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High marks for doctoral programs

first_imgHarvard University’s doctoral programs received exceptionally high evaluations in the National Research Council’s Assessment of Research Doctoral Programs, which was released on Tuesday (Sept. 28).The long-anticipated report, a significant study of doctoral education across the nation, rated nearly 5,000 programs at 212 institutions on the basis of quantitative and faculty-assessed data concerning research productivity, student outcomes, and diversity of environment, among other variables.Programs were given two overall ranking ranges to reflect the complexity of the data. Of the 52 Harvard programs in the survey, 27 placed as high as first in at least one of the overall rankings. Ninety percent of the University’s programs placed as high as fifth in at least one of the overall rankings.“This report shows that in the dominant, core disciplines that are crucial to the overall strength of any institution of higher learning, our Ph.D. programs are remarkably strong, vibrant, and successful,” said Dean Allan M. Brandt of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). But “it’s the collective excellence that is most striking,” Brandt said, since Harvard’s highest-rated programs come from across disciplines.“It is gratifying to have the excellence of Harvard’s doctoral programs recognized by the National Research Council (NRC),” Harvard President Drew Faust said.  “The fact that we have so many top-rated programs means that every student and faculty member, regardless of School or department, is able to benefit from the collective strength of the University, making the whole genuinely greater than the sum of the parts. These results are a tribute to the quality of the students, faculty, and staff at work across every part of this University.”“This report shows that in the dominant, core disciplines that are crucial to the overall strength of any institution of higher learning, our Ph.D. programs are remarkably strong, vibrant, and successful,” said Dean Allan M. Brandt of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). But “it’s the collective excellence that is most striking,” Brandt said, since Harvard’s highest-rated programs come from across disciplines.Dean Michael D. Smith of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) said the results “provide much-deserved recognition to our outstanding faculty and students. But even more important, it tells us that now and in the coming decades, as we engage in more teaching and research across departmental and disciplinary lines, we are building those interdisciplinary programs on the best possible foundation — programs that are among the best in their individual fields.”“The overall strength of our doctoral programs also benefits our undergraduates, who work intensively with graduate students as part of their educational experience,” Smith noted.“We are delighted and proud that each of our four Division of Medical Sciences programs ranks at the very top of the National Research Council list,” said Jeffrey S. Flier, dean of the Harvard Faculty of Medicine. “Such results no doubt validate the unparalleled work of our faculty in their efforts to train future leaders in biomedicine.”The survey is conducted about every 10 years, and is designed to help universities assess their programs. The reports provide useful information to prospective students, government agencies, foundations, and the public.“With our recent transition from a division to a School, we are extremely encouraged that the NRC rankings reflect the growing dynamism of our multidisciplinary graduate programs,” said Dean Cherry A. Murray of Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “Moreover, given the stunning intellectual strength and breadth of Harvard, our engineers and applied scientists are smack dab in the middle of one of the most amazing places in the academic universe.”“We are gratified by the results, as they support our belief that HSPH is a great school of public health within a great University,” said Dean Julio Frenk of the Harvard School of Public Health.For more information on the report.last_img read more

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Loot Celebrates a Naughty Opening Night Off-Broadway

first_img Directed by Jesse Berger, the cast of Loot includes Rebecca Brooksher as Fay, Eric Martin Brown as Meadows, Jarlath Conroy as McLeavy, Ryan Garbayo as Dennis, Rocco Sisto as Truscott and Nick Westrate as Hal. The McLeavy’s are in mourning, but young Hal and his partner-in-crime need someplace to stash their loot. When Scotland Yard’s finest comes sniffing about, no one escapes suspicion, from the naughty nurse to dear old gardening dad. And where did Mrs. McLeavy’s body go? Orton’s wicked stew of Oscar Wilde and Kafka is sexy, sharp-witted, and shocking. Beware of sticky fingers off-Broadway, because the revival of Joe Orton’s dark comedy Loot opens January 16. Presented by Red Bull Theater, the dark British satire will play a limited engagement at the Lucille Lortel Theater through February 9. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 9, 2014 Related Shows Loot View Commentslast_img read more

