Beloved fusion group The Roots just wrapped up their ninth annual Roots Picnic in Philadelphia, PA last weekend, but New York City has always been a home away from home for the band. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that the group has announced the first-ever edition of Roots Picnic in NYC, slated for October 1-2 in Bryant Park.The festival will bring an enormous amount of star power, including The Roots, D’Angelo and John Mayer together (as a jam!) for night one, and David Byrne, Wu-Tang Clan and Nile Rodgers on night two, all backed by The Roots! The full lineup features X Ambassadors, Trombone Shorty, Kevin Gates, Swizz Beats and so many more.The show will also be the first ticketed event at Bryant Park, opening the door for many more outdoor concerts at the beloved NYC landmark. This festival keeps things in the family, as almost all of the performers have direct ties to the Roots from years in the business.You can check out the full lineup for the Roots Picnic NYC below, and head to Ticketmaster on June 10th at 10 AM Eastern for tickets.
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.
It wasn’t exactly the start the USC men’s basketball team had hoped for.In it together · Junior center James Blasczyk and freshman guard Byron Wesley were unable to lead the Trojans to their second Pac-12 win. – Luciano Nunez | Daily TrojanFacing first-place Washington, the Trojans (6-24, 1-16) gave up a season-high 40 points in the first half before eventually falling by a score of 80-58 — their eighth consecutive loss and 16th in the last 17 games.The Huskies, who clinched a share of the Pac-12 regular season title on Thursday, started the game on a 13-4 run, silencing much of the announced crowd of 2,763 at the Galen Center. USC would, as a result, struggle to recover.“They have too much for us,” USC coach Kevin O’Neill said. “Top to bottom, they have experience. If I was going to be in the NCAA tournament, I wouldn’t want to play those guys. They’ve gotten better. They’ve improved.”Despite the discrepancy in talent, the Trojans would whittle away at the Huskies’ 14-point halftime lead — at least somewhat in the early goings of the second half. Following a made free throw from junior center James Blasczyk with 13:03 left in game, they trailed by just nine, the lowest since the 13-minute mark of the first half.But on its next three possessions, the Huskies amassed seven points, ballooning its lead to a near-insurmountable 16-point-advantage midway through the final period.“We needed to get it to five to have a chance,” O’Neill said. [They] stretched it out and made it hard for us.”Guard Terrence Ross, who finished with a team-high 18 points started the 7-0 run with a 3-pointer, followed by a pair of baskets from guard C.J. Wilcox and center Aziz N’Diaye.Making things even tougher for the Trojans’ comeback hopes was rebounding, or more so a lack thereof, as they were out-rebounded 49-23.“We miss so many shots that people get more defensive rebounds,” O’Neill said. “And tonight, they’re just bigger and stronger than us at every position. That’s all there is to it. We don’t have the capability to outrebound people right now.”One player who didn’t miss much was freshman guard Byron Wesley, who notched a career-high 23 points — the second straight game he finished with more than 20.“There’s definitely some positives of our situation,” said Wesley, who hoisted 18 shot attempts. “I’m getting lots of minutes and touches. But at the end of the day, we want to win games.”Over the last three games, he has averaged 21 points.“I really like how he attacks the basket,” O’Neill said. “If he becomes a knock-down shooter, he’ll be a guy who can play for a long, long time.”Wesley was among three Trojans to finish in double-figures. Sophomore forward Garrett Jackson finished with 14 points, the seventh time in his last 12 starts he has finished with more than 10 points, and Blasczky had 10 — a career-high. Sophomore guard Maurice Jones also chipped in with four assists.The Trojans conclude the regular season on Saturday against Washington State at the Galen Center. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 3 p.m. and will be streamed on USCTrojans.com. O’Neill’s squad has not won since Jan. 28 and will look to notch what would be its second win in conference play.“Nobody is enjoying this, let’s face it,” O’Neill said. “But it is what it is.”USC lost to the Cougars (14-15, 6-11) 60-53 earlier this season in Pullman, Wash.
