Pausing to celebrate

first_imgMore than 100 faculty, students, and staff from the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology gathered Wednesday in the Bauer courtyard to mark the promotion from associate to full professor of Kevin Eggan, Konrad Hochedlinger, and Amy Wagers. Each has made significant stem cell-related discoveries in recent years.The event included barbecue, music, and a cake decorated with an image of the three. There was also a dunk tank — not exactly the thing that comes to mind when you hear “Harvard professor,” but entertaining, and enticing, nonetheless. Department co-chairs Douglas Melton, Xander University Professor, and David Scadden, Jordan Professor of Medicine, presided over the festivities, congratulating the trio on their achievements and welcoming them to the tenured ranks.In mostly lighthearted (and brief) comments, Scadden talked about some of the quirky features of the job, including a strange encounter here and there, and shared the results of a Google search for the term “professor” that found, among other things, an opinion poll calling it the most overrated profession. Surveys, however, don’t capture everything, Scadden said.“They don’t talk about the deep satisfaction that comes with a job dedicated to creating new knowledge, to mentoring young people, and that makes you part of a community that deeply cares about the world,” he said.Of the three new professors — who mingled and chatted during the event — only Eggan braved the dunk tank, climbing onto the seat and daring anyone to try to dump him in the water. There were several hits with the big yellow softballs; the throwers seeming to relish dumping him in the drink, particularly when he was brazen enough to stand on the seat.A dripping Eggan said that the tenure decisions of all three coming close together was particularly gratifying, because they all arrived at Harvard at roughly the same time and have come to know each other well.“This is something you look forward to your entire professional life,” said Eggan, who came to Harvard in 2003 as a junior fellow of the Society of Fellows.Wagers, who gave birth to her son, Henry, two weeks ago, claimed to have a doctor’s note excusing her from the dunk tank. She found out about the tenure decision while in Japan at a stem cell conference. Melton broke the news during a Skype call one morning, and, later that day, Wagers chased the sun home through multiple time zones.“I flew back, so the day I got tenure was the longest day of my life,” Wagers said. “I’ve wanted to be a scientist since I was 10.”Hochedlinger, more than 10 years removed from leaving the University of Vienna for doctoral and postdoctoral work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said he was relieved to find out he had survived the review process when Scadden sent him a text message saying, “Congratulations, Professor.”Eggan said the celebration was part of belonging to a community that has grown since the department was established in 2007 as Harvard’s first to span two faculties — the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Harvard Medical School.He’s already looking forward to the pig roast in September.last_img read more

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Bill to disclose Noem’s travel security costs faces backlash

first_imgPIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota lawmaker pushing a bill to require Gov. Kristi Noem to disclose taxpayer-funds used for her travel security on the campaign trail has faced a pressure campaign to kill the proposal. Rep. Taffy Howards says she faced text message attacks and fellow Republicans rescinding support after hearing from the governor’s office. Noem’s administration has refused to disclose to media outlets how much it costs to send Highway Patrol troopers with the governor as she has traveled the country campaigning for Donald Trump and fundraising for her campaign. Howard argues it would not compromise safety to know how much is spent on travel security.last_img

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About 50 hotels in the project of “green” hotels – Sustainable hotel & spa by UPUHH

first_img29.Valamar Bellevue Hotel & Residence, Valamar Riviera dd2015.BASIC 42.Istarske Toplice Spa2016.BASIC 18.Hotel International – HUP-Zagreb dd2014.ADVANCED 41.Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel, Valamar Riviera dd2015.SUPERIOR 2.Palace Hotel Zagreb2014.BASIC 27.Hotel Sol Umag, Istraturist Umag dd2015.BASIC 11.Hotel Feral – Laguna Novigrad dd2014.BASIC 7.Hotel Phoenix2014.BASIC 13.BEST WESTERN PREMIER Hotel Astoria2014.ADVANCED 22.Hotel Katarina 2009 doo2015.BASIC 8.Hotel Padova – Imperial dd2014.BASIC 16.Hotel & Casa Valamar Sanfior – Riviera Adria dd2014.ADVANCED 47.Daruvarske Toplice2016.ADVANCED 9.Hotel Kastel Motovun2014.BASIC In September this year, the Croatian Hotel Entrepreneurs Association will start recertifying UPUHH members who were certified through the 2014, 2015, and 2016 projects with the Sustainable hotel & spa by UPUHH certificate.UPUHH started the project in July 2013 after the Association studied in detail the existing green certificates, such as Friend of Nature, Travelife, Blaue Angel, etc., and then defined the green criteria for hotels.The criteria are very precisely developed for a total of nine groups, namely: sustainability management, procurement, sales, marketing and PR, environment, energy efficiency, human resources and technical service, and the project was implemented in several phases. The certificate has been expanded with three additional criteria: safety and insurance, corporate social responsibility and F&B.As they point out from UPUHH, in the first phase, workshops were organized for registered hotels and field audits were conducted, where each hotel had to appoint its representative, the so-called green coordinator, for whom the first cycle of workshops was intended. Workshops were organized and after audits, teams of verified auditors, in cooperation with the staff of each hotel and prepared detailed reports with collected data on energy and water consumption, waste type, CO2 emissions, GHG inventory, etc., each hotel was offered specific savings proposals for each segment.Green coordinators, appointed by the hotel, were educated on the development of the action plan, environmental management policy, staff involvement, etc. In the second phase, the hotels had to implement the project and ensure the implementation of the action plan for three to five months. in addition, a second cycle of workshops was organized to analyze the results achieved.The second set of workshops, in addition to the green coordinators, was intended to educate housewives, technical staff, procurement and sales staff as well as other services in the hotel. Upon completion of the project, hotels and spas were awarded “Sustainable hotels and spas by UPUHH” certificates, point out from UPUHH.If there’s one trend that stays, it’s ecology and green hotels. For more information on the new certification cycle, contact us directly UPUHH 12.Valamar Koralj Romantic Hotel – Riviera Adria dd2014.BASIC 14.Hotel Borovnik2014.ADVANCED 15.Hotel Well – Terme Tuhelj2014.ADVANCED 30.Panorama Zagreb Hotel, HUP Zagreb dd2015.BASIC 25.Hotel Meliá Coral, Istraturist Umag dd2015.BASIC No. HOTEL NAMEYEAR OF CERTIFICATECERTIFICATE LEVEL 34.Royal Princess Hotel, Importanne Resort Ltd.2015.ADVANCED 43.Varaždinske Toplice2016.BASIC 17.Hotel Maestral – Laguna Novigrad dd2014.ADVANCED 37.The Westin Zagreb, HUP Zagreb dd2015.ADVANCED 49.Bizovacke Toplice2016.ACKNOWLEDGMENT 3.Hotel Sport2014.BASICcenter_img 1.Hotel Tomislav2014.BASIC 26.Hotel Sol Garden Istria, Istraturist Umag dd2015.BASIC 38.Family Hotel Vespera, Jadranka Hotels dd2015.ADVANCED 23.Grand Hotel Orebic, Laguna Novigrad dd2015.BASIC 5.Esplanade Zagreb Hotel2014.BASIC 4.Hotel Turist2014.BASIC 31.Hotel Jadran, HUP Zagreb dd2015.BASIC 33.Hotel Osijek, Center Škojo doo2015.BASIC 35.Hotel Spa Golfer, Toplice Sveti Martin dd2015.ADVANCED 24.Hotel Carolina, Imperial dd2015.BASIC Below you will find a table of certified hotels with associated categories for which they have met the point threshold for BASIC,ADVANCED or SUPERIOR category. 44.Spa Veli Lošinj2016.BASIC 10.Hotel Kimen – Cresanka dd2014.BASIC 28.Valamar Zagreb Hotel, Valamar Riviera dd2015.BASIC 39.Wellness Hotel Aurora, Jadranka Hotels dd2015.ADVANCED 40.Hotel Bellevue, Jadranka Hotels dd2015.SUPERIOR 46.Terme Tuhelj2016.ADVANCED 19.DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Zagreb2014.SUPERIOR 20.Vitality Hotel Punta – Jadranka Hotels Ltd.2014.SUPERIOR 36.Sheraton Zagreb Hotel, HUP Zagreb dd2015.ADVANCED 45.Terme Jezerčica2016.ADVANCED 21.Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera – Punta Skala doo2014.SUPERIOR 32.Hotel Ilirija, Ilirija dd2015.BASIC 48.Golf & SPA Saint Martin2016.SUPERIOR 6.Bluesun hotel Berulia – Hotels Brela dd2014.BASIClast_img read more

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