Next to many classic Phish songs is the credit (Anastasio/Marshall), a testament to the songwriting duo of Trey Anastasio and Tom Marshall. The longtime friends and musical partners have written countless tunes in the band’s repertoire, so it’s no surprise that Marshall would want to talk about said music. Fortunately for us, Marshall has started a new podcast called “Under The Scales,” where he dives deeper into the Phish culture from his unique perspective.Marshall launched the series with three episodes. The first talks about the motivation behind the podcast, the second discusses a songwriting weekend that led to some of Phish’s most prized material, and the third talks about “Riding The Rail” at shows. Check out all three episodes, with titles and Marshall’s descriptions, below.Episode #000: Let’s Take A RideMy producer, Mark Dowd, and I take a ride through Trey’s and my old grade-school, and discuss some history and motivation behind the Under the Scales podcast.Episode #001: The Songwriting WeekendIn 1997, Trey and I escaped for long weekends to write a lot of songs which eventually appeared on Phish albums and became part of Phish’s live repertoire. This is the story of one of those weekends, and how it got off to a *horrifying* start. Trey listened to this and said “it’s like the secret backstory to the song Twist” — and it really is.Episode #002: Riding the RailDerek Gregory joins me in the studio to discuss his extensive experience with Phish…he likes it up close to the band. Real close. I try to figure out the hows and whys of “riding the rail” as it’s called.We can’t wait for more Under The Scales!
Xiao-Li Meng, Ph.D. ’90, the Whipple V.N. Jones Professor of Statistics and chair of the Department of Statistics, has been named dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) at Harvard University, effective Aug. 15.Meng succeeds Allan M. Brandt, the Amalie Moses Kass Professor of the History of Medicine and professor of the history of science, as permanent dean. Brandt stepped down in February to begin treatment for an illness. Richard J. Tarrant, Pope Professor of the Latin Language and Literature, served as interim dean of GSAS following Brandt’s departure.As Statistics Department chair since 2004, Meng has overseen a dramatic expansion of the department, as the number of undergraduate concentrators has grown from a single digit to more than 70, and the department’s core undergraduate courses have surged in popularity. He also has worked closely with alumni and alumnae to raise funds to establish the first endowed biennial distinguished teaching lecture series, junior faculty/teaching fellow awards (David Pickard Memorial Fund), and graduate student research awards (Art Dempster Fund) in statistics.Meng has been a leader in encouraging connections between disciplines at a time when the importance of statistical analysis has been broadly recognized, and as breakthroughs in fields ranging from genetics to astronomy have demanded more-sophisticated data crunching. He and his colleagues have conducted projects with faculty and students in biology, medicine, chemistry, engineering, economic and health policy — and even history and language, making statistics one of Harvard’s most interdisciplinary departments.“I am delighted to welcome Xiao-Li Meng as the new dean of the Graduate School,” said Michael D. Smith, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS). “His passion for teaching and learning, his interdisciplinary application of the tools of statistical analysis to topics as varied as climate change, medicine, and astrophysics, and his innovative, entrepreneurial approach as a scholar and an educator — all of this gives him a uniquely creative vision for what graduate education ought to accomplish today and in the future. I expect that he will lead our graduate programs with the same dynamic curiosity that defined his tenure as Statistics chair, and that he’ll continue building on the excellent work of his predecessors, particularly Allan Brandt.”“In his scholarship, his pedagogy, and his mentorship of graduate students and undergraduates alike, Xiao-Li Meng is a true innovator,” said President Drew Faust. “He has brought a remarkable energy and enthusiasm to his role as a leader in an increasingly critical field, one that helps shape new knowledge across Harvard’s diverse intellectual landscape. He will make an outstanding steward for our Graduate School and advocate for its students.”“Harvard has been a dream school for generations of students around the world. GSAS made my dream come true by providing me with full financial support when I was literally a village boy on the other side of the globe,” said Meng. “I am therefore deeply grateful to Dean Smith for providing me with this tremendous opportunity to work directly with him and the many other Harvard leaders, especially President Faust and Provost [Alan] Garber, and with our incomparable faculty, dedicated staff, exceptional students, and accomplished alumni to continue and enhance the Harvard legacy, including making the possibility of the Harvard dream realizable by many diverse students from every corner of the globe.”“I also look forward to continuing Allan Brandt’s legacy, of which I am a direct beneficiary,” said Meng, who recently returned to campus after co-teaching a study-abroad course in Shanghai this summer.