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Lab learning scores with teen athletes

first_img“Science is a process and it’s nice to show students how we get to where we are now, and how we collect data, analyze data, and make predictions,” Lieberman said.It was that special day on the fourth floor of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, that Silva got a peak into the world of biochemistry.“I’ve always been interested in working in a bio lab, so when I got the opportunity to visit one it was really cool and showed me I want to be a biochemist even more,” he said.Silva’s biology teacher, Quan Le, ’15, recently completed the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Harvard Teacher Fellows program and tries to introduce “fun” and practicality into his lessons to make them as applicable to the real world as possible. Since many of his students are athletes, Le said he looks for ways to apply science to their passions and interests.“Professor Lieberman was able to make this lab really about how you can use science in your own life,” said Le. “This is science and it is related to evolution, but it can be useful if you’re an athlete. He was able to make it very personal.”The students were thrilled at the idea of visiting a Harvard research lab to learn about biomechanics and how it related to their athletic endeavors, Le said. He first became interested in teaching while volunteering with the Phillips Brooks House Association’s (PBHA) Boston Refugee Youth Enrichment program (BRYE) as an undergrad.“When I started volunteering with BRYE through PBHA and teaching during the semesters, I felt like my identity as an immigrant and first-generation student really mattered,” said Le. “I could really relate to these kids.”Cambridge-Harvard Summer Academy is one of many partnerships and programs that Harvard and Cambridge Public Schools utilize to enhance student performance. The programs range from curriculum-based efforts as well as individualized learning programs serving students of all grade levels.“When students understand why and what they learn, it can make a big difference. We really tried to do that here. It’s not just science for the sake of science,” Le said. “Everything involves science. Once they get that — you can really see their interest levels change. And if we can do that, I would consider that a success.” What I did on my Summer Explorations Ed Portal cross between camp and summer school lets kids learn by having fun For high school student Simão Silva, visiting a biology lab at Harvard was just part of his summer school curriculum. What the 17-year-old Cristo Rey High School student didn’t plan on this summer was receiving practical lessons about the human body and biochemistry.After his Harvard experience, the student athlete is now focusing on how to improve his running technique, and is even talking about how to become a biochemist. Silva credits Harvard Professor Daniel Lieberman, Edwin M. Lerner II Professor of Biological Sciences, for teaching him about the mechanics of running.“I went running a few days later and what [Lieberman] had talked about really made me think and notice what I was doing,” said Silva, who is a wrestler, boxes, runs track, and plays soccer.Silva was among a group of local high school biology students visiting Harvard’s Department of Human and Evolutionary Biology to conduct a lab session with Lieberman as part of the Cambridge-Harvard Summer Academy. The six-week summer school program provided both enrichment opportunities and remedial classes at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. The program, which has served more than 4,500 local students since it began in 2001, is a partnership between the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Cambridge Public Schools. Relatedlast_img read more

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Harrington hails stand-in caddie

first_img Cashman, 65, is a photographer for the Golfing Union of Ireland who has known Harrington for 35 years and was in the gallery following his fellow Irishman while in South Africa on holiday. Harrington, who carded a second consecutive 71 to finish two under par, said: “Ronan felt like he needed to throw up and as he went out on the course he thought it would clear a bit but it got worse and worse and for him to give up….I don’t think I have ever seen him do that in any circumstances. “He felt like he was getting in the way and when we finally said goodbye he could not physically stand up. I really did feel bad because he was lying there but thankfully there was a friend of ours out there who holidays down here and he took over. “He started off like he was carrying bows and arrows but by the end he had the double-strap going (on the bag) and was using all the lingo. “It’s amazing how much caddies do for you and it gives you a new appreciation for what they do out there. I know now why we pay them the big bucks!” Cashman, who has never caddied before but is a member with Flood at the Heritage in Ireland, said: “The bag was lighter than I expected. It was very comfortable. “I saw Ronan on the range and he looked awful. I said if you need help, call me. They sent out a replacement caddie but Padraig asked if I would be happy to continue and I was. I told him I wouldn’t give him a line or a club but he was so easy to work for. “I’ve given him my phone number if he needs me but hopefully Ronan will be okay.” Flood, who is also Harrington’s brother-in-law, was suffering from food poisoning before the round and eventually had to call it quits on the sixth hole of Durban Country Club. He was taken to the clubhouse to be treated by a doctor and is expected to be fit to resume his duties on Saturday, although stand-in Pat Cashman has offered his services if required. Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington hailed the skills of his stand-in caddie after regular bagman Ronan Flood needed medical treatment during the second round of the Volvo Golf Champions on Friday.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Dembele: No need to change tack

