Looking ordinary, being exceptional

first_imgThe Fine Arts Library in Littauer Hall seems pleasant, neat, and — in the best sense — ordinary. Upstairs, three book-lined rooms gleam in the daylight. Downstairs, two levels of utilitarian stacks, painted muted colors, have lights that snap on when you enter.But in fact this corner of the Depression-era granite building is not ordinary at all. It is a model of sustainability for libraries. The wood trim is from sustainable forests, the lighting is energy-efficient, and recycled material is in the wallboard, carpets, and even the furniture.“The reuse of furniture is hugely important. It’s enormous,” said Paul Bellenoit, discussing the savings in costs and materials. He is director of operations and security for Harvard College Library (HCL). Some tables and all study carrels had to be refinished, fitted with power sources, or trimmed to fit new spaces.All of the furniture moved with the Fine Arts Library, which was housed in the Fogg Museum on Quincy Street until the museum closed for renovation and expansion. For the next five to eight years, the library will be housed in Littauer, a grand-columned, granite building built in 1931.Indoor air quality was part of the Fine Arts Library project too. Workers applied paint, adhesives, and sealants that emit very low levels of VOCs, the volatile organic compounds associated with some manufactured products.“You don’t have that new-building sort of smell,” said Andrea Ruedy Trimble, manager of green building services for Harvard’s Office for Sustainability. Bellenoit added that low levels of such vapors — less than 1 percent of standard materials — also protect vulnerable printed materials.Energy savings were a big part of the design. Conservation measures and efficient fixtures have reduced lighting power density, a way of rating energy use by watts per square foot, by 15 percent, said Trimble.There are both practical and aesthetic considerations to another environmental positive for the renovated space that used to house the Littauer Library: daylight. Trimble said that 90 percent of library seating has access to exterior views. Green building guidelines have been in place for all Harvard projects since 2007. But the Fine Arts Library work went a step further by earning project LEED Gold status, the only Harvard library so far to be LEED-certified.LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a set of exacting codes from the U.S. Green Building Council. Projects are ranked like precious metals, with platinum the highest and gold and silver the next in order. LEED scorecards rate site placement, water efficiency, energy use, materials, indoor air quality, and innovation. The Fine Arts Library garnered 40 points, just shy of the 42 required for the platinum rating.The project carries an important message for Harvard, whose classic building stock tends to be on the old side. Said Trimble, “It shows that you can create an efficient space within an existing historic building.”But the Fine Arts Library is not the only good-news sustainability story, said Beth Brainard, HCL director of communications. In fact, the Harvard College Library has been getting green building makeovers and implementing energy conservation measures for a decade, she said, well before LEED standards were established.Widener Library, with its 51 miles of shelving and hundreds of light fixtures, underwent changes starting in 1999. Since then, old-fashioned button lights for each stack have been replaced by motion-activated sensors. Corridor lighting (735 fixtures in total) is being retrofitted with motion sensors, a project that is halfway to completion. That change alone will save $30,000 a year in energy and maintenance costs, and will generate $11,000 in utility rebates.HCL operations manages five free-standing libraries: Widener, Lamont, Pusey, Houghton, and Tozzer. Heating and cooling systems in the five are on stop-start optimization systems now, said Bellenoit, “rather than having it full volume all the time.” (The Harvard College Library system includes eight more libraries and a technical services facility. All are tenants in Faculty of Arts and Sciences buildings.)Motion sensors are being installed for lights in every library office (340 so far). And all toilets and sinks are now low-flow models to conserve water. Widener’s 25 water coolers are gone, a savings of $8,000 a year in energy and bottled water costs.The dramatic chandeliers in Widener once required 24 bulbs at 60 watts each. Replacement bulbs, which impart the same sort of lighting, are only 14 watts each. They also have to be replaced only once every four years instead of three times a year. The savings total $3,000 a year in energy alone.Then there is “delamping” in the HCL libraries, turning off or removing unneeded light fixtures, including redundant lights on 300 Widener study carrels. Reading room spotlights 40 feet in the air have been shut off, saving Harvard $10,000 a year just for bulb changes.“There’s the headline,” said Bellenoit of the delamping strategy. “Lose nothing, gain a lot.”Space heaters in the libraries (as many as 30) were rated at a power-draining 1,500 watts per hour of use. Now there are nine space heaters in the building, each rated at a modest 170 watts.Along with the rest of the buildings associated with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the HCL libraries now have temperature set points for heating and cooling. The highest allowable heat setting is 71 degrees, and the cooling units won’t kick in until a room reaches 75 degrees.The next LEED project for the library system? A new heating and cooling system for Pusey Library is on the drawing board and is at least two years away.In the grand scheme of things, the Fine Arts Library is not a special case so much as it is a sign of continued commitment to sustainability at HCL.A decade or more of experience in making libraries sustainable has put HCL in “a good place” now that energy efficiency and the environment are among Harvard’s highest priorities, said Brainard. “We’ve been able to respond on a variety of fronts.”last_img read more

