IKEA offers staff training autonomy

first_imgThe Edinburgh branch of Swedish home furnishing chain IKEA is usinge-learning to introduce its first ever IT training programme for staff. NETg, part of the Thomson Corporation, won the one-year contract and willdeliver courses in Microsoft desktop skills and the European Computer DrivingLicence (ECDL). “While many of our employees do not use computers directly in theirroles, we recognise the importance of allowing staff to develop in all areas inthe belief that this will help us to create a more motivated, committed andhappy workforce,” said Neil Crowson, training manager of IKEA, Edinburgh.”It’s important to give staff some autonomy over training and let themtake responsibility for personal development.” Staff access the e-learning via PC in the Learning Resource Centre or fromhome via a CD-Rom. Excel and PowerPoint skills are most in demand at manageriallevel. On the shopfloor, confidence at using a computer is more of a priority. www.netg.co.uk Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. IKEA offers staff training autonomyOn 1 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

The preservation of methanesulphonic acid in frozen ice-core samples

first_imgIce-core records of methanesulphonic acid (MSA) provide a potentially powerful tool for producing proxy records of sea ice, a critical but poorly understood component of the Earth’s climate system. However, MSA is able to diffuse through solid ice, and here we examine the effect of two different methods of frozen storage on the preservation of MSA in archived ice-core samples. Re-analysis of archived ice sticks confirms that MSA diffuses out of ice cores archived in this manner. Despite MSA losses of up to 39% after 7 years storage, the ice sticks studied here preserve much of the variability of the original MSA record, suggesting that useful proxy records can be obtained from archived ice sticks. Furthermore, re-analysis of ice-core samples that had been refrozen into discrete bottled samples for storage demonstrates that it is possible to archive ice samples in a way that prevents MSA loss. In this case, accurate records of MSA variability and concentration were preserved even over storage periods of 15 years. This has important implications for the storage of ice cores and subsequent determination of MSA, and demonstrates that ice storage history needs to be considered when interpreting MSA records.last_img read more

US Navy Launches MUOS Satellite

first_img View post tag: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Launches MUOS Satellite View post tag: MoUs US Navy Launches MUOS Satellite September 3, 2015center_img After a two-day delay due to tropical storm conditions, the U.S. Navy’s fourth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite launched on September 2nd at 6:18 a.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 41.MUOS-4, whose signal was acquired approximately three hours after launch, completes the initial operational constellation and provides near global network coverage for warfighters and combatant commanders. This array allows mobile forces, including submarines, surface ships and aircraft, to communicate around the world via the narrowband spectrum.User communities that will primarily benefit include ground forces at the individual soldier level but also include members of all services and special forces.“The legacy satellite communication system allowed users to ‘talk’ as long as they were within the same satellite footprint,” explained Navy Capt. Joe Kan, program manager for the Communications Satellite Program Office. “MUOS allows troops all over the world to talk, text and share mission data seamlessly without having to worry about where they are in relation to a satellite.”The program office falls under the Navy’s Program Executive Office for Space Systems, which has responsibility for the MUOS program and is located at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego.The Internet Protocol-based nature of MUOS allows network access to classified and unclassified networks. This network access for deployed tactical users will allow the exchange of critical situation awareness and targeting information.“With the launch of MUOS-4 we’re going to deliver that worldwide coverage and communication service for users,” explained Nina Tran, the program office’s space division director. “The legacy payload we have on MUOS satellites allows a smooth transition to a newer, better MUOS capability. We are benefitting from providing the legacy channels for current users and we are exploring all the capability that MUOS has to offer.”MUOS is an architecture comprised of a five-satellite constellation – a fifth on-orbit spare to be launched in 2016 – four ground stations across the globe, complex software to manage the network and an integrated waveform for use with user radios.According to the program office’s technical director, Jim Parsons, it’s the system’s flexible design that allows rapid insertion of technology to keep the system up-to-speed.“The nice thing about MUOS is that the ground system and terminals contain all the switching and routing technology,” Parsons said. “The satellite remains unchanged over time and can allow technology insertion into the ground stations and the waveform over time to increase capability without having to make any satellite changes.”Cmdr. Pete Sheehy, principal assistant program manager, explained that 24/7, beyond-line-of-sight communications will greatly benefit ground forces needing aviation support.MUOS is already providing legacy communications to combatant commanders via active satellites on-orbit. MUOS’ advanced capability – Wideband Code Division Multiple Access – has been demonstrated in various environments, platforms and applications such as integration testing with the newest submarine antennas, Navy special operations scenario exercises and Air Force C-17 in-flight tests.“In our testing we’ve tried to be as realistic as possible,” said Jarratt Mowery, director of end-to-end system testing. “In several events we’ve brought uniformed warfighters in and given them training on the MUOS system and operating its components. They were able to define the types of operations they would like to use the system and allowed them to exercise those operations in a realistic environment. Be that in vehicles driving around, in a forest with a thick canopy or even in airborne platforms.”An added benefit beyond the system’s initial requirements is extending communications further north and south toward the polar regions. This polar coverage, up to approximately 85 degrees in the Arctic under peak conditions, is significant considering that wireless and satellite communications has always been a struggle at extreme north and south latitudes.Over the next several days MUOS-4 will transition to reach its geosynchronous orbit location approximately 22,000 miles above Earth to begin initial on-orbit testing. The satellite’s solar arrays and antennas will then be deployed. On-orbit testing will start for subsequent turn-over to the Navy for test and commissioning to service.Two MUOS satellites, launched in 2012 and 2013, are already providing legacy communications capability from their geosynchronous orbits over the Pacific Ocean and the United States.MUOS-3, launched in January, was accepted by the Navy in June after on-orbit testing. The third satellite is awaiting final testing before being accepted for operational use.Ultimately, the constellation and associated network will extend narrowband communications availability well past 2025.The Navy’s Program Executive Office for Space Systems, located at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego, is responsible for the MUOS program.Image: US Navy Equipment & technology Share this articlelast_img read more