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Rob Gronkowski to the WWE? NFL player-turned-wrestler Moose thinks so

first_imgRob Gronkowski’s future isn’t in the NFL for the time being.So, what’s next for the three-time Super Bowl champion? Another former NFL player thinks it could be a brief stint in the ring. Gronkowski, 29, announced he was retiring after spending nine seasons in the league. He’s touted as one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history and built an impressive resume which unfortunately included a number of injuries.Gronkowski has suffered a sprained ankle, a broken left forearm, ongoing back issues, a torn ACL/MCL, a knee sprain, hamstring injury and more.“If Gronk were healthy, he would have made a perfect wrestler,” Ojinnaka added. “He’s athletic, has size, and he is so charismatic. But his body has been through way too much.”Ojinnaka started training for a professional wrestling career in 2012 and made his debut in 2014.He went as far as comparing the two head honchos alluding to the fact if Gronkowski can play under coach Bill Belichick, he can play — or in this case perform — for anyone.“Bill Belichick is the equivalent of 10 Vince McMahons mixed into one,” said Ojinnaka. “There is no one else like Belichick.”Ojinnaka was selected by the Falcons in the fifth round of the 2006 draft. He spent four season in Atlanta before he was traded to the Patriots in 2010. He had two stints with the then-St. Louis Rams and spent a year in Indianapolis. Ojinnaka played in 62 games, earning 20 starts. Patriots star Rob Gronkowski announces retirement: ‘Now it’s time to move forward with a big smile’ Quinn Ojinnaka, a former Patriot himself, made the transition from the NFL to the WWE and could see Gronkowski doing the same. Ojinnaka, whose ring name is Moose, was teammates with Gronk in 2010.“I think Gronk’s going to sign with WWE, but he’s not going to make it his next career,” Ojinnaka said, via Sports Illustrated. “He can have a big match at WrestleMania or SummerSlam, but I know Gronk. People need to understand that his body has been through hell. Gronk can’t make this a career, but he can have a couple great matches.” Related Newscenter_img Bud Light tempts Rob Gronkowski with job, offers free beer Gronkowski, who spent his entire career in New England, tallied 521 catches, 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns in 115 career regular-season games. He exited as the Patriots’ career leader in touchdowns and is tied for the second-most receiving scores in postseason history (12).He also earned five Pro Bowl selections, four first-team All-Pro honors and the award for the 2014 NFL Comeback Player of the Year. And in the postseason, he had few peers. Gronkowski retired as the NFL’s postseason leader among tight ends in catches (81), receiving yards (1,163) and receiving touchdowns (12). Only Jerry Rice has more touchdown catches in the playoffs than Gronkowski.last_img read more

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Saah Nimley Inspires Newcastle Eagles to Undefeated Pre-season Campaign

first_img– Advertisement – Liberia UK based basketball star Saah Nimley (Photo Credit: Newcastle Eagles ) Liberia UK based basketball star Saah Nimley continues to perform up to expectation for his new club Newcastle Eagles as the 24-year-old play a major role in helping the team ending its pre-season campaign undefeated.Over the weekend, Nimley top the points scoring chat after scoring 26 points plus 11 assists as the Eagles defeated Glasgow Rock 110-77 in its season pre-season match. Nimley bagged in 18 points at the end of the first half, but was unable to do same in the remaining two quarters after scoring additional 8 points that recorded him scoring the highest game points.The 2015 Big South Player of the impressive form continued yesterday after the seven times British Basketball League winners completed their unbeaten streak in their pre-season campaign at the Benfield Centre for Sport basketball court inThe Eagles on yesterday defeated Team Northumbria 117-67 with Nimley finishing as the second highest points scorer with 30 points and 8 assists.Newcastle Eagles, the most successful club in the British Basketball League, will travel to the 02 Arena in London to face All-Stars in the British Basketball All-Stars Championship on Sunday September 24 before kick starting its new BBL Championship season campaign against Leeds Force on September 29, 2017 at the Carnegie Sports Arena.In a related development, Russian based Joe Ragland was the highest point scorer for his side Lokomotiv Kuban after the team lost against Crvena Zvezda 82-87 in a warm up match in Serbia.The team will travel to Turkey where it is going to participate in another pre-season tournament.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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HI and IHF merger a big possibility