5 Aug 2015 England’s boys and girls on winning form England’s teams were on winning form today in their double title defence at both the Boys’ and Girls’ Home Internationals.The boys, who are playing at Conwy, Wales, won the second match of their series, beating Ireland 8½-6½. Now the defending champions face a title showdown tomorrow with Scotland.The girls, playing at Lanark in Scotland, began their bid for an eighth consecutive title, by beating Wales 8-1.In the boys’ match England trailed 2-1 after the foursomes, with the team’s points scored by the pairings of Max Martin (image © Leaderboard Photography) and Matty Lamb and by Will Enefer and Harry Hall.In the singles they produced determined play to win a series of close game. Three matches went to the 18th, with the points claimed by Marco Penge, Charlie Strickland and Max Martin, while Matty Lamb halved. Will Enefer, meanwhile, won on the 17th.England’s other two singles wins were much more comfortable, with Jamie Li winning 4/3 and Rhys Nevin-Wharton beating his opponent 5/4.Team manager Derek Hughes commented: “Today was nip and tuck and could have gone to either team, but in the end the boys battled through.“The boys at the front end gave the team a good start in the singles and the others contributed some great points, with Max Martin collecting the winning point. We’re looking forward to tomorrow’s match.”Click here for information about the Boys’ Home InternationalsIn the girls’ match, the England team conceded their only point of the day in the foursomes, but wins from Hollie Muse and Sammy Fuller and from Emma Allen and Lizzie Prior put them 2-1 up at lunch. In the singles, they pulled off a clean sweep of six wins from six matches.Team captain Chris Pascall said: “We had a good day with some good comebacks – the score line looks an easy win, but the girls had to fight hard.”Alice Hewson was three down after nine, but got ahead on the 15th. Eloise Healey was three down after four holes, but won the next four holes, helped by birdies on the fifth and sixth. Lizzie Prior was two down for most of the match but came through to win on the 18th, having birdied 16 and 17.Click here for information about the Girls’ Home InternationalsThe teamsBoys: Toby Briggs (Dunston Hall), Will Enefer (Wrekin), Harry Hall (West Cornwall), Matty Lamb (Hexham) Jamie Li (Bath), Max Martin (Ladbrook Park), Rhys Nevin-Wharton (Sandiway), Marco Penge (Golf at Goodwood), Gian-Marco Petrozzi (Trentham), Billy Spooner (Woodhall Spa), Charlie Strickland (Ham Manor).Girls: Emma Allen (Meon Valley), Annabel Bailey (Kirby Muxloe), Samantha Fuller (Roehampton), Eloise Healey (West Lancashire), Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted), Hollie Muse (West Lancashire) and Lizzie Prior (Burhill), Emily Toy (Carlyon Bay).
Facebook141Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Evergreen State CollegeAs kids and teachers learn and work from home during the pandemic, both may have a renewed appreciation for the physical gathering space a classroom provides. Though distance-learning technology makes digital classrooms possible, it also blurs the line between life and school. According to Sue Feldman, director of The Evergreen State College’s newly-redesigned Master in Teaching (MiT) program, teachers and schools have an opportunity to learn from this moment and to build a stronger community that supports students after the bell has rung (or after the window has closed).Since graduating from Evergreen’s MiT program in 1996, Au has gone on to write books like Reclaiming the Multicultural Roots of U.S. Curriculum and Unequal by Design: High Stakes Testing and the Standardization of Inequality. Photo courtesy: The Evergreen State CollegeFeldman says this work can involve teachers who see richness in the diversity of the school community and know how to find and share community resources. “There should be a clear connection between students’ lives inside and outside school,” says Feldman. “Schools are a community asset. The more we can invite the community into schools, the better the schools are.” Evergreen’s redesigned MiT program aims to do just this.Bringing the Neighborhood Back TogetherIn addition to structural changes such as reducing time spent in the program from two years to just one, an emphasis on community building is central to every aspect. Whereas typical teacher education programs place one student-teacher with one experienced teacher for one term, Evergreen’s new placement model aims to connect groups of student-teachers with a school community.During this uncertain time families are looking to schools and teachers more than ever to provide support to students. Evergreen’s MiT program aims to equip teachers with the tools and abilities necessary to become community-connectors. Photo courtesy: The Evergreen State College“We’re moving toward having a long-term partnership with local schools so that our students come as an asset to them,” says Feldman. “The school becomes a mentor site, where every teacher, para educator, administrator, student and parent in the school has something to