“Like Allan, Xiao-Li recognizes and celebrates the ways in which graduate and undergraduate education work in tandem, with graduate students and undergraduates directly benefiting each other,” Smith said. “This is best exemplified in the Gen Ed course he developed with his graduate students.”The course Meng just co-taught in Shanghai was a summer-school variation of the Gen Ed course EMR 16, “Real-Life Statistics: Your Chance for Happiness (or Misery),” a course designed by him and a dozen graduate students (known as the “happy team”), partially via the Graduate Seminars in General Education program that Brandt established. The pioneering project of directly involving graduate students in designing undergraduate courses, and hence providing them with hands-on pedagogical training — together with Meng’s other innovations such as a yearlong required course on teaching and communication skills for all first-year Ph.D. students (STAT 303, “The Art and Practice of Teaching Statistics”) — contributed substantially to his department’s winning, in 2008, a $25,000 GSAS Dean’s Prize for Innovations in Graduate Education at Harvard.Meng is one of Harvard’s leading voices on pedagogical innovation, working to make the Department of Statistics a laboratory for educational experiments whose common theme involves the vital connections and mutually rewarding pathways between research and teaching. Ph.D. students in statistics have been among the winners of the Derek C. Bok Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching in each year since the award was created in 2007.As part of his efforts to promote exceptional teaching and learning on campus, Meng has also served on the FAS Committee on Pedagogical Improvement (2004-10) and the FAS Task Force on Teaching and Career Development (2006-07). He is a recipient of numerous research and teaching awards, including the 2001 COPSS (Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies) Award for being “the outstanding statistician under the age of forty” and the 1997-1998 University of Chicago Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.Born in Shanghai, Meng received a B.S. in mathematics (1982) and a diploma in graduate study of mathematical statistics (1986), both from Fudan University in Shanghai. He received his Ph.D. in statistics from Harvard in 1990. From 1991 to 2001, when he came to Harvard, Meng was assistant, associate, and then full professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Chicago. He remains affiliated with the University of Chicago as a faculty member of its Center for Health Statistics.
After freshman forward Julie Knerr suffered a concussion on a late hit against in-state rival Cornell on Nov. 1, senior Megan Skelly and her Syracuse teammates were furious.The Orange players weren’t going to let the Big Red push them around — like it did when Cornell outshot SU 59-10 in that game two months ago — in a rematch between the teams on Tuesday. And they used the late hit on Knerr as motivation to match Cornell’s physicality all night on Tuesday.‘It obviously made us pretty pissed off,’ Skelly said. ‘But that’s what we used to fire ourselves up and build energy against them because you don’t want to let a team like that walk all over you. We weren’t going to make the same mistakes again.’Syracuse (8-14-2, 0-2-2 College Hockey America) came out playing aggressively and physically to keep the lethal offensive attack for No. 3 Cornell (16-2-0, 11-1-0 Eastern College Athletic Association) off balance. Although SU fell 6-3 to the Big Red, the slugfest was in many ways a confidence builder for the Orange after getting blown away by Cornell 9-2 in the first matchup.Before Tuesday’s game, SU head coach Paul Flanagan told his players they needed to fight ‘fire with fire’ if they wanted to compete with a nationally ranked opponent like the Big Red. His players listened and brought the heat right from the drop of the puck.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU was very active early in the game, making a statement that it could handle the physical intensity that overwhelmed the Orange in its first matchup with the Big Red.‘If you sit back and let a team with that much skill and speed come at you, it’s going to be a long night,’ Flanagan said. ‘So you have to go after them. Our defense was pretty active in getting to those corners and adding a physical element, as well as using their body to protect the puck.‘That’s something we didn’t do down there at Cornell (last game), and we let them push us around too much.’Led by strong, aggressive play from senior forward Lisa Mullan and freshman forward Shiann Darkangelo, the Orange made sure it wasn’t bullied this time around. The Orange played fearlessly against a stronger, more talented opponent, which helped SU keep the game close most of the way.With the game tied 1-1 midway through the second period, Mullan dove across the blue line and blocked a shot by Cornell, igniting excitement from the crowd and bringing the Syracuse bench to its feet. It was that type of aggressive play that Skelly said provided a boost of confidence for her team.That type of hustle play by Mullan along with a stellar effort on faceoffs by Darkangelo supported the SU defense as it held Cornell to three goals in the first two periods.‘The girls were scrappy tonight and fought so hard. They used their size to their advantage to protect the puck,’ said SU goaltender Kallie Billadeau, who made 28 saves in the loss.Darkangelo lined up for a majority of the faceoffs for SU, consistently using her size to snag the puck away from her opponent. She set a tone for the Orange by winning 21-of-30 faceoffs to give Syracuse possession time and time again.By winning the faceoff, the Orange kept the puck away from that persistent Big Red attack and held Cornell to 25 fewer shots than the previous meeting. Even if the Big Red still managed six goals, Syracuse displayed improvement from early in the season.As the buzzer sounded at the end of the game, SU was still intent on showing Cornell that it wasn’t going to be taken lightly. After several players fought for a loose puck as time expired, a Cornell player threw what appeared to be a punch in the direction of an SU player.And this time, Skelly and the Orange retaliated, starting a shoving match with the Cornell players to send a final message to the Big Red even in defeat.‘When our player gets punched in the face, we’re going to defend her no matter what, especially after last game,’ Skelly said. ‘We’re certainly not happy with the final score, but we proved to ourselves that we could compete with some of the top players in the country, and we took it to them.’[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on January 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm