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Biologist Rob Lue, founding HarvardX faculty director, dies at 56

first_imgAt the Harvard Ed Portal, Lue was key in developing and defining its mission, programs, and extensive outreach to the Allston-Brighton community. In 2012, Lue became the founding faculty director of HarvardX and helped shape Harvard’s engagement in online learning and expand its reach and impact globally. The next year he was named the inaugural faculty director of the Bok Center and helped elevate its profile on campus.“Rob was a fountain of new ideas,” said Tamara Brenner, the Bok Center’s executive director. “Under his leadership, he transformed the Bok Center to a place that attracts and energizes faculty and graduate students alike, and that sparks creativity about what can happen in the classroom.”“His belief that science education should be accessible to everyone carried his work forward,” said Maile Takahashi, director of community programming at Harvard, who worked closely with Lue as part of his work with the Ed Portal.Up until his death, Lue was leading LabXchange, an initiative with the Amgen Foundation that created a free, online science learning platform for high school and college students. It also focused on promoting diversity in the field. The site has had over 2.5 million visitors since it launched 11 months ago. More than 250,000 of them have been educators and students using the platform to log over 112,000 hours of teaching and learning. This fall, Lue launched the Lemann Program on Creativity and Entrepreneurship to help students contribute to solving global challenges, such as climate change and social injustice.Lue’s vision was to improve education “by bringing equal opportunities for learning science [to] anyone and anywhere,” said Valtencir Mendes, senior programme lead in UNESCO’s education sector. “At UNESCO, Rob was known for his commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. He believed he could bring students, educators, volunteers, and collective intelligence together to help to solve our local and global challenges.”,The former dean of Harvard Summer School and co-author of two biology textbooks, Lue worked extensively in the field of science visualization. The 2006 animation “The Inner Life of the Cell,” which Lue co-authored with his husband, Alain Viel, is one the most widely viewed and acclaimed science visualizations created.“Rob was always so happy when students thanked him [for changing] their view of biology by creating these animations,” said Viel, director at the Northwest Undergraduate Laboratories and senior lecturer in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard.“We did not talk much about science at home, that was kept for our workday,” Viel added. “We would talk about art and education. Strangely enough, the pandemic allowed us to share more time together in our home. In the last six months we enjoyed sharing our daily meals, having our morning coffee on the patio, and chatting about art, education, and from time to time Harvard gossip. I feel blessed that I had the opportunity to share, for almost 30 years, my life with such a remarkable person.”Those close to him shared similar feelings.“Rob was easy to talk to,” Takahashi said. “He had so many interests. He was always able to find the connecting point. He could talk about art, interior design, movies (both good and bad — he watched them all). He was truly interested in people and would want to know what was happening at home with my kids (even when it really wasn’t that interesting). You always felt that he valued you.” Harvard’s Lue explains LabXchange, a new virtual community designed to bring concepts to life Easing the way for students to ‘do’ science Sean Eddy stood awkwardly next to fossil exhibits at a 2015 wine reception at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. He was new to the University and didn’t know a soul. Then up strolled a smiling Rob Lue, who “started telling me about his new work on data-driven urban planning in Paris, and we immediately hit it off,” Eddy recalls.The Ellmore C. Patterson Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and department chair would eventually come to learn that Lue was a highly regarded researcher, an energetic leader in innovative teaching, and roundly cherished for his warm and generous spirit. “Rob was an optimist with a passion that would draw you in and get you talking with him about the good things in the world — art and books and education — and how we could make the world an even better place together,” Eddy said. “He saw the best in people.”Lue, who died Wednesday at 56 from cancer, had an impact felt deeply among undergraduates on campus and beyond. He was professor of the practice in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, founding faculty director of HarvardX, faculty director of the Harvard Ed Portal, Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, UNESCO Chair on Life Sciences and Social Innovation, and faculty director and principal investigator of LabXchange.“Rob was one of the most creative teachers at Harvard,” said Harvard President Larry Bacow. “He was always thinking about how we could do a better job of engaging our students, and he was particularly gifted in imagining how technology and data could be used to enhance the learning experience. One of my last in-person meetings before we began working remotely was with him. His confidence in our ability to teach even complex lab-based courses gave me hope when hope was in short supply. The kindness and thoughtfulness he brought to his work over the years infuse many of the pedagogical improvements made at Harvard. He was a valued colleague, and he will be missed.”As the director of life sciences education at Harvard, Rob Lue led a complete redesign of the introductory undergraduate curriculum. Jon Chase/Harvard file photo“Rob was a consummate innovator who brought incomparable vision and creative energy to his many wide-ranging projects, to the great benefit of teachers and learners across the globe,” said Claudine Gay, the Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS). “He was among the most warm, energetic, and generous colleagues I have been fortunate enough to know in my years at Harvard — and a master teacher on top of it. His leadership at the Bok Center reflected all of that and the important work he began there will continue. He leaves behind a tremendous legacy of imagination.”Born in 1964, Lue was raised in Jamaica and graduated from St. George’s College in Kingston in 1982. He earned a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross in 1986. He then took a year off to paint at Brandeis University. Art would remain a source of constant joy even as his professional career veered toward the sciences. He earned his Ph.D. in biology at Harvard in 1995 and joined the molecular and cellular biology faculty four years later.His teaching methods and use of technology quickly garnered recognition. As the director of life sciences education at Harvard, he led a complete redesign of the introductory undergraduate curriculum that created some of the largest and most popular science courses on campus.“When Rob lectured, you could hear a pin drop as he enthralled the freshmen with his ability to engage them in the topic of the day — they hung on his every word — and he was a master of active learning in which he regularly challenged students with questions,” said Richard Losick, Maria Moors Cabot Professor of Biology at Harvard and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. “When Rob lectured, you could hear a pin drop as he enthralled the freshmen with his ability to engage them in the topic of the day …” — Richard Losick, Maria Moors Cabot Professor of Biology Free global platform for science education bridges ethnic and gender gaps center_img Related LabXchange meets and beats challenges of remote learning Scott V. Edwards, a professor in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, said he will remember Lue’s warm smile. It “[was] straight from the heart of Jamaica” and “made everyone feel at home,” Edwards wrote on PostHope, a forum site where colleagues, friends, and family can post tributes to Lue.Lue’s longtime administrator, Ilyana Sawka, said she will remember his smile as well. “Every day with him was filled with laughter,” she said. “He had such a joy in what he did and it was infectious. He was one of a kind.”Jon Hamilton ’20 said he would cherish how dedicated Lue was as both a teacher and a mentor. A former research assistant with Lue, Hamilton remembers Lue for going well beyond traditional capacities multiple times to ensure he got the best experience as a student, and even as a professional. For the job he holds now as legislative aide in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Hamilton said Lue spoke with his future boss for about an hour during a recommendation call to make sure the job was “good enough for me.”“He was compassionate, empathetic, ready to help at a moment’s notice. He did so much for so many, and I regret that the world will be so much poorer for his leaving it. However, having touched so many lives, I know that he’ll be able to rest easy because his is a legacy that will live on, shining bright in all of our hearts,” he said.A memorial for Lue is being planned for a future date.Lue is survived by Viel, his partner of 30 years.last_img read more