first_img The display led o nlookers to suggest – not for the first time – that Pochettino’s attack-minded philosophy was foolhardy in such a match, yet midfielder Dembele defended his manager’s tactics. “We’ve played some games against the top teams where we played unbelievable attacking football,” the Belgium international said. “We don’t have to change anything at the moment because we are capable of beating the big teams. “We didn’t do it at Old Trafford and that game was different from what we are used to, but we are playing well. We have shown this season what we can do against the big sides. “We want to end the season in a good rhythm. Has our chance of a top-four finish gone? We don’t need to think like that otherwise we could become demotivated. Let’s try to win all our remaining games and see where we end. “We have three more full days before the Leicester game to concentrate. We have a good group and a good mentality so I hope we bounce back at the right moment.” Mauricio Pochettino’s first season at the White Hart Lane helm has been fairly successful to date, having led Spurs to the Capital One Cup final and a shot at Champions League qualification. However, their chances of a top-four finish were harmed on Sunday as a first-half collapse saw the north Londoners fall to a 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford. Mousa Dembele does not believe Tottenham should alter their attacking mindset, despite crumbling against Manchester United.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Bendtner Sentenced to 50 Days in Jail for Assault

first_imgEx-Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has been sentenced to 50 days in jail in Denmark for assaulting a taxi driver.But the 30-year-old Rosenborg player has appealed and has been released until a hearing at a higher court.The incident took place in September, with the City Court of Copenhagen shown CCTV footage in which it appeared Bendtner struck the driver in the face. The Denmark international admitted hitting the taxi driver but said it was because he felt threatened.Bendtner said the driver threw a bottle or a can towards him and his girlfriend when they left without paying.“We think that it’s not good for the club and not good for Nicklas, but he remains a player in the club. We are keeping him,” said Tove Moe Dyrhaug, the chief executive of Bendtner’s Norwegian club Rosenborg.Bendtner, who played for Arsenal between 2005 and 2014, scoring 45 goals in 171 games, missed out on a place in Denmark’s squad for the 2018 World Cup because of injury.He had loan spells at Sunderland, Birmingham City and Juventus while at Arsenal before making a permanent move to German club Wolfsburg.He moved back to England to join Championship side Nottingham Forest in September 2016 before joining Rosenborg in March 2017.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Sepp Blatter: Fifa president says he did not resign

first_imgSepp Blatter has added to speculation that he could yet attempt to stay on as Fifa’s president – three weeks after he announced his plan to step down over the organisation’s corruption crisis.Blatter, addressing an audience at the topping-out ceremony for Fifa’s new museum in Zurich, said he had not resigned and had merely made his mandate available – and joked that he was “not ready for a museum, or for a waxwork”.Blatter, who opened his comments with a quote from Pablo Picasso – “Give me a museum, and I will fill it” – appeared “fresh and full of energy,” according to the Swiss newspaper Blick, “with the worry-lines disappeared from his face”.The 79-year-old was quoted by the newspaper as responding to a question over his long-term future by saying: “I have not resigned. I am making my mandate available at an extraordinary congress.”Talking about the museum, he added: “Only those who know the past can understand the present and shape the future. Or in other words: the ball is round – but only those who come from outer space know the actual dimensions of our sport … For me personally, the museum is a labour of love. But do not get me wrong: I’m not ready for the museum nor for a waxwork yet.” Speculation that Blatter could perform a remarkable U-turn on his decision was originally sparked by comments made to another Swiss paper, Schweiz am Sonntag, by the 74-year-old Zurich-based communications consultant Klaus Stöhlker.Stöhlker acted as an advisor to Blatter throughout his low-key re-election campaign, when he was not supposed to draw on central Fifa resources, but his contract expired on 31 May. Fifa responded by stating that Stöhlker no longer has a mandate to speak for Blatter.Scepticism from those hoping for reform is inevitable, since Blatter also promised in 2011 that his fourth term as president would be his last before changing his mind and declaring his “mission” unfinished.Stöhlker had told the paper that Blatter had a “fair chance” of remaining in power, adding: “It’s hard to find someone who is an equal. Blatter has built the organisation into a global, highly successful company – and he’s a top diplomat.”–last_img read more

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