Post-doctoral Fellow / Research Associate / Research Assistant (several posts)

first_imgRef.: 502732Work type: Full-timeDepartment: Department of Mechanical Engineering(14500)Categories: Research Support Staff, Academic-relatedStaffHong KongApplications are invited for appointment as Post-doctoral Fellow/ Research Associate / Research Assistant (several posts) inthe Department of Mechanical Engineering (Ref.: 502732), tocommence as soon as possible, but not later than July 1, 2021. Theappointment will initially be made on a one-year temporary basis,with the possibility of renewal.Highly-ranked in the world, the Department of MechanicalEngineering of the University of Hong Kong offers a full range ofB. Eng., M. Sc., M. Phil. and Ph.D. degree programmes. With about30 full-time faculty members, the Department is well-equipped withteaching and research facilities and support. Information about theDepartment can be obtained at http://www.mech.hku.hk .Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree (for Post-doctoral Fellow/ Research Associate) or a Bachelor’s degree (for ResearchAssistant) in Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanics,Mechanical Engineering or related engineering disciplines,preferably with research experience in Materials Science andEngineering or Solid Mechanics, particularly in metals and alloys.A good command of written and spoken English is required.The appointees are expected to carry out research work related todesign and fabrication of advanced structural alloys, deformationand phase transformation mechanisms of metals and alloys, andperform other relevant duties as assigned by the PrincipalInvestigator.A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications andexperience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medicalbenefits. At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% ofgross income.The University only accepts online application for the above post.Applicants should apply online and upload an up-to-date C.V. Reviewof applications will start on December 1, 2020, and continue untilMay 1, 2021 , or until the posts are filled, whichever isearlier.Advertised: Nov 26, 2020 (HK Time)Applications close: May 1, 2021 (HK Time)last_img read more

Academics’ Wage Outrage

first_imgAnother academic, who also wished to remain anonymous, suggested that managing to secure a fellowship at a wealthier college is “simply a matter of luck”. Usually, any Associate Professor hired bythe University is affiliated with a collegeas a tutorial fellow. Each year, an academicgains a ‘scale point’ with an accordingincrease in salary, until they reach the topof their grade. An ‘entertainment allowance’ covers tutors’ costs incurred when hosting events for students, such as formal dinners, or other “necessary entertainment in connection with their office”. Since colleges do not distinguish between job type in their accounts, Cherwell estimated the average pay of Tutorial Fellows by finding the £10,000 salary bracket in which the greatest number of employees were being paid, and then dividing the gross remuneration by the number of employees. Humanities and Sciences lecturers arealso paid differing proportions of theirsalary by the university, with the formerreceiving the majority of their salary fromthe College. “The only reason I am paid less is because I happen to be a fellow at a poorer college and other Oxford colleges do not see fit to redistribute their wealth and share with others.” Tutorial Fellows at some colleges could face a £20,000 difference in their annual pay compared to other colleges, with the discrepancy being described as “scandalous and entrenched classism”. However, one academic told Cherwell: “The discrepancies can be even larger than you indicate, given that some colleges give housing allowances upwards of £20,000, whole others give none at all”. St John’s College bursar, Andrew Parker, told Cherwell: “Additionally [total remuneration] will depend on whether any of the people in the assembly you have formed have taken on extra responsibilities: Tutor for Women, Bursars, Senior Censor etc etc.” One academic, who preferred to remain anonymous, told Cherwell: “The gross discrepancies in salary and benefits for tutorial fellows is entirely arbitrary and does not reflect merit, workload, achievements or prestige”. They continued: “My research is just asgood as [the academics at richer colleges],and I teach just as much. I was hired byOxford University and to the outside world Iam on an equal footing with my colleagues,but on my paycheck I’m not. An academic told Cherwell: “Unfortunately, many tutorial fellows profit enormously from this established hierarchy and the wheels of change have been pain- fully slow to turn. Opening up the issue of discrepancies between fellows would open up all manner of conversations about how these hierarchies are manifested elsewhere across the university and there is simply no will to act on the part of wealthy colleges.” In 2017, an applicant for the position of Associate Professor (most of which are associated with a tutorial fellowship) at St John’s could expect a housing allowanceof £13,500 per year if they did not live incollege. At Lady Margaret Hall, in 2016, anapplicant to the same position could expectto receive £7,800 a year. To counter this disparity, there have beencalls for a standardisation of tutorial fellowpay across the University. Speaking to Cherwell, an academic said “Another source of discrepancy is that,for joint appointees on UL contracts, notall colleges seem to ‘match’ the universitycontribution, and pay their staff on a lowerpay grade than they have been appointed aton the university side.”center_img This means in a college using ‘unweighted’ hours, a college lecturer would be paid £9, 838 for teaching a group of three four hours a week during term time. At a college using weighted hours, the equivalent amount of teaching would earn the tutor £14,757 for exactly the same work. They continued: “It would be frowned upon (against Oxford’s particular academic culture) for a current tutorial fellow at LMH, to apply for a tutorial fellowship at St John’s, were one to open up in their discipline. If that LMH tutor is dissatisfied with pay at LMH, they’ll have to leave Oxford altogether.” In 2017, St John’s offered Tutorial Fellows £380 per year in entertainment allowance, whereas in the same year St Peter’s offered their Tutorial Fellows £264. Cherwell understands that the differences in remuneration stems not only from absolute pay, but also from additional benefits offered by some colleges and included in the overall remuneration. These ‘taxable benefits’ include housing allowances, entertainment allowances, research allowances, and, in the case of colleges such as St John’s and New College, private health insurance. Roles that receive additional paymentat some colleges include Keeper of theGardens, Librarian Fellow, and Editor of thecollege chronicle or newsletter. However, atcolleges such as Mansfield, fellows take onthese extra responsibilities but receive noadditional payment for their efforts. Whilst at St John’s and New College the average remuneration for a Tutorial Fellow came to an estimated £49,333 and £40,637 respectively, at Lady Margaret Hall and Mansfield it was an estimated £21,076 and £22,116 respectively. Bursar of Christ Church College, James Lawrie, dismissed the calculations as “comparing apples and pears”, arguing that some colleges pay a higher proportion of their Fellows’ salaries, whilst others are paid more by the University. Most Oxford colleges are able to offer some form of housing allowance to compensate for high cost of housing in Oxford, but there is still a range in what is offered. These allowances can vary from a supplement to shared ownership of a house (shared equity). One academic said: “First, such additional tasks are often arduous and time-intensive, impeding quality work on required research and teaching duties. Second, the remuneration for such additional tasks is insignificant enough to be laughable. “For a tutor at LMH to ‘catch up’ to atutor at St John’s they would need to havea second tutorial fellowship (which is notpossible) and then still do more work.” An anonymous Tutorial Fellow told Cherwell: “I can con rm that the research allowance at my own college has been £500 for several years (although it is set to rise soon, it will not be nearly as high as at other colleges); the fact that the allowance is so low makes it impossible to cover the true cost of carrying out my research.” Additionally, only some colleges offer ‘weighted hours” to accommodate for the number of students in a tutorial. In a ‘weighted’ scheme a tutorial hour spent teaching a group of three would be multiplied by 1.5 when it came to counting the number of salary hours. The new College Contribution Scheme, intended to better redistribute college wealth, is set to be announced later this year. Academic remuneration is, of course, just another indicator of this disparity in wealth between Oxford colleges, and the question of the impact on student experience is something to be considered.last_img read more