Fostering Women’s Leadership Starts With Your Friends

first_imgIt turns out the advice is true – breakfast is the most important meal of the day.Last week I joined 650 leaders for breakfast at a meeting of The Boston Club, a community of women executives promoting the advancement of women to significant and visible leadership roles. The Boston Club began as a small but dedicated group that started nearly 40 years ago. It has now grown to an organization of almost 700 members spanning a broad array of industries and professions, as well as business owners and entrepreneurs who connect both as a “club and a cause.” The meeting I attended began at 7:15 on a Friday morning, and you would be surprised how many people enjoy starting the day with a healthy discussion about women’s leadership.I was fortunate enough to sit next to Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, who gave the keynote address to the packed room. Governor Baker, who has direct experience as a Chief Executive Officer in the private sector, encouraged everyone to continue efforts to bring more women into leadership positions. He challenged those who continually question women’s “readiness” to be leaders and cited the valuable asset that women have had for years – our professional networks – as key to advancing the cause.Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker addresses members of The Boston ClubThe governor advised us to “make new friends” who will help us transform the representation of women in leadership positions. Governor Baker described his own journey to increase the number of women in leadership positions in state government (where everything really is political) and how he has learned to ignore differences such as party affiliations to bring in the best candidate, wherever she may be.My next breakfast will feature coffee for 10,000. I’m lucky enough to be attending the Massachusetts Conference for Women, which is held every year in Boston but draws attendees from all over the world. The talent and power in the room is impressive, and it gives me added confidence to know that the advocates for women’s leadership are continuing to grow and strengthen. Conference speakers include thought leaders from corporations, television, fashion, politics and academia, just to name a few.Wherever in the world you are reading this, I hope you will join me in one of my 2016 resolutions: to make new friends, and renew connections with long-standing ones. The Massachusetts Conference for Women is just one opportunity to expand your network, and there are many others throughout the world. Attend one in your area and add your voice and vision to the mix. The impact we can have on women’s leadership is profound, and we can all share in the results of a fully inclusive workplace that we build and sustain together.last_img read more

University announces honorary degree recipients

first_imgIn addition to commencement speaker Lord Christopher Patten, the chancellor of Oxford University, Notre Dame will award six honorary degrees at its 170th Commencement ceremony on May 17, the University announced in a press release Monday.The honorary degree recipients, whose accomplishments span the fields of education, business, medicine and religion, are: Freeman A. Hrabowski III, John E. Kelly III, Jane McAuliffe, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, Shirley Welsh Ryan and Fr. Thomas F. Stransky.Hrabowski, who has served as the president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County since 1992, will receive a doctor of laws degree, the release stated. A mathematician who grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, during the peak of the civil rights movement, Hrabowski also serves as the chair of the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.Kelly, senior vice president of solutions portfolio and research for IBM, will receive a doctor of engineering degree. He has held several different positions at IBM, beginning in 1980, and helped redesign the semiconductor processing and device fabrication clean room in Stinson-Remick Hall of Engineering, according to the release. McAuliffe serves as the director of the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, which gives scholars the opportunity to research and interact with members of Congress, and will receive a doctor of laws degree. She has previously worked as the president of Bryn Mawr College from 2008 to 2013 and as as dean of Georgetown College at Georgetown University from 1999 to 2008. According to the release, McAuliffe is also a scholar of the Qur’an and early Islamic history.Quiñones-Hinojosa works as a professor of neurosurgery and oncology and director of the brain tumor surgery program at Johns Hopkins Hospital and will receive a doctor of science degree. According to the release, he was born in a small village outside of Mexicali, Mexico, and graduated from both the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Medical School.Ryan, who along with her son Corbett, a 2005 Notre Dame graduate, are the namesakes of Ryan Hall, will receive a doctor of laws degree. She is a trustee emerita of the University and served on the National Council on Disability, which led to the American with Disabilities Act, the release stated.Stransky, a Paulist priest and the rector emeritus of the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem, will receive a doctor of laws degree. According to the release, Stransky contributed heavily to one of the Second Vatican Council’s most important documents, the 1965 Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions. Stransky is also a former president of the Paulist fathers.Tags: 2015 Commencement, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, Fr. Thomas F. Stransky, Freeman A. Hrabowski III, Honorary degree, Jane McAuliffe, John E. Kelly III, Shirley Welsh Ryanlast_img read more