contribute to an aspiring teacher’s practice.”Crowdsourcing knowledge across a school community in this way can be a lifesaver for new teachers who have so much to learn in such a short period of time. Wayne Au, an Evergreen MiT graduate and award-winning professor at University of Washington Bothell’s School of Educational Studies, says, “In addition to understanding subject matter, teachers need a disposition of critical self-reflection and growth, knowing and caring for their students and communities and a commitment to reaching as many kids as is humanly possible.” For those who have chosen teaching as their path, the gravity of Au’s words is not lost. Evergreen’s MiT program is poised to prepare aspiring teachers as best as possible with a network of support.Textbook EvergreenEvergreen’s redesigned MiT program will connect students to local schools, and their community. Shelby Rose, a student-teacher in the program works with students in Lincoln Options Elementary school in the fall of 2019. Photo courtesy: The Evergreen State CollegeStudents of the redesigned MiT program will work closely with both fellow student-teachers and Evergreen’s expert faculty. A cutting-edge curriculum addressing equity in the education system (something that has long been a part of the program) remains central, as does an emphasis on showing aspiring teachers how to create curriculum relevant to all the students in their classrooms.As usual at Evergreen, the MiT program assesses student-teachers using a system of narrative evaluations from faculty instead of grades. This way, aspiring teachers can more easily see where they’ve improved over time and where they may need to focus their efforts to better support their own students. This feedback joins that from teachers in the placement school to help MiT students improve quickly and to minimize their chances of developing harmful teaching habits.The program has a long track record of successful graduates and a job placement rate of 100% over the past few years. The changes to the program aim to streamline the experience and better prepare teachers while graduating them faster and with less debt.While nobody knows for certain what education will look like after the dust of COVID-19 has settled for good, Au says, “I think teachers are going to come out of this much more valued than they have been in the past.” He adds, “If I’m being an optimist, this experience has expanded our horizons about what is possible.” Feldman agrees, saying, “We have an opportunity to think with schools about what new teachers need to know.”“We are learning all the time,” says Au. “The important thing is what we are learning.”Applications for Evergreen’s MiT program are open now through November 1. The first cohort of the redesigned program will begin classes in spring and summer quarters 2021.
Image Courtesy: Getty/buildlineup.comAdvertisement md1rNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsmyWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9uiarc( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 88c4tfWould you ever consider trying this?😱c6i04Can your students do this? 🌚awkRoller skating! Powered by Firework In his latest book ‘Reboot : My Life, My Time’, English football legend Michael Owen has cited in his all time favourite starting 11 consisting the Three Lions stars. Which players have made the final cut? Let’s find out.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/buildlineup.comThe 39 year old has chosen Glenn Hoddle as the gaffer, who took the Englishmen to the group of 16 in the 1998 FIFA World Cup, to manage a 3-5-2 formation for the dream 11, but has excluded himself out of the team.The Liverpool hall of fame, who swapped jersey with the Galacticos in 2004, before joining Newcastle United just the following year, has recently been dealing slack with former Magpies teammate Alan Shearer, deprecating the legend’s time at St. James Park.Advertisement Add to that, Owen’s bitterness towards David Beckham regarding the red card against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup, it was expected that the duo would be left out of his team.However the clash hasn’t stopped Owen to call up their names as his preferred front man and midfielder, an example of true sportsmanship.Advertisement Image Courtesy: buildlineup.comStanding under the crossbar is the Gunners legend David Seaman: “the best goalkeeper over the past couple of decades” as Owen describes the 75 times capped former international.The trio in charge of defense are to be Sol Campbell, John Terry and Rio Ferdinand, three of the best center backs of their time.Owen’s teammates from Old Trafford and Anfield- Paul Scholes and Steven Gerrard, are his preferred central midfielders, and Ashley Cole joins up David Beckham on the wings.Chelsea manager and legend Frank Lampard is chosen to be Owen’s favourite man as the attacking midfielder, as he narrates: “Frank’s goalscoring record is phenomenal.”Linking up Shearer up front is England’s all time top goalscorer Wayne Rooney, currently landing screamers in the MLS for DC United. Advertisement