first_imgThe sports ministry’s proposal for merger of the two rival hockey federations is an offer that neither can refuse.IHF president RK Shetty with HI secretary Narinder Batra.With both Hockey India and Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) embroiled in a legal battle, sports minister Ajay Maken’s proposal to expand the former’s executive board to accommodate members of the rival body seems a move to placate both bodies.As a result, neither federation can afford to reject it outright.”It is an honest effort and a good initiative by the government,” Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra told Mail Today on Monday, a day before the two federations have to submit their responses with the ministry.Batra does not see much wrong with what the ministry is proposing.”We have no objections to it and our response will be on the lines of the proposals forwarded by the sports minister. We have had discussions among ourselves and have also talked with people in the IHF as well,” he said.Batra said Hockey India was willing to do its bit for the game. “It is a positive development and we are ready for whatever is good for the game.” IHF president RK Shetty was not so forthcoming on the matter, but indicated that the move was a step in the right direction.”We also want a single body for hockey in India. It is a new step by the government and needs co-operation from all three sides for the best results,” Shetty told MAIL TODAY.advertisement”We are discussing the matter, but the proposal is demanding a lot from us, without promising much in return. Even the name of our federation will be taken away.”I can’t say much before we actually submit our response. It will not be a decision taken solely by me. All my colleagues will have to be consulted,” he added.The ministry has given only three days for the two federations to respond and the hurry may be necessitated to show the Supreme Court that it is working to break the impasse.If its proposal is accepted, it can bask in the glory of engineering a solution.Otherwise, it can report to the court that one (or both) federations played spoilsport. By mooting the proposal, the ministry has lobbed the ball back in the court of the two warring bodies.last_img read more

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Alabama TE O.J. Howard Interviews Crimson Tide Fans, Goes Unrecognized In Hilarious Video

first_imgO.J. Howard interviewing Alabama football fans.O.J. Howard VideoVideos of athletes going unrecognized when taking to the street and interviewing unsuspecting fans are always a good watch. This clip featuring Alabama tight end O.J. Howard is no different. Howard speaks with a slew of seemingly clueless Crimson Tide fans who have no idea who they’ve been approached by. Howard even asks one of them which tight end on the roster he thinks will stand out most next year and the fan cites TY Flournoy-Smith, Howard’s back-up. Howard hauled in 17 passes for 260 yards and no touchdowns in 2014. A gifted athlete, he should be a bigger factor in Alabama’s offensive attack this fall as a junior. If that happens, it’s unlikely he’ll be able to sneak up on any more fans.last_img read more

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Pearl Harbor submarine museum begins 20M update project

first_imgHONOLULU — The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park is undergoing a $20 million revitalization and expansion project to update its Pearl Harbor campus.The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports officials broke ground Monday on the project that includes adding new exhibits and about 3,000 square feet (279 square meters) of space.The facility will be named the Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum when the project is completed in April 2020.Portions of the campus will be closed during construction, but its centerpiece World War II submarine will remain open.The campus is next to the USS Arizona Memorial visitors’ centre operated by the National Park Service.The submarine museum and other non-profit organizations that operate historic sites at Pearl Harbor are providing financial support to keep the centre open during the U.S. government shutdown.___Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

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Ajay Devgn sidesteps query on costar Alok Naths MeToo allegations

first_imgMumbai: Ajay Devgn on Tuesday refrained from commenting on the #MeToo allegations against his “De De Pyaar De” co-star Alok Nath. Writer Vinta Nanda had accused Nath of rape last year. When producer Luv Ranjan was asked to comment on the same, Ajay intervened saying, “This is not the right place to talk about it.” “And jinki aap baat kar rahe hai woh film uske pehle complete hui (the film was completed before the allegations surfaced against the concerned person) Ajay was talking on the sidelines of the trailer launch of his film “De De Pyaar De”. The trailer was launched on the occasion of Ajay’s 50th birthday. The film, also featuring Tabu and Rakul Preet Singh, is directed by Akiv Ali. It releases on May 17.last_img read more

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Prahalis 25 points not enough to propel Buckeyes to victory

When the Michigan women’s basketball team (13-8, 6-2) defeated Ohio State (13-7, 4-4) on Dec. 30, the Wolverines benefited from a 1-for-13 shooting performance from OSU junior guard Samantha Prahalis. Thursday night at the Schottenstein Center, the Wolverines weren’t as fortunate — however, they were still victorious. Prahalis connected on her first seven shots of the night, five of which were 3-pointers. But her 25-point, six-assist performance wasn’t enough for the Buckeyes, as they fell to Michigan 69-66 in a game that may have come down to last-minute free throws. “I give (Michigan) a lot of credit. They played very well,” OSU coach Jim Foster said following his team’s second loss to Michigan this season. “They executed. We didn’t.” Not having missed a shot in the first half, Prahalis connected on a buzzer-beating 3-point attempt at the end of the first half to give OSU a 46-33 lead. Prahalis’ perfect first half, in which she scored 19 points, helped the Buckeyes weather a barrage of Wolverine 3-pointers, as Michigan connected on eight of its first 12 shots from beyond the arc. “I just got in a good rhythm,” Prahalis said. “I just was a little hot tonight and just found a good rhythm.” Though Michigan couldn’t find a way to slow down Prahalis, foul trouble did. OSU’s leading scorer picked up her third foul with 16 minutes remaining in the game and the Buckeyes up by 12 points. With Prahalis saddled onto the bench, the Wolverines cut OSU’s lead down to as few as five points before Prahalis returned with 10 minutes remaining. “She is our point guard, and she makes the ball move,” Foster said. “She’s got to understand fouls. A silly foul can be costly down the road.” Even with Prahalis back in the game, the Buckeyes struggled to extend their lead, as Michigan’s Rachel Sheffer’s 3-point shot with a minute remaining in the game cut the Buckeyes’ lead to one point. After a missed jumper by Prahalis, Sheffer connected on two free throws to give Michigan a 67-66 lead with 29 seconds remaining. Sheffer finished the game with a team-high 23 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Wolverines. After an OSU timeout, Prahalis came up short on another jumper. However, senior guard Alison Jackson grabbed the rebound and was fouled on a put-back attempt. With the chance to tie the game with one basket, or take the lead with two, Jackson stepped to the line for her two free throws. She missed both. OSU senior guard Brittany Johnson added 14 points for the Buckeyes, and senior center Jantel Lavender scored 10 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Lavender’s ninth rebound of the game made her the Big Ten’s career leader in rebounds. “It’s awesome that it hasn’t been broken in 26 years,” Lavender said. “I just rebound hard and try to get every rebound.” OSU’s loss Thursday snapped a three-conference-game winning streak for the six-time defending Big Ten champions. The Buckeyes travel to State College, Pa., to face Penn State at 2 p.m. Sunday. “We’ve got to have some of these young players continue to progress and understand that one game is not the next,” Foster said. “What you have to do in one game, you might have to do something else the next time you’re out there.” read more

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Marcos Alonso It was a penalty 100

first_imgChelsea full-back Marcos Alonso insists that the referee was “100%” correct in awarding them a penalty against Newcastle United following Fabian Schar’s challengeAlonso was brought down by Schar in the penalty area with referee Paul Tierney opting to award Chelsea a spot-kick, which was put away by Eden Hazard in the 76th minute.Following substitute Joselu’s equaliser for Newcastle, Alonso then restored Chelsea’s lead when his deflected shot off DeAndre Yedlin found it’s way into the back of the net.The effort was officially named as an own goal by Yedlin.“Whether they give it to me or as an own-goal, I am very happy for the three points and I am looking forward to the next one now,” Alonso told the club website.As for whether or not referee Tierney made the right call, he said: “It was a penalty, 100 per cent,”“I am not a player that goes down easily and if I go down, it is because it was a penalty and it was good that Hazard put it in.”3 wins out of 3! We keep going! ???? @ChelseaFCTammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.3 victorias de 3! Seguimos trabajando! ????— Marcos Alonso (@marcosalonso03) August 26, 2018Chelsea maintained patience amid Newcastle ultra-defensive tactics.“It is not always fun for us to play like this but I don’t know if other teams want play like this [how Newcastle did], we can only have patience and play our football and try to find the space to score,” said Alonso.“There is still room for improvement but the team is looking good and we are doing a good job so far and hopefully we will have more three points next week.”Chelsea will host Bournemouth in their next Premier League game on Saturday.last_img read more

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