Japan approves dexamethasone as coronavirus treatment

first_imgJapan’s health ministry has approved dexamethasone, a cheap and widely used steroid, as a second treatment of COVID-19 after a trial in Britain showed the drug reduced death rates in hospitalized patients.The ministry included dexamethasone as an option for treatment along with antiviral drug remdesivir in a recent revision to its handbook. The revision was widely reported by Japanese media on Wednesday.In results announced last month, a trial by researchers in the United Kingdom showed dexamethasone as the first drug to save lives of COVID-19 patients in what scientists said was a major breakthrough in the coronavirus pandemic.Japan’s Nichi-Iko Pharmaceutical Co is among those that produce the drug.  Topics :last_img

Batesville Authorities On Scene Of I-74 Crash Thursday Afternoon

first_imgBATESVILLE – Emergency responders are on the scene of a single-vehicle accident in the westbound lane of I-74 Thursday afternoon, police said.The crash occurred approximately one mile west of the Batesville exit around 2:30 p.m.No word on any injuries or if any other vehicles are involved.The Batesville Police Department, Batesville Fire and EMS are on the scene.last_img

Southwest Planes Collide on Nashville Tarmac; No Injuries Reported

first_imgOfficials with Southwest Airlines say that two of their planes collided on the tarmac of Nashville International Airport late Saturday evening.During push back from the gate, Southwest Flight 1555, which was scheduled to depart for St. Louis, clipped the wing of Southwest Flight 4580, which was about to take off to Atlanta.After the incident, both aircrafts returned to the gate and were taken out of service for evaluation.Airline officials said no injuries were reported as a result of Saturday night’s collision.The flights were moved to other planes to continue on to the scheduled destinations.The FAA is investigating the collision.last_img

SCOTUS: LGBTQ Workers Protected Against Workplace Discrimination

first_img(Washington, DC) — The Supreme Court is handing LGBTQ workers a big win by extending the federal civil rights protection in workplace to all LGBTQ employees.The Supreme Court declared Monday that the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects LGBTQ employees from workplace discrimination. BREAKING: #SCOTUS just ruled in favor of 3 LGBTQ employees who were wrongfully fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This decision is historic, and it affirms the rights of LGBTQ employees in the workplace. This is some much needed good news pic.twitter.com/E9eoYuR55G— National Women’s Law Center (@nwlc) June 15, 2020 That means people can’t be fired due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.The ruling was split, 6-3. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Neil Gorsuch ruled with the high court’s four liberals.Gorsuch is a Trump appointee.last_img read more

Assam Premier Club Championship: Gauhati Town Club, Sonari Town Club Win

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Gauhati Town Club registered back-to-back win in second stage of Assam Premier Club Championship. GTC thrashed Tezpur College by 9 wickets in Head Quarter Zone match today at Judges’ Field. Avijit Singha Roy struck 55 in just 20 balls to help GTC to the target 87 in just 35 balls. Earlier Tezpur College were bundled out for 86 in 29.4 overs. Suraj Talukdar and Aditya Kaushik scored 25 and 24 respectively. Nayanjyoti Deka claimed 3 wickets for 3 runs.From Charaideo : Sonari Town Club outplayed City Boys Club by 103 runs in the Upper Assam Zone match. Brief Score: Sonari Town Club 219/6 in 40 overs (Manashjyoti Gogoi 53, Sanjib Dutta 40, Protyush Bora 33, Mujibur Ali 30) beat City Boys Club 116/10 in 27 overs (Dayal Krishna Dutta 31, Mihir Gowala 3/4, Sanjib Dutta 3/26).Also read: Local Sportslast_img read more

