette M. Jones, 28, Wellington was issued a summons to appear for a charge of discharge of a firearm within the Wellington.•8:37 a.m. Clifford L. Barney, 44, Wichita was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 45 mph in a 35 mph zone. (radar)•9 a.m. Henry A. Castro, 38, Wellington was issued a summons to appear charged with theft.•10:06 a.m. Thomas V. Atterbury, Derby, was arrested and charged with possession of depressants and driving while revoked in the 1400 block of E. 16th, Wellington.•3:57 p.m. Officers investigated burglary and criminal damage to property in the 1100 block S. A  Wellington by an unknown suspect(s).•9:35 p.m. Kristine M. Ledbetter, 19, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 67 mph in a 55 mph zone. (radar)•11:18 p.m. Officers investigated possession of depressant, possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding and contributing to a child’s misconduct.•11:23 p.m. Juvenile male, 15, Ponca City, Okla. was arrested and confined referred to juvenile court.•11:23 p.m. Jessica M. Schiltz, 24, Ponca City, Okla. was arrested, charged and confined with possession of certain depressants, possession of drug paraphernalia and contributing to a child’s misconduct. Wellington Police notes for Friday, August 9, to Sunday, August 11, 2013:Friday, Aug. 9 •8:59 a.m. Officers investigated burglary and criminal damage to property in the 200 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.•10 a.m. Officers investigated impair a security interest by known suspect in the 800 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington.•10 a.m. Officers investigated impair a security interest by known suspect in the 800 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington.•1:27 p.m. Officers investigated theft of a CB radio by an unknown suspect in the 300 block W. Botkin, Wellington.•2 p.m. Non-Injury, hit and run accident in the 1100 block N. A, Wellington involving an unknown vehicle and a parked and unoccupied vehicle owned by Judy A. Wacker, Argonia.•3:35 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a lawnmower in the 300 block N. A, Wellington.•9:15 p.m. Officers took a report of found property in the 800 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington. Sunday, August 11, 2013•5:40 a.m. Jeremy L. Harris, 38, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with illegal registration and no proof insurance.•9:04 a.m. Austin L. Mayo, 19, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with speeding 45 mph in a 30 mph zone.•4:09 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of a tree trimmer in the 1900 block N. B, Wellington.•5:31 p.m. Officer took a miscellaneous report in the 1200 block S. G, Wellington.last_img read more

Two Who Left Shrewsbury A Better Place

first_imgBy John Burton SHREWSBURY –  With the planting of a tree and placing of a bench plaque, the borough honored two citizens whose efforts contributed to the borough’s quality of life over the course of their lifetimes.On Friday morning, Mayor Donald Burden joinedMonmouth County Freeholder John Curley, community and family members, as well as members of the borough police department as they offered their tributes to Hermann A. Allen and John J. McGuire Jr. These two longtime borough residents, now both deceased, gave of themselves for many years to the town they called home.The mayor looked around at the group and reflected on the small-town sentiment in the two-mile square community, “It really gives me a sense of what Shrewsbury is all about,” he said.“This is a community that is so tightly knit,” observed Curley, who grew up here. He compared it to the fictional Mayberry of “The Andy Griffith Show.”“It really is neighbor helping neighbor,” Curley said.Burden unveiled a bench located in front of borough hall at 419 Sycamore Ave. with a plaque recognizing McGuire’s contributions.Janet McGuire, widow of former Shrewsbury Borough Police Chief John J. McGuire Jr., attends a ceremony last week honoring her late husband.McGuire, who died in August at age 72, had lived in the borough since he was 12. He had been a member of the borough police for 27 years, retiring as chief in 1993. Afterwards McGuire worked as a Monmouth County undersheriff and served on the Borough Council for a number of years.“He was always a good mentor,” said Burden, referencing the days when he had first been elected to the borough council. And Curley recalled his time as an 18-year-old police dispatcher and how McGuire offered guidance to him.“He was an amazing individual and certainly gave a lot to this community,” said Police Chief Louis Ferraro, who also worked with McGuire.A short distance away, borough employees planted a red oak tree in memory of Allen, made possible through donations by the borough Environmental Commission and borough employees. Allen, who died in October 2010 at 91, was a lifetime honorary member of the borough Historical Society and member of the environmental commission. Burden and Shade Tree Chairman Bill Gerth told how Allen became a fixture at council and Planning Board meetings, offering his input on the government’s actions. He worked tirelessly in many ways, volunteering for numerous projects, Burden added.“When Mr. Allen stepped forward we all listened,” the mayor noted. Burden added, “For me personally, he was my buddy,” as the two regularly worked on those projects together.“In many ways Hermann was a de facto member of the borough council,” given the extent of his involvement, Gerth said.The red oak, which is also New Jersey’s state tree, will grow upward of 75 to 100 feet and will be a lasting tribute to Allen, Gerth added.last_img read more

Ohio’s Country Journal & Ohio Ag Net Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 131 | Carbon and Cover Crops

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dale, Bart, and Matt are in the hot seat this week on the Ohio Ag Net Podcast brought to you by AgriGold. Dale catches up with John Linder at the National Association of Farm Broadcasting annual convention and meeting. Dale also catches up with Noah Walker from Indigo Carbon talking all things carbon credits. That and more this week on the podcast!last_img

The Ice King’s palace. — Eisriesenwelt – Giant Ice World (GC18G08) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgWhat geocachers are saying:“This cave really is an amazing experience – but warm clothing is really required. Luckily we came prepared  One of the advantages by arriving early is that you will be passing the clouds on your way up, and at the cave you are above the clouds. Looking just like from an airplane  On the way down (take the panorama route down!) the clouds had dissipated and the most amazing view lay open for us! Thanks for placing a cache at the amazing location” – msi911“Spectacular caves. Highly recommended visit. TFTC” – robib“Since we are camping in this area of Austria, this wonder of nature can not be missed. What a great visit.” – JapieD Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:More Don’t forget to bring a jacket. Photo by geocacher boro0470Standing among the ice formations. Photo by geocacher Dj FvMThe entrance to the caves from below. Photo by geocacher geonautenWhat’s your favorite EarthCache? Tell us and post photos in the comments. Why this is the Geocache of the Week:EarthCaches not only bring us to amazing places, they also teach us about the processes that shape our planet. If you’re looking for an especially ‘cool’ EarthCache to find and earn your International EarthCache Day Souvenir on October 12, the ice caves near Salzburg, Austria should be high on your list. These caves even made Buzzfeed’s list of “19 Surreal Caves You Won’t Actually Believe Exist“. But beware: This EarthCache isn’t for the faint of heart. Geocachers must climb 134 meters worth of stairs and endure below-freezing temperatures. One look at the photos though and you can see that earning this smiley is worth it. Difficulty/Terrain Rating:2/3.5center_img Among the ice giants. Photo by geocacher boro0470Geocache Name:Eisriesenwelt – Giant Ice World (GC18G08) Photos: SharePrint RelatedEisriesenwelt – Giant Ice World – GC108G08 – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – September 27, 2012September 27, 2012In “Community”Watch out for Wampas* — Big Four Ice Caves (GC1575A) — Geocache of the WeekNovember 27, 2013In “Community”Explore the hidden underground. – Grotte de L’ Observatoire (GC2HC3E) – Geocache of the WeekNovember 6, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”last_img read more