Baldwin Piano and Organ Center

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare VerticalsSeiler 47″   GS 116N  Ebony High PolishSeiler 47″  GS 116N Rosewood High Polish(Our previous announcement stated that Baldwin was bringing organs, but please note that these plans have changed.)There will be a reception on Friday, January 13th from 5 to 7.  Guests are invited to enjoy light refreshments and an open bar, while listening to a casual performance demonstration of the instruments.Please call the Arts Council at (812) 422-2111, or email Anne McKim at [email protected], if you or your students are interested in taking advantage of this unique opportunity.center_img The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana will be hosting Baldwin Piano and Organ Center (http://www.baldwinofherrin.com/) in the Bower Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery from January 9th to January 22nd.  The company intends to set up several high end upright and grand pianos in our gallery, and is inviting local piano teachers to offer lessons to their students on these fine instruments during this time.The Arts Council and Baldwin would also like to offer the instruments for evening or afternoon concerts given by local pianists or organists.Baldwin will be bringing:Grand PianosBaldwin 6’3″ BP 190  High Polish EbonyMason and Hamlin 5′ 8 1/2 ”  Model A  Ebony SatinSeiler 6′ 10″ SE 208 PR  Ebony High PolishKnabe 5′ 0″ WG-50-N  Ebony High Polish with nickel hardwareHallet & Davis HD-152-T   High Polish Ebony   Birds Eye Maple Accents last_img read more

Refugees need our love and support

first_imgDear Editor: June 20th of every year is World Refugee Day, and while this letter will be sent out after it, it is still a reminder that people around the world need our love and support. The refugee crisis has occurred for a number of different reasons: war and conflict, economic hardship, lack of employment opportunities, and abject poverty.The United States has always been one of the leading countries for funding foreign aid. However, many Americans think that twenty percent of the annual federal budget goes to foreign aid when in reality it is, at most, around one percent. The US has the capabilities to help those in need, especially refugees; therefore we, as a country and individually, should help contribute more to those less fortunate than us.Besides just common decency, the US has an urgent strategic interest in improving the quality of life for the world’s poor and for refugees. The reduction in global poverty will lead to less global instability, less terrorism, and less of us turning on the news and seeing that an attack has occurred and only saying “again?!” If we, as the people of the United States, become active participants in our government, we can create a huge change around the world.By calling our representatives and asking for their support in protecting the world’s poor and supporting US foreign aid we can create a safer, healthier, more beautifully connected world. Emma Pizzutilast_img read more