Today’s MLB DFS Picks: Advice, strategy for Friday’s DraftKings, FanDuel daily fantasy baseball contests

first_imgToday’s MLB DFS Picks: DraftKings, FanDuel advice for Friday, June 7SP: Yonny Chirinos, Rays @ Red Sox. I am rolling Chirinos on FD where he is $1,600 cheaper than on DK. The lone downside to FanDuel is Chirinos has rarely pitched deep enough into games to get the quality start points, but he’s still had a quietly strong season.C: James McCann, White Sox @ Royals. McCann is hitting .330 with an OPS of .846 against RHP this season. After years of usually only using McCann against LHP, we can now safely use him against RHPs, especially if that RHP is named Homer Bailey.MORE FRIDAY MLB: SP rankings | Betting picks1B: Pete Alonso, Mets vs. Rockies. We love the power upside here for Alonso, as 14 of his 20 home runs have come against RHPs this season. I can see stacking Mets a popular strategy tonight against Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela, who has been awful no matter where he has pitched this season.2B: Brian Dozier, Nationals @ Padres. Dozier has struggled in general this season, but he has mashed southpaws. Against LHPs he is hitting .372 with three home runs and an OPS of 1.147, so take advantage against Nick Margevicius.SS: Jean Segura, Phillies vs. Reds. Segura has been slumping and the way to attack Reds starter Tyler Mahle is with lefthanded bats, but I like Segura’s price and know he has upside. I’m also hoping the Phillies chase Mahle early and we get Segura against that bullpen.3B: Rafael Devers,  Red Sox vs. Rays. Devers was the American League Player of the Month in May and hasn’t really stopped hitting through the first week of June. I don’t see many using Red Sox tonight, but Devers should be in any and all stacks in my opinion. SSE. Andrus (R)[email protected] 8:05B. Anderson (L)$4700$3700$12UPGRADE 2BB. Dozier (R)[email protected] 10:10N. Margevicius (L)$3700$3000$13See above OFA. Meadows (L)[email protected] 7:10R. Porcello (R)$5900$4400$26UPGRADE 3BY. Moncada (B)[email protected] 8:15H. Bailey (R)$5000$4000$20UPGRADE CY. Grandal (B)[email protected] 8:10R. Davis (R)$4900$3500$23UPGRADE 2BD. Dietrich (L)[email protected] 7:05Z. Eflin (R)$5000$3000$20UPGRADE 2BK. Hernández (R)[email protected] 10:15D. Pomeranz (L)$4100$3000$10UPGRADE CG. Sánchez (R)[email protected] 7:10Z. Plesac (R)$5800$4400$21UPGRADE OFJ. Bruce (L)[email protected] 7:05T. Mahle (R)$5100$3700$20UPGRADE CJ. McCann (R)[email protected] 8:15H. Bailey (R)$4200$3000$17See above OF: Khris Davis, A’s @ Rangers. I love the home run upside here, and Davis has usually hit better against RHPs than LHP.s He has never homered off Lance Lynn, but with Lynn throwing a lot of fastballs, we know Davis just needs one good swing to make a big splash in GPPs.For more player recommendations and analysis, become a Fantasy Alarm subscriber today!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pos PlayerMatchupOpp. SPDKFDY! FanballWeatherSPG. Cole (R)[email protected] 8:10G. Ynoa (R)$12200$11200$60UPGRADE OFN. Cruz (R)[email protected] 7:10M. Boyd (L)$3700$3000$9UPGRADE 1BJ. Bell (B)[email protected] 8:10B. Woodruff (R)$5500$4300$27UPGRADE 1BP. Alonso (R)[email protected] 7:10A. Senzatela (R)$5200$4100$20See above 2BB. Lowe (L)[email protected] 7:10R. Porcello (R)$4700$3500$15UPGRADE 3BV. Guerrero Jr. (R)[email protected] 7:07M. Kelly (R)$3900$3100$17UPGRADE SPB. Woodruff (R)[email protected] 8:10R. Davis (R)$7800$8600$44UPGRADE 3BA. Rendon (R)[email protected] 10:10N. Margevicius (L)$5800$4500$25UPGRADE Editor’s Note: This is a FREE preview of Friday’s Fantasy Alarm’s MLB DFS Playbook. For full analysis every day and more ways to dominate your daily fantasy baseball competition, check out DFS site-specific advice and the rest of Fantasy Alarm’s great season-long and DFS tools available to subscribers.MORE:  Fantasy Alarm PRO toolscenter_img OFC. Puello (R)[email protected] 10:07M. Gonzales (L)$4100$3600$18UPGRADE SPY. Chirinos (R)[email protected] 7:10R. Porcello (R)$8100$6500$37See above OFM. Betts (R)[email protected] 7:10Y. Chirinos (R)$4400$4200$19UPGRADE 1BE. Encarnación (R)[email protected] 10:07A. Heaney (L)$4100$3600$19UPGRADE CT. Murphy (R)[email protected] 10:07A. Heaney (L)$3300$2400$7UPGRADE 3BR. Devers (L)[email protected] 7:10Y. Chirinos (R)$5100$4100$22See above 2BD. LeMahieu (R)[email protected] 7:10Z. Plesac (R)$5200$3800$19UPGRADE SPM. Pineda (R)[email protected] 7:10M. Boyd (L)$6400$7500$26UPGRADE SPM. Soroka (R)[email protected] 7:10J. Ureña (R)$11600$10800$50UPGRADE SST. Turner (R)[email protected] 10:10N. Margevicius (L)$5200$4100$16UPGRADE 1BC. Cron (R)[email protected] 7:10M. Boyd (L)$4000$3300$20UPGRADE 2BB. Holt (L)[email protected] 7:10Y. Chirinos (R)$3500$2900$15UPGRADE SSA. Bregman (R)[email protected] 8:10G. Ynoa (R)$5300$4500$27UPGRADE CJ. Lucroy (R)[email protected] 10:07M. Gonzales (L)$3400$2700$9UPGRADE SPD. Germán (R)[email protected] 7:10Z. Plesac (R)$9500$8100$45UPGRADE SSJ. Segura (R)[email protected] 7:05T. Mahle (R)$3900$3400$11See above OFK. Davis (R)[email protected] 8:05L. Lynn (R)$3900$3700$15See above 1BJ. Abreu (R)[email protected] 8:15H. Bailey (R)$4900$3800$16UPGRADElast_img read more

YWCA Of Olympia Seeking Women Of Achievement

first_imgThe YWCA of Olympia is pleased to announce that nominations for their annual Women of Achievement Celebration are now being accepted. Past honorees have included Senator Maria Cantwell, Senator Karen Fraser, Governor Christine Gregoire, Hands On Children’s Museum Executive Director, Patty Belmonte, and Community Foundation of South Puget Sound Executive Director, Norma Schuiteman.The YWCA of Olympia will honor women throughout the South Sound who have inspired and shaped the community.  Nominees can demonstrate this work in any field, from family life to business, theater to engineering.  The agency hopes to honor women from diverse backgrounds and fields of interest.  Eligible Women of Achievement Honorees are:residents of the South Puget Sound region women who represent the YWCA’s key values of social justice, stewardship, community service, and leadership.Nominations are due to the YWCA by 5:00pm on Friday, August 24th.  Nomination forms can be obtained by calling the YWCA at 352-0593, sending an email to [email protected], or on the agency website at www.ywcaofolympia.org.Honorees will be formally announced to the community on September 14th.  The celebration gala, “Women Of Achievement: Going the Distance” will take place on Thursday, November 1st from 5:30-8:30 PM at the Red Lion Hotel Forest Ballroom. The event will also celebrate the 40th anniversary of Title IX, a law passed in 1972 that requires gender equality for boys and girls in every athletic and educational program that receives federal funding.  The event is open to the public and tickets are available by contacting the YWCA of Olympia at 352-0593.For more information about Women of Achievement, contact Cherie Reeves Sperr, Event Coordinator at 352-0593 or [email protected] the YWCA of OlympiaEstablished in 1945, the YWCA of Olympia offers responsive programs and services to meet the needs of women, girls and families.  We are inspiring a new generation to become strong leaders and advocates for opportunity and equity for all women.  The YWCA of Olympia strives to empower women and eliminate racism through education, advocacy, service and leadership opportunities.The YWCA has worked to change history—from civil rights to women’s rights, from advocacy for women’s health care to an end to violence against women and girls.The YWCA is the voice for every woman. We speak out and take action on behalf of women and girls. The YWCA and our members and volunteers contribute time, talent, tenacity and financial support for the betterment of all women in our community. Facebook3Tweet0Pin0center_img women who have demonstrated inspiring and outstanding involvement in our community, and serve as an excellent role modellast_img read more

Former Ranji trophy cricketer found dead; son arrested for murder

first_imgImage Courtesy: TOIAdvertisement lzljNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5gum19Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E62cl( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) xyrpeWould you ever consider trying this?😱5fpwCan your students do this? 🌚a6bRoller skating! Powered by Firework In a shocking incident, K Jayamohan Thampi, former Ranji Trophy cricketer who played for the Kerala cricket team, was found dead in his home last week. Following a police investigation, it was revealed that he was murdered, and his son Ashwin has been arrested.Advertisement Image Courtesy: TOIThampi, the 64 year old former right-handed batsman and wicketkeeper who played six first class matches for Kerala, was discovered in a decomposed state at his residence in Manacaud, Thiruvananthapuram, 36 hours after his death. Police arrived at the scene after a foul malodour was found emitting from his house.Following a suspicious narrative from Thampi’s son Ashwin, police decided to apprehend him, as more than a day had passed since Thampi’s death, and nobody except Ashwin lived in the house.Advertisement The postmortem reports revealed that Thampi died after sustaining a critical head injury. which happened after a drunken brawl with his son, as it was found out after questioning Ashwin.Ashwin, Thampi’s son. (Image Courtesy: Kerala Kaumudi)“The father and son had a habit of regularly consuming alcohol together at home. On Saturday too, they consumed liquor,” the investigating officer spoke to Times of India.Advertisement Following the death of Thampi’s wife Anitha two years ago, both father and son lived together in the house.“Aswin, who possessed Jayamohan Thampi’s debit card, wanted to withdraw money from the ATM to buy more liquor, which Thampi refused. This made way for a brawl between them,” the officer revealed the findings from Ashwin’s interrogation.“They brawled on the verandah (Balcony) of the house, where Thampi slipped and fell, banging his face against the floor. He lay there for some time until his son came back and dragged his body back inside the house. Then, he continued to consume liquor until he passed out,” he added.In addition to his short stint with the Kerala cricket team, Thampi also played as a guest cricketer for State Bank of Travancore (SBT), where he also landed a job as a deputy general manager.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Should a footballer be sacked if his wife is racist?Basketballer Amritpal and boxer Neeraj Phogat latest Indian athletes to be caught doping Advertisementlast_img read more