Financial Assistance After a Service Member Dies: What The Military Provides

first_imgMilitary.com. (n.d.) Transitioning from Military Service. Retrieved from http://www.military.com/money/retirement/military-retirement/transitioning-out-of-military-service.html MyArmyBenefits. (2016). Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP). Retrieved from https://myarmybenefits.us.army.mil/Benefit-Library/Federal-Benefits/Survivor-Benefit-Plan-(SBP)?serv=126 Department of Defense. (2017). A survivor’s guide to benefits. Retrieved from http://download.militaryonesource.mil/12038/MOS/ResourceGuides/A-Survivors-Guide-To-Benefits.pdf By Carol ChurchThe loss of a service member to military-related causes is always a tragedy. No one ever wants to need the information in this blog.However, families who are coping with the devastation that accompany such a loss do need concrete facts. It’s reassuring to know that the military has programs in place to help spouses, children, and other family members regain their financial footing. Taken all together, the value of these benefits is very likely to exceed $500,000. This is the least that can be done for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.Ken Wolter/PhotospinFollowing is a listing of benefits available to families of service members whose deaths are a result of military service. Typically, these benefits are offered to families of those service members who die during active duty, including as a result of training. This also includes deaths that occur while a service member was traveling to the place of duty. Some benefits are also extended to the families of veterans who die as a result of service-related injury or disease, or who die of non-service-related issues after being disabled by service-related issues.Death Gratuity payment This is a $100,000 benefit paid within 72 hours of the death of an active duty service member that is a result of service. Its purpose is to assist family with immediate concerns. The service member will have filled out a form designating who will receive this payment. This sum is not taxed.Funeral and burial costs payment When a member dies on active duty, the amount paid towards preparation, burial, and interment will vary from $1000-$8700, depending on whether the military handles arrangements or the family chooses a private cemetery. Travel costs for immediate family will also be paid. Veterans whose death was service-related receive up to $2000 in funeral and burial benefits and are also eligible for free burial in a VA cemetery. More information on funeral and burial benefits is available in this post.Back pay and unpaid leave Of course, survivors will receive all back pay owed, as well as payment owed for any leave that has not been taken.Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance payment All service members are automatically insured in this program to the maximum $400,000 benefit, unless they have cancelled it or reduced its benefits in writing. Benefits will either be paid out in 36 installments or in one lump sum (this decision will have been made by the service member at time of enrollment).Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) DIC is paid out to survivors of any service member who dies on active duty or in training as a result of service-related diseases, injury, or condition, as well as to survivors of veterans whose deaths were service-related. DIC is also paid out to survivors of some veterans who were totally disabled by military service at the time of their deaths. Under DIC, the spouse and each child receive COLA-adjusted flat rate payments. Payments to children extend to age 21, or 23 if enrolled in college. Payments to spouses continue for life, or until the spouse remarries (payments continue if the spouse remarried after age 57). It is important to note that if spouses are also eligible for Survivors’ Benefit Plan (SBP) benefits, these will be reduced by the amount paid out in DIC.Survivor Benefit Plan The SBP provides a COLA-adjusted monthly income to survivors of service members killed in the line of duty, based on a percentage of their pay. As noted above, it’s important to understand that spousal SBP payments will be reduced by the amount paid out in DIC. For this reason, some spouses choose to opt out of SBP for themselves and to have the whole benefit go to children, whose benefit is not affected by DIC. This decision cannot be reversed.Medical Care For the first 3 years after the death of an active duty service member, surviving spouses and dependents are eligible for full-active duty health benefits at no cost. After three years, children remain eligible for full benefits, while spouses will transition to Tricare.Housing assistance Surviving spouses and family members retain the right to their service member’s BAH or military housing for one year after the date of death. Families also have the right to have one move paid for by the military in the 3 years following the death of the active duty member.Tax liability forgiveness Income taxes already paid may be forgiven or may not have to be paid for the person who has died in the year after the death of an active duty service member. Family members can get help with their tax situation at their closest military installation, or consult IRS guidelines.VA Home loan assistance Surviving spouses are eligible to apply for VA loans. Though this is not technically a monetary benefit, it may still be very useful to surviving spouses due to the unique benefits of this product. To learn more about VA loans, visit Part 1 and Part 2 of our series on this program.Educational benefits Surviving spouses and children are eligible for a number of important educational benefits, including transfer of GI Bill benefits and programs and scholarships that may pay up to 100% of costs. For more information, visit A Survivor’s Guide to Benefits.Commissary and exchange privileges Surviving spouse and dependents retain the right to shop at commissaries and exchanges. Spouses retain this right unless they remarry, and children retain it until age 21. Sorting out and understanding all these different benefits and programs can feel extremely overwhelming at a time of grief and sorrow. Fortunately, the military assigns each bereaved family a Casualty Assistance Officer who assists families in sorting out these matters. However, it is still important to remember that many of these benefits must be applied for.There is nothing that can ever replace the loss of a family member, but the military works hard to help families facing this grief. Knowing that these programs are there to assist with financial needs may be a comfort to families.References:Department of Defense. (n.d.) Military compensation: Death gratuity. Retrieved from http://militarypay.defense.gov/Benefits/Death-Gratuity/ We’ll be talking about Estate Planning for Families with Special Needs on Tuesday, August 15 at 11 a.m. ET. For more information about joining this 90-minute webinar, visit the event page.last_img read more