OCPD Weekly Activity Report January 14-20

first_imgOcean City Public Safety Building Calls for Service: 622          Daily Average: 88January 14, 2018: SundayCalls for service: 80Stops: 24 Accidents: 0    Property Checks: 26      Alarms: 5The Police Department assisted with 16 Fire and 4 EMS callsPolice responded to 11 water leaksJanuary 15, 2018: MondayCalls for service: 113Stops: 31   Accidents: 1   Property Checks: 52      Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 8 Fire and 7 EMS callsWarrant, Route 52, one in custody, at 9:32amMotor vehicle accident, 6th St. & Atlantic Ave., at 10:55amWarrant, Route 52, one in custody, at 12:40pmFraud, 800 block Wesley Ave., at 3:04pmBurglary, 1700 block Bay Ave., at 5:26pmJanuary 16, 2018: TuesdayCalls for service: 92Stops: 29   Accidents: 1    Property Checks: 27    Alarms: 5The Police Department assisted with 9 fire and 3 EMS callsWarrant, 900 block Ocean Ave., one in custody, at 10:02amFraud, 800 block Pennlyn Pl., at 5:00pmMotor vehicle accident, 1100 block Bay Ave., at 7:40pmDomestic violence, 800 block 8th St., at 9:35pmJanuary 17, 2018: WednesdayCalls for service: 64Stops: 18   Accidents: 0     Property Checks: 21    Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 6 fire and 6 EMS callsJanuary 18, 2018: ThursdayCalls for service: 83Stops: 30  Accidents: 0    Property Checks: 32       Alarms: 0The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 4 EMS callsDomestic violence, W. Sttaion Rd., at 7:22pmJanuary 19, 2018: FridayCalls for service: 92Stops: 32  Accidents: 0   Property Checks: 39    Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 9 fire and 8 EMS callsDisorderly, 900 block Boardwalk, at 3:11pmJanuary 20, 2018: SaturdayCalls for service: 97Stops: 31  Accidents: 0    Property Checks: 39    Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 5 Fire and 3 EMS callsBurglary, 700 block 11th St., at 9:29amTheft, Barabdos la., at 10:13amPUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year.Bicycle riders must obey all motor vehicle laws similar to that of a motor vehicle. They must stop at stop signs, traffic lights and ride with the flow of traffic.       Bicycle riders are not pedestrians and do not have the same right of way as a pedestrian when crossing the street at an intersection.When traveling on Route 52, remember that New Jersey State Law requires vehicles to KEEP RIGHT and pass left. The speed limit is 45 mph for the causeway.State Law requires that all snow and ice be removed from your vehicle prior to driving on any roadway(39:4-77.1)last_img read more

Attention Walmart customers: Stores no longer open 24 hours a day

first_img Pinterest Facebook Google+ the toilet paper aisle at the Mishawkaa Walmart was nearly wiped out on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Jon Zimney/953MNC) Walmart posted the following notice on its website, regarding the change in its store hours due to their effort to curtail the spread of coronavirus and re-stock shelves for their customers:Starting March 15, Walmart stores and Neighborhood Markets will be open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. until further notice. This will help ensure associates can clean and stock products. Stores operating under more reduced hours will keep current hours of operation. Find more information here.March 10, 2020As the coronavirus situation continues to evolve, we know it is top of mind for our customers. We see it in the items people are buying and hear it in the conversations we’re having in our stores. So we believe it’s important to share the steps we are taking to keep our people safe and our facilities clean.We are monitoring this situation daily, and, as we do with any unusual event, we will watch what’s happening locally and adjust business operations and policies as needed. We are in close communication with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as other health organizations, and are following their guidelines as well as the advice of our own Chief Medical Officer.First and foremost, we are taking preventive measures to keep our stores clean and maintain a healthy environment. Stores are cleaned daily, which includes using sanitizing solutions in high-touch, high-traffic areas. We have increased associate focus on cleaning and have dedicated an associate to maintain key areas throughout the day. We’ve seen increased foot traffic, so we’re sending additional cleaning supplies for use in places like the registers and on shopping carts.Looking forward, we are pursuing easier ways to sanitize shopping carts. We also have plans in place for third-party sanitization should it be needed for a store impacted by the virus. And we are evaluating whether to modify store hours at some 24-hour facilities to allow for additional cleaning.Second, we will work to keep our stores stocked and prices fair. As one would expect, paper products, cleaning supplies and other items are in high demand as customers prepare for the possible impact of COVID-19. We are working to replenish those items quickly, including diverting products to areas of the country where they are needed most and routing deliveries directly to stores. We have also authorized our store managers to manage their inventory, including the discretion to limit sales quantities on items that are in unusually high demand. Online, we are taking a firm stance related to the potential for price gouging by third-party sellers. Violations of our seller pricing policy and seller prohibited items policy will not be tolerated and will be resolved quickly.Third, as the largest employer in the country, we take the health of our associates seriously. As we’ve said before, we want any associate who is not feeling well to stay home. We shared with our associates details of a new policy that gives them additional flexibility to stay home if they are not feeling well, and pay options and support if they are affected by the virus. Out of an abundance of caution, we have also shared additional guidelines pertaining to company travel over the next couple of months.Finally, we want to remind our customers there are many great ways to shop at Walmart, including pickup and Walmart.com. Many of you are already taking advantage of these services. If you’re not, this could be a good time to try online delivery or our store pickup options or to use the Walmart Pay feature of our app when paying at the register.Thanks for the opportunity to serve you. Rest assured, we are doing everything we can to provide a safe shopping experience for our customers and a healthy environment for our associates and communities. By 95.3 MNC – March 15, 2020 0 804 Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNews Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Attention Walmart customers: Stores no longer open 24 hours a day Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleBeacon opens free hotline for coronavirusNext articleConfirmed coronavirus cases in Indiana up to 19 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.last_img read more