Speedboat X1 stuns Regal to win Guyana Softball Cup 6

first_imgIT was nothing but hard work and a touch of class for the men of the Speedboat XI,, who stunned the Regal All-Stars to win the Open Category of the Guyana Softball Cup 6 on Sunday.The match, which was played at the Demerara Cricket Club ground,embodied the excitementMan- of- the- Match Waiz Hussain collects his prizes Man- of- the- Match Waiz Hussain collects his prizesfans had come to expect over the years from the tournament.Regal-All Stars batted first and were bowled out for 172 with one ball left in the final over of their innings. For the Regal Side, losing wickets at crucial moments proved disastrous.They lost opener Richard Latif who was run out for 5 early on and despite recovering to 94-3 in 10 overs they only managed to score 78 runs in the last 10 overs for the loss of 7 wickets.For Speedboat,Kishore Smith was simply phenomenal with the ball. He had three wickets in the twelfth over that caused Regal to tumble from 109-3 to 111-6.Regal’s Sachin Singh produced a cameo 31 to help his side to a competitive total before he and the rest of his team were sent back into the dressing room.It was then Speedboat’s turn to chase and they were brimming with confidence as they seemed up to the challenge.However,Regal showed some fight by claiming 5 wickets for 100 runs off 11 overs. It was at this point that the left/right combination of Wazir Hussain and Travis Drakes showed their class for speedboat.The pair put together a 73-run partnership in seven overs in a batting display that belonged to the international stage.Hussain played a masterful innings finishing with an unbeaten 45 while beating the ball for five sixes. Drakes finished with 37 which included two huge sixes which reduced the run chase from 21 off 18 to 9 off 16 in the eighteenth over. His innings also included two fours. However,it was Hussain’s 45 that saw him taking home the Man- of- the- Match award.At the presentation ceremony,Speedboat XI collected the $800,000 first prize and trophy while Floodlights received $600,000 and trophy,all compliments of the Trophy Stall.Jagdesh Persaud was named MVP of the Masters competition for his two hundreds in the preliminary games while Amrit Rai received the award in the Open division. They each received a sparkling gold cricket bat pendant, accentuated with diamond studs, sponsored by Steve’s Jewellery.The three-day competition was sponsored by Stag Beer, Rubis Guyana, Trophy Stall, Survival Group of Business, Steve’s Jewellery, Clear Waters, Busta Soft Drinks, Rohan Auto Spares, A&R Jewanram Printery, WJ Enterprise and Mike’s Pharmacy, and organised by the Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association.last_img read more

The Latest: German soccer club goes into isolation

first_imgIt’s the first confirmed case in the German league’s second round of testing. It comes a day before a government meeting on loosening lockdown measures to pave the way for soccer to return in empty stadiums.Aue didn’t name the staff member involved. All players, coaches and backroom staff will stay at home ahead of more coronavirus testing on Thursday.Ten people tested positive last week from the 36 clubs in the top two men’s divisions. That included two Cologne players and a staff member. The club did not put its squad in isolation.___Belgian soccer players and their fans are engaging in a virtual wave to support health care workers and raise money for the Red Cross amid the coronavirus pandemic. May 5, 2020 The Latest: German soccer club goes into isolation The Belgian soccer association is encouraging fans to upload short videos of themselves doing the wave. Just like Belgium internationals Dries Mertens, Thomas Meunier and Jan Vertonghen.The association is giving fans the opportunity to upload videos until June 13. That is the date Belgium was set to play its first game at the European Championship. The tournament was postponed by a year because of the pandemic.___Health Minister Jens Spahn has defended German soccer’s plans to resume the season with regular coronavirus testing after Hertha Berlin forward Salomon Kalou posted a video flouting social distancing measures.Spahn tells Germany’s Deutschlandfunk radio that “the basic concept makes sense and can also be an example for other pro sports.” Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Second-division German soccer club Erzgebirge Aue has put its entire squad in home isolation after a member of staff tested positive for the coronavirus. Hertha suspended Kalou on Monday after he live-streamed a video of himself greeting teammates with physical contact and bursting in on a teammate’s coronavirus test.Germany’s top two soccer divisions are planning to return this month with a program of regular testing for players. The clubs have also asked players to train in small groups until now and to observe social distancing.There were 10 positive tests from coronavirus samples taken last week from the 36 clubs in the top two divisions.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more