Use your iPad as a Control Surface in Adobe Audition

first_imgTo see the keyframes you recorded, click the twirly beside the mode. After you stopped recording, the mode changed to Touch. In this mode key frames aren’t recorded till you move the fader, and when you let go, it returns to the previously recorded keyframes. Latch mode will stay where the fader was when you let go.  You can click the eraser icon to clear all your recorded keyframes.For $7.99, I think the AC-7 Core is a no brainer if you have an iPad and spend a bit of time in Audition or other DAWs.  It does well what it is designed to do – speeding up and streamlining your Adobe Audition audio workflow. Surprisingly the AC-7 Core dosen’t have latency issues (delay) when you move a fader and works with no hiccups wirelessly over a Wi-Fi connection.If you prefer using an iPhone or iTouch there is also a AC-7 mini.Basic Operation in AuditionYou have a choice of Modes, to emulate the settings in various DAWs.  The Generic Mode works with Audition and generally any device that uses Mackie Protocol.You can pick a skin, which gives you a light or dark interface. The faders are responsive and clicking the meters button lets you see the audio volume for each track.You can select tracks, mute and solo them. You have transport controls to play, record, jog and shuttle. One of the most useful features for me is the ability to record audio keyframes in Adobe Audition, which we’ll dig into a little deeper now.Audio Automation in Audition (Recording Keyframes)Often when you have music in your video edit you want to dip it down when someone is speaking, and then bring it back up when they stop.  This is called “riding the levels” or adjusting gain.  Instead of doing this manually you can record keyframes when you move the fader using Automation.The most common workflow for editors is to send your finished edit from Premiere Pro to Audition. If you need a refresher on getting from Premiere Pro to Audition I previously wrote about editing clips & sequences in Audition.In Audition you need to be in a multitrack session to use automation.By Default each track is in Read Mode. To record keyframes change this to Write. You can do this in Audition or click the Write button on the AC-7. Click the Play button and drag the fader to record key frames, and press the Stop button when done. Instead of a mouse, use your iPad to control your faders and other controls in Adobe Audition (mute, solo, automation). Using a control surface frees you from the keyboard!The iPad is quickly turning into a powerful tool for filmmaking, with new apps appearing each month. To see some of the latest apps and post productoin tools check out HandheldHollywood.com, a site focused on iPad/iPhone filmmaking apps and gear.I spend a bit of time in Adobe Audition working with audio, and using a mouse feels cumbersome at times.  I personally prefer the tactual touch of a fader or virtual fader over using a mouse, and this is where control surfaces come in.   Control surfaces are devices that control the faders and other controls (mute, solo, automation) in Audition or other Digital Audio Workstations (DAW).Control Surfaces aren’t currently supported in Premiere Pro, but they are in Adobe Audition, FCP 7, and Logic Pro.You can easily spend $200 on a dedicated control surface, but there is a cost effective alternative: use your iPad.  AC-7 Core ($7.99) is a control surface that runs on your iPad.  I previously mentioned this useful application in my 10 filmmaking apps under $10 article.As an editor who also does audio (and wears multiple hats), I find the AC-7 good for basic post-production audio work.  It enables a quicker workflow and in many ways is easier to use than a mouse.The other big plus of using a control surface is that it frees you from your computer.  You can perform basic functions like recording a voiceover from across the room!Getting Up and RunningTo start using AC-7 Core in your post production workflow you’ll need to set it up.  The installation and configuration are surprisingly easy (takes 5-10 minutes)  First, download the app from iTunes.It works on both Mac & Windows iPads running (iOS 4.2 and later) in a variety of apps, including FCP 7.  There are written directions and a video tutorial for both Mac & Windows installation.It might be necessary to manually reconnect your iPad if it was turned off after a session. Go to Utilities > Audio Midi Setup.  Then double click on Network, then select the iPad and click Connect.  If you will be using this workflow a lot it’s a good idea to put “Audio Midi Setup” on your dock (for Mac users).last_img read more