Seeding new ventures at Radcliffe

first_imgTo meet the faculty associates for the Radcliffe Institute, you would have to travel from one end of Harvard’s campus to the other, from the bustling streets of the Longwood Medical Area to bucolic Observatory Hill, with stops at the Barker Center across from Harvard Yard, the shiny new Center for Government and International Studies on Cambridge Street, and the towering William James Hall on Kirkland Street. Then you would have to call Berlin, where a faculty associate is at an institute for advanced study, the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.This geographic span shows the breadth of Radcliffe’s Academic Engagement Programs (AEP), the faculty-led initiative that Barbara J. Grosz, dean of the Radcliffe Institute and Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences in Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is building. “We want to engage faculty from all disciplinary areas to explore new approaches to pressing questions,” said Grosz, who served as Radcliffe’s dean of science from 2001 until 2008. Grosz says her goal is to advance research and to promote cooperation among faculty members by providing them with resources and space that foster collaboration.Since becoming dean of the institute, Grosz has appointed six new faculty associates, all of them accomplished in their fields: Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, Brigitte Madrian, Leah Price, Robert J. Sampson, Dimitar D. Sasselov, and Rosalind A. Segal.Ewa Lajer-Burcharth, a Radcliffe faculty associate in the humanities and the William Dorr Boardman Professor of Fine Arts in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, has worked with a faculty committee drawn from across the University to design the institute’s annual gender conference for April 15-16, 2010. At the conference, artists and scholars will explore the ways that gender affects how people experience physical and personal spaces and how space affects the way they think about gender.Leah Price, RI ’07, a Radcliffe faculty associate in the humanities and a Harvard College professor in the English Department, and Ann Blair, a former Radcliffe faculty associate in the humanities, a Harvard College professor in the History Department, and the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History, will convene academics, librarians, and students at the institute next fall for a conference called “Why Books?” on Oct. 28-29. Realizing a vision of Grosz and Diana Sorensen, dean of the arts and humanities in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and planned in consultation with faculty from a range of fields, the conference will further conversations on the history and future of books.One of the most ambitious AEP ventures is the City as Social Science Laboratory, part of the Radcliffe Institute’s new Policy Studies Initiative, designed by Robert J. Sampson and Brigitte Madrian, the institute’s social science faculty associates. Madrian and Sampson are working with faculty from other Schools at the University to link records in the Boston area — including medical reports, crime records, census data, and immigration information — with the goal of studying city problems such as substandard housing, failing schools, and crime.“There’s a wealth of data in the Boston area that researchers and administrators in local institutions have compiled,” said Sampson, chairman of Harvard’s Department of Sociology and the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences. He and Madrian, the Aetna Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management at the Harvard Kennedy School, think Boston has been underutilized as a laboratory for social issues. By launching the City as Social Science Laboratory, Madrian and Sampson can bring local practitioners together with leading academic researchers and apply data to urban problems.Madrian and Sampson have strong ties to other social scientists at Harvard. Among their collaborators is Nancy E. Hill, a professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, who was named the first appointee to Radcliffe Institute’s Suzanne Young Murray Professorship in July.To work with AEP faculty to strengthen the institute’s connections across the University and to expand AEP activities, Grosz has appointed Rebecca Wassarman as director of AEP. A longtime member of the Harvard community, Wassarman has already collaborated with faculty members and senior administrators at many Harvard Schools. She earned an A.B. in history from Harvard and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.Discussing the AEP initiatives, Grosz described the institute as an “engine of intellectual innovation.” The institute has supported activities that engage Harvard faculty members, students, fellows, and the public. But organizing these activities under the one AEP umbrella is Grosz’s innovation. “The best way to draw people at the University together is to engage people from its different parts to address important problems,” Grosz said. “That’s how the Radcliffe Institute is seeding new intellectual ventures.”“This is a terrific program,” said Harvard President Drew Faust.  “It places the Radcliffe Institute at the center of our efforts to foster collaboration among faculty members from across the University who bring a range of disciplinary perspectives to issues of pressing concern.”To read the full story.Pat Harrison is publications manager at